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  • Jewish Home and Yesh Atid form united front

    02/17/2013 7:13:44 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/17/2013 | GABE FISHER
    The Jewish Home and Yesh Atid parties have entered into a strategic alliance and notified Likud-Beytenu coalition negotiators that the two parties will either enter the government together or retire to the opposition. Both parties are intent on legislating the conscription of ultra-Orthodox Israelis into military or national service, a move rejected by the ultra-Orthodox parties, making coalition talks extremely challenging for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In response to the alliance, reported by the Hebrew media Sunday, a senior Likud source involved in the coalition negotiations accused the national-religious Jewish Home party of “voter fraud,” for forming an agreement with...
  • Crime soared with Mass.gun law.

    02/17/2013 7:06:21 AM PST · by Mears · 14 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 17,2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    But the law that was so tough on law-abiding gun owners had quite a different impact on criminals.
  • Rep. Paul Broun Leads in GA Senate Race

    02/17/2013 7:04:39 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 10 replies
    Harper Polling has just cut loose its first poll in Georgia’s 2014 race for U.S. Senate, showing three Republican members of Congress in a tight bunch: In the Republican primary election for the open seat of Senator Saxby Chambliss, the race is wide open. The field is stacked with Members of Congress. In a state with 14 congressional districts, a Congressman’s statewide name identification is low and his support is confined early on to his district. However, if the field has 6 credible candidates, 35% could win the primary. Congressmen Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Tom Price, and Jack Kingston are...
  • Federal case outlines how guns made their way from Indiana to Chicago (barf alert)

    02/17/2013 7:03:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 feb 213 | Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner
    "Twenty-five more in four hours," Tanksley told his customer, who was secretly working for law enforcement and recording the conversation. "Give me $5,000 and you can put your order in then. I'll get you whatever, give me a list." As Tanksley, who police say has ties to a Chicago street gang, made his sales pitch, David Lewisbey was stocking up on more weapons at a gun show 40 miles away in Crown Point, Ind., one of several trips he made across the state border and back in little more than a day, according to federal authorities
  • Achieve Ye This Goal ... Mark Steyn

    02/17/2013 6:53:08 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 27 replies
    NRO ^ | 15 Feb 2013 | Mark Steyn
    ‘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? Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new legislative...
  • Achieve Ye This Goal ... Mark Steyn

    02/17/2013 6:53:08 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 15 Feb 2013 | Mark Steyn
    ‘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? Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new legislative...
  • NYT GOES BIRTHER: ATTACKS 'CANADIAN-BORN' CRUZ, CALLS HIM 'MCCARTHYITE'

    02/17/2013 6:52:48 AM PST · by SMGFan · 88 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | Feb 16 , 2013 | Tony Lee & Stephen K. Bannon
    Liberals, the mainstream media, and establishment Republicans often reveal which conservatives they fear by their level of disdain and vitriol. This week, they put their crosshairs on freshman Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a Tea Party conservative of Hispanic descent who undermines the mainstream media's ability to advance their false notion that being a minority and Tea Partier are mutually exclusive. He is a conservative who showed no desire to defer to the Senate's "courtly" ways, the preferences of the institution's old bulls. The sinking ship that is the New York Times, the so-called paper of record, provided evidence of...
  • Are We Still At War?

    02/17/2013 6:48:45 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/16/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Congress should update its military-force authorization. We remain a nation at peril, but are we still a nation at war? In his State of the Union speech, President Obama signaled, yet again, that the war in Afghanistan is effectively over. Soon, in fact, it will be over by any honest measure: The presence of American troops will be halved to 34,000 in the coming months, and erased entirely by December 31, 2014. On this arbitrarily chosen date, the president claims, we will “achieve our core objective of defeating the core of al-Qaeda.” This was just rhetorical fluff. The core of...
  • Syria: Shifting the strategic balance

    02/17/2013 6:46:32 AM PST · by bert · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 02/17/13 | staff
    Syria's opposition fighters have been gaining strength and becoming more organised while government forces seem to be slowly withdrawing under the pressure. Last week, opposition fighters said they took control of the al-Jarrah military air base in Aleppo province. It was the latest in a string of military air bases to be captured by anti-government fighters. And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the rebels have, for the first time, seized a fleet of air force planes that includes MiG fighters. The capture of the airfield happened a day after fighters seized the country's largest hydro-electric dam, located in...
  • PA:Gun Buyback Met With Competition In Bensalem

    02/17/2013 6:46:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | 7 February, 2013 | NA
    BENSALEM, Pa. - A gun buyback program in Bensalem Township was met with some competition. People lined up to turn in their unwanted weapons Wednesday night. Township officials offered between $50 and $200 for each weapon. They say they hope the buyback will reduce gun violence in the township. Outside, a group of gun advocates set up a table offering a better price to people carrying high-quality weapons.
  • God Bless You, Sen. Feinstein

    02/17/2013 6:41:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein began her war on allergy and cold sufferers in 2005. In an effort to prevent small-time dealers from buying allergy and cold drugs and cooking them into methamphetamine, she pushed through legislation requiring consumers to show identification before purchasing products with pseudoephedrine -- otherwise known as the good allergy drugs, known only to those who know enough to ask for them. Now Feinstein wants to make you get a prescription from a doctor before you buy these drugs. In 2005, I thought Feinstein's Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act wrongly punished law-abiding citizens by limiting their access to over-the-counter...
  • ABC: Vatican Trial Balloon Shot Down 'Faster Than Old-School Nun Might Rap You On Knuckles'

    02/17/2013 6:41:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    ABC News reporter David Wright chose an odd metaphor to describe criticism of the possible timing of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI's successor. Wright, speaking live from the Vatican on today's Good Morning America, reported that yesterday the Vatican spokesman had floated a trial balloon suggesting that the conclave to choose a new Pope could be moved up from its originally established date of March 15th. Continued Wright: "but in other quarters of the Church, that trial balloon is being shot down faster than an old-school nun might rap you on the knuckles." View the video here.
  • Washington State Bill Calls for Sheriff to Inspect the Homes of Assault-Weapon Owners

    02/17/2013 6:36:45 AM PST · by Olydawg · 84 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/17/13 | Danny Westneat
    <p>Mod note: the source has changed the title and the body of this article after this was posted.</p> <p>Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around? As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.</p>
  • Investigators recover Lanza computer data

    02/17/2013 6:27:43 AM PST · by RummyChick · 71 replies
    ctpost ^ | 2/16 | John Pirro, Michael P. Mayko and Ken Dixon
    NEWTOWN -- Investigators have succeeded in recovering some data from one of the damaged hard drives in a computer used by Adam Lanza and have subpoenaed computers of people they believe were in contact with the Sandy Hook mass murderer, a law enforcement source said Friday. Another smashed hard drive is still being reconstructed by technicians with the U.S. Department of Defense, the source said. Authorities are particularly interested in what relationships Lanza had within the online and video game community, hoping there may be clues about what provoked him to shoot his mother to death, then kill 20 first-graders...
  • ID:Estimated 1,000 raise arms in protest of gun control

    02/17/2013 6:26:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    localnews8.com ^ | 16 February, 2013 | Caleb James
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - An estimated 1,000 people took to the streets of Idaho Falls in support of 2nd Amendment rights on Saturday. The group's organizers say the massive demonstration isn't exclusively about guns -- it's about freedom. “Are all of you Americans?” shouted organizer Chad Christensen, to a resounding response from the crowd. The large crowd crossed the Broadway Bridge in downtown Idaho Falls in a trek from the Bonneville County courthouse to the Shilo Inn. “This isn't about guns, I believe,” said Christensen. “It's about our freedom and our liberty and our childrens’ future.” Through city streets, marchers...
  • Disgusting Leftist Mark Lamont Hill Compares Cop Killer to a 'Super Hero'

    02/17/2013 6:25:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Nothing really stuns me anymore about the Left and their lunacy. That was until this week when soulless Columbia professor Mark Lamont Hill appeared on CNN and got giddy about cop killer Chris Dorner. Hill said Dorner’s murderous revenge spree was “exciting,” and was like Jamie Foxx’s character in Tarantino’s latest flick, D’jango Unchained. Hill doubled down on his stupidity during the same interview by stating Chris’ homicidal orgy was akin to the exploits of a “super hero.” I was speechless when I heard such vomit roll off that quack’s tongue. In contrast to numb nuts, Dorner's mother, Nancy Dorner,...
  • NRA chief David Keene, a gentleman who sticks to his guns

    02/17/2013 6:25:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 17 feb 2013 | Craig gilbert
    Fairfax, Va. - For the leader of what may be the most polarizing interest group in America, National Rifle Association chief David Keene is a genial hard-liner. He loves guns. He loves politics. He loves talking - even with journalists, who are viewed in gun circles as overwhelmingly hostile to their cause. The son of pro-labor Wisconsin Democrats, Keene grew into one of Washington, D.C.'s ultimate conservative insiders, a Goldwater-Nixon-Agnew-Reagan-Dole Republican, a lobbyist, strategist and lifelong political player. He enjoys the fray, and now he's in a big one. Keene jokes about getting death threats from people who can't shoot,...
  • REPORT: 4 PEOPLE SHOT WITHIN 90 MINUTES IN CHICAGO AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DEPARTURE

    02/17/2013 6:10:05 AM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 16, 2013 | Feb. 16, 2013 7:47pm Erica Ritz
    President Barack Obama spoke about his new gun control initiatives during a quick visit to his hometown of Chicago Friday, but the violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the United States did not abate. The Politico relates: Four separate shootings took place in the span of 90 minutes Friday evening in Chicago, the first coming less than an hour after Air Force One departed O’Hare Airport after President Obama spoke on the culture of gun violence and economic decay that plagues many cities, including his hometown. [...] An hour earlier, Obama wrapped up a personal speech at...
  • Mich. defendant raps answers to judge (Video - good for a laugh)

    02/17/2013 5:50:30 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 7, 2013
    A Michigan man with a lengthy criminal rap sheet decided to treat his video arraignment like an audition by freestyling his responses to charges of threatening to kill his girlfriend
  • Moran: The Menendez scandal, broken down

    02/17/2013 5:47:20 AM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | February 17, 2013 | Tom Moran
    Here we go again. In 2002, Sen. Robert Torricelli quit his re-election campaign after he was caught accepting minor gifts from a shady donor. A promising career crashed in flames. Now, Sen. Robert Menendez, is on the hot seat for accepting gifts from his own shady donor. Wasn’t he paying attention in 2002? Why would he play such a sloppy game? “We have to ask this question repeatedly: How can smart people be so stupid?” says Norman Ornstein, an expert on Congress with the American Enterprise Institute. “It happens over and over, so why don’t they see what the consequences...