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  • CEO Who Threatened to ‘Start Killing People’ Over Gun Control Has Handgun Permit Suspended

    01/12/2013 9:58:34 AM PST · by Mozilla · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-11-13 | Jason Howerton
    The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, a firearms and tactical training company, who recently said he would “start killing people” if the Obama administration attempted to enact gun control through executive action. In a statement released on Friday, state officials said they suspended Yeager’s permit based on “material likelihood of risk of harm to the public,” WTVF-TV reports. The video of Yeager furiously denouncing the Obama administration and threatening violent action over gun control went viral on Thursday. “The number one priority for our department...
  • Internet activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide

    01/12/2013 9:55:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    CNET ^ | January 12, 2013 | Charles Cooper
    Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday. The news was first reported by the MIT newspaper The Tech, citing both his uncle and his attorney. Swartz was 26.
  • COLUMN — Can Chris Christie save the GOP?. [In USSR, BARF BUCKET HURLS INTO YOU!]

    01/12/2013 9:53:07 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 27 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | Posted Jan 12, 2013 @ 04:23 AM | By Dana millbank
    Washington, D.C. — A pair of polls out this week shows the dire state the Republican Party finds itself in — and a way out of the wilderness, should Republicans choose to take it. Poll No. 1: Rasmussen Reports found that views of the tea party — the wing of Republicanism that dominates party primaries and therefore the congressional Republican caucuses — at a new low. Only 8 percent of likely voters considered themselves tea-party members, down from 24 percent in 2010. According to Rasmussen (which tends to have a pro-Republican bias), unfavorable views of the movement topped favorable views,...
  • Alex Jones Responds to ‘Despicable’ Glenn Beck, Has Another Screaming Fit on HuffPost Live

    01/12/2013 9:53:00 AM PST · by Mozilla · 108 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-11-13 | Jason Howerton
    Radio host and noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones responded to Glenn Beck’s criticisms on HuffPost Live Friday, saying he is a “despicable person” like Piers Morgan who thinks his audience is “stupid” and has no ideological consistency. With his sights set on Beck, Jones argued that he had promoted torture and “taken all the stuff” he has written and “neo-con’d it” only to release it later under his name. “So he’s mad that I’m getting on hundreds of stations. He’s mad I’m getting attention. I’m not here trying to be numero uno like Glenn Beck; I’m here trying to save...
  • Duke rejects application of Blair Holliday to return as student.

    01/12/2013 9:51:03 AM PST · by abb · 15 replies ^ | January 12, 2013 | Duke Check
    Blair Holliday ’15, the promising wide receiver for Duke football who was in a near-fatal water ski accident last July 4th and who has made a miraculous recovery, has hit a brutal, unexpected bump: DukeCheck has learned that Duke University rejected his application to return this semester as a student. Before the accident, Holliday maintained a 3.75 grade point average, majoring in psychology. His doctors had cleared him to return. Beyond that, Holliday had an invitation from Head Coach David Cutcliffe and wide receivers coach Matt Lubick – great supporters during Holliday’s recovery period — to return to the football...
  • Biden seeks game industry input on gun violence

    01/12/2013 9:47:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 11 January 2013 11:00 | Peter Scott
    Don’t worry, DC has it covered In another futile attempt to curb gun violence in the Land of the Free, US Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas. That will give you an idea of how much crap the government has on the shelf. Biden will meet with gaming industry representatives on Friday, as he explores cultural factors that supposedly contribute to violent behavior. Biden already met with other entertainment industry representatives earlier this week and he is expected to present his recommendations to President Barack Obama next week. Although many techies...
  • Glenn Beck Rips Apart ‘Madman’ Alex Jones For ‘Crazy’ Piers Morgan Rant

    01/12/2013 9:47:01 AM PST · by Mozilla · 72 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1-8-13 | Matt Wilstein
    Glenn Beck spent the first fifteen minutes of his radio show today discrediting rival conservative host Alex Jones after his epic showdown last night with Piers Morgan. Beck explains, “Piers Morgan is trying to have gun control. He is trying to make everybody who has guns and who believes in the Second Amendment to be a deterrent to an out of control government look like a madman. So now he immediately books the madman and makes him look like a conservative. He’s not a conservative.” Of course, Beck didn’t save all of his animosity for Jones, happily dishing it out...
  • Vanity: Was Mary "assumed into heaven? Catholic Dogma and Scripture

    01/12/2013 9:45:29 AM PST · by count-your-change · 116 replies
    Although once considered a binding "probable opinion" by the Catholic church, in 1950 the belief that the virgin Mary war taken into heaven "body and soul" was declared dogma for Catholic believers. As the Catholic Encyclopedia notes in agreement with the Catechism of the Catholic church: (Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and in the West; according to Benedict XIV (De Festis B.V.M., I, viii, 18) it is a probable opinion, which to deny were impious and blasphemous.) (Note: By promulgating the Bull Munificentissimus Deus, 1 November, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared...
  • Microsoft plans big things for Xbox

    01/12/2013 9:38:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 11 January 2013 10:55 | Nick Farrell
    Hires SlingBox’s Blake Krikorian Microsoft appears to have big plans for its Xbox after hiring of technology entrepreneur Blake Krikorian. Krikorian will be corporate vice president for the Interactive Entertainment Business, reporting to Marc Whitten, chief product officer for the division. The appointment follows Microsoft's recent acquisition of Krikorian's company, id8 Group R2 Studios, which had developed an application that allows users to control home heating and lighting systems from smartphones. It would mean that Redmond is going to have a shot at transforming the  Xbox from a gaming device into a broader service that controls most aspects of home...
  • Glenn Beck’s Dream of Building an Entire City-Theme Park Hybrid Called ‘Independence, USA’

    01/12/2013 9:38:13 AM PST · by Mozilla · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-11-13 | Tiffany Gabbay/Jason Howerton
    Those familiar with Ayn Rand’s famed novel, Atlas Shrugged, knows the question: “Who is John Galt?” The answer comes at the end of the popular novel and reveals that Galt is simply (or actually, not so simply) a creator. A philosopher. An inventor. Someone who, as Glenn Beck explained in his studio Thursday evening, refused to live under the oppression of an all-powerful government bent on tamping down the very incentives that give great minds a chance to flourish. Galt railed against the collectivist system and believed that only through freedom could people tap into their divine potential to become...
  • Blame Traded after Failed (Catholic) Church Abuse (Pedophilia) Probe (Germany)

    01/12/2013 9:36:18 AM PST · by Renfield · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 1-10-2013 | Mary Beth Warner and Kristen Allen
    The German Catholic Church called off an independent review of allegations of sexual abuse in its ranks this week. The head of the investigation accused the Church of censorship. On Thursday, the two sides traded blame as German commentators largely mourned the end of the examination. Representatives of the German Catholic Church and independent investigators traded blame Thursday after an agreement to have an independent examination of sexual abuse in the Church broke down earlier this week. The Church's Bishops' Conference called off the investigation -- agreed to in 2011 after a nationwide abuse scandal the year before -- citing...
  • Happy Friday! Media Rattled By Coming Layoffs at the NYT

    01/12/2013 9:35:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    ace of spades ^ | january 11, 2013
    The basics are as the headline suggests: Even some senior editors at the Times are rumored to be on the chopping block in an effort to cut costs, and the rest of the media is worried, because the Times already slashed staff in 2009 and so was thought to be relatively trim. The Times has already announced up to 30 layoffs, if it couldn't secure that many voluntary separations through buy-outs, but only a few people have taken that offer. So as of January 24th come the involuntary layoffs. The Times says this is all perfectly normal.
  • Psychiatrist: Antidepressants Cause Suicidal Behavior

    01/12/2013 9:34:04 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 47 replies
    Since I first began working as a medical expert in product liability cases way back in the early 1990s, I’ve spent innumerable hours culling the sealed data contained within the files of companies like GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly. Among other things, I long ago found evidence that Paxil and Prozac cause suicidality in adults. These discoveries then led to settlements in product liability suits brought against the two companies brought by surviving family members. I’ve also communicated my conclusions in books like Talking Back to Prozac and the Antidepressant Fact Book and in scientific articles but the primary data until...
  • Grassley on the Treasury Secretary Nomination

    01/12/2013 9:32:04 AM PST · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 3 replies
    Senator Charles Grassley ^ | Jan 10, 2013 | Senator Charles Grassley
    Grassley on the Treasury Secretary Nomination M E M O R A N D U M To: Reporters and Editors Re: Nomination of Treasury secretary Da: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the President’s nomination of Jacob Lew as Treasury secretary. Grassley is a senior member and former chairman and ranking member of the Finance Committee, which will consider the nomination. “I intend to reserve judgment on the nomination until the vetting process is completed. The Finance Committee has a tradition of thoroughly vetting nominees, and the process works. The Treasury...
  • On TCM Tuesday: Ronald Reagan in "Girls On Probation"

    01/12/2013 9:31:59 AM PST · by opineapple
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 07:00 AM (ET) Starring Ronald Reagan, Jane Bryan, Anthony Averill A lawyer falls for a shopgirl whose co-worker gets her into trouble with the law. Drama, Mystery/Crime 1938 Girls On Probation, TCM
  • Freep a Poll (ban high-capacity magazines?)

    01/12/2013 9:31:40 AM PST · by Tigercap · 47 replies
    Holland Sentinel (MI) ^ | 1/12/2013 | Holland Sentinel
    Should the government ban high-capacity ammunition magazines?
  • Obama's Congressional puppets give him the green light to defy debt limit law

    01/12/2013 9:31:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies ^ | january 12, 2013 | rick moran
    How would you describe Democrats in Congress who are urging the president to ignore the law and up the limit on government borrowing by executive fiat? The party and ideology that passed the War Powers Act because they felt the executive had overstepped his authority in waging war, now proposes to lay down and grovel before the president, unilaterally giving up their prerogatives as co-equal partners in government. It is sickening to watch.
  • Air pollution in Beijing reaches 'health hazard' levels (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    01/12/2013 9:29:45 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    A woman wearing a mask crosses a road during severe pollution in Beijing on January 12, 2013 Air pollution in the Chinese capital has hit dangerous marks, reaching beyond the permissible level of pollution on the local environmental center’s scale. Beijing residents are recommended to stay indoors by local authorities.
  • Hannity foresees states leaving union

    01/12/2013 9:25:17 AM PST · by Mozilla · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-11-13 | Jeff Poor
    On his Friday radio show, conservative talker and Fox News host Sean Hannity warned that the United States may fall apart if tax rates remain high. “The states are now fighting and battling against their own federal government,” Hannity said. ”Same thing with individuals. If you live in a state like New York, New Jersey, California [or] one of these high-tax states [where] 60-plus cents of every dollar goes to taxes, you’ll say, ‘What the hell am I doing this for?’” “A lot of people have told me that,” Hannity continued. “A lot of people are moving. … I noticed...
  • Radio host Michael Savage calls for 'Nationalist' third party to challenge GOP

    01/12/2013 9:25:08 AM PST · by Mozilla · 24 replies ^ | 1-11-13 | Geoff Herbert
    Conservative radio host Michael Savage spoke out against Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday for pulling a "charade" on the American people, and called for a third political party. "We need a Nationalist party in the United States of America," Savage said on WABC's "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio," according to WND. The third-most widely heard talk show host, behind only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in ratings, explained a new, third "Nationalist" party could focus on "borders, language and culture." "There is no Republican Party," Savage told talk show host Aaron Klein. "It's an appendage of the Democrat machine, as...
  • S.E. Cupp Goes Off on Eric Holder for Wanting to Shame Gun Owners: ‘It Makes My Blood Boil’

    01/12/2013 9:25:05 AM PST · by Mozilla · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-11-13 | Becket Adams
    Attorney General Eric Holder made headlines this week after it was discovered that he once said gun owners should be “shamed” into giving up their firearms. And The Blaze’s S.E. Cupp was not impressed with his remarks. “I cannot tell you how offended I am to hear Eric Holder, or anyone, talking about shaming gun owners,” Cupp said during a Thursday broadcast of “Real News” on Blaze TV. “I feel it inside. It makes my blood boil, because it so fundamentally misunderstands the Second Amendment.” “The idea that he would paint me with the same brush as some criminal that...
  • Lawmakers look to tighten Vermont gun laws

    01/12/2013 9:20:56 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies ^ | January 11, 2013 | NEAL P. GOSWAMI
    BENNINGTON -- State lawmakers are planning to challenge Vermont’s permissive gun laws in the upcoming legislative session, but any attempt to restrict firearms or ammunition is likely to be met with opposition steeped in a history and culture emanating from before statehood. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth, D-Burlington, plans to file legislation in the coming days to enact a state-level assault weapons ban. It would prevent the sale of semi-automatic firearms utilizing a detachable magazine and ban high-capacity magazines. The bill also would require trigger locks on all firearms. Additional provisions restricting firearms could be added to garner support...
  • #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek

    01/12/2013 9:20:05 AM PST · by Red Nation Rising · 7 replies ^ | January 12, 2013 | Michael Holmes
    As much as I dislike seeing my taxes go up, I can not help but smile a bit at all the liberals who tripped over each other running to the ballot box in November to vote for Obama now scratching their heads wondering why their taxes went up. On Twitter Friday, the subject #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek was trending. In truth, I probably should feel like crying that people are so blind to the policies and the results of the policies they support, but I’d rather take a more light-hearted approach at the beginning of the new year. Payroll taxes just took a...
  • Soft Q4 PC Sales Lead to First Annual Decline in Five Years

    01/12/2013 9:18:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 11, 2013 2:07 PM | Shane McGlaun (Blog)
    PC industry slumps as Windows 8 fails to drive upgrades Manufacturers in the computer industry were optimistic for the launch of Windows 8. Computer manufacturers and Microsoft hoped that the launch of Microsoft's latest version of its Windows operating system would spur consumers and businesses to upgrade and buy new PCs. However, IDC reports that Windows 8 did not have the impact expected for the computer market. The research has offered up its numbers for Q4 2012 for the computer industry, and the results are far from positive. IDC reports that worldwide PC shipments totaled 89.8 million units in Q4 2012,...
  • Trillion dollar coin

    01/12/2013 9:16:03 AM PST · by GunsAndBibles · 14 replies
    vanity ^ | 1/12/2013 | gunsandbibles
    A coin with enough platinum at $1600 per ounce, to equal one trillion dollars, would have to weigh about 19,500 tons. I'd prefer to see it minted in WOOD so there would be no mistake about the true value.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SUMMA THEOLOGICA, 01-12-13

    01/12/2013 9:15:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 01-12-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SUMMA THEOLOGICA The principal doctrinal synthesis in Catholic theology, written by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74). The method used was the application of Aristotelian philosophy in the systematic and rational explanation of dogma and morals, without any substantial modification of the traditional teaching of the Church. Its central theme is God considered under aspects: 1. he is studied as Being, not only in himself but also outside himself, as the source of all things; 2. he is then seen as the Good, that is, as the end of created beings and especially of angels and men; 3....
  • PHOENIX RECOVERS U.S. AIR FORCE F-16 [From July 22 ejection in the Pacific]

    01/12/2013 9:13:29 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies
    Phoenix International ^ | 1/3/2013 | Pete LaHardy
    For Immediate Release – January 3, 2013 Washington, DC – Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) announces the successful underwater search and recovery of a U.S. Air Force F-16 aircraft from over 16,400 feet of sea water (fsw). In early August 2012, at the direction of the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), Phoenix mobilized the Navy’s ORION deepwater side scan sonar system, the CURV 21 remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and the Navy’s motion compensated, 30,000 pound Fly-Away Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS). All equipment was transported over land from Phoenix’s facility in...
  • Mullah Omar Says Fighting Will Not Stop Until Afghanistan Is Once Again a Real Islamic State

    01/12/2013 9:09:54 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    gateway ^ | January 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Mullah Omar, the one-eyed jihadi bandit, condemned an upcoming conference on suicide attacks. The spiritual leader of the Taliban added that his fighters will not lay down weapons until they achieve establishment of a real Islamic state.
  • CES 2013: Industry Source -- More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8

    01/12/2013 9:06:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 39 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 11, 2013 6:48 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Notably, more than half of gamers who DO pick the embattled OS downgrade within weeks Arguably the most important, but relatively underdiscussed single story at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show can be expressed in a single word -- "solidarity".  Whether it was Intel Corp. (INTC) pushing customers towards touch-friendly devices or companies like Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) and Lenovo Group, Ltd. (HKG:0992) pushing Windows 8 hybrids/laptop designs, everyone was standing firmly behind Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) embattled Windows 8 operating system. With past releases Microsoft was blasted for not being innovative enough compared to Linux and OS X, in terms of user interface design.  Windows...
  • Section 8 Housing voucher distribution canceled

    01/12/2013 9:00:53 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 48 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 12 Jan 12 | None
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 Housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's between on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Officers say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center at the time of the incident. 7 Action News is being told there were 1,000 vouchers available and 5,000 people showed up trying to get one. The crowd had grown overnight as more and more people arrived. Some of...
  • Texas megadonor Steve Mostyn gives $1 million to Gabby Giffords gun-control group

    01/12/2013 8:59:55 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies ^ | January 10, 2013
    Houston trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn say they’re giving $1 million to a gun-control group formed by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Steve Mostyn is a major Democratic campaign contributor, backing candidates in Texas and nationally. He gave $3 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC aiding President Obama’s re-election. He’s perhaps best known in Texas for launching a media campaign against Rick Perry two years ago in which he chided the Republican governor for his reluctance to debate in his 2010 reelection race with a full-page newspaper ad depicting Perry and...
  • Chuck Woolery On Weapons Ban

    01/12/2013 8:53:02 AM PST · by selfdefense · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 01/11/2013 | selfdefense
    Excellent video by Chuck Woolery (A True Patriot) defending the 2nd Amendment with fact, history, and humor.
  • MILLER: David Gregory gets off scot free

    01/12/2013 8:49:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Irvin Nathan, announced Friday that he will not press charges against NBC News’ David Gregory nor any employee of the broadcast network for violating the city’s gun laws. Violation of the city's firearms laws carry a maximum $1,000 fine and one year in jail. Mr. Nathan wrote to an attorney representing Mr. Gregory and NBC News, Lee Levine of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, that, “OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not...
  • Tougher Oregon gun laws get Gov. John Kitzhaber's support

    01/12/2013 8:48:44 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2013 | Harry Esteve
    SALEM -- Gov. John Kitzhaber says he won't lead the charge on tougher gun control laws in Oregon, but he expects the Legislature to take up the issue and will support what he considers to be reasonable changes. In an interview with The Oregonian about the upcoming session, Kitzhaber confided that he's a "big supporter of the Second Amendment" and owns a bolt-action .22 hunting rifle that belonged to his grandfather. "It's a lovely piece," he said, and it doesn't just hang on a wall. "I go out and shoot it. Shoot at cans. A good can can see me...
  • United States Federal State and Local Government Spending from 1980 to 2012!

    01/12/2013 8:45:06 AM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1-12-13 | James
    A brief visual history of United States Federal State and Local Government Spending from 1980 to 2012. The United States deficit was 221 billion in 1990. It is now 6.2 trillion as of 2012. This is morally and fiscally irresponsible.
  • India denies visa to British journalist Yvonne Ridley (Captured by Taliban, converted to Islam)

    01/12/2013 8:44:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 12, 2013 | Indo-Asian News Service
    HYDERABAD: India has denied award-winning British journalist Yvonne Ridley a visa. She was scheduled to address the Spring of Islam conference being held here by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The London-based journalist, who was captured by the Taliban on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan in 2001 and converted to Islam after her release in 2003, was to address various sessions at the three-day conference, which began Friday. "The Indian Government is refusing to give me a conference visa to address 50,000 women in Hyderabad about women's rights ... I would have thought after the catastrophic handling of the Dehli rape case,...
  • Officers turned Maine lawmakers want gun control debate to be about protecting kids, not politics

    01/12/2013 8:38:57 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | January 12, 2013 | Robert Long
    AUGUSTA, Maine — In the aftermath of the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., lobbyists and lawmakers expect between 40 and 60 bills related to gun violence to be submitted to the Maine Legislature before the Jan. 18 deadline. Most of the proposed legislation will go to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Two new members of that panel, Rep. Timothy Marks, D-Pittston, and Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, the House chairman, are former police officers. They bring decades of firsthand experience dealing with gun violence in Maine to the discussion. That experience leaves...
  • Dismantling the Military– Obama style

    01/12/2013 8:32:19 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 12th, 2013 | Jim Emerson
    The New York Times’ David Brooks opined that the nomination of Chuck Hagel to the position of Secretary of Defense (SOD) is in fact a cover for Barack Obama’s dismantling of the Military. The President must raid the Medicare and Pentagon budgets to pay for the domestic programs planned for his welfare state. By placing a likeminded traveler like Hagel in the top position at the Pentagon, Obama will have a yes man to dismantle the military and further the One’s socialist agenda. Since Hagel is a Republican (in name only) Obama will have the perfect political cover to raid...
  • White House responds to secession petitions, calls for unity instead

    01/12/2013 8:31:59 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    White House responds to secession petitions, calls for unity instead By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/12/13 10:01 AM ET The White House has responded to a handful of petitions calling for various states to be given the right to secede from the United States, calling for unity and participatory government instead. "In a nation of 300 million people — each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs — democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing. Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for...
  • Obama signs law giving himself, Bush lifetime Secret Service guard

    01/12/2013 8:31:46 AM PST · by yoe · 23 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | January 10, 2013 | Oliver Knox
    Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don't have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection, the White House announced. The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected.
  • U.S. Spends $120M USD to Set up Rare Earth Research Center to Counter China

    01/12/2013 8:28:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 10, 2013 3:30 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Chinese price manipulation has taken its toll on the U.S. economy Rare earth metals are an increasingly integral part of everything from automobiles to television sets.  But the precious metals are tightly controlled by China, with an excess of 95 percent of current suplly coming from Chinese-owned mines and refineries.  The degree of control has allowed China to manipulate prices, cutting back on demand to sell less material for the same amount of profit, any businessperson's dream. I. New Private-Public Partnership Sets Aim on Chinese Mineral Hegemony The problem is that it takes several years or more to bring rare...
  • Where you might not shop in 2013

    01/12/2013 8:21:08 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    yahoo/forbes ^ | january 10, 2013 | Tom Van Riper
    Christmas season was a disappointment. GDP growth is slowing. Taxes are going up. What’s the retail industry to do? There’s really only one choice: close more stores. Through the first nine months of 2012, closings were up 25% over the same period from the prior year (fourth quarter numbers aren’t available just yet). And Howard Davidowitz, chairman of retail banker and consultant Davidowitz & Associates, expects roughly the same pace of closings in 2013. “The consumer is 70% of GDP. If growth is decelerating, how are you going to have (retail) growth? You’re not, you’re going to go on closing...
  • Pedigree of the Second Amendment

    01/12/2013 8:09:23 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 18 replies
    Here are the State submitted gun rights/militia/standing army related amendments, declarations of rights, to the Constitution. North Carolina – Declaration of Rights. That the people have a right to keep and bear arms; that a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and therefore ought to be avoided, as far as the circumstances and protection of the community will admit; and that, in all cases, the military should be under strict subordination to,...
  • Petition to outlaw guns around pResident needs 7,449 more signatures

    01/12/2013 8:01:37 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 2 replies
    If gun-free zones make people safe, then why don’t we declare the immediate vicinity of the President and Vice-President to be gun-free zones and send the Secret Service home? Or are gun-free zones good enough for our kids, but not good enough for our overlords? It is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy for politicians to surround themselves with armed guards while insisting that our children be soft targets. There are 10 more days to get the required number of signatures on the petition.
  • Woman plunges through UES sidewalk (New York City

    01/12/2013 7:58:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    A heavyset woman caved through an Upper East Side sidewalk last night — dropping six feet into a huge hole where she was eventually pulled out by emergency crews using a crane-like rescue unit, authorities said. The 31-year-old Queens woman was huddled up against the wall of Atomic Wings at the Blue Room Grill on the corner of East 60th Street and Second Avenue, seeking shelter from the rain while waiting for a bus, when the sidewalk below her gave way around 9:15 p.m., witnesses said. “The woman was enormous. She had to be more than 300 pounds,” said Daniel...
  • Real Life Breaking Bad Lawyer Gets 7 Years

    01/12/2013 7:56:22 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 6 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/12/13 | Friends of Ours
    Saul Goodman, is that you? Apparently, you don't have to be a fictional lawyer on a tv series in order to break bad. A federal judge has sentenced defense lawyer Isaac Guillen to seven years in prison following his conviction on racketeering and money laundering charges for his role with the 18th Street gang which was controlled from inside prison by Mexican Mafia member Francisco "Puppet" Martinez as reported by Victoria Kim for the Los Angeles Times: "prosecutors said Guillen was an instrumental part of the gang's operations rather than an unwitting marginal character who had been sucked into its...
  • With elections fast approaching, will this man be Israel’s next Defense Minister?

    01/12/2013 7:49:25 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog ^ | 1/12/2013 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Moshe ”Bogie” Ya’alon is currently Israel’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Strategic Affairs. He’s a senior military and foreign affairs advisor to Netanyahu, and previously served as the Israeli Defense Force’s chief of staff. Some keen observers of the Israeli political scene believe that when this month’s elections are over and the dust of the political season has settled, Ya’alon will be the next Minister of Defense. While that is by no means clear, this week Ya’alon was interviewed by an Israeli news service on a range of important issues. Given Ya’alon’s already prominent role in the future of...
  • Mom gets more prison time for putting her 5 kids in staged crashes

    01/12/2013 7:47:44 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 11, 2013 | Paula McMahon
    A South Florida mom who brought her five young children along for the ride when she staged car crashes to make cash will spend even longer in prison because she put her kids in harm's way, a judge ruled Friday. Ana Ovando, was already looking at a four-year prison term. Instead, she'll spend 6 1/2 years in federal lockup, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks decided.
  • AIG, after thanking America, might sue it

    01/12/2013 7:46:30 AM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08 January 2013 | Chris Isidore
    Even as it runs ads thanking America for a $182 billion bailout, insurer AIG might join a lawsuit claiming that shareholders were unfairly hurt by the terms of the federal rescue that kept it out of bankruptcy four years ago.
  • Rallying the Right

    01/12/2013 7:43:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 12, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Following the defeat of 2012, it seems as if everyone – yours truly included – has an opinion about where the conservative movement goes from here. But right now presents an excellent opportunity to rally the Right again. Following the fiscal cliff fiasco, the next big battle inside the beltway will be the debt ceiling in March. Some Republicans who caved on the fiscal cliff are already talking tough. Take Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, for example. After voting for the largest tax increase in 20 years, Toomey is one of several Republicans now saying the debt ceiling showdown may require...