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  • Viewed as out of touch, GOP gathers forces to plot rebirth (And guess which way they want to go)

    01/17/2013 1:05:09 PM PST · by cizinec · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Kevin Madden, a GOP strategist who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign last year, said the retreat gives lawmakers a chance to start laying the groundwork necessary to re-establish the GOP brand. “Right now, we are caught in a vicious cycle of just reacting to events that happen in two-week increments. Instead, we have to look at our challenge of rebuilding in a much more comprehensive fashion,” Mr. Madden said. “What is the positive impression that we want voters to have two years from now, and then four years from now, when we have another presidential election?” SNIP Ford O’Connell,...
  • Obama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track guns

    01/17/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by TLI · 45 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama is tripling the number of Cabinet agencies with gun control law enforcement responsibilities in his new bid to track guns, adding six agencies to the three typically included--Justice, Homeland Security and Defense. Section 1.e of his executive order released Wednesday adds State, Treasury, Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Veterans Affairs. It reads: "For purposes of this memorandum, 'Federal law enforcement agencies' means the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, and such other agencies and offices that regularly recover firearms in the course of their criminal investigations as the President...
  • Loyal Dog Continues to Attend Mass Where Owners funeral was Held

    01/17/2013 12:59:39 PM PST · by mgist · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/16/13 | Dylan Stableford
    A loyal dog whose owner died late last year has apparently been showing up for Mass every day for the last two months at the church where the funeral was held. Tommy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, used to accompany his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, to services at Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy, according to the Daily Mail, and was allowed to sit at her feet. After Lochi died, the dog "joined mourners at her funeral service" according to locals and "followed after Maria's coffin" as it was carried into the church. Tommy, a stray who was adopted...
  • Hamster- VTEC -missed shift-Video 30 sec.{Warning: Potty Mouth}

    01/17/2013 12:58:54 PM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    Mr. Wiskers spins out, loses control and crashes...oh the humanity....
  • Study: Feces Transplant More Effective For Diarrhea Than Antibiotics

    01/17/2013 12:52:05 PM PST · by knife6375 · 47 replies
    CBS CONNECTICUT ^ | January 17, 2013 12:24 PM | CBS CONNECTICUT
    A procedure that inserts fecal matter from a healthy person into the intestines of someone with diarrhea has been found to be a better treatment than antibiotics.
  • Some Hostages Killed, but Raid Rescues Many, Algeria Says

    01/17/2013 12:50:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | By ADAM NOSSITER, ALAN COWELL and SCOTT SAYARE
    BAMAKO, Mali — Kidnappers and at least some of their hostages were killed on Thursday as Algerian forces raided a gas facility where a heavily armed group of Islamist extremists was holding dozens of captives, including Americans and other foreigners, the Algerian government announced. In a statement on national radio, the communications minister, Mohand Saďd Oublaďd, said that many of the hostages had been freed, but he warned that the military assault was not yet complete and that some captives remained trapped inside the remote facility in the Algerian desert. “The operation resulted in the neutralization of a large number...
  • Scarborough Warns: GOP ‘Better Tread Lightly,’ Obama Gun Proposals Enjoy ‘Overwhelming Support’

    01/17/2013 12:49:03 PM PST · by ColdOne · 59 replies ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Kirell
    After reviewing President Obama‘s 23 “executive actions” signed into law yesterday, Joe Scarborough said Thursday morning that his Republican Party had better proceed with caution, seeing as how he believes the policy proposals have the “overwhelming” support of the American people. The president’s plan included universal background checks on gun purchases, which Scarborough said has the support of at least “85% of Americans.” The president’s call for a
  • Tips for Braving Icy Swim on Russian Holiday [Epiphany]

    01/17/2013 12:44:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/17/13 | Vitali Ankov
    MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) – Long shirts, no vodka and dry armpits – these are just a few of the recommendations Russian doctors, swimmers and priests are giving to those who plan on dipping into ice-cold water to mark the Russian Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany on January 19. The nerve-testing tradition symbolizes Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River and traditionally lures the hardiest churchgoers, and not only, to rivers and lakes across Russia. Through holes cut in the ice, celebrators plunge into the water – typically three times, in honor of the Holy Trinity – around midnight,...
  • U.S. Embassy in Algeria Posts ... 'Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'

    01/17/2013 12:44:06 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies ^ | 1/17/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    With Americans being held hostage in Algeria, the U.S. embassy in that country is posting Facebook photos of ... "Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr." Here's a screen grab:
  • Why you can't compete with Chinese labor

    01/17/2013 12:27:54 PM PST · by brityank · 13 replies
    Why you can't compete with Chinese labor Check out this video: Chinese Labor
  • 2013 Housing Recovery? Housing Starts Surge, But Economy Remains Weak

    01/17/2013 12:26:12 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Housing starts climbed above the lowest points since 1960. That shows you how dreadful the housing market has been since peaking (locally) in September 2005. One-unit starts rose 8.07% in December while multiple unit starts (aka, apartments) rose 20.28%. As we already know, homebuilder confidence remain flat even though starts are improving, particularly apartment starts. Meanwhile, the number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments fell more than forecast last week to the lowest level in five years, pointing to further improvement in the labor market. Applications for jobless benefits decreased by 37,000 to 335,000 in the week...
  • Analysis: Obama's gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

    01/17/2013 12:23:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 16, 2013 | John Whitesides and Thomas Ferraro
    President Barack Obama's proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics. Obama's plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades. Members of both parties said Obama's call for expanded background...
  • U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer initiation ill-advisedly abolished

    01/17/2013 12:20:18 PM PST · by Kenika · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - Lower 9th Ward Conservative by Bill Randall Read more: http://communiti
    What has the U.S. Navy done? Will it prove harmful, or will it even matter in the grand scheme of things? My prediction is that this will exponentially increase the number of glorified managers in the Navy’s senior enlisted ranks. In the aftermath of the “Tailhook” incident at the Las Vegas Hilton Read more: Follow us: @wtcommunities on Twitter
  • Outsourced: Employee Sends Own Job To China; Surfs Web

    01/17/2013 12:11:03 PM PST · by ksen · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/16/2013 | Bill Chappell
    What began as a company's suspicion that its infrastructure was being hacked turned into a case of a worker outsourcing his own job to a Chinese consulting firm, according to reports that cite an investigation by Verizon's security team. The man was earning a six-figure salary. The anonymous company, identified only as a critical infrastructure firm, asked Verizon's Web security personnel to look into data that showed its virtual private network was being accessed from China — even as the employee whose credentials were used to log in from overseas was sitting in the company's offices, using his computer. As...
  • Why Lance Armstrong has my sympathy

    01/17/2013 12:08:06 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 69 replies ^ | 01-16-2013 | Laurie Dhue
    Consider this: You and I have now won the Tour de France as many times as Lance Armstrong. In case you need a quick recap: After more than a year of investigating, in June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Armstrong with using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. In August, it stripped Armstrong of all competitive results from August 1998 on, and announced that he was banned from competitive cycling for life. In October, the sport’s governing body, UCI, accepted USADA’s recommended sanctions. By early November, nearly all of his sponsors had dropped him (including Nike, Anheuser-Busch, RadioShack and Oakley). In...
  • Top Climate Official: Don't be Confused by Flat-lining Temperatures, Warming is Worse

    01/17/2013 12:07:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | January 16, 2013 5:22 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    James Hansen puts an interesting spin on reports of the ninth warmest year on record 2012 was a kind of glass-half full, glass half-empty year in terms of global temperature.   I. Climate Chief: Don't Worry, We're Still Doomed The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) in-depth analysis of satellite and other forms of climate data ruled the year was the ninth warmest on record.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) independent analysis of ground and sea-based climate stations reported that the year was the tenth warmest on record. The NASA report states that the average global temperature was 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6...
  • Democrats, Assault Weapons and Children

    In case anyone forgot ...
  • Pardon Dr. Natale, surgeon found not guilty by jury of Medicare fraud - yet imprisoned for codes.

    01/17/2013 12:06:35 PM PST · by safetysign · 48 replies ^ | 01/16/2013 | Staff
    Dr. John Natale, nationally recognized cardio-vascular surgeon was charged with Medicare fraud only to be found not guilty by the jury. He performed over 7500 surgeries in his career and never lost a patient on the operating table. The DOJ brought this case to court regarding 5 ruptured aneurysms performed in the emergency room on 5 elderly patients - all expected to die. Even the expert witness for the DOJ had to admit that Dr. Natale's skill as a surgeon was exemplary. The jury found that no fraud had been committed yet Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, under the strong urging of...
  • One Day America Is Going To Raise The Debt Ceiling And Find This Waiting For It

    01/17/2013 12:04:47 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-17-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Basically...the end of existence.
  • Corrine Brown - I'm proud of my Rep /s

    01/17/2013 11:58:59 AM PST · by Quick Shot · 4 replies
    Direct email letter | 1-17-2013 | Corrine Brown
    Dear Friends, When I took the oath of office earlier this month, I did so on behalf of a Congressional district with a new name and new shape. Effective January 3, 2013, Florida's Third Congressional District became the Fifth Congressional District with some new borders. You can see the changes here. The outstanding service you have come to expect from me and my staff will not change. One thing that Congress got right so far this year is the extension on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC boosts the incomes of working families. Each year, it lifts over...
  • How Gun Culture Won Over Liberals

    01/17/2013 11:55:53 AM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 17, 2013 | McKay Coppins, CJ Lotz
    On a Sunday morning a couple years ago, Brooklyn journalist Foster Kamer and a few of his "particularly liberal" blogger friends decided to skip brunch and hit the shooting range instead. "We said, hey, let's do something ridiculous," he recalled. "Let's go shoot guns." They chose the nearest site they found, a range that operated out of a basement in midtown Manhattan. "The first thing that happened when we got there was we heard some guy hammering away at a target with what sounded like a cannon. It was just in such tight quarters. It kind of freaked us out."...
  • The U.S. Constitution: 'A Mere Thing of Wax'

    01/17/2013 11:54:37 AM PST · by morethanright · 11 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-17 12:28:27 | mrcurmudgeon
     "The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution ..."~Article V, United States Constitution.By Mr. Curmudgeon:The cry uttered by many a small-government advocate is, "Take our country back!" And so, they work tirelessly to elect small-government representatives to Congress. The assumption, especially among members of the Tea Party, is that these representatives can...
  • Elderly woman arrested for spraying holy water outside abortion center

    01/17/2013 11:49:58 AM PST · by topher · 61 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | by Kirsten Andersen
    HUNTSVILLE, January 16, 2013 ( – An elderly woman was handcuffed and charged with misdemeanor harassment after spraying holy water outside a Huntsville abortion facility. Joyce Fecteau, who is in her seventies, was arrested after pro-abortion counter protestors complained after coming into contact with holy water from the spray bottle she was carrying. Pro-abortion demonstrator Lisa Cox accused Fecteau of spraying her in the face with an “unknown substance.” She claims the incident occurred December 22 on the sidewalk outside the “Alabama Women's Center for Reproductive Alternatives” abortion clinic. As a result of Cox’s allegations, Fecteau was arrested outside the...
  • Politico is Filth (Like we didn't know that already)

    01/17/2013 11:49:33 AM PST · by butterdezillion · 7 replies
    I went to where it says a poll shows that a lot of people think Obama is hiding something. It claims that the most widely-suggested thing is his ineligibility and claims that it has also been debunked. Considering that HI state registrar Alvin Onaka has indirectly confirmed to AZ SOS Ken Bennett that Obama's HI BC is legally non-valid and the White House image is a forgery to hide that fact.... I thought it might be good if people were made aware of this. I went to comment. Tried registering; after a few tries where it said I didn't...
  • 'Amish Mafia: The Reckoning' Recap: 'I'm not an actor' (Participants Claim Show Is NOT Fake)

    01/17/2013 11:45:40 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 42 replies
    PennLive.Com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Julia Hatmaker
    Tonight's episode of "Amish Mafia" was devoted to attempting to defend the show against the critics who claim it is fake. The cast were asked questions like "Are you really Amish?." "How can you be Amish and go to jail?" and "Why did you decide to do the show?" Esther said she was "sick of how Amish communities are looked at. I'm sick of how we're portrayed, that we're all the same - these humble innocent people." She can be happy now, because no one who has watched the show thinks she is any of those things
  • LEVIN: Why Don't Republicans Surround Themselves w Children- Then Talk About the National Debt?

    01/17/2013 11:23:22 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 40 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    '...Unlike with Obama -where the kids have nothing to do with what these people are up to- the Republicans' thing would have everything to do with the next generation.... But they (the GOP) won't... because, I dunno... nothing going on up there' ________________________________________________________ Mark Levin   Pirate's Cove   BadBlue
  • Risk Management Advice to Physicians and their Insurers: Don’t Borrow Trouble

    01/17/2013 11:23:11 AM PST · by Stanwood_Dave · 8 replies
    2000 | Joe Horn
    Since retiring and leaving Law Enforcement, I have been active in Risk Management consulting, a field that has grown rapidly throughout every industry over the past 20 years. Some of the companies I have consulted to for risk management include IBM, Gates Lear jet, National Semiconductor, and Pinkerton International Protection Services.
  • W.H. 'seeking clarity' in Algeria, Al Qaeda role unconfirmed

    01/17/2013 11:20:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    politico ^ | 1/17/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The U.S. hasn't confirmed an Al Qaeda-affliliated group's claim that it perpetrated the attack. "We certainly heard reports of people taking responsibility, making claims of responsibility for this terrorist attacks but we have not been able to thus far confirm those claims," Carney said. SNIP Carney said. "I wouldn't want to say anything that turned out not to be true."
  • Oregon rep salutes 'one nation under love,' lack of love results

    01/17/2013 11:19:13 AM PST · by AuntB · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | Jan. 17, 2013 | MSN
    Oregon representative Carolyn Tomei, a Democrat, says she didn't think "anyone would notice" when she came up with a revision to the Pledge of Allegiance — swapping out "one nation under God" for the groovier, if less traditional, "one nation under love." Conservative bloggers picked up on the change when Tomei led the Oregon House in reciting the pledge this week.... A spokesperson for the Oregon House Speaker downplayed the dust-up: "My hope is that this is the last time I talk about it."
  • Obama's school advertizing to fill armed guard positions.

    01/17/2013 11:16:19 AM PST · by Another Kansan · 12 replies
    Sidwell Friends School ^ | August 10, 2012 | Sidwell Friends School
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the NRA's ad is "repugnant and cowardly." Setting aside the irony of a Quaker school with armed guards, do you suppose Jay thinks it is "repugnant and cowardly" for Sidwell Friends School to be advertizing to fill a vacancy for armed guards? Armed guards are a routine part of exclusive high dollar private schools in big cities like Washington. And the elite demand nothing less. But don't you dare protect your kids! For those outside the beltway, Sidwell Freinds is fameously where the Clintons sent, and Obamas send, their children to school. Tuition...
  • Journal News map-listed guns, permits stolen from New City home, cops say

    01/17/2013 11:11:22 AM PST · by bryan999 · 21 replies
    Two handguns and two pistol permits were stolen from the New City home of a man whose name and address are listed on the website of a local newspaper as possessing gun permits, police said. The thieves ransacked the house Wednesday night, breaking into two safes on the home's third floor and stealing a third safe. The guns were in the stolen safe, police said. Clarkstown police said they had no evidence the burglary was connected to the controversial map.
  • Colorado Lawmakers Grabbing Gun Control Bull By The Horns

    01/17/2013 11:10:09 AM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    KCNC ^ | January 16, 2013 5:00 PM
    DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado state lawmakers aren’t waiting for Congress to take action on gun control — they are moving on their own. In just eight days, four gun bills have been introduced at the state Capitol, and there are at least four others yet to come. But despite the national outcry and despite Democrats being in control this session, getting any gun legislation done in Colorado will be an uphill battle. Not since Columbine has a major gun control bill passed in Colorado. “I know going to be fighting very, very hard to make sure that we get something...
  • Courts cast skeptical eye on Obamacare contraception mandate

    01/17/2013 11:06:58 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    President Obama’s mandate that most private companies provide health insurance plans that include free contraceptives has met with considerable headwinds in the legal system, where nine of the 14 federal courts to rule so far have sided with employers who say the mandate violates their beliefs and infringes on their religious liberties. While the broad scope of the president’s health law survived Supreme Court scrutiny last year, the challenges to the contraception mandate remain a major legal hurdle for the Obama administration, and the deep skepticism shown by a number of judges makes it likely the high court will be...
  • The Joy Tiz Show Live Today at 2pm PST!

    01/17/2013 11:02:13 AM PST · by jazminerose · 1 replies
    Political commentary at its most irreverent! Tiz fearlessly floods the online airwaves telling it like it is - unafraid to speak her mind... daring to unearth truths and voice that which is foremost on the minds of Americans today. Popular guest of hot talk radio and quoted by Coulter, Dobbs and the like... when you want relief from the lame stream media, tune in to the Tizzinator for shocking and revealing political analysis at its best! Libs love to hate her, conservatives rely on her honest appraisal of the political landscape... tune in for a wild ride with the Tizzinator!!!
  • Gun Sales and Background Checks: Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat

    01/17/2013 11:00:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | John Fund
    Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come.The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists such as the...
  • Sheriff: Man armed with semi-automatic weapon arrested outside Beaver nursing home

    01/17/2013 10:59:50 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    WPXI ^ | January 17, 2013
    Beaver, PA--The Beaver County sheriff told Channel 11's Amy Marcinkiewicz that an armed man was arrested Thursday outside of an area nursing home facility. According to the sheriff, the man was arrested outside of Friendship Ridge in Beaver. A nurse reported that the man walked into the facility and said something referencing "killing" and then walked out.
  • Philadelphia Vandalism Seen by Some as Union Intimidation

    01/17/2013 10:54:41 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | JON HURDLE
    PHILADELPHIA — It was several weeks ago when vandals struck the building site, setting fire to a crane, cutting deep gashes in steel columns and loosening the bolts that anchored them. The episode resulted in about $500,000 in damage and was, the authorities believe, apparently an attempt to halt the construction of a Quaker meeting house. The $5.8 million building was being constructed for the Chestnut Hill Friends, a Quaker community in a northern section of Philadelphia. Cuts in the steel columns that make up the building’s frame were made with an acetylene torch, indicating that the attack was carried...
  • GOLDMAN: Gold Is Going To $1200

    01/17/2013 10:52:41 AM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-17-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    GOLDMAN: Gold Is Going To $1200 Matthew BoeslerJanuary 17, 2013The bank's central thesis is that the U.S. economic recovery finally takes off in 2013, and Goldman expects that to drive a selloff in the gold market as investors rotate away from traditional "safe-haven" investments. At the time, the analysts wrote, "We lower our 3-, 6- and 12-mo gold price forecasts to $1,825/toz, $1,805/toz and $1,800/toz and introduce a $1,750/toz 2014 forecast. While we see potential for higher gold prices in early 2013, we see growing downside risks." Now, Goldman has decided to up the ante a bit. Yesterday, its commodity...
  • Loathsome nanny-state mayor: I don’t ‘force anybody to do anything’

    01/17/2013 10:52:26 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    Behold the delusional vanity of the man who knows what’s best for eight million Americans (300 million, if God forbid, he could rise that far). Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked if he remembers when he became an anti-gun crusader: No, but I did get interested in public health a long time ago, as you know. And I think, as mayor, my responsibility is to do everything I can is to do everything I can to protect the health and safety and increase the longevity of the people that live in this city. As an American, and as a human being,...
  • Expect Obama to Be More Aggressive in His Second Term [We MUST Fight This!]

    01/17/2013 10:50:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | 1/16/13 | Ronald Brownstein
    ...accelerating a process that began during his campaign, Obama since November has confidently picked fights with Republicans—and challenged the most conservative members of his own party—on a broad range of foreign-policy and domestic social issues... Obama in effect is answering a question that liberal political thinkers have asked since the 1970s: how would the Democratic Party behave if it could diminish its dependence on conservative white voters? His forceful moves on all these controversial fronts represent a calculated gamble that the evolution of the US electorate has reached a critical tipping point. When Bill Clinton moved on some of these...
  • House Democrats Renew Push for Health Insurance Public Option

    01/17/2013 10:46:49 AM PST · by listenhillary · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | William Bigelow
    On Tuesday, 44 House Democrats joined Rep Jan Schakowsky in her bid to submit H.R. 261, legislation supporting a “public option.” When ObamaCare was passed in 2010, the “public option” was removed, but like the seven-headed Hydra, another head has grown in its place. Schakowsky claimed, "Obamacare is already helping millions of Americans get the health care they need, but it can be made even better. The Public Option Deficit Reduction Act will give health care consumers more choice and lower their premiums."
  • Alaska Bill exempts state from Federal firearms bans, criminalizes attempts at enforcement

    01/17/2013 10:45:32 AM PST · by SENTINEL · 45 replies ^ | 16 Jan 13 | Justin Giles
    HOUSE BILL NO. 69 IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE - FIRST SESSION BY REPRESENTATIVES CHENAULT, Millett, Johnson, Tammie Wilson Introduced: 1/16/13 Referred: A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED 1 "An Act exempting certain firearms and firearm accessories in this state from federal 2 regulation; providing criminal penalties for federal officials who enforce or attempt to 3 enforce a federal law, regulation, rule, or order regulating certain firearms and firearm 4 accessories in this state; and providing for an effective date." 5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 6 * Section...
  • Political Insiders: Republicans Divided on How to Address Gay Marriage [retread troll zot]

    01/17/2013 10:44:03 AM PST · by Brightitude · 90 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 10, 2013 | Alex Roarty, Naureen Khan and Peter Bell
    DEMOCRATS (109 VOTES) My party should support it: 97% My party should oppose it: 0% My party should avoid the issue: 2% Other: 1% "Marriage equality is a vote-getter for Democrats and a vote-loser for the party of the last century, the Republicans." "More and more states are adopting marriage equality, and it is time for the U.S.A. to lead on this issue." "No issue has changed more dramatically than support for gay marriage over the last 10 years. In 20 years, it won't even be an issue." "It's a nonissue. Americans support the concept. Let's move on!"... REPUBLICANS (99...
  • Pro-Second Amendment Rally, Texas Capitol, Noon Sat. Jan 19

    01/17/2013 10:41:58 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 7 replies
    Join us at the Texas State Capitol in Austin for a family friendly, pro-second amendment rally to affirm your right to bear arms. The event begins at noon on the North Side of the Capitol this Saturday, January 19th. Confirmed Speakers: Sheriff Richard Mack; TX Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; TX Rep. Steve Toth; Eric Reed - National Coordinator for Guns Across America Events; Adrian Murray - Texas Political Activist; Alan LaFrance - Texas Gun Talk; Ralph Patterson - TX Rep. Co. Chair and Gun Rights Proponent; Toby Marie Walker - Tea Party & Political Activist. Others to be announced as...
  • Pro-Obamacare group sponsoring symposium to train journalists how to report on Obamacare

    01/17/2013 10:40:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/17/13 | Patrick Howley
    A private organization that “helped lay the groundwork” for Obamacare is hosting a symposium to “offer specialized education in health care reporting” for mainstream reporters from outlets including Reuters and Money magazine. As reported by Rusty Weiss for FreedomWorks, the Commonwealth Fund is sponsoring a two-day symposium, hosted by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) entitled “The Business of Health Care” at Reuters headquarters in New York City. The symposium will “offer specialized education in health care reporting” and “boost knowledge of the Affordable Care Act.” “The goal over two days will be to introduce fellows to...
  • Court Bars Navy Vet From Gun Purchase Over 1968 Misdemeanor

    01/17/2013 10:40:20 AM PST · by AuntB · 25 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan. 12, 2013 | NewsMax
    A Navy veteran can be barred from owning a gun because of a 1968 misdemeanor conviction over a fistfight, a federal appeals court ruled. A three-judge panel in Washington upheld a lower-court ruling “which found ‘no constitutional impediment’ to including common-law misdemeanants” within the federal firearms ban. The lower court observed that “the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited,” U.S. Circuit Judge David Tatel wrote in Friday’s opinion. The federal ban applies to several categories of people, including fugitives, undocumented aliens, those who are judged mentally incompetent or those who have been convicted of felonies or certain...
  • Presidential Sophistry

    01/17/2013 10:38:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Nicholas J. Johnson
    The President has held two news conferences in three days commenting on the coming wave of gun control initiatives. His presentation has been emotional and properly reflects the anguish that we all feel for the victims of gun crime. It also has been a dazzling display of sophistry. I say that because the President is smart. And if he were not smart, I would say that, so far as his gun ban proposals, his comments were a profound display of ignorance. Responding to the run on guns precipitated by the preliminary proposals floated by his team, the President said that...
  • Hotel Mama: Bad Economy Has Young Europeans at Home

    01/17/2013 10:36:33 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | January 15, 2013 – 03:31 PM
    Young Europeans in countries hit hardest by the Continent's economic crisis are finding it difficult to move out of their parents' home. Data shows that over 50 percent of those aged 25 to 34 in some countries have yet to move out. Most young adults are eager to leave home to start independent lives. But in those European countries where the economic crisis has hit hardest -- particularly in southern and eastern EU member states -- that appears to be a difficult move to make. In 2011, more that 50 percent of the 25- to 34-year-olds in Greece, Bulgaria, Slovakia...
  • Top 10 Fighter Jets Flyby Low Pass

    01/17/2013 10:32:03 AM PST · by rocky50 · 10 replies
    Great low pass flyby by Jets.
  • Anonymous likens Obama gun control policy to Hitler

    01/17/2013 10:24:29 AM PST · by forbushalltheway · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/17/2013 | Josh Peterson
    Hacktivist group Anonymous has now spoken out against President Barack Obama’s intentions to enact wider gun control in the U.S. In a 15-minute YouTube video, which first appeared on the social network two weeks ago, Anonymous criticized the Obama administration’s leveraging of violent gun crime to achieve its goal to control guns. “Throughout history, authoritarian governments have used gun violence as an excuse to take people’s firearms and control their population,” said Anonymous. “This is exactly what Adolf Hitler did to disarm the German people and look at the atrocities his administration did. Obama has been working hard to try...