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  • Video: Rev. Jesse Jackson Defends Chicago Gun Laws (500th dead - "complexity of the urban crisis")

    12/28/2012 1:09:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Chicagoist ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** “The guns are not coming from Chicago,” he said. “Chicago is in a bubble as the manufacturer — we’re a target market for gun flow. And they exploit the poverty and the pain.”
  • Issa notes 113th Congress rules will keep Holder subpoenas from expiring

    12/28/2012 12:58:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/28/12 | David Codrea
    In a statement issued moments ago, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa “praised the inclusion of special provisions in the proposed 113th Congress rules package that will keep in place legal obligations on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and others at the Justice Department as a result of lawful subpoenas issued in the 112th Congress. “The inclusion of these provisions in the House rules will allow the civil suit, authorized by a bipartisan vote of the House in July 2012, which seeks federal courts to compel the production of relevant subpoenaed documents to continue,” the...
  • House Ethics closes Countrywide probe without taking action

    12/28/2012 12:42:26 PM PST · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 12/27/12 | Peter Schroeder
    The House Ethics Committee has decided to close its investigation into preferential mortgages doled out under a controversial VIP program without taking any action. The panel said it was not taking any action on members who received more affordable mortgages under the program, instituted by the now-defunct Countrywide Financial because while allegations surrounding the program and lawmakers involved "serious matters," they largely fell outside its jurisdiction. For example, many of the allegations pertain to actions outside the Ethics Committee's statute of limitations — greater than three Congresses ago — and many of those accused are no longer working in Congress...
  • Woman Charged With Killing NY Firefighters

    12/28/2012 12:38:55 PM PST · by redreno · 35 replies
    www.kolotv.com ^ | 12/28/2012 | AP
    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) - Police say a 24-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the ambush slaying of two volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire in upstate New York.
  • California gun sales jump; gun injuries, deaths fall

    12/28/2012 12:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | December 27, 2012 | Phillip Reese
    Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data. Dealers sold 600,000 guns in California last year, up from 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sale tallied by the California Attorney General's office. During that same period, the number of California hospitalizations due to gun injuries declined from about 4,000 annually to 2,800, a roughly 25 percent drop, according to hospital records collected by the California Department of Public Health. Firearm-related deaths fell from about 3,200 annually to about 2,800, an 11...
  • Paintings Outrage Islamic Hard-Liners in Pakistan (Clerics Depicted in Homo-Erotic/Pedophile Scenes)

    12/28/2012 12:36:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 28, 2012 | ASIF SHAHZAD
    Pakistan's leading arts college has pushed boundaries before in this conservative nation. But when a series of paintings depicting Muslim clerics in scenes with strong homosexual overtones sparked an uproar and threats of violence by Islamic extremists, it was too much. Officials at the National College of Arts in the eastern city of Lahore shut down its academic journal, which published the paintings, pulled all its issues out of bookstores and dissolved its editorial board. Still, a court is currently considering whether the paintings' artist, the journal's board and the school's head can be charged with blasphemy. The college's decision...
  • Smoke Pot, Ban Guns, Kill Kids

    12/28/2012 12:33:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Scottie Hughes
    We don’t talk about the first day of spring in 1974. It’s been that way for as long as I could remember. March 20th started off like any other as my 8 year old brother headed off to school wearing his blue ball cap and backpack. My mom remembers him yelling back into the house, ‘I Love You Mom” before shutting the door. That was the last time she saw my brother, Cliff. The Dekalb County Chief of Police told my mother we would never know what exactly happened in the bedroom of the nanny that afternoon. The police report...
  • Your Liberty is Defined by Liberals

    12/28/2012 12:22:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Fritz Pfister
    The British writer-philosopher C. S. Lewis wrote, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under Omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” The tragic events at Sandy Hook brought out the instant conscious of the liberal. While hundreds of parents were living the...
  • WhiteHouse.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (7000 signatures so far)

    12/28/2012 12:12:49 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    7,000 signatures in five days. If it reaches 25,000 the pResident is forced to address it. Sign it if you can.
  • House candidate arrested for gun at airport dropping out (JJJ's seat)

    12/28/2012 12:10:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/28/12 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Democratic State Sen. Donne Trotter is dropping out of the Illinois special election to succeed former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday. Trotter had been seen as a leading candidate in the race. But his campaign was hit hard earlier this month after he was arrested for trying to take a handgun through a security checkpoint O’Hare Airport in Chicago. He told police the weapon was from his job as a security guard and that he forgot about it.
  • Myths That Conceal Reality

    12/28/2012 12:04:39 PM PST · by PapaNew · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1977 | Milton Friedman
    Video Lecture. Might as well have been given yesterday.
  • Lock Congress Up Until They Deal

    12/28/2012 12:03:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Stocks staged a late day rally because the Senate is prepared to kick the can down the road, avoiding any chance of fiscal sanity this year or next. Whether or not the House will go along is another matter, but unfortunately Speaker Boehner calls House back to Washington on Sunday The House of Representatives will reconvene on Sunday evening, just less than 30 hours before the United States reaches the fiscal cliff. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, notified lawmakers that the House would come to order at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday in hopes of averting the end-of-year combination of...
  • FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files

    12/28/2012 11:29:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 66 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jen Carlson
    FBI Finally Releases "Communist" Marilyn Monroe's Unredacted Files Miller and Monroe at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1957. (via LIFE) The first systematic Hollywood blacklist—which barred screenwriters, actors, directors and anyone in the industry that was a member of or sympathizer of the Communist Party—was instituted on November 25, 1947. In the 1950s a Red Channels (Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television) pamphlet was published, which listed Arthur Miller as a communist. So when Miller started dating Marilyn Monroe in 1955, The Man started keeping an eye on her as well... and now an unredacted classified file has been...
  • Piers Morgan Wants to Amend Moses

    12/28/2012 11:19:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com` ^ | December 28, 2012 | Michael Brown
    Fresh off his attack on America’s gun control laws, Piers Morgan set his sights on another set of laws that trouble him, the laws of Moses and the Bible. But before he called for an amendment to the Bible to recognize “gay rights,” Morgan actually asked his guest, Pastor Rick Warren, a very fair question, and Warren stumbled in his answer. Of course, Morgan’s timing could not have been worse. After all, this was a Christmas Eve interview with a Christian leader, and Morgan is not exactly riding a wave of popularity. And to compare the Bible to the Constitution...
  • Regulating the Militia - The Second Amendment is about protecting ourselves from the state.

    12/28/2012 11:17:53 AM PST · by servo1969 · 47 replies
    NRO ^ | Kevin D. Williamson
    My friend Brett Joshpe has published an uncharacteristically soft-headed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle arguing that in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook, conservatives and Republicans should support what he calls “sensible” gun-control laws. It begins with a subtext of self-congratulation (“As a conservative and a Republican, I can no longer remain silent . . . Some will consider it heresy,” etc.), casts aspersions of intellectual dishonesty (arguments for preserving our traditional rights are “disingenuous”), advances into ex homine (noting he has family in Sandy Hook, as though that confers special status on his preferences), fundamentally misunderstands the argument for the...
  • Western Leaders Keep Silent on Afghanistan Murders

    12/28/2012 11:11:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Diana West
    Early in 2012, I opened a column with this question: "Is there a single public official who is examining -- who cares about -- the murder spree by Afghan security forces against Western troops and security contractors in Afghanistan?" Nearly one year has passed, during which 62 Americans and other Westerners have been killed by Afghan forces "inside the wire." The president has yet to call for "meaningful change"; in fact, he has said nothing about it. The Congress has said nothing about it. During the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said nothing about it. Such silence is a national disgrace,...
  • Rep. Tony Cornish: Schools need firearms

    12/28/2012 11:03:59 AM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 12/27/12 | TONY CORNISH
    As one of your state representatives, I back the National Rifle Association's proposal 100 percent, inasmuch as it calls for an armed guard of some type in every school. No. I'm not an NRA pawn, and I don't take a dime from them, directly or through other channels. It's interesting how some legislators speak to the public with what they think might be a popular response for the media. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz recently said he was shocked with the NRA's proposal to put an armed cop in each school, in what he thought would turn schools into "armed encampments."...
  • Happy New Year 2013

    12/28/2012 10:57:59 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 29, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — It's "Auld Lang Syne" time again. Robert Burns is credited with "collecting" the lyrics for the old Scottish drinking and dancing ballad that's become a traditional part of New Year's festivities. The most memorable verses — "should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind" and the chorus, "for auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we'll take a cup o' kindness yet for auld lang syne" — are often described as reminders of "the good old times" amid new beginnings. That's a tough task this year. Saying goodbye to 2012 won't be hard. But...
  • Q+A: Cody Wilson Of The Wiki Weapon Project On The 3-D Printed Future of Firearms

    12/28/2012 10:51:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 49 replies
    popsci.com ^ | 21 December, 2012 | Clay Dillow
    The Wiki Weapon project is an initiative undertaken by Defense Distributed, a non-profit headed by University of Texas law student Cody Wilson aimed at generating a freely-distributed, open source design for a 3-D printed firearm--an idea that has come under serious fire from proponents of increased gun control in the U.S., particularly in light of last week’s tragic shooting of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The idea behind the project--embraced by some, absolutely detested by others--is that technology will soon make regulating firearms virtually impossible. That is a very polarizing idea. But to say the...
  • Obama Orders Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

    12/28/2012 10:45:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 43 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 12/28/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden. According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he'll now make $231,900 per year. Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase.
  • Big Payday for Law Firm in Toyota Deal

    12/28/2012 10:41:31 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/26/12 | Mike Ramsey and Joe Palazzolo
    Hagens Berman LLP, the Seattle-based law firm that served as lead counsel in a class-action lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp., stands to receive a big payday in a proposed $1.1 billion settlement with the Japanese auto maker. * * * Steve W. Berman, a managing partner in the firm, estimated fees of $200 million, about 18% of the total.
  • Kenya hospital imprisons new mothers with no money

    12/28/2012 10:36:02 AM PST · by redreno · 7 replies
    myfoxorlando ^ | 12/28/2012 | By Associated Press
    NAIROBI, Kenya - The director of the Pumwani Maternity Hospital, located in a hardscrabble neighborhood of downtown Nairobi, freely acknowledges that he detains mothers who can't pay their bills.
  • Feinstein's Gun Control Bill Will Trigger The Next American Revolution (Must read alert)

    12/28/2012 10:29:55 AM PST · by Zakeet
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 28, 2012 | Brandon Smith
    All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party - Mao Tse TungAfter a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military - William Burroughs Revolution? Yes, it all sounds rather “extreme”, but the cold hard reality of our era is not going to comfort us...
  • N.Y. special session on gun laws appears unlikely

    12/28/2012 10:29:54 AM PST · by neverdem
    The Ithaca Journal (N.Y.) | Dec 26, 2012 | Joseph Spector
    Here's the link.
  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Christians: “Merry Christmas!”

    12/28/2012 10:29:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 28, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Flouting the political correctness of many Western leaders this Christmas season, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wasn't afraid to say “Merry Christmas.” … Ahmadinejad further “wished happiness, health and success for all Christians around the globe, and expressed the hope that the whole world would witness administration of justice through solidarity of all divine religions,” according to the semi-official news agency. … Ahmadinejad’s expressed “solidarity of all divine religions” also does not appear to include Judaism or extend to the Jewish state of Israel. …
  • Shocking moment motorist is ambushed and pistol-whipped by pair of masked robbers.

    12/28/2012 10:26:50 AM PST · by Mr Ramsbotham · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:29 EST, 28 December 2012 | Helen Collis
    This is the shocking moment two masked thugs brutally attacked a 62-year-old man with a gun moments after he arrived home. The footage shows how the man, who had just driven up to his house and parked his Range Rover, was punched to the floor before being repeatedly hit with the weapon.
  • Reagan's Last-Ditch Falklands Plea Revealed

    12/28/2012 10:11:00 AM PST · by the scotsman · 72 replies
    Sky News ^ | 28th December 2012 | Alistair Bunkall
    'Ronald Reagan issued a last-ditch appeal to Margaret Thatcher to abandon her campaign to retake the Falklands and to hand over the islands to international peacekeepers, according to official documents made public today. Files released by the National Archives at Kew, South West London, under the 30-year rule show that as British troops closed in on final victory, the US president made a late-night phone call to Mrs Thatcher urging her not to completely humiliate the Argentines. However, his request fell on deaf ears as a defiant Prime Minister insisted that she had not sent a British task force across...
  • REACHING OTHERS FOR THE COMING FIGHTS

    12/28/2012 9:49:44 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 17 replies
    Vanity | 12/28/2012 | Dick Bachert
    The lame-stream media is so far into the tank for the entire Obama Marxist agenda they haven’t been seen for 6 years. If you’re still waiting for that call from PMSNBC to come over and lay some on-air facts on Chris “Mr. Tingles” Mathews fuggedaboutit. We who are old enough to remember what freedom is need to avail ourselves of other ways to reach what Limbaugh calls “low information voters.” I prefer a term recently used by another writer: “Feral Adolescents.” Nearly all the server based or PC based email software provide the opportunity to affix a “Signature” to personal...
  • Time for Some Common-Sense Publishing Controls

    12/28/2012 9:41:09 AM PST · by NonZeroSum · 9 replies
    PJMedia ^ | December 25th, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    There has been another mass shooting and a revival of the illogical attempts by the gun grabbers to pass legislation that would have done nothing to prevent it, but would punish law-abiding gun owners. One of their favorite arguments, no matter how often debunked, is that the Founders wouldn’t have written the Second Amendment as they did had they anticipated anything beyond muskets. Here’s a classic recent example from that brilliant British expert on American history, CNN’s Piers Morgan, who seems to be projecting when he calls his debating partner an “unbelievably stupid man,” because he can’t logically hold up...
  • Blackburn Target of Thursday Forum by "The Action" [Obama Cult Attacks Rs]

    12/28/2012 9:40:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Memphis Flyer ^ | 12/27/12 | Jackson Baker
    This one ’s off our beaten path — literally. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who used to represent...Memphis...[will face a protest].
  • Reports: Israel special forces operating in Syria

    12/28/2012 9:26:27 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | December 27, 2012 | Ryan Jones
    Air strike on WMD would require targeting groups to be on ground (Israel Today) Various Western, Arab and Israeli media reports have been claiming for over a month now that Israeli special forces are on the ground in Syria in an effort to keep tabs on its chemical weapons stockpile. Those reports mesh well with news that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited neighboring Jordan this week to discuss with King Abdullah a possible air strike on the bulk of Syria’s weapons of mass destruction. Such an air strike would require targeting groups to be on the ground. On Thursday, Israeli...
  • Congressman blasts Obama's decision to 'arm' extremists

    12/28/2012 9:17:52 AM PST · by Perseverando · 14 replies
    WND ^ | December 27, 2012 | John Griffing
    Calls decision to give Muslim Brotherhood F-16s as 'unwise' Congressman Ted Poe, R-Texas, says it is irresponsible for Barack Obama to be “arming” a country that may be aiming for the destruction of Israel with a shipment of 20 F-16 fighter jets. “It is reckless and unwise for the U.S. to give F-16s to Egypt and its new president/dictator, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood,” he told WND. “This extremist group is notoriously anti-American and anti-Israel. The United States should not be arming a country ruled by a group that has the destruction of Israel in its charter.” Poe’s comments fall...
  • Another innocent victim murdered in the subway; Cops hunt woman who shoved man to his death

    12/28/2012 9:15:20 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/27/12 | Matthew Lysiak
    A heavyset Hispanic woman — seen by five witnesses pacing and mumbling to herself — pushes a helpless man in front of an oncoming Flushing-bound No. 7 train in Queens. She was caught on tape while fleeing the crime scene: police. A MAN WAITING for an approaching No. 7 train in Queens died a gruesome death Thursday night when a young woman darted up behind the helpless straphanger and pushed him onto the tracks, police said. The unidentified victim was crushed by the first and second cars of the Flushing-bound train about 8 p.m, as his murderer hustled down the...
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR..

    12/28/2012 9:15:17 AM PST · by carlo3b · 28 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 12/28/2012 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    HAPPY NEW YEAR! BYE, BYE, 2012... What happened? HELLO, 2013... What’s new? Our rear view mirror is crystal clear, and by looking through it we can clearly see what went wrong last year... This time of the year is a great time to take inventory and decide what we want to bring with us, and what we should be grateful to leave behind... It’s up to us to decide if we want this to be a better year, if last year wasn’t all that great... The New Year is the last chance to make the changes that can offer us...
  • White House Botches Schwarzkopf Statement

    12/28/2012 9:13:22 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 12/28/12 | Keith Koffler
    The White House Thursday botched a written statement honoring the 1991 Gulf War hero General Norman Schwarzkopf, having to upgrade it from a “statement by the press secretary” to one by the president.(Snip)While the nation and the Schwarzkopf family were surely gratified to have Jay Carney honor General Schwarzkopf on their behalf, someone in the White House with a decent sense of history – or just a decent sense of propriety – must have belatedly realized that the man who cleared Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait and gave the United States victory in war deserved a mention
  • Abbas vows to disband PA if Israel won't talk

    12/28/2012 9:12:38 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 25 replies
    Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned that he would disband his Palestinian Authority if there was no Israeli movement toward renewing peace talks after Israel's elections on January 22. Abbas, in an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz, said that if such a situation arose he would hand full responsibility for the occupied West Bank to the Israeli government. "If there is no progress even after the election I will take the phone and call (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu," Abbas said. "I'll tell him... Sit in the chair here instead of me, take the keys, and you will be responsible for...
  • Can low-information voters be reached?

    12/28/2012 9:11:25 AM PST · by Perseverando · 64 replies
    WND ^ | December 26, 2012 | Robert Ringer
    Exclusive: Robert Ringer seeks ways to get through to the redistribution-minded While driving into D.C. last week, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh expound on an important issue that I don’t believe many pro-liberty people give much thought to. He said that “low-information” voters present a serious problem because there is no way to reach people who are uninformed. Worse, most of these people don’t like conservatives or libertarians. No doubt about it, Rush has zeroed in on the crux of the problem when it comes to the decline and fall of the American Empire. How in the world do...
  • Liberals Who Cling to Their Guns

    12/28/2012 9:01:41 AM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Few things animate the ire of liberals more than the right to bear arms. Liberals loathe the Second Amendment and when horrific tragedies like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut rear their ugly head, they are quick on the draw to call for more gun control. But just don’t ask liberals to practice what they preach. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is readying legislation to re-introduce a ban on assault weapons. Yet, as Mark Levin pointed out, Feinstein owned a concealed firearm. She said, “If somebody tries to take me out I’m going to take them...
  • Video shows suspect fleeing the scene of fatal Queens subway shove (NYers let her escape)

    12/28/2012 8:41:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/28/12 | LARRY CELONA
    A madwoman last night pushed a stranger onto subway tracks in Queens, where he was killed by a train, police and witnesses said. It was the second such nightmare in less than a month. The unsuspecting victim was waiting at the elevated 40th Street station of the 7 line in Sunnyside at 8 p.m. “This lady, she just pushed the guy on the tracks. Then she ran away. I was screaming and closing my eyes,” said witness Tenzing Tegeng, 21, one of five people on the platform. “I knew he was gonna get hit by the train. That’s why I...
  • Sotomayor Ruled in Favor of Muslim Inmate’s Ramadan Dinner But Rejected Christian Hobby Lobby

    12/28/2012 8:34:45 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 27, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Justice Sotomayer ruled in favor of Muslim inmates but ruled against Christian business owners. The Supreme Court denied a request by Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company, to shield the company from the controversial contraceptive mandate. Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate. Hobby Lobby could face fines of up to $1.3 million a day if they do not comply to the Obama mandate. Yet, as Laura Ingraham pointed out, in a previous case Sotomayor ruled for a Muslim inmate who was denied Ramadan meals.
  • Abortion, eugenics and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    12/28/2012 8:29:57 AM PST · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    WND ^ | December 26, 2012 | Jack Cashill
    Exclusive: Jack Cashill rejects writer's attempt to soften justice's 'too many' remark In a recent article in Slate, Emily Bazelon attempts to purge from the record comments Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made to Bazelon about abortion a few years prior. In a 2009 interview for the New York Times Magazine, Ginsburg said the following: “Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” In the course of the Slate article, Bazelon goes to great and unconvincing lengths to...
  • NRA Has Higher Favorability Rating than Both Obama and the Media

    12/28/2012 8:28:22 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 6 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Recent polling data show that the National Rifle Association has a higher favorability rating than both President Barack Obama and the mainstream media. Fifty-four percent of Americans said they have a favorable opinion of the NRA according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted Dec. 19-22. A Gallup poll released earlier this year showed that Americans’ distrust of the media hit a new high with 60 percent saying they had little or no trust in the mass media while 40 percent said they had a great deal or fair amount of trust. Barack Obama’s popularity falls short of each with a...
  • Employment Collapsed In Today's Chicago PMI Report, But It's A Mistake To Freak Out About It

    12/28/2012 8:26:22 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 12-28-2012 | Sam Ro
    Employment Collapsed In Today's Chicago PMI Report, But It's A Mistake To Freak Out About It Sam RoDecember 28, 2012 Earlier this morning, we learned that the Chicago PMI climbed to 51.6 in December. This was slightly ahead of economists expectations. The gain was largely driven by a jump in the new orders sub-index. However, the employment index collapsed to a three-year low. Should we be worried? TD Securities' Eric Green thinks we should take a deep breath and think about what happened. "That may look worse than it really is, however," he writes. "The drop in employment reflects the...
  • Democrats' war on women continues

    12/28/2012 8:26:03 AM PST · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | December 27, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah warns females to watch politicians' behavior, not their rhetoric The winning theme for Democrats and their Big Media friends was that Republicans were waging a “war on women.” They fear-mongered themselves into power by falsely accusing the GOP of wanting to deny women birth control. They went ballistic when Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin made his unfortunate slip of the tongue about “legitimate rape.” They seized on every opportunity to portray Republicans as misogynist creeps. And it worked. But, once again, the evidence continues to mount that if anyone is actually practicing a war on women,...
  • The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week

    12/28/2012 8:19:44 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI - AP ^ | 12-28-2012 | Jim Salter
    The Mississippi River's Water Levels Are Dropping, And Could Shut Down Trade Next Week Jim Salter, Associated PressDecember 28, 2012Wikimedia Commons ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warned Thursday that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. Mike Petersen of the Army Corps of Engineers said ice on the northern Mississippi River is reducing the flow more than expected at the middle part of the river that is already at a low-water point unseen in decades, the...
  • When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

    12/28/2012 8:16:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Back in my less sophisticated days (shocking as it may seem, I wasn’t always the mature, statesmanlike figure I am today), I sometimes resorted to silly arguments when debating gun control, such as, “does this mean you want to ban knives since they also can be used to kill people?” Smarter opponents would scoff and accuse me of knocking down straw men, assuming a non-existent slippery slope, or engaging in reductio ad absurdum.I wasn’t even sure what the last one meant, but I secretly felt chagrined because I also thought the argument was nonsense. But it’s not like we had...
  • Is black America lost?

    12/28/2012 8:16:27 AM PST · by Perseverando · 44 replies
    WND ^ | December 26, 2012 | Eriik Rush
    Exclusive: Erik Rush charges Obama et al. with 'lobotomizing' African-Americans Once upon a time in America’s black communities, distinctions were indeed made between a “black man” and a “nigger.” Any black person who denies this is either very young, or they’re lying in an attempt to validate the current liberal racial orthodoxy. It probably isn’t of much use to belabor the fact that not only is Barack Hussein Obama not the post-racial president people hoped and claimed he would be (whatever that is), but that he and his political ilk have created a more racially divided and racially tense atmosphere...
  • Islamists’ Harsh Justice Is on the Rise in North Mali

    12/28/2012 8:13:01 AM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 27 2012 | ADAM NOSSITER
    BAMAKO, Mali — Moctar Touré was strapped to a chair, blindfolded, his right hand bound tight to the armrest with a rubber tube. A doctor came and administered a shot. Then Mr. Touré’s own brother wielded a knife, the kind used to slaughter sheep, and methodically carried out the sentence. “I myself cut off my brother’s hand,” said Aliou Touré, a police chief in the Islamist-held north of this divided nation. “We had no choice but to practice the justice of God.” Such amputations are designed to shock — residents are often summoned to watch — and even as the...
  • School security? Here am I – send me!

    12/28/2012 8:07:41 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    WND ^ | December 27, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    KNOX GUN-RIGHTS REPORT Jeff Knox wants parents, grandparents to serve as armed volunteers on campus With the NRA’s call for an armed police officer in every school, a debate has erupted over cost of such a strategy, but there is a much more efficient and inexpensive path to secure schools. For some reason the teachers’ unions, politicians and school administrators think that teachers are somehow less responsible, less capable and less trainable than those who choose a career in law enforcement, and that having anyone with access to a gun in school besides a uniformed police officer would interfere with...
  • Three teens charged in horrific Christmas night carjacking, sex assault on woman, 22

    12/28/2012 8:03:26 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 108 replies
    mainlinemedianews ^ | December 28, 2012 | Linda Reilly
    Posted from a phone......horrific story.