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  • Yes, He Can: Twenty Ways Obama Can Use Executive Power to Push a Progressive Agenda

    01/26/2013 9:47:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Nation ^ | The February 11, 2013 Issue | The Editors
    When President Obama announced his sweeping new plan for preventing gun violence on January 16, it included no fewer than twenty-three “executive actions,” in addition to a series of legislative proposals. The message was clear: in the face of congressional intransigence—on gun control and beyond—Obama will push changes through the executive branch that he believes to be for the good of the country. “Congress too must act, and Congress must act soon,” Obama said, while making it clear that the White House will not wait for the GOP-controlled House. It was not the first time the president has flexed his...
  • New Zealand’s deadliest predators [SLIDESHOW]

    01/26/2013 9:25:29 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/25/2013 | Taylor Bigler
    Some dude in New Zealand wants to eradicate all house cats — and for good reason. They are cold-blooded serial killers that will murder just about anything they can get their little paws on. It must be stopped! Good riddance to these natural born killers.Here is a compilation of some of New Zealand’s deadliest and most terrifying predators:
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clark's PSA on guns

    01/26/2013 9:21:46 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 25 replies
    Office of the Sheriff ^ | January 2013 | David A. Clark
    Scroll down a bit to download the PSA. I can't do a hot link to the file. It's a MP3 file, you can get at the source. This sheriff is one of the good guys. This has gone viral. The lefties have their panties in a wad over this PSA. HAH!! I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can...
  • Girl 'leukemia free' after being treated with HIV

    01/26/2013 9:15:32 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Emma Brooke-Whitehead had undergone extended chemotherapy without success when doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to try the groundbreaking new treatment about eight months ago. "This treatment was really her only chance," pediatric oncologist Stephen Grupp told ABC News. The treatment works by using a disabled version of HIV to retrain a patient's disease-fighting white blood cells to kill cancer cells.
  • California lawmaker threatening Microsoft over … loss of Sacramento Kings?

    01/26/2013 9:03:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Last weekend, Phil Mickelson threatened to move out of California over the onerous tax hikes imposed by Jerry Brown and the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. Mickelson later apologized for his outburst, although I'm not sure why; he has just as much right to complain as anyone else. CNN Money later attempted to correct Mickelson, saying that his total tax rate was somewhere around 53%, not 62%, but I'm not sure that was much comfort, nor an effective rebuttal to Mickelson's point.As it turns out, Mickelson's not the only sports entity looking at a Golden Gate exit. Forbes noted that one...
  • FDA: Better food labeling could stem obesity

    01/26/2013 8:47:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Elizabeth Palermo (BusinessNewsDaily)
    Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S. The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy. The FDA commissioned the study as part of the action plan for its Obesity Working Group. The researchers' goal was to determine whether modifying the key elements of the nutrition facts label might...
  • The Preppers Next Door[NYC Region]

    01/26/2013 8:46:01 PM PST · by Theoria · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Jan 2013 | ALAN FEUER
    A couple of weeks ago, on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, 40 people gathered at a church in Washington Heights for a show-and-tell session sponsored by the New York City Preppers Network. One by one, they stood in front of the room and exhibited their “bug-out bags,” meticulously packed receptacles filled with equipment meant to see them through the collapse of civilization. Onto a folding table came a breathtaking array of disaster swag: compasses and iodine pills, hand-cranked radios and solar-powered flashlights, magnesium fire-starters and a fully charged Kindle with digital road maps of the tristate region. Many of the items...
  • Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves’ fingers

    01/26/2013 8:45:17 PM PST · by Rabin · 39 replies
    France24 ^ | 25/01/2013 | official press agencies
    Iran Human Rights, Mahmoud Amiry-Moghaddam, “What is surprising about this is that not only was this a public amputation, but that photos of it were distributed by official press agencies, and that they showed a machine that we had until yet never seen images of.
  • Police Continue Investigation Of School Shootings

    01/26/2013 8:44:56 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Newtown Bee ^ | January 24, 2013 | Andrew Gorosko
    Police this week continued their investigation into the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in seeking to document exactly what happened and learn the motive of the gunman who shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Dickinson Drive building. State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said that state police had a private meeting with members of the families of the deceased on January 15 to update them on the progress of the probe and to answer questions. Lt Vance declined to provide details on that 90-minute meeting. "We're doing our best to keep...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-27-13, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/26/2013 8:41:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-27-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 27, 2013   Third Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly,which consisted of men, women,and those children old enough to understand.Standing at one end of the open place that was before the Water Gate,he read out of the book from daybreak till midday,in the presence of the men, the women,and those children old enough to understand;and all the people listened attentively to the book of the law.Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the occasion.He opened the scrollso that...
  • Phil Mickelson isn’t the only future former Californian

    01/26/2013 8:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 23, 2013 | Fmr. California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore
    California voters approved a $50 billion tax hike in November, bestowing the highest marginal income tax rate in the nation on California taxpayers — 13.3 percent. Now professional golfer Phil Mickelson is thinking of leaving the state. He’s fortunate. He can practice his chosen profession in any region where snow doesn’t cover the ground for too long, and if he moves to Texas or Florida, his state income tax will drop to zero. Mickelson won’t be the first pro golfer to leave California. Tiger Woods, who used to live in my old Orange County legislative district, moved to Florida in...
  • Guidance to a Misinformed Reader

    01/26/2013 8:32:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    A reader, John, took the trouble to post the following comments, so I will take the trouble to post a reply. Johns comments are numbered and lettered. My reply will be below Johns comments and not numbered or lettered. John said... 1. Gun control does not mean gun bans. No one is coming to take your gun so please keep your paranoid fantasies out of this. One counterexample disproves this argument. I have several. Canada, May, 2010. The RCMP confiscated firearms that were formerly legal.California gun ban 1997.Australia, 1996. Owners of Semi-automatic rifles and shotguns are required to turn them...
  • Holy Cow! Tyranny at The Dairy

    01/26/2013 8:22:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 26, 2013 | Rhett Kelley
    This morning I watched yet another video of something that disturbs me greatly: the events leading up to the “legal” theft of several tons of cheese produced on a small family farm in Missouri. This, after the cheese had been embargoed for over 2 years and thus was no longer fit for consumption anyway. All of this was done in the name and at the expense of the taxpayers of Missouri, under the guise of “food safety.”
  • Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney: I uphold all of the Constitution, not just part of it

    01/26/2013 8:21:09 PM PST · by PotatoGun · 9 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | January 25, 2013 | Gary Raney
    As an elected official and a sheriff, I have the great honor to take an oath of office. Very few occupations include the special pride that comes with the trust inherent in an oath of office, but mine does. In that oath, I swore to uphold the Constitution and laws that we live under in this great nation. Those words were my promise that I would not use my own personal interests to decide what is right and wrong. I swore to work within our system of law and justice to fairly enforce what you, through your elected representatives in...
  • Obama Off To A Slow Start In Capitol Hill Gun Campaign

    01/26/2013 8:20:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 25, 2013 | John Stanton
    President Barack Obama's campaign operation appeared to be getting off to a shakey start Friday, sending out an ill-timed email calling on millions of supporters to flood the Capitol Hill switchboard with calls supporting gun control. Call in campaigns can be a powerful tool in lobbying Congress: when done right, lawmakers' offices are inundated with thousands of constituents demanding to speak with the senator or congresswoman about a particular issue. Well-orchestrated campaigns can even result in the congressional switchboard going down for hours at a time, disrupting everyday life in the Capitol and giving everyone in the building a sense...
  • Obama's Priorities Are Not Fiscal

    01/26/2013 8:02:25 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 5 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/26/13 | LD Jackson
    Here is a secret that isn't much of a secret. I have made it clear, both in my posts and in comments at other blogs, that I did not watch President Obama's second inaugural address. My reason is simple. I can not stand listening to someone whom I know is lying to me and the rest of America. I can easily glean what I need to know from reading the text of the speech and no, I haven't even been tempted to watch short clips of the speech on YouTube. From reading the speech and other commentaries, one thing is...
  • Attack On Family In Compton Latest Incident In Wave of Anti-Black Violence [Blacks Driven Out!]

    01/26/2013 7:57:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 66 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 26, 2013 | Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo
    Attack On Family In Compton Latest Incident In Wave of Anti-Black Violence A Latino gang is intimidating blacks into leaving the city that was once an African American enclave. It's part of a violent trend seen in other parts of the L.A. area. The steeple of the Greater Holy Faith Baptist Church on 155th Street in Compton, a reminder of a time not long ago when African Americans predominated. By Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo January 25, 2013 The trouble began soon after they arrived. The black family—a mother, three teenage children and a 10-year-old boy—moved into a...
  • David Mamet: Assault Weapons Ban an Appeal to the Ignorant

    01/26/2013 7:52:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 26, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Writer and film director David Mamet has weighed in on the current gun control push, and what he sees as government overreach couched in an "assault weapons" ban that is actually "a political appeal to the ignorant." Mamet describes it as a "hoax"– a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, because "assault weapons" are used in few crimes, and the very designation "assault weapon" is based on a gun's cosmetics--i.e., does it look menacing? Going after such guns makes some people feel safer because they have slowly, and perhaps unknowingly, traded their independence for a "government knows best" mentality....
  • How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?

    01/26/2013 7:51:06 PM PST · by upchuck · 28 replies
    Yahoo/Scientific American ^ | Wednesday, January 23,2013 | David Biello
    [snip] In addition to a groundswell of opposition to the 2,700-kilometer-long Keystone pipeline, 17 of his [James Hansen] fellow climate scientists joined him in signing a letter urging Pres. Barack Obama to reject the project last week. Simply put, building the pipeline—and enabling more tar sands production—runs "counter to both national and planetary interests," the researchers wrote. "The year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is." Obama seemed to agree in his second inaugural address this week, noting "we will respond to the threat of climate change,...
  • French Forces Advance in Mali

    01/26/2013 7:42:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 26, 2013 | DREW HINSHAW
    KONNA, Mali—French special forces edged up to the largest city in Mali's north, entering the airport outside Gao and setting the stage for a battle for a city al Qaeda-backed militants have fortified since April. French and Malian troops on Saturday took control of the airport, as well as the bridge over the Niger River that leads into town, France's Defense Ministry said. A small number of the French forces, said one French spokesman, is leading an attempt to reclaim the 800-year-old city of 90,000, seized last year by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the insurgency's local allies.