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  • Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment

    12/17/2012 7:18:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | December 11, 2012 | NA
    Federal Court Strikes down Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or businessFairfax, Va. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State Rifle Association is a co-plaintiff in this case.“Today’s ruling is a victory for all...
  • School carnage: Blame church, not God or guns!

    12/17/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by wesagain · 10 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 17, 2012 | William J. Murray
    "Exclusive: William J. Murray reveals only way to turn society from violent, destructive path "If an individual is not afraid of the wrath of God, it is impossible to cause him to fear the justice of the state. The killing of young children at their school will be linked by many pundits to the availability of guns. Still others will blame the violent act on some pathology or childhood trauma. Some may even blame the Hollywood culture with its disregard for humanity, on which human bodies are seen being dissected nightly on network TV. Virtually no one will call what...
  • How Walmart Helped Make Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America

    12/17/2012 7:12:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 17, 2012 | George Zornick
    When Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, inexplicably bent on ending as many lives as possible, he was carrying a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle and several high-capacity magazines. Sadly, this isn’t the first time the country has had to deal with the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree, nor is it the first time we’ve encountered an AR-15 in this context: only days earlier, it was the weapon of choice for a shooting at an Oregon mall that killed two people. Five months earlier, it was used by James Holmes in an attack that wounded...
  • Jim Thorpe Remembered for Generous Heart

    12/17/2012 7:09:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Sentinel ^ | Joseph Cress
    When “Radio” Gardner was 15 years old, he snatched a football from the end zone and ran out of the municipal stadium in Portsmouth, Ohio. Who could blame him? It was not the typical pigskin, but one that had just been kicked over the goalpost by a sports legend. That same fall, Mary Johnson welcomed a familiar visitor to her family cabin outside nearby Minford, Ohio. The man once known as the “greatest athlete in the world” was there to say goodbye and offer her a football helmet as a parting gift. “Jim Thorpe was one to give things away,”...
  • AUTOMATED BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER COMPLETES FIRST FLIGHT TEST

    12/17/2012 7:05:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/11/12 | Peter Murray
    Does it seem believable that the wars of the future will be fought entirely with robots while humans are safely miles away, monitoring and controlling? The US military is certainly making a case for such a scenario. The latest installation is a JUH-60A Blackhawk helicopter that flies, lands, and avoids threats – all without a pilot.The autonomous Blackhawk’s official name is Rotorcraft Airscrew Systems Concept Airborne Laboratory, or RASCAL, and it has just completed its first test flight at the Diablo Mountain Range in San Jose, California. Pilots were actually aboard during the two-hour test flight for an emergency...
  • Feds look other way as wind farms kill birds -- but haul oil and gas firms to court

    12/17/2012 7:05:06 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lights left on during a foggy night last year at a West Virginia wind farm are thought to be behind the grizzly deaths of nearly 500 songbirds. It was the third time it happened -- and each time, the federal government looked the other way. ... “The playing field is not leveled,” American Bird Conservancy spokesman Bill Johns ... All they do now is go, ‘Whoops, my bad’ and it’s forgiven.” ... The wind sector has had an exemption from prosecution under two of America’s oldest wildlife-protection laws: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. A violation...
  • Latest Fiscal Abyss Band-aid: Increase Taxes on $400k and Above, Cut $1.22T in Spending

    12/17/2012 6:57:54 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/17/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The latest band-aid on the fiscal abyss is: 1) Raise $1.2 trillion in taxes, 2) increase tax rates on household making $400,000 and above and 3) cuts $1.22 trillion in government spending. Over ten years, of course. I say band-aid because it raises only $120 billion per year (12% of current deficit) while cutting l$122 billion in spending per year (also about 12% of the deficit). That is a measly 24% of the deficit each year over ten years. Once again, they simply can’t reduce the trillion dollar deficits through income taxes. It must be done through spending cuts. And...
  • Latest Fiscal Abyss Band-aid: Increase Taxes on $400k and Above, Cut $1.22T in Spending

    12/17/2012 6:57:47 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/17/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The latest band-aid on the fiscal abyss is: 1) Raise $1.2 trillion in taxes, 2) increase tax rates on household making $400,000 and above and 3) cuts $1.22 trillion in government spending. Over ten years, of course. I say band-aid because it raises only $120 billion per year (12% of current deficit) while cutting l$122 billion in spending per year (also about 12% of the deficit). That is a measly 24% of the deficit each year over ten years. Once again, they simply can’t reduce the trillion dollar deficits through income taxes. It must be done through spending cuts. And...
  • DIGENOVA: SAME LIBS CALLING FOR GUN CONTROL WERE CLOSING MENTAL INSTITUTIONS IN 70'S

    12/17/2012 6:53:37 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 20 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 17 Dec 2012
    Fox News legal analyst Joe DiGenova joined Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor on Washington DC's WMAL to discuss the calls for strict limitations on the right to bear arms. DiGenova pointed out that progressive activist groups in the 1960's and 70's moved to make it much more difficult for individuals with mental health problems to be institutionalized. DiGenova maintains that this is a major contributing factor to the latest spate of mass murder. The irony, according to DiGenova, is the same progressives are now calling for strict gun control restrictions.
  • Haley Names Tim Scott to Replace DeMint in S.C.

    12/17/2012 6:53:25 PM PST · by Amish · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 17 Dec 2012 | Erin McPike
    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made history Monday when she announced that first-term Congressman Tim Scott is her choice to replace conservative firebrand Jim DeMint in the Senate. He will be just the second African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction, the only current black senator and the only black Republican in all of Congress. Scott, 47, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in national politics, but he has big shoes to fill in succeeding DeMint. Elected to Congress in 2010 and re-elected to a second term last month, he was chosen to serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. A...
  • Surgeons Lose Scalpel in Swede's Nose

    12/17/2012 6:52:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Local ^ | 17 Dec 12
    Swedish doctors are struggling to locate the tip of a scalpel they managed to lose in a patient's nose. The patient had originally sought help at the clinic north of Stockholm to correct a crooked nose stemming from a previous beating. However, sometime during the procedure, the surgeon's scalpel snapped and doctors were unable to figure out what happened to the rogue piece of metal. The patient, whose gender was not specified in complaint documents filed with the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), was subsequently sent home, but after suffering palpitations during the night, prompting a visit to...
  • Homeless People Get Cigarettes for Christmas

    12/17/2012 6:49:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Dec 12
    A charity in Norrköping, eastern Sweden, is donating cigarettes to the homeless and other vulnerable people this Christmas. The charity, called Omsorgsjul - Hemlösa (Care Christmas - the Homeless) has organized traditional Christmas smorgasbords in Norrköping for the past 17 years. At this year's Christmas party, the charity handed out gifts like hats, warm clothes and boxes of chocolate to the homeless and other vulnerable people who attended the festivities. The guests also received a pack of cigarettes each. "There would be an outcry if they didn't receive their cigarettes," Lennart Cederberg, head of the charity, told the local Folkbladet...
  • Fla. Representative Wants to End School Gun Ban(Poll)

    12/17/2012 6:48:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    wtvy.com ^ | 17 December, 2012 | AP
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The state representative who sponsored the bill that became Florida's "stand your ground" law believes the state should end its ban on guns in schools.
  • AP sources: New Obama offer moves toward Boehner (another episode of 'As the Stomach Turns'?)

    12/17/2012 6:47:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/17/12 | David Espo and Jim Kuhnhenn | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has agreed to curtail future cost-of-living increases for recipients of Social Security and softened his demand for higher taxes at upper income levels as part of accelerating negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a "fiscal cliff," people familiar with the talks said Monday. Speaking a few hours after Obama and Boehner met at the White House, these people said the president was now seeking a higher tax rate beginning at incomes over $400,000, up from the levels of $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples that were cornerstones of his successful campaign...
  • ODU's Heinicke wins Payton, FCS' Heisman Trophy

    12/17/2012 6:46:52 PM PST · by wolfman23601
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 12/17/2012 | Harry Minium
    Old Dominion’s Taylor Heinicke capped a record-breaking season in which he became the most prolific passer in the history of the Football Championship Subdivision by winning the Walter Payton Award on Monday night. Surrounded by family and friends from his hometown of Atlanta, and an entourage of ODU officials, Heinicke accepted the award as he was accorded a standing ovation by several hundred spectators at The Sports Network FCS banquet at the Sheraton Society Hill. “Other than the national championship, there’s not a better award you could win,” Heinicke said. “It’s a huge honor and I’m very humbled. “I’m speechless....
  • Belgium: Blame France for Depardieu Move

    12/17/2012 6:46:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Local ^ | 17 Dec 2012
    Belgium's foreign minister said Monday that France was solely to blame after its top actor Gérard Depardieu threatened to give up his passport following a move to seek tax exile in the neighbouring country. Depardieu puts Paris mansion on market (13 Dec 12) Ayrault slams tax exiles after Depardieu move (12 Dec 12) Depardieu moves to Belgium over tax hikes (10 Dec 12) Didier Reynders said his country must not be made a "scapegoat" for Depardieu's move, which the French prime minister suggested was an unpatriotic act. "There have been no measures taken by Belgium to attract any French national,"...
  • Arizona Electors Question Barack Obama Birth Certificate

    12/17/2012 6:36:05 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 36 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | John Celock
    The chairman of the Arizona Republican Party and two other Arizona members of the Electoral College on Monday questioned President Barack Obama's birth certificate during the formal casting of the state's electoral votes. Arizona GOP Chairman Tom Morrissey said during the state's Electoral College meeting that Obama did not produce a "legitimate" birth certificate, KNAU reports. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who has vetoed bills to require presidential candidates to show a birth certificate to Arizona's secretary of state, said she disagreed with the trio's stance. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), the presiding officer of the Arizona Electoral College,...
  • Latino Groups Warn Congress to Fix Immigration or Else

    12/17/2012 6:33:24 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 60 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Julia Preston
    WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest Latino organizations warned Congress on Wednesday that they will keep a report card during the immigration debate next year, with plans to mobilize their voters against lawmakers who do not support a comprehensive immigration bill. “Make no mistake, we will be watching,” said Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, which led one of the most extensive Latino voter drives. The report card will show “who stood with us and who stood against us” on immigration reform, Mr. Medina said."
  • EDITORIAL: EPA regulates water

    12/17/2012 6:29:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2012 | Editorial
    Life-giving substances shouldn’t be treated as pollutantsThe environmentalist movement has gone off the deep end. It’s bad enough that the courts have allowed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare carbon dioxide, one of the essential components of life on this planet, to be a pollutant. Now the same bureaucratic zealots are going after water itself. On Friday, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II appeared in federal district court in Alexandria to contest the EPA’s use of the Clean Water Act to punish Virginia and Fairfax County for sending too much water into a watershed. “These regulations are expensive,...
  • ABC and CBS Skip News of Tim Scott’s Historic Senate Appointment

    12/17/2012 6:24:04 PM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday announced she will appoint Republican U.S. Representative Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate to replace the departing Senator Jim DeMint, but though he will become the “first African American U.S. Senator from the South since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi in 1881” and the only black -- Democrat or Republican -- in the current Senate, neither ABC nor CBS mentioned the news Monday night. Yes, the newscasts were dominated by the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, yet the NBC Nightly News managed to squeeze in 24 seconds to note Scott’s historic appointment.
  • R.I.P. Sen. Inouye, Hero of the 442nd (Hero of Immense Proportions)

    12/17/2012 6:19:58 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | Daniel Foster
    We have just learned that Senator Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii) has passed away at 88. Whatever else the president pro tempore of the Senate was, he was a Nazi-socking badass of a G.I.: In the fall of 1944, Inouye’s unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeks of the war rescuing a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces. The rescue of “The Lost Battalion” is listed in the U.S. Army annals as one of the most significant military battles of the century. Inouye lost ten pounds, became a platoon leader and won the...
  • Income Argument Against Right-To-Work Legislation Isn't Valid

    12/17/2012 6:15:06 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/14/2012 | Tom Gantert
    News reports about the pending right-to-work legislation are filled with dire predictions and statistics that fit specific story lines. The Detroit Free Press, for example, ran a story after right-to-work legislation was introduced in the state House and Senate claiming that right-to-work states had lower-income residents than non-right-to-work states. "The data on wages tell a fairly clear story," the Free Press story said. "Of the top 10 states in per capita income in 2011, seven were not right-to-work states. Of the bottom 10 states with the lowest per capita income, seven were right-to work states.” However, Mackinac Center for Public...
  • Founding Fathers Just 'Some Dead People' Spews Ed Schultz in Anti-Second Amendment Rant

    12/17/2012 6:14:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Remember how liberals feigned reverence for the Constitution during its alleged wholesale destruction while George W. Bush was president? With a Democrat ensconsed in the White House, they are reverting to old habits when it comes to the blueprint for our republic. On his radio show Friday, Schultz argued with a caller who said he usually agrees with Schultz, citing "socialized medicine" and higher taxes as examples of common ground they share. But the Second Amendment must be protected, the caller said, lest changes to it erode other freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights (audio) -- CALLER: From a...
  • BOND: A Tipping Point For Wall Street

    12/17/2012 6:13:46 PM PST · by Grampa Dave · 9 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 12/17/2012 | jeff-binkley
    Seeking Alpha Home |Portfolio |Market Currents |Investing Ideas |Dividends & Income |ETFs |Macro View |ALERTS |PRO   This article was sent to 832 people who get email alerts on  . Which cover: new articles | breaking news | earnings results | dividend announcementsGet email alerts on   » This article was sent to 84,459 people who get the ETFs & Portfolio Strategy newsletter. Get the ETFs & Portfolio Strategy newsletter » BOND: A Tipping Point For Wall Street December 17, 2012 by: Jeff Binkley  |  about: BOND Disclosure: I am long BOND. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses...
  • Reading, ’Riting and Race

    12/17/2012 6:11:45 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/16/2012
    Is arithmetic racist? Are English and science and art? These might seem like stupid questions, but — speaking of stupid — a federal judge says the answer is yes, they are, and slapped New York City with a judgment that could cost the school system hundreds of millions. The case involves a 16-year-old lawsuit, a handful of unqualified teachers who tried to cast their own failures as a civil-rights violation — and the lefty lawyers who have abetted their cause. Would-be teachers in New York must pass a state exam called the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test, or LAST, to...
  • Media myths on ‘assault weapons’ and ‘semiautomatic firearms’

    12/17/2012 6:08:49 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 17, 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    If gun-control advocates and our media want to have a conversation about government restrictions on gun ownership, I think that’s fine. Debating more issues, rather than fewer, is probably good for our politics. But the conversation about guns needs to be a bit more factually precise. Today’s New York Times story on the AR-15 has a lot of good information and aims to be balanced, but the story still manages to perpetuate many of the most stubborn myths about rifles. Some points I would like to make in response:
  • Blame it on the Preppers.

    12/17/2012 6:07:47 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 15 replies
    12-17-12
    So, let me get this straight..... Obama wants less energy, less economic activity, more food stamps, more unemployment checks, more government spending, more dependency. And we shouldn't stock up on supplies to prepare for no electricity, no fuel, closed businesses and no stores open with foods available. And we shouldn't have to fight off those that may want to take what we have? No guns. Then what....???? Should we just lay down and die? Our society is seriously broken down. Look where libs have taken us to.
  • Myths of Health Care Reform

    12/17/2012 6:04:30 PM PST · by Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri · 9 replies
    AAPS ^ | Aug 31, 2010
    Myth 1: An electronic medical record could save your life in an emergency Posted on June 29, 2009 by admin Information technology does not stop bleeding, start IVs, defibrillate the heart, or put in a breathing tube. In an emergency, those are the things that save your life. If you need them, the doctor does not have time to look at your EMR.In an emergency, the doctor needs to know your blood sugar NOW, not what it was 6 months ago. Ditto for your chest xray. If the test needs to be done STAT, the old results are probably irrelevant,...
  • 4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shooting

    12/17/2012 6:04:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    4,200 Coloradans tried to buy guns the day after Newtown, Connecticut school shootingPosted: 12/17/2012 Last Updated: 2 hours ago DENVER - Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings. Colorado Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Medina said there were more than 4,200 requests to buy guns in Colorado on Saturday. Those gun-purchase requests surpassed the previous record -- 4,028 background checks processed on Black Friday this year.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico ~ 18 DEC 2012

    12/17/2012 6:01:48 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 61 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico Holloman Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located six miles southwest of the central business district of Alamogordo, a city in Otero County, New Mexico, United States. The base was named in honor of Col. George V. Holloman, a pioneer in guided missile research. It is the home of the 49th Wing (49 WG) of the Air Combat Command (ACC). Holloman is located in New Mexico's Tularosa Basin between the Sacramento and San Andres mountain ranges. The base is about 10...
  • BREAKING NEWS - ANOTHER potential MASS shooting 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 6:01:48 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-17-12 | cybertribenetwork
    ANOTHER shooting 12-17-12 at "MAYAN" theater potential MASS MURDER
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: The primacy of Peter: When and how did Christ entrust it to him?

    12/17/2012 5:59:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    SanCarolo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 12-17-12

    12/17/2012 5:55:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 12-17-12 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Key Facebook investor puts $300K into Canadian plan to make artificial tornados

    12/17/2012 5:53:55 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 11 replies
    National Post ^ | December 17, 2012
    Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel just gave Canadian inventor Louis Michaud $300,000 to make man-made tornadoes. Michaud and his company, AVEtec, are building a prototype of its Atmospheric Vortex Engine to create tornadoes about 40 meters high that can produce energy from waste heat. The energy would be free of carbon emissions, and would only cost 3 cents per kilowatt hour. As a reference, coal can cost anywhere from 4 to 5 cents per kwh.
  • Liberty - and How Guns Once Saved Lives at Schools - and Ought to Again

    12/17/2012 5:53:01 PM PST · by Ron C. · 21 replies
    12/17/12 | Ron C
    Had teachers and administrators at Newtown, Connecticut schools been known to be armed and experienced marksmen, and women – very few would dare threaten gun violence at that city’s schools, or any other school in any community where school policy demanded the presence of armed adults. None dared when I first went to school in the little town of Hot Springs New Mexico in the late 1940’s – because the fact that teachers were armed was highly publicized in local newspapers. Back then there were only two schools, a grade school and high school. I attended both, and both had...
  • The UN, run by a cartel of brutal barbaric Islamic hellholes

    12/17/2012 5:51:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/17/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Here's Pat Condell talking about Israel and the UN. He refers to the United Nations as being a cartel of bronze age barbarians, and as being run by brutal, barbaric Islamic hellholes. You'll love it. He also calls Saudi Arabia the world's moral... maybe I won't finish that one.... Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other Side).
  • BWAHAHAHAHA! New virus wiping out Iranian hard drives

    12/17/2012 5:47:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 12/17/12 | Carl in Jerusalem
    The Washington Free Beacon's Adam Kredo is reporting that a new computer virus is wiping out computer hard drives in Iran (Hat Tip: Sunlight). A mysterious new computer virus has infected Iranian computers and is completely wiping users’ hard drives, according to Iranian officials. The “efficient” virus is said to “wipe files on different drives in various predefined times” and cannot be detected by anti-virus software, Iran’s official Information Technology Organization revealed in a statement over the weekend. The malware does not appear to be as sophisticated as previous viruses that have targeted computers governing Iran’s nuclear program, according to...
  • Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacks

    12/17/2012 5:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/17/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Clinton gets accountability report on Benghazi attacksBy Andrew Quinn Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:18pm EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday received an official review of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, setting the stage for testimony on an incident that prompted a political furor and sharp questions about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities overseas. **SNIP** The committee has been meeting in private and State Department officials have declined to discuss almost all specifics of the Benghazi attack pending its reports. The findings are expected to cover questions on whether enough...
  • Sources Say DOD Inspector General Report Criticizes Vickers in Discussions with Filmmaker

    12/17/2012 5:35:46 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    Sources tell ABC News that the Inspector General for the Department of Defense has been preparing a report in which Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is criticized for giving sensitive information to the filmmakers behind “Zero Dark Thirty.” Specifically, Vickers is said to have disclosed to the filmmakers the identity of a member of SEAL Team Six — though not a member of the team that conducted the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s compound. Names of members of that team are not to be disclosed because of the potential for violent retaliation. Some in the Pentagon think...
  • Will 2013 Be Known As The Year America Dies?

    12/17/2012 5:32:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Will 2013 be remembered by future historians as the year that the United States of America to all intents and purposes died as a Republic and was finally seized by authoritarian globalists who have already openly usurped governments all across Europe? A brief foray into the events that shaped 2012 sends the clear signal that America stands on the precipice of total collapse unless the full frontal assault on everything that characterizes the bedrock of the U.S. is reversed. The globalists have already conquered every major government in the west and have fully implemented their draconian policies in a uniform...
  • After School Shooting, Anti-Gun Advocates Want NRA President, Members to Be Shot

    12/17/2012 5:30:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/17/12 | Jason Howerton
    Following the horrific act of violence that occurred in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, some anti-gun advocates are calling for NRA president David Keene and all other members of the NRA to be shot. To be clear, these people are calling for violence to solve what they think is the cause of many acts of violence — guns. sam tarling @sammyswordfish All NRA members should be shot!!!! I thank you, that's one of my own !! 16 Dec 12 Reply Retweet Favorite michael mayer @prisonforbush Someone should shoot this motherfucker NRA President David Keene weighs in on 2012 election – Glenn...
  • ‘I Don’t Care if a Bunch of White Kids Got Killed’ — Find Out Who Said This About Sandy Hook

    12/17/2012 5:27:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 96 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12/17/12 | Jason Howerton
    The owner of Thai Noodle House in Austin, Texas has been bombarded with criticism after he posted a racially-charged and offensive Facebook status regarding the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. On Friday, a gunman opened fire at the school, killing 20 innocent children and six adults before he took his own life. “I don’t care if a bunch of white kids got killed,” the restaurant’s owner Eddie Nimibutr wrote on his Facebook page shortly after the shooting occurred. “F**k Post-Racial bullsh*t. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares. When Israel launched missiles at...
  • They Don't Talk Much About Joel Myrick

    12/17/2012 5:26:10 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 13 replies
    nuke's ^ | 12/17/12 | nuke
    On October 1, 1997 at Pearl High School in Pearl, MS, 16-year-old Luke Woodham killed two students and injured seven others. Before the shooting at began, Woodham stabbed his mother to death in their home as she was about to begin her morning jog. The shootings shocked the country. It was said many times, if this can happen in Pearl, it can happen anywhere. Unfortunately, over the years, this statement has proven to be true. The shootings at Pearl High School was the first of the modern-day rash of school shootings. But it could have been much worse. But for...
  • We are not helpless against gun violence

    12/17/2012 5:22:30 PM PST · by An Old Man · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, December 17, 4:44 PM | Michael Gerson
    The intercom had been switched on. “At first we heard a bunch of kids scream,” said a therapist at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “and then it was just quiet and all you could hear was the shooting.” It is the silence that seemed particularly haunting. The methodical silence of the killer. The unnatural silence of children. Even the apparent silence of a bystander God.
  • Thousands in Spain protest health privatization

    12/17/2012 5:21:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/12 | Harold Heckle, Associated Press | Associated Press
    MADRID (AP) -- Several thousand Spanish public health workers and other people marched from four main hospitals in Madrid to converge on a main square in the capital Sunday, protesting the regional government's plans to restructure and part-privatize the sector. The marches, described as a "white tide" because of the color of the medical scrubs many were wearing, finally met mid-afternoon in Puerta del Sol. On Monday, the region's health councilor will meet with a committee responsible for coordinating professional services and union representatives to try and agree how to achieve €533 million ($697 million) in savings. Doctors, nurses and...
  • Hill Poll: Gloomy voters say US on wrong track, kids will be poorer

    12/17/2012 5:14:48 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 17, 2012 | Sheldon Alberts
    A mood of economic gloom hangs over the nation as President Obama and Republican leaders scramble to strike a deficit deal that avoids automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, according to a new poll for The Hill. The poll, conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, found nearly 6-in-10 people (59 percent) feel the country is on the wrong track. It also showed people are deeply pessimistic about their chances for future prosperity, with 54 percent saying they believe their children will be worse off as adults than their parents.The poll results cast a shadow over talks in Washington aimed at averting...
  • U.S. Medicine Resembles a “Vampire Economy”

    12/17/2012 5:13:02 PM PST · by Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri · 5 replies
    The United States is forfeiting a half century of leadership in medical care and medical research and development, writes orthopaedic surgeon Lee Hieb, M.D., in an article in the winter issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. “We are rapidly throwing it all away as we spiral ever downward into a “vampire economy”—an economy so overtaxed and overregulated that it is sucking the lifeblood out of its productive citizens, she writes. Hieb undertakes a diagnostic examination of the medical economy, and features the following findings: There are 140,000 pages of regulations pertaining to Medicare, compared with a “mere”...
  • Lesson Of Sandy Hook, Clackamas — Ban Gun-Free Zones

    12/17/2012 5:12:32 PM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | December 15, 2012
    Gun Laws: Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy. In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself. A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli. As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim, reluctant to fire lest an innocent bystander be hit. But...
  • Justice worked on new gun safety recommendations

    12/17/2012 5:03:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    wvva ^ | Updated: Dec 17, 2012 2:29 PM | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has been investigating new ways to curb gun violence in the United States, including expanding and automating earlier this year the federal databases used in background checks on gun purchasers and coming up with new ideas for legislation to be considered by Congress and the White House.</p>
  • Bloomberg Said To Be Eyeing Financial Times, New York Times

    12/17/2012 5:02:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 17 Dec 2012 06:16 PM | Megan Anderle
    As Michael Bloomberg begins the last year of his third and final term as New York City mayor, the 70-year-old shows no sign of slowing down. Bloomberg, who founded Bloomberg L.P. in the early 1980s, is considering another big splash in the media business by acquiring The Financial Times, according to the New York Times. Meanwhile, USA Today reports that the New York Times itself is a Bloomberg acquisition target, but the New York paper has refrained from reporting that. …