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  • Letter: How much would armed guards really cost?

    01/15/2013 10:02:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | January 15, 2013 | Dave Head
    How much would armed guards really cost? Fifty cents a day. That's what liberal gun-grabbers have deemed "too expensive" for each of us to give up in order to keep kids safe at school. The quoted cost of two police officers in every school in the nation is supposedly $26 billion. We have 144 million taxpayers. Do the math, and that is slightly less than 50 cents per taxpayer per day. But the gun-grabbers have not done the math. They don't want to. They throw out the "too expensive" scarecrow with abandon, hoping to derail the only tactic that will...
  • White House To Announce Gun Plans Wednesday

    01/15/2013 10:02:26 AM PST · by edpc · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | 15 Jan 2013 | Philip Rucker and Sari Horwitz
  • Obama: The "Great CONmunicator"

    01/15/2013 10:00:58 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-15-2013 | MOTUS
    If(snip)you still doubt that Big Guy is this generation’s “great communicator” you still don’t get it.   “I hear you. With my left ear.” You must still be hung up on last century’s model of a “great communicator” – someone whose convictions were based on the solid values that made America great and who spoke his mind and convictions simply, directly and honestly.     You really need to get with the program: this is the 21st century! The new “great COMmunicator” model also speaks his mind and convictions simply, directly, albeit a bit dishonestly.   (snip)you can’t win hearts...
  • Eviscerating the 2nd Amendment (...what's next after our gun rights have been taken?)

    01/15/2013 9:57:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    WND ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mychal Massie
    Snip: If we are deprived of our Second Amendment rights, can the rights provided us under the First Amendment be far behind? And I point out for those prepared to disagree with me that it is freedom of speech provided under the First Amendment that allows a dissident to burn the American flag on the ground. It also allows so-called artwork that is the most vulgar representations of biblical personages to be protected as freedom of expression provided under the First Amendment. Even though said artwork is government-sponsored and taxpayer-funded under constraint of law, there are no outcries about the...
  • Genghis Khan the GREEN: Invader killed so many people that carbon levels plummeted

    01/15/2013 9:54:45 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 1/25/11
    Genghis Khan has been branded the greenest invader in history - after his murderous conquests killed so many people that huge swathes of cultivated land returned to forest. The Mongol leader, who established a vast empire between the 13th and 14th centuries, helped remove nearly 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, claims a new study.
  • European Court Rejects Three UK Faith Bias Complaints [Upholds a Fourth]

    01/15/2013 9:53:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/13 | Claire Davenport
    (Reuters) - Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that equality laws and safety concerns trumped religious freedom in three cases where British Christians were sacked or sanctioned for expressing their beliefs at work. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled employers did not violate the religious rights of a registrar who refused to officiate for civil partnerships of same-sex couples and a counselor deemed unwilling to offer sex therapy for gays. It also turned down an appeal by a nurse whose hospital barred her from wearing a cross around her neck. In the fourth case in the...
  • New Video Game Allows Players to Murder NRA President

    01/15/2013 9:48:08 AM PST · by illiac · 9 replies ^ | 1/15/13 | Katie Pavlich
    A new online video game is taking political discourse to a whole new level. We already reported the death threats being received by NRA executives and now, a video game which allows users to shoot NRA President David Keene in the head, has been released. The creator of the game identified as gizmo01942 Ediot says, "Share this everywhere, especially gun-nut and anti-game websites. Also see if you can't send it in to the NRA somehow, like through the feedback on their website or something." Gizmo also provides screen shots to viewers, which can be seen below. The game is available...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Thinks 19-Year-Olds Aren't Mature Enough to Own a Gun...?

    01/15/2013 9:45:52 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 15 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    (my dad gave me a 4-10 when I was twelve...) h/t Speedunque
  • Genghis Khan, Secretary of State

    01/15/2013 9:45:37 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/15/13 | William A Levinson
    The United States might just as well send Jared Lee Loughner or, if he was still alive, Adam Lanza, to represent it in the world community, and this is no exaggeration. John Kerry is, per his own admission, a mass murderer just like Loughner and Lanza or, to use his own words, Genghis Khan. John Kerry: Admitted Felon, Liar, or Both There is a huge legal difference between an admitted felon and a convicted felon. Neither John Kerry nor Barack Obama's friend William Ayers was ever convicted of a felony, but both said they committed felonies. Ayers said he was...
  • Don’t Bite the Dentist: Man Finds Child’s Book of Rules

    01/15/2013 9:42:03 AM PST · by Daffynition · 5 replies ^ | o1.15.13 | Sonseeahray Tonsall
    CITRUS HEIGHTS- A Walmart employee is hoping to reunite a child with the incredible book of rules that they wrote. “Don’t get into other people’s business. Don’t call each other names. Clean up your messes. No eating other people’s food. One hundred eighteen is don’t keep saying please if someone says no. I like that,” said Raymond Flores as he reads off the kind of advice you might snatch up in the self-help section at Barnes & Noble. “One hundred twelve is to try to make things fair,” reads Flores. But these life lessons came to Walmart employee Flores at...
  • Governor Jindal’s Bold Plan to Abolish Louisiana’s Income Tax

    01/15/2013 9:41:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 15, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a big fan of the flat tax as a way of neutering the punitive and convoluted internal revenue code in Washington. But I’m even more aggressive at the state level.That’s why I’m very excited about a new proposal from Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.He’s already implemented some good school choice reform, notwithstanding wretched and predictable opposition from the state’s teachers’ union.Now he wants to get rid of the state’s personal and corporate income taxes.This would be a big and bold step, and I shared some evidence recently showing that states with no income tax grow faster and create more jobs.I also...
  • Lance Armstrong and the Sociopath’s Dilemma: When Honesty Is No Longer Ethical (Clinton)

    01/15/2013 9:37:37 AM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    Lance Armstrong and the Sociopath’s Dilemma: When Honesty Is No Longer Ethical Welcome to the club, Lance. Rose In 2004, 15 years after he had been banned from baseball after a finding by the Major League Baseball’s Commissioner’s Office that he had violated the games rules against betting on Major League Games, Pete Rose publicly admitted that his denials over that time were all lies. Yes, he had bet on baseball, and he was very, very sorry. Rose’s admission did little to change the verdict in and out of baseball that he was a rogue and a liar. His confession...
  • Your Grandpa’s “Assault Weapons”: What will a semi-automatic ban mean to collector firearms?

    01/15/2013 9:36:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 15 January, 2013 | Chris Eger
    With both the ‘old’ 1994 Assault Weapon’s Ban (AWB) and the looming specter of a new one for 2013, there are several unlikely firearms out there that are caught up in the flakiness of this type of legislation. Many of these are arms that were perfectly legal when they were designed and sold mail order to your grandfathers. Today, if these heirlooms are in your gun rack, pending actions by Washington could mean they are now unforeseen targets. John Browning’s Model 8 In 1900, John Moses Browning invented a long recoil-operated semi-automatic rifle that uses a rotating bolt. Chambered for...

    01/15/2013 9:36:21 AM PST · by BankerWoman1 · 103 replies
    Anyone else having cell phone problems? Talked with AT&T and they said it's a tower problem in this area.
  • The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots

    01/15/2013 9:35:42 AM PST · by ksen · 87 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 1/14/2013 | Noah Smith
    For most of modern history, two-thirds of the income of most rich nations has gone to pay salaries and wages for people who work, while one-third has gone to pay dividends, capital gains, interest, rent, etc. to the people who own capital. This two-thirds/one-third division was so stable that people began to believe it would last forever. But in the past ten years, something has changed. Labor's share of income has steadily declined, falling by several percentage points since 2000. It now sits at around 60% or lower. The fall of labor income, and the rise of capital income, has...
  • The War We Are In

    01/15/2013 9:28:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/14/13 | Christopher Manion
    These are not the best of times. In fact, some folks say that the Catholic Church in the United States confronts today the greatest challenge in its history. Things were already tough before the November elections, but now they’re in the tank. The good news is that, this year, Catholic bishops were united as never before in defending the Church’s First Amendment right of religious freedom; the bad news is that, if the election results are to be viewed as a referendum on that issue, we lost. Win or lose, it’s certainly time for some prayerful introspection. The battle over...
  • Obama's Giveaway to the Communists

    01/15/2013 9:24:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | January 15, 2013 | Phyllis Schalfly
    The China problem is not just that China is raking in trillions of dollars because of Obama's spending and borrowing binges, and it's not just that government policies encourage well-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs to move overseas. An even bigger problem is that the Obama administration is about to give Communist China some of our most precious and up-to-date military technology. This particular chicanery started when the Obama administration foolishly tried to use taxpayers' money to force green energy to replace fossil fuels. But green energy can't compete in the free market because it's so much more expensive to produce. Obama...
  • Recall Point: Journal News FOIA Requests Asked For 'How Many and What Types' of Guns Owned

    01/15/2013 9:19:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/15/13 | Tom Blumer
    The Lower Hudson Valley's Journal News based in White Plains, New York has been very tight-lipped since it published an interactive map showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reports that the paper has hired "a Manhattan public relations, marketing and government affairs firm" whose job appears to involve denying interview requests and issuing "no comment" statements. Predictably, the one media outlet which has been granted access by the Journal News is the New York Times, whose Christine Haughney filed a report on January 6. In that dispatch,...
  • ‘Les Miserables’ shooting: Cops take down gunman in crowded San Diego movie theater

    01/15/2013 9:15:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    20-year-old Tom Billodeaux pulled gun during screening of Oscar-nominated movie, but witnesses said he never threatened to shoot anyone. Cops arrived and stopped the movie as others ducked and fled. Moviegoers at a San Diego theater ducked for cover as officers stormed in during a film screening and shot and critically wounded a gunman hiding in their midst. No one else was hurt in the shooting Saturday inside Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain in northern San Diego, officer David Stafford said. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Tom Billodeaux of Escondido, was taken to a hospital after being shot in the arm...
  • Chuck Hagel: A Man to Watch -- Carefully

    01/15/2013 9:11:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 15, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    It should be interesting, the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Charles Hagel to be the next secretary of defense of the United States. . . A lot more interesting than the hearings on John Kerry's nomination as secretary of state or John Brennan's nomination as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. There may have been a time when those nominations were supposed to be controversial, but compared to the choice of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, both look like cinches to sail through the confirmation process. . . Mr. Hagel's qualifications to head the Defense Department begin with...
  • Is national gun registry and confiscation on the horizon? (Video)

    01/15/2013 9:11:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 15, 2013 | Karl Dickey
    Today Vice President Joe Biden is submitting his report to President Barack Obama on gun control and one thing is becoming clear - up to 50-80% of all guns in circulation will be affected by his suggestions. As we reported earlier regarding Dianne Feinstein's proposal, it will affect 50% of all long guns and 80% of all handguns. The proposal includes the creation of a national database of gun owners, tracking who owns what guns and private gun sales would fade into history. The proposal is all gun sales will need to have a Brady Check and for most guns...
  • New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills

    01/15/2013 9:08:46 AM PST · by Tirian · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | THOMAS KAPLAN and DANNY HAKIM
    ...The state Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a handful of Democrats, approved the legislative package just after 11 p.m. by a lopsided vote of 43 to 18. The Assembly, where Democrats who have been strongly supportive of gun control have an overwhelming majority, planned to vote on the measure Tuesday... ...The expanded ban on assault weapons would broaden the definition of such weapons, banning semiautomatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature, as well as semiautomatic shotguns with one military-style feature. New Yorkers who already own such guns could keep them but would be...
  • Mali conflict: France to increase troop numbers

    01/15/2013 9:06:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | January 15, 2012
    President Francois Hollande says more French troops are to be deployed in Mali to support the 750 in the country countering an Islamist insurgency. Mr Hollande said new air strikes overnight had "achieved their goal". One target was the town of Diabaly, which rebels entered on Monday. West African military chiefs are meeting in Mali to discuss how an alliance with the French will work. France began its intervention on Friday to halt the Islamists' advance south. Late on Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously backed the intervention. Mr Hollande, on a visit to the French regional military base known...
  • Galatasaray match halted by puppy power

    01/15/2013 9:05:59 AM PST · by the scotsman · 6 replies
    Eurosport News ^ | 15th January 2013 | Eurosport News
    'Turkey's biggest football club was brought to a standstill at the weekend by two of the cutest pitch invaders ever seen. Galatasaray's friendly against German second tier side Vfr Aalen in Antalya had to be halted early in the second half when the football-loving pooches cantered onto the pitch and began playing with the stars. Aalen's Brazilian striker Cidimar - wearing the number 33 shirt - immediately started petting the two dogs, earning huge cheers from the thousands in the stadium before the dogs were successfully chased off.'
  • Right of self-defense against tyranny NOT negotiable, Mr. Obama

    01/15/2013 9:04:46 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/15/13 | George Spelvin
    A nationwide appeal has been sent to gun owners and their families asking they go to their state capitol this Saturday, January 19, from noon to 3 p. m. to show support for our 2nd Amendment rights. In Florida, gun owners are asked to meet in the “middle of the state” at noon, at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville, FL 334601. (1) This urgent call to action is in response to the Barack Obama/Joe Biden/Diane Feinstein legislative aim of imposing bans on arbitrarily selected groups of firearms and accessories. One North Carolina police lieutenant warns internet audiences,...
  • God is Alive and Well (For Those Wondering)

    01/15/2013 9:03:25 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 2 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | January 15, 2012 | JP
    God bless Frank Newport. The Gallup Poll’s editor-in-chief is author of the recently published book, “God is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America.” It punctures the myth that the ranks of the nation’s non-religious are growing by leaps and bounds. The myth has gained currency in the mainstream media, thanks to a dishonest poll published this past fall by the left-leaning Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. By playing fast and loose with polling data, and by employing semantic gymnastics, Pew was able to make the dubious claim that 20 percent of Americans “do...
  • Gingrich: GOP unwise to pick fight on debt limit

    01/15/2013 9:02:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2013 7:28 AM EST
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says House Republicans are making a mistake by using the issue of increasing the borrowing limit to challenge President Barack Obama on spending issues. Gingrich tells “CBS This Morning” that’s a losing proposition. “In the end, it’s a threat they can’t sustain,” he says, because no one wants to see the country default on its debts. …
  • NY Times: Obama Plans 19 Executive Orders on Gun Control

    01/15/2013 8:55:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 04:04 AM | Hiram Reisner
    President Barack Obama plans this week to present 19 separate executive orders on gun control and will press for comprehensive legislation to expand gun-purchase background checks, lawmakers made privy to the president’s agenda said Monday, according to the New York Times. The biggest congressional fight on gun control in early 20 years—which also includes efforts to ban assault weapons and high-capacity clips—could be launched as soon as Wednesday, the Times reports. But considering the president’s expected inability to get acceptance for his plan through Congress, Obama will not shy away from using executive orders for restrictions he deems necessary, according...
  • Game of Thrones: Gold, Germany, France, Taxes and the Debt Ceiling

    01/15/2013 8:53:48 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    With Washington DC alight with the buzz of the approaching debt ceiling, Germany wants its gold back from the NY Fed and other central banks. Here is a country-by-country list of country gold reserves. (I hope the Germans find more gold in the New York Fed than we would find in Ft. Knox!) Of course, Germany looks at the USA and wonders how we can borrow SO much money and generate SO little economic growth. 113% increase in Federal Debt held by public since Q2 2008 and a measly 2.57% growth in real GDP. This comes at a time when...
  • Harvard law faculty posts Koran verse, “greatest expressions of justice in history”

    01/15/2013 8:53:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Creeping Shariah ^ | 1/15/13 | creeping
    via Quran verse posted at US Harvard varsity – Emirates 24/7. Harvard University has posted a verse of the Holy Quran at the entrance of its faculty of law, describing the verse as one of the greatest expressions for justice in history, a Saudi newspaper reported on Sunday. Verse 135 of Sura Al Nisa (women chapter) has been posted at a wall facing the faculty’s main entrance, dedicated to the best phrases said about justice. A Saudi student who studies at Harvad published a picture of the poster in his Twitter page, according to the Saudi Arabic language daily Ajel....
  • Guns in the Home Surprise Criminals

    01/15/2013 8:52:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | January 14, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    (This true-crime event took place the night of Nov. 13th 1981.) A duck hunt loomed in the morning so I hit the bed early, where my wife Shirley (six-months pregnant) was reading. Elaine, her sister, was due home from the show any minute…… Suddenly all hell broke loose downstairs— door crashed in, shrieks, bumps, whacks. “Shut-up!” “Oh NO!! NO!!” “SHUT UP, I SAID!!” Geezum! Somebody broke in?! And I could hear Elaine screaming. I leaped from my bed to the gun rack, grabbed the pump shotgun and started slipping in shells. “Don’t shoot!” came Elaine’s cry from the darkness...
  • @ProjectVeritas_ Journalists, Politicians Refuse to Post Lawn Sign saying "HOME IS PROUDLY GUN FREE"

    01/15/2013 8:50:38 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 11 replies
  • Obama Once Called Raising Debt Ceiling 'a Sad State of Affairs'

    01/15/2013 8:44:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Here's audio of then-senator Barack Obama calling a vote to raise the debt ceiling "a sad state of affairs": The one time the debt ceiling was up for a vote when Obama was in the Senate, he voted against it.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 15,2013

    01/15/2013 8:40:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 56 replies
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  • Wal-Mart pledges to hire 100,000-plus veterans

    01/15/2013 8:39:30 AM PST · by djf · 80 replies
    KING5 ^ | Jan 15, 2012 | AP&KING5
    NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, is making a pledge to hire every recently discharged veteran who wants a job. The plan is set to be announced as part of an address delivered in New York on Tuesday at the annual retail industry convention by Bill Simon, president and CEO of Wal-Mart's namesake U.S. business. ...
  • Heineman wants to eliminate the state income tax

    01/15/2013 8:38:56 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 14 replies
    The Omaha World Herald ^ | Jan 15 2013 | By Paul Hammel and Martha Stoddard
    LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman called Tuesday for a "bold and courageous" plan to eliminate the state income tax, both individual and corporate. In exchange, the governor would eliminate certain sales tax exemptions, though he deferred until later this week offering details of his proposed multi-billion dollar tax shift. Heineman, a conservative Republican, unveiled his tax reform plan during his annual state of the state speech to the Nebraska Legislature. The governor's two-year state budget plan calls for a 4.9 percent increase in spending.
  • Jon Stewart Fires Back At Paul Krugman (Trillion dollar coin)

    01/15/2013 8:35:01 AM PST · by Mamzelle · 15 replies
    business insider ^ | 1-14-13 | Bret Logurato
    Two effeminate progressive Mean Girls pull each other's Hair Plugs at the cafeteria Cool Table. (summary)
  • Teen who stabbed girl more than 100 times gets life in prison

    01/15/2013 8:34:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    CBC ^ | January 14, 2013
    A Cape Breton teenager found guilty of second-degree murder for stabbing his girlfriend more than 100 times has been sentenced as an adult to life in prison. Melvin Skeete Jr., who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, was sentenced Monday in Nova Scotia Youth Court to life in prison with no chance of parole until Dec. 3, 2017.
  • Vatican Article Likens Gay Marriage to Communism

    01/15/2013 8:22:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 134 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 1/14/13 | Joel Connolly
    The Vatican has taken multiple blasts at same-sex marriage in the last month, just as it is on the way to becoming legal in Britain and France, and as a poll by an evangelical-backed organization finds opposition in the United States on the wane. A front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, likens marriage equality to 20th-century communism, reports the Religion News Service, saying it is equal to “the egalitarian utopia that did so much damage during the 20th Century . . . deceiving humanity as socialism did in the past.” The Vatican blast follows a Christmas season message...
  • Gun buybacks don’t reduce gun violence, either

    01/15/2013 8:12:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    While we're "vigorously" pursuing "meaningful" gun legislation that can't possibly make it through Congress if it's anything near "meaningful" enough for this president, let's also remind everyone that those flashy gun buyback programs local politicians love to tout do about as much to reduce gun violence as, well, gun control does in Chicago.USA Today covers the latest outbreak of gun buybacks, popping up across the nation in the wake of Newtown. They come with flashy local news reports, B-roll rich with antique rifles and other castoff weapons whose confiscation would have been great for preventing stagecoach hold-ups but not modern...
  • When progressives use the word "liberty", they mean setting the government free

    01/15/2013 8:10:09 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    In "Constitutional government in the United States", Woodrow Wilson writes the following: (page 70-71) Some of our Presidents have deliberately held themselves off from using the full power they might legitimately have used, because of conscientious scruples, because they were more theorists than statesmen. They have held the strict literary theory of the Constitution, the Whig theory, the Newtonian theory, and have acted as if they thought that Pennsylvania Avenue should have been even longer than it is; that there should be no intimate communication of any kind between the Capitol and the White House; that the President as a...
  • How much do you know about US entitlement programs? Take our quiz.

    01/15/2013 8:09:06 AM PST · by shove_it · 51 replies
    ChristianScienceMonitor ^ | undated | Allison Terry
    The push to reform entitlement programs is at the heart of debates about the future of the US budget. Many Republicans want big changes as Medicare and Medicaid, in particular, consume a larger share of federal spending. Most Democrats merely want to ensure the programs' survival. Entitlement programs include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (welfare). How much do you know about them? [...]
  • Chuck Hagel says he regrets 'Jewish lobby' remark

    01/15/2013 8:08:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/15/2013 | Jonathan Easley
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama's pick for Defense secretary, expressed regret for a past comment about the “Jewish lobby” that has threatened to derail his nomination. In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) released Monday, Hagel called the remark a "poor choice of words," and vowed that he would work to "expand the depth and breadth of U.S.-Israel cooperation" if confirmed for the Pentagon’s top post. "I regret saying it," Hagel wrote. "I used that terminology only once, in an interview. I recognize that this kind of language can be construed as anti­-Israel. I know the pro­-Israel...
  • PRUDEN: The long season of rage ahead

    01/15/2013 8:06:43 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 January 2013 | Wes Pruden
    Barack Obama is laying out a revolutionary agenda for his second term, and he’s calling up his heaviest artillery to enforce the transformative presidency delayed in the first. The campaign to confirm Chuck Hagel will be no campaign for the fainthearted summer soldiers who know only small-caliber combat. The emerging White House strategy is to repeat and repeat the canard that anyone who criticizes the president and his agenda is a racist, probably a Klansman and maybe even a conservative. If the canard is repeated often enough, some people will believe it, even if they’re mostly people who believe it...
  • Feds: Immigrants were paddled at stash house; alleged captors charged(South Texas illegals)

    01/15/2013 8:04:25 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 14, 2013 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    McALLEN — Federal authorities arrested three men accused of holding 51 undocumented immigrants, threatening them with a handgun and a machete as well as paddling them to keep them in line. The arrests came after a Guatemalan immigrant managed to escape the house and alert authorities. On Friday afternoon, agents with U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division went to a house in the 6600 block of North Bentsen Road, where they arrested 51 undocumented immigrants and three men who, in addition to being immigrants from El Salvador, were in charge of holding them...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and Nation

    01/15/2013 8:01:27 AM PST · by Hiskid · 15 replies
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  • Mexicans sign petition for U.S. gun control

    01/15/2013 7:59:52 AM PST · by AuntB · 49 replies | Jan. 14, 2013 | whptv
    <p>MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking.</p> <p>Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country's violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States.</p>
  • How Many Bullets Are Enough?

    01/15/2013 7:58:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2013 | William Sullivan
    Gun control advocates, in their infinite wisdom, seem to think they have the definitive answer to this question. The answer is "less than ten." Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is seeking extensive gun control legislation to "tighten the assault weapons ban" and "ban all large-capacity gun clips." To these ends, he addressed the gun "extremists" by quipping, "It's simple -- no one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer." The first time I remember being introduced to this feeble (yet somehow, incredibly persistent) argument for gun control was while watching an Eddie...
  • White House Press Corps Going Through the Motions

    01/15/2013 7:53:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 15, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    You know that old saying that there are no dumb questions? It's not true. I know. As a journalist, I've asked my share of stupid questions. Yet even in the context of my own shortcomings, I do not understand what the White House press corps is thinking during what passes for a news conference in the Obama White House. Consider Monday's news conference. The last presser of President Barack Obama's first term spanned 53 minutes. Seven reporters asked questions -- after Obama called on them as if according to script. In his fashion, Obama answered a couple. There's a law...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HUMANITARIANISM, 01-15-13

    01/15/2013 7:51:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 01-15-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HUMANITARIANISM An ethical system that places temporal welfare of the human race as an exclusive goal of human effort and basic standard of conduct. It makes the personal and social good of human beings the primary object of human existence and subordinates, if it even considers, the worship of God to the interests of human beings. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.