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  • Smith & Wesson pulls out of Pennsylvania sports show to protest restrictions on display

    01/22/2013 5:29:53 PM PST · by matt04 · 49 replies
    Smith & Wesson will not attend or support or participate in the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa. in response to organizers banning the display and sell of tactical-looking firearms often called assault rifles from the show. Smith & Wesson manufacturers a successful line of what it and the industry calls “modern sporting rifles” under the M&P brand name. ... In a news release, James Debney, president and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said: “As a market leader in the firearm industry and an iconic brand that spans 160 years of American history, we believe it is...
  • Whitehouse: Syria is the U.S.’s ‘Lafayette Moment’

    01/22/2013 5:27:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/22/13 | staff
    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.) came out today to the media, calling for the United States to take an active role in the Syrian Civil War that has claimed the lives of over 600,000, half of which are civilians. Whitehouse spoke in favor of direct U.S. intervention, comparing it the U.S. helping the Allied Forces in Europe in World War I.
  • U.K. Rethinks Ties to Europe

    01/22/2013 5:21:58 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    U.K. Rethinks Ties to Europe In Surprise Shift, Cameron to Offer Vote on Staying in EU, Fueling Trade Worries By CASSELL BRYAN-LOW and NICHOLAS WINNING [image] European Pressphoto Agency U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, leaving Downing Street in London Tuesday, is setting a risky political path. LONDON—Prime Minister David Cameron plans to let the British people vote on whether or not to stay in the European Union, a surprise move critics say will inhibit trade and cast a new shadow over the troubled bloc. More Chief Defends Bank of England's Record Mr. Cameron planned to say in a public address...
  • Do you agree with Groupon's decision to pull gun-related promotions? (FREEP THIS POLL!)

    01/22/2013 5:13:17 PM PST · by rarestia · 22 replies
    BayNews 9 ^ | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Christine Webb
    Do you agree with Groupon's decision to pull gun-related promotions? Yes(34%) No(62%) Not Sure(4%)
  • NBC's Williams Invites Colin Powell to Slam GOP 'Hatred' and 'Nastiness'

    01/22/2013 5:10:35 PM PST · by lowbridge · 50 replies
    mrc.org ^ | January 21, 2013 | Kyle Drennen
    In an exchange with former Secretary of State and prominent Obama supporter Colin Powell during NBC's live inauguration coverage on Monday, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams urged Powell to go after Republicans: "General, there's just flat-out hatred out there, too. There's nastiness out there in the land. There's nastiness between these two parties....Let's especially go to the Republican Party....What do they do to widen, if it is in their interest, widen their doorway to membership, to entry?" Powell seized the opportunity to double down on his recent smear of the GOP having a "dark vein of intolerance": "I've been...
  • Four colleges to cut faculty hours to Part-time status, blames Obamacare

    01/22/2013 5:10:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Global Dispatch ^ | 1/17/13 | Brandon Jones
    Four public colleges and universities: Florida’s Palm Beach State College, Pennsylvania’s Community College of Allegheny County, Ohio’s Youngstown State University, and New Jersey’s Kean University, are all planning to move adjunct and “contingent” faculty members to part-time status in order to avoid an Obamacare provision requiring businesses with 50 or more full-time employees to provide health coverage for at least 95 percent of their workers. **SNIP** Teachers’ associations like AAUP and AFT are bracing for the shift. Next week, AFT will host a webinar for its members addressing “the implications of the Affordable Care Act for contingent faculty.” In the...
  • New Zealand environmental advocate launches campaign to ban cats as pets

    01/22/2013 5:04:37 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign. Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last in order to save the nation's unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil's horns. The opening line: "That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer." He doesn't recommended people euthanize their current cats -- "Not necessarily...
  • State Department delays Keystone pipeline decision

    01/22/2013 4:58:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/22/13 | Timothy Gardner & Andrew Quinn*
    Washington-The Obama administration has delayed a decision on TransCanada Corp´s rerouted Keystone XL oil pipeline until after March, even though Nebraska´s governor on Tuesday approved a plan for part of the line running through his state. "We don´t anticipate being able to conclude our own review before the end of the first quarter of this year," said Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman at the State Department, which had previously said it would make a decision by that deadline. She said the department would take into consideration approval of the line by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.
  • Help Wanted: Seductive Women to Get Insider Info

    01/22/2013 4:45:05 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    Someone has placed a job placement notice on a controversial online classified ads site seeking "beautiful, sophisticated ladies" to seduce businessmen in hopes of "extracting key pieces of information." .... Let's start with the basics. The legal prohibition against insider trading is not embodied in any specific statute. Instead, the ban is based on an interpretation of a broader ban on fraud under SEC Rule 10b-5. The classical theory of insider trading is that insiders violate Rule 10b-5 by using material, nonpublic information for personal gain in breach of their fiduciary duties. People who don't have fiduciary duties can engage...
  • Couple Gets $75K In Settlement After Arrest For Dancing The Charleston In NYC Subway

    01/22/2013 4:44:18 PM PST · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Unless you live in the world of Footloose, it’s quite uncommon for dancing to be classified as a crime. But one couple has been defending the right to do the Charleston in public since they were arrested for doing so back in July 2011, and it sounds like they’ve come to a satisfactory resolution. New York City has settled with the couple for $75,000 after police arrested them for dancing in a subway station. From what CBS New York says, it doesn’t sound like the twosome were hotstepping it to solicit money, but were simply dancing together on the station...
  • Boehner Commits to Ten-Year Balanced Budget

    01/22/2013 4:43:45 PM PST · by andyk · 30 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 22, 2013 | Robert Costa
    Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans this afternoon that the GOP’s upcoming budget will balance the federal books in a decade. Due to the Democrats’ control of the White House and Senate, the possibility of that promise becoming law is remote. But the speaker’s vocal support for the idea reportedly drew cheers within the House Republican conference. According to sources in the room, Boehner made the pledge at a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement. The speaker said that Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the budget committee chairman, will lead the effort. Boehner’s commitment is a signal to House conservatives...
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright calls on Obama to promote peace (not satire)

    01/22/2013 4:31:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/21/13 | Katherine Skiba
    WASHINGTON — The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the president's former pastor whose sermons touched off a firestorm in the 2008 political campaign, urged today that Barack Obama heed the words of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and transform the country into the world's "No. 1 purveyor of peace." **SNIP** Wright said he hasn't seen Obama in person since 2008. "I think that the media created a firestorm that caused him to distance himself from me," he said Monday.
  • Over 150 sponsors pull out of Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show; causing concern over fate of show

    01/22/2013 4:21:47 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 60 replies
    CBS21 ^ | Jan. 22, 2013 | Chris Papst
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show is billed as the largest show of its kind in North America. But after the event made a decision to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines, it may now lose that title. "We felt that getting involved last year was a good business decision. It has a lot of coverage, a lot of exposure," said Ben Bode of Trop Gun Shop in Elizabethtown. Trop was one of the first vendors to boycott the show, and their customers responded. Trop's Facebook page exploded with 'likes', they received letter, faxes and praise from clients. But...
  • Rand Paul 2016: His Role At CPAC Could Put Him On the Path, But Hurdles Remain

    01/22/2013 4:16:44 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    policymic ^ | January 22, 2013 | By Grant Ferowich
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), son of the recently-retired libertarian Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), was recently announced as a featured speaker for this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). CPAC is essentially a litmus test for the Republican Party; it provides a general sense of the party’s direction. Backed by tremendous Tea Party support, Rand Paul is eyeing a 2016 bid to take the reigns of the country, and he doesn’t care if you know it: "I am different than some in that I'm not going to deny that I'm interested," said Paul. The GOP finds itself in an identity crisis....
  • Bill Clinton photobomb with Kelly Clarkson at inauguration goes viral

    01/22/2013 4:13:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/22/13 | Chris E. Hayner
    Love him or hate him, Bill Clinton is probably the most charismatic former president still around. He also seems to, somehow, be the star of the show wherever he goes. Monday's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. was no different. During a performance of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" by "American Idol" champion Kelly Clarkson, Clinton's head popped out from the crowd as he photobombed her. The internet instantly lit up with people passing the photo around and attaching their own jokes to it.
  • Insight: Evidence grows for narcolepsy link to GSK swine flu shot

    01/22/2013 4:11:51 PM PST · by eldoradude · 7 replies
    Yahoo! Health ^ | Jan. 22, 2013 | Kate Kelland
    Emelie is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she's often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living. Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009.
  • ‘Gun-free zone’ enables Texas campus shooting

    01/22/2013 4:07:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/22/13 | David Codrea
    A shooting at a Houston college has left at least three people injured and at least one suspect in custody, The New York Times and other media sources reported today. “Officials at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College announced an evacuation at 12:52 p.m. on its Web site, citing an incident involving ‘a couple of armed suspects,’” the report elaborated. The suspects were in violation of Lone Star College policy and the law. It is the policy of this System to prohibit the carrying of firearms, knives and clubs onto any of the System's facilities,” the college’s weapons...
  • Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Default Prevention Act

    01/22/2013 4:02:04 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    press release via email | January 22, 2013 | Rand Paul
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the Default Prevention Act, which would require the President to prioritize federal revenue to interest on the national debt. Since the current debt limit was reached on Dec. 31, 2012, it is expected that the extraordinary measures the U.S. Treasury has taken to continue funding the government will be exhausted before March. In order to remove any chance of government default, Sen. Paul’s legislation spells out which government-funded programs should be held at the highest priority to continue funding, while paying down the interest and principal on debt held by the...
  • How Dumb Are Drones? (How dumb are PBS/NOVA writers?)

    01/22/2013 4:00:06 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    PBS/NOVA ^ | January 17, 2013 | Lauren S. Aguirre
    For many, the word “drone” summons images of innocent civilians killed in wars conducted from thousands of miles away and raises concerns about invasions of privacy. For others, a drone is simply a next-generation military weapon that saves both lives and money. And for still others, drones are a fascinating backyard hobby for adults and children alike. But no matter what you think about them, drones are here to stay. The Air Force predicts that within a decade nearly 30 percent of its attack and fighter planes will be drones. It’s not just the military that sees their potential, either....
  • Exit polls: Netanyahu, Right suffer blow, Lapid big winner

    01/22/2013 3:47:45 PM PST · by AU72 · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/23/2013 | Jerusalem Post
    Israel goes Leftward as Right bloc's majority razor-thin; voter turnout 66.6%; Likud Beytenu plummets; Labor polled to get 17 seats, Bayit Yehudi 12, Shas 11, Livni and Meretz 7 each, UTJ 6.