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  • Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis (20 foreigh missing or held)

    01/18/2013 10:10:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | | Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:00pm EST | Lamine Chikhi ALGIERS
    (Reuters) - More than 20 foreigners were still being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants, who threatened to attack other energy installations. Thirty hostages, including at least seven Westerners, were killed during Thursday's assault, along with at least 18 of their captors, said an Algerian security source.   The attack, which plunged capitals around the world into crisis mode, is a serious escalation of unrest in northwestern Africa, where French forces have been in Mali since last week fighting an...
  • America’s largest outdoor sports show to ban AR-15s

    01/18/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Godebert · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mike Piccione
    The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, also known as the Harrisburg Gun Show, has announced it will limit the type of firearms that it will allow to be exhibited. “We have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention,” they posted on their website. The hunting and fishing show, the largest consumer event in the nation, offers 1,200 exhibitors and will run from February 2 – 10, 2013, just outside of Harrisburg, PA. A representative to the show told the Daily Caller that “no specific information was available on the type...
  • President Obama Undermines Case Against Universal E-Verify [re: gun control]

    01/18/2013 9:59:21 AM PST · by forty_years · 14 replies
    "First, it's time for Congress to require a universal background check on anyone trying to buy a gun." These were President Obama's words as he outlined his plans for gun control legislation on Wednesday. FAIR takes no position on gun issues, but the president's unequivocal support for universal checks demonstrates two things: The president does not consider background checks to be an infringement on anyone’s constitutional liberties, andThe president does not consider there to be any technological impediments to carrying out universal checks before someone is permitted to purchase a firearm. In making his statement, President Obama also negated the...
  • Is Hollywood exempt from New York's new gun laws?

    01/18/2013 9:58:29 AM PST · by airedale · 4 replies
    vanity
    As I read the ńew New York gun laws like the police there is no exemption for the entertainment industry (movies, TV, or plaifys). Even if the guns themselves were non working props I'll bet the magazines are real. That alone would bear crime. They aren't going to have just one magazine either. If they were real there would be massive fines and some lengthy jail time. Based on the way the law is written conspiracy charges for violating the law. Tight be able to be brought against the production company, the actors, studios and their executives. I wonder how...
  • Algeria attack may have link to Libya camps (Al Qaeda terrorists from Obama's Libya)

    01/18/2013 9:58:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/18/13 | Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister
    The terrorists who attacked the In Amenas gas complex in eastern Algeria appear to have been of several nationalities, and may have trained in jihadist camps across the border in southern Libya, according to sources familiar with the situation there. Algerian security sources told Reuters late Thursday that the militants whose bodies had been recovered from the complex so far included three Egyptians, two Tunisians, two Libyans, a Malian and a French citizen. -snip- A U.S. official told CNN Wednesday that the hostage-takers appeared to have crossed the Libyan border -- some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the gas complex...
  • Report: Al Qaeda group demands release of two well-known jihadists ( Algeria attack Hostage ...)

    01/18/2013 9:50:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 18, 2013 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    The al Qaeda group responsible for a raid on a natural gas field in eastern Algerian earlier this week has reportedly demanded the release of two well-known, al Qaeda-linked jihadists in exchange for American hostages. Citing Mauritania's ANI news agency, press reports indicate that the two jihadists are Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (a.k.a. the "Blind Sheikh") and Aafia Siddiqui (a.k.a. "Lady Al Qaeda"). Sheikh Rahman was the spiritual head of the two leading Egyptian jihadist groups, Gamaa Islamiyya (IG) and Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). The latter group was headed by Ayman al Zawahiri, who merged his organization into al...
  • Don't Confuse My Heartfelt Convictions With Racism

    01/18/2013 9:35:22 AM PST · by AuntB · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 17, 2013 | Charlie Daniels
    Being born in the Deep South when the Jim Crow laws were in full force and seeing, firsthand, the cruelty and downright stubborn foolishness of segregation and all it's attendant inequities, I have a very vivid and candid impression of what the word "racist" really means. Having lived through those days and, on my own, shook off the yoke of racial prejudice that was once so firmly ingrained in me, I deeply resent the careless and reckless use of the word by people who are merely trying to be insulting, having absolutely no idea of the gravity of it's meaning....
  • OBAMA'S DICTATES WILL COST LIVES

    01/18/2013 9:31:33 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1-18-2013 | Jeff Knox
    january 18, 2013KNOX GUN-RIGHTS REPORT OBAMA'S DICTATES WILL COST LIVES Jeff Knox sees more background checks leading to more gov't data about our firearms by Jeff Knox ...Probably the most misunderstood and dangerous proposal the president put forward was his call for “universal background checks” for all firearm transfers. This insidious proposal is fueled by a lie which claims that 40 percent of gun sales are between private individuals and don’t involve a background check. Should a father have to acquire a background check on his son before passing down Granddad’s shotgun? Should background checks be required before selling a...
  • Malian and French forces retakes key town from rebels

    01/18/2013 9:26:09 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | January 18, 2012
    The Malian army, supported by French forces, has retaken control of the central town of Konna which fell to rebel fighters advancing from the north earlier this month and sparked France's military intervention. "We have wrested total control of Konna after inflicting heavy losses on the enemy," an army statement said on Friday. A spokesperson from the al-Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Dine rebel group confirmed to Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow that its fighters pulled out of the town. "They withdrew from the town after [incurring] huge casualties in the fighting in the town. They say they will continue their fighting in other...
  • How the NRA is winning

    01/18/2013 9:22:20 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 68 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2013 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    It’s easy to think that in the wake of Wayne LaPierre’s angry press conference and the National Rifle Association’s tin-eared web video on President Obama’s daughters that the NRA is losing — and losing badly — in the fight over the proper place for guns in American society. Easy and likely incorrect. The National Rifle Association is at the center of a debate on guns and gun control. There’s little doubt that the inside-the-Beltway crowd and those who have been longtime advocates of more gun control laws are outraged by the brash style that the NRA has adopted following the...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Eighth Week in Office

    01/18/2013 9:20:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 1/18/13 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Eighth Week in Office1/17/2013Gunrunner-GateFast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian TerryHolder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and FuriousObama Attacks the Second Amendment'No Guns, No Guns!': WH Posts Vids of Kids Begging For Gun ControlObama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track gunsBiden on guns: 'We're going to go around the country.'San Diego top cop boasts 'we broke the NRA' as some chiefs aim for gun controlDemocrat introduces bill to restrict access by minors to violent video gamesCutter: Obama Will Activate Campaign Apparatus To Take On...
  • Americans want term limits and end to Electoral College after re-electing a bunch of incumbents

    01/18/2013 9:13:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/18/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Later today, when I'm hosting the Ed Morrissey Show, you'll probably notice a deep red welt on my forehead and wonder how it got there. It's from banging my head on my desk repeatedly after reading the results of two polls released today. The first comes from Gallup, where overwhelming majorities of Americans of every party affiliation demand Congressional term limits and an end to the Electoral College --- just two months after re-elected almost every incumbent than ran for federal office: Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House...
  • How four years in the White House have aged Obama

    01/18/2013 9:10:29 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 53 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 18 January 2013 | Snejana Farberov
    Heavy and grey is the head that wears the crown - a lesson that President Obama and many of his predecessors have learned the hard way. When Mr Obama takes the oath of office next Monday marking the beginning of his second term, it will not be the same smooth-cheeked, black-haired man who first joined the exclusive club of leaders of the free world in 2008. Comparing pictures of the 51-year-old commander-in-chief from four years to those taken more recently reveals a startling yet obvious truth: standing at the helm of the U.S. government takes a heavy physical toll. Read...
  • Holder: If we could maybe just stay those F&F docs indefinitely, that’d be great

    01/18/2013 9:09:14 AM PST · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    As President Obama searches for ways to suggest and further enforce federal laws that he supposes will have some kind of a mitigating effect on gun violence, his Most Transparent Administration, Evah is still trying to block Freedom of Information Act requests that might possibly puncture the well-orchestrated smokescreen surrounding the gun violence that they directly perpetrated. Perfect. Breitbart has the scoop on the Obama administration wondering whether we all just can’t pretend that Operation Fast & Furious — the deadly gunrunning scheme and the subsequent investigation, coverup, invocation of executive privilege, and Attorney General Eric Holder being held in...
  • In His Own Words: Chuck Hagel's False History of Israel

    01/18/2013 9:08:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    Surprisingly little attention has been paid to former Sen. Chuck Hagel's 2008 memoir, America: Our Next Chapter. In it, Hagel lays out his thoughts on a wide range of issues, including the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Iran, to which he devotes one chapter each. Hagel's attempt to describe the origins and history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reveals that he does not know the facts--and fills the void with anti-Israel bias. Hagel identifies the origins of the conflict by claiming: "the Arab-Israeli standoff was first set in motion by the Balfour Declaration of 1919 promising the Jewish people a homeland and the...
  • Iraq Sunnis rally against Shiite-led government

    01/18/2013 9:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2013 10:18 AM EST | Sameer N. Yacoub
    Thousands of Sunnis rallied Friday in western and central Iraq, denouncing the Shiite-led government’s policies they claim sideline their sect and saying that recent concessions by the authorities are not enough. The protests—the fourth Friday in a row of rallies in Sunni parts of the country—come as tensions are rising among Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian groups, threatening to plunge the country into more instability. … Sheik Hassan al-Samarie, one of the organizers of the Samarra rally, said the Sunnis there are disappointed by the slow response of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government in fulfilling their demands. “We are fed up...
  • George Zimmerman's defense team gets Trayvon Martin's school records

    01/18/2013 8:58:42 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 17 replies
    Clickorlando.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Clickorlando.com
    ORLANDO, Fla. - The defense team for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has received Martin's school records, but won't release it to the public, according to the defense website. Zimmerman's attorney, former Local 6 legal analyst Mark O'Mara, writes on GZLegalCase.com that Martin's records are protected and shouldn't be part of the public record. "A number of parties have expressed concern that we will use information found in the school records to “demonize” Trayvon Martin," O'Mara writes. "The Zimmerman defense has no intention to demonize Trayvon Martin. While we believe that George...
  • Photo: Newsweek celebrates Obama’s inauguration as only Newsweek can

    01/18/2013 8:42:41 AM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    No, just kidding. Plenty of other people in the media can and will celebrate it this way too.
  • Marco Rubio Outlines Elements of His New Immigration Plan

    01/18/2013 8:41:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/18/2013 | Julia Preston
    Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican who is on a talking tour to publicize his proposals for an immigration overhaul, said on Thursday that tighter enforcement at the borders and in workplaces would be central to his plan, which would also offer legal status to millions of illegal immigrants. In a meeting in New York with reporters and editors of The New York Times, Mr. Rubio said that any broad immigration legislation should create a nationwide exit system to check foreigners out of the country, to confirm that they left before their visas expired. He noted that at least...
  • Michelle Obama Announces Launch Of 'Organizing For Action'

    01/18/2013 8:37:07 AM PST · by caseyn · 25 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Fox Nation
    First Lady Michelle Obama posted this new video that details the relaunch of President Barack Obama's campaign organization, Obama for America. The new organization is called, "Organizing For Action." Calling it the "next phase of our movement for change," the First Lady says that it will aim to train the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders, and organize around local issues in American communities.
  • Paul Krugman: Deficit problems “already, to a large degree, solved”

    01/18/2013 8:36:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Alfred E. Newman, meet Paul Krugman. Less than a week after the Treasury reported that the US was on its way to a fifth straight trillion-dollar annual budget deficit, the New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner says we're worried about nothing. The deficit problem, Krugman assures us, has been "already, to a large degree, solved."Did I miss the space invaders? This is, however, a case in which what everyone knows just ainÂ’t so. The budget deficit isnÂ’t our biggest problem, by a long shot. Furthermore, itÂ’s a problem that is already, to a large degree, solved. The medium-term...
  • Hamas Tries to Limit Israeli Imports into Gaza

    01/18/2013 8:35:50 AM PST · by Former Fetus
    Hamas is once again trying to punish the residents of Gaza by attempting to reduce the scope of Israeli goods entering the region. Hamas' Ministry of Economics announced this week its decision to ban the import of certain types of goods into Gaza through the Israeli crossings. These include office furniture, various types of foods, hygiene products, gas pipes, plastic, plastic bags and clothing. The local population in Gaza expressed its dissatisfaction with the decision, especially since the Israeli products that enter Gaza are considered to be of much higher quality than the goods that are smuggled into Gaza from...
  • 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
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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,...
  • I Went After Guns. Obama Can, Too (Australian former prime minister confiscated 700,000 guns)

    01/18/2013 6:46:02 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 122 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/16/2013 | John Howard
    SYDNEY, Australia -- It is for Americans and their elected representatives to determine the right response to President Obama’s proposals on gun control. I wouldn’t presume to lecture Americans on the subject. I can, however, describe what I, as prime minister of Australia, did to curb gun violence following a horrific massacre 17 years ago in the hope that it will contribute constructively to the debate in the United States. I was elected prime minister in early 1996, leading a center-right coalition. Virtually every nonurban electoral district in the country — where gun ownership was higher than elsewhere — sent...
  • 11 States Getting $1.5B to Set Up Obamacare Exchanges, But Half the States Won’t Do It

    01/18/2013 6:30:39 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1-18-2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is giving another $1.5 Billion in taxpayer money to eleven states to build their new health insurance exchanges. But it appears that half the states will let the federal government do it for them. The “Exchange Establishment Grants” announced on Thursday will go to California, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Vermont. “These states are working to implement the health care law, and we continue to support them as they build new affordable insurance marketplaces,” Secretary Sebelius said. “Starting in 2014, Americans in all states...
  • Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Bed Bath & Beyond Stabbing (NJ; Perp photo at link...)

    01/18/2013 6:22:09 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Middletown Patch ^ | 1/18/19 | Christina Johnson
    Update, 7 a.m.: WCBS identified the victim as Kerri Dalton and said her lungs were punctured during the attack. The report lists her in stable condition. -- Tyrik S. Haynes, 19, of Middletown is being held at the county jail on $1 million bail after being charged with first-degree attempted murder and weapons offenses by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. Haynes allegedly stabbed a 29-year old Keansburg woman inside the Bed Bath & Beyond store at 1515 Route 35, at Harmony Road on Thursday.
  • THE LETTER OF THE LAW AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW

    01/18/2013 6:17:30 AM PST · by shortstop · 13 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/18/13 | bob Lonsberry
    This is about the spirit of the law, and the letter of the law. Namely, some early thoughts on how to obey the letter of the Cuomo gun ban while simultaneously spitting in the face of the spirit of the law and confounding it at every turn. The first step is realizing what the people behind this law are really after. The claim that it is a response to the attack at Sandy Hook elementary school is, of course, dishonest. This isn’t about protecting children, it is about exploiting them, and their murder, to advance the political agenda of the...
  • Liberals have no shame at all

    01/18/2013 6:00:11 AM PST · by suspects · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Graham
    Welcome to the world of “reality TV politics” — or maybe the right word is unreality. Call it “Liberals Unleashed — 2013!” As hungry for your cash as a “Walking Dead” zombie, as math-challenged as Honey Boo Boo’s mom in a dollar store, and as self-serving as the worst “Bridezilla.” After six years of exploding state spending and steady tax hikes, is Gov. Deval Patrick even a little embarrassed about pushing a $2.8 billion-per-year income and business tax increase? Not a bit. President Obama, having jacked up the debt by almost 60 percent in just four years announces it’s time...
  • Neo-Communism Out of the Closet

    01/18/2013 5:25:46 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 1-17-2013 | David Horowitz - Review & Commentary
    January 17, 2013 Neo-Communism Out of the Closet by David Horowitz Oliver StoneÂ’s Untold History of the United States is a ludicrous encapsulation of the KremlinÂ’s view of the Cold War, amplified by the Castro, Ho Chi Minh, Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez, Hamas version of the post-Communist decades. Indeed, America is portrayed by the Stone-Kuznick author-team as such an evil force in the events of the last 75 years, they evoke overt sympathy for the Germans and the Japanese during World War II, as well as for Stalin himself, and then for really any self-declared enemy of the United States,...
  • Krugman: The Dwindling Deficit

    01/18/2013 4:51:24 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 35 replies
    NY Times Op-Ed ^ | 1-17-2013 | Paul Krugman
    It’s hard to turn on your TV or read an editorial page these days without encountering someone declaring, with an air of great seriousness, that excessive spending and the resulting budget deficit is our biggest problem. Such declarations are rarely accompanied by any argument about why we should believe this; it’s supposed to be part of what everyone knows. This is, however, a case in which what everyone knows just ain’t so. The budget deficit isn’t our biggest problem, by a long shot. Furthermore, it’s a problem that is already, to a large degree, solved. The medium-term budget outlook isn’t...
  • POLITICO interview: Piers Morgan (Barf Warning)

    01/18/2013 4:46:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | January 18,2013 | Dylan Byers
    To Piers Morgan, the answer is simple: pro-gun advocate and conservative radio show host Alex Jones was the best guest he ever had.