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  • Former President George H.W. Bush released from hospital

    01/14/2013 12:02:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Former President George H.W. Bush was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston on Monday after being admitted in November. An illness and complications stemming from a bronchitis-related cough extended his stay. The 88-year-old spent a week in intensive care.
  • Hemlock Semiconductor Announces Layoffs

    01/14/2013 11:59:47 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    clarksvillenow.com ^ | Jan 14,2013 | Clarksville now Staff
    HEMLOCK, Mich. – Hemlock Semiconductor Group has announced that it will lay off approximately 400 employees in Michigan and Tennessee in the coming weeks due to significant oversupply in the polysilicon industry and the threat of potential tariffs on its products sold into China. The layoffs will affect approximately 300 employees at Hemlock’s Clarksville Tennessee site and 100 at its Michigan site. According to a release from Hemlock Semiconductor Group, if the market conditions continue, the layoffs could become permanent. “This is a difficult but necessary decision to enable Hemlock Semiconductor to navigate the volatility in the polysilicon and solar...
  • Feinstein Gun Ban Just Tip of Iceberg!

    01/14/2013 11:54:47 AM PST · by arthurus · 19 replies
    http://www.nraila.org ^ | Posted on January 11, 2013
    While Senator Feinstein's soon-to-be-introduced bill to ban semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines is garnering the most attention from anti-gun politicians and their media allies, attacks on our Second Amendment rights are by no means limited to this one proposal, nor to just Congress. Based on bills introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress, we clearly face the most serious threat to our fundamental Second Amendment rights in the last 20 years, and law-abiding gun owners need to ACT NOW to ward off an unprecedented onslaught on our rights. Here are just some of the proposals pending in...
  • Rikers Island inmates cost city big $$ with 'frivolous' lawsuits

    01/14/2013 11:46:25 AM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    .nypost. ^ | 2:15 AM, January 14, 2013 | By DOUG MONTERO AND DAN MACLEOD
    These jailbirds are proving that crime does pay. Rikers Island inmates are soaking city taxpayers by suing over everything from slippery shower floors to beds they claim are too short, a Post analysis has found. Legal claims against the Department of Correction have resulted in $111.1 million in payouts over the past five years — including settlements of “frivolous” cases that would have cost more to fight in court. Sources said the situation is “out of control,” with a growing network of prisoners sharing the names of lawyers and even scrawling the attorneys’ contact info near the jail’s pay phones....
  • The US federal government is a deadbeat

    01/14/2013 11:42:37 AM PST · by Robert357 · 3 replies
    AP and cambridge dictionary ^ | Jan 14m 2013 | self vanity
    Today President Obama told the American people that the US government is not a deadbeat. Depending on the definition used, he is wrong. According to the cambridge dictionary, there are two major definitions of a deadbeat: (1) a person who is not willing to work, does not behave in a responsible way and does not fit into ordinary society (2) a person or company that is not willing to pay debts If we used the first definition, I would contend that the US federal government is both "not willing to work" and "does not behave in a responsible way." Therefore...
  • Mistrust of Government Is a Beautiful Thing

    01/14/2013 11:34:42 AM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvaZwPPd7m0 ^ | June 10, 2011 | Penn Jillette
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  • Did Ed Koch really say that about Obama?

    01/14/2013 11:33:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 1/10/2013 | Michael Goodwin
    Notwithstanding Ed Koch’s reputation for candor, I didn’t believe my eyes when I read that Koch said he knew President Obama would “renege” on his support of Israel. Koch said his only shock was that it happened so soon, citing Obama’s nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to The Algemeiner newspaper. Is it true? Did Koch really say that? “I did say it,” he told me Tuesday, adding he was making a point about why he had endorsed Obama, despite such misgivings. “People don’t really change when you get to his age,” the former...
  • Gun Control Down Under (Australia)

    01/14/2013 11:29:41 AM PST · by Mozilla · 46 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Jen Kuznicki
    This video was sent to me by an Aussie friend, pleading with me to not allow ourselves to go the way of OZ. It has gotten so crazy there, that legislators are quibbling over the definition of a home invasion, so as not to admit that gun control has made Australians less safe. Check out the video.
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks from the bench; libs in a frenzy

    01/14/2013 11:19:28 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 01/14/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cracked a joke about Yale law students during oral arguments today. He’s famous for his restraint and reticence on the bench. It’s been nearly seven years since he asked any questions — and every last liberal on Twitter is making sure you know it.
  • Obama: ‘Executive Action’ on Gun Control ‘Within My Authority as President’

    01/14/2013 11:18:53 AM PST · by chessplayer · 117 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said Monday he would take executive action pertaining to gun control. Though he wasn’t specific, he said some would have to do with tracing guns.
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,Janury 14-18,2013

    01/14/2013 11:16:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
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  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    01/14/2013 11:14:20 AM PST · by Faith · 18 replies
    January 14, 2013 | Faith
    Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name; That at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 9-11
  • Obama Is Boosting Biden's 2016 Prospects

    01/14/2013 11:03:37 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 32 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 14, 2013 | Richard Benedetto
    In case you haven’t noticed, President Obama and his vaunted PR machine are orchestrating a full-court press to boost the presidential stock of his loyal vice president, Joe Biden. It is not clear whether Biden will seek the Oval Office next time -- he will be 73 years old when 2016 rolls around. But just in case, the political foundation is carefully being laid and the public expectation is being buttressed by White House strategists, and dutifully documented by the media. “Biden stokes talk of presidential campaign in 2016,” said a headline in Sunday’s Washington Examiner. Since the Obama-Biden re-election...
  • Reid denies tie to bribery case

    01/14/2013 10:58:10 AM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 14, 2013 | UPI
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid denied Sunday knowing anything about an alleged attempt to bribe him to intervene in a Federal Trade Commission case. Jeremy Johnson of Utah told federal investigators he sought to funnel money through an alleged intermediary in hopes of convincing Reid to get the FTC to drop its investigation of him."The truth is the worst thing I think I've done was I paid money knowing it was going to influence Harry Reid," Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune. "So I've felt all along that I've committed bribery of some sort there."But the Nevada Democrat's office...
  • Two Of The Biggest Problems In The Financial System Will Hit In 2013

    01/14/2013 10:55:48 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-14-2013 | Graham Summers
    Two Of The Biggest Problems In The Financial System Will Hit In 2013 Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2013Jan 14, 2013 - 03:11 AM By: Graham Summers This week is options expiration week: the week in which various call and put positions will expire. Wall Street is notorious for using these weeks to gun the markets this way and that in order to insure that the greatest number of puts and calls expire worthless. So expect the market to be even more volatile than usual this week. Outside of this, the investment world is slowly emerging from its Central Bank policy...
  • Journal News gun map blamed for burglary

    01/14/2013 10:55:21 AM PST · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    Rockland Times ^ | 1-13-13 | Rockland Times Staff
    A White Plains, N.Y., home highlighted on the infamous Journal News interactive gun map was burglarized Saturday and their gun safe was damaged in an attempted robbery. The burglars were unable to open the safe. It is not clear if the thieves thought the safe stored other valuables or if they were actually seeking to steal a gun. New York Newsday ran with the story under the headline “Journal News gun permit map used by burglars to target White Plains home?” Below is NYS Sen. Greg Ball’s press release. Even if this story is proven to have nothing to do...
  • We need your support to keep FR going strong!! [FReepathon thread V]

    01/14/2013 10:51:47 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 453 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your support to keep FR going strong. Please keep those cards, letters and donations coming in. Your loyal support makes Free Republic possible and your continuing participation makes FR the number one independent pro-life, pro-family, pro-small government, pro-defense, reader funded grassroots conservative forum on the Net!! And we're going to need FR now more than ever to combat the current crop of Marxists and progressives who have infested our government and institutions and who are dead set on destroying the final remnants of our beloved constitution and our God-given liberty!! Click the link above to donate...
  • Guns already allowed in schools with little restriction in many states

    01/14/2013 10:47:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    Open Channel NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News
    With the debate over gun violence reshaped by the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month, lawmakers across the country are pushing proposals to arm teachers in the classroom. But many of them may be wasting their time. More than a third of the states already allow teachers and other adults to carry guns to school. In most cases, all you need is the equivalent of a note from the principal — you usually don't even need law enforcement approval. NBC News reviewed the firearms and education laws in all 50 states...
  • REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean

    01/14/2013 10:46:02 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean Robert JohnsonJanuary 13, 2013 Russian warship sent to Mediterranean in July After nearly two years of conflict and 117,000 displaced Syrians UPI reports Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family have left the country and live aboard a warship manned with Russian security. UPI cites an Al-Watan report claiming Assad's family are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea and that the semi-deposed president travels back to the country by helicopter for meetings and receptions. From UPI: When he flies to his embattled country, the president lands at undisclosed locations and...
  • Krugman: “Frightening” Lack of “Progressive” Economists in the White House

    01/14/2013 10:44:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said it is “frightening” that the Obama administration has never included progressive economists, who have “been right about everything so far.” “I think it’s frightening that at no point in this administration have there been any serious representation of what you might call the progressive economist wing, which is a pretty big part of Obama’s support,” Krugman said Sunday in an appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. … Krugman, a Keynesian economist, has long advocated for more stimulus spending, saying the $833-billion stimulus package of 2009 did not spend enough. …
  • Ex-NYC mayor: Ban all guns

    01/14/2013 10:44:20 AM PST · by Mozilla · 55 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 1-13-13 | WND Exclusive/ Aaron Klein
    Aside from regulated hunting exceptions and those individuals who are deemed in danger by the police commissioner, all U.S. civilians should be banned from owning any kind of gun, argued former New York City Mayor Ed Koch in a radio interview today. “I don’t believe that in our society that we should have guns,” said Koch, a Democrat, speaking on New York WABC Radio’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Continued Koch: “If I had my way I would pass such a law except to allow hunting and target practice and you lay out safety precautions for that. “And if you need...
  • MIT’s Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Running a “Global Assassination Campaign”

    01/14/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    MIT Professor of Linguistics Noam Chomsky, a long-time left-wing writer and activist, told Al-Jazeera that he does not believe President Barack Obama has a “moral center,” and that he is running a “global assassination campaign” using drone warfare. “There’s some nice rhetoric here and there, but you look at the actual policies, they’re pretty shocking,” Chomsky said, speaking of President Obama. “The drone assassination campaign’s a perfectly good example. It’s just a global assassination campaign.” …
  • The Increasingly Execrable Colin Powell

    01/14/2013 10:33:26 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 40 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/14/13 | Quin Hillyer
    Jennifer Rubin does a nice take-down here of the increasingly despicable Colin Powell, who smeared his former party on Meet the Press by accusing Republicans of a “dark vein of intolerance.” Thus says the first black Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the first black Secretary of State, the sometime mentor of the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State… all under Republican sponsorship. Thus says the back-stabbing lout who deliberately let the innocent Scooter Libby twist in the wind, and then get convicted, when one word from Powell would have ended the investigation. Thus says the...
  • Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party'

    01/14/2013 10:22:59 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party' By Justin Sink - 01/14/13 12:54 PM ET President Obama on Monday said his difficulties driving bargains with congressional Republicans had little do with the personal relationships he has with members across the aisle, instead arguing that partisan politics were to blame. "I'm a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party," Obama said during his press conference Monday at the White House. He joked that, "now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway, so I'll be probably calling...
  • Livery Cabbie Shot Over $8.00

    01/14/2013 10:18:58 AM PST · by Wiggins · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Natasha Velez
    A gunman yesterday prepares to shoot a Bronx livery driver over a measly eight bucks after the victim didn’t understand his demands, cops and the wounded man’s family said. Cabby Raphael Martinez, 54, of the Dominican Republic, was about an hour into his shift when he was attacked in his vehicle at 5:10 a.m. on White Plains Road and Lafayette Avenue in Soundview, a dramatic moment caught by the car’s security cam.
  • Detroit Man Says He Can Reveal Where Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried

    01/14/2013 10:18:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marc Santia
    Tony Zerilli, alleged to be the underboss of Detroit's biggest crime family, is breaking his silence on one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American historyA man who federal agents say is a main character in the infamous unsolved mystery about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is breaking his silence after decades of refusing to answer questions. The reputed gangster says the union leader was buried in a field in suburban Detroit -- about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen. Eighty-five years old and barely able to walk, Tony Zerilli never thought this day would...
  • Jackie Chan back in action, branding US more corrupt than China

    01/14/2013 10:16:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.scmp.com ^ | Saturday, 12 January, 2013, 12:00am | Vivienne Chow
    Action star Jackie Chan has once again sparked controversy by branding America the world's "most corrupt" country in a TV interview. His comments were slammed by The Washington Post's foreign affairs blogger Max Fisher as "anti-American" and a reflection of China's insecurity about itself. Chan told Phoenix TV that China has been bullied by international powers for a long time and only began making progress in recent years. Chan added that while China has a corruption problem, so do other nations, including America. "If you talk about corruption, the entire world - America - has no corruption?" said the actor....
  • Sorry, middle class. The VAT may be inevitable.

    01/14/2013 10:16:25 AM PST · by listenhillary · 20 replies
    Cnn Money ^ | January 14, 2013 | Shawn Tully
    FORTUNE -- You can't blame middle-income Americans for wondering whether the new "fiscal cliff" deal really protects them from big tax increases in the future. That's essentially what President Obama promised in championing the hike in rates for high-earners signed into law on January 2. Still, the politicians and pundits keep talking about how our steep deficits and mountainous debt will rise even after the new revenue is counted. So it's only natural for the folks to ask the obvious question: Now that the affluent are paying far more, where's the extra cash supposed to come from? The answer is...
  • Explosive new coroner's report on death of Hollywood star Natalie Wood reveals her injuries

    01/14/2013 10:14:40 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 14, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An explosive new coroner's report reveals Hollywood star Natalie Wood was likely beaten aboard her yacht before he went overboard and drowned in 1981. The Los Angeles County coroner's examination of the Wood case also found flaws in 'every major' finding of the previous autopsy report that led medical examiners to rule the Hollywood star's death an accident. It's the latest step toward settling the question of whether Wood was murdered, or whether she accidentally fell overboard on her 60-foot yacht and drowned - as the original police investigation concluded. The new coroner's examination asserts that bruises found on the...
  • McCain, vocal with reservations toward Hagel, won’t block nomination

    01/14/2013 10:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | January 13th, 2013 | 11:09 PM ET | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. John McCain, prominent among the Washington ranks who have questioned former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s suitability for the top Defense Department post, said Sunday he will not exert his power to block Hagel’s nomination. “No,” he told CNN when asked directly whether he would block the nomination in the Senate. “I plan to make a judgment as to whether I think he’s appropriate to be Secretary of Defense or not.” Each senator has the power to prevent a nomination from advancing to the floor, and one of McCain’s close colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has suggested he would put President Barack...
  • Obama,"We have to reach a sustainable deficit" Brilliant Idea, Moron!!!

    01/14/2013 9:56:52 AM PST · by Stayfree · 21 replies
    Self | Jan. 14, 2013 | Stayfree
    THE GREAT RETARD manages to prove over and over again that without TOTUS he is fully capable of proving all by himself that he is the only IMBECILE in the room!!!
  • CHICAGO CONSIDERS NAME CHANGE TO ‘BARACKISTAN’

    01/14/2013 9:56:29 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 10 replies
    http://angrywhitedude.com/ ^ | 01/13/2013 | AWD
    If there is one city in the world that represents all the hope, change, ideology and character of Barack Obama, it is his adopted home of Chicagoland. Where other than Chicagoland can a lazy, pot-head, communist, racist, beneficiary of Affirmative Action rise to be the most respected position in the city…..a Community Organizer? It’s no small accomplishment to become a Community Organizer in Chicagoland. With all the Minister X’s and Rhyming Reverends on every corner being held down by ‘the man,’ it takes some real talent…and connections…to rise to the highly-esteemed level of Community Organizer. But that is exactly what...
  • Infantry Shut to Women; Do They Want It Open?

    01/14/2013 9:55:14 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 16 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Pauline Jelinek
    If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops -- the country's front-line warfighters -- how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they'd be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs. In fact, the Marines asked women last year to go through its tough infantry officer training to see how they would fare. Only two volunteered and both failed to complete...
  • Anti-trust – The Case Against Congress, Courts and Obama

    01/14/2013 9:54:11 AM PST · by guyshomenet
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/14/2013 | Guy Smith
    Ironic it is that “anti-trust” is a very common phrase inside the beltway. It is growing outside as well. When applied to people and institutions, “trust” means the confident expectation of them doing something specific, such as keeping their word, being honest, not stealing from you and deferring to your personal prerogatives. The antithesis of trust – or anti-trust, to abuse the term – requires either violating the basic principles of trust or being of such low character as to never earn trust. Congress doubled down on their anti-trust personae. One should never trust any politician. By their nature, they...
  • Burglars target homes of gun owners after addresses on weapons permit map published by newspaper

    01/14/2013 9:49:19 AM PST · by autumnraine · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/14/2013
    At least two burglars broke into a house in White Plains, New York, on Saturday and headed straight for the gun safe. This address and the owner's name, registered on a permit for legally held firearms, had been published on the controversial gun map published by the Journal News on December 23. The burglars couldn't open the safe and the property owner wasn't home. But this incident has led to speculation that the map is now being used by criminals for targeted gun theft.
  • Sources: (Another) Jackson brother may seek 2nd District seat

    01/14/2013 9:49:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mike Flannery
    Jesse Jackson, Jr., resigned from Congress last month and Mrs. Jackson herself confirmed on Tuesday that she will not run to replace him. Attention is now turning to 46-year old Jonathan Jackson, the third-born child of the famous Civil Rights leader. The New York Daily News first speculated last September that Jonathan might seek his brother's 2nd District seat. Sources tell Fox 32 News that Jonathan has discussed a possible campaign with local ministers and community leaders.
  • Al Gore Declares Mission Accomplished; Gray Lady Hardest Hit

    01/14/2013 9:45:42 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    pj ^ | January 11th, 2013 | Ed Driscoll
    “Lack of Global Warming Means Cold, Empty Chairs at New York Times Environment Desk,” Jim Lakely writes ... The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments. The positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor are being eliminated. ... Al Gore has just declared Mission Accomplished for environmentalism? He’s got his $100 payout, and the rest of the world is left wondering why we should care about a religion when its chief practitioner has just signed his non-aggression pact with Big Oil. At...
  • Obama: Some Gun Control Measures 'I Can Accomplish Through Executive Action'

    01/14/2013 9:45:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/14/13 | Daniel Halper
    "My understanding is the vice president's going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we're going to go ahead and propose later in the week.
  • Obama Acknowledges That He Is A Big-Spending Socialist

    01/14/2013 9:44:22 AM PST · by Stayfree · 6 replies
    Self | Jan. 14, 2013 | Stayfree
    Perhaps the only truth to come out of the White House Commie's mouth today was when he appeared proud of the label put around his neck by conservatives that he is "A Big-Spending Socialist"
  • Rheinmetall demos laser that can shoot down drones

    01/14/2013 9:40:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 January 2013 | Last updated at 06:25 ET
    A laser weapons system that can shoot down two drones at a distance of over a mile has been demonstrated by Rheinmetall Defense. The German defense firm used the high-energy laser equipment to shoot fast-moving drones at a distance. The system, which uses two laser weapons, was also used to cut through a steel girder a kilometer away. …
  • Delaware Officials Unveil Gun Legislation

    01/14/2013 9:37:13 AM PST · by Delmarksman · 26 replies
    AP ^ | 1/14/13 | Unknown
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- Gov. Jack Markell is proposing background checks for private gun sales as part of a new package of gun control legislation for Delaware.
  • Even Liberals Now Are Standing Up to Unions

    01/14/2013 9:35:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 14 Jan 2013 12:17 PM | Ira Stoll
    America is approaching the point where the government employee unions are so powerful that even the liberals think they're getting out of control. It used to be that taking on public-sector unions was the job of conservative Republicans like President Reagan, who took on the federal air traffic controllers, or Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who passed a law curbing the ability of government employee unions in his state to bargain collectively. But it’s gotten to the point where even New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg—a mayor who favors tightened government restrictions on guns, tobacco, trans fats, and large bottles of...
  • Jesse Jackson: Assault Weapons Are a Threat to 'Homeland Security'

    01/14/2013 9:35:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013
    [Snip] “These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapon, can only kill people and in fact are threats to national security. The young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado with the arsenal he had. He was right near the airport, right near the runways near the airport in Denver. He could shoot down airplanes. so this is a matter of homeland security… We need to make manufacturers more accountable for their product.“
  • Obama Dodges Question About His Own Vote Against Raising The Debt Ceiling (video)

    01/14/2013 9:32:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/14/13 | GOPICYMI
    Pres. Obama Dodges a question from Major Garrett of CBS news on his own voting against raising the debt ceiling when he was a Senator (January 14, 2013).
  • Rubio Outlines Bold Plan Giving 12 Million Illegals Legal Status

    01/14/2013 9:31:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 13 Jan 2013 09:46 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is developing a wide-ranging immigration reform plan—including steps to give more than 12 million illegals currently in the U.S. legal status—in an effort to seize the initiative on a contentious issue that polls show is hurting the Republican Party with the nation’s rapidly growing Hispanic population. Rubio laid out the broad outline of his plan in an interview with the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, at the same time President Obama announced he would push a comprehensive immigration plan of his own this March. Surprisingly, both hold similar goals—creating a process in which undocumented...
  • Obama: ‘We need more revenue’ (a.k.a. tax increases)

    01/14/2013 9:24:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | January 14, 2013 | Felicia Sonmez
    President Obama kicked off the final news conference of his first term by renewing his call for Congress to approve a “balanced” deficit-reduction package that includes both spending cuts and new revenues. Republican leaders have said repeatedly that the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff agreement ended any discussion of raising new revenue and that in upcoming negotiations they would deal only in spending cuts. Obama made clear that he does not agree. He reiterated that he is “open to making modest adjustments to programs like Medicare.” “The fact is, though, we can’t finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts...
  • No Spending Cuts? Another Downgrade!

    01/14/2013 9:15:12 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 15 replies
    1/14/13 | Originalbuckeye
    Did not Moodys say they would downgrade our credit rating again if there are not significant spending cuts? Why aren't the Republicans shouting that from the rooftops?
  • MARYLAND DEMOCRAT TO INTRODUCE BILL FORCING NON-MEMBERS OF TEACHERS UNION TO PAY DUES

    01/14/2013 9:08:43 AM PST · by massmike · 23 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 01/14/2013 | n/a
    As right-to-work legislation makes significant victories across the country, allowing employees to decide whether or not they want to join a union, the Maryland teachers union appears to be taking the opposite approach. According to the Washington Examiner, the union is actively planning to make even non-union teachers pay dues in the near future. The Washington Examiner explains: Del. Sheila Hixson, D-Montgomery County, will introduce a bill on behalf of the Maryland State Education Association to require nonunion educators to pay a so-called fair share fee to unions equivalent to about 68 percent of the local dues. Under Maryland law,...
  • Cops: Women stole police cruiser, drove to McDonald's

    01/14/2013 8:58:59 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel (via Tampa Bay Times) ^ | January 14, 2013 | Barbara Hijek
    St. Pete cops said that Vanessa Nicole Brooks, 22, stole their cruiser while they were inside an apartment investigating a domestic quarrel, reports the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg. As Brooks backed the car up, she hit another police car before taking off.
  • NY Has Tentative Deal on Gun Control: AP

    01/14/2013 8:43:00 AM PST · by Cheerio · 55 replies
    AP and 4NewYork (MSLSD) ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | Michael Gormley
    People familiar with the internal negotiations say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have a tentative deal to enact the nation's first gun control measure following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.