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  • A tax even Chuck Schumer hates

    01/08/2013 3:58:13 PM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | january 7, 2013 | SALLY C. PIPES
    Among the five new ObamaCare tax hikes that kicked in Jan. 1, one in particular is attracting opposition from both Republicans and Democrats: the tax on medical devices. Last month, 18 Democratic senators and senators-elect (including New York’s own Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to delay implementation of this 2.3 percent excise tax on the sales of everything from pacemakers to tongue depressors. The House already voted to repeal the tax, which is projected to extract as much as $29 billion from medical-device firms. There’s a reason that lawmakers from both parties...
  • Armstrong allegedly offered large "donation" to doping agency

    01/08/2013 3:53:29 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://www.cbsnews.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | CBS/Scott Pelley
    Cyclist Lance Armstrong once offered a large "donation" to the same agency that recently concluded he and his team had used illegal substances, causing him to be stripped of his seven Tour de Frances wins. The brazenly inappropriate gesture made to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is recounted by the agency's CEO Travis Tygart, who tells Scott Pelley the whole story of his agency's investigation of Armstrong for the first time in an interview to be broadcast on the premiere edition of "60 Minutes Sports," Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on the Showtime network. Armstrong once gave the International Cycling...
  • McCarthy may turn to celebrities to remove snitching stigma (Derrick Rose in Chicago?)

    01/08/2013 3:48:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/08/13 | John Byrne
    Gun violence on Chicago streets has become such a concern that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said today he's considering turning to celebrity mouthpieces like Bulls star Derrick Rose to try to convince residents to break the "no-snitch" code of silence that often impedes investigations into shootings in Chicago neighborhoods. McCarthy said he has "spoken to a number of (celebrities) and they're all very interested" in becoming spokespeople for a campaign to convince Chicagoans to cooperate with police. He would not give specific names, but did say Rose, who grew up in crime-plagued Englewood before achieving NBA fame, is the type...
  • Major Connecticut Gun Center Changes Rules on Sale of 'Assault Style' Rifles

    01/08/2013 3:41:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Hoffman’s Gun Center and Indoor Shooting Range has a new policy on assault rifles in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, a change that has ignited a storm on Facebook. The Newington store, whose motto is “Guns for the Good Guys,” announced late last week on Facebook that “Hoffman’s Gun Center will require a Connecticut state pistol permit to purchase ‘assault style’ center fire rifles.”That’s instead of the previous policy of selling a weapon like an AR-15 or Bushmaster .223 (used in the Newtown slayings) pending a two-week background check. The move set off a torrent of reaction on...
  • Bullies: Obama Administration Summons NRA to White House

    01/08/2013 3:35:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 99 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/8/13 | Ben Sharpiro
    Vice President Joe Biden, who is heading up the President’s task force on gun control proposals, announced Tuesday that he would be meeting this week with the National Rifle Association, among other groups. And his timing is just a bit suspect; the day before meeting with the NRA, Biden will be meeting with gun control organizations and shooting victims. Presumably, his welcome for the NRA will be somewhat less hearty. The NRA, under heavy public pressure thanks to the White House’s bully tactics after the Sandy Hook massacre, said it would visit the White House
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cuomo Close To Announcing Sweeping New Gun Control Laws

    01/08/2013 3:21:27 PM PST · by library user · 84 replies
    CBS ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 | Staff
    YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A deal to give New York one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who, sources said Tuesday, is hoping to announce the plan Wednesday during his State of the State speech in Albany. Cuomo hopes to jump-start the 2013 legislative session with a big deal that could dramatically alter gun control laws across the state.Highly placed sources told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer that Cuomo is negotiating with Assembly and Senate leaders for a package of gun control laws that would be a dramatic response to the...
  • India to decide response after 'ghastly' Pakistan attack

    01/08/2013 3:13:58 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 9, 2013 | anon
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - India was to decide its response Wednesday after accusing Pakistan of killing two of its soldiers and mutilating one of the bodies ...
  • Hagel nomination cheers Iran, worries Israel

    01/08/2013 3:03:24 PM PST · by Arthurio · 4 replies
    Iran's Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon would improve relations between Tehran and the U.S. Asked about Hagel's nomination, ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Tehran was hopeful that there would be "practical changes" to U.S. foreign policy, and that nations would change their attitude towards the U.S. if it respected their rights.
  • Cruz:Govt Shutdown Brought Balanced Budgets/Fiscal Responsibility

    01/08/2013 2:49:06 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 1 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Jan 7, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    If you don't raise the debt ceiling, that ... is temporarily stopped. Now, we did that in 1995. We didn't default on our debt. TED CRUZ: And the result was balanced budgets, and some of the greatest fiscal responsibility we have seen in modern times from Congress, because fiscal conservatives stood together and said, we need to be responsible.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, January-8-2013

    01/08/2013 2:33:17 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 39 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Assembly Session 2013: prepping for the creeping lunacy (Maryland)

    01/08/2013 2:12:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 7, 2013 | J. Doug Gill
    Dread. Usually not a word one associates with the New Year… well, provided one is not a glass half-empty sort. Hopeful, encouraged, positive… that sort of rot is what travels the aural circuit in the week or so following clean-slate day. But ‘round these parts – and near the nether regions of other state capitals – the newly-birthed year is greeted with a level of enthusiasm rivaled only by the anticipatory feeling derived from the possibility of a TSA cavity search. And that point of comparison is frighteningly accurate; given said cavity is the only place our local legislators have...
  • Israeli secret agents engineered Newtown massacre, says prof from public university

    01/08/2013 2:11:06 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 46 replies
    Mossad death squads are responsible for the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) alleged in an op-ed in an official Iranian state news outlet late last month. Dr. James H. Fetzer wrote that members of Israel’s feared security force known the Mossad had conducted the shooting to “strike fear in the hearts of Americans.” “The killing of children is a signature of terror ops conducted by agents of Israel,” he wrote. “[W]ho better to slaughter American children than Israelis, who deliberately murder Palestinian children?”
  • Here Is a List of All the A*****es Handsome Law-Abiding Citizens Who Own Guns in New York City

    01/08/2013 2:11:07 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    Gawker | John Cook
    http://gawker.com/5974190/here-is-a-list-of-all-the-a-holes-who-own-guns-in-new-york-city Last month, the Journal News sparked a firestorm of protest when it published a mappable database of every licensed gun owner in Westchester and Rockland counties, north of New York City. The paper obtained the data—which New York state law explicitly and unambiguously demands be made public—through open records requests. The reaction was swift and furious—gun rights and privacy advocates published the names and addresses of the paper's editors in retaliation, and the paper (ironically) hired armed guards to protect against threats.
  • Outrage after taco restaurant gives employees “How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant” t-shirts

    01/08/2013 2:09:35 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 44 replies
    NBCLATINO/NBCNews.com‎ ^ | 01/08/2013 | Adrian Carrasquillo and Telemundo's Maria Camila Bernal
    Taco Cid, a South Carolina Mexican eatery, has caused controversy after encouraging employees to wear “How to Catch an Illegal Immigrant” t-shirts. The shirt features a box trap with a stick and two tacos meant to lure undocumented immigrants. Latino organizations have responded calling the shirts offensive. “Of course it’s offensive, it’s meant to be,” says Lisa Navarette, advisor to the president at the National Council of La Raza. “This is simply a failing business trolling for attention. We would recommend people not patronize this place. Sure, because of this insult but really due to the fact that a restaurant...
  • Fear of contact with authorities keeps Staten Island immigrants from Hurricane Sandy aid

    01/08/2013 1:47:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies
    Staten Island Advance ^ | January 08, 2013 | Maura Grunlund/Staten Island Advance
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island immigrants as a group were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and continue to suffer economic and emotional hardships. But most, perhaps 60 percent, haven't applied to FEMA for help, with the fear of deportation a major factor. And even if they have filled out the paperwork, chances are they'll be denied, according to the advocacy group Make the Road New York. Farmer Agustin Juarez of Port Richmond, a member of the group, expressed frustration that he suffered thousands of dollars in damage in the storm but isn't eligible for FEMA assistance because he's not...
  • 0 comments Portland man gets probation, fine over shipping firearms parts

    01/08/2013 1:29:20 PM PST · by Rio · 2 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 01/08/2013 | Helen Jung
    A Portland man who was charged with secretly shipping firearms parts to a man in Finland was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to three years of probation and a $2,500 fine.
  • Current TV Staffers Blast ‘Bulls---ter’ Al Gore for Selling Out to Big Oil

    01/08/2013 1:26:51 PM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | January 08, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    Former vice president Al Gore, newly flush with cash from his sale of his Current TV to Al Qaeda's favorite TV channel, Al Jazeera, did not even bother to show up for the first meeting between the Current staff and the new ownership. New York Post TV critic Linda Stasi has the story: Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses. That would be two of Al Jazeera’s top guys:...
  • Guest Commentary: Balancing the Citizens’ Right to Know and Public Safety and Privacy

    01/08/2013 1:19:10 PM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 1 replies
    The Examiner News.com ^ | 01/08/13 | By Donald B. Smith
    In recent days, there has been substantial media attention focused on the issue whether the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in Putnam County must be released to a newspaper, which has indicated its intention to publish such information. By law, the initial determination of this issue is to be made by the county clerk, who is the legal custodian of the licensee records, with any administrative appeal to be determined by the county executive and any further challenge to be decided by the courts. According to the media reports, the county clerk and county executive-as well as...
  • Charlie Sheen: L.A. Mayor 'Liar,' We Drank, Partied For Hours

    01/08/2013 1:18:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/8/13 | breitbart.com
    TMZ: Charlie Sheen is calling out L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ... claiming he was flat-out LYING when he said he spent ONLY 3 minutes with the actor in Cabo -- Charlie says the Mayor hung with him for hours, chatting it up and drinking with a bunch of hot chicks. Mayor Villaraigosa told NBC 4 L.A. ... his encounter with Charlie was no big deal, saying, "I had a three-minute conversation and took a picture with him, that simple.... I take a picture virtually every single day, 50 times." But Charlie says the Mayor is shoveling BS. Charlie tells TMZ...
  • You can forgive NHL for lockout, but never forget what happened here (What We Learned)

    01/08/2013 1:16:44 PM PST · by shove_it · 67 replies
    Yahoo/PuckDaddy ^ | 7 Jan 2013 | Ryan Lambert
    Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. You know when a player who really loves his team and city gets traded, and he gives an emotional speech about how sometimes you forget hockey is a business, and that sometimes makes it unpleasant? Let this lockout be a lesson that the same goes for fans. During that 113-day ordeal, you were repeatedly condescended to, taken advantage of,...