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  • NRA boycott kills outdoors show that banned assault weapons

    01/24/2013 10:19:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Modified: January 24, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    A massive boycott sparked by the NRA and other gun-rights groups outraged that the nation's largest outdoors show banned the exhibition of assault weapons has caused the show's organizers to abruptly cancel the week-long event in Harrisburg, Pa. The successful boycott was the biggest demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states. "Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event....
  • Why America’s Going Broke:The US Deficit Debt Problem:A Longer Term Perspective

    01/24/2013 10:13:52 AM PST · by lbryce · 6 replies
    The American Interest ^ | January 23, 2013 | The American Interest
    A new paper The US Deficit Debt Problem:A Longer Term Perspective by Daniel Thornton, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, contains some useful graphs on the causes of our debt crisis. The first graph below illustrates the rise of spending relative to government revenue; the second shows that the lion’s share of increased spending has been on social services, Medicare and Medicaid in particular: Source: Thornton (2012) Source: Thornton (2012) The graphs demonstrate, the words of James Hamilton that “Americans want an increasing government contribution to health care, but don’t want to pay for it.” It...
  • Elaine Donnelly: Women in Combat Order “Dangerous Social Experiment”

    01/24/2013 10:06:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 08:54 PM | David A. Patten
    Military-readiness advocate Elaine Donnelly warns that the Obama administration’s decision to put women in ground-combat roles amounts to “social engineering to achieve a political end in the name of diversity.” She adds that the policy shift means “lives could be lost unnecessarily, not just women, but men.” Donnelly’s organization, the Center for Military Readiness, released a 42-page report earlier this week exploring the unintended consequences of putting women on the front lines. “It will do great harm to women in the military, especially those who will find themselves in the infantry—something there’s no indication they wanted,” Donnelly said Wednesday in...
  • McCain Backs Women in Combat—As Long as Standards Stay High

    01/24/2013 10:01:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 07:53 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sen. John McCain supports allowing women in combat, but says it remains critical for the military to uphold the same high standards that made it the strongest in the world. On Wednesday, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that women will be permitted in combat, potentially opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and elite Special Forces jobs to women as well as men. … “I respect and support Secretary Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat,” McCain said. “The fact is that American women are already serving in harm’s way today all over the world...
  • Clinton Has Talked to Only 1 American Benghazi Survivor in 4 Months

    01/24/2013 9:58:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1-24-13 | Terrence Jeffrey
    ( - In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, five State Department Diplomatic Security agents who were in Benghazi that day and survived the attack were evacuated from the country and taken to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. All five had suffered from smoke inhalation, and one was seriously wounded. Under questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R.-Wis.) in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed that she has spoken to only one of the American survivors who was evacuated from Libya after the...
  • Kerry will divest holdings to avoid conflicts

    01/24/2013 9:48:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    politico ^ | 1/23/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Secretary of state nominee John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry will divest from their holdings in dozens of companies if he is confirmed to the Obama administration post, the Massachusetts senator said in a letter this month. As Kerry prepares to go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- which he chairs -- for his confirmation hearing on Thursday, he's signaling that he will work to avoid conflicts of interest linked to the sizeable investments that he in companies including Suncor and Cenovus Energy Inc., both of which would benefit from the State Department's approval of TransCanada's Keystone...
  • Storm Clouds Crawling With Bacteria

    01/24/2013 9:47:15 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 30 replies ^ | 1/23/2013 | Tia Ghose
    The storm clouds in Earth's atmosphere are filled with microbial life, according to a new study. The research, published today (Jan. 23) in the journal PLoS One, revealed that hailstones drawn from storm clouds harbor several species of bacteria that tend to reside on plants, as well as thousands of organic compounds normally found in soil. Some of the bacterial species can seed the tiny ice crystals that lead to rain, suggesting they play a role in causing rain. "Those storm clouds are quite violent phenomena," said study co-author Tina Santl Temkiv, an environmental chemist at Aarhus University in Denmark....
  • Emotionalism – The Liberal Method of ‘Argument’

    01/24/2013 9:29:45 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 14 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    If you take an honest look at the world, though, what do you think are the chances that we can stop insane violent people from doing insane violent things? Can we “make sure this never happens again”? Not a chance. It is an absolute certainty that evil and violent people will do evil and violent things in the future. The real questions are, how can we best protect ourselves and how can we minimize the number of these people in society. As to the “saving the life of one child” argument, here are some facts to consider: According to the...
  • Emotionalism – The Liberal Method of ‘Argument’

    01/24/2013 9:29:40 AM PST · by Alex Baker · 3 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    If you take an honest look at the world, though, what do you think are the chances that we can stop insane violent people from doing insane violent things? Can we “make sure this never happens again”? Not a chance. It is an absolute certainty that evil and violent people will do evil and violent things in the future. The real questions are, how can we best protect ourselves and how can we minimize the number of these people in society. As to the “saving the life of one child” argument, here are some facts to consider: According to the...
  • Sandy Hook Panel Set to Begin Review of School Shooting

    01/24/2013 9:19:43 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 105 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 24, 2013 | Melanie Grey
    The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission will begin its grim work Thursday with an update on the police investigation into the Newtown, Conn. school massacre and presentations on the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings. According to the Hartford Courant, 16 experts, appointed by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, will convene for the first of a series of meetings to review the Dec. 14 mass killing last year and propose improvements to current policies related to student safety, gun violence, and mental health. On Dec. 14, a lone gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle,...
  • Fighting 'government tyranny' a growing concern for gun rights advocates

    01/24/2013 9:12:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Ray Downs
    MONTGOMERY, AL (RNN) - Gun control opponents at an Alabama rally said their struggle is less about the constitutional right to self-defense than having the ability to join an armed revolt against the United States government. Whether or not the Second Amendment guarantees that right is at the center of the divisive national debate. On Jan. 19, thousands rallied in various state capitals for "Gun Appreciation Day" to speak out against gun control. Political Media, Inc, which coordinated the events, is a Republican-affiliated public relations group based in Washington, D.C. The rallies featured speakers ridiculing gun control as supporters waved...
  • A New Mexico Lawmaker Wants To Criminalize Post-Rape Abortions

    01/24/2013 9:00:20 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/24/2013 | Abby Rogers
    A Republican legislator in New Mexico is seeking to force pregnant rape victims to carry the pregnancy to term, claiming the fetus could be used as "evidence" at trial. Rep. Cathrynn Brown's bill would charge a rape victim who sought an abortion with a third-degree felony for "tampering with evidence," The Huffington Post reported Wednesday. "Tampering with evidence consists of destroying, changing, hiding, placing or fabricating any physical evidence with intent to prevent the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of any person or to throw suspicion of the commission of a crime upon another," House Bill 206 reads. ~snip~ "The bill...
  • Egypt churches withdraw from Morsi’s national dialogue

    01/24/2013 8:53:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Ahram Online ^ | Thursday 24 Jan 2013
    Representatives from Egypt’s Christian churches have withdrawn from President Mohamed Morsi’s national dialogue. The Coptic Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical churches decided to leave the dialogue on Wednesday because it was “unproductive” and did not “yield the desired results,” said Father Rafik Gerish, the Catholic representative at the dialogue. … Several political groups also withdrew from the national dialogue recently, most notably the Strong Egypt Party led by former Muslim Brotherhood member and ex-presidential contender Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh. …
  • Wyoming Senate Committee Approves Pro-Hunting Silencer Reform Bill

    01/24/2013 8:29:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 24 January, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --( The Wyoming Senate Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Committee voted 4 to 1 in favor of a pro-hunting reform authored by Senator Ogden Driskill (R-1). Senate File 132 would repeal the state prohibition on hunting with sound suppressors (which are additionally regulated under federal law) while providing additional penalties for those who use them illegally. This bill is now eligible for a vote in the full Senate. A date for this Senate floor vote has not been scheduled at this time but please call and e-mail your state Senator urging him or her to vote in...
  • Final election count: Right bloc 61, Center-Left 59 seats (Israeli election)

    01/24/2013 8:05:47 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/24/2013 14:15 | GIL HOFFMAN, JEREMY SHARON, LAHAV HARKOV
    After the last vote is counted, officials say Ahmad Tibi's party Raam-Taal drops from five seats to four, while Naftali Bennett's party gains one, Kadima party makes it over the threshold with two mandates. The count of the "double envelope" votes came to a close on Thursday afternoon, with Bayit Yehudi finishing at 12 seats, Kadima crossing the threshold with two seats and the Raam-Taal party dropping from five to four seats, officials said. The votes of 200,000 soldiers, plus those of prisoners and people in hospitals, were counted a day later than the regular vote. These ballots are called...
  • What Does The 2nd Amendment Mean?

    01/24/2013 8:02:29 AM PST · by Resettozero · 65 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | January 24, 2013 | Bob Livingston
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.—Amendment II Some of the recent attacks on the 2nd Amendment and lawful gun owners by the gun grabbers have focused on the meaning of the words in the Amendment. Particularly, gun grabbers have zeroed in on what the Founding Fathers meant by the words “well regulated Militia.” So what did the Founders mean when they penned and approved those words? As Thomas Jefferson suggested in a letter to William Johnson, “On every question...
  • North Korea says new nuclear test will be part of fight against U.S.

    01/24/2013 8:00:10 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | January 24, 2013 | K.J. Kwon
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea said Thursday that it plans to carry out a new nuclear test and more long-range rocket launches, all of which it said are a part of a new phase of confrontation with the United States. The North's National Defense Commission said the moves would feed into an "upcoming all-out action" that would target the United States, "the sworn enemy of the Korean people." Read more: U.N. Security Council slams North Korea, expands sanctions Carried by the state media, the comments are the latest defiant flourish from the reclusive North Korean regime, whose young...

    01/24/2013 7:54:07 AM PST · by WakeUpAndVote · 231 replies ^ | 01.24.13 | WakeUpAndVote
    We the people have spoken.
  • A Brief History Of Secretary Salazar’s Failures At Interior

    01/23/2013 5:12:18 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | January 17, 2013
    With the imminent return of Ken Salazar to Colorado, and talk of his future political aspirations bubbling up in the papers, we thought it a good time to recount a brief history of Secretary Salazar’s failures at the Interior Department. ... First and foremost amongst Salazar’s fiascos is the BP oil spill. The Deepwater Horizons disaster is firmly etched in the American conscience as an example of bumbling incompetence and haphazard, if not non-existent, leadership. Salazar mucked up his role so badly that unnamed White House sources spanked him publicly in The Washington Post as an “erratic spokesman” who was...
  • Yakima County Sheriff stands by constitution (WA)

    01/24/2013 7:30:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    One month after Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin posted a message on his department’s website explaining that he would uphold both the state and federal constitutional provisions on the right to keep and bear arms, his statement is suddenly catching fire on the internet. Irwin, who has been sheriff of the large central-Washington county – which stretches from the Columbia River sagebrush in its northeast corner to the Cascade Crest – posted the note back on Dec. 22. But it was apparently not until this week that gun rights activists became aware of it, thanks to a story on KAPP...
  • White House: Watch Joe Biden Talk about Gun Control at 1:45 PM ET (24 Jan 2013)

    01/24/2013 7:30:24 AM PST · by pabianice · 6 replies
    Before Vice President Joe Biden introduced a set of ideas to help reduce gun violence, he kicked off a national conversation. He wanted to make sure that he heard from people from every perspective about the steps we need to take to protect kids and make our communities safer. And that dialogue isn't over. Today, in a hangout hosted by Google and moderated by Hari Sreenivasan from PBS NewsHour, Vice President Biden will speak with a group of Google+ users about the White House policy recommendations and answer their questions. And we want you to join us. What: Google+ Hangout...
  • Idaho lawmakers don’t need concealed weapon permits

    01/24/2013 6:58:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Betsy Z. Russell
    BOISE – With Idaho state lawmakers fired up to protect gun rights, more attention is being focused on an Idaho law that’s been on the books since 1990 permitting any elected official in the state, including legislators, to carry a hidden firearm without a concealed weapons permit. A 2011 survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures showed no other state with such an exemption; most states exempt only peace officers, retired peace officers, military members, and in some cases, judges and prosecutors. Earlier this week, a three-hour evening training class offered in the state Capitol on carrying a concealed...
  • Former DOD Inspector Gen: Panetta’s Directive May be Unconstitutional

    01/24/2013 6:55:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 44 replies ^ | January 23, 2013 | Paul Scicchitano
    Reacting to reports that outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is lifting the Pentagon’s long-standing ban on women serving in combat, former DOD Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz tells Newsmax that he believes the decision will lead to a “degradation of good order and discipline” and may even be unconstitutional. Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war. “Introducing mixed gender combat units in my experience and judgment will inevitably lead...
  • Hillary vs. Rand Paul

    01/24/2013 6:54:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/24/2013 | Bill Schanefelt
    I was unavailable to watch most of the farcical testimony given today by Mrs. Clinton, but I did catch the exchange with Sen. Rand Paul near the end, and it is fascinating, not only for the content of the exchange, but primarily for the look on her face her tone of voice as she reacts to the question: Sen. Paul:  Is the U. S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?Mrs. Clinton:  To Turkey?  I will have to take that question for the record.  Nobody has ever...
  • California school district gets high-powered rifles

    01/24/2013 6:53:49 AM PST · by Washi · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2013 | Associated Press
    FONTANA, Calif. – The school police force in this Southern California city has acquired 14 high-powered semiautomatic rifles for officers to bring to campuses. Fontana Unified School District police purchased 14 of the Colt LE6940 rifles last fall, and they were delivered the first week of December, a week before a gunman killed 26 students and educators at a Connecticut elementary school. "I think it just further solidified the need to give our officers the tools they need to respond to an active shooter on campus," schools Police Chief Billy Green said Wednesday about the tragedy.
  • The GOP Gets Fiscally Tough: The latest debt-ceiling deal is a hopeful sign for many conservatives

    01/24/2013 6:39:44 AM PST · by bestintxas · 23 replies
    nat review ^ | 1/24/13 | j fund
    House Republicans appear to have gotten some of their mojo back. GOP leaders say they will insist that automatic spending cuts (the “sequester”) scheduled to begin on March 1 will be made and that the House will adopt a budget resolution that would lead to a balanced budget within ten years without raising any more taxes. Just a few months ago, they were singing a different, less fiscally tough tune. On Wednesday, the House suspended the limit on the nation’s debt ceiling. That gives Republican lawmakers nearly four months to sort out what they will demand in exchange for raising...
  • Wrong on Women Warriors (The new policy to place women in combat units is a mistake)

    01/24/2013 6:33:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/24/2013 | Heather MacDonald
    We have apparently arrived at the Golden Age, free from strife and the threat of foreign enemies. Little else can explain so gratuitous a decision as to place women in combat units. The downsides to such a policy are legion and obvious; the only reason to pursue it is to placate feminism’s insatiable and narcissistic drive for absolute official equality between the sexes. Any claim that our fighting forces are not reaching their maximum potential because females are not included is absurd. The number of women who are the equal to reasonably well-developed men in upper-body strength and who have...
  • Hillary Clinton: “I Did Not Say It Was About The Video ... “What Difference Does It Make”….

    01/24/2013 6:21:22 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 54 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | January 23, 2013 | Sundance
    WASHINGTON DC – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified at the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, answering questions on the attack in Benghazi, Libya. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) pressed her on the anti-Islamic video that was originally blamed for the attack. “When you briefed us, you said unequivocally this was a result of a video and I remember in fact you got pretty upset about it when somebody suggested this was a terrorist attack.” Clinton said, “I did not say … that it was about the video for Libya, it certainly was for many of the other places where we...
  • Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose 'apocalyptic' threat, top expert says

    01/24/2013 6:17:45 AM PST · by cartan · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2013-01-23 | Ian Sample
    Britain's most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said the threat from infections that are resistant to frontline antibiotics was so serious that the issue should be added to the government's national risk register of civil emergencies. She described what she called an "apocalyptic scenario" where people going for simple operations in 20 years' time die of routine infections "because we have run out of antibiotics".
  • Airline passenger boasting 'Prepare to Die' on his chest is asked to change

    01/24/2013 6:13:39 AM PST · by RummyChick · 59 replies
    mail online ^ | 1/23 | leslie larson
    'My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.' The infamous line from 'The Princess Bride' has been repeated the world over by fans of the cult classic but some Aussies on a Qantas flight on Sunday didn't appreciate the humor. Wynand Mullins boarded his Sydney flight wearing a T-shirt with the movie quote and was asked to change his attire after his fellow passengers complained that they felt threatened.
  • Record numbers sign up for Marietta [GA.] gun training course [700 people!! 600% increase!!]

    01/24/2013 5:49:35 AM PST · by Arcy · 4 replies
    WSB Radio ^ | Jan. 24, 2013 | Pete Combs
    MARIETTA — As Cobb County residents fear for their gun rights in the face of possible new federal weapons laws, thousands have swarmed stores and gun shows. Now, many of them want to know how to use the guns they have been buying in record numbers. “They really want to know, ‘How can I be safe with this?’” said Marietta Police Officer Dave Baldwin. He teaches a gun class to the public. Usually, about a hundred people show up for the 90-minute instructional program that covers safe handling of the firearm, storage, loading and unloading as well as other topics....
  • Lego accused of racism with Star Wars set {by Muslims}

    01/24/2013 5:37:25 AM PST · by drpix · 60 replies ^ | 1/23/2013 | Matthew Day
    Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques. tria’s Turkish community said the model was based on Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul and that the accompanying figures depicted Asians and Orientals as people with “deceitful and criminal personalities.” The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria released a statement calling for Lego to apologise for affronting religious and cultural feelings. The anger was provoked by “Jabba’s Palace”, a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 24,2013

    01/24/2013 5:30:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
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  • Our View: Will the Senate budget?

    01/24/2013 5:26:36 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 5 replies
    Ogden Standard Examiner ^ | 1/24/2013 | Editor
    On the Sunday news shows, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., promised that the U.S. Senate would provide a budget this year. That shouldn’t be news. The Senate should always present a budget to be considered. However, it is news because the U.S. Senate, under the leadership of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has failed to present a budget for more than three years. We hope that Sen. Schumer is correct. The failure of the U.S. Senate, controlled by Democrats, to live up to its fiscal responsibilities and produce a budget for consideration, has always been shameful. Such inaction underscores the partisan bickering...
  • Gun show bill voted down in Va. Senate committee

    01/24/2013 5:25:52 AM PST · by 4buttons · 10 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 24, 2013 | Michael Sluss
    Legislation aimed at requiring criminal-record checks for all firearm transactions at gun shows, including those by private sellers, won't advance this year, but members of a state Senate committee pledged Wednesday to work toward a compromise that could expand background checks on firearm purchases.
  • US drones strike again in Yemen, killing 6 AQAP fighters near capital

    01/24/2013 5:23:17 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | January 23, 2013 | Bill Roggio
    US drones yet again targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in Yemen, this time outside the capital of Sana'a. The strike today is the fourth by the US in Yemen in five days. The US has expanded the drone campaign throughout all of Yemen over the past year. The CIA-operated, remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers attacked a vehicle as it traveled in a rural area outside of Sana'a, according to Reuters. Six AQAP members are said to have been killed in the attack. No senior AQAP fighters are reported to have been killed in today's...
  • Barack Obama: Our Orc-in-Chief

    01/24/2013 5:21:02 AM PST · by Cocoa2012 · 12 replies
    The Family Security Foundation ^ | 01-24-2013 | EDWARD CLINE
    Create a link: And that is what Obama is, at core. Down deep, he knows he is nothing. But in the eyes of his worshipping electorate, he is something. He is a leader. A Messiah. A Führer. The Thirteenth Imam. The Mahdi. The Prophet. The savior of the ages, the man on horseback who comes to save a nation from itself. Because he is nothing, he must work miracles, and turn gold into lead. He must prove that he is something. Read more: Family Security Matters Under Creative Commons License: Attribution
  • Benghazi Hearings—Willie Geist Rides To Rand Paul's Defense: 'Doing His Job'

    01/24/2013 4:51:54 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has said that he doesn't know whether Morning Joe member Willie Geist is a Democrat or a Republican. I'd say Willie leans left on social issues but is not reflexively liberal on other matters. Today, with Scarborough absent from the Morning Joe set, Geist actually rode to the defense of Rand Paul. The Republican Senator from Kentucky has been taking heat from Dems over telling Hillary Clinton at yesterday's Benghazi hearings that had he been president, he would have fired her for her handling of the matter. Panelist Donny Deutsch made a predictable attack, calling Paul "pathetic, amateur...
  • North Korea Vows Nuclear Test 'Aimed' at US (want to see our new HEU bomb?)

    01/24/2013 4:49:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    VOA News ^ | January 24, 2013 | Steve Herman
    North Korea Vows Nuclear Test 'Aimed' at US by Steve Herman North Korea is amplifying its rhetoric about carrying out more rocket launches and a third nuclear test. North Korea's National Defense Commission says the reclusive state will conduct an “all-out confrontation battle” that will include further satellite and long-range launches, as well as what it calls a nuclear test of a “higher level.” It says these actions will be aimed at its sworn enemy, the United States.
  • Now They Tell Us: Obama's Tax Promises Were Bogus

    01/24/2013 4:46:50 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/23/2013 | IBD Staff
    Remember all those mainstream news reports before the election about how President Obama's expansive spending plans would require massive tax hikes on everyone, not just millionaires and billionaires? Neither do we. But somehow after the election, reporters are finally admitting that Obama's budget numbers simply don't add up and that new taxes on the middle class — including a European-style value added tax — are "inevitable."
  • "Virtual President" BILL WHITTLE to tape "Virtual Inauguration" speech, CONSERVATIVE response to BHO

    01/24/2013 4:32:45 AM PST · by RonDog · 121 replies
    Bill Whittle's facebook fan page ^ | January 23, 2013 | Bill Whittle
    From his Facebook fan page: Bill Whittle January 23, 2013 Short notice, I know... ... but I am shooting the Virtual Inaugural at a speaking event in Redlands, CA on Thursday night at 6:30. I have room for perhaps 100 additional people. If you are able to attend, I can send you the details by writing me at: contact at billwhittle dot net. It'll be fun if you can make it. If you can't you'll see it on Monday, I think.
  • Ausflag unveils new Aussie flag to be used at sporting events

    01/24/2013 4:16:33 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies ^ | 24th January 2013 | Patrick Lion
    <p>A HIGH-powered alliance of top Australians has unveiled a new national sporting flag and plans to use it to gatecrash major sporting events.</p> <p>Ausflag will push for sporting bodies and fans to embrace the green, gold, blue and white flag - still featuring the Southern Cross - and even want it to be raised as the official flag in Olympic Games medal ceremonies.</p>
  • Terrorists can use drone to kill Barack Obama: Ex-US intelligence chief Admiral Dennis Blair

    01/24/2013 3:16:06 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 50 replies ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | JPN/Bureau
    Washington: In a major revelation, the former chief of US intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, has said that terrorists could use drones to kill President Barack Obama and other US leaders.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 24, 2013

    01/24/2013 2:45:54 AM PST · by sneakers · 18 replies
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  • Gun ban said to include handguns, shotguns (Feinstein's 'The AWB of 2013')

    01/24/2013 2:18:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 82 replies
    UPI ^ | January 24, 2013 | n/a
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A retooled U.S. assault-weapons ban to be introduced Thursday was to include handguns and shotguns in addition to rifles, The Washington Times reported. The bill, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., titled "The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013," was also expected to decrease the number of military-style features a gun may have before it's considered an assault weapon to one from two, the newspaper said. -snip- Feinstein's bill would also create a national gun registry for the government to track lawful gun owners, the Times said. Magazines, or ammunition storage and feeding devices within or attached...
  • 12th Jewish Home Seat Smashes 'Equality' of Left and Right Blocs (IDF Soldiers' Vote Saves Day)

    01/24/2013 2:01:49 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/24/2013 | Israel National News
    According to the near final results of the votes of soldiers, diplomats, and prisoners that were being tallied Thursday morning, Jewish Home will be awarded a 12th Knesset seat, making it the fourth largest faction in the Israeli parliament. The seat will come at the expense of Arab party Ra'am-Ta'al, which goes down to four seats. With the twelfth seat, Bayit Yehudi, the representative party of the National Religious sector, matches the sector's historic record number of Knesset seats, achieved in 1977, when the National Religious Party received 12 Knesset seats.

    01/24/2013 1:26:43 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 36 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 23 Jan 2013 | Ann Coulter
    The good news is: Obama and the Senate Democrats have no intention of passing more idiotic gun legislation in response to the Newtown massacre. The bad news is that they also have no intention of passing any legislation about the mentally ill, which would actually do something to reduce these mass shootings. Instead, the Democrats will jawbone about "assault weapons" and other meaningless gun laws for the sole purpose of scaring soccer moms into hating the National Rifle Association. Expect to hear a lot about Republicans preferring "the gun lobby" to "children." (Which is evidently not at all like preferring...
  • Fasten Your Seatbelts: Google's Driverless Car Is Worth Trillions

    01/24/2013 12:36:57 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 44 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/22/2013 | Chunke Mui
    Much of the reporting about Google’s driverless car has mistakenly focused on its science-fiction feel. In fact, the driverless car has broad implications for society, for the economy and for individual businesses. Just in the U.S., the car puts up for grab some $2 trillion a year in revenue and even more market cap. It creates business opportunities that dwarf Google’s current search-based business and unleashes existential challenges to market leaders across numerous industries, including car makers, auto insurers, energy companies and others that share in car-related revenue.
  • Chinese military officer warns Australia about siding with Japan in disputes

    01/23/2013 10:51:09 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    The Japan Daily Press ^ | January 22, 2013 | Ida Torres
    Senior Colonel Liu Mingfu of the National Defence University has given Australia a stern warning to not side with the “global tiger” (United States) or the “Asian wolf” (Japan) lest it be caught in the middle of the rising tensions over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. He claims that China is a peaceful nation but will fight back if pushed. Colonel Liu claims that he does not speak in behalf of the leadership of the Chinese leadership, but he is one of the outspoken hawkish People’s Liberation Army (PLA) leaders who are given free reign to speak on certain issues. When asked...
  • Chemical climate proxies

    01/23/2013 10:04:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 23 January 2013 | Jon Evans
    With the climate change debate as heated as ever, how do scientists reconstruct what the weather was like in the past? Jon Evans looks at the detective chemistry behind such environmental forensic work © Pete Bucktrout/British Antarctic SurveyThe Earth is not particularly good at keeping records, especially of its past climate. Like those of a disorganised businessman, its climate records are difficult to find, hard to interpret and often contradictory. But like diligent auditors, scientists are making great efforts to get to the bottom of the Earth’s disorganised records, both to understand how the Earth’s climate behaved in the past...