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  • Grandparents

    01/14/2013 10:48:33 AM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 32 replies
    The wife and I have an ongoing disagreement about the legal rights of grandparents. I know the internet is not necessarily the right place to go to ask/get legal opinions but this is FR and I believe every thing I read here.(/sarc) Can the parents (of sound mind) prevent garandparents (of sound mind) from seeing underage grandchildren? I say absolutely and she says grandparents have a legal right to see their grandchildren. Can anybody safely shed a bit of light here? Thanks.
  • Guns already allowed in schools with little restriction in many states

    01/14/2013 10:47:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    Open Channel NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News
    With the debate over gun violence reshaped by the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month, lawmakers across the country are pushing proposals to arm teachers in the classroom. But many of them may be wasting their time. More than a third of the states already allow teachers and other adults to carry guns to school. In most cases, all you need is the equivalent of a note from the principal — you usually don't even need law enforcement approval. NBC News reviewed the firearms and education laws in all 50 states...
  • REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean

    01/14/2013 10:46:02 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean Robert JohnsonJanuary 13, 2013 Russian warship sent to Mediterranean in July After nearly two years of conflict and 117,000 displaced Syrians UPI reports Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family have left the country and live aboard a warship manned with Russian security. UPI cites an Al-Watan report claiming Assad's family are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea and that the semi-deposed president travels back to the country by helicopter for meetings and receptions. From UPI: When he flies to his embattled country, the president lands at undisclosed locations and...
  • Krugman: “Frightening” Lack of “Progressive” Economists in the White House

    01/14/2013 10:44:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said it is “frightening” that the Obama administration has never included progressive economists, who have “been right about everything so far.” “I think it’s frightening that at no point in this administration have there been any serious representation of what you might call the progressive economist wing, which is a pretty big part of Obama’s support,” Krugman said Sunday in an appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. … Krugman, a Keynesian economist, has long advocated for more stimulus spending, saying the $833-billion stimulus package of 2009 did not spend enough. …
  • Ex-NYC mayor: Ban all guns

    01/14/2013 10:44:20 AM PST · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 1-13-13 | WND Exclusive/ Aaron Klein
    Aside from regulated hunting exceptions and those individuals who are deemed in danger by the police commissioner, all U.S. civilians should be banned from owning any kind of gun, argued former New York City Mayor Ed Koch in a radio interview today. “I don’t believe that in our society that we should have guns,” said Koch, a Democrat, speaking on New York WABC Radio’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Continued Koch: “If I had my way I would pass such a law except to allow hunting and target practice and you lay out safety precautions for that. “And if you need...
  • Lots of "Globes" on Display Last Night: MOTUS Reports

    01/14/2013 10:41:50 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-14-2013 | MOTUS
    Like Clarice, I find myself feeling a little more alienated from mainstream “culture” with each passing year. Take the self-adulation orgy of the Golden Globes for example(SNIP) Last night’s telecast of the awards was, well, Les Miserables. I missed Ricky Gervais. His irreverent, non-partisan assaults lobbed in all quarters made heads explode. I guess the studio bosses and their hired hands didn’t find that as entertaining as I did. So this year we got NBC’s dream team: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: (snip) let’s get on with this year’s winners/losers in both the film and fashion categories. Julianne Moore, for...
  • MIT’s Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Running a “Global Assassination Campaign”

    01/14/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    MIT Professor of Linguistics Noam Chomsky, a long-time left-wing writer and activist, told Al-Jazeera that he does not believe President Barack Obama has a “moral center,” and that he is running a “global assassination campaign” using drone warfare. “There’s some nice rhetoric here and there, but you look at the actual policies, they’re pretty shocking,” Chomsky said, speaking of President Obama. “The drone assassination campaign’s a perfectly good example. It’s just a global assassination campaign.” …
  • The Increasingly Execrable Colin Powell

    01/14/2013 10:33:26 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 40 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/14/13 | Quin Hillyer
    Jennifer Rubin does a nice take-down here of the increasingly despicable Colin Powell, who smeared his former party on Meet the Press by accusing Republicans of a “dark vein of intolerance.” Thus says the first black Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the first black Secretary of State, the sometime mentor of the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State… all under Republican sponsorship. Thus says the back-stabbing lout who deliberately let the innocent Scooter Libby twist in the wind, and then get convicted, when one word from Powell would have ended the investigation. Thus says the...
  • Obama press conference 1/14/13

    01/14/2013 10:27:10 AM PST · by Zeneta · 19 replies
    Chuck Todd, NBC. QUESTION: Thank you, sir. As you know, Senate Democrats -- Harry Reid sent you a letter begging you, essentially, to take -- consider some sort of executive action on this debt ceiling issue. I know you've said you're not negotiating on it. Your administration has ruled out the various ideas that have been out there, the 14th Amendment, but just this morning, House -- one of the House Democratic leaders, Jim Clyburn, asked you to use the 14th Amendment and even said sometimes that's what it takes. He brought up the Emancipation Proclamation as saying they took...
  • Colin Powell Went From American Hero To This In 126,144,000 Seconds

    01/14/2013 10:26:22 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 24 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-14-13 | The Looking Spoon
    In case you missed it, yesterday on Meet The Press Colin Powell basically said Republicans are racist...By the way, the number in the title is how many seconds are in 4 years, 2008-2012 has been a fantastic voyage for the good general.
  • Reid Defends Storm Damage Remarks

    01/14/2013 10:23:09 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Stung by being called an “idiot” by Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) for his claim that victims of 2012′s Hurricane Sandy suffered more than victims of 2005′s Hurricane Katrina, Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev) attempted to explain his way out the scathing characterization. “My colleague’s focus on quantitative data overlooks qualitative differences between the two events,” Reid argued. “First, New Jersey and New York are states where many important people live. Many of the homes that were destroyed were million dollar properties. The same could be said for the businesses.” “Most of the properties destroyed by Katrina were more like broken down...
  • Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party'

    01/14/2013 10:22:59 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party' By Justin Sink - 01/14/13 12:54 PM ET President Obama on Monday said his difficulties driving bargains with congressional Republicans had little do with the personal relationships he has with members across the aisle, instead arguing that partisan politics were to blame. "I'm a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party," Obama said during his press conference Monday at the White House. He joked that, "now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway, so I'll be probably calling...
  • Immigrants gain path to driver’s licenses

    01/14/2013 10:21:03 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Yale Daily News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Monica Disare
    Last Sunday, 439 people gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church in Fair Haven to celebrate what could be a breakthrough year for undocumented workers in Connecticut. The crowd praised the first milestone this year for immigrants — that undocumented youth protected under President Obama’s executive order DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act, can now obtain legal driver’s licenses in Connecticut. State leaders also announced their plan to introduce a bill this session allowing all undocumented workers in Connecticut to acquire driver’s licenses. The Sunday gathering was run by CONECT, or Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, which...
  • Livery Cabbie Shot Over $8.00

    01/14/2013 10:18:58 AM PST · by Wiggins · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Natasha Velez
    A gunman yesterday prepares to shoot a Bronx livery driver over a measly eight bucks after the victim didn’t understand his demands, cops and the wounded man’s family said. Cabby Raphael Martinez, 54, of the Dominican Republic, was about an hour into his shift when he was attacked in his vehicle at 5:10 a.m. on White Plains Road and Lafayette Avenue in Soundview, a dramatic moment caught by the car’s security cam.
  • Detroit Man Says He Can Reveal Where Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried

    01/14/2013 10:18:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marc Santia
    Tony Zerilli, alleged to be the underboss of Detroit's biggest crime family, is breaking his silence on one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American historyA man who federal agents say is a main character in the infamous unsolved mystery about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is breaking his silence after decades of refusing to answer questions. The reputed gangster says the union leader was buried in a field in suburban Detroit -- about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen. Eighty-five years old and barely able to walk, Tony Zerilli never thought this day would...
  • Jackie Chan back in action, branding US more corrupt than China

    01/14/2013 10:16:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.scmp.com ^ | Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am | Vivienne Chow
    Action star Jackie Chan has once again sparked controversy by branding America the world's "most corrupt" country in a TV interview. His comments were slammed by The Washington Post's foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher as "anti-American" and a reflection of China's insecurity about itself. Chan told Phoenix TV that China has been bullied by international powers for a long time and only began making progress in recent years. Chan added that while China has a corruption problem, so do other nations, including America. "If you talk about corruption, the entire world - America - has no corruption?" said the actor....
  • Sorry, middle class. The VAT may be inevitable.

    01/14/2013 10:16:25 AM PST · by listenhillary · 20 replies
    Cnn Money ^ | January 14, 2013 | Shawn Tully
    FORTUNE -- You can't blame middle-income Americans for wondering whether the new "fiscal cliff" deal really protects them from big tax increases in the future. That's essentially what President Obama promised in championing the hike in rates for high-earners signed into law on January 2. Still, the politicians and pundits keep talking about how our steep deficits and mountainous debt will rise even after the new revenue is counted. So it's only natural for the folks to ask the obvious question: Now that the affluent are paying far more, where's the extra cash supposed to come from? The answer is...
  • Explosive new coroner's report on death of Hollywood star Natalie Wood reveals her injuries

    01/14/2013 10:14:40 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 14, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An explosive new coroner's report reveals Hollywood star Natalie Wood was likely beaten aboard her yacht before he went overboard and drowned in 1981. The Los Angeles County coroner's examination of the Wood case also found flaws in 'every major' finding of the previous autopsy report that led medical examiners to rule the Hollywood star's death an accident. It's the latest step toward settling the question of whether Wood was murdered, or whether she accidentally fell overboard on her 60-foot yacht and drowned - as the original police investigation concluded. The new coroner's examination asserts that bruises found on the...
  • McCain, vocal with reservations toward Hagel, won’t block nomination

    01/14/2013 10:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | January 13th, 2013 | 11:09 PM ET | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. John McCain, prominent among the Washington ranks who have questioned former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s suitability for the top Defense Department post, said Sunday he will not exert his power to block Hagel’s nomination. “No,” he told CNN when asked directly whether he would block the nomination in the Senate. “I plan to make a judgment as to whether I think he’s appropriate to be Secretary of Defense or not.” Each senator has the power to prevent a nomination from advancing to the floor, and one of McCain’s close colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has suggested he would put President Barack...
  • Union Spends More On Salaries, Benefits Than Member Representation

    01/14/2013 10:03:30 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The state's largest teachers' union is spending more on employee salaries and benefits than on "representational activities." And, the money the Michigan Education Association spends representing its members is down as well. That could come into play as MEA members soon will have the choice as to whether they want to pay dues to belong to the union. The reports the MEA filed with the IRS show that it spent $16.6 million on representational activities in 2011, and $15.2 million in 2012, an 8.4 percent decline. The MEA's costs for its own employees' benefits increased from $21.6 million in 2011...