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  • DFU YouTube SING-ALONG: I Am Woman with a Gun

    01/05/2013 3:50:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2013 (orig 2007) | dfu
    SORRY FOR POOR SOUND BUT SING, SING, SING
  • White House Weighs Broad Gun-Control Agenda in Wake of Newtown Shootings

    01/05/2013 3:46:46 PM PST · by kristinn · 142 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Philip Rucker
    SNIP A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said. To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides...
  • Ban high-sugar cereals to tackle child obesity, says Andy Burnham (UK shadow health secretary)

    01/05/2013 3:45:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Saturday 5 January 2013 05.17 EST | Conal Urquhart
    The government should ban high-sugar cereals such as Coco Pops and other foods that are contributing to an obesity epidemic among British children, the shadow health secretary has urged. Regulations limiting the amount of sugar, salt and fat in processed foods should be considered if the food industry does not take action itself, according to Labour’s Andy Burnham, who has begun a consultation on how to tackle obesity. Burnham highlighted the case of breakfast cereals, saying many aimed at children are more than one-third sugar by weight. …
  • My 1st paycheck of the year was deposited today. Guess what? (vanity)

    01/05/2013 3:37:47 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 67 replies
    It's smaller.... not a terrible amount but maybe a tank of gas a month or so, maybe more, maybe less. The Social Security tax break was allowed to expire apparently. Thank goodness,.. we all know what a great system S.S. is. This is the deal that Obama wanted and the deal we got. Check your paychecks,.... if you're lucky enough to receive one in Obama's "robust" economy,...see what you find. It's nice to know that I am one of the "rich" now. I guess if Obama can't define you as rich, then he just defines rich as.......you. Plus, as a...
  • Many Muslims Ordered to Steer Clear of Christmas: “But You Can Say Happy New Year”

    01/05/2013 3:35:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    Muslims have mixed views about Jesus Christ, and the recent Christmas season witnessed a variety of responses to the celebration from different parts of the Islamic world. In predominantly Sunni Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, the top Islamic authority instructed adherents this year not to attend Christmas functions or parties—and advised that they even avoid wishing anyone “Merry Christmas.” “It’s still up for debate whether it’s halal [religiously permissible] or haram [prohibited], so better steer clear of it,” the Jakarta Post quoted Indonesian Council of Ulema chairman Ma’ruf Amin as saying. “But you can say ‘Happy New Year.’ ”...
  • 'Limit Muslims' Birth Rate': Sweden Democrat

    01/05/2013 3:25:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    The Local ^ | 3 Jan 13
    Published: 12:08 CET | Print version | Double click on a word to get a translation An outspoken local Sweden Democrat politician who previously argued “negro” is not a racist term, has generated headlines again by calling for a law to cap the fertility rate of Muslims around the world. 'You won't get rid of me': Almqvist (31 Dec 12) What can other far-right parties tell us about the Sweden Democrats? (27 Nov 12) Sweden Democrats send members anti-Islam mag (22 Nov 12) Annika Rydh, municipal party secretary in Älmhult, southern Sweden, blogs about her work and often links to...
  • Haiti officials renew passport for Duvalier

    01/05/2013 3:22:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 4:46 PM EST
    Haitian officials have renewed the diplomatic passport of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, his attorney said Saturday. … Duvalier suddenly came back to Haiti in 2011 following 25 years in exile in France. Upon his return, Haitian authorities opened an investigation into the human rights abuses associated with his 15-year rule. But the judge instead recommended that Duvalier be indicted for only financial crimes, and faces no more than five years if convicted. …
  • Ian Thomson acquitted after shooting at his attackers

    01/05/2013 3:15:03 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | January 4, 2013 | Matt Gurney
    It took two and a half years, but Port Colborne, Ont., resident Ian Thomson is finally done defending himself. First he fought the men who tried to murder him. Then, his own government. Mr. Thomson had long been involved in an increasingly angry property dispute with his neighbour. Early one August morning in 2010, four masked men shouting death threats began hurling firebombs at Mr. Thomson’s home. One of his pet dogs was injured; several fires in and around his home were set. Mr. Thomson, an experienced firearms instructor, called 911 immediately. He also armed himself with a .38 calibre...
  • Problems with system

    01/05/2013 3:12:22 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    Jim Robinson
    We're having problems with our system that are causing most pages and threads to be truncated and sidebars not showing up. I'm trying to reach John, but so far no lucck. Hoping he'll check for messages soon. Meanwhile, as a temporary work around, change your preferences to 20 messages per page and 20 results per page. Click "Account" at the top of the latest posts page then "My Preferences." Sorry about the problems.
  • Free or Caged

    01/05/2013 3:06:03 PM PST · by RS_Rider · 7 replies
    The Glen Meakem Show ^ | March 17, 2012 | Wayne Woodman
    My wife and I were fortunate to have travelled to Antarctica recently. During the trip I had the opportunity to spend time amidst enormous breeding colonies of penguins. Standing on the beach one day, surrounded by thousands of these remarkable birds, I was fascinated by their behavior. Penguins are monogamous. While colonies can be the size of small cities, each penguin couple raises their own brood. Each parent shares responsibility for guarding their nest and providing food for the chicks. Penguins are constantly busy. They attend to the structure of their nest, go out to sea to feed, and fend...
  • Obama: religious freedom provisions in defense bill ‘unnecessary and ill-advised’

    01/05/2013 2:49:15 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    LIFE Site News ^ | January 4, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    WASHINGTON, D.C.,January 13, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Provisions that protect the conscience rights of military chaplains that were included in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are “unnecessary and ill-advised” said President Obama in a signing statement this week. Section 533 of the defense bill was crafted in response to fears that the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy under the Obama administration would lead to reprisals against chaplains who have moral objections to the homosexual lifestyle, or who refuse to perform same-sex “weddings.” That section says that no member of the armed forces may “require a...
  • Woman Deported After $1200 Casino Win

    01/05/2013 2:48:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 4, 2013
    A woman was deported to Mexico after her undocumented status was discovered as a result of winning a $1,200 jackpot at an Arizona casino, her daughter said. Zamira Osorio said her mother, Mirna Valenzuela, won the sum at slot machines while visiting the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, The Arizona Republic reported Friday. Casino officials said federal law requires them to check identification for tax purposes when someone wins $1,200 or more in a jackpot and the ID Valenzuela provided Dec. 3 was suspected to be fraudulent and reported to Pascua Yaqui police. Police determined the ID was valid,...
  • Did The Fed Lie About QE 3 And 4?

    01/05/2013 2:46:34 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-5-2012 | Graham Summers
    Did The Fed Lie About QE 3 And 4? Stock-Markets / Quantitative EasingJan 05, 2013 - 08:24 AM By: Graham Summers It’s common belief that Bernanke and the Fed are printing $85 billion per month ($40 billion to buy Mortgage Backed Securities and $45 billion to buy Treasuries). After all, these are the policies that the Fed announced in September and December 2012, respectively. The only issue with this is that the Fed lied. Today, the Fed’s balance sheet is $1.3 billion smaller than it was at this time last year. Last week it was $19 billion smaller. The largest...
  • Al Jazeera acquisition to 'compete with CNN and BBC'

    01/05/2013 2:46:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/05/13
    She compares the US to Qatar: "Al Jazeera doesn't generate revenue now anyway, it is a cost to the Qatari government, it's not a commercial decision, it's a very long term decision from an oil rich state." She continues: "Al Jazeera wishes to compete with CNN and the BBC...it presents a different perspective on the Arab Israeli conflict."
  • Lapid : If Livni Stays Out of Coalition, So will

    01/05/2013 2:31:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Yesh Atid (Future) chairman Yair Lapid shot down on Saturday the idea of forming an anti-Likud bloc with Labor and Tzipi Livni's party, but then gave it his conditional consent. The idea was floated Friday night by Livni in a live Channel 2 television appearance, then seconded by MK Shelly Yechimovich, who heads Labor. .... Lapid wrote on his Facebook page that he would meet Yechimovich and Livni, but added, "I have no interest in joining a 'blocking bloc' because it is not my habit to boycott people and parties." "In the meeting, I will suggest to them that, in...
  • Ed Martin, St. Louis lawyer and GOP activist, elected new chairman of Missouri Republican Party

    01/05/2013 2:14:24 PM PST · by Optimist · 18 replies
    St Louis Beacon ^ | 01/05/2013 | Jo Mannies
    St. Louis lawyer Ed Martin, who lost his GOP bid this fall for Missouri attorney general, came roaring back Saturday by getting elected as the new chairman of the Missouri Republican Party. Martin narrowly defeated current chairman David Cole, 34-32, on the second round of balloting by the 68-member state GOP committee, sources say. Two members apparently were absent during the voting, which took place at a hotel in Columbia, Mo. The third contender for the post, outgoing state Sen. Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield, was out of the running after garnering only seven votes on the first ballot, which saw...
  • Obama wants action on government's borrowing limit [people in Hell want ice water]

    01/05/2013 2:09:36 PM PST · by upchuck · 23 replies
    Yahoo/Ass Press ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | MATTHEW DALY
    ... With one crisis for the short term [fiscal cliff], Obama faces new battles in Congress over raising the country's $16.4 trillion borrowing limit, as well as more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts for the military and domestic programs which were delayed by two months under the compromise. Lawmakers promise to replace those across-the-board cuts with more targeted steps that could take longer to implement. Obama, speaking from Hawaii, where he is on vacation with his family, said he is willing to consider more spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the deficit. But he said he "will...
  • Normalizing Pedophilia

    01/05/2013 2:00:50 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | January 5, 2013 12:59 P.M. | By Wesley J. Smith
    Decadence is on the march! And now, a defense of pedophilia as just another “sexual orientation” has been published in the mainstream left wing UK newspaper The Guardian.  From, “Paedophilia: Bringing Dark Desires Into the Light:” Paedophiles may be wired differently. This is radical stuff. But there is a growing conviction, notably in Canada, that paedophilia should probably be classified as a distinct sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality. Two eminent researchers testified to that effect to a Canadian parliamentary commission last year, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter of July 2010 stated baldly that paedophilia “is a sexual orientation”...
  • GOP scrambles to fix its primary problem (by stacking the deck against Conservatives)

    01/05/2013 1:50:07 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 43 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....
  • The Left Shows Its True, Violent Colors

    01/05/2013 1:30:55 PM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 70 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 January 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    It isn’t entirely true that, as Lord Acton said, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It’s often the case that power simply allows people the luxury of lowering façades and showing their true colors. A good example is the recent behavior of many on the Left. Commentator Donald Kaul just wrote that he had no problem with guns being pried from their owners’ “cold, dead hands” and that Republican leaders should be dragged around a parking lot with a pick-up truck. A European college professor recommended the execution of “Climate Change Deniers” and the Pope. Closer to home, an...
  • Why are all these recent tragic shootings are happening in blue demo party states?

    01/05/2013 1:27:41 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 17 replies
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  • US soldier's remains come home 62 years after Korean War death

    01/05/2013 1:27:28 PM PST · by Hawk1976 · 10 replies
    www.nbcnews.com ^ | 1/5/12 | reuters
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A U.S. soldier who left his family farm in Tennessee to volunteer for the Korean War is finally coming home more than six decades later to be buried next to his mother and father, authorities said on Friday. With the help of DNA samples provided by his siblings in 2004, the U.S. military identified remains recovered in North Korea as Private First Class Glenn Schoenmann, who was 20 when he died in December 1950. Schoenmann was among the nearly 8,000 U.S. troops unaccounted for from the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 until 1953. His remains are...
  • The HHS Mandate and Judicial Theocracy

    01/05/2013 1:23:12 PM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    The Public Discourse ^ | 1/3/13 | Melissa Moschella
    If we are to preserve our First Amendment rights, judges must refrain from telling plaintiffs challenging the HHS mandate that they’ve got their theology wrong.Are judges more competent to determine what a particular religion requires or forbids than that religion’s own leaders or adherents? Most would think not. Yet that’s what two of the recent rulings related to the Health and Human Services contraception, sterilization, and abortion-drug mandate seem to claim. Recently, in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius, federal district judge Joe Heaton of the western district of Oklahoma ruled against the Greens, the devout Christian owners of Hobby...
  • We're now one step closer to America's coming civil war

    01/05/2013 1:11:56 PM PST · by HogsBreath · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01-03-013 | Arthur Herman
    The New Year has started with a monstrosity of a budget deal, one that proves that neither political party, Democrats or Republicans, is really serious about controlling the growth of big government. But soap opera dramatics about fiscal "cliffs" and sequestration shouldn’t deflect from where President Obama is really taking this country. Consider this story from the Wall Street Journal a few days before Christmas:
  • Obama Fears 'Catastrophic' Debt Fight

    01/05/2013 12:57:40 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 01/05/12 | Mary Bruce
    In his first weekly address of the New Year, President Obama touts the "fiscal cliff" compromise as "one more step in the broader effort to grow our economy and shrink our deficits" but warns that another "manufactured crisis" over the debt ceiling could wreak havoc on the economy.
  • 'He made a promise to help us and he broke it' (NOT OBAMA!)

    01/05/2013 12:45:22 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4 January 2013 | Lydia Warren
    When President Obama hugged a tearful New Jersey business owner after Hurricane Sandy ravaged her home and livelihood, it was the image of compassion, promise and hope. But the victim in the photo, Donna Vanzant, has now revealed that the president's promises to pour aid into the area were empty - and that, after the hug, she merely received a form letter from him. Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms Vanzant owns in Brigantine, New Jersey on October 31 and promised her 'immediate' aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email. 'Many days later, I got a response back,'...
  • Hostage Situation in US Turns Brutal: Four Dead

    01/05/2013 12:32:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13
    A gunman killed three people before police shot him dead Saturday in a shooting at a house in the Colorado town of Aurora, the same town that played host to a massacre at a cinema last year, police said. NBC television's local affiliate KUSA cited police as saying that one survivor escaped from the house, where an "armed and dangerous" man had earlier barricaded himself inside with hostages, AFP reported. "The barricade situation is resolved. The suspect is dead. There were also three other victims found dead inside," the Aurora Police Department announced on its official Twitter account. Aurora made...
  • Cat caught sneaking phone and saw into Brazilian prison

    01/05/2013 12:25:08 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2013 | Harriet Cooke
    Shocked guards at the northeast Brazil prison 'detained' the feline, which was afterwards taken to a vet for medical treatment All 263 inmates are considered suspect in the plot...
  • Just Seven Companies Offer to Finance Obama’s Inauguration

    01/05/2013 12:21:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 05 Jan 2013 10:51 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Only seven companies have offered corporate cash to help fund President Barack Obama’s upcoming inaugural festivities. In 2009, Obama banned corporate donors from paying for his inauguration, but he was still able to raise $53 million from private donors. However, this month’s inauguration is being held after the most expensive presidential campaign in history, and even with the corporate donations will be a scaled-down event. This year, fewer people are expected to attend the inauguration and there are only two official balls planned. … According to the Inauguration Committee’s website, more than 400 people have donated toward the events. So...
  • Woman hiding with kids shoots intruder

    01/05/2013 12:16:35 PM PST · by middlegeorgian · 58 replies
    WSBtv ^ | 1/4/2013 | unknown
    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...
  • Federal Court: DOJ Must Reimburse South Carolina for Voter ID Folly

    01/05/2013 11:41:41 AM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 5, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    A federal court has ruled that South Carolina was the prevailing party in the unnecessary Voter ID litigation, and therefore the Justice Department is liable for paying the state’s costs. South Carolina spent $3,500,000 to obtain federal court approval of the state’s Voter ID law as non-discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit was made necessary only because of the political and ideological radicalism of Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and his deputy Matthew Colangelo. AAG Tom Perez PJ Media had this exclusive report detailing that career Voting Section employees, including Voting Section Chief Chris Herren, recommended that the...
  • Germany, for Decades a Pacifist Power, Faces the Need to Play a Military Role

    01/05/2013 11:24:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2013 | NICHOLAS KULISH
    When Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted a recent reception for military families, she greeted parents, wives and children whose loved ones were spending their holidays in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kosovo and off the Horn of Africa. German deployments overseas, Ms. Merkel said, “will soon encompass the entire globe.” On that same wintry afternoon, members of Parliament debated whether to add to the nearly 6,000 German troops currently serving abroad by sending up to 400 soldiers to Turkey, where they would operate two Patriot missile batteries to help protect their NATO ally from a potential escalation of the civil war across the border...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson’s trial looming - Lawyers discuss dates with judge in conference call

    01/05/2013 11:20:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Journal Standard ^ | 1/03/13 | Nick Crow
    Freeport, Ill. — Attorneys for those arrested during a Sensata plant protest and the City of Freeport spoke via conference call with Judge Jack Joyce on Wednesday to begin ironing out details for an upcoming trial date. “We’re looking at trial dates,” said City Attorney John Mitchell. “The conference that we held with the opposing counsel was to discuss three or four dates that are open over the next few months.” Lawyers are working towards a trial because the 11 protesters facing criminal trespassing charges lobbied for a trial by jury rather than agreeing to pay any fines during their...
  • Whoops—'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment

    01/05/2013 11:14:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Whoops—'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment Takepart.com – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 Email Share 6 Print Back in 2009, President Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program was supposed to be a boon for the environment and the economy. During a limited time, consumers could trade in an old gas-guzzling used car for up to $4,500 cash back towards the purchase of a fuel-efficient new car. It seemed like a win for everyone: the environment, the gasping auto industry and cash-strapped consumers. Though almost a million people poured into car dealerships eager to exchange their old jalopies for something shiny and...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (15,320 signatures so far)

    01/05/2013 11:02:38 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    9,680 more to go. More than 60% there. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • Gay marriage remains a tough sell in Illinois

    01/05/2013 10:57:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 1:37 PM EST | Sara Burnett
    The stalling of Illinois’ gay-marriage push—at least for now—shows the difficulty of approving legislation to legalize it, even with a nudge from the home-state president, steadily rising support in the polls and national momentum from the November elections. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor’s office in the solidly blue state. Yet the margin of support Senate Democrats were able to pull together for a bill last week was so thin that a death in one lawmaker’s family and another senator’s extended trip to Israel were enough to push the issue into the next legislative session....
  • Talk of GOP primaries follows “fiscal cliff” vote

    01/05/2013 10:48:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 12:29 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives. These lawmakers wasted little time in attempting to deliver an explanation that would be acceptable to the tea party and the GOP’s right flank, and, perhaps, insulate themselves from a re-election battle against a fellow Republican. They’ve started defending last week’s vote as one that preserves tax cuts for most Americans, while also promising to fight for spending cuts in upcoming debates over raising the nation’s borrowing limit. … It was...
  • First bill introduced in 113th Congress, H.R. 35: Repealing 'Obamacare'

    01/05/2013 10:37:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/04/13 | Radell Smith
    The president can thank Republican congresswoman Michelle Bachmann for introducing bill H.R. 35, which she says would repeal Obamacare "in its entirety." MyFOX8 stated that CNN contributor and Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer says this just proves that the president and Republicans in congress are still on bad terms and that it appears that "they are going to fight the president tooth and nail," despite his reelection.
  • Whoops — [Obama's] 'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment

    01/05/2013 10:32:34 AM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 3, 2013
    recent reports indicate the entire program may have actually hurt the environment far more than it helped. According to E Magazine, the “Clunkers” program, which is officially known as the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The program's first mistake seems to have been its focus on car shredding, instead of car recycling. With 690,000 vehicles traded in, that's a pretty big mistake. According to the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), automobiles are almost completely recyclable, down to their engine oil and brake fluid. But many of the “Cash...
  • Salinas school named after bandido ignites debate

    01/05/2013 10:27:51 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 11 replies
    Scaffolding climbs the walls of the new elementary school in Salinas, an agricultural city celebrated as John Steinbeck's birthplace but plagued by gang violence. Although still under construction, the school is already embroiled in controversy because the school board decided to name it after Tiburcio Vasquez, one of the state's most notorious Old West bandidos. Critics say he was a 19th-century outlaw who robbed and terrorized Californians before he was convicted and hanged for murder. They say naming a school after him glorifies crime. In a city where two-thirds of residents are Latino, some Mexican-Americans say Vasquez was defending his...
  • Some gun shows canceling after Conn. mass shooting

    01/05/2013 10:06:14 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 1/5/12 | CHRIS CAROLA and MICHAEL HILL
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Four gun shows, all about an hour's drive from Newtown, Conn., all canceled. A show in White Plains, N.Y., - brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting - is off because officials decided it didn't seem appropriate now, either. In Danbury, Conn. - about 10 miles west of Newtown - the venue backed out. Same with three other shows in New York's Hudson Valley, according to the organizer. Gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms....
  • White House Plans To Overwhelm NRA With Rapid Victory

    01/05/2013 10:00:43 AM PST · by pabianice · 131 replies
    TPM ^ | 1/5/13 | Sarlin
    President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence.President Obama announces he is appointing Vice President Joe Biden to craft new policies within the next month to curb gun violence. 0 The White House and gun control supporters are gearing up for a whirlwind month, with plans to pass reform legislation before outrage over the Sandy Hook massacre has a chance to fade. While the fiscal cliff has dominated Washington’s attention in recent weeks, lawmakers and activists are laying the groundwork for their big push. Vice President...
  • Westfall, Pa. hotel worker says she was assaulted by foreign official

    01/05/2013 9:57:18 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    A senior official in the Indian Forest Service has been in the United States since July, awaiting a hearing in Pennsylvania's Pike County Court concerning an incident in a Westfall Township, Pa., hotel. Surendra Prasad Mohapatra, 52, was charged with indecent assault and false imprisonment on July 24 while staying at the Hampton Inn, an Eastern Pike Regional Police report says. According to the criminal complaint, Mohapatra called the front desk at 10:20 p.m. on July 23 to ask for help connecting his computer to the Internet. An employee tried to give instructions over the phone but was quickly cut...
  • 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...