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  • Hundreds sign up to live in the Citadel – an armed fortress community planned for Idaho

    01/14/2013 1:18:11 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 January 2013 | Daniel Miller
    Hundreds of families have signed up to join a new community dubbed the Citadel, an armed and 'defensible' fortress city where their freedoms and liberty will be fiercely protected. Organisers have outlined plans for a community of 3,500 to 7,000 families of 'patriotic' Americans in western Idaho and more than 200 have already signed up through their website. The group has already purchased 20 acres in the area where they intend to build an arms factory which will be used to fund the project.
  • Mark Levin Blasts 'Imperial President'

    01/14/2013 1:15:56 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Megyn Kelly
    Talk show host claims Obama riding roughshod over Constitution
  • Gun buyback holds rare economic opportunity for one Tucsonan(poor widow)

    01/14/2013 1:14:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    arizonadailyindependent.com ^ | 13 January, 2013 | Sergio Arellano-Oros
    They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Some pictures are so powerful that there are not enough words to spin away their message. One scene that the media hoped you would never know about played out before their cameras at the political stunt gun buyback held by Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik last week. The crews got the pictures, learned the story, and then deliberately tossed them in an online gallery with a hundred others pictures, or left on the television newsroom cutting floor. She said she came to sell a gun to feed herself for two weeks....
  • McCrystal Shoots Off His Mouth Again: We Should Look at Banning Weapons that are Already Banned

    01/14/2013 1:07:24 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 1-14-2013 | Bryan Preston
    January 14, 2013 McCrystal Shoots Off His Mouth Again: We Should Look at Banning Weapons that are Already Banned Bryan Preston Last week, retiring Gen. Stanley McCrystal made a stir when he suggested that America ought to take a look at enacting new gun control laws. Specifically, McCrystal said he supports banning military firearms such as M4 and M16 rifles. Such weapons are already banned from civilian ownership except in very few cases, and have been since 1934. Such weapons have played no role in any of the recent shootings that have been in the national headlines.Appearing on America’s Radio...
  • Al Qaeda Lives--The real story behind Benghazi and the other attacks of 9/11/12

    01/14/2013 1:06:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 15 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    What actually happened in Egypt and Libya on September 11, 2012? The story from the U.S. government has changed many times in an effort to craft a narrative that causes as little damage as possible to the Obama administration. Now the administration seems to have settled on something approaching a final version.The U.S. embassy in Cairo, September 11, 2012Newscom It goes like this:On September 11, and in the days that followed, citizens in countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa gathered to protest The Innocence of Muslims, a video on YouTube produced in California that was disrespectful to Islam and the...
  • Obama refuses to negotiate debt ceiling raise (McConnell, Boehner preparing to surrender?)

    01/14/2013 12:53:10 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/14/13 | Mark Felsenthal and Matt Spetalnick
    President Barack Obama on Monday rejected any negotiation with Republicans over the most pressing U.S. fiscal issue, refusing to trade cuts in government spending in exchange for raising the borrowing limit.
  • Florida teachers among 50 charged in online child-sex sting

    01/14/2013 12:48:21 PM PST · by Sopater · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013
    Two teachers and two other school employees were among 50 people arrested as part of an online child-sex sting in central Florida, MyFoxOrlando.com reports. "Operation Cardea" targeted people who use the Internet to sexually exploit children, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said, and the suspects were arrested over the past week, including four men arrested late Sunday night. The list of those arrested includes two local school teachers and two other employees at local schools. Jorge Daniel Ferreira, a science teacher at Ocoee Middle School, was one of those arrested. Orange County Schools officials tell Fox 35 that Ferreira has...
  • Miss America journeys from small town to big city1

    01/14/2013 12:41:51 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 7 replies
    Charter ^ | January 14, 2013 | HANNAH DREIER and GREG MOORE
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — From a hometown of 26,000 people to an adopted home borough of 2.6 million, Miss America's story includes a journey from a small town to the big city — but it doesn't start there. Mallory Hagan, 23, moved from Alabama to New York City as soon as she became a legal adult, and though she says she left because "I needed to find myself," it turns out she knew who she wanted to be all along. snip [money quote]"I'm not sure that it came out as eloquently as I would have liked it to, but my...
  • Hundreds of Thousands Oppose Same-Sex Marriage in France

    01/14/2013 12:37:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/14/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Hundreds of thousands of people from across France gathered in Paris on Sunday to oppose President Francois Hollande's plan to legalize same-sex marriage, which would allow gay couples to adopt and conceive children. Police estimated about 340,000 people participated in the "demo for all" march to oppose a proposed legislation billed as "marriage for all." It was one of the largest demonstrations in the French capital since an education protest in 1984, according to The Associated Press. Organizers claimed more than 800,000 people turned out to oppose the proposal. Protesters started the march from three points in the city, walking...
  • Maryland to gun owners: We want your fingerprints

    01/14/2013 12:37:22 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 37 replies
    WaPo (Maryland local) ^ | 1-14-2013 | Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will seek to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-licensing requirements, ban assault weapons and restrict visitor access to schools in one of the most expansive government responses sought to last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Perhaps most controversially, O’Malley (D) will ask the General Assembly to force prospective gun owners to provide fingerprints to state police, complete a hands-on weapon-familiarization and gun-safety course, and undergo a background check to be licensed. And the governor is seeking new measures to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illness who show violent tendencies....
  • Hundreds sign up to live in the Citadel –

    01/14/2013 12:34:14 PM PST · by FeliciaCat · 40 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 1.14.2013 | Daniel Miller
    Hundreds of families have signed up to join a new community dubbed the Citadel, an armed and 'defensible' fortress city where their freedoms and liberty will be fiercely protected. Organisers have outlined plans for a community of 3,500 to 7,000 families of 'patriotic' Americans in western Idaho and more than 200 have already signed up through their website. The group has already purchased 20 acres in the area where they intend to build arms factory which will be used to fund the project.
  • Obama: Gun Lobby "Ginning Up Fear" That Government Will Take Away All Your Guns

    01/14/2013 12:33:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 1/14/13 | staff
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I think, for example, how we are gathering data, for example, on guns that fall into the hands of criminals and how we track that more effectively -- there may be some steps that we can take administratively, as opposed -- through legislation. As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, you know, I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government’s about...
  • Gun Control Down Under (Australia)

    01/14/2013 11:29:41 AM PST · by Mozilla · 46 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Jen Kuznicki
    This video was sent to me by an Aussie friend, pleading with me to not allow ourselves to go the way of OZ. It has gotten so crazy there, that legislators are quibbling over the definition of a home invasion, so as not to admit that gun control has made Australians less safe. Check out the video.
  • California could be next oil boom state (That is, if drilling is allowed)

    01/14/2013 12:28:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 01/13/2013 | Steve Hargreaves
    California is sitting on a massive amount of shale oil and could become the next oil boom state. But only if the industry can get the stuff out of the ground without upsetting the state's powerful environmental lobby. Running from Los Angeles to San Francisco, California's Monterey Shale is thought to contain more oil than North Dakota's Bakken and Texas's Eagle Ford -- both scenes of an oil boom that's created thousands of jobs and boosted U.S. oil production to the highest rate in over a decade. In fact, the Monterey is thought to hold over 400 billion barrels of...
  • Leon Leyson dies at 83; youngest survivor on Schindler's List

    01/14/2013 12:27:33 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/14/2013 | By Elaine Woo
    Among the 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by German industrialist Oskar Schindler was an emaciated 13-year-old boy named Leon Leyson, who had to stand on a box to reach the machinery in the Krakow factory where Schindler sheltered him and his family. The boy Schindler called "Little Leyson" survived the Holocaust to start life over in Los Angeles. He taught high school in Huntington Park for 39 years, rarely mentioning to anyone the pain and perils he experienced during the war that claimed the lives of 6 million Jews. Then came the celebrated 1993 movie "Schindler's List," which ignited...
  • White House to Paul Ryan: Yeah, about that budget deadline… (Sorry, it won't be submitted on time)

    01/14/2013 12:24:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Every year, the White House is required by law to submit the president's budget plan to Congress by the first Monday in February. While it is common for administrations to miss the date in their first year, the Obama administration has only managed to meet that simple, regular deadline once --- a record for which The Most Transparent Administration, Evah evidently has no plans for improvement.Last week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan queried the White House on whether they had any intention of getting him a budget proposal in a timely fashion: "Given the critical importance of addressing our...
  • NY Poised to Pass First Gun Bill Since Sandy Hook Shooting

    01/14/2013 12:08:01 PM PST · by Tirian · 47 replies
    NBC NY ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | Michael Gormley
    A key New York Senate leader and the Assembly speaker said they expect the state Legislature to vote Monday to enact what would be the nation's first gun control measure following last month's Connecticut school shooting. "I think when all is said and done, we are going to pass a comprehensive gun bill today," Sen. Jeffrey Klein told reporters Monday morning. "I'm very excited about it. I am very confident we are going to vote on a comprehensive bill that will be agreed on by the governor, the Senate and Assembly." People familiar with closed-door negotiations told The Associated Press...
  • Former President George H.W. Bush released from hospital

    01/14/2013 12:02:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 14, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Former President George H.W. Bush was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston on Monday after being admitted in November. An illness and complications stemming from a bronchitis-related cough extended his stay. The 88-year-old spent a week in intensive care.
  • Feinstein Gun Ban Just Tip of Iceberg!

    01/14/2013 11:54:47 AM PST · by arthurus · 19 replies
    http://www.nraila.org ^ | Posted on January 11, 2013
    While Senator Feinstein's soon-to-be-introduced bill to ban semi-automatic firearms and standard capacity magazines is garnering the most attention from anti-gun politicians and their media allies, attacks on our Second Amendment rights are by no means limited to this one proposal, nor to just Congress. Based on bills introduced on the first day of the 113th Congress, we clearly face the most serious threat to our fundamental Second Amendment rights in the last 20 years, and law-abiding gun owners need to ACT NOW to ward off an unprecedented onslaught on our rights. Here are just some of the proposals pending in...
  • Rikers Island inmates cost city big $$ with 'frivolous' lawsuits

    01/14/2013 11:46:25 AM PST · by dennisw · 7 replies
    .nypost. ^ | 2:15 AM, January 14, 2013 | By DOUG MONTERO AND DAN MACLEOD
    These jailbirds are proving that crime does pay. Rikers Island inmates are soaking city taxpayers by suing over everything from slippery shower floors to beds they claim are too short, a Post analysis has found. Legal claims against the Department of Correction have resulted in $111.1 million in payouts over the past five years — including settlements of “frivolous” cases that would have cost more to fight in court. Sources said the situation is “out of control,” with a growing network of prisoners sharing the names of lawyers and even scrawling the attorneys’ contact info near the jail’s pay phones....
  • Al Gore Declares Mission Accomplished; Gray Lady Hardest Hit

    01/14/2013 9:45:42 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    pj ^ | January 11th, 2013 | Ed Driscoll
    “Lack of Global Warming Means Cold, Empty Chairs at New York Times Environment Desk,” Jim Lakely writes ... The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments. The positions of environment editor and deputy environment editor are being eliminated. ... Al Gore has just declared Mission Accomplished for environmentalism? He’s got his $100 payout, and the rest of the world is left wondering why we should care about a religion when its chief practitioner has just signed his non-aggression pact with Big Oil. At...
  • Did Ed Koch really say that about Obama?

    01/14/2013 11:33:37 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 13 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | 1/10/2013 | Michael Goodwin
    Notwithstanding Ed Koch’s reputation for candor, I didn’t believe my eyes when I read that Koch said he knew President Obama would “renege” on his support of Israel. Koch said his only shock was that it happened so soon, citing Obama’s nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to The Algemeiner newspaper. Is it true? Did Koch really say that? “I did say it,” he told me Tuesday, adding he was making a point about why he had endorsed Obama, despite such misgivings. “People don’t really change when you get to his age,” the former...
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks from the bench; libs in a frenzy

    01/14/2013 11:19:28 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 44 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 01/14/2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas cracked a joke about Yale law students during oral arguments today. He’s famous for his restraint and reticence on the bench. It’s been nearly seven years since he asked any questions — and every last liberal on Twitter is making sure you know it.
  • Obama: ‘Executive Action’ on Gun Control ‘Within My Authority as President’

    01/14/2013 11:18:53 AM PST · by chessplayer · 117 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama said Monday he would take executive action pertaining to gun control. Though he wasn’t specific, he said some would have to do with tracing guns.
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    01/14/2013 11:16:03 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
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  • Reid denies tie to bribery case

    01/14/2013 10:58:10 AM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 14, 2013 | UPI
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid denied Sunday knowing anything about an alleged attempt to bribe him to intervene in a Federal Trade Commission case. Jeremy Johnson of Utah told federal investigators he sought to funnel money through an alleged intermediary in hopes of convincing Reid to get the FTC to drop its investigation of him."The truth is the worst thing I think I've done was I paid money knowing it was going to influence Harry Reid," Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune. "So I've felt all along that I've committed bribery of some sort there."But the Nevada Democrat's office...
  • Two Of The Biggest Problems In The Financial System Will Hit In 2013

    01/14/2013 10:55:48 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-14-2013 | Graham Summers
    Two Of The Biggest Problems In The Financial System Will Hit In 2013 Stock-Markets / Financial Markets 2013Jan 14, 2013 - 03:11 AM By: Graham Summers This week is options expiration week: the week in which various call and put positions will expire. Wall Street is notorious for using these weeks to gun the markets this way and that in order to insure that the greatest number of puts and calls expire worthless. So expect the market to be even more volatile than usual this week. Outside of this, the investment world is slowly emerging from its Central Bank policy...
  • We need your support to keep FR going strong!! [FReepathon thread V]

    01/14/2013 10:51:47 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 453 replies
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  • Guns already allowed in schools with little restriction in many states

    01/14/2013 10:47:59 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    Open Channel NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News
    With the debate over gun violence reshaped by the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month, lawmakers across the country are pushing proposals to arm teachers in the classroom. But many of them may be wasting their time. More than a third of the states already allow teachers and other adults to carry guns to school. In most cases, all you need is the equivalent of a note from the principal — you usually don't even need law enforcement approval. NBC News reviewed the firearms and education laws in all 50 states...
  • REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean

    01/14/2013 10:46:02 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    REPORT: Assad Has Left Syria For A Warship In The Mediterranean Robert JohnsonJanuary 13, 2013 Russian warship sent to Mediterranean in July After nearly two years of conflict and 117,000 displaced Syrians UPI reports Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family have left the country and live aboard a warship manned with Russian security. UPI cites an Al-Watan report claiming Assad's family are somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea and that the semi-deposed president travels back to the country by helicopter for meetings and receptions. From UPI: When he flies to his embattled country, the president lands at undisclosed locations and...
  • Krugman: “Frightening” Lack of “Progressive” Economists in the White House

    01/14/2013 10:44:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said it is “frightening” that the Obama administration has never included progressive economists, who have “been right about everything so far.” “I think it’s frightening that at no point in this administration have there been any serious representation of what you might call the progressive economist wing, which is a pretty big part of Obama’s support,” Krugman said Sunday in an appearance on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. … Krugman, a Keynesian economist, has long advocated for more stimulus spending, saying the $833-billion stimulus package of 2009 did not spend enough. …
  • MIT’s Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Running a “Global Assassination Campaign”

    01/14/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 14, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    MIT Professor of Linguistics Noam Chomsky, a long-time left-wing writer and activist, told Al-Jazeera that he does not believe President Barack Obama has a “moral center,” and that he is running a “global assassination campaign” using drone warfare. “There’s some nice rhetoric here and there, but you look at the actual policies, they’re pretty shocking,” Chomsky said, speaking of President Obama. “The drone assassination campaign’s a perfectly good example. It’s just a global assassination campaign.” …
  • The Increasingly Execrable Colin Powell

    01/14/2013 10:33:26 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 40 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/14/13 | Quin Hillyer
    Jennifer Rubin does a nice take-down here of the increasingly despicable Colin Powell, who smeared his former party on Meet the Press by accusing Republicans of a “dark vein of intolerance.” Thus says the first black Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, the first black Secretary of State, the sometime mentor of the first black woman to serve as Secretary of State… all under Republican sponsorship. Thus says the back-stabbing lout who deliberately let the innocent Scooter Libby twist in the wind, and then get convicted, when one word from Powell would have ended the investigation. Thus says the...
  • Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party'

    01/14/2013 10:22:59 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    Obama: 'I'm a pretty friendly guy, I like a good party' By Justin Sink - 01/14/13 12:54 PM ET President Obama on Monday said his difficulties driving bargains with congressional Republicans had little do with the personal relationships he has with members across the aisle, instead arguing that partisan politics were to blame. "I'm a pretty friendly guy. I like a good party," Obama said during his press conference Monday at the White House. He joked that, "now that my girls are getting older, they don't want to spend that much time with me anyway, so I'll be probably calling...
  • Livery Cabbie Shot Over $8.00

    01/14/2013 10:18:58 AM PST · by Wiggins · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14th, 2013 | Natasha Velez
    A gunman yesterday prepares to shoot a Bronx livery driver over a measly eight bucks after the victim didn’t understand his demands, cops and the wounded man’s family said. Cabby Raphael Martinez, 54, of the Dominican Republic, was about an hour into his shift when he was attacked in his vehicle at 5:10 a.m. on White Plains Road and Lafayette Avenue in Soundview, a dramatic moment caught by the car’s security cam.
  • Detroit Man Says He Can Reveal Where Jimmy Hoffa Is Buried

    01/14/2013 10:18:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Marc Santia
    Tony Zerilli, alleged to be the underboss of Detroit's biggest crime family, is breaking his silence on one of the greatest unsolved crimes in American historyA man who federal agents say is a main character in the infamous unsolved mystery about the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa is breaking his silence after decades of refusing to answer questions. The reputed gangster says the union leader was buried in a field in suburban Detroit -- about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen. Eighty-five years old and barely able to walk, Tony Zerilli never thought this day would...
  • McCain, vocal with reservations toward Hagel, won’t block nomination

    01/14/2013 10:06:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | January 13th, 2013 | 11:09 PM ET | Gregory Wallace
    Sen. John McCain, prominent among the Washington ranks who have questioned former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s suitability for the top Defense Department post, said Sunday he will not exert his power to block Hagel’s nomination. “No,” he told CNN when asked directly whether he would block the nomination in the Senate. “I plan to make a judgment as to whether I think he’s appropriate to be Secretary of Defense or not.” Each senator has the power to prevent a nomination from advancing to the floor, and one of McCain’s close colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham, has suggested he would put President Barack...
  • Burglars target homes of gun owners after addresses on weapons permit map published by newspaper

    01/14/2013 9:49:19 AM PST · by autumnraine · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/14/2013
    At least two burglars broke into a house in White Plains, New York, on Saturday and headed straight for the gun safe. This address and the owner's name, registered on a permit for legally held firearms, had been published on the controversial gun map published by the Journal News on December 23. The burglars couldn't open the safe and the property owner wasn't home. But this incident has led to speculation that the map is now being used by criminals for targeted gun theft.
  • Sources: (Another) Jackson brother may seek 2nd District seat

    01/14/2013 9:49:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mike Flannery
    Jesse Jackson, Jr., resigned from Congress last month and Mrs. Jackson herself confirmed on Tuesday that she will not run to replace him. Attention is now turning to 46-year old Jonathan Jackson, the third-born child of the famous Civil Rights leader. The New York Daily News first speculated last September that Jonathan might seek his brother's 2nd District seat. Sources tell Fox 32 News that Jonathan has discussed a possible campaign with local ministers and community leaders.
  • Obama: Some Gun Control Measures 'I Can Accomplish Through Executive Action'

    01/14/2013 9:45:07 AM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/14/13 | Daniel Halper
    "My understanding is the vice president's going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence," said Obama. "Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we're going to go ahead and propose later in the week.
  • Rheinmetall demos laser that can shoot down drones

    01/14/2013 9:40:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 January 2013 | Last updated at 06:25 ET
    A laser weapons system that can shoot down two drones at a distance of over a mile has been demonstrated by Rheinmetall Defense. The German defense firm used the high-energy laser equipment to shoot fast-moving drones at a distance. The system, which uses two laser weapons, was also used to cut through a steel girder a kilometer away. …
  • Even Liberals Now Are Standing Up to Unions

    01/14/2013 9:35:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 14 Jan 2013 12:17 PM | Ira Stoll
    America is approaching the point where the government employee unions are so powerful that even the liberals think they're getting out of control. It used to be that taking on public-sector unions was the job of conservative Republicans like President Reagan, who took on the federal air traffic controllers, or Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who passed a law curbing the ability of government employee unions in his state to bargain collectively. But it’s gotten to the point where even New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg—a mayor who favors tightened government restrictions on guns, tobacco, trans fats, and large bottles of...
  • Jesse Jackson: Assault Weapons Are a Threat to 'Homeland Security'

    01/14/2013 9:35:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013
    [Snip] “These semi-automatic weapons, these assault weapon, can only kill people and in fact are threats to national security. The young man who did the killing in Aurora, Colorado with the arsenal he had. He was right near the airport, right near the runways near the airport in Denver. He could shoot down airplanes. so this is a matter of homeland security… We need to make manufacturers more accountable for their product.“
  • Obama Dodges Question About His Own Vote Against Raising The Debt Ceiling (video)

    01/14/2013 9:32:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/14/13 | GOPICYMI
    Pres. Obama Dodges a question from Major Garrett of CBS news on his own voting against raising the debt ceiling when he was a Senator (January 14, 2013).
  • Rubio Outlines Bold Plan Giving 12 Million Illegals Legal Status

    01/14/2013 9:31:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 13 Jan 2013 09:46 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is developing a wide-ranging immigration reform plan—including steps to give more than 12 million illegals currently in the U.S. legal status—in an effort to seize the initiative on a contentious issue that polls show is hurting the Republican Party with the nation’s rapidly growing Hispanic population. Rubio laid out the broad outline of his plan in an interview with the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, at the same time President Obama announced he would push a comprehensive immigration plan of his own this March. Surprisingly, both hold similar goals—creating a process in which undocumented...
  • Obama: ‘We need more revenue’ (a.k.a. tax increases)

    01/14/2013 9:24:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Washington comPost ^ | January 14, 2013 | Felicia Sonmez
    President Obama kicked off the final news conference of his first term by renewing his call for Congress to approve a “balanced” deficit-reduction package that includes both spending cuts and new revenues. Republican leaders have said repeatedly that the Jan. 1 fiscal cliff agreement ended any discussion of raising new revenue and that in upcoming negotiations they would deal only in spending cuts. Obama made clear that he does not agree. He reiterated that he is “open to making modest adjustments to programs like Medicare.” “The fact is, though, we can’t finish the job of deficit reduction through spending cuts...
  • Is Chicago’s Out-Of-Control Murder Rate Connected to Its Sanctuary City Policies?

    01/14/2013 8:31:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/14/2013 | Bryan Preston
    There are no gun shops in Chicago, so they say, but murders are on pace to hit 730 for 2013. Guns are usually the weapons that the killers choose to use.Two teenage boys were murdered over the weekend, and guns were the weapons used by the killers. One victim, 14-year-old Rey Dorantes, was reportedly shot while sitting on the front porch of his home. Fifteen-year-old Victor Vega was reportedly walking with another male when they were approached by an armed man who opened fire, killing Vega. In separate incidents, four other people were wounded via gunfire, and all but...
  • BP lays out development plans in Alaska

    01/14/2013 8:13:55 AM PST · by thackney
    Fairbanks Daily News Miner ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Associated Press
    An executive with BP Alaska says the company plans to add two new rigs on the North Slope this year. But Phil Cochrane says the company won't search for or produce new sources of oil. In prepared remarks to an Alaska Support Industry Alliance conference in Anchorage, Cochrane said the rigs will be used to accelerate production from existing reserves. He said it's a response to a state policy that discourages investment.
  • Why Scott Brown might run for MA governor, not Senate

    01/14/2013 8:05:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 01/14/2013 | James Hohmann
    It’s not often an ex-senator gets a shot at his old job just months after losing. So Scott Brown is widely expected to jump at the chance, running in a special election for John Kerry’s seat that presumably will become vacant within weeks. But there are compelling reasons for Brown to pass on what would be his third Senate campaign in four years — and he’s thinking long and hard about them. Topping the list: In 2014, he could run instead for Massachusetts governor, a job that Republicans have had much more success winning and keeping, as Mitt Romney can...
  • In Tim Scott’s Wake (Who will replace him in the House?)

    01/14/2013 8:01:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/14/2013 | John Fund
    Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Tim Scott, the newest member of the U.S. Senate, got a hero’s welcome from the groups meeting here for the South Carolina Tea Party Convention this weekend. Scott, who replaced Jim DeMint as South Carolina’s junior senator this month, has had a meteoric rise in politics. Five years ago he was a member of Charleston’s city council. Since then he has won a seat in the state legislature, and in 2010, he became the first African-American Republican elected to the House from a Deep South state in decades. Scott knows the cadences of Sunday preaching well....