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  • Lance Armstrong and the Sociopath’s Dilemma: When Honesty Is No Longer Ethical (Clinton)

    01/15/2013 9:37:37 AM PST · by doug from upland · 21 replies
    Lance Armstrong and the Sociopath’s Dilemma: When Honesty Is No Longer Ethical Welcome to the club, Lance. Rose In 2004, 15 years after he had been banned from baseball after a finding by the Major League Baseball’s Commissioner’s Office that he had violated the games rules against betting on Major League Games, Pete Rose publicly admitted that his denials over that time were all lies. Yes, he had bet on baseball, and he was very, very sorry. Rose’s admission did little to change the verdict in and out of baseball that he was a rogue and a liar. His confession...
  • Your Grandpa’s “Assault Weapons”: What will a semi-automatic ban mean to collector firearms?

    01/15/2013 9:36:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    guns.com ^ | 15 January, 2013 | Chris Eger
    With both the ‘old’ 1994 Assault Weapon’s Ban (AWB) and the looming specter of a new one for 2013, there are several unlikely firearms out there that are caught up in the flakiness of this type of legislation. Many of these are arms that were perfectly legal when they were designed and sold mail order to your grandfathers. Today, if these heirlooms are in your gun rack, pending actions by Washington could mean they are now unforeseen targets. John Browning’s Model 8 In 1900, John Moses Browning invented a long recoil-operated semi-automatic rifle that uses a rotating bolt. Chambered for...
  • The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots

    01/15/2013 9:35:42 AM PST · by ksen · 87 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 1/14/2013 | Noah Smith
    For most of modern history, two-thirds of the income of most rich nations has gone to pay salaries and wages for people who work, while one-third has gone to pay dividends, capital gains, interest, rent, etc. to the people who own capital. This two-thirds/one-third division was so stable that people began to believe it would last forever. But in the past ten years, something has changed. Labor's share of income has steadily declined, falling by several percentage points since 2000. It now sits at around 60% or lower. The fall of labor income, and the rise of capital income, has...
  • Recall Point: Journal News FOIA Requests Asked For 'How Many and What Types' of Guns Owned

    01/15/2013 9:19:41 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/15/13 | Tom Blumer
    The Lower Hudson Valley's Journal News based in White Plains, New York has been very tight-lipped since it published an interactive map showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple reports that the paper has hired "a Manhattan public relations, marketing and government affairs firm" whose job appears to involve denying interview requests and issuing "no comment" statements. Predictably, the one media outlet which has been granted access by the Journal News is the New York Times, whose Christine Haughney filed a report on January 6. In that dispatch,...
  • ‘Les Miserables’ shooting: Cops take down gunman in crowded San Diego movie theater

    01/15/2013 9:15:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    20-year-old Tom Billodeaux pulled gun during screening of Oscar-nominated movie, but witnesses said he never threatened to shoot anyone. Cops arrived and stopped the movie as others ducked and fled. Moviegoers at a San Diego theater ducked for cover as officers stormed in during a film screening and shot and critically wounded a gunman hiding in their midst. No one else was hurt in the shooting Saturday inside Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain in northern San Diego, officer David Stafford said. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Tom Billodeaux of Escondido, was taken to a hospital after being shot in the arm...
  • New York Has Gun Deal, With Focus on Mental Ills

    01/15/2013 9:08:46 AM PST · by Tirian · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | THOMAS KAPLAN and DANNY HAKIM
    ...The state Senate, controlled by a coalition of Republicans and a handful of Democrats, approved the legislative package just after 11 p.m. by a lopsided vote of 43 to 18. The Assembly, where Democrats who have been strongly supportive of gun control have an overwhelming majority, planned to vote on the measure Tuesday... ...The expanded ban on assault weapons would broaden the definition of such weapons, banning semiautomatic pistols and rifles with detachable magazines and one military-style feature, as well as semiautomatic shotguns with one military-style feature. New Yorkers who already own such guns could keep them but would be...
  • Mali conflict: France to increase troop numbers

    01/15/2013 9:06:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | January 15, 2012
    President Francois Hollande says more French troops are to be deployed in Mali to support the 750 in the country countering an Islamist insurgency. Mr Hollande said new air strikes overnight had "achieved their goal". One target was the town of Diabaly, which rebels entered on Monday. West African military chiefs are meeting in Mali to discuss how an alliance with the French will work. France began its intervention on Friday to halt the Islamists' advance south. Late on Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously backed the intervention. Mr Hollande, on a visit to the French regional military base known...
  • Gingrich: GOP unwise to pick fight on debt limit

    01/15/2013 9:02:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2013 7:28 AM EST
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says House Republicans are making a mistake by using the issue of increasing the borrowing limit to challenge President Barack Obama on spending issues. Gingrich tells “CBS This Morning” that’s a losing proposition. “In the end, it’s a threat they can’t sustain,” he says, because no one wants to see the country default on its debts. …
  • NY Times: Obama Plans 19 Executive Orders on Gun Control

    01/15/2013 8:55:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 15 Jan 2013 04:04 AM | Hiram Reisner
    President Barack Obama plans this week to present 19 separate executive orders on gun control and will press for comprehensive legislation to expand gun-purchase background checks, lawmakers made privy to the president’s agenda said Monday, according to the New York Times. The biggest congressional fight on gun control in early 20 years—which also includes efforts to ban assault weapons and high-capacity clips—could be launched as soon as Wednesday, the Times reports. But considering the president’s expected inability to get acceptance for his plan through Congress, Obama will not shy away from using executive orders for restrictions he deems necessary, according...
  • @ProjectVeritas_ Journalists, Politicians Refuse to Post Lawn Sign saying "HOME IS PROUDLY GUN FREE"

    01/15/2013 8:50:38 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 11 replies
    http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wt1Zy_ASNyA&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dwt1Zy_ASNyA%26feature%3Dplayer_embedded
  • Obama Once Called Raising Debt Ceiling 'a Sad State of Affairs'

    01/15/2013 8:44:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Here's audio of then-senator Barack Obama calling a vote to raise the debt ceiling "a sad state of affairs": The one time the debt ceiling was up for a vote when Obama was in the Senate, he voted against it.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 15,2013

    01/15/2013 8:40:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 56 replies
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  • Teen who stabbed girl more than 100 times gets life in prison

    01/15/2013 8:34:19 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    CBC ^ | January 14, 2013
    A Cape Breton teenager found guilty of second-degree murder for stabbing his girlfriend more than 100 times has been sentenced as an adult to life in prison. Melvin Skeete Jr., who was 16 years old at the time of the incident, was sentenced Monday in Nova Scotia Youth Court to life in prison with no chance of parole until Dec. 3, 2017.
  • Gun buybacks don’t reduce gun violence, either

    01/15/2013 8:12:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/15/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    While we're "vigorously" pursuing "meaningful" gun legislation that can't possibly make it through Congress if it's anything near "meaningful" enough for this president, let's also remind everyone that those flashy gun buyback programs local politicians love to tout do about as much to reduce gun violence as, well, gun control does in Chicago.USA Today covers the latest outbreak of gun buybacks, popping up across the nation in the wake of Newtown. They come with flashy local news reports, B-roll rich with antique rifles and other castoff weapons whose confiscation would have been great for preventing stagecoach hold-ups but not modern...
  • PRUDEN: The long season of rage ahead

    01/15/2013 8:06:43 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 15 January 2013 | Wes Pruden
    Barack Obama is laying out a revolutionary agenda for his second term, and he’s calling up his heaviest artillery to enforce the transformative presidency delayed in the first. The campaign to confirm Chuck Hagel will be no campaign for the fainthearted summer soldiers who know only small-caliber combat. The emerging White House strategy is to repeat and repeat the canard that anyone who criticizes the president and his agenda is a racist, probably a Klansman and maybe even a conservative. If the canard is repeated often enough, some people will believe it, even if they’re mostly people who believe it...
  • Feds: Immigrants were paddled at stash house; alleged captors charged(South Texas illegals)

    01/15/2013 8:04:25 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies
    The Monitor ^ | January 14, 2013 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    McALLEN — Federal authorities arrested three men accused of holding 51 undocumented immigrants, threatening them with a handgun and a machete as well as paddling them to keep them in line. The arrests came after a Guatemalan immigrant managed to escape the house and alert authorities. On Friday afternoon, agents with U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division went to a house in the 6600 block of North Bentsen Road, where they arrested 51 undocumented immigrants and three men who, in addition to being immigrants from El Salvador, were in charge of holding them...
  • How Many Bullets Are Enough?

    01/15/2013 7:58:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2013 | William Sullivan
    Gun control advocates, in their infinite wisdom, seem to think they have the definitive answer to this question. The answer is "less than ten." Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is seeking extensive gun control legislation to "tighten the assault weapons ban" and "ban all large-capacity gun clips." To these ends, he addressed the gun "extremists" by quipping, "It's simple -- no one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer." The first time I remember being introduced to this feeble (yet somehow, incredibly persistent) argument for gun control was while watching an Eddie...
  • @ProjectVeritas_ Journalists, Politicians Refuse to Post Lawn Sign saying "HOME IS PROUDLY GUN FREE

    01/15/2013 7:38:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/15/13 | veritasvisuals
    New effort by James O'Keefe
  • Dueling Documentaries: FrackNation gives the counter-argument to the anti-fracking Gasland

    01/15/2013 7:36:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/15/2013 | Jack Kemp
    FrackNation is an independent documentary that recently premiered in New York City's Chelsea Clearview Cinema. The film will be shown on Mark Cuban's cable station AXS.TV on January 22 at 9 p.m. Eastern. Since accusations fly freely on both sides of the fracking issue ("the fracking war" might be a more appropriate phrase here), and billions of dollars -- literally -- are being contested around the world, the producers decided the best way to fund the film would be by using the website Kickstarter.com to aggregate small donations -- and also not take any money from energy industry executives. PRNewswire...
  • Journal News gun permit map used by burglars to target White Plains home?

    01/15/2013 7:34:00 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    NEWSDAY ^ | January 14, 2013 | TIMOTHY O'CONNOR and MEGHAN E. MURPHY
    Journal News gun permit map used by burglars to target White Plains home? January 14, 2013 by TIMOTHY O'CONNOR and MEGHAN E. MURPHY / meghan.murphy@cablevision.com A White Plains residence pinpointed on a controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars' target was the homeowner's gun safe. At least two burglars broke into a home on Davis Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Saturday but were unsuccessful in an attempt to open the safe, which contained legally owned weapons, according to a law enforcement source. One suspect was taken into custody, the source said. The gun owner was not home when...
  • (New Jersey) Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible

    01/15/2013 7:22:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A longtime substitute teacher in Phillipsburg, NJ, has been fired after he shared a Bible verse with a student – and upon request gave the child a Bible. The Phillipsburg School Board voted Monday night to terminate the employment of Walter Tutka. He was accused of breaking two policies – distributing religious literature on school grounds and another policy that directs teachers to be neutral when discussing religious material. “It’s unfortunate the Phillipsburg School District chose the path of religious hostility and intolerance against a retired man serving his community and simply responding to a student’s intellectual curiosity,” Hiram...
  • House GOP Leaders Consider Four-Year Debt Limit Deal

    01/15/2013 7:21:02 AM PST · by Qbert · 19 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Jan. 14, 2013 | Daniel Newhauser
    With the administration’s debt ceiling deadline fast approaching, House Republican leaders are considering a four-year debt limit increase that would take the issue off the table for the rest of President Barack Obama’s presidency. The plan would, however, come at no easy price for Obama, who pledged as recently as Monday morning not to negotiate with Republicans on a debt ceiling hike. Republicans would demand major tax and entitlement changes — the latter of which has been anathema to many Democrats — and they could also ask for movement on the sequester and an expiring continuing resolution that must be...
  • Averting Default, Achieving Restraint (Here's how to do it if we're serious)

    01/15/2013 7:21:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/15/2013 | The Editors
    The federal government will hit the statutory limit on its debt within the next two months, and further borrowing would require congressional action. Almost everybody recognizes that such action will need to take place, since no one has proposed a way to end all deficit spending immediately. But Republicans want to make sure that as Congress takes that action it both highlights the problem of overspending and takes steps to address it, while Democrats want to make sure that the problem receives neither attention nor remedy. To achieve its end, each party has focused on a different element of the...
  • Spending Cuts Are Mostly Fiction (Why are spending hikes and tax hikes called spending “cuts.”?)

    01/15/2013 7:15:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/15/2013 | A. Barton Hinkle
    Would you like to save $20,000 this year? Of course you would. Here’s how: Plan a month-long vacation to Disneyland, and budget $20,000 for the trip. Then don’t go. Presto! You just “cut” your family budget by 20 grand. This sounds absurd—because it is. Yet that is precisely how Washington operates. A couple of weeks ago, President Obama claimed on national TV that “I cut spending by over a trillion dollars in 2011.” But as many people quickly pointed out, in fiscal 2011 federal spending rose from $3.4 trillion to $3.6 trillion. Nevertheless, the President repeated the claim on Jan....
  • 2 moms book returned to shelves of Utah school district after legal fight

    01/15/2013 7:12:20 AM PST · by Abathar · 13 replies
    Theindychannel/AP ^ | 01/15/2013 | uncredited
    SALT LAKE CITY - A book about a lesbian couple raising children has returned to a Utah school district's library shelves, amid a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union. Officials with the ACLU of Utah say they were informed of the district's decision Monday, two months after the suit was filed.
  • Mental Illness Gets too Much Room to Grow

    01/15/2013 7:01:58 AM PST · by Conservaliberty · 39 replies
    StarTribune ^ | January 14 | Rich Stanek
    Gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and extreme violence. We have an access problem. The mentally ill should never have access to guns. Eight of the nine killers in mass shootings in the United States in 2012 had a history of mental illness or suffered from untreated mental illness. Their families, friends, classmates, teachers or coworkers knew something was wrong. The mass murders (defined by the FBI as four or more murders during one incident) occurred across the country -- including one right here in Minneapolis -- and targeted schools, movie theaters, stores, religious facilities...
  • GOLDMAN: Hide Your Kids, The Sequester Is Coming

    01/15/2013 6:54:35 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    GOLDMAN: Hide Your Kids, The Sequester Is Coming Joe WeisenthalJan. 15, 2013, 5:15 AM Goldman's Alec Phillips writes in a note that the automatic spending cuts required by the so-called "Sequester" (the spending caps imposed by the 2011 debt ceiling deal) are now a matter of "when" and not "if." He examines the sequester as part of the broader fiscal triple threat that we're seeing right now: Debt ceiling + ongoing budget resolution + sequester. While the debt ceiling has the potential to do the most damage, from a probabilistic standpoint (because the debt ceiling is unlikely to be breached)...
  • China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire

    01/15/2013 6:48:07 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Adam Taylor
    China's Smog Is So Bad No One Noticed A Factory Was On Fire Adam TaylorJanuary 15, 2013China's smog problem is reaching historically high levels, with air quality in parts of the country now 40 times higher than standards set by the WHO. There's also serious visibility problems — and these can have real ramifications. State news agency Xinhua reported Monday that a fire in a 1,000 square foot factory in China’s Zhejiang province went unnoticed for 3 hours as locals couldn't tell the difference between the smoke and the smog blanketing the area. By the time anyone noticed, the fire...
  • Why All The Green Pork In A Deal Meant To Avoid The Fiscal Cliff?

    01/15/2013 6:39:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/15/2014 | Robert Bradley Jr.
    When President Obama’s autopen turned the fiscal cliff deal into law, Americans might have thought that the federal government had begun to walk down the road to a balanced budget. But the 157-page American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 is business-as-usual. The backroom deal, chiefly engineered by Vice President Biden, fed the special-interest well while leaving the federal budget in crisis. The final bill includes some $68 billion in favors over the next ten years. The fiscal irresponsibility continues unabated. A look at the energy provisions alone shows why. For starters, the cliff deal renewed the twenty-years-and-counting “temporary” tax credit...
  • Liberal tax leaves bitter taste in some smoothie drinkers' mouths

    01/15/2013 6:28:24 AM PST · by jakerobins · 9 replies
    VERNAL — When George Burnett first set up shop in Vernal, he knew he had to find away to connect with his adopted community if his custom seat cover business was going to survive. So, armed with a sandwich board emblazoned with the phrase "Honk If You (Heart) Drilling!," Burnett took to the corner of 500 East and Main Street and began his one-man crusade to boost the spirit of a community that was getting its first glimpse of another oil and gas bust. Fast-forward nearly five years and Burnett — now a local celebrity for his tireless support of...
  • Oprah Winfrey 'surprised and mesmerized' by Lance Armstrong's confession

    01/15/2013 6:24:50 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 15, 2013 | BETH STEBNER and RACHEL QUIGLEY
    Oprah Winfrey revealed today she was surprised and mesmerized by some of Lance Armstrong's answers in the wake of her grueling two-hour interview with the shamed cyclist, in which he finally admitted using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Speaking to CBS this morning about the 'intense and emotional' interview that took place in Austin yesterday, she said: 'He did not come clean in the manner I expected, I was surprised. Myself and the whole team were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. 'I think he answered my questions satisfactorily. He was thoughtful and serious and had prepared himself for this...
  • When Babies Disappear (What to Expect When No One's Expecting)

    01/15/2013 6:23:44 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    RealClearBooks ^ | January 14, 2013 | Heather Wilhelm
    Do We Love Kids? Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids. "See, here's how it works," he said, drawing a graph. "With a dog, you put in a medium amount of work, and you get a medium amount of reward. If you were to, say, purchase a lion, you'd put in a lot of work, but you'd get pretty much no reward - and you might even get eaten. Horrible deal." He paused, drawing a straight...
  • Belfast's Flag Riots Are Setting It On Fire Again

    01/15/2013 6:04:25 AM PST · by Abiotic · 4 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | 15/1/2013 | Matthew Francey
    Being born and raised in Belfast, I’m used to hearing about terrorists, bombs and shootings on the local news, but I can honestly say that despite all that, I considered my hometown a pretty safe place to grow up. I moved to London a year ago, and while Northern Ireland is by no means front-page news here, I couldn’t help but notice that for the past month rioting in Belfast has been featured in almost every news bulletin. The rioting began when Belfast City Council voted to end the continuous flying of the Union Flag from City Hall and hasn’t...
  • CUOMO v FREEDOM

    01/15/2013 6:01:07 AM PST · by shortstop · 69 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/15/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    It seems odd that the government of a free people would pass secret legislation in the dark of the night. But then, New Yorkers are not a free people. And Andrew Cuomo is not a democrat. He is a monarchist. And by noon today, a secret, un-debated effort to criminalize tens of thousands of law-abiding, tax-paying New Yorkers will be in place. In the interest of his presidential ambitions and in the name of public safety, Andrew Cuomo and the coven of servile evildoers that is the state legislature have castrated the Second Amendment and enslaved the people. Cuomo’s bid...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 15-18,2013

    01/15/2013 5:33:37 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 15-18,2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Bernanke: Get rid of the debt ceiling, it has no practical value

    01/15/2013 5:23:41 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2013 | January 14, 2013
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke criticized the debt ceiling as an unusual device that can be used to prevent the United States from paying it’s bills, as he suggested that the country would be better off if the debt limit did not exist. “I think it would be a good thing if we didn’t have [the debt ceiling],” Bernanke told students at the University of Michigan today. “I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think it’s going to be around.” Those remarks put Bernanke in agreement with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who has said that Congress should eliminate the...
  • Ceiling to Fall on Dead Nag

    01/15/2013 5:22:02 AM PST · by morethanright · 6 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-14 15:29:38 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:"America cannot afford another debate with this Congress about whether or not they should pay the bills they've already racked up," said President Obama ahead of the upcoming debt ceiling negotiations, "We are not a deadbeat nation." Obama made these remarks with a straight face.Of course, to "pay the bills" the President and Congress have "already racked up" requires borrowing many more trillions of dollars - moving America toward the deadly debt-to-GDP ratio of 80% (we are currently at 73%). America, in reality, is a deadbeat nation in the making.Speaking of deadbeats, House Speaker John Boehner assured Washington's...
  • Sonia Sotomayor's Book Tells of Life's Struggles

    01/15/2013 5:08:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1/14/13
    In a memoir to be published on Tuesday, Sonia Sotomayor writes of the chronic disease, troubled family relationships and failed marriage that accompanied her rise from a housing project in the Bronx to a seat on America's highest court.... she also called affirmative action a "double-edged sword." She said some people still attribute her position on the court to affirmative action, based on her identity as a Latina justice... Sotomayor's book is not the first literary window into a justice's personal life. Justice Clarence Thomas described his experience with poverty, racism and affirmative action in "My Grandfather's Son," and retired...
  • British Airways Christian Employee Nadia Eweida Wins Case in Discrimination Suit

    01/15/2013 5:07:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | January 15, 2013 | Robert Pigott
    A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. Judges ruled Nadia Eweida's rights had been violated under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. She took her case to the European Court of Human Rights after BA made her stop wearing her white gold cross visibly. Judges ruled that the rights of three other Christians had not been violated by their employers. Continue reading the main story Analysis image of Robert Pigott Robert Pigott Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News Although Nadia Eweida's victory shows that Christians...
  • Arianna Huffington & Scarborough Claim: W.F. Buckley, Jr. Would Have Supported Hagel

    01/15/2013 4:48:27 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Who would you trust more to reflect how William F. Buckley, Jr. would have felt on an important issue of the day: the editors of the National Review--the magazine that WFB founded--or the combined wisdom of Arianna Huffington and Joe Scarborough? In an editorial published before Hagel's nomination became official, the Editors at National Review wrote: "Chuck Hagel is a very poor choice for the next secretary of defense," concluding that he was "definitively not the man who should be the next secretary of defense." But on today's Morning Joe, when Huffington asked "don't you think William F. Buckley would...
  • Howie Kurtz accused of interfering with story to protect Anderson Cooper's sexualit

    01/15/2013 3:36:55 AM PST · by autumnraine · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | DYLAN BYERS
    CNN media critic Howard Kurtz is being accused of pressuring an editor at the Daily Beast, where he is a columnist, to kill a story that would have outed CNN's Anderson Cooper as gay -- an accusation Kurtz strongly dismisses. "These suggestions are offensive and absurd," Kurtz told POLITICO Monday night. In an interview with Capital New York about Jodie Foster's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, BuzzFeed reporter Kate Aurthur, a former Daily Beast editor, said that in 2011 Kurtz had "interfered with a story" about Cooper in order to protect him from being outed. "[This] was less than...
  • Taxpayers pay for Bill Clinton’s Cinemax, Jimmy Carter’s Dish Network

    01/15/2013 3:34:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 15, 2013
    Bill Clinton is a multimillionaire, but you’re paying for the Cinemax in his office. That’s just one eyebrow-raising expense a former occupant of the White House has been allowed to put on the taxpayer tab every year, even though every living ex-president is quite wealthy. In an attempt to shed light on this little-known perk of being a former commander in chief, The Daily Caller — through a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year — has obtained thousands of pages of emails and documents from the government detailing how taxpayer money is spent on former presidents each year....
  • WashPost Editorial to Obama: Clamp Down on Gun-running; Fast & Furious Anyone?!

    01/15/2013 2:41:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/11/13 | Matt Vespa
    Today's Washington Post editorial clings to the liberal anti-gun rights view that only the government should have access to "military weapons," by which of course they mean semiautomatic "assault rifles" like the AR-15. Of course, government corruption and incompetence has long been an avenue by which criminals have obtained weapons, the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal being an instructive case in point. But alas, the drug-running scandal was curious missing from the January 11 editorial in which the Post argued that in addition to an assault weapons ban, the U.S. government needs to crack down on international gun-smuggling, particularly on...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 15, 2013

    01/15/2013 2:39:58 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
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  • Here's the real unemployment rate

    01/15/2013 2:03:13 AM PST · by Brown Deer · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 1/14/2013 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Government's 'headline' statistics hide true conditionsThe real unemployment rate for December 2012 is closer to 23 percent, not the 7.8 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to economist John Williams. Here is a more complete unemployment table that includes the seasonally adjusted unemployment percentages for U3 unemployment, as well as the same for U6 unemployment, followed by the ShadowStats Alternative Unemployment rate for both December 2011 and December 2012:
  • Obama: Debt limit fight imperils elderly's checks

    01/14/2013 11:39:45 PM PST · by chessplayer · 46 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.
  • Feinstein caught lying about true intent of 1994 ban

    01/14/2013 10:16:27 PM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 9 replies
    these two video clips prove difi's goals are to confiscate all guns. she lied recenty on pbs, and an interview regarding her 1994 attempt proves she lied. this is exactly what they want. she admits it was her goal all along. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k3DKuN2ey80&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dk3DKuN2ey80%26feature%3Dplayer_embedded
  • Virginia looking to eliminate their gas tax?

    01/14/2013 8:55:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    President Obama likes to include 'infrastructure investment' as part of the justification for his pushes for new spending, but he often conveniently forgets to mention how we're supposed to pay for all that infrastructure development when we're currently racking up trillion-dollar deficits every year --- unless you count "asking the wealthy to pay a little more" as a viable solution for our spending problems, which I don't.Inflation, fuel efficiency, alternative vehicles, and other factors that mean that gas consumption no longer grows in tandem with road use mean that many states' gasoline taxes are an outmoded method for collecting revenue...
  • Here's Why Republicans Are Serious About a Default

    01/14/2013 8:51:05 PM PST · by tentmaker · 30 replies
    THE STREET ^ | 1/14/2013 | Joe Deaux
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Investors should understand why some Republicans are willing to allow the U.S. to default on its debt. President Barack Obama on Monday took a preemptive approach to criticize Republicans on the looming debt-ceiling clash, as he said they had the choice between acting responsibly and paying Congress' bills, or acting irresponsibly by allowing the economy to crash.
  • Why Many Young Americans May Die with Debt

    01/14/2013 8:47:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 01/14/2013 | Chad Brooks
    Younger Americans can expect to die with credit-card debt if their current spending patterns continue, a new study finds. Co-authored by Ohio State University economics professor Lucia Dunn, the research suggests that younger generations may continue to add credit-card debt well into their 70s, and die still owing money on their cards. "If what we found continues to hold true, we may have more elderly people with substantial financial problems in the future," Dunn said. "Our projections are that the typical credit-card holder among younger Americans who keeps a balance will die still in debt to credit-card companies." The study...