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California jobless rate falls to 9.8%,
lowest in almost 4 years
Los Angeles Times, by Ricardo Lopez    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 11:53:01 AM     Post Reply
With one of the strongest holiday shopping seasons in years, a surge in hiring by retailers helped lower California´s unemployment rate in November to its lowest level in almost four years. The state´s jobless rate fell to 9.8% from 10.1% in October, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The drop in the unemployment rate came even as the state´s labor force – the number of people who are able to work and either have a job or are looking for one – grew by 34,100 people in November. A growing labor force is typically a sign that job seekers feel encouraged to resume looking

Obama on gun violence:
´We hear you´
Associated Press, by Ken Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/21/2012 11:49:09 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says his administration has received an outpouring of support for stricter gun laws following last week´s elementary school massacre in Connecticut, telling respondents to an online petition, "We hear you." The president said in a video released Friday that he has been encouraged that many gun owners have said there are steps the nation can take to prevent more deadly shootings, "steps that both protect our rights and protect our kids." "I will do everything in my power as president to advance these efforts ...

UK High Court blocks
drone intelligence challenge
Associated Press, by Cassandra Vinograd    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 11:41:22 AM     Post Reply
London - Britain´s High Court on Friday blocked a legal bid for an inquiry into the possible role of the country´s spy agencies in aiding covert CIA drone strikes in Pakistan´s northwest tribal region. Noor Khan, a 27-year-old whose father was killed by a drone strike in northwest Pakistan in March 2011, had asked the High Court to examine whether Britain intelligence officials assisted the action and whether they may be liable for prosecution. High Court judges on Friday refused to allow Khan to bring a legal challenge, saying his lawyer´s arguments had been an "attempt to shroud"



Mark Steyn: Tapper´s promotion
to CNN a lesson for the ´J-school
zombies´ in the WH press corps
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 12/21/2012 11:18:55 AM     Post Reply
On Thursday in his weekly appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, National Review columnist Mark Steyn explained what was to be learned from Jake Tapper’s decision to leave ABC, where he had been the network’s White House correspondent, for an anchoring position at CNN. Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” said that while the rest of the reporters in the briefing room at the White House have very uninspiring approaches to their questioning of the president, Tapper is the exception. “People think it’s odd that Jake Tapper, who is nobody’s idea of a right-wing nut

Gun limits might hurt
Flathead manufacturers
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Jim Mann    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/21/2012 11:14:03 AM     Post Reply
While gun sales are spiking across the country in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Connecticut, people in the firearms industry aren’t necessarily enjoying the profits. Instead, they are gripped with worry about potential gun control fallout. Just ask Brian Sipe, owner of the Montana Rifleman barrel and action manufacturing company located on Montana 35 east of Kalispell. “I’m very concerned about legislation. If they do an assaults weapons ban, I’m going to have to lay off people,” said Sipe, who is in regular communication with firearms manufacturers across the county.
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S.F. seeks to crack
down on ammunition
San Francisco Chronicle, by Marisa Lagos    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/21/2012 11:03:44 AM     Post Reply
Saying that high-powered, military-style weapons and ammunition have no place in San Francisco, city leaders on Thursday announced a proposal to ban the possession of hollow bullets and require anyone buying more than 500 rounds at a time to notify the Police Department. The announcement by Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen and Police Chief Greg Suhr came less than a week after the Connecticut school massacre in which 26 people were killed by a gunman wielding a semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle. San Francisco tried banning semiautomatic weapons altogether in city limits, but was stymied by the courts;

Judge blocks Ala policy
of segregating HIV inmates
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 11:00:46 AM     Post Reply
Montgomery, Ala. - A judge has struck down Alabama´s policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling that it violates federal law. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday in favor of inmates who filed suit to end the longstanding practice. Thompson says the state´s policy violates federal disabilities law. Thompson says the state and inmate attorneys will have time to propose a way to bring state prisons into compliance with his order. The American Civil Liberties Union calls the decision "historic." The state has yet to comment on the ruling.



Newtown´s firearms tradition
clashes with gun-control push
Los Angeles Times, by Shashank Bengali    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/21/2012 10:58:45 AM     Post Reply
NEWTOWN, Conn. — When the wind blows a certain way across the tree-topped hills, Gary Bennett can stand in his yard and hear echoes of gunfire from his hunting club five miles away. The sound comforts him. "It´s a huge tradition here," said Bennett, a retired electrician and former president of the club, which helped defeat a proposal to tighten Newtown´s gun ordinances in September. (Snip)a surprising local undercurrent has emerged: Many gun owners here say the slaughter has sharpened their view that guns alone aren´t the problem.

Chevron moving 800
Bay Area jobs to Texas
San Francisco Chronicle, by David R. Baker    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/21/2012 10:57:49 AM     Post Reply
Chevron Corp. will move up to 800 jobs - about a quarter of its current headquarters staff - from the Bay Area to Houston over the next two years but will remain based in San Ramon, the oil company told employees Thursday. The jobs - generally, technical positions dealing with information and advanced energy technologies - are all tied to Chevron´s worldwide oil exploration and production business, much of which is based in Houston. The company reported the shift in an e-mail to its employees Thursday. San Ramon will remain Chevron´s corporate headquarters, the company said. About 3,500 people work at Chevron´s

Katherine Feinstein retiring as judge
San Francisco Chronicle, by John Coté    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 10:48:01 AM     Post Reply
Katherine Feinstein, who as presiding judge steered San Francisco Superior Court through a series of debilitating state budget cuts, is retiring after more than 12 years on the bench and is open to running for public office, she told The Chronicle. The 55-year-old daughter of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein downplayed, however, the possibility of vying for her mother´s seat if the state´s senior senator does not run in 2018, saying her mother shows no signs of slowing down. The judge also indicated the Senate would be a big step for a neophyte to elected office, even one steeped in politics since childhood.

President Obama nominating
John Kerry to be next
secretary of state
Boston Globe, by Glen Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 10:44:56 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is poised to nominate Senator John F. Kerry this afternoon to be the country’s next secretary of state, according to Washington officials briefed on the decision. The announcement was to come after Kerry returned from the National Cathedral in Washington, where he was attending the funeral of former colleague Senator Daniel Inouye. The White House planned to add the announcement to the president’s schedule, said the officials, who demanded anonymity to preempt the formal announcement.



Gallup: Obama approval
hits three-year high
Politico, by Donovan Slack    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 10:36:05 AM     Post Reply
President Obama´s three-day approval rating in Gallup tracking polls hit 56 percent on Thursday, the highest since 2009. "The timing of the increase in Obama´s ratings could reflect a broad-based public reaction to the Newtown shootings, similar to the "rally around the flag" effect often seen at the start of wars and other threats to national security, in which Americans rally behind their leader," Gallup wrote in its analysis. "It could also reflect the impact of the president´s specific actions after the tragedy, including his attendance and speech at a Newtown prayer service Sunday night, and his

American Dream Fades for
Generation Y Professionals
Bloomberg, by Elliot Blair Smith    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 12/21/2012 10:34:04 AM     Post Reply
After being dismissed from her job as a Midtown Manhattan securities attorney in October 2009, Christina Tretter-Herriger hitched a used horse trailer to her Dodge Ram pickup and drove 1,628 miles to Texas. The 32-year-old lawyer sold skin-care products in Houston before finding work as the assistant general counsel of a futures-trading firm where an irate customer punctuated a recorded voice-mail message with gunfire. [snip] Eighteen months and two busted jobs later, the daughter of a retired physician and a former editor at Vogue circled back to upstate New York and hunkered down at a small legal office

Central High student found with gun
after campus-attack rumors surface
Fresno Bee [CA], by Eddie Jimenez    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 10:28:33 AM     Post Reply
A Central High School student carried a gun onto the west campus midday Thursday, about 24 hours after rumors spread on Facebook that someone planned to "shoot the place up," said Central Unified Superintendent Mike Berg. (Snip) The ninth-grader reportedly was playing with ammunition on campus, the Fresno County Sheriff´s Office said. Deputies found a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun and more than 50 rounds of ammunition in his pockets. Law enforcement officials approached the student shortly after noon in a classroom, where he was arrested on charges including possessing a

Michelle Obama Addresses
Newtown Tragedy in Open Letter
Hollywood Reporter, by Erin Carlson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 9:55:10 AM     Post Reply
A week after the devastating Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adult staffers, Michelle Obama has published an open letter addressing the tragedy in Connecticut´s Hartford Courant. "As a mother of two young daughters, my heart aches for you and your families. Like so many Americans, I wish there were something — anything — I could do or say to ease your anguish," the First Lady writes in Friday´s edition of the newspaper. "But I know that I cannot begin to imagine the depths of your grief.



Report: Jon Hammar to be
released from Mexican prison today
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 9:49:22 AM     Post Reply
DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio. Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar´s case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun

William Daley considering
bid for governor
Chicago Tribune, by Rick Pearson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 9:46:47 AM     Post Reply
William Daley blamed the state´s fiscal crisis on a lack of political leadership in Springfield, where his fellow Democrats rule the Statehouse, in a speech Thursday as he sought to position himself for a 2014 bid for governor. Speaking for a half-hour before about 300 people at the City Club of Chicago, the former White House chief of staff and U.S. commerce secretary said he was "seriously" looking at a run for the Democratic nomination for governor — in contrast to two previous flirtations with seeking the office a decade ago and two years ago.

Joe Scarborough Explodes
At Rep. Huelskamp’s Assertion
That Newtown Tragedy Is
Being ‘Politicized’
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 9:41:58 AM     Post Reply
Things got heated this morning on Morning Joe, when Republican congressman from Kansas, Tim Huelskamp, was asked about his thoughts on gun control following their discussion about the fiscal cliff deal. While Huelskamp’s opposition to an assault weapons ban was a point of contention, it was his assertion that the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. not be used to further a “political agenda” that sent Joe Scarborough over the edge. Stricter legislation about assault weapons won’t solve the problem, the congressman said. “It’s a people problem.” “What has bothered me the most as a representative is how this has

Betrayed by the Zeitgest She
once channeled, Tina Brown
invokes it one last time
Capital NY, by Matt Haber    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/21/2012 9:38:59 AM     Post Reply
On the last day of this year, outliving the universe by 10 days if the Mayan calendar was correct, the print edition of Newsweek will be no more, making the 80-year-old dentist´s waiting-room staple the latest in a long line of victims of changing reader habits, the high cost of print and a Darwinian newsstand. In an interview with Michael Kinsley in the Nov. 26 issue of New York magazine, Newsweek editor in chief and magazine legend Tina Brown gave a big-picture reason for the magazine´s failure: "[E]very piece of the Zeitgeist was against Newsweek,"

Obama uses Clinton´s playbook
to exploit shooting
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/21/2012 9:36:41 AM     Post Reply
In his news conference Wednesday, President Obama argued that because a deranged young man murdered 20 children and six adults in a Connecticut schoolhouse last week, Congress should immediately raise taxes on the nation´s highest earners. No, it didn´t make much sense. But Obama is following the example of predecessor Bill Clinton, who in 1995 used the Oklahoma City bombing not only to press security-related measures but also to enhance his political clout in a desperate battle with Republicans. It worked for Clinton; the next few weeks will tell whether it will do the same for Obama.


The Piltdown Warning
American Thinker, by Bruce Walker    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/21/2012 9:32:27 AM     Post Reply
The left loves to muster the armies of official "science" to discount conservative values and principles. Man-made global warming, of course, is one example.(snip)Science -- true science, which is not the slave of collegiate bureaucracies or scientific institutes sustained by tax dollars and giant foundations -- cannot have this sort of bigotry against evidence which conflicts with a working theory or in favor of any scrap of isolated data which may support the official theory.

US Ambassador Shows
Muscle in Holiday Card
ABC News, by Devin Dwyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 9:28:59 AM     Post Reply
U.S. Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck is offering Helskini “a different take on the elder statesman” for the holidays. Oreck posted a special edition of the embassy’s 2012 holiday card, featuring his bulging bicep, to his official Facebook account Tuesday and reportedly also mailed copies of it to friends. The image comes from a photo shoot Oreck did last month for the Finnish fitness magazine “ProBody.” A similar shot donned the cover of the Dec. 4 issue, which included an interview with the ambassador. “I say 60 is the new 40.

Here´s What People Freaking Out
About Yesterday´s Plan B Vote
Don´t Get
Business Insider, by Joe Weisenthal    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/21/2012 9:26:54 AM     Post Reply
The people who have been worrying about the Fiscal Cliff the loudest are feeling vindicated today. Dow futures are off 161 following John Boehner´s failure to get a GOP "Plan B" through the house. The thinking is summarized by the likes of Nomura´s Lewis Alexander who writes: It appears that it may be quite hard for him to rally support within his caucus for any agreement that raises tax rates. Indeed. If Boehner couldn´t even get the GOP to support a law that would let taxes revert on millionaires

WH: Obama determined to
make ´cliff´ deal
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 9:25:35 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- U.S. President Barack Obama is set on finding a "fiscal cliff" deal that will pass Congress, the White House said after Speaker John Boehner´s "Plan B" failed. "The president will work with Congress to get this done and we are hopeful that we will be able to find a bipartisan solution quickly that protects the middle class and our economy," spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement after House Republican leaders abruptly canceled a vote on Boehner´s fallback bill Thursday night after failing in an emergency meeting to rally enough votes for passage. Conservatives refused to support

As ObamaCare looms, Americans´
healthcare satisfaction slips
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/21/2012 9:16:14 AM     Post Reply
A new annual survey of Americans´ satisfaction with their healthcare finds the percentage who deem it good or excellent has slipped five points during the past election year, down to 67%. Now, according to the new Gallup Poll, the percentage who feel their healthcare is good has dipped from 43% to 40%, while those saying it´s excellent has dropped from 29% to 27%. The survey taken last month finds a familiar split personality among American adults.

Pope stresses family values, denounces
‘manipulation’ of gender amid gay
marriage gains
Associated Press, by Nicole Winfield    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 12/21/2012 8:52:56 AM     Post Reply
VATICAN CITY — The pope pressed his opposition to gay marriage Friday, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and destroying the very “essence of the human creature” in the process. Benedict XVI made the comments in his annual Christmas address to the Vatican bureaucracy, one of his most important speeches of the year. He dedicated it this year to promoting traditional family values in the face of vocal campaigns in France, the United States, Britain and elsewhere to legalize same-sex marriage.
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