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  • Ex-NRA fave Gilly in switch (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand)

    12/25/2012 9:18:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | december 25, 2012 | GERRY SHIELDS
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand vigorously championed Americans’ right to carry high-powered guns — before she turned against them. Since the Newtown massacre, the senator has been at the forefront of the national campaign demanding stricter gun-control laws — including her own legislation to prevent gun trafficking. It’s quite the conversion for a former upstate congresswoman who earned an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. When she represented a more conservative Albany-area district, she boasted of keeping two rifles under her bed. That was before her 2009 Senate appointment.
  • While Much of America Suffers with Stagnation,....

    12/25/2012 9:09:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In large part because of an excessive burden of government, the American economy is suffering European-style stagnation, with even the Washington Post now confessing that growth far below the long-run trend. This helps explain why job creation has been so dismal in recent years, with more than twenty million Americans out of work, underemployed, or dropped out of the workforce.But there is one pocket of enormous prosperity in America. It will warm your heart to know that our overlords in Washington are living the life of Riley.Here are some of the highlights of a remarkable Reuters expose about the fat...
  • Yes, we can fix Social Security

    12/25/2012 9:00:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    LIFE INC ^ | 12/25/2012 | Allison Linn
    The fiscal cliff negotiations are reviving the debate about that other financial elephant in the room: Social Security.Under current government estimates, Social Security could face funding shortfalls in about two decades if nothing changes. That’s because the U.S. population is aging -- and generally living longer.That sounds like a disheartening scenario for workers who are currently paying into Social Security and worry that they won’t get as much out of it once they retire.  About half of the Americans polled by Pew Research Center earlier this year believe it’s not likely there will be enough money in Social Security and...
  • Have You Been to the Manger?

    12/25/2012 8:59:57 AM PST · by kindred · 3 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | December 24, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friend, may I ask you this very personal question since we are in the “Christmas” season? Do you truly comprehend and believe the biblical message of ETERNAL salvation put forth by Almighty God in His infallible Word? Do you fully comprehend without a shadow of a doubt that your ABSOLUTE GREATEST NEED is to be delivered from your fallen humanity and the wrath of your Creator (John 3:36, 1 John 5:12)? My friend are you fully prepared for your ETERNAL abode? Do you have the ABSOLUTE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS required by Almighty God (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 10:2-4)? My friend,...
  • Assault-weapons ban no guarantee mass shootings would decrease, data shows

    12/25/2012 8:59:43 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 18 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | December 24 2012 | FoxNews
    Crime stats compiled by a Northeastern University professor, the Census Bureau and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show the number of mass shootings since the 1980s has fluctuated annually, but without any major upward or downward trend. Data published earlier this year showed that while the ban was in place, from 1994 to 2004, the number of mass shootings actually rose slightly during that period. From 1985-1994, there were 173 mass shootings and 766 victims. From 1995-2004 (starting with 1995 because it was the first full year the law was in effect), there were 182 mass shootings and 830 victims. After...
  • Obama Administration Deported Record 1.5 Million People

    12/25/2012 8:55:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 12/25/2012 | by COREY DADE
    Although President Obama supports setting a path to citizenship for many illegal immigrants, his administration deported a record 1.5 million of them in his first term. In addition, the latest data released by the government in recent days show that an unprecedented 409,849 people were deported for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The increase from the previous year occurred despite policy changes ordered by Obama to reduce the deportations of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants. Roughly 55 percent, or more than 225,000 people, deported in the past year were convicted of crimes such as drug offenses and driving under...
  • People are Buying Guns and Ammunition for a Reason

    12/25/2012 8:51:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/12 | Neil Snyder
    It's 2:00 a.m. You are at home in your bed sound asleep. Your wife is sleeping beside you, and your children are asleep in their rooms down the hall. The muffled sound of a window breaking interrupts your slumber. You're groggy and you wonder if it was just a dream, so you lie there quietly and listen. A few seconds later, you hear other sounds. The window opens; a table beside the window makes a noise as it is jostled by an intruder; through your open door, you see reflections from a dim light that's moving from side-to-side on the...
  • Hagel, Obama and the Israeli elections

    12/25/2012 8:46:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/25/12 | Caroline Glick
    Today the National Journal reported that Obama is reconsidering his decision to appoint Chuck Hagel Secretary of Defense. As I wrote in my previous post, there is no chance that Obama will appoint a supporter of a strong Israel to any senior foreign policy post because he wouldn't appoint someone who doesn't share his basic animosity towards Israel. But in Hagel, he chose someone even more outspoken in his animus towards the Jewish state than Obama. Hagel's looming appointment provoked angry responses from many leading Jewish voices in the US. Whether this opposition made a difference in driving Obama to...
  • Controlling Guns - Controlling Us

    12/25/2012 8:42:36 AM PST · by morethanright · 1 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-25 09:19:29 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Firemen Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka arrived at a blazing home in Webster, New York, when William Spangler opened fire, killing the firefighters and wounding two others. According to police, Spangler deliberately set the fire to lure first-responders to the scene. During a gun battle with police, Spangler turned his weapon on himself, ending his life.William Spangler was released from prison in 1998 after serving 17 years for murdering his 92-year-old grandmother. Spangler's assault weapon in that case was a hammer."We don't have an easy reason," said Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering of Spangler's motive for the shooting...
  • The Faith of Lincoln

    12/25/2012 8:15:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2012 | Michael Iachetta
    Abraham Lincoln's spiritual beliefs are notoriously difficult to pin down. It's a source of endless debate for historians trying to reconcile Lincoln's words and actions into a coherent faith. Tony Kushner, for his part, does not portray the sixteenth president as a religious man at all in his screenplay for the recent blockbuster Lincoln. Kushner alters the historical record, though, in his one direct reference to Lincoln's faith. Near the end of the film, Kushner has Lincoln tell his wife that with the war over, he wishes to visit Jerusalem, the place "where David and Solomon walked." Yet in the...
  • America's 'gun culture' and Piers Morgan's selective outrage

    12/25/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2012 | David Paulin
    It's a strange omission: liberal pundits like CNN's Piers Morgan are fulminating over America's "gun culture" following Newtown's school massacre -- yet they seem blissfully ignorant about what happened after Britain's draconian handgun ban following a school massacre in Scotland, in 1996, eerily similar to Newtown's. After the ban, more than 160,000 law-abiding citizens gave up their handguns. The idea was to stop gun violence. But ironically, the ban had the opposite effect: crime-related gun violence jumped a whopping 40 percent in the two years after the ban. And since then, gun crime has continued to soar at an alarming...
  • Tenth most popular request for kids' Christmas gift: a 'dad'

    12/25/2012 8:07:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/2012 | Rick Moran
    Doesn't this say more about the status of western culture than just about anything you've read recently? Telegraph: ********* When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats. But a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting "a dad" instead. A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer. A "pet horse"...
  • Send in the Clowns (triple barf alert!)

    12/25/2012 8:01:29 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 22, 2012 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    WHEN thinking about the state of the Republican Party, I defer to a point that the Democratic consultant James Carville made the other day: “When I hear people talking about the troubled state of today’s Republican Party, it calls to mind something Lester Maddox said one time back when he was governor of Georgia. He said the problem with Georgia prisons was ‘the quality of the inmates.’ The problem with the Republican Party is the quality of the people who vote in their primaries and caucuses. Everybody says they need a better candidate, or they need a better message but...
  • The Genius of Sam Donaldson

    12/25/2012 7:51:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/25/12 | David Garth
    Old Sam Donaldson is back in the news. You remember Sam, don't you? Physically, he tends to remind one of an eagle. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to have the vision of one - particularly in regard to our future. Here's what Sam had to say last weekend: "It's the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like that that are driving the Republicans out of contention as a national party. You cannot win nationally if you don't know something about the way the country's changed, and the Tea Party seems to think the country can go back...
  • Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity

    12/25/2012 7:45:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag. ^ | 12/25/12 | Robert Spencer
    The Byzantine icon representing this article is the work of the 16th-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan. Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam. Muslims in the Balkans just a few years ago have entered churches and destroyed icons like this one for precisely that reason. How does this icon insult Islam? In many ways, including these: 1. It depicts human beings, which violates the traditional Islamic prohibition of images and would be considered idolatrous and blasphemous on its face. 2. It depicts Jesus not as a Muslim prophet, as this does: Instead, it...
  • North Korea's Wakeup Call

    12/25/2012 7:22:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Phyllis Schlafly
    It should have been a loud wakeup call in December when North Korea successfully launched a three-stage rocket delivering a payload in orbit around the globe. This event was North Korea's boast that it now has basic intercontinental ballistic missile technology. North Korea's test was a surprise to Americans, to the Obama administration and to Congress because its last couple of tests had been failures. More alarming was the fact that the launch was a surprise to our intelligence community, which didn't know the North Koreans had perfected this technology, and didn't anticipate a launch. There should have been an...
  • Once There Were Giants

    12/25/2012 7:09:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | Paul Greenberg
    "Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. "With complete disregard for his...
  • Google thinks today is "Holidays"

    12/25/2012 6:44:24 AM PST · by duckworth · 22 replies
    google ^ | 12-25-12 | duckworth
    Today is Christmas Day. Hanukkah ended nine days ago. New Years Day is seven days from now. Yet... for some explicable reason, Google thinks today is "Holidays." In their description of their Christmas day graphic, Google writes "Happy Holidays from Google." Well thanks, Google that's very nice of you. Very inclusive.
  • Merry Christmas: Insulting Islam by Professing Christianity

    12/25/2012 6:41:48 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 11 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | December 25, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    The Byzantine icon representing this article is the work of the 16th-century iconographer Theophanes the Cretan. Many Muslims around the world today would consider it offensive and insulting to Islam. Muslims in the Balkans just a few years ago have entered churches and destroyed icons like this one for precisely that reason. How does this icon insult Islam? In many ways, including these: 1. It depicts human beings, which violates the traditional Islamic prohibition of images and would be considered idolatrous and blasphemous on its face. 2. It depicts Jesus not as a Muslim prophet. Instead, it depicts Jesus in...
  • Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners’ Names and Addresses

    12/25/2012 6:07:09 AM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 118 replies
    abc news ^ | Dec 24, 2012 | By Colleen Curry
    A newspaper in New York has received a wave of criticism from its readers after publishing the names and addresses of all of the individuals with handgun or pistol permits in its coverage area. Hundreds of residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties were surprised to find their names and addresses listed on a map posted by The Journal News on Sunday. Users can click any dot on the map to see which of their neighbors has a permit for a gun. The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the...