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  • On Revenues, Obama Has Just Begun To Fight

    01/08/2013 5:05:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells us the tax issue is behind us and that we can now move on to spending. Really? What makes him think the GOP will succeed this time when it couldn't last time? The just-concluded fiscal cliff deal included no material spending cuts, which the GOP justified by saying it had achieved locked-in rates for most of Bush's tax cuts, which would force Obama to seriously discuss spending cuts and entitlement reform as part of the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations. But a White House memo announcing the deal said that postponing the sequester for two...
  • Shell’s Arctic drilling rig towed to safe harbor

    01/08/2013 5:02:33 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 7, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    A massive campaign to free a grounded Arctic drilling rig that employed more than a dozen ships and some 730 people cleared a big hurdle Monday, as salvagers pulled the vessel to safe harbor in Alaska. Salvage teams anchored the Kulluk rig in Kodiak Island’s Kiliuda Bay after arriving there at 10 a.m. Alaska Standard Time, 1 p.m. Monday in Houston. But for Shell, which owns the 266-foot conical drilling unit and planned to use it to continue a $5 billion quest for Arctic oil this summer, the work is just beginning. Salvage specialists will conduct a detailed inspection of...
  • 20 Ways America Has Begun to Reap What It Has Sown

    01/08/2013 4:51:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | John Hawkins
    1) Our Congress passes bills that run into the thousands of pages; then we're surprised that the bills are full of loopholes, set asides for lobbyists and toxic clauses no one seemed to know about. 2) We've replaced telling the difference between right and wrong with legalisms; then we're surprised that people are always looking for loopholes and technicalities to get out of fulfilling their obligations. 3) Feminists denigrate men, tell them to behave more like women and are offended by chivalry; then they're surprised to find that our society has been inundated by passive, wimpy beta males. 4) Congress...
  • The Most Powerful Weapons We Possess

    01/08/2013 4:40:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    George Washington warned us in his Farewell Address about a time in America's future when we might be tempted to discard the pillars of civility: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them."Let me give a great example of what Washington's words look like...
  • America's coming gun war - Pat Buchanan: Most Americans understand the need for arms

    01/08/2013 4:39:08 AM PST · by Perseverando · 61 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Eight days after the massacre of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary, where each child was shot with a Bushmaster .223, The Nation’s Gun Show, the biggest east of the Mississippi, opened. “A line already snaked around the building shortly after the three-day event began at 3 p.m., and the parking lot was jammed” at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., wrote Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post: “With an AK-47 slung over one shoulder, Marco Hernandez offered one word when asked why he was in the overflow crowd at the gun show.” “Obama,” he said. “I wouldn’t be...
  • Obama gun advisers already breaking rules

    01/08/2013 4:31:23 AM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    Attorney points out transparency requires notice before meetings FreedomWatchUSA.org chief Larry Klayman, who earlier established Judicial Watch and made a name for himself by suing Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and a slew of foreign dictators, is asking Barack Obama to play by the rules with his establishment of a team to advise him about gun control. Klayman, whose cases against Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have made headlines, became so well-known that a character in the TV series “West Wing,” Harry Klaypool, was based on his work. Now he’s jumping all over the...
  • Is America on the eve of a civil war?

    01/08/2013 4:23:24 AM PST · by Perseverando · 57 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | Unattributed
    Exclusive: Jerry Robinson says 2013 could be 'devastating' Is America on the eve of another civil war? That question is being raised by economist, columnist, radio host and international conference speaker Jerry Robinson on his “Follow the Money Weekly.” He also talks about eight money tips for achieving financial security in 2013. But in a commentary on his podcast, he notes the situation facing Americans. “While I expect to have a very profitable year with my investments and businesses, I can’t seem to shake this nagging suspicion that 2013 may also be one of the most devastating years in American...
  • VIDEO: PIERS MORGAN SHOUTED DOWN BY GUN NUT IN FIERY INTERVIEW OVER US GUN LAWS

    01/08/2013 4:10:51 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies
    dailystar.co.uk ^ | January 8, 2013 | Andy Wells
    PIERS Morgan managed to keep his calm in the face of an explosive rant during an interview for his TV show. Morgan interviewed Alex Jones, the man who set up a petition to have the Brit deported from America over his views on gun control, for his CNN show. But instead of giving an interview, the furious Jones shouted non-stop at Morgan for nearly 15 minutes - and even offered to FIGHT the former BGT judge in a boxing ring. Morgan invited Jones to appear so they could debate the thorny issue of gun control in America in the wake...
  • An F for effort on holding down tuition

    01/08/2013 4:04:01 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    washington post ^ | 12-31-12 | charles lane
    At the University of Minnesota, the number of employees with “human resources” or “personnel” in their job titles has grown from 180 to 272 since the 2004-05 academic year. Since 2006, the university has spent $10 million on consultants for a vast new housing development that is decades from completion. It employs 139 people for marketing, promotions and communications. Some 81 administrators make $200,000 per year or more. In the past decade, Minnesota’s administrative payroll has gone up three times as fast as the teaching payroll, and twice as fast as student enrollment. Oh, and tuition more than doubled in...
  • Deck the halls, and your fellow shopper, too

    01/08/2013 4:03:06 AM PST · by Anila · 10 replies
    WND ^ | 01/08/2013 | Colin Flaherty
    This Christmas season saw dozens of episodes of black mob violence in malls, clubs, streets and other places around the country. Such attacks are part of an epidemic of hundreds of cases of black mob violence in more than 80 cities over the last three years, as documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it.” These attacks follow similar incidents on Memorial Day, Labor Day, the Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day and other holidays in 2012. In Baton Rouge over the weekend, a mob of...
  • Bloomberg anti-gun ad marks second anniversary of Arizona shooting

    01/08/2013 3:44:21 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Gregory Wallace
    This mother’s passionate plea for gun control will air in living rooms around the country on the second anniversary of her daughter’s death. “My nine-year old daughter was murdered in the Tuscon shooting,” says Roxanna Green. “I have one question for our political leaders: when will you find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby?” “Whose child has to die next?” Her daughter Christina was among the six killed and 13 wounded in the shooting at neighborhood event with then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on January 8, 2011. Giffords was among those wounded and who eventually resigned from Congress to...
  • Gabrielle Giffords and husband launch anti-gun violence site

    01/08/2013 3:09:55 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 40 replies
    cnn.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Tina Burnside
    Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched a website aimed at curbing gun violence Tuesday, the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Arizona that left her critically wounded. "Two years ago, a mentally ill young man shot me in the head, killed six of my constituents, and wounded 12 others," Giffords wrote on the website. "Since that terrible day, America has seen 11 more mass shootings -- but no response from Congress to prevent gun violence." The website, titled "Americans for Responsible Solutions", also features an opinion article that the couple penned, which was published by...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 8, 2013

    01/08/2013 2:51:29 AM PST · by sneakers · 7 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
  • Omaha Wendy’s Franchise Forced to Cut Employee Hours Thanks to Obamacare

    01/08/2013 2:29:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 30 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | january 7, 2013 | jim hoft
    An Omaha Wendy’s franchise announced it would cut hours for 100 employees due to the new Democrat Obamacare health plan. WOWT reported: A fast-food chain is slashing employee hours so franchise owners don’t have to pay health benefits. Around 100 local Wendy’s workers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame. “Thirty-six to 37 hours a week.” That’s how many hours T.J. Growbeck works at the 84th and Giles Wendy’s restaurant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but that’s not the case for all his co-workers....
  • Undocumented immigrants push Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support the Dream Act

    01/08/2013 12:34:51 AM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 7, 2013 | ERICA PEARSON
    Bill would allow illegal immigrant students to qualify for tuition assistance for higher education Young immigrants are flooding Gov. Cuomo’s phone lines and Twitter account, asking him to use his State of the State address Wednesday to call for tuition aid for undocumented immigrants. The so-called New York State Dream Act, which has the backing of Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, would open the state’s Tuition Assistance Program to all college students, regardless of immigration status. Jackson Heights teen Antonio Alarcon plans to make many calls and posts on @NYGovCuomo. “The governor should be focusing more on...
  • Unmanned J-6 fighter jets put on Fujian air base

    01/08/2013 12:12:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2013/01/07 | Stanley Cheung and Lilian Wu
    Unmanned J-6 fighter jets put on Fujian air base 2013/01/07 17:19:30 Hong Kong, Jan. 7 (CNA) A large number of old J-6 fighter jets that have been converted into unmanned attack aircraft are being stationed at Liancheng Air Base in Fujian province, according to the latest issue of Kanwa Defense Review. China's Huanqiu.com cited the Canadian online magazine as saying that satellite photos taken on July 31, 2011 showed there were at least 55 of the J-6 aircraft on the base. The magazine said the air base most likely has more J-6s than any other base in Fujian, showing that...
  • India selects Airbus Military MRTT for six-aircraft deal

    01/08/2013 12:05:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/07/2012 | Dominic Perry
    India selects Airbus Military MRTT for six-aircraft deal India has selected the Airbus Military A330 multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) as its preferred bid for a six aircraft requirement to supply the nation's air force. Airbus Military says it expects the deal to be finalised later this year. The decision follows a flight test campaign carried out in India where the aircraft was used to refuel multiple fighter types and also performed operations from high-altitude air bases. The European type had faced competition from the Ilyushin Il-78MK, offered via Russia's Rosoboronexport arms agency. Domingo Ureña Raso, Airbus Military chief executive, says:...
  • Former candidate Bishop is facing charges

    01/07/2013 11:59:22 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 1/2/2013 | Mary Clarkin
    Bishop, 28, of Hutchinson, nearly unseated Rep. Jan Pauls, D-Hutchinson, in the August primary in the 102nd District. He requested a recount, but ended up eight votes behind Paul. She went on to win re-election in November. Around 2:25 a.m. Dec. 24, police went to a home in the 100 block of South Ford Street. The offense report is heavily redacted because it involves alleged domestic violence against an adult male and 48-year-old female victim. Domestic battery is described as "rude, insulting or angry physical contact." The address of the incident was Bishop's home address during his campaign. Alcohol is...
  • Why Canada Should Buy The Saab JAS39 Gripen E “Next Generation” Fighter

    01/07/2013 11:45:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | January 7, 2013 | Kyle Meema
    Why Canada Should Buy The Saab JAS39 Gripen E “Next Generation” Fighter Editor’s note: Defence Watch reader Kyle Meema has researched alternatives to the F-35. In a two-part series running Monday and Tuesday he argues that Canada should purchase the Gripen fighter aircraft. By Kyle Meema Defence Watch Guest Writer Part One: Candidates: The Various Alternatives Contrary to the assertions of politicians and officials[1], there are several viable alternatives to the F-35A. The Rafale, Eurofighter, Next Generation Gripen, and F/A-18 E Super Hornet are all very capable fighter jets that could serve Canada very well. While the Rafale performs very...
  • ESPN host Rob Parker suggests RGIII ‘pushes away’ from ‘his people’

    01/07/2013 11:11:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    It hasn’t been a great 24 hours for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. The rookie captain wasn’t able to finish Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seahawks after his knee buckled midway through the fourth quarter. And then Rob Parker re-emerged. Parker continued: “It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes, or famous entertainers or whatever, push away from their people. And that’s really what it’s about. You saw it with O.J. Simpson, and some other people, where they say, ‘Well I’m not black, I’m O.J.’ So it’s more about that, not about RGIII and what’s...
  • Parker Keeps Digging: Insists 'Cornball Brother' Comments About RG3 Taken 'Out of Context'

    01/07/2013 10:29:47 PM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    "[J]ust when we were finally starting to forget about those asinine comments [Rob] Parker made about Robert Griffin III on ESPN First Take about a month ago—and just as Parker was about to finish up his 30-day suspension from the Worldwide Leader—he's come out and, in a way, tried to defend what he said once again," Chris Yuscavage of Complex.com reported today. "During an interview on a program called Flashpoint on Channel 4 in Detroit over the weekend, Parker talked about the backlash he received after calling RGIII a 'cornball brother' and didn't seem all that contrite about what he'd...
  • GOP Rep Matt Salmon: ‘It’s About Time’ For A Government Shutdown

    01/07/2013 10:12:51 PM PST · by JustTheTruth · 24 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 7, 2013 | MEENAL VAMBURKAR
    Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) paid a visit to CBS’ Face the Nation this past weekend, and argued that a government shutdown would do us all some good. Referring back to the 1995, Salmon argued a shutdown could bring about some real progress on the fiscal front. “I was here during the government shutdown in 1995,” Salmon said, noting that there was a divided government at the time, with Democratic President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress. “I believe that that government shutdown actually gave us the impetus, as we went forward, to push toward some real serious compromise,” he added....
  • Red China: What Direction for Legal Reform under Xi Jinping [no rule of law]

    01/07/2013 9:56:49 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown China Brief ^ | 1/4/2013 | Carl Minzner
    Hopes for reform in China have risen in recent weeks. Xi Jinping’s decision to make Shenzhen the site of his first formal inspection tour as party general secretary spurred predictions that he will seek to assume Deng Xiaoping’s mantle as an economic reformer (“Xi Jinping’s ‘Southern Tour’ Reignites Promises of Reform,” China Brief, December 14, 2012). Similarly, Xi’s speech regarding China’s need for the rule of law—given on the 30th anniversary of the 1982 constitution—gave rise to press speculation that he may pursue legal and political reform (South China Morning Post, December 13, 2012; AFP, December 4, 2012). Naturally, this...
  • Dems: Cuomo pressing gun-control passage

    01/07/2013 9:46:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Newsday ^ | January 4, 2013 | YANCEY ROY
    ALBANY -- A key bloc of Senate Democrats emerged from a huddle Friday with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo saying the governor wants to pass a package of gun-control legislation this month. Republicans indicated they could support "closing loopholes" in some gun laws and limits on high-capacity magazines. During the 90-minute meeting Friday, the governor and the five-member Independent Democratic Conference pored over a "comprehensive" gun proposal "step by step," said Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx). Klein heads the Democratic splinter group that has joined with 30 Republicans to control the State Senate. Klein declined to spell out many specifics but said...
  • 19-year-old Socialist takes seat on Red Bank Regional's Board of Education

    01/07/2013 9:40:45 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    nj.com ^ | January 05, 2013
    Pat Noble is not your average teenager.... Noble, a graduate of the Monmouth County vocational school The Academy of Allied Health & Science in Neptune, first became interested in socialism while in high school and hearing people from opposing political parties use the term “socialist” to attack each other. “I decided to do some research into what the problem was with it and I never found it. The rest is pretty much history,” said Noble, who summed up the socialist philosophy as “a society built for the majority instead of the elite minority.” “I think people who are dead set...
  • Showtime Hails Gorbachev as the ‘Real Democrat,’ Reagan Enabled ‘Growth of Right-Wing Media Empire’

    01/07/2013 9:33:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | January 07, 2013 | Brent Baker
    Tonight, viewers of CBS-owned Showtime will be treated to the ninth of ten installments of Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, which has attacked U.S. leaders – from FDR to Ronald Reagan – from the far-left while hailing the virtues of communists. Last Monday’s installment, on Carter and Reagan, offered a representative sampling of Stone’s worldview, an hour which included displaying a woman holding the Media Research Center’s “Don’t Believe the Liberal Media” placard as he fretted over how President Reagan “enabled the growth of a right-wing media empire” which has “dramatically lower the standards of American political...
  • Police Officer Exposes The Unanswered Questions Of The Sandy Hook Tragedy

    01/07/2013 9:22:51 PM PST · by Errant · 127 replies
    Alt-Market.com ^ | January 6, 2013 | Brandon Smith
    The following is an excellent interview of a part-time police lieutenant conducted by The SGT Report. Given all the inconsistencies surrounding the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, it behooves us to examine ANY mass shooting event with a carefully placed microscope and a skeptical eye. The events of Sandy Hook are still fresh and chaotic, and not all the facts are in, but we have yet to see the inconsistencies of the initial reports on the scene addressed, and, we still have not seen a single piece of surveillance footage to clear the abnormalities in the official story. Columbine's video...
  • Alabama Wins National Championship (Alabama 42 - Notre Dame 14)

    01/07/2013 9:21:36 PM PST · by blam · 129 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-7-2013 | Cork Gaines
    Alabama Wins National Championship Cork GainesJanuary 7, 2013 In the end, it wasn't even close. Alabama blew out Notre Dame 42-14 and Nick Saban has now won three national titles in four years. Here are the final moments...(Click to the site to see the video)
  • Gun Laws in Chicago 'Don't Even Exist,' Sputters Clueless Ed Schultz

    01/07/2013 9:16:14 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    This isn't the self-imposed idiocy commonly exhibited by liberals, but a rarefied strain found in left-wing radio and MSNBC. Ed Schultz, standing astride both, embodies it. Bad enough that Schultz insisted on his radio show Friday that heck no, gosh darn it, Bill Clinton was absotively, posalutely never tried in the Senate after he was impeached during the Lewinsky scandal. This from a man whose radio program begins with the lead-in, "where truth and common sense rule." (audio clip after page break) On that same radio broadcast, Schultz dug deep to reveal he's not equipped to render a valid opinion...
  • Raelians defend Old Bridge, NJ third-grader who drew swastika for school assignment

    01/07/2013 9:12:43 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies
    NBC ^ | Jan 4, 2013 | Anthony G. Attrino
    An 8-year-old boy who drew a swastika as part of a holiday assignment at James McDivitt Elementary School did nothing wrong and should not have been reprimanded by school officials, according to members of the International Raelian Movement. “The swastika is part of the official Raelian symbol,” wrote Raelian Guide Thomas Kaenzig in a letter to Samuel B. Stewart, superintendent of schools in Middlesex County. “There cannot be a more sacred symbol for us Raelians and this is also the case for the billions of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and members of other religions on this planet,” Kaenzig wrote. The child...
  • Clinton Not Tried in Senate After Impeachment, Ed Schultz Comically Insists

    01/07/2013 9:08:40 PM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    Ed Schultz's grasp of American history in the BB era -- Before Barack -- is tenuous at best. And when Schultz is wrong about something from that ancient realm of our past, he makes a fool out of himself. On his radio show Friday, Schultz got on the wrong side of an argument with a better informed caller. Naturally, Schultz couldn't resist hanging up on the man and labeling him an idiot.
  • Southern Europeans flee to London to find work

    01/07/2013 8:57:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 07 January 2013
    Britain, and especially London, has become a popular place for tens of thousands of southern Europeans in search of work as the governments of Spain, Portugal and Italy continue to impose austerity measures. 5,350 Spaniards and 5,370 Italians were allocated national insurance numbers in London in the first quarter of 2012, according to The Times newspaper. The number of national insurance registrations for Spaniards across Britain has soared by 25% year on year. The unemployment rate is more than 25% in Spain. …
  • Dershowitz: "Racist And Bigoted To Say That Guns Are Quintessentially American" (video)

    01/07/2013 8:54:13 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 66 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 7, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    ALAN DERSHOWITZ: I don't think it's the NRA power. I think it's people like us, not the two of us, but Americans who care about guns aren't doing enough to make our case to the public. Because we think it's their issue. We've given that issue over to them because they have lobbyists they pay money. But in the end, the people determine the outcome. And it's wrong, and it's racist and it's bigoted to say that guns are quintessentially American. They may represent a part of America, but my grandparents who came over from poland and live in Brooklyn,...
  • The New WH Chief of Staff and Citigroup (background on the new Treasury pick)

    01/07/2013 8:47:34 PM PST · by gotribe · 4 replies
    ... [Lew] oversaw a Citigroup unit that profited off the housing collapse and financial crisis by investing in a hedge fund king who correctly predicted the eventual subprime meltdown and now finds himself involved in the center of the U.S. government’s fraud case against Goldman Sachs. . . . [I]t is his few years at Citi — in particular the one year he spent at its then-$54 billion proprietary trading, hedge fund and private equity unit — that’s likely to raise the most eyebrows in the coming weeks as Lew faces a Senate confirmation hearing. Especially his unit’s investments in...
  • Obama’s $264 Billion Tax Bill for 2013 May Spark New Recession

    01/07/2013 8:44:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 07 Jan 2013 10:18 PM | David A. Patten
    With the fiscal cliff deal and many Obamacare taxes taking effect, Americans will be slammed with an estimated $264 billion in new taxes this year alone—making 2013 memorable for delivering one of the largest one-year tax increases in American history. The math breakdown of the new taxes is simple: Key parts of the Bush tax cuts will expire as a result of the new fiscal cliff legislation, hitting American taxpayers with a tax bill of about $39.5 billion each year for the next decade. … Moody’s chief economist Mark Zandi issued a projection that the tax burden will cut GDP...
  • Raid on home of Twitter user suspected of spreading Chávez health rumours

    01/07/2013 8:15:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    guardian.co.uk, ^ | Monday 7 January 2013 19.38 EST | Jonathan Watts and Virginia Lopez
    Venezuelan intelligence officers have raided the home of a Twitter user suspected of spreading destabilising rumours about the health of Hugo Chávez ahead of an inauguration that the ailing president looks increasingly unlikely to attend. The team of Sebin (Bolivarian National Intelligence Service) officers confiscated several computers from Medina's home in Valencia on Sunday night, according to domestic newspapers. Analysts on the state-backed channel Telesur claimed the government was under information attack. "This is an information war. All through the Bolivarian revolution you have seen this sustained information war. Twitter and the social networks are just extensions of this war,"...
  • TurboTax makes better argument than GOP (vanity)

    01/07/2013 8:09:19 PM PST · by vmivol00 · 14 replies
    Vanity | 1/7/13 | VMIVol00
    I was watching TV and saw a commercial for TurboTax and noticed that they made a more compelling argument for lower taxes than the GOP. They simply state..."You work hard. You deserve to keep as much of your money as possible. Turbotax wants to help you. Every dollar counts". Why can't the GOP articulate its point just as clearly? It's an easy argument. Replace "Turbotax wants to help you" with "Republicans want to help everyone." These guys are so out of touch with most Americans that they no longer know how to communicate in anything other Beltway BS. Maybe the...
  • Doctor stabbed after Mag Mile lights festival sues suspect, hotel

    01/07/2013 7:55:38 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 7, 2013 | Jennifer Delgado
    An Oak Brook doctor who was stabbed in the neck and face during an attempted holdup at a Gold Coast restaurant in November is suing his alleged attacker along with the restaurant and hotel that houses it. Mir Shah says he was violently attacked and stabbed several times by Jimmy Harris in the bathroom of the Westin’s The Grill on the Alley on Nov. 17, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. The restaurant’s bartender was also injured when he chased Harris, who cut him with a knife, police said.
  • Church warns Chavez govt over inauguration

    01/07/2013 7:50:14 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    france24 ^ | 07/01/2013
    Venezuela's Catholic church issued a veiled warning to the government Monday against overriding the constitution by delaying cancer-stricken Hugo Chavez's inauguration for a new term as president. "At stake is the good of the country and the defense of ethics. To alter the constitution to attain a political objective is morally unacceptable," Venezuela's conference of bishops said. The church weighed in on an escalating crisis with just four days to go before Chavez, who is in Cuba recovering from cancer surgery, is supposed to take the oath of office for another six year term. His vice president has argued that...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (15,883 signatures so far)

    01/07/2013 7:43:22 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 1 replies
    9,117 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
  • White House responds to 'Deport Piers Morgan' petition

    01/07/2013 7:38:39 PM PST · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    politico ^ | 1/7 | dylan byers
    Breaking news during tonight's edition of Piers Morgan Tonight: On the heels of Morgan's fiery interview with Alex Jones, the man who started the petition to deport the CNN host, the White House addressed the petition. The official White House statement, via spokesman Jay Carney: The White House responds to all petitions that cross the threshold and we will respond to this one. In the meantime, it is worth remembering that the freedom of expression is a bedrock principle in our democracy." The petition to deport Morgan has gained more than 100,000 signatures, well over the 25,000 required to warrant...
  • Study predicts Obama healthcare law will raise premiums on young adults

    01/07/2013 7:26:08 PM PST · by magellan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7 January 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    The study says a provision linking prices for older and younger patients could raise costs on the young. Young adults will see higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because of a provision that links prices for older and younger patients, according to a new study. Actuaries at management consulting firm Oliver Wyman predicted the law's age rating restrictions could mean a 42 percent hike in premium costs for people aged 21 to 29 when they buy individual coverage. "This means that close to 4 million uninsured individuals … can expect to pay more out of pocket...
  • Program guaranteed to reduce gun crime: tax credit or voucher for new gun safe purchases

    01/07/2013 7:15:36 PM PST · by BushMeister · 36 replies
    Self ^ | 01/07/2013 | Self
    Governments subsidize the behavior they want to see more of, and punish behavior they want to curtail. If liberals want to see people locking up their guns, then they should favor subsidizing this behavior. I'm providing the link for a gun safe comparison website, in case anyone wants to use it do come up with other ideas.
  • Man sentenced to life-term for '07 maul hammer triple murder

    01/07/2013 7:12:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    A man who was convicted of using a maul hammer to kill his wife, sister-in-law and mother-in-law in their West Rogers Park home because he felt disrespected was sentenced to a life prison term, prosecutors said. Daryoush Ebrahimi, 61, was sentenced today in connection with killings that happened on Feb. 17, 2007 at their apartment. Ebrahimi had been convicted of the three murders last August, prosecutors said in a press release. According to prosecutors, the Chicago Police and Fire Departments were called to Ebrahimi’s home in the 6400 Block of North Washtenaw Avenue after a relative called 911 after receiving...
  • Piers Morgan: Unbelievably Wrong and Dishonest

    01/07/2013 7:05:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Stop Wasting Money ^ | 01/07/2013 | WARREN REDLICH
    Piers Morgan has continued with his gun-bashing. Here's his latest, Deport Me?Morgan makes a number of huge mistakes and misrepresentations in his assault, not unlike Jason Alexander's rant against the AR-15.Here are key points where Morgan (and other gun control nuts) go unbelievably wrong: [M]y anger turned to blind rage when I saw the reaction to this hideous massacre in America. … Sales of the specific weapon used, an AR-15 military-style assault rifle, rocketed …. And … Brownells said it sold more high-capacity bullet magazines in three days than it normally did in three-and-a-half years.What is behind this apparently...
  • We Are the 98 Percent

    01/07/2013 7:01:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    The American ^ | January 7, 2013 | Cliff Asness
    The only way to finance a big European-style state is to have it paid for by massive taxation of everyone, mostly the middle class. Right now, we are avoiding honest debate on this fact. The central issue of our time is the debate over the size and scope of government. Two unpleasant but undeniable mathematical truths limit the feasible policy choices. The recent sound and fury of the fiscal cliff follies in the end signified nothing because the resolution was in fact just a denial of both truths.The first truth is that the current tax rates cannot support the promises...
  • What a plank! Bizarre start to men's fashion week in London

    01/07/2013 6:59:36 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 39 replies
    UK Mail ^ | 1/7/2013 | Amanda Williams
    <p>British Fashion Council member David Gandy has vowed to make London the 'menswear capital of the world.'</p> <p>Bizarre hats made out of wooden planks, models with 'blacked out' faces, and some ankle swinging sportswear were among some of the truly outlandish designs which kicked off Men's fashion week today.</p>
  • Top Gun Grabbers In The House Of Representatives Exposed

    01/07/2013 6:37:45 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    freedoms outpost ^ | 1-7-13 | Leon Puissegur
    We as a people seem to now be wondering if our Congress will ever do anything right. We saw the article posted by Tim Brown entitled, “Ten New Gun Bills Introduced On First Day of Congress”. We then began reading, only to see names that looked funny doing this, so we looked up to find out just who these people are that have placed such bills on the floor of the House. Strange to say, the first one by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) is purely due to what happened to her life. Her husband was shot back in 1993 and...
  • New aircraft carrier next to Houses of Parliament shows giant scale of Navy's latest warship

    01/07/2013 6:36:13 PM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th January 2013 | Harriet Arkell
    'These new computer-generated images put into context the huge scale of the largest warships ever built for the Royal Navy. The Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) has released a series of powerful posters illustrating the sheer size of the warships. The computer-generated images show the warships dwarfing some of the country's most recognisable landmarks. Another notable poster is of the under-construction HMS Queen Elizabeth berthed alongside in Portsmouth, Hants. The ACA is a consortium of defence companies behind the construction of Portsmouth's newest carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. Ian Booth, programme director of the ACA, said: 'These...
  • ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ dischargees to receive full back pay from DOD

    01/07/2013 6:34:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/7/12 | Carlo Muñoz
    In a landmark settlement, the Pentagon has agreed to give full back pay to U.S. service members who were discharged due to their sexual orientation under the military's “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The payouts will be granted to service members dismissed from the military under the now-repealed policy on or after November 2004. “This means so much to those of us who dedicated ourselves to the military, only to be forced out against our will for being who we are,” former Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Collins said in a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought...