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  • Newtown school shooting sparks gun debate in Rhode Island

    01/17/2013 8:09:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AP ^ | January 14, 2013
    PROVIDENCE — The Newtown massacre is giving fresh momentum to efforts to strengthen firearm laws in Rhode Island, with local leaders calling for a state ban on semi-automatic weapons and legislators vowing to look at gun access, mental health screening and other policies that might curb violence. The push has gun rights supporters on a quiet defensive, determined to protect their right to bear arms while acknowledging that the slaughter in next-door Connecticut has made an already delicate political debate especially sensitive. State Rep. Teresa Tanzi is one of those at the center of the debate. The South Kingstown Democrat...
  • New Jersey Governor Christie slams NRA ad as "reprehensible"

    01/17/2013 8:09:07 PM PST · by South40 · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/17/2013 | (Reporting by Kevin Gray; Editing by Jackie Frank)
    (Reuters) - New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie harshly criticized the National Rifle Association on Thursday for referring to U.S. President Barack Obama's children in an ad that advocates putting armed guards in schools, calling it "reprehensible" and "wrong." "I think it's awful to bring public figures' children into the political debate," Christie said at a press conference in Trenton, New Jersey.
  • Hunters' group dismayed by proposed Ct. gun reforms

    01/17/2013 8:06:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    newstimes.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Ken Dixon
    HARTFORD -- The chief lobbyist for state hunters says there's very little he will support among the more than a dozen proposals presented by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Robert Crook, of Madison, executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, attended the CCM's news conference in the Capitol complex Wednesday, then announced that the gun-control proposals would not succeed in stopping future incidents similar to the Newtown shootings. "The problem is mental health and school security, not guns," Crook said. "The guy who had the gun, he broke, I don't know, 14, 15 laws. So he's a criminal. So...
  • NAPOLITANO: Shooting up the Constitution

    01/17/2013 8:06:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    Feds have no legitimate role in regulating firearmsIf you have listened to President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden talk about guns in the past month, you have heard them express a decided commitment to use the powers of the federal government to maintain safety in the United States. You also have heard congressional voices from politicians in both parties condemning violence and promising to do something about it. This sounds very caring and inside the wheelhouse of what we hire and pay the federal government to do. Yet it is clearly unconstitutional. When the Founders created the American...
  • Sheriff's Corner: Gun Control

    01/17/2013 8:00:31 PM PST · by Red Steel · 15 replies
    Western Nebraska Observer | ^ | January 17, 2013 | Harry Gillway Kimball County Sheriff
    This is one Sheriff’s open opinion and want it to be known to the people of my county. I’m sure most sheriffs feel the same way as I do. I am adamantly opposed to any thing that infringes on our Constitutional rights; gun control is one that’s a burr under my saddle. What happened in Sandy Hook and the theater in Colorado are tragic and I feel for those families deeply. I hate it when people suffer and die no matter the cause. It should be realized, it was the deranged people who killed those innocent people not the gun....
  • Mayor Thompson Supports President Obama Common-sense Gun Reforms

    01/17/2013 7:58:19 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    fox43.com ^ | January 16, 2013
    Harrisburg Mayor Linda D. Thompson joined President Obama in Washington today to call upon Congress to strengthen America’s gun laws to confront mass shootings and common gun violence by strengthening America’s gun laws following the broadest public pressure for gun control in decades. At the White House event at noon, Mayor Thompson said, “this is a bold and comprehensive plan to end the sale of military-styled weaponry in America and end mass gun violence. The president is offering sensible solutions that Americans across the nation are demanding right now.” The President announced plans to introduce legislation next week that includes...
  • Boycott the Televised Illegal Inauguration of Obama

    01/17/2013 7:57:30 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 23 replies
    The Manning Report ^ | 12/10/2012 | David Manning
    Boycott the televised illegal Inauguration of Barack Hussein (The Long Legged Mack Daddy) Obama. Recorded on 10 December 2012. This is a the video of Pastor Manning imploring all of us to not watch the inauguration of the PINO, Usurper in Chief. He lays it all out very well, and calls out Fox -- don't watch them either. Secret, oops, I mean Private swearing in is on Sunday, Jan.20th. The peasants get another show on Monday, Jan.21 - Let the Boycott of all things Obama start this Sunday.
  • Guns, abortion, and tyrants

    01/17/2013 7:57:18 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 1-16-13 | La Shawn Barber
    Guns and abortion. One is an enumerated, constitutional right, and the other is not. The Second Amendment guarantees the right of the people of the United States to keep and bear arms. It’s not a government-given right; it’s a natural right—the right to defend yourself, your family, and your freedom. In rare circumstances, abortion might be necessary to preserve the mother’s life. But there is no right to kill unborn babies in the U.S. Constitution. But 40 years ago next week the U.S. Supreme Court contended that abortion is an implied “right of privacy,” one that previously had lain hidden...
  • Big crowds expected at 'Indy 1500' gun, knife show at Indiana State Fairgrounds

    01/17/2013 7:50:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 57 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Jack Rinehart
    INDIANAPOLIS - The Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show opens Friday amidst the growing debate over tighter gun control. Dave Mouradian, who owns a supply store just outside Detroit, arrived Thursday afternoon at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It's his 13th consecutive Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show. He's just one of 250 vendors from across the Midwest who says that interest is high and business is booming. "People that never owned a firearm are now buying their very first one," Mouradian said. "We've seen more ladies going out and getting their concealed weapons permits. They're feeling unsafe. And a lot...
  • New governor talks gun legislation, taxes and coal trains

    01/17/2013 7:46:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    q13fox.com ^ | January 17, 2013
    OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee, a day after an inaugural address that critics said lacked specifics, gave a much fuller picture Thursday of where he intends to take the state over the next four years. “It is not in the interest of health or safety or personal fulfillment to have to have ammunition capacity of 30 or 100 rounds,” Inslee said at this first news conference, referring to gun legislation to reduce violence. In addition to favoring a limit on ammunition magazines, Inslee reiterated his support of the federal assault-weapons ban he voted for as a member of Congress in...
  • West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S

    01/17/2013 7:44:48 PM PST · by Jahoohio · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.” The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.” The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”...
  • Chomsky and the Terror Masters

    01/17/2013 7:34:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    algemeiner.com ^ | 1/17/13 | Paul Bogdanor
    As a defamer of his fellow Jews, Noam Chomsky is in a class of his own. “Hitler’s conceptions,” he once wrote, “have struck a responsive chord in current Zionist commentary.” Israel, he added, is guilty of planning a “final solution” for humanity, an apocalypse from which “few will escape.” The world-famous MIT professor and far-left intellectual guru has described the PLO as “heroic,” while vilifying America’s Jewish community as “deeply totalitarian.” He has collaborated with Holocaust deniers, allowing them to publish and distribute his books, and he gave his endorsement to an antisemitic author (the late Israel Shahak) who alleged...
  • PM rejects criticism on gun control Save

    01/17/2013 7:31:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    centralwesterndaily.com.au ^ | January 18, 2013 | Judith Ireland and Bianca Hall
    Prime Minister Julia Gillard has hit back at claims by the Liberal Party that her government has failed at protecting Australia's borders from illegal gun imports, saying that only 1 per cent of guns in Australia come from overseas. Speaking to 2UE Radio in The Sydney Morning Herald office on Friday morning, Ms Gillard said that her government had "more than doubled" the number of interceptions of contraband parcels. This follows criticism from the Coalition and the NSW government that Ms Gillard had asked Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare to investigate ways to reduce suburban violence. Ms Gillard instructed Mr...
  • Direct deposit to replace U.S. checks

    01/17/2013 7:22:00 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 40 replies
    Kiplinger Report ^ | 29 April 2011
    Paper checks will be abolished for all federal benefits, including Social Security, eventually, but people who currently receive checks will have some extra time to adjust to the new rules. Individuals who apply for Social Security, Veterans Affairs or other federal benefits on or after May 1, 2011, will have to select an electronic payment method -- either a debit card that will be reloaded each month or direct deposit to a bank account. The direct deposit option, which is safer than a check and involves no fees, is the best option for most people. But current beneficiaries who receive...
  • Curtis Bostic for Congress.

    01/17/2013 7:16:11 PM PST · by Big Steve · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 17, 2013
    My fellow Freepers, I want you to take a look at the man who will be seeking the 1st Congressional Seat in South Carolina. His name is Curtis Bostic, a former Marine and now an attorney. He will be seeking the seat vacated by Tim Scott, who was appointed to fill the US Senate seat of Jim DeMint. This is a good man, and a solid conservative. This man used to be my neighbor 20 years ago before attending law school. This is a wide open race, and it includes former Congressman and Governor Mark Sanford, and Teddy Turner, son...
  • Agreeing with "Anonymous"?

    01/17/2013 7:08:53 PM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 1/17/13 | Bridget Johnson
    The international hacktivist group Anonymous today warned of “insurrection in America” as the government controls and twists the narrative on gun-related incidents.
  • Can Vt. afford health insurance for undocumented immigrants?

    01/17/2013 6:57:05 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    WCAX-TV 3 CBS ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | Kyle Midura
    MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont officials overseeing the state's transition to a single-payer health care system say providing health insurance to undocumented immigrants would not likely cost taxpayers much money. Lawmakers asked the Green Mountain Care Board to examine the costs of coverage for people who are here illegally. But officials say it's difficult to nail down a price tag because there are no firm numbers of how many undocumented people live in Vermont. It's estimated to be between 1,500 and 3,000. "But we did learn, I think, enough kind of useful facts about the demographics of the population and some...
  • Homeland Security Releases Binder Detailing Internet Monitoring

    01/17/2013 6:51:34 PM PST · by libstripper · 49 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan. 1u, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    The Department of Homeland Security has released their 2011 "Analysts Desktop Binder," detailing how the department has been monitoring activity on the internet and social networks. The binder includes an extensive list of key words and search terms carefully watched by analysts in multiple agencies including the Directorate for National Protection and Programs, Directorate for Science and Technology, Office of Health Affairs, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others. Many monitored search terms are basic and used on a regular basis by every day American citizens and journalists. DHS is capable of identifying personal...
  • Matthews: Pro-Gun Conservatives Are Segregationists

    01/17/2013 6:46:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    Perhaps, it would be easier to ask Chris Matthews what isn't like being an old segregationist? Two weeks ago, the Hardball host compared anti-tax conservatives to "being the most segregationist guy in the south." On Thursday, Matthews suggested it was pro-Second Amendment conservatives who fit the description.
  • Widow Chantel Blunk sues psychiatrist who treated Aurora shooter James Holmes

    01/17/2013 6:35:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 36 replies
    News AU ^ | Jan 18, 2013
    <p>THE widow of a victim of the US theatre massacre is suing a psychiatrist for neglect, for failing to have the alleged shooter arrested despite him having "fantasised about killing a lot of people."</p> <p>The lawsuit, also citing the University of Colorado, alleges that Dr Lynne Fenton advised campus police about her concern regarding James Holmes, after he told her about the fantasy in June last year.</p>
  • No one Protecting American masses against ‘The Revenge of Obama’

    01/17/2013 6:29:18 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1/17/2013 | Judi McLeod
    ....Rapidly accelerating a process that began during his campaign, Obama since November has confidently picked fights with Republicans—and challenged the most conservative members of his own party—on a broad range of foreign-policy and domestic social issues. Besides gun control these include immigration, the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan and the nomination of Republican senator Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, a red flag for the GOP’s neo-conservative wing.” “Picking fights with Republicans”, “challenging the most conservative members of his own party” is not Barack Hussein Obama at his worst. It’s how his unchecked policies are dismantling the USA that is the...
  • Lance Armstrong Confession Interview *Live Thread

    01/17/2013 6:23:58 PM PST · by Vision · 104 replies
    1/17/13 | Vision
    Lance Armstrong's confession interview is on the Oprah channel now... He's trying to be honest but is still lying. He's already said he didn't do a lot of EPO and that is simply ridiculous.
  • Obama dropping original ATF nominee from Denver (Andrew Traver)

    01/17/2013 6:15:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 2 replies
    koaa ^ | Jan 17, 2013 1:53 PM | Juice Godfrey
    DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama is dropping his original nominee to head the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In announcing his gun control proposals on Wednesday, Obama said he intends to nominate the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, Todd Jones, to lead the ATF. The agency hasn't had a permanent director since 2006.
  • Russian court turns down Pussy Riot appeal

    01/17/2013 6:09:28 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 17 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal ^ | January 17, 2012 | AP
    BEREZNIKI, Russia — A Russian court on Wednesday turned down an attempt by an imprisoned Pussy Riot band member to defer serving her sentence for hooliganism until her preschool son becomes a teenager. Maria Alekhina asked the court in Berezniki, a Urals Mountain city near her prison, to let her serve the rest of her two-year sentence after her 5-year-old son turns 14. She argued that separation from her young child now would do irreparable psychological damage to him. Alekhina and two other female members of the punk band were convicted last year of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ January 18, 2013

    01/17/2013 6:04:26 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 70 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | beachn4fun
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Today we're having a little change of pace. Let's doWHO CARES? With so much junk on the televisionand on the Internet, especially about celebrities, I hear myself saying more often than not...WHO CARES? For instance: Kim Kardasdain is preggers...WHO CARES? OR: Kim Kardasdain and Kayne West are moving in togther...WHO CARES? Steven Spielberg got former President Bill Clintonto present clips of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." WHO CARES? How...
  • DOJ Seeks to Stall JW Lawsuit Seeking Access to Fast and Furious Records

    01/17/2013 6:02:38 PM PST · by Jahoohio · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 01/17/2013 | Judicial Watch
    (Washington, DC) –Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a brief on January 15, 2013, in response to an Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) motion to indefinitely delay consideration of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking access to Operation Fast and Furious records withheld from Congress by President Obama under executive privilege on June 20, 2012 (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). Rather than respond substantively to Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit, the DOJ argued in court that the lawsuit should be subject to a stay of proceedings because it is “ancillary” to a...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!1-17-13

    01/17/2013 6:01:56 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-17-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Cruz: Obama 'High on His Own Power'

    01/17/2013 5:57:24 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 25 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/17/2013 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Republican senator Ted Cruz of Texas said Thursday that Barack Obama is "high on his own power" with regard to the president's announced efforts on gun control. Speaking on Laura Ingraham's radio talk show, Cruz, who was just elected to the Senate last November, said "this is a president who has drunk the Kool-Aid." "He is feeling right now high on his own power, and he is pushing on every front, on guns," Cruz said. "And I think it's really sad to see the president of the United States exploiting the murder of children and using it to push his...
  • Reverend Jesse Jackson claims assault weapons can “shoot down airplanes”

    01/17/2013 5:57:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 60 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | /// January 17, 2013 | Erin Brown
    “Bang! Bang! Bang!” Hear that? It’s the sound of an assault weapon in the hands of a rogue individual, taking down an airplane flying overhead. At least, that’s what the Reverend Jesse Jackson thinks assault weapons can do. The Reverend’s misinformed assertion that assault weapons are capable of shooting down airplanes came during a Fox News appearance yesterday. “These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapons, can only kill people, and in fact, they are threats to national security … the young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado … he could shoot down airplanes, so this is a matter of...
  • Additions to be made to gun laws for law enforcement

    01/17/2013 5:57:02 PM PST · by PilotDave · 18 replies
    WABC ^ | 17 jan 2013 | Jim Hoffer
    A troubling oversight has been found within New York State's sweeping new gun laws. The ban on having high-capacity magazines, as it's written, would also include law enforcement officers. Magazines with more than seven rounds will be illegal under the new law when that part takes effect in March. As the statute is currently written, it does not exempt law enforcement officers.
  • 'There is no plan': Looming defense cuts already have contractors shedding jobs

    01/17/2013 5:50:42 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 2 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/17/2013
    With a March 1 deadline looming for Congress to once again strike a deal in order to avoid $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts -- including $500 billion at the Pentagon -- some companies that rely on the defense industry are already bracing for the worst by canceling contracts and laying off workers. Kathleen Volandt, president of Auroros, Inc., told Fox News that the constant uncertainty in Washington reduced her total revenues by 56 percent last year. A disabled veteran who employs three full-time staffers and 31 contractors at her Raleigh, N.C.-based information technology company, Volandt said each passing deadline...
  • Gregoire on short list for Interior secretary

    01/17/2013 5:47:07 PM PST · by Baynative · 33 replies
    PDN ^ | 1/18/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources, announced he will step down in March — and on the short list as a possible replacement is outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.
  • Anybody going to Denver Saturday? I need a ride.

    01/17/2013 5:45:04 PM PST · by real saxophonist · 8 replies
    vanitissimo | 17 Jan 13
    On the 19th, gun owners are asked to go their state capitols to show their solidarity. I'd like to go, but I need a ride.
  • Obama vs. ‘the Gun Lobby’

    01/17/2013 5:41:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    After 23 executive actions, Obama fails to address the problems he identifies. When President Obama announced Wednesday a slew of executive actions and proposed legislation related to gun control, he didn’t criticize the National Rifle Association by name.He did, however, make his feelings obvious.“Ask your member of Congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” Obama said in his remarks. “Ask them if they support renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if they say no, ask them why not.”“Ask them,” he continued, “what’s more important — doing whatever...
  • Financially Unstable GAO Report highlights skyrocketing costs of entitlements, Obamacare’s

    01/17/2013 5:37:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Evans
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s annual audit of the government, released Thursday, raises serious concerns about the federal government’s long-term financial stability and the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act’s cost-curbing measures. The report found “that—absent policy changes—the federal government continues to face an unsustainable fiscal path.” The GAO, which is an “independent, nonpartisan” government agency, released its annual report as Congress braces for a fight with President Barack Obama over the debt ceiling. Republicans are calling for spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. The president has vowed not to negotiate with Congress. The report notes that...
  • Republicans should execute 'Maneuver X'

    01/17/2013 5:33:54 PM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Phillip Klien
    ... Over the past two years, Republicans have ... viewed every potential crisis -- a possible government shutdown, the threat of a debt ceiling breach and the prospect of the nation sailing over the "fiscal cliff" -- as an opportunity to corner Obama into agreeing to tackle the nation's mounting debt problem. This strategy has created a dynamic in which Obama has successfully portrayed Republicans as reckless, incapable of governance and willing to put the economy at risk to make a political statement. He's been able to deflect questions about his own lack of action on deficits by blaming Republican...
  • Mali conflict: French 'fighting Islamists in Diabaly'

    01/17/2013 5:33:53 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 January 2013
    French troops have been fighting Mali's Islamist rebels in street battles in the town of Diabaly, Malian and French sources say. In the first major ground operation in the conflict, French special forces were fighting alongside Malian troops. Diabaly, 350km (220 miles) north of the capital Bamako, was captured by the rebels on Monday. France intervened in Mali last Friday to try to halt the Islamists' push southwards towards the capital. In a separate development, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court opened a war crimes investigation, focusing on acts committed since January 2012 in some northern regions of...
  • Christie: NRA Ad on Obama Daughters ‘Reprehensible’

    01/17/2013 5:30:34 PM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 48 replies
    <p>New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is labeling “reprehensible” the National Rifle Association ad that brought President Barack Obama’s daughters into the gun-control debate.</p> <p>The NRA ad accused the president of being a hypocrite for allowing his daughters to be protected by armed Secret Service agents but not embracing armed guards for schools.</p>
  • Humorless, Offended State-Run Media: Limbaugh is Limbaugh... But He's Right

    01/17/2013 5:22:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 17, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So, I'm trying to keep a low profile. This is what I mean. I'm just telling you, they don't get the humor. They're wound so tight that they're just waiting to be offended. And this is like the third day in a row members of the media are fit to be tied over my characterization of the children at the White House being used as human shields. Boy, times change. Jonathan Karl, when he was at CNN, I did a number of interviews with Jonathan Karl, and he was like our old buddy Jim Rutenberg at the...
  • No Strategy to Govern - Ivory-tower Obama can’t abide views he doesn’t share. (Michael Barone)

    01/17/2013 5:16:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | Michael Barone
    To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference on Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.His point-blank refusal to negotiate over the debt ceiling was clearly designed to make House Republicans look bad.But Obama knows very well that negotiations usually accompany legislation to increase the government’s debt limit. As Gordon Gray of the conservative American Action Network points out, most of the 17 increases in the debt ceiling over the last 20 years have been part of broader measures.Working out...
  • ATF urges background checks in private gun sales (from the people who brought you F&F!)

    01/17/2013 5:10:12 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 30 replies
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is encouraging licensed gun dealers to help private gun sellers run federal background checks. In an open letter to the country's federally licensed gun dealers, the ATF says they can "enhance public safety and assist law enforcement" by facilitating private sales through their businesses and running federal background checks on prospective gun buyers.
  • Fast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

    01/17/2013 5:08:41 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News / Univision ^ | January 17, 2012 | JORDAN FABIAN
    A Mexican national claims to be the man who shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death is tied to the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal. Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, who says he killed Terry, turned himself in on Wednesday on charges related to a separate incident: threatening to kill Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff Lupe Trevińo. But before he surrendered himself, Cruz-Lozano said in an exclusive interview with Univision News' daily news magazine show "Primer Impacto" that he murdered Terry during a firefight on Dec. 14, 2010, while the agent was on patrol near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona....
  • Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

    01/17/2013 4:59:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law. Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.” The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA...
  • Strippers Can Earn $350,000 A Year In This Oil Boomtown Club

    01/17/2013 4:52:25 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | January 17, 2013 | Robert Johnson
    Early last year in Williston there had been too much attention focused on the local gentlemen's clubs for any strippers to talk with me about what they earned, but apparently that's changed. John Eligon from The New York Times just visited the North Dakota boomtown and one visiting dancer says she often earns more than $1,000 a night. That may be a conservative estimate as word last year was dancers were making two to three times that amount, but club owners were concerned with IRS attention and prohibited employees from speaking to the press. With nearly two men for every...
  • Asia's Airlines Find Being First Comes With Risks

    01/17/2013 4:49:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2013 | JEFFREY NG
    HONG KONG—Asia's premium airlines have over the past two decades signed on as high-profile launch customers for many new commercial jetliners, such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing Co. BA +1.24% 787, aiming to raise their global profile while renewing an aging fleet. The key driver behind these moves was a push over the past two decades by the region's airlines to launch newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft amid a strengthening regional economy and a boom in demand for air travel across Asia. But the latest problems facing the 787 Dreamliner—which Japan's two main carriers were the first to fly—highlight the...
  • Biden reveals brush with gun massacre

    01/17/2013 4:46:08 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    washington times ^ | 1/17/13 | Dave Boyer
    Mr. Biden told a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington that it was “pure coincidence” that he was in Lancaster County, Pa., on Oct. 2, 2006, when a deranged gunman was killing students nearby at a tiny Amish school. “I happened to be literally — probably, it turned out, to be a quarter of a mile [away] at an outing when I heard gunshots in the woods,” Mr. Biden recounted. “We didn’t know. … We thought they were hunters.”
  • Too Many Men? (The Old West treated women much better than North Dakota does today.)

    01/17/2013 4:45:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2013 | James Taranto
    While Barack Obama's America limps along economically, North Dakota has been booming: "The rich shale oil formation deep below the rolling pastures here has attracted droves of young men to work the labor-intensive jobs that get the wells flowing and often generate six-figure salaries," the New York Times reports from Williston. But not all is well in the Peace Garden State, which turns out to be a place where the men are men and the women are nervous: "Many [local women] said they felt unsafe. Several said they could not even shop at the local Walmart without men following them...
  • Will Obama's order lead to surge in gun research?(Admistration Propaganda)

    01/17/2013 4:33:08 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-17-13 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    MILWAUKEE—Nearly as many Americans die from guns as from car crashes each year. We know plenty about the second problem and far less about the first. A scarcity of research on how to prevent gun violence has left policymakers shooting in the dark as they craft gun control measures without much evidence of what works. That could change with President Barack Obama's order Wednesday to ease research restrictions pushed through long ago by the gun lobby. The White House declared that a 1996 law banning use of money to "advocate or promote gun control" should not keep the Centers for...
  • Marin's Gun Buyback Program Goes Belly Up (Marks Won't Be Paid Promised Money)

    01/17/2013 4:21:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Jan 17, 2013
    Promises may not be fulfilled for lots of gun owners who turned over their firearmsMarin County's gun buyback program has become a victim of its own success. During its first-ever gun buyback event on Tuesday, the county collected 827 guns and more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition, most of it from Marin County residents, according to the district attorney's office, which organized the event. Those turning in guns were given $200 for semi-automatic handguns or long guns, and $100 for other guns. But the $43,000 in cash that was available to those surrendering firearms was depleted within 90 minutes. When...
  • Christie calls NRA ad ´reprehensible,´ announces violence task force

    01/17/2013 4:10:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/17/13 | Matt Katz
    TRENTON – Gov. Christie blasted the NRA’s new ad focusing on President Obama’s daughters – he called it “reprehensible” – but he wouldn’t given an opinion about a proposed federal assault weapons ban. Christie’s extensive comments on the issues of guns and violence came during a news conference this afternoon at the Statehouse in which Christie announced the creation of a task force to examine “violence control” measures in the wake of the shooting massacre in Sandy Hook. Led by two former state attorneys general, one Republican and one Democrat, and made up of