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  • Cuomo Signs Gun Legislation Into Law

    01/15/2013 2:43:29 PM PST · by Red Steel · 189 replies
    nyt ^ | January 15, 2013 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law on Tuesday a sweeping package of gun control measures, significantly expanding a ban on assault weapons and making New York the first state to change its laws in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. Mr. Cuomo signed the bill less than an hour after the State Assembly approved the legislation on a 104-to-43 vote. The State Senate approved the measure, 43 to 18, on Monday night. The expanded ban on assault weapons broadens the definition of such weapons, banning semiautomatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and...
  • Canadian law professor calls for legal changes to bring about ‘queering’ of Catholic schools

    01/15/2013 2:38:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | January 15, 2013 | Staff
    In “Queering Schools, GSAs and the Law: Taking on God”--an excerpt from the book The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity & Justice--a law professor at the University of Manitoba calls for changes in “state-issued law and policy approaches” to ensure that Canadian schools, including Catholic schools, become “queered.” “The most effective approach would call for laws, policies and programs that mandate curriculum and educative responses to transform the schooling experience of all students,” writes Donn Short, who discusses “the reach of the law and the ability of the law to take on what sits as the major social norm and...
  • Obama Threatened With Impeachment If Executive Action Used For Gun Control

    Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) is threatening to file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures via executive order. “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said in a statement Monday, according to the Daily Caller. The Weekly Standard reported that Obama used the final press conference of his first term in office Monday to offer some details on Vice President Joe Biden’s expected gun control recommendations: “My understanding is the...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, January-15-2013

    01/15/2013 2:30:20 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 46 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Saudi Execution: Brutal, Inhuman and Illegal?

    01/15/2013 2:29:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri January 11, 2013 | Jo Becker
    Rizana Nafeek was a child herself -- 17 years old, according to her birth certificate -- when a four-month-old baby died in her care in Saudi Arabia. She had migrated from Sri Lanka only weeks earlier to be a domestic worker for a Saudi family. Although Rizana said the baby died in a choking accident, Saudi courts convicted her of murder and sentenced her to death. On Wednesday, the Saudi government carried out the sentence in a gruesome fashion, by beheading Rizana. Rizana's case was rife with problems from the beginning. A recruitment agency in Sri Lanka knew she was...
  • Protestors report 1 million in Paris march to defend marriage

    01/15/2013 2:24:26 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | January 14, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    La Manif Pour Tous, Protest for All. A march for marriage and familiy in Paris on Jan.13, 2013. Credit: Estefania Aguirre/CNA. Paris, France, Jan 14, 2013 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Over one million people reportedly took to the streets in France on Jan. 13 in opposition to President Francois Hollande's “marriage for all” proposal. Figures show between 1.3 and 1.5 million protested against their president's plans to pass same-sex marriage, according Bruno Dary, the former military governor of the city of Paris. Numbers from other media outlets range from an estimated 340,000 to 800,000 attendees. Set to go...
  • Some Obama Debt Ceiling Claims Dubious

    01/15/2013 2:24:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 | Sam Brock
    In his first press conference of the year that very closely resembled a territorial stakeout, President Obama addressed a national audience Monday speaking largely to an impending debt ceiling crisis. “America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up,” Obama declared. If Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling, the president warned the consequences could be dire-delayed social security checks and veterans’ benefits, for starters. President Obama also mentioned potential disruptions to compensation for troops and small business owners, and even “food inspectors, air traffic controllers and...
  • US condemns Mohammed Morsi anti-Semitic remarks

    01/15/2013 2:12:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:17PM GMT 15 Jan 2013 | Jon Swaine
    The White House has condemned anti-Semitic remarks by Mohammed Morsi, the Egyptian president, who once described Israelis as the “descendants of apes and pigs”. Mr. Morsi’s slurs, which emerged in recordings from 2010, were termed “deeply offensive” by Jay Carney, Mr. Obama’s press secretary, who said concerns had been raised with Egyptian officials. Mr. Carney urged Mr. Morsi, who has promised to respect Egypt’s decades-old peace treaty with Israel, to promptly state publicly that he respects people of all faiths. … Jewish groups have sharply criticized the remarks and said they raised troubling questions about the future of America’s delicate...
  • Police: Man Says He Had Explosives in Wis. Capitol

    01/15/2013 2:09:28 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 1/15/13 | Leslie Dyste/AP
    Police have arrested a man who allegedly threatened the Wisconsin Capitol on his Facebook page and then told officers he had a molotov cocktail in his backpack after entering the building. The arrest occurred Tuesday afternoon, just hours before Gov. Scott Walker was scheduled to deliver his State of the State speech to lawmakers at the Capitol. Police closed one entrance and evacuated a portion of the building as they investigated the contents of the man's backpack outside.
  • Executive Orders Explained for Low-Information Voters

    01/15/2013 1:39:34 PM PST · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 1-15-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States. Now, we were told last week that Biden was heading up a commission made up of administration officials and cabinet officials on what to do about guns and the increasing proliferation of guns. One of the things that Biden suggested was they're looking at legislation, executive orders, so forth and so on. The Politico, a joyous Politico, I should say, has a story today: "The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control." This is what Biden told a...
  • As inauguration approaches, Obama’s most virulent foes want the celebration stopped

    01/15/2013 1:39:30 PM PST · by SvenMagnussen · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Januay 14, 2012 | Marc Fisher
    Eldon Bell, a retired Air Force officer and physician, is making no plans to see Barack Obama’s second inauguration, in part because Bell considers the president arrogant and dishonest, but more so because Bell is not yet persuaded that the swearing-in will occur at all. “Whether I watch depends on who’s being inaugurated,” says Bell, 78. “If it’s this guy, probably not, because I don’t pay much attention to illegitimate things.”
  • Oakland leaders have lost grip on violence (Tough gun laws = armed criminals)

    01/15/2013 1:29:53 PM PST · by ScottinVA · 46 replies
    CBS San Francisco (SFGate) ^ | 15 January 2013 | Chip Johnson
    Just before Oakland city officials held a news conference Monday in East Oakland to assure everyone that they've got a handle on crime, I took a little walk around the neighborhood to ask local residents if they felt safe. Vincent Peters, 32, who was waiting for a bus with his wife and their 2-month old daughter, definitely does not. He said he's preparing to move his family from the area because he values their safety. "You can hardly walk down the street without someone pushing a gun at you," Peters said. "These kids are scared, and that's why they're carrying...
  • Bail for illegal immigrants in question before Md. high court

    01/15/2013 1:20:30 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 14, 2013 | Andrea F. Siegel
    Maryland's top court could make it much more difficult for undocumented immigrants to secure bail bonds, in a case likely to resolve long-standing questions about whether bondsmen are on the hook when clients get deported before trial. In a case pending at the Court of Appeals, Big Louie Bail Bonds has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in Baltimore County in bail forfeitures after 10 defendants were deported before their criminal trials. Lower courts ruled that the company knew — or should have known — it was taking on clients with a high risk of deportation. "We can't afford...
  • What the Mossad’s female agents do — and don’t do — for the sake of Israel

    01/15/2013 1:20:14 PM PST · by Bratch · 20 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | September 15, 201 | Michal Shmulovich
    For female Mossad agents, life is like a spy-movie — though not always as glamorous. Theirs is a world of intrigue, sleepless nights and, sometimes, flirtation, in conditions of ever-lurking danger, all for the sake of the state, with immense strains on their families.For the first time, five female Mossad agents went public this week, in interviews with the Hebrew-language Lady Globes newspaper, giving readers a tiny glimpse, from the female perspective, of the clandestine activities of Israel’s secret service. They talked about using their womenly wiles in the service of the state, and also about the limits to that...
  • Congresswoman did not swear oath on a Bible

    01/15/2013 1:19:47 PM PST · by cdchik123 · 58 replies
    msn ^ | 01/10/13
    Kyrsten Sinema was sworn into Congress Monday, but with a twist: She didn’t swear on a Bible. The newly elected representative for Arizona’s 9th district swore her oath of office on a copy of the Constitution instead. Sinema refuses to confirm she is an atheist, as many believe, saying merely that she is “not a member of a faith community” and that all Americans deserve both “freedom of religion and freedom from religion.”
  • Liberal Gov candidate Terry McAuliffe in Charlottesville

    01/15/2013 1:18:35 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies
    I'd like to invite you to join Terry as he visits C'Ville Coffee in Charlottesville to give a campaign update. Terry is excited to meet activists and voters to talk about the upcoming election and listen to their concerns. We hope you'll join us to support him tomorrow. Thank you, Michael Halle Coordinated Campaign Director Democratic Party of Virginia Wednesday, January 16 WHAT: Terry to visit C'Ville Coffee in Charlottesville WHEN: 5:30 PM WHERE:1301 Harris St, Charlottesville, VA 22903 RSVP Today
  • 2 reported shot at St. Louis business school (21 y/o gunman apprehended)

    01/15/2013 1:02:50 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 17 replies
    Fox News Alert ^ | 15 JAN 13 | Fox News contributors
    DEVELOPING -- Two people were reported shot at a business school in St Louis, according to Fox 2. A gunman reportedly fired multiple shots at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in the city's downtown area. According to some reports, police believe one of the victims is the suspected gunman, who they say has a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Police say the suspect is in custody.
  • Father of the Year (Bill Clinton) Meets Claire Danes in "Special Room" Backstage at Golden Globes

    01/15/2013 1:02:11 PM PST · by drewh · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 1/15/13
    Anyway, Bill Clinton, as you know, was at the Golden Globes, and he was backstage asking actresses to meet him in a special room. We know this because the actress Claire Danes, she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a drama. She was on Access Hollywood, one of our favorite shows here at the EIB Network. You don't miss it. The host, Billy Bush, Access Hollywood, said to Claire Danes, "You came straight back here, you haven't stopped anywhere since you got the award? We're your first stop, right?" DANES: President Bill Clinton asked if I would come...
  • Al-Qaida Carves Out Own Country In (Northern) Mali

    01/15/2013 12:57:11 PM PST · by drewh · 16 replies
    Associated Pres ^ | Jan 14, 2:48 PM (ET) | By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    Deep inside caves, in remote desert bases, in the escarpments and cliff faces of northern Mali, Islamic extremist fighters have been burrowing into the earth, erecting a formidable set of defenses to protect what has essentially become al-Qaida's new country. They have used the bulldozers, earth movers and Caterpillar machines left behind by fleeing construction crews to dig what residents and local officials describe as an elaborate network of tunnels, trenches, shafts and ramparts. In just one case, inside a cave large enough to drive trucks into, they have stored up to 100 drums of gasoline, guaranteeing their fuel supply...
  • Fitch Warns It May Downgrade U.S. Over Debt Standoff

    01/15/2013 12:42:34 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated January 15, 2013, 2:32 p.m.
    A major credit-rating firm warned it could downgrade the U.S. if lawmakers prioritize debt payments over other government obligations such as Social Security, or fail to tackle the nation's growing debt burden in the ongoing budget negotiations. Fitch Ratings, one of the ratings firms that are closely watching the U.S. inch closer to its borrowing limit, unveiled two potential routes to a downgrade Tuesday, laying out their analysis more specifically than in prior reports. Analysts predict the U.S. will hit its so-called debt ceiling between Feb. 15 and March 1. Fitch's warning comes as President Barack Obama and Republican leaders...