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  • Northern Virginia Democrat Takes Aim at the Gun Show Loophole

    01/12/2013 6:35:16 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    connectionnewspapers.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Michael Lee Pope
    Legislators will be dueling over guns this year at the Capitol, with gun-rights advocates set to oppose efforts to close Virginia’s gun-show loophole. Alexandria state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Arlington Del. Patrick Hope (D-47) have introduced legislation that would require a background check for every gun purchase. That includes the 40 percent of current gun sales that take place in a private transaction, which do not require any kind of background check to be conducted on the individual purchasing the weapon. “The current laws are like Swiss cheese,” said Hope, who sits on the Militia, Police and Public Safety...
  • Oakland’s Radical Occupy Teachers Finally Reveal Their Goal: ‘Abolish Capitalism’

    01/12/2013 6:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    At least the teachers of Occupy Oakland are finally being honest about their political agenda. They’re openly calling for an all-out abolition of capitalism. The Occupy Oakland Education Committee – comprised of public school teachers from the Oakland, California school district – has renamed its publication “ClassRoom Struggle” and its platform TEACH, which stands for “Transform Education, Abolish Capitalism and Heal.” Finally the radical teachers have acknowledged what we’ve been saying all along: they want to end capitalism and replace it with a socialist economy, quite possibly enforced by a totalitarian form of government. And what, precisely, is their strategy?...
  • Go Global in 2013

    01/12/2013 6:23:27 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Charles Payne
    The market begins the session with a whimper, and that's not such a bad thing. Last week stocks came out of the gate with gusto in a combination of excitement over the temporary resolution of one cliff issue and hope this could be the year when we go beyond green shoots. By the same token the set-up is positive. Expectations are low for corporate earnings and macro economic growth. The only places there might be too much enthusiasm are housing and automotive. Bonds are beginning to falter, and while predicting their demise has been the wrong prediction for thirty years...
  • Double Standard: David Gregory's treatment vs. East Tennessee Minister by DC police.

    01/12/2013 6:21:17 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 25 replies
    Johnson City Press ^ | Circa 2010 | John Thompson
    The family’s ordeal began when they reached the hotel’s parking garage, which is shared with a Federal Emergency Management Agency building. A security guard at the parking garage entrance asked if Duncan had any weapons. Duncan said he carried two Smith and Wesson pistols under his seat.
  • California officials name new elementary school ... for notorious outlaw hanged for murder

    01/12/2013 6:17:17 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 11, 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    Tiburcio Vasquez was one of California's most notorious 19th century bandits, but that did not stop education officials in one county from voting unanimously to name a new school in his honor. Come next August, children in Salinas will be heading to Tiburcio Vasquez Elementary School, unless the Alisal Union School District reconsiders its controversial naming choice. The decision to celebrate the Gold Rush-era outlaw who was hanged for multiple murders and a long string of other crimes in 1875 sparked a public outcry when it was announced last month. Law enforcement officials and even Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter insisted...
  • MSNBC's Wagner Insists 'No One, Anywhere' Wants to Scrap 2nd Amendment; But She's On Record

    01/12/2013 6:16:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Ken Shepherd
    "No one, anywhere, is talking about doing away with the Second Amendment, and no one, anywhere is advocating stripping away gun ownership," MSNBC's Alex Wagner insisted on the January 11 edition of her eponymous noontime program. Nice try, Ms. Wagner, but exactly two years ago to the day, your colleague Richard Lui suggested it was time to "revisit the Second Amendment" following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). In November of 2011, Wagner admitted to liberal comedian Bill Maher that she was "going to be pilloried for this" but that she would amend the U.S. Constitution to ditch the...
  • Panetta Warns of Hollow American Military Force

    01/12/2013 6:13:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    The Defense Department "Sequester" – a budget gimmick originally described as "ridiculous" by Harry Reid and the President's Chief of Staff – has become a Gordian Knot that the White House and Congress have so far failed to unravel.  Originally scheduled to be force implemented on January 1, 2013, it escaped solution during the New Year's Eve fiscal cliff fiasco.  Instead, the problem was just kicked down the road a few more weeks with a new drop-dead date of March 1.  Rather than providing relief, the legislative inaction accentuates uncertainty and compresses even further the time frame in which the...
  • Biden Looks to “Smart Guns” as White House Moves to Curb Firearms

    01/12/2013 6:05:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 11 Jan 2013 03:47 PM | Todd Beamon and Newsmax Wires
    Capping three days of meetings on ways to stem gun violence in light of the Connecticut shootings last month, Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday he was interested in technology that would keep a gun from being fired by anyone other than the person who bought it. And it became clear that President Barack Obama plans to push for a controversial ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to stem gun violence in his State of the Union address next month. … Technology for so-called “smart guns” is being developed, although, so far there has been little demand for...
  • Reid Urges Obama to Bypass Congress on Debt Ceiling

    01/12/2013 6:00:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 11 Jan 2013 10:13 PM | Todd Beamon
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Democratic leaders told President Barack Obama on Friday to consider side-stepping Congress if no agreement could be reached next month on raising the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. And two Republican congressmen asked Obama in their own letter that the president to “be open and honest with the American people” on the nation’s finances in his State of the Union address next month. In their letter, Reid and other top Democrats said Obama should “take any lawful steps” to avoid defaulting on the debt—“without Congressional approval, if necessary,” The Washington Post reports. …
  • Teens charged with 2nd-degree murder [Victim Killed with PEN! Where are the pen control laws??]

    01/12/2013 5:57:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 54 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 1/10/13
    Two teenagers accused of killing a manafter he introduced them to a female prostitute will be charged with second-degree murder, a judge ruled Thursday morning... Llano told police he had Hypollite in a choke hold while Xolo stabbed him with a pen and hit him with a broken glassbottle. Xolo denied using the bottle but admitted to stabbing Hypollite with a pen. When officers arrived, they saw two teenagers hitting a man who was on the ground, said Hallandale Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy. The teenagers then ran away. Officers soon found Hypollite's body.
  • UK Government-Run Healthcare System: Soiled Bedclothes, Starving Patients

    01/12/2013 5:55:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    During the Obamacare debate, Paul Krugman told us we could ignore stories about what was happening across the ocean, writing that “In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We’ve all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false.” Every so often, I wonder how Krugman would define a “scare story.” How about starving babies to death, as I wrote about last month? Would he say that’s “false,” or simply not a “scare story”?Let’s look at some new information from the U.K.’s government-run system and see whether we can expect our...
  • Civil servant working two full time public jobs ...

    01/12/2013 5:53:22 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January111, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Michigan civil servant is in hot water after being exposed as holding down two six-figure public posts at the same time - earning him more than the Vice President. Barnett Jones, has been paid $273,750 since May as Flint's administrator of public safety and head of security for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, despite the fact the posts are both full-time and based 70 miles apart, according to the Free Press. The lawman resigned his Flint role today after the newspaper began investigating his job-juggling. Flint City Administrator, Michael Brown, told the Press he wasn't aware of Jones'...
  • GA:DeKalb County homeowner shoots burglar

    01/12/2013 5:52:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    cbsatlanta.com ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Renee Starzyk
    DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) - A Decatur man fired his shotgun and hit a burglar who had broken into his home Thursday afternoon. It is the latest incident of homeowners protecting themselves from criminals. "I come into the gate. I come here and stop and he was coming out the window with a shotgun in his hand," said George McRae, who lives along Elgin Drive. The suspect found the shotgun that belonged to McRae inside the home after he had broken in. "I had my pistol in my pocket and I said, 'Put that gun down,'" McRae said. The...
  • Choirboy, 13, gunned down

    01/12/2013 5:46:07 AM PST · by massmike · 32 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 01/12/2013 | Richard Weir / Boston Herald
    A 13-year-old who police said was an innocent victim was shot in the stomach last night on a Roxbury street while walking to church for choir practice. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center after the 7:10 p.m. shooting on Humboldt Avenue. Police said he is in critical condition and that his mother was by his side. Police said they are looking for a gray vehicle tied to the shooting at the corner of Homestead Street. Danielle Hunter, 29, said she stayed holed up in her home after she heard four shots. “The violence — it’s just terrible. It’s...
  • JCPenney stock plunges after bad holiday

    01/12/2013 5:36:33 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 70 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12 January 2013 | James Covert
    "Penney’s sales at stores open at least a year plummeted more than 30 percent through most of the crucial holiday season, sources close to the company told The Post this week."
  • Time Inc. Will Lay Off 700 After 5% Ad Decline

    01/12/2013 5:36:01 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 11, 2013 | Jill Goldsmith
    Time Warner's Time Inc. will lay off up to 700 staffers out of just under 8,000 total as the publisher's new chief struggles to transform famous titles and massive market share into a digital profit center. The staff cuts will come sometime in the first quarter, said a person familiar with the company's plans, and will be across the board -- not just focused on editorial, where staffing has already been hard hit. [Snip] Time Inc. revenue fell 6% for the nine months ended in September to $2.5 billion. Profit dropped 14% to $220 million. During that period, it dominated...
  • Russia rejects Assad exit as precondition for Syria deal [Obama & Hillary FAIL AGAIN]

    01/12/2013 5:27:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 1/12/13 | Steve Gutterman
    support on Saturday for international peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi but insisted Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to end the country's conflict. A Foreign Ministry statement following talks on Friday with the United States and Brahimi, whom the Syrian government has labelled "flagrantly biased", reiterated calls for an end to violence in Syria, where more than 60,000 people have been killed since March 2011. At the meeting in Geneva with Brahimi and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov "expressed unfailing support for Brahimi's mission as the U.N.-Arab...
  • Economists see painful cuts coming for Venezuela (communism NEVER works)

    01/12/2013 5:23:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 12, 2013 | Chris Kraul
    CARACAS, Venezuela — As perishable foodstuffs rotted on cargo ships that had waited three weeks to unload at Venezuela's largest port, unsettled consumers this week found shelves at Caracas' main downtown market devoid of rice, cooking oil, sugar and other items. Widespread scarcities and chaos at the nation's main ports, including Puerto Cabello, are just some of the problems Vice President Nicolas Maduro will face as he takes the reins of power in the absence of President Hugo Chavez.......... ....Alejandro Grisanti, head of Latin America research at Barclays in New York, said sharp spending cuts were necessary after an "unsustainable"...
  • EBT Abuse: The Cash-for-Drunkards Program

    01/12/2013 5:17:44 AM PST · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 1/11/2013 | Michelle Malkin
    From New York to New Mexico and across the dependent plains, welfare recipients are getting sauced on the public dime. Drunk, besotted, bombed. But while politicians pay lip service to cutting government waste, fraud and abuse, they're doing very little in practice to stop the EBT party excesses. Where's the compassion for taxpayers? You see the signs everywhere: "We accept EBT." Fast-food restaurants do. Clothing retailers do. Auto repair shops, liquor stores and even sushi joints are joining the club. "EBT" stands for the federal government's electronic benefits transfer card, which is intended to provide poor people with food stamps...
  • Gun-rights groups: Our 'backs are against the wall' [Obama Tries to Overwhelm & Destroy Freedom]

    01/12/2013 5:06:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 1/12/13 | Matthew DeLuca
    As lawmakers from Connecticut to California rush to propose new restrictions on firearms and ammunition, state-level gun-rights activists are playing defense for the first time in years, with some saying they face fights they may not win. “Our backs are against the wall,” said Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun rights group. “We are in for the fight of our lives. I have never seen anything like it.”
  • Same-sex marriage and social change: exceeding the speed of thought

    01/12/2013 5:05:48 AM PST · by IbJensen · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Matthew J. Franck
    It is remarkable that the idea of same-sex marriage has gained ground so rapidly. Those most quick to accept the idea have been elite liberals, with ordinary Americans lagging behind but becoming more accepting of the idea. In the thick of the struggle over the law and politics of marriage, we can easily forget how novel is the idea of two men or two women marrying each other. This fact came home to me when I participated in a forum on the subject at Princeton University last spring. Present in the room were two lions of the liberal academy, each...
  • An Unqualified Jack Lew Will Tax and Spend

    01/12/2013 5:05:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    The worst part of the Jack Lew nomination for treasury secretary is not simply that he has no qualifications, standing or experience in the financial world or international sphere (think G20 and European debt crisis). Nor is it simply that he doesn't have any seasoned currency opinions (under Obama, the greenback has dropped 10 percent, while gold has doubled). Yes, these are big disqualifiers. But the real problem is that Lew is a left-liberal Obama spear-carrier, whose very appointment signals a sharp confrontation with the Republican House over key issues such as the debt ceiling, the spending sequester, next year's...
  • Military Update: Retirees not near bases to lose TRICARE Prime Oct. 1

    01/12/2013 4:55:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 30 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tom Philpott, Military Update
    The military’s managed-care option — TRICARE Prime — will be ended Oct. 1 for retirees, their family members and for military survivors who reside more than 40 miles from a military treatment facility or from a base closure site, TRICARE Management Activity announced Wednesday. Most of these 171,400 beneficiaries will need to shift health coverage from Prime to TRICARE Standard, the military’s fee-for-service health insurance option. For beneficiaries who use more than preventive health care during the year, the shift will mean higher out-of-pocket costs. Defense officials expect the move to save the health care system up to $55 million...
  • Hillsborough County School Board to vote on armed security for elementary students

    01/12/2013 4:51:12 AM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 1/9/2013 | Carson Chambers
    TAMPA - "They didn't know how it would affect them when they came back to school," said mom Sheri Bryant. Stand in the hallway at Oak Grove Elementary School in Tampa and picture yourself as a 9-year old, a 4th grader, after what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. "He looked forward to coming to school and I want to make sure this stays a safe environment for him to come to and that he always feels safe. Every kid should feel safe in school," she continued. -snip- The extra security would cost $2 million, which will come from the district's contingency...
  • GARY SHILLING: We're In For Another 5 Years Of Painful Deleveraging (Job Loss To Rise, 11.0%, 2015)

    01/12/2013 4:37:10 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-12-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    GARY SHILLING: We're In For Another 5 Years Of Painful Deleveraging (Job Losses To Rise, 11.0% - 2015) Mamta BadkarJanuary 12, 2013 The current domestic and global investing environment is dominated by deleveraging, according to Gary Shilling. In other words, households and institutions are slashing the debt on their balance sheets. And according to Shilling, we still have some way to go: "The deleveraging process for both these sectors has commenced, but it has a long way to go to return to the long run flat trends and we are strong believers in reversions to well-established trend. If we simply...
  • Experts Say All Computer Users Should Disable Java ASAP

    01/12/2013 4:23:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    Datamation ^ | 1/11/13 | Cynthia Harvey
    Numerous security experts are warning that all computer users should disable Java on their systems immediately. Earlier this week, researchers discovered a vulnerability in Java that was being actively exploited. InformationWeek's Matthew J. Schwartz reported, "Security experts have a message for all businesses: Disable Java now, and keep it disabled. That's their advice message after the discovery Thursday of yet another zero-day Java vulnerability, as well as a number of attacks that are already exploiting the flaw to run arbitrary code on PCs."
  • This is Vladimir Franz, the heavily tattooed Czech presidential candidate

    01/12/2013 4:06:21 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    upi.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | KATE STANTON
    It's hard to imagine a heavily tattooed candidate like Vladimir Franz doing well in the United States, where most politicians are expected to present the most boring version of themselves to the public. But the 53-year-old drama professor and composer's "Avatar"-like facial tattoos haven't prevented him from becoming the Czech Republic's third most popular presidential candidate. According to ABC News, Franz has earned a "respectable" 11 percent of the popular vote running as an independent. The elections begin this weekend, with a runoff to take place January 25 and 26. "My tattoos are my private little garden. They are not...
  • A Plan For Planned Parenthood

    01/12/2013 4:06:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    When did "women's health" become reduced to just contraception and abortion? So much so, that all knees bend at the altar of Planned Parenthood, which works hard to ensure that this remains the case. Karen Handel most recently made this point to me, and she's well-suited to do so. This past year, she was at the center of a firestorm over Susan G. Komen for the Cure cutting its ties with Planned Parenthood as part of a grant overhaul. (The former Komen executive has since authored a book, "Planned Bullyhood," whose title well captures what happened.) Komen's singular purpose is...
  • Colleges Twist U.S. History (grievance studies take precedence)

    01/12/2013 4:05:14 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    NAS ^ | 1/10/2013
    U.S. history courses at American colleges and universities downplay the nation's economic, military, and political history and dramatically overemphasize the role of race. So finds a new study by the Texas Association of Scholars (TAS) and Center for the Study of the Curriculum at the National Association of Scholars (NAS). The study focused on the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M as representative institutions because Texas law requires all students at public universities to take a year of American history and for universities to post course syllabi and faculty credentials online. The researchers found that many important topics...
  • Obama is at Fault (Yes he is)

    01/12/2013 3:53:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    Do you remember what the mainstream media mainly talked about as the country careened toward the fiscal cliff? Did they talk about the harmful economic effects of impending tax increases? Did they talk about which tax increases would be worse than others? Did they talk about the need to get rid of waste in government without causing economic harm? No. None of that. The taking heads and opinion writers focused like a laser on one and only one question: who was going to get the blame if we went over the cliff. Up next will be the debt ceiling deadline...
  • President Obama: The Great Demancipator

    01/12/2013 3:36:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison. President Obama will take the oath of office later this month “on a stack of Bibles,” the Washington Post tells us. He will place his left hand on Bibles owned by Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Well, that’s a relief. Interestingly, not included in the stack is the Koran, about which Mr. Obama spoke so glowingly in Egypt four years ago. (No Bibles openly displayed there.) Now, swearing on a stack of Bibles ordinarily conveys seriousness of purpose and deeper commitment to carry through on the...
  • Constitutional Convention Question's

    01/12/2013 2:32:13 AM PST · by Stanwood_Dave · 20 replies
    Constitutional Convention Question's Parliamentarian Ref: Constitutional Convention analysis: Constitutional Convention Question's: Am I wrong on my analysis? Is my analysis truly what could happen?
  • 25 People, Places, And Things Liberals Love To Hate (Great List)

    01/12/2013 1:58:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | John Hawkins
    1) Guns for making all those poor innocent criminals break the law. 2) The old, dead white guys who founded America and their ridiculous, outdated Constitution that doesn't mention global warming or limits on soda size even once. 3) Nosy voters who ask questions like, "What kind of change?" and "Forward to where?" 4) Adorable little kids who want to run lemonade stands...WITHOUT A PERMIT! 5) The fact that Sarah Palin is the single best feminist role model in a generation while the Left's #1 feminist role model, Hillary Clinton, built her whole career around marrying the right guy. 6)...
  • Obama Gives GOP a Bailout

    01/12/2013 1:50:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | John Ransom
    While fellow conservatives bash the president for telling Speaker of the House John Boehner that the country doesn’t have a spending problem, I offer Barack Obama another thank-you. Just when I thought that the GOP’s own ineptitude was going to sink the party, the man-who-would-be-president proved once again that when it comes to being out of touch, you can’t get any better than the First Community Organizer. Led by Barack Obama and the Democrats, Congress passed a budget plan that doesn’t even do what they said it would- keep taxes lower for anyone not a millionaire or billionaire.So, now we...
  • Freedom Lost

    01/12/2013 1:42:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    If you see Kris Kristofferson around, please tell him thanks for writing the line "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose" in his song "Me and Bobby McGee." That thought is sage and very appropriate for America in the year 2013. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law an astounding 876 new mandates. They all took effect last week. Now, in the Golden State, you cannot do the following: --Hunt a bear using trained dogs. Untrained canines are OK, I guess. And how would the authorities be able to tell? Would the dog have to...
  • Ed Schultz: "We've Never Had a Civilian Stop a Shooting"

    01/12/2013 1:35:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    Yeah, he really said this: NBC's Ed Schultz Lies About Civilians Disarming Mass Shooters Where did he get this idea? Jack Coleman over at NewsBusters thinks the claim originated from a Mother Jones article written in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, but Schultz doesn’t source the statement. The Mother Jones report states: “In the wake of the slaughters this summer at a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, we set out to track mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years. We identified and analyzed 62 of them, and one striking...
  • Jerusalem of white: Snow falls in capital

    01/12/2013 12:50:07 AM PST · by kathsua · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/10/2013 | MELANIE LIDMAN
    Biggest snowstorm since 1992 pounds capital, paralyzing transportation and bringing more than 20 cm of precipitation. Thursday’s “storm of the decade” provided the requisite shots for the rare winter storm in Jerusalem: haredim praying at the Western Wall, snow clinging to their black hats. President Shimon Peres built a snowman, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was pummeled from the right and the left – with snowballs. But no one could have prepared Jerusalemites for the sheer amount of snow that fell early on Thursday morning. At the peak of the snow, children trampled through more than 20 centimeters of fresh...
  • Malloy wants background checks for all gun buys

    01/11/2013 10:45:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    greenwichtime.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ken Dixon
    HARTFORD -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants thorough background checks on anyone buying any type of gun in Connecticut, expanding the law that now governs only handguns. Malloy said it may be the only way to create tighter gun controls in the face of powerful advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association. "Honestly, what do I really think? I think any time that you go buy a weapon, someone should check," Malloy said. As the General Assembly moves toward forming a task force next week for fast-tracking new gun-control legislation, Malloy said today that it just makes sense to require...
  • Menino backs VP on gun control reforms

    01/11/2013 10:37:45 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | John Zaremba
    Boston Mayor Thomas M. 
Menino says he’s putting his full faith in Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control task force to recommend a ban on assault weapons, require background checks for all firearms purchases and make new laws designed to push prosecution of gun-running rings. Menino, a fervent supporter of stronger gun control laws, told 
the Herald he’d hardly be dis­appointed if Biden’s group, com­­-
missioned in response to the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., comes out with a proposal sim­-
ilar to the Biden-backed 1994 
federal assault weapons ban. “Biden pushed the 1994 ban. Why not?” Menino said yesterday in a...
  • Montpelier schools OKs armed janitors

    01/11/2013 10:32:54 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    toledoblade.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | MARK REITER
    MONTPELIER, Ohio — Janitors at Montpelier Exempted Village Schools are equipped with brooms, sponges, and dustpans to keep classrooms, corridors, and bathrooms clean and tidy. Within the next several months, the custodial staff will be toting handguns as they carry out their daily duties in the school district buildings. In reaction to last month’s deadly shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the board of education of this Williams County school district Wednesday night unanimously voted for four janitors to carry handguns on the K-12 campus. School officials say having armed personnel, which may be a first for...
  • Mali and France 'push back Islamists'

    01/11/2013 10:14:58 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2013 | Staff
    Government forces in Mali say they have regained territory from Islamist militants following air strikes by the French military. Malian officials said they had taken back the strategic central town of Konna, which rebels had secured just a day earlier as they pushed south. The news came hours after France announced it had begun military operations in support of Mali's army. Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April.
  • Arming teachers, parents? School safety discussion includes talk of guns on campus

    01/11/2013 10:10:56 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    theunion.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Jennifer Terman
    A campus safety conversation during a parent forum Thursday night at Union Hill School included talk of arming teachers to avoid a mass shooting such as the December tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. .... Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tim Werner personally advocated Thursday night in favor of arming teachers with guns to the approval of some nodding parents seated inside the school’s gymnasium. “Arming teachers is way above the pay grade, but I personally think it’s a great idea,” Werner said to an audience of about 50 attendees. “But there are education codes, which prohibit that...
  • Jerry Brown: California's deficit is gone

    01/11/2013 10:09:09 PM PST · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    For the first time in five years, California is not facing a deficit as Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers work to put together a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
  • Obama to Deliver State of the Union on Lincoln's Birthday

    01/11/2013 9:54:15 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 51 replies
    Thw Weekly Standard ^ | 1/11/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama will deliver this year's State of the Union Address on February 12, which is the same day as Abraham Lincoln's birthday. "Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions," House speaker John Boehner writes in a letter to Obama, inviting him to deliver the address. "This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s...
  • Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea

    01/11/2013 9:41:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | January 11, 2013 | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican from Iowa, suggested Friday he may be open to a limited form of gun control - restricting the size of gun magazines - if that legislation does not violate the Constitutional protection of gun rights. "I think that's a whole different issue and it can maybe be dealt with without violating the Second Amendment, but I want to see the legislation," Grassley told Iowa Public Television in an interview Friday. But he reaffirmed his opposition to reinstating the assault weapons ban that Congress passed in 1994. Asked if he would support limiting the capacity...
  • 'Speak out' to coincide with Saratoga gun show

    01/11/2013 9:39:20 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Dennis Yusko
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — Law enforcement officials will join families and activists Saturday to draw attention to gun violence outside an arms show at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Albany County District Attorney David Soares and Saratoga Springs Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen are among those expected to discuss solutions to gun violence at a "speak out" organized by MoveOn.org members. The event will cap a day of scheduled protests along Broadway. Starting at 10 a.m. outside the city center, members of Saratogians Against Gun Violence, led by Charlie Samuels, plan to hold cut-out angels and read the names of Americans...
  • America, Prepare For A Century Of Drought

    01/11/2013 9:33:04 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Rob Wile
    America, Prepare For A Century Of Drought Rob WileJan. 11, 2013, 6:21 PM Corn and wheat prices surged today. The immediate reason appeared to be the year-end USDA report, that showed supplies were lower than projected. But concurrent with that report was the release of the Commerce Department's National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee National Climate Assessment survey. One of the findings: we can expect up to a century of drought. Here's a chart from the report projecting percent of the country in drought conditions in the coming years.Commerce/NOAA The red line is based on observed temperature and precipitation. The...
  • Frisco texas building nations largest indoor gun range

    01/11/2013 9:09:32 PM PST · by praytell · 20 replies
    Fox 4 news DFW ^ | 1-11-13 | Myfoxdfw
    Frisco gun club indoor range being built. Over 40 lanes. Over 40,000 square feet being built.
  • CIVIL WAR'S A-BREWIN'

    01/11/2013 8:55:59 PM PST · by jimluke01 · 34 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1-11-13 | Matt Barber
    A pretty, young, auburn-haired woman – mid-20s – drove down a lonely country road somewhere in Oklahoma. Appearing in her rearview mirror, at the back windshield, were two menacing orbs of light floating amid ashen dusk. The guttural roar of a souped-up big block shook the tiny Volkswagen Rabbit as a van-load of inbred thugs lurched left and drew alongside her. A ponytailed passenger taunted inaudibly and blew foul kisses between crude hand gestures. He pointed for her to pull over as the van repeatedly swerved dangerously close. Inside the car a man, asleep in the reclining passenger seat, was...
  • CIVIL WAR'S A-BREWIN'

    01/11/2013 8:52:08 PM PST · by jimluke01
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1-11-13 | Matt Barber
    A pretty, young, auburn-haired woman – mid-20s – drove down a lonely country road somewhere in Oklahoma. Appearing in her rearview mirror, at the back windshield, were two menacing orbs of light floating amid ashen dusk. The guttural roar of a souped-up big block shook the tiny Volkswagen Rabbit as a van-load of inbred thugs lurched left and drew alongside her. A ponytailed passenger taunted inaudibly and blew foul kisses between crude hand gestures. He pointed for her to pull over as the van repeatedly swerved dangerously close. Inside the car a man, asleep in the reclining passenger seat, was...