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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
  • [Video] Fox News Parody About Gun-Free Zones Stopping Crime

    01/05/2013 10:11:16 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 7 replies
    Fox News via Youtube ^ | 2011 | Fox News
    [Video] Fox News Parody About Gun-Free Zones Stopping Crimehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dg_AcBeHgo --------------- --------------- Rep. Thomas Massie, R-4 KY H.R. 133: To repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and amendments to that Act. Introduced: Jan 03, 2013 Sponsor: Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4] ====== Flashback 2011: Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul introduced a bill that would abolish "gun-free zones," ultimately permitting teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Ron Paul Introduced Pro-gun Legislation The New American 04 August 2011 ==== Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has introduced a bill in the House that would allow teachers to carry firearms onto...
  • 13 officers who shot, killed 2 unarmed suspects have varied personnel records

    01/05/2013 9:19:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    The Plain Dealer ^ | 5 Jan 2013 | Brandon Blackwell
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One of the Cleveland police officers involved in the Nov. 29 police chase that ended with two suspects dead fumbled a 2011 traffic stop so badly that the department suggested video of the incident be used to teach other officers what not to do. Recently released personnel files show that the 13 officers who shot at Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, when the chase ended in East Cleveland range from highly commended to narrowly hirable. A few have come under gunfire while performing their duties, and some had shot at suspects before.
  • SICK. New EU Poster Puts Hammer and Sickle Above Christian Cross and Other Religious Symbols

    01/05/2013 9:06:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1//5/13 | Jim Hoft
    A new EU poster places the hammer and sickle emblem above the Christian Cross and symbols of other religions. MEP Dan Hannan is rightly angry over this atrocity at his blog: “For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people’s courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned. It fluttered over the re-education camps and the gulags. For hundreds of millions of Europeans, it was a...
  • Saudi Police Arrest Man, Claim He May Have ‘Mental Disorder’ After He Says He Wants to Marry a Jew

    01/05/2013 8:56:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1//5/13 | Erica Ritz
    Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of some of the most strict interpretations of Islam, has a notoriously unyielding police force. But unlike most countries, the Saudi kingdom also has an active “religious police,” and the roles of the two sometimes seem to overlap. For instance, Al-Arabiya related Friday that a man was recently arrested by the ​real​ police after being found in possession of documents indicating his desire to…marry a Jewish woman. He was reportedly near the Grand Mosque in Mecca when apprehended. Al-Arabiya explains: Lieutenant Abdulmohsen Maiman, spokesman for the Grand Mosque police, told [al-Hayat newspaper] that the 49-year-old Saudi...
  • Girl Guides set to drop God and Queen from its oath (UK Girl Scouts)

    01/05/2013 8:51:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:34PM GMT 05 Jan 2013 | Julie Henry
    Girlguiding UK is considering the removal of any mention of God or the Queen from its oath. In one of the most controversial shakeups in its 102-year history, the organization has launched a consultation that could lead to significant changes to the promise Guides are expected to take when they join. It would be the first major reform for the Guides, which boasts more than half a million members, to be initiated under Julie Bentley, its new chief executive. The former head of The Family Planning Association, who took over in November, ruffled feathers when she described the Guides as...
  • An Open Letter to Dr. Janet Rosenbaum(Swiss Facts vs American Propaganda)

    01/05/2013 8:40:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    finemrespice.com ^ | 19 December, 2012 | Finemrespice
    Dr. Rosembaum: It appears today that your efforts to publicize your research ("Gun Utopias? Firearm Access and Ownership in Israel and Switzerland," Journal of Public Health Policy 33, p. 47 (2012)) have accelerated. The most recent showcase for your paper and the concepts that underlie it happens to be Foreign Policy ("A League of Our Own," Foreign Policy (December 19, 2012)) but Ezra Klein showcased your research in an interview for his Washington-Post sponsored Wonkblog some days before ("Mythbusting: Israel and Switzerland are not gun-toting utopias," Wonkblog (December 14, 2012)). It is unfortunate then that the body of your research...
  • Large fight shuts down Mall of Louisiana

    01/05/2013 7:47:02 PM PST · by Charles Martel · 77 replies
    www.wwltv.com ^ | 1/5/2013 | WWL TV New Orleans
    BATON ROUGE, LA - The Mall of Louisiana has been closed and evacuated after a fight broke out between dozens of young people Saturday evening. Deputies were called to the food court area around 6 p.m. and said the troublemakers quickly dispersed to other areas of the mall. No injuries were reported though several ambulances were dispatched to the area and initial reports of shots fired were apparently incorrect. However, at least one eyewitness reported a chaotic and scary scene in the second floor food court.
  • No Guns in School?

    01/05/2013 7:37:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    city journal ^ | 12-2012 | Larry Sand
    No Guns in School? Armed guards have long been the norm on California campuses. 28 December 2012 It was only natural that the mass murder of 26 children and staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, would bring out the best and worst of people’s emotions. The frenzy of accusations and name-calling from educators, teachers’ union bosses, reform leaders, policy wonks, gun lobbyists, and editorial writers has yet to subside. The reaction that attracted the most hostility, on the left and on the right, was National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s call for an armed guard in every...
  • Elections Review Supports Bucher [Alan West election supervisor]

    01/05/2013 7:35:19 PM PST · by StopGlobalWhining · 6 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | January 5, 2013 | Dara Kam and Christine Stapleton
    St. Lucie’s elections mishaps came to light in the razor-thin U.S. House District 18 contest that prompted a prolonged recount and at least two lawsuits. U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat who was sworn in on Thursday, defeated tea party icon Allen West, who filed two lawsuits against Walker seeking a manual recount of nearly 38,000 early votes. Murphy was ultimately declared the winner by a slim margin of less than 1,800 votes.
  • Judge orders eligibility attorney to stay away

    01/05/2013 7:34:59 PM PST · by Smokeyblue · 41 replies
    WND ^ | 01/05/2013 | Bob Unruh
    Florida Circuit Judge Kevin Carroll, who previously cited the fictitious judge in “Miracle on 34th Street” in a ruling, now says he’s done with arguments over Barack Obama’s eligibility. Carroll released an order today refusing to hear a request for a hearing that is allowed under state law when there are doubts about a candidate’s eligibility. And let that be the last, the judge said. “No petitions for clarification or further rehearing will be entertained by the court,” he said in his ruling that refused to respond to a request for the state-allowed hearing in a case brought by Michael...
  • Proposing an amendment to the Constitution... twenty-second article of amendment...

    01/05/2013 7:28:59 PM PST · by neal1960 · 41 replies
    Congress.gov ^ | 01/04/2013 | Congress.gov
    H.J.Res.15 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
  • Debt Ceiling Hooey

    01/05/2013 7:26:15 PM PST · by morethanright · 8 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-05 15:24:20 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Conservative columnists are spilling a lot of ink concerning the "leverage" House Republicans have in the debt ceiling battle coming this February. It's all a load of hooey.It's more likely House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama will hammer out a "grand bargain" that heaps trillions more debt on future generations of indentured state servants with a promise to cut, say, $1 trillion over the next two centuries, while spending hundreds of trillions within the same time-frame. What makes conservative pundits think the debt-ceiling result will differ from that of the fiscal cliff?I'm quite sure Republican talk radio...
  • Christmas tree-lighting bomb plot suspect’s lawyers likely to argue he was lured by agents (OR)

    01/05/2013 7:21:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2013 | AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. – For more than two years, the only image the public has had of the man accused of plotting to detonate an 1,800-pound bomb at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is this: A sullen-faced, sunken-eyed terrorism suspect in a mug shot taken just hours after his arrest.
  • APD sees rise in active shooter training requests

    01/05/2013 6:55:28 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 12 replies
    KOAT 7 ABC News ^ | UPDATED 6:48 PM MST Jan 05, 2013 | Regina Ruiz
    In the weeks after the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, local police said they are receiving more requests for active shooter training in local schools. The active shooter training went into effect after the Columbine High School Massacre in 1999.
  • Jail Time for Offensive Facebook Postings?

    01/05/2013 6:00:01 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 30 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 1/5/12 | Daniel Dew
    How many people would be in jail if annoying or offending a person were against the law? The answer: pretty much everyone. If you think that you might be one of these people and you like to send information electronically, there are a few places you should probably avoid. Vernon County, Wisconsin, is among a growing number of jurisdictions that are implementing so-called cyber-bullying laws. A Vernon County ordinance makes it a crime to “send information to another person by electronic means with the intent to annoy, offend, demean, ridicule, degrade, belittle, disparage, or humiliate any person.” There is an...
  • IMF aide to visit Egypt Monday to discuss $4.8 billion loan request

    01/05/2013 5:51:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Jan 5, 2013 3:03pm EST | Yasmine Saleh in Cairo and Rachelle Younglai in Washington
    A senior International Monetary Fund official is set to meet with Egyptian leaders on Monday to discuss the $4.8 billion loan agreement that was postponed last month at Cairo’s behest because of political turmoil in the country. … The IMF said last week that it welcomed steps that Egypt had taken to stop a drain on its international reserves, which had driven the Egyptian pound down to record lows. Egyptians have rushed to buy dollars for fear of a messy devaluation, and banks have been forced to impose limits on dollar withdrawals to prevent a run on deposits. …
  • Thousands attend Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Ontario

    01/05/2013 5:37:42 PM PST · by rottndog · 39 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 01/05/13 | Andrew Edwards
    The Crossroads of the West Gun Show attracted thousands of firearms enthusiasts to Ontario Convention Center today. The crowd was so large that officials slowed entry to the show to a virtual crawl during the show's early hours to avoid overcrowding the venue. Crossroads of the West typically attracts about 7,000 visitors during its Ontario appearances, show owner Bob Templeton said. He expects double that amount this weekend. The crowd, he said, is likely a reaction to expectations that Congress will at least give serious consideration to major gun control legislation this year. For example, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has...
  • Gadhafi-Era Security Officer Killed in Libya

    01/05/2013 5:23:29 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 4 replies
    An-Nahar ^ | 5 Jan 2013 | by Naharnet Newsdesk
    A Moammar Gadhafi-era security official has been killed in Libya's second city Benghazi, local officials said Saturday, in the latest attack highlighting a lack of security in the east of the country. "Lieutenant-Colonel Nasser al-Magrabi was found dead on his farm last night," an official in Benghazi's criminal investigations department told AFP on condition of anonymity. ... "He was shot," the official said. Another official said the corpse was found "in a farm in the Sidi Faraj area" and that "investigations are now underway". Both sources said Magrabi had worked for the former regime's reviled internal security services in Benghazi...
  • Democratic Rep: Debt-ceiling blank check is like Emancipation Proclamation

    01/05/2013 5:21:10 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 51 replies
    daily callr ^ | 1-5-13 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny K. Davis told The Daily Caller that President Obama should have the power to raise the nation’s debt ceiling without congressional approval, citing the example of President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation as a good use of presidential authority. “Sometimes when we’ve gotten great answers is when presidents have had enough authority to take some actions,” Davis told TheDC on Capitol Hill Friday. “I mean, remember that we just celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and if Abraham Lincoln had not had the power, authority and the will to make that decision, we...
  • Buchanan: "There Would Be A Revolution" If Government Confiscated Weapons (video)

    01/05/2013 5:07:22 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 166 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 5, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    PAT BUCHANAN: There are three million ArmaLite rifles, those Bushmaster types, out there right now. And people are buying them like hotcakes, every gun show the sales are up enormously. Forty-one percent, they were up in December -- for last December, which was a record year. John, what is common though, Eleanor [Clift] is correct, the push is going to come on three things. Grandfather in the assault weapons that are here now, to try to outlaw assault weapons, outlaw magazines that carry more than 11 or 12 bullets, and also background checks at gun shows. JOHN MCLAUGHLIN: With no...
  • Obama's On-Again, Off-Again Relationship With Progressives

    01/05/2013 4:42:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | January 05, 2013
    When Barack Obama first took office four years ago, many progressives were on cloud nine. Here was a president pledging to tackle some of the issues closest to the progressive base: climate change, gun control and what he called our "broken immigration system." That was in 2008. Fast forward to now and these are just a few of the unresolved issues leaving progressives unsatisfied. With Obama's second term around the corner, some progressives are wondering if President Obama will reboot and follow through with his earlier promises. 'Obama Lost My Vote' One progressive disappointed in Obama was Shaun Johnson, an...
  • Flu infections sweep America hospitalizing thousands and leaving 18 children dead

    01/05/2013 4:31:04 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5 January 2013
    The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012. And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet. 'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters.
  • The fiscal cliff deal: America’s European moment

    01/05/2013 4:30:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    The Economist ^ | Jan 5th 2013 | (From the print edition)
    For the past three years, America’s leaders have looked on Europe’s management of the euro crisis with barely disguised contempt. In the White House and on Capitol Hill there has been incredulity that Europe’s politicians could be so incompetent at handling an economic problem; so addicted to last-minute, short-term fixes; and so incapable of agreeing on a long-term strategy for the single currency. Those criticisms were all valid, but now those who made them should take the planks from their own eyes. America’s economy may not be in as bad a state as Europe’s, but the failures of its politicians—epitomized...
  • State parks officials deliberately hid millions, report says

    01/05/2013 4:27:22 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/04/2013 | Chris Megerian
    Fear of embarrassment and budget cuts led high officials at the California parks department to conceal millions of dollars, according to a new investigation by the state attorney general's office. The money remained hidden for years until it was exposed by a new staff member who described a culture of secrecy and fear at the department. The attorney general's report, released Friday, is the most detailed official account so far of the financial scandal at the parks department. The controversy broke last summer with the revelation that parks officials had a hidden surplus of nearly $54 million at a time...
  • The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous

    01/05/2013 4:23:12 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 13 replies
    Rockland Times ^ | 1/1/13 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    Armed guards from RGA Investigations have taken up post at the Journal News’ Rockland County headquarters. Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander. A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. [Update 1/4/13-the guards will now be present indefinitely] According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by...
  • N. Korea Says S. Korean Gov’t is “A Group of Rats” that “Must Be Eradicated”

    01/05/2013 4:15:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    The North Korean Committee for Peaceful Reunification called South Korean President Lee Myung Bak and ministry officials “a group of rats” and said South Korea will only experience security when the rats are “completely eradicated.” … The North Korean statement also called the Lee government officials “confrontation maniacs,” who are in direct opposition to the North Korean “desire for peace and unification.” …
  • Iraqi PM accused of stoking sectarian tension

    01/05/2013 4:08:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    MSN ^ | 2013/01/05 8:31 am
    He’s one of the most powerful men in Iraq—and one of the least popular. Nuri al-Maliki has, for many Iraqis, forfeited his credibility as prime minister. His allegedly authoritarian and inefficient leadership style has even been criticized by members of the parties that make up the government coalition. No wonder—a year after the withdrawal of the US army, he can barely point to a single success. Unemployment is high, terrorists have infiltrated security forces and corruption is widespread. Some of his coalition partners are even accusing Maliki of behaving like Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein. “Maliki depends on a small,...
  • DFU YouTube SING-ALONG: I Am Woman with a Gun

    01/05/2013 3:50:04 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2013 (orig 2007) | dfu
    SORRY FOR POOR SOUND BUT SING, SING, SING
  • White House Weighs Broad Gun-Control Agenda in Wake of Newtown Shootings

    01/05/2013 3:46:46 PM PST · by kristinn · 142 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Philip Rucker
    SNIP 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. To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides...
  • My 1st paycheck of the year was deposited today. Guess what? (vanity)

    01/05/2013 3:37:47 PM PST · by ReaganÜberAlles · 67 replies
    It's smaller.... not a terrible amount but maybe a tank of gas a month or so, maybe more, maybe less. The Social Security tax break was allowed to expire apparently. Thank goodness,.. we all know what a great system S.S. is. This is the deal that Obama wanted and the deal we got. Check your paychecks,.... if you're lucky enough to receive one in Obama's "robust" economy,...see what you find. It's nice to know that I am one of the "rich" now. I guess if Obama can't define you as rich, then he just defines rich as.......you. Plus, as a...