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Military plane carrying
27 crashes in Kazakhstan
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 11:49:35 AM     Post Reply
Almaty, Kazakhstan - A military aircraft carrying 27 people including top members of the Kazakhstan border guard service crashed Tuesday in the south of the country with many fatalities feared, officials said. The KNB security service said the An-72 military transport aircraft was carrying seven crew and 20 servicemen, including the acting head of the Kazakh border service Turganbek Stambekov. The plane crashed 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Shymkent airport where it had been due to land after a flight from the capital Astana. A security source told the Interfax news agency that all those on board

DC Hotels Less Busy for
Obama´s 2nd Inauguration
Associated Press, by Jessica Gresko    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 11:40:40 AM     Post Reply
Washington - Want to come to President Barack Obama´s inauguration? There´s plenty of room. Second inaugurations tend to draw fewer spectators and finding a place to stay in Washington won´t be nearly as difficult this time as it was four years ago. District of Columbia officials are expecting 600,000 to 800,000 visitors for the Jan. 21 inauguration. That´s far less than the 1.8 million people who flooded the National Mall in 2009 to witness the swearing-in of America´s first black president. Back then, some hotels sold out months in advance and city residents rented out their homes

Journalists rush to take
sides in gun debate
Washington Examiner, by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/25/2012 11:09:44 AM     Post Reply
Should journalists be advocates for tougher gun control measures? It´s a question worth asking as more and more reporters, commentators, and TV anchors are openly promoting stringent gun policies in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. It´s not just the ranters on the left, like MSNBC´s Lawrence O´Donnell, who recently called National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre "the lobbyist for mass murderers." O´Donnell is a controversialist who says things like that all the time. (Snip) More notable are the ostensibly straight-news journalists who have come down on the side of stronger gun control.



Merry Christmas, from
a Dying Star in Deep Space
Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 12/25/2012 10:54:05 AM     Post Reply
In a nebula far, far away..... Here´s special holiday photo. It´s another one of those amazing Hubble Space Telescope photographs that captures the stellar beauty of space beyond what our naked eyes can see from Earth. This array is known as NGC 5189. NASA released it because it looks like a Christmas holiday light house beyond anything your showy neighbors could come up with. This planetary nebula resembles colorful blown glass to some eyes, like mine. It actually captures one of the final stages of a dying star, not unlike our Sun in a few billion years.

Who Will Defend Capitalism
If Not The Capitalists?
Investor´s Business, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/25/2012 10:24:14 AM     Post Reply
The fiscal cliff is exposing some brassy hypocrisy on Wall Street. Eager to score points with the White House, one CEO after another is throwing capitalism over the edge. Remarks by leading captains of industry over the past few weeks have sounded alarmingly anti-market. Some of these multimillionaires have even questioned the value of the economic system that allowed them to flourish. Here´s a rundown of some of the more disturbing murmurings coming from corporate America these days: • In a recent interview with CBS News´ "This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose, General Electric Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt

NRA Chief´s School Security
Ideas Worth Consideration
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: HollowLeg- 12/25/2012 10:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Second Amendment: When big-government politicians and their media allies team up to incite hysteria, any voice of reason is attacked as if it were crazed and evil. The latest victim heads the National Rifle Association. Tabloid "journalism" is no stranger to the gutter, or to serving the interests of the ever-expanding state. In 1975, for instance, the New York Daily News ran its infamous "Ford to City: Drop Dead" front-page headline, which ultimately led to President Ford caving in and bailing out the wasteful, corrupt New York City government. The tabloid´s agitation against Ford also helped him lose,

Growing Up American:
Christmas 1941
American Thinker, by Susan D. Harris    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/25/2012 9:50:17 AM     Post Reply
While it now seems to us to be Christmas 2012, somewhere behind us it is still Christmas 1941. Imagine you are paddling a canoe downstream. From God´s view above, he sees the bend in the stream you´ve already passed. He sees you now, paddling slowly next to the pines on the bank. He sees beyond the bend ahead, where a deer is lapping the tumbling water. (Snip) It´s December 6th, 1941. A little girl named Arlene is awaiting the arrival of guests for her 8th birthday party. She is growing up American,



The gun owner next door:
What you don´t know about
the weapons in your neighborhood
Journal News [White Plains, NY], by Dwight R. Worley    Original Article
Posted By: leopardtwo- 12/25/2012 7:59:39 AM     Post Reply
In May, Richard V. Wilson approached a female neighbor on the street and shot her in the back of the head, a crime that stunned their quiet Katonah neighborhood. What was equally shocking for some was the revelation that the mentally disturbed 77-year-old man had amassed a cache of weapons — including two unregistered handguns and a large amount of ammunition — without any neighbors knowing. “I think that the access to guns in this country is ridiculous, that anybody can get one,” said a neighbor of Wilson’s who requested anonymity because it’s not known whether the gunman,

Now pay up, Tawana
New York Post, by Laura Italiano    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 12/25/2012 7:13:08 AM     Post Reply
Twenty-five years after a teenage Tawana Brawley falsely dragged his name through the mud as a gang-raping, kidnapping racist, it’s payback time for Steven Pagones, a former Dutchess County prosecutor whom she still owes $429,000, including interest, on a 1998 defamation judgment. “In all these years, she’s never told the truth about this hoax or paid me a cent,” he said yesterday. “Now I’m going to seek anything I’m entitled to under the law,” Pagones said in response to a Sunday Post exclusive that revealed Brawley is working under a new name, Tawana Gutierrez,

Cardinal Gibbons athletes
offer heartfelt gift
News and Observer [Raleigh,NC], by Tim Stevens    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 12/25/2012 7:05:11 AM     Post Reply
Luke Raymond cannot wrap up one of his most heartfelt gifts this Christmas. His offering is much too personal. Raymond and about 30 of his classmates at Cardinal Gibbons High offer a different kind of gift – support for those grieving the loss of loved ones. As members of the school’s Pallbearers Society, the group assembles several times each year to help carry the coffins of people they have never met.They generally know almost nothing about the deceased. Gibbons is a nonboarding parochial school, but pallbearers are available to any family in the community,

Why Kerry Remains
Unfit for Command
Front Page, by Arnold Ahlert    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/25/2012 7:04:47 AM     Post Reply
It is now official. Last week, President Obama nominated John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, saying Kerry’s ”entire life has prepared him for this role.” He further contended that Kerry’s service as a Vietnam veteran taught him the “responsibility to use American power wisely, especially our military power.” That assessment may come as a shock to the thousands of Vietnam veterans whose reputations Kerry trashed in order to advance his own radical political agenda. Remarkably, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, unable to attend the nominating ceremony due to her continuing effort to dodge testimony



People are Buying Guns
and Ammunition for a Reason
American Thinker, by Neil Snyder    Original Article
Posted By: sagman- 12/25/2012 6:38:01 AM     Post Reply
It´s 2:00 a.m. You are at home in your bed sound asleep. Your wife is sleeping beside you, and your children are asleep in their rooms down the hall. The muffled sound of a window breaking interrupts your slumber. You´re groggy and you wonder if it was just a dream, so you lie there quietly and listen. A few seconds later, you hear other sounds.

Next Peterson trial likely
to be far different from first
WRAL.com (NC), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 12/25/2012 6:30:16 AM     Post Reply
Durham, N.C.--Mike Peterson retrial likely won´t include the drama of his highly publicized 2003 murder trial, legal experts said Friday. A novelist and one-time Durham mayoral candidate, Peterson was granted a new trial Wednesday when Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled that a key prosecution witness in his trial eight years ago gave false and misleading testimony, depriving him of his right to a fair trial. Peterson was released Thursday on a $300,000 bond and is under electronic monitoring at a friend´s home in the Colony Park neighborhood of Durham, where he will remain until his new trial.

Never-before-seen photos
from the ´It´s a Wonderful
Life´ snow-covered set
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/25/2012 6:14:51 AM     Post Reply
Many hope for snow on Christmas. Frank Capra demanded it. The “It’s a Wonderful Life” director wouldn’t settle for the fake snow other movies of 1940s typically used to create a winter set. He wanted real snow for his Christmas classic. The above never-before-seen photos from LIFE.com show the set of the 1946 flick, which used a revolutionary new technique to create more realistic snow. The artificial snow created for the film was costly, but it blanketed the fictional town of Bedford Falls and changed how snow would be depicted in holiday movies to come.

Jack Klugman, 1922-2012,
Creator of Iconic TV Types
Slate, by June Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/25/2012 6:03:37 AM     Post Reply
In his long acting career, Jack Klugman, who died on Christmas Eve aged 90, created two iconic TV types that have now become stock characters. In the 1970-75 small-screen adaptation of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, he played a jerk who was also the show’s most lovable character. As Oscar Madison, Klugman channeled a bear trapped in a tiny Manhattan apartment with Tony Randall’s mosquito of a neatnik, Felix Unger. No matter how slobbish and inconsiderate Oscar might be, Klugman’s winning smile—and Oscar’s extraordinary patience with Felix’s uptight ways—made it impossible to dislike him.



Ship crew held for 1,000 days
rescued off coast of Yemen
CNN, by Catherine E. Shoichet & Neda Farshbaf    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 5:55:03 AM     Post Reply
They were trapped at sea for 1,000 days, held on their own ship by Somali pirates off the coast of Yemen. A petition pushing for their release described hostages huddled in tight spaces aboard the MV Iceberg 1, given only rice and water to survive. Conditions were so harsh on the ship that one member of the 24-person crew reportedly committed suicide by jumping overboard. Another was killed by pirates. Over the weekend, troops from the Puntland Maritime Police Force rescued the 22 hostages remaining on the Panama-flagged vessel, ending the longest time anyone has been held hostage by pirates,

Obama Playing Chicken
With Economic Disaster
Townhall, by Kevin Glass    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 5:48:18 AM     Post Reply
Many progressive reporters and bloggers have been pushing the idea that going over the fiscal cliff into January will have very little effect on the economy and will actually help President Obama achieve his legislative goals. Indeed, Republican Sen. Barrasso hypothesized that President Obama was "eager" to go over the cliff. Unfortunately, going over the fiscal cliff has real economic effects, and the progressives who are claiming otherwise are irresponsibly pushing the country to unnecessary economic pain. "If it lasts three weeks, I´m pretty sure we get a recession out of it," Princeton University economist

Simply Christmas
American Spectator, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2012 5:42:10 AM     Post Reply
Sometimes it’s easy to strive too hard to find new meanings in the old familiar Christmas story. The symbology is in some senses profound but also so obvious, and in some ways so simple, that it can seem hackneyed, especially in our modern, jaded world. The impulse is either to give mere lip service to the Christmas message or, for those with a different cast of mind, to try to complicate it in search of some great new insight. In the latter frame of mind, I found myself writing this, based on a visit on location earlier this month….

Court filings surge in FOIA
cases during Obama years
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2012 5:31:30 AM     Post Reply
A study has found that more federal court complaints were filed during the first term of the Obama administration to force the government to abide by the Freedom of Information Act than were filed against the administration of President George W. Bush in his second term. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University said the FOIA filings in the last two years of Mr. Bush’s second term and the last two years of Mr. Obama’s first term showed a jump of 28 percent — from 562 to 720.

America’s Greatest Christmas Classic
National Review Online, by Rich Lowry    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 5:25:40 AM     Post Reply
America’s classic Christmas song was written by a Jewish immigrant. Born in Russia with the name Israel Baline, he was the genius songwriter we know as Irving Berlin. He wrote “White Christmas” for the 1942 Hollywood musical Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. On set, the movie’s hit number was presumed to be another Berlin composition, the Valentine’s Day song “Be Careful, It’s My Heart.” At first, it was. Then “White Christmas” captured the public’s imagination, and it hasn’t quite loosed its grip since.


Yule be glad you waited to shop
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 5:20:38 AM     Post Reply
Look around your Christmas gathering today and spot the person who showed up without gifts. Now decide whether this person is: 1) a cheapskate 2) too busy and important for the mundane things in life 3) broke and not about to go into debt to buy something people don’t need anyway 4) believes it’s better to receive than give, or 5) he is one of the growing number of people who shop after Christmas and, essentially, give their friends and relatives verbal IOUs today: “Sorry, Mom, I just couldn’t get to the store. I’ll take care of ya later.”

Blues Cruise
New York Magazine, by Joe Hagan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 5:09:00 AM     Post Reply
The whole thing was white, and broken, that much was clear. A week after the presidential election, when the dreams of Republicans were dashed with President Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney, we were snorkeling in the blue waters of the Caribbean. In the distance was a shipwreck. “You could make out the pieces of it,” said Ralph Reed, the right-wing political operator who had bolstered the Evangelical Christian vote for Romney. “It was deep and murky.” Jonah Goldberg, the National Review contributor and author of Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left,

Edward M. Kennedy Jr.
will not run for Senate
Boston Globe, by Mark Arsenault    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/25/2012 5:00:19 AM     Post Reply
The decision by Edward M. Kennedy Jr. on Monday to pass on a run for US Senate in Massachusetts in 2013 eliminates one of the few Democrats with the star power to ward off serious challengers within his own party, increasing the odds of a tough Democratic primary fight that could damage the eventual nominee. Three Democratic congressmen, Edward Markey of Malden, Michael Capuano of Somerville, and Stephen Lynch of South Boston, have signaled interest in running for the Senate in a special election, for a seat expected to open

We all can be George Bailey
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 4:56:08 AM     Post Reply
Salena Zito reminds us that the true message of Christmas isn’t how many presents we get under the tree – nor how many we give, for that matter. Just as George Bailey lent his neighbors a real helping hand in It’s a Wonderful Life, we all can find ways to do the same — every day: Today is as good a day as any to think about how you conduct your own life. The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, instead of responding with an angry gesture, just smile and wave.

Pakistan´s loneliest church celebrates
Christmas in Taliban country
Reuters, by Mehreen Zahra-Malik    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 4:50:50 AM     Post Reply
SOUTH WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan-This Christmas, pastor Nazir Alam will stoke up a fire, lay a fresh cloth on the altar and welcome parishioners as they arrive at his church in Waziristan, a Pakistani tribal area known as an al-Qaeda haven. "The lights are all up, and the choir boys are ready. The church is looking its best," said 60-year-old Alam, a former missionary who has celebrated his last ten Christmases there. "There´s not much left to do but to pray and rejoice." Outsiders might see little cause for joy. Pakistan is the sixth most dangerous country in the world for minorities,

Half the Facts You
Know Are Probably Wrong
Reason Magazine, by Ronald Bailey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/25/2012 4:47:12 AM     Post Reply
Dinosaurs were cold-blooded. Increased K-12 spending and lower pupil/teacher ratios boost public school student outcomes. Most of the DNA in the human genome is junk. Saccharin causes cancer and a high fiber diet prevents it. Stars cannot be bigger than 150 solar masses. In the past half-century, all of the foregoing facts have turned out to be wrong. In the modern world facts change all of the time, according to Samuel Arbesman, author of the new book The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date (Current). Fact-making is speeding up, writes Arbesman,

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