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  • Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, coalition forces leader during Persian Gulf War, dies

    12/27/2012 9:38:49 PM PST · by FrogMom · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/12
    Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname. The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla., at age 78 from complications from pneumonia, knew him as a friendly, talkative and even jovial figure who preferred the somewhat milder sobriquet given by his troops: "The Bear."
  • Gun Control Debate Exposed The Media’s Bias, David Gregory Exposed Their Hypocrisy

    12/27/2012 9:28:31 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/27/12 | Noah Rothman
    **SNIP** The media’s argument in favor of treating Gregory differently from any other citizen who does not anchor a popular Sunday news broadcast is, essentially, “come on! Really?” Yes, really. The media’s defense of Gregory is entirely personal – he is a member of the media simply doing what the media does. Even if this law is applicable to Gregory (a fact which the media seems prepared to debate), this particular infraction should not result in any penalties. At no point has any member of the media asked if Washington D.C.’s law, which is aimed at reducing the glamour of...
  • John Kerry: Obama’s “Perfect Choice” For Secretary of State

    12/27/2012 9:28:03 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | December 22. 2-12 | John Perazzo
    When Barack Obama nominated John Kerry to be America’s next Secretary of State Friday afternoon, he called Kerry the “perfect choice” to replace Hillary Clinton. Stating that “few individuals … grasp our foreign policies as firmly as John Kerry,” Obama said the Senator will not “need a lot of on-the-job training.” He then praised Mr. Kerry’s combat service in the Vietnam War and his subsequent tenure of service in the Senate, where Kerry has been intimately involved in “every major foreign policy debate for the past 30 years.” Notably, President Obama made no mention of what occurred after Kerry’s military...
  • Knott Co. homeowner shot multiple times, kills gunman(TN)

    12/27/2012 8:45:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wkyt.com ^ | 26 December, 2012 | NA
    KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky State Police are investigating a deadly shooting. At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Christmas night, Kentucky State Police in Hazard received a call that a person was possibly shot at the Jamestown Village Trailer Park in the Talcum community of Knott County. Police tell WKYT their early investigation indicates that two male subjects went to the residence of Ricky Sweet and asked to borrow gasoline. Police say that Sweet retrieved some gas from an outside storage building, when one of the individuals pulled out a handgun and demanded money. Police say Sweet fought back and...
  • Who Is Gabriel Sherman? How the New System of Tax-Deductible Lefty Journalism Threatens All of Us

    12/27/2012 8:45:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/26/12 | Capitol Confidential
    Who is Gabriel Sherman? Who is he, and what forces does he represent? Those are questions worth answering, because they speak to the tactics and methods of the left wing in America today. In his too-brief life, Andrew Breitbart always emphasized the importance of understanding how the left operates--the better to combat it. So we at Breitbart News, who seek to carry on Andrew’s work, feel a continuing obligation to expose the left and its ever-evolving methods. And so we return to Gabriel Sherman, because his career provides a window into the mechanisms of the contemporary left. In particular, we...
  • Stigmatizing Gun Owners Makes Civil Debate Impossible

    12/27/2012 8:27:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 12/27/12 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    The decision of a newspaper in New York’s Westchester County to publish an interactive map that allowed readers to discover the names and addresses of owners of legal guns is generally being debated as one about whether the Gannett-owned Journal News showed good judgment. It didn’t, but the problem goes a lot deeper than whether or not a newspaper ought to publicize information that is legally available to the public in this manner. The controversy goes to the heart of the entire discussion about guns in this country. No matter what those behind this stunt say
  • PRY: North Korea EMP attack could destroy U.S. — now

    12/27/2012 8:03:46 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2012 | Peter Vincent Pry
    North Korea now has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the United States, as demonstrated by their successful launch and orbiting of a satellite on Dec. 12. Certain poorly informed pundits among the chattering classes reassure us that North Korea is still years away from being able to miniaturize warheads for missile delivery, and from developing sufficiently accurate missiles to pose a serious nuclear threat to the United States. Philip Yun, director of San Francisco’s Ploughshares Fund, a nuclear disarmament group, reportedly said, “The real threat from the launch was an overreaction that would...
  • India Test Fired K-15 SLBM successfully for 11th Time.

    12/27/2012 8:02:41 PM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 15 replies
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) ends 2012 on an upbeat note, successfully launching the underwater missile K-15 off the Visakhapatnam coast on Wednesday. The missile darted 20 km into the air, after a gas generator ejected it from the pontoon that lay submerged a few scores of metres in the Bay of Bengal, and sped 650 km before splashing into the sea in its 11th flight trial. After one more flight, the two-stage missile will be integrated with Arihant, India’s nuclear-powered submarine, and test-fired from the ship. “It is a fantastic system. It is a very powerful and...
  • Here's What's Behind The Collapse Of The Japanese Yen — The Biggest Economic Story In The World

    12/27/2012 7:52:42 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-27-2012 | Joe Weisenthal
    Here's What's Behind The Collapse Of The Japanese Yen — The Biggest Economic Story In The World Joe WeisenthalDec. 27, 2012, 7:26 PM Earlier we joked that lost in all of the Fiscal Cliff shuffle was the fact that the yen has been getting clobbered. SocGen's FX guru Kit Juckes jokingly responded that far from getting "lost" the yen carnage was actually the only game in town. Indeed this is really the huge story in global markets right now. In addition to being a major shift in one of the world's biggest and strongest currencies, it affects all sorts of...
  • Utah teachers get free gun training in response to Newtown shooting

    12/27/2012 7:28:00 PM PST · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/27/2012 | Laura Zuckerman
    Kasey Hansen, a special education teacher from Salt Lake City, Utah, says she would take a bullet for any of her students, but if faced with a gunman threatening her class, she would rather be able to shoot back. On Thursday, she was one of 200 Utah teachers who flocked to an indoor sports arena for free instruction in the handling of firearms by gun activists who say armed educators might have a chance at thwarting deadly shooting rampages in their schools. The event was organized by the Utah Shooting Sports Council in response to the mass shooting in Newtown,...
  • Above the Law? Howard Kurtz Scolds D.C. Police for Investigating NBC's David Gregory

    12/27/2012 6:50:24 PM PST · by chessplayer · 54 replies
    Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast has some tough talk for the D.C. Police investigating NBC's David Gregory. In an interview with the NRA's Wayne LaPierre on Sunday's Meet the Press, Gregory had produced an high capacity magazine on-air in violation of D.C. gun laws, thus attracting a police investigation. Kurtz lamely implied that although Gregory broke the law, he shouldn't be prosecuted for it. "But the D.C. Police Department apparently has nothing better to do than examine whether he violated the city’s gun laws," Kurtz scoffed in his column at the Daily Download. Gregory clearly broke the law. Should...
  • Michelle Obama Has a Very Neon Christmas In Hawaii (wearing $995 Lanvin Sandals)

    12/27/2012 6:41:28 PM PST · by drewh · 77 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | | UPDATED: 16:50 EST, 27 December 2012
    If Michelle Obama's greige nail polish she wore during her Democratic National Convention speech was enough to spark discussion from Pulitzer prize-winning authors, then her Christmas Day polish is sure to cause fireworks. The First Lady, visiting a military base in Hawaii with President Barack Obama, celebrated December 25th in summery style, wearing a sleeveless cotton dress, sandals and a neon yellow pedicure. While she kept her hands bare, the pop of yellow on her toes was a simple way to liven up and add some colour to her black and white ensemble. The president and his family spent the...
  • Dr. Boyce Watkins: Three Reasons Why This Black Man Loved “Django Unchained”

    12/27/2012 6:10:41 PM PST · by drewh · 38 replies
    Black Blue Dog ^ | 12/26/12
    After reading this week about the objections that director Spike Lee had about the new film “Django Unchained,” I was both curious and concerned. I wanted to see the film myself in order to determine if Spike actually had a point in his critique. I also hoped that Spike would explain himself a bit more, instead of making brief, even cryptic, remarks about the project on his Twitter feed. I love Spike and his films, but the nature of his criticism didn’t make much sense to me, given that he’d never seen the film in the first place. I’ve seen...
  • A bill to ban deadly ‘devises’? Sen. Feinstein is on it!

    12/27/2012 6:05:25 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 15 replies
    http://twitchy.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Spelling is hard. But introducing a bill “to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devises” is easy peasy! ( See Tweet image captures at link )
  • Facebook bans Gandhi quote as part of revisionist history purge

    12/27/2012 6:04:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    naturalnews.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Mike Adams
    (NaturalNews) The reports are absolutely true. Facebook suspended the Natural News account earlier today after we posted an historical quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The quote reads: "Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest." - Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446. This historical quote was apparently too much for Facebook's censors to bear. They suspended our account and gave us a "final warning" that one more violation of their so-called "community guidelines" would result in our account being permanently deactivated. They then demanded we...
  • Germany accused of 'deporting' its elderly

    12/27/2012 5:54:08 PM PST · by DFG · 27 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12/27/12 | Mail Foreign Service
    German pensioners are being sent to care homes in Eastern Europe and Asia in what has been described as an ‘inhumane deportation’. Rising numbers of the elderly and sick are moved overseas for long-term care because of sky-high costs at home. Some private healthcare providers are even building homes overseas, while state insurers are also investigating whether they can care for their clients abroad. Experts describe a time bomb’ of increasing numbers unable to afford the growing costs of retirement homes.
  • Cornell West On Sandy Hook: ‘We Can’t Just Shed Tears For Those On The Vanilla Side Of Town’

    12/27/2012 5:30:28 PM PST · by drewh · 62 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 5:30 pm, December 27th, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    Princeton University Professor Dr. Cornel West appeared on the Tavis Smiley radio show on Thursday where he weighed in with his thoughts on how the media and lawmakers are responding to the tragic massacre of teachers and children in Newtown, Connecticut. West expressed his frustration over how eagerly the media demanded a conversation about gun laws after Newtown, but seems unmoved by endemic gun violence in America’s cities where the victims are primarily minorities. “We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said.” They are precious, but they are no less or more precious...
  • Teenage Zombies

    12/27/2012 5:21:06 PM PST · by dennisw · 15 replies
    wsj. ^ | January 4, 2008 | By STEPHEN MOORE
    Back in October we established for the older boys strict screen-time limits. It was then that we discovered the true extent of their addiction. They ranted and raved and cursed and even threw things -- almost as if demons had taken possession of them. These are classic withdrawal symptoms; they craved a fix. When we installed parental controls on the computer, our boys scoffed. It took them about 15 minutes to disable them. We've become so desperate that we may have to get rid of the computers entirely, though that may hamper their school work. My new year's resolution is...
  • White House Says It Has No New Fiscal Cliff Plan

    12/27/2012 5:08:36 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies
    White House Says It Has No New Fiscal Cliff Plan By JON KARL, SUNLEN MILLER (@sunlenmiller) , JOHN PARKINSON (@jparkABC) and SARAH PARNASS (@wordsofsarah) Dec. 27, 2012 The White House said today it has no plans to offer new proposals to avoid the fiscal cliff which looms over the country's economy just five days from now, but will meet Friday with Congressional leaders in a last ditch effort to forge a deal. Republicans and Democrats made no conciliatory gestures in public today, despite the urgency. The White House said President Obama would meet Friday with Democratic and Republican leaders. But...
  • Shooting Dogs, A Police Epidemic? Dog is Killed in Hazel Crest

    12/27/2012 4:46:24 PM PST · by fulltlt · 37 replies
    chicagonow.com ^ | 12/27/2012 | Steve Dale
    Hazel Crest police searching for an escaped prisoner from the Metropolitan Correctional Center, traversed back yards in the south Chicago suburb....a Rhodesian Ridgeback (who the owner and others maintain was a friendly dog) was somehow perceived as a threat - and escaped the owner's yard (likely because police opened the gate themselves). And the answer: shoot and kill the dog? Unbelievable isn't it? But this is - according to reports - exactly what happened. This is the second occurrence in the Chicago area in a month of a friendly dog shot by police. A 7-month old pup survived when an...