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  • Syria unrest: Air strike on bakery 'kills dozens' (people were lined up for bread)

    12/23/2012 5:00:47 PM PST · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Dozens of people have been killed and many wounded in a government air strike on a bakery in Syria's central Hama province, opposition activists say. The incident took place in Halfaya, a town recently captured by rebels. If activists' reports of 90 deaths are confirmed, this would be one of the deadliest air strikes of the civil war.
  • It's Not Just a 'War on Christmas' - It's a War on Christianity

    12/23/2012 4:59:40 PM PST · by InHisService · 21 replies
    Consequential Commentary ^ | 12-23-2012 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    There was a time when 10 Commandment displays sat untouched in government halls and schools, when Nativity scenes were placed in parks and in front of government buildings, and when children sang traditional Christmas songs at holiday concerts. I remember my elementary school calendar, which read, “Christmas Vacation” marking a week or so off for the Christmas season. Slowly and methodically, it’s all disappearing thanks primarily to two organizations that are on a mission to eradicate any vestige of God – particularly Jesus Christ – from the public square. The Madison, Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation, (FFRF) and American...
  • “Dad never wanted to be President”: Tagg Romney says Mitt had to be pushed by Ann and the boys

    12/23/2012 4:57:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:42 EST, 23 December 2012 | Meghan Keneally
    Mitt Romney’s son says that his defeated dad never actually wanted the top job and he was reluctantly convinced to run for president. “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to… run,” the eldest Romney son Tagg said in an interview with the Boston Globe. “If he could have found someone else to take his place… he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he...
  • Bill McBride, former gubernatorial candidate and husband of Alex Sink, dies of heart attack

    12/23/2012 4:56:36 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 7 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 23, 2012 | Times Staff
    TAMPA — Bill McBride, a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate who once led Florida's largest law firm, died Saturday. He was 67. Mr. McBride had a heart attack Saturday evening while in Mount Airy, N.C., with family, according to his wife, Alex Sink, Florida's former chief financial officer and also a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Mr. McBride, who lost the 2002 gubernatorial election to Jeb Bush, was once managing partner of the Holland & Knight law firm. He later became a partner in the Barnett Bolt Kirkwood Long & McBride boutique law firm on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. He had been a...
  • Anoka: Woman found dead in cemetery

    12/23/2012 4:46:38 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-23-12 | Emily Cutts
    woman was found dead in an Anoka cemetery Saturday, Dec. 22. Anoka Police responded to reports of an unresponsive woman inside Forest Hills Cemetery, 2400 Forest Ave., just after 9 a.m. When police arrived, they found the 57-year-old woman dead, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office. There were no signs of foul play. Police are calling it a "medical event."
  • Egypt tourism slump blamed on Islamist rule

    12/23/2012 4:45:22 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    AFP ^ | December 23, 2012
    Currently there is no tourism in Egypt," grumbled Adel Anwar, the 32-year-old owner of a trinket stall. "The new Islamist government has no experience in managing the state," he said. "The Islamists care only about their interests, not us. They forget about everyone else." The complaint is a common one among workers dependent on Egypt's tourist industry, a key earner for the economy. ... Extremist Islamists are keeping tourists away from Egypt
  • Obama to Boehner: ‘You Get Nothing — I Get That for Free’

    12/23/2012 4:40:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Wall Street Journal report detailing the broken-down status of talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the year-end “fiscal cliff” reveals that Obama threatened to use both his inaugural and State of the Union speeches to blame Republicans if there’s no deal. Negotiations reportedly came to a standstill after Boehner proposed increasing the tax rate on top earners: Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his...
  • Op-Ed: Jewish organizations have made great strides in gay inclusion—but must do more

    12/23/2012 4:24:02 PM PST · by Salman · 20 replies
    BOSTON (JTA) -- At the 2009 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews and their allies gathered in a small room on the ninth floor of the conference hotel. The event was not part of the official GA program, and the room was in the hinterlands of the hotel, hidden from the public eye. It reminded me of photos of 1950s gay bars, underground dives with no signs or windows. At the biggest annual gathering of Jews in the world, it felt like LGBT Jews were still stuck in...
  • President Obama joins the NRA! [man buys him gift membership]

    12/23/2012 4:20:28 PM PST · by matt1234 · 9 replies
    ar15.com ^ | 12/21/12 | KodiakZach
    [Open thread to view image of "Welcome" email.]
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-23-12 (HUffies React to Egyptian Sharia Law Constitution)

    12/23/2012 4:19:46 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 20 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 23, 2012 | HUffies and PJ-Comix
    Being anti-Western trumps all for the Left. You can be a narrow-minded fascistic political organization like the Muslim Brotherhood that treats women and religions other than fanatic Muslims like dirt but that is all okay with the Left as long they proclaim themselves to be against Western Civilization. Thus we have a situation in which American liberals consider Pat Robertson to be much more dangerous to freedom than Mohammed Morsi who now rules Egypt under their new Sharia Law constitution. The DUmmies and the KOmmies have yet to react to Sharia Law Egypt but we have a HUffie THREAD...
  • Woman Arrives Home to Find Driveway Missing

    12/23/2012 4:11:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Ocala Star-Banner ^ | Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Austin L. Miller
    Sheriff’s detectives hope the public can help them find approximately 300-square-feet of brick pavers stolen from a driveway Tuesday. The victim told Deputy Michelle Wright that she left her home in the 4500 block of Northwest 120th Street around 7:30 a.m. When she arrived home at 6 p.m. and drove onto the driveway, she felt a large “bump.” She said she got out of her vehicle and noticed that the concrete pavers used to make the driveway were missing. A witness told the deputy about seeing two men digging up the pavers, but said the activity didn’t seem suspicious because...
  • Why the gun is civilization. (MARKO KLOOS) Correctly attributed

    12/23/2012 4:10:26 PM PST · by listenhillary · 4 replies
    munchkinwrangler ^ | MARCH 23, 2007 | MARKO KLOOS
    Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical...
  • Pay-as-you-drive Britain: Ministers set to approve plans to introduce tolls on motorways and A-roads

    12/23/2012 3:58:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:04 EST, 22 December 2012 | Ray Massey
    Radical plans to privatize the nation’s motorways and A-roads to create new pay-as-you drive toll roads are set to be given the green light by ministers, MailOnline can reveal. The aim is to pump new private-sector money into the nation’s crumbling road network in a bid to ease the growing gridlock logjam at a time when cash is tight and raising taxes is politically unacceptable. Under the Government shakeup, private firms will run and manage the roads in the same way that controversial utility companies run gas and electricity supplies. Private companies will pay to run the roads and be...
  • Sign Petition to Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round mag

    David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person. DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01 (b) No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more...
  • “Coal-aholics”: Poland Wages War on Efforts to Save the Climate

    12/23/2012 3:49:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/21/12 | Joel Stonington
    Poland is addicted to coal. That is the message the country has been sending both domestically and internationally as Warsaw prepares to host the global climate summit next year. In Europe, the Poles are isolated in their fight for looser emissions reduction goals and against fixes to the EU’s cap-and-trade system. … The apparent pressure on environmental groups, while concerning, does not seem inconsistent with Warsaw’s approach to issues relating to climate change. On Monday, coal-dependent Poland continued its virtually solitary opposition to a widely-supported—and badly needed—short-term fix for Europe’s carbon-trading system, the continent’s flagship policy in the fight against...
  • IDF Fighters to Netanyahu: Stop Attacking Bennett

    12/23/2012 3:44:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/12/12 | Elad Benari
    62 soldiers, fighters and officers stood up on Sunday for the chairman of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home), Naftali Bennett, who has been under attack by members of the Likud. Bennett, who served in the elite IDF unit Sayeret Matkal, said during a television interview last Thursday that if he ever receives an order to evict Jews, he would ask his commander to release him from his position and added he would be willing to serve time in prison over this issue. While he did not advocate refusing to obey orders, candidates from other parties and particularly from the Likud...
  • Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards,Sends Kids to High-Security School

    12/23/2012 3:42:45 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/23/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    David Gregory mocked the NRA's Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C. -snip- The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends. According to a scan of the school's online faculty-staff directory, Sidwell has a security department made up of at least 11 people. Many of those are police officers, who are presumably...
  • Make (or print) Your Own AR-15 Magazines

    12/23/2012 3:31:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    The push to ban standard magazines is insane. It is easier to make a 30 round magazine than it is to grow a marijuana plant. The left is pursuing an unachievable result that will not help stop mass murder. Rifle magazines are made from plastic, steel, aluminum, or fiberglass. There are 100’s of millions of them in existence in the United States. They are easily made at home. They are just a box with a spring. If you have a few 10 round magazines it is easy to convert them into 30 round magazines. Technology has improved to the point...
  • Souper broth! An old wives’ tale? No, chicken soup really CAN fight a cold, say scientists

    12/23/2012 3:27:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:11 EST, 22 December 2012 | Ian Marber
    Chicken soup is good for the soul, they say. And as a homespun remedy for everything that might ail you during winter, there are few things as deliciously soothing. But could such a broth be more than just a cold comfort? According to the latest scientific study, the answer is yes. Research in the American Journal of Therapeutics showed that a compound found in chicken soup—carnosine—helped the body’s immune system to fight the early stages of flu. But the authors warned this benefit ended as soon as the soup was excreted by the body, so that means you may need...
  • NBC's David Gregory Bashes NRA Chair Over 'Common Sense'

    12/23/2012 3:25:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/23/12 | Breitbart
    Sunday morning on Meet the Press NBC host David Gregory grilled NRA leader Wayne LaPierre in a heated exchange over the gun control debate.