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  • Cruz calls for Second Amendment protection at gun manufacturer visit

    02/21/2013 11:09:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies ^ | February 19, 2013 | Ben Kamisar
    LEANDER — Calling proposals for increased gun control “political” and “wrong,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz offered an impassioned defense of gun rights Tuesday amid cheers from supporters at a Leander gun manufacturing plant. “In Washington, there is no liberty that I think is more in the target right now than our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Cruz said. Texas’ newest U.S. senator warned that Democrats were taking advantage of the Connecticut school shooting in December to push an assault weapon ban and magazine restrictions that strip citizens of their rights. “The Bill of Rights exists not just...
  • Jerusalem preparing Obama ice sculpture

    02/21/2013 10:55:35 PM PST · by Ezekiel · 51 replies
    Israel News ( ^ | Published: 02.20.13, 13:54 | Itamar Eichner
    >>> An initiative by Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat intends to take advantage of the wide coverage to unleash a public relations barrage and to present to them "Jerusalem's other side." According to the plan, journalists will be taken on tours around Jerusalem and will visit the main historical sites, such as City of David and the Western Wall Tunnel. They will also be taken to an Israel Museum's exhibition about King Herod and to the Ice City, where they will see a custom built ice sculptor in Obama's image. <<<
  • Could a Second Civil War Happen?

    When I sat down to write a follow-up to my first series The Third World War: A Narrative History, I initially struggled for a topic. After writing a thousand-page epic story of armies of millions clashing across continents, almost any other subject seemed puny in comparison. I played with a concept called “The Tenth Crusade”, about an effort to carve out a Christian “homeland” in the Middle East but, after doing some research, that seemed to me to be a topic that could only genuinely be done justice after some years of research and some actual time spent in the...

    02/21/2013 10:45:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 2/14/2013 | Jeff Smith & Sirena Dib
    Sunni protesters in Iraq are taking to the streets by the tens of thousands in weekly protests that have so far remained peaceful, but carry the risk of deteriorating into violence at any time. The protests began in the Sunni-dominated town of Fallujah, a hotbed of insurgency during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Protesters have demanded the resignation of Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. When the U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq over a year ago, Iraq’s Sunnis were disenchanted with what they saw as an inequitable distribution of power in Baghdad in favor of the country’s Shi’ite majority,...
  • Biden warns anti-gun control lawmakers will pay a price

    02/21/2013 10:41:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | February 21, 2013
    Just miles from the site of the Newtown school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden warned Thursday that US politicians would pay a price if they refuse to back measures to stem gun violence. Biden said in Danbury, Connecticut that there had been a change in American politics which made it less risky for lawmakers to back the kind of legislation the White House is pushing Congress to pass. "What I say to my colleagues who will watch this and listen to this, I say to you if you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival...
  • Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy

    02/21/2013 10:29:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON -- Four California Republican House members are among 16 GOP legislators being targeted by a pro-Obama advocacy group in a new online ad campaign urging them to back a more robust background check system for gun sales. Reps. Jeff Denham, Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Gary G. Miller and David Valadao are among those featured in the banner ads, which begin running Friday on the websites of local news outlets such as the Modesto Bee and Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The ads, tailored with the photos and Twitter handle of each member of Congress, call on them to support universal...
  • Russia: Corruption’s staggering cost

    02/21/2013 10:21:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/18/2013 | Amanda Pitrof, ed.
    Corruption cost Russia an estimated $211.5 billion between 1994 and 2011, according to a report released by Global Financial Integrity, a U.S.-based research and advocacy organization. Even more staggering is the $552.9 billion that flowed illegally into the Russian economy in the same 18-year span. The report goes on to estimate the size of the country’s underground economy at nearly 46% of GDP annually over the same period. According to World Bank experts, this statistic makes Russia’s underground economy 3.5 times larger than corresponding G-7 economies like the U.S., France, and Canada. For every 1% increase in the size of...
  • N.H. lawmakers consider arming school employees

    02/21/2013 10:20:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AP ^ | February 22, 2013
    Teacher groups urged New Hampshire lawmakers yesterday to keep guns out of schools by rejecting a bill that would allow school employees to carry them with the blessing of local voters. Union leaders for the American Federation of Teachers and NEA New Hampshire objected to the bill at a hearing by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, saying the measure was potentially dangerous to children as well as teachers. “As the rest of the country debates how to keep guns out of schools, in New Hampshire, we are actually proposing bringing more guns in. Guns have no place...
  • 57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester

    02/21/2013 10:20:31 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies ^ | Chris Good
    57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) February 21, 2013 If the heads of 20 federal agencies are to be believed, disastrous consequences await if President Obama and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, triggering the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration." Those cuts are slated to begin March 1, and earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked agency heads to explain what would happen in such a scenario. In separate letters to Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., they warned of terrible things: Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more...
  • Cutting The Iran-China Connection

    02/21/2013 10:11:37 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Cutting The Iran-China ConnectionBy Ilan BermanThe American February 14, 2013 Just what will it take to bring Iran’s nuclear ambitions to heel? The past year has seen a dramatic expansion of economic pressure against the Iranian regime by the United States and Europe, all with a single-minded purpose: to ratchet up the costs to Iran of its stubborn atomic endeavor.Yet Iran’s economy, though undeniably ailing, remains afloat. True, Iranian officials have admitted that their country’s energy trade has constricted by nearly half as a result of U.S. and European sanctions, costing the Islamic Republic around $100 million daily. But...
  • GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert: Guns Are Necessary To Protect Against Sharia Law

    02/21/2013 10:02:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies ^ | February 21, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a conservative radio host this afternoon that he believes Americans must be allowed to own firearms to protect against the growing threat of “sharia law.” Appearing on web-radio show The Voice of Freedom, Gohmert argued that Congress ought to vote down any restrictive new gun regulations because American gun-owners need their firearms as a defense against Muslims who want to subvert the United States Constitution with the Islamic moral/political code. “[The Second Amendment] is for our protection and the Founders’ quotes make that very, very clear. Including against a government that would run amuck,” he...
  • Gun-Hating Martin Bashir Praises Man Who Defends Obama Murals With An AR-15

    02/21/2013 9:56:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    Marcus Davis, a Houston, Texas-based restaurant owner, defends murals of Barack Obama painted on the exterior of his establishment with an AR-15. Even though he is aware of this, Martin Bashir - one of MSNBC's most vocal gun control advocates - praised the proprietor of The Breakfast Klub during a lengthy interview Thursday (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): As Bashir predictably praised his guest - even comparing the defacement of these murals to Obama's struggles with his political detractors! - he eventually said, "But thinking of your willingness to protect this mural, Mr. Davis, we also know that...
  • Guns on public transit? 'No way,' CTA chief says

    02/21/2013 9:50:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies ^ | February 21, 2013 | Chuck Goudie
    (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The National Rifle Association backs conceal-carry being extended to public transportation. Now the Chicago Transit Authority is weighing in, saying, "No way." The Chicago Transit Authority carries 1.6 million riders a day. The National Rifle Association says those riders should have the right to carry guns on board busses and trains under any Illinois conceal-carry law. That standoff of opinion between NRA and CTA is playing out now because the state is under federal court order to implement a workable conceal-carry law. "We think it would be disastrous to allow passenger to carry concealed weapons on our...
  • Revealed: al-Qaeda's 22 tips for dodging drones

    02/21/2013 9:44:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 7:20PM GMT 21 Feb 2013
    The document includes advice such as "hide under thick trees" (believed to be bin Laden's contribution), and instructions for setting up a "fake gathering" using dolls to "mislead the enemy". Found by the Associated Press in a building in Timbuktu, the ancient city occupied by Islamists last year, the document is believed to have been abandoned as extremists fled a French military intervention last month. It is a Xeroxed copy of a tipsheet authored by a Yemeni extremist that has been published on some jihadi forums, but that has made little appearance in English. The list reflects how al-Qaeda in...
  • High school teacher 'refused to mark students' assignments because they mentioned guns (Texas)

    02/21/2013 9:42:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies ^ | february 21, 2013
    A high school English teacher has refused to grade two students' papers because they mentioned guns. Marshall Williams and Alex Wright, seniors at Denton High School in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, said the teacher, Dewey Christian, set an assignment to write a report about anything they wanted. Williams referenced a trip he had taken to the Fort Worth gun show, while Wright recounted a hunting trip, but both said the papers did not describe shooting guns. 'I said, "Me and my mum went to buy a gun" and as soon as he heard the word gun he told me to sit...
  • The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control

    02/21/2013 9:29:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Benjamin Domenech
    When tragedy strikes on a national scale, our initial reactions have a commonality to them: We recoil in shock and are overcome with sorrow. But then, as anger and frustration set in, we begin to divide, to blame the things we have always blamed for the evils around us. We insist that something must be done, steps must be taken, laws must be passed. Adam Lanza, an honors student with no criminal record, murdered his mother, stole four of her guns, and—for reasons we may never know—decided to rob the world of the lives of 20 children and six adults...

    02/21/2013 9:29:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    American Conservative Union ^ | 2-21-2013 | Press Release
    ACU Announces 2012 Ratings of Congress Published: February 21, 2013Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas today announced the 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress, the 42nd edition of the conservative ratings guide. Since 1971, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded Members of Congress based on their votes on key conservative issues. The full 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress guide is now available online at“For the past 42 years, through the Congressional and now the State Ratings, the American Conservative Union has set the standard...
  • Obama Says 75% of the American People Agree With Him

    02/21/2013 9:17:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/21/13 | Debra Heine
    In response to Obama: Cuts that Hurt the Economy are GOP's Raison D'etre: Several outlets are noting Obama's comments on Al Sharpton's radio show, but the Free Beacon was kind enough to put it on You Tube... (Trying to wrap my head around the fact that the President of the United States went on that ridiculous race hustler's radio mortifying.) But just listen to Obama. He says 75% of the American people agree with him, that the way to reduce our deficit sensibly is through his combination of spending cuts and tax revenue (but mostly tax revenue), as if...
  • SF Takes Up New, Stricter Gun Control Measure

    02/21/2013 9:12:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies ^ | February 21, 2013
    A San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee today approved two pieces of legislation targeting the sale and possession of certain ammunition in the city. The ordinances would make certain military-grade ammunition illegal to possess in San Francisco and require businesses to notify police when someone buys 500 rounds or more of ammunition in a single transaction. The board's city operations and neighborhood services committee voted to move both items to the full board with a positive recommendation. Supervisor Malia Cohen, representative of the often shooting-plagued Bayview District and other neighborhoods in the southeast part of the city, said, "I know...
  • The WWE's Tea Party Wrestler Is Making Conservatives Hit the Mat

    02/21/2013 9:09:41 PM PST · by Arthurio · 24 replies
    CONNOR SIMPSON 5,918 ViewsF EB 20, 2013 The WWE's new bad guys in town are not-so-loosely inspired by the Tea Party, and that has conservative commentators not-so-quietly complaining that the company is bringing back a movement already under siege from Karl Rove — this time in one of the country's most curious of conservative spotlights, and as a couple of outwardly racist xenophobes who want to send Mexicans back across the border. Even if that was kind of the whole point. On the February 11 episode of Monday Night Raw — frequently the highest rated cable show in the country...