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CES? DGAF! Bill Clinton
Turns Samsung Speech Into
Cry for Gun Control
New York Observer, by Kelly Faircloth    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 1/9/2013 3:42:55 PM     Post Reply
Just when you thought CES couldn’t get any randomer than Qualcomm’s “Generation Mobile” atrocity, guess who showed up? Bill Clinton, who stopped by to speak in the middle of Samsung president Stephen Woo’s presentation. Not only that, but according to CNET’s liveblog, in the midst of his remarks he digressed and started talking about gun control. The man used to be the leader of the free world; you really thought he’d get on stage at a trade show and stick to the subject? Child, please.

Craig Biggio comes up 39 votes
short of the Hall of Fame: Why
he´s out for now
CultureMap [Houston, TX], by Chris Baldwin    Original Article
Posted By: Four_Leaf Resident- 1/9/2013 3:28:02 PM     Post Reply
Craig Biggio will have to wait. The great Houston Astro is not a first-ballot Baseball Hall of Famer. Biggio came up 39 votes short of the total he needed, collecting 68 percent of the vote in his first year on the ballot in results just released. To be elected, a player needs 75 percent of the vote. On a star-studded, ultra-controversial ballot that included names like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, Biggio ended up with the highest vote total. No one was elected for only the third time in history.

Biden to address the nation´s mayors
The Hill [Washington DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 3:27:45 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden will address nearly 300 of the country´s mayors later this month, the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced in a statement on Wednesday.The group´s winter meeting will take place on Jan. 17, just days before President Obama´s inauguration in Washington, D.C. The mayors will meet with Biden, other administration officials and congressional leaders to discuss numerous issues, including deficit reduction, the sequester, job growth and gun control. The meeting comes as Biden has taken charge of the White House gun crime task force, developing proposals to tamp down on the nation´s epidemic of firearm violence.



Glenn Beck Relaunching The
Blaze As Global Libertarian
News Network
Buzzfeed, by McKay Coppins    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 3:25:16 PM     Post Reply
Glenn Beck announced plans Tuesday during his online television program to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly newsmagazine show, and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices. Beck introduced his ambitious plans by standing in front of a split screen with MSNBC´s Chris Matthews on one side and Fox News´s Sean Hannity on the other, and bemoaning the fact that cable news has devolved into the "far left [and] far right... yelling at each other." "We´re not gonna play

Joe Scarborough Taunts
Freshman GOP Senator, Says
Ted Cruz Afraid to Come
On Morning Joe
Newsbusters, by Jeffrey Meyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 3:16:54 PM     Post Reply
We don´t know if Joe Scarborough resolved to lose any weight this year, but he seems to have no game plan for diminishing his bloated ego. On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, the pseudo-conservative ex-congressman suggested that Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was afraid to appear on his program. Speaking on the subject of gun control, Scarborough challenged Cruz’s belief that a ban on assault weapons was unconstitutional and then challenged Cruz to come on his show and defend his opinion, “Some people get scared, they don´t like them coming on because you don´t ask them three minutes´ worth of questions.
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NASA holds a crazy, going-out-of-
business sale: Need a launch pad?
Bid now!
CultureMap [Houston, TX], by Whitney Radley    Original Article
Posted By: Four_Leaf Resident- 1/9/2013 3:14:38 PM     Post Reply
Now that the space shuttle program has been relegated to history, NASA is holding something of a going-out-of-business sale to distribute its Kennedy Space Center effects — although even the most avid space enthusiasts may not find these up-for-grabs items appealing. As the Orlando Sentinel reports, the list of pieces for use, lease or outright purchase includes a shuttle launch pad, space in the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building or a 15,000-foot landing strip. NASA needs to transfer these items — and fast — before federal maintenance funding runs out at the end of 2013.

Jack Lew Bagged $950,000
Bonus After Citigroup Bailout
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Wynton Hall    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/9/2013 3:11:16 PM     Post Reply
In the wake of the financial meltdown, President Barack Obama derided Wall Street bonuses as “obscene,” calling them examples of “fat cats who are getting awarded for their failure.” But now, Mr. Obama has announced that he will nominate as his next Treasury secretary Jack Lew, a man who in 2009 bagged a $950,000 bonus after his bank, Citigroup, received billions in a taxpayer-funded bailout. Mr. Lew is the former chief operating officer of Citigroup’s Alternative Investments unit—a group that bet billions against homeowners paying their mortgages.



Obama Voters Furious
About Tax Hikes
Breitbart´s Big Government, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 3:01:10 PM     Post Reply
Now, now. Calm down. Yes, I know you voted for Obama, but didn’t you ever stop to think that he’d tax you, too? You didn’t? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Disillusioned Obama voters are waking up to face the reality that Obama didn’t exempt them in his quest to steal money from all Americans to pay for his expanding government. It turns out that those making $30,000 a year will pay more taxes than those making $500,000 because of the deal Obama pushed for after the fiscal cliff debacle. Obama voters, the joke’s on you. Oh, one other little tidbit.

Inauguration insanity: from
ticket scalpers to $20
“I Love Bo” t-shirt
San Francisco Chronicle, by Carla Marinucci    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 3:00:44 PM     Post Reply
The 57th presidential inauguration, which will mark the second term of Barack Obama, has kicked off a marketing frenzy — legal and otherwise, starting with scalping of the tickets to the Jan. 21 event in the nation’s Capital. The Hill reports today that inaugural tickets doled out by the offices of lawmakers including Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio have already hit the black market with big price tags. We checked this morning on Craigslist to find a listing for Obama swearing-in tickets — which are free to constituents —

Illinois Passes Drivers
Licenses for Illegal Immigrants
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 2:57:23 PM     Post Reply
After a vote on January 8, Illinois is set to join only two other states, New Mexico and Washington, to allow illegal immigrants to apply for state drivers licenses. A third state, Utah, allows illegals to drive on temporary permits. The 65-46 vote where 11 Republicans, some in leadership positions, joined Democrats to extend legal licenses came after a long, heated debate (SB 957). Conservative activist William J. Kelly criticized the law. "This kind of legislation has spurred a serious fraud problem in New Mexico and other states where it has been enacted,"

Baseball Hall of Fame 2013
voting fails to produce inductee
Washington Times [DC], by Marc Lancaster    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 2:54:06 PM     Post Reply
The Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremonies for the Class of 2013 as scheduled July 28, but most of the usual buzz in Cooperstown, N.Y., likely will be absent. None of the 37 candidates on the writers’ ballot for the Hall of Fame received the 75 percent of votes required for induction in results announced Wednesday afternoon, just the third time since 1965 that no one has met the threshold. First-time candidate Craig Biggio came the closest among modern candidates, garnering 68.2 percent of the votes from 569 ballots cast by an electorate



Christie says East Coast waiting
´seven times longer´ than Katrina
victims for federal help
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/9/2013 2:52:36 PM     Post Reply
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed Washington once again Wednesday for its slow response in getting aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. “We’ve waited here now seven times longer than the victims of (Hurricane) Katrina to get help from the federal government,” he said, adding that some people were still waiting. Christie made his comments Wednesday on the Fox Business Network, one day after his annual State of the State address. Christie, who is up for re-election this year, has upped his public profile since Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey last October. Last week, he called out House Speaker

The Left´s Greatest Mind-Trick:
Politicizing Emotion
American Thinker, by Kyle Becker    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/9/2013 2:50:29 PM     Post Reply
The greatest mind-trick in the left´s entire arsenal is politicizing emotion. Once one accomplishes that, there is no limit on a government´s mandate to take action, since there are no rational limits on emotion. (snip) Now consider the case of gun control laws, which have no factual evidence to back up their effectiveness, given real-world constraints. Guns cannot be un-invented -- only taken away and put into some people´s hands, but not others. But since guns make leftists feel yucky, it´s best to have the government make them disappear.

Raring for a fight, Obama heads
into his second term swinging
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Amie Parnes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 2:48:36 PM     Post Reply
President Obama is picking fights with Republicans two weeks before he begins his second term, suggesting he intends his dealings with the GOP to be much different from his first four years in office. After avoiding a heated confirmation tussle over Susan Rice last month, Obama on Monday took a more combative tack with some Republicans by nominating former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to serve as secretary of Defense. He is also insisting he will not negotiate over raising the debt ceiling, and is prepared to consider broad reforms to the nation’s gun and immigration policies that could put

House Dems say president
can raise debt ceiling
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 2:40:58 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats say President Barack Obama should consider invoking a little-known constitutional provision that they say gives him the power to raise the debt ceiling without going through Congress, where Republicans are demanding that a debt ceiling vote be linked to spending cuts. The Democrats said in a letter that they would support the use of any authority, including the 14th Amendment, to prevent the nation from going into default, an event that some economists predict could trigger a global recession. That post-Civil War amendment contains a section stating that "the validity of the public



Rush hour horror as NY
commuter ferry carrying
more than 300 people crashes
into Manhattan dock injuring 57
Daily Mail (UK), by Rachel Quigley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 2:35:30 PM     Post Reply
A commuter ferry carrying 326 people crashed while pulling into the docks at Lower Manhattan this morning, injuring at least 57 people. The Seastreak Ferry made a ´hard docking´ at Pier 11 just before 9am after it missed one slip and hit another, throwing dozens of people on board forward or to the floor. Passengers describe mass chaos as they were thrown six feet into the air. Others were thrown down stairs, smashing into windows and hundreds of belongings were strewn all over the upper and lower levels. Police and firefighters were on the scene

Beyond waste and fraud
Washington Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/9/2013 2:34:59 PM     Post Reply
Democrats are united in their fiscal message. Throughout the “cliff” negotiations and again with the pending debt-ceiling debate, their argument has rested on a single, flimsy premise: Cutting government spending would push the economy into recession. In a Cato Institute study released Tuesday, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron argues slashing unproductive government spending and lowering tax rates simultaneously is the only way to achieve a brighter economic future. That’s heresy to the followers of John Maynard Keynes, the British economist whose ideas came into vogue in the 1930s,

White House Trots Out
Women Advisors in Latest Pic
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 2:28:42 PM     Post Reply
In the White House´s most recently released photograph, women advisors are trotted out, and can be found among the men: [Photo] This was yesterday´s White House photo of the day. The picture includes 3 women and 5 men, not including President Obama himself. "President Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Jan. 8, 2013. Attending, from left, are: (Snip) The picture was released the day after the New York Times published this White House photo, which featured only male advisors (10, in all) to the president:

South Carolina teacher on leave
for stomping on American flag
in front of class
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 2:27:31 PM     Post Reply
A high school teacher in South Carolina is under investigation and has been placed on long-term administrative leave after he allegedly threw an American flag on the floor and stomped on it in front of his students. Scott Compton, an English teacher at Chapin High School in Chapin, S.C., reprised the unpatriotic deed in three classes over the course of one day, reports local NBC affiliate WIS. One parent, Michael Copeland, said he heard his teenage daughter discussing the incident and asked her to tell him the whole story. “He drew a couple of symbols, like one

US tax code longer than
Bible _ without good news
Associated Press, by Stephen Ohlemacher    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 2:22:36 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club. At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report Wednesday by an independent government watchdog. That´s the equivalent of 3 million people working full-time, year-round. "If tax compliance were an industry, it would be one of the largest in the United States," says the report by Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate.


Biden suggests White House
could act without Congress as
part of gun control plan
Fox News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 2:15:42 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Biden suggested Wednesday that the White House could take unilateral action on gun control, as he kicked off a round of meetings aimed at finding ways to curb gun violence. The vice president met Wednesday with gun-safety and victims groups, saying he is "determined" to take "urgent action" to address gun violence. "This is not an exercise in photo opportunities or just getting to ask you all what your opinions are. We are vitally interested in what you have to say," Biden said. The White House has sought to avoid prejudging what Biden´s recommendations would be.

Blumenthal introduces new
legislation on gun ammunition
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Daniel Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/9/2013 2:11:02 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced legislation on Tuesday that would require background checks for buying gun ammunition. It´s currently illegal to sell ammunition to fugitives, felons and people suffering from mental disorders. However, while background checks are required for selling firearms, they are not required for selling ammunition. Blumenthal´s legislation would require background checks for selling ammunition as well. "Ammunition sales should be subject to the same legal requirements as firearm sales — instant background checks using the FBI’s national database, "Blumenthal said in a statement. "There is no rational reason why a person can walk into a store,

Chinese news organizations
rally behind censored paper
Los Angeles Times, by Barbara Demick    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 1/9/2013 2:10:57 PM     Post Reply
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. GUANGZHOU, China -- In a rare show of defiance to China’s censors, news organizations around the country rallied behind colleagues at the maverick Southern Weekly who are threatening to strike over press censorship. At least four prominent newspapers disobeyed orders on Tuesday to publish an editorial attacking the Southern Weekly journalists. Others published the editorial with a disclaimer saying it did not represent their views. News portals artfully arranged headlines so that the first Chinese character in each line spelled messages like “Go Southern Weekly!"

Biden: Obama Considering
´Executive Order´ to Deal
With Guns
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2013 2:07:14 PM     Post Reply
Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns. "The president is going to act," said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. "There are executives orders, there´s executive action that can be taken. We haven´t decided what that is yet. But we´re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required." Biden said that this is a moral issue and that "it´s critically important that we act." Biden talked also about taking responsible action.
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Kennedy sues N.Y. nurses,
hospital after newborn case
Journal News (Westchester, N.Y), by Lee Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: CEP- 1/9/2013 2:06:20 PM     Post Reply
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Less than two months after being acquitted on charges of endangering his 2-day-old son and harassing nurses who attempted to stop him from taking the baby outside Northern Westchester Hospital, Douglas Kennedy is suing the hospital, two nurses and one of their husbands. The 44-page lawsuit, filed Friday in state Supreme Court in Westchester County, names maternity ward nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane as defendants, along with Cari Luciano´s husband, Steve Luciano. It alleges assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, defamation, malicious prosecution and breach of confidentiality and seeks unspecified damages.
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Governors warn Congress
over debt limit
Associated Press, by Ken Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/9/2013 2:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Governors warned Congress Wednesday that lingering uncertainty over raising the nation´s borrowing capacity could hinder their budgets and their ability to foster job growth in their states. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin outlined states´ agendas in 2013 on behalf of the National Governors Association, urging lawmakers to reach a deal on the debt ceiling, which will reach its limit in about two months. Markell says the postponing of spending cuts under the fiscal cliff deal and a lack of action on raising the debt limit has led to uncertainty just as states are

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