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  • Journal News hires armed security guards

    01/01/2013 4:06:39 PM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 34 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/1/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper's publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits. RGA Investigations, a private security company, "is doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article," according to a police report first obtained by the Rockland County Times (Nanuet, N.Y.) and shared with POLITICO. The guards "are armed and will be on site during business hours through at...
  • Sperm donor for lesbian couple sued by State of Kansas for child support

    01/01/2013 4:05:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 12/31/2012 | BY: THERESA LESCHMANN
    The State of Kansas, which does not recognize same-sex unions, is pursuing child support from the man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple because the child’s mother is seeking financial aid. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's administration is seeking to pass the cost of that child support on to the sperm donor of the lesbian couple involved. According to the Huffington Post’s Dec. 30 report, William Marotta, a Topeka mechanic, may have to pay child support for a child he signed away all his parental rights to. The story begins when Marotta answered a Craigslist ad for a sperm donor....
  • Bachmann says Congress should forego pay raise

    01/01/2013 3:49:58 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 1-1-13 | kevin diaz
    Staring into the abyss of the fiscal cliff deadline, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced legislation Monday that would rescind the portion of President Obama’s executive order that gives members of Congress a pay raise. “At a time when families across the country are cutting back we should not increase government spending and add to the debt burden by giving members of Congress a pay raise," the Minnesota Republican said. The announcement came as House leaders indicated they would not have a budget deal done by the midnight deadline, plunging the nation off the fiscal cliff.
  • Icy waters in North add to Mississippi River problems downstream

    01/01/2013 3:20:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | December 31, 2012 | National Corn Growers Association
    The coming new year brings intensified shipping difficulties for barge operators on the stretch of the Mississippi River just south of St. Louis. With ice on the river's northernmost stretch reducing water levels already seriously affected by the drought, traffic on the nation's largest waterway could come to a halt by Friday of next week. "While the drought is at the core of the current issues on the Mississippi, this situation also highlights the dire need for infrastructure improvements," said National Corn Growers Association Chairman Garry Niemeyer, a grower from Auburn, Ill. "At NCGA, we have been pushing for upgrades...
  • KNME Ordered to Mediate Public Records Lawsuit As Fines Mount (Public TV caught selling "news")

    01/01/2013 3:08:13 PM PST · by abb · 16 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | December 19, 2012 | Jim Scarantino
    After more than five years of resisting a lawsuit requesting inspection of public records, KNME-TV has been ordered into mediation where it will face claims for civil fines and attorney fees that could reach $200,000 and higher. KNME-TV is the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) affiliate at the University of New Mexico. The suit arose from KNME-TV’s production for hire of a misleadingly labeled “news documentary” on the controversial Navajo water settlement. The program was called “The Water Haulers” and was commissioned and paid for by the Navajo Nation and the State Engineer of New Mexico. They wanted the program to...
  • Cops: City ends 2012 with 506 homicides, more than 16 percent increase over 2011 (unofficial count)

    01/01/2013 2:50:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/01/13 | Jeremy Gorner
    **SNIP** Although it’s difficult to pinpoint a single cause for last year’s increase, statistics show the early part of 2012 suffered the biggest spike in homicides. Experts and some law enforcement sources believe the unseasonable warmth that hit Chicago during that period contributed to a homicide spike as high as 66 percent in April, and the month of March—the warmest March on record in Chicago--was especially hit hard when there were 53 homicides, up from 23 in March 2011. **SNIP** Even though Chicago has the most police officers per 100,000 people out the five major U.S. cities, many within the...
  • URGENT!!: A FEINSTEIN NEW YEAR FOR YOU

    01/01/2013 2:48:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 33 replies
    One of the first items on the agenda for Congress in January 2013, if not the first, will be the new and even more Draconian “assault weapons and magazine ban” long since drafted by Dianne Feinstein, Democrat Senator from California. Here, in 1995, Dianne Feinstein explains why she would ban all private ownership of firearms if she could: ---- Moreover, THE TRANSFER TAX (“REGISTRATION TAX”) PER ITEM IS $200 APIECE FOR NFA ITEMS! Only, this would be a transfer “from you to yourself,” an extortionistic demand that you pay to keep something you have already legally purchased and responsibly owned....
  • St. Louis Planned Parenthood Botches Third Abortion in Weeks

    01/01/2013 2:38:32 PM PST · by kathsua · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/28/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business in St. Louis has apparently botched its third abortion in recent weeks, as it was documented sending another woman to a local hospital the day after Christmas. For the third time since Thanksgiving, the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic transported a woman to the hospital for emergency care, making it one of the most dangerous abortion clinics in the nation, according to officials with Operation Rescue, who informed LifeNews of the incident. As the pro-life group indicated, on December 26, at approximately 9:30 a.m., an ambulance was photographed by local activists loading a Planned Parenthood patient...
  • $100 million legal claim in Newtown school shooting is withdrawn by lawyer.

    01/01/2013 1:54:19 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 43 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/1/2013 | NBC News staff and wire services
    A $100 million legal claim filed against the state of Connecticut in the wake of the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting has been withdrawn for now, local media reported Tuesday. New Haven, Connecticut-based attorney Irving Pinsky said he dropped the claim because he was evaluating new evidence, according to a report on CTPost.com. Pinsky said he did not rule out further legal action, the report said. He did not respond immediately to Reuters requests to comment on the report.
  • Not an Awful Deal (if you like Marxism)

    01/01/2013 1:21:26 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 28 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Quin Hillyer
    Not an Awful Deal By QUIN HILLYER on 1.1.13 @ 10:16AM After about an hour of studying last night’s budget deal, I find it right on the borderline between (A) awful-tasting medicine we still need to take for our health and (B) a cure that is worse than the disease. But careful, careful attention pushes the calculation every-so-slightly toward the former. This isn’t even a 51-49 proposition, but only a 50.1-49.9 proposition. Still, here’s why the option of a “yes” vote for House Republicans — notwithstanding my warnings yesterday that “no deal” is better than a bad deal — is...
  • Michael Moore’s New Year’s Resolution: "Stop Saying, 'I Support the Troops.' I Don't"

    01/01/2013 12:40:43 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Michael Moore’s New Year’s Resolution: "Stop Saying, 'I Support the Troops.' I Don't" By Noel Sheppard Created 01/01/2013 - 1:40pm Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore has some peculiar New Year’s resolutions that he published at the Huffington Post Monday evening. At number four was “Stop saying, ‘I support the troops.’ I don't. I used to.” “I understand why so many enlisted after 9/11,” Moore continued. “Sadly, many of them were then trapped and sent off to invade Iraq. I felt for all of them. I understood those who joined because of a lousy economy. But at some point all individuals must...
  • Ex-Presidential Wannabe Jon Huntsman Says GOP Is 'Devoid Of A Soul'

    01/01/2013 12:36:12 PM PST · by zeestephen · 29 replies
    msnNOW ^ | 01 January 2013
    [RINO ALERT] Typically, when a politician says that a party is soulless, he's talking about the other guys.
  • NYC Wants to Mandate a No-Smoking Ban in Peoples’ Homes

    01/01/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | December 30, 2012 | Sara Noble
    NYC Mayor Bloomberg is behind a secret cabal of neighborhood spies who run around convincing tenants and landlords to disallow all smoking by tenants, even within their own apartments.The community spy groups get a $10,000 bounty for their efforts. The bounty is coming out of a grant, in other words, our tax money. This is ripe for corruption to say nothing about the whole stealth factor being unethical, sneaky, and communistic. It pits neighbor against neighbor and it demonizes people.But don’t worry, it is for the common good.I’ve never smoked in my life and I don’t like being around cigarettes,...
  • Happy New Year, Everyone!! [2013 Q1 FReepathon]

    01/01/2013 12:32:55 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 536 replies
    Howdy everyone!! Happy New Year!! Out with 2012 and we get to do it all over again in 2013 (I wish)!! It's unbelievable that the Marxist excuse of a president was re-elected. And now we're going over the fiscal cliff, the debt cliff, the unemployment cliff, and the govern by royal decree cliff all at once. Best be gearing up to vote in a majority of tea party conservatives in the House and retake the majority in the Senate in 2014 so we can impeach his royal majesty before the constitution becomes totally null and void!! Woo hoo!! And our...
  • Fiscal cliff deal raises taxes $41 for every $1 of cuts to government...

    01/01/2013 12:26:38 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 1, 2013 | TOBY HARNDEN IN WASHINGTON and MICHAEL ZENNIE
    The fiscal cliff deal raises taxes by $41 for every $1 cut from the budget, it was revealed today. The bill, which was passed by the Senate hours after midnight on New Year's Day, will be the biggest tax hike in more than four decades - raising a reported $620 billion in new revenue and cutting just $15 billion from the budget. Republicans in the U.S. House, who are expected to take up the issue this afternoon, are already beginning to revolt. The party swept into power in Congress with promises of reducing the size of government and lowering taxes....
  • Former Chicago mayor's nephew charged with killing a man in a bar fight

    01/01/2013 12:11:05 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    daily mail ^ | 12-3-12 | staff
    The nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was indicted Monday for involuntary manslaughter in the 2004 death of a 21-year-old man outside a Chicago bar, and a grand jury is continuing its inquiry into whether authorities covered up or impeded an investigation of a relative of the city's most powerful man. Richard Vanecko, 38, was indicted by a Cook County special grand jury in the death of David Koschman of Mount Prospect. Koschman died days after he fell and struck his head during a fight with Vanecko outside a bar in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.
  • Graham: Vote yes but fight on debt ceiling

    01/01/2013 11:56:28 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2013 | Rachel Weiner
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged House Republicans to accept a “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate early Tuesday morning — and to prepare to extract concessions from Democrats in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. If the House fails to pass the deal, Graham told Fox News, “We’re going to get blamed and about two weeks into this, we’ll fold like a cheap suit.” Instead, he urged Republicans, “Work with me and others never to raise the debt ceiling again unless we address why we’re in so much debt.” Graham made a similar comment to the National Review, saying,...
  • Deficit 'fiscal cliff' bill actually spends $330 billion more

    01/01/2013 11:43:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2013, 01:44PM | By Stephen Dinan
    The "fiscal cliff" deal that was designed to save money actually includes $330.3 billion in new spending over the next decade, according to the official estimate the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday afternoon.CBO said the bill contains about $25.1 billion in new cuts, but those are swamped by the new spending on extended unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and other new refundable tax credits that President Obama fought for.Of those cuts, only $2 billion are scheduled to take effect in 2013.And CBO also warned that some of the cuts Congress is counting are from programs on which CBO never...
  • Thomas Sowell: Republicans Deserved to Lose (A predictable end to an unhappy year)

    01/01/2013 11:33:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/01/2013 | Thomas Sowell
    The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back — and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens...
  • Why the Democrats' campaign man voted 'no' (DSCC chairman Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo))

    01/01/2013 11:28:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/01/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    **SNIP** “While I do support many of the items in this proposal – for example, extending unemployment insurance, the wind production tax credit and tax cuts for most Americans – I believe they should have come in the context of a comprehensive deficit reduction package,” Bennet said. “Without a serious mechanism to reduce the debt, I cannot support this bill.” “Putting the country on a sustainable fiscal path and bringing our debt under control is incredibly important to our economy and our standing in the world and is a top priority for me,” Bennet continued. “I remain committed to continue...
  • UK “faces 50/50 risk of suffering triple-dip recession” say economists as they warn of eurozone risk

    01/01/2013 11:11:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:50 EST, 31 December 2012 | Hugo Duncan
    There is a 50/50 chance that Britain will slide into a devastating triple-dip recession this year, leading economists warn today. Output “probably” fell in the final three months of 2012 and could do so again in the first three months of 2013, said the Center for Economics and Business Research. Another two quarters of decline in a row would mean the third recession in five years and set the scene for another bleak year. The think-tank singled out the crisis in the eurozone as “a major challenge for the UK economy”, given it is Britain’s biggest trading partner. …
  • House Republicans blast Senate 'cliff' bill

    01/01/2013 11:10:51 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/01/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Several Republicans took to the House floor Tuesday afternoon to slam the Senate-brokered "fiscal cliff" bill that was passed earlier in the morning, calling it a rush job that raises taxes and delays most of the spending cuts planned for this year. "So we find ourselves again with a bill that reflects not financial wisdom, but the seductive spirit that pervades this town," Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) said. "Leaders in Washington continue to over-promise. They're likes salespeople who tell their customer they can have an $30,000 car but only pay $18,000 for it. Who doesn't like that deal?" Rep. Louie...
  • Britain should be offered “second class” membership of the EU

    01/01/2013 10:59:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:11AM GMT 31 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Britain should cease to be a full member of the European Union under a new deal that would focus on trade, according to senior Brussels politicians. An umbrella group of 20 organizations campaigning for a federal Europe suggested Britain should be offered “associate membership” of the EU to prevent the country leaving altogether.David Cameron is seen as the “continual impediment” to a closer integration of eurozone states, according to the Union of European Federalists. The plan would see the UK lose all its MEPs, its commissioner in Brussels and its right to veto decisions in the European Council, but remain...
  • Say Yes to the Mess

    01/01/2013 10:45:19 AM PST · by indianrightwinger · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Bill Kristol
    Say Yes to the Mess 12:15 PM, JAN 1, 2013 • BY WILLIAM KRISTOL The fiscal cliff deal that the Senate passed early this morning is ridiculous in too many ways to count. There seem to be no figures from the Congressional Budget Office and only "very preliminary" figures from the Joint Tax Committee about the real spending and revenue implications. The two month delay of the sequester will make actual governance even more difficult (how is the Pentagon supposed to plan for the rest of the year?). The sequester delay is funded by a gimmick with retirement savings tax...
  • Django.WhiteHut.gov Petition: Establish gun-free zone around pResident (13,393 signatures so far)

    01/01/2013 10:42:14 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    11,607 more to go. Almost halfway there. If gun-free zones are good enough for our children, they should be good enough for our feral government overlords. Link to petition
  • Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome

    01/01/2013 10:16:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-12 | Frances D'emilio
    Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday, Dec. 30. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, announcing her death in a statement, called it a great loss "for all of humanity." He praised her as someone who represented "civic conscience, culture and the spirit of research of our time." Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells," a Jew who lived through anti-Semitic discrimination...
  • Fiscal Cliff Deal: Obama Takes Less In Revenue In Exchange For Destroying The GOP

    01/01/2013 9:51:43 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 26 replies
    http://ace.mu.nu/ ^ | January 01 2013 | —DrewM.
    It's hard to rundown all the spending/tax hike ramifications since they passed the damn thing at 2am on New Years Day but the politics of the deal are quite clear. WH tells colleague Ed Henry Obama broke R's tax pledge. Calls it "1 of the most consequential policy achievements of the last couple decades And what did the GOP get for this? Nothing. I doubt the House GOP has the stones to decline this invitation to sign their own death warrant. But don't worry guys...we'll get those spending cuts in the debt ceiling deal! This was the key surrender that...
  • Record snowfall today helped us surpass last year total (Dayton, OH)

    01/01/2013 9:48:43 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 20 replies
    WDTN.com ^ | 29DEC2012 | Tara Hastings
    Apparently we are making up for last years lack of snow. Today we had a record snowfall of 2.2 inches which puts us at 10.6 inches for December. After our big storm Wednesday and our snowfall this morning we’ve already seen more snow than we did last year. This morning accumulations varied with a few spots in Mercer county picking up five additional inches while most locations saw about 2 to 3 inches. Here’s a look at Live Doppler 2HD’s snowfall accumulation. Official National Weather Service amounts can be found by clicking here.
  • Texas Man Takes Last Stand Against Keystone XL Pipeline

    01/01/2013 9:47:16 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 62 replies
    npr ^ | December 25, 2012 | Elizabeth Shogren
    David Daniel, an east Texas landowner, was so determined to block the Keystone XL pipeline from coming through his forest that he built an elaborate network of treehouses eight stories above the ground. It popped into my head a long time ago, actually," says 45-year-old David Daniel. "If I had to climb my butt on top of a tree and sit there, I would. It started with that." ...Staging A Tree-sit For 80 days, a couple dozen protesters took turns living up in Daniel's treehouses. Some wore masks to hide their identities. TransCanada, in a lawsuit it filed against the...
  • Al Sharpton: KNIFE CONTROL Comes Next After Guns (audio)

    01/01/2013 9:24:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/28/12 | radioequalizer
    REV AL SHARPTON (28 Dec 2012): In any civilized society you do not see massacres continue to happen, from Tucson to Aurora to Columbine to Virginia Tech to where we are now in Newtown to Chicago and you keep the same laws when clearly they're not working. ROSCOE IN MARYLAND: What happens when the criminal goes to knives Al? REV AL SHARPTON: Then you deal with knives. ROSCOE IN MARYLAND: Oh I see. REV AL SHARPTON: The same thing as if you have a head cold and the same thing you do if you have a head cold and the...
  • Reports: Russia sends another naval ship to Syria

    01/01/2013 9:18:51 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    myfoxdc.com ^ | Updated: Dec 30, 2012 7:58 AM PST | AP
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian news agencies say the navy is sending another ship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers olive branch to South in rare address

    01/01/2013 8:54:30 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    NBC News wire services ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | staff writer
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. The address by Kim, who took over power in the state after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011, appeared to take the place of the policy-setting New Year editorial published in leading state newspapers. But North Korea has offered olive branches before and Kim's speech does not necessarily signify a change in...
  • McConnell and Biden to the rescue; the grandstanders holler (RINO celebrates McConnell's tax hikes)

    01/01/2013 8:53:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    By a vote of 89 to 8 to approve a fiscal deal, the Senate demonstrated that President Obama surely is the most incompetent if not counterproductive deal-maker in an era that requires a good one. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Vice President Biden found the middle ground, with McConnell sneaking in a few gems. -snip- This is what compromise looks like. -snip- The vote once again shows that right-wing bullies like the Heritage Action Fund that threatened to “score” the vote (i.e., give lawmakers a demerit and set them up for primary challenges) are powerless in the face of real-world...
  • Andrew Jackson, Indian Fighter [Parallel with Democrat/Republican "negotiation"?]

    01/01/2013 8:32:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    A Patriot's History of the United States | 2004/2007 | Schweikart and Allen
    For several generations, Europeans had encroached on Indian lands....exchanging treaty promises and goods for Indian land....But the continuous flow of settlers....caused the treaties to be broken, usually by whites, almost as soon as the signatures were affixed.
  • Reid's Rotten Rules [The End of the Senate Filibuster?]

    01/01/2013 7:32:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/1/13 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    As members of Congress fight with the president and each other over the budget impasse, another battle looms. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he may try — on the very first day of the new Congress — to change the Senate’s rules regarding the filibuster. Reid wants to severely limit the minority’s ability to filibuster, and his plan for doing so would itself violate the Senate’s rules on rule changes. If successful, he would destroy a critical element of legislative procedure, one designed to prevent the “tyranny of the majority” that the Founders feared above all else. The...
  • LATEST! HILLARY CLINTON CONFIRMS BRAIN CRISIS

    01/01/2013 7:17:48 AM PST · by libstripper · 83 replies
    National Enquirer ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | National Enquirer Staff
    LATEST UPDATE: 12/31/12 4:54PM EST -- DATELINE NEW YORK -- A rep for hospitalized Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON confirms the blood clot is lodged near her brain confirming The NATIONAL ENQUIRER's special reports on her condition. Doctors said the clot is located in the vein in the space between the brain and the skull behind the right ear.
  • Egyptian democracy activist: 'President Obama needs to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood'

    01/01/2013 7:16:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/1/13 | Jamie Weinstein
    Egyptian democracy activist Michael Meunier says President Barack Obama needs to stand up to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Meunier, a Coptic Christian, is head of the Al Haya Party in Egypt and leader of the U.S. Copts Association. After spending many years studying and working in the United States, Meunier returned to Egypt in 2007 and ultimately participated in the Tahrir Square protests that brought down the regime of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. On Dec. 19, in between round one and two of voting on Egypt’s recently passed constitution, Meunier visited The Daily Caller to discuss what he sees...
  • O'Malley signs executive order on flooding, sea level rise (Is Maryland sinking?)

    01/01/2013 7:16:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Cecil Daily ^ | 1/01/13
    Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order Friday to increase Maryland's long-term resiliency to storm-related flooding and sea level rise. **SNIP** "As storms such as Hurricane Sandy have shown, it is vital that we commit our resources and expertise to create a ready and resilient Maryland by taking the necessary steps to adapt to the rising sea and unpredictable weather," O'Malley said. "In studying and planning for storms and climate change, we can ensure that our land, infrastructure, and most importantly our citizens are safe and prepared."
  • Fears for ailing Hillary Clintons rush to bedside amid ‘brain’ clot

    01/01/2013 6:57:59 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 149 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 1, 2013 | GEORGETT ROBERTS, JENNIFER GOULD KEIL & DAN MANGAN
    Doctors treating Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed yesterday that she had a life-threatening blood clot near her brain. The disturbing news came as a clearly anguished Chelsea Clinton visited her mom’s bedside along with her dad, former President Bill Clinton, whose concern was etched on his face as he left New York Presbyterian Hospital.
  • Fiscal Cliff Boondogle - How the Senate Voted

    01/01/2013 6:44:16 AM PST · by upchuck · 25 replies
    US Senate ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    Link to how they voted.
  • Concord’s Plastic Bottle Ban in Effect

    01/01/2013 6:35:08 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    WGGB ^ | 1/01/13
    CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — A new ban on the sales of single-serving plastic water bottles has taken effect in Concord. The ban began Tuesday and follows an April vote by Town Meeting, which made historic Concord one of the first communities in the nation to make the bottles illegal.
  • Energy predictions see a big future

    01/01/2013 6:27:00 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 31, 2012 | Jeannie Kever
    It’s hard not to get a big ego, what with all the predictions about U.S. energy that have come out over the past month or so. Several suggest the United States will become the largest global oil producer by the end of the decade, overtaking Saudi Arabia and going on to export oil to the rest of the world by 2030. Good news, right? But of course there’s a caveat, including the fact that our stint at No. 1 is expected to last only a few years. And those hopes for natural gas-powered passenger cars and a solar panel on...
  • Gun group says active killer events quadrupled after Gun Free School Zones Act

    01/01/2013 6:25:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    A graph prepared by an author and member of the state gun rights group Georgia Carry.org notes a marked increase in active killer events in spite of federal laws intended to help curb such incidents. GCO research staffer Michael Menkus, previously brought to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers as the author of “Guns Good Bans Bad - An Analysis of U.S. Department of Justice 2010 Crime Statistics,” recently completed a chart that demonstrates a quadrupling of these events (see photo accompanying this column). “Along with studying how changes in carry laws change crime rates, I also study...
  • New regulations pull the plug on the 75-watt incandescent light bulb

    01/01/2013 6:24:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 53 replies
    KTIV ^ | 1/01/13
    UNDATED (NBC) - As we say goodbye to 2012, we're also saying goodbye to a fixture in America's lighting fixtures: The 75-watt incandescent light bulb. Under federal law, 75-watt bulbs can no longer be produced or imported as of January 1st, though retailers can still clear remaining stock. **SNIP** Traditional 60 and 40 watt bulbs will be phased out in 2014.
  • Charlie Sheen blames homophobic slur on his 'lisp' [Will be forgotten, just like Tracy Morgan]

    01/01/2013 6:22:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/31/12 | Kate Stanton
    Actor Charlie Sheen dropped a gay slur at the opening for Epic Bar on the rooftop of the El Ganzo hotel in Cabo San Lucas Friday, in front of a crowd that included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In an attempt to rev up his audience, the 47-year-old former star of "Two and a Half Men" opened by asking, ""How we doing?...Lying bunch of f*****t a**holes, how we doing?" Sheen later apologized for the remark, but chalked the slur up to a speech impediment. "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one and I apologize if I...
  • Feds phase out more light bulbs in 2013

    01/01/2013 6:20:01 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 66 replies
    HOUSTON -- At the Light Bulb Depot near his home in The Heights, Randy Gingrich just bought another batch of florescent bulbs. “Since I started three years ago, I haven’t replaced a compact fluorescent yet,” he says. “So I’m happy with that.” “In my ceiling fans, each one of mine has four lights,” says Allen Tabb, who’s been selling light bulbs for 16 years. “So instead of using 240 watts of electricity, I only use 60 watts of electricity. And I get the same light output.” Sure, fluorescent bulbs are more expensive than old-fashioned incandescent bulbs and some people complain...
  • Shell drilling rig grounds off Kodiak Island after towlines fail for 5th time

    01/01/2013 6:15:12 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 31, 2012 | LISA DEMER
    Royal Dutch Shell’s Kulluk drilling rig, re-secured to two vessels with towlines early Monday, grounded around 9 p.m. in rocky water off the southern coast of Kodiak Island during a pounding Gulf of Alaska winter storm, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A command team that includes Shell briefed reporters on the disaster with the Kulluk late Monday night. It broke loose from a Shell-contracted ship, the Aiviq, around 4:40 p.m. Monday. Then around 8:15 p.m., with the grounding imminent, the second tow boat, a borrowed tug named the Alert, was directed to lose its tow line to avoid danger...
  • $1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1

    01/01/2013 6:10:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    Obamacare contains twenty new or higher taxes. Five of the taxes hit for the first time on January 1. In total, Americans face a net $1 trillion tax hike for the years 2013-2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The five major Obamacare taxes taking effect on January 1 are as follows: The Obamacare Medical Device Tax: Medical device manufacturers employ 409,000 people in 12,000 plants across the country. Obamacare imposes a new 2.3 percent excise tax on gross sales – even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. In addition to killing small business...
  • Canadian hero in Iran Hostage crisis dies at 88

    01/01/2013 6:10:05 AM PST · by Rock Hardplace · 11 replies
    OTTAWA — “Hell yes. Of course. Count on us.” With those words to an endangered U.S. diplomat in November 1979, John Sheardown, then Canada’s top immigration official in Iran, launched what would become known as “the Canadian Caper.” Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/John+Sheardown+player+rescue+diplomats+from+Iran+dead/7761539/story.html#ixzz2GjLJsOx0
  • Expect some pay-stub confusion ('Making Work Pay' 2 percent hike in withholding?)

    01/01/2013 5:58:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | 12/31/12 | Jordyn Dahl
    The Internal Revenue Service typically distributes withholding tables to employers at the end of November that reflect changes to the federal income-tax rate, but no tables have been sent for the New Year, said Mark Betts, payroll director for ASAP Accounting & Payroll Services Inc. in Durango. **SNIP** Employees should be prepared to take home 2 percent less pay in their checks this year as the Social Security payroll tax cut expires. President Barack Obama initially included the tax cut extension in his fiscal cliff negotiations, but it has not been included in recent proposals. The tax cut was intended...