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CONTENTS: Green in Chadd’s Ford; No recovery; Economist – American Euros; Steyn – fiscal cliff; Bailout secrets; Stealth Taxes; Health $ up; Folmer – PA legis; Daniels – Fed eavesdrop; Guzzardi – Corbett’s last pass; College self-love; Spencer – subway murder; Morgenstern – psychopaths; Klein – death panels; BUDGET – $20M to Hawaii; WH leverage in debt fight; Lowry – next crisis; GUNS – good guys, US Marine vs. Feinstein, WH wants more rules, 10 new gun bills; MIDEAST Assad’s plan, Libyan islamists;  ANNOUNCEMENTS

“Why Can’t We Publish Lists Of Women Who Get Abortions?” Ann Coulter

“I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America. . .” Joshua Boston, former US Marine

“When most Americans hear ‘school shooting,’ they think Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook. They’re all incidents where the gunmen took a dozen lives or more. We rarely think of Edinboro, Pennsylvania; Pearl, Mississippi; or the Appalachian School of Law. Why? School shootings there were all halted by good guys with guns. They also had dramatically lower death tolls—one, two, and three, respectively.”

January 7th

1718: Israel Putnam, American patriot, was born in Salem Village, Massachusetts.

1782: The Bank of North America, the first U.S. commercial bank, opened in Philadelphia.

1789: The first presidential election was held as Americans voted for electors who, a month later, chose George Washington as the nation’s first president.

1927: Commercial transatlantic telephone service between New York and London was inaugurated. (Bennett & Cribb, 2010)

Paula Stiles: Greens Blossom in Chadd’s Ford . . . eeagh!

Here are some websites that you can look at to educate yourself on UN Agenda 21 (Sustainable Development).

“The first UCF Community Green Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday,
January 9, 2013 at 4pm in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
Administration Office (connected to the High School).
“The meeting is open to the public and we hope to see community members,
students, parents, and employees come out.
“The UCF Community Green Committee is a work group comprised of students,
parents, faculty, staff, and administrators that promotes environmental
awareness and encourages the development of an environmentally responsible
and sustainable community.
The Green Committee will recommend that the District implement specific
policies and initiatives that will advance the District’s ability to:
– Reduce energy demand through conservation and efficiency measures
– Provide a sustainable environment for the District’s students, faculty,
staff, and administrators through land and water management, sustainability
practices, procurement policies, and management of waste streams
– Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
– Establish education, communication, and community outreach programs to
educate all District and community stakeholders in responsible energy and
environmental sustainability policies and practices.
– Identify opportunities to enhance focus on environmental sustainability
in academic programs both in and outside of the classroom.
– Lower the operating costs of the District as a result of sustainability
actions undertaken.
– Measure and verify sustainability actions undertaken to determine their
success in meeting its goals.”

Washington Examiner: “One term gone and no recovery in sight”

“‘If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.’ So said President Obama in February 2009, declaring that he would be held accountable if his policies failed to improve the economy. Obviously, this did not come to pass. Despite continued economic stagnation and extremely weak job creation, voters gave Obama a second term.

“The job numbers released Friday offer still more grounds for buyer’s remorse. The unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent, equal to the revised November rate and one-tenth higher than the more hopeful 7.7 percent figure that came out just before the election. Only 155,000 jobs were created in December 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ payroll survey. That is not enough to keep up with population increases, never mind produce economic growth. It is also roughly the same as the monthly average for all of 2012 and all of 2011 . . . “

ALSO: John Steele Gordon, Commentary: “The Jobs Report

The Economist: “America’s European Moment”

Thanks Ted,

“The troubling similarities between the fiscal mismanagement in Washington and the mess in the euro zone.

“FOR the past three years America’s leaders have looked on Europe’s management of the euro crisis with barely disguised contempt. In the White House and on Capitol Hill there has been incredulity that Europe’s politicians could be so incompetent at handling an economic problem; so addicted to last-minute, short-term fixes; and so incapable of agreeing on a long-term strategy for the single currency.

“Those criticisms were all valid, but now those who made them should take the planks from their own eyes. America’s economy may not be in as bad a state as Europe’s, but the failures of its politicians—epitomised by this week’s 11th-hour deal to avoid the calamity of the “fiscal cliff”—suggest that Washington’s pattern of dysfunction is disturbingly similar to the euro zone’s in three depressing ways.

“The first is an inability to get beyond patching up. . . . (2) The inability of Europeans to rise above petty national concerns, whether over who pays for bail-outs or who controls bank supervision, has prevented them from making the big compromises necessary to secure the single currency’s future. America’s Democrats and Republicans have proved similarly incapable of reaching a grand bargain . . . The third parallel is that politicians have failed to be honest with voters. . .”

Mark Steyn, NRO: “The Fiscal-Cliff Mirage”

Thanks Ted,

“The politics of the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal is debatable: On the one hand, Boehner got the ‘Bush tax cuts’ made permanent for most Americans; Obama was forced to abandon his goal of increasing rates for those earning $250,000. On the other, on taxes Republicans caved to the same class-warfare premises (the rich need to pay their ‘fair share’) they’d successfully fought off a mere two years ago; while on spending the Democrats not only refused to make cuts, they refused to make cuts even part of the discussion.

“Which of the above is correct? Who cares? As I said, the politics is debatable. But the reality isn’t. I hate to keep plugging my book After America in this space, but if you buy multiple copies they’ll come in very useful for insulating your cabin after the power grid collapses. At any rate, right up there at the front — page six — I write as follows:

“The prevailing political realities of the United States do not allow for any meaningful course correction. And, without meaningful course correction, America is doomed.”

“Washington keeps proving the point. . .”

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone: Secret and Lies of the Bailout

Thanks Jeff,

“The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come

“It has been four long winters since the federal government, in the hulking, shaven-skulled, Alien Nation-esque form of then-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, committed $700 billion in taxpayer money to rescue Wall Street from its own chicanery and greed. To listen to the bankers and their allies in Washington tell it, you’d think the bailout was the best thing to hit the American economy since the invention of the assembly line. Not only did it prevent another Great Depression, we’ve been told, but the money has all been paid back, and the government even made a profit. No harm, no foul – right?


“It was all a lie – one of the biggest and most elaborate falsehoods ever sold to the American people. We were told that the taxpayer was stepping in – only temporarily, mind you – to prop up the economy and save the world from financial catastrophe. What we actually ended up doing was the exact opposite: committing American taxpayers to permanent, blind support of an ungovernable, unregulatable, hyperconcentrated new financial system that exacerbates the greed and inequality that caused the crash, and forces Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup to increase risk rather than reduce it. The result is one of those deals where one wrong decision early on blossoms into a lush nightmare of unintended consequences. We thought we were just letting a friend crash at the house for a few days; we ended up with a family of hillbillies who moved in forever, sleeping nine to a bed and building a meth lab on the front lawn. . .”


WSJ: “The Stealth Tax Hike”

“Why the new $450,000 income threshold is a political fiction.

“Anyone still need a reason to abandon “grand bargains” and deals negotiated between this President and GOP Congressional leaders? Here it is: The revival of two dormant provisions of the tax code means the much ballyhooed $450,000 income threshold for the highest tax rate is largely fake.

The two provisions are the infamous PEP and Pease, which aficionados of stealth tax increases will recognize immediately as relics of the 1990 tax increase. Those measures, which limit deductions and exemptions for higher-income taxpayers, expired in 2010. The Obama tax bill revived them this week. It isn’t going to be pretty.

Under the new law, some of the steepest tax increases may fall on upper-middle class earners with incomes just above $250,000. Here’s why . . .”

Leads . . .

Reed Abelson, NYT: “Health Insurers Raise Some Rates by Double Digits”

Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers.

“Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own.

“In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the insurers’ filings with the state for 2013. These rate requests are all the more striking after a 39 percent rise sought by Anthem Blue Cross in 2010 helped give impetus to the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed the same year and will not be fully in effect until 2014.

“In other states, like Florida and Ohio, insurers have been able to raise rates by at least 20 percent for some policy holders. The rate increases can amount to several hundred dollars a month. . .”

Mike Folmer: 2013– 2014 Session Opens

The General Assembly opened the 2013 – 2014 Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 1, at noon, in accordance with Article II, Section 4 of Pennsylvania’s Constitution. In addition to swearing-in new and re-elected members, the Senate also elected Senator Joe Scarnati as President Pro Tempore; elected Megan Totino Consedine as Secretary of the Senate; elected W. Russell Faber as Chief Clerk of the Senate; and adopted Ethical Conduct Rules for the Senate, Financial Operating Rules, and 2013 Rules of the Senate.

2013 Committee Chairs
Senate President Pro Tempore Scarnati also named 2013 Senate Committee Chairs. This legislative session I will chair the Senate Education Committee, taking again serve as the Democratic Chair. Senator Randy Vulakovich will be the new chair of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, and Senator Lawrence Farnese will again serve as the Democratic Chair. All other committee chairman remained the same, unless otherwise indicated. The list below indicates Republican and Democratic Chairs, respectively.

Committee Chairman
Aging & Youth Senator Bob Mensch
(replaces Senator Ward)
Senator Leanna Washington
Agriculture & Rural Affairs Senator Elder Vogel
Senator Judy Schwank
Appropriations Senator Jake Corman
Senator Vincent Hughes
Banking & Insurance Senator Don White
Senator Mike Stack
Community, Economic & Recreational Development Senator Kim Ward
(replaces Senator Earll)
Senator Wayne Fontana
Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Senator Robert Tomlinson
Senator Lisa Boscola
Environmental Resources & Energy Senator Gene Yaw
(replaces Senator Mary Jo White)
Senator John Yudichak
Finance Senator Mike Brubaker
Senator John Blake
Game & Fisheries Senator Richard Alloway
Senator Richard Kasunic
Intergovernmental Operations Senator Scott Hutchinson
(replaces Senator Smucker) Senator Sean Wiley
Judiciary Senator Stewart Greenleaf
Senator Daylin Leach
Labor & Industry Senator John Gordner
Senator Tina Tartaglione
Law & Justice Senator Charles McIlhinney
(replaces Senator Pippy)
Senator Jim Ferlo
Local Government Senator John Eichelberger
Senator Rob Teplitz
Public Health & Welfare Senator Pat Vance
Senator Shirley Kitchen
Rules & Executive Nominations Senator Dominic Pileggi
Senator Jay Costa
State Government Senator Lloyd Smucker
(replaces Senator McIlhinney)
Senator Matt Smith
Transportation Senator John Rafferty
Senator John Wozniak
Urban Affairs & Housing Senator David Argall
(replaces Senator Yaw)
Senator Jim Brewster
Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Senator Lisa Baker
Senator Tim Solobay


Melissa Daniels, PA Independent: Feds Eavesdrop

“HARRISBURG — The federal government will probably continue to keep secret even the most basic data involving “warrantless wiretapping” despite calls for transparency.

The U.S. Senate in December voted to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008, and both members of Pennsylvania’s delegation — Democrat Sen. Bob Casey and Republican Sen. Pat Toomeyvoted for it.

“The act allows the National Security Agency, under the guise of foreign intelligence, to intercept communications to or from an American citizen without a traditional court order as long as one party is outside the United States.

Multiple amendments that would’ve made public more information about the scope and gravity of surveillance fell short of collecting the 60 necessary votes to pass. Requests included providing estimates of the number of Americans whose communications have been tapped, disclosures of interpretations of the law made in a classified court and a shorter sunset period to boost discussion.

“Over the years, civil liberties advocates, constitutional defenders and digital rights champions have lambasted the FAA, arguing the program violates the Fourth Amendment. . .”

Bob Guzzardi: Corbett’s Hail Mary

“Politicians are reasonably expected to act politically; that’s why they are called

politicians. So, what was Tom Corbett’s political calculation?

“I have to infer fallingre-elect polling numbers, the prospect of an independent, Democratic AttorneyGeneral after 32 years of one party Republican rule reviewing a three year, slowrolling Grand Jury Sandusky investigation, and a viable primary challenge from Republican Establishment outsider Bruce Castor, that Tom Corbett’s campaign team needed a distraction. So they conjured up the idea of refashioning Tom Corbett as champion of Penn State football against the monopoly Leviathan NCAA. . .”

UK Daily Mail: Self-Love on US Campuses

This we get for what we pay? Is there a partnership between what we pay university staff and what students think of themselves?

“Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror.

“Young people’s unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966.

“Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years.

Pyschologist [sic] Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being ‘above average’ in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.

“But in appraising the traits that are considered less invidualistic [sic] – co-operativeness, understanding others, and spirituality – the numbers either stayed at slightly decreased over the same period.

“Researchers also found a disconnect between the student’s opinions of themselves and actual ability.

“While students are much more likely to call themselves gifted in writing abilities, objective test scores actually show that their writing abilities are far less than those of their 1960s counterparts.

“Also on the decline is the amount of time spent studying, with little more than a third of students saying they study for six or more hours a week compared to almost half of all students claiming the same in the late 1980s. . .”–read-write-barely-study.html

Robert Spencer, PJM: “A Subway Murder and the ‘Islamophobia’ Industry

“. . . In reality, no Muslims are “on the hook for what some Muslims do.” But virtually every day, somewhere in the world, some Muslims harm and kill people and justify their actions with reference to Islamic texts and teachings. How are we to deal with this? Do those Muslims who operate mosques and Muslim schools in the West (and elsewhere) not have any responsibility at all to try to ensure that their pupils don’t become jihad terrorists? Certainly non-Muslim states have felt a great responsibility to prevent jihad terror, and have thus showered money on Pakistan and other Muslim countries in a vain attempt to stop it, while spending yet more money on hearts-and-minds initiatives such as building schools in Afghanistan, etc. Whether or not these programs are wise, is it entirely up to non-Muslims to try to stop jihad terror, with its 20,000+ attacks since 9/11?

“There is no program teaching against the ‘extremist’ version of Islam in any mosque anywhere, despite the fact that converts to Islam seem peculiarly susceptible to this understanding of Islam (cf. John Walker Lindh, Adam Gadahn, Richard Reid, and on and on) and the universally held assumption that the vast majority of Muslims reject and abhor this version of Islam. Why isn’t there?”

Madeleine Morgenstern, The Blaze: Psychopaths

They left out the politicians!

“. . . psychologist author Kevin Dutton argues in ‘The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success’ that ‘a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in business leaders than in so-called disturbed criminals — attributes such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus.’

“Basically, certain fields of work are more likely to attract psychopaths than others.

Here’s the list of jobs with the highest rates of psychopathy: 1. CEO, 2. Lawyer, 3. Media (Television/Radio), 4. Salesperson, 5. Surgeon, 6. Journalist, 7. Police Officer,
8. Clergy person, 9. Chef, 10. Civil Servant

“And the lowest rates of psychopathy:

1. Care Aide, 2. Nurse, 3. Therapist, 4. Craftsperson, 5. Beautician/Stylist, 6. Charity Worker, 7. Teacher, 8. Creative Artist, 9. Doctor, 10. Accountant.”

Aaron Klein, KleinonLine: “. . . ‘DEATH PANELS’ IN OBAMACARE: Rationing concerns based on age, race, ethnicity”

Sarah was right . . .

“The foundations for healthcare rationing and even so-called death panels may have already been quietly laid in largely unreported sections of President Obama’s healthcare legislation, KleinOnline has found.

There is also concern for preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and so-called life preferences. . .

“. . . Obamacare now allows for about $3.8 billion in additional funding for effectiveness research, with the establishment of the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

“. . . Obamacare contains largely unreported text that allows the Health Secretary to limit any ‘alternative treatments’ of the elderly, disabled or terminally ill if such treatments are not recommended by the new research institute.

“. . . Another section of Obamacare calls for the new Institute to study the effectiveness of treatment in ‘subpopulations’ including ‘racial and ethnic minorities, women, age, and groups of individuals with different comorbidities, genetic and molecular sub-types, or quality of life preferences.’

The effectiveness of such research has been widely called into question.

In a 2009 study, the CATO Institute raised concerned about such government-funded research being politicized or influenced by lobbying. . .

Writing in Forbes last month, Sally Pipes, President of the Pacific Research Institute, slammed effectiveness research under Obamacare as a “recipe for cook-book medicine, where the government can pressure doctors into prescribing treatments according to average results rather than an individual patient’s needs and preferences.””


“Aaron has shock revelations from inside the actual text of Obamacare. Rationing, so-called death panels to become a reality? American Nightmare: The escalating threat of an EMP attack…how it could change YOUR life. Exclusive info on Al Gore’s sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera”


Stephen Rattner – We Need Death Panels (NYT)


Keith Koffler, White House Dossier: $20 Million for Time in Hawaii

Thanks Ted,

“. . .  This year, Obama returned from Hawaii to complete a deal on the Fiscal Cliff and then jetted back to Honolulu, where he is now engaged in Part 2 of his vacation. The second roundtrip flight added about $3.24 million to the tab this time, bringing the cost of the 2012-1013 vacation to well over $7 million.

“. . . Some argue that Obama is justified in returning to Hawaii because that is where he spent his formative years. But how many of us get to go visit our roots for a two week vacation every year?

The Obamas probably also feel they must go to Hawaii because they are creatures of habit. While there, they do the same things and visit the same places every year. But their allegiance to routine is costing the taxpayers – including those in the middle class Obama claims to care so much about – millions of dollars. . .”

Tony Lee, Big Govt: Peter Orzag – “White House Has Less Leverage in Debt-Ceiling Fight”

“Orszag belives that because the White House will be forced to again negotiate over the sequester and an “appropriations bill for the funding of the daily operations of the government,” they will have less leverage than they did in previous rounds of negotiations, especially concerning spending cuts.

“Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced the country has already hit its debt ceiling, which means unless Congress and the White House agree on terms to raise the debt ceiling in the next two months, the nation will default on its credit obligations. “

Rich Lowry, NY Post: “On to the next crisis

“The way of Bam’s Washington . . .

“Now that the fiscal cliff has been resolved, we’re on to the fight over raising the debt ceiling. President Obama wants no part of it. Huffing and stomping his feet immediately after Congress passed his tax increases to avoid the cliff, he insisted that there is no way he’ll negotiate over the debt ceiling. That would be so inappropriate.

“Cue the hostage-taking analogies, the talk of extremism, the lamentations over a broken Washington. But why is the president outraged that someone would use the leverage of an impending event that everyone wants to avoid and that would damage the economy to his negotiating advantage? It’s precisely how he won on the cliff.

“No one called him a hostage taker when he didn’t immediately accept the House Republican extension of all the Bush tax cuts, and instead insisted on forcing a choice between higher tax rates on the wealthy or going off the cliff.

“He got his way. Not because Republicans wanted to raise taxes. But because taxes would go up for everyone on Jan. 1, and very few people (and no Republicans) wanted that to happen. Obama used every ounce of his leverage to raise taxes on as many people as he could — and succeeded. Congratulations.

“Now that the leverage may work the other way, Obama wants an end to all this crazy talk of negotiating things and compromising. “I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they’ve already racked up,” the president bristled.

“He has apparently been an innocent bystander while the national debt increased by 60 percent since he took office. It’s just his rotten luck to have to preside over such a profligate country. . . “


Ashley Herzog, Town Hall: “Good Guys with Guns”

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

“That statement, from NRA president Wayne LaPierre, was immediately turned into a laugh line by the press, deemed everything from “deadly spin” to “delusional” to “paranoid.” The New York Daily News proclaimed that anti-gun cranks—oops, I mean “mental health experts”—who had never met LaPierre had diagnosed him as crazy.

“As someone who went to journalism school and has worked in media for years, I’m used to this. Left-leaning editors and reporters declare what “everyone” knows and “everyone” thinks, while pretending to be objective. Their preferred method of slanting the news is covering stories that bolster their worldview while completely ignoring others. Because whether the “good guy” is a police officer or a private citizen, LaPierre’s statement is absolutely true—and several incidents ignored by the media prove it. . .”

Madeleine Morgenstern, The Blaze: “‘Unconstitutional Laws Aren’t Laws’: Marine Who Penned Blistering Letter to Sen. Feinstein Over Gun Control Speaks Out”

“Cpl. Joshua Boston, the U.S. Marine whose scathing open letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) over proposed new gun control legislation went viral, again vowed not to abide by any new law requiring him to register his firearms.

“Whatever happens happens. I have a right granted to me by the Second Amendment in our bill of rights and it says ‘shall not be infringed,’” Boston said Saturday on CNN. “Unconstitutional laws aren’t laws.”

Boston’s letter, titled “No ma’am,” was first posted on CNN’s iReport on Dec. 27 and quickly made the rounds on social media. . .”

Philip Rucker, WaPo: “White House weighs broad gun-control”

Never let a crisis go to waste . . . Thanks Ted,

“The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.

“A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.

“To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administration’s agenda. . .”

Bridget Johnson, PJM: The 10 Gun Bills Introduced on Day One of the New Congress

“Eight are from Dems. Two are from freshman Republicans who voted against Boehner. “Things could get interesting.

“Out of the dozens of bills introduced in the House on the first day of the 113th Congress, ten had to do with guns.

“Eight of these were from Democrats seeking tighter gun controls. Two were from Republican freshman in line with calls from the National Rifle Association and Libertarian Party to put guns in the hands of adults who can fight off a shooter in the ‘gun-free zones’ of schools.

“The very first bill introduced on Thursday, after the block of resolutions reserved for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was H.R. 21 from Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).

“The NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act was actually a reintroduction of legislation Moran produced in December after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn.

“As the first bill I introduced this Congress, H.R. 21 represents one of my top priorities – taking commonsense steps to prevent future gun-related deaths,” Moran said.

“The bill is named so because Moran took polling indicating which actions NRA members would support in principle, and rolled that into specific gun-control legislation. It includes requirements for background checks for every gun purchase and on gun-store employees, prohibits individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms, requires gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen, and establishes minimum standards for concealed carry permits.

“The NRA is working to block gun safety reforms, regardless of merit, and despite the schism between the group and their membership,” Moran claimed. “In the wake of the most recent tragedy, enough is enough. It’s time to take steps to better protect the public in ways that do not infringe on the 2nd Amendment.”

“Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) had the next gun control bill out of the 113th gate with the reintroduction of the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2013, first introduced in 2007 and named after a slain Chicago high school student. It would implement the same type of gun licensing system and records like VINs on cars.

“Naturally, under Rush’s bill, these identification numbers would be “GINs” . . .”

Middle East

“Benghazi is the Fast and Furious of the Middle East.” – Aaron Klein

Bassem Mroue, AP: “Assad outlines new Syria peace plan”

“Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday outlined a new peace initiative that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new government and constitution but demanded regional and Western countries stop funding and arming rebels first.
“Assad ignored international demands for him to step down and said he is ready to hold a dialogue with those “who have not betrayed Syria.”
“Syrian opposition forces, including rebels on the ground, are likely to reject Assad’s proposal. They have repeatedly said they will accept nothing less than the president’s departure, dismissing any kind of settlement that leaves him in the picture.
“‘We are in a state of war. We are fighting an external aggression that is more dangerous than any others, because they use us to kill each other,’ he said.

Big Peace: Fear of Islamists Cloud Libya Probe into US Consulate Attack

“Libya is pushing forward with its investigation into the deadly September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, but fear of retaliation by Islamist extremists has proved a hurdle.
“Security reports point to the possible involvement of an Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group in the attack that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, a source close to the case told AFP.
“‘Therefore the case frightens local investigators, especially given the increased pace of assassinations targeting military and police officers in the east of the country,’ said the source in the criminal investigations department. . .”

You know you live in a Country run by idiots if…

“You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.”

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