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  • NBC Poll: Public Blames Parents, Hollywood Over Guns for Violence

    01/18/2013 11:20:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 18 Jan 2013 11:07 AM | Jim Meyers
    Americans place more blame for mass shootings on parents and Hollywood than they do on guns, a surprising new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reveals. Asked how much responsibility several choices might bear for the shootings that have taken place in Tucson AZ, Aurora CO and Newtown CT, guns came in fifth. The top choice was “parents not paying enough attention to what is going on in their children’s lives”—83 percent said that was “a great deal” or a “good amount” responsible. Only 4 percent said “none at all.” …
  • Senate Dems hesitant on Obama gun control plan

    01/18/2013 11:13:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/18/2013
    President Obama's gun-control package was always going to be a tough sell in the Republican-led House -- but the plan is already running into resistance, or at least hesitation, from moderate Democrats in the Senate. The lukewarm response in the Senate to Obama's highly anticipated anti-gun violence plan portends an uphill climb for the legislation. And it underscores how, as the president's backers prepare to launch a veritable campaign to promote the plan, they will be pressuring members of their own party as much as reluctant Republicans. No Democrat in the Senate came out against Obama's gun plan. But several...
  • Obama: Observe a National Day of Service (for his Inauguration)

    01/18/2013 11:12:28 AM PST · by pabianice · 54 replies
    Obama for America ^ | 1/18/13 | no one would admit to it
    Join the National Day of Service On Saturday, January 19, President Obama and the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Biden will take part in an event that's become a tradition -- a National Day of Service on the weekend of Martin Luther King Day to celebrate Dr. King's legacy. No matter where you are in America, you have an opportunity to join this effort and serve your community. The Presidential Inaugural Committee has helped to organize events all over the country. Visit their site to find a service opportunity near you. This National Day of Service is about...
  • Obama Failed to Support Illinois Bill Charging School Shooters as Adults

    01/18/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 01/17/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There just weren’t enough letters from adorable kids out there to convince him to do it. Proposed in 1999, the same year as the Columbine Massacre, SB-0759 would have prosecuted teenage school shooters as adults. The bill passed almost unanimously, with 52 Yeas, and only one Nay. And a bunch of Presents, one of them from the Illinois State Senator currently lobbying to wreck the Bill of Rights because he’s just that concerned about school shootings. Synopsis of Bill as introduced: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides for adult criminal prosecution of a minor at least 15 years...
  • Algeria in Jihadi Flames

    01/18/2013 11:03:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    FrontPageMag.Com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    Emboldened by America’s projection of weakness abroad, Islamists apparently linked to al-Qaeda reportedly continue to hold about 40 foreign hostages including seven Americans seized Wednesday at a natural gas field in Algeria.At press time, conflicting media reports had been emerging from the region. Some claimed that the hostages have been freed; others, that several hostages have been killed. The mass kidnapping at a BP (formerly British Petroleum) gas site near the Libyan border, which may very well have been accomplished with U.S.-supplied weapons left over from the ouster of the late Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, seems to be a...
  • Do You Know What is Happening in Mali?

    01/18/2013 11:03:03 AM PST · by Hoodat · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | January 18, 2013 6:25 AM | Phyllis Chesler
    During the third debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney talked about Mali and the danger al-Qaeda represented there. The Obamamedia laughed and derided Romney, carrying Barack Obama’s water and continued advancing the fraud that Obama had decimated al-Qaeda, even though al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists had taken over an American consulate and killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya just weeks prior. Surprise!!!! Al-Qaeda in Mali is a serious enough threat that the French, THE FRENCH!, have invaded Mali to fight them there. It looks like Romney was indeed correctly focused on foreign threats, al-Qaeda is not decimated but in fact...
  • The Powell Tragedy

    01/18/2013 10:55:26 AM PST · by pabianice · 41 replies
    NRO The Corner ^ | 1/18/13 | Hanson
    Like many, I was confused not by General Colin Powell’s endorsements of Barack Obama, but rather his recent remarks alleging Republican extremism and racism. His barrage was internally inconsistent and ultimately made little sense at all. Such unfounded charges are out of character with his distinguished record and career. In 2008 and 2012 Republicans nominated candidates from the more moderate wing of the party. Mitt Romney had been a centrist Massachusetts governor, and fellow Republican senator John McCain, for example, whom Powell also did not endorse, in the 2000 primaries had run to the left of Powell’s own employer, George...
  • Changing the name of Freedom Weekend Aloft to...Aloft.

    01/18/2013 10:52:39 AM PST · by Resettozero
    Greenville (SC) Business Magazine ^ | January 18, 2013 | Who knows
    After more than 30 years of entertaining the Upstate, Freedom Weekend Aloft has undergone a major makeover. Community leaders and event sponsors got the first preview of Aloft 2013 during a kick-off gala Thursday night at the Children's Museum of the Upstate. The festival, presented by Greenville Hospital System over Memorial Weekend, is a 501c3 non-profit. This year, Aloft's charitable partner is the Center for Developmental Services which helps the parents of developmentally delayed children access all the tools and resources they need to face their challenges. The festival formerly known as Freedom Weekend Aloft has been ranked as one...
  • Al-Qaida Resurgent As Terror Spreads Across N. Africa

    01/18/2013 10:45:43 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 17 Jan 2013 | Editorial
    Islamofascism: The terrorist attack on a vast Algerian gas plant Wednesday shows a resurgent al-Qaida that puts the lie to the Obama administration's claim that the war on terror is all but over. It may in fact be just beginning. Everything about the al-Qaida "Blood Brigade" attack on the Al Amenas natural gas plant 800 miles east of Algiers — where hundreds of workers, including Americans, were taken hostage in a bloody standoff — suggests an organization growing in strength with a bigger game than just retaliating for the French invasion of Mali. You'd never know that from our silent...
  • Islamist Hostage Takers in Algeria Vow To Only Kill Christians (Where's Obama? Clinton?)

    01/18/2013 10:41:48 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    Frontpage ^ | Janury 18 | Daniel Greenfield
    “The terrorists told us at the very start that they would not hurt Muslims but were only interested in the Christians and infidels,” Abdelkader, 53, said by telephone from his home in the nearby town of In Amenas. “We will kill them, they said.” --- -------- This isn’t really a hostage situation. The goal is to murder non-Muslims while embarrassing the United States, France and the Algerian government.
  • (Algerian) hostages in exchange for two US prisoners

    01/18/2013 10:35:44 AM PST · by livius · 23 replies
    La Razon ^ | Jan. 18, 2013 | Staff
    This is from the Spanish press. It says that AQ is demanding the release of two US prisoners, one of them being the blind sheik, Abdul Rahmann, and the other being a Pakistani named Afiya Sadiqi or something to that effect. I'd trust any foreign press more than ours at this point, unfortunately.
  • US 'Network of Pimps' Indicted for Enslaving Dozens of Latina Immigrants

    01/18/2013 10:35:23 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | January 18, 2013 | Fox News Latino
    A network of pimps lured dozens of women from Latin America with dreamland promises only to trade them cross-country like slaves, forcing them to perform up to 30 acts of prostitution a day, according to federal authorities. And it went on for five years before they were busted. Twelve people — eight men and four women — have been indicted in U.S. District Court in Savannah.
  • Former New Orleans mayor charged with bribery, fraud (Updated)

    01/18/2013 10:34:46 AM PST · by jazusamo · 107 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Kunzelman - AP
    NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
  • New York Declares War on the Second Amendment

    01/18/2013 10:32:47 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/18/13 | William A Levinson
    The purpose of war is to kill people and break things until the enemy ceases his aggression permanently. The delusion that war has some other purpose leads only to disasters such as Vietnam. New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has just shown why supporters of the Bill of Rights must similarly use legal, nonviolent, and socially acceptable methods to destroy organizations (like the Million Mom March in 2000) and break political careers. The ruin of the Million Mom March, along with Al Gore's self-destruction in three or so pro-Second Amendment states, bought gun owners only about 12 years of relative peace,...
  • 'Battalion of Blood' gang offers to SWAP two U.S. hostages seized in gas field siege for two terrori

    01/18/2013 10:29:53 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 23:01 EST, 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 EST, 18 January 2013 | Tim Shipman, David Williams, Beth Stebner and Helen Pow
    <p>No place to hide: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, pictured today in London, said there was 'no justification for the kidnapping and murder of innocent people' in Algeria and warned militants there was 'no place to hide'</p> <p>Islamist militants have today offered to free two American hostages held captive at an Algerian gas field in exchange for the release of two renowned terrorists jailed in the United States.</p>
  • Flu vaccine attitudes abroad differ from U.S. - Only U.S. and Canada encourage flu vaccine

    01/18/2013 10:27:23 AM PST · by opentalk · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | January 17, 2013 | Jen Christensen
    (CNN) - The flu hasn't hit Europe as hard as it has the United States, health officials say, but when and if it does, don't expect a call for vaccination of the entire population. Only the U.S. and Canada actually encourage everyone older than 6 months to get the flu vaccine. Apparently, not a single country in Europe asks the general population to seek that same kind of protection, according to Robb Butler, the World Health Organization technical officer in vaccine preventable diseases and immunizations in the organization's Europe office in the Netherlands. That's because global health experts say the...
  • AMERICA’S LARGEST OUTDOOR SPORTS SHOW TO BAN AR-15'S (Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show)

    01/18/2013 10:25:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mike Piccione
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. “We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention,” they posted on their website. The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 – 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that “no specific information was available on the type...
  • House to vote on three-month debt limit hike

    01/18/2013 10:19:28 AM PST · by illiac · 62 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/18/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The House of Representatives will vote next week to authorize a three-month increase in the debt ceiling, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday. "Next week, we will authorize a three month temporary debt limit increase to give the Senate and House time to pass a budget,"
  • Gun Violence is Not a Republican Problem, It's a Democratic Problem

    01/18/2013 10:17:47 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 36 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 18, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget Wal-Mart and skip your local gun show. The murderers of tomorrow will not be found wearing orange vests at your local sporting goods store. They won’t have NRA memberships or trophies on their walls. You won’t find them in America. Look for them in Obamerica. 67% of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. Those are the crowded cities of...
  • Jewish Home’s Bennett says remove some outposts

    01/18/2013 10:13:26 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/18/2013 | Stuart Winer
    The leader of the right-wing national religious Jewish Home party said settler outposts set up on private Palestinian land are illegal and should be removed. Naftali Bennett made the statement in an interview with Channel 2′s Nissim Mishal broadcast on Thursday evening, seemingly breaking with the hard-line views of much of the party’s base. >>SNIP<< A statement issued by Jewish Home after the show appeared to backtrack on the party leader’s words, reading: “Thankfully, there are no outposts that fit the description presented by the interviewer and therefore no outposts will be evacuated. Instead, we will act to make the...
  • Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis (20 foreigh missing or held)

    01/18/2013 10:10:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | | Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:00pm EST | Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS
    (Reuters) - More than 20 foreigners were still being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants, who threatened to attack other energy installations. Thirty hostages, including at least seven Westerners, were killed during Thursday's assault, along with at least 18 of their captors, said an Algerian security source.   The attack, which plunged capitals around the world into crisis mode, is a serious escalation of unrest in northwestern Africa, where French forces have been in Mali since last week fighting an...
  • America’s largest outdoor sports show to ban AR-15s

    01/18/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Godebert · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mike Piccione
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. “We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention,” they posted on their website. The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 – 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that “no specific information was available on the type...
  • Second Amendment Saturdays start tomorrow

    01/18/2013 10:01:32 AM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 2 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | January 18, 2013 | From Staff Reports
    For more than 200 years, Americans have used firearms for hunting, sports and self-defense. They are an important part of our heritage, and gun ownership is one of our most fundamental rights. The Daily Citizen begins honoring that heritage on Saturday with our first Second Amendment Saturday. “We are giving people the ability to exercise their Second Amendment right to buy, sell or trade a gun with their fellow citizens,” said Publisher William Bronson. “Our business is based on the exercise of the First Amendment, but we celebrate and defend all of the freedoms protected by the Constitution.” Those wishing...
  • President Obama Undermines Case Against Universal E-Verify [re: gun control]

    01/18/2013 9:59:21 AM PST · by forty_years · 14 replies
    "First, it's time for Congress to require a universal background check on anyone trying to buy a gun." These were President Obama's words as he outlined his plans for gun control legislation on Wednesday. FAIR takes no position on gun issues, but the president's unequivocal support for universal checks demonstrates two things: The president does not consider background checks to be an infringement on anyone’s constitutional liberties, andThe president does not consider there to be any technological impediments to carrying out universal checks before someone is permitted to purchase a firearm. In making his statement, President Obama also negated the...
  • Is Hollywood exempt from New York's new gun laws?

    01/18/2013 9:58:29 AM PST · by airedale · 4 replies
    vanity
    As I read the ńew New York gun laws like the police there is no exemption for the entertainment industry (movies, TV, or plaifys). Even if the guns themselves were non working props I'll bet the magazines are real. That alone would bear crime. They aren't going to have just one magazine either. If they were real there would be massive fines and some lengthy jail time. Based on the way the law is written conspiracy charges for violating the law. Tight be able to be brought against the production company, the actors, studios and their executives. I wonder how...
  • Algeria attack may have link to Libya camps (Al Qaeda terrorists from Obama's Libya)

    01/18/2013 9:58:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/18/13 | Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister
    The terrorists who attacked the In Amenas gas complex in eastern Algeria appear to have been of several nationalities, and may have trained in jihadist camps across the border in southern Libya, according to sources familiar with the situation there. Algerian security sources told Reuters late Thursday that the militants whose bodies had been recovered from the complex so far included three Egyptians, two Tunisians, two Libyans, a Malian and a French citizen. -snip- A U.S. official told CNN Wednesday that the hostage-takers appeared to have crossed the Libyan border -- some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the gas complex...
  • Larimer County sheriff threatens not to enforce new gun laws (Colorado)

    01/18/2013 9:57:22 AM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    kdvr ^ | updated on: 08:48am, January 18, 2013 | Will C. Holden
    LARIMER COUNTY — If any new gun laws are passed that his constituents consider unconstitutional, Justin Smith won’t enforce them. So reads a Facebook post from the Larimer County Sheriff. The only problem: The constitution does not seem to grant Smith or his constituents the right to determine whether a law is constitutional. That authority, according to the governor and Larimer County commissioner, rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. That is likely the biggest reason Smith pumped the brakes a tad in an interview with the Coloradoan following a social media message he posted Wednesday. In it, Smith flexed his...
  • Report: Al Qaeda group demands release of two well-known jihadists ( Algeria attack Hostage ...)

    01/18/2013 9:50:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 18, 2013 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The al Qaeda group responsible for a raid on a natural gas field in eastern Algerian earlier this week has reportedly demanded the release of two well-known, al Qaeda-linked jihadists in exchange for American hostages. Citing Mauritania's ANI news agency, press reports indicate that the two jihadists are Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (a.k.a. the "Blind Sheikh") and Aafia Siddiqui (a.k.a. "Lady Al Qaeda"). Sheikh Rahman was the spiritual head of the two leading Egyptian jihadist groups, Gamaa Islamiyya (IG) and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). The latter group was headed by Ayman al Zawahiri, who merged his organization into al...
  • Don't Confuse My Heartfelt Convictions With Racism

    01/18/2013 9:35:22 AM PST · by AuntB · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 17, 2013 | Charlie Daniels
    Being born in the Deep South when the Jim Crow laws were in full force and seeing, firsthand, the cruelty and downright stubborn foolishness of segregation and all it's attendant inequities, I have a very vivid and candid impression of what the word "racist" really means. Having lived through those days and, on my own, shook off the yoke of racial prejudice that was once so firmly ingrained in me, I deeply resent the careless and reckless use of the word by people who are merely trying to be insulting, having absolutely no idea of the gravity of it's meaning....
  • Canyon sheriff says no to Obama’s measures

    01/18/2013 9:33:18 AM PST · by MatthewQuigley · 6 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 1/18/2013 | Meghann M Cuniff
    Canyon sheriff says no to Obama’s measures Idaho’s U.S. attorney says a local official’s position won’t affect enforcement of federal gun laws. BY MEGHANN M. CUNIFF mcuniff@idahostatesman.com   © 2013 Idaho Statesman Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue says he won’t enforce any new federal firearms restrictions, joining a chorus of county sheriffs across the U.S. who have publicly denounced President Barack Obama’s executive orders. Donahue issued a statement Thursday calling Obama’s orders “political posturing.” “I’m not going to fight hysteria with hysteria,” the statement reads. Sheriffs in Oregon and several other states made similar announcements Wednesday, the day Obama issued...
  • OBAMA'S DICTATES WILL COST LIVES

    01/18/2013 9:31:33 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1-18-2013 | Jeff Knox
    january 18, 2013KNOX GUN-RIGHTS REPORT OBAMA'S DICTATES WILL COST LIVES Jeff Knox sees more background checks leading to more gov't data about our firearms by Jeff Knox ...Probably the most misunderstood and dangerous proposal the president put forward was his call for “universal background checks” for all firearm transfers. This insidious proposal is fueled by a lie which claims that 40 percent of gun sales are between private individuals and don’t involve a background check. Should a father have to acquire a background check on his son before passing down Granddad’s shotgun? Should background checks be required before selling a...
  • Idaho Legislators deal with ‘panic’ over gun laws

    01/18/2013 9:26:09 AM PST · by MatthewQuigley · 22 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | Jan 18,2013 | Dan Popkey
    Legislators deal with ‘panic’ over gun laws Idaho lawmakers are getting an earful from constituents, and leadership is working to consolidate proposals. BY DAN POPKEY dpopkey@idahostatesman.com   © 2013 Idaho Statesman In one of the most Second Amendment-friendly legislatures in America, the pressure to respond to the Connecticut school massacre and President Barack Obama’s gun control ideas has prompted a flurry of behind-the-scenes action. Compounding the interest is the largest freshman class in Idaho history — a group eager to address constituent concerns. To manage the flow of legislation, House Speaker Scott Bedke has informally assigned a point person, Republican...
  • Malian and French forces retakes key town from rebels

    01/18/2013 9:26:09 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | January 18, 2012
    The Malian army, supported by French forces, has retaken control of the central town of Konna which fell to rebel fighters advancing from the north earlier this month and sparked France's military intervention. "We have wrested total control of Konna after inflicting heavy losses on the enemy," an army statement said on Friday. A spokesperson from the al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Dine rebel group confirmed to Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow that its fighters pulled out of the town. "They withdrew from the town after [incurring] huge casualties in the fighting in the town. They say they will continue their fighting in other...
  • How the NRA is winning

    01/18/2013 9:22:20 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 68 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2013 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    It’s easy to think that in the wake of Wayne LaPierre’s angry press conference and the National Rifle Association’s tin-eared web video on President Obama’s daughters that the NRA is losing — and losing badly — in the fight over the proper place for guns in American society. Easy and likely incorrect. The National Rifle Association is at the center of a debate on guns and gun control. There’s little doubt that the inside-the-Beltway crowd and those who have been longtime advocates of more gun control laws are outraged by the brash style that the NRA has adopted following the...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Eighth Week in Office

    01/18/2013 9:20:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 1/18/13 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Eighth Week in Office1/17/2013Gunrunner-GateFast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian TerryHolder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and FuriousObama Attacks the Second Amendment'No Guns, No Guns!': WH Posts Vids of Kids Begging For Gun ControlObama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track gunsBiden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'San Diego top cop boasts 'we broke the NRA' as some chiefs aim for gun controlDemocrat introduces bill to restrict access by minors to violent video gamesCutter: Obama Will Activate Campaign Apparatus To Take On...
  • Americans want term limits and end to Electoral College after re-electing a bunch of incumbents

    01/18/2013 9:13:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Later today, when I'm hosting the Ed Morrissey Show, you'll probably notice a deep red welt on my forehead and wonder how it got there. It's from banging my head on my desk repeatedly after reading the results of two polls released today. The first comes from Gallup, where overwhelming majorities of Americans of every party affiliation demand Congressional term limits and an end to the Electoral College --- just two months after re-elected almost every incumbent than ran for federal office: Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House...
  • How four years in the White House have aged Obama

    01/18/2013 9:10:29 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 January 2013 | Snejana Farberov
    Heavy and grey is the head that wears the crown - a lesson that President Obama and many of his predecessors have learned the hard way. When Mr Obama takes the oath of office next Monday marking the beginning of his second term, it will not be the same smooth-cheeked, black-haired man who first joined the exclusive club of leaders of the free world in 2008. Comparing pictures of the 51-year-old commander-in-chief from four years to those taken more recently reveals a startling yet obvious truth: standing at the helm of the U.S. government takes a heavy physical toll. Read...
  • Holder: If we could maybe just stay those F&F docs indefinitely, that’d be great

    01/18/2013 9:09:14 AM PST · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    As President Obama searches for ways to suggest and further enforce federal laws that he supposes will have some kind of a mitigating effect on gun violence, his Most Transparent Administration, Evah is still trying to block Freedom of Information Act requests that might possibly puncture the well-orchestrated smokescreen surrounding the gun violence that they directly perpetrated. Perfect. Breitbart has the scoop on the Obama administration wondering whether we all just can’t pretend that Operation Fast & Furious — the deadly gunrunning scheme and the subsequent investigation, coverup, invocation of executive privilege, and Attorney General Eric Holder being held in...
  • In His Own Words: Chuck Hagel's False History of Israel

    01/18/2013 9:08:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    Surprisingly little attention has been paid to former Sen. Chuck Hagel's 2008 memoir, America: Our Next Chapter. In it, Hagel lays out his thoughts on a wide range of issues, including the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Iran, to which he devotes one chapter each. Hagel's attempt to describe the origins and history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reveals that he does not know the facts--and fills the void with anti-Israel bias. Hagel identifies the origins of the conflict by claiming: "the Arab-Israeli standoff was first set in motion by the Balfour Declaration of 1919 promising the Jewish people a homeland and the...
  • Iraq Sunnis rally against Shiite-led government

    01/18/2013 9:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2013 10:18 AM EST | Sameer N. Yacoub
    Thousands of Sunnis rallied Friday in western and central Iraq, denouncing the Shiite-led government’s policies they claim sideline their sect and saying that recent concessions by the authorities are not enough. The protests—the fourth Friday in a row of rallies in Sunni parts of the country—come as tensions are rising among Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian groups, threatening to plunge the country into more instability. … Sheik Hassan al-Samarie, one of the organizers of the Samarra rally, said the Sunnis there are disappointed by the slow response of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government in fulfilling their demands. “We are fed up...
  • George Zimmerman's defense team gets Trayvon Martin's school records

    01/18/2013 8:58:42 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 17 replies
    Clickorlando.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Clickorlando.com
    ORLANDO, Fla. - The defense team for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has received Martin's school records, but won't release it to the public, according to the defense website. Zimmerman's attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, writes on GZLegalCase.com that Martin's records are protected and shouldn't be part of the public record. "A number of parties have expressed concern that we will use information found in the school records to “demonize” Trayvon Martin," O'Mara writes. "The Zimmerman defense has no intention to demonize Trayvon Martin. While we believe that George...
  • Guns (North on SHOT Show & gun control)

    01/18/2013 8:55:08 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 18, 2013 | Oliver North
    CLARK COUNTY, Nev. — Official Washington has the collective attention span of a fruit fly. This condition is exacerbated by the Obama administration's proclivity for declaring selective events and issues to be crises that require immediate action. The problem is aggravated because the loyal opposition is in nearly total disarray, and few in the so-called mainstream media have any idea what they are talking about. That's the summary assessment of many attending the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show here in Harry Reid's Nevada. Note to editors and broadcast producers: The SHOT Show isn't a gun show. Nobody here can...
  • The Gun Is Civilized

    01/18/2013 8:52:16 AM PST · by Jerrybob · 9 replies
    self | 1/18/13 | Maj L. Caudill, USMC (Ret)
    "The Gun Is Civilization" by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret) Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction and the only thing that removes...
  • Wanted: A President and a Congress Who Will Put Fat City on a Crash Diet

    01/18/2013 8:52:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Archaic, bloated, duplicative, wasteful, inefficient government is like the weather. People complain about it but no one's figured out how to change it. I took some comprehensive, well-received whacks at the problem in several books in the 1980s, one of which was "Fat City - How Washington Wastes Your Taxes." It focused on waste and wantonness in more than a hundred agencies, programs and other back-water bureaucracies, costing more than $100 billion a year, which cried out to be terminated, downsized or sold on the auction block. That was big money then, but it wouldn't even dent the...
  • Photo: Newsweek celebrates Obama’s inauguration as only Newsweek can

    01/18/2013 8:42:41 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    No, just kidding. Plenty of other people in the media can and will celebrate it this way too.
  • Marco Rubio Outlines Elements of His New Immigration Plan

    01/18/2013 8:41:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/18/2013 | Julia Preston
    Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican who is on a talking tour to publicize his proposals for an immigration overhaul, said on Thursday that tighter enforcement at the borders and in workplaces would be central to his plan, which would also offer legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. In a meeting in New York with reporters and editors of The New York Times, Mr. Rubio said that any broad immigration legislation should create a nationwide exit system to check foreigners out of the country, to confirm that they left before their visas expired. He noted that at least...
  • In His Own Words

    01/18/2013 8:40:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Every year he grows more ceremonial, distant, symbolic, less alive. It is the fate of heroes. Their pictures are relegated to banners, their words become clichés, their very names become streets and boulevards instead of a living presence. Icons. Washington, Lincoln, Lee, Martin Luther King. . . . Our familiarity with them may not breed contempt exactly, but a kind of boredom, and indifference. Haven't we heard it all before? Maybe, but have we listened before? How long has it been since we've really heard his words and felt their force? And their continuing, insistent relevance. Instead our heroes become...
  • French begging for troops to fight Islamists in Mali

    01/18/2013 8:40:08 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 43 replies
    http://www.americanthinker.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Rick Moran
    Schadenfreude's a bitch, isn't it? When Jacque Chirac was president, the French did everything they could to torpdeo our efforts in Iraq. They refused to send troops to fight Saddam and continuously opposed us in NATO councils. Now, suddenly - France needs help in Mali. And no one is lifting a finger to help them. "The French aren't alone, they are the trailblazers," he said, after European ministers approved a contingent of more than 200 military trainers for Mali. He added: "It is completely possible - but this is up to them - that others or the same European countries...
  • Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

    01/18/2013 8:37:24 AM PST · by yoe · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 17, 2013 | 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. [snip] The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, and in mid-September the group (filed a lawsuit) challenging Holder’s denial. That lawsuit remains ongoing but within the past week President Barack Obama’s administration filed what’s called a “motion to stay” the suit. Such a motion is something that if granted would delay the...
  • Michelle Obama Announces Launch Of 'Organizing For Action'

    01/18/2013 8:37:07 AM PST · by caseyn · 25 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Fox Nation
    First Lady Michelle Obama posted this new video that details the relaunch of President Barack Obama's campaign organization, Obama for America. The new organization is called, "Organizing For Action." Calling it the "next phase of our movement for change," the First Lady says that it will aim to train the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders, and organize around local issues in American communities.