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  • Jay Carney: NRA Ad “Repugnant And Cowardly” (Surprise! Carney's kids also attend Sidwell Friends!)

    01/16/2013 10:36:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    TPM ^ | 1/16/12 | EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney excoriated the National Rifle Association Wednesday for a TV ad released by the group that called President Obama an "elitist hypocrite" because his daughters have armed protection at school.
  • Illinois Republican party chair urges vote for gay ‘marriage’:GOP members call for resignation

    01/16/2013 10:34:06 AM PST · by massmike · 15 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 01/16/2013 | JOHANNA DASTEEL
    After the chair of the Illinois state Republican Party called on his party’s state senators to cast votes for same-sex “marriage,” members of the GOP party leadership are calling for his resignation. Pat Brady defied the Republican Party’s platform when he started making lobbying calls to his party’s senators to change their position on same-sex “marriage.” Brady told The Daily Herald that he made the calls as a private citizen and not in his capacity as chairman, but members of party leadership are still outraged. “Pat Brady is a total disgrace,” said Bobbie Peterson, a Republican state central committeewoman from...
  • Sheriff Tells Joe Biden He'll Refuse To Enforce A Ban On Assault Weapons

    01/16/2013 10:33:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/16/2013 | Steven Dubois, Associated Press
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon sheriff has sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden saying his department will not enforce any new gun laws it considers unconstitutional. Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller, in his letter dated Monday, said politicians are "attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims" by supporting laws that would harm law-abiding Americans. The sheriff said he took an oath to support the Constitution, and laws preventing citizens from owning certain semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines would violate their rights. "We are Americans," Mueller wrote. "We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions...
  • Obama announces 23 exective actions, asks Congress to pass gun laws

    01/16/2013 10:31:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/16/13 | CNN's Dana Bash, CNN's Deirdre Walsh, CNN's Jason Hanna, CNN's Jessica Yellin
    President Barack Obama announces 23 executive actions on gun control, separately asks Congress to pass gun-control laws Obama asks Congress to pass laws that would: require background checks on all gun sales; restore a ban on "military-style assault weapons"; ban gun magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds; and toughen penalties on people who sell guns to those who can't have them Below are the latest updates as they come to us. Also, you can read our full story. [Updated at 12:43 p.m. ET] Senate Democratic leadership sources tell CNN that passing any new legislation will be extremely difficult...
  • Are you ready for Congressman Mark Sanford?

    01/16/2013 10:27:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2013 | AllahPundit
    He's been thinking about some sort of political comeback since mid-2011 at least, which is no surprise from a guy who first ran for Congress in his early 30s. In fairness, policy-wise, he's always been extremely good on government spending, something Washington needs now more than ever.Anyone know of any other Congress-eligible Republicans in South Carolina who are extremely good on spending? Between DeMint and Tim Scott, I'm thinking … pretty much all of them are. Oh well: Geraghty: How long have you been thinking about a return to politics?Sanford: This came out of the blue, for all the obvious...
  • Moody's Now Has Negative Outlook for All U.S. Universities

    01/16/2013 10:26:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | January 16, 2013 | Staff
    Moody's Investors Service now has a negative outlook for the entire U.S. higher education sector, the rating agency said on Wednesday, citing "mounting fiscal pressure on all key university revenue sources." Since 2009, Moody's had had a stable outlook for market-leading, research-driven colleges and universities and a negative outlook for the rest of the higher education sector. "The U.S. higher education sector has hit a critical juncture in the evolution of its business model," said Eva Bogaty, Moody's assistant vice president, in a statement. "Even market-leading universities with diversified revenue streams are facing diminished prospects for revenue growth." The agency...
  • Obama to Put More 'Counselors' in Schools

    01/16/2013 10:24:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/16/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama will put more "counselors" in school to help thwart gun violence. According to a background briefer provided by the White House, Obama hopes to add an additional 1,000 "school resource officers and counselors." From the White House's document: PUT UP TO 1,000 MORE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS AND COUNSELORS IN SCHOOLS AND HELP SCHOOLS INVEST IN SAFETY: Putting school resource officers and mental health professionals in schools can help prevent school crime and student-on-student violence. School resource officers are specially trained police officers that work in schools. When equipped with proper training and supported by evidence-based school discipline...
  • Whole Foods CEO says Obama healthcare law is 'more like fascism'

    01/16/2013 10:24:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/16/2013 | Elise Viebeck
    The CEO of Whole Foods Market said President Obama's healthcare law is more like "fascism" than "socialism," a parallel he drew in 2009, to some backlash. John Mackey made the remark in an interview Wednesday with NPR. "Technically speaking, it's more like fascism," Mackey said of the Affordable Care Act. "Socialism is where the government owns the means of production. In fascism, the government doesn't own the means of production, but they do control it, and that's what's happening with our healthcare programs and these reforms." The term "fascism" was first used to describe the right-wing regime of Italian leader...
  • Massachusetts proposes gas tax hike among new taxes, fees for transportation huge new taxes

    01/16/2013 10:21:17 AM PST · by edcoil · 21 replies
    Boston Business Journal ^ | 1-16-2013 | Galen Moore
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday laid tax and fee increases and new taxes on the table, including more than doubling the state's gas tax. Raising the gas tax from 21 cents to 51 cents per gallon Raising the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 7.75 percent Raising the state income tax to 5.66 percent from 5.25 percent Levying a vehicle miles-traveled tax at 2.4 cents per mile New, emissions-based vehicle title and registration fees could raise $175 million A payroll tax on workers in regions with transit service could raise $140 million to $207 million
  • A Gun Ban That Misfired: What I saw as a prosecutor in D.C., makes me wary of strict firearms laws

    01/16/2013 10:09:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/16/2013 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    In the wake of the horrific elementary-school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last month, many Americans, desperate to do something in response, have decided that much stricter gun control is the answer. Democrats have proposed reinstating the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein has proposed legislation that would even restrict the use of some semiautomatic handguns. As a former prosecutor in Washington, D.C., who enforced firearms and ammunition cases while a severe local gun ban was still in effect, I am skeptical of the benefits that many imagine will result from additional gun-control efforts. I dislike guns, but I...
  • 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...
  • Sheriff: More gun laws won't change criminals (NC)

    01/16/2013 9:05:04 AM PST · by Gritty · 10 replies
    BlueRidgeOnline.com, Times-News Online ^ | January 16, 2013 | Emily Weaver
    Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald cringed when he heard that President Obama planned to make an announcement today about sweeping gun-control proposals... "I can see where this could be a real nightmare," McDonald said... McDonald doesn't believe that limiting the size of magazine clips and banning assault rifles is the answer. "I don't think you're going to change people's behaviors by adding laws to the existing laws that we have already," he said. "You're trying to regulate the criminal element through laws which they broke in the first place. "Limiting the rights of free, law-abiding Americans because of the transgressions...
  • Missouri bill would block new gun controls despite executive orders

    01/16/2013 9:03:20 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    kctv5.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Chris Oberholtz and Erika Tallan
    President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control. Obama was to announce the measures Wednesday at a White House event that will bring together law enforcement officials, lawmakers and children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting of 20 young students and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. But before the president's plan even reaches Congress, a Missouri lawmaker wants to make...
  • Preezy Gun Speech Live Thread

    01/16/2013 8:56:59 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 285 replies
    The White Hut ^ | 16 JAN 2013 | Me
    For those of us following The Won's address to his subjects.
  • White House Calls NRA Ad "Repugnant and Cowardly"

    01/16/2013 8:55:37 AM PST · by kristinn · 30 replies
    Reuters via Fox CT ^ | Tuesday, January 16, 2013 | Steve Holland
    SNIP "Most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as pawns in a political fight. But to go so far as to make the safety of the president's children the subject of an attack ad is repugnant and cowardly," White House spokesman Jay Carney said
  • White House calls NRA ad 'repugnant and cowardly'

    01/16/2013 8:54:14 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    trust.org ^ | January 16, 2013
    <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The White House condemned as "repugnant and cowardly" an ad by the National Rifle Association that mentions President Barack Obama's children as receiving armed Secret Service protection.</p> <p>The ad comes as Obama unveils sweeping efforts to reduce gun violence that are for the most part opposed by the NRA, the nation's leading gun rights group. The ad accused Obama of hypocrisy for having the Secret Service protect his children while opposing the NRA's call for more armed guards in schools.</p>
  • W.H. Releases Letters from Little Kids Pleading for Gun Control

    01/16/2013 8:53:55 AM PST · by RochesterNYconservative · 28 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan. 16, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House today released letters from little kids pleading for gun control, just hours before President Obama is to release a comprehensive proposal to limit guns and ammunition. The letters were released to the Associated Press in what appears to be a coordinated effort to help shape the narrative the day of Obama's announcement. "Three days after six teachers and 20 students were killed by a rampaging gunman at their elementary school in Newtown, Conn., an 8-year-old from Maryland pulled out a sheet of paper and asked President Barack Obama for 'some changes in the laws with guns,'" the...
  • Why Are We Paying For A War Being Waged Against Us?

    01/16/2013 8:51:45 AM PST · by jimjohn · 10 replies
    self | 1/16/2013 | Jim Johnson
    Why Are We Paying For A War Being Waged Against Us? By Jim Johnson January 16, 2013 Before putting the stamp on that tax return, or hitting ‘submit’ on that e-file, hold on a minute. This could be a lawful way (and perhaps the best way) to send a clear message to governments across the country: Hold up all tax payments to the last moment – maybe even longer. Hear me out, America. This is about more than the Second Amendment issue, and we’ll get to that in a moment. The next so-called ‘crisis’ the out-of-control federal government is facing...
  • Bryant seeks to block gun law changes in Mississippi

    01/16/2013 8:45:03 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    wlox.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Renee Johnson
    JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - President Obama will announce several proposals Wednesday on what the federal government can do to curb gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre. But the anticipation about the president's plan already has many gun advocates worried, including Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. Wednesday morning, the governor sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and House Speaker Phillip Gunn asking them to "immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional order by the President illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state or local law enforcement." Bryant said several states have introduced similar measures...
  • USC rolls out the unwelcome mat (Entry to campus is restricted after 9 p.m.)

    01/16/2013 8:42:05 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/15/2013 | Angel Jennings and Rosanna Xia
    --snip-- This week marks the beginning of heightened security measures at USC that restrict late-night guests and require identification checks for all visitors between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Other measures, including the use of fingerprinting scanners at dorms and license plate recognition cameras, are also being introduced this semester. The changes come after two violent incidents last year rocked USC and prompted new calls for tighter security:
  • Islamist militants reportedly holding 7 Americans hostage, among others

    01/16/2013 8:36:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/16/13 | Fox News
    Islamist militants from Mali have attacked and taken control of a natural gas field partly owned by BP in southern Algeria, killing two and reportedly taking 41 people hostage, including seven Americans. A group called the Katibat Moulathamine, or the Masked Brigade, called a Mauritanian news outlet to say one of its subsidiaries had carried out the operation on the Ain Amenas gas field, taking 41 hostages from nine or 10 different nationalities.
  • Leahy on guns: Treat children better than deer

    01/16/2013 8:30:50 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday that he supports closing the gun-show loophole and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, and said he'll convene the first hearings surrounding the Sandy Hook school shooting. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the chamber's senior Democrat, said his home state of Vermont, which has a strong tradition of gun rights, has a rule limiting hunters using semiautomatic rifles to just six rounds of ammunition during deer-hunting seasons. "Are we really saying as a nation we're going to be more protective of the deer than we are of our children? I think not," he said.
  • Rep. Gohmert: Obama’s ‘Staggering’ Abuse of Law Grounds for Impeachment

    01/16/2013 8:19:08 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 30 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Should President Barack Obama move towards enacting gun-control legislation by executive order it would be grounds for impeachment, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. Obama has “already abused the law enough times that it’s just been staggering,” Gohmert said. “It’s not a president who steps up and says: ‘You know what? Previous Congresses have passed the law — and it’s been signed into law, and I disagree with it, so I’m just going to create new law — and as I speak, so shall it be,’” Gohmert, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, tells...
  • On MLK Holiday, Walking For Civil Rights And The Second Amendment

    01/16/2013 8:15:56 AM PST · by Brightitude · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 15 2013 | Courtland Milloy
    When Charles "Chuck" Hicks does the Martin Luther King Jr. Day peace and freedom walks Saturday, he'll also be taking a step for what the National Rifle Association has dubbed "National Rifle Appreciation Day." That's because Hicks is the son of Robert Hicks, a prominent leader of the legendary Deacons for Defense and Justice — an organization of black men in Louisiana who used shotguns and rifles to repel attacks by white vigilantes during the 1960s. "The Klan would drive through our neighborhood shooting at us, shooting into our homes," recalled Hicks, 66, who grew up in Bogalusa, La., and...
  • 1 in 3 Illinoisans lives in or near poverty level: report

    01/16/2013 8:07:57 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Sun-Times Media Wire ^ | Jan 16, 2013
    A staggering one out of three Illinoisans today lives in or near poverty — the peak of a continued climb over three decades ... almost half of Chicago's population is living in or near poverty. In suburban Cook and Kane counties, it's nearly a third; in DuPage, McHenry and Will counties, one out of five people, and in Lake County, one out of four. Statewide, 31 percent of the African-American population lives in poverty, along with 22.6 percent of Latinos; 12 percent of Asians, and 11 percent of whites. Of the state's households headed by single women, 34.3 percent live...
  • Why U.S. might be ‘a nation of deadbeats’

    01/16/2013 8:06:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Jan 15, 2013 | By Brett Arends
    Why U.S. might be ‘a nation of deadbeats’ Consumers have been paying down debt, but walking away from more By Brett Arends President Obama said on Monday that “we are not a nation of deadbeats,” but instead a people who “pay our bills.” Really? A close look at the data reveals a very different story — and one that gets far too little airing in public discourse. Far from paying our bills, the current generation of Americans — or some of them — have set records for default which probably have no parallel in the history of the human race....
  • Head Start's sad and costly secret -- what Washington doesn't want you to know

    01/16/2013 8:01:26 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 26 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 1/16/13 | Lindsey M. Burke
    ‘Twas the Friday before Christmas, and while most Americans were enjoying time with family and friends, the bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were stirring quietly about, preparing to release its long-overdue evaluation of the Head Start program. Head Start is an $8 billion per year federal preschool program, designed to improve the kindergarten readiness of low-income children. Since its inception in1965, taxpayers have spent more than $180 billion on the program. [snip] The first-grade evaluation found that any benefits the children may have accrued while in the Head Start program had dissipated by the time...
  • Rapper: Spike Lee Is 'Hollywood's Resident House Negro' for Criticizing Tarantino

    01/16/2013 7:56:00 AM PST · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    Former 2 Live Crew rapper turned music promoter and VH1 star Luther Campbell isn't pleased with Spike Lee's comments about filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the new movie "Django Unchained." Writing at his Miami NewTimes blog Tuesday, Campbell called Lee "Hollywood's resident house negro." For those unfamiliar with the controversy, Lee has come down strongly on Tarantino for amongst other things his excessive use of the N-word in the film. "Show me a white man in the 1800s who wasn't dropping n-bombs left and right," Campbell responded. "Lee needs to get over himself," Campbell continued. "He's upset because Tarantino makes better...
  • Howie Carr thread for Jan. 16-31, 2013

    01/16/2013 7:54:46 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 1/16/13 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr Show thread for the second half of January starting with his Boston Herald column, "‘Forward’? You’ve been forewarned " Excerpt: "They’re planning to HAMMER the middle class! That’s all you need to know about this evening’s State of the State speech. Here you have the working population of Massachusetts still reeling from the 2 percent pay cut imposed by Barack Obama earlier this month, and now comes Gov. Deval Patrick’s tax-crazed scheme, 'The Way Forward'.""
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 16,2013

    01/16/2013 7:54:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 96 replies
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  • House Democrats aim to repeal the debt ceiling

    01/16/2013 7:53:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/16/2013 | by Rachel Weiner
    One way out the debt ceiling showdown: getting rid of the debt ceiling altogether. A group of House Democrats is introducing legislation Wednesday that would repeal the federal debt limit. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Jim Moran (D-Va.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) are behind the effort. Some of the same lawmakers attempted to repeal the debt limit in 2011. Given Republican control of the House, it is incredibly unlikely that this legislation will pass. The debt limit dates to 1939, and stems from earlier limits on borrowing that were meant to give...