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Gabrielle Giffords’ husband
smacks down Wayne LaPierre
Washington Post, by Greg Sargent    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/30/2013 2:13:02 PM     Post Reply
Perhaps the most important moment so far in today’s Senate Judiciary hearing on guns came when astronaut Mark Kelly directly confronted NRA head Wayne LaPierre over the shooting of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords. Between that exchange and another one involving Senator Dick Durbin, LaPierre’s argument was completely unmasked for the sham that it is. During the hearing, LaPierre repeatedly voiced the talking point that there’s no need to expand the background check system because criminals don’t cooperate with background checks. Kelly responded: The Tuscon shooter was an admitted drug user. He was rejected from the U.S. Army

WH: Death of girl who performed
at inaugural underscores need
for gun control
Washington Examiner, by Joel Gehrke    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 2:07:58 PM     Post Reply
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney lamented the murder of a teenage girl who performed in her school band at President Obama’s inauguration last week, adding that her death underscored the need to implement the administration’s proposals to reduce gun violence. “The president and the first lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton,” Carney replied when asked if Obama had heard of the shooting. “If we can save even one child’s life, we have an obligation to try when it comes to the scourge of gun violence . . .

Exclusive: Time Warner asks brokers
how much its headquarters could fetch
Reuters, by Ilaina Jonas    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 2:04:26 PM     Post Reply
New York - Time Warner Inc is considering selling its iconic New York headquarters and has asked real estate brokers to evaluate the building´s worth, according to sources familiar with the situation. The company is considering a wide range of options, including selling the midtown Manhattan building and leasing it back, or moving more employees into the building and closing other New York offices, or moving out from the building entirely, one of the sources said on Wednesday. Time Warner owns or occupies space in 15 buildings in the New York metropolitan area, of which 10 are in Manhattan,



Michelle Obama tweets pictures of
freshly picked cabbage after rumors
fly that she has dropped anti-obesity
Let´s Move campaign
Daily Mail [UK], by Sadie Whitelocks    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 2:02:01 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama promptly tweeted pictures of freshly picked vegetables today, after it was suggested that she had dropped her anti-obesity campaign Let´s Move. The White House Dossier - an unauthorized blog about the U.S. President and his family - posted an article this morning which highlighted that the First Lady had done little to personally publicize the initiative since last September. However several hours later Mrs Obama hit back via her FLOTUS Twitter account with an image of cabbage and broccoli ´harvested´ from her Kitchen Garden. The snap included a link to a soup recipe on the Let´s Move website.

Gun meeting draws anger in Clarence
WIVB News [Buffalo, NY], by Lou Raguse    Original Article
Posted By: GOPJihad- 1/30/2013 2:01:37 PM     Post Reply
CLARENCE, N.Y. - In Clarence, tempers flared as gun-owners met with state officials to talk about the New York SAFE Act. (*SNIP*) And some questions had complicated answers. "You´re next question is, are you going to be arrested? I can´t answer that. It would be up to the officer you encounter. They would have to decide," said Mike Green of the Division of Criminal Justice Services. Some people got very heated with their questions, complaining that law-abiding people are getting punished. "Now you´re turning them into criminals. You´re making them angry. And when angry people get together they form militias…

Did Ray Lewis use banned
deer-antler spray to
return from triceps injury?
Philadelphia Inquirer, by Mike Bertha    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 1:53:22 PM     Post Reply
Sports Illustrated has published an in-depth examination of a company called Sports with Alternatives to Steroids (S.W.A.T.S.) and its relationship with high-profile athletes, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. S.W.A.T.S. is an edgy sports science company run by a gym owner/former stripper. The company specializes in holographic stickers, deer-antler pills, and other, um, progressive means of enhancing a player´s performance. David Epstein and George Dohrmann write that S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross recorded a phone conversation with Lewis after the linebacker´s injury in October.

Officials to AP:
Israel hit SA-17 missiles shipment
Ynet News [Israel], by Roi Kais & Ron Ben-Yishai *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 1:32:27 PM     Post Reply
Israel conducted an airstrike inside Syria overnight near the border with Lebanon, hitting a convoy of trucks, US and regional officials said Wednesday. The regional officials said Israel had been planning in the days leading up to the airstrike to hit a shipment of weapons bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon. They said the shipment included sophisticated, Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which would be strategically "game-changing" in the hands of Hezbollah. A US official said the strike hit a convoy of trucks. SA-17 missiles are self-propelled and have the capacity to hit jets at a low



Most Shooters In Chicago
Don´t Face Charges
DNAinfo.com, by Mark Konkol    Original Article
Posted By: bifgroovey- 1/30/2013 1:32:24 PM     Post Reply
It’s getting easier to get away with shooting people in Chicago. Last year, gunmen who shot and wounded someone got away without criminal charges 94 percent of the time, according to a DNAinfo.com Chicago analysis of police data. That’s even worse than 2011, when 91.5 percent of shooters escaped charges, according to the data.
Headline split by staff

Judge rules Fort Hood shooting
suspect still faces possible
death penalty in 2009 attack
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 1:27:14 PM     Post Reply
FORT HOOD, Texas – A judge has decided a Fort Hood shooting suspect still can face the death penalty if convicted in the worst mass shooting on a U.S. military installation. The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, on Wednesday denied Maj. Nidal Hasan´s request to remove the death penalty as a punishment option. Osborn was expected to rule later on Hasan´s request to plead guilty to 13 counts of premeditated murder in the 2009 attack on the Texas Army post. But Army rules prohibit a judge from accepting a guilty plea in a death penalty case.

‘Not against Jewish faith’ Mursi:
comments taken out of context
Al Arabiya News [Dubai, UAE] *, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 1:12:01 PM     Post Reply
Egypt´s President Mohamed Mursi said on Wednesday spiteful remarks he made against Jews and Zionists in 2010 had been taken out of context. "As I have said before the quotes were taken out of context... I am not against the Jewish faith, I am not against Jews who practice their religion," Mursi told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. "I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians. That´s the behavior that I condemn." "I am a Muslim. I'm a believer and my religion

Girl who performed at Obama
inaugural events slain on South Side
Chicago Tribune [IL], by Jennifer Delgado & Liam Ford    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 12:55:41 PM     Post Reply
After taking their exams Tuesday, Hadiya Pendleton and a group of others decided to hang out at a park on Tuesday just blocks away from their high school on the South Side. But the trip ended in tragedy when the 15-year-old King College Prep sophomore was fatally shot about a week after she attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration and performed at inaugural events with the King College Prep band and drill team. (Snip) Most of those who were in the park were gang members, and those in the group did not stay on scene to help after the shootings, according to police. The shooting occurred



Kudos to Senators
Cornyn, Cruz, and Inhofe
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:40:09 PM     Post Reply
Yesterday, the Senate confirmed John Kerry as Secretary of State. The vote was 94-3. Kerry’s confirmation was never in doubt. Unlike Susan Rice, Kerry did not recently exhibit willful disregard for the truth on a matter of deep public conern (the Benghazi killings), although he did slander the U.S. military four decades ago in connection with the war in Vietnam. And unlike Chuck Hagel, Kerry’s stated views on foreign policy do not fall outside the mainstream of the Democratic Party (a sad commentary on that Party) and do not diverge from the positions President Obama articulated to the public

How Dare You Question the
President’s Love of Shooting
National Review Online, by Corey Dean Hall    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:35:26 PM     Post Reply
CNN’s Erin Burnett had the temerity to question whether or not President Obama actually shoots skeet. If there are truthers and birthers, should there now be a new term for those who are doubting President Obama’s claim that he goes skeet shooting “all the time”? And should that term be “skeeters”? If so, count CNN’s rising young star Erin Burnett among the gadflies. During a segment on Monday night, Burnett took over two minutes to dissect the president’s shooting claim — and she found it wanting.

Gun control fails
rationality test
Washington Examiner, by Randy Barnett    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 1/30/2013 12:29:11 PM     Post Reply
On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the various gun control proposals that have been floated in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings. Although they are said to be merely "reasonable regulations" of the Second Amendment´s right to keep and bear arms, most or all of these proposals are irrational and unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has established a two-tiered protection of liberty. Under the lowest tier, "rational basis review," it will uphold restrictions on liberty so long as it can imagine any possible reason why Congress might have adopted the measure. By contrast,

Ted Kennedy’s Girth
American Spectator, by Matthew Walther    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:26:49 PM     Post Reply
Checking out the redesigned New Republic today, I came across this bizarre sentence in an essay by Michael Kinsley: At this point, before he remarried, [Edward] Kennedy’s dual reputation for girth and senatorial statesmanship had not yet overcome his reputation as a party boy. What does “girth” mean in this context? I honestly have no idea. I just checked Chambers (no OED unfortunately), and have found these two nouns*: “the distance round something such as a tree or a person’s waist”



The Obama Vacuum
Weekly Standard, by Lee Smith    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 12:24:15 PM     Post Reply
One thing Hillary Clinton got right in her testimony before Congress last week: “When America is absent,” she said, “there are consequences.” But the administration she served has chosen to be absent, and we are seeing the consequences play out, from North Africa to the Levant, where the unchecked flow of weapons, experienced jihadist fighters, and Salafist ideology is reshaping the regional balance of power?—?and tilting it against the United States. There was no forceful response to the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb operation in September that murdered four Americans at the Benghazi consulate.

Are We Really Back to
Relying on the Egyptian
Military to Save the Day?
National Review Online, by Andrew C. McCarthy    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 12:22:21 PM     Post Reply
Back when Mubarak was clinging to power and the Tahrir Square rioting was intensifying, I cautioned that it would be foolish for the West to assume that the Egyptian military — principal recipient of tens of billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars over the last 40 years — would step in and stop the country from falling into the grip of Islamists. The Egyptian military is a reflection of Egyptian society which, as we have now seen in election after election, is dominated by Islamists. Indeed, despite the good relations some top Egyptian military brass have had with the Pentagon,

Senate Judiciary chair rejects
Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban
San Francisco Chronicle, by Carolyn Lochhead    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 11:56:45 AM     Post Reply
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee did not endorse colleague Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban at a packed Capitol Hill hearing on guns Wednesday in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., called for “common sense reform,” that closes loopholes in current gun laws and enforces background checks. Buthe did not endorse Feinstein’s tougher ban. “I know gun store owners in Vermont,” Leahy said. “They follow the law and conduct background checks…why should we not try to plug the loopholes in the law that allow (criminals and the mentally ill)

Fundamental Transformation of
America Equals turning legal civil
society into illegal one
Canada Free Press, by Judi McLeod    Original Article
Posted By: snowcloud- 1/30/2013 11:41:59 AM     Post Reply
In the ongoing forced Battle Royale between a president and what he sees as his all but captured USA civil society, there’s no longer any mystique behind the “Fundamental Transformation of America”. It’s becoming more clear by day that the ‘Fundamental Transformation of America’ is a long-planned formula that is forcing legal civil society into a complete illegal society. A new kind of segregation has returned. Decency, law-abiding, individual, God and liberty loving are being strategically culled from humanity’s herd.

European stocks fall as
US economy contracts
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 11:31:47 AM     Post Reply
European stock markets slid and the euro gained on Wednesday on news the US economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter last year and on bright eurozone confidence data. London´s FTSE 100 index of top companies dipped 0.14 percent to 6,330.39 points in afternoon deals, Frankfurt´s DAX 30 dropped 0.39 percent to 7,818.24 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 0.41 percent to 3,770.26 points. In Milan, the FTSE Mib slumped 2.56 percent to 17,431.79 points after energy company Saipem, a unit of ENI, warned 2012 results would fall short of forecasts and that 2013 would remain difficult.


Census 2011: Polish becomes
the second language
Telegraph [UK], by John Bingham    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/30/2013 11:30:31 AM     Post Reply
An influx of workers from Eastern Europe has transformed the face of the UK over the past decade, with some areas such as Boston, Lincs, and Ealing in west London seeing the most dramatic changes. A total of 546,000 people in England and Wales said that Polish was their “main” language, second only to English in England. A total of 562,000 people said that they spoke Welsh, predominantly in Wales. Although four million people living in England and Wales--or eight percent of the population--said English was not their first language, only 138,000 admitted having no English or Welsh at

Government Gave 4,317 Aliens
2 Social Security Numbers a Piece
Cybercast News Service, by Matt Cover    Original Article
Posted By: markinalpine- 1/30/2013 11:25:06 AM     Post Reply
A report from the Social Security Administration Inspector General (IG) found 4,317 instances where a non-citizen was able to obtain two Social Security numbers, including 542 instances that happened since 2001. “We identified 4,317 instances where the Numident record of 2 SSNs assigned to noncitizens contained matching first, middle, and last names; dates and places of birth; gender; and fathers’ and mothers’ names,” the IG reported on Dec. 10, 2012. Numident – which stands for Numerical Identification System – is the master file of applications for social security numbers.

Rick Santelli Responds to Negative
GDP Report: ´We Are Now Europe´
Newsbusters, by Noel Sheppard    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/30/2013 11:24:51 AM     Post Reply
Rick Santelli made a stunning observation Wednesday about the shocking report that the economy actually shrunk in the fourth quarter last year. "We are now Europe," he declared on CNBC´s Squawk Box. "Hey Joe," Santelli said, "when you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe, and our discussions with economists sounds like we´re in Europe. They have the same discussions constantly." "They’re always doing the right thing," he continued. "They’re always thinking they know better. And this is the kind of growth. We have become Europe. We are now Europe."

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