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  • Republicans Talking Tax Reform (North Carolina)

    01/12/2013 3:14:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 1/10/13 | John Hammer
    The newly elected North Carolina General Assembly was sworn in this week. It is decidedly Republican, with the Republicans having a 31-to-19 advantage in the state Senate and a 67 to 52 advantage in the state House. There is also a huge change for 2013 in that North Carolina has a Republican governor. Former Gov. Bev "Dumpling" Perdue vetoed quite a few bills in the last session and even more bills were never introduced because the Republicans knew they would never make it past the governor's desk. Now the legislature has a governor who will be working with them, not...
  • Indicted UT Businessman Links Harry Reid To Bribery Attempt

    01/12/2013 3:06:45 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tom Harvey and Robert Gehrke
    Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnsonís company go away. But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a...
  • Boehner takes flak from Republican defense hawks on sequester stance

    01/12/2013 3:06:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 Jan 13 | Russell Berman and Jeremy Herb
    House Republican defense hawks are pushing back strongly against Speaker John Boehnerís (R-Ohio) claim that he has GOP support to allow steep automatic budget cuts to take effect if President Obama does not agree to replace them with other reductions. Party leaders have for more than a year railed against the Pentagon portion of the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, but in an interview published Monday, Boehner pointed to the reductions as leverage and said he had significant Republican support, including from defense hawks, in his ďback pocket.Ē Not so fast, two defense-minded House Republicans told The Hill. ďI donít...
  • Car explodes near Israeli defence ministry in Tel Aviv

    01/12/2013 3:03:32 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12 Jan 2013 | News Wires
    A car exploded near the Israeli defence ministry in Tel Aviv on Thursday, injuring several people, in what police said was a crime-related incident and not linked to militant groups. ...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/12/2013 2:58:56 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands. By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent 9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013 A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islandsí future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west...
  • Italian consul in Libya escapes gun attack: report

    01/12/2013 2:57:18 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12Jan 2013 | anon
    Italy's consul to Benghazi in eastern Libya escaped unscathed after an attack on his bullet-proof car in the city on Saturday, Italian news agency ANSA and local security sources said. The car in which the consul, Guido De Sanctis, was travelling was shot at when it stopped at a crossroads, but no one was injured, ANSA said. ...
  • Businessman in fraud case ties Utah AG to scheme (Harry Reid mentioned)

    01/12/2013 2:30:33 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | Jan 12 , 2013
    A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear. ... Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation.
  • Video: Arabs Gang Up on Hareidim in Jerusalem

    01/12/2013 2:29:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    A disturbing video began circulating on Facebook Saturday evening. It shows a group of about 20 Arabs ganging up on two helpless Hareidi Jews, kicking one of them, hurling snowballs in their faces and humiliating them. At one point, one of the Jews falls to the ground, apparently slipping on the ice as he is chased up some steps. Video The attack apparently took place near Shechem Gate. The Jews were most likely on their way back from praying at the Kotel. Border Police who are usually stationed in the area are nowhere to be seen. ..... More video Arab...
  • The Scandal That Will Bring Obama Down [Benghazi-gate Good read]

    01/12/2013 2:25:56 PM PST · by upchuck · 103 replies
    westernjournalism ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    It‚Äôs even worse than we previously thought. A retired four-star admiral is now claiming that Barack Obama intentionally conspired with America‚Äôs enemies to stage a bogus attack and the kidnapping of an American ambassador so he could ‚Äúnegotiate‚ÄĚ the release of a ‚Äúhostage‚ÄĚ and bolster his mediocre approval ratings just prior to the election!The Washington Examiner, quoting retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, writes: ‚Äúthe attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi‚Ķ was the result of a bungled abduction attempt‚Ķ. the first stage of an international prisoner exchange‚Ķ that would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‚ÄėBlind Sheik‚Äô‚Ķ‚ÄĚBut...
  • Police: Deaf Man Stabbed After His Sign Language Was Mistaken For Gang Signs

    01/12/2013 2:02:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11 Jan 13 | None
    <p>BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) ó Police in Burlington say a deaf man was stabbed several times after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs by another man.</p> <p>Sgt. Mark Yancey said 45-year-old Terrance Ervin Daniels was using sign language with another deaf man. A third person saw them, thought they were flashing gang signs and stabbed Daniels several times with a kitchen knife. A neighbor saw the victim and called emergency personnel.</p>
  • History warns against disarming public

    01/12/2013 1:48:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Evansville Courier & Press ^ | January 12, 2013 | David Coker
    The gun control hysteria and propaganda emanating from President Barak Obama, members of Congress, state legislators, mayors of major cities and assorted interest groups finds them in a considerable dither. With some wanting no less that the eventual confiscation of any weapon that can shoot more than one round of ammunition upon reloading, a rancorous debate and considerable push-back from the grass roots of the nation is inevitable. The very use of the term "assault weapon" ó a propaganda term for any semi-automatic firearm ó has been repeated so many times by media pundits that the very term has lost...
  • (Al) Sharpton: Is Obama Ready for Mt. Rushmore?

    01/12/2013 1:47:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 11, 2013
    'If Teddy Roosevelt is the measure, I think it strengthens the case for President Obama' Al Sharpton aired a segment concerning a recent National Journal article which analyzed President Obamaís chances of attaining a coveted spot on Mt. Rushmore Friday evening on MSNBC. Teddy Rooseveltís presence on the landmark garnered particular attention from Sharpton, who expressed his opinion that Rooseveltís thin resume as a ďtransformative presidentĒ strengthens the case for Obama to be included: ABBY HUNTSMAN: You look at Reagan, he ended the Cold War. I think they have to have a legacy that changed America. Obama was the first...
  • Gay marriage: ... the Catholic Church really is at war with the Government (UK)

    01/12/2013 1:33:58 PM PST · by Salman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 12th, 2013 | Damian Thompson
    More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed the letter to The Daily Telegraph arguing that the Government's gay marriage plans will "severely restrict the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools" and rejecting promised safeguards as "meaningless". I'll be honest: when I read the news story about the letter, I thought: gosh, a thousand conservative/traditionalist priests are standing up to be counted. But that just goes to show the folly of assuming that the Catholic Church is as factional as the Church of England. Because when I worked my way down the names, I...
  • Computer users told to disable Java

    01/12/2013 1:29:28 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Computer users told to disable Java Press Association Ė 16 hours ago Press Association - Computer owners in the US have been advised to temporarily disable Java software (AP) The US Department of Homeland Security has advised people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks. The recommendation came in an advisory which was issued following concerns raised by computer security experts. Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other hi-tech mischief. Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers...
  • Post Newtown: Time to Just Ban Everything?

    01/12/2013 1:13:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Steve Pauwels
    Perhaps the Christmas 2012 season was bloodier than normal ó or perhaps December 14thís particularly heinous Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in suburban Newtown, Connecticut only makes it seem so. In any case, lots of people died violently over several pre-holiday weeks. And, adding to the awfulness, the widespread reaction has been an exasperatingly predictable exercise in distraction and misdirection. Actually, to clarify: itís the reaction to the Connecticut atrocity thatís been vocally wrongheaded. Decemberís other outbreaks of firearms carnage have, by comparison, been forgotten pretty quickly by the national press and commentariat. In case you donít know, three days...
  • 19-year-old male confesses threat to burn home with Mom and Dad inside

    01/12/2013 12:50:20 PM PST · by qwertyz · 8 replies
    Fitzwilliam Notebook ^ | 1662 | Isaac Newton
    Another bright, young male with time on his hands, another violent fantasy. This time, however, the young man who was "threatning [sic] my father and mother Smith to burne [sic] them and the house over them" was stopped in time. An owner of a crossbow, the teen was a resident of Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in Lincolnshire, England. Removed from King's School, Grantham, two years prior to the incident, the suspect is son of Hannah Ayscough and stepfather Rev. Barnabus Smith. The incident was recorded in the teen's diary which listed several violent episodes -- including an assault on another student with a...
  • Netanyahu Orders Arab Outpost Taken Down

    01/12/2013 12:48:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered security forces to immediately evacuate the Arabs who have gathered in the area between Maale Adumim and Jerusalem, known as E1. To this end, the State said it would, on Saturday evening, request that the High Court of Justice rescind the injunction that it had issued, which is delaying the evacuation. Until the High Court responds to the State's motion, the Prime Minister has ordered the closure of access roads to the area in order to prevent gatherings. At this stage, the area has been declared a closed military zone and IDF forces have...
  • Section 8 Housing Voucher Distribution Canceled After Thousands Waiting In Line Get Out Of Control

    01/12/2013 12:47:26 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 32 replies
    Action News - ABC Affiliate WXYZ, Detroit, Michigan ^ | January 12, 2013 | Scripps Media, Inc
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Police say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center. Many were homeless, single moms, or disabled. They were hoping to get help paying for their housing from the government. "There was elderly, disabled people, pregnant single women. They were here for help, to get their Section 8 vouchers. It...
  • Will the Air Force of the Future Be Capable of Flying?

    01/12/2013 12:10:30 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 11 Jan 12 | Michaela Bendikova
    ďAmong the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize,Ē writes Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force. Despite major engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Libya since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force currently operates the oldest fleet it has ever had. Sadly, sequestration threatens the future of modernization plans, drives up operations and maintenance costs, and prevents the United States from building the Air Force that the country needs in the future. The Air Force fleet is often described as ďgeriatricĒ or ďdecrepit.Ē It is becoming inadequate to support U.S....
  • Conservatives Take Aim at Pork-laden $50 Billion Sandy Aid Bill

    01/12/2013 12:01:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 10:24 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Conservatives are taking aim at the pork-laden $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Too much of the aid will go to recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects unrelated to the late-October storm, they say. The bill includes $150 million for what the Commerce Department described as fisheries disasters in places as far afield as Alaska and Mississippi, and $50 million in subsidies for replanting trees on private land damaged by wildfires. Ö The objections have led senior House Republicans to assemble a $17 billion...
  • Hoekstra: Obamaís Afghan Drawdown Opens Door to Taliban, Al-Qaida

    01/12/2013 11:56:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 11:29 AM | Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter
    President Barack Obamaís decision on Friday to speed up the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan ďreopens the possibility of the Taliban to emerge as a major player,Ē former Michigan Congressman Pete Hoekstra tells Newsmax. ďIt is a signal to the Afghan peopleóhe signaled to the Taliban, and he signaled to the American peopleóthat the U.S. role, the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, is done,Ē Hoekstra, the former GOP chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. ďIt may not be completed, but it is finished. The US will no longer be there primarily to...
  • Sales of Guns Soar in U.S. as Nation Weighs Tougher Limits

    01/12/2013 11:33:59 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 61 replies
    As Washington focuses on what Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will propose next week to curb gun violence, gun and ammunition sales are spiking in the rest of the country as people rush to expand their arsenals in advance of any restrictions that might be imposed. People were crowded five deep at the tiny counter of a gun shop near Atlanta, where a pastor from Knoxville, Tenn., was among the customers who showed up in person after the storeís Web site halted sales because of low inventory. Emptying gun cases and bare shelves gave a picked-over feel to gun...
  • Annals of the Art World, Division of Academic Foolishness (the art world is beyond satire)

    01/12/2013 11:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/12/2013 | Roger Kimball
    Years ago I read an amusing piece in the London Telegraph about an exhibition of Damien Hirstís, er, art work at some glitzy Cork Street gallery. The man with the formaldehyde sharks had lots of exciting new bijoux to offer his public. One immortal opus consisted of a tray full of dirty coffee cups, overflowing ash trays, and the like. After the opening party, a diligent janitor, who I hope has gone on to a post as an art critic, tidied up the tray.Yep, out went the masterís work, all those carefully arranged cigarette butts and lipstick-smeared napkins, valued,...
  • It Looks Like Europe Is Going Off The Solar Energy Demand Cliff

    01/12/2013 11:14:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/12/2013 | Lisa Mahapatra
    Ever since the German government started subsidizing solar energy, demand for solar installations went up like clockwork, towards the end of each year.But recently released data from German regulators shows that number of solar installations in December 2012 was down 88% from the previous year.In fact, 2012 saw the lowest number of installations since 2008.And it still wasn't as low as the German government would have liked. The German government wants to cut back on solar energy installations because their whole drive to switch to renewable energy has ended being far more expensive that they thought it would be. Which...
  • Latest Ed Schultz Whopper: 'We've Never Had a Civilian Stop a Shooting'

    01/12/2013 11:07:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 01/12/2013 | Jack Coleman
    The hits keep coming from libtalker Ed Schultz, who's kicking off the new year on a roll. First week into 2013, Schultz insisted that Bill Clinton was never tried in the Senate after he was impeached by the House. Schultz followed with the laughable claim that gun laws in Chicago, a city with some of the nation's toughest restrictions on firearms, "don't even exist." (audio clip after page break) Schultz is tripling down on his ignorance, making an egregiously false claim on his radio show yesterday while talking about whether schools should allow teachers to arm themselves (h/t for embedded...
  • Philly newspaper union: Company threatens Ďliquidationí

    01/12/2013 11:05:40 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 7:52 PM | DAVID GAMBACORTA
    WELL, THIS IS getting ugly. Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com, has threatened to "liquidate" the newspapers and their website if tentative contract agreements aren't reached with the company's 11 unions by next Friday. The grim ultimatum was delivered Thursday by Michael Lorenca, the media company's chief operating officer, according to Dan Gross, president of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the company on Thursday simultaneously offered buyouts and an option for employees to switch to reduced work weeks. The Guild, which represents newsroom staffers, advertising-sales representatives and circulation-customer-service representatives, has...
  • Obama's Great Big 2014 Problem

    01/12/2013 11:03:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Never mind the propaganda media's barrage of epitaphs for conservatism and the GOP, the midterm elections are shaping up to heavily favor the purportedly down-and-out opposition to "fundamental change" in America. Conn Carroll of the DC Examiner analyzes just which Senate seats will be possible pick-ups for the GOP: ...a total of seven Democratic Senators from states that Mitt Romney carried in 2012 are up for election in 2014. And six of those Senators (Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Max Baucus, D-Mont., Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Jay Rockefeler, D-W.V.) hail from states that Romney carried...
  • Law And Grace In Best Picture Nominee "Les Miserables"

    01/12/2013 10:55:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/12/2013 | Jerry Bowyer
    I take my political debates into the movie theatre with me. Suspend disbelief? That I can do. Suspend political/cultural/religious debate? Never. Itís probably a good idea to let go once in a while, but just because thatís a good idea doesnít mean itís easy to do.So,†here is what I read on†National Review Online†before going in to see†Les Miserables, and what was in my mind the whole time:ďAll decent people have a measure of sympathy for those who, driven by desperation, come illegally to the United States seeking work to provide for themselves and their families. That they so frequently work...
  • Gun Parts Store Launches New Website; Senatorfeinstein.com

    01/12/2013 10:54:00 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies
    Gun Parts Store Launches New Website; Senatorfeinstein.com By Michael Bastasch California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein ó a staunch supporter of gun control ó may soon regret not registering her own domain name, since senatorfeinstein.com will now be run by a firearm parts and accessories store that will use the site to promote gun rights. ďCOMING SOON! Senator Feinsteinís Biggest Fan Page,Ē reads the title of the new pro-gun site, senatorfeinstein.com. ďSomeone didnt [sic] register their own nameÖ This should be fun. Thats right Dianne your biggest fan site is going to be run by AresArmor.comÖĒ The domain name was created...
  • Economic Outlook for 2013: ZIRP, Zombies, and the Japanization of the American Economy

    01/12/2013 10:50:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/10/2013 | Dr. Mark Hendrickson
    I recently indulged in some wistful, year-end nostalgia, but now that 2013 is underway, letís turn our attention to a time more crucial to our well-being: the future in which we will live. Forecasts for sluggish economic growth are common. Investment superstars and gurus such as Bill Gross of PIMCO and Jeremy Grantham of GMO, and researchers such as Dr. Robert Gordon of the National Bureau of Economic Research, all have predicted anemic growth for the next several years. With the caveat that when too many ďexpertĒ opinions agree, the resulting consensus can be spectacularly wrong, I agree with the...
  • Cops Unleash Armored 'Beast' for Patrol

    01/12/2013 10:47:38 AM PST · by Bon of Babble · 54 replies
    WND ^ | January 10, 2013 | Michael Thompson
    Police in one Atlanta community are taking extraordinary measures to deal with heightened rates of violent crime Ė the unleashing of armored vehicles capable of withstanding bullets fired from AK-47s. Originally reported by WSB Atlanta, police are using an armored vehicle normally used by SWAT teams to battle a series of burglaries and home invasions in a south Fulton County neighborhood.
  • French Commando killed in raid to free hostage in Somalia

    01/12/2013 10:46:59 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Abdi Guled
    A French commando raid in Somalia to free a captive intelligence agent ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a French soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed rescue, but the man's captors denied he had been killed and claimed Saturday to have seized a second soldier. Confusion surrounded early reports of the botched rescue of the French agent, known by his code-name Denis Allex. He was captured in the east African country on July 14, 2009, and last seen in a video released in October pleading for the French president to help him. But it...
  • Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels

    01/12/2013 10:43:25 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Rukmini Callimachi
    <p>The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week.</p>
  • The Giglio Imbroglio ó The Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism

    01/12/2013 10:25:16 AM PST · by rhema · 43 replies
    Albert Mohler Blog ^ | 1/10/13 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    A new chapter in Americaís moral revolution came today as Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from giving the benediction at President Obamaís second inaugural ceremony. In a statement released to the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Giglio said that he withdrew because of the furor that emerged yesterday after a liberal watchdog group revealed that almost twenty years ago he had preached a sermon in which he had stated that homosexuality is a sin and that the ďonly way out of a homosexual lifestyle Ö is through the healing power of Jesus.Ē In other words, a Christian pastor...
  • Marco Rubio: Riding to the Immigration Rescue

    01/12/2013 10:21:38 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 209 replies
    WSJ ^ | Saturday Jaunary 12, 2013
    Marco Rubio, Florida's GOP senator, unveils his reform ideas to 'modernize' the system and put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. Marco Rubioó41-year-old son of working-class Cuban exilesóhas lived the upwardly mobile immigrant experience. In his fast rise, the Florida Republican has also experienced the politics of immigration [....] "Here's how I envision it," he says. "They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check." Anyone who committed a serious crime would be deported. "They would be fingerprinted," he continues. "They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community...
  • COLUMN ó Can Chris Christie save the GOP?. [In USSR, BARF BUCKET HURLS INTO YOU!]

    01/12/2013 9:53:07 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 27 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | Posted Jan 12, 2013 @ 04:23 AM | By Dana millbank
    Washington, D.C. ó A pair of polls out this week shows the dire state the Republican Party finds itself in ó and a way out of the wilderness, should Republicans choose to take it. Poll No. 1: Rasmussen Reports found that views of the tea party ó the wing of Republicanism that dominates party primaries and therefore the congressional Republican caucuses ó at a new low. Only 8 percent of likely voters considered themselves tea-party members, down from 24 percent in 2010. According to Rasmussen (which tends to have a pro-Republican bias), unfavorable views of the movement topped favorable views,...
  • Duke rejects application of Blair Holliday to return as student.

    01/12/2013 9:51:03 AM PST · by abb · 15 replies
    DukeCheck.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Duke Check
    Blair Holliday í15, the promising wide receiver for Duke football who was in a near-fatal water ski accident last July 4th and who has made a miraculous recovery, has hit a brutal, unexpected bump: DukeCheck has learned that Duke University rejected his application to return this semester as a student. Before the accident, Holliday maintained a 3.75 grade point average, majoring in psychology. His doctors had cleared him to return. Beyond that, Holliday had an invitation from Head Coach David Cutcliffe and wide receivers coach Matt Lubick Ė great supporters during Hollidayís recovery period ó to return to the football...
  • Biden seeks game industry input on gun violence

    01/12/2013 9:47:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 11 January 2013 11:00 | Peter Scott
    Donít worry, DC has it covered In another futile attempt to curb gun violence in the Land of the Free, US Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas. That will give you an idea of how much crap the government has on the shelf. Biden will meet with gaming industry representatives on Friday, as he explores cultural factors that supposedly contribute to violent behavior. Biden already met with other entertainment industry representatives earlier this week and he is expected to present his recommendations to President Barack Obama next week. Although many techies...
  • Obama's Congressional puppets give him the green light to defy debt limit law

    01/12/2013 9:31:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://www.americanthinker.com ^ | january 12, 2013 | rick moran
    How would you describe Democrats in Congress who are urging the president to ignore the law and up the limit on government borrowing by executive fiat? The party and ideology that passed the War Powers Act because they felt the executive had overstepped his authority in waging war, now proposes to lay down and grovel before the president, unilaterally giving up their prerogatives as co-equal partners in government. It is sickening to watch.
  • Air pollution in Beijing reaches 'health hazard' levels (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    01/12/2013 9:29:45 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    A woman wearing a mask crosses a road during severe pollution in Beijing on January 12, 2013 Air pollution in the Chinese capital has hit dangerous marks, reaching beyond the permissible level of pollution on the local environmental centerís scale. Beijing residents are recommended to stay indoors by local authorities.
  • PHOENIX RECOVERS U.S. AIR FORCE F-16 [From July 22 ejection in the Pacific]

    01/12/2013 9:13:29 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies
    Phoenix International ^ | 1/3/2013 | Pete LaHardy
    For Immediate Release Ė January 3, 2013 Washington, DC Ė Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) announces the successful underwater search and recovery of a U.S. Air Force F-16 aircraft from over 16,400 feet of sea water (fsw). In early August 2012, at the direction of the Naval Sea Systems Commandís Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), Phoenix mobilized the Navyís ORION deepwater side scan sonar system, the CURV 21 remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and the Navyís motion compensated, 30,000 pound Fly-Away Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS). All equipment was transported over land from Phoenixís facility in...
  • Mullah Omar Says Fighting Will Not Stop Until Afghanistan Is Once Again a Real Islamic State

    01/12/2013 9:09:54 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    gateway ^ | January 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Mullah Omar, the one-eyed jihadi bandit, condemned an upcoming conference on suicide attacks. The spiritual leader of the Taliban added that his fighters will not lay down weapons until they achieve establishment of a real Islamic state.
  • Section 8 Housing voucher distribution canceled

    01/12/2013 9:00:53 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 48 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 12 Jan 12 | None
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 Housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's between on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Officers say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center at the time of the incident. 7 Action News is being told there were 1,000 vouchers available and 5,000 people showed up trying to get one. The crowd had grown overnight as more and more people arrived. Some of...
  • MILLER: David Gregory gets off scot free

    01/12/2013 8:49:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Irvin Nathan, announced Friday that he will not press charges against NBC Newsí David Gregory nor any employee of the broadcast network for violating the cityís gun laws. Violation of the city's firearms laws carry a maximum $1,000 fine and one year in jail. Mr. Nathan wrote to an attorney representing Mr. Gregory and NBC News, Lee Levine of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, that, ďOAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not...
  • India denies visa to British journalist Yvonne Ridley (Captured by Taliban, converted to Islam)

    01/12/2013 8:44:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 12, 2013 | Indo-Asian News Service
    HYDERABAD: India has denied award-winning British journalist Yvonne Ridley a visa. She was scheduled to address the Spring of Islam conference being held here by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The London-based journalist, who was captured by the Taliban on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan in 2001 and converted to Islam after her release in 2003, was to address various sessions at the three-day conference, which began Friday. "The Indian Government is refusing to give me a conference visa to address 50,000 women in Hyderabad about women's rights ... I would have thought after the catastrophic handling of the Dehli rape case,...
  • White House responds to secession petitions, calls for unity instead

    01/12/2013 8:31:59 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    White House responds to secession petitions, calls for unity instead By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/12/13 10:01 AM ET The White House has responded to a handful of petitions calling for various states to be given the right to secede from the United States, calling for unity and participatory government instead. "In a nation of 300 million people ó each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs ó 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 for...
  • U.S. Spends $120M USD to Set up Rare Earth Research Center to Counter China

    01/12/2013 8:28:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 10, 2013 3:30 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Chinese price manipulation has taken its toll on the U.S. economy Rare earth metals are an increasingly integral part of everything from automobiles to television sets. †But the precious metals are tightly controlled by China, with an excess of 95 percent of current suplly coming from Chinese-owned mines and refineries. †The degree of control has allowed China to manipulate prices, cutting back on demand to sell less material for the same amount of profit, any businessperson's dream. I. New Private-Public Partnership Sets Aim on Chinese Mineral Hegemony The problem is that it takes several years or more to bring rare...
  • Where you might not shop in 2013

    01/12/2013 8:21:08 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    yahoo/forbes ^ | january 10, 2013 | Tom Van Riper
    Christmas season was a disappointment. GDP growth is slowing. Taxes are going up. Whatís the retail industry to do? Thereís really only one choice: close more stores. Through the first nine months of 2012, closings were up 25% over the same period from the prior year (fourth quarter numbers arenít available just yet). And Howard Davidowitz, chairman of retail banker and consultant Davidowitz & Associates, expects roughly the same pace of closings in 2013. ďThe consumer is 70% of GDP. If growth is decelerating, how are you going to have (retail) growth? Youíre not, youíre going to go on closing...
  • Ohio school board unanimously votes to place armed CUSTODIANS in their K-12 schools

    01/12/2013 7:39:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    MailOnline (uk) ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Nina Golgowski
    An Ohio school board has unanimously voted to place armed custodians on their k-12 campus in an effort to better protect their students from a future mass shooting. Following Wednesday's believed unprecedented 5-0 vote in the state, four male janitors were the first to volunteer to arm themselves with their own handguns on the rural Montpelier campus, the Toledo Blade reports. The vote will permit only non-teaching employees to carry the firearms on the campus, so long as they complete a weapons training course. 'It's kind of a sign of the times,' Superintendent Jamies Grime said on Friday. The move...
  • Take steps to reduce gun violence (barf alert)

    01/12/2013 7:13:59 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 jan 2013
    As we reflect on 2012, there were a number of gun-related incidents that made many of us outraged. The senseless shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.; the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings in Oak Creek; and, most recently, the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of innocent children and their teachers. Quite often, gun violence has been associated with urban central city neighborhoods, and it is true that urban violence is much too prevalent. For example, both locally and nationally, in some African-American neighborhoods, we have black males killing other black males with guns in alarming...