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  • Al-Jazeera seen as using Al Gore to bolster network’s legitimacy in United States

    01/04/2013 8:04:36 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1-4-2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    January 4, 2013 Al-Jazeera seen as using Al Gore to bolster networkÂ’s legitimacy in United States Jamie Weinstein Is Al-Jazeera trying to use former Vice President Al Gore to gain acceptance in America? Yes, say some experts.On Wednesday it was announced that the Qatari-funded news station had purchased Current TV, the liberal cable channel co-founded by Gore, for a reported $500 million. Gore and fellow co-founder Joel Hyatt will join the advisory board of Al-Jazeera America, the network set to replace Current TV.Al-Jazeera, which currently has both English and Arabic language stations, is seen by many as having an anti-Israel...

    01/04/2013 8:00:39 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-4-2013 | Sam Ro
    CHART OF THE DAY: THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVER Sam RoJanuary 4, 2013It's jobs day in America. This morning we learned that the U.S. economy added 155k jobs December and the unemployment rate ticked up in 7.8 percent. Although the numbers were in line with economists' expectations, they still reflect a job market that remains incredibly weak almost four years into the economic recovery. Calculated Risk runs a chart every month putting the current jobs recovery into perspective. "This shows the depth of the recent employment recession - worse than any other post-war recession - and the relatively slow recovery...
  • TxDOT signs to keep giving directions to gun shows

    01/04/2013 7:52:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 3 January, 2013 | na
    HOUSTON - The Texas Department of Transportation will continue to use freeway message signs in Houston to provide directions to firearms-related events, state officials said Thursday evening. On Thursday afternoon, local TxDOT officials told KPRC Local 2 that gun show directions would no longer be displayed on the signs. A short time later, state officials said that an error had been made. "The decision 2 suspend use of these signs for similar future events in Houston was made in error by the district office," a tweet from TxDOT read. The electronic signs are routinely used to direct traffic or tell...
  • Congress Avoids The Fiscal Cliff By Selling Us Down The River (Peter Schiff)

    01/04/2013 7:52:31 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-4-2013 | Peter Schiff
    Congress Avoids The Fiscal Cliff By Selling Us Down The River Politics / US PoliticsJan 04, 2013 - 07:22 AM By: Peter Schiff With the possible exception of the New York Times' editorial board (and the cast of The Jersey Shore), everyone on the planet understood that the United States Government needs to cut spending, increase taxes, or both. Instead, after months of political posturing and hand wringing, the Federal Government has just delivered the exact opposite, a deal that increases spending and decreases taxes. The move lays bare the emptiness of budget legislation, which can be dismantled far easier...
  • 71 Dazzling Obama Photos From White House Photographer Pete Souza

    01/04/2013 7:45:43 AM PST · by haffast · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 3, 2013, 11:03 AM | Brett LoGiurato
    Official White House photographer Pete Souza posted the White House's best photos of 2012 this morning. It includes some fantastic shots from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, as well as new photos of the president's response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and of the fiscal cliff negotiations in the White House. We've grabbed 71 of the White House's 2012 selections. Souza's captions are in italics below the photos. Read more:
  • MT:Columbia Falls lawmaker proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

    01/04/2013 7:44:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 4 January, 2013 | TRISTAN SCOTT
    COLUMBIA FALLS – A state lawmaker in the Flathead Valley is proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution to offset the effects of new firearms restrictions, which if passed, he says will erode civil liberties and infringe on state’s rights. Rep. Jerry O’Neil, R-Columbia Falls, says he will work with the Montana Legislature in an effort to adopt two new constitutional amendments to the U.S. Constitution to protect firearm ownership and national sovereignty. He said the issue is pressing due to the call for gun restrictions in the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. He is most concerned...
  • Crime Down in L.A., Local Newspaper Baffled

    01/04/2013 7:35:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Dunphy
    When the crime experts are baffled, I’m here to help. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that crime in the city of Los Angeles has dropped for the tenth straight year. As is often the case, criminologists are at pains to explain why. Note that there are always ready explanations when crime goes up. You simply point to whatever socioeconomic malady that happens to be occurring and blame it for any concurrent rise in the crime rate. Recession? Crime goes up. Housing slump? Ditto. Rise in unemployment? Uh huh. You get the idea. It all fits in nicely with...
  • TX:Dallas Church Hosts Gun Buyback Program

    01/04/2013 7:33:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 3 January, 2013 | Randy McIlwain
    The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will host a gun buyback program later this month in hopes of taking a few weapons off the streets and lending its voice to the national debate about gun control. "I think today there is rarely a family or individual who has not been touched by some incident of a violent gun accident or death," said Reverend Bruce Buchanan who will run the program. The gun buyback is actually a return to the church's roots. In 2000, First Presbyterian Church of Dallas held the first of six annual gun buybacks, collecting more than 500...
  • Oconee County sheriff opposes gun store's stance on sale of rifles(Good Sheriff,GA)

    01/04/2013 7:27:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies ^ | 3 January, 2013 | George Franco
    OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. - A north Georgia sheriff is taking a stand against a Buford gun store that refuses to sell certain types of rifles to the public. Dana Safety Supply has opted to only sell a semi-automatic, self-loading rifle to law enforcement and not to the general public. Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said that decision has led him to stop buying from the store. "If they chose not to sell to civilians, law-abiding civilians, then I can choose not to buy from them -- that's all I was trying to say," Berry said. DSS, which has stores in...
  • Top Conservative Group Urges House To Vote Against Hurricane Sandy Relief (Club for Growth)

    01/04/2013 7:25:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/04/2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Two days after Republican infighting swirled around House Speaker John Boehner's unexpected decision to pull a Hurricane Sandy relief bill from a potential floor vote, a top conservative group is urging the House of Representatives to vote against the bill. The House is expected to vote today on the first part of the bill, a $9.7 billion flood insurance bill. Andy Roth, the Club for Growth's vice president of government affairs, said in a statement that the federal government should not be involved in providing flood insurance. Here's the group's full statement: _____________________________ The Club for Growth urges all members...
  • Why not open the floodgates on marriage?

    01/04/2013 7:22:21 AM PST · by SonnyBubba · 51 replies
    Chicago tribune ^ | January 03, 2013 | Dennis Byrne
    Why not open the floodgates on marriage? January 03, 2013|Dennis Byrne Just where the balance is between the rights of individuals and the good of society often is difficult to determine. The argument that same sex couples should have an equal right to marry is not to be taken lightly. It appeals to Americans' ingrained sense that everyone should be treated fairly. It is memorialized in the Constitution's 14th Amendment, which guarantees to each person equality under the law. The equality argument has been so persuasive that the Illinois Legislature may well approve same sex marriage in this lame-duck session....
  • Michael Medved: Obama’s Fiscal Cliff Sanity Proves He’s No Secret Agent of Destruction

    01/04/2013 7:19:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/04/2013 | Michael Medved
    The president may be a big-spending liberal, but his willingness to give ground on taxes should prove that he’s not out to ruin the country. The fiscal-cliff deal settled nothing in terms of the desperate, ongoing struggle to bring Washington’s devastating deficits under control, but it should put an end, once and for all, to a bitter debate that’s damaged the conservative movement for the last four years. With the president participating in successful last-minute efforts to prevent crushing, automatic, across-the-board tax hikes that would have done disastrous damage to the U.S. economy, it’s time for Barack Obama’s angriest critics...
  • Should Your Children Pay for My Rollercoaster? (On the outrage over delayed Sandy Relief)

    01/04/2013 7:14:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Jack Cashill
    On Wednesday I joined a Facebook conversation among my New Jersey relatives and friends voicing their outrage over the delay in the $60 billion Sandy relief package. Hoping to make people think, I wrote, "I want our roller coaster up and running by this summer, and I don't care if we have to borrow from the Chinese to do it." I was referring here to the Seaside Heights roller coaster that somehow managed to slide off its crumbling pier and land standing upright in the ocean. In the process, it became something of a symbol of Sandy's wrath. My irony,...
  • Lincolnton Furniture Company, praised (by obama) for bringing jobs back to US, closes

    01/04/2013 7:12:10 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | January 4, 2013 | Cameron Steele
    Lincolnton Furniture Company closed abruptly Thursday just one year after it was hailed by President Barack Obama as an example of the recovering U.S. economy. Furniture-making operations stopped indefinitely and only a few people will remain employed moving forward, company financial officer Ben Causey said. “I don’t know where it’s going to go exactly; we’re still evaluating our situation,” Causey said. “We just didn’t have any choice at this point.” The company was not receiving the orders it needed to sustain its operations, Causey said. “We needed more orders is really what it boiled down to,” he said. “We thought...
  • An Appeal for Dictatorship Comes Out of the Closet at the New York Times

    01/04/2013 7:11:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/04/2013 | Daniel Downes
    True to form, the New York Times saw out 2012 by publishing another apology for dictatorship. In his op-ed, Louis Michael Seidman -- Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown University - argues that the Constitution should be abandoned.  The suggestion is so preposterous that it is tempting to dismiss the article altogether, but to do so would be to miss some very revealing implications.  The article is not so much a suggestion of constitutional reform as an open call for dictatorship. Seidman begins by blaming the current governmental crisis, incredibly, on "obedience to the Constitution," which he describes as containing...
  • Doctor with permit charged over gun at Pa. school

    01/04/2013 7:09:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 3 January, 2013 | AP
    A doctor with a permit to carry a concealed weapon was charged with having a gun on school property when he picked up his child from a southwestern Pennsylvania high school about three hours after the school shootings last month in Newtown, Conn.
  • Are We All Europeans Now?

    01/04/2013 7:05:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/04/2013 | Mona Charen
    Following the fiscal-cliff melodrama, Senator Richard Shelby appeared on television to declare that we are becoming European. “We’re always wanting to spend and promise and spend and borrow, but not cut. We’ve got to get real about this. We’re headed down the road that Europe’s already on.” There’s no “heading” about it. We’re there. John J. DiIulio, writing in National Affairs, outlined the true size of American government. When state and local government expenditures are added to federal outlays, government spending as a share of GDP easily competes with European nations. In fact, per capita government spending in the U.S....
  • Magazine firebombed for “Sharia” edition in France publishes Prophet Mohammed cartoon book

    01/04/2013 6:21:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:17 EST, 3 January 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    A satirical magazine in France once firebombed for its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed has published a 65-page cartoon biography of the Islamic holy figure. Charlie Hebdo put together a 65-page comic book, which went on sale yesterday. The magazine’s website claims the publication is “halal”, insisting that Muslim scholars and historians researched and edited the cartoon book. But it is likely to cause offense to some Muslims, and pictures include Mohammed naked as a baby as well as violent images and other explicit scenes. …
  • Barney Frank: I want to be named interim senator to fill Kerry seat

    01/04/2013 6:20:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 54 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 4, 2013 | Matt Stout
    Just one day removed from the House, Barney Frank says he wants to get back to Washington. Frank, speaking today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said he told Gov. Deval Patrick he wants to be interim senator when Sen. John Kerry is named secretary of state. “A month ago, or a few weeks ago, I said I wasn’t interested,” Frank said, according to a transcript of his appearance on “It was kind of like you’re about to graduate, and they said: ‘You gotta go to summer school.’ But (the fiscal cliff deal) now means that February, March and April are...
  • 155,000 Jobs Added in December, Unemployment Rate 7.8%

    01/04/2013 6:14:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    A surprisingly uneventful report, as BLS reports that 155,000 Jobs were added in December, right on top of the 156,000 expected, and in line with the number needed to keep up with the growth in the population, or at least the Old Normal growth - in the New Normal only handouts matter. The unemployment rate was 7.8%, vs the 7.7% expected: who else is surprised that the rate is now rising with Obama reelected and when a lower unemployment rate means an earlier end to QE4EVA? The November unemployment rate was revised from 7.7% to 7.8%, just so headlines can...