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  • 4th Quarter GDP Estimate Reduced to .8% from 1.5%

    01/14/2013 5:44:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    <p>Holiday sales of electronics and toys plunged this past Christmas season. Also of note, JPMorgan lowered its annualized 4th quarter GDP estimates down to .8% from 1.5%. Nonetheless, analysts see a silver lining to the data. They always do.</p> <p>Toys R Us reported a key sales figure declined in November and December, hurt by weak demand for videogames, electronics and toys and shoppers who pulled back because of Superstorm Sandy.</p>
  • Local Veterans May Have Been Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis at VA Hospital (Buffalo NY)

    01/14/2013 5:44:48 AM PST · by Doogle · 6 replies
    wgrz ^ | 01/14/13 | Michael Wooten
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- According to a memo obtained by 2 On Your Side, hundreds of local veterans may have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B or C at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, due to a mistake made at the facility. The memo says the agency found some insulin pens that should have been used once, but that may have been used for multiple patients. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency is informing about 550 people in Western New York who may've been infected. The patients are being asked to have a blood test to make...
  • Current Gun Related Proposed CT State Bills: "Hi-cap" (10+) mag ban, One-shot only guns, etc

    01/14/2013 5:43:22 AM PST · by DTogo · 24 replies
    Connecticut Citizens Defense League ^ | January 13, 2013 | Foolish Politicians in Hartford, CT
  • Clinging, &c.

    01/14/2013 5:40:18 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/14/2013 | Jay Nordlinger
    Remember when Barack Obama said that you boobish Middle Americans cling to your guns and religion? Well, if he confiscates the first, you’d better cling all the tighter to the second. * Once you’ve messed with one amendment, messing with the others gets so much easier. * The honest thing, of course, is to repeal — to repeal an amendment you don’t like. The Constitution has always allowed for that. Over the years, some people have wondered how religious Obama is. I think he may well have answered that question in 2008. He was speaking to a big-money audience in...
  • Bx. livery-cab shooting caught on surveillance tape (Bronx, perp photo at link...)

    01/14/2013 5:37:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/14/13 | POST STAFF REPORT
    A goateed gunman was caught on surveillance tape moments before shooting a livery-cab driver in The Bronx early Sunday morning, police said.
  • The “Hell No” Left

    01/14/2013 5:33:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 14, 2013 | Dan Holler
    Last week, Politico profiled freshman Congressman Tom Cotton (R-AK) to give their readers a sneak peak at “the ‘hell no’ caucus.” According to the reporters, the Iraq and Afghanistan veteran who holds a pair of Harvard degrees is “neither a hick, nor a blowhard.” However, they said, “To much of the country, Cotton is nothing more than a straight, Southern, white, male, ‘radical’ conservative — a befuddling relic of a fading slice of politics.” Yes, that actually appeared in print; and, it is a caricature the elite media in Washington and New York City are all too willing to blindly...
  • We're Not The Marlins, Dolphins Say, But We Do Need Tax Money For Our Stadium

    01/14/2013 5:27:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies ^ | 1/14/13 | Rick Stone
    Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has an appointment with reporters today to discuss his plans to go after public funding to renovate Sun Life Stadium. The cost estimate is $400 million, says the Miami Herald, some of which Ross apparently hopes to raise from state and local government sources.
  • Broken Families Far More Lethal To Children than Guns

    01/14/2013 5:20:50 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 13, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    It’s not the gun culture, it’s the broken family culture. A new Justice Department study looking at violent crimes committed against “youth”—defined as Americans from 12 to 17 years of age—discovered that the rate of “serious violent crime” committed against youth by a perpetrator using a firearm dropped 95 percent from 1994 to 2010. The study—“Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010”–also discovered that American youth who were victims of a serious violent crime in 2010 were six times more likely to have been attacked by a perpetrator wielding a knife than one wielding a gun. The study, released Dec. 20, also...
  • (shortened) Piers Morgan thinks a tyrannical U.S. government is ....(going to) nuke us all

    01/14/2013 5:20:01 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-13-2013 | Jim Treacher
    Piers Morgan has finally said something so stupid, it could’ve come out of the mouth of Larry King. Morgan is obviously still filled with helpless shame after losing that gun-control debate to Ben Shapiro, because he’s still coming up with stuff he thinks he should’ve said that night. That’s why, instead of keeping it to himself, he delighted us all with this: "America has over 5000 nuclear warheads. Quite hard to defend against a ‘tyrannical U.S. government’ with that kind of firepower. #GetReal" — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 13, 2013
  • ‘South Park’ Creators to Start Company, Important Studios

    01/14/2013 5:19:36 AM PST · by peyton randolph · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 01/13/2013 | ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and AMY CHOZICK
    The creators of “South Park” are branching out beyond the underpants business...
  • Gangs are Latest Excuse for Not Closing Failing, Half-Empty Chicago Schools

    01/14/2013 5:15:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | January 14, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Instead of appropriately dealing with gang-related violence, an independent Chicago school closure commission is recommending no school closures because such a move could force students to cross gang lines. So in Chicago, gang violence is the “new normal” and instead of combating and gaining some control over the problem, city leaders are simply accommodating it. Wow. Gangs of street punks are now influencing public policy and million dollar decisions. It looks like they really have won. Of course the Chicago Teachers Union, which stands to lose money if schools close, agrees with the recommendation. The CTU has been arguing against...
  • Why the Senate Shouldn’t Give John Kerry a Pass

    01/14/2013 5:14:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 14, 2013 | Bruce Thornton
    In nominating John Kerry for Secretary of State and Chuck Hagel for Defense, Barack Obama has highlighted both men’s combat service in Vietnam. In doing so Obama repeats the common fallacy that combat experience necessarily qualifies someone to make decisions about when, why, and how to conduct a war, decisions that in our political system are reserved for citizens and their representatives whether veterans or not. In fact, though, often those same experiences––whatever they teach about the horrors of combat, or reveal about the bravery and character of those who experience it––can distort someone’s judgment about the larger aims and...
  • Taking pot shots at free speech ...

    01/14/2013 5:07:23 AM PST · by suspects · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 14, 2013 | Michael Graham
    Anyone know what Vice President Joe Biden’s gamer handle is? Maybe “StandUpChuck” or “Amtrak1” or “NoChanceIn2016?” How about Attorney General Eric Holder (“Fast-
andFuriousUnleashed”)? Or Health and Human Services chief Kathleen Sebelius (“WhatsAGamerHandle?”). I ask because these folks led Friday’s session of the White House task force that grilled members of the video game industry. Three people who couldn’t tell “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” from “Assassin’s Creed II.” To be honest, I’m not entirely sure I could, either. (Is “Halo” the one with Master Chief, or is it “Gears of War”?) But I’m not the one accusing an entire multibillion-dollar,...
  • War On Women And Minorities In Oklahoma

    01/14/2013 5:03:38 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 3 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/14/12 | LD Jackson
    For the better part of four years, all we have heard out of the Obama administration and the rest of the liberal Democrats is that Republicans are waging a war. They claim it is a war on women, hence the hyperbole over contraception, and a war on minorities. To hear Vice-President Joe Biden tell it, you would think the Republican Party wants to put minorities "back in chains". I'm here to tell you their claims just are not true, at least not here in Oklahoma. In 2010, we elected our first female governor in Mary Fallin and by all accounts,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/14/13)[Prayer]

    01/14/2013 5:01:49 AM PST · by left that other site · 23 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 1/14/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem HusbandHosea 2:16 "And it shall be, in that day," Says the LORD, That you will call Me 'My Husband,' And no longer call Me 'My Master,'
  • Your Paycheck in 2013: Part 3

    01/14/2013 5:00:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 14, 2013 | Political Calculations
    Dealing with Washington D.C. is a lot like The Godfather, Part III: Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in. As expected, the IRS scrambled on 3 January 2013 to supersede and replace the withholding instructions it had previously issued on 31 December 2012, which we immortalized in the Part 2 version of our 2013 paycheck tool. That makes our tool "Your Paycheck in 2013: Part 3" the final version of our 2013 paycheck estimating tool, at least until the politicians in Washington D.C. start monkeying with the tax code. Again. For now however, it would appear...
  • Stick to your guns--no matter what!

    01/14/2013 4:57:30 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 27 replies
    Western Rifles Shooters Association ^ | January 13, 2013 | Matt Bracken
    Stick to your guns–no matter what! by Matt Bracken, January 2013 If a firearm was legal in 2012, under the 2nd Amendment it’s still legal in 2013 and it will be legal forever, no matter what so-called “executive orders” are handed down or new “laws” are passed by a panicking Congress. Those who say otherwise are liars and traitors and oath breakers and domestic enemies. If they come to take away your guns by force, they have declared war on the Constitution, and on you. At that point, war is joined, just as it was during another famous gun confiscation...
  • Poll Shows Kadima isn't Dead Yet

    01/14/2013 4:53:34 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    A Panels Politics poll conducted for the Knesset Channel predicts that Kadima – until recently the Knesset's largest party with 28 seats – will receive 3 seats in the next Knesset. Most other polls predict that Kadima, which was created by Ariel Sharon following the Gaza Disengagement, will completely disappear from the Knesset. Otzma Leyisrael, headed by MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari, also receives three seats in this poll. The poll is largely consistent with most other polls in showing that Likud / Yisrael Beytenu will receive 35 seats, whereas Labor would receive 17 seats. Bayit Yehudi would...
  • Gun Control Shootout at the DC Corral

    01/14/2013 4:53:29 AM PST · by expat1000 · 16 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | January 14, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    After years of languishing under the duck boots of gun owners, gun control advocates are dusting off their iPads and heading into the fray. Their renewed excitement has as much to do with the dead kids of Newtown as it does with the prospect of four years of a lame duck leftist who asserts imperial executive authority and uses the Constitution to clean up coffee spills in the Oval Office. Taking on the NRA with a gun ban, like taking on pro-Israel voters by nominating a Defense Secretary and CIA Director who prefer that Israel not exist, is part of...
  • UK finance job sackings and suspensions at five-year high

    01/14/2013 4:51:57 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin
    (Reuters) ^ | Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:08am GMT | By Kylie MacLellan
    Financial services staff sacked or suspended in Britain last year for wrongdoing or incompetence reached the highest level in five years, law firm Pinsent Masons said. Citing figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request, Pinsent Masons said 1,373 individuals were dismissed or suspended from financial services jobs - as distinct from those who lost their jobs through general redundancy programmes - a 76 percent increase on the previous 12 months. The finding comes after a succession of financial scandals and efforts by regulators to clamp down on misdemeanours. Britain's Financial Services Authority (FSA) regulator, due to be replaced later...