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  • Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens hospitals refuse to hand out treaments

    01/13/2013 9:51:24 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year. The report - commissioned by the Department of Health - also reveals that many hospitals are failing to prescribe the latest treatments for heart attacks, asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. In fact some of...
  • Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New York

    Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New YorkCBS 42..comJanuary 13, 2013 Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan left her native Alabama for New York at age 18 LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman from Brooklyn, N.Y., is the new Miss America, winning the title after tap dancing to a James Brown tune, deftly dealing with a question about guns, and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. In addition to dancing to "Get Up Off of That Thing," 23-year-old Mallory Hagan strutted down the runway during the Las Vegas pageant Saturday night in an asymmetrical...
  • Soros’ liberal think-tank releases ‘demands’ for gun control

    01/13/2013 9:48:49 AM PST · by SmileRight · 46 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/13/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    As a result of Vice President Joe Biden’s task force to explore changes to gun laws, the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think-tank funded by George Soros, has released 13 recommendations to “prevent gun violence in our nation.” Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, told Fox News Sunday that her group will “absolutely” mount a full-scale campaign to push for more gun control. The proposal targets three key areas:...
  • 'Pro-gay' French comedian rallies against gay marriage

    01/13/2013 9:48:15 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Frqance24 ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Tony Todd
    The leading figure in France’s anti-gay marriage movement, which hopes to get 200,000 demonstrators out on Sunday to protest the proposed “marriage for all” law, is an unlikely firebrand for the Catholic and right-wing dominated campaign. The French anti-gay marriage movement has an unlikely figurehead in the form of a reactionary comedienne who goes by the moniker “Frigide Barjot”. The name – which translates as Frigid Loony – is a play on the name of Brigitte Bardot, the French actress better-known as a symbol of the 60s sexual revolution. Barjot – real name, Virginie Tellene – is a born-again...
  • Sweeping New Gun Laws Proposed By Influential Liberal Think Tank

    01/13/2013 9:37:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | January 13,2013 | Philip Rucker
    With President Obama readying an overhaul of the nation’s gun laws, a liberal think tank with singular influence throughout his administration is pushing for a sweeping agenda of strict new restrictions on and federal oversight of gun and ammunition sales.
  • Colin Powell: Hagel ‘Knows What War Is’ This comes from a man without credibility

    01/13/2013 9:35:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    newsmax ^ | 1/13/13 | a woods
    Insisting that he is still a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Chuck Hagel is “superbly qualified” to be the next secretary of state and he is confident that the former Nebraska senator “will do a great job.” “I think he gets confirmed,” Powell asserted. “He’s superbly qualified based on his overall record, based on his service to the country, based on how he feels about troops and veterans and their families.” Powell, who supported President Barack Obama in each of his election bids, spoke at length about Hagel’s accomplishments, going...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/13/2013 9:21:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 13 jan 2013 | Sean Rayment,
    A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west London are also said to include a “show of force” such as conducting naval exercises in the South Atlantic. These could involve the deployment of the Royal Navy’s Response Task Force Group, a flotilla comprising destroyers, a frigate,...
  • 72% of U.S. Casualties in Afghan War Under Obama’s Watch

    01/13/2013 9:08:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    President Barack Obama said U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan will adopt a “support role” starting in the spring of 2013, to allow Afghan police and soldiers to take full responsibility of the country’s security, a nation where 2,053 American soldiers have died since the war started on Oct. 7, 2001. Seventy-two percent of those casualties occurred during Obama's first term. “And today we agreed, as Afghan forces take the lead and as President Karzai announces the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring,” Obama said Friday at the White House, alongside...
  • 144 Border Agents Charged with Alien, Drug Smuggling and Corruption Since 2005

    01/13/2013 9:05:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 10, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    In the last seven years, 144 officers and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been arrested or indicted on corruption charges that include smuggling illegal aliens, smuggling drugs, and bribery, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). … “From fiscal years 2005 through 2012, a total of 144 employees were arrested or indicted for corruption related activities, including smuggling aliens or drugs, and 125 have been convicted,” the GAO report says. “About 65 percent (93 of 144) were employees stationed along the southwest border.” The bulk of corruption cases were for serious offenses, according...
  • Mountain Man vs. Government

    01/13/2013 8:46:11 AM PST · by haffast · 48 replies
    Carolina Journal - The John Locke Foundation ^ | January 2013 | Don Carrington
    Primitive N.C. retreat a bit too primitive for Watauga officials Watauga County mountain man Eustace Conway’s passion for teaching primitive living came to a sudden halt in October when local government officials shut down his operation, citing safety and health concerns. After receiving a tip that Conway had built structures without a permit, Watauga County Planning and Inspections Director Joe Furman obtained an administrative search warrant to inspect the roughly two dozen buildings and structures at Turtle Island Preserve, Conway’s 500-plus acre retreat in the mountains east of Boone. In September, Furman assembled a team of building inspectors, health department...
  • Powell: GOP has 'a dark vein of intolerance'

    01/13/2013 8:45:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 104 replies
    Powell: GOP has 'a dark vein of intolerance' By GINGER GIBSON | 1/13/13 11:05 AM EST While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama. "There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities." Powell, who endorsed Obama, pointed to a number of statements that were directed at Obama as...
  • 40% statistic about guns being obtained without a background check is as old as... 1994?

    01/13/2013 8:10:38 AM PST · by bryan999 · 11 replies
    "The predominant sources of guns, unsurprisingly, were stores (60 percent). Other important sources included family members and acquaintances. The 3 percent of respondents who indicated that they obtained guns "through the mail" (which is illegal for all but FFLs) may have misremembered or may have referred to a mail-order purchase arranged through an FFL. "The average gun obtained in 1993 and 1994 was worth $392 at the time of transfer, with little difference between handguns and long guns. Fewer than 1 in 20 guns acquired during those 2 years were valued at less than $100. "Fifty-seven percent of firearms were...
  • Rand Paul: Building in Jerusalem none of US's business

    01/13/2013 7:10:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | HERB KENON
    It is “none of our business” whether Israel builds new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem or withdraws from the Golan Heights, and the US should not tell Israel how to defend itself, US Sen. (RKentucky) said on Saturday night at the end of a week-long visit to the country. Paul, a maverick libertarian senator known for his advocacy of slashing US foreign aid, said at a press briefing that the issue of cutting aid to Israel – something he advocates as part of a gradual process – did not come up during his meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or President...
  • From Al Gore to Al Jazeera

    01/13/2013 6:50:28 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/10/2013 | Clifford D May
    A few years back I was interviewed about some development in the Middle East by a reporter from Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned television news channel. Afterwards, we sat for a while and talked journalism. He mentioned that he had previously worked for Al Jazeera. I asked why he had left. “Too many Islamists,” he said. “They made me uncomfortable.” It’s bizarre: We used to know a lot about Al Jazeera. At what point did amnesia set in? The station was launched in November 1996. Two months after al-Qaeda’s attacks on New York and Washington, Fouad Ajami, the Lebanese-born American scholar,...
  • [Nanny] Bloomberg Strikes Again: No Painkillers for You

    01/13/2013 6:43:07 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/12/2013 | Kate Hicks
    America's Caringest Mayor is at it again: having saved New York from sugary drinks, Michael Bloomberg has turned his attention to painkiller addiction. The best option to prevent kids from abusing Mom's leftover Valium from her back surgery is, of course, curbing the supply of such drugs, so that's just what Bloomberg intends to do. As such, he's introduced a measure that would limit the supply of powerful pain drugs in emergency rooms -- despite the fact that lower-income families often use the ER as their primary care source. No matter: this is for the common good of New York....
  • Jews, Christians Help Spread Word about Persecution

    01/13/2013 6:29:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    CBN News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Chris Mitchell and Julie Stahl
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Tens of thousands of Christians are fleeing the Middle East because of persecution. Yet this modern day exodus is getting little attention in the West. Now, a Jewish group is teaming up with Christians to help spread the word about this persecution. Almost 200 million Christians are targeted each year, especially in the birthplace of their faith, the Middle East. Iraq is just one example. "Since 2003, there has been a systematic attack launched against the Christian community and other minorities in Iraq," Juliana Taimoorazy, with the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, said. "Unfortunately the mainstream media and...
  • Businessman in fraud case ties Harry Reid to scheme

    01/13/2013 6:20:13 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/13/2013 | ap
    A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear. St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, who's accused of billing hundreds of thousands of consumers for products they never ordered, told The Salt Lake Tribune that newly elected Utah Attorney General John Swallow set up a deal in 2010 for Johnson to pay $600,000 to people connected to Reid. Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade...
  • Piers Morgan exposes Dana Loesch’s lack of gun knowledge by making up models, calibers, deleting

    01/13/2013 6:00:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 12 January, 2013 | Staff
    Dana Loesch’s calling out of CNN’s “real journalist” Piers Morgan over his error in categorizing the caliber of the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook massacre might seem petty, aside from two reasons. First, Morgan believes he’s fully qualified to determine what weapons American citizens should and should not be allowed to own. Second, he himself wastes no opportunity to call out his detractors on their spelling errors, like so:
  • How NRA’s true believers converted a marksmanship group into a mighty gun lobby

    01/13/2013 5:54:16 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 12, 2013 | Joel Achenbach, Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz
    In gun lore it’s known as the Revolt at Cincinnati. On May 21, 1977, and into the morning of May 22, a rump caucus of gun rights radicals took over the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association. The rebels wore orange-blaze hunting caps. They spoke on walkie-talkies as they worked the floor of the sweltering convention hall. They suspected that the NRA leaders had turned off the air-conditioning in hopes that the rabble-rousers would lose enthusiasm. The Old Guard was caught by surprise. The NRA officers sat up front, on a dais, observing their demise. The organization, about a...
  • Hagel vs. too-big-to-fail Defense Department ... Mark Steyn

    01/13/2013 5:11:35 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 12 Jan 2013 | Mark Steyn
    If you had buttonholed me in the Senate men's room circa 2003 and told me that a decade hence Joe Biden would be America's vice president, John Kerry Secretary of State, and Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense, I'd have laughed and waited for the punch line: The Leahy administration? President Lautenberg? Celebrate lack of diversity! But even in the republic's descent into a Blowhardocracy staffed by a Zombie House of Lords, there are distinctions to be drawn. Sen. Kerry having been reliably wrong on every foreign policy issue of the past 40 years, it would seem likely that at this...
  • Think government mass murder for 'gun control' can't happen here? It already has

    01/13/2013 5:10:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    The hope here is to direct readers' attention to an important piece published today by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. The article is especially recommended to those who believe that the notion of the U.S. committing mass murder in pursuit of "gun control" is a paranoid, right-wing fantasy. If so, it's a "fantasy" that has already happened. The massacre of Wounded Knee was the direct result of the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry enforcing the government's forcible disarmament edicts against the Sioux Indian Nation. December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at...
  • Libyan Gun Control Policies Left Guards Unarmed at U.S. Compound in Benghazi

    01/13/2013 5:01:47 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 9, 2013 | Terrence P Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The gun control policies of the post-Gaddafi government in Libya delayed the arming of bodyguards for U.S. diplomats in that country and left the local guard force hired to watch over the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi unarmed, according to internal State Department memos and written testimony by the State Department officer who was in charge of the department’s security in Libya until six weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. “Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit,” State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom...
  • Gun debate lights up phone lines in congressional offices

    01/13/2013 4:57:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    triblive.com ^ | 12 January, 2013 | Craig Smith
    Mass shootings, ammunition shortages and fear that government might snatch away gun rights have driven new voices to the gun control debate, and congressional offices are hearing from them. Sen. Bob Casey‘s office has received more than 500 calls on the issue since mid-December, with about 60 percent in favor of reforming gun laws and 40 percent against. Most of the 200 calls to the office of Rep. Mike Doyle, a Forest Hills Democrat, were “very heavily in favor of doing something.” In one Arizona House district, calls were said to be running 9-to-1 against gun control measures. Casey, D-Scranton,...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 13 January 2013

    01/13/2013 4:46:01 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 132 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 13 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 13th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress; Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Manchin;...
  • Replacing Louis Giglio: IRD’s Helpful Benediction List

    01/13/2013 4:40:49 AM PST · by rhema · 6 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | Jeffrey Walton
    Following the announcement and subsequent withdrawal of Evangelical pastor and Anti-Trafficking crusader Louie Giglio to offer a closing prayer at the Presidential Inauguration, several liberal groups have helpfully offered their own suggestions to replace Giglio. The lists, mostly featuring liberal clergy from rapidly declining Oldline denominations, seem to miss the point: according to Addie Whisenant, the Presidential Inauguration Committee spokesperson, “Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world.” Giglio was selected by the inaugural committee to close the ceremony not just because he was a clergyman (indeed,...
  • It wasn't robbery: Hunt continues for killer of gun channel boss (Georgia)

    01/13/2013 4:25:52 AM PST · by Candor7 · 20 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | 10 January 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police are continuing their hunt for the killer of the highly popular YouTube channel operator whose site is dedicated to high-powered guns and explosives. Investigators have ruled out robbery as a motive in the murder of Keith Ratliff, who was a business partner at FPSRussia, YouTube's ninth most popular channel with more than three million active subscribers and a half billion total views. Ratliffe, 32, was discovered dead in his office that was connected to a residence in Carnesville, Georgia.
  • It's the Waste, Stupid!

    01/13/2013 3:26:11 AM PST · by Moseley · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Conservatives are forgetting their most important lever: Voters logically must support raising taxes if they believe that every dollar of Federal spending is needed. But if some spending is unnecessary, cutting spending is correct. America is divided by assumptions about whether the Federal budget includes a lot of lard or is completely necessary. Conservatives need to return to what built the conservative movement, to return to what works. We need to stop talking as if helping rich people become richer is our main priority. Despite years of effort in the past, conservatives must now explain all over again to today's...
  • Precedent Teaches Us The Left Really Wants ALL Our Guns

    01/13/2013 2:33:11 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/11/13 | Charlie Daniels
    When the Supreme Court, or any other court for that matter, makes a ruling in a case they first look for precedent, in other words to see if there has been a court decision rendered on the same subject in the past and usually defer to the old decision in ruling on the case. The greatest teacher in life is experience; it only takes one time of burning your fingers on a hot stove to know that you never want to touch another one. The next greatest teacher is observation, paying attention to someone else's experiences and profiting from their...
  • Musket Morgan confuses car ownership with gun rights,

    01/12/2013 11:29:41 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 1/12/13
    Musket Morgan confuses car ownership with gun rights, retweets claim that people ‘take freedom too far’
  • Crime Writer Patricia Cornwell Has Her Own Legal Drama

    01/12/2013 11:04:39 PM PST · by TheMole · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 10, 2013 | SUSANNA KIM
    Fiction crime-writer Patricia Cornwell is used to writing about a heroic medical examiner investigating complex mysteries, but now she is in the middle of a drama of her own, claiming her former financial management firm cost her tens of millions of dollars in lost money over four years. Cornwell, 56, and her partner, Staci Gruber, a neuroscientist at Harvard University, have lived in the Boston area for the last six years. In October 2009, she filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against her former accounting firm and business manager, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and its...
  • Chief Nulty Says Journal News Endangers Undercover Officers,

    01/12/2013 10:55:43 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    Rockland County Times ^ | 1/12/13 | ROBERT KNIGHT
    Their names have been broadcast in bright daylight. Undercover officers, some who pose as “bad guys” that should not be allowed to have a pistol permit, outed by their own local newspaper. Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty joined a growing chorus in blasting The Journal News. “I think The Journal-News went overboard on this,” he said, noting that in his opinion the listing of names and addresses of gun permit holders jeopardizes their health and safety, and clearly jeopardizes the safety of all local undercover officers regardless of the department for which they work. Joining Nulty and the County of...
  • Japanese Coast Guard to bolster patrols around Senkaku Islands

    01/12/2013 10:02:55 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ryuji Kudo
    The Japan Coast Guard is planning to create a fleet of 12 cutters to patrol the waters around the Senkaku Islands in response to the constant presence there of ships affiliated with the Chinese government. A special team of about 400 coast guard officers will be assigned to the Senkaku patrols. Because the necessary number of officers cannot be secured through new enlistment alone, the coast guard is considering a plan to extend the retirement age for officers. To create the fleet of 12 cutters, sources said the government will include a request in the supplementary budget to be submitted...
  • Catholic League: Obama should swear on Marx's 'Das Kapital' instead of Bible

    01/12/2013 9:34:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1-12-03 | Joe Newby
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a press release that Barack Obama should use Karl Marx's "Das Kapital" instead of the Bible when he takes his oath of office later this month, the Huffington Post reported Friday. "Given Obama’s ideology, perhaps it would make more sense for him to swear on Das Kapital," Donohue wrote. Donohue issued his release in response to comments made by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who suggested that Obama should not use the Bible in his swearing-in ceremony. "O’Donnell starts his rant by focusing on Atlanta Pastor Louie Giglio; the evangelical minister bowed to pressure from...
  • NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss Space Station Expandable Module

    01/12/2013 8:52:10 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | NASA
    WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. "The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. "This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans...
  • NBC Sports listed as leading sponsor for Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas

    01/12/2013 8:32:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 2 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Bob Raissman
    NBC Sports listed as leading sponsor for Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas as U.S. debates gun control The show, the nation's largest event of its kind, lists NBC Sports as one of its leading sponsors; the SHOT Show's website lists NBC Sports as 'It's New Product Center Sponsor.' There is one NBC personality Peacock suits presumably aren’t inviting to Las Vegas next week for the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show known as the SHOT Show — Bob Costas. But while Costas won’t be there, the show, the nation’s largest event of its kind, does list NBC...
  • Pakistan's new LoC bunkers have 'made by China' stamp

    01/12/2013 8:31:19 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2013 | Pradip R. Sagar & Aditya Kaul
    LoC (Mendhar), New Delhi - India has more than one reason to worry at the Line of Control (LoC). Military Intelligence sources have confirmed to DNA that Pakistani troops stationed at the LoC are receiving logistical and technical support from China's PLA regulars who are stationed in PoK in the garb of engineers and workers. Sources said that they have information indicating that the Pakistani army is receiving “guidance” from PLA engineers. “They are involved in every activity at the LoC and are helping create fresh bunkers across the LoC,” an Intelligence source told DNA. With “heavy build up” of...
  • Girl, 15, with low IQ gang-raped under desk during class in Elmont: suit (New York)

    01/12/2013 8:21:27 PM PST · by dynachrome · 53 replies
    New york Daily News ^ | 1-12-13 | Barbara Ross AND Lisa Colangelo
    A mentally challenged 15-year-old girl was gang-raped beneath her desk during class — only feet away from her teachers — at an Elmont, N.Y., school, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. When the girl reported the horrific incident the next day, school officials failed to report it, the victim’s mother claimed in the suit. The special-needs teen, known by the initials K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes under her desk by two teenage boys, as another “hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape,” during science class at Martin De Porres Academy, claims the lawsuit
  • Pew global survey: The most anti-American country in the world is…

    01/12/2013 7:33:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/12/2013 | AllahPundit
    If you look only at the topline question it's a tie between Jordan and Pakistan. But don't look only at the topline question. Click around in the left sidebar at the link and watch how some of the numbers change as you get into specifics --- opinions of American democracy, American business, etc. When you get to American technology and scientific advances, even a near-majority of Pakistanis (47/27) have a favorable opinion. There's only one country where anti-Americans outnumber pro-Americans on every single question. Here's a hint: We're duty bound by treaty to come to their defense if they’re attacked.While...
  • France Could Be Next European Economic Disaster

    01/12/2013 7:26:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    US News ^ | 01/13/2013
    A failed plan to tax the rich at 75 percent. A glaring lack of global competitiveness. Famous actors trading in their French citizenship for Russian to avoid paying high tax rates. The news from Paris as of late has been a bit sensational, but also dire. Could France be the first northern country in the European Union to confront potential economic demise in 2013? Perhaps that assessment is not unlike Gerard Depardieu's highly publicized Moscow defection—a bit dramatic. But according to recent economic figures, there is some cause for concern. The French economy—Europe's second largest—grew at just 0.1 percent in...
  • Mexico dog mutilated by drug traffickers recovers

    01/12/2013 7:20:33 PM PST · by thecodont · 9 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 9:13 am, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Associated Press Staff
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A dog reportedly mutilated by Mexican drug traffickers is recovering at a sanctuary for abused and abandoned dogs. Sanctuary owner Patricia Ruiz says Pay de Limon, or Lemon Pie, was fitted with prosthetic front legs last year. The Belgian shepherd mix now walks, jumps and runs. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Mexico-dog-mutilated-by-drug-traffickers-recovers-4188866.php#ixzz2Hp0KVWJK
  • Piers Morgan's Anti-gun Argument Destroyed in 4 Minutes by Ben Swann

    01/12/2013 7:15:07 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    Piers Morgan's Anti-gun Argument Destroyed in 4 Minutes by Ben Swann......please spread this if on social media. Great info contained within. 4 minutes but well worth the watch.
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition to outlaw guns around pResident needs 6,709 more signatures

    01/12/2013 6:57:51 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    If gun-free zones make people safe, then why don’t we declare the immediate vicinity of the President and Vice-President to be gun-free zones and send the Secret Service home? Or are gun-free zones good enough for our kids, but not good enough for our overlords? It is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy for politicians to surround themselves with armed guards while insisting that our children be soft targets. There are 10 more days to get the required number of signatures on the petition
  • Obama Will Seek Citizenship Path in One Fast Push (for most illegal aliens)

    01/12/2013 6:40:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 131 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, January 13, 2013 | JUlia Preston
    WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week. Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of their party...
  • Commercial flight uses fuel produced from natural gas

    01/12/2013 6:26:30 PM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 11, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Qatar Airways completed the first commercial flight this week using fuel produced from natural gas, the company said. The flight used fuel from the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar, through a partnership between the airline and the plant, jointly owned by Qatar Petroleum and Shell. The fuel was made from a blend of gas-to-liquids kerosene and conventional oil-derived jet fuel. It powered an Airbus A340-600 on a flight from Doha to London, the companies said in a statement. Shell says its gas-to-liquids products have fewer emissions than conventional jet fuel and are more environmentally friendly. The gas-to-liquids kerosene can comprise...
  • Ben Stein: Guns not the problem

    01/12/2013 6:23:30 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 9 January 2013 | Bobby Cervantes
    Economist and humorist Ben Stein placed the responsibility of gun violence on Monday squarely on a media culture that shows “guns resolving problems.” “I don’t really think, with all due respect, that guns are the problem. I’m sure I’m going to get a lot of hate mail for saying this,” he said. “It has to do, in my humble opinion, with how much people are brainwashed by Hollywood into thinking that the solution to all their problems is a gun.” He continued, slamming violent video games: “After a while, I think, the distraction between the imaginary and real is blurred...
  • Eagle Ford drilling fuels income surge for all, despite recession

    01/12/2013 6:16:42 PM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 12, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller and Joe Yerardi
    The Eagle Ford Shale is turning out to be more than an oil boom. It’s also a shot in the wallet, pulling up personal income in counties across the region — some of the poorest in the state. With a sudden abundance of well-paid oil field jobs, counties with Eagle Ford Shale wells permitted or in production saw an average increase in per capita income of 13.62 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. Texas as a whole saw an increase in per capita income of 1.34 percent during...
  • Because They Understand Americans, They Can Destroy America

    01/12/2013 6:13:11 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 12, 2013 | Joe Nathan DeWight
    Because the Communists, Marxists, Socialists, Islamists, and Liberals understand Americans, they will be able to use American virtues against us. They have studied us for decades to learn our weaknesses and our strengths. They have been patient. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain by destroying America. They know that we are trusting, to the point of naivety. True Americans believe in hard work and enjoy the feeling that comes from succeeding, and we believe in honesty and respecting others. We also have a tendency to believe in the truth. Because of our standards, we have a tendency...
  • The Mundane Morality of Les Misérables [No Man Is Above the Law of Morality]

    01/12/2013 6:10:25 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 1/9/13 | Jordan Ballor
    The release of the film Les Misérables is a remarkable achievement, not only for its ambitious cinematic scope but also for its inspired cast and stunning dramatic and musical performances. A key driver of the ongoing popularity of the musical play over the better part of the last three decades is the source material’s deep moral and spiritual seriousness. The narrative focuses in large part on the transformation of Jean Valjean, who after nineteen years of hard labor as a violent criminal is released on parole to see “what this new world” might bring. The dynamics of sin and salvation,...
  • Reddit co-founder commits suicide

    01/12/2013 6:03:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1-12-13 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER and NATALIE O'NEILL
    Swartz helped create Reddit and drafted an early version of the RSS format, a “Web feed” that syndicates popular headlines. Friends yesterday called him a prolific intellectual — and a computer geek legend — who had long suffered from depression. “We have lost someone today who had more work to do — and who made the world a better place,” his pal Cory Doctorow wrote on the blog Biong Boing. Swartz was also an avid Internet activist, who pushed to make web files open to the public. He opposed the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” which keeps hackers from swiping web...
  • As depth of betrayal sinks in, followers of Al Gore feel confused and misled

    01/12/2013 5:57:39 PM PST · by george76 · 80 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ed Farnan
    In the history of mankind there are countless instances of cult figures who have lead their followers to ruin and disillusionment. Names like Jim Jones, David Koresh, The Pied Piper, Bernie Madoff, Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and a whole host of TV evangelists have done their damage. It was easy for those outside and not sucked in by these hucksters to see the message they peddled defied logic, science and the laws of economics: Alchemy, master race, buy your way into heaven, getting something for nothing, all have that common thread. ... Gore was making hundreds of...