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  • Gun-rights groups: Our 'backs are against the wall' [Obama Tries to Overwhelm & Destroy Freedom]

    01/12/2013 5:06:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 1/12/13 | Matthew DeLuca
    As lawmakers from Connecticut to California rush to propose new restrictions on firearms and ammunition, state-level gun-rights activists are playing defense for the first time in years, with some saying they face fights they may not win. “Our backs are against the wall,” said Scott Wilson, president of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a pro-gun rights group. “We are in for the fight of our lives. I have never seen anything like it.”
  • Hillsborough County School Board to vote on armed security for elementary students

    01/12/2013 4:51:12 AM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 1/9/2013 | Carson Chambers
    TAMPA - "They didn't know how it would affect them when they came back to school," said mom Sheri Bryant. Stand in the hallway at Oak Grove Elementary School in Tampa and picture yourself as a 9-year old, a 4th grader, after what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. "He looked forward to coming to school and I want to make sure this stays a safe environment for him to come to and that he always feels safe. Every kid should feel safe in school," she continued. -snip- The extra security would cost $2 million, which will come from the district's contingency...
  • GARY SHILLING: We're In For Another 5 Years Of Painful Deleveraging (Job Loss To Rise, 11.0%, 2015)

    01/12/2013 4:37:10 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-12-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    GARY SHILLING: We're In For Another 5 Years Of Painful Deleveraging (Job Losses To Rise, 11.0% - 2015) Mamta BadkarJanuary 12, 2013 The current domestic and global investing environment is dominated by deleveraging, according to Gary Shilling. In other words, households and institutions are slashing the debt on their balance sheets. And according to Shilling, we still have some way to go: "The deleveraging process for both these sectors has commenced, but it has a long way to go to return to the long run flat trends and we are strong believers in reversions to well-established trend. If we simply...
  • Experts Say All Computer Users Should Disable Java ASAP

    01/12/2013 4:23:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    Datamation ^ | 1/11/13 | Cynthia Harvey
    Numerous security experts are warning that all computer users should disable Java on their systems immediately. Earlier this week, researchers discovered a vulnerability in Java that was being actively exploited. InformationWeek's Matthew J. Schwartz reported, "Security experts have a message for all businesses: Disable Java now, and keep it disabled. That's their advice message after the discovery Thursday of yet another zero-day Java vulnerability, as well as a number of attacks that are already exploiting the flaw to run arbitrary code on PCs."
  • Jerusalem of white: Snow falls in capital

    01/12/2013 12:50:07 AM PST · by kathsua · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/10/2013 | MELANIE LIDMAN
    Biggest snowstorm since 1992 pounds capital, paralyzing transportation and bringing more than 20 cm of precipitation. Thursday’s “storm of the decade” provided the requisite shots for the rare winter storm in Jerusalem: haredim praying at the Western Wall, snow clinging to their black hats. President Shimon Peres built a snowman, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was pummeled from the right and the left – with snowballs. But no one could have prepared Jerusalemites for the sheer amount of snow that fell early on Thursday morning. At the peak of the snow, children trampled through more than 20 centimeters of fresh...
  • Jerry Brown: California's deficit is gone

    01/11/2013 10:09:09 PM PST · by chessplayer · 32 replies
    For the first time in five years, California is not facing a deficit as Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers work to put together a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
  • Grassley suggests openness to gun control idea

    01/11/2013 9:41:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | January 11, 2013 | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. Chuck Grassley, a conservative Republican from Iowa, suggested Friday he may be open to a limited form of gun control - restricting the size of gun magazines - if that legislation does not violate the Constitutional protection of gun rights. "I think that's a whole different issue and it can maybe be dealt with without violating the Second Amendment, but I want to see the legislation," Grassley told Iowa Public Television in an interview Friday. But he reaffirmed his opposition to reinstating the assault weapons ban that Congress passed in 1994. Asked if he would support limiting the capacity...
  • Obama to Deliver State of the Union on Lincoln's Birthday

    01/11/2013 9:54:15 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 51 replies
    Thw Weekly Standard ^ | 1/11/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Barack Obama will deliver this year's State of the Union Address on February 12, which is the same day as Abraham Lincoln's birthday. "Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions," House speaker John Boehner writes in a letter to Obama, inviting him to deliver the address. "This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s...
  • America, Prepare For A Century Of Drought

    01/11/2013 9:33:04 PM PST · by blam · 35 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Rob Wile
    America, Prepare For A Century Of Drought Rob WileJan. 11, 2013, 6:21 PM Corn and wheat prices surged today. The immediate reason appeared to be the year-end USDA report, that showed supplies were lower than projected. But concurrent with that report was the release of the Commerce Department's National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee National Climate Assessment survey. One of the findings: we can expect up to a century of drought. Here's a chart from the report projecting percent of the country in drought conditions in the coming years.Commerce/NOAA The red line is based on observed temperature and precipitation. The...
  • Frisco texas building nations largest indoor gun range

    01/11/2013 9:09:32 PM PST · by praytell · 20 replies
    Fox 4 news DFW ^ | 1-11-13 | Myfoxdfw
    Frisco gun club indoor range being built. Over 40 lanes. Over 40,000 square feet being built.
  • Is Obama Setting the Stage to Seize the Power of the Purse?

    01/11/2013 8:29:38 PM PST · by Hoodat · 63 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | January 11, 2013, 6:07 pm | Keith Koffler
    The White House may craftily be laying the groundwork for a massive and thoroughly unconstitutional seizure of power from Congress.Republicans are threatening not to raise the debt ceiling limit unless President Obama agrees to significant cuts in spending. And so, a move is increasingly afoot to have Obama raise it himself. It’s hard to imagine that the growing clamor doesn’t have the approval of the White House. And it’s hard to imagine a more egregious abuse of power.There are few Constitutional principles more clear than that Congress is in charge of allotting the nation’s cash. . .
  • Mississippi's only abortion clinic misses deadline

    01/11/2013 8:17:41 PM PST · by Islander7 · 19 replies
    WDAM TV ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | By Cheryl Lasseter
    JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Mississippi's only abortion clinic missed a deadline Friday to comply with a state law requiring each of its physicians to get hospital admitting privileges. Diane Derzis, administrator of the Jackson Women's Health Organization, said every Jackson-area hospital where the clinic applied for privileges said it doesn't want to deal with the pressure of being associated with abortion providers. As the deadline passes, the Mississippi Department of Health won't immediately close the clinic, but will pay an unannounced visit to the clinic within the next few days. If the clinic is found to be non-compliant,...
  • Wyoming's Firearm Protection Act

    01/11/2013 7:58:50 PM PST · by morethanright · 16 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-11 20:07:04 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."~ 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.Many Americans mistakenly define the above as "states rights." States have no rights ... people do. As the Declaration of Independence states, "...Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." The purpose of that power is first and foremost to "secure" the individual "rights" of every free man and woman.The state legislature of Wyoming is considering a bill...
  • Loaded Revolutionary War-Era Cannon Found In Central Park

    01/11/2013 7:47:48 PM PST · by CtBigPat · 21 replies
    CBS 2 via Drudge ^ | 1/11/2013
    Parks workers came upon a live cannon ball, loaded in a cannon that is getting refurbished, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported exclusively. The loaded artillery piece was one of two Revolutionary War-era cannons being stored at the park’s Ramble shed near the 79th Street transverse. Preservation workers for the Central Park Conservancy called police about mid-day after opening up the capped cannon for cleaning.
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council

    01/11/2013 7:20:22 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-11-13 | Hal Dardick, John Byrne, Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba
    Ald. Sandi Jackson has resigned from the Chicago City Council. The 7th Ward alderman submitted her resignation letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel today. It is effective Tuesday. "After much consideration and while dealing with very painful family health matters, I have met with my family and determined that the constituents of the 7th Ward, as well as you Mr. Mayor, and my colleagues in the City Council deserve a partner who can commit all of their energies to the business of the people. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as Alderman of 7th Ward,...
  • Wyoming lawmakers push gun control exemption

    01/11/2013 7:07:48 PM PST · by rwh · 13 replies
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 1/11/13 | Associated Press
    CHEYENNE — Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing to pre-empt any federal crackdown on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in the aftermath of last month's school shooting in Connecticut. A bill pending in the Wyoming Legislature would specify that any federal limitation on guns would be unenforceable. It also would make it a state felony for federal agents to try to enforce restrictions. The bill comes as Vice President Joe Biden is set to deliver gun-control proposals to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Obama has said reducing gun violence is a top priority following the massacre of 20 children and six...
  • The John Kerry Wall of Shame

    01/11/2013 7:06:37 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1-8-2012 | Van Zorge
    The John Kerry Wall of Shame LINK TO VIDEO Published on Jan 8, 2013 ATTENTION ALL VETERANS (see posting instructions below) This video site is dedicated to giving veterans an opportunity to express their opposition to John Kerry's nomination for Secretary of State. The comment section is reserved EXCLUSIVELY FOR VETERANS' comments (see instructions below). All comments WILL BE MODERATED before appearing on the site. All non-veterans can view, "like" and share this video. Veterans' POSTING INSTRUCTIONS: Posting your name is optional, but please post your DATES OF SERVICE Feel free to make any comments regarding your opposition to...
  • Top Senate Dems urge Obama to take unilateral action on debt ceiling ( Bypass Congress- again )

    01/11/2013 7:04:18 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 11 2013 | FNS
    If President Obama were to break the impasse with Republicans over raising the debt limit by taking unilateral action, such a move would have the potential to set off a firestorm of controversy and spark a protracted legal battle. Top Senate Democrats say, go for it. The White House has dismissed talk that Obama would rely on unusual measures to raise the nation's debt limit without Congress' approval, but administration officials also have warned that the country could default on its debt and trigger a new economic crisis if lawmakers don't increase the limit on borrowing.
  • Senior Obama aide DeParle leaving White House: source

    01/11/2013 6:56:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:58pm EST | Matt Spetalnick
    Nancy-Anne DeParle, a top aide to President Barack Obama, is leaving the White House, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday, marking the latest departure of a woman from a senior post in the administration. … DeParle’s departure is for personal reasons after nearly four years at the White House. She will leave after Obama’s second inauguration this month, The New York Times reported. …
  • State Suspends Handgun Carry Permit Of Tactical Response CEO

    01/11/2013 6:53:13 PM PST · by listenhillary · 61 replies
    livewire.talkingpointsmemo ^ | 1/11/13 | IGOR BOBIC
    The state of Tennessee has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, who recently said he would "start killing people" should President Obama take executive action on gun control. State officials explained they revoked the permit because of Yeager's "material likelihood of risk of harm to the public," according to a local TV station. Tactical Response is a Tennessee-based company that specializes in firearms and tactical training. "The number one priority for our department is to ensure the public's safety," wrote Commissioner Bill Gibbons. "Mr. Yeager's comments were irresponsible, dangerous, and deserved our immediate attention....
  • U.S. Treasury Says Balanced Budget in December—Yet Hit Debt Limit During Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

    01/11/2013 6:45:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In its monthly statement for December, released Friday, the U.S. Treasury says the federal government balanced its budget during the month, bringing in roughly $270 billion in revenues while making roughly $270 billion in expenditures. Yet, the Treasury also says that during December it increased by $63.079 billion the national debt subject to the statutory legal limit set by Congress, thus dramatically bringing the debt to the legal limit on Dec. 31, just as Congress and the White House were involved in final negotiations on a deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff”—which would have canceled all of the lower...
  • Dispensing with the Constitution ---Obama’s executive caprice.

    01/11/2013 6:41:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 14, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 17 | BRETT TALLEY
    We are in the midst of a crisis of federalism and we don’t even know it. In November, the states of Colorado and Washington legalized recreational marijuana use, while 16 other states and Washington, D.C., already permitted the medical use of marijuana. Yet at the same time, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 prohibits the cultivation, sale, and use of marijuana in all its forms. State and federal law are at odds.The Constitution is plain: Federal law is the “supreme law of the land” (Article VI, section 2). And yet our national history is replete with conflicts between the laws...
  • Obama, Karzai Call for “Taliban Office” in Afghanistan

    01/11/2013 6:39:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    The Taliban, which harbored al Qaeda in Afghanistan in the lead up to the 9/11 attacks on America in 2001, will have an office in Afghanistan and engage in direct talks with the democratic government there, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai affirmed at a joint White House news conference Friday. “Ultimately security gains must be matched by political progress, so we’ve recommitted our nations to a reconciliation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” Obama said. “President Karzai updated me on the Afghan government’s road map to peace, and today we agreed that this process should...
  • Cobb GOP Breakfast: Father of Aurora shooting victim speaks on gun control

    01/11/2013 6:32:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    mdjonline.com ^ | 6 January, 2013 | Geoff Folsom
    MARIETTA — An incoming lawmaker who has introduced several bills calling for loosening of concealed weapons laws in Georgia was told Saturday that his proposed legislation doesn’t go far enough. Carrying a .45-caliber pistol on his side, Guy Bennett said his 22-year-old son was in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater where a gunman opened fire during a July 20 showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. Bennett’s son’s girlfriend was among those hit in the mass shooting, but survived. Bennett, speaking to a panel discussion of eight current, outgoing and future Republican state representatives...
  • Millions noticing paychecks lighter today, due to payroll tax hike

    01/11/2013 6:21:03 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/11/2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Gabriella Hoffman’s paycheck is a little lighter today, thanks to a payroll tax increase that is forcing millions of Americans to make the kind of tough budget cuts their representatives in Washington lawmakers seem unwilling to tackle. Hoffman, a 21-year-old Virginian who works at a nonprofit, estimates her paycheck will be roughly $30 less this biweekly pay period, or about $780 annually, thanks to the end of a two-year cut on payroll taxes, which fund Social Security. The tax has risen back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent, costing someone making $50,000 annually about $1,000 per year and a...
  • No charges for NBC host over ammunition magazine

    01/11/2013 6:11:23 PM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    news9.com ^ | 11 January, 2013 | ERIC TUCKER, AP
    Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - NBC journalist David Gregory won't face charges for displaying a high-capacity ammunition magazine on his "Meet the Press" news program last month, District of Columbia prosecutors announced Friday.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-11-13

    01/11/2013 5:55:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-11-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Washington Post prints OpenCarry.org's Mike Stollenwerk's letter re Biden work group

    01/11/2013 5:53:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    opencarry.org ^ | 9 January, 2013 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Letter to the Editor Find legal avenues for gun policies Published: January 8, 2013 Several of the policy initiatives being considered by Vice President Biden’s working group [“Broad strategy on guns weighed,” front page, Jan. 6] appear to be plainly unconstitutional (e.g., to “stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools” and to ban “ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds”). In 1995 the Supreme Court held in U.S. v. Lopez that the federal government did not have the power to ban people from carrying a gun near a school, and in 2008 the Supreme Court held in District...
  • Question of the Day 1/11: Unarmed guards

    01/11/2013 5:48:57 PM PST · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 11 replies
    NJ12.com
    Will unarmed guards in schools be able to keep kids safe?
  • Obama Admin Responds to Secession Petitions: Our States Remain United

    01/11/2013 5:25:07 PM PST · by kristinn · 33 replies
    The White House ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Jon Carson
    Official White House Response toPeacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government. and 8 other petitions . Our States Remain United By Jon Carson Thank you for using the White House's online petitions platform to participate in your government. In a nation of 300 million people -- each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs -- democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing. Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day...
  • Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study

    01/11/2013 10:34:34 AM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | January 11, 2013
    In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions. As just one example, below are some of the taxes that will impact the purchase of dental braces: Obamacare Medical Device Tax: As of Jan.1, Obamacare imposes a new tax of 2.3 percent on medical device manufacturers, including those who make dental braces. The tax is imposed on gross sales -- even if the company does not earn a profit in a given year. While the tax will be paid to the IRS by the manufacturer, the tax will be passed along as a higher...
  • Pakistani soldier's killing a response to provocation: India

    01/11/2013 4:57:19 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 11 Jan 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: New Delhi on Friday reacted to Pakistan's protest over the killing of one of its soldiers in cross-border gunbattle the previous day by asserting that Indian troops had resorted to "controlled response" in retaliation against unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops at Mendhar. With Pakistan persisting with its disdain towards the outrage in India over the beheading of its soldiers and tensions spiking, Indian troops were stepping up their "alertness levels" along the entire 778-km LoC. Indian Army threatened Pakistan with "dire consequences" if the latter refused to mend its barbaric ways. Indian high commissioner in Islamabad Sharat Sabarwal...
  • Washington D.C.: Where People Watch Twice As Much Online Porn As The Rest Of The Country

    01/11/2013 4:56:28 PM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    There must be something in the Potomac— According to a popular adult site, Washington D.C. has won the dubious title of America’s porn capital. D.C. residents reportedly watch almost twice as much online porn per capita as people living in the 50 states. It is a highly charged city, so who are we to judge how people relax? ******.com says D.C. residents watch 14.18 videos per person per year, followed by Hawaiians at 7.5.7 videos per person annually in the No. 2. spot. Other notables include Massachusetts (7.52) and New York (7.5). The Washington Post tries to take a crack...
  • FAA to review Boeing 787

    01/11/2013 4:48:17 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 8 replies
    postandcourier.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Brendan Kearney
    The Federal Aviation Administration this morning announced a comprehensive review of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner -- including the company’s plant in North Charleston -- in light of a series of recent incidents. The review will focus on the technologically advanced jet’s extensive electric system but will not be limited to any one aspect of the program or any one of the recent glitches, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. Despite his agency’s decision to undertake an open-ended look at Boeing’s prize jet program, Huerta emphasized that the 787 is safe to fly. “Nothing we have seen would indicate that this airplane...
  • China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea

    01/11/2013 4:40:00 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Johnson
    China Warns Citizens To 'Prepare For The Worst' As It Sends Fighters To East China Sea Robert JohnsonJan. 11, 2013, 8:49 AMSino Defence The J-10 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...
  • Alabama Court Rules Unborn Children Deserve Legal Protection

    01/11/2013 3:59:59 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    A ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court today makes the argument that unborn children deserve legal protection under the law. The case involves the consolidation of two cases, which address the question of whether Alabama’s law against chemical endangerment of children can be applied to unborn children who are exposed to illegal drugs in utero. Courts of appeal in Alabama upheld convictions of mothers who were charged under the chemical endangerment law, when their children tested positive for illegal drugs at birth.
  • Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals'

    01/11/2013 3:51:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals' Dan Ivers/NJ.com By Dan Ivers/NJ.com on January 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM, updated January 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM PATERSON — A state appeals court has upheld the firing of a former Paterson first-grade teacher who called her students "future criminals" on her personal Facebook page. Jennifer O'Brien, an Elmwood Park resident who began working for Paterson schools in 1998, claimed in her appeal that her comments were protected by the First Amendment, and that her right to express her opinion "was outweighed by the district's interest in the...
  • David Gregory and wife knew D.C. Attorney General (Party photo at link)

    01/11/2013 3:43:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/11/13 | William A. Jacobson
    District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan issued a lengthy letter today explaining the decision not to prosecute David Gregory despite “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” despite rejecting NBC’s claims of a subjective misunderstanding of the law, and despite vowing vigorous enforcement of gun laws. -snip- t further undermines public confidence in such decisions to find out that Nathan knew Gregory and his wife, high-powered attorney Beth Wilkinson. Anne dug up the connection in which in 2011 Nathan and Wilkinson participated together in a charity mock trial for the Washington, D.C. Shakespeare Theatre Company (emphasis...
  • Forget discouraged, 3 million workers hopelessly unemployed

    01/11/2013 3:34:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 01/04/2013 | By Annalyn Kurtz
    Employers may be hiring, but there's another big problem with the job market that isn't being tracked as closely: the hopelessly unemployed. An often overlooked number calculated by the Labor Department shows millions of Americans want a job but haven't searched for one in at least a year. They've simply given up hope. They're not counted as part of the labor force, the official unemployment rate, or the category the Labor Department refers to as "discouraged workers" -- those who haven't bothered to look for work in the last four weeks. These hopelessly unemployed workers have just been jobless so...
  • Men won't face death penalty in Lansing slaying

    01/11/2013 3:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    9 and 10 news ^ | 1/11/13 | staff
    <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The government won't seek the death penalty for a group of men charged in the 2010 death of a Lansing woman.</p> <p>The Grand Rapids Press reported Friday (http://bit.ly/WxWIie ) that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder notified West Michigan federal prosecutors of the government's decision.</p>
  • Alabama Leads The Way In Nationwide Run On Guns

    01/11/2013 3:00:25 PM PST · by blam · 51 replies
    Al.Com ^ | 1-11-2013 | Challen Stephens
    Alabama Leads The Way In Nationwide Run On GunsBy Challen Stephens cstephens@al.com January 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM, updated January 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM Alabama appears to have led the national run on guns last month. It's not that Alabamians purchased the most. But Alabama saw the nation's largest spike in applications for firearm background checks, a sudden rise of 145 percent, between the months of October and December. Federal background checks spiked in every single state following the presidential election and the shooting in Newtown, according to FBI data on background checks. Background checks normally rise before Christmas....
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 11, 2013

    01/11/2013 3:00:19 PM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 11,2013 | Mark Levin
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  • (Inked) In Czech Republic, A Leading Presidential Candidate Has a Full-Face Tattoo

    01/11/2013 2:45:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    WP ^ | January 11, 2013 | Olga Khazan
    In Czech Republic, a leading presidential candidate has a full-face tattoo File this under, “Things that could never happen in America.” That man is Vladimir Franz, a Czech composer who is tattooed from head — and face — to toe, and he’s third in the polls in the Czech Republic’s presidential election, which is going on Friday and Saturday. This is the first time Czechs will directly elect a president — a mainly ceremonial position because the prime minister largely runs the country. Since the breakup of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic has had two presidents, Vaclav Havel and Vaclav Klaus,...
  • Ben Shapiro Shows the Right How to Beat the Media

    01/11/2013 2:42:50 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 47 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Journalism ^ | 1/11/2013 | John Nolte
    Forgive me for choosing a colleague and friend, but I've been waiting for exactly this kind of media appearance from someone -- anyone! -- on our side to make this point with, and it just so happens that last night it was Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro who delivered as perfect an example as one could ever hope for. This is a must-watch for the rest of this column to make any sense whatsoever. As one of our Founding Fathers once said, "Facts are stubborn things," and when faced with facts, calm logic, and someone fully prepared for the encounter, after...
  • No gun magazine charges for David Gregory (Some animals are more equal than others...)

    01/11/2013 2:34:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/11/13 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    NBC’s David Gregory is off the hook for showing a high-capacity gun magazine on “Meet the Press” and will not be prosecuted, D.C.’s attorney general announced on Friday. D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan on Friday said he would decline to prosecute in the case involving the Sunday show host and any NBC staffers. In a letter to NBC’s attorney Lee Levine, Nathan wrote that after reviewing the matter, his office “has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events...
  • Federal report: Warming is changing US daily life

    01/11/2013 2:33:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/11/13 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive new federal scientific report says global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and how Americans live. The government issued Friday a 1,146-page draft report that details in dozens of ways how climate change is already disrupting the health, homes and other facets of daily American life. It warns that those disruptions will increase in the future. The blunt report takes a global environmental issue and explains what it means for different U.S. regions, for various sectors of the economy and for future generations. The National Climate Assessment doesn't say what should...
  • Obama Inauguration Committee to Replace Louie Giglio With Pro-Gay Pastor

    01/11/2013 2:18:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/11/2013 | Paul Stanley
    Soon after the Rev. Louie Giglio announced he would no longer deliver the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration later this month as to avoid controversy over a past sermon on homosexuality, an inaugural committee spokesperson said the evangelical pastor would be replaced with someone who has pro-homosexual beliefs. "We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural," inaugural committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said in a statement Thursday. "Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction...
  • Former Pa. Gov. (Rendell): The ‘Good Thing’ About Newtown Is That it Was ‘So Horrific,’

    01/11/2013 2:09:23 PM PST · by DTogo · 61 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 11th, 2013 | Becket Adams
    “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side,” said the former mayor, referring to the current debate between gun control advocates and supporters of the Second Amendment.
  • The Chávez Legacy in Venezuela

    01/11/2013 2:08:13 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jaime Daremblum
    Shortly after Hugo Chávez won his first election as Venezuelan president in December 1998, a lawyer from the western state of Barinas, which was then governed by Chávez's father, delivered a prescient warning to Newsweek magazine: "Venezuelans are dreaming of a savior, but Chávez is a dictator. People don't know what they are getting."  More than 14 years later, a cancer-stricken Chávez is reportedly near death, but his autocratic legacy is very much alive. Venezuela long ago ceased to be a real democracy: The ruling regime effectively controls the Supreme Court (which in 2004 was expanded and packed with Chávez allies), the National Assembly...
  • Oahu Firearms Owners Wait as Long as Nine Hours Over Three Visits to Obtain Registration, Permits

    01/11/2013 2:03:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 | Malia Zimmerman
    Oahu firearms owners are increasingly frustrated with long lines at the registration desk at the main Honolulu Police Department (HPD) station. Hawaii's firearms registration laws are among the strictest in the country, and mandate gun owners must register firearms within 72 hours of purchase. Firearms owners can spend more than nine hours in line over three visits to obtain a permit for a firearm and register it, according to Dr. Max Cooper, a legislative liaison for the Hawaii Rifle Association, with rules differing for handguns and long guns. Currently, to obtain a permit to acquire or to register a firearm, HPD requires the applicant...