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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...
  • 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...