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  • UN Asks for Money to Deal with Crisis in Syria

    01/28/2013 3:19:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13
    The UN appealed to the international community for money to help the millions of Syrian devastated by the violent civil war engulfing the country. With the goal of raising $1.5 billion, the organization appealed for donations at an aid conference in Kuwait, saying it has raised just 3 percent of that...
  • White House Condemns Wave of Violence in Egypt

    01/28/2013 3:15:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13
    The White House strongly condemned the wave of violence... President Barack Obama called on Egypt's leaders to declare that violence is totally unacceptable. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington welcomed the call of President Mohammed Morsi to hold a national dialogue.
  • Why Romney Lost

    01/28/2013 3:13:10 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 28, 2013 | Dr. Charles T. Kenny
    Conservatives instinctively ground all of their ideas and policies in time-tested philosophies of man and of government. Most successful Republican candidates also paint a picture of what they can do and how their ideas are better than their opponents. This is why people evoke the memory of Ronald Reagan so often; because he is the last Republican candidate for president to conduct his campaign explicitly and consistently within this framework. During the presidential campaign, Romney did talk about what he could do and what he would do as president, but he never presented his ideas and policies in the context...
  • Ralph Reed: Americans Back “Common-Sense” Abortion Restrictions

    01/28/2013 3:11:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 28 Jan 2013 03:45 PM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told Newsmax TV over the weekend that “when it comes to common-sense restrictions on abortion, the American people are with us.” “When you talk about common-sense restrictions on abortion—parental consent and notification, waiting periods, bans on partial-birth abortion, bans on late-term abortions, women’s right-to-know laws—those are all overwhelmingly popular,” Reed told Newsmax on Saturday at the National Review Summit in Washington. “In fact, about 80 percent of voters who identify themselves as pro-choice oppose abortion in late periods of pregnancy and oppose abortion after the child can survive outside the womb....
  • Whose Welfare?

    01/28/2013 3:11:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    If there is ever a contest for the law with the most grossly misleading title, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 should be a prime candidate, because the last thing this Act protects is the welfare of Indian children. The theory behind the Indian Child Welfare Act is that an American Indian child should be raised in an American Indian culture. Based on that theory, a newborn baby of American Indian ancestry, who was adopted immediately after birth by a white couple, was at 27 months of age taken away from the only parents she has ever known and...
  • San Diego Police Chief: We Can Disarm Americans Within a Generation

    01/28/2013 3:08:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/13 | AWR Hawkins
    San Diego Police Chief William Lansdowne is fully supportive of the Obama/Feinstein gun grab, and says if lawmakers play it right Americans can be completely disarmed within "a generation." Lansdowne has gone on record saying: "I could not be more supportive of the president for taking the position he has. I think it's courageous with the politics involved in this process. [And] I think it's going to eventually make the country safer." He made it clear that it may take "a generation," but new laws could eventually take all guns off the streets. This is quite a departure from other...
  • Egyptian Protesers Defy Morsi's Imposed Curfew

    01/28/2013 3:06:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13
    Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets of Port Said, Ismailia and Suez Monday night, defying Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's imposed curfew as part of the state of emergency he declared... The anti-government crowds chanted "Down with Mohamed Morsi, down with the state of emergency."
  • The Sino–Japanese Standoff - Japan and China inch toward war — but how close are they?

    01/28/2013 3:06:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 28, 2013 | Michael Auslin
    It’s been easy of late to get hyperbolic about the chance of conflict in East Asia. China appears to be the first serious military challenger America has had since the Soviet Union, and it is clearly beginning to throw its weight around in the waters of Asia. Especially raising tensions in the region is a passel of territorial disputes over islets that has pitted China against countries in southeast and northeast Asia and put Japan at odds with all its major neighbors. But the one key disagreement is between Japan and China in the East China Sea. There, an...
  • Iran Denies Reports of Explosion at Underground Nuclear Facility

    01/28/2013 3:03:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Iran has denied reports that surfaced over the weekend about an explosion at its at its underground Fordow nuclear plant. According to a report in the Iranian IRNA news agency, the deputy head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Seyyed Shamseddin Barbroudi, said on Sunday that that there has been no explosion whatsoever in the Fordow nuclear facility. The chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said that the reports of the blast were nothing but “Western-made propaganda,” according to IRNA. On Friday, the American WND website reported that an explosion had occurred...
  • Leonardo da Vinci’s Groundbreaking Drawings of the Unborn

    01/28/2013 2:59:58 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | January 28, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Between 15010 and 1512, Leonardo da Vinci drew the human fetus with startling and unprecedented accuracy.According to Arizona State Univeristy’s Embryo Project Encyclopedia, Leonardo is regarded as “the very first in history to correctly depict the human fetus in its proper position within the womb. He was also the first to expertly draw the uterine artery and the vascular system of the cervix and vagina.”Scientific advances, beginning with Leonardo and culminating in the ultrasound, have played no small part in helping us recognize the fetus’ human face. These chalk and ink images, then, should be seen as a minor milestone...
  • Grandmother gets 50 years in fatal stabbing she claims to not recall (Chicago)

    01/28/2013 2:53:08 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | RUMMANA HUSSAIN
    A South Side grandmother was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday for murdering her next-door neighbor in frenzied stabbing she said she doesn’t remember. Phyllis Hart Carpenter attacked Benjamin Cole in the most “brutal and violent” manner by slashing him 59 times, Cook County Judge Arthur Hill said. And even if Cole, 60, had tried to sexually assault her in his apartment as Carpenter claims, “How many stab wounds [does she need] to defend herself? When does that cross the line to rage and revenge?” the judge asked. Assistant public defenders Julie Koehler and Sandra Parris argued during Carpenter’s...
  • Grief grips neighborhood

    01/28/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 26, 2013 | Ana Ley
    A day after watching a 6-year-old neighborhood boy fly through the air when he was fatally struck by a teenage driver suspected of being intoxicated, Jane Withers refused to leave the spot where the boy's mother tried in vain to save him. Overcome by the magnitude of the tragedy that left Brandon Abrams' family grieving and a 17-year-old jailed on intoxication manslaughter charges, Withers helped set up a makeshift memorial soon after the incident at 6 p.m. Thursday in her Northwest Side neighborhood. Brandon was waiting on the sidewalk for an ice cream truck when he was struck. According to...
  • Bloomberg: ‘Look at the [butt] on Her’

    01/28/2013 2:44:43 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 31 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 28, 2013
    Cue the angry feminist rants against New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has stolen the show by stealing glances at a woman’s bum in New York magazine’s latest cover story on Christine Quinn, a leading candidate for Bloomie’s position when he leaves office. Writer Jonathan Van Meter paints a picture of Quinn as an ambitious lesbian Democratic city councilwoman in stark contrast to the billionaire, who ignored a compliment about his work on gun control to admire a woman’s derriere at a recent Christmas party.
  • Hands Off New Mexico’s Abortion Rights Laws

    01/28/2013 2:41:23 PM PST · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | Mon, Jan 28, 2013 | Joline Gutierrez Krueger
    It’s curious how often the people who are against the government laying a hand on their guns are the same people who want the government to put its hands all over our lady parts. New Mexico appears to have mostly bucked this odd incongruity, maintaining its wild West gun-loving ways while staying relatively relaxed on abortion and birth control issues. Recently, for instance, the national SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective rated New Mexico No. 1 in the nation for providing equal access to sexual and reproductive health services. But as the Legislature rolls along, two female lawmakers are...
  • There Is No Such Thing As A Free Breast Pump

    01/28/2013 2:38:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    How do you make purchasing decisions when you don’t have to worry about money: indeed, when money doesn’t enter into it at all? That’s what’s happening now in the market for breast milk pumps now that health insurance companies are required to cover them for new mothers. Stores can’t keep them on the shelves: basic models, fancy models, all kinds of breast pumps. Even mothers who already own pumps are getting new ones covered by insurance because hey, they’re free. The Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare, if you insist) requires insurers to pay for the pumps because of evidence that...
  • STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON THE BIPARTISAN FRAMEWORK FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

    01/28/2013 2:34:37 PM PST · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    Senator John McCain ^ | January 28, 2013 | Senator John McCain
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today delivered the following statement on the bipartisan framework for comprehensive immigration reform released today with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ):  “The introduction of these principles is the first step in what will be a very difficult, but achievable, reform to our immigration system.  “No one here needs reminding that the last major attempt at immigration reform was over six years ago. Now we will again attempt to commit the remaining resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, January-28-2013

    01/28/2013 2:30:47 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 49 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. 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
  • Mennonite pastor who helped girl escape lesbian ‘mother’ sent to jail for refusing to testify

    01/28/2013 2:30:01 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 27, 2013 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    Pastor Miller and his family January 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - "I have time for just a short note," wrote Mennonite pastor Kenneth Miller to his supporters as he awaited his inevitable arrest yesterday, "'...Whom having not seen ye love, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.' (1 Pet. 1:8-9)  He is risen. His Kingdom reigns forever. All is well." Hours later, Miller faced federal judge William Sessions III, and informed him that he would not testify before a...
  • Obama’s January SGO - Making sense of endless streams of ugly nonsense.

    01/28/2013 2:27:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.28.13 | JED BABBIN
    While John McCain was playing kissy face with John Kerry in Kerry’s confirmation hearing, Dianne Feinstein was pushing gun control, Obama was planning immigration legislation, and Leon Panetta was lifting the ban on women serving in combat. There was so much SGO in Obama’s full court oppress last week, we need to take some time and sort it all out. (For those just joining us, “SGO” is an acronym for “s*** going on,” a comprehensively useful term coined by former SEAL Al Clark.) If John Kerry were Barry Obama, he’d spend the next four years blaming his predecessor for the...
  • HS2: “Rushed” plans will drive high speed rail link through heart of rural England, say Tory MPs

    01/28/2013 2:16:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:09PM GMT 28 Jan 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    The Department for Transport has unveiled its plans for the northern section of the controversial HS2 railway, but has faced anger from Tories representing constituencies along the route who say it will destroy large swathes of the countryside and “blight” lives. The 225-mph trains will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds by 2033. It emerged that plans to connect the Ł32-billion ($50 billion) train line directly to Heathrow have been put on hold until the Davies Commission on airport capacity has reported. …
  • Gun background checks surged in last 6 weeks

    01/28/2013 2:13:30 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
    Gun sales soared at the end of last year, and the trend has continued into 2013. Since 1998, eight of the 10 highest days for gun background checks have taken place since the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, according to the FBI. Background checks are the most reliable way to track the number of gun sales, and data from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System show that over the last 6 weeks, these checks have reached their highest levels in fifteen years.
  • The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone

    01/28/2013 2:11:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    The Atlantic.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Derek Khanna
    When did we decide that we wanted a law that could make unlocking your smartphone a criminal offense? The answer is that we never really decided.ADVISORY BY DECREE OF THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS IT SHALL HENCEFORCE BE ORDERED THAT AMERICANS SHALL NOT UNLOCK THEIR OWN SMARTPHONES. PENALTY: In some situations, first time offenders may be fined up to $500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. For repeat offenders, the maximum penalty increases to a fine of $1,000,000, imprisonment for up to ten years, or both.* That's right, starting this weekend it is illegal to unlock new phones to make them...
  • Conservatives Have Messaging, Not Message Problem, Leaders Say

    01/28/2013 2:11:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | By Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON – A central message heard from many of the speakers at this weekend's National Review Summit, "The Future of Conservatism," was that conservatives do not need to change their message, but need to do a better job at communicating their message. "I believe that conservative values, they're the right values. We don't need to change them, we need to change the way we message them," said Mia Love, mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. Former Congressman Artur Davis, who recently switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party, agreed that conservatives have done a poor job at communicating their message....
  • Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?

    01/28/2013 1:58:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Michelle Malkin's Twitchy ^ | 1/28/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Fact check: Did Obama end hot breakfasts for troops in Afghanistan?..........
  • Iran Launches Monkey Into Space

    01/28/2013 1:57:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | Randy Kreider
    Iran has successfully launched a rocket carrying a monkey into space, according to Iranian state media, in what Iranian officials call a "prelude to sending humans into space." The monkey was sent in an "indigenous bio-capsule" called Pishgam, which is Farsi for "Pioneer," according to Iran's Press TV. Pishgam reached an altitude of more than 75 miles and made a successful return, according to Iranian news agency Fars. The head of Iran's space agency, Hamid Fazeli, said that Iran decided to send a monkey "because of biological similarities between humans and monkeys," according to Press TV. Iran's space agency had...
  • Politico: Obama Team Coordinated Gun Control Efforts With Mayor Bloomberg

    01/28/2013 1:54:53 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    The Blaze via Politico ^ | 1/28/2013 | Erica Ritz
    Do you ever feel like matters become top-priority political issues practically overnight, with politicians across the country utilizing the same phrases, stories, and themes to drive their points home? In the case of gun control, there seems to be a new narrative that hunting is an activity protected by the U.S. Constitution, but that guns deemed too big or threatening for hunters will be banned. In the case of linguistic synchronization, the phrase “gun control” appears to be falling from favor in left-leaning circles, only to be replaced by “reducing gun violence.” It’s hardly a secret that top politicians meet...
  • Hillary's Strange Testimony

    01/28/2013 1:54:31 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    WND ^ | 1/27/2013 | Pam Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller blasts 'sorry end to pathetic stint as secretary of state' History will remember Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s performance before senators and House members at the congressional Benghazi hearings as a stunning indictment of her profound failures and those of Obama administration.
  • ‘The Problem Is Not Gun Laws’: Watch the Emotional Speech

    01/28/2013 1:47:16 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/28/2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School appeared before a subcommittee of the Connecticut Legislature on Monday to speak about gun control. While some used the platform to promote stricter firearms legislation, at least one parent became passionate, claiming that there are more than enough laws on the books, that current regulations simply need to be enforced and that the nation needs to embrace personal responsibility.
  • Bob Costas Missed the Point

    01/28/2013 1:40:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, yesterday afternoon I'm minding my own business. What was I doing? I think I was reading. I got an e-mail from Howie Kurtz, our old buddy. He used to be at the Washington Post, and I think he's at the Daily Beast now. He also has this show Reliable Sources at CNN and Howie said, "I don't know if you were watching," and I wasn't. "But Bob Costas was on my show today, and Bob Costas brought your name up just out of the clear blue. I didn't bring it up. Costas brought your name up...
  • Taco Bell pulls ad that mocked veggies

    01/28/2013 1:37:29 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Miami Heral ^ | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Taco Bell is pulling a TV ad after receiving complaints that it discouraged people from eating vegetables. -snip- The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group, this weekend urged people to tweet their complaints about the ad and the chain quickly made the decision to pull it.
  • Appeals court to EPA: ... being a little overly optimistic with the biofuels, there?

    01/28/2013 1:37:03 PM PST · by rusty millet · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Environmental Protection Agency is getting taken to court left and right for their many overzealous regulations and intrusions into private industry, with varying results– but on Friday, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that, why no, the EPA may not punish the oil industry for their noncompliance with the EPA’s lofty Renewable Fuels Standard mandates in failing to blend a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product, seeing as how those biofuels are not actually available.
  • David Cameron’s wife Samantha is the “driving force” behind gay marriage (per cabinet minister)

    01/28/2013 1:34:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:30AM GMT 26 Jan 2013 | Tim Walker
    Mandrake reported on Friday that David Cameron’s mother, Mary, had been asked why the Prime Minister was pressing ahead with plans to change the law in favor of same-sex marriage when it was alienating so many of the Conservative Party’s natural supporters. “I know, but David just won’t be told,” the retired Justice of the Peace replied. The answer may be close to hand: a cabinet minister points to Samantha Cameron’s influence on her husband. “Samantha is the driving force behind the policy,” claims the minister. The baronet’s daughter, who is a creative consultant at Smythson, the Mayfair luxury goods...
  • ARMED VETERAN IN WHEELCHAIR SCARES OFF WOULD-BE BURGLAR

    01/28/2013 1:33:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1/28/2013 | Hope Hodge
    An Army veteran from Athens, Ga. proved last week you don’t have to be a physical match for a home invader as long as you have the proper tools for self-defense. When someone kicked in his front door Wednesday afternoon, Mark Sikes, a wheelchair-bound 53-year-old, instinctively reached for the pistol in his bedroom nightstand, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.“I pointed the gun at him and told him he better get the hell out, and he flew like a bat. He’s lucky I didn’t kill him,” Sikes told the paper.Sikes wasn’t sure if the intruder had a weapon, and the invader, a...
  • Churchgoers robbed at gunpoint in East St. Louis [Illinois: The Gun Free State]

    01/28/2013 1:30:35 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 18 replies
    STL Today.com (St. Louis Post Dispatch) ^ | 1/28/2013 | FROM STAFF REPORTS
    EAST ST. LOUIS • About 100 people were attending a musical event at a small church here when several masked gunmen burst into the church and demanded money and valuables, members and attendees said Monday. The attendees, who did not give their names for fear of retaliation, said at least three robbers ordered people at the music event to the floor and took cash from them in the holdup about 5:30 p.m. Sunday at IRA Grove Free Will Baptist Church, 1701 Belmont Avenue. The gunmen were wearing bandanas over their faces, according to police and witnesses. Witnesses did not get...
  • Democrats, tea party unite vs. Mitch McConnell

    01/28/2013 1:26:18 PM PST · by what's up · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Manu Raju
    Tea party activists looking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a GOP primary may get some help from an unlikely source: Democrats. Big Democratic donors, local liberal activists and a left-leaning super PAC in Kentucky are telling tea partiers that they are poised to throw financial and organizational support behind a right-wing candidate should one try to defeat the powerful GOP leader in a 2014 primary fight. -snip- Now, Paul is supporting McConnell’s reelection bid. And much to the chagrin of tea party activists looking for a McConnell primary challenger, Massie has emphatically said he won’t take on...
  • ‘Anti-testing movement’ grows among American teachers

    01/28/2013 1:23:38 PM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/28/2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    ...“I, along with 3 million educators across the country, proudly support our members’ efforts in saying ‘no’ to giving their students a flawed test that takes away from learning and is not aligned with the curriculum,” said National Education Association President Dennis van Roekel...
  • Barbara Walters Has Chickenpox, Remains Hospitalized

    01/28/2013 1:21:13 PM PST · by SMGFan · 59 replies
    Barbara Walters has been in the hospital for more than a week after she fell and hit her head during pre-Inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. — and now the View co-host has contracted the chickenpox. While doctors were monitoring Walters after her fall, they noticed her fever was not subsiding and eventually determined that it was due to chickenpox, according to The Associated Press.
  • Army, Police To Trace Status Of Missile Launcher At Gun Buyback

    01/28/2013 1:21:08 PM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    KOMOnews.com ^ | 28 January 2013
    Seattle - The item, a single-use device that had already been used, is a launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile.
  • Conservative media watchdogs push back on Obama's Fox News attack

    01/28/2013 1:20:08 PM PST · by walford · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Fox News
    "...If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it," [President Obama] said.
  • Shouting Louder (Sowell on Obama, Clinton & Benghazi)

    01/28/2013 1:18:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    An old-time trial lawyer once said, "When your case is weak, shout louder!" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted louder when asked about the Obama administration's story last fall that the September 11th attack on the U.S. ambassador's quarters in Benghazi was due to an anti-Islamic video that someone in the United States had put on the Internet, and thereby provoked a protest that escalated into violence. She shouted: "We had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What...
  • Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 1:18:09 PM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control. In the video, Bloomberg is seen surrounded by security. Mattera approaches Bloomberg and asks, “In the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?” Bloomberg’s reply: “Uh, you, we’ll get right back to you.” “Why can you defend yourself but not the majority of Americans?” Mattera asks as the mayor walks away....
  • Don’t Gut Our Military: $150 Billion in Commonsense Proposals to Prevent Sequestration

    01/28/2013 1:06:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    The Foundry - Heritage Foundation ^ | 28 Jan 13 | T. Elliot Gaiser
    Unless Congress acts, March 1 will trigger a $55 billion-per-year ($45 billion in 2013, as the fiscal cliff deal delayed the cuts for two months) cut in national defense, known as sequestration, which will weaken the United States’s ability to defend itself. But this does not have to happen; Congress should cut other spending to prevent the debilitating cuts to defense. National defense, unlike most other discretionary programs, is a central constitutional duty and today represents only 17 percent of the budget. Yet nearly half of the Congress-mandated sequestration cuts—$492 billion—would come from defense. These across-the-board cuts threaten our...
  • Chick-fil-A CEO and Gay Activist Are Now Friends

    01/28/2013 1:01:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Chris Good
    The leader of a national gay-rights group says he’s coming out–as a friend of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. “I’ve gotten to know Dan, he’s gotten to know me. He’s shared concerns about young people, about Chick-fil-A being used for certain purposes,” Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, told ABC News. SNIP In July, Equality Matters examined tax forms and found that in 2010 the restaurant chain had donated over $1.9 million to “anti-gay causes.” In September, the restaurant chain pledged to stop donating to anti-gay groups. Windmeyer says those donations stopped in 2011.
  • Obama Opens Second Term the Same Way He Started First... Talking About Me

    01/28/2013 12:57:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | January 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Obama said to the New Republic he'd get a lot more done without Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. The rest of the media's in the tank. Everybody else has fallen in line. There is no opposition other than Fox News and Limbaugh. The way it works, and what this all boils down to, the Republicans, I mean, everybody knows they want to get along with Democrats. Everybody knows they want to socialize. They want their lives to have meaning, but Limbaugh is the one standing in the way 'cause what happens? The Republicans are simply afraid that...
  • Obama's secret skeet shooting

    01/28/2013 12:51:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "When he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends to relax, not to produce photographs," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday. He said he had never seen any pictures of Obama skeet shooting. ~~SNIP~~ "He does go to Camp David with some regularity, but I'm not sure how often he’s done that." According to CBS News' Mark Knoller, who keeps statistics on the president's movements, Obama has visited Camp David 29 times, spending a total of 72 days there since taking office.
  • Reid Remarks On Common-Sense Immigration Reform

    01/28/2013 12:48:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 1/28/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    I applaud [the bipartisan group of eight] Senators for setting partisanship aside to tackle a crucial issue facing our nation. This is a positive first step.”“I pledge that I will do everything in my power as Majority Leader to get a bill across the finish line.”“With bipartisan support building in both houses of Congress and a President who is eager to solve this problem, there is no reason we should not pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately.”Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about immigration reform. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.Last...
  • Amnesty Plan Equals 'Unlimited Future Illegal Immigration'

    01/28/2013 12:47:51 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | David Yonkman
    An agreement over sweeping overhaul of immigration law reached by a bipartisan group of leading senators has quickly drawn its critics. The outline of the plan covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, expected to be announced later this afternoon, has a long wayto go before the thorny details are worked out. But the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation's inefficient patchwork of immigration laws. It is already...
  • Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting

    01/28/2013 12:33:15 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-28-2013 | Joel Gerhke
    January 28, 2013 Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting Joel Gerhke President Obama said that he “goes skeet-shooting all the time,” a comment that apparently has the White House press corps a little suspicious. A reporter today asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney how often Obama goes shooting and why hasn’t the press corps heard about this before? Carney simply referred her to Obama’s statement. Is there a photo of the president shooting? “There may be, but I haven’t seen it,” Carney replied. He didn’t mention if he had personally seen Obama go shooting.
  • Carbon Use and GDP (Robert Zubrin)

    01/28/2013 12:27:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 28, 2013 | Robert Zubrin
    Why are progressives so eager to suppress the things most necessary for economic growth? In his inaugural address on January 21, President Obama invoked great ideals of human dignity, equality, and most especially “progress” to justify his second-term agenda, a cornerstone of which will be a crusade to limit humanity’s use of carbon.In fact, nothing could be more antithetical to the goal of advancing the human condition than restricting carbon consumption. A look at the relationship between living standards and humanity’s carbon utilization over the past 200 years, as shown in Figure 1, below, makes this perfectly clear.Fig. 1 Average...
  • Mitchell Claims Obama Said Only Guests Shot Skeet—But Interviewer Contradicts Her

    01/28/2013 12:26:46 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How big of an Obama lapdog is Andrea Mitchell? Even bigger than ardent Obama fan Chris Hughes. The Facebook co-founder, who bought the New Republic last year, recently scored an interview with President Obama that has been criticized for its generally soft questioning. But during an appearance on Mitchell's MSNBC show today, even Hughes was more candid about the prez than Mitchell. When it came to the President's statement during the interview that at Camp David "we do skeet shooting all the time," Mitchell claimed "he didn't say that he was skeet shooting, but he does say that it's one...