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  • Second raid underway to free foreign workers at Algerian gas facility

    01/18/2013 12:44:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 18, 2013 | Joseph Phares
    In an effort to conclude the hostage crisis at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, special forces from the Algerian government have begun a second offensive against the Masked Brigade, the terrorists led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Al-Jazeera reported that the renewed rescue effort was launched as the Algerian state media reported that more than 650 hostages were free, but 30 foreigners were still unaccounted for. The Algerian Press Service (APS) reported that the count of foreign hostages prior to the first raid was 132, which conflicted greatly with initial reports of 41. The terrorists threatened to kill the...
  • Why Would A Black Man Wanna Fly A Confederate Flag?!?

    01/18/2013 12:41:21 PM PST · by onedoug · 21 replies
    Average Bro.com ^ | 6 DEC 2011 | Satff
    Byron Thomas is 19, black, a freshman at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and a proud Southerner. He hung a Confederate flag in his dorm room window until the university asked him to take it down because several people had complained about it. (The university later stepped back from the request, saying all students have the right to free speech.)
  • Malian, French Forces Re-Take Second Town

    01/18/2013 12:39:22 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | January 18, 2012
    Officials in Mali say French-backed government forces have re-taken a second town that had been seized by Islamist militants. Local officials say militants have been driven out of Diabaly, located about 400 kilometers northeast of the the capital, Bamako. On Thursday, heavy fighting between French soldiers and militants had been reported in Diabaly, which was seized by rebels on Monday. There was no immediate confirmation of the re-capture from Mali's military or French forces. Earlier, the Malian army and French officials said Malian forces have re-taken Konna, a town east of Diabaly. The army said it has gained "total control"...
  • Unexpectedly, Republicans Do Something Right (Bill to Withhold Senate Salaries Pending Budget)

    01/18/2013 12:38:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2013 | Gene Schwimmer
    Excerpt from just-released statement from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (emphases mine): House Republicans announced a path forward on the nation's near-term budget challenges.  The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires passage of a budget resolution by April 15 each year.  Under Senator Harry Reid's leadership, the Senate has refused to pass a budget for 1,360 days.  As the Administration and Congress work through opportunities to cut government spending, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase unless both the House and the Senate pass a long-term budget plan.  The plan also includes a bipartisan proposal to...
  • House GOP: We'll Raise Debt Limit for 3 Months if Senate Agrees to Produce a Budget

    01/18/2013 12:22:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 18, 2013 | John McCormack
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says in a statement: Fitch Ratings agency recently said, if the debt limit is raised without substantive deficit reduction, our nation's credit rating could be downgraded. The President's plan to simply borrow more money without any reform in Washington puts us all at risk. The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending. The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers who expect more from their representatives. That ends this year....
  • Court upholds Walker's union limits law in Wis.

    01/18/2013 12:14:25 PM PST · by READINABLUESTATE · 61 replies
    (AP) ^ | January 18, 2013
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights.
  • A Well Regulated Militia? (a view that you may never have heard before)

    01/18/2013 12:14:05 PM PST · by RightFighter · 95 replies
    GodSeesYou.com ^ | Unknown | Ken Kiger
    Lost in the gun rights debate, much to the detriment of American freedom, is the fact that the Second Amendment is in fact an "AMENDMENT". No "Articles in Amendment" to the Constitution, more commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights, stand alone and each can only be properly understood with reference to what it is that each Article in Amendment amended in the body of the original Constitution. It should not be new knowledge to any American the Constitution was first submitted to Congress on September 17, 1787 WITHOUT ANY AMENDMENTS. After much debate, it was determined that the...
  • Algerian Terrorists Demand Release of Blind Sheik in Exchange for American Hostages

    01/18/2013 12:09:37 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/18/13 | Bryan Preston
    And it drew an immediate condemnation from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who warned there would be “no place to hide” for anyone who threatens Americans. Well, that’s because they don’t have to hide. One of the scum who is believed to have masterminded the 9-11-12 attack in Libya that killed four Americans isn’t even hiding his love of decadent Western fruity frappes. Another just got released. So yeah, there’s no place to hide. Except, at this point, the entire planet. To date, the Obama government has not retaliated against anyone anywhere for the Benghazi attack. By the way, for...
  • Liberal Outcry Forces Obama to Replace Inauguration Reverend

    01/18/2013 12:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 18, 2013 | 13:34 | Kristine Marsh
    On Jan. 8, when it was reported that Obama had chosen Pastor Louie Giglio to give his inaugural benediction, lefties jumped to make sure the administration had done its due diligence regarding the reverend’s ideological purity. Apparently, it had not. The very next day, the left-wing website, Think Progress.org reported that Obama had chosen yet another “anti-gay Pastor” to deliver his invocation. After digging around, they were able to find a sermon Giglio gave fifteen years ago, preaching against the sin of homosexuality. …
  • GOLDMAN SACHS: BUY GOLD

    01/18/2013 11:58:21 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    GOLDMAN SACHS: BUY GOLD Matthew BoeslerJan. 18, 2013, 11:53 AM On Wednesday, Goldman Sachs upped the ante on its call that 2013 will mark the end of a long-running bull market in gold by introducing a new forecast: the bank's commodity strategists see the shiny yellow metal falling to $1200 per ounce by 2018. However, despite having a bearish 5-year forecast for gold prices, Goldman's 3-month forecast is actually quite bullish. In fact, strategists Damien Courvalin and Alec Phillips write in a note to clients today that they expect gold to reach $1825 per ounce over the next few months...
  • Ray Nagin indictment: First New Orleans mayor to face corruption charges

    01/18/2013 11:57:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | January 18, 2013 | Gordon Russell
    A federal grand jury on Friday indicted former Mayor Ray Nagin with 21 counts of corruption, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors and used his power as mayor to leverage a granite installation contract from Home Depot as the retailer was building a store in Central City. Despite New Orleans' reputation for political shenanigans, Nagin is the first mayor in the city's history to be indicted by a grand jury on corruption charges. [Snip] The indictment against Nagin includes six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money...
  • Obama’s ATF Nominee Criticized for Seeming to Discourage Whistleblowers

    01/18/2013 11:52:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 18, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says President Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raises “serious questions” because of Jones’ ties to the Fast and Furious scandal. … Although Jones replaced the ATF leadership team, he still has come under scrutiny for comments he made earlier this year in a video message to the ATF’s 5,000 employees. As first reported by The Washington Guardian in July 2012, Jones called for “One ATF, everybody working together, exemplifying one of the pieces of our leadership...
  • John Heilemann Jumps Ugly With S.E. Cupp

    01/18/2013 11:49:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    John Heilemann has exposed the sneering, sarcastic face of the liberal media vis a vis their conservative colleagues. On today's Morning Joe, New York magazine editor and Game Change co-author Heileman made no effort to conceal his contempt for Cupp, a conservative pundit and co-host of The Blaze on MSNBC. The subject was, in the context of the recent NRA ad, the use of presidential children in politics. Cupp asserted that all president's children have been misused in some way. She then let herself be drawn into implying that President George W. Bush's children appeared in ads by liberal groups....
  • Kyle Bass Puts A Timeframe On His Infamous Prediction Of A Japanese Collapse

    01/18/2013 11:45:06 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Julia La Roche
    Kyle Bass Puts A Timeframe On His Infamous Prediction Of A Japanese Collapse Julia La RocheJanuary 18, 2013CNBC screengrab Texan hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, the founder of Hayman Capital Management, was on CNBC from the floor of the NYSE talking Japan, housing and the Fed moments ago. Bass, who if famously bearish on Japan, has timestamped his trading saying that the turn will come 18 to 24 months from now, NetNet's John Carney pointed out on Twitter. He's been predicting a debt collapse for a long time, but with nothing to show for it.
  • Still No Police Report, or Toxicology Results, on Sandy Hook Killer

    01/18/2013 11:44:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 17, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    While President Barack Obama is moving ahead with executive orders and legislation to further tighten gun control in response to the mass murder committed by Adam Lanza at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., neither the toxicology report on Lanza’s corpse nor the police report on his crime have been completed. Lanza attacked the school on Dec. 14, killing 26 people, including 20 children. Before going to the school, he killed his mother at the home where he lived with her. When police arrived at the school during his murder spree, Lanza shot and killed himself. … Despite...
  • New York Mayor Warns Of "Waco-Style Standoff" Over Gun Control Laws (King-R)

    01/18/2013 11:31:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 81 replies
    RCP ^ | 18 JAN 13 | staff
    "Most people are law-abiding citizens and may go ahead and sell those or turn those over, but you're going to have a fraction of people that are going to take a stand, and I can just predict a Waco-style standoff in some rural area and it's not going to end well," Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King (R) said about New York state's new gun control laws that Gov. Cuomo recently signed into law.
  • Rob Douglas: Budgeting for the new normal

    01/18/2013 11:28:36 AM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | January 17, 2013 | Rob Douglas
    Like a scene from “The Wizard of Oz,” the economic stagnation hobbling America in the wake of the Great Recession has pulled back the curtain of market bubbles — housing being the most recent — to reveal an American economy that is a pyramid scheme devoid of the labor participation rate and overheated consumer spending that temporarily fueled economic growth while hiding the unimaginable cost of government. Now that the curtain is withdrawn, Americans have realized that their previous assessment of what they could afford and what the government could afford were delusional. America is awakening to the reality that...
  • NBC Poll: Public Blames Parents, Hollywood Over Guns for Violence

    01/18/2013 11:20:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 18 Jan 2013 11:07 AM | Jim Meyers
    Americans place more blame for mass shootings on parents and Hollywood than they do on guns, a surprising new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reveals. Asked how much responsibility several choices might bear for the shootings that have taken place in Tucson AZ, Aurora CO and Newtown CT, guns came in fifth. The top choice was “parents not paying enough attention to what is going on in their children’s lives”—83 percent said that was “a great deal” or a “good amount” responsible. Only 4 percent said “none at all.” …
  • Senate Dems hesitant on Obama gun control plan

    01/18/2013 11:13:44 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 1/18/2013
    President Obama's gun-control package was always going to be a tough sell in the Republican-led House -- but the plan is already running into resistance, or at least hesitation, from moderate Democrats in the Senate. The lukewarm response in the Senate to Obama's highly anticipated anti-gun violence plan portends an uphill climb for the legislation. And it underscores how, as the president's backers prepare to launch a veritable campaign to promote the plan, they will be pressuring members of their own party as much as reluctant Republicans. No Democrat in the Senate came out against Obama's gun plan. But several...
  • Obama Failed to Support Illinois Bill Charging School Shooters as Adults

    01/18/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 01/17/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    There just weren’t enough letters from adorable kids out there to convince him to do it. Proposed in 1999, the same year as the Columbine Massacre, SB-0759 would have prosecuted teenage school shooters as adults. The bill passed almost unanimously, with 52 Yeas, and only one Nay. And a bunch of Presents, one of them from the Illinois State Senator currently lobbying to wreck the Bill of Rights because he’s just that concerned about school shootings. Synopsis of Bill as introduced: Amends the Juvenile Court Act of 1987. Provides for adult criminal prosecution of a minor at least 15 years...