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  • Malloy (Gov. D-CT) opposes guns in schools in State of the State speech

    01/09/2013 3:54:12 PM PST · by matt04 · 24 replies
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday in a nationally televised State of the State speech that Connecticut must not turn its schools into armed camps in response to the murders of 26 educators and children in Newtown. "Let me be clear. Freedom is not a handgun on the hip of every teacher, and security should not mean a guard posted outside every classroom," Malloy said to the applause of legislators. "That is not who we are in Connecticut, and it is not who we will allow ourselves to become." Malloy began and ended his third annual State of the State...
  • HHS miscalculated hospital DSH payments

    01/09/2013 3:27:32 PM PST · by Makana · 1 replies
    Fierce HealthCare ^ | January 9, 2013 | Alicia Carimenico
    The U.S Department of Health & Human Services will recalculate disproportionate share hospitals (DSH) payments for more than 100 hospitals, as well as pay interest on any additional amounts owed, according to an order from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Last week, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered two cases be vacated and remanded to HHS for recalculation of reimbursement amounts for healthcare services rendered to low-income patients. According to the judge, the additional proceedings must be consistent with Northeast Hospital Corp. v. Sebelius, in which the agency's decision to exclude Medicare Advantage patient days from...
  • Rush: “Mark my words, we will release the Blind Sheik” to Morsi

    01/09/2013 3:22:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/9/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    Rush said yesterday that has no doubt that the Obama administration will end up releasing the Blind Sheik to Morsi under the guise of his ailing health: Watch:
  • Obama gun advisers already breaking rules -Attorney points out transparency requires notice

    01/09/2013 3:15:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 1/7/13 | Bob Unruh
    Freedom Watch chief Larry Klayman, who founded Judicial Watch and made a name for himself suing Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and a slew of foreign dictators, is asking Barack Obama to play by the rules in his establishment of a team to advise him on gun control. Klayman, whose cases against Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have made headlines, became so well-known that a character in the TV series “West Wing,” Harry Klaypool,
  • Obama Golfed in Hawaii with Former Rezko Crony

    01/09/2013 3:04:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    whitehousedossier ^ | 1/9/13 | Keith Koffler
    While on vacation in Hawaii this month, President Obama played golf with Allison Davis, a former business partner of Tony Rezko who also helped give Obama his start in the legal profession. Rezko is the former Obama associate and fundraiser who was convicted of corruption and fraud and currently sits in prison. Davis, who is male, partnered with Rezko on a series of government-funded low and mixed income housing development projects in Chicago. While Davis himself has never been charged with wrongdoing, a number of the projects were high-priced failures that resulted in poor living conditions for residents. According to...
  • Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone (2005 SC case)

    01/09/2013 3:01:18 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 54 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 27 - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation. The decision, with an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia and dissents from Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, overturned a ruling by a federal appeals court in Colorado. The appeals court had permitted a lawsuit to proceed against a Colorado town, Castle Rock, for the failure of the police to respond to...
  • Yahoo News exclusive: Trump releases birth certificate to Bill Maher, demands $5M

    01/09/2013 2:53:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/9/13 | Dylan Stableford
    Donald Trump has placed himself in the middle of another controversy involving a birth certificate—this time his own. In a letter obtained by Yahoo News, the real estate mogul and de facto leader of last year's "birther" movement against President Barack Obama sent a copy of his New York City birth certificate to comedian Bill Maher, who earlier this week made a Trump-like demand to see it. On Monday's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno," Maher said he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice (Maher suggested Hair Club for Men, among others) if the "Celebrity Apprentice" host...
  • Another White House Exit: Labor Sec. Hilda Solis Resigns

    01/09/2013 2:51:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/9/13 | Becket Adams
    Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced Wednesday that she is resigning from the Obama administration. “[A]fter much discussion with family and close friends, I have decided to begin a new future,” Solis told her staff in an email. Following news of her departure, the president released the following statement: Over her long career in public service – as an advocate for environmental justice in California, state legislator, member of Congress and Secretary of Labor – Hilda Solis has been a tireless champion for working families. Over the last four years, Secretary Solis has been a critical member of my economic team...
  • Chicago teachers union president on the rich: ‘Off with their heads!’

    01/09/2013 2:46:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/09/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    From the leader of the unfailing public servants who brought you 350,000 Chicago students abandoned for two weeks, comes this gem. Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union: In the clip, recorded Dec. 2 during her keynote address of the Illinois Labor History Society’s Union Hall of Honor dinner and posted on YouTube Monday, Lewis noted that an earlier generation of labor leaders resolved their differences with the rich with a very straightforward mantra: "Off with their heads.""Do not think for a minute that the wealthy are ever going to allow you to legislate their riches away from them,"...
  • Senator Jeff Sessions about President Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Treasury: “Jack Lew must

    01/09/2013 2:46:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Greta Wire ^ | 1/9/13 | Greta Van Susteren
    NOTE BELOW – from FNC’s Kara Rowland about Senator Jeff Sessions statements about the nomination of Jack Lew for Secretary of Treasury: —— Below you will find excerpts of a statement on Jack Lew from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) – his office is planning to release the statement in full once Lew’s nomination is official but we have permission to use these excerpts NOW. I’d suggest sourcing as something like “according to excerpts of a statement by Sen. Jeff Sessions made in anticipation of the nomination obtained by Fox.” Though I realize that’s wordy. Sessions is the top Republican on...
  • Nation’s taxpayers still paying for owl flap, 22 years later

    01/09/2013 2:42:53 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota
    Human Events ^ | 1/9/2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Christopher Weaver was one of thousands of prisoners released from Oregon jails last year until his “get-out-of-jail-free” card quickly turned into a round-trip ticket and he was arrested a few hours later for robbing a bank. Local officials blamed the purge of 5,500 jailbirds including Weaver on dwindling federal funds marked for prison operations, but that revenue source was intended to be only a temporary economic fix. Those funds backfilled local tax revenue losses following the Oregon timber industry’s sharp decline in production after the 1990 spotted owl controversy. “The release of these inmates from the Lane County Jail is...
  • Dick Armey on why he gave that interview to Media Matters (Admits "Major Screw-up" on his part)

    01/09/2013 2:42:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/09/2013 | Vince Coglianese
    Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week, he told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center. Armey and his tea party organization FreedomWorks parted ways in early December after disagreements over the direction of the powerful nonprofit and how the group’s money was being spent. A post published Friday by Media Matters blogger Joe Strupp relayed concerns by Armey — also a former House majority leader — about FreedomWorks’ expenditures, including several million dollars spent on sponsorship opportunities with...
  • Indictment issued for Mehdi Hashemi

    01/09/2013 2:37:02 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 6 replies
    Tehran Times ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | anon
    TEHRAN – Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi announced on Wednesday that a 125-page indictment has been issued for Mehdi Hashemi, the son of Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejeii had previously said, “As soon as the indictment is issued, efforts will be made to hold the court hearing.” Mehdi Hashemi was released from prison on December 17 on a bail of 100 billion rials ($8,156,606). He faces charges of inciting unrest after the 2009 presidential election.
  • French wine lobby bristles at California 'Champagne' for Obama's inauguration

    01/09/2013 2:28:17 PM PST · by RummyChick · 28 replies
    the hill ^ | 1/9 | pecquet
    The French wine lobby is upset about the menu for Obama's inauguration and is penning a letter to the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), The Hill has learned. At issue is the menu's dessert course, which will be accompanied by “Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California,” according to a press release from the inauguration committee. That description violates U.S. law, according to Sam Heitner, the director of the Champagne Bureau, a Washington lobby. The inauguration committee however says the wine itself is labeled in accordance with U.S. law and will be...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, January-9-2013

    01/09/2013 2:27:00 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 35 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
  • Michael Moore Blasts Reagan and John Paul II Supporters as Bigots, Responsible for 'Deaths of.....

    01/09/2013 2:20:12 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Michael Moore Blasts Reagan and John Paul II Supporters as Bigots, Responsible for 'Deaths of Thousands' By Matthew Balan Created 01/09/2013 - 4:12pm On Monday, far-left director Michael Moore went on an anti-Catholic bender at an awards presentation, and also targeted "those who would deify Reagan and Pope John Paul II" as somehow to blame for "the deaths of thousands of people...because of their bigotry." The New York Post's Page Six on Wednesday spotlighted how the Occupy Wall Street-supporting filmmaker served as a presenter at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Moore gave the Best First Film award to...
  • Union-run trust seeks Chrysler stock sale

    01/09/2013 2:10:13 PM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/9/13 | ap
    A trust fund that pays medical bills for Chrysler blue-collar retirees has asked the company to set up a public sale of Chrysler stock. The United Auto Workers trust, which owns 41.5 percent of Chrysler's shares, on Wednesday asked Chrysler to start the process for an initial public stock offering. The trust wants the company to sell 16.6 percent of the stock owned by the trust, Chrysler said. Italian carmaker Fiat SpA, which owns the remaining 58.5 percent of Chrysler, is fighting the trust in a Delaware court over the value of Chrysler shares
  • Bill Clinton named 'Father of the Year'

    01/09/2013 2:02:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Bill Clinton named 'Father of the Year' Comments () By CAITLIN MCDEVITT | 1/9/13 3:38 PM EST AP AP Former President Bill Clinton is getting props for being a good dad. Clinton was named the “Father of the Year” by the National Father’s Day Council on Wednesday. The group selected Clinton for his “profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations,” Dan Orwig, chairman of the National Father’s Day Committee, said in the announcement.
  • Public university to offer course on ‘sibling incest’

    01/09/2013 1:39:16 PM PST · by oliverdarcy · 49 replies
    A public university plans to offer a course this spring on “sibling incest in theory and literature,” Campus Reform learned on Tuesday. According to the University of Missouri’s official description, the class will “examine the deployment of erotic desire, love, and sympathy as political, economic, and textual strategies, and analyze the gender dynamics involved in such deployment.”
  • U.S. has lower life expectancy than any other wealthy nation because high murder rate

    01/09/2013 1:31:24 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 95 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2013
    The United States has far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation in part because there are so many residents who own guns and store them in unlocked places in their homes. The lax gun rules are a major contributor to the low life expectancy rate that Americans have compared to their global counterparts. That claim comes just weeks after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and as politicians make calls for stricter gun controls. The United States has about six violent deaths per 100,000 residents and none of the 16 other countries included in the review...
  • Al Gore now richer than Mitt Romney

    01/09/2013 1:10:56 PM PST · by South40 · 12 replies
    Money.MSN.com ^ | 1/9/2013 | Aimee Picchi
    With the sale of Current TV, the former vice president's fortune is pegged at more than $300 million. A lot has changed for former Vice President Al Gore, who left the White House with a reported $1.9 million net worth. With an estimated $100 million gross profit from the sale of his Current TV to pan-Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera, Gore is now worth more than $300 million, according to an estimate from Forbes.com. That puts his net worth well ahead of that of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has an estimated fortune of $230 million and was often mocked for...
  • Glenn Beck Relaunching The Blaze As Global Libertarian News Network

    01/09/2013 1:04:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 1/9/13 | McKay Coppins
    Glenn Beck announced plans Tuesday during his online television program to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly newsmagazine show, and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices. Beck introduced his ambitious plans by standing in front of a split screen with MSNBC´s Chris Matthews on one side and Fox News´s Sean Hannity on the other, and bemoaning the fact that cable news has devolved into the "far left [and] far right... yelling at each other." "We´re not gonna play
  • Ellenville mayor's new gun resolution

    01/09/2013 12:54:33 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 1/8/13 | Jeremiah Horrigan
    Kaplan backs down on gun ban; targets high-capacity magazines. ELLENVILLE — Ellenville Mayor Jeff Kaplan, who ignited a firestorm of opposition over a proposed gun ban in the village last month, has apologized for his proposal while also making a new proposal supporting increased gun restrictions. In his seven-point resolution, Kaplan criticized county and state officials for cutting back funding for mental health and police presence in schools. In a statement released Tuesday, Kaplan said he was wrong in "jumping to the conclusion" that a gun ban should be implemented in the village in the wake of the Newtown, Conn....
  • YouTube gun enthusiast's shooting death spurs hunt for suspect

    01/09/2013 12:49:15 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/9/2013
    Authorities in Georgia are searching for suspects in the shooting death of a gun enthusiast and weapons expert who managed a popular YouTube channel showcasing high-powered guns and explosives. Keith Ratliff, 32, who helped operate FPSRussia firearms channel on YouTube, was found dead inside his Carnesville, Ga., office on Jan. 3 from a single gunshot wound to the head. The man's death is being investigated as a homicide, Mike Ayers of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed to FoxNews.com. "He [Ratliff] did sustain a gunshot wound that was not self-inflicted," Ayers said, adding that "robbery does not appear to be...
  • South Carolina teacher on leave for stomping on American flag in front of class

    01/09/2013 12:45:05 PM PST · by rottndog · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/09/13 | Eric Owens
    A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students. Scott Compton, an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C., reprised the unpatriotic deed in three classes over the course of one day, reports local NBC affiliate WIS. One parent, Michael Copeland, said he heard his teenage daughter discussing the incident and asked her to tell him the whole story. “He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was...
  • Michael Moore raises holy hell [Reagan & John Paul II supporters are bigots/responsible for murder]

    01/09/2013 12:36:16 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 21 replies
    NY Post Page Six ^ | 01/09/2013 | n/a
    Michael Moore got a bad review from at least one upset critic at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards...on Monday. Moore was there to present Best First Film to David France for his doc "How To Survive a Plague," a salute to a protest group that stormed St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1989 over the AIDS crisis. But Armond White, gadfly critic and former organization chair, began heckling him for "anti-Catholic" rhetoric. Moore raised hackles when he recalled how activists at the height of the epidemic...interrupted Mass at St. Patrick's. Moore stated, "I personally like that one. I say that...
  • Gun-Related House Bills Of 2013 (so far)

    01/09/2013 12:28:50 PM PST · by grobdriver · 3 replies
    The Library Of Congress ^ | 1/9/2013 | various
    Barely two weeks into the new year and the Rats have been busy introducing gun-related legislation. HR-34: To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes. HR-65: Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 (don't let the "For the children" title mislead you). HR-117: To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handguns. HR-137: To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check...
  • Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids (NPR - unintentioned honesty)

    01/09/2013 12:12:32 PM PST · by wac3rd · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | 1-9-13 | Shankar Vedantami
    Across the United States, college administrators are poring over student essays, recommendation letters and SAT scores as they select a freshman class for the fall. If this is like most years, administrators at top schools such as Harvard and Stanford will try hard to find talented high school students from poor families in a push to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus and to counter the growing concern that highly selective colleges cater mainly to students from privileged backgrounds. (snip) (snip) "Imagine a student who is the only student who is a likely candidate for a place like Harvard or...
  • This Is How a Secret Gun Provision Made its Way Into Obamacare Legislation

    01/09/2013 12:08:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/9/13 | Billy Hallowell
    There’s a widely-unknown provision in the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) — legislative wording that is capturing attention in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Pushed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), a newly-noticed regulation that was placed deep within the bill back in 2010, among other things, bans doctors from documenting patients’ answers to questions that focus upon guns. The Washington Post first reported on Dec. 30 about the presence of this controversial wording. Under a section with the headline “Protection of Second Amendment Gun Rights,” the NRA-advocated wording is nestled deep within the...
  • Dr. Copper’s Red Metal Elixir

    01/09/2013 12:06:53 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-9-2013 | Byron King
    Dr. Copper’s Red Metal Elixir Byron King 01/09/13 Do you take diet or nutritional supplements? It could be as simple as popping an everyday vitamin pill from the many choices at the supermarket. Or perhaps you frequent one of those high-end stores where they have the super-duper top-shelf nutritional and homeopathic remedies. If you take these kinds of supplements, there are a couple of things that I’m sure you know. You won’t cure what ails you by just taking one pill once. And you could do yourself harm by swallowing an entire bottle of some otherwise “healthy” elixir. So what’s...
  • Biden suggests White House could act without Congress as part of gun control plan

    01/09/2013 11:56:16 AM PST · by scripter · 48 replies
    Fox ^ | January 09, 2013
    Vice President Biden suggested Wednesday that the White House could take unilateral action on gun control, as he kicked off a round of meetings aimed at finding ways to curb gun violence. The vice president met Wednesday with gun-safety and victims groups, saying he is "determined" to take "urgent action" to address gun violence. "This is not an exercise in photo opportunities or just getting to ask you all what your opinions are. We are vitally interested in what you have to say," Biden said. The White House has sought to avoid prejudging what Biden's recommendations would be. But the...
  • Drudge Compares Obama To Hitler And Stalin...

    01/09/2013 11:35:05 AM PST · by blam · 109 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-9-2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    Drudge Compares Obama To Hitler And Stalin... Brett LoGiuratoJanuary 9, 2013 His take on Vice President Joe Biden's comment that "executive action can be taken" to curb gun violence: Biden's comments came during a meeting with gun safety advocacy groups and victims of gun violence earlier on Wednesday. He said the White House has determined that "executive action can be taken," but he didn't specify what those measures might be. It was the first suggestion from the White House that it could bypass Congress in instituting measures to combat gun violence in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook...
  • India test-fires manoeuvrable version of BrahMos missile

    01/09/2013 11:09:22 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday successfully test-fired a highly manoeuvrable version of the 290-km range supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a naval warship off the coast of Vizag in the Bay of Bengal. "At 9.30 am, the missile blasted off in a pre-designated war scenario taking a 'double-manoeuvre in S-form' hitting the designated target ship just one meter above water line. The sheer velocity and power of the hit made the missile rip through the ship's hull," BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sivathanu Pillai said on Wednesday. This is the 34th launch of BrahMos after the successful October launch from INS Teg...
  • Man behind FPSRussia Youtube channel found dead

    Posted from android.
  • UPDATE: Amber Alert Issued for 2-Year-Old Girl Out of Crosbyton

    01/09/2013 11:05:54 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 6 replies
    Everythinglubbock.com ^ | Updated: January 9, 2013 | Bryan Mudd
    An Amber Alert has been issued for an infant abducted from a home in Crosbyton. The little girl's name is LEAH MARIE AGUIRRE, and just turned two years old on January 6th. She is Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen with a man identified only as MIGUEL. And the two were last seen in a RED FORD FOCUS, or similar make and model with dark, tinted window.
  • DOUG KASS: Stocks Will Hit Their High For The Year By The End Of This Week

    01/09/2013 11:04:37 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-9-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    DOUG KASS: Stocks Will Hit Their High For The Year By The End Of This Week Matthew BoeslerJanuary 9, 2013Legendary investor Doug Kass of Seabreeze Partners thinks that by the end of this week, investors will see the top in the S&P 500 for the rest of the year. In his "15 Surprises for 2013," published today on TheStreet.com, Kass writes: Once again, the bullish consensus is tightly grouped with the expectation that the S&P 500 will close the year at 1550-1615 (up from 1425 at the close of 2012) and that the 10 year U.S. note yield will trade...
  • Why Mal Reynolds Would Be Disappointed with Nathan Fillion

    01/09/2013 10:54:42 AM PST · by Marcus · 22 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    A group of celebrities have decided to boycott Wendy's because that company is alleged to have cut hours for its employees to get out from under the requirements imposed for Obamacare. There are two things wrong with this. The first wrong thing is that only a single Wendy's franchise owner is taking this course of action and not the entire chain. The Washington Free Beacon reports that the franchise owner in Omaha, Neb., (not southern California) is taking this action because he cannot afford to provide the health care insurance that Obamacare requires for his full-time employees. It is either...
  • Obama Advisor: Hagel Will Bring ‘Huge Cuts’ to the Military

    01/09/2013 6:53:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 01/09/2013 | Stephen Hayes
    <p>In today’s New York Times, David Brooks argues persuasively that Chuck Hagel has been nominated to help Barack Obama dramatically cut defense spending.</p> <p>"Chuck Hagel has been nominated to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks. If a Democratic president is going to slash defense, he probably wants a Republican at the Pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot.</p>
  • White House recruits foundations on gun effort

    01/09/2013 10:31:18 AM PST · by ColdOne · 69 replies
    politico ^ | 1/8/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    The White House on Tuesday afternoon reached out to major philanthropic foundations not typically associated with gun control to gauge how much they are willing to get involved in President Obama’s future gun violence prevention efforts, according to a person on the call. The call, which featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and members of Vice President Biden’s staff, was largely a “listening session,” according to the person on the call, who represents a foundation invited to participate. The person said the call...
  • We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists

    01/09/2013 10:24:53 AM PST · by rarestia · 81 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Dr. Keith Ablow
    A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing. Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years. This data is not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years...
  • Obama Forgets Writing on Gun Questionnaire (2008 Flashback)

    01/09/2013 10:01:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    abc ^ | Apr 17, 2008 | staff
    ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Talal Al-Khatib Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., maintained at Wednesday’s ABC News debate in Philadelphia that his handwriting does not appear on a 1996 questionnaire stating support for a ban on the manufacture, sale, and possession of handguns. The Democratic presidential frontrunner made this claim even though a copy of the original document suggests otherwise. "No, my writing wasn’t on that particular questionnaire, Charlie. As I said, I have never favored an all-out ban on handguns," said Obama. The Illinois Democrat made his remarks after ABC News’ Charlie Gibson told Obama: "In 1996, your campaign...
  • National Cathedral to Host 1st Same-Sex Weddings

    01/09/2013 9:57:09 AM PST · by RedMominBlueState · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Brett Zongker
    Cathedral officials tell The Associated Press the church will be among the first Episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members. The church will announce its new policy Wednesday. As the nation's most prominent church, the decision carries huge symbolism. The 106-year-old cathedral has long been a spiritual center for the nation, hosting presidential inaugural services and funerals for Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford......
  • Biden: Obama Considering 'Executive Order' to Deal With Guns

    Biden: Obama Considering 'Executive Order' to Deal With Guns "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required." Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it's critically important that we act." Biden talked also about taking responsible...
  • Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’

    01/09/2013 9:45:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Chicago Teachers Union President: ‘Off With Their Heads!’ By Elizabeth Harrington January 9, 2013 (CNSNews.com) – Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said union opponents “think nothing about killing us” and that “wealth disparity” in America today mirrors the 19th century when labor leaders then used to be “ready to kill,” to chop people’s heads off. “We are at a moment when the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber-baron ages,” Lewis said at the Illinois Labor History Society on Jan. 5. “The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill — just really,...
  • Biden: Obama Can Use "Executive Orders" To Act On Gun Control (video)

    01/09/2013 9:05:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 227 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 9, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Vice President Joe Biden, while addressing representatives of gun safety and gun violence victims' groups, says President Obama could use "executive orders" to enact gun control measures. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: "The president is going to act. There are executives orders -- executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe is required."
  • DEFENSE TRAIN WRECK OR RESHAPING OPPORTUNITY?

    01/09/2013 9:03:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 01/09/2013 | By: Robert Maginnis
    We can’t afford to wait years to decide whether the dire predictions associated with the latest round of defense cuts are more than political hyperbole. If those predictions prove true then the money we save by cutting national security in order to service the debt will pale in comparison to the high future costs to repair the damage. That is why we must use this time as an opportunity to reshape our armed forces to address future threats. SNIP SNIP Not everyone agrees the defense cuts will eviscerate our national security. A 2012 report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office...
  • Give Me Liberalism and Give Me Death

    01/09/2013 9:03:21 AM PST · by Politically Correct · 8 replies
    Creation Evolution Headlines ^ | 9 Jan 13 | Creation Evolution Headlines
    Nowhere does the divide between left and right show more starkly than in policies about killing the innocent. Leftist liberals, who are the most supportive of Darwinism, seem to have no problem with tinkering with human life to the point of killing it. 1. Stem cell case denied: The 3-year long effort by James Sherley and Theresa Deisher to stop federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (2/13/2011) came to an end this week when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, leaving intact a lower court’s decision to permit it (4/30/2011). Sherley and Deisher based their...
  • Killer whales trapped by ice in Hudson’s Bay (Blame Al Gore)

    01/09/2013 8:55:59 AM PST · by jerod · 23 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 2013-01-09 | Toronto Star
    A pod of killer whales appears to be trapped in a small pool of water surrounded by ice in Hudson’s Bay. In a number of videos shot by local residents near Inukjuak, Que., the whales are seen taking turns continuously coming up for air. The first video was posted on Tuesday on Facebook by local residents to try to get the attention of authorities to help the whales who appear to be in distress. It is believed the orcas became stranded on Monday and are still there.
  • Phillips 66 moving Bakken oil by rail in $1B deal

    01/09/2013 8:51:51 AM PST · by thackney · 55 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 9, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Phillips 66 has begun shipping crude by rail from North Dakota to a refinery in New Jersey in an effort estimated at more than $1 billion. The company said this week it had signed a five-year deal with Global Partners to move oil produced in the Bakken shale play to its Bayway refinery. The Bayway refinery, the largest on the east coast, is already receiving crude through the deal, which will move 91 million barrels of oil over the contract term, or about 50,000 barrels a day, Phillips 66 spokesman Dennis Nuss said. The refinery is expected to receive crude...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST, January 9,2013

    01/09/2013 8:49:07 AM PST · by Biggirl · 81 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 9,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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