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  • CFPB Unveils Sweeping Changes to Mortgage Rules

    01/10/2013 9:47:50 AM PST · by illiac · 23 replies
    Realtor Mag ^ | 1/10/13 | RealtorMag
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unveiled new mortgage rules Thursday that are expected to change how home buyers go about getting approved for a home loan. Every company that issues mortgages will be required to follow the new guidelines. Loans that meet the agency’s new lending criteria now will be called a “qualified mortgage.” Qualified mortgages will be given protection for the bank from lawsuits filed by troubled borrowers or buyers of mortgage-backed bonds. A “qualified mortgage” will consist of the following: • Lenders must prove that income and assets are sufficient to repay the loan (this applies to jumbo...
  • Men armed with assault rifles walk through Portland to 'educate' public on gun rights

    01/10/2013 9:46:29 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 132 replies
    kbnd.com ^ | January 10, 2013
    Two men seen walking down a Portland street armed with assault rifles told police they were exercising their Second Amendment rights and hoping to educate the public on gun rights. Several calls were made to 911 on Wednesday afternoon, with alarmed residents reporting two men with guns strapped to their backs walking through the area of Southeast Seventh Avenue and Spokane Street in Portland's Sellwood neighborhood. When police arrived on the scene, they found two 22-year-old men carrying rifles openly on their backs. The two were also holding valid concealed handgun licenses in Oregon, according to Fox affiliate KPTV. The...
  • Blanking On Her Name, MSNBC's Roberts Calls Michele Bachmann 'What's-Her-Face'

    01/10/2013 9:42:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, we've all blanked on a person's name. But how we handle it can reveal how we feel about the person in question. On the MSNBC Live show he was hosting during today's 11 AM ET hour, Thomas Roberts, blanking on Michele Bachmann's name, referred to her as "what's-her-face." View the video here.
  • Judge Napolitano: Individuals are sovereign – not the government

    01/10/2013 9:35:55 AM PST · by GVnana
    WND ^ | 1/10/2013 | Andrew Napolitano
    Individuals are sovereign – not the government Andrew Napolitano: 2nd Amendment protects our right to shoot tyrants, not deer The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny. And yet, the progressives in both political parties stand ready to use the coercive power of the government to interfere with the exercise of that right by law-abiding persons because of the gross abuse of that...
  • FLASHBACK:Eric Holder: Gun Owners Should 'Cower' in Shame Like Smokers

    01/10/2013 9:34:40 AM PST · by illiac · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/10/13 | NB Staff
    The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman's National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now "cower outside of buildings" to smoke. "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way...
  • St. Louis Teen Pleads Guilty in “Knock Out Game” Assault

    01/10/2013 9:34:16 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    gateway ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Kwame J. Thomas, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty on Jan. 8, 2013, in a 2011 “knockout game” attack on a man in St. Louis. ... In April 2011 an elderly man was attacked by a mob of black youths playing “the knock out game” while walking home from the grocery store with his wife. They killed him. In June 2011 a group of black youths beat a gay man bloody playing “the knock out game.” In August 2011 black teen mobs targeted St. Louis cyclists in the knock out game. In September 2011, a 73-year-old man was knocked unconscious just...
  • NAPOLITANO: The right to shoot tyrants, not deer

    01/10/2013 9:33:35 AM PST · by 7thson · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny. Yet the progressives in both political parties stand ready to use the coercive power of the government to interfere with the exercise of that right by law-abiding persons because of the gross abuse of that right by some crazies in our midst.
  • Pastor Backs Out of Obama Inauguration Over Previous Anti-Gay Comments

    01/10/2013 9:32:44 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jonathan Karl
    Rev. Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration, has now pulled himself out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments and actions, sources confirmed to ABC News. Giglio, who is now Pastor at Passion City Church in Georgia and his role at Obama’s second inauguration was first announced Tuesday. But the liberal website Thinkprogress reported Wednesday on audio of Giglioi delivering a sermon in the mid-1990s in which he said homosexuality is a sin and advocated gay “recovery.”
  • NRA: 100,000 New Members After Sandy Hook Shooting

    01/10/2013 9:21:56 AM PST · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | January 10,2013 | Katie Glueck
    The National Rifle Association has gained more than 100,000 new members in the last 18 days, the organization told POLITICO’s Playbook on Thursday. The number of paid new members jumped from 4.1 million to 4.2 million in that time frame.
  • Welfare mom with 15 kids wants someone to pay for them (video)

    01/10/2013 9:20:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | January 9, 2013 | Uploaded by thejshep
    Original story & 4 follow-ups... This is where our tax dollars go.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 10, 2013

    01/10/2013 9:04:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 94 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 10,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • West New York assemblywoman's bill would require psychological tests for all gun buyers

    01/10/2013 9:04:19 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 67 replies
    nj.com ^ | January 10, 2013
    <p>Individuals seeking a permit to buy firearms in New Jersey would have to submit results of a psychological evaluation before they could buy a gun, under a bill introduced yesterday in the Legislature by West New York Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez.</p>
  • Bill Clinton On Opposition To Gun Control: "This Is Nuts"

    01/10/2013 8:39:12 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 72 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | January 9, 2013
    In a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, former President Bill Clinton outlined the importance mobile technology but also talked about political issues like gun control calling the availability of high-capacity gun magazines "nuts." FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: I grew up in the hunting culture, but this is nuts. Why does anybody need a 30 round clip for a gun? Why does anybody need one of those things that carries 100 bullets? The guy in Colorado had one of those.
  • 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...