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  • The Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 27, 2012 (Q&R on vacation)

    12/27/2012 2:53:19 AM PST · by sneakers · 13 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http (Ashland, OH) :// for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • The Year the Dreams Died

    12/27/2012 2:30:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 56 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/27/12 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The year 2012 saw the triumph of cold reality over pie-in-the-sky fantasies. Barack Obama in 2008 won an election on an upbeat message of change amid hopes that the first black president would mark a redemptive moment in American history. Four years later, the fantasies are gone. In continuing dismal economic times, Obama ran for reelection neither on his first-term achievements — Obamacare, bailouts, financial stimuli, and Keynesian mega-deficits — nor on more utopian promises. Instead, Obama’s campaign systematically reduced his rival, Wall Street financier Mitt Romney, to a conniving, felonious financial pirate who did dastardly things, from letting the...
  • Chicago parking meters will be USA’s most expensive

    12/27/2012 2:20:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2012 9:49 PM EST
    Chicago soon will have the nation’s most expensive downtown parking meters. On New Year’s Day, meters in the city’s downtown Loop area will begin charging $6.50 an hour—up from $5.75. …
  • China tightening controls on Internet

    12/27/2012 2:11:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 2:30 AM EST | Joe McDonald
    China’s new communist leaders are increasing already tight controls on Internet use and electronic publishing following a spate of embarrassing online reports about official abuses. The measures suggest China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, and others who took power in November share their predecessors’ anxiety about the Internet’s potential to spread opposition to one-party rule and their insistence on controlling information despite promises of more economic reforms. … This week, China’s legislature took up a measure to require Internet users to register their real names, a move that would curtail the Web’s status as a freewheeling forum to complain, often anonymously,...
  • China tightens controls to deter self-immolations

    12/27/2012 1:57:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 27, 2012 3:54 AM EST
    Chinese authorities are tightening controls in an ethnic Tibetan region where at least 10 people have set themselves on fire last month to protest Chinese rule. … China has blamed the Dalai Lama for the spate of self-immolations. …
  • New laws address gays, children, immigration

    12/27/2012 1:45:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 6:20 PM EST | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    Measures on gay rights and child safety are among the top state laws taking effect at the start of 2013, along with attempts to prevent identity theft and perennial efforts to restrict abortion and illegal immigration. … Voter-approved laws allowing same-sex couples to marry take effect in Maryland in January and in Maine on Saturday. California also approved a law exempting clergy members opposed to gay marriage from performing same-sex marriage ceremonies. In California, a first-of-its-kind law bans a form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay teenagers straight but is on hold during a court challenge. The law would ban...
  • “Monsieur” John Kerry and the French connection

    12/27/2012 1:33:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 25/12/2012 | Jon Frosch
    Reacting to President Barack Obama’s recent nomination of John Kerry as the next US secretary of state, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius praised his future counterpart’s “personal commitment to Franco-American friendship”. The comment was a reference to a poorly-kept “secret” that dogged the former Democratic presidential candidate during his bid to unseat then-incumbent George W. Bush in 2004: Kerry has a French connection. … But the politician’s “Frenchness” has not always been an advantage. While running for president in 2004, Kerry was ridiculed by Republicans for his closeness to the country seen as having spurned the US by refusing to...
  • Hungary bars foreigners from buying farmland

    12/27/2012 1:26:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 22 December 2012 | 20H05 | (AFP)
    Hungary has amended its constitution to bar foreigners from buying farmland, a move the government called “historic,” but one that could cause friction with the European Union. Foreigners are already blocked from buying farmland under a temporary measure that formed part of Hungary’s EU accession agreement in 2003. But that measure, aimed at helping Hungary avoid seeing its land prices soar to catch up with other EU states including neighboring Austria, was originally set to expire in 2011, though was extended until the end of April 2014. …
  • The French death rattle

    12/27/2012 1:17:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    European Voice ^ | 21.12.2012 / 09:00 CET | Brigitte Granville
    Moody’s announcement in November that it had downgraded France’s sovereign-credit rating by one notch from its AAA rating prompted one blogger to poke fun at rating agencies’ tendency either to get things completely wrong or to suddenly recognize a crisis that had long been staring them in the face. The blogger joked: “If this recognition by a rating agency that France has problems is an example of the first failing, a recovery must have begun; if it is an example of the second failing, the country faces a dire reckoning.” … The underlying explanation lies in the culture and prejudices...
  • Dem. Senator Traces Partisanship To “1994 and Newt Gingrich”

    12/26/2012 11:30:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    When asked about the roots of political partisanship in Washington, retiring Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) traces the issue to Newt Gingrich. “I can see it very directly going back to 1994 and Newt Gingrich,” Conrad told C-Span in an interview. “He had a view, to take over the House of Representatives one had to bring down the institution and things have never been the same since.” …
  • U.N. approves new debate on arms treaty opposed by U.S. gun lobby

    12/26/2012 10:44:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | December 24, 2012
    The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Monday to restart negotiations on a draft international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global trade in conventional arms, a pact the powerful U.S. National Rifle Association has been lobbying hard against. U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because U.S. President Barack Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney before the November 6 election if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge U.S. officials have denied. The NRA, which has come under intense criticism for its reaction to the December 15...
  • New petition urges US to keep Piers Morgan 'because UK doesn't want him'

    12/26/2012 10:32:22 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 7 replies
    GUARDIAN ^ | December 27, 2012 | Amanda Holpuch
    Following a groundswell of support in America for demands to expel Piers Morgan from the country and deport him back to the UK over his views on US gun controls, it seems that any return home for the chatshow host would not be greeted warmly by everyone. The White House has yet to respond to an online petition calling for the TV presenter to be marched to the nearest American exit, but it has not stopped UK citizens from launching a pre-emptive strike against any such move. The petition to "Keep Piers Morgan in the USA" had nearly 600 signatures...
  • Geithner: Debt Limit of $16.39 Trillion Will Be Met New Year's Eve

    12/26/2012 10:28:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the U.S. debt limit of $16.394 trillion will be met on New Year’s Eve, in a letter to Congress on Wednesday. “I am writing to inform you that the statutory debt limit will be reached on December 31, 2012, and to notify you that the Treasury Department will shortly begin taking certain extraordinary measures authorized by law to temporarily postpone the date that the United States would otherwise default on its legal obligations,” Geithner said in the letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Geithner said “extraordinary measures” taken by the Treasury Department...
  • Nelson Mandela is discharged from the hospital

    12/26/2012 10:11:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed December 26, 2012 | Kim Norgaard
    Mandela released from hospital Johannesburg, South Africa (CNN) -- Former President Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a hospital and will continue receiving treatment at his home in Houghton, a spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma told CNN on Wednesday. Mandela, 94, was treated for an acute respiratory infection in 2011. He was hospitalized for a lung infection on December 8; and on December 15, he underwent surgery for removal of gallstones. Mandela has not appeared in public since the 2010 World Cup hosted in his country. During the time of apartheid in South Africa, Mandela was convicted of...
  • Sandy Victims Still Stranded As “Red Tape” Hinders Help From FEMA

    12/26/2012 10:07:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Joe Schoffstall
    Nearly two months after homes in Staten Island, NY were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, residents say they’re still struggling with red tape as they try to get the government to help. … Victims are shuffled from one desk to another for registration, an identification check, and one-on-one interviews—then referred to something called a “Mitigation Desk,” a FEMA official at a local Disaster Recovery Center explained to MRCTV. …
  • The Great Train of China: Longest high-speed rail line in the world is launched

    12/26/2012 10:06:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 26 December 2012
    The line, which runs roughly the equivalent distance of a journey between London and Gibraltar, will halve the travelling time from the country's capital Beijing to Guangzhou The first trains have taken to the track on the world's longest high-speed rail line which stretches a staggering 1,400 miles across China. The line, which runs roughly the equivalent distance of a journey between London and Gibraltar, will halve the travelling time from the country's capital Beijing to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the south. The first train along the 2,298km track set off from Beijing at 9am with a train heading...
  • Revealed: How TSA agents 'laugh at travelers' naked scanner images in backrooms

    12/26/2012 10:04:25 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 25 December 2012 | Snejana Farberov
    Immature: A former TSA officer has revealed that he had witnessed his co-workers laughing at the nude X-ray images of passengers going through full-body scanners A former Transpiration Security Administration (TSA) agent-turned-anonymous blogger recently revealed that his co-workers routinely make fun of passengers' nude body images while reviewing them in backrooms. The unnamed ex-TSA officer, who writes for the blog Taking Sense Away, received a note from a reader which said: 'Tell us, please, what really happens in that private room and why the TSA does not want it seen in public or recorded.' In response, the blogger wrote that...
  • Poll: 51 percent don’t want assault weapons ban

    12/26/2012 9:30:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | December 26, 2012 | BOBBY CERVANTES
    A slight majority of Americans do not want assault weapons banned in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, though a clear majority said they support stricter gun laws in general, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll out Wednesday. Specifically on an assault weapons ban, 51 percent of respondents were against the measure, while 44 percent said they support it, the poll said. That remains largely unchanged from an October 2011 poll that had 43 percent for and 51 percent against a ban. Support for stricter gun control measures in general has jumped from 43 percent in October...
  • Identify address/households without guns. (Vanity)

    12/26/2012 8:57:28 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 27 replies
    Since it appears that gun owners are now being ID'd why don't we ID people, along with their addresses, who do not have guns? We could issue them stickers for their home and car windows and doors stating that the occupants do not have any firearms on the premises or on their persons. Perhaps a button displaying a gun with a line across it should be worn by these individuals as well. And...all Liberal politicians & celebrities and all registered Democrats who support new gun control laws will immediately be required to forego their armed security details and remove their...
  • NY Newspaper Draws Flak for Putting Gun Owners Addresses on Map

    12/26/2012 7:18:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/26/2012 | Michael Mullins
    A suburban New York City newspaper published an interactive map showing the addresses of thousands of local residents with handgun permits and has drawn flak from gun owners, some of whom expressed their anger via the newspaper's Facebook page. The Monday article in The Journal News was headlined "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," and was in response to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. "Do you fools realize that you also made a map for criminals to use to find homes to rob that have no guns in...