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  • Women packing heat: Gun sales to women surge

    02/02/2013 6:41:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    CBS12 News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jana Eschbach
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- "I will put everything I've got into this -- and so will Joe -- but I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it." said President Barack Obama, urging Congress to act now for stricter gun control. Since his re-election, guns and ammunition have been flying off the shelves at gun stores, as the president promises stiffer gun laws. The rush for gun purchases and concealed weapon permits is on -- and the biggest spike in new gun sales is to women. While women make up only 20...
  • John Bolton: The war on terror is not over, Al Qaeda has not been defeated and we have no strategy!

    02/02/2013 6:38:57 AM PST · by Mozilla · 21 replies
    The Right Scoop/Fox News ^ | February 1st, 2013 | Fox News
    In light of our embassy bombing in Turkey this morning, John Bolton said that if we don’t face up to the reality that the war on terror isn’t over and that Al Qaeda hasn’t been defeated, we’ll see even more bombings from terrorists that are more successful in their eyes. The war on terror is not over. Al Qaeda has not been defeated. The struggle is spreading and if we don’t face up to that reality we’re going to have another attack on an American embassy that will be even more successful from the terrorist point of view. We have...
  • More than 40 huge sinkholes open up all over Pennsylvania’s capital .....

    02/02/2013 6:38:48 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | DAMIAN GHIGLIOTTY
    Officials in Pennsylvania’s state capital are dealing with an abysmal issue they can’t afford to fix: 41 massive sinkholes throughout the city as wide as 50 feet and as deep as a typical grave. ................ But the city is too broke to replace many of the aging pipes and repave its roads as it deals with ongoing budget woes and the looming threat of bankruptcy, according to media reports. The first of the recent sinkholes perforating Harrisburg was reported on New Year's Eve when a chasm measuring an estimated 50 feet long and eight feet deep, swallowed a neighborhood block,...
  • Rancher: No, The Mexican Border Isn't Secure(Video)

    02/02/2013 6:30:54 AM PST · by Mozilla · 3 replies
    VNN ^ | January 31, 2013 | Gary Tuchman
    CNN's Gary Tuchman talks about border security with a man whose ranch sits right on the Mexico-U.S. border. The video from CNN
  • New rules aim to get rid of junk foods in schools

    02/02/2013 6:29:43 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2013 3:15 AM (ET) | By MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Most candy, high-calorie drinks and greasy meals could soon be on a food blacklist in the nation's schools. For the first time, the government is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful. Under the new rules the Agriculture Department proposed Friday, foods like fatty chips, snack cakes, nachos and mozzarella sticks would be taken out of lunch lines and vending machines. In their place would be foods like baked chips, trail mix, diet sodas, lower-calorie sports drinks and low-fat hamburgers.
  • Poll: Majority Of Americans Feel Rights And Freedoms Threatened By Govt

    02/02/2013 6:19:33 AM PST · by Mozilla · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | By Todd Beamon
    For the first time, a majority of Americans feel that the government threatens their individual rights and freedoms, according to a survey released on Thursday. Fifty-three percent of the 1,502 adults surveyed Jan. 9-13 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press responded that they believe that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms. The Pew survey found that 43 percent disagreed. 76 percent of conservative Republicans said they feel threatened by Washington, compared with 62 percent three years ago, Pew found. Now!
  • Self-Proclaimed Union Thug Vinny Castaldo Wants to Beat Me Up

    02/02/2013 6:09:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | John Ransom
    Perhaps it was the radio segment that I did this week asking for comments and feedback about unions. I asked on the air for people who were union members to call our listener line at 202-681-1732 or email us at ransomnotesradio@gmail.com. I was looking for comments about the good and bad that goes along with being represented by unions.Still looking for comments, and now want them even if you don't have a union.  Personally I think unions are outdated relics of an age that belong more to Stalin than to Dickens.Or maybe it was the Facebook picture I posted about unemployment: But...
  • Menendez allegations growing rapidly, creating headache for Democrats (the bad news keeps coming)

    02/02/2013 6:09:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Jordy Yager
    A cloud of scandalous allegations is rapidly growing over Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), putting Democratic leaders in a difficult position as the integrity of their immigration point man in the Senate falls under question at a critical time. The bad news keeps coming: a Senate Ethics probe, allegations involving underage prostitutes, an FBI investigation of a key campaign donor, undisclosed flights on the donor’s private plane, and now, reports linking Menendez to a multi-million dollar contract he helped obtain for the disgraced donor. Menendez denies nearly all of it. But it couldn’t come at a worse time for the new...
  • Obama blames economic contraction on ‘bad decisions’

    02/02/2013 5:58:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Keith Laing
    President Obama blamed the recent contraction of the U.S. economy on “bad decisions in Washington” in his weekly address. The national economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to figures released this week by the Commerce Department. The contraction was an unexpected reversal of months of modest economic growth since the end of the recession in mid-2009. Obama said in his address that the dip was the fault of “bad decisions” being made in Washington. “We began this year with economists and business leaders saying that we are poised to grow in 2013,” he said....
  • New York Times Op-Ed Accuses Tea Party Of 'Assaults On Public Officials'

    02/02/2013 5:56:44 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Looks like liberals are still trying to peddle the discredited allegation that Tea Party members attacked black members of Congress. The op-ed page of today's New York Times contains a column by James Sleeper, a long-time left-wing activist, now a lecturer at Yale. The gist is the grudging respect that Sleeper came to have for Ed Koch, the former New York City mayor who passed away two days ago. Sleeper writes of how as mayor, Koch wrestled to the ground a protester who had stormed the stage as he spoke and pelted him with eggs. Sleeper wrote that Koch's asking...
  • Jim Nabors and How Liberalism May Win Its Way to Defeat

    02/02/2013 5:55:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    Is Gomer Pyle one of the Four Horseman of the Liberal Apocalypse? The superficially surprising thing about last week’s announcement that Jim Nabors had married his boyfriend of four decades was not so much the nuptials themselves – I always felt Gomer was just going through the motions with Lou-Ann Poovie. Rather, it was the cultural reaction to the news that a huge star back in his day had decided he would tell even if we didn’t ask. There was no reaction. America, including conservatives regardless of their feelings about gay marriage, collectively shrugged their shoulders and generally wished the...
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    02/02/2013 5:43:00 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | February 2, 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF...
  • Postal Service says it’s immune from local traffic laws

    02/02/2013 5:32:08 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 February 2013 | Jason Sickles
    A government lawyer’s attempt to get dismissed nearly $700 in traffic tickets given to the U.S. Postal Service is being met with a hearty and humorous, Heck no. In a Jan. 22 letter sent to both the city of East Cleveland, Ohio, and the company that operates the city's photo-enforcement program, Postal Service attorney Jennifer S. Breslin says two school-zone speeding citations and five red-light infractions by postal trucks in December should be ignored. “In providing mail service across the country, the Postal Service attempts to work within local and state laws and regulations, when feasible,” wrote Breslin, after reminding...
  • Egypt outraged by video of protest violence

    02/02/2013 5:10:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    RTE News ^ | 02 February 2013
    Egypt outraged by video of protest violence Updated: 12:56, Saturday, 02 February 2013 After eight days of protests that killed nearly 60 people, a video of one demonstrator stripped, dragged across the ground and beaten has fired Egyptians to a new level of outrage. Hamada Saber, a middle-aged man, lay in a police hospital this morning, after he was shown on television naked, covered in soot and thrashed by half a dozen policemen who had pulled him to an armoured vehicle near the presidential palace.
  • What the Babies Would Say

    02/02/2013 5:02:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    It is one of life's great mysteries that so many liberal people are so callous when it comes to aborting fetuses. I mean, the Democratic convention last summer was almost a pro-abortion pep rally, as a variety of pro-choice speakers, including the self-proclaimed "Catholic woman" Caroline Kennedy, knelt at the altar of "reproductive rights." Recently, another woman who calls herself a Catholic, Mary Elizabeth Williams, wrote a shocking article for Salon. Entitled "So What if Abortion Ends Life?" Williams starkly states: "I believe that life starts at conception. And it's never stopped me from being pro-choice." In the body...
  • With Brown out, GOP mulls Romney energy

    02/02/2013 4:59:15 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 224 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 2, 2013 | Joe Battenfeld, Hillary Chabot
    With Brown out, GOP mulls Romney energy (He's back; Mr. RomneyCARE and family for MA Senate)) "Massachusetts Republicans are desperately scrambling to find a strong Senate candidate to replace Scott Brown, with some even trying to persuade Mitt Romney’s wife or son to jump into the race to avert another electoral disaster. ... Other GOP leaders also raised the prospect of Mitt’s eldest son, Tagg, launching a surprise Senate campaign. Tagg Romney was a close campaign adviser and surrogate for his father and is a successful businessman living in Belmont."
  • Door for talks with Iran open: Biden [Who hates Israel more--the Mullahs or Obama?]

    02/02/2013 4:49:50 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    The US was keeping its doors open for direct talks with the Iranian government with regard to its controversial nuclear programme, US Vice President Joe Biden has said. "We will stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," Xinhua quoted Biden as telling the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. He said Iran's nuclear weapon must be stopped as it posed "threat to national security of the US". However, he added that there existed "time and space" in terms of "successful diplomacy". While a window of time for negotiations would be kept open, Biden said "it would not be unlimited, and by no means...
  • Ahmadinejad Unveils New Iranian-Made Fighter Jet

    02/02/2013 4:46:28 AM PST · by Fennie · 67 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | February 2, 2013 | By The Associated Press and DPA
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has unveiled the country's newest fighter jet, which officials claim can evade radar. Ahmadinejad said at a Saturday ceremony broadcast on state TV that Qaher-313, or Dominant-313, showed Iran's will to "capture peaks." Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Qaher is "fully indigenous," designed and built by Iranian aerospace experts. The domestically designed and developed Qaher-313 is similar to the US-built F/A-18, the report said. Photos released by the official IRNA news agency shows Qaher as a single-seat jet, described as a fighter-bomber that can combat both other aircraft and ground targets.
  • Protestants and Abortion

    02/02/2013 4:35:58 AM PST · by iowamark · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/31/2013 | Mark Tooley
    Southern Baptists have changed their mind about Roe. When will United Methodists join them? Last week about 100,000 or more marched in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year they commemorated 40 years since the 1973 Supreme Court decision constitutionalizing abortion on demand. Supporting the march and the pro-life cause were leaders of AmericaÂ’s two largest religious communions, the 68 million-member Roman Catholic Church and the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention. Meanwhile, agencies for the third largest, the United Methodist Church, crafted a news release virtually celebrating Roe v. Wade. But 40 years ago, both Southern Baptists...
  • N. Korea: North Disguising Test Site Activities(roof-shaped screen)

    02/02/2013 4:20:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    DailyNK ^ | 2013-02-01 | Mok Yong Jae
    North Disguising Test Site Activities By Mok Yong Jae [2013-02-01 21:07 ] North Korea has installed a screen over the entrance to one of the test tunnels at its nuclear test site in Kilju County, North Hamkyung Province, inhibiting intelligence gathering activities and raising fears of an impending nuclear detonation. A government source explained today, “It is believed that a roof-shaped obstruction has been installed. It appears to be a measure to stop leaks of information on preparations for a nuclear test, which are currently in their final stages.” A second source went on, “It is one way for North...
  • Obama’s January SGO: Making sense of endless streams of ugly nonsense.

    02/02/2013 4:13:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/28/2013 | 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...
  • His Queeg Moment

    02/02/2013 3:59:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1/29/2012 | Hal G.P. Colebatch
    A perspective on our president from Down Under. In Herman Wouk’s classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ship’s officers are getting away from the increasingly eccentric Captain Queeq by relaxing ashore. Suddenly the malcontent Lieutenant Keefer asks the others: “Does it occur to you that Captain Queeg may be insane? In fact Queeg is not insane, at least not at that time. He is simply grappling, more and more disastrously, with a job too big for him. Come the crisis of a typhoon, he becomes paralyzed and nearly sinks...
  • Obama: 2013 can be year of economic growth [Associated Press Goes FULL PRAVDA]

    02/02/2013 3:49:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Groundhog Day, 2013
    ... Obama says 2013 can be a year of solid economic growth, but only if Washington gets out of the way. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says there are signs of progress in real estate, manufacturing and job-creation. But other signs are worrying. Unemployment ticked up from 7.8 percent in December to 7.9 percent in January. And the Commerce Department says the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the final months of 2012. Obama says the U.S. must lower health care costs and close tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy.
  • YOU'RE WHITE, YOU'RE GUILTY, YOU'RE DEAD!

    02/02/2013 3:46:13 AM PST · by ABrit · 59 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb 2nd 2013 | COLIN FLAHERTY
    Thandiwe testified he purchased a gun “to enforce beliefs he’d developed about white people during his years as an anthropology major at the University of West Georgia.” “I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, as a result, we see a lot of evil today,” he said. “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.” The night before at a “Peace Party,” he was enraged that two white people were there. “I was upset,” he said. “I was...
  • Report shows UN admitting solar activity may play significant role in global warming

    02/02/2013 1:08:51 AM PST · by Islander7 · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | 2-1-2013 | By Maxim Lott, Charles Couger
    The Earth has been getting warmer -- but how much of that heat is due to greenhouse gas emissions and how much is due to natural causes? A leaked report by a United Nations’ group dedicated to climate studies says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought. “[Results] do suggest the possibility of a much larger impact of solar variations on the stratosphere than previously thought, and some studies have suggested that this may lead to significant regional impacts on climate,” reads a draft copy of a major, upcoming report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental...
  • Fundamentalists driving Christians out of Libya

    02/02/2013 12:57:43 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 14 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 2 Feb 2013 | anon
    VATICAN CITY: Christians are being driven out of eastern Libya by Muslim fundamentalists, the Catholic Church’s main clergyman in the country told the Vatican missionary news agency Fides. The situation was “critical” and the “atmosphere very tense” in the Cyrenaica region, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli said in the interview Thursday. ....
  • Venezuela Reportedly Spying on Jewish Community

    02/02/2013 12:18:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 1/31/2013, 3:54 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Reports that the Venezuelan intelligence agency is targeting and spying on the Venezuelan Jewish community as well as on Venezuelan companies and organizations with ties to Israel is deeply troubling, asserted the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “We are deeply troubled by a recent news report alleging that the Venezuelan Intelligence Service (SEBIN) is spying on the Venezuelan Jewish community,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman. “Venezuela under the regime of Hugo Chavez has a history of harassing the Jewish community in that country,” he said. “It is chilling to read reports that the SEBIN received instructions to carry out clandestine...
  • Time to Get Serious, Republicans - The GOP lacks guts and imagination on spending.

    02/02/2013 12:03:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | Deroy Murdock
    In this winter of conservative discontent, one of the most dispiriting things is the congressional Republicans’ rampant timidity on spending reduction. They lack both urgency and creativity on how to handle one of America’s most enormous challenges.“Mañana!” has become the GOP’s battle cry for limiting the size and scope of government. Spending cuts, and a consequent decrease in Uncle Sam’s role in American life, keep vanishing into an ever-receding horizon. As Representative Louis Gohmert (R., Texas) complained in January 2012: “We haven’t cut squat.” His pithy comment remains true today.A congressional Supercommittee was supposed to ax the budget in...
  • Containing Hagel - Tehran is pleased that we aren’t. (Mark Steyn)

    02/01/2013 10:33:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    You don’t have to be that good to fend off a committee of showboating senatorial blowhards. Hillary Clinton demonstrated that a week or so back when she unleashed what’s apparently the last word in withering putdowns: What difference does it make? --snip-- Really? So what’s the job for then? Just showing up at the office and the occasional black-tie NATO banquet? Most misspeakers loose off one round and then have to reload, but Chuck Hagel is a big scary “military-style assault weapon” of a misspeaker, effortlessly peppering the Senate wainscoting for hours on end. Late in the day, after five...
  • Washington city councilman walks out on council meeting because of citizen with CCW

    02/01/2013 10:25:25 PM PST · by Herosmith · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 15 Jan 2013 | None
    This amazing video shows a council member leaving the meeting because of an armed citizen. Draws praise from the sitting coucil chair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKpLhNiC8zg
  • Secret Service chief to step down this month

    02/01/2013 10:10:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 8:46 PM EST | Alicia A. Caldwell
    Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan announced his retirement Friday, bringing to a close a turbulent period for the law enforcement agency that included a South American prostitution scandal and a pair of White House gate-crashers. In nearly seven years as director, Sullivan had to answer serious questions from lawmakers on two occasions about his employees’ actions on the job and off. Last May, in testimony before Congress, Sullivan apologized for the conduct of Secret Service employees caught in a prostitution scandal in Colombia. Thirteen agents and officers were implicated after an agent argued with a prostitute over payment in a...
  • Obama To Yop Nrass, "Will You Fire on American Citizens?"

    02/01/2013 10:06:15 PM PST · by epow · 76 replies
    You Tube ^ | Dr. Jim Grabow
    Video of Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Grabow vidoe
  • China poised to control strategic Pakistani port

    02/01/2013 9:56:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 10:46 PM EST | Sebastian Abbot
    China is poised to take over operational control of a strategic deep-water Pakistani seaport that could serve as a vital economic hub for Beijing and perhaps a key military outpost, according to officials. The construction of the port, in the former fishing village of Gwadar in troubled Baluchistan province, was largely funded by China at a cost of about $200 million. It has been a commercial failure since it opened in 2007, because Pakistan never completed the road network to link the port to the rest of the country. Chinese control of the port would give it a foothold in...
  • 4 detained after deadly highway collapse in China

    02/01/2013 9:48:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 11:45 PM EST | Didi Tang
    Chinese authorities have detained four people, state media said Saturday, a day after at least 11 people died when a truck loaded with fireworks for Lunar New Year celebration exploded, collapsing an elevated portion of highway in central China. The accident sent vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the ground, and state-run China Central Television said 11 people were now confirmed dead and another 11 injured. The official Xinhua News Agency said the collapse smashed and buried at least 25 vehicles. Rescue work continues Saturday. CCTV said Saturday that the truck that exploded took the road without proper...
  • London anarchist bookshop hit by suspicious fire

    02/01/2013 9:41:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 3:29 PM EST
    One of Britain’s oldest anarchist publishers says its east London bookshop has been firebombed. Freedom Press—set up more than 100 years ago—said Friday that no one was injured in the overnight fire, but that its shop and electrics “have been seriously damaged.” …
  • 'Traces of pork' found in prison food served as halal

    02/01/2013 9:22:01 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 67 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Friday 1 February 2013 16.53 EST
    The Ministry of Justice is suspending a supplier of meat to prisons after it discovered that halal pies and pasties sourced from a properly halal certificated supplier may contain traces of pork. The products concerned have been withdrawn immediately, a spokesman said. He added: "All prisons have been informed about this very regrettable incident and we reported this issue to the Food Standards Agency immediately. "We are taking immediate steps to suspend the contract with the relevant subcontractor." Justice minister Jeremy Wright said: "This is an absolutely unacceptable situation and one which we regret greatly. Clearly this must be distressing...
  • Why is Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) following a very young-looking Dominican girl on Twitter?

    02/01/2013 9:18:54 PM PST · by James Thomas · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jim Treacher
    Remember when Anthony Weiner got busted for sending a picture of his penis to a woman who was not his wife? He sure does. And remember how he claimed his Twitter account was hacked or pranked or spammed or whatever?
  • Scott Brown says he won’t seek Kerry’s Senate seat

    02/01/2013 9:07:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 11:57 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Bob Salsberg
    Former Sen. Scott Brown said Friday he would not run in a special Senate election in Massachusetts, dealing a setback to Republican hopes of winning the seat being vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. Brown, who electrified his party with an upset win in a 2010 special election but lost his re-election bid in November, ended weeks of intense speculation about his future with a written statement announcing his decision. … GOP officials in Washington and Massachusetts widely considered Brown the strongest possible Republican candidate in a state that traditionally favors Democrats. With Brown out of the running, potential...
  • Poll: Americans, Especially Young Ones, Say People "Should Be Allowed" to Own Assault Weapons

    02/01/2013 9:03:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Reason ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Emily Ekins
    The recent Reason-Rupe poll finds a slim majority of Americans favor allowing private ownership of assault weapons, 44 percent say Americans should be prohibited from owning these types of firearms. Support is drawn down partisan lines with 68 percent of Republicans opposing an assault weapons ban and 62 percent of Democrats in support of such a ban. Independents tend to agree with Republicans with 57 to 37 percent.Young Americans ages 18-24 are more supportive of private ownership of assault weapons with 70 percent saying Americans should be allowed to own assault weapons; 27 percent think they should be prohibited. In...
  • Iran adviser describes Hagel testimony as “somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible”

    02/01/2013 8:15:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    The reviews are in for Chuck Hagel’s appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee. If he were a Broadway play, as opposed to a mere nominee for Defense Secretary, Hagel would close after one performance. The Obama administration was not amused. White House officials told CBS’ Major Garrett that they were disappointed with Hagel’s performance. Indeed, one Obama staffer described Hagel’s testimony on Iran as “somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible.”
  • Hedge Fund Elliott Management Is Backing Stan Lee Media's Spider-Man Lawsuit Against Disney

    02/01/2013 8:14:02 PM PST · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    forbes ^ | 2-1-13 | nathan vardi
    For the last few years Michael Wolk has quietly worked to advance the multi-billion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit that claims Walt Disney Co. does not own the rights to iconic Stan Lee-created superhero characters it acquired from Marvel Entertainment, like Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four. Before Wolk got involved, the minority shareholders of a company Lee founded in the 1990s had for a long time unsuccessfully litigated over these characters, but Wolk has not been dissuaded. “We are in the right here,” says Wolk in an interview. “No court has ever addressed or ever decided who...
  • NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control

    02/01/2013 8:04:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Bruce Rogers
    The gun control debate is clearly one of the most contentious and controversial issues in America today. And the battle over gun control is now being waged through intensive media campaigns from both sides of the political spectrum to influence public opinion and to assert pressure on policy makers. So who’s winning? To find out, we turned to objective data provided exclusively to Forbes Insights by Appinions, the influence marketing platform. Keep in mind Forbes Insights has no agenda other than to shed research light on the process of measuring influence and what we can learn from it. The facts...
  • True motives behind Obama's gun 'control' stance

    02/01/2013 7:50:29 PM PST · by 867V309 · 29 replies
    pravda ^ | 22.01.2013 | George Green
    The new gun control laws have nothing to do with schools, and everything to do with propping up a failing state.
  • George W. Bush’s dog Barney dies

    02/01/2013 7:41:21 PM PST · by onyx · 102 replies
    WA Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rachel Weiner
    President George W. Bush’s dog Barney has died of lymphoma at the age of 12, the former president said in a statement Friday. “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” Bush wrote. “He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.”
  • City Announces Next "Guns for Groceries" Program

    02/01/2013 7:37:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wilx.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | NA
    The city of Lansing has set February 9 as the date for it's next gun buyback program. It will take place at the Tabernacle of David Church at 2645 W. Holmes Rd in Lansing, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The "Guns for Groceries" program will exchange Meijer gift cards for operable guns. People who turn in a long gun will receive a $50 card, $100 cards will be given for a handgun and a $150 card will be given for each military-style assault weapons.
  • Non-Compliance Evident at Buffalo vs New York State Q & A Forum

    02/01/2013 7:35:34 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | youtube
    This is the whole meeting (other than what the man with the camera couldn't catch due to full memory), 33 minutes long. It is very energetic and contentious and well worth watching and sharing. These men are angry, outspoken, and not afraid. Here's a link the a 4 minute video of excerpts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTdhVxva5KU
  • Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video

    02/01/2013 7:31:38 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Department of Homeland Security ^ | 2013 | Department of Homeland Security
    Department of Homeland Security: Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training VideoTo sum up, die like a peasant begging for mercy.
  • Explosion on Bridge Caused by 'Thermic Event:' Police

    02/01/2013 7:21:28 PM PST · by fatima · 50 replies
    NBC10 ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Lauren DiSanto
    Four people were hospitalized with minor injuries Friday night after an explosion on a bridge over the train tracks at 30th and Cecil B. Moore in Brewerytown. The explosion was originally thought to have been an explosive device, but after an extensive investigation, police are calling it a "thermic event."
  • Hollywood 2012: What messages are the movies sending us?

    02/01/2013 7:19:35 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 1/16/13 | R.J. Moeller
    The list of the twenty-five top-grossing films (worldwide) of 2012 has been released, and I believe there are a few important lessons that proponents of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional Judeo-Christian values can learn from its inventory. First, let’s take a look at what types of stories drew the most attention in 2012. The top three – Avengers, Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall – are all superhero/action flicks. At their core, they are “good vs. evil” morality plays. They are about the pursuit of justice and defense of the defenseless. They are about sacrifice and loyalty and love. Of...
  • A new gun rights issue arises (NY)

    02/01/2013 7:13:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    SCOTUSBLOG ^ | January 29th, 2013 | Lyle Denniston
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, sitting temporarily on a federal appeals court, suggested in an opinion on Tuesday (PDF)that it might be unconstitutional for a state to deny handgun licenses to individuals who have only temporary homes in the state, when they want a gun to protect their home there. And, in discussing the need for care about gun safety, the O’Connor opinion cited the Newtown school childrens’ massacre as a reason to keep guns out of the “wrong hands.” The comments came as she wrote for a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court, as it asked...