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  • States Provide Lucrative Subsidies For Gunmakers

    01/10/2013 8:38:17 AM PST · by Daffynition · 2 replies
    Reuters via the Hartford Courant ^ | January 9, 2013 | MICHAEL C. BENDER and WILLIAM SELWAY
    WASHINGTON — — Governments in nine states have awarded at least $49 million in subsidies in the past five years to gun and ammunition makers whose products are under scrutiny after the school shootings in Newtown. Almost 85 percent of those tax breaks or grants have gone to two companies: Olin Corporation, the Clayton, Mo.-based maker of Winchester-brand bullets and shotgun shells, and a unit of Freedom Group, the Madison, N.C.-based company that produces the rifle used in the Dec. 14 killing of 20 children and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The subsidies from state and local governments...
  • Police: Man stabbed after sign language mistaken for gang signs

    01/10/2013 8:38:14 AM PST · by AppyPappy · 17 replies
    BURLINGTON - A deaf man was stabbed several times Wednesday after another man mistook sign language for gang signs, according to police. The victim was walking down East Morehead Street at 5:10 p.m., using sign language with another man who was also deaf, said Burlington police staff Sgt. Mark Yancey.
  • Virginia Poll: McAuliffe, Cuccinelli in Dead Heat in Virginia 2013 Governor's Race

    01/10/2013 8:38:12 AM PST · by HokieMom · 25 replies
    McLean Patch ^ | January 9, 2013 | Mary Ann Barton
    Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning shows race has tightened a bit since November. Democratic gubernatorial candidate and McLean resident Terry McAuliffe and GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli are virtually tied at the beginning of the race for the governor's seat in Virginia, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning. The Quinnipiac University poll shows McAuliffe with 40 percent to Cuccinelli's 39 percent. One in five voters say they are undecided, according to the poll. In November, a similar poll showed McAuliffe with 41 percent to Cuccinelli's 37 percent. "While all three candidates for governor have run statewide previously, voter...
  • Noting Army flap, Marine Corps orders its spouses clubs to allow same-sex members

    01/10/2013 8:35:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Noting Army flap, Marine Corps orders its spouses clubs to allow same-sex members By Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor Marine Corps leaders have directed their legal teams to alert spouses clubs at all Marine bases to begin allowing same-sex spouses as members if those social groups want to continue operating on Marine installations, Marine officials confirmed to NBC News Wednesday evening. In an all-hands memo to legal offices across the branch, the Marine commandant's Staff Judge Advocate warned against discrimination based on sexual orientation, and he specifically mentioned a controversial decision made last month by the officers' spouses club at...
  • Putting a solid definition on the current administration

    01/10/2013 8:14:17 AM PST · by Capt.Michaels · 14 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Published January 08, 2013 | Dr.Keith Ablow
    Putting a solid definition in place to allow us to focus on what we need to do.
  • Video: 5 facts about guns, schools, and violence

    01/10/2013 7:54:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/10/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Say, anyone interested in actual facts about guns, violence, and schools? If so, Reason's Nick Gillespie and Amanda Winkler have five key points about the actual status of school safety and the impact of guns on American society. The truth is that violent crime and mass shootings have declined since the 1990s, even with events like Newtown and Aurora. Schools are safer now than in decades. However, those data points don't lend themselves to hysterics hoping to panic people into bad legislation that won't solve the problems they supposedly address: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO 1. Violent crime –...
  • US Flu "Epidemic" Worst in Decade

    01/10/2013 7:51:01 AM PST · by chessplayer · 91 replies
    An agressive flu strain is spreading quickly across the country. Hospitals from coast to coast are being forced to divert patients from their overcrowded emergency rooms. "I can't say it enough," Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said. "Please all of everyone out there, get to the health centers where you can get you flu shot." This winter has had the earliest and worst outbreak of deadly flu virus in a decade. Positive cases of influenza in the U.S. rose 60 percent during the last week of December. In the week ending on Dec. 29, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and...
  • Bill Clinton Named 'Father of the Year'

    01/10/2013 7:50:38 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 44 replies
    news max ^ | Jan 9, 2013
    Newsmax Bill Clinton Named 'Father of the Year' Wednesday, January 9, 2013 11:49 PM By: Newsmax Wires Clinton was named the “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council on Wednesday. "We are extremely honored to have President Clinton accept this award for Father of the Year," said Dan Orwig, Chairman of the National Father`s Day Committee. "With the profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations, President Clinton exemplifies the attributes that we celebrate through the father of the year award." The awards will be presented at the 72nd Annual...
  • Economic Collapse! A Leading Indicator Of Better Times To Come

    01/10/2013 7:48:18 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-10-2013 | Darryl R Schoon
    Economic Collapse! A Leading Indicator Of Better Times To Come Economics / Global EconomyJan 10, 2013 - 04:00 AM By: Darryl R Schoon It’s going to get better; but, first, it’s going to get worse Time of the Vulture, 3rd ed. 2012 When I presented Time of The Vulture: How to Survive the Crisis and Prosper in the Process to the Positive Deviant Network in March 2007, the economic collapse hadn’t yet happened. The next year, it did. At the time, I suggested those in attendance shed debt, sell their homes and buy gold. Then, the US real estate market...
  • OUTLAW SWIMMING POOLS! Swimming pools are 52 times more likely to kill children than guns!

    01/10/2013 7:40:27 AM PST · by ComtedeMaistre · 35 replies
    Here is some excellent analysis that shows that swimming pools kill more children than guns, despite the fact that we have more guns than swimming pools in this country: http://www.m1-garand-rifle.com/firearms-versus-swimming-pools.php When you factor in the number of pools relative to that of guns, the analysis shows that a child is 52 times more likely to die in a swimming pool than by a gun shot. We need to outlaw swimming pools, in order to save the lives of children. I am all for pool control. We must fight to ensure that the pool builders lobby does not undermine our attempt...
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise

    01/10/2013 7:37:40 AM PST · by mykroar · 5 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 1/10/2013 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose last week, but seasonal volatility makes it difficult to get a clear picture of the labor market's health. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 371,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's figure was revised to show 5,000 fewer applications than previously reported. Claims tend to be very volatile around this time of the year because of the holidays and seasonal layoffs. While they increased last week, there was nothing in the data to suggest a deterioration in labor market conditions....
  • Same-sex couples can marry at National Cathedral

    01/10/2013 7:30:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/10/2013 | Brett Zongker
    WASHINGTON — The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin hosting same-sex marriages. Cathedral officials say the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. The church announced its new policy Wednesday. As the nation’s most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last...
  • Killer of 2 teen girls held in mom's slaying in Vallejo

    01/10/2013 7:23:42 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Henry K. Lee
    A former Death Row inmate who was out on parole after killing two teenage girls was arrested Wednesday after he killed his mother in Vallejo, police said. Dennis Stanworth, 70, called police at 11:55 a.m. and claimed to have killed his mother at his home on the 2500 block of Marshfield Road, said Vallejo police Lt. Jim O'Connell.
  • Theater of the Absurd: Administration won't rule out minting $1 trillion platinum coin

    01/10/2013 7:23:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/10/2013 | Rick Moran
    Much of the last 4 years has been a nightmare for conservatives. But there is a crazy, stupid, absurd idea being seriously discussed in Washington that makes previous nightmares from the White House pale in comparison. The idea is for the Treasury Department to mint a platinum coin and declare it to be worth $1 trillion. If Congress won't raise the debt ceiling, the coin would be deposited at the Federal Reserve and Obama could continue to spend money. Congress passed a bill allowing for the minting of platinum coins several years ago. But it was a bill designed to...
  • On Secession: An Analysis of Texas v. White

    01/10/2013 7:14:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 172 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/10/2013 | Cory Genelin
    I was recently hired to review the Supreme Court opinion in the case of Texas v. White, 74 U.S. 700 (1869). The opinion in that matter was written by Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase, who had served in Lincoln's cabinet during the Civil War prior to his appointment as chief justice. In the recent talk of secession, this case is often thrown out as having settled the matter legally, just as the Civil War settled the matter militarily. This memorandum of course does not address the wisdom of secession and does not advocate secession. It is devoted solely to analysis...
  • Getting To Know Jack (Getting to know Obama’s Treasury-secretary nominee)

    01/10/2013 7:08:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/10/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    President Obama will nominate current White House chief of staff Jack Lew on Thursday to replace outgoing Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner, according to several news reports. Republicans familiar with Lew, who was a key player in the debt-ceiling negotiations of 2011 as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), say his nomination makes progress on tax and entitlement reform all the more unlikely in Obama’s second term. “We’ve always viewed him as a classic big-government liberal, someone who has consistently stood in the way of efforts to deal with our debt and deficit,” a senior House GOP aide...
  • Paul Ryan Brilliantly Evokes Clueless Conservatism

    01/10/2013 7:02:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/10/2013 | Louis Woodhill
    The 2012 elections showed that the American people don’t like clueless conservatism any better now than when they were getting it in massive doses from George W. Bush. If the electorate really favored progressivism, they would have given the Democrats control of the House of Representatives, and they did not. Instead, the voters used the election to deliver the biggest jolt to the Republicans that they could without giving the Democrats complete control of government. The 2012 election amounted to a desperate attempt by the electorate to purge the Republican Party of clueless conservatism. Clearly, the people are trying to...
  • Morning Bell: See America’s Ranking in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

    01/10/2013 6:56:36 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 2 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 10, 2013 | Amy Payne
    When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter? Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. Since reaching a global peak in 2008, sadly, economic freedom around the world has continued to stagnate. Today launches the 19th edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, produced by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall...
  • IRS Warns Employers: Do Not Try to Avoid ObamaCare Insurance Mandate

    01/10/2013 6:51:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 10, 2013 | Matt Cover
    The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with clever schemes to avoid Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue “anti-abuse rules” to discourage employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes. “The Treasury Department and the IRS are aware of various structures being considered under which employers might use temporary staffing agencies (or other staffing agencies)… to evade application of section 4980H [the employer insurance mandate],” the IRS said in a proposed regulatory announcement issued December 28. …
  • Eric Holder to stay on as attorney general

    01/10/2013 6:45:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 9, 2013 6:20pm EST | Steve Holland and David Ingram
    Attorney General Eric Holder, a lightning rod of criticism from Republicans, is staying on in his job as President Barack Obama starts his second term. A White House official said on Wednesday that Holder is among the Cabinet members who will remain in their position. He has been working on Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on finding ways to reduce gun violence after last month's mass killing in Newtown, Connecticut. It is rare for an attorney general to serve more than four years. …