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  • Authorities: LA freeway shooting suspect a "loner" and "gamer"

    02/22/2013 5:05:01 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 21, 2013 | CBS
    TUSTIN, California The shooter who went on a violent rampage in California earlier this week has been described by authorities as a "loner" and a "gamer," CBS LA reports. The Orange Country sheriff's department has been investigating 20-year-old suspect Ali Syed since he allegedly shot five people, three fatally, before turning the gun on himself. Violent video games and mass violence: A complex link "He spent a lot of time alone in his room playing video games," said Orange County Sheriff's department spokesman Jim Amormino. There is still no known motive in the case and law enforcement officials are now...
  • Coal Industry Regulations Were A Laughing Matter to the EPA

    02/22/2013 4:51:40 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Lisa Jackson recently left her job as EPA administrator amid an investigation into her use of alias email accounts. She apparently used those secret accounts to shield official agency business from Freedom of Information Act requests. In one of those emails, recently obtained by a free-market think tank, an EPA employee mocked proposed coal ash regulations, joking that Jackson "knows which landfill's leaching, She knows which pond might break, She knows they all lack liners, Close 'em down, for goodness sake!" The Competitive Enterprise Institute says it has now received thousands of heavily redacted emails sent by or...
  • Cantor and Jonathan Soros on Saving Democracy from Big Money (ridiculous alert)

    02/22/2013 4:48:32 AM PST · by mgist · 6 replies
    Bill Moyers ^ | 2/15/13 | Moyers
    Dan Cantor and Jonathan Soros on Saving Democracy from Big Money February 15, 2013 There’s no question that big money calls the shots, or at least strongly influences the agenda, on many issues vital to America’s democracy and integrity. Dan Cantor, Executive Director of New York’s Working Families Party, and Jonathan Soros, co-founder of the Friends of Democracy super PAC and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, join Bill to discuss their proposals to fight the corrosive effects of money in politics. With the help of Soros’ anti-super PAC super PAC, the two are combating the negative impacts of...
  • Kerry: ‘Be Ready to Join Us’ in Fight against Climate Change (Video)

    02/22/2013 4:39:09 AM PST · by IbJensen · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/2013 | CNS Staff
    ttp://cnsnews.com/video/national/kerry-be-ready-join-us-fight-against-climate-change
  • (RINO Saboteur) Bolling - It's A Challenging Time To Be A 'Mainstream' Republican In Virginia

    02/22/2013 4:31:28 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    WMAL.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | John Matthews
    Bill Bolling swears he hasn't decided whether he'll run for Governor of Virginia, but in a mostly one-sided conversation with WMAL's Mornings On The Mall Thursday, the incumbent Lt. Governor sounded an awful lot like a candidate aiming for middle-of-the-road votes. "There are a lot of what I'll call more 'mainstream' Republicans like me that are just not real happy with the current leadership and direction of our party," said Bolling. "I think in this particular race in Virginia this year, there's a lot of uneasiness out there with the candidates of both of the major political parties, so that...
  • Adrian Wyllie announces bid for Florida governor, plans to eliminate federal meddling

    02/22/2013 4:26:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Oath Keepers EMail | Jan 28, 2013 | Staff
    With the 2012 election behind us, candidates have begun preparing for races in 2014. One of the earliest Libertarian Party candidates to declare is Adrian Wyllie, chair of the Florida LP, who announced earlier this month that he would run for governor. He plans to distinguish his campaign by focusing on his plan to combat the federal government's encroachments on state sovereignty. "One of my highest priorities is going to be upholding the 10th Amendment, and rejecting any unconstitutional federal mandates or laws on the state level," Wyllie said. "I think one of our biggest problems is the assault on...
  • Legal expert laments media confusion over mandate

    02/22/2013 4:25:39 AM PST · by mgist · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | 2/13 | By Michelle Bauman
    Legal expert laments media confusion over mandate Pres. Barack Obama with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- The Obama administration’s latest proposals to revise the federal contraception mandate have been significantly misunderstood and misrepresented, said a legal scholar. Carrie Severino, chief counsel at the Judicial Crisis Network and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said the media confusion is “not surprising,” given that the administration released the 80-page document on a...
  • Massachusetts forces schools to let 'transgender' boys use girls' restrooms, lockers

    02/22/2013 4:21:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/19/2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    BOSTON, February 19, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to the state’s K-12 public schools requiring them to permit “transgender” boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities as long as they claim to identify with that gender. Many elementary schools in smaller Massachusetts towns include children from kindergarten through eighth grade, making it possible for boys as old as 14 to share toilet facilities with girls as young as five. Under Chester's leadership, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released an 11-page document on...
  • Retired general says National Guard could help curb Chicago violence

    02/22/2013 3:48:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/21/13 | Lolly Bowean
    To reduce the homicides and shootings plaguing Chicago streets, elected officials should consider calling on the state and federal governments for help, even the National Guard if necessary, said a retired Army lieutenant general who spearheaded the military response after Hurricane Katrina. "Just like we do with any disaster. When the tornado comes, or the floods come, the federal government comes in to help," Russel L. Honore said Thursday at a news conference in Chicago. "Let's not let this be about pride. 'We are big ol' Chicago, we are too proud, we can handle this.' Maybe you can't handle it....
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 22, 2013

    02/22/2013 3:39:14 AM PST · by sneakers · 21 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Miami-Dade teachers union elects Fedrick Ingram as president [First Black to lead, Media Swoons]

    02/22/2013 3:23:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/21/13 | David Smiley
    The United Teachers of Dade announced Thursday that its members had elected its secretary/treasurer to lead the organization. Fedrick “Fed” Ingram, a native Miamian and former Miami-Dade teacher of the year, netted just under 51 percent of some 7,000 votes cast in Tuesday’s elections and beat out four competitors to win the $134,000 job outright. Ingram, 39, will take over in May as just the third president in the last half-century when current President Karen Aronowitz steps down.
  • Freed Afghan Taliban fighters return to insurgency (Surprise!)

    02/22/2013 3:12:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 1 replies
    AP, via the Herald-Tribue ^ | February 21, 2013 | KATHY GANNON
    At least half the Afghan Taliban recently freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency, a Pakistani intelligence official says, throwing into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan government requested to restart a flagging peace process.
  • Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?

    02/22/2013 2:56:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico ^ | 2/22/13 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    ...Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win. He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House. ...In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called...
  • US denied direct access to Benghazi suspect held in Egypt

    02/22/2013 2:19:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The U.S. has been denied direct access to the only publicly known suspect in custody in connection with the Benghazi terror attack, Fox News has learned, with U.S. interrogators still unable to sit in the same room as the Egypt-held prisoner to ask questions. Abu Ahmed, also known as Mohammed Jamal, is suspected of establishing Islamist training camps in Eastern Libya where militants who took part in the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack were able to train. Ahmed is not suspected of directly taking part in the attack which left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead. But this is...
  • Ending long break, White House and Republicans renew budget talks

    02/22/2013 1:36:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:04pm EST | Mark Felsenthal
    After weeks without talks on the U.S. budget crisis, President Barack Obama called Republican leaders on Thursday to discuss the harsh “sequestration” cuts to government spending due to begin in just over a week. In what might be just the start of long negotiations to prevent the $85 billion in cuts, Obama spoke to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The conversations were “good,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, but he declined to provide details. A McConnell spokesman said it was the first outreach from Obama since the New Year’s Eve “fiscal cliff”...
  • Americans favor Enforcement over legalization

    02/22/2013 1:00:07 AM PST · by jdirt · 20 replies
    numbersusa.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2013 | Rachelle Younglai
    https://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/february-21-2013/new-poll-says-american-favor-enforcement.html and here is the original article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-usa-immigration-idUSBRE91K01A20130221
  • Hilary Mantel sales rocket amid 'plastic princess' furore

    02/22/2013 12:53:19 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 20 February 2013 | Hannah Furness
    Mantel, who has won the Man Booker Prize twice, said the Duchess had a "perfect plastic smile", being viewed as having “no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore”. Her remarks, made as part of a lecture entitled Royal Bodies, have been widely publicised across the globe and have already been condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron. While she has not yet commented on the furore, Mantel will no doubt be pleased to hear of one positive side-effect, as sales of her book have rocketed. Wolf Hall, the first of her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and Henry...
  • US, Chinese Plans for Rail Links with Central Asia Reducing Russia’s Influence

    02/22/2013 12:43:42 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    United States plans to link the countries of Central Asia by new rail lines with Afghanistan. At the same time, Washington opposes neither the construction of a railway corridor from Central Asia through Iran, nor Chinese extensions of its national rail system into the area. Nevertheless, according to analysts at the Moscow Strategic Culture Foundation, these overlapping transportation development projects threaten to spark a new “railroad war” in the Central Asian region—one that in the absence of counter-efforts by the Russian Federation is likely to result in a sharp reduction of Moscow’s influence over the countries there. Washington’s plan is...
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez authors law to fund gun buybacks with tax on gun purchases

    02/21/2013 11:38:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    whittierdailynews.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Brian Day
    MONTEREY PARK - Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, joined with other political and law enforcement leaders Thursday to announce she has introduced legislation into Congress to fund gun buyback programs. The Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant of 2013, also known as H.R. 793, would establish a grant program through the Department of Justice to be distributed to local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs, as well as anti-violence and gun safety campaigns, the congresswoman said. She was joined at a press conference by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure, Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, Rep....
  • Mexico to ask Senate for registry of US guns

    02/21/2013 11:26:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | February 19, 2013 | Bryana Johnson
    In the wake of a tense national clash over the issue of gun control, Mexico has taken an action sure to fan the flames of controversy. In January, the Mexico Permanent Commission reportedly voted to formally ask the United States Senate for a registry of all commercialized firearms in the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. According to Informador, the proposition was introduced by Senator Marcela Guerra, who stated he introduced the resolution in hopes that it would make it easier to trace guns used in violent crimes. InsightCrime explains, “Close to 60,000 people were killed during...
  • The Gun Control Movement's Dangerous Incompetence

    02/21/2013 11:20:27 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/20/13 | William A Levinson
    "Dangerous incompetence" means exactly that: ignorance, negligence, and/or dereliction of duty that endangers human life and safety. A medical quack who prescribes medications for patients he has never seen, or without going to medical school and passing a licensing examination, is a prime example. Equally dangerous incompetence, of the kind that can kill people, pervades the gun control movement. Dangerous Incompetence Regarding Armed Self-Defense Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Andrew Cuomo, like any medical quack who prescribes drugs for real or imaginary illnesses, think they know how many bullets a person might reasonably need for self-defense against one or more...
  • Cruz calls for Second Amendment protection at gun manufacturer visit

    02/21/2013 11:09:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    statesman.com ^ | 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 (Ynetnews.com) ^ | 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...
  • IRAQI SUNNIS INSPIRED BY ARAB SPRING

    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
    latimes.com ^ | 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
    Go.com ^ | 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
    mediaite.com ^ | 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
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 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
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 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...
  • ACU ANNOUNCES 2012 RATINGS OF CONGRESS

    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 conservative.org.“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 show...ugh...so 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
    nbcbayarea.com ^ | 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...
  • Boy Scouts could lose tax break for gay ban

    02/21/2013 9:09:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2013 | Wyatt Buchanan
    California would strip the tax-exempt status from youth organizations like the Boy Scouts if they have policies that bar gay people from participating, under a bill introduced at the Capitol Tuesday. The measure, SB323, by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County), comes as the national Boy Scouts of America is considering changes to its policy barring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from serving as scouts or as leaders in the organization. By the way: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a historic move, California's Latino Legislative Caucus has selected openly gay Assemblymember Ricardo Lara, who represents California's 50th District,...
  • N.J. Assembly passes package of gun bills despite Republicans' protest

    02/21/2013 9:03:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    nj.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — The state Assembly wasted little time today approving 22 bills intended to curb gun violence despite protests from Republicans, who said Democrats put the legislation, some of it flawed, on too fast a track. The session was largely free of the drama provided by a rowdy crowd that jammed the Statehouse annex for last week’s hearing, but opponents vowed a fierce political battle ahead if the measures advanced any further. "They have awakened a sleeping giant in an election year," Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, said in an interview...
  • Universal background checks are focus of Minnesota gun debate

    02/21/2013 8:53:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    startribune.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | JIM RAGSDALE
    A move to require background checks for nearly all gun transactions attracted a big crowd and strong emotions at the Legislature on Thursday. “This is the public safety issue of the legislative session,” said Dennis Flaherty, representing state police officers and speaking in favor of the proposal. “A lot of folks just don’t want their firearms tracked, taxed or taken,” said Chris Rager of the National Rifle Association, leading the charge against the bill. .... Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, also arguing for the expanded checks, said the current system is akin to boarding a flight in which 40 percent of...
  • Baucus: "The President's Part Of The Sequester; The WH Recommended It" (Video)

    02/21/2013 8:48:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | February 20, 2013 | NA
    "The President’s part of the sequester – the White House recommended it, frankly, back in August 2011, so now we’re feeling the effects of it..."
  • 3D Printing Revolution: the Complex Reality

    02/21/2013 8:45:17 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 39 replies
    Make ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michal Zalewski
    This miniature, high-precision assembly started with a CAD model and not much more. It cost about $10 to make it at home – with no 3D printer required.In the past couple of years, the concept of low-cost 3D printing has captured the hearts and minds of millions of geeks. The allure of an upcoming manufacturing revolution has seeped into the mainstream, too: take The Economist, which ran about two dozen articles about this technology within the last year alone. Something must be in the air! The charm of 3D printing is easy to understand, especially as it coincides with the...
  • AP Caves Into Gay PC: 'His Husband' and 'Her Wife' Are Now Accepted Stylebook Terms

    02/21/2013 8:44:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/21/13 | Tim Graham
    After overwrought pressure from the usual gay "anti-defamation" lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of "his husband" and "her wife" in news stories. as if they've taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary. "Victory!" was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or...
  • MSNBC boldly moves to plug its one remaining hole--hiring Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod

    02/21/2013 8:39:27 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Tuesday 19 February 2013 15.12 EST | Glenn Greenwald
    A Pew poll found that in the week leading up to the 2012 election, MSNBC did not air a single story critical of the President or a single positive story about Romney - not a single one - even as Fox aired a few negative ones about Romney and a few positive ones about Obama. Meanwhile, Obama campaign aides who appeared on MSNBC were typically treated with greater deference than that shown to the British Queen when one of her most adoring subjects is in her presence for the first time. Surveying this assembled data, one does not need to...
  • Sens. Collins, King downplay NRA ad against gun control

    02/21/2013 8:35:58 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    onlinesentinel.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Eric Russell
    U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are downplaying the significance of an advertisement by the National Rifle Association that urges Maine voters to convince their senators to reject President Obama's gun-control agenda. "I haven't seen it," King said Thursday, referring to a full-page ad in Thursday's Bangor Daily News. "This story isn't going away. I'm working on the issue. I've sat down with gun owners and sportsmen in Maine. I've sat down with gun control advocates in Maine. I'm trying to come up with what I think are the most effective proposals that will actually diminish gun violence while...
  • What Free Republic, and All Americans are up against.

    02/21/2013 8:32:43 PM PST · by jongaltsr · 20 replies
    <p>This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines the immensely wealthy charitable foundations that provide financial backing for leftist groups and causes. These foundations -- sometimes called endowments or charitable trusts -- are nongovernmental, nonprofit entities whose assets are provided by donors and managed by their (the foundations') own officials, who earmark portions of their assets each year for what they consider to be socially useful purposes. Most of these foundations can be classified under the following categories: Community Foundations, which build their endowments through contributions from many donors within a given geographic region, and typically focus on local needs Corporate Foundations, which are private foundations established by for-profit corporations but legally separate from the parent corporations 

Family Foundations, in which the original donor or the donor's family plays a significant role in governing the foundation 

Independent Foundations, which are private foundations, usually endowed by one source such as an individual's bequest

 Operating Foundations, which are private foundations that use most of their income to provide charitable services or programs of their own, rather than making grants to outside organizations 

Public Foundations, which are public charities that operate significant grantmaking programs The DiscoverTheNetworks database currently identifies and profiles more than 125 major foundations whose political and philanthropic orientations are generally leftist, and whose combined assets exceed $100 billion. Some of the foundations described in this section are so large that they have single-handedly shaped entire cultural and political movements. (See, for example, the Ford Foundation's role in underwriting The Open Borders Lobby.</p>