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Obama´s use of wide-eyed children
to promote his gun-control proposals
shows just how infantile the anti-gun
campaign has become

Telegraph [UK], by Brendan O´Neill

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 1/18/2013 5:01:40 AM

There was something nauseating about the way Barack Obama surrounded himself with children as he unveiled his gun control plans. It looked like emotional blackmail. "Look these innocent babes in the face and tell them guns are good" – that was the implicit message of this cynical, innocence-exploiting press conference, which brought to mind one of the late Wacko Jacko´s weird child-centred peace concerts more than it did a serious Lincoln-style presidential address. What Obama and his advisers appear to have overlooked is that it doesn´t matter one jot what children think of guns, or anything else


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/18/2013 5:15:15 AM     (No. 9123547)

"Look these innocent babes in the face and tell them guns are good"

When someone uses a shield, human or otherwise, they should not look surprised when someone actually Strike at it. I told a lady in my office yesterday that I would run down those cute, tow-headed little tykes with a 4x4 if it was necessary to protect the 2nd Amendment...NOTHING is more important than the 2nd Amendment, not those kids, nothing, because nothing else can take place without it. She agreed.

There...I said it. People are getting tired and fed up with constantly being ground at by Progressive attacks. Soon the war of words is going to be replaced with something else.

Reply 2 - Posted by: steveW, 1/18/2013 5:41:58 AM     (No. 9123562)

One wonders why Obama didn´t choose children who survived after-birth "abortions". No, actually, one doesn´t wonder that.




Reply 3 - Posted by: bmw50, 1/18/2013 6:08:34 AM     (No. 9123579)

What about the millions of baby deaths he´s responsible for, protecting abortion rights?

Reply 4 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/18/2013 6:31:35 AM     (No. 9123607)

What´s even worse are the parents who let their own children be used as creepy political props. They are the ones who sent little Sally and Johnny´s letters to the WH to begin with.

Reply 5 - Posted by: lilo, 1/18/2013 6:42:15 AM     (No. 9123613)

More children are killed by abortion in a day than by guns in a year.

Reply 6 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 1/18/2013 6:51:58 AM     (No. 9123619)

I wonder if Zippy considers those children killed in Connecticut as just ´´collateral damage´´ in the war on America.

Reply 7 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/18/2013 6:58:39 AM     (No. 9123629)

This little stunt shows you exactly what Obama is made of. And it isn´t blue cheese.




Reply 8 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/18/2013 7:19:14 AM     (No. 9123671)

Obamao, the abortion baby killer.
Obamao. the alla akbar killer.
Obamao, the send our kids to war killer.
Only way to protect kids from these planned events is to make schools safe, like office buildings, movie studios, large industrial sites, any shooting range, even many neighborhoods. And what measures does one take in these relatively safe environments?
So damn simple, armed guards, also really helpful, citizens carrying concealed weapons
Remember when certain airlines had concealed to carry guys on board. You did not know who had a gun. The licensed to carry guy could not be detected. Schools can do that with any teacher who wants to qualify to carry. What could be safer?
AND, the funds for each school security need not ever come from the bloated in debt Fed, the money can come from each local education board simply by firing their lazy no good Bored of Education "executive" non teachers in their luxurious buildings downtown....that´s where there´s plenty of wasted money and bloated pensions to grab.

Reply 9 - Posted by: mws50, 1/18/2013 7:20:49 AM     (No. 9123673)

He is just using props that have worked for leaders, over the years...

He knows his dim-witted audience. He knows the 65 million people that voted for him do not know human history, and have no clue what former leaders have used props like children.

Reply 10 - Posted by: chicodon, 1/18/2013 7:28:28 AM     (No. 9123684)

Ask yourself why now? Heading into his 2nd term why would he go after the guns citizens would use to protect themselves from government goons? We don´t need to look any further than Venezuela for an answer. It is imperative to either confiscate these rifles or ban ammo for them. I´m expecting the latter.

Reply 11 - Posted by: Midnight Rambler, 1/18/2013 7:37:22 AM     (No. 9123693)

Sadly the low information crowd will never read this.

Reply 12 - Posted by: bpl40, 1/18/2013 8:06:37 AM     (No. 9123743)

Looked exactly like a terrorist using human shields. But he IS the source of free phones. We must not forget that!




Reply 13 - Posted by: LZK, 1/18/2013 8:07:47 AM     (No. 9123746)

The bamboozler crossed the line and even the libbie/lefties see it....

Awwwwwwww -- poor baby -- not having been raised in this country he "doesn´t" understand what a gun in hand means to Americans.....FREEDOM.....


Reply 14 - Posted by: knarfski, 1/18/2013 8:19:17 AM     (No. 9123788)

Low-information crowd? Surely this includes Mr. Obama and some (many?)in Congress.

It´s not possible, of course, but how well would Mr. Obama do if he took a well-constructed test on "his" proposals?

Reply 15 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/18/2013 8:22:29 AM     (No. 9123799)

Obama is so pathetic when he attempts to show any emotion around people. He just can´t do it. He is terribly ill at ease and awkward. He only comes alive and is true to himself when he is being his arrogant argumentative condescending self. This is the real Obama. He uses anything in an attempt to pluck at people´s easily duped heart strings. He should be ridiculed for bringing those children up on the stage with him. HE is the one who looked small. He needs to be a man and make his case and not use children to bolster his arguments.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Newtsche, 1/18/2013 8:23:31 AM     (No. 9123803)

For all else that can be said about him, as his second term looms, Obama has gone full blown creepy.

Reply 17 - Posted by: mickturn, 1/18/2013 8:30:21 AM     (No. 9123813)

What ever happened to prosecution for child abuse?




Reply 18 - Posted by: rustycfc, 1/18/2013 8:33:48 AM     (No. 9123823)

what a pos this guy is.

Reply 19 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/18/2013 8:35:08 AM     (No. 9123827)

The infantilization of the Presidency.

Reply 20 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 1/18/2013 8:35:09 AM     (No. 9123828)

Low information folks need wide-eyed children and emotional gimmicks. These things are easiest for their simple brains to process. That way, they can vote Democrat.

Reply 21 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/18/2013 8:35:32 AM     (No. 9123829)

So glad I am not the only one who has been noticing the creepy factor lately. He has to make announcements about how he can perform behaviours that are normal for other people, like being nice to Republicans. Very creepy.

Reply 22 - Posted by: Italiano, 1/18/2013 8:40:23 AM     (No. 9123843)

"Daddy, did you plug the gun show loophole yet?"

POS is an overly-generous description.



Reply 23 - Posted by: mary Ellen, 1/18/2013 8:46:23 AM     (No. 9123859)

The Dems complained because the NRA ran an ad about O´s daughters having armed guards, but doesn´t have any hesitation using and exploiting the children who were killed at Sandy Hook.

Reply 24 - Posted by: suncitypro, 1/18/2013 8:48:51 AM     (No. 9123868)

Where were his own daughters for this photo op? Are they not important enough to be part of the protected class?
This is the real picture of the state of our union. And that´s creepy enough.
God Bless our Military Heroes!

Reply 25 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 1/18/2013 8:49:46 AM     (No. 9123870)

Don´t knock it. In 2 or 3 years these kids can be his speech writers.

Reply 26 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 1/18/2013 9:06:16 AM     (No. 9123929)

"Look these innocent babes in the face and tell them guns are good"

Hmm, good point. I have a hankering to go to the range this weekend. I´ll ask my two teens if they want to come along. I have a nice Ruger Mark III that I bought just for that reason.

(OK, I confess...I bought it for me too. But still.....)

Reply 27 - Posted by: stryker714, 1/18/2013 9:09:37 AM     (No. 9123939)

Here´s a good part: "This is probably the first time in history (and let´s hope it´s the last) that a 200-year-old constitution fought for tooth-and-catapult might be rewritten on the basis of what a precocious eight-year-old felt as she watched the evening news.

Modus: Turn the US upsdide down: let foreigners vote in our elections; let the UN tell us what to do; pay for expensive projects in other countries that don´t benefit Americans; let children change the Constitution, etc.

Someone should draw a cartoon of Obama driving a stolen ice cream van, hokey music playing, driving it through a school zone, hanging out the window with his tongue out offering brown cows, nutty buddies and fudge sickles to any kid who will be a prop in his little charade. It´s almost guaranteed the White House enticed those kids to come turn out somehow ie in exchange for an ice cream party or some other goody. Joe Camel got banned for influencing children but not this charlatan.

Obama shows his communist side everyday in the sense of NOT negotiating on anything and never taking no for answer. Kim Jong Il was exactly the same. Bamster is a robot on a mission, much like the never-give-up liquid metal cop from Terminator.

Reply 28 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 1/18/2013 9:11:31 AM     (No. 9123947)

#18 puss would be a better word. As in a sore.
Obama is in our face. He spits on America. He spits on us. I will bet you the busts in the WH is covered in spit or something else. The parents of these children should be arrested. And now I will have to hear about MLK for a month.
I haven´t watched a news broadcast since Nov. 6. I just can´t take it.

Reply 29 - Posted by: lakerman1, 1/18/2013 9:15:51 AM     (No. 9123956)

As soon as I can pry the checkbook away from Mrs. Lakerman today, I plan to purchase a Ke-Tec 9mm, semiauto pistol, in the St. Trayvon model.
Separate from that, I am still vexed and miffed about President Hologram´s high fiving of those four chillun on stage. Would he high five chillun at a funeral?
But at least he didn´t try the ghetto belly bump, so popular among football players...

Reply 30 - Posted by: US Veteran, 1/18/2013 9:25:55 AM     (No. 9123986)

Why doesn´t he use children as props when he´s defending abortion?

Reply 31 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 1/18/2013 9:28:56 AM     (No. 9123995)

Hitler stated, "My magnificent youngsters! Are there finer ones anywhere in the world? What material! With them I can make a new world." 0bama and his regime are the most dangerous to ever hold the White House. It´s so distressing that there are so few of us who recognize it.

Reply 32 - Posted by: Feebie, 1/18/2013 9:30:05 AM     (No. 9124003)

Kids say the darndest things....

Reply 33 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/18/2013 9:31:44 AM     (No. 9124010)

"Look these innocent babes in the face and congratulate them for surviving Roe v Wade."

Reply 34 - Posted by: fed-up, 1/18/2013 9:38:50 AM     (No. 9124034)

I would love for someone to ask for those letters and post them. Also, am I the only one to notice that he had racially correct representation behind him as always. Funny how that worked out. Only adds to the phony theatrics of this WH.

Reply 35 - Posted by: Jimjr, 1/18/2013 10:16:09 AM     (No. 9124126)

Using kids as props didn´t work out too well for Saddam Hussien.


Reply 36 - Posted by: Butch59, 1/18/2013 10:18:07 AM     (No. 9124129)

The use of children for politicat purposes reminds me of someone else, back in the 1930´s, that did the same thing. Is that what is in our not to distant future?

As for the 2nd Amendment, I wouldn´t be the bit surprised that there will be some "progressive" start harping about how the 2nd allows for citizens to own firearms, but doesn´t mention the ammunition for it. So, it would be just hunk dory for the government to outlaw the manufacture of ammunition that is not specifically for the military and/or governmnet agencies.

Reply 37 - Posted by: mythman, 1/18/2013 10:23:17 AM     (No. 9124136)

"My fellow Americans, I have enslaved these children you see here before you with trillions of dollars in debt which will burden them and all subsequent future generations".

Reply 38 - Posted by: pete moss, 1/18/2013 10:28:21 AM     (No. 9124147)

Obama claims to support the Second Amendment. He´s a liar. He just doesn´t have the guts to tell you. All you have to do is look at statements he made and his votes as an Illinois State Senator. " I don´t believe anyone (private citizen) should be allowed to own a gun."

Reply 39 - Posted by: Illinois Resident, 1/18/2013 10:28:30 AM     (No. 9124148)

Theater/theatricks? The Hypcrite-in-Chief
can claim to be good at hoopla, hype, and hsitrionics!

Reply 40 - Posted by: loveUSA, 1/18/2013 10:39:24 AM     (No. 9124173)

Where in the heck are the republicans screaming bloody murder about what Zero is doing?

Reply 41 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/18/2013 10:53:28 AM     (No. 9124211)

The republicans only pretend to oppose Obama, #41. They do that simply to get the votes of people like us so that they can ride the gravy train too...

Reply 42 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 1/18/2013 10:59:39 AM     (No. 9124228)

I do not give a flying rat´s arse what an 8 year old has to say about anything. IMHO this country is going to hell in a handbasket because for the past 30 years parents have coddled, cajoled, and convinced non adults into believing somehow they are special and entitled. What ever happened to "Children are to be seen and not heard"?

Reply 43 - Posted by: msjena, 1/18/2013 11:01:01 AM     (No. 9124232)

I loved the pictures on Drudge of Hitler and Stalin with "the children." Take that, liberals who went ballistic at Drudge for comparing O to dictators.

Reply 44 - Posted by: zzzghy, 1/18/2013 11:24:05 AM     (No. 9124305)

stinky has done more to promote the Second Amendment than did King George.

Once again, a vain self-absorbed moron has fallen prey to the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Reply 45 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/18/2013 11:47:04 AM     (No. 9124410)

Notice in the video he motions for the child on his left to step forward as he signed the document, and when the frightened child didn’t move he coldly shrugged and continued signing. Then his hugs of them looked like a star wars robot with a dying battery.

Reply 46 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 1/18/2013 11:54:05 AM     (No. 9124426)

I´m sure someone on this site saw Drudge yesterday. Pictures of evil dictators who used children for political reasons. Hitler and Stalin. Imagine that!

Reply 47 - Posted by: Mike6, 1/18/2013 12:12:33 PM     (No. 9124487)

Obama and Stalin both used children as props in their photos. Joe Stalin always had that sweet look and we know what Stalin did. Soviet propaganda was so effective that when Stalin died in 1953 women wept for days and several mothers committed suicide.
Senator Obama voted four times against providing emergency medical aid for babies who survived abortions and that makes him an abortionist.
Obama using children as props in his gun control photo shoot makes me want to laugh.

Reply 48 - Posted by: K.I.S.S., 1/18/2013 12:15:43 PM     (No. 9124498)

..."wide eyed" describes obama voters...children, union, acorn and fake doctors are easily rounded up and forced to endure an obama speech or photo op.

Reply 49 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/18/2013 12:16:29 PM     (No. 9124502)

Did he tout the fatherless children of the 1596 American soldiers and Marines
that have died in Afghanistan since
he became CINC ?
Or the fatherless children of the 264 soldiers and Marines that have died in Iraq
since he made Valerie Jarrett the CINC ?
Politics aside , the guy has always behaved in a bizarre and inappropriate way ,
which has always been ignored and covered up by the MTM.
The MTM- Manti Te´o Media has foisted an imaginary president on the citizens of the US.

Reply 50 - Posted by: mrduc, 1/18/2013 12:36:12 PM     (No. 9124561)

#46, stinky was hugging them slowly like that because he was feeling around to see if they had a wallet or any loose change in their pockets.

Reply 51 - Posted by: larryp, 1/18/2013 1:39:06 PM     (No. 9124733)

when I saw Obama hug the kids like that , I thought wow this is one cold fish guy. No wonder the one daughteer is surly and the tall one is so "backed-off". That is one cold-fish family.
As far as obama´s plan for taking up guns:he wants a flashy,non-working success to signal to His Morons tht -Wow lookee what I am doing-I am targttingthe Rights sacred cows. No matter if it is all b.s., the Morons appreciate the bling.
As far as the rest of us, he wants someone to take a swing on him or shoot at him. He is riding us.
Axel and Jarett and the rest of the directing Junta know the Obamacare thing is collapsing and will need a dodge to get it on track. An attack would do it.
Remember the entire National Guard of Guam is here on manuevers, that largest peace-time movement of troops. they don´t know America really.And the Press won´t cover it.

Reply 52 - Posted by: lencu255, 1/18/2013 3:29:31 PM     (No. 9124960)

Lately I´ve seen couple of articles questioning where our country is moving: towards "European style socialism" or fascism?
I was commenting for several years that it will be fascism. On the other hand lenin/stalin/hitler/mao/pol_pot and african cannibals are not that much different, no matter who is owning the industry.
But, all of them LOVE(-d) being photographed with children. You can find online many posters of hitler, stalin, mao (you can continue this list) with kids in their hands and smiles on their ugly mugs (although they were photoshopped to look handsome.

Reply 53 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/18/2013 4:13:33 PM     (No. 9125036)

And Christie thinks the NRA was exploiting children???? Please!!!! Ugh...

Reply 54 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 1/18/2013 4:32:17 PM     (No. 9125066)

Creepy. Just creepy.

Reply 55 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/18/2013 5:49:58 PM     (No. 9125220)

Reply 56 - Posted by: JediJerry, 1/18/2013 6:01:08 PM     (No. 9125242)

Shame on Mommie and Daddie for using their kiddies as dictation equipment to advance their own antigun agenda. As far as I know an "assault rifle" is a gun that can fire in semi automatic mode as well as full automatic mode. To my knowledge you can not buy a full auto gun anywhere. Just because they "look" like a military full auto assault weapon does not make the a true asault weapon. You can take a VW chasis and put a Corvette body on it. That does not make it a real Corvette does it. Plus from what I heard, the assault weapon looking gun the shooter used to kill kids and adults actually jammed and almost all of the school kids and adults killed were killed with a shotgun. Let´s start talking about stiffer and longer minimum mandatory prison sentences for using a gun in any crime. How about say 50 years minimum prison for using a gun? Deterrence is the first place I would start the discussion on. How about the emphasis be on criminal control laws? Guns are inanimate objects, human beings pull the trigger.

Reply 57 - Posted by: LC Hoghead, 1/18/2013 6:54:06 PM     (No. 9125333)

During the 2008 presidential campaign, gun rights author and scholar John Lott recounted meeting Barack Obama for the first time while he was a lecturer at University of Chicago.

When the two met, Lott’s reputation on guns preceded him, and Lott claims Obama said, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

Read that again, and let it soak in; Barack Obama reportedly said, “I don’t think people should be able to own guns.” In my correspondence with Lott, he stood by his story.

And there’s little reason to doubt Lott’s account, especially when you take Obama’s history of anti-gun legislation into account.

Consider these examples:

1. In a 1998 questionnaire for the Illinois state legislature, Obama said he wanted to “ban the sale or transfer of all sorts of semi-automatic weapons.”

2. From 1998-2001 Obama was on the board of the Joyce Foundation, the “major funder for gun-control research” at that time.

3. Obama opposes concealed carry and always has (every state but Illinois disagrees with him).

4. Obama only sees two “legitimate” purposes for guns: “hunting and target shooting.” This means using guns for self defense is not legitimate. And this goes a long way in explaining Obama’s past support of laws banning the use of guns for self-defense in Illinois, even in one’s own home.

But all these things and more are simply symptoms of a bigger issue—namely, that Obama doesn’t think people should be able to own guns in the first place.

Lott believes Obama’s lip service to the Second Amendment is simply part of an overarching Democrat strategy set forth by pollster Mark Penn, which instructs Dems to say they support the Second Amendment in order get elected and then to do everything they can to chip away at it via legislation and regulation once they’re in office.

Reply 58 - Posted by: xcenturion, 1/18/2013 7:52:38 PM     (No. 9125439)

It´s okay to put armed guards in banks to protect our money but we shouldn´t put armed guards in our schools to protect our most precious resource, our kids.

Reply 59 - Posted by: cake crumb, 1/18/2013 8:31:04 PM     (No. 9125476)

Democrats always exploit children when in danger of losing an argument, and there are plenty of willing lady parts willing to make their children serve The Party. Did anyone else notice the spelling on those anti gun letters? Or the way they exactly melded their points with Obie´s? Or the painstakingly ACCURATE memorization of said letters during the Obamagasm Fest? Have no doubt, the individuals that call themselves their "mothers" tossed those kids cynically to service The Party.

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Granted, virtually everyone understands the broad strokes of what happened at the IRS over the last few years, yet Democrats keep dredging up false equivalencies — so it’s useful to trumpet additional data like this. Via NPR: A House Ways and Means Committee staff analysis of the applications of 111 conservative and progressive groups applying for tax exempt status found conservative applicants faced, “more questions, more denials, more delays,” says committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. That is, when the IRS sent groups letters asking for further information, conservative groups were asked more questions — on average,

Laws Are Not Enough
Slate, by William Saletan    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/3/2013 4:55:27 AM     Post Reply
In the two months since Edward Snowden began to expose the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, we’ve heard two different stories about them. Snowden and his collaborator, Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian, have claimed that the programs allow NSA analysts and contractors to spy indiscriminately on Americans. U.S. government officials have told us that the programs don’t allow this. Who’s telling the truth? The answer, for the most part, is both. The two sides are using different definitions of allow. Snowden and Greenwald are telling us what’s technologically possible. The government is telling us what’s legally permitted.

Obama must accept responsibility
for the sluggish jobs picture
Fox News, by Peter Morici    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/3/2013 4:51:20 AM     Post Reply
The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy added 162,000 jobs in July, after adding 188,000 in June. Unemployment fell to 7.4 percent, largely because 240,000 adults left the labor force. Businesses continued the shift toward contingent workers. In July, 103,000 more Americans reported working part-time. The growing importance of services like retailing and hospitality, and the rigidity and visceral anti-business campaigns of unions drive this trend; however, Obama Care’s mandates for employer paid health insurance coverage also impel the use of more part-time workers. Overall, the jobs count may be up but for most working families

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Colin Powell admits to sending ´very
personal´ emails to a Romanian diplomat
but DENIES having an affair as
a hacker threatens to leak their intimate

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Daily Mail Online (UK), by Hayley Peterson    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 8/1/2013 4:01:08 PM     Post Reply
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives
on the ground during Benghazi attack

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CNN, by Jake Tapper    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 8/1/2013 5:29:23 PM     Post Reply
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy

US to temporarily shut down
embassies around the world
Sunday amid security concerns

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Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2013 7:39:58 PM     Post Reply
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.

Global warming is happening
is ´10 times faster than at any
time in the Earth´s history´,
climate experts claim

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Daily Mail (UK), by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/2/2013 9:40:03 AM     Post Reply
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.

400 area retail, fast-food
workers demand $15-an-hour
minimum wage

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Sun-Times [Chicago IL], by Meenakshi Dalal    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2013 4:02:32 PM     Post Reply
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25

Christie turns down Sen.
Paul over beer summit offer

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Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/1/2013 1:17:57 PM     Post Reply
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."

Sorry: Businesses cannot
avoid Obamacare by
switching to part-time staff

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/2/2013 6:13:55 AM     Post Reply
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape

Seattle officials call for ban on
´potentially offensive´ language

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FoxNews.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: sliver of truth- 8/2/2013 8:45:35 AM     Post Reply
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"

Director of Mayors Against
Illegal Guns Says ‘Don’t
Shoot’ If Someone Comes At
You With a Deadly Weapon

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/3/2013 5:46:09 AM     Post Reply
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?

Democratic Congressman:
Tea Party ‘Same Group’ Of
‘White Crackers’ Who Opposed
Civil Rights

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2013 1:02:38 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused

Al Qaeda haunts August
as State Dept. issues worldwide
travel alert, closes embassies

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Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 12:56:43 AM     Post Reply
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.

Texas prison system running
out of execution drug

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Associated Press, by Micheal Graczyk    Original Article
Posted By: Az Roadrunner- 8/2/2013 4:31:07 PM     Post Reply
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."

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