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  • Take steps to reduce gun violence (barf alert)

    01/12/2013 7:13:59 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 jan 2013
    As we reflect on 2012, there were a number of gun-related incidents that made many of us outraged. The senseless shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.; the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings in Oak Creek; and, most recently, the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of innocent children and their teachers. Quite often, gun violence has been associated with urban central city neighborhoods, and it is true that urban violence is much too prevalent. For example, both locally and nationally, in some African-American neighborhoods, we have black males killing other black males with guns in alarming...
  • White House Petition To Publicly Assay And Validate The US Treasury's 8,100 Tons Of Gold

    01/12/2013 7:13:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 11, 2013
    In the past few weeks there has been a veritable explosion of White House petitions ranging from the bizarre to the surreal to the outright absurd, including such demands as Texas (and other southern states) seceding, deporting Piers Morgan, not deporting Piers Morgan, creating a Joe Biden sitcom, and even making a total mockery out of the US, and global, monetary system and evading the debt ceiling using a cheap, platinum coin-based parlor trick. All of these are, for lack of a better word, a la carte distractions launched by bored American citizens, meant to evade the menial drudgery of...
  • Jackie Chan calls US 'most corrupt' country in the world

    01/12/2013 7:07:53 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 65 replies
    France 24 ^ | January 12, 2013 | AFP
    Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan has once again provoked criticism, this time from an American blogger, after suggesting on Chinese television that the US is the "most corrupt" country in the world. "When you talk about corruption -- the whole world, is there corruption in the United States? The most corrupt in the world!" the Rush Hour star, who has made headlines recently for his controversial views, told Phoenix TV last month. Chan reaffirmed his view after the show's host questioned him -- "Of course! Where did the great breakdown come from? The world, the United States started it,"...
  • Lawmakers ask VP Biden for access to gun data

    01/12/2013 7:06:52 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    publicradio.org ^ | December 21, 2012 | Brandt Williams
    MINNEAPOLIS — A joint statement from legislators asks Vice President Joe Biden to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ability to research gun violence. The statement is signed by Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and three other House Democrats. It says while the law does not legally prohibit data collection on gun violence, "it has a chilling effect on the CDC Center for Injury Prevention and Control which compiles and analyzes data in order to help protect people from deaths and injuries both accidental and intentional." Next week, Biden is expected to reveal anti-gun violence proposals that likely include...
  • Lebanese involved in Israeli's murder paroled

    01/12/2013 7:00:31 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    ynet.com ^ | 11JAN13 | AFP via YNet
    A French court agreed to the release of Lebanese George Abdallah, who was convicted for involvement in the murder of Israeli diplomat Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov in 1982. French judicial sources said that the 61-year-old Lebanese man was granted parole on condition that he is expelled from France. Abdallah was captured in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for the murder of American Lieutenant Col. Charles Ray and the killing of Israeli diplomat Bar-Siman-Tov, in Paris. Abdallah had been eligible for parole from 1999 onwards but failed in seven previous bids to be released. Bar-Siman-Tov was murdered in April...
  • Communist Cows (braying)

    01/12/2013 7:00:28 AM PST · by bray · 16 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 1/12/13 | bray
    He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. Acts 24:23 America has become two separate countries or actually three. We have one side that wants to stay a free and open country, a second which wants to be a Soviet style communist State and the group in the middle who don’t care. Throughout history we have had two types of people, those who want to take care of themselves and those who want to be taken care of. Those who will accept a...
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council

    01/12/2013 6:56:51 AM PST · by glorgau · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:31 p.m. CST, January 11, 2013 | Hal Dardick, John Byrne, Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba
    After weeks of rumors and equally strenuous denials, Sandi Jackson resigned as Chicago's 7th Ward alderman Friday, the latest chapter in the stunning, scandal-laced downfall of what had been one of the city's most prominent and powerful political duos. ... The decision by Ald. Jackson, who was elected in 2007, came less than two months after husband Jesse Jackson Jr. quit the congressional seat he had held for 17 years amid ongoing federal ethics probes into his campaign finances and a diagnosis of bipolar depression. ... For years, the former congressman had used his federal campaign fund to pay his...
  • Pledge of Allegiance complaint sends deputy to Geneva school

    01/12/2013 6:56:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/10/13 | Kate Thayer
    **SNIP** Geneva District 304 officials released a statement late Thursday morning explaining a parent used “language that is not typically heard in a school setting” in the library in front of a kindergarten class. School officials called police to “minimize the disruption,” according to the release. Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said the parent was volunteering at the school during the time afternoon kindergarten students start their day and saying the pledge. That evening, the same parent emailed school board members, administrators and some parents in the community, and also posted a message on Facebook, claiming Mill Creek students state the...
  • Americans feel austerity's bite as payroll taxes rise

    01/12/2013 6:55:46 AM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 12, 2013 | Jason Lange
    (Reuters) - Americans are beginning to feel the pinch from Washington's decision to embrace austerity measures aimed at bringing down the nation's budget deficit. Paychecks across the country have shrunk over the last week due to higher federal tax rates, and workers are already cutting back on spending, which will drag on the economy this year.
  • Spike in gun permits issued in Rice County in 2012

    01/12/2013 6:48:58 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    southernminn.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | REBECCA RODENBORG and JACI SMITH
    Citing an obvious concern from citizens about changes to gun laws, law enforcement officials say they were hit hard in 2012 with applications for permits to purchase a firearm. And if the first week of 2013 is any indication, the interest in being able to buy, and carry, a firearm is going to continue to grow. "The numbers don't lie," said Northfield Interim Police Chief Chuck Walerius. "We are definitely seeing more applications, much more so than in other years. I would say changes in the laws had something to do with that." Walerius said his department saw 103 applications...
  • Barter Economy Matures from Niche to Trend [Germany]

    01/12/2013 6:45:49 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | By Susanne Amann and Janko Tietz
    From the perspective of the fashion industry, Johanna Lassonczyk is an ideal customer. She is young, places value on her appearance and, for years, has regularly bought new brand-name clothing and accessories. From Lassonczyk's own perspective, the fashion industry is in pretty bad shape. The self-employed entrepreneur has recently started attending so-called swap parties. The last one was the "Xmas Event" hosted by the website "Swap in the City" at Cologne's E-Werk concert hall. You clean out your closet, gather the things that no longer fit or you don't like anymore, and take them with you to a swap party,...
  • Kaine: Common ground can be found as lawmakers consider gun control

    01/12/2013 6:45:21 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    wtop.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Heather Brady
    WASHINGTON - Opposing sides are finding common ground as lawmakers tackle the issue of gun control, mental health and school safety. Sen. Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor and democrat, says there is enough agreement to take the first steps toward solutions that would make the U.S. a little safer in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. "We need to make improvements to our mental health system," Kaine says. "We do need to talk about school security and figure out better security protocols, but we also can find common-sense rules about gun use that can help us...
  • Tibetan sets self on fire, dies to protest China

    01/12/2013 6:43:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2013 8:37 AM EST
    An overseas rights group says a Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire, marking the year’s first self-immolation in protest of Chinese rule. … More than 90 Tibetans reportedly have set themselves on fire since March 2011. …
  • Guest Post: Almost Half Of All Food Produced Is Thrown Away

    01/12/2013 6:40:16 AM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Almost Half Of All Food Produced Is Thrown Away Between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced globally, equivalent to two billion tons, is thrown away each year according to a recent report written by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME), titled ‘Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not’. The Guardian states that overly-cautious sell by dates, buy one get one free deals, and an obsession with only consuming fruit and vegetables that look perfect are some of the main reasons for this colossal waste of, not only food, but also the water, energy, and arable land used in...
  • 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...