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  • Obama: Gun-control advocates have to listen more

    01/27/2013 4:17:42 AM PST · by driftdiver · 62 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | AP
    President Barack Obama says gun-control advocates have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes in the debate over firearms in America. In an interview with The New Republic, Obama says he has "a profound respect" for the tradition of hunting that dates back for generations. "And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake. Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas," he says. .... "Yes," the president says, "in fact, up...
  • Gov. Brown Does the Sacramento Choo-Choo

    01/27/2013 4:04:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown gives great speeches with unusual quotes that never let the listener forget he is a former seminarian. In that spirit during his State of the State address Thursday, Brown quoted jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes, told a story from Genesis and marveled at the "mysterious cycle in human events" observed by Franklin D. Roosevelt. He moved on to Michel de Montaigne and Irish poet William Butler Yeats. But then Brown ventured into the land he rarely visits, the land of words with one syllable. He ended his address before a joint session of the California...
  • Brazil nightclub fire likely killed more than 200: police

    01/27/2013 3:57:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 27, 2013
    -excerpt- Major Gerson da Rosa Ferreira, overseeing rescue efforts at the scene for the military police, told reporters that 159 bodies had already been identified and removed from the nightclub in the southern city of Santa Maria.
  • Obama's Abuse of Power (ruling potentially invalidates dozens of NLRB decisions)

    01/27/2013 3:55:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Meantime, the ruling potentially invalidates dozens of NLRB decisions since the illegal recess appointments were made. A similar mess occurred in 2010 when the Supreme Court ruled in New Process Steel v. NLRB that some 600 decisions made by the NLRB without a three-member quorum were invalid. The decision also means that Mr. Cordray has no authority to run the consumer financial bureau, which has been busy issuing thousands of pages of regulations since he was illegally imposed in the job. Mr. Obama renominated Mr. Cordray this week, which is an insult to the Senate and after this ruling to...
  • Equal Opportunity Destroyers: Politicians Of All Types Damage Small Business America

    01/27/2013 3:47:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Austin Hill
    It’s not just an out-of-control IRS or EPA. And it’s not merely the punitive demands and restraints of the new federal healthcare law. American enterprise is being stifled and squelched by state and local governments, in ways that most Americans don’t even see. With increasing propensity, elected officials nationwide are at times suffocating private businesses with regulations, and at other times competing directly against them – and it happens among both Democrats and Republicans. A striking reminder of this emerged last week, when it was reported that Democrat San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was contemplating some sort of “ban” on...
  • Obama Says "Nevermind" on Deficits

    01/27/2013 3:13:48 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | John Ransom
    ou might remember that in July of 2011, when fighting over the debt ceiling, president Obama- right before he left for his 17th vacation at Martha’s Vineyard that year- complained about congressional inaction by saying that’s it time for the country “to eat its peas.” From CBSNews:"I've been hearing from my Republican friends for some time it is a moral imperative to tackle our debt and deficits in a serious way," Mr. Obama said. "What I've said to them is, let's go."The president said today he would not accept a smaller, short-term deal. "We might as well do it now," he said....
  • Obama Says "Nevermind" on Deficits

    01/27/2013 3:12:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | John Ransom
    ou might remember that in July of 2011, when fighting over the debt ceiling, president Obama- right before he left for his 17th vacation at Martha’s Vineyard that year- complained about congressional inaction by saying that’s it time for the country “to eat its peas.” From CBSNews:"I've been hearing from my Republican friends for some time it is a moral imperative to tackle our debt and deficits in a serious way," Mr. Obama said. "What I've said to them is, let's go."The president said today he would not accept a smaller, short-term deal. "We might as well do it now," he said....
  • Why Republicans Are Poised To Lose The Second Amendment Battle (Hurl Alert)

    01/27/2013 2:50:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    You have to give progressives credit. They’re nothing if not thorough. When an opportunity to limit the Second Amendment presented itself in the Sandy Hook massacre, regardless how tasteless it was to exploit that opportunity, they went full bore toward their goal. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced sweeping so-called “assault weapons” ban legislation this week that would place unprecedented restrictions on individuals’ rights to own, use, sell and even pass along already owned firearms to family members. But given where things stand now in the polls and political atmosphere, that legislation will go nowhere. But the Constitution and the...
  • Why Republicans Are Poised To Lose The Second Amendment Battle (Hurl Alert)

    01/27/2013 2:49:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    You have to give progressives credit. They’re nothing if not thorough. When an opportunity to limit the Second Amendment presented itself in the Sandy Hook massacre, regardless how tasteless it was to exploit that opportunity, they went full bore toward their goal. Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced sweeping so-called “assault weapons” ban legislation this week that would place unprecedented restrictions on individuals’ rights to own, use, sell and even pass along already owned firearms to family members. But given where things stand now in the polls and political atmosphere, that legislation will go nowhere. But the Constitution and the...
  • WILL ABC'S STEPHANOPOULOS, RADDATZ ASK MENENDEZ ABOUT FBI SEX INVESTIGATION?

    01/27/2013 2:37:15 AM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday amid the rekindled firestorm surrounding his trips to the Dominican Republic. Several people at the network, including anchor George Stephanopoulos, haven’t responded when Breitbart News has asked if Stephanopoulos or reporter Martha Raddatz will ask Menendez about his alleged sexual escapades abroad. This reporter interviewed two Dominican Republic women in November, while reporting for The Daily Caller before joining Breitbart News, who claimed Menendez paid them for sex around Easter time this year. The encounter apparently took place at Casa de Campo, a posh...
  • Cory Booker, once firm on firearms, now gun-shy about weapons ban

    01/27/2013 1:59:08 AM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Amid the contentious debate on America’s relationship with guns, and a full-court press by President Obama and Democrats in Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, the mayor of Newark, who hopes to be a U.S. senator come 2015, has staked out a decidedly centrist position on guns. Booker called the issue "tiring" during a recent roundtable discussion on "Meet The Press," saying he would support an assault weapons ban but doubted it would do much to control violence in America. A week later, Booker was not present when his longtime mentor New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a...
  • Lib Dem MP apologizes over attack on “the Jews”

    01/27/2013 12:59:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:04PM GMT 26 Jan 2013
    A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action after accusing “the Jews” of atrocities against Palestinians has issued a public apology for causing “unintended offense”. David Ward’s comments—posted on his website ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day—were condemned by party chiefs and sparked a furious backlash. … In a new post on Saturday afternoon he said he “never for a moment intended to criticize or offend the Jewish people as a whole, either as a race or as a people of faith, and apologize sincerely for the unintended offense which my words caused.” …
  • Chicago woman loses 4th child to gun violence

    01/26/2013 10:35:26 PM PST · by Rabin · 52 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | January 26, 2013 | ap staff
    five (un-armed) people were gunned down Saturday in Chicago, including an (un-armed) man whose mother had already lost her three (un-armed) children to shootings. >Chicago<
  • John Kerry: First White Male Secretary of State in 16 Years

    01/26/2013 10:33:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    VOA News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jeff Seldin
    If confirmed as expected, John Kerry will be the first white male U.S. Secretary of State in about 16 years. So what, if anything, does that mean? For the first time in almost a decade, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were using the term “mister” to address a prospective Secretary of State. And at least online, it's been causing buzz. Jezebel.com—a website aimed at women—recently posted a piece asking satirically, “Is America Ready for a White Male Secretary of State?” … Years of diplomatic leadership from Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton have left a...
  • Man, 38, fatally shot in city's 6th homicide of the day

    01/26/2013 10:05:31 PM PST · by John W · 23 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 26, 2013 | Staff report
    A 38-year-old man was killed in the Englewood neighborhood tonight, making him the sixth person shot dead today, police said. The latest shooting happened about 10:05 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Carpenter Street, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. The man died on the scene, Gaines said.
  • Registrar forged birth certificates for African gang in £4m benefits fraud

    01/26/2013 10:04:07 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2013 | Christian Gysin
    Maybe he can get a job in the Administration? - A crooked registrar faces a lengthy jail sentence after being found guilty of issuing false birth certificates to a gang of African fraudsters who stole at least £4million from taxpayers over 20 years. Azu Akpom provided fake certificates to the ringleader of the gang who went on to create false identities for up to 100 children to milk the benefits system. Croydon Crown Court heard how the Nigerian-born father of three was ultimately trapped by a text message which, despite his denial, showed he knew the gang’s chief conspirator, Ugandan-born...
  • Women Serving in Combat Positions Is a Batty Idea

    01/26/2013 9:56:19 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-27-13 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other U.S. military leaders lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. I, for one, think this is a great idea and have a few modest proposals, if the brass inside the beltway is open to suggestions, on how they should deploy the dames (and whom they should deploy). First off, if you truly want to eviscerate the enemy—namely Muslims—then I propose sending the most nerve grating and foul women Hollywood has to offer straight into hot zones as our forward armies. I’m a thinkin’ starting off with Roseanne Barr, Joy...
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clark's PSA on guns

    01/26/2013 9:21:46 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 25 replies
    Office of the Sheriff ^ | January 2013 | David A. Clark
    Scroll down a bit to download the PSA. I can't do a hot link to the file. It's a MP3 file, you can get at the source. This sheriff is one of the good guys. This has gone viral. The lefties have their panties in a wad over this PSA. HAH!! I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can...
  • Girl 'leukemia free' after being treated with HIV

    01/26/2013 9:15:32 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Emma Brooke-Whitehead had undergone extended chemotherapy without success when doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to try the groundbreaking new treatment about eight months ago. "This treatment was really her only chance," pediatric oncologist Stephen Grupp told ABC News. The treatment works by using a disabled version of HIV to retrain a patient's disease-fighting white blood cells to kill cancer cells.
  • California lawmaker threatening Microsoft over … loss of Sacramento Kings?

    01/26/2013 9:03:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Last weekend, Phil Mickelson threatened to move out of California over the onerous tax hikes imposed by Jerry Brown and the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. Mickelson later apologized for his outburst, although I'm not sure why; he has just as much right to complain as anyone else. CNN Money later attempted to correct Mickelson, saying that his total tax rate was somewhere around 53%, not 62%, but I'm not sure that was much comfort, nor an effective rebuttal to Mickelson's point.As it turns out, Mickelson's not the only sports entity looking at a Golden Gate exit. Forbes noted that one...
  • FDA: Better food labeling could stem obesity

    01/26/2013 8:47:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Elizabeth Palermo (BusinessNewsDaily)
    Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S. The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy. The FDA commissioned the study as part of the action plan for its Obesity Working Group. The researchers' goal was to determine whether modifying the key elements of the nutrition facts label might...
  • Police Continue Investigation Of School Shootings

    01/26/2013 8:44:56 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Newtown Bee ^ | January 24, 2013 | Andrew Gorosko
    Police this week continued their investigation into the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in seeking to document exactly what happened and learn the motive of the gunman who shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Dickinson Drive building. State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said that state police had a private meeting with members of the families of the deceased on January 15 to update them on the progress of the probe and to answer questions. Lt Vance declined to provide details on that 90-minute meeting. "We're doing our best to keep...
  • Phil Mickelson isn’t the only future former Californian

    01/26/2013 8:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 23, 2013 | Fmr. California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore
    California voters approved a $50 billion tax hike in November, bestowing the highest marginal income tax rate in the nation on California taxpayers — 13.3 percent. Now professional golfer Phil Mickelson is thinking of leaving the state. He’s fortunate. He can practice his chosen profession in any region where snow doesn’t cover the ground for too long, and if he moves to Texas or Florida, his state income tax will drop to zero. Mickelson won’t be the first pro golfer to leave California. Tiger Woods, who used to live in my old Orange County legislative district, moved to Florida in...
  • Holy Cow! Tyranny at The Dairy

    01/26/2013 8:22:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 26, 2013 | Rhett Kelley
    This morning I watched yet another video of something that disturbs me greatly: the events leading up to the “legal” theft of several tons of cheese produced on a small family farm in Missouri. This, after the cheese had been embargoed for over 2 years and thus was no longer fit for consumption anyway. All of this was done in the name and at the expense of the taxpayers of Missouri, under the guise of “food safety.”
  • Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney: I uphold all of the Constitution, not just part of it

    01/26/2013 8:21:09 PM PST · by PotatoGun · 9 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | January 25, 2013 | Gary Raney
    As an elected official and a sheriff, I have the great honor to take an oath of office. Very few occupations include the special pride that comes with the trust inherent in an oath of office, but mine does. In that oath, I swore to uphold the Constitution and laws that we live under in this great nation. Those words were my promise that I would not use my own personal interests to decide what is right and wrong. I swore to work within our system of law and justice to fairly enforce what you, through your elected representatives in...
  • Attack On Family In Compton Latest Incident In Wave of Anti-Black Violence [Blacks Driven Out!]

    01/26/2013 7:57:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 66 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 26, 2013 | Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo
    Attack On Family In Compton Latest Incident In Wave of Anti-Black Violence A Latino gang is intimidating blacks into leaving the city that was once an African American enclave. It's part of a violent trend seen in other parts of the L.A. area. The steeple of the Greater Holy Faith Baptist Church on 155th Street in Compton, a reminder of a time not long ago when African Americans predominated. By Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo January 25, 2013 The trouble began soon after they arrived. The black family—a mother, three teenage children and a 10-year-old boy—moved into a...
  • How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?

    01/26/2013 7:51:06 PM PST · by upchuck · 28 replies
    Yahoo/Scientific American ^ | Wednesday, January 23,2013 | David Biello
    [snip] In addition to a groundswell of opposition to the 2,700-kilometer-long Keystone pipeline, 17 of his [James Hansen] fellow climate scientists joined him in signing a letter urging Pres. Barack Obama to reject the project last week. Simply put, building the pipeline—and enabling more tar sands production—runs "counter to both national and planetary interests," the researchers wrote. "The year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is." Obama seemed to agree in his second inaugural address this week, noting "we will respond to the threat of climate change,...
  • French Forces Advance in Mali

    01/26/2013 7:42:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 26, 2013 | DREW HINSHAW
    KONNA, Mali—French special forces edged up to the largest city in Mali's north, entering the airport outside Gao and setting the stage for a battle for a city al Qaeda-backed militants have fortified since April. French and Malian troops on Saturday took control of the airport, as well as the bridge over the Niger River that leads into town, France's Defense Ministry said. A small number of the French forces, said one French spokesman, is leading an attempt to reclaim the 800-year-old city of 90,000, seized last year by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the insurgency's local allies.
  • Of course: Feinstein’s assault weapons ban exempts government officials

    01/26/2013 7:27:36 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Hey, they’ve gotta have someone who can sell high-powered firearms to Mexican drug cartels, amirite? You’ve heard about the 158 weapons you’ll no longer be able to use. But what about the exemptions? "Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s gun control bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt." “Mrs. Feinstein’s measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel,” the Washington Times reports.
  • Roadmap Back to Power

    01/26/2013 7:17:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Washington Beacon ^ | January 26, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    Paul Ryan urges unity, prudence among conservative ranks at National Review conference Paul Ryan laid out his vision for the Republican Party’s next four years in a morning address to the National Review Institute Summit on the future of conservatism in America. Ryan argued that Republicans should lay out their plans with even more detail now that they are the entrenched opposition. Republicans will have to oppose “big government in practice” and not just in theory, he predicted. Obamacare is no longer just a 2,000 page bill, but 12,000 pages of regulations, he said to illustrate his point. “We will...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry Admits: U.S. Military 'Despised By Many Progressives'

    01/26/2013 7:15:45 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's hardly a secret. After all, in a letter to a senior officer, no less than a young Bill Clinton openly admitted that many of his cohort to "loath[ed] the military." Still, it's stunning to hear a modern-day liberal make a similar admission. On her MSNBC show today, Melissa Harris-Perry stated that the U.S. military is "despised as an engine of war by many progressives." View the video here.
  • Letter to Editor - Newtown Bee

    01/26/2013 7:11:30 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 48 replies
    To the Editor: This letter was forwarded to Barack Obama, John Boehner, Chris Murphy, Dick Blumenthal, Elizabeth Esty, and Harry Reid I live in Sandy Hook, CT. My family and close friends weren't harmed on December 14. That day impacted 26 families with an indescribable, staggering pain and anguish. For most of Sandy Hook, it merely affected us with an inescapable intensity of sadness and grief. Gun control has long been a focus of many in this country. Though I'm not knowledgeable of all the nuances of the Second Amendment, based on the Founding Fathers' circumstances, it had far more...
  • Championing the Poor

    01/26/2013 6:57:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 26, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    Sen. Ted Cruz says the GOP should focus on opportunity for lower classes Freshman Senator Ted Cruz challenged the Republican Party to return to championing growth and opportunity for the lower and working classes during a lunchtime address at the National Review Institute Conference Saturday afternoon. Speaking without a lectern or notes, Cruz moved easily around the stage as he presented his vision for the Republican Party’s future to the audience at the conference. “The policies of the Obama administration have fundamentally failed the communities struggling to climb the economic ladder,” Cruz said. Cruz contrasted the Republican vision of opportunity...
  • Boehner full of regret over 'fiscal-cliff' moves

    01/26/2013 6:52:47 PM PST · by RummyChick · 76 replies
    the hill ^ | 1/26 | berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his "fiscal-cliff" strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate. In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to hit on Jan. 1. Instead, Boehner delivered a formal speech at the Capitol on the day after President Obama won a...
  • IRAN OFFICIAL: ATTACK ON SYRIA IS ATTACK ON IRAN

    01/26/2013 6:48:42 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 1/26/2013 | BASSEM MROUE AND ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Issuing Tehran's strongest warning to date, a top Iranian official said Saturday that any attack on Syria would be deemed an attack on Iran, a sign that it will do all it can to protect embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made his comments as Syrian troops conducted offensive air raids against rebels and discovered a trio of tunnels they were using to smuggle weapons in their fight to topple Assad. The world has been grappling over how to deal with Syria ever since an uprising against Assad's regime...
  • Obama Continues to Violate His Own ‘Stimulus’ Law by Not Releasing Quarterly Reports

    01/26/2013 6:42:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Have you heard much about President Obama’s $787,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately?  In its last report, published in 2011, the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in “stimulus” spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved.  Even in Washington, that’s not considered good bang for the buck. Moreover, that was the fifth consecutive “stimulus” report that showed this number getting progressively worse.Alas, that was the last report we’ve seen.  Never mind that Section 1513 of the “stimulus” legislation, which...
  • Pentagon laying off 46,000 employees

    01/26/2013 6:33:25 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 63 replies
    cnn ^ | January 25, 2013 | Barbara Starr,
    Washington (CNN) -- The Pentagon has begun laying off 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees in an effort to cut back on military spending, the No. 2 Pentagon official said on Friday. Full time civilian employees, which number in the hundreds of thousands, also will be furloughed for one day a week for 22 weeks, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview with wire service reporters. His comments were confirmed by a Pentagon spokesman.
  • A gun show without guns? Essentially (Chicago)

    01/26/2013 6:28:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-27-13 | Dahleen Glanton
    There was an 1854 Lefaucheux pinfire pistol carbine on display, as well as an 1876 .22-caliber derringer in a glass box. But neither was for sale. It wouldn't have mattered if they were. The gun enthusiasts who showed up in Rosemont on Friday for what was billed as the first-ever Chicagoland Gun Show didn't seem interested in gawking at antique pistols. Some wanted to buy high-powered rifles, semi-automatic handguns and high-capacity magazines. But there wasn't a single gun dealer at the show, only a Chicago collector who said he was there to show off his collection. "I've been to a...
  • AP, NBC Ask: Time to Publicly Shame the Obese, Let Smokers Die?

    01/26/2013 6:18:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Nolte
    Biases upfront: I'm a 46 year-old health nut obsessed with exercise and eating right. I don’t smoke or drink, and there are supermodels who worry less about their weight. However, I do admire those who don't live like that; who might not live as long as I do, but will probably enjoy their overall quality of life more than my somewhat Spartan one. Oh, and I also realize that this is America. And if people want to pursue happiness through a double cheeseburger and a pack of Newports, any joyless, left-wing bossy-pants who has a problem with that can go...
  • British Muslim abuser who 'didn't know' that sex with a girl of 13 was illegal spared jail

    01/26/2013 5:54:24 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Paul Bentley
    A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless. Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law. Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’ Earlier Nottingham...
  • Boehner: It’s ‘time to deal’ with immigration (RINO surrender on Amnesty for illegals...)

    01/26/2013 5:52:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 11/26/13 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    A bipartisan group of House members has been quietly meeting and is close to an agreement on changes to propose the nation’s immigration laws, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week in a speech to a Republican group.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PRAYER ~ 27 January 2012

    01/26/2013 5:04:49 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 59 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            PRAYER Dear Lord.... As we offer You thanks and praise, we realize how important it is to stay prepared for all the surprises in life. Daily, so many things catch us off guard, though they seem to happen over and over again. Would life be easier if we could begin the day with, "This is a drill. This is a drill"? Would we be any more prepared if there were drills for the many personal challenges we respond to daily? Besides a "general quarters" for missile hits, we'd prepare to take hits for all the...
  • Palin: 'We can't just preach to the choir'

    01/26/2013 4:59:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 26, 2013 | Mackenzie Weinger
    In Sarah Palin’s first interview since parting ways with Fox News, the former Alaska governor said she doesn’t want to “just preach to the choir" and that she is looking to take her message to a "larger audience." Palin told Breitbart News there needs to be “more truth-telling in the media” and called for fellow conservatives to follow her lead and expand their audience. “I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism,” she told the conservative news site in a short Q&A. “That means broadening...
  • Saxet gun show draws eager buyers (TX)

    01/26/2013 4:54:46 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    KXAN ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | John Bumgardner
    This is the first day of the gun show since the City of Austin discussed possibly banning from the Travis County Expo Center. State law, however, prevailed because the move would have proved illegal in Texas... “It took 20 minutes to park the truck and about an hour waiting in line,” Another group, One Million Moms for Gun Control marched at the Texas Capitol... The group expected over 100 participants to join in the Austin event.
  • Blast hits key Iranian nuclear site?

    01/26/2013 4:30:57 PM PST · by Bevo · 46 replies
    YNet ^ | 1/26/2013 | None
    Blast hits key Iranian nuclear site? US-based website WND says mysterious explosion destroys large part of Fordo nuclear facility. Report uncorroborated by any official Western source Ynet Published: 01.26.13, 23:12 / Israel News WND, an American news website affiliated with the Right, reported Friday that a mysterious explosion has destroyed a significant portion of Iran's Fordo nuclear facility – considered Tehran's most fortified facility. The website alleged that Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic Republic's Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, confirmed that the facility was hit, but the report has not been corroborated by any Western source. Related stoies:...
  • Manchin says he's working with NRA on universal background check bill (Slippery Joe)

    01/26/2013 4:16:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/24/13 01:23 PM ET | Justin Sink
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Thursday that he was working on a bill with Senate colleagues and the National Rifle Association (NRA) that would implement universal background checks, a major component of President Obama's proposed gun-control reforms. Manchin, a member of the NRA, had not previously endorsed any specific measures to address gun violence. "I’m working on a bill right now with other senators — Democrats and Republicans — we’re trying to get it, and looking at a background check that basically says that if you’re going to be a gun owner, you should be able to pass a background...
  • Op-Ed: The Lapid Factor in the Coalition Equation

    01/26/2013 3:59:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/13 | David Rubin
    After Likud Beytenu’s Pyrrhic victory in the Israeli elections, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will most likely be confronted with the formidable task of piecing together a new coalition. Given the diverse group of potential partners, this will be no easy task. First and foremost in this cast of characters is Yesh Atid, led by popular TV personality Yair Lapid, who surprised everyone by becoming the second largest party in the incoming Knesset. It now seems clear that the key to the new coalition is in its hands. Defining his party as Center rather than Left, Lapid has been quite clear...
  • Anti-tank grenade launcher turns up at Seattle gun buyback event (and impromptu gun show occurs)

    01/26/2013 3:58:02 PM PST · by Junior_G · 18 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 26, 2013 | Nick Provenza
    A lot of guns showed up at the city of Seattle’s gun buyback event today, but it’s not likely anyone was prepared for the Russian-made anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher that someone turned in...
  • Watching TV on web is disrupting cable, broadcast worlds

    01/26/2013 3:52:18 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 164 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 26, 2013 | Glenn Garvin
    Veteran programmer Rob Barnett recently attended a breakfast meeting of television executives where the talk turned, as it almost always does these days, to “disruption,” the industry buzzword for the way new technology is upsetting the TV applecart. From somewhere down the table, he heard a question: “Has anybody here cut the cord?” — that is, dropped cable service in favor of just watching TV through the Internet? Barnett shrugged and raised his hand. “Mine was the only one,” he recalls. “But when it went up, I saw beads of sweat break out on the foreheads of some of the...
  • What will Michelle Obama do with 4 more years?

    01/26/2013 3:39:32 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 72 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/26/2013 | Yahoo News
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has a new look, both in person and online, and with the president's re-election, she has four more years as first lady, too. That's got many people wondering: What will she do with them? Take on a new cause? Travel more? Trace the path of another first lady and keep the Obama political brand alive by running for office? The answers are to be determined. The first lady is trying to figure out what comes next for this self-described "mom in chief" who also is a champion of healthier eating, an advocate for military families,...