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California gun sales have risen,
gun injuries have decreased
Sacramento Bee, by Phillip Reese and Cynthia Hubert    Original Article
Posted By: beancounter- 1/7/2013 3:49:09 AM     Post Reply
California has millions more guns than it did 10 years ago. It also has thousands fewer gun injuries and deaths each year. Those are two simple facts that, depending on whom you ask, have everything or nothing to do with each other. Last month´s horrific Connecticut school shooting has reignited the debate over gun control in California, a state with some of the nation´s strictest gun laws. State legislators will likely take up additional gun law proposals later this year, ranging from further limits on ammunition purchases to requiring regular background checks for gun owners. If recent trends hold, that

Hopes of new diabetes
drug with no side effects
Daily Express [UK], by Jo Willey    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2013 2:47:25 AM     Post Reply
Scientists have discovered exactly how a common diabetes drug works, raising hopes for ­powerful new treatments without harmful side effects.[Snip] The drug, which costs as little as 2p a day, is the gold standard treatment for obesity-triggered Type 2 diabetes and has been safely used for more than 50 years to control blood sugar levels. Yet one in 10 patients suffers side effects--nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting--and it can also become ineffective over time. Now experts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that metformin works in a different way than ­previously thought.

´Tomato skin´ pill could cut
risk of strokes, heart
attacks and cancer
Telegraph [UK], by Nick Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/7/2013 2:34:43 AM     Post Reply
A single pill containing a chemical found in tomato skin could cut the risk of stroke and heart attacks and slow the progression of cancer, scientists have claimed. The pill, called Ateronon, contains a chemical known as lycopene which had previously been shown to help unclog blocked arteries, and which is thought to be one of the main health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Now a further trial has shown the natural remedy also made patients’ blood vessels more efficient, boosted their blood flow and softened arteries which had hardened with age. Researchers believe the pill may be able



New York congressman introduces bill
to abolish presidential term limits
The Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/7/2013 2:02:49 AM     Post Reply
New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano reintroduced a bill in Congress on Friday to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which places term limits on the U.S. presidency. The bill, which has been referred to committee, would allow Barack President Obama to become the first president since Franklin Roosevelt to seek a third term in office. H.J. Res. 15 proposes “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”

Nancy Pelosi urges Obama to
sidestep Congress, use 14th
Amendment to raise debt ceiling
The Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Donttaxmebro- 1/7/2013 1:44:08 AM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi shared her own idea Sunday on how to avoid a government shutdown should the Republican House and President Barack Obama find themselves unable to reach an agreement on raising the debt ceiling: invoke the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Pelosi started the discussion on CBS’ “Face the Nation” by saying she didn’t believe raising the debt ceiling should be tied to spending cuts. “I don’t think these two things should be related,” Pelosi said. “I think that we should subject every dollar we spend, every taxpayer dollar, whether it’s defense or domestic

Hillary back to work on Monday,
the State Department says
New York Daily News, by Bill Hutchinson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/7/2013 12:57:14 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton isn´t taking any extended time off following her blood clot scare. Secretary of State Clinton is planning to head back to work Monday after treatment for a blood clot near her brain, the State Department said Sunday. Clinton, 65, is set to resume a busy schedule beginning with a 9:15 a.m. meeting with her assistant secretaries. She also plans to go to the White House on Tuesday to meet with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon. On Thursday, Clinton will host Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the State Department.

Pure adrenaline: world’s most
extreme 15-day competition
takes off in Lima
MercoPress [Montevideo, Uruguay], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 1/7/2013 12:52:07 AM     Post Reply
Competitors are putting the final touches to their motorcycles, quad bikes, cars and trucks ahead of the start of one of the world’s most extreme races. The Dakar Rally returns once again to South America, beginning in Lima, capital of Peru on Saturday January 5, before making its way to Santiago de Chile for a grand finale outside La Moneda on January 20. The race will have two segments in Chile, with riders arriving from Arequipa in Peru before moving on through Arica and Calama then crossing the border to Salta in Argentina. The race returns to Chile



Conflict Brewing in Venezuela´s
Ruling Party, Says Hugo Chavez Foe
Fox News [Latino], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/7/2013 12:28:14 AM     Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela – The conflict brewing between two of Hugo Chávez´s key political confidants is, according to one of the Venezuelan ruling party´s political opponents, the real reason the Presidential inauguration has been postponed. Opposition lawmaker Julio Borges said in a news conference on Sunday that a rivalry between Vice President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello is behind the postponement of Chávez´s swearing-in ceremony. Chávez has not been able to return to Venezuela from Cuba following a Dec. 11 operation, his fourth surgery

Obamacare layoffs, hiring freezes begin
Breitbart's Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/7/2013 12:22:00 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare opponents warned that forcing companies employing 50 or more full-time workers to buy healthcare would prompt employers to slash jobs and worker hours. And that’s exactly what’s happening, says one of President Barack Obama’s favorite economists, Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics. “It will have a negative impact on job creation” this year, says Mr. Zandi. The Obamacare employer mandate doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2014, but the government requires businesses to track worker schedules for three to 12 months in advance. That means many employers plan to get a

Fight for your life today
Morning Journal [Lorain, OH], by Tom Skoch    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 1/6/2013 11:59:20 PM     Post Reply
Today is the day to fight for your life. Within weeks, proposed laws will be decided that would destroy your ability to protect your family from predators, including criminals, and, especially, the political wolves who can force you to live, or die, on their terms. Tyranny, rooted in these gun control proposals, is exactly what the Second Amendment was written to prevent. Each of us has a natural human right to keep and bear arms to preserve life and liberty. History proves that surrendering arms to the state has always been a fatal mistake for populations who disarmed.

Assad rallies soldiers
in show of defiance
Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters, by Ariel Ben Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 11:34:38 PM     Post Reply
Syrian President Bashar Assad gave a defiant speech on Sunday at the packed Damascus Opera House, linking the opposition with al-Qaida terrorists and rallying his faction to remain steadfast. The Syrian opposition rejected his proposals and called his speech a declaration of war. Assad framed his speech as a new plan for a political solution, but it turned out to be a rallying cry, rejecting any concessions and signaling that he would continue his war “to defend the nation.” He called those opposing him “terrorists,” linking them with al-Qaida, thus trying to draw parallels to the West’s “war on terror.”



Biofuels cause pollution, not
as green as thought - study
Reuters, by Alister Doyle    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 11:18:27 PM     Post Reply
Oslo - Green schemes to fight climate change by producing more bio-fuels could actually worsen a little-known type of air pollution and cause almost 1,400 premature deaths a year in Europe by 2020, a study showed on Sunday. The report said trees grown to produce wood fuel - seen as a cleaner alternative to oil and coal - released a chemical into the air that, when mixed with other pollutants, could also reduce farmers´ crop yields. (Snip) Hewitt told Reuters there would be a similar impact wherever biofuels were produced in large quantities in areas suffering air pollution, including the United

Richardson, Schmidt fly to
North Korea Monday: reports
Reuters, by David Chance    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 11:06:29 PM     Post Reply
Seoul - Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will start their controversial private mission to North Korea on Monday that may include an effort to secure the release of an imprisoned American, South Korean media reported. (Snip) The mission has been criticized by the White House due to the sensitivity of the timing. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea and the isolated and impoverished state remains technically at war with South Korea. South Korea is in the midst of a transition to a new president

Police union cards used
to get cop relatives out of
minor jams are selling on eBay
causing fury among city officials
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/6/2013 10:43:25 PM     Post Reply
New York police union cards, which officers give their friends and family as ‘get out of jail free’ cards for minor offenses, are selling on eBay for as much as $100 a pop and city authorities are fuming, the New York Post reports. The union cards are meant to be used to prove that a police officer can vouch for another person, though holders often use them to get out of minor incidents like parking and speeding violations.(Snip) The cards that represent officers of a higher rank are reportedly worth more because they carry more weight than a street patrolman’s

Obama supporters shocked,
angry at new tax increases
Washington Times, by Joseph Curl    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2013 10:42:55 PM     Post Reply
Sometimes, watching a Democrat learn something is wonderful, like seeing the family dog finally sit and stay at your command. With President Obama back in office and his life-saving “fiscal cliff” bill jammed through Congress, the new year has brought a surprising turn of events for his sycophantic supporters. “What happened that my Social Security withholding’s in my paycheck just went up?” a poster wrote on the liberal site DemocraticUnderground.com. “My paycheck just went down by an amount that I don’t feel comfortable with. I guarantee this decrease is gonna’ hurt me more than the increase



Israel Plans to Construct
a Syrian Border Fence
New York Times, by Isabel Kershner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 10:39:02 PM     Post Reply
Jerusalem - Israel announced Sunday that it was constructing a border fence along the length of its armistice line with Syria in the Golan Heights and that it was coordinating its intelligence with the United States in light of the deteriorating security situation in Syria. In remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the Syrian Army had moved away from the frontier and that jihadist forces had moved in. “Therefore, we will defend this border against both infiltration and terrorism,” Mr. Netanyahu said, adding, “I also submit to the cabinet

Got milk? Breast pump industry
booming thanks to Obamacare as
new moms take advantage of new laws
Daily Mail [UK], by Beth Stebner    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/6/2013 10:38:02 PM     Post Reply
The Affordable Care Act means many things for women, including birth control for all policy holders with no additional payment from the patient required. A lesser-known facet of the new so-called Obamacare law is a provision that requires insurance companies to cover the full cost of breast pumps without a deductible or out-of-pocket expense for new mothers. The cost of these devices is covered in insurance premiums, which in turn are paid by policyholders. The Washington Post notes that it was pumps, not pills, that caught suppliers off-guard after January 1, when this part of the

Candlelight Vigil Held For Elk
Killed By Police Officer In Boulder
KCNC-TV [Denver, CO], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2013 10:37:16 PM     Post Reply
BOULDER, Colo. – A candlelight vigil was held in Boulder Sunday evening for an elk that was shot by a police officer last Tuesday. The vigil was held on Mountain View Road near where the incident occurred. Some residents say the elk was considered a friend and even a guardian. They created a memorial at a tree in the area. Two police officers who were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while the Boulder Police Department investigates. Officers Sam Carter and Brent Curnow are now on leave with pay, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner

Pelosi says upcoming fiscal deals
should include greater tax increase
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 10:25:50 PM     Post Reply
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that recent tax increases are “not enough” to solve the country’s fiscal problems and argued that additional hikes should be included in upcoming deficit-reduction deals. "The president had originally said he wanted $1.6 trillion in revenue," the House’s top Democrat told CBS’ "Face the Nation." "He took it down to $1.2 (trillion) … but that is not enough on the revenue side." (Snip) She said she was “fairly agnostic” about how lawmakers raise additional revenue, but implied closing loopholes and limiting deductions was a more likely

State authorities gave
accused cop killer freedom
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, by Bill Rankin*    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/6/2013 10:22:28 PM     Post Reply
Authorities had two chances to give convicted gunman Tremaine Lebis lengthy prison terms after he was arrested for illegally possessing handguns. Instead of getting years of prison time, Lebis got six months in jail followed by six months in prison. On Dec. 17, just seven months after his release, Lebis shot and killed a rookie Clayton County Police officer who had responded to a domestic disturbance, authorities said. Lebis, 41, was also killed in an ensuing shootout. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of court files dating back 20 years show there were plenty of warnings of Lebis’ propensity for


Higher corn prices
hit stores, chicken farms
Associated Press, by Dan Chapman    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/6/2013 10:18:52 PM     Post Reply
Atlanta — On Nov. 11, the Desert Condor steamed into the port of Brunswick and unloaded 40,000 tons of Brazilian corn—the first time corn has ever been imported into Georgia. The ship´s arrival, followed a month later by the Genco Predator, underscores how last summer´s severe Midwestern drought sent prices skyrocketing and hurt industries—North Georgia poultry, in particular—that use corn as a raw material. Chicken growers, producers, retailers and consumers suffered the higher prices. "Pain is the right word," said Tom Hensley, president of Fieldale Farms in Baldwin,

Obama expected to nominate counter-
terrorism adviser John Brennan
for CIA director
Fox News, by Mike Emanuel    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/6/2013 10:08:35 PM     Post Reply
Washington - President Obama is expected to nominate White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan for CIA director as early as Monday, Capitol Hill sources tell Fox News. Brennan has served in the counterterrorism post since the beginning of the Obama administration. Prior to taking that position, though, Brennan spent about 25 years at the CIA, which would suggest he knows the agency well. The president is planning a packed week of nomination announcements in the coming days, as he begins to roll out his second-term team. Former Sen. Chuck Hagel is expected to be nominated

Obama to tap Hagel
for defense secretary
Washington Times, by Kristina Wong    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/6/2013 9:59:58 PM     Post Reply
President Obama will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel to replace Leon E. Panetta as secretary of defense as early as Monday, an administration source told The Washington Times on Sunday. Mr. Hagel, of Nebraska, who retired from the Senate in 2008, would be the second Republican to serve as the Obama administration’s defense secretary. Robert M. Gates, who left the post in July 2011, was a holdover from the George W. Bush administration. The nomination is likely to face resistance from Republican critics who say Mr. Hagel, 66, is not pro-Israel enough, based on remarks he has made

High wage earners will
see triple tax hit in 2013
North County Times [Escondido, CA], by Christopher Cadelago*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/6/2013 9:39:43 PM     Post Reply
The federal “fiscal cliff” deal. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Gov. Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax initiative. That triumvirate of tax increases is kicking in for the state’s highest earners. Beginning this year — and in some cases retroactive to last — the wealthiest among us will see a greater share of their compensation captured not only by the federal government as a means of averting the fiscal cliff and funding health care reform but also as an antidote to the state’s long-running budget morass. “The increase in an already-high tax rate is a strong disincentive

From Baby P to this hospital
of horrors, the Welfare State
is protecting callous and
incompetent staff
Daily Mail [UK], by Melanie Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/6/2013 7:38:36 PM     Post Reply
More than five years ago, the death of 17-month-old Peter Connelly, identified at first only as Baby P, shocked the nation. The child had suffered more than 50 injuries over an eight-month period at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and his brother, all of whom were jailed for causing or allowing the death of a child. What so appalled people was not just the cruelty of these three but the neglect and incompetence of the social workers, health officials and police officers in Haringey, North London, who, despite seeing the child on some 60 occasions, had nevertheless left

White House eyes gun
violence package
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/6/2013 7:25:21 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- The Obama administration is formulating a broader strategy for gun control as it looks to reduce U.S. gun violence, those privy to the discussions say. Rather than just pursuing the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, a White House working group led by Vice President Joe Biden is looking at a multi-prong approach that would include universal background checks for gun purchasers, creation of a national database to track guns, strengthening of mental health checks, and tougher penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, sources told The Washington Post.

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