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  • Gallup: American Optimism Hits Lowest Point Since Carter Administration

    01/22/2013 3:45:35 PM PST · by library user · 12 replies
    Gallup ^ | 1-22-13 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Fewer than four-in-10 Americans (39 percent) rate the US in a positive manner – the most negative feedback the country has produced since 1979. A new Gallup poll finds that Americans are as negative about the country’s prospects as they have been in more than three decades. Americans are more upbeat in their predictions of where the U.S. will be in five years (48 percent positive), but this is the lowest rating since an August 1979 Gallup poll was conducted. The negativity about the current state of the US has a politically partisan split – Republicans...
  • Local gun shops react to weapons ban at Harrisburg outdoors show (Hires PR firm to make statement)

    01/22/2013 3:44:17 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 5 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 01/22/2013 | STEPHANIE REIGHART
    York, PA - Wayne Shuler usually visits the annual Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show three times every year in Harrisburg. This year will be different for the manager of Deer Valley Sporting Goods in West Manchester Township. In light of the ban of the display and sale of so-called assault weapons, he's not sure he'll attend at all. "I haven't decided if I'll go," Shuler said. "But I know I won't go three times." And Shuler is not alone. A growing number of vendors and patrons are opting to boycott the event entirely. A group called "ESOS Boycott Supporters" lists...
  • Rise of the Drones (PBS NOVA Wed Jan 23 9PM EST)

    01/22/2013 3:41:46 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    PBS/NOVA ^ | January 22, 2013 | Unattributed
    Meet a new breed of flying robots, from tiny swarming vehicles to giant unmanned planes. Airing January 23, 2013 at 9 pm on PBS. Drones. These unmanned flying robots–some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds–do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, and kill has remained secret. But now, with rare access to drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful as we see how a remotely-piloted drone strike looks and...
  • Obama By The Numbers

    01/22/2013 3:33:15 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 5 replies
    RNC RESEARCH ARM ^ | 01/18/13 | GOP
    Obama's First Term by the Numbers Last week, the RNC Research arm released a list of how much President Obama's first four years cost in terms of deficits, regulations, stimulus spending, and the underemployed and unemployed individuals. The following are a few of those figures:
  • Biden Hints at Presidential Run (NO WAY!!)

    01/22/2013 3:31:25 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/22/2013 | Yahoo News
    Amid all the pomp and circumstance of inauguration weekend, Vice President Joe Biden showed a few of his 2016 cards as he mingled with some constituencies that would be key if he decides to run for president. On Saturday, Biden attended the State Society of Iowa "First in the National Celebration" where he slipped up and referred to himself as the president instead of as the V.P. "I'm proud to be president of the United States, but I am prouder to be…" Biden said as the crowd started to laugh and cheer. "I'm proud to be vice president of the...
  • After 'Gun Appreciation Day,' Organizers Invoke 'Django Unchained' for Follow-Up Campaign

    01/22/2013 3:30:02 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 5 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 1/22/2013 | Paul Bond
    Quentin Tarantino is on record blaming firearms for recent mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, and elsewhere. So it might come as a surprise to him that a pro-gun group is invoking the director’s latest film, Django Unchained, in an effort to woo African-Americans to their side in the debate over gun control. The group is called Political Media, and it's the same entity that was behind Saturday’s controversial Gun Appreciation Day, which encouraged Americans to show up at various places with a copy of the U.S. constitution and signs reading “hands off my guns.” Larry Ward, president of Political Media,...
  • RUGER – WITHDRAWS FROM THE ESOS (Excellent news!)

    01/22/2013 3:17:16 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    Ruger has decided not to attend the upcoming Eastern Sports Show. We are very frustrated by Reed Exhibitions’ foolish decision to ban the display of modern sporting rifles. We feel that, as one of America’s firearms manufacturers, we must withdraw from the show as a commitment to the 2nd Amendment rights of our customers.
  • David Bowie says 'drugs had taken my life away'

    01/22/2013 3:01:08 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    zap2it.com ^ | January 22, 2013 | Chris E. Hayner
    After coming to America, the singer found himself living in Los Angeles at 28-years-old. "Drugs had taken my life away from me," Bowie says, "I felt as though I would probably die and it was going to be all over." Bowie credits his assistant, Coco, for getting him out of that life. "Best advice, which I wish I had known at 18? Don't do drugs."
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 22,2013

    01/22/2013 2:59:09 PM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 22,2013 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Lautenberg says Cory Booker needs a spanking

    01/22/2013 2:57:27 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 42 replies
    New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg told a reporter that Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who has announced that he plans to run for Lautenberg’s U.S. Senate seat in 2014, needs a “spanking,” because he is “disrespectful.”
  • Our gun rights are going to disappear forever unless....

    01/22/2013 2:56:47 PM PST · by Jerrybob · 38 replies
    self | 1/22/2013 | self
    Another day, another school shooting. Our gun rights are going to disappear forever unless something drastic happens like-- The NRA, with some big money, needs to produce an ad with hundreds of "assault weapons" owners standing in a room -- or on a hillside -- maybe thousands. And then someone needs to say something like "Every one of us standing here own at least one of these so-called 'assault weapons'; and know what? Of all the 1,394 weapons we own, not one of them has harmed or killed anyone. "Now tell me -- what will taking these 'assault weapons' away...
  • Firing Generals - When is a general to blame? And even if he is, should he be fired?

    01/22/2013 2:42:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | JANUARY 22, 2013 | Jim Lacey
    U.S. troops in Afghanistan To paraphrase Shakespeare: “The first thing we do, let’s fire all the generals.”This is the basic prescription of military journalist and writer Tom Ricks, who, in his new book, The Generals, blames our lack of success in Iraq and Afghanistan on the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s and our political leaders’ having lost the ability or willingness to fire failing generals. Unfortunately, many commentators are accepting this formula as true without asking some hard questions, such as: When and for what reasons should a general be fired? Should the Continental Congress, for instance, have sent George Washington...
  • Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option

    01/22/2013 2:41:23 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 133 replies
    Reid to Senate Republicans: Filibuster deal in 36 hours or face nuclear option By Alexander Bolton - 01/22/13 03:29 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is giving Republican colleagues 36 hours to agree to a deal on filibuster reform or he will move forward with the nuclear option. “I hope in the next 24, 36 hours we can get something we agree on. If not, we’re going to move forward on what I think needs to be done,” Reid told reporters. Reid’s trump card in negotiations with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is the threat he will...
  • Welcome to Citrus County, FL: We’ll shoot you in the back

    01/22/2013 2:35:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 21 January, 2013 | GSL
    Well, congratulations to Citrus County, Florida for providing America with the next Daniel Harless-style video. Harless, of course, was the Canton, Ohio cop who threatened to execute a law-abiding card-carrying good guy for having the audacity to lawfully exercise his right to carry the means with which to protect himself. Harless was eventually canned (links to videos can be found here) and subsequently won his job back if he could pass a medical screening. A couple of days ago, this new video from Citrus County, Florida made its splash. Now it’s gone viral. (Sorry we’re a little behind the curve....
  • Tiger Woods agrees with Phil Mickelson on taxes

    01/22/2013 2:26:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/22/2013 | By Chris Dufresne
    Here are a few highlights from Tiger Woods' Tuesday morning news conference in advance of this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. --Tiger agrees with Phil? Well, sort of. Phil Mickelson made news this week when he said he might leave California because of the state's income tax laws. "Well, I moved out of here back in '96 for that reason," Woods explained. "I enjoy Florida, but also I understand what he was, I think, trying to say. I think he'll probably explain it better and in a little more detail." Mickelson's pre-tournament interview is scheduled for Wednesday.
  • Phil Mickelson Releases Half-Hearted Apology For Being Honest About Hating The New Tax Hikes

    01/22/2013 2:23:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/22/2013 | Jay Yarrow
    Just a day after Phil Mickelson said he needed to make "drastic changes" in his life because his tax rate was going through the roof, he is trying to walk back his comments. He released a statement through his spokesman T.R. Reinman in which Mickelson apologizes to anyone who may have been offended: "Finances and taxes are a personal matter and I should not have made my opinions on them public. I apologize to those I have upset or insulted and assure you I intend to not let it happen again." This is absurd. There is no need for a...
  • Emilie Parker laid to rest next to her grandfather

    01/22/2013 2:16:27 PM PST · by CharlesWayneCT · 102 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 22, 2012 | Associated Press (ctPost)
    OGDEN, Utah -- Emilie Parker, a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, was laid to rest next to her grandfather Saturday in the town where she was born. Burial at Evergreen Memorial Park followed a private funeral for family and close friends at a Mormon church across the street from Ben Lomond High School, where Emilie's parents, Robbie and Alissa Parker, met.
  • Will Sarkozy be France’s latest tax refugee?

    01/22/2013 2:11:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The effort by François Hollande to get the wealthy to fund his Socialist agenda isn't off to a propitious start, needless to say. The announcement of Hollande's 75% tax rate for high-income earners has panicked the business and investment communities in France that Hollande needs to generate economic growth. It drove France's greatest living actor (and perhaps overall artist) to abandon his native country for the greener pastures of Belgium … or perhaps Russia: Gerard Depardieu, the French actor awarded Russian citizenship this month, is shopping for land near a provincial capital where he plans to settle down after a...
  • On the Necessity of Theological Courage in the Public Square

    01/22/2013 2:08:25 PM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2013 | Owen Strachan and Andrew Walker
    On the subject of religious controversy, 2013 started off with a bang, not a whimper. Hobby Lobby, the craft chain owned by a Christian couple, chose to defy the odious HHS mandate pioneered by the administration of President Barack Obama. This edict seeks to bring religious groups to heel by requiring all employers to cover contraception and abortifacients in their health-care plans. For its defiance, Hobby Lobby faces atmospheric fines of $1.3 million dollars per day. What could motivate such response from this company, traditionally associated less with political battles than knick-knacks and sewing kits? David and Barbara Green, the...
  • Minimum Wage Hypocrisy

    01/22/2013 2:06:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 23, 2013 | Liberty Belle/Betsy McCaughey
    Battles are brewing in New York, California, Minnesota and the nation's capitol over hiking minimum wages. In all three state legislatures and in Congress, Democrats have the votes to ram the hikes through. These politicians are claiming the moral high ground, saying it will help the poorest in our communities. Don't be fooled. Hiking the minimum wage hurts — not helps — the lowest paid workers, especially young black men. A 10 percent hike in the minimum wage causes a 2.5 percent drop in employment among young white men without a high school diploma and a staggering 6.5 percent drop...