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Finding joy at Christmas
amid grief
Boston Herald, by Joe Fitzgerald    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 10:41:52 AM     Post Reply
How do you spread Christmas cheer to others when your own heart is aching? That’s what Ralph Bishop found himself wondering. The 76-year-old retired mechanic from Brockton celebrated his 50th anniversary with his beloved Nancy last June, three months before an aneurysm took her life. “I was with her when she died,” he said. “I leaned over and whispered, ‘Goodnight, my love. I’ll see you in the morning.’ Since then I keep repeating, ‘Nancy, I can’t believe it’s over.’ It’s like I talk to her all day long.” That’s where he finds solace,

Will Swift Boat Veterans reunite
to protest a Kerry nomination?
Human Events, by Hope Hodge    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2012 10:33:41 AM     Post Reply
In popular wisdom, one-time presidential runner-up Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is likely to be nominated by President Barack Obama for Secretary of Defense or Secretary of State. But if Kerry does get the nod, a group credited with helping to thwart his presidential bid could re-organize to take him down once again. The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group formed of military veterans who served alongside Kerry, worked to bring attention to the senator’s anti-war activities following his military service and to raise doubts about the truth of Kerry’s own accounts of his conduct during the war

The lost churches of Russia:
Haunting images of abandoned
wooden buildings crumbling
to dust in remote forests
Daily Mail (UK), by Anna Edwards    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 10:09:38 AM     Post Reply
Crumbling and abandoned, the last remnants of Russia´s wooden churches lay dotted in the woodlands of the country´s north-western corner. Forgotten by many and in the process of being reclaimed by nature, the few remaining churches are exposed to the harsh elements without any hope of being salvaged. But one photographer is determined to capture pictures of the forgotten structures - with sometimes haunting results. Richard Davies spent nine years tracking down the lost churches, and produced a book with the stunning photographs.

  


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Obama relaxes with dinner
and golf on first day of vacation
Star-Advertiser [Honolulu HI]*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 9:54:42 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama began the holiday weekend as far removed as one could be from the stalled fiscal cliff talks in Washington: on a golf course in his native Hawaii, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. The president´s motorcade left his Kailua compound at about 8 p.m. for Morimoto´s restaurant in Waikiki. The president dined with family and friends and left the restaurant at about 11 p.m. A crowd of well-wishers had gathered and cheered when they spotted Obama, according to a news media pool report. Earlier this afternoon, the president spent nearly six hours at

Jersey town adopts schoolhouse glocks
New York Post, by Susan Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: leopardtwo- 12/23/2012 9:47:44 AM     Post Reply
The leafy, well-heeled New Jersey suburb will station a permanent armed cop in each of its nine schools starting Jan. 2. It’s apparently the first district nationwide bent on packing heat in every schoolhouse since madman Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. “We’ve made a collective decision as a town that we need armed security in each of our schools,” Mayor Jonathan Hornik told The Post.

25 years after her rape claims sparked
a firestorm, Tawana Brawley
avoids the spotlight
New York Post, by MICHAEL GARTLAND    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 12/23/2012 9:27:29 AM     Post Reply
Her silence is deafening.Twenty-five years after the spotlight first glared on Tawana Brawley — a black woman who as a teen claimed she was raped by a gang of white men, smeared with feces and stuffed in a garbage bag — she’s desperately struggling to stay hidden from public view. “I don’t want to talk to anyone about that,” Brawley, 40, said recently after The Post found her in Hopewell, Va., where she lives in a neatly kept brick apartment complex with signs warning of video surveillance cameras.

An amazing conversation with Eugene Kennedy
on Newtown, love, joy and pain
Investors.com, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/23/2012 9:13:15 AM     Post Reply
This is a unique post for us, but one that could well improve your life, simply by listening and thinking. I don´t think we´ve ever said that here. But we mean it.Many of you know that Melissa Clouthier and I do a weekly podcast with our friend Brad Jackson. For the last few months that podcast is also posted on the Investor´s Business Daily website. Bookmark this link. Or just go to the bottom of every one of my columns every day and you´ll find the box link to the M&M podcast page.

  


  

Kerry Silent at State Announcement
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/23/2012 8:53:34 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama sang John Kerry´s praise today, as he nominated the former presidential candidate to be the next secretary of state. But after the president spoke, Kerry did not. It is highly unusual for the person being nominated not speak at the press conference being held for him. Nevertheless, that´s what happened today at the White House. Even CBS reporter Mark Knoller notes this oddity on Twitter: Usually the nominee is given a chance to make some remarks, but not today. Neither did Pres Obama respond to queston about the fiscal cliff.

Kerry Has Investments in Companies
Accused of Violating Iran Sanctions
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 12/23/2012 8:50:44 AM     Post Reply
John Kerry, who will be nominated later today to be the next secretary of state, is the richest member of the U.S. Senate. His estimated net worth is, at minimum, $198.65 million, according to disclosure forms. Kerry´s disclosure forms also reveal that he has invested in companies accused of doing business with Iran. One of the companies Kerry is invested in is called Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras (Petrobras), it´s a Brazilian-based oil and gas corporation.(Snip)But a 2009 report from Congressional Research Services found that, since 1999, Petrobras has "major investments in Iran´s energy sector."

Stop and think - and you
will realise that banning
guns is a waste of time
Daily Mail [UK], by Peter Hitchens    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2012 8:16:41 AM     Post Reply
Ask yourself this. Even if you had a house full of guns and ammunition, would you then murder a close relative, shoot your way into a nearby primary school and massacre as many children as you could? Of course you wouldn’t. You would have to be mad to do such a thing, and mad in a rather special way. And if you were mad in that way, and had no gun, you might use other weapons. There are recent instances in various parts of the world of what appear to be attempted mass murder by car, or by knife.

Between Obama and the NRA, another
path to stopping mass violence
Washington Post, by Sen. Joe Manchin    Original Article
Posted By: DaddyO- 12/23/2012 7:52:52 AM     Post Reply
In the days after the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., I made it clear that I believe it is time for us to move from rhetoric to action to prevent future acts of senseless mass violence. Since then, much has been made of those comments — some of it accurately reflecting what I said, some not. Because I am an A-rated, lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and a proud defender of the Second Amendment, some people viewed my comments as a tipping point in the debate about guns in America.

  


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Obama begins Hawaiian Christmas
vacation by playing golf with friend
arrested for soliciting prostitute
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2012 7:52:42 AM     Post Reply
As the nation peers over the edge of the fiscal cliff, President Obama kicked off his Christmas vacation in Hawaii today by playing a round of golf with friends--including his longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute.[Snip] Then, gathering White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, Mr. Obama traveled to the Kailua Marine Corps Base, where he started his round at the Kaneohe Clipper Course. President Obama has known Titcomb since they attended Honolulu´s Punahou School together in the 1970s--the president graduated in 1979

‘She’s in the water! she’s in the
water!’: Heroic cop throws him-
self into freezing Boston harbor
to rescue stricken woman
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/23/2012 7:43:22 AM     Post Reply
Without a second thought a hero cop threw himself into the freezing waters of Boston Harbor to rescue a woman who had fallen into the channel. To the cheers of awestruck bystanders, officer Ed Norton jumped straight into Fort Point Channel after he saw a woman in her 30s screaming out for help on Friday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. The brave officer was thrown a life ring which he placed around the woman after he swam 50-feet to meet her before they made it to a nearby raft where they waited to be pulled to safety by the Boston

American Dream Fades for
Generation Y Professionals
Bloomberg, by Elliot Blair Smith    Original Article
Posted By: Flyball dogs- 12/23/2012 6:39:23 AM     Post Reply
After being dismissed from her job as a Midtown Manhattan securities attorney in October 2009, Christina Tretter-Herriger hitched a used horse trailer to her Dodge Ram pickup and drove 1,628 miles to Texas. The 32-year-old lawyer sold skin-care products in Houston before finding work as the assistant general counsel of a futures-trading firm where an irate customer punctuated a recorded voice-mail message with gunfire.
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‘Assault’ — The Democrat-Media
Complex Strikes Again
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/23/2012 6:18:46 AM     Post Reply
For unbridled bias, ignorance and animus, this Reuters story on firearms has to be read to believed. Let’s start with the headline: Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons In case you’re slow on the uptake, the story contains no fewer than thirteen uses of the word “assault,” all of them used incorrectly. The idea is to get the reader to think that enraged gun nuts all across America are lining up to buy machine guns in order to “assault” a particular target of their ire.

  


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Two Christmas Gifts
Hope and Love
American Thinker, by Clarice Feldman    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/23/2012 5:23:15 AM     Post Reply
This is not the most joyful of Christmases. The tragedy of the Newtown massacre is fresh on our minds. The crumbling of the Administration´s misbegotten Middle East and North African policies grows increasingly obvious and presents nothing but frightening scenarios. The country´s dive off the fiscal cliff occasioned by decades of growing entitlements and fiscal profligacy looms ever nearer. But the power of hope and love is stronger than all that. Two videos circulating the past two weeks online reinforce my faith in people and I share these gifts with you for Christmas

Secretary Clinton Doesn’t
Attend Kerry Announcement
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 12/23/2012 4:23:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, elevating the longtime lawmaker and foreign policy expert to the top diplomatic job he had coveted.“He is not going to need a lot of on-the-job training,” Obama said, standing alongside Kerry at the White House. “Few individuals know as many presidents and prime ministers or grasp our policies as firmly as John Kerry.”

The truth is that
politicians are telling lies
Telegraph [UK], by Janet Daley    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 12/23/2012 1:54:07 AM     Post Reply
Was 2012 the year when the democratic world lost its grip on reality? Must we assume now that no party that speaks the truth about the economic future has a chance of winning power in a national election? With the results of presidential contests in the United States and France as evidence, this would seem to be the only possible conclusion. Any political leader prepared to deceive the electorate into believing that government spending, and the vast system of services that it provides, can go on as before – (snip) – was propelled into office virtually by acclamation.

Turkey, mac and cheese:
Michelle reveals she´s
throwing out ´Let´s Move´
campaign to give her family a
good stuffing on Christmas Day
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 1:29:03 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama put her campaign to end childhood obesity on hold as she helped cook up some turkey, stuffing and mac and cheese. The First Lady dubbed herself ‘hostess in chief’ as she welcomed the country into her family’s home for the holidays.‘This is the time when I throw “Let´s Move” out the window for a moment, and get that mac and cheese. Everybody deserves their mac and cheese,’ she told The Today Show this week. Scroll down for video -In her seasonal role Mrs. Obama oversaw the festivities and hearty cooking, making herself available to welcome

Republican rifts mean more
gridlock, obstacles for Obama
Los Angeles Times, by Paul West & David Lauter    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 1:20:25 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In the days immediately after President Obama´s reelection victory, White House officials hoped that in a second term he might have better relations with congressional Republicans. The "fever will break," more than one Obama aide forecast. The last several days have demonstrated the opposite. Washington remains caught in a partisan stalemate on the budget, seems headed toward another on gun control and perhaps one on immigration policy as well. That gridlock could inflict significant damage to the Republican Party. But Obama´s ability to manage an ambitious agenda in his new term also hangs in the balance.

  



Protesters Target Hotels Offering
Discounts to NRA Members
Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 1:13:33 AM     Post Reply
A global activist group is targeting two large hotel chains because they give discounts to members of the National Rifle Association. The organization is putting pressure on the hotel chains to force them to disassociate from the gun-rights group after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The group, Avaaz, described as a "a global campaign network of 17 million people" is pressuring "Wyndham Hotels Worldwide – which owns Ramada, Days Inn, Wingate and Super 8 – and Best Western" because both organizations are listed as "friends of the NRA" on the NRA´s website.

Secret Ballot Could End
Boehner´s Speakership
Breitbart Big Government, by Mike Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/23/2012 1:10:51 AM     Post Reply
The future leadership of the House GOP conference may be decided by a procedural motion on the morning of January 3rd. When the new 113th Congress convenes that day, the first order of business will be to elect a Speaker of the House. As my colleague Matthew Boyle reported, however, some GOP members are planning to preempt this vote with a motion to conduct the election of Speaker by secret ballot. If that were to happen, John Boehner may face a real fight to retain the Speaker´s gavel. But if a member introduces that resolution for a secret ballot,

Drugs Aim to Make Several
Types of Cancer Self-Destruct
New York Times, by Gina Kolata    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/23/2012 12:16:16 AM     Post Reply
For the first time ever, three pharmaceutical companies are poised to test whether new drugs can work against a wide range of cancers independently of where they originated — breast, prostate, liver, lung. The drugs go after an aberration involving a cancer gene fundamental to tumor growth. Many scientists see this as the beginning of a new genetic age in cancer research. (Snip) Merck, Roche and Sanofi are racing to develop their own versions of a drug they hope will restore a mechanism that normally makes badly damaged cells self-destruct and could potentially be used against

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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