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  • White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown

    01/11/2013 8:30:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 74 replies
    White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown By Philip Rucker, Published: January 10 The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks. The school safety initiative, one of several under consideration, would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association’s proposal for...
  • China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea

    01/11/2013 8:29:03 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Johnson
    China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea Robert JohnsonJan. 11, 2013, 8:49 AMSino Defence After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to head off a number of...
  • PAUL KRUGMAN: The Deficit Is Basically Solved

    01/11/2013 8:21:14 AM PST · by blam · 71 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Walter Hickey
    PAUL KRUGMAN: The Deficit Is Basically Solved Walter HickeyJan. 10, 2013, 4:00 PMMany people think that fixing the deficit is a painful process that involves deep cuts to crucial programs. Some think the process is too hard, and it's not worth trying yet. That's not correct, according to a chart from from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Richard Kogan showing just how far the United States has come in the past two years. We've talked before about how the painless and most effective solution to the deficit is additional growth in GDP. As the recovery progresses and GDP...
  • Reuters Wants to Know How You Are Dealing With Payroll Tax Hike

    01/11/2013 8:19:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 34 replies
    Reuters via Twitter ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013
    Paycheck looking lighter? How are you adjusting spending after the payroll tax-hike? Contact or @langejason
  • Egyptian Muslim Protesters Demand End to Spanish Occupation of Spain

    01/11/2013 8:19:17 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 25 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | January 11, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated on Wednesday Jan. 2 in Safenex Square in Cairo to commemorate the 521st anniversary of the fall of Granada. The demonstration was called by The Free Movement (Harakat Ahrar). The protesters organized a human chain around the square and held signs that said: “Obligatory return”,”We have not forgotten Al Andalus” and “Of course we will return” … And they really mean it. Demonstrator: As we speak, in Islamic Andalusia, in Spain, they are marching to celebrate the fall of the Islamic state of Andalusia, or Spain. While they are celebrating, we here are upset, because the...
  • Arab City Schools commits $66,000 to put armed police officer in each school (Alabama)

    01/11/2013 8:11:42 AM PST · by FReepaholic · 18 replies
    AL.COM ^ | 1/11/2013 | Paul Gattis
    ARAB, Alabama - In reaction to the deadly school shooting in Connecticut last month, Arab City Schools have installed armed police officers at each of its four campuses. It's costing the system $66,000 through the end of 2013, according to Superintendent John Mullins. "We made a decision that while it's a substantial amount of money, there's no monetary value on the safety of our children," Mullins said.
  • Video: Piers Morgan discovers Ben Shapiro isn’t Alex Jones (Larry King Criticizes Morgan's Show)

    01/11/2013 7:58:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Duane hit this in the Green Room, but I want to note a few passages from the appearance of Breitbart's Ben Shapiro on CNN with Piers Morgan last night. First, Ben calls out Morgan for acting like a bully to his guests and an activist rather than a journalist, a theme that fits nicely with Ben's new book, Bullies: How the LeftÂ’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans. Ben told me on Wednesday's TEMS that he was relishing the confrontation --- and you can see why:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO BEN SHAPIRO, EDITOR BREITBART.COM: You know, honestly Piers,...
  • It’s bullet for bullet on the Line-of-Control as India rejects UN role

    01/11/2013 7:53:44 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | DNA
    India on Thursday rejected Pakistan’s demand for a UN probe into the LoC incident, saying it would be tantamount to internationalising the issue. The development came as reports from Islamabad suggested that a Pakistani soldier had been killed in firing by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC). “We are not going to agree to internationalise the issue or allow the United Nations to hold an inquiry. That demand is rejected out of hand,” Union finance minister P Chidambaram said after a cabinet committee meeting on security. Defence minister AK Antony briefed the cabinet committee on security and said...
  • It's Not the 'Doctor Shortage,' Stupid (It's a Manufactured Crisis)

    01/11/2013 7:47:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/11/2013 | Michael Applebaum, MD, on 07 January 2013, published an article entitled, "Doctor Shortage Becoming Crisis Under Obamacare." The sick care industry is a repair and rescue industry. This so-called crisis is a manufactured one in the same way that there would be a "mechanic shortage" if the overwhelming preponderance of cars were so poorly built by intent that they required an obscene amount of repair. The fundamental problems with the sick care system, for the most part, remain the quality of the protoplasm entering it, i.e., people are unfit by choice who therefore develop diseases of choice, and the combined efforts of...
  • Obama Muzzling Military Chaplains

    01/11/2013 7:34:26 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies ^ | January 9, 2012 | George Neumayr
    One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they don’t uphold Obama’s “values.” Obama’s mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that “If you cannot get in line, resign your commission.” That same year Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said military members who dissent from Obama’s...
  • British Christians Await Top Court Ruling on Wearing a Cross at Work

    01/11/2013 7:33:08 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    ( – Europe’s highest court next week will hand down rulings in the cases of four British Christians who claim to have been discriminated in the workplace because of their religious beliefs. Two of the applicants, Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin, said their rights were violated when employers barred them from wearing crosses visibly at work. They pointed to Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others...
  • Victims Stabbed, Sexually Assaulted During Mall Hostage Situation (No description of perps...)

    01/11/2013 7:28:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 1/11/13 | Toni Guinyard and Jonathan Lloyd
    One person was sexually assaulted and another was stabbed in the neck during a hostage situation at a Southern California shopping center that ended early Friday after Los Angeles Police Department SWAT members entered a Nordstrom Rack and escorted at least 14 people from the building. Gunmen at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in Westchester held the hostages in a storage area before the early morning operation, said LAPD spokesman Andy Neiman. The hostages were being interviewed early Friday morning to determine what happened before 11 p.m. Thursday night, when LAPD officers from the Pacific Division received a 911...
  • Connecticut coroner’s worker on paid leave for letting husband view corpse of ... Lanza

    01/11/2013 7:27:03 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 196 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 3, 2013 | VICTORIA CAVALIERE
    An administrative worker at Connecticut’s coroner’s office has been placed on paid leave after allegedly allowing her husband to view the body of Newtown gunman Adam Lanza. Jean Henry, a processing technician at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, could face disciplinary action after the investigation is complete, the Hartford Courant reported. She was still on leave Thursday, sources said. Henry is accused of allowing her husband, who is not a state employee, to enter a refrigerated autopsy room where Lanza’s body was awaiting a post mortem on Dec. 16. The only people allowed in the autopsy area are...
  • When Kids and Guns Mix

    01/11/2013 7:17:32 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    We all know what can happen when kids and guns mix. And today I will tell you some stories about that very thing. The kids' names were Kendra and Alyssa, and then there was the 11-year-old boy whose name we just don't know. What we do know is that they lived in places called Bryan County, Albuquerque, and Palmview. We know that guns were in their homes -- and that something horrible befell them. Last year, 12-year-old Oklahoman Kendra St. Clair was home alone, unsupervised. At some point she accessed her mother's handgun -- a .40-caliber Glock. Then Kendra pulled...
  • I'm British and Piers Morgan is Damn Wrong

    01/11/2013 7:11:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/10/2013 | Adam Shaw
    Many Americans, since the Sandy Hook massacre, have been disgusted by Piers Morgan's snooty condescension toward their great country, and his blatant disregard for the Second Amendment. This culminated in his recent interview with talk show host Alex Jones, that ultimately backfired when his fiery guest wiped the floor with him. Since the shooting, Morgan has strutted around as the flag waver for gun control, pointing to his native Great Britain as the ultimate example of what these dumb, gun-toting Yanks should try and imitate. Not only did he use Britain constantly in his scathing editorial against American gun laws,...
  • Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    01/11/2013 7:09:41 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2013 | John Heilprin
    Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday after sustaining injuries from a fall while cross-country skiing in nearby Caux-sur-Montreux on Christmas Eve. He was taken to the hospital and fell into a coma from which he never recovered. Nobs worked his way from being a chef and director of Montreux's tourism office, where he organized charity concerts, to overseeing one of...
  • Who's afraid of fracking? Not honest regulators, who tend to understand it.

    01/11/2013 7:03:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/11/2013 | Deroy Murdock
    If frackophobes are to be believed, natural-gas fracking is the most frightful environmental nightmare since Japan’s Fukushima nuclear-power plant melted down amid an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.In Promised Land, Matt Damon’s new anti-fracking film funded by the United Arab Emirates, one character demonstrates this production technique’s “dangers” by drenching a toy farm with household chemicals and then setting it ablaze.In the upcoming pro-fracking film, FrackNation, one Pennsylvania homeowner absurdly claims that fracking polluted his well water with weapons-grade uranium. (For details, watch AXS-TV on Tuesday, January 22, at 9 p.m. EST.)In an agitprop poster from the group...
  • Joe Biden’s Faulty Lifeguard Logic : “If it saves one life” — at what cost?

    01/11/2013 7:00:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/11/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    ‘As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking,” Vice President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday as he previewed what his commission on gun violence might actually do. “There are executive orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.” Biden insisted that it is a moral imperative for the White House to do something: “It’s critically important...
  • American Express Kicks Off 2013 With Biggest Layoffs in Four Years

    01/11/2013 6:59:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Brand Channel ^ | 1/10/13 | Shirley Brandy
    ... American Express delivered a surprise in its fourth quarter earnings report today: the elimination of 5,400 jobs as part of a global reorganization of its business units, with over $400 million in severance and its business travel unit taking a big hit. The company has endured more than a decade of downsizing under CEO Ken Chenault: 7,700 jobs in 2001; 6,500 jobs in 2002; 7,000 jobs (10% of its workforce) in 2008; 4,000 jobs in 2009. This round of cuts, as Wall Street Journal reports, represents "its biggestretrenchmentin a decade," and will shed 8.5% of its workforce.
  • Africa Mission Creep

    01/11/2013 5:43:44 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11 jan 2013 | GEORGE H. WITTMAN
    The Obama administration, among other things, wants to put Benghazi behind it. Periodically the American press, public, and politicians become excited about something going on in Africa. The interest doesn’t last long and neither the United States nor African nations benefit much from the momentary excitement. President Obama recently ordered a small contingent of troops, mainly Army Special Forces, into the African country of Chad to assist in evacuating the U.S. Embassy staff and other American civilians from the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR). That this action reflected a reaction to the recent debacle in Benghazi, there is no doubt....