With the left looking for its next big cause, Congressional Democrats have latched onto the Sandy Hook massacre as an opportunity to push gun control. Yesterday alone, eight new bills were introduced relating to gun control. Two conservative bills were introduced relating to ending “gun free zones” under federal law. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) led the way with four bills introduced. Her husband was shot to death in 1993 and her son was severely injured when Colin Ferguson, a mentally unstable black militant (he spent time in his apartment chanting, “all the
Appearing on Fox News’ America Live this afternoon, Georgetown professor Mike Seidman took a grilling from host Megyn Kelly over his recent New York Times op-ed which suggested the U.S. “give up” on the Constitution and its “archaic, idiosyncratic and downrght evil provisions.” Seidman began the interview praising Kelly for allowing him to come on the show, despite the fact that “a the lot of viewers don’t agree with what I have to say.” In turn, Kelly praised the “thought-provoking” and “interesting” nature of the controversial op-ed. The Georgetown professor then explained his basic thesis as such:
As Detroit recorded its highest homicide rate in nearly two decades, city and police officials pledged to try to stem the tide of violence. Authorities recognized the spiraling problem of gun play and homicide in Detroit during a news conference Thursday — a recognition that comes as the city kicks off the new year with violence. Already this week, a mother has been charged with fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter, and a cab driver was shot to death. "We´ve lost respect of each other," Mayor Dave Bing said. "We´ve lost respect for life." Detroit officials announced that the city had 386
Religious liberty advocates are concerned after President Obama said a conscience clause that would allow military chaplains to opt-out of performing gay marriages is “unnecessary and ill-advised.” (Snip) “Every member of our armed forces should be able to serve without surrendering their beliefs,” said Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty. The clause is in the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama on Thursday – but he issued a statement noting his objections to Section 533 – the clause protecting chaplains. The section reads,
Police officers in Belleville, Ill. may once again eat their Moons Over My-Hammy. The police chief has lifted an order banning his officers from eating at the local Denny’s after a manager told a detective she could not bring her firearm into the restaurant. (Snip) The incident occurred on New Year’s Day when five detectives were eating at the restaurant. A manager approached their table and told one of the detectives that she had to take her weapon out to her car or leave the restaurant. The detectives initially thought it was a joke, police spokesman Don Sax
For the first time since the recession began, the unemployment rate for adult women surpassed that for adult men, indicating that while the U.S. might have been a "mancession," it also appears to be experiencing a "mancovery." The unemployment rate for women 20 years and older rose to 7.3% in December, from 7% the month before. Unemployment for men of the same age remained at 7.2% in December. The persistently high unemployment rate for women is likely a result of the large cuts in state and local governments that have come over the last year as lawmakers slashed jobs
A manager at a Denny’s Restaurant in Belleville, Ill. told plain clothes detectives that they couldn’t carry their guns into the restaurant, after a customer saw the weapons and apparently reported them. The detectives had their official IDs visible, sources say, but were still told to take their weapons outside. Mike Gallagher and Alan Colmes debated on today’s America Live, questioning whether or not this latest incident is an after-effect of the recent shooting in Connecticut. Gallagher, for one, believes it is. "It’s happening because of all the hysterics that are taking place all over America in
The sale of Al Gore’s Current TV to Al Jazeera is apparently more than just a business deal in which the world’s most prominent critic of fossil fuels made a fortune with an oil-rich emirate. According to the New York Times editorial page, the creation of a new Al Jazeera America is a blow struck for diversity in journalism. The Times feels Time Warner Cable is wrong to drop the new channel from its broadcast lineup. The implication is that those who have expressed shock or outrage about the spectacle of a former vice president of the United States Source corrected by staff.
TV Newser: 2012 saw Fox News mark 11 years as the number one cable news channel in total viewers and the demo, though the election didn’t provide much in the way of a ratings bump, with the network only up a bit in total viewers, and down slightly in the demo. •Primetime: 2.043 million total viewers/ 423,000 A25-54 •Total Day: 1.152 million total viewers/ 273,000 A25-54 Unlike CNN, which was down in both total and demo viewers just about every hour, and MSNBC, which was up in both categories just about every hour, Fox News had some Headline resplit by staff.
One of America´s great legal rackets is cable/satellite television, where somewhere around 100 million Americans pay for literally dozens of channels they never watch. As you well know, to do business with any cable/satellite provider means being forced into expensive tiers and/or packages that include channels we wouldn’t watch for free. Because of this, we´re not only forced into subsidizing junk; we´re also subsidizing programming that works against our own political and cultural beliefs, like MSNBC, CNN, OWN, MTV, etc. Most of us only have access to a single cable outlet, and that outlet´s only competition
WASHINGTON — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is defending an altered picture of Democratic congresswomen that was posted on her Flickr social media site. The group photo showed four House members who arrived too late to pose on the Capitol steps. A computer program was used to add them to the image later posted on Flickr. Pelosi told a news conference Friday the picture was an accurate historical record of the female lawmakers from her party. She also said it was freezing outside, and that the members were entertaining guests
Muslims should try to force Jews out of Israel by warfare, economic boycotts and diplomatic isolation, Egypt’s new moderate Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, said in recently translated videos from 2010. “These blood-suckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs … there is no place for them on the land of Palestine,” Morsi said, referring to Israeli Jews, during in a September 2010 interview. Morsi’s language forcefully exposes the growing distance between the hopes and reality of President Barack Obama’s Arab-outreach policy, which has provided support to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) released a video of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi delivering racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-American remarks . The incendiary rhetoric becomes relevant now that the Obama administration plans to give 200 Abrams tanks and 10 F-16 fighter jets to the Morsi government. Morsi expounded on his anti-American and anti-Zionist views in 2010, as a member of the Guidance Office of the Muslim Brotherhood. Although apologists portray President Morsi as a “moderate”, Morsi reveals himself to be an extremist ideologue and a threat to regional peace.
An attorney for a Detroit mother accused of fatally stabbing her 8-year-old daughter said he plans to seek a mental competency exam as questions continue to swirl about why the woman´s five children remained in her care — despite numerous warnings by state workers, family and police. Semeria Greene, 26, was arraigned Thursday on felony murder and child abuse charges in the death of her daughter, Tameria Greene. A plea of not guilty was entered at her video arraignment before Magistrate Steve Lockhart, and bond was denied.(Snip) Court documents obtained by the Free Press on Thursday painted a picture
What if I told you that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was again up to its old game of encouraging more media consolidation — more broadcast outlets owned by big companies? (Snip) It surprised me, too. I thought the reconstituted commission that took control in 2009 would preserve local media and reassert the public interest in a diverse news and information ecosystem that is the foundation of our civic dialogue and, indeed, our system of self-government. After being turned down by both Congress and the federal courts in recent years for attempting to loosen the ownership rules,
It was probably back in 1997, though some think it might have been even earlier, when the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting concluded that it had outgrown its space and that it was high time to erect a new building. But because it is not the Quaker way to rush into things, the group spent a few more years reflecting on whether it should buy land on Mermaid Lane for the new meetinghouse. Even after the group sealed the deal in 2003, there was still plenty more talking and thinking and praying to be done about the undertaking.
The December jobs report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy remained in low gear, with private employers continuing to add jobs just slightly faster than the number of new workers seeking them. That´s about the same as it has been since the summer of 2012. In fact, the total number of jobs created last year -- 1.84 million -- was the same as in 2011. At this rate, it will take seven years for the U.S. economy to get back to the robust employment rates seen before the 2008-2009 recession. President Christie will have already started campaigning for re-election by
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she would raise the debt limit unilaterally “in a second” if she were president of the United States. Pelosi and other Democrats have suggested that the president could bypass Congress and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling by invoking the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states, “The validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned.” During her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, Pelosi was asked about whether she would urge President Barack Obama to do so to address the debt limit, which will
Obama and Dems have vowed not to negotiate with the GOP over the debt ceiling. This morning, I asked what “not negotiating” would look like in the real world, and whether it’s even possible. But another question may be even more relevant: Do Republicans really have the leverage in the debt ceiling fight they think they have? Some Republicans are now coming out and acknowledging that the GOP may not be in a strong position in the debt ceiling battle, after all. Here’s Newt Gingrich, on Morning Joe today, telling Republicans that a debt ceiling fight is a “loser”
The federal government posted 61 new regulations in the Federal Register on Friday, including the Department of Interior’s 500-page document outlining a new rule to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher’s “critical habitat” in six states. That small insect-eating bird’s habitat covers 1,227 miles of streams and 208,973 acres in California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico, on “federal, state, tribal and private lands.” The flycatcher’s habitat covers 37 counties in those six states, according to the rule posted at www.regulations.gov. “The effect of this regulation is to conserve the flycatcher´s habitat under the Endangered Species Act,”
The outcome wasn’t a surprise: Barack Obama was re-elected Friday to a second term as president. There was no fretting about Ohio’s 18 electoral votes. There was no doubt about who would take Florida’s 29. And it was just a matter of reading a script to officially cast Virginia’s 13.The votes of the much discussed but quickly forgotten Electoral College were tallied and certified in a joint session of Congress on Friday. For Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, there were 332 votes cast. Republican Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan received 206 votes.
I´m almost surprised that the Politico´s web site background isn´t all black because of news delivered by its "On Media" reporter Dylan Byers on Tuesday. The "bad" news is that "gun control" as a media obsession appears to have largely disappeared, especially when you consider that some of the primary remaining stories on the topic are about David Gregory´s illegal but unprosecuted (as of yet) brandishing of a magazine on Meet the Press, a New York newspaper´s publication of an interactive map of two counties´ pistol permit dwellers, and said newspaper either feeling threatened or
Virginia officials scored a key victory Thursday in their battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over what EPA critics describe as a land takeover. U.S. District Judge Liam O´Grady in Alexandria ruled late Thursday that the EPA exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek as a pollutant. O´Grady sided with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which challenged EPA´s stormwater restrictions "Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it," O´Grady said. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the ruling could
Take that, John Boehner. The House, after a delay caused by its back-stabbing Republican speaker, overwhelmingly approved a $9.7 billion package Friday to pay flood insurance claims resulting from Hurricane Sandy. The vote came more than two months after the storm — and after Boehner was pilloried by both Democrats and some Republicans for dawdling on the aid commitment.The 354-67 House vote sent the bill to the Senate, which was expected to pass it by unanimous consent. It is the the first piece of a $60.4 billion aid package that President Obama has requested for the region.
A New Hampshire legislator wants her constituents to know that she feels conservatives are the "single biggest threat" her state faces today, and she wants to use her powers to legislate to "pass measures that will restrict" the freedoms of Granite State conservatives. In a blog post made last month on the left-wing site Blue Hampshire, 3rd District State Representative Democrat Cynthia Chase advised her fellow legislators to use their positions to make New Hampshire less welcoming to any conservative or libertarian planning on moving to her state—not to mention those already in residence.