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  • Most U.S. Gun Deaths Result from Suicide (My title)

    01/31/2013 9:19:52 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Wiki Answers ^ | 2012 | Wikianswers
    [Roughly 60 percent of U.S. firearms fatalities died by their own hand.] How many gun deaths are in the US every year? In 2011, the latest figure available from the Centers for Disease Control, Accidental discharge 851 Suicide 19,766 Homicide 11,101 Undetermined Intent 222 Total: At least 31940 people died from gun injuries in 2011. Also 258 people were killed during legal intervention, most of them due to guns. Guns were involved, but were not the primary cause of death: -in 2 fatal accidents. -in 6 homicides.
  • Real Freedoms Fading Fast

    01/31/2013 9:16:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Charles Payne
    "We finally got the right guys in front of us to lead us. We kept working, and now we're where we want to go. We've got one more."Frank Gore, running back San Francisco 49ers Listening to Frank Gore being interviewed after his team had just won the right to play in the Super Bowl, I was struck by a line that he's actually said more than once. In fact, it's hard not to find a champion in any sport that hasn't said their team wanted it more. "Want" is a wonderful thing because it propels us beyond what we think...
  • UN: Israel Must Withdraw From Judea, Samaria

    01/31/2013 9:12:18 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | 1-31-13 | Staff
    The United Nations says Israel must withdraw all of its citizens from the regions of Judea and Samaria. The recommendation came in a report issued Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has a history of passing numerous biased resolutions condemning Israel for various alleged "crimes" each year. "Israel must, in compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions," the report said in part. "It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories." Israel"s Foreign Ministry responded in a fiery statement immediately to the report,...
  • Ind. Dem Donnelly opposing assault weapons ban

    01/31/2013 9:04:46 AM PST · by 68skylark · 23 replies
    Associated Press via jconline.com ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Tom LoBianco
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is opposing a ban on assault weapons sought by President Barack Obama.</p> <p>A Donnelly spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday that the Indiana lawmaker will vote against the ban but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.</p>
  • Swedish Court Convicts Man for Hitler Salute

    01/31/2013 9:02:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 31 Jan 13
    A man who performed a Nazi salute in a park in southern Sweden has been convicted of racial agitation by a Malmö court, the first time in three years a local resident has been convicted of a hate crime. The 33-year-old man was watching the football game between Sweden and Ukraine during the summer on a big screen in a local park when the incident took place. In court, he said the Hitler salute was an "inside joke" between him and his friends. He also stated that he was too drunk at the time to realize the gesture was inappropriate....
  • Henninger: Obama's Thunderdome Strategy

    01/31/2013 9:02:20 AM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2013 | Daniel Henninger
    Few are the men and women in American public life who haven't heard Mr. Dooley's famous aphorism: "Politics ain't beanbag." John Boehner, currently serving out his community service as speaker of the House, appears to have been meditating on Mr. Dooley's cautionary wisdom. At the Ripon Society last week he said the Obama administration was trying "to annihilate the Republican Party."
  • Mom protects her son from three intruders

    01/31/2013 8:58:34 AM PST · by Varmint Al · 19 replies
    Michael Berry Site ^ | 1/30/2013 | Michael Berry
    Mom protects her son from three intruders who broke into her house and had a gun and duck tape. The audio clip is on Michael Berry's podcasts. She shoots one of the intruders and another one takes her gun and runs. She tells what happened in her own words. It starts 20 minutes into the first MP3 audio. Click Here. Michael Holds her over for the break and she continues Click Here. This mom tells the whole encounter in her own words. This is the best 2nd Amendment rights story I have heard.Good Hunting... from Varmint Al
  • Russia Concerned by Reports of Israeli Air Strike on Syria

    01/31/2013 8:55:49 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    http://en.rian.ru ^ | January 31, 2013 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow is “deeply concerned” over reports of Israeli air strikes on Syrian territory on Wednesday and is seeking confirmation of what could be a serious violation of the UN charter, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Moscow said it is looking into reports that Israeli fighter jets carried out an air strike on a military research center near Damascus on Wednesday. If the reports of “unprovoked strikes” hitting a sovereign country’s territory are confirmed, this would constitute a violation of fundamental United Nations principles, the Foreign Ministry said. Such attacks are ”unacceptable, no matter...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 31,2013

    01/31/2013 8:49:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
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  • KinderGarden Of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks

    01/31/2013 8:48:17 AM PST · by NCjim · 23 replies
    FrontPage ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jamie Glazov
    Prior to 9-11, I was your typical New York City-born, Liberal Jew. My Liberalism wasn’t a thoughtful embrace of Left-wing ideology – in fact, very, very few people thoughtfully embrace this ideology. It was more like what Andrew Breitbart called “The default factory setting” for people born into the time, place and culture into which I was born. Back then I knew what all Modern Liberals know: Democrats are good and Republicans are evil; Democrats like peace and Republicans like war; Democrats like air and Republicans don’t breathe the air or something. I don’t know. This is why David Mamet...
  • Tawana Brawley served with court order to pay man she accused of rape in 1987

    01/31/2013 8:42:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/13 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley — whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide — yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her. “For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post. “To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than...
  • Dominican prostitute: Sen. Bob Menendez ‘likes the youngest and newest girls’

    01/31/2013 8:34:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/13 | David Martosko and Charles C. Johnson
    In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez at a series of sex parties organized by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime Menendez campaign donor. “That senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,” the woman wrote on April 21, 2002, according to an English translation provided to The Daily Caller by a native Spanish speaker. “In the beginning he seemed so serious, because he never spoke to anyone, but he is just like...
  • NYPD Handcuffed 7-Year-Old & Interrogated Him For Hours Over Missing $5, Family Claims

    01/31/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by fractionated · 31 replies
    http://gothamist.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jen Chung
    A fight over $5 between Bronx school children escalated to the point where the police were called and a seven-year-old boy was arrested, handcuffed, and kept in custody for 10 hours, according to the child's family, who is threatening to sue the city for $250 million. When Wilson Reyes' mother Frances Mendez arrived at the 44th Precinct, she was shocked to see her son handcuffed to the wall. Mendez said, "My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized... Imagine how I felt seeing...
  • Democrat senator denies prostitution allegations (Menendez)

    01/31/2013 8:21:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    GOP USA ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    The office of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., issued a statement Wednesday denying allegations a Florida doctor who is a friend lined up prostitutes for him. The FBI Tuesday raided the office Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor practicing in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is the target of an Internal Revenue Service lien for more than $11 million, The Miami Herald reported. The newspaper said federal investigators were believed to be looking into Melgen's finances as well as the allegations about prostitutes. "Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years," the statement...
  • U.S. Bishops: Redefining Marriage Creates ‘Engine of Conflict’

    01/31/2013 8:14:45 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Tom McFeely
    WASHINGTON — In recent legal briefs filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. bishops warned that a redefinition of marriage would create an “engine of conflict” that threatens freedom of religion, speech and other liberties. “Marriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not a historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society today,” said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a Jan. 29 amicus brief supporting the California ballot initiative, Proposition 8. “The government interests in continuing to encourage and support it are not merely legitimate, but compelling,” the brief explained....
  • Body of missing Aviano pilot found in Adriatic Sea

    01/31/2013 8:11:32 AM PST · by Freeport · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 31, 2013 | N/A
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The body of an Air Force F-16 pilot who went missing during a night training flight late Monday was found Thursday off the coast of Italy, his family announced in a statement. “It is with great sadness that we announce that the body of Captain Lucas Gruenther was found in the Adriatic Sea this afternoon,” the statement said. Gruenther and his F-16 Fighting Falcon went missing at about 8 p.m. Monday roughly 150 miles south of Aviano Air Base, where his unit, the 31st Fighter Wing, is based. A massive search effort ensued, including Italian coast guard...
  • History Lesson - Under 'Fascist' Bush, Democrats Feared Tyranny

    01/31/2013 8:10:46 AM PST · by IbJensen
    GOP USA ^ | January 31, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Once upon a time, a group of people known as the "Democrats" expressed great fear of tyranny by government. This was a time long, long ago, when a man from a place called Texas, representing a people known as the Republicans, occupied the White House. Leaders of the Democrats feared tyranny by the Republicans and called the man from Texas racist, oppressive and tyrannical. To refresh your recollection, we offer a few examples from the distant past: Billionaire Democratic contributor George Soros. He said the George W. Bush White House displayed the "supremacist ideology of Nazi Germany" and that Bush's...
  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was in love

    01/31/2013 8:01:00 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2012 9:59 AM (ET) | By PAT EATON-ROBB
    A California man said he created the hoax involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fake girlfriend because he was in love with the football player. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the first part of which aired Thursday.
  • Inside the Ring: New al Qaeda threat

    01/31/2013 7:54:16 AM PST · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 31 January 2013 | Bill Gertz
    A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct “shocking” attacks on the United States and the West. The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, “Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes.” The message, in Arabic, asks: “Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?” A translation was obtained by Inside the Ring.
  • Russia Slams Israeli "Attack" on Syria. US Forces in Jordan on Alert

    01/31/2013 7:36:50 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    The Syrian announcement of an Israeli air strike on a military site near Damascus Wednesday, Jan. 30, drew strong condemnation from Moscow the next day: "Such action if confirmed would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country," said the statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry Thursday. "If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violate the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it." Israel has made no comment on the Damascus statement which described in detail an...
  • Lessons From the Ancient Mayans

    01/31/2013 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Guatemala -- Where is that, you ask? Generally this column comes to you from Washington, D.C. or New York City. Occasionally it comes from London or Paris. Today it carries the dateline of a seaport in Guatemala, and if it were written a day ago or two days hence it would carry the dateline of Belize. It is freezing up north. The inclement weather has driven me to tropical parts. Global warming sounds more and more agreeable to me and, frankly, if you have your wits about you, to you, too. The frozen remains of palm trees have supposedly...
  • Islamic supremacists' legal jihad

    01/31/2013 7:31:42 AM PST · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller covers latest Hamas-CAIR attack on anti-savagery ads The Chicago branch of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is trying to stop my organization’s campaign countering their bizarre jihad propaganda, threatening suit to keep our ads that tell the truth about jihad from running. Hamas-CAIR once again moves to silence the freedom of speech of those who stand against the jihad and Islamic supremacism. They are bent on imposing Shariah restrictions on criticism of Islam. It all started when Hamas-CAIR developed a new propaganda ad campaign, a psyop, that kicked off on Chicago buses and is now...
  • Unions: Boss’ Constant Criticism, Silent Treatment and Lack of Credit are ‘Workplace Bullying’

    01/31/2013 7:20:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    The National Staff Organization – a group comprised of teachers union organizers, negotiators and lobbyists – recently published an article in which it complains about an apparent rise in “workplace bullying.” The WAR – or Winter Advocacy Retreat – newsletter reads: “To get a handle on what workplace bullying looks like, unions have to consider bullying warning signs like continuous criticism, silent treatment or credit not being given to a worker. Then unions have to develop the strategies to deal with it and restore control to the situation.” Just let it marinate for a minute that unions are complaining about...
  • Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

    01/31/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Be sure to wash those foods or cook them thoroughly... About 1 in 5 illnesses were linked to leafy green vegetables — more than any other type of food. And nearly half of all food poisonings were attributed to produce in general, when illnesses from other fruits and vegetables were added in... Many of the vegetable-related illnesses come from norovirus, which is often spread by cooks and food handlers. So contamination sometimes has more to do with the kitchen or restaurant it came from then the food itself...
  • Is Fox News really different?

    01/31/2013 7:11:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 92 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    For many Americans, Fox News is their “alternative” choice for news. They’ve made it the No. 1 cable news network, largely because they believe its “fair and balanced” promotional slogan. Many even believe Fox leans to the right and provides news they can’t get anywhere else. But is Fox really different from the rest of the media? Or has it been successful merely at positioning itself as different? Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave nearly six times as much money to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the...
  • Gun Laws of America: Critical Items Missing in Feinstein’s Gun Bill

    01/31/2013 7:11:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 January, 2013 | Alan Korwin
    I’ve just finished reading the 122 pages of Diane Feinstein’s latest “gun-control” bill, Senate Bill S.150, and was surprised to find some important things missing. Even more surprising was one small item briefly mentioned on page 13 that has not been reported in any “news” coverage I have seen. It’s a whopper — it invalidates her entire list of guns, and I’ve written ten books on this topic, I know what I’m saying! — but first, here’s what’s missing. 1. Criminals Nothing addresses criminals — everything is aimed at innocent people who haven’t done anything wrong. There is not even...
  • China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined

    01/31/2013 7:01:50 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Coal consumption in China grew more than 9% in 2011, continuing its upward trend for the 12th consecutive year, according to newly released international data. China's coal use grew by 325 million tons in 2011, accounting for 87% of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%). China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined. Robust coal demand growth in China is the result of a more than 200%...
  • Raisin farmers in SCOTUS case face $650K charge if they don’t give half their crop to the feds

    01/31/2013 6:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    47 percent of their crop, to be precise. It’s J.J. Abrams’ world. We’re all just living in it.Luckily, the Supreme Court decided to take the case of the Horne family, so they may end up retaining the right to freely sell the raisin crop they’ve duly produced, but how is it that they must appeal to the highest court in the land for that right? Well, it all started in 1937, as so many good things do, when the federal government began requiring raising farmers to lay aside a tribute portion of their crops in order to control supply and...
  • Hackers in China Attacked The New York Times for Last 4 Months

    01/31/2013 6:50:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/31/2013 | NICOLE PERLROTH
    For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees. After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from breaking back in. The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a Times investigation, published online on Oct. 25, that found that the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune worth several billion dollars through business...
  • The Tyranny Before Us

    01/31/2013 6:49:42 AM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dave Bronson
    At a recent dinner party I had the opportunity to ask an elderly acquaintance a question I thought she was uniquely qualified to answer. You see, she grew up in Germany in the 1930’s just as Adolph Hitler came to power. She was injured during the Allied bombing of her home and then married an American soldier whereupon she settled in America. I asked her, “Katherine, do you see any similarities between Hitler’s Germany in the 1930’s and America today?” My question prompted a swift, if not indelicate, kick under the table from the hostess, a dear friend. Fortunately, Katherine...
  • Remaining jailed New Mexico gun dealer family members granted bond

    01/31/2013 6:47:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 30 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    After 18 months behind bars, Rick and Ryin Reese have been granted bond today, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled. They are the last two members of a New Mexico gun dealer family jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, but who were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy and had money laundering charges against them dismissed. They were convicted on a handful of lesser charges of making false statements on forms, basically under the presumption that they should have know federal agents...
  • Obama: Contracting economy GOP's fault

    01/31/2013 6:47:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2013 | Rick Moran
    Be honest, now. Did you really expect Obama to take responsibility for anything? From The Hill: _____________________________ White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations had prevented important defense spending. "Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that's Republicans in Congress," Carney said. The Commerce Department projected Wednesday that the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Carney said that was partially attributable to the threat of sequestration, which...
  • Obama's 'Evil Empire' Speech ( If he is the Reagan of the left, what is the 'evil empire'? )

    01/31/2013 6:42:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2013 | Cindy Simpson
    If President Obama is truly the "Reagan of the Left," then it's only fair to ask: What does Obama consider "evil" and an "evil empire?" After all, since Obama's second inaugural address, commentators both left and right have been busily comparing Obama to Reagan. The Daily Beast: "[Obama] wants to do for liberalism...what Ronald Reagan did for conservatism." E.J. Dionne: "Obama's role model is Ronald Reagan[.]" Charles Krauthammer: "[Obama's] second inaugural address... is his self-proclamation as the Reagan of the Left." Besides noting the stark ideological differences of each president, most pundits agreed that Obama shares with Reagan not just...
  • FBI unsure of killing American Citizens! What is Obama up to?

    01/31/2013 6:41:27 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 51 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Michael Coberley
    Here is the Utube link. Listen and comment as the head of the FBI is asked if Bo and the DOJ have the authority to order the killing of our own citizens inside the US. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG80Wk9HiYs
  • As GDP Falls, President Obama Runs Out of Excuses

    01/31/2013 6:40:18 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/30/2013 | IBD Staff
    Obamanomics: The economy shrank last quarter, the deficit topped $1 trillion last year, U.S. debt shot up $5 trillion in the past four, and joblessness is at 7.8%. Boy, President Obama sure inherited an economic mess, didn't he? According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy "unexpectedly" declined 0.1% in last three months of 2012, the first decline since early 2009. The Obama administration, naturally, tried to look for scapegoats, this time settling on Hurricane Sandy and Republican-induced uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" outcome. But if that were the case, why was the administration running around late last year...
  • Why This Is Not 1986 : Reagan tried this already, But it may indeed be different this time.

    01/31/2013 6:39:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2013 | Michael Barone
    Yesterday, as Barack Obama called for a bipartisan immigration bill in Las Vegas and Senator Marco Rubio called for one on Rush Limbaugh’s program, the chances for passage looked surprisingly good. But from some quarters — mostly from the right, but also from liberals such as blogger Mickey Kaus — comes a complaint that deserves to be addressed. We tried this once already, they say, in the 1986 immigration act. We were told that in return for the legalization of illegal immigrants we would get tough border control and strict enforcement against employers who hired illegals. We got the amnesty,...
  • Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank

    01/31/2013 6:35:10 AM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 1-31-2013 | Anne Sewell
    A report emanating from a UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and to immediately cease expansion. According to the report, the settlements violate international law and are merely an attempt to drive out Palestinians through intimidation. The report comes from an inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet and was based on interviews with 50 Palestinians, describing land grabs, violence, and damages to livelihood, and reads, "Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions.” The report further states that...
  • Hagel Nomination: Iranians Giddy

    01/31/2013 6:34:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    As the Senate prepares to hold a January 31 confirmation hearing for their former colleague Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense, an alarming paradox has emerged.  Iran – the "Death to America" Islamic regime – is effusive with praise, while a large group of retired U.S. military commanders have "deep concerns" and have taken a highly unusual public position in opposition to Hagel's nomination.   The Washington Times cites an Iranian source that received the news of Hagel's nomination as "a message of peace from the Obama administration to the Islamic Republic of Iran" and admiringly quoted...
  • The Spending Sequester Will Grow the Private Economy - Don't Back Off

    01/31/2013 6:34:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/31/2013 | Larry Kudlow
    Today's report of a 0.1 percent GDP decline for the fourth quarter came as a surprise to most forecasters. But it actually masks considerable strength in the private economy. Namely, housing investment in the fourth quarter jumped 15.3 percent annually, business equipment and software spiked 12.4 percent, and real private final sales rose 2.6 percent. All in, the domestic private sector of the economy increased 3.4 percent annually -- a very respectable gain. And here's one for the record books: Working ahead of year-end tax hikes, individuals shifted so much money to the fourth quarter at the 35 percent top...
  • Members of Congress seek inquiry of faulty ATF operation in Milwaukee

    01/31/2013 6:34:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 31 jan 2013
    Members of Congress from both parties Wednesday called for an investigation into the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' storefront sting in Milwaukee, an operation plagued by problems such as an agent's machine gun being stolen
  • Tennessee bill would require schools to report gay activity to parents

    01/31/2013 6:31:11 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 33 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Republican lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require schools to inform a student's parents if the child is engaging in homosexual activity. Under the measure sponsored by Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville, a school counselor, nurse or principal can inform parents if their children's "circumstances present immediate and urgent safety issues involving human sexuality." Campfield told reporters on Wednesday that he considers the "act of homosexuality" to be dangerous to a child's health and safety. The measure is part of a similar proposal, known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, that Campfield passed in the Senate...
  • Syria, Iran Threaten Retaliation Against Israel

    01/31/2013 6:31:06 AM PST · by Fennie · 9 replies
    CBC News ^ | January 31, 2013 | The Associated Press
    Syria and Iran have threatened to retaliate for an Israeli air raid near the capital Damascus. Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali said Damascus has "the option and the surprise to retaliate." He said he cannot predict when the retaliation will be, saying it is up to relevant authorities to prepare for it. In Iran, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday as saying the raid on Syria will have significant implications for the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
  • Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad "racist"

    01/31/2013 6:28:43 AM PST · by mykroar · 38 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 1/30/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC. Coca-Cola released an online teaser of the commercial last week, showing the Arab walking through a desert. He soon sees...
  • No, the negative fourth-quarter GDP report doesn’t prove ‘austerity’ is killing the US economy

    01/31/2013 6:24:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 01/31/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    US economic output fell at a 0.1% annualized rate in the fourth quarter, adjusted for inflation. Blame spending cuts, say the Democrats. Blame Republican “austerity.” And one more thing: Stop the sequester. As the Center for American Progress put it: “The economy most certainly would have grown at a faster rate were it not for the ongoing political brinksmanship over the debt ceiling and the risk of sharp fiscal contraction in the form of the pending automatic ‘sequestration’ budget cuts.”If you break down the GDP report, you begin to see the problem with this line of argument. Private-sector GDP...
  • Syria Warns Of 'Surprise' Response To Israeli Strike

    01/31/2013 6:24:00 AM PST · by edpc · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Yaakov Lappin & JPost Staff
    BEIRUT - Syria's ambassador to Lebanon said on Thursday that Damascus had the option of a "surprise decision" to respond to what it said was an Israeli air strike on a research center on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday. Syria could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes," Ali Abdul Karim Ali was quoted as telling a Hezbollah-run news website.
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

    01/31/2013 6:23:14 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 01/31/2013 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits bounced off five-year lows last week, pulling them back to levels consistent with modest job growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was unrevised. Economists polled by Reuters had expected claims to increase to 350,000. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2013/01/31/weekly-jobless-claims-rise-more-than-expected/#ixzz2JYwXRXIp
  • MF Global Cash could be returned (??)

    01/31/2013 6:21:57 AM PST · by mgist · 13 replies
    When Mahesh Desai checked his MF Global account 15 months ago, his US$580,000 nest egg was gone. Like thousands of investors and farmers who had their savings with MF Global, Desai lost his money in the brokerage firm's chaotic final days. Regulators discovered US$1.6 billion was trapped in a web of improper wire transfers, a breach that sent federal investigators scrambling to build a case. A bankruptcy court will today review a proposal that would return 93 per cent of the missing money to customers like Desai. And the trustee who has submitted the proposal, James Giddens, has quietly identified...
  • The Gun Control Debate

    01/31/2013 6:20:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    JPFO ^ | 27 January, 2013 | Charles Heller
    Today there is a raging debate in our republic about so-called "gun control," which is really just a euphemism for theft of rights. Hopefully, "gun control" will be a phrase that is eventually, "euphemized," and put out of our collective misery. I want to provide a context for several of the arguments which are used in the modern lexicon of those who would attempt to separate you from your rights, but first I want to define a term. Many of us who can read the Constitution and understand it's historical context, have known for a long time that the right...
  • Standoff with Alabama man who killed bus driver, holding boy hostage enters day 2

    01/31/2013 6:16:38 AM PST · by WCH · 41 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | 1.31.2013
    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Jimmy Lee Dykes moved to a rural Alabama neighborhood on a rutted red clay road more than a year ago. It didn't take long before he had developed a frightening reputation as a volatile man who threatened his neighbors at gunpoint and was viciously violent to wandering pets. Multiple neighbors said Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was the man suspected of boarding a school bus full of children near his home, killing the driver and taking one 5-year-old boy hostage to open a standoff that entered its second full day Thursday. The neighborhood near...
  • Foreign Investments to Nigeria

    01/31/2013 6:10:34 AM PST · by mgist · 3 replies
    Afrique ^ | 1/31/13 | Basil
    Foreign investment in Nigeria Nation's dangerously rising foreign investment - 'Let me...control a nation's money and I care not who writes [its] laws' Mayer Amschel Rothschild. According to neoliberal economists, besides closing savings gap, technological leapfrogging, spreading corporate governance 'best practice,' freeing the flow of international capital is critical to economic development as it flows into areas of the economy with the highest possible returns on a global scale. In ensuring that international capital flows encounters no obstacles, developed countries have restricted developing countries from regulating foreign investments. But economists like Jagdish Bhagwati, fiercely disagreed. Warning developing countries about what...