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  • The Gun Debate: Gun owners warn new laws would hurt ability to fight crime

    01/10/2013 6:36:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 09, 2013 | William La Jeunesse
    As Congress prepares to debate new bills aimed at curbing gun violence, many gun owners fear Washington regulations will actually limit their ability to stop crime. “The best empirical research on the matter finds that, where gun ownership levels are highest, in fact, homicide rates are far lower,” said University of Texas at Dallas criminologist Tomislav Kovandzic. … Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposes banning military-style assault weapons, though more than 5 million AK-47s and AR-15s are already in circulation, and the low-caliber rounds they fire are less deadly than those in many handguns. Among state and federal prison inmates convicted...
  • Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson to Sing at President Obama's Inauguration [Et Tu, Kelly?]

    01/10/2013 6:18:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 57 replies
    Ace Show Biz ^ | 1/10/13
    R'n'B-pop diva Beyonce Knowles, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson and Grammy Award-winning artist James Taylor are just some of the artists tapped by re-elected U.S. president Barack Obama to perform the country's most patriotic songs during his upcoming inauguration ceremony on January 21. Beyonce is chosen to deliver the U.S. national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner", Kelly is selected to sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and James is invited again to perform "America the Beautiful".
  • Newtown schools chief urges continued police guard

    01/10/2013 6:07:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 10, 2013 7:18 AM EST
    Newtown, Conn.’s schools superintendent is urging an indefinite police presence at the district’s schools to allay fears among parents and children about gun violence. The News Times reports that Superintendent Janet Robinson says children have not ventured outside school for recess because of anxiety. …
  • SO-POORANOS! Trailer-park mob slob says he's living on food stamps!

    01/10/2013 5:55:27 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 10 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/10/13 | John Marzulli
    F A Mafia crime boss’ home is his castle, this Colombo crime family poorfella lives on the wrong side of the train tracks. Reputed underboss Benjamin (The Claw) Castellazzo made a shocking disclosure in court papers that he lives in a New Jersey trailer park and his wife receives food stamps. Castellazzo, 75, is making a pitiful pitch to avoid a lengthy jail term when he’s sentenced later this month.
  • New mortgage lending rules to limit loan options [Obama's Plan: LESS FREEDOM FOR CONSUMER]

    01/10/2013 5:49:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/10/13 | Mary Ellen Podmolik
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is planning a Thursday morning announcement of new lending rules that it hopes will move the mortgage market toward a sustainable middle ground, somewhere in between the free-wheeling days of no-documentation loans and the current, restrictive environment. For most borrowers, the rules will mean no more interest-only mortgages, no more loans where the principal due increases over time, no more loans that carry a balloon payment and no more loan terms of more than 30 years. In addition, would-be borrowers will be less likely to qualify for a mortgage unless their total debts account for...
  • Israel president warns of new Palestinian uprising

    01/10/2013 5:49:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2013 7:18 AM EST
    Israel’s president has warned that the Palestinians are liable to launch a new uprising if the Jewish state doesn’t do more to try to reach a peace accord, stepping up his criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of Jan. 22 elections. … “If there is no diplomatic decision, the Palestinians will go back to terror. Knives, mines, suicide attacks,” Peres was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times magazine. “Even if the local inhabitants do not want to resume the violence, they will be under the pressure of the Arab world,” he said, adding that...
  • South Africa: Farm workers’ protests turn violent

    01/10/2013 5:45:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 10, 2013 7:58 AM EST
    Striking farm workers in South Africa have clashed with police for a second day during protests for higher wages. … The protesters want their daily wages to be more than doubled to 150 South African rand ($17.50). Vineyards in the province are key to South Africa’s wine industry; laborers also work on apple and other fruit farms. …
  • Obama Power Grabs on the Horizon

    01/10/2013 5:40:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 9, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    Leftists and their media advocates, well aware that the tragedy of Newtown must be exploited before Americans regain their emotional balance, are pulling out all the stops. Almost a dozen new gun control bills were introduced on the first day of the new congressional session. Joe Biden’s task force continues its frenzied pace of activity, even as it broadens its scope far beyond the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, moving into such arenas as universal background checks for gun buyers, a national database tracking the movement and sale of weapons and measures that Obama could...
  • Conoco moving West Texas management to Houston

    01/10/2013 5:36:01 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 9, 2013 | Simone Sebastian
    ConocoPhillips is splitting its vast mid-continent business in two and moving managers from Midland to Houston, as part of an internal reorganization, according to spokesman Daren Beaudo. ConocoPhillips, the nation’s largest independent oil producer, will shut down its Odessa office in the shuffle, an effort to improve operational efficiency, Beaudo said in an e-mail. Currently, the mid-continent unit is based in Midland and stretches from Texas to the Canadian border. It includes several prolific oil plays, including the Permian Basin in West Texas and the Bakken shale in North Dakota. Beaudo did not disclose how the company’s assets will be...
  • After resigning, Texas coach seeks justice [Unethical Predator Claims to be VICTIM]

    01/10/2013 5:25:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    cnn ^ | 1/8/13 | Joe Sterling and Steve Almasy
    The University of Texas women's track coach who resigned under fire after the disclosure of an affair with a female student a decade ago doesn't understand why she was targeted for punishment and questions whether she's being treated fairly. "Is it because I have a disability? Is it because I'm black? Is it because I'm female? Is it because I'm successful? Is it now because of my sexual preference?" Coach Bev Kearney asked on CNN's "Starting Point" Tuesday.
  • The Latest Perils of Obamacare

    01/10/2013 5:14:54 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    The latest perils of Obamacare have been revealed. The law is going to be more painful than many experts predicted. Besides the negative impact on quality of care, there will also be significant cost increases leading to reduced access to health insurance and patient care. Huge Premium Increases. The New York Times just reported double-digit increases coming for health insurance. The reporter reminded readers that "one of the biggest objectives" of the Obama administration's law was to "stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers." Before he was elected, Mr. Obama promised a $2,500 reduction in family premiums in...
  • Iran's medical crisis deepens as economy sputters

    01/10/2013 5:11:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Jan 8, 2013
    -excerpt- ... radiology film up 240 percent; helium gas for MRIs up 667 percent; filters for kidney dialysis up 325 percent. The cost of one round of chemotherapy for cancer has reached 200 million rials, or $65,000, from 800 million rials, or $25,000, last year.
  • Hagel, Obama Differ on Iran Sanctions

    01/10/2013 4:55:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Yahoo/ABC ^ | Jan. 9, 2013
    -excerpt- Hagel did not cosponsor the Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007, which urged the president to designate the Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group; 72 senators, including Obama, Biden, and Kerry, cosponsored the bill. In July 2001, the Senate overwhelmingly extended the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act, which requires the president to "penalize" foreign companies that invest more than $20 million in Iran's energy sector. The extension passed 96-2. Hagel voted against it along with Republican Sen. Richard Lugar -excerpt- In August 2008, Hagel opposed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act
  • We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists

    01/10/2013 4:33:13 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8 January 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...
  • The Revenge of Obama

    01/10/2013 4:18:57 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9 January 2013 | Eileen F. Toplansky
    During World War II, a group known as the Monuments Men, "attempted to minimize [Nazi] damage to European monuments and architecture and then track down stolen works of art. In the end Allied Forces located more than 1,000 repositories of art, sculpture, and furniture stolen by the Nazis," a search which continues to this day. In his book entitled Rescuing Da Vinci, author Robert M. Edsel, quotes William Shirer who described Hitler thusly: I observed his face. It was grave, solemn, yet brimming with revenge. There was also in it, as in his springy step, a note of the triumphant...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 10, 2013

    01/10/2013 3:05:30 AM PST · by sneakers · 22 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Former Marine Schools Piers Morgan: Americans Aren't As Trigger-Happy As Media Claim

    01/10/2013 1:53:53 AM PST · by Mozilla · 3 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1-8-12 | Noel Sheppard
    Piers Morgan, CNN's most-outspoken and impolite gun control advocate, got a much-needed education about the Second Amendment and firearms Tuesday. In the middle of a lengthy and uncharacteristically civil interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, former Marine Joshua Boston said, "The American people aren't as gun-happy and trigger-happy as they're being painted out to be by the media. They are smarter than that. They know when to hold their fire. They know when to fire" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • Piers Morgan To Gun Owners Of America’s Larry Pratt: Try To Stick ‘To Facts, Not Lies’

    01/10/2013 1:31:42 AM PST · by Mozilla · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1-9-12 | Anjali Sareen
    CNN host Piers Morgan interviewed Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, on his show Tuesday and made one simple request: “Try to stick, if you can, to facts, not lies.” The statement came after an extremely heated interview in which Morgan and Pratt interrupted each other several times to make their points. Morgan began the interview by immediately becoming confrontational, asking Pratt why he felt he knew more than former General Stanley Allen McChrystal on gun control. Morgan then proceeded to read several statistics which proved that more guns are not the answer. “The data you...
  • Fox’s The Five Retaliates Against Gawker’s Gun Owner List By Showing Site Founder’s Phone Number

    01/10/2013 1:20:35 AM PST · by Mozilla · 7 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/8/12 | Andrew Kirell
    <p>In response to Gawker’s controversial decision to publish the names of every registered handgun owner in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, Fox’s The Five retaliated by publishing the phone number and email address of Gawker founder Nick Denton for its audience.</p>
  • US asks India, Pakistan to cool off and talk

    01/10/2013 12:51:40 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - The US has asked India and Pakistan to cool down tensions over the killing of two Indian soldiers along the Line of Control in (LoC) Jammu and Kashmir and talk to each other to improve relations. "We're urging both sides to take steps to end the violence. We continue to strongly support any efforts to improve relations between the two countries," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters Wednesday. "We've also discussed these latest incidents with both governments, urged them to talk to each other, and urged calm," she said in response to a question about the incident....