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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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  • Idaho Likely to Expand Not Restrict Gun Rights

    01/13/2013 9:39:25 AM PST · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    Lewiston Tribune ^ | January 13, 2013 | William L. Spence
    "There will be no legislation passing this body that restricts the citizens of Idaho from exercising their Second Amendment rights," said Brent Crane, house assistant majority leader. Jan. 13--BOISE -- Recent mass shootings in Connecticut and Colorado have some Idaho lawmakers looking for solutions, but that's unlikely to include tighter restrictions on gun rights. If anything, they may consider measures that would expand access to weapons, in hopes of preventing these types of events. That includes the possibility of allowing public school teachers to carry guns. It's unclear if any legislation will actually be introduced this session, but Sen. Marv...
  • Sweeping New Gun Laws Proposed By Influential Liberal Think Tank

    01/13/2013 9:37:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | January 13,2013 | Philip Rucker
    With President Obama readying an overhaul of the nation’s gun laws, a liberal think tank with singular influence throughout his administration is pushing for a sweeping agenda of strict new restrictions on and federal oversight of gun and ammunition sales.
  • Trillion Dollar Coin Idea Dies Sudden Death

    01/13/2013 9:37:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    At long last, a stupid, as well as illegal idea dies on the vine. Bloomberg reports
  • Colin Powell: Hagel ‘Knows What War Is’ This comes from a man without credibility

    01/13/2013 9:35:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    newsmax ^ | 1/13/13 | a woods
    Insisting that he is still a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Chuck Hagel is “superbly qualified” to be the next secretary of state and he is confident that the former Nebraska senator “will do a great job.” “I think he gets confirmed,” Powell asserted. “He’s superbly qualified based on his overall record, based on his service to the country, based on how he feels about troops and veterans and their families.” Powell, who supported President Barack Obama in each of his election bids, spoke at length about Hagel’s accomplishments, going...
  • 'Riot' involves dozens at Pennsylvania school

    01/13/2013 9:34:03 AM PST · by Anila · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 1/11/13 | Colin Flaherty
    Racial violence around the country is spreading into schools and growing in intensity. And thanks to YouTube, school district superintendents and the media are having a harder time denying it. The latest episode took place this week in Woodland Hills High School in Swissvale, a suburb of Pittsburgh. For two days, 70 black students – and some parents – were punching, kicking, and terrorizing themselves and neighbors. A “riot,” said Swissvale police chief Greg Geppert. All on video – a video “too graphic for WTAE news to show in its entirety.” “At least three of the people we see in...
  • Sen. Bill Nelson: Chuck Hagel is a 'dedicated public servant and patriot' [D-FL]

    01/13/2013 9:33:19 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    The Buzz -- Tampa Bay Times ^ | January 8th, 2013 | Alex Leary
    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, in Jerusalem today meeting with Middle East leaders, expressed support for Chuck Hagel, President Obama's defense secretary nominee. “Chuck Hagel is a personal friend; a solid former U.S. senator; and, a dedicated public servant and patriot,” Nelson said. A news release said he spoke with Hagel today and "believes there will be a thorough review of Hagel’s record before his confirmation." The statement does not delve into criticism that Hagel has not been a strong supporter of Israel, a point Obama and other Democrats say is false. Nelson's office said he is in the Middle East...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/13/2013 9:21:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 13 jan 2013 | Sean Rayment,
    A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west London are also said to include a “show of force” such as conducting naval exercises in the South Atlantic. These could involve the deployment of the Royal Navy’s Response Task Force Group, a flotilla comprising destroyers, a frigate,...
  • 72% of U.S. Casualties in Afghan War Under Obama’s Watch

    01/13/2013 9:08:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    President Barack Obama said U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan will adopt a “support role” starting in the spring of 2013, to allow Afghan police and soldiers to take full responsibility of the country’s security, a nation where 2,053 American soldiers have died since the war started on Oct. 7, 2001. Seventy-two percent of those casualties occurred during Obama's first term. “And today we agreed, as Afghan forces take the lead and as President Karzai announces the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring,” Obama said Friday at the White House, alongside...
  • 144 Border Agents Charged with Alien, Drug Smuggling and Corruption Since 2005

    01/13/2013 9:05:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 10, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    In the last seven years, 144 officers and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been arrested or indicted on corruption charges that include smuggling illegal aliens, smuggling drugs, and bribery, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). … “From fiscal years 2005 through 2012, a total of 144 employees were arrested or indicted for corruption related activities, including smuggling aliens or drugs, and 125 have been convicted,” the GAO report says. “About 65 percent (93 of 144) were employees stationed along the southwest border.” The bulk of corruption cases were for serious offenses, according...
  • The Government Giveth

    01/13/2013 9:00:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Marita Noon
    Or, do they take and then give? It appears to be a vicious cycle with no beginning or end. For the last four years, President Obama and his EPA have waged a war on coal. Though they deny it, their regulations have cost thousands of miners their jobs, and hundreds of coal-fueled power plants are scheduled to be closed within the next few years. On January 7, Georgia Power announced that it will “shut down 15 coal and oil-fired units, cutting nearly one-sixth of its power grid capacity to comply with federal rules aimed at reducing air pollution.” This, the...
  • Mountain Man vs. Government

    01/13/2013 8:46:11 AM PST · by haffast · 48 replies
    Carolina Journal - The John Locke Foundation ^ | January 2013 | Don Carrington
    Primitive N.C. retreat a bit too primitive for Watauga officials Watauga County mountain man Eustace Conway’s passion for teaching primitive living came to a sudden halt in October when local government officials shut down his operation, citing safety and health concerns. After receiving a tip that Conway had built structures without a permit, Watauga County Planning and Inspections Director Joe Furman obtained an administrative search warrant to inspect the roughly two dozen buildings and structures at Turtle Island Preserve, Conway’s 500-plus acre retreat in the mountains east of Boone. In September, Furman assembled a team of building inspectors, health department...
  • Powell: GOP has 'a dark vein of intolerance'

    01/13/2013 8:45:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 104 replies
    Powell: GOP has 'a dark vein of intolerance' By GINGER GIBSON | 1/13/13 11:05 AM EST While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama. "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." Powell, who endorsed Obama, pointed to a number of statements that were directed at Obama as...
  • Rick Perry: I Can’t Make Cuomo A Texan

    01/13/2013 8:39:43 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    ynn.com ^ | ? | ?
    I’m sure I couldn’t get all 49 other governors to admit they would want to be Texans. Just reading the front of the Drudge Report today, I’m thinking Governor Cuomo would not admit he would want to be a Texan. But if he would be truthful, he would say that the economic climate that has allowed that state to grow and create jobs, he would dearly love to be able to stand up in say ‘We did this in New York. But he can’t.”
  • Wyoming Introduces Bill To Nullify Any Federal Gun Control Measures, Jail Federal Agents

    01/13/2013 8:31:16 AM PST · by yoe · 33 replies
    Cowboy Bytes ^ | January 13, 2013
    This week, Wyoming lawmakers introduced a bill banning the federal government from enforcing an assault weapons ban or a prohibition on high-capacity magazines in the state, calling the effort an attempt to “take the Second Amendment seriously.” The bill, which is sponsored by eight Wyoming state representatives and two state senators, calls for federal agents who attempt to enforce those measures to be imprisoned for at least one year and up to five years, and fined a maximum of $5,000. It also contains broad language prohibiting any “public servant … or dealer selling any firearm in this state” from enforcing...
  • 40% statistic about guns being obtained without a background check is as old as... 1994?

    01/13/2013 8:10:38 AM PST · by bryan999 · 11 replies
    "The predominant sources of guns, unsurprisingly, were stores (60 percent). Other important sources included family members and acquaintances. The 3 percent of respondents who indicated that they obtained guns "through the mail" (which is illegal for all but FFLs) may have misremembered or may have referred to a mail-order purchase arranged through an FFL. "The average gun obtained in 1993 and 1994 was worth $392 at the time of transfer, with little difference between handguns and long guns. Fewer than 1 in 20 guns acquired during those 2 years were valued at less than $100. "Fifty-seven percent of firearms were...
  • Ohio teacher cites fear of children in discrimination suit

    01/13/2013 8:08:14 AM PST · by redreno · 23 replies
    foxnews ^ | Published January 13, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    An Ohio high school teacher who claims to have a phobia of young children is suing a school district for discrimination. Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, 61, of Greenhills, is suing the Mariemont school district, where she worked for 35 years, saying it discriminated against her when it reassigned her in 2010 from its high school to its junior high and then pressured her to resign, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. According to the paper, the suit is a discrimination claim based on her age and disability -- a rare phobia called pedophobia, an extreme fear or anxiety around young children. Waltherr-Willard’s suit...
  • Republican Establishment Declares War on GOP Voters [Scott Rasmussen]

    01/13/2013 7:33:08 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 161 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Scott Rasmussen
    Official Washington hailed the deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff as a significant bipartisan accomplishment. However, voters around the country viewed the deal in very partisan terms: Seven out of 10 Democrats approved of it, while seven...of 10 Republicans disapproved. Just a few days after reaching that agreement, an inside-the-Beltway publication reported another area of bipartisan agreement...while Washington Democrats have always viewed GOP voters as a problem, Washington Republicans "in many a post-election soul-searching session" have come to agree. More precisely, the article said the party's Election 2012 failures have "brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They...
  • New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation!

    01/13/2013 7:15:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    New York City Schools Spend $6,900 Per Student - on Bus Transportation! Government schools are an expensive endeavor, especially when union labor and no-bid contracts are involved. The New York City Department of Education has been catching heat from transportation unions lately over a decision to solicit bids for private transportation services in an effort to curtail runaway costs. The district has not sought “significant” bids for student transportation services in 33 years. That means it’s probably been using the same companies for years, without competitive bids to naturally control rising costs. And those costs are increased every year...
  • Rand Paul: Building in Jerusalem none of US's business

    01/13/2013 7:10:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/13/2013 | HERB KENON
    It is “none of our business” whether Israel builds new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem or withdraws from the Golan Heights, and the US should not tell Israel how to defend itself, US Sen. (RKentucky) said on Saturday night at the end of a week-long visit to the country. Paul, a maverick libertarian senator known for his advocacy of slashing US foreign aid, said at a press briefing that the issue of cutting aid to Israel – something he advocates as part of a gradual process – did not come up during his meetings with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or President...
  • What the Meaning of 'Infringe' Is

    01/13/2013 6:59:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Kevin McCullum
    And now boys and girls, it's time for "Fun with Words!" Today's featured contestants are Vice President Joe Biden and a man whose television ratings are so bad it's a wonder he still has a job, Piers Morgan. Perhaps it’s because he was disgraced in scandal--in his beloved England--getting caught publishing fake photographs of British troops committing fake atrocities in Iraq. But whatever reason, American television viewers consistently overlook him when choosing prime time viewing. Vice President Biden used a lot of interesting expressions this past week. He kept reiterating that the President, for example, will utilize the executive order...
  • Urgent: Disable Java on Your Computer (Homeland Security warns of potential hacker attack)

    01/13/2013 6:53:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/13/2013 | Bill Schanefelt
    If you have not yet seen or acted upon Homeland Security's warning, I urge you to do so immediately: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks.  The recommendation came in an advisory issued late Thursday, following up on concerns raised by computer security experts. BlazingCatFur explains the situation: My suspicion is that it's related to this: Iran blamed for massive cyber attack on U.S. banks data centers as 'puppet hacking group' says they did it because the anti-Mohammed movie is still on the...
  • Enemy in the Wire

    01/13/2013 6:50:41 AM PST · by Halo-JM · 11 replies
    Home Town News ^ | 01/13/2013 | Cowboy Ken
    We are under attack from Foreign and Domestic Enemies.
  • Jobs Stall Out in 2012-Q4

    01/13/2013 6:50:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Political Calculations
    According to the December 2012 employment situation report, job growth stalled out in the final three months of 2012, as the number of employed Americans (143,305,000) was nearly unchanged from the levels recorded in the previous two months. That outcome is consistent with our earlier observation that the fourth quarter of 2012 would likely see a significant deceleration in economic activity following the comparatively robust pace of growth recorded in the third quarter. Breaking down the employment situation by age groups, we find that the number of employed teens (Age 16-19) fell by 66,000 from November 2012 to December 2012...
  • From Al Gore to Al Jazeera

    01/13/2013 6:50:28 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 1/10/2013 | Clifford D May
    A few years back I was interviewed about some development in the Middle East by a reporter from Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned television news channel. Afterwards, we sat for a while and talked journalism. He mentioned that he had previously worked for Al Jazeera. I asked why he had left. “Too many Islamists,” he said. “They made me uncomfortable.” It’s bizarre: We used to know a lot about Al Jazeera. At what point did amnesia set in? The station was launched in November 1996. Two months after al-Qaeda’s attacks on New York and Washington, Fouad Ajami, the Lebanese-born American scholar,...
  • Question of the Week: Has the European Fiscal Crisis Ended?

    01/13/2013 6:43:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 13, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve frequently commented on Europe’s fiscal mess and argued that excessive government spending is responsible for both the sovereign debt crisis and the economic stagnation that plagues the continent. But it does seem that things have calmed down, so the readers who have submitted questions about whether the fiscal crisis has ended obviously are paying attention.I have two responses. My first answer is very mature and thoughtful: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, are you ;@($&^#’% kidding me?My second answer is a bit more guarded and circumspect: No. To be more specific, the immediate crisis may have slightly abated, but I have no confidence that...
  • [Nanny] Bloomberg Strikes Again: No Painkillers for You

    01/13/2013 6:43:07 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/12/2013 | Kate Hicks
    America's Caringest Mayor is at it again: having saved New York from sugary drinks, Michael Bloomberg has turned his attention to painkiller addiction. The best option to prevent kids from abusing Mom's leftover Valium from her back surgery is, of course, curbing the supply of such drugs, so that's just what Bloomberg intends to do. As such, he's introduced a measure that would limit the supply of powerful pain drugs in emergency rooms -- despite the fact that lower-income families often use the ER as their primary care source. No matter: this is for the common good of New York....
  • Resistance Looms To Newtown Bills; Lobbyists Already Hired

    01/13/2013 6:37:07 AM PST · by Daffynition · 12 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | Jan 12,2013 | JON LENDER
    When state lawmakers opened the 2013 General Assembly session Wednesday, the State Capitol rang with commitment for measures about gun control and other issues raised by the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre. Emotions were raw — the governor choked up during the part of his speech about the shooting — and it was no time for public naysaying. But a day later, political reality began to set in — a couple of lobbying registrations were filed quietly that suggest post-Newtown reforms could face well-funded opposition:
  • The Palestinian Authority's Inconvenient Truths

    01/13/2013 6:30:29 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 3, 2013 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Western journalists, funders and decision-makers need to know that there are many truths being hidden from their eyes and ears. The truth sometimes hurts; that is why the Palestinian Authority has been working hard to prevent the outside world from hearing about many occurrences that reflect negatively on its leaders or people. In recent years, the Palestinian Authority leadership, often with the help of the mainstream media in the US and EU, has been successful in its effort to divert all attention only toward Israel. Following are examples of some of the inconvenient truths that the Palestinian leadership in the...
  • Jews, Christians Help Spread Word about Persecution

    01/13/2013 6:29:37 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    CBN News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Chris Mitchell and Julie Stahl
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- Tens of thousands of Christians are fleeing the Middle East because of persecution. Yet this modern day exodus is getting little attention in the West. Now, a Jewish group is teaming up with Christians to help spread the word about this persecution. Almost 200 million Christians are targeted each year, especially in the birthplace of their faith, the Middle East. Iraq is just one example. "Since 2003, there has been a systematic attack launched against the Christian community and other minorities in Iraq," Juliana Taimoorazy, with the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, said. "Unfortunately the mainstream media and...
  • Businessman in fraud case ties Harry Reid to scheme

    01/13/2013 6:20:13 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/13/2013 | ap
    A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear. St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson, who's accused of billing hundreds of thousands of consumers for products they never ordered, told The Salt Lake Tribune that newly elected Utah Attorney General John Swallow set up a deal in 2010 for Johnson to pay $600,000 to people connected to Reid. Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade...