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  • OBAMA SCUTTLES 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL?

    12/31/2012 12:08:16 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 62 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | December 31, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    This afternoon, in one of the more bizarre appearances of his presidency, Barack Obama gave a televised address to a room full of supporters on the "fiscal cliff." He broke no news, but mocked Congress, and hinted at future tax hikes. Observers worried that he may have deliberately scuttled a potential agreement. Even though he has come off his last campaign for political office, President Obama acted like a candidate on the campaign trail--one prepared to use whatever political capital he had accumulated to take shots at the opposition in Congress at the very moment leaders from both sides are...
  • Gregory under investigation, out of headlines (Are the magazines legal - or not?)

    12/31/2012 11:55:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/31/12 | DYLAN BYERS |
    **SNIP** Those who argue that the investigation is ludicrous have a point: Showing an empty gun magazine on television, though illegal in Washington, D.C., was hardly going to harm anyone. As Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren wrote, it's hard to think of a sillier use of investigative resources. But it's also hard to blame the other side for asking that laws be upheld and applied to all -- especially at a time when so many in the media seem to be pushing for more of those laws. The Gregory investigation may have started as a "non-story," but that's no...
  • Texas judge OKs ban on Planned Parenthood funding

    12/31/2012 11:51:54 AM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas can cut off funding to Planned Parenthood's family planning programs for poor women, a state judge ruled Monday.
  • Why Inflation Is The Economy's Hidden Iceberg In 2013

    12/31/2012 11:41:52 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TMO ^ | 12-31-2012 | Martin Hutchinson
    Why Inflation is the Economy's Hidden Iceberg in 2013 Economics / InflationDec 31, 2012 - 06:35 AM By: Money Morning Martin Hutchinson writes: Even though Ben Bernanke's Fed has kept interest rates close to zero, inflation hasn't been a big problem since the 2008 financial crisis. Despite what many observers have expected inflation has remained quite tame. However in 2013, that may be about to change. One factor that might cause a surge in inflation is the fiscal cliff. That's because Bernanke is already buying $1 trillion of Treasury and housing agency bonds each year ($85 billion per month) against...
  • Cheaper Than Dirt stays in the gun game (with new, high prices)

    12/31/2012 11:35:13 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 12/28/12 | Max Slowik
    Cheaper Than Dirt recently shocked the gun community with their post-Sandy Hook announcement that they were suspending future firearms sales online. They would continue to sell sporting goods and shooting supplies online, but only sell guns at their retail location. The outrage was palpable. It should be mentioned, for those who do not know, that online sales do not circumvent any gun laws or background checks. It is functionally no different than buying from a dealer in person, except you have a larger number of options with wider product availability and price selections. Guns bought online must still be transferred...
  • Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.'

    12/31/2012 11:31:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 45 replies
    Obama: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Be Spending New Year's Here in D.C.' Daniel Halper December 31, 2012 2:12 PM President Barack Obama tipped his hand today during a speech at the White House ... about how he plans to spend this New Year's Eve. "Democrats and Republicans in Congress have to get this done," Obama said, according to a rush transcript, referencing the ongoing "fiscal cliff" talks. "But they're not there yet. They are close, but they're not there yet. And one thing we can count on with respect to this Congress is that if there is even one...
  • NPR: Is The Party Over For The Tea Party?

    12/31/2012 11:26:48 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 44 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 12/31/2012 | Alan Greenblatt
    Is The Party Over For The Tea Party? by Alan Greenblatt December 31, 2012 Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., protested outside the Supreme Court in June as justices debated the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. David Goldman/AP It's a little bit early, but the Tea Party is hitting its sophomore slump. A few of the prominent members of Congress elected as part of the Tea Party wave in 2010 lost their seats in November. With the end-of-year budget negotiations going nowhere, the Tea Party has been described variously as standing on the sidelines and losing its...
  • Let’s Give Up on the Constitution

    12/31/2012 11:25:05 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | December 31, 2012 | LOUIS MICHAEL SEIDMAN
    AS the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit: our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions. Consider, for example, the assertion by the Senate minority leader last week that the House could not take up a plan by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts on households making $250,000 or less because the Constitution requires that revenue measures originate in the lower chamber. Why should anyone care? Why should a lame-duck...
  • Two wounded in theater shooting(2 days after Newtown, this time there was a gun and it saved lives)

    12/31/2012 10:53:43 AM PST · by bestintxas · 3 replies
    MY SA ^ | 12/17/2012 | h O'Connor
    Two people were wounded late Sunday when gunfire erupted at a local movie theater, sending panicked moviegoers rushing to exits and ducking for cover, police and witnesses said. A lone suspect was in custody after being wounded by an unidentified law enforcement officer, a Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Conditions of the two people wounded were not immediately released, nor was it disclosed where they were when they were wounded, or the type of gun that was used. Related Link: Officials: Breakup sparked Santikos shooting Witnesses said numerous shots were fired inside and outside the Santikos Mayan Palace 14...
  • Craigslist sperm donor forced to pay child support to lesbian couple [nixed rights before birth]

    12/31/2012 10:23:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 31 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    <p>A sperm donor has been ordered to pay child support for the biological daughter he fathered to a lesbian couple who found him via Craigslist.</p> <p>Angela Bauer, 40, and partner Jennifer Schreiner, 34, placed an ad on the site three years ago for a donor which was answered by William Marotta.</p>
  • Live Thread: Obama Says What Jarrett and Axelrod Write For him...fiscal cliff remarks at 1:30

    12/31/2012 10:05:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 150 replies
    12/31/12
    Fox local affiliate came on in Miami, said the Assclown was going to speak at 1:30. So once the teleprompter is loaded, expect him to stumble in at about 2:00.
  • Md. same-sex couples prepare for Jan. 1 marriages

    12/31/2012 9:45:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 31 2012 12:09 PM EST | Brian Witte
    Gay couples are preparing for New Year’s Day weddings in the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to allow same-sex marriage, which will become legal in Maryland on Tuesday. The new law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. and follows a legislative fight that pitted Gov. Martin O’Malley against leaders of his Catholic faith. Voters in the state, founded by Catholics in the 17th century, sealed the change by approving a November ballot question. … Same-sex couples in Maryland have been able to get marriage licenses since Dec. 6, but they do not take effect until Tuesday. …
  • Abbas to Arab MKs: We Seek Peace with Israel

    12/31/2012 9:05:11 AM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | First Publish: 12/31/2012, 12:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah party's new logo shows all of Israel as Palestine, claimed on Sunday that he seeks peace with the Jewish State. Abbas, who met with Arab MKs Mohammad Barakeh and Said Nafaa, said that the "Palestinian people" are striving for peace in accordance with the decisions of international institutions and seek to establish an independent Palestinian state within the 1949 armistice line with its capital in Jerusalem. Abbas said that the PA Arabs desire peace and want to have a "partner who believes in peace." He added that the Palestinian aspiration is to establish...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (11,810 signatures so far)

    12/31/2012 8:47:23 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    13,190 more to go. Almost halfway there. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • From partisan perspective, ‘cliff’ may not be that scary

    12/31/2012 8:45:57 AM PST · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/31/2012 | Zachary A. Goldfarb & Rosalind S. Helderman
    To many Americans, what’s going on in Washington looks like a circus show that isn’t the least bit entertaining — the nation’s leaders seemingly unable to come up with a deal that keeps most people from paying higher taxes. But there is a logic to it. For all the posturing of the last few weeks, both sides see a measure of political upside in going over the “fiscal cliff” — or, at the least, an advantage in waiting until the last minute, since they want to avoid drawing the ire of their most loyal supporters by appearing to cave too...
  • NBC reporter raises Hillary Clinton questions

    12/31/2012 8:30:49 AM PST · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Politico ^ | December 31, 2012 | Kevin Robillard
    The top science reporter for NBC News raised questions Monday about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hospitalization, raising the possibility the blood clot causing isn’t linked to an earlier concussion. “It’s not exactly clear what is happening with Secretary Clinton’s health,” NBC News chief science and health correspondent Robert Bazell said “All we have is a statement from her office. The hospital isn’t saying anything and the statement from her [office] says that she had this blood clot that stemmed from the concussion and she’s being treated with blood-thinning drugs,” Bazell continued. “The problem is that usually when blood clots...
  • Drone spotted flying above Metrodome during Vikings-Packers game

    12/31/2012 8:30:50 AM PST · by kiryandil · 60 replies
    Citypages blog ^ | Mon., Dec. 31 2012 | Aaron Rupar
    Think drones only fly above Pakistan, Afghanistan, or other quasi-theaters of war? Think again. Yesterday, an unmanned helicopter was photographed flying above the Metrodome plaza before the Vikings-Packers game. A Homeland Security Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response [VIPR] team was also photographed milling around the plaza. Here's a photo of the VIPR team, followed by a full-size shot of the drone (all photos courtesy of Nathan M. Hansen's Twitter): Local "information operations" and "spinstorms" blogger Dan Feidt writes that the drone "is comparable to the sports photography drone... I figured it might just be a civilian hobbyist drone or some...
  • The Whining Krauthammer

    12/31/2012 8:26:07 AM PST · by morethanright · 36 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-31 09:10:21 | mrcurmudgeon
    Mr. Curmudgeon:"I do begrudge what he's done in this fiscal cliff talks," said syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer to Fox News host Sean Hannity. "It's been very clear from the beginning that he [President Obama] had no intention to solve the fiscal issues. He's been using this, and I must say with great skill and ruthless skill and success, to fracture and basically shatter the Republican opposition. The only, you know, redoubt of the opposition is the House. And his objective from the very beginning was to break the will of the Republicans in the House and to create an internal civil war,...
  • The "NO" Rush Limbaugh,M-F,WABC AM,EST,12NOONPM-3PM,December 31, 2012-January 1-2,2013

    12/31/2012 8:09:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 64 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | December 31-January 2,2012-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Good Morning/Afternoon, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013! WELCOME To The "NO" Rush Limbaugh Show Thread! Enjoy the SUBS!:)=^..^=
  • Preppers, Patriots and Pirates

    12/31/2012 8:06:08 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    BATR ^ | 12-31-2012 | BATR
    Preppers, Patriots and Pirates Politics / US PoliticsDec 31, 2012 - 08:21 AM By: BATR Now that the prospects of a second Obama administration are hitting home, the pace of a rapid deterioration are confronting all thinking Americans. The radical transformation that is centrally planned for the economy and authoritarianism administrated by the statists that are part of the most tyrannical regime in memory, is taking place before our eyes. Falling off the cliff is more like descending into the abyss of martial law contrived to eliminate the last remnants of independent citizens. Advocating for civil liberties is treated as...
  • '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 · 1 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. …
  • Video: IDF Helps Arab Land Grab in Samaria

    12/31/2012 2:17:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/12 | Yoni Kempenski and Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    Here is an old story with a new twist: Arabs and Jews claim the same land. IDF separates the two sides, tells them nobody will work the land - and then protects the Arabs as they plow. Video .....
  • UK Catholics urged to lobby against gay marriage

    12/31/2012 1:52:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2012 4:16 AM EST
    The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales has urged followers to write to their representatives in Parliament to oppose the government’s plans to allow gay marriage. … Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative-led government plans to introduce legislation in January to allow gay marriages. Recent opinion polls suggest a large majority of the public supports the change. …
  • EU Summit Reveals a Paralyzed Continent

    12/31/2012 1:30:48 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Spiegelonline ^ | 12/27/2012 | SPIEGEL Staff
    <p>What happens behind closed doors at an EU summit, when European leaders are among themselves? SPIEGEL has reconstructed the negotiations at the most recent meeting in Brussels, in December. Based on documents and accounts given by numerous sources it was a summit of hopelessness.</p>
  • Issa: America at Risk of Losing Economic Power

    12/31/2012 1:05:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 01:06 PM | Amy Woods
    Rolling back out-of-control spending—not raising taxes on the rich—will keep America fiscally sound and prevent the country from falling off the cliff, California Rep. Darrell Issa said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” … The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said the size of government has ballooned during the last decade, and President Barack Obama shows no signs of stopping it. … He said the president would have had a fiscal-cliff deal “in a New York minute” if he offered $100 billion in tax increases, disproportionately on the wealthy, and $400 billion in cuts. …
  • Angela Merkel: Eurozone crisis 'far from over'

    12/31/2012 12:56:58 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/31/2012
    The eurozone sovereign debt crisis is far from over even though reform measures designed to address the roots of the problem are beginning to bear fruit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year's address. In face of slowing economic growth, Mrs Merkel also warned that conditions could be more difficult in 2013 than in 2012. "I know that many people are naturally concerned going into the new year," she said. "And the economic environment will not in fact be easier but rather more difficult next year. But we shouldn't let that get us down; rather it should...
  • Rep. Labrador: Democrats Acting Like “Bank Robbers” on Fiscal Cliff

    12/31/2012 12:54:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 01:17 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador said on Sunday that he’s “not really sure” Democrats want to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, and that they’re like “bank robbers” who want to raise taxes on everyone. … “They have tried to get us (Republicans) to fight against each other on taxes when—I’m not really sure that they don’t want to go over the fiscal cliff,” he said. “They want to expand the growth of government. They need more revenues. You know, Democrats are like bank robbers. You don’t have the money in the 2 percent—the money is in the 100 percent....
  • Gallup: Disapproval of Obama Has Climbed 5 Points Since Christmas

    12/31/2012 12:33:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 30, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    With the federal government approaching the so-called “fiscal cliff,” when federal income tax rates will increase across-the-board back to the level they were under President Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama’s disapproval has climbed 5 points in the Gallup polled since Christmas. …
  • Atlanta Braves court controversy with 'Screaming Indian' caps

    12/31/2012 12:13:35 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 42 replies
    Sporting News MLB ^ | December 27, 2012 | Sporting News MLB Staff
    The Atlanta Braves have not used their controversial "Screaming Indian" logo in any official capacity since 1989, but the team plans to bring it back next season as part of its new batting practice hats. And so far, the reaction on the Web has been less than positive.
  • Publisher (Chicago) Tribune (and LA Times) to emerge from bankruptcy on December 31

    12/31/2012 12:00:29 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 31, 2012
    U.S. media giant The Tribune Co, owner of the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, said late on Sunday it will emerge from bankruptcy on December 31, ending four years of Chapter 11 reorganization. Chicago-based Tribune said it will emerge from the Chapter 11 process with a portfolio of profitable assets that will include eight major daily newspapers and 23 TV stations. The company will also have a new board of directors. "Tribune will emerge as a dynamic multi-media company with a great mix of profitable assets, powerful brands in major markets, sufficient liquidity for operations and investments and...
  • Obama: ‘I Cut Spending by Over a Trillion Dollars in 2011’

    12/30/2012 11:31:31 PM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Appearing on NBCs “Meet the Press” on Sunday, President Barack Obama said that he cut spending by more than $1 trillion in 2011. However, the White House Office of Management and Budget says that federal spending increased by $147 billion from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011.