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    01/18/2013 11:50:46 AM PST · by greeneyes · 98 replies
    Free Republic | Jan 18, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • John Heilemann Jumps Ugly With S.E. Cupp

    01/18/2013 11:49:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    John Heilemann has exposed the sneering, sarcastic face of the liberal media vis a vis their conservative colleagues. On today's Morning Joe, New York magazine editor and Game Change co-author Heileman made no effort to conceal his contempt for Cupp, a conservative pundit and co-host of The Blaze on MSNBC. The subject was, in the context of the recent NRA ad, the use of presidential children in politics. Cupp asserted that all president's children have been misused in some way. She then let herself be drawn into implying that President George W. Bush's children appeared in ads by liberal groups....
  • Who Owns the Copyright to All Creation?

    01/18/2013 11:45:12 AM PST · by patlin · 51 replies
    ConstitutionallySpeaking.Wordpress ^ | Jan 18, 2013 | ConstitutionallySpeaking
    John 1:3 tells us “all came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be”. In verse 4 we are told “in Him was life, and the life was the light of mankind”, therefore on the pashat, the literal level of the meaning of this passage, what this is saying is that His Word equals life for all mankind. But now we must back up. Who created the Word? Who gave life to the Word? Creation for we, the physical realm began ‘in the beginning’, in Genesis 1:1 but for the Father,...
  • Kyle Bass Puts A Timeframe On His Infamous Prediction Of A Japanese Collapse

    01/18/2013 11:45:06 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Julia La Roche
    Kyle Bass Puts A Timeframe On His Infamous Prediction Of A Japanese Collapse Julia La RocheJanuary 18, 2013CNBC screengrab Texan hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, the founder of Hayman Capital Management, was on CNBC from the floor of the NYSE talking Japan, housing and the Fed moments ago. Bass, who if famously bearish on Japan, has timestamped his trading saying that the turn will come 18 to 24 months from now, NetNet's John Carney pointed out on Twitter. He's been predicting a debt collapse for a long time, but with nothing to show for it.
  • Still No Police Report, or Toxicology Results, on Sandy Hook Killer

    01/18/2013 11:44:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    While President Barack Obama is moving ahead with executive orders and legislation to further tighten gun control in response to the mass murder committed by Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., neither the toxicology report on Lanza’s corpse nor the police report on his crime have been completed. Lanza attacked the school on Dec. 14, killing 26 people, including 20 children. Before going to the school, he killed his mother at the home where he lived with her. When police arrived at the school during his murder spree, Lanza shot and killed himself. … Despite...
  • So What’s Wrong With Hate Speech Laws?

    01/18/2013 11:39:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 18, 2013 | Benjamin Bull
    Any serious discussion of “hate speech” laws should start with a consideration of George Orwell’s prophetic look into the future—specifically the book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Recall that in Orwell’s book, Big Brother sought to control not only all thoughts but also to language used to form thoughts. To that end, he created the language of “Newspeak,” described as “the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year.” In a separate essay, Orwell explained that Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. In the book, this suits the totalitarian regime...
  • New York Mayor Warns Of "Waco-Style Standoff" Over Gun Control Laws (King-R)

    01/18/2013 11:31:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 81 replies
    RCP ^ | 18 JAN 13 | staff
    "Most people are law-abiding citizens and may go ahead and sell those or turn those over, but you're going to have a fraction of people that are going to take a stand, and I can just predict a Waco-style standoff in some rural area and it's not going to end well," Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King (R) said about New York state's new gun control laws that Gov. Cuomo recently signed into law.
  • Rob Douglas: Budgeting for the new normal

    01/18/2013 11:28:36 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | January 17, 2013 | Rob Douglas
    Like a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” the economic stagnation hobbling America in the wake of the Great Recession has pulled back the curtain of market bubbles — housing being the most recent — to reveal an American economy that is a pyramid scheme devoid of the labor participation rate and overheated consumer spending that temporarily fueled economic growth while hiding the unimaginable cost of government. Now that the curtain is withdrawn, Americans have realized that their previous assessment of what they could afford and what the government could afford were delusional. America is awakening to the reality that...
  • Will 99,000 Schools Have to Fight for Obama’s 1,000 New Resource Officers?

    01/18/2013 11:21:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | January 18, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Among his 23 gun control executive orders, President Obama authorized the spending of $150 million to hire “up to 1,000” armed resource officers and school counselors. Just one problem: there are 98,817 government schools in America, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency. Therefore only 1 percent of schools would potentially benefit from Obama’s new government solution. Apparently the other 99 percent (hey, where have we heard that term before?) would be left to the whims of deranged individuals who think it’s acceptable to slaughter children. Hiring 1,000 new government employees to potentially cover, on average,...
  • NBC Poll: Public Blames Parents, Hollywood Over Guns for Violence

    01/18/2013 11:20:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 18 Jan 2013 11:07 AM | Jim Meyers
    Americans place more blame for mass shootings on parents and Hollywood than they do on guns, a surprising new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reveals. Asked how much responsibility several choices might bear for the shootings that have taken place in Tucson AZ, Aurora CO and Newtown CT, guns came in fifth. The top choice was “parents not paying enough attention to what is going on in their children’s lives”—83 percent said that was “a great deal” or a “good amount” responsible. Only 4 percent said “none at all.” …
  • Senate Dems hesitant on Obama gun control plan

    01/18/2013 11:13:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies ^ | 1/18/2013
    President Obama's gun-control package was always going to be a tough sell in the Republican-led House -- but the plan is already running into resistance, or at least hesitation, from moderate Democrats in the Senate. The lukewarm response in the Senate to Obama's highly anticipated anti-gun violence plan portends an uphill climb for the legislation. And it underscores how, as the president's backers prepare to launch a veritable campaign to promote the plan, they will be pressuring members of their own party as much as reluctant Republicans. No Democrat in the Senate came out against Obama's gun plan. But several...
  • Obama: Observe a National Day of Service (for his Inauguration)

    01/18/2013 11:12:28 AM PST · by pabianice · 54 replies
    Obama for America ^ | 1/18/13 | no one would admit to it
    Join the National Day of Service On Saturday, January 19, President Obama and the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will take part in an event that's become a tradition -- a National Day of Service on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day to celebrate Dr. King's legacy. No matter where you are in America, you have an opportunity to join this effort and serve your community. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has helped to organize events all over the country. Visit their site to find a service opportunity near you. This National Day of Service is about...
  • Thoughts on the Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's Birth

    01/18/2013 11:07:15 AM PST · by DanMiller · 18 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 18, 2013 | Dan Miller
    This is a "revised and extended" re-post of an article I wrote in 2011 to mark an anniversary of General Lee's death. It celebrates the two hundred and sixth anniversary of his birth on January 19, 1807, a happier occasion. Today, January 18th, is also Lee - Jackson Day in Virginia, as proclaimed by Governor Robert F. McDonnell. We have changed as a nation, often not for the better.We, as a nation, seem to have done with heroes of his type. Yet he inspired a fledgling nation, the Confederate States of America -- young, old, rich and poor alike. Those...
  • Obama Failed to Support Illinois Bill Charging School Shooters as Adults

    01/18/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 01/17/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There just weren’t enough letters from adorable kids out there to convince him to do it. Proposed in 1999, the same year as the Columbine Massacre, SB-0759 would have prosecuted teenage school shooters as adults. The bill passed almost unanimously, with 52 Yeas, and only one Nay. And a bunch of Presents, one of them from the Illinois State Senator currently lobbying to wreck the Bill of Rights because he’s just that concerned about school shootings. Synopsis of Bill as introduced: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides for adult criminal prosecution of a minor at least 15 years...
  • Algeria in Jihadi Flames

    01/18/2013 11:03:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    FrontPageMag.Com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    Emboldened by America’s projection of weakness abroad, Islamists apparently linked to al-Qaeda reportedly continue to hold about 40 foreign hostages including seven Americans seized Wednesday at a natural gas field in Algeria.At press time, conflicting media reports had been emerging from the region. Some claimed that the hostages have been freed; others, that several hostages have been killed. The mass kidnapping at a BP (formerly British Petroleum) gas site near the Libyan border, which may very well have been accomplished with U.S.-supplied weapons left over from the ouster of the late Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, seems to be a...
  • Prof: ‘White privilege’ behind many mass shootings, parts of the Tea Party

    01/18/2013 11:03:04 AM PST · by oliverdarcy · 62 replies
    A professor from a public university on Wednesday claimed mass shootings, such as those in Newtown Conn., and Aurora Colo., are often the effects of jilted “white privilege.” Robert Jensen, who is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin, also suggested race-based alienation is a motivating factor behind some parts of the conservative Tea Party movement. “Why are the men who commit mass murder disproportionately white?” Jensen asked rhetorically. “My guess is that it has something to do with the sense of entitlement that most white people feel.”
  • Do You Know What is Happening in Mali?

    01/18/2013 11:03:03 AM PST · by Hoodat · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | January 18, 2013 6:25 AM | Phyllis Chesler
    During the third debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney talked about Mali and the danger al-Qaeda represented there. The Obamamedia laughed and derided Romney, carrying Barack Obama’s water and continued advancing the fraud that Obama had decimated al-Qaeda, even though al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists had taken over an American consulate and killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya just weeks prior. Surprise!!!! Al-Qaeda in Mali is a serious enough threat that the French, THE FRENCH!, have invaded Mali to fight them there. It looks like Romney was indeed correctly focused on foreign threats, al-Qaeda is not decimated but in fact...
  • Report: Billions in Green Energy Stimulus Funding Given to Foreign Corporations

    01/18/2013 11:01:47 AM PST · by lbryce · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    A congressional report found that foreign companies have been large beneficiaries of stimulus funds and received billions of dollars funds meant to promote green energy development and create jobs in the United States. The House Energy and Commerce Committee staff examined Treasury Department data and found that nearly one-quarter of the $16 billion in Section 1603 green energy grants went to a handful of large European and Asian renewable energy companies. “Billions of dollars have filled the coffers of overseas firms while the evidence of the promised permanent jobs and economic growth here in the United States is scarce,” reads...
  • Obama’s Attack on Your Freedom Continues

    01/18/2013 11:01:37 AM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 1 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jennifer Burke
    We have not even had his second inauguration yet and President Obama has made two things perfectly clear. First, he will stoop to whatever low is necessary, even using the grisly murder of sweet, innocent children to manipulatively push “forward” his Stalin like agenda to strip you of the gun rights guaranteed to you by the Second Amendment...
  • The Powell Tragedy

    01/18/2013 10:55:26 AM PST · by pabianice · 41 replies
    NRO The Corner ^ | 1/18/13 | Hanson
    Like many, I was confused not by General Colin Powell’s endorsements of Barack Obama, but rather his recent remarks alleging Republican extremism and racism. His barrage was internally inconsistent and ultimately made little sense at all. Such unfounded charges are out of character with his distinguished record and career. In 2008 and 2012 Republicans nominated candidates from the more moderate wing of the party. Mitt Romney had been a centrist Massachusetts governor, and fellow Republican senator John McCain, for example, whom Powell also did not endorse, in the 2000 primaries had run to the left of Powell’s own employer, George...
  • Changing the name of Freedom Weekend Aloft to...Aloft.

    01/18/2013 10:52:39 AM PST · by Resettozero
    Greenville (SC) Business Magazine ^ | January 18, 2013 | Who knows
    After more than 30 years of entertaining the Upstate, Freedom Weekend Aloft has undergone a major makeover. Community leaders and event sponsors got the first preview of Aloft 2013 during a kick-off gala Thursday night at the Children's Museum of the Upstate. The festival, presented by Greenville Hospital System over Memorial Weekend, is a 501c3 non-profit. This year, Aloft's charitable partner is the Center for Developmental Services which helps the parents of developmentally delayed children access all the tools and resources they need to face their challenges. The festival formerly known as Freedom Weekend Aloft has been ranked as one...
  • Al-Qaida Resurgent As Terror Spreads Across N. Africa

    01/18/2013 10:45:43 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 Jan 2013 | Editorial
    Islamofascism: The terrorist attack on a vast Algerian gas plant Wednesday shows a resurgent al-Qaida that puts the lie to the Obama administration's claim that the war on terror is all but over. It may in fact be just beginning. Everything about the al-Qaida "Blood Brigade" attack on the Al Amenas natural gas plant 800 miles east of Algiers — where hundreds of workers, including Americans, were taken hostage in a bloody standoff — suggests an organization growing in strength with a bigger game than just retaliating for the French invasion of Mali. You'd never know that from our silent...
  • Islamist Hostage Takers in Algeria Vow To Only Kill Christians (Where's Obama? Clinton?)

    01/18/2013 10:41:48 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    Frontpage ^ | Janury 18 | Daniel Greenfield
    “The terrorists told us at the very start that they would not hurt Muslims but were only interested in the Christians and infidels,” Abdelkader, 53, said by telephone from his home in the nearby town of In Amenas. “We will kill them, they said.” --- -------- This isn’t really a hostage situation. The goal is to murder non-Muslims while embarrassing the United States, France and the Algerian government.
  • Freedom Is Not Free

    01/18/2013 10:39:13 AM PST · by truthxchange · 3 replies ^ | January 18, 2013 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Freedom Is Not Free By Dr. Peter Jones As the Sixties cultural revolution reaches maturity, we need to remember that its fundamental rationale was the rejection of external authority and government control, for “sacred” individual liberty and independence, especially in sexual behavior. To our surprise, the cost of this freedom has fallen on everyone. In a recent article posted on The Aquila Report, Dr. Paul Kengor recalled the brilliant career of the recently deceased legal authority, Robert Bork. Bork’s book, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline (2003),documented the decline of American culture, liberated from sexual restraints.We remember that...
  • 'Miss Croatia 2012' is Elizabeta Burg

    01/18/2013 10:36:43 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 30 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Last month's Miss Universe pageant introduced the world to some truly stunning women, a prime example of which being Miss Croatia 2012 Elizabeta Burg: one of the youngest contestants at just 19, Elizabeta's what you might call a smart cookie, currently working on a veterinary degree while already fluent in English AND German in-addition to her native Serbo-Croatian... Elizabeta hails from the small Croatian town of Vrbanja, -near the Serbian and Bosnian borders- where her parents own the farm on which she learned the meaning of hard work, milking cows and cleaning stables as a young girl. Her personal ambition, discipline, and...
  • (Algerian) hostages in exchange for two US prisoners

    01/18/2013 10:35:44 AM PST · by livius · 23 replies
    La Razon ^ | Jan. 18, 2013 | Staff
    This is from the Spanish press. It says that AQ is demanding the release of two US prisoners, one of them being the blind sheik, Abdul Rahmann, and the other being a Pakistani named Afiya Sadiqi or something to that effect. I'd trust any foreign press more than ours at this point, unfortunately.
  • US 'Network of Pimps' Indicted for Enslaving Dozens of Latina Immigrants

    01/18/2013 10:35:23 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | January 18, 2013 | Fox News Latino
    A network of pimps lured dozens of women from Latin America with dreamland promises only to trade them cross-country like slaves, forcing them to perform up to 30 acts of prostitution a day, according to federal authorities. And it went on for five years before they were busted. Twelve people — eight men and four women — have been indicted in U.S. District Court in Savannah.
  • Former New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud (Updated)

    01/18/2013 10:34:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
  • New York Declares War on the Second Amendment

    01/18/2013 10:32:47 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/18/13 | William A Levinson
    The purpose of war is to kill people and break things until the enemy ceases his aggression permanently. The delusion that war has some other purpose leads only to disasters such as Vietnam. New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has just shown why supporters of the Bill of Rights must similarly use legal, nonviolent, and socially acceptable methods to destroy organizations (like the Million Mom March in 2000) and break political careers. The ruin of the Million Mom March, along with Al Gore's self-destruction in three or so pro-Second Amendment states, bought gun owners only about 12 years of relative peace,...
  • 'Battalion of Blood' gang offers to SWAP two U.S. hostages seized in gas field siege for two terrori

    01/18/2013 10:29:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 23:01 EST, 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 EST, 18 January 2013 | Tim Shipman, David Williams, Beth Stebner and Helen Pow
    <p>No place to hide: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, pictured today in London, said there was 'no justification for the kidnapping and murder of innocent people' in Algeria and warned militants there was 'no place to hide'</p> <p>Islamist militants have today offered to free two American hostages held captive at an Algerian gas field in exchange for the release of two renowned terrorists jailed in the United States.</p>
  • Flu vaccine attitudes abroad differ from U.S. - Only U.S. and Canada encourage flu vaccine

    01/18/2013 10:27:23 AM PST · by opentalk · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2013 | Jen Christensen
    (CNN) - The flu hasn't hit Europe as hard as it has the United States, health officials say, but when and if it does, don't expect a call for vaccination of the entire population. Only the U.S. and Canada actually encourage everyone older than 6 months to get the flu vaccine. Apparently, not a single country in Europe asks the general population to seek that same kind of protection, according to Robb Butler, the World Health Organization technical officer in vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations in the organization's Europe office in the Netherlands. That's because global health experts say the...
  • AMERICA’S LARGEST OUTDOOR SPORTS SHOW TO BAN AR-15'S (Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show)

    01/18/2013 10:25:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mike Piccione
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. “We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention,” they posted on their website. The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 – 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that “no specific information was available on the type...
  • House to vote on three-month debt limit hike

    01/18/2013 10:19:28 AM PST · by illiac · 62 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/18/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The House of Representatives will vote next week to authorize a three-month increase in the debt ceiling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday. "Next week, we will authorize a three month temporary debt limit increase to give the Senate and House time to pass a budget,"
  • Gun Violence is Not a Republican Problem, It's a Democratic Problem

    01/18/2013 10:17:47 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 36 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 18, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget Wal-Mart and skip your local gun show. The murderers of tomorrow will not be found wearing orange vests at your local sporting goods store. They won’t have NRA memberships or trophies on their walls. You won’t find them in America. Look for them in Obamerica. 67% of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. Those are the crowded cities of...
  • Obama bypasses Congress, attempts to force companies to reveal political donations

    01/18/2013 10:15:53 AM PST · by listenhillary · 28 replies ^ | 1/18/13 | Vince Coglianese
    The Obama administration is attempting to bypass Congress and force publicly-traded companies to reveal their political donations through regulation. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance has begun the steps necessary to create a regulation that would in many ways mirror the DISCLOSE Act — a bill Senate Democrats have failed to pass through Congress. Created in reaction to the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that said corporations and unions could not have limits placed on their political expenditures, the Senate bill would require political organizations to publicly name their donors and the amounts they give. The...
  • Jewish Home’s Bennett says remove some outposts

    01/18/2013 10:13:26 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/18/2013 | Stuart Winer
    The leader of the right-wing national religious Jewish Home party said settler outposts set up on private Palestinian land are illegal and should be removed. Naftali Bennett made the statement in an interview with Channel 2′s Nissim Mishal broadcast on Thursday evening, seemingly breaking with the hard-line views of much of the party’s base. >>SNIP<< A statement issued by Jewish Home after the show appeared to backtrack on the party leader’s words, reading: “Thankfully, there are no outposts that fit the description presented by the interviewer and therefore no outposts will be evacuated. Instead, we will act to make the...
  • Priest calls on pro-lifers to expose Obama-supporting Catholic groups at March for Life

    01/18/2013 10:11:03 AM PST · by Morgana
    Jill Stanek ^ | 1.18.2013 | Jill Stanek
    I want everyone who participates in the March For Life to take photos of the pro-unborn banners carried by the contingents from the National Catholic Reporter… from the LCWR [Leadership Conference of Women Religious]… from the Catholic Health Association… from the Nuns on the Bus. ~ Father John Zuhlsdorf, encouraging participants of the upcoming March for Life to capture on film any banners displayed by groups who have staunchly supported President Obama’s agenda and would dare to claim to be pro-life, January 11 [Related: Fr. Z scrutinizes Sr. Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (pictured holding...
  • Phonies like Notre Dame's Te'o are media favorites

    01/18/2013 10:11:00 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/18/13 | Emma Karlin
    Just about four months ago the Democrats’ media broke the heartbreaking story of how a double tragedy had struck Manti Te’o a star football player for Norte Dame. The reports told of how Te’o’s grandmother in Hawaii had died and shortly thereafter his girlfriend, the love of his life, had died from injuries sustained in a car accident or leukemia – whichever carried the narrative better during a particular retelling of the story . Te’o’s grandmother Annette Santiago, was real and there is no reason to doubt his deep sense of loss at her death, but the “life” and “death”...
  • Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis (20 foreigh missing or held)

    01/18/2013 10:10:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | | Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:00pm EST | Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS
    (Reuters) - More than 20 foreigners were still being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants, who threatened to attack other energy installations. Thirty hostages, including at least seven Westerners, were killed during Thursday's assault, along with at least 18 of their captors, said an Algerian security source.   The attack, which plunged capitals around the world into crisis mode, is a serious escalation of unrest in northwestern Africa, where French forces have been in Mali since last week fighting an...
  • The Gray Lady Confirms Blue Civil War (20th Century Liberalism Is In Serious Trouble)

    01/18/2013 10:09:53 AM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    The American Interest ^ | January 18, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    You know the blue model is in serious trouble when even New York Times writers turn against it. Yesterday dyed-in-the-wool Democrat Thomas Edsall responded to Via Meadia‘s take on blue model collapse. In his response he struggles mightily with the bluer angels of his nature, calling our take “apocalyptic,” but in the end admits that 20th-century liberalism is in serious trouble: Dozens of city and state public employee pension plans are on the verge of bankruptcy—or are actually bankrupt—from Rhode Island to California; in 2010, a survey of 126 state and local plans showed assets of $2.7 trillion and liabilities...
  • If America Ever Heads In The Right Direction Liberals Can Reverse Course With This Compass

    01/18/2013 10:09:33 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-18-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Gay men should be vaccinated like women to reduce growing cancer, STD rates, UK medical group states

    01/18/2013 10:07:24 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lsn ^ | 1.18.2013 | Hillary White
    LONDON, January 17, 2013, ( – The British Medical Association (BMA) has said that Gardasil, the vaccine given to young girls to prevent HPV infection, and the cervical cancer that can result from it, should be administered to homosexual men to combat the common types of cancer associated with their sexual activities. In 2008-9, the British government contracted with the manufacturers of Gardasil, Merck & Co., Inc., to vaccinate the nation’s entire population of girls. Now the BMA wants to extend the vaccination program to homosexual men after increases in anal, throat, and penile cancer associated with “increased sexual activity.”...
  • America’s largest outdoor sports show to ban AR-15s

    01/18/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Godebert · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mike Piccione
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. “We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention,” they posted on their website. The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 – 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that “no specific information was available on the type...
  • CBO Says Electric Vehicle Subsidies to Cost $7.5 Billion With Little Benefit

    01/18/2013 10:02:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 18, 2013 | Mark Modica
    I recently came across a report written by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) which estimated the cost to taxpayers for "federal policies to promote (aka subsidize) the manufacture and purchase of electric vehicles (EVs)." The piece also predicts the short-term benefits of the subsidies and includes the effects of rising federal requirements for fuel economy (known as CAFE) standards. The outlook is that federal subsidies will cost taxpayers $7.5 billion over the next few years for little or no benefit (even when including the impact of CAFE) to total gas consumption or emissions. The CBO is a non-partisan federal agency...
  • Second Amendment Saturdays start tomorrow

    01/18/2013 10:01:32 AM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 2 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | January 18, 2013 | From Staff Reports
    For more than 200 years, Americans have used firearms for hunting, sports and self-defense. They are an important part of our heritage, and gun ownership is one of our most fundamental rights. The Daily Citizen begins honoring that heritage on Saturday with our first Second Amendment Saturday. “We are giving people the ability to exercise their Second Amendment right to buy, sell or trade a gun with their fellow citizens,” said Publisher William Bronson. “Our business is based on the exercise of the First Amendment, but we celebrate and defend all of the freedoms protected by the Constitution.” Those wishing...
  • President Obama Undermines Case Against Universal E-Verify [re: gun control]

    01/18/2013 9:59:21 AM PST · by forty_years · 14 replies
    "First, it's time for Congress to require a universal background check on anyone trying to buy a gun." These were President Obama's words as he outlined his plans for gun control legislation on Wednesday. FAIR takes no position on gun issues, but the president's unequivocal support for universal checks demonstrates two things: The president does not consider background checks to be an infringement on anyone’s constitutional liberties, andThe president does not consider there to be any technological impediments to carrying out universal checks before someone is permitted to purchase a firearm. In making his statement, President Obama also negated the...
  • Is Hollywood exempt from New York's new gun laws?

    01/18/2013 9:58:29 AM PST · by airedale · 4 replies
    As I read the ñew New York gun laws like the police there is no exemption for the entertainment industry (movies, TV, or plaifys). Even if the guns themselves were non working props I'll bet the magazines are real. That alone would bear crime. They aren't going to have just one magazine either. If they were real there would be massive fines and some lengthy jail time. Based on the way the law is written conspiracy charges for violating the law. Tight be able to be brought against the production company, the actors, studios and their executives. I wonder how...
  • Algeria attack may have link to Libya camps (Al Qaeda terrorists from Obama's Libya)

    01/18/2013 9:58:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/18/13 | Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister
    The terrorists who attacked the In Amenas gas complex in eastern Algeria appear to have been of several nationalities, and may have trained in jihadist camps across the border in southern Libya, according to sources familiar with the situation there. Algerian security sources told Reuters late Thursday that the militants whose bodies had been recovered from the complex so far included three Egyptians, two Tunisians, two Libyans, a Malian and a French citizen. -snip- A U.S. official told CNN Wednesday that the hostage-takers appeared to have crossed the Libyan border -- some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the gas complex...
  • Larimer County sheriff threatens not to enforce new gun laws (Colorado)

    01/18/2013 9:57:22 AM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    kdvr ^ | updated on: 08:48am, January 18, 2013 | Will C. Holden
    LARIMER COUNTY — If any new gun laws are passed that his constituents consider unconstitutional, Justin Smith won’t enforce them. So reads a Facebook post from the Larimer County Sheriff. The only problem: The constitution does not seem to grant Smith or his constituents the right to determine whether a law is constitutional. That authority, according to the governor and Larimer County commissioner, rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. That is likely the biggest reason Smith pumped the brakes a tad in an interview with the Coloradoan following a social media message he posted Wednesday. In it, Smith flexed his...
  • Guns Don’t Make You Safe

    01/18/2013 9:56:20 AM PST · by civislibertas · 41 replies
    Civis Libertas ^ | 1/18/2013 | centinel
    Holding a gun in your hands does not guarantee either your safety or your life. There is no surety that someone else won’t have bigger or better weapons and can still take what you consider valuable. The whole point of holding a gun in your hands is that it raises the bar of consequence and therefore of the required level of intent for any attacker. The gun does not say, “you cannot kill me”. The gun says, “you can kill me, but until you do, I remain free”. To that end, the bigger or better the weapon is, the more...