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  • Exit of EPA boss a protest [Lisa Jackson angry, as Obamugabe may approve Keystone Pipeline]

    01/02/2013 3:26:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/2/13 | JOSH MARGOLIN
    Epa chief Lisa Jackson suddenly resigned last week because she was convinced that President Obama is planning to green-light the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, The Post has learned. “She was going to stay on until November or December,” said a Jackson insider. “But this changed it. She will not be the EPA head when Obama supports it [Keystone] getting built.” While the State Department —not the Environmental Protection Agency —is responsible for the pipeline process because it’s an international project, Jackson is still the president’s top adviser on ecological policy. She has expressed concerns over the proposed $7 billion...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 2, 2013

    01/02/2013 3:01:15 AM PST · by sneakers · 30 replies
    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
  • Questioning Hillary Clinton’s concussion, and other outrages [Ha! As if the Clintons never lie]

    01/02/2013 2:52:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Melinda Henneberger
    Head injuries are no joke, but the backlash against those who initially questioned whether Hillary Clinton’s concussion was for real seems like an overreaction, too; you don’t have to be hateful to have wondered if she really had the flu and fell down right before she was supposed to testify about the security situation at our consulate that was really just a house in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed by terrorists in September. After all, public officials are routinely less than forthcoming about their health, even if we do know more now than we did when Edith Wilson...
  • Obama hails tax bill, warns GOP not to pick fight on debt ceiling

    01/02/2013 2:40:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/02/13 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama hailed the sweeping bipartisan tax deal Tuesday night as "one step in a broader effort" to strengthen the nation's economy, saying it prevented a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession. The president, taking a victory lap after fulfilling a campaign promise to raise taxes on the wealthy, spoke less than an hour after the House approved the tax deal, 257-167, in a rare New Year's Day vote. “A simple premise of my campaign for president was to change the tax code that was too skewed toward the wealthy at the expense of...
  • Homeowner shoots burglar, police send facts to prosecutor's office for review(OH)

    01/02/2013 1:38:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | 31 December, 2012 | Pat Galbincea
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland homeowner said he shot a burglar Friday morning after the intruder grabbed a lamp and tried to hit him, Cleveland police said. Police received a call about 8:50 a.m. from the Portage Avenue homeowner, who told police he was holding the suspect at gunpoint, Police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris said.
  • Man shot in face by homeowner charged with burglary(WA)

    01/02/2013 1:32:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 31 December, 2012 | NA
    TACOMA, Wash. — A man who was shot in the face as he entered a home was charged with burglary Monday. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Christopher Rhodes, 20, with residential burglary in the June 19 home invasion burglary of a Tacoma-area home. ---------------------- cut --------------------- Court documents said that at the time of the burglary, Rhodes had a cellphone with an application that allowed him to monitor police radio broadcasts. Police said a witness reported hearing dispatch communications coming from the phone.
  • Hillary Clinton in hospital amid speculation of plane accident in Iran

    01/02/2013 1:10:35 AM PST · by Heuristic Hiker · 45 replies
    DEBKAfile Special Report ^ | December 31, 2012 | DEBKAfile Special Report
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York- Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 - with a blood clot caused by concussion - gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours. However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents....
  • Stocks to soar as world money catches fire, Calvinst Europe left behind

    01/02/2013 12:03:19 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/2/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Bears beware. A monetary revolution is underway. The US, Japan, Britain, as well as the Swiss, Scandies, and a string of states around the world, are actively driving down their currencies or imposing caps. They are tearing up the script, embracing the new creed of nominal GDP targeting (NGDP), a licence for yet more radical action. The side-effects of this currency warfare -- or "beggar-thy-neighbour’ policy as it was known in the 1930s -- is an escalating leakage of monetary stimulus into the global system. So don’t fight the Fed, and never fight the world’s central banks on multiple fronts....
  • On The Road To Athens

    01/01/2013 11:14:53 PM PST · by Nextrush · 20 replies
    1/2/2013 | Self
    "Thank You America" was the theme of a commercial I saw on the Rose Bowl Game telecast yesterday. The bailed out AIG was singing the praises of our tax dollars being pumped into their company from a nation that is now trillions of dollars more in debt than it was before bailouts like theirs were pushed through Congress. The pushing through Congress of band aids like the bailouts and now the new legislation called the "Taxpayer Relief Act" will not stop the trillions of dollars in debt from continuing to expand until new band aids will be needed. Who is...
  • Report: 532 Murdered in Chicago in 2012

    01/01/2013 11:01:58 PM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies
    weeklystandard ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago website. The number of people murdered the year before was 441, meaning in the city of Chicago, murders have increased by 91 from 2011 to 2012. The Chicago Police Department was not available to confirm these numbers today, which is New Year's Day. The website also claims that, through December 25, 2012, there 2,670 people were shot in Chicago last year. That's also an increase from the year before, when 2,217 people were shot in Chicago that year. In all,...
  • The wink that says I won: and Obama heads back to restart Hawaii vacation

    01/01/2013 11:01:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    Congress last night finally passed a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, as critics attacked the Republican party for giving in and allowing tax hikes on wealthy Americans in return for minimal spending cuts. President Obama was in a triumphant mood as he addressed the nation after the vote on Capitol Hill, even winking at photographers before flying back to Hawaii to resume his vacation.
  • Prince Harry is a 'jackal' who wants to 'kill innocent Afghans while drunk'

    01/01/2013 9:43:19 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2013
    An Afghan warlord has launched a scathing attack on Prince Harry - describing the Royal as a 'jackal' who is only interested in killing 'innocent Afghans while he is drunk'. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is listed as a global terrorist by the U.S., made the comments as Prince Harry spent Christmas in the war-torn country. The Prince is currently on a four month long deployment to Afghanistan serving his second tour of duty as gunship co-pilot.
  • President Obama returning to Hawaii Wednesday morning

    01/01/2013 9:37:25 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 28 replies
    The Star Advertiser ^ | Jan 01, 2013 | Star-Advertiser staff
    President Barak Obama left Washington D.C. tonight and is flying to Hawaii to rejoin his family on vacation.
  • Israeli-Palestinian clashes erupt in West Bank

    01/01/2013 9:20:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 4:58 PM EST | Mohammed Ballas
    An arrest raid by undercover Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors ignited rare clashes in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, residents said, leaving at 10 Palestinians wounded. Israeli army raids into Palestinian areas to seize activists and militants are fairly common. The raids are normally coordinated with Palestinian security forces, and suspects are usually apprehended without violence. …
  • Cliff avoided: Congress staves off tax hikes

    01/01/2013 9:13:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2013 11:37 PM EST | David Espo and Alan Fram
    Past its own New Year’s deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national “fiscal cliff” of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit. The bill’s passage on a bipartisan 257-167 vote in the House sealed a hard-won political triumph for the president less than two months after he secured re-election while calling for higher taxes on the wealthy. Moments later, Obama strode into the White House briefing room and declared, “Thanks to the votes of Republicans and Democrats...
  • Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Is a Smoke Screen Obscuring Deeper Problems

    01/01/2013 9:06:36 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 32 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 15 December 2012 | Jocelyn Edwards
    An evergreen bill imposing life imprisonment on gays is arguably nothing more than an ugly diversion in the hands of politicians eager to avoid real problems, writes Jocelyn Edwards. Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s speaker of parliament, broke her pledge to pass the country’s infamous anti-gay bill before the year’s end on Friday, as the lawmakers in the small East African nation broke for the holidays without debating the legislation. And so, a population found in one survey to be 96 percent opposed to homosexuality won’t get the odious “Christmas gift” she had promised. But for the government, however, that hardly matters....
  • Britain - and Prince Harry - are failing in Afghanistan, says warlord

    01/01/2013 8:49:35 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Jan 2013 | Peter Oborne,
    One of Afghanistan's most feared and wanted warlords has warned that the country could collapse into a murderous civil war after the withdrawal of Nato troops next year. [snip] "The British prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk. He wants to hunt down Mujaheddin with his helicopter rockets without any shame.But he does not understand this simple fact that the hunting of Afghan lions and eagles is not that easy! Jackals cannot hunt lions. During the Mujaheddin attack on the American base the Prince saw that he was the one about to be hunted and...
  • REPUBLICAN HORROR NEW YEAR

    01/01/2013 8:06:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 94 replies
    The Drudge Report ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013
    REPUBLICAN HORROR NEW YEAR
  • House to vote on Senate-passed fiscal crisis billdespite conservative qualms-$620B hikes,$15B cuts

    01/01/2013 8:06:11 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 1, 2013 | Fox News
    Washington – House leaders are planning to call a vote on the Senate-passed fiscal crisis bill as early as Tuesday night, moving ahead despite the concerns of rank-and-file Republicans about the lack of spending cuts in the package. The House began its debate on the bill Tuesday evening. Lawmakers were moving quickly, after Republicans spent the day weighing their options... If they are to act on the bill, they have less than two days before a new congressional class is sworn in. House Speaker John Boehner had earlier presented members with two options... The first would be to craft an...
  • Rep. Graves Says He Can't Support Fiscal Cliff Bill That Does Not Address Spending

    01/01/2013 7:53:25 PM PST · by barmag25 · 8 replies
    The Chattanoogan.com ^ | Tuesday, January 01, 2013 | The Chattanoogan Staff
    Rep. Graves Says He Can't Support Fiscal Cliff Bill That Does Not Address Spending; Corker Says It's Time To Move On To Spending Cuts Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following statement on the fiscal cliff legislation passed by the U.S. Senate: “The Senate bill offers no commitment to debt reduction, only a demand from taxpayers to bail out Washington. As taxes rise, freedom diminishes. Without any spending reforms, the debt crisis continues. I cannot support a bill that protects Washington and promotes bigger government at the expense of my constituents and future generations. “What began in 2011 as an...
  • House passes fiscal cliff deal, tamps down GOP revolt

    01/01/2013 7:47:58 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 182 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 31, 2012 | Olivier Knox
  • Why I Will Vote No On The Senate-Passed Bill:Message from my Congressman - a true Tea Partier

    01/01/2013 7:37:31 PM PST · by bestintxas · 25 replies
    1/1/13
    In the dead of the night, with no committee hearings, no public input and no time to read the bill, the Senate approved a bill written in secret by President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi – the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.” According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Senate-passed bill would cost taxpayers $3.9 trillion over 10 years and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would add almost $4 trillion in debt over the next ten years. The official estimate is that it will increase spending by at least $330...
  • Eric Cantor Leads GOP Charge Against Senate Cliff Bill

    01/01/2013 4:46:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 01/01/2013
    Last-minute efforts to step back from the fiscal cliff ran into trouble on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal that would prevent Washington from pushing the world's biggest economy into a recession. House Republicans complained that a bill passed by the Senate in a late-night show of unity to prevent a budget crisis contained tax hikes for the wealthiest Americans but no spending cuts. Some conservatives sought to change the bill to add cuts. That would set up a high-stakes showdown between the two chambers and risk a stinging rebuke from financial markets that...
  • After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar

    01/01/2013 6:58:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | December 29, 2012 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar The 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar never made it to James W. Flanagan, general manager of The Scranton Times. He would never need it: he died in December 1949. But on Friday, 63 years after his death, the U.S. Postal Service made a delivery. A mail carrier, with no explanation of where the package had been the last 63 years, handed it to Chris O'Hora at The Times-Tribune's front desk. The calendar, rolled in a long tube, soon made its way to the office of Bobby Lynett, a publisher of The Times-Tribune and...
  • Washington Post Column: The character assassination of Hillary Clinton

    01/01/2013 7:01:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/01/2013 | Kathleen Parker
    The new year began not with a cannonball off the “fiscal cliff” but with an outbreak of conspiratorial cynicism. This time it’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose fall and concussion, followed by a blood clot between her brain and skull, has prompted an embarrassment of theories. The gist: That woman will do anything to avoid testifying about Benghazi. Several commentators on the right opined via Twitter and TV, those most deadly hosts for the parasites of rumor and innuendo, that Clinton was faking her concussion to duck out on her appearance before congressional committees investigating the attack on the...
  • New York County denies request for names of gun permit holders

    01/01/2013 5:45:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Noreen O'Donnell
    Authorities in a suburban county north of New York City said on Tuesday they will refuse to release names of local gun permit holders to a newspaper that has been publishing the identities of thousands of license-holding residents. Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said he would defy a request for information about pistol permit holders from the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, which has come under criticism for publishing thousands of such identities already. "There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and the Journal News is clearly wrong," Sant said in a statement. "I...
  • Kathy Griffin Kisses Anderson Cooper's Crotch On National Television [Video at link]

    01/01/2013 5:42:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 89 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 1/1/13 | Noel Sheppard
    No matter what vulgar things Kathy Griffin does on CNN's live New Year's Eve broadcasts, the folks at the supposedly most trusted name in news continue to invite her back. On Monday night's program, after first telling co-host Anderson Cooper "I'm going to tickle your sack," she shortly after midnight actually kissed his crotch...
  • 8 deadly agents 'to bring U.S. to its knees'

    01/01/2013 5:35:46 PM PST · by wesagain · 97 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iranian scientists, working under orders from the radicals running the Islamic regime, have genetically altered microbial agents in a nightmarish scheme to bring the West to its knees. According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit with knowledge of Iran’s microbial research and development, the scientists, with Russian and North Korean help, currently possess eight extremely dangerous microbial agents that, if unleashed, could kill millions of people. As reported exclusively on WND on Dec. 16, the source revealed the existence of a plant in Marzanabad, Iran, where 12 Russian and 28 Iranian scientists are working on microbial agents...
  • CNN: Clinton Itching To Testify on Benghazi Issue

    01/01/2013 5:27:45 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/30/2012
    From the CNN transcript.........ELISE LABOTT, is a CNN FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPORTERLEMON: Yes. And -- and also traveling with her, you said would -- you know, she's relentless and she is one of those people from -- you know, her husband and her, I've seen them at events, every hand they shake, they're the -- usually the first people to enter the room and the last people to leave. And she is committed as Secretary of State and the president has said as such -- as much just recently over the past couple of weeks. ............................. .................LABOTT: She was, you know,...
  • Abortion Effect: U.S. Seeing Slowest Population Growth Since 1930

    01/01/2013 5:05:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    After almost 40 years of legalized abortions throughout the United States — and longer in states that okayed abortions pre-Roe — the U.S. population has been decimated to the point that the nation is seeing the lowest population growth since the 1930s.Abortion has destroyed not only one generation of Americans but a second as well — people who should be boosting the fertility rate in their childbearing years now who were victims of abortions in the 1970s and 1980s. In total, more than 55 million Americans are been victimized by abortions and millions more were never born because their parents...
  • Africa: Where black is not really beautiful

    01/01/2013 4:59:34 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 57 replies
    BBC News ^ | Monday 31 December 2012 | Pumza Fihlani
    Nomasonto Mnisi says her skin colour is "a self-esteem issue" South Africa is marketed to the world as Mandela's rainbow nation, where everyone is proud of their race and heritage. But for some black South Africans there is such a thing as being too black. A recent study by the University of Cape Town suggests that one woman in three in South Africa bleaches her skin. The reasons for this are as varied as the cultures in this country but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want "white skin". Local musician Nomasonto "Mshoza" Mnisi, now several shades lighter,...
  • Pelosi: House can pass bill with Democratic help (Boehner surrenders to Pelosi, too...)

    01/01/2013 4:58:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Rachel Weiner
    Echoing her words at a press conference earlier in the day, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Tuesday afternoon for an up-or-down vote on the “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate. She wrote on Twitter that she was confident the bill would pass the House with a “strong majority” of House Democrats.
  • Krauthammer On Fiscal Cliff Deal: "A Complete Surrender On Everything" (video)

    01/01/2013 4:57:01 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 59 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 1, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: It's possible that this is a prelude to a challenge, Thursday, to Boehner's leadership by Eric Cantor. I think it would be quite naked to do it at this late hour as a result of a split over the vote. Look, there are a lot of conservatives in the Republican caucus in the House who hate the bill, and for good reason. This is a complete surrender on everything. The ratio of tax hikes to spending cuts is 40:1 rather than 1:1, or 1:2 or 1:3. So, it was a complete rout by the Democrats. So it's understandable....
  • Cantor ‘stands with Boehner,’ spokesman says (GOP surrender to Obama is back on track...)

    01/01/2013 4:52:48 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/1/13 | Rachel Weiner
    A spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pushed back Tuesday afternoon against the suggestion that by coming out against the “fiscal cliff” deal passed by the Senate, the congressman was undercutting House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
  • Our debt isn't the problem (Why worry about balancing the federal budget at all?)

    01/01/2013 4:43:34 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 22 replies
    NewEconPerspectives ^ | January 1, 2013 | Stephanie Kelton
    Look, up in the sky! It’s a “fiscal cliff.” It’s a slope. It’s an obstacle course. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what we call it. It only matters what it is: a lamebrained package of economic depressants bearing down on a lame-duck Congress. This hastily concocted mix of across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases for all was supposed to force Congress to get serious about dealing with our nation’s debt and deficit. The question everyone’s asking is this: On whose backs should we balance the federal budget? One side wants higher taxes; the other wants spending cuts. And...
  • Analysis: 77% of Households to See Tax Increase

    01/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, January 1, 2013 | John D. McKinnon
    The fiscal cliff bill’s impact would be far-reaching for American taxpayers, and particularly painful for very high-income households, according to a new analysis. About 77% of American households would see a tax increase compared to their 2012 tax levels, according to the analysis by the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. The biggest impact for most households comes from the expiration of a two-percentage-point payroll-tax break that existed for 2011 and 2012. It basically hits all working people. But the bill also contains sizable tax increases for the wealthy, compared with 2012...
  • Any Dems with a Conscience in Congress?

    01/01/2013 4:30:50 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 28 replies
    1/1/13 | originalbuckeye
    Are there any elected Democrats who will put the survival of their country ahead of their Party? Are there any elected Democrats who care about the excessive spending their Party demands? Are there any elected Democrats who will defy their 'leaders' and put future generations ahead of the immature Socialists who have control of this country? $41 dollars of tax hikes for each $1 in spending cuts??? And they aren't spending cuts anyway??? This will put the final nail in the coffin of the once revered American Dream.
  • The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous

    01/01/2013 4:29:25 PM PST · by Gomez · 14 replies
    Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander. A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a...
  • At least 9 people shot in early hours of new year ( Chicago Gun Free Zone )

    01/01/2013 12:25:08 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Sun-Times ^ | January 1, 2013
    At least nine people--including two teenagers--were wounded in separate shootings in the early hours of the new year, authorities said. The new year’s first apparent victim of gun violence was a 29-year-old man shot in the mouth and shoulder after a fight broke out at a bar on the West Side, police said.
  • 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...