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  • Obama goes 'skeet shooting all the time'? Hardly ever, sources say

    01/30/2013 2:17:00 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies ^ | 1/30/13 | Jana Winter
    News of President Obama's apparently long-secret fondness for skeet shooting came as a surprise to those who say they have witnessed the president's "awkward" attempts at pinging the (clay) pigeons. ~~SNIP~~ "The only time he shot skeet was for President's Cup," said the source, referring to a shooting competition tradition involving the presidential Marine guards. "I was there. He stayed for about five minutes, and couldn't leave fast enough."Skeet shooting "is very hard," said the source. "Especially for someone not used to guns ... He couldn't have been more uncomfortable."
  • Convicted rapist organizes gun control demonstration at Dayton gun show; Media fails to note

    01/30/2013 2:14:44 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    buckeyefirearms ^ | 01/30/2013 | Chad D. Baus
    WHIO-TV and The Dayton Daily News have been treating this man as a legitimate voice of reason that should be considered in the debate over whether or not rape and other crime victims should be able to buy firearms in order to protect themselves from attack. What's even worse, this isn't the first time. A search of the WHIO-TV website shows Jerome McCorry appearing in other articles advocating gun control over the past few years, and one article about an incident in which an Adam Project-sponsored rally turned violent. The Dayton Daily News has also given McCorry legitimacy, covering a...
  • Boy Scouts Were Pressured by Corporate Sponsors to Change Policy on Gays

    01/30/2013 2:13:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    Pressure from corporate sponsors may be the critical factor in a decision by the Boy Scouts of America to change policy to include homosexual scouts, volunteers and leaders. When a representative from BSA met with Frank Page, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, to discuss the proposed change, Page was told that BSA is "wilting under pressure from some of their corporate sponsors ...," Page explained in a statement to The Christian Post. The Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay rights advocacy organization, told BSA's corporate sponsors that it would downgrade their "non-discrimination ratings" if they continued...
  • Opinion: Is Puerto Rican statehood the next “Latino” issue for conservatives?

    01/30/2013 2:12:35 PM PST · by cll · 42 replies
    NBC Latino ^ | 1/30/2013 | Juan Ricardo Varela
    With the Washington news cycle being dominated this week by a bipartisan comprehensive immigration framework that includes an earned path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants, a group of conservative heavy hitters are trying to push another issue that affects over 3.5 million second-class U.S. citizens. Yesterday morning at the National Press Club, the topic was Puerto Rican statehood, as the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles announced a new education campaign to convince fellow conservatives that making Puerto Rico the 51st state of the Union is the most American thing one can do. The LPCP rolled out an A...
  • Gingrich, Vitter, National Review, Malkin, Coulter, Erickson oppose Rubio’s immigration plan

    01/30/2013 2:10:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2013 | AllahPundit
    The key subplot to Rubio's immigration push, of course, is how much of a headache it'll be for him with conservatives in the 2016 primaries. The talk-radio charm offensive is mainly designed to get grassroots opinion-shapers like Rush to at least wait and see what the bill looks like before lobbying against it, but more broadly it's designed to move the Overton window on what positions are acceptable for a good conservative to hold. Rubio can afford to have immigration reform fail; he can't afford to be RINO-ized over it. Like I said yesterday, whether or not a bill ends...

    01/30/2013 2:05:48 PM PST · by posterchild · 32 replies
    Reuters via ^ | Wed Jan 30, 2013 | Pascal Fletcher
    Bulk of Timbuktu manuscripts survived occupation DAKAR (Reuters) - The majority of Timbuktu's ancient manuscripts appear to be safe and undamaged after the Saharan city's 10-month occupation by Islamist rebel fighters, experts said on Wednesday, rejecting some media reports of their widespread destruction. Denying accounts that told of tens of thousands of priceless papers being burned or stolen by the fleeing rebels, they said the bulk of the Timbuktu texts had been safely hidden well before the city's liberation by French forces on Sunday. Brittle, written in ornate calligraphy, and ranging from scholarly treatises to old commercial invoices, the Timbuktu...
  • UK gives ÂŁ19million aid to South Africa - its president spends ÂŁ17.5million on his palace

    01/30/2013 2:05:40 PM PST · by Osage Orange · 1 replies ^ | 11-24-2012 | Barbara Jones
    It is a nation racked by poverty, where 13 million people survive on less than £1 a day, and two million have no access to a toilet. Yet as his people struggle in squalor, South African president Jacob Zuma has sparked outrage by spending £17.5 million to upgrade his rural family home.
  • CNN Parts Ways With Major Contributors (paid-by-the-word obsessed like Palin???)

    01/30/2013 2:03:56 PM PST · by Kolath · 10 replies
    Fishbowl DC ^ | 1/29/2013 | Betsy Rothstein
    Pundit power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin will not be continuing their contracts with CNN, according to FishbowlDC sources. In addition, Bill Bennett and Maria Cardona are also parting ways with the network, although CNN Espanol will keep Cardona on board. In other news, RedState‘s Erick Erickson will be foregoing his CNN contract and sources say he will be heading to Fox News. As reported by TVNewser, CNN Executive VP and Managing Editor Mark Whitaker has resigned. Read all about it.
  • Most Shooters In Chicago Don't Face Charges

    01/30/2013 2:03:15 PM PST · by libstripper · 26 replies Chicago ^ | Jan. 24, 2013 | Mark Knokol
    It’s getting easier to get away with shooting people in Chicago. Last year, gunmen who shot and wounded someone got away without criminal charges 94 percent of the time, according to a Chicago analysis of police data. That’s even worse than 2011, when 91.5 percent of shooters escaped charges, according to the data. Chicago’s top cop said the “no-snitch” code of silence on the street is the biggest contributor in his department’s struggle to charge shooters. (My emphasis)
  • Obama’s Economy: The Excuses Begin (Blame everything, except the government's policies.)

    01/30/2013 2:01:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 30, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    Just days after the November presidential and congressional elections which gave President Barack Obama a non-mandate of 50.6% of the popular vote and the demonstrated supported of less than 27% of all U.S. adults, NBC’s Brian Williams actually told viewers: With the election now over, it is once again safe to talk about the economy and jobs. Now that it is not a campaign issue, it’s back to reality. Still in Democrat-supportive campaign mode, Williams then introduced a report by correspondent Harry Smith about how “the idea that manufacturing in America is dead … is an outright falsehood.” Mary Andringa,...
  • Smelly French family 'ordered to leave Musee d'Orsay'

    01/30/2013 1:52:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 50 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4:37PM GMT 29 Jan 2013 | By Ian Sparks
    A French family were ordered to leave one of Paris's most popular museums because their body odour was annoying other visitors. The couple and a young child were on a free trip to the Musee d'Orsay with a charity that supports hard-up families. As the group browsed a room with paintings by Van Gogh, security guards told them they had to leave the building because people were "complaining about their smell". The worker with the Act for Dignity charity said: "I argued with the security man, telling him the family were all decent and properly dressed. "Not a single other...
  • US GDP Falls By 0.1% In Q4 2012, $312 Billion Debt added, GDP FALLS By $5 Billion

    01/30/2013 1:43:28 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/30/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I have been observing over the past months that various indices have been nosing down. Now we have confirmation from the BEA that GDP fell by -0.1% in Q4 of 2012. Here is CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s take on the numbers. This is a big swing and a miss to expectations of +1.1% and a BIG drop from Q3′s print of +3.1%. At least Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) added 1.52% before the Fiscal Cliff surrender. Notes that PCE has been consistently lower after 2007 than before. This isn’t your father’s Oldsmobile … or recovery. On the other hand, defense spending fell...
  • Study: New E15 gas can ruin auto engines

    01/30/2013 1:37:21 PM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 30, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    The fuel industry's American Petroleum Institute tested the 15 percent ethanol gas approved in 2010 and found it gums up fuel systems, prompts "check engine" lights to come on, and messes with fuel gauge readings. "Failure of these components could result in breakdowns that leave consumers stranded on busy roads and highways," said the industry report. Worse: API said the fuel problems--not found in E5 or E10 blends--aren't always covered by auto warranties. The industry prefers pure fuel to an ethanol mix, but the report isn't likely to slow the administrations green push
  • China Averts Massive Bank Defaults

    01/30/2013 1:33:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | January 30, 2013 | Mike Schedlock
    The Chinese banking system is insolvent. Of course, the entire global banking system is insolvent, but today's spotlight is on China. Please consider China averts local government defaults. Chinese banks have rolled over at least three-quarters of all loans to local governments that were due to mature by the end of 2012, an indication of the immense challenge facing China in working down its debt load. Local governments borrowed heavily from banks to fuel China’s stimulus programme during the global financial crisis and are now struggling to generate the revenue to pay them back, a shortfall that could cast a...
  • Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke blasts County Exec

    01/30/2013 1:32:29 PM PST · by jcb2009 · 8 replies
    Milwaukee County Sheriff - FB ^ | 1/30/2013 | Milwaukee County Sheriff
    County Executive Abele called Sheriff Clarke “immature” for his public safety ad during an interview with Fox 6. Two observations: It is apparent that the left has developed a set of talking points that they are all repeating. Second, Abele is a subject matter expert on immaturity. Getting arrested for drunk driving and not paying the ticket for seven years, parking his car wherever he felt like it and accumulating 92 parking tickets that went over-due, and throwing lighted fireworks into the yard of a neighbor that he didn't get along with are all great feats of maturity on his...
  • Wyoming NDAA Nullification Passes Out of Committee

    01/30/2013 1:31:12 PM PST · by Kolath · 6 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 1/30/2013 | TAC Daily Updates
    Wyoming state representative Kendell Kroeker, along with reps Hunt and Miller, and Senator Case, have introduced a bill that declares the indefinite detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA to be unconstitutional, prohibiting enforcement of the federal act. On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, HB114 passed out of committee with a 6-3 vote. According to Kroeker, “This bill will preserve our constitutionally protected rights by not allowing the federal government to arrest and detain our citizens without trial or charges being brought against them. The federal government gave themselves this power, which completely shreds the bill of rights, with the passage of...
  • Oil boom creates economic push for gas flaring

    01/30/2013 1:26:37 PM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    Dallas News ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jim Landers
    Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter said Wednesday the state’s rapidly increasing oil production was posing “a very difficult economic question” for drillers faced with curbing oil production or flaring natural gas produced along with the oil. Natural gas is selling at only a fraction of the fuel content price of oil. And oil wells are being completed before natural gas pipeline connections can catch up. As a result, the Texas Railroad Commission issued 1,963 flaring permits last year, more than six times as many as it did in 2010. ... Texas oil production has increased rapidly in the last two...
  • MILLER: The cop-killer bullet myth - Politicians go after ammunition as a sneaky way to get your gun

    01/30/2013 1:20:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | Emily Miller
    <p>Give the administration credit for its creativity. The theatrical show President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are putting on in their effort to foist gun control on the public disguises a more subtle push to disarm America in the name of protecting cops. On Monday, Mr. Obama invited police chiefs from towns that have had mass shootings to the White House for a discussion on firearms and, more importantly, a photo opportunity.</p>
  • Animated Oprah Interviews Bernanke

    01/30/2013 1:18:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | January 30, | Peter Schiff
    Earlier this month Oprah Winfrey grabbed headlines with her blockbuster interview with serial doper and international pariah Lance Armstrong. Now, an animated Oprah keeps the momentum going with a harrowing interview with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, another major figure who is equally dependent on artificial stimulus to juice his job performance.  In this mock animated interview produced by the Peter Schiff Show, the daily radio broadcast by noted author and economist Peter Schiff, Oprah gets Bernanke to confess to repeated attempts to push up economic statistics through direct and repeated injections of powerful monetary stimulants. His motivation: a competitive central banking culture fixated...
  • APNewsBreak: EPA Moves to Ban Some Rodent Poisons

    01/30/2013 1:17:21 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies
    ap ^ | January 30, 2013
    The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to ban the sale of a dozen rat and mouse poisons sold under the popular D-Con brand ... The company will have at least 30 days to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. If no hearing is requested, the ban will take effect.
  • Egypt's protests reveal deficit of trust in Muslim Brotherhood

    01/30/2013 1:15:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | By the Monitor's Editorial Board
    Open defiance of Egypt's president in street protests shows how much the Muslim Brotherhood needs to leave Islam outside the door of democracy.Five days of protests in Egypt, with dozens of people killed and entire cities in turmoil, have revealed a whopping deficit of public trust in the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic group that dominates the leadership of this young democracy of the Arab Spring.*************************************************SNIP************************************* In cities like Port Said, the protesters have displayed an open defiance of President Mohamed Morsi’s orders on a curfew and state of emergency. Egypt’s Army chief warns of the state collapsing. And indeed, many...
  • Frank Issues Terse Statement On Cowan Senate Appointment

    01/30/2013 1:11:48 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 27 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | January 30, 2013 | BOSTON (CBS)
    BOSTON (CBS) – One person disappointed by Gov. Deval Patrick’s decision to name Mo Cowan as interim U.S. Senator is former Congressman Barney Frank. Earlier this month, Frank openly lobbied for the position, saying “I think I’m better prepared than most people.” Patrick obviously felt differently and chose Cowan, his former Chief of Staff, who has no previous experience holding elected office. Frank issued this terse statement Wednesday: “I know Mr. Cowan is committed to working hard and in socially-fair and economically-efficient manner toward resolving pending budget issues.” “I now look forward to working for the election of Ed Markey...
  • Morsi: Jewish Slurs Misunderstood, Taken Out of Context

    01/30/2013 1:11:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi defended his rancorous anti-Semitic comments, claiming that they were taken out of context. Morsi asserted in September 2010 that peace negotiations are "a waste of time and opportunities" as Arabs and Muslims get nothing out of engagement with "the descendants of apes and pigs." An Egyptian television shown this month aired the remarks, which were translated and distributed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). "I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians. That's behavior that I condemn," Morsi said,...
  • The EPA's Lisa Jackson: The Worst Head of the Worst Regulatory Agency, Ever

    01/30/2013 1:10:11 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/30/2013 | Henry I. Miller,
    Obama and his minions seem to think that freedom is a four-letter word. His administration has imposed an array of intrusive, nanny-state, financial, environmental and consumer-product regulations that will cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars. ... the erosion of transparency in government, wasteful spending, burdensome regulation, and waning trust in the integrity of the public sector. A senior presidential appointee who epitomizes all of those flaws is EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, who has a cynical, hyper-regulatory, damn-the-science philosophy ... EPA systematically exaggerates benefits and underestimates costs. EPA is a serial offender when it comes to egregious government waste, fraud,...
  • What's the Cost of Being Your Own Boss?

    01/30/2013 1:04:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 30, | Carrie Schwab Pomerantz
    Dear Carrie, I'm 55 and in a position to leave my full-time job and work freelance from home. I'm trying to weigh the financial benefits vs. costs. Any tips? --A Reader Dear Reader, When thinking about working at home, most people focus only on the pluses: no commute, flexible schedule, more personal time, little or no cost for things like transportation, wardrobe and eating out. It all sounds great. And it can be. By working freelance from your home, you'll certainly cut down on a lot of work-related expenses. But what might you be giving up? Most full-time jobs come...
  • Government Workers Average Twice As Many Sick Days Per Year As Private-Sector Employees

    01/30/2013 1:03:55 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The average state worker in Michigan is taking as many as five times more sick days than a worker in the hospitality and leisure industry or a construction worker and more than twice as many sick days as many other workers in the private sector, according to state and national reports. State workers have called in sick on average between 9.4 to 11 days a year over the past five years, according to the Michigan Civil Service Commission annual workforce report. The report applies only to workers directly employed by the state; not public school teachers or local government workers....
  • Obama’s Total War Against the GOP

    01/30/2013 12:53:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | January 30, 2013 | Brian and Garrett Fahy
    The 2012 presidential campaign is over, but not for President Obama. The community organizer turned Senator turned president, who ran on hope and change in 2008 and its antipode character assassination in 2012, has no intention of putting politics behind him. Rather, he is seeking to wage a total war against the Republicans for their political immiseration. Total war is a two-pronged approach to battle: first, mobilizing the entire population for the war effort; and second, targeting the entire enemy population, not just its military. Examples from World War Two include German submarine attacks on merchant ships and passenger ships,...
  • Conference on Mancos oil shale scheduled in Farmington, NM

    01/30/2013 12:51:17 PM PST · by pinkwill · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 01/16/13 | Associated Press
    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Speakers from major oil companies and the U.S. Department of Energy are expected to participate in a conference on the potential for shale oil production in the San Juan Basin.
  • Letter to an Eagle Scout

    01/30/2013 12:48:57 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies ^ | January 30, 2013 | Mark Alexander
    (NOTE: This letter is a response from Mark Alexander to his son, a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, concerning the Boy Scouts of America national board proposal to allow homosexual Scout leaders. Alexander is both a Troop Scoutmaster and member of his area Boy Scout Executive Council.) I received your note about news of an upcoming proposal before the Boy Scouts of America national board, which meets Wednesday, February 6th. According to the news release regarding that proposal, "The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation." You are correct, the removal of this...
  • Strict gun laws haven't stemmed Chicago bloodshed

    01/30/2013 12:40:17 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies ^ | 1/29/13 | MONICA DAVEY , New York Times
    Not a single gun shop can be found in this city. They are outlawed. Handguns were banned in Chicago for decades, too, until 2010, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that was going too far, leading city leaders to settle for restrictions some describe as the closest they could get legally to a ban without a ban. And yet Chicago, a city with bans on both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, finds itself laboring to stem a flood of gun violence that contributed to more than 500 homicides last year and at least 40 killings already in 2013.
  • Colorado Energy Office Can’t Account for $252 Million In Last Six Years

    01/30/2013 12:38:43 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 29th Jan 2013 | Kyle Forti
    A 2012 performance review of the The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) revealed several disturbing findings by the State Auditor last month, which included a non-existent accounting system for CEO’s 34 programs, a runaway budget, and staff who had no knowledge of program goals or standards. The forty-eight page report was was dated December 18, 2012 and included background information on the CEO, key facts and findings, the State Auditor concerns, and recommendations for the CEO moving forward. The CEO was established via executive order in 1977 as the Office of Energy Conservation. Last year, House Bill 12-1315 changed CEO’s overall...
  • Where Congress Stands on Guns (Nifty Graphics!)

    01/30/2013 12:36:01 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 1-16-2013 | Lena Groeger
    January 16, 2013 Where Congress Stands on Guns Lena Groeger In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, President Obama on Wednesday announced new national gun control measures. He has already urged members of Congress to do the same. Here is our comprehensive look at where lawmakers stand on guns, as well as political spending and voting history... (How individual members, House and Senate, rank with the NRA and the Brady Campaign on Gun Rights and Gun Control)
  • Swept Away - Navy to scrap $277 million ship to avoid scraping reef

    01/30/2013 12:35:06 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 47 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/30/2013 | Adam Kredo
    A United States minesweeper ship that crashed into a coral reef due to inaccurate Navy maps will have to be cut into small pieces and removed in order to prevent harming the ocean’s ecosystem, according to the Navy and other reports. The $277 million USS Guardian, a Naval warship that clears waterways of mines, crashed into a coral reef near the Philippines earlier this month. The Navy will disassemble it piece by piece in order to avoid damaging the reef rather than tow the multi-million dollar ship off of the reef and perform necessary repairs. “Our only supportable option is...
  • Syria says Israeli warplanes hit military site

    01/30/2013 12:32:03 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 60 replies
    Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria, foreign officials and Syrian state TV say, amid fears President Bashar al-Assad's regime is providing weapons to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah. A statement from the Syrian military read aloud on state TV confirmed the strike, saying the jets bombed a military research centre in the area of Jamraya, northwest of the capital, Damascus.
  • Nunc Pro Tunc: The Coming Day of Burn Barrels and Blessings

    01/30/2013 12:28:29 PM PST · by Jack Black · 14 replies
    SurvivalBlog ^ | January 28, 2013 | James Wesley Rawles
    This is a standing invitation to my fellow Americans: If congress ever enacts a law mandating the registration and/or a production ban of detachable magazine semiautomatic rifles then you are hereby invited to the town square of your local community. There, burn barrels will be set up and we will publicly burn Form 4473s, FFL Bound Books, state and local registration records, and the sales receipts for every firearm in the United States. On that same day, FFL holders and public officials holding electronic firearms records will simultaneously erase those records, permanently and irretrievably. (Using special file erasure software such...
  • FBI Raids Florida Eye Clinic Of Donor Linked To Sen. Bob Menendez

    01/30/2013 12:22:42 PM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies ^ | January 30,2013 | David Martosko
    FBI agents have raided the West Palm Beach, Fla. eye clinic owned by Dr. Salomon Melgen, the wealthy donor to New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez who allegedly procured prostitutes for him — some of them as young as 16 — during trips to the Dominican Republic.
  • Critics: Obama has already installed 'amnesty'

    01/30/2013 12:19:44 PM PST · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    'When an alien voting bloc begins to dominate American politics, there's no stopping whatever they want' Could it be that “comprehensive immigration reform” isn’t even needed, because the population of illegals in the United States already has won the fight? There are experts in the field who suggest President Obama already may have taken action that, essentially, has ended the controversy. “As distasteful as pardoning lawbreakers is, the problem with amnesty has never been amnesty itself. Rather, it’s the certainty that amnesty will be followed by yet another wave of illegal aliens permitted to settle here owing to elite indifference...
  • EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

    01/30/2013 12:18:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 30 January 2013 | Henriette Jacobsen
    Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year. … Moreover, the EU also dislikes the fact that Norway has rejected several directives coming from Brussels. The Norwegian government has for example warned it won’t implement the EU’s postal directive about competitiveness for letter mail weighing less than 50 grams. … (Denmark MEP Bendt) Bendtsen said the problems in the EU-Norway relations could eventually affect the...
  • Something odd about all these shootings?

    01/30/2013 12:15:45 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 57 replies
    Why do all these shootings seem to come in waves? Sometimes multiple shootings or gun related crimes happen in one day? For instance an office shooting in Phoenix AND.. this other crazed guy who took a child hostage down in a "bunker" This happened a week or so ago where we had two or three shootings in different cities on in one day?? What's going on???
  • What's an Assault Weapon?

    01/30/2013 12:12:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein's bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose. Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don't know what "assault weapons" are. Feinstein's bill would ban "157 dangerous military-style assault weapons" by...
  • President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high (From Washington Post)

    01/30/2013 12:09:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/30/2013 | Scott Clement and Aaron Blake
    President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more “strongly” positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par...
  • Australian PM schedules elections for Yom Kippur

    01/30/2013 12:09:12 PM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 30, 2013, 11:49 am | Gabe Fisher
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard surprised voters on Wednesday by announcing that national elections will be held September 14, in a country where governments have traditionally given the opposition little more than a month’s notice to keep a strategic advantage. September 14, 2013, falls on Yom Kippur, leading former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull to post on Twitter that he was “deeply disappointed that Julia Gillard chose to hold the election on Yom Kippur — the most solemn and sacred day of the Jewish year.”
  • How the US Government Really Operates

    01/30/2013 12:08:55 PM PST · by Codetrader · 8 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | January 30, 2013
    The federal government is, in practice, a one-party state controlled by an oligarchy, which is a relatively small group, composed of financiers, politicians and journalists. Written by Lawrence Sellin The oligarchy is roughly divided into two types of individuals: ideologues and pragmatists. Ideologues are adherents to uncompromising and dogmatic policies and are determined and unyielding in achieving their goals. Pragmatists have no solid core principles and will adjust their political positions for the purpose of remaining accepted members of the oligarchy. The ideologues always drive the political agenda, which is only moderated or delayed when met by sufficient resistance. Think...
  • ADP: 192K private-sector jobs added in January

    01/30/2013 12:06:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Originally, I planned to add this to the GDP announcement --- but that was before the BEA laid an egg, and a red egg at that. Instead, let's look at the early indicator from ADP of Friday's upcoming BLS jobs report, which is a lot sunnier than Q4 GDP would suggest: Private sector employment increased by 192,000 jobs from December to January, according to the January ADP National Employment Report, which is produced by ADP, a leading provider of human capital management services, in collaboration with MoodyÂ’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADPÂ’s actual payroll data, measures the...
  • Gunship Over Miami: “Machine Gun Fire, Strafing Runs, Troops Rappelling, Road Blockades”

    01/30/2013 12:01:52 PM PST · by BO Stinkss · 29 replies ^ | 01/29/2013 | Economic Analyst
    Gun control advocates say deadly assault weapons have no business being on the streets of America. But, apparently, those same people who would restrict you of your ability to defend yourself have no objections to fully loaded military gunships flying over American population centers. That’s exactly what happened in Miami, Florida recently when the U.S. military, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, staged an “urban training exercise,” justifying the action as as preparation of our troops for deployment overseas. If we’re supposedly pulling our military out of Afghanistan and Iraq, which urban environment is it that the military and...
  • Rally Not Ready to Withdraw Into Solitude

    01/30/2013 11:49:56 AM PST · by Kaslin ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charles Payne
    se•ques•ter[si-kwes-ter] Show IPAverb (used with object) 1. to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude.2. to remove or separate.3.Law. to remove (property) temporarily from the possession of the owner; seize and hold, as theproperty and income of a debtor, until legal claims are satisfied.4. International Law. to requisition, hold, and control (enemy property). It was an odd and somewhat uneventful session that saw an okay durable goods report offset a slight disappointment in pending home sales and Caterpillar (CAT) rally higher mostly on the words of a confident CEO while offsetting what on the surfaced seemed to be really...
  • Fed Keeps Stimulus In Place As Economy "Paused" (BARF)

    01/30/2013 11:48:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | January 30,2013 | Allster Bull And Pedro da Costa
    (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left in place its monthly $85 billion bond-buying stimulus plan, saying economic growth had stalled but indicating the pullback was likely temporary.
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    01/30/2013 11:47:13 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 30 jan 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an...
  • Hillary Clinton warns GOP lawmakers not to act like North Africa terrorists

    01/30/2013 11:43:47 AM PST · by MissesBush · 47 replies
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while lamenting the partisanship of congressional Republicans who grilled her about the Benghazi attack, encouraged Republicans not to imitate the unwillingness to compromise evinced by terrorists in North Africa. “It has been increasingly partisan,” Clinton said today at the Newseum when asked to comment on the questioning she faced from Republicans last week. “You can be partisan, you can have a strong sense of the rightness of your position, but democracy and certainly legislative bodies require compromise. And you can’t let compromise become a dirty word because then you veer toward fanaticism.” “I mean, we...
  • Feds accused of fomenting 'blood in our streets'

    01/30/2013 11:42:48 AM PST · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2013 | Taylor Rose
    'God, Guns and Constitution' leader fears 'civil unrest' coming WASHINGTON – The highest levels of the U.S. government are fomenting “civil unrest” that soon could leave “blood in our streets,” a key Christian pastor said Tuesday at a pro-Second Amendment rally in Washington. Rev. William Owens Jr., director of community outreach for the Coalition of African-American Pastors and leader of God, Guns & the Constitution, said America has in many ways has passed the point of no return and its citizens will have to be “chastised” before they awaken to the reality of their situation. His goal now is “strengthening...