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  • Biden Proposals Include Framework for Gun Registry and Confiscation

    01/15/2013 7:27:03 AM PST · by FR_addict · 92 replies
    email Gun Owners of America ^ | 1/15/2013 | Gun Owners of America
    Up to 50-80% of all guns in circulation could be covered Press reports now make it clear what Vice President Joe Biden’s gun control package will look like. Biden wants to impose: * A Feinstein-like semi-auto ban which, according to experts who have done the counting, could ban up to 50% of all long guns currently in circulation and up to 80% of all handguns. Incidentally, if you wanted to keep the AR-15 you currently have, you would have to have a 6-month FBI background check, be fingerprinted, and get a machine gun-type license. * The framework for national gun...
  • Obama warns of 'disaster' if House GOP doesn't raise debt ceiling (Another Obama disaster!)

    01/15/2013 7:25:47 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/14/13 | Linda Feldmann
    In the final press conference of his first term, President Obama called on House Republicans to pay the bills Congress has already racked up. He also reiterated that he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. President Obama warned congressional Republicans Monday that a failure to raise the federal debt ceiling in the next several weeks would spell “disaster” for the US and global economies. And he reiterated his position that he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. “These are bills that have already been racked up, and we need to pay them,” Mr. Obama said in the last...
  • Fed up, Obama says Israel ‘doesn’t know its own best interests’

    01/15/2013 7:22:17 AM PST · by massmike · 37 replies
    timesofisrael.com ^ | 01/15/2013 | Times of Israel Staff
    Barack Obama, frustrated with continued construction in Israeli settlements in the West Bank, has reportedly become “inured” to the issue and has begun telling colleagues that Israel is acting against its own best interests. If accurately reported, such comments, expressed by the head of state of the country Israel considers its closest ally, may represent a new low in relations between this US administration and Jerusalem, which in recent years have suffered strains over the Palestinian and Iranian issues. According to the report by Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg published Tuesday morning, Obama last month began repeating the mantra that “Israel...
  • (New Jersey) Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible

    01/15/2013 7:22:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, has been fired after he shared a Bible verse with a student – and upon request gave the child a Bible. The Phillipsburg School Board voted Monday night to terminate the employment of Walter Tutka. He was accused of breaking two policies – distributing religious literature on school grounds and another policy that directs teachers to be neutral when discussing religious material. “It’s unfortunate the Phillipsburg School District chose the path of religious hostility and intolerance against a retired man serving his community and simply responding to a student’s intellectual curiosity,” Hiram...
  • House GOP Leaders Consider Four-Year Debt Limit Deal

    01/15/2013 7:21:02 AM PST · by Qbert · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Jan. 14, 2013 | Daniel Newhauser
    With the administration’s debt ceiling deadline fast approaching, House Republican leaders are considering a four-year debt limit increase that would take the issue off the table for the rest of President Barack Obama’s presidency. The plan would, however, come at no easy price for Obama, who pledged as recently as Monday morning not to negotiate with Republicans on a debt ceiling hike. Republicans would demand major tax and entitlement changes — the latter of which has been anathema to many Democrats — and they could also ask for movement on the sequester and an expiring continuing resolution that must be...
  • Averting Default, Achieving Restraint (Here's how to do it if we're serious)

    01/15/2013 7:21:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2013 | The Editors
    The federal government will hit the statutory limit on its debt within the next two months, and further borrowing would require congressional action. Almost everybody recognizes that such action will need to take place, since no one has proposed a way to end all deficit spending immediately. But Republicans want to make sure that as Congress takes that action it both highlights the problem of overspending and takes steps to address it, while Democrats want to make sure that the problem receives neither attention nor remedy. To achieve its end, each party has focused on a different element of the...
  • Swedish heavy metal man: 'I'm still addicted'

    01/15/2013 7:20:18 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | January 11, 2013
    A Swede who gained worldwide fame for having his love of hard rock classified as a disability says he remains addicted to heavy metal music five years after being granted social security benefits for his affliction. "I'm still very addicted," Roger Tullgren, 47, told The Local this week from his home in Hässleholm in southern Sweden. "I listen to heavy metal music 24 hours a day."
  • Spending Cuts Are Mostly Fiction (Why are spending hikes and tax hikes called spending “cuts.”?)

    01/15/2013 7:15:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/15/2013 | A. Barton Hinkle
    Would you like to save $20,000 this year? Of course you would. Here’s how: Plan a month-long vacation to Disneyland, and budget $20,000 for the trip. Then don’t go. Presto! You just “cut” your family budget by 20 grand. This sounds absurd—because it is. Yet that is precisely how Washington operates. A couple of weeks ago, President Obama claimed on national TV that “I cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011.” But as many people quickly pointed out, in fiscal 2011 federal spending rose from $3.4 trillion to $3.6 trillion. Nevertheless, the President repeated the claim on Jan....
  • 2 moms book returned to shelves of Utah school district after legal fight

    01/15/2013 7:12:20 AM PST · by Abathar · 13 replies
    Theindychannel/AP ^ | 01/15/2013 | uncredited
    SALT LAKE CITY - A book about a lesbian couple raising children has returned to a Utah school district's library shelves, amid a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union. Officials with the ACLU of Utah say they were informed of the district's decision Monday, two months after the suit was filed.
  • HMV calls in administrators {HMV bankruptcy}

    01/15/2013 7:10:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    The Sun ^ | 15 January 2013 | Steve Hawkes
    The 92-year-old music store become the latest high street casualty of the credit crisis and called in administrators. Some 4,350 jobs are at risk if the chain closes. The blow follows the recent collapses of camera trader Jessops and electrical retailer Comet that together cost more than 8,000 jobs. Today restructuring giant Deloitte will be confirmed as administrator and will look to trade HMV’s 230 UK stores and find a buyer. But experts said that at BEST a profitable “core” of stores will remain trading. It is understood HMV has emailed all stores telling staff not to accept gift card...
  • Meese: Obama Risks Impeachment If He uses Executive Order for Gun Control

    01/15/2013 7:08:50 AM PST · by paratrooper82 · 74 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 14, 2013 | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III declared in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview that President Barack Obama could easily be impeached if he bypassed Congress and enacted gun-control legislation by executive order.
  • Mental Illness Gets too Much Room to Grow

    01/15/2013 7:01:58 AM PST · by Conservaliberty · 39 replies
    StarTribune ^ | January 14 | Rich Stanek
    Gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and extreme violence. We have an access problem. The mentally ill should never have access to guns. Eight of the nine killers in mass shootings in the United States in 2012 had a history of mental illness or suffered from untreated mental illness. Their families, friends, classmates, teachers or coworkers knew something was wrong. The mass murders (defined by the FBI as four or more murders during one incident) occurred across the country -- including one right here in Minneapolis -- and targeted schools, movie theaters, stores, religious facilities...
  • An Open Letter To General Powell

    01/15/2013 7:00:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    I was disappointed with the clear implication in your Meet The Press interview that those of us, in the GOP who defend life, protect traditional marriage and advance religious liberty are intolerant. It was obvious to anyone who watched the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, that NO! had it. There was no way the convention chairman could have heard a two-thirds vote for the YES! position. Three times the chairman asked them to vote. Three times they denied God. Denied Him Thrice! What has happened to the Democratic Party that,in the 1960's, provided such leadership for the cause...
  • Gang of {Moslem} men 'groomed girls as young as 11 for sex{ in the UK}

    01/15/2013 6:59:10 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 15 January 2013 | Arthur Martin & Keith Gladdis
    An '11 or 12 year old' victim of a child sex ring was forced to miscarry after her attacker used an 'instrument' on her in a home abortion when she became pregnant, a court has heard. A gang of nine men face accusations of grooming and horrifically abusing vulnerable girls from the age of 11 - making their lives a 'living hell. The men, all from Oxford, allegedly plied six girls with alcohol, cocaine and heroin before repeatedly raping them. Kamar Jamil, 27, Akthtar Dogar, 32, Anjum Dogar, 30, Assad Hussain, 32, Mohammed Karrar, 38, Bassam Karrar, 26, Mohammed Hussain,...
  • GOLDMAN: Hide Your Kids, The Sequester Is Coming

    01/15/2013 6:54:35 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    GOLDMAN: Hide Your Kids, The Sequester Is Coming Joe WeisenthalJan. 15, 2013, 5:15 AM Goldman's Alec Phillips writes in a note that the automatic spending cuts required by the so-called "Sequester" (the spending caps imposed by the 2011 debt ceiling deal) are now a matter of "when" and not "if." He examines the sequester as part of the broader fiscal triple threat that we're seeing right now: Debt ceiling + ongoing budget resolution + sequester. While the debt ceiling has the potential to do the most damage, from a probabilistic standpoint (because the debt ceiling is unlikely to be breached)...
  • China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire

    01/15/2013 6:48:07 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Adam Taylor
    China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire Adam TaylorJanuary 15, 2013China's smog problem is reaching historically high levels, with air quality in parts of the country now 40 times higher than standards set by the WHO. There's also serious visibility problems — and these can have real ramifications. State news agency Xinhua reported Monday that a fire in a 1,000 square foot factory in China’s Zhejiang province went unnoticed for 3 hours as locals couldn't tell the difference between the smoke and the smog blanketing the area. By the time anyone noticed, the fire...
  • House panel blocks most GOP attempts to trim Sandy disaster-relief bill

    01/15/2013 6:47:37 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/14/13 10:08 PM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Republican-led House Rules Committee late Monday approved a rule for a massive Hurricane Sandy relief package that shuts out most GOP proposals to pare back the size of the bill. The main bill provides $17 billion in relief, and an amendment made in order would add another $33.7 billion, for a total of $50.7 billion. Late last week, Republicans offered amendments that would trim the bill significantly, but few of those were made "in order" by the Rules Committee on Monday. For example, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) proposed amendments that would have slashed $22 billion from the total package,...
  • Why All The Green Pork In A Deal Meant To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff?

    01/15/2013 6:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/15/2014 | Robert Bradley Jr.
    When President Obama’s autopen turned the fiscal cliff deal into law, Americans might have thought that the federal government had begun to walk down the road to a balanced budget. But the 157-page American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is business-as-usual. The backroom deal, chiefly engineered by Vice President Biden, fed the special-interest well while leaving the federal budget in crisis. The final bill includes some $68 billion in favors over the next ten years. The fiscal irresponsibility continues unabated. A look at the energy provisions alone shows why. For starters, the cliff deal renewed the twenty-years-and-counting “temporary” tax credit...
  • Who needs guns? Just call 911

    01/15/2013 6:35:54 AM PST · by Perseverando · 18 replies
    WND ^ | January 14, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    Exclusive: Joseph Farah stresses absurdity of expecting police to protect you Maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t think you’ll ever need a gun – or want one. After all, all one has to do in 21st century America is call 911 when you’re faced with danger, right? The first time I realized I needed a gun was as a young man living in a nice section of Los Angeles. It was not the kind of neighborhood in which one expected to experience a home invasion. Yet, one night, that’s what I was faced with. It started with a...
  • Alcatraz pays tribute to Indian occupation

    01/15/2013 6:29:53 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2013 | Carl Nolte
    The National Park Service does not usually approve of graffiti. "It's a federal offense," said Marcus Koenen, site supervisor for Alcatraz, the former prison that is now part of a national park. However, the government has made an exception for graffiti left behind during the Indian occupation of the island - and it helped restore signs painted by hand on a landmark water tower. "PEACE AND FREEDOM WELCOME HOME OF THE FREE INDIAN LAND," the writing says in red letters 4 and 5 feet high. "We restored it because it has a social significance," Koenen said recently. "It is part...
  • Liberal tax leaves bitter taste in some smoothie drinkers' mouths

    01/15/2013 6:28:24 AM PST · by jakerobins · 9 replies
    VERNAL — When George Burnett first set up shop in Vernal, he knew he had to find away to connect with his adopted community if his custom seat cover business was going to survive. So, armed with a sandwich board emblazoned with the phrase "Honk If You (Heart) Drilling!," Burnett took to the corner of 500 East and Main Street and began his one-man crusade to boost the spirit of a community that was getting its first glimpse of another oil and gas bust. Fast-forward nearly five years and Burnett — now a local celebrity for his tireless support of...
  • Biden: W.H. eying 19 executive actions on guns

    01/15/2013 6:25:55 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/15/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But Biden, who has been leading Obama’s task force on the response, spent two hours briefing a small group...
  • Oprah Winfrey 'surprised and mesmerized' by Lance Armstrong's confession

    01/15/2013 6:24:50 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 15, 2013 | BETH STEBNER and RACHEL QUIGLEY
    Oprah Winfrey revealed today she was surprised and mesmerized by some of Lance Armstrong's answers in the wake of her grueling two-hour interview with the shamed cyclist, in which he finally admitted using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Speaking to CBS this morning about the 'intense and emotional' interview that took place in Austin yesterday, she said: 'He did not come clean in the manner I expected, I was surprised. Myself and the whole team were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. 'I think he answered my questions satisfactorily. He was thoughtful and serious and had prepared himself for this...
  • When Babies Disappear (What to Expect When No One's Expecting)

    01/15/2013 6:23:44 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    RealClearBooks ^ | January 14, 2013 | Heather Wilhelm
    Do We Love Kids? Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here's how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you'd put in a lot of work, but you'd get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight...
  • Obama's Disarm the Victim Movement

    01/15/2013 6:17:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Neal Boortz
    So now we’re learning that Barack Obama wants to make the sale of high capacity magazines illegal. How nice. Nice --- and easy to expose as completely absurd. Let’s just use one occurrence to address the dream shared by Dear Ruler and liberals of eliminating these high-capacity magazines in rifles and handguns. To show the absurdity of this idea, let’s just go back to Loganville, Georgia 11 days ago. Melinda Herman was at home with her two children in this suburban neighborhood. Her husband was at work. Suddenly someone was ringing her doorbell. She was expecting nobody. The doorbell ringing...
  • The death of restraint

    01/15/2013 6:16:35 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 15, 2013 | Editorial
    An archaic term, too seldom heard or even contemplated nowadays, is "beyond the pale." Believed to date to the 14th century, it originally had to do with the physical boundaries of English authority in Ireland. Today, it means "beyond the limits of propriety, courtesy, protection, safety, etc.," according to www.dictionary.com. Two notably sordid examples of beyond-the-pale behavior emerged in recent weeks, and those responsible for them seemingly will keep rolling along, free of consequences. On Dec. 25, 2012 (!), a petition was filed on the White House's "We the People" site, calling upon the federal government to declare the Roman...
  • Petition: Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families...

    01/15/2013 6:09:37 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    3,691 more signatures needed. This petition implements RULES FOR RADICALS #5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon" against Obama. If gun-free zones make people safe, then why don’t we declare the immediate vicinity of the President and Vice-President to be gun-free zones and send the Secret Service home? Or are gun-free zones good enough for our kids, but not good enough for our overlords? It is the height of arrogance and hypocrisy for politicians to surround themselves with armed guards while insisting that our children be soft targets. There are 8 more days to get the required number of signatures...
  • Belfast's Flag Riots Are Setting It On Fire Again

    01/15/2013 6:04:25 AM PST · by Abiotic · 4 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | 15/1/2013 | Matthew Francey
    Being born and raised in Belfast, I’m used to hearing about terrorists, bombs and shootings on the local news, but I can honestly say that despite all that, I considered my hometown a pretty safe place to grow up. I moved to London a year ago, and while Northern Ireland is by no means front-page news here, I couldn’t help but notice that for the past month rioting in Belfast has been featured in almost every news bulletin. The rioting began when Belfast City Council voted to end the continuous flying of the Union Flag from City Hall and hasn’t...
  • CUOMO v FREEDOM

    01/15/2013 6:01:07 AM PST · by shortstop · 69 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/15/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    It seems odd that the government of a free people would pass secret legislation in the dark of the night. But then, New Yorkers are not a free people. And Andrew Cuomo is not a democrat. He is a monarchist. And by noon today, a secret, un-debated effort to criminalize tens of thousands of law-abiding, tax-paying New Yorkers will be in place. In the interest of his presidential ambitions and in the name of public safety, Andrew Cuomo and the coven of servile evildoers that is the state legislature have castrated the Second Amendment and enslaved the people. Cuomo’s bid...
  • Campos wants Harvey Milk's name on SFO

    01/15/2013 5:59:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marisa Lagos
    A San Francisco supervisor wants to rename the city's airport in honor of civil rights leader Harvey Milk, a change supporters said would send a global message about the importance and struggles of gays and lesbians for equality. Supervisor David Campos will introduce legislation Tuesday that would place the proposal to rename San Francisco International Airport as Harvey Milk San Francisco International Airport before voters in November. To send the name change to voters, Campos needs the support of five other supervisors, and Monday he already had four co-sponsors.
  • Digital Medical Hubris

    01/15/2013 5:34:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Now the other shoes begin to drop. Voters knew in November that many of the promises Obama made in 2008 had been broken. The economy had not revived as he had promised it would ("or we'll be talking about a one-term proposition"). He has not "changed the tone in Washington" -- except for the worse. He didn't prevent lobbyists from holding positions in his administration. He didn't cut the deficit in half; he increased it radically. But voters apparently decided that the president deserved credit for good intentions. How long will that indulgence last? The next four years, whatever else...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 15-18,2013

    01/15/2013 5:33:37 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 15-18,2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Bernanke: Get rid of the debt ceiling, it has no practical value

    01/15/2013 5:23:41 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2013 | January 14, 2013
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke criticized the debt ceiling as an unusual device that can be used to prevent the United States from paying it’s bills, as he suggested that the country would be better off if the debt limit did not exist. “I think it would be a good thing if we didn’t have [the debt ceiling],” Bernanke told students at the University of Michigan today. “I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think it’s going to be around.” Those remarks put Bernanke in agreement with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who has said that Congress should eliminate the...
  • Ceiling to Fall on Dead Nag

    01/15/2013 5:22:02 AM PST · by morethanright · 6 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-14 15:29:38 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they've already racked up," said President Obama ahead of the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations, "We are not a deadbeat nation." Obama made these remarks with a straight face.Of course, to "pay the bills" the President and Congress have "already racked up" requires borrowing many more trillions of dollars - moving America toward the deadly debt-to-GDP ratio of 80% (we are currently at 73%). America, in reality, is a deadbeat nation in the making.Speaking of deadbeats, House Speaker John Boehner assured Washington's...
  • Study: Male Jurors More Likely To Find Overweight Women Guilty

    01/15/2013 5:19:01 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 48 replies
    CBS Local ^ | January 12, 2013
    Male members of a jury are more likely to find a defendant guilty if the accused person is an overweight female. According to a recent study by Yale University psychologists, male – and not female – jurors are also more inclined to believe that a fat woman is a repeat offender who had malicious intent. The researchers gathered a group of 471 pretend peers of varying body sizes and described to them a case of check fraud. They also presented them with one of four images—either a large man, a lean man, a large woman, or a lean woman—and identified...
  • Barack Obama: Weapon of Mass Distraction

    01/15/2013 5:18:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama's latest news conference was further confirmation that his voracious appetite for spending was not satisfied but whetted by the fiscal cliff deal, which he views as an appetizer. We were told that the GOP achieved a coup in the fiscal cliff negotiations because they lured Obama into an agreement to lock in the Bush tax rates except for the highest-income earners. Never mind that Obama agreed to no spending cuts or entitlement reform after demanding a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction; they told us he'd be forced to address those matters in a couple of months in the...
  • Sonia Sotomayor's Book Tells of Life's Struggles

    01/15/2013 5:08:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1/14/13
    In a memoir to be published on Tuesday, Sonia Sotomayor writes of the chronic disease, troubled family relationships and failed marriage that accompanied her rise from a housing project in the Bronx to a seat on America's highest court.... she also called affirmative action a "double-edged sword." She said some people still attribute her position on the court to affirmative action, based on her identity as a Latina justice... Sotomayor's book is not the first literary window into a justice's personal life. Justice Clarence Thomas described his experience with poverty, racism and affirmative action in "My Grandfather's Son," and retired...
  • British Airways Christian Employee Nadia Eweida Wins Case in Discrimination Suit

    01/15/2013 5:07:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | January 15, 2013 | Robert Pigott
    A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. Judges ruled Nadia Eweida's rights had been violated under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. She took her case to the European Court of Human Rights after BA made her stop wearing her white gold cross visibly. Judges ruled that the rights of three other Christians had not been violated by their employers. Continue reading the main story Analysis image of Robert Pigott Robert Pigott Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News Although Nadia Eweida's victory shows that Christians...
  • The 25th Annual No Pants Senate

    01/15/2013 4:56:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | John Ransom
    The news media was agog on Sunday because the sacred holyday, the 12th Annual “No Pants on the Subway” event, took place around the world. Yes, people on subways crossing metro areas everywhere dropped “trou” and showed the world what ought to be kept between a person’s significant other and their proctologist.The internet today is full of colorful and creative- and mostly chaste- pictures of public transportation riders in their skivvies, yucking it up for cameras.     And why?Probably because while 25 percent of Americans chose to spend Sunday worshipping God and football, in capitals around the world- especially in DC-...
  • Cleaning lady steals train and crashes into house

    01/15/2013 4:54:42 AM PST · by Doogle · 84 replies
    The Local ^ | 01/15/13
    A cleaning lady managed to commandeer a Stockholm-area train early Tuesday morning, eventually crashing it into a house in the upscale suburb of Saltsjöbaden. She has since been ordered detained on suspicion of allmänfarlig ödeläggelse
  • Arianna Huffington & Scarborough Claim: W.F. Buckley, Jr. Would Have Supported Hagel

    01/15/2013 4:48:27 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who would you trust more to reflect how William F. Buckley, Jr. would have felt on an important issue of the day: the editors of the National Review--the magazine that WFB founded--or the combined wisdom of Arianna Huffington and Joe Scarborough? In an editorial published before Hagel's nomination became official, the Editors at National Review wrote: "Chuck Hagel is a very poor choice for the next secretary of defense," concluding that he was "definitively not the man who should be the next secretary of defense." But on today's Morning Joe, when Huffington asked "don't you think William F. Buckley would...
  • BRAC the Budget

    01/15/2013 4:44:41 AM PST · by IbJensen · 24 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/15/2013 | Erick Erickson
    I am in favor of not raising the debt ceiling unless the President and Democrats come up with meaningful spending cuts and reforms. Contrary to a lot of the Democrats’ spin, the federal government will not default if the debt ceiling is not raised. Only if Little Timmy Geithner decides to not pay certain debts will the government default. It is his choice. But I do think Republicans should be proactive in their approach to the debt ceiling. I think they should have a plan. Specifically, I think the Republicans should propose a BRAC Commission for spending. The BRAC Commission,...
  • Obama: “Executive Action” On Gun Control “Within My Authority As President”

    01/15/2013 4:29:08 AM PST · by yoe · 69 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 14, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Barack finished up the final press conference of his first term. During it he was questioned a number of times about his plans for gun control as Vice President Joe Biden prepares to deliver his recommendations tomorrow. What was most amazing was when he referenced his executive power and stated, “How we are gathering data on guns that fall into the hands of criminals, how we track that.” He also boldly declared that executive action could be taken and that “some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president.” First, before...
  • Conservatives Should End the Debt Ceiling Debate

    01/15/2013 4:27:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Albert Mohler
    Watching the American scene in the 1960s, historian Daniel Boorstin, invented the idea of the “pseudo-event.” The rise of television and modern mass media had produced a transformation of the news business, so that what now mattered was not if an event was important, but only if it was “newsworthy.” As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event was orchestrated and planned to receive maximum public attention, even if the event itself was really unimportant. Pseudo-events merely look important, because the media and the public agree to act as if they are. As Boorstin explained, the pseudo-event is not something that happens by...
  • Motivation To Prosper

    01/15/2013 3:57:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Nov. 29, 1766, Benjamin Franklin wrote for the London Chronicle: "I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. -- I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they...
  • Howie Kurtz accused of interfering with story to protect Anderson Cooper's sexualit

    01/15/2013 3:36:55 AM PST · by autumnraine · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | DYLAN BYERS
    CNN media critic Howard Kurtz is being accused of pressuring an editor at the Daily Beast, where he is a columnist, to kill a story that would have outed CNN's Anderson Cooper as gay -- an accusation Kurtz strongly dismisses. "These suggestions are offensive and absurd," Kurtz told POLITICO Monday night. In an interview with Capital New York about Jodie Foster's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, BuzzFeed reporter Kate Aurthur, a former Daily Beast editor, said that in 2011 Kurtz had "interfered with a story" about Cooper in order to protect him from being outed. "[This] was less than...
  • Taxpayers pay for Bill Clinton’s Cinemax, Jimmy Carter’s Dish Network

    01/15/2013 3:34:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 15, 2013
    Bill Clinton is a multimillionaire, but you’re paying for the Cinemax in his office. That’s just one eyebrow-raising expense a former occupant of the White House has been allowed to put on the taxpayer tab every year, even though every living ex-president is quite wealthy. In an attempt to shed light on this little-known perk of being a former commander in chief, The Daily Caller — through a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year — has obtained thousands of pages of emails and documents from the government detailing how taxpayer money is spent on former presidents each year....
  • WashPost Editorial to Obama: Clamp Down on Gun-running; Fast & Furious Anyone?!

    01/15/2013 2:41:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/11/13 | Matt Vespa
    Today's Washington Post editorial clings to the liberal anti-gun rights view that only the government should have access to "military weapons," by which of course they mean semiautomatic "assault rifles" like the AR-15. Of course, government corruption and incompetence has long been an avenue by which criminals have obtained weapons, the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal being an instructive case in point. But alas, the drug-running scandal was curious missing from the January 11 editorial in which the Post argued that in addition to an assault weapons ban, the U.S. government needs to crack down on international gun-smuggling, particularly on...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 15, 2013

    01/15/2013 2:39:58 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Quinn, Rose, talkradio, Warroom
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Here's the real unemployment rate

    01/15/2013 2:03:13 AM PST · by Brown Deer · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 1/14/2013 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Government's 'headline' statistics hide true conditionsThe real unemployment rate for December 2012 is closer to 23 percent, not the 7.8 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to economist John Williams. Here is a more complete unemployment table that includes the seasonally adjusted unemployment percentages for U3 unemployment, as well as the same for U6 unemployment, followed by the ShadowStats Alternative Unemployment rate for both December 2011 and December 2012: