Do you have a gun in your home? For some, that´s a loaded question - particularly when asked by a doctor. A debate is simmering over when and whether physicians should be allowed to talk to their patients about firearms. Doctor groups say physicians are obligated to warn their patients about guns along with other health risks, such as riding in a car without wearing a seat belt. However, gun rights advocates balk at what they see as a needless invasion of privacy and blatant attempt at gun control advocacy. State and federal lawmakers are weighing in.
A tradition after each national election, presidential or midterm, is for the pundit class to pontificate on whether and how the results point to a realignment. This exercise dates back at least to the publication of The Emerging Republican Majority by Kevin Phillips in 1969, and it continues to this day. Now, of course, the hot topic is the so-called emerging Democratic majority, dominated by young people, nonwhites, and upscale social liberals. Pundits across the political spectrum are offering free advice to the Republican party on how to change its ways lest it face extinction at the hands
President Barack Obama will visit Chicago on Friday, when he will discuss gun violence as he focuses on his economic message from Tuesday´s State of the Union address, according to the White House. Obama will "talk about the gun violence that has tragically affected too many families in communities across Chicago and across the country," a White House official said in a statement. The president´s visit answers calls from Chicago anti-violence activists that Obama talk about the recent spate of gun violence in the city, several of the activists said. "This is an important issue," said Cathy Cohen, founder of
Across the country leashes have been clipped, dog beds tossed into suitcases and man´s best friend has prepared for his moment in the sun. Roll out the red carpet, New York City, the big Apple is going to the dogs. A lot of dogs. This year´s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which kicks off Monday morning, will bring more than 2,000 dogs to Madison Square Garden. It is considered the dog show of the year. A who´s who for the canine set. There will be posh poodles, commanding coonhounds, dapper dachshunds and prancing Pomeranians,
If the mainstream media, including both the New York Times and CNN, have seemed more eager than usual to entertain corruption accusations against a powerful Democrat, that may be because new details are emerging that are tough to ignore. The Times, which called upon Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to be relieved of his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, now points to a possible link to anti-cocaine efforts. In an article appearing in Monday’s edition, Times reporters Eric Lipton and William K. Rashbaum highlight Menendez’s apparent public intervention in July 2012 on behalf of a friend, Dr. Salomon Mengen,
NEWPORT, R.I. -- As electricity returns and highways reopen, Northeast residents are getting back to their weekday routines following the massive snowstorm that had millions digging out from New York to Maine. But the routine for some New Englanders will be disrupted by school and workplace closings, while residents of New York´s Long Island anticipate the reopening of a major roadway. For some there´s also a new worry: the danger of roof collapses as rain and warmer weather melts snow. The storm that slammed into the region with up to 3 feet of snow was blamed
San Francisco — Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology´s benefits for the environment — and the wallet. What customers may not know is that there´s a dirtier side. While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated
Out of the flurry of ambitious gun control proposals in the wake of December’s school shooting in Connecticut, expanded background checks on gun sales are fast emerging as the “sweet spot” — as one Senate Democratic leader put it — between what gun control advocates seek and what can actually attract bipartisan support in Congress. Discussion of bans on so-called assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines have gradually given way to the more politically palatable ideas of strengthening the federal background check system or instituting near-universal background checks for gun buyers — even as proponents and opponents clash bitterly
The White House accused congressional Republicans on Sunday of spreading “myths” about President Obama’s efforts to avoid looming budget cuts and blamed the GOP for pushing an “unbalanced” approach that favors the wealthy. “The notion that President Obama hasn’t put forward a solution to deal with these looming cuts is false,” said Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer in a blog post. He said Mr. Obama’s latest offer to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, “meets the Republicans halfway on spending and on revenues, and would permanently turn off the sequester and put us on a fiscally sustainable path.”
A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report. The National Intelligence Estimate identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate the computer systems of American businesses and institutions to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain. The report, which represents the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community, describes a wide range of sectors that have been the focus of hacking
There’s nothing for me to add to the great work already done by SooperMexican, Mediaite, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity and others critiquing the media coverage of alleged mad dog cop-killer Christopher Jordan Dorner. The media has been dishonest in trying to cover up Dorner’s left-wing views. They’ve been beyond hypocritical in drawing no link between Dorner’s acts and his politics — after they have repeatedly tried to link acts of violence to conservatism even when, as usual, there was no link to be made. Worst of all, as Big Government has shown, they are beginning to try to justify
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An apparent tornado tore through Hattiesburg on Sunday as part of a wave of severe storms that downed trees, damaged buildings and caused at least several injuries. The twister traveled down one of Hattiesburg´s main streets and caused what officials described as major damage, officials said, hitting several buildings on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Kyle Hopkins, emergency operations director for surrounding Forrest County, said officials hadn´t confirmed injuries. There were reports of several people hurt elsewhere in the state. "We had a tornado touch down.
Yes, that sounds like a parody movie trailer. But unfortunately this is a real story based on real things that happened in real life instead of brilliant satire. The Washington Post has an amazing story about how an Obama lawn sign ignited an intense legal battle in a Virginia neighborhood. Sam and Maria Farran put an Obama election sign up in their yard leading up to the 2008 election. But what seems like a harmless political statement allegedly violated the stipulations of the homeowners association that governs the sleepy Virginia neighborhood where they live.
More than 4,000 people spent Sunday stranded on a cruise ship after a fire in the engine room, according to Carnival. The Carnival Triumph, which left Galveston Thursday, is without propulsion and running on emergency generator power about 150 miles off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified and a tug boat has been dispatched to the ship, according to a company statement. The company reports that the ship´s automatic fire extinguishing systems activated and only the aft engine room was damaged.
This morning on “This Week,” Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., dismissed recent gestures by prominent members of the GOP suggesting a softening of Republican positions as simply “lipstick on a pig.” “I think all of this stuff is just surface stuff. It’s like lipstick on a pig, ” Ellison said. “I mean, the bottom line is, the Republicans have a core values problem, not a ‘who knows who Tupac Shakur is’ problem.” Ellison was responding to ABC News political analyst and contributor Nicolle Wallace, who praised Marco Rubio on the roundtable. The Florida senator is
CORTEZ, Colo. - A school board in western Colorado has decided to allow the district superintendent and a principal to carry firearms onto school grounds. The Cortez Journal reports the seven-member board that oversees schools in Dolores County voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the principal at Dove Creek High School and the superintendent to double as security officers, provided they complete a concealed carry course and receive a permit from the county sheriff´s office. Superintendent Bruce Hankins and Principal Ty Gray will receive an additional $1 salary for the extra duties.
The Democrat leadership in the New Jersey Assembly plans on ramming through 24 different anti-gun measures on Feb. 13 and 14. Included in the measures are bans on magazines holding more than 10 rounds, the creation of even more gun free zones, prohibitions against purchasing ammunition on internet, the registration and regulation of ammunition sales, and the end of private gun sales. The magazine ban and the end of private gun sales are measures we see Democrats pushing in other states as well, like Colorado. Neither of these measures will reduce the likelihood or even the possibility of
Remember when the mainstream media mocked a politician who had to attend five colleges to graduate, whose academic record was less than outstanding, and whose subsequent success was proof of nothing? Remember how that was supposed to be a threat to national security, the economy, and so much else? That was so 2008, so Sarah Palin. It turns out that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), who is now awaiting confirmation as Secretary of Defense, attended five colleges and was a "D" student. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam,
New footage of a speech by Chuck Hagel in 2008 has surfaced, in which the former Senator mocked the idea of continuing the U.S. policy of confronting Iran and supporting Israel. "When I hear the talk about--well you can’t talk with Iran, you can’t talk with Syria and we’re, we should stay where we are and support Israel, and so on, well you miss the point," he told the laughing audience at an event for his book, America: Our Next Chapter. Hagel added that the U.S. "shouldn´t even be thinking about the options of bombing Iran," even
According to reports, the Department of Homeland Security has stockpiled over 1.6 billion rounds of ammo for its various agencies, and one of the worst side effects of this appears to be a shortage of ammo for private gun owners. The question is--what if the shortage is intentional? Bear with me here. I am not a "conspiracy theorist" nor do I believe that DHS is stockpiling bullets in order to wage war on Americans, as some commentators have suggested. However, I do believe they know these massive ammo purchases are driving supply
Ex-LAPD cop and alleged murderer Christopher Dorner has generated something of a supportive following on social media, where thousands have voiced support for his cause and the sentiments in his 14-page manifesto. One Facebook page, “I support Christopher Jordan Dorner,” received more than 6,400 “likes” — or votes of support from individual community members — in four days. “You want to know why people are rallying around this guy even though he has done some nasty things?” the page reads. “It’s because there are so many cases of police mistreatment. Of people who have had brothers, sisters, mothers,
After the testimonies of Secretary Panetta, General Dempsey, and Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi tragedy, it appears the Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama was off duty and not available to make a hard decision to press the military Chain of Command to rescue Americans under attack. The cover up appears to be a White House order to “Stand Down” and not issue a rescue mission operational order. For over seven hours he did nothing; no communications with his National Security team, and then he flew to Las Vegas for a campaign stop. “Weakness and dithering and flying to
It seems so reasonable. In the minds of many, "universal background checks" for firearms transactions sounds like a good idea. But is it really? No. No idea is good if it doesn´t work. No legislation is reasonable if it fails to accomplish its purported goal — to prevent violent criminals and the mentally ill from acquiring firearms. Criminals won´t participate in a "universal" system. They´ll always steal or get their guns, and everything else they want, on the black market. Reasonable people know that criminals will never be part of the "universe."
Iran and Hezbollah, its Lebanese proxy, are building a network of militias inside Syria to preserve and protect their interests in the event that President Bashar al-Assad’s government falls or is forced to retreat from Damascus, according to U.S. and Middle Eastern officials. The militias are fighting alongside Syrian government forces to keep Assad in power. But officials believe Iran’s long-term goal is to have reliable operatives in place in the event that Syria fractures into separate ethnic and sectarian enclaves. A senior Obama administration official cited Iranian claims that Tehran was backing as many as 50,000 militiamen in Syria.
As president of the Goodwill Community Foundation, Dennis McLain directs a chain of 36 stores stretching from Durham to Jacksonville, selling used sport coats and secondhand dresses to some of North Carolina’s poorest citizens. He states proudly in promotional material that workers in those stores earn an average $19.58 an hour in combined salary and benefits, and that Goodwill provides free job training to millions worldwide. But McLain receives an uncommonly large portion of the nonprofit’s generosity, earning more than $430,000 a year in pay and other benefits, including membership at Raleigh’s exclusive Capital