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New Twist in Armstrong Saga
Wall Street Journal, by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O´Connel    Original Article
Posted By: bldrrepub- 1/17/2013 10:26:08 AM     Post Reply
The investment bank founded by Thomas Weisel, the powerful Silicon Valley financier who bankrolled and owned Lance Armstrong´s former cycling team, also managed assets for the then-head of cycling´s governing body, according to a broker who handled the accounts. The 71-year-old Weisel is under scrutiny in the doping scandal that has engulfed Armstrong´s former U.S. Postal Service cycling team. A federal whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2010 by Armstrong´s former teammate, Floyd Landis, accuses Weisel—as well as Armstrong and others—of knowingly duping the Postal Service...

Gun Sales and Background Checks:
Obama’s Bogus 40 Percent Stat
National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2013 10:21:05 AM     Post Reply
Of all the gun-control measures touted by President Obama on Wednesday, the one that got top billing was a dramatic tightening of background checks on gun purchasers. Obama himself said the need was urgent because “40 percent of all gun purchases are conducted without a background check.” But before we make the most sweeping changes in federal firearms law since the 1960s, shouldn’t we at least examine the validity of that figure? It’s about as dubious as they come. The administration is focusing on background checks in an attempt to drive a wedge between staunch anti-gun-control absolutists

Obama’s brother running
for seat in Kenyan government
saying that he has been ´inspired
and challenged´ by the U.S. President
Daily Mail (UK), by Mario Ledwith    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 1/17/2013 10:04:12 AM     Post Reply
Barack Obama´s Kenyan half-brother has launched his own political career, claiming he has been ´inspired and challenged´ by the US President.(snip) He said: ´When I look at the success that my brother has had in America, I feel I would have let down my people if I do not follow in his footsteps and end their suffering through dedicated, honest and focused leadership.´ Speaking from his ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya, he said that he was the best candidate to deal with the ´endless cycle of poverty and unemployment that bedevils my people´.



Ex-pal: Lance is ‘a criminal’
New York Post, by M.L. Nestel and Dan Macleod    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/17/2013 10:03:33 AM     Post Reply
Lance Armstrong’s former right-hand man blasted the cycling cheat yesterday, saying that he should be in jail for lying about taking steroids. “He’s a petty criminal,” Mike Anderson told The Post after the disgraced champion admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs. “This is a guy who never had a real job in his life. If he had not weaseled his way into [the] sport and undertook this incredible fraud, he would be a petty criminal.” Anderson sued his former boss in 2005 for allegedly reneging on a deal to help him open a bike shop

7 Crappy Products, Courtesy
of the Green Movement
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/17/2013 9:54:44 AM     Post Reply
In the good old days, consumers got what they wanted. Supply and demand, not causes or ideology, governed product design and manufacturing. That’s why we have great American icons like the 1969 Chevy Camaro, the charcoal-burning Weber grill, and DDT. But things have changed. The Green Movement’s worship of scarcity has changed the consumer landscape for the worse. Instead of big, powerful, and, most importantly, effective products, in 2012 consumers must suffer with pansy products. Sure, they are designed to save energy and make you feel good. But they just don’t work as well. (Snip) 1. Low Water Toilets

Hostages in Algeria ‘made
to wear explosives’
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/17/2013 9:19:02 AM     Post Reply
France 24 spoke to one of the hostages at the BP-Statoil-Sonatrach gas plant in eastern Algeria on Wednesday, the site of a deadly pre-dawn raid in which over 150 Algerians and around 40 Western foreigners were taken by Islamist militants.(Snip) The man, who declined to be identified by name, told France 24 that there were British, Japanese, Philippine and Malaysian nationals among the hostages. He said the militants simultaneously stormed the gas plant as well as the workers’ living quarters. “They came in and once there was daylight, grouped us all together.” He said the attackers were heavily armed

Militants: Algerian helicopters
kill 35 hostages
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/17/2013 9:02:13 AM     Post Reply
ALGIERS, Algeria -- Islamist militants have told a Mauritanian news outlet that Algerian military helicopters strafed the gas complex where they are holding hostages, killing 35 of the foreigners and 15 of the kidnappers. The spokesman for the Masked Brigade, which had earlier claimed responsibility for the assault Wednesday on the gas complex deep in the Sahara desert, said Thursday that Abou El Baraa, the leader of the kidnappers, was also killed in the helicopter attack. The information came from the Nouakchott Information Agency, which has often carried reports from al-Qaida-linked extremist groups.
Headline split by staff



White House Hypocrites Chastise
NRA for Ad on Gun Free Zones
American Thinker, by M. Catharine Evans    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/17/2013 8:17:46 AM     Post Reply
The National Rifle Association produced a 35-second ad calling out the "gun-free zones for thee but not for me" hypocrisy of Team Obama. (snip) In the past the Obamas have used their own children to push various agendas. And the President himself, along with Attorney General Eric Holder, used the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin to play the race card. A quick recap of the "repugnant and cowardly" ways the first couple have used children to infringe on our God-given

Republican Insider: Obama Livid
Over Gun Rights Backlash
- Thread Closed
The Ulsterman report, by Ulsterman    Original Article
Posted By: Sinatra5- 1/17/2013 8:12:57 AM     Post Reply
Like me you were probably watching the president’s gun control speech today. Was told this morning the presentation today was a revised version that was completed just last night after a bunch of back and forth between the White House and Senate leaders. Guessing that would be Harry Reid mostly. Last week the president was ready to go all in on the executive order scenario. Confiscation was going to be in play. Then the backlash came and it forced Obama to back off.

Texas, Houston leaders differ
on gun control proposals
Houston Chronicle, by James Pinkerton    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/17/2013 7:51:00 AM     Post Reply
Harris County’s top law enforcement officials and Houston’s mayor expressed support for President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals, particularly those that would outlaw military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Other elected officials in Texas and members of Texas’ congressional delegation rejected the proposals as an attack on the constitutional right to bear arms and state’s rights, while insisting they would not have prevented the Connecticut school massacre last month.

They´re Coming to Take
Our Guns Away, Ha-Haaa!
American Thinker, by Chad Stafko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 1/17/2013 7:31:13 AM     Post Reply
You may recall the 1966 cult-classic by Napoleon XIV titled, "They´re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa." The lyrics of that song describe an individual who is out of his mind and who is being taken "to the funny farm" and to "the loony bin" so he can be attended to by "those nice young men in their clean white coats." The subject of the song is simply considered a danger to society, a menace if you will, crazy, and unable to make rational decisions on his own.(snip) Enter today´s debate over guns.



When a Genealogy Hobby
Digs Up Unwanted Secrets
Wall Street Journal, by Sue Shellenbarger    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/17/2013 7:29:42 AM     Post Reply
Amateur genealogists, beware. Researching your ancestry doesn´t always turn up heroes and royalty. It may turn up a felon, a bigamist or another unsavory character. New York filmmaker Heather Quinlan found more than a few skeletons when digging into her ancestors´ closet. Among them: Thomas Fagan, her grandmother´s great-grandfather, who had killed a man during a drunken bar fight in 1868 (reportedly hitting him over the head with a chair in self-defense).

Shame, Shame On The
New York Archdiocese
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/17/2013 7:22:50 AM     Post Reply
I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I´m not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure. I met the affable Cardinal at the 125th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church but that didn´t stop its inner-city school from being targeted. Clearly the archdiocese has abandoned its educational mission for the needy which was established hundreds of years ago. Instead the economic bottom line seems to count more than educating minority children in the neighborhoods with poor performing public schools and few alternatives.

Thousands of New York City school-
children stranded this morning
in bus driver strike which
could last for weeks
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2013 6:59:33 AM     Post Reply
More than 8,000 New York City school bus drivers and matrons went on strike over job protection this morning, leaving some 152,000 students, many disabled, trying to find other ways to get to school. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the strike started at 6 a.m. Wednesday. About 200 bus drivers and bus matrons were assembled on picket lines in the Queens section of the city. ´The first days will be extremely chaotic,´ Walcott told 1010 WINS radio. ´It hasn´t happened in New York City in over 33 years.´ The union did not immediately return calls
Staff repaired headline.

Nine gut-busting dishes that contain
up to 3,500 calories named and
shamed on list of chain restau-
rants´ fattiest salt-filled meals
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/17/2013 6:43:40 AM     Post Reply
Shrimp pasta from The Cheesecake Factory, steak and eggs from IHOP, and bacon cheddar double cheeseburgers from Johnny Rockets´, among other dishes that restaurant chains serve, may sound appetizing, but they are also loaded with thousands of calories and plenty of saturated fat, sodium and sugar. In fact, those dishes come with so many unhealthy ingredients that they have been dubbed Xtreme Eating ´winners´ on this year´s list from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which researches unhealthy foods and beverages.[Snip] ‘We think this year that this is the worst of some of the worst,’ Jayne Hurley



Quentin Tarantino Stars
in Obamaquences
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2013 6:13:03 AM     Post Reply
So there was Quentin Tarantino yukking it up with Barack Obama. The Hollywood director was on stage with the-then Senator Obama at a 2008 Hollywood rally laughing away as Obama dismissed charges that he was a thorough-going leftist. Why, said the Senator, you can’t imagine the things my opponents will say. “It’s the typical response against a movement for change,” said Obama. “There is always some reason that they will try to convince you not to believe what you feel in your gut. They will try to bamboozle you, and hoodwink you, run the okey-doke on you.”

How to talk about guns
New York Daily News, by S.E. Cupp    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2013 6:09:09 AM     Post Reply
I recently had a debate on gun control with a colleague on television. It was one of dozens following the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. After I pressed him on some fast and loose gun terms he used, he — to his great credit — e-mailed to ask what he could read to get a better handle on the language. He’s not alone. The vast lexicon of gun verbiage is arcane and incredibly technical — and because of that, frequently misused by the voices most vocal on gun control. This isn’t just a semantic problem of getting the words wrong.

Al Gore ´sorry to see´ NYT
close environmental desk
Politico, by Mackenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 1/17/2013 6:02:58 AM     Post Reply
Former vice president Al Gore on Wednesday said he was "sorry to see" The New York Times´ environmental desk close, calling it a "worrisome change" to the paper´s ability to cover climate issues. Gore — who recently sold Current TV to Al Jazeera, a news network owned by the Emir of Qatar, and thus funded largely by foreign oil money — wrote on his blog he was sad to hear the Times was dismantaling its environmental desk. "I am sorry to see this team disbanded; over the last several years they have consistently provided high-quality reporting on critical environmental issues,

Obama´s possible election dig
against Netanyahu could backfire
Fox News, by Paul Alster    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2013 5:58:35 AM     Post Reply
HAIFA, Israel – President Obama´s possible attempt to pay back Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu for praising his rival during the last election could be backfiring. Obama, who was reportedly peeved by Netanyahu’s perceived endorsement of Mitt Romney leading up to November’s election, was recently quoted saying, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” The remark, which was relayed as a private comment in a column written by Jeffrey Goldberg for Bloomberg News, comes as Netanyahu faces an election of his own and is being widely viewed in Israel as meddlesome payback, not to mention a diplomatic trespass.

Chuck Hagel is good for Obama,
but what about America?
Creators Syndicate, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2013 5:52:47 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Former senator Chuck Hagel is a suave, energetic, spirited fellow. He is intelligent, and from his early youth apparently patriotic and undoubtedly courageous. He showed that in Vietnam. Hagel has been a Republican senator and an accomplished businessman. Now he is President Barack Obama´s nominee for secretary of defense. Because he is President Obama´s nominee for secretary of defense he is attracting dutiful scrutiny, and that is all to the good. This is not your ordinary presidency. In domestic policy and foreign policy President Obama is showing every indication of attempting to be an epochal president


The 2nd Amendment Is What
Makes The Other Nine Possible
Forbes, by Bill Flax    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2013 5:48:44 AM     Post Reply
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. – Second Amendment As debates over firearms simmer and President Obama mulls sweeping firearm restrictions via executive orders,, media personalities like Piers Morgan dismiss guests defending gun rights with contempt. You’d think resistance to disarmament amounts to culpability for the Sandy Hook slaughter. Yet, as John Lott’s bestseller, More Guns, Less Crime, highlights crime rates have tumbled while gun ownership has soared, including permits to carry concealed weapons.

Obama Recess Appointment
Ruling Coming Soon
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2013 5:40:56 AM     Post Reply
Labor insiders expect a federal appeals court to rule in the near future on a landmark case challenging President Barack Obama’s controversial recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in December in Noel Canning v. NLRB. At issue is the legitimacy of three NLRB board members appointed by Obama while the Senate remained in pro-forma session in an attempt to block the president from making a recess appointments. Insiders expect the court to expedite the proceedings.

All the Pretty Horses:
Ken Salazar to Leave Interior
Atlantic, by Andrew Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2013 5:37:44 AM     Post Reply
The Denver Post reported first this morning that Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior, will soon resign and leave his federal post in March. It´s not an easy job. There are inherent tensions between nurturing industry and protecting the environment, between the pull to serve as a steward for public lands and the push to use that land for commerce or recreation. (Snip)To me, Salazar´s failures have been most pronounced in his oversight of the Bureau of Land Management as it has overseen the fate of the nation´s wild horses.

The War Against Black Men
National Review Online, by Lee Habeeb    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/17/2013 5:32:23 AM     Post Reply
The date was January 12, 2013. You probably didn’t hear about this tragedy involving guns and two teenage boys. But this was the headline in the Chicago Tribune: “Boys, 14 and 15, killed in separate shootings Friday.” You didn’t hear about it because such events aren’t news in Chicago. They’re ordinary daily occurrences. As we continue to hear calls for ever-tightening gun laws from the Obama administration, and from states such as New York, it is worth thinking about those headlines in Chicago. And in inner cities all around America, places where strict gun laws are already in place.

And Miles to Go Before We’re Taxed
Weekly Standard, by Ethan Epstein    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/17/2013 5:29:58 AM     Post Reply
Give the environmental movement credit: When it comes to reducing vehicle emissions, it has won a stupendous victory. Since 1975, when the first federal mileage per gallon standards were introduced, the average mpg for American-driven cars has zoomed from less than 15 to nearly 35.(Snip)Because odometers are relatively easily tampered with (and besides, using odometers to gauge miles driven would require the government to engage in frequent and costly car mileage inspections), cars would almost certainly need to be outfitted with some form of government tracking device.

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