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  • The Sandy Hook Massacre: Unanswered Questions

    01/10/2013 11:55:45 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 66 replies
    Sott.net ^ | January 7, 2013 | Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley
    When 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre we, like most other people, were shocked and horrified at what appeared to be an act of senseless brutality. When a person experiences the tragic and untimely loss of a loved one, particularly in unusual or apparently inexplicable circumstances, the initial intense feelings of grief usually give way to a desire to understand HOW and WHY the tragedy occurred, in an effort to make sense of it and achieve some kind of 'closure'. This is a very normal and natural human reaction. We have an...
  • Shale playground in W. Texas

    01/10/2013 11:44:06 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    The Eagle Ford Shale play is still in its early stages, with landmen continuing to hunt for mineral rights across South Texas and no one really knowing how much oil is out there. But if the Eagle Ford seems big, get ready for what’s happening in West Texas, where oil and gas production is ramping up in shale layers such as the Wolfcamp in and around Midland. “They’re getting thousands and thousands of feet of pay zone,” said Ken Morgan, director of the Texas Christian University Energy Institute, who spoke Wednesday at Palo Alto College. “It’s like the Eagle Ford...
  • Court Says Kidnapping Not Serious Enough to Warrant Deportation

    01/10/2013 11:34:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 10, 2013
    In what may seem like a bad joke, a U.S. federal appellate court has spared an illegal immigrant convicted of kidnapping from deportation ruling that it’s not necessarily a crime of moral turpitude. The decision, issued this week by the famously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, rambles on for 27 pages and is almost comical. “This undoubtedly appears to be a difficult question at first glance,” it reads. “Kidnapping is a serious crime, and our instincts may be that it would meet the moral turpitude definition. Even for serious offenses, we must look to the specific elements of the...
  • Carney: 'Deficit Reduction Is Not a Worthy Goal'

    01/10/2013 11:33:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    Carney: 'Deficit Reduction Is Not a Worthy Goal' Daniel Halper January 10, 2013 10:55 AM White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday that "deficit reduction is not a worthy goal onto itself": "Most importantly because deficit reduction is not a worthy goal onto itself," said Carney, talking about government spending. "This is all about making our economy stronger, making it more productive and allowing it to create even more jobs. That is the most important thing when it comes to economic policy as far as the President is concerned." U.S. debt is estimated to be $16,432,659,028,067.50.
  • Wyoming lawmakers propose bill to nullify new federal gun laws

    01/10/2013 11:25:41 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Wyoming lawmakers have proposed a new bill that, if passed, would nullify any federal restrictions on guns, threatening to jail federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, ammunition magazines or ammunition.
  • Has Harry Reid Committed a Felony or Just a Misdemeanor?

    01/10/2013 11:11:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/10/2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor? The wags will say that a politician from Nevada does not commit misdemeanors, but I am in earnest. The difference between whether Dingy Harry -- as he is known by the eminent political scientist Dr. Rush Limbaugh -- shuffles off to a federal prison or merely pays a hefty fine is significant. I suppose we can leave it to the federal prosecutors to decide, but if he gets off on a misdemeanor I...
  • Fox Affiliate Thoroughly Debunks Piers Morgan’s Gun Homicide Statistics

    01/10/2013 11:09:14 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | January 10, 2013 | By Noel Sheppard
    CNN’s Piers Morgan has for days cited U.S. and British gun homicide statistics in an attempt to get stricter controls on firearms here in America. On Tuesday, Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX thoroughly debunked many of Morgan’s claims After playing a clip of Morgan’s interview with radio host Alex Jones, WXIX’s Ben Swann said, “The stat that Piers Morgan was continuing to cite, one that Great Britain which banned guns about fifteen years ago had only 35 gun-related murders in 2011 compared to the United States which had 11,000. Let’s start there because that number is not correct.” Swann then broke...
  • Can Republicans Win a Government Shutdown?

    01/10/2013 11:08:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/10/2013 | David Harsanyi
    If Republicans do happen to force a shutdown in Washington, it's very possible they'll be embracing a political loser while doing the rest of us an immense favor. With three Washington-manufactured fiscal apocalypses -- sequestration, the debt ceiling and a new "budget" -- on the docket, the idea of shutting down government to extract concessions from the iron trap sometimes known as the Obama administration has gained traction among Republicans. Or, I should say, the idea of threatening to shut down Washington has. Pat Toomey, John Cornyn and other conservatives have said as much, though they've littered their shutdown statements...
  • Who’s Worse — Al Gore or Bernie Madoff?

    01/10/2013 11:04:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/10/2013 | Roger Simon
    Forgotten or semi-forgotten in the hullabaloo over Al Gore netting a cool hundred million from the sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera is that back in 2009 the ex-veep was on his way to being the first carbon billionaire off global warming. It’s unclear how close he came to accomplishing that goal, but it’s a safe bet he didn’t do badly, considering his lifestyle. (Well, this house apparently went to Tipper in the breakup.) Whatever else he is, Gore is arguably a business genius when it comes to generating massive amounts of income from dubious enterprises and, unlike Bernie...
  • Clinton: I wouldn’t say that I’m “retiring,” per se

    01/10/2013 11:03:23 AM PST · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 9, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Clinton: I wouldn’t say that I’m “retiring,” per se posted at 4:41 pm on January 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen Because why not fan the flames of 2016 speculation on a slow-ish news day?Ed already noted that Hillary Clinton, Private Citizen is now meant to testify on the security failings in Benghazi on January 22nd, but there was another minor but noteworthy moment today when she was speaking to reporters about working to smoothly transition Senator Kerry into the post she’ll shortly be vacating. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bucked the suggestion Wednesday that she’s retiring, instead saying that she’s...
  • Grab your flag: Gun Appreciation Day is coming

    01/10/2013 10:59:44 AM PST · by yoe · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 8, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    <p>Mark your calendar. On Jan. 19, two days before President Obama is inaugurated and a day before Sen. Dianne Feinstein is expected to introduce an assault weapons ban, a Gun Appreciation Day has been called in the U.S.</p> <p>Organizers are asking folks to go into their local gun shop and wave a flag or a “Hands Off Our Guns” sign or just brandish a copy of the Constitution. With 300 million guns in the U.S., there should be more than enough people ready to participate.</p>
  • Wyoming Lawmakers Propose ‘Gun Protection’ Legislation

    01/10/2013 10:59:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    k2radio.com ^ | 10 January, 2012 | Rich Denison
    Several Wyoming lawmakers are proposing legislation designed to protect gun-owners from any potential federal firearm ban. The “Firearms Protection Act” bill, introduced this week, would make any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries. Anyone trying to enforce a federal gun ban could face felony charges under the proposal. It also includes a provision allowing the Wyoming Attorney General’s office to defend any state resident against any federal firearm ban.
  • Latest serious idea for fiscal-crisis solution: IOUs

    01/10/2013 10:56:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/10/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, thank goodness we're taking the issue seriously. It's difficult to conceive of a sillier proposal than the trillion-dollar platinum coin, but it's not as if some people aren't working hard at it. National Journal reports that a new suggestion involves government scrip --- IOUs, in other words: The $1 trillion platinum coin seems too wacky; the 14th amendment too risky. But could IOU's be the solution to an impasse on raising the nation's borrowing limit?Yes, and President Obama should publicly adopt the idea, Edward Kleinbard, a University of Southern California law professor and former chief of staff to CongressÂ’s...
  • Registration Will Lead to Confiscation

    01/10/2013 10:37:19 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 9, 2013 | Brian Lilley
    According to The Washington Post, the Obama administration is considering a “national database” of all firearms in the United States to “track the movement and sale of weapons.” If such a database comes to fruition the database will lead to confiscation.Last year Canada ended its national long gun registry, a national database of every rifle and shotgun in the country that was supposed to help police track the movement of and sale of weapons. When it was introduced twenty years ago critics said the registration of firearms would eventually lead to confiscation, a criticism dismissed as ridiculous, yet that’s what...
  • John Brennan – The CIA - Zbigniew Brzezinski – Columbia University and Obama

    01/10/2013 10:33:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | 1/10/13 | Sundance
    Time to connect the dots, again. Treehouse Research – Going Deep. While attending Occidental University, 1979 – 81′, young Barack Obama meets a former Jimmy Carter administration official Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski is a key CIA asset and expert on Russia. He later becomes a mentor, and then much later a foreign policy advisor to President Elect Obama. Obama is friends with three Pakistani college roommates, muslims, Mohammed Hasan Chandio, Wahid Hamid, and Indian Vinai Thummalapally. In the summer of 1981 Obama travelled with his friends to Pakistan. Brezinski was deeply involved in the U.S. aspects to support Osama Bin Laden...
  • FL:Hillsborough shoots down gun buybacks

    01/10/2013 10:33:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    abcactionnews.com ^ | 10 January, 2013 | Chris Trenkmann
    TAMPA - The concept of an annual gun buyback program for Hillsborough County got an icy reception from county commissioners, several of whom questioned whether such a plan would make a difference in gun violence. Commissioner Lesley Miller, whose son was a shooting victim, said he doubts whether anyone with criminal intent would ever show up at a gun buyback. "The people that want to have the handguns and do the violent crimes in Hillsborough County and across this country are not going to turn them in," Miller said. The idea came from Commissioner Kevin Beckner, who agreed that a...
  • St. Louis Teen Pleads Guilty in “Knock Out Game” Assault

    01/10/2013 9:34:16 AM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    gateway ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Kwame J. Thomas, of St. Louis, pleaded guilty on Jan. 8, 2013, in a 2011 “knockout game” attack on a man in St. Louis. ... In April 2011 an elderly man was attacked by a mob of black youths playing “the knock out game” while walking home from the grocery store with his wife. They killed him. In June 2011 a group of black youths beat a gay man bloody playing “the knock out game.” In August 2011 black teen mobs targeted St. Louis cyclists in the knock out game. In September 2011, a 73-year-old man was knocked unconscious just...
  • Top EPA official used private email account to correspond with environmental groups

    01/10/2013 10:25:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/10/13 | Michael Bastasch
    A second Environmental Protection Agency official stands accused of using a personal email address to shield communications with environmental activists from public disclosure. Court documents show that EPA Region 8 Administrator James Martin corresponded with the Environmental Defense Fund — where he previously worked as an attorney — through his private email account.
  • Melissa Harris Perry On Cabinet Diversity: Clarence Thomas Doesn't Represent Blacks (video)

    01/10/2013 10:19:36 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 23 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 10, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    MSNBC host and commentator Melissa Harris Perry excuses the lack of diversity in President Obama's cabinet by saying just because someone is of one gender or has a certain skin color doesn't mean that they represent that specific group. Harris Perry cites Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an example, who she says doesn't represent "the vast majority" of African-Americans. MSNBC host and commentator Melissa Harris Perry says we should "be careful" when it comes to calling out the hypocrisy of President Obama for having a not so diverse cabinet. Perry says we don't want to "assume that any given...
  • 2 shot at California high school

    01/10/2013 10:07:42 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 33 replies
    2 shot at California high school Published January 10, 2013 | FoxNews.com DEVELOPING: At least two people were shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., Thursday morning and the shooter was taken into custody, local reports say.