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  • The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week

    12/28/2012 8:19:44 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI - AP ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jim Salter
    The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week Jim Salter, Associated PressDecember 28, 2012Wikimedia Commons ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the...
  • Islamists’ Harsh Justice Is on the Rise in North Mali

    12/28/2012 8:13:01 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 27 2012 | ADAM NOSSITER
    BAMAKO, Mali — Moctar Touré was strapped to a chair, blindfolded, his right hand bound tight to the armrest with a rubber tube. A doctor came and administered a shot. Then Mr. Touré’s own brother wielded a knife, the kind used to slaughter sheep, and methodically carried out the sentence. “I myself cut off my brother’s hand,” said Aliou Touré, a police chief in the Islamist-held north of this divided nation. “We had no choice but to practice the justice of God.” Such amputations are designed to shock — residents are often summoned to watch — and even as the...
  • Three teens charged in horrific Christmas night carjacking, sex assault on woman, 22

    12/28/2012 8:03:26 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 108 replies
    mainlinemedianews ^ | December 28, 2012 | Linda Reilly
    Posted from a phone......horrific story.
  • Lawsuit reveals details of Zimmerman's hide-out plan

    12/28/2012 8:03:10 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 27, 2012 | By Rene Stutzman
    ..................... The plan was put together by an Orlando private detective whose company, Associated Investigative Services Inc., last week filed suit against Zimmerman and his attorney, Mark O'Mara, claiming they owe $27,000 for security services. The company's invoices, attached to the suit, show that it billed Zimmerman and O'Mara $66,000 for 21 days of protection – an average of more than $3,100 a day – even though Zimmerman was still in the Seminole County Jail during seven of those days. During one five-day period, the agency billed Zimmerman and O'Mara more than $5,100 a day, the invoices show. O'Mara said...
  • Will GOP allow ‘Bush tax cuts’ to become the ‘Obama middle class tax cut’?

    12/28/2012 8:03:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/2012 | Philip Klein
    A number of commentators, including myself, have argued that if no deal is reached to avert the “fiscal cliff” and taxes go up on most Americans, then President Obama will be able to structure a massive middle class tax cut in the new year that Republicans would find impossible to oppose. Among the many political implications of such a scenario, one would be that the basket of policies now commonly referred to as the “Bush tax cuts” will suddenly morph into the “Obama middle class tax cut.” In my mind, this would be a major error by Republicans. Democrats were...
  • Chicago reaches 500 homicides with fatal shooting

    12/28/2012 8:00:54 AM PST · by granada · 10 replies
    Chicago Defender ^ | 28 DECEMBER 2012 | BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Chicago has logged its 500th homicide of 2012. The last time the city reached the 500-homicide mark was in 2008, when the year ended with 512 killings. Last year, city records show Chicago had 435 homicides. On Thursday, officials with the Chicago Police Department said the city was one homicide away from the 500 mark. Hours later, a 40-year-old man was fatally shot in the Austin neighborhood on the city's West Side. Police say Nathaniel Jackson was found on the sidewalk outside a convenience store with a gunshot wound to the head late Thursday. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office...
  • organist dies days after brutal attack as he walked to church to play at Christmas Eve Midnight Mass

    12/28/2012 6:49:05 AM PST · by Cronos · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Steve Robson
    A 'gentle, well-respected' organist has died after being subjected to a brutal attack that left him with horrific head injuries. Grandfather Alan Greaves, 68, was on his way to Midnight Mass at St Saviour's CoE church in High Green, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on Christmas Eve when he was set upon. He was found by a pizza delivery worker collapsed on the pavement outside a primary school just 300 metres from the church. He was rushed to hospital with severe head injuries and underwent a four-hour emergency operation but has since passed away. 'He was a good man and this was...
  • Exposed: Piers Morgan Phone Hacking Scandal

    12/28/2012 7:46:22 AM PST · by bigtoona · 3 replies
    I'm a man, I'm 41! ^ | 12/28/12 | im41
    A not all that outdated video, if anyone has forgotten what a sleazy sack of crap this window licker is. Fired for publishing faked Iraqi torture photos, and this. I wonder what else he has done and gotten away with?
  • US music student, 21, wins stalking order against pushy PARENTS who monitored her every move ...

    12/28/2012 7:44:29 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 27, 2012 | Lydia Warren
    A music theater student has won a stalking order against her parents who admitted they installed monitoring software on her computer and phone to ensure that she succeeded. David and Julie Ireland have been ordered to have no contact with their 21-year-old daughter - their only child - before September 23, 2013 and must keep 500 feet away from her at all times. The unusual case concerns Aubrey Ireland, a musical theater major who regularly fills lead roles at Cincinnati's prestigious College-Conservatory of Music and has made the Dean's List every quarter. Despite this success, her parents often drove 600...
  • Australian DJs behind royal hospital hoax phone call 'will not face charges', police say

    12/28/2012 7:21:15 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 4 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | December 28, 2012 | Frank Thorne
    The two Australian DJs whose hoax phone call has been blamed for the death of a nurse at a hospital which treated Kate Middleton for morning sickness are unlikely to face any charges. ...... It was originally thought the two hosts could face prosecution but yesterday Sydney police said no request had been made by detectives in the UK suggesting no further action would be taken. New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said yesterday: 'Nor do we expect there to be any requests.' Mr Kaldas said Scotland Yard had not asked for any further information or to interview...
  • Controlling Guns and DNA

    12/28/2012 6:51:05 AM PST · by morethanright · 10 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-27 20:27:31 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Dr. H. Wayne Carver, a Connecticut medical examiner, asked University of Connecticut geneticists to examine the DNA of Adam Lanza, the alleged shooter in the Sandy Hill Elementary School massacre. According to ABC News, scientists "not directly involved in the study said they are likely looking at Lanza's DNA to detect a mutation or abnormality that could increase the risk of aggressive or violent behavior. They could analyze Lanza's entire genome in great detail and try to find unexpected mutations."The implication, of course, is that abnormalities found in Lanza's DNA may provide genetic red flags for nanny-state planners...
  • Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense

    12/28/2012 6:32:41 AM PST · by Perseverando · 32 replies
    WSBT.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | Kim Christensen
    Organization often played legal hardball against accusers in molestation cases, say attorneys and families. When a lawsuit alleged that two young brothers in Michigan had been molested “hundreds of times” by a troop leader, the Boy Scouts denied responsibility and pointed the finger at someone else — the boys' recently widowed mother. The Scouts faulted the woman “for her failure to provide adequate parental supervision,” suggesting in court papers that she was responsible for any harm to her sons. One of the boys' lawyers called that argument excessive. “The day their dad died, the perpetrator began to befriend the boys,”...
  • Dick Blumenthal: Reflections on Newtown (gun grab alert)

    12/28/2012 6:29:41 AM PST · by DTogo · 12 replies
    The US Senate, Mordor-on-the-Potomac ^ | Dec 27th, 2012 | Dick Blumenthal
    blah, blah, blah... I will work to keep faith with the Newtown community and find a solution to this crisis that is rooted in common sense. I will work with the President, and my colleagues in the Senate, regardless of party, and with any organization that is willing to engage in a thoughtful, constructive discussion about the steps we need to take. Here are some necessary steps: •We must do something to effectively ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. •We need to better prevent mentally ill people and criminals from having access to firearms. •We need to close loopholes that...
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill (NRA-ILA Letter)

    12/28/2012 6:27:49 AM PST · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    NRAILA.org ^ | December 27, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)—author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004—has announced that on the first day of the new Congress—January 3rd— she will introduce a bill to which her 1994 ban will pale by comparison. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation” and “It will be carefully focused.” Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had personally looked at pictures of guns in 1993, and again in 2012.According to a Dec. 27th posting on Sen. Feinstein’s website and a draft...
  • Three in the Head

    12/28/2012 6:27:23 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-28-12 | William L. Gensert
    I carried a gun in New York City for more than a decade -- back when there were thousands of murders a year and the Bronx led the nation in killings. On at least four occasions, that gun saved my life, and in a couple of instances, the lives of people who were with me at the time. For 13 years I had a New York City full carry permit. For a number of years I concealed and carried a gun in my son's grammar school as well. I don't think the world would be a better place without me,...
  • MSNBC Boss Calls Chris Matthews a 'Statesman,'

    12/28/2012 6:24:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    The AP gets it right with this headline: “Chris Matthews now the broadcaster that conservatives love to hate.” AP reporter David Bauder begins: “To his boss, Chris Matthews has become a statesman. His critics probably have other words.” MRC assistant research director Geoff Dickens had other words in this piece, but get a load of MSNBC president Phil Griffin on this “statesman” business: "He's as good as he's ever been," said Phil Griffin, MSNBC president. "He's at a place in his life where he's really comfortable in his own skin. He's a statesman. He has so much knowledge and I...
  • Three cops reportedly shot inside New Jersey police station

    12/28/2012 6:03:45 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 50 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 12/28/2012
    <p>Three New Jersey police officers were reportedly wounded during a shooting inside the Gloucester Township Police station.</p> <p>MyFoxPhilly.com reports that the suspected shooter has been shot and killed.</p> <p>One officer was undergoing surgery early Friday, while injuries to the other officers were minor, sources told the station.</p>
  • 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...