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  • Mythbusters: Abp Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    01/23/2013 8:30:52 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/22/13 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    You may recall the appointment of Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in July of last year. The announcement created a tempest in a teapot as both Traditionalists and Modernists loudly denounced the new prefect’s theological views. As I strongly suspected at the time, both groups were simply doing what they always do. They were attempting to create a mythology, or really two different mythologies, which would undermine Archbishop Müller’s ability to do his job. But when you are denounced by those who reject Catholic teaching on opposite sides, it is...
  • Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show doomed

    01/23/2013 8:28:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies ^ | 23 January, 2013 | GSL
    Did you have plans for attending the grand-daddy of sports and outdoor shows, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show held in Harrisburg, PA in February? You might want to reconsider. The show’s promoters have banned all references to America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15 and those like it. This is the announcement from their website (you can Google it, but we’re not putting any links, hot or not, to the ESOS website): As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport. Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment....
  • No decision yet from Progress Energy on crippled Crystal River nuclear power plant [FL]

    01/23/2013 8:22:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies | 3:12 PM, Jan 7, 2013 | Dave Heller
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  • Do We Want Better Enforcement of Misguided Gun Restrictions?

    01/23/2013 8:21:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | January 23, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    "The single most important thing we can do to prevent gun violence and mass shootings," President Obama said last week, "is to make sure those who would commit acts of violence cannot get access to guns." Toward that end, he wants to require background checks not just for sales by federally licensed firearms dealers (as under current law), but for all gun transfers except those between relatives. This idea seems to be the most popular of Obama's gun control proposals, supported by nine out of 10 respondents in a recent CBS News poll. Yet it is unlikely to stop mass...
  • How Obama Can Tackle Climate Change Without Congress

    01/23/2013 8:20:53 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 22 replies
    NJ ^ | 1-22-2012 | Coral Davenport
    President Obama’s Inaugural Address was his boldest, clearest signal to date that he intends to take on the challenge of fighting climate change as a signature achievement of his presidency.... But what, specifically, can Obama do? For now, it seems highly unlikely that he’ll be able to get a bill through Congress. After taking office in 2009 intent on pushing broad climate legislation through Congress, he hit resistance and the bill died in 2010. .... the president does have in his executive arsenal one powerful--and extremely controversial--.... he could wield without any help from Congress. Under the terms of a...
  • Unions suffer steep decline in membership

    01/23/2013 8:19:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2013 10:15 AM EST | Sam Hananel
    The nation’s labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, led by losses among public sector workers in cash-strapped states, cities, counties and towns. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the unionization rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s. …
  • Van Jones: Obama Inauguration Speech Was More Important Than George Washington's

    01/23/2013 8:17:28 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    TJMS: Roland Martin talks with Van Jones about President Obama’s Inauguration speech and about what Obama will do in his second term.
  • The Tea Party: Still Coming into Its Own (Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated)

    01/23/2013 8:16:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/23/2013 | Sally Zelikovsky
    While the usual wishful thinking about the Tea Party's demise is being bantered about in the left-wing blogosphere, one of our own -- California Republican political consultant Tony Quinn -- recently joined the chorus of prognosticators.  His premise is that because the Tea Party fielded "idiot" candidates like Angle and O'Donnell in 2010 and Akin and Mourdock in 2012, Republicans lost the Senate, and their strident calls for fiscal sanity, limited government, and lower taxes caused all manner of mayhem for Boehner in the House, ultimately empowering Obama and the Democrats.  Support for Christine O'Donnell was misplaced, even though...
  • Suicide blast at funeral kills 18 in Iraq

    01/23/2013 8:15:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 23, 2013 10:21 AM EST
    A suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a funeral ceremony Wednesday at a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq, killing 18 people, an official said. … The head of the Salahuddin provincial health directorate, Raed Ibrahim, said 18 people were killed and 45 were wounded in the attack. Another official, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir al-Zaidi, a military commander, said at least 14 people were killed. At least 44 people were wounded in the attack, including some provincial officials, he said. … The bombing came a day after a string of attacks, including three car bombs in and around Baghdad, killed at least...
  • Boeing Dreamliner fires spark new doubts about a green energy technology

    01/23/2013 8:14:54 AM PST · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Wasington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2012 | Richard Pollock
    When Federal Aviation Administration officials grounded Boeing's fleet of 787 Dreamliner commercial jets last week due to unexplained battery fires, one of President Obama's favorite green energy technologies got another black eye. Technologists and safety experts had long warned of problems with the lithium ion battery when in 2009 the president began betting billions of tax dollars that it should be the green power of choice for cars, trucks, and even aircraft.
  • Paul Ehrlich: “Nobody Has The Right to Have 12 Children—Or Even 3”

    01/23/2013 8:11:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 22, 2013 | Pete Winn
    Paul Ehrlich, the doomsday biologist who coined the term “The Population Bomb” more than 40 years ago with a book of the same name, says the world now faces “dangerous trends” of global climate change and overpopulation, which threaten our extinction. Reducing the number of people is still the answer to civilization’s woes, Ehrlich and his wife Anne wrote in an article published Jan. 9 by London’s Royal Society. … “Giving people the right to have as many people, as many children that they want is, I think, a bad idea,” the Web site (Raw Story) quoted Ehrlich as saying....
  • Take My Liberty and Give me Money

    01/23/2013 8:06:45 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 1 replies ^ | JANUARY 23RD, 2013 | Bruce Karlson, staff writer
    “I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.” “The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” Thomas Jefferson Even liberals …effusive about the intellect….. Thomas Jefferson. That is, until they actually look at the results of that intellect, other than the magnificent but necessarily broad Declaration of Independence. JFK, when reasonably sober and taking a break from...
  • Obama's Definition of 'Liberty'

    01/23/2013 8:06:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 23, 2013 | Susan Brown
    Oh, how far-removed we are from what now seems like the "innocent" Bill Clinton days when all we had to worry about was the various definitions of the word "is". And now, after watching President Obama's second term inaugural address, it is clear we have a president who calls into question the meaning of the word "liberty." It is incomprehensible that this former constitutional lawyer would argue during his speech that America has evolved to the extent "our founding documents" no longer require us to "define liberty in exactly the same way." But then again, it's not so far-fetched considering...
  • How NOT to Read the Abortion Polls

    01/23/2013 8:03:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Chris Cillizza tweeted earlier today that a new post in a section of the Washington Post he oversees explained why “Republicans need to stop talking about abortion. Immediately.” What it really shows is that polling on abortion needs to be read carefully rather than excitably.In that post Aaron Blake writes, “The trend line is clear, and Americans are becoming more accepting of abortion rights.” His thesis depends entirely on an overreaction to a few bits of poll data. A fuller look at the evidence does not bear it out.First, let’s look at the polls on Roe v. Wade. Blake’s...
  • Pro-Life Rising, Forty Years after Roe v. Wade

    01/23/2013 7:57:20 AM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | January 23, 2013 | George Weigel
    Forty years ago, on Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, one of the two worst decisions in its history. The court’s first mega-error, the 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford, declared an entire class of human beings beyond the protection of the laws; Roe v. Wade declared another class of human beings, the unborn, beyond legal protection. Dred Scott helped precipitate the Civil War; Roe v. Wade led to a vast expansion of the pro-life movement, the largest movement of social reform in American since the civil rights movement and the natural successor...
  • House Republicans’ United Front: Take default off the table ,leave room to negotiate spending cuts

    01/23/2013 7:57:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    House Republicans on Wednesday are hoping to present a united front and jump-start the next several months’ worth of budget negotiations by approving a short-term debt-limit extension with near-unanimous GOP support. Members will vote on a “limited suspension” of the federal debt limit through May 19, which would temporarily allow the Treasury Department to issue new debt to cover obligations incurred during that period, along with a measure that would withhold Senators’ pay if they fail to pass a budget. “All we’re saying is: If the president and the Senate, if this country needs to incur more debt — Senate,...
  • Critical Benghazi Question: ‘What Caliber Ammo?’

    01/23/2013 7:54:15 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Conservative Report ^ | January 22, 2013 | Chip Jones
    As the Congressional hearings on the fiasco in Benghazi gear back up, and as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton prepares to testify all manner of questions are floating around about who knew what and when ... Therefore, the question that is simply asked and objectively answered, without placing any of the SF or CIA operatives at mortal risk is a simple one. You see, the Kalashnikov rifle chambers a 7.62 mm round. The US M-4 rifle chambers a 5.56 mm round. What is widely reported and accepted is that at least two of the TDY Green Berets who were assigned...
  • Two Governors Propose Radical Tax Reform (Elimination of state and corporate income taxes)

    01/23/2013 7:53:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/23/2013 | Steve Malanga
    The interminable fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington produced almost no substantial reform of taxes despite a general agreement that both our income and corporate tax codes are dense, confusing and layered with perverse incentives that favor some economic activities over others at the expense of overall growth. "The existing tax code makes compliance difficult," IRS Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson recently wrote, "leaving many [taxpayers] unaware how their taxes are computed and even what rate of tax they pay. It enables sophisticated taxpayers to reduce their tax liabilities undermines trust in the system." Just weeks into the new year, however,...
  • California’s One-Man Laffer Curve

    01/23/2013 7:50:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | January 23, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve already condemned the foolish people of California for approving a referendum to raise the state’s top tax rate to 13.3 percent. This impulsive and misguided exercise in class warfare surely will backfire as more and more productive people flee to other states – particularly those that don’t impose any state income tax.We know that people cross state borders all the time, and it’s usually to travel from high-tax states to low-tax states. And we’ve already seen some evidence that the state’s new top tax rate is causing a loss of highly valued jobs.This mobility of labor and talent is...
  • 'Harbinger' author pleads for return to God (at Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast)

    01/23/2013 7:45:46 AM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    WND ^ | January 22, 2013 | Unattributed
    'What we once knew to be immoral, we celebrate' Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger” – the startling New York Times bestseller that suggests the U.S. is in the shadow of judgment from God for its rejection of Him – stood at the podium for this year’s Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Inauguration Day. Amid weeping, praying and the sounding of shofars from the audience, Cahn said the U.S. has chosen a path that takes the nation away from God, and he pleaded with its leaders to return. “What we once knew to be immoral, we celebrate,”...