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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