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Man jailed, caned for robbery
and credit card fraud
Straits Times [Singapore], by Khushwant Singh    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2012 3:07:50 AM     Post Reply
AN UNEMPLOYED man who robbed a bookie of $1,000 at knife point and also used stolen credit cards to cheat retailers of nearly $43,000 was jailed for eight years and ordered to be caned 12 times today. Ong Bee Han, 35, pleaded guilty to committing the robbery on Aug 29, 2010, with Low Soon Kwee and Ho Tze Wei. Low, 38, has been sentenced to four years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane while Ho, 36, is still at large. Ong was first charged for the robbery offence on Nov 12, 2010. While on bail,

Only one conviction in 635
rape cases reported
in Delhi this year
Press Trust of India [New Delhi, India], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/30/2012 3:00:43 AM     Post Reply
There has been only one conviction out of over 600 cases of rape reported to Delhi Police this year even as crime against women has been on the rise in the national capital. As many as 754 accused were arrested in the 635 cases reported to Delhi Police between January and November, the highest in past five years, Union home ministry data said. Of these total accused, only one was convicted while 403 were facing trials, investigations were pending against 348 and two others were discharged. A total of 572 rape cases were reported to Delhi Police last year

Hanoi Jane Fonda tried to save
the lives of IRA hunger strikers
Belfast Telegraph, by Adrian Rutherford    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 2:57:52 AM     Post Reply
Hollywood actress Jane Fonda lobbied the British Government to intervene and stop the 1981 hunger strike, newly released files reveal. The two-time Oscar winning star sent a telegram to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher urging her to grant the prisoners political status. (snip) The telegram, dispatched to Downing Street, is also signed by her then husband Tom Hayden, a US social and political activist. It states: “Please save the lives of the hunger strikers by granting them political status. “The sanctity of human life must override any political considerations.” The 1981 hunger strike triggered one of the worst crises of the

  


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Obama Administration: We Can
and Will Force Christians to
Act Against Their Faith
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: Keep_Right- 12/30/2012 2:54:44 AM     Post Reply
In a legal argument formally presented in federal court in the case of Hobby Lobby v. Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration is claiming that the First Amendment—which expressly denies the government the authority to prohibit the “free exercise” of religion—nonetheless allows it to force Christians to directly violate their religious beliefs even on a matter that involves the life and death of innocent human beings. Because federal judges—including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor—have refused to grant an injunction protecting the owners of Hobby Lobby

How badly will budget cuts hurt
troops, DOD civilians?
Stars and Stripes, by Joyce Tsai    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 2:30:51 AM     Post Reply
Washington — In the final presidential debate, President Barack Obama declared to the American people with unflinching certainty that sequestration “will not happen.” Two months later, the Jan. 1 deadline is looming, with no debt reduction deal in sight. Now what? How quickly and deeply will these automatic defense budget cuts totaling about $500 billion over the next decade hit troops, Defense Department civilians and contractors? And how much will they hurt? (snip) For example, the number of flight hours that pilots get for regular training and the number of live-fire exercises for ground forces could be reduced. Maintenance of

Editorial: Light bulb ban on horizon
Washington Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 2:17:54 AM     Post Reply
The free market operates by offering incentives to consumers to change their behavior. Cutting prices, advertising and developing new products redirect the public’s impulses in a natural, painless way. The government, on the other hand, has no passion or patience for this sort of thing. Words like “must,” “shall,” and “mandate” pepper the texts of laws like Obamacare. The incandescent light-bulb ban, which goes into effect in March, is another case in point. The bulbs aren’t officially banned, just artificially obsolete. As part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, Congress mandated that light bulbs have 25 percent

Rev. Jesse Jackson Repeatedly
Challenged To Defend Chicago Gun
Ban After 500th Homicide This Year
Mediaite, by Noah Rothman    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/30/2012 2:02:55 AM     Post Reply
Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared on CNN on Friday where he was pressed to defend Chicago’s strict gun control laws following the city’s 500th homicide, 87.5 percent of which are gun-related, this year. Jackson said that Chicago, unlike Newtown, has no gun culture – Newtown, Connecticut, having several gun ranges whereas Chicago has none. He also said that the pressing issues of poverty, unemployment and the lack of a sense of mobility in America’s urban centers are the root causes of gun violence. Jackson was asked to defend Chicago’s gun ban, given the staggering rates of gun violence in

  


  

Female friend bought
guns for upstate fireman
killer: cops
New York Post, by Larry Celona    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 12/30/2012 1:30:19 AM     Post Reply
State Police arrested a female friend of a crazed upstate firefighter shooter yesterday for allegedly buying him the guns he used to kill two smoke eaters during a Christmas Eve attack. Dawn Nguyen, 24, a former neighbor of William Spengler Jr., allegedly purchased a .223 Bushmaster AR-15 and a 12-gauge shotgun for the wild-eyed manic in 2010, knowing full well that he couldn’t buy the guns himself because he was a convicted felon. Spengler picked out the weapons himself and went to the sporting goods store with Nguyen when she bought him the guns, said US Attorney William Hochul.

Guns are dangerous,
but people are more so
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 12/30/2012 12:55:30 AM     Post Reply
I don’t know anything about guns. I have no fascination with them, and no particular interest in them.Perhaps that stems from an incident when I was 12 years old and shot my best friend Stephen Folster in the base of the skull with a CO2 pellet gun that we were using to hunt sparrows in the now vanished woods on Filors Lane near Annie’s Snack Shack in Stony Point, N.Y. [SNIP]Guns, in other words, were not the problem; I was the problem.Which brings us forward 45 years to the raging debate about gun control that has ensued

Trotter cites legal trouble
in ending US House run
Associated Press, by Jason Keyser    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 12:40:32 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO — An Illinois state lawmaker who was considered a front-runner to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress ended his candidacy Saturday, saying he did not want the felony gun charges he is facing to detract from the important issues in the district. Democratic State Sen. Donne Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at Chicago´s O´Hare International Airport found an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun and ammunition in his garment bag. He told officers the gun is for a job he has with a security firm and that he had forgotten it was in his bag.

Obama deploys troops to
Africa to defend U.S. Embassy
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 12:36:38 AM     Post Reply
With rebels advancing on the capital city of the Central African Republic, the U.S. has deployed about 50 combat troops to neighboring Chad to support the evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel and American private citizens, President Obama notified Congress in a letter Saturday. Mr. Obama said he took the action "due to the deteriorating security situation in the Central African Republic and the potential threat to U.S. citizens." The evacuation of Americans from Bangui, Central African Republic, began on Thursday. The president said the troops, although equipped for combat, were deployed as a stand-by

  


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With no ‘fiscal cliff’ deal
in sight, sequestration
seems all but certain
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/30/2012 12:32:40 AM     Post Reply
It was designed to be the budget cut so painful, so indiscriminate, so downright mindless that even a gridlocked Congress wouldn’t allow it to happen. Now, it looks like it’s going to happen. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spent Saturday working on a last-ditch deal to spare the vast majority of Americans a dramatic tax increase on Jan. 1. But even if they reach a stripped-down agreement, aides in both parties have said it would be unlikely to address

Feinstein: More Power, More Money
to ATF to Register All Guns
Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2012 11:46:45 PM     Post Reply
As the day on which Sen. Dianne Feinstein´s (D-CA) "assault weapon" ban will be introduced draws closer, another troubling aspect of it has come to light – namely, that it will give new funding and expanded powers to the ATF for the purpose of registering all guns and gun owners in the country. In other words, in addition to banning "assault weapons" and handguns like Glocks, Sig Sauers, Smith & Wesson M&Ps, and H&Ks, the legislation will also empower the ATF to be sure every gun is placed on a government registry. The version of the legislation

Deport me? If America won´t
change its crazy gun laws...*
Daily Mail [UK], by Piers Morgan    Original Article
Posted By: thetaxi- 12/29/2012 11:17:39 PM     Post Reply
I have fired guns only once in my life, on a stag party to the Czech capital Prague a few years ago when part of the itinerary included a trip to an indoor shooting range. For three hours, our group were let loose on everything from Magnum 45 handguns and Glock pistols, to high-powered ‘sniper’ rifles and pump-action shotguns. It was controlled, legal, safe and undeniably exciting. But it also showed me, quite demonstrably, that guns are killing machines. Rarely has the hideous effect of a gun been more acutely laid bare than at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut,

Bolivia expropriates
Spanish energy subsidiaries
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/29/2012 10:33:15 PM     Post Reply
La Paz, Bolivia — President Evo Morales nationalized the Bolivian electricity distribution subsidiaries of the Spanish energy company Iberdrola in a public ceremony Saturday. Morales issued a decree allowing the takeover of shares in Empresa de Electricidad de La Paz (Electropaz) and Empresa de Luz y Fuerza de Oruro (Elfeo), which supply energy in this Andean nation. Soldiers guarded the installations of the electricity distribution companies, marked with signs reading: "Nationalized." In the ceremony at Bolivia´s government palace, Morales also announced the expropriation of an investment management company and a service provider belonging to the Spanish energy giant.

  


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Six Charged With Murder
in India as Rape Victim Dies
New York Times, by Heather Timmons*    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/29/2012 9:49:36 PM     Post Reply
NEW DELHI — As protests grew in India on Saturday over the death of a young woman who was raped in New Delhi this month by several men in a moving bus, the police said six men accused of attacking her had been charged with murder. A police spokesman, Rajan Bhagat, said that if convicted of murder, the men could face the death penalty in the Dec. 16 attack, which shocked India because of its savagery, led to violent protests and prompted demands for improved protection for women as well as calls for the death penalty in rape cases.

21 Pakistani security officers
believed shot to death by Taliban
CNN, by Nasir Habib    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/29/2012 9:47:27 PM     Post Reply
Islamabad, Pakistan -- The bodies of 21 Pakistani tribal police officers were found Saturday night, two days after they were abducted during a raid linked to the Taliban, a senior government official said. Militants killed two security forces and captured 23 officers during an assault on two military posts Thursday, said Naveed Akbar, the official in Peshawar. The 21 victims, shot to death, were found in a mountainous area known as Kohi Hassakhel, Akbar told CNN. An injured soldier managed to escape, while another was missing. More than 200 people suspected to be members of the Pakistan Taliban

Building An Empire:
Debating The Future Worth Of RGIII
CBS News [Washington, DC], by Candice Leigh Helfand    Original Article
Posted By: Howard Adams- 12/29/2012 9:44:11 PM     Post Reply
Robert Griffin III is not only taking the National Football League by storm, but the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback is already building himself a brand in the mold of Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Peyton Manning. To say Griffin’s play has been superb to date is selling him short. {Skip} “One advantage I believe he does have is the great education he received … and his military background and really strict upbringing,” he told CBSDC. “All of those things will really benefit him in the long run – [he is marketable] on and off the field.”

Talk radio’s not dead, just
moonbats’ radio
Boston Herald, by Howie Carr    Original Article
Posted By: John c- 12/29/2012 8:25:40 PM     Post Reply
WTKK wouldn’t be turning off the lights next week if I could have just gotten over there back in 2007. No brag, just fact. And by the way, I’m still damn sorry I didn’t make good my escape from the AM band. But here in Massachusetts, in the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls. And you wonder why I dismember so many state judges. Payback is a b****, you hacks. Still, WTKK’s failure is not the end of talk radio in Boston. Nature abhors a vacuum, and having no talk station on FM is a gaping hole.

Does Everyone Want
to Go over Cliff?
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/29/2012 7:22:50 PM     Post Reply
In today´s chapter of "The Fiscal Cliff," Senate Leaders Reid and McConnell are working behind the scenes to craft a deal to meet Monday´s midnight deadline. Yesterday, President Obama met with congressional leaders, for the first time in six weeks, and urged the Senate to reach a deal over the weekend. If they failed to reach a deal, Obama warned, he would press them to put his original proposal before the Congress for an up or down vote. Obama´s original offer called for around $1.6 Trillion in new taxes, directed most of the new revenue to new spending

  



Dave Barry’s Year in Review
Miami Herald (FL), by Dave Barry    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/29/2012 6:56:42 PM     Post Reply
It was a cruel, cruel year — a year that kept raising our hopes, only to squash them flatter than a dead possum on the interstate. Example: This year the “reality” show Jersey Shore, which for six hideous seasons has been a compelling argument in favor of a major earth-asteroid collision, finally got canceled, and we dared to wonder if maybe, just maybe, we, as a society, were becoming slightly less stupid. But then, WHAP, we were slapped in our national face by the cold hard frozen mackerel of reality in the form of the hugely popular

NY Paper to Publish Additional
Gun Owners´ Names, Addresses
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2012 6:55:49 PM     Post Reply
The New York newspaper that drew criticism for publishing the names and addresses of hundreds of legal gun permit holders is doubling down by publishing the personal information of even more law-abiding gun owners. To great criticism, the Journal News published an interactive map showing the names and addresses of the legal gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties just before Christmas. Now the paper has announced it will next publish the names and addresses of permit-holders in Putnam County with an eye toward eventually politicizing the names and addresses of every gun owner in the state.

Records identify staffer who
invited Jill Kelley to the White House
Politico, by Donovan Slack    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2012 6:40:56 PM     Post Reply
The mystery staffer who invited Tampa socialite Jill Kelley to visit the White House is a special assistant to President Obama and an associate counsel focusing on national security issues. Mike Gottlieb, who has been with the administration since Obama took office, twice had breakfast with Kelley and her sister in the White House dining hall. White House officials confirmed last month that Kelley had visited a "mid-level staffer" but declined to name the staffer. Visitor log records released Friday identify Gottlieb. It´s unclear how Gottlieb met Kelley,

Woman charged with murder as hate crime
after shoving man in front of subway
New York Post, by LARRY CELONA, JAMIE SCHRAM    Original Article
Posted By: Oblio- 12/29/2012 5:58:02 PM     Post Reply
A Muslim-hating woman was charged with murder as a hate crime for senselessly shoving a Queens man to his death in front of the 7 train, officials said today.Erika Menendez, 31, was hit with a second-degree murder charge after confessing to killing Sundano Sen, 46, following her arrest this morning. She is accused of committing a subway commuter’s worst nightmare,"Queens DA Richard Brown said. "(He was) suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train, shoved from behind with no chance to defend himself.

Finishing strong
New York Post, by Linda Stasi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/29/2012 5:06:34 PM     Post Reply
When “Dallas” returns for a second season later next month, at least five of the episodes will feature J.R. Ewing, also known (well, in real life) as Larry Hagman. I was curious to see how they’d handle the last days of J.R., since Hagman died Nov. 23 at the age of 81. Turns out they didn’t — handle it, I mean. J.R. Ewing returns as explosive, as mean, as scheming and as downright despicable as ever. Don’t expect a death scene with a fading old soldier.

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