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  • Fitch Warns It May Downgrade U.S. Over Debt Standoff

    01/15/2013 12:42:34 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated January 15, 2013, 2:32 p.m.
    A major credit-rating firm warned it could downgrade the U.S. if lawmakers prioritize debt payments over other government obligations such as Social Security, or fail to tackle the nation's growing debt burden in the ongoing budget negotiations. Fitch Ratings, one of the ratings firms that are closely watching the U.S. inch closer to its borrowing limit, unveiled two potential routes to a downgrade Tuesday, laying out their analysis more specifically than in prior reports. Analysts predict the U.S. will hit its so-called debt ceiling between Feb. 15 and March 1. Fitch's warning comes as President Barack Obama and Republican leaders...
  • NRA: Membership Has Grown by 250,000 in One Month

    01/15/2013 12:38:07 PM PST · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    USnews.com ^ | 1-15-2013 | Lauren Fox
    A quarter of a million people have signed up for new NRA memberships ahead of the White House Task Force's findings. A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to release Vice President Joe Biden's recommendations to curb gun violence in the United States, the National Rifle Association told U.S. News and World Report that they have seen membership grow by 250,000 in the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Politico reported membership had grown by more than 100,000 five days ago. The NRA says that when Politico reported the story, membership was close to...
  • BREAKING: Active gunman at St Louis St. Patricia College

    01/15/2013 12:36:12 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 132 replies
    Fox News Alert | 15 JAN 13 | dcbryan1
    Shep Smith just broke in and said that an active shooter situation is breaking at YET ANOTHER SCHOOL....formerly St. Patricia College in St. Louis, MO. Two people are wounded and the police are in an active shooter situation.
  • Surgeon Reports to Prison; Government Sends Message, States AAPS

    01/15/2013 12:33:37 PM PST · by safetysign · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/15/2013 | staff
    According to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), on Nov 1, 2012, vascular surgeon John Natale, M.D., 63, of Arlington, Ill., reported to the federal Bureau of Prisons to serve a 10-month sentence. According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, he was convicted on two counts of making false statements in connection with surgeries performed between August 2002 and October 2004, and acquitted on two counts of Medicare fraud. Dr. Natale had saved the lives of five seriously ill patients, average age 78, by complicated repairs of abdominal aortic aneurysms. He was, however, accused of describing...
  • McChrystal: Time to think about bringing back the draft?

    01/15/2013 12:24:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 13, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    General Stanley McChrystal is still making the rounds plugging his new book, as well as talking about any old issue of the day the media cares to toss his way. He sat down on Face the Nation this morning and hit a few of the standard questions on Afghanistan, gun control and Chuck Hagel, before Bob Schieffer decided to ask him whether or not it was time to bring back the draft. (H/T NRO) When asked about his thoughts on implementing a draft on CBS’s Face the Nation, General Stanley A. McChrystal said national service would have a positive impact...
  • Misstatement in Operative Report Not a Crime, Doctors' Group Tells Court

    01/15/2013 12:18:16 PM PST · by safetysign · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 01/15/2013 | staff
    In a motion for leave to file an amicus brief, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons tells the Court that the criminalization of language used in medical reports will have a profoundly chilling effect on the practice of medicine. In November, 2012, John Natale, M.D., of Chicago, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, went to federal prison on charges related to difficult, life-saving operations on several patients performed nearly 10 years ago. The patients survived and did well despite an expected mortality of 90 percent.
  • New Photo ID Law?

    01/15/2013 12:16:04 PM PST · by MNDude · 18 replies
    Last night I went to a Western Union to send money. There was a young black woman ahead of me who was asked for her ID in order to send money. She became very irate with the guys working there and saying she never had to do that before. The Western Union guys insisted it was a new law made for the IRS that came into place this 2013. They finally had to have a security guard escort the woman from their place of business because she was getting very confrontational about having to show ID. In any case, this...
  • How Democrats might get to 'yes' on gun control

    01/15/2013 12:15:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 15, 2013 | David Grant
    If President Obama and congressional Democrats are going to make headway on the gun violence proposals Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver to the president on Tuesday, their strategy will probably look a lot like gun-owning Rep. Mike Thompson – and move with the energy and purpose of political cage fighter Rahm Emanuel. Representative Thompson (D) of California remembers where he was on Dec. 14, the day of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting. He was in a duck blind, back home in his Napa Valley district. “Federal law prohibits me from having more than three shells in my...
  • Privacy Only for Gun Owners (If obamacare Section 2716 not repealed)

    01/15/2013 12:14:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 15, 2013 | Liberty Belle/Betsy McCaughey
    Section 2716 of the Obama health law bars the government from making doctors or hospitals collect information on who owns a gun. Suddenly this little known provision tucked into page 776 of the law is provoking outrage from gun opponents objecting to the National Rifle Association's political clout. In truth, the NRA should be applauded for insisting on privacy protections in the Obama health law. If the American Medical Association and patients' rights groups had fought as hard and successfully as the NRA, all patients would enjoy privacy protections. Under Obamacare, you don't have to worry that your gun ownership...
  • Pakistan supreme court orders arrest of prime minister on corruption charges

    01/15/2013 12:13:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The Guardian, ^ | Tuesday 15 January 2013 13.58 EST | Jon Boone in Islamabad
    Pakistan's supreme court has ordered the arrest of the prime minister, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, on corruption charges, heightening fears that the country's fragile democracy could be derailed by the campaign of tens of thousands of anti-corruption protesters camped out on the streets outside parliament. The unexpected announcement came as Tahir-ul-Qadri, an Islamic scholar who led a "million-man march" on Islamabad on Monday, addressed his supporters, railing against the electoral malpractice of Pakistan's political class. When news of the order spread, the crowd erupted in cries of "long live the supreme court". The previous night Qadri had told those camped out...
  • Background Checks a Failed Paradigm: Prohibited Possession Works

    01/15/2013 12:12:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 January, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    The failed paradigm that has been followed for 44 years in the United States has been to attempt, unsuccessfully, to prevent crime by not allowing prohibited groups from buying firearms. Obviously, this approach has not worked. It is a failed paradigm because its focus is on the 99 percent of people who do not need to be controlled, instead of the 1 percent who do. The 1 percent can always find a way to obtain firearms illegally. The Supreme court has ruled that in the United States, you have a right to a loaded, unlocked handgun that is in common...
  • For Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Character, Dating Republicans Like Dating Nazis

    01/15/2013 12:09:57 PM PST · by drewh · 78 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | by Breitbart News
    Lena Dunham, creator of the HBO sitcom "Girls," has stated that the character she plays would view dating a black Republican the same way as dating a Nazi. The show's second season premieres Sunday night, and Dunham's character Hannah has found a new love interest in Donald Glover of NBC's "Community," whose character is a Republican. In an interview with New York Magagazine, Dunham explains what his character's politics mean for her character, Hannah. Why make him a Republican? We liked the idea of a Republican entering their universe. And Hannah doesn’t really have a clear sense of why you...
  • Chelsea chairs National Day of Service

    01/15/2013 12:04:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    politico ^ | 1/15/13 | KATIE GLUECK
    President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, members of Congress and their families will be rolling up their sleeves at service projects in our nation’s capital. But you don’t have to be in Washington to get involved. From repairing fire-damaged homes in Colorado and cleaning sidewalks in Detroit to spending time with children with disabilities in New Orleans, every state will offer opportunities to volunteer. …My parents instilled their mothers’ values in me from early on. In Little Rock, Arkansas, we went to church on Sundays, and afterward, conversation often turned to what volunteer project we could do together. Favorites...
  • NRA Releases Controversial First Person Shooter Game: NRA Practice Range

    01/15/2013 12:04:04 PM PST · by VRWCmember · 24 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 01/15/2013 | Bert Atkinson Jr.
    Just a few short weeks ago, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said America needs to consider the impact violent video games and movies can have on our children. He specifically noted “vicious, violent video games, with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, and Splatterhouse.” And LaPierre is correct in many ways. The NRA came out during a time in which guns were being given a crazy amount of attention and brought light to a few of the issues that were not being given an appropriate amount of attention, such as mental health issues and entertainment violence. However, it does...
  • Observers think UFOs hovered above the Eagle Ford Shale

    01/15/2013 12:01:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    My SanAntonio.com ^ | 7:52 am, Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Roy Bragg
    Strange things are afoot in the South Texas oil patch and in the sky above...cellphone video, taken by worker Xavier Garza, shows a reddish-orange orb in the northern sky. Witnesses say the camera didn't pick up a dozen more lights that appeared and reappeared several times, typically hovering in formation. It happened two nights in a row. And last week, a photo surfaced on the website of the Mutual UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) Network, a volunteer group that investigates UFO claims, purportedly taken at a well site in the same stretch of the Eagle Ford. Allegedly taken from a security...
  • Ninth Circuit Court Gets One Right

    01/15/2013 12:00:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Robert Knight
    The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco has a well-earned reputation as the hippiest, dippiest, most-reversed appellate court in these United States. It’s where the Pledge of Allegiance gets scrutinized for possible eradication, at least, the “under God” part. But every so often, the Court gets something right. On December 22, a unanimous Ninth Circuit panel reversed a federal district judge’s order to evict the Boy Scouts from their longtime camp and local headquarters in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The ruling came in a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 2001 on...
  • White House 'strongly condemns' Morsi slurs against Jews

    01/15/2013 11:58:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    politico ^ | 1/15/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration "strongly condemns" slurs made against Jews and Zionists by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Morsi, during a speech in 2010 and subsequent television interview, urged Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists and then slammed Zionists as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs,” the New York Times reported. "President Morsi should make clear he respects people of all faiths," Carney said during a press briefing Tuesday.
  • IRS breaks law to implement Obamacare

    01/15/2013 11:58:45 AM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://www.teapartypatriots.org ^ | january 15, 2013 | dustin siggins
    Since the Affordable Care Act was implemented, there have been many “complications” to implementing the law. One of the most recent was the majority of states choosing to not run a state-based health care exchange. On December 18, however, Cato’s Michael Cannon picked out another one: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act imposes a $2,000-per-worker charge on employers only if one of their employees receives a “premium assistance tax credit,” and the act authorizes those credits only if states create their own exchanges. If a state opts instead for a federal exchange, as more than 30 states have, the...
  • Public School Teaches “White Privilege” Class

    01/15/2013 11:51:06 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 38 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/15/13
    A school district in Wisconsin said they will review a high school diversity class that exposed students to radical leftist thinkers and promoted a critical race theory that alleges white people are oppressors. The “American Diversity” class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Fox News has learned. “They’re teaching white guilt,” one parent told Fox News. “They’re dividing the students. They’re saying to non-whites, ‘You have been oppressed and you’re still being oppressed.’” The parent, who asked not to be identified, has an 18-year-old son who was enrolled in the class and became alarmed after she...
  • Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State

    01/15/2013 11:50:28 AM PST · by Ironfocus · 68 replies
    WOAI Radio ^ | 1/15/2013 | Jim Forsyth
    A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports. Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state. "If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person...