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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...
  • Former Special Forces Commander: Was U.S. Running Guns to Syrian Rebels Via Benghazi? CIA: No

    01/22/2013 2:02:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/22/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin—who is the former commander of the U.S. Special Forces Command, the former deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence and who worked with the CIA—told CNSNews.com in a video interview last week that he believes it is a reasonable supposition that the U.S. was supporting or planning to support the Syrian rebels via Benghazi, Libya. The CIA, however, says Boykin’s supposition is erroneous and that the U.S. was not conducting or planning covert action to support Syrian rebels through Benghazi. “These assertions are both baseless and flat wrong,” a CIA spokesperson told...
  • Egypt to Receive F-16s

    01/22/2013 1:50:35 PM PST · by upchuck · 17 replies
    Wash Free Beacon ^ | Thursday, January 22, 2013 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department has refused to cancel or delay the delivery of several American-made F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, claiming that the arms deal serves America’s “regional security interests,” according to an official State Department document obtained by the Free Beacon. The news that the Obama administration would uphold an aid package to Egypt that included the military hardware prompted concern on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who said the deal was not prudent given the political situation in Egypt, where Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi has clashed with democratic protestors. “Sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks are to be given...
  • Republicans are Scared to Death of Obama Because He Wins by Demonizing Opponents

    01/22/2013 1:49:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 171 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 22, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell, NBC News, Washington, and this is yesterday on the Today show. They're on there with Matt Lauer and they are celebrating. They're celebrating because they think the Republicans have given up, and they're right. Everybody's giving up. My impression is that everybody is giving up and they're waiting for events that nobody can predict to maybe change the direction that we're headed; events that nobody can predict that will stop Obama in his tracks; events that'll happen that will wake people up. The sense I get is that there's no point...
  • Time Is Ripe To Consider Liability Insurance For Gun Owners

    01/22/2013 1:44:53 PM PST · by Daffynition · 78 replies
    Hart\ford Courant ^ | January 22, 2013 | Rick Green
    As the gun debate heats up, one idea seems particularly suited for Connecticut to consider: liability insurance for gun owners. This is the kind of mandatory insurance you have to get to drive a car — and the kind of protection that costs more if you want to take what the industry knows is a calculated risk. Letting your teenager get behind the wheel is a good example.
  • Poll: Many say let illegal immigrants stay in US .

    01/22/2013 1:37:51 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    AP ^ | January 22, 2013
    WASHINGTON — A new Associated Press-GfK poll has found that more than 60 percent of Americans now favor allowing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country. That's a significantly higher number than last time the AP polled on the question, in 2010, when just 50 percent supported the idea. The turnaround has been driven by Republicans changing their views. A majority in the GOP — 53 percent — now favor allowing illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. That's up 22 percentage points from 2010.
  • Barbara Boxer sees carbon tax in the mix ('Sandy' will be catalyst for O's climate change action)

    01/22/2013 1:34:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/22/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Sen. Barbara Boxer said she had a one word answer for why President Obama promised to act on climate change in his second inaugural address: “Sandy.” Boxer called Hurricane Sandy a turning point in public opinion on global warming, and said Washington will act to curb CO2 emissions not via legislation but through the Environmental Protection Agency. “My view is they have no choice but to act,” Boxer said, referring to a Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that greenhouse gasses are pollutants under the Clean Air Act. “The EPA has huge authority here.” ... “There may be a way to...
  • GALLUP: ONLY 39 PERCENT HAVE POSITIVE VIEW OF AMERICA

    01/22/2013 1:34:34 PM PST · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    When people say that Barack Obama is the worst president since Jimmy Carter, they’re not kidding; a new Gallup Poll taken between January 7-10 shows that when Americans were asked whether they had a positive view of the country, only 39% agreed. This is the lowest percentage since August 1979, when Carter was president, inflation was out of control and the economy was hurtling toward the abyss. The percentage of those who believe that things will be better in five years is only 48%, the lowest since that same time period under Carter. Another 40% said things will be worse....
  • Northern Illinois gun control event blows up in the faces of sponsors

    01/22/2013 1:34:14 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 22 January, 2013 | GSL
    It was a bad Sunday for sponsors of an meeting to create a grassroots chapter of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence at the Glenview, IL Police Station Auditorium failed miserably as supporters of the Constitution and civil rights took part in the event. In the end, unsubstantiated assertions by the gun control advocates were challenged by a boisterous audience. The local newspaper had this to say: Gun Ownership Advocates Intentionally Pack Panel (Glenview Patch) – Gun ownership advocates intentionally packed Sunday’s gun control panel by the New Trier Democrats, as pro-gun advocates — who were encouraged to come from...
  • McDonald's to pay $700,000 in halal lawsuit

    01/22/2013 1:31:08 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | January 21, 2013
    "There was no evidence that the chain set out to deceive customers." So why the $700,000 payout? Pamela Geller asks: "So meat producers in the US who are selling unlabeled meat that is halal should be the target of a multi-million dollar lawsuit, no?" And David Wood observes:"Some Dearborn Muslims may have been given non-halal chicken at McDonalds. It could have been worse, however. They could have been thrown in jail for answering questions, as we were at the 2010 Arab Festival. But apparently what happens to Christians doesn't matter in Dearborn." "McDonald's settles Mich. suit over Islamic diet," by...
  • Veteran stands up for 2nd Amendment at Chicago anti-gun forum

    01/22/2013 1:24:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/22/13 | legalinsurrection·
    Footage from a "Guns and Public Safety Forum" hosted by the New Trier (IL) Democrats on January 20, 2013. A veteran rose to address speakers and defend First and Second Amendments.
  • University of Notre Dame to lead March for Life: 700 students and faculty to join

    01/22/2013 1:11:52 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 21, 2013 | CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY
    The campus of the University of Notre Dame. January 21, 2013 (CNS) - Fr. John Jenkins C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, will march in the March for Life along with about 600 students and more than a hundred faculty, according to students with the University’s pro-life student group. Fr. Jenkins has walked in the March for Life since the 2010 event. This year, however, is a little different as Notre Dame students were asked to lead the March for Life. “In addition to the faculty and students attending the March, alumni and friends of ND will also...
  • Part to make AR-15s draws dozens to local gun store

    01/22/2013 1:10:13 PM PST · by WCH · 28 replies
    FOX ^ | 1.21.2013 | Noelle Newton
    Dozens of people lined up outside a South Austin gun shop Monday. They fear this new presidential term will mean tougher gun laws. Monday morning dozens of people lined up outside Central Texas Gun Works in South Austin. Some waited as long as five hours to get the chance to purchase a part to make an AR-15. "Lower receivers seem to be sold out throughout the nation so as soon as you find out one's in stock like the line shows, everybody rushes for them," gun owner Jeremy Paul said.
  • Las Vegas police in shock after lieutenant kills wife, son, self

    01/22/2013 1:06:48 PM PST · by Kartographer · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/22/13 | Tracy Connor,
    Las Vegas police were searching for answers Tuesday after one of their own killed his wife and son, called 911 to confess, then set his house on fire and committed suicide as rifle-toting cops moved in. "I can't think of a reason for this, where something can get so bad that you'd do this," one veteran supervisor told the Las Vegas Review-Journal after the Monday murder-suicide. Police have not released the name of the shooter but said he was a 52-year-old lieutenant with more than 20 years on the force. His wife was a retired officer, the newspaper said. Their...
  • Netanyahu tops Israel vote despite losses: exit polls

    01/22/2013 1:00:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/22/13 | Alistair Lyon
    (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged the bruised winner of Israel's election on Tuesday, with his hawkish bloc unexpectedly losing ground to resurgent center-left challengers, exit polls showed. They suggested the Israeli leader's Likud party, yoked with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group, would still be the biggest bloc in the 120-member assembly with 31 seats, 11 fewer than the 42 they held in the previous parliament. If the exit polls compiled by three Israeli television channels prove correct, Netanyahu would be on course to secure a third term in office, perhaps leading a hardline coalition that would promote Jewish...
  • Major exhibitors pull out of Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show

    01/22/2013 12:57:10 PM PST · by bigbob · 7 replies
    From the Trenches ^ | 1-22-13 | Marty Cannon
    Some big names in the hunting media and vending have stood up to the organizers of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show. Following the tragic shooting in December at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut, and President Obama’s sweeping executive orders on gun violence, many states and organizations have themselves pushed for changes in certain gun and ammunition restrictions. Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the show in Pennsylvania, followed suit and imposed restrictions on the display of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. From their web site: “As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms...
  • Vendors say Outdoor Show ban puts them in lose-lose situation

    01/22/2013 12:54:31 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 39 replies
    Patriot News ^ | January 22, 2013 | Jeff Frantz
    Mike Olien has been planning his first trip to the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show for a year. His Texas-based company, MN Outdoors, planned the roll out for its new clip-on beverage holder when the show opens Feb. 2. MN specializes in duck decoys and hunting camera mounts. Its beverage holder isn't specifically designed for hunters. The company does not sell guns or gun accessories. But the Harrisburg show's new firearm policy has put Olien -- a "lifetime member of anything you can be a lifetime member of," an AR-15 owner and a strong gun control opponent -- in a...
  • Israel election marred by 350 cases of voter fraud

    01/22/2013 12:46:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 1/22/13 | MELANIE LIDMAN
    4 criminal incidents: man arrested for forgery in Jaljuliya. As Israelis went to the polls on Tuesday, the Central Elections Committee announced that by 4 p.m., 46.6% of Israelis had voted, compared with 39.0% at the same point in 2006. The police reported that by late afternoon they had received approximately 350 reports about irregularities or possible voter fraud that they were investigating, but the day was generally free of major issues. Police only reported three criminal incidents. In the Arab town of Jaljuliya, next to Hod Hasharon, a man who was overseeing the polling at his station was arrested...
  • An American Pastor on Trial in Iran: Where’s the Obama Administration?

    01/22/2013 12:44:59 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | January 22, 2013 | David French
    Back in December, I posted about an American pastor, Saeed Abedini, imprisoned and abused in Iran. The Revolutionary Guard seized him and held him in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons, accusing him of unspecified “national security” crimes. Before becoming an American citizen, Pastor Saeed converted from Islam to Christianity and had participated in Tehran’s very small house-church movement. Ordered to stop his work with the hous- church movement, he moved to Idaho but continued humanitarian work in Iran — most recently by raising money to build an orphanage. Last September, Iranian authorities raided his family home, ransacked it, and...
  • Obama declares war on reality

    01/22/2013 12:29:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk ^ | January 21, 2013 | James Delingpole
    Not to be outdone, Barack Obama has used his second inaugural address to declare war on an even more nebulous threat to the security of the world: reality, itself. Here's how he put it in his inaugural address: (H/T Theo Spleenventer; Bishop Hill) "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms." The first sentence is a blatant untruth. Concerted...
  • Man calls 911 10 times, seeks ride to Mexico, deputies say

    01/22/2013 12:25:51 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    Naples (FL) Daily News ^ | January 20, 2013
    An Immokalee man was arrested after calling 911 10 times, asking for a ride to Mexico, deputies say. Alvaro Francisco, 26, of the 100 block of Madison Avenue in Immokalee, was arrested just after midnight Saturday by Collier County sheriff’s deputies at his home after the 10th call to 911. He faces a misdemeanor charge of misuse of 911. Each time he called, the report stated, he said he needed a ride to Mexico, his friend’s house or his boss’s house. Each time he was advised, according to the report, that those requests are not an emergency and do not...
  • The Nature of the M16 Rifle

    01/22/2013 12:24:43 PM PST · by varmintman · 55 replies
    The real stupidity of this entire business starts to sink in when people start to grasp the realities of the basic M4/M16/AR15 rile. The M16 is a simpler weapon than an M14 or a FAL rifle. The ONLY thing about an M16 which is even a tiny bit difficult to manufacture is the barrel. Unlike a FAL rifle whose upper receiver has to take the stress of firing and which has to be hard forged and whose barrel is fitted to the receiver with something like 130 ft-lbs of torque, the only thing which takes any stress in an M16...
  • Green Scam: Obama Assures Donors That Cash Will Keep Flowing to Their Green Energy Ventures

    01/22/2013 12:19:11 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/ ^ | january 22, 2013 | jim hoft
    Yesterday during his second Inaugural Address Barack Obama promised to blow billions of taxpayer dollars on more global warming junk science projects. After all, his donors have to get paid. Eighty percent of Obama’s green energy “investments” his first term went to committed donors. Much of the money was lost. During his first term over 19 of Obama’s green ventures went belly-up after receiving billions of dollars. But that won’t stop him from committing more of your cash to this failed cause. Yesterday, James Delingpole at The Telegraph tossed cold water on Obama’s reckless statements on climate change.
  • Alabama open carry exercise your rights

    01/22/2013 12:13:59 PM PST · by BO Stinkss · 5 replies
    http://www.examiner.com/ ^ | October 7, 2012 | Jason Baker
    “"A right unexercised is a right lost!" Motto of OpenCarry.org OpenCarry.org was founded by Virginians John Pierce and Mike Stollenwerk in 2004. It's primary goal is encouraging the right to openly carry holstered handguns. It is the social networking headquarters of the open carry movement. They are working hard to end the intentional hoplophobic (fear of weapons) discrimination perpetrated against law abiding gun owners. These grassroots activist planted the seeds in 2004 and activism has sprouted across the nation. Alabama Open Carry (AOC) is leading the charge to "Dare Defend Our Rights". AOC is a grassroots effort to educate Alabama...
  • MSNBC Host Teasingly Asks Chris Matthews About ‘Chills’ During Obama Inauguration

    01/22/2013 11:54:14 AM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    Yesterday was a historic day. Sure we had presidential inauguration but it was also perhaps the first and only day when loudmouth MSNBC host Chris Matthews actually shut his mouth for a few seconds. The cat that got Matthews’s tongue was being reminded by fellow MSNBC host Martin Bashir of his inane 2008 remark that he gets a “thrill going up my leg” when hearing Barack Obama speak. Watch below for the video. The joke at the former Democratic operative’s expense happened during a post-inaugural panel on MSNBC which was predictably stacked with all liberal participants. Matthews was joined by...
  • Will the U.S. Follow Germany's Example?

    01/22/2013 11:46:15 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    Gunowners.org ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Gun Owners
    The country that invented Nazism sets up national gun registry Something very instructive just happened in Germany. Germany just implemented "a vast registry that details every legal gun owner in the country, along with information about all of their firearms." They did this, based on records that, in some cases, "were kept on index cards across what used to be 551 separate local registries." Thus, with everyone's name already on an index card (read: 4473 forms) in what was effectively a "universal background check," it was a small step to a national gun registry. Not surprisingly, "gun rights groups" in...
  • Live thread: Israeli election results (Polls close at 3pm ET)

    01/22/2013 11:31:53 AM PST · by Dave346 · 69 replies
    Turnout is highest since 1999. Netanyahu is favored to win his 3rd term as PM.
  • Ben Nelson has new job in D.C.(Cornhusker Kickback Ben)!

    01/22/2013 11:18:28 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 10 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's Rag) ^ | January 22, 2013 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON — Ben Nelson has found gainful employment. The former Nebraska senator, a Democrat, is taking over as CEO of the National Association of Insurance Executives and joining the public affairs firm Agenda as a senior adviser. The insurance association said Nelson will act as the group's primary advocate and chief spokesperson, including outreach to the federal government and international organizations.
  • A Downsized Boston Globe Opens Its Space for Community Uses (Space vacated by laid-off workers)

    01/22/2013 11:17:05 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/20/2013 | Christine Haughney
    BOSTON — Among the many changes that Christopher M. Mayer wanted to make when he became publisher of The Boston Globe in 2010 was to transform a particularly unattractive section of the newsroom. Mr. Mayer wanted to fill in what he called “the center of the doughnut” on the second floor — acres of abandoned desks once occupied by more than 100 workers in the payroll, classified and advertising departments. Those jobs have largely disappeared in recent years from The Globe, which is owned by The New York Times Company, and Mr. Mayer faces a situation familiar to many publishers...
  • Inaugurating President Chamberlain

    01/22/2013 11:12:25 AM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 21, 2013 | Roger Kimball
    Obama’s speech: Very long on gaseous generalities; exiguous with details. “Par for the course,” you say. Yes and no. Yes, an inaugural speech is intended to set the tone for an administration rather than spell out in detail a policy program. I appreciated, as must every American of good will, his promise that his oath of office was before “God and country, not party or faction.” I wish I could believe it. Most leftist commentators I’ve checked in on have regarded the speech as they regard Barack Obama, as a consummate example of “pragmatism.” I find it curious that...
  • The Worldwide Demographic Cliff Is Going To Be Brutal

    01/22/2013 11:01:18 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-22-2013 | The Economist
    The Worldwide Demographic Cliff Is Going To Be Brutal The EconomistJan. 22, 2013, 8:56 AMTHE post-war generation of baby boomers - those born between 1946 and 1964 - have had a huge appetite on the world, creating "youth culture", changing social attitudes from the sixties onwards, boosting economic growth as they entered the workforce and so on. Now they are starting to retire and this blog had banged on about the effect this will have on issues like pensions, asset markets and economic growth. not to worry, say some folk, since although we may have more elderly to look after,...