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"We the people..."

"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."

Rude Pundit on Facebook: "Shouting out for gay rights, mentioning Stonewall. That's..."

"...pretty incredible, actually."

Man, Watching Swearing-In Today Takes Me Back to Where I Was Four Years Ago...

I'm at home this year watching on television, but it brings it back being on the Capitol lawn in that cold like it was yesterday (although this is a better speech!) If you ever get a chance to be there for history, don't hesitate. Anyway, Blast From The Past:



























Tom Tomorrow: NRA Debate Tips



Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/21/1180075/-NRA-debate-tips?detail=hide

Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice Not Considered War Widow, Despite Loss of Wife in Afghanistan

Although I don't know them personally, these are neighbors of mine.

http://fayobserver.com/articles/2013/01/20/1230665

Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice not considered war widow, despite loss of wife in Afghanistan

Published: 04:51 PM, Sun Jan 20, 2013



Staff photo by Raul R. Rubiera

Tracy Dice displays photos of herself and her wife, Donna Johnson, at the home they shared near Fort Bragg.

RAEFORD - Clutching a copy of her marriage certificate and racked with grief, Tracy Dice steeled herself for a battle.

Dice had just received a call from her in-laws, summoning her to their Hoke County home.

Dice knew what lay ahead. Her wife, fellow National Guard member Donna Rae Johnson, failed to call her that October morning from Khost, Afghanistan. Worse, Dice learned through the Internet that three unidentified soldiers had been killed in the same area hours earlier.

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Since she was not recognized as a spouse or family member, Dice could have been left behind when Johnson's body arrived from Afghanistan. Instead, her mother-in-law intervened and a military officer "pushed the edges of the envelope" to allow Dice to escort Johnson's body from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

In correspondence from the Department of Defense, Dice said, officials expressed their condolences for the loss of her "significant other." The lone exception was President Obama, the only government official to refer to Johnson as Dice's wife.

Moments before Johnson's funeral, a small ceremony was held out of public view in the church basement. There, Dice said, uniformed officers presented her with an American flag. During the funeral, the flag that had draped the coffin was handed to Dice's mother-in-law, Sandra Johnson, instead of the grieving widow.

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Her treatment would have been even worse, Dice said, if not for the support from her in-laws and the pressure they put on the military to include their daughter's wife. "Everything is because of Sandra's kindness," Dice said. "I don't think she understands how great she's been."

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"You don't grieve like this and not be a widow," she said.

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Maher: ‘It’s not your Second Amendment rights that are under attack — it’s all the other ones’

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/19/maher-its-not-your-second-amendment-rights-that-are-under-attack-its-all-the-other-ones

Maher: ‘It’s not your Second Amendment rights that are under attack — it’s all the other ones’

By Samantha Kimmey
Saturday, January 19, 2013

During the last segment of Bill Maher’s show on Friday, he criticized both gun owners and liberals who appeared not to care that the majority of our civil liberties have been compromised as they duke it out over gun control.

“New rule: someone has to tell America’s gun nuts to stop wetting their amy surplus pants about losing the Second Amendment. It’s not your Second Amendment rights that are under attack — it’s all the other ones,” he began.

He went on to say that last month, the Senate voted to reauthorize a program that can “collect data on any American citizen and hold onto it forever. They can look at your emails, your texts, your Skypes, and not a peep out the crowd that’s always bitching about what the framers intended. In fact, the answer from almost everyone seems to be, ‘Oh what the hell, the airport screeners have already seen my ass anyway.’”

“Call me old school, but I don’t want the feds googling what I’m googling. It’s bad enough when Netflix pries into my private life. ‘You watched the Walking Dead and Zombieland. You might also like this interview with John McCain.’”

“Doesn’t anyone care that this is the new normal? I guess not, because gun nuts don’t care and neither do liberals,” he said, reminding liberals that they accused Bush of “wiping his ass with the constitution” for the warrantless wiretapping program but seem to have no problem’s with Obama doing the same thing."

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Housing Starts Climb to Highest Rate Since June 2008 (12.1 Percent)

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: FLASH: U.S. housing starts up 12.1 percent in December, highest since June 2008

Housing starts climb to highest rate since June 2008

WASHINGTON | Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:35am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Groundbreaking to build new homes accelerated in December to its fastest pace in over four years, supporting the view that housing is poised to provide a substantial boost to the U.S. economy.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that starts at building sites for homes surged 12.1 percent last month to a 954,000-unit annual rate.

Data for U.S. housing starts can be volatile and is sometimes subject to large revisions. The government revised downward its estimate for November housing starts to a 851,000-unit rate from the originally reported 861,000.

Some of the strength in December's reading for starts came from a 20.3 percent surge in multi-family unit construction. That component is especially volatile.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90F0YB20130117

Jobless Claims Drop to Five-Year Low (Fall to 335,000 in Latest Week from 372,000)

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: FLASH: U.S. jobless claims fall to 335,000 in latest week from 372,000 in prior week

Jobless claims drop to five-year low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the largest weekly drop since February 2010.

The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 1,000 more applications than previously reported.

While last week's decline ended four straight weeks of increases, it is probably not the start of a new trend or a sign of a material shift in labor market conditions as claims tend to be very volatile around this time of the year.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90E0KL20130117

BREAKING: 35 Hostages and 15 Kidnappers Killed by Air Strikes by Algerian Army

Source: Reuters

@Reuters: BREAKING: 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers killed by air strikes by Algerian army - ANI news agency http://t.co/r5zLvpLQ

@Reuters: 180 Algerian hostages escape siege - local source http://t.co/r5zLvpLQ

@Reuters: RT @AJEnglish: BREAKING: 35 hostages and 15 hostage takers killed in Algeria as they tried to move from one plant location to another.

@BreakingNews: Algerian helicopter attack kills at least 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers in Sahara standoff, militants say - @AP, @Reuters

@CBSNews: Militants: Algerian copter attack kills 35 hostages and 15 kidnappers in Sahara standoff DEVELOPING ...

Reports say many hostages killed in Algeria siege

Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:30am EST

By Lamine Chikhi

ALGIERS (Reuters) - A Mauritanian news agency that has been in constant contact with kidnappers holding dozens of Western hostages in Algeria reported on Thursday that 34 of the captives had been killed in air strikes.

It was not immediately possible to confirm the report by the ANI news agency, which said 14 kidnappers had also been killed in air strikes by the Algerian armed forces, which had surrounded the remote desert gas pumping station where the kidnappers were holed up.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera television carried a similar report, citing its own sources.

ANI quoted a spokesman for the kidnappers as saying they would kill the rest of their captives if the army approached.

Governments around the world were holding emergency meetings to respond to one of the biggest international hostage crises in decades, which sharply raised the stakes in a week-old French campaign against al Qaeda-linked rebels in the Sahara.

An Algerian security source earlier said 25 foreign hostages had escaped the besieged compound, including two Japanese.

The source told Reuters the captors had demanded safe passage out with their prisoners. Algeria has refused to negotiate with what it says is a band of about 20 fighters.

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BREAKING: 34 hostages killed in air strike by Algerian forces

NOUAKCHOTT- Thirty-four hostages and 14 of their al Qaeda-linked kidnappers were killed on Thursday in an air strike by the Algerian armed forces, Mauritania's ANI news agency reported, citing one of the kidnappers holding captives at a desert gas field.

It was not immediately possible to independently verify the information from the agency, which has close contact with the group which has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping.

ANI reported that the spokesman for the kidnappers said they would kill the rest of their captives if the army approached.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90F1JJ20130117



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Pakistan Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Prime Minister

Source: Reuters

Pakistan Supreme Court orders arrest of prime minister

Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:49am EST

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects, television channels reported, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil.

The surprise move came as a populist cleric, who is believed to be backed by the military, demanded the resignation of the government in protests attended by thousands of followers in the heart of the capital Islamabad.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE90E0BK20130115
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