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  • Bill and Hillary Clinton in Punta Cana for New Year's celebration

    12/29/2012 9:28:24 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 80 replies
    Dominican Today ^ | 12-29-2012 | staff report
    December 29, 2012 Bill and Hillary Clinton in Punta Cana for New Year's celebration Staff report Punta Cana, DR.– Ex-president Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton are enjoying their year-end vacation in Punta Cana, in the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. According to press reports, the Clintons will celebrate New Year’s at the Puntacana Resort & Club and could also attend a fashion show scheduled for December 29, which will be held in honor of famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta. Also expected to attend are American journalist Barbara Walters, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Spanish actress Mar...
  • Reid, McConnell to Seek Budget Compromise Plan

    12/29/2012 9:07:54 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/28/12 | Alexis Simendinger
    Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell agreed Friday to work through the weekend to develop a possible fiscal-cliff plan they hope could pass in both chambers of Congress before Dec. 31. The eleventh-hour effort was the upshot of an hour-long discussion at the White House among congressional leaders and President Obama. Speaker John Boehner told the group that the House, which is scheduled to return to work Sunday night, will act only after the Senate makes the next move. Should Congress fail to ratify legislation in time for Obama to sign it before midnight Monday, more than $500 billion...
  • Rise in Number seeking 'wombs for hire' abroad---poor foreign surrogate mothers [having] babies

    12/29/2012 9:04:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Indian Express ^ | Fri Dec 8, 2012 | Jeremy Laurance
    Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking "wombs for hire" from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent. The number of couples formally registering children born to foreign surrogates has nearly trebled in five years, raising concerns that poor women in developing countries are being exploited by rich Westerners. "Parental orders" granted following surrogacy – to transfer the child from the surrogate mother to the commissioning parents – have risen from 47 in 2007 to 133 in 2011. While the figures are still relatively small, experts say they understate the true scale of the...
  • Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom

    12/29/2012 8:51:23 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    ap ^ | Dec 28, 2012 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse - the locomotive - to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand. ... The environmental fears carry an ironic twist: Oil trains are gaining popularity in part because of a shortage of pipeline capacity - a problem that has been worsened by environmental opposition to such projects as TransCanada's stalled Keystone XL pipeline. That project would carry Bakken and Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico. Wayde Schafer,...
  • President returning to Sunday talk show for the first time in three years ["Meet the Press"...]

    12/29/2012 8:49:14 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    President returning to Sunday talk show for the first time in three years By Amie Parnes - 12/29/12 10:19 AM ET President Obama will appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning in his first appearance on the news program since 2009, the network has announced. The Obama interview comes hours before the so-called "fiscal cliff" deadline. Obama has called on Congress in recent days to pass legislation that would prevent income taxes from rising and spending cuts from taking effect. In his radio address on Saturday, Obama said the recovering economy "can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound," and...
  • How the fiscal cliff fight will end (unhappily for Republicans)

    12/29/2012 8:49:01 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 58 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | December 29 2012 | B. York
    The word among some Senate Republicans is that a fiscal cliff deal is likely to be struck by Sunday, or Monday at the latest... If such a deal is made, it would mean that many Republicans would be backing off their longstanding position against raising taxes on anyone, including top earners... So a deal will most likely be done. But the bottom line is that the fiscal cliff fight will not end happily for Republicans. They will have given in on what was an article of faith — that taxes should not be raised on anybody, poor or rich —...
  • Chicago Immigrant Laborers Denounce Raid

    12/29/2012 8:31:35 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | December 28, 2012 | CBS2 Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A group of immigrant day laborers gathered in a park on the Northwest Side this morning, calling for an end to immigration raids.
  • Trotter cites legal trouble in ending US House run

    12/29/2012 8:29:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    An Illinois state lawmaker who was a frontrunner to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he's ending his candidacy because he doesn't want the felony gun charges he faces to detract from the district's important issues. Donne Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at O'Hare International Airport found an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun in his bag. **SNIP** Trotter announced Saturday he will not seek the 2nd congressional district seat, explaining that solving the area's economic and other problems was too important to allow his legal "situation to detract from what needs to be front and center."
  • Obama's Bottomline: Spare Only 'Middle Class' from Tax Hike and Extend Unemployment Benefits

    12/29/2012 8:28:06 AM PST · by Qbert · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | December 28, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said on Friday evening that if he cannot make a bipartisan deal with congressional leaders before the Monday "fiscal cliff" deadline, he has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to bring legislation up for a vote in the Senate that would extend the Bush tax rates for "middle class" Americans only and extend unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans whose government payments would otherwise expire. [Snip] "But let’s not miss this deadline," he said. "That is the bare minimum that we should be able to get done." “For the past couple of months I’ve been...
  • Muslim doctor blames hepatitis on ... Islamophobia

    12/29/2012 8:15:46 AM PST · by wesagain · 24 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Dec 29, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A Muslim doctor who fled to Pakistan after his Nebraska-based clinic left dozens of patients infected with hepatitis C, including several who died, now wants to return to the United States and practice medicine, and he blames his earlier problems on Islamophobia, according to a new report. The Omaha World-Herald has reported that Tahir Ali Javed now has applied for restoration of his medical license in New York. That license was surrendered about 10 years ago shortly after his Nebraska medical license was revoked, the report said. That occurred because his Fremont cancer clinic was determined to have infected dozens...
  • 'Petty-Bourgeois Individualism'

    12/29/2012 8:12:34 AM PST · by morethanright · 5 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-29 08:43:47 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:They say they just want to protect the masses - all 500 million of them. The People's Daily - the official organ of China's totalitarian government - announced that the country's Internet users will be require to give their real names and addresses to government-sanctioned Internet providers before they are allowed access to the China-Wide-Web. Chinese citizens are denied admittance to the "World-Wide" version."The draft decision says authorities will protect digital information that could be used to determine the identity of a user or that concerns a user's privacy," said the People's Daily. In other words, "If you...
  • Lawyer for Newtown shooting survivor seeks to file $100 million lawsuit

    12/29/2012 7:56:14 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 29, 2012 | Mary Ellen Godin, Reuters
    MERIDEN, Connecticut -- 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 said....
  • Omnibus double whammy: The Dems’ lame-duck land grabs

    12/29/2012 7:52:53 AM PST · by Baynative · 2 replies
    M.Malkin ^ | 12/15/12 | Michelle Malkin
    ...a massive omnibus land grab that Dingy Harry Reid vowed yesterday to bring up before the stretched-out lame-duck session ends. It’s green pork galore: “Reid’s staff sees a natural resources omnibus as a rare chance for members to bring something home to their districts and therefore worth the extra time needed to see such a large bill through to completion.”
  • University spends 15K to Fight non-Inclusive Language on Campus

    12/29/2012 7:52:45 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 23 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | Dec. 28, 2012 | Carmela Martinez
    The University of Maryland (UMD) allocated $15,000 in 2012 to combat the use of language deemed by administrators to be “insensitive.” This sign, part of the "inclusive language campaign," discourages students from using the term "illegal alien." The “words have power” campaign’s goal is to deploy posters, buttons and other promotional materials to help foster an environment on campus that is not offensive to illegal aliens, homosexuals, or other minority groups. “Non-inclusive language can offend or make spaces uncomfortable for people who are excluded by that language,” one of the campaign posters reads.
  • Sixteen Things About 2013 That Are Really Going To Stink

    12/29/2012 7:39:40 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    TEC ^ | 12-29-2012 | Michael Snyder
    16 Things About 2013 That Are Really Going To Stink By Michael Snyder December 27th, 2012 The beginning of the year has traditionally been a time of optimism when we all look forward to the exciting things that are going to happen over the next 12 months. Unfortunately, there are a whole bunch of things about 2013 that we already know are going to stink. Taxes are going to go up, good paying jobs will continue to leave the country, small businesses will continue to be destroyed, the number of Americans living in poverty will continue to soar, our infrastructure...
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill

    12/29/2012 7:33:08 AM PST · by IbJensen · 42 replies
    NRA ^ | 12/27/2012 | NRA/ILA Staff
    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...
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill

    12/29/2012 7:32:08 AM PST · by IbJensen · 30 replies
    NRA ^ | 12/27/2012 | NRA/ILA Staff
    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...
  • MICHAEL PENTO: It Would Be More Surprising If Gold Didn't Go To $10,000

    12/29/2012 7:20:15 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-29-2012 | Sam Ro
    MICHAEL PENTO: It Would Be More Surprising If Gold Didn't Go To $10,000 Sam RoDec. 29, 2012, 7:12 AM Michael Pento The world's central banks have gold bulls on high alert thanks to unprecedented, ultra-easy monetary policy. Eric King of King World News asked Michael Pento if this means gold $10,000 is coming. Here's Pento's response: “Absolutely. I know it sounds ridiculous, but don’t forget that back in the 1930s it was (around) $21 an ounce. No one would ever have believed that 80 years later we would have gold trading anywhere near $1,900 an ounce, but that’s what happened....
  • FHP trooper: Illegal police searches led to her fear for her safety

    12/29/2012 6:59:01 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | December 26, 2012 | Lisa J. Huriash
    The Florida Highway Patrol trooper at the center of firestorm after she pulled over a speeding cop at gunpoint said fellow law enforcement officers have created a "life-threatening" situation that caused her to be in such fear for her safety she has become a "hermit." Trooper Donna "Jane" Watts' 69-page lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday, seeks more than $1 million in damages. She is suing more than 100 police officers and agencies, and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The suit alleges 88 law enforcement officers from 25 jurisdictions illegally accessed her personal information more than 200...
  • Employees 'Beamed' Into Work Using Robots (video link included)

    12/29/2012 6:57:01 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 12/24/2012
    Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley. But Goecker isn't in California. He's more than 2,300 miles away, working at home in Seymour, Indiana. It's all made possible by the Beam -- a mobile video-conferencing machine that he can drive around his company's offices and workshops in Palo Alto. The five-foot-tall device, topped with a large video screen, gives him a physical presence that makes him and his colleagues feel like he's actually there. "This gives you that casual interaction that you're used to...
  • Laws are for Little People [Steyn]

    12/29/2012 6:38:05 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/28/2012 | Mark Steyn
    And not for David Gregory. A week ago on NBC’s Meet the Press, David Gregory brandished on screen a high-capacity magazine. To most media experts, a “high-capacity magazine” means an ad-stuffed double issue of Vanity Fair with the triple-page perfume-scented pullouts. But apparently in America’s gun-nut gun culture of gun-crazed gun kooks, it’s something else entirely, and it was this latter kind that Mr. Gregory produced in order to taunt Wayne LaPierre of the NRA. As the poster child for America’s gun-crazed gun-kook gun culture, Mr. LaPierre would probably have been more scared by the host waving around a headily...
  • Attackers in India rape case to face murder charge

    12/29/2012 6:28:30 AM PST · by pabianice · 27 replies
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  • Man fatally shot by ex-girlfriend during burglary in Abilene

    12/29/2012 6:14:55 AM PST · by texas_mrs · 18 replies
    Abilene Police have released the following information about a fatal shooting this morning. "On 12-25-12 at 2014 hrs, APD responded to a disturbance call in the 1000 block of Minda Lane. Upon arrival, responding officers contacted Lawanda Taylor. She reported her estranged ex-boyfriend, Earnest Gonzales, came to the residence and attempted to gain entry by kicking a side door. Gonzales fled the scene after he discovered Taylor called the police. "On 12-26-12 at 0209 hrs, Gonzales returned to the residence and gained entry to the house by forcing open the front door, causing considerable damage. Gonzales entered the residence and...
  • Police: Multiple suspects caught after attempted robbery

    12/29/2012 5:56:50 AM PST · by FunkyZero · 6 replies
    http://www.theindychannel.com ^ | 12/29/2012 | theindychannel.com
    INDIANAPOLIS - Multiple suspects were caught after an attempted robbery Thursday evening. Police were dispatched to a robbery in progress where the victim was following the suspect vehicle near Shortridge and Washington streets. ....clipped.... When the victim exited his vehicle for delivery, he noticed five individuals sitting in a car with one individual wearing a mask and holding a gun, police said. Police said the victim drew a gun he legally possessed and the suspects fled the area.
  • Suspect Shot Dead by Would-Be Robbery Victim: Cops [Thank You, 2nd Amendment]

    12/29/2012 5:47:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 12/28/12 I | Edward R Colby
    A male suspect was shot and killed by the person he was trying to rob, Miami Gardens Police said. The suspect was attempting to rob the victim and shot him at least one time, Miami Gardens Police Capt. Ralph Suarez said. “The victim went to the ground but was able to retrieve his own weapon and shot the offender several times,” Suarez said. “The offender died at the scene,” outside the Rainbow shop at NW 19925 NW 2nd Ave., he said.
  • Escaped dog led to highway deaths of 2 women

    12/29/2012 5:28:29 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 42 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 28 December 2012
    <p>SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) — The deaths of two women who were struck by vehicles on a Southern California highway last week have been connected to a chase after a loose dog. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Lt. Butch Arnoldi tells the Santa Maria Times (http://bit.ly/12U2WyO ) that 54-year-old Sara Ornelas and 49-year-old Barbara Romero were driving to a casino at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 21 when they pulled over west of Lake Cachuma.</p>
  • Maine same-sex couples marry in first hours of law [Celebrate Sodomy or be condemned]

    12/29/2012 4:51:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Seattle P. I. ^ | 12/29/12 | David Sharp
    Arriving in a limo, Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney had all the trappings of a traditional wedding: Rings, flowers, wedding vows, an entourage and a friend to officiate. With tears in their eyes, they were among the first gay couples to exchange wedding vows early Saturday morning after Maine's same-sex marriage law went into effect at midnight.
  • Secret CIA Structure Disclosed – OpEd (Benghazi, Doherty family gets nothing)

    12/29/2012 4:17:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Albany Tribune ^ | 12/28/12 | VOR
    **SNIP** A real scandal broke out when it became known that the family of a GRS agent who was killed during the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Glen Doherty, hasn’t yet received any compensation from the CIS. The CIS officials say that Doherty was not employed permanently, and, according to the CIS’s regulations, pensions and compensations are provided only to the agency’s permanent employees and their families. Now, because Doherty’s family has received no compensation, it has to pay large debts. This story may undermine not only the CIA’s prestige, but also that of the US government. After all,...
  • David Gregory and Hobby Lobby: The Liberal Paradox (Who should obey the law?)

    12/29/2012 3:46:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Right Sphere ^ | 12/28/12 | RB
    **SNIP** Anyway, there’s a larger picture here and one that plainly highlights the liberal hypocrisy and incoherence that somehow goes unnoticed by a very large number of people in this country who, unfortunately, also vote. Liberals like David Gregory are allowed to break laws to prove a point. I’d be fine with this if they were also held accountable for breaking those laws. But his accomplices – let’s face it, that’s what they are: accomplices after the fact – are defending him from ANY prosecution at all. Why? He broke the law. Fine, he was making a point, but that...
  • Antisemitism & The Latest Performance of Roger Waters

    12/29/2012 1:42:45 AM PST · by omniscient · 15 replies
    “Civil society representative” Roger Waters ...
  • Nation Running Out of Ammo

    12/29/2012 1:22:34 AM PST · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 28, 2012 | William A Jacobsen
    Reaction to threats by Senator Dianne Feinstein and others to ban certain weapons and serverely restrict ownership of guns generally has caused a run on gun stores, as is widely reported. Less reported is the run on ammunition, leaving ammunition inventories down 93% since election day. So reports Traction Control blog, Plunge! Ammunition Levels Less Than 10% of Pre-Election Levels: Ammunition Stock levels have fallen by more than 90% from the pre-Election Day levels. Less than 10% remains available. Available Ammunition links will be updated throughout the day. Handguns are down by 80%, Long Guns by 63% for an overall...
  • After newspaper's gun-permit map, blogger posts journalists' addresses

    12/29/2012 1:05:58 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri December 28, 2012 | Rande Iaboni and Laura Ly
    New York (CNN) -- A blogger has posted the home addresses of staffers from a newspaper after the paper published an online, interactive map showing names and addresses of all handgun permit-holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties. Christopher Fountain, who is also a gun owner, spoke to CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" on Thursday to explain his reasoning behind the posting. "I felt they were using this to harass gun owners," Fountain said of the newspaper's staff. "So I harassed them back." Fountain posted the name, home address and phone numbers of the Journal News' publisher, editor,...
  • Guns in America: Where the 2nd Amendment Is Not Up for Discussion

    12/29/2012 12:59:36 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    Take Part ^ | November 6, 2012 | Christina Kharbertyan November 6, 2012 Comment
    Guns in America:A Gun for Every Body From the Pacific to the Atlantic, there are 310 million guns in Americans, some being handled by children still in elementary school. With a population of a little more than 314 million, there are enough guns in America to allocate one firearm for every man, woman and child. To load those weapons, the country has a hefty number of bullets, and a surplus of bullet-inflicted mortalities. America’s steady tally of gun-violence fatalities should have earmarked the subject as a high-priority topic, but discussion of firearm issues was nonexistent in the 2012 presidential...
  • Teachers get lessons in how to handle armed assaults

    12/29/2012 12:52:41 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | Peter Foster
    More than 200 teachers responded to the course offered by the Utah Shooting Sports Council came a week after the National Rifle Association, the powerful national gun lobby group, launched a highly controversial campaign to put armed guards in every school in America. Utah is one of two states in American that allows licensed teachers to carry concealed firearms on school premises but the 'Mass Violence Response Training Class'.
  • Murder rate in New York City hits a record low with 414 homicides in 2012

    12/29/2012 12:18:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012 | MATTHEW LYSIAK AND JOE KEMP
    <p>The murder rate in the city plunged to a record low this year — and the number of shootings plummeted to their lowest point in 18 years, officials said.</p> <p>As of Friday, there were 414 homicides investigated since the beginning of the year — about 19% less than the 471 killings reported at the same time in 2011.</p>
  • China firm to acquire major African iron ore mine

    12/28/2012 11:40:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2012 1:05 AM EST
    A privately-owned Chinese company is finalizing the acquisition of an Australian mining firm that controls a major iron ore mine in west Africa, a move that would give China a stronger role in setting global iron ore prices, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday. … As the world’s second-largest economy, China is eager to acquire overseas assets and resources to feed its rapid growth. …
  • Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores

    12/28/2012 11:33:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 28, 2012 8:57 PM EST | Joseph Pisani
    The phones at Red’s Trading Post wouldn’t stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped. Overwhelmed, gun store manager Ryan Horsley had to do what no employee would ever think of doing just days before Christmas: He disconnected the phone lines for three whole days. … The phones at gun shops across the country are ringing off the hook. Demand for firearms, ammunition and bulletproof gear has surged since the Dec. 14...
  • Rubio Challenges Clinton To “Explain Why Her Department Failed”

    12/28/2012 11:09:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, to “explain why her department failed.” In an editorial published on Wednesday, Rubio said the State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) report released last week “concisely lays out much that we already knew” about the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. “This was the premeditated work of terrorists, not a protest about a YouTube video that spun out of control,” Rubio said, adding that...
  • Thatcher urged to steal French-made Exocet missiles during Falklands war

    12/28/2012 10:47:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 28 December 2012 | Richard Norton-Taylor and Owen Bowcott
    Thatcher urged to steal French-made Exocet missiles during Falklands war National Archives papers outline plan of attorney general to hijack missiles being transported through South America One of Britain's most senior law officers at the time of the Falklands conflict, the attorney general, Sir Michael Havers, urged the prime minister to steal deadly French Exocet missiles to stop them ending up in the hands of the enemy. The ingenious scheme is revealed in previously secret documents released to the National Archives on Friday which show how the UK government attempted to subvert South American solidarity with Argentina. The Chilean junta...
  • Rep. Van Hollen: Boehner Has Given “Veto Power” to “Extreme” Tea Party

    12/28/2012 10:42:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) told a crowd gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has given “veto power to the most extreme members of the Tea Party caucus.” Van Hollen called on the House to vote on a Senate measure that would raise taxes on individuals making more than $200,000 in order to avoid the fiscal cliff. The Democrat claimed that the Republican Boehner will not call for the vote because of the Tea Party caucus …
  • US considers granting missile ships to Turkey

    12/28/2012 10:10:12 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | December/25/2012
    US considers granting missile ships to Turkey WASHINGTON / ANKARA As Turkey plans developing its national naval vehicles, a US bill to the House of Representatives suggests granting guided missile frigates to Turkey. The bill angers a particular Hellenic-US group A recent bill has been submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives that would authorize President Barack Obama to grant the provision of guided missile-firing naval vessels to Turkey, along with several other countries, including Thailand and Mexico. Under the motion, Turkey may receive the USS Halyburton (FFG–40) and the USS Thach (FFG–43) ships. USS Halybutron is the 34th ship...
  • New Petition Calls For Sen. Feinstein To Be Tried For Treason For Attack On Second Amendment

    12/28/2012 10:04:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A new petition posted on the “We the People” page of the White House website calls for trying Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) in federal court for treason. … The petition is a response to Senator Feinstein’s proposed legislation that seeks “to stop the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.” …
  • 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....