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  • Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

    12/30/2012 12:25:10 PM PST · by yoe · 22 replies
    My Way News ^ | December 30, 2012 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Recalling the shooting of 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his "full weight" behind a legislative package next year aimed at containing gun violence. In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," Obama voiced skepticism about proposals to place armed guards at schools in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 deadly assault at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. In his boldest terms yet, he vowed to rally the American people around an agenda to limit gun violence and said he still supports increased background checks and...
  • Obama Urges Illinois Lawmakers To Legalize Gay Marriage

    12/30/2012 12:20:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    mediaite ^ | 12/30/12 | Anjali Sareen
    President Obama issued a statement Saturday urging the Illinois General Assembly to legalize gay marriage as state lawmakers prepare to take up the issue this week. White House spokesman Shin Inouye highlighted the rare nature of the president’s move, telling the Chicago Sun-Times the while the president “does not weigh in on every measure being considered by state legislatures, he believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect.” He went on, “As he has said, his personal view is that it’s wrong to prevent couples who are in loving, committed relationships, and want to marry, from doing...
  • Sen. Reid To GOP: "At This Stage We're Not Able To Make A Counteroffer"

    12/30/2012 12:08:20 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 30, 2012
    SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KENTUCKY): My office submitted our latest offer to the Majority Leader last night at 7:10 p.m. and offered to work through the night to find common ground. The Majority Leader's staff informed us they would be getting back to us this morning at 10:00 a.m., despite the obvious time crunch we all have. It's now 2:00 p.m., and we have yet to receive a response to our good-faith offer. Now, I'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. I think we all know we're running out of time. This is far too much at stake for political...
  • FDIC Unlimited Insurance to expire after January 1, 2013

    12/30/2012 11:59:07 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies
    FDIC website and bank letter ^ | 29 December 2012 | Government
    Got a letter from our bank which basically says: Beginning January 1, 2013, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will no longer be insured separately from depositors’ other accounts at the same IDI. Instead, noninterest-bearing transaction accounts will be added to any of a depositor’s other accounts in the applicable ownership category, and the aggregate balance insured up to at least the Standard Maximum Deposit Insurance Amount (SMDIA) of $250,000, per depositor, at each separately chartered IDI. For example, if after the expiration of the Dodd-Frank Deposit Insurance Provision a depositor under the single ownership category has $500,000 deposited in a noninterest-bearing transaction...
  • About Those 500 Chicago Murders (The stats behind the number)

    12/30/2012 11:50:01 AM PST · by usconservative · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/30/2012 | Self
    Here are some interesting statistics from today's Chicago Tribune regarding the 500 murders that have happened in Chicago: As of this past Thursday, 500 people were murdered in the city of Chicago. 83% of those murdered in Chicago last year had criminal records. Many of them FELONS who'd served prison time. (415.) 60% of those murdered in Chicago had known gang affiliations and multiple arrests and convictions. (300) 2% of those murdered in Chicago were kids under 10 years of age. (10 kids.) Is this the "Chicago" that Obama referred to last week when he said the city represents the...
  • Seventh Circuit Blocks HHS Mandate for Private Business (Disses 10th Circuit "Hobby Lobby" Decision)

    12/30/2012 11:00:34 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    NROnline/ The Corner ^ | December 29, 2012 | David French
    Late yesterday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit granted an emergency injunction against the HHS mandate — preventing its enforcement against an Illinois business and its owners. My colleagues at the ACLJ represent Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., a family-owned, full-service construction contractor. The company is located in Highland, Ill., and employs about 90 workers. The brief opinion is worth a read in its entirety, but two parts stand out. First, the court disagreed with the Tenth Circuit’s recent decision rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request for a similar injunction. In a key paragraph the court stated: The government also argues that any burden...
  • The Year in Review 2012: Deadly legacy of "Fast and Furious" lives on (guns)

    12/30/2012 10:59:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley said two guns linked to the operation were found last month after a gun battle between Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military. Grassley said one of the weapons was lost by federal agents during "Fast and Furious" and the other was originally purchased by George Gillett, who served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Phoenix during the "Fast and Furious" scandal. Grassley, who has asked Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate the findings, said firearms records suggest Gillett was...
  • Don’t Renters Have Fourth Amendment Rights?

    12/30/2012 10:41:47 AM PST · by redreno · 31 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | 12/26/2012 | By Ilya Shapiro
    A person’s home is his castle and thus affords certain protections and immunities—including the right to exclude unwanted visitors—that apply whether you own or rent. Unfortunately, ordinances authorizing general administrative searches of rental properties have been increasingly adopted by local authorities with little protection for property rights or privacy interests. These inspections cover the whole of the buildings and all of the activity that occurs within, opening every aspect of people’s lives to the government: political and religious affiliations, intimate relationships, and even all those Justin Bieber posters and Fifty Shades of Gray books you hide when people come over....
  • David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:38:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    David Gregory to Obama: 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?' Obama: "I never compare myself to Lincoln." Daniel Halper December 30, 2012 11:06 AM NBC host David Gregory asked President Barack Obama this morning, "Is this your Lincoln moment?" The question came up after Obama invoked the movie Lincoln when talking about Republicans and Democrats coming together to work out a deal on the "fiscal cliff. "Well, no," Obama said in response to Gregory's question. "Look, a) I never compare myself to Lincoln. And b) obviously the magnitude of the issues is quite different from the Civil War and slavery. The...
  • Who are the Republican traitors that will sign the discharge petition.?

    12/30/2012 10:36:41 AM PST · by willowdean · 15 replies
    vanity | vanity
    Of Course McConnell will cave. There is hope in my mind that Senator Rand Paul will filibuster but if not this capitulation will go to the House. There the socialist have this plan. It is called "discharge petition" It was filed by Pelosi on December 4th and is ready for this scenario!! The McConnell deal will be pathetic.
  • Explosion at Coptic church in Misrata kills one

    12/30/2012 10:36:31 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 30 Dec 2012 | By Maha Ellawati
    An explosion near the Coptic Orthodox Church in Misrata late yesterday evening killed one Egyptian man and left another three injured. The explosion, reported to have been caused by a bomb, targeted a services building connected to the church in the city of Misrata, killing the Egyptian national and wounding three others at the same time. News broke this morning when the Egyptian embassy in Tripoli received a call from Bishop Timotheus Bishara Adla, head of the church in the Libyan captital, informing them that the church building in Misrata had been targeted by an explosion, Foreign Ministry spokesman Amru...
  • Pentagon Readying 800,000 for Rolling Layoffs

    12/30/2012 10:27:43 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 120 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 30, 2012 | DION NISSENBAUM And DAMIAN PALETTA
    WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce to prepare for furloughs if Congress and President Barack Obama are unable to reach a deal before Jan. 2 to avert automatic spending cuts. A senior defense official said Sunday that the Pentagon would notify 800,000 civilian workers to brace for furloughs in the new year, meaning the workers would be ordered to take mandatory leave without pay for a certain period. The warning is much gloomier than the agency recently offered employees, as it had said there wouldn't be an immediate impact on personnel or operations if a deal...
  • David Gregory Asks Obama 'Is This Your Lincoln Moment?'

    12/30/2012 10:24:59 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory's fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year's top ten. "Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • A little radiation is good for mice - Low doses of radioactivity led to healthier pups

    12/30/2012 10:15:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    ScienceNews ^ | November 6, 2012 | Tina Hesman Saey
    X-rays may not heal broken bones, but low doses of ionizing radiation may spark other health benefits, a new study of mice suggests. Radiation in high doses has well-known harmful effects. Scientists had thought low doses would do less extensive damage but could add up to big problems later. But radiation acts differently at low doses, producing health benefits for mice with an unusual genetic makeup, Randy Jirtle of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and colleagues report online November 1 in the FASEB Journal. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamins C and E, erased those health gains. “What goes on at high...
  • David Brooks: 'Sometimes Obama Governs Like a Visitor From a Morally Superior Civilization'

    12/30/2012 10:14:56 AM PST · by chessplayer · 61 replies
    New York Times columnist David Brooks made an astonishing observation about President Obama on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday. "Sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • NY Plaintiff: Gay Benefits 'Bigger Than Marriage'

    12/30/2012 10:08:46 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    AP ^ | December 30, 2012
    At age 83, Edith Windsor gets plenty of compliments for her courage to take on the federal government in a landmark case that has put attitudes about gay America squarely before the Supreme Court. But the Philadelphia-born former IBM executive scoffs at how much gumption was necessary to go to court at a time when society seems to be getting more conscious that a closed-minded approach to differences in sexuality appears to do more harm than good.
  • George W. Bush continues to destroy privacy rights

    12/30/2012 10:01:02 AM PST · by chessplayer · 24 replies
    One of the sad, lasting legacies of the previous administration was the destruction of personal liberty and privacy which followed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Washington began treating everyone as a suspect, prying into private phone conversations and recording your every move. Unfortunately, though he’s been out of office for more than four years and working with injured veterans on a remote Texas ranch, George W. Bush continues to hold America under his intrusive thumb. Congress approved a measure Friday that would renew expansive U.S. surveillance authority for five more years, rejecting objections from senators who are concerned...
  • MILLER: David Gregory’s legal jeopardy (under investigation yet got into the White House?)

    12/30/2012 9:54:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/12 | Emily Miller
    President Obama wants more gun-control laws, but perhaps he should care more about enforcing the ones already on the books. He granted an exclusive interview to NBC’s David Gregory on Saturday, even though the “Meet the Press” anchor is under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for possession of an unregistered “high capacity” magazine in the District. It is also unclear how Mr. Gregory passed the Secret Service background check to enter the White House while under criminal investigation. **SNIP** Chief Lanier is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If she does not charge Mr. Gregory with...
  • Fiscal Cliff In Plain English

    12/30/2012 9:53:09 AM PST · by Wuli · 7 replies
    Wuli | December 30, 2012 | Wuli
    “Fiscal Cliff” in plain English Lesson # 1: * U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000 * Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000 * New debt: $1,650,000,000,000 * National debt: $14,271,000,000,000 * Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000 Now, let's remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget: * Annual family income: $21,700.00 * Money the family spent: $38,200.00 * New debt on the credit card: $16,500.00 * Balance on the credit card: $142,710.00 * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50 Got It ? ..... OK now,,,,,,,,,,,, ------------------------------------------------------------------ Lesson # 2: Here's another way to look at the "Debt Ceiling": Let's say, you come home from work...
  • Udall says he has 51 votes for filibuster reform (You want nuclear option? Just stay tuned in Texas)

    12/30/2012 9:48:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    am thinker ^ | 12/30/12 | r moran
    This is not good news for Republicans - or for future minority parties in the US Senate. The Hill: Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option." The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures - and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote - amounts to breaking the rules to...
  • NEW YORK'S JOURNAL NEWS TELLS CRIMINALS WHICH HOMEOWNERS ARE UNARMED

    12/30/2012 9:37:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    When New York's Journal News published an interactive map revealing the names and addresses of legal gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties, their intent seems to have been to heap shame on those gun owners and direct public ire toward them as well. However, one other thing they unwittingly accomplished was letting criminals know which homeowners are unarmed and therefore, which homeowners could be sitting ducks. Think about it: The release of a list of the homes of legal gun owners is simultaneously a hint at which homeowners are not gun owners.
  • CBS Sunday Morning: Digging into the practice of fracking

    12/30/2012 9:33:21 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 40 replies
    CBS News - Sunday Morning ^ | 12/30/12 | David Pogue
    What if I told you that we have a new source of fuel? It's cheap, it burns cleaner than coal, it's found right here in America, and there's enough of it for the next hundred years. The fuel is natural gas. And the new source? Gigantic deposits of shale rock, miles underground. This one is called the Marcellus Shale. It covers 95,000 square miles, across four states. The gas is locked in the rock. If you crack a piece off you can actually smell the gas inside.
  • The Tea Party marches on in N.C. (virulent hatred of Hussein)

    12/30/2012 9:30:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    News Observer ^ | 12/28/12
    **SNIP** The main driving force in the movement has been a hatred of President Obama, a virulent hatred indeed. Now that the president has been resoundingly given another four years, the tea party’s leaders need new objects of scorn. And there’s the rub. Movements built on antagonism toward one individual tend to be short-lived, and when that individual triumphs despite loud opponents, it’s frustrating for the losers. But if the party’s over, the hangover remains. No place may have a bigger headache than North Carolina. The tea party’s push helped Republicans win control of the General Assembly, led to a...
  • My Two Sons

    12/30/2012 9:19:31 AM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    Change.org | Jennifer McNary
    FRiends -Both of my sons have the same debilitating disease  -- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy -- that's kept them dependent on wheelchairs to get around. But now only one of my sons has access to a "miracle drug" that is saving his life.Max was fortunate enough to take part in a study of a breakthrough medication, and now he can walk on his own for longer than he ever could. But Austin wasn't as lucky. Without access to this miracle drug, I watch Austin suffer silently as his brother thrives. The FDA has the power to make this drug available to kids...
  • Clemson student's turtle project takes dark twist

    12/30/2012 9:17:31 AM PST · by ZULU · 92 replies
    Herald on line ^ | December 27, 2012 | Jeffrey Collins
    CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University student Nathan Weaver just wanted to put together a project to help figure out the best way to assist turtles in crossing the road. But he also ended up with a peek into the dark souls of some human beings. Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/12/27/4507782/clemson-students-turtle-project.html#storylink=cpy
  • In gun debate, two sides speak different languages

    12/30/2012 9:14:00 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-30-12 | JESSE WASHINGTON (Administration Propaganda)
    This divide has existed for decades, separating America into hostile camps of conservative vs. liberal, rural vs. urban. As the nation responds to the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the gulf has rarely felt wider than now. After the gunman invaded an elementary school with a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and magazines of 30 bullets each, there was a brief moment of unity amid the nation's grief. Across partisan divides, politicians said something must be done about weapons based upon military designs. Many wondered if even the National Rifle Association would adjust its staunch opposition...
  • Graham: “Hats Off to the President; He Won”

    12/30/2012 9:00:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 11:37 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that chances for a small “fiscal cliff” deal in the next 48 hours were “exceedingly good” and that President Barack Obama had won. “I think people don’t want to go over the cliff if we can avoid it,” Graham said on Fox News Sunday. … “This deal won’t affect the debt situation, it will be a political victory for the president and I hope we’ll have the courage of our convictions when it comes time to raise the debt ceiling to fight for what we believe as Republicans, but hats off to the...
  • It's Official: Muslim Population of Britain Doubles

    12/30/2012 8:58:58 AM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | December 21, 2012 | Douglas Murray
    England and Wales ... undergoing seismic change. Over the course of a decade up to four million more people have entered the country to live. In the capital, London, people identifying themselves as "white British" have for the first time become a minority. Perhaps most strikingly, the national Muslim population has doubled. ... For the last decade, every major politician has lied about this issue. While talking tough, about putting a cap on immigrant numbers, pushing people to assimilate and much else besides, they have done nearly nothing ... Now we can see the fruits of their labors. The census...
  • The Politics of Revenge

    12/30/2012 8:54:36 AM PST · by morethanright · 3 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-30 09:26:58 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:People of the government, by the government, for the government. That is what has become of "We the People." As Congress's inability to deal with the fiscal cliff and debt-ceiling issues prove, saving bloated government, not the liberty and financial solvency of 311 million Americans, is Washington's priority.A microcosm of the problems facing America is playing out in France. France's Constitutional Council declared Socialist President Francois Hollande's 75% income tax on those earning above $1 million illegal.  However, had the plan passed constitutional muster, it would not have done much to save the Fifth Republic from its fiscal...
  • Outgoing Congress proves to be unproductive to the end (Budgetless Dingy Harry not mentioned)

    12/30/2012 8:52:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/30/12 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    **SNIP** But the number of legislative disputes that they have failed to resolve while they have been failing to craft a budget deal is equally striking. They include reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, renewing a sweeping farm bill and reforming the U.S. Postal Service. Congress’s inability to solve even the stuff that used to be considered routine in Washington portends trouble for work on broader legislative initiatives like immigration reform or new gun control laws next year, when Republicans will continue to have solid control of the House and the Democrats’ majority in the Senate will expand by two...
  • Bin Laden son’s wife joins British legion

    12/30/2012 8:46:08 AM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th December 2012 | NAFEESA SHAN
    THE daughter-in-law of former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden is a keen member of the Royal British Legion... Zaina — previously known as Jane Felix Browne — married the terror mastermind’s son Omar in 2007 a month after she met him on a trip to Egypt’s pyramids. ... Zaina converted to Islam before she wed Omar, her sixth husband. ... A military source said: “The Legion can’t deny her membership purely on the basis of her surname — that would be discrimination. But many members will be appalled.”
  • Feinstein urges Americans to 'bite the bullet' on gun control

    12/30/2012 8:44:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Feinstein urges Americans to 'bite the bullet' on gun control By KEVIN CIRILLI | 12/30/12 9:59 AM EST Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that America needs to "bite the bullet" on gun control reform in wake of the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "America has to bite the bullet of what these incidents mean to our people, to our nation and our nation's standing in the world," Feinstein said on "Fox News Sunday." "When you have someone walking in and slaying in the most brutal way, 6-year-olds, something is really wrong." Feinstein...
  • Feinstein: We Knew Something Would Happen In Benghazi But Didn't Do Anything Ab

    12/30/2012 8:38:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/30/12 | GOPICYMI
    Feinstein: We Knew Something Would Happen In Benghazi But Didn't Do Anything About It
  • Obama on Benghazi: 'This was a huge problem'

    12/30/2012 8:34:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/30/12
    **SNIP** "We're not going to be defensive about it," Obama said of the State Department review of the attacks during an exclusive interview on NBC's Meet the Press. "We're not going to pretend that this was not a problem. This was a huge problem. And we're going to implement every single recommendation that's been put forward."
  • How to use biodiesel efficiently: Don't unload it.

    12/30/2012 8:28:15 AM PST · by RLM · 10 replies
    CBC News | Canada ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | John Nicol and Dave Seglins
    The mystery of the trainload of biodiesel that crossed back and forth across the Sarnia-Port Huron border without ever unloading its cargo, as reported by CBC News, has been solved.
  • For attacking NRA, David Gregory’s reward is Obama interview

    12/30/2012 8:14:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 29 December, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    It has been said that no good deed goes unpunished. The converse appears to be true as well, at least if you’re liberal. Dylan Byers writes at Politico that David Gregory, who was originally reported by NBC to be heading out on vacation instead of hosting his weekly Sunday news program "Meet the Press," will indeed be at his anchor desk tomorrow. Not only that, but he has been granted an exclusive interview with none other than President Barack Obama.
  • Watch a Mash-Up of Celebrities Demanding Gun Control (in Real Life) Gratuitously Using Guns

    12/30/2012 8:06:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Vulture.com ^ | 12/28/12 | Eliot Glazer
    Last week, we pointed you to a PSA from Mayor Bloomberg's gun-control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, in which the rich, famous, and pretty decried the need for stricter gun control (or something not quite specified). Some, like YouTube user Mike Hunt (ahem!), blame those very same people for perpetuating a culture of violence in the first place. In his own biting video response, he peppers in hyper-violent, trigger-happy footage against video of each celebrity wearing black and speaking in a hushed tone, respectively.
  • Drone War Spurs Militants to Deadly Reprisals

    12/30/2012 8:01:30 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2012 | DECLAN WALSH
    They are dead men talking, and they know it. Gulping nervously, the prisoners stare into the video camera, spilling tales of intrigue, betrayal and paid espionage on behalf of the United States. Some speak in trembling voices, a glint of fear in their eyes. Others look resigned. All plead for their lives. These macabre recordings offer a glimpse into a little-seen side of the drone war in Waziristan, a paranoid shadow conflict between militants and a faceless American enemy in which ordinary Pakistanis have often become unwitting victims. At least 473 noncombatants have been killed by C.I.A.-directed strikes since 2004,...
  • How Chicago and Obama Globalized Voter Fraud

    12/30/2012 7:54:58 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 12/30/2012 | Michael Bargo Jr.
    Chicago has a long tradition of padding its vote totals by placing homeless and deceased persons on its voter registration list. Jim Laski, who once served as the City Clerk of Chicago, second in power only to the mayor, noted in his book My Fall From Grace that fraudulent voters were registered to addresses that included cemeteries, municipal buildings, and taverns. The taverns, at least, are understandable: politically connected city workers spent so much time on bar stools the Board of Elections thought they lived there. Other voters who had died or moved away were also on the voter registration...
  • Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013

    12/30/2012 7:50:26 AM PST · by Obadiah · 178 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/30/2012 | Meghashyam Mali
    President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his “full weight” behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013. “I'm going to be putting forward a package and I'm going to be putting my full weight behind it,” said Obama in an interview aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I'm going to be making an argument to the American people about why this is important and why we have to do everything we can to make sure that something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary does not happen...
  • OBAMA ON DAUGHTERS’ SAFETY: ‘THEY’RE SURROUNDED BY MEN WITH GUNS’-----after Benghazi attack

    12/30/2012 7:48:00 AM PST · by granada · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | September 18, 2012 | Eddie Scarry
    A taped appearance of President Obama on the Late Show with David Letterman airs tonight. A pool report by the Washington Post‘s Amy Gardner has a preview of the exchange between Obama and Letterman: Letterman remarked on how grown-up Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, looked at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this month. “Does that kill you?” Letterman asked. “It worries me, but they’re surrounded by men with guns,” Obama replied.
  • WHY GOOD PEOPLE NEED SEMIAUTOMATIC FIREARMS AND “HIGH CAPACITY” MAGAZINES … Part I

    12/30/2012 7:39:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 29 December, 2012 | Massad Ayoob
    If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had a conversation with someone in the last few days who asked, “Why do ordinary law-abiding people need those semiautomatic firearms with magazines that can hold more than ten cartridges?” There are lots of sound answers. For one thing, defensive firearms are meant to be “equalizers,” force multipliers that can allow one good person to defend against multiple evil people. To allow one good person to defend against a single evil person so much stronger and/or bigger and/or more violent than he or she, that the attacker’s potentially lethal assault can be stopped. History...
  • Examiner Local Editorial: Fairness issue at center of NBC stunt

    12/30/2012 7:33:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    An on-air stunt involving an empty high-capacity gun magazine brandished by NBC "Meet the Press" host David Gregory last Sunday in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings has taken a bizarre twist. But it raises important issues about fairness and equality before the law. After being called out by viewers, the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that the incident is "under investigation" because it's illegal to even have such a device in one's possession in the District of Columbia, where the show was taped. The law in question is crystal clear: "No person in the District shall possess, sell,...
  • Wind credit proponents prepare for 'fiscal-cliff' agreement without extension

    12/30/2012 7:28:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Zack Colman
    An energy security group told The Hill on Friday that it does not expect the one-year wind credit extension it has supported to make it into a “fiscal cliff” deal. The Truman National Security Project's Operation Free campaign is preparing to fight for a retroactive extension to the credit next Congress. Michael Wu, the group’s advocacy policy director, said the extension would likely be left out of a short-term agreement to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect Jan. 1. “Everything in a stopgap package would be geared toward keeping taxes from jumping on the middle...
  • Reduced Cardiac Vagal Modulation Impacts on Cognitive Performance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    12/30/2012 7:18:29 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 32 replies
    PLOS ONE ^ | November 14, 2012 | Alison Beaumont, et al
    Background Cognitive difficulties and autonomic dysfunction have been reported separately in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). A role for heart rate variability (HRV) in cognitive flexibility has been demonstrated in healthy individuals, but this relationship has not as yet been examined in CFS. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between HRV and cognitive performance in patients with CFS. Results Patients with CFS showed no deficits in performance accuracy, but were significantly slower than healthy controls. CFS was further characterized by low and unresponsive HRV; greater heart rate (HR) reactivity and prolonged HR-recovery after cognitive challenge....
  • Obama: US troops sent to aid evacuation of diplomats in Central African Republic

    12/30/2012 7:17:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Kyle Balluck
    President Obama sent approximately 50 U.S. military personnel to Chad earlier this week to aid in the evacuation of U.S. embassy personnel and U.S. citizens from the neighboring Central African Republic. In a letter to congressional leaders on Saturday, Obama cited the “deteriorating security situation” in the Central African Republic and the threat to U.S. citizens. U.S. embassy personnel and several private U.S. citizens were evacuated from the Central African Republic capital of Bangui on Thursday. Obama said the “stand-by security force” was deployed for the sole purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property. Rebels in the Central African Republic...
  • Democrats prepare tax-cut bills in case nation goes over 'fiscal cliff'

    12/30/2012 7:09:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/29/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Leading Democrats are putting together fallback proposals if Washington fails to reach a deal on the “fiscal cliff” that would allow the party to cast itself as seeking to cut taxes. “Of course, I’ve got a backup plan in the event that we don’t succeed here,” Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Friday. “I’m sure the White House has one too.” Tax rates are set to expire on most households in January if Congress does not act to extend some of the rates, something some Democrats have long seen as giving their party an advantage....
  • Obama: GOP's insistence on halting tax hikes for the wealthy is stopping fiscal cliff deal

    12/30/2012 7:04:46 AM PST · by John W · 28 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 30, 2012 | Carrie Dann
    President Barack Obama on Sunday said congressional Republicans and their insistence on preventing tax increases for the very wealthy are standing in the way of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. In an exclusive interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," the president chided House Republicans as the clock continued to run out on a potential agreement. "They say that their biggest priority is making sure that we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they're behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected," Obama...
  • German Spiegel Magazine Declares George H.W. Bush Dead

    12/30/2012 6:46:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    German Spiegel Magazine Declares George H.W. Bush Dead Benjamin Weinthal December 30, 2012 9:19 AM Berlin The German magazine Der Spiegel’s online edition today posted an obituary for George H.W. Bush. It was titled “The Better Bush.” Here is a screenshot of the obituary headline and text: In fact, George H.W. Bush is still alive. The premature death notice was scrubbed without an explanation as to why the magazine’s New York correspondent Marc Pitzke got the story completely wrong. Here is the website announcing that Pitzke’s article can no long be found. Pitzke and Spiegel used the false death notice...
  • Obama: U.S. has good leads on who carried out Benghazi attacks

    12/30/2012 6:43:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama: U.S. has good leads on who carried out Benghazi attacks 9:06am EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has some "very good leads" about who carried out the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans including the U.S. ambassador in September, President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. Obama told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the United States would carry out all of the recommendations put forward in an independent review of the September 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. "We're not going to pretend that...