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  • MILLER: Obama’s real gun-control aim

    02/21/2013 6:25:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Chicago is a dangerous town, but gun control hasn’t made it better. The city forbids the law-abiding from having guns, leaving the bad guys to rule the streets. The result is one of the highest murder rates in the country. President Obama’s plan isn’t to reverse from a failed course, but to apply federal gun registration and confiscation of certain weapons nationwide. Addressing students at Hyde Park Academy last week, Mr. Obama recalled the recent murder of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager. “It’s not unique to Chicago,” he said. “It’s not unique to this country. Too many of our children are...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy Charges; Wife Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

    02/21/2013 6:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Time ^ | 2/20/13 | Madison Gray
    Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal conspiracy charges of using campaign funds to purchase personal and luxury items, bringing what’s likely a grim end to a fast-rising political career. Jackson was charged Friday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and making false statements. He is accused by prosecutors of spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Prosecutors also say that Jackson failed to report $28,000 in gifts he received. In U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Jackson told Judge Robert Wilkins that he was guilty of the charges against...
  • Lott: Obama’s proposals won’t reduce gun violence

    02/21/2013 6:22:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 13 February, 2012 | John Lott
    Warning that we need to “get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets,” in his State of the Union, Obama kept repeating congress must vote on the three types of gun bills he supports. The most obvious thing that was left out of the talk was that none of the laws now being proposed would have done anything to stop the various attacks that Obama cited as justifying the laws. Nor does the evidence show that the previous Assault Weapon Ban from 1994 to 2004 reduced crime. Were some of the killers mentally ill? Undoubtedly, “yes,” but...
  • Desperation at the New York Times. There’s Good News Tonight!

    02/21/2013 6:20:20 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies
    GaryNorth.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Gary North
    Liberalism is on the run. The New York Times is selling everything that isn’t nailed down. It is trying to sell the liberal Boston Globe. It sold its papers in Florida. It sold its share of the Boston Red Sox. The Times is the voice of American liberalism. Its voice is turning into an old man’s croak. It stands on the street corner. “Paper, Mister? Buy a paper?” “Our plan to sell the New England Media Group demonstrates our commitment to concentrate our strategic focus and investment on The New York Times brand and its journalism,” said Mark Thompson, chief...
  • Majority of U.S. citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported

    02/21/2013 6:17:58 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/21/2013
    More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system. The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007. Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported. Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in...
  • Living the good life off of government benefits ($82,000 for a family of 3 in PA)

    02/21/2013 6:14:58 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    It’s not hard to see why. For this story, CBS 21 researched what government programs are available to a single mother of two making $19,000 a year. What we found was incredible. Our family would be eligible for $14,976 in free day care, another $13,400 for Head Start and Early Head Start, $7,148 in housing vouchers, $6,500 for weatherization projects, $400 to pay heating bills, $480 a year for a cell phone, with an extra $230 for a land line, and $182 in free legal advice. The family would get more than $6,028 in food assistance and another $6,045 in...
  • Justice Dept. Internal Memo Admits Gun Buybacks, ‘Assault Weapons’ Bans, ... Don't Work

    02/21/2013 6:13:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Gun control may still be very much a topic for national conversation, and the prospects of some variety of gun control legislation may look better for anti-gun forces than they have in nearly 20 years, but a Justice Department internal memo from early in the year that just got leaked to the public may scuttle all of that. The memo comes from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a subgroup within the Justice Department, which defines itself this way: The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated...
  • VA:Dad says he killed intruders while defending his home

    02/21/2013 6:05:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    wtvr.com ^ | Scott Wise and Wayne Covil
    PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The 25-year-old father who said he shot and killed two men who broke into his Prospect-area home Sunday morning told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil he did not know the men he killed. The man said he and his two-year-old son were sleeping when he heard a loud crash inside his home off Route 460 early Sunday morning. The man said he grabbed a handgun and left his room to investigate. Soon he found three men inside his home. The men exchanged gunfire that lasted less than a minute, the man said. One...
  • More scrutiny, less conflict of interest

    02/21/2013 6:02:19 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 2 replies
    Each year, law enforcement agencies across Georgia seize millions of dollars in cash and property from individuals who have never even been charged, much less convicted of a crime. They keep it for their own use, and there’s little oversight of how they use it. That needs to change. Ideally, law enforcement should not be able to seize any cash or property from anyone who hasn’t been convicted of a crime, and they should have to go to court to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the property they want was connected to the crime that person...
  • CA:Suspect Shot During Alleged Folsom Boulevard Robbery

    02/21/2013 6:00:42 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    rosemont.patch.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Mirna Alfonso
    Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place. Update: Authorities have identified the alleged robber as 30-year-old Derick Hunter of Citrus Heights. -- A man shot dead at a Folsom Boulevard business near Rosemont was trying to rob the store, according to the storekeeper who reportedly shot him Sunday, sheriff's officials said. Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. about 3 p.m. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt....
  • Tuberculosis outbreak in downtown L.A. sparks federal effort

    02/21/2013 6:00:17 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 25 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Feb 21 2013 | LA Times
    Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials figure out why the disease is spreading and how to stop it. Nearly 80 tuberculosis cases have been identified and 11 people have died since 2007, most of them homeless people who live in and around skid row. Scientists have recently linked the outbreak to one...
  • DISARMING AMERICA’S HEROES: Veterans get letters from VA prohibiting ownership or purchase of guns

    02/21/2013 5:58:29 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    http://michaelconnelly.jigsy.com/ ^ | february 20, 2013 | Michael Connelly
    How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse. What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition....
  • Gas diplomacy time for Iran

    02/21/2013 5:51:34 PM PST · by Lorianne
    Asia Times ^ | 05 February 2013 | Chris Cook
    Iran has now agreed to meet the P5+1 (the United Nations Security Council permanent members plus Germany) in Kazakhstan on February 25, which is a feather in the cap for President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Meanwhile, in Iran the continuing plunge of the riyal below 40,000 to the US dollar is exacerbating ferocious in-fighting between the faction of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the two conservative factions who repelled the president's power grab early last year. One of the key reasons for the collapse of the riyal is that vast amounts of riyals are being printed to finance Iran's energy subsidies, which now...
  • U.S. household expenditures for gasoline account for nearly 4% of pretax income

    02/21/2013 5:47:47 PM PST · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    Gasoline expenditures in 2012 for the average U.S. household reached $2,912, or just under 4% of income before taxes, according to EIA estimates. This was the highest estimated percentage of household income spent on gasoline in nearly three decades, with the exception of 2008, when the average household spent a similar amount. Although overall gasoline consumption has decreased in recent years, a rise in average gasoline prices has led to higher overall household gasoline expenditures. However, these expenditures as a percentage of overall household income are still low when compared to the early 1980s, when the estimated portion of household...
  • The Unsung, But Massive Obamacare Sales Tax Increase That Is On the Way

    02/21/2013 5:45:00 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 15 February 2013
    Today, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) President Karen Ignagni issued a press release in support of bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1370, S.1880) co-sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Jim Matheson (D-UT) to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance tax. While much of the dialogue on healthcare reform centers on the federal mandate of health coverage for all Americans – which many conservatives call the largest tax increase in U.S history – less attention is being given to the massive sales tax increase on the purchase of health insurance also implicit within the legislation that will dramatically escalate costs...
  • Here Comes The Boom: CMS Slashes Medicare Advantage; 'Disarray For Many Seniors'

    02/21/2013 5:41:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 19 February 2013 | Avik Roy
    Though Democrats denied it during the 2012 campaign, Obamacare cut Medicare by $716 billion in order to partially fund $1.9 trillion in new entitlement spending over the next ten years. A big chunk of those Medicare cuts came from the market-oriented Medicare Advantage program. Cleverly, the Obama administration postponed the Medicare Advantage cuts until after the election, so as to persuade seniors that everything would be just fine. But the election is over. On Friday, the administration announced that it would be significantly reducing funding for the popular program. Obama’s proposal, according to one analyst, “would turn almost every plan...
  • Sheriff warning of 2nd American revolution

    02/21/2013 5:35:49 PM PST · by Mozilla · 18 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 2-20-13 | Garth Kant
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is calling proposals to seize firearms unconstitutional and warns of dire consequences if such plans are enacted. “This is about attacking the Second Amendment, it’s about going after the wrong crowd,”. Clarke blasted gun-control proposals triggered by presidential executive orders and said he would not enforce unconstitutional laws. “First of all, to me that would be an act of tyranny,”. ‘So the people in Milwaukee County do not have to worry about me enforcing some sort of order that goes out and collects everybody’s handgun, or rifles, or any kind of firearm and makes them...
  • (Oklahoma)-Obamacare Nullification Bill Passes Out of Committee

    02/21/2013 5:34:42 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    The new American ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The fight to force the federal beast back inside its constitutional cage is continuing in the Sooner State. On Tuesday, a bill focused on preventing the enforcement of ObamaCare mandates inside the sovereign borders of Oklahoma passed out of the House Public Health committee. By a vote of 7-3, the Public Health committee approved House Bill 1021, and it will now be considered by the House Calendar Committee. State Rep. Mike Ritze, a board-certified family practice physician and surgeon, is the author of the nullification bill. HB 1021 nullifies the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “ObamaCare,”...
  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling: Finally free to speak out against GOP’s shift to right

    02/21/2013 5:31:22 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2013 | Robert McCartney
    Until three months ago, when he dropped out of the race to become the Republican nominee for governor, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling had to keep mum about his unhappiness with the GOP’s shift to the right. He couldn’t say, as he did in an interview here Tuesday, that he thought the Republicans had become so extreme that they were alienating voters and blocking the commonwealth’s progress. (snip) To say all that previously would have meant giving up any chance of beating Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, a tea party favorite, for the nomination. As it happened, Cuccinelli and his allies...
  • It wasn't just redistricting that gave Republicans their House majority

    02/21/2013 5:24:17 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Here’s something to think about for those who say that the only reason Republicans won a majority of House seats last November is favorable redistricting. I agree that Republicans did have a net advantage in redistricting in the 2010 Census cycle, but not an overwhelming one: Republican advantages in Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania were offset to a significant extent by Democratic advantages in Arizona, California and Maryland. But there’s another factor that gives Republicans an advantage in equal-population districts: clustering. Democratic voters, particularly in the two Obama elections, tend to be clustered in black, Hispanic and gentry...