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  • Journalists react in shock to Drudge Report header featuring Hitler and Stalin

    01/09/2013 11:02:05 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 135 replies
    Shocked journalists this afternoon were quick to react to the Drudge Report’s controversial header photo comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin. The item linked to a Weekly Standard article reporting that President Obama was willing to address the gun issue with an executive order. “Hitler and Stalin!” exclaimed BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith on Twitter alerting most of his followers by linking directly to the Drudge Report. “Drudge rules our world,” responded Slate journalist David Weigel to Smith’s post on Twitter, later adding sarcastically, “SOMETHING SHOCKING HAS BEEN POSTED ON THE INTERNET.” “Our right is nuttier than your right (US...
  • Killer whales trapped in Quebec sea ice

    01/09/2013 10:52:02 PM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    MONTREAL (AP) - A community in Quebec's Far North is calling for outside help to free about a dozen killer whales trapped under a vast stretch of sea ice. Locals in Inukjuak said the mammals have gathered around a single hole in the ice - slightly bigger than a pickup truck - in a desperate bid to get oxygen. "Fisheries and Oceans Canada is assessing the situation and are exploring every possible option, but will only be in a position to determine what - if anything - can be done once our specialists arrive on site," spokesman Frank Stanek said...
  • Andrew Cuomo and Fannie and Freddie (Cuomo caused crash)

    01/09/2013 9:51:49 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    Village Voice ^ | August 05, 2008 | By Wayne Barrett
    There are as many starting points for the mortgage meltdown as there are fears about how far it has yet to go, but one decisive point of departure is the final years of the Clinton administration, when a kid from Queens without any real banking or real-estate experience was the only man in Washington with the power to regulate the giants of home finance, the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), better known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series...
  • Cuomo Vows to ‘Enact the Toughest Assault Weapon Ban in the Nation, Period!’

    01/09/2013 9:16:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 63 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 1/09 | Colin Campbell and Hunter Walker
    One of the most hotly-anticipated elements of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State address today was his plan to enact “sweeping” gun control reforms in New York. In his speech, the governor outlined a seven-point gun control plan focused on “high capacity assault rifles” that he promised would be one of the “toughest” in that nation and lead similar laws to spread beyond New York. “Gun violence has been on a rampage as we know firsthand and as we know painfully,” said the governor. “We must stop the madness, my friends. In one word it’s just ‘enough.’ It...
  • A Ringing Defeat for Stop-and-Frisk and a Huge Win for Civil Liberties

    01/09/2013 9:07:25 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 82 replies
    Slate ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Justin Peters
    In March of 2012, several New York City residents sued the New York Police Department over alleged overreaches of its controversial stop-and-frisk policy.* The plaintiffs argued that the NYPD “has a widespread practice of making unlawful stops on suspicion of trespass” outside certain buildings in the Bronx, and asked the court for relief from the department’s Trespass Affidavit Program (TAP). On Tuesday, they got their wish. Finding that NYPD officials showed “deliberate indifference” to the unconstitutionality of the relevant incidents, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin issued an injunction prohibiting unjustifiable stop-and-frisk actions outside of certain Bronx buildings. This is...
  • YOUTUBE: Penn & Teller on the 2nd Amendment

    01/09/2013 8:59:29 PM PST · by doug from upland · 26 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 1-2013
    SUCCINCT AND THEY NAIL IT
  • New York Is Moving Quickly to Enact Tough Curbs on Guns

    01/09/2013 8:43:15 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | Januuary 9, 2013 | By DAVID M. HALBFINGER and THOMAS KAPLAN
    New York State is nearing agreement on a proposal to put what would be some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws into effect, including what Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo vowed on Wednesday would be an ironclad ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, and new measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill people. Lawmakers in Albany, seeking to send a message to the nation that the recent mass shootings demand swift action, say they hope to vote on the package of legislation as soon as next week. The Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan...
  • New York Times Reporter Lays Out ´Far-Right Agenda´ of Texas Tea Party

    01/09/2013 8:41:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/9/13 | Clay Waters
    The New York Times´s Manny Fernandez greeted the opening of the biannual Texas legislative session in Austin in Wednesday´s paper: "Texas Budget Surplus Proves as Contentious As a Previous Shortfall." After explaining how Texas has become flush with cash over the last two years, going from a budget deficit to surplus, Fernandez couldn´t help working in a cut against the "far-right" Tea Party. Shortly after noon inside the Capitol’s Senate chamber, Gov. Rick Perry told senators that the comptroller’s revenue estimate released the day before was good news, but cautioned them to retain the state’s fiscally conservative model.
  • Obama needs some binders of women

    01/09/2013 8:36:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/9/13 | Ruth Marcus
    About all those white guys: What a shame. Not an outrage, but a shame. The face of power that President Obama has chosen to present to the country and the world with his second-term Cabinet picks is striking — except for the African American president at the top of the pyramid — for its retro look, white and male. It’s “Mad Men” Goes to Washington, except Peggy’s leaving. On the foreign policy team, white guy for secretary of state, white guy for defense secretary, white guy for CIA. For Treasury secretary, white guy. Obama’s replacement as chief of staff
  • Newt "evolves" on gay marriage

    01/09/2013 8:10:26 PM PST · by sloop · 94 replies
    On the Record ^ | 1/9/13 | Greta
    Newt "evolves" on gay marriage
  • We need your help to keep FR going strong!! [FReepathon thread IV]

    01/09/2013 8:02:57 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 770 replies
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  • Bobcat that attacked Massachusetts family was rabid, officials say

    01/09/2013 7:56:15 PM PST · by South40 · 31 replies
    USNews/NBC.com ^ | 1/9/2013 | Daniel Arkin
    The wild bobcat that attacked two people in Brookfield, Mass., leaving a man with severe gashes on his face and arms, had rabies, according to a town official. Stephen J. Comtois, chairman of the town council, announced at a council meeting Tuesday evening that the bobcat was infected with the neurological disease, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported. Comtois said the victims of the attack were being treated with vaccination shots. ((snip)) Amid the frenzy, Mundell and his wife managed to pin the animal to the ground with a walking crutch. While Mundell kneeled on the bobcat, his wife ran...
  • Obama to Use Executive Order on Gun Control

    01/09/2013 7:36:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 127 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with victims of gun violence today. Speaking with reporters beforehand, Biden said President Obama may use an executive order to push through more gun control and Second Amendment restrictions. More from the Weekly Standard. "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as...
  • SCHOOL NURSE REVEALS THE CHILLING DETAILS FROM CT SHOOTING:

    01/09/2013 7:23:16 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 217 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 17, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    Sally Cox: "…The popping kept going off. And I just dove underneath my computer desk.... I could see his feet and his legs from the knees down... his feet were facing in my direction. And I just froze with fear. And then ... he turned around and I could hear him walk out. I heard the door close and then I just heard popping starting all over again. And then the secretary, she was down behind my desk and we pulled the phone off the desk and she called 911. ... she said, “... please send help right away. We...
  • Fox’s ‘The Five’ Retaliates Against Gawker’s NYC Gun Owner List by Airing Founder’s Phone Number

    01/09/2013 7:11:02 PM PST · by XXXoholic · 28 replies
    In response to Gawker’s controversial decision to publish the names of every registered handgun owner in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, Fox’s The Five retaliated by publishing the phone number and email address of Gawker founder Nick Denton for its audience. Give the dude a ring and give him a piece of your mind. 646-470-4295 nick@gawker.com
  • E-cigarettes: no smoke without ire

    01/09/2013 7:06:47 PM PST · by Eric Blair 2084 · 55 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 5, 2013 | Lionel Shriver
    I've long been a decorative smoker. One daily roll-up hasn't imperilled my health much, and it's rescued me from the ranks of the self-righteous. I've relished the dash of badness, but my indulgence has come at a price: complicity. My more heavily addicted husband has smoked from the age of 19. So long as I join him in the odd postprandial drag, I'm a bad influence. Last month I switched to an e-cig. I'm a convert. Sleek, black, and easily confused with a fine-point felt-tip, this newfangled "nicotine delivery system" is dead cool. The gently warm vapour ingeniously replicates the...
  • Ryan asks if Obama will meet deadline to submit a budget request this year

    01/09/2013 7:00:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/9/13 | Erik Wasson
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday asked the White House if it will once again miss the legal deadline for submitting an annual budget to Congress. Under the law, Obama must submit a budget by the first Monday in February, but he has met the deadline only once. The annual budget submission is supposed to start a congressional budgeting process, but that has also broken down. The Senate last passed a budget resolution in 2009. “Given the critical importance of addressing our nation´s fiscal problems, I am writing to ask whether the President will submit
  • 'Demand a Plan' Gun Control Celebrities Ignore Harsh Realities

    01/09/2013 6:57:34 PM PST · by reformedcrat · 4 replies
    Gun supporters need to answer the Mayor Bloomberg-inspired, self-righteous video of celebrities who “demand a plan” to end gun violence. The original video, filmed mostly in black and white, features emotional, self-righteous actors who “demand a plan” for the mass shootings that have occurred. The subtext clearly called for banning guns.
  • US Officials: China Refuses to Help Stop Investment Scams

    01/09/2013 6:55:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    ABC News | 1/9/13 | Matthew Mosk & Brian Ross
    The Chinese government snubbed a U.S. request for help in cracking down on a string of alleged investment frauds that have cost Americans billions, outgoing Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro told ABC News. The lack of cooperation has stymied efforts to recoup investor losses, she said, in one of the largest sprees of alleged financial crimes in recent memory -- one that has gone largely unnoticed by most Americans. "The consequence is it´s very much more difficult for us to prove our cases," Schapiro said in one of her final interviews before leaving the post,
  • Cops: Here are the four guys who killed Raphael Ward for his Marmot jacket

    01/09/2013 6:51:24 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 01/07/2013 | THOMAS TRACY
    Police have released surveillance video showing the four suspects wanted for gunning down a Manhattan teen for his coat Friday night. In the video, the foursome is seen entering a grocery store on the lower East Side a few minutes before the fatal shooting, police said Monday.