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Saturday, January 19, 2013

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

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Friday, January 18, 2013

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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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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Thursday, January 17, 2013

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 clich├ęs 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


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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.
However, at the time of writing, this comment has 48 "downvotes."

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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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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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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Monday, January 14, 2013

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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 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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Sunday, January 13, 2013

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.

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