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  • (NY) State Officials To Visit The Adirondacks, Southern Tier And Western New York About NY SAFE Act

    Albany, NY – Teams made up of members of the New York State Police and Division of Criminal Justice Services to visit communities across the state starting this week. The teams will be available to meet local law enforcement and answer questions from New Yorkers regarding NY SAFE Act.Tuesday, January 2912:00 PM Mike Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Division of Criminal Justice Services and Steve Hogan, First Deputy Counsel, New York State Police present the NY SAFE Act in Erie County Clarence Public Library 3 Town Place Clarence, New York OPEN PRESS12:00 PM First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Gagan, New York State...
  • Breaking: Obama on TV now with police chiefs supporting gun control, confiscation

    01/28/2013 8:51:58 AM PST · by pabianice · 56 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 1/28/13
    'We are serious about limiting access to assault weapons and magazine clips [sic]. Joe and my cabinet members are on board with the necessity of confronting this issue to ensure no events like Sandy Hook happen again and the gun violence like in Chicago is addressed. This involves enforcement of existing laws. It involves addressing access to guns in big cities. I know this is not a shy group and I am very grateful to them, a representative group of communities across the country. Congress will be making decisions on what groups like this decide.' (all quickly paraphrased) Ends. takes...
  • Bill makes hospitals check on citizenship [Plan is to fight illegal immigration]

    01/28/2013 8:50:08 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Howard Fischer| Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX - A state legislator is moving to put Arizona's hospitals on the front line in the fight against illegal immigration. The proposal by Rep. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, would require hospitals to "reasonably confirm" those who show up at their doors are in the country legally if they do not produce proof of valid health insurance. HB 2293 lists methods hospital officials and employees can use to make that determination. The measure says if legal status cannot be verified, someone from the hospital "must immediately contact the local federal immigration office or a local law enforcement agency to report the...
  • Here is video of Dianne Feinstein from “60 Minutes” in 1995, saying she wants guns confiscated

    01/28/2013 8:47:05 AM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blXkl9YVoHoM
  • New Oregon law might make cigarettes prescription only

    01/28/2013 8:39:50 AM PST · by thirst4truth · 25 replies
    RT ^ | January 25, 2013 | Reuters / Sergio Perez
    Trying to quit smoking? You might want to move to Oregon. A new bill would classify cigarettes as a Schedule III controlled substance, making them illegal to purchase without a doctor’s prescription. Portland Rep. Mitch Greenlick introduced the bill in the Oregon State Legislature in an attempt to reduce the number of addicted people, but has received criticism from smokers and non-smokers alike who believe the initiative is not feasible. Under Greenlick’s proposal, smokers would be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to one year’s imprisonment and a $6,250 fine for being caught with a cigarette or any of...
  • Total Tax-Code Termination? (Reality Check: no sweeping reform will please both sides)

    01/28/2013 8:33:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    It would be the ultimate fiscal cliff. A group of House Republicans wants to put an expiration date on the 75,000-page U.S. tax code. The Tax Code Termination Act would require the repeal of the entire code in 2017 — except for the bits dealing with Social Security and Medicare — with a new system ready to go for the following year. Of course, the U.S. economy would benefit from major tax reform that eliminated the current bias against investment, axed crony-capitalist tax breaks, and lowered marginal rates on individuals and business as much as possible. But Republicans can put...
  • China Demands U.S. Taxpayers Clean Up Its Air

    01/28/2013 8:25:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/28/2013 | Gordon Chang
    Are the stars finally aligned for a global climate change treaty? After years of frustration, momentum seemed to change in an instant last Monday. President Obama’s second inaugural address made it clear he was going to lead the world on the issue, his words a “clarion call to action” as one observer put it. Obama’s first term was marked by one failure after another on the climate issue. For instance, his efforts to craft an agreement at Copenhagen in December 2009 were frustrated by developing nations, and subsequent conferences, such as the one last November and December in Doha, have...
  • Immigrants take guilty pleas without lawyers and can later be deported

    01/28/2013 8:24:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27,2013 | Jeremy Borden,
    Luis Bladilir Lopez would have needed a sharp defense lawyer to explain what could happen as the result of pleading guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge last year in Prince William County. But Lopez, then 19, was never appointed a lawyer, according to court records. In the end, the consequences were far more serious than he probably could have imagined.
  • Phil Mickelson and the Sports Star Tax Migration (Plenty of elite athlete company in Florida)

    01/28/2013 8:21:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/28/2013 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    America's top-grossing golfer Phil Mickelson drove himself into a bunker on Jan. 20 when he said that federal and California state tax hikes had made him contemplate making "drastic changes" in his life—including, it was widely assumed, moving to a no-income-tax state such as Texas or Florida. But he was only stating publicly what many professional athletes are mulling privately. No doubt they'll keep their thoughts private, too, given the uproar that ensued. The golfer known as Lefty outraged lefties by noting that a tax burden of more than 60% seemed excessive. Didn't he know that athletes—unlike Hollywood celebrities—are supposed...
  • Sheriff who urged residents to learn how to use firearms blasts mayor's 'Dirty Harry' criticism

    01/28/2013 8:17:32 AM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Associated Press
    A sheriff who urged Milwaukee-area residents in a radio ad to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves is dismissing pointed criticism from the city's mayor -- calling the mayor's response "weak" and telling Fox News "my job is to protect the public." Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. stirred controversy after releasing a 30-second radio ad saying budget cuts have hurt officers' ability to respond. "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option," he said in the ad. "You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide...
  • Barack Obama To Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems

    01/28/2013 8:17:09 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 126 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2013 | Mack Slavo
    As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows. Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace. The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Customs and Border...
  • CBS 'Sunday Morning' News Segment: "So What If Barack Obama Is Not A Natural Born Citizen."

    01/28/2013 8:16:13 AM PST · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 45 replies
    Birther Report
    I've got a simple idea: Let's give up on the Constitution. I know, it sounds radical, but it's really not. Constitutional disobedience is as American as apple pie. For example, most of our greatest Presidents -- Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, and both Roosevelts -- had doubts about the Constitution, and many of them disobeyed it when it got in their way. To be clear, I don't think we should give up on everything in the Constitution. The Constitution has many important and inspiring provisions, but we should obey these because they are important and inspiring, not because a bunch of people...
  • Freedom sings: Out of the 9/11 tragedy and chaos has risen one of New York’s great buildings

    01/28/2013 8:15:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | Steve Cuozzo
    Behold, the new One World Trade Center — the unfinished, imperfect end-product of maybe the most anguished public soap opera ever to bring forth a single building. Still in a raw state, it’s already cause to celebrate. The nearly $4 billion, largest, most fought-over piece of the puzzle in downtown’s epic skyline restoration turns out to be a gentle giant, graceful and humane as the Twin Towers were not. Architectural eggheads will sneer at it, but the masses will just as surely love it. Include me in the common rabble. What scant pleasure the old towers afforded lay in their...
  • Mussolini not so bad, says Silvio Berlusconi

    01/28/2013 8:15:05 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | January 29, 2013 12:00AM | James Bone, Rome
    SILVIO Berlusconi provoked outrage on International Holocaust Remembrance Day yesterday by defending Benito Mussolini. His remarks coincided with preparations in Rome to build a museum dedicated to the victims next to the former fascist dictator's home. The former Prime Minister told journalists at a remembrance ceremony in Milan that Il Duce was right to ally himself with Hitler. A day after Angela Merkel acknowledged that Germany had "everlasting responsibility" for the Holocaust, Mr Berlusconi said Italy "does not have the same responsibilities as Germany". He added: "Obviously the government of that time, out of fear that German power might lead...
  • Travis Tygart tells ’60 Minutes’ that Lance Armstrong is still lying

    01/28/2013 8:12:23 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    Velo News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Neal Rogers
    Even when Lance Armstrong portrayed himself as coming clean about his career spent cheating to win, he was still lying. That’s the argument U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart made Sunday evening on the CBS show “60 Minutes,” in an interview with Scott Pelley for a segment called “The Fall of Lance Armstrong.” Tygart sat down with Pelley to rebut several claims Armstrong made during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was televised on January 17-18. Among the statements that Tygart said were categorically untrue: that Armstrong had raced free of performance-enhancing drugs during his 2009 and 2010 comeback; that...
  • 3D-Printed Clothing Hits the Paris Runway

    01/28/2013 8:08:12 AM PST · by null and void · 11 replies
    Design News ^ | 1/25/13 | Lauren Muskett
    Stratasys Ltd. and Materialise have printed 3D clothing pieces that were worn on the catwalk of Paris Fashion week in the Iris van Herpen's haute couture show, "Voltage." Two pieces out of the 11-piece collection were 3D printed. One creation, a cape and elaborate skirt, was 3D printed by Stratasys and created with Neri Oxman, an artist, architect, designer, and professor from MIT's Media Lab. Stratasys's Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology was used. This technology can use a variety of material properties to be printed into a single build, which allowed both soft and hard materials to be used...
  • "Is America In Decline?" May Be The Wrong Question

    01/28/2013 8:07:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/28/2013 | Robert Samuelson
    The American Century is dead. Long live the next American Century. The subtext of political debate these days is that the United States is in decline - a proposition often portrayed as self-evident. The economy lacks dynamism; unemployment near 8 percent remains at recession levels. The president and his Republican critics barely talk to each other; stalemate seems unending. But what if America isn't in decline? A powerful rebuttal comes from an unlikely place: Wall Street. In a report to clients, analysts at Goldman Sachs argue that the United States still has the world's strongest economy - and will have...
  • UK Headed for Triple Dip Recession? Impact on EU Exit Vote

    01/28/2013 8:04:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    There is much talk of a triple dip recession in the UK. It depends on how you define it. If you call a recession two consecutive quarters of decline in GDP, with any quarter of positive growth ending the recession, then answer is yes. Here is a chart from the Telegraph article UK heads for triple dip as GDP contracts 0.3pc to consider. Double Dip? The blue rectangles are mine. I see two recessions not three. With 9 quarters in between recessions, one might ask "Is this even a double-dip setup?" I suggest yes, but there is no clear agreed-upon...
  • White House Petition Demands Cellphone Unlocking Remain Legal

    01/28/2013 7:51:30 AM PST · by pepperdog · 5 replies
    Mashable ^ | 25 January 2013 | Stan Schroeder
    A petition submitted to the White House demands the Librarian of Congress to rescind his recent decision which removed the unlocking of cellphones from the exceptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).
  • ‘Unthinkable, Draconian’ Spending Cuts

    01/28/2013 7:51:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Tad DeHaven
    It’s my job to advocate for spending cuts. It’s a job I’ve been doing in one form or another for over a decade. If I’ve ever experienced a victory, it must have been a pretty small one, because I can’t recall any. So why do I persist?For one, I’m a naturally optimistic person. And fueling that optimism is the press. I’m constantly reading about the possibility of spending cuts, and those articles usually say that the cuts would be major … or massive … or severe … or even draconian! The possibility sends a thrill up my leg.Alas, the “draconian”...