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  • The Escalating Effect

    01/15/2013 11:03:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Armstrong Williams
    Sometimes, looking at the political discourse in this country, I wonder if we really understand the ratchet effect of increasing government programs and power over time: unlike in business, unlike in nature, unlike in, well, real life -- failure is not punished, but at best ignored, at worst rewarded. Once a program is in place, it is almost impossible to repeal, even when Republicans obtain political power because voters become dependent on it. Progressives have known this for as long as they have been blowing up the bureaucracy. Congressman Henry Waxman famously said that, if it took losing a few...
  • Gun Control, the Dick Act of 1902, Bills of Attainder & Ex Post Facto Laws

    01/15/2013 11:02:48 AM PST · by WXRGina · 20 replies
    American Clarion ^ | January 14, 2013 | Publius Huldah
    The latest round of rubbish flooding our in boxes is an ignorant rant claiming that the Dick Act of 1902 (which respects our Right to be armed) can’t be repealed because to do so would “violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws”. Who dreams up this stuff? Does anyone check it out before they spread it around? Of course we have the God-given right to keep and bear arms, to self-defense, etc., etc. Our Declaration of Independence (2nd para) recognizes that our Rights come from God and are unalienable. In addition, the 2nd Amendment to our federal Constitution...
  • Genomes link aboriginal Australians to Indians

    01/15/2013 10:52:22 AM PST · by Theoria · 31 replies
    Nature ^ | 14 Jan 2013 | Ed Yong
    Mingling of genes four millennia ago suggests continent was not isolated after all. Some aboriginal Australians can trace as much as 11% of their genomes to migrants who reached the island around 4,000 years ago from India, a study suggests. Along with their genes, the migrants brought different tool-making techniques and the ancestors of the dingo, researchers say1.This scenario is the result of a large genetic analysis outlined today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. It contradicts a commonly held view that Australia had no contact with the rest of the world between the arrival of the...
  • Still off the hook: ABU HAMZA AL-MASRI awaiting hands in NY jail

    01/15/2013 10:49:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/15/13 | BRUCE GOLDING
    He still can’t get a grip. The taxpayer-funded purchase of new prosthetic devices for a handless, hate-spewing Islamic preacher appears to be on hold, one of his lawyers said yesterday. Abu Hamza al-Masri underwent an initial fitting last month to replace the infamous metal hooks that were yanked off his forearm stumps as a security risk following his extradition from Great Britain in October.
  • Activist Group Claims Government Subsidized Green Energy Projects Are Worthwhile

    01/15/2013 10:44:00 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/7/2013 | Tom Gantert
    In a recent article in The Christian Science Monitor, two analysts from the Union of Concerned Scientists make the argument that President Obama’s investments in green technology were a good deal. The Union of Concerned Scientists’ John Rogers, a senior energy analyst in the Climate and Energy Program, and David Friedman, the senior engineer in the Clean Vehicles Program, described the well-publicized bankruptcies of Solyndra and A123 Systems as “a few falling acorns” and call critics “Chicken Littles.” President Obama’s green energy investments have received a lot of publicity in Michigan because four of the largest nine green companies to...
  • Obama plans to surround himself with children during gun control announcement

    01/15/2013 10:42:50 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 206 replies
    Washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1-15-13 | Charlie Spiering
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced this afternoon that President Obama will unveil a “concrete package” of gun control proposals including assault weapons bans, high capacity ammunition magazine bans, and closing loopholes on background checks. Carney said that the president will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden as well as children who wrote to the president after the Newtown shootings. “They will be joined by children around the country expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents,” Carney confirmed.
  • Release of EPA Administrator’s Non-Public Emails Called ‘Deeply Troubling’

    01/15/2013 10:41:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 15, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (Update: CEI's Chris Horner tells CNSNews.com the next step is a meeting with Justice Department officials: "We will ask them to right EPA's ship, and if they do not agree, we will ask the court," he said. Horner says he wants a "straight answer" to a direct question: Did the EPA, as part of a FOIA request, search the "Richard Windsor" email accounts? Richard Windsor is the alias used by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield some official communications from public view.) (CNSNews.com) – Complying with a court order minutes before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, the Environmental Protection...
  • And First Prize for Gall Goes to ... Barack Obama!

    01/15/2013 10:38:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    Here's the really nice thing about being president of the United States: You can hold a press conference, make any cockeyed statement you like and glare down all critics, inasmuch as you're King of the Microphone. You can, that is, if you're a certain kind of president. Let's say, theoretically, you're a president like Barack Obama, who, standing before the media on Monday, declared up to be down, red to be green and wolves to resemble sweet little lamb-y pies. With four more years to run in his engagement with the American people, Obama may yet startle us by representing...
  • Debt, Government Dysfunction Rise To Top Of American's Issue List

    01/15/2013 10:33:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    http://www.gallup.com/ ^ | January 15,2013 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans' concerns about the federal budget deficit and government dysfunction rose high enough in January to knock unemployment out of the top two slots on Gallup's "most important problem" list for the first time since 2009.
  • We’ve come a long way, but we have far to go (JESSE JAGMO ALERT)

    01/15/2013 10:31:28 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 11 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Updated: January 15, 2013 2:17AM | JESSE JACKSON jjackson@rainbowpush.org
    Updated: January 15, 2013 2:17AM When President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term, his hand will rest not only on President Abraham Lincoln’s Bible, but on Dr. Martin Luther King’s, too. As the ceremony falls on the federal holiday celebrating Dr. King’s birth, the civil rights leader would no doubt be proud as an African-American president is sworn in on the steps of a Capitol built by slave labor, about 170 miles from Jamestown where slave ships landed. We have come a long way. But Dr. King would not be satisfied. He marched to his own drummer,...
  • Former Obama Staff Complain Of Cold Inaugural Shoulder

    01/15/2013 10:29:48 AM PST · by muffaletaman · 27 replies
    Buzzfeed Politics ^ | Jan 14, 2013 10:29pm EST | Zeke Miller
    "In a sour footnote to President Barack Obama's sweeping electoral victory last November, many of his campaign staffers have been shut out of the inaugural festivities, more than a dozen of them complained to BuzzFeed Monday."
  • A World Without America

    01/15/2013 10:22:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Frank Gaffney
    Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly declared that "a world without America is not only desirable, it is achievable." While that sentiment won't be embraced in President Obama's inaugural address next week, all other things being equal, it seems likely to be the practical effect of his second term. Of course, Iran's regime seeks a world literally without America. More to the point, Ahmadinejad and the mullahs in Tehran are working tirelessly to secure the means by which to accomplish that goal. Specifically, they have or are developing the ability to engage in devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks, biological warfare...
  • Hate Crime Stats Deflate 'Islamophobia' Myth

    01/15/2013 10:22:29 AM PST · by forty_years · 5 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | January 11, 2013 | David J. Rusin
    A detailed analysis of FBI statistics covering ten full calendar years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks reveals that, on a per capita basis, American Muslims, contrary to spin, have been subjected to hate crimes less often than other prominent minorities. From 2002 to 2011, Muslims are estimated to have suffered hate crimes at a frequency of 6.0 incidents per 100,000 per year — 10 percent lower than blacks (6.7), 48 percent lower than homosexuals and bisexuals (11.5), and 59 percent lower than Jews (14.8). Americans should keep these numbers in mind whenever Islamists attempt to silence critics by invoking Muslim...
  • SAPD: Car thief killed, another wounded at Stone Oak home

    01/15/2013 10:21:04 AM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    KENS 5 San Antonio ^ | January 15, 2013 | Jenny Suniga
    SAN ANTONIO -- A man is dead and another is recovering in the hospital after police say they were shot while trying to steal an SUV from outside a home in an affluent neighborhood. San Antonio police said the shooter, who was visiting family at a home in the 600 block of Lightstone Drive in Stone Oak, heard the men breaking into his Toyota 4Runner around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. The 25-year-old man stepped outside with a gun, confronted the men who were rifling through his vehicle and opened fire, according to a police report. He later told police that he...
  • Box Of Human Heads Found At Chicago Airport

    01/15/2013 10:19:30 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    Sky News ^ | 01/15/2013
    Investigators are confused why a package containing 18 human heads was flagged by US Customs officials at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Initially it seems it was unclear whether the heads - which were reportedly still covered in skin - were legitimate anatomical specimens. But authorities have now concluded that they were properly frozen, wrapped and tagged as human specimens. The heads had been sent to Chicago from a research facility in Rome.
  • Planned Parenthood’s Attack on Women’s Health

    01/15/2013 10:18:10 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Steven Aden
    Planned Parenthood makes it from one day to the next by telling themselves—and the world—that they exist for reasons pertaining to women’s health. In fact, the nation’s largest abortion seller has turned “women’s health” into a mantra so ubiquitous that the words are used in nearly all of the organization’s various defenses for performing an abortion every 94 seconds, according to Planned Parenthood’s own newly released annual report. The hope is that pro-life individuals and groups will find themselves sufficiently defeated and crawl home. But no matter how many times Planned Parenthood repeats their “Big Lie,” there’s a problem they...
  • A month after Newtown: Massive gun show (The SHOT Show)

    01/15/2013 10:16:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 15, 2013 | Aaron Smith
    One of the biggest gun industry trade shows in America starts in Las Vegas on Tuesday, as President Obama considers proposals from Vice President Joseph Biden's task force on gun violence one month after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. The SHOT Show, which stands for Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade, runs from Jan. 15 to Jan. 18 and is operated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a gun industry group that is based in Newtown. The annual event is open only to members of the industry and not to the general public. It's being held at the Sands Expo and Convention...
  • UPDATE 3-Wal-Mart plans $50 billion 'buy American' push

    01/15/2013 10:14:43 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 15, 2013
    NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made goods over the next decade in areas like sporting goods and high-end appliances in what the world's largest retailer called a bid to help boost the U.S. economy. Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States and the world's largest retailer, also said on Tuesday it plans to hire 100,000 newly discharged veterans over the next five years, at a time when the U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.8 percent. The moves come as the U.S. economy continues to grow slowly 3-1/2...
  • Finally, a Sensible Gun Control Solution

    01/15/2013 10:14:32 AM PST · by Starman417 · 14 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-15-13 | Brother Bob
    We have plenty of housing developments being built in this country – why not begin designating some as gun free communities? And if there is enough demand for these communities we could incorporate gun free townships. ... This would place all of the anti-gun crowd in an enclave where they know that none of their neighbors will be armed with guns, save for local law enforcement. To see if such a planned community could work I would place one other caveat: the gun free zones would not be allowed to have any additional police protection beyond what other communities have....
  • Emanuel gives insight to gun control in D.C., makes plans for Chicago

    01/15/2013 10:13:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mike Flannery and Joanie Lum
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered an analysis of Chicago's city employee pension funds to see if they hold companies that make or sell assault weapons. If so, he wants them sold. Emanuel spoke on Monday in Washington about his support for new gun control measures. He participated in a panel with the Center for American Progress Action Fund to talk about his role in getting the Assault Weapons Ban passed in 1994, when he was senior adviser to President Clinton. The mayor spoke on the political lessons learned during the passage of that bill and how the dialogue in...
  • Leon Panetta Says U.S. Has Pledged to Help France in Mali

    01/15/2013 10:13:01 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 14, 2013 | By ELISABETH BUMILLER
    LISBON — In what could draw the United States into another conflict in North Africa, the Obama administration has pledged to help the French who are fighting Islamist militants in Mali, and that assistance could include air and other logistical support, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on Monday. ----------------------------snip---------------- Defense officials would not rule out the possibility that American military transport planes might land in Mali, where the United States has been conducting an ambitious counterterrorism program for years. American spy planes and surveillance drones are in the meantime trying to get a sense of the chaos on the...
  • Time Warner Cable @TWC suspends gun store commercials in North Carolina

    01/15/2013 10:11:10 AM PST · by BlueBerrier0341 · 11 replies
    FACEBOOK ^ | 1-15-13 | Surf City Guns & Ammo
    Our television commercials have been suspended by Time Warner who feel that promoting law abiding citizens to take proper training and purchase firearms and accessories from a registered FFL is a bad thing. We have to edit our commercial to remove everything AR-15 so be ready for some pink guns, ladies!!!
  • Prosperity Fades

    01/15/2013 10:10:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Prosperity extends beyond just material wealth.Legatum Institute   The 2012 Legatum Prosperity Index was released last week, and it's chock-full of an array of direct and indirect commentary on the global economy. I find it fascinating in so many ways. On one hand it's an indictment of America as an inclusive nation while allocating high points to a bunch of Scandinavian countries for welcoming societal diversity. When your society is 99% European welcoming an occasional mosque or handful of foreigners isn't a true test of "welcoming diversity." Be that as it may, there are intriguing insights in the report not...
  • Victims of Lance Armstrong's strong-arm tactics feel relief and vindication.....

    01/15/2013 10:10:24 AM PST · by doug from upland · 29 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 1-2013 | By Teri Thompson , Nathaniel Vinton , Michael O'keeffe AND Christian Red
    Victims of Lance Armstrong's strong-arm tactics feel relief and vindication in the wake of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report The evidence published this month by USADA shows that Armstrong and his cronies possessed a cynical assuredness that their yellow wristbands entitled them to smash anyone who threatened their corrupt regime. By Teri Thompson , Nathaniel Vinton , Michael O'keeffe AND Christian Red / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:34 PM Updated: Friday, October 26, 2012, 11:10 AM Lance Armstrong's intimidation tactics are chronicled by many teammates. Mike Hutchings/Reuters Lance Armstrong's intimidation tactics are chronicled by teammates and...
  • How Republicans Should Respond To Obama's Lies From Now On

    01/15/2013 10:08:27 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-15-13 | The Looking Spoon
    It would probably be there permanently...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Fox40.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    guns.com ^ | 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...
  • CELL PHONE CALLING

    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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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,...