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  • British Doctors Call for Ban on Long Kitchen Knives to End Stabbings

    12/27/2012 9:09:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 79 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/27/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    The good news is that if we ever do get that assault rifle ban, followed by a handgun ban, followed by a ban of anything that can shoot bullets, the “Banners” will still have a banner year of banning all the other ways with which people kill other people. Violent crimes haven’t gone away with the UK’s gun control. They’ve actually gone up. Britons suffer 1,158,957 violent crimes per year, which works out at 2,034 per 100,000 residents. The U.S., meanwhile, has a rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, which is lower than France’s, at 504 Instead of gun...
  • Police: Man defends himself, kills robbery suspect(GA)

    12/27/2012 9:08:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    newschannel9.com ^ | 26 December, 2012 | AP
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Police in Atlanta say a man was defending himself when he shot and killed a suspected robber on Christmas Eve. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones says the attempted robbery happened Monday night on Jackson Street in southeast Atlanta.
  • Plea for help from Chinese labor camp worker paid $1.61 per MONTH found stuffed in Oregon woman's

    12/27/2012 9:06:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/27/12 | Helen Pow
    Oregon mother Julie Keith expected to find Styrofoam headstones in the graveyard kit she bought at Kmart for Halloween. What she didn't expect was a desperate plea for help from one of the Chinese laborers forced to make the holiday decorations in brutal conditions. The 42-year-old charity worker from Portland discovered the chilling letter hidden between the two novelty headstones when she opened the kit in October. 'Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization,' the unsigned note, that was folded into eighths, read. 'Thousands people here who are under...
  • Intruder fatally shot after breaking into Glen Burnie business, police say [MD]

    12/27/2012 9:02:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | 25 December, 2012 | Andrea F. Siegel
    Anne Arundel County police are investigating a report that an employee in a coin shop in Glen Burnie shot and killed an intruder Tuesday morning. Officers responded to a 6:28 a.m. call Christmas morning at Arundel County Coin Shop in the 7400 block of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and were met by an employee of the business, police said. He told police that an intruder broke into the business while he was there, and during an altercation inside, the intruder was shot, police said. The intruder ran out of the building and collapsed, police said. Paramedics were called, and the man...
  • Prison vs School: The Tour ( A Youtube video back to back comparison)

    This video was made before the Sandy Hook killings. I expect that the prison-like conditions will grow worse.Prison vs School: The Tour Question: What do children learn when they attend prison-like indoctrination centers similar to those seen in this video? When children are in many ways treated like prisoners, and know that armed police and courts stand ready at all times to enforce the incarceration, what are they learning? Answer: They risk learning to be comfortable prisoners of the state, comfortable with state compulsion, and they risk learning to be comfortable with the continuous threat of armed police and court...
  • For Four Retailers, Do or Die

    12/27/2012 8:46:58 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 118 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2012 | ANN ZIMMERMAN And DANA MATTIOLI
    While 2013 will be a tough year for retailers due to the tepid economic recovery, a few in particular face a critical 12 months. Their experiences highlight the challenges facing store chains, from increasingly cautious consumers to fierce online competition. These unlucky retailers are going into the New Year with extra woes: slipping sales, questionable strategies and tight finances—which is why they are the ones to watch, and not in a good way. Best Buy Co. BBY -1.22% has been plagued by the retail phenomenon called "showrooming," where shoppers examine products in its stores but buy online through rivals. A...
  • THE REAL HILLARY CLINTON: Episode #2 - Children in the Hospital (Hillary brain cancer? rumor)

    12/27/2012 8:42:15 AM PST · by doug from upland · 19 replies
    fr ^ | 1997, dfu version 2002 | dfu
    NOTE: the National Enquirer is spreading a brain cancer rumor, something the Hillary camp has denied. Let's revisit the story of Hillary and her shameful visit to children with cancer, shall we? In this series of 30 episodes about the evil that is Hillary, I admittedly called it incorrectly. At the time, I thought the two greatest threats to our republic were Islamic terrorists and Hillary Clinton. There were actually three great threats. I had no idea at the time about the community organizer from Chicago, whose purpose in life was to fool the masses of dumbed down voters and...
  • The "NO" Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,December 27-28,2012

    12/27/2012 8:31:16 AM PST · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 27-28,2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    During this Christmas/New Year's 2013 vacation week for Rush, there are some very intesting subbing hosts. Sorry to not have posted, thought it was a best of, turned out to be Mark Steyn. Oh well. Enjoy the subs. Rush will be back on January 3, 2013. :)=^..^=
  • Blogger Retaliates Against Paper That Published Gun Owner Addresses

    12/27/2012 8:13:44 AM PST · by Patriot95 · 24 replies
    The BLAZE ^ | 27 December 2012 | Liz Klimas
    In retaliation against the New York newspaper — the Journal News — that published the addresses of those pistol permit holders in two of the state’s counties, a blogger has created a map pinpointing the addresses of the newspaper’s employees. Mimicking the title of the Journal News’ original article, Robert Cox with “Talk of the Sound” headlined his post: Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?
  • Report: GOP senators won’t confirm Kerry until Clinton testifies on Benghazi

    12/27/2012 8:13:10 AM PST · by yoe · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Republican senators will refuse to confirm Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as Secretary of State until the nation’s current top diplomat, Hillary Clinton, testifies about her handling of the Benghazi terrorist attack. “The Senate is expected to take up Kerry’s nomination in early January, but multiple Republican senators have already said they won’t agree to a vote on Kerry’s nomination until Clinton testifies about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi,” The Cable’s Josh Rogin notes. Clinton backed out of testifying at a congressional hearing last week after fainting and suffering a concussion. She was the first cabinet-level...
  • Media disdain for the David Gregory story

    12/27/2012 8:12:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/26/12 | KATIE GLUECK
    Some political and media types weren't impressed by headlines this week reporting that D.C. police are investigating the alleged display of a gun magazine on NBC's Meet the Press. They took to the Internet with their disdain for the story. "Excellent use of DC police resources, investigating 'Meet the Press' for committing an act of journalism," snarked the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. "When guns are outlawed, only David Gregory will have guns," Slate's Matt Yglesias offered.
  • HARRY REID: 'It Looks Like' We'll Go Over The Cliff

    12/27/2012 7:40:51 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-27-2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    HARRY REID: 'It Looks Like' We'll Go Over The Cliff Brett LoGiuratoDecember 27, 2012Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this morning that it "looks like" Congress will fail to come to a deal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff. "It looks like that's where we're headed," Reid said. "I don't know, time-wise, how it can happen now." It's not exactly a surprise — leaders left Washington last week without any imminent signs of a deal in the making. But it's a grim warning just days before tax hikes and automatic spending cuts begin to take effect. Reid opened the Senate...
  • Government Dependents Outnumber Those With Private Sector Jobs In 11 U.S. States

    12/27/2012 7:31:25 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-27-2012 | Michael Snyder
    Government Dependents Outnumber Those With Private Sector Jobs In 11 U.S. States By Michael Snyder December 26th, 2012 America is rapidly becoming a nation of takers. An increasing number of Americans expect the government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave, and they expect the government to dig into the pockets of others in order to pay for it all. This philosophy can be very seductive, but what happens when the number of takers eventually outnumbers the number of producers? In 11 different U.S. states, the number of government dependents exceeds the number of private sector...
  • Man the Nazis could not kill: A giant with a volcanic temper, he shot 100 enemy soldiers and won..

    Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, of Middlesbrough was the only soldier awarded a VC at D-Day and is believed to have gunned down 100 German soldiersDuring the early hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day - lines of scared young soldiers waited in the dark for the order to board the landing craft that would take them into battle on the beaches of northern France. At the last minute they were issued with an unexpected piece of equipment — a condom each! ‘What are these for?’ boomed out the voice of Sergeant-Major Stan Hollis, a hulking power-house of a man from...
  • US: Consumer Confidence scares at 65.1 in November

    12/27/2012 7:18:37 AM PST · by John W · 19 replies
    fxstreet.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | fxstreet.com
    FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - A fall of 6.4 points in November was registered by the Consumer Confidence indicator released by the Conference Board. Data fell from 75.1 (revised from 73.7) to 65.1, coming much lower than the expected 70.3.
  • NBC’s David Gregory Breaks Gun Laws "For the Greater Good"

    12/27/2012 6:54:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/27/2012 | Katie Pavlich
    By now you've seen the stories about NBC anchor David Gregory breaking Washington D.C. gun laws by brandishing a 30-round magazine during his abrasive interview with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre last Sunday. From the anchor chair, Gregory pretty much said high capacity magazines should be banned. Now, because the possession of 30-round magazines are illegal in the District of Columbia, Gregory is under investigation by police; as he should be. Not only did he violate D.C. gun laws, but according to D.C. police [who have confirmed multiple times], he knowingly violated the law after being denied the use...
  • Professor: Don't Be Surprised If There's A War Between Japan And China In The Next Year

    12/27/2012 6:50:49 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    Chinese planes flew near Japanese airspace Monday to assert its claims to Japan's Senkaku islands (China calls them the Diaoyu islands). The move came just as Japan announced its new prime minister. Hugh White, a professor at Australian National University and a former Australian defense official, believes this is the latest sign the two countries are heading to war. And the U.S. will be dragged in. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, White says we are now witnessing the types of conditions that have historically led to war — despite conflict being in no one's interest. THIS is how wars...
  • Piers Morgan: Hey, let’s amend the Bible ("Bible and Constitution basically, inherently flawed.”)

    12/27/2012 6:48:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/27/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    And not just the Bible, but Piers Morgan wants to amend the Constitution, too. It's a darn good thing that the CNN host needed work badly enough to emigrate to a place that he finds so disagreeable. What did we ever do without him?CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO I have no issue with the concept of amending the Constitution --- and neither did the founders, who accepted that it might prove flawed for later use. That's why they included the mechanisms for amending the foundational document of American law within it, mechanisms that have been used 17 times since...
  • Hillary Clinton does NOT have brain cancer: Officials slam 'nonsense' claims

    12/27/2012 6:39:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | December 26, 2012
    Complete Headline: Hillary Clinton does NOT have brain cancer: Officials slam 'nonsense' claims debilitating illness was behind collapse and decision to step down The National Enquirer claims brain cancer is behind Clinton's recent collapse and that she is facing a barrage of medical tests State Department labelled the claims 'absolute nonsense' and insists she is recovering well at home The Secretary of State suffered a concussion after she collapsed in her home earlier this month On Friday, President Barack Obama nominated Senator John Kerry to replace Clinton after she chose to step down Government officials have vehemently denied claims...
  • Fiscal Endgame (NYT makes case for going over cliff)

    12/27/2012 6:36:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 26, 2012
    But failure to reach a deal by year-end would also bring about deeper and more immediate pain for low- and middle-income Americans. No deal means the end of federal unemployment benefits, averaging $290 a week. Some two million people would be cut off immediately, and nearly one million more who would be cut off in the first quarter of 2013. It means the end of the 2 percent payroll tax cut, which, for the past two years, has reduced taxes for 125 million households, boosting pay by nearly $1,000 a year for the typical household making $50,000. It also means...
  • The GOP's Budget Problem (Inexplicably, Republicans simply will not make the budget case in public)

    12/27/2012 6:33:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2012 | Greg Richards
    Just how much trouble is the federal budget in? The coverage by the MSM of the fiscal cliff negotiations is not enlightening on this point. For reasons that most of us in the American Thinker community and observers such as Thomas Sowell find inexplicable, the Republicans simply will not make the budget case in public. This is true whether it is Boehner and McConnell in Congress or Romney during the campaign. Instead we get snippets from our side when they get in front of a microphone of "$1.2 trillion" or "everything is on the table" or "keeping the Bush tax...
  • Shall Be White as Snow!

    12/27/2012 6:26:30 AM PST · by kindred
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | December 26, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friend along the Christmas and winter theme I was thinking today about the wonders of... snow. Yes snow! Something one either hates or loves but whether you despise it or enjoy it, snow in it's self is an absolute wonder of Almighty God's ETERNAL creative genius (Job 38:22-23, Psalm 104:24, Prov. 3:19). As I was thinking of snow... the Bible verse from Isaiah 1:18 came to mind. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall...
  • Archeologists Make Rare Discovery West of Jerusalem

    12/27/2012 5:54:20 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 26, 2012
    Archeologists made a rare discovery at Tel Motza, to the west of Jerusalem, recently: evidence of the Jewish religious practices and rituals in the early days of the Kingdom of Judah. Among the finds are a ritual building and a cache of sacred vessels some 2,750 years old. Anna Eirikh, Dr. Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz, the directors of the excavation, released a joint statement provided by the Israeli Antiquities Authority in which they said: “The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual...
  • West Longs for Jew-Free Zones in Jerusalem

    12/27/2012 5:50:47 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 27, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - West Longs for Jew-Free Zones in JerusalemPosted By P. David Hornik On December 27, 2012 @ 12:56 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments Israel plans to step up the building of residences within the settlement blocs and—drawing particular ire—in parts of Jerusalem that were under Jordanian occupation from 1949 to 1967. The Jerusalem plans include housing for both Jews and Arabs.In this holiday season, those plans should be cause for rejoicing instead of heightened rebukes. The city’s status as a hub of three religions, and also of tolerance, pluralism, and across-the-board demographic growth,...
  • 52% of Rapes in Rome Committed by Immigrants, 59% in Milan, 40% in Italy

    12/27/2012 5:49:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 39 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 26, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - 52% of Rapes in Rome Committed by Immigrants, 59% in Milan, 40% in ItalyPosted By Daniel Greenfield On December 26, 2012 @ 10:13 pm In The Point | 6 Comments Muslims in Milan doing their part to keep Milan violent and rapey   “He was horrible, he had no teeth, his face disfigured by scars”. This is how one of the latest victims of rape in Milan, a businesswoman of 42, described her attacker, Mohamed K., 32, an Iraqi illegal immigrant already convicted for theft, assault and wounding. Last week, when she was going...
  • Murder by Numbers: Today's murder rate is essentially at a low point of the past century.

    12/27/2012 5:41:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/27/2012 | Randall Hoven
    Listening to the latest media chatter, one could get the impression that murder in the US is historically bad and getting worse. As the Reverend Al Sharpton put it, "The time for their talk is over. Now's the time for action, and real change on gun control."Actually, now would seem to be a very bad time for such action. The reason is simple: the murder rate is historically low and is already trending downward. In fact, the murder rate in 2011 was the lowest since 1961: 4.7 murders per 100,000 people. In only 5 years since 1910 has it...
  • [AZ] IRC seeks exemption from legal review [Redistricting Map]

    12/27/2012 5:40:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | December 27, 2012 | Howard Fisher
    PHOENIX -- Members of the Independent Redistricting Commission want a federal court to block them from being questioned about the legislative maps they drew. In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court, attorneys for the five commissioners said their actions are protected by "legislative privilege," a legal concept that generally prevents lawmakers from being questioned or sued about how they reached a decision. And they want a three-judge panel hearing the case to preclude lawyers for the challengers, from being allowed to ask them about it in pretrial depositions. But Joe Kanefield, one of the commission's attorneys, said this is...
  • A Blow to the College-Industrial Complex

    12/27/2012 4:08:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 74 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 12-27-12 | Heather McDonald
    The New York Times seems concerned that teens in the fracking belt of eastern Montana are opting to work in the new oil-field economy right after high school rather than going straight on to college. A front-page story warns: Taking a job is “a lucrative but risky decision for any 18-year-old to make, one that could foreclose on his future if the frenzied pace of oil and gas drilling from here to North Dakota to Texas falters and work dries up.” Let’s see. Where is a teenager more likely to learn the basic and transferable virtue of showing up every...
  • 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: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ 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
    reuters.com ^ | 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
    politico.com ^ | 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...
  • Blogger Creates Interactive Map of Employees of Paper Which Published Names and Addresses

    12/26/2012 8:47:23 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    In response to Gannett's Jounal News headquartered in White Plains, New York publishing an interactive map containing the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties (previous related posts are here and here), blogger Robert Cox at NewRochelleTalk.com (HT Instapundit) has produced an interactive map at a post entitled "Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?" It contains names, addresses, and various forms of Internet presence. Some of his narrative follows the jump:
  • Gannett's Journal-News in New York Defends Publishing Gun Permit Holders' Names and Addresses

    12/26/2012 8:42:24 PM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fool is reporting, with supporting links, that Editor CynDee Royle at the Journal News headquartered in White Plains, New York, which on Saturday, as noted on Monday at NewsBusters, published an interactive map showing the names and address of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties, has taken down her Facebook page and made her Twitter account private (the latter may have been the case before the article was published). The paper has also recognized the outrage the published map cause, is offering a truly lame defense, and claims it didn't get everything it wanted. Paper-“People...