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  • Matt Ridley: Cooling Down the Fears of Climate Change

    12/19/2012 2:04:16 PM PST · by lbryce · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 18, 2012 | Matt Ridley
    Evidence points to a further rise of just 1°C by 2100. The net effect on the planet may actually be beneficial Forget the Doha climate jamboree that ended earlier this month. The theological discussions in Qatar of the arcana of climate treaties are irrelevant. By far the most important debate about climate change is taking place among scientists, on the issue of climate sensitivity: How much warming will a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide actually produce? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has to pronounce its answer to this question in its Fifth Assessment Report next year. The general public...
  • State Dept. slams John Bolton for suggesting Clinton faked illness

    12/19/2012 2:03:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/12 | Julian Pecquet
    The State Department on Tuesday slammed John Bolton, George W. Bush's controversial ambassador to the United Nations, after he accused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of faking an illness to avoid testifying this week about the Benghazi attack. Bolton implied on Fox News on Monday night that Clinton lied about her illness to avoid saying anything potentially embarrassing that could come back to haunt her should she choose to run for president in 2016. The State Department put out a statement over the weekend from doctors at Mount Kisco Medical Group and George Washington University saying that Clinton “developed a...
  • We’re Going to be in a New Recession-John Williams

    12/19/2012 1:58:51 PM PST · by Errant · 9 replies
    USAWatchdog.com ^ | 19 December, 2012 | Greg Hunter
    Economist John Williams thinks the economy is in worse shape than most people think. In 2013, Williams predicts, “As this goes forward, you’re going to see we’re going to be in a new recession.” The Federal Reserve announced last week it is now printing a total of $85 billion every month to reduce unemployment and stimulate the economy. Williams says, “That’s nonsense. . . . There’s nothing they can do to stimulate the economy.” Williams has long contended the Fed is really just using the weak economy to continue to prop up the banking system. Williams says, “If the Fed...
  • Before Proposing More Gun Control, Take a Conceal Carry Permit Class

    12/19/2012 1:52:33 PM PST · by CriticalThinking · 4 replies
    4 Your Country . ^ | 12/19/12 | 4 Your Country
    If you are passionate about the need for gun control, I recommend you take a Conceal Carry course to understand the mind of honest gun owners. The President is still Polling the issue to determine how far he can go on gun control while keeping conservative democrats in his 2014 coalition. I await the results of the Chicago team's micro segmenting "borg" to understand the systematic calculus we now define as leadership......
  • Obama Comes After The Guns

    12/19/2012 1:52:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12-19-2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Today, President Obama took to the podium to declare his unsurprising support for new, poorly-calibrated gun laws. His logic was simple: a horrific massacre occurred in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, and we must try something. Anything. Well, not anything -- the same tried-and-true liberal gun control measures that have failed time and again.-snip-Obama explained what he wouldn’t really try: anything having to do with mental health (even though shooter Adam Lanza clearly suffered from mental health issues, as did the Gabby Giffords, Virginia Tech, and Aurora, Colorado shooters); anything having to do with the entertainment industry’s emphasis on...
  • Tzipi Livni Still Supports the Disengagement

    12/19/2012 1:50:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12
    "It is a scar, and it's part of my responsibility, but I still think it was the right move," stated Tzipi Livni, referring to the disengagement from Gaza. In 2006 the government forcibly removal of almost 8,000 Jewish civilians from the areas of Gush Katif. Livni is head of the HaTenua Party, and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs. She made the comments during a tour of the Gush Etzion region in Judea. ..."the goal is to leave the maximum number of people in their homes but not all will remain."
  • Soledad O’Brien vs. John Lott

    12/19/2012 1:46:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 18, 2012 | Patrick Brennan
    Yesterday morning, Soledad O’Brien had on her CNN show economist John Lott, of More Guns, Less Crime fame (also an NRO contributor). As I’ve discussed before on NRO, O’Brien has a habit of bringing on conservative guests and then spitting out Democratic talking points under the glib guise of a non-partisan moderator calling them to account on the facts.But her encounter with Lott, the video of which you can view below, is a new low: Rather than parroting liberal arguments (which typically involve at least a few facts) in order to confront Lott’s arguments, she merely relates her bewildered sentiments...
  • Sen. Scott Brown says he now supports a federal ban on assault weapons

    12/19/2012 1:46:16 PM PST · by massmike · 48 replies
    masslive.com ^ | 12/19/2012 | Robert Rizzuto
    Although he once said banning so-called assault weapons fell under the category of issues best left to the states, Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told The Republican / MassLive.com in an exclusive interview Wednesday that he now supports federal action. Brown cited the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting that killed 26 people, including 20 children, as the turning point in his stance on the issue. "What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension. As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit....
  • Sir becomes Miss

    12/19/2012 1:46:06 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | December 2012
    A MALE primary school teacher stunned parents today after revealing he would return to classes after the Christmas holidays as a woman. Transsexual Nathan Upton, 32, will become Miss Lucy Meadows in the New Year following his sex change. Pupils at St Mary Magdalen’s Church of England school – motto: Reaching our potential together in Christ – have been informed about the schoolmaster’s “transition”. Parents said Nathan told children he had been “born with a girl’s brain in a boy’s body”.
  • ATF agent's personal weapon found at Mexican beauty queen cartel crime scene

    12/19/2012 1:42:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Mexican beauty queen Susana Flores Maria Gamez and four others died in a brutal gun battle between Sinaloa cartel members and the Mexican military in November. CBS News has learned that one weapon recovered from the area of the crime scene was originally purchased by federal agent George Gillett, an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) manager who was faulted by the Inspector General in Operation Fast and Furious. Gillett was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of ATF Phoenix when Fast and Furious started. The recovered weapon is a so-called FN Herstal pistol nicknamed a "cop-killer" because of its designation...
  • Off-duty deputy praised for taking down gunman at Mayan 14 theater

    12/19/2012 1:40:45 PM PST · by Phillyred · 30 replies
    KENS5News ^ | December 18, 2012 | Gary Cooper
    The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is calling one of their own a hero after deputies say she stopped what could have been a disastrous shooting inside a south-side movie theater lobby. Jesus Garcia, 19, was at the Santikos Mayan Palace 14 at SW Military and I-35 on Sunday night. According to San Antonio police, he was upset over a recent breakup with his girlfriend. According to both police and deputies, Garcia called into his girlfriend's work at The China Garden restaurant and said he was going to shoot somebody. The restaurant is located outside the theater. At 9:30 p.m., Garcia...
  • UN Chief Condemns Jerusalem Homes as "Dangerous"

    12/19/2012 1:39:09 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12
    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned Wednesday the decision to build hundreds of homes in Jerusalem. At a meeting of the UN Security Council, Ban said he was "concerned" about the construction plans... He called upon Israel to "avoid this dangerous path."
  • Jewish Shepherds Rescue Stolen Sheep from Armed Men

    12/19/2012 1:33:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12
    Jewish shepherds rescued a group of stolen sheep who were taken by armed men from the PA Authority regions. Levi Zohar told Arutz Sheva news that infiltrators had cut through the fences to the the Sde Bar youth farm in the Gush Etzion region of Judea. The sheep were discovered in a cave about 15 kilometers away guarded by two armed men. The farmers chased them away with rocks and retrieved the sheep. .....
  • Time For Federal Gun Regulation

    12/19/2012 1:33:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Peace Team ^ | December 19, 2012
    <p>Those who argue that the 2nd Amendment grants unlimited gun ownership rights must also recognize it is a federal constitutional amendment. And for those able to read and comprehend a COMPLETE sentence in the English language, it was never intended to operate outside of a "well regulated militia." We must therefore institute reasonable gun regulation at the federal level, not leave it solely up to states to turn their territories into shooting galleries, and feed deadly weapons of mass murder to buyers from states with more sane and responsible laws.</p>
  • Former NFL QB Jon Kitna finds ‘gold mine’ at a school where other teachers only saw problems

    12/19/2012 1:30:40 PM PST · by DFG · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/19/12 | Les Carpenter
    Before he left the Dallas Cowboys to come home again, Jon Kitna had one request of the two principals who run Lincoln High School: Give me your worst students. The other teachers told him to stop. This was last February and it was going to be hard enough to teach three algebra classes in the middle of a semester. He was two months gone from an NFL career that went for 16 years, after all. Yes, this was his old high school, the one where he was a star quarterback in the early 1990s, but didn’t the new football coach...
  • Petition to withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty, claim the moon as American territory

    12/19/2012 1:30:07 PM PST · by Marcus · 17 replies
    White House 'We the People' Petition site ^ | December 19, 2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    Withdrawing from the Outer Space Treaty and claiming the moon as sovereign American territory would allow the United States to sell land parcels and mineral rights on Earth’s nearest neighbor. The moon is filled with natural resources, including platinum, water (useful for creating rocket fuel and for sustaining space settlers) and helium 3, a substance that does not exist in nature on Earth that could be used to fuel limitless and clean fusion energy. The proceeds of selling pieces of the moon could be used to retire part of the national debt. The United States will need to defend its...
  • Biden 2008: If Obama ‘tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem’

    12/19/2012 1:20:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Biden 2008: If Obama ‘tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem’ December 19, 2012 | 11:56 am | Modified: December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm Vice President Joe Biden is expected to lead the White House task force to examine more gun control legislation, but back in 2008 he did everything he could to convince voters that his running mate supported the Second Amendment. “I guarantee you Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey,” Biden said to voters during a campaign stop in Castlewood, Virginia on September 20. “Don’t buy that malarkey. They’re...
  • Charges Filed In Cheeseburger Rage Incident

    12/19/2012 1:18:18 PM PST · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 19, 2012
    A Pennsylvania man has been charged with assault and disorderly conduct for his alleged rampage last month at McDonald’s, a meltdown reportedly triggered when his drive-thru order contained a hamburger with an unwanted piece of cheese.
  • Diary of a Sociopath

    12/19/2012 1:16:20 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 57 replies
    Free Republic Original Content | 12/19/2012 | By Lazamataz
    Jan 18, 2013: I cannot take people any more. They are all so evil. I need to slaughter 100's of them. How shall I do it? Well, I could use gasoline, and block entrances to a building. I could concoct some form of poisonous gas and introduce it into a ventilation system. I could create an explosive and collapse a building. No, none of those ways are too good. I think I must use a firearm. Jan 18, 2013: I purchased my firearm. It looks very scary, and it is black. It is a rifle. Now to purchase hi-capacity magazines....
  • Down to -50C: Russians freeze to death as strongest-in-decades winter hits (PHOTOS)

    12/19/2012 1:07:11 PM PST · by george76 · 40 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 19 December, 2012, | Yakov Andreev
    Russia is enduring its harshest winter in over 70 years, with temperatures plunging as low as -50 degrees Celsius. Dozens of people have already died, and almost 150 have been hospitalized. ­The country has not witnessed such a long cold spell since 1938, meteorologists said, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the seasonal norm all over Russia. ... The Moscow region saw temperatures of -17 to -18 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, and the record cold temperatures are expected to linger for at least three more days. Thermometers in Siberia touched -50 degrees Celsius, which is also abnormal for...
  • Talk of New Gun Laws Spikes Firearm, Ammo Sales

    12/19/2012 1:05:56 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 9 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 12/19/12 | Rhett Morgan
    Among his customers Tuesday was the Rev. Steve Whitaker, president and CEO of the John 3:16 Mission in downtown Tulsa. "But my environment is much safer with the presence of firearms, whether it's in the hands of a security person or law enforcement or whether it's in the hands of a lawful gun carrier." Whitaker said having a firearm saved his life seven years ago. Leaving the Mission late one night, he stopped at a convenience store on North Cincinnati Avenue to gas up and fetched his gun from his vehicle after armed men threatened to kill him. The men,...
  • Gun Control, Thought Control and People Control

    12/19/2012 1:05:49 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 18, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The gun control debate, like all debates with the left, is reducible to the question of whether we are individuals who make our own decisions or a great squishy social mass that helplessly responds to stimuli. Do people kill with guns or does the availability of guns kill people? Do bad eating habits kill people or does the availability of junk food kill people? To the left these are distinctions without a difference. If a thing is available then it is the cause of the problem. The individual cannot be held accountable for shooting someone if there are guns for...
  • Robert Bork, known for contentious Supreme Court nomination, dies at 85

    12/19/2012 1:00:58 PM PST · by Mozilla · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/19/12 | by Bill Mears
    Former federal judge and conservative legal scholar Robert Bork died early Wednesday at his Virginia home, his family confirmed to CNN. He was 85. Perhaps best known for his nomination to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, Bork was rejected for the post after a contentious confirmation battle led by left-leaning groups that opposed his conservative judicial philosophies. Bork had recently served as a senior legal adviser to Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. He was a solicitor general during the Nixon administration and first gained notoriety for carrying out the president's order to fire the special prosecutor...
  • Sales soar for kid-themed body armor backpacks

    12/19/2012 12:57:20 PM PST · by bgill · 9 replies
    yahoo! news ^ | Dec. 19, 2012 | Claudine Zap
    sales of the backpacks designed to protect kids during a school shooting, have “gone through the roof.” Derek Williams, president of Amendment II, the Utah-based company that makes the packs along with lightweight body armor for military and police use, told the magazine, "I can't go into exact sales numbers, but basically we tripled our sales volume of backpacks that we typically do in a month—in one week."
  • Sandy Hook Spree Killer’s Mother Was About to Commit Son to A Mental Hospital

    12/19/2012 12:55:35 PM PST · by Mozilla · 24 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12/19/12 | Robert Farago
    “The gunman who slaughtered 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school may have snapped because his mother was planning to commit him to a psychiatric facility,” foxnews.com reports. A former U.S. Marine appears to be Fox’s primary source for the story. “From what I’ve been told, [spree killer Adam Lanza, above second row, second from the right] was aware of her petitioning the court for conservatorship and (her) plans to have him committed,” Flashman told Fox. “Adam was apparently very upset about this. He thought she just wanted to send him away. From what I understand, he...
  • GM buys back stock; taxpayers may lose billions

    12/19/2012 12:54:28 PM PST · by John W · 13 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Paul A. Eisenstein
    General Motors will repurchase 200 million shares of its own stock currently held by the U.S. Treasury, with the White House announcing plans to sell off its remaining 300 million shares within the next 12 to 15 months. The automaker will pay $27.50 for the shares it will acquire, a 7.9% premium over the $25.49 closing price on December 18, 2012 – but that is also a sharp discount from the $33 price set during GM’s initial public offering in November 2010. And it means taxpayers will lose billions on the sale.
  • Sign the PETITION on the White House Website on BEHALF of Gun Owners

    12/19/2012 12:51:28 PM PST · by ExSoldier · 27 replies
    GUNS AMERICA | 12/19/12 | email alert
    Please sign this petition at: WHITE HOUSEHi Everyone, Good news! It looks like we will hit the 25,000 signatures needed on our Whitehouse.gov petition that will require President Obama or his staff to answer. Bad news! The anti-gun petition is being fueled by the mainstream media and is up over 160,000 signatures. It is a record for the petition system since it began. The second place petition is also anti-gun and currently has over 30,000 signatures. ~snip~
  • Classmate: Adam Lanza Had Webpage Dedicated to Satan

    12/19/2012 12:51:14 PM PST · by Mozilla · 44 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/19/12 | Jim Holt
    Murderer: Adam Lanza, killed himself after murdering more than two dozen others, including 20 school children. (Daily Mail) According to a former classmate of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook School shooter, had a webpage dedicated to Satan. The Daily Mail reported: The Sandy Hook gunman worshiped the devil and had an online page dedicated to Satan, a former classmate revealed, as his childhood barber recalls Adam Lanza never spoke and would stare at the floor every time he had his hair cut. Lanza’s worshiping page had the word ‘Devil’ written in red, Gothic-style letters against a black background, Trevor L....
  • O'Malley: Expect new gun restrictions to be proposed in Md.

    12/19/2012 12:49:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 18, 2012 | Rachel Baye
    Maryland lawmakers likely will consider several bills aimed at tightening restrictions on gun sales and ownership as a result of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Gov. Martin O'Malley told reporters Tuesday. "And the likelihood is that there will be a bill from this administration," he added, though he said he was not sure what the specifics will be. Among the measures legislators probably will consider are bans on the sale of assault weapons and accompanying large magazines, ways to make sure that people suffering from mental illnesses do not have access to firearms, and improvements to safety policies at...
  • NRA official: Obama wants to outlaw guns in 2nd term (DTD FEB 10, 2012!!)

    12/19/2012 12:48:45 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2012 | Sean Lengell
    A top official with the National Rifle Association said Friday that President Obama will move to "destroy" gun rights and "erase" the Second Amendment if he is re-elected in November. While delivering one of the liveliest and best-received speeches at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said the president's low-key approach to gun rights during his first term was "a "conspiracy to ensure re-election by lulling gun owners to sleep." "All that first term, lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his...
  • ‘Stunning developments’ in Reese case as father, son are led shackled in court

    12/19/2012 12:48:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    What started as a motion to release a former New Mexico gun dealer and his son from jail until their sentencing date for federal gun form convictions will turn into a request for a new trial, a source close to the case and courtroom observer of yesterday’s hearing in the United States District Court in Las Cruces, N.M., has informed Gun Rights Examiner. Another report, filed today by consistently informed and reliable chroniclers of the case, documents due process violations via information withheld from the defense, and reveals a key government witness against the family is himself under investigation. Rick...
  • Let's confront mental health crisis and save lives

    12/19/2012 12:46:29 PM PST · by Jean S · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 12/18/12 | Meg Kissinger
    I wish you could listen to my voice mail and read the emails I receive about stories I've written over the past 30 years on people with severe mental illness. If you could, I'm sure you would agree: We do an awful job of identifying people who are dangerous and getting help for them. The massacre last Friday of 27 people in Connecticut, including 20 first-graders, exposes that in the most heartbreaking way. It's one of our nation's greatest shames. You can hear the panic in the voices of the people who call me to say they are trying to...
  • President Obama Calls for Assault Weapons and High Cap Mag Bans, Background Checks for Private Sales

    12/19/2012 12:43:25 PM PST · by Mozilla · 37 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 12/19/12 | Robert Farago
    At a press conference this afternoon, President Obama called for an assault weapons ban (AWB), limits on ammunition magazine capacity and background checks for all private firearms sales. He urged Congress to “hold votes on these measures next year.” “I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees a right to an individual right to bear arms,” the President assured Americans. But, he insisted, the majority of law-abiding gun owners agree that it’s a good idea to remove the public’s access to “weapons of war.” The President assured Americans that the new, VP-led task force’s “concrete proposals” won’t be long in coming...
  • Ryan Backs Plan B (Paul Ryan supports the cave, as usual)

    12/19/2012 12:42:40 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 16 replies
    Here’s the latest from Conor Sweeney, Ryan’s spokesman: “Chairman Ryan will continue to work to protect as many Americans as possible from tax hikes. Chairman Ryan believes that Speaker Boehner’s ‘Plan B’ meets that criteria.”
  • Study: Texas leads nation in unconventional oil and gas jobs

    12/19/2012 12:41:47 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Harry R. Weber
    Texas accounts for almost half the nearly 1.3 million industry jobs associated with unconventional oil and gas production in the 16 producing states this year, according to a new study. Some 576,000 Texans were in jobs linked to unconventional oil and gas in 2012, and that is expected to rise to almost 930,000 by the end of the decade, the IHS Global Insight study released Wednesday says. Oil shales, oil sands, gas-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids are examples of unconventional oil and gas resources. The resources are often extracted using techniques other than traditional ones like wells. There are big economic impacts...
  • UT pastor keeps potential burglar at bay with gun

    12/19/2012 12:40:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    heraldextra.com ^ | 19 December, 2012 | NA
    An Orem pastor who held an intoxicated man at bay with a gun says the man is welcome to get help at his church anytime. Robert Brooks says he woke up Friday to the sound of someone banging on the doors of Victory Baptist Church. Brooks lives in the basement of the building with his wife and children. Brooks says he could tell the man outside was drunk, so he announced he had a gun and pointed its laser sights at him until police arrived.
  • California could edge out Texas in oil production

    12/19/2012 12:31:54 PM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 19, 2012 | Loren Steffy
    It may be the biggest insult since salsa made in New York City. Texas, long the nation’s oil capital, could get upstaged by California. That’s right, California. Enron’s prey-ground. Cap-and-trade fantasyland. Home of fossil-fuel-hating, electric-car-driving, green-dreamers. Last week, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management sold 15 leases for about 18,000 acres in California’s Monterey Shale, which stretches 200 miles south from San Francisco. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the shale formation could hold 15.4 billion barrels of oil, which would be double the combined reserves of the Bakken formation in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford shale of South...
  • Joe Manchin: ‘I’m so proud of the NRA’

    12/19/2012 12:24:21 PM PST · by apillar · 19 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 12/19/2012 | Kevin Robillard
    West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who suggested earlier in the week that the time had come for some gun control restrictions, said on Wednesday that he’s “not supporting a ban on anything” and he repeatedly defended and praised the NRA. “I’m not supporting a ban on anything. I’m supporting a conversation on everything,” Manchin
  • A Modest Proposal to End a Root Cause of Gun Violence (vanity)

    12/19/2012 12:10:35 PM PST · by null and void · 35 replies
    Vanity | 12/19/12 | null and void
    In light of the attention recent events have focused on gun violence and the current approaching "Financial Cliff" I propose a partial solution to both issues. Whereas the Federal government is financially deep in the red, and Whereas Congress is incapable of trimming even the most minuscule amount of spending, and Whereas raising taxes on this side of the Laffer Curve reduces revenue, and Whereas medical care mandates (ObamaCare) are a major contributor to budget woes, and Whereas violent crime in general, and gun violence related injuries in particular are perceived as a major contributor to rising medical costs, and...
  • Speaker Boehner: "Mr. President, It's Plan B or Be Responsible For the Largest Tax Hike In History"

    12/19/2012 12:08:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 97 replies
    A very strong statement from Speaker Boehner: "Tomorrow the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American -- 99.81% of the American people. Then the President will have a decision to make. He can call on the Senate Democrats to pass that bill or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history."
  • Working with the NRA

    12/19/2012 12:06:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 19, 2012 | Frank Miniter
    Instead of demonizing gun owners, the government should help them promote safety. As a gun owner I am frustrated that some positive ideas for helping stop mass murders are being left out of the conversation. As we again search for ways to prevent the deranged from slaughtering people in malls, schools, and churches, we find we have had this debate before. It’s like watching a shouting match between partisans on a cable show. One side wants more gun control. The other side points out that more guns mean less crime. One wants a new “assault-weapons” ban. The other points out...
  • Time to Give Up or Time to Fight On?

    12/19/2012 12:04:26 PM PST · by PapaNew · 10 replies
    Imprimis a publication of Hillsdale College ^ | December 2012 | Larry P. Arnn
    Adapted from an interview by Hugh Hewitt conducted on the day after the election, November 7, 2012. [T]oo few prominent conservatives are skillful at explaining the problem of the modern bureaucratic state. This form of government proceeds by rules, and rules upon rules, and compliance with those rules becomes a key activity of the entire nation. That results in bureaucracy, and in the inefficiencies of bureaucracy. Constitutional government, on the other hand, proceeds by clearly stated laws. Not grasping this is an important failure of conservative statesmen today. During the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney...said that business and prosperity require...
  • Senator Lieberman's Farewell Letter

    12/19/2012 11:50:05 AM PST · by matt04 · 43 replies
    Email
    At the end of this year, I will retire from the United States Senate. As my twenty-four years in Congress draw to a close, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Senator. This has been an extraordinary privilege. During my career, I have always been inspired by the strength shown by people through even our darkest days; and this past Friday, December 14th, was certainly one of the darkest in Connecticut’s history. But even in the wake of the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we remain as united by our resolve...
  • VA-ALERT: VCDL GOING ON OFFENSIVE / VCDL MEETING IN NOVA ON THURSDAY

    12/19/2012 11:37:10 AM PST · by Cheeks · 21 replies
    vcdl.org ^ | 12-19-12 | VCDL
    VCDL IS PREPARING FOR ALL OUT CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND TO PROTECT SCHOOLS VCDL's thoughts & prayers are with the families, friends, and all who were affected by the atrocity committed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a criminal monster on Friday. Words cannot adequately express our deepest sympathy to the victims and the revulsion we feel for the vile act of a lunatic. Although some gun organizations have dropped off the radar screen, VCDL has been active and on the offensive - from newspapers to television, from local news to national shows. From the Washington Post...
  • Malala Yousafzai is the Real Person of the Year 2012

    12/19/2012 11:33:26 AM PST · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | December 19, 2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    While President Barack Obama has been named the 2012 Time Magazine Person of the Year, a far more deserving person for that honor is a young woman named Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani who the Taliban tried to murder.
  • Chris Krumm's letter (Casper College Bow shooter)

    12/19/2012 11:27:30 AM PST · by rwh · 12 replies
    Casper CollegeTribune ^ | 12/19/2012 | Star Tribune Staff
    Due to the Freedom of Information Act the police department is releasing the details of letters found at both Hawthorne and Casper College. The letters are identical in content and lead to insight into Chris Krumm's state of mind...... End Tired of Having Asperger Syndrome; America Should Look to China You should not have allowed my father to breed because he was genetically predispositioned toward having Asperger's Syndrome and put me at greatly increased risk for having it [and in fact I do]. How could you hold his right to breed over my right not be born?..... The Chinese have...
  • Global Warming? Not a snowball's chance in hell

    12/19/2012 11:25:30 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 4 replies
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/ ^ | December 19 2012 | By James Delingpole
    So why all the fuss? Because the part scientists disagree on is not the "forcing" effects of CO2-induced warming – but the "positive" or "negative" feedbacks which might arise from it. The alarmists, whose views have dominated the debate these last few decades, have long insisted that these feedbacks – mainly created by additional clouds and water vapour – have a "positive", amplifying effect. It goes like this: A little warming (from whatever cause) heats up the sea, which makes the air more ­humid—and water vapor itself is a greenhouse gas. The resulting model-simulated changes in clouds generally increase warming...
  • High-Capacity-Magazine Bans: Threatened shopkeepers used 30-round magazines to fire warning shots...

    12/19/2012 11:23:58 AM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 19, 2012 | Clayton E. Cramer
    Threatened shopkeepers used 30-round magazines to fire warning shots and avoid taking lives. Bans on high-capacity magazines (variously defined as those holding more than ten, fifteen, or twenty rounds) seem to be part of just about every law to ban assault weapons. The rationale is to prevent the ability to engage in killing sprees like the one on Friday in Connecticut.Would a ban on high-capacity magazines (and not just a ban on new manufacture, as the 1994 federal law provided) make any difference in these massacres of the unarmed? I am hard pressed to see how. Detachable-magazine pistols and rifles...
  • Obama’s HHS Gets a Slapdown in Federal Court

    12/19/2012 11:19:32 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    National Review Online ("The Corner") ^ | December 19, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    A federal D.C. circuit court ruled late Tuesday, just a few days after arguments, that not only can Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey stay in court, but what the Obama administration has said about fixing the religious-freedom problem they and other religiously affiliated non-profits have with the HHS abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate must become real policy, and that the Department of Health and Human Services must report to the D.C. court every 60 days until they fix the problem. This is a huge step toward some restoration of religious liberty as we’ve known it. (This particular court command, of course,...
  • Gun Control (Sturmgewehre (MAC) YouTube link only)

    12/19/2012 11:12:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12-19-2012 | Sturmgewehre
    Video response from Sturmgewehre (Military Arms Channel) on the Newtown tragedy. http://youtu.be/6R5VxAebCng