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  • Obama intends to go over heads of Congress in gun-control fight

    01/18/2013 2:31:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 1/16/13 | Paul West
    A somber President Obama, launching a public campaign Wednesday for a package of gun-control measures that is likely to face very tough opposition in Congress, signaled that he was prepared to go over the heads of lawmakers to push for his proposals... Obama’s proposal includes a requirement for universal background checks for all firearms purchases. “This is common sense, and an overwhelming majority of Americans agree with us,” the president said, citing a survey that he said indicated that 70 percent of National Rifle Assn. members support such a move. The NRA has repeatedly blocked past efforts to require universal...
  • Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson (Jesse Jr. 's wife) says she will dictate who replaces her

    01/18/2013 1:49:58 AM PST · by VideoPaul · 10 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mary Mitchell
    Although Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised that his first aldermanic appointment would be based on a transparent community process, Jackson all but declared her chief of staff, Keiana Barrett, as her successor.
  • Tea Party Sends Message to Governor Palin; Update: Post Receives 100,000 Likes and Growing

    01/17/2013 11:55:31 PM PST · by Bratch · 58 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 17 2013 | Steve Flesher
    Via Facebook, the Tea Party Sent the Following Message to Governor Palin: Dear Sarah:We’ve missed you. We know you spend a lot of time with your family now and are on Fox News a lot, but we think it is time for “Momma Grizzly” to make an appearance again. Who better than you who grew up with all kinds of firearms to get involved again and lead a movement to protect the 2nd Amendment. Since many republicans in Congress are too weak-kneed to stand up to a tyrannical Constitution breaking President, maybe it’s high time for you to come...
  • West Point center cites dangers of ‘far right’ in U.S. (West Point infiltrated by far left)

    01/17/2013 11:49:52 PM PST · by CaptainKrunch · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about “far right” groups such as the “anti-federalist” movement, which supports “civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government.”The report issued this week by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., is titled “Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right.”The center — part of the institution where men and women are molded into Army officers — posted the report Tuesday. It lumps limited government activists with three movements it identifies as “a racist/white supremacy movement, an anti-federalist movement and a fundamentalist movement.”The West Point...
  • US minesweeper runs aground in Philippines

    01/17/2013 11:35:25 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | January 17, 2013
    A US Navy minesweeper has run aground in a protected marine sanctuary in the Philippines, the US embassy in Manila said Thursday. The USS Guardian ran aground on the Tubattaha Reef on Wednesday night "during normal transit", it said. The extent of the damage to the ship and the cause of the accident was still not known, it added. "The government of the Philippines was promptly informed of the incident and offered to assist the US Navy," it said. The US Navy said on its website that the 224-foot (68-metre) vessel is based in Sasebo, southern Japan but it was...
  • Model plane hobbyists know the risks of lithium-ion batteries

    01/17/2013 10:52:34 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 17, 2013 | Craig Timberg
    A scale model of a Reaper drone rumbled down the runway and lifted into the gray Canadian sky, powered by a plastic propeller and a lithium-ion battery. When the tiny plane crashed back to earth a few seconds later, white smoke began rising from the wreckage. “Why is it on fire?” one of the hobbyists asked the other, moments before bright orange flames began shooting from the crash site. The weary reply, captured on video, was: “Battery.” Small, potent lithium-ion power packs have transformed the world of radio-controlled model aircraft, much as they have allowed smartphones to get thinner, power...
  • Sex slave aged 11 'branded with initial of her abuser': Child trafficker 'used a heated hair pin

    01/17/2013 10:48:46 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2013 | Arthur Martin
    A girl of 11 was sold to a child trafficker who branded her with his initial, a court heard yesterday. Mohammed Karrar, 38, also loaned her to abusers around the country for £600 an hour, it was alleged. Over five years she was repeatedly raped by large groups of men in what she described as ‘torture sex’, the jury was told. Seven men of Pakistani origin and two from North Africa are accused of 79 offences against six vulnerable white British girls. The charges include child rape, sexual trafficking and child prostitution. Noel Lucas QC, prosecuting, said Karrar – known...
  • Biden: Gun Control 'Is About Civility in Society'"This is about the coarsening of our culture."

    01/17/2013 10:18:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1/17/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Joe Biden explained President Barack Obama's gun control measures by saying that "It is about civility in society," according to the Huffington Post. "This is about the coarsening of our culture." Biden, who delivered remarks to a group of American mayors, joked, "As one hunter told me, if you got 12 rounds, it means you already missed the deer 11 times. ... You should pack the sucker in. You don't deserve a gun, period, if you're that bad." Biden said he's ready to fight for the gun control measures. "We, you, the citizens can change the nation," he said, according...
  • Seeking To Harness Obama's Campaign Resources For A Second Term [Obama Campaign Legacy!]

    01/17/2013 10:14:58 PM PST · by Steelfish · 2 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 17, 2013 | Matea Gold
    Seeking To Harness Obama's Campaign Resources For A Second Term An ambitious new political organization is being built out of the machine that propelled him back into office, with the hope of supporting his policy objectives. By Matea Gold January 17, 2013 WASHINGTON — As he launches his second term, President Obama may get help from an ambitious new political organization being built out of his reelection campaign, a group that could reshape how future presidents harness supporters to press their White House agendas. Run by former Obama campaign officials, the advocacy group will seek to leverage the campaign's sophisticated...
  • Biden to NRA: We 'don’t have the time' to prosecute people who lie on background checks

    01/17/2013 10:05:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/13 | Caroline May
    During the National Rifle Association’s meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and the White House gun violence task force, the vice president said that the administration did not have the time to prosecute existing gun laws. Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words to The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.” Submitting false information on...
  • At Least 100 Killed in New Syria Massacre

    01/17/2013 10:01:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 1/17/13 | Elad Benari
    More than 100 civilians have been killed in a new “massacre” in Syria, a watchdog said Thursday, according to AFP. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came on Tuesday, when the army swept through farmlands north of Homs city, where it said around 1,000 people had sought refuge from fighting in the central Syria metropolis. “The Syrian regime carried out a new massacre on Tuesday claiming 106 victims, including women and children,” the Britain-based watchdog, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground, told AFP. Witnesses said several members of the same family...
  • Statistics Show Jewish Birthrate Up, Muslim Birthrate Down in Israel

    01/17/2013 9:30:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 14 January 2013
    Jewish women in Israel are having more children, while Muslim women are having less, a new report issued by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics has revealed. According to the report, Jewish women give birth on average to 3 children, up from 2.53 in 1995. Muslim women give birth to 3.51 children on average, down considerably from last decade, when the number reached 4.74. Druze women have seen a considerable decrease in fertility rate, though the time period included in the report was much more significant. In 1965 Druze women were having on average 7.61 children. In 2012 that number was...
  • Do You Want To Scare A Baby Boomer?

    01/17/2013 9:02:32 PM PST · by blam · 168 replies
    TEC ^ | 1-17-2013 | Michael Snyder
    Do You Want To Scare A Baby Boomer? By Michael Snyder January 17th, 2013 If you want to frighten Baby Boomers, just show them the list of statistics in this article. The United States is headed for a retirement crisis of unprecedented magnitude, and we are woefully unprepared for it. At this point, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are reaching the age of 65 every single day, and this will continue to happen for almost the next 20 years. The number of senior citizens in America is projected to more than double during the first half of this century, and...
  • L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa: Keep ‘Non-Serious Criminal’ Aliens in U.S. to Make Us ‘Safer’

    01/17/2013 8:42:58 PM PST · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-18-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona No, this is not an episode of the Twilight Zone, nor an escaped mental patient ranting on camera before being taken away in a straight jacket. This is the sitting mayor of America's 2nd largest city, and a predicted Democrat Presidential candidate for 2016. But that doesn't make it any less crazy. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa yesterday urged this much at a National Press Club appearance by supporters of illegal alien amnesty: "It is time to put an end to the practice of deporting non-serious criminals," said Villaraigosa. "Our neighborhoods will be safer and our...
  • Burglars steal two guns from home featured on weapons permit map published by newspaper, just

    01/17/2013 8:36:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/17/13 | staff
    Thieves ransacked a house that features on the gun map published by the Journal News, just days after another home on the list was also targeted. Burglars broke into the house in New City, New York, on Wednesday and pried open two safes, before leaving with another one. The criminals escaped with two handguns, two pistol permits, cash, savings bonds and jewelry. The firearms were in the stolen safe. Burglars also broke into a house in White Plains, New York, on Saturday and headed straight for the gun safe.
  • Oh, by the way: New York forgot to exempt cops from its new ban on high-capacity magazines (Ooops)

    01/17/2013 8:15:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Mark Levin, here's what happens when Doing Something is more important than knowing what you're doing. You've got a governor here who's facing reelection in 2014 and may well end up being the national frontrunner for his party's nomination in 2016 if Hillary doesn't run. He's feeling political pressure not just from above, in the form of a president who's vowed to drum up Do Something fever among Democrats nationally, but from below in the form of a rich, high-profile nanny-state mayor for whom this is a pet issue. One of his top national rivals is also scrambling to...
  • (Blame Canada!) Canadians Produce More Garbage Than Anyone Else

    01/17/2013 8:13:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | CBC News
    Canadians produce more garbage than anyone else Conference Board calls Canada an 'environmental laggard' Canadians use far too much energy and water, and they produce more garbage per capita than any other country on earth, a report from an influential think-tank says. The Conference Board of Canada gave Canada a C grade on Thursday and ranked it in 15th place among 17 developed nations studied across a host of environmental-efficiency metrics. "Our large land mass, cold climate and resource-intensive economy make us less likely to rank highly on some indicators of environmental sustainability, but many of our poor results are...
  • American still missing after Algeria raids gas plant to rescue hostages from terrorists

    01/17/2013 8:12:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Foxnews ^ | January 17, 2013
    An American from Texas remains missing after an Algerian military raid on an Al Qaeda-linked group reportedly ended a hostage standoff at a remote gas plant in the Saharan Desert. Two Americans escaped unharmed Thursday from the hostage standoff, a senior U.S. defense officials told Fox News, and five other Americans who had been at the vast Ain Amenas complex were able to avoid being taken captive when the terrorists first attacked early Wednesday. The Associated Press reports at least six people, and perhaps many more, were killed -- Britons, Filipinos and Algerians -- in the Algerians special forces' rescue...
  • Boycott the Televised Illegal Inauguration of Obama

    01/17/2013 7:57:30 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 23 replies
    The Manning Report ^ | 12/10/2012 | David Manning
    Boycott the televised illegal Inauguration of Barack Hussein (The Long Legged Mack Daddy) Obama. Recorded on 10 December 2012. This is a the video of Pastor Manning imploring all of us to not watch the inauguration of the PINO, Usurper in Chief. He lays it all out very well, and calls out Fox -- don't watch them either. Secret, oops, I mean Private swearing in is on Sunday, Jan.20th. The peasants get another show on Monday, Jan.21 - Let the Boycott of all things Obama start this Sunday.
  • Guns, abortion, and tyrants

    01/17/2013 7:57:18 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 1-16-13 | La Shawn Barber
    Guns and abortion. One is an enumerated, constitutional right, and the other is not. The Second Amendment guarantees the right of the people of the United States to keep and bear arms. It’s not a government-given right; it’s a natural right—the right to defend yourself, your family, and your freedom. In rare circumstances, abortion might be necessary to preserve the mother’s life. But there is no right to kill unborn babies in the U.S. Constitution. But 40 years ago next week the U.S. Supreme Court contended that abortion is an implied “right of privacy,” one that previously had lain hidden...