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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...