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  • Schumer still confident fiscal cliff deal possible

    12/28/2012 9:38:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2012 7:24 AM EST
    New York’s Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tells NBC’s “Today” show he’s encouraged that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is getting “actively engaged” in talks to resolve the problem. … (Senator John Thune, R-SD) said the two sides are at a stalemate because “Democrats haven’t been willing to discuss the issue of spending.” …
  • U.S. general: Obama paralyzed by fear (author is MOH winner)

    12/28/2012 9:07:56 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 47 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | November 4, 2012 | Maj Gen Patrick Brady, US Army (Ret)
    Now I understand! For years, many veterans and active military have been alarmed about the idiocy of the changes in battlefield aeromedical evacuation known as Dust Off. For reasons having nothing to do with patient care, Dust Off has been removed from the control of the professionals, the medics, and put under the control of amateurs, aviation staff officers, or ASOs. This is the first such change since the Civil War. I document the unparalleled excellence of Dust Off, and the effects of the changes, in my book, “Dead Men Flying.” Needless to say, it was the most outstanding battlefield...
  • 'Tragic number': Chicago reaches 500 homicides

    12/28/2012 8:31:44 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 69 replies
    Yahoonews.com ^ | 12/29/2012
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the city has logged its 500th homicide of the year. McCarthy issued a statement Friday calling the milestone a "tragic number that is reflective of the gang violence and proliferation of illegal guns that have plagued some of our neighborhoods."
  • Purported Plea from Chinese labor camp found in Halloween decorations

    12/28/2012 7:05:25 PM PST · by PanzerKardinal · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 26, 2012 | Greg Norman
    An Oregon woman who found a Chinese laborer's plea for help hidden in a box of Halloween decorations says she thinks the letter, which describes brutal conditions inside a work camp, is authentic. Julie Keith, 42, of Portland, bought a Halloween graveyard kit from Kmart last year and tucked it away in a storage box. When she opened the kit this October, she found the letter tucked in between two Stryofoam headstones. Sir: If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persicution [sic] of...
  • Police arrest 5 in attempted robbery (Refuse to be a victim - LTCH/CCW)

    12/28/2012 7:01:50 PM PST · by Azeem · 16 replies
    WISH TV ^ | Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | WISH TV
    Police learned the five suspects ordered 10 pizzas and soda. They told the pizza delivery driver to call when he was ten minutes away. The driver was suspicious. He parked a few doors down from the delivery address. The driver told police he saw five people step out of a vehicle – one was wearing a mask and holding a gun. The suspect revealed his gun, but the driver had a legally registered weapon of his own. When the suspects saw it they fled the scene. The driver followed them and called police.
  • Berlusconi to pay $47 million per year in divorce settlement

    12/28/2012 6:57:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to pay his estranged wife Veronica Lario 100,000 euros ($132,200) a day as part of a divorce settlement, the daily Corriere della Sera said on Friday. **SNIP** Lario, a former actor who was married to Berlusconi for more than 22 years, asked for a divorce from the 76-year-old billionaire in 2009, accusing him of having an affair with a 17-year-old girl. She had already delivered a public rebuke to her husband over his relations with other women, sending an open letter to the daily La Repubblica in 2007 in...
  • Romnesia? NBC Remembers GOP Campaign Mistakes But Forgets Obama-Biden Blunders

    12/28/2012 6:50:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    newsbusters ^ | december 28, 2012 | matt hadro
    Strangely missing from NBC's look back on the 2012 campaign were gaffes and controversial statements from the Obama-Biden campaign. Friday's Today featured a mini-blooper reel of GOP mishaps on the campaign trail, but made no mention of Democratic controversies. In its lengthy string of highlights from the 2012campaign, Today included Mitt Romney's infamous "47 percent" remarks along with Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" meltdown. Today said nothing, though, of Biden's controversial "chains" comments or Obama's "you didn't build that" remark. The mini-blooper reel began with a clipofNBC's Lester Holt hyping "High-profile distractions for the Republican Party." Today co-anchor Matt Lauer...
  • No more excuses, Ald. Jackson (JJJ's wife still MIA for $100K a year)

    12/28/2012 6:33:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    **SNIP** Records from the city clerk's office show she missed five of 16 City Council meetings this year. She made it to four committee meetings out of 72. Four of 72. Last year, she made it to all but two council meetings, according to attendance records. But from May 2011, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel reshuffled committee assignments, through December 2011, she missed 34 committee meetings out of 38. That was the year before her husband's hospitalization. Turns out Ald. Jackson's chronic absenteeism isn't unique. Many aldermen have spotty attendance records at committee meetings. And that's where the work gets done....
  • Harry Carey Jr., Western character actor known for ‘3 Godfathers,’ ‘Wagon Master,’ dies at 91

    12/28/2012 6:14:46 PM PST · by DFG · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/28/12 | AP
    Harry Carey Jr., a character actor who starred in such Westerns as “3 Godfathers” and “Wagon Master,” has died. He was 91. His daughter, Melinda Carey, said he died Thursday of natural causes surrounded by family at a hospice facility in Santa Barbara, Calif. “He went out as gracefully as he came in,” she said Friday. Carey’s career spanned more than 50 years and included such John Ford classics as “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon,” ‘’The Searchers” and “The Long Gray Line.” Later in life, he appeared in the movies “Gremlins” and “Back to the Future Part III.”
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-28-12

    12/28/2012 5:56:57 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-28-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Claim seeks $100 million for child survivor of Connecticut school shooting

    12/28/2012 5:31:42 PM PST · by John W · 86 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | December28, 2012 | Mary Ellen Godin
    MERIDEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - A $100 million claim on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor is the first legal action to come out of the Connecticut school shooting that left 26 children and adults dead two weeks ago. The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard "cursing, screaming, and shooting" over the school intercom when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire, according to the claim filed by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky. "As a consequence, the ... child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined," the claim...
  • Some illegal immigrants fear applying for licenses

    12/28/2012 5:10:12 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies
    Northwest Herald ^ | December 28, 2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN - Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — When Illinois' top political leaders touted a proposal to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, it was painted as public safety measure and had the backing of immigrant rights advocates, who deemed it a positive step in the fight for immigration reform. But the idea has run into some resistance among illegal immigrants themselves.For many of Illinois' estimated 250,000 undocumented residents of driving age, volunteering an address, photograph and birth certificate to a state database seems like a risk, possibly more than driving without a license."They will have my record, maybe one day they (authorities) will...
  • What Will It Take For You To Believe?

    12/28/2012 4:39:53 PM PST · by kindred · 70 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | 12/24/12 | DJP I.F.
    My fellow American conservatives and those of you of the moderate conservative persuasion... May I ask you this simple question.... How "blazes" do you do it? How do you keep your sanity when everything is going off the cliff at EXPONENTIAL rates and there are absolutely NO human answers and applicable remedies in sight?. Well... we know that you "DON'T" do it and that you are totally consumed with fear, worry and pessimism. I read it every day on your faces at work, at family gatherings, on Free Republic, on the news and media outlets etc... You are scared to...
  • Blogger publishes names, addresses of newspaper staff after gun-permit database

    12/28/2012 4:30:58 PM PST · by autumnraine · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/28/2012 | Fox News
    <p>A blogger upset with a New York newspaper’s decision to publish an interactive map of local gun permit holders has returned the favor by posting the names and addresses of nearly every employee at the publication.</p> <p>Blogger Christopher Fountain on For What It’s Worth published names, home address and email contact information for Journal News editor Cyndee Royle, publisher Janet Hasson and reporter Dwight Worley, who wrote an article on Sunday to accompany the map that led to widespread criticism aimed at the Lower Hudson Valley newspaper.</p>
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Boy Scouts over Lesbian and Agnostic Couples

    12/28/2012 4:20:38 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org/ ^ | December 28, 2012 | Thomas More Law Center
    In a surprising decision last week that drew little press attention, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, handed the Boy Scouts a victory over a lesbian couple and an agnostic couple. The Ninth Circuit is considered the most liberal appellate court in the land.
  • Hobby Lobby to Defy Sotomayor Ruling on Morning-After Pill

    12/28/2012 4:20:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 125 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Dec 2012 | Newsmax
    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, 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 their...
  • Oliver Stone to RT: ‘US has become an Orwellian state’

    12/28/2012 4:17:05 PM PST · by RummyChick · 40 replies
    rt ^ | 9/28 | rt
    Americans are living in an Orwellian state argue Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, as they sit down with RT to discuss US foreign policy and the Obama administration’s disregard for the rule of law. ­Both argue that Obama is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and that people have forgiven him a lot because of the “nightmare of the Bush presidency that preceded him.” “He has taken all the Bush changes he basically put them into the establishment, he has codified them,” Stone told RT. “It is an Orwellian state. It might not be oppressive on the...
  • Senate votes to block Hurricane Sandy relief for tax cheats, dead people

    12/28/2012 4:08:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/28/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Senate on Friday approved an amendment to a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief bill that would prohibit dead people and anyone with "serious delinquent tax debts" from receiving the funds. The Senate approved the amendment from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in a voice vote, along with several other amendments to the bill. The Democratic legislation would provide $60 billion in spending for Sandy cleanup, but Coburn and Republicans have said for the last several weeks that the bill is much bigger than it needs to be. Many GOP senators put forward amendments aimed at reducing the size of the bill,...
  • You Know You're a GUN CONTROL HYPOCRITE IF....

    12/28/2012 4:01:59 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 5 replies
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  • Unions Join Forces To Advocate Change In Law (Truncated) School Staff Get Workers Compensation

    12/28/2012 3:48:55 PM PST · by raybbr · 7 replies
    courant.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Jon Lender
    Deliberations about possible legislation to expand state workers compensation to police who responded to the Newtown school massacre have changed direction: There is now a move to also include school staff members and medical examiners' personnel who were exposed to the horror. Unions for four groups of public employees — state police, Newtown police, staff of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and Newtown educators — have been consulting each other in a unified effort aimed at prompting legislation to obtain workers compensation benefits for anyone they represent who was at Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14. "We will...
  • WH Petition - Press Charges Against David Gregory for Possession of 30-Round Magazine in D.C. ...

    12/28/2012 3:42:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | December 23, 2012 | CREATOR ryan l Boise, ID
    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person. DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01 (b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a...
  • Congressional leaders speak after White House fiscal cliff meeting (Mitch McConnell: "Good Meeting")

    12/28/2012 3:24:54 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/28/12 | CNN Political Unit
    Congressional leaders spoke Friday after meeting about the fiscal cliff with President Barack Obama at the White House. -snip- McConnell spoke immediately after Reid, saying, “I share the view of the majority leader. We had a good meeting down at the White House. “We are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the White House, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as Sunday and have a recommendation that I can make to my conference and the majority leader [Reid] can make to his conference and so we’ll be working hard to try and see...
  • How Mrs Thatcher personally paid son Mark's bar tab and the Ł1,800 cost of his rescue

    12/28/2012 3:21:54 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 12 replies
    After her son Mark got lost in the desert competing in the Paris-Dakar rally, Margaret Thatcher shed a rare tear in public. When it came to paying for his rescue, however, the 'Iron Lady' was firmly back in the driving seat and at pains to ensure she personally, not taxpayers, footed the bill for her hapless off-spring's misadventure.
  • Obama: 'Modestly optimistic' for deal

    12/28/2012 3:20:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    politico ^ | 12/28/12 | politico staff
    “The American people are watching what we do here. Obviously, their patience is already thin. It’s déjŕ vu all over again,” Obama added. “The American people are not going to have any patience for a politically self inflicted wound to our economy.”
  • The "NO" Mark Levin Show,Tom Marr,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 28,2012

    12/28/2012 3:00:18 PM PST · by Biggirl · 25 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 28,2012 | Mark Levin
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  • Obama, top lawmakers meet over fiscal cliff

    12/28/2012 2:51:44 PM PST · by what's up · 10 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The end game at hand, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders made a final stab at compromise Friday to prevent a toxic blend of middle-class tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect at the turn of the new year. Success was far from guaranteed in an atmosphere of political mistrust — even on a slimmed-down deal that postponed hard decisions about spending cuts into 2013, and pessimism vied with optimism in a Capitol where lawmakers grumbled about the likelihood of spending the new year holiday in the Capitol.
  • Breaking: Obama to make a statement at 5:45 PM EST following fiscal cliff meeting-Live Thread[12-28]

    12/28/2012 2:45:39 PM PST · by John W · 167 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | NBC News and wire services
    The highly-anticipated meeting came and went without any immediate clue from congressional lawmakers as to whether they had made any progress toward resolving the impending onset of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect on Jan. 1. But the president is scheduled to deliver a statement from the White House at 5:45 p.m. ET. A protracted stalemate between Obama-led Democrats and congressional Republicans had prompted Friday's last-ditch meeting.
  • So, Is This The End Of ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan? (Recession Forecast)

    12/28/2012 2:36:39 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-28-2012 | Sam Ro
    So, Is This The End Of ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan? Sam RoDec. 28, 2012, 2:42 PMWall Street analysts put their reputations at risk everytime they publish a forecast. And that risk rises exponentially when those forecasts go against the consensus. Few analysts have been more aggressive about their non-consensus calls than ECRI's Lakshman Achuthan, who predicted in September 30, 2011 that the U.S. was heading for a recession and that it was "inescapable." Many have criticized him for being ambiguous with his timeline for that call. But during a November 29 appearance on Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene, Achuthan made it...
  • Delhi gang-rape victim dies in hospital in Singapore

    12/28/2012 2:31:46 PM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 51 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/28/2012 | BBC
    A female student gang-raped on a bus in India's capital Delhi has died at a Singapore hospital, doctors say.
  • Signs of Light? Climate Change Caucus Forms in Senate (Can they be brought up on fraud charges?)

    12/28/2012 2:25:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    "I think you are going to see a lot of bills on climate change," said Senator Barbara Boxer as she took the lead in forming a climate change caucus in the Senate. That's music to our ears, along with this: "There will be a lot of different bills on climate change. I have already spoken to three colleagues that have bills in the works." Boxer (D-CA) says it's finally time to bring the discussion of climate change out of the shadows, and that superstorm Sandy "changed a lot of minds" on the topic.
  • Binyamin Residents' Council Head Plays Down New Intifada

    12/28/2012 2:24:50 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 2:13 AM | Elad Benari
    Chairman Itzik Shadmi of the Binyamin Residents' Council played down on Thursday suggestions that Palestinian Authority Arabs have launched a new terror war (intifada) in Judea and Samaria. "We don't have to bother ourselves excessively with it too much at the moment, but the IDF should prepare for such an option," Shadmi told Arutz Sheva. Shadmi noted he is not worried by a possible takeover of Judea and Samaria by Hamas, similar to the terror group's bloody takeover of Gaza in 2007, saying, "At least this way we will recognize the enemy we already know. I'm more concerned by the...
  • Lieberman on Abbas' Threat: Please Quit, We Can't Wait

    12/28/2012 2:00:12 PM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 12:09 PM | 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...
  • Hinting at war crimes charges, UK minister attacks Israel for East Jerusalem construction plans

    12/28/2012 1:47:08 PM PST · by haffast · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | December 27, 2012, 6:17 pm | Raphael Ahren
    A British minister on Thursday harshly condemned Israel for its plans to expand construction in East Jerusalem and for conferring university status on a college in the West Bank city of Ariel, employing damning language rarely used by government officials. While international outcries following Israeli announcements of construction beyond the Green Line are a common occurrence, UK Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt took the unusual step of mentioning the Geneva Conventions, likely implying that settlement expansion is considered a war crime under international law. snip The minister further said that the United Kingdom appreciates the Palestinian leadership’s “measured...
  • Obama NOT Offering 'New' Fiscal Cliff Proposal, Could Demand Up-Or-Down Vote On Plan

    12/28/2012 1:41:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/28/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Contrary to reports earlier in the day, President Barack Obama is not offering a "new" proposal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff during a meeting at the White House today. Rather, Obama is reiterating previous positions on income-tax rates and other components of the cliff, Reuters reports. He will ask Congressional leaders at the meeting for a concrete counterproposal. If there is none, he will ask for an up-or-down vote on his plan in Congress. At 3:10 p.m., Obama began his meeting at the White House with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John...
  • Hamas to Allow Fatah to Celebrate Anniversary in Gaza

    12/28/2012 1:33:51 PM PST · by haffast
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/28/2012, 9:31 PM | Elad Benari, Canada
    The Gaza branch of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party said on Friday it will mark its anniversary in the Hamas-ruled enclave after an accord between the two factions, AFP reported. snip During Israel’s recent Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, the two factions appeared to be getting closer, announcing they have decided to end infighting. The Palestinian Authority later announced it will release Hamas-affiliated detainees as a goodwill gesture to boost reconciliation efforts. Abbas said earlier this month it was time to seal a reconciliation with Hamas.
  • Obama Orders Pay Raise for Federal Employees

    12/28/2012 1:26:26 PM PST · by House Atreides · 122 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/28/2012 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
  • Gun group says active killer events quadrupled after Gun Free School Zones Act

    12/28/2012 1:20:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/28/12 | David Codrea
    A graph prepared by an author and member of the state gun rights group Georgia Carry.org notes a marked increase in active killer events in spite of federal laws intended to help curb such incidents. GCO research staffer Michael Menkus, previously brought to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers as the author of “Guns Good Bans Bad - An Analysis of U.S. Department of Justice 2010 Crime Statistics,” recently completed a chart that demonstrates a quadrupling of these events (see photo accompanying this column). “Along with studying how changes in carry laws change crime rates, I also study Active...
  • Video: Rev. Jesse Jackson Defends Chicago Gun Laws (500th dead - "complexity of the urban crisis")

    12/28/2012 1:09:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** “The guns are not coming from Chicago,” he said. “Chicago is in a bubble as the manufacturer — we’re a target market for gun flow. And they exploit the poverty and the pain.”
  • Obama Emails Supporters to Boost Attendance at Inauguration

    12/28/2012 1:10:00 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 12/27/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    Two days after reports that hotels in Washington are not filling up ahead of Barack Obama's second inauguration, the president emailed supporters to encourage them to come to the festivities scheduled for next month in Washington, D.C. "Because of you, I'll be taking the oath of office again on January 21st," Obama wrote in an email to supporters. "I'd like you to be part of this historic moment -- whether that's in Washington, D.C., or wherever you call home. As we make plans, we want to make sure the people who made this inauguration possible are the first to know...
  • Issa notes 113th Congress rules will keep Holder subpoenas from expiring

    12/28/2012 12:58:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/28/12 | David Codrea
    In a statement issued moments ago, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa “praised the inclusion of special provisions in the proposed 113th Congress rules package that will keep in place legal obligations on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and others at the Justice Department as a result of lawful subpoenas issued in the 112th Congress. “The inclusion of these provisions in the House rules will allow the civil suit, authorized by a bipartisan vote of the House in July 2012, which seeks federal courts to compel the production of relevant subpoenaed documents to continue,” the...
  • Paintings Outrage Islamic Hard-Liners in Pakistan (Clerics Depicted in Homo-Erotic/Pedophile Scenes)

    12/28/2012 12:36:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 28, 2012 | ASIF SHAHZAD
    Pakistan's leading arts college has pushed boundaries before in this conservative nation. But when a series of paintings depicting Muslim clerics in scenes with strong homosexual overtones sparked an uproar and threats of violence by Islamic extremists, it was too much. Officials at the National College of Arts in the eastern city of Lahore shut down its academic journal, which published the paintings, pulled all its issues out of bookstores and dissolved its editorial board. Still, a court is currently considering whether the paintings' artist, the journal's board and the school's head can be charged with blasphemy. The college's decision...
  • California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

    12/28/2012 12:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 27, 2012 | Phillip Reese
    Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data. Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office. During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health. Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11...
  • WhiteHouse.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (7000 signatures so far)

    12/28/2012 12:12:49 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    7,000 signatures in five days. If it reaches 25,000 the pResident is forced to address it. Sign it if you can.
  • House candidate arrested for gun at airport dropping out (JJJ's seat)

    12/28/2012 12:10:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/28/12 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Democratic State Sen. Donne Trotter is dropping out of the Illinois special election to succeed former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday. Trotter had been seen as a leading candidate in the race. But his campaign was hit hard earlier this month after he was arrested for trying to take a handgun through a security checkpoint O’Hare Airport in Chicago. He told police the weapon was from his job as a security guard and that he forgot about it.
  • FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files

    12/28/2012 11:29:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 66 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jen Carlson
    FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files Miller and Monroe at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1957. (via LIFE) The first systematic Hollywood blacklist—which barred screenwriters, actors, directors and anyone in the industry that was a member of or sympathizer of the Communist Party—was instituted on November 25, 1947. In the 1950s a Red Channels (Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television) pamphlet was published, which listed Arthur Miller as a communist. So when Miller started dating Marilyn Monroe in 1955, The Man started keeping an eye on her as well... and now an unredacted classified file has been...
  • Regulating the Militia - The Second Amendment is about protecting ourselves from the state.

    12/28/2012 11:17:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 47 replies
    NRO ^ | Kevin D. Williamson
    My friend Brett Joshpe has published an uncharacteristically soft-headed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle arguing that in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook, conservatives and Republicans should support what he calls “sensible” gun-control laws. It begins with a subtext of self-congratulation (“As a conservative and a Republican, I can no longer remain silent . . . Some will consider it heresy,” etc.), casts aspersions of intellectual dishonesty (arguments for preserving our traditional rights are “disingenuous”), advances into ex homine (noting he has family in Sandy Hook, as though that confers special status on his preferences), fundamentally misunderstands the argument for the...
  • Rep. Tony Cornish: Schools need firearms

    12/28/2012 11:03:59 AM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 12/27/12 | TONY CORNISH
    As one of your state representatives, I back the National Rifle Association's proposal 100 percent, inasmuch as it calls for an armed guard of some type in every school. No. I'm not an NRA pawn, and I don't take a dime from them, directly or through other channels. It's interesting how some legislators speak to the public with what they think might be a popular response for the media. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz recently said he was shocked with the NRA's proposal to put an armed cop in each school, in what he thought would turn schools into "armed encampments."...
  • Q+A: Cody Wilson Of The Wiki Weapon Project On The 3-D Printed Future of Firearms

    12/28/2012 10:51:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 49 replies
    popsci.com ^ | 21 December, 2012 | Clay Dillow
    The Wiki Weapon project is an initiative undertaken by Defense Distributed, a non-profit headed by University of Texas law student Cody Wilson aimed at generating a freely-distributed, open source design for a 3-D printed firearm--an idea that has come under serious fire from proponents of increased gun control in the U.S., particularly in light of last week’s tragic shooting of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The idea behind the project--embraced by some, absolutely detested by others--is that technology will soon make regulating firearms virtually impossible. That is a very polarizing idea. But to say the...
  • Big Payday for Law Firm in Toyota Deal

    12/28/2012 10:41:31 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/26/12 | Mike Ramsey and Joe Palazzolo
    Hagens Berman LLP, the Seattle-based law firm that served as lead counsel in a class-action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp., stands to receive a big payday in a proposed $1.1 billion settlement with the Japanese auto maker. * * * Steve W. Berman, a managing partner in the firm, estimated fees of $200 million, about 18% of the total.
  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Christians: “Merry Christmas!”

    12/28/2012 10:29:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Flouting the political correctness of many Western leaders this Christmas season, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wasn't afraid to say “Merry Christmas.” … Ahmadinejad further “wished happiness, health and success for all Christians around the globe, and expressed the hope that the whole world would witness administration of justice through solidarity of all divine religions,” according to the semi-official news agency. … Ahmadinejad’s expressed “solidarity of all divine religions” also does not appear to include Judaism or extend to the Jewish state of Israel. …