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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...
  • THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVER

    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
    click2houston.com ^ | 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: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-photos-2012-white-house-flickr-pete-souza-2013-1?op=1#ixzz2H1IX5Fo2
  • MT:Columbia Falls lawmaker proposes constitutional amendments on gun rights

    01/04/2013 7:44:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    missoulian.com ^ | 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
    nbcdfw.com ^ | 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
    myfoxatlanta.com ^ | 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
    timesonline.com ^ | 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 Politico.com. “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...
  • Unholy Alliance Comes Out of the Shadows and Into Your Living Room

    01/04/2013 5:49:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 4, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Unholy Alliance Comes Out of the Shadows and Into Your Living RoomPosted By Robert Spencer On January 4, 2013 @ 12:58 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 6 Comments Al Gore has sold his failing Current TV network to Al Jazeera, which plans to rename it Al Jazeera America – and so the Leftist/jihadist alliance is now official. While the American Left has been cooperating and collaborating with forces of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism for years, now their alliance is open and indisputable. Gore is even slated for a spot on Al Jazeera America’s...
  • Norquist: GOP Must Insist on 'Dollar-for-Dollar' Spending Cuts

    01/04/2013 5:40:17 AM PST · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | 1/3/13 | Todd Beamon and John Bachman
    Grover Norquist declared in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview that President Barack Obama will not get to increase the nation’s debt ceiling unless Republicans “get a dollar-for-dollar reduction in real spending.” “That’s the leverage,” Norquist, the influential founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, tells Newsmax. “The president needs something. He’s running up debt. He needs a debt-ceiling increase.” As discussions to raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling near, House Speaker John Boehner has said he would not negotiate with President Obama. Still, “The Boehner Rule” — which ties a rise in the debt threshold to an equal...
  • Militia members plotted to kill federal officials, prosecutors say

    01/04/2013 5:24:41 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 26 replies
    CNN Justice ^ | 12 November 2011
    Federal agents charged four Georgia men they say are part of a fringe militia group with plotting to attack government officials with explosives and the biotoxin ricin, prosecutors in Atlanta announced Tuesday. A government informant recorded the men discussing plans to manufacture ricin, a highly poisonous substance derived from castor beans, and attack Justice Department officials, federal judges and Internal Revenue Service agents, according to court papers released Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors said the public was never in imminent danger. All four suspects were in custody and are scheduled to make their initial court appearances Wednesday in Gainesville, about 50 miles...
  • What was cost to protect right-to-work demonstrators, Capitol building last month?

    01/04/2013 4:43:09 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 14 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | January 04, 2013 | Tim Skubick
    Your tax dollars were hard at work but so far nobody knows how many were spent to deploy 500 Michigan State Police officers to guard the state capitol and Right to Work demonstrators last month. Five hundred is darn close close to half the entire force. “I’m waiting to find out,” advises Inspector Gene Adamczyk, who was calling the shots on that historic day when 12,000 angry protestors showed up to battle for and against the RTW legislation that was eventually adopted and signed by the governor. The inspector says there were times when “we were hanging by the skin...
  • GARTMAN: Fiscal Cliff Deal Is Anti-Marriage And Obama Has Got Us One Step Closer To Socialism

    01/04/2013 4:38:28 AM PST · by dennisw · 4 replies
    businessinsider. ^ | Jan. 2, 2013 | Mamta Badkar
    Dennis Gartman wasn't too happy with the deal. First he criticized it for being overtly anti-marriage. Second, he said it failed to tackle the "egregious lack of discipline on spending" and said President Obama was leading the country towards socialism. Finally, he was also critical of the fact that this bill originated in the Senate, whereas he writes, "according to the Constitution all fiscally related legislation must originate in the House." His take on the fiscal cliff deal: "We’ve no great disagreement with the legislation as it stands except for the fact that this is an overtly anti- marriage decision...
  • Illinois gay marriage supporters look to new legislative session as next best hope

    01/04/2013 3:59:10 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    a vote to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois looking less likely to happen in the next few days, supporters of marriage equality are looking ahead to the following legislative session as their next best hope. A Senate committee voted 8-5 late Thursday in favor of a bill that would allow gay marriage. But with key supporters absent, Senate Democrats delayed a full floor vote. The Senate then canceled its Friday schedule, and President John Cullerton said lawmakers are unlikely to return to Springfield before the session ends Jan. 9. New lawmakers will be sworn into office that day. Sen. Heather...
  • Why NOT questioning Hillary Clinton's illness is media malpractice ... VIDEO

    01/04/2013 3:55:33 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Some media outlets such as the New York Post, Fox News, The Daily Caller, Infowars, and Republicans are under fire and criticism from outlets like Huffingtonpost, The Daily Beast, Seattle Times, The Week, Politico, Media Matters, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, BuzzFeed, Atlantic Wire and the DailyDownload for questioning the veracity of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illness. But the real question is—how can they not question Hillary’s truth-telling? Watch to see why NOT questioning Hillary Clinton’s honesty is nothing short of media malpractice.
  • Why NOT questioning Hillary Clinton's illness is media malpractice ... VIDEO

    01/04/2013 3:54:33 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Some media outlets such as the New York Post, Fox News, The Daily Caller, Infowars, and Republicans are under fire and criticism from outlets like Huffingtonpost, The Daily Beast, Seattle Times, The Week, Politico, Media Matters, the Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, BuzzFeed, Atlantic Wire and the DailyDownload for questioning the veracity of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illness. But the real question is—how can they not question Hillary’s truth-telling? Watch to see why NOT questioning Hillary Clinton’s honesty is nothing short of media malpractice.
  • Senator Tim Scott on Greta last night (video link)

    01/04/2013 3:44:55 AM PST · by SueRae · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/3/2013 | n/a
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2071575359001/ Link only. I love this guy. THis is the kind of message the party needs. He has the optimism and the 'can do' attitude that we need. I wish him well
  • Mexican Narcoterrorist Region May Abandon Catholicism for Islam

    12/31/2012 4:02:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Mexican Narcoterrorist Region May Abandon Catholicism for Islam It would seem as if Bishop Ruiz’s brand of Liberation Theology has had the same effect on Chiapas as on Europe. Chiapas is poor, but it’s now also appearing to trend Islamic as any region under the influence of the left eventually does. When you kill the local religion and replace it with social justice, foreign religions eventually take its place. In the mid-1990s, a leftist resistance group which calls itself The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) made Chiapas its home. Its attempts to fight the Mexican Army repeatedly failed, but...
  • What the GOP should stand for: Opportunity

    Ted Cruz, a Republican, represents Texas in the Senate. Since Election Day, much energy has been spent analyzing why Republicans did so poorly. Many have urged that Republicans must “moderate their views,” by which they mean we should adopt more policies of Democrats. That advice misdiagnoses the problem. The 2012 election did not reflect popular approval of the Obama policies of out-of-control spending, taxes, deficits and debt. To the contrary, 51 percent of voters on Election Day agreed that “government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.” Nor did the election reflect satisfaction with the paltry...
  • Krauthammer: The Return of the Real Obama

    01/04/2013 2:54:54 AM PST · by SueRae · 58 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/3/2013 | Krauthammer
    The rout was complete, the retreat disorderly. President Obama got his tax hikes — naked of spending cuts — passed by the ostensibly Republican House of Representatives. After which, you might expect him to pivot to his self-proclaimed “principle” of fiscal “balance” by taking the lead on reducing spending. “Why,” asked The Post on the eve of the final fiscal-cliff agreement, “is the nation’s leader not embracing and then explaining the balanced reforms the nation needs?” Because he has no interest in them. He’s a visionary, not an accountant. Sure, he’ll pretend to care about deficits, especially while running for...
  • Al Jazeera faces dubious U.S. public

    01/04/2013 2:46:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 4, 2013 | Joe Garofoli and Carla Marinucci
    Conservative America can't get enough of the story about liberal former Vice President Al Gore selling the Current TV network he co-founded to Al Jazeera. Or, as Fox News commentator Ann Coulter described it - "a foreign company that hates America."........ .......Despite what perceptions remain about its political bias, analysts say Al Jazeera has developed a strong journalistic reputation with international audiences as it reports from places that U.S. outlets, with their scaled-down overseas reporting staffs, barely touch. Aside from the media implications, some analysts wonder how Gore, a part-time San Francisco resident who won the Nobel Peace Prize for...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 4, 2013

    01/04/2013 2:40:00 AM PST · by sneakers · 18 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
  • New Hampshire State Rep. Cynthia Chase Opposes a Free Society

    01/04/2013 2:37:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    http://thefreeeconomy.com ^ | december 28, 2012 | jeff
    New Hampshire State Representative Cynthia Chase believes that the principles of liberty, sound money, and free markets are a threat to her state and society as a whole. Her rather unflattering viewpoints on libertarian principles stems from the growing movement known as the Free State Project. Here is her opinion on the Free State Project and freedom as a whole: “In the opinion of this Democrat, Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today. There is, legally, nothing we can do to prevent them from moving here to take over the state, which is their openly...
  • Gabby Giffords to visit Newtown [Keep Exploitation Alive!]

    01/04/2013 2:34:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/3/13 | Dan Burns
    Former US Representative Gabrielle Giffords will visit Newtown, Conn., the site of last month's deadly shooting in which 20 first graders were killed. Giffords survived a mass shooting in her home state of Arizona two years ago... ... Giffords plans to attend a private event at a local home on Friday, Steven Jensen, spokesman for Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, said in an email. The event will have no media access and Giffords' plans are still developing and may change
  • How feminism is to blame for the breakdown of the family, by Left-winger Diane Abbott

    01/04/2013 2:28:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:23 EST, 3 January 2013 | Tim Shipman
    Feminism is partly to blame for the breakdown of the family, one of Labour’s most senior female politicians has said. Diane Abbott, the party’s public health spokesman, said that major issues facing society “stem from family breakdown”. And in a surprise admission from one of the Left’s most outspoken feminists, she conceded that women’s rights campaigners have neglected the family. Abbott, a divorced mother with one son, also highlighted the harmful impact on society of internet pornography and fast food. … In a nod to Labour orthodoxy, Abbott said: “When I talk about stable families, I do not only mean...
  • Euro has weathered debt storm, Barroso says

    01/04/2013 2:18:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 04.01.13 @ 09:24 (Jan. 4) | Benjamin Fox
    Business investors are confident the eurozone has weathered the worst of the sovereign debt crisis, according to European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso. In a speech given to Portuguese diplomats in Lisbon on Thursday (3 January), the former Portuguese leader said that “the perception of risk in the eurozone has disappeared.” He added: “Investors have understood that when European leaders commit themselves to doing everything to safeguard the integrity of the euro, they mean business.” … Last month, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble also told reporters the euro has survived the worst of the crisis, following a buy-back deal on...
  • Annette John-Hall: Christie is looking better and better [Praise by Media for HATING BOEHNER]

    01/04/2013 1:59:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    philly.com ^ | 1/4/13 | Annette John-Hall
    I said this after Hurricane Sandy and I'll say it again. Chris Christie has started to grow on me. And no, that's not meant as a joke. Christie's straight talk of late may be just more bullying by a master politician, but it sure does ring true to me. In a parched partisan landscape where every move is done for political gain - "It's why the American people hate Congress," he said - Christie's tell-it-like-it-is rhetoric serves as needed refreshment for the masses. In case you missed it, the enraged New Jersey governor went off on his fellow Republicans Wednesday...
  • The 20 Most Annoying Liberals of 2012 (10th Annual)

    01/04/2013 1:16:38 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 11 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | 3 Jan 2013 | John hawkins
    Honorable Mentions: Bill Ayers, Bob Beckel, Joy Behar, Eric Boehlert, Margaret Cho, Candy Crowley, Code Pink, Lena Dunham, Dianne Feinstein, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Kathy Griffin, Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, Ezra Klein, Rachel Maddow, Bill Maher, Bill Press, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton, Jon Stewart, and Jeremiah Wright. ...
  • Infectious disease: TB's revenge

    01/04/2013 12:28:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Nature News ^ | 02 January 2013 | Leigh Phillips
    The world is starting to win the war against tuberculosis, but drug-resistant forms pose a new threat. If there was any doubt that tuberculosis (TB) was fighting back, it was dispelled in 2005, at the Church of Scotland Hospital in the village of Tugela Ferry, South Africa. Doctors at the hospital, in a rough, remote corner of KwaZulu-Natal province, were hardened to people dying from gunshots and AIDS. But even they were puzzled and frightened when patients with HIV who were responding well to antiretroviral drugs began dying — rapidly — from TB. With ordinary TB, patients start to feel...
  • PA Calls Itself a State Now

    01/04/2013 12:23:35 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/1/13
    Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority signed orders, Thursday, directing all PA institutions to stop using the term "Palestinian National Authority" on official documents and to replace the term with "the state of Palestine". The change went into effect immediately, and was applied to official documents, seals and medals. .....
  • Switzerland and Britain are now at currency war

    01/03/2013 11:49:37 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/3/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    It seems you can’t debase your coinage these days even if you try. The Bank of England is straining every sinew to drive down sterling with quantitative easing, and what happens? The Swiss National Bank trumps Threadneedle Street with an outright blitz of Gilt purchases. They just print it, and buy. The Swiss and UK central banks are effectively fighting a "low intensity" currency war against each other. It has come to this. Here is the offending chart from the IMF (Picture editor's note: apologies for poor quality, unable to find better version): And this is what the Swiss did...
  • Quantum gas goes below absolute zero - Ultracold atoms pave way for negative-Kelvin materials.

    01/03/2013 11:44:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Nature News ^ | 03 January 2013 | Zeeya Merali
    It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time1. Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery. Lord Kelvin defined the absolute temperature scale in the mid-1800s in such a way that nothing could be colder than absolute zero. Physicists later realized that the absolute temperature of a gas is related to the average energy of its particles. Absolute zero corresponds to the theoretical state in which particles have no...
  • The Federal Reserve Has No Practical Option To End QE (by James Sinclair)

    01/03/2013 6:31:29 PM PST · by dennisw · 49 replies
    Jim Sinclair ^ | January 3, 2013 | Jim Sinclair
    The Federal Reserve Has No Practical Option To End QE January 3, 2013, at 6:07 pm by Jim Sinclair in the category General Editorial | Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post Dear CIGAs, Such an announcement has been part of QE either from MSM or some Fed board member since it began. The implication of stopping QE is so dire to the economy that it is in a practical sense impossible. When gold was being sold by central banks during the 1970s market announcements were made constantly with the bias to depress metals....
  • Biden To Heitkamp: "Spread Your Legs, You're Going To Be Frisked"

    01/03/2013 10:17:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/3/13
    Vice President Joe Biden made Heidi Heitkamp's swearing-in ceremony...memorable.
  • Move Over Vegas, These Are The New Sin Cities

    01/03/2013 10:17:26 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/2/2013
    When Washington became the first U.S. state to legalize recreational pot possession earlier this month, scores of Seattle residents gathered to celebrate by lighting up in public places across the city. But Seattle’s not alone when it comes to enjoying newly permitted vices: With more marijuana-legalization measures, a growing number of casinos and an increasing list of relaxed nightlife laws, new Sin Cities from St. Louis to Oakland are on track to give Vegas a run for its money. In Seattle, the revelry over the Washington law followed voter approval of a ballot measure in November, allowing adults 21 and...
  • White House War on Women Escalates

    01/03/2013 4:58:01 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | January 3, 2013
    The White House’s Flickr account recently released a photo of President Barack Obama and his top advisers. The complete absence of women in the image is another reminder that females are underrepresented in Obama’s staff. Additionally, the president still pays his female employees significantly less than their male counterparts. ... It is unclear when Obama and the Democrats will call off the war on women
  • US calls on Israel, Palestinians to ‘make a fresh start’ and rekindle peace talks

    01/03/2013 9:31:00 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1-03-13 | Elie Leshem
    Now is the time for ‘real leadership’ and an end to ‘counter-productive unilateral actions,’ says State Department spokeswoman The United States on Wednesday urged Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table and resume, in earnest, long-dormant efforts to hammer out a comprehensive peace deal. “As we turn the calendar to 2013… now is the time for leaders on both sides to display real leadership, to focus on the work that’s necessary to return to direct negotiations,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in remarks cited by AFP. The US was asking both sides “to clearly demonstrate that...
  • Md., Va. lawmakers to go different ways on guns

    01/03/2013 8:56:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | Steve Contorno
    Maryland and Virginia have vowed to tackle the issue of guns when their state legislatures convene this month in the wake a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, but the neighboring states are taking drastically different approaches. In Maryland, Democrats running the General Assembly have called for a crackdown on the kinds of powerful firearms and high-capacity magazines used last month by the Newtown, Conn., shooter to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Republicans who control Virginia's General Assembly, however, not only dismissed the need for new gun restrictions but expressed interest in arming...