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  • Nevada Senate to intro "assault wep" ban

    01/19/2013 10:21:18 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 1/18/2013 | Ken Ritter
    A lawyer and former Assembly member, Segerblom now chairs the state Senate Judiciary Committee. He said he will introduce bills during the 120-day legislative session to prohibit the sale of assault weapons and restrict the size of ammunition magazines to fewer than 10 bullets. He said he also wants to prohibit the sale of armor-piercing bullets and require background checks for gun sales in all instances, including gun shows.
  • Newsweek cover calls Obama's inauguration 'The second coming'

    01/19/2013 10:12:51 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 52 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 1/18/13 | Joe Newby
    Although it is now digital, Newsweek celebrated President Obama's upcoming inauguration with a "cover" that calls the event "the second coming," an apparent reference to the return of Jesus Christ, The Blaze reported Friday. A post at Twitchy called the cover "creepy," while The Blaze described it as "controversial" and “questionable.” The cover highlights an article by former editor Evan Thomas, who once compared Obama to God. “Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn't felt that way in recent years. So Obama’s had, really, a different task We're seen too often as the...
  • A minority posture for House GOP

    01/19/2013 9:14:11 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/2013 | Molly K. Hooper and Russell Berman
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – House Republicans appeared to be coming to grips with a stark realization as they returned to Washington from a three-day retreat here — they have a majority in name only. The party begins the 113th Congress with reduced numbers and confronting a popular president and an increased Democratic majority in the Senate. Preparing for a cascade of fiscal battles and a presidential push on guns and immigration, the House GOP is adopting a minority posture, hoping to achieve modest goals incrementally while serving as a check on Obama’s ambitious second-term agenda. Republicans “have to recognize the realities...
  • Majority of Youths Will Buy, or Consider Buying, a Gun, Survey Shows

    01/19/2013 9:14:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 18 Jan 2013 08:02 AM | Michael Mullins
    In a poll that will surely make gun control advocates squirm, 60 percent of young Americans plan to, or are considering owning a gun later in life according to an American University (AU) survey released this week. The national survey, which consisted of 4,000 high school and college students, revealed that 40 percent of participants planned to one day own a firearm, while another 20 percent were considering it. “I think the major contribution of the poll results is to demonstrate that now is certainly the time to have a serious conversation about gun control since the next generation is...
  • Analysis: Budget Constraints Limit Obama's Second-Term Agenda

    01/19/2013 9:07:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    http://www.reuters.com/ ^ | January 19,2013 | Andy Sullivan
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama starts his second term in office facing unprecedented budget constraints that will challenge his ability to implement his economic vision.
  • Reporter: Campaign journalists ‘swooned’ over Obama during off-the-record bar visit

    01/19/2013 8:51:22 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 18, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “We were all, on some level, deeply obsessed with Obama, crushing hard, still a little love there. This was nerd heaven, a politico’s paradise, the subject himself moving among us — shaking our hands, slapping our shoulders!”
  • Algeria hostage crisis ends in bloody violence: Seven oil workers executed by terrorists....

    01/19/2013 8:42:44 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 19, 2013 | Jill Reilly
    Seven hostages were executed today as Algeria's four-day hostage stand-off came to a bloody end when the country's special forces stormed the remote desert gas plant. The army killed 11 militants during the 'final assault' on Al Qaeda-linked gunmen, but not before they in turn executed seven hostages, the state news agency reported. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed the government had received information that the hostage situation 'has now been brought to an end.' He described the loss of life as 'appalling and unacceptable.'
  • Fresh Attempt to Grab Guns in Illinois Underway

    01/19/2013 8:31:01 AM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 14 replies
    The Empire Strikes Back: Round two of the effort to cynically use the Sandy Hook tragedy to deprive Illinoisans of their constitutional right to bear arms.... HB0132: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=85&GA=98&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=132&GAID=12&LegID=68539&SpecSess=&Session= The legislation appears to deny the use of most modern firearms, ammo mags over ten rounds, makes it harder to quickly access your weapon in your home and car, appears to also negate the recent case law that allowed glove compartment storage, and makes it easier to lose your FOID card if you don’t play their game. There does appear to be some sort of grandfathering, but only if you slobber and...
  • PN Bakken: ‘Wake-up call’

    01/19/2013 8:22:54 AM PST · by thackney · 43 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 20, 2013 | Ray Tyson
    North Dakota has now recorded back-to-back months in which the massive Bakken petroleum system has failed to live up to production expectations. Reasons behind lackluster performances in October and especially in November have led the state’s top oil man, Lynn Helms, to issue a “wake-up call” for those who believed the good times would continue unabated. “We’ve gotten very used to the increase in production, almost regardless of what was happening out there,” Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, said in a Jan. 11 conference call. For the first time in 19 months, North Dakota’s oil production declined...
  • Caterpillar Punked By Chinese Fraud, To Write Off Half Of Q4 Earnings

    01/19/2013 8:22:27 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 25 replies
    Zerhedge ^ | January 19, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Fraudulent Chinese corporations are nothing new - we have been warning about them since late 2010, spurring the creation of a cottage industry focused exclusively on unmasking such public reverse merger companies (and generating trading profits along the way). One company, however, which apparently was completely unaware of the how pervasive Chinese corporate fraud, is industrial machine titan Caterpillar. This was made clear when, after hours on Friday night of course, the company revealed that it had been misled by "deliberate, multi-year, coordinated accounting misconduct" at a subsidiary of a Chinese company it acquired last summer, leading it to write...
  • Netanyahu vows he won’t demolish settlements in next term

    01/19/2013 8:19:32 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/19/2013 | Ilan Ben Zion
    Adopting a hard-line stance ahead of the elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a Friday interview promised that, if reelected, he would not uproot West Bank settlements in the coming four years. Speaking in an interview with Maariv, Netanyahu said his track record testifies to the fact that he his government had strengthened, not dismantled, settlements, and established the Ariel University in the West Bank as a full-fledged academic institution. Earlier this week, Peace Now reported that 2012 was a record year for settlement construction; hours later, the Construction and Housing Ministry announced tenders for 198 housing units for Jews...
  • Would-be assassin aims gun at Bulgarian opposition leader's head and pulls the trigger ....

    01/19/2013 8:01:57 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 19, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Bulgarian politician today survived an extraordinary assassination attempt when a man stormed the stage and held a gun to his head as he was giving a speech. Fortunately for Ahmed Dogan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, the weapon misfired giving him time to react and hit the would-be assassins hand out of the way. Before he can attempt a second shot the unidentified suspect is tackled to the ground by security guards and delegates attending the conference in Sofia. Television footage showed the man jumping out of the audience and interrupting a speech by 58-year-old Dogan,...
  • Killing The Golden Goose (California)

    01/19/2013 7:47:55 AM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    http://crazifornia.com ^ | january 18, 2013
    California’s dislike of business, and willingness to tax it into oblivion, is storied. As State Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) is quoted saying in Crazifornia: I am tired of my constituents and other business owners here being treated like pinatas by regulators and politicians who smack them around until some fine or penalty falls out. Or some newly created tax liability – like the new retroactive (to 2008) tax that’s going to smack the Golden State’s golden goose upside the head. Henry Blodget explains in Business Insider: As a way of encouraging entrepreneurs and investors to start companies in California, the...
  • Obama's Inauguration Present: The Economic Recovery Is Finally Here

    01/19/2013 7:38:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    US News ^ | 01/19/2013 | By RICK NEWMAN
    Call it the passive-aggressive economy. When Congress pumped billions of dollars of stimulus spending into the economy, it sputtered and wheezed like a patient having a heart attack. Now that Congress is raising taxes and cutting back on stimulus measures, the economy seems more resilient than expected. For President Barack Obama, it could mean a much more durable economy over the next four years than he enjoyed in his first term. Toward the end of 2012, economists warned repeatedly that the fiscal-cliff standoff would harm economic growth and perhaps even cause a recession. The last-second solution avoided the worse possible...
  • "Wall-Street-Bonus" Lew to Replace "Tax-Avoider" Geithner at Treasury (It's good to be a crony)

    01/19/2013 7:36:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/19/2013 | Paul Roderick Gregory,
    Barack Obama vilifies both “Wall Street speculators “who pay themselves big bonuses when times are bad” and the greedy top Two Percenters who do not pay “their fair share” by exploiting tax loopholes. With such strongly articulated views, his nominee for Secretary of Treasury, Jack Lew, and his current Secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner, appear to be unlikely choices for such a sensitive cabinet position. Jack Lew collected over two million dollars for his short stint at the collapsing Citigroup. Tim Geithner, whose earnings placed him in the top two percent, conveniently forgot to pay a substantial portion of his...
  • Debt Reckoning: Destroying Myth Of Government Default

    01/19/2013 7:31:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/19/2013
    Budget Policy: Even if we don't raise the debt ceiling, enough revenue will still come in to the Treasury to pay our interest, our bonds and essential services. The government will not shut down- only its ability to borrow. Like the fiscal cliff, the dangers of hitting the debt ceiling, while dire, are not necessarily fatal. It would, however, concentrate the minds of the American taxpayer wonderfully and force Washington to do what American families do every day around the kitchen table - take the paycheck and pay the bills in order of priority. Pay the gas company and the...
  • Dem. Jerrold Nadler: “2 to 4 self-defense shots are enough,” he’s a jackass – period

    01/19/2013 7:13:27 AM PST · by IbJensen · 51 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | January 17th, 2013 | Kevin Collins
    or liberals facts are never really important. “Truth” to liberals like Democrat New York City Congressman Jerrold Nadler is what he “feels” it is. Nadler has said: “Hunters don’t use large ammunition clips, and as far as self- defense, I mean who are you defending yourself against? If you’re defending yourself against a robber… two or three or four shots should be enough—period.” It’s a safe bet Nadler has never faced an assailant fueled by adrenalin drugs and alcohol. That doesn’t matter, of course, since no one will ever challenge Nadler on his supposed knowledge of the danger presented by...
  • Federal agents would face arrest under Alaska gun bill

    01/19/2013 7:13:15 AM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 2013-01-16 | RICHARD MAUER
    House Speaker Mike Chenault says federal law enforcement officers should be arrested in Alaska if they attempt to enforce any future federal law banning personal possession of assault rifles or large ammunition clips or if they attempt to register any Alaska firearm. On Wednesday, just as President Obama was announcing new firearm-control initiatives in the aftermath of the child murders at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Chenault offered his countermeasure in House Bill 69. His bill would extend the reach of a law passed in 2010 by asserting that any firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition possessed by anyone in...
  • Mock Disaster Training Exercise in Scioto County (Ohio, Bitter Clinger Villain Scapegoats)

    01/19/2013 6:44:27 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 85 replies
    WSAZ News Channel 3 ^ | January 17, 2013 | Bill Murray
    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A dead science teacher, weapons of mass destruction, first responders in hazmat suits and the Ohio Army National Guard all near the Municipal Stadium in Portsmouth, Thursday. There's no cause for alarm -- this is just a drill! The mock disaster training exercise is being done with Scioto County first responders and the Ohio Army National Guard 52nd Civil Support Unit. "It's the reality of the world we live in," says Portsmouth Police Chief Bill Raisin. "Don't forget there is such a thing as domestic terrorism. This helps us all be prepared." The make-believe scenario is...
  • Ahmed Dogan Assassination Attempt. INCREDIBLE VIDEO - Bulgaria (No wussie politicians there!)

    01/19/2013 6:38:10 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | January 19, 2013 | Les Grossman
    SOFIA, Bulgaria — Police in Bulgaria detained a man after he pointed a gun at an ethnic Turkish party leader as he was delivering a speech in the capital. No shots were fired. The video from the Saturday event in Sofia shows the man climbing the podium where Ahmed Dogan, the leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, was speaking on Saturday, and pointing the gun to his face. Dogan struck the man before other delegates wrestled the assailant to the ground, and police took him away.