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  • Scaled-Back Inauguration Loses its Appeal

    01/06/2013 7:13:57 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 4, 2013 | ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's public swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21 is prompting a different kind of oath within the capital's tourism industry, as the prospect of disappointing attendance threatens to dent spending on all manner of travel goods and services, from luxury hotel suites to servings of the president's favorite chili. Mr. Obama's 2009 inauguration drew an estimated 1.8 million people to Washington, more than any other gathering on the National Mall, according to officials at Destination D.C., the city's main tourism and convention marketer. This week, D.C. transportation and tourism officials said they expected turnout to be less than half...
  • Vote-stealing Dem Pleads Guilty to Beating up Girlfriend

    01/06/2013 7:07:21 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 4, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    If you’re a Democrat operative forced to resign for facilitating vote fraud, what do you do for a follow-up? If you said brutally attack your girlfriend, cracking her skull, your name just might be Patrick Moran. And if you’ve skated on both counts, your father just might be Jim Moran, Democrat congressman from Virginia. Patrick Moran was the field director for his father’s campaign before the election — that is, until a sting operation caught him on video coaching an undercover reporter on how to commit vote fraud. He sounded as if he’d already achieved semi-pro status, too. But since...
  • War on Words: CAIR Asks Journalists to Drop the Term Islamist

    01/06/2013 6:55:51 AM PST · by Patriot95 · 38 replies
    The BLAZE ^ | 6 January 2013 | Sharona Schwartz
    he Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the nation’s media to make this their new year’s resolution: Stop using the word “Islamist.” Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR’s communications director, explained in a Jan. 3 op-ed why his group is upset the Associated Press added the term to its latest stylebook, a document that guides reporters worldwide. Hooper wrote: That entry reads: “Islamist — Supporter of government in accord with the laws of Islam. Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims, from mainstream politicians to militants known as jihadi.” The AP...
  • House Democrats name vice chairs of gun-violence task force

    01/06/2013 6:49:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/13 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats have named the leaders of a new panel designed to fight gun violence. The task force, formed in the wake of last month's shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., will be led by lawmakers as diverse as Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), an ardent supporter of gun control; John Dingell (Mich.), a long-time ally of the National Rifle Association; and Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who was injured in the Tucson shooting that almost killed former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.). Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), appointed chairman of the panel last month by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), said the group's task...
  • Obama to draw on public support in new round of economic battles (What is Hussein's fiscal plan?)

    01/06/2013 6:38:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/06/13 | Niall Stanage, Amie Parnes
    President Obama intends to take a confrontational approach with Republicans in future economic battles by using the same campaign-style events the White House saw as effective in the “fiscal-cliff” fight. Many in Obama’s party believe that he got the upper hand in the recent deal to avoid the mixture of across-the-board tax hikes and spending cuts, and that the aggressive approach helped build his public case. Sources close to Obama say he can fend off Republicans for several reasons: his successful reelection; polling suggesting public support for many of his positions; and division among Republicans on Capitol Hill. Jen Psaki,...
  • Hagel would face uphill battle for Pentagon's top job if picked by Obama

    01/06/2013 6:23:43 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | January 06, 2013
    Chuck Hagel likely would face opposition from both liberals and conservatives for his past stances and comments ... Coats said. "... We watched Chuck take positions that are, frankly, ... to the left of Barack Obama." He continued: "Hagel has moved ... to someone that looks like they are out of the most leftist state in the country and exceeding even a lot of Democrats," ... Sen. Linsey Graham, R-S.C., told Chris Wallace, "There would be very little Republican support for his nomination. ... There will be very few votes.”
  • FBI reveals surveillance of 60 minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, who was accused of being a...

    01/06/2013 6:13:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    FBI reveals surveillance of 60 minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, who was accused of being a communist The FBI files include an investigation of a threatening letter sent to Wallace by a World War II veteran titled 'Communist Control of the Press' In the summer of 1970, Wallace and late '60 Minutes' creator Don Hewitt took a trip to Cuba, which the FBI kept tabs on Wallace was not discovered to be a communist By Damian Ghigliotty PUBLISHED: 19:33 EST, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:26 EST, 5 January 2013 The U.S. Federal Investigation Bureau released records it was keeping on...
  • Over 120 guns collected at Jersey City gun buy-back program, police said

    01/06/2013 5:54:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    The Jersey City Police Department collected over a hundred and twenty guns during a gun buy-back program held earlier today at a Mcginley Square church, according to police spokesman Stan Eason. As part of Operation Life Safer 2, the four-and-a-half hour event began at 12 p.m. at the Evangelismos Greek Orthodox Church at 661 Montgomery St. where gun owners handed in their weapons in exchange for cash with no questions asked. Since 2005, the city held two prior gun buy-back programs in an effort to reduce gun violence and managed to collected 1,297 rifles, handguns, and assault weapons, according to...
  • Michael Moore Recommends Soldiers Punch the Lights Out of Citizens Who Thank Them for Their Service

    01/06/2013 5:54:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    Michael Moore Recommends Soldiers Punch the Lights Out of Citizens Who Thank Them for Their Service By Noel Sheppard Created 01/06/2013 - 8:16am On New Year’s Eve, schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore made a resolution to stop saying he supports the troops. On Thursday, Moore put an exclamation point on this anti-American insanity publishing a piece at the Huffington Post entitled “Those Who Say 'I Support the Troops' Really Don't.” “I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you,” Moore began. “I am tired of the ruse we are playing on these brave citizens in our armed forces. And guess...
  • There's No 'I' in 'Kumbaya'

    01/06/2013 5:29:03 AM PST · by gotribe · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/04/2013 | Peggy Noonan
    ...He is a uniquely polarizing figure. A moderate U.S. senator said the other day: "One thing not said enough is he is the most divisive president in modern history. He doesn't just divide the Congress, he divides the country." The senator thinks Mr. Obama has "two whisperers in his head." "The political whisperer says 'Don't compromise a bit, make Republicans look weak and bad.' Another whisperer is not political, it's, 'Let's do the right thing, work together and begin to right the ship.' " The president doesn't listen much to the second whisperer....
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 6 January 2013

    01/06/2013 4:29:26 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 108 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 6 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 6th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Angus King, a Maine independent; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, leaders of President Barack Obama’s now-defunct deficit commission.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. McConnell; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Rick Nolan, D-Minn., and Matt Salmon, R-Ariz.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. McConnell and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Reps. Joaquin Castro,...
  • The Four-Year Honeymoon Will the press ever give Obama tough coverage?

    01/06/2013 3:25:31 AM PST · by Fzob · 36 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 01/14/2012 | Fred Barnes
    President Obama never disappoints. When the monthly unemployment rate fails to drop, forget it. What’s important is the number of jobs created. But when the rate actually does drop, forget the growth (or lack of it) in jobs. It’s the rate that matters. And don’t blame Obama for the persistence of slow economic growth and high joblessness. That’s the “new normal.” As for the millions of dropouts from the job market, that’s no big deal, hardly worth more than a passing mention. Full credit is due Obama for his role in the overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. He was...
  • Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits

    01/06/2013 1:33:22 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 5, 2013 | By REED ABELSON
    Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own. In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the...
  • OUTRAGE! BofA Freezes Licensed Gun Manufacturer’s Deposits “We Believe You Should Not Be Selling

    01/06/2013 12:21:21 AM PST · by lowbridge · 81 replies
    On December 29, the owner of American Spirit Arms; Joe Sirochman relayed this chilling news via Facebook: All, My name is Joe Sirochman owner of American Spirit Arms and I wanted to share my recent experience with Bank of America .(which we have been doing business with for over 10 years)…. Everyone is familiar with the latest increase in guns sales , dealers selling out of inventory , Manufacturers back logged for months , large revenue all generated in the last two weeks …. American Spirit Arms is no exception to the overwhelming demand . What we have experienced is...
  • US Army joins battle to save stricken Shell rig

    01/06/2013 12:15:19 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/5/2013 | Emily Gosden
    The US Army has been called in to help with the battle to salvage Royal Dutch Shell’s stricken Kulluk Arctic drilling rig, which has now been beached in environmentally delicate waters for nearly a week. The Kulluk, one of two rigs crucial to Shell’s controversial Arctic oil exploration plans, ran aground on New Year’s Eve as it was hit by a fierce storm while being towed to Seattle for maintenance. Two Chinook helicopters from the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade flew to the scene on Friday to help transport heavy equipment for the salvage operations. Three vessels are on site and...
  • White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings

    01/05/2013 10:59:41 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday 5 January 2013 | Philip Rucker
    The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions. A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.
  • Binyamin Netanyahu fights surge from rightwing opponent before poll

    01/05/2013 10:52:04 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 5 January 2013 | Harriet Sherwood
    Israel's prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has been forced to recalibrate his election campaign in response to a downward spiral in opinion polls due to a surprise challenge from an ultra-nationalist startup millionaire and veteran of Israel's most elite commando unit. New tactics are expected to be in evidence on Sunday when Netanyahu appears at a youth rally, following the panicked cancellation of an event on Thursday after dismal turnouts at two campaign rallies earlier in the week. On the advice of his campaign strategist, US Republican adviser Arthur Finkelstein, the prime minister will stop making direct attacks on Naftali Bennett,...
  • FAIL of the Day—-Twenty-five Percent of the Journal News’ Rockland County Gun-Map not Accurate

    01/05/2013 10:50:48 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Rockland Times ^ | 1/5/12 | 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...
  • The Last Days of Detroit

    01/05/2013 10:46:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 4 January 2013 | Andy Beckett
    In 1920, Detroit was the fourth biggest city in America. Its population had doubled in a decade. Migrants, many of them African-Americans from the rural South, were drawn by its pioneering car factories with their unprecedentedly high wages. The manic, mechanised, overcrowded metropolis of General Motors and Ford also drew journalists and writers. In 1934, Anne O'Hare McCormick of the New York Times wrote about Detroit's "democratized luxuries, with gas stations on every corner, chain stores, moving-picture palaces … as truly a world capital as any city on earth … Paris dictates a season's silhouette, but Detroit manufactures a pattern...
  • A look at the pros and cons of car sharing

    01/05/2013 10:42:22 PM PST · by thecodont · 20 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 2:37 pm, Friday, January 4, 2013 | By SAMANTHA BOMKAMP, AP Travel Industry Writer
    NEW YORK (AP) — The ability to access a car quickly and give it back after a few hours is exploding in popularity among both college students and city dwellers. Zipcar created the car-sharing concept in 2000. By the end of the decade car-sharing had caught the attention of the two largest U.S. car rental companies as Enterprise and Hertz started competing services. And this week, Avis, the nation's No. 3 car rental company, jumped into by offering nearly $500 million to buy Zipcar. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/A-look-at-the-pros-and-cons-of-car-sharing-4168037.php#ixzz2HAtWjxOx