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  • US Army seeks new ways to treat facial skin injuries

    02/16/2013 5:36:07 AM PST · by the scotsman · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16th February 2013 | Jonathan Amos
    'It is extraordinary that doctors were able to do anything for Todd Nelson. The former US Army master sergeant's injuries were so bad the medics thought he would not survive. "I was on my 300th-plus convoy across Kabul, Afghanistan," he recalls. "We were headed home for the night when we passed next to a typical yellow and white sedan. When they saw us getting ready to pass, they flipped the switch. "The blast came in my side of the truck; I was on the passenger side. "It flipped the truck through a brick wall and put shrapnel through my right...
  • Women in combat units: Could it reduce sexual assault in the military?

    02/16/2013 5:31:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 49 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Anna Mulrine
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says that he is hopeful that making the combat roles of women official will create a greater environment of respect for women, which in turn may have an impact on instances of sexual harassment and assault. “I believe it's because we've had separate classes of military personnel, at some level,” he said at a press conference Thursday. General Dempsey was quick to add that sexual assault is “far more complicated than that – but when you have one part of the population that is designated as warriors and another part...
  • The Best of the Delta

    02/16/2013 5:17:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Something is terribly wrong. Used to be, I could safely attend the annual Delta show at the Arkansas Arts Center here in Little Rock with serene confidence that I would never agree with the judge's picks. It gave me the feeling, hollow as it might be, that I marched to a different drummer from the cognoscenti's. For my taste in such things has long been irreparably bourgeois -- middle-class, middlebrow, middlin' in general. Even verging on the sentimental, and maybe not just verging. Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World," Edward Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning," Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure Five...
  • Loudmouthed Latino Demonstrators Cow American-Owned Hotel

    02/16/2013 5:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    This week some “Latinos” in Florida detected an “ethnic slur” on the wall of the ritzy South Beach Hotel W’s lounge. Within minutes all hell broke loose. A few stormed over to the manager and DEMANDED it be taken down, promptly and ceremoniously! The rest got on their BlackBerrys and iPhones to “burn up the wires.” Word spread throughout this tightly-knit “Latino community” and soon the hotel was blitzed with scathing e-mails, phone calls and tweets. This “Latino” groups powerful “Latina” Congressperson even jumped into the fray, firing off a letter to the Hotel owners, denouncing the “insensitivity” of the...
  • Elementary School Offers Tutoring... Unless You're White

    02/16/2013 5:09:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 2/15/2013 | Bobby Eberle
    Wow! As we strive for a truly colorblind society, it's quite apparent that the ones who hold us back are the ones who scream the loudest about equality. Those on the left blast those on the right, because we just want to recognize people for what they do, not what skin color they have. But, just like Barack Obama plays the race card over and over again, we have another example to point to. This time, it's an elementary school in Denver that offers a tutoring program... unless you are white. As reported by Denver's CBS 4, the tutoring program...
  • Bloomberg takes gun fight to Chicago

    02/16/2013 4:53:40 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Maggie Haberman and Alex Isenstadt
    A Chicagoland special House election to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has suddenly become Ground Zero of the national gun control debate, courtesy of anti-gun crusader Mike Bloomberg. The billionaire New York City mayor’s super PAC is poised to dump at least $2 million into the race, sources told POLITICO — a staggering sum for a single House race that’s meant to thwart a National Rifle Association-aligned Democrat who was cruising along as the frontrunner until a barrage of Bloomberg-financed attack ads hit the airwaves. The massive independent expenditure by Independence USA PAC dwarfs what any of the...
  • Why Is Washington So Polarized?

    02/16/2013 4:52:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    People who have been around for a while all seem to agree. Never in living memory has the atmosphere on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C., generally been so toxic. I don’t find this to be true out in the hinterland. The country as a whole is divided politically. But it’s not obviously more divided than it was 50 years ago. The toxicity of politics is a D.C. phenomenon. What’s more, the polarization is worse among the elites. It seems that the more education they have, the more polarized people become. Why is that? I have a theory. Any period...
  • Obama's No-Growth State of the Union

    02/16/2013 4:39:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    By far the best line from this week's dueling State of the Union messages came from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Nice and simple, and right to the point: "Presidents in both parties -- from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan -- have known that our free-enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity." That's a brilliant summary of pro-growth policies, on the supply-side and in a free-market context. Kennedy slashed tax rates and held down the budget. So did Ronald Reagan, who borrowed Kennedy's ideas: smaller government, lower tax-rate incentives and a thriving middle class, where the economic pie...
  • With eye on 2014, GOP welcomes Boehner's Senate-first strategy

    02/16/2013 4:38:52 AM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    By demanding Senate Democrats act first on major legislation, the House Speaker may help Republicans win back the upper chamber. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is passing the buck to the Senate and, in the process, he's lending a big hand to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) Boehner's move to force the Democratic-led Senate to take the lead on enacting President Obama's agenda puts him squarely in line with a top McConnell priority — wresting control of the upper chamber from Democrats.
  • N.J. legislators explain opposition to bill keeping guns from suspected terrorists

    02/16/2013 4:30:19 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    lehighvalleylive.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Douglas B. Brill
    Erik Peterson remembers driving his wife’s car and getting pulled over. Police driving behind the New Jersey assemblyman ran the license plate and found out the car belonged to Jenny Peterson. The legislator’s wife didn’t have warrants out on her, but someone with the same name did. The legislator proved that he wasn’t Jenny Peterson and his wife wasn't the woman police were looking for, and the police let him go. The Republican, whose 23rd Legislative District covers parts of Warren and Hunterdon counties, used that anecdote to help explain why he wouldn't back a gun-control measure voted on Wednesday...
  • 15 Things That Are Not Okay For Liberals To Do

    02/16/2013 3:59:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | February 16, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Many liberals have come to believe the rules of morality, decency, and good behavior don't apply to them. You see, since they're liberal they think that no matter how racist, sexist, violent, dehumanizing, evil or disgusting their behavior may be, they're still good people just by virtue of the fact that they're liberals. Of course, not every progressive feels that way, but almost no one on the Left who disagrees has the courage to speak out against the horrific behavior of his fellow liberals. That's understandable if you think about it. Just as a member of the KKK would fear...
  • Asteroids, Polar Bear Cannibalism Lead to Global Warming, or, uh, Something Bad

    02/16/2013 3:49:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | John Ransom
    The most pathetic part of the whole episode was that I knew that I would find it is soon as I saw the headlines and read the stories. “A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday,” reported Reuters, “sending fireballs crashing to earth which shattered windows and damaged buildings, injuring more than 500 people. People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave, according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 950 miles east of Moscow.” While reading headlines about the meteor...
  • Rockin' in the Free World

    02/16/2013 3:39:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    While watching the Grammy awards last Sunday, it occurred to me that American culture has been defined by music ever since the end of World War II. After the Germans and Japanese surrendered in 1945, millions of GI's returned home to marry and begin families. The big-band era of good-time music accompanied that, and romantic singers like Frank Sinatra ruled the day. In the '50s, many young people, tired of conformity, began to rebel. The rise of Elvis Presley illuminated that rebellion. Then the angst kind of died out as Chubby Checker ushered in "The Twist" in 1960, and...
  • Threat of Executive Order on Guns: Chicago Thuggery

    02/16/2013 3:21:47 AM PST · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    In a gun-grabbing scheme as desperate as it is wrong, President Obama is threatening to bypass Congress and go it alone via Executive Orders if legislators don't move fast. The sudden rush to Executive Orders comes as Obama sees the writing on the wall: the American people do not want more gun control, and the Republican Congress is listening to the people.
  • Obama’s Non-Partisan Campaign Selling Access to Obama for $500,000

    02/16/2013 2:54:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | february 15, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    "Leaders of Organizing for Action, President Obama’s new nonprofit advocacy group, are courting his top campaign bundlers to be part of a high-dollar fundraising network that will help finance the work of the nascent organization. Bundlers will probably be asked to raised $500,000 to be part of the committee. Such top fundraisers will get perks in return. One reward that was floated as a possibility was an invitation to quarterly meetings with Obama." They’re “Organizing for Action”, but the action that they’re organizing for comes from the White House. This is no different than a candidate funding a grass roots...
  • Funds run low for health insurance in state ‘high-risk pools’ (ObamaCare)

    02/16/2013 2:30:26 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15 2013 | N.C. Ainznman
    Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state. But they stressed that coverage for about 100,000 people who are now enrolled in the high-risk pools will not be affected. “We’re being very careful stewards of the money that has been appropriated...
  • 70 OFFICERS NEEDED TO DISPERSE 'FOOD FIGHT' RIOTERS

    02/16/2013 2:01:35 AM PST · by Anila · 29 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/16/13 | Colin Flaherty
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language. School officials say race has nothing to do with the latest example of black mob violence in Minneapolis. Neither did race have anything to do with the dozens of others examples of black mob violence and lawlessness – many caught on video – that have plagued the Twin City for at least three years. So say police. So say reporters. So say public officials. The victims and the videos tell a different story. The latest example hit the news this week: Hundreds of black students were involved in...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Running for President, OK?

    02/16/2013 1:36:27 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 34 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 02-14-2013 | Elspeth Reeve
    Bill Clinton confirmed Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, according to Angelo Tsakopoulos, a "real-estate honcho" who's a major donor to Clinton campaigns, the New York Post reports. No kidding? It is time to stop pretending to be surprised at reports that Clinton is running for president. "Hillary will be our next president and she will be a great one," Tsakopoulos said last weekend at a private California banquet, the Greek Reporter says. "I talked to her husband, and he confirmed it. She will run.” He even had campaign staffing specifics, saying his daughter, Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, will be...
  • Who’s next on Obama’s drone hit list?

    02/15/2013 10:31:36 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/15/13 | Senator Rand Paul
    The recent leak of a Department of Justice white paper on the legal justification for the use of drones to execute American citizens abroad accused of terrorism raises some very important constitutional and moral issues. Politicians should not decide the crime and the punishment for American citizens here or abroad. A trial by jury with a judge is a right to be prized by American citizens. Now, if you join al Qaeda, bear arms and attack U.S. forces, no one will argue that you still have a right to a trial. In the heat of battle, everyone understands that those...
  • Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky (San Fran)

    02/15/2013 9:55:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 128 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/15/13 | Anon
    Jodi Hernandez reports on the cosmic close encounter that the earth is experiencing tonight and the real one Russia experienced this morning. On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen streaking across the Bay Area skies. The fireball was seen around 7:45 p.m. There are reports into the newsroom from people as far north as Fairfield and as far south as Gilroy. It was also seen in Sacramento, Newark, Walnut Creek, and St. Helena. It was bluish in color and appeared to be heading straight to the...
  • MoveOn.org gun control TV ad to go after certain members of Congress

    02/15/2013 9:43:49 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    abc15.com ^ | February 15, 2013
    MoveOn.org is moving into the TV fight over curbing gun violence. The progressive group will announce Friday that it's going up with a television commercial that goes after members of Congress who accept donations from the National Rifle Association. The MoveOn spot, which the group says it will spend six figures to run for a week on national cable television, is part of their campaign titled, "The NRA doesn't speak for me." In the ad, a man named Jerry Thompson, who describes himself as a gun owner and proud defender of the Second Amendment, says "for years I've watched Congress...
  • Did Nate Silver Tip the 2012 Election to Obama? (Will Quit if He's Too Powerful)

    02/15/2013 9:37:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/15/2013 | Peter Weber
    The New York Times stats whiz says he'll stop blogging if his poll analysis sways future contestsNate Silver was vilified by some Republicans and political journalists during the 2012 election, and embraced by Democrats looking for a fix of reassuring political news during rocky periods of President Obama's re-election bid. This week, the seemingly prophetic New York Times–employed political polling aggregator told an audience of students at Washington University in St. Louis that "the polls can certainly affect elections at times." They're not supposed to, Silver added, but some voters may "take the forecasts too seriously." Then, says Michael Tabb...
  • Texas Senator (Cruz) Goes on Attack and Raises Bipartisan (especially libtard and MSM) Hackles

    02/15/2013 9:24:30 PM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2013 | Jonathan Weisman
    As the Senate edged toward a divisive filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber — his voice lost to laryngitis — as he absorbed what he had wrought in his mere seven weeks of Senate service. Mr. Hagel, a former senator from Mr. Cruz’s own party, was about to be the victim of the first filibuster of a nominee to lead the Pentagon. The blockade was due in no small part to the very junior senator’s relentless pursuit of speeches, financial...
  • Power-Mad Bloomberg’s Next Agenda: Eco-Fascism

    02/15/2013 9:19:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 15, 2013 | Chris Graham
    It becomes a difficult task for those in power to resist the lure of acquiring even more power. The more they have, the more they want. No such example exists greater than that of New York City mayor-king Michael Bloomberg. This is the man who brought into existence the absurd and absurdly named National Salt Reduction Initiative, an incentive-based program designed to reduce the amount of salt in restaurant and prepackaged food. This is the man who, last year, banned the sale of sugary drinks, like sodas, in more than 16-oz containers. Why? Because what’s good for Bloomberg is what’s...
  • Rand Paul on The Peter Schiff Show - 2/13/2013

    02/15/2013 9:02:09 PM PST · by Lorianne
    You Tube ^ | 13 February 2013 | Peter Schiff
    Senator Rand Paul talks to Peter Schiff on his radio show about his response to the State of the Union address, economics, and government spending. 14:00
  • Rand Paul: Something Depraved is Rising In The Country

    02/15/2013 9:01:18 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Billy Hallowell
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show this morning to discuss a variety of topics. After commenting about the need to combat President Barack Obama’s use of executive power, the politician dove into the spiritual realm. Noting that he believes America’s problems run deeper than political schisms, Paul called for a spiritual awakening and revival. The senator made his comments about the need for faith leaders to rise up and called for increased religious fervor after Beck asked him about his own spiritual well-being. Paul said that when he was first running for office he appreciated people...
  • HuffPo: Workers 'Really Deserve' a $21.72 Minimum Wage

    02/15/2013 9:00:03 PM PST · by chessplayer · 35 replies
    According to a new study by the George Soros-funded Center for Economic Policy and Research, minimum wage should be $21.72 an hour to keep up with the increase of worker productivity. Highlighting that study, The Huffington Post bemoaned President Barack Obama’s call for a higher minimum wage as a “far cry from what workers really deserve,” in a Feb. 13 blog post.
  • $1000/Hr: Obama Books World's Top Golf Pro for Vacation

    02/15/2013 8:51:29 PM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    Economic growth is in the negative, unemployment is on the rise, Walmart's forecasting a disastrous February for retail sales, poverty's up, gas prices are up, the cost of health care premiums are up, middle class incomes are falling, consumer confidence is at a two year low, our deficit is unsustainable, and Barack Obama has just signed up for private golf lessons with two of the top teachers in the country.
  • Achieve Ye This Goal - Issues and issues in the State of the Union (Mark Steyn)

    02/15/2013 8:51:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    <p>‘I’m also issuing a new goal for America,” declared President Obama at his State of the Union on Tuesday. We’ll come to the particular “goal” he “issued” momentarily, but before we do, consider that formulation: Did you know the president of the United States is now in the business of “issuing goals” for his subjects to live up to?</p>
  • Christopher Dorner died of gunshot wound to the head which might have been self-inflicted

    02/15/2013 8:49:55 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 15, 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER and ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER
    Authorities say fugitive former cop Christopher Dorner died of a single gunshot wound to the head as authorities were pumping tear gas into a mountain cabin during a deadly gun battle with sheriff's deputies. San Bernardino County sheriff's Capt. Sheriff John McMahon told reporters Friday that it appears the wound was self-inflicted. Deputies said they heard one final gunshot from the cabin as it was going up in flames during Tuesday's gunbattle. Before he died, Dorner killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another during a fierce shootout. Authorities initially were unsure whether Dorner killed himself, had been struck by a...
  • FBI investigating allegations Sen. Menendez patronized prostitutes in Dominican Republic

    02/15/2013 8:43:51 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15, 2013 | Carol D. Leonnig and Peter Wallsten
    A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation. One person said agents have asked about whether a Florida eye doctor — a close friend and major campaign donor to Menendez — provided the senator with prostitutes on vacations there. Another person said investigators are looking into allegations involving underage prostitutes and sex parties. The two, who spoke...
  • House approves high-capacity magazine ban, despite GOP objections

    02/15/2013 8:35:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies
    kdvr.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — The first of four Democratic gun proposals to be heard Friday, a ban on high-capacity magazines, cleared the statehouse on an initial voice vote around 3 p.m. after a six-hour debate. “Over the course of the last four or five years, we’ve had 34 mass shootings using high capacity magazines,” said Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, whose district includes the Century 16 theater where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting last July. “That is the common thread we see in these massacres. They’re using these high-capacity magazines so they can unload as many bullets as they can...
  • Congressman Jeff Ducan (S.C.) Returns $200,000 back to Tax Payers.

    02/15/2013 8:27:44 PM PST · by John 3_19-21 · 12 replies
    Jeff Duncan.house.gov ^ | 2/14/2013 | Congressman Jeff Duncan
    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan announced that he would be returning a significant portion of his office budget to the taxpayers for the second year in a row. Duncan’s wish is that the returned funds be used to pay down the national debt. Duncan announced that his office would be returning around $200,000 or 15.2% of his overall budget. That figure is on top of a mandatory 11.1% cumulative cut to all Congressional Offices over the past two years.
  • NBC News Reporter Stops Returning Carnival Cruise Passenger From Quoting Bible

    02/15/2013 8:19:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 37 replies
    As stranded Carnival Cruise passengers began finally disembarking in Mobile, Alabama, late Thursday evening, MSNBC had NBC News correspondent Mark Potter on the scene to speak with them. One young lady during her over three minute interview tried to cite a Bible verse that helped her get through the ordeal, but Potter pulled his microphone away and quickly ended the discussion (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • 3 Reasons Why Elizabeth Warren’s Performance at Senate Hearing Was Absurd

    02/15/2013 8:18:19 PM PST · by kanooga · 16 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | James Bailey
    Liberals all over America are just giddy over the way newly elected Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren blasted bank regulators in a Senate hearing this week. They are singing her praises as the champion of the consumer. The Huffington Post reported on her performance with the headline, “Elizabeth Warren Embarrasses Bank Regulators at First Hearing.” A YouTube video was also posted with the same title. The 4 minute video shows Senator Warren confronting top bank regulators from the FDIC, SEC, OCC, CFTC, Fed, and Treasury. The video is shown below. Another site, Gawker.com, reported the same story with the headline, “Elizabeth...
  • Back in Chicago, Obama laments lack of "a father who was around"

    02/15/2013 8:13:25 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    reuters.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Steve Holland
    President Barack Obama acknowledged on Friday that he wished his father had been a bigger part of his life as he argued that stronger families are just as important as gun control in reducing crime and violence in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. Obama returned to his old home neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago with a different take on his gun control message - that it will require an improved home environment for children to reduce the possibility that they will one day resort to violence. To do that, he said, will require better economic conditions for low- and middle-class Americans,...
  • Russian ambassador to Cairo denies total Islamization of Egypt

    02/15/2013 7:48:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    interfax-religion.com ^ | February 11, 2013
    Moscow, February 11, Interfax - Egypt is undergoing complex historical transformations; one should be patient and hope for a positive outcome, Russian Ambassador to Cairo Sergey Kirpichenko said in an interview with Voice of Russia radio. The scale of Egypt's Islamization should not be exaggerated, he said. The country took the Islamization course back in the 1970s when Anwar El Sadat was the president, the diplomat recalled. It was when the authorities started flirting with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic political forces, and the revolution of 2011 brought those forces to power. "I do not think there is a...
  • Vanity - Letter to Senator Feinstein

    02/15/2013 7:44:05 PM PST · by 45Auto · 17 replies
    Me ^ | 2-15-2013 | 45Auto
    My Dear Senator Feinstein, Thank you for your personal reply to my concerns about the banning of AR-15's and similar weapons. I think that neither justice nor the Constitution is served by punishing an entire nation for the act of a random madman. I have recently re-read both the 2008 Heller and the 2010 McDonald United States Supreme Court opinions. I believe that these decisions put your legislation on tenuous Constitutional grounds at best. The Heller case found that to ban an entire class of firearms was clearly unconstitutional under the 2nd Amendment. The case specifically referred to handguns, quote,...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with spending $750G of campaign funds on personal items

    02/15/2013 7:37:02 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Feb 15 2013 | foxnews.com
    Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was charged in federal court Friday with conspiring to use campaign funds for personal use -- in an alleged $750,000 spending spree that included purchases of a gold-plated Rolex and pricey children's furniture. It had been expected that a plea agreement would be entered into court Friday, but that agreement is apparently still pending. Instead, federal prosecutors charged Jackson Friday with conspiracy. Prosecutors separately charged his wife Sandi with filing false federal tax returns, but according to her attorney she has reached a plea agreement. In a statement, the former Illinois Democratic congressman said he...
  • Gun Murders Shot Up 25% After Missouri Repealed Universal Background Check Law(barf alert)

    02/15/2013 7:36:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | 15 February, 2013 | Ashley Portero
    Universal background checks before gun purchases can have an enormous impact on reducing firearm-related deaths, according to testimony presented before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this week. Missouri, the site of President Barack Obama’s recent gun control speech, had a firm “permit-to-purchase” law in place until 2007, when it was repealed. The law -- which both the Missouri Sport Shooting Association and NRA helped overturn -- required Missouri residents to obtain a sheriff’s permit before purchasing a concealable weapon. Control... Groupon Ends Gun-Related Deals After Sandy Hook Massacre Groupon Ends Gun-Related Deals After... Sponsored Link Image Ad AT&T® Official Site...
  • Xi warns CPC of Soviet-style collapse if faced with dissent

    02/15/2013 7:28:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    PTI ^ | February 15, 2013
    Beijing: China's new Communist Party leader Xi Jinping has warned cadres of a Soviet-style collapse if the party is confronted with ideological dissent, military disloyalty and corruption, the deadly mix that led to the dramatic disintegration of once mighty Soviet Union. China must heed the still "deeply profound" lessons of the former Soviet Union, where political rot, ideological heresy and military disloyalty brought down the governing party, Xi, 59, reportedly told party leaders during his tour of Guangdong province in December last year soon after his election as the General Secretary of the ruling party a month before. "Why did...
  • Editorial: 3D Printed Gun Parts Hit Road Blocks (and Why it Matters)

    02/15/2013 7:08:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    guns.com ^ | 15 February, 2013 | David Higginbotham
    I’m not one to ramble on about abuses of freedom. It isn’t really my style. But every now and then something comes up that I feel needs a wider audience. And the controversy surrounding 3D printed gun parts has brought up some big issues for me this week. In 3D Printing to End Gun Control, Guns.com writer S.H. Blannelberry looked at new uses for an emerging manufacturing technology. 3D printers, which are becoming more affordable, smaller, and more efficient, are used to print just about everything imaginable. Even gun parts. The fear, obviously, is that printed guns will get in...
  • Cheaper Than Dirt donates $100,000 to Second Amendment Foundation

    02/15/2013 7:01:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    guns.com ^ | 15 February, 2013 | Max Slowik
    Cheaper Than Dirt just made the largest single contribution to the Second Amendment Foundation and first “Diamond Level” donation of $100,000. The Second Amendment Foundation is pretty happy about this. “The level of support from CheaperThanDirt both delighted and shocked me,” said Second Amendment Foundation director Ray Carter. “SAF has never before received a single donation of this size and by itself Cheaper Than Dirt’s contribution will make possible a major expansion of SAF legal action and education efforts. We are privileged to consider Cheaper Than Dirt a partner in our efforts.” “Created in response to the generous donation from...
  • Suicide of Computer Whiz Prompts Look at Federal Prosecutors' Tactics

    02/15/2013 6:54:51 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 53 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2-15-13 | foxnews.com
    The case of computer whiz Aaron Swartz -- who committed suicide after federal prosecutors charged him with 13 felony fraud counts -- has become, for some, emblematic of how overzealous prosecutors are going too far in pursuit of a win. The shocking suicide -- the 26-year-old co-creator of RSS and Reddit hanged himself last month -- has led to calls to rein in the practice of overcharging defendants. Swartz could have been punished with up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines -- a greater penalty than some murderers face. And it was all for downloading millions...
  • The G.O.P.’s Nasty Newcomer (Ted Cruz)

    02/15/2013 6:32:33 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2013 | Frank Bruni
    WHEN a Vesuvius like John McCain tells you that you belch too much smoke and spew too much fire, you know you’ve got a problem. And Ted Cruz, a Republican freshman in the Senate who has been front and center in his party’s effort to squash Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense, has a problem. He’s an ornery, swaggering piece of work. Just six weeks since his arrival on Capitol Hill, he’s already known for his naysaying, his nit-picking and his itch to upbraid lawmakers who are vastly senior to him, who have sacrificed more than he has and...
  • Deportation of Burlington man cancelled

    02/15/2013 6:31:09 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    MyFOX8.com ^ | February 14, 2013, | Ali Scotti
    BURLINGTON, N.C. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has cancelled the deportation of Isaias Valles-Castejon, who was scheduled to be deported back to Mexico tonight at midnight
  • Schultz's Dirty Secret: Regulators 'Sheriff' Warren Scalded Are Obama Appointees

    02/15/2013 6:23:25 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ed Schultz was in seventh heaven, lionizing Elizabeth Warren [new first name 'Sheriff'] for the way she grilled financial regulators for failing to take big banks to trial. Just one teenie-weenie factoid Ed failed to mention: those two regulators he showed Warren scalding during his MSNBC show tonight were appointed by, yup, President Barack Obama. View the video here.
  • Goldman Sachs says cooperating with Heinz probe (Insider trading investigation)

    02/15/2013 6:15:58 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 2/15/13 | Reuters
    Goldman Sachs Group Inc is cooperating with a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe into insider options trading in H.J. Heinz Co before the food company announced it was being acquired, Goldman said on Friday.
  • 911 calls are still coming from cellphone of Katie Couric's late husband

    02/15/2013 6:15:58 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 25 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | February 15, 2013 | Katy St. Clair
    Someone notify Shirley MacLaine, because Katie Couric’s dead husband appears to be making 911 calls from his old phone. According to the New York Daily News, every Tuesday at 2 a.m. the late Jay Monahan’s phone line dials 911, then Couric gets an emergency call back saying help is on the way. She has notified the police and they are looking into it. Apparently there is a prank called “spoofing,” where someone uses a device to hack into a phone remotely. Or, Monahan’s disembodied spirit is trying to order a pizza, but is too drunk to hit the right speed-dial...
  • Santa Clara Man Charged With Threat to State Sen. Leland Yee

    02/15/2013 6:15:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Feb 15, 2013 | Lisa Fernandez
    A Santa Clara engineer, who once worked for Apple's co-founder, was charged on Friday with threats connected to State Sen. Leland Yee, who was sent an email a month ago by a man who claimed he was a "trained sniper." Court documents show that Everett Basham, 45, - a onetime employee of Steve Wozniak a decade ago - faces 12 charges. The charging document for the first time revealed how many and what kind of guns were allegedly found at Basham's home. The full list of charges include: threats to commit a crime resulting in death or great bodily injury,...