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  • AF inspections find 32,216 inappropriate or offensive items

    01/18/2013 1:07:10 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    SA Express News ^ | 01/18/2013 | sigc@express-news.net
    The Air Force today said it found 32,216 instances of inappropriate or offensive material at bases around the world — including explicit magazines at its Air Education and Training Command headquarters in San Antonio — during inspections late last year. The service found 631 instances of pornography in the health and welfare inspections at more than 100 installations worldwide. It also reported finding 27,598 instances of “inappropriate material,” ranging from posters and calendars to graffiti. At the AETC headquarters on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, 40 explicit magazines were uncovered. The items there and elsewhere were documented or destroyed, the Air...
  • On Belmokhtar's group: 'They believe the West is one great Sodom and Gomorrah' (Al-Queda in Mali)

    01/18/2013 1:02:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 18, 2013 1:47 PM | Thomas Joscelyn
    Robert Fowler was kidnapped by Mokhtar Belmokhtar's not-so-merry band of terrorists in 2008 and published a book about the experience, "A Season In Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda." From the excerpts I've read, the title accurately sums up Fowler's experience. Belmokhtar's group is, of course, responsible for the recent assault on a natural gas field in eastern Algeria and the subsequent hostage crisis. Fowler, a Canadian diplomat who was serving the United Nations when he was kidnapped, has had some interesting things to say about Belmokhtar and his henchmen. ABC News reports: "I was...
  • Parents think it's too dangerous to let kids outside in snow

    01/18/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 18, 2013
    Worried parents will ban their children from making snowmen and having snowball fights this winter - for fear they will catch a cold, a study found. The protective one in five mums and dads, 20 per cent, will try to stop their youngsters falling ill by keeping them wrapped up warm indoors. Furthermore, 29 per cent say it is "too dangerous" to let them outside because they may slip on ice or be bruised by a tightly-packed snowball. That is despite many parents admitting they "enjoyed" playing outside when they were younger, the study by Chessington World of Adventures Resort...
  • The Mysterious Case Of Richard Windsor

    01/18/2013 12:57:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Power Line ^ | 1/18/13 | Scott Johnson
    All is not as it appears in the case of Richard Windsor, the alias used by outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield email messages from discovery and disclosure. Under court order to cough up the email messages to Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and having turned over a first installment of 2,100 such email messages earlier this week, the Obama administration is making this a case that might challenge the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. With Horner’s assistance, my daughter Eliana tries to pierce the fog of administrative war in her NRO column “Lisa Jackson’s gadfly.”
  • Social Security Cliff in Sight

    01/18/2013 12:57:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In response to my post Making Social Security Actuarially Sound in a Business-Friendly Manner I have been exchanging emails and phone conversations with Jed Graham at Investor's Business Daily. Jed thinks benefit cuts will happen, and I agree. However, Social Security cuts are considered the "third rail" in politics. If you are not familiar with the term, it means anyone espousing cuts cannot be elected. Retirees Will Outlive Trust Fund Graham's current position on the viability of Social Security can be found in his January 14 article New Social Security Retirees Will Outlive Trust Fund For the first time since...
  • Like It Or Not, 3D Printing Will Probably Be Legislated

    01/18/2013 12:56:41 PM PST · by DBrow · 42 replies
    The Crunch ^ | 1/18/13 | John Biggs
    As the race – and it’s basically a race – to release as many 3D-printed gun parts as possible heats up, it’s never been harder for me to come down on the side of the “Freedom To Tinker” crowd. Last weekend Defense Distributed, a group dedicated to releasing plans for a 3D printed gun, posted a video and description of their 3D-printed AR-15 thirty-round magazine. The video, which is, unnecessarily, full of snarky vitriol, shows that, on some level, the 3D printed gun isn’t very far off. It also shows that the call for 3D printer legislation could soon overpower...
  • Bad battery design responsible for Boeing Dreamliner grounding, expert says

    01/18/2013 12:56:33 PM PST · by Ron C. · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/18/13 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    A charred lithium ion battery at the center of the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner showed evidence of “thermal runaway” -- which is indicative of a design problem, experts tell FoxNews.com. The All Nippon Airways plane made an emergency landing Wednesday morning in western Japan after its pilots smelled something burning and received a cockpit warning of battery problems. Nearly all 50 of the 787s in use around the world have since been grounded. The battery’s burned insides indicate it operated at a voltage above its design limit, a Japanese investigator said Friday. That’s a clear sign of...
  • Oklahoma anti-gun control law to jail federal gun controllers for 5 years

    01/18/2013 12:52:23 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    GlobalNews Desk ^ | January 18, 2013 | Marion Dean
    The new gun control measures, publicised by the US President Barack Obama on Wednesday, are likely to encounter sturdy legislative opposition in the state of Oklahoma as the ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ is moving through the state’s legislature. The ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ was introduced by the state’s Senator Nathan Dahm. The ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ threatens to incarcerate, for five years, any federal governmental official, who endeavours to enforce in Oklahoma the new gun control proposals of Barack Obama. The ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ places the state, along with Wyoming and Texas, by threatening the...
  • A Legal Immigrant and Patriot

    01/18/2013 12:50:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Lincoln Brown
    On my show this morning, I’ll be talking to a young man in Germany named Marc.  He has tried unsuccessfully to enter this country through the front door and has met with red tape and delays each time. I’ll be talking with him today about his fundraising efforts and his attempt to become one of us. No DREAM act will benefit Marc. He won’t be eligible for a driving privileges card; he will not receive any welfare or in-state tuition. After all, the election is over and Obama got all the votes he needed. Marc is working for his citizenship...
  • NRA President: Death Threats Against Org Reflect Obama´s Tactics

    01/18/2013 12:47:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/18/13 | Ernest Istook
    “Hundreds” of death threats have been made against the president of the National Rifle Association just since the first of this year. And those threats reflect President Obama’s political tactics. That’s what NRA President David Keene told talk show host Ernest Istook on Thursday. Keene says those threats reflect attempts by the Left and by President Obama “to demonize and blame those who disagree with him for everything he doesn’t like.” Keene also is literally targeted by a video game that invites people to shoot him, which he calls the “Kill David Keene” game. The good news, according to Keene,
  • Second raid underway to free foreign workers at Algerian gas facility

    01/18/2013 12:44:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 18, 2013 | Joseph Phares
    In an effort to conclude the hostage crisis at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, special forces from the Algerian government have begun a second offensive against the Masked Brigade, the terrorists led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Al-Jazeera reported that the renewed rescue effort was launched as the Algerian state media reported that more than 650 hostages were free, but 30 foreigners were still unaccounted for. The Algerian Press Service (APS) reported that the count of foreign hostages prior to the first raid was 132, which conflicted greatly with initial reports of 41. The terrorists threatened to kill the...
  • Why Would A Black Man Wanna Fly A Confederate Flag?!?

    01/18/2013 12:41:21 PM PST · by onedoug · 21 replies
    Average Bro.com ^ | 6 DEC 2011 | Satff
    Byron Thomas is 19, black, a freshman at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and a proud Southerner. He hung a Confederate flag in his dorm room window until the university asked him to take it down because several people had complained about it. (The university later stepped back from the request, saying all students have the right to free speech.)
  • Violence in America: A Long Line of Leftists

    01/18/2013 12:40:13 PM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    American Clarion ^ | January 18, 2013 | Bob Ellis
    I heard a very interesting tidbit of information during the podcast of the second hour of Roger Hedgecock‘s Jan. 17 show. It did not surprise me – not one iota – but it was very interesting in light of the fact that since Lord Obama ascended to the throne in 2009, our government has been realigned to brand conservatives as violent threats…while doing everything they can to downplay the threat of Islamic extremism and other enemies of our country. Things have become so upside-down in the Obama government that the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West...
  • Malian, French Forces Re-Take Second Town

    01/18/2013 12:39:22 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | January 18, 2012
    Officials in Mali say French-backed government forces have re-taken a second town that had been seized by Islamist militants. Local officials say militants have been driven out of Diabaly, located about 400 kilometers northeast of the the capital, Bamako. On Thursday, heavy fighting between French soldiers and militants had been reported in Diabaly, which was seized by rebels on Monday. There was no immediate confirmation of the re-capture from Mali's military or French forces. Earlier, the Malian army and French officials said Malian forces have re-taken Konna, a town east of Diabaly. The army said it has gained "total control"...
  • Unexpectedly, Republicans Do Something Right (Bill to Withhold Senate Salaries Pending Budget)

    01/18/2013 12:38:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2013 | Gene Schwimmer
    Excerpt from just-released statement from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (emphases mine): House Republicans announced a path forward on the nation's near-term budget challenges.  The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires passage of a budget resolution by April 15 each year.  Under Senator Harry Reid's leadership, the Senate has refused to pass a budget for 1,360 days.  As the Administration and Congress work through opportunities to cut government spending, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase unless both the House and the Senate pass a long-term budget plan.  The plan also includes a bipartisan proposal to...
  • A Pro-Life Reminder for Planned Parenthood: Don’t Mess With Texas

    01/18/2013 12:34:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Anna Higgins
    In the days leading up to the 40th commemoration of Roe v. Wade, the pro-life cause is winning the legal war against America’s largest abortion provider. As reported recently in the Texas Tribune, the State of Texas has won round one in the battle to defund abortion providers. In 2011, the Texas legislature passed what is called the “Affiliate Ban Rule,” which prohibits any health provider affiliated with abortion, including Planned Parenthood, from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program. In April 2012, a Texas judge granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood TX, exempting them from the new rule;...
  • House GOP: We'll Raise Debt Limit for 3 Months if Senate Agrees to Produce a Budget

    01/18/2013 12:22:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 18, 2013 | John McCormack
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says in a statement: Fitch Ratings agency recently said, if the debt limit is raised without substantive deficit reduction, our nation's credit rating could be downgraded. The President's plan to simply borrow more money without any reform in Washington puts us all at risk. The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending. The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers who expect more from their representatives. That ends this year....
  • Surefire MAG5-60 High-Capacity 60rd Magazine

    01/18/2013 12:15:17 PM PST · by An Old Man · 23 replies
    Botachtactical ^ | Jan 1 2013 | Advertisement
    These are available from botachtactical in Los Angeles. They have a few 60 Round Magazines left for those of you that need one.Good Luck
  • Court upholds Walker's union limits law in Wis.

    01/18/2013 12:14:25 PM PST · by READINABLUESTATE · 61 replies
    (AP) ^ | January 18, 2013
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights.
  • A Well Regulated Militia? (a view that you may never have heard before)

    01/18/2013 12:14:05 PM PST · by RightFighter · 95 replies
    GodSeesYou.com ^ | Unknown | Ken Kiger
    Lost in the gun rights debate, much to the detriment of American freedom, is the fact that the Second Amendment is in fact an "AMENDMENT". No "Articles in Amendment" to the Constitution, more commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights, stand alone and each can only be properly understood with reference to what it is that each Article in Amendment amended in the body of the original Constitution. It should not be new knowledge to any American the Constitution was first submitted to Congress on September 17, 1787 WITHOUT ANY AMENDMENTS. After much debate, it was determined that the...
  • Algerian Terrorists Demand Release of Blind Sheik in Exchange for American Hostages

    01/18/2013 12:09:37 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/18/13 | Bryan Preston
    And it drew an immediate condemnation from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who warned there would be “no place to hide” for anyone who threatens Americans. Well, that’s because they don’t have to hide. One of the scum who is believed to have masterminded the 9-11-12 attack in Libya that killed four Americans isn’t even hiding his love of decadent Western fruity frappes. Another just got released. So yeah, there’s no place to hide. Except, at this point, the entire planet. To date, the Obama government has not retaliated against anyone anywhere for the Benghazi attack. By the way, for...
  • On the Power of the Prosecutor

    01/18/2013 12:07:46 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/18/13 | By Andrew Stuttaford
    A must-read from Radley Balko: by most estimates, there are at least 4,000 separate criminal laws at the federal level, with another 10,000 to 300,000 regulations that can be enforced criminally. Just this year 400 new federal laws took effect, as did 29,000 new state laws. The civil libertarian and defense attorney Harvey Silverglate has argued that most Americans now unknowingly now commit about three felonies per day. But you, citizen, are expected to know and comply with all of these laws. That isn’t possible, of course. It would probably take you most of the year to understand them all,...
  • Liberal Outcry Forces Obama to Replace Inauguration Reverend

    01/18/2013 12:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 18, 2013 | 13:34 | Kristine Marsh
    On Jan. 8, when it was reported that Obama had chosen Pastor Louie Giglio to give his inaugural benediction, lefties jumped to make sure the administration had done its due diligence regarding the reverend’s ideological purity. Apparently, it had not. The very next day, the left-wing website, Think Progress.org reported that Obama had chosen yet another “anti-gay Pastor” to deliver his invocation. After digging around, they were able to find a sermon Giglio gave fifteen years ago, preaching against the sin of homosexuality. …
  • The Lie With Something Extra

    01/18/2013 11:58:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Charles Payne
    The word hoax first came into popular use sometime in the middle to late eighteenth century. It is thought to have been a contraction of the word hocus from the conjuror's term hocus pocus. The term hocus pocus itself first appeared in the early seventeenth century. It might have derived from the assumed name of a conjuror in the time of King James who called himself 'The Kings Majesties most excellent Hocus Pocus' because with the performance of every trick he used to call out the nonsense phrase, "Hocus pocus, tontus talontus, vade celeriter jubeo" (later magicians were known to...
  • GOLDMAN SACHS: BUY GOLD

    01/18/2013 11:58:21 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    GOLDMAN SACHS: BUY GOLD Matthew BoeslerJan. 18, 2013, 11:53 AM On Wednesday, Goldman Sachs upped the ante on its call that 2013 will mark the end of a long-running bull market in gold by introducing a new forecast: the bank's commodity strategists see the shiny yellow metal falling to $1200 per ounce by 2018. However, despite having a bearish 5-year forecast for gold prices, Goldman's 3-month forecast is actually quite bullish. In fact, strategists Damien Courvalin and Alec Phillips write in a note to clients today that they expect gold to reach $1825 per ounce over the next few months...
  • Ray Nagin indictment: First New Orleans mayor to face corruption charges

    01/18/2013 11:57:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | January 18, 2013 | Gordon Russell
    A federal grand jury on Friday indicted former Mayor Ray Nagin with 21 counts of corruption, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors and used his power as mayor to leverage a granite installation contract from Home Depot as the retailer was building a store in Central City. Despite New Orleans' reputation for political shenanigans, Nagin is the first mayor in the city's history to be indicted by a grand jury on corruption charges. [Snip] The indictment against Nagin includes six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money...
  • Robert Citron, treasurer at center of O.C. bankruptcy, dies

    01/18/2013 11:56:43 AM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | Scott Reckard and Shelby Grad
    Robert L. Citron, the soft-spoken Orange County treasurer whose bad bets on exotic Wall Street investments resulted in what in 1994 was the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, died Wednesday ... A grand jury investigation would later find that Citron, who over the years won so many awards for his investment skills, relied upon a mail-order astrologer and a psychic for interest rate predictions as the county's treasury began to falter ...
  • VA liberal Dem delegate Joe Morrisey waves an AK 47 on the VA House floor

    01/18/2013 11:56:34 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 38 replies
    Originally published in the Richmond Times Dispatch
    Liberal Democrat grandstands on the House floor with AK 47....what an idiot......
  • 65% See Gun Rights As Protection Against Tyranny

    01/18/2013 11:55:00 AM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 18, 2013 | NA
    Two-out-of-three Americans recognize that their constitutional right to own a gun was intended to ensure their freedom. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 65% of American Adults think the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from tyranny. Only 17% disagree, while another 18% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) Not surprisingly, 72% of those with a gun in their family regard the Second Amendment as a protection against tyranny. However, even a majority (57%) of those without a gun in their home hold...
  • Obama’s ATF Nominee Criticized for Seeming to Discourage Whistleblowers

    01/18/2013 11:52:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 18, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says President Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raises “serious questions” because of Jones’ ties to the Fast and Furious scandal. … Although Jones replaced the ATF leadership team, he still has come under scrutiny for comments he made earlier this year in a video message to the ATF’s 5,000 employees. As first reported by The Washington Guardian in July 2012, Jones called for “One ATF, everybody working together, exemplifying one of the pieces of our leadership...
  • John Heilemann Jumps Ugly With S.E. Cupp

    01/18/2013 11:49:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    John Heilemann has exposed the sneering, sarcastic face of the liberal media vis a vis their conservative colleagues. On today's Morning Joe, New York magazine editor and Game Change co-author Heileman made no effort to conceal his contempt for Cupp, a conservative pundit and co-host of The Blaze on MSNBC. The subject was, in the context of the recent NRA ad, the use of presidential children in politics. Cupp asserted that all president's children have been misused in some way. She then let herself be drawn into implying that President George W. Bush's children appeared in ads by liberal groups....
  • Kyle Bass Puts A Timeframe On His Infamous Prediction Of A Japanese Collapse

    01/18/2013 11:45:06 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Julia La Roche
    Kyle Bass Puts A Timeframe On His Infamous Prediction Of A Japanese Collapse Julia La RocheJanuary 18, 2013CNBC screengrab Texan hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, the founder of Hayman Capital Management, was on CNBC from the floor of the NYSE talking Japan, housing and the Fed moments ago. Bass, who if famously bearish on Japan, has timestamped his trading saying that the turn will come 18 to 24 months from now, NetNet's John Carney pointed out on Twitter. He's been predicting a debt collapse for a long time, but with nothing to show for it.
  • Still No Police Report, or Toxicology Results, on Sandy Hook Killer

    01/18/2013 11:44:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    While President Barack Obama is moving ahead with executive orders and legislation to further tighten gun control in response to the mass murder committed by Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., neither the toxicology report on Lanza’s corpse nor the police report on his crime have been completed. Lanza attacked the school on Dec. 14, killing 26 people, including 20 children. Before going to the school, he killed his mother at the home where he lived with her. When police arrived at the school during his murder spree, Lanza shot and killed himself. … Despite...
  • So What’s Wrong With Hate Speech Laws?

    01/18/2013 11:39:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Benjamin Bull
    Any serious discussion of “hate speech” laws should start with a consideration of George Orwell’s prophetic look into the future—specifically the book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Recall that in Orwell’s book, Big Brother sought to control not only all thoughts but also to language used to form thoughts. To that end, he created the language of “Newspeak,” described as “the only language in the world whose vocabulary gets smaller every year.” In a separate essay, Orwell explained that Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. In the book, this suits the totalitarian regime...
  • New York Mayor Warns Of "Waco-Style Standoff" Over Gun Control Laws (King-R)

    01/18/2013 11:31:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 81 replies
    RCP ^ | 18 JAN 13 | staff
    "Most people are law-abiding citizens and may go ahead and sell those or turn those over, but you're going to have a fraction of people that are going to take a stand, and I can just predict a Waco-style standoff in some rural area and it's not going to end well," Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King (R) said about New York state's new gun control laws that Gov. Cuomo recently signed into law.
  • Rob Douglas: Budgeting for the new normal

    01/18/2013 11:28:36 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | January 17, 2013 | Rob Douglas
    Like a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” the economic stagnation hobbling America in the wake of the Great Recession has pulled back the curtain of market bubbles — housing being the most recent — to reveal an American economy that is a pyramid scheme devoid of the labor participation rate and overheated consumer spending that temporarily fueled economic growth while hiding the unimaginable cost of government. Now that the curtain is withdrawn, Americans have realized that their previous assessment of what they could afford and what the government could afford were delusional. America is awakening to the reality that...
  • Will 99,000 Schools Have to Fight for Obama’s 1,000 New Resource Officers?

    01/18/2013 11:21:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    Among his 23 gun control executive orders, President Obama authorized the spending of $150 million to hire “up to 1,000” armed resource officers and school counselors. Just one problem: there are 98,817 government schools in America, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency. Therefore only 1 percent of schools would potentially benefit from Obama’s new government solution. Apparently the other 99 percent (hey, where have we heard that term before?) would be left to the whims of deranged individuals who think it’s acceptable to slaughter children. Hiring 1,000 new government employees to potentially cover, on average,...
  • 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.