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Obama gun view out of
step with public opinion
USA Today, by Glenn Harlan Reynolds    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/23/2013 11:59:18 AM     Post Reply
Ever since the Sandy Hook shootings, we´ve been hearing that now, at last, it´s time for the National Rifle Association to drop its "extremist" views and accept the sort of gun control that Democrats — and their allies in the press — were pushing long before Sandy Hook. When NRA Executive Vice President Wayne La Pierre proposed armed guards in schools, it was portrayed as evidence of how out-of-touch the organization was. (Snip) But, then again, it turned out that 55% of Americans supported the NRA proposal. Turns out, it was the people calling it crazy —

Union membership in the
U.S. continues its long decline
Los Angeles Times, by Alana Semuels    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/23/2013 11:56:47 AM     Post Reply
New York — Union membership is continuing to shrink throughout the country, even as companies add jobs in one-time union strongholds such as Michigan. Union membership fell to 11.3% of wage and salary workers last year, down from 11.8% the year before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. In 1981, 20.1% of wage and salary workers were unionized. The latest numbers, while not a surprise, are the result of both political maneuvering and corporate negotiations. Both Michigan and Indiana became right-to-work states over the last year, meaning unions cannot require members to pay dues as a condition of employment.

Top Japanese Official Urges Elderly
to ‘Hurry Up and Die’
ABC News, by Aiko Fujita    Original Article
Posted By: mambo 5- 1/23/2013 11:52:14 AM     Post Reply
TOKYO – Taro Aso has never been one to hold his tongue. But Japan’s 72 year-old deputy prime minister may have outdone himself with his latest gaffe. At a government panel to discuss social security reforms, the former prime minister called the elderly who are unable to feed themselves “tube people,” then proceeded to say the elderly should be allowed to “hurry up and die” to reduce the burden on a country tasked to pay for their medical expenses.



Senate Budget Chair:
We’re going to do a budget
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 11:49:54 AM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced that Senate Democrats will pass their first budget since 2009, while trying to dispel the idea that the House Republicans’ ‘no budget, no pay’ proposal had pushed Democrats to do so. “Senate Democrats plan to move on a budget resolution regardless of whether the House rolls this issue into their short-term bill to increase the debt limit,” Murray said in a statement this morning. “I am ready to get to work with my colleagues on the Budget Committee and I look forward to fighting for middle class budget values and

Hilllary on Libya:
´What Difference Does It Make?´
Breitbart´s Big Government, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/23/2013 11:49:43 AM     Post Reply
After being pressed today by Republican Senator Ron Johnson to explain how it was that over the course of weeks, the Obama Administration stood by an absurd story claiming that four Americans we´re murdered in Libya due to a spontaneous protest gone bad, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton played the indignation card. (Snip) With all due respect, the fact is we have four dead Americans. Whether it was because of a protest or because guys outside for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make?

Erotic novel featuring Obamas
Daily Caller, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 1/23/2013 11:35:17 AM     Post Reply
There’s good news for Barack Obama: the next time he travels, he can indulge his narcissism by reading an erotic novel—about himself. GuestHouse Games, published by uStarNovels, follows Barack and Michelle Obama while they are “alone in their isolated beachfront guesthouse in the tropical paradise of Kailua, Hawaii.”

Obama´s strongest opposition may
come from within - over spoils,
not principle
Daily Caller, by Joel Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: Hooverdog- 1/23/2013 11:32:39 AM     Post Reply
I have seen more powerful men than Barack Obama fall. I worked in South Africa during Thabo Mbeki’s presidency, when the ruling African National Congress (ANC) won 70% of the vote and earned the power to change his country’s constitution unilaterally. In 2005, I watched from the gallery as he told Parliament he was dismissing his deputy, Jacob Zuma, over allegations of corruption stemming from a lucrative arms deal. Two years later, Mbeki was ousted by his party and forced to resign his presidency of the country.



Voice Actor For Charlie
Brown arrested In Calif.
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/23/2013 11:20:32 AM     Post Reply
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many "Peanuts" shows was arrested on charges that include stalking. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She told U-T San Diego (HTTP://BIT.LY/USUNAC ) that a background check yielded a warrant against Robbins from the San Diego County sheriff´s department.

Gun Owners Must Contact
Schools In Proposed Legislation
KTVI-TV [St. Louis, MO], by Joe Millitzer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 11:18:08 AM     Post Reply
ST. LOUIS, MO – Missouri state Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal wants parents to notify schools if they own a gun. She also wants to make failing to prevent guns getting into the wrong hands an illegal offense. The state senator is holding a news conference on Wednesday in Jefferson city to release the proposed legislation. According to a release from the Senator’s office Senate Bill 124 will make, “failing to prevent illegal firearm possession, it creates the offense of negligent storage of a firearm and it requires a parent or guardian enrolling a child in school to notify

Clinton Shouts: ´What
Difference ... Does It Make?´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 11:12:54 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about ascertaining whether the Benghazi terror attack was the result of a protest by Senator Ron Johnson. "What difference, at this point, does it make?" Clinton shouted, seemingly losing her cool. "With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Jindal’s Bold Tax Reform
National Review Online, by Katrina Trinko    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 1/23/2013 11:11:09 AM     Post Reply
If Bobby Jindal has his way, Louisiana’s personal and corporate income taxes are headed for extinction. Jindal wants the tax reform to be “revenue neutral,” and he’s exploring by how much he would have to increase the sales tax (currently 4 percent) in order to achieve that. He’s also meeting with state legislators. Louisiana’s session doesn’t start until April 8, and Jindal’s office intends by then to release a detailed plan, filling in the broad outlines that have been put forward so far.



Welcome to ‘Russell’ mania!
Two new dog breeds make
the big Westminster Kennel
Club show at MSG
New York Daily News, by Stephen Rex Brown    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 11:05:30 AM     Post Reply
Welcome to the ruff club. Two new breeds will make their debut at the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show next month — further proof that every dog indeed has its day. The tenacious Russell terrier and the athletic treeing walker coonhound will strut for the first time on the dog world’s grandest stage: Madison Square Garden. “It´s an honor and a privilege. We´ve worked so hard at it,” said Sue Sobel, 66, a tireless booster of her breed who will show two Russell terriers, Meadowbrook Madison and Foxfield Pepper Patch.

Pay Up or Get Sued
Washington Free Beacon, by Bill McMorris    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 11:03:56 AM     Post Reply
The president of Michigan’s largest union is instructing officials to prepare to sue its own members, according to a leaked memo issued after the state adopted right-to-work laws in December. Steven Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, circulated an email to local unions officials and staff instructing them to monitor revenue streams in light of the right-to-work laws, which are set to go into effect on March 27, 2013. The law allows workers to opt out of union membership unless they have an existing contract with their employer.

The Peaceful Transfer of Mobocracy
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 1/23/2013 11:01:23 AM     Post Reply
Casting about for something positive to say on Inauguration Day, pols and pundits fell back on the cliché that America exhibits the “peaceful transfer of power.” But that’s not much of a consolation if it results in revolution anyways. Most revolutions are not against state power but with it. So it goes with Obama’s, as he leaves the old forms in place but fills them with new revolutionary meanings. The disturbing hollowness of Obama’s inauguration derives from this more subtle form of revolution. All the usual trappings of tradition were on display
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Does UN arms trade treaty figure
in Obama administration’s gun
control plans?
Fox News, by George Russell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 10:58:11 AM     Post Reply
One day after President Barack Obama won re-election, his Administration agreed to a new round of international negotiations to revive a United Nations-sponsored treaty regulating the international sale of conventional arms, which critics fear could affect the Constitutionally protected right of U.S. citizens to purchase and bear firearms. Now, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre and the President’s January 16 promise to “put everything I’ve got” into a sweeping new series of gun control initiatives, the fate of that treaty, which enters a “final” round of negotiations this March,



Sandy Hook Victim´s Uncle Offers
Proposal to Prevent Mass Shootings
Breitbart´s Big Government, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 10:53:21 AM     Post Reply
The uncle of one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary has proposed new legislation designed to reduce future mass shootings without resorting to gun bans. Lawyer Alexis Haller is the uncle of Noah Pozner, who was killed by Adam Lanza in Newtown, CT last month. Haller recently flew from his home in Seattle to Washington, D.C. to make his case for a series of plans designed to prevent future mass shootings. Unlike other proposals currently on the table, Haller is not seeking to ban anything. His idea covers

Clinton tears up recounting Benghazi
attack during Capitol Hill testimony
Washington Times, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: PChristopher- 1/23/2013 10:47:29 AM     Post Reply
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton teared up briefly during testimony before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as she recounted meeting family members of the four Americans who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. “I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews [Air Force Base],” said Mrs. Clinton as emotion filled her voice. “I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.”

Two million of the brightest
Britons have left UK over
last decade in a brain drain,
warns MP
Daily Mail [UK], by Tara Brady    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/23/2013 10:46:59 AM     Post Reply
Britain is facing a growing exodus of its brightest workers who are leaving to work abroad, new figures show. As many as 3,599,000 people permanently left the UK between 2001 and 2011, of which 1,963,000 were aged between 25 and 44.(Snip) Of the 3.6 million people who left the UK for a new life abroad, only 125,000 were of retirement age. Britons leaving the UK are most likely to be going to Australia, followed by the US and Spain. France, Germany, Canada and New Zealand are also popular destinations.

Former Special Forces Commander:
Congress Should Ask Clinton
If Panetta Denied State Dept.
A Plane to Rescue Americans
in Benghazi
Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 10:45:31 AM     Post Reply
Retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, who served as commander of U.S. Special Forces Command and as deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, told CNSNews.com in a video interview that the congressional committees questioning Secretary of State Hillary Clintlon today should ask her if Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta denied her an airplane to rescue the Americans in Benghazi, Libya, who were attacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2012. “Did you talk to the secretary of defense, and what was his response?” Boykin said Congress should ask Clinton. “Did he deny you an airplane?

Clinton: I ‘was not focused on
talking points’ in Benghazi aftermath
Daily Caller [Washington DC], by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 10:39:56 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took responsibility for the security failures on the attacks on Benghazi on Wednesday, but said that she was not involved in the confusing dissemination of information in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Clinton testified Wednesday morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi that left Amb. Chris Stevens and three others dead. “As I have said many times, I take responsibility,” she said, saying that she was committed to implementing changes that would prevent a future attack from happening.


Inauguration Ratings Plummet
55% Compared to 2009
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 10:35:01 AM     Post Reply
Monday wasn´t really an Inauguration as much as it was a new episode of Joy Porn starring the mainstream media -- and an act of Joy Porn the American people weren´t all that interested in watching. According to the "L.A. Times," in 2009, 17 million watched Obama´s inaugural address on the cable nets. This year, that number dropped to 6.7 million. Across the three broadcast networks, a total of 13.32 million watched the media fall to its knees in worship Monday. In 2009, viewership topped 27.5 million -- a 52% drop, and about a million fewer than watched

Suspect charged in Lone Star
College shooting
Houston Chronicle, by Mike Tolson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/23/2013 10:32:53 AM     Post Reply
With memories painfully fresh and nerves still raw after the Connecticut elementary school massacre, the nation suddenly turned its attention to a community college campus in suburban Houston on Tuesday afternoon, fearful that another violent incident was shredding any lingering notion of safety in the classroom. As it turned out, the gunfire that shattered the silence of a normal day of classes at Lone Star College´s north Harris County location was sadly routine. Two young men became involved in an argument that ended when one pulled a handgun.

Bibi Shows GOP the Way:
Don´t Back Down from Obama
Breitbart´s Big Peace, by William Bigelow    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 10:26:54 AM     Post Reply
How do you deal with Barack Obama? Benjamin Netanyahu seems to have found one reasonably successful way: stand tall and don’t back down, and your people will rally around you. Obama, believing Netanyahu would win reelection despite trying to damage him with remarks leaked to Jeffrey Goldberg, sent a handwritten note to Netanyahu reading: "Looking forward to continuing working with you in the new year." That, of course, is certainly a different approach than the constant attempts by Obama to bully Netanyahu at the

Choking up, Hillary Clinton says
Benghazi is ‘personal’
Yahoo! News, by Olivier Knox    Original Article
Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- 1/23/2013 10:23:30 AM     Post Reply
Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before Congress on the deadly Sept. 11 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, choked up Wednesday as she assured lawmakers that the security of American diplomats was a “personal” issue for her. [Snip] Clinton’s voice broke as she recalled welcoming home the “flag-draped caskets” of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed in the terrorist strike at the consulate and putting her arms around bereaved family members.
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Matt Damon Anti-Fracking
Movie Flops at Box Office
NewsBusters, by Mike Ciandella    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/23/2013 10:22:59 AM     Post Reply
Matt Damon’s much hyped anti-fracking film “Promised Land” has failed to make the impact that its producers and environmental groups had hoped for. As of January 20, “Promised Land” has raked in a whopping total of $7,542,000 since it opened on December 28, according to Box Office Mojo. According to The Hill, the movie cost $15 million to make. Box Office Mojo ranked it 139 out of all movies from Jan. 23, 2012 to Jan. 21, 2013. Matt Damon said that he didn’t make a biased movie and claimed to have just wanted to start a conversation
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´Plowable´ snowstorm looms as
frigid winter weather bites N.J.
Star-Ledger [Newark, NJ], by Stephen Stirling and Barry Carter    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/23/2013 10:22:22 AM     Post Reply
It was all anyone could talk about, because it was unrelenting. From High Point to Cape May, from street corners to Facebook, one would be hard-pressed not to find someone mentioning the bitter cold that invaded New Jersey Tuesday. Temperatures did not surpass 25 degrees across much of the Garden State, as New Jersey entered what is expected to be the most frigid and persistent cold snap since 2007, according to data from the state climatologist’s office.(Snip) The deep freeze is believed to have been caused by a sudden warming in the stratosphere near the north pole, according to

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