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  • Policy ace Michele Flournoy could be first female Defense chief

    01/04/2013 3:53:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 4, 2013 | Shashank Bengali & Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON — It's a long way from playing volleyball at Beverly Hills High School to being the most powerful woman in Washington, but Michele Flournoy could cap such a remarkable journey if President Obama selects her as Defense secretary. Flournoy, little known outside the world of military policy, is on the shortlist to lead the Pentagon in Obama's second term. She would be the first woman in that role. An inveterate policy wonk who first worked in the Pentagon under President Clinton and later co-founded a respected think tank, Flournoy, 52, has spent two decades climbing to the top of...
  • Clifftastrophe: How the GOP Raised Taxes and Fed Obama’s Spending Addiction

    01/04/2013 3:46:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Crystal Wright
    Republicans in Congress screwed up big time in voting for President Barack Obama’s tax hike on Americans. All in the name of letting Obama “have his way” in sticking it to the rich, the deal to avert the country’s cliff dive doesn’t do anything but stall the country’s fall for another two months. Republicans, yes, REPUBLICANS, voted for the first time since 1991 to raise taxes on Americans, a lot of taxes and postponed dealing with the $1.2 trillion sequester, cuts to government spending, until February 2013. There are no government cuts in this bill, making it nothing more than...
  • Multiple reports: Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary next week for some reason

    01/04/2013 3:33:32 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | Allahpundit
    The White House insists no decision has been made but The Cable, NBC, Fox News, and the Daily Beast all have sources whispering that an announcement is likely to come early next week. Trial balloon to see how Senate Democrats react?
  • Are We Becoming European?

    01/04/2013 3:29:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 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. Prof. 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...
  • The United States Of Delusion

    01/04/2013 3:25:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge/ Of Two Minds ^ | 04 January 2012 | Charles Hugh Smith
    The irony is that clinging to delusion rather than face the necessity of deep cuts in borrow-and-squander budgets will lead to the involuntary reset of the entire system, depriving every vested interest of their share of the swag. We are living in the United States of Delusion. The delusion has four key sources: 1. We can borrow-print-and-spend our way to prosperity when debt and fiscal/monetary stimulus are yielding ever more marginal returns: The Dangerous Blindspots of Clueless Keynesians (January 2, 2013) The Keynesian model is a Cargo Cult, mired in a distant, romanticized past where Central Planning, intervention and manipulation...
  • Remembering Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson

    01/04/2013 3:18:18 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 44 replies
    Huntington News ^ | January 3, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    A portrait of Robert E. Lee adorns the Georgia State Capitol where the Sons of Confederate Veterans held their first Lee birthday celebration in 1988.
  • EPA’s illegal human experiments could break Nuremberg Code

    01/04/2013 3:17:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | Steve Milloy
    The Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says no law empowers any judge to stop it from conducting illegal scientific experiments on seniors, children and the sick. That astounding assertion will be tested Friday, when a federal district court in Alexandria decides whether it has jurisdiction to hear claims made by the American Tradition Institute that EPA researchers are exposing unwary and genetically susceptible senior citizens to air pollutants the agency says can cause a variety of serious cardiac and respiratory problems, including sudden death. Although the lawsuit only addresses ongoing, purportedly illegal experimentation being carried out at an EPA laboratory...
  • ATF head, D.C. police chief challenged on selective magazine ban enforcement

    01/04/2013 3:01:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/4/13 | David Codrea
    B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Cathy Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., are being challenged on selective enforcement of the District’s ban on so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” for semi-automatic firearms. This column will serve as a follow-up to an earlier request asking who authorized violation of the ban, after NBC’s David Gregory produced a magazine during his Dec. 23 “Meet the Press” interview with National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre. That request was documented by Gun Rights Examiner and sent to the respective...
  • Shocking tape of Ohio teens bragging about gang rape

    01/04/2013 2:22:35 PM PST · by lowbridge · 98 replies
    http://www.glennbeck.com ^ | january 4, 2012
    On radio today, Glenn reacted to the shocking video of some Ohio teens who taped themselves joking about gang raping a young female classmate. ItÂ’s another sad illustration of how morally depraved society is truly becoming. Glenn talks about the problem and how to solve it on radio today. TheBlaze explained: Last month, the New York Times published a detailed report on an alleged gang rape in the small Ohio football town of Steubenville. Two Steubenville football players, Trent Mays and MaÂ’lik Richmond were arrested on Aug. 22 in connection with the alleged rape, Deadspin previously reported. Months later, exactly...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, January-4-2013

    01/04/2013 2:21:14 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 19 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Criminals to Journal News: Thanks For the Gun Map

    01/04/2013 2:19:04 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Town Hall.com ^ | 1/3/13 | Katie Pavlich
    Former criminals have one thing to say about the Journal News posting a detailed map of gun owners in New York State: criminals are thanking you for the help. Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade. The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot...
  • As Calif. gun sales go up, number of gun-casualties goes down

    01/04/2013 2:15:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CBS News) ^ | January 3, 2013 7:20 PM | ByBen Tracy
    LOS ANGELES - Gun sales in California are booming. More than 600,000 were sold in 2011. However by last year, sales had jumped to 817,000. That's an increase of 36 percent. But we noticed the number of people wounded by gunfire is dropping. Business has been hectic for Aristotle Rogel, who works at a gun store in Burbank, California. Walk-in business is up 20 percent this month. Many customers are buying more than one gun. Asked if his customers are buying now because they are afraid they won't be able to buy later if there are new gun laws, Rogel...
  • The Cause of America’s Declining Birthrate

    01/04/2013 2:14:20 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 4, 2013 | Austin Ruse
    The birthrate in the United States has fallen to record lows, according to a new study published by the Pew Research Center. What’s more, the report says the most dramatic drop has been among foreign-born Hispanic women.We have been content for some time that the U.S.-born Caucasian birth rate was below replacement but that the Hispanics had been making up for it by having births higher than replacement, and that this made us unique in the industrialized west.Pew reports, “The overall U.S. birthrate, which is the annual number of births per 1,000 women in the prime childbearing ages of 15-44,...
  • Boston Mayor Says [Biden] Guaranteed...Obama Will Pass Major Gun Control Reform by End of January

    01/04/2013 2:06:18 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/3/12
    Vice President Joe Biden “guaranteed” that President Barack Obama will pass sweeping gun control legislation by the end of January, according to Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “He said, ‘Tommy, I guarantee you, we’ll get it done by the end of January,’” Menino reportedly said at City Hall on Thursday. “They’re going to get it done.” Menino, a leading gun control advocate, has been recovering from a myriad of health issues over the last two months, but said Biden has called him a number of times while he was in the hospital. One of the calls came after the Newtown,...
  • 'JustMyImagination', a NEW RED STATE, what name, place,,Hybrid Status ala PuertoRico?

    01/04/2013 2:02:21 PM PST · by San Rafael Blue · 11 replies
    Friday, the day named for Venus! | Floyd A. Logan
    Let us exert our capacity to perceive what is or is not possible. Let us suspend all disbelief for one flickering, scintillating, inconsequential moment. Just imagine, my fellow conservatives and traditionalists, just imagine, that we somehow do pull it off, this distant sparkle of a notion being secession from the United States and creation of a new land. Imagine, if you will, that somehow,before the next fifteen years has passed, we are able to create a new state within this grand and fruitful plain, a virtual Picture In a Picture. Yes!, we have created a new land, within the United...
  • Ex-Burglars Say Newspaper’s Gun Map Would’ve Made the Job Easier, Safer

    01/04/2013 1:52:50 PM PST · by jiggyboy · 34 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jana Winter
    Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade. The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them. “That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T....
  • Chief Rabbis of Israel say, 'Killing fetuses is murder'

    01/04/2013 1:37:22 PM PST · by NYer · 60 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 3, 2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    Israeli Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger, left, and Shlomo Amar. The Jewish Press JERUSALEM, January 3, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Israel’s two chief rabbis have again issued a letter to all synagogue and community rabbis urging them to condemn abortion and to support the work of Efrat, the country’s pro-life organization. In stronger language than they have used in their previous messages, Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger and Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Amar called the killing of the child in the womb “murder.” “As in past,” the letter reads, “we call on all rabbis in Israel” to “raise in...
  • Will this be the year that Israel goes to war with Iran?

    01/04/2013 1:29:36 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 3, 2013 | By Daniel Serwer
    Israel did not bomb Iran last year. Why should it happen this year? Because it did not happen last year. The Iranians are proceeding apace with their nuclear program. The Americans are determined to stop them. Sanctions are biting, but the diplomatic process produced nothing visible in 2012. Knowledgeable observers believe there is no “zone of possible agreement.” Both the United States and Iran may believe that they have viable alternatives to a negotiated agreement. ---------------------snip----------------------- Why would it (Iran) not also seek nuclear weapons, which would make it immune (or so many in the Iranian regime seem to think)...
  • Philippines shootings illustrate worldwide gun violence problem

    01/04/2013 1:16:46 PM PST · by apillar · 17 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 1/4/2013 | Jeff Stacklin
    A shooting rampage that left a pregnant woman, her 3-year-old daughter, and seven others dead on Friday near the capital of the Philippines illustrates that the United States isn’t the only nation facing problems with gun violence. The alleged gunman had been on an alcohol and methamphetamine binge for the past week and had just returned home “because of a marital problem,” reports the Associated Press. The shooting spree began in a neighborhood outside Manila. The gunman was killed in a shootout with police.... Illegal gun ownership and gun trade in the Philippines are also problems. Filipinos are required by...
  • O'Malley's thuggish side

    01/04/2013 1:13:53 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 19 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 3, 2013 | Marta H. Mossburg
    Attention national media: You know Martin O'Malley, defender of the underdog. It's time to get to know Martin O'Malley, thug. The Maryland governor, widely rumored to harbor presidential aspirations, canonized himself in the progressive movement... during his many appearances on national cable TV news during election season as President Barack Obama's surrogate. But the man who says that we should celebrate diversity cannot tolerate those who oppose his political viewpoints. Here are three examples from the past year...
  • Picture of the terrible moment Obama was told about Sandy Hook shootings... {Title Truncated}

    01/04/2013 12:59:59 PM PST · by TSgt · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3 January 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    This photograph, released by the White House on Thursday, reveals the terrible moment when President Barack Obama was told the shocking news about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The President, who has described the day of the shootings as the ‘worst day of my presidency,’ is seen bowing his head and closing his eyes as John Brennan, his deputy national security adviser, informs him about the tragic events unfolding in Newtown, Connecticut. In the wake of the tragedy, the president has tasked his deputy Joe Biden with leading a task force to look at proposals to tighten current...
  • The Senate is the Problem (Especially dingy Harry Reid)

    01/04/2013 12:59:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Phil Kerpen
    The late night drama cast Senator Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden as heroes. They did what Obama and Boehner failed to do, come together on an agreement to limit the bite of the fiscal cliff's tax hikes. That agreement led to bipartisan Senate action. But the appearance of the Senate coming to the rescue obscures the fact the Senate has recklessly refused to act for months, sitting on the House-passed bill to avert the tax hikes, H.R.8, for fully five months before jamming a massive amendment through when there was no time to consider any changes, or even...
  • Great news: Federally-permitted lightbulbs a cancer risk

    01/04/2013 12:56:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Legislate in haste ... repent at leisure. In their haste to rid Americans of the unconscionable plague of perfectly safe if somewhat inefficient incandescent lighting, politicians in Washington have forced us to adopt more expensive technology in its place. Compact flourescent lighting (CFLs) are already known to be a considerable disposal risk, thanks to the mercury used in them. A new study reported earlier this week by Miami's CBS affiliate warns of an operational risk as well ... ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancers and even acute burns (via Katie Pavlich): Every time you turn on the lights, you...
  • Putting A Trillion Dollars Of Platinum In Perspective

    01/04/2013 12:55:12 PM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    So you want a trillion dollar platinum coin? Ok: here are some facts: •Platinum has traditionally been the most valuable precious metal for one simple reason: it is rare. •It is so rare, that all the platinum ever mined could fit into a 25 cubic foot box.
  • Can a $1 Trillion Coin End Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    01/04/2013 12:51:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 01/04/2013 | Charles Riley
    What if the threat of a voluntary default by the United States could be erased by simply turning one tiny scrap of platinum into a coin? That's right. No debt ceiling problem. No bickering in Congress. No market jitters. The only thing needed is for the Treasury Department to mint a platinum coin with a face value of $1 trillion. Of course, this is not going to happen. Creating money out of thin air is hardly a solution. It could lead to even more concerns from those worried about inflation. Critics of the Federal Reserve's monetary easing programs would likely...
  • GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem

    01/04/2013 12:49:00 PM PST · by Bratch · 73 replies
    Politico ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jonathan Martin
    The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem.The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin that explains many of the party’s woes in the minds of GOP leaders. It’s the primaries that push their presidential nominees far to the right (see “self-deportation” and “47 percent”); produce lackluster Senate candidates (Todd Akin has almost become a one-word shorthand); and, as seen most vividly in the last two weeks, dissuade scores of gerrymandered House members from face-saving compromise while politically emasculating their speaker.What to...
  • Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism...

    01/04/2013 12:38:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/4/13 | Damien Gayle
    A radical new kind of airship funded by the US military is about to make its first test flight - and it looks uncannily like the Thunderbird 2 craft from the classic TV show. The Aeroscraft airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn't even need a landing strip. It could also have major implications for cargo haulage, and almost everything now laboriously transported across the planet's surface by boat, train and lorry could within years be carried through the skies, its...
  • Workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000 under

    01/04/2013 12:26:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | january 3, 2013 | hayley peterson
    Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional $2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported. Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of...
  • Newspaper That Put Gun Permit Map Online Hires Armed Guards (For angry complaints in NY)

    01/04/2013 12:25:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | J. DAVID GOODMAN
    A newspaper based in White Plains that drew nationwide anger after publishing the names and addresses of handgun permit holders last month is being guarded by armed security personnel at two of its offices, the publisher said Wednesday. The increased security comes as the newspaper, The Journal News, has promised to forge ahead with plans to expand its interactive map of permit holders to include a third county in the suburbs of New York City, and local officials there have vowed to block the records’ release. The armed guards — hired from local private security companies — have been stationed...
  • NCAA lawsuit: Potential GOP challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014 questions lawsuit's timing

    Republican Bruce Castor who has expressed interest in taking on Gov. Tom Corbett in the 2014 GOP gubernatorial primary said Wednesday's announcement a lawsuit against the NCAA over Penn State's sanction "smacks of political gamesmanship and ‘too little too late.'" The lawsuit filed in U.S. Middle District Court seeks to have the court lift the sanctions that were imposed on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
  • New Haven immigrant's deportation case continued

    01/04/2013 12:19:42 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | January 03, 2013 | Mary E. O’Leary
    HARTFORD — Josemaria Islas, an undocumented immigrant from New Haven, had his deportation case continued for two months Thursday as advocates continue to push for the government to let him remain in the country through the use of prosecutorial discretion. Islas, who came here from Mexico, has been living and working in New Haven for the past seven years, contributing to the support of his sister’s family, which includes three children.
  • The Julea Ward Settlement: A Win for Religious Liberty

    01/04/2013 12:14:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2012 | Jeremy Tedesco
    Alliance Defending Freedom recently settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of Julea Ward, a former graduate student at Eastern Michigan University who was expelled from her counseling program after refusing to violate her religious beliefs. Media reports have unfortunately suggested that Julea’s lawsuit involved her refusal to counsel a client because he identified as gay: this is untrue. Instead, her case involved her religious objection to being forced to provide counseling about sexual relationships outside of marriage, an objection which applies equally to homosexual and heterosexual clients. Her objection is to providing counseling on certain topics, not to counseling any...
  • Denny’s anti-gun rift with police ends with apology

    01/04/2013 12:03:50 PM PST · by SmileRight · 76 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/04/2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    On New Year’s Day, several on-duty plain clothes officers were dining at a Belleville, Ill. Denny’s, when a customer complained to the manager that one of the officers was carrying a gun. The Denny’s manager told the officer she would have to leave or put the gun in her car, as guns are not allowed on their premises. “It’s absolutely a slap in the face I totally agree it’s completely disrespectful,” Belleville Police Captain Don sax said in a KTVI Fox2 report. “I’ve never known anybody that didn’t want a police officer present in an establishment in a business...
  • (CT) Legislator seeks law reducing school pool hazards

    01/04/2013 11:56:52 AM PST · by matt04 · 13 replies
    A key state lawmaker is pressing for stronger pool safety measures in Connecticut schools following the deaths of 2 students in swim classes last year. The Hartford Courant reports that state Rep. Stephen D. Dargan a West Haven Democrat who is House chairman of the Public Safety Committee, is introducing legislation to establish a uniform policy on school pool safety to reduce hazards. The newspaper said its review last year found that safety standards in children's swim classes vary throughout Connecticut. They range from stringent requirements governing state-licensed organizations and youth camps to more vague guidelines in public schools. Manchester...
  • Greg Ball, Steve Katz want gun-privacy law - Putnam may fight release of permit data (NY)

    01/04/2013 11:54:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Poughkeepsie Journal | Jan 4, 2013 | JOHN FERRO
    Here's the link.
  • The Next Big Thing From The Official Who Predicted Communism's Demise

    01/04/2013 11:30:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jerry Bowyer
    Herbert E. Meyer served during the Reagan administration as special assistant to the director of Central Intelligence, and vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council.  He is widely credited as having been the first senior official to predict the fall of the Soviet Union. He’s also, written a number of good books (including How to Analyze Information: A Step-by-Step Guide to Life’s Most Vital Skill, and The Cure for Poverty: It’s the Free Market: History’s Greatest Invention), plus he often speaks to groups of business executives. Recently he took time out of his busy schedule to sit down across a Skype connection with me,...
  • Cuccinelli: The EPA would do well to remember that we’re a nation of laws, not men

    01/04/2013 11:30:18 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1:51 pm on January 4, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The odd-year gubernatorial election of what now feels like a solidly purple Virginia (…dagger) could potentially serve as a bellwether of which way the national attitude is trending after almost a year into President Obama’s second term, and conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will be facing former DNC chief Terry McAuliffe in what will likely be a pretty rough race.One of the items on which the Obama administration has already started moving “forward” in the more politically safe second-term-secured atmosphere is all of the regulations on which they were rather conspicuously holding back before the election, with the Environmental Protection...
  • Drunk passenger taped to seat during JFK-bound flight after ranting plane was 'going to crash'

    01/04/2013 11:29:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/4/13 | PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.
    An unruly passenger who got drunk and belligerent on a Kennedy Airport-bound intercontinental flight yesterday was subdued by passengers and taped to his seat the rest of the way, according to witness reports. The passenger, who was on an Icelandair flight, “drank all of his duty-free liquor on the flight,” tried to “choke the woman next to him” and was “screaming the plane was going to crash,” according to passenger Andy Ellwood, who snapped the man’s photo and posted it to his blog.
  • We Must Control the Second Amendment Conflict

    01/04/2013 11:22:29 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/4/13 | William A Levinson
    The side that controls the language of an argument controls the argument, and the side that takes and maintains the offensive controls the entire conflict. The enemy must then react to our actions instead of making us react to his, and continue to react until he is no longer capable of fighting. We are indeed at war with an adversary with whom good faith and win-win negotiation are not possible. Recognize Incrementalism for What It Is Incrementalism is the process whereby an aggressor who cannot achieve his entire long-term objective immediately will seek to do it a piece at a...
  • TV Anchor Gives The "Politically Incorrect Truth" About The Second Amendment (video)

    01/04/2013 11:17:31 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 65 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 4, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    WXIX-TV Tucson reporter Ben Swann takes a look at what he called the "politically incorrect" truth about the Second Amendment. In his "Reality Check" segment for the local FOX affiliate, Swann explains the true intention behind the Second Amendment. "This is where American history becomes very politically incorrect because the Second Amendment was not drafted for hunting, or just self defense from an attacker. The Second Amendment was put into place to guarantee the rights of the individual to be equally armed as military, both foreign and domestic, in the event that the citizenry might actually, at some point, have...
  • Electoral College Vote (No Mention of Objections?)

    01/04/2013 11:17:18 AM PST · by research99 · 34 replies
    CSPN ^ | 1/4/2012 | CSPN
    The Electoral College vote was just completed in Congress, following results of the 2012 election. It is available at CSPN's video library page Unlike the reading in prior years, there was no call for objections from VP Joe Biden at the podium! (About 20:00 in, is when objections could have been heard) http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Countin
  • Connecticut Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Publish Names, Addresses of Gun Permit Holders

    01/04/2013 11:11:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 55 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/4/13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Connecticut State Representative Stephen D. Dargan (D-New Haven), co-chairman of the state’s Public Safety Committee, has introduced a bill that would make public the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Connecticut under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Dargan’s bill is in response to the Dec. 14th shootings in the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT, and also occurs as a Westchester County, NY newspaper, the Journal News, is drawing widespread, nationwide anger for publishing a map with the names and addresses of gun permit holders. The bill, if passed, would reverse the state legislature’s decision, made...
  • Obama voters stunned to discover that they too are “millionaires and billionaires”

    01/04/2013 11:00:23 AM PST · by NCjim · 90 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 4, 2013
    Congratulations, genuises. Turns out you’re rich! America: You break it, you buy it. Twitchy.com has more reaction as Obama voters get their latest, smaller paychecks. The next time an Obamabot complains about taxes, or rising prices, or falling wages, or anything else having to do with the money coming out of his own pocket, you just need to ask him one question: “Why are you so greedy?” P.S. Trending: #WhyIsMyPaycheckLessThisWeek P.P.S. “What. Happened? You reelected a lying SCOAMF. That’s what happened.”
  • Unemployment Rises for Women, African-Americans in December

    01/04/2013 10:55:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for women and African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs. Unemployment for women rose to 7.3 percent in December from 7.0 percent while the rate for African-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November.
  • Egypt Says It Seizes US-Made Missiles Near Gaza (likely from Libya)

    01/04/2013 10:53:47 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2012 | By ASHRAF SWEILAM A
    EL-ARISH, Egypt January 4, 2013 (AP)Egyptian authorities seized six U.S.-made missiles in the Sinai Peninsula Friday that security officials said were likely smuggled from Libya and bound for the Gaza Strip. Libya's 2011 uprising and subsequent civil war left the country awash in weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, automatic rifles and other munitions. Since the end of the country's eight-month conflict, smugglers have transferred some of the weapons to Islamic militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, which has faced a security vacuum since the country's own uprising, and from there onward in underground tunnels to neighboring Gaza. Security officials said that police...
  • White House petition calls for Joe Biden reality show

    01/04/2013 10:48:16 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    White House petition calls for Joe Biden reality show By Justin Sink - 01/04/13 01:01 PM ET A new petition on the White House's website is calling for a reality show starring Joe Biden, a day after the vice president's jokes at a Senate swearing-in ceremony became a viral Internet sensation. The petition says the program would feature "the daily activities and interactions of the Vice President with elected officials, foreign dignitaries and everyday American families" along with "a glimpse of the lighthearted side of politics." "Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at...
  • Unemployment Rises for Women, African-Americans in December

    01/04/2013 10:40:48 AM PST · by NCjim · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 4, 2012 | Matt Cover
    Government unemployment numbers for December showed that while the general unemployment rate remained flat at 7.8 percent, unemployment for women and African-Americans rose despite an economy that created 155,000 jobs. Unemployment for women rose to 7.3 percent in December from 7.0 percent while the rate for African-Americans rose sharply to 14.0 percent from 13.2 percent in November. Unemployment among African Americans has remained quite high throughout the sluggish economic recovery of the past several years, despite the steady decline in overall unemployment in the economy generally. The number of employed African Americans actually fell in December – a month that...
  • Colorado columnist: Assault rifle owners have ‘tiny penises’

    01/04/2013 10:29:39 AM PST · by Red Steel · 112 replies
    kdvr ^ | : 11:07 am, December 28, 2012, updated on: 11:39am, December 28, 2012 | Will C. Holden
    ASPEN, Colo. — According to Todd Hartley, to enact new gun legislation in the U.S. would be to “shut the barn doors after the horse has already gotten out.” So in his weekly “I’m With Stupid” column in the Aspen Times on Friday — a column that Hartley claims is meant to encourage aspiring and current gun owners to “seek less violent ways to make up for your shortcomings” — the Basalt resident is attempting another method of gun control. He’s defaming the genitalia of gun owners. “If you own multiple guns or feel the need to possess a military-style...
  • Nato deploying Patriot missiles (and US troops) to Turkey-Syria border

    01/04/2013 10:27:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/4/13 | BBC
    Nato has begun to deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey to help Turkish troops repel attacks by missiles or aircraft from neighbouring Syria. The US European Command said its troops and equipment had started arriving in southern Turkey, and more would arrive in the coming days. Germany and the Netherlands are preparing to ship their Patriot batteries early next week. The six battery units are scheduled to be operational by the end of January. Nato approved the deployment of the surface-to-air missiles early last month, after a request from Turkey, amid "grave concerns" that Syria could use chemical weapons. Syria has...
  • Taxpayer Bill for Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million

    01/04/2013 10:25:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | January 4, 2013, 10:07 am | Keith Koffler
    Michelle Obama recently revealed that she and President Obama don’t give Christmas gifts to each other. They merely say, “We’re in Hawaii,” and that’s Christmas gift enough. But actually the present is from taxpayers, and it’s an expensive one. The total cost to taxpayers of Obama’s vacations to Hawaii since becoming president is likely in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more. During a time of budget deficits that threaten the nation’s security and its future, the Obamas have chosen to maintain a “family tradition” and vacation halfway around the world instead of finding far cheaper alternatives closer...