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Iconic musician Ravi Shankar dies at 92
Reuters, by Elaine Lies & Alex Dobuzinskis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/12/2012 1:08:07 AM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died near his home in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92. Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement. "Although it is a time for sorrow and sadness, it is also a time for all of us to give thanks and to be grateful

Benghazi Explained: Interview with
an Intelligence Insider (Pt. 3)
Canada Free Press, by Douglas Hagmann    Original Article
Posted By: Labrador Heaven- 12/12/2012 1:06:31 AM     Post Reply
Events seem to be changing rapidly in Syria, and we know that the operations in Benghazi played a very important role in Syria. Please update the readers on the current situation, but first give a brief recap for context. Okay, but we’re running out of time. The world is running out of time. Remember when we first began this lengthy interview process? It was in response to your report on September 15, 2012, just four days after the attack in Libya.

Chavez´s cancer surgery
successful, Venezuela VP says
Reuters, by Andrew Cawthorne & Daniel Wallis    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/12/2012 1:02:21 AM     Post Reply
Caracas - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez´s cancer operation in Cuba on Tuesday was a success, his vice president said, adding that the complex surgery had lasted more than six hours and he would be recuperating for several days. The 58-year-old socialist leader´s third bout with cancer in the past 18 months has thrown his presidency into jeopardy and upended politics in the South American OPEC nation. "Once again, our comandante has shown his strength," Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a broadcast on state television as members of the government alongside him applauded.



Rep: ´Blissful silence´ from Pentagon
on questions over arms shipments
from Libya to Syria
Fox News, by Adam Housley    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/12/2012 12:43:09 AM     Post Reply
A U.S. congressman is complaining that the Pentagon has ignored his inquiries into whether the U.S. is helping facilitate the movement of arms from Libya to the Syrian opposition. (Snip) Sources told Fox News last week that the movement of arms from Libya to support Syrian fighters is well-known in Benghazi and began almost immediately after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi. Following a report in Britain´s Sunday Times that the Obama administration was facilitating that movement, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland flatly denied the charge. "It was a false report," she said. Nuland later added: "We are providing nonlethal assistance.

´Israel using Eritrean
bases to spy on Iran´
YNet News [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/12/2012 12:29:38 AM     Post Reply
Israel is trying to increase its intelligence gathering efforts vis-à-vis Iran and is now using Eritrea to that effect, a new report by Stratfor Global Intelligence said Tuesday. According to the strategy consultancy firm, Eritrea, which sits on the eastern shore of the Red Sea, has become an arena of operations for both Israel and Iran, as both are trying to bolster their influence on the Horn of Africa. "In exchange for resources, possibly including modest amounts of cash and weapons, Eritrea has exhibited a willingness to become a base of support for Middle Eastern powers," Stratfor said.

NORAD: N. Korean missile
payload appeared to reach orbit
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/12/2012 12:10:36 AM     Post Reply
Washington - US missile-warning systems detected the launch of a North Korean rocket on Tuesday, and initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said. The launch was detected at 7:49 p.m. EST (0049 GMT Wednesday) and the rocket was tracked on a southerly course, with the first stage falling into the Yellow Sea and the second stage falling into the Philippine Sea. "Initial indications are that the missile deployed an object that appeared to achieve orbit," NORAD said in a statement.

Iran admits exporting
drone tech to Venezuela
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Joanna Paraszczuk    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/12/2012 12:00:53 AM     Post Reply
Official claims military exports are a result of significant advances in avionic technology leading to drone manufacturing. Iran’s Deputy Minister of Science, Research and Technology said on Monday that the Islamic Republic is exporting its domestically made drones and UAV technologies to a number of countries including Syria and Venezuela. (Snip) Hajizadeh also claimed that Iran has made great strides in UAV development, boasting that the Ayoub drone Hezbollah flew over Israeli airspace earlier this year was in fact a decade-old Iranian model. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s stateowned



The Fall of Damascus
is a Coup against Iran
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Dr. Joe Tuzara    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/11/2012 11:49:40 PM     Post Reply
It appears that the world is witnessing a portentous geopolitical upheaval and transformation in the Greater Middle East, the ultimate amalgamation of a new “United States of Islam.” Miscalculation over the use of chemical weapons in a last ditch effort to save the Syrian regime could be a tactical blunder and horrendous mistake. Unless Damascus ceases and desists from playing chemical solitaire with Tehran, it has already sealed its own tragic fate. There is no denying the fact that Iran is pulling the strings and that its fingerprints are all over in the escalating Syrian conflict.

Report: Obama to Talk to Iran,
Leave Israel in the Cold
Arutz Sheva [Israel], by Elad Benari    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/11/2012 11:34:05 PM     Post Reply
U.S. President Barack Obama plans to soon propose to Iran that it negotiate directly with the Americans about its nuclear program, Channel 10 News reported on Tuesday. The report, which cited a senior American official, said that Obama´s move was made without any coordination or consultation with Israel. According to the report, the Americans probably will allow a period of four to five months for negotiations with Tehran. If the talks fail, they may then resort to the military option. As well, Obama is planning to set preconditions for contacts with the Islamic Republic,

Defense had live video
of attack in Benghazi
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/11/2012 10:44:25 PM     Post Reply
Live video from a drone flying over the U.S. Consulate during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, was monitored at a Defense Department facility, but was not fed to the White House, senior officials say. The Obama administration has declined to respond to media requests for details about who was watching the live video, but a senior defense official told The Washington Times that “the surveillance aircraft captured footage of events on the ground” and “it wasn’t available that night at the White House.” The officials said the “overhead footage

Michigan enacts right-to-work
law, dealing blow to unions
Washington Post, by Michael A. Fletcher and Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/11/2012 10:41:48 PM     Post Reply
Michigan enacted far-reaching legislation Tuesday that threatens to cripple the power of organized labor in a state that was a hub of union might during the heyday of the nation’s industrial dominance. As thousands of angry union members shouted their opposition outside the state Capitol in Lansing, the Republican-controlled legislature completed work on two measures to ban unions from requiring workers to pay membership dues. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) then signed them into law Tuesday evening. The “right to work” effort illustrates the power of Republicans to use state legislative majorities won in 2010



Obama´s Big Michigan Right-To-Work
Lie: Lower Wages
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/11/2012 10:37:00 PM     Post Reply
The president says right-to-work laws mean "the right to work for less money." So how does he explain the fact that incomes are up in RTW states while forced unionism is a proven job killer? Campaigning Monday in Michigan as it stood poised to become the nation´s 24th right-to-work state, President Obama spoke the exact opposite of the truth to union workers at a Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in the birthplace of organized labor. "What we shouldn´t be doing," he told the small crowd, "is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages

Valuable WWII Gun at
Police Buy-Back
ABC News, by Annie Rose Ramos    Original Article
Posted By: WIBadger- 12/11/2012 10:22:08 PM     Post Reply
Just like a scene out of "Antiques Roadshow," a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station´s gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $25,000. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, inherited the gun from her father who had brought it home with him from Europe as a memento from World War II. The two officers conducting the gun buy-back, who are resident gun experts for the Hartford Police Department, informed the owner she was in possession of a Nazi Assault Rifle, the first of its kind, that dates back to 1944. The gun is called a Sturmgewehr 44, literally meaning "storm rifle," and is the first "modern assault rifle ever made
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NYPD sergeant photographed
with Obama at 9/11 ceremony,
Stephanie Moses, found dead
in apparent suicide
New York Daily News, by Joe Kemp & Rocco Parascandola    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2012 10:08:29 PM     Post Reply
An NYPD sergeant who rose to fame when she was photographed with President Obama during a 9/11 anniversary wreath ceremony last year was found dead in an apparent suicide at her Long Island home Tuesday, sources said. The body of Sgt. Stephanie Moses, 40, was found in her Baldwin home in the early afternoon with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the sources said. The 17-year veteran was a member of the department’s ceremonial unit. “On behalf of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences

Seventh Circuit Rules in
NRA´s Favor in Illinois
Gun Law Case
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/11/2012 10:04:39 PM     Post Reply
The National Rifle Association just won a major court case in Chicago, providing a huge victory for Second Amendment proponents and gun owners. Illinois is one of the most anti-gun states in America. Its hostility toward the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is demonstrated in a state law that forbids the carrying of firearms outside the home. There are narrow exceptions for classes of persons such as police officers, or under restrictions that keep the firearm from being readily usable, such as being kept unloaded in a locked case. Two cases



Cheer up Michelle, it´s Christmas!
First Lady gives presents to children...
but forgets to put on a smile
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2012 10:04:31 PM     Post Reply
Tugging a huge red sack stuffed with toys, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered about 900 gifts to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign but perhaps lost in the seriousness of her mission, forgot to wear her smile. Taking a few minutes to thank military families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. Mrs Obama shared how they make her job ´easy´ in their representation of the U.S. as well as in inspiring her role in the White House. ‘The military families are what inspires my work,’ she said at the annual toy drive started by a Marine

Gunman kills two, then self, as
shooter wearing hockey mask
and carrying assault rifle opens
fire at shopping mall
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/11/2012 9:58:28 PM     Post Reply
A gunman claimed the lives of two innocent victims before taking his own in a horrific rampage at a shopping mall outside of Portland, Ore. Authorities reported the gunman was ´neutralized´ after the Clackamas Town Center was placed on lock-down with all entrances blocked as police and SWAT teams searched the stores. Clackamas County Sheriff´s spokesman James Rhodes confirmed to reporters that the unidentified gunman murdered two people and wounded several others before committing suicide. Early reports were muddled and it was unclear if there was more than one shooter. Rhodes said he could not say conclusively if any suspects

Fox News contributor punched in face
at pro-union protests in Michigan
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Jiobaobubai- 12/11/2012 8:54:37 PM     Post Reply
A Fox News contributor was punched in the face during a pro-union protest Tuesday in Michigan, one of a series of confrontations between union demonstrators and opponents on the day the state Legislature approved so-called "right to work" legislation that unions oppose. Another protester can be seen later in the video punching Crowder in the face before being restrained by another man. They were trying to tear down the tent and people were trying to pull them off. “This guy tripped over a tent peg and then got up and hit me."

Exclusive: President Obama
Predicts GOP Will Cave on Taxes
ABC News, by Devin Dwyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2012 8:46:07 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -As the clock ticks toward a tax hike on all Americans in 20 days, President Obama predicted Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners before the end of the year. "I´m pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle class taxes hostage to trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," Obama said today in an exclusive interview with ABC News´ Barbara Walters. "I don´t think they´ll do that," he said of Republicans forcing tax-rate increases for families earning $250,000 a year or less.

Reports of gunfire at Oregon mall
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/11/2012 7:40:57 PM     Post Reply
Portland, Ore. - Emergency dispatchers in Portland, Ore., are receiving reports that a man with a rifle reportedly fired as many as 20 shots inside a shopping mall. An employee at Victoria´s Secret says she heard about 60 shots fired.Two people were killed and at least one other was shot, the Oregonian reported. The gunman was wearing a white plastic mask and all black clothes. The Oregonian reports the dispatchers received reports that a shooting may have occurred near Macy´s inside the Clackamas Town Center and that a man was seen with a rifle near the mall´s food court.


Christmas with her Kennedy:
Cheryl Hines to spend the
holidays with Bobby Kennedy -
but there is no engagement
for the happy couple (yet!)
Daily Mail [U.K.], by Sara Nathan    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/11/2012 7:36:27 PM     Post Reply
Robert Kennedy Jr. will spend Christmas with his girlfriend Cheryl Hines as their relationship continues to go from strength to strength. The environmental lawyer, 58, has been seeing the actress, 47, since May and the couple looked smitten as they spent the weekend in Utah - with Miss Hines showing just how close she is to the Kennedy clan as she hugged her boyfriend´s sister Kerry Kennedy. However, Miss Hines´ spokeswoman has denied reports the pair are to marry - dashing speculation that Mr Kennedy is planning to propose. The spokeswoman told MailOnline: ´I can confirm that

US recognizes Syria´s main
rebel group, Obama says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/11/2012 6:48:59 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Barack Obama says the U.S. now recognizes Syria´s main opposition group as the "legitimate representative" of the country´s people. Obama says the Syrian Opposition Council is now "inclusive enough" to be granted greater legitimacy in the international community. The president says that level of recognition comes with responsibility, including making sure the group organizes itself effectively and is committed to a political transition that respects the rights of women and minorities. The move paves the way for greater U.S. support as the group seeks the ouster of Syrian

Jonah Goldberg: Too often Joe
Scarborough renders image of
conservatism pleasing to MSNBC viewers
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: CarrotFarmer87- 12/11/2012 6:09:45 PM     Post Reply
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Monday night, National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg accused MSNBC host Joe Scarborough of posing as a conservative to lend credibility to his assaults on the Republican Party. Goldberg, author of “The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas,” added that Scarborough hasn’t been paying enough attention to recent developments in the conservative movement. “Joe has been living off of his apparently fabled record as a stalwart conservative some 20 years ago, as if that somehow exonerates him from having to actually pay attention to what conservatives

Snyder signs right-to-work
bills into law
Detroil News [MI], by Chad Livengood    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2012 6:02:51 PM     Post Reply
Lansing — Without ceremony, Gov. Rick Snyder said he signed two bills tonight making Michigan the nation´s 24th right-to-work state. Both he public sector and private sector bills have been signed,” Snyder said in announcing the development at the start of a 5:45 p.m. press conference. “This is a major day in Michigan’s history," Snyder said. "I don’t view this as anti-union at all. I view this as pro-worker.” The House first approved House Bill 4003, 58-51, establishing a right-to-work law for public sector unions. A second bill, Senate Bill 116, which applies to private sector unions, was approved

Exclusive: A baby for former
first daughter Jenna Bush
Hager: Delight for former
President George W Bush
and his wife Laura who were
desperate for grandchildren
Daily Mail (UK), by Sara Nathan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/11/2012 6:00:09 PM     Post Reply
She has become a hit on the Today Show with her warm on-air presence, but Jenna Bush Hager will be taking time off from the small screen to have her first child, MailOnline can reveal. The daughter of former President George W Bush is expecting a baby with her husband Henry Hager - and debuted her bump on the NBC show on Tuesday morning. The pretty blonde, 31, looked blooming as she showed off her fuller figure as she joined her twin sister Barbara at the UNICEF Snowflake ball in Manhattan last month.

White House’s business adviser says
China’s ‘state-run communism’ works
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/11/2012 5:46:15 PM     Post Reply
The chairman of President Barack Obama’s job council has endorsed China’s style of crony capitalism, saying “state-run communism may not be your cup of tea, but their government works.” Jeff Immelt is the dual-hatted chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, and of General Electric, a huge company with businesses in many domestic and international sectors, including China. He used a Dec. 10 television interview to suggest that China’s type of state-run capitalism has been great for business while lamenting the state of the American economy.

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