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  • Grenade attack at U.S. Consulate in Mexico

    02/11/2013 4:54:41 PM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies
    Examiner ^ | FEb. 8, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Thursday, the Dallas News reported: Three grenades exploded Thursday evening in Nuevo Laredo, just feet from the U.S. Consulate office, sources in the Mexican border city said. No injuries were reported, but the explosions rattled the neighborhood, as locals scurried for cover amid a firefight between whats believed to be members of the Zetas criminal group and their former allies, the Gulf cartel, which is making a push to reclaim the territory. The two groups appear to be battling, leaving a trail of killings and burned houses. In recent days, sources said, seven people have been killed three...
  • United States Army Threatened With Lawsuit Over Chaplains Prayer to Heavenly Father

    02/11/2013 4:31:49 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 98 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | February 9, 2013 | Heather Clark
    Washington, D.C. The United States Army is being threatened with a lawsuit after a chaplain allegedly prayed to the Heavenly Father during an event at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, which offended an atheist soldier in attendance. The Huffington Post reports that Staff Sergeant Victoria Gettman is unpleased with the response that she has received from her superiors in regard to complaints that she had lodged over the prayer, which was delivered last September. Gettman and a number of other soldiers were attending a mandatory suicide prevention session, which concluded with a prayer. The prayer itself was...
  • Obama Approves Direct Funding For Hamas

    02/11/2013 4:23:04 PM PST · by w4women · 38 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/10/2013 | L.D. Jackson
    In all of his infinite wisdom and glory, President Barack Obama has waived restrictions placed on the direct funding of the Palestinian Authority. If you remember, this is the group that is run by Hamas. Going further back in your memory, you will recall Hamas is the terrorist organization that has refused to acknowledge Israels right to exist. In fact, their charter calls for the destruction of Israel. -snip- If you will look at the date of the press release on the White House website, you will find it was Friday. The Obama administration is so open and transparent that...
  • Many African-Americans Concerned About Obamas Focus on Immigrant Rights

    02/11/2013 4:15:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 91 replies
    McClatchy ^ | Monday, February 11, 2013 | William Douglas and Franco Ordonez
    No sooner did President Barack Obama and a group of senators separately outline proposals to revamp the nations immigration system than the phone lines on several African-American-oriented talk radio shows heated up with callers blasting the plans. Amnesty, complained Frankie from Maryland recently on the nationally syndicated Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton. A political payback to Hispanic voters that does little or nothing for African-Americans, reasoned Sam from Milwaukee on Wisconsins 1290 WMCS AMs Earl Ingram Show. SNIP Still, Ingram says many of his listeners see Obamas attempt to push forward on immigration as a reminder of what the...
  • Gunmen fired 81 shots at Marrero murder victim, authorities say

    02/11/2013 4:10:25 PM PST · by BBell · 36 replies
    http://www.nola.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Michelle Hunter
    Investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office recovered 81 spent shell casings at the scene of a murder in Marrero early Monday morning. Three suspects shot and killed Emeal Washington, 58, in the 6100 block of August Avenue, according to Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department. "There was a substantial number of shots, 81 spent shell casings fired at this one particular victim," he said. The murder is the first in unincorporated Jefferson Parish this year. The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. as Washington, of Marrero, was visiting a friend's August Avenue residence. The two stepped outside while...
  • The Constitution and Nancy Pelosi

    02/11/2013 4:08:01 PM PST · by TRAPPER2 · 9 replies
    The Witch Pelosi seems to not know the Constitution since she is always misquoting it. I think everyone needs to flood her offices with copies of the pocket Constitutions available everywhere! Maybe in this way she can carry a copy around with her everywhere, and if she loses one she can have her staff hand her a copy from all the copies that have been sent to her, so maybe she can get something right. You can purchase copies from either of the following places and they will ship them for you. NCCS.NET AMAZON.COM PatriotPost.com Here are the addresses of...
  • Former State GOP Chairman Jim Greer Pleads Guilty to Theft, Money Laundering

    02/11/2013 4:07:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/11/2013
    Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday morning to four charges of grand theft, avoiding trial in a case that could have potentially embarrassed former Gov. Charlie Crist and much of the states Republican elite.After two weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, former GOP party chairman Jim Greer walked into court Monday morning and pleaded guilty to theft and money laundering charges that could put him behind bars for 3 and 1/2 years. Greer responded guilty your honor to charges he stole and laundered GOP campaign contributions through a company he created, Victory Strategies. He declined to talk with a...
  • Virginia Concealed Handgun Permit Holder Privacy Advances to Final Vote

    02/11/2013 4:03:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Ammo land Staff
    Virginia - -(Ammoland.com)- The House of Delegates advanced Senate Bill 1335 today and the bill will be on the calendar for a final vote tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12 2013. NRA sent a legislative alert last Friday asking members to contact their Delegates and ask them to support this important legislation. Please continue to contact your legislator as the opposition is pulling out all the stops to continue making the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders (CHPs) public information. As originally introduced, SB1335 would have only protected the privacy of CHP holders who had a protective order that is in...
  • Federal Spending Has Always Been Wasteful

    02/11/2013 4:00:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Chris Edwards
    A new article by Ivan Eland describes how wars have stimulated growth in the American welfare state. I was interested in his discussion regarding the overexpansion of pensions following the Civil War: In 1879, the Arrears Act caused many veterans, who hadn’t realized they were disabled until the government offered $1,000 or more for finding aches and injuries, to flood the Bureau of Pensions with claims.  Although, according to its commissioner, the bureau was the largest executive bureau in the world, it had few means to detect fraudulent claims, which were rampant. During election years between 1878 and 1899, Republicans...
  • To be Happy, We Must Admit Women and Men Aren't 'Equal'

    02/11/2013 3:59:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 11,2013 | Susan Venkner
    Norman Vincent Peale, author of "The Power of Positive Thinking," once wrote these words: Change your thoughts, and you change your world. His statement is highlighted at the beginning of my new book, "How to Choose a Husband and Make Peace with Marriage." Its premise is that if women want to be successful in love, they should reject the cultural script theyve been sold and adopt a whole new view of men and marriage. As products of divorce, the modern generation has few role models for lasting love. That alone is a problem. But young women have an added burden:...
  • CNN anchor questions whether global warming to blame for asteroid

    02/11/2013 3:51:29 PM PST · by Doogle · 41 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 02/11/13 | FOX
    <p>The threat of global warming may stretch so far beyond Earth that it affects meteorites millions of miles away in space -- at least according to one CNN anchor.</p> <p>Talk about something else thats falling from the sky and that is an asteroid. Whats coming our way? Is this an effect of, perhaps, of global warming, or is this just some meteoric occasion? CNNs Deborah Feyerick asked Bill The Science Guy Nye, head of the Planetary Society, in a Saturday segment.</p>
  • Mayor Bloomberg: 21 food companies cut salt from popular products

    02/11/2013 3:48:54 PM PST · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Monday that 21 companies have voluntarily reduced the salt content in some of their products. The improved products range from Butterball cold cuts to Heinz ketchup to some Starbucks breakfast sandwiches, according to Bloomberg. The salt campaign -- one in a series of novel but controversial healthy-eating initiatives on Bloomberg's 11-year watch -- takes aim at foods ranging from hot dogs to soup to popcorn. Twenty-one out of the 24 companies that were part of the initiative met one or more of their voluntary commitments, the New York City mayor said. "These companies have demonstrated...
  • The Goodness of Marriage

    02/11/2013 3:41:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Ken Connelly
    NOTE: This is the third column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The second column is available here. G.K. Chesterton observed in The Superstition of Divorce that reformers of marriage . . . do not know what it is, or what it is meant to be, or what its supporters suppose it to be . . . . Marriage opponents, who today seek not to reform but rather redefine marriage, appear to suffer from the problem diagnosed by Chesterton almost a century ago. In their heedless rush to establish the legitimacy of...
  • Apple CEO (1%er) to sit with Michelle Obama during State of the Union

    02/11/2013 3:39:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/11/13 | Chris O'Brien
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night. It marks the second year in a row the invitation has been extended to the Apple family. Last year, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, joined Michelle Obama in the coveted spot. During an appearance on CNBC, White House economic advisor Gene Sperling confirmed Cook's participation. "Apple is a great American company, and it stands for our sense of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and risk taking and I think that's quite an appropriate person to be...
  • 'Sequester' Fearmongering by Obama and Republicans

    02/11/2013 3:31:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Republicans don't want military spending and Democrats don't want cuts in social programs. The best thing to do would be doubling or tripling the cuts, but compromise tends to work in the other direction. Thus one should not be surprised by this can-kicking idea: Republicans Propose Job Freeze to Avert Defense CutsRepublican members of the House and Senate Armed Services committees revived a proposal to avert automatic spending cuts by reducing the federal workforce through attrition and freezing congressional salaries. The legislation would save $85 billion through Sept. 30, the same amount as the across-the-board cuts that would be divided...
  • Missouri Takes Lead Reducing Gun and Domestic Violence

    02/11/2013 3:22:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | David R. Rusher
    Missouri House Bill 402 is a major step forward reducing gun violence, domestic violence, and other forms of serious violence. For decades, federal and state policy attempting to impact these growing problems failed because the policies were pointed in the wrong direction. Substance abuse in the family is the leading factor and primary driver of many kinds of gun-related crimes, domestic violence, and other offenses. Substance abuse is tightly bound to domestic violence. Three-quarters of serious domestic violence is associated with substance abuse at the time of violence (Fig 3). This statistic does not include substance abusers who were...
  • Menendez Backed Donor on Port Security Plan (intervened in US plan to curb drug imports)

    02/11/2013 3:18:21 PM PST · by Liz · 11 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 2/11/13 | Eric Lipton, Washington, William K. Rashbaum, NY, w/ Frances Robles
    Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ) sought to discourage any plan by the US govt to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his to do the work. Menendez's intervention w/ Homeland Security came last month shortly after Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, Miami Florida, was to meet with a senior State Dept official, accompanied by Pedro Pablo Permuy, a former aide to Mr. Menendez, in a related push to protect the port security contract, said to...
  • Have hired guns finally scuppered Somali pirates?

    02/11/2013 3:14:39 PM PST · by shove_it · 13 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 10 Feb 2013 | Peter Apps
    ~snip~PIRATE BUSINESS MODEL FAILING? Exactly what is behind the fall in Somali piracy is a matter of debate. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the navies patrolling the Indian Ocean say the numbers show they are finally having an impact. Since piracy first grabbed global attention in 2008, a number of nations have sent ships to the region. Sailing through the Internationally Registered Transit Corridor, a protected route between Somalia and Yemen, the QM2 passed warships from the United States, France, India and Australia. As well as the EU force, there are separate flotillas from NATO and U.S.-led coalition forces that often include Asian...
  • Biden on Philly visit decries Sandy Hook-plus of daily shootings

    02/11/2013 3:14:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 2/11/13 | Michael Matza
    Accumulated gun violence in America produces "a Sandy Hook-plus" of deaths every day, Vice President Biden said Monday following a meeting with regional law enforcement and elected officials in Philadelphia. He was referring to the 26 children and teachers killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Mondays breaking news about a fatal shooting at a courthouse in Wilmington in Bidens home state of Delaware only underscored "the urgency" of the need for "common sense" restrictions on gun sales, he said. The vice president said there is "zero conflict" between White House proposals
  • Putin Buys 570 Metric Tons of Gold

    02/11/2013 3:13:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    macedoniaonline.eu ^ | Monday, 11 February 2013
    When Vladimir Putin says the U.S. is endangering the global economy by abusing its dollar monopoly, hes not just talking. Hes betting on it. Not only has Putin made Russia the worlds largest oil producer, hes also made it the biggest gold buyer. His central bank has added 570 metric tons of the metal in the past decade, a quarter more than runner-up China, according to IMF data compiled by Bloomberg. The added gold is also almost triple the weight of the Statue of Liberty. The more gold a country has, the more sovereignty it will have if theres a...
  • Taking a stand against new gun laws - Sheriffs refuse to enforce proposed federal bans

    02/11/2013 3:08:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The Cincinnati Enquirer | Feb 9, 2013 | Mark Hansel
    Here's the link.
  • Bing partners with Fox News on interactive experience around State of the Union address

    02/11/2013 3:07:47 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 16 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 2/11/2013 | Janet Tu
    Bing partners with Fox News on interactive experience around State of the Union address Bing is partnering with Fox News to bring what it calls a new interactive experience that will gather social media sentiment, and get live viewer feedback, on the president's State of the Union address Tuesday.The experience, which will be at bing.com/politics, will stream the address, and show news and live data, as well as track live social media sentiment and allow users to enter in how they're feeling about the president's address..."We'll be able to sense the mood of the nation" moment by moment......This latest effort...
  • Police Raid San Bernardino Apartment After Dorner Call

    02/11/2013 2:51:46 PM PST · by Colorado Doug · 49 replies
    http://ktla.com ^ | 02/11/2013 | Sarah Welch
    SAN BERNARDINO (KTLA) Police evacuated an apartment complex in San Bernardino early Sunday after a report that fugitive Christopher Dorner was hiding there. Tenants awoke to a swarm of armed cops circling Eureka Manor in San Bernardino. It all happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday at 1525 E. Eureka Street. The raid was captured on cell phone video obtained exclusively by KTLA. SWAT officers stormed a corner apartment as helicopters flew overhead. As a precaution, police ordered residents out through back windows. The Dorner sighting turned out to be a false alarm prompted by an apparent prank call....
  • States and Cities Step Up and Resist Drone Surveillance

    02/11/2013 2:51:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    the New American ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    We live in a country where the president has assumed the power to kill American citizens without due process and the Justice Department produces memos supporting the legality of it. Fortunately, we also live in a country where concerned citizens and their local lawmakers are waking up and defending civil liberties and the Constitution that protects them. For example, on February 4 the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed a measure declaring the use of drones in the United States to be a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people. The resolution (passed by a vote...
  • Menendez Backed Donor on Port Security Plan

    02/11/2013 2:48:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/10/13 | ERIC LIPTON, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    WASHINGTON Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his to do the work. **SNIP** But the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United...
  • Obamas hypocrisy on Jack Lew

    02/11/2013 2:46:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 11, 2013 | Marc A. Thiessen
    In a brutal campaign ad last year, Barack Obama showed Mitt Romney warbling “America the Beautiful” while pictures of a sandy beach appeared and the ad declared: “He had millions in a Swiss bank account . . . tax havens like Bermuda … and the Cayman Islands.” It concluded: “Mitt Romney’s not the solution. He’s the problem.” Well, apparently someone else is part of the “problem”: Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, Jack Lew. --snip-- Investing in the Cayman Islands does not make Lew unfit to be Treasury secretary. But it does make him unfit to be Obama’s Treasury secretary.
  • Undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to attend State of Union

    02/11/2013 2:40:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Karoun Demirjian
    WASHINGTON Every year, a hand-picked set of special guests sits with the first lady as the president delivers the State of the Union address. This year, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected a young, undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to be in one of their seats of honor.
  • Bloody Hands: The Southern Poverty Law Center

    02/11/2013 2:37:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Matt Barber
    Long before homosexual activist Floyd Corkins entered the D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC) with the intent to commit mass murder, I warned from the rooftops that the hard-left Southern Poverty Law Centers anti-Christian hate group propaganda might spur such bloodshed. With a column headlined, Liberal violence rising, I wrote, The SPLCs dangerous and irresponsible (hate group) disinformation campaign can embolden and give license to like-minded, though less stable, left-wing extremists, creating a climate of true hate. Such a climate is ripe for violence. Tragically, my deepest fears were realized. Then, in August, days after Corkins was heroically disarmed by...
  • THE MARK LEVIN SHOW Monday, February-11-2013

    02/11/2013 2:35:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 40 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Daddy Is Mommy

    02/11/2013 2:30:56 PM PST · by Borges · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/11/13 | Katie Roiphe
    On the 50th anniversary of the day Sylvia Plath left milk on a tray for her two sleeping children and put her head into an oven, the cultural fascination with her shows no signs of abating. Though one might think that Janet Malcolms sublime study The Silent Woman, would be the last word on Plath, there is a spate of new books feeding the myth: Mad Girls Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted; An American Isis:The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath; Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953; and a new edition of The...
  • After bludgeoning Romney, Dems oddly silent on Jack Lews Cayman Islands investments

    02/11/2013 2:30:44 PM PST · by what's up · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Guy Benson
    There are myriad reasons for conservatives to oppose Jack Lews nomination for Treasury Secretary. The fact that Lew recently held a substantial, and entirely legal, investment based in the Cayman Islands is not one of them. But shouldnt liberals be livid? Last year, the Obama campaign and its surrogates furiously accused Mitt Romney of betting against America through his financial portfolio, which included foreign holdings including some in the Cayman Islands. This ad painting the Republican nominee as an unpatriotic hypocrite was memorably unsparing in its demagoguery:
  • Krugman: Corporations "Making So Much Money They Don't Know What To Do With It"

    02/11/2013 2:24:50 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-10-2013
    ...... "..... there is a global savings glut and a lot of it is corporations are saving. It's a lot of retained earnings just sitting there. Not quite sure why except that maybe they're making so much money they don't know what to do with it," economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said on ... MSNBC's weekend show "Up with Chris Hayes."
  • An Amusing Video Medley of Moral Preening on Guns from Piers Morgan

    02/11/2013 2:22:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve shared some very powerful videos that help explain why we should respect and celebrate the individual right to keep and bear arms. Ted Nugent talking about gun ownership and the right of self defense. A look at the Switzerland’s strong gun culture and the importance of self defense as a protection against oppression. And some very powerful testimony to some weasels on Capitol Hill (make sure to pay attention around the 5:00 mark).Ice-T talking about the real reason to defend and support the 2nd Amendment. A Reason TV video with five facts for Vice President Biden’s task force. A...
  • Felons for Gun Control

    02/11/2013 2:08:30 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/11/13 | William A Levinson
    Convicted Felons for Gun Control Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, advocated a ban on all semiautomatic firearms along with a prohibitive gun owner registration fee. Blagojevich also promoted a ban on so-called "pocket rockets," or easily concealable high-caliber handguns. With regard to the latter, many states' concealed carry laws require the firearm to remain exactly that: concealed. Even if it is not illegal to expose or "flash" the weapon, it is generally poor judgment to advertise the fact that you have a weapon. When one deals with liars like...
  • State of the State of the Union

    02/11/2013 1:59:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Rich Galen
    I am in Paris for one afternoon and overnight because the non-stop service from Oujda, Morocco to Dulles International Airport just outside Washington, DC hasn't yet begun. We flew into Orly Airport which is the Newark Airport of Europe. If you can arrange a trip that doesn't include Orly, I recommend you do that. But, any story that ends with, "and then we had dinner in Paris" is a pretty good story. Washington, DC is awash in activity surrounding the President's State of the Union address tomorrow night at nine Eastern time. As we have discussed before, every association, DC-based...
  • Israel on Alert Israel appears to be readying for conflict with Lebanon

    02/11/2013 1:54:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    Senior Israeli officials have indicated that the Jewish state is gearing up for a major war with Lebanon, according to sources close to the Israeli government. The Israeli military has reportedly deployed missile defense systems to the northern part of the country, which sits near Lebanon, and has ordered all civilian aircraft to evacuate Haifa airport, the Jewish states northernmost air hub. Senior Israeli officials have warned of an impending conflict in closed-door meetings in Washington, D.C., sources said. The world needs to be prepared for the next war with Lebanon, a senior military adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
  • Dem Congressman: Its Clear That We [Also] Need to Look at Handguns

    02/11/2013 1:38:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 62 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 10, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE          www.nationalreview.com           The CornerThe one and only. Dem Congressman: ‘It’s Clear That We [Also] Need to Look at Handguns’ By Andrew Johnson February 10, 2013 4:41 P.M. On Friday night’s Rachel Maddow Show, Illinois representative Luis Gutiérrez told guest host Melissa Harris-Perry that the violence in his Chicago district could be cause for lawmakers to take action not only on semi-automatic weapons, but on handguns. Noting (correctly) that nearly 97 percent of Chicago gun murders in 2011, the most recent year for which statistic are available, were carried out with handguns, Gutiérrez said,”It’s clear that we need to...
  • To the Farmer in All of Us

    02/11/2013 1:38:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Thanks to radio broadcast legend Paul Harvey's down-to-earth sense of America's heartland, Super Bowl viewers experienced an emotionally charged reminder of the values that made America what it is. The Dodge ad that honored the farmer proved to be one of the best commercials of the day. It wasn't just farmers who felt its impact, because as the ad so rightly expressed, its tribute was "to the farmer in all of us." When you take out the specific reference to farmers in the ad's script, the values remain: "On the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise...
  • Wheels coming off... ObamaCare policies will cost more, cover far fewer than promised

    02/11/2013 1:22:11 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 153 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2013 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    The Affordable Care Act is looking less and less affordable. Start with the IRSs new estimate for what the cheapest family plan will cost by 2016: $20,000 a year to cover two adults and three kids. And that will only cover 60 percent of medical bills, so add hefty out-of-pocket costs, too. The next surprise is for parents who thought their kids would be covered by an employer. Sloppy wording in the law left that unclear until last week, when the IRS ruled that kids wont be covered. Starting in 2014, the law will require employers with 50 or more...
  • Okla. sheriff arrests 8 at Keystone pipeline site

    02/11/2013 1:08:45 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 72 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2013 | SEAN MURPHY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Eight people were arrested Monday at a construction site for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in central Oklahoma, including one man who locked himself to a crane-like piece of machinery, authorities said. The two women and six men were arrested on trespassing complaints at the site near the town of Schoolton, Seminole County sheriff's Chief Deputy Chris Conn said. On woman also was cited for resisting arrest. None of their names has been released. "We had several individuals on private property who refused to leave, and they were arrested for trespassing," Conn said. "One individual was...
  • Obama Lawn Sign Battle Rips Apart Community, Bankrupts Homeowner's Association

    02/11/2013 12:50:46 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/11/13 | Myles Collier
    A confrontation over a political sign and a community's Home Owners Association has occupied four years and nearly half a million dollars in legal fees.
  • Raped, impregnated 13-year-old keeps baby

    02/11/2013 12:50:41 PM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    http://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | february 11, 2013 | jill stanek
    When I was little I was molested for eight years by my stepfather. He was an accomplished liar and fooled everyone, even my mom. No one knew. I was afraid to tell anyone; when you grow up hearing that bad things will happen if anyone finds out, you believe it. I got pregnant the first time when I was 12. I was scared and told him. He hit me and then loaded me up on drugs, telling my mom that I had been injured while out playing with some other kids. He killed my baby. Of all the things that...
  • Boy Scouts Must Reconcile Gay Issue

    02/11/2013 12:44:49 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/11/2013 | Michael Reagan
    The bosses of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) surprised everyone this week by postponing their decision on whether to allow gay leaders and gay scouts to join their ranks. If the BSA's long-standing ban on gays is lifted by national officials in May, the choice to admit gays may be left to local Boy Scout chapters as it should be.
  • U.S. keeps building new highways while letting old ones crumble

    02/11/2013 12:43:44 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Start-Telegram ^ | 02 February 2013 | Curtis Tate, Greg Gordon
    Americas highway system, once a symbol of freedom and mobility envied the world over, is crumbling physically and financially, the potentially disastrous consequence of a politically driven road-building binge. President Barack Obama, state transportation officials, civil engineers, road builders and business groups all say that the country needs to invest trillions of dollars in its infrastructure, yet theres little consensus on how to finance it or what the most pressing needs are. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the country needs $14 billion in additional federal funds each year just to maintain highways and $50 billion more to improve them....
  • Who Will Be the Next Pope? Bookmakers Place Their Bets

    02/11/2013 12:28:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    TIME ^ | 02/12/2013 | Glen Levy
    Just hours after Pope Benedict XVIs surprising Feb. 28 resignation, bookmakers have already started placing odds on his successor. Quickest off the mark was the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which has already gone through three favorites for the position, starting off with Nigerian Francis Arinze, before shifting to Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson and then to Canadian Marc Ouellet who at the time of this writing is the most favored option, with odds of 11 to 4. A rival bookie, Ladbrokes, currently has Turkson as the slight favorite at 3 to 1, followed by Arinze (7 to 2) and then...
  • Inhofe to Postpone Hagel Vote

    02/11/2013 12:27:08 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-11-2013 | Robert Costa
    February 11, 2013 2:47 PM Inhofe to Postpone Hagel Vote By Robert Costa Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, tells National Review Online that he will postpone the nomination of Chuck Hagel, President Obamas nominee for secretary of defense. Ill do that for as long as it takes, he says, firmly. Im going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin. Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but its going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor, Inhofe says. Were going to need as much time as...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $22k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XIX]

    02/11/2013 12:23:36 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 343 replies
    <p>Still lagging a bit off the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done within the next three weeks!!</p>
  • The bizarre stories of the four other popes to have resigned in the last 1,000 years

    02/11/2013 12:13:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/12/2013 | Max Fisher
    On Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. Thats not just tradition its dogma. The Washington Posts Debbi Wilgoren cited a theological expert in explaining, Most modern popes have felt that resignation is unacceptable except in cases of an incurable or debilitating disease that paternity, in the words of Paul IV, cannot be resigned. But Benedict XVIs resignation is even more curious when compared to the handful of others who have left the powerful office willingly. In the past 1000 years, only four other popes have resigned. Here are...
  • Rest In Peace, Chris Kyle!

    02/11/2013 12:04:24 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 24 replies
    11Feb2013 | ConorMacNessa
    REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER! SWOC Christopher Scott Kyle, USN, Died 2Feb2013 U.S. NAVY SEALS"People Sleep Peaceably In their Beds At Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready To Do Violence On Their Behalf. " I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) "Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in...
  • Sources: Obama to issue cybersecurity order on Wednesday

    02/11/2013 12:04:12 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/13 | Jennifer Martinez
    The White House is poised to release a cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at an event Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The White House began crafting the executive order after Congress failed to pass cybersecurity legislation last year. Officials said the threat facing the United States was too great for the administration to ignore.