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  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 12:10:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    "So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama. The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think, to shape a strong relationship with a responsible Afghan government that is willing to cooperate with us to make sure that it is not a launching pad for future...
  • Obama: U.S. Has Fallen 'Short of the Ideal' in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 12:08:20 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/11/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    So, you know, I think that, have we achieved everything that some might have imagined us achieving in the best of scenarios? Probably not. You know, there's a human enterprise, and you know, you fall short of the ideal," said Obama. The president went on to say that America has achieved some measure of success in Afghanistan, however. "Did we achieve our central goal? And have we been able, I think, to shape a strong
  • The US Deficit Almost Completely Disappeared In December

    01/11/2013 11:55:59 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Sam Ro
    The US Deficit Almost Completely Disappeared In DecemberSam RoJanuary 11, 2013 The U.S. December budget deficit was just $260 million. This is according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement from the Financial Management Service. Economists were forecasting a deficit of closer to $1 billion. The December deficit was also the lowest December number since 2007, reports Bloomberg. It's worth noting that monthly numbers are noisy, and that seasonal factors tend to be considerable in December. Regardless, this is an encouraging sign. Receipts were $269.5 billion while the spending was $269.7 billion. This is important to remember, because budget deficits and...
  • WaPo: Yeah, Morgan got pwned last night

    01/11/2013 11:47:30 AM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Normally I’d be tempted to just add this as an update to the previous post, but it’s just too delicious not to highlight on its own. As Duane wrote in his GR post, Piers Morgan went from his embarrassing display in his interview with Ben Shapiro to lamenting about Shapiro’s “intransigent” performance with Mark Kelly afterward. Eric Wemple at the Washington Post confirms that Shapiro wasn’t intransigent — he was just a lot smarter than Morgan and beat him at his own game: Wemple then excerpts Shapiro’s challenge to Morgan on handguns. Murders by rifle are relatively rare, more rare...
  • The Southern States PBA official stand on gun control in America

    01/11/2013 11:33:24 AM PST · by Jgerald · 17 replies
    SSPBA ^ | 01/10/2013 | Chris Skinner
    "As president of Southern States PBA, a professional law enforcement association with over 30,000 members from federal, state, county and municipal agencies, I would like to express our support for the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and for law abiding citizens to purchase and own firearms. From hunting to shooting sports, firearms are a part of the American culture that are passed from generation to generation. Rank and file law enforcement officers realize that gun ownership from law abiding citizens poses no threat to the law enforcement community or to the public. New legislation aimed at reducing or restricting law...
  • Bullied on the President’s Stage

    01/11/2013 11:31:56 AM PST · by cblue55 · 5 replies
    Q Ideas ^ | Gabe Lyons
    January 21, 2013 may go down in history, as the day Americans lost their most important freedom—their freedom of conscience. I’m no fear monger and realize in the middle of the current gun restriction debate, Americans can hardly stand another story on lost liberties. But pay attention, lest you become distracted by deliberations over the Second Amendment, and lose sight of the First ...
  • Overflow Santa Rosa crowd divided over adding gun controls

    01/11/2013 11:25:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 10 January, 2013 | GUY KOVNER
    Madeleine Melo of Fort Bragg, widow of the North Coast's most prominent recent victim of gun violence, spoke out Thursday night in defense of gun ownership at a public forum convened by Rep. Mike Thompson. "I strongly support our right to own and use guns," Melo told Thompson and six other public officials before an overflow crowd in the Sonoma County supervisors chambers in Santa Rosa. In her next sentence, Melo, whose husband Jere Melo was murdered in the Mendocino County woods in 2011, said the "unchecked acts of violent criminals take away the rights of others to live a...
  • Republican senator: 'Jack Lew must never be secretary of Treasury' (Wall ST. Gambler?)

    01/11/2013 11:00:29 AM PST · by yoe · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jamuary 9, 2013 | Kara Rowland
    A key Republican has vowed to block the expected promotion of White House Chief of Staff Jacob "Jack" Lew, saying he "must never be secretary of Treasury." [snip] A strongly worded statement by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. -- prepared in anticipation of that nomination and obtained by Fox News -- signals the bumpy ride Lew could face during the Senate confirmation process. Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, says Lew misled Congress about the White House's budget proposals and argues that should disqualify him from being put in charge of the government's finances. "Lew, as the president's...
  • France Confirms Mali Intervention (France Sends Troops To Ex-Colony)

    01/11/2013 10:59:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/11/2013 | BBC News
    President Francois Hollande says French troops are taking part in operations against Islamists in northern Mali. French troops "have brought support this afternoon to Malian units to fight against terrorist elements", he said. Armed groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, took control of northern Mali in April. Mr Hollande said the intervention complied with international law, and had been agreed with Malian President Dioncounda Traore. A state of emergency has been declared across the country. The militants said on Thursday that they had advanced further into government-controlled territory, taking the strategic central town of Konna. Mr Hollande said French military action...
  • A large segment of Obama-Biden's base more than likely could not legally purchase a firearm

    01/11/2013 10:56:15 AM PST · by WyCoKsRepublican · 26 replies
    There are lots of reasons Obama and VP "Goofball" Biden want to take your guns. Just food for thought. I firmly believe that a large part of their base could not legally buy a firearm due to criminal history, mental illness or just plain stupidity. Of course, his goons and voter base will obtain firearms of all kinds illegally. The NRA needs to continue to lead the fight and increase its ranks in the wake of this constitutional showdown.
  • J.C. Penney shares slide as UBS sees worse holiday sales (Ellen Christmas advertising flops?)

    01/11/2013 10:46:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/11/13 | Phil Wahba
    J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N) slid as much as 8 percent on Friday after UBS published a research note saying holiday quarter sales have likely been worse than expected and questioned the retailer's ability to roll out its new shops on schedule. -snip- UBS analyst Michael Binetti lowered his forecast for Penney's fiscal fourth quarter, which is still underway and includes the holiday period, and expects same-store sales to decline 28 percent, from an earlier projection of a 20 percent decline.
  • Greek journalists bombed over economic crisis reports

    01/11/2013 10:30:39 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Denis Roland and agencies
    Five Greek journalists working for major media outlets have had their homes targeted by small makeshift bombs. The attacks, made in the early hours of Friday by unknown assailants, are believed to be fuelled by discontent over the reporters' portrayal of the country's financial crisis. Greece - in its sixth year of recession - has so far received international bailouts from its troika of lenders - the IMF, EU and European Central Bank - totalling €240bn (Ł198bn). The bombings were the first such coordinated offensives against mainstream journalists since the Greek debt crisis erupted in 2009. Among those targeted by...
  • Trump on Bill Mahr’s $5 million pledge: ‘I’ll sue him’

    01/11/2013 10:17:28 AM PST · by SmileRight · 33 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/11/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    With his usual flair, Donald Trump set the record straight on his feud with Bill Mahr, the Miss Alabama controversy, the recent handling of the fiscal crisis by Congress and the next presidential election, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Trump explained that Mahr had appeared on the Jay Leno Show, said that Trump had been “spawned by orangutans” and made an offer of $5 million for Trump to produce his birth certificate. Since the money would go to charity, Trump accepted the offer and produced legal paperwork required to fulfill the obligations. “Why is it that somebody...
  • life extending cancer drugs ´rationed by postcode´: dozens of hospitals refuse to hand

    01/11/2013 10:17:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 1/11/13 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year.
  • U.S. attack submarine strikes vessel in Gulf

    01/11/2013 4:06:57 AM PST · by rawhide · 25 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 1-10-13 | Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Lisa Shumaker
    A nuclear-powered U.S. attack submarine struck a suspected fishing vessel shortly after passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf on Thursday, damaging one of the submarine's periscopes but injuring no one, a Navy official said on the condition of anonymity. The Navy's Fifth Fleet said in a statement the vessel appeared unaware of the incident, adding it "continued on a consistent course and speed offering no indication of distress or acknowledgment of a collision." The USS Jacksonville, a Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered submarine, did not appear to suffer further damage, the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said. "The reactor remains in...
  • The Myth of Government Default [If you think gun control is a problem, read this]

    01/11/2013 10:05:56 AM PST · by IndePundit · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/11/13 | David Rivkin & Lee Casey
    Three false arguments, pushed hard by the Obama administration and accepted on faith by the media and much of the political establishment, must be laid to rest if the American people are to understand the issues at stake in the federal "debt ceiling" debate. The first is that Congress's failure to raise the debt ceiling—the amount of money the federal government is authorized to borrow at any given time—will cause a default on the national debt. The second is that federal entitlement programs are constitutionally protected from spending cuts. The third is that the president can raise the debt ceiling...
  • Major Shakeout Looms for Top New York Times Editors (Pink Slips, Hope and Change!)

    01/11/2013 10:05:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    New York Mag ^ | 1/11/13 | Joe Hagan
    The next two weeks are going to get tense inside the headquarters of the New York Times. Last month, executive editor Jill Abramson told the staff she’d have to cut 30 positions from the news division to buffer against financial losses from rapidly declining advertising revenue. Reporters and editors would be offered buyouts, she said, but if she didn't have enough takers in a month’s time, she would be “forced to go to layoffs.” As the January 24 deadline approaches, only two people, assistant managing editor Jonathan Landman and reporter Jacques Steinberg, have formally announced their exits.
  • Ed Koch at 88: New York’s Still-Outspoken Ex-Mayor Holds No Grudges

    01/11/2013 10:02:27 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01/11/13 | Lloyd Grove
    Now that he is 88, New York’s former three-term mayor—the star of Koch, a rollicking, warts-and-all documentary premiering this weekend at the New York Jewish Film Festival—has nothing holding him back. * * * “I think he’s a pompous ass,” Koch tells me about New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. * * * Koch is downright dismissive of Schumer’s junior colleague, Kirsten Gillibrand, an upstate congresswoman when she was appointed in 2009 to the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. * * * But concerning a certain former vice president, “I don’t happen to like Al Gore,” Koch confides. *...
  • Dick Morris: Kerry’s Aide Too Friendly to Castro

    01/11/2013 9:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 11 Jan 2013 10:10 AM | Bill Hoffmann
    Dick Morris is spearheading a campaign to stop presumed Secretary of State John Kerry from tapping an “overt Castro sympathizer” to be in charge of U.S.-Cuban policy. Morris says one of Kerry’s closest confidants is Fulton Armstrong, who has served for years as his assistant for Cuban and Latin American relations on the Senate staff of the Foreign Policy Committee. … Morris said when John Bolton was up for Ambassador to Cuba, he said there was evidence Castro was amassing biological weapons for use against the U.S. and moved to declassify a report about it. “Fulton Armstrong opposed that and...
  • I Got 15 Kids & 3 Babydaddys-SOMEONE'S GOTTA PAY FOR ME & MY KIDS!!!

    01/11/2013 9:42:51 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 55 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/11/13
    THIS IS A TYPICAL OBAMA VOTER, CREATE YOUR MESS AND EXPECT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR IT. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!
  • Likud-Beytenu to play hardball with settlers if they don’t vote for the list, report says

    01/11/2013 9:34:58 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/11/2013 | Elie Leshem
    Support for Naftali Bennett’s ascendant right-wing Jewish Home party comes largely at the expense of the Likud-Yisrael Beytenu list and its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and nowhere is this more pronounced than among the largely Orthodox settler population. Reportedly, the trend has prompted Likud to “play rough” and convey the message that if these Israelis fail to vote for Likud-Beytenu in January 22′s election, the consequences for the entire settler movement could be grave. The emphasis of the ruling party’s new approach is on the many settlers who enlisted as Likud members so they could participate in the...
  • Katy Perry, Usher, Brad Paisley & More To Perform At Obama’s Inaugural Events

    01/11/2013 9:32:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Access Hollywood ^ | January 11, 2013 | Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report
    ... Obama is drawing an A-list of performers for his inaugural festivities, including a massive gala expected to draw more than 35,000 revelers.... Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley are among the stars planning to sing at Obama’s inaugural galas Jan. 21 and a children’s concert on Jan. 19. Also signed up are Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the cast of “Glee.”... ... While Obama has cut the number of inaugural balls lower than any president since Dwight Eisenhower was first sworn into office in 1953, the two celebrations will be elaborate. The larger...
  • WATCH: Judge Pirro Slams ‘The Journal News’ for Publishing Names of Gun Permit Owners —

    01/11/2013 9:30:42 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    Judge Jeanine Pirro, anchor of Justice with Judge Jeanine, is a legal gun permit owner. Her information was published, along with many other law-abiding people, when The Journal News decided to oust all the gun permit owners in Westchester County, New York. On her show, in a powerful opening statement, Judge Jeanine shot back at the newspaper and called for them to come out of hiding and start answering questions. Read the transcript and watch the clip below: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “Don’t you love it when the tables are turned? When the critic finally has to walk in the shoes of those...
  • Video mocks celebrity gun control PSA

    01/11/2013 9:28:55 AM PST · by Baynative · 12 replies
    Michael Medved website ^ | 1/9/13 | not sure
    In case you missed it... It's the video of Hollywood dingbats pleading for gun control mixed with their own film depictions of violence.
  • White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown

    01/11/2013 9:19:27 AM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks.
  • Secret 'no-fly zone'?

    01/11/2013 9:14:16 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    AOPA ^ | January 10, 2013 | Sarah Brown
    Secret 'no-fly zone'? Pilot seeks answers after arrest By Sarah Brown Pilots returned, one by one, to Bermuda High Soaring in Jefferson, S.C. By about 5 p.m. on July 26, 2012, the lift had died and everyone had returned to the gliderport—everyone except Robin Fleming. No one remembered hearing from Fleming since 1:30 or 2 p.m., and Jayne Ewing Reid, co-owner and chief tow pilot of the glider club and commercial operation, was worried. She called pilots who lived in the region and asked them to try to contact Fleming on their handheld radios. She flew the club’s Piper Pawnee...
  • Church deacon arrested in alleged rape of girl, 13

    01/11/2013 9:12:08 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    The Inquirer philly.com ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman
    A church deacon has been arrested on charges he raped a 13-year-old girl at a Bensalem motel two years ago, police announced Thursday. District Judge Leonard Brown arraigned Humberto Cervantes, 34, of Coatesville, on nine offenses and ordered him held on $1 million bail. Police said Cervantes was a deacon at a Trenton Pentecostal church when he befriended the alleged victim, now 15. Police said Cervantes met with the alleged victim several times in Bensalem. The two "went to a few parks and talked about church, life, and family," police said. "On the final visit, when the victim believed they...
  • Why The Newly Reinstated Payroll Taxes Won't Drag Down The Economy

    01/11/2013 9:08:10 AM PST · by blam · 25 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Lisa Mahapatra
    Why The Newly Reinstated Payroll Taxes Won't Drag Down The Economy Lisa MahapatraJanuary 11, 2013If you've already received your first paycheck of the year, then you've probably noticed that it was a teeny bit smaller than expected. That's because when the temporary cut in payroll taxes expired at the end of last year, policymakers decided to let them stay that way as a part of the fiscal cliff tax deal, also known as "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012." Now that these payroll taxes are back, the US government can expect to collect revenue equivalent to about 0.66% of GDP,...
  • Chuck Hagel, anti-Semite?

    01/11/2013 9:04:34 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    american enterprise institute ^ | 1/11/13 | Danielle Pletka
    It has been suggested that Chuck Hagel is an anti-Semite. It has also been suggested that it is an outrage and a smear to call Barack Obama’s nominee to be secretary of defense an anti-Semite. For my part, I don’t know. But these accusations and defenses have come from serious people. First, the naysayers, because denying the charge is actually easier than leveling it. (“How dare you?” often suffices as a riposte.) Here are the arguments: 1. Chuck Hagel is not an anti-Semite because some Jews — in Israel, in Nebraska, in the Senate — like him. 2. Chuck Hagel...
  • "The List"; Obama's Two Hundred and Seventh Week in Office

    01/11/2013 9:00:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 1/11/13 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Seventh Week in Office1/10/2013Obama Ethics, Year 4U.S. Taxpayers are giving Planned Parenthood $1.5 million each and every day - 11% growth in 2 yearsCalifornian women told to have more children as birth rate in most populous state plummetsObama signs bill giving himself lifetime Secret Service protectionJohn Brennan – The CIA - Zbigniew Brzezinski – Columbia University and ObamaChief Justice Of The Supreme Court John Roberts Schedules A Case By Attorney Taitz Regarding Obamas Forged IDs to be Heard in Conference Before the Full Supreme CourtObama's nominees settle it: A more radical, confrontational termEric Holder to...
  • Harvard Munch: When Liberty Turns to Bondage (BDSM club on campus)

    01/11/2013 8:59:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 10 January 2013 | Michael Cook
    2013 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of the book Utilitarianism, by the British philosopher John Stuart Mill...This week: what sado-masochists are getting up to at Harvard. Utilitarianism is a broad church which admits parishioners of varying persuasions and degrees of fervour. But there are two pillars to which all subscribe, one for society and the other for individuals. The first is the famous maxim, “the greatest good for the greatest number”. John Stuart Mill modified this primitive calculus of pleasure and pain to take into account the pleasures of the intellect. In his well-known words, "it is better...
  • Sheriff's offer to help arm teachers gets big response

    01/11/2013 8:41:11 AM PST · by Washi · 20 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | January 10, 2013 | Garrison Wells
    Some Colorado Springs teachers responded eagerly Thursday to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa’s offer to assist with firearms training and waive charges for concealed weapons permits to enhance school security. “We’re getting calls from people who say they are a teacher and they want a concealed weapons permit,” said Lt. Jeff Kramer, El Paso County Sheriff’s spokesman. “We’re getting inquiries from teachers, administrators and representatives of local school districts.” Maketa, who supports arming teachers and administrators in schools, told The Gazette about his ideas Wednesday. When the news hit the streets, the calls started. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper offered...
  • Investors Are Staging One Of The Biggest Moves Into Equities Of All Time

    01/11/2013 8:40:38 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    Investors Are Staging One Of The Biggest Moves Into Equities Of All Time Matthew BoeslerJan. 11, 2013, 5:54 AMIt's been a dazzling week for mutual funds and ETFs. $22.2 billion flowed into equity funds this week, marking the second-largest weekly inflow in history. Inflows into emerging market equity funds this week were the largest – at $7.4 billion – of all time. "A new year, memories of 2012 returns, zero rates, the “fiscal whiff’...whatever the reason investors capitulated into equities this week," writes BofA strategist Michael Hartnett. Other big winners were long-only mutual funds, which recorded $8.9 billion in inflows...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 11,2013

    01/11/2013 8:33:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 77 replies
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  • White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown

    01/11/2013 8:30:28 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 74 replies
    White House may consider funding for police in schools after Newtown By Philip Rucker, Published: January 10 The Obama administration is considering funding many more police officers in public schools to secure campuses, a leading Democratic senator said, part of a broad gun violence agenda that is likely to include a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips and universal background checks. The school safety initiative, one of several under consideration, would make federal dollars available to schools that want to hire police officers and install surveillance equipment, although it is not nearly as far-ranging as the National Rifle Association’s proposal for...
  • China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea

    01/11/2013 8:29:03 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Johnson
    China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea Robert JohnsonJan. 11, 2013, 8:49 AMSino Defence After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to head off a number of...
  • PAUL KRUGMAN: The Deficit Is Basically Solved

    01/11/2013 8:21:14 AM PST · by blam · 71 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Walter Hickey
    PAUL KRUGMAN: The Deficit Is Basically Solved Walter HickeyJan. 10, 2013, 4:00 PMMany people think that fixing the deficit is a painful process that involves deep cuts to crucial programs. Some think the process is too hard, and it's not worth trying yet. That's not correct, according to a chart from from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Richard Kogan showing just how far the United States has come in the past two years. We've talked before about how the painless and most effective solution to the deficit is additional growth in GDP. As the recovery progresses and GDP...
  • Reuters Wants to Know How You Are Dealing With Payroll Tax Hike

    01/11/2013 8:19:51 AM PST · by kristinn · 34 replies
    Reuters via Twitter ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013
    Paycheck looking lighter? How are you adjusting spending after the payroll tax-hike? Contact jason.lange@thomsonreuters.com or @langejason
  • Egyptian Muslim Protesters Demand End to Spanish Occupation of Spain

    01/11/2013 8:19:17 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 25 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | January 11, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Hundreds of Egyptians demonstrated on Wednesday Jan. 2 in Safenex Square in Cairo to commemorate the 521st anniversary of the fall of Granada. The demonstration was called by The Free Movement (Harakat Ahrar). The protesters organized a human chain around the square and held signs that said: “Obligatory return”,”We have not forgotten Al Andalus” and “Of course we will return” … And they really mean it. Demonstrator: As we speak, in Islamic Andalusia, in Spain, they are marching to celebrate the fall of the Islamic state of Andalusia, or Spain. While they are celebrating, we here are upset, because the...
  • Arab City Schools commits $66,000 to put armed police officer in each school (Alabama)

    01/11/2013 8:11:42 AM PST · by FReepaholic · 18 replies
    AL.COM ^ | 1/11/2013 | Paul Gattis
    ARAB, Alabama - In reaction to the deadly school shooting in Connecticut last month, Arab City Schools have installed armed police officers at each of its four campuses. It's costing the system $66,000 through the end of 2013, according to Superintendent John Mullins. "We made a decision that while it's a substantial amount of money, there's no monetary value on the safety of our children," Mullins said.
  • Video: Piers Morgan discovers Ben Shapiro isn’t Alex Jones (Larry King Criticizes Morgan's Show)

    01/11/2013 7:58:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Duane hit this in the Green Room, but I want to note a few passages from the appearance of Breitbart's Ben Shapiro on CNN with Piers Morgan last night. First, Ben calls out Morgan for acting like a bully to his guests and an activist rather than a journalist, a theme that fits nicely with Ben's new book, Bullies: How the LeftÂ’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans. Ben told me on Wednesday's TEMS that he was relishing the confrontation --- and you can see why:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO BEN SHAPIRO, EDITOR BREITBART.COM: You know, honestly Piers,...
  • It’s bullet for bullet on the Line-of-Control as India rejects UN role

    01/11/2013 7:53:44 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | DNA
    India on Thursday rejected Pakistan’s demand for a UN probe into the LoC incident, saying it would be tantamount to internationalising the issue. The development came as reports from Islamabad suggested that a Pakistani soldier had been killed in firing by Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC). “We are not going to agree to internationalise the issue or allow the United Nations to hold an inquiry. That demand is rejected out of hand,” Union finance minister P Chidambaram said after a cabinet committee meeting on security. Defence minister AK Antony briefed the cabinet committee on security and said...
  • It's Not the 'Doctor Shortage,' Stupid (It's a Manufactured Crisis)

    01/11/2013 7:47:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/11/2013 | Michael Applebaum, MD
    Newsmax.com, on 07 January 2013, published an article entitled, "Doctor Shortage Becoming Crisis Under Obamacare." The sick care industry is a repair and rescue industry. This so-called crisis is a manufactured one in the same way that there would be a "mechanic shortage" if the overwhelming preponderance of cars were so poorly built by intent that they required an obscene amount of repair. The fundamental problems with the sick care system, for the most part, remain the quality of the protoplasm entering it, i.e., people are unfit by choice who therefore develop diseases of choice, and the combined efforts of...
  • Obama Muzzling Military Chaplains

    01/11/2013 7:34:26 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://rightmarch.com ^ | January 9, 2012 | George Neumayr
    One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they don’t uphold Obama’s “values.” Obama’s mouthpieces in the military have already blurted this out. In 2010, Admiral Michael Mullen told a Christian chaplain who opposed the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that “If you cannot get in line, resign your commission.” That same year Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick, the Army’s deputy chief of staff in charge of personnel, said military members who dissent from Obama’s...
  • British Christians Await Top Court Ruling on Wearing a Cross at Work

    01/11/2013 7:33:08 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Europe’s highest court next week will hand down rulings in the cases of four British Christians who claim to have been discriminated in the workplace because of their religious beliefs. Two of the applicants, Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin, said their rights were violated when employers barred them from wearing crosses visibly at work. They pointed to Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others...
  • Victims Stabbed, Sexually Assaulted During Mall Hostage Situation (No description of perps...)

    01/11/2013 7:28:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 1/11/13 | Toni Guinyard and Jonathan Lloyd
    One person was sexually assaulted and another was stabbed in the neck during a hostage situation at a Southern California shopping center that ended early Friday after Los Angeles Police Department SWAT members entered a Nordstrom Rack and escorted at least 14 people from the building. Gunmen at the Promenade at Howard Hughes Center in Westchester held the hostages in a storage area before the early morning operation, said LAPD spokesman Andy Neiman. The hostages were being interviewed early Friday morning to determine what happened before 11 p.m. Thursday night, when LAPD officers from the Pacific Division received a 911...
  • Connecticut coroner’s worker on paid leave for letting husband view corpse of ... Lanza

    01/11/2013 7:27:03 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 196 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 3, 2013 | VICTORIA CAVALIERE
    An administrative worker at Connecticut’s coroner’s office has been placed on paid leave after allegedly allowing her husband to view the body of Newtown gunman Adam Lanza. Jean Henry, a processing technician at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, could face disciplinary action after the investigation is complete, the Hartford Courant reported. She was still on leave Thursday, sources said. Henry is accused of allowing her husband, who is not a state employee, to enter a refrigerated autopsy room where Lanza’s body was awaiting a post mortem on Dec. 16. The only people allowed in the autopsy area are...
  • When Kids and Guns Mix

    01/11/2013 7:17:32 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    We all know what can happen when kids and guns mix. And today I will tell you some stories about that very thing. The kids' names were Kendra and Alyssa, and then there was the 11-year-old boy whose name we just don't know. What we do know is that they lived in places called Bryan County, Albuquerque, and Palmview. We know that guns were in their homes -- and that something horrible befell them. Last year, 12-year-old Oklahoman Kendra St. Clair was home alone, unsupervised. At some point she accessed her mother's handgun -- a .40-caliber Glock. Then Kendra pulled...
  • I'm British and Piers Morgan is Damn Wrong

    01/11/2013 7:11:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/10/2013 | Adam Shaw
    Many Americans, since the Sandy Hook massacre, have been disgusted by Piers Morgan's snooty condescension toward their great country, and his blatant disregard for the Second Amendment. This culminated in his recent interview with talk show host Alex Jones, that ultimately backfired when his fiery guest wiped the floor with him. Since the shooting, Morgan has strutted around as the flag waver for gun control, pointing to his native Great Britain as the ultimate example of what these dumb, gun-toting Yanks should try and imitate. Not only did he use Britain constantly in his scathing editorial against American gun laws,...
  • Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    01/11/2013 7:09:41 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 6 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2013 | John Heilprin
    Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday after sustaining injuries from a fall while cross-country skiing in nearby Caux-sur-Montreux on Christmas Eve. He was taken to the hospital and fell into a coma from which he never recovered. Nobs worked his way from being a chef and director of Montreux's tourism office, where he organized charity concerts, to overseeing one of...