Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $22,756
26%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 26% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Forum: News/Activism

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Hollywood A-listers called hypocrites on issue of gun violence in ‘Demand a Plan’ response video

    01/03/2013 5:22:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 02, 2013
    Several big-name Hollywood stars appear in a new anti-gun public service YouTube video calling for Americans to demand that their elected officials come up with a strategy to curb gun violence. In the video, A-listers like Cameron Diaz, Paul Rudd, and Chris Rock read the names of the sites of the most horrific gun massacres before calling on viewers to “demand a plan” to stop mass shootings. But now a new video called “Demand a Plan – Demand Celebrities Go F*** Themselves” has been created that highlights the gun violence many of these same stars have taken part in in...
  • The GOP's Anti-Muslim Wing Is In Retreat (BARF ALERT)

    01/03/2013 5:18:41 AM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 3 Jan 12 | By Tim Murphy and Adam Serwer
    Over the last four years, a die-hard cadre of activists and their allies in Congress have dragged the Republican Party into a fever swamp of Islamophobia and barely-concealed anti-Muslim bigotry. In their paranoid scenario, Islamic Shariah law is creeping into American courts; the Department of Justice has come under the sway of the Muslim Brotherhood; and the president’s engagement ring includes secret writing that indicates Muslim loyalties. But after a November election that saw three of the party's loudest voices on "creeping Shariah" defeated—and the GOP presidential nominee ignore the issue entirely—the anti-Islam movement within the Republican party may have...
  • President Obama’s paradoxical presentation on the ‘fiscal cliff’ dealet [Afraid to call him LIAR]

    01/03/2013 5:17:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/3/13 | Glenn Kessler
    ... We’re back from vacation and, like many Americans, have been trying to figure out the details of the “fiscal-cliff” deal —one of those classic middle-of-the-night congressional compromises that please virtually no one. The White House, by its own accounting, ended up with $737 billion in deficit reduction, a far cry from the $2 trillion or so that it originally sought. But that hasn’t stopped President Obama from touting the deal as a victory in a campaign-style video for supporters. But a politician who highlights good news often leaves out the bad news. Let’s see what’s missing from Obama’s presentation.
  • Bad Inventions ... Ann Coulter

    01/03/2013 5:17:06 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 38 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | Ann Coulter
    I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions. (1) SILENT DISHWASHERS Are people installing dishwashers next to their beds? I've checked my "Top 500 Daily Irritations" list and dishwasher noise is not on it. What possible benefit derives from having a dishwasher...
  • Bad Inventions

    01/03/2013 5:17:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2013 | Ann Coulter
    I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions. (1) SILENT DISHWASHERS Are people installing dishwashers next to their beds? I've checked my "Top 500 Daily Irritations" list and dishwasher noise is not on it. What possible benefit derives from having a dishwasher...
  • Illegal Immigrant Pedophile May Be Released in Chicago Area

    01/03/2013 5:13:59 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Michael Volpe
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Illegal Immigrant Pedophile May Be Released in Chicago AreaPosted By Michael Volpe On January 3, 2013 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Front Page Magazine has been able to confirm that an individual recently arrested for the sexual assault of a three year old near Chicago, Illinois is here illegally, and confusion between Cook County officials and officials from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) means that all that’s standing in the way of freedom for this sexual predator is a Cook County judge. Cook County judges have been the subject...
  • Morsi: The Common Tyrant

    01/03/2013 5:10:54 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Theodore Shoebat
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Morsi: The Common TyrantPosted By Theodore Shoebat On January 3, 2013 @ 12:32 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Muhammad Morsi is right now doing what any tyrant would do: use the emotions of the people to comply with what you want.In his address to the senate, Morsi blamed the decrease in tourism (from which Egypt’s economy thrives) on his opposition, who “violated the peacefulness of politics.”This accusation takes advantage of the current economic crises, which is a result of the Muslim Brotherhood, and sets a justification for violence against those who oppose...
  • Cliff averted, it’s on to the next fiscal crisis

    01/03/2013 5:10:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 12:34 AM EST | Andrew Taylor
    Onward to the next fiscal crisis. Actually, several of them, potentially. The New Year’s Day deal averting the “fiscal cliff” lays the groundwork for more combustible struggles in Washington over taxes, spending and debt in the next few months. President Barack Obama’s victory on taxes this week was the second, grudging round of piecemeal successes in as many years in chipping away at the nation’s mountainous deficits. Despite the length and intensity of the debate, the deal to raise the top income tax rate on families earning over $450,000 a year—about 1 percent of households—and including only $12 billion in...
  • ‘Negotiating’ With the Left: A Waste of Time

    01/03/2013 5:08:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 3, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - ‘Negotiating’ With the Left: A Waste of TimePosted By Tom Blumer On January 3, 2013 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Having lived in Greater Cincinnati for most of my life, I’ve had a chance to observe Congressman John Boehner’s actions and performance from a perspective most haven’t.Most of what I saw until he became House Speaker in January 2011 was good — usually very good. What has transpired since has not been. Boehner and House Republicans have been unable to put the brakes on the country’s headlong rush towards insolvency...
  • Obama signs $633B defense bill

    01/03/2013 5:04:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 12:39 AM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions worldwide after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. …
  • St. Paul City Council calls for statewide ban on semi-automatics

    01/03/2013 5:02:38 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-3-12 | city hall scoop
    The city of St. Paul doesn’t have direct say over statewide gun laws, but that isn’t stopping city council members from calling for more gun control. At the Wednesday, Jan. 2 council meeting, they amended their annual request to lawmakers to include a crackdown on semi-automatic weapons and high capacity magazines. They join a chorus of municipal bodies, politicians and Hollywood celebrities clamoring for tighter gun laws in the wake of the horrific school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s a look at six proposals being mulled across the country. Some gun enthusiasts are dubious that a ban on semi-automatics would...
  • John Boehner’s next act

    01/03/2013 4:54:20 AM PST · by upchuck · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Chris Chris Cillizza
    Later today, John Boehner will be reelected Speaker of the House by his colleagues. That vote will the first piece of good news Boehner has received in weeks. Consider that since mid-December Boehner has: a) watched as his plan to rally the House around extending the Bush tax cuts for all but those earning more than $1 million a year go down in flames, b) been totally cut out of the final fiscal cliff negotiations, and c) been pilloried by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for delaying a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief. Boehner then finds himself reelected to the...
  • Congress ushering in new members, with old divide

    01/03/2013 4:42:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 3:14 AM EST | Donna Cassata
    Congress is ushering in the new and the old—dozens of eager freshmen determined to change Washington and the harsh reality of another stretch of bitterly divided government. The 113th Congress will convene Thursday at the constitutionally required time of noon for pomp, pageantry and politics as newly elected members of the House and Senate are sworn in and the speaker of the Republican-controlled House is chosen. The traditions come against the backdrop of a mean season that closed out an angry election year. A deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” of big tax increases and spending cuts split the parties...
  • Cliff Deal Only Whets Obama's Appetite For More Taxes

    01/03/2013 4:41:47 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/2/2013 | IBD Staff
    Taxes: Anyone who thinks the fiscal cliff deal will end President Obama's soak-the-rich campaign isn't paying attention. Even before the ink had dried on his $620 billion tax hike, Obama was talking up his desire for more. Obama hinted at this on Sunday on "Meet the Press," when he told David Gregory that "you are not only going to cut your way to prosperity" and that "one of the fallacies" was that "deficit reduction is only a matter of cutting programs." But as the fiscal cliff agreement looked increasingly likely, Obama started talking more specifically about additional tax hikes.
  • Belleville chief bans officers from Denny’s; detectives were asked to leave for displaying gun

    01/03/2013 4:41:47 AM PST · by Lawgvr1955 · 80 replies
    Belleville News-Democrat ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Jamie Forsythe
    Police Chief William Clay has banned all on-duty police officers from eating at Denny's Restaurant on South Illinois Street after a detective was asked to remove her gun or leave the restaurant. "All sworn (uniformed/non-uniformed) officers have been prohibited from entering Denny's Restaurant at 1130 South Illinois for any meal or coffee breaks while on duty," Clay said in a released statement. "Additionally, no officers may enter the restaurant off-duty if in uniform."
  • Illinois: Gun and Magazine Ban and Registration Schemes Pass in Senate Public Health Committee

    01/03/2013 4:38:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 2 January, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    If you own a semi-automatic firearm or detachable magazine, they may be banned, taxed, and registered and you could easily become a felon unless you act NOW Anti-gun legislators led by Senate President John Cullerton and backed by Governor Patrick Quinn (D) substituted and passed sweeping draconian gun and magazine bans in the Senate Public Health Committee today. House Bill 1263, amended to include a ban on many commonly owned firearms passed in this committee by a 6 to 4 vote. House Bill 815, which was amended to include a magazine ban and shooting range restrictions, passed by a 6...
  • Argentina's leader tells UK to give up Falklands

    01/03/2013 4:26:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2013 5:53 AM EST
    Argentina’s president called on Britain on Thursday to relinquish control of the Falkland Islands, accusing London of taking part in an act of “blatant colonialism” in claiming the wind-swept archipelago. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner published an open letter in the Guardian newspaper urging Prime Minister David Cameron to honor U.N. resolutions which she says backs her case for the return of the islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas. She has made several similar demands in the past. …
  • Medical Excise Tax for Free Healthcare

    01/03/2013 4:22:10 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 5 replies
    http://iowntheworld.com ^ | 1/2/2013 | illustr8r
    1 OK…. Here comes some of those Obama care taxes on Jan 1, 2013. Soon every purchase you make, there will more taxes. On 103.98 I was charged 8.58 for Texas state taxes. And then Obama care medical tax another 2.39. So the more you spend , the more goes to the “so called free Obama care”. #2 O didn’t raise taxes, now did he. Here’s another ObamaTax receipt so you KNOW this is real. They should put ObamaTax on these so people know what they are paying. #tcot #tlot I haven’t bought anything in the New Year yet to...
  • Patti Page, 85 passes.....

    01/03/2013 3:34:55 AM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies
    ENEWS ^ | 01/03/13 | Peter Gicas
    Patti Page, best known for such hits as "Tennessee Waltz" and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window," passed away on New Year's Day. She was 85. The legendary songstress, dubbed "The Singing Rage," was the top-selling female artist of the 1950s and sold more than 100 million records during her illustrious career. Page also had 24 top 10 songs, including four that reached No.1 on the charts.
  • A Chicago Divided by Killings [Rahm the Racist is Allowing Poor Uneducated Blacks to Die!!]

    01/03/2013 3:28:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | January 3, 2013 | Mike Bostock, etc.
    A New York Times analysis of homicides and census data in Chicago compared areas near murders to those that were not. Residents living near homicides in the last 12 years were much more likely to be black, earn less money and lack a college degree....
  • Obama voices support for Illinois gay marriage measure [Federal Dictator Rules on State Laws?]

    01/03/2013 3:14:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    stltoday ^ | January 2, 2013 | Kevin McDermott
    The Illinois Senate could vote as early as tomorrow on a measure to sanction same-sex marriage in the state. One former member of that body has already weighed in: President Barack Obama. “Were the President still in the Illinois State Legislature, he would support this measure that would treat all Illinois couples equally," Obama spokesman Shin Inouye recently told the Chicago Sun-Times. It's unusual for a sitting president to get involved in a state legislative matter (especially, you might argue, a president whose own views on the issue have been unclear until recently). Supporters say it's just another indication that...
  • Iran Spy Network 30,000 Strong

    01/03/2013 3:07:06 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies
    THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | January 3, 2013 4:59 am | Bill Gertz
    "IRAN SPY NETWORK 30,000 STRONG Pentagon report: Iranian intelligence linked to spying, terror attacks" SNIPPET: "Iran’s intelligence service includes 30,000 people who are engaged in covert and clandestine activities that range from spying to stealing technology to terrorist bombings and assassination, according to a Pentagon report." SNIPPET: "“MOIS provides financial, material, technological, or other support services to Hamas, Hezbollah, and al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), all designated terrorist organizations under U.S. Executive Order 13224,” the report said. The spy service operates in all areas where Iran has interests, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Central Asia, Africa, Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, France,...
  • Plans to Oust House Speaker Boehner Are Taking Shape

    01/03/2013 3:07:05 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 20 replies
    the New American ^ | 29 December 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    Plans to Oust House Speaker Boehner Are Taking Shape 29 December 2012 by Bob Adelmann Following increasing dissatisfaction with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), staffs of unnamed House members have developed a detailed plan to oust him as the first order of business when the new Congress convenes on Thursday, January 3. Matthew Boyle, writing for Breitbart.com, obtained a copy of the plan with its strategy and tactics laid out in detail. Provided by staffers who demanded anonymity in case the plan backfires, it will be the first issue the House will have to deal with when the Congress returns...
  • Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name

    01/03/2013 3:01:18 AM PST · by Einherjar · 129 replies
    AP ^ | 01/03/2013
    A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.
  • Hillary Angst ... Tina Brown

    01/03/2013 2:50:12 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 3 Jan 2013 | Tina Brown
    Washington is a wreck, and the fearless secretary of state seems like the only one with her head in the game. No wonder that medical scare left us with a case of the jitters. ... The idea of losing Hillary has seemed especially unbearable at this political moment. It’s as if she has become, literally, the ship of state. She stands for maturity, tenacity, and self-discipline at a time when everyone else in Washington seems to be, in more senses than one, going off a cliff—a parade of bickering, blustering, small-balled hacks bollixing up the nation’s business. She’s a caring...
  • Obama's debt problem (Hussein wants “balanced” approach?)

    01/03/2013 2:14:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/03/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN, GLENN THRUSH |
    President Barack Obama won’t be able to enjoy much of a victory lap from his win over congressional Republicans on the fiscal cliff fight. There are about 16.4 trillion reasons why. **SNIP** Former Clinton administration official Alice Rivlin, a member of Obama’s defunct deficit commission, says Obama “understands the [deficit-reduction] issue” but “he’s got to deal with his own left wing, which is not enthusiastic about doing it. The real problem … is that Social Security has become kind of [a] no-no” to liberals. In a video message to his 2012 campaign supporters released Wednesday, Obama offered few specifics on...
  • Stockton Man Who Lived With Girlfriend’s Corpse Found Guilty Of Murder

    01/03/2013 2:11:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | January 2, 2013 | CBS13
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – A Stockton man who lived with his girlfriend’s badly decomposed body in a bathtub for several months was convicted of her murder on Wednesday. Devon Omar Epps, 37, was arrested in December 2011 after the apartment manager went to evict him and discovered the body of Veronica Jones in the bathtub of the unit on E. Channel Street. The jury found Epps guilty of all charges: premeditated murder, use of weapon other than a firearm, rape, murder by torture and corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant. Epps will be back in the San Joaquin County courtroom...
  • Israel Radio Poll Shows Right Running Away With Election (Jan. 22 Election)

    01/03/2013 1:59:08 AM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 01/03/2013 | David Lev
    In contrast to more “conservative” polls released Thursday, the weekly poll taken on behalf of Israel Radio by the Geocartographia polling organization shows the solid right trouncing the left, and even the center, in the Knesset elections set for two and a half weeks from now. The poll shows Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi party hitting 18 seats, tied for second largest party with Labor – and shows the Otzma Leyisrael Party, led by MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari, as getting six seats in the Knesset. If accurate, the poll indicates that together, Bayit Yehudi and Otzma Leyisrael parties would...
  • Dems will need new game plan to score tax revenue (Commiecare™ kicks in)

    01/03/2013 1:55:43 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/02/13 | STEVEN SLOAN
    The fiscal cliff deal handed Democrats a tax victory years in the making, but it also means the party will need a new playbook for the budget battles that lie ahead. That’s because many Democrats readily acknowledge that they’ve exhausted their ability to raise taxes on the richest Americans by jacking up their rates. The historic tax agreement passed by Congress this week raises rates on top earners from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. Meanwhile, provisions from the 2010 health care law kicked in Jan. 1, increasing rates on investment income from 15 percent to almost 24 percent for the...
  • White House Eases Path To Residency For Some [More] Illegal Immigrants

    01/02/2013 11:56:14 PM PST · by zeestephen · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02 January 2013 | Brian Bennett
    This is the latest move by the administration to use its executive powers to revise immigration procedures without Congress passing a law - As many as 1 million new visas - Begins March 4
  • Switzerland gunman kills three in Daillon in Valais

    01/02/2013 11:56:08 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 Jan 2013
    A gunman has opened fire in a village in Switzerland, killing three people and wounding two others, Swiss police say. The attack happened on Wednesday at around 21:00 (20:00 GMT) in the village of Daillon in Valais canton, 100km (60 miles) east of Geneva. The gunman had reportedly been drinking heavily before the shooting. Police dispatched to the scene arrested a suspect who was shot and wounded after he threatened them. "Three victims died at the scene," said Valais police. "Two other people were wounded and hospitalised." They had rushed to the village after calls reporting that several people were...
  • Why Does Anybody Need a 30-Round Magazine?

    01/02/2013 11:52:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 113 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 3, 2013 | William A. Levinson
    Senator Dianne Feinstein's latest divide-and-conquer attack on the Second Amendment has made even Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) a sucker for the argument that private citizens do not need high-capacity magazines. These include not only 30-round rifle magazines, but 17-round magazines for handguns like the Glock. Why does anybody need a high capacity magazine? If Senator Manchin were to educate himself by, for example, attending Front Sight's four-day defensive handgun class, he would learn the two primary answers: (1) Failure to stop the aggressor, and (2) Multiple aggressors Failure to Stop The classic .38 caliber revolver, with a capacity of six...
  • Al Sharpton Calls for Knife Control

    01/02/2013 11:16:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    The battle over laws limiting gun ownership and use is far from over, but Rev. Al Sharpton is already looking ahead toward the next “weapon” he feels should be regulated. During his radio program last Friday, the MSNBC talk show host responded to a caller who asked: “What happens when the criminal goes to knives, Al?” Sharpton's answer: “Then you deal with knives.”
  • Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Gold

    01/02/2013 10:26:28 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-3-2013 | Frank Holmes
    Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Gold By Frank Holmes 01/02/13 Intuition was telling me something was going on these past few days (of 2012) in the gold market. Our investment team was watching gold and gold stocks take a tumble for no obvious reason. It wasn’t only us who felt this way: many analysts were caught off-guard. One comment from Barclays Research indicated that the week was unusually “brutal … with quite a few confused participants with some seemingly positive aspects of the market not having an impact.” My hunch was realized only days later when Zero...
  • Senate Benghazi report blames FBI, CIA but exonerates Obama

    01/02/2013 9:59:51 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com ^ | January 2, 2013 | Jim Kouri
    The U.S. Senate released a report on Monday that blames the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies — but not the White House — for the misinformation allegedly contained in talking points that explained the details of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate diplomatic in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, Libya attack. The Democrat-dominated Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a report that said the White House was only responsible for a “minor change” in the White House talking points. A number of GOP...
  • Des Moines Register publishes gun-ban column advocating deadly violence against NRA, GOP leaders

    01/02/2013 9:55:20 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 25 replies
    Fox news ^ | 01/02/13 | Tim Graham
    Donald Kaul retired earlier this year. Now he has decided to return to writing occasional opinion columns for OtherWords.org. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. brought out all his ugliness. In a column that appeared after the shooting with the headline "Kaul: Nation needs a new agenda on guns," he proposed a new liberal agenda: repeal the Second Amendment, declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal, and well, make violent threats to Republican leaders and NRA members. The Des Moines Register published this junk on December 29.
  • Former State Rep. Scott Plakon Files To Run In HD 29

    01/02/2013 9:36:14 PM PST · by flfreedom · 2 replies
    Florida Political Press ^ | 1/3/12 | Flfreedom
    Newly elected Democrat State Rep. Mike Clelland, who shocked the political world when he upset Speaker-Designate Chris Dorworth in November, did not have to wait long to learn who will be challenging him to retake the seat. While perusing the Florida Division of Elections web site today, I saw that former state Rep. Scott Plakon has just filed to run in HD 29 making this the very first Republican vs. Democrat state race for 2014. Yes, Virginia, the next election cycle has begun! This is good news for Central Florida conservatives as Plakon was chosen ‘Legislator of the Year’ by...
  • Secrecy of Memo on Targeted Killing Is Upheld (drone killing)

    01/02/2013 8:54:15 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | ADAM LIPTAK
    A federal judge in Manhattan refused on Wednesday to require the Justice Department to disclose a memorandum providing the legal justification for the targeted killing of a United States citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. “I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the executive branch of our government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws while keeping the reasons for their conclusion a secret,” she wrote. “The Alice-in-Wonderland nature of this pronouncement is not...
  • Naked Man Who Was Choking Dog Shot by Homeowner in Miami: Police

    01/02/2013 8:47:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | January 2, 2013 | Donna Rapado and Brian Hamacher
    A naked intruder who was trying to choke a pet Rottweiler was shot by a homeowner in Miami Wednesday morning, police said. The bizarre incident happened around 5 a.m. in the area of Northwest 2nd Avenue and 56th Street when the occupants of the home were awoken when they heard a commotion and dogs barking. When the homeowner went to check out the noise, he confronted the suspect, who was completely naked and trying to choke one of the dogs, police said. "He comes out and spots a person who is not only fighting with this dog but is naked...
  • Arabs Brutally Attack US Yeshiva Student in Italy

    01/02/2013 8:40:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 1/2/13 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A gang of Arabs brutally attacked an American yeshiva student visiting with his family in Venice, Italy, in what local community leaders said was a rare instance of anti-Semitism. The student was knocked unconscious on Tuesday when he strolled late at night in the center of the city. A band of 15 Arab youth pounced on him, dragged him into a dark corner and pummeled him, using sharp weapons. The student lost consciousness, and the attackers fled when a passerby spotted them and called police and medics. The police are investigating, but have but have not caught the attackers. The...
  • 24-Year-Old Jew Murdered in Iran- 24-year-old Daniel Magrufta, who was dating the daughter

    01/02/2013 8:35:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    inn ^ | 1/2/13 | Elad Benari
    A 24-year-old Iranian Jew, a member of one the most well-known and wealthiest families in Iran, was murdered last week, Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday. According to the report the man, who was identified as Daniel Magrufta, was dating the daughter of a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The report added that it was at first believed that Magrufta was murdered during a robbery at his home, but no evidence indicating that his home had been broken into was found. The woman whom Magrufta was dating was reportedly arrested on suspicion of being responsible for the murder but...
  • Boy, 6, suspended over finger gun [school says "serious incident... threatened to shoot a student"]

    01/02/2013 8:04:34 PM PST · by grundle · 60 replies
    UPI ^ | January 2, 2013
    SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Maryland 6-year-old was suspended from school for forming the shape of a gun with his hands and saying "pow," a lawyer for his family said. Robin Ficker said a boy, a student at Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, was given a one-day suspension from school with a conference planned for when students returned from winter break for the pretend shooting a week after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., The (Springfield, Va.) Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. "What they're doing is...
  • White House: Immigration and gun control are happening. Soon.

    01/02/2013 7:59:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Certain parties may be taking more political heat than others, but I think it's safe to say that nobody but nobody is going to walk away from the fiscal cliff deal completely unscathed --- and we only have even more similarly piddling but surely melodramatic standoffs on deck for the near future. Ergo, no doubt the White House will be eager to have a few bright-'n-shiny political items on hand with which to tout President Obama's go-gettin', even-handed know-how. It would be a darn shame to miss the chance to lament what amazing victories President Obama could achieve, if only...
  • If demography is destiny, good news for Texas, North Dakota and D.C.

    01/02/2013 7:55:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Michael Barone
    Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This gives demographers a chance to see where the nation is growing and where it is not, and to get an idea of the destination of immigrants and of the flow of people into one set of states and out of another. Nationally the Census Bureau estimates that the United States has grown from 308 million people when the census was conducted in April 2010 and to almost 313 million in...
  • Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: These tax hikes on the rich are just first step of “the balanced approach”

    01/02/2013 7:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Mediaite, "balanced approach" is Obama's Orwellian term for selling tax hikes to the public as a condition of spending cuts even though there's nothing remotely balanced about our fiscal problems. Spend 10 seconds looking at the graphs in Yuval Levin's new post at the Corner. That's the reality that the "balanced approach" pretends to address. As Levin said in another post today, “The fiscal trajectory of our welfare state is not sustainable, no matter how much taxes go up.”But okay. The left’s new talking point, pushed by The One himself, is that they absolutely positively won’t negotiate over the...
  • Magazine Ban of 2013 (Video - Bill Will Be Introduced This Week!)

    01/02/2013 7:48:33 PM PST · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    YouTube - Military Arms Channel ^ | 1-2-2013 | Sturmgewehre
    The House Democrats (Diana DeGette, D-CO) are submitting a bill in the next few days to Congress to ban any magazine over 10 rounds in capacity. We must act now to stop this erosion of our 2nd Amendment rights! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXrAt7-ij2k 11:32
  • Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians for 2012 List by Judicial Watch

    01/02/2013 7:37:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    htp://www.rightsidenews.com ^ | January 1, 2013 | Judicial Watch
    Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2012 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes: Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice Attorney General Eric Holder Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) President Barack Obama Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
  • Lateral Move (Free Republic mentioned)

    01/02/2013 7:32:39 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-2-2012 | Ed Driscoll
    Lateral Move December 2, 2012 Ed Driscoll “Al Jazeera is putting the final touches on a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore and his business partners seven years ago,” the New York Times claims: If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service.Rather than simply use Current to distribute its English-language channel,...
  • Tim Carney: How corporate tax credits got in the 'cliff' deal

    01/02/2013 7:24:06 PM PST · by gotribe · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/02/2013 | Tim Carney
    The "fiscal cliff" legislation passed this week included $76 billion in special-interest tax credits for the likes of General Electric, Hollywood and even Captain Morgan. But these subsidies weren't the fruit of eleventh-hour lobbying conducted on the cliff's edge -- they were crafted back in August in a Senate committee, and they sat dormant until the White House reportedly insisted on them this week. The Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012, which passed through the Senate Finance Committee in August, was copied and pasted into the fiscal cliff legislation, yielding a victory for biotech companies, wind-turbine-makers, biodiesel...
  • Netanyahu: West Bank Could Go Way of Egypt, Syria

    01/02/2013 7:23:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    cbn news ^ | 1/2/13 | Julie Stahl
    JERUSALEM, Israel - Areas of Biblical Judea and Samaria (West Bank) under the Palestinian Authority rule could end up with a regime change like that in Egypt or a shaking like what is going on in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Speaking at the start of a Bible study at his home, Netanyahu likened the current situation in the Middle East to the beginning of the portion of the Jewish Bible (Torah -- first five books of the Bible) being studied this week. "Now there arose a new king over Egypt," Netanyahu said, quoting the passage from Exodus...