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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...