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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.’’