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Mayan Doomsday Rumors
Prompt Michigan Officials To
Close 33 Schools Early
Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 1:55:22 PM     Post Reply
More than 30 Michigan schools have closed two days early for the holidays because of a string of “rumors” running rampant throughout the neighborhoods that a) there might be violence against students; and b) the Mayan calendar predicts apocalypse on Friday morning. Detroit’s NBC affiliate WDIV reported that Lapeer Community Schools superintendent Matt Wandrie said that the doomsday “rumors” are adding to fears about gun violence resulting from last week’s massacre in Newtown, Conn. “Given the recent events in Connecticut, there have been numerous rumors circulating in our district, and in neighboring districts,

Obama to GOP: ´Take
me out of it´
NBC News, by Carrie Dann    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 1:47:30 PM     Post Reply
Saying that Republican opponents should "take me out of it," President Barack Obama appealed Wednesday for compromise on the "fiscal cliff," urging GOP House members to put aside personal and political concerns after a week marked by the Newtown shooting tragedy and continued bickering over the nation´s deficit woes. Acknowledging that his most vehement foes live in conservative districts with little political "incentive" to back the Democratic president, Obama blamed Republican rank-and-file for personalizing the politics of possible deficit reduction plans.

Lanzas´ divorce appears
to have been amicable
Associated Press, by Matt Appuzzo and Adam Geller    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/20/2012 1:04:40 PM     Post Reply
STAMFORD, Conn. -- The mother of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza told a divorce mediator in 2009 that she didn´t like to leave him alone and that she would care for him as long as he needed it. When Lanza´s parents divorced in 2009, the settlement left his mother with a comfortable income and the knowledge that the then-17-year-old boy´s education would be paid for and his medical insurance covered. If there was bitterness and anger between Nancy and Peter Lanza, it is not described in court papers. And there was no mention of any lingering mental health or medical

  


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Ben ‘Argo’s to Washington
New York Post/Wire Services, by Andy Soltis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 12:53:48 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Affleck? Ben Affleck, looking serious — and a bit congressional — visited Capitol Hill yesterday but refused to dampen speculation that he’s considering running for a US Senate seat from Massachusetts. “That’s not what I’m here to talk about,” the actor-director told Politico aftertestifying to the House Armed Services Committee about violence in Congo, the African nation he’s visited regularly in recent years. (Snip) Kerry’s seat would become vacant if he is named to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state when she resigns next month.

Disgraceful: Obama Invokes Newtown
Massacre to Pressure Republicans to
Go Along with His Tax Hikes
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/20/2012 12:51:19 PM     Post Reply
During his press conference today, called to announce his new gun control task force, President Obama invoked the Newtown massacre to apply pressure on congressional Republicans in the fiscal cliff standoff. OBAMA: If this past week has done anything it should give us some perspective. (Snip)get a deficit reduction deal in place, make sure middle class taxes don’t go up, make sure that we’re laying the foundations for growth, give certainty to businesses large and small, not put ourselves through some sort of self-inflicted crisis every six months, allow ourselves time to focus on things like preventing the tragedy

2012 Illinois Political Hall
of Shame: A Bakers Dozen
Chicago Tribune, by Michael Ciric    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 12:49:30 PM     Post Reply
This Bakers Dozen are my picks for the 2012 Illinois Hall of Shame even though there were many, many more candidates available. But hey, we can do this as an annual event and like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can add those missed as lifetime achievement winners if necessary. Naturally these selections are based upon my own opinions. But I believe most people would agree that these 13 public figures are at least somewhat indicative of what is wrong with our politics in the State of Illinois; i.e. political corruption, nepotism, ethical lapses and even outright malfeasance.

Scott Brown looking strong in
initial special-election polling
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 12:48:28 PM     Post Reply
Maybe Scott Brown will become the Manny Mota of politics — the guy who excels at pinch-hitting. After having just lost a statewide election to hold onto the seat he won in a January 2010 special election, Republicans want him back as their nominee if John Kerry gets his expected Secretary of State appointment. And according to a new poll from Boston’s NPR affiliate WBUR, Brown leads all of the expected Democratic candidates, too (via Sarah Rumpf): WBUR poll of 500 registered voters finds U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is in a strong position

  


  

Gee, thanks, Joe!
Washington Post, by Mike DeBonis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/20/2012 12:41:27 PM     Post Reply
There are two weeks remaining in the 112th Congress, and lawmakers in that time will be doing little substantive work besides finding a way off the fast-approaching “fiscal cliff.” But, hey, it’s a great time for symbolic gestures! In that spirit, retiring Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) introduced a bill Wednesday with three colleagues to grant statehood to the District of Columbia. Senate Bill 3696, among the last to go into the upper chamber’s hopper, would authorize D.C. residents to vote on the statehood question.

A gun enthusiast explains
his hobby
CBS News, by Ben Tracy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 12:34:34 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO -Former Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas once said, "I own more shotguns than I need, but not as many as I want." A lot of gun owners feel that way, but we wondered why so many owned the same kind of assault rifle used in the Newtown massacre last week. Gene Hoffman says he owns four AR-15s for hobby and sport. The internet entrepreneur has 11 other guns in his home south of San Francisco. "If you ask a golfer why he needs 15 clubs instead of 7 he´ll tell you, well,

IntercontinentalExchange to
buy NYSE for $8.2B
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 12:28:54 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK- The New York Stock Exchange (NYX) is being sold to a rival exchange for about $8 billion, ending more than two centuries of independence for the iconic Big Board. The buyer, IntercontinentalExchange Inc. (ICE), an upstart exchange based in Atlanta, made clear Thursday that little would change for the iconic trading floor in Manhattan´s financial district if regulators approve the deal. There will be dual headquarters in New York and Atlanta and ICE will open an office in Manhattan. NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer will become president of the combined company and CEO of NYSE Group.

Blame Congress, not Clinton, during
State Department Benghazi hearing
Human Events, by Hope Hodge    Original Article
Posted By: draggingtree- 12/20/2012 12:06:08 PM     Post Reply
An early morning hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with two deputy Secretaries of State emphasized the need for material resources to boost security and downplayed errors made by high-ranking officials in the State Department in the course of the Benghazi attacks in September. Sen. John Kerry appeared to be trying on the role of Secretary of State in advance of his rumored nomination when he discussed the need to contribute more funds to U.S. foreign relations efforts.
Headline split by staff

  


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Newtown the Latest Example
of Media Overkill
American Thinker, by Pam Meister    Original Article
Posted By: Kitty Myers- 12/20/2012 11:18:19 AM     Post Reply
I have been a resident of Newtown for over 30 years, save for a few years in the 1990s. I attended high school here. My oldest went through the school system here and my youngest is still at the high school. {snip} On behalf of all us, I beg the media: Please go away. Please stop cold calling my friends who live in Sandy Hook for potential news nuggets. Please stop harassing people like my mother as they leave funerals. Please stop parking on people´s lawns without permission. Please just...stop. For those of us who even have the heart…
Headline split by staff

State Department official suggests
Libya warnings went to the top
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 11:15:26 AM     Post Reply
Washington –Republican Sen. Bob Corker got into a heated exchange Thursday over who is to blame for the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya, after a State Department witness and Democratic senator suggested that inadequate funding was partly responsible for insufficient security in the run-up to the attack. “This is not about the money,” Corker, R-Tenn., said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, the first since a report was released finding "systemic failures" at the department before the attack. “I want to know why you did not ask for the resources in Benghazi. You were aware of

Notable deaths during
the past year
United Press International, by Pat Nason    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 11:06:45 AM     Post Reply
A former U.S. presidential nominee, two longtime U.S. senators, the central figure in a case that led to reform of a major police department, and a number of supporting players from the Civil Rights era and the Watergate scandal, topped the list of notable deaths in 2012. George McGovern, who died at age 90, was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1972, running as an opponent of the Vietnam War and suffering one of the worst defeats in U.S. political history when he lost to incumbent President Richard Nixon. McGovern carried only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia,

AP Photos: Christmas in
America´s front yards
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 10:59:10 AM     Post Reply
Whether it´s a ´65 Chevy pickup festooned with stars and colored lights on "Candy Cane Lane" in Los Angeles or the row houses on 34th Street in Baltimore, festively transformed to the "Miracle on 34th Street," Americans go all-out decorating their houses and front yards for the Christmas holiday. Homes in Cary, N.C., and Montgomery Ala., are so populated with radiant Nativity figures, shimmering snowmen and towering Santas, that barely a patch of lawn is visible. In California, a firehouse in San Francisco and a surf shack in San Diego opt for simpler adornments,

  


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Gallup: Americans Want
Mental Health Laws, Police,
Not Banning Guns
Breitbart Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/20/2012 10:50:47 AM     Post Reply
Despite the attempts by the Left to use the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut to forward their anti-gun agenda, Americans feel that there are other avenues they would rather explore to protect to innocent children, according to a new Gallup Poll. In order of preference, the poll shows that 53% of Americans would favor an increased police presence at schools, 50% wanted to increase government spending on mental health screening and treatment, 47% thought that gun violence on TV, in movies and in video games should be decreased, and 42% thought the sale of assault and semi-automatic guns should be banned.

The Rush to Impose
Reason on Horror
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/20/2012 10:37:07 AM     Post Reply
I haven’t written much about the Newtown shooting. I did write my first column of the week about it because I felt I had to chime in. But I resented it. Maybe it’s because I’m becoming too sentimental about kids. Maybe it’s because I’m sick to death of death. Maybe it’s some other personal failing on my part, but I nonetheless resent being dragged into the political maw so quickly after a bunch of little kids were picked off by a madman with a gun.

A fond farewell to many,
in case of The End
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/20/2012 10:17:45 AM     Post Reply
Since this could be the last time we meet here to talk, we wanted to get a few things off our chest. According to Mayan sources, who asked not to be identified because they´re not authorized to speak on the matter, the world is scheduled to end early tomorrow morning Pacific Time. As you can see in the Mayan calendar above, The End is tied to Nibiru, a planet reportedly discovered by the ancient Sumerians. But Nibiru was on a high-speed collision course with Earth. The galactic cataclysm was originally set for 2003. As you may recall, that didn´t happen.

Herrington allowed to play on
Bishop Brady boys´ hockey team
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by Mark Quirk    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 12/20/2012 10:14:18 AM     Post Reply
A Merrimack County Superior Court judge ruled Shelby Herrington can continue to play for the Bishop Brady High School of Concord boys´ hockey team. In a nine-page ruling Wednesday, Judge Richard McNamara granted a request by Shelby´s parents, Joan and Lee Herrington, for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the NHIAA from barring her from playing on the boys´ team. (Snip) Her parents filed a suit against the NHIAA in hopes she would be allowed to continue to play for the boys´ team, which she has been a part of for two years.

Obama so invested in reducing gun
violence that he hands the
job off to Biden
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 12/20/2012 10:00:29 AM     Post Reply
At Sunday evening´s memorial service for the 26 innocent Newtown shooting victims, President Obama told a tearful crowd: "In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens--from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators--in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this." Turns out "whatever power this office holds" is just the ability to tell Joe "BFD" Biden to come up with some ideas by late next month.

  



ObamaCare: Game On for Physicians
American Thinker, by Keith R. Jackson    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/20/2012 9:53:34 AM     Post Reply
The health care fix is now set to be law. The federal government stepping into administration and provision of medical services is creating a lot of uncertainty and concern among those of us that provide health care service.(snip)The architects of ObamaCare expect non-physician health care providers, ostensibly working at local pharmacies, to be able to take some of the patient load. Those of us who work as physician subspecialists find this disturbing.

As long as we are
banning stuff...
American Thinker, by Michael Geer    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 12/20/2012 9:48:32 AM     Post Reply
If the 2nd Amendment is responsible for Newtown, Conn. then let´s have a look at what really kills Americans. Guilty and innocents alike. Let´s legislatively ban the obviously responsible parties in each category of unnecessary death. (using Left-think) Smoking related deaths - 434,000+ We have to immediately punish all tobacco retailers for these deaths. And the people who smoke tobacco. And who manufacture matches and cigarette lighters. In fact, we must immediately ban all forms of combustible weeds. Obesity related deaths - 300,000+ Ban all food. Now. It´s nearly too late.

Hillary’s Benghazi Report
(ARB) Blames Amb.
Christopher Stevens
Canada Free Press, by Marinka Peschmann    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 12/20/2012 9:33:49 AM     Post Reply
When government officials like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton self- investigate themselves in ‘internal’ ‘independent’ reviews the truth is always covered up and buried. While you were sleeping on Tuesday night the Obama-Clinton regime did just that when they released a 39-page, unclassified report, an Accountability Review Board (ARB), on the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans: Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, a computer expert.

Are Young Black Men
Rejecting Obama?
PJ Media, by Walter Hudson    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/20/2012 9:17:21 AM     Post Reply
The number of young black men who cast a vote for the Republican presidential candidate in 2012 tripled that of 2008. Hearing this statistic, one commenter quipped, “Is this one of those situations where three times nothing is still nothing?” No. “Nearly 20 percent of black males under 30 voted for Romney, more than three times what McCain got.” That according to Ann Coulter, who gets her information from Pew Research. How? Why? Is there a growing number of young black conservatives? (Snip) Any number of factors could have informed these votes, which deviate markedly from the wider black community

You Can´t Say That
About Cory Booker
Atlantic, by J.K. Trotter    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/20/2012 9:15:17 AM     Post Reply
Newark mayor Cory Booker is pushing back, hard, against a recent New York Times profile that shredded the superstar politician for skirting his government duties in favor of Manhattan movie premieres and the company of celebrities. Booker´s response that isn´t that unusual, though: he´s pushed back, just as hard, against other, equally unflattering media portrayals of himself and his city. Here´s a recent history of his responses to negative press: The New York Times, December 2012

Jerry Seinfeld Intends
to Die Standing Up
New York Times, by Jonah Weiner    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/20/2012 8:51:58 AM     Post Reply
Jerry Seinfeld began his commute after dinner, in no particular hurry. Around quarter to 8 on a drizzly Tuesday, he left his Manhattan home — a palatial duplex apartment with picture windows and a broad terrace overlooking Central Park — and made for a nearby garage. Due to tell jokes at a comedy club downtown, he decided to drive what he calls his “city car”: a 1998 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Stepping into the garage, he tugged a thick fabric cover from the car.

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