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  • Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire

    12/04/2012 10:11:57 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/03/12 | David Sherfinski
    A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights[.] Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially are needlessly given the label and, as such, cannot buy or possess firearms.
  • Dick Armey resigns from tea party group (FreedomWorks)

    12/04/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by GVnana · 41 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/4/2012
    One of the most influential - but behind-the-scenes - leaders of the tea party movement has left the organization he helped to build. Former Rep. Dick Armey, R-Tex., resigned from the tea party umbrella group FreedomWorks at the end of last week. A spokesperson for FreedomWorks confirmed to CBSNews.com that the organization "accepted his letter of resignation."Mother Jones Magazine first reported the story and obtained a copy of the letter Armey sent to Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks. The separation appears to have been tenuous and Armey told Mother Jones that the organization was taking an "unproductive" direction. When...
  • The Demographic Cliff: How will our society survive as it becomes older and numbers become fewer?

    12/04/2012 10:09:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Jerome Koch
    Lost within the tsunami of campaign reporting was a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 3, 2012. The report, titled "Births: Preliminary Data for 2011," passed through the 24-hour news cycle with hardly a mention. The only reason I heard about it was due to a short blurb carried by a local outlet, which reported a significant drop in teenage births. This news item was, of course, reported as positive. But the full report and its tables of statistics reveals nothing positive whatsoever. According to the CDC numbers, 2011 was a banner year. It recorded...
  • Obama Wants a War

    12/04/2012 10:05:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/04/2012 | Christopher Chantrill
    Conservatives seem to be nonplussed about President Obama sending Treasury Secretary Geithner to Capitol Hill without a proposal for a grand bargain on entitlements. But why? Worrying about debt and default and entitlements is for the responsible people. Responsibility is for the people who believe in the "responsible self," the notion developed a couple of millennia ago during the Axial Age. Responsibility is for the bourgeoisie. President Obama is above all that. Liberal politics in general is above all that. Their politics is about war, not about nice comfortable entitlements. President Obama's War? He's fighting a war on "inequality." Even...
  • Press Release: $120 million DOE grant boosts California energy storage accelerator (CalCEF & JCESR)

    12/04/2012 10:04:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | 12/4/12 | PRNewswire/Press Release: CalCEF
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new California innovation accelerator for energy storage firms is getting a "fresh charge," thanks to the U.S. Department of Energy. CalCharge – a partnership between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and CalCEF, a family of nonprofit organizations working to promote the transition to a clean energy economy-- will play a central role in the newly announced Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), the latest U.S. Department of Energy Innovation Hub. JCESR, led by Argonne National Laboratory in Indiana, will combine the R&D power of five DOE national laboratories, five universities, and four...
  • Poll: Repubs Getting Massacred in 'Cliff' Media Debate

    12/04/2012 10:01:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    You know, it's tough to fight the media on behalf of conservatism when those elected to institute and protect conservatism have no skills whatsoever when it comes to articulating and defending our ideas. According to this new poll, House Republicans might actually be doing better in this debate were they to simply say nothing. They certainly couldn't be doing worse: While 53 percent of those surveyed say the GOP would (and should) lose the fiscal cliff blame game, just 27 percent say President Obama would be deserving of more of the blame.
  • Donations to Obama from faculty, staff, at Catholic colleges outpaced those to Romney

    12/04/2012 9:59:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/4/12 | Caroline May
    The vast majority of faculty and staff members from the nation’s top Catholic universities donated to President Barack Obama’s campaign over Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s this cycle, according to a new report. Ninety-one percent of the employees at 23 different Catholic schools gave to Obama, according to Federal Elections Commission data available on OpenSecrets.org and analysed by the conservative college site Campus Reform. Much has been made of Obama’s Affordable Care Act mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage, a requirement that church officials say conflicts with Catholic religious doctrine,
  • Egypt's Mursi Leaves Palace as Police Battle Protesters

    12/04/2012 9:55:46 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 74 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2012 | Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad
    (Reuters) - Egyptian police battled thousands of protesters outside President Mohamed Mursi's palace in Cairo on Tuesday, prompting the Islamist leader to leave the building, two presidential sources said. Police fired teargas at demonstrators angered by Mursi's drive to hold a referendum on a new constitution on December 15. Some broke through police lines around his palace and protested next to the perimeter wall. Several thousand people had gathered nearby in what they dubbed "last warning" protests against Mursi, who infuriated opponents with a November 22 decree that expanded his powers. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the...
  • News Flash: Senate to Vote on UN Treaty [Update: 60 yes votes, 40 no votes, Treaty FAILS!]

    12/04/2012 9:54:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/3/12 | Karen Farris
    The US Senate will be voting Tuesday, December 4th on whether to ratify a United Nations treaty on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Beneath the surface of this important sounding effort, is a crafty attempt to bequeath more of our American sovereignty to the authority of the United Nations. America has some of the most stringent protections for those who are disabled. This treaty supposedly makes it a more global effort to support the disabled. Proponents say if the US signs the treaty other nations would be more likely to improve their own efforts with the disabled. But like...
  • Homeowner, 76, pulls gun on scam artists who flee in van(IN)

    12/04/2012 9:50:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    nwitimes.com ^ | 4 December, 2012 | Staff
    HOBART | A 76-year-old Hobart homeowner and his wife were targets of scam artists who prey on the elderly, police said. Three men, who knocked on the couple's door Thursday on the pretext of doing yard work, instead worked to divert their attention, police Detective James Gonzales said. No money reportedly was stolen by the men, who were inside the couple's house and garage, police said. The homeowner, who began feeling uncomfortable, grabbed his handgun from inside his garage, but was pushed down by one of the men who took it from him, Gonzales said. The gun was recovered on...
  • KY:WKU wraps up first semester with new gun policy

    12/04/2012 9:21:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    wkuherald.com ^ | 4 November, 2012 | Mary Anne Andrews
    This fall marked the first semester students have been allowed to have guns and other weapons in their vehicles on campus. After the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that public universities couldn’t ban guns from cars on campus, WKU had to change its policy. Prior to July 27, students were not allowed to have guns on campus in any capacity. The new policy allows students with valid concealed carry licenses to keep weapons in their cars, in plain sight. Students who don’t have licenses may still have the weapons in their cars and campus lots but must keep them in a...
  • Illinois poll of Hispanics finds agreement with GOP on guns, gays, abortion

    12/04/2012 9:14:05 AM PST · by bigbob · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12-4-12 | Alexis Levinson
    As Republicans ponder how to win over Hispanics in future election cycles, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. A poll of Illinois Hispanics conducted by pollster Mike McKeon found that a majority shared views generally considered to be sympathetic to the Republican party. The poll found Hispanics in the conservative camp on social issues in particular. Fifty-one percent said they opposed legalizing gay marriage, compared to just 40 percent who favored legalization. Fifty-six percent called themselves pro-life, while just 33 percent said they were pro-choice. A small plurality of those surveyed said they did not...
  • Report: Youth Employment At Lowest Level Since World War II

    12/04/2012 9:08:07 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    A report released Monday claimed employment for America's youth is at the lowest level it's been since World War II. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's study titled "Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity," "6.5 million people ages 16 to 24 are both out of school and out of work, statistics that suggest dire consequences for financial stability and employment prospects in that population." The findings are truly disturbing. "Entry-level jobs at fast-food restaurants and clothing stores that high school dropouts once could depend on to start their careers now go to older workers...
  • Churches Thwart Nativity Ban By Putting Up Living Displays In Santa Monica

    12/04/2012 9:05:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 4, 2012 12:58 AM | Serene Branson
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Churches have found a way to keep the decades-old Christmas nativity display alive in Santa Monica following a controversial ban on having the scenes in a public park. Pastor Keith Magee of Trinity Baptist Church is just one of the organizations Monday night who found a loophole in the ban by putting on a live, temporary nativity scene. Volunteers were on hand to play the roles of Joseph and Mary, among other biblical figures. “We want to have a positive effect here in the community, because the nativity scenes have been a positive thing for the...
  • Port Strike Enters 8th Day Despite Mayor’s Mediation

    12/04/2012 9:01:59 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | December 4, 2012 5:40 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The strike at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its eighth day Tuesday, despite a late-night meeting held by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and both sides of the picket line. The Mayor returned from a planned trade mission to South America Monday night because of the strike. He went straight to the bargaining table at 11 p.m. and continued to be a part of negotiations early Tuesday morning. Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO the two sides are likely closing in on a deal to end the strike. “Mayor Villaraigosa has a...
  • Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants?

    12/04/2012 9:00:12 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    WIFR ^ | Dec 03, 2012 | WIFR/Landon Cassman
    ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- It may be hard to believe, but there may be as many as a quarter of a million undocumented immigrants driving around Illinois without a driver's license. Ponce can't get one because he says he's an undocumented immigrant. "I've been stopped twice. One was with a state trooper, and the issue was cleared up. And that was because I had a bad light in the back of the car. And the other one was I had an accident, and that case was also resolved. But still I think that this is an appropriate move,” said Alfredo Ponce.
  • Sorry Libs, The NRA Was There to Help Blacks Defend Themselves From KKK Democrats, Not the...

    12/04/2012 8:57:30 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 14 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-3-2012 | Jim Hoft
    December 3, 2012 Sorry Libs… The NRA Was There to Help Blacks Defend Themselves From KKK Democrats, Not the Other Way Around Jim Hoft On September 28, 1868, a mob of Democrats massacred nearly 300 African-American Republicans in Opelousas, Louisiana. The savagery began when racist Democrats attacked a newspaper editor, a white Republican and schoolteacher for ex-slaves. Several African-Americans rushed to the assistance of their friend, and in response, Democrats went on a “Negro hunt,” killing every African-American (all of whom were Republicans) in the area they could find. (Via Grand Old Partisan)Which brings us to today… Asshat Jason Whitlock,...
  • Evidence Suggests Apple Is Assembling Some Products In The U.S.

    12/04/2012 8:55:54 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 3, 2012 | Dylan Love
    As it does with every new product of note, iFixIt tore apart Apple's new 21.5" iMac to see what's going on inside. A surprising reveal: etching on the computer reads "Assembled in the USA," not China as usual. 9to5Mac points out that some Apple boxes have read "Assembled in the USA" in the past, but the assumption was that these devices were simply refurbished in the USA. This is the first time that the words have appeared etched into the computer itself. So it begs the question –– where is Apple's secret American assembly facility?
  • The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon'

    12/04/2012 8:49:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    The Who's Pete Townshend: 'I'm a Bit of a Neocon' By Noel Sheppard Created 12/04/2012 - 9:33am Most rock musicians are typically quite liberal. Apparently not legendary Who guitarist Pete Townshend who dropped a political bombshell Tuesday saying, "I'm a bit of a neocon" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): During a six-minute interview with ABC's Jonathan Karl for the joint online program "Spinners and Winners" launched in January by ABC and Yahoo! News, Townshend said he thought Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was going to win the election earlier this month. "I thought he was throwing the money...
  • The True Disciple of Saul Alinsky

    12/04/2012 8:29:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's opening bid to Speaker John Boehner, a demand for $1.6 trillion in new taxes, was not meant as a serious offer. It was an ultimatum couched in an insult. Translation: "We won the election. We have the whip hand. Not only are you going to sign on to higher tax rates and higher tax revenues, we are going to rub your Tea Party noses in your coming capitulation." That Boehner did not throw the offer back in Geithner's face and tell him, "Give me a call, Tim, when you're serious," suggests that the speaker feels he...