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  • Malloy: The time to act is now (Ignore Sandy Hook Commission, propose his own ban)

    02/22/2013 4:26:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Gov. Dannel Malloy, together with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, released a gun violence prevention proposal that they said will make Connecticut a safer place to be. "Two months ago, our state became the center of a national debate after a tragedy we never imagined could happen here," Malloy said in a statement. "The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School brought home the fact that we are not immune to problems that face the nation at large, that we can never become complacent in our effort to ensure the safety of our residents." The proposal outlines five primary areas where...
  • Britain's credit rating downgraded from AAA to Aa1

    02/22/2013 4:22:05 PM PST · by John W · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2013 | James Hurley
    Moody’s announced on Friday night that it had cut the Government’s bond rating one notch from ‘Aaa’ – the highest possible level – to ‘Aa1’. The move is a significant setback for Chancellor George Osborne, who has faced criticism that his strategy for dealing with UK’s huge debt burden is failing to deliver. Moody’s pointed to “continuing weakness in the UK’s medium-term growth outlook, with a period of sluggish growth which [it] now expects will extend into the second half of the decade”. The credit ratings agency also noted that the Government's debt reduction programme faced significant "challenges" and that...
  • Red-light reversal? Lawmakers push to rein in traffic cameras

    02/22/2013 4:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty
    It's the technology that, for years, local officials embraced and drivers loathed. Red-light cameras have steadily popped up across the country, snagging supposed scofflaws and generating untold numbers of traffic tickets. But despite the revenue boost, some state and local lawmakers are beginning to fall out of love with these electronic tattle-tales. In Florida, a push to force the state to ditch its red-light cameras is gaining momentum in the legislature. The bill banning the recording devices comes just two years after lawmakers legalized their use on Florida streets. Last week, a House committee advanced the ban in a 10-8...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 4:08:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...
  • 7TH CIRCUIT LETS POSNER RULING STAND; HUGE WIN FOR CCW, SAYS SAF [IL]

    02/22/2013 4:00:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Second Amenment Foundation ^ | February 22, 2013 | Staff
    I took the liberty to rephrase the title in a manner that was more coherent The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home. The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft...
  • Rand Paul on Obama’s Sequester Scares: ‘Balderdash! It’s Untrue, Unfair, Dishonest, Disingenuous’

    02/22/2013 3:57:31 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew Johnson
    This morning, Kentucky senator Rand Paul slammed the president’s attempts to scare Americans about the impact of sequestration, accusing Obama of “making stuff up.” When asked about what he would tell Fox News viewers about politicians’ descriptions of sequestration, Paul said, “I would say it’s balderdash! It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous.” He criticized the president for telling Americans that sequestration would lay off their local firemen and police, since “98 percent of them are being paid for with local taxes.” Earlier this week, the president appeared to speak about the effects of sequestration with first responders standing behind him as...
  • Gun debate sparks several bills in Utah Legislature (PRO gun laws)

    02/22/2013 3:56:27 PM PST · by skyman · 4 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb 20 2013 | Richard Piatt
    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers heard several separate bills about guns and gun control Wednesday, and three bills in particular are getting attention. HB76 would allow any adult over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon with or without a permit. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee 7-2. HB114 declares the firearm regulation is "reserved completely to the state" and would penalize anyone attempting to enforce federal law. HB268 would keep police officers from charging a person with disorderly conduct just for carrying a weapon in public without other disorderly behaviors. Both bills will be reviewed by...
  • (Tampa, FL) issues boil water notice due to power outage

    02/22/2013 3:24:27 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 12 replies
    Tampa Bay Business Journal ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Staff
    The city of Tampa has issued a system-wide boil water notice due to a power failure at its David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility. The outage resulted in either temporary low pressure or loss of water service to customers, the city said in a mid-afternoon Friday statement. TECO and city crews are working to make repairs. “All customers within the city of Tampa water service area are reminded to follow precautionary boil water for a minimum of the next 48 hours,” the city statement said. Updates will be posted as they become available on tampagov.net/water.
  • NY's Cardinal Dolan questioned on Wis. abuse cases

    02/22/2013 3:15:51 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thu, Feb 21, 2013 | RACHEL ZOLL
    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, just days ahead of his departure for Rome and the conclave that will elect the next pope, has been deposed about clergy sex abuse in his former Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Dolan, who led Milwaukee's Roman Catholics from 2002 to 2009, answered questions Wednesday about his decision to publicize names of clergy members who had been accused of molesting children in cases that are mostly decades old, church attorney Frank LoCoco said. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, an independent network of abuse victims and their supporters, said it would press to make the...
  • Cardinal Dolan finds common ground with Obama on guns

    02/22/2013 3:08:52 PM PST · by haffast · 52 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Feb 20, 2013 / 02:00 am | CNS
    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York highlighted President Barack Obama's “call for sensible steps on gun control,” noting that it is an area of agreement for the two leaders. “I found myself nodding in agreement when the President said, '….Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the Second Amendment – have come together around common-sense reform, like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun,'” the cardinal said. In a Feb. 15 post on his blog, “The Gospel in the Digital Age,” he explained that he was “very much...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Fridays,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 22,2013

    02/22/2013 2:59:06 PM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 22, 2013 | Mark 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
  • Bexar County deputy shot, suspect killed

    02/22/2013 2:46:52 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 7 replies
    WOAI News 4 ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Wire Report
    CONVERSE, Texas -- A suspect in the shooting of a Bexar County deputy has reportedly been shot and killed by officers. News 4 was told there was a two-vehicle accident near Old Cimarron Trail and Gibbs Sprawl Road. The deputy, identified as Deputy Manuel Herrera, a 12-year veteran, was nearby and went to the scene. As he got out of his vehicle and approached the crash site, a man who was involved in the accident opened fire on him. Herrera was shot twice, once in the arm and once in the leg. After the shooting, the suspect and a female...
  • Black Leaders: ‘Direct Correlation Between Gun Control and Black People Control’

    02/22/2013 3:27:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 22, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Video at link Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, spoke at a press conference on gun control on Feb. 22, 2013 in D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – Gun control dates back to laws before and after the Civil War that prohibited or restricted African Americans from owning firearms, a group of black leaders said Friday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “History is [rife] with examples. There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event. Swimp compared the...
  • The Case for a Higher Gasoline Tax (NYSlimes)

    02/22/2013 3:25:08 PM PST · by matt04 · 32 replies
    THE average price of gasoline in the United States, $3.78 on Thursday, has been steadily climbing for more than a month and is approaching the three previous post-recession peaks, in May 2011 and in April and September of last year. But if our goal is to get Americans to drive less and use more fuel-efficient vehicles, and to reduce air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases, gas prices need to be even higher. The current federal gasoline tax, 18.4 cents a gallon, has been essentially stable since 1993; in inflation-adjusted terms, it’s fallen by 40 percent since then. ......
  • SCOTUS Employees Caught withholding legal documents from Supreme Court Justices

    02/22/2013 3:19:19 PM PST · by lowbridge · 55 replies
    EVIDENCE OF EMPLOYEES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES HIDING FROM JUSTICES OF THE SUPREME COURT PLEADINGS AND DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED BY PLAINTIFFS AND ATTORNEYS, REMOVING CASES FROM THE ELECTRONIC DOCKET, EVIDENCE OF BOGUS CONFERENCES OF JUSTICES BEING REPORTED TO THE PUBLIC, WHEN NO SUCH CONFERENCES TOOK PLACES AND THE JUSTICES BEING CLUELESS ABOUT THE VERY EXISTENCES OF HE CASE, EVIDENCE OF CRIMINAL COMPLICITY OF THE EMPLOYEES OF THE SUPREME COURT AND TREASON IN THE MOST SERIOUS CASES DEALING WITH NATIONAL SECURITY.
  • House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte Opposes 'Pathway to Citizenship' (Call to support)

    02/22/2013 3:10:47 PM PST · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-22-2013 | John Hill
    Goodlatte: "People have a pathway to citizenship right now: It's to abide by the immigration laws..."- by John HillStand With ArizonaUh-oh. Looks like there may be an unscheduled stop on the Obama-McCain-Schumer-Rubio amnesty express. The head of the House committee tasked with overseeing the nation's immigration laws has come out squarely against a "pathway to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants, yet another sign that an amnesty bill could face a tough road to passage. ABC reported that "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told NPR he opposes allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States from eventually gaining...
  • Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts

    02/22/2013 2:47:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/22/13 | Bill Gertz
    A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security. The ex-officials, including two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in the letter to Obama that North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test, and concerns about growing Pyongyang-Tehran nuclear arms cooperation, undermines any further disarmament sought by the president. “In our professional judgment, born of decades of experience with national security policy and practice, America’s ‘triad’ of nuclear-armed...
  • Mass Shootings Have Killed 934 People Since 2006

    02/22/2013 2:44:13 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2012 | By Kevin Spak
    The US has seen 934 people killed in 146 mass shootings since 2006, a USA Today analysis of FBI records has found—a number that represents less than 1% of all gun-related homicides. Few of those shootings were the kind of Newtown-esque massacres you might be imagining, however. The paper was using the FBI's definition of a mass shooting, which is one in which four or more people were killed; in most cases, the gunmen knew their victims. "Mass shootings … are the tragedies that capture the public's attention," says the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Gun Violence campaign, which...
  • Can Hillary turn Texas blue?

    02/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Look on the bright side: She might not run. In which case we won’t have to worry about Texas imposing a Democratic stranglehold on the White House for the foreseeable future until, oh, 2024 or so.Or maybe 2020? Much depends on the time frame for that path to citizenship that Schumer, McCain, Rubio, et al. are cooking up. While the knee-jerk reaction among many Republicans would be to dismiss the idea that the state could be competitive in 2016 — just four years after Mitt Romney carried it by 16 points over President Obama — Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Thirteenth Week in Office

    02/22/2013 2:05:32 PM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 2/22/13 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Thirteenth Week in Office2/20/2013Community Organizer to the WorldHillary Clinton to charge '$200,000 a speech'... which is more than her whole YEAR´S salary as Secretary of State and the same fee that Bill chargesBenghazi-GateSusan Rice: Investigation Into Benghazi Talking Points 'Bigger Tragedy' Than Actual Terrorism AttackObama Called Hillary at 10PM on Night of Benghazi Attack--About Same Time Clinton First Publicly Linked Attack to YouTube VideoAxelrod, Benghazi & NBCAttaaack WaaaatchWith White House press peeved, Obama sits down with local mediaPro-Obama election flier marked with NAACP seal featured Klan, lynching imageryStuart Varney on MSNBC Editing Paul Ryan's Comments on...