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  • Democrat: Please Don't Release That Document Showing We Actually Do Want to Confiscate Guns

    01/18/2013 2:42:20 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 23 replies
    Late last night, New York Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, one of the few Republicans with a strong enough spine to stand up to the new gun legislation, released the following statement on his Facebook page. "Here it is. This is the video where I was asked to keep the Democrat proposals for the NY SAFE Act away from the public. This list was given to me by a colleague and it is not confidential. This bill was an attack on the 2nd amendment and the Democrats clearly wanted to dismantle the work of the Founding Fathers. None of these amendments were...
  • Investment Banking on the Brink (Bankers now being laid off by the thousands)

    01/18/2013 2:40:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 01/18/2013 | Martin Hesse, Thomas Schulz, Christoph Scheuermann and Anne Seith
    For decades, investment bankers have held the key to untold riches -- but now they're being laid off by the tens of thousands. As the crisis forces the industry to search for a new identity, is it ready to mend its ways? The suicide victims chose a location with symbolic significance. Last fall, only a few weeks apart, a businesswoman and a banker went to the Coq d'Argent, an upscale restaurant and hot spot in the world of London high finance, located on the top floor of a shopping complex, to end their lives. The woman put down her purse...
  • New Coptic Catholic leader receives Pope's approval

    01/18/2013 2:40:02 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 18, 2013
    Vatican City, Jan 18, 2013 / 03:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI approved Bishop Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak as the new Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts in Egypt, granting him "ecclesiastical communion.'' The former Bishop of Minya was elected during a Synod of Bishops of the Coptic Catholic Church in Cairo, which lasted from Jan. 12 to16. As part of the election, his rank was raised to archbishop. The 57-year-old will replace Cardinal Antonio Naguib, aged 77, who resigned on Jan. 18 after suffering from partial paralysis and undergoing brain surgery. The Vatican hopes his appointment will see...
  • Oklahoma Threatens Five Years Imprisonment for Federal Gun Grabbers

    01/18/2013 2:37:06 PM PST · by AuntB · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan. 17, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    The "Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act" is now working its way through the Oklahoma legislature. Introduced by state senator Nathan Dahm, this legislation puts Oklahoma shoulder-to-shoulder with Wyoming and Texas by putting federal gun-grabbers in check. The language of the legislation is clear: "Federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations, bans or registration requirements regarding firearms constitute an infringement on the individual right [to keep and bear arms] in the Constitution of the United States...and are hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Oklahoma." The legislation mentions the "intent" of America's "Founders" and the Constitution's "ratifiers," and sets forth...
  • It's A Wonderful (Italian-American) Life

    01/18/2013 2:37:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | MARK ROTELLA
    We think of It's a Wonderful Life as a great American movie, a great Jimmy Stewart movie, a great Frank Capra movie — and, of course, as a great Christmas movie. We don't think of it as a great Italian-American movie. But we should, especially at Christmastime, when Italian-Americans — of Capra's generation and beyond — can be heard in every shop and restaurant singing many of the songs that define the season. Capra was born in Sicily, and at age 6 moved to Los Angeles. It's a Wonderful Life is spiced with subtle but significant references to his fellow...
  • Obama policies are pro-Islam

    01/18/2013 2:34:06 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 9 replies
    TribStar.com, Terre Haute ^ | December 12, 2012 | Ramachandra B. Abhyankar
    President Obama has an anti-colonial, pro-Islam policy. He maintains deafening silence about Islamic imperialism (manifested as jihad and sharia doctrines of Islam, which have always caused and continue to cause havoc across the world), but apologizes at every opportunity for Western colonialism. Whereas the Nazis killed six million Jews, Islamic Jihad has killed 120 million Africans, 60 million Christians, 80 million Hindus and 10 million Buddhists, according to the Center for the Study of Political Islam. Whereas Colonialism brought science and technology to many parts of the world, Islamic Imperialism brought no benefits to those it oppressed. President Obama maintains...
  • Self-proclaiming "shoe-bomber" causes panic in Kanawha City

    01/18/2013 2:25:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    WOWK ^ | 1.18.2013 | Alexi Alizadeh
    A man claiming to have bombs in his shoes has caused panic in Kanawha City Friday afternoon. Dispatchers say they got a call just before 12:30 p.m. that a white male in a jacket and jeans had been making threats at the Kanawha Village Apartments. Several emergency response units, including the bomb squad are assessing the situation. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
  • Fiscal Farce, Failure, Fantasy, & Fornication

    01/18/2013 2:24:00 PM PST · by johnsmom · 1 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | 1/18/2013 | Administrator
    Excerpted "After witnessing the fighting of undeclared never ending wars, passage of freedom destroying legislation like the Patriot Act & NDAA, approval of pork barrel spending to the tune of hundreds of billions, rule by Executive Order, using ZIRP to extract hundreds of billions from senior citizen savers and give it to criminal Wall Street banks, forcing the American people at gunpoint to replenish the Wall Street banks with $700 billion after they had committed the greatest financial fraud in history, and a continuing trampling of the U.S. Constitution, the American people continue to remain willfully ignorant of the truth....
  • 2 immigrants report rapes by South Texas smugglers

    01/18/2013 2:23:59 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    mySA.com ^ | January 18, 2013
    <p>MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says two Central American women have reported being raped by human smugglers in two separate incidents in South Texas.</p> <p>A Border Patrol statement Friday says a Honduran woman apprehended Tuesday in the brush by agents from the Kingsville station said she was raped Jan. 6 by three men at a stash house near Hidalgo. She was taken to a Kingsville hospital for evaluation.</p>
  • State Police Identify Weapons Used In Sandy Hook Investigation; Investigation Continues

    01/18/2013 2:12:13 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 228 replies
    The Newtown Bee ^ | January 18, 2013 | Newtown Bee
    In press conferences that have been held since 12/14, the Connecticut State Police have identified all of the weapons seized from the crime scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "To eliminate any confusion or misinformation, we will again describe and identify the weapons seized at the school crime scene," Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt J. Paul Vance said Friday, January 18, via a press release. Seized inside the school were the following: a Bushmaster .223 caliber-- model XM15-E2S rifle with high capacity 30 round clips; a Glock 10 mm handgun; and a Sig-Sauer P226 9mm handgun. Seized from the suspect’s...
  • Advocates push idea of requiring gun insurance

    01/18/2013 2:12:04 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 48 replies
    As lawmakers cast around for ways to curb gun-related violence, some are hoping the insurance market might offer incentives. A bill filed Friday in Massachusetts would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance in the event that a firearm is used to injure. The insurance policies would give those injured by a weapon a legal recourse, backers of the bill say, but they also would create financial incentives that could reduce accidents and fatalities. Gun owners, for example, might see lower insurance rates if they agreed to take firearms training courses and properly stored their weapons. "Insurance companies were able...
  • A Dude Named Weed Is Trying to Raise the Beer Tax in New Hampshire (Demoncrat)

    01/18/2013 2:11:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | JAN 18 2013 | David A Graham
    And other lessons on how morality can affect policy, from New England to the Bible Belt Some people like to smoke marijuana. Some people like to drink beer. And some people like to do both. The amount that they do each depends on incentives -- for example, easy accessibility or higher prices of one of them -- but it's fair to say that for many people weed and beer are what economists would call substitute goods: if your consumption of one goes up, the other will go down, a phenomenon scientists have quantified in various contexts. Enter into this tension...
  • Let´s Ask Obama About His Made-Up Girlfriends

    01/18/2013 2:11:00 PM PST · by opentalk · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2013 | Jack Cashill
    <p>In the last 24 hours,the media have scrutinized Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o's life more completely than they did President Barack Obama's in the last eight years. And that is shameful -- on both counts.</p>
  • Apply online for 7th Ward seat on Chicago City Council (Sandi Jackson's old $115,000 spot)

    01/18/2013 2:10:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/18/13 | Hal Dardick
    **SNIP** Although applications cannot be submitted until Monday morning, the city put the site up Friday so people can prepare to file, said Tom Alexander, a spokesman for the mayor. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Jan. 25. In addition to the power and influence, the job comes with a $115,000 annual salary, a $73,280 expense account to set up a ward office and control over $176,484 in staff salaries. Jackson told supporters this week she would like her chief of staff, Keiana Barrett, or local Pastor Scott Onque, to be appointed to replace her. But sources said the...
  • Mark Steyn: ‘Screw Algeria’s sovereignty,’ rescue the hostages

    01/18/2013 2:08:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 18, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    National Review columnist Mark Steyn wants the United States to be more aggressive in its efforts to rescue to Islamist-held hostages in Algeria. As of Friday, at least one American had died in a hostage standoff near the Algerian border with Libyan border amid growing speculation that the United States may attempt a rescue operation. And according to National Review columnist Mark Steyn, it’s time the United States got more aggressive in its efforts.On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Thursday night, Steyn, the author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” scoffed at the idea of Algerian forces conducting the...
  • Why Young Men are Giving Up on Marriage

    01/18/2013 2:05:46 PM PST · by NYer · 216 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | January 17, 2013 | Hilary White
    Fewer young men in the US want to get married than ever, while the desire for marriage is rising among young women, according to the Pew Research Center.Pew recently found that the number of women 18-34 saying that having a successful marriage is one of the most important things rose from 28 percent to 37 percent since 1997. The number of young adult men saying the same thing dropped from 35 percent to 29 percent in the same time.Pew’s findings have caught the attention of one US writer who maintains that feminism, deeply entrenched in every segment of the culture,...
  • Manatee Sheriff: Sarasota Man Stole Steaks, Wine to 'Impress a Lady'

    01/18/2013 2:05:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Bradenton Herald ^ | January 15, 2013
    A man hoping to make a good impression with his date was charged with petit theft for allegedly stealing beer, wine and steaks from Walmart, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. About 5 p.m. Monday, James Flenniken, 48, was observed by a loss prevention officer taking the items worth $79.30 at Walmart, 8498 Lockwood Ridge Road. Without being questioned, Flenniken said he took the items in order to "impress a lady," according to the sheriff's office. Flenniken, charged with petit theft-shoplifting, is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.
  • NJ Town proposes flag ban

    01/18/2013 2:02:02 PM PST · by Gefn · 28 replies
    myfoxny.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | myfoxny.com
    NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) - The Hudson County town of West New York is considering a widespread sign regulation that could include banning American flags from being flown. The Board of Commissioners have a draft ordinance for "General Sign Regulations". Among the prohibited signs under the proposal would be "Flags, banners and pennants." This has opponents upset. Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20621844/nj-town-proposes-flag-ban#ixzz2IMnDG2Gt
  • Poll: Voters pessimistic as Obama prepares for second inauguration (From 'hope' to 'cope')

    01/18/2013 1:56:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/18/13 | Peter Schroeder
    President Obama is entering his second term with many of the nation’s voters still pessimistic or unsure about their economic prospects, a new poll for The Hill has found. The president was reelected for another four years by a relatively comfortable margin, but 39 percent of likely voters say his first four years were worse than expected, compared to just 18 percent who say he exceeded expectations. Forty-one percent of those polled said his first term went as expected. The president assumed office in the midst of one of the worst financial meltdowns in U.S. history, and those polled are...
  • W.H. continues using kids in guns push

    01/18/2013 1:45:19 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    politico ^ | 1/18/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Now, the White House has posted videos of the children reading their letters.