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  • The Budget Battles Ahead (Is the debt ceiling the hill for the GOP to die on?)

    01/07/2013 7:20:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2013 | JAMES C. CAPRETTA
    Two months after the president handily won a second term and the Democrats increased their numbers in both the House and Senate, GOP congressional leaders were in no position to negotiate a good “fiscal cliff” resolution. So it’s not at all surprising that what emerged from the Biden–McConnell negotiations has satisfied almost no one, and certainly not many conservatives. That being said, the January 1 tax deal needs to be put into proper perspective. The media are fixated on what is being called an Obama victory: He forced the GOP into retreat on the top income-tax rate. Yes, that was...
  • Islamist Group Tries to Kill Use of “Islamist”

    01/07/2013 7:17:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    RSN ^ | Friday, 04 January 2013 14:10 | (The Investigative Project on Terrorism)
    After doing everything it can to ensconce a new word, “Islamophobia,” into conversational English, the nation's most visible Islamist group is trying to stop use of a well-established word: Islamist. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper released a column urging journalists to “(d)rop the term ‘Islamist.’” It was added to the latest Associated Press Stylebook—the guide for spelling, punctuation and other rules—that is used by journalists at the smallest community papers and the largest television networks, Hooper wrote. AP defines Islamists as “Those who view the Quran as a political model encompass a wide range of Muslims,...
  • Chuck Hagel's Record On Gay Rights

    01/07/2013 7:09:39 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 4 replies
    WaPo via HuffPo (URL link in 1st post below) | 1/7/2013 | Staff
    Chuck Hagel's Record On Gay Rights 1996: ... says he would have voted for the Defense of Marriage Act 1999: ... opposes repealing the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy 2005: ... Hagel calls on the [Nebraska] court to reverse its decidsion, complaining the court had overridden Nebraska voters who opposed gay marriage Chuck Hagel's Apology: Too Little, Too Late Log Cabin Republicans ...
  • Goodbye, Lisa Jackson (And Good Riddance)

    01/07/2013 7:08:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/07/2013 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Sometimes, “good riddance” just doesn’t suffice. It is hard to imagine a bureaucrat who has done more comprehensive damage to American interests than Lisa Jackson, the departing head of the Environmental Protection Agency. During her four years as administrator, Jackson has put her radical environmental agenda before the wellbeing of the U.S. economy, the integrity of science, and even the structure of the American political system itself. Start with her regulatory record. Since January 2009, Jackson’s EPA has issued 20 “major” regulations — defined as rules with an economic cost of $100 million or more each year. Incidentally, that $100-million...
  • Obama could sidestep Congress on gun control

    01/07/2013 7:05:22 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 69 replies
    radioaustralia.net.au ^ | January 7, 2013 | Lisa Millar
    US president Barack Obama is reportedly considering implementing the most comprehensive gun control measures seen in decades. US president Barack Obama is reportedly considering implementing the most comprehensive gun control measures seen in decades. A task force led by vice-president Joe Biden is reportedly considering wide-ranging proposals going well beyond simply reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition. The Washington Post reports that a national data base tracking gun sales, mental health checks, and background checks are all on the table. And in a move that is set to anger opponents of gun control, the taskforce is...
  • Friday's Unemployment: "Good" Only By "New Normal" Standards

    01/07/2013 6:55:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/07/2013 | Louis Woodhill
    The publication of Friday's "Employment Situation" report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) gives us our first opportunity to take stock of the first four years of Barack Obama's presidency. This is because the jobs numbers are the first of the major economic data series to be reported after the end of a period. The jobs numbers are especially illuminating, because the impacts of changes in government policies show up first and fastest in total employment. By way of illustration, total employment peaked in November 2007, but it took until December 2008 for the National Bureau of Economic Research...
  • Pelosi, Van Hollen, Durbin: Americans Still Not Taxed Enough

    01/07/2013 6:55:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 7, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Are Democrats done raising taxes on the American people? “No,” says House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “We can raise more revenue,” says Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). And Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says “there are still deductions, credits, special treatments under the tax code which ought to be looked at very carefully.” …
  • Now The FBI Has A Corporate Anti-Fraud Program That Scans Emails For 3,000 Suspicious Phrases

    01/07/2013 6:53:40 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-7-2013 | Linette Lopez
    Now The FBI Has A Corporate Anti-Fraud Program That Scans Emails For 3,000 Suspicious Phrases Linette LopezJanuary 7, 2013 Given how notorious Wall Streeters are for writing embarrassing e-mails that are later used against them in court (see: Libor scandal), they should really take note of this news. The FBI has developed new software that scans e-mails for buzz words and phrases that indicate the sender (and receiver) or said mail are up to no good, the FT reports. There are over 3,000 words and phrases that would raise a red flag in the program. Accounting firm Ernst and Young...
  • Vietnamese Complain As Chinese 3G Comes to Disputed Spratly Islands

    01/07/2013 6:52:37 AM PST · by Army Air Corps · 10 replies
    Tech In Asia ^ | 7 January 2013 | Anh-Minh Do
    In the ongoing dispute over the Spratly Islands claimed by China and Vietnam, the latest development is that China is opening up 3G services on the islands, not only to Chinese soldiers but also for the country’s fishermen. The development will be yet another drop of lemon in the souring of Sino-Vietnamese relations in the past year. The Vietnamese government even voiced its complaint on nguyentandung.org, the Vietnamese Prime Minister’s website. The island disputes recently ignited with anti-China protests in May 2011 after Chinese patrol boats attacked two Vietnamese oil exploration ships near the Spratly Islands. Chinese soldiers and fishermen...
  • Defying U.S., Abbas Orders “State of Palestine” Terminology

    01/07/2013 6:49:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 7, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    Five weeks after the Obama administration asserted that a United Nations vote on upgrading the Palestinian entity’s status “does not establish that Palestine is a state,” Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday ordered that all references to the Palestinian Authority be changed to the “State of Palestine.” From passports to postage stamps, diplomatic mission titles to official stationery, the name of a state that does not legally exist will replace that of the self-rule administration established under the Oslo Accords, brokered by the Clinton administration in the early 1990s. Abbas issued the decree instructing the change several days after saying during an...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 7-11, 2013

    01/07/2013 6:47:29 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 7-11,2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • The freedom to live in fear 24/7 )barf alert)

    01/07/2013 6:41:44 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 07 jan 2013 | Leonard Pitts
    Here we are, a little over three weeks after the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., a little over two weeks after the National Rifle Association said there should henceforth be armed guards at every school, and at least one school system, Marlboro Township in New Jersey, is taking its advice. Under a 90-day pilot program in partnership with local police, students who returned to school last week found their campuses patrolled by armed officers.
  • NOBEL PRIZE WINNER PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama Must Be Ready To Mint The Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin

    01/07/2013 6:33:46 AM PST · by blam · 49 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-7-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    NOBEL PRIZE WINNER PAUL KRUGMAN: Obama Must Be Ready To Mint The Trillion Dollar Platinum Coin Joe WeisenthalJanuary 7, 2013 The movement to mint a trillion dollar platinum coin gets its biggest backer yet: Paul Krugman. In a new post up titled Be Ready To Mint The Coin he writes: It’s easy to make sententious remarks to the effect that we shouldn’t look for gimmicks, we should sit down like serious people and deal with our problems realistically. That may sound reasonable — if you’ve been living in a cave for the past four years.Given the realities of our political...
  • Son of US Sen. Rand Paul arrested at NC airport

    01/07/2013 6:22:30 AM PST · by BlueBerrier0341 · 36 replies
    wbtv ^ | 1/6/13 | AP
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Police say U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's son was arrested after a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer reports http://bit.ly/13cI8me 19-year-old William Hilton Paul was arrested Saturday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and charged with alcohol-related offenses.
  • Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience

    01/07/2013 5:58:20 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | 1-7-2013 | AFP
    Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience Agence France PresseJanuary 7, 2013 Four Chinese government ships entered territorial waters around Japan-controlled islands at the centre of a dispute on Monday, the Japanese coastguard said. The four marine surveillance ships were seen moving within 12 nautical miles of the islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, just before midday, the coastguard said in a statement. It was the first time since December 31 -- and the 21st time since Japan nationalised the islands in September -- that any state-owned Chinese ship has been...
  • Google Retains Right to Control Search Results [Obama Doesn't Punish Libs of Big Internet]

    01/07/2013 5:52:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    infopackets.com ^ | 1/7/13 | John Lister
    After spending more than a year investigating allegations that Google favored its own products when producing search results, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided against imposing any serious punishment on the search giant. In response, Google is both celebrating the decision and also using the FTC report for its own benefit. The FTC decision is in line with earlier reports that suggested government officials simply didn't have much proof of any wrongdoing by Google.
  • Google Retains Right to Control Search Results [Obama Doesn't Punish Libs of Big Internet]

    01/07/2013 5:52:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    infopackets.com ^ | 1/7/13 | John Lister
    After spending more than a year investigating allegations that Google favored its own products when producing search results, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided against imposing any serious punishment on the search giant. In response, Google is both celebrating the decision and also using the FTC report for its own benefit. The FTC decision is in line with earlier reports that suggested government officials simply didn't have much proof of any wrongdoing by Google.
  • Nebraska Jews Recall Senator Chuck Hagel as “Unfriendly” and “Unmovable” on Israel

    01/07/2013 5:41:51 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | December 21, 2012
    Nebraska Jews Recall Senator Chuck Hagel as “Unfriendly” and “Unmovable” on Israel, “Didn’t Give a Damn About the Jewish Community” Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel speaks at a forum for the Law of the Sea Convention in Washington, D.C. Photo: Wikipedia. While former Nebraska Senator and likely Secretary of Defense nominee, Chuck Hagel, has drawn criticism in recent days over his foreign policy positions, and specifically his hostility to Israel, members of Nebraska’s Jewish community spoke to The Algemeiner about their experiences with him during his time in office. Former editor of the Omaha Jewish Press, Carol Katzman, who was...
  • The Fix is in Part IV: Benghazi Cover-up: The Hand Shake

    01/07/2013 5:30:15 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    The best part of political theater, otherwise known as the ‘ah ha’ moment for truth seekers, can often be found when the show ends. In this epic tragedy, called the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Hearing: Benghazi: The Attack and the Lesson Learned, held on December 20, 2012, starring Senator John Kerry (D-Mass), as the Chairman, it happened right after Kerry’s dramatic closing statement concluded. The lights dimmed, the press started packing up their gear, the stars/senators, in crisp suits, with their shine-free faces courtesy of heavy pancake make-up, exited stage left. It was a quick moment but a...
  • Nixon hailed as foreign policy genius at centennial of birth

    01/07/2013 5:26:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jan 6, 2013 5:52pm EST | Brandon Lowrey
    At a ceremony commemorating the late U.S. President Richard M. Nixon’s 100th birthday, politicians, a military official and Nixon’s eldest daughter on Sunday remembered him as an underappreciated president and a foreign policy genius. Nixon, the Cold War-era Republican stalwart who opened U.S. relations with communist China, was the only American president to resign from office, leaving the White House in disgrace over the Watergate scandal. “He looked at (the world) as a world with 200 countries and 200 leaders, and he studied every one of those leaders, and he knew most of them,” said Bruce Herschensohn, a friend and...
  • Conspiracy of Brothers-Egyptian magazine looks at Muslim Brotherhood’s penetration of Obama camp

    01/07/2013 5:23:12 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 7, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Conspiracy of BrothersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On January 7, 2013 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments To read and order Frank Gaffney’s pamphlet, The Muslim Brotherhood in the Obama Administration, click here.November was just about done and Chris Matthews, the MSNBC host voted most likely by his own staff to have a poster of Barack Obama over his bed, was cheerfully coming to the end of his sideshow list. With the White House in the background, Matthews sneered about the “weak conspiracy” claim by Congressman Gohmert that the Obama Administration was...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger: Hollywood not to blame for gun violence

    01/07/2013 5:21:50 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 35 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | January 7, 2013 | Ben Child
    Arnold Schwarzenegger has become the latest Hollywood star to dismiss suggestions that violent movies are to blame for gun massacres such as the recent killing of 20 children in Connecticut. The iconic action star, who is currently promoting his new film The Last Stand, told reporters it was important to "keep [the two] separate". He said: "[This is] entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief. It's really serious and it's the real deal." He added: "We have to analyse how we deal with mental illness, how we deal with gun laws, how we deal with parenting." The...
  • U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears

    01/07/2013 5:19:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 7, 2013 7:48am EST | Steve Stecklow
    A leading U.S. nuclear weapons laboratory recently discovered its computer systems contained some Chinese-made network switches and replaced at least two components because of national security concerns, a document shows. A letter from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, dated November 5, 2012, states that the research facility had installed devices made by H3C Technologies Co, based in Hangzhou, China, according to a copy seen by Reuters. H3C began as a joint venture between China’s Huawei Technologies Co and 3Com Corp, a U.S. tech firm, and was once called Huawei-3Com. Hewlett Packard Co acquired the firm in 2010....
  • Fewer excited gun-buyers in Colo & Conn {Propaganda lie contradicted by figures in article}

    01/07/2013 5:13:49 AM PST · by drpix · 16 replies
    yahoo.com / ap ^ | 1/7/13 | Eileen Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In Connecticut and Colorado, scenes of the most deadly U.S. mass shootings in 2012, people were less enthusiastic about buying new guns at the end of the year than in most other states, according to an Associated Press analysis of new FBI data. The biggest surges in background checks for people who want to carry or buy guns occurred in states in the South and West. The latest government figures reflect huge increases across the U.S.... ...{buried deep in the article}...The numbers of checks in Colorado rose from 35,009 in October to 53,453 in December; checks in...
  • Keystone pipeline inches forward

    01/07/2013 5:07:09 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    EDMONTON JOURNAL ^ | JANUARY 5, 2013 | DAVE COOPER
    The rerouted northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline between Hardisty and Steele City, Neb., moved back into the spotlight Friday after a report from the state's department of environmental quality said the project would have "minimal" ecological impacts. Republican Gov. Dave Heineman said he would "carefully review" the 2,000page evaluation and make a decision within 30 days. His recommendation would be forwarded to the U.S. State Department, which is expected to issue its final report to President Barack Obama, who rejected an earlier iteration of the 3,460-kilometre TransCanada Corp. pipeline about one year ago. The new report covers the...
  • Md. may increase speed limit on ICC

    01/07/2013 5:06:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 4, 2013 | Ari Ashe
    WASHINGTON - The Intercounty Connector, a highway that stretches between Gaithersburg and Laurel in Maryland, could see an increase in its speed limit this year. An engineering study found the speed limit of the highway could be raised from its current limit of 55 mph to 60 mph. The ICC, which opened in 2011, gives commuters a quick way to get from Interstate 270 to Interstate 95. "We wanted to have one year of actual operating experience before we looked at speed limits at all," Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett tells WTOP. Bartlett says he thinks there...
  • Travis County Texas To Discuss Banning Gun Shows

    01/07/2013 5:04:47 AM PST · by grobdriver · 38 replies
    Heard on KLBJ ^ | 1/7/2013 | KLBJ Austin
    Driving in to work today I heard the KLBJ 590 boys discussing the latest in the Left's attack on the Second Amendment. From their web site: Officials to discuss banning gun shows from city and county owned facilities Newsroom 1/7/2013 Officials with Travis county and the city of Austin will discuss whether or not they want to ban weapons shows from city and county owned facilities. Travis county resident Ed Scruggs tells commissioners he thinks he's not against gun shows, but thinks they should not happen in publicly owned facilities following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, "We have the...
  • Fight among teenagers closes Baton Rouge mall

    01/07/2013 4:55:26 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | 1/7/13
    A fight or series of fights led to the early closure of the Mall of Louisiana. No injuries were reported in the Saturday night episode. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office tells The Advocate that they plan to charge a number of people in the incident. Witnesses say the trouble started after Instagram users posted a "meet and greet" invitation to meet their followers in person. Eventually, a fight between 100 or more teenagers broke out, leading to a stampede.
  • The state is now in charge of breakfast (UK)

    01/07/2013 4:49:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    http://www.thecommentator.com ^ | january 7, 2013 | david atherton
    t didn’t take them long, did it? The turkey carcass has barely been cleared, the last dregs of scotch remain, but nanny’s apron is freshly starched and she is ready to “do something.” Andy Burnham the Shadow Health Secretary wants to introduce legal limits on the sugar, fat, and salt in food, especially breakfast cereals. "A lot of the time people don't realise just how high in fat, salt and sugar some of these products are, even when you're trying to make healthier choices. The industry needs to show more responsibility and come forward with products that are going to...
  • GM recalling 55,000 trucks and SUVs over rollaway risk [Give 'em the TOYOTA Treatment!]

    01/07/2013 4:36:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Left Lane News ^ | 1/4/13 | Drew Johnson
    General Motors is recalling 54,686 full-size truck, SUV and van models due to a defect that could result in a rollaway accident. The recall covers 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban, and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon, and Yukon XL models. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles included in the recall may have been equipped with a fractured park lock cable or a malformed steering column lock actuator gear in the lock module assembly. As a result of that defect, it may...
  • DREW review: Zero Dark Thirty

    01/07/2013 4:21:22 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 1 replies
    Agree with this review. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn54VfqazoI
  • Democrats look for up to $1 trillion in new tax revenues this year

    01/07/2013 2:38:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/07/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats say they want to raise as much as $1 trillion in new revenues through tax reform later this year to balance Republican demands to slash mandatory spending. Democratic leaders have had little time to craft a new position for their party since passing a tax deal Tuesday that will raise $620 billion in revenue over the next ten years. The emerging consensus, however, is that the next installment of deficit reduction should reach $2 trillion and about half of it should come from higher taxes. This sets up tax reform as one of the biggest fights of the 113th...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 7, 2013

    01/07/2013 2:35:43 AM PST · by sneakers · 23 replies
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  • Pelosi: More tax revenues must be part of next deficit deal

    01/07/2013 2:29:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/06/13 | Mike Lillis
    Pushing back against the Republicans' deficit-reduction strategy, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said this weekend that more tax revenues – not just spending cuts – must be a part of Congress's effort to rein in deficits. Pelosi said the tax hikes in the recent “fiscal-cliff” deal are a start, but don't go far enough to generate the revenues the government needs to run the country effectively. "In this legislation we had $620 billion, very significant … changing the high-end tax rate to 39.6 percent. But that is not enough on the revenue side," Pelosi told CBS's Bob Schieffer in...
  • Hugo Chavez remains hospitalized in Cuba as Venezuelan inauguration approaches

    01/07/2013 2:26:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 7, 2013 | Juan Forero
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Hugo Chavez’s fervent followers still assemble in the capital’s main public square, decked in the bright red of their leader’s movement, to chant revolutionary songs that envisage the president leading the country far into the future. But Chavez, who has dominated public life here since the late 1990s, is nowhere to be seen. He no longer gives his trademark bombastic speeches, nor does he hold forth on television like a game-show host. On Sunday, he remained in Cuba, where he has been for nearly a month, presumably convalescing after undergoing surgery to remove what he called “some...
  • Syria: Assad calls for mobilisation against ‘puppet’ rebels

    01/07/2013 12:45:47 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 10/7/2012
    In his first public appearance in months, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called for “full national mobilisation” against rebel "terrorists" seeking to divide the country and said there was no room for dialogue with Western "puppets". Then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, conducts "personal diplomacy" during Bush administration Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made his first public appearance in months on Sunday, calling for a “full national mobilisation” to fight against rebel fighters that he described as al-Qaeda terrorists. Assad, ignoring international demands for him to step down, described the conflict in Syria as a struggle between the Syrian people and...
  • Illinois lawmakers abandon attempts to ban assault weapons

    01/06/2013 11:16:22 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    WBEZ91.5 ^ | January 6, 2013 | Tony Arnold
    Illinois lawmakers are abandoning efforts to pass gun control legislation in the final days of their session. An assault weapons ban was one of several major issues that brought State House members back to Springfield on Sunday. Lawmakers are also hoping to address other issues, such as pension reform, forcing companies to disclose what they pay in taxes and allowing those in the country illegally to obtain a driver’s license. The assault weapons ban legislation was slated to appear Sunday afternoon in front of the House Judiciary Committee. But despite a room packed full of supporters and opponents of gun...
  • Candlelight Vigil Held For Elk Killed By Police Officer In Boulder (Colorado)

    01/06/2013 10:55:19 PM PST · by Zakeet · 84 replies
    CBS News Denver ^ | January 6, 2013
    A candlelight vigil was held in Boulder Sunday evening for an elk that was shot by a police officer last Tuesday. The vigil was held on Mountain View Road near where the incident occurred. Some residents say the elk was considered a friend and even a guardian. They created a memorial at a tree in the area. Two police officers who were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while the Boulder Police Department investigates. [Snip] Several neighbors told CBS4 they feel there was no reason to kill the animal, and they are encouraging others to complain...
  • Police: Teen arrested at airport claims to be Ron Paul's grandson

    01/06/2013 10:30:05 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 8 replies
    WBTV Charlotte, NC ^ | Jan 06, 2013 | Andrew Armstrong
    Police: Teen arrested at airport claims to be Ron Paul's grandson CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teenager who says he is the son of a U.S. Senator, and grandson of a former Presidential candidate, was arrested Saturday night at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. William Hilton Paul, 19, was then transported and booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail. Sources at the Mecklenburg Co. Sheriff's Office say he identified himself as the son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Senator Paul's father is former Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Paul was also charged with Disorderly Conduct and being Intoxicated and Disruptive.
  • 3rd Term or Dictator? Repeal the twenty-second article of amendment

    01/06/2013 9:54:55 PM PST · by Boomer · 28 replies
    Congress.Gov ^ | 01/04/2013 | Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]
    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.113th Congress (2013-2014)
  • Ramsey County Elections Manager Mansky Hides Election Records

    01/06/2013 9:15:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/3/13 | mnmajoritydotorg
    In this January 3rd, 2013 edition of Majority Report, Sue Jeffers and Dan McGrath discuss Ramsey County Election Manager Joe Mansky's recent refusal to provide public access to 2012 election records, even though he has made them available for previous elections and they are vital to detect and prove voter fraud. Watch the video and call Joe Mansky at 651-266-2171 to demand transparency in our election system.
  • Time to toot horn for George H.W. Bush

    01/06/2013 9:03:43 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | December 31, 2012 | David Frum
    (CNN) -- George H.W. Bush marked his 80th and 85th birthdays with parachute jumps. He said after the second jump: "Just because you're an old guy, you don't have to sit around drooling in the corner. Get out and do something. Get out and enjoy life." Now 88, Bush has been struggling with serious health concerns, including bronchitis. We need him to recover, to set an example for the world of how a man can mark his 90th. The son of a U.S. senator, Bush has been a naval aviator hero, oil millionaire, member of Congress, ambassador to China, CIA...
  • ´They´re starting to seriously worry´: Concern growing about low turn- out at Obama inauguration

    01/06/2013 9:01:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/6/13 | by Staff
    Crowds may have flocked to the National Mall to see President Obama make history in 2009, but the team behind the president´s 2013 inauguration bash later this month are bracing themselves for a ton of empty seats. The ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won´t be the historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the Capitol o watch Obama take the oath of office. This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people for Obama´s public swearing-in on the steps of the Capitol on Monday, January 21.
  • PRAVDA: Global Warming, Tool of the West

    01/06/2013 8:55:01 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 29 replies
    Pravda.ru ^ | January 4, 2013 | Stanislav Mishin
    For years, the Elites of the West have cranked up the myth of Man Made Global Warming as a means first and foremost to control the lives and behaviors of their populations. Knowing full well that their produce in China and sell in the West model and its consiquent spiral downward in wages and thus standards of living, was unsustainable, the elites moved to use this new "science" to guilt trip and scare monger their populations into smaller and more conservatives forms of living. In other words, they coasted them into the poverty that the greed and treason of those...
  • N.C. Police Lieutenant warns of Martial Law in Early 2013

    01/06/2013 8:39:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 98 replies
    youtube ^ | 12/30/13 | cybertribenetwork
    Radio show. A police officer calls in and talks about his personal information.
  • ATF head, D.C. police chief challenged on selective magazine ban enforcement

    01/06/2013 7:55:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Cathy Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., are being challenged on selective enforcement of the District’s ban on so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” for semi-automatic firearms. This column will serve as a follow-up to an earlier request asking who authorized violation of the ban, after NBC’s David Gregory produced a magazine during his Dec. 23 “Meet the Press” interview with National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre. That request was documented by Gun Rights Examiner and sent to the respective...
  • Connecticut to issue driver's licenses to young people under 'deferred action' immigration program

    01/06/2013 7:45:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    The Register Citizen ^ | January 06, 2013 | Mark Zaretsky
    NEW HAVEN — The state will issue driver’s licenses to young people who qualify for a new “deferred action” immigration enforcement program that President Barack Obama announced in August. The news came at a rally Sunday attended by hundreds of people, many of them immigrants from several countries, and was announced by the co-chairman of a regional clergy group. But the group, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, will continue to pursue changes in the law and try to convince the state to ultimately grant access to a driver’s license to all residents, regardless of immigration status, the Rev. James...
  • Contentions Hagel: “Let the Jews Pay for it”

    01/06/2013 7:26:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Commentary Mag ^ | 1/4/13 | Alana Goodman
    Adam Kredo reports that Chuck Hagel’s anti-Israel animosity was obvious well before his career in Congress. While heading up the USO, he clashed with Jewish leaders over a USO port in Haifa: Hagel, who served as president and CEO of the World USO from 1987 to 1990, expressed intense opposition to the USO Haifa Center during a tumultuous 1989 meeting with Jewish leaders, according to multiple sources involved in the fight to keep the post open. “He said to me, ‘Let the Jews pay for it’,” said Marsha Halteman, director for military and law enforcement programs at the Jewish Institute...
  • Harry Reid: Hurricane Katrina "Nothing In Comparison" To Sandy (video)

    01/06/2013 7:25:47 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 38 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticizes Congress for not hastily appropriating federal money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey while praising a more prompt response to Hurricane Katrina. REID: It's too bad that it's taking so long. When we had that devastating [Hurricane] Katrina, we were there within days taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana -- within days. We are now past two months with people of New York and the people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New England....
  • Michael Savage: Time for a 'nationalist' party

    01/06/2013 7:23:14 PM PST · by wesagain · 56 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 6, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    Michael Savage, one of the nation’s most prominent voices in talk radio, said today America is “absolutely” ripe for a third party, in part, because the two largest parties in the U.S. have pulled a “charade” on the American people. “There is no Republican Party,” Savage told fellow talk show host Aaron Klein. “It’s an appendage of the Democrat machine, as we’ve all just seen. It’s two-card Monte, as we well know. It’s a game being played against the American people. You’ve got the drunk Boehner on the one side, and the quasi-pseudo-crypto Marxist on the other, who is really...