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Fort Worth gun show crowd is
likened to ´Black Friday shoppers´
Star-Telegram [Ft. Worth, TX], by Susan McFarland    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 11:44:22 PM     Post Reply
Fort Worth - A long line of firearm buyers pushed their way into the Lone Star Gun Show when it opened at 9 a.m. Saturday for a two-day run, prompting comparisons to eager "Black Friday shoppers." Vendors and customers alike said the crowds were motivated by fears that the White House will work to restrict assault weapons and curb gun show sales after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Demand was so high that prices soared, dealers and shoppers said. Rod Balderman, who drove more than 250 miles

North Korean leader eyes more
powerful rockets after launch
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 11:26:12 PM     Post Reply
Seoul, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for the development of more powerful rockets after last week´s successful launch of a satellite into space. The North´s official media said Saturday that Kim made the call at a banquet for rocket scientists Friday in Pyongyang. The Dec. 12 launch of a long-range rocket put the country´s first satellite in orbit. The United States, South Korea and others have condemned the launch as a test of ballistic missile technology banned under U.N. Security Council resolutions. Kim had already called for sending more scientific satellites

Egyptians approve first
post-uprising constitution
Al-Ahram [Cairo, Egypt], by Hatem Maher    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 11:17:58 PM     Post Reply
Egypt´s hotly disputed draft constitution, the first following last year´s uprising, is sure to pass after unofficial results Sunday show that around 64 per cent of Egyptians voted in favour. A resounding victory in the second phase of the constitutional referendum gave a much-needed boost to Islamists, who believe the new constitution will pave the way for a smooth and swift transition to democracy under President Mohamed Morsi. {Snip) The "yes" vote won in the first phase by a relatively narrow 56.5 per cent but was able to extend their margin of victory on Sunday.

  


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As Obama vacations in Hawaii,
wounded Boehner fires back
Washington Times, by David Eldridge    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/22/2012 11:08:51 PM     Post Reply
Two days after members of his own party rejected House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” proposal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” the Ohio Republican took to the Internet to defend the GOP and slam President Obama’s approach to the budget negotiations. In the weekly GOP address, Mr. Boehner called on the president, who began his family holiday vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, to “deal honestly” with the American public on the stalled negotiations. “The House has done its part,” Mr. Boehner said, adding that it’s up to the president and Democrats to take action

Taliban Hint at Softer Line
in Talks With Afghan Leaders
New York Times, by Matthew Rosenberg & Taimoor Shah    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 11:01:29 PM     Post Reply
Kabul, Afghanistan - After years of deriding Afghanistan’s government and army as corrupt tools of Western occupiers, the Taliban have begun publicly airing a softer vision for the country’s future, with senior insurgent leaders saying the militants are willing to govern alongside other Afghan factions and even to adopt the current American-financed army as their own. (Snip) The group is increasingly divided by power struggles, according to some Western officials and Afghans close to the Taliban, and there has sometimes seemed to be a disconnect between conciliatory statements from the top and

Carlyle Group, Sunoco and
politicians’ joint venture to
rescue Philadelphia refinery
Washington Post, by Steven Mufson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/22/2012 10:58:11 PM     Post Reply
PHILADELPHIA — Phil Rinaldi looked out the window of a company car at the sprawling oil refinery that straddles the Schuykill River. The property covers an area nearly twice the size of New York City’s Central Park, and it is home to clusters of pipes, processing towers and storage tanks along with big stretches of empty dirt. The site, situated next to a baseball field, is what Rinaldi calls his own “field of dreams” where he hopes to build a high-speed railroad terminal to unload shale oil and a power plant that would run on shale gas.

Study: Home air conditioning
cut premature deaths on
hot days 80 percent since 1960
Washington Post, by Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/22/2012 10:52:55 PM     Post Reply
As winter begins to tighten its grip on much of the United States, air conditioning doesn’t seem like much of a survival strategy. But a new study has found that home air conditioning played a key role in reducing American death rates over the past half-century, by keeping people cool on extremely hot days. The installation of air conditioning in American homes is the reason why the chances of dying on an extremely hot day fell 80 percent over the past half-century, according to an analysis by a team of American researchers.

  


  

Today We Are Gathered …
To Hear More About Me
Slate, by Emily Yoffe    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/22/2012 10:49:00 PM     Post Reply
Someone needs to tell Barack Obama—it must get particularly confusing this time of year—that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display Friday when the president gave his eulogy for the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who served in Congress for half a century representing Obama’s birth state of Hawaii. Inouye was a Japanese-American war hero (he lost an arm in World War II, destroying his dream of becoming a surgeon), and as a senator he served on the Watergate committee,

History of gun control is
cautionary tale for those
seeking regulations after
Conn. shooting
Washington Post, by Scott Higham*    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/22/2012 10:48:12 PM     Post Reply
At 3 a.m. on July 2, 1993, Steve Sposato sat down in his darkened living room to write, by hand, a letter to the president of the United States. His life had just been shattered. Hours earlier, in the afternoon, a deranged man armed with semiautomatic weapons had gone on a rampage, slaughtering eight people at an office building in downtown San Francisco. The gunman’s motive would remain forever a mystery. Among the slain: Steve’s wife, 30-year-old Jody Jones Sposato, the mother of his 10-month-old daughter, Meghan.

Potential for work
stoppage at ports looming
Savannah Morning News [GA], by Mary Carr Mayle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 10:43:31 PM     Post Reply
Dockworkers along the East and Gulf Coast ports — including Savannah’s — are preparing to walk off the job next weekend in a move that would have a ripple effect on an already fragile economy and disrupt the delivery of everything from retail goods and food items to parts critical to U.S. manufacturers. Contract negotiations broke down Tuesday between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance, which represents shipping interests and management at 14 deepwater ports from Boston to Houston. There are no plans to meet again before Saturday,

In France, Gerard Depardieu
at center of tax debate
Washington Post, by Edward Cody    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/22/2012 10:41:49 PM     Post Reply
PARIS — Gerard Depardieu, one of France’s most beloved movie actors, has played memorable roles enshrining him as a monument of French culture: Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables,” Cyrano de Bergerac in Edmond Rostand’s kitsch classic and Obelix in a cartoonish spoof of wily Gauls resisting the Romans. In real life, however, Depardieu has suddenly taken on a new role: filthy-rich tax-dodger, dissolute ingrate and traitor to his country in a time of need. It is a role he did not seek, but it has made him an unlikely political star at a time when France is bitterly

  


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Grotesque Obama eulogy for Sen. Inouye
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/22/2012 10:39:37 PM     Post Reply
Signs are accumulating that re-election has aggravated an already serious ego problem for Barack Obama. His eulogy for Senator Daniel Inouye yesterday shocked even some people favorably inclined toward the president, for its focus not on the departed, but on Barack Obama himself. Emily Yoffe of Slate - far from a conservative outlet -- wrote with disgust: Someone needs to tell Barack Obama-it must get particularly confusing this time of year-that his own birth is not Year One, the date around which all other events are understood. His much-noted, self-referential tic was on cringe-worthy display

NY Jets will look to trade -
or release - Tim Tebow after
the season, says team source
New York Daily News, by Manish Mehta & Seth Walder    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 10:26:42 PM     Post Reply
Tebow Time is over. Actually, it never really started. The Daily News has learned the Jets and Tebow — whether it’s via trade or a release — will have a mutual parting of some kind. On Tuesday, The News reported that Tebow would request to be traded or released if Greg McElroy starts the team’s final two games. The News also first reported Wednesday that the team is planning on putting Mark Sanchez on the trading block. While many predicted the Tebow experiment would be a disaster for the Jets, the former Heisman winner never got a chance.

GOP assemblyman indicted on fraud,
theft charges totaling millions
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Melissa Hayes & Chris Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 12/22/2012 9:58:50 PM     Post Reply
Embattled Republican Assemblyman Robert Schroeder has been indicted on charges he stole more than $1.8 million from individuals who loaned him money and that he wrote more than $3.4 million in bad checks to creditors, the state attorney general said on Friday. “We allege that as the financial house of cards he built collapsed, Schroeder lied and stole in an attempt to prop it up, defrauding creditors of in excess of $5 million, between his theft of loan funds and passing of bad checks,” Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said in a statement. “This indictment, which would carry a substantial prison

When it comes to Syria,
Russia sends missiles, mixed signals
Fox News, by Paul Alster    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 9:55:17 PM     Post Reply
Haifa, Israel – Russia continues to send mixed signals over its stance in support of the Syrian regime, with President Vladimir Putin hinting that President Bashar al-Assad´s downfall is likely even as unconfirmed reports indicate Russia is shipping high-tech missiles to the embattled strongman. (Snip) Reports that the Iskander missiles – also known as SS26-Stone missiles –might have been dispatched from Russia to Syria first surfaced on Dec. 9. Sources believe the weapons passed through the port of Tartus on Syria’s Mediterranean coast and have deployed at dual points:

  


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Chavez condition is stabilizing,
Venezuela government says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 9:35:08 PM     Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela´s government announced Saturday that President Hugo Chavez´s condition is becoming increasingly stable as the socialist leader recovers from a cancer-related operation in Cuba. Vice President Nicolas Maduro said ruling party member Cilia Flores gave him the update on Chavez´s recovery upon her return from the communist-led island. "Each day that passes, his recovery is more stable and he´s receiving the best treatment,"Maduro told to a crowd of government supporters in Yaracuy state. Chavez underwent surgery Dec. 11, about two months

Bashir Bilour assassinated
The News [Pakistan], by Javed Aziz Khan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 9:23:07 PM     Post Reply
Peshawar: In an incident that shocked the country, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour was assassinated in a suicide attack in the Dhaki Naalbandi locality in the historic Qissa Khwani Bazaar here on Saturday. Eight other people, including Station House Officer (SHO) of the Khan Raziq Police Station, Abdul Sattar Khattak, and Noor Muhammad, personal assistant of Bashir Bilour, were also killed in the suicide bombing. The banned Tahrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), meanwhile, accepted the responsibility for the attack. Bashir Bilour, a leader of the ruling

Pope Benedict denounces gay marriage
during his annual Christmas message
New York Daily News, by Carol Kuruvilla    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 9:06:30 PM     Post Reply
Pope Benedict used his annual Christmas message to denounce gay marriage, saying that it destroyed the “essence of the human creature.” In one of his most important speeches of the year, the Pope stressed that a person’s gender identity is God-given and unchangeable. As a result, he sees gay marriage as a “manipulation of nature.” "People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being," he said at the Vatican on Friday. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something

Boehner faces a political cliff
over budget fracas in Washington
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/22/2012 8:54:40 PM     Post Reply
House Speaker John A. Boehner spent much of Thursday confidently predicting that he could pass a plan to avert the year-end “fiscal cliff.” “Sure did,” Boehner acknowledged with a wry smile Friday, the day after he was forced to cancel the vote due to lack of support. The stunning rebuke by his fellow Republicans was the most critical test of Boehner’s leadership since he assumed control of the new Republican majority two years ago and called into question Boehner’s ability to lead his GOP majority. Boehner said he is not worried about his speakership, but his reputation

North Korea says it has
detained a US citizen
Associated Press, by Jean H. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: PLPointer67- 12/22/2012 7:38:04 PM     Post Reply
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea said Friday that a US citizen has been detained after confessing to unspecified crimes, confirming news reports about his arrest at a time when Pyongyang is facing criticism from Washington for launching a long-range rocket last week. The man was identified as Pae Jun Ho in a brief dispatch issued by the state-run Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang. News reports in the United States and South Korea said Pae is known in his home state of Washington as Kenneth Bae, a 44-year-old tour operator of Korean descent.

  



Ex-Marine Jailed on Gun Charge
in Mexico Released
Associated Press, by Curt Anderson    Original Article
Posted By: PLPointer67- 12/22/2012 7:07:16 PM     Post Reply
MIAMI — A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, officials and his lawyer said late Friday. The attorney for Jon Hammar tweeted Friday night his client had been released from a detention center in Matamoros, Mexico. U.S. officials were planning to drive Hammar, 27, across the border at Brownsville, Texas. “He’s out. Going home,” Eddie Varon Levy wrote in a tweet. U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.,

427-Pound Tuna Approved
As World Record
San Diego Union-Tribune, by Ed Zieralski    Original Article
Posted By: PLPointer67- 12/22/2012 6:56:03 PM     Post Reply
It was the Year of the Big Tuna in sportfishing, so it’s appropriate that 2012 end with the International Game Fish Association approving the 427-pound yellowfin caught in September by Dana Point’s Guy Yocom as the new all-tackle world record. The IGFA announced that the giant tuna Yocom caught while fishing on his boat, El Suertudo (The Lucky One), approximately 100 miles off Cabo San Lucas, is the new standard for yellowfin. Yocom’s catch broke the record of 405.2 pounds set in 2010 by Mike Livingston of Sunland aboard Mike Lackey’s boat, the Vagabond, out of Point Loma Sportfishing.

Russia: Syria consolidates
its chemical weapons
CNN, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: horacer- 12/22/2012 6:54:56 PM     Post Reply
Syria has consolidated its chemical weapons into one of two locations from its usual places scattered across the country, Russia´s foreign minister said Saturday. The move comes as unrest in the country extends to nearly two years, with rebels making gains recently. "As of right now... the [Syrian] government is doing all it can to safeguard those weapons," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to Russia´s RIA Novosti news agency. "We are following all leads concerning chemical weapons," the foreign minister said,

Court Blocks Calif. Ban
On Gay Therapy
Associated Press, by Lisa Leff    Original Article
Posted By: PLPointer67- 12/22/2012 6:42:32 PM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure’s constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1. Licensed counselors who practice so-called “reparative therapy” and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction

Lakemba Mosque imam
issues ´fatwa against
Christmas´ - report
Daily Telegraph (Sydney, AU), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 12/22/2012 6:00:54 PM     Post Reply
AN IMAM at Australia´s biggest mosque has issued a fatwa against Christmas, warning followers it is a ´´sin´´ to even wish people a Merry Christmas. The ruling, which followed a similar lecture during Friday prayers at Lakemba Mosque, was posted on its Facebook site on Saturday, according to media reports. It appears the post is no longer on the page. The head imam at Lakemba, Sheikh Yahya Safi, told the congregation during prayers they should not have anything to do with Christmas. The fatwa reportedly warns: ´´Disbelievers are trying to draw Muslims away from the straight path.´´

Port Authority prepares for
possible dockworker strike
Houston Chronicle, by Kiah Collier    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 12/22/2012 5:21:59 PM     Post Reply
With a looming dockworkers´ strike that would force it to shutter its two container terminals, the Port of Houston Authority says it is working with Customs and Border Protection to arrange extended work hours in the days leading up to Dec. 30 so businesses can clear out cargo. That day is when dockworkers represented by the International Longshoreman´s Association could stop moving cargo carried in containers if union leadership and management do not reach an agreement on a master contract covering 14,500 dock workers at 14 East and Gulf Coast ports from Texas up to Maine.

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