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  • Seized Argentine naval ship gets jubilant homecoming

    01/09/2013 6:40:45 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Enrique Marcarian
    An Argentine navy ship was given a triumphant homecoming on Wednesday three months after it was seized in Ghana on behalf of a hedge fund suing over defaulted government bonds. The ARA Libertad, a tall sailing ship used as a training vessel, was detained in the West African nation on October 2 due to a court order obtained by NML Capital Ltd as it fights to get full repayment for the bonds in the courts. Argentina's government, which calls funds like NML "vultures," asked a U.N. maritime court to intervene and the Hamburg-based tribunal ordered the ship's release last month....
  • Happy New Year from Lila Rose and Live Action! [Pro-Life Organization Video]

    01/09/2013 6:36:47 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    youtube/liveaction.org ^ | 1/4/13 | Lila Rose
    Live Action President Lila Rose shares a New Year message for Live Action supporters. Donate to Live Action at http://LiveAction.org/Support Get Involved with Live Action and the pro-life movement: http://LiveAction.org/Get-Involvedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CLaycAxZbXk
  • Boston declares public health emergency as nation battles severe flu outbreak

    01/09/2013 6:27:16 PM PST · by SMGFan · 38 replies
    The City of Boston declared a public health emergency Wednesday as the city and country deal with a historic outbreak of the flu. The influenza-ravaged city has seen about 700 confirmed cases of the virus since Oct. 1, the unofficial start of the flu season, according to the office of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who declared the state of emergency Wednesday morning. By comparison, Boston saw 70 confirmed cases during last year’s flu season. The outbreak has so far killed four Boston residents, all elderly, since the season unofficially began. “This is the worst flu season we’ve seen since 2009,...
  • Rampant INjustice

    01/09/2013 6:23:35 PM PST · by eastexsteve · 20 replies
    YouTube Video ^ | Rampant INjustice
    I don't know if you folks have seen this, but it really rattled my cage when I saw it. Be sure you watch the whole thing.
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Begins Protecting Schools with Armed ‘Posse’ Patrols

    01/09/2013 6:18:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-09-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaAs Barack Obama and his gun control supplicant Joe Biden move to use the school murders in Newtown, CT's "gun-free zone" as an excuse to grab the guns of law-abiding Americans, a new poll shows that most Americans actually want more of an armed presence in our schools to protect students from madmen. And Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't waiting for Washington to act. Sheriff Joe today deployed 500 armed volunteers to patrol outside 59 schools in metropolitan Phoenix.  400 of these volunteers are part of  3,000-strong Joe's "Posse" and another 100 volunteers known as reserve deputies...
  • British textbook erases Israel

    01/09/2013 6:15:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 1 January 2013 17:06
    A popular textbook used by institutions and teachers to teach English as a second language has been found to have a disturbing anti-Israel undertone. The textbook contains a map of the Middle East, labelling and identifying the countries displayed and presenting it as part of an exercise for a “Jordanian student at Greenhill College”. The map however, leaves off the label of “Israel”, instead replacing it with the words “Occupied Palestine”. The book, “Skills in English: Writing Level 1” is utilized by teachers across the United Kingdom and further afield. The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Award judges called...
  • TSA Union Gets Sacramento Airport Privatization Revoked

    01/09/2013 6:14:03 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    County board votes to rescind airport privatization approval... After close to one year of lobbying efforts and a public campaign, the American Federation of Government Employees—the union for TSA workers in Sacramento and nationwide—today applauded the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors for voting to rescind its approval for Sacramento International Airport to be allowed to privatize, or use corporate airport screeners in place of federal employees.
  • Report: Immigrants contribute to state's economy ( ARKANSAS )

    01/09/2013 6:10:05 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    Log Cabin Democrat ^ | January 8, 2013 | Rob Moritz
    ARKANSAS NEWS BUREAU LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ immigrant population, among the fastest-growing in the nation, has a positive impact on the state’s economy, according to results of a study released Tuesday. The report, “A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas 2013” commissioned by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, also found that more than 4 in 10 immigrants in the state are undocumented. The immigrant population here grew by 82 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the report, a rate behind only Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Joe Biden guarantees Obama will bypass reluctant Republicans and cement new gun control laws

    01/09/2013 6:07:32 PM PST · by tobyhill · 87 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 1/9/2013 | DAN FRIEDMAN
    Vice President Biden pledged Wednesday that President Obama will bypass a reluctant Republicans in Congress and take executive action to curb gun violence, prompting a full-blown fit from conservative gun rights backers. Biden heads a White House task force set this month to release proposals in response to the Newtown shooting. He told reporters before a Wednesday meeting with gun violence victims and gun control groups that Obama will not let Republican resistance prevent action. "The president is going to act. There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken," Biden said. "We haven't decided what that is...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-9-13

    01/09/2013 6:06:35 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-9-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Midlands teacher accused of stomping on American flag in class

    01/09/2013 5:58:57 PM PST · by tje · 16 replies
    10 Wis TV ^ | Jan 08, 2013 4:01 PM CST | Jennifer Emert
    CHAPIN, SC (WIS) - At least one parent calls the actions of a Chapin High School English teacher disrespectful and unpatriotic. The Lexington-Richland District 5 teacher is accused of throwing down the American flag and stomping on it in front of his honors English classes. When Michael Copeland overheard his teenager talking about what her honors II English teacher did with the flag in their classroom, he pressed for details. "He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, 'What does this represent,' and everybody said, 'Christianity,'" said Copeland. "Then he proceeds to...
  • TSA Screener Fired for Alleged Theft in Charlotte

    01/09/2013 5:58:45 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 | MEGAN CHUCHMACH
    An airport screener with the Transportation Security Administration at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the latest TSA officer to be fired for stealing from passengers, following an ongoing ABC News investigation into theft within the agency. Reggie Edwards, 52, was charged with larceny under $50 after allegedly stealing $36 from a passenger's suitcase on New Year's Day. ... Edwards joins a growing list, now numbering nearly 400, of TSA officers to be fired for theft since the agency was incepted in 2003.
  • (Alabama QB) A.J. McCarron Upset Over Girlfriend's Sudden Fame

    01/09/2013 5:51:23 PM PST · by drewh · 38 replies
    TMZ ^ | 1/9/2013 1:55 PM PST | BY TMZ STAFF
    Katherine says she decided to pull out because she feared her relationship with A.J. will be viewed as a "celebrity status" thing ... instead of a real, legitimate connection ... and worries that the misconception could spell doom for the couple. "I want it to be about me and him," Webb says ... adding, "He's a guy I can see myself having a real future with." 0314_divider_graphic Katherine Webb has gone off the grid ... banning herself from speaking to ANY media outlets ... partly because her superstar QB boyfriend A.J. McCarron is upset that he's been overshadowed by Webb's...
  • WWII soldier’s duffel bag returned 7 decades later (Kleenex alert)

    01/09/2013 5:42:24 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 22 replies
    gjsentinel.com ^ | 1/9/13 | AP
    <p>MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — A World War II veteran who served in France during the war has been reunited with his Army-issued duffel bag nearly seven decades after it went missing.</p> <p>William Kadar, 92, opened a carefully wrapped package Tuesday at his Merrillville, Ind., home and found his drab green duffel bag inside, still stenciled in black with his name and serial number. Kadar last saw the bag used by soldiers to tote their gear in November 1944, a month before he was captured by the Germans.</p>
  • 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
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  • 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