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  • Hostage Situation in US Turns Brutal: Four Dead

    01/05/2013 12:32:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 38 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/1/13
    A gunman killed three people before police shot him dead Saturday in a shooting at a house in the Colorado town of Aurora, the same town that played host to a massacre at a cinema last year, police said. NBC television's local affiliate KUSA cited police as saying that one survivor escaped from the house, where an "armed and dangerous" man had earlier barricaded himself inside with hostages, AFP reported. "The barricade situation is resolved. The suspect is dead. There were also three other victims found dead inside," the Aurora Police Department announced on its official Twitter account. Aurora made...
  • Just Seven Companies Offer to Finance Obama’s Inauguration

    01/05/2013 12:21:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 05 Jan 2013 10:51 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Only seven companies have offered corporate cash to help fund President Barack Obama’s upcoming inaugural festivities. In 2009, Obama banned corporate donors from paying for his inauguration, but he was still able to raise $53 million from private donors. However, this month’s inauguration is being held after the most expensive presidential campaign in history, and even with the corporate donations will be a scaled-down event. This year, fewer people are expected to attend the inauguration and there are only two official balls planned. … According to the Inauguration Committee’s website, more than 400 people have donated toward the events. So...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson’s trial looming - Lawyers discuss dates with judge in conference call

    01/05/2013 11:20:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Journal Standard ^ | 1/03/13 | Nick Crow
    Freeport, Ill. — Attorneys for those arrested during a Sensata plant protest and the City of Freeport spoke via conference call with Judge Jack Joyce on Wednesday to begin ironing out details for an upcoming trial date. “We’re looking at trial dates,” said City Attorney John Mitchell. “The conference that we held with the opposing counsel was to discuss three or four dates that are open over the next few months.” Lawyers are working towards a trial because the 11 protesters facing criminal trespassing charges lobbied for a trial by jury rather than agreeing to pay any fines during their...
  • Whoops—'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment

    01/05/2013 11:14:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Whoops—'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment Takepart.com – Thu, Jan 3, 2013 Email Share 6 Print Back in 2009, President Obama’s “Cash for Clunkers” program was supposed to be a boon for the environment and the economy. During a limited time, consumers could trade in an old gas-guzzling used car for up to $4,500 cash back towards the purchase of a fuel-efficient new car. It seemed like a win for everyone: the environment, the gasping auto industry and cash-strapped consumers. Though almost a million people poured into car dealerships eager to exchange their old jalopies for something shiny and...
  • Gay marriage remains a tough sell in Illinois

    01/05/2013 10:57:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 1:37 PM EST | Sara Burnett
    The stalling of Illinois’ gay-marriage push—at least for now—shows the difficulty of approving legislation to legalize it, even with a nudge from the home-state president, steadily rising support in the polls and national momentum from the November elections. Democrats control both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor’s office in the solidly blue state. Yet the margin of support Senate Democrats were able to pull together for a bill last week was so thin that a death in one lawmaker’s family and another senator’s extended trip to Israel were enough to push the issue into the next legislative session....
  • Talk of GOP primaries follows “fiscal cliff” vote

    01/05/2013 10:48:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 5, 2013 12:29 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont
    Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives. These lawmakers wasted little time in attempting to deliver an explanation that would be acceptable to the tea party and the GOP’s right flank, and, perhaps, insulate themselves from a re-election battle against a fellow Republican. They’ve started defending last week’s vote as one that preserves tax cuts for most Americans, while also promising to fight for spending cuts in upcoming debates over raising the nation’s borrowing limit. … It was...
  • First bill introduced in 113th Congress, H.R. 35: Repealing 'Obamacare'

    01/05/2013 10:37:16 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/04/13 | Radell Smith
    The president can thank Republican congresswoman Michelle Bachmann for introducing bill H.R. 35, which she says would repeal Obamacare "in its entirety." MyFOX8 stated that CNN contributor and Princeton University historian Julian Zelizer says this just proves that the president and Republicans in congress are still on bad terms and that it appears that "they are going to fight the president tooth and nail," despite his reelection.
  • Some gun shows canceling after Conn. mass shooting

    01/05/2013 10:06:14 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 1/5/12 | CHRIS CAROLA and MICHAEL HILL
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Four gun shows, all about an hour's drive from Newtown, Conn., all canceled. A show in White Plains, N.Y., - brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting - is off because officials decided it didn't seem appropriate now, either. In Danbury, Conn. - about 10 miles west of Newtown - the venue backed out. Same with three other shows in New York's Hudson Valley, according to the organizer. Gun advocates aren't backing down from their insistence on the right to keep and bear arms....
  • Westfall, Pa. hotel worker says she was assaulted by foreign official

    01/05/2013 9:57:18 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    A senior official in the Indian Forest Service has been in the United States since July, awaiting a hearing in Pennsylvania's Pike County Court concerning an incident in a Westfall Township, Pa., hotel. Surendra Prasad Mohapatra, 52, was charged with indecent assault and false imprisonment on July 24 while staying at the Hampton Inn, an Eastern Pike Regional Police report says. According to the criminal complaint, Mohapatra called the front desk at 10:20 p.m. on July 23 to ask for help connecting his computer to the Internet. An employee tried to give instructions over the phone but was quickly cut...
  • Lives of non-gun owners, women and law enforcement endangered by gun map

    01/05/2013 9:56:25 AM PST · by SmileRight · 19 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/05/2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Evidence is mounting that the map of pistol permit owners, published by New York-based Journal News, could be causing unintended consequences as law abiding citizens are being put in danger, according to a NewsBusters report. At least two media reports have surfaced with specific references to people who are most vulnerable as a result of the map. Fox News reports that reformed criminals have said the map can help thieves in two ways. “Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them,” the report says. Also...
  • The Stealth Tax Hike: Why the new $450,000 income threshold is a political fiction

    01/05/2013 9:54:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Anyone still need a reason to abandon "grand bargains" and deals negotiated between this President and GOP Congressional leaders? Here it is: The revival of two dormant provisions of the tax code means the much ballyhooed $450,000 income threshold for the highest tax rate is largely fake. The two provisions are the infamous PEP and Pease, which aficionados of stealth tax increases will recognize immediately as relics of the 1990 tax increase. Those measures, which limit deductions and exemptions for higher-income taxpayers, expired in 2010. The Obama tax bill revived them this week. It isn't going to be pretty. Under...
  • Both sides to play chicken with debt limit

    01/05/2013 9:45:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/05/2013 | Rick Moran
    Speaker Boehner has announced he won't negotiate one on one with the president anymore. Obama has said repeatedly that he won't negotiate on raising the debt limit. The two sides are speeding toward each other waiting for the other guy to blink. ABC News: President Obama was pretty clear late on New Year's night as he reacted to Congress's passage of a bill to take a turn away from the fiscal cliff. He won't negotiate with Republicans about the debt ceiling. "Now, one last point I want to make," said the president, before wrapping up and hopping on Air Force...
  • Net job gain under Obama: 28,000

    01/05/2013 9:42:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/05/2013 | Rick Moran
    Historically, the second worst record of job creation. New York Times: For jobs, the past four years have been a wash. The December jobs figures out today indicate that there were 725,000 more jobs in the private sector than at the end of 2008 - and 697,000 fewer government jobs. That works into a private-sector gain of 0.6 percent, and a government sector decline of 3.1 percent. In total, the number of people with jobs is up by 28,000, or 0.02 percent. How does that compare? It is by far the largest four-year decline in government employment since the 1944-48...
  • Mark Steyn: The Fiscal-Cliff Mirage. Without meaningful course correction, America is doomed.

    01/05/2013 9:36:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/05/2013 | Mark Steyn
    The politics of the “fiscal cliff” deal is debatable: On the one hand, Boehner got the “Bush tax cuts” made permanent for most Americans; Obama was forced to abandon his goal of increasing rates for those earning $250,000. On the other, on taxes Republicans caved to the same class-warfare premises (the rich need to pay their “fair share”) they’d successfully fought off a mere two years ago; while on spending the Democrats not only refused to make cuts, they refused to make cuts even part of the discussion. Which of the above is correct? Who cares? As I said, the...
  • UNITED VAN LINES 2012 MIGRATION STUDY REVEALS NORTHEASTERN U.S. EXODUS

    01/05/2013 9:32:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    United Van Lines ^ | 01/05/2013
    ST. LOUIS- The Northeast region leads the United States in outbound migration, according to the results of United Van Lines’ 36th annual “migration” study, which tracks which states the company’s customers move to and from during the course of the year. Washington, D.C., continues to lead the nation in inbound moves based on the study findings released today, which analyzed moves from the full year 2012. “As the nation’s largest household goods mover, United’s data is an accurate reflection of the overall U.S. moving trends,” explained Carl Walter, vice president of United Van Lines. “Tracking the number of inbound and...
  • Ho Hum, It's Another Lousy Jobs Report For Obama

    01/05/2013 9:27:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/05/2013
    We're told Friday's jobs report is evidence of slow and steady progress. But it actually documents the new normal of Obama's economy - anemic job growth, chronic long-term unemployment and falling wages. Given how long the economy has been underperforming, even the smallest bit of good news is welcome. But the latest jobs report offers little of even that. The 155,000 new jobs created in December weren't enough to make a dent in unemployment. And at this pace, it will take more than two years just to reach the previous jobs peak set back in January 2008. And while the...
  • US treasure hunters ready to snatch gold from the jaws of Victory

    01/05/2013 9:26:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Jan 5, 2013 | Victoria Ward
    US treasure hunters ready to snatch gold from the jaws of Victory US treasure hunters should be banned from raising the wreck of one of Britain’s greatest warships and taking some of the millions of pounds of gold coins she is believed to contain, leading archaeologists and descendants of the crew demand today. By Victoria Ward 8:00AM GMT 05 Jan 2013 They said that allowing HMS Victory, predecessor to Nelson’s flagship, to be exploited for commercial gain would be a “flagrant breach” of the military covenant and an “appalling betrayal” of more than 1,000 Royal Navy sailors who died. The...
  • Scare Adds to Fears That Clinton’s Work Has Taken Toll (Barf alert)

    01/05/2013 9:12:53 AM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Mark Landler
    SNIP Her health scare, though, has reinforced the concerns of friends and colleagues that the years of punishing work and travel have taken a heavy toll. Even among her peers at the highest levels of government, Mrs. Clinton, 65, is renowned for her grueling schedule. Over the past four years, she was on the road for 401 days and spent the equivalent of 87 full days on a plane, according to the State Department’s Web site. SNIP “So many people who know her have urged me to tell her not to work so hard,” said Melanne S. Verveer, who was...
  • U.S. slams the door on parents hoping to see dying daughter

    01/05/2013 9:05:34 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 28 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 5, 2013 | Harvey Rice and Aurora Losada
    GALVESTON — Jose Alfredo Sanchez and his wife may never see their daughter alive again. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials this week denied the Mexican couple's final attempt to obtain permission for humanitarian reasons to visit Maria Sanchez, 26, who's painfully living out the last days of her life in a Houston apartment under the care of her husband. It was the third time the agency denied humanitarian parole to the parents of Maria Sanchez, who's nearing death. Critics of immigration laws say the case illustrates a
  • Why doesn’t the Oppressive Left care about protecting the Children?

    01/05/2013 8:59:32 AM PST · by StaffiT · 20 replies
    N/A ^ | Jan 2013 | Anonymous
    What is it about the Gun-grabbing ghouls and their BSMedia minions with protecting themselves and not our precious offspring? They lost their collective cookies over the mere suggestion that armed police offices keep kids safe. In part it could be their Dracula like aversion to guns in the hands of individuals not of their security details. But you have to ask yourself why is the oppressive left so adamant about not protecting the Children? There has to be something else at work here – some other reason than Hoplophobia in the extreme – but what could it be? Why don’t...