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  • Obama pal Bill Ayers calls Teach for America 'a fraud'

    01/10/2013 4:28:03 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/10/2013 | Garrett Tenney
    Weather Underground terrorist-turned-academic and Obama confidant William Ayers is taking up a cause near and dear to teachers unions: bashing a program that sends young, idealistic college grads into the inner city to teach poor kids. The nonprofit Teach for America is a "fraud" whose participants are nothing but “educational tourists,” said Ayers, a onetime associate of President Obama who was a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago before retiring. The 68-year-old firebrand, now a self-styled educational theorist, said the program's young grads are merely passing through the gritty neighborhoods where they serve...
  • Self-professed 'gun nut' Keith Ratliff found fatally shot in the head in suspected homicide

    01/10/2013 4:13:13 PM PST · by jakerobins · 34 replies
    Keith Ratliff was a fervent Second Amendment gun advocate and believed all Americans should be able to possess assault weapons. In a rather macabre bit of irony, a self-professed "gun nut" who was a YouTube channel producer for fellow gun enthusiasts was found fatally shot in the head in his Carnesville, Ga., home on Jan. 3. Police are investigating the case as a homicide. Keith Ratliff, 32, was a channel producer for the popular FPSRussia firearms channel on YouTube, according to FoxNews.com. The channel boasts 3.4 million subscribers and has more than 537 million video views. The videos largely consist...
  • Letter from Casey (PA) on AWB.....thinks 2A is about hunting/target shooting

    01/10/2013 3:50:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. As you know, on December 14, 2012, an individual in Newtown, Connecticut forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on teachers and staff in the building. In total, the perpetrator murdered 20 students between the ages of six and seven years old, as well as six adults, many of whom heroically sought to stop the shooter and save the lives of children. Like many Americans, I was deeply affected by the scope...
  • Biden butts heads with NRA in gun violence drive

    01/10/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 10, 2013 | Steve Holland
    Vice President Joe Biden butted heads with the powerful National Rifle Association on Thursday in his drive to reduce U.S. gun violence, drawing complaints from the lobby group that the White House is trying to limit constitutionally protected gun rights. Biden sat down for about an hour and a half of talks with an NRA representative and officials from other gun owners' groups after telling reporters he is likely to recommend background checks for all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips. "It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our...
  • John Cook, Gawker writer who published two-year-old list of ‘gun-owning [expletive],’ promoted

    01/10/2013 3:33:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 1/10/13 | Staff
    Kristina Lucarelli @KristinaLuca AJ's out at Gawker, Cook's in, the world keeps turning for folks not in NYC media, because they don't know/care who either one is. 10 Jan 13 Reply Retweet Favorite Sigh. We hadn’t really heard of Gawker writer John Cook until just this week, when he made a splash by publishing a two-year-old list of legal, registered gun owners in New York City. Sure, the list was out of date, and the morally questionable stunt had already been pulled by the folks at the Journal News in suburban New York. Cook gave the piece his own special...
  • Silencers: The NRA’s latest big lie

    01/10/2013 3:30:52 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 68 replies
    Salon ^ | Dec 30, 2012 | Alexander Zaitchik
    A gruesome holiday season exercise: Think of some firearms and accessories that might have added to the body counts of Aurora and Newtown. More starkly, imagine the means by which coming Auroras and Newtowns will be made more deadly. The exercise starts with a militarized baseline, as both shooters unloaded designed-for-damage rounds from high-capacity magazines loaded into assault rifles. Improving their killing efficiency would require one of two things: the ability to shoot more bullets faster, or more time. A fully automatic machine gun would provide the first. More minutes to hunt, meanwhile, might be gained by employing a noise...
  • A Christmas card come to life: Jerusalem hit by worst snowstorm for TWENTY YEARS(8 inches)

    01/10/2013 2:56:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Dailymail (uk) ^ | UPDATED: 14:12 EST, 10 January 2013 | Steve Robson
    The Holy City of Jerusalem has been covered in a brilliant white blanket after the worst snowstorm in 20 years.Schools and highways have been closed as up to eight inches of snow piled up in the city centre by this afternoon.Israel and much of the surrounding region has been hit by five days of rain, wind and snow as temperatures have dipped below freezing.Scroll down for video
  • Obama signs protection bill for former presidents

    01/10/2013 2:55:58 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 31 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | January 10, 2013 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives. The measure Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Obama and former President George W. Bush. It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis.
  • 60% of cigarettes sold in New York are smuggled: report

    01/10/2013 2:41:18 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/10/2013 | Aaron Smith
    New York has the highest cigarette tax rate of any state, and nearly two-thirds of the state's cigarette market is illegal, announced the think tank Tax Foundation on Thursday. The Tax Foundation said that 60.9% of cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other states. This makes New York the biggest importer of black market cigarettes, along with the state's highest tax rate of $4.35 per pack. That's compared to Missouri, the state with the lowest rate, of 17 cents per pack. In New York City the tax rate is even higher, adding another $1.50 per pack...
  • Can’t we aim higher than ‘Honey Boo Boo’? (By failed Spitzer co-host Kathleen Parker)

    01/10/2013 2:39:57 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/9/13 | Kathleen Parker
    No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo. Even though I’ve made reference to the show featuring a former beauty tot, now 7, and her family, I’d never actually watched a full episode. I still haven’t, but I watched enough to need a jaw adjustment.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, January-10-2013

    01/10/2013 2:20:51 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 53 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
  • Flag Stomping Could Cost South Carolina Teacher His Job

    01/10/2013 2:09:02 PM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jilian Fama
    Scott Compton, a South Carolina high school teacher, is facing possible dismissal by his school board for stomping on an American flag in three of his classes last month. Compton, who teaches honors English at Chapin High School, has been with the school for seven years, but the tenure of his job is now in question as the Lexington-Richland 5 school board will decide whether or not to dismiss the teacher for his actions. ... "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...
  • Mali Islamists 'enter' Konna after clashes with army ('Mujao' risin'?)

    01/10/2013 2:07:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10/13 | BBC
    Militants Islamist in Mali say they have entered the key central town of Konna, advancing further into government-held territory. This is the most serious fighting since Islamist groups captured the north from government forces in April 2012. The army has not commented on the claim by the Ansar Dine group that its fighters are in Konna. Earlier, it said it had advanced on Douentza, a central town held by another Islamist group. A resident in Douentza said no fighting had so far taken place for control of the town, about 800km (500 miles) north-east of the capital, Bamako. It was...
  • Nuke Plan Hurting Hagel

    01/10/2013 1:46:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/10/13 | Bill Gertz
    A new front is opening in the Senate confirmation fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel as senators from states with nuclear bases are questioning the defense secretary nominee’s role in the Global Zero commission that advocates eliminating all nuclear weapons and making unilateral strategic arms cuts. Six senators with home-state nuclear bases or membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee said they are either opposing Hagel’s nomination or questioning his judgment for backing the international anti-nuclear movement. Hagel is among some 300 international and national public figures supporting the group’s stated goal of seeking “the elimination of all nuclear weapons.”...
  • Gun control put on fast track in D.C., Connecticut

    01/10/2013 1:43:20 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    As the Obama administration hurries to develop new federal gun restrictions, the Connecticut General Assembly is placing gun legislation on a fast track in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, creating a special committee with an eye toward passage of some legislation in February. House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said the committee, whose creation has not been finalized or formally announced, will work toward "a relatively rapid bipartisan consensus, and then look to have a special day in our session, probably toward the end of February." The committee likely will consist of the Democratic co-chairs and the ranking...
  • "The Harbinger' appears just as Obama's party begins!

    01/10/2013 1:41:01 PM PST · by wesagain · 45 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 10, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    "Inauguration Day or Judgment Day?"In the early morning hours of Jan. 21, the day President Obama is scheduled to be inaugurated, the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast will be sounding a powerful warning to Washington, D.C., to – in the words of its keynote speaker – turn from its prideful ways or face the judgment of God. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the controversial author of “The Harbinger” – the startling New York Times bestseller that claims the U.S. is receiving the same divine warnings ancient Israel once did … and following the same path to destruction – has been chosen to deliver...
  • It is my sad duty to report the passing of another PATRIOT (Eastbound)

    01/10/2013 1:38:54 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 83 replies
    Via Email | January 10, 2013 | Neil E. Wright
    It is with deep sadness and regret that I report the passing Wednesday morning of FReeper Eastbound (Dave Schultz). In an email to Jim Robinson, Dave's son said: Hello, I’m Dave’s son, Ken. I’m so sorry to say the Dave “Eastbound” passed away Wednesday morning. I know Free Republic was one of his favorite forums, so if anyone might want to know that he’s gone, please pass it on if you would. Thank you, sincerely. Dad spent many many hours at FR for years. ~ Ken Schultz Prayers and condolences can be sent to Ken at ken@apachego.com.
  • NRA Slams Meeting with Biden

    01/10/2013 1:38:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/10/13 | staff
    The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden Thursday and it did not go well. “We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,” the group said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. The full statement: The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended...
  • Kurdish activists' murder in Paris casts shadow over peace process in Turkey

    01/10/2013 1:31:37 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Jan 2013 | Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and Constanze Letsch in Istanbul
    On a busy road near Gare du Nord station in Paris, sandwiched between a Bengali grocery and a mobile phone shop, the green door of number 147 rue Lafayette did not stand out. There was no plaque to advertise the first-floor office of the Kurdistan information centre, where three female Kurdish activists had met on Wednesday afternoon. As their dead bodies were removed on stretchers on Thursday morning after what French authorities described as an execution-style killing ...
  • Kudlow on Lew as Treasury secretary: 'Give me a phone book and I’ll find somebody more qualified'

    01/10/2013 1:26:49 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Laura Ingraham’s radio on Thursday, CNBC anchor Larry Kudlow explained why President Barack Obama’s nomination of Jack Lew as the Timothy Geithner’s replacement to head the Treasury Department was a “nutty appointment.” The White House has not decided whether it will submit a budget before Feb. 4 as legally required, and Kudlow pointed to Lew as part of the problem. Kudlow cited Lew’s lack of qualifications as another reason that Obama’s appointment was “completely irresponsible.” “You know, this whole thing is kind of centered around the Senate, which hasn’t done a budget in 1,351 days — so whatever that...
  • Monsters in America

    01/10/2013 1:21:04 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 5 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | January 4, 2013 | Thomas Clough
    The Monster of Bath Andrew Kehoe was an intelligent man with a prickly disposition. Neighbors recalled how Kehoe had shot a neighbor’s dog to death after it wandered onto his property and annoyed him by barking. Kehoe had beaten one of his horses to death when its performance displeased him. Andrew Kehoe was impatient with anyone who contradicted him. Mr. Kehoe had studied electrical engineering; he had worked as an electrician. In 1919 he and his wife had purchased a farm outside Bath, Michigan, about ten miles northeast of Lansing. Kehoe had a reputation for thriftiness and in 1924 he...
  • The Obama Hate Squad

    01/10/2013 1:13:06 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 10 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | December 17, 2012 | Thomas Clough
    Before he met Michelle Robinson, Barack Obama had no traction on the streets of Chicago. In a head-to-head contest against Bobby Rush, a charter member of the Black Panther Party, Barack Obama suffered a painful ego deflation. In their competition in the 2000 Democrat primary for Illinois’ first congressional district Bobby Rush had deftly whitewashed Barack as a creature of white culture – of his white mother and his white grandparents, his white girlfriends and his white and Jewish advisors and benefactors far from the gritty South Ward in rich-and-comfortable Hyde Park. “He went to Harvard and became an educated...
  • Striking at sea: How the Styx strategy paid off

    01/10/2013 1:08:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | January 7, 2013 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Striking at sea: How the Styx strategy paid off January 7, 2013 Rakesh Krishnan Simha The latest in the series of 1971 war stories describes the Indian Navy’s ingenious – and audacious – use of its newly acquired Russian missile boats that played a huge role in India’s victory. In the summer of 1971 when Babru Bhan Yadav returned after a year of naval training in Vladivostok, Russia, he carried with him a secret that he could not tell even his family. Yadav had been made the Squadron Commander of the 25th Missile Squadron based at Mumbai. Under his command...
  • Moving Company Reports People Fleeing Illinois & New Jersey

    01/10/2013 1:06:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | january 9, 2013 | rebel pundit
    The St. Louis based moving company United Van Lines is reporting that Illinois leads the nation alongside New Jersey with the nations highest move out rates. United Van Lines spokeswoman, Melissa Sullivan told CBS affiliate KMOX in St. Louis, 60.5% of their business comes from individuals and businesses leaving Illinois. She also said, “Illinois has seen more outbound movement every year since” they have been keeping track, beginning in 1977.
  • Biden Hints at OutlawingUnregulated ´Private´ Gun Sales

    01/10/2013 1:01:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/10/13 | Daniel Halper
    Vice President Joe Biden, in remarks today before a meeting on guns, suggested the Obama administration is seriously considering outlawing unregulated "private" gun sales:"And so the kinds of things that there´s an emerging set of recommendations, not coming from me but coming from the groups we´ve met with," said Biden today, before a closed door meeting on gun control. "And I´m going to focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership and the type of weapons can be owned. And one is,
  • Americans never give up your guns (Pravda: "socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA")

    01/10/2013 12:52:00 PM PST · by dead · 15 replies
    Pravda ^ | Stanislav Mishin
    These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them...
  • Doctors: Junior Seau's brain had CTE

    01/10/2013 12:06:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    espn.go.com ^ | 1/10/13 | Mark Fainaru-Wada, Jim Avila and Steve Fainaru
    SAN DIEGO -- Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, two years after retiring as one of the premier linebackers in NFL history, suffered from the type of chronic brain damage that also has been found in dozens of deceased former players, five brain specialists consulted by the National Institutes of Health concluded. Seau's ex-wife, Gina, and his oldest son Tyler, 23, told ABC News and ESPN in an exclusive interview they were informed last week that Seau's brain had tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression.
  • Feds fund $100,000 video game featuring female climate change 'superhero'

    01/10/2013 12:05:09 PM PST · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    washington examiner ^ | january 10, 2013 | paul bedard
    A new video game featuring a black alien female superhero delivered to Earth to fight global warming is about to hit the market thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Obama administration. The National Endowment for the Arts is funding the Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga.'s multi-episode game called "HERadventure." In the grant announcement made last year, the NEA said the story "focuses on a young female superhero sent to Earth to save her own planet from devastation because of climate changes caused by social issues impacting women and girls." The game is set to debut on March 8 on...
  • Man, 19, hospitalized after stabbing at Waianae High [Hawaii]

    01/10/2013 11:56:29 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    KITV ^ | January 4, 2013 | Unnamed
    Waianae, Hawaii - Emergency Medical Services officials say a 19-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition after a stabbing at Waianae High School Friday. Honolulu police responded just before 12:30 p.m. The Department of Education says two students, both 19-year-old men, got into an altercation during class time right before lunch.  They were outside near the basketball court. The suspect stabbed the victim with a pocketknife, according to the DOE.  The victim suffered lacerations and taken to Queen's Medical Center.
  • 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.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Reports of shooting at Taft High School [CA]

    01/10/2013 10:06:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 117 replies
    WGET ^ | 1/10/13
    At least two people were shot at Taft High School Thursday morning. It happened at about 9 a.m. and as of 9:30, students had been evacuated to the football field and there were reports one person was in custody. Details were still sketchy at 9:45 a.m. but the Sheriff's Department has confirmed a shooter is in custody and at least two people have been wounded. Hall Ambulance dispatched three ambulances and a medevac helicopter.