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  • Texans react to President’s proposed firearms plan

    01/18/2013 8:33:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    pegasusnews.com ^ | 17 January, 2012 | Maurice Chammah
    President Obama's plan, announced Wednesday, to curtail gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings is drawing both criticism and praise in the gun-loving state of Texas. The president is calling for Congress to implement background checks for all gun purchases and to ban certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Republican Gov. Rick Perry said the president's plan "disgusts" him and that it is an effort by the political left to use the killings to accomplish an anti-gun agenda. He called for prayer and a rejection of evil, as opposed to gun regulation. But Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said...
  • House GOP Seeing Sequester, Not Debt Ceiling, As Fight to Pick

    01/18/2013 8:31:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | 01/18/2013 | Billy House and Chris Frates
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Republicans appear to be willing to avoid a showdown over the debt limit and instead use the sequester as their main negotiating lever in upcoming fiscal fights with the White House and Senate Democrats. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Republicans at a closed-door retreat in Williamsburg were weighing a short-term increase in the country’s borrowing limit, giving all sides time to work on a broader fiscal plan in March that would include substantial spending cuts. “Sometimes you’ve got to lay down a sacrifice bunt,” said Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida about the debt ceiling...
  • Obama and the End of Liberalism?

    01/18/2013 8:27:33 AM PST · by Kenny · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 16, 2013 | Charles Kesler
    ‘He was much more liberal than his presidential campaign let on,” Charles Kesler writes of Barack Obama in 2008. You can say that again. “Liberals like crises, and one shouldn’t spoil them by handing them another on a silver salver. The kind of crisis that is approaching . . . is probably not their favorite kind, an emergency that presents an opportunity to enlarge government, but one that will find liberalism at a crossroads, a turning point,” he argues in I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism. “Liberalism can’t go on as it is, not for...
  • GOP eyes new election laws

    01/18/2013 8:14:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2013 10:18 AM EST | Steve Peoples
    After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win. From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of a state’s popular vote all of its Electoral College votes, too. Instead, these officials want Electoral College votes to be divided proportionally, a move that could transform the way the country elects its president. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus endorsed the idea this week, and other Republican leaders support it, too, suggesting...
  • NYT's Movie Critics: 'Transformer' Movies Are 'Subliminally Anti-Obama'

    01/18/2013 8:04:15 AM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    New York Times movie critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis team up for next Sunday's edition (posted early online) to once again pour their peculiar brand of pretentiousness over the latest crop of innocent films: "Movies in the Age of Obama." In the summer of 2011, Dargis lamented "the symbolic phallus" present in the form of a rifle in a Western. Last July she managed to make a villain out of President Reagan, while Scott chimed in by complaining that movie superheroes were "avatars of reaction" and that the last X-Men movie was insufficiently attentive to the civil rights movement....
  • Muslims, Christians clash in southern Egypt

    01/18/2013 8:04:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2013 7:57 AM EST | Haggag Salama
    Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of Muslim protesters outside a church in southern Egypt Friday. The demonstrators were demanding an investigation into allegations that a Christian man sexually assaulted a 6-year-old girl. … Flare-ups of violence between Egypt’s Christians and Muslims have become more frequent in the past two years in the wake of the country’s uprising that ousted longtime President Hosni Mubarak but also weakened security across the nation. Egyptian Christians fear that the power vacuum that has followed Mubarak’s overthrow is giving ultraconservatives and extremist Muslims a freer hand to attack churches and Coptic property, especially...
  • Illegal Alien: Thanks to “Obama’s Law”, “We’re Safe” from Deportation

    01/18/2013 7:57:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 17, 2013 | Dan Joseph
    A self-professed illegal alien who spoke at today’s “Campaign for Citizenship” event tells MRCTV that after 20 years of hiding, she’s now “safe” to admit her status publicly. Alejandra Gomez, a “DREAMer” who addressed the media at the PICO Network-sponsored event, told MRCTV that she’s been in the U.S. illegally for “about 20 years now.” …
  • Democrats Vote to Exclude Non-Union Construction Workers for Hurricane Sandy Work

    01/18/2013 7:56:13 AM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    FoxNation ^ | 1/18/13 | Labor Union Report
    A bill that was authored by an Ironworkers’ union organizer to expand union-only Project Labor Agreements–to include Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction–passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday along party lines 23-13. The Ironworkers’ union organizer who drafted the pro-union bill, Steven Sweeney, also happens to be the president of the New Jersey Senate and recently accused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of “praying” for Hurricane Sandy to hit New Jersey. As it turns out, though, unions must be counting their blessing with the New Jersey’s Senate passage of S. 2425 which adds to an already-existing discriminatory PLA laws in...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Lines Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM, January 18,2013

    01/18/2013 7:53:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 18,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Palestinians despair over likely Netanyahu win

    01/18/2013 7:48:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2013 3:13 AM EST | Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Palestinian officials largely view Benjamin Netanyahu’s expected re-election with despair, fearing the Israeli hard-liners’ ambitious plans for settlement construction over the next four years could prove lethal to their dreams of a state. Some in Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ circle hold out hope that President Barack Obama will re-engage in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, freed from domestic electoral considerations in his second term, get tougher with Netanyahu on settlements. One aide suggested Europe is ready to jump in with its own peace plan if Washington is not. But short of trying to rally international opinion, it seems Abbas can do...
  • TSA ends naked airport scanners contract after years of controversy

    01/18/2013 7:47:00 AM PST · by Veggie Todd · 51 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1-18-13 | Unknown
    The US Transport and Security Administration (TSA) will remove all 174 of OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS)’s Rapiscan body scanners from airports, following serious concerns over their inability to protect the privacy of passengers.
  • Boycott Jackie Chan and PSY (These anti-Americans don't speak for this Asian)

    01/18/2013 7:43:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/18/2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Martial-arts movie legend Jackie Chan deserves a rhetorical roundhouse kick to the mouth. So does his pal PSY, the Korean rapper whose “Gangnam Style” music video has racked up more than a billion views worldwide. Both men have raked in big bucks from Western fans while trashing the very freedoms and cultures that made them superstars. Last week, the Washington Post spotlighted a recent interview Chan did with Chinese TV in which he accused America of being “the most corrupt country in the world.” The Hong Kong–born Chan also admitted proudly that he is a propagandist for the Communist Chinese...
  • Poll: Most see damage if US debt limit not raised

    01/18/2013 7:42:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2013 3:43 AM EST | Alan Fram and Jennifer Agiesta
    Most Americans think jarring economic problems will erupt if lawmakers fail to increase the government’s borrowing limit. Yet they’re torn over how or even whether to raise it, leaning toward Republican demands that any boost be accompanied by spending cuts. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll, 53 percent say that if the debt limit is not extended and the U.S. defaults, the country will face a major economic crisis. An additional 27 percent say such a crisis would be somewhat likely, while just 17 percent largely dismiss the prospects of such damage. … “The worst thing for the economy is...
  • NY Times' Kristof retweets message slurring AIPAC (and the NRA)

    01/18/2013 7:35:54 AM PST · by fso301 · 1 replies
    TheJerusalem Post ^ | 01/18/2013 | JTA
    “OBAMA told the 2 most pig like lobbies, AIPAC & NRA, to drop dead in same month," message retweeted by columnist read.New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof retweeted a message that called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America.
  • AP sources: New nonprofit to promote Obama agenda

    01/18/2013 7:29:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2013 3:57 AM EST | Ken Thomas
    In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama’s vaunted political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group—funded in part by corporate money—to mobilize support behind the president’s second-term agenda. Democratic officials familiar with the plan said Thursday the tax-exempt organization will be called Organizing for Action and seek to harness the energy of the president’s re-election campaign for future legislative fights. Officials said the group will be separate from the Democratic National Committee and advocate on key policy issues such as gun control and immigration, train future leaders and devote attention to local issues around the nation. … Coming just...
  • Mark Steyn on the idiocy of Quentin Tarentino ...

    01/18/2013 7:29:07 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 20 replies
    Hugh Hewitt ^ | 17 Jan 2013 | Mark Steyn
    HH: I begin with Columnist To the World, Mark Steyn, from www.steynonline.com. And Mark, probably the most important news of the day is that the Gunnison Sage Groush is probably going to be listed as endangered in Colorado, this shocking people across the Rocky Mountain State. MS: Yes, it’s actually less exclusive getting onto the Endangered Species list than it ought to be. It’s not like, you know putting down your kid for Eton at birth. HH: There are only 4,000 Gunnison Sage Grouses, which is a smaller cousin of the greater sage grouse. But they’re setting aside 1.7 million...
  • U.S. vows to pursue militants behind Algeria attack

    01/18/2013 7:20:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:07am EST | (Reporting by David Alexander, writing by Mohammed Abbas; Editing by Jon Boyle)
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Friday militants who attacked the United States and its citizens will hunted down, in the first comments by a senior U.S. official on a hostage attack by Islamist militants in Algeria. … “Terrorists should be on notice that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in Algeria, not in North Africa, not anywhere. Those who would wantonly attack our country and our people will have no place to hide,” he said. …
  • The Veil Descends ... Mark Steyn

    01/18/2013 7:18:38 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 30 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 15 Jan 2013 | Mark steyn
    In the summer of 2010, mourners lined the streets of Wales's capital city to pay tribute to a seven-year-old boy killed in a house fire. In fact, Yaseen Ali Ege was brutally beaten to death, and then set alight with barbecue fuel. By his mother. For failing to learn the Koran. Over the preceding months, Mom had used a stick, a rolling pin, and a hammer on her son, but, despite these incentives, he had memorized only a couple of pages. And so she killed him, and subsequently declared she felt "100 percent better." This month, at Cardiff Crown Court,...
  • Bobby Jindal Seeks Rich State Status With Income Tax Phaseout

    01/18/2013 7:09:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/18/2013 | Peter Ferrara
    Nine states survive perfectly well with no state income tax at all. These include large states such as Texas and Florida, medium size states such as Tennessee and Washington, and smaller states, in terms of population, such as New Hampshire, Nevada, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is now proposing to make his state the 10th in America with no state income tax, phasing out both personal and corporate state income taxes. Experience proves the wisdom of that idea. Art Laffer, Steve Moore, and Jonathon Williams summarize the data in the 2010 volume of Rich States, Poor...
  • Attackers throw acid on director of hailed Russian ballet company

    01/18/2013 6:56:42 AM PST · by PilotDave · 22 replies
    myrtle beach online ^ | Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 | Nataliya Vasilyeva and Lynn Berry
    A masked assailant threw acid at the artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Theater ballet troupe, an attack that Bolshoi representatives said may cause him to lose his eyesight and appeared to be linked to power struggles at the famed ballet company. “What happened with Sergei Filin was not accidental,” Ratmansky, now an artist-in-residence at the American Ballet Theater, posted on his Facebook page. “The Bolshoi has many ills. It's a disgusting cesspool, of those developing friendships with the artists, the speculators and scalpers, the half-crazy fans, ready to bite the throats of the rivals of their favorites, the cynical hackers,...