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  • Guns Are Designed to Kill (And killing is legitimate in some circumstances)

    01/09/2013 6:38:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/09/2013 | Kenneth Bennight
    <p>Would-be gun controllers argue that guns are different from other dangerous commodities. Guns are uniquely are designed to kill, they say, and therefore lack the utility of other dangerous things. Take automobiles, for instance: automobiles kill more people than guns, but automobiles' primary use is peaceful, and automobiles are not designed to kill. Why, gun controllers ask, should we tolerate guns, which are dangerous and have no material utility other than killing?</p>
  • Hagel: A Petty Pick (Did Obama choose him out of spite?)

    01/09/2013 6:34:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/09/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    <p>It’s official. President Obama has named former senator Chuck Hagel (R., Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense-secretary-nomination fight since George H. W. Bush’s failed appointment of Senator John Tower (R., Texas) more than 20 years ago.</p>
  • White House Misfires On Gun Control

    01/09/2013 6:32:35 AM PST · by suspects · 28 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 9, 2013 | Michael Graham
    The position of pro-Second Amendment Americans is that gun ownership is part of the fundamental human right to self-defense, explicitly stated in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers due to an overarching political philosophy regarding the balance of power between the individual and the state. The position of the anti-gun activists in the Obama administration is “guns are icky.” The media consider them the intellectuals in this debate. And so Fox News reports “White House In Gun Control Sprint.” President Obama wants to fast-track a stack of new gun laws before the lingering pain and horror of the Newtown, Conn.,...
  • The Fiscal Facts of Life (A refresher course for the ignorant)

    01/09/2013 6:32:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/09/2013 | Michael Tanner
    <p>Having completed yet another deficit-reduction agreement that somehow managed to increase the deficit, Congress and the Obama administration are now laying the groundwork for upcoming fights over the debt ceiling, the sequester, and the continuing resolution that will fund the government given continued refusal by Senate Democrats to pass a budget.</p>
  • States Cut Taxes Even As Washington Raises Them

    01/09/2013 6:24:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    RCM ^ | 01/09/2013 | Steve Malanga
    <p>Although federal taxes are rising for three-quarters of Americans this year, many states have spent the last two fiscal years cutting levies and simplifying their tax codes. Even as high profile battles to raise taxes in places like California have garnered the press's attention, from Kansas to Michigan to Oregon and New Jersey, states have actually been net tax cutters recently after trying for several years to tax their way out of budget woes.</p>
  • New Illinois legislature has 3 charged lawmakers

    01/09/2013 6:23:39 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 01-09-2013 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    When Illinois' new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that's still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet another precedent of sorts: Three sitting lawmakers facing criminal charges.
  • 'Gun Appreciation Day' Seeks To Emulate Chick-fil-A Success, Scheduled For Jan. 19

    01/09/2013 6:21:36 AM PST · by PROCON · 31 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 | Joe Schoffstall
    Pushing back against calls for greater gun control from some members in Congress, conservative groups have now launched a Chick-fil-A style 'Gun Appreciation Day' set to take place on January 19, 2013. According to US News and World Report: "If all goes according to plan, gun lovers will come out in droves on January 19 to support gun stores, gun ranges, and gun shows." "The national "Gun Appreciation Day," which is being launched by a coalition of conservative and gun rights groups, will take place a day before California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to introduce legislation for an...
  • Islam “Helped to Shape” CIA Nominee John Brennan’s World View

    01/09/2013 6:16:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 9, 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    As a college student in the 1970s, John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, traveled in Indonesia where—he recalled in a speech in New York in 2010—“despite my long hair, my earring and my obvious American appearance, I was welcomed throughout that country, in a way that is a reflection of the tremendous warmth of Islamic cultures and societies.” Brennan’s Feb. 13, 2010 address to a meeting at the Islamic Center at New York University, facilitated by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), provided an insight into his views on Islam, a faith which he said during the...
  • “Concern over possible uranium stockpile in Syria” (enough for 5 nukes)

    01/09/2013 6:07:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/09/2013 08:47 | (JPost.com staff)
    Concern is heightening over the possible existence of up to 50 tons of enriched uranium in Syria, the Financial Times reported Tuesday, a stockpile large enough for the production of five atomic bombs. To date, governments have largely focused on the fate of Syria’s chemical weapons, and preventing their seizure by Islamic militants spearheading the ongoing uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule. As the country descends deeper into a sectarian civil war, however, fears have grown over the possible existence, and security, of a stockpile of processed uranium inside Syria. … An IAEA inspection team that visited the Al-Kibar site...
  • Dog shaved to look like lion sparks 911 call in Norfolk

    01/09/2013 6:07:14 AM PST · by Jonah Hex · 5 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | 9 January 2013 | Patrick Wilson
    The 911 caller reported that the baby lion was walking down Colley Avenue, possibly looking for food, near 50th Street. So police called the Virginia Zoo around 10:15 a.m. to make sure the lions were all accounted for, said Winfield Danielson, a zoo spokesman. Mramba, the male lion, and Zola, the female, were in their habitats. As it turns out, it was Charles the Monarch Labradoodle that was out and about.
  • Sen. Cruz Calls Obama “Imperial President” Who Ignores Congress

    01/09/2013 6:01:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013 08:19 AM | Greg McDonald
    Sen. Ted Cruz says Barack Obama is acting like an “imperial president” and must think he can do “nothing wrong,” given his adversarial push to have Congress accept Chuck Hagel as his new defense secretary and extend the nation’s debt limit without a fight. … Cruz, however, indicated he was more concerned about Obama’s determined effort to avoid a fight with Congress on the debt limit, which could mean a move to invoke the 14th Amendment’s provision on the public debt and simply tell the Treasury to ignore the debt ceiling. …
  • Group’s ads link Islam to terrorism

    01/09/2013 5:55:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 6:43 PM | Pete Donohue
    Hundreds of potentially inflammatory advertisements linking Islam to terrorism have gone up in the subway—the biggest series of its kind to date. The ads depict an image of the Twin Towers in flames with a quote, attributed to the Koran, “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” The pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative paid $77,000 for the message to be placed on 240 clocks throughout the subway system. …
  • Beyond 9mm: Concealed Carry in .40 and .45

    01/09/2013 5:37:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 104 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/9/13 | a hawkins
    The 9mm is a great round, and in my last concealed carry post I covered some great concealed carry guns built around that caliber. However, there are a lot of handguns in larger calibers that are perfect for concealed carry as well -- that are also designed for concealed carry -- and these guns carry the benefit of having more knock down power, or more one-shot stopping power. Specifically, I'm thinking about handguns chambered in .40 and .45 caliber. To cover these rounds, I'm going to examine the Glock 27 in .40, the Smith & Wesson M&P in .45, and...
  • Economy Grows, Revenues Increase After Texas Slashes Spending

    01/09/2013 5:33:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/9/13 | t lee
    The Texas state comptroller estimated Texas will generate $96.2 billion in revenue for the 2014-2015 fiscal cycle and reported Texas collected $8.8 billion more in revenue than expected during the last fiscal year. When unemployment in Texas was at its highest in a decade and the state government faced a $27 billion shortfall in 2011, legislators wrote what was then described as a “cut-to-the-bone” budget. And it worked. According to the Associated Press, “unemployment now is at a four-year low of 6.2 percent, sales tax receipts are skyrocketing and money is pouring into state coffers behind a new energy boom.”...
  • Let's be Honest: Guns are just a small part of the USA's problems.

    01/09/2013 5:32:08 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 5 replies
    BI ^ | 12/23/2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Let's be clear: when Congress passes an "assault weapons" ban (and they will pass a ban), it'll be pretty much toothless. That the law will likely leave most things unchanged doesn't matter — the government simply has to do something. Much like Clinton's ban in 1994, this new legislation will be rife with loopholes. To effectively ban weapons in the U.S., a country with 90 guns for every 100 people, the government would have to outlaw all semiautomatic weapons. That's not all though. It would then have to double, if not triple, the staff at Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, and sweep...
  • Let's be Honest: Guns are just a small part of the USA's problems.

    01/09/2013 5:32:14 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 82 replies
    BI ^ | 12/23/2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Let's be clear: when Congress passes an "assault weapons" ban (and they will pass a ban), it'll be pretty much toothless. That the law will likely leave most things unchanged doesn't matter — the government simply has to do something. Much like Clinton's ban in 1994, this new legislation will be rife with loopholes. To effectively ban weapons in the U.S., a country with 90 guns for every 100 people, the government would have to outlaw all semiautomatic weapons. That's not all though. It would then have to double, if not triple, the staff at Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, and sweep...
  • Obama admin orders Arctic drilling probe after rig accident {not during drilling or in Arctic)

    01/09/2013 5:05:02 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 8, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration ordered a broad review of Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Tuesday, following a series of mishaps that culminated with the grounding of the company’s Kulluk rig on New Year’s Eve. The move calls into question whether Shell Oil Co. will be allowed to continue its hunt for crude under the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska, after spending $5 billion and more than six years on the quest. In announcing the probe, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar stressed that the Obama administration “is fully committed to exploring for potential in energy resources in frontier areas, such as...
  • Douglas Kennedy sues nurses whom he 'kicked in the crotch' as he fled hospital with his newborn son

    01/09/2013 4:37:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 9, 2013
    A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle, is suing two nurses who publicly said that he kicked them in the crotch during the assault. Douglas Kennedy is alleging defamation and malicious prosecution by nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane. He said their statements to police and on NBC's Today show held him up to 'ridicule and scorn' and led to his prosecution. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in White Plains, New York stems from Kennedy's attempt a year ago to take his newborn son from Northern Westchester Hospital...
  • California board challenges Boy Scouts' ban on gay members, approves teen's Eagle Scout bid

    01/09/2013 4:05:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    ap/fox news ^ | january 8, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO – A review board has challenged the Boy Scouts of America's prohibition on gay members by recommending a local teenager for the rank of Eagle Scout, but the action won't have an immediate effect on the young man's status, his father said Tuesday. The four-member board unanimously approved 18-year-old Ryan Andresen's application on Dec. 31 and hand-delivered it to the Mt.Diablo-Silverado Council's leadership, the boy's father said. The board agreed to review Ryan's qualifications after the Moraga teen's scoutmaster refused to sign off on the paperwork after Ryan came out as gay last fall. But the staff executive...
  • ‘There will be change,’ promises new Broward sheriff [Liberal Ideology Takes Over Law Enforcement]

    01/09/2013 3:56:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/8/13 | Daniel Chang
    After the honor guard and the pipe and drum corps finished performing, after the recital of the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem, after the invocation and the official swearing-in had taken place, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel laid out his vision for the agency he was elected to lead. “There will be change,’’ Israel said. “I think that’s important. We will be transparent. We will have a new vision, and we will be a diverse group of men and women.’’
  • Syrian rebels 'free' Iranian hostages in swap

    01/09/2013 3:31:43 AM PST · by BlackVeil
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | anon
    Syrian rebel groups have freed 48 Iranians captured last year in exchange for prisoners held by Syrian security services, according to Iran's state-run Press TV. The report did not specify the number of prisoners freed by the government, but said the group included Turks. Earlier on Wednesday, the Turkish humanitarian aid agency IHH said that the Syrian government would free 2,130 prisoners in exchange for the Iranians. Bulent Yildirim, the head of IHH, was in Damascus to help negotiate the deal. Turkey's state-run Anatolian news agency said the deal was brokered by Turkey and Qatar. The Iranians were captured in...
  • Arthur Brooks: 80% of the new fiscal cliff revenues will go to Obama’s wealthy cronies

    01/09/2013 3:20:33 AM PST · by Bratch · 6 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 08 2013 | Doug Brady
    In a post yesterday, James chronicled the rampant cronyism which characterized the so-called fiscal cliff deal. This morning Arthur Brooks appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box and revealed some startling facts on the same topic. Here’s a partial transcript of the interview. JOE KERNEN: The fiscal cliff fight’s over, a battle that is still looming large. Our guest host today is Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, author of “The Road to Freedom.” Arthur, I want to just start just quickly with you. OK, your point — and we were talking about it in welcome, it’s good to see you — out of the $62...
  • Newtown Politician to Gabby Giffords: ‘Stay Out of My Towns!!’

    01/09/2013 2:44:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    nymag.com ^ | 1/7/13 | Joe Coscarelli
    Connecticut legislator DebraLee Hovey, a six-term Republican state representative for the towns of Monroe and Newtown, had some candid, if ill-advised words for Gabrielle Giffords, who visited with victims of the Sandy Hook shooting on Friday. "Gabby Gifford [sic] stay out of my towns!!" Hovey wrote on her then-public Facebook, via mobile from Saint Pete Beach, Florida. "It was political," she elaborated in the comments, according to cringey screenshots obtained by the Hartford Courant. "The Lt Gov was there […] and ALL political types KNOW it is courteous to let sitting Reps known when another political [sic] is in their...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 9, 2013

    01/09/2013 2:39:13 AM PST · by sneakers · 15 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • The Yin and Yang of China and Israel

    01/09/2013 2:33:41 AM PST · by obsnob · 3 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | 09/01/13 | Darlene Casella
    Israel might be seen as David with China as Goliath, on a world map. However, a symbiotic relationship has developed between them, while the Palestinian Authority remains a thorn in their affection.
  • Victoria Jackson unapologetic for her comments about Newtown tragedy: 'This is what you get'

    01/09/2013 2:08:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    Zap2it ^ | 12/20/12 | Carina Adly MacKenzie
    Comedian-turned-unfortunate-loudmouth Victoria Jackson made some extremely controversial comments following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last week, though they're not surprising to anyone familiar with her politics. (She said she was disgusted with Christians after Barack Obama won the election, and that America died. She's also said that rape pregnancies are a blessing.) On her Facebook, the Tea Party member wrote: "My friend Jim Riley posted: 'Wasn't the Connecticut killer just doing what abortionists do every day? It's a wonder we don't have more 20 year old "dads" doing what women and doctors have been an...
  • National Cathedral to wed same-sex couples [Celebrates Sodomy]

    01/09/2013 1:45:33 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/9/13 | Ben Brumfield
    When laws went into effect in three states for same-sex couples to marry, many were quick to line up at their city halls to exchange vows. Now they may do so in one of the nation's most prominent churches -- the Washington National Cathedral. Most Americans know the house of God, also called the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, as a place where sacred rites are carried out on behalf of the nation. It has been host to the funerals of numerous presidents and of inaugural prayer services for four presidents, including Barack Obama. But it is...
  • The New Liberal Aristocracy ... Victor Davis Hanson

    01/09/2013 1:43:28 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    NRO ^ | 8 Jan 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ...Modern elitists are past masters at preaching one thing and practicing another. ... Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics. The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs...
  • Conservative Atlanta Pastor to deliver benediction at Obama inauguration

    01/09/2013 1:30:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Atlanta Journal & Constitution ^ | 1/8/13 | Jim Galloway
    President Barack Obama’s second inauguration will be book-ended with prayers from the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the conservative pastor of an Atlanta mega-church. The Rev. Louie Giglio, whose Passion City Church just hosted a youth-oriented event that attracted 60,000 to the Georgia Dome, will offer the benediction – a duty assigned four years ago to the Rev. Joe Lowery. The invocation will be offered by Myrlie Evers-Williams, whose husband – a field director for the NAACP – was gunned down in 1963 in the driveway of his Jackson, Miss., home. Myrlie Evers-Williams served as chairman...
  • Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit

    01/09/2013 1:12:31 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 46 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Barney Henderson
    Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit By Barney Henderson 8:44PM GMT 08 Jan 2013 The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007, have released pictures of him dressed in an orange jumpsuit like a Guantánamo Bay prisoner, as they continue to hold hope that he is still alive.
  • Same-Sex Weddings To Begin At Washington National Cathedral

    01/08/2013 10:51:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 08, 2013 | Michelle Boorstein
    Same-Sex Weddings To Begin At Washington National Cathedral By Michelle Boorstein January 8 Washington National Cathedral — the seat of the Episcopal Church, one of the world’s largest cathedrals and the host of the official prayer service for the presidential inauguration later this month — has decided to start hosting same-sex weddings. In some ways, the announcement that is expected Wednesday morning is unsurprising for a denomination and a diocese that long ago took up the cause of marriage equality. But the cathedral’s stature and the image of same-sex couples exchanging vows in the soaring Gothic structure visited by a...
  • Celebs Mangle Facts, Call for Wendy's Boycott Over ObamaCare Cutbacks

    01/08/2013 10:17:35 PM PST · by chessplayer · 45 replies
    Liberal celebrities are piling on the Wendy's fast food chain, facts and economic realities be darned. Dan Savage, Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman are tweeting for others to join their Wendy's boycott after news leaked that the hamburger chain will be slashing some workers' hours due to restrictions placed upon them by ObamaCare. Too bad the trio didn't read the fine print - or look beyond standard far-left outlets like ThinkProgress. The worker cuts in question are only applicable to a handful of Wendy's outlets, not the whole chain itself.
  • Current situation: Staffers talk about first meeting with Al Jazeera

    01/08/2013 10:14:38 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | January 8, 2013 | LINDA STASI
    Just call him Al Gorezeera. 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: Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations, and Muftah AlSuwaidan, general manager of the London bureau. Ominously missing was the creator of Current, the self proclaimed inventor of the Internet and savior of clean energy, Al Gore, although his partner, Joel Hyatt, stood proudly with the Al...
  • Florida couple faces charges over home vegetable garden

    01/08/2013 10:07:15 PM PST · by krularebbe · 75 replies
    YourJewishNews.com ^ | Wednesday, January 09, 2013 12:55 AM | Debbie Gross
    (Scroll down for video) A Florida couple faces hefty financial charges after refusing to give up their home vegetable garden, according to press reports in Orlando Florida. The couple's home vegetable garden which is located in the College Park section of Orlando, is on the cutting board again after the city threatened hefty fines if not uprooted this week, according to a group for citizen’s rights. Jason and Jennifer Helvenston announced that they are launching the "Plant a Seed, Change the law," program to protest Orlando's law against home gardens, saying it violates their constitutional right to peaceful use of...
  • United Way: No, we didn’t know about Dec. 14 Sandy Hook shooting in advance

    01/08/2013 9:36:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 82 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/8/12 | David Martosko
    The United Way of Western Connecticut said it rejects conspiracy theories claiming it knew about the Dec. 14 Newtown, Conn., school shooting three days in advance and leveraged that knowledge to raise money. “It’s preposterous,” executive vice president Isabel Almeida told The Daily Caller Tuesday, dismissing what she called a “flawed” Google search result that suggests her organization issued a statement of condolence — and launched a support fund for the victims’ families — on Dec. 11. That fund has raised more than $6 million, the group reported Jan. 4.
  • Sen. Graham Threatens to Block Obama's CIA Pick for Benghazi Answers

    01/08/2013 9:28:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/7/12 | Wynton Hall
    In a statement released Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) telegraphed that he would delay the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s CIA nominee John Brennan if the White House fails to answer questions about the Benghazi attacks. "I do not believe we should confirm anyone as Director of the CIA until our questions are answered," he declared. Mr. Graham said that any effort on his part to delay the confirmation process was not directed at Mr. Brennan but rather was meant to get to the bottom of intelligence failures involved in the Benghazi fiasco. Senate rules allow any United States senator...
  • Bissinger To Piers Morgan: Invite Alex Jones To Box And Show Up With A Gun (video)

    01/08/2013 9:22:44 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 29 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 8, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    "It is pathetic, it is ridiculous that you are allowed -- I don't care what the justification is, that you are allowed in this country to own a semi-automatic weapon, much less a handgun," Daily Beast columnist Buzz Bissinger said to Piers Morgan on his CNN program on Tuesday. "But what do you need a semi-automatic weapon for? The only reason I think you need it is, Piers, challenge Alex Jones to a boxing matc, show up with a semi-automatic that you got legally, and pop him." After Bissinger made his bizarre suggestion, fellow guest Abbie Huntsman, daughter of John...
  • Poachers kill 11 elephants in Kenya

    01/08/2013 9:20:40 PM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    Poachers killed a family of 11 elephants in the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on record in Kenya, wildlife officials said today. A gang of about 10 attackers hacked off the elephants' tusks in Tsavo East National Park on Saturday, officials said - the latest sign of a resurgence of mostly Asian demand for ivory jewellery and ornaments. "The entire family of 11 elephants have been confirmed poached and tusks chopped off. All the carcasses had bullet wounds," the service said in a statement.
  • Morse, Waller predict legislative fight on gun rights (CO)

    01/08/2013 8:42:52 PM PST · by Washi · 8 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | January 07, 2013 | John Schroyer
    It looks like there will be a showdown at the state Capitol this year over the Second Amendment. Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, and House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, predicted in back-to-back interviews with The Gazette editorial board that there will be a political battle over gun regulations. “Absolutely, your gun rights are going to come under attack,” Waller said. “Word on the street is that there are probably eight or 10 bills that are going to go after your gun rights in one way or another.” He and Morse both said there will likely be bills...
  • ALLEGED SANDY HOOK COPYCAT Threatens to Target L.A. Kindergarteners

    01/08/2013 8:38:14 PM PST · by diverteach · 31 replies
    Tmz.com ^ | 01/08/2013 | Tmz staff
    <p>EXCLUSIVE The 24-year-old man who threatened to commit Sandy Hook type crimes in L.A. claimed he was hell-bent on leaving "dead kindergartners" in his wake ... yet he will not be prosecuted.</p> <p>Kyle Bangayan posted threats on Facebook the same day as the Newtown shooting ... and claimed he was targeting L.A. schools ... this according to a search warrant obtained by TMZ.</p>
  • Thank you, America: AIG mulls suing for insufficient bailout

    01/08/2013 8:16:00 PM PST · by chessplayer · 5 replies
    Here’s AIG’s entry into the series of suck-up commercials bailed-out entities have had to run in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. On one hand, I appreciate the gesture. On the other, the thank-yous ring a bit hollow, the sorrys are non-existent, and they’re always a little heavy on the triumphant return theme. Fresh from paying back a $182 billion bailout, the American International Group has been running a nationwide advertising campaign with the tagline “Thank you America.” Behind the scenes, the restored insurance company is weighing whether to tell the government agencies that rescued it during the financial...
  • UNTOUCHABLE: MF GLOBAL judge nixes group's bid to depose Corzine... (Drudge Headline)

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A bankruptcy judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by former MF Global customers to depose the collapsed brokerage's former chief, Jon Corzine. In a written ruling in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, Judge Martin Glenn said the Commodity Customer Coalition, which had sought permission to question Corzine and other former MF Global insiders, lacked standing because it is not a direct creditor in the case. The coalition, a grassroots group led by Chicago-based commodities trader James Koutoulas, bills itself as representing the interests of thousands of traders whose accounts at MF Global were frozen when the...
  • VP Biden: Hispanics "the Center of this Nation's Future"

    01/08/2013 7:41:39 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | Jan. 3, 2013 | Donovan Slack
    Vice President Joe Biden says the 2012 election will be forever viewed as a turning point for the Latino community, whose political and economic power is "just about to take full flight." "What's finally happened is the American people, the American people have finally begun to understand …the awesome potential, future potential of the Hispanic community," he said Thursday at a welcome reception for new Latino members of Congress. "...Now the nation -- and I might add the hemisphere -- understands the Hispanic community must be courted. Must be courted."
  • Alaska militia leader sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison

    01/08/2013 7:00:50 PM PST · by C0nservativeJunkie · 30 replies
    The leader of an anti-government militia in Alaska who proclaimed that "God's law" trumps "man's law" was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly 26 years in prison for a plot to kill government employees he portrayed as his enemies.
  • Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions

    01/08/2013 6:27:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/7/12 | Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune reporter
    Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets. After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, "I hit a million!" When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store with his wife and teenage daughter at his side, he spoke...
  • Pro gun rally in DC weekend before inauguration?

    01/08/2013 6:15:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Trapshooters ^ | 1/08/13 | Rick Barker
    Has anyone heard of a big pro gun rally in DC, the Saturday before the class clown is inaugurated for his second term? **SNIP** Rush was just talking about it. Bulge. **SNIP** It was on the CBS news early this morning. They need something going on to raise the intelligence in DC that weekend. lol
  • NJ Liberals Introduce 18 Gun Control Bills Today

    01/08/2013 6:05:04 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 27 replies
    Conservative New Jersey ^ | 1/8/13 | Rob Eichmann
    Earlier today, in an abbreviated legislative session because of the Joint Session of the Legislature for Governor Christie’s State of the State Address, liberal New Jersey Democrats managed to introduce 18 new Gun Control bills in an effort to further deprive you of your 2nd Amendment right. While the exact language of some of the bills will not be available until tomorrow at the earliest, the remainder will be available next week; the titles of them are scary enough.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-8-13

    01/08/2013 5:49:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-8-13 | THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!
  • Obama’s Cabinet diversity in danger with new picks (old white guys)

    01/08/2013 5:48:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/07/13 | Emily Heil
    The White House is poised this week to announce a handful of Cabinet nominees, most of whom have a few things in common: they all seem like perfectly qualified, distinguished folks. . . and they’re all white men. President Obama’s picks, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for secretary of state, former senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of defense and John Brennan for CIA director, mean that the number of positions that could be filled by women or minorities is dwindling. That’s causing some concern among those who’d hoped to see diversity in the cabinet remain at its historic levels or even...
  • Tea Party Re-Flexes Its Muscle

    01/08/2013 5:21:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Tea Party Re-Flexes Its Muscle By Janie Lorber Roll Call Staff Jan. 7, 2013, 6:55 p.m. The state of the tea party evokes Mark Twain: Reports of its death were an exaggeration. Tea party activists who say they deliberately sat out the fiscal cliff debate are ready to reassert themselves as Congress and the Obama administration take up the debt ceiling and automatic spending cuts under the sequester. The Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella organization that claims 15 million supporters, is urging its members to confront lawmakers in their districts. They want Congress to let the $109 billion in...