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  • Lives of non-gun owners, women and law enforcement endangered by gun map

    01/05/2013 9:56:25 AM PST · by SmileRight · 19 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/05/2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Evidence is mounting that the map of pistol permit owners, published by New York-based Journal News, could be causing unintended consequences as law abiding citizens are being put in danger, according to a NewsBusters report. At least two media reports have surfaced with specific references to people who are most vulnerable as a result of the map. Fox News reports that reformed criminals have said the map can help thieves in two ways. “Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them,” the report says. Also...
  • Are People Being Unfair to the House Republicans?

    01/05/2013 9:55:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 5, 2013 | Molly Ball
    It's open season on the House Republicans these days, and the incoming fire isn't just coming from the left. Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, blasted House Speaker John Boehner for delaying a vote on Hurricane Sandy relief; the conservative commentator John Podhoretz accused right-wing members of Congress of "literally embracing chaos" with their ill-fated attempt to oust Boehner from the speakership on Thursday. Even within the GOP, it seems, the House GOP's actions of late seem beyond the pale. So I set out to find someone to defend them. I called former Rep. Steve LaTourette, an outspoken...
  • The Stealth Tax Hike: Why the new $450,000 income threshold is a political fiction

    01/05/2013 9:54:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Anyone still need a reason to abandon "grand bargains" and deals negotiated between this President and GOP Congressional leaders? Here it is: The revival of two dormant provisions of the tax code means the much ballyhooed $450,000 income threshold for the highest tax rate is largely fake. The two provisions are the infamous PEP and Pease, which aficionados of stealth tax increases will recognize immediately as relics of the 1990 tax increase. Those measures, which limit deductions and exemptions for higher-income taxpayers, expired in 2010. The Obama tax bill revived them this week. It isn't going to be pretty. Under...
  • Both sides to play chicken with debt limit

    01/05/2013 9:45:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/05/2013 | Rick Moran
    Speaker Boehner has announced he won't negotiate one on one with the president anymore. Obama has said repeatedly that he won't negotiate on raising the debt limit. The two sides are speeding toward each other waiting for the other guy to blink. ABC News: President Obama was pretty clear late on New Year's night as he reacted to Congress's passage of a bill to take a turn away from the fiscal cliff. He won't negotiate with Republicans about the debt ceiling. "Now, one last point I want to make," said the president, before wrapping up and hopping on Air Force...
  • Net job gain under Obama: 28,000

    01/05/2013 9:42:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/05/2013 | Rick Moran
    Historically, the second worst record of job creation. New York Times: For jobs, the past four years have been a wash. The December jobs figures out today indicate that there were 725,000 more jobs in the private sector than at the end of 2008 - and 697,000 fewer government jobs. That works into a private-sector gain of 0.6 percent, and a government sector decline of 3.1 percent. In total, the number of people with jobs is up by 28,000, or 0.02 percent. How does that compare? It is by far the largest four-year decline in government employment since the 1944-48...
  • Mark Steyn: The Fiscal-Cliff Mirage. Without meaningful course correction, America is doomed.

    01/05/2013 9:36:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/05/2013 | Mark Steyn
    The politics of the “fiscal cliff” deal is debatable: On the one hand, Boehner got the “Bush tax cuts” made permanent for most Americans; Obama was forced to abandon his goal of increasing rates for those earning $250,000. On the other, on taxes Republicans caved to the same class-warfare premises (the rich need to pay their “fair share”) they’d successfully fought off a mere two years ago; while on spending the Democrats not only refused to make cuts, they refused to make cuts even part of the discussion. Which of the above is correct? Who cares? As I said, the...
  • UNITED VAN LINES 2012 MIGRATION STUDY REVEALS NORTHEASTERN U.S. EXODUS

    01/05/2013 9:32:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    United Van Lines ^ | 01/05/2013
    ST. LOUIS- The Northeast region leads the United States in outbound migration, according to the results of United Van Lines’ 36th annual “migration” study, which tracks which states the company’s customers move to and from during the course of the year. Washington, D.C., continues to lead the nation in inbound moves based on the study findings released today, which analyzed moves from the full year 2012. “As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United’s data is an accurate reflection of the overall U.S. moving trends,” explained Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines. “Tracking the number of inbound and...
  • Ho Hum, It's Another Lousy Jobs Report For Obama

    01/05/2013 9:27:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/05/2013
    We're told Friday's jobs report is evidence of slow and steady progress. But it actually documents the new normal of Obama's economy - anemic job growth, chronic long-term unemployment and falling wages. Given how long the economy has been underperforming, even the smallest bit of good news is welcome. But the latest jobs report offers little of even that. The 155,000 new jobs created in December weren't enough to make a dent in unemployment. And at this pace, it will take more than two years just to reach the previous jobs peak set back in January 2008. And while the...
  • US treasure hunters ready to snatch gold from the jaws of Victory

    01/05/2013 9:26:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Jan 5, 2013 | Victoria Ward
    US treasure hunters ready to snatch gold from the jaws of Victory US treasure hunters should be banned from raising the wreck of one of Britain’s greatest warships and taking some of the millions of pounds of gold coins she is believed to contain, leading archaeologists and descendants of the crew demand today. By Victoria Ward 8:00AM GMT 05 Jan 2013 They said that allowing HMS Victory, predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, to be exploited for commercial gain would be a “flagrant breach” of the military covenant and an “appalling betrayal” of more than 1,000 Royal Navy sailors who died. The...
  • Why Was a 2.3% ‘Medical Excise Tax’ Showing Up on Receipts from Sporting Goods Giant Cabela’s?

    01/05/2013 9:17:20 AM PST · by yoe · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 4, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    January 1, 2013 brought a host of new taxes, fees, and charges to the American people. Some of them were anticipated. Others, like the (Medical Device Excise Tax) (MDET), were not — at least not in this way. How so? Well, the MDET has started showing up on the receipts for purchases made at sporting goods giant Cabela’s. This receipt from one such store in Texas is making the rounds on the web. It shows an additional tax has been added to the purchase, after the local sales tax of nearly 10% was charged. [snip] What is a Medical Excise...
  • Scare Adds to Fears That Clinton’s Work Has Taken Toll (Barf alert)

    01/05/2013 9:12:53 AM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Mark Landler
    SNIP Her health scare, though, has reinforced the concerns of friends and colleagues that the years of punishing work and travel have taken a heavy toll. Even among her peers at the highest levels of government, Mrs. Clinton, 65, is renowned for her grueling schedule. Over the past four years, she was on the road for 401 days and spent the equivalent of 87 full days on a plane, according to the State Department’s Web site. SNIP “So many people who know her have urged me to tell her not to work so hard,” said Melanne S. Verveer, who was...
  • U.S. slams the door on parents hoping to see dying daughter

    01/05/2013 9:05:34 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 5, 2013 | Harvey Rice and Aurora Losada
    GALVESTON — Jose Alfredo Sanchez and his wife may never see their daughter alive again. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials this week denied the Mexican couple's final attempt to obtain permission for humanitarian reasons to visit Maria Sanchez, 26, who's painfully living out the last days of her life in a Houston apartment under the care of her husband. It was the third time the agency denied humanitarian parole to the parents of Maria Sanchez, who's nearing death. Critics of immigration laws say the case illustrates a
  • Why doesn’t the Oppressive Left care about protecting the Children?

    01/05/2013 8:59:32 AM PST · by StaffiT · 20 replies
    N/A ^ | Jan 2013 | Anonymous
    What is it about the Gun-grabbing ghouls and their BSMedia minions with protecting themselves and not our precious offspring? They lost their collective cookies over the mere suggestion that armed police offices keep kids safe. In part it could be their Dracula like aversion to guns in the hands of individuals not of their security details. But you have to ask yourself why is the oppressive left so adamant about not protecting the Children? There has to be something else at work here – some other reason than Hoplophobia in the extreme – but what could it be? Why don’t...
  • Secret and Lies of the Bailout

    It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you'd think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we've been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul...
  • Aurora, Colorado, Possible Hostage Situation

    01/05/2013 8:35:33 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 28 replies
    As many as 40 officers, including SWAT teams and hostage negotiators, were on scene at the home in Aurora, Colorado, on Saturday, January 5. An “armed and dangerous” man was holed up inside a suburban Denver home early Saturday, possibly with as many as three hostages, police said.
  • In Reversal, Armstrong Is Said to Weigh Admitting Drug Use

    01/05/2013 8:19:28 AM PST · by Vision · 71 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/5/13 | JULIET MACUR
    Lance Armstrong, who this fall was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports, has told associates and antidoping officials that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation. He would do this, the people said, because he wants to persuade antidoping officials to restore his eligibility so he can resume his athletic career.
  • Outing the Gun Owners and the Left's New Savagery

    01/05/2013 8:14:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 60 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 4, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    As Michael Walsh noted last week at PJ Media, the Westchester Journal News has published the name and addresses of legal gun owners in Westchester County, New York... --snip-- A Leftist journalist named Nathan Lean, the editor-in-chief of Aslan Media, who has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and New York Daily News, has sent me several tweets and emails containing personal information about myself: where he thinks I live, who he thinks my wife is, and more. The purpose of these messages was unmistakable: Lean was signaling to me that he thought he knew my whereabouts...
  • Journal News gun permit map endangers officers, officials say

    01/05/2013 8:01:51 AM PST · by BCrago66 · 19 replies
    Newsday ^ | 1/4/12 | SARAH ARMAGHAN
    Inmates at the Rockland County jail are taunting corrections officers by saying they know the guards' home addresses -- information they got from the list published by Westchester-based newspaper, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco said.
  • It's Less Easy Being 'Green' as Los Angeles Yanks Plug on Free Parking for Electric Cars

    01/05/2013 7:53:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-5-13 | Hannah Karp
    On a recent morning, Jack Luu parked his plug-in Toyota Prius in one of the most expensive lots at Los Angeles International Airport before flying off to a film shoot in Canada. The lot, where Mr. Luu leaves his car as many as 10 times a month for business trips, normally charges $30 a day. But when Mr. Luu returned home three weeks later, he drove out, as usual, without paying a dime. "That was a huge reason why I bought the car in the first place," says the 35-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., postproduction company executive, whose car qualifies for...
  • Ramsey County: County is withholding election records, advocacy group claims

    01/05/2013 7:39:20 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-4-13 | pioneer press
    An advocacy group claims Ramsey County is withholding election records it has released in the past, but county officials say the material will be made available, though in a different form. Minnesota Majority President Dan McGrath released a statement Thursday, Jan. 3, accusing the county of trying to "hide election records from the public." After the 2008 election, the group got access to materials submitted by voters who registered on Election Day, McGrath said, but similar information from the 2012 election is not being provided.
  • Soldier shot in chest, stomach, leg in accidental shooting at rifle range

    01/05/2013 7:35:27 AM PST · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 01/02/2013 | Greg Tepper
    A 20-year-old female IDF soldier was shot and seriously injured Wednesday at an army shooting range at the Beit Lid base in the West Bank. . . . . The incident is said to have occurred when another soldier at the range discharged her rifle while it was on the “automatic” setting and, surprised by the weapon’s recoil, swerved while still firing, wounding the other soldier.
  • St. Paul: Burglar cornered by woman's pink gun gets 11 years in prison

    01/05/2013 7:01:09 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 38 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-4-13 | emil gurnon
    A man whose burglary of a St. Paul home was foiled by two women and a pink-handled handgun was sentenced Friday, Jan. 4, to nearly 11 years in prison. Described by his own attorney as a "career criminal," Marty Mark Childs has at least nine prior felony convictions, including residential burglary, theft and attempted escape. He had been out of prison on a previous burglary sentence less than four months when he walked through an unlocked back door of a house in the 1300 block of Fremont Street on Sept. 16. It was mid-afternoon, and Rebecca Larson, 56, was in...
  • Newt vs. Newt

    01/05/2013 6:36:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Steve Deace
    This time I should’ve been the one listening. But listening can be tough sometimes when you’re an analyst and a commentator, and people around the country – listeners, readers, media, candidates, causes, businesses, etc. – come to you to find out why things are happening and what may happen next. Analysis and commentary is one of the few things in life I’m really good at. My car expertise begins and ends with changing a tire. Any toy that comes with the phrase “some assembly required” my kids immediately take to my wife. And when that much-anticipated Zombie apocalypse finally happens...
  • Woman hiding with kids shoots intruder (GA)

    01/05/2013 6:29:28 AM PST · by aimhigh · 122 replies
    WSBTV.com ^ | 01/04/2012 | wsbtv.com
    LOGANVILLE, Ga. —A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday. The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m. The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar. But the man eventually found the family. "The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he's staring at her, her two...
  • Everything You Need to Know About December Labor Stats

    01/05/2013 6:27:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Initial Reaction The establishment survey report of +155,000 jobs was about what most expected. However, beneath the surface, this report looks weak. The household survey shows a gain of a mere 28,000 jobs. The unemployment rate stayed the same although the number of people unemployed rose by 164,000. December BLS Jobs Report at a Glance Payrolls +155,000 - Establishment Survey US Employment +28,000 - Household Survey Involuntary Part-Time Work -220,000 - Household Survey Baseline Unemployment Rate +.00 at 7.8% - Household Survey U-6 unemployment +.00 to 14.4% - Household Survey The Civilian Labor Force +192,000 - Household Survey Not in Labor Force ...
  • Caption Barry

    01/05/2013 6:23:12 AM PST · by crosshairs · 25 replies
  • Ted Cruz Spends First Day in the Senate Making News and Making Waves

    01/05/2013 6:22:59 AM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has barely taken his oath of office as a United States Senator and he is already making news. He has a Washington Post op-ed in which he reiterates his "opportunity conservatism" approach to governance. The first bill he will file will be to repeal Obamacare. This and a combative stance on guns and fiscal policy have gotten the notice of the media.
  • Ink Not Dry From Fiscal Cliff Deal and Maxine Waters Proposes…Milking the Rich More!

    01/05/2013 6:17:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 03, 2013 | 21:32 | Jack Coleman
    Think that congressional Democrats are done lusting for the lucre of those they perceive as the filthy rich? Think again. They’re far from finished. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., signaled yesterday on Ed Schultz’s radio show that the road to “fair share” is long indeed with many tolls along the way—especially for those in limos. …Well, you know, the Republicans are talking about, what all they’re going to do with these tax cuts. The president has said we cannot cut our way out of a deficit and he’s absolutely correct. The first thing that we’ve got to do is look at...
  • Exxon Mobil proceeds with $14 billion Canada oil field

    01/05/2013 6:16:59 AM PST · by shove_it · 9 replies
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | Jeffrey Jones
    CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday it is moving ahead with the next major oil project in the North Atlantic, the $14 billion Hebron development off the Newfoundland coast, boosting its already-large investments in Canada's most oil-rich regions. Exxon Mobil, the biggest U.S. oil major, said it will produce 150,000 barrels of oil a day at Hebron using a massive concrete gravity-base structure like the one employed at the nearby Hibernia project, which has been operating in the iceberg-prone region since the late 1990s. First production of the project's heavy crude is scheduled for 2017.
  • Obama, Race and Affirmative Action: Why the Second Term Will Be Worse (Part I)

    01/05/2013 6:10:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2012 | Carl Horowitz
    The accelerated transformation of the American economy and polity into a mandatory racially-based spoils system was a defining trait of President Barack Obama’s first term in office. Though perhaps understated, it is set to become an even more defining trait of his second. Obama, by various accounts, wants to be more aggressive about suing banks, employers, schools and other institutions whose practices, however unintentionally, adversely affect “disadvantaged” (read: nonwhite) populations. This is the doctrine of “disparate impact.” Attorney General Eric Holder already has used it to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in coerced settlements from Wells Fargo and other...
  • E Pluribus Platinum

    01/05/2013 5:53:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Part of the Caroline chain of islands Yap was first a colony of Spain before Germany took control. The island had many unique qualities, including its people, dress, caste system, and money. In fact, to this day Yap (now part of federation of Micronesian countries) is probably best known for their currency and scuba diving. The good folks of Yap use stones ranging in size, up to 12 feet in diameter as money. These circular slates were brought in from surrounding islands, often on makeshift rafts and small boats. Legend has it, 500 years ago after getting lost at sea...
  • ADL’s Foxman: We’ll Monitor Al Jazeera for Anti-Israel Coverage

    01/05/2013 5:51:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 04 Jan 2013 05:30 PM | Bill Hoffmann and John Bachman
    The leader of the Anti-Defamation League is reeling from Al Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s Current TV cable network and worries the pan-Arab media company may spew anti-Israeli propaganda to a huge American audience. In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, ADL national director Abraham Foxman says Al Jazeera has aired anti-American, anti-Israel propaganda “and even from time to time provided a platform for anti-Semites.” “We need to monitor, we need to watch it, and we need to make sure that it’s honest and fair,” Foxman said. One example, he said, is that Al Jazeera has “exploited and exaggerated the Arab-Israel...
  • Obama may Ignore the Debt Ceiling and Suspend the Constitution: Obama and the Debt Ceiling

    01/05/2013 5:50:18 AM PST · by Moseley · 91 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 5, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The debt ceiling is the last leverage that Republicans have to prevent out-of-control Federal spending and on various policy issues. Liberals know this: even as Senate Democrats talk of ending the right of Republicans to filibuster, liberals are seeking to defang the Republican House of Representatives as well. They are also now peddling a new theme that the debt ceiling itself is unconstitutional under Section 4 of the 14th Amendment. Therefore, President Obama may simply ignore the debt ceiling. The looming debt ceiling fight could allow Republicans to soundly defeat Obama's overspending. In the "fiscal cliff" deal, Republicans succeeded by...
  • Three Upcoming Battles that Advocates of Small Government Can Win

    01/05/2013 5:40:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    >Our number one fiscal problem is an excessive burden of government spending. A big part of the solution is entitlement reform. Our number two fiscal problem is a punitive and corrupt tax code (as captured by images here, here, and here). A big part of the solution is a simple and fair flat tax.So what do you think happened when the clowns in Washington were forced to address these issues because of the fiscal cliff? To nobody’s surprise, they were missing-in-action on the first problem and they made the second problem worse. Obama got a class-warfare tax hike and nothing...
  • PN Bakken: King of the hill

    01/05/2013 5:37:36 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 06, 2013 | RAY TYSON
    Liquids production from the Eagle Ford of South Texas could catch or surpass North Dakota’s output from the Bakken petroleum system in 2013, a recent study by EAI Inc. indicates. Meanwhile, a separate report by Wood Mackenzie projects 2013 capital spending in Eagle Ford will total a whopping $28 billion. “With $28 billion in capex being spent in 2013 and development now in full swing, the excitement in the Eagle Ford and value being extracted from the play continues to exceed expectations,” said Callan McMahon, upstream research analyst for Wood Mackenzie. Behind the Bakken, Eagle Ford is currently the second...
  • Amid pressure of ‘fiscal cliff,’ Senate moves Alaska gas line bill

    01/05/2013 5:35:54 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 06, 2013 | WESLEY LOY
    In the wee hours of New Year’s Day, the U.S. Senate approved a hard-fought deal to stave off the dreaded “fiscal cliff.” But that wasn’t the only order of business for the bleary-eyed senators. They also passed, by unanimous consent, a bill that someday could prove an important piece of a plan to bring energy security to Southcentral Alaska. The bill (S. 302) would allow for construction of a natural gas pipeline through Denali National Park and Preserve. The planned pipeline would run 737 miles overall, from the rich gas fields of the North Slope to the area of Anchorage...
  • Pelosi on Raising Debt Ceiling Unilaterally: “I Would Do It in a Second, But I’m Not the President”

    01/05/2013 5:30:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she would raise the debt limit unilaterally “in a second” if she were president of the United States. Pelosi and other Democrats have suggested that the president could bypass Congress and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling by invoking the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states, “The validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned.” … The next battle in Congress will be raising the debt ceiling, after the deal to avert the fiscal cliff failed to address the borrowing limit. President Obama said he “will not...
  • Sweet Reason

    01/05/2013 5:27:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. Much of the Internet exploded in wrath over Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas greetings to the Roman curia. Delivered in those historic halls painted by Renaissance artists, the Pope’s address was given to those tasked with administering the Vatican State and serving the Catholic faithful worldwide. “Rant!” “Hateful!” “Outrageous!” These were some of the milder expletives cast at the Pope—the ones we didn’t have to delete. This storm of abuse arose because of a papal statement extolling marriage and the natural family. Let us carefully note what is happening here. The acknowledged...
  • Gov’t Posts 61 New Federal Regs, Including 500-Page Rule to Protect “Critical Habitat” of Flycatcher

    01/05/2013 5:24:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Penny Starr
    The federal government posted 61 new regulations in the Federal Register on Friday, including the Department of Interior’s 500-page document outlining a new rule to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher’s “critical habitat” in six states. That small insect-eating bird’s habitat covers 1,227 miles of streams and 208,973 acres in California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico, on “federal, state, tribal and private lands.” …
  • Rig grounding could put Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on ice

    01/05/2013 5:23:00 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 5, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Even if Shell is able to free its grounded Kulluk drilling rig from a rocky Alaskan island shore, it may be too damaged to resume hunting Arctic oil this summer. The 29-year-old conical drilling unit is uniquely designed to weather floating ice, and replacements aren’t readily available. Even if Shell Oil Co. could find an Arctic-ready rig, it almost certainly would not secure air pollution permits for a different vessel in time to resume drilling wells this July. “These are very specialized rigs,” noted Dave Pursell, managing director of the Houston-based energy investment bank Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. “If...
  • Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4 Billion in FY 2012

    01/05/2013 5:18:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011. (Fiscal year 2012 ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.) According to the Monthly Treasury Statement that summarizes the receipts and outlays of the federal government, $80,401,000,000 went towards SNAP during FY 2012, which was a $2.7 billion increase from $77,637,000,000 in FY 2011. …
  • Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’

    01/05/2013 5:08:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 38 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 3, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – In an interview on Thursday with National Public Radio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that many Republicans do not “believe in government.” "There are many members in the Republican caucus who do not believe in government,” Pelosi said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. “And bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs. “So day to day, we vote here on issues that eliminate government initiatives for clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, public education, public transportation, public housing, public health, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. "They don't believe in a...
  • Teacher at Oak Cliff (Dallas) charter school accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old students

    01/05/2013 5:01:44 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Scott Goldstein
    A southeast Oak Cliff charter school teacher faces sexual assault charges involving two male students at school in multiple incidents last year, according to Dallas police documents. Geogery Lynn Shelton, who taught at Children First Academy, was being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Friday. His bail was set at $75,000 after his arrest this week on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and a charge of continuous sexual assault of a child, police records said. [Snip] The crimes for which Shelton faces charges date to at least May and...
  • Surge in local gun sales mirrors national trend

    01/05/2013 4:59:58 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Wally Wentz, owner of Gator’s Custom Gun Shop in Kelso, said customers have been clamoring for variations of the AR-15, AK-47 and handguns with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds, adding he has never seen such a surge in gun sales in 25 years. “I can’t even describe how busy it has been,” he said. Prices for guns and ammunition have shot up along with demand, Wentz said. A $300 box of bullets was priced at $600 last month, now they’re sold out everywhere. He added that he sold a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun for $1,500 last week...
  • Woman Found Dead On Plane That Is Diverted To Houston

    01/05/2013 4:57:58 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies
    CBS Hourston ^ | January 2, 2012 | Cicely Mitchell
    A woman died on an international flight Wednesday. The flight was American Airlines flight 962 and originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to police, the 25-year-old woman made her way to the airplane’s lavatory then collapsed and died after walking from the lavatory. The plane was headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport but was diverted to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport; it landed around 6:30 a.m. Officials are scheduled to perform an autopsy on the woman who was not identified at the time of this report. After several hours later, the flight continued onto Dallas and landed there just before before...
  • Inmates using gun map to threaten Guards - Sheriff

    01/05/2013 4:54:11 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/2013 | Staff
    Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards. Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.
  • LGBT Group Takes Issue with Hagel Nomination, Urges Obama to Abandon

    01/05/2013 4:41:50 AM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    A pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group issued a statement today urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. "GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," writes the chair GetEQUAL's board Tanya Domi.
  • The 10 Biggest Political Debacles of 2012

    01/05/2013 4:34:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | John Hawkins
    10) Richard Mourdock's Campaign: After defeating Richard Lugar, he should have been able to easily retain the GOP’s Senate seat in a state that Mitt Romney won by 10 points. He PROBABLY would have pulled it off, too -- if, in a display of tone deafness comparable to the Democrats turning Paul Wellstone's memorial into a campaign rally, he hadn't decided to weigh in on abortion and rape after Todd Akin made the issue nuclear."I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life...
  • Feinstein's New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22

    01/05/2013 4:33:51 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 76 replies
    Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose any "assault weapon" or magazine ban Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)--author of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004--has said for weeks that she will soon introduce an even more restrictive bill. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have stated that January 22 will be the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed, so that is the most likely date for the new, sweeping legislation to be introduced. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, "I have been working with my staff for over a year on...
  • USA- Brand Whatever

    01/05/2013 4:26:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | John Ransom
    The fiscal cliff is over. And it turns out it was just a reality TV show that was devoid of reality. Taxes are going up on everyone. Make sure you check your paycheck, because you’re included too, not just the dirty, rotten rich. Now that Fiscal Cliff, the TV show has been cancelled, Wall Street is back to concentrating on the normal cliffs they usually worry about: the earnings cliff, the interest rate cliff, the money printing cliff (QE4EVER! <3 <3) and whatever other cliffs that worried traders can dream up for gullible journalists to write about. I always find...