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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.
  • 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.