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  • Kerry Calls for ‘Economic Patriotism’ for Better Standing in World

    01/24/2013 11:47:53 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 1/24/13 | Fred Lucas
    “More than ever, foreign policy is economic policy,” Kerry continued. “The world is competing for resources and global markets. Every day that goes by where America is uncertain about engaging in that arena or unwilling to put our best foot forward and win, unwilling to demonstrate our resolve to lead, is a day in which we weaken our nation itself. Kerry did not explain “economic patriotism,” but it was frequently a term used in the 2012 campaign by both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as a means for raising taxes.
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill To Disarm America

    01/24/2013 11:45:11 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Ammoland staff
    •Requires owners of existing “assault weapons” to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines. •Prohibits the transfer of “assault weapons.” Owners of other firearms, including those covered by the NFA, are permitted to sell them or pass them to heirs. However, under...
  • Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare' (Brewer opts in for Medicaid expansion in Arizona)

    01/24/2013 11:25:07 AM PST · by Wolfie · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 23, 2013
    Immigration fallout from saying no to 'Obamacare' WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors who reject health insurance for the poor under the federal health care overhaul could wind up in a politically awkward position on immigration: A quirk in the law means some U.S. citizens would be forced to go without coverage, while legal immigrants residing in the same state could still get it. It's an unintended consequence of how last year's Supreme Court decision changed the Medicaid provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. The overhaul expanded the federal-state program for low-income and disabled people. The Supreme Court made the...
  • Up to 233 billion barrels of oil discovered in southern Australia

    01/24/2013 11:24:52 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 24, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From the Telegraph:The discovery in central Australia was reported by Linc Energy to the stock exchange and was based on two consultants reports, though it is not yet known how commercially viable it will be to access the oil. The reports estimated the company’s 16 million acres of land in the Arckaringa Basin in South Australia contain between 133 billion and 233 billion barrels of shale oil trapped in the region’s rocks. The find was likened to the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale oil projects in the US, which have resulted in massive outflows and have led to predictions that...
  • Bill proposed in Oregon would make cigarettes prescription-only drugs

    01/24/2013 11:19:29 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    KPTV ^ | 01/23/2013 | FOX 12 Webstaff
    SALEM, OR (KPTV) - If you're a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor's prescription. Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both. Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids. "The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing...
  • Details of assault weapons ban bill

    01/24/2013 11:15:53 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 77 replies
    Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider ^ | 1/24/2013 | Jamie Dupree
    Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 The legislation bans the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of: 1. All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel. 2. All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip; or semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. 3. All semiautomatic rifles...
  • How Green Was My Bankruptcy? U. S. Army Edition.

    01/24/2013 11:09:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 24, 2013 | David Middleton
    Guest Post by David MiddletonGreat News! Siemens will generate an 18% return on a project that will have a negative return on investment (-9%)… All at the taxpayers’ expense!At first glance, this looked too good to be true… White Sands breaks ground on Army’s largest solar arrayApril 26, 2012By Ms Miriam U Rodriguez (ATEC)White Sands Missile Range leaders came out to break ground and to commemorate the start of a renewable energy project at the site of the new Solar Photo Voltaic Array Project, the Army’s largest solar array, April 19 on WSMR.A 42-acre tract of land located about...
  • Texas Women Sue X-Rated Revenge Website

    01/24/2013 11:06:04 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 71 replies
    CBS local ^ | 01/23/2013 | J.D. Miles & Angela Martin
    FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Sexy pictures, taken for private purposes, are finding their way online. The website, described as a revenge porn site, is posting explicit photos submitted by men seeking revenge on their ex-girlfriends. But a group of Texas women may get the last laugh, after filing a lawsuit against the site. Hollie Toups, 32, says she “stopped breathing for awhile” when she found semi-nude pictures of herself on the site. Toups went from being a modest teacher’s aide in Beaumont to an unintended porn star, after an ex-boyfriend posted explicit photos along with personal information. “I...
  • 3 Incredibly Outrageous Evasions by Hillary Clinton About Benghazi

    01/24/2013 11:04:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/24/2013 | Nick Gillsepie
    During a long day of testifying before House and Senate panels, outgoing Secretary of State - and presumptive Democratic Party candidate for the presidency in 2016 - Hillary Clinton batted away contentious questions from Republicans like Ted Williams at a Little League game. She also soaked up extreme adulation from Democrats (including a a not-so-coded call to run for president by Sen. Barbara Boxer, who said, "You will be missed, but I for one hope for not too long").The scene reminded me of nothing so much as Oliver North's appearance before a joint Congressional committee investigating Iran-Contra back in the...
  • Spiegel’s stunning 8 part series – Climate Catastrophe: A Superstorm for Global Warming Research

    01/24/2013 10:59:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 23, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    If you have not read this yet, now is the time. Given what president Obama recently said about skeptics in his inauguration address, I thought this 2010 article would be worth revisiting. In Germany, there’s a revolution going on. That revolution is that they are backing away from the global warming issue, and taking on much more pragmatic outlook on it an many things “green”. For example, they are going big on coal power. Below is one excerpt from the series, describing the David and Goliath story of Steve McIntyre. Links to all eight articles of the series follow. I...
  • Balanced budget in 10 years: “Mission Impossible”? (That’s the plan announced by Boehner this week)

    01/24/2013 10:59:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    That's the plan announced by John Boehner this week, as House Republicans broke huddle and the RNC went into another. The previous House budget plans balanced the federal budget on a much longer time frame, at some point in the third decade out, and it triggered grumbling from the fiscal conservatives in the Tea Party movement, who want an end to escalating debt and looming disasters in unfunded entitlement liabilities. It's a tall order, and so far more aspirational than concrete: House Speaker John Boehner's promise on Wednesday to balance the federal budget "over the next 10 years" was aimed...
  • Janet Napolitano: Internet users need to practice good 'cyber-hygiene'

    01/24/2013 10:55:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    washington examiner ^ | January 24, 2013 | 10:52 am | Modified: January 24, 2013 at 11:00 am | Charlie Spiering
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned internet users at the Wilson Center this morning that cyberspace was becoming more dangerous as more and more Americans go online. “Every individual on the net is vulner – is a potential, uh, opening,” Napolitano stated, adding that the internet was a “great thing.” “We just want to make sure that everyone remains safe and free,” she continued. “So that requires everyone to take some responsibility, have good cyber-habits, make sure we use the phrase ‘Stop, think, connect.’”
  • Salon: Yeah, abortion takes a human life. So what?

    01/24/2013 10:55:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    I had an odd moment today reading this Salon piece because within it is a paragraph or two I could have written and probably have said a dozen times: I have friends who have referred to their abortions in terms of “scraping out a bunch of cells” and then a few years later were exultant over the pregnancies that they unhesitatingly described in terms of “the baby” and “this kid.” I know women who have been relieved at their abortions and grieved over their miscarriages. Why can’t we agree that how they felt about their pregnancies was vastly different, but...
  • FORMER GOLDMAN BANKER: I Miss The Great Recession Already

    01/24/2013 10:54:52 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-24-2013 | Michael, Bankers Anonymous
    FORMER GOLDMAN BANKER: I Miss The Great Recession Already Michael, Bankers AnonymousJanuary 24, 2013 I’m just going to come out and say it, ok? I miss the Great Recession already. I miss it for two reasons: first as an investor and second as a human. The Investment Side of the Great Recession As an investor, the Great Recession represented the good times, now past.[1] Recessions – or at least their financial unfolding via changes in asset prices – cause not only wealth destruction, but also wealth creation. For investors[2] in particular, a recession is often necessary in order to deploy...
  • In malpractice case, Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren’t people

    01/24/2013 10:53:50 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 27 replies
    Colorado Independent ^ | John Tomasic
    Lori Stodghill was 31-years old, seven-months pregnant with twin boys and feeling sick when she arrived at St. Thomas More hospital in Cańon City on New Year’s Day 2006. She was vomiting and short of breath and she passed out as she was being wheeled into an examination room. Medical staff tried to resuscitate her but, as became clear only later, a main artery feeding her lungs was clogged and the clog led to a massive heart attack. Stodghill’s obstetrician, Dr. Pelham Staples, who also happened to be the obstetrician on call for emergencies that night, never answered a page....
  • Joe Manchin backpedals on gun control after constitutents confront him

    01/24/2013 10:51:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember the summer of 2009? Members of Congress came home to hold town-hall meetings as usual in August, part of their annual listening-tour strategy to keep incumbents in favor back in home states and districts. When voters started showing up in droves to berate these Senators and Representatives over ObamaCare, however, the town-hall meetings started getting canceled, and those that did continue made for great moments on YouTube --- especially the declaration from former US Representative Baron Hill (D-IN), who declared that no one could tape the meeting because he didn't want it to end up on YouTube [update: video...
  • McConnell, Reid agree on rules reform package (filibusters 'mostly' intact)

    01/24/2013 10:46:56 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1-24-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Get ready for plenty of liberal howling over this outcome, because Harry Reid made the mistake of overpromising and underdelivering. Reid’s vow to use the nuclear option to get rid of the filibuster turned into only a limitation on how many filibusters the minority can stage on one issue. The filibuster otherwise lives — even for judicial appointments, although somewhat restricted: ..... Yes, but the filibuster still applies, and the post-cloture debate was moot anyway. The only really significant changes to the filibuster itself is that it can no longer be applied to a motion to proceed, but only to...
  • Bipartisan senators to Obama: Come on with the Keystone pipeline already

    01/24/2013 10:42:06 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:31 am on January 24, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman signed off on TransCanada’s revised route through his state earlier this week, effectively clearing what the Obama administration has cited as a major hurdle to green-lighting the entire Keystone XL pipeline. Having already been through years of multiple State Department reviews, and with the southern portion of the project already under construction, it appears that bipartisan members Congress in fact can agree on at least one thing: The administration’s level of well-orchestrated stalling on this thing is starting to get downright ridiculous. A letter signed by 53 senators said Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman’s approval of a...
  • Republicans threaten ‘formal action’ over EPA head’s ‘Richard Windsor’ emails

    01/24/2013 10:40:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 24, 2013 | Ben Geman
    House Republicans are threatening “formal action” against the Environmental Protection Agency unless the agency hands over records about Administrator Lisa Jackson’s use of a secondary government email account. Republicans allege that Jackson’s use of an internal account under the alias “Richard Windsor” undercuts the agency’s transparency. Top Republicans on the Science, Space and Technology Committee sent the EPA a letter Thursday that says the agency has failed to comply properly with prior requests for records about use of “dual, secondary and non-public” email accounts by EPA officials. The letter suggests a subpoena could be in the offing if lawmakers don’t...
  • The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time

    01/24/2013 10:38:02 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 49 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) laid out the conditions of her proposed assault weapons ban Thursday, saying it would prohibit 158 specifically named military-style firearms. “The purpose is to dry up the supply of these weapons over time,” Feinstein said. “Therefore, there is no sunset on this bill.” Feinstein said the bill prohibits the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and large capacity ammunition feeding devices that can accept more than ten rounds, but said it would not affect hunting or sporting firearms. “Instead, the bill protects hunters and sportsmen by protecting 2,200 specifically-named weapons used for hunting...
  • Video: Obama to Top Brass: Will you fire on American Citizens?

    01/24/2013 10:33:04 AM PST · by TXnMA · 21 replies
    Next News Network ^ | 24 January 2013 | Jim Garrow
    On the first thread on this subject, MestaMachine challenged me with: "All Nobel Prize nominees are not exactly trustworthy. " I had the same concern -- so I checked out his Facebook postings. Jim Garrow appears to be as right-wing, pro-Constitution, pro 2nd Amendment as a good FReeper. In fact, Garrow just posted a link to a video that is far better than the article I posted. In it, he is interviewed, (for some 20 minutes) and it is 100% ANTI-0bama. And, on many subjects, he "rips Řbozo a new one"! Obama to Top Brass: Will you fire on American...
  • Mark Zuckerberg to host Chris Christie fundraiser

    01/24/2013 10:32:43 AM PST · by FewsOrange · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/24/13 11:52 AM EST | DAN BERMAN
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has friended New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan will host a fundraiser next month in California for the Republican’s reelection campaign, a Christie official and Facebook confirmed. BuzzFeed first reported the fundraiser, noting that Christie met Zuckerberg three years ago when the Facebook founder gave $100 million to Newark public schools. The two appeared on Oprah with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who was expected to challenge Christie this year until deciding to campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2014. At the time, Zuckerberg was facing negative press associated with the then-upcoming...
  • UN launches investigation into deadly drone attacks

    01/24/2013 10:30:32 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | January 24, 2013 | Anne-Laure Mondesert
    LONDON — The UN's envoy on counter-terrorism and human rights launched an investigation on Thursday into the impact of drone strikes on civilians, aimed at securing accountability when attacks have gone "badly wrong". Ben Emmerson, a British lawyer and United Nations special rapporteur, said the huge expansion in the technology behind unmanned planes, and consequently their increasing use, required a new legal framework. "The plain fact is that this technology is here to stay, and its use in theatres of conflict is a reality with which the world must contend," he told reporters in London. "It is therefore imperative that...
  • And The Reason For Today's Five Years Initial Claims Low Is...

    01/24/2013 10:29:14 AM PST · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    ... is not the economy, which as we pointed out earlier just crossed into "worst recovery ever" territory, or even actual layoff events. The reason is, as always when there is a massive "beat" in any US economic data, the same tried and true estimation magic out of the BLS appearing so conveniently at appropriate times, which estimated the claims numbers of 3 states, among which those of the most populous: California.
  • Obama must act, not just talk about climate change ( Another Elites Cool-Aid Drinker )

    01/24/2013 10:25:44 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Jan. 24, 2013, 11:30 a.m. EST | Darrell Delamaide
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — One of the biggest surprises in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address this week was the prominence given to climate change, marking it as a signature issue for his second term. The president spoke of the need to preserve the planet for future generations. But he also couched climate change in more immediate economic terms, with leadership on the issue as a necessary component for the U.S. to maintain its economic preeminence. Reuters Demonstrators call for the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline during a rally in front of the White House in November 2011. The fate...
  • Obama Wants 100,000 American Students to Study in Communist China

    01/24/2013 10:24:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday will celebrate the launch of a newly rebranded organization called the “100,000 Strong Foundation,” which aims to have 100,000 American students studying in China by 2014. Thursday's event will "underscore the importance of study abroad in China and the benefits to our strategic relationship with China as well as the personal benefits individuals receive through these exciting experiences," the news release said. Until now, the 100,000 Strong Initiative—announced by President Obama on his trip to China in 2009—has operated inside the State Department. Thursday's 1 p.m. ceremony marks its transition to a non-profit,...
  • NRA boycott kills outdoors show that banned assault weapons

    01/24/2013 10:19:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Modified: January 24, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    A massive boycott sparked by the NRA and other gun-rights groups outraged that the nation's largest outdoors show banned the exhibition of assault weapons has caused the show's organizers to abruptly cancel the week-long event in Harrisburg, Pa. The successful boycott was the biggest demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states. "Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event....
  • Why America’s Going Broke:The US Deficit Debt Problem:A Longer Term Perspective

    01/24/2013 10:13:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    The American Interest ^ | January 23, 2013 | The American Interest
    A new paper The US Deficit Debt Problem:A Longer Term Perspective by Daniel Thornton, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, contains some useful graphs on the causes of our debt crisis. The first graph below illustrates the rise of spending relative to government revenue; the second shows that the lion’s share of increased spending has been on social services, Medicare and Medicaid in particular: Source: Thornton (2012) Source: Thornton (2012) The graphs demonstrate, the words of James Hamilton that “Americans want an increasing government contribution to health care, but don’t want to pay for it.” It...
  • Elaine Donnelly: Women in Combat Order “Dangerous Social Experiment”

    01/24/2013 10:06:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 08:54 PM | David A. Patten
    Military-readiness advocate Elaine Donnelly warns that the Obama administration’s decision to put women in ground-combat roles amounts to “social engineering to achieve a political end in the name of diversity.” She adds that the policy shift means “lives could be lost unnecessarily, not just women, but men.” Donnelly’s organization, the Center for Military Readiness, released a 42-page report earlier this week exploring the unintended consequences of putting women on the front lines. “It will do great harm to women in the military, especially those who will find themselves in the infantry—something there’s no indication they wanted,” Donnelly said Wednesday in...
  • McCain Backs Women in Combat—As Long as Standards Stay High

    01/24/2013 10:01:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 07:53 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sen. John McCain supports allowing women in combat, but says it remains critical for the military to uphold the same high standards that made it the strongest in the world. On Wednesday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that women will be permitted in combat, potentially opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and elite Special Forces jobs to women as well as men. … “I respect and support Secretary Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat,” McCain said. “The fact is that American women are already serving in harm’s way today all over the world...
  • Clinton Has Talked to Only 1 American Benghazi Survivor in 4 Months

    01/24/2013 9:58:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1-24-13 | Terrence Jeffrey
    ( - In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, five State Department Diplomatic Security agents who were in Benghazi that day and survived the attack were evacuated from the country and taken to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. All five had suffered from smoke inhalation, and one was seriously wounded. Under questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R.-Wis.) in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed that she has spoken to only one of the American survivors who was evacuated from Libya after the...
  • Conservative Talk Host Steve Malzberg Begins New Project with Newsmax.

    01/24/2013 9:54:43 AM PST · by Mozilla · 4 replies ^ | 12/23/12 | Staff
    Longtime New York City conservative talk host Steve Malzberg – he’s worked at WABC and WOR – is joining the talk media initiative of Newsmax, the Florida-based conservative news and opinion outlet. Malzberg is doing an afternoon drive program (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET) that will air online in both audio and video formats and for which Newsmax will seek terrestrial radio affiliates. Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy states, “When I first heard Steve Malzberg on WABC he was an innovator in bridging radio content with other media. He developed that talent further at WOR with ratings success and I...
  • Kerry will divest holdings to avoid conflicts

    01/24/2013 9:48:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    politico ^ | 1/23/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Secretary of state nominee John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry will divest from their holdings in dozens of companies if he is confirmed to the Obama administration post, the Massachusetts senator said in a letter this month. As Kerry prepares to go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- which he chairs -- for his confirmation hearing on Thursday, he's signaling that he will work to avoid conflicts of interest linked to the sizeable investments that he in companies including Suncor and Cenovus Energy Inc., both of which would benefit from the State Department's approval of TransCanada's Keystone...
  • Storm Clouds Crawling With Bacteria

    01/24/2013 9:47:15 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies ^ | 1/23/2013 | Tia Ghose
    The storm clouds in Earth's atmosphere are filled with microbial life, according to a new study. The research, published today (Jan. 23) in the journal PLoS One, revealed that hailstones drawn from storm clouds harbor several species of bacteria that tend to reside on plants, as well as thousands of organic compounds normally found in soil. Some of the bacterial species can seed the tiny ice crystals that lead to rain, suggesting they play a role in causing rain. "Those storm clouds are quite violent phenomena," said study co-author Tina Santl Temkiv, an environmental chemist at Aarhus University in Denmark....
  • Poll to FReep re: School safety

    01/24/2013 9:39:17 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CBS ^ | Today
    What's your view of Fontana school police buying high caliber rifles [SIC] and storing them at local schools? It's a prudent precaution and makes the schools safer Guns have no place on campus and it makes the schools much less safe Vote
  • Should school board president lose her job over Hitler Facebook post? (Vote!)

    01/24/2013 9:35:12 AM PST · by aimhigh · 34 replies ^ | 01/24/2013 | Elizabeth Reed
    Social media has been a crucial platform for people to voice their opinions on the gun control debate, but did Ohio's state board of education president take her personal views too far? According to the Columbus Dispatch, Debe Terhar posted a photo of Adolf Hitler with an anti-gun control message on her personal Facebook page last weekend. While Terhar told the paper she regrets the post and was not comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler, Ohio Democrats are now calling for her resignation.
  • Scandal or Savings?

    01/24/2013 9:29:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 24, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    To the victor, belongs the spoils. Had former French president Nicolas Sarkozy won reelection, he certainly would not be under investigation for illegally funding his campaign, nor there would be an investigation regarding his involvement in fraudulent arms sales to Pakistan. Perhaps Sarkozy wants to escape such charges, or perhaps he wants to move for tax reasons, but regardless of why, the latest political scandal is Sarkozy's plans 'to dodge new 75% French tax rate by moving to London with wife Carla and setting up Ł1bn private equity fund'Nicolas Sarkozy is preparing to move to London to set up a...
  • Emotionalism – The Liberal Method of ‘Argument’

    01/24/2013 9:29:45 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 14 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    If you take an honest look at the world, though, what do you think are the chances that we can stop insane violent people from doing insane violent things? Can we “make sure this never happens again”? Not a chance. It is an absolute certainty that evil and violent people will do evil and violent things in the future. The real questions are, how can we best protect ourselves and how can we minimize the number of these people in society. As to the “saving the life of one child” argument, here are some facts to consider: According to the...
  • Emotionalism – The Liberal Method of ‘Argument’

    01/24/2013 9:29:40 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 3 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    If you take an honest look at the world, though, what do you think are the chances that we can stop insane violent people from doing insane violent things? Can we “make sure this never happens again”? Not a chance. It is an absolute certainty that evil and violent people will do evil and violent things in the future. The real questions are, how can we best protect ourselves and how can we minimize the number of these people in society. As to the “saving the life of one child” argument, here are some facts to consider: According to the...
  • Sandy Hook Panel Set to Begin Review of School Shooting

    01/24/2013 9:19:43 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 105 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 24, 2013 | Melanie Grey
    The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission will begin its grim work Thursday with an update on the police investigation into the Newtown, Conn. school massacre and presentations on the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings. According to the Hartford Courant, 16 experts, appointed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, will convene for the first of a series of meetings to review the Dec. 14 mass killing last year and propose improvements to current policies related to student safety, gun violence, and mental health. On Dec. 14, a lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle,...
  • War With Iran: 5 People That Would Benefit From An Israeli Strike On Iran

    01/24/2013 9:13:39 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 5 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | Jan 23rd 2013 | Joseph Sarkisian
    As the world vacillates to and fro in its deliberations on the Iranian nuclear standoff, not much has been written on who stands to actually benefit from some type of Israeli strike on Iran. Understanding this part of the puzzle is crucial in determining the long-term fallout from such an action, and when you stack the net benefits against the losses, the list is decidedly stacked towards the latter. Regardless, here’s a list of a few who would actually prosper if Iran were to be attacked… 1. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei That’s right; Khamenei has been carrying the revolutionary torch and...
  • Fighting 'government tyranny' a growing concern for gun rights advocates

    01/24/2013 9:12:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Ray Downs
    MONTGOMERY, AL (RNN) - Gun control opponents at an Alabama rally said their struggle is less about the constitutional right to self-defense than having the ability to join an armed revolt against the United States government. Whether or not the Second Amendment guarantees that right is at the center of the divisive national debate. On Jan. 19, thousands rallied in various state capitals for "Gun Appreciation Day" to speak out against gun control. Political Media, Inc, which coordinated the events, is a Republican-affiliated public relations group based in Washington, D.C. The rallies featured speakers ridiculing gun control as supporters waved...
  • Obama Supporters on Climate Bill Costs: No Thanks!

    01/24/2013 9:06:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 24, 2013 | Peter Schiff
    On Monday we sent out correspondent Tom Elliott down to the National Mall to talk to the attendees at Obama's 2nd inaugural about the president's big plans to tackle climate change in his second term. Everyone he spoke with loved what they had to hear. But when he asked about the issue on a more personal level -- whether their families often talk about climate change, whether they're personally taking actions to prevent climate change, or whether they would be willing to pay more in taxes or more for gas & electricity to help finance the eventual legislation -- their...
  • A New Mexico Lawmaker Wants To Criminalize Post-Rape Abortions

    01/24/2013 9:00:20 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/24/2013 | Abby Rogers
    A Republican legislator in New Mexico is seeking to force pregnant rape victims to carry the pregnancy to term, claiming the fetus could be used as "evidence" at trial. Rep. Cathrynn Brown's bill would charge a rape victim who sought an abortion with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence," The Huffington Post reported Wednesday. "Tampering with evidence consists of destroying, changing, hiding, placing or fabricating any physical evidence with intent to prevent the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any person or to throw suspicion of the commission of a crime upon another," House Bill 206 reads. ~snip~ "The bill...
  • God Family and Success

    01/24/2013 8:57:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 24, 2012 | Charles Payne
    In 1434 Jan van Eyck painted The Arnolfini Wedding, which continues to mystify art scholars largely because of all the symbolism. Most agree the painting is not an official wedding portrait but instead the celebration of many things that these days in America and the West are embraced and revered less. The couple in the painting is a wealthy Italian aristocrat and his wife standing inside their home in Bruges. The couple is proud of its devotion to virtues and accomplishments. Last week OXFAM called for the elimination of extreme individual wealth by 2025. We saw this coming and its...
  • Egypt churches withdraw from Morsi’s national dialogue

    01/24/2013 8:53:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Thursday 24 Jan 2013
    Representatives from Egypt’s Christian churches have withdrawn from President Mohamed Morsi’s national dialogue. The Coptic Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches decided to leave the dialogue on Wednesday because it was “unproductive” and did not “yield the desired results,” said Father Rafik Gerish, the Catholic representative at the dialogue. … Several political groups also withdrew from the national dialogue recently, most notably the Strong Egypt Party led by former Muslim Brotherhood member and ex-presidential contender Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh. …
  • A Penalty for Harry

    01/24/2013 8:44:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 24, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- A couple of weeks ago, I elaborated on how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had at the time failed for three straight years to write up a budget in the Senate, thereby breaking the law three -- now four -- years running. I said that he should write up a budget in part to inform the citizenry how their tax dollars were being spent. How much was going to the Pentagon and our nation's security? How much was going into green fantasies like Solyndra and payoffs to the Democratic Party's friends. That would be friendly fascism, the left's...
  • Israel's election The hawks’ wings are clipped

    01/24/2013 8:40:30 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 18 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jan 23rd 2013 | "D.L"
    YAIR LAPID, a former television talk-show host whose secular, middle-of-the-road party soared into second place in Israel’s election on January 22nd, wrote a popular column for years in the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, in which he would ask, “What is it to be Israeli?” What, in other words, does it take to feel you belong in the Jewish state? The question became his trademark. Now a large chunk of the electorate—a lot larger than the pollsters predicted—has given an answer that may reshape Israel’s future, not least by improving the chance of a durable peace with the Palestinians. Mr Lapid’s party,...
  • Wyoming Senate Committee Approves Pro-Hunting Silencer Reform Bill

    01/24/2013 8:29:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 24 January, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( The Wyoming Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 4 to 1 in favor of a pro-hunting reform authored by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-1). Senate File 132 would repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors (which are additionally regulated under federal law) while providing additional penalties for those who use them illegally. This bill is now eligible for a vote in the full Senate. A date for this Senate floor vote has not been scheduled at this time but please call and e-mail your state Senator urging him or her to vote in...
  • Is Anybody Surprised that Krugman Was Wrong about U.K. Fiscal Policy?

    01/24/2013 8:27:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Just like in the United States, politicians in the United Kingdom use the deceptive practice of “baseline budgeting” as part of fiscal policy. This means the politicians can increase spending, but simultaneously claim they are cutting spending because the budget could have expanded at an even faster pace.Sort of like saying your diet is successful because you’re only gaining two pounds a week rather than five pounds.Anyhow, some people get deluded by this chicanery. Paul Krugman, for instance, complained in 2011 that “the government of Prime Minister David Cameron chose instead to move to immediate, unforced austerity, in the belief...