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  • The Myth of an Impure GOP (Ideologically sound, but not always effective)

    01/16/2013 7:24:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    It’s hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement’s problems are mostly problems of success. But the Republican party’s problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement’s success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyists’ group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual — he called himself a “philosophical anarchist” — who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were...
  • Obama’s Kiddie Human Shields. The president trots out children to deflect legitimate criticism.

    01/16/2013 7:21:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/16/2013 | Michelle Malkin
    The president of the United States will release a binder full of new gun-control executive orders on Wednesday. Instead of standing alone, bearing full responsibility for the imperial actions he is about to take, President Obama will surround himself with an audience of kids who wrote to him after the Newtown, Conn., school massacre. This is the most cynical in Beltway theatrical staging — a feckless attempt to invoke immunity by intoning “it’s for the children” and hiding behind them. What has happened to the deliberative process in this country? Public debate in Washington has deteriorated into Sesame Street sing-alongs....
  • Obama’s alleged criticism of Netanyahu enlivens Israeli election

    01/16/2013 7:18:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:45am GMT | Dan Williams
    Long-strained ties between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama sprang to the fore of Israel’s election campaign on Wednesday after the U.S. president was quoted as criticizing the prime minister’s character. Less than a week before a January 22 ballot that opinion polls predict the right-wing Netanyahu will win easily, Israeli media highlighted a U.S. commentator’s column on Obama and questioned whether the Democratic president was trying to sway the vote. Netanyahu’s office declined comment on Tuesday’s unsourced column by Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg, which described Obama as frustrated at West Bank settlement building that has deepened Israel’s diplomatic impasse with the...
  • Gun Control by Executive Order? Are there limits to what the president can accomplish this way?

    01/16/2013 7:15:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/16/2013 | Scott Coffina
    The horrific recent mass murder of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School predictably has reignited the gun-control debate in this country. Over the past month, the Obama administration has focused primarily on guns in its initial response to the Newtown shooting. The task force led by Vice President Joe Biden has met mostly with groups either in favor of or opposed to greater restrictions on guns and ammunition. Facing strong political opposition in Congress from both parties, Vice President Biden and President Barack Obama each have suggested publicly that the president will act by executive order to...
  • Are We At The Tipping Point? (Vanity)

    01/16/2013 7:14:32 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    Me | Wednesday, January 16, 2013
  • Unclear if Ala. lawmakers will tackle gun debate after Conn. shooting

    01/16/2013 7:13:22 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    alabamas13.com ^ | January 14, 2013
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- In a couple of weeks, Alabama lawmakers head back to the state capital and it remains unclear if they'll jump into the national gun debate. One month ago, 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The massacre has spurred national dialogue about gun control. Alabama lawmakers met Monday to discuss the upcoming session, however lawmakers and those in high government positions are focusing their efforts on other issues, also a part of that same debate, they hope will protect innocent victims. "We're addressing the disease at the end and it's...
  • Illinois bishops welcome driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

    01/16/2013 7:12:11 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | January 15, 2013 | CWN
    The Catholic Conference of Illinois has welcomed the legislative passage of a measure permitting immigrants who are not present in the United States legally to apply for temporary driver’s licenses. “This legislation will give our immigrant brothers and sisters the training to safely get to church, work and school,” said Robert Gilligan, the conference’s executive director. “All families are safer when every driver is trained, tested, licensed and insured.”
  • Report: Obama to propose federal funding for armed guards in schools

    01/16/2013 7:11:38 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1-16-2013 | Allahpundit
    Knowing that any huge gun bill is doomed in Congress, and aware that he needs to show America how eager he is to Do Something, The One lurches towards plan B — i.e. including Wayne LaPierre’s proposal for more federally-funded security in schools as part of his package of recommendations on reducing gun violence: Mark Knoller✔ @markknoller 16 Jan 13 "Pres Obama will also propose federal funds for schools to provide armed police security." I guess the ad worked, huh? The left mocked this idea after LaPierre’s presser last month because more school security guards does nothing to achieve their...
  • A jobs crisis? No, it’s a skills crisis

    01/16/2013 7:10:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/16/2013 | Stanley Litow
    As each month’s unemployment figures show only modest declines, some may mistakenly believe that the United States has a “jobs crisis.” But a closer analysis of the data reveals that our fundamental challenge is a lack of skills, not jobs. I made this observation at the recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summit convened by the Daily News. But don’t take my word for it. Look at the January 2013 New York City Real Time Jobs Report, which lists local employers that posted the most new ads in the past 90 days and the number of opportunities available. The...
  • Obama Administration Seeks Approval to Test Anthrax Vaccine on Children

    01/16/2013 7:08:20 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Health Impact News ^ | 1/16/13 | Vera Sharav
    Alliance for Human Research Protection FYI / Action A public meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has been scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, January 14-15, to be held at the University of Miami Hospital Seminar Center, Florida: The stated topic for discussion is “ethical issues associated with the development of medical countermeasures for children.” http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-12-26/pdf/2012-31037.pdf The Obama Administration is seeking approval to conduct morally impermissible, wholly non-therapeutic medical experiments that would expose healthy children to risks of serious harm. Specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to test the highly controversial, dangerous...
  • Iceberg Ahead: Unions May Play Right-to-Work Off on Teachers

    01/16/2013 7:06:07 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/14/2013 | Michael Van Beek
    Michigan made national headlines when it became the 24th right-to-work state: Employers will no longer be able to fire employees who do not join or financially support unions, and this will certainly impact heavily unionized public school districts and their employees. But, depending on how districts respond in the short term, it could be either beneficial for both or neither. This new law won’t affect districts for several months or maybe even a few years, since it only applies to new contracts signed after March. Unions, however, likely will try to deny or at least delay this new freedom for...
  • Promised Land [Anti-Fracking Film Has Been a HUGE BOX OFFICE FAILURE]

    01/16/2013 7:04:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
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  • Bill aims to repeal (Florida) Stand Your Ground law

    01/16/2013 6:58:43 AM PST · by rarestia · 29 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Staff
    Trayvon Martin's mother is going to join Florida lawmakers to announce a bill that would repeal the state's Stand Your Ground Law. The announcement is scheduled to happen at 11:30 a.m. in Tallahassee. The bill, HB 4009, was filed on Jan. 9, 2013. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mom, will be there along with the Martin family attorneys. George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin, has used the Stand Your Ground Law as his defense in the shooting.
  • Paul Krugman: The Mostly Solved Deficit Problem (Nobel Prize Winner says Debt-to-GDP ratio is down)

    01/16/2013 6:55:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/1 | Paul Krugman
    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a graph: The vertical axis measures the projected ratio of federal debt to GDP. The blue line at the top represents the projected path of that ratio as of early 2011 — that is, before recent agreements on spending cuts and tax increases. This projection showed a rising path for debt as far as the eye could see.And just about all budget discussion in Washington and the news media is laid out as if that were still the case. But a lot has happened since then. The orange line shows the effects...
  • 10 Countries Hoarding Enormous Stockpiles Of Gold

    01/16/2013 6:51:59 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-16-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    10 Countries Hoarding Enormous Stockpiles Of Gold Mamta BadkarJanuary 16,2013AP Photo/Newmont Mining Germany is reportedly repatriating gold it has stashed with the New York Fed and the Bank of France, and some policymakers want to bring back all their gold in case the financial crisis worsens. People continue to debate whether gold is or should be considered money. However, this hasn't kept the world's central banks from increasing their gold reserves. The World Gold Council estimates that central banks have purchased 500 tons of gold in 2012, up from 465 tons last year. Analysts attribute some of the support in...
  • Time to Grow Up, GOP

    01/16/2013 6:42:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success. American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...
  • The Secular Bear Market Will End And The World - On A Sustainable Path By The End Of The Decade

    01/16/2013 6:39:42 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-16-2013 | John Mauldin
    The Secular Bear Market Will End And The World Will Be On A Sustainable Path By The End Of The DecadeJohn Mauldin, Thoughts From The FrontlineJanuary 16, 2013, 12:09 AM“There are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks when decades happen.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin "People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize necessity when a crisis is upon them." – Jean Monnet "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop." –Herbert Stein As we begin a new year, we again indulge ourselves in the annual (if somewhat futile) rite of forecasting the...
  • The TSA Blog: A Look at the Items our Officers Found in 2012

    01/16/2013 6:35:21 AM PST · by YourAdHere · 40 replies
    The TSA Blog ^ | January 9, 2013
    After screening 637,582,122 passengers in 2012 (around 1,746,800 a day), here are some of the more dangerous, scary, and downright unusual items our officers found in 2012. This post is a reflection of the outstanding work our officers are doing in the field thanks to their vigilance and attention to detail. More at site...
  • Panetta to Pope Benedict: ‘Pray for me’

    01/16/2013 6:34:45 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 16, 2013 | Craig Whitlock
    VATICAN CITY – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took a break Wednesday from war planning and leading the world’s most powerful military to pay his respects to Pope Benedict XVI, a champion of peace.Panetta, a devout Catholic who proudly wears his Italian American heritage on his sleeve, was beaming as he sat in a front row reserved for VIPs during the pope’s weekly general audience in a Vatican auditorium. After listening to a papal address in several languages, Panetta and three of his military aides — along with dozens of other Catholics — lined up to meet Benedict and receive...
  • The Statistical and Moral Case for Gun Rights

    01/16/2013 6:34:21 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    The Northwestern Chronicle ^ | 1-13-2013 | Dane Stier
    Of the more than 4,500 words in the United States Constitution, a mere 27 words comprise the most controversial section: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This, of course, is the second amendment, whose many interpretations have been argued incessantly in every facet of the media over the past few months. While I believe this entire country can agree we need to find ways to prevent tragedies such as those at Sandy Hook, what we disagree about is how...