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  • China will be world's most sophisticated hacker of foreign companies claims Google's Eric Schmidt

    02/03/2013 8:41:55 AM PST · by dennisw · 5 replies
    dailymail ^ | 2 February 2013 | By Anna Edwards
    Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, has predicted China will be the world's most 'sophisticated hacker' in his new book predicting the future of technology. His new book 'The Digital Age' co-written by Jared Cohen, who runs Google Ideas, the search giant’s think tank, believe that China, is 'the most sophisticated and prolific hacker of foreign companies'. They also say that the country is the 'the world's most active and enthusiastic filterer of information', highlighting how China strongly censors information from outside, carefully selecting what its population can access. The Wall Street Journal, who reviewed the book, say that the book...
  • Twin Cities don't need Obama's gun speech. Chicago does.

    02/03/2013 8:37:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-3-13 | joe soucheray
    President Barack Obama is coming to Minneapolis on Monday, Feb. 4, to advance his proposals to reduce gun violence, which is a little bit like taking a boat out into the middle of the ocean to discuss the risk of fire in Joshua Tree National Park. Why doesn't he go to Chicago, where there is gun violence? And then, once in Chicago, why wouldn't he discuss that city's problem of gang violence? In fact, so long as he has the itch to take his bully pulpit on the road, Chicago is the natural, ultimate stop. Why, it is ground zero....
  • The Silent Conquest of a Continent

    02/03/2013 8:26:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    There’s been a lot of discussion within some in the media regarding the demographic changes taking place in Europe. But those of us who’ve travelled there have observed it firsthand: namely, the decreased birthrate among Europeans compared to the enormous birthrate increase among Muslim immigrants. Overall, the birthrate across the continent is far below the replacement level of 2.1 children per couple. Italy, Spain, Austria, and Germany have a fertility rate of only 1.4, while Poland and Russia languish at 1.3 and 1.2, respectively. However, as a subgroup, Muslims in Europe are producing from 4 to 6 children per couple....
  • Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers--LIVE THREAD

    02/03/2013 8:25:08 AM PST · by Perdogg · 840 replies
    Super Bowl XLVII, February 3rd, 2013 New Orleans Mercedes Benz Dome, CBS-TV, Westwood One radio, 630pm EST Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers (-4.5, O/U 47.5)
  • Another Made Up Mandate on Energy that Doesn't Exist

    Requiring the citizens of the kingdom to purchase something that doesn’t exist, and then fining them for not doing it sounds more like the behavior of a tinhorn dictator than the actions of a global superpower—but then, maybe the “superpower” status has led the US government to believe that it can “let the wish be father to the thought.” Perhaps Congress, the authors of the Clean Air Act, and, more specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—and even biofuel lobbyists—have attended too many motivational seminars in which they were taught: “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.” The...
  • Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races (Rove Targets Tea Party)

    02/03/2013 8:15:49 AM PST · by kristinn · 59 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Saturday, February 2, 2013 | Jeff Zeleny
    The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. The group, the Conservative Victory Project, is intended to counter other organizations that have helped defeat establishment Republican candidates over the last two election cycles. It is the most robust attempt yet by Republicans to impose a new sense of discipline on the party, particularly in primary races. “There is a broad concern about having blown...
  • US gay marriage foes suffer from fundraising shortfall

    02/03/2013 8:13:40 AM PST · by fractionated · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dan Levine & Peter Henderson
    Foes of same-sex marriage are laboring to pay the tab for an epic legal case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, as the movement suffers from fundraising shortfalls that could sap its strength in future battles. ProtectMarriage dot com, the advocacy group defending a California gay marriage ban now under review by the high court, showed a $2 million deficit in its legal fund at the end of 2011 - the third year in a row that expenses exceeded donations, federal tax records show.... "Unless the pace of donations starts to pick up right away, we could soon be forced...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread...(sort of)

    02/03/2013 8:13:28 AM PST · by ROCKLOBSTER · 145 replies
    ROCKLOBSTER
    OK, somebody has to do it. Where else will we turn?
  • 2 Somali pirates jailed for 10 years

    02/03/2013 8:11:00 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Feb. 02, 2013 - 06:13AM JST
    Two men who attempted to hijack a Japanese tanker off the coast of Oman were jailed for 10 years by Tokyo District Court on Friday, a report said, in the first piracy prosecution in Japan. The two were among four African men arrested in March 2011 over the attack in the Indian Ocean. Men armed with submachine guns tried to seize the tanker, which was operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and had 24 crew members aboard, reports said. “It was an organized and dangerous crime by men armed with guns who sought to demand a ransom,” presiding judge Katsunori Ohno...
  • Okinawa cancels plan to use young women’s thighs as advertising space

    02/03/2013 8:05:24 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Japan Today ^ | National Feb. 03, 2013 - 06:48AM JST
    The Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) along with the prefectural government have cancelled their plans to use space on women’s bare thighs for marketing the islands as a graduation trip destination to students outside the prefecture. Citing criticism, the two bodies stated, “Placing temporary tattoo-like stickers on the thighs of young women to advertise Okinawa is not in line with prefecture’s brand image.” With “thigh advertising,” a new method of marketing gaining traction in Japan, young ladies wearing miniskirts or short shorts parade around town with promotional stickers placed on the area of exposed thigh showing between their skirt...
  • It Took America’s Oldest President To Make Her Feel Young Again

    02/03/2013 8:03:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Randall DeSoto
    Ronald Reagan’s birthday will be commemorated this week. He took office just a few weeks shy of his 70th birthday in 1981 making him the oldest man elected to serve as our Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief, that is until he stood for re-election in 1984. In fact, one of the most well-known lines in Presidential debate history came in response to Reagan being questioned whether his age would be an important factor in his re-election campaign. Reagan, in his famous Irish wit, said, “I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience,” which drew...
  • The 'pyramid' problem with Gov. Dayton's sales-tax hike

    02/03/2013 8:01:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-27-13 | john spry
    Gov. Mark Dayton wants to tax the sale of food, clothing, and just about everything else you buy in the worst possible way. His budget proposes a $2.1 billion, or 20.7 percent, sales tax increase. Since everyone pays sales tax, everyone will pay Dayton's sales tax increase. But it's worse than that. Dayton's tax plan violates the basic principles of tax reform. It intensifies the pain of taxation by imposing hidden taxes on intermediate business purchases. This causes "tax pyramiding," which is a big mistake. According to non-partisan legislative researchers, "Standard tax policy principles argue that intermediate business purchases should...
  • Victoria’s Secret worker scarred for life by niqab-wearing acid attacker

    02/03/2013 7:58:22 AM PST · by LSUfan · 41 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 1 Feb 2013 | Rashid Razaq
    A young woman was facially disfigured and almost lost her eyesight in a horrific unprovoked acid attack on the streets of London. Naomi Oni, 20, was on her way home from work when an unknown attacker dressed in a niqab threw a chemical substance at her leaving the retail assistant with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body. These shocking images have now been released by Ms Oni in an appeal for help to catch the attacker whose identity was concealed behind the Muslim women’s dress which completely covers the face apart from the eyes.
  • Harry Dent: Stock Market Roller Coasters And Bear Megaphones

    02/03/2013 7:54:32 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-3-2013 | Harry Dent
    Harry Dent: Stock Market Roller Coasters And Bear Megaphones Stock-Markets / Stocks Bear MarketFebruary 02, 2013 - 06:57 PM GMT By: The Gold Report Booms and busts in the economy are based on predictable demographic cycles such as those studied by Harry Dent, founder of HS Dent, chairman of SaveDaily.com and author of "The Great Crash Ahead: Strategies for a World Turned Upside Down." In this Gold Report interview, Dent predicts a global crash between mid-2013 and early 2015, in an ongoing decade of economic coma. For now, gold and gold equities are great investments, but when the crash comes,...
  • Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown

    02/03/2013 7:41:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 17, 2012, 7:04 p.m. ET | DAVID KOPEL
    Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown There were 18 random mass shootings in the 1980s, 54 in the 1990s, and 87 in the 2000s. By DAVID KOPEL Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s. Mass shootings, defined as four...
  • Black Agenda Summit at Howard: Obama “Does Not Deserve a Pass Anymore”

    02/03/2013 7:31:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Politic365 ^ | 2/01/13 | Lauren Victoria Burke
    On the first day of Black history month, policy experts analyzed the current economic state of Black Americans during a summit at Howard University. One featured participant said President Obama, “does not deserve a pass anymore” regarding confronting Black issues head on and asked that the President “summon his courage” and “find his voice” on economic inequality in America. **SNIP** There has been discussion on what some refer to as a “cone of silence” over the Obama presidency regarding issues dealing with race and racial disparities in America. The Washington Monthly magazine featured Obama and race on their front cover...
  • Chicago murder rate far worse than during Al Capone 'gangland' days

    02/03/2013 7:29:54 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 15 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | February 1, 2013 | Chuck Goudie
    In this I-Team report, Chicago's rising murder rate in a new context, how the numbers of shooting deaths compare to the city's most notorious crime era, the one that has tarnished Chicago's reputation around the world for a century. The surprising stats show the city is worse off now in the category of murder than at the height of the era that has driven Chicago's reputation for almost a century, Capone's "gangland" Chicago. Let's compare two months: January 1929, leading up to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, and last month, January 2013. Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month,...
  • Eagan: Stephen Lynch’s views mixed on abortion

    02/03/2013 7:28:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 3, 2013 | Margery Eagen
    Stephen Lynch, the Irish Catholic congressman out of South Boston now running for U.S. Senate, calls himself a pro-life Democrat and gets the “anti-choice” moniker from abortion rights groups.
  • ICE Agents Shut Out of Immigration Reform Talks By White House

    02/03/2013 7:28:09 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    freedom outpost/yahoo ^ | 2-1-13 | tim brown
    It looks like unionized Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents are starting to make some noise against the White House and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about being shut out of talks involving immigration reform. They expressed concern about how such reform would affect federal agents, specifically those that are in the Border Patrol and work along the United States/Mexico border. Yahoo News reports,Unions “did have at one point some differences” on the issue, but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now,” Trumka said. “We’ll be at the table the whole time this thing is being developed to make sure...
  • Where Have All Our Houses Gone

    02/03/2013 7:18:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Fritz Pfister
    Did you read the story home prices are up due to falling inventory? Case-Shiller just reported home prices were up in their 20 city index 5.5% in November all the way back to 2003 levels. Regarding these price increases one must put them into perspective. As reported at the BusinessInsider, Quinn Eddins at RadarLogic argue the recent rise in home prices reflects the weakness in 2011 home prices more than the strength of 2012 home prices. I concur. The reason for prices rising? According to the WSJ: “Economists see the report as a sign of the housing market gaining strength....
  • Top Concerns of Small Business? It's the Government, Stupid!

    02/03/2013 7:08:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    Memo to the President:  In case just for a moment you really do wonder why businesses are not expanding, why their anxiety level is high, why the sense of uncertainty continues 43 months after the economic recovery supposedly began…just look in the mirror.  Not just for another opportunity for self-adoration, but for the root cause of our economic stagnation. According to results of a newly released Gallup poll, the top five concerns of small business owners are healthcare costs, taxes, energy prices, regulation, and the debt ceiling – all that have increased significantly under the Obama administration.  Worse, if the...
  • FILTH AND FURY: Homeless return to debase Grand Central Terminal (Bloomberg's NYC)

    02/03/2013 7:04:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/3/13 | MICHAEL GARTLAND
    In celebration of its 100th birthday, the bad old days have returned to Grand Central Terminal. Droves of homeless people are flooding the landmark again — even as workers prepared for last week’s centennial celebration. On a windy Wednesday, The Post spotted at least 40 hobos in search of free eats and a warm place to flop. “It’s nauseating,” said Yvette Molina, a Tarrytown resident, who was lunching in the concourse. “It’s really disgusting. It makes you lose your appetite.” In scenes reminiscent of the 1980s, one man picked through the garbage, rewarding himself with a half-eaten slice of pizza...
  • Time for You to Address Violence in Black Communities, Mr. Obama

    02/03/2013 7:02:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Dear Mr. Obama, This week Hadiya Pendleton was shot and murdered in Chicago just days after performing with high school marching band at your second inauguration. She was a majorette in addition to playing volleyball and being an honor student at King College Prep High School. My plea to you is you attend her funeral. My plea is that after the funeral you address the entire nation in prime time and discuss an epidemic that's eroding our nation and destroying millions of dreams. That is the real epidemic of violence in black communities There is no better example than your...
  • A Game the NFL Can't Win

    02/03/2013 6:56:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    Professional football is the most popular spectator sport in America, which is one reason the Super Bowl is expected to draw 110 million viewers. With its famous athletes, storied franchises and lucrative TV contracts, it's an industry whose future appears limitless. But football has a problem: the specter of mass brain damage among current and former players. So far, the steady trickle of disturbing revelations has had no apparent effect on ticket sales or TV ratings. What it has done, though, is more ominous: It has invited lawsuits. If football falls into decline, it may not be the result...
  • Hayes Guest On Hagel Hearing: 'A Republican Purge, A Maoist Public Shaming'

    02/03/2013 6:54:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Surprised they didn't opt for the Inquisition analogy . . . On Chris Hayes's MSNBC show this morning, Ali Gharib, editor of the "Open Zion" blog at the Daily Beast, described the questioning of Chuck Hagel at his Senate confirmation hearing as "a Republican purge" and a "Maoist public shaming." Michael Hastings of the Rolling Stone begged to differ, finding it more reminiscent of "Stalin." View the video here.
  • Harvard students withdraw after cheating in 'Intro to Congress' course

    02/03/2013 6:51:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Peter Schroeder
    Over half of Harvard University students caught in a wide-ranging cheating scandal in an "Intro to Congress" course have reportedly had to withdraw from the Ivy League school. According to The Boston Globe, the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences told the Harvard community in an email that more than half of the students brought before the school's Administration Board in the fall were required to withdraw for some period of time. Of the students not required to withdraw, roughly half were placed on disciplinary probation, while the rest received no punishment and had their cases dismissed. While...
  • Following the trail of Sen. Robert Menendez scandal leads to dead end in Dominican Republic

    02/03/2013 6:47:30 AM PST · by randita · 31 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/2/12 | By Kathleen McGrory and Melissa Sanchez
    The shadowy tipster who made explosive allegations involving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic named names. He gave descriptions of the women, and in some cases, phone numbers and addresses. Despite those details, the women are nowhere to be found. A week after the claims made headlines in the United States and on this Caribbean island, the alleged prostitutes have disappeared. An attorney who once represented two of the women said he hadn’t spoken to them in months, and then stopped returning phone calls himself. A two-bedroom apartment where some of the alleged liaisons took...
  • Thoughts on “Assault Weapons” and “Magazine Limits” from an Actual Gun Expert

    02/03/2013 6:46:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not a big gun owner and I’m not part of the gun culture. So why, then, do I frequently post about the issue of gun control? Mostly because I believe in freedom and the Constitution.But I also appreciate facts and analysis and I know that law-abiding citizens are safer and criminals face greater obstacles when good people have the right of self defense.Last but not least, I think there’s a non-trivial possibility that the United States will suffer some sort of social chaos and/or breakdown of law and order because of the damage caused by reckless fiscal and monetary...
  • Grassroots Campaigns Inc. Now Hiring for Campaign Positions!

    02/03/2013 6:45:10 AM PST · by tired&retired · 8 replies
    Craigs List ^ | January 16, 2013 | Grassroots Campaigns Inc.
    The following advertisement is recruiting "Progressive Activists" on Craig's List. Make a Difference this Year. Now Hiring for Campaign Positions! It may be a New Year, but we still have a lot of work to do. What's on your list of resolutions for 2013? __ Expand Marriage Equality __ Stand up for Constitutional Rights __ Protect Reproductive Freedoms and Healthcare __ Defend the Environment __ Run a campaign office to work for progressive change Since 2003 Grassroots Campaigns Inc. has been running face-to-face outreach campaigns for groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the Sierra Club and Oxfam America. Once...
  • Syria Ready To Strike Israel With Scud Missiles, Whatever The Consequences

    02/03/2013 6:43:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 38 replies
    Allvoices ^ | February 2, 2013
    Pro-regime Syrian newspaper Al Diyar reported Friday that the army has loaded four Scud missiles, each with an explosive head of 500 kilograms, and is ready to strike Israel. The newspaper also stated that the Syrian army command held a meeting Thursday evening to discuss a response to Israel, including striking research centers in Tel Aviv. Mohammed Dirar Jammu, head of political and international relations at the World Organization of Arab expatriates, said to pro-Syrian regime TV channel Alakhbarya that "the Syrian military response to the Israeli bombing of the research center, in Damascus, will be earthshaking and staggering to...
  • Mosque Makeovers With Your Tax Dollars

    02/03/2013 6:40:37 AM PST · by darylmh · 8 replies
    WSBTV.com ^ | Updated: 5:23 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | Posted: 3:57 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
    Mosque Makeovers With Your Tax Dollars WASHINGTON, D.C — A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that the State Department is sending millions of dollars to save mosques overseas. This investment has received criticism as the United States makes an effort to slash nearly $4 trillion in government spending. Plenty of outrage following the announcement made Thursday afternoon by a government commission that suggested huge cuts to the budget, including eliminating the interest education for home mortgage. This juxtaposed with United States investing millions to refurbish mosques as a good-will effort in Muslim countries has upset many taxpayer groups. Watch...
  • Turkey police arrest 11 over US woman's murder (Drug smuggling?)

    02/03/2013 6:40:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NDTV ^ | 2/3/13 | Agence France-Press
    Turkish police have arrested 11 people over the murder of an American woman who disappeared while visiting Istanbul last month, police and the local media reported Sunday. -snip- "We have confirmed that she was murdered by way of impacts on her head," Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin told reporters on Sunday. "But we need to conclude the investigation before details emerge." The Milliyet newspaper said she was also stabbed several times in her abdomen, but there was no sign of rape or theft and she was still wearing jewellery when police found her. -snip- Hurriyet speculated that Sierra might have...
  • Senate plan would give Napolitano the final say on border security

    02/03/2013 6:40:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor. The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions: What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for border security and other safeguards against illegal...
  • Photo of Obama Shooting Skeet Complete Fraud, like his Presidency

    02/03/2013 6:37:25 AM PST · by forbushalltheway · 103 replies
    clashdaily.com ^ | 2 February 2013 | Steve Sheldon
    The recently released photograph of President Obama reportedly “Taken at Camp David – the Maryland presidential retreat – on August 4, 2012, his 51st birthday,” is a complete fake. As a lifelong shotgunner, I immediately smelled a rat. Nothing in the photo looks right and upon closer examination, it is a complete fraud. One need go no further than examining the ports on the shotgun. Ports are tiny holes sometimes drilled near the muzzle (the business end of the gun) to release energy and reduce recoil. They serve as a pressure release valve of sorts. One will immediately notice that...
  • Utah Governor: "Utah Will Adhere to the Law" and Obey Federal Gun Laws

    02/03/2013 6:37:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/3/2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    As courageous state legislators enlist in the fight to repel the federal government’s assault on the Second Amendment, the governor of one western state is telling a liberty-minded state representative to stand down. Governor Gary Herbert of Utah recently called a pro-gun rights bill sponsored by a Utah state representative “an exaggeration” and encouraged the lawmaker to “adhere to the law.” This is not the level of support citizens of the Beehive State would expect from the man they elected to lead their state. Herbert was specifically criticizing a measure offered by first-term Representative Brian Greene (R-Pleasant Grove). The bill...
  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size as GPs are forced to hand over

    02/03/2013 6:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1 February 2013 | Jack Doyle
    GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses. The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’. They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.
  • Obama’s GDP -.01%? “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

    02/03/2013 6:27:36 AM PST · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | January 31st, 2013 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Just a day before we learned the GDP fell from + 3.2% (the fairy tale told to us before November’s election) to -.01%, for the last quarter of 2012, Louisiana Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu pronounced the Obama Administration’s wild spending “problem” something that was made up by Fox News. Landrieu is one of the head cheer leaders of a new breed of “in-your-face” Democrat who simply deny anything is wrong with our economy – or anything else in America for that matter. “Who are you going to believe; me or your lying eyes?” comes to mind. She is joined by...
  • Newtown Chooses Good Guys with Guns

    02/03/2013 6:25:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    On a December day last year, a disturbed 20-year-old murdered his mother. He then drove to an elementary school where he killed 20 young children and six adults, reportedly using several firearms. Something has to be done to stop this sort of massacre from happening again. If that is possible. Or, according to some, something has to be done whether such prevention is possible or not. So immediately politicians who had long supported gun control laws argued that the Newtown atrocity proved the need for those laws. Despite government studies showing that a past assault weapons ban had no impact...
  • United States the Biggest Money Printing Loser (Peter Schiff)

    02/03/2013 6:23:20 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-3-2013 | Peter Schiff
    United States the Biggest Money Printing Loser Interest-Rates / US Interest RatesFebruary 02, 2013 - 10:46 AM GMT By: Peter Schiff In Switzerland, it's not just the clocks that are cuckoo. Over the past four years Swiss politicians and central bankers have gone on an unprecedented buying spree of foreign exchange reserves. In 2012, their cache swelled to as much as $420 billion worth of various currencies, primarily the euro. This figure is a seven-fold increase since 2008 and equates to 70% of the country's annual GDP. The sum translates to $200,000 per family of four, enough to keep the...
  • Senate Republicans Arm the Brotherhood

    02/03/2013 6:22:58 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/2/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Nearly two-thirds of them voted to give weapons to the Egyptian government. I’m done grumbling about how President Obama is empowering America’s enemies. After all, it is not just Obama. When it comes to abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans are right there with him. Not all of them, of course. This week, for example, Senator Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would have prohibited our government from transferring F-16 aircraft and Abrams tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government. This lunatic plan is not just an Obama initiative. It is also a GOP brainstorm — of a piece with 2011’s Libya...
  • Janet Napolitano suggests we fight back against “active shooters”– with SCISSORS!

    02/03/2013 6:20:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 2/2/2013 | Doug Book
    In July of 2012, Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a “show and tell” video instructing Americans on the best course of action should they suddenly find themselves in an “active shooter” situation. Entitled Run, Hide, Fight, the Big Sis-approved, 6 minute epic provided potential victims with crucial advice, such as “run away,” and “remain out of sight of the shooter.” Naturally, that’s the sort of counsel only government can provide. (1) Noticeably absent from the DHS tutorial, however, was any discussion of REAL weapons in the hands of prospective victims. Apparently firearms were not permitted in the...
  • Jim Carrey: The lives of assault rifle owners aren’t really ‘worth protecting’

    02/03/2013 6:19:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Twitchy
    "Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting. ;^\" Hey, gun owners: There’s “very little” about your life and even your very soul “worth protecting” if you bought an assault rifle after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, according to funnyman Jim Carrey. Because, you know, he values life and stuff. The emoticon at the end of his tweet just shows how much he cares. “Dumb and Dumber” doesn’t begin to cover this one. And Much like Musket Morgan, we’re guessing Carrey couldn’t...
  • More taking firearms classes in anticipation of concealed-carry

    02/03/2013 6:16:50 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The State Journal Register - Illinois ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | LAUREN LEONE-CROSS
    More taking firearms classes in anticipation of concealed-carry By LAUREN LEONE-CROSS The State Journal-Register Posted Feb 02, 2013 @ 10:00 PM The growing possibility that Illinois will enact a concealed-carry law has certified firearms instructors like Greg Powell busier than usual. He taught two classes in Decatur on Saturday. Ninety-five people attended his morning class and 80 people were registered for his afternoon class. “Usually our classes run 20 to 30 people,” Powell said before Saturday’s events. Powell, of Marion, and his wife Patricia Snyder are National Rifle Association-certified instructors and Utah and Florida concealed-carry certified instructors. They offer courses...
  • Halt sequestration cuts in U.S. defense

    02/03/2013 6:12:33 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    Daily Times ^ | February 02, 2013 | Editorial Board
    n 2012, Republicans ran against the massive cuts to defense that might occur in early 2013 under the congressionally mandated budget sequester. At an Oct. 23 presidential debate, President Obama responded that his opponent, Mitt Romney, was blowing the risk out of proportion: The cuts, he said, “will not happen.” Well, those cuts are now scheduled to take effect on March 1 — and, by the look of things, they will. The GOP has changed its tune; the Republican majority in the House seems content to let them happen. Meanwhile, President Obama, whose defense secretary has warned in the direst...
  • He's Mad as Hell and Not Going to Invest Anymore

    02/03/2013 6:10:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Why this fat cat likes Obama's tax plan" was the headline of a full-page ad La Jolla, Calif., investor Norman Lizt took out in The New York Times in August. No, it wasn't really an endorsement. Lizt wrote that he has been a successful investor over the years, but if Americans re-elected President Barack Obama and his proposed tax hike became law, Lizt would face a marginal tax rate of "well over 50 percent." He wrote, "This represents the crossing of an inviolate threshold to me and is entirely unacceptable." Lizt explained that he liked Obama's tax plan because it...
  • Media Follows Obama's Orders to Mock Skeet-Gate Skeptics

    02/03/2013 6:02:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    Some of you younger folks might not remember this, but there was a time when the media questioned Power. No, really, once upon a time, the media saw it as its duty to be forever questioning and skeptical of Power, especially when Power was in pursuit of more power. Today, however, the White House released a photo that purports to show Obama (love that tucked-in shirt) shooting skeet last August. Except… he's shooting straight ahead, which means that there's either a barn door somewhere in need of some patching, or Obama is such an awesome skeet shooter, he hits them...
  • Armed Guard Saves School Last Week (Gun Control Freaks Wrong Again)?

    02/03/2013 5:49:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Vice President Biden unfurled his genius during a Google+ “fireside” hangout last month stating that having “armed guards in schools would be a terrible mistake.” Really, José? Why don’t you rock up to Price Middle School in Atlanta on Monday morning and bray that insanity to the teachers and students who were spared an early grave because an armed guard took out the latest Lanza wannabe before he could waylay his peers? Oh, I’m sorry. Y’all haven’t heard about the armed guard taking down a shooter who passed his gun through the metal detectors at an Atlanta middle school? My...
  • Mayor's group sponsors gun control Super Bowl ad

    02/03/2013 5:48:27 AM PST · by Vaquero · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 2-3-13
    Print ... . . . NEW YORK (AP) — A gun control group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is airing a Super Bowl advertisement calling for background checks. The 30-second spot by Mayors Against Illegal Guns will air in the Washington area during the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
  • Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested

    02/03/2013 5:38:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | DEAN SCHABNER
    By DEAN SCHABNER Feb. 3, 2013 A man is under arrest in connection with the killing of two men at an Erath County, Texas, gun range, police said. One of the victims is former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. "We have lost more than we can replace. Chris was a patriot, a great father, and a true supporter of this country and its ideals. This is a tragedy for all of us. I send my deepest prayers and thoughts to his wife and two children," "American Sniper" co-author Scott McEwen said in a statement to ABC News....
  • Chris Kyle, record-holding sniper as Navy SEAL, killed in double slaying at Erath County gun range

    02/03/2013 5:30:27 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    dallasnews ^ | 03 February 2013 | TASHA TSIAPERAS
    Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was the U.S. military’s deadliest sharpshooter and wrote the best-selling book American Sniper, was fatally shot Saturday in a double slaying at an Erath County gun range, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Late Saturday, Lancaster police said they had arrested a man they say matched the description of a gunman wanted in the slayings. After a brief chase, officers arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, said Lt. Kelly Hooten, a department spokesman. Kyle was at a charity event at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on behalf of his Dallas-based security...