News of the Week for Jan. 20th, 2013

News of the Week for Jan. 20th, 2013

Gun Rights

Sen. Joe Manchin on New Gun Control Laws, Bans: ‘Everything is On the Table’
On The Andrea Tantaros Show with Jason Mattera, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) tangled with host Andrea Tantaros on the subject of new laws that Congress may consider in the wake of the Newtown, CT mass killing. Manchin, who describes himself as a lifelong gun owner and member of the National Rifle Association, said that while he believes strongly in the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, “everything is on the table.” He refused to answer whether he would vote for or against any proposed new gun laws or bans. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to recommend new gun measures tomorrow.

Obama: Some Gun Control Measures ‘I Can Accomplish Through Executive Action’
“I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president.”

NY Has Tentative Deal on Gun Control
The tentative agreement would further restrict New York’s ban on assault weapons and limit the size of magazines to seven bullets, rather than the current 10. Other elements, pushed by Republicans, would refine a mental health law to make it easier to confine people determined to be a threat to themselves or others.

Sen. Schumer Asks Gun Retailers To Stop Sales As Congress Debates
Sen. Charles Schumer says retailers that sell assault weapons should stop offering them for purchase while Congress discusses gun regulation legislation.

Americans Buy Enough Guns in Last Two Months to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies
Honest Americans Bought Enough Guns in November and December to Outfit the Entire Chinese and Indian Armies

The Race For Gun Control In America
Just last Thursday, the Vice President of the United States met with a delegation from the NRA, other gun organizations, and large retailers of guns in America. The meeting was billed as a conversation to enact meaningful ways to curb gun violence in America. Apparently, this “conversation” was completely one-sided.

Who voted YES on Gov. Cuomo’s gun bills in the NY state Senate

New York Senate passes tough gun law
New York came one step closer to enacting tougher gun laws on Monday, with the state Senate approving a set of broad changes in a late-night Monday vote and the Assembly expected to act early Tuesday.

Gingrich: ‘If Gun Control Works, Chicago Ought to Be Safe’
Former House speaker urges Congress to hold hearings on guns in Chicago.

NRA: Membership Has Grown by 250,000 in One Month
A quarter of a million people have signed up for new NRA memberships ahead of the White House Task Force’s findings

Cuomo Signs Sweeping Gun Control Law
Panic legislating is what ought to be banned. Then again, it’s only some in the media and among the public who are truly panicked. The politicians moved with such speed on these measures that it’s obviously been part of a plan, just waiting for the proper crisis

Overheard at the gun show…
Today I shopped the RK Gun Show along with about half of Kansas City. A record turnout. No parking for blocks. There’s definitely a sense of urgency among gun buyers as reflected by the depleted inventories and prices.

Booker: Shut Down Gun Shows and Private Sales, Cut Rate of Women Murdered
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker contended that closing down private gun sales would dramatically cut the number of domestic violence slayings.

Guns Aren’t Useful for Self-Defense, Except When They Are

Texas to Join Wyoming: Felony Charges for Enforcing New Gun Control
Texas state representative Steve Toth is filing legislation for a “Firearms Protection Act” similar to that which we saw in Wyoming.

Tennessee Family Uses Firearms to Stop Late Night Intruder
A family in East Ridge, Tennessee used a firearm to protect themselves against an intruder early Sunday morning.

Two robbers shot dead in Hollywood, North Miami-Dade
A pair of would-be robbers were shot and killed by their victims in separate incidents in Hollywood and North Miami-Dade.

James O’Keefe meets and films armed security at the homes of Journal-News journalists
Veritas video reporter James O’Keefe has released a new video of his team posing as an anti-gun group promoting an initiative to journalists.

White House eying 19 executive actions on guns
The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The School Shooting You Haven’t Heard About
Very few people heard about the school shooting in gun-filled Wyoming that left three people dead late last year. Stick around, and you’ll find out why.

Viral Reactions to Obama’s Gun Run

President Obama’s New, Proposed Executive Orders and Legislation on Guns
Here’s the list, via the White House.

Southwestern Pa. hospital to stop baby deliveries
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.

DHS to ‘Expand and Formalize Coordination’ on Gun Control Efforts
Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement Wednesday saying she is “proud to support” the Obama administration’s efforts to “combat gun violence in our country.”

Flashback—Obama, Circa 1990s: ‘I Don’t Believe People Should Be Able to Own Guns’
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.

NRA event for Nevada lawmakers draws criticism
With the Legislature set to begin in a little more than two weeks, and with debate raging nationally about gun control, an invitation-only event for Nevada lawmakers hosted by the National Rifle Association at a Las Vegas shooting range drew criticism Friday from a liberal advocacy group.

20 legislators attend NRA educational event in Las Vegas
Nearly one-third of Nevada’s 63 lawmakers attended an invitation-only event the National Rifle Association hosted at a Las Vegas shooting range Saturday, organizers said.

Anger, violent thoughts: Are you too sick to own a gun?
If there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s that mentally ill people should not have access to firearms.

Gunning for no change: Thousands of armed protestors gather at state capitols in pro-assault rifle rallies across the country
‘Guns Across America’ rallies held days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of gun-control proposals
Mass turnout includes thousands in New York and hundreds in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Texas
Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish said he would push to allow 21-year-olds to carry guns on college campus

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

Oil/gas search: Fracking comes to Nevada
The Silver State is about to get fracked.
Houston-based Noble Energy Inc. is pursuing plans to drill for oil and natural gas across a 40,000-acre swath of public and private land near the city of Wells, about 400 miles north of Las Vegas.

Release of EPA Administrator’s Non-Public Emails Called ‘Deeply Troubling’
Complying with a court order minutes before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday released 2,100 emails received or sent by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on one of her non-public accounts. But which one? The name on the email account was redacted.

Global warming has STALLED since 1998: Met Office admits Earth’s temperature is rising slower than first thought
Earlier forecasts predicted a much steeper rise in global temperatures
But latest figures from Met Office show slower rise than previously warned
Figures raise questions about the true danger posed by greenhouse gasses

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

Obama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With Guns
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

Obama using gun issue to advance health law
President Obama is using the national debate over gun violence to push for further action on his health care law, including insisting on the kind of mental health coverage states must provide under their Medicaid programs.

“The Federal Government Now Requires That We Ask You The Following Personal Questions”

War & Terror

Secret State Department cable: Chemical weapons used in Syria
A secret State Department cable has concluded that the Syrian military likely used chemical weapons against its own people in a deadly attack last month, The Cable has learned.

Mali: Dien Bien Phu All Over Again?
The French are known for eating small portions, but in Mali they may have bitten off more than they can chew

Algeria: 32 militants killed, with 23 hostages
In a bloody finale, Algerian special forces stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert on Saturday to end a standoff with Islamist extremists that left at least 23 hostages dead and killed all 32 militants involved, the Algerian government said.

National

The Union Agenda Part One: So, you think your Right-To-Work state is safe from unions?
There is, and has been since 2010, a concerted effort by union bosses to get their union-bought cronies in the U.S. Senate to end the filibuster. Why?

Rand Paul’s Views After 7 Days in Israel
On Saturday, Rand Paul conducted a briefing at Jerusalem’s Mamila Hotel. Here’s what I have been able to put together from a number of reports.

Everyone’s Moving Away
Ace pilot Chuck Yeager used to say, “Never wait for trouble.”. Barry Ritholz tweeted this early this AM and I thought it was pretty meaningful in a macro sense. Check out which states are seeing increases in childbirth, and which aren’t.

NYPD looks to GPS bottles to combat pill bandits
The New York Police Department wants pharmacies in and around the city to fight prescription drug thefts by stocking pill bottles fitted with GPS tracking chips.

Bill to Admit ‘New Columbia’ as 51st State is Back
D.C.’s delegate to Congress today introduced a bill to make the district the country’s 51st state: New Columbia.

Root for the KGB?
New show “The Americans” is designed for you to get to root for the KGB

The Path to Sustainable Prosperity
Removing the obstacles facing Nevada’s entrepreneurs

Roger Kimball: This Metamorphosis Will Require a Permit
Sandy wrecked our house, but bureaucrats are keeping it broken.

Commissioner says ‘blow me’ to resident
Commissioner Lisa Mallozzi makes remarks during meeting

NJ town proposes flag ban
The Hudson County town of West New York is considering a widespread sign regulation that could include banning American flags from being flown.

Federal court of appeals upholds Walker’s Act 10 union law
A federal court of appeals on Friday upheld Wisconsin’s law repealing most collective bargaining for most public employees, handing a victory to Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans who put the law in place amid tumult two years ago.

Obama’s OFA Drops the ‘America’
The “A” in President Obama’s Organizing for America project is getting a little less all-American.
“The next chapter in our movement for change,” Obama told supporters in an email today, will be morphing the DNC-led grassroots effort in Organizing for Action.

Mission told not to feed the homeless in Seattle city parks
The Bread of Life Mission, which has served the homeless community in Pioneer Square for more than 70 years, said the city has directed them to stop feeding the hungry in downtown parks.

Michigan Supreme Court justice charged with fraud
Federal prosecutors have filed a fraud charge against Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, just a few days before she leaves the state’s highest court in a scandal involving the sale of a Detroit-area home and suspicious steps taken to conceal property in Florida.

Economy
& Taxes

Why the public trough is so deep
If you wonder why the average firefighter in Oceanside makes more than the average foot doctor in California, or why the health care of wealthy seniors is funded partly from the wages of broke college students delivering pizzas, we suggest curling up with the 50-year-old writings of James M. Buchanan, the Nobel-winning economist who died Wednesday at the age of 93.

California Running Out of Kids to Subsidize its Teacher’s Union Pensions
As mentioned before, blue states have a serious problem. Lots of teachers and administrators with big pensions and a shortage of kids for them to mishandle.

FREE SHIT “DISABLED” ARMY MASSING ITS FORCES
Whenever I hear a liberal MSM talking head say that Social Security is not a problem, I could spit.

Federal Welfare Spending to Skyrocket 80 Percent in Next Decade
Federal welfare spending will skyrocket 80 percent over the next decade, according to new analysis by the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee.

Is Paul Getting an Early Start on 2016 White House Race?
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is taking a pass on next week’s crowded inaugural festivities in order to attend a much more intimate gathering: The Monday Meeting, a closed-door, off-the-record gathering of top conservatives in South Carolina.

German Economy Slows Sharply as Crisis Hits Home
German gross domestic product (GDP) shrunk sharply in the last quarter of 2012, according to first estimates by the country’s Federal Statistics Office. The government forecast fourth quarter GDP fell by 0.5 percent, marking a weaker close to 2012 than previously thought.

New Social Security Retirees Will Outlive Trust Fund
For the first time since Social Security’s cash crisis in 1983, the program can’t afford to pay full benefits for its youngest crop of new retirees through life expectancy, government data show.

Obama Jobs Council hits 1 year without official meeting
President Barack Obama’s Jobs Council hit a notable milestone on Thursday: one year without an official meeting. The 26-member panel is also set to expire at the end of the month, unless Obama extends its tenure.

US Mint Out Of Silver Coins – Suspends Sales
As we noted earlier this month, the demand for both gold and silver ‘physical’ coins has been record-breaking as 2013 began. So much so, that now after selling over 6 million silver coins in 2013 so far, the US Mint has run out of silver eagles and has suspended sales.

School Buses Bankrupting NYC
New York City is spending a fortune on school buses. The New York Times reports that the city spends an astonishing $7,000 per student each year to bus children to school, nearly twice as much as other large cities.

Major Bank, Economists Agree: Market Collapse Will Strike in 2013
According to a major bank, a pair of noted economists, and one controversial billionaire, 2013 will be a “year of terrible reckoning” for the stock market.

International

Greeks ravage forests to heat homes
Greek authorities said Tuesday they seized 13,000 tonnes of illegally cut wood last year as Greeks increasingly ravage forests to heat their homes amid a rise in taxes on fuel oil in their debt-strapped country.

Deaf twins who discovered they were going blind and would never see each other again are euthanized in Belgian hospital
Identical twin brothers euthanised by doctors in unique Belgium case
Twins, who were born deaf, made decision after learning they would go blind
The brothers, who spent their lives together, were unable to bear the thought of never seeing each other again

The Game of Thrones in North Africa
It feels strange visiting a country like Morocco and listening to people extol the virtues of a political system my country waged a revolution against. Morocco has a king, and he’s a real one too, not some kind of a figurehead. But I went there, I listened, and after almost ten years of visiting Middle Eastern countries wracked by tyranny, terrorism, botched revolutions, and wars, I was perhaps a bit more willing to hear what they had to say than I might have been a decade ago.

Prime Minister’s Arrest Ordered amid ‘Revolution’
Pakistan has plunged into a leadership crisis. As hundreds of thousands demonstrate against corruption, the country’s high court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Ashraf. Populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri has declared a “revolution.”

Pakistan Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Prime Minister
Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in a corruption case on Tuesday afternoon, in a drastic intensification of hostilities between the country’s embattled government and its opponents.

EU politics: the trouble with “Europe”

Brazil wants Venezuela election if Chavez dies – sources
Brazil is urging Venezuela’s government to hold elections as quickly as possible if President Hugo Chavez dies, senior officials told Reuters on Monday, a major intervention by Latin America’s regional powerhouse that could help ensure a smoother leadership transition in Caracas.

‘Insulting’ words crime which made it illegal to call a police horse ‘gay’ is to be changed
A law which has been used to try to convict a student who said “woof” to a police dog, or called a police horse ”gay” is to be changed.

Cuba confirms 51 cholera cases in Havana
Cuba’s health ministry has confirmed a cholera outbreak in Havana with 51 people infected – the biggest incidence of the disease there in decades.

Coptic Christians Fleeing Egypt as Islamic Extremism Rises
Reports indicate that tens of thousands of Coptic Christians are fleeing Egypt in the wake of Mohammed Morsi’s rise to power and the subsequent flourishing of Islamism.

Egyptian court sentences Christian family to 15 years for converting from Islam
The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come, according to alarmed human rights advocates who say the nation’s Islamist government is bad news for Christians in the North African country.

The Unforeseen Social Effects of China’s One-Child Policy
China’s One-Child Policy, now in its fourth decade, has achieved its goal of controlling population growth in the world’s most populous country, but it has also created major age and gender imbalances in the process.

Media deal may cost Taiwan a free press
As a nation that values freedom of speech and a free press above all else, Americans everywhere should at least be aware of the disaster that’s about to happen to democratic Taiwan’s media market.

British MP Daniel Hannan delivers electrifying take down of Occupy
British MP Daniel Hannan delivered an electrifying take down of the ceMajor Bank, Economists Agree: Market Collapse Will Strike in 2013/pntral tenets of the Occupy movement during a debate about the movement at the Young Britons’ Foundation this week.

Opinion

Transsexual Bullies Successfully Censor Feminist Writers Who Criticized Them
News from the competitive victimhood sweepstakes in Great Britain indicates that transsexuals have won the Most Oppressed Group prize, and are now able to demand complete deference. Kathy Shaidle and Donald Douglas have covered this bizarre controversy.

Can Dads Do Anything Right?

The Youth Vote: Making the GOP Cool Again
Just because young voters historically do not show up to the polls in large numbers does not mean they should be overlooked. They may later work in education, the media, or Hollywood – three major institutions that play a pivotal role in shaping political opinions and, quite frankly, are dominated by the Left. If the GOP ever hopes of winning the youth vote, culture cannot be ignored.

Guns, Gays, and Eighteenth-Century Rights
As of January 13, 2013, when a million French citizens stormed Paris to stop a bill extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples, it became clear that the world is witnessing a compressed, high-speed reprise of the late eighteenth century.

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