When Republicans won historic landslide victories in 1994, it was due in large part to the fact that a relatively moderate Democrat Party had promoted and passed an "Assault Weapons Ban" (AWB) which cut across the grain of gun owners of all parties and all walks of life. Fast forward to 2013, gun owners of all walks of life exist in even greater numbers, and the Democrat Party is showing them even greater disrespect. And now, radicalized Democrats are pushing a new AWB, which contains bans on many semi-automatic handguns, 20 and 30 round ammunition magazines, private gun sales
It is no cliché to note that while all presidents ardently desire second terms they are more often a curse than a blessing. Most of those who have been elected twice in the last century have seen their presidencies run aground for various reasons. George W. Bush had Katrina and the Iraq quagmire. Bill Clinton had Monica Lewinsky and impeachment. Ronald Reagan had Iran Contra. Richard Nixon had Watergate. Lyndon Johnson had Vietnam. Amid the pomp and hope of new beginnings if a second inauguration day always lurk the threat of unseen or dimly understood disasters that sink presidents
Five suspected members of the Islamist group which held foreign and local workers hostage at an Algerian gas plant have been arrested, reports say. The reports came a day after the Algerian authorities said all 32 hostage-takers had been killed at the In Amenas gas installation. At least 25 bodies were found at the complex on Sunday, reports say. It is unclear whether they were captors or captives. Officials say a definitive death toll will be released later. On Saturday officials said least 23 staff at the facility had died during the four-day siege, with some Western workers still unaccounted
I don’t believe we have written anything about the terrorist attack on the Algerian gas plant at Ain Amenas. News accounts have generally been sketchy, but with the siege now over, more details have emerged. The Associated Press reports: Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found 25 more bodies on Sunday as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery. …He said the militants came from six countries
A 15-year-old boy is accused of using an assault rifle to kill his pastor father and other family members in their home last night, police have said. The suspect, who was identified as Nehemiah Griego, was arrested shortly after the shooting at the Albuquerque, New Mexico, home. Inside, police found the five victims - a man, woman, two girls and a boy - who were each shot multiple times.One of the victims was identified as Gregory Griego, the alleged shooter´s father and a former pastor at the Calvary Albuquerque church.
It´s considered to be the world´s most sophisticated superfighter jet, but Britain´s new £150million combat aircraft has been banned from flying in bad weather for fears it could explode. Engineers working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have found the jet´s fuel tank could explode if hit by lightning. According to reports, the aircraft, which is hoped to enter service for both the RAF and the Royal Navy in five years´ time, has also been made more vulnerable to enemy attack than the aircraft it is set to replace, after its weight was reduced in an attempt to increase fuel Headline corrected to site style by Staff.
My buddy, Green Beret badass Bryan Sikes, shot a massive whitetail buck last week during our South Texas Purple Heart Adventure. He whacked said muy grande with a LaRue Tactical OBR chambered for the glorious .308 Win. round. Oh and BTW, Sikes used a high capacity magazine during this hunt. For those of you who aren’t hip to the LaRue, it is a weapon that progressive darlings say we should not have because we don’t “need” such a weapon for hunting.
The tragic events in Algeria, where Islamists succeeded in seizing 700 hostages, of whom at least a dozen are dead, leaving a grisly trail of charred bodies, reinforce an important lesson for Britain and its allies: the centre of gravity of international jihad is shifting from Asia to North Africa. That brings the threat closer to what Malcolm Rifkind, the former foreign secretary, last week called the “soft underbelly of Europe”, recalling a phrase of Churchill’s. It is this westward shift that makes France’s military campaign in Mali against an array of Islamist insurgents so important.
At least 30 per cent of military commanders fired over the past eight years lost their jobs because of sexually related offenses, including harassment, adultery, and improper relationships. The figures follow growing concerns by Defense Department and military leaders over declining ethical values among U.S. forces. They also highlight the pervasiveness of a problem that came into sharp relief because of the resignation of one of the Army´s most esteemed generals, David Petraeus, and the investigation of a second general, John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. The statistics from all four military services show that adulterous All-caps removed from headline by Staff.
A veteran Islamist fighter claimed responsibility on behalf of al Qaeda for the Algerian hostage crisis, a regional website reported on Sunday, tying the bloody desert siege to France´s intervention across the Sahara in Mali.(Snip)"We in al Qaeda announce this blessed operation," Mokhtar Belmokhtar said in a video, according to the Sahara Media website, which quoted from the recording but did not immediately show it. "We are ready to negotiate with the West and the Algerian government provided they stop their bombing of Mali´s Muslims," said Belmokhtar, a one-eyed veteran guerrilla who fought in Afghanistan in 1980s and in
Forty years after the legalization of abortion in the United States, just four doctors offer controversial late-term procedures, and are the subject of a documentary at the Sundance film festival. "After Tiller," named for physician George Tiller, a prominent practitioner of late-term abortions shot dead by an extremist in 2009, focuses on the few remaining doctors who perform abortions in the third trimester of a pregnancy. The Supreme Court legalized abortion exactly 40 years ago -- on January 22, 1973 -- but granted states the right to limit abortions in the final three months of a pregnancy.
Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers. Dave Jones, the California insurance commissioner, said some insurance companies could raise rates as much as they did before the law was enacted. Link repaired by Staff.
Algerian bomb squads scouring a gas plant where Islamist militants took dozens of foreign workers hostage found 25 more bodies on Sunday as they searched for explosive traps left behind by the attackers, a security official said, a day after a bloody raid ended the four-day siege of the remote desert refinery. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the bodies were badly disfigured and difficult to identify. "The bodies could be either Algerian or foreign hostages," he said. Nations continued to wait Sunday for
That crunching sound you hear is Lawrence Wright bending over backward to be fair to Scientology. Every deceptive comparison with Mormonism and other religions is given a respectful hearing. Every ludicrous bit of church dogma is served up deadpan. This makes the book’s indictment that much more powerful. Open almost any page at random. That tape of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder, that Wright quotes from? “It was a part of a lecture Hubbard gave in 1963, in which he talked about the between-lives period, when thetans are transported to Venus to have their memories erased.”
A White House adviser on Sunday said he was optimistic Congress will approve at least part of President Barack Obama´s proposals to reduce gun violence in the wake of December´s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Just hours before Obama was to be sworn in for his second term in office, White House adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday talk shows he felt there was support in Congress for some measures, including universal background checks for gun buyers and limits on high-capacity clips. "I´m confident some of the measures you mentioned - clips, universal background checks -
Americans cashing their first paychecks of the year are starting to feel the pain. Higher taxes in the “fiscal cliff” deal are just the beginning of the extra cash Uncle Sam will be collecting in 2013. The unprecedented expansion in regulation on President Obama’s watch means wallets are going to be much thinner by the end of the year. According to an analysis released on Monday by the American Action Forum, Mr. Obama in his first term added nearly half a trillion dollars to the cost of doing business. In 2012, the administration shattered all records by imposing $236 billion
Django Unchained and Titanic star Leonardo DiCaprio says he is planning to take a significant break from filming and concentrate on his environmental campaigning. In an interview with Germany´s mass circulation daily Bild, the 38-year-old American actor said: "I am a bit drained. I´m now going to take a long, long break. I´ve done three films in two years and I´m just worn out.´´ "I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment,
Many people turn to knitting as a means of stress reduction, and Harmeet Dhillon of San Francisco was no exception when she took up the hobby during college in 1986. Dhillon, however, has taken her interest in textiles a step or two further than most recreational knitters. In 2012, she founded Sea Ranch Woolworks,(Snip) She was born in rural India and is now as an award-winning trial attorney at the helm of her own firm, chairwoman of the Republican Party of San Francisco and a candidate for vice chair of the California Republican Party. (Snip) added by Staff.
Boston—It was the summer of 2004 and Massachusetts Democrats were giddy over the possibility of a favorite son, John Kerry, winning the presidency, yet also determined to block Republican Gov. Mitt Romney from picking a member of his own party to fill Kerry’s U.S. Senate seat. What followed may truly have been a law of unintended consequences. In passing a bill to require a special election and deny Romney a partisan appointment, Democrats unwittingly created the mechanism by which a Republican, Scott Brown, would later win one special election and, depending on what happens in coming weeks, perhaps
At their wedding reception in 1992, Barack Obama and his bride, Michelle, made their way to a table to greet three women who had taken him under their wings as a young community organizer. Loretta Augustine-Herron, one of the women in his memoir, "Dreams From My Father," recalls him asking them, "Can I get you anything?" "When you are elected president," she told him, "we want an invitation to the inaugural ball." According to Augustine-Herron, he replied, "You´ve got it" and flashed his toothy smile. But four years ago, invitations never came for the three women,
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden today officially embarked on their second term, taking the Constitutionally mandated oath of office in two separate private ceremonies inside their homes. Shortly before noon in the Blue Room of the White House, Obama raised his right hand, with his left on a family Bible, reciting the oath administrated by Chief Justice John Roberts. He was surrounded by immediate family members, including first lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Malia and Sasha. "I did it," he said to his daughters after taking the oath. Biden was sworn in earlier today
Joe Biden the gaffe machine was at it again Saturday. Speaking at the Iowa State Society inauguration ball, the Vice President said, "I´m proud to be President of the United States" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): After some laughter and a nudge from someone on stage, Biden corrected himself. "I´m proud to be Vice President of the United States," he said, "and I´m prouder to be Barack Obama, President Barack Obama´s Vice President." "Well, there goes that," Biden joked. "Look, on a serious note, I guess I´m lucky to get back to a serious note."
President Barack Obama was sworn into his second term of office on Sunday at noon in front of only his wife and two daughters in a simple service. The quick swearing in took place on Sunday in keeping with the laws states in the Constitution which states that Presidents´ terms begin at noon on January 20. Normally the oath of office is given on the steps of the Capitol and is followed by his address to the nation, but because this year it happens to fall on a Sunday- and inaugurations are never held that day of
DALLAS- A pickup truck used by former President George W. Bush at his Texas ranch was sold for $300,000 at an auction on Saturday after he donated it to benefit a charity that serves U.S. military families. The 2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch 4x4 SuperCrew was sold as part of the Barrett-Jackson auction house´s sale of collectible cars in Scottsdale, Arizona. The auction house did not disclose the identity of the buyer. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush used the pickup at their ranch in Crawford, Texas, where they frequently entertain friends, family and visiting dignitaries.
Cowboy boots peered out from under all the sequins and shimmer at the Texas State Society´s immensely popular Black Tie and Boots inaugural ball Saturday night at the Gaylord National Resort on the Potomac near Washington D.C. The ball´s many rooms were filled with Texans of every variety, including U.S. Reps Kevin Brady and Sheila Jackson Lee, TSU President John Rudley, singer Yolanda Adams, the Kilgore College Rangerettes and perhaps the most famous "cowboy" today, actor Jamie Foxx, who introduced singer Charley Pride.
Could the Feds potentially use your prescription drug history to curtail your Second Amendment rights? In the wake of President Obama’s list of 23 executive orders — saying “If there’s even one thing that we can do to reduce this violence…” — the potential exists for the Department of Justice to use Federal drug databases to screen for “mental illnesses.” While the idea may sound far-fetched, state and federal agencies already cooperate to share information about your history of prescription drug use, including the use of medications for “psychiatric disorders.” Your doctor, your pharmacist, and your local emergency