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  • Why Owning Gold Is Absolutely Essential – Charles Ponzi Meets Cassandra

    01/21/2013 8:19:53 PM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-21-2013 | Deviant Investor
    Why Owning Gold Is Absolutely Essential – Charles Ponzi Meets Cassandra Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013Jan 21, 2013 - 05:12 PM By: DeviantInvestor One fine day on the streets of Washington D.C. the ghost of Charles Ponzi struck up a conversation with the ghost of Cassandra. He was a charming devil and assumed she would find him irresistible so he began with “It is ironic, I think, that I am a thief, while you see and speak the truth, but the people believe me and scorn you.” Cassandra was not impressed and replied, “It is true. Most people would...
  • A ‘limitless’ vision: Obama lays out liberal agenda for second term

    01/21/2013 7:37:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/21/13 | Dave Boyer
    Forging into the latter half of his historic presidency, Barack Obama urged the nation at his second inauguration Monday to work together on a liberal agenda of America’s “limitless possibilities,” such as reversing climate change, advancing gay rights and strengthening the social safety net. On a chilly and overcast Monday, Mr. Obama laid out the broad themes for his second term, in which he is winding down the war in Afghanistan and is renewing his push for programs to help the middle class. While
  • Ed Lee talks of tearing down end of I-280 [San Francisco]

    01/21/2013 7:33:25 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, January 20, 2013 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Mayor Ed Lee is floating the idea of tearing down the stub end of Interstate 280 in San Francisco in hopes of creating a new neighborhood and speeding up the arrival of high-speed rail service downtown. The idea, laid out by the mayor's chief transit planner, Gillian Gillett, in a memo to the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, would be to knock down I-280 before 16th Street - eliminating the ramps both at Sixth and Brannan streets and at Fourth and King streets. It would be replaced by a street-level boulevard akin to those built after the Embarcadero and Central freeways...
  • Fleeing California Taxes? Get In Line (Leaving is not that easy)

    01/21/2013 7:24:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/16/2013 | Robert W. Wood
    Is it any wonder that many small and medium sized businesses are moving out of California? In the recent elections, California Voters Sock It To The Rich. As the Wall Street Journal noted, some are promising businesses a better life elsewhere. Being courted must be refreshing but it is important for a company and its owners to have reasonable expectations and to budget for drilling down into California’s rules. After all, leaving is not always easy. A California resident is anyone in the state for other than a temporary or transitory purpose. See FTB Publication 1031. Plus, it includes anyone...
  • Oil Guru Destroys All Of The Hype About America's Energy Boom

    01/21/2013 7:21:50 PM PST · by blam · 42 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-21-2013 | Rob Wile
    Oil Guru Destroys All Of The Hype About America's Energy Boom Rob WileJan. 20, 2013, 10:20 AM Not everyone believes the U.S. is capable of becoming energy independent thanks to its shale oil and gas reserves, as the International Energy Association suggested recently. The math just doesn't work out, they say — America consumes too much. But some are even more skeptical than that. Arthur Berman, an oil analyst with Labyrinth Consulting Services, says the promise of America's shale reserves have been vastly overstated. His main argument: shale is too expensive to drill, and shale wells usually don't last longer...
  • Report: Gen. Mattis Forced Out of CENTCOM for Questioning Obama's Advisers

    01/21/2013 7:18:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/13 | AWR Haekins
    Reports indicate that Marine General James Mattis is being forced out of CENTCOM for questioning certain aspects of the Obama administration's Middle East policy. In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers. These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep...
  • Harry Reid's Great Disappearing Act (Our fiscal mess is the Democratic Senate's fault)

    01/21/2013 6:41:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/18/2013 | Kimberly Strassel
    The simplest statements sometimes are the most insightful. For an example, consider this one on Wednesday from Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, in reaction to President Obama's gun-control proposals: "I would welcome the opportunity to debate these issues on the floor of the Senate, and would encourage Majority Leader [Harry] Reid to schedule a full and open debate." In these seemingly innocuous words are a key to GOP revival. What may be the most overlooked story of the past two years is how Harry Reid has subverted the democratic process, successfully allowing him to both protect his party and keep the...
  • I am going in! I am in DC with a T-shirt that calls them -- accurately -- "morons

    01/21/2013 6:40:00 PM PST · by freedumb2003 · 58 replies
    1/21/2013 | me
    I am at the Ritz DC. Almost all the people here are His Colour. If you don't hear from me after 2 hours you will know they have attacked me and killed me. I will NOT let them think their god is The God. And I will fight -- maybe until dead. Eric Holder!!! You hate the USA!
  • Republicans put spotlight on feckless Senate Democrats (Barone likes GOP debt ceiling strategy)

    01/21/2013 6:36:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/21/2013 | Michael Barone
    Have the House Republicans come up with a winning strategy on the debt ceiling and spending cuts? Or just a viable one? Maybe so. They certainly need one that is at least the latter if not the former. Barack Obama is up in the polls since the election, as most re-elected presidents have been. The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows him with 52 percent approval and 44 percent disapproval. Other public polls have similar results. In contrast, the NBC/WSJ poll reports that only 26 percent have positive feelings about the Republican Party and 51 negative feelings. Toward Speaker...
  • NBC's Al Roker Yells Like a Groupie at Obama and Biden During Inaugural Parade

    01/21/2013 6:34:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Like one of President Obama's adoring fans camped out along the inaugural parade route on Monday, during live MSNBC coverage of the event, NBC Today weatherman Al Roker excitedly yelled at Obama and later Vice President Biden to get their attention as they walked by.
  • Ideals don't mean giving up common sense [Oakland, crime, William Bratton, "progressives"]

    01/21/2013 6:30:52 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 3 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, January 18, 2013 | Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist
    If progressive politics is all about innovation and applying nontraditional solutions to long-standing social problems and political issues, and Oakland is all about progressive politics, why are its elected officials so hesitant to try a wide range of ideas to address the city's most intractable problems? It's because some of the same progressives who advocate change also have narrow litmus tests for what ideas should be proposed. That test is so unforgiving that Bishop Bob Jackson, pastor of Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland, ran up against it this week. Jackson waited four hours on Tuesday for the chance to...
  • CNN Hosts Wave to Obama Like Admirers

    01/21/2013 6:25:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    After CNN correspondent Jim Acosta felt like pinching himself at Monday's inauguration parade, host Wolf Blitzer couldn't contain himself as he tried to get the attention of both President Obama and Vice President Biden. Blitzer gushed that "Look, this is history over here," as the President and First Lady made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the White House. He waved to Obama saying "Mr. President," but was drowned out by crowd noise. Blitzer did the same with Vice President Biden.
  • Abortion Survivors Tweak Nation's Conscience

    01/21/2013 6:21:39 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 3 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 January 2013 | Warren Mass
    There is a category of individuals for whom the abortion issue is perhaps the most personal of all: those who have survived attempted abortions. Abortion Survivors Tweak Nation's Conscience The New American 21 January 2013 As the nation marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that struck down a Texas law — and by extension, all states’ laws — that had criminalized abortion, the debate continues between those who uphold the right to life of the unborn and those who assert that a woman’s right to “choose” must be paramount. Most of those who argue their...
  • If only ALL Senators Spoke Like this Senator! MUST WATCH!!

    01/21/2013 6:15:18 PM PST · by Jahoohio · 29 replies
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | Jan 21st, 2013 | TMH
    Nathan Dahm, Senator from Oklahoma delivers a fiery, blistering speech before a crowd of fed-up pro-second amendment citizens. If only all senators and congressmen believed and spoke like this guy!! Obeying the constitution. Hmmm. What a concept. This video should go viral and this message needs to be popularized!
  • Al-Qaeda Branch’s Image Soars After Hostage Drama in Algeria

    01/21/2013 6:07:38 PM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, January 20, 2013 | Joby Warrick
    A week of violence in Algeria and Mali has transformed al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch into a cause celebre for militant Islamists around the globe, boosting recruitment and fundraising for the jihadists and spurring fears of further terrorist attacks in the region and beyond. Even after suffering tactical defeats in both countries in recent days, the movement known as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is being lionized in Internet chat rooms and in official statements by extremist groups, some of which are urging reprisal campaigns against Western interests. U.S. officials and terrorism analysts are pointing to last week’s hostage drama in...
  • Here Are the 11 Funniest Candid Pictures From Today’s Inauguration

    01/21/2013 6:03:19 PM PST · by SmileRight · 71 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/21/2013 | Erica Ritz
    A number of inopportune photos have been circulating the Internet as presidential inauguration ceremonies wind to a close. Whether it’s Michelle Obama’s eyeroll at John Boehner or New York Senator Chuck Schumer’s startling grin at Beyonce’s back, no one escaped embarrassing candid photographs on one of the most highly-photographed days of the year. We’ve compiled a list of the best. Enjoy...
  • Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens advance to AFC title game

    01/21/2013 5:56:27 PM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    The Baltimore Ravens outlasted the Denver Broncos 38-35 on Saturday in one of the greatest playoff games in NFL history, shocking the No. 1 seed to reach the AFC Championship Game. Ray Lewis, in his 17th season, made 17 tackles in the game. His career isn't over quite yet.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-20-13

    01/21/2013 5:40:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-21-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • McConnell pledges to block gun-control measures in email to supporters

    01/21/2013 5:32:59 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign is calling for supporters to back his opposition to expanded gun controls, warning in a new email that "they're coming for your guns." "You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights. On your freedom," the email opens. It goes on to warn that "our freedom is under direct assault ... from those who want to shred our Constitution."
  • 'Understanding' doesn't work. Killing does

    01/21/2013 5:28:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Times of London ^ | Monday, January 21, 2013 | Hugo Rifkind
    We've given up on changing the world. The pragmatic (and brutal) approach to beating terrorism is the only way Is being an international terrorist like being a Page 3 model? By which I mean, when Mokhtar Belmohktar, 40, from Algeria, is pictured in our newspapers, his one eye staring flintily into the camera, clutching his gun like these people always do, is this really what it is all about? Maybe he'll buy lots of copies, clip them out, post them to friends and keep one stuck to the fridge for ever. Or maybe not. Maybe it's all about Allah;...
  • First Lady Rolls Her Eyes At Boehner As He Jokes With President

    01/21/2013 5:22:45 PM PST · by rhema · 64 replies
    First Lady Michelle Obama rolls her eyes (0:09 in clip) after House Speaker cracks a joke to President Obama at the luncheon that took place after the inauguration.
  • Obama's Inaugural: If God 'Truly' Created Us Equal, Homosexual 'Love' is Equal as Well

    01/21/2013 5:14:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/21/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama opened his second inaugural address by quoting the statement from the preamble to the Declaration of Independence that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights." He then went on to say that if men were in fact created equal, then homosexual “love” must be equal as well. “What makes us exceptional, what makes us American," said Obama, “is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by...
  • National 2nd Amendment Rally Comes To Ohio's Statehouse

    01/21/2013 5:09:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    www2.nbc4i.com ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Rick Reitzel
    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The rally is called Guns Across America and the idea is to show gun owners are neighbors and law-abiding citizens. Rally supporters are being asked to dress appropriately, not in camo or hunting gear. Many of those same supporters showed up carrying firearms, open-carry pistols, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns along with concealed carry permit holders, all legal in Ohio. Those carrying firearms are not allowed on statehouse grounds and the rally supporters said they do not have a rally permit. "I'm here because I believe in the second amendment and I believe I should be able to...
  • RECONSIDERING MICHELE BACHMANN (Most of her policies were right and spot on in hindsight)

    01/21/2013 4:59:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Powerline ^ | 01/21/2013 | John Hinderraker
    The Washington Post reports today that al Qaeda’s successful attack on the Algerian natural gas plant has greatly boosted al Qaeda’s prestige in Africa. Along the way, the Post notes rather casually: The assailants were well-trained and armed with what appear to have been weapons from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s arsenal. The overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi has turned out to be a terrible blunder. It has empowered radical Muslims, led directly to the Benghazi debacle, and scattered Gaddafi’s armory among terrorist elements, including al Qaeda. There has been, of course, no accountability for the Libya decision, either with...
  • Obama: Entitlements ‘Do Not Make Us A Nation Of Takers’

    01/21/2013 4:48:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 107 replies
    TPM ^ | 21 Jan 13 | Pema Levy
    President Obama defended the idea of entitlements like Medicare and Social Security in his second inaugural address Monday, arguing that these programs strengthen the nation and free Americans to "take the risks that make this country great." "We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future," Obama said. "For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn." He continued: "We do not believe that...
  • More Anti-Gun Bills Shot Down in Virginia Committees

    01/21/2013 4:47:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 19 January, 2012 | VCDL
    Covington VA --(Ammoland.com)- The Senate Courts of Justice committee this week killed or neutralized all but one anti-gun bill. The one bad bill that passed out of committee initially, did so because Senator Edwards was away from the General Assembly due to weather and normally pro-gun Senator Stanley voted to support the bill. :-( Senator Marsh’s “gun show loophole” bill was heavily modified and ended up requiring that only gun dealers could sell guns at a gun show. After the meeting Senator Stanley indicated that he had misunderstood the full ramifications of the modified bill. The committee reconvened on the...
  • Giddy CNN Correspondent: ‘I Feel Like I Should Pinch Myself Right Now’(Obamaton Media Drooling)

    01/21/2013 4:46:06 PM PST · by MissesBush · 22 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 01/21/13 | Matt Hadro
    CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was positively giddy while covering President Obama's inauguration parade on Monday afternoon, and didn't hold back his feelings on-air. "You know, I feel like I should pinch myself right now, Wolf. I can't believe I have this vantage point of history in the making," Acosta gushed. Video below the break. Acosta later added that "It's good to be the President. It's almost like being a rock star on every street corner of Washington on this day." Unfortunately, Acosta has not been alone at CNN in exhibiting extreme enthusiasm for President Obama. During the inauguration parade, Wolf...
  • CAPTION THIS…. Bill Clinton at Today’s Inaugural with Kelly Clakson

    01/21/2013 4:44:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    ftradio.com ^ | 1/21/13
    What is former Pres Bill Clinton thinking right here?
  • Bill Clinton to liberal donors: Don’t condescend to gun owners

    01/21/2013 4:43:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2013 | AllahPundit
    Excellent advice but surely a total buzzkill for leftists, for whom the big gun-control push is at least as much a cultural struggle as it is a serious attempt to reduce mass shootings. Tightening the laws on background checks and banning high-capacity magazines might not stop future Sandy Hooks or Columbines but it will potentially force the yokels to behave in a bit more civilized fashion. Like they do in, say, Chicago.Next he’ll be telling them not to use kids as props for their big gun-grab rituals. I thought this guy was supposed to be fun. “Do not patronize the...
  • Hungarian Lawmaker Planning Speaking Tour on ‘Zionist Threat’

    01/21/2013 4:39:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    A lawmaker from the blatantly anti-Semitic Hungarian Jobbik Party, who recently called for a list to be compiled of Jews who he alleges pose a “security risk”, is planning to embark on a lecture tour regarding the “Zionist threat.” Hungarian lawmaker Marton Gyongyosi will tour nationwide to give lectures “about attacks on Jobbik and himself and the party’s foreign policy, with focus on its strong and true criticism of Israel,” the Jobbik party said in a statement released Friday. “Jobbik has been exposed to unprecedented attacks in Hungary and abroad … Relying on its huge lobbying and blackmailing potential, Zionism...
  • Obama Inauguration "Reverend" Fails To Mention Jesus At Benediction, Credits MLK For Jesus' Words

    01/21/2013 4:38:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/21/13 | Greg Hengler
    Making it up as they go.
  • Inaugural donations from corporations: Not okay in 2009, totally cool in 2013

    01/21/2013 4:29:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Because accepting donations from those distasteful, money-grubbing corporations is just not acceptable --- except, you know, when you really need the money.In 2008/2009, President Obama’s inaugural committee (amidst much self-promoted fanfare, I might add) decided to buck precedent and announced that they would not be accepting corporate donations or individual donations in excess of $50k in a grandiose display of thwarting special interests.Now, of course, the situation is quite different --- worn-out donors and a still-"recovering" economy mean that the inaugural committee is totally okay with corporations and the wealthy possibly ingratiating themselves with Team Obama. It is what it...
  • WH inaugural luncheon: 3000 calories?

    01/21/2013 4:18:30 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Do as we say, not as we do. Unlike some others, I have no problem with the First Lady’s efforts to push for awareness of the health choices of our food — as long as the “awareness” doesn’t turn into mandates and legislation, or in edicts like the Big Apple’s Big Gulp ban. But if one wants to impress upon others the need to watch caloric and fat intake, shouldn’t that mean a personal demonstration of restraint? Apparently not: "Monday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama will be filled with pomp, circumstance, and a jam-packed schedule of invite-only events where the...
  • Crowd shrinks by nearly half for 2nd inaugural

    01/21/2013 4:13:34 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    An inaugural official told reporters that "at least" 1 million people were on the National Mall for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony. If the figure is accurate, a crowd of around 1 million would put attendance at about 55 percent of the 2009 crowd. The city of Washington, D.C., estimated that 1.8 million people packed the Mall last time to watch Obama get sworn in for his first term.
  • Michelle Obama Too Busy Shovelling Food In Her Mouth - Eyerolls Boehner

    01/21/2013 4:12:05 PM PST · by chessplayer · 69 replies
    At the inaugural celebration, Obama actually seems somewhat cordial to John Boehner, House Speaker. But Michelle is much too busy shoveling food into her mouth, and when Boehner tries to get her attention, she manages an eyeroll at him...
  • Biden Thanks Latinos for Support in Re-Election

    01/21/2013 4:09:18 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 11 replies
    abc ^ | January 20, 2013 | Brett Zongker
    Biden says something "profound" happened with the enormous Latino support for Obama, and he says the Latino community underestimates its power. He told the audience that they "spoke in a way that the world ... could not fail to hear." Biden said "America owes" Latinos and declared, "This is your moment"
  • Trijicon Withdraws From Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show After They Exclude AR15 Rifles

    01/21/2013 3:40:20 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 42 replies
    Ammoland ^ | January 21, 2013
    Wixom, MI --(Ammoland.com)- Trijicon, Inc., global provider of high quality, innovative aiming solutions to military, law enforcement and individual customers, has decided to withdraw its participation and support of the 2013 Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. “We, at Trijicon, are very disappointed in the decision of Reed Exhibitions to ban the display of Modern Sporting Rifles from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.”, said Tom Munson, V.P. of Sales & Marketing for Trijicon. “Many of Trijicon’s loyal customers are responsible and law-abiding owners of these types of legal firearms and we will not support any organization that...
  • My naked Vegas snaps? A case of too much Army and not enough prince, says Harry

    01/21/2013 3:30:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Mon January 21, 2013 | Rebecca English and Harriet Arkell
    Prince Harry on his controversial Las Vegas trip There is only one rule as far as the soldier prince is concerned: Work hard, play hard. In one of the most candid admissions of his interview, Harry remarks that concerned Prince Charles frequently attempts to remind him of what is required of the third in line to the throne. Harry confesses he ‘let himself and his family down’ after being photographed cavorting naked in Las Vegas last year, but, unsurprisingly given his comments, is largely unrepentant. The 28-year-old royal concedes he should have acted in a more ‘princely’ manner but says...
  • Japan Threatens To Fire On Chinese Fighters — China Says 'There Will Be No Second Shot'

    01/21/2013 3:11:54 PM PST · by blam · 50 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-21-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Japan Threatens To Fire On Chinese Fighters — China Says 'There Will Be No Second Shot' Robert JohnsonJanuary 21, 2013, 2:35 PMWhen Chinese and Japanese fighters met for the first time over disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month, Japan promptly declared its right to fire tracers at China's jets. Though met with outrage by China at the time, Japan continues promoting the live firing which Chinese military academics are calling the "first shot." “Every country has procedures for how to deal with a violation of its territory that continues after multiple cautionary measures,” Japanese Defense Minister...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, January-21-2013

    01/21/2013 2:43:06 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 34 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Sen. Schumer: NRA Fringe Group, Doesn't Represent Average Gun Owners, "Very Extreme"

    01/21/2013 2:35:12 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 57 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1-20-2013 | AWR Hawkins
    In comments made Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a "fringe group" that is "very extreme." Moreover, according to Schumer, the NRA doesn't "represent average gun [owners]." Schumer says that during the 1990s the NRA used their lobbying power to fill background checks with loopholes, thus leading to a situation where "40 percent of all guns sold in American have no [background] check." You'll recall that Obama also used this "40 percent" claim when pushing for more gun control earlier in the week. This claim goes back to a 2011 study by Mayor Michael...
  • Iran says American tried to turn children against Islam

    01/21/2013 2:26:21 PM PST · by la gordita · 8 replies
    Compass Direct aka World Watch Monitor ^ | 2/21/2013 | World Watch Monitor
    Colorado Springs, January 21 (World Watch Monitor) — Iran on Monday accused an Idaho man of trying to entice young people to Christianity and away from the country’s official religion, Islam, the man’s American-based legal team says. The trial of Saeed Abedini, 32, of Boise, began Monday in the Tehran courtoom of Abbas Pir-Abbassi, a Revolutionary Court judge notorious for harsh sentences.
  • Preparing for the Unthinkable: A US Default? (Idiots writing idiotic things)

    01/21/2013 2:13:32 PM PST · by bestintxas · 14 replies
    moneynews ^ | 1/20/13
    Squabbling in Washington over the debt ceiling is again raising the specter that the United States may be forced to delay payments on its debt. While the stigma of a default would be damaging enough to investor sentiment, the chaos from a breakdown in financial markets' systems that might result would be even scarier. A failure to make payments on U.S. Treasurys, however brief, would create widespread damage in short-term funding markets, which are crucial to daily operations of financial institutions, investment firms and many corporations, said analysts and investors. Editor's Note: How You Lost $85,000 During the Last Decade....
  • Powell: GOP Should Back Off Attempts to Lower Voter Participation

    01/21/2013 2:08:06 PM PST · by bestintxas · 65 replies
    newmax ^ | 1/21/13 | d well
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the Republican Party should abandon its efforts to curb voter participation through voter ID laws and restrictions on hours for early voting. “Should we really have gone after reducing the turnout of voters in those places where we thought it would make a difference?” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, referring to November’s election, Politico reports. “The Republican Party should be a party that says, ‘We want everybody to vote,’ and make it easier to vote and give them a reason to vote for the party, not to find ways to keep them...
  • Paul Ryan Booed at Inauguration

    01/21/2013 1:46:31 PM PST · by MissesBush · 89 replies
    Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee in the last election, was booed at President Barack Obama's Second Inauguration today in Washington, D.C. "If things had gone differently in November, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) might have departed the Capitol on Monday as the vice president of the United States. Instead, he faced a chorus of boos as he left the building to attend President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony," reports the Huffington Post. The left-leaning website reports that Ryan attended the Inauguration out of duty. "Ryan announced last week that he would be present for Obama's public swearing in at...
  • Just a handful turn out to watch Obama's swearing-in at Miller Auditorium (Obama FAIL)

    01/21/2013 1:38:00 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    M Live ^ | 1/21/13 | Yvonne Zipp
    KALAMAZOO, MI -- What a difference four years make. In 2009, a reported 2,500 people crowded into Miller Auditorium to watch history being made as Barack Obama was sworn in as the first African-American president of the United States. On Monday, the auditorium looked very different. Just 30 people braved the blowing snow and unplowed roads to watch the inauguration ceremonies on a giant screen.
  • First Term: Food Stamp Recipients Increased 11,133 Per Day Under Obama

    01/21/2013 1:23:22 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 21, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    During President Obama’s first term, the number of persons taking federal food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP), increased by approximately 11,133 persons per day. When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, the number of SNAP recipients was 31,939,110. By October 2012, the latest month reported, they had jumped to 47,525,329. That means the food stamp program grew by an of approximately 11,133 recipients per day from January 2009 to October 2012.
  • Living On Welfare in the U.K.

    01/21/2013 1:09:39 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    powerline ^ | January 21, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    Welfare has become a major political issue in the United Kingdom. During the 13 years when Labour was in power, it seems not to have occurred to most Britons that Labour’s open-door immigration policy, combined with the U.K.’s liberal welfare benefits, were likely to lead to abuse. Now, people are starting to notice. The Sun, a tabloid published in London, is the U.K.’s largest-selling newspaper. It focuses mainly on soccer and celebrities, but its news coverage, to the extent it exists, can be entertaining. This story sounds like something out of The Onion, but it evidently is legitimate. The Sun...
  • Obama Becomes First President To Mention Gay Rights In Inaugural Address

    01/21/2013 1:09:10 PM PST · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    TPM ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sahil Kapur
    President Obama on Monday became the first American president to refer to gay rights in an inaugural address, drawing effusive praise from gay rights advocates for his strong embrace of the cause and reflecting how much his views have changed. “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” the president said, “for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” He invoked the Stonewall riots of 1969, a landmark event in the history of the gay rights...
  • Shooting range no longer welcomes Burlington Police

    01/21/2013 11:55:31 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 32 replies
    WPTZ.COM ^ | Jan 21, 2013 | WPTZ.COM
    BURLINGTON, Vt. —The Burlington Police Department is getting caught in the crossfire between Burlington City Council and Second Amendment advocates. A shooting range in Morrisville, Vt. is no longer letting Burlington Police officers train there.