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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...
  • 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
    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
  • 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...