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  • Gingrich: GOP in Danger of Becoming Permanent Minority

    12/22/2012 7:01:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 22 Dec 2012 12:03 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Republicans are in danger of losing their power and Democrats could become a near-permanent majority if the GOP doesn’t conduct a major overhaul on its party operations, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has warned. … Gingrich said there are 25 issues the party should address, including more work to include minority communities, a push for the party to compete in big cities and a refusal to ignore parts of the country that lean Democratic. …
  • N.R.A. Envisions ‘a Good Guy With a Gun’ in Every School

    12/22/2012 6:42:18 PM PST · by billorites · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and MOTOKO RICH
    After a weeklong silence, the National Rifle Association announced Friday that it wants to arm security officers at every school in the country. It pointed the finger at violent video games, the news media and lax law enforcement — not guns — as culprits in the recent rash of mass shootings. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice president, said at a media event that was interrupted by protesters. One held up a banner saying, “N.R.A. Killing Our Kids.” The N.R.A.’s plan for countering...
  • A Flock of Doves: With Kerry at State, Hagel At Defense Would Be Dangerous.

    12/22/2012 6:36:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | December 21, 2012
    December 21, 2012 A Flock of Doves With Kerry at State, Hagel At Defense Would Be Dangerous. Article President Obama began to unveil his second-term national security team on Friday, choosing John Kerry as the next Secretary of State. The Massachusetts Senator shares the President's view of diminished American power and influence, which should only compound skepticism about the mooted selection of Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon. Mr. Obama has found his mirror-image in Mr. Kerry, who for 30 years has been one of the Democratic Party's leading doves. The Senator's antiwar activism after Vietnam is well known and...
  • NRA’s Press Conference of 12/21/12: An almost masterful strike. (Part 1)

    12/22/2012 5:44:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 22 December, 2012 | Miguel
    <p>I caught the press conference live like many people did and by the time it finished I could not stop but smile thinking that the old coots can deliver harm to the politicians and play a mean game of PR chess to the Media and the Opposition.</p>
  • Obama Golfs with Buddy Busted for Soliciting Prostitute

    12/22/2012 5:30:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/22/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama is in Hawaii for Christmas. Right now, he's golfing with White House chef Sam Kass, staffer Marvin Nicholson, and friends Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb, according to the White House pool report. Titcomb was arrested in Honolulu last year for soliciting a prostitute.
  • Copahue volcano eruption puts Argentina and Chile on alert

    12/22/2012 5:21:09 PM PST · by John W · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 22, 2012 | BBC News
    The authorities in Argentina and Chile have issued an alert over increased activity at the Copahue volcano, which has begun spewing smoke and gas. Many residents have already left the area as a precaution. An orange volcano alert, the second highest, has been issued in both countries. The 3,000m (10,000ft) volcano is in Argentina's south-western Neuquen province, which borders the Biobio region of Chile.
  • Obama Golfing in Hawaii With Pal Arrested in Prostitution Sting

    12/22/2012 5:17:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Obama Golfing in Hawaii With Pal Arrested in Prostitution Sting HONOLULU, Hawaii — Taking a break from the fiscal cliff negotiations, President Obama is spending the first day of his holiday vacation golfing with friends and aides, including longtime pal Bobby Titcomb, who was arrested last year on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. After arriving in Hawaii late last night, the president spent this morning at his family’s vacation residence along the shores of Kailua, a quiet town on a stretch of beach on the east end of Oahu. Shortly before noon, the president made the trip to the Kailua...
  • Postal workers continue hunger strike against proposed delivery cuts

    12/22/2012 3:42:05 PM PST · by traumer · 135 replies
    the hill/drudge ^ | 12/22/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Despite most of Congress leaving town for the holidays, postal workers are continuing a hunger strike protesting legislation to save the United States Postal Service (USPS) through budget cuts. The hunger strike began Tuesday and is expected to end late Saturday, according to The Washington Post. Six former and current postal workers, part of a group called Communities and Postal Workers United, are calling the strike “six days starving to save six-day delivery.” Their goal is to stop Congress from reducing postal delivery to five days a week. “We have to be on guard, to raise awareness and pressure the...
  • Police Wonder If They’ll Need To Confiscate Assault Weapons In Event Of Ban

    12/22/2012 4:32:01 PM PST · by barmag25 · 354 replies
    CBS New York ^ | December 22, 2012 | Marla Diamond
    Amid talk of reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired eight years ago, police departments nationwide are thinking of ways to confiscate such weapons. As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, among the departments considering taking action is the NYPD. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said if Congress were to reinstate the ban, police are wondering whether it will be their responsibility to confiscate them.
  • Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons

    12/22/2012 4:20:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:25pm EST | Dave Warner and Kevin Murphy
    Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out. …
  • Early signs show Egypt’s new constitution passing

    12/22/2012 3:56:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:35pm EST | Yasmine Saleh and Edmund Blair
    Early indications showed Egyptians approved an Islamist-drafted constitution after Saturday’s final round of voting in a referendum despite opposition criticism of the measure as divisive. An official from the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, which backs Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, said that after nearly 4 million votes had been counted there was a majority of 74 percent in favor of the constitution. Exit polls from the opposition National Salvation Front also showed the constitution passing, an official said. … (T)he opposition accuses Mursi of pushing through a text that favors Islamists and ignores the rights of Christians, who make up about...
  • Time for Congress to stand up to NRA

    12/22/2012 3:50:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | (A Times Editorial)
    If Congress is going to make a meaningful attempt to reduce gun violence, it will have to stand up to the National Rifle Association. The NRA’s cynical and insensitive response to the Newtown, Conn., massacre is motivated more by self-preservation than public safety. President Barack Obama has provided a reasonable framework for beginning to tackle the complex nature of gun violence. It will require the courage of both Republicans and Democrats to ignore the NRA and put meaningful reforms in place that honor the 26 children and adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. …
  • Barney Frank on Balancing the Budget: “I Don’t Think Balance is Logical”

    12/22/2012 3:40:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 20, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) does not think it is “logical” to achieve a balanced federal budget “from the standpoint of a whole economy” because the relationship between budget and government is different from that of budget and individual. At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Frank about the “fiscal cliff” talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio): “During these ongoing negotiations would you like to see an attempt to balance the federal budget? And if so,in what year?” …
  • History of gun control is cautionary tale for those seeking regulations after Conn. shooting

    12/22/2012 3:37:47 PM PST · by deek69 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, December 22 | By Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz, David S. Fallis and Joel Achenbach
    At 3 a.m. on July 2, 1993, Steve Sposato sat down in his darkened living room to write, by hand, a letter to the president of the United States. His life had just been shattered. Hours earlier, in the afternoon, a deranged man armed with semi-automatic weapons had gone on a rampage, slaughtering eight people at an office building in downtown San Francisco. The gunman’s motive would remain forever a mystery. Among the slain: Steve’s wife, 30-year-old Jody Jones Sposato, the mother of his 10-month-old daughter, Meghan.
  • Obama condemns violence in Kenya that left at least 39 people dead

    12/22/2012 3:32:33 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    montrealgazette.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | The Associated Press
    HONOLULU, Hawaii - President Barack Obama is condemning violence in Kenya that left at least 39 people dead - The violence appears to be driven by competition for water
  • HELP!! SOMEONE STOLE FROM THE TROOPS! (Upates, Rush, Levin)

    12/22/2012 3:16:53 PM PST · by Syncro · 15 replies
    Move America Forward ^ | Dec 17, 20112 | Danny Gonzalez
    HELP!! SOMEONE STOLE FROM THE TROOPS! Friends, we have some tough news to break. As horrible as it sounds, there are people out there who are willing to steal from the troops. Last night, just before a big shipment was planned to go out, some criminal broke the lock to the location where we were storing about 400 care packages. The thieves didn't take them all, but they stole about $5,000 worth of packages that were meant for the troops in Afghanistan. You have to ask yourself, what kind of a heartless person would steal from a non-profit organization...
  • WSJ: Obama threatened Boehner that he’ll use Inauguration & SOTU speches to blame GOP

    12/22/2012 3:15:52 PM PST · by chiller · 114 replies
    WSJ via The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/22/12 | Philip Klein
    President Obama has threatened House Speaker John Boehner that if no deal is struck on the “fiscal cliff,” he will use his Inaugural address and State of the Union speech next month to blame Republicans, according to the Wall Street Journal. In the Journal’s behind the scenes account of how fiscal cliff talks between Obama and Boehner hit a wall, what comes across is that the president is emboldened by his reelection and eager to extract more concessions from Boehner than he was willing to accept during last summer’s debt limit talks. This excerpt from the piece is revealing: Mr....
  • Pope visits jailed butler to grant pre-Christmas pardon

    12/22/2012 3:14:33 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 22, 2012 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Benedict made a surprise pre-Christmas visit to the jail holding his former butler on Saturday and pardoned him for stealing and leaking documents that alleged corruption in the Vatican. The pope and Paolo Gabriele spent about 15 minutes together before Gabriele was freed and allowed to return to his wife and children in their Vatican apartment, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
  • School Shootings and the 'Price of our Freedom'

    12/22/2012 2:55:08 PM PST · by morethanright · 7 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-12-22 13:30:47 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds ... in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said President Obama in reference to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that ended 26 lives, mostly children."Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?" asked the president, "Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?"The uncomfortable answer to his last...
  • Democrats Fully to Blame for Subprime Mortgage Crisis that Caused 2008 Financial Disaster

    12/22/2012 2:54:00 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 22, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    In his early activist days, Barack Obama the community organizer sued banks to ease lending practices... During his time as a community organizer Barack Obama led several protests against banks to make loans to high risk individuals. ... A new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research found that Democrats are to blame for the subprime mortgage crisis. ... Republicans warned Democrats of the impending doom in 2004.