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  • 71 Dazzling Obama Photos From White House Photographer Pete Souza

    01/04/2013 7:45:43 AM PST · by haffast · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 3, 2013, 11:03 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    Official White House photographer Pete Souza posted the White House's best photos of 2012 this morning. It includes some fantastic shots from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, as well as new photos of the president's response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and of the fiscal cliff negotiations in the White House. We've grabbed 71 of the White House's 2012 selections. Souza's captions are in italics below the photos. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-photos-2012-white-house-flickr-pete-souza-2013-1?op=1#ixzz2H1IX5Fo2
  • MT:Columbia Falls lawmaker proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

    01/04/2013 7:44:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    missoulian.com ^ | 4 January, 2013 | TRISTAN SCOTT
    COLUMBIA FALLS – A state lawmaker in the Flathead Valley is proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to offset the effects of new firearms restrictions, which if passed, he says will erode civil liberties and infringe on state’s rights. Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, says he will work with the Montana Legislature in an effort to adopt two new constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to protect firearm ownership and national sovereignty. He said the issue is pressing due to the call for gun restrictions in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. He is most concerned...
  • The Republicans -- After Dunkirk

    01/04/2013 7:44:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    At the Potsdam conference with Harry Truman and Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill learned that the voters of the nation he had led for five years through World War II had just voted to throw him out of office. "It may well be a blessing in disguise," said his wife Clementine. "At the moment, it seems quite effectively disguised," replied Churchill. Republicans must feel that way today. For they have survived their own Dunkirk. They may have left their helmets, canteens and rifles behind, but they did finally get off the beach. That Republicans suffered a rout, as the British did...
  • Crime Down in L.A., Local Newspaper Baffled

    01/04/2013 7:35:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Dunphy
    When the crime experts are baffled, I’m here to help. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that crime in the city of Los Angeles has dropped for the tenth straight year. As is often the case, criminologists are at pains to explain why. Note that there are always ready explanations when crime goes up. You simply point to whatever socioeconomic malady that happens to be occurring and blame it for any concurrent rise in the crime rate. Recession? Crime goes up. Housing slump? Ditto. Rise in unemployment? Uh huh. You get the idea. It all fits in nicely with...
  • TX:Dallas Church Hosts Gun Buyback Program

    01/04/2013 7:33:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | Randy McIlwain
    The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will host a gun buyback program later this month in hopes of taking a few weapons off the streets and lending its voice to the national debate about gun control. "I think today there is rarely a family or individual who has not been touched by some incident of a violent gun accident or death," said Reverend Bruce Buchanan who will run the program. The gun buyback is actually a return to the church's roots. In 2000, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas held the first of six annual gun buybacks, collecting more than 500...
  • Oconee County sheriff opposes gun store's stance on sale of rifles(Good Sheriff,GA)

    01/04/2013 7:27:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    myfoxatlanta.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | George Franco
    OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. - A north Georgia sheriff is taking a stand against a Buford gun store that refuses to sell certain types of rifles to the public. Dana Safety Supply has opted to only sell a semi-automatic, self-loading rifle to law enforcement and not to the general public. Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said that decision has led him to stop buying from the store. "If they chose not to sell to civilians, law-abiding civilians, then I can choose not to buy from them -- that's all I was trying to say," Berry said. DSS, which has stores in...
  • One Cheer for the Cliff Deal

    01/04/2013 7:27:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    One cheer out of a potential three is all anyone can logically give the fiscal-cliff deal. On the day after the bargain was clinched, the stock market gave a 300-point cheer. So be it. In the short run, extending tax cuts up to $450,000 probably saved us from a recession. If all the tax cuts had expired, we’d have a $500 billion tax hike, plus marginal rate increases, and that would have sunk the economy. So I’m going to bet that the big stock rally was a sign of relief that the final deal wasn’t worse. The final product was...
  • Top Conservative Group Urges House To Vote Against Hurricane Sandy Relief (Club for Growth)

    01/04/2013 7:25:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/04/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Two days after Republican infighting swirled around House Speaker John Boehner's unexpected decision to pull a Hurricane Sandy relief bill from a potential floor vote, a top conservative group is urging the House of Representatives to vote against the bill. The House is expected to vote today on the first part of the bill, a $9.7 billion flood insurance bill. Andy Roth, the Club for Growth's vice president of government affairs, said in a statement that the federal government should not be involved in providing flood insurance. Here's the group's full statement: _____________________________ The Club for Growth urges all members...
  • Why not open the floodgates on marriage?

    01/04/2013 7:22:21 AM PST · by SonnyBubba · 51 replies
    Chicago tribune ^ | January 03, 2013 | Dennis Byrne
    Why not open the floodgates on marriage? January 03, 2013|Dennis Byrne Just where the balance is between the rights of individuals and the good of society often is difficult to determine. The argument that same sex couples should have an equal right to marry is not to be taken lightly. It appeals to Americans' ingrained sense that everyone should be treated fairly. It is memorialized in the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which guarantees to each person equality under the law. The equality argument has been so persuasive that the Illinois Legislature may well approve same sex marriage in this lame-duck session....
  • Michael Medved: Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Sanity Proves He’s No Secret Agent of Destruction

    01/04/2013 7:19:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/04/2013 | Michael Medved
    The president may be a big-spending liberal, but his willingness to give ground on taxes should prove that he’s not out to ruin the country. The fiscal-cliff deal settled nothing in terms of the desperate, ongoing struggle to bring Washington’s devastating deficits under control, but it should put an end, once and for all, to a bitter debate that’s damaged the conservative movement for the last four years. With the president participating in successful last-minute efforts to prevent crushing, automatic, across-the-board tax hikes that would have done disastrous damage to the U.S. economy, it’s time for Barack Obama’s angriest critics...
  • Should Your Children Pay for My Rollercoaster? (On the outrage over delayed Sandy Relief)

    01/04/2013 7:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Cashill
    On Wednesday I joined a Facebook conversation among my New Jersey relatives and friends voicing their outrage over the delay in the $60 billion Sandy relief package. Hoping to make people think, I wrote, "I want our roller coaster up and running by this summer, and I don't care if we have to borrow from the Chinese to do it." I was referring here to the Seaside Heights roller coaster that somehow managed to slide off its crumbling pier and land standing upright in the ocean. In the process, it became something of a symbol of Sandy's wrath. My irony,...
  • Lincolnton Furniture Company, praised (by obama) for bringing jobs back to US, closes

    01/04/2013 7:12:10 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | January 4, 2013 | Cameron Steele
    Lincolnton Furniture Company closed abruptly Thursday just one year after it was hailed by President Barack Obama as an example of the recovering U.S. economy. Furniture-making operations stopped indefinitely and only a few people will remain employed moving forward, company financial officer Ben Causey said. “I don’t know where it’s going to go exactly; we’re still evaluating our situation,” Causey said. “We just didn’t have any choice at this point.” The company was not receiving the orders it needed to sustain its operations, Causey said. “We needed more orders is really what it boiled down to,” he said. “We thought...
  • More Than Three Million Human Embryos Destroyed in UK IVF

    01/04/2013 7:11:16 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jill Stanek
    Official statistics show that almost half of embryos used to help women conceive through in vitro fertilization (IVF) were thrown away during or after the process….Since August 1991 more than 3.5 million human embryos have been created, producing only 235,480 “gestational sacs” or evidence of successful implantation. Of the embryos created, almost 840,000 were put into storage for future use and more than 2000 were stored for donation. Almost 5,900 were set aside for scientific research.Almost 1.4 million embryos were implanted in the hope of beginning pregnancies, with fewer than one in six resulting in a pregnancy.Nearly 1.7 million were...
  • An Appeal for Dictatorship Comes Out of the Closet at the New York Times

    01/04/2013 7:11:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Daniel Downes
    True to form, the New York Times saw out 2012 by publishing another apology for dictatorship. In his op-ed, Louis Michael Seidman -- Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University - argues that the Constitution should be abandoned.  The suggestion is so preposterous that it is tempting to dismiss the article altogether, but to do so would be to miss some very revealing implications.  The article is not so much a suggestion of constitutional reform as an open call for dictatorship. Seidman begins by blaming the current governmental crisis, incredibly, on "obedience to the Constitution," which he describes as containing...
  • Doctor with permit charged over gun at Pa. school

    01/04/2013 7:09:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    timesonline.com ^ | 3 January, 2013 | AP
    A doctor with a permit to carry a concealed weapon was charged with having a gun on school property when he picked up his child from a southwestern Pennsylvania high school about three hours after the school shootings last month in Newtown, Conn.
  • The Right's Unwitting Obama Apologists

    01/04/2013 7:06:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    I hate to break it to those deniers who believe that President Obama's tax-guzzling capacity has somehow been diminished by the fiscal cliff provision to fix "permanent" tax rates. You're dreaming. Several smart columnists and respected conservative editorial pieces tell us that a major silver lining in the crisis deal just concluded is that by agreeing not to reinstitute the Clinton tax rates (and leave the Bush rates in place) for all but the "wealthy" (income of $400,000 for single filers and $450,000 for marrieds), Obama and the Democrats made a major concession. They argue that if Democrats couldn't do...
  • Are We All Europeans Now?

    01/04/2013 7:05:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/04/2013 | Mona Charen
    Following the fiscal-cliff melodrama, Senator Richard Shelby appeared on television to declare that we are becoming European. “We’re always wanting to spend and promise and spend and borrow, but not cut. We’ve got to get real about this. We’re headed down the road that Europe’s already on.” There’s no “heading” about it. We’re there. John J. DiIulio, writing in National Affairs, outlined the true size of American government. When state and local government expenditures are added to federal outlays, government spending as a share of GDP easily competes with European nations. In fact, per capita government spending in the U.S....
  • Nat'l. organization complains about Upstate prayer (SC)

    01/04/2013 7:04:12 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 11 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | January 3, 2013
    An Upstate school district has gotten a complaint from a national organization that's upset about the way the district opens their meetings. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint to the School District of Pickens County after someone complained to the organization. For as long as anyone with the School District of Pickens County can remember, an invocation has been a part of each meeting, led by students from different schools. SDPC spokesman John Eby said, "If we felt like it was violating the constitution, we wouldn't be doing it." He said there haven't been any...
  • Feel the Healing that Higher Taxes Bring

    01/04/2013 6:57:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | John Ransom
    The Age of Aquarius- long a goal for liberals- began in earnest on January 1st, 2013 when more of the planned tax increases on the wealthy created by Obamacare were implemented, along with the fiscal cliff remedy. Here’s how it works:Finally, the low-down, dirty rich, who are responsible for all the world’s ills, including the short stature, pint-sized intellect and light caliber (pun intended) of Bob Costas, will start paying their fair share.Time to cue the music from the play Hair:“The 3.8% Net Investment Tax will be imposed against individuals, estates and trusts on their investment income,” croons TaxNews.com “and the 0.9%...
  • Waterbury halts gun shows after Newtown

    01/04/2013 6:39:27 AM PST · by Puppage · 24 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 01/04/2013
    <p>WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Waterbury's police chief has halted permits for gun shows, saying he's concerned a firearm purchased in his city might one day be used in a mass shooting.</p> <p>The Republican-American reports that Police Superintendent Michael Gugliotti imposed a moratorium the day after the Dec. 14 killings of 20 children and six educators at a Newtown grade school.</p>