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  • 'Gun control' doesn't survive Christmas (Fading)

    01/04/2013 6:48:45 PM PST · by Red Steel · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/2/13 12:04 PM EST | DYLAN BYERS
    By DYLAN BYERS | 1/2/13 12:04 PM EST   Number of mentions of the term "gun control" in the news, according to Nexis.On the day of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., we published a chart showing the Sisyphean nature of the national gun control discussion. In the immediate aftermath of a shooting, such as the one that took place in Aurora, Colo., mentions of the term "gun control" spike in the news media. In a matter of days, that discussion all but disappears.This time was supposed to be different. "It is hard to believe this will...
  • Can a $1 Trillion Coin End Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    01/04/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    What if the threat of a voluntary default by the United States could be erased by simply turning one tiny scrap of platinum into a coin? That's right. No debt ceiling problem. No bickering in Congress. No market jitters. The only thing needed is for the Treasury Department to mint a platinum coin with a face value of $1 trillion. ---- If Congress does not act to raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. will default on its debts. Not good. But this is where the platinum coin comes in. Normally, the Federal Reserve is charged with issuing currency. But U.S....
  • Friday Night Dump: CBO Admits Error, Now Expects Another $600 Billion In Deficits..

    01/04/2013 5:13:40 PM PST · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Two weeks ago, when we commented on the biggest farce in financial thinking at the time (promptly replaced by the even more lunatic platinum coin "idea"), namely that one of the main "spending cut" proposals of the Obama administration, amounting to $290 billion, was the assertion that the US will save hundreds of billions because, get this, interest rates are now lower than they were before. We commented as follows:
  • Fracking Is OK, Says Buried Report From New York State's Health Department

    01/04/2013 6:15:15 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 January 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    The release of a conveniently long-lost report showing that fracking is safe puts New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in a tight spot: continue to appease environmentalists by delaying further the development of the rich Marcellus Formation under his state, or letting the free market extract those resources and generate thousands of jobs and millions in revenue to the state. Fracking Is OK, Says Buried Report From New York State's Health Department The New American 04 January 2013 A report favoring fracking that was buried for nearly a year was given to the New York Times yesterday by a...
  • Shackled by sanctions, Iran sends India SOS for life-saving drugs

    01/04/2013 6:08:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Shubhajit Roy
    New Delhi - Its healthcare system crippled by international economic sanctions, Iran has asked India for help to procure life-saving drugs for patients battling critical illnesses in that country. Tehran has put in an urgent request to New Delhi for drugs to treat lung and breast cancers; brain tumours; heart ailments; infections after kidney, heart and pancreas transplants; meningitis in HIV patients; arthritis; bronchitis and respiratory distress in newborns; and epilepsy, South Block sources told The Indian Express. On December 27, the sources said, the government forwarded the request for 28 essential medicines to Indian pharmaceutical companies. The required quantities...
  • CAIR chief claims Muslims discovered America first

    01/04/2013 6:05:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:42 AM 01/04/2013 | Neil Munro
    Muslims discovered the Americas long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, the head of a D.C.-based jihad-linked Islamic lobbying group told a Saudi TV station Dec. 27. “There are historical accounts according to which the Muslims preceded Columbus, who is said to have discovered the U.S.,” claimed Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations. … CAIR did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for an explanation of Awad’s comments, which were recorded by the Middle East Media Research Institute. …
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-4-13

    01/04/2013 5:53:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-4-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Minister: 'Give Children the Vote'

    01/04/2013 5:36:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 Jan 13
    A German minister is calling for children to be given the vote, it was reported on Thursday. He said that excluding the country's 13 million under-18s was "absurd", triggering a backlash from other politicians. Dirk Niebel, Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), "We must give children a voice - in elections as well." The current age limit on voting in Germany is 18 which, he said, was "completely inappropriate" although he was not specific about when he wanted children to be given suffrage. On a practical level, the Free Democrat (FDP) politician said that...
  • Rep. Scott Perry votes against Sandy Relief bill (New Tea Party Congressman)

    01/04/2013 5:29:54 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 33 replies
    The Patriot News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jeff Frantz
    New U.S. Rep. Scott Perry went to Washington saying he wanted to hold the line on government spending, even when it wasn't popular. On his second day in office, Perry proved he wasn't just talking. He voted against a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. Perry was one of 67 House members to vote against the bill. When a broader relief measure failed to pass he House in the closing days the last session, Northeastern politicians on both sides of the aisle blasted the delay, most...
  • James Carville: Hillary Clinton haters ‘inhumane’

    01/04/2013 5:15:40 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    James Carville: Hillary Clinton haters ‘inhumane’ By: Kevin Cirilli January 4, 2013 05:57 PM EST James Carville slammed the “inhumane, idiotic” critics who questioned the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton’s recent head injury and said it was “duly noted” inside Clinton-land. “What kind of human being is going to think like that with everything going on with concussions, head injuries? The fact the woman was dehydrated from the fact that she’d been overseas so much — I just don’t know, and some of these people I know and I get along with,” Carville said Friday in a CNN interview. The former...
  • As Calif. gun sales go up, number of gun-casualties goes down

    01/04/2013 2:15:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CBS News) ^ | January 3, 2013 7:20 PM | ByBen Tracy
    LOS ANGELES - Gun sales in California are booming. More than 600,000 were sold in 2011. However by last year, sales had jumped to 817,000. That's an increase of 36 percent. But we noticed the number of people wounded by gunfire is dropping. Business has been hectic for Aristotle Rogel, who works at a gun store in Burbank, California. Walk-in business is up 20 percent this month. Many customers are buying more than one gun. Asked if his customers are buying now because they are afraid they won't be able to buy later if there are new gun laws, Rogel...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez

    01/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PST · by SteelToe · 27 replies
    Voltaire Net ^ | January 3, 2013
    The Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has announced on her Twitter account the expulsion of a French citizen known as Frédéric Laurent Bouquet, December 29, 2012 Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different calibers, 3 machine guns, 4 hand guns of different calibers, 11...
  • Woman deported after winning Arizona casino jackpot

    01/04/2013 4:49:20 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 31 replies
    Yahoo news - odd news ^ | 01/04/2012 | unknown author
    Mirna Valenzuela took a trip to Tucson, Arizona’s Casino del Sol Resort with her daughter Zamira Osorio, and hit a $1200 jackpot win. But the lucky win turned unlucky very quickly when events led to Valenzuela’s deportation to Mexico. Federal law requires that winners of $1200 or more show identification for tax purposes.
  • George Soros 'likes' Facebook with $10 million Investment

    01/04/2013 4:40:14 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 05 JAN 2013 | Louise Armitstead
    At last, here’s the sort of friend Facebook needs. George Soros, the legendary investor, has revealed he spent around $10.6m buying 341,000 shares in the social networking site in the second quarter. The new investment by the billionaire, which was revealed in a regulatory filing by Soros Fund Management for his holdings at the end of June, is contrary to move of other investors who have been rapidly “defriending” Facebook ever since it listed in May. Shares in Facebook, which was one of the biggest listing in history and one of the worst performing, have plunged by almost 50pc from...
  • FAIL of the Day—-Twenty-five Percent of the Journal News’ Rockland County Gun-Map not Accurate

    01/04/2013 4:28:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Rockland Times ^ | 1/04/13 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    The intentions of the Journal News’ editorial board in publishing a highly controversial “interactive gun map” are further occluded by an inconvenient fact. According to Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, in Rockland County a large number of the names and addresses on the map are not even correct. Piperato said, “I’d figure about 25 percent of the addresses are not accurate.” He explained that when persons change their address or pass away it is supposed to be reported to the County Clerk’s office, but the county has no means to vigorously enforce this regulation. Thus pistol permit and other permit...
  • Connecticut lawmaker wants names of gun owners to be made public

    01/04/2013 4:17:55 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 04, 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lawmakers in Connecticut – still stunned from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – are moving forward with legislation that could make public the names and addresses of 170,000 handgun permit holders in the state. The measure, introduced by state Rep. Stephen Dargan, is the latest effort to clamp down on guns in Connecticut. If passed, the bill would reverse a 20-year decision by state lawmakers to keep the personal information confidential. The legislation would make the information fair game under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Dargan told FoxNews.com on Friday the measure was not intended to pit gun...
  • Sandy victim needs more than hugs from Obama to rebuild along Jersey Shore

    01/04/2013 4:15:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 04, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    After President Obama wrapped her in a well-publicized embrace, Donna Vanzant became the face of a promise of “immediate” assistance from the federal government in the days after superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast. But as Vanzant battled with her insurance company for the funds to rebuild her Jersey Shore marina, she had another brush with the commander-in-chief that left her feeling less confident in Washington's efforts. After sending an email to the White House asking for the federal government to make good on its promise to help, Vanzant received a form letter that never answered her questions. “It had...
  • Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says (Rockland County)

    01/04/2013 4:14:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/04/13
    Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards. Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.
  • Dianne Feinstein wants to get to the bottom of torture depictions in “Zero Dark Thirty”

    01/04/2013 4:07:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 1/03/13 | Katy St. Clair
    **SNIP** “Investigators will examine whether the spy agency gave the filmmakers ‘inappropriate’ access to secret material,” a person “familiar with the matter” told Huffpo. Senate Dems say that the use of torture in this case is factually incorrect.
  • On First Day, Democrats Propose Eight Anti-Gun Bills

    01/04/2013 4:04:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/4/13 | Ben Shapiro
    With the left looking for its next big cause, Congressional Democrats have latched onto the Sandy Hook massacre as an opportunity to push gun control. Yesterday alone, eight new bills were introduced relating to gun control. Two conservative bills were introduced relating to ending “gun free zones” under federal law. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) led the way with four bills introduced. Her husband was shot to death in 1993 and her son was severely injured when Colin Ferguson, a mentally unstable black militant (he spent time in his apartment chanting, “all the black people killing all the white people”), shot...