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  • The Argument that Wins the 'Assault Weapon' Debate (Simply referring to our rights won't convince)

    02/02/2013 1:36:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | William A. Levinson
    General Carl von Clausewitz defined the center of gravity as the objective whose achievement results in the enemy's total defeat. We must therefore identify this single objective or, in a political controversy, a single issue, and concentrate our resources accordingly. In the case of the "assault weapon" debate, this is the basic and natural human right of self-defense. If we present the argument correctly, the other side has absolutely no defense whatsoever. The Target Audience: Swing Voters and the Opposing Rank and File Colonel Paul Linebarger's Psychological Warfare states clearly that any communication whose purpose is to influence attitudes, beliefs,...
  • Army Night Stalkers opening helicopters for women

    02/02/2013 1:22:05 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    AP ^ | February 01, 2013
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another one of the many military jobs on the front lines of combat may be opening to women: Flying the high-tech helicopters that move special forces under cover of darkness for missions like the one that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The Army's most elite aviation unit has proposed a test program to let women serve as pilots and crew chiefs, pending congressional approval. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and known as the Night Stalkers, decided to give women a trial as pilots and crew chiefs as part of...
  • White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic

    02/02/2013 1:21:03 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 81 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/2/13 | Larry O'Connor
    The White House has released a picture purporting to show President Obama "skeet shooting" at Camp David. An activity he claims he does "all the time." The White House also warns all you mischievous internet types to not mess around with the picture: "This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement...
  • Obama's Jobless Recovery Continues Unabated

    02/02/2013 1:19:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/02/2013
    So the economy created 157,000 new payroll jobs in January. Wow. At this rate, we might actually get back down to Bush-era unemployment rates sometime, oh, within the next 100 years. The January jobs report is supposed to be good news. After all, the economy has now added a total of 6.1 million jobs over the past three years, and the BLS revised last year's jobs numbers sharply upward. But it doesn't take much effort to notice that, when it comes to job creation, we are barely treading water. Case in point: Despite these "big" gains, unemployment climbed to 7.9%...
  • Study: 22 Military Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day

    02/02/2013 1:07:07 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    CBS ^ | 1 Feb 13 | None listed
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The results of a new study indicate that suicide rates among veterans in the United States are increasing. An estimated 22 military veterans take their lives every day in America, according to the study helmed by Robert Bossarte, an epidemiologist and researcher who works with the Department of Veterans Affairs. While the percentage of all suicides reported as Veterans has decreased, the number of suicides has increased,” the conclusion of the study stated. Specific trends were observed during the course of the study regarding the age and gender of veterans who most frequently committed suicide. “A majority...
  • Ga. woman arrested for spanking customer's child

    02/02/2013 12:59:32 PM PST · by madprof98 · 53 replies
    WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. — A dollar store employee has been arrested for simple battery after whipping a customer's child with a belt. WMAZ-TV (http://on.wmaz.com/WGbiFw ) reports surveillance cameras inside a Wrightsville dollar store recorded an 8-year-old boy running around the store and eventually throwing a cookie jar at 39-year-old Emilia Graciela Bell. Authorities say Bell took off her belt, chased the boy down and spanked him behind the counter. The boy's father called police and Bell was taken into custody. Police said she was free on bond Friday.
  • Baker Who Refused To Make Wedding Cake For Lesbian Couple Under Investigation (Gresham, Oregon)

    02/02/2013 12:43:35 PM PST · by drewh · 82 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 12:47 EST, 2 February 2013
    Aaron Klein, owner of Sweet Cakes in Gresham, Oregon, is the subject of a state investigation after one of the brides-to-be filed a complaint. An Oregon baker has refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, allegedly calling them 'abominations unto the Lord.' Aaron Klein, owner of Sweet Cakes in Gresham, is the subject of a state investigation after one of the brides-to-be filed a complaint. The woman claims Klein refused to take an order from her partner when he learned the cake was for a gay marriage. Oregon Attorney General's civil enforcement office is now looking into...
  • Hezbollah in Yucatán

    02/02/2013 12:39:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Gates of vienna.net ^ | January 30, 2013
    Hezbollah in Yucatán Posted on January 30, 2013 by Baron Bodissey As mentioned here many times in the past, the southern border of the United States is porous not just to Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans, but also to Islamic terrorists. Operatives from Al Qaeda and Hezbollah acquire a Latin American passport and enough Spanish to allow their swarthiness to pass as Latino.This latest report concerns the arrival of a Hezbollah associate in Mexico. Many thanks to Iz-M (via Vlad) for the translation from Diario de Yucatán: More signs of the presence of HezbollahLabboun Rafic Mohammed, the Muslim cleric allegedly linked...
  • Obama Green Light for Israel to Strike Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah Military Links

    02/02/2013 12:29:53 PM PST · by drewh · 13 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | February 2, 2013, 4:57 PM
    The air raid over the Jamraya military complex near Damascus Wednesday, Jan. 30, attributed to Israel by Western sources was Israeli’s first assault on the Syrian-Hizballah military compact forged between Bashar Assad and Hassan Nasrallah. That was the real strategic import of the operation, which took place with the approval of US President Barack Obama, military sources report. In every other respect, it was a surgical strike on a well-defined target, comparable to Israel’s attack in September 2007 on the nuclear reactor North Korea was building at El Kabir in northern Syria. The object then was to sever the Syrian-Iranian-North...
  • Obama Gets Highest 2012 Job Approval in Hawaii, D.C.

    02/02/2013 12:05:48 PM PST · by Mozilla · 3 replies
    Gallup ^ | 1/28/13 | Gallup
    PRINCETON, NJ -- Residents of Hawaii, along with those living in the District of Columbia, were most likely to approve of President Barack Obama in 2012, according to an analysis of Gallup Daily tracking for the year. Residents of Utah and Wyoming were least likely to approve, with fewer than three in 10 residents giving Obama a positive review. The full results by state appear on page 2. The states with the highest and lowest approval ratings are generally similar from year to year, with some shuffling of the rank ordering. This year, only one of the top 10 states...
  • Ed Koch Said He Despised Jimmy Carter More Than Any Other Living Person

    02/02/2013 12:02:55 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Walter Hickey
    One of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch's last interviews before his death on Friday came in Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire. The most interesting part of the Q&A came when he was asked who was what living person he "most despise[s]." ... Which living person do you most despise? Former president Jimmy Carter.
  • The NRA is Winning the Battle

    02/02/2013 12:02:40 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting we all knew that an impending gun debate would be a hard fought battle. Just after this week’s hearing on Capitol Hill, a new Forbes study finds that the NRA is winning the influence battle over gun control. In the new study performed by Forbes Insights, an independent and unbiased organization, they found that the “NRA and the pro-gun rights voices are winning the influence battle and will continue to be strong and more influential if the pro gun control voice remains fragmented”. The data was compiled from the week before...
  • Children Recite Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic

    02/02/2013 11:53:42 AM PST · by Mozilla · 6 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/?p=24887 ^ | January 31, 2013 | Dave Blount
    Despite its socialist origins, our moonbat rulers don’t like the Pledge of Allegiance because it stinks of patriotism. At Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, a compromise has been reached; students have recited the pledge over the intercom in Arabic: First, the students translated the Pledge of Allegiance and read it in French. Then they recited the pledge in Spanish last fall. Monday, students read the pledge in Arabic. “We have a tremendous amount of diversity in our school,” [principal Tom] Lopez said. “This is very American, not un-American.” America has succeeded as a society because of its ability...
  • Global Leadership Vacuum: Europe Incapable, America Unwilling

    02/02/2013 11:41:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 01, 2013 – 12:30 PM | Gregor Peter Schmitz
    US Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Germany this week in an effort to strengthen trans-Atlantic ties. Global politics have come to a standstill in recent years, with the United States unwilling to show leadership and Europe and other major powers unable to fill the vacuum. … You would think it were high time for Obama to jump back into the saddle before he gets reduced to a lame-duck status. But no matter how many blinding smiles the notoriously perky Biden flashes in Berlin and Munich, this is probably too much to expect. Of course, this gives rise to the...
  • Al Gore: Fox News & Talk Radio ‘Propaganda’ Has Created a ‘Hostile Environment’ for Progressives

    02/02/2013 11:24:57 AM PST · by Mozilla · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Al Gore said President Barack Obama was forced to be cautious during his first term in office because of the “propaganda” served up by Fox News and talk radio that created a “hostile environment for progressive ideas.” The former vice president — who has been on somewhat of a media whirlwind since the sale his Current TV to Arab news network Al-Jazeera — made the comment during an interview to promote his latest book with PBS’ Charlie Rose this week in New York. “I think it has been a pretty hostile environment for progressive ideas,” Gore said. “And why is...
  • Martin Luther King Jr. High School coach shoots attackers

    02/02/2013 11:13:20 AM PST · by granada · 25 replies
    By WXYZ ^ | Feb,2,2013 | WXYZ
    Police sources tell 7 Action News that a women's basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot. Police sources say the coach was walking the two girls to their cars when two men allegedly approached and one pulled out a gun and grabbed him by his chain necklace. The coach then pulled out his gun and shot both of them, according to sources. The man who shot the attackers was 70 years old, according to police. One...
  • The Spy Novelist Who Knows Too Much

    02/02/2013 11:11:04 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert F. Worth
    Last June, a pulp-fiction thriller was published in Paris under the title “Le Chemin de Damas.” Its lurid green-and-black cover featured a busty woman clutching a pistol, and its plot included the requisite car chases, explosions and sexual conquests. Unlike most paperbacks, though, this one attracted the attention of intelligence officers and diplomats on three continents. Set in the midst of Syria’s civil war, the book offered vivid character sketches of that country’s embattled ruler, Bashar al-Assad, and his brother Maher, along with several little-known lieutenants and allies. It detailed a botched coup attempt secretly supported by the American and...
  • Missing Staten Island woman found stabbed to death in Istanbul

    02/02/2013 11:10:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/2/13 | AP
    Turkey's state-run news agency says a missing New York City woman has been found dead in Istanbul. Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul. She was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due back home.
  • Mpls. Mayor Asks Businesses to Pursue Gun Control Reform

    02/02/2013 11:05:52 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    kstp ^ | 2-1-13 | jay kolls
    Minneapolis Mayor, R.T. Rybak, has a strong message for makers of guns and ammunition who do business with the city. Mayor Rybak says he wants them to be partners in the pursuit of "common sense" gun control reform. The city buys about a million dollars worth of guns and ammunition each year for police. The primary vendors are Remington, Federal Ammunition and Smith & Wesson. The Mayor says he wants to dig a little deeper into the backgrounds of those companies. Mayor Rybak tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "if they want to be partners with us, we will work with them....
  • 12 Charts That Will Make Gold Bulls Furious (the era of crisis is over)

    02/02/2013 10:53:18 AM PST · by blam · 52 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-2-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    12 Charts That Will Make Gold Bulls Furious Joe WeisenthalFebruary 2, 2013, 10:48 AM The anti-gold bandwagon is getting more and more crowded. Analysts Tom Kendall and Ric Deverell of Credit Suisse is out with a bombshell report this morning titled: Gold: The Beginning Of The End Of An Era. The article argues that the 2011 peak of $1921 was the top, and that now the run of the cult metal is coming to an end. The argument essentially boils down to two arguments, which are related. The first is that we're seeing rate normalization. When real interest rates are...
  • Jones Pick as ATF Chief is in Deeper Trouble

    02/02/2013 10:40:46 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | February 2, 2013 | B Todd Jones
    WASHINGTON - A group of powerful Republicans in Congress is openly challenging B. Todd Jones' leadership of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as the Senate takes up President Obama's nomination to make the Minnesota lawyer the agency's permanent director. A congressional letter that was signed by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and three leading House Republicans spells deepening trouble for Jones' nomination at a time when Republicans are aggressively challenging a number of Obama's second-term appointments. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley is in a position to slow or even block Jones'...
  • Pelosi Plotting Strategy With Streisand, Hollywood Elite Liberals

    02/02/2013 10:31:04 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Pelosi Plotting Strategy With Streisand, Hollywood Elite Liberals (Hollywood Reporter) More than 40 Hollywood politicos -- including Barbra Streisand, James Brolin and Haim Saban -- gathered Thursday night at a closed-door meeting at Norman Lear's Westside mansion, where they heard Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi lay out the party’s plans for recapturing the House in the 2014 mid-terms. "The message was: 'We have to start now,'" one attendee said. "We have a year, and these races are going to be close.
  • Leftists demand 100 percent tax on the rich (“Die Linke”)

    02/02/2013 10:26:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | Published: 1 Feb 13 10:25 CET | (DPA/The Local/jcw)
    Germany’s socialist Left party want a 100 percent tax on anyone earning over €500,000 ($683,100) and will be including the policy in their general election campaign platform, a newspaper reported on Friday. “We are suggesting that no-one should earn over 40 times the societal minimum,” said The Left’s co-leader Katja Kipping in the party's draft election platform, which was seen by regional newspaper the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. The party paper said the total tax on those taking home over €40,000 ($54,648) per month would be used to fund social welfare and investing in the country’s future. …
  • Black Low Info Voter Converted!

    02/02/2013 10:06:00 AM PST · by Lloyd Marcus · 25 replies
    LloydMarcus.com ^ | 2-2-13 | Lloyd Marcus
    Hi Folks, This is a quick blog from the road. I am on the west coast promoting our first national TV ad confronting Obama's tyranny. Since the election, Obama's fundamental transformation of America has accelerated to warp speed. Every day we are hit with a new crisis, equaling a new excuse to attack and eliminate another one of our God given freedoms. Low-info voters swallow Obama and the Democrat's lies hook, line and sinker. So, I got this text from my brother David who lives on the east coast early this morning at 6am. Early morning and late night calls...
  • Gallup: Conservatives Outnumber Liberals in 47 Out of 50 States and DC

    02/02/2013 10:03:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 1, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    The percentage of individuals who identify as conservative in 2012 outnumber those who identify as liberal in 47 out of the 50 states, in addition to the District of Columbia (D.C.) according to a Gallup poll released on Feb. 1. Nationally, the amount of self-identified conservatives (38 percent) still outnumbers liberals (23 percent). The disparity between conservatives and liberals has remained consistent since Gallup began its tracking in 2008. …
  • Gallup: 61% of Small Business “Worried” Over Healthcare Costs—30% Not Hiring, Fear Going OOB

    02/02/2013 9:54:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Sixty-one percent of U.S. small business owners said they were “worried about the potential cost of healthcare” and 56 percent said they were “worried about new government regulations,” according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup small business index released on Jan. 31, which also showed that 30 percent of small business owners are not hiring and fear going out of business within a year. “At the bottom of the list, but still at a surprisingly high level, 30% of owners say they are not hiring because they are worried they may no longer be in business in 12 months,” according to Gallup’s...
  • Background checks could be gun control deal breaker

    02/02/2013 9:52:39 AM PST · by lowbridge · 56 replies
    yahoo ^ | february 1, 2013 | national constitution center staff
    The idea of expanded background checks for prospective gun owners is quickly becoming the battleground in Congress for any changes in national weapons control legislation. March On Washington Source: WikicommonsIn nearly a dozen national polls from varying organizations, an overwhelming large number of people seem in favor of more background checks on gun owners. A Quinnipiac poll covering three states, Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, showed that more than 90 percent of those polled favored expanding background checks to people who buy weapons at gun shows. Last week, Constitution Daily looked at polling questions on guns from nine different sources,...
  • Report: IAF strike in Syria hit Iranian Guards (WMD transfers to Hezbollah reported)

    02/02/2013 9:47:44 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | ARIEL BEN SOLOMON, YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Iraqi daily Azzaman quoted a Western diplomatic source as saying Thursday that the alleged Israeli attack on Syria reported on Wednesday caused heavy casualties among special Iranian Guards stationed at the Syrian facility. The source also said that the attack took place more than 48 hours before it was reported, eventually being leaked by Israel. The source for the story, who was interviewed by the paper in London, said that the report about a strike on a convoy to Lebanon was probably meant to divert attention away from the main objective of the operation, which used F-16 aircraft to fire...
  • Strong support for more gun background checks, poll shows (CBS barf alert)

    02/02/2013 9:45:58 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    CBS ^ | january 31, 2013 | Stephanie Condon
    More than nine out of 10 voters in three states support closing the loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows without a background check, according to a series of Quinnipiac surveys conducted this month. In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last month, President Obama has made the implementation of universal background checks one of his top gun control priorities. Currently, gun buyers are subject to criminal background checks when purchasing guns from federally licensed gun dealers, but unlicensed sellers are not required to do background checks. This...
  • Mexico's Masked Vigilantes Defy Drug Gangs—And the Law

    02/02/2013 8:32:43 AM PST · by yoe · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | February 2, 2013 | NICHOLAS CASEY
    AYUTLA, Mexico—Masked men, rifles slung over their shoulders, stand guard on a lonely rural road, checking IDs and questioning travelers. They wear no uniforms, flash no badges, but they are the law here now. A dozen villages in the area have risen up in armed revolt against local drug traffickers that have terrorized the region and a government that residents say is incapable of protecting them from organized crime. [snip]When a village commissioner named Eusebio García was captured on Jan. 5, several dozen villagers from Rancho Nuevo grabbed weapons and formed a search party. The next morning, they found Mr....
  • Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church

    02/02/2013 9:27:21 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 44 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 2-2-2013 | GOPUSA Staff report
    Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church By GOPUSA Staff February 2, 2013 7:13 am Here's a story that will leave you scratching your head. A Christian church and affiliated school in Florida held a fundraising drive to help the Wounded Warrior Project. Children in the school were excited about the task, but later were crushed when the funds were turned down, because the organization is "religious in nature."As reported by Todd Starnes at Fox Radio, the pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy, Wallace Cooley, said that "they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money...
  • Biden raises possibility of direct U.S.-Iran talks

    02/02/2013 9:26:25 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 7 replies
    Biden raises possibility of direct U.S.-Iran talks By Adrian Croft and Myra MacDonald | Reuters – 3 hrs ago MUNICH (Reuters) - The United States is ready to hold direct talks with Iran if it is serious about negotiations, Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday, backing bilateral contacts that many see as crucial to easing an international dispute over Tehran's nuclear program. Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Biden said Iran - which says it is enriching uranium for peaceful energy only - now faced "the most robust sanctions in history" meant to ensure it does not use...
  • White House releases photo of Obama firing gun

    02/02/2013 9:25:35 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 142 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 2, 2013 11:41 AM (ET) | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has released a photo of President Barack Obama firing a gun, two days before he heads to Minnesota to discuss gun control. In a recent interview with The New Republic magazine, Obama said "yes" when asked if he has ever fired a gun. He said "we do skeet shooting all the time," except for his daughters, at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland.
  • 1,100 Green Berets Set Record Straight On Guns

    02/02/2013 9:24:08 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 1/31/2013
    Politicians, pundits and private citizens have been sounding off on Barack Obama’s new push for gun bans, but what do the professionals whose job it is to use guns in the protection of their nation, their fellow countrymen and themselves say? An open letter has been posted on the Professional Soldiers blog that has been signed as of this writing by more than 1,100 current and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers, the Green Berets. The soldiers say first it’s important to define the issue and set the record straight. “The terms ‘assault weapon’ and ‘assault rifle’ are often confused,”...
  • French Drone Records Foreign Legion Paratroopers Jumping Into Mali [VIDEO]

    02/02/2013 9:20:12 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 29, 2013 | David Cenciotti
    The following video shows a French Foreign Legion (2e régiment étranger de parachutistes – 2eREP) paradrop into Timbuktu, Mali, from a C-160 Transal airlifter of the French Air Force. It was taken on Jan. 28, from the Infra-Red camera of a Harfang drone, supporting Operation Serval from Niger. The Harfang drones are the only French UAVs reportedly operating in West Africa. These ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) platforms are about to be supported by a RAF Sentinel R1 deployed in Senegal.
  • Congressman speculates Cuba may be behind Menendez scandal

    02/02/2013 9:19:24 AM PST · by randita · 24 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | 2/1/13 | Matt Friedman
    Congressman speculates Cuba may be behind Menendez scandal By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger on February 01, 2013 at 7:35 PM, updated February 02, 2013 at 2:34 AM TRENTON — U.S. Rep. Albio Sires today defended Sen. Robert Menendez and presented an unusual theory why the senator finds himself battling lurid accusations. "I won't even be surprised if somehow the Cuban government is involved in this to try to damage Bob Menendez because he's been so steadfast against the Castro government. He's been a critic all his political life," Sires said in a phone interview. "I would not be surprised if...
  • Republicans pledge to block Obama consumer finance pick

    02/02/2013 9:18:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Feb 1, 2013 5:02pm EST | Emily Stephenson
    Senate Republicans on Friday pledged to block President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the consumer finance watchdog until Democrats agree to restructure it, ramping up an expected fight this year over the controversial new bureau. The group of 43 Republicans, led by minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Mike Crapo, an Idaho senator who is the top Republican on the banking committee, said the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lacks congressional oversight. Last week, Obama re-nominated Richard Cordray to lead the bureau. Cordray received a temporary appointment as director last year, but his position expires at the end of 2013....
  • Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy issues resignation (phone calls to *WOMEN* other than his *WIFE*)

    02/02/2013 9:14:09 AM PST · by Sir Valentino · 16 replies
    World-Herald Bureau ^ | February 2, 2013 | Robynn Tysver and Paul Hammel
    LINCOLN — Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned his post abruptly Saturday after questions were raised by The World-Herald about improper cell phone calls to four women, other than his wife, during the past four years. An investigation by The World-Herald discovered that Sheehy made thousands of late-night telephone calls to the women on his state-issued cell phone, many of them long conversations held in the wee hours of the night. Gov. Dave Heineman announced the resignation at a 10 a.m. press conference. "I've got a knot in my stomach. I'm deeply disappointed. He's done a lot of good things for...
  • White House Issues Warning Not To Manipulate/Photoshop Image of President Obama Skeet Shooting

    02/02/2013 9:13:10 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 255 replies
    President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House
  • America's Baby Bust

    02/02/2013 9:11:18 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 1, 2013 | JONATHAN V. LAST
    For more than three decades, Chinese women have been subjected to their country's brutal one-child policy. Those who try to have more children have been subjected to fines and forced abortions. Their houses have been razed and their husbands fired from their jobs. As a result, Chinese women have a fertility rate of 1.54. Here in America, white, college-educated women—a good proxy for the middle class—have a fertility rate of 1.6. America has its very own one-child policy. And we have chosen it for ourselves. Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff, the sequestration cliff and the entitlement cliff....
  • Piers Morgan Coming to Gun Shop in Houston, Tx Monday-Feb 4th

    02/02/2013 9:01:46 AM PST · by txgirl4Bush · 23 replies
    monderno.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | By: Brandon
    Yesterday I heard a rumor that Piers Morgan was coming to a Houston area gun shop on Monday, February 4 to host his show. After some research googling, it now looks like it’s true. Tactical Firearms According to Piers Morgan’s Twitter account, he will be hosting his show from a Texas “gun store”, and will also be shooting (that should be funny by the way). I have yet to confirm, but rumor has it that the gun store he is referring to is none other than Tactical Firearms in Katy, TX (which is part of the Houston metro area). You...
  • Daring to Ask the PED Question ( PerformanceEnhancingDrugs)

    02/02/2013 8:51:36 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 22 replies
    http://www.grantland.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Bill Simmons
    If everyone is secretly suspicious of so many athletic achievements in the 21st century, why aren't we talking about it? "Why isn't anyone questioning Ray Lewis's miraculous recovery from a torn triceps muscle? At age 37, not only did he recover in 10 weeks from an injury that usually takes 6 months minimum for recovery, but, upon returning, he played at a higher level than before he was injured. Are sports 'journalists' incapable of learning from their own mistakes (we JUST HAD both the Baseball HOF vote and Lance admitting to steroid use), or is the sport just bigger than...
  • 3D Printing of Guns at Home Making Gun Grabbers Nervous

    When the New York Times wrote of the improved technology of 3D printing this writer responded with a frivolous blog about it, scoring the concerns of anti-gun people about how the technology will allow everyone who wants one to have a gun without government oversight or knowledge. One of those in the anti-gun camp is Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who said that 3D printing is “going to be a big concern. We don’t know how that’s going to come about and don’t know what technology.” That technology is evolving before his very eyes....
  • Immigration Reform: Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News Factor

    02/02/2013 8:25:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Chicago WLS AM ^ | Feb 2, 2013
    Immigration Reform: Rupert Murdoch and the Fox News Factor 9:37AM Saturday February 2, 2013 (WASHINGTON) -- In the brewing battle over a path to citizenship for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants, Fox News Channel is uniquely positioned to play a make-or-break role. The question is, will it? Advocates on both sides of a proposed U.S. immigration overhaul are closely eyeing the nation's most-watched cable news network -- and megaphone -- for politically-conservative causes as it joins a rapidly escalating national debate. Will the network and its high-profile opinionators fan the flames of opposition to a comprehensive reform plan, or...
  • Dozens of students withdraw in Harvard cheating scandal

    02/02/2013 8:23:23 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Svea Herbst-Bayliss
    As many as 60 students have been forced to withdraw from Harvard University after cheating on a final exam last year in what has become the largest academic scandal to hit the Ivy League school in recent memory. Michael Smith, Harvard's Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, sent an email on Friday saying that more than half of the students who faced the school's Administrative Board have been suspended for a time. Roughly 125 undergraduates were involved in the scandal, which came to light at the end of the spring semester after a professor noticed similarities on a...
  • Obama Claims to Aim at Skeet, but Some Wonder if He’s a Straight Shooter [SKEET PHOTO!]

    02/02/2013 8:17:00 AM PST · by varyouga · 119 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | 2/2/2013 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama has taken on N.B.A. stars on the White House basketball court, golfed at the air base that houses Air Force One and even tried to polish his legendarily woeful bowling at the presidential lanes. But now it turns out that he has picked up a new hobby: skeet shooting at Camp David. At least that is the way he tells it. In an interview published last week, Mr. Obama said that he and his guests shot clay pigeons “all the time” at the retreat in the Maryland mountains, a revelation that surprised many and drew a...
  • W.H. Releases Photo of Obama Shooting a Gun

    02/02/2013 8:09:57 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 156 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    This morning, the White House released a photo of President Obama shooting a gun: http://www.weeklystandard.com/sites/all/files/images/8436110735_5ec05750a2_b.preview.jpg "President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)," the caption reads.
  • Why I am not having kids (Addle-brained Lefty Alert)

    02/02/2013 8:03:59 AM PST · by tom h · 61 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | Sharon Pian Chan
    My husband and I choose to be childless in Seattle, writes editorial columnist Sharon Pian Chan My husband and I just ended our debate about having children. To breed or not to breed, this was the question... We have decided we have other things to give to the world. We won’t be having kids. We choose to be childless in Seattle. ... Feminism empowered women to talk about motherhood as a pursuit that deserves as much attention as men’s work. In the past 20 years, women have bravely spoken about struggles to conceive, which helped educate a generation about fertility....
  • West Papua, The Forgotten Jihad

    02/02/2013 8:00:23 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 2 replies
    Winds of Jihad ^ | January 31, 2013 | Sheik Yermami
    It is rare that we get any news from the godforsaken West Papua. Here, the Indonesian colonisers are trying hard and in the nastiest ways possible to Islamise the natives. The conflict is long, fuggly and bloody. This report is from al Jizz, so don’t expect unbiased reporting; just bear in mind that some news is better than nothing at all. People & Power investigates one of the world’s most forgotten conflicts – the West Papuan struggle for independence. When the Dutch decolonised their East Indies empire after the Second World War they handed it all to the emergent country...
  • High School To Collect Students’ Hair For Mandatory Drug Testing

    02/02/2013 7:59:46 AM PST · by Mozilla · 22 replies
    KMOX ^ | January 30, 2013 | Staff
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) — A Kansas City high school will begin collecting hair from students to conduct mandatory drug tests. KSHB-TV reports that Rockhurst High School will start the random drug testing during the 2013-14 school year. “Our point is, if we do encounter a student who has made some bad decisions with drugs or alcohol, we will be able to intervene, get the parents involved, get him help if necessary, and then help him get back on a path of better decision making, healthier choices for his life,” Rockhurst Principal Greg Harkness told KSHB-TV. The school...