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  • Senator Elizabeth Warren hires Barney Frank's former chief of staff as economic development director

    01/11/2013 2:01:12 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that her office has hired Bruno Freitas as the new economic development director and a senior advisor to serve in Washington D.C. Freitas joins the Warren team from the office of another Massachusetts politician, former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, who retired from Congress this year following the state legislature's redistricting process. Freitas, a New Bedford native, most recently worked as Frank's chief of staff and legislative director, although he has worked with the congressman in some capacity since 1994, when he helped design Frank's first website. Warren's office said that his previous work...
  • America’s Future? Look to Illinois

    01/11/2013 1:54:39 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Fritz Pfister
    Somewhere along the line I remember a song about how you can take the kid out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the kid. Guess one could write a song, you can take the kid out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the kid. In October of 2008 my warnings went unheeded regarding candidate Barack Obama. All one needed do to see America in four years was to look at Blagojevich’s Illinois. It turned out worse than imagined. Blagojevich’s Illinois was reeling in corruption, political favoritism, extra constitutional mandates, and unfunded pension...
  • Clarksville-Montgomery Co. (TN) school announce new safety plan

    01/11/2013 1:49:44 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    newschannel5 ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Channel 5 news staff
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville-Montgomery School officials announced Friday that armed off-duty officers will be stationed at all elementary schools beginning this month. Administrators said Friday at a news conference that they reviewed the school system's safety protocol and what could be done to enhance safety measures already in place. School resource officers from the Sheriff's Office are already provided in middle and high schools. In December, they increased the visibility and presence of law enforcement at local elementary schools. "There was never a question of us continuing to do business as usual, even though we have had numerous external and...
  • Muni Bubble Pop?

    01/11/2013 1:42:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    On Wednesday, I posted a chart of US Treasury Yields asking the question Yield Curve: Where To From Here? Extreme Complacency in Face of Bernanke Shift. Today's focus is on municipal bonds, but first let's take a look at a chart from the above link. Treasury Yield Curve click on chart for sharper image Certainly Bernanke is not hiking rates any time soon. However, that does not preclude upward pressure on long-term rates. And if there is sustained upward pressure on interest rates (see the above link for why that may be the case), treasuries, corporates, and municipal bonds will...
  • Springfield (MA) ranked as 2nd most LGBT friendly city in America by Advocate magazine

    01/11/2013 1:42:15 PM PST · by matt04 · 22 replies
    The City of Firsts has ranked as the second-most gay friendly city in the nation according to a new list compiled by the LGBT publication Advocate magazine. Springfield, coming in just behind Tacoma, Wash., nearly topped the 2013 list based on several factors including the number of LGBT elected officials, embracing marriage equality and the existence of a roller derby league based in the city. Providence, R.I. was the only other New England city named by the magazine in its list, which looked only at municipalities with a population of at least 150,000. "The city is among the top 10...
  • Volunteer Firefighter to NY Gov. Cuomo: Why I Own an “Assault Rifle”

    01/11/2013 1:32:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 10 January, 2013 | Kevin
    I am a 19-year-old volunteer firefighter living in New York. I also own an AR-15 rifle that is ban compliant. This means that I have spent well over a thousand dollars buying and modifying the rifle to make it legal in NY State, something that people in other states with less violent crime do not need to do. My AR-15 is the best home defense weapon possible for me to own in NY. As I am not yet 21, I cannot apply for a permit to purchase a pistol. Even so, I believe that my rifle is perfect for me....
  • Think Only the Rich Will Pay More Taxes After Fiscal Cliff Agreement? You're Wrong

    01/11/2013 1:28:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/11/2013 | Eamon Javers
    You followed all of the debate over the fiscal cliff and were relieved to hear that taxes were only going up for the rich this year. Well, you were wrong. Because neither party wanted to defend it, the temporary payroll tax cut enacted under Obama died at the end of 2012, which means that everyone in the country will see a bigger tax bite out of their paychecks this year. So when you get your first check of the year, look at the amount charged under "FICA" – you're going to be paying more than you did in December. How...
  • Senate Leaders Urge President Obama To Consider “Any Lawful Steps” To Avoid Default

    01/11/2013 1:19:24 PM PST · by mdittmar · 38 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | January 11, 2013 | United States Senate Democrats
    Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Leaders sent a letter to President Obama today urging him to consider taking unilateral action to protect America’s economy in the face of continued intransigence and obstruction from Republicans.“In the event that Republicans make good on their threat by failing to act, or by moving unilaterally to pass a debt limit extension only as part of unbalanced or unreasonable legislation, we believe you must be willing to take any lawful steps to ensure that America does not break its promises and trigger a global economic crisis — without Congressional approval, if necessary,” the leaders write.Senate...
  • Texas Lt. Gov. calls for gun training for teachers

    01/11/2013 1:19:13 PM PST · by xzins · 32 replies
    KHOU ^ | January 11, 2013 | JIM VERTUNO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has called for state-funded specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings. Dewhurst said school districts would nominate who they wanted to carry weapons on campus. The training would be more extensive than what is currently required for Texas concealed handgun license and include how to react technically and emotionally in an active shooter situation on a school campus. Dewhurst offered no other details of his plan, and said the amount of state funding needed would depend on the number of school districts that participate and how...
  • Has Harry Reid Committed a Felony or Just a Misdemeanor?

    01/11/2013 1:17:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor? The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry -- as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh -- shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor I...
  • Woman walked into Philly high school with gun in a diaper bag, police say

    01/11/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2013
    A woman is behind bars after police say she tried to walk inside a Philadelphia high school with a loaded gun in a diaper bag. A school district spokesman says the adult woman, identified as 21-year-old Kelly Jones, was entering South Philadelphia High School on Thursday to register for evening classes when school police at the X-ray machine spotted the .40 caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic handgun.
  • A Trail of Bullet Casings Leads From Africa’s Wars to Iran

    01/11/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2013 | By C. J. CHIVERS
    The first clues appeared in Kenya, Uganda and what is now South Sudan. A British arms researcher surveying ammunition used by government forces and civilian militias in 2006 found Kalashnikov rifle cartridges he had not seen before. The ammunition bore no factory code, suggesting that its manufacturer hoped to avoid detection. Within two years other researchers were finding identical cartridges circulating through the ethnic violence in Darfur. Similar ammunition then turned up in 2009 in a stadium in Conakry, Guinea, where soldiers had fired on antigovernment protesters, killing more than 150. For six years, a group of independent arms-trafficking researchers...
  • Reid to Obama: OK to skip Congress on debt ceiling

    01/11/2013 12:54:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Reid to Obama: OK to skip Congress on debt ceiling By: Manu Raju and John Bresnahan January 11, 2013 02:47 PM EST Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats are putting new pressure on the White House to circumvent Congress to boost the nation’s debt ceiling if no bipartisan agreement can be reached. In a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama obtained by POLITICO, Reid and his leadership team argue that failing to raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling would threaten the full faith and credit of the United States. Reid and Sens. Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer...
  • Frau Koma’s Second Coming: Mass Murder, Autism and the Cult of Weaponized Genetics

    01/11/2013 12:52:06 PM PST · by mgist · 20 replies
    Age of Autism ^ | 1/11/2013 | Adriana Gamondes
    Part 1, Demon Seed And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. ~Revelations, 20:14-15 By Adriana Gamondes In September, 2011, Manitoba judge Robert Heinrichs ruled that a sixteen year old accused of murder would remain in youth court where he faces a maximum sentence of four years rather than the possibility of life without parole in adult court. Family members of the fifteen year old victim were outraged by the ruling, though Heinrichs stated...
  • China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea

    01/11/2013 12:51:10 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 11, 2013 | Robert Johnson
    After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to head off a number of Chinese military planes spotted in Japan's "air defense identification zone" over the East China Sea on Thursday. "China firmly opposes...
  • Ann Barnhardt over the edge (My Title)

    01/11/2013 12:50:33 PM PST · by rey · 51 replies
    http://www.barnhardt.biz/ ^ | 11 Jan 2013 | rey
    For those of us who were on the fence whether Ann Barnhardt was a taco short of a platter, here's the proof. Seemingly she closed her brokerage business while having a sizable mortgage. The reason she claims to have taken this mortgage is to prevent some near-do-well from aborting her child. Predictably, this had not the desired effect; now there is just one more up and coming near-do-well in the world. She continues to defend her actions despite clear evidence that she was manipulated by satan's spawn. Sad...
  • Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Resignation of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

    01/11/2013 12:37:00 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | January 9, 2013 | AFL-CIO
    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis brought urgently needed change to the Department of Labor, putting the U.S. government firmly on the side of working families. Under Secretary Solis, the Labor Department became a place of safety and support for workers. Secretary Solis’s Department of Labor talks tough and acts tough on enforcement, workplace safety, wage and hour violations and so many other vital services. Secretary Solis never lost sight of her own working-class roots, and she always put the values of working families at the center of everything she did. We hope that her successor will continue to be a powerful...
  • Bill Ayers, School Union Officials Escalate Attacks on Teach for America

    01/11/2013 12:34:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Teach for America has been a breath of fresh air for public schools around the nation. The group recruits top college graduates to spend several years teaching is some of our nation’s worst schools. Most of these graduates did not plan to become professional educators, but they want to make a difference in troubled communities. They are focused on helping underprivileged children learn, and they have little interest in compensation issues or union political schemes. That, of course, does not sit well with teachers union officials. They think Teach for America instructors are invading their turf and taking job security...
  • Grant: Trillion-Dollar Coin Not the Answer

    01/11/2013 12:31:48 PM PST · by BCW · 12 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10 JAN 2013 | CNBC
    you don't think this trillion dollar coin is the answer. that is an urban legend. yeah. okay. what we need to do i think, first ofall, is to speak clearly about this problem we this, this debt problem. for example, secretary of the treasury is not the secretary of the treasury. secretary of the debt. there are being no net treasurer in the treasury so we must be clear about that. we use the word trillion. 1 trillion is a million million. 1 trillion is an incomprehensible number we throw around and it numbs us, and we must speak of...
  • Israel Is OK with Hagel as Secretary of Defense

    01/11/2013 12:29:15 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 16 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 1/11/13 | Connor Simpson
    Republicans trying to raise a case against confirming Chuck Hagel have cited not so kind remarks about Israel -- or "the Jews," as he's been quoted calling them -- as a reason not to confirm, but that could be a hard sell when Israel's departing Deputy Foreign Minister thinks Hagel is an alright guy.
  • The Gleaners

    01/11/2013 12:17:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Charles Payne
    It is said history repeats itself, or at the very least echoes the past but while human behavior is range-bound circumstances have changed and may not be repeated. In the western world poverty as it was known for centuries will probably never been seen again. Interestingly, changes in technology and attitudes that have eradicated scenes like that in Jean-Francois Millet's The Gleaners have also eradicated something else. Making its debut at the annual Salon of 1857 in Paris, the painting caused a stir among the rich and middle classes that saw it as an affront from someone enamored with Socialism....
  • 6 Provocative Predictions for 2013… and Beyond

    01/11/2013 12:14:59 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-10-2013 | Addison Wiggin
    6 Provocative Predictions for 2013… and Beyond By Addison Wiggin 01/10/13 Someday, someone will fund an academic study identifying the crevice in the human brain that craves year-end predictions for the coming 12 months. Wherever it resides, it is undeniably strong and far more prevalent among the populace than the craving for news about, say, the “fiscal cliff” or the New York Jets’ quarterback saga. Within the finance sector, such predictions abound. “Macro surprises” from Morgan Stanley, “13 outliers for ’13” from Deutsche Bank, and the ever popular “outrageous predictions” from Denmark’s Saxo Bank. And you know what? These institutions...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition to outlaw guns around pResident needs 7,741 more signatures

    01/11/2013 12:13:13 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    The Piers Morgan deporation petition is going to be addressed because it passed the threshold of 25,000 votes. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2975918/posts There are 11 more days to get the required number of signatures on the petition to establish a gun-free zone around the pResident and send the Secret Service home is in the final stretch. This petition illustrates the insanity of gun-free zones, and the hypocrisy of a politicians surrounding themselves with armed guards while insisting that our children be soft targets. We have to fight the gun-grabbers on every front or they are going to win. This is just another front....
  • COMPLETE: Ben Shapiro CUTS Piers Morgan DOWN (youtube video--great stuff!)

    01/11/2013 12:12:12 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 1/10/2013
    Video Link
  • The “National Taxpayer Advocate” at the IRS Is Advocating for the Government, not Taxpayers

    01/11/2013 12:11:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not a big fan of the Internal Revenue Service, though I try to make sure that politicians get much of the blame for America’s convoluted, punitive, and unfair tax code. Heck, just look at these three images – here, here, and here – and you’ll find startling evidence that politicians make the tax system worse with each passing year.But there is an office at the IRS that ostensibly exists to defend the interests of taxpayers. The Taxpayer Advocate Service, according to the government website, “an independent organization within the IRS and helps taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and...
  • (America's Leadership) Washington, D.C., Residents Watch More Porn Than The Rest Of America: Study

    01/11/2013 12:11:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    NYDN ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Adam Edelman
    Washington, D.C., residents watch more porn than the rest of America: study • Research from PornHub.com says residents of the nation’s capital watch 14.18 online videos per person in a year. Hawaii is second, with 7.57 per year. Politics has always been dirty, but a new study takes the expression to a level so stimulating that it’s hard to believe. Residents of Washington, D.C., watch nearly twice as much online pornography as people in any of the 50 states, according to a study published by XXX site PornHub.com. Horndogs in the nation’s capital consumed online pornography at a rate of...
  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 12:10:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    "So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama. The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think, to shape a strong relationship with a responsible Afghan government that is willing to cooperate with us to make sure that it is not a launching pad for future...
  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 12:08:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama. The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think, to shape a strong
  • The US Deficit Almost Completely Disappeared In December

    01/11/2013 11:55:59 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Sam Ro
    The US Deficit Almost Completely Disappeared In DecemberSam RoJanuary 11, 2013 The U.S. December budget deficit was just $260 million. This is according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement from the Financial Management Service. Economists were forecasting a deficit of closer to $1 billion. The December deficit was also the lowest December number since 2007, reports Bloomberg. It's worth noting that monthly numbers are noisy, and that seasonal factors tend to be considerable in December. Regardless, this is an encouraging sign. Receipts were $269.5 billion while the spending was $269.7 billion. This is important to remember, because budget deficits and...
  • Homeowner shoots naked intruder found choking dog, police say

    01/11/2013 11:52:27 AM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | January 2, 2013 | Donna Rapado and Brian Hamacher
    A naked intruder who was trying to choke a pet Rottweiler was shot by a homeowner in Miami Wednesday morning, police said. The bizarre incident happened around 5 a.m. when the occupants of the home were awoken when they heard a commotion and dogs barking. When the homeowner went to check out the noise, he confronted the suspect, who was completely naked and trying to choke one of the dogs, police said. "He comes out and spots a person who is not only fighting with this dog but is naked fighting with this dog," Miami Police spokesman Det. Willie Moreno...
  • WaPo: Yeah, Morgan got pwned last night

    01/11/2013 11:47:30 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Normally I’d be tempted to just add this as an update to the previous post, but it’s just too delicious not to highlight on its own. As Duane wrote in his GR post, Piers Morgan went from his embarrassing display in his interview with Ben Shapiro to lamenting about Shapiro’s “intransigent” performance with Mark Kelly afterward. Eric Wemple at the Washington Post confirms that Shapiro wasn’t intransigent — he was just a lot smarter than Morgan and beat him at his own game: Wemple then excerpts Shapiro’s challenge to Morgan on handguns. Murders by rifle are relatively rare, more rare...
  • The Southern States PBA official stand on gun control in America

    01/11/2013 11:33:24 AM PST · by Jgerald · 17 replies
    SSPBA ^ | 01/10/2013 | Chris Skinner
    "As president of Southern States PBA, a professional law enforcement association with over 30,000 members from federal, state, county and municipal agencies, I would like to express our support for the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and for law abiding citizens to purchase and own firearms. From hunting to shooting sports, firearms are a part of the American culture that are passed from generation to generation. Rank and file law enforcement officers realize that gun ownership from law abiding citizens poses no threat to the law enforcement community or to the public. New legislation aimed at reducing or restricting law...
  • Fourth living veteran of Afghanistan war to receive Medal of Honor

    01/11/2013 11:33:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 11, 2012 | Jennifer Hlad
    Clinton Romesha WASHINGTON – Former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor in February for his actions as a section leader in Afghanistan in 2009, the fourth living veteran of the war in Afghanistan to receive the award. Romesha was section leader with Bravo Troop, 3-61 Cavalry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at combat outpost Keating in Kamdesh District, Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009, when his unit came under heavy fire. According to written accounts by military historian Richard S. Lowry, enemy fighters launched an assault against the post, attacking from three sides...
  • Bullied on the President’s Stage

    01/11/2013 11:31:56 AM PST · by cblue55 · 5 replies
    Q Ideas ^ | Gabe Lyons
    January 21, 2013 may go down in history, as the day Americans lost their most important freedom—their freedom of conscience. I’m no fear monger and realize in the middle of the current gun restriction debate, Americans can hardly stand another story on lost liberties. But pay attention, lest you become distracted by deliberations over the Second Amendment, and lose sight of the First ...
  • Overflow Santa Rosa crowd divided over adding gun controls

    01/11/2013 11:25:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 10 January, 2013 | GUY KOVNER
    Madeleine Melo of Fort Bragg, widow of the North Coast's most prominent recent victim of gun violence, spoke out Thursday night in defense of gun ownership at a public forum convened by Rep. Mike Thompson. "I strongly support our right to own and use guns," Melo told Thompson and six other public officials before an overflow crowd in the Sonoma County supervisors chambers in Santa Rosa. In her next sentence, Melo, whose husband Jere Melo was murdered in the Mendocino County woods in 2011, said the "unchecked acts of violent criminals take away the rights of others to live a...
  • Republican senator: 'Jack Lew must never be secretary of Treasury' (Wall ST. Gambler?)

    01/11/2013 11:00:29 AM PST · by yoe · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jamuary 9, 2013 | Kara Rowland
    A key Republican has vowed to block the expected promotion of White House Chief of Staff Jacob "Jack" Lew, saying he "must never be secretary of Treasury." [snip] A strongly worded statement by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. -- prepared in anticipation of that nomination and obtained by Fox News -- signals the bumpy ride Lew could face during the Senate confirmation process. Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, says Lew misled Congress about the White House's budget proposals and argues that should disqualify him from being put in charge of the government's finances. "Lew, as the president's...
  • France Confirms Mali Intervention (France Sends Troops To Ex-Colony)

    01/11/2013 10:59:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/11/2013 | BBC News
    President Francois Hollande says French troops are taking part in operations against Islamists in northern Mali. French troops "have brought support this afternoon to Malian units to fight against terrorist elements", he said. Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April. Mr Hollande said the intervention complied with international law, and had been agreed with Malian President Dioncounda Traore. A state of emergency has been declared across the country. The militants said on Thursday that they had advanced further into government-controlled territory, taking the strategic central town of Konna. Mr Hollande said French military action...
  • A large segment of Obama-Biden's base more than likely could not legally purchase a firearm

    01/11/2013 10:56:15 AM PST · by WyCoKsRepublican · 26 replies
    There are lots of reasons Obama and VP "Goofball" Biden want to take your guns. Just food for thought. I firmly believe that a large part of their base could not legally buy a firearm due to criminal history, mental illness or just plain stupidity. Of course, his goons and voter base will obtain firearms of all kinds illegally. The NRA needs to continue to lead the fight and increase its ranks in the wake of this constitutional showdown.
  • New approach using nanoparticle alloys allows heat to be focused or reflected

    01/11/2013 10:55:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Jan 11,2013 | by David Chandler
    FULL TITLE: New approach using nanoparticle alloys allows heat to be focused or reflected just like electromagnetic waves An MIT researcher has developed a technique that provides a new way of manipulating heat, allowing it to be controlled much as light waves can be manipulated by lenses and mirrors. The approach relies on engineered materials consisting of nanostructured semiconductor alloy crystals. Heat is a vibration of matter—technically, a vibration of the atomic lattice of a material—just as sound is. Such vibrations can also be thought of as a stream of phonons—a kind of "virtual particle" that is analogous to the...
  • J.C. Penney shares slide as UBS sees worse holiday sales (Ellen Christmas advertising flops?)

    01/11/2013 10:46:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/11/13 | Phil Wahba
    J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N) slid as much as 8 percent on Friday after UBS published a research note saying holiday quarter sales have likely been worse than expected and questioned the retailer's ability to roll out its new shops on schedule. -snip- UBS analyst Michael Binetti lowered his forecast for Penney's fiscal fourth quarter, which is still underway and includes the holiday period, and expects same-store sales to decline 28 percent, from an earlier projection of a 20 percent decline.
  • Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study

    01/11/2013 10:34:34 AM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | January 11, 2013
    In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions. As just one example, below are some of the taxes that will impact the purchase of dental braces: Obamacare Medical Device Tax: As of Jan.1, Obamacare imposes a new tax of 2.3 percent on medical device manufacturers, including those who make dental braces. The tax is imposed on gross sales -- even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. While the tax will be paid to the IRS by the manufacturer, the tax will be passed along as a higher...
  • Greek journalists bombed over economic crisis reports

    01/11/2013 10:30:39 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Denis Roland and agencies
    Five Greek journalists working for major media outlets have had their homes targeted by small makeshift bombs. The attacks, made in the early hours of Friday by unknown assailants, are believed to be fuelled by discontent over the reporters' portrayal of the country's financial crisis. Greece - in its sixth year of recession - has so far received international bailouts from its troika of lenders - the IMF, EU and European Central Bank - totalling €240bn (£198bn). The bombings were the first such coordinated offensives against mainstream journalists since the Greek debt crisis erupted in 2009. Among those targeted by...
  • Low-cost 3D printer makes at-home production reality

    01/11/2013 10:25:31 AM PST · by null and void · 50 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 1/10/13 | Melissa Sue Sorrell Galley
    New Kickstarter project could well be first affordable at-home 3D printer brought to market Staples may be planning to bring 3D printing to the consumer marketplace, but three men from San Diego want to bring it right into your home office, and they’ve created an overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign to help them do it. Called the RoBo 3D Printer , the device is not the first personal 3D printer out there, but it is one of the most inexpensive. Its creators believe that they’ll be able to sell the product for just over $500 — a veritable steal compared to...
  • Trump on Bill Mahr’s $5 million pledge: ‘I’ll sue him’

    01/11/2013 10:17:28 AM PST · by SmileRight · 33 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    With his usual flair, Donald Trump set the record straight on his feud with Bill Mahr, the Miss Alabama controversy, the recent handling of the fiscal crisis by Congress and the next presidential election, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Trump explained that Mahr had appeared on the Jay Leno Show, said that Trump had been “spawned by orangutans” and made an offer of $5 million for Trump to produce his birth certificate. Since the money would go to charity, Trump accepted the offer and produced legal paperwork required to fulfill the obligations. “Why is it that somebody...
  • life extending cancer drugs ´rationed by postcode´: dozens of hospitals refuse to hand

    01/11/2013 10:17:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 1/11/13 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year.
  • The Myth of Government Default [If you think gun control is a problem, read this]

    01/11/2013 10:05:56 AM PST · by IndePundit · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/11/13 | David Rivkin & Lee Casey
    Three false arguments, pushed hard by the Obama administration and accepted on faith by the media and much of the political establishment, must be laid to rest if the American people are to understand the issues at stake in the federal "debt ceiling" debate. The first is that Congress's failure to raise the debt ceiling—the amount of money the federal government is authorized to borrow at any given time—will cause a default on the national debt. The second is that federal entitlement programs are constitutionally protected from spending cuts. The third is that the president can raise the debt ceiling...
  • Major Shakeout Looms for Top New York Times Editors (Pink Slips, Hope and Change!)

    01/11/2013 10:05:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    New York Mag ^ | 1/11/13 | Joe Hagan
    The next two weeks are going to get tense inside the headquarters of the New York Times. Last month, executive editor Jill Abramson told the staff she’d have to cut 30 positions from the news division to buffer against financial losses from rapidly declining advertising revenue. Reporters and editors would be offered buyouts, she said, but if she didn't have enough takers in a month’s time, she would be “forced to go to layoffs.” As the January 24 deadline approaches, only two people, assistant managing editor Jonathan Landman and reporter Jacques Steinberg, have formally announced their exits.
  • Ed Koch at 88: New York’s Still-Outspoken Ex-Mayor Holds No Grudges

    01/11/2013 10:02:27 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01/11/13 | Lloyd Grove
    Now that he is 88, New York’s former three-term mayor—the star of Koch, a rollicking, warts-and-all documentary premiering this weekend at the New York Jewish Film Festival—has nothing holding him back. * * * “I think he’s a pompous ass,” Koch tells me about New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. * * * Koch is downright dismissive of Schumer’s junior colleague, Kirsten Gillibrand, an upstate congresswoman when she was appointed in 2009 to the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. * * * But concerning a certain former vice president, “I don’t happen to like Al Gore,” Koch confides. *...
  • Dick Morris: Kerry’s Aide Too Friendly to Castro

    01/11/2013 9:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 11 Jan 2013 10:10 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Dick Morris is spearheading a campaign to stop presumed Secretary of State John Kerry from tapping an “overt Castro sympathizer” to be in charge of U.S.-Cuban policy. Morris says one of Kerry’s closest confidants is Fulton Armstrong, who has served for years as his assistant for Cuban and Latin American relations on the Senate staff of the Foreign Policy Committee. … Morris said when John Bolton was up for Ambassador to Cuba, he said there was evidence Castro was amassing biological weapons for use against the U.S. and moved to declassify a report about it. “Fulton Armstrong opposed that and...
  • I Got 15 Kids & 3 Babydaddys-SOMEONE'S GOTTA PAY FOR ME & MY KIDS!!!

    01/11/2013 9:42:51 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/11/13
    THIS IS A TYPICAL OBAMA VOTER, CREATE YOUR MESS AND EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR IT. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!