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Mood muted during last
holiday shopping weekend
Associated Press, by Mae Anderson and Anne D´Innocenzio    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2012 11:16:21 PM     Post Reply
ATLANTA — Last-minute shoppers crowded into malls and stores to scoop up discounted clothing and toys during the last weekend before Christmas, but many didn´t seem to be in the spending spirit. This holiday season, Americans have a lot on their minds on top of the now familiar job worries. Consumers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, which account for 24 percent of retail sales nationwide, were tripped up by Superstorm Sandy. The storm hit in late October and disrupted businesses and households for several weeks.

NRA chief: Enforce
the existing gun laws
Washington Times, by David Sherfinski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2012 11:10:52 PM     Post Reply
The National Rifle Association does not plan to support any new gun control measures in the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., the head of the organization said Sunday, arguing that the government should vigorously enforce laws already on the books and reiterating the group’s push for more armed guards in schools as part of the solution. Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, answering questions for the first time since the Dec. 14 shootings, said legislation to impose restrictions on clip sizes or bans on so-called assault weapons

Gregory on MTP: Likely Broke
DC Law, Hypocritically Mocked
NRA´s Armed Guards Proposal
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2012 11:05:24 PM     Post Reply
Two blog posts today should shred the credibility of Meet the Press´s David Gregory in making arguments for gun control and against appropriate armed staff or security personnel at schools -- or they would, if journalists had the least bit of interest in exposing lawbreaking and hyprocritical behavior by their professional colleagues. During the show, as reported at the Patriot Perspective, relaying a point first brought out by a member of the AR15.com forum site, Gregory "decided to wave around a 30-round AR-15 magazine" in direct violation of the District of Columbia "DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines"



Son says Romney was reluctant
to run for president again: report
Reuters, by Nick Carey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/23/2012 10:23:58 PM     Post Reply
Republican Mitt Romney´s family had to convince him to make a second bid for the presidency because he was reluctant to run again after failing to secure his party´s nomination in 2008, Romney´s son told the Boston Globe on Sunday. In an article that examined what went wrong with Romney´s losing 2012 presidential campaign, Tagg Romney said his father Mitt said he had no intention of running again after he did not become the Republican presidential nominee in 2008. Arizona Senator John McCain secured the Republican nomination that year and lost to

Putin visits India, eyes arms sales,
trade and political ties
Reuters, by Alexei Anishchuk    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/23/2012 10:07:07 PM     Post Reply
Moscow - Arms sales will be on the agenda when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits India on Monday to court a country that has traditionally been a top client. Putin´s trip, his first to India since he started a new Kremlin six-year term in May, is a chance to reaffirm Russia´s interest in India, long a regional ally and now a partner in the BRICS group of emerging market nations. (Snip) The Kremlin said it expected the signing of "a number of large contracts in the area of military-technical cooperation", a term referring to weapons sales, licensing and servicing.

Insight: Security fears dogged
Canada debate on China energy bid
Reuters, by David Ljunggren    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/23/2012 9:41:44 PM     Post Reply
Ottawa - In September, two months after China´s state-owned CNOOC Ltd made an unexpected $15.1 billion bid for Canadian energy company Nexen Inc, Canada´s spy agency told ministers that takeovers by Chinese companies may threaten national security. The rare warning from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), which was disclosed to Reuters by intelligence sources, did not stop the takeover. (Snip) "They do not want to wake up one day and realize a crucial sector of the economy is under the control of foreign interests." And after listening to the spy service,

Genetically modified ´Frankenfish´ set to
hit shelves after FDA finds salmon that
grows twice as fast as normal poses
no threat to human*
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2012 9:26:10 PM     Post Reply
A salmon genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal earning a nickname of ‘Frankenfish’ has been approved by federal health regulators making it the first scientifically engineered animal for human consumption. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency. The document concludes that the fish ´will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States.´



SEAL Team Four commander
´commits suicide´ in Afghanistan
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2012 9:13:44 PM     Post Reply
The leader of Navy SEAL Team Four, one of the most senior commanders in the elite world of special operations, has died after apparently committing suicide in Afghanistan, it was reported today. Commander John W Price, 42, was found dead in his quarters with a gunshot wound on Saturday - just three days before Christmas. Cmdr Price was based in Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia, near Norfolk and had been in the military for more than 23 years. He leaves behind a wife, Stephanie and a nine-year-old daughter Jillian, who both live in Virginia Beach.

Employer audits skyrocket
in ICE´s hunt for those
hiring illegal immigrants
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/23/2012 8:37:43 PM     Post Reply
Seattle - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached its highest number yet of companies audited for illegal immigrants on their payrolls this past fiscal year. (Snip) The investigations of companies have been one of the pillars of President Obama´s immigration policy. When Obama recently spoke about addressing immigration reform in his second term, he said any measure should contain penalties for companies that purposely hire illegal immigrants. It´s not a new stand, but one he will likely highlight as his administration launches efforts to revamp the nation´s immigration system.

Christianity ´close to extinction´
in Middle East
The Telegraph (UK), by Edward Malnick    Original Article
Posted By: Jakester2344- 12/23/2012 7:50:39 PM     Post Reply
Christianity faces being wiped out of the “biblical heartlands” in the Middle East because of mounting persecution of worshippers, according to a new report. The study warns that Christians suffer greater hostility across the world than any other religious group. And it claims politicians have been “blind” to the extent of violence faced by Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The most common threat to Christians abroad is militant Islam, it says, claiming that oppression in Muslim countries is often ignored because of a fear that criticism will be seen as “racism”.

U.S. Press Won´t Report That
Egypt´s Constitution Is Sharia-
Based -- And Socialist
Newsbusters, by Tom Blumer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2012 6:35:45 PM     Post Reply
While the Associated Press, New York Times, and the vast majority of the U.S. establishment press have avoided directly referring to Egypt´s newly-approved constitution, spearheaded by ruler by decree Mohammed Morsi, as oriented toward imposing Muslim sharia law in that nation, the international press hasn´t been so reluctant. Who do you believe, the rest of the world or your agenda-driven U.S-based news sources? Additionally, as will be seen, the constitution is so unabashedly socialist it would be labeled communist if it had appeared any time prior to 1990. Russia-based RT.com opened its coverage of fraud allegations



Emotional President Obama
attends memorial service
for late Sen. Inouye in
Hawaii as more than 1,000
mourners pay tribute to
his life and legacy
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 6:08:58 PM     Post Reply
The late Sen. Daniel Inouye was remembered Sunday as an American hero whose legacy as a war veteran and longtime senator would be felt across Hawaii for years to come. The memorial service at Honolulu´s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific was attended by more than 1,000 people, including an emotional President Barack Obama, who had previously called the late senator one of his first political inspirations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Hawaii´s congressional delegation and a number of other senators, cabinet secretaries and other dignitaries were also on hand at Sunday´s service.

Honoring their memory:
Hockey team wears the
names of the children
killed in Sandy Hook massacre
on their shirts
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 6:04:01 PM     Post Reply
The men of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers changed their names to honor the children murdered in the Sandy Hook school massacre as they took to the ice last night. The hockey team donned all black uniforms with the names of the 20 schoolchildren who tragically lost their lives when Adam Lanza forced his way into the school and began firing. Before the game, the team lined up on the blue line to observe a moment of silence for the children and the six adults who were also gunned down in the shooting.

8 sentenced in Huntsville
for gun trafficking
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/23/2012 5:57:05 PM     Post Reply
Huntsville, Ala. - Eight people have been sentenced in federal court on charges they participated in a gun trafficking scheme that allowed firearms to get into the hands of a Mexican drug cartel. The eight defendants were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn in federal court in Huntsville. U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said the weapons included three sniper rifles and various assault rifles. Blackburn sentenced Gary Lee Madison to almost five years in prison. The other defendants received sentences ranging from six months in prison to probation.

David Gregory presses NRA’s Wayne
LaPierre, may have violated DC law
The Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 12/23/2012 5:24:35 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” moderator David Gregory took a very aggressive posture in his exclusive interview with NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre. After a series of LaPierre’s answers appeared to frustrate him, Gregory lashed out at LaPierre and held up a high-capacity ammunition clip, leading to a back-and-forth between Gregory and LaPierre. Partial transcript as follows: GREGORY: Because that’s your standard is that fewer people should be killed. That’s the goal here. And the standard is, if it’s possible, your words, if it’s possible that lives could be spared, shouldn’t we try that?



Gun Control Advocates´
Loudest Voices are
Most Heavily Protected
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2012 4:40:33 PM     Post Reply
Gun control advocates, following the NRA’s press conference on Friday, slammed the National Rifle Association’s response. NRA CEO Wayne La Pierre told reporters: “How have our nation’s priorities gotten so far out of order? Think about it. We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses--even sports stadiums--are all protected by armed security. We care about the President, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents. Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by armed Capitol Police officers. Yet when it comes

Former President Bush
Still Hospitalized
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 3:15:20 PM     Post Reply
President George H.W. Bush, who has been in a Houston hospital with a lingering cough since November, needs to "build up his energy" before he can be released, doctors said Sunday. Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said in an emailed statement that doctors are still optimistic the 88-year-old Bush will make a full recovery, but are being "extra cautious" with his care. Bush is in stable condition, he said. Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 for treatment of a bronchitis-related cough. Hospital officials have said Bush has been receiving physical therapy to increase his strength.

Bully: Obama Threatened to
Blame Fiscal Cliff on GOP in
State of the Union Address
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/23/2012 3:15:01 PM     Post Reply
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Barack Obama, petulant as usual, was considering using his State of the Union speech to blame Republicans for the impasse in dealing with the “fiscal cliff.” The Journal wrote: 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 State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault. This was just before Boehner’s Plan B went down in flames

Gun enthusiasts pack shows
to buy assault weapons
Reuters, by Dave Warner, Kevin Murphy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 3:02:48 PM     Post Reply
Allentown, Penn./Kansas City, Missouri- Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out. The busiest table at the R.K. Gun & Knife show

Now we have to worry about a
dairy cliff? Milk prices could
DOUBLE if Congress
doesn´t take action
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2012 2:46:54 PM     Post Reply
With all the worry over whether Congress will take action in time to avert the fiscal cliff, America hasn´t noticed that its skirting dangerously close to the edge of another terrifying precipice that would skyrocket milk prices to $7 per gallon. ´We call it the dairy cliff,´ said Chris Galen, spokesperson for the National Milk Producers Federation. Galen is referring to the agriculture bill that could cause milk prices to double by early next year if not addressed. To keep dairy farmers in business, the government has an agreement to buy milk and other products in the event


The story behind Mitt Romney’s loss in
the presidential campaign to President Obama
Boston Globe, by Michael Kranish    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/23/2012 2:44:22 PM     Post Reply
It was two weeks before Election Day when Mitt Romney’s political ­director signed a memo that all but ridiculed the notion that the Republican presidential nominee, with his “better ground game,” could lose the key state of Ohio or the election. The race is “unmistakably moving in Mitt Romney’s direction,” the memo said.But the claims proved wildly off the mark, a fact embarrassingly underscored when the high-tech voter turnout system that Romney himself called “state of the art” crashed at the worst moment, on Election Day. To this day, Romney’s aides wonder how it all went so wrong.

CNN´s Don Lemon: ´Should
white men be profiled?´
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 12/23/2012 2:13:08 PM     Post Reply
Throughout the day on Saturday, CNN teased an upcoming segment pertaining to the recent Newtown, Conn. tragedy where the premise was “Should white men be profiled?” The discussion, which aired on “CNN Newsroom” hosted by Don Lemon, was based on a Salon.com column by David Sirota published just days after the Newtown shooting. Sirota explained his reasoning and suggested there was a double standard. “I think we should ask the question, ‘Why is America, 30 percent white guys and 70 percent of the shootings in the last many decades have been at the hands of white guys?’” Sirota said.

Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood
claims draft charter passes with
nearly 64 percent ´yes´ vote
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 1:28:51 PM     Post Reply
CAIRO –Egypt´s Muslim Brotherhood claims that the disputed Islamist-backed constitution has passed with a 64 percent ´yes´ vote after a two-round referendum. The unofficial results announced by the Islamist group Sunday come a day before the election commission is expected to announce the final official tally for voting organized over two weeks. According to the Brotherhood tally based on results from individual polling stations as well as voting abroad, around 64 percent of 16.6 million approved the constitution. Brotherhood totals have been accurate for earlier elections. The local media has reported comparable results.

Police in riot gear stop brawl among
parents at kids´ football game
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 12/23/2012 12:40:12 PM     Post Reply
CHINO, Calif. – Police in riot gear flooded the field of a youth football game in Southern California to stop a brawl that involved dozens and possibly hundreds of adult spectators. Chino police told the San Bernardino Sun they received several calls saying a melee had broken out amid a crowd of hundreds of parents who were watching a Pop Warner playoff game at a city park on Saturday. Sgt. Frank Mena said most of the brawlers ran from the field as police with helmets and clubs poured into the park.

Wayne LaPierre: Gun control
‘not going to make any kid safer’
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 11:57:45 AM     Post Reply
National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre said Sunday that gun control measures, including an assault weapons ban, won’t do anything to to prevent mass shootings like the recent elementary school killing in Newtown, Conn.“I know this town wants to argue about gun control,” LaPierre said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding: ”It’s not going to work. It hasn’t worked.” Pressed repeatedly by host David Gregory on whether gun control played a role as one of several possible solutions to the spate of mass shootings in recent years, LaPierre didn’t budge.

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