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Leno: ´Mayans Said World
Will End Tomorrow; Like
Everybody Else They Blame Bush´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 1:04:21 PM     Post Reply
Jay Leno made a comical observation Thursday about what was disaffectionately referred to in the previous decade as Bush Derangement Syndrome. During the opening monologue of NBC´s Tonight Show, the host said, "As you know, the Mayans said the world will end tomorrow, and like everybody else they blame Bush" (video follows with commentary):(Snip) By contrast, with Barack Obama in the White House, any criticism of the president today is called racist by his adoring press. What a difference a "D" makes.

NRA calls for an armed
police officer in every school
New York Post, by Andy Soltis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 1:02:47 PM     Post Reply
The National Rifle Association spoke out today for the first time since the Newtown massacre - calling for armed security officers in all of the nation’s schools. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” NRA head Wayne LaPierre said in Washington. He called on Congress to come up with the money to put an armed police officer in every US school. “If we truly cherish our kids more than our money … we must give them the greatest level of protection available, properly trained good guys” he said. The nation’s leading gun lobby had not commented in the week

Exclusive -- Gabriel Sherman:
´Jayson Blair on Steroids´
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Capitol Confidential    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 1:00:00 PM     Post Reply
“Gabe Sherman is Jayson Blair on steroids.” That’s one tough assessment of Gabriel Sherman, the over-eager reporter and from-a-great-distance biographer of Roger Ailes. Who said it? A well-placed source close to Fox News. And the source makes a very strong case. Jayson Blair, of course, was the serially dishonest reporter for The New York Times who was fired, finally, in 2003. Today, in the opinion of many, Sherman is following in Blair’s disastrous and disgraced footsteps. On December 17, under the headline, “Rupert Murdoch Wants Stricter Gun Laws After Newtown, But Fox News Doesn’t



Cory Booker to explore run for
U.S. Senate rather than challenge
Gov. Chris Christie
New York Daily News, by Kristen A. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 12:54:27 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey heavyweights Cory Booker and Chris Christie will not face off for the governor’s mansion next year, the Newark mayor confirmed Thursday. Booker said that he is exploring a run for his fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg´s U.S. Senate seat in 2014, rather than taking on the popular New Jersey governor in 2013. Booker, who has been publicly flirting with a gubernatorial campaign, would have had an uphill battle against Christie, whose popularity soared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Lautenberg, 88, has served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982, interrupted by a brief retirement.

Shoe shoppers get sprayed
with mace at Hulen Mall
Star-Telegram [Fort Worth, TX], by Deanna Boyd    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/21/2012 12:40:16 PM     Post Reply
Fort Worth — A rush for limited-edition tennis shoes sparked a near riot Friday morning at Hulen Mall. Sgt. Pedro Criado, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said a mall security officer and an off-duty Fort Worth police officer working security at the mall used mace during the incident after the crowd pushed through barricades and security guards, knocking down one off-duty police officer and pressing against the mall´s glass doors.(Snip) The crowd, estimated to be as large as 350 to 400 people, had apparently flocked to the mall to purchase retro Air Jordan sneakers, a re-release

Bulletproof backpack sales spike after
Sandy Hook Elementary School
shooting in Newtown, Conn.
New York Daily News, by Rheana Murray    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 12:26:36 PM     Post Reply
Sales of bulletproof backpacks for schoolchildren are through the roof days after a masked gunman´s rampage left 20 kids dead at a Connecticut elementary school. Parents began snapping up the high-tech bookbags Friday, the same day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, Elmar Uy of the Massachusetts-based armor company BulletBlocker told the Daily News. In fact, the sudden spike in sales is how Uy, vice president of business operations, found out about the shooting. (Snip) BulletBlocker´s child safety backpack is on sale for $199.99.

NRA Calls for Armed School
Guards, Scoffs at Gun Laws
ABC News, by Colleen Curry & Sarah Parnass    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/21/2012 12:24:09 PM     Post Reply
The National Rifle Association stood its ground today in arguing that the answer to gun violence in schools is an armed security force that can protect students, while blaming the media and violent entertainment and video games for recent deadly shootings. "The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said in presenting the NRA´s first comments about the Connecticut school shooting since it occurred a week ago today. LaPierre offered no olive branch to gun-control advocates who have called for tougher laws



Congress should protect diplomats,
not just bash Hillary Clinton
Los Angeles Times, by David Horsey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/21/2012 12:06:18 PM     Post Reply
Hillary Rodham Clinton has won consistent praise during her four years as secretary of State, but it looks as if she’ll be leaving her post with one big failure on her record. If she seeks the presidency in 2016, you can bet we will all be hearing the word “Benghazi” in every attack ad Republicans run against her. (Snip) Four of those officials resigned Tuesday. The independent panel stated that blame rose only to the assistant secretary level, but Clinton will still be sporting a political black eye when she steps down from her job as planned at the beginning of President Obama’s second term.

11 dead-wrong prophecies of doom
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Peter Mucha    Original Article
Posted By: Calvinesq- 12/21/2012 11:59:15 AM     Post Reply
Once again, the Earth has survived. Unless typing at this terminal is Heaven - and it´s clearly far from Hell - no rapture or disaster happened overnight, contrary to movie-inspiring misreadings of Mayan calendars. Add that to the list of dead-wrong prophecies about the end of the world. Here are 10 previous apocalyptic flops:

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.
Headline split by staff

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.

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