"Under God" Removed By Obama During Inauguration Pledge

Whoops. I'm sure the President just made a mistake and the words "under God" just happened to be missing in the pledge of allegiance.

During the pledge of allegiance during the inauguration yesterday, the words "under God" were removed by the President.

Introducing the President, Myrlie Evers-Williams read a flowery version of the pledge:
“We now stand beneath the shadow of the nation’s capital, who’s golden dome reflects the unity and democracy of one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Here is the video:

As you probably know, the words "under God" were first added to the pledge in 1954 by Dwight Eisenhower.

Of course this isn't the first time that the Democratic party has removed God from their speeches. During the Democratic National Convention, the left bumbled when they removed all mentions of Jerusalem and God from their platform.

This led to this hilarious non-vote vote:

To be certain, this was not a mistake. This was planned.

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Israeli Election Results, January 22, 2013

From Fox News:
Exit polls show that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party and his hard-line allies have won a narrow majority in parliamentary elections.

In an election on Tuesday far closer than polls forecast, Netanyahu's Likud Party captured just 31 seats, well below expectations. But with his hard-line and religious allies, he would still be able to form a narrow majority in the 120-seat parliament, according to the exit polls.

In the biggest surprise, the centrist "Yesh Atid," party headed by political newcomer Yair Lapid captured as many as 19 seats, well above the forecasts. That would position Lapid to become either opposition leader or seek a major Cabinet post if he decides to join Netanyahu's governing coalition.

Netanyahu's campaign manager, Gideon Saar, says he hopes to form a broad coalition.
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Media Reports Lone Star College Shooter May be Wearing Atlanta Falcons Jersey

Sounds like a joke, but apparently not.

 Word is officers are looking for a man in an Atlanta Falcons shirt, last seen running through campus to the wooded area on the north side of campus.

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Lone Star Campus Live Video

From the scene of the shooting today:

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Shooting at Lone Star College Campus, At Least Two Injured

From KENS5:
At least two people have been shot at Lone Star Community in North Harris County, according to Precinct 4 deputy constables.

One person is in custody. Dozens of law enforcement officers are searching for a second suspect on the loose.

News stringer, Lloyd Overcash, said he saw one male being brought out of the library on a stretcher.

At least one other person was being treated by EMS crews outside the library when Air 11 flew over.
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Finding the Right Hotel Supplies

 With the economy in the shape that it is today, you want to make sure that you have all of the resources at your fingertips to navigate it. This is especially true if you own a small business that is dependent on the overall shape and strength of the economy, like a hotel or a chain. This is why you should look at all of your options and do your research on how this can help you. For example, you can look at using PeachSuite Hotel Supply for your needs and see how their services can fit in with your existing model.

Finding Hotel Supplies Online isn't always the easiest task. You sometimes need to navigate through different websites with different reputations to find the one or ones that fit what you are looking for. It is useful to use a singe site for your different needs. When you find a good Hotel Amenities Supplier you can get what you need with the ease and professionalism that you have been looking for.

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Beyonce Lipsynch of the National Anthem

Phonies. Phonies everywhere.

Turns out that Beyonce couldn't even be brought to sing the national anthem at the inauguration of a president. Classy.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the capitol.
Pretty, but dumb

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Saudi Arabia's Top Qaeda Killed

Saudi Arabia's most wanted member of al Qaeda was killed in Yemen. Saeed Shahri was killed fighting government forces as part of the uprising in that country, according to al Arabiya. Shahri also considered himself the second most wanted terrorist in Yemen.

According to an Al Arabiya correspondent, Shahri’s family said he was severely injured after a joint Yemeni-U.S. operation targeting al-Qaeda members in Yemen in the second week of December, 2012.

After falling into a coma, Shahri was later declared dead and was buried in Yemen.

Good news.

Michelle Obama Has Officially Saved the Economy

Perhaps I'm the only one that can appreciate true culture. Perhaps I'm the only one that can appreciate the 'shovel ready' jobs being created by the thousands right as I type this. Maybe it's the time that the American economy has finally roared back to life with massive growth and tumbling unemployment.

Yes, I expect unemployment to be down near 3% by the end of the year with GDP growth near 20%. Why?

Well, Michelle Obama saved it all herself.

Personal recession destroyer

Don't believe me? Well, she has personally (well, I mean through taxpayer money) injected tens of thousands of dollars into the economy and has employed up to five people through her efforts at being the most fashionable person in the country.

At least, the NYT can call it:

All day, designers were glued to the television to see what Mrs. Obama was wearing, hoping it would be them, but she ultimately chose the same one who made the first inauguration a fashion success. The dress was persimmon-colored with cross-halter straps and a loose fit similar to the ivory one-shouldered gown she wore in 2009. Her shoes were from Jimmy Choo, and the dress design included a handmade diamond ring by Kimberly McDonald.
Thank goodness. I thought that there was some sort of recession going on. Glad that's all over. Hell, the Today Show seems to think the same!

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Five Foreigners Still Unaccounted for in Algeria

Five foreigners that had been working at the Amenas BP plant in Algeria have still not been found. With the Algerian military combing the facility, they have found dozens of dead jihadists and hostages, but are still missing these foreigners. The death toll has also increased:

On Monday, Mr Sellal said the dead came from eight nations, without specifying which ones. He said one Algerian hostage had been killed.

2012 In Review

With life as hectic as it has been in the last year, Pundit Press has neglected to do one of its favorite pastimes: statistics! This post will hopefully fix the dark void in your heart that called out for analysis of traffic on our site. Thought we're mid-way through January, I've decided to do all of 2012, and none of 2013. In other words, just to be clear, this is from January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2012. Enjoy:

Total traffic in 2012: 728,029 pageviews (an average of 1,989 a day, thanks to the extra leap day)
Highest pageviews in one day: 89,312 on December 14, 2012 (an average of 62 people a minute)
Most pageviews in a week: 178,310, the week of 11/8-11/14 (an average of 1,061 an hour)
Most pageviews in a month: 213,788, November (an average of 7,126 a day)

The top posts of 2012:

1. What Luck! Obama Won Dozens of Cleveland Districts with 100% of the Vote, by Aurelius, with 51,779 hits

2. BREAKING: St. Lucie County, Florida Had 141.1% Turnout; Obama Won County, by Aurelius, with 46,150 hits

3. Fraud in PA: Obama Got Over 99% of Vote at Polls Where GOP Inspectors were Removed; Turnout Somehow "30%" Above Gov't Numbers, by Aurelius, with 42,481

4. Ryan Lanza Pictures, by Matthew, with 31,376 hits

5. NAACP: "You Mad, Bro?" Meme is Racist, by Aurelius, with 28,164 hits

6. Ryan Lanza Facebook Profile Found, by Matthew, with 26,198 hits

7. Good News: Obama Won County in Ohio with 108% Voter Registration, by Aurelius, with 24,682 hits

8. Adam Lanza Facebook Profile Found? by Matthew with 23,199 hits

9. Jovan Belcher Girlfriend Picture, by Aurelius, with 19,646 hits

10. TJ Lane Picture, by Matthew, with 17,475 hits

Number of posts with over 1,000 hits: 81

Top posters of 2012:

1. Matthew with 673 articles
2. Aurelius with 552 articles
3. Mr. K with a hilariously low 195 articles
4. Just a Conservative Girl with 64 articles
5. J Brentlinger with 63 articles
6. Dr. Robert Owens with 50 articles
7. Kaptain Krude with 15 articles
8. Eric Dondero with 6 articles
9. Unlikely Hospitalist with 4 articles
9. MO Atty with 4 articles
11. Lawrence W. White MD with 3 articles
11. Fenway Nation with 3 articles
13. Last and probably least, Joe C with 2 articles

Mr. K's top article: Unions Busing in Voters to Wisconsin?, with 943 hits

Things of Interest:
  • Pundit Press had its biggest month ever in November
  • Pundit Press had its biggest day ever in December
  • According to Alexa, Pundit Press is up to the 170,889th largest site on the internet
  • We're very disappointed in Joe
  • We're even more disappointed with Mr. K
  • Ace of Spades, Weasel Zippers, Twitchy, and Instapundit were all nice enough to link to us
  • We now have a history professor and history teacher as our main writers
  • Seriously Mr. K, 195 articles?

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Video: Michelle Obama Rolls her Eyes at John Boehner Repeatedly

What a classy woman. Thank goodness she's spending millions of dollars on trips and clothes, all on our dime:

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Obama Promises "Peace in Our Time" In Inauguration Speech

If you did not already know that the President has no grasp of history, no knowledge of what he is saying, this should help confirm it.

According to the transcript released by the White House, President Obama channeled Neville Chamberlain, using the phrase "peace in our time" to tout his reelection.

The President explained (emphasis mine, quote starting from 13:04 in the video):
We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice. Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes.
As you certainly remember, the short-sighted Prime Minister of Great Britain, Neville Chamberlain promised the very same thing, just a single year before the most destructive war in history ripped Europe to sunders.

Prime Minister Chamberlain explained, after giving much of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany (emphasis mine):
My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is "peace for our time."
The parallels are plain for anyone to see. The President's often weak stance on Iran. The rise of Islamic-Fascism during the Arab Spring, which Mr. Obama has supported. His distancing from Israel.
But what will come of Mr. Obama's short-sightedness? Only time will tell.

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Today Show: Isn't it Great that Michelle Obama Spent Tens of Thousands on Avant Fashion for Inauguration?

 Remember this? Sarah Palin dared to wear expensive clothing while on the 2008 campaign trail, she was excoriated:

This is not careless image management.
This is ill-advised and ill-informed.
Or, to use this election cycle's phrase of choice: This is some seriously bad judgment.
One assumes that her campaign is populated by some of the brightest minds and they have spent an inordinate amount of time obsessing over mind-numbing details, right down to whether the candidate would stand or sit during the debate and who gets to hover behind her for photo ops. But Palin's handlers would do well to occasionally read a fashion magazine, skim a fashion blog or at least ask themselves why women are willing to spend upwards of $10,000 on a handbag known as the Birkin. It's not because that famous Hermes bag is so pretty. It's because of what it represents: exclusivity, success and classiness.
Palin's choice of clothing was supposed to represent some barrier between her and the common person, unacceptable to the media.

Well, what about Michelle Obama? Turns out, that her decision was one of the greatest in American history.

The first lady stepped out in a sophisticated blue Thom Browne coat and J. Crew shoes for a visit to St. John's Church on the morning of Inauguration Day, accessorizing with a Cathy Waterman necklace. Browne, an American designer better known for his menswear, designed the coat based on the style of a man's silk tie.
And that exclusivity that dogged Sarah Palin's choice? Instead, it is a mark of high culture:

Experts said her style choices, particularly the fact that she sought out Thom Browne, show the first lady is a fan of fashion. "This is not a designer that you would wander into your local mall and find," fashion critic Robin Givhan said on TODAY Monday. "He's hard to find; he's very unique."
Well, even though the outfits are outrageously expensive, at least they will be used for four full years, right? Maybe even passed down to the Obamas' children?


According to the White House, at the end of the inaugural events, the outfit and accessories will be donated to the National Archives.
Let them eat Versace.

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Obama Inaugural Address Transcript

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.  We affirm the promise of our democracy.  We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.  What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.  For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.  The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob.  They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.
For more than two hundred years, we have.
Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.  We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.
Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.
Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.  Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.  For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.  No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.  Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.
This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.  A decade of war is now ending.  An economic recovery has begun.  America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands:  youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.   My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.
For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.  We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.  We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship.  We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.  We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher.  But while the means will change, our purpose endures:  a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American.  That is what this moment requires.  That is what will give real meaning to our creed. 
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.  We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.  But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.  For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.  We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.  We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.  They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.  We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.  The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.  But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it.  We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.  That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks.  That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.  That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.  Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage.  Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty.  The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm.  But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.
We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law.  We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.  America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation.  We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.  And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes:  tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began.  For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.  Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.  Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.  Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.  Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American.  Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness.  Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.
For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.  We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.  We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.  We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.
My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service.  But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream.  My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.
They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.
You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.
You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.
Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright.  With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

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Time for the Har-Bowl: Harbaugh Brothers Win, Head to Super Bowl

The Ravens and 49ers won this evening, sealing the first Har-Bowl Super Bowl in history. Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh, couches of the 49ers and Ravens, respectively, will face each other on football's biggest stage in two weeks.
Brothers Harbaugh
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Biden: 'US Can't Enforce the Gun Legislation We're Pushing'

Is there any doubt that either Joe Biden is an imbecile, President Obama has ulterior motives in his gun push, or both?

The Obama Administration is pushing universal background checks in their latest push for gun reform. The problem is, according to the Vice President himself, the United States is unable to process the lies people make on their checks today, let alone if everyone has to be processed.
'We can't do what we want, but we're doing it anyway'
Speaking to a group of gun rights representatives, he explained:
“And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”
So let me get this straight: one of the ways that the Administration is pushing for more "safety" is by having more background checks. One way that the President is suggesting that we enhance this process is by having Form 4473s filled out. Yet, at the same time, the VP has promised that the United States can't even handle the current load today, let alone if this legislation is enacted.

As with most of this Administration's plans, this is half thought-out and makes even less sense.

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South Valley Shooting: Five Dead

From the ABQ Journal:
A male juvenile is in custody this morning following a shooting in the South Valley that left five people dead.

In an email from Bernalillo County officials, a shooting took place on Long Lane SW Saturday evening. Deputies were dispatched and found an adult male, an adult female and three children dead.

All victims appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Multiple weapons appeared to have been used including an assault-type rifle. The investigation is ongoing and the identities of the victims have not been release, officials said.

A male juvenile is in custody and is being charged with two counts of murder, and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.
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Hugo Chavez Dead?

Update: Confirmed- Chavez is dead.

The internet is yet again abuzz with rumors that Hugo Chavez is dead. Some say that Chavez just died in Cuba. Others have been saying he's been dead for weeks. While others claim that he's alive and well, with any news to the contrary simply propaganda.

Someone's even posted a picture of his supposed death photo online:
What's the truth? Well, we're not exactly sure. However, once we get independent verification of his health, we'll publish it here as fast as possible.

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Hall of Famer Stan Musial Dead at 92

From ABC:
Stan Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star with the corkscrew stance and too many batting records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque, died Saturday. He was 92.

Stan the Man was so revered in St. Louis that he has two statues outside Busch Stadium — one just wouldn't do him justice. He was one of baseball's greatest hitters, shining in the mold of Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio even without the bright lights of the big city.

Musial won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.

The Cardinals announced Musial's death in a news release. They said he died Saturday evening at his home in Ladue surrounded by family. The team said Musial's son-in-law, Dave Edmonds, informed the club of Musial's death.
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Heartstopping Video: Man Attempts to Assassinate Bulgaria's Opposition Leader During Speech

This picture says it all:
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Frederick Buttaccio Identified as American Dead in Algerian Hostage Standoff

From Newsday:
One American worker at a natural gas complex in Algeria has been found dead, U.S. officials said Friday as the Obama administration sought to secure the release of Americans still being held by militants on the third day of the hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in the Sahara.

The officials identified the dead American as Frederick Buttaccio, a Texas resident, but said it was unclear how he died. They said U.S. officials recovered Buttaccio's remains on Friday and notified his family. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she spoke by telephone with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal to get an update on Americans and others in danger at the sprawling Ain Amenas refinery 800 miles south of Algiers. She said the "utmost care must be taken to preserve innocent life."

Clinton talked to reporters after the Obama administration confirmed that Americans were still being held hostage, even as some U.S. citizens were being flown out of the country for recovery in Europe. The Algerian state news agency reported that 12 hostages had been killed since Wednesday's start of an Algerian rescue operation, and world leaders steadily increased their criticism of the North African country's handling of the attack.
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Former Mayor Ray Nagin Indicted on 21 Corruption Charges, Felonies

What a tool. From the Washington Times:
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering.

The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
The counts include wire fraud, bribery, money laundering, filing false tax returns and conspiracy.

Nagin, a former cable television executive, was a political novice before being elected to his first term as mayor in 2002, buoyed by strong support from white voters.
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Getting the Best in Air Conditioning

 Can you feel the heat? In so many places around the world he temperatures are so hot during the summer and can be a great discomfort to anyone, especially the very young or the very old. When dealing with such problems as this, it is important to make due and get ready for the scorching heat. While you may not be able to totally get rid of the heat that can envelop your house or apartment, you will be able to do things that can reduce the discomfort and help you and your family rest in the peace of a cold room. You can buy fans and run them all the time, of course, but even fans are not able to cool down the room enough to make it truly comfortable, especially in the very hot temperatures in the American Southwest or Singapore. You might consider going out to the store and picking up an air conditioning unit and getting it installed in your house or your apartment. But who is the best to install the air conditioner or repair it in case of issues? You can get aircon servicing for you uni to make sure that it is functioning in the way that you want it to an at the best of its ability. When you are looking for aircon servicing singapore you can do your research o make sure that you get only the best in products to keep you cool in the summer even if it is very hot outside-- you can be comfortable and at ease. Check out all of your options and see which ones can fit your situation. Get the best air conditioning unit and have it installed in your ouse or apartment and feel the cool air blow in on that hot summer day.

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Virginia Democrat Brings AK-47 Onto House of Delegates Floor

Where do I begin?

In what can only be described as an unique attempt by Delegate Joe Morrissey, a Democrat in Virginia's House of Delegates, to stir debate over his state's consideration of banning assault weapons, he brought an AK-47 into the Capitol and on the House floor during his pleas for his legislation to receive support.

Fellow delegates were both amused and annoyed by his stunt yesterday afternoon, which he approved beforehand with police and House leaders, and one Republican lawmaker asked if Morrissey would take his finger off the trigger lock (which you can notice in the picture.. he obviously knows nothing of gun safety).

At one point in his speech he said anyone could walk down the streets carrying an AK-47 and something needed to be done... Which is odd considering Virginia has a low gun crime rate and most gun related deaths are related to non-assault weapons, and most murders overall to other weapons entirely. 

The real question from this delegate's stunt is how far are anti-second amendment lawmakers willing to go to make their unfounded, illogical points?

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New Anti-Gun Ad Links NRA Endorsed Democrat Congressman to Newtown Murders

This advertisement is just abhorrently disgusting and saddening.

To somehow link a pro-second amendment Georgia Congressman to the mass murder in Newtown, Connecticut, because he received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association is petty politics at its worst and absolutely despicable.

Have these people no shame? Are they without decent and boundaries?

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Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight

Why isn’t it pointed out by the pontificating talking heads that every mass murder in recent memory has occurred in a legally declared “Gun-Free” zone?   We might as well put signs in front of our schools, malls, army cafeterias and hospitals that say, “If you’re a crazy person no one here is armed.”  Perhaps if we put a sign in front of these establishments that said, “Protected by Smith and Wesson” we would get better results?

Does anyone believe that disarming lawful citizens actually make lawful citizens safer?

Our fearless leaders are following the Progressive playbook to the letter.  First and foremost “Never let a food crisis go to waste.”  Capitalizing on the tragedy caused by a sick person with a stolen gun these wannabe totalitarians see an opportunity to disarm their victims and they are preparing to make a move.  They realize they won’t be able to outlaw the private ownership of guns in America all in one fell swoop.  However, their strategy is always two steps forward one step back.  This is the same strategy that has worked so well for them in capturing the education system, the media, and the two major political parties.

Now they bring their previous conquests to bear to help them achieve a long cherished goal of a defenseless America that they can shape into the shabby and dismal centrally-planned highly regimented socialist nightmare they portray as Utopia. 

The education wing has given them a dumbed down populace who have never studied the Federalist Papers enough to know the Second Amendment wasn’t written to protect hunters.  It was written to ensure the American public could stand up to any tyrants who would ever attempt to step on the throat of freedom.

The Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media beat the drum everyday calling for gun control, bullet control, an end to the freedom to buy and sell legal firearms or anything else they can dream up that moves their Progressive heroes closer to their goal: a gun free zone around every lawful citizen.  In the meantime their entertainment wing churns out the vilest filth filled with violence and mayhem in movies and games.  At the same time these pious hypocrites make money providing examples of chainsaw massacres and other scenes of slaughter, walk around with private security and send their children armed guards.

This has been accomplished in other lands. The Germans and the Russians were disarmed.  Did that enhance their security?  The Australians and the British have been disarmed.  Has that enhanced their security?  Does anyone seriously believe that criminals will not break gun laws?  They are criminals.  Breaking laws is what they do.  Just as locks are only for honest people gun laws only disarm lawful citizens.

Should people who own guns keep them secure?  Certainly.  Should people with guns know how to safely use them?  Certainly.  Should we surrender our constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms?  Absolutely not.  These rights have already been infringed upon to the point where in most places it is not legal for most citizens to keep let alone bear arms. 

Instead of meekly sitting still while our rights suffer further erosion we the people need to let our representatives know that we will not suffer any more incremental subversion of our liberty.  We must let them know in every way that we will not go gently into the long dark night.  We will not stand as sheep to be sheared of the rights given to us by our creator, recognized in our Declaration of Independence, and carved into the stone of our Constitution.

The masses of sheeple who have been bred by generations of government paternalism and educational propaganda are clamoring to be shorn of yet more of their heritage.  Their cheerleaders from the anchor desk to the late night variety shows and their idols on stage and CD are herding them to the shearing pens.  If we stand still for executive orders that contradict the plain intent of the Constitution we will deserve whatever we receive.

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.  Now is the time for the patriot to say, “We have gone this far and no further.”  Freedom isn’t free.  It never has been and it never will be.  If we want to preserve this land of liberty the time is coming when we will have to do whatever has to be done.  And it might be time to live out some of the clichés we have used for so long:

Realize God created man, but it was Samuel Colt who made them equal as you keep your powder dry, locked, loaded, and determined not to bring a knife to a gun fight.

Keep the Faith.  Keep the peace.  We shall overcome

Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion.  He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2013 Robert R. Owens drrobertowens@hotmail.com  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens


At Least MSNBC Came Up with One Truthful Thing

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Members of Liberal Site Call for Jewish "Extermination," Unironically Proclaim Israel to be "Nazis"

Liberals on the popular liberal website Reddit were up in arms Tuesday night, calling for the death of Jews in response to a YouTube video. The video, which purports to show a small group of racist Israelis, inspired the ire of thousands of Redditors.

The top comment on the article, receiving at the time of writing this article, has nearly half a thousand "upvotes," which shows approval of hundreds of users.  It reads "Israel: Nazi Germany." In agreement, various users posted messages, including, "PLEASE STOP FUNDING THIS PIECE OF S*** COUNTRY!"
An example of the average comment on the thread
User "hitlerwasright1" agreed with the sentiment on the thread, writing:
Exactly. Every time I hear about something happening in Israel (which seems to be at least once a week), it always involves the Jewish population persecuting another group of people; in fact I wouldn't be surprised at all if it was discovered that they have secret concentration camps of their own filled with Palestinians. It absolutely blows me away that they could treat other minority groups like this after what all their people had gone through in WWII. Perhaps we should have let Hitler finish what he started before shutting him down, at least then we wouldn't have to deal with these disgusting people.
Littlemissnazi chimed in:
At some point, I'm kinda sad Hitler didn't finish the job of exterminating the Jews. They should know better after being persecuted due to their race.
There was some descent on Reddit. At the time of this article, user "sdgfsvzvxf" expressed his disgust with the rabid racism on Reddit. He wrote, in part:
These are the exact same people who parade around espousing "anti-Zionist" (in reality, thinly veiled anti-Semitism) views and cry when people call them out - "ohh any criticism of Israel is called anti-Semitic wahhh wahh"...

Also the confirmation bias in here is hilarious. If this was a video from any other country, you'd all be saying "ahh that's terrible but it's just a minority of dickheads", nothing to the level of equating them to Nazi's or lamenting the failings of one of the most genocidal men in history.

What a bunch of degenerate morons you all are.
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The Lennay Kekua, Manti Te’o Hoax

This is one of the weirdest, weirdest things I've ever read about. A nationally renowned college football player creating an imaginary girlfriend, then telling people about her tragic battle with leukemia? Then he kills her off?

But then the twist that perhaps somehow he was duped? That Kekua was created by some schlub named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo? That Tuiasosopo carried out a two year relationship with Te'o pretending to be a woman? What the fuck?

And it took the press years to realize it was all fake? This is just massively, massively odd. Read this great synopsis of the whole fiasco: Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax.

Very strange.

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France Takes Lead Against al-Qaeda

HT: Time.com

Now, there's a headline I thought I'd never write...

With the threat of Mali descending entirely into al-Qaeda's allies and essentially becoming a jihadist training ground to assault other African nations, Europe and the United States, the French took the initiative and intervened on behalf of the crumbling Malian government - using air assault and now ground forces to eliminate the threat.

And this came as the French launched an unsuccessful attempt to rescue a member of their special forces that had/has (there is still uncertainty as to his status) been held by al-Shabab jihadists in Somalia for over three years.

All of this, including the French's promise of remaining in Mali until the jihadists are defeated and order is returned to the once thriving Saharan nation, has quickly turned the usually timid and anti-interventionist French into enemy number one for Al-Qaeda, as the United States has taken a back seat to the decade old War on Terror.

I'm at a loss of words on how the French under socialist president Hollande have now become a stronger Western power in the fight on global jihad then the United States... who led the conflict after devastating attacks on our homeland just over eleven years ago. The role reversal is a shock.

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Americans Taken Hostage After Attack in Algeria

From the AP:
The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."

A militant group that claimed responsibility says it's holding seven Americans, but State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said she wouldn't provide details to protect those who were kidnapped.

Militants said they attacked and occupied the field partly operated by the energy company BP because of Algeria's support of France's operation against al-Qaida-linked Malian rebels groups to the southeast.
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What is in Obama's Gun Plan?

 Oh, goodness, a lot. And a lot of stuff that does not "need" to be passed by Congress:
Already facing stiff opposition from gun-rights advocates and Republican lawmakers, the president called on Congress to pass several major changes to the country's current gun laws -- some of which are already being considered like the restrictions on semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Obama called as well for legislation to bar the possession and importation of armor-piercing bullets and to require criminal background checks for nearly all gun sales. The president, speaking at the White House, said he would use "whatever weight this office holds" to get the proposals passed.
"If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try," Obama said. "When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now. ... Let's do the right thing." 
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French Ground Forces Move to Join Fight in Mali

HT: The New York Times

With the French Air Force exhausting their capabilities, pounding the islamists into the ground and forcing them out of several key cities, French ground forces have formed an armored column and are approaching the disputed North along with weakened Malian forces to confront the islamists.

While the initial burst of air superiority halted the islamists advance into southern Mali and hit their forces hard in strongholds such as Douentza and Gao, overall the air assaults have just led to them hiding in the Saharan bush and blending in with civilians, which will make this ground campaign a tasking.

The French force, which numbers around a thousand right now, will be joined by another 1,500 comrades from bases in former African colonies, an estimated 3,000 soldiers from neighboring African nations and whatever remains of the Malian forces, which seem to be more interested in the defense of their capital Bamako at this point.

Contact between the two sides is expected to occur soon, if not already as some have reported, however, the French government has stated that they are in this fight for the long run to see the Malian people once again free and the islamist threat beat back and as of now - the usually anti-interventionist French public is behind the efforts.

The fight for Mali has only just begun...

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Better Business for Lawyers in 2013

In spite of your better efforts, it is likely that over your time spent practicing law professionally that you have developed some bad habits. Why not making 2013 the year of breaking bad attorney habits and being better—not just for your clients but for yourself as well?

Bad Lawyer Habit #1: Billing Late

Once a case has closed it is important to bill right away. The more time that goes by the fuzzier everybody’s memories get and the more likely your client is to challenge you on the details of the bill. Because more investigation is going to need to be done into the “meat” of the bill, that bill is more likely to be procrastinated and you are going to have to wait even longer to get paid. By billing on time you increase the likelihood that your bills will be paid quickly and in full!

Bad Lawyer Habit #2: Winging It

It’s okay to not know every single detail of every single client’s existence. You should not, however, be using Google to cram information about the client’s business five minutes before your meeting. Yes, you are busy and you have to juggle lots of different projects. Still, your clients can tell when you do not truly understand their situations. This gets particularly troublesome when you’re dealing with very specific areas of law like business or tax. Take your cues from Partner at King & Spalding, Steven Guynn  Do the leg work (or the click work) well ahead of time so that you understand things on better than a surface level. You’ll have an easier time retaining clients and increase your chances of having a positive outcome.

Bad Lawyer Habit #3: Wasting Time on the Trivial Stuff

One of the worst bad habits you can have as a lawyer is to get caught up in the small stuff too soon. Focus first on the major terms of the contracts and cases that you are working on. Those deserve your undivided attention until you and your client agree that the basic bones look good. Then you can dive into the minutiae. Clients do not like being billed for hours spent on one line item of one section when there are whole sections of their cases that haven’t yet been addressed. Among other things, it makes them want to rush through the rest of the process because they’re afraid of the balance of the final bill.

Bad Lawyer Habit #4: Delegating the Boring Stuff

You’ve worked your way up and now that you finally have people to whom you can delegate the parts of the job you find boring or tedious you might be doing that a little too often. Knowing how to delegate is important. Delegating almost everything doesn’t make you more productive, it actually makes you lazy and uninformed. The more you delegate the details the fewer of them you will truly understand. Instead, delegate only those things you know that you aren’t going to do well or don’t have time to do well yourself.

These are just four bad habits that pretty much every lawyer admits to having at least once in a while. There’s no time like the present to break them!

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Helicopter Crashes in London After Hitting Crane, January 16, 2012

From ABC:
London police say a helicopter has crashed during a rush hour in central London after apparently hitting a construction crane on top of a building.

"It is too early at this stage to confirm any casualties," Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

A photo shown on Sky News showed wreckage burning in a street, and a large plume of black smoke was seen rising in the area.

London Fire Brigade said it was called at 8 a.m. to a report of a crash on Wandsworth Road on the south bank of the Thames.
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Boehner Passes Superstorm Sandy Relief on Democrat Votes..

John Boehner's speakership is in serious trouble if yesterday's vote on Superstorm Sandy relief to the northeastern United States is any indicator...

The bill, which was imperfectly stuffed with useless pork barrel spending, has faced opposition from a majority of the Republican caucus for costing too much money and spending too much included in the bill on wasteful projects, while proposing off-setting the overall costs with cuts.

This is quite unusual, as most storm relief bills are passed without either party's opposition and never with spending cuts to off-set them, as the money is usually too important to play political games with, even in time of economic uncertainty. However, with over half of the bill's money going towards unrelated projects and general pork bull, it was understandable.

Which led to yesterday's interesting vote - the relief package passed 241-180, with Boehner's majority supplying just 49 of the affirmative votes, while making all but one of the dissenting. Leaving the Speaker to rely on the opposing conference to pass the first important measure of 2013.

Meaning not only did the Republican rank-and-file vote overwhelmingly against storm relief, although understandable considering the outright offensive amount of the bill's wasteful spending, but they broke off during an important, news worthy vote from their leadership and were basically replaced by Democratic lawmakers on this issue...

This does not bode well for the caucus and leadership functioning over the next two years as they both starve off the power hungry assault led by President Obama and his congressional allies.

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Manti Te’o Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Girlfriend Picture

A picture of the fake "girlfriend" that "died"

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Shooting at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, a gunman has shot two people and has now turned the gun against himself at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis. We will have more details as they become available.

Update: According to Fox News, the killer is now in custody, despite shooting himself.

Congressman to Obama: Get Ready to Be Impeached

From the Daily Caller:
Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order.

Stockman warned that such executive orders would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.”

“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” Stockman said in a statement.

At his press conference Monday, Obama floated the possibility of using executive action to enact policies aimed at reducing gun violence.
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NY's Gun Ban Gains Steam

 Making tens of thousands of gun owners into criminals, overnight. The Senate has passed, with the Assembly soon to follow. The money quote comes via Instapundit:
“We haven’t saved any lives tonight, except one: the political life of a governor who wants to be president. We have taken an entire category of firearms that are currently legal that are in the homes of law-abiding, tax paying citizens. … We are now turning those law-abiding citizens into criminals.”
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Manti Te'o and Girlfriend Meme

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Biden: White House Will Take 19 Executive Actions on Gun Control

It's a good thing the right to bear arms isn't in the Bill of Rights or anything like that. Wait, what? Oh...

From Politico:
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.

Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But Biden, who has been leading Obama’s task force on the response, spent two hours briefing a small group of sympathetic House Democrats on the road ahead in the latest White House outreach to invested groups.

The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday’s meeting.

“It was all focusing on enforcing existing law, administering things like improving the background database, things like that that do not involve a change in the law but enforcing and making sure that the present law is administered as well as possible,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.).
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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Twitter Found

This is the twitter account of the apparent Manti Te'o hoaxer Ronaiah Tuiasosopo: https://twitter.com/ronaiahhh.
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Ronaiah Tuiasosopo: Manti Te'o Hoaxer?

This is one of the weirdest, weirdest things I've ever read about. A nationally renowned college football player creating an imaginary girlfriend, then telling people about her tragic battle with leukemia? Then he kills her off?

But then the twist that perhaps somehow he was duped? That Kekua was created by some schlub named Ronaiah Tuiasosopo? That Tuiasosopo carried out a two year relationship with Te'o pretending to be a woman? What the fuck?

And it took the press years to realize it was all fake? This is just massively, massively odd. Read this great synopsis of the whole fiasco: Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax.

Very strange.

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George H.W. Bush Released from Hospital

From the Washington Times:
Former President George H.W. Bush was released from Methodist Hospital in Houston on Monday after being admitted in November.

An illness and complications stemming from a bronchitis-related cough extended his stay. The 88-year-old spent a week in intensive care.

Mr. Bush released the following statement through spokesman Jim McGrath: “I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me. Let me add just how touched we were by the many get-well messages we received from our friends and fellow Americans.

“Your prayers and good wishes helped more than you know, and as I head home my only concern is that I will not be able to thank each of you for your kind words.”
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Obama Admin. Breaks Law, Refuses to Submit Budget by Deadline Fourth Time in Five Years

From the Hill:
The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.

Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.

“Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the president’s budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law,” the aide said.

“Zients did not indicate how late the administration will delay its submission, simply noting ‘We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible,’ ” the aide said.
Ryan last Wednesday had asked the White House in a letter if it would miss the deadline.

Under the law, Obama must submit a budget by the first Monday in February, but he has met the deadline only once. The annual budget submission is supposed to start a congressional budgeting process, but that has also broken down. The Senate last passed a budget resolution in 2009.
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Jodie Foster's Golden Globe Speech Video

 From last night:

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How to Download Java Fix

 Oracle has released a patch to fix its Java systems, which can be seen here. This will fix many of the issues coming from flawed coding that allowed hacking attempts.

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NY Gun Law Draft Near

At least according to NBC. This goes significantly farther than what's talked about on the national stage.
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 that allows for civil confinement of people determined to be a threat to others.
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Attempted Burglary Tied to Journal News Gun Map

The big question is whether the Journal News is criminally liable for this. From NYSenate.gov:
Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt.

“The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs. If the connection is proven, this is further proof that these maps are not only an invasion of privacy but that they present a clear and present danger to law-abiding, private citizens. Former convicts have already testified to the usefulness of the asinine Journal News ‘gun maps’ yet the reckless editors are evidently willing to roll the dice, gambling with the lives of innocent local homeowners,” said Senator Greg Ball.

Tomorrow, Senator Ball will be publicly unveiling three separate pieces of legislation, all with bipartisan support, among them (S2132), to protect the privacy rights of ordinary citizens; including: law enforcement personnel, victims of domestic violence and private citizens. Let it be clear however, that under Ball’s legislation that has garnered bipartisan kudos and support, law enforcement and all related agencies would continue to have full access to permit information. Senate bill (S2132) would protect lawful gun owners, including thousands of retired and active law enforcement and victim of domestic violence survivors, from having their information publicly disclosed.
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The French Stand Alone in Defending Mali

HT: Reuters and The Associated Press

Months of war had ravaged the Malian military, including a failed coup attempt early last year against the elected government after perceived indifference towards the rank-and-file suffering during their campaign to prevent the Tuareg rebels and aligned islamists from taking the north, which showed last week when they were losing a major stronghold in the government's territory and the President sent out an urgent plea to the world for assistance.

The French and neighboring African nations heard the call and immediately joined the fight.

For four days the French air force has bombarded military installations, and training camps run by the conscious deprived, al-Qaida allied terrorists who seized the Tuareg's revolution and turned it into a jihadist hellhole that has seen barbarism enforced on the citizenry, the destruction of ancient cities and a threat to international security.

Four hundred French soldiers, including special forces, have been deployed to the sub-Saharan nation in an all-out effort to prevent the rebels from advancing any closer to the Malian capital, however, the jihadist leader of the rebels promised a prolonged fight similar to Afghanistan and Somali for the French as they launched a counteroffensive.

Fighting continues unabated this afternoon in Mali, as both sides throw everything they have at each other... The French are awaiting African reinforcements to boost the tired Malian Army's weakened ground force, while expecting logistical support from NATO and the United States as they alone attempt to enforce the UN resolution's mission of liberating Mali from their jihadists captors.

As the world continues to watch... The French have finally stood up to the advance of jihadism and al-Qaida in Africa, and answered the call of the suffering in Northern Mali. Good for them. Now its our time to gear up and head in.

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Video: The Confluence of Pop Culture and Leftism Continues

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President to Seek Path to Citizenship for Illegal Aliens in One Swift Push

From the New York Times:
President Obama plans to push Congress to move quickly in the coming months on an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, senior administration officials and lawmakers said last week.

Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats will propose the changes in one comprehensive bill, the officials said, resisting efforts by some Republicans to break the overhaul into smaller pieces — separately addressing young illegal immigrants, migrant farmworkers or highly skilled foreigners — which might be easier for reluctant members of their party to accept.

The president and Democrats will also oppose measures that do not allow immigrants who gain legal status to become American citizens one day, the officials said.

Even while Mr. Obama has been focused on fiscal negotiations and gun control, overhauling immigration remains a priority for him this year, White House officials said. Top officials there have been quietly working on a broad proposal. Mr. Obama and lawmakers from both parties believe that the early months of his second term offer the best prospects for passing substantial legislation on the issue.

Mr. Obama is expected to lay out his plan in the coming weeks, perhaps in his State of the Union address early next month, administration officials said. The White House will argue that its solution for illegal immigrants is not an amnesty, as many critics insist, because it would include fines, the payment of back taxes and other hurdles for illegal immigrants who would obtain legal status, the officials said.
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Shooting in St. Louis Today at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts, January 15, 2013

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, a gunman has shot two people and has now turned the gun against himself at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis. We will have more details as they become available.

Update: According to Fox News, the killer is now in custody, despite shooting himself.

Shooting at St. Louis St. Patricia College

According to Fox News, a gunman has shot two people and has now turned the gun against himself at St. Patricia college in St. Louis. We will have more details as they become available.

Update: According to Fox News, the killer is now in custody, despite shooting himself.

Update 2: According to a local St. Louis station, the shooting took place at Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in St. Louis.