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Southwestern Pa. hospital
to stop baby deliveries
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 5:47:33 PM     Post Reply
WINDBER, Pa. — A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can´t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms. The Windber Medical Center, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is losing two obstetricians and two others are shifting their focus more to gynecology. Hospital officials say the population of women of child-bearing age is dropping and that the number of births the hospital would be called upon to

What everybody needs to know
about our Constitution and
gun control
Fox News, by Juan Williams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 5:42:17 PM     Post Reply
Quick draw Republicans in Congress, intent on stopping any gun-control proposal from the Obama White House, are way off target when they accuse the president of violating gun ownership rights under the Constitution. Gun control is completely consistent with the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. And President Obama is on target with the great American tradition of proposing gun control laws for Congressional approval as well as by issuing executive orders on gun control. The only opinion that matters here is the Supreme Court’s opinion. And the high court has ruled, several times,

Obama Provokes the
American People
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/16/2013 5:41:26 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: President Obama today is taking action that a majority of Americans disagree with. He´s going down a road a majority of people disagree with. He knows it. The question is, why? Why is Barack Obama literally trying to push people to snap? Why is he doing this? It´s as though in some way he´s attacking the very sanity of people in this country. Why is he doing this? Why is he deliberately making people so upset? What is driving him? Anybody got any ideas?



Frank Zamboni: As Google Doodle
game celebrates cool inventor,
here are 8 Things You Don’t
Know About the Zamboni Machine
Washington Post, by Michael Cavna    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2013 5:30:35 PM     Post Reply
“There are three things in life that people like to stare at: a flowing stream, a crackling fire and a Zamboni clearing the ice.” -- “Peanuts’ “ Charlie Brown CAN YOU NAME where the famed Zamboni machine was invented? If you said, “Iceland,” you’re absolutely right. ... Unless you meant the country. The Zamboni, that ever-present sight at hockey matches and figure-skating competitions the globe over, was invented more than 60 years ago in — of all places — Southern California, in the Los Angeles harbor area now known as Paramount.

Statement by Gov. Perry on President
Obama´s Executive Actions
Real Clear Politics, by Gov. Rick Perry    Original Article
Posted By: draggingtree- 1/16/2013 5:26:05 PM     Post Reply
Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama´s executive actions: "The Vice President´s committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there. "Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.
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Other People´s Children
Wall Street Jounal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: BamaMan- 1/16/2013 5:24:48 PM     Post Reply
A combative new 4½-minute ad from the National Rifle Association has drawn the attention of the White House, which "slammed the NRA as ´cowardly´ " for having, in the New York Daily News´s words, "dragged President Obama´s daughters into the raging debate over gun control by placing them in a controversial commercial": Spokesman Jay Carney said the NRA crossed the line when the group referenced Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, in a spot calling the commander-in-chief an "elitist hypocrite" because his girls get armed Secret Service protection.

Obama Proclaims Support for
Religious Freedom -- Amid
HHS Mandate Litigation
Cybercast News Service, by Fred Lucas    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 5:18:10 PM     Post Reply
In the midst of 44 lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s mandate that every employer cover the cost of abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, President Barack Obama issued a religious freedom proclamation on Wednesday. The proclamation begins by saying, “Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose.” But it does not talk about the free practice of religion, which plaintiffs are fighting to defend in litigation across the country. “Because of the protections guaranteed by our Constitution, each of us has the right to practice our faith openly and as we choose,”



Rep. Hank Johnson on NRA:
‘They Still Cannot Get Over’
That Obama Is ‘Black’
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 5:11:31 PM     Post Reply
Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said that the National Rifle Association (NRA) opposed President Barack Obama´s gun control plans because the group “still cannot get over” the fact that the president is “black.” Following a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, Rep. Johnson suggested that NRA opposition to Obama’s gun control policies was personal. CNSNews.com then asked Johnson, "You said just a minute ago that part of the NRA´s true colors was a personal dislike of the president. Why do you think that is?" Rep. Johnson said, "First of all, he is a black.

Reid: I´ll bring gun
legislation to floor
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Ramsey Cox    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 5:07:02 PM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that he would bring gun legislation to the Senate floor. “I am committed to ensuring that the Senate will consider legislation that addresses gun violence and other aspects of violence in our society early this year,” Reid said in a statement. But Reid, who has opposed a ban on assault weapons in the past, offered no details on what kind of legislation he would be willing to bring to the floor. President Obama´s gun proposals on Wednesday including a ban on "military-style assault weapons"

Lawmaker: Doctors shouldn´t be
asking patients about guns
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 5:02:13 PM     Post Reply
Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), who was a family physician before coming to Congress in 2009, argued on Wednesday that doctors have no right to ask patients about their status as gun owners, as an executive order from President Obama would encourage them to do. "I came to Congress as a family physician with great concerns about the federal government intruding on the doctor-patient relationship," Fleming said. "By his executive actions today, President Obama is pushing the government further into the exam room. "He´s trying to press doctors into government service by pushing them to ask patients,

Kucinich joins Fox News Channel
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Daniel Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/16/2013 4:57:10 PM     Post Reply
Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is joining Fox News Channel as a regular contributor, the channel announced Wednesday. Kucinich, the liberal firebrand and former two-time presidential candidate, will make his first appearance on the channel on Thursday night during "The O´Reilly Factor," according to The Associated Press. "Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership," Kucinich said in a statement. "I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a Fox News contributor."



Obama the Children Savior
Champion of Partial Birth Abortion
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/16/2013 4:48:34 PM     Post Reply
The White House spokesman Jay Carney-identified “little kids”, filling in as props at Barack Hussein Obama’s gun proposal presser today, have more respect for human life than the president does. Young as they are, those with baby brothers and sisters at home, would be absolutely traumatized to know that as a senator Obama championed partial birth abortion, the brutal slaughter of babies who make it through abortion. “President Obama voted against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act four times, horrifyingly voting against protecting babies who survived abortion and voting in favor of leaving them

White House calls NRA ad
that makes reference to Obama´s
daughters ´repugnant and cowardly´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: tocsin- 1/16/2013 4:26:01 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The White House says a National Rifle Association video that makes reference to President Barack Obama´s daughters is "repugnant and cowardly." Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president´s children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from the pro-gun lobby that calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for having armed Secret Service agents protect his daughters at school while voicing skepticism about installing armed guards in all schools. The NRA released the video ahead of Obama's

Disarming Americans,
Arming Terrorists
FrontPage Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/16/2013 4:14:56 PM     Post Reply
While the White House was busy drafting proposals to ban assault rifles, the last of the regulations imposed on Saudi travel to the United States after September 11 were being taken apart. While some government officials were busy planning how to disarm Americans, other officials were negotiating the transfer of F-16s and Abrams tanks to Muslim Brotherhood-run Egypt. (Snip) While Obama has not been willing to respect the Constitution of the United States and its Bill of Rights, he was willing to arm a terrorist group whose motto is, “The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader,

U.S. to recognize Somali
government, opening door
to new aid
Reuters, by Andrew Quinn*    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/16/2013 4:14:52 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The United States will on Thursday officially recognize the Somali government in Mogadishu, ending a hiatus of more than 20 years and opening the door to increased U.S. and international economic help for the violence-plagued African nation, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce the shift during a meeting with visiting Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, whose election last year marked the first vote of its kind since warlords toppled military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson told reporters.



Carmakers Steering Away From
Steel in Order to Meet
Fuel Economy Standards
U.S. News & World Report, by Meg Handley    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 1/16/2013 3:54:45 PM     Post Reply
Faced with increasingly stringent benchmarks—the government´s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require a passenger vehicle fleet that averages 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025—carmakers are taking another approach to achieving better fuel mileage: shaving weight off vehicles by experimenting with lighter materials. Automobiles have long been made from steel—a very strong, but heavy material. Now manufacturers are experimenting with new materials—ranging from aluminum to carbon fiber composites to metal alloys—to help companies reach the ambitious fuel efficiency standards.
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Former JFK Coach, Teacher
Abused Teens as Many as 25 Times
WKBN-27 First News [OH], by staff    Original Article
Posted By: TunnelRat- 1/16/2013 3:42:09 PM     Post Reply
A former Warren John F. Kennedy High School religion teacher, sports trainer and baseball coach used his authority positions to tell students they needed massages to avoid injury, then sexually molested them, one as many as 25 times during the late 1980s, a source familiar with the settlements reached in the cases said. Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian said Wednesday he negotiated settlements for 11 men who attended JFK High from 1986-1990 that claimed Brother Stephen P. Baker, a baseball coach, religion teacher and athletic trainer during his tenure at JFK, molested.
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Bob Schieffer Likens Obama
´Taking on the Gun Lobby´
to Hunt for Bin Laden,
´Defeating the Nazis´
NewsBusters, by Matthew Balan    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 1/16/2013 3:11:56 PM     Post Reply
Bob Schieffer somehow topped Chris Matthews during CBS News´s special coverage of President Obama´s gun control press conference on Wednesday, as he became the worst caricature of a foaming-at-the-mouth cheerleader for the chief executive. Schieffer lauded "one of the best speeches I´ve ever heard him [Obama] deliver", and compared Obama´s new gun control agenda to Lyndon Johnson´s push for civil rights legislation in the 1960s. The CBS veteran even went so far to liken the President´s cause to the ten-year hunt for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and the difficult endeavor of winning World War II:
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Jonathan orders deployment
of war planes to Mali
Vanguard [Nigeria], by Tony Edike    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/16/2013 3:09:22 PM     Post Reply
Enugu-Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Alex Barde, said the Nigerian Airforce will commence deployment of Nigeria war planes to check the activities of jihad fighters in Mali on Thursday morning.(Snip)“We expect them to do what Mr. President directed that we do; he has directed that we should go and assist Mali in repelling the jihad fighters there because you know that if they finish with Mali the next thing will be to come to Nigeria. “So we are going there to fight them and also protect our borders.

Conrad Bain of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’
dead at 89
Associated Press, by Bob Thomas    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 1/16/2013 2:47:52 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died. Bain died Monday of natural causes in his hometown of Livermore, Calif., according to his daughter, Jennifer Bain. He was 89. The show that made him famous debuted on NBC in 1978, an era when television comedies tackled relevant social issues.
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Obama Asks Doctors to
Help Deal With Guns
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/16/2013 2:30:32 PM     Post Reply
According to a background briefer provided by the White House, President Barack Obama is asking doctors to help deal with guns. Here´s the relevant passage: PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands. Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety

Patrick proposes gas tax hike among
new taxes, fees for transportation
Boston Business Journal, by Galen Moore    Original Article
Posted By: lostinmassachusetts- 1/16/2013 2:12:29 PM     Post Reply
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday laid tax and fee increases and new taxes on the table, including more than doubling the state´s gas tax. He's seeking more than $1 billion a year in new revenue to fund projects designed to fund public transit and highway operations, reduce MBTA debt and borrow money to double infrastructure spending. Beacon Hill leaders reportedly signaled agreement.
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Is the White House freezing
Fox out of pressers?
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2013 1:28:57 PM     Post Reply
It’s no secret that Fox News is not Barack Obama’s favorite news channel. In his first year, the White House more or less declared war on Fox, suspending its strategy only when other media outlets began to publicly criticize Obama for it, blocking the White House attempt to freeze Fox out of coverage. They may have relented publicly on the deep freeze, but a new study by the University of Minnesota’s Eric Ostermeier suggests that the Obama administration has quietly imposed a big chill on Fox instead: Over the course of the president’s first term,

What Closing the Gun-Show
Loophole Won’t Do
National Review Online, by Clayton E. Cramer    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2013 1:24:14 PM     Post Reply
It is an article of faith that closing the “gun-show loophole” would make America a safer place. But that is what it is: faith. In 2008, three criminologists (one of them not at all friendly to guns) studied the effects on murder and suicide rates in California (which prohibits private sales without a background check) and Texas (which does not). They looked at homicide and suicide rates for adjacent ZIP codes for a week after gun shows. They found no change in suicide rates, and in Texas, which has no restrictions on private party sales,

Obama to Take 23
´Executive Actions´ on Guns
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/16/2013 1:22:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House announced today that President Barack Obama will take 23 "executive actions" to deal with guns. The "executive actions," as introduced and written by the White House, are: 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals

What President Obama proposed on
guns.And what might actually
pass Congress.
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/16/2013 12:59:12 PM     Post Reply
President Obama announced a sweeping slate of new gun control proposals Wednesday designed to curb mass violence. Some of the items will be enacted via executive order while others will require action on Capitol Hill. Below, we take a closer look at the larger proposals that will require action from Congress and offer our best educated guess of how likely they are to pass, based on recent polling and what lawmakers have said: * A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines

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