Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $10,500
12%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 12% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Forum: News/Activism

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 0 comments Portland man gets probation, fine over shipping firearms parts

    01/08/2013 1:29:20 PM PST · by Rio · 2 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 01/08/2013 | Helen Jung
    A Portland man who was charged with secretly shipping firearms parts to a man in Finland was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to three years of probation and a $2,500 fine.
  • Current TV Staffers Blast ‘Bulls---ter’ Al Gore for Selling Out to Big Oil

    01/08/2013 1:26:51 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | January 08, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    Former vice president Al Gore, newly flush with cash from his sale of his Current TV to Al Qaeda's favorite TV channel, Al Jazeera, did not even bother to show up for the first meeting between the Current staff and the new ownership. New York Post TV critic Linda Stasi has the story: Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses. That would be two of Al Jazeera’s top guys:...
  • Startling Look at Employment Demographics by Age Group

    01/08/2013 1:21:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Last month I posted a chart showing employment by age group. Here is an update as of Friday's job release. Employment Demographics by Age Group click on chart for sharper image Note that 100% of the job growth since the recession is in age group 55 and over. Last month, someone proposed the above chart was blatantly misleading because it does not reflect the aging workforce. Let's investigate that hypothesis with a look at actual data (numbers in tables and charts in thousands). Civilian Institutional Population (CP) and Labor Force (LF) Year 16-19 CP 20-24 CP 25-54 CP 55+ CP...
  • Guest Commentary: Balancing the Citizens’ Right to Know and Public Safety and Privacy

    01/08/2013 1:19:10 PM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 1 replies
    The Examiner News.com ^ | 01/08/13 | By Donald B. Smith
    In recent days, there has been substantial media attention focused on the issue whether the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Putnam County must be released to a newspaper, which has indicated its intention to publish such information. By law, the initial determination of this issue is to be made by the county clerk, who is the legal custodian of the licensee records, with any administrative appeal to be determined by the county executive and any further challenge to be decided by the courts. According to the media reports, the county clerk and county executive-as well as...
  • Charlie Sheen: L.A. Mayor 'Liar,' We Drank, Partied For Hours

    01/08/2013 1:18:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/8/13 | breitbart.com
    TMZ: Charlie Sheen is calling out L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ... claiming he was flat-out LYING when he said he spent ONLY 3 minutes with the actor in Cabo -- Charlie says the Mayor hung with him for hours, chatting it up and drinking with a bunch of hot chicks. Mayor Villaraigosa told NBC 4 L.A. ... his encounter with Charlie was no big deal, saying, "I had a three-minute conversation and took a picture with him, that simple.... I take a picture virtually every single day, 50 times." But Charlie says the Mayor is shoveling BS. Charlie tells TMZ...
  • You can forgive NHL for lockout, but never forget what happened here (What We Learned)

    01/08/2013 1:16:44 PM PST · by shove_it · 67 replies
    Yahoo/PuckDaddy ^ | 7 Jan 2013 | Ryan Lambert
    Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. You know when a player who really loves his team and city gets traded, and he gives an emotional speech about how sometimes you forget hockey is a business, and that sometimes makes it unpleasant? Let this lockout be a lesson that the same goes for fans. During that 113-day ordeal, you were repeatedly condescended to, taken advantage of,...
  • Bernanke's Dustbin

    01/08/2013 1:11:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Bill Tatro
    Let me see if I understand this correctly.  QE4 is announced and it was declared that bonds will be purchased for as long as the eye can see or until we achieve an unemployment rate of 6.5%.  Several weeks later, the majority of Federal Reserve officials announced that it would be “appropriate” to end QE4 prior to the end of 2013 or by the end of 2013.  So, what the heck happened to 6.5% unemployment?  The Fed, for almost 100-years, has operated with two mandated objectives, namely stable prices and full employment.  In order to achieve those goals, they can...
  • 'Whale Wars' star sued for $5 million by Ady Gil ship owner, report says

    01/08/2013 1:08:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    Fox News/TMZ ^ | January 8, 2013
    “Whale Wars” seems to be sinking into a legal battle. According to TMZ, a new lawsuit claims Paul Watson, star of the Animal Planet series, lied about the fate of his ship, telling media that it sank after a run in with Japanese whalers. The ship’s owner Ady Gil alleges Watson actually ordered for the ship to be sunk in order to create publicity. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in a Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that while the ship—also named Ady Gil--- was indeed struck by a Japanese whaling boat, the damage could have been repaired, however Watson sabotaged the...
  • Graffiti suspect caught red-handed

    01/08/2013 1:02:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A man in custody on a criminal damage charge was also charged in connection with various instances of graffiti, after he was captured on surveillance footage and later found to have matching paint on his hands. Christopher Richardson, 36, was charged with attempted burglary and five counts of criminal damage after police said he attempted to gain entry to the UPS store on Fry Boulevard after it was closed, and then sprayed graffiti on a number of businesses in the same shopping area. On Jan. 4, after reviewing surveillance footage from the night before at the UPS...
  • Mexican national sought on S.C. murder charge

    01/08/2013 12:58:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — A Mexican national wanted for murder in South Carolina was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Cochise County on Friday. Agents from the Brian A. Terry Station arrested the man, who was in this country illegally, near Naco, according to a release from the U.S. Border Patrol, Tucson Sector on Monday. The man, Delfino Escroza Dimas, 26, is wanted by the Greenville Police Department on charges of murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, discharging into a dwelling and assault and battery with intent to kill, said Officer Johnathan Bragg. Bragg did not provide...
  • Court: Marin man can't use corporate personhood to beat carpool lane ticket

    01/08/2013 12:42:38 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Will Jason
    Corporations may have many of the same rights as people, but those rights do not include riding in the carpool lane in Novato. That was the message Monday at Marin County Superior Court traffic hearing, where San Rafael activist Jonathan Frieman appeared to contest a $489 carpool fine. His argument? He was not riding alone in the carpool lane on Highway 101 in October, as alleged by police, because his corporation -- a stack of papers named "JoMiJO Foundation" -- was riding shotgun. Therefore, he was obeying the signs reading, "2 or more persons per vehicle." His lawyer, Ford Greene...
  • GOP Voters Hate Senate 'Cliff' Deal(Yes, and we will hate those who voted it into law as well)

    01/08/2013 12:40:22 PM PST · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    brietbart ^ | 1/8/13 | m flynn
    On Friday, Gallup released a poll gauging Americans' views of the Senate deal passed last week to avert the "fiscal cliff." Overall, Americans are mixed on the deal, with 45% disapproving and 43% approving. Among Republican voters, though, the verdict is overwhelmingly negative. 65% of Republican voters disapprove of the plan, against just 27% who support it. It's the opening salvo in the 2014 primaries. The Senate deal, negotiated by GOP Leader McConnell and VP Biden, gave the government $620 Billion in new tax revenue and delayed, for two months, the automatic spending cuts enacted with the debt ceiling increase...
  • St. Louis County police warn of new drug in area: 'N-Bomb'

    01/08/2013 12:37:07 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 185 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | JOEL CURRIER
    Police here are warning of a new hallucinogenic drug authorities say has begun circulating the St. Louis area. St. Louis County police say the synthetic drug known as "N-Bomb" has been linked to deaths in other parts of the country including California, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and Virginia. The drug, sometimes also called "Smiles" is known as N-Bomb for its chemical compositions, 2C-1-NBOMe or 251NBOMe, and can be extremely potent and dangerous, police say. Police say the liquid drug is often called "legal acid" and is derived from mescaline. Users typically take the drug by ingesting blotter paper soaked with...
  • Brewer: No immigration reform until the border is secure

    01/08/2013 12:33:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer| Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer can’t put a specific definition on what it means to have a secure border. But she said residents along the boundary with Mexico will know it when it happens. The question of what Brewer thinks is politically significant since the governor said she will not support any form of immigration reform unless and until the border is secure. But until now she has offered no definition of what that means. Her comments come as members of her own Republican Party in Congress are pursuing their own immigration reform plans in the wake of the defeat...
  • Illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill sent to governor

    01/08/2013 12:25:48 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 8, 2013 | Ray Long and Rafael GuerreroClout Street
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a measure to allow illegal immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses, sending it to a supportive Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The 65-46 vote came after a lengthy debate in which backers and foes laid out their cases. Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, cited numerous concerns about public safety. Opponents questioned why fingerprinting isn't part of the legislation. Republican Rep. Randy Ramey of DuPage County said too many issues are left unanswered.
  • Terrorists Sue for University Studies

    01/08/2013 12:19:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/13
    Three terrorists imprisoned in Israel filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Tuesday over a Prison Services decision to stop providing them the opportunity to earn an academic degree while in jail. Previously terrorists were allowed to take university courses in prison, a benefit that was taken away last year as part of an effort to pressure Hamas to agree to a deal to release Gilad Shalit. Terrorists say their conditions should be identical to those of non-terrorist prisoners, who are allowed to pursue university studies...
  • Hamas, PA Leaders Refuse to Assist Suffering Syrian Brethren

    01/08/2013 12:14:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Palestinian leaders, who court international sympathy by portraying their people as displaced victims of Israel, are refusing to help tens of thousands of their brethren who have been displaced from homes and refugee camps as a result of the civil war plaguing the neighboring country of Syria. Leaders of both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have rebuffed requests by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's (UNRWA) for assistance in stemming the humanitarian crisis in Syria, causing 150,000 Syrian citizens who claim “Palestinian” origins, to remain homeless and “facing freezing temperatures, missiles, bombs and food shortages,” as Paul Alster of...
  • Oil industry to Obama: Energy production, not taxes, will cure economy

    01/08/2013 12:11:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    To create jobs, jump-start the U.S. economy and drive more money into the nation’s treasury, President Obama should forgo tax increases in his second term and instead embrace much more domestic energy production, an oil and gas industry leader said Tuesday. “Energy access, not taxes, is the key to unlocking new revenues for our government,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, in his annual “State of American Energy” address. His speech focused heavily on recent projections that, with the right policies in place, the U.S. is poised to become the world’s leader in oil and natural gas...
  • Republicans should start acting like Obama

    01/08/2013 11:58:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/08/2013 | Marc Thiessen
    <p>Really. Give the president his due: he fights for what he believes in.</p> <p>In his first year in office, Obama faced a popular backlash against his stimulus spending bill and saw a Republican elected to Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in a referendum on Obamacare. Yet despite these and other setbacks, the president declared he had no intention of moderating his approach. “The one thing I’m really clear about is that I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” Obama said in a January 2010 interview.</p>
  • Lindsey Graham looking for delay on Brennan confirmation until we get some answers on Benghazi

    01/08/2013 11:54:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    <p>Both of President Obama’s picks for his new national security team are in for some rocky confirmation battles that will certainly take up plenty of the media’s attention, and at least one senator is determined to use the occasion to vocally pressure the White House for some answers. No doubt that President Obama and his advisers would really just rather that we all forget about this whole ‘terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11′ business and move on to a new year and a second term, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has not forgotten that we are still lacking even semi-complete answers on not only the security failings that lead to the deaths of four Americans, but also the manner in which the administration willfully mislead the public on the nature of the attack for some time after — and that they have been “stonewalling” about the entire affair ever since.</p>
  • 2012 hottest year on record in continental U.S., NOAA says

    01/08/2013 11:52:17 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Juliet Eilperin
    Last year was the hottest on record for the continental United States, shattering the previous mark set in 1998 by a wide margin, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.
  • Boom: Energy cash influx leads to a state budget surplus in Texas

    01/08/2013 11:51:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    <p>Legislators in Texas, the biggest energy producer among U.S. states, will begin deliberating its next two-year budget with a surplus forecast today to match an $8.8 billion record set in 2007.</p> <p>As the taxable value of oil produced in Texas surged to $39.1 billion in 2011 from $18.4 billion in 2009, the state led the nation in employment gains, adding about 700,000 jobs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The state unemployment rate has tumbled to a four-year low of 6.2 percent. Oil and natural-gas drilling rigs more than doubled by mid-2012 compared with two years earlier, and the industry’s workforce climbed 9.2 percent, Combs said.</p>
  • Zombie Nation

    01/08/2013 11:47:44 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-7-2013 | Bill Bonner
    Zombie Nation Bill Bonner 01/07/13 Creating and sustaining a nation of zombies is expensive. Large sections of the US population have been turned into zombies. Retirees. Medicare dependents. Food stamp recipients. Disabled people. They are not necessarily bad people. They are not necessarily dishonest or lazy. But rather than add to wealth, they consume it. And when you have too many of them, your society consumes more wealth than it produces and you are on the road to The Downside. But the feds are not only creating individual zombies, they are also creating corporate zombies. An obvious example: “green” energy....
  • The Path To $20,000 Gold

    01/08/2013 11:35:31 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-8-2013 | Dan Amoss
    The Path To $20,000 Gold Dan Amoss 01/08/13 The global monetary system rests on a fragile foundation of trust. Thanks to the actions of central banks, pressure on the system will keep growing. Paper U.S. dollars sit at the heart of the global monetary system. Dollars are liabilities of the Federal Reserve. Just as houses are collateral for mortgages, Treasuries and mortgage bonds are collateral for U.S. dollars. A central bank’s balance sheet is essentially a self-reinforcing feedback loop: Government bonds are the collateral for dollar liabilities, and bonds are streams of future dollar payments. So the dollar is backed...
  • Mussolini Cult Alive and Well in Italy

    01/08/2013 11:31:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 01/08/2013 | Hans-Jürgen Schlamp
    Every year, thousands of people in Italy hang a fresh calendar of images depicting Benito Mussolini on their wall, just one of many indications that the cult of “Il Duce” is alive and well in the country. Many still consider the fascist dictator to have been an honorable man, and it is a weakness that politicians such as Silvio Berlusconi have been able to exploit. … The full extent of the Mussolini cult—a phenomenon many foreigners find difficult to understand—can be seen in Predappio, a small town in the Emilia-Romagna region with barely 7,000 inhabitants. As a tourist destination, Predappio...
  • The Other America Is Still There

    01/08/2013 11:30:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Robert Knight
    Well, the Republicans caved and Barack Obama celebrated in Hawaii while planning his next step in creating an irreversible welfare state. Taxes will rise, spending will soar, and the media will cheer on Mr. Obama as he presses for even more as the debt ceiling deadline approaches. Instead of giving into despair or anger, conservatives need to plan for the long haul. Tea Party people, Christian conservatives, national security conservatives and fiscal conservatives (there’s a lot of overlap here) are already working to establish an actually conservative Republican Congress in 2014. It would be nice to have some conservative...
  • Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says military-style guns don't belong on the streets of America

    01/08/2013 11:27:35 AM PST · by PilotDave · 125 replies
    nydailynews ^ | January 8, 2013 | Kristen A. Lee
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal called for “serious” gun control measures on Tuesday, saying the weapons used by his troops in Afghanistan don’t belong on the streets of America. McChrystal said the M4 Carbine he often carried in the military held a .223 caliber round capable of doing “devastating” damage to a human body. “It’s designed to do that, and that’s what our soldiers ought to carry,” McChrystal said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning. “I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America."
  • Virgina: Energy Capital of East Coast?

    01/08/2013 11:22:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Marita Noon
    With a flood of new federal regulations hitting everything from healthcare, energy, food safety, and bird protection, it is encouraging to know that some states can still think for themselves. In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell declared that he was going to make Virginia the Energy Capital of the East Coast—after all Virginia is blessed with abundant resources such as coal, offshore oil and one of the largest uranium deposits in the world. His plans have been thwarted by the federal government. The EPA is regulating coal mining out of existence. Federal restrictions have prevented Virginia from being able to access...
  • WHY GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS ARE OUR MAIN PROBLEM

    01/08/2013 11:10:15 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 44 replies
    Vanity | 1/8/2013 | Dick Bachert
    A story that plays into where we are now bears recitation. I’m working from memory here and some of the details may not be precisely correct but the take away message has stuck with me all these years. In August, 1977, a small church in Louisville, Nebraska – Faith Baptist – was raided by armed agents of the state Department of Education for running a Christian school. The ostensible reason for the raid was that they were NOT adhering to the state “requirement” that ALL schools and teachers be “certified” by the state. A judge issued an order that the...
  • Report: Debt Ceiling ‘X Date’ Feb. 15 (government unable to pay its bills by mid-February)

    01/08/2013 11:09:37 AM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 1/8/13 6:28 EST | By KATIE GLUECK
    The next debt ceiling battle could come as soon as mid-February, when the federal government looks to hit its borrowing limit, a new report says. “Based on financial data from Treasury, we estimate that the government will be unable to pay all of its bills as early as February 15, also known as the X Date” said Steve Bell, senior director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, in a statement. The Bipartisan Policy Center announced the findings of the organization’s study on Monday. According to a release from the Center, their analysis indicates that “the federal...
  • McConnell: Any gun proposals will take back seat to solving country's financial problems

    01/08/2013 11:06:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2013 | NA
    WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell federal spending and the country's debt will dominate the congressional agenda for the next three months, and that debate about potential gun legislation in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting will take a back seat...
  • The New Liberal Aristocracy (Exactly why we had a revolution +200 years ago)

    01/08/2013 11:05:50 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ‘Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics. The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people...
  • MN Freepers - 2A Meetup

    01/08/2013 11:01:54 AM PST · by Solson · 13 replies
    Minnesota2a.com ^ | 1/6/2013 | Twin Cities Gun Owners
    New! Join us for 2nd Saturday 2A Coffee & Chat! Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10:30 a.m. (metro location, see info below) A great chance to meet other like-minded people in a casual setting once per month. We meet up on the second Saturday of each month at a Twin Cities metro area coffee shop, restaurant or gathering spot. Open carry is welcomed, but not required**. This is NOT an "event" or "rally" or "protest." It's simply friends and new friends meeting for coffee. Period. LOCATION: (metro suburban location just minutes NE of DT Mpls) Given the current climate of discrimination...
  • Have We Lost the Drug Wars?

    01/08/2013 10:59:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 367 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    Forty-odd (exceedingly odd, I might add) years ago, who would have envisioned a national war against drugs? Nobody took drugs -- nobody you knew, nobody but jazz musicians and funny foreign folk. Then, after a while, it came to seem that everybody did. Drugs became a new front in the war on an old social culture that was taking hard licks aplenty in those days. I still don't understand why people take drugs. Can't they just pour themselves a nice shot of bourbon? On the other hand, as Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy argue, in a lucid piece...
  • Obama picks up a fight over his national security team

    01/08/2013 10:55:40 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - Assembling his second term national security team, US President Barack Obama courted controversy as he named former Republican senator Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon and his counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. "My No.1 criteria in making these decisions was simple --who is going to do the best job in securing America," Obama said Monday nominating Hagel, seen as a maverick politician, to replace Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary and Brennan, a key architect of America's drone strategy, to head the Central Intelligence Agency. In making the two controversial picks, especially that of Hagel, Obama...
  • Obama EPA Regulations Kill 15 Power Plants, 480 Jobs In Georgia

    01/08/2013 10:54:35 AM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 8, 2013 | 10:20 am | Beltway Confidential
    Georgia Power asked state regulators for permission to shut down 15 power plants yesterday, claiming new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) make the plants too expensive to run. The 15 coal-, oil- and natural gas-fired power plants currently produce 2,061 megawatts (MW) for Georgia energy consumers. Georgia Power plans to close 11 of the plants on the exact day the EPA’s new mercury regulations are set to take effect, April 16, 2015. Georgia Power will seek waivers from the EPA to keep four of the other plants open for a single year, and then shut those down too...
  • Crowd Laughs as Chicago Teachers Union President Talks about Killing the Rich

    01/08/2013 10:45:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    The Chicago Teachers Union is not just about looking out for its members’ interests. The union wants to fundamentally change America, too. That shift occurred when the radical Karen Lewis was elected as its president two years ago. She’s best known for mocking U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s lisp and for taking on - and defeating - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the district’s first teachers’ strike in a generation. CTU leaders have been on a victory lap of sorts since the September strike, with union activists seeing themselves as protectors of union power during a time of membership...
  • Montanans will not obey any new federal gun restrictions

    01/08/2013 10:45:12 AM PST · by Red Steel · 85 replies
    HungaryHorseNews ^ | Sunday, January 6, 2013 10:35 am | Gary Marbut
    Editor’s note: The following was sent to Montana’s congressional delegation on behalf of the Montana Shooting Sports Association. Because there is much discussion among gun owners of Montana about proposals by Sen. Diane Feinstein and others for Congress to enact various types of gun control, I though you would appreciate knowing what I hear from Montanans about this. I speak to you as a person intimately familiar with firearms, with public policy about firearms, as a person accepted in state and federal courts as an expert on firearms, firearms safety and use of force, and as the president of the...
  • White House inactive on attack dangers ('The threat is on nobody's radar screen')

    01/08/2013 10:37:30 AM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The United States now is facing two serious national security challenges, but they aren’t expected to be addressed effectively because of the serious budgetary headaches Congress has created, and a virtually deadlocked legislature on just about every issue pending, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. And the White House apparently isn’t paying attention. The first is the growing concern of the impact that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event – either natural or manmade – could have on the national grid system, on which the Department of Defense has a 99 percent dependency. The other concern...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Stand Against Gun Control and Hagel in "No Compromise" Strategy

    01/08/2013 10:30:29 AM PST · by Red Steel · 17 replies
    Fox Latino ^ | January 07, 2013
    Watch full video interview above. Freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz is the newest Texan in the Senate and so far he has not been shy to criticize Washington. In a 12-minute interview on Fox News Sunday, Cruz said he does not believe in compromise in D.C. He also said he will not support the confirmation of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary, and is adamantly against current gun control proposals and the fiscal cliff deal, which he called a "lousy deal." During a time in which the Republican Party seems to be in search of a new identity,...
  • Social Security deduction for 1st check of 2013 (Vanity)

    01/08/2013 10:20:40 AM PST · by crosshairs · 31 replies
    I was wondering why my paycheck was so much less for the first check of the new year and started looking at the deductions and saw that the amount taken out for Social Security tax went up 50%. WTH! I guess we have to fund all the lazy bastards who have gone on SSDI in the last year.
  • Liz Warren won’t beat drum ... After touting her heritage

    01/08/2013 10:19:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 8, 2013 | Hillary Chalbot
    Despite repeated claims she is “proud” of her Cherokee heritage, newly minted U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is keeping that pride under wraps and won’t be taking advantage of a chance to officially list herself as the Bay State’s first Native American U.S. senator. Aides said Warren, who describes herself as part Cherokee and part Delaware Indian, won’t contact historians at the Senate Historical Office to tell them she’s Native American. The office lists minority senators in its official directory. Warren’s aides refused further comment, but Betty Koed, an associate historian at the Senate Historical Office, said, “If her office...
  • The siege of Baghdad and China's rise

    01/08/2013 10:18:02 AM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | 07 Jan 2013 | Spengler
    American leaders bring to mind the last Abbasid Caliph, who made no preparations for the approach of the Mongols in 1258. What, asked al-Musta'sim Billah, could Mongol arrows do to the walls of Baghdad? When the Mongol commander Hulagu Khan arrived on January 29, though, he had with him 1,000 Chinese bombardiers, as well as Persian, Turkish and Georgian auxiliaries. Historians disagree as to whether the Mongols used cannon or counterweighted catapults, but in any case the bombardment breached the city's walls within three weeks, and they proceeded to slaughter between 200,000 and a million of its inhabitants. There are...
  • Congress more popular than Kardashians, Lohan, gonorrhea

    01/08/2013 10:15:01 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    Congress more popular than Kardashians, Lohan, gonorrhea By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News White House Correspondent Good news, Congress! You’re more popular than telemarketers, the deadly ebola virus, gonorrhea, the Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, communism, disgraced Democratic former Sen. John Edwards, playground bullies and meth labs. Bad news, Congress! Americans still have a higher opinion of head lice, colonoscopies, cockroaches, Nickelback, the NFL replacement refs, and Donald Trump. Those are the findings of the latest they-have-way-too-much-fun-over-there survey by Public Policy Polling, which found that the legislative branch’s approval rating is mired at 9 percent. A whopping 85 percent of respondents said they...
  • Media Matters for America funder Bill Benter emerges as financial sponsor of pro-Hagel ads

    01/08/2013 10:12:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/13 | Vince Coglianese
    One of the funders behind an ad campaign promoting Chuck Hagel’s nomination to head the Pentagon is also a major donor to the liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America. Hagel, who President Barack Obama tapped Monday as his nominee to head the Defense Department, is already under fire from critics who say he “has sought to distance the United States from Israel” during his career. According to a Foreign Policy magazine report Monday night, a substantial ad campaign aimed at swatting such attacks on Hagel is already underway, and gambling magnate Bill Benter
  • Planned Parenthood received $542.4 million in government grants and reimbursements

    01/08/2013 10:07:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/13 | Caroline May
    Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report for 2011-2012, released Monday, reveals that the abortion and women’s health provider received $542.4 million from taxpayers in government grants and reimbursements — constituting 45 percent of the organization’s revenue. Abortions constituted 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provided from October 2010 to September 2011. According to the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, the 333,964 abortions the organization performed in that timeframe represented a record high for Planned Parenthood. The group noted that from 2009 through 2011, Planned Parenthood performed 995,687 abortions.
  • No Spending Problem - Say What?

    01/08/2013 10:05:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Charles Payne
    It's a quiet morning as the Street grapples with all the Sunday talk show stuff, yet another shot across the bow from President Obama on the notion of government cutting spending. Toss in comments from Nancy Pelosi on the fact $600.0 billion in taxes isn't enough, and somehow democrats will extract more from the pockets of Americans. Therein is the real story; this government's voracious appetite for spending means it must go after people that are decidedly middle income. The way it will work is there will be an attack on taking away tax breaks for oil companies, breaks awarded...
  • Educators rebut Rhee’s tough grading

    01/08/2013 10:01:09 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 January 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    Photo by: Alan Diaz "Our educators, our kids and our families are forced to operate in a ridiculous bureaucracy," Michelle Rhee, here in 2011, said Monday after StudentsFirst released a report card on education policies. (Associated Press) One of American education’s leading provocateurs still knows how to set off a firestorm. Former D.C. public schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee on Monday unveiled her first “report card” grading education policies in every state. Its conclusion is that, with a handful of exceptions, they all stink. Teachers’ unions and other defenders of American public schools excoriated Ms. Rhee and her advocacy group,...
  • No Smoking allowed on Ole Miss campus

    01/08/2013 9:56:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    My FOX Memphis ^ | January 7, 2013 | Tom Dees
    OXFORD, Miss. (FOX13) - If you are looking for a place to smoke on the Ole Miss campus, good luck with that. The new "No Smoking" policy has it covered and is being strictly enforced. Basically the policy reads you can't smoke anywhere on the Ole Miss campus. That includes the interior of all University buildings. As for the property or the grounds, you can't smoke on the sidewalks, parking lots, recreational areas, partially enclosed or open areas such as walkways, breezeways, patios, porches, gazebos, tents and bus shelters. As for University vehicles, you can't smoke in them, you can't...
  • What are your kids smoking?

    01/08/2013 9:53:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 7, 2013 | Marla Jo Fisher
    If your kid has developed a sudden interest in your kitchen pantry, don't start looking up culinary schools just yet. He might not become the next Emeril Lagasse. Not unless Emeril is smoking apples these days... Have you overheard your kid asking someone on the phone if they've got spice? Sorry, dad. He's not making you a nice Thai curry. He's shopping for synthetic marijuana...