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Don´t call it gun control, says
Democrats´ point person on the issue
CNN, by Gregory Wallace    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 4:46:15 AM     Post Reply
The Californian picked to lead congressional Democrats´ efforts on gun control says the positions held by some gun rights advocates are unnecessarily divisive, and that government action should go beyond simply outlawing certain weapons. "I think assault weapons are a pox on the home of every gun owner," Rep. Mike Thompson said Saturday on CNN. "I think that´s the thing that´s going to cause the overwhelming majority of people in this country who aren´t gun owners to have negative feelings about those of us who are gun owners." Thompson is a gun owner and hunter himself,

How Lance Armstrong Lied
to the World (Including Me)
Daily Beast, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/6/2013 4:42:43 AM     Post Reply
Lance Armstrong lied to me. Twice. I know, I’ve got plenty of company. He lied to other journalists, racing officials, his fans, and anyone else who would listen in denying that he used illegal substances in winning his cycling titles. Now comes an orchestrated leak to the New York Times in which Armstrong seems about to fess up, “according to several people with direct knowledge of the situation.” He has “told associates associates and antidoping officials,” says the paper, “that he is considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career.”

Great News: Obama’s Cash for
Clunkers Actually Hurt the Environment
PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 4:36:24 AM     Post Reply
When you have an administration run by pinheads who haven’t spent much time outside government, you get things like Cash for Clunkers. According to E Magazine, the “Clunkers” program, which is officially known as the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The program’s first mistake seems to have been its focus on car shredding, instead of car recycling. With 690,000 vehicles traded in, that’s a pretty big mistake.

  


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Obama’s inaugural committee on the
receiving end of transparency complaints
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/6/2013 4:30:49 AM     Post Reply
In the run-up to his 2009 inauguration, President Obama’s inaugural committee made much ado about the fact that they would not be accepting any donations from lobbyists or corporations, nor individual donations in excess of $50,000 — and there was really no reason that they would have needed them, anyway. The Hopenchangey spirit carried over from 2008 was enough to fund all of the balls, concerts, parties, and other pomp surrounding the inauguration the first time around, but this year, the enthusiasm level is sufficiently tarnished that they decided to reverse course on that much-vaunted corporate ban

Making room for God
in a changing world
Daily Inter Lake [Kalispell MT], by Frank Miele    Original Article
Posted By: davesenior- 1/6/2013 2:34:39 AM     Post Reply
Change is not always good. That should be obvious to anyone who has observed Congress for more than a minute, but unfortunately there seems to be a built-in human bias which assumes that we collectively get wiser as time passes.This optimism bubbles up despite mankind being the race which up till now has given us the charming innovations of slavery, car bombs, and, of course, flying passenger airplanes into occupied skyscrapers.[SNIP}Mind you, I’m not against progress — I just don’t see much evidence that mankind should be put in charge of it

19-year-old Socialist takes seat on
Red Bank Regional´s Board of Education
NJ.com, by Rob Spahr    Original Article
Posted By: dirtyjersey- 1/6/2013 1:26:48 AM     Post Reply
Pat Noble is not your average teenager. The 19-year-old Red Bank resident dedicates most of his time to either working full time as a clerk in a Little Silver pharmacy or with a political organization he helped found. /snip/ Oh, by the way, he’s also a proud socialist.

White House weighs broad
gun-control agenda in wake
of Newtown shootings
Washington Post, by Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2013 11:17:59 PM     Post Reply
The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions. A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks

  


  

Let Them Eat Gruel:
The Government-Health-Security
Complex Invades Your Kitchen
Spectator [UK], by Alex Massie    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2013 10:30:03 PM     Post Reply
Addressing the American people for the final time as President, Dwight Eisenhower warned that: This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence--economic, political, even spiritual--is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the federal government.[Snip] Sometimes slippery slopes really do exist. Some folk warned that the public health industry--that is, the Government-Health-Security Complex--would never be satisfied with its battles against tobacco and alcohol and that it would, in time, launch fresh offensives against fast food, soft drinks, and all things salty and sweet. Don’t be

Patients face ‘unacceptable’
delays for cancer treatment
Scotsman [UK], by Danihel Sanderson    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2013 10:16:27 PM     Post Reply
Lothian patients who have been diagnosed with cancer are facing stressful and unacceptable delays in receiving their lifesaving treatment, it can be revealed. New figures have shown that between July and September, almost ten percent of 520 people in the region urgently referred to specialists after being given the dreaded diagnosis were forced to wait longer than the Scottish Government target of 62 days for their treatment to begin. For patients with colorectal cancer and cancer affecting the head and neck, NHS Lothian hit the target in fewer than 80 percent of cases, and in urological cancers, such as bladder

The Complexity of US Gun
Crime and the Fallacy of
Oversimplified Comparisons
International Business Times [UK], by Lianna Brinded    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2013 10:02:54 PM     Post Reply
The shooting of five people in Swiss village of Daillon, which left three people dead and two wounded, shocked the public because gun crime is particularly low in Switzerland--despite having the third highest rate of ownership in the world. With only the US and Yemen ranking ahead of Switzerland in ownership rates, Switzerland has become the poster child for staunch gun advocates in the US. Following the mass shooting in Sandy Hook School, Newtown, Connecticut in December, in which 20 children and six adults died, the fevered debate around US gun ownership and control hit boiling point with the example

Net job gain under Obama: 28,000
American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/5/2013 9:52:23 PM     Post Reply
Historically, the second worst record of job creation. New York Times: For jobs, the past four years have been a wash. The December jobs figures out today indicate that there were 725,000 more jobs in the private sector than at the end of 2008 - and 697,000 fewer government jobs. That works into a private-sector gain of 0.6 percent, and a government sector decline of 3.1 percent. In total, the number of people with jobs is up by 28,000, or 0.02 percent. How does that compare? It is by far the largest four-year decline in government employment

  


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Labour calls for laws to limit
sugar, salt and fat in food
Evening Standard [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2013 9:48:47 PM     Post Reply
A Labour politician has called for a ban on sugary cereals and high fat foods aimed at children. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said voluntary agreements with the food industry were not working and action must be taken to stop Britain storing up "huge problems" for the future.[Snip] Mr Burnham said: "It is clear that the current voluntary approach is not working. We need to open our minds to new approaches in tackling child obesity. "Labour wants to lead this debate. That is why we are asking the public and experts if new limits for sugar, fats and salts would

Flu infections sweep America hospitalizing
thousands and leaving 18 children
dead of complications, and
it´s going to get worse
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2013 9:14:34 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012. And health officials say the numbers haven´t even peaked yet. [Snip] ´It’s about five weeks ahead of the average flu season,´ said Lyn Finelli, lead of the surveillance and response team that monitors influenza for the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. ´We haven’t seen such an early season since 2003 to 2004.´

´He made a promise to help
us and he broke it´: Hurricane
Sandy Victim pictured in
embrace with Obama reveals
her heartbreak at receiving
standardized letter after his visit
Daily Mail (UK), by Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2013 9:09:27 PM     Post Reply
When President Obama hugged a tearful New Jersey business owner after Hurricane Sandy ravaged her home and livelihood, it was the image of compassion, promise and hope. But the victim in the photo, Donna Vanzant, has now revealed that the president´s promises to pour aid into the area were empty - and that, after the hug, she merely received a form letter from him. Obama visited the destroyed marina Ms Vanzant owns in Brigantine, New Jersey on October 31 and promised her ´immediate´ aid. Soon after, Ms Vanzant wrote him an email. ´Many days later,

Why sunset really is the
most beautiful time of day:
Incredible images of early
evening light from across
the world
Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2013 8:56:23 PM     Post Reply
These stunning pictures of sunsets across the globe truly prove the old adage of ´red sky at night, shepherd´s delight´. A selection of breathtaking snaps that have captured scarlet skies, brilliant hues of lavender and rich blue wisps of cloud cannot fail to draw gasps of wonder from everyone who sees them. The images of the jaw-dropping beauty are the product of a technician who was determined to capture sunsets from across the globe.

  


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Non-believers on rise in Congress
Politico, by Charles Mahtesian    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2013 8:44:22 PM     Post Reply
The number of members of Congress who don’t identify with any particular religion is on the rise, according to an analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. In the 96th Congress (1979-80), not a single member of the House or Senate said they didn’t belong to any particular faith, didn’t know or refused to disclose their religion. But in the new 113th Congress, 10 members fall under that category. That’s twice as many as in the 111th Congress (2009-10). Pew notes there’s still a great disparity between the percentage of U.S. adults and the percentage of members

A solution to La Jolla´s smell
problem proves elusive
Los Angeles Times, by Tony Perry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2013 8:30:14 PM     Post Reply
LA JOLLA — There´s a political stink rising in this seaside community, blown ashore from the rocks of La Jolla Cove, where myriad seabirds and marine mammals roost, rest and leave behind what animals leave behind. The offal accumulation is offending noses at trendy restaurants, tourist haunts, and expensive condos perched on some of the most pricey real estate in the country. But finding a solution to the olfactory assault has proved elusive. Environmental regulations have thwarted proposals to cleanse the rocks with a non-toxic, biodegradable solution.

Ex-Officer Is First in C.I.A. to Face
Prison for a Leak
New York Times, by Scott Shane    Original Article
Posted By: schnapps- 1/5/2013 7:54:17 PM     Post Reply
Looking back, John C. Kiriakou admits he should have known better. But when the F.B.I. called him a year ago and invited him to stop by and “help us with a case,” he did not hesitate. (snip)Only an hour into what began as a relaxed chat with the two agents — the younger one who traded Pittsburgh Steelers talk with him and the senior investigator with the droopy eye — did he begin to realize just who was the target of the investigation.

His long quest is complete:
it’s now Gov. McCrory
Charlotte Observer (NC), by Jim Morrill    Original Article
Posted By: muncsdad- 1/5/2013 7:22:24 PM     Post Reply
RALEIGH It took less than 10 minutes Saturday for Republican Pat McCrory to complete a journey he’d started years ago, from Charlotte City Hall to North Carolina’s governor’s mansion. With his left hand on two bibles, McCrory took the oath of office as the state’s 74th governor in a ceremony long on pomp but short in duration.

Pat McCrory takes oath as
North Carolina governor
Raleigh News & Observer, by ROB CHRISTENSEN    Original Article
Posted By: muncsdad- 1/5/2013 7:01:41 PM     Post Reply
RALEIGH -- Republican Pat McCrory became North Carolina’s 74th governor Saturday in a brief, simple ceremony that nevertheless marked a major shift in political power in the state. It took only several minutes for McCrory, a 56-year year old former Charlotte mayor and former utility executive, to take the oath of office in the old Senate Chambers in the historic Capitol. The parade, balls, inaugural address and other celebrations surrounding a new governor will occur over the next week.

  



State Rep´s anti-Free Stater
post draws local, national criticism
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by John DiStaso    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 1/5/2013 5:56:53 PM     Post Reply
A Democratic state lawmaker´s recent web post critical of the libertarian-leaning Free State Project has gone virtually viral in the past few days and, as one might expect, has drawn criticism. Reacting to reports that the Free State Project is aggressively trying to bring 20,000 supporters to live in the state over the next two years, Rep. Cynthia Chase, D-Keene, wrote on BlueHampshire.com: “In the opinion of this Democrat, Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today.”

Some gun shows canceling
after Conn. mass shooting
Associated Press, by Chris Carola    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/5/2013 5:49:34 PM     Post Reply
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Several gun shows, all about an hour´s drive from Newtown, Conn., have been canceled. A show in White Plains, N.Y. — brought back a few years ago after being called off for a decade because of the Columbine shooting — is off because officials decided it didn´t seem appropriate now, either. (Snip) The police chief in Waterbury, Conn., just a few miles from Newtown, has halted permits for gun shows, saying he was concerned about firearms changing hands that might one day be used in a mass shooting.

Paramus police arrest 2 teens
after group of 10 harassed officers
The Record [Hackensack, NJ], by Hannan Adely    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/5/2013 5:42:16 PM     Post Reply
Paramus – A group of unruly males taunted and hurled obscenities at police during a motor-vehicle stop early Saturday, in an incident that ended with two officers and one teenager in the hospital, according to borough police. Paramus Police Officer Anthony Liggio had stopped a motor vehicle on Route 4 east, backed up by Officer Joseph Cullen, just before 2:30 a.m. A group of about 10 males walking on the road approached the officers and began to yell and scream insults and obscenities at them, police said. The officers told the group to move on but they refused to leave

Wind industry big lies no 3:
wind turbines are eco-friendly
Telegraph [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/5/2013 5:39:58 PM     Post Reply
Of all the many lies put out by the subsidy-troughing scum-suckers of the wind industry and their greenie fellow travellers, the biggest porkie of the lot is this: that wind turbines are eco-friendly. In order to believe this tosh, you´d first have to accept the warped view that being eco-friendly can legitimately entail wiping out millions of bats and birds. It is a measure of just how intellectually and morally corrupt Big Green has grown over the last few decades that many self-professed environmentalists actually cleave to this belief. Why else would they expend so much energy trying to defend--or

Report: Obama cutting secret
deal with banks because
foreclosure probe is going badly
Washington Examiner [DC], by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/5/2013 5:02:04 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s financial regulators are reportedly negotiating a secret settlement with 14 banks to end an investigation into predatory loans and foreclosures because federal investigators are having trouble finding the evidence they need for a successful end to the probe. Fourteen banks — such as JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, and Bank of America — would pay $10 billion, under the settlement, that would be used for relief for homeowners and families that have lost their homes. What do the banks get? “The proposed settlement would also halt a separate sweeping review of more than four million loan files

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