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  • 'Oompa Loompas' sought by police over Norwich assault

    12/31/2012 7:54:13 AM PST · by socal_parrot · 27 replies
    BBC ^ | 12.31.12
    Two men dressed as Oompa Loompas from the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are being sought by police in connection with an assault in Norwich. A 28-year-old man was attacked by three men and a woman as he left a kebab house on Prince of Wales Road in the city on Thursday.
  • Hillary Clinton's Illness Prompts Conspiracy Theories

    12/31/2012 7:53:21 AM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies
    The weekly standard ^ | By DANIEL HALPER
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most famous current female political figure, has fallen ill. "In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours," a spokesman for the former first lady said yesterday in a statement. Clinton's illness, and the fact that she has not been seen in public in the last three weeks, has prompted a slew...
  • Black Grassroots Activist: Jesse Jackson Family 'Traitors' to Chicago

    12/31/2012 7:30:08 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s wife Sandi, a Chicago alderman, was called a traitor to the community by local grassroots activist Mack Glover. Glover's accusation came during a December meeting about the housing and foreclosure problems in the black communities of Chicago’s south and west sides. His comments were directed at Jackson’s facilitation of the largest “planned urban development” (PUD) in the country. Glover accused Sandi Jackson of being a sellout for helping the project move forward and thereby giving a “white developer $100 million” to build a project in the black community, where Glover and other grassroots activists at the...
  • NY Times Opinion Writer: ‘Give Up’ On The ‘Archaic, Idiosyncratic’ And ‘Evil’ Constitution

    12/31/2012 7:28:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Mediate ^ | 12/31/12 | Noah Rothman
    Georgetown University constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman has just about had it with the focus of his 40 years of academic study. As he writes in the New York Times on Monday, it is the Constitution itself which has allowed for the series of legislative follies that finally resulted in the “fiscal cliff.” Seidman says that it is time for Americans to realize what lawmakers have known since the constitution’s inception – it is okay to ignore it. “As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government...
  • Saudi Wahhabi Preacher Issues Fatwa Allowing Jihadis to Rape Syrian Women

    12/31/2012 7:07:14 AM PST · by LSUfan · 43 replies
    YouTube ^ | 29 Dec 12 | Eretz Zen
    A Wahhabi religious cleric in Saudi Arabia, Muhammed al-Arifi, who is very influential in Jihadi circles, has recently issued a fatwa (religious edict) that permits all Jihadist militants in Syria to engage in short-lived marriages with Syrian women that each lasts for a few hours in order to satisfy their sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians. He called the marriage as 'intercourse marriage'. It requires that the Syrian female be at least 14 years old, widowed, or divorced.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods is refusing to fill orders for guns that were paid for

    12/31/2012 6:58:08 AM PST · by SmileRight · 90 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 12/30/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    In a move that potentially may spark a class action lawsuit, Dick’s Sporting Goods is refusing to fill orders for guns that were paid for weeks ago. Russell Kellner of Flower Mound, Texas said he and his wife bought three Troy Defense Carbine Semi-Automatic Rifles on Black Friday at a cost of $799 each, a $300 dollar discount. “It was a heck of a deal,” said Kellner. They received two of them, but were then notified by Dick’s on Christmas Eve, that no more orders would be fulfilled...
  • Al Qaeda reportedly carving out its own 'country' in Mali (Hussein retreats)

    12/31/2012 6:54:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/31/12
    **SNIP** The catalyst for the Islamic fighters was a military coup nine months ago that transformed Mali from a once-stable nation to the failed state it is today. On March 21, disgruntled soldiers invaded the presidential palace. The fall of the nation's democratically elected government at the hands of junior officers destroyed the military's command-and-control structure, creating the vacuum which allowed a mix of rebel groups to move in. With no clear instructions from their higher-ups, the humiliated soldiers left to defend those towns tore off their uniforms, piled into trucks and beat a retreat as far as Mopti, roughly...
  • Greenwich Village couple busted with cache of weapons, bombmaking explosives: sources

    12/31/2012 6:48:35 AM PST · by bryan999 · 63 replies
    The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment. Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday. People who know Greene say his political views are “extreme,” the sources said.
  • Holiday Shopping Season Disappoints: Causes And Consequences [Worst Since ' 08; BO's First Campaign]

    12/31/2012 6:47:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    seeking alpha ^ | 12/28/12 | Colin Lokey
    In an article published on September 20, I noted that analysts seemed to be putting quite a bit of faith in the U.S. consumer's willingness and ability to boost the economy in the fourth quarter. Specifically, consensus estimates showed revenue growth for consumer discretionary names outpacing topline growth for the S&P 500 as a whole by more than 3 to 1. I suggested that underpinning the outlook for consumer discretionary names were unrealistic expectations regarding the efficacy of QE3 at producing the so-called "wealth effect." Ultimately, I made the following prediction of my own: ...the post-QE rally has historically lasted...
  • Why $100 Brent Will Not Last Through 2013

    12/31/2012 6:36:21 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | December 31, 2012 | Adam Levine-Weinberg
    Back in September, with Brent crude oil prices sitting a little above $110, I predicted that Brent would drop to $100 or below by the end of November. While prices made an initial move in this direction, unrest in the Middle East and the weakening dollar (among other catalysts) have brought Brent crude back up to $110 at year-end. This demonstrates the danger of making short-range predictions based on long-term trends; other short-term factors can intercede and dictate the short-term price action. However, the long-term trends that I identified in the earlier article are still present, and over the course...
  • Eagle Ford top business news

    12/31/2012 6:28:11 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | December 28, 2012 | Valentino Lucio
    Across South Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale dominated business activity in 2012 as it emerged as one of the biggest oil-and-gas shale plays in the nation. The shale formation reaches across 25 Texas counties, but much of the drilling this year centered on Gonzales, DeWitt, Karnes, LaSalle and McMullen counties — areas producing more crude oil or natural gas liquids than the currently uneconomic dry gas. Eagle Ford production topped the equivalent of 1 million barrels of oil per day in the third quarter. New “man camps,” RV parks and hotels to house workers continued to open. And the activity...
  • The Hopes and Fears of All the Years [The Importance of Children]

    12/31/2012 6:16:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 12/26/12 | Jordan Ballor
    At some point, sooner or later, all new parents experience that moment when they realize that this new little life is their unique responsibility. It can be a bit surreal. Holding your little one, it strikes you that a tremendous gift has been given to you, a gift that brings with it significant and life-altering responsibilities. I, who am a bit slow on the uptake, took some weeks to realize that I was not only able but also allowed to bundle up my tiny son in his car seat and take him out of the house to run errands....
  • Greens confront own need for diversity (The Sex Poodle is too white?)

    12/31/2012 6:10:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/29/12 | TALIA BUFORD
    **SNIP** The greens say their plight is less dire than the GOP’s, insisting that diversity exists in environmentalism, especially at the local level. It's nationally that environmental organizations — and the face they present to the country — too often drive the perception that green issues are the purview of white liberals. **SNIP** Rising leaders such as Bill McKibben, the 350.org founder who was named one of Time’s “People Who Mattered” in 2011 — white. Eco-celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo and Daryl Hannah — white. Leaders of the big environmental organizations, such as Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune —...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,December 31-January 4, 2013

    12/31/2012 5:56:02 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | December 31-January 4,2012-2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Great Scott [Utter, Disgusting Racist BIGOTRY of the Left]

    12/31/2012 5:52:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    The Scrapbook did not expect that the New York Times would express much joy at the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina to the Senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint. Mr. DeMint is a conservative Republican, Mr. Scott is a conservative Republican, and the governor who anointed Scott, Nikki Haley, is a conservative Republican, too. And the truth be told, The Scrapbook would prefer to underplay the “historic” nature of Scott’s ascent to the Senate. Yes, he is the first black Republican in the upper chamber since Edward Brooke (1979) and the only African American in the Senate...
  • America Doesn’t Have a Gun Problem, It Has a Gang Problem

    12/31/2012 5:51:16 AM PST · by LSUfan · 40 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | 31 Dec 12 | Daniel Greenfield
    cities are the heartland of America’s real gun culture. It isn’t the bitter gun-and-bible clingers in McCain and Romney territory who are racking up a more horrifying annual kill rate than Al Qaeda; it’s Obama’s own voting base. Chicago matches the murder rate for Japan and is higher than the murder rates for Spain, Poland and pre-war Syria. If Chicago gets any worse, it will find itself passing the homicide rate for the entire country of Canada. Chicago’s murder rate of 15.65 per 100,000 people looks nothing like the American 4.2 rate, the Midwestern 4.5 or the Illinois’ 5.6 rates,...
  • Senate report faults Pentagon, State Dept. over Benghazi deaths ('Flashing Red')

    12/31/2012 5:45:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/31/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    A new bipartisan report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee faults both the State Department and Pentagon for failing to adequately protect the Americans killed in the deadly September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The report, titled “Flashing Red,” comes after a critical independent State Department-ordered review, and widens the blame for the assault, which left four Americans dead, to the Pentagon and White House. The Committee found that the State Department failed to appropriately assess and heighten security measures after intelligence showed that Americans stationed in Benghazi could be threatened by terror groups, according to reports...
  • Huge victory for gun owners Illinois-ban-on-concealed-weapons-overturned

    12/31/2012 4:03:37 AM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | december 30, 2012 | amy
    In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state’s ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois’ Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry. “The debate is over. We won. And there will be a statewide carry law in 2013,” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. In a split opinion (see below), the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling in two cases downstate that upheld the state’s longstanding prohibition against carrying concealed weapons. Illinois is the only state with an outright...
  • Huawei linked to plan to sell restricted equipment to Iran

    12/31/2012 3:49:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    CNET ^ | December 30, 2012 7:34 PM PST | Steven Musil
    Already considered a potential threat to U.S. national security, Huawei is again finding itself under scrutiny, linked to an offer to sell embargoed computer equipment to Iran. A major partner of the Chinese telecommunications gear maker offered to provide €1.3 million ($1.7 million) of Hewlett-Packard computer equipment to Iran in 2010, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. However, Huawei says neither it nor Hong Kong-based Skycom, its privately owned partner, provided the equipment to Mobile Telecommunication Co of Iran, known as MCI. …
  • Iraq: Car bomb explosion kills 3 south of Baghdad

    12/31/2012 2:55:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2012 3:38 AM EST | Sinan Salaheddin
    Iraqi officials say a parked car bomb has killed three people and wounded 21 south of Baghdad. A police officer says Monday’s explosion took place in a busy street in the southern city of Hillah where local government offices are located. …