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  • Tourists flock to former top-secret US Air Force base near Charleville (Queensland, Australia)

    12/28/2012 6:00:15 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 29th December 2012 | Jeremy Pierce
    <p>IT was the top-secret air base so covert even the locals were sworn to silence.</p> <p>The US Air Force base, outside Charleville in outback Queensland, was deserted after World War II and has sat forgotten in the desert for more than 60 years.</p> <p>Until now.</p>
  • Unionized dock workers threaten to strike at 15 ports [Obama's Supporters]

    12/28/2012 5:47:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    khou.com ^ | 12/27/12
    In just a few days, a walkout by thousands of dock workers could bring commerce to a near standstill at every major port from Boston to Houston, potentially delivering a big blow to retailers and manufacturers still struggling to find their footing in a weak economy. More than 14,000 longshoremen are threatening to go on strike Sunday -a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships. The 15 ports involved in the labor dispute move more than 100 million tons of goods each year, or about 40...
  • Saudi Arabia: 41 people arrested for "plotting to celebrate Christmas"

    12/28/2012 5:44:16 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 12-28-12
    The only kind of Santa that is allowed Just so that you know that the Saudis are cracking down on the really important crimes, like jihad terrorism -- no, wait... Sharia Alert from the Kingdom of the Two Holy Places: "Saudi detains dozens for 'plotting to celebrate Christmas,'" from al-Akhbar, December 27 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): Saudi religious police stormed a house in the Saudi Arabian province of al-Jouf, detaining more than 41 guests for “plotting to celebrate Christmas,” a statement from the police branch released Wednesday night said. The raid is the latest in a string of religious...
  • Hurricane Sandy Hamas Relief

    12/28/2012 5:39:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 28, 2012 | Joe Kaufman
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Hurricane Sandy Hamas ReliefPosted By Joe Kaufman On December 28, 2012 @ 12:34 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The clean-up effort is still underway in the northeast, where Hurricane Sandy unleashed its imprint of death and destruction. A number of highly-rated charitable organizations have sent out relief workers to the area to help with things like food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment. Yet another group, ICNA Relief, is in town claiming to assist in the effort and asking for donations. Their donations have reached terror-related groups in the past, so their motives...
  • Minneapolis: R.T. Rybak won't seek fourth term as mayor

    12/28/2012 5:36:57 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-28-12 | Brian Bakst
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak said Thursday he won't seek a fourth term as leader of Minnesota's largest city, creating the first open race for the office in two decades. Rybak's announcement came less than a year before voters in the city of almost 400,000 will choose a new mayor. Several potential candidates had been waiting on Rybak to make a decision before declaring whether they would run, and the field is likely to be large. The decision also should ramp up speculation about Rybak's next political move. The 57-year-old Democrat has been mentioned as a possible addition to President Barack...
  • (FM Avigdor) Lieberman on Abbas' Threat: Please Quit, We Can't Wait

    12/28/2012 5:24:05 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman, until recently the Foreign Minister, reacted with joy Friday as Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas threatened to quit if negotiations do not resume. Abbas has refused to negotiate in absence of several Israeli concessions, including a complete freeze on construction east of the 1949 armistice line. According to Lieberman, Israel "can't wait" for Abbas to follow through on his threat. "We congratulate Abu Mazen [Abbas] for reaching the correct conclusion, that only his leave from the PA leadership will allow the diplomatic process to resume," Lieberman said. "We anxiously await the official announcement from the...
  • Darrell Brackett, man set on fire at a Miami gas station Christmas night [Sharpton Silent]

    12/28/2012 5:19:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    wptv.com ^ | 12/27/12
    Police and family members are wondering why a 44-year-old man was attacked and set on fire outside a Miami gas station on Christmas night. While Darrell Brackett was being treated for burns over 75 percent of his body at a Miami hospital on Thursday, police continued their search for answers. Brackett and his girlfriend dropped their guests off after hosting a Christmas night cookout. On their way home, the van ran out of gas and Brackett walked to the gas station.
  • Pat Buchanan: Why the War Party Fears Hagel

    12/28/2012 5:18:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/28/2012 | Pat Buchanan
    In the fortnight since Chuck Hagel's name was floated for secretary of defense, we have witnessed Washington at its worst. Who is Chuck Hagel? Born in North Platte, Neb., he was a squad leader in Vietnam, twice wounded, who came home to work in Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, was twice elected U.S. senator, and is chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-chair of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. To The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol, however, Hagel is a man "out on the fringes," who has a decade-long record of "hostility to Israel" and is "pro-appeasement-of-Iran." Lest we miss Kristol's...
  • John Kerry at State: A Disaster for Israel

    12/28/2012 5:12:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/28/2012 | Moshe Phillips
    President Obama's decision to nominate Senator John Kerry as his next secretary of state will prove to be a disaster for Israel. The choice of the American Jewish establishment to vehemently protest the expected nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel while granting Kerry a free pass for his anti-Israel behavior follows a longtime pattern. Hagel is a Republican who has a history of marking foolish remarks regarding Israel and has long been seen as an independent thinker on Middle East policy with a non-interventionist outlook. Kerry, however, is the much bigger problem for Israel. Hagel as SecDef will be tasked...
  • Illinois clergy endorse gay marriage bill

    12/28/2012 5:11:18 AM PST · by 1010RD · 84 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 24, 2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>More than 250 Illinois clergy — most of them in the Chicago area — have endorsed a gay marriage bill that could come up for a vote in Springfield before Jan. 9.</p> <p>On Sunday, rabbis and pastors from denominations that support gay rights in varying degrees unveiled a declaration supporting equality for same-sex couples. Fostering faith, justice and compassion is a key component of their jobs, they said.</p>
  • The Real Cliff: The staggering debt from decades of continuous borrowing is about to come due

    12/28/2012 4:33:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Weekly Stsndard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Christopher Demuth
    It is important to understand that the fiscal cliff is a charade. There are, to be sure, many conscientious debt reformers working to avert our proclaimed year-end epic fall​—​along with many cynics who are using the occasion to advance pet projects that will make the debt problem worse. But all concerned are working within a fiscal system that has become seriously pathological. The cliff is the latest expression of that pathology. Just last year, the president and Congress agreed by statute to (a) increase the federal government’s public debt by more than $2 trillion (up to $16.4 trillion) and (b)...
  • Russia's Putin signs anti-U.S. adoption bill [Obama and Hillary "Reset" is MASSIVE FAILURE]

    12/28/2012 4:00:39 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/28/12
    President Vladimir Putin signed a controversial measure banning the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families, the Kremlin said Friday. The action could affect hundreds of American families seeking to adopt. Americans adopted close to 1,000 Russian children last year, according to U.S. State Department figures.
  • U.S. Taxpayers Will Continue to Pay More Than One-Fifth of U.N. Budget

    12/28/2012 4:00:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    In one of its last actions of the year, the United Nations General Assembly on Christmas Eve agreed to extend for another three years the formula that has U.S. taxpayers contributing more than one-fifth of the world body’s regular budget. No member-state called for a recorded vote, and the resolution confirming the contributions that each country will make for the 2013-2015 period was summarily adopted. The assembly also approved a two-year U.N. budget of $5.4 billion. The U.S. has accounted for 22 percent of the total regular budget every year since 2000, and will now continue to do so for...
  • Atty: Hobby Lobby won’t offer morning-after pill

    12/28/2012 3:51:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 7:12 PM EST
    An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of...
  • Hatch’s Warning: Obama Will Need to Raise Taxes on Middle Class

    12/28/2012 3:39:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 07:09 PM | Stephen Feller and Kathleen Walter
    President Barack Obama will eventually raise taxes on the entire middle class because he has no plans to stop spending, the GOP’s soon-to-be senior senator tells Newsmax. And the success or failure of the president’s bid to increase tax rates for the top two percent of earners is irrelevant in the matter, said Sen. Orrin Hatch in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. The Utah senator—who will become the senior Republican in the new Congress set to convene next week—said that Republicans are leery of increasing taxes on Americans in any income bracket because they believe Obama will spend the money...
  • Wilbur Ross Sees Recession, Warns of “Greek” Situation

    12/28/2012 3:09:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    MoneyNews ^ | Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 02:35 PM | Forrest Jones and Kathleen Walter
    The U.S. economy faces a recession if the nation goes off the fiscal cliff and key tax cuts fully expire at the end of this year, said Wilbur Ross, chairman and CEO of WL Ross and Co. And, in the wake of news the U.S. will hit its debt limit earlier than expected, the billionaire financier warned that the United States could soon face its own “Greek” style debt situation. Failure to stop automatic tax increases set for Jan. 1 “would obviously have a big negative effect on disposable income and consequently, I believe would put us back into the...
  • The Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 28, 2012 (Q&R on vacation)

    12/28/2012 2:51:09 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
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  • P.J. O'Rourke: Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn't Add Up

    12/27/2012 11:47:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 27, 2012 | P.J. O'Rourke
    Is life like a pizza, where if some people have too many slices, other people have to eat the pizza box? Given that hypocrisy is an important part of diplomacy, and diplomacy is necessary to foreign policy, allow me to congratulate you on winning a second term. I wish I could also congratulate you on your conduct of international affairs. I do thank you for killing Osama bin Laden. It was a creditable action for which you deserve some of the credit you've been given. Of course the intelligence was gathered, and the mission was undertaken, by men and women...
  • Ordinary folks losing faith in stocks

    12/27/2012 11:54:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 5:17 PM EST | Bernard Condon
    Andrew Neitlich is the last person you’d expect to be rattled by the stock market. He once worked as a financial analyst picking stocks for a mutual fund. He has huddled with dozens of CEOs in his current career as an executive coach. During the dot-com crash 12 years ago, he kept his wits and did not sell. But he’s selling now. “You have to trust your government. You have to trust other governments. You have to trust Wall Street,” says Neitlich, 47. “And I don’t trust any of these.” Defying decades of investment history, ordinary Americans are selling stocks...
  • Sheriffs Joe Arpaio and Paul Babeu have different plans for protecting Arizona schools

    12/27/2012 11:40:56 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    ABC15 ^ | 12-27-12 | Webb
    Two Arizona sheriffs have ideas on how to protect schools, and their plans are far from the same. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants to use his posse. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu wants to arm willing principals. Sheriff Arpaio said his plan is similar to the posse he started in 1993 to patrol area malls. Arpaio said his posse members have more than 100 hours of firearms training and will probably carry Glock handguns.
  • US Treasury to take steps to avoid borrowing limit

    12/27/2012 11:40:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 6:23 PM EST | Christopher S. Rugaber
    The U.S. Treasury Department will begin taking steps on Friday to delay hitting the government's $16.4 trillion borrowing limit on Dec. 31. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a letter Wednesday to congressional leaders that the department will use accounting measures to save approximately $200 billion. That could keep the government from reaching the limit for about two months. … For now, Treasury will take several steps to delay reaching the limit. Geithner said it will stop selling Treasury securities used by state and local governments to support their own sales of tax-exempt bonds. That will keep the department from...
  • Hoyer compares GOP debt limit tactics to hostage taker threatening to shoot child

    12/27/2012 10:37:45 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 12-27-12 | Deidre Walsh
    Less than two weeks after one of the nation's deadliest school shootings, the No.2 Democrat in the U.S. House, Steny Hoyer, compared Republican tactics for dealing with the nation's debt limit to someone threatening to shoot a child hostage. "It's somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, 'I'm going to shoot my child if you don't do what I want done.' You don't want to shoot your child. There's no Republican leader that wants to default on our debt, that I've talked to," Hoyer said at a Capitol Hill press conference.
  • Clinton, still recovering, to be back at desk Monday (She's healed)

    12/27/2012 10:24:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 66 replies
    WASHINGTON — Outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who fell ill in early December and hasn't been seen in public since, will be back at her desk on Monday, her closest aide said. "She's recuperating at home," and will take up her official duties again "next week" Philippe Reines wrote in brief email to AFP when asked about the health of Washington's most traveled top diplomat. **SNIP** Her lengthy absence from public life has sparked claims from some of her fiercer critics that she is trying to avoid testifying in a congressional investigation into a deadly attack on a...
  • Iran begins naval maneuvers near Strait of Hormuz

    12/27/2012 10:18:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 28 2012 12:51 AM EST
    Iran’s state TV is reporting the country’s navy has begun maneuvers in the area of the Strait of Hormuz, where one-fifth of the world’s oil passes. … Iran has threatened to close the straits over Western sanctions but has not repeated the threats lately. …
  • 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...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-27-12

    12/27/2012 4:23:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-27-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Illegal immigrants say tax credits are needed

    12/27/2012 4:09:54 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    WTHR: ^ | Dec 27, 2012 | Bob Segall
    INDIANAPOLIS - Should the IRS be giving billions of dollars in tax credits to illegal immigrants? Many lawmakers say "no" after seeing an Eyewitness News investigation exposing massive fraud involving undocumented workers and child tax credits. Now some illegal immigrants are speaking out to explain why the tax credits are so important, and why Congress should not eliminate them. Salvador Presteguin is a plumber who works long hours.
  • Poll: Number of Republicans hopeful about the future hits 21st-century low

    12/27/2012 3:44:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    Saw this the other day and can't stop thinking about it. It makes all the sense in the world that conservatives would be despondent after Obama's re-election. But more despondent than liberals were after the Bushitler's re-election?A lot more, as it turns out:Why are the numbers so much worse for Republicans now than they were for Democrats in 2004? It can’t be because the GOP thinks Obama’s done irreversible damage to the U.S.; Bush-hating liberals thought the same about Dubya. Besides, we’ve got a deep bench for 2016. Is it a demographic thing, with Republicans fearing that they’ll never (or...
  • Attorney claims EPA chief resigned over alias email accounts

    12/27/2012 3:44:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/12 | Judson Berger & Doug McKelway
    A Washington attorney suing the Obama administration for access to alias emails sent by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that a recent decision by the Justice Department to release thousands of those emails next month contributed to her resigning Thursday. Jackson, in a brief written statement, said Thursday she is leaving the EPA after four years on the job, for "new challenges, time with my family and new opportunities to make a difference." The agency did not offer an explanation. But Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said
  • Take a flyin’ leap (Obama is obsessed with the $250,000 figure)

    12/27/2012 3:41:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/27/2012 | Charles Gasparino
    Get ready, all you “millionaires and billionaires” with kids in college and taxes to pay on your homes in and around New York City. It doesn’t matter that you bring home just $250,000 a year and have a family of four or more. President Obama thinks you’re part of the evil 1 percent and you should pay higher taxes — a lot higher. That’s the unfortunate reality for many New Yorkers, no matter what happens during the fiscal-cliff negotiations designed to avert taxes going up on everyone, regardless of income, if a deal isn’t reached sometime soon. Those talks have...
  • Piers Morgan: ‘It's Time For an Amendment to the Bible’

    12/27/2012 3:40:03 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    Piers Morgan: ‘It's Time For an Amendment to the Bible’ By Elizabeth Harrington December 27, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – After his gun-control views landed him on a petition to be deported from the United States, CNN host Piers Morgan is now contending “it’s time for an amendment to the Bible” because, like the Constitution, it is “inherently flawed.” In an interview that was broadcast on Christmas Eve, Morgan told evangelical Pastor Rick Warren that due to changing cultural views on gay marriage the Bible, too, must be changed. The British television host explained that a passage that states adultery is punishable...