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  • Higgins: Holmes’ column on guns shows ignorance

    03/08/2012 5:42:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Jay Higgins
    You recently editorialized in response to an article focusing on rising gun sales in America (Gun shops find warm welcome in Natick: Feb. 29 Metrowest Daily News.)I would like to take this opportunity to respond to Rick Holmes (“Guns and paranoia,” March 5):. My first reaction to your opinion was a sense of embarrassment for you as a journalist. I simply cannot imagine a “journalist” who could be more ignorant of real reasons American citizens might choose to exercise their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. The most glaring example of this shortcoming on your part would be the...
  • Cease Fire bus ad campaign a willful violation of Metro policy(WA)

    03/08/2012 5:21:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “New bus ads draw the ire of gun rights advocates,” KOMO News reports: Local buses are full of ads for everything from necklaces to web search engines. But a new ad campaign from Washington Cease Fire has stirred controversy. "When you have a gun in the home, you are 22 times more likely to kill a family member or a friend than you are an intruder," said Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Cease Fire. Whatever the statistics, Second Amendment advocates aren't happy with the ads. Indeed, and Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman, quoted in the KOMO story, tells us why...
  • Barack Obama had a transgendered nanny in Indonesia

    03/08/2012 4:59:36 AM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Mar 07, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    JAKARTA, INDONESIA, March 7, 2012, ( – As a young child in Indonesia, Barack Obama’s nanny was a transgender “woman” who walked around his home in female clothing and let the future president see him trying on lipstick. In 1969, “Evie” – who was born a man with the name Turdi – worked as a cook when he met Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. (Turdi/Evie, like many Indonesians, goes only by one name.) Dunham had moved to the nation’s capital of Jakarta to live with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. For two years, Turdi watched “Barry”, as Obama was called,...
  • Rick's Missing Message

    03/08/2012 4:45:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | March 8, 2012 | Ross Kaminsky
    ....SenatorSantorum's other reference [to jobs] hits a level of self-absorption that even the patrician Mitt "I'm not worried about the very poor" Romney has not, at least when taken in context, come close to reaching: "Karen and I have seven children, ages 20 to three, not exactly the best time to be out running for president of the UnitedStates. We've given up our -- our jobs. We're living off our savings. Yeah, we're making a little sacrifice for a very, very big goal…" Yes, during his Tuesday evening speech, RickSantorum's only mention of someone losing a job was about him...
  • Obama Administration: No Confidence in Nuclear Energy

    03/08/2012 4:32:35 AM PST · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 06 March 2012 | Jack Spencer and Cornelius Milmoe
    A major public concern about nuclear reactors has been that the spent nuclear fuel could remain stranded at the reactor site indefinitely. In the 1970s, courts prohibited the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from licensing new reactors unless it assured the public that the waste would be removed—a requirement called the “waste confidence” rule. President Obama’s decision to abandon plans for removing the waste to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada creates an uncertainty that could be a barrier to the expansion of nuclear power. Two nuclear policy experts argue that the 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act provides sufficient confidence that spent...
  • Fluke and Liberals' Bodyguard of Lies

    03/08/2012 3:40:21 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2012 | Tom Trinko
    Winston Churchill declared that in war, truth was so precious that it must always be accompanied by a bodyguard of lies. Because liberals are at war with American society and their true beliefs are repugnant to most Americans, liberals constantly conceal the truth of their beliefs with sweet-sounding lies. Liberals constantly create a cloud of lies about their support for tolerance and diversity to conceal the absolutely intolerant core of their faith. Americans are informed that tolerance requires them to accept pornography, abortion, gay marriage, casual sex, and everything else that liberals happen to like. Strangely, however, liberals are not...
  • Gingrich gets lion's share of Georgia delegates (53)

    03/08/2012 2:59:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 8, 2012 | Jeremy Redmon and Aaron Gould Sheinin
    Newt Gingrich stands to gain more than 50 delegates in the Republican presidential race, thanks to his overwhelming victory in Tuesday’s Georgia primary. .....If the totals hold, Rick Santorum would fall about 3,500 ballots shy of reaching 20 percent of the statewide vote. Failing to meet that threshold means Santorum was shut out of a share of 34 delegates awarded based on the statewide vote. Only Gingrich and Romney met that minimum percentage. Based on his vote total alone, Gingrich stands to win 16 statewide delegates; Romney 8. Under the state GOP rules, the remaining 10 statewide delegates are awarded...
  • FBI director: Have to check whether targeted killing rule is outside US only.

    03/08/2012 2:53:22 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 07, 2012 | | Catherine Herridge
    FBI Director Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he would have to go back and check with the Department of Justice whether Attorney General Eric Holder's "three criteria" for the targeted killing of Americans also applied to Americans inside the U.S. Pressed by House lawmakers about a recent speech in which Holder described the legal justification for assassination, Mueller, who was attending a hearing on his agency's budget, did not say without qualification that the three criteria could not be applied inside the U.S. "I have to go back. Uh, I'm not certain whether that was addressed or not," Mueller said...
  • Romney not getting his due

    03/08/2012 2:23:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Worcester Telegram & Gazette ^ | March 8, 2012 | John J. Monahan TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
    Romney backers in Massachusetts were feeling some frustration yesterday over the long primary slog their candidate still faces after Super Tuesday. Some said his campaign is not getting enough credit for primary wins so far. “They continue to say he has to do this or that. He does it and they say he still hasn’t closed the deal,” said state Rep. George N. Peterson Jr., R-Grafton. “It seems as though he clears one hurdle and they put up a new one. He clears that and they say he didn’t clear it by enough.” The Romney campaign won six of 10...
  • ‘The Rich People’s President’

    03/08/2012 1:38:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 8, 2012 | CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
    Will France’s Nicolas Sarkozy be the next European leader to fall? If you understood how French president Nicolas Sarkozy found himself holed up in a barroom in Bayonne last Thursday afternoon, it would take you a long way towards figuring out what is going to happen in France’s two-round presidential election, coming up in April and May. Sarkozy, who heads France’s conservative UMP party, was making a surprise visit to the Basque country, along the border with Spain. The Socialists, who have not held the presidency since 1995, got wind of his visit. Together with local Basque separatists, they succeeded...
  • Is the Affordable Care Act Constitutional? 2/22/12 (Richard Epstein v Theodore Ruger)

    03/07/2012 10:45:55 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 6 replies
    65 min vid; Federalist Society (Via YouTube ) ^ | March 5, 2012 | Federalist Society
    I used to post these debates a lot, then I stopped, but now it's getting timely again, with ObamaCare being argued before the Supreme Court later this month. Richard Epstein (now ay NYU), BTW, authored (or at least co-authored) one the amicus briefs in this case. This post is dedicated to insomniacs like myself, and may also be "bookmark for later" material for those who do mundane things like leave the house in the morning in order to work for a living. But from my past posts, I know there's some of FreeRepublic who know about Richard Epstein's work and...
  • After outcry from right, Mitt Romney reverses stance on minimum wage

    03/07/2012 8:20:09 PM PST · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 7, 2012 | Zachary Roth
    It didn't get much notice amid the buildup to Super Tuesday. But after conservative outcry over his support for raising the minimum wage, Mitt Romney quietly reversed his position this week.
  • WaPo: Go Ahead, Bring a Gun to a Knife Fight

    03/07/2012 7:01:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    You read that right. Courtland Milloy, a Washington Post columnist, is touting the efficacy of allowing concealed carry in the District. This after a man who was walking his dog was attacked and killed by a knife-wielding neighbor. We know that the ‘we’re winning’ articles and posts can get pretty repetitive and tired but you know what? We’re winning . . . Milloy does a nice job of tying in the recent Maryland court ruling, too: Whether or not this story proves to be as insane as it sounds, the incident as reported does provide a textbook case for legalizing...
  • District Court Concludes Second Amendment Secures Right to Carry, But Not “While Being Employed

    03/07/2012 6:48:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    So holds United States v. Weaver (S.D. W. Va. Mar. 6, 2012). The judge expressly endorsed Judge Niemeyer’s separate opinion in United States v. Masciandaro (4th Cir. 2011) that concluded that the Second Amendment applies outside the home and not just in the home, and that restrictions on gun carrying must be tested under so-called “intermediate scrutiny.” (For more on the dispute among courts about the right to keep and bear arms outside the home, see this post about yesterday’s district court decision striking down Maryland’s broad gun carry restrictions.) But the court held that 18 U.S.C. § 922(h), which...
  • Santorum: Stand Up To The Establishment

    03/07/2012 5:57:06 PM PST · by writer33 · 6 replies
    KMBC9/Lenexa, KS ^ | 03/07/12 | Staff
    LENEXA, Kan. -- The day after rival Republican rival Mitt Romney won six of ten states in Super Tuesday primaries, presidential candidate Rick Santorum spoke to supporters in Lenexa. Santorum is making a push in Kansas ahead of the state's Republican caucuses on Saturday. He spoke to a crowd at Harvest Graphics near West 100th and Darnell streets. He said he expects to win the weekend caucuses because Kansas voters are part of the conservative "heart of America." He said that President Barack Obama is leading the nation toward an authoritarian government and wants to redistribute the nation's wealth through...
  • Santorum and Freedom

    03/07/2012 5:10:25 PM PST · by writer33 · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/07/12 | Daniel Henninger
    America's long-slog presidential campaigns are a process of discovery. Candidates, voters and the press criss-cross a complex nation trying to discover where the public mind will be the first Tuesday in November. No candidate has had a more interesting journey through 2012's campaign frontier than Rick Santorum. Few are going to forget Sen. Santorum in the early debates, stuck in the left-field bleachers, begging to be heard over such center-ring heavyweights as Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain. In August, no one thought this guy would be toe-to-toe with the Romney machine in March. What happened? I went to...
  • Santorum: Romney thinks he’s ‘ordained by God’ to win Republican nod

    03/07/2012 4:46:39 PM PST · by writer33 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/07/12 | Felicia Sonmez
    LENEXA, Kansas -- Rick Santorum is trying to turn the tables on the Romney camp’s suggestion that it would take an “act of God” for Santorum to come out ahead in the GOP delegate race, telling reporters here at his first campaign event since Super Tuesday that Mitt Romney must now believe that he’s God’s chosen candidate in the race. “What won’t they resort to try to bully their way through this race?” Santorum asked reporters after addressing more than 200 supporters at a graphics company. “If the governor thinks he’s now ordained by God to win, then let’s just...
  • We are Breitbart (Honoring Andrew in Hell's Kitchen)

    03/07/2012 4:20:02 PM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 7, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    Monday night I had the honor of attending a tribute to the late Andrew Breitbart held in Hell’s Kitchen. I’m not sure what I was expecting from the evening, but what happened is something that can’t quite be put into words, although I’ll try my best. Over the course of three hours, over a hundred people filtered into a cramped, slightly raucous Manhattan bar that-as one of my friends remarked at the time-Andrew himself might have enjoyed. After all, he spent more than a few pages of Righteous Indignation cataloguing the extracurricular activities he engaged in while matriculating at a...
  • The freedom to do God's will, economically

    03/07/2012 3:39:06 PM PST · by gogogodzilla · 2 replies
    The Economist ^ | 28 February 2012 | W.W.
    <p>TODAY'S Wall Street Journal features an op-ed in which Rick Santorum pledges that " my first 100 days as president, I'll submit to Congress and work to pass a comprehensive pro-growth and pro-family Economic Freedom Agenda". No one is more receptive than I to an "economic freedom agenda", yet Mr Santorum's has my bullshit detector howling like an air-raid siren.</p>
  • Liberal Hypocrisy and Double Standards

    03/07/2012 3:15:54 PM PST · by bthockey · 6 replies
    The Band Of Patriots ^ | 3/7/12 | Bryan Thomas
    Last week, Rush Limbaugh made some divisive comments on his radio show about a young Sandra Fluke who was advocating for government paid birth control. After making these comments, there was outcry all over America calling Rush Limbaugh a misogynist. Soon after, President Barack Obama called Sandra Fluke to console her and to let her know that “her parents should be proud.” Rush Limbaugh has since apologized to Ms. Fluke but she rejected his apology. I believe it is disgusting and self-centered that anyone would ask the government to pay for their birth control. In no way does our government...