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  • Obama's Quiet Ally: Who's Behind Gun Control Bill No One Is Talking About - Sen. Mark Kirk (R), IL

    02/16/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Guarino
    Obama's quiet ally: Who's behind gun control bill no one is talking about As President Obama comes to Chicago to talk gun control, Illinois' Republican senator, Mark Kirk, is pushing a bill to target gun trafficking. It's under the radar, but could have a greater impact than other bills. As President Obama pushes for gun control in Chicago Friday, an unexpected ally from his home state, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois, is crossing party lines to propose legislation that could have a greater impact than higher-profile proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, experts say. Senator Kirk and...
  • Warning: This Will Get Your Blood Boiling (Obama free phones)

    02/16/2013 9:39:06 AM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 16, 2013 | Lisa De Pasquale
    We've all heard about the free Obama phones. A friend was recently looking for a part-time work and found this listing on Craig's List [note: the "DMV" refers to DC, Maryland, Virginia]:
  • Grilled about Cayman Investments, Jack Lew Chooses the I’m-a-Moron Defense

    02/16/2013 9:37:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Every so often, you get a “teaching moment” in Washington, and we now have an excellent opportunity to educate lawmakers about the “offshore” world because President Obama’s nominee to be Treasury Secretary has been caught with his hand in the tax haven cookie jar. Mr. Lew not only invested some of his own money in a Cayman-based fund, he also was in charge of a Citi Bank division that had over 100 Cayman-domiciled funds.As you can imagine, Republicans are having some fun with this issue.Mitt Romney was subjected to a lot of class-warfare demagoguery during the 2012 campaign because he...
  • Police, families cope with cop killer's aftermath

    02/16/2013 9:19:25 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 15, 2013 | A. BREED, JULIE WATSON and TAMI ABDOLLAH | Associated Press
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there. In 15 years with the department, "Jer" had earned about a dozen and a half awards for 10851s — the California penal code for grand theft auto. Once, while heading to a bar to celebrate another award, MacKay noticed there were no keys in the ignition of the car next to him at a traffic light, and he veered off. He waltzed...
  • Gun Companies to Law Enforcement in Anti-Gun States: We’re Not Doing Business With You Anymore

    As the gun control debate rages on, we’ve seen a host of gun-rights advocates standing up for the Second Amendment. In addition to citizens, the NRA, the National Sheriffs Association and countless others, a number of companies—including gun manufacturers, sporting good retailers and gunsmiths—are now taking a stand by refusing to sell to law enforcement in New York and other states with restrictive gun laws. The message in these companies’ statements is essentially about equality—local law enforcement and government agencies should not have rights that citizens do not. Thus, if states such as New York choose to adopt restrictive gun...
  • Carbon Tax Hallucinations

    02/16/2013 9:17:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Average planetary temperatures haven’t budged in 16 years. Hurricanes and strong tornadoes are at or near their lowest ebb in decades. Global sea ice is back to normal, while the Antarctic icepack continues to grow. The rate of sea level rise remains what it was in 1900. And yet, President Obama and many politicians, newscasters and alarmist scientists continue to insist that carbon dioxide emissions are changing Earth’s climate, and we need to take immediate action to prevent storms like Hurricane Sandy and avert catastrophes predicted by IPCC computer models and “scientific consensus.” Not surprisingly, polls show public support...
  • Maine Newspaper Rescinds Request for Gun Owner Info Following Backlash

    02/16/2013 9:11:56 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 27 replies
    Guns. com ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | S.H. Blannelberry
    A Maine Newspaper that had solicited concealed carry permit holder information from police agencies around the state for research and investigative purposes has rescinded its request following harsh criticism from state lawmakers. When Bangor Daily News invoked Maine’s ‘Freedom of Access Act’ to obtain gun owner information on Wednesday GOP politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage publicly decried the move. In a statement that was accompanied by a twitter post of a photo of the governor holding his CCW permit, LePage wrote, “If newspapers would like to know who has concealed weapons permits, then they should know the Governor has his.”...
  • U.S. a step closer to wide domestic use of drones

    02/16/2013 9:11:31 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON A future in which unmanned drones are as common in U.S. skies as helicopters and airliners has moved a step closer to reality with a government request for proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.
  • VP lobbies as Colo. approves gun-control measures (Biden on CO Ski Trip)

    02/16/2013 8:53:25 AM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    The Gazette ^ | IVAN MORENO and KRISTEN WYATT | Feb 16, 12:19 AM EST
    DENVER (AP) -- A package of gun control measures won initial approval in Colorado's Democratic-controlled House Friday night, with Vice President Joe Biden personally phoning four lawmakers from his ski vacation in the state to speed along the emotional debate. Biden phoned three freshmen legislators along with Democratic House Speaker Mark Ferrandino. The calls came amid a long debate over the proposals, including expanded background checks and ammunition limits - responses to mass shootings, including the killings at a Colorado movie theater. In all, the House gave the initial OK to four bills after a daylong debate. The preliminary votes...
  • Canada’s government must reach out to the undead

    02/16/2013 8:44:09 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | February 16, 2013 | David Frum
    “Under the leadership of this Prime Minister, Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever.” -Foreign Minister John Baird, House of Commons, Feb. 13, 2013. John Baird’s tough-guy rhetoric may win applause from the Conservative back bench. But the foreign minister’s inflammatory words dangerously oversimplify a complex situation. Worse, they shamefully betray Canada’s historic role as an honest broker between the living and undead communities. The zombie movement has both a political and a military wing. While the military wing has been responsible for atrocities, which Canada correctly condemns, the political wing provides crucial social services to the...
  • The audacity of Jr.

    02/16/2013 8:43:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    **SNIP** Ask how he could humiliate not one but three generations of his globally known family — his famous father and his young children included. No, Jesse Jackson Jr. wouldn't be the first to purposefully slow-walk that yearslong walk. Not the first to delight in secret luxuries and expensive acquisitions along a reliable, efficient path to the self-destruction of his career and his reputation. Imagine, though, the depth of conniving, or self-delusion, or entitlement, or sheer audacious recklessness, that the federal accusations against Jackson would have required of him. What the feds on Friday suggested had happened here is a...
  • Nevada assemblyman proposes fast food tax

    02/16/2013 8:43:44 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 | 3:56 p.m | Matt Woolbright, Associated Press
    The price of many fast food items would tick up slightly if one assemblyman's bill makes it through the Nevada Legislature. Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford introduced Assembly Bill 122 during the floor session Thursday. The bill proposes a 5-cent tax, paid by the customer, for each item over 500 calories. Munford says he hopes the tax would deter people from eating out so frequently. He adds that the revenue would be directed to helping hospitals and improving Nevada's education system.
  • CNBC's Bartiromo Takes (Barney) Frank to Task Over Lack of ’08 Financial Crisis Prosecutions

    02/16/2013 8:27:39 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 15, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Bartiromo Takes Frank to Task Over Lack of ’08 Financial Crisis Prosecutions • Frank: 'Individuals' should be prosecuted on Wall Street, will not say who Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (D., Mass.) advocated criminal prosecutions against “individuals” involved in the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent collapse on Wall Street Friday on CNBC. Maria Bartiromo reacted incredulously to Frank’s refusal to name specific individuals who may have perpetrated criminal wrongdoing, accusing the former Congressman of playing populist politics by making specious allegations against the financial industry. Frank attempted to deflect the criticism by stating as Chair of House Financial Services...
  • Measures target state’s new gun-control law (NY SAFE Act)

    02/16/2013 8:01:52 AM PST · by Gritty · 31 replies
    The Leader-Herald ^ | February 15, 2013 | Bill Pitcher
    JOHNSTOWN - Local legislators are starting to take official measures to show their opposition to the state's new gun-control law. Fulton County supervisors this week unanimously agreed to endorse a law-enforcement position statement that calls the new regulations "unfair" and "overly restrictive." Montgomery County supervisors are considering a similar resolution... ... The 1,500-word position statement was drafted and unanimously approved last month by 52 members of the New York State Sheriff's Association, including Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey, Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato and Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams. ... ... (Sheriff) Lorey presented it to the Board of Supervisors'...
  • Left In The Dark: Copper Thieves Rob Detroit Freeways Of Light

    02/16/2013 7:57:15 AM PST · by shove_it · 71 replies
    cBS Detroit ^ | 2 Feb 2013
    DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The Michigan Department of Transportation says one-fifth of the lights along freeways in Metro Detroit aren’t working — and copper thieves are mainly to blame. [...] MDOT has identified the area around I-94, east of I-75, as one of the worst hit by thieves. “We are taking measures to try to keep the cabinets safe and secure, but for every move we make, the thieves come up with a counter-move,” said Morosi. [...} And those counter-moves are sometimes deadly. In October, a 34-year-old man was electrocuted at Putnam and Lawton, near I-96, while attempting to steal copper...
  • Immigrants Are Big Business for Private Prisons

    02/16/2013 7:56:22 AM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 2012 | Fox News
    The country's largest prison companies are generating huge profits as the U.S. locks up more undocumented immigrants than ever, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses are spending tens of millions on lobbying and political campaigns. The cost to American taxpayers is on track to top $2 billion for this year, and the companies are expecting their biggest cut of that yet in the next few years thanks to government plans for new facilities to house the 400,000 immigrants detained annually. After a decade of expansion, the sprawling, private system runs detention centers everywhere from a Denver suburb to...
  • Bill O’Reilly and Marc Lamont Hill Together Again on Valentine’s Day

    02/16/2013 7:53:29 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.aim.org ^ | February 15, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    Bill O’Reilly, who made Marc Lamont Hill into a national media star, now acts surprised that Hill had some kind words to say about mass murderer Christopher Dorner’s “exciting” rampage of death and destruction. The people cheering O’Reilly for “taking it to” Hill and “tearing into” him on his Thursday night show have apparently forgotten that O’Reilly was behind Hill’s rise to media stardom. Bill O’Reilly “lectured” Hill on his “insensitive” remarks, reports Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. In fact, O’Reilly and Hill have been working together for years, feeding off one another, in order to generate ratings. The question is,...
  • Get ‘Em Young: Obama’s Plan for Universal Preschool

    02/16/2013 7:51:10 AM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 16, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Since the recent State of the Union address, President Obama has been touting his proposal to offer free preschool to everybody. The White House cites studies that claim all manner of benefits to sticking young children into the zoo early on, including later “success.” And Obama claims one of his main motivations is to close the test score “achievement gap” between poor and rich kids.[snip] If you truly want to give your child an educational head start, turn off the TV and make him crack a couple of books every week.
  • Police: 5 people shot outside Columbia club (SC)

    02/16/2013 7:47:24 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | February 16, 2013
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WISTV) —Five people are in the hospital after a shooting outside a club very early Saturday morning. The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. at the T and T Uptown Lounge, located at 3003 Colonial Drive. Three men and two women were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Police said two of the shooting victims were in critical condition Saturday morning. Preliminary information suggests that witnesses saw shots being fired from a car outside of the club, police said. There may have been an altercation at the club before the shooting, according to investigators.
  • Senate Dems unveil $110 billion sequester-replacement package

    02/16/2013 7:45:39 AM PST · by Cheerio · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/14/13 | Alexander Bolton and Erik Wasson
    Senate Democratic leaders unveiled a $110 billion sequester-replacement bill at a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday that would replace $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit March 1. The Senate Democratic package is split evenly between spending cuts and provisions raising new tax revenues, according to a Democratic source. It would raise nearly $54 billion in taxes by implementing the Buffett Rule, setting a minimum effective tax rate for wealthy individuals and families. It would raise additional revenues by changing the tax treatment of oil extraction from oil sands. ....snip.... On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified that...