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  • The Escalating Effect

    01/15/2013 11:03:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | 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our in boxes is an ignorant rant claiming that the Dick Act of 1902 (which respects our Right to be armed) can’t be repealed because to do so would “violate bills of attainder and ex post facto laws”.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 · 32 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 ^ | 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 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.) ( – 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...