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  • Records identify staffer who invited Jill Kelley to the White House

    12/29/2012 4:03:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/29/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    And the Central Command web site says Gottlieb was detailed from the White House for a time to a joint inter-agency task force focusing on detainee operations in Afghanistan. He was in Kabul from January 2010 through March 2011, according to a biography. Gottlieb, as a White House employee, is allowed to bring guests to dine in the White House mess -- basically an employee cafeteria.
  • Obama 2008 - "I Am Not Going To Take Your Guns Away, That Just Ain't True"

    12/29/2012 3:32:45 PM PST · by lowbridge · 52 replies
    youtube ^ | december 29, 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkUpp22fHyw
  • Writer Dwight R. Worley not shown as gun permit holder on Journal News internet map

    12/29/2012 3:30:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    12/29/12 | Libloather
    Did some digging. From Dwight R. Worley's own piece at the Journal News website and Angry White Dude - Journal News reporter Dwight R. Worley owns a Smith & Wesson 686 .357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon since February 2011.I went to the Journal News map. There is no red dot on his address showing that he is a permit holder. To be fair, they may not have updated all of the info on that website yet. BUT, there are red dots shown in his area.
  • Time to Contact Gannett Board For Reaction to Invasion of Privacy to Legal Gun Permit Holders?

    12/29/2012 3:09:11 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday, liberal New York newspaper The Journal News published the names and addresses of legal permit holders in two counties online and in print. If that wasn’t bad enough, this weekend, the Gannett owned Journal News announced that it will publish more names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits in the New York area. Enough is Enough. Two other outlets have posted names and personal contact info for the employees of this Gannett owned paper. Isn’t it about time the Gannett Board of Directors were contacted for their official reaction to this controversial practice? Do these board members...
  • Washington lawmaker wants guns in schools

    12/29/2012 3:04:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 29 December, 2012 | AP
    A freshman GOP lawmaker wants to allow teachers to carry guns in Washington schools. KATU-TV reports Rep. Liz Pike from Camas says she will file a bill to change state law and allow teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom.
  • Bolivia expropriates Spanish energy subsidiaries

    12/29/2012 3:03:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    ap ^ | 12/29/12 | ap
    Morales said he had "been forced to take this step" to ensure that electric service rates remain "equitable" in the regions of La Paz and Oruro. The Spanish government said in a statement that it regretted Bolivia's decision to nationalize companies that included "Spanish, Argentine and American companies among its shareholders."
  • Evan Thomas: 'White Men Dropping Out of Workforce' -'Going Hunting, Fishing'

    12/29/2012 2:42:23 PM PST · by drewh · 125 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 29, 2012 | 10:40
    Former Newsweek editor Evan Thomas made a bizarre statement on PBS's Inside Washington Friday. "Unexplored story of the year: white men dropping out - dropping out of the workforce, dropping out of elections, just plain dropping out, getting social security, not doing anything, going hunting, fishing, just not in the game" (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo): Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/12/29/evan-thomas-white-men-dropping-out-workforce-going-hunting-fishing#ixzz2GU1AePnH
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Customers Complain About Guns Paid For, But Not Delivered

    12/29/2012 2:33:01 PM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | december 28, 2012
    Kellner says the store advertised them for $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. They got two of them, then received this letter from Dick’s on Christmas Eve, telling customers, it’s not fulfilling any more orders.
  • Former President George H.W. Bush moved out of intensive care

    12/29/2012 2:02:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2012 | AP
    HOUSTON (AP) — A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush’s condition continues to improve and that he was moved Saturday out of intensive care and into a regular hospital room.
  • Budget struggle raising anxiety for health care

    12/29/2012 1:46:02 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 17 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dece 29, 2012 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Confused about the federal budget struggle? So are doctors, hospital administrators and other medical professionals who serve the 100 million Americans covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Rarely has the government sent so many conflicting signals in so short a time about the bottom line for the health care industry. Cuts are coming, says Washington, and some could be really big. Yet more government spending is also being promised as President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul advances and millions of uninsured people move closer to getting government-subsidized coverage. “Imagine a person being told they are going to get...
  • Youths Leave Outpost at Sabbath's End

    12/29/2012 1:45:29 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of youths who stayed at the Oz Tzion outpost near Beit El over the Sabbath, left the community after the Saturday evening havdala prayer. The youths spent the Sabbath at the outpost along with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Rabbi of Tzfat, and Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba. The two rabbis had driven to nearby Ofra Friday, to negotiate an agreement according to which security forces would stop trying to evict the youths, and the youths would leave voluntarily at the Sabbath's end. The IDF was forced to stop an eviction from a Shomron outpost on Friday afternoon when...
  • Russian Gun Lobby Seeks Right To Bear Arms

    12/29/2012 1:11:21 PM PST · by DBeers · 10 replies
    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ^ | December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kates
    MOSCOW -- The mass shooting last week at an elementary school in Connecticut sparked calls for stricter gun control laws in the United States. But thousands of kilometers away, the fledgling gun lobby in Moscow drew a different lesson: Gun laws in Russia should be liberalized. And while the powerful U.S. gun lobby group, the National Rifle Association, waited four days before issuing a public statement on the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the Moscow-based Right To Bear Arms made its voice heard within hours with an announcement on its website calling for increased...
  • David Gregory to interview Obama on \"Meet the Press\" (Sun Dec 30)

    12/29/2012 1:07:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/28/12 | DYLAN BYERS
    <p>So what gives? Why is the President suddenly appearing on Meet The Press? Could it be to help Gregory out of his troubles? This is obviously a presidential back patting for Gregory so that maybe the D.C. police will back off.</p>
  • Tesla CEO Buys $17 Million Mansion; Got $465 Million Govt. Loan

    12/29/2012 12:58:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/29/12 | Wynton Hall
    Taxpayers footed the bill for a $465 million loan to troubled electric carmaker Tesla as part of President Barack Obama’s “green energy” stimulus. But Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk is now riding high with the purchase of his new $17 million mansion. Mr. Musk’s 20,248-square-foot hilltop mansion boasts breathtaking views, a two-story library with rolling ladder, a home theater, and a five-car garage to house his taxpayer-subsidized, pricey Tesla vehicles.
  • What You Don’t Know About the Agenda-Driven Journalists in Your Neighborhood

    12/29/2012 12:49:03 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 35 replies
    Rockland County Times ^ | 12/27/12 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    In the wake of the Newtown massacre, the bright lights at Gannet’s The Journal News decided it was high time to criminalize ordinary, law-abiding gun owners in the area. Under the guise of providing “public information,” the Journal News’ editorial hit squad, led by publisher/hitwoman Janet Hasson, created an interactive digital map on their lohud.com website showing the exact address of every pistol permit holder in Rockland and Westchester County.
  • Boston Globe Says Django Unchained Conjures 'House Negroes' Like Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain

    12/29/2012 12:48:49 PM PST · by drewh · 33 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 28 Dec 2012 | by Christian Toto
    The Boston Globe's review of "Django Unchained" stands as a prime example of stellar movie criticism. Critic Wesley Morris clearly spent hours crafting his thoughts, likely in tribute to the film's artistic excellence. Yet Morris' column contains a paragraph that could be considered even uglier than the violence pulsating through director Quentin Tarantino's genre mashup. Samuel L. Jackson plays crusty, waxen Stephen as a vision of depraved loyalty and bombastic jive that cuts right past the obvious association with Uncle Tom. The movie is too modern for what Jackson is doing to be limited to 1853. He’s conjuring the house...
  • Attorney Seeks To Sue Connecticut After School Shooting

    12/29/2012 12:43:56 PM PST · by zeestephen · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 29 December 2012
    $100 million lawsuit on behalf of a student who survived.
  • Fateh Missiles and Russian-Iranian Military Cooperation to Bolster Assad

    12/29/2012 12:26:13 PM PST · by drewh · 9 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | December 29, 2012, 11:23 AM
    French and Israeli intelligence sources affirmed Saturday, Dec. 29, that, contrary to reports appearing in the United States Friday, Iran has accelerated rather than slowed down its 20-percent grade enrichment of uranium and is racing toward a nuclear weapons capacity. Furthermore, for the moment, there is not the slightest indication that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has any intention of accepting the Obama administration’s latest plan for a nuclear deal. This plan would require Iran to discontinue production of 20-percent enriched uranium (which can be quickly converted to weapons grade material), and confine itself to producing low 5 percent uranium...
  • France’s highest court rules proposed 75% supertax rate unconstitutional

    12/29/2012 11:42:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6:26PM GMT 29 Dec 2012 | Kim Willsher
    French president François Hollande suffered a damaging setback yesterday when France’s highest court ruled his proposed 75% “supertax” rate unconstitutional. The measure, which is blamed for an exodus of wealthy French abroad, was a pillar of the Socialist leader’s successful Spring election campaign. But in an unexpected blow, France’s Constitutional Council ruled that the tax band did not guarantee equality for taxpayers because two households with the same total revenue could end up with different tax bills. Although the tax would have hit only around 1,500 people, it was seen as the totem in Hollande’s political manifesto, which said it...
  • 'Suha Arafat admits husband premeditated Intifada'

    12/29/2012 11:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2012
    In interview, Palestinian leader's widow says Arafat decided to launch Intifada after Camp David, according to research institute. Yasser Arafat's widow Suha admitted that the late Palestinian leader premeditated the Second Intifada, in an interview with Dubai TV earlier this month, according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “Immediately after the failure of the Camp David [negotiations], I met him in Paris upon his return.… Camp David had failed, and he said to me: ‘You should remain in Paris.’ I asked him why, and he said: ‘Because I am going to start an Intifada. They want...
  • Sandy Hook Massacre CT Attorney Blames State Wants to Sue for $100 Mil

    12/29/2012 11:24:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 12/29/12 | tmzstaff
    The state is immune from most lawsuits, which is why Pinsky must ask for permission to even file the suit. No decision has been made whether or not the suit will go through.
  • Michigan governor making his way through 282 bills

    12/29/2012 11:08:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WSBT ^ | 12/29/12
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been busy working his way through the 282 bills passed by the Legislature during the final weeks of the 2012 session. The governor's office said he signed 53 bills on Friday and vetoed four. He has acted on a total of 186 bills and 95 are pending review.
  • Hollywood star Matt Damon takes on energy industry with fracking film Promised Land

    12/29/2012 11:02:38 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Dec 2012 | Jacqui Goddard
    Matt Damon's film is set to intensify debate on fracking As one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors with a reputation for straight-talking, he has made little secret of his willingness to confront thorny political and social issues. Now Matt Damon is facing off against one of America's most powerful institutions - the oil and gas industry - in a film that represents a new battleground for environmentalists' campaigns against fracking. Promised Land, which goes on nationwide release in the US this week, is set to intensify debate on the controversial drilling technique to such an extent that the industry has...
  • Buffett: America’s Seen Worse Problems than Fiscal Cliff

    12/29/2012 10:45:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 29 Dec 2012 10:24 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Warren Buffett says he’s optimistic the nation’s debt problems will be solved, despite the political fighting that’s threatening to put the country over the “fiscal cliff.” … “The United States is richer than it’s ever been. We have $50,000 or so of GDP per person. But we’ve overpromised and we’ve also under taxed to some extent, so we find ourselves with this great fiscal imbalance. But it was man made. We’re a rich country. It can be solved. … We’ll be able to overcome this problem. America has faced a lot tougher problems than this one. We’ll get it solved.”...
  • Massachusetts Republicans cheer as Dems back Edward Markey for Senate seat

    12/29/2012 10:18:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/2012 | Rick Moran
    If there is such a thing as being too liberal for Massachusetts, Rep. Edward Markey may fill that requirement. The 18-term congressman has embraced every far left cause since he entered the House in 1977 and has a voting record among the most liberal in congress. If, as expected, former Senator Scott Brown runs in the special election to replace Secretary of State nominee John Kerry, the contrast between the two candidates would be striking. Boston Herald: A mad scramble by bigwig Democrats to avoid a bloody primary and clear the field for U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey in a...
  • Unemployment Benefits are Becoming a Dependence Problem

    12/29/2012 10:14:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/29/2012 | Neil Snyder
    Imagine that you meet a young woman and after introductions, you ask, "What do you do?" "I'm unemployed," she says. "That's too bad. I hope you find a job soon." Nothing unusual so far, but the conversation is about to take an interesting turn. "I'm not looking for a job. Being unemployed is what I do." The look on your face shows your bewilderment. What on earth is she talking about? Welcome to the new United States of America, the Obama model that you voted to give another chance even though he didn't earn it. Yesterday, he said, "So if...
  • New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar

    12/29/2012 9:43:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/12 | Noreen O'Donnell
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals. Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said. The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City. Along with an article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you...
  • Jews Outraged by Hitler Statue in Warsaw Ghetto

    12/29/2012 9:35:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/2012, 10:30 PM | Elad Benari
    An artist has caused huge controversy after placing a statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees in the former Warsaw Ghetto, the Daily Mail reports. Some Jewish groups have expressed fury at the decision to install the provocative artwork in the area where thousands of Jews were forced to live during the rule of the Nazi regime. In total, around 300,000 Jews from the Ghetto died or were sent to their death in concentration camps. The statue by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, entitled “HIM”, has attracted a large number of visitors since its installation last month, reported the Daily...
  • 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...