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  • Connecticut Teachers Oppose Guns in Schools

    02/01/2013 4:28:42 PM PST · by matt04 · 31 replies
    A large majority of teachers in Connecticut don’t want educators to bring guns into schools and instead want the state to enact tougher gun laws, according to a study by the Connecticut Education Association that was released Monday. The CEA’s poll of 400 of its members statewide also showed that teachers, by an overwhelming majority, want more state funding to improve security in schools, support broader background checks on gun buyers and support bans on assault weapons and on large-capacity gun magazines. The CEA survey comes at a time when state lawmakers are holding hearings on gun control issues in...
  • Chris Matthews Smears John McCain as an 'Angry' Vietnam Vet Having a 'Flashback'

    02/01/2013 4:25:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    Liberal anchor Chris Matthews on Friday stooped to new low, smearing John McCain as an "angry" Vietnam veteran who is having a "flashback." Resorting to the cheapest of stereotypes, the Hardball host attempted to explain why McCain so aggressively opposed Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense. Matthews opened the show by sneering, "Why is John McCain so angry? Forty years after the Vietnam POWs came home, the most famous of them is angrier than ever." Regarding Thursday's congressional hearings, the journalist asserted that Vietnam "flashbacks must haunt still the mind and heart of John Sidney McCain." Dredging up...
  • Steve Capus Leaves NBC News Worse Off in Ratings and Journalism

    02/01/2013 4:23:46 PM PST · by kristinn · 3 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Friday, February 1, 2013 | David Zurawik
    Ending a tenure marked by the costly decline of the 'Today' show, the failure of the newsmagazine 'Rock Center' and an erosion of journalistic values, Steve Capus Friday resigned as president of NBC News after almost eight years on the job. While NBC once had the number one morning and evening news shows on his watch, the last two years have been a story of failure for Capus and the network's news division. SNIP Capus also spent millions on one of the sorriest excuses of a newsmagazine in TV history, Brian Williams' "Rock Center," which has been a rock solid...
  • Keystone pipeline decision to languish until mid-June-US source

    02/01/2013 4:19:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/13 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The Obama administration's decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the project for months and frustrate backers of Canada's oil sands. "We're talking the beginning of summer at the earliest," said the source, who did not want to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the TransCanada Corp project, which has been pending for more than four and a half years. "It's not weeks until the final decision. It's months." A series of steps still have to be taken...
  • Former First Dog Barney Bush passes away at age 12

    02/01/2013 4:10:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 80 replies
    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com ^ | february 1, 2013 | Tom Benning
    Former First Dog Barney Bush — a black Scottish terrier known for chasing golf balls and taking America on video tours of the White House — has passed away after a battle with lymphoma. He was 12. Former President George W. Bush announced on Friday the passing of the “little fellow,” saying in a news release that “after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.” “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” said Bush, who also released Friday an oil painting he did of Barney. “He...
  • Reid Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court To Curtail Voter Suppression

    02/01/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 2/1/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today issued the following statement after filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of upholding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which provides the legal avenue to challenge measures that discriminate against minority voters. The case, Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, puts Section 5 of the VRA in jeopardy:“Voting is the most fundamental of our rights as Americans, and the Voting Rights Act is one of the most important laws Congress has ever passed.  The Voting Rights Act, and in...
  • Carter On Sequestration Tightrope At DoD (Deputy Defense Secretary Offers to Take 20% paycut)

    02/01/2013 3:38:08 PM PST · by SkyPilot
    Early Bird ^ | 30 Jan 13 | Kate Brannen
    Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter would be exempt from Pentagon furloughs if they happened under sequestration, but he said Wednesday he'd be willing to give back a fifth of his pay each month as a gesture of solidarity with his department's 800,000 civilian workers. --- “I used to be hopeful and optimistic and now I’m hopeful,” Carter told POLITICO in an interview. --- That wouldn’t be an across-the-board problem for the Pentagon like sequestration, Carter said, but it would become a huge problem for the department’s operations and maintenance accounts. Service officials have been spending at a rate that presumed...
  • 'I think they would rather not know. Wouldn't it be better to have a...successful flight and die...'

    02/01/2013 3:18:12 PM PST · by iowamark · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/2013
    NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on February 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing. Ten years ago, experts at NASA's mission control faced the terrible decision over whether to let the astronauts know that they may die on...
  • Harry Reid: 'Menendez is my friend'

    02/01/2013 3:17:52 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 1/31/13 | GINGER GIBSON
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declined to comment when asked about the growing controversy surrounding Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).“Bob Menendez is my friend, he's an outstanding senator,” Reid said. “Any questions in this regard direct to him. I don't know anything about it.”Menendez has come under increased scrutiny after a Florida doctor who contributed to his campaign had his office raided by the FBI. Menendez reimbursed the doctor for some flights that were taken on a private jet.Reid was also asked about whether Menendez had informed he was making reimbursements.“That's all I'm going to say,” Reid responded, cutting off the...
  • Feds seized nearly 1,500 guns in raid

    02/01/2013 3:16:43 PM PST · by ronnyquest · 48 replies
    KRQE ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Crystal Gutierrez Crystal Gutierrez
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A federal search warrant affidavit outlines the massive raid that seized nearly 1,500 firearms from the home and business of an Albuquerque man and why the feds were after him. Last week rifles lined the lawn of a northeast Albuquerque home that belonged to Robert Adams. Homeland Security Investigations was also busy loading hundreds of handguns into boxes. It took federal agents days to log every weapon seized into evidence. Four search warrants filed Thursday show the HSI investigators seized nearly 900 firearms from Adams' home. There were 548 handguns and 317 rifles listed in the warrant...
  • Just 157K New Payrolls Added In January, But HUGE Upward Revisions To December And November

    02/01/2013 3:15:39 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    The jobs report is out for January, and on the headline it's a slight miss. 157K new jobs is below the consensus estimates of 165K. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%.
  • Latest Obamacare casualty: 100 workers at Smith & Nephew

    02/01/2013 3:13:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington ^ | 2/1/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Global medical technology firm Smith & Nephew announced Thursday the layoff of almost 100 workers at its Tennessee and Massachusetts plants — and placed blame for the drawdown firmly at the feet of Obamacare. The London-based company makes orthopedic reconstruction products. It faces a 2.3 percent tax on its medical devices, due to Obamacare mandates, Fox News reports. In a statement, the company said: “Unfortunately, and in order to absorb this cost burden into or business, this has meant less than 100 positions have been made redundant across various departmental functions in our Tennessee and Massachusetts sites,” according to Fox...
  • And We're Back! Dow 14,000 Fuels a New Wealth Boom

    02/01/2013 3:13:45 PM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | Robert Frank
    The next American wealth boom has officially begun. It may not feel like it for many Americans. But with the Dow breaching 14,000, shareholders and investors have recovered the more than $8 trillion in wealth lost during the recession and attained levels of paper wealth they haven't seen since the Roaring Oughts. The stock market has gone from wealth destroyer to the nation's largest manufacturer of new millionaires and billionaires. The market moves are creating a new virtuous cycle of confidence for the wealthy. A new survey from Spectrem Group shows that millionaire confidence in the economy hit the highest...
  • Congress Fails to Act Against Gore’s Terror TV Deal

    02/01/2013 3:05:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    AIM ^ | 1/31/13 | Cliff Kincaid
    It is fun to watch Big Oil critic Al Gore squirm as he is questioned about selling out to the oil-rich dictatorship in Qatar. But his sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera is not a laughing matter. This transaction is a homeland security threat that violates numerous U.S. laws. To his credit, funnyman David Letterman got close to the truth when he asked the former Democratic vice-president, “Now why do we think of Al Jazeera as something not right going on there in terms of, in terms of the good for Americans? Why do we think that they may...
  • 'IAF conducting mock raids in Lebanese airspace'

    02/01/2013 3:04:39 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2013 00:30 | JP Staff and Reuters
    IAF warplanes carried out a number of "mock raids" over Lebanese airspace on Friday night, Lebanon's official National News Agency reported. According to the report, beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, the IAF jets flew at low altitude over the towns of Nabatiyeh, Iklim al-Tuffah, Marjayoun and Bint Jbeil. ... Earlier this week, a Lebanese army statement said that four IAF warplanes entered Lebanese air space at 4.30 p.m on Tuesday. ... The statement made no mention of planes entering Syrian airspace but shortly afterward reports emerged that Israeli jets had struck an arms convoy on the Lebanon-Syria border.
  • Americans to Washington: Don’t tread on me

    02/01/2013 3:03:04 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Americans have a very special message for the federal government: Don’t tread on me. That’s the takeaway from a new poll from the Pew Research Center in which, for the first time in at least the last two decades, a majority of Americans say Washington actually poses a threat to their “personal rights and freedoms.” And it’s not just tea party supporters, Republicans and gun owners. Nearly two-fifths of Democrats (38 percent) say the government is a threat to them personally, as do 45 percent of non-gun owners. Overall, the percentage of Americans who view the federal government as a...
  • Assaulted:Civil Rights Under Fire (Finishing Fund Campaign)

    02/01/2013 2:54:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kickstarter.com ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Kris Koenig
    We're raising funds to finish our film and release it in theaters by March 2013. Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire raised $71,140 here on Kickstart last fall - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/assaulted/assaulted. Since then we completed filming while the issue of guns in America has become the leading political debate due to the tragedy at Newtown. Assaulted - Civil Rights Under Fire When the subject of gun control laws are discussed, rarely are they associated with the civil rights movement and the quest for equal rights for all. This film will compare the historical aspects of gun control targeting the indigenous tribes of...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, February-1-2013

    02/01/2013 2:30:21 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 35 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
  • Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money

    02/01/2013 2:21:14 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 44 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Christian church and school in Florida are devastated after they said Wounded Warrior Project refused to accept their fund raising effort because it was “religious in nature.” “We were heartbroken,” said Wallace Cooley, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla. Cooley said they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization. The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from...
  • Report: Secret Service director to resign today

    02/01/2013 2:20:22 PM PST · by illiac · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/1/13 | Kristen Walker
    NBC News’ Kristen Welker reported via Twitter Friday afternoon that “Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will announce his resignation today according to multiple sources.” Sullivan has overseen the Secret Service since 2006 and was its director during the agency’s high-profile prostitution scandal last year. 12 Secret Service agents and several other military personnel were allegedly involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia in April 2012. Those agents were sent there to set up advance security ahead of a visit by President Obama.