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  • VCDL VA-ALERT: IMPORTANT: Gun bills moving on Thursday! (1/17/2013 in VA General Assembly)

    01/16/2013 10:07:48 AM PST · by Perseverando
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ^ | January 16, 2013 | Philip VanCleave
    From: VCDL President [mailto:president@vcdl.org] Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:41 AM To: xxxxxxxx Subject: VA-ALERT: IMPORTANT: Gun bills moving on Thursday! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Not yet a VCDL member? Join VCDL at: http://www.vcdl.org/join.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------- VCDL's meeting schedule: http://www.vcdl.org/meetings.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Abbreviations used in VA-ALERT: http://www.vcdl.org/help/abbr.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------- MARK YOUR CALENDARS Some important pro-gun and anti-gun bills are being heard in subcommittee THURSDAY, January 17th at 5 PM! The most important pro-gun bill of the session (Delegate Marshall's bill to allow teachers and others to be armed - HB 1557) will be heard, as will some anti-gun bills. Let's get a big turnout to support...
  • White House calls NRA video repugnant, cowardly

    01/16/2013 10:06:02 AM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 16 Jan 2013
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly." Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from the pro-gun lobby. The video calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for having armed Secret Service agents protect his daughters at school while not committing to installing armed guards in all schools. The NRA released the video ahead of Obama's announcement Wednesday of proposals for curbing the nation's gun violence....
  • Gov. Heineman proposes an end to all corporate and income taxes in Nebraska (Follows Jindal's lead)

    01/16/2013 10:05:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The metastasizing federal government may be in the process of doing anything and everything it can to stamp out the competitive virtues of federalism, but many states currently have Republican governors at the helm, even if they are conservatives of varying stripes — but state governments are going to be pretty much the only mitigating factor any of us can hope to have from the top-down economic wrath of a second Obama term. Even if we do have to deal with more mind-numbingly idiotic and intellectually deceitful proposals about how "asking the wealthy to pay a little more" will somehow...
  • Bill Clinton: Hillary's "Got Time To Have Three More Husbands" (Watch Video)

    01/16/2013 9:59:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    RCP ^ | 01/16/2013
    BILL CLINTON: She's always been very, very healthy and she has very low blood pressure, very low standing heartbeat. I tell her that, you know, she's still got time to have three more husbands after me. So, I think she'll live to be 120. And I always know that she's thinking about that whenever I'm, you know, stubborn about something, in her constant quest at my self- improvement. She refers to me as her first husband. Because I told her once she's going to live to be 120 and have time for plenty more. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO...
  • 25 Dogs in Snow

    01/16/2013 9:57:01 AM PST · by chessplayer · 27 replies
    Just like humans, some dogs are lovers of the snow; some are decidedly not.
  • Mayor Bloomberg, M.D.

    01/16/2013 9:54:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Bob Barr
    New York’s penal code makes it a felony to practice medicine without a license. I suspect, however, that one potential defendant who is proposing to do just that, will escape prosecution. Meet “Mayor Bloomberg, M.D.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg never attended medical school, did not complete a hospital residency, and never has been admitted to the medical profession. Yet this public official – whose ire in recent years has targeted firearms, salt content, fatty foods, and large-sized soft drinks – is now moving to dictate how doctors should be allowed to issue prescription drugs for their patients. Bloomberg’s...
  • Obama: Doctors Should Ask About Guns in Homes

    01/16/2013 9:53:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 110 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 11:58 AM | Jim Meyers
    You’re visiting your doctor because you have flu symptoms. After checking your heart, pulse and other vital signs, your doctor turns to you and asks, “By the way, the federal government has authorized me to ask you, What type and how many guns do you have in your home?” Sounds like George Orwell’s “1984”? Wrong. It’s 2013. And if President Barack Obama gets his way by executive order, doctors across the country could play a key role in his new gun control initiative. On Wednesday morning, Obama released a sweeping 23 executive actions and orders he will take to limit...
  • Netanyahu hits back at Obama: I know what's best for Israel

    01/16/2013 9:51:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 1/16/13 | Herb Keinon
    A day after US president quoted as saying Israel under Netanyahu "doesn't know what its own best interests are," PM visits Gaza border, says over last 4 years Israel has stood up to strong pressure and will continue to do so. A day after US columnist Jeffrey Goldberg quoted US President Barack Obama as saying that Israel under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not know what is in its own best interest, Netanyahu visited the Gaza border Wednesday, was told that December was the quietest month in the last 12 years, and essentially replied to Obama: "Yes I do." "I...
  • Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns

    01/16/2013 9:49:53 AM PST · by illiac · 87 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/13 | Daniel Halper
    According to a background briefer provided by the White House, President Barack Obama is asking doctors to help deal with guns. Here's the relevant passage: PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands. ï‚· Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of...
  • Gun stocks rise as gun control push launched

    01/16/2013 9:41:45 AM PST · by illiac · 15 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/16/13 | Chirstopher Noble
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Shares of gunmakers Sturm Ruger & Co. /quotes/zigman/242215/quotes/nls/rgr RGR +4.02% and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. /quotes/zigman/87396/quotes/nls/swhc SWHC +3.32% rose on Wednesday after President Barack Obama announced a series of gun control steps. Ruger shares were up 3.5% at $49.67 and Smith & Wesson rose 3.8% to $8.75 as Obama laid out the measures. The push for greater gun control follows the massacre last month of children and staff at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn
  • Republicans push alternative to default in debt-ceiling battle

    01/16/2013 9:36:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 01/16/2013 | Kim Dixon and Rachelle Younglai
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers are preparing to introduce legislation to direct the U.S. Treasury to make interest payments on U.S. bonds first and then prioritize other government outlays in case Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. Supporters of the idea see it as a politically palatable alternative to default, which could rattle markets as occurred in the summer of 2011. The likelihood of another market-unsettling event is challenging Republicans to find another idea as they use the debt ceiling as leverage to extract spending cuts from President Barack Obama. But critics, including some Republicans, say prioritizing payments is...
  • Orkin: Chicago the worst city for bed bugs

    01/16/2013 9:36:29 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Tribune ^ | January 15, 2013 | Samantha Bomkamp
    Chicago has moved to the top spot of a list no city wants to be a part of: the most treatments for bed bug infestations. Pest control company Orkin said Tuesday it did more business in Chicago than any other city last year. Chicago had been second on the list in 2011 behind Cincinnati. ... Chicago in 2012 was ranked just ahead of Detroit, Los Angeles and Denver
  • Dozens held after Islamists attack Algerian gas field

    01/16/2013 9:35:55 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Lamine Chikhi
    Islamist militants attacked a gas field in Algeria on Wednesday, claiming to have kidnapped up to 41 foreigners including seven Americans in a dawn raid in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, according to regional media reports. The raiders were also reported to have killed three people, including a Briton and a French national. An al Qaeda affiliated group said the raid had been carried out because of Algeria's decision to allow France to use its air space for attacks against Islamists in Mali, where French forces have been in action against al Qaeda-linked militants since last week. The attack...
  • List Of Obama's 23 Executive Actions

    01/16/2013 9:33:47 AM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 144 replies
    1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks. 5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full...
  • 7 Reasons Conservatives Don't Trust the Republican Establishment

    01/16/2013 9:31:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that's dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don't feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it's a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP's levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can't trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them. 1) They have supreme confidence without supreme competence. Conservative talk show hosts,...
  • Rubio slams Obama on new gun proposals

    01/16/2013 9:29:14 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies
    thehill.com ^ | thehill.com | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) strongly criticized President Obama's push to introduce new gun laws on Wednesday. Rubio's comments on the Laura Ingraham show came shortly before Obama unveiled the specifics of his new efforts to reduce gun violence. Rubio, often mentioned as a likely 2016 presidential candidate, said it would have been better if Obama had decided to announce his proposals without being accompanied by children. Obama was joined at the press conference by children who wrote to the president in response to the December shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that resulted in 28 dead....
  • Congressman Terry concern on gun control measures

    01/16/2013 9:22:00 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    nebraskaradionetwork.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Karla James
    As President Obama takes steps to reduce gun violence there is a chance he could use executive action and bypass the involvement of Congress. Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressman Lee Terry says this violates the process of the issue being addressed by elected representatives in the House and Senate. He says if both chambers decide that plan doesn’t work that is “not a green light for the President to go ahead and do it”. Congressman Terry says any steps that have been taken to counter gun control regulations have been blocked by Attorney General Eric Holder who is against guns owned...
  • OBAMA'S 23 EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ON GUNS

    01/16/2013 9:16:55 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 147 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Jan 16 | Staff
    The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence. 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
  • Playboy playmate appears in Syracuse on charges of smuggling illegal immigrant

    01/16/2013 9:10:21 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | January 15, 2013 | John O'Brien
    Syracuse, NY -- A Playboy magazine playmate appeared in federal court this morning on charges of trying to smuggle her Canadian boyfriend across the border last summer. Colleen Shannon, 34, of Los Angeles, was charged in August with helping to smuggle Robert Skojo and transport him after he sneaked across the border by boat through the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation, which straddles the border.
  • The Interior Secretary’s $222,000 Bathroom

    01/16/2013 9:09:56 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Jonathan Karl
    Maybe the Pentagon’s legendary $600 toilet seat was a bargain. The personal bathroom used by the secretary of the Interior is so swanky that its renovation cost $222,000. No detail was overlooked: It has a $3,500 sub-zero refrigerator (hey, if you’re going to have a fridge in the bathroom, it might as well be a good one) and a $689 faucet. At least the “vintage tissue holder” was cheap: just $65 bucks. The renovation was done in 2007 under President George W. Bush’s Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, but is only now coming to light, thanks to the dogged reporting by...