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  • Department of Homeland Stupidity: Huddle like Sheep and Die

    02/04/2013 9:56:49 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/4/13 | William A Levinson
    The Department of Homeland Security just posted a video called "Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video." Its grossly incompetent guidance on how to survive a workplace shooting underscores the Obama administration's total lack of fitness to tell citizens what kind of firearms they can own for self-protection. We should also make sure that as many police as possible see this DHS video, which portrays law enforcement professionals as incompetent buffoons who recklessly endanger their partners and innocent bystanders. Duck and Cover versus Huddle like Sheep The DHS video takes a cue from the much-maligned "Duck and Cover" film of...
  • OBAMA'S STATE DEPARTMENT HOLDS SEMINAR WITH GROUPS TIED TO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

    02/02/2013 2:44:53 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 13 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | February 1, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Reports indicate the Obama administration is holding meetings with Islamic organizations with ties to extremist and terrorist groups and actively recruiting Muslims to work as Foreign Service officers in embassies around the world...
  • GOP: With big Latino vote, Rubio would win presidency (Survey: Rubio would get 48% of Hispanic vote)

    02/04/2013 9:49:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/04/2013 | Paul Bedard
    He's already being treated like the 2016 GOP presidential front-runner, and now there is another reason Republicans are excitedly buzzing about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: He alone would reverse the party's slide among Hispanic voters. A new nationwide poll from JZ Analytics found that Rubio would get 48 percent of the Hispanic vote, about twice what Mitt Romney won in 2012. Republican strategist told Secrets that a win among Latino voters that big would assure Rubio the presidency, since he would also likely keep the regular GOP base. "If he does that good, then he's the next president," said a...
  • Nate Silver's Super Bowl Pick: The 49ers (Nate Silver in hiding now...)

    02/04/2013 9:48:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 1/30/2013 | LEXANDER ABAD-SANTOS
    Sure, Nate Silver was on-point during the 2012 election, but before you place your bets behind the bespectacled number genie, remember that he predicted that this would be a Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl — and that he's gotten a little better at the politics game than anything else. But in a column for The New York Times Magazine published online today, Silver breaks down his latest mumbo-jumbo over S.R.S. rankings and something called the Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which is exciting if you're a statistician groupie — just not if you're a Baltimore Ravens fan. In the end, Silver seems to...
  • Tagg Romney mulling Senate special-election run in MA?

    02/04/2013 9:46:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    With Scott Brown backing out of the special election to the Senate in Massachusetts, some wondered whether former Governor and erstwhile presidential candidate Mitt Romney might take a shot at filling the rest of John Kerry's term in office. Instead, the Boston Herald reports that the task might go to the next generation of Romneys: Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since the Herald...
  • Outrage over Saudi "blood money" in girls death

    02/04/2013 9:44:26 AM PST · by KingofZion · 19 replies
    sfgate ^ | February 3, 2013 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter. *** Saudi media reports say Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Islamic TV programs, was arrested in November on charges of killing the girl. The reports said he questioned the child's virginity. Saudi media say he was freed last week after serving a short prison term and agreeing to pay $50,000 in "blood money" to avoid a possible death sentence. The...
  • Entergy investigating Super Bowl blackout

    02/04/2013 9:41:44 AM PST · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    The Super Bowl power outage on Sunday happened after electrical monitoring equipment “sensed an abnormality in the system,” according to the power provider for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Entergy, which provides power to the Superdome, along with 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, said in a statement Monday that the change triggered a partial electrical shutdown. Entergy’s service area includes 400,000 customers in southeast Texas, including homes in Beaumont, Port Arthur, The Woodlands, Huntsville and Conroe. The only customer affected by the problem was the Superdome, Entergy spokesman Michael Burns told FuelFix. “Shortly after the beginning of...
  • Chilling Video: Thousands of Neo-Nazis March Through Athens

    02/04/2013 9:41:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies
    inn ^ | 2/4/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Tens of thousands of neo-Nazis rallied in Athens in support of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, in the movement's largest demonstration of support since its rise to power in last June’s general election. Men dressed in military uniforms, holding torches, donning swastikas and chanting anti-immigrant slogans, marched through central Athens in what was reportedly a memorial event paying tribute to the party’s “fallen soldiers,” The International Business Times reported. "This is a day of remembrance. It's a day to remember that Golden Dawn is here to stay. And so long as it does, there will be hope for the country,"...
  • #SecKerry will start tweeting ....

    02/04/2013 9:35:49 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 17 replies
    The State Department ^ | 4 Feb, 2013 | John Kerry
    #SecKerry will start tweeting from @StateDept. Tweets from him will have his initials -JK
  • Is Fatherhood Being Killed so the State Can Play God? (Fathers/Authority Removed from Society)

    02/04/2013 9:27:42 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Kelly O’Connell
    Is there a master plan for the subjugation of the human race? If so, it must perforce include a strategy for the removal of the single most influential figure in history—the Father....But who would desire such a purge? [big snip] Statistics: •85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes, 20 times the average. •Adolescents from single-parent families engage in greater and earlier sexual activity. •Fatherless children are at much higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality. •Most abused children come from fatherless homes; only 1/3 abused kids lived...
  • Back to the Future

    02/04/2013 9:27:55 AM PST · by EXCH54FE
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Sarge
    The day has dawned, the grass is ris’, I wonder where my money is.” Obama got his taxes approved and marched us resolutely 180 degrees from the brink of disaster at the “Fiscal Cliff” to the verge of calamity as he wants more middle-class taxes while lying about taxing the rich some more. We’re no longer facing a precipice; we’re facing a firing squad of avarice and covetousness to supply those who won’t with the same benefits as those who do. (Work that is.) Obama wants more taxes. Where the heck have we heard that before? Instead of demanding and...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 4,2013

    02/04/2013 9:06:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 83 replies
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  • 1500+ Gun Owners Flood The Connecticut Legislative Office Building

    02/04/2013 8:55:38 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Connecticut --(Ammoland.com)- Connecticut Carry was proud to attend and speak at the hearing of the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. We joined at least 1500 other fellow pro-rights activists and gun owners who braved cold weather, long lines, public speaking and an all day wait to have our voices heard. The great work of our members utilizing kind and respectful debating and sharing intelligent and articulate thoughts and ideas is sure to leave an impression on everyone in attendance. We can only hope that the legislators in attendance will respect and honor the vast amount...
  • WATCH: SPECIAL FORCES CHIEF: ‘EVERYTHING DONE IN EVERY MARXIST INSURGE.BEING DONE IN AMERICA TODAY’

    02/04/2013 8:51:04 AM PST · by cricket · 39 replies
    Pat Dollard.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | H/T Sammy Madigan/Lt. Col. Jerry Boykin
    Many speak; but not nearly enough listening. More must 'wake up' and damn the bonds of political correctness - restore 'critical mind' - so that America can recover it's original-intent purpose. Lt.Gen. Jerry Boykin; 'Special Forces'; Green Beret. . .taught at Hampden-Sydney; now Exec.Vice President/Family Rersearch Council - 'owns' his credentials; and so, has both credibility and authority. A video link to share. Lt.Gen.Boykin: marxist insurgency link Further hand/in/hand verification: http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/why
  • Man shot to death after forcing his way into home, deputies say

    02/04/2013 8:28:22 AM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 12 replies
    Gainesville Sun ^ | February 3, 2013 | staff report
    A man armed with a shotgun who forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's Newberry home Sunday was driven away after a fight inside the home, according to a report. When he returned with another shotgun, a woman inside the home and a teenager each shot him with handguns, the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office reported. The man, Kenneth David Drown Jr., 21, died at Shands at the University of Florida. None of the other people inside the house were injured. --------------------------------------------- While deputies were responding to the 911 call, Drown returned with another shotgun and forced his way inside again, according...
  • Egypt Receives First Batch of F-16s from the U.S.

    Egypt received four F-16 aircraft from the United States on Sunday, the Egypt Independent reports. According to the report, the country’s Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the growing military cooperation between Egypt and the U.S. after receiving the four fighter jets.
  • Oops: Obama Energy Department bragged about ‘energy efficiency’ of New Orleans before power outage

    02/04/2013 8:26:41 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Learn how #SuperBowl host city embraces #energy efficiency on & off the football field http://go.usa.gov/4PCm
  • Who, What, Why: Why do some countries regulate baby names?

    02/04/2013 8:01:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/04/2013
    A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has won the right to keep her first name, despite it being "unapproved" by the state. Why do some countries restrict baby names? Parents-to-be often find it hard enough to find a name they both like, let alone one the state might also be in favour of. Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer 15 years ago, she was breaking the law. In the eyes of the authorities Blaer, which means "light breeze", was a male name and therefore not approved. It meant that for her entire childhood, Blaer was known...
  • Hess to close last refinery in New Jersey (No refineries have been built in the US for 30 years)

    02/04/2013 7:52:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/04/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    This story went mostly under the radar, but it will have some implications for many people on the east coast and for the industry in general further down the line. Without much fanfare, Hess recently announced that they were selling off their last commercial refinery, located in New Jersey. Their stated reasons are clear enough, but there’s a bit more to the story. Hess Corp.’s Port Reading, N.J., refinery—the company’s first and last such facility—will close its doors at the end of next month as the company gets out of the refining business to focus on more-profitable exploration and production...
  • Donald Trump to sue Bill Maher after bet feud

    02/04/2013 7:48:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | February 4, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    Donald Trump said Monday that he’s suing liberal comic Bill Maher for $5 million for charity because Maher did not follow through on a public bet he made on “The Tonight Show.” “He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” Trump said Monday on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “Well I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.” Last month, Maher said on NBC to Jay Leno that he would pay $5 million to Trump’s charity of choice if he provided a birth certificate proving that...
  • Factory Orders Ex Transports Post First Annual Decline Since July

    02/04/2013 7:47:56 AM PST · by Perdogg · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/04/2013 10:34 -0500 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    Today's December factory orders data came as a surprise to those expecting a whopping beat of expectations in the aftermath of the superficial beat in the Durable data released last week. Instead, the headline Factory Orders missed expectations of a 2.2% rise, growing just 1.8% in December, with the November data revised lower from 0% to -0.3%. Worse news was that Factory Orders ex the meaningless and volatile transportation number (see Dreamliner), rose just 0.2% in the last month of 2012, after declining 0.2% in November. Yet the ugliest number of the day was the year over year change in...
  • Top Obama Economic Aide Cuts and Pastes His Statements

    02/04/2013 7:45:10 AM PST · by Hoodat · 8 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | February 4, 2013, 8:40 am | Keith Koffler
    White House Council of Economic Adviser Chair Alan Krueger has begun his monthly statements on the nation’s employment situation with nearly the exact same sentences almost every month since November 2011, just after he was installed as one of Obama’s most senior economic advisers. With the exception of some variation in the May 2012 statement, Krueger has mailed it in every month, not bothering to change a thing in the opening lines of his commentary on the statistic that is perhaps more important to Americans. Krueger’s statements are released by the White House the morning the latest employment numbers become...
  • Sandyhook Dad: You`ll Have to Take My Guns “From My Cold Dead Hands” (Video)

    02/04/2013 7:43:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Bill Stevens, whose daughter attended Sandy Hook Elementary school, testified before a Working Group Public Hearing at the Connecticut State Capitol on gun violence prevention. Mr. Stevens told the committee about his daughter’s 5th grade friend at the school, “Unfortunately, her friend’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day when lock-down and 911 were not enough to protect her from an evil person… Charlton Heston made the phrase “From my cold dead hands” famous and I am here to tell you today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold dead hands.”
  • Turkey pledges support for Syrian opposition

    02/04/2013 7:38:26 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2-3-2013 | BARBARA SURK
    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey on Sunday pledged its continued support for the Syrian opposition, saying its leaders should not be pressured into talks with the regime as civil war rages. Speaking at a security conference in Germany, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country supports efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria, but he understands the opposition's refusal to talk to President Bashar Assad after so many Syrian deaths in the fight to topple him. "It is easy to say now, (the) opposition should accept to sit with the regime, after 60,000 people have been killed," Davutoglu said at...
  • Goodlatte at Nexus of Obama Agenda

    02/04/2013 7:33:33 AM PST · by BrewingFrog · 2 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 3 Feb. 2013 | Jonathon Strong
    Virginia Republican Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is important, but don’t expect him to tell you that. He’s the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and huge segments of President Barack Obama’s agenda must go through his committee...
  • Don't Bet Against Hillary Clinton in 2016

    02/04/2013 7:30:41 AM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | February 4, 2013 | Ron Fournier
    "Oh, Steve!" Hillary Rodham Clinton protested when "60 Minutes" reporter Steve Kroft asked about her presidential ambitions Cleaning out my notebook from the weekend, I came across this quote from a long-time associate of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussing the 2016 presidential race: "There is no false equivalency about her pros and cons." Her point is that while journalists falsely equate GOP and Democratic wrongdoing, there is a true equivalency when Clinton weighs the merits of seeking the presidency. Before we get to the lists, a caveat: Clinton honestly and understandably has not decided whether to run, sources...
  • Karl Rove has declared war* on the Tea Party Movement. Our response? BRING IT!

    02/04/2013 7:30:12 AM PST · by IbJensen · 49 replies
    Tea Party EMail | 2/4/2012 | Tea Party Staff
    Establishment Republicans like Karl Rove has diluted what is supposed to be the conservative principles and message of the Republican Party. In a misguided attempt to 'appeal to moderates', Rove and his ilk have alienated conservatives within the Republican Party and sent the Democrats a clear message. They have no spine. Rove has some nerve attacking a movement that infused the right with such enthusiasm that it gave the Republican Party its biggest gains in 2010. If he wants to point the finger of blame at anyone, he needs only look in the mirror for it was Rove that was...
  • Report: German check bust man is ex-Iran bank head

    02/04/2013 7:25:20 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 2, 2013
    -excerpt- ...customs officials at Duesseldorf airport found the check in Tahmasb Mazaheri's luggage Jan. 21 upon his arrival from Turkey.
  • America Gets 'Te'o'd' by Obama (The hoax is on us)

    02/04/2013 6:57:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2013 | Scott Mayer
    It's easy to understand why the mainstream media ran with the heart wrenching story about Notre Dame football player Manti Te'o's "dead girlfriend" as well as the other conflicting stories about the couple's "relationship" without engaging in actual journalism. The story happened to fit within the approved media template and didn't require any further manufacturing. But with President Obama, the MSM must work overtime to positively spin everything he says or does before it is passed on to the public as objective "news." It finally took a member of the new media -- Deadspin -- to do some actual investigative...
  • The Canary in the Culture (HHS mandate shows how Obama's government defines everyone's morality)

    02/04/2013 6:53:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/04/2013 | Tom Trinko
    In the olden days miners brought canaries into mines because canaries were very sensitive to toxic fumes and would keel over quickly, giving the miners time to escape before they were rendered unconscious. The HHS mandate is serving a similar function in modern American culture. It's making it clear that liberals believe in an all-powerful government, not the government empowered by the people that is enshrined in the Constitution. Historically in America, the government has rarely collided with the religious beliefs of even extreme groups. A few exceptions, such as Mormon polygamy, were based on common values shared by the...
  • NBC News Covers For Muslims' Vicious Destruction of Non-Islamic Artifacts

    02/04/2013 6:52:01 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 11 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 2/4/2013 | Pamela Geller
    The mainstream media continues to align itself with the jihad force. NBC News finally decides to address the Islamic destruction of ancient documents in Timbuktu, but instead of dealing honestly with this problem of Islamic contempt for the artifacts of other religions, it dares to assign this vicious, anti-human destruction to other religions. Ian Johnston, a Staff Writer for NBC News, writes this about the recent destruction of archaeologically important sites in Mali: "To many in the West, such actions are simply wanton vandalism. However, experts say the thinking behind it is actually part of a wider tradition of rooting...
  • Obamacare’s Pressure Points: There are at least nine stumbling points in its implementation.

    02/04/2013 6:48:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2013 | Thomas P. Miller
    President Obama's reelection, along with the Supreme Court’s ruling last June on his signature health-care reform, may seem to have guaranteed that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain the law of the land. But that could turn out to be the easy part of Obamacare. Implementing the ACA's main provisions by January 1, 2014 --- the date on which the law is to take full effect --- presents a more grueling and protracted set of tests.The next round of health-care-policy battles will play out not just before Congress but also in state capitals and health-care markets across the...
  • JEFF SAUT: The Stock Market Will Probably Tank After Obama's State Of The Union

    02/04/2013 6:46:32 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-4-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    JEFF SAUT: The Stock Market Will Probably Tank After Obama's State Of The Union Joe WeisenthalJanuary 4, 2013 Raymond James strategist Jeff Saut offers his take on where the market is headed next. Today is session 23 in the typical 17- to 25-session duration of a "buying stampede." Such skeins only have one- to three-session pauses or pullbacks before they exhaust themselves on the upside. While a few have lasted for 25 - 30 sessions, it is very rare to have one last for more than 30 sessions. That said, this one feels like it will extend towards the State...
  • More Jobs and More Babies, Please (Without them, our social programs will fail)

    02/04/2013 6:39:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2013 | Michael Barone
    Our major public policies are based on the assumption that America will continue to enjoy growth — economic growth and population growth. Through most of our history, this assumption has proved to be correct. These days, not so much. Last week, the Commerce Department announced that the gross domestic product shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. And the Census Bureau reported that the U.S. birth rate in 2011 was 63.2 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, the lowest ever recorded. Slow economic growth and low population growth threaten to undermine entitlement programs such as Social...
  • Iran FM: US is changing approach to Tehran

    02/04/2013 6:36:48 AM PST · by haffast · 2 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/04/2013 15:15 | By REUTERS
    BERLIN - Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday he saw US Vice President Joe Biden's offer this weekend of bilateral dialogue between their two countries as a sign of a change in approach to Iran by the US administration. "As I have said yesterday, I am optimistic, I feel this new administration is really seeking this time to at least divert from its previous traditional approach vis-a-vis my country," he told the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin.snip Salehi, who attended the Munich Security Conference at the weekend where Biden made the offer, said in Berlin...
  • Dow 14K 2nd time around (Don't Get Out the Party Hats Yet)

    02/04/2013 6:34:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/04/2013 | Terry Keenan
    Wall Street put on the party hats as the Dow Jones industrial average closed over the 14,000 mark for the first time since October 2007, punctuating the longest winning streak for stocks since 2004. But before you get giddy, it’s worth taking a closer look at what this means for the pocketbooks of most Americans. Despite a 5.5 percent increase in home values in 2012, according to the Case-Shiller index, the price of the average home in the US is precisely where it was a decade ago — no appreciation in home equity at all. As for blue chip stocks,...
  • Friday's Unemployment Report: Our Economic Nightmare Continues

    02/04/2013 6:29:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/04/2013 | Louis Woodhill
    Friday's "Employment Situation" report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) confirmed Thursday's dismal 4Q2012 GDP reading from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Our economic nightmare continues. During January, the "headline" unemployment rate increased to 7.9%, while the "real" unemployment rate (calculated at the 65.8% labor force participation rate when Bush 43 left office) rose to 11.0%. President Obama's $862 billion "stimulus" plan had promised to bring that number down to 5.3% by now. It didn't work. The broadest measure of unemployment/underemployment, which is the "SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate" published by Shadow Government Statistics, remained at 23.0% in January,...
  • Vast Oil Reserve May Now Be Within Reach, and Battle Heats Up

    02/04/2013 6:22:08 AM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | NORIMITSU ONISHI
    ...For decades, oilmen have been unable to extricate the Monterey Shale’s crude because of its complex geological formation, which makes extraction quite expensive. But as the oil industry’s technological advances succeed in unlocking oil from increasingly difficult locations, there is heady talk that California could be in store for a new oil boom. Established companies are expanding into the Monterey Shale, while newcomers are opening offices in Bakersfield, the capital of California’s oil industry, about 40 miles east of here. With oil prices remaining high, landmen are buying up leases on federal land, sometimes bidding more than a thousand dollars...
  • Universal background checks would strip 18-20 year olds of handgun rights

    02/04/2013 6:16:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    D.C. Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 February, 2013 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Lost amidst the clamor for universal back ground checks are a lot of important details. One of those details, besides the issues of who will pay for universal background checks, and how will such checks be precluded from turning into a registration scheme, is the fact that simply making firearm background checks “universal” would have to effect of denying the right of 18-20 year olds to own a handgun, even in their home. In 2008 the US Supreme Court held in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment “guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,February 4-8,2013

    02/04/2013 6:05:32 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 4-8,2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Piers Morgan Scoffs at 'Ravens Being Declared World Champions

    02/04/2013 6:04:20 AM PST · by chessplayer · 70 replies
    CNN's Piers Morgan is apparently trying to get another petition started to have him deported. Shortly after the conclusion of Sunday's Super Bowl, he tweeted, "Got to laugh at Ravens being declared 'World Champions' of a competition only American teams enter":
  • Trilateral peace talks in Britain to send clear message to the Taliban

    02/04/2013 6:00:13 AM PST · by haffast · 2 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Monday, 04 February 2013 | By AFP London
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari held peace talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday which for the first time featured top spy chiefs. The summit at Cameron’s Chequers country retreat near London is aimed at boosting cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, amid growing fears that a civil war could erupt when international troops leave Afghanistan in 2014. “This trilateral process sends a very clear message to the Taliban -- now is the time for everyone to participate in a peaceful political process in Afghanistan,” a British government spokeswoman said. snip The president...
  • Wounded Warrior Project Rejects Funds from Local Church

    02/04/2013 5:56:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 27 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 2, 2013 | Staff
    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 for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received...
  • Man Tasered outside Buckingham Palace on knife charge [PLEASE! WE MUST BAN KNIVES!!]

    02/04/2013 5:48:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/4/13
    A man accused of brandishing knives outside Buckingham Palace has been charged after being Tasered by police. Police used the stun gun on Talhat Rehman, 54, when he was seen ranting when challenged outside the palace gates on Sunday morning. Mr Rehman, of Lindsay Drive, Harrow, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later charged with possessing a bladed weapon in public and affray. The Queen and Prince Philip were at Sandringham at the time. Two knives and a pair of trainers were left inside a police cordon set up around the area. The incident happened at about 11:50 GMT during...
  • Why I’m Canceling My SI Subscription

    02/04/2013 5:47:03 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 3 Feb 2013 | Andrew Klavan
    I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year. I hope lots of other people will do the same. Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep left-wing bias. Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either. Yawn-inducing left wing predictability is brought to the discussion of every issue. No SI writer is allowed to disagree with leftism ever. Despite its great photographs and occasionally good athlete profiles, the magazine has remade itself...
  • PN Bakken: Obama spreads XL jitters {Keystone XL Pipeline}

    02/04/2013 5:39:56 AM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of February 03, 2013 | Gary Park
    Canadians worried US president won’t honor Nebraska governor’s decision The Canadian government has suddenly turned edgy about hopes of seeing TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline clearing its final regulatory hurdle and spreading fresh optimism among Alberta oil sands and Bakken producers. Now that Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has sent a letter to President Barack Obama endorsing TransCanada’s proposed rerouting of the pipeline to avoid the state’s ecologically sensitive Sandhills region, the final verdict rests with the U.S. State Department which must issue a Presidential Permit for any pipeline crossing the Canada-U.S. border. At the same time a letter signed by 53...
  • French tanker with 17 aboard likely hijacked by pirates off Ivory Coast

    02/04/2013 5:39:15 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 04, 2013 | AP
    A French-owned oil tanker missing off Ivory Coast with 17 sailors on board likely has been hijacked, an official with an international piracy watchdog said Monday, in what may be the latest attack by criminal gangs targeting the ships to steal their valuable cargo. Details remained scarce Monday about the fate of the ship, flagged in Luxembourg. The ship had been reported missing Sunday and officials believe it fell victim to the same pirates operating throughout the Gulf of Guinea, said Noel Choong, a spokesman for the International Maritime Bureau in Malaysia. ... Over the last year and a half,...
  • Why is government stockpiling guns, ammo?(Video at Link)

    02/04/2013 5:36:46 AM PST · by IbJensen · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 2/4/2013 | Joseph Farah
    Is the U.S. government getting ready for a war we don’t know about? And, if that’s why Washington is stockpiling massive amounts of ammunition (hollow points, by the way), why is Homeland Security doing the buying instead of the Defense Department? I have some theories. Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department. Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop...
  • Beer will help power Alaska brewery

    02/04/2013 5:32:40 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | February 3, 2013 | JOSHUA BERLINGER
    The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain - the waste accumulated from the brewing process - into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations. Company officials now joke they are now serving "beer-powered beer." What to do with spent grain was seemingly solved decades ago by breweries operating in the Lower...
  • APNewsBreak: Government says warming climate threatens survival of snow-loving wolverine

    02/04/2013 5:30:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the “mountain devil,” could soon join the list of species threatened by climate change —a dubious distinction putting it in the ranks of the polar bear and several other animals the government says will lose crucial habitat as temperatures rise. Federal wildlife officials Friday proposed Endangered Species Act protections for the wolverine in the Lower 48 states. That’s a step twice denied under the Bush administration, then delayed in 2010 when the Obama administration said other imperiled species had priority. It likely means an end to trapping the animals for their fur...