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Grinchy Weather: Nasty Winter
Storms Spawn Tornadoes, Blizzards
ABC News, by Lauren Effron    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:15:59 AM     Post Reply
A nasty Christmastime storm system spawned blizzard conditions in some states and at least 15 reported tornadoes in the South, damaging homes, taking out power lines and dangerously snarling holiday travel. Severe weather swept across the United States during the Christmas holiday, bringing tornadoes and intense thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, while dumping heavy snow and freezing rain on the Southern Plains. At least 15 tornadoes were reported today from Texas to Alabama, putting this storm system potentially on track to be one of the largest Christmas day tornado outbreaks on record.

The year´s 9 most hilarious
New York Times corrections
The Week, by Chris Gayomali    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 5:08:01 AM     Post Reply
T he internet has unquestionably made it easier for readers to interact with big media organizations — and that includes calling them out on mistakes. Still, you´ve really got to hand it to The New York Times. Internet or no, the paper of record has long exhibited unrivaled diligence when it comes to issuing corrections. And because the paper addresses every minute inaccuracy with the same strident gravitas, it´s often quite "funny to hear pop-culture quibbles addressed in the Gray Lady´s formal language," says Josh Dzieza at The Daily Beast. Without further ado, some of the year´s most endearing Times corrections:

R.I.P., Cap-and-Trade?
PJ Media, by Bill Straub    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 4:56:57 AM     Post Reply
Prospects for the revival of cap-and-trade legislation in the upcoming Congress as a tonic for global climate change appear to be going up in smoke. Democrats anticipate that some package addressing greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s coal-fueled power plants will likely emerge next session. But getting any proposal through the Republican-controlled House is dubious and it’s extremely unlikely that lawmakers will specifically reconsider cap-and-trade. “Cap-and-trade may reappear in the House of Representatives but it has no chance of passing,” said Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

  


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Poll results: Christmas
movie, TV special winners
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/26/2012 4:51:34 AM     Post Reply
By Zuzu’s petals, this turned out to be a close-run poll — at least in the movie category. Thanks to a larger-than-expected turnout from the Bedford Falls region, the Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life edged Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun in A Christmas Story to win the Hot Air poll for best Christmas movie of all time. George Bailey ended up winning by just 45 angels’ wings over Ralphie. As promised, here’s a Christmas Day clip from one of Hollywood’s best:(Snip for video clip)Honestly, though, the vote was so close

Yes, Columbine Had Armed Guards
—And They Saved Lives
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/26/2012 4:47:57 AM     Post Reply
School Safety: Critics of the National Rifle Association´s call for armed security guards at our schools respond that one famous school did have a sheriff´s deputy on scene. But without him, the toll would have been much worse. After remaining silent on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, the NRA´s Wayne LaPierre held a press conference Friday to condemn another tragedy in a gun-free zone and to advocate the placement of armed security guards at our schools as is done at airports, banks and other public venues.

We can all learn from
Sen. Crapo´s mistake
Idaho Statesman [Boise, ID], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 4:47:02 AM     Post Reply
Idaho constituents have learned a few things about Sen. Mike Crapo over the past couple of days. He has shown three things: That he is human, that he can make a mistake and that lemonade is not the strongest drink in his glass. At the moment, he also has something more on his mind than the fiscal cliff. What happened to Mike Crapo in the early morning of Dec. 23 can happen to a lot of people, especially during the holiday season. He attended a social gathering in Alexandria, Va., had a few drinks and drove home.

The Rioter’s Veto
Reason Magazine, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/26/2012 4:41:23 AM     Post Reply
“In any war between the civilized man and the savage,” says the ad, “support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” On September 6, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) signed a contract to buy space for this message from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which had concluded that the First Amendment required it to accept the controversial ad. Less than two weeks later, WMATA declared that AFDI’s advocacy was not constitutionally protected after all, pointing to violent Middle Eastern protests blamed on Innocence of Muslims, an online video mocking the prophet Muhammad.

  


  

The Case Against Public Education
American Thinker, by Daren Jonescu    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/26/2012 3:15:20 AM     Post Reply
If public education is allowed to survive, all efforts to resuscitate the inert husk of modern civilization will fail. It is time to unravel the most wasteful and destructive entitlement program of all. Cancer cells do not divide into healthy cells. A corrupted, power-intoxicated political class will not willingly raise a freedom-loving, self-reliant populace. Governments must no longer be allowed to pre-determine their nations´ fates, by mass producing the populace that serves their interests.

US holiday retail sales
growth weakest since 2008
Associated Press, by Daniel Wagner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/25/2012 10:31:56 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — U.S. holiday retail sales this year grew at the weakest pace since 2008, when the nation was in a deep recession. In 2012, the shopping season was disrupted by bad weather and consumers´ rising uncertainty about the economy. A report that tracks spending on popular holiday goods, the MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse, said Tuesday that sales in the two months before Christmas increased 0.7 percent, compared with last year. Many analysts had expected holiday sales to grow 3 to 4 percent. In 2008, sales declined by between 2 percent and 4 percent as the financial

Trade deficit heading for surplus
Washington Times, by Patrice Hill    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/25/2012 10:29:07 PM     Post Reply
While Washington wrestles with the nation’s burgeoning budget deficits, some good news has emerged on the other deficit front: The nation’s bloated trade deficit appears to be turning the corner, with at least one prominent economist predicting it will disappear altogether within a decade. A recent wave of “re-shoring” of overseas manufacturing plants by U.S. chemical, auto and other companies signals the revival of U.S. competitiveness in many industries vis-a-vis Europe, Japan, China and other major trade partners. The trend got a big push recently from a dramatic drop in American natural gas

For Obama, veto isn’t overriding concern
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/25/2012 10:27:40 PM     Post Reply
That yawn you heard was Congress reacting to another veto threat from President Obama. Mr. Obama threatened to veto the $633 billion defense authorization bill, which Congress approved last week, over issues including the handling of detainees at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The president raised similar objections over the same bill last year, but went ahead and signed it into law after adding a statement that the administration would not detain Americans without trial. Conferees did remove some contentious provisions, including a ban on same-sex marriage ceremonies on military

  


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Fathers disappear from
households across America
Washington Times, by Luke Rosiak    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/25/2012 10:26:08 PM     Post Reply
Nicole Hawkins‘ three daughters have matching glittery boots, but none has the same father. Each has uniquely colored ties in her hair, but none has a dad present in her life. As another single mother on Sumner Road decked her row-house stoop with Christmas lights and a plastic Santa, Ms. Hawkins recalled that her middle child’s father has never spent a holiday or birthday with her. In her neighborhood in Southeast Washington, 1 in 10 children live with both parents, and 84 percent live with only their mother.

Health-care sector vulnerable
to hackers, researchers say
Washington Post, by Robert O´Harrow Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/25/2012 10:20:59 PM     Post Reply
As the health-care industry rushed onto the Internet in search of efficiencies and improved care in recent years, it has exposed a wide array of vulnerable hospital computers and medical devices to hacking, according to documents and interviews. Security researchers warn that intruders could exploit known gaps to steal patients’ records for use in identity theft schemes and even launch disruptive attacks that could shut down critical hospital systems. A year-long examination of cybersecurity by The Washington Post has found that health care is among the most vulnerable industries

FreedomWorks tea party group
nearly falls apart in fight
between old and new guard
Washington Post, by Amy Gardner    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/25/2012 10:18:40 PM     Post Reply
The day after Labor Day, just as campaign season was entering its final frenzy, FreedomWorks, the Washington-based tea party organization, went into free fall. Richard K. Armey, the group’s chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant escorted FreedomWorks’s top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the

Democrats push for tax
cuts they once opposed
Washington Post, by Zachary A. Goldfarb    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/25/2012 10:16:25 PM     Post Reply
Democrats seeking a deal to avert the year-end “fiscal cliff” are trying to etch into stone the signature economic achievement of Republican President George W. Bush by permanently extending tax cuts enacted during his tenure. President Obama has put the extension of the tax cuts for most Americans at the top of his domestic agenda, a remarkable turnaround for Democrats, who had staunchly opposed the tax breaks when they were written into law about a decade ago. With Obama planning to return from vacation as soon as Wednesday and lawmakers returning Thursday, the main dividing

  


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Obama ‘Likely’ Flying Back
To D.C. Late Wednesday
For Fiscal Cliff Negotiations,
According To Report
Mediaite, by Josh Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/25/2012 8:30:36 PM     Post Reply
Christmas provides the briefest of respites for lawmakers, who are trying to negotiate a debt compromise by New Year’s Eve in order to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. The deadline is a mere six days away, and at this point it is unclear when the talks will start over again. However, new information provided by Fox News’ Ed Henry says that President Obama is “likely” to return to D.C. tomorrow night to continue negotiations. Greta Van Susteren updated her blog earlier tonight with the information provided to Henry by an administration official.

Tornado touches down in
Alabama as winter storms
strike US
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/25/2012 8:27:38 PM     Post Reply
NEW ORLEANS –A Christmas Day twister outbreak left behind damage from Louisiana to Alabama while holiday travelers in the nation´s much colder midsection battled sometimes treacherous driving conditions from freezing rain and blizzard conditions. In Mobile, Ala., a tornado or high winds damaged homes and knocked down power lines and large tree limbs in an area just west of downtown around nightfall, said Nancy Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Mobile County Commission. WALA-TV´s tower camera captured a large funnel cloud headed toward downtown. "We haven´t verified

Egypt constitution passes,
economic crunch looms
Associated Press, by Mariam Rizk    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 8:27:21 PM     Post Reply
Cairo - The official approval of Egypt´s disputed, Islamist-backed constitution Tuesday held out little hope of stabilizing the country after two years of turmoil and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi may now face a more immediate crisis with the economy falling deeper into distress. (Snip) The battle over the constitution left Egypt deeply polarized at a time when the government is increasingly cash-strapped. Supporters of the charter campaigned for it on the grounds that it will lead to stability, improve the grip of Morsi and his allies on state institutions, restore investor confidence and bring back

Does Kerry Still Think Assassination
Of The President And V.P. Is Funny?
Cybercast News Service, by Ken Blackwell    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 7:39:03 PM     Post Reply
In the 1970´s, he testified against his fellow Vietnam War veterans before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He charged that they were violating the Geneva Conventions every day in Vietnam. Some POWs were outraged at Kerry´s disloyal statements. They said they had been tortured by their Communist captors trying to force them to make such untrue statements. Worse, Kerry went to Paris in 1971. There, he met with North Vietnamese Communists. (Snip) Any negotiation between a private U.S. citizen and a foreign power is illegal. It violates the Logan Act of 1798.

Tinny Chinni: Washington Post Publishes
Op-ed Urging ´Let´s Give Santa the Boot´
NewsBusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 7:27:05 PM     Post Reply
Dante Chinni calls himself "a card-carrying member of the East Coast Media Establishment Complex," and he proved in on Sunday with an article in Sunday Outlook section of The Washington Post: "Instead of leaving cookies, let´s give Santa the boot." Secular liberals always first want to save the country for science and rationality, and Santa Claus is "reality´s exception" for little kids. "America doesn’t need any more people who deny reality — at any age." Santa also quite obviously favors the super-rich: Second, Santa raises all sorts of questions about justice.

  



S.C. ports bracing for strike
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff & Wire Reports    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/25/2012 7:23:52 PM     Post Reply
The nation’s retailers, manufacturers and farmers are bracing for a possible strike that could idle U.S. ports all along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. That walkout could begin as early as Sunday after the midnight Saturday expiration of a 90-day extension of a contract between the International Longshoremen’s Association and several shipping lines, terminal operators and port associations. It would be the first strike by the ILA in 35 years.[Snip]In an email sent to shipping lines last week, the SPA detailed steps to lessen the impact of cargo flow, including two extra operations hours in the weekdays

Another Try at Nuclear Negotiations
New York Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 7:16:27 PM     Post Reply
After a six-month hiatus, the United States and other major powers are trying to resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Iran has been enriching uranium in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions for six years, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has threatened military strikes if these activities are not halted by next spring or early summer. It is imperative that all sides make every effort to reach a diplomatic solution. War, of course, would be disastrous. But so would an Iran with a nuclear weapon. American officials still have doubts about whether Iran’s

Clout Diminished, Tea Party
Turns to Narrower Issues
New York Times, by Trip Gabriel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 7:06:50 PM     Post Reply
The Tea Party might not be over, but it is increasingly clear that the election last month significantly weakened the once-surging movement, which nearly captured control of the Republican Party through a potent combination of populism and fury. Leading Congressional Republicans, though they remain far apart from President Obama, have embraced raising tax revenues in budget negotiations, repudiating a central tenet of the Tea Party. Even more telling, Tea Party activists in the middle of the country are skirting the fiscal showdown in Congress and turning to narrower issues, raising questions

Iran reportedly plans
Hormuz Strait naval maneuvers
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 6:31:22 PM     Post Reply
Tehran, Iran - Iran is planning naval maneuvers in international waters near strategic Strait of Hormuz, where one-fifth of world oil supply passes, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The report quoted Iran´s navy chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, as saying the maneuvers will begin Friday from the Strait of Hormuz to the northern part of Indian Ocean in an area of about 400,000 square miles. Iran in the past threatened to close the strait over Western sanctions aimed at its suspect nuclear program but has not repeated the threat lately. Sayyari said Iran will test-fire missiles and deploy vessels

New York newspaper faces
backlash after publishing
map of gun permit holders
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 6:09:05 PM     Post Reply
A local New York newspaper is drawing the ire of its readers after publishing an interactive map that shows the names and addresses of thousands of residents who have handgun permits. The online map was published by The Journal News along with an article under the headline: "The gun owner next door: What you don´t know about the weapons in your neighborhood." The newspaper obtained, and then published, the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties through a Freedom of Information Act request. The article, in explaining the decision to publish the

Egypt approves new constitution
drafted by Morsi allies
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 6:02:36 PM     Post Reply
Egypt announced on Tuesday voters had approved overwhelmingly a constitution drafted by President Mohamed Morsi´s Islamist allies, and the government imposed currency restrictions to cope with an economic crisis worsened by weeks of unrest. Final figures from the elections commission showed the constitution was adopted with 63.8 percent of the vote, giving Islamists their third straight victory at the polls since Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a 2011 revolution. Morsi´s Leftist, liberal, secularist and Christian opponents had taken to the streets to block what they argued

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