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  • Pakistan militants kill 41 in mass execution, attack on Shi'ites

    12/30/2012 3:33:38 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    Reuters, The Star ^ | Sunday, December 30, 2012 | Jibran Ahmad
    Peshawar, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani militants, who have escalated attacks in recent weeks, killed at least 41 people in two separate incidents, officials said on Sunday, challenging assertions that military offensives have broken the back of hard-line Islamist groups. [...] The United States has long pressured nuclear-armed ally Pakistan to crack down harder on both home-grown militants groups such as the Taliban and others which are based on its soil and attack Western forces in Afghanistan. In the north, 21 men working for a government-backed paramilitary force were executed overnight after they were kidnapped last week, a provincial official said....
  • Video: Abbas’ Fatah Shoot Their Way through Hevron

    12/30/2012 3:32:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/12 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Masked and armed members of Fatah, Hamas’ rival party headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, shot automatic rifles in the air as they marched through Hevron on Saturday. The parade marked the anniversary of the founding of Fatah by Yasser Arafat, who was succeeded by Abbas after his death eight years ago. The scene of masked men shooting rifles was identical with Hamas demonstrations in Gaza over the years. The march did not encroach on the Jewish neighborhoods in Hevron, but it illustrates the face of Fatah not reported in mainstream media, which promotes Abbas as Israel’s ”peace partner.”...
  • 5 people killed, about 20 injured in tour bus crash on icy Ore. interstate highway

    12/30/2012 3:28:05 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    GF Herald ^ | 12/30/12 | AP
    A tour bus careened through a guardrail on an icy Oregon highway and several hundred feet down an embankment Sunday, killing five people and injuring about 20 others, authorities said. The charter bus carrying about 40 people lost control around 10:30 a.m. on the snow- and ice-covered lanes of Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon, according to the Oregon State Police. Lt. Greg Hastings said the accident happened on the west end of the Blue Mountains, and west of an area called "Deadman Pass," where stretches of the highway tend to be icy in winter months.
  • ‘Gun Control Fails,’ Say Statistics from … Gun-Control Advocates

    12/30/2012 3:20:33 PM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 29, 2012
    No dataset proving civilian disarmament made anybody safer. In response to Ezra Klein’s report titled “Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States,” below are eight fictions about gun control. Do note: all data cited below are from sources supportive of gun control. Fiction 1: Armed Resistance Does Not Stop Mass Murders. Fiction 4: Gun Control Will Make You Safer... This is false — including in the Australia and UK examples. Before their bans, both countries had lower violent crime and murder rates than the United States. Ten years later, all U.S. violent crime categories have decreased,...
  • ‘Islamists’ Slit 15 Christians’ Throats in Nigeria

    12/30/2012 3:11:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | December 30, 2012
    Boko Haram has claimed to be fighting for the creation of an Islamic state in Nigeria, though its demands have repeatedly shifted and it is believed to include a number of factions with varying aimsSuspected Islamist extremists have killed 15 Christians by slitting their throats in an attack on a village in Nigeria’s volatile northeast, residents and a relief source said Sunday. The gruesome violence was the latest to be blamed on Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, though this Christmas season has been notably less bloody than in 2011, when attacks on churches and other locations left scores dead. “From...
  • Erian (Muslim Brotherhood) tells Egyptian Jews to leave Israel, return to Egypt

    12/30/2012 2:54:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Egypt Independent ^ | Friday, December 28, 2012 | Al-Masry Al-Youm
    Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, called on Egyptian Jews to leave Israel to the Palestinians and return to their own homeland. Their presence in Palestine contributes to the Zionist occupation of Arab lands, and every Egyptian has the right to live in his country — nobody can deny that, Erian said during an interview on the privately operated Dream TV on Thursday. “Why did Nasser expel them [the Jews] from Egypt?” he asked, claiming that Nasser’s decision contributed to the occupation of other Arab lands. "Egyptian Jews should refuse to live under a...
  • Yemen: Al-Qaida offers bounty for US ambassador

    12/30/2012 2:33:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 30, 2012 4:07 PM EST | Ahmed Al-Haj
    Al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country. An audio produced by the group’s media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday said it offered three kilograms of gold worth $160,000 for killing the ambassador, Gerald Feierstein. The group said it will pay 5 million Yemeni riyals ($23,000) to anyone who kills an American soldier inside Yemen. It said the offer is valid for six months. …
  • Tom Coburn: I Wouldn’t Vote to Confirm Hagel

    12/30/2012 2:18:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 12:59 PM | Amy Woods
    Sen. Tom Coburn said on Sunday that he would not support a decision by President Barack Obama to nominate former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense. Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the Oklahoma Republican said Hagel is unqualified for the job. “I cannot vote for Chuck Hagel,” he said. “He does not have the experience to manage a very large organization like the Pentagon.” …
  • Celebrity bad science: Dried placenta pills and oxygen shots

    12/30/2012 2:16:13 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 32 replies
    News Daily ^ | 12/28/2012 | Kate Kelland
    LONDON, Dec. 28, 2012 (Reuters) — Pop guru Simon Cowell carries pocket-sized inhalable oxygen shots, America's "Mad Men" actress January Jones favors dried placenta pills, and British soap star Patsy Palmer rubs coffee granules into her skin. Celebrities rarely shy away from public peddling of dubious ideas about health and science, and 2012 was no exception. In its annual list of the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign also named former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney for spreading misinformation about windows on planes, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps for false justifications for peeing in the...
  • Biden returns to White House

    12/30/2012 2:14:16 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Biden returns to White House By DONOVAN SLACK | 12/30/12 3:06 PM EST Vice President Joe Biden has returned to the White House from his home in Delware, an aide confirms. The aide declined to provide more details about what Biden is doing and whether he is trying to help restart fiscal cliff negotiations in Congress. As talks on a deal stalled in the Senate Sunday afternoon, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he called the vice president to ask for help prodding Democrats. “I'm concerned with the lack of urgency here. There’s far too much at stake for political gamesmanship,"...
  • US family pleas for couple missing in Afghanistan

    12/30/2012 2:08:29 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2012 4:43 PM (ET) | DENIS D. GRAY and ERIC TUCKER
    KABUL (AP) - The family of an ailing, pregnant American woman missing in Afghanistan with her Canadian husband has broken months of silence over the mysterious case, making public appeals for the couple's safe return. James Coleman, the father of 27-year-old Caitlan Coleman, told The Associated Press over the weekend that she was due to deliver in January and needed urgent medical attention for a liver ailment that required regular checkups. He said he and his wife, Lyn, last heard from their son-in-law Josh on Oct. 8 from an Internet cafe in what he described as an "unsafe" part of...
  • AP's Honduras correspondent navigates violent land

    12/30/2012 2:07:02 PM PST · by BobL · 22 replies
    WPXI.COM ^ | Dec. 30, 2012 | Alberto Arce
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Every Saturday morning, one of my taxi drivers pays about $12 for the right to park his cab near a hospital, about two blocks from a police station. But it's not the government that's charging. An unidentified man pulls up in a large SUV, usually brandishing an AK-47, and accepts an envelope of cash without saying a word. Jose and nine other drivers who pay the extortionists estimate that it amounts to more than $500 a year to park on public property. During Christmas, the cabbies dish out another $500 each in holiday "bonuses." Meanwhile, Jose pays...
  • Americans never give up your guns

    12/30/2012 1:34:55 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 76 replies
    Pravda ^ | 12/28/12 | Stanislav Mishin
    These days, there are few few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions.
  • Unlocking New Talents in Nature: Protein Engineers Create New Biocatalysts

    12/30/2012 1:17:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 20, 2012 | NA
    Protein engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have tapped into a hidden talent of one of nature's most versatile catalysts. The enzyme cytochrome P450 is nature's premier oxidation catalyst -- a protein that typically promotes reactions that add oxygen atoms to other chemicals. Now the Caltech researchers have engineered new versions of the enzyme, unlocking its ability to drive a completely different and synthetically useful reaction that does not take place in nature. The new biocatalysts can be used to make natural products -- such as hormones, pheromones, and insecticides -- as well as pharmaceutical drugs, like antibiotics,...
  • Planned Layoffs in US Firms Surge To 3-Month High, And Bloodbath May Not Be Over

    12/30/2012 1:08:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Reuters via AOL ^ | 12/30/2012
    Planned layoffs at U.S. firms rose for the third month in a row in November, partly driven by the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands, a report showed on Thursday. Employers announced 57,081 job cuts last month, the highest level since May and up nearly 20 percent from 47,724 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. November's job cuts were also up 34.4 percent from the 42,474 seen a year ago. Employers have announced 490,806 cuts in 2012, lower than 2011's total of 606,082 layoffs. The recent surge in layoffs is at least partly attributed to...
  • 2012 Hall of Fame & Mantle of Shame Awards: Perpetrators of Violence Against Native American Women

    12/30/2012 12:59:59 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Indian Country Today Media Network ^ | Friday, December 28, 2012 | Suzan Shown Harjo
    Excerpt: MANTLE OF SHAME: Perpetrators of Violence Against Native American Women. All who work against protecting Native women in the Violence Against Women Act for intentionally maintaining the jurisdictional gap on reservations that allows perpetrators to remain free. Tribal police and courts need statutory authority to hold violent offenders accountable, because Native nations were stripped of that jurisdiction by federal law, but federal and state authorities do not vigorously pursue non-Native predators on tribal lands. One in three Native women is raped during her lifetime; non-Natives commit 88 percent of all violent crimes against Natives and about 67 percent of...
  • Republican Hopes Rest on Suburban Comeback

    12/30/2012 12:53:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/30/2012 | PATRICK REDDY
    Anytime a party suffers an unexpected defeat, there are two general responses: assigning blame and planning a better strategy for next time.After Jimmy Carter in 1980 was — in the words of CBS News’ Bob Schieffer — “whomped” by Ronald Reagan, Democrats went through both reactions. As would be expected, the Reagan victory caused much debate in Democratic Party circles about how to respond. (Mostly every Democrat except Jimmy Carter’s inner circle agreed that Democratic mistakes had greatly helped Reagan.) More traditional Democrats like Walter Mondale believed that Reagan’s victory was largely due to national anger over inflation and...
  • Russian Orthodox Church backs Vladimir Putin's ban on Americans adopting Russian children

    12/30/2012 12:46:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/30/2012 | Miriam Elder
    The Russian Orthodox church has been attacked for supporting a new law banning Americans from adopting Russian children, at the end of a year that saw it plagued by scandal and accusations of collusion with an increasingly authoritarian Kremlin. Father Vsevolod Chaplin, a high-ranking priest and a spokesman for the church, said the law was "a search for a social answer to an elementary question: why should we give, and even sell, our children abroad?" Speaking to Interfax, a state news agency, last week, Chaplin said the path to heaven would be closed to children adopted by foreigners. "They won't...
  • Leading Economist Morici: Obama Has “Put a Pistol to the Head of the Middle Class” (Video)

    12/30/2012 12:41:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/30/12 | Jim Hoft
    Economist Peter Morici had this to say this morning about Obama’s fiscal cliff negotiating tactics: “The president, by being so persistent that it’s my way or the highway, no spending cuts, taxes on folks over $250,000 or nothing, has basically put a pistol to the head of the middle class. It’s threatened them with financial extortion if he doesn’t get his way to satisfy the populist wing of the Democratic Party.”
  • Obama on Meet the Press: “I’m not driven by some ideological agenda.”

    12/30/2012 12:34:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/30/12 | John Hayward
    President Obama turned up on NBC’s “Meet the Press” for the first time since the passage of ObamaCare, and gave exactly the performance that every veteran Obama-watcher would have expected: a bitter, intransigent partisan claiming to be the only non-partisan, non-ideological participant in the “fiscal cliff” drama. “I’m not driven by some ideological agenda – I’m a pretty practical guy,” he explicitly stated, offering his past four years in office as evidence. It’s too bad “Meet the Press” doesn’t have a laugh track. Obama’s interviewer, David Gregory, was willing to flagrantly violate D.C. gun laws to beat up on NRA...
  • White House talks don't include NRA: gun group president

    12/30/2012 12:33:25 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    An effort led by Vice President Joe Biden to find ways to reduce gun violence after the Connecticut school massacre so far has not included talking to the National Rifle Association, the president of the gun rights group said on Friday. NRA President David Keene said neither Biden nor his staff has contacted the organization since President Barack Obama unveiled the effort on December 19.
  • Obama Urges Illinois Lawmakers To Legalize Gay Marriage

    12/30/2012 12:20:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    mediaite ^ | 12/30/12 | Anjali Sareen
    President Obama issued a statement Saturday urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage as state lawmakers prepare to take up the issue this week. White House spokesman Shin Inouye highlighted the rare nature of the president’s move, telling the Chicago Sun-Times the while the president “does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect.” He went on, “As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing...
  • FDIC Unlimited Insurance to expire after January 1, 2013

    12/30/2012 11:59:07 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies
    FDIC website and bank letter ^ | 29 December 2012 | Government
    Got a letter from our bank which basically says: Beginning January 1, 2013, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will no longer be insured separately from depositors’ other accounts at the same IDI. Instead, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will be added to any of a depositor’s other accounts in the applicable ownership category, and the aggregate balance insured up to at least the Standard Maximum Deposit Insurance Amount (SMDIA) of $250,000, per depositor, at each separately chartered IDI. For example, if after the expiration of the Dodd-Frank Deposit Insurance Provision a depositor under the single ownership category has $500,000 deposited in a noninterest-bearing transaction...
  • About Those 500 Chicago Murders (The stats behind the number)

    12/30/2012 11:50:01 AM PST · by usconservative · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/30/2012 | Self
    Here are some interesting statistics from today's Chicago Tribune regarding the 500 murders that have happened in Chicago: As of this past Thursday, 500 people were murdered in the city of Chicago. 83% of those murdered in Chicago last year had criminal records. Many of them FELONS who'd served prison time. (415.) 60% of those murdered in Chicago had known gang affiliations and multiple arrests and convictions. (300) 2% of those murdered in Chicago were kids under 10 years of age. (10 kids.) Is this the "Chicago" that Obama referred to last week when he said the city represents the...
  • Seventh Circuit Blocks HHS Mandate for Private Business (Disses 10th Circuit "Hobby Lobby" Decision)

    12/30/2012 11:00:34 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    NROnline/ The Corner ^ | December 29, 2012 | David French
    Late yesterday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a read in its entirety, but two parts stand out. First, the court disagreed with the Tenth Circuit’s recent decision rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request for a similar injunction. In a key paragraph the court stated: The government also argues that any burden...
  • The Year in Review 2012: Deadly legacy of "Fast and Furious" lives on (guns)

    12/30/2012 10:59:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said two guns linked to the operation were found last month after a gun battle between Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military. Grassley said one of the weapons was lost by federal agents during "Fast and Furious" and the other was originally purchased by George Gillett, who served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Phoenix during the "Fast and Furious" scandal. Grassley, who has asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate the findings, said firearms records suggest Gillett was...
  • David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:38:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?' Obama: "I never compare myself to Lincoln." Daniel Halper December 30, 2012 11:06 AM NBC host David Gregory asked President Barack Obama this morning, "Is this your Lincoln moment?" The question came up after Obama invoked the movie Lincoln when talking about Republicans and Democrats coming together to work out a deal on the "fiscal cliff. "Well, no," Obama said in response to Gregory's question. "Look, a) I never compare myself to Lincoln. And b) obviously the magnitude of the issues is quite different from the Civil War and slavery. The...
  • Explosion at Coptic church in Misrata kills one

    12/30/2012 10:36:31 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 30 Dec 2012 | By Maha Ellawati
    An explosion near the Coptic Orthodox Church in Misrata late yesterday evening killed one Egyptian man and left another three injured. The explosion, reported to have been caused by a bomb, targeted a services building connected to the church in the city of Misrata, killing the Egyptian national and wounding three others at the same time. News broke this morning when the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli received a call from Bishop Timotheus Bishara Adla, head of the church in the Libyan captital, informing them that the church building in Misrata had been targeted by an explosion, Foreign Ministry spokesman Amru...
  • Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

    12/30/2012 10:27:43 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 120 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | DION NISSENBAUM And DAMIAN PALETTA
    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts. A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain period. The warning is much gloomier than the agency recently offered employees, as it had said there wouldn't be an immediate impact on personnel or operations if a deal...
  • David Gregory Asks Obama 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:24:59 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory's fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year's top ten. "Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • David Brooks: 'Sometimes Obama Governs Like a Visitor From a Morally Superior Civilization'

    12/30/2012 10:14:56 AM PST · by chessplayer · 61 replies
    New York Times columnist David Brooks made an astonishing observation about President Obama on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. "Sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • George W. Bush continues to destroy privacy rights

    12/30/2012 10:01:02 AM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    One of the sad, lasting legacies of the previous administration was the destruction of personal liberty and privacy which followed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Washington began treating everyone as a suspect, prying into private phone conversations and recording your every move. Unfortunately, though he’s been out of office for more than four years and working with injured veterans on a remote Texas ranch, George W. Bush continues to hold America under his intrusive thumb. Congress approved a measure Friday that would renew expansive U.S. surveillance authority for five more years, rejecting objections from senators who are concerned...
  • MILLER: David Gregory’s legal jeopardy (under investigation yet got into the White House?)

    12/30/2012 9:54:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/12 | Emily Miller
    President Obama wants more gun-control laws, but perhaps he should care more about enforcing the ones already on the books. He granted an exclusive interview to NBC’s David Gregory on Saturday, even though the “Meet the Press” anchor is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for possession of an unregistered “high capacity” magazine in the District. It is also unclear how Mr. Gregory passed the Secret Service background check to enter the White House while under criminal investigation. **SNIP** Chief Lanier is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she does not charge Mr. Gregory with...
  • Udall says he has 51 votes for filibuster reform (You want nuclear option? Just stay tuned in Texas)

    12/30/2012 9:48:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/30/12 | r moran
    This is not good news for Republicans - or for future minority parties in the US Senate. The Hill: Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option." The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures - and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote - amounts to breaking the rules to...
  • CBS Sunday Morning: Digging into the practice of fracking

    12/30/2012 9:33:21 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 40 replies
    CBS News - Sunday Morning ^ | 12/30/12 | David Pogue
    What if I told you that we have a new source of fuel? It's cheap, it burns cleaner than coal, it's found right here in America, and there's enough of it for the next hundred years. The fuel is natural gas. And the new source? Gigantic deposits of shale rock, miles underground. This one is called the Marcellus Shale. It covers 95,000 square miles, across four states. The gas is locked in the rock. If you crack a piece off you can actually smell the gas inside.
  • The Tea Party marches on in N.C. (virulent hatred of Hussein)

    12/30/2012 9:30:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    News Observer ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** The main driving force in the movement has been a hatred of President Obama, a virulent hatred indeed. Now that the president has been resoundingly given another four years, the tea party’s leaders need new objects of scorn. And there’s the rub. Movements built on antagonism toward one individual tend to be short-lived, and when that individual triumphs despite loud opponents, it’s frustrating for the losers. But if the party’s over, the hangover remains. No place may have a bigger headache than North Carolina. The tea party’s push helped Republicans win control of the General Assembly, led to a...
  • In gun debate, two sides speak different languages

    12/30/2012 9:14:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-30-12 | JESSE WASHINGTON (Administration Propaganda)
    This divide has existed for decades, separating America into hostile camps of conservative vs. liberal, rural vs. urban. As the nation responds to the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the gulf has rarely felt wider than now. After the gunman invaded an elementary school with a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and magazines of 30 bullets each, there was a brief moment of unity amid the nation's grief. Across partisan divides, politicians said something must be done about weapons based upon military designs. Many wondered if even the National Rifle Association would adjust its staunch opposition...
  • The Islamization of Germany in 2012

    12/26/2012 2:19:23 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 24, 2012 | Soeren Kern
    Opinion polls consistently show that growing numbers of ordinary German citizens are worried about the consequences of decades of multicultural policies, as well the emergence of a parallel legal system based on Islamic Sharia law. Post-Christian Europe became noticeably more Islamized during 2012.As the rapidly growing Muslim population makes its presence felt in towns and cities across the continent, Islam is transforming the European way of life in ways unimaginable only a few years ago.Some of the more notable Islam-related controversies during 2012 occurred in Germany, where the Muslim population has jumped from around 50,000 in the early 1980s...
  • Graham: “Hats Off to the President; He Won”

    12/30/2012 9:00:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 11:37 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that chances for a small “fiscal cliff” deal in the next 48 hours were “exceedingly good” and that President Barack Obama had won. “I think people don’t want to go over the cliff if we can avoid it,” Graham said on Fox News Sunday. … “This deal won’t affect the debt situation, it will be a political victory for the president and I hope we’ll have the courage of our convictions when it comes time to raise the debt ceiling to fight for what we believe as Republicans, but hats off to the...
  • It's Official: Muslim Population of Britain Doubles

    12/30/2012 8:58:58 AM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 21, 2012 | Douglas Murray
    England and Wales ... undergoing seismic change. Over the course of a decade up to four million more people have entered the country to live. In the capital, London, people identifying themselves as "white British" have for the first time become a minority. Perhaps most strikingly, the national Muslim population has doubled. ... For the last decade, every major politician has lied about this issue. While talking tough, about putting a cap on immigrant numbers, pushing people to assimilate and much else besides, they have done nearly nothing ... Now we can see the fruits of their labors. The census...
  • The Politics of Revenge

    12/30/2012 8:54:36 AM PST · by morethanright · 3 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-30 09:26:58 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:People of the government, by the government, for the government. That is what has become of "We the People." As Congress's inability to deal with the fiscal cliff and debt-ceiling issues prove, saving bloated government, not the liberty and financial solvency of 311 million Americans, is Washington's priority.A microcosm of the problems facing America is playing out in France. France's Constitutional Council declared Socialist President Francois Hollande's 75% income tax on those earning above $1 million illegal.  However, had the plan passed constitutional muster, it would not have done much to save the Fifth Republic from its fiscal...
  • Outgoing Congress proves to be unproductive to the end (Budgetless Dingy Harry not mentioned)

    12/30/2012 8:52:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/30/12 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    **SNIP** But the number of legislative disputes that they have failed to resolve while they have been failing to craft a budget deal is equally striking. They include reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, renewing a sweeping farm bill and reforming the U.S. Postal Service. Congress’s inability to solve even the stuff that used to be considered routine in Washington portends trouble for work on broader legislative initiatives like immigration reform or new gun control laws next year, when Republicans will continue to have solid control of the House and the Democrats’ majority in the Senate will expand by two...
  • Bin Laden son’s wife joins British legion

    12/30/2012 8:46:08 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th December 2012 | NAFEESA SHAN
    THE daughter-in-law of former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is a keen member of the Royal British Legion... Zaina — previously known as Jane Felix Browne — married the terror mastermind’s son Omar in 2007 a month after she met him on a trip to Egypt’s pyramids. ... Zaina converted to Islam before she wed Omar, her sixth husband. ... A military source said: “The Legion can’t deny her membership purely on the basis of her surname — that would be discrimination. But many members will be appalled.”
  • Feinstein urges Americans to 'bite the bullet' on gun control

    12/30/2012 8:44:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Feinstein urges Americans to 'bite the bullet' on gun control By KEVIN CIRILLI | 12/30/12 9:59 AM EST Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that America needs to "bite the bullet" on gun control reform in wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "America has to bite the bullet of what these incidents mean to our people, to our nation and our nation's standing in the world," Feinstein said on "Fox News Sunday." "When you have someone walking in and slaying in the most brutal way, 6-year-olds, something is really wrong." Feinstein...
  • Feinstein: We Knew Something Would Happen In Benghazi But Didn't Do Anything Ab

    12/30/2012 8:38:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/30/12 | GOPICYMI
    Feinstein: We Knew Something Would Happen In Benghazi But Didn't Do Anything About It
  • Obama on Benghazi: 'This was a huge problem'

    12/30/2012 8:34:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/30/12
    **SNIP** "We're not going to be defensive about it," Obama said of the State Department review of the attacks during an exclusive interview on NBC's Meet the Press. "We're not going to pretend that this was not a problem. This was a huge problem. And we're going to implement every single recommendation that's been put forward."
  • For attacking NRA, David Gregory’s reward is Obama interview

    12/30/2012 8:14:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 29 December, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    It has been said that no good deed goes unpunished. The converse appears to be true as well, at least if you’re liberal. Dylan Byers writes at Politico that David Gregory, who was originally reported by NBC to be heading out on vacation instead of hosting his weekly Sunday news program "Meet the Press," will indeed be at his anchor desk tomorrow. Not only that, but he has been granted an exclusive interview with none other than President Barack Obama.
  • Watch a Mash-Up of Celebrities Demanding Gun Control (in Real Life) Gratuitously Using Guns

    12/30/2012 8:06:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Vulture.com ^ | 12/28/12 | Eliot Glazer
    Last week, we pointed you to a PSA from Mayor Bloomberg's gun-control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in which the rich, famous, and pretty decried the need for stricter gun control (or something not quite specified). Some, like YouTube user Mike Hunt (ahem!), blame those very same people for perpetuating a culture of violence in the first place. In his own biting video response, he peppers in hyper-violent, trigger-happy footage against video of each celebrity wearing black and speaking in a hushed tone, respectively.
  • How Chicago and Obama Globalized Voter Fraud

    12/30/2012 7:54:58 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 12/30/2012 | Michael Bargo Jr.
    Chicago has a long tradition of padding its vote totals by placing homeless and deceased persons on its voter registration list. Jim Laski, who once served as the City Clerk of Chicago, second in power only to the mayor, noted in his book My Fall From Grace that fraudulent voters were registered to addresses that included cemeteries, municipal buildings, and taverns. The taverns, at least, are understandable: politically connected city workers spent so much time on bar stools the Board of Elections thought they lived there. Other voters who had died or moved away were also on the voter registration...
  • WHY GOOD PEOPLE NEED SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS AND “HIGH CAPACITY” MAGAZINES … Part I

    12/30/2012 7:39:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 29 December, 2012 | Massad Ayoob
    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a conversation with someone in the last few days who asked, “Why do ordinary law-abiding people need those semiautomatic firearms with magazines that can hold more than ten cartridges?” There are lots of sound answers. For one thing, defensive firearms are meant to be “equalizers,” force multipliers that can allow one good person to defend against multiple evil people. To allow one good person to defend against a single evil person so much stronger and/or bigger and/or more violent than he or she, that the attacker’s potentially lethal assault can be stopped. History...