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  • Moment terrified family were forced to take refuge in the water as Australian wildfire...

    01/09/2013 5:28:02 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9th January 2013 | Simon Tomlinson
    <p>With their home destroyed and wildfires raging around them, it was their only hope.</p> <p>Tammy and Tim Holmes led their five grandchildren Charlotte, two, Esther, four, Caleb, six, Liam, nine, and Matilda, 11, into the sea.</p> <p>Even there, their terror was not over as flames licked the wooden jetty they clung to and they struggled to breathe in the smoke-filled air.</p>
  • MILLER: White House goes after guns

    01/09/2013 5:26:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The White House just realized it had to at least pretend to listen to America’s 100 million gun owners. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. invited a representative from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to attend a White House meeting with anti-gun groups scheduled to take place Thursday. Up to now, gun owners have been left out of President Obama's task force seeking “solutions” to gun violence by the end of the month. The simultaneous high-profile media blitz is meant to ready the public for radical limits on the Second Amendment. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appears to...
  • Libyan Gun Control Policies Left Guards Unarmed at U.S. Compound in Benghazi

    01/09/2013 5:22:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/9/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The gun control policies of the post-Gaddafi government in Libya delayed the arming of bodyguards for U.S. diplomats in that country and left the local guard force hired to watch over the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi unarmed, according to internal State Department memos and written testimony by the State Department officer who was in charge of the department’s security in Libya until six weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. “Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit,” State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom...
  • NRA-certified instructor holds free concealed carry class for school employees

    01/09/2013 5:12:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 January, 2013 | na
    Editor's Note: The author's name is being withheld to protect the identities of the school officials involved in these classes.As a service to the schools in my community, I decided to offer an Ohio Concealed Carry Class to any local school employee free of charge. I did not know what to expect or what the response would be. I put the word out with a few phone calls to teachers I knew who had mentioned, prior to this class, that they wanted to get the training. Before I knew it, my voicemail was full of messages and I had the...
  • How to stop school shootings right now: Abolish pretend “gun-free zones”

    01/09/2013 5:06:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 9 January, 2013 | David Kopel
    Real gun-free zones (enforced by metal detectors backed up by armed security guards) are fine for certain buildings. Pretend gun-free zones (bans on gun carrying by licensed people, but no procedures to keep out criminal gun carriers, and exacerbated by the absence of armed security) are magnets for mass killers. There is a reason why mass killers frequently attack schools, movie theaters, or shopping malls which are pretend gun-free zones. My article Pretend “Gun-free” School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction, 42 Connecticut Law Review 515 (2009), examines the policy arguments. The article details some (but far from all) of the...
  • Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed

    01/09/2013 5:02:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 1/9/13 | OREN KESSLER
    Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed Translated by Palestinian Media Watch, book details group’s goal of global Islamic conquest. One of the greatest beneficiaries of the unrest in Egypt has been the Muslim Brotherhood. Banned but tolerated for decades by successive Egyptian regimes, the Islamist movement is now emerging as a central player in the country’s resurgent opposition. On Tuesday, two Brotherhood representatives participated in an opposition delegation that met with Vice President Omar Suleiman for the first set of talks over implementing political reforms. Pundits have portrayed the Brotherhood as uncompromising zealots or beneficent providers of social...
  • WI:Gun show shutdown might lead to lawsuit

    01/09/2013 4:57:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    gazettextra.com ^ | 8 January, 2013 | GINA DUWE
    EVANSVILLE — An Evansville bar owner said he plans to file a lawsuit against the Rock County Sheriff's Office after authorities early Sunday morning shut down the last day of an annual three-day gun show. Sheriff's Capt. Jude Maurer said Geno's Wild Ride Saloon, 7530 N. County M, violated state statues regarding its Class B liquor license when it held a gun show Friday and Saturday in an attached hall. The last day of the gun show was canceled. Gene Heiman, owner of the bar also known as the old Red Barn, said this year was the 40th annual gun...
  • Britain’s relationship with the EU is none of Barack Obama’s business

    01/09/2013 4:49:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/9/13 | Nile Gardiner
    Elections have consequences. One of them is continuing US support for the European Project and the process of ‘ever closer union’, following Barack Obama’s re-election last November. Had Mitt Romney won, there would have been a very different approach towards the EU, with a far greater emphasis upon advancing ties with nation states in Europe as opposed to currying favour with Brussels. Romney’s approach was distinctly Eurosceptic, with frequent warnings against America ending up like Europe, with its big government, high tax approach. As David Blair has reported, Philip Gordon, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian...
  • Oath keeping sheriffs provide sharp contrast to oath breaking general

    01/09/2013 4:48:23 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 January, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    Sheriff Scott Berry, of Oconee County, Georgia, may or may not be affiliated with the Oath Keepers (active duty and retired military and law enforcement personnel who have taken an oath to disobey unconstitutional orders, with orders to disarm the American people listed first). Whether officially a member of Oath Keepers or not, a recent decision of his makes it clear that he embodies the same noble principles that drive that group. Sheriff Berry, upon discovering that a local supplier of firearms and law enforcement gear would no longer sell semi-automatic rifles to non-law enforcement personnel, announced that his department...
  • Judith Miller: Benghazi Probe a “Mess”

    01/09/2013 4:44:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013 04:42 PM | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Judith Miller tells Newsmax that the U.S. probe into the killing of American diplomatic personnel in Benghazi is a “mess.” … Asked why there hasn’t been more progress in the case, Miller says: “I worry that a pre-9/11 mindset is slipping back into the consciousness of the American people and also the government that they have elected. Right now we have a situation in which you have a CIA nominee, John Brennan, who is known to be one of the officials who resists linking ‘Islamist’ and ‘terrorist’ in the same sentence. We have a president who bends...
  • Mark Udall United States Senator from Colorado Responds (Democrat)

    01/09/2013 4:42:49 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    predatorbdu.com ^ | 9 January, 2013 | Mark Udall
    Dear..., Thank you for contacting me regarding Second Amendment rights. I appreciate that you took the time to write on this important topic. Responsible gun ownership is an integral part of our Western heritage. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides for an individual right, and I am dedicated to protecting the rights of citizens to own firearms for personal protection, hunting, collecting or for other legal purposes. We can all agree that the shootings at Columbine High School; Virginia Tech; in Aurora; Tucson, AZ; Newtown, CT and other instances in which terrible crimes have been committed with guns...
  • Amazing Love - Movie Trailer (DVD Now Available) (Stream on Netflix)

    01/09/2013 4:32:10 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Starring Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker), Sean Astin (Rudy, Forever Strong), and Erin Bethea (Fireproof), Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea follows four teens who embark on a weekend camping trip with their youth group leader, Stuart (Astin), and his wife (Bethea). When an outsider, Ashley, unexpectedly joins Steve, Carrie, Cooper, and Gameboy, the materialistic and self-involved young woman's bad attitude leads to a confrontation with Carrie.
  • James Inhofe United States Senator from Oklahoma Responds

    01/09/2013 4:28:30 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    predatorbdu.com ^ | 9 January, 2013 | James Inhofe
    Dear...: Thank you for contacting me about the Second Amendment. As your voice in Washington, I appreciate knowing your views. In 1994, the assault weapons ban established a comprehensive regulatory scheme of prohibiting the manufacture, transfer, or possession of assault weapons, as well as the possession or transfer of large capacity ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds. These magazines are used by millions of Americans and are customary in handguns and other firearms. Nineteen specific weapons and their copycats were banned by the original legislation signed into law by President Clinton on September 13, 1994. The weapons...
  • Missteps and setbacks impacting gun ban momentum as gun owners start to advance

    01/09/2013 4:15:44 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    In spite of Vice President Joe Biden’s threat in this morning’s gun grab task force meeting that “executive actions” are on the way, the legitimacy and survivability of such a move is by no means assured, as the gun ban juggernaut, reanimated following Sandy Hook, has encountered some unforeseen bumps in the road that have the potential of halting it in its tracks with no place to go that isn’t blocked. Gun owners, horrified and then outraged by a full court press from the government, the “Authorized Journalist” media and citizen disarmament advocacy groups, are beginning to push back in...
  • Mississippi: Representative Andy Gipson Files First Pro-Second Amendment Bill of the 2013 Le

    01/09/2013 4:10:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    nraila.org ^ | 9 January, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    State Representative Andy Gipson (R-Brandon) has pre-filed House Bill 2, NRA-backed legislation that makes important changes to vague and problematic language in Mississippi’s carry laws. This legislation addresses a recent opinion by state Attorney General Jim Hood (D) that has caused additional confusion and concern among carry permit holders and Second Amendment advocates. If passed and enacted, House Bill 2 would strike the phrase “in whole or in part” after the word “concealed” where it appears in Section 97-37-1 of Mississippi law prohibiting the carrying of certain firearms or other deadly weapons. It would also more clearly define the term...
  • US publicly voices concerns over Britain leaving EU

    01/09/2013 4:05:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/9/13 | David Blair
    Philip Gordon, the US assistant secretary responsible for European affairs, said that Britain´s membership of the EU was "in the American interest". His remarks came as David Cameron prepares to deliver a speech on Europe later this month. The Prime Minister is expected to promise to renegotiate Britain’s membership and then put the new terms to a referendum.[Snip] "Britain has been such a special partner of the United States--that shares our values, shares our interests, has significant resources to bring to the table. More than most others, its voice within the European Union is essential and critical to the
  • Backlash Against Wendy’s, Taco Bell Franchisees for Cutting Hours and Blaming Obamacare

    01/09/2013 3:57:44 PM PST · by drewh · 77 replies
    Media Bistro ^ | January 9, 2013 12:11 PM | By Elizabeth S. Mitchell
    Backlash Against Wendy’s, Taco Bell for Cutting Hours and Blaming Obamacare By Elizabeth S. Mitchell on January 9, 2013 12:11 PM Few things grab the public’s attention like a celebrity-backed boycott, protest, or backlash against a specific brand or company. Today, Wendy’s and Taco Bell find themselves on the wrong end of just this sort of upheaval. Roughly 100 Wendy’s employees in the Omaha, Nebraska area will have their weekly schedules reduced to 28 hours a week so that they will no longer qualify for the health care benefits that “Obamacare” mandates for full-time employees. A Taco Bell in Guthrie,...
  • Rush on CNN: 'They've got idiots in positions of prominence'

    01/09/2013 3:57:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    Rush on CNN: 'They've got idiots in positions of prominence' By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 1/9/13 5:17 PM EST Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday knocked CNN for its take on a segment from his show about pedophilia "normalization," saying the network needs to "find some people who have comprehension skills." On Monday's show, Limbaugh said "there is a movement to normalize pedophilia" and likened it to the push for same-sex marriage. Limbaugh was discussing the issue in light of a recent article in the UK newspaper The Guardian. CNN's Soledad O'Brien, meanwhile, held a discussion on Limbaugh's comments on her show today....
  • Rush Limbaugh: Democrats, media want 'gun grab'

    01/09/2013 3:55:03 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Rush Limbaugh: Democrats, media want 'gun grab' By: Kevin Cirilli January 9, 2013 05:54 PM EST Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that President Barack Obama and Democrats are “planning a gun grab” in wake of the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 kids and six others dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “What could a bunch of liberal Democrats worried about guns, talking about using executive orders…? What could it possibly be about? A gun grab,” the conservative commentator said on his radio program, according to a show transcript. “So make no mistake: They are planning a gun...
  • 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...