Obama Wants to Unilaterally Cut Nuclear Arsenal by One-Third - Newsmax - The White House is set to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal by one-third, signing off on a new internal review of the country’s nuclear weapons strategy, reports The Hill newspaper. It says that according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity issued Friday, the recommended reductions were part of a draft version of a classified directive compiled by top defense and national security officials. Sources told CPI that Obama, while he has not officially approved the directive, has not expressed any opposition to the findings, said the paper. It also reports that administration officials had pushed to get the new directive finalized late last year but the White House at that point objected to the plan; Obama’s advisers did not want the directive released publicly before the November election. Meanwhile, North Korea said it conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in self-defense against “U.S. hostility,” and threatened further steps if necessary.......It’s not clear how many nuclear weapons a one-third cut would come to, said The Hill, because the total amount of nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal is classified. The move is bound to draw criticism from Republicans, who have denounced Obama’s stance on missile defense. Read more......
(2) VIDEO: RAND PAUL Gives Tea Party Response to State of the Union Address - As I didn’t watch the State of the Union speech live, I also missed the two responses to it from Barack Obama’s opposition. The networks carried Marco Rubio’s speech live, but most viewers had to go to the Tea Party Express website to watch Rand Paul rebut Obma’s SOTU address. While some may complain about that decision, it is arguably fair. If Mitt Romney had won the election, would we have cheered while the networks not only provided live coverage of Harry Reid’s rebuttal, but also one from Senator Bernie Sanders representing the Center for American Progress? Somehow, I doubt it.
(3) Price of Gallon of Gas Up 96% Under Obama - CNS News - The average price of a gallon of gas has increased 96 percent since President Barack Obama first took office in 2009, according to figures from the Energy Information Agency (EIA).
According to EIA data, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States was $1.838 on Jan. 19, 2009--the day before Obama took office. As of Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, the per-gallon price had risen to an average of $3.611--an increase of 96 percent.
The $3.677 is not the highest gas prices have been under President Obama. That record was reached the week of May 9, 2011 when they averaged $3.965 per gallon. Read more.........
(4) Virginia Legislation Update: - SB-1335 - NRA-ILA - Right to Carry Confidentiality Bill Goes to Senate for Concurrence - On February 12, 2013, Senate Bill 1335, patroned by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26), passed in the House of Delegates by a 76-23 vote. Last Friday, S.B. 1335 was reported with a substitute by the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee by a 16-6 vote. The amended version of this bill protects the confidentiality of all concealed handgun permit (CHP) holders in Virginia and now goes to the state Senate for concurrence this week.
This legislation is essential for the protection of law-abiding gun owners in the Old Dominion. Recently, there have been several instances of anti-gun media outlets publishing the names and addresses of CHP holders which jeopardizes the safety and violates the privacy of law-abiding citizens. Such publications place lawful CHP holders at risk to criminals who may target their home to steal firearms. S.B. 1335 would ensure that this never happens in Virginia.
It is important that you contact your state Senator TODAY and respectfully urge him or her support for the House amendment to S.B. 1335 because it will increase the safety of Virginians across the Commonwealth. For help identifying your elected official and contact information, please click here.
From Rob Bell - Sponsor of the following Bills: Three of my bills to fight voter fraud just passed the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections.
House Bill 1765 would keep felons off our voter rolls by enabling local registrars to check criminal status at time of registration, and adding an annual check of the entire voter list to ensure that no felon has been added. This is to prevent felons from having their votes counted, as occurred in Louisa in 2008.
House Bill 1764 would help prevent people from registering and voting in multiple states. (This requires cooperation from the other state; currently some 25 other states plan to opt in.)
Both of these bills passed unanimously.
My third bill inspired more controversy. House Bill 2331 would empower the Attorney General to investigate voter fraud in Virginia. (Right now he has to be invited.) This sparked a lively discussion (perhaps because there were five past or current Attorney General candidates in the room)! In the end, it passed on a party line vote, 8-7.
All three measures will now come to the floor of the Senate for a vote. Please contact your State Senator in support. Virginia Senate Information......
HB1430 - Right to Farm Act - Boneta Bill - Thursday vote in the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and National Resource Committee.
(5) Chris Dumler: Scottsville Chamber President Dumps on GOP, praises Dumler - In a series of emails exclusively obtained by The Schilling Show, Cynthia Bruce, president of the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce, is standing firm behind embattled supervisor, Chris Dumler.
Dumler, who represents the Scottsville Magisterial District on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, recently pled guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery after being charged last fall with forcible sodomy.
Bruce mounts a stiff defense of Dumler based on speculation that his detractors have been politically motivated and “from one party only.” She also intimates that Dumler may be innocent of the charges and pled guilty only because he could not afford “$100,000 for a defense,” a theory recently espoused by Dumler supporter and suspected drunk driver, Cynthia Neff.
Supervisor Dumler was sentenced to one year in jail with all but 60 days suspended. He is slated to serve 30 non-consecutive days (weekends only) beginning in March, at the local poky (Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail).
Read President Bruce’s email exchange in defense of Chris Dumler......