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  • Cruz gets Blitzed (By the Wolf)

    01/04/2013 9:27:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/04/2013 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Talk about a reality check: CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer told tea party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Thursday that he has to "deal with reality" in the Senate and "can't be overly idealistic." In one of his first interviews since being sworn into Congress earlier in the day, Cruz told CNN that he would not have voted in favor of the fiscal cliff compromise, calling it a "lousy deal." "Look, it wasn't a perfect deal. Nobody was thrilled by it, but you got a deal with what's doable in a divided Congress like we have," Blitzer told him. “The only reason...
  • IL:Demand for gun control surges, and so does demand for guns

    01/04/2013 9:27:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    chicagoreader.com ^ | 4 January, 2013 | Mick Dumke
    Illinois lawmakers advanced legislation this week that would ban military-caliber guns as well as magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. The moves came in response to the Newtown massacre—and to the end of another bloody year in the streets of Chicago. They also highlighted the fact that Illinois is the center of our nation's confusing and contradictory approach to guns. Consider: 1. Chicago shows that tough laws and rhetoric alone won't stop gun violence. Chicago already has the most restrictive firearm laws in the country: handgun owners must undergo three background checks, take a training class, practice...
  • Why The Next President Will Probably Be Black Too

    01/04/2013 9:25:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 01/04/2013 | Ben Smith
    <p>If there is anything approaching an iron law of American politics, it's this: The next president will be a member of the same race as the current one. It's a rule that has held through 42 of 43 transfers of power. And there's every reason to think it will hold through the next one.</p>
  • Pelosi defends altered photo of congresswomen

    01/04/2013 9:19:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2013 11:53 AM EST
    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday defended an altered picture of Democratic congresswomen that was posted on her Flickr photo-sharing site. The photo showed four House members who were not in the original picture, which was taken Thursday when lawmakers were sworn in as members of the 113th Congress. They arrived at the Capitol steps late, and their images were inserted with a computer program. …
  • Saudi’s top cleric warns against mixing of genders

    01/04/2013 9:13:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2013 11:37 AM EST | Abdullah Shihri
    Saudi Arabia’s top cleric has warned against the mixing of the genders, saying that any attempt to violate a strict separation threatens female chastity and endangers society. … (Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz) Al-Sheik said it is forbidden for women to unveil in front of men, warning that this will destroy the morals and values of society. …
  • Notre Dame Against the World

    01/04/2013 9:12:00 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2013 | NICHOLAS SPARKS
    Despite the Roland Emmerich film, I wasn't too worried about the Mayan End-of-the-World scenario, predicted for Dec. 21, 2012. I confess it was an occasional topic of conversation around my home. However, my five children all enjoyed the film, and more than one of them asked me what I thought about the possibility. My answer was always the same: "If the world does end, I'm glad we're going out with Notre Dame ranked No. 1 in college football. Because that's the way it's supposed to be." At my answer, my children—ranging in age from 10 to 21—simply rolled their eyes....
  • White House petitioned to label Catholic Church a 'hate group'

    01/04/2013 8:54:27 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., Jan 4, 2013 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An online petition asking the White House to designate the Catholic Church as a “hate group” for its views on marriage is drawing criticism for generating unjust animosity. The petition reveals an “underlying agenda,” which is not simply to prevent violent crimes, but to “stigmatize any disapproval of homosexuality at all and essentially to silence us,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. He explained to CNA on Jan. 3 that applying the “hate group” label to organizations that are morally...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM, January 4, 2013

    01/04/2013 8:45:22 AM PST · by Biggirl · 128 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 4,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Who else just got notified by management about the 2% payroll tax increase?

    01/04/2013 8:40:47 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 78 replies
    Supervisor | 4 January 2013
    Our supervisor just notified us that the accountant will be placing a 2% increase in payroll tax on our checks per the "Fiscal Cliff" bill. They lied to the American people and taxed everyone more. Where's the media on this? Liars, liars, liars, liars, liars. Oh, so what! The people who voted that party into office doesn't pay taxes anyway.
  • Obama Hugged Hurricane Sandy Victim and Then Sent Her a Form Letter (another sucka born)

    01/04/2013 8:33:06 AM PST · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    President Obama comforted you and offered you “immediate” assistance. Since your encounter with him months ago, what has been your interaction with the White House? After his visit, I sent an email to President Obama. Many days later, I got a response back. It was disturbing. How so? It had nothing to do with what I was asking him. It was a form letter. It thanked me for supporting the troops. He made a promise to rebuild on national television, and I can’t even get this money. It’s heartbreaking, really. I did reach out to Senator Whelan, and I got...
  • Morsi in 2010: No peace with descendants of apes and pigs

    01/04/2013 8:27:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/04/2013 16:34 | (jpost.com staff)
    Israeli-Palestinian negotiations are “a waste of time and opportunities” as Arabs and Muslims get nothing out of engagement with “the descendants of apes and pigs,” current Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi asserted in September 2010, according to newly translated interviews published this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). In the first interview, aired on Lebanon’s Al-Quds TV on September 23, 2010, Morsi denounced the Palestinian Authority as a creation of “the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people.” Therefore, he stressed, “No reasonable person can expect any progress on...
  • The New Year’s First Heist

    01/04/2013 8:26:06 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-4-2013 | Douglas French
    The New Year’s First Heist By Douglas French 01/03/13The high priests of the civic religion are very worried that people no longer seem to trust government. The law stands discredited. Once-hallowed institutions are under fire and losing status. People are openly loathing public officials. Movies, television, and best-selling books urge revolt. Most people don’t bother to vote. And these priests wonder why. Here’s an example of why. As the year opened, the House, Senate, and president all collaborated to enact the largest tax increase in human history — under the cover of night on the first day of the year,...
  • 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...