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  • How a discordant Senate band got back together on immigration

    02/03/2013 1:42:44 PM PST · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 2, 2013 | Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
    WASHINGTON — On the Saturday morning after 7 in 10 Latino voters helped return President Obama to the White House and deliver a crushing defeat to Mitt Romney, Charles E. Schumer, the Democratic senator from New York, scanned his daily list of phone messages and saw that Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, had called. Schumer dialed his number. "I saw your name on my call list, and my heart skipped a beat," he said. "We're getting the band back together," Graham replied. "Let's do immigration." [...] It was clear to the senators that one voice could prove...
  • Snafu keeps gun dealers in jail as attorney urges investigation of prosecutors(Reese, NM)

    02/03/2013 1:31:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Despite two orders from an obviously irked New Mexico U.S. District Court judge that the Reese family will be given a new trial and that father Rick and son Reese are to be released on bond, the pair remain behind bars this weekend because monitoring devices required by the order are not on hand, sources close to the case have confirmed to Gun Rights Examiner. “Yes, bail money is good for now,” the source reveled, explaining “relatives, good friends and well-wishers have donated to the defense fund. “They are waiting for the ankle monitors to get in for the release....
  • Mark Kelly On Fox Presses For Background Checks: ‘This Isn’t About The Second Amendment Anymore’

    02/03/2013 1:31:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 67 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords, spoke to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this week, reiterating his support for universal background checks and responding to the NRA’s anti-gun control arguments. Simply put, Kelly said, less people would die due to gun violence if the legislation were put in place. Wallace looked to the example of Jared Loughner, the gunman who opened fire in Arizona, killing and injuring many, including Giffords. He passed a background check, Wallace noted. Loughner clearly was mentally ill, Kelly said — and if his condition was entered into the background check system, presumably...
  • Panetta: 'Shameful and irresponsible' if Congress allows sequestration

    02/03/2013 1:27:00 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3 Feb 13 | By MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says it would “really be a shameful and irresponsible act” for Congress to allow sequestration to happen. “We have to prepare for it, because, you know, there are members up on the Capitol Hill that are saying, ‘Oh no, we're gonna stand back and let sequester happen,’” Panetta said in an interview aired Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press." “Let me tell you: If sequester happens, it is gonna badly damage the readiness of the United States of America. We have the most powerful military force on the face of the earth right now.” If sequester...
  • Paul Krugman: NRA Is 'An Insane Organization' (Says The Lunatic)

    02/03/2013 1:22:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 3, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Sunday once again perfectly illustrated the intolerance of America's liberal media. Appearing on ABC's This Week, he said the National Rifle Association is - and I quote! - "an insane organization" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Krugman: NRA Is 'An Insane Organization' PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: But what really strikes me -- I don't know how this plays, you know, what will happen. What strikes me is we've actually gotten a glimpse into the mindset, though, of the pro-gun people and we've seen certainly Wayne LaPierre and some of these others....
  • CIA ADMITS FULL MONITORING OF FACEBOOK, Google, Youtube and other social networks

    02/03/2013 1:11:49 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 177 replies
    Secrets of the Fed ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    I. Introduction Social media platforms are changing the way organizations are communicating to the public Conversations are happening all the time and everywhere. There is need for the Communications Group to be timely and proactively aware of the reactions and opinions expressed by the general public as it relates to the Federal Reserve and its actions on a variety of subjects. II. Social Listening Platforms Social media listening platforms are solutions that gather data from various social media outlets and news sources. They monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria. They can also determine the...
  • The Freeman's Defence [Excerpt from "Uncle Tom's Cabin", Fits America Today!]

    02/03/2013 1:04:06 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (free ebook) ^ | 1852 | Harriet Beecher Stowe
    [Quoting from escaped slave George to his wife]: "O! Eliza, if these people [slaveholders] only knew what a blessing it is for a man to feel that his wife and child belong to HIM!...Why, I feel rich and strong, though we have nothing but our bare hands. I feel as if I could scarcely ask God for any more.... yet if they will only let me alone now, I will be satisfied--thankful; I will work...As to my old master, he has been paid five times over for all he ever spent for me. I don't owe him anything." [Quoting from...
  • Hillary Clinton was loyal soldier but no great shakes at policy

    02/03/2013 12:50:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 3, 2013 | Trudy Rubin
    When Hillary Clinton took office, much of the world had been alienated from the United States by the policies of the Bush administration. Expectations were high that President Obama's team would change the tone, and Clinton delivered. She put a glamorous, smart, politically astute face on American policy. Yet Clinton produced no diplomatic breakthroughs nor any new strategic doctrine. And when it comes to issues of war and peace - in the Mideast, South Asia, and North Asia - she leaves a minimal legacy.In large part, that's because policy-making was tightly controlled by the White House. It's hard to know...
  • French planes pound Islamist camps in north Mali desert

    02/03/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Feb 3, 2013 3:11pm EST | Elena Berton and Tiemoko Diallo
    (Reuters) - French warplanes pounded Islamist rebel camps in the far north of Mali on Sunday, military sources said, a day after French President Francois Hollande was hailed as a savior during a visit to the West African country. Thierry Burkhard, spokesman for the French army in Paris, said the overnight raids targeted logistics bases and training camps used by the al Qaeda-linked rebels near the town of Tessalit, close to the Algerian border. ... France says the rebels are also holding hostage in these mountains seven of its citizens, seized in recent years in the Sahara region. Malian military...
  • Dozens of abortions carried out on foetuses with minor imperfections such as cleft lip or club foot

    02/03/2013 12:00:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Mail online ^ | February 3, 2013 | Becky Evans
    Foetuses are being aborted for minor and treatable imperfections such as cleft lip and palate or club foot every year in the UK. New research suggests that dozens of abortions are carried out but the reasons are not being officially recorded. Health bosses have admitted there may be 'discrepancies' in their records after European monitoring group Eurocat found the number of abortions for minor abnormalities could be up to three times as high as official statistics show. According to Eurocat, 157 foetuses were aborted in England and Wales between 2006 and 2010 for cleft lip and palate. However, the Sunday...
  • Credit-reporting companies know more than they tell you

    02/03/2013 11:52:41 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 55 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/03/2013 | Jeff Gelles
    --snip-- It's the biggest privacy breach in our time, and it's legal and no one knows it's going on," one critic, who runs an employment-background firm, told Sullivan. "It's like a secret CIA." As a frequent critic of the credit-reporting system, I'm heartened when others are shocked at disclosures about the industry's practices. But here's the truly scary thing: If you ask some of the lawyers and privacy advocates who pay even closer attention, the Equifax disclosures don't seem so shocking. "If people are outraged by this, they should be outraged by the whole idea of credit reporting and background...
  • BOND GOD: The World Is Changing, And Bonds Are The Most Overbought I've Seen In My 55 Year Career

    02/03/2013 11:48:10 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    BOND GOD: The World Is Changing, And Bonds Are The Most Overbought I've Seen In My 55 Year Career Joe WeisenthalFeb. 3, 2013, 12:05 PMFor years, investors have watched in disbelief as the 30-year bull market in fixed-income assets has raged on, leaving bears in the dust. The bond skeptics are having another moment, as talk grows of a "great rotation" from bonds into equities, as rates finally start to rise, and the economy turns back into the old normal. Dan Fuss of Loomis Sayles is the third bond fund manager to be called a "bond god" (the other two...
  • Kerry, Not Wasting Time, Calls Peres, Abbas

    02/03/2013 11:35:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    inn ^ | 2/3/13 | David Lev
    Newly-installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry isn't wasting any time in getting started on his new job. After two full days in office, Kerry spoke to officials in Mexico, Canada, Israel, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), his office said Sunday. On Sunday, Kerry called PA chief Mahmoud Abbas. According to an Abbas spokesperson, Kerry told the PA chief that he expected to meet him in the near future in order to discuss restarting negotiations with Israel. Kerry told Abbas that President Barack H. Obama supported such talks, and that he hoped both sides would agree to participate. In...
  • Chris Wallace Skewers NRA’s Wayne LaPierre On Gun Violence: ‘That’s Ridiculous And You Know It, Sir’

    02/03/2013 11:22:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 76 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 3 February, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    On Fox News Sunday, following the segment featuring Mark Kelly, Chris Wallace interviewed National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre about various issues surrounding gun control — ranging from background checks to mental health concerns to armed security at schools. Pressing LaPierre on his arguments, Wallace challenged him on some of his opposition to gun control. Wallace began with background checks, citing the 1.7 million people who’ve been denied because of the checks — but LaPierre argued that most of those people weren’t prosecuted, and we can’t say they “were stopped from getting a gun at all.” He further argued against...
  • CBS to interview Obama during Super Bowl pregame show

    02/03/2013 11:21:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/3/13 | Peter Schroeder
    President Obama will give a live interview to CBS before it airs the Super Bowl on Sunday. At 4:30 pm, Obama will field questions from CBS´s Scott Pelley, continuing a long-standing tradition of providing interviews to the network airing the NFL championship, usually the most-watched television event of the year. Last year, Obama spoke with Matt Lauer before NBC broadcast the big game. Pelley told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will talk pigskin with the president, but also has a range of "serious questions" to tackle.
  • Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races (Tokyo Rove SuperPac to attack Tea Party)

    02/03/2013 11:18:18 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/3/13 | 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. -snip- The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.
  • RightMessage.org

    02/03/2013 11:17:45 AM PST · by NoGrayZone · 2 replies
    RightMessage ^ | 2/3/13 | me
    Anyone on FB who is linked with the EIB should have received this. It is another new way of bringing together conservatives, another think tank (no such thing as too many). I have shared it on my FB, now I would like to share it with my fellow FReepers. I looked at every bit and cranny before signing up. "And Now A Word From Our Readers… (RightMessage Mailbag)"....you sign up and email them your thoughts (if I remember correctly it's 150 words max). They will choose emails, post them and respond, as well as others who are members. This is...
  • New York State Resistance - "... prime for something like that." 1/29/13

    02/03/2013 11:07:12 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 1, 2013 | AFMTDR
    "Uphold the Constitution!" "What are the penalties?" "Time to form local militias."
  • Buchanan: Senate immigration bill will fail, Rubio ‘will be badly damaged’

    02/03/2013 11:01:57 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jeff Poor
    On this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” conservative columnist and author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” Pat Buchanan said the bipartisan Senate immigration plan drafted by the so-called “gang of eight” will fail, damaging Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s chances of winning the White House. “The path to citizenship in my judgment is going to fail,” Buchanan said. “It will certainly be stopped in the House, and I think Marco Rubio, who has gotten himself out front on it, will be badly damaged, because I think there’s going to be a rising populist...
  • Seven Reasons Why it's a Photoshop(Obama's skeet photo)

    02/03/2013 10:51:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 93 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2-3-2013 | Michael Harlin
    I'm sure we've all seen by now the "photo op" of President Obama shooting skeet. If he's shooting skeet then I'm Daffy Duck. Now, what's wrong with the president's picture? First the weapon is nearly level to the ground. Can't be skeet shooting, nor likely trap either. Second, it is evident that the President has never shot a shotgun before as his stance is leaning slightly backward. Look at the position of his torso to his legs. Skeet or trap shooters never do this. They lean slightly forward like a boxer in the ring. Third, he doesn't know or was never...
  • In the near future: if you aren't medically perfect, you'll be killed.

    02/03/2013 10:45:58 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 23 replies
    Bliviating Zepplin ^ | February 2, 2013 | Bloviating Zepplin
    A shocking title for a post, is it not? Because, of course, I’m writing only in terms of the most horribly-possible hyperbole, am I not? Because, after all, following us individually like Big Brother’s Medical Official is so far out of human ken as to be unbelievable, is it not? It is not. It is here, it is now, and it is beginning in the UK; home — oddly enough — of the original Big Brother from the mind of George Orwell (true name: Eric Arthur Blair via the novel Nineteen Eighty Four, published in 1949). From the UK’s DailyMailOnline:...
  • Don't Fire An Employee And Leave Them In Charge Of The Corporate Twitter Account

    02/03/2013 10:31:05 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/01/2013 | Susan Adams
    HMV, the beleaguered British entertainment retailer, laid off 190 employees, in an effort to cut costs and right its balance sheet. The company apparently pulled a large group into human resources and gave them the bad news. While this was going on, one employee, Poppy Rose, who had been an HMV community manager and thus had access to the corporate Twitter account, started live tweeting about the layoffs. Over a period of around 20 minutes, she sent out a series of notes expressing her rising sense of alarm to HMV’s 61,500 followers (that number has since risen to 73,350). Rose...
  • Rove Declares War on Tea Party

    02/03/2013 10:29:18 AM PST · by Bratch · 147 replies
    Big Government ^ | February 3, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun. On one side is the Tea Party. On the other side stands Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project. The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who...
  • Texas police hold suspect in fatal shooting of ex-SEAL Chris Kyle

    02/03/2013 9:54:13 AM PST · by An Old Man · 22 replies
    The La Times ^ | 2/3/13 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    Houston— Dallas-area police have arrested a suspect in connection with the fatal shooting Saturday of former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and a second man at a north Texas shooting range
  • Saudi preacher gets off light for raping, killing daughter

    02/03/2013 9:47:01 AM PST · by knighthawk · 52 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | February 3, 2013
    <p>AFP - A Saudi preacher who raped his five-year-old daughter and tortured her to death has been sentenced to pay “blood money” to the mother after having served a short jail term, activists said on Saturday.</p> <p>Lamia al-Ghamdi was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, the activists said. She died last October 22.</p>
  • Hilarity ensues as Twitter users caption and Photoshop Obama’s shooting photo(dead’s pic goes viral)

    02/03/2013 9:34:03 AM PST · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 2, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Wait, did we say Twitter users have been Photoshopping that picture of President Mom Jeans and his shotgun? Can’t be. As Twitchy reported earlier today, the White House issued the photo with the stern warning that it “may not be manipulated in any way.” Some of these are just captions, though, and the rest aren’t manipulations, but rather a process left over from the Bush era called “enhancement.”
  • Chris Culliver will undergo sensitivity training, work with in-crisis youth, after anti-gay remarks

    02/03/2013 9:27:08 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2013 | Doug Farrar
    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver created quite the ruckus this week when he intimated that anyone with a homosexual predilection would not be welcome on his team. Now, he's doing everything he can to get past that. According to his publicist, Theodore Palmer, Culliver will be working with "The Trevor Project," an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. "He's so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all," Palmer said in a phone interview with the Associated Press on Saturday. "He's...
  • An Illustrated Guide to Obama’s Gun-Grabbing

    02/03/2013 9:22:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pj media ^ | 6-15-2008 | bob owens
    In 1998 Obama stated a desire to “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.” Barack Obama’s desire to ban “all forms” of semi-autos would include a ban on most common rimfire target pistols, including those used in Olympic competition. Barack Obama’s desire to ban “all forms” of semi-autos would ban the Ruger 10/22, Marlin Model 60, and many other rimfire .22 rifles, which form the backbone of American shooting sports, from hunting to target shooting.
  • Obamacare in Action: Retail Workweek Hits 3-Year Low

    02/03/2013 9:16:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | MIke Shedlock
    Hooray! The economy is adding jobs (supposedly). However, few look at the quality of the jobs, and whether or not they are part-time. Jed Graham has a nice post on Investor's Business Daily that describes what I have been saying for months: Obamacare has accelerated the trend towards part-time jobs. There are more jobs, but fewer hours in them. Please consider Retail Workweek Hits 3-Year Low In ObamaCare Shift by Jed Graham. The fly in the ointment of January's jobs report was the apparent shift to part-time work ahead of a key ObamaCare deadline. Although retail payrolls grew by 32,600,...
  • Women in Combat: Battling Nature, Battering Reality

    02/03/2013 9:11:04 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Senseless advice and nothing nice; that’s what little-girls-in-combat policy is made of. The obvious has already been said about placing women in front-line combat positions. Their presence will reduce unit cohesiveness; male soldiers’ natural instinct to protect women will influence battlefield decisions; there will be the problem of sexual impropriety within the ranks and of rape when women are captured; women will have more trouble measuring up to the physical and psychological demands of battle; special accommodations will no doubt be made so that women may tend to feminine concerns; and, as the high pregnancy rate aboard naval vessels has...
  • Solar development absorbing Calif. farmland

    02/03/2013 9:06:54 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/2/12 | Tracie Cone
    With California mandating that 33 percent of electricity be generated from renewables by the end of the decade, there are 227 proposed solar projects in the pipeline statewide.. Coupled with wind and other renewables they would generate enough electricity to meet 100 percent of California's power needs on an average summer day... Developers are flocking to flat farmland near power transmission lines, but agriculture interests, environmental groups and even the state are concerned that there is no official accounting of how much of this important agricultural region's farmland is being taken out of production. Planning department records in four of...
  • Duke Energy to close Riverbend, Buck plants in April

    02/03/2013 9:06:12 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 7 replies
    Charleston Observer ^ | Feb. 01, 2013 | Bruce Henderson
    Duke Energy will close two of its oldest coal-fired power plants, Riverbend west of Charlotte and Buck in Rowan County in April, two years ahead of schedule. Both plants date to the 1920s and had been planned for retirement in 2015. They’re among a wave of older, smaller coal plants closing down rather than investing in new pollution controls to meet federal environmental regulations. The plants had been little used in recent years as larger, more efficient plants came online and falling natural gas prices shifted generation to gas. ....
  • Man Found With $70 Million Check Was Iranian Central Bank Chief

    02/03/2013 9:05:20 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    International Business Times ^ | February 02 2013 11:19 PM | BY Eric Brown
    | A previously unidentified man who was caught attempting to enter Germany last month with a check worth about $70 million in his baggage has now been named. On Sunday, the German weekly newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported the well-heeled mystery man was the former head of Iran’s central bank, Tahmasb Mazaheri, according to the Associated Press. On Friday, the German customs agency issued a statement saying that on Jan. 21, its officials at the Duesseldorf International Airport found the check for 300 million Venezuelan bolivars issued by the Bank of Venezuela in the luggage of an unidentified 59-year-old man....
  • Shouting Us Down on the Path to Progressive Perfection

    02/03/2013 9:00:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Mark Baisley
    Three newsworthy statements were reported over the past week that present a disturbing pattern for me.  President Obama’s ambitions for fundamentally transforming the United States of America are well underway and it appears that resistance, challenges, and obstacles to the program are becoming societally unacceptable. During his usual post-tournament conference, professional golfer Phil Mickelson commented on the personal effects to his affairs from accelerated government spending by the California and U.S. governments; "If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate's 62, 63 percent. ...
  • Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

    A Lexus drives down the eight-lane highway outside Palo Alto, California, in heavy traffic. Except for the rotating cylinder perched on its roof like an oversized tin can and the word "Google" on its doors, it looks like any other car. In reality, though, it's a search engine on wheels. The Lexus steers itself down the highway by itself. The man in the driver's seat -- Dmitri Dolgov, software engineer, never actually touches the wheel. Dolgov explains what the car can do, which turns out to be quite a lot. It can steer, accelerate and brake automatically; it surveys its...
  • Gasoline at highest price ever for this time of year

    02/03/2013 8:48:27 AM PST · by John W · 29 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Sharon Epperson
    U.S. drivers are now paying more to fill up their gas tanks than they ever have at this time of year. The national average price of retail gasoline posted its biggest overnight increase in 23 months, rising four cents to $3.462 a gallon on Friday, according to AAA. The average price has risen 13 cents in the past week, a 4 percent jump. "This is the highest price record for February 1st," says OPIS analyst Tom Kloza, who predicts the average price could reach $3.50 a gallon this weekend. "Refinery issues and speculation about refinery issues has a lot of...
  • Utah Gov. Gary Herbert Will Embrace Federal Gun Control Laws

    02/03/2013 8:46:12 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 February 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Utah Governor Gary Herbert Utah Governor's Office Phone: 801-538-1000 Toll Free: 800-705-2464 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Utah Governor Gary Herbert criticized efforts to oppose federal firearms restrictions and declared that Utah will obey federal gun control laws. Utah Governor: "Utah Will Adhere to the Law" and Obey Federal Gun Laws The New American 03 February 2013 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...
  • How College is Harming American Entrepreneurship:

    02/03/2013 8:45:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2013 | Charlie Kirk
    When I was in grade school, I remember going to birthday parties at the local bowling alley. Before the games would begin, the workers would install bumpers inside the gutters in order to prevent gutter balls and avoid "failure." When I was growing up, it was common for sports teams to award trophies to all the players so no little kid would have his or her feelings hurt at the end of the season. Today, there are school districts which no longer give out "F'" grades, and hundreds of high schools have removed class ranks so that my generation...
  • 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...