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  • Gun Control, Ad Infinitum - Gun control is something Americans almost never stop talking about.

    12/13/2012 3:18:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Reason ^ | December 12, 2012 | A. Barton Hinkle
    Gun control, according to a recent blog post by Timothy Egan of The New York Times, is “the issue that dare not speak its name.” Egan is upset that people who do not like gun control recently said mean things about sportscaster Bob Costas, who does. This proved to Egan that “you cannot talk” about guns in America. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees. Thanking Costas for speaking up, he tweeted: “A frank discussion about gun laws and gun violence is a discussion we need to have.”Bloomberg has an ally in NPR’s Neal Conan. In a “Talk of the Nation”...
  • Rep. Johnson Tells “Abnormally Small People” He Regrets Using the “M-Word”

    12/13/2012 3:18:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 13, 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) compared companies and workers to a “cage fight” between a “giant” and a “midget” on Wednesday night. By Thursday, he publicly expressed regret to “abnormally small people” for using the “m-word”. Johnson was discussing the right-to-work enacted in Michigan on Wednesday when he said, “What happens when you put in a cage fight a giant in with a midget? Well, the midget will not win the fight, I’m going to tell you that. Why? He just doesn’t carry enough weight to do so.” …
  • Ben-Ari's Campaign Invalidated for 'Racism'

    12/13/2012 2:54:57 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The Chairman of the Central Election Committee, Justice Elyakin Rubinstein, invalidated on Wednesday the election campaign of the Power to Israel party, headed by Aryeh Eldad, Michael Ben-Ari, Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir. One of the ads in the campaign that was invalidated contains the word "trust" written in Arabic, and below it are the words “there are no rights without obligations”, a play on the campaign used by the Yisrael Beytenu party in the 2009 elections: No loyalty, no citizenship". Rubinstein's decision was made after a complaint was filed to the Committee by former MK Mossi Raz, who is...
  • Opinion: Obama's Negotiating Arrogance (Video)

    12/13/2012 2:54:39 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wsj.com/video ^ | 12/07/12 | Columnist Kim Strassel
    Opinion: Obama's Negotiating Arrogance Dec 7, 2012 Columnist Kim Strassel gives an update on the fiscal cliff negotiations and President Obama's demand that Republicans give him the power to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants. 12/07/12 WSJ Video
  • Cause and Effect: Americans Who Voted for Obama Now Seeing Weekly Job Hours Slashed Below 30...

    12/13/2012 2:51:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 12, 2012
    It is the ultimate example of how you reap what you sow: Huge numbers of American workers who voted for Obama are now seeing their own jobs slashed below 30 hours a week as employers desperately try to avoid "Obamacare bankruptcy." Obamacare mandates for businesses only apply to those working 30 hours a week or more, and while many businesses do not want to cut workers' hours, they are being forced to in order to stay afloat. This necessary action is causing businesses to lose money and become less competitive while at the same time destroying American jobs. Some businesses...
  • Lieberman Responds to Indictment: I've Been Targeted for Years

    12/13/2012 2:51:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/12/12 | Annie Lubin
    Avigdor Lieberman responded Thursday to the recent indictment of fraud and breach of trust brought against him, saying he has been the target of suspicion and questioning for a long time now. Hinting that he has no intention of resigning, he said he hopes the matter will be settled as soon as possible. The Attorney General charged that Lieberman used his influence to promote the former Israeli ambassador to Belarus because the ambassador illegally leaked information about an investigation against him. "The investigation against me has been going on for sixteen years," said Lieberman. "From July 1996 there has not...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,December 13,2012

    12/13/2012 2:44:40 PM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 13,2012 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Michigan Right to Work law partially defunds Planned Parenthood, gay activists

    12/13/2012 2:35:12 PM PST · by topher · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 12-13-12 | by Kirsten Andersen
    Full Title: Michigan Right to Work law an opportunity to partially defund Planned Parenthood, gay activists ... Despite the fact that their membership is about evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, major Michigan unions spend nearly 100 percent of their political cash on the campaigns of some of the nation’s most pro-abortion Democratic politicians. They also support Planned Parenthood and same-sex “marriage” campaigns. “Planned Parenthood and the UAW [United Auto Workers] share a planned vision for this country,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards at the National Community Action Program (CAP) Legislative Conference in Washington. Elise Hilton of the Acton...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: 'I Love Paying My Taxes!'

    12/13/2012 2:35:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/13/12 | PATRICK GAVIN
    In a new interview with Esquire, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reflects on his time in public office and shares what he’s learned about politics. “You can’t learn charisma,” said Schwarzenegger. “The power of influence is one of the most unique powers that you can have. It’s not the power of controlling people. It’s developing a certain skill of communicating what you want to accomplish so that people will follow you.” Schwarzenegger also said, “Be a public servant. Not a party servant,” a statement that isn’t surprising given the fact that his own views weren’t always in line with Republican doctrine....
  • 'The a--hole factor'

    12/13/2012 2:31:13 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 14 replies
    Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a conservative who is close to party leaders, told them that "the a—hole factor" came into play in the Steering decision. “He said that it had nothing to do with their voting record, a scorecard, or their actions across the street [meaning fundraising],” Westmoreland spokeswoman Leslie Shedd told POLITICO. “It had to do with their inability to work with other members, which some people might refer to as the a—hole factor.” Shedd said her boss didn’t intend to call anyone a name and acknowledged later to her that “perhaps he should have said obstinate factor instead and...
  • CAIR-Michigan Goes After the U.S. Constitution

    12/13/2012 2:30:11 PM PST · by bayouranger · 30 replies
    radicalislam.org ^ | 13DEC12 | Clare M. Lopez
    There they go again. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has just put out an Action Alert that takes direct aim at the Constitution of the United States. At issue is the Michigan state legislature’s House Bill No. 4769, which looks likely to pass in coming days. Quite simply, that bill states that no foreign law may take precedence over American law or Michigan state law in a Michigan court room. The key provision of the bill is Section 2, which says: “A court, arbitrator, administrative agency, or other adjudicative, mediation, or enforcement authority shall not enforce a foreign law...
  • FLASH: Senate passes amended HB495; Concurrence vote expected in the House(OH)

    12/13/2012 2:25:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    An amended HB495 was passed by the Ohio Senate today by a 26-7 vote. The Ohio House is expected to hold a concurrence vote on the Senate version later today. The amended bill makes three changes to current law: * Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license. * Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun" to match the commonly accepted definition. * Allows law-abiding gun owners to have their firearms stored in their cars in the state-owned parking garages such as the one under the Statehouse. Unfortunately, despite...
  • (Flashback) Nebraska: Bob Kerrey Nabs Chuck Hagel Endorsement

    12/13/2012 2:22:11 PM PST · by Arthurio · 3 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11/1/12
    By Humberto Sanchez Posted at 6:18 p.m. on Nov. 1 Nebraskans should send former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) back to the Senate on Tuesday because he has a history of working across the aisle and would help end partisan gridlock, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel said today in endorsing his former colleague. Some polls have shown the race between Kerrey and Republican Deb Fischer tightening in recent days. Hagel, who stressed that he is still a Republican, noted that Kerrey has also received endorsements from other Republican former Senators, including Alan Simpson of Wyoming, who co-chaired a commission that proposed...
  • The Republicans Have Failed the Nation

    12/13/2012 2:15:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 91 replies
    RedState ^ | December 13th, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    “Obsequious praise for small government does the Republicans no good when they too are in favor of big government in their actions.” Over the next couple of years, Barack Obama wants to raise the national debt to $18.9 trillion or so. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the congressional Republicans want to raise the national debt to $18.4 trillion or so.The present leadership of the Republican Party has gone from making the case that government is the problem and the American people are the solution to making the case that Democratic controlled government is the problem and Republican controlled government is...
  • South Florida Family Steps Up Pressure to Get Ex-Marine Son Out of Mexican Prison

    12/13/2012 2:09:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 | Julia Bagg and Brian Hamacher
    Congressional letters, petitions putting attention on South Florida man's imprisonmentFamily members of a South Florida military veteran jailed in Mexico are stepping up pressure to free their son so he won't spend Christmas behind foreign bars. Jon Hammar, 27, hasn't been seen since August, when he and a friend set out in a Winnebago on a road trip headed for Costa Rica with plans on surfing. Days after he drove off, his parents learned the former Marine landed in a Mexican jail, charged with carrying an illegal weapon. "I ask you to continue to pray for him, we got a...
  • Fixed Costs Are What's Really Driving Americans To The Poorhouse

    12/13/2012 2:09:06 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 29 replies
    BI ^ | 12/13/2012 | Mandi Woodruff
    Thumb through any personal finance book written over the last five years and chances are you'll come across at least a handful of chapters on how cutting daily luxuries like coffee and cable. It's that kind of finger-wagging criticism that's rubbed so many hardworking people wrong –– the idea that they wouldn't be in this position if only they'd watched less TV, traded in their car, or tried cooking more meals at home. In case you're in need of a reminder of the bigger picture, Personal finance expert Helaine Olen nails the issue right on its ugly head in her...
  • Forensics profiler deconstructs Barack Obama

    12/13/2012 2:01:20 PM PST · by robowombat · 22 replies
    COACH COLLINS, ^ | DECEMBER 13TH, 2012 | George Spelvin
    Forensics profiler deconstructs Barack Obama COACH COLLINS, ON DECEMBER 13TH, 2012 by George Spelvin, staff writer Cutting edge forensic profiler, Dr. Andrew G. Hodges, is using his skills to decode the psychological construct of President Barack Obama to uncover the reasons for what the doctor believes to be the poresident’s “deep misguided fury … toward America.” Using a method he calls thought print decoding, Hodges explains the shadow side which Obama reveals in his speeches and especially his letters to his daughters. “These communications result from part of the subconscious called super intelligence,” says Hodges. (1) Thought print decoding enables...
  • White House, nonprofit groups battle over charitable deductions [Obama Hates Churches & Charity]

    12/13/2012 1:55:22 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/13/12 | Jerry Markon and Peter Wallsten
    The White House and the nation’s most prominent charities are embroiled in a tense, behind-the-scenes debate over President Obama’s push to scale back the nearly century-old tax deduction on donations that the charities say is crucial for their financial health. In a series of recent meetings and calls, top White House aides have pressed nonprofit groups to line up behind the president’s plan for reducing the federal deficit and averting the year-end “fiscal cliff,” according to people familiar with the talks. In part, the White House is seeking to win the support of nonprofit groups for Obama’s central demand that...
  • At federal government agencies, survey finds sagging job satisfaction

    12/13/2012 1:54:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/13/2012 | Lisa Rein
    It’s no secret that federal workers are feeling worn down. They’ve had their salaries frozen and are at the center of a partisan debate over the value of their work. A report due out Thursday, based on the largest sample ever of the workforce of 2 million, confirms a steady decline in morale and ebbing commitment. Despite positive feedback at some agencies, job satisfaction across the government has hit its lowest point in almost a decade. Just 52.9 percent of employees at the sprawling Department of Homeland Security, for example, are satisfied with their jobs, making it the lowest-ranked large...
  • Report: Chuck Hagel “likely” to be nominated as next Secretary of Defense

    12/13/2012 1:51:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2012 | AllahPundit
    His name's been kicking around for more than a week but the "likely" part is new. BREAKING: Former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel likely to be nominated as Secretary of Defense— Bloomberg News (@BloombergNews) December 13, 2012 NBC is hearing the same thing. Team O has been touting him for appointments since before The One was president, when Hagel was briefly rumored to be in the mix for VP. His name popped up again two years later as a potential successor to Dennis Blair as DNI. He's sort of the perfect Obama appointee: He's a centrist Republican, which burnishes O's phony...