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Joe Scarborough Goes Off
On Mika Brzezinski After
She Asserts He’s ‘Being Chauvinistic’
Mediaite, by Meenal Vamburkar    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2013 10:57:57 AM     Post Reply
The Morning Joe family got heated and a bit awkward this morning during a discussion about the lack of diversity in President Obama‘s inner circle. As Joe Scarborough pointed to the lack of outrage and the Republican/Democrat double standard, Mika Brzezinski vehemently disagreed — and told him he was being “chauvinistic.” Scarborough… didn’t take it well. At one point literally snapping his fingers at his co-host. The issue of diversity took up the entire segment, but started to grow contentious when the BBC’s Katty Kay sought to downplay the lack of diversity

Wringing Out the Year
Aspen Times, by Glenn Beaton    Original Article
Posted By: Aspenhuskerette- 1/10/2013 10:54:54 AM     Post Reply
It´s time to ring in the new year and wring out the old with some reflections on the election, the world, our fair city and, obligatorily, the fiscal cliff. First, the election. Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in contravention to federal law. Apart from the joy of telling the feds to shove it, the argument for legalization is that it´s no worse than alcohol, and we all know what a good thing alcohol is. Now we´ll be able to get drunk on vodka and high on pot brownies for the drive home. Speaking of the feds, the re-elected president nominated

Drone strike kills four in Pakistan
United Press International, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/10/2013 10:53:13 AM     Post Reply
ISLAMABAD- A drone strike Thursday in Pakistan´s North Waziristan killed four people and injured several others, officials said. A report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua said the drone fired four missiles at a compound suspected to be militant hideout. The area is in Eissu Khel village in the Mir Ali area of the tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. The compound was destroyed but the identities those killed weren´t immediately known. Xinhua said it was the second such strike in the area since Tuesday, when missile attacks killed three suspected militants, including an al-Qaida-linked operative.



CIA Nominee John Brennan Has Touted
Hezbollah’s ‘Moderate Elements’
Cybercast News Service, by Patrick Goodenough    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:52:30 AM     Post Reply
CIA director-designate John Brennan’s stated views on the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah at times has appeared to be out of step with others in the Obama administration, which he has served as White House counterterrorism adviser since 2009. Even before President Obama’s election, Brennan – who was Obama’s chief intelligence adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign – was promoting a shift in the U.S. approach to Hezbollah. The Iranian- and Syrian-sponsored Shi’ite group, which also participates in Lebanese parliamentary politics, is blamed for attacks included a series of suicide bombings in Beirut in 1983 which killed more than

Doing the research the New
York Times won’t do
Human Events, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 1/10/2013 10:50:33 AM     Post Reply
In Sunday’s New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal claimed, as the title of her article put it, “More Guns = More Killing.” She based this on evidence that would never be permitted in any other context at the Times: (1) anecdotal observations; and (2) bald assertions of an activist, blandly repeated with absolutely no independent fact-checking by the Times. There is an academic, peer-reviewed, long-term study of the effect of various public policies on public, multiple shootings in all 50 states over a 20-year period performed by renowned economists at the University of Chicago and Yale

Video: Secret gun-rights
provision in ObamaCare?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:47:32 AM     Post Reply
By golly, Nancy Pelosi was right — they didn’t know what was in ObamaCare until it passed! Of course, in this case all she needed to do was ask her buddy Harry Reid, who apparently sandbagged his party’s gun-control wing by inserting an interesting clause in the 2800-page bill that no one in Congress bothered to read before voting on it. CNN’s Jim Acosta reveals the restriction on firearms-registration data collection built into the 2010 law: The reason Reid inserted this clause, CNN reports without ever having actually talked to Reid (he declined comment),

Blumenthal: ‘Executive
action’ on guns will
only tighten enforcement
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:35:50 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Thursday that any “executive action” taken by President Obama on gun control would likely strengthen enforcement of existing laws rather than introduce new measures. Blumenthal, in an interview on CNN’s “Starting Point,” said that Vice President Biden would seek the support of gun-advocacy groups for those efforts during his meeting with the National Rifle Association (NRA) later in the day. "I think that, very realistically, he´s focusing on what the president can do to improve enforcement through executive action, which, by the way,



Police say YouTube videos led
them to alleged pot grower
Union Leader [Manchester, NH], by James A Kimble    Original Article
Posted By: nhchemist- 1/10/2013 10:35:04 AM     Post Reply
BRENTWOOD -- An Auburn man who allegedly decided to show off his marijuana-growing operation on YouTube attracted one viewer that took a keen interest in his budding hobby — the Rockingham County Sheriff´s Drug Task Force. Kyle Thomas Berry, 40, of 515 Bunker Hill Road was arraigned Wednesday morning in 10th Circuit Court in Auburn for having about 16 marijuana plants at his home.(Snip) Investigators built their case around the 35 YouTube videos in which Berry allegedly narrates the various stages of his grow operation from the basement of his Auburn home.

PETA Wants Decapitation Ban
In Fla. Snake-Hunting Contest
WFSU Radio - Florida State University, by Jessica Palombo    Original Article
Posted By: addicted_to_coffee- 1/10/2013 10:31:01 AM     Post Reply
The state of Florida is gearing up for a massive python hunting contest in the Everglades starting on Saturday. But an animal rights group is calling for the state to ban decapitation as a method of killing the giant snakes. Decapitation is one of three lethal methods the state has authorized in the Python Challenge. The contest, which has cash prizes, is attracting hunters from all over the U.S. to help the state fight an infestation of non-native Burmese pythons. But Lori Kettler, with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says decapitation cannot possibly be humane.
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CalSTRS pension fund divests
from some gun, ammo makers
Reuters, by Jim Christie & David Gregorio    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:26:17 AM     Post Reply
WEST SACRAMENTO, California - The second largest U.S. pension fund on Wednesday decided to sell off its investments in manufacturers of firearms that are banned in California, like the assault rifle used in the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. The investment committee of the California State Teachers´ Retirement System (CalSTRS), a $154 billion pension fund, also voted to divest from manufacturers of high-capacity ammunition clips illegal in California. The move comes after CalSTRS, just days after the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, began reviewing its private equity funds managed by Cerberus Capital Management LP and

Police: Fla. clerk´s gun beats
thief´s cattle prod
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 1/10/2013 10:24:20 AM     Post Reply
TALLAHASSEE - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun. The Leon County Sheriff´s Office says 26-year-old Lance Tomberlin went into a store just outside Tallahassee on January 2, produced the cattle prod and demanded money from the clerk. Officials say he shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled a handgun. Authorities say Tomberlin fled and another employee tried to restrain him, but he eventually escaped in his truck.



Journalists react in shock
to Drudge Report header
featuring Hitler and Stalin
Washington Examiner, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:18:55 AM     Post Reply
Shocked journalists this afternoon were quick to react to the Drudge Report’s controversial header photo comparing President Obama to Hitler and Stalin. The item linked to a Weekly Standard article reporting that President Obama was willing to address the gun issue with an executive order. “Hitler and Stalin!” exclaimed BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith on Twitter alerting most of his followers by linking directly to the Drudge Report. “Drudge rules our world,” responded Slate journalist David Weigel to Smith’s post on Twitter, later adding sarcastically, “SOMETHING SHOCKING HAS BEEN POSTED ON

Libyan Gun Control Policies
Left Guards Unarmed at U.S.
Compound in Benghazi
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:13:00 AM     Post Reply
The gun control policies of the post-Gaddafi government in Libya delayed the arming of bodyguards for U.S. diplomats in that country and left the local guard force hired to watch over the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi unarmed, according to internal State Department memos and written testimony by the State Department officer who was in charge of the department’s security in Libya until six weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. “Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit,” State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom

Katherine Webb on Musburger´s
remarks, ESPN apology,
Dockett´s tweet
Los Angeles Times, by Mellissa Rohlin    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 1/10/2013 10:10:55 AM     Post Reply
ESPN has apologized for Brent Musburger´s comments about Katherine Webb during the BCS national championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame, even though the beauty queen apparently did not find his words offensive. "If he had worded it different and said we were hot, or sexy, or commented on our body parts, it would have been completely different," Webb, the reigning Miss Alabama USA, told Esquire. "I didn’t take any offense to it, because I think it’s OK for a man to tell a woman that she’s beautiful, no matter what age."

IRS Warns Employers: Do
Not Try to Avoid ObamaCare
Insurance Mandate
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:10:00 AM     Post Reply
The Internal Revenue Service warned employers in a new regulatory proposal not to come up with clever schemes to avoid Obamacare’s employer health insurance mandate. The IRS said it would soon issue “anti-abuse rules” to discourage employers from taking advantage of any regulatory loopholes. “The Treasury Department and the IRS are aware of various structures being considered under which employers might use temporary staffing agencies (or other staffing agencies)… to evade application of section 4980H [the employer insurance mandate],” the IRS said in a proposed regulatory announcement issued December 28.



Massacre-hardened Colorado
a gun control test case
Associated Press, by Nicholas Riccardi & Ivan Moreno    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/10/2013 10:08:07 AM     Post Reply
DENVER — After the annual late-summer harvest on his farm in the eastern reaches of Colorado, Greg Brophy has a few friends over, breaks out the handguns and semi-automatic rifles and mows down some rotten watermelons. (Snip) One of the worst and most high-profile school massacres in American history — the 1999 Columbine shooting that killed 12 students and a teacher — did little to alter that culture.

African Anglicans slams Church of
England gay bishop rule
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/10/2013 10:06:45 AM     Post Reply
Paris—Senior African Anglican leaders have lined up to denounce the Church of England’s decision to allow celibate gay bishops, warning it would only widen the divisions within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Archbishop Nicholas Okoh of Nigeria, effectively the largest province in the Communion, said such reforms “could very well shatter whatever hopes we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved Communion.” His comments yesterday followed similar denunciations on Monday by Ugandan Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, who is also head of the Gafcon group of traditionalist Anglican primates opposed to gay clergy.

Obama taps Jack Lew for
Treasury, igniting GOP anger
Washington Examiner, by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/10/2013 10:04:26 AM     Post Reply
President Obama is expected to unveil White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew as his treasury secretary nominee Thursday, tapping a budget wonk with deep ties in Washington but also someone who antagonized Republicans during contentious fiscal negotiations. With the exit of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in coming weeks, Lew, if confirmed, would take over the Treasury Department in the middle of a battle between the White House and Congress about how to raise the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. Multiple sources with knowledge of Lew´s appointment confirmed his selection to The Washington Examiner.

West New York assemblywoman´s
bill would require psychological
tests for all gun buyers
Jersey Journal [Jersey City, NJ], by Terrence T. McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/10/2013 10:04:08 AM     Post Reply
Individuals seeking a permit to buy firearms in New Jersey would have to submit results of a psychological evaluation before they could buy a gun, under a bill introduced yesterday in the Legislature by West New York Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez. The measure would also require applicants to have an on-site inspection and evaluation of the household where the firearm would be located. The bill was one of 18 introduced yesterday by several lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly intended to curb gun violence in New Jersey, which already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws.

Mark Levin rips ´pathetic troll´ Joe
Scarborough for attacks on
GOP, talk radio
The Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: sparky86- 1/10/2013 9:57:50 AM     Post Reply
On his Wednesday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin derided MSNBC host Joe Scarborough as a “pathetic troll” who pretends to be a conservative. Scarborough on Tuesday railed against “shrill” Republicans — including some GOP politicians and talk radio hosts — for supposedly caving on some fundamental political issues. “There is a pathetic troll prancing around as a conservative — even a conservative intellectual,” Levin said. “I know, it’s funny. He goes by the name of Joe Scarborough, but I cannot believe that is really his name. So I’ve assigned him a name — ‘the morning schmo,’


Jobless Claims in U.S.
Unexpectedly Increased Last Week
Bloomberg News, by Shobhana Chandra    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/10/2013 9:53:57 AM     Post Reply
More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign improvement in the labor market remains uneven. Jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 371,000 in the week ended Jan. 5, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 48 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a drop to 365,000. The prior week’s figures were revised to 367,000 from an initially reported 372,000. A consistent decline in firings, along with a rise in payrolls, is needed to spur consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy.

We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists - Thread Closed
Foxnews.com, by Dr. Keith Ablow    Original Article
Posted By: Flyball dogs- 1/10/2013 9:53:48 AM     Post Reply
A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing. Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.

Mass. Gov. pressed to
name Frank to Kerry seat
Associated Press, by Steve LeBlanc    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/10/2013 9:50:56 AM     Post Reply
BOSTON — Liberal groups have launched twin online petitions aimed at pressuring Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to temporarily name former Congressman Barney Frank to Sen. John Kerry´s seat if Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which helped raise money for Democrat Elizabeth Warren during her successful Senate campaign, has launched a new website and online petition. The petition points to potential cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and says "we can´t afford to have our other senator be lukewarm, undecided, or uncertain." "We need someone who we are 100 percent confident will fight

2013 Academy Award Nominations
Are Announced (Full List)
Wall Street Journal, by Barbara Chai    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/10/2013 9:14:41 AM     Post Reply
The nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards, or Oscars, were announced by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone Thursday. The ceremony, which will air Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, will also be hosted by MacFarlane. “Lincoln” led the pack with 12 nominations, including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Other films receiving nominations were “Silver Linings Playbook,” including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress, and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” including Best Director, Best

Eric Holder: Gun Owners Should
´Cower´ in Shame Like Smokers
Newsbusters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/10/2013 9:00:20 AM     Post Reply
The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman´s National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now "cower outside of buildings" to smoke. "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that´s not cool, that it´s not acceptable, it´s not hip

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