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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.
  • Gun violence rally held at Colorado State Capitol ("More than 100" LoL)

    01/28/2013 6:18:38 PM PST · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    kmgh ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Jessica Farris
    DENVER - Demonstrators demanding stricter gun laws gathered outside the Colorado State Capitol at noon on Monday. More than 100 gun-control supporters rallied on the Capitol steps with signs that said "Let Us Live." The gun violence prevention rally was organized by Together Colorado, a group that specializes in community organizing. The rally included speeches and presentation by friends and family of gun violence victims, religious leaders, elected officials and other advocates of stricter regulations on firearms.
  • Pa. Homeowner Sues Seller Over Home's Bloody Past

    01/28/2013 6:14:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 91 replies
    abc/yahoo ^ | January 28, 2013 | SUSANNA KIM
    A Pennsylvania woman has appealed to the state Supreme Court in her suit against a home seller and real estate agent who failed to disclose that a murder-suicide had taken place in the home she purchased. When Janet Milliken, 59, moved from California after her husband died, she had hoped to start a new life with her two teenage children in Pennsylvania near her family. She bought a home in Thornton, Pa., for $610,000 in June 2007. She learned a few weeks after she moved in from a next-door neighbor that a murder-suicide had occurred the year before in her...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Boat Trip: USS Carl Vinson ~ 29 JAN 2013

    01/28/2013 6:05:10 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 70 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Boat Trip: USS Carl Vinson ~ CVN 70 The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the US Navy. The ship was launched in 1980, undertook her maiden voyage in 1983, and underwent Refueling and Overhaul between 2005 and 2009. Carl Vinson's callsign is "Gold Eagle". Besides deployments in Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom, the Carl Vinson was involved in a number of...
  • Fordo Underground Explosion Confirmed (Fordow Nuclear Iran - spelling variations) Video

    01/28/2013 6:02:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 98 replies
    johnbatchelorshow.com ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | John Batchelor
    What We Know.  Fordow has become 'Iran's most heavily fortified facility', officials say. APReza Kahlili reported Friday 25 that there had been an underground explosion at the secret Fordo nuclear enrichment facility in Iran.  The details included the closure of a major roadway nearby following the event.  The report also mentioned many technicians trapped underground, perhaps more than 200.   Reza Kahlili and I then discussed the report earlier in the week of an emergency meeting in Ahmadinejad's office in Tehran.  We reported on Wednesday evening 23 January that the meeting in Tehran was in anticipation of a covert operation by Israel or...
  • Social Security commissioner to leave in February

    01/28/2013 5:55:16 PM PST · by haffast · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-26-2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue says he will step down in February after completing his six-year term. Astrue's departure gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to name a new head to the federal government's largest program. Astrue's term was marked by increasingly dire warnings about the long-term financial health of the massive retirement and disability program. Astrue worked to reduce backlogs of people applying for disability claims, despite a big surge in applications since the recession. snip Social Security commissioners serve six-year terms. Astrue was nominated in 2007 by former President George W. Bush. The term...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-28-13

    01/28/2013 5:54:27 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-28-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • US doesn't believe reports of blast at Iran nuclear plant

    01/28/2013 5:49:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 01/28/2013 20:13 | REUTERS
    US doesn't believe reports of blast at Iran nuclear plant By REUTERS 01/28/2013 20:13 WASHINGTON - The United States does not believe media reports about an explosion at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday. The reports had said there had been an explosion early last week at the underground Fordow bunker near the holy Iranian city of Qom. "We have no information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the report is credible," Carney said. "We don't believe those are credible reports."
  • Olin Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings (makes Winchester ammo)

    01/28/2013 5:40:31 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 31 replies
    CLAYTON, Mo., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation (OLN) announced today that its fourth quarter 2012 net income was $34.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, which compares to $18.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $587.6 million, compared to $445.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Joseph D. Rupp, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer said, "During 2012, Olin achieved $373 million of adjusted EBITDA, which is the highest in the history of the company. The record EBITDA was driven by strong results...
  • Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

    01/28/2013 5:33:26 PM PST · by haffast · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-28-2013 | ANDREW MIGA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. "I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into law as soon as it hits my desk," Obama said in a statement late Monday. Despite opposition from conservatives concerned about adding billions of dollars more to the nation's debt, the Senate cleared the long-delayed bill, 62-36, after House Republicans had stripped it earlier this...
  • Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts

    01/28/2013 5:28:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    The Guardian, ^ | Monday 28 January 2013 12.07 EST | Luke Harding in Sévaré
    Fleeing Islamist insurgents burnt two buildings containing priceless books as French-led troops approached al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings that held the manuscripts, some of which dated back to the 13th century. They also burned down the town hall, the governor's office and an MP's residence, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military. French troops and the Malian army reached the gates of Timbuktu on Saturday and secured the town's airport. But they appear to have got there too late to rescue the leather-bound manuscripts that were a unique record of sub-Saharan...
  • Yemen, U.S. intercept ship with 'large cache of illegal arms'

    01/28/2013 5:27:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 8:06 PM EST, Mon January 28, 2013 | Barbara Starr and Greg Botelho, CNN
    (CNN) -- Yemeni authorities working with the U.S. Navy intercepted a ship carrying a "substantial" cache of "illegal arms" such as surface-to-air missiles, potent explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, a U.S. official and Yemen's government said Monday. The incident took place in Yemeni territorial waters in the Arabian Sea last Wednesday, according to a statement issued five days later from Yemen's embassy in Washington.The crew of the USS Farragut, a Naval destroyer, was working with Yemeni authorities when they spotted the vessel, said an official in the Obama administration. The ship had several flags onboard, but no reliable documentation showing where...
  • THIS WEB FEATURE WILL DISAPPEAR IN 5 SECONDS

    01/28/2013 5:23:41 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 7 replies
    DARPA ^ | January 28, 2013 | Darpa Outreach
    New DARPA program seeks performers for transient electronics demonstration The sophisticated electronics used by war-fighters in everything from radios, remote sensors and even phones can now be made at such a low cost that they are pervasive throughout the battlefield. These electronics have become necessary for operations, but it is almost impossible to track and recover every device. At the end of operations, these electronics are often found scattered across the battlefield and might be captured by the enemy and re-purposed or studied to compromise DoD’s strategic technological advantage.
  • Grayson on GOP: “These Are People Who Want to Kick You When You're Down”

    01/28/2013 5:17:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 28, 2013 | Craig Millward
    On Current TV’s “Viewpoint” on Jan 17, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attacked Republicans over their alleged inability to get anything done, and said “these are people who want to kick you when you're down.” In the interview, Grayson was critical of House Republicans over the amount of time it took to provide federal assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. … He continued “Look, we live in a country where almost 25 million people can’t find full time work and the president and the Democratic Party have been desperately trying to do something about this for the past four years...
  • Amnesty “Absolutely” Must Be Part of Immigration Reform, Says Senator Who Had Illegal Intern

    01/28/2013 5:11:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 28, 2013 | Matt Cover
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said that some kind of pathway to citizenship “absolutely” must be part of immigration reform. Immigration officials arrested an illegal immigrant and convicted sex offender interning for Sen. Menendez in December. “Absolutely,” Menendez said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, when asked if a pathway to citizenship was necessary. “Latino voters in—first of all, Americans support it in poll after poll. Secondly, Latino voters expect it. Thirdly, Democrats want it. And fourth, Republicans need it.” …
  • Immigration reformers credit Kennedy

    01/28/2013 5:05:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 28, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    The late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) continues to exert an influence on the Senate, the chamber in which he served for 47 years. Democrats cited Kennedy, long known as the "Lion of the Senate," as an inspiration when they passed the healthcare reform law at the start of President Obama’s first term. Now, nearly four years after Kennedy's death, senators in both parties are channeling his memory as they pursue immigration reform. “If we do succeed, and I think we will, it will be a testimonial to Ted Kennedy’s effort years ago that laid the groundwork for this agreement,” said...
  • TOWER OF HATE: Racist and sexist slur-filled graffiti covers inside of new WTC

    01/28/2013 5:05:17 PM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    EXCLUSIVE: The soaring symbol of American resilience now bears the markings of lowlifes. The graffiti looms over the 16-acre site in lower Manhattan where more than 2,800 people of all colors and creeds died — victims of an attack directed at the heart of American ideals.
  • America’s Rating as a Free Country Continues to Plummet

    01/28/2013 4:55:53 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://thelibertypaper.org ^ | January 28, 2013
    Freedom can be defined in many ways. However, one of the greatest indicators of freedom and liberty is economic freedom. True free-market capitalism is the basis of individual liberty. However, America is no longer a top 5 contender, and we haven’t been for a years. Actually, America is barely even in the top 10. The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom study reports that America continues to fail. Who took first place in economic freedom in 2012? The answer may surprise you. It was Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s score was an 89.9%, which was a 0.2% increase from 2011. Following Hong...
  • Rush Limbaugh calls on Fox to fight ‘amnesty’

    01/28/2013 4:45:53 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh calls on Fox to fight ‘amnesty’ By: Kevin Cirilli January 28, 2013 04:43 PM EST Rush Limbaugh said Monday that it’s up to him and Fox News to stop amnesty for undocumented immigrants. “I mean, thanks to Obama you have amnesty unless you get convicted of a major felony. So I don’t know that there’s any stopping this. It’s up to me and Fox News, and I don’t think Fox News is that invested in this. I don’t think there’s any Republican opposition to this of any majority consequence or size,” the conservative commentator said on his radio...
  • Iran Launches Monkey Into Space: Reports

    01/28/2013 4:43:23 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 28 replies
    space.com ^ | 28 January 2013 Time: 09:18 AM ET | Megan Gannon, News Editor
    Iranian space officials announced Monday (Jan. 28) that they have successfully launched a live monkey into space, inching closer to the Islamic republic's goal of a manned mission, according to news reports.The space capsule, called Pishgam, which means "pioneer" in Farsi, reportedly returned the monkey alive after a suborbital flight to space and back, according to Iranian news agencies.
  • Are stocks a sucker’s bet?

    01/28/2013 4:35:16 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 35 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 1/28/2013 | Peter Morici
    With corporate profits at record levels and stocks regaining the ground lost during the financial crisis, Wall Street anxiously anticipates the return of the individual investors to equity markets. It may be a long wait, because the little guy may have concluded stocks are a sucker’s bet. Investors, as opposed to traders, buy stocks in companies whose profits they expect to rise. The conventional wisdom says stock prices will follow profits up, but over the last two business cycles, that simply has not happened. In March 2000, the S&P 500 first closed above 1500. Since corporate profits are up 135...
  • The GOP and the City

    01/28/2013 4:31:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2013 | Edward L. Glaeser
    Conservative policies have greatly benefited urbanites. Why won’t Republicans seek their votes?After the presidential election in November, New York Times exit polls found that Republican candidate Mitt Romney had received only 29 percent of the big-city vote to President Obama’s 69 percent. That gap prompted Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, to conclude that it was “the turnout especially in urban areas” that “gave President Obama the big margin to win this race.” Ryan was right: the GOP has an urban problem. And it’s partly a self-created one. The party, nationally and even locally, has focused on winning suburban and rural...
  • Arsonist gets death for Calif. fire that killed 5

    01/28/2013 4:26:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times/AP ^ | January 28, 2013 | AP
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — An arsonist was sentenced to death on Monday for killing five men who died of heart attacks during a wildfire that ripped through the hills east of Los Angeles a decade ago. Superior Court Judge Michael Smith had the option of sentencing Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, to the harshest penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Murdoch apologizes for “offensive” Netanyahu cartoon

    01/28/2013 4:20:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:02pm EST | Tim Castle
    Rupert Murdoch apologized on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon in his London-based Sunday Times newspaper depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a bloody wall trapping the bodies of Palestinians, after complaints from Jewish groups. The image, which shows Netanyahu holding a trowel dripping blood, was published on Holocaust Memorial Day and carried the caption “Israeli elections. Will cementing peace continue?” The Board of Deputies of British Jews said the cartoon was “shockingly reminiscent of the blood libel imagery more usually found in parts of the virulently anti-Semitic Arab press”. The so-called “blood libel”—accusations that Jewish peoples murder children and...
  • Sideshow stunt shuts down I-880

    01/28/2013 4:09:27 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Januay 28, 2013 | Will Kane
    <p>A group of sideshow drivers briefly shut down all northbound lanes of Interstate 880 near the Coliseum in Oakland on Saturday afternoon while they burned rubber and did doughnuts.</p> <p>Participants filmed the minutes-long stunt and posted it to YouTube. The videos show at least a half-dozen souped up cars stopping traffic.</p>
  • Petition to Establish Civil Guard of gun owners (aka Militia)

    01/28/2013 4:07:42 PM PST · by njslim · 26 replies
    Be it resolved that any person legally competent to posess firearms shall, by posessing such arms, be obligated to muster under authority of legally elected officers, to recieve training in firearms laws and firearms qualification and basic militia tactics, and shall have assigned duties during times of national or state emergencies, to include invasion by foreign powers, insurrection or natuiral disasters. Such duties shall include, but not be limited to community policing, assisting in evacuationn and other relief actions and securing of basic infrastructure. Such assigned duties shall take into consideration the physical limitations of the member. Persons found mentally...
  • Krauthammer: We have ‘a Statue of Liberty — it’s not a Statue of Equality’

    01/28/2013 4:04:26 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    Over the weekend, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer spoke at the National Review Institute Summit in Washington, D.C. During a question-and-answer session, he was asked if he thought President Barack Obama would attempt to hand-pick his successor in order to help guide the country down a path to “socialism.” ... Krauthammer said it was less important whether Obama chose his successesor and more crucial what kind of groundwork he would lay for him or her ... Krauthammer urged conservatives to make a case for liberty and its benefits in order to defeat the President’s agenda ...
  • Class Offers to ‘Heal’ Teachers Afflicted with Racism

    01/28/2013 4:03:32 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/25/2013
    The Milwaukee Teacher’s Education Association is promoting a series of workshops to help heal teacher’s infected with racism. The “Healing Racism Workshops” provide college credit for educators who enroll in the class. “We have all been assigned a race by America’s pervasive socialization process,” read a flyer promoting the workshop. “This racial conditioning permeates the fabric of our inter-personal and inter-group relations, taking little account of laws and statutes, and reaching deep into the hearts and minds of individuals.” But critics of the class said it smacks of blame and victimization. “Here we go again,” said Kyle Olson, founder of...
  • Muhlbauer faces gun-rights questions in first forum (IA Dem politico who wants gun confiscation)

    01/28/2013 3:56:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Carroll Daily Times Herald ^ | January 28, 2013 | Larry Devine, news editor
    State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer's declaration that he stands firmly behind the U.S. Constitution's gun-rights amendment drew a strong challenge at the Carroll Chamber of Commerce's first legislative forum of the Legislature's 2013 session Saturday morning. Muhlbauer continues to draw heat for comments he made in an interview with the Times Herald soon after the shooting massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December. In that interview, Muhlbauer, D-Manilla, suggested strong gun-control measures, including possible confiscation of particularly high-powered weapons, and received nationwide media attention. At Saturday's forum attended by about 40 people in the New Hope activities building, Muhlbauer...
  • Russia calls in big guns to boost investment (Goldman Sachs)

    01/28/2013 3:54:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | Jan 28, 2013 14:19 Moscow Time
    The Russian government says it aims to raise its sovereign credit rating this year to an A, where top countries are rated AAA and the lowest are D, and has called in Goldman Sachs to help improve its image to investors around the world. ... "Russia is an open country, safe, we are part of the global economy and global political processes," Medvedev said.
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Statement on Immigration Reform Proposal

    01/28/2013 3:39:16 PM PST · by kristinn · 46 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Sen. Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding today’s bipartisan immigration reform proposal: I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the...