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Global Warming? Not a
snowball´s chance in hell
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 1:45:17 PM     Post Reply
By "global warming", I mean, of course the kind of runaway, unprecedented, catastrophic warming which George Monbiot et al have been bleating on about for the last two or three decades. And by "not a snowball´s chance in hell", I mean, that the likelihood of such a thing occurring is now roughly on a par with Elvis being discovered alive and well and living in Bolivia and ready to rush record a new album just in time for Christmas. (Cue: a stampede to the record stores by Michael Mann, Al Gore, the Prince of Wales, Tim Flannery, and the rest

A united Europe is not
in America’s interest
Telegraph [UK], by Ed West    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 1:43:12 PM     Post Reply
As Britain drifts away from the EU, like a man quietly sidling towards the exit during an embarrassingly disastrous play, the US has begun to express concern.[Snip]The funniest aspect of this story is the thought that somewhere Barack Obama and senior State Department officials might actually be having a conversation about Nigel Farage, who I always thought of as one of those strictly not-for-export national figures, like Cliff Richard. But even if a united Europe is good for Britain, is it necessarily in America’s interests? The United States has always had a fairly hands-off approach to the European project

On Newtown: Mourn First, Then Act
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 1:39:58 PM     Post Reply
On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, “As a country, we have been through this too many times. . . . And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” There’s just one problem: In a democracy, “politics” is a synonym for “democracy.” It is through politics that people with strong feelings and strong interests peaceably hash out their disagreements.



The hideous Westboro Baptist Church
are picketing the Newtown funerals.
Their perverse logic is beyond satire
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/19/2012 1:39:03 PM     Post Reply
As night follows day, so the Westboro Baptist Church will be using a national tragedy to express its hatred of gay people. It didn’t take long after the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut for the Phelps family to send a press release from its bunker announcing that it would picket the prayer vigils and funerals of the slain children. Why? “To sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.” So God had 20 children killed in order to send a message about his disapproval of same-sex marriage? If this was theologically conceivable (and it’s not)

Disgraced John Edwards and mistress Rielle
Hunter getting noise complaints from neighbors
due to their ´loud, wild sex romps´
Daily Mail (UK), by Rachel Quigley    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 12/19/2012 1:34:42 PM     Post Reply
Moving mistress Rielle Hunter and their love child Quinn closer to his North Carolina home may have made John Edwards happy - but the same cannot be said about his neighbors. It was reported today the disgraced politician and Hunter get so frisky and loud during their bedtime trysts, they have received complaints about the noise. The former presidential candidate, 59, is said to spend most nights at the Chapel Hill home he recently bought for Rielle and a source told The National Enquirer: ´It has pretty much turned into his booze and sex romp hideaway.´

Biden, in 2008: ´I Guarantee You Barack
Obama Ain’t Taking My Shotguns´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 1:32:35 PM     Post Reply
In 2008, Joe Biden tried to temper fears that Barack Obama was in favor of gun control, by saying, "I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey. Don’t buy that malarkey. They’re going to start peddling that to you." Biden said he owns "two guns" and that "if [Obama] tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem. I like that little over and under, you know? I’m not bad with it. So give me a break. Give me a break," according to an ABC report from the time.

´I heard three whacks´: Boy, 13,
describes the moment he heard father
´beat stepmother to death with a
baseball bat´
Daily Mail (UK), by Louise Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 12/19/2012 1:29:15 PM     Post Reply
A teenage boy has described the sickening moment he heard his father beat his stepmother to death with a baseball bat. Lawson Dickey, 13, told a jury on Tuesday that his father woke him to say that his biological mother was an ´angel´ and she would take care of him. He then saw his father collect an aluminum bat from the garage, go to the bedroom and then came ´three whacks´. Lawrence Dickey, 46, is charged with first-degree premeditated murder and faces life in prison.



White House buckling
on HHS mandate?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 1:28:01 PM     Post Reply
An appeals court reinstated lawsuits from Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College against the HHS contraception mandate, overruling district courts that had ruled the lawsuits as “premature.” The recognition of the DC Circuit of the immediate threat to religious liberty would have been a big, albeit temporary victory for The Becket Fund, which represents the plaintiffs in these cases. However, as TBF explained in its press release and may have been overlooked otherwise, the court forced the Obama administration into conceding that the HHS mandate will be substantially reworked in the near future, emphases mine:

Boehner’s Gambit
National Review Online, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 1:25:24 PM     Post Reply
On Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner unveiled “Plan B,” his latest fiscal-cliff proposal, but few lawmakers expect the plan to be signed into law. Instead, the move is seen as part of Boehner’s larger strategy as he negotiates a final agreement with President Barack Obama. In short, Boehner wants the president to raise his threshold for tax-rate increases. At the moment, Obama has offered to make the threshold $400,000 — tax rates would be kept the same if you make less than $400,000, but increased if your income is above that mark. Boehner thinks that number is far too low.

The GOP Better Listen to
Bobby Jindal on Birth Control
New Republic, by Amy Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/19/2012 1:21:43 PM     Post Reply
Lost amid the shock and horror of Friday´s news was a remarkable op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who should no longer be called a "rising star" of the GOP. He commands attention by virtue of being smart, good at his job, and not a white guy. So it´s significant that he chose to use his platform to break ranks with many social conservatives in his party by calling for over-the-counter sales of birth control pills. Of course, Jindal did so by couching his argument

Sales of bulletproof backpacks, kids´
body armor by Utah company soar
500 percent following
Connecticut shootings
Fox News, by Joshua Rhett Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/19/2012 1:13:33 PM     Post Reply
Sales for bulletproof backpacks and child-sized body armor manufactured by a Utah company have increased 500 percent since last week’s shooting massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary, company officials said. Derek Williams, director of sales and marketing for Amendment II, said Wednesday that the Salt Lake City-based firm has seen “incredible demand” for its pint-sized products that feature lightweight armor called RynoHide. “We’ve seen incredible demand, sales have gone up 500 percent for those particular products,” Williams said. “It’s just gone through the roof.”



Jake Tapper Challenges Obama
On Addressing Gun Violence:
‘Where’ve You Been?’
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/19/2012 1:11:41 PM     Post Reply
During a press conference in the White House on Wednesday to announce a commission which will recommend measures to be taken to avoid future massacres like what happened in Newtown, President Barack Obama was cornered by ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper regarding his newfound sense of urgency in addressing gun violence. “Where’ve you been,” Tapper asked. “I’ve been President of the United States,” Obama replied. “It seems to a lot of observers that you made the political calculation in 2008, in your first term, and in 2012 not to talk about gun violence,” Tapper said.

Obama taps Biden to craft new
policies to curb gun violence
in wake of shooting
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/19/2012 1:04:23 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama on Wednesday tapped Vice President Biden to lead an administration-wide effort looking at gun control and other measures in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last week. "The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Obama said. The move marks the first concrete step by the White House toward crafting new firearms restrictions. The president did not announce any major policy decisions on Wednesday, but said the task force of Cabinet officials and outside organizations led by Biden would submit legislative proposals

Fear slows Libyan probe into
attack on U.S. mission in Benghazi
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/19/2012 12:51:59 PM     Post Reply
A Libyan reluctance to crack down on suspected Islamist groups behind the deadly attack on the U.S. Benghazi mission highlights the failure of police and courts to stamp their authority and may open the way for militants to strengthen their grip. (Snip) In a country where armed militias wield the real power on the ground, some say it is too difficult for the weak state armed forces to move against these groups and there is no real desire to dig too deep for fear of setting off reprisals. Seeking justice remains a tough task in the oil-producing North African state, where authorities - overwhelmed without

Robert Bork, failed Supreme
Court nominee, dies at age 85
Los Angeles Times, by David Savage    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/19/2012 12:32:19 PM     Post Reply
Robert H. Bork, whose failed Supreme Court nomination in 1987 infuriated conservatives and politicized the confirmation process for the ensuing decades, died Wednesday at the age of 85. The former Yale law professor and judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit had a history of heart problems and had been in poor health for some time. But Bork was a towering figure for an early generation of conservatives. In the 1960s and ´70s, he argued that a liberal-dominated Supreme Court was abusing its power and remaking American life by ending prayers in public schools,



Obama to press for new
gun policies after shooting
Associated Press, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 12:27:58 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was launching a widespread effort to curb gun violence Wednesday in an urgent effort to build on the growing political consensus over tightening gun restrictions following last week´s massacre of children at a Connecticut school. (Snip) The president has vowed to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation´s children after Friday´s shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. A gunman carrying an arsenal of ammunition and a high-powered, military-style rifle killed six adults and 20 children, all of them 6 and 7 years old.

Mark Zuckerberg Donates Almost $500
Million In Facebook Stock To Charity
San Francisco Chronicle, by Steve Kovach    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 12:24:20 PM     Post Reply
Mark Zuckerberg announced today that he is donating 18 million Facebook shares (almost $500 million worth) to a philanthropic organization called the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. His donation will be used for health and education projects. Here´s the full announcement from Zuckerberg´s Facebook page: Two years ago, Priscilla and I signed The Giving Pledge, committing to donate the majority of the money we earn to charity.

2 boys, 14, arrested in
cigarette shooting death
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/19/2012 12:05:24 PM     Post Reply
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - Police have arrested two 14-year-olds in the fatal shooting of a western Pennsylvania woman after she told them to "get a job" when they tried to bum a cigarette off her boyfriend. U.S. Marshals say Marcus Velasquez and Todavia Cleckley were arrested Tuesday in a Beaver Falls home. Both teens have been charged in the Dec. 8 shooting death of 22-year-old Kayla Peterson. Investigators say Velasquez and a third teen followed Peterson´s boyfriend home and yelled profanities after he ignored their requests for a cigarette. Velasquez allegedly shot Peterson when she confronted the youths.

The wretched absurdity of
the Benghazi report
Canada Free Press, by Doug Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/19/2012 12:03:39 PM     Post Reply
Under the cover of the Newtown school shooting, an “independent” five member investigative panel quietly released an unclassified, 39-page report Tuesday night, detailing their findings of the attack that led to the murder of four Americans in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The report cites five main reasons for the loss of life, all primarily related to inadequate security for U.S. personnel. However, the independent panel found that no “U.S. Government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities, and, therefore did not find reasonable

AP: 3 resign after
Benghazi report
WMUR-TV (Manchester, NH), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/19/2012 11:58:56 AM     Post Reply
An official says a State Department security chief and two others have resigned after the report on the Benghazi attack, The Associated Press reported. Vivid new details of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were released Tuesday night by a federal committee trying to come to grips with the violence that led to the first murder of a U.S. ambassador since 1988 and the deaths of three other Americans. The report spoke of grossly inadequate security, an issue that Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens had complained about well before Sept. 11.


Former House speaker Lujan dies
(UPDATED with statement
from Bill Richardson)
Associated Press, by Staff*    Original Article
Posted By: cjjeepercreeper- 12/19/2012 11:42:18 AM     Post Reply
Ben Lujan, the speaker of New Mexico´s House of Representative and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, has died. A spokesman for the congressman, Andrew Stoddard, confirmed in a statement early Wednesday that the elder Lujan had succumbed to lung cancer late Tuesday night. The Santa Fe Democrat spent nearly 40 years in the chamber before he announced on the first day of the session this year that he would not seek re-election.

Christmastime is tamale
time across the USA
Reuters, by Jim Forsyth    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 11:30:47 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO -- Christmastime is tamale time in South Texas, and Valerie Gonzalez is in the middle of another busy day at Delicious Tamales, the business she has owned for 30 years on San Antonio´s largely Latino west side. Moving quickly between answering the phone and greeting customers in English and in Spanish, she says that December is her busiest month when it comes to the steamed Mexican delicacy that is a holiday tradition among Hispanic families. Customer Jesse Villanueva, 54, of San Antonio, came to buy some for his family.

Sandy Hook shooting: What happened?
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pinkpanther- 12/19/2012 11:01:45 AM     Post Reply
Twenty-six people -- 20 students and six adults -- were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14. Details continue to emerge about what precisely happened. Below is a timeline of events that compiles the latest reporting. At some point before he went to the school, investigators believe Adam Lanza, 20, killed his mother, Nancy Lanza. He grabbed three guns from the house -- a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle made by Bushmaster and pistols made by Glock and Sig Sauer -- and went to the elementary school wearing black

Panetta orders global probe
of military day care centers
Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: CEP- 12/19/2012 10:16:44 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered a worldwide review Tuesday of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered problems with security background checks of workers at a Washington-area center. Shortly after the Army said it was launching an investigation of hiring practices at its 283 day care centers worldwide, Panetta´s press secretary, George Little, issued a statement saying Panetta supports the review. Little said Panetta has directed each of the military services to conduct similar reviews. The actions stem from the Sept. 26 arrests of two Army employees
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Obama swearing-in to be more
low-key affair than 2009 ceremony
The Hill [Washington DC], by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/19/2012 10:04:10 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s January swearing-in will be a much more low-key affair than his 2009 ceremony. This time, there will only be three days of festivities instead of the four days of parties held for his first inauguration.And officials expect that the 2013 crowd will be smaller than its 2009 counterpart, Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz said at a briefing last week. There will also be fewer inaugural balls, according to The Associated Press, although the list of formal celebrations has yet to be released. Gone, too, is the star-studded concert on the National Mall,

Why Are Some People
Prone to Obey?
American Thinker, by Eileen F. Toplansky    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/19/2012 9:53:49 AM     Post Reply
Despite mounting evidence indicating that the Affordable Care Act, aka ObamaCare, will, in fact, harm seniors; that the "stimulus" has been "nothing more than a political slush fund"; and that the myriad of regulations by Obama has stymied the economy, many Americans still persist in defending these actions. The denial of high unemployment, burgeoning tax rates to begin in a few weeks, and the general decline of the United States is breathtaking.(snip)What makes people act this way?

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