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  • Breaking: NM Gun Control Measure Stalls on 8-8 Vote (House Judiciary committee)

    01/28/2013 8:37:56 PM PST · by CedarDave · 14 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | 7:46 pm, January 28, 2013 | Dan Boyd
    After nearly five hours of heated testimony and debate, a measure that would have required mandatory background checks for firearm purchases from gun shows or private vendors failed to advance in the New Mexico’s House of Representatives. However, the 8-8 vote in the House Judiciary Committee means the legislation, sponsored by Rep. Miguel P. Garcia, D-Albuquerque, could be brought back up for additional discussion. One Democratic legislator, Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, joined with the committee’s Republican members in voting against the legislation. The other Democratic committee members voted in favor it.
  • Polish parliament narrowly defeats civil unions bills

    01/28/2013 8:34:20 PM PST · by massmike · 3 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 01/28/2013 | HILARY WHITE
    In a close vote, Poland’s lower house of parliament (Sejm) has rejected legislation to create same-sex civil partnerships. The Civil Platform bill, supported by Prime Minister Donald Tusk and brought forward by the ruling Civic Platform party, was rejected in the first sitting by 228 to 211. Two other bills that would have recognized same-sex unions, which were brought forward by homosexual MP Robert Biedron of the Palikot Movement party, were also rejected by solid majorities. Conservatives rejected the bills as an attack on the family and the traditional identification of marriage with procreation. The government’s bill was also opposed...
  • Churches and mausoleums destroyed by rebels as religious tensions mount in Syria

    01/28/2013 8:26:39 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 28/01/2013
    Syrian rebel groups have been accused of destroying religious sites in the north of the country over the past few months - incidents which have sparked concern for various religious denominations caught up in the Syrian conflict. Shiite and Christian Observers describe the fear in which they live. Two churches were stormed and ransacked in the villages of Ghasaniyeh and Jdeideh (in the region of Lattakia) in November and December 2012, according to Human Rights Watch. According to statements from witnesses, the attacks happened after the villages fell into the hands of the rebel Free Syrian Army.In Zarzour, a village...
  • Bipartisan Plan Faces Resistance in G.O.P.

    01/28/2013 7:51:15 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    NYTimes ^ | January 28, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Bipartisan Plan Faces Resistance in G.O.P. MICHAEL D. SHEAR January 28, 2013 GREENVILLE, S.C. — At Tommy’s Country Ham House, a popular spot downtown for politics and comfort food, not much has changed since 2007, the last time conservatives here made it crystal clear to politicians how they felt about what they see as amnesty for people who entered the country illegally. “What we need to do is put them on a bus,” said Ken Sowell, 63, a lawyer from Greenville, as he ate lunch recently at the diner. “We need to enforce the border. If they want to apply...
  • Workers ordered to remove racist, sexist slurs scrawled all over new World Trade Center bathrooms

    01/28/2013 7:48:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013, 8:30 PM | Vera Chinese and Corky Siemaszko
    One World Trade Center is getting its mouth washed out with soap. A day after the Daily News exposed the racist and sexist graffiti inside a building that’s supposed to symbolize national unity, workers were ordered to clean the mess and paint over the filth. Meanwhile, Port Authority police launched an investigation—and dispatched officers with cameras to the men’s rooms Monday to take pictures of the heinous scrawls. They’ll hit the ladies’ rooms in the still-under-construction building on Tuesday. …
  • Rand Paul Will Propose Ban On Sending F-16s To Egypt

    01/28/2013 7:41:37 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 20 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Rebecca Berg
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul told an off-the-record meeting of conservative donors and powerbrokers Monday that he plans to file a bill that would ban sending F-16 fighter jets to Egypt. "The crowed loved it," a source told BuzzFeed. Last year, Lockheed Martin delivered 20 F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of $1.3 billion in military aid from the U.S. government, The New York Times reported. Paul has expressed concern for the practice in the past — but his remarks via Skype to the so-called "Monday Meeting" in New York City showed even firmer support by the Kentucky senator...
  • Business world bracing for flood of new regulations from Obama

    01/28/2013 7:39:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The Hill has bad news for businessmen as the second term of Barack Obama begins, and … more bad news. First, businesses foresee a flood of regulations as Obama uses the executive branch to push an agenda that has no chance of getting through Congress: President Obama has begun to wield the power of the executive to press forward with a second-term agenda that delights the left and terrifies the right.When he said "we must act" in his inaugural address last week, liberals cheered him on, and conservatives saw that the electoral earthquake of November is likely to be followed...
  • Gun Control's Potemkin Village

    01/28/2013 7:37:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    reason.com ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Steve Chapman
    Political trends come and go in response to events. Gun control was the rage during the Clinton administration, but over the past decade or so it became an obsolete cause. After the horrific crimes in Newtown and Aurora, though, it's staging a comeback. One thing hasn't changed: The agenda includes mostly measures that will have little or no effect on the problems they are supposed to address. They are Potemkin remedies—presentable facades with empty space behind them. This is something that supporters as well as opponents labor to conceal. Treating them as serious allows them both to posture for their...
  • Social Security Disability Program May Hit Shortfalls by 2016

    01/28/2013 7:35:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 01/28/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Social Security will eventually hit the wall, but Social Security Disability Insurance may hit the wall even before Obama heads off to a permanent vacation on the many golf courses of Hawaii or rewrites the Living Constitution to become Emperor of Post-America. Over the long term, Social Security and Medicare have promised tens of trillions of dollars more in benefits than the nation can pay for under current policies. But Social SecurityÂ’s disability trust fund is in even worse shape, and current estimates say by 2016 it wonÂ’t have enough money to pay full benefits.The fiscal security of the disability...
  • Former SEIU union local president convicted of embezzlement ( Unions are Corporations)

    01/28/2013 7:23:58 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan 28 2013
    The former president of California’s largest union local was found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday of stealing from the low-wage workers he represented. Tyrone Freeman, who led Local 6434 of the Service Employees International Union, was convicted on 14 criminal counts, including embezzlement of union funds, violating tax laws and mail fraud. As president of SEIU Local 6434 -- the second-largest SEIU chapter in the nation -- Freeman, 43, represented 160,000 low-wage healthcare workers who cared for the elderly and people with disabilities. He also represented 30,000 workers as president of the California United Homecare...
  • High Taxes Cripple Hawaii’s Economic Growth

    01/28/2013 7:23:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Monday, January 28th, 2013 | Lowell Kalapa
    In kicking the proverbial can down the road, Congressional leaders acquiesced to the demand that wealthier Americans pay higher taxes. The higher taxes came in the form of a higher maximum tax rate on those individuals making more than $400,000 and the loss of the favorable tax treatment accorded dividend and capital gains income. Such a strategy pandered to the majority of Americans who don’t believe they are “rich,” but fall into the great “middle class” which the politicians claimed they were protecting. In the meantime, those very politicians have deferred dealing with the real issue that is out of...
  • The Problem Is Not Gun Laws': Watch the Emotional Speech by a Sandy Hook Victim’s Dad That Got a

    01/28/2013 7:21:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/28/13 | 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. Mark Mattioli, whose six-year-old son James perished inside of the school, testified that a plethora of new gun laws isn’t the answer and that, instead, personal responsibility, accountability and civility are the...
  • Aviano based F-16 crashes in Adriatic [USAF, 31st FW]

    01/28/2013 7:18:56 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 11 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 1/28/2013 | Asif Shamim
    Italian newswires are reporting a USAFE F-16 has crashed into the Adriatic. The status of the pilot is currently unknown. Early reports which have yet to be confirmed indicate the F-16 was part of formation of jets when it crashed. Search and Rescue is currently underway to recover the pilot. The plane lost contact with the control tower at about 1900 GMT and the Italian coast guard has also joined in the search in the Adriatic Sea, where the jet is presumed to have gone down.
  • Army training exercise happening on Houston's south side

    01/28/2013 7:18:43 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 83 replies
    ABC13 Houston ^ | 1-28-13 | Staff
    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- SkyEye 13 HD was over the south side where at first look, it appears there's a massive SWAT scene happening. People have been calling police, as well as our newsroom, saying they're hearing gunshots in the area of Scott and Airport. It turns out, the Army says, it's a multi-agency training drill. They're doing it at the old Carnegie High School.
  • The Cristero War (North American troops fire on their own citizens)

    01/28/2013 7:12:18 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 9 replies
    wikipedia ^ | current | Unknown
    Mexico’s Cristero War (1926-29) was a grassroots rebellion against the administration of Plucarto Elias Calles, who provoked the Catholic community by arresting priests and forcing the closure of all churches with military force. He sought to restrict – if not eliminate – Catholicism from the country. Excerpt...
  • Read & React: Maine Man Uses .22 for Defense in Home Invasion

    01/28/2013 7:00:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 59 replies
    gunsandammo.com ^ | 4 March, 3012 | Richard Nance
    As McIntyre and Dellairo continued to batter Williams and Ramos, Williams broke free and ran to his bedroom, where he armed himself with a .22-caliber handgun equipped with a laser sight. Williams shot McIntyre in the leg then followed him, Dellairo, and the female out of the apartment. While outside the apartment, Dellairo lunged at Williams with a knife. In response, Williams “fired off a couple surprised rounds,” which struck Dellairo’s hip. As the three fled, they entered a vehicle, possibly with a second female. Williams fired two rounds that impacted the vehicle’s trunk in an effort to aid police...
  • Report: Athletes Fleeing California Due to High Taxes

    01/28/2013 6:55:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/13 | Tony Lee
    The mainstream media bullied professional golfer Phil Mickelson into apologizing for criticizing California's high taxes and threatening to leave the state because of California's high income tax rate. But California's high taxes have been forcing many athletes--including those far from the limelight and who have not made as much money as Mickelson--to leave the state for fiscal reasons. Tiger Woods said he left California because of high taxes in 1996. According to the Wall Street Journal, Woods' net savings over those 16 years come to about $100 million. Mickelson, meanwhile, earned nearly $60.7 million last year. After Proposition 30, Mickelson...
  • Petition to Congress: Start immediate investigation of Obama's use of forged IDs and a CT SSN

    01/28/2013 6:52:20 PM PST · by Codetrader · 42 replies
    Start immediate investigation of Barack Obama's use of forged IDs and a CT SSN which was never assigned to him according to e-verify -- 19,362 Letters and Emails Sent So Far. On April 15, 2010 Obama posted his 2009 tax returns on line. He forgot to flatten the PDF file and his full unredacted Social Security number xxx-xx-4425 became known to the public. This number immediately raised suspicions of Attorney Orly Taitz, as it started with 042, a digit combination which was assigned to the state of CT and Obama was never a resident of CT. E-verify and SSNVS showed...
  • Obama's Illinois Downgrade Makes It America's Greece

    01/28/2013 6:49:54 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 28, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    State Budgets: Inability or unwillingness to fix the state's hemorrhaging pension system and curb union power has led a major credit rating service to downgrade the Land of Lincoln's rating to the lowest in the nation. On Friday, the bond rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the state's credit level again, to A-, putting Illinois' on par with California. No, actually below California, for S&P gives California a positive outlook. Illinois' fragile overall financial status netted it a negative outlook, putting it behind California overall. The ratings came out now because Illinois plans to issue $500 million in bonds within...
  • Draft UN climate report shows 20 years of overestimated global warming, skeptics warn

    01/28/2013 6:34:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Maxim Lott
    A preliminary draft of a report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked to the public this month, and climate skeptics say it contains fresh evidence of 20 years of overstated global warming. The report -- which is not scheduled for publication until 2014 -- was leaked by someone involved in the IPCC’s review process, and is available for download online. Bloggers combing through the report discovered a chart comparing the four temperature models the group has published since 1990. Each has overstated the rise in temperature that Earth actually experienced.