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  • NRA says gun lobby has the support in Congress to block assault weapons ban

    01/13/2013 11:03:00 AM PST · by Red Steel · 49 replies
    wapo ^ | Updated: Sunday, January 13, 10:26 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality. Senators plan to introduce a bill that would ban assault weapons and limit the size of ammunition magazines, like the one used in the December shooting massacre that killed 27 people, most of them children, in Newtown, Conn. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has promised to push for a renewal of expired legislation. -snip- You don’t want to bet your house...
  • U.S. States Flirt With Major Tax Changes

    01/13/2013 11:01:41 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/13/2013 | Nanette Byrnes
    (Reuters) - Hopes for overhauling the federal tax system are fading in Washington, but in some state capitals, tax reform experiments - some far-reaching - are fast taking shape. Across the South and Midwest, Republicans have consolidated control of state legislatures and governorships, giving them the power to test long-debated tax ideas. Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, for instance, called on Thursday for ending the state's income tax and corporate taxes, with sales taxes compensating for lost revenue. A similar plan is being pushed by Republicans in North Carolina. Kansas, which cut its income tax significantly last year, may trim...
  • Saudi king orders 500 tons of wheat to Syrian refugees in Jordan

    01/13/2013 11:01:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2013 | unattributed
    King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, of Saudi Arabia, has ordered 500 tons of wheat to be sent to Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp in Jordan, Al Arabiya TV reported Sunday. Three hundred trucks loaded with wheat headed the refugee camp, said Badr al-Samhan, regional manager of the Saudi national campaign for the Syrian people... Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayif also ordered 2,000 additional tents for Zaatari refugees after terrible floods ruined some tents in the refugee camp. After a U.N. appeal for more assistance to Syrian refugees, Saudi Arabia decided to boost its humanitarian assistance to the...
  • Colin Powell: There’s a ‘Dark Vein of Intolerance’ in the Republican Party

    01/13/2013 10:58:09 AM PST · by redreno · 79 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | Jan. 13, 2013 1:38pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell — who split with the Republican Party to endorse President Barack Obama two times — said Sunday there are some clearly racial elements within the GOP. “There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.” While not mentioning former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin or former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu by name, Powell referenced past comments from each about Obama as evidence of...
  • Bill would exempt SC-made guns from federal rules

    01/13/2013 10:56:23 AM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    wistv ^ | January 2013
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Proposed legislation would exempt weapons made in South Carolina from federal regulations. Sen. Lee Bright's Firearms Freedom Act would mean that firearms, ammunition and gun accessories made in South Carolina aren't subject to federal rules and oversight. Bright says his bill would allow South Carolina manufacturers to skirt federal regulations because the materials would not cross state lines.
  • 'Damn You, Why Don't You Lay Down Your Arms!'

    01/13/2013 10:52:25 AM PST · by morethanright · 20 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-13 11:03:02 | mrcurmudgeon
     "Ye villains, ye rebels, disperse; damn you, disperse! Lay down your arms, damn you, why don't you lay down your arms!"~ British officer to American Minute Men assembled at Lexington, April 19, 1775, as recalled by the Reverend Jonas Clarke in his diary.By Mr. Curmudgeon:Of England's King Charles II, John Trechard wrote in A Short History of Standing Armies in England (1698), "... He came in with the general applause of the people, who in a kind fit gave him a vast revenue for life. By this he was enabled to raise an army, and bribe the Parliament, which he did...
  • America: The Kardashian Years

    01/13/2013 10:48:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    Life in the Time of Low Information VotersI used to love American popular culture. I found it rich, diverse and endlessly amusing. These days, I rarely go to the movies or plays and cannot bear to watch television. Even the radio with its repetitive, uninformative news snippets annoys. Our popular culture has moved from family favorites like Your Show of Shows, The Wonder Years, and I Love Lucy to the minute by minute coverage of celebrities not known for their wit, charm, or beauty, They are known for nothing other than the willingness to put their every part of bodies...
  • Eastern Kentucky sheriff says he will not enforce gun laws he considers unconstitutional

    01/13/2013 10:47:22 AM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Kentucky.com ^ | January 12, 2013 Updated 5 hours ago | Jack Brammer
    FRANKFORT — An Eastern Kentucky sheriff said Saturday that he will not enforce any new gun control laws that he considers unconstitutional. Asked whether such a stance makes him more a judge than a law-enforcement official, Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said he has "a team of attorneys to step up with me if necessary to be sure the Second Amendment is upheld." "I consider this a moral obligation," he said. Peyman, who has been sheriff of Jackson County for two years and is a member of the National Rifle Association, is garnering national attention and support from gun rights...
  • American Socialism Working – 1 in 4 Kids on Food Stamps

    01/13/2013 10:42:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    political outcast ^ | 1-12-13 | Dave Jolly
    Many of the same tactics used to weaken the Christian influence also worked to weaken the family. They introduced the ideas of divorce made easy instead of working out the problems or turning to Scripture. They taught situation ethics in schools where kids learned to blame their parents for all of their problems and then resent them for it. In the 1960s and 70s, the openness of sexual promiscuity flooded the families. Adultery and pre-marital sex permeated through the Church like yeast in a batch of dough. Even Christian leaders fell to the temptations that were hurled at them, causing...
  • ND Lawmakers Drafting Gun Protection Laws (To the Feds to Get Lost)

    01/13/2013 10:37:49 AM PST · by Red Steel · 7 replies
    kxnews ^ | Jan 11, 2013 3:23 PM | Donnell Preskey, Assistant News Director
    Bismarck, ND - Several states have adopted laws and others have introduced legislation to protect gun owners from any potential firearm ban. North Dakota lawmakers are also ready to draft gun protection legislation. In a state where hunting plays a large role in recreation, the talk of gun control is especially upsetting. Just days into the legislative session, it's a topic North Dakotan's are telling their lawmakers to take action on. Minot Representative Roscoe Streyle is drafting a bill to submit next week. "We can't stop the feds from doing what they're going to do but what we can do...
  • Seth Kantner: Wonderful memories of the amazingly accurate black gun

    01/13/2013 10:08:22 AM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Seth Kantner
    There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about guns. AR-15's have been getting attention again. Back when I was a kid, it seemed like most of my dad's guns were old and brown, hand-me-downs from various acquaintances. My brother Kole and I bought our first center-fire rifle when I was 16. We didn't exactly plan to. We ran our dog team to Ambler just to sell wolverine skins -- and came home with an assault rifle. I sure wanted my own hunting rifle back then. We'd had plenty of run-ins with moose, and climbed a few trees...
  • Drummond: Time to declare state of emergency in Oakland?

    01/13/2013 10:07:22 AM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 32 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 01/12/2013 | Tammerlin Drummond
    A woman walking her dog at 3 p.m. Friday stumbled upon Larry Lovette lying on the sidewalk near Dimond Park. He had been shot to death. Just one half-hour before that, a 22-year-old man had been fatally shot in the Fruitvale district. At 4:15 p.m., Eddiebo Rodriguez was shot several times while driving on West Street in West Oakland. Whoever killed him shot up some nearby homes in the process. Thankfully, no one else was injured. Then at 8:20 p.m., police found 17-year-old Ken Harbin shot to death on Hillside Avenue in East Oakland. The carnage Friday took the insanity...
  • Look to Egypt for Clues about Obama

    01/13/2013 9:56:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    Why doesn’t President Obama—who claims to be a Christian—ever defend the cause of the harassed and persecuted Christians around the world? Examining his dealings with Egypt during the past two years may give us some clues. Clue #1: When vast street demonstrations opposed former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Mr. Obama was quick on the trigger to publically call on Mr. Mubarak to resign. Mubarak was a secular dictator who promoted capitalism. There was plenty of corruption, to be sure. But that is cultural; the increase—not decrease—in corruption under the Islamic dictator who replaced Mubarak has proven that. Then, when the...
  • An Open Letter to Piers Morgan

    01/13/2013 9:55:03 AM PST · by AustinPaul19 · 25 replies
    The Band of Patriots ^ | January 13, 2013 | Austin Paul
    Dear Mr. Morgan, Over the past few weeks, you have become one of America’s most outspoken gun grabbers. You have used a horrible tragedy as a platform to preach your anti-gun and anti-freedom agenda. You seem to believe that removing guns from the hands of law abiding, responsible citizens will curb gun crime in this country. You bring on guests, like Ted Nugent and Alex Jones, in an attempt to demonize and paint gun rights advocates and the liberty movement as crazy. When you bring on reasonable guests, like Larry Platt or Ben Shapiro, you insult them and refuse to...
  • Lumber tax a knot for retailers (Sneaky New CA Tax)

    01/13/2013 9:52:14 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/11/13 | Heather Somerville
    California's new 1% lumber tax has cost lumber yards thousands of dollars...raising the ire of retailers struggling to bounce back from the housing slump. ...the new law because it is full of contradictions, hidden costs and ambiguities. The tax applies to lumber and products that are at least 10% wood, although the rules are murky and lumber yards have varied interpretations of what should be taxed. The list of exclusions and caveats is numerous. Doors and moldings are not taxed, but wood shingles are. Fencing is taxed, unless the fence is made from remanufactured wood. Firewood is not taxed, although...
  • Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens hospitals refuse to hand out treaments

    01/13/2013 9:51:24 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | 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 report - commissioned by the Department of Health - also reveals that many hospitals are failing to prescribe the latest treatments for heart attacks, asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. In fact some of...
  • Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New York

    Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New YorkCBS 42..comJanuary 13, 2013 Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan left her native Alabama for New York at age 18 LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman from Brooklyn, N.Y., is the new Miss America, winning the title after tap dancing to a James Brown tune, deftly dealing with a question about guns, and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. In addition to dancing to "Get Up Off of That Thing," 23-year-old Mallory Hagan strutted down the runway during the Las Vegas pageant Saturday night in an asymmetrical...
  • Soros’ liberal think-tank releases ‘demands’ for gun control

    01/13/2013 9:48:49 AM PST · by SmileRight · 46 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/13/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    As a result of Vice President Joe Biden’s task force to explore changes to gun laws, the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think-tank funded by George Soros, has released 13 recommendations to “prevent gun violence in our nation.” Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, told Fox News Sunday that her group will “absolutely” mount a full-scale campaign to push for more gun control. The proposal targets three key areas:...
  • 'Pro-gay' French comedian rallies against gay marriage

    01/13/2013 9:48:15 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Frqance24 ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Tony Todd
    The leading figure in France’s anti-gay marriage movement, which hopes to get 200,000 demonstrators out on Sunday to protest the proposed “marriage for all” law, is an unlikely firebrand for the Catholic and right-wing dominated campaign. The French anti-gay marriage movement has an unlikely figurehead in the form of a reactionary comedienne who goes by the moniker “Frigide Barjot”. The name – which translates as Frigid Loony – is a play on the name of Brigitte Bardot, the French actress better-known as a symbol of the 60s sexual revolution. Barjot – real name, Virginie Tellene – is a born-again...
  • What were you saying about a few hanging chads?

    01/13/2013 9:46:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
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