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  • The Big List of Who Hates Guns

    01/07/2013 6:35:13 AM PST · by patriot08 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/1/12 | Mike Picconi
    Hats off the the NRA-ILA team for compiling this list. Here is what the NRA-ILA team had to say. The following organizations have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations. In many instances, these organizations lent their name in support of specific campaigns to pass anti-gun legislation such as the March 1995 HCI “Campaign to Protect Sane Gun Laws.” Many of these organizations were listed as “Campaign Partners,” for having pledged to fight any efforts to repeal the Brady Act and the Clinton “assault weapons” ban. All have officially endorsed anti-gun positions. Read more:...
  • NOBEL PRIZE WINNER PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama Must Be Ready To Mint The Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin

    01/07/2013 6:33:46 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-7-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    NOBEL PRIZE WINNER PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama Must Be Ready To Mint The Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin Joe WeisenthalJanuary 7, 2013 The movement to mint a trillion dollar platinum coin gets its biggest backer yet: Paul Krugman. In a new post up titled Be Ready To Mint The Coin he writes: It’s easy to make sententious remarks to the effect that we shouldn’t look for gimmicks, we should sit down like serious people and deal with our problems realistically. That may sound reasonable — if you’ve been living in a cave for the past four years.Given the realities of our political...
  • Your Money at Work: Welfare Cash Spent on Strippers, Booze and Porn Shops

    01/07/2013 6:26:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    If you earn a middle class paycheck like a lot of Americans do, you saw your Social Security taxes increase last week thanks to the so called fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. Considering the system is totally broke, losing that extra cash to the government "lock box" makes you think about where that money, and the rest of your tax dollars are actually going. The New York Post has discovered through an investigation that welfare recipients using EBT cards (which work like debit cards filled with taxpayer money, just swipe and buy)...
  • Son of US Sen. Rand Paul arrested at NC airport

    01/07/2013 6:22:30 AM PST · by BlueBerrier0341 · 36 replies
    wbtv ^ | 1/6/13 | AP
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Police say U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's son was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports http://bit.ly/13cI8me 19-year-old William Hilton Paul was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with alcohol-related offenses.
  • Five Good Men

    01/07/2013 6:06:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    There are a few good men. And by “a few,” I mean five. Certainly there are far more than five good men in America. But in the U.S. Senate, there are just five moral Republicans. Who am I referring to? Let me introduce you to the five men in the Senate who stood their ground while their Republican peers (save two abstainers) voted for a fiscal cliff deal that essentially codifies theft: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). I think conservatives and libertarians should praise...
  • Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience

    01/07/2013 5:58:20 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 1-7-2013 | AFP
    Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience Agence France PresseJanuary 7, 2013 Four Chinese government ships entered territorial waters around Japan-controlled islands at the centre of a dispute on Monday, the Japanese coastguard said. The four marine surveillance ships were seen moving within 12 nautical miles of the islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, just before midday, the coastguard said in a statement. It was the first time since December 31 -- and the 21st time since Japan nationalised the islands in September -- that any state-owned Chinese ship has been...
  • Google Retains Right to Control Search Results [Obama Doesn't Punish Libs of Big Internet]

    01/07/2013 5:52:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    infopackets.com ^ | 1/7/13 | John Lister
    After spending more than a year investigating allegations that Google favored its own products when producing search results, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided against imposing any serious punishment on the search giant. In response, Google is both celebrating the decision and also using the FTC report for its own benefit. The FTC decision is in line with earlier reports that suggested government officials simply didn't have much proof of any wrongdoing by Google.
  • Google Retains Right to Control Search Results [Obama Doesn't Punish Libs of Big Internet]

    01/07/2013 5:52:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    infopackets.com ^ | 1/7/13 | John Lister
    After spending more than a year investigating allegations that Google favored its own products when producing search results, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided against imposing any serious punishment on the search giant. In response, Google is both celebrating the decision and also using the FTC report for its own benefit. The FTC decision is in line with earlier reports that suggested government officials simply didn't have much proof of any wrongdoing by Google.
  • Filipino bishops, senators eye stricter gun control

    01/07/2013 5:47:57 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    digitaljournal.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Antonio Figueroa
    Manila - MANILA – Two prominent Filipino bishops have called on President Benigno S. Aquino and the rest of his Cabinet members to give up his guns and set an example for the public emulate, and for gun enthusiasts to follow. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, one of the administration’s high-profile critics, said in an interview that “the President should be the model and must lead if he surrenders all his firearms.” The statement came in the wake of incidents involving guns that resulted in the death of 23 persons. Last New Year’s Eve, a child was fatally hit by...
  • Mr. Hagel and the Jews

    01/07/2013 5:43:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 7, 2013 | ELLIOTT ABRAMS
    During the hearings on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense, it’s clear that the views of gay rights organizations will be heard. There the issue seems to be whether Hagel’s apology for previous remarks and beliefs was sincere, or motivated solely by self-interest. He had years to apologize publicly, but did so only when opposition from gay rights groups threatened his nomination. But in the case of allegations of anti-Semitism, Hagel has not even apologized. He has remained silent, though one can expect the usual “perhaps I didn’t word that sentence as best I might have” excuse to...
  • Nebraska Jews Recall Senator Chuck Hagel as “Unfriendly” and “Unmovable” on Israel

    01/07/2013 5:41:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 21, 2012
    Nebraska Jews Recall Senator Chuck Hagel as “Unfriendly” and “Unmovable” on Israel, “Didn’t Give a Damn About the Jewish Community” Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel speaks at a forum for the Law of the Sea Convention in Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikipedia. While former Nebraska Senator and likely Secretary of Defense nominee, Chuck Hagel, has drawn criticism in recent days over his foreign policy positions, and specifically his hostility to Israel, members of Nebraska’s Jewish community spoke to The Algemeiner about their experiences with him during his time in office. Former editor of the Omaha Jewish Press, Carol Katzman, who was...
  • Detached From Reality

    01/07/2013 5:40:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Star Parker
    Here’s two ways to think about the “fiscal cliff” deal that just took place in Washington. You are sitting at dinner and television is on, broadcasting the news. There is one story after another about things you don’t want to hear. Recession. Unemployment. You walk over to the TV, turn it off – or switch to a sitcom or sporting event - and sit back down to finish your meal in peace. Or a more personal version. You take your mail out of the mailbox and see the bills that are due. Without opening the envelopes, you throw them into...
  • The Fix is in Part IV: Benghazi Cover-up: The Hand Shake

    01/07/2013 5:30:15 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    The best part of political theater, otherwise known as the ‘ah ha’ moment for truth seekers, can often be found when the show ends. In this epic tragedy, called the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Benghazi: The Attack and the Lesson Learned, held on December 20, 2012, starring Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), as the Chairman, it happened right after Kerry’s dramatic closing statement concluded. The lights dimmed, the press started packing up their gear, the stars/senators, in crisp suits, with their shine-free faces courtesy of heavy pancake make-up, exited stage left. It was a quick moment but a...
  • Update: Enbridge plans U.S. oil export expansion {export from Canada to US}

    01/07/2013 5:28:04 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | JANUARY 4, 2013 | DAN HEALING
    A proposed pair of projects worth $600 million will pump an additional 230,000 barrels per day of oil through existing pipelines from Alberta to Wisconsin. In a news release Friday, Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. announced a $400-million expansion of the Canadian main line system between Hardisty, Alta., and the U.S. border designed to add capacity through increased horsepower at pumping stations. Meanwhile, Enbridge Energy Partners of Houston announced a $200-million expansion of its Lakehead System between Neche, N.D., and Superior, Wisc. to allow the same 230,000-bpd capacity increase by the same method on the south side of the border. Both expansions...
  • Nixon hailed as foreign policy genius at centennial of birth

    01/07/2013 5:26:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 6, 2013 5:52pm EST | Brandon Lowrey
    At a ceremony commemorating the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon’s 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon’s eldest daughter on Sunday remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius. Nixon, the Cold War-era Republican stalwart who opened U.S. relations with communist China, was the only American president to resign from office, leaving the White House in disgrace over the Watergate scandal. “He looked at (the world) as a world with 200 countries and 200 leaders, and he studied every one of those leaders, and he knew most of them,” said Bruce Herschensohn, a friend and...
  • Why the Second Amendment

    01/07/2013 5:24:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 7, 2013 | Walter Williams
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Why the Second AmendmentPosted By Walter Williams On January 7, 2013 @ 12:02 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: “The British are not coming. … We don’t need all these guns to kill people.” Lewis’ vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment. How about a few quotes from the period and you decide whether our Founding Fathers harbored a fear of foreign tyrants.Alexander Hamilton: “The best we...
  • Conspiracy of Brothers-Egyptian magazine looks at Muslim Brotherhood’s penetration of Obama camp

    01/07/2013 5:23:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 7, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Conspiracy of BrothersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On January 7, 2013 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments To read and order Frank Gaffney’s pamphlet, The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration, click here.November was just about done and Chris Matthews, the MSNBC host voted most likely by his own staff to have a poster of Barack Obama over his bed, was cheerfully coming to the end of his sideshow list. With the White House in the background, Matthews sneered about the “weak conspiracy” claim by Congressman Gohmert that the Obama Administration was...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hollywood not to blame for gun violence

    01/07/2013 5:21:50 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | January 7, 2013 | Ben Child
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has become the latest Hollywood star to dismiss suggestions that violent movies are to blame for gun massacres such as the recent killing of 20 children in Connecticut. The iconic action star, who is currently promoting his new film The Last Stand, told reporters it was important to "keep [the two] separate". He said: "[This is] entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief. It's really serious and it's the real deal." He added: "We have to analyse how we deal with mental illness, how we deal with gun laws, how we deal with parenting." The...
  • U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears

    01/07/2013 5:19:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 7, 2013 7:48am EST | Steve Stecklow
    A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows. A letter from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, dated November 5, 2012, states that the research facility had installed devices made by H3C Technologies Co, based in Hangzhou, China, according to a copy seen by Reuters. H3C began as a joint venture between China’s Huawei Technologies Co and 3Com Corp, a U.S. tech firm, and was once called Huawei-3Com. Hewlett Packard Co acquired the firm in 2010....
  • Fewer excited gun-buyers in Colo & Conn {Propaganda lie contradicted by figures in article}

    01/07/2013 5:13:49 AM PST · by drpix · 16 replies
    yahoo.com / ap ^ | 1/7/13 | Eileen Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In Connecticut and Colorado, scenes of the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012, people were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than in most other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data. The biggest surges in background checks for people who want to carry or buy guns occurred in states in the South and West. The latest government figures reflect huge increases across the U.S.... ...{buried deep in the article}...The numbers of checks in Colorado rose from 35,009 in October to 53,453 in December; checks in...
  • Keystone pipeline inches forward

    01/07/2013 5:07:09 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    EDMONTON JOURNAL ^ | JANUARY 5, 2013 | DAVE COOPER
    The rerouted northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline between Hardisty and Steele City, Neb., moved back into the spotlight Friday after a report from the state's department of environmental quality said the project would have "minimal" ecological impacts. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman said he would "carefully review" the 2,000page evaluation and make a decision within 30 days. His recommendation would be forwarded to the U.S. State Department, which is expected to issue its final report to President Barack Obama, who rejected an earlier iteration of the 3,460-kilometre TransCanada Corp. pipeline about one year ago. The new report covers the...
  • Md. may increase speed limit on ICC

    01/07/2013 5:06:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 4, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    WASHINGTON - The Intercounty Connector, a highway that stretches between Gaithersburg and Laurel in Maryland, could see an increase in its speed limit this year. An engineering study found the speed limit of the highway could be raised from its current limit of 55 mph to 60 mph. The ICC, which opened in 2011, gives commuters a quick way to get from Interstate 270 to Interstate 95. "We wanted to have one year of actual operating experience before we looked at speed limits at all," Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett tells WTOP. Bartlett says he thinks there...
  • Black and Latino firefighter hopefuls get a second chance to join the FDNY

    01/07/2013 5:05:03 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/6/2013
    Nearly 300 who didn't score high enough on entrance exams in 1999 and 2002 will take test again. Many Bravest outraged by judge's decision, which could catapult novices ahead of veterans on job They coulda' been contenders — and now they have a second chance. Nearly 300 black and Latino firefighter candidates who didn’t score high enough to join the FDNY in 1999 and 2002 are getting a rare opportunity take their entrance exams again. They’ll sit for the FDNY written exam Friday, and an intense physical fitness test will follow later. If they can rack up passing grades on...
  • Travis County Texas To Discuss Banning Gun Shows

    01/07/2013 5:04:47 AM PST · by grobdriver · 38 replies
    Heard on KLBJ ^ | 1/7/2013 | KLBJ Austin
    Driving in to work today I heard the KLBJ 590 boys discussing the latest in the Left's attack on the Second Amendment. From their web site: Officials to discuss banning gun shows from city and county owned facilities Newsroom 1/7/2013 Officials with Travis county and the city of Austin will discuss whether or not they want to ban weapons shows from city and county owned facilities. Travis county resident Ed Scruggs tells commissioners he thinks he's not against gun shows, but thinks they should not happen in publicly owned facilities following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, "We have the...
  • Dodd-Frank's Problems -- and Potential Solutions

    01/07/2013 4:56:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Over the next year, we will probably see much controversy over the implementation of Obamacare. Health insurance is something that almost every adult has some acquaintance with, and there seem to be glitches aplenty in the legislation, much delay in issuing regulations and some possible changes resulting from litigation. We're likely to see or hear less about the operations of the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation, passed four months after Obamacare. Most of us don't work at banks or financial institutions, which will have to grapple with its myriad provisions and the regulations to be issued thereunder, and we tend to...
  • Fight among teenagers closes Baton Rouge mall

    01/07/2013 4:55:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 1/7/13
    A fight or series of fights led to the early closure of the Mall of Louisiana. No injuries were reported in the Saturday night episode. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office tells The Advocate that they plan to charge a number of people in the incident. Witnesses say the trouble started after Instagram users posted a "meet and greet" invitation to meet their followers in person. Eventually, a fight between 100 or more teenagers broke out, leading to a stampede.
  • The state is now in charge of breakfast (UK)

    01/07/2013 4:49:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    http://www.thecommentator.com ^ | january 7, 2013 | david atherton
    t didn’t take them long, did it? The turkey carcass has barely been cleared, the last dregs of scotch remain, but nanny’s apron is freshly starched and she is ready to “do something.” Andy Burnham the Shadow Health Secretary wants to introduce legal limits on the sugar, fat, and salt in food, especially breakfast cereals. "A lot of the time people don't realise just how high in fat, salt and sugar some of these products are, even when you're trying to make healthier choices. The industry needs to show more responsibility and come forward with products that are going to...
  • Burlington Council Takes Up Gun Ban Resolution

    01/07/2013 4:46:44 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    vpr.net ^ | December 7, 2013 | Kirk Carapezza
    The right to bear arms is the law of the land. But after an unprecedented series of shooting rampages last year, some state and local governments are now considering bans on assault weapons on their streets. Burlington's City Council will vote Monday night on a charter change that would prohibit certain weapons in Vermont's largest city. Vermont state statute blocks such bans, but that isn't stopping some Burlington City Council members. They'll consider a strongly-worded resolution that essentially asks for an exception to the state law. They've proposed a charter change that would ban semi-automatic assault weapons and multiple ammunition...
  • GM recalling 55,000 trucks and SUVs over rollaway risk [Give 'em the TOYOTA Treatment!]

    01/07/2013 4:36:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Left Lane News ^ | 1/4/13 | Drew Johnson
    General Motors is recalling 54,686 full-size truck, SUV and van models due to a defect that could result in a rollaway accident. The recall covers 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles included in the recall may have been equipped with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly. As a result of that defect, it may...
  • DREW review: Zero Dark Thirty

    01/07/2013 4:21:22 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 1 replies
    Agree with this review. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn54VfqazoI
  • Every Idea Is an Incitement

    01/07/2013 4:07:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Mike Adams
    Dear CRM 495 Students: Welcome back! It's hard to believe that Christmas break is over and that it's time to start a new semester. It's almost as hard as believing that one of your professors is actually sending you an email using the word "Christmas." But even the liberals agree that I am no ordinary professor. Please allow me to explain. After I got tenure, I left the political Left and became a conservative Republican. I know you've never had a conservative professor before and you are probably wondering what to expect. In a nutshell, you can expect to hear...
  • GOP Could Use the Whiskey the Tea Party Drinks

    01/07/2013 4:01:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | John Ransom
    While many of our heroes have lost their gloss, Abraham Lincoln still shines brightly for many Americans because there is so much to learn from his life. For example, in 1858 Abraham Lincoln was defeated in his race for the United States Senate by Stephen Douglas, making it Lincoln’s third electoral defeat in a row. As Lincoln emerged from the telegraph office into the rain-soaked street in Springfield, Illinois he lost his balance when his foot slipped on the slick boardwalk. Catching himself before he tumbled into the mud Lincoln muttered to under his breath, “A slip, but not a...
  • COLD WAR DIPLOMAT BLAMES SOVIETS FOR JFK ASSASSINATION

    01/07/2013 3:18:34 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 48 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | January 6,2013 | Greg Christison
    AN explosive new book by a former Foreign Service diplomat reveals evidence which proves the Soviets were behind the assassination of the US President John F Kennedy five decades ago. Robert Holmes, who worked for the British Government in Moscow for two years in the early Sixties, claims the KGB coerced US-born Lee Harvey Oswald into committing the shooting on November 22, 1963. Mr Holmes, from Houston, Renfrewshire, believes the Soviet Union – seeking revenge for the West’s “victory” during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis – sent officers to meet Oswald weeks before the murder. The 72-year-old who held a...
  • Democrats look for up to $1 trillion in new tax revenues this year

    01/07/2013 2:38:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/07/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending. Democratic leaders have had little time to craft a new position for their party since passing a tax deal Tuesday that will raise $620 billion in revenue over the next ten years. The emerging consensus, however, is that the next installment of deficit reduction should reach $2 trillion and about half of it should come from higher taxes. This sets up tax reform as one of the biggest fights of the 113th...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 7, 2013

    01/07/2013 2:35:43 AM PST · by sneakers · 23 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Pelosi: More tax revenues must be part of next deficit deal

    01/07/2013 2:29:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/06/13 | Mike Lillis
    Pushing back against the Republicans' deficit-reduction strategy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this weekend that more tax revenues – not just spending cuts – must be a part of Congress's effort to rein in deficits. Pelosi said the tax hikes in the recent “fiscal-cliff” deal are a start, but don't go far enough to generate the revenues the government needs to run the country effectively. "In this legislation we had $620 billion, very significant … changing the high-end tax rate to 39.6 percent. But that is not enough on the revenue side," Pelosi told CBS's Bob Schieffer in...
  • Hugo Chavez remains hospitalized in Cuba as Venezuelan inauguration approaches

    01/07/2013 2:26:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2013 | Juan Forero
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Hugo Chavez’s fervent followers still assemble in the capital’s main public square, decked in the bright red of their leader’s movement, to chant revolutionary songs that envisage the president leading the country far into the future. But Chavez, who has dominated public life here since the late 1990s, is nowhere to be seen. He no longer gives his trademark bombastic speeches, nor does he hold forth on television like a game-show host. On Sunday, he remained in Cuba, where he has been for nearly a month, presumably convalescing after undergoing surgery to remove what he called “some...
  • Police drug search intrudes on husband's final moments with deceased wife

    01/07/2013 1:48:37 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 49 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Jan. 3 2013 | Dennis Romboy
    VERNAL — A man says Vernal police disrupted an intimate moment of mourning with his deceased wife of 58 years when they searched his house for her prescription medication without a warrant within minutes of her death. -snip- Ben D. Mahaffey, 80, said he was distraught and trying to make sure his wife's body would be taken to the funeral home with dignity, when he says officers insisted he help them look for the drugs. "I was holding her hand saying goodbye when all the intrusion happened," he told the Deseret News. -snip- Mahaffey said he was treated as if...
  • Why Exceptionalism Matters (and why Obama must reject it)

    01/07/2013 1:33:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Jeffrey Folks
    America is exceptional, despite what our current president may think. Asked whether America was an exceptional country, Mr. Obama famously replied that every country is exceptional. North Korea is exceptional? Castro's Cuba is fine? Zimbabwe is great? Really? Obama's response accords with the left's theory of universalism, whereby one's general allegiance to mankind outweighs that to any particular nation, including one's own....... .......From a practical perspective, universalism is a dead end -- quite literally -- because there are always powerful adversaries who do not share one's soft-hearted faith in universal brotherhood. The left's goals of unilateral disarmament and global equality...
  • Syria: Assad calls for mobilisation against ‘puppet’ rebels

    01/07/2013 12:45:47 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/7/2012
    In his first public appearance in months, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called for “full national mobilisation” against rebel "terrorists" seeking to divide the country and said there was no room for dialogue with Western "puppets". Then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, conducts "personal diplomacy" during Bush administration Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made his first public appearance in months on Sunday, calling for a “full national mobilisation” to fight against rebel fighters that he described as al-Qaeda terrorists. Assad, ignoring international demands for him to step down, described the conflict in Syria as a struggle between the Syrian people and...
  • Russia's Mordovia Woos New Citizen Gerard Depardieu

    01/07/2013 12:02:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Russian region of Mordovia has invited French actor Gerard Depardieu to set up home there, hours after he received his Russian passport. Governor Vladimir Volkov said he could choose an apartment or a place to build a house, Interfax news agency reported. Mordovia is best known for its Stalin-era gulag prison camps. Mr Depardieu has taken Russian citizenship after the French government criticised his decision to move abroad to avoid higher taxes. The BBC's Daniel Sandford, in Moscow, says even today harsh prisons are Mordovia's principal employer. One of the convicted members of the punk band Pussy Riot -...
  • Cocooning Is the Wrong Solution for Conservatives

    01/06/2013 11:44:14 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | James G. Wiles
    .......... the United States needs its conservative leaders and activists in the public square now more than at any time in our lifetimes. If we hold on, we'll win. Blue State America is doomed, and the blue-staters represented by President Obama and his party cannot save it. ...... we red-staters must remain fully involved and fully engaged in American politics and culture. This is especially true after a year like 2012 -- when we lose. Better to quote U.S. General Joseph Stilwell after the loss of Burma to the Japanese. "I claim," Vinegar Joe said, "we took a hell of...
  • Illinois lawmakers abandon attempts to ban assault weapons

    01/06/2013 11:16:22 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    WBEZ91.5 ^ | January 6, 2013 | Tony Arnold
    Illinois lawmakers are abandoning efforts to pass gun control legislation in the final days of their session. An assault weapons ban was one of several major issues that brought State House members back to Springfield on Sunday. Lawmakers are also hoping to address other issues, such as pension reform, forcing companies to disclose what they pay in taxes and allowing those in the country illegally to obtain a driver’s license. The assault weapons ban legislation was slated to appear Sunday afternoon in front of the House Judiciary Committee. But despite a room packed full of supporters and opponents of gun...
  • Renowned French economist to join Obama’s team

    01/06/2013 11:13:34 PM PST · by Buddy Sorrell · 26 replies
    France 24 ^ | 1/5/2013 | France 24
    France’s Esther Duflo, a star economist who was once named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to help shape US global development policy. France’s Esther Duflo, a world renowned economist, has been nominated by US President Barack Obama to join a government body dedicated to advising the administration on global development policy. Duflo, who was raised in a “left-leaning Protestant” family, said she became aware of economic divides and social injustice at a very early age.
  • Candlelight Vigil Held For Elk Killed By Police Officer In Boulder (Colorado)

    01/06/2013 10:55:19 PM PST · by Zakeet · 84 replies
    CBS News Denver ^ | January 6, 2013
    A candlelight vigil was held in Boulder Sunday evening for an elk that was shot by a police officer last Tuesday. The vigil was held on Mountain View Road near where the incident occurred. Some residents say the elk was considered a friend and even a guardian. They created a memorial at a tree in the area. Two police officers who were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while the Boulder Police Department investigates. [Snip] Several neighbors told CBS4 they feel there was no reason to kill the animal, and they are encouraging others to complain...
  • Jason Weinstein’s Justice Department career was derailed by ‘Fast and Furious’

    01/06/2013 10:34:06 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2013 | Ann E. Marimow
    McMahon said that agents running the Fast and Furious investigation would benefit if the department could expedite its review of wiretap applications. In their initial conversation, Weinstein later told the IG, McMahon gave him the clear impression that agents in Fast and Furious were aggressively seizing guns and that it was “completely different” from Wide Receiver. Two weeks later, Weinstein received the first of three wiretap applications he would review for Fast and Furious. He said that following years of department practice, he signed off after reading summary memos prepared by lawyers in the Office of Enforcement Operations. He did...
  • Police: Teen arrested at airport claims to be Ron Paul's grandson

    01/06/2013 10:30:05 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 8 replies
    WBTV Charlotte, NC ^ | Jan 06, 2013 | Andrew Armstrong
    Police: Teen arrested at airport claims to be Ron Paul's grandson CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teenager who says he is the son of a U.S. Senator, and grandson of a former Presidential candidate, was arrested Saturday night at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. William Hilton Paul, 19, was then transported and booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail. Sources at the Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff's Office say he identified himself as the son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Senator Paul's father is former Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Paul was also charged with Disorderly Conduct and being Intoxicated and Disruptive.
  • 3rd Term or Dictator? Repeal the twenty-second article of amendment

    01/06/2013 9:54:55 PM PST · by Boomer · 28 replies
    Congress.Gov ^ | 01/04/2013 | Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]
    H.J.Res.15 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.113th Congress (2013-2014)
  • Gun Control Tramples On The Certain Virtues Of A Heavily Armed Citizenry

    01/06/2013 9:50:49 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 28DEC2012 | Lawrence Hunter
    It is time the critics of the Second Amendment put up and repeal it, or shut up about violating it. Their efforts to disarm and short-arm Americans violate the U.S. Constitution in Merriam Webster’s first sense of the term—to “disregard” it. Hard cases make bad law, which is why they are reserved for the Constitution, not left to the caprice of legislatures, the sophistry and casuistry of judges or the despotic rule making of the chief executive and his bureaucracy. And make no mistake, guns pose one of the hardest cases a free people confronts in the 21st century, a...
  • What firearm(s) would you recommend for home protection?

    01/06/2013 9:42:01 PM PST · by ru4liberty · 236 replies
    Self
    This question pertains to a diminutive woman in her mid-60s. She has a .38 handgun but has been told by a few people (shooting range owner, RTC instructor's cousin, co-worker, etc.) that the best thing to have is a shotgun. They pretty much said that sometimes the only thing a perp needs is to hear the cocking of the shotgun and he'll flee the scene. I wanted to tap into the expertise of those FReepers who are knowledgeable of such things so I can pass along the info. Also, her funds are limited (fixed income), so any recommendations that would...