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By Tom Blumer | | January 10, 2013 | 12:50 PM EST

In 2008, as reported by Tim Graham at NewsBusters at the time, Thomas Friedman at the New York Times wrote that America ought to become "China for a day," so that Friedman's dream, in Graham's words "of a green revolution -- all those allegedly planet-saving taxes and regulations and product bans -- can be permanently enacted."

The mainland's totalitarian regime isn't merely not "green" in any meaningful sense. It also is often remarkably unconcerned about the health and well-being of its subjects. For example, a recent chemical spillp poisoned the water of millions (that's right, millions), and the government didn't bother telling anyone about it for almost a week. The story has received almost zero attention in the U.S. press. Excerpts from a January 7 story at the UK's Financial Times follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By Ann Coulter | | January 10, 2013 | 12:41 PM EST

In Sunday's New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal claimed, as the title of her article put it, "More Guns = More Killing." She based this on evidence that would never be permitted in any other context at the Times: (1) anecdotal observations; and (2) bald assertions of an activist, blandly repeated with absolutely no independent fact-checking by the Times.

There is an academic, peer-reviewed, long-term study of the effect of various public policies on public, multiple shootings in all 50 states over a 20-year period performed by renowned economists at the University of Chicago and Yale, William Landes and John Lott. It concluded that the only policy to reduce the incidence of, and casualties from, mass shootings are concealed-carry laws. The Times will never mention this study.

By Mark Finkelstein | | January 10, 2013 | 12:27 PM EST

Sure, we've all blanked on a person's name.  But how we handle it can reveal how we feel about the person in question.

On the MSNBC Live show he was hosting during today's 11 AM ET hour, Thomas Roberts, blanking on Michele Bachmann's name, referred to her as "what's-her-face."  View the video after the jump.

By Brad Wilmouth | | January 10, 2013 | 12:17 PM EST

As Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America appeared on Wednesday's Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN, host Morgan complained that he never sees a "sense of humanity" from the pro-gun activist during the discussion of shooting rampages.

Morgan implicitly suggested that Pratt does not seem compassionate toward shooting victims as the CNN host asserted:

By Scott Whitlock | | January 10, 2013 | 12:15 PM EST

ABC and CBS on Thursday hit Barack Obama from the left, fretting about a lack of diversity for his second term cabinet picks. The two network morning shows ignored substantiative criticism about Treasury Secretary choice Jack Lew, but highlighted the cutesy story of his messy handwriting.

Correspondent Jon Karl chided, "Well, some critics are looking at that emerging second-term cabinet and wondering, where are the women?" He touted a New York Times article fretting about the "all-male look" of the new picks. Karl noted that "the President will have to replace Jack Lew as chief of staff. The top candidates are, you guessed it, men." Rather than worry about meeting a liberal quota, Karl could have noted Lew's total lack of experience in business.

By Noel Sheppard | | January 10, 2013 | 12:09 PM EST

The indeceny of media attacks on gun rights advocates knows no bounds.

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert said of the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre Wednesday, "You, sir, are f--ked in the head" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Liz Thatcher | | January 10, 2013 | 11:50 AM EST

Oscar winning “documentary” film-maker Michael Moore is no stranger to activism. On Jan. 9, Moore told the AP that he was “heartbroken” that his 2002 pro-gun control documentary “Bowling for Columbine” had not moved the nation to make more strides toward gun control.

He continued by prescribing his “solution” that included gun bans and licensing. “The short term solution is we have to ban the assault weapons, ban the semiautomatic weapons, ban the magazines that can hold more than ten bullets. That's it. That should be the bottom line of what we need to start with," he argued.  “We are a violent people. We as Americans believe it’s OK to kill people,” he added.

By Ken Shepherd | | January 10, 2013 | 11:33 AM EST

While many in the media have defended David Gregory's violation of the District of Columbia's strict gun laws when he held up a 30-round magazine during a December 23 Meet the Press interview, the Washington Post's Mike DeBonis is taking things a step further, insisting we don't know for certain whether Gregory held up an actual magazine or just something that "appeared" to look like one.

From DeBonis's page B3 January 10 story (emphases mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | January 10, 2013 | 11:07 AM EST

You probably haven't heard of Christian/Country/Gospel/Soul singer Coffey Anderson, but once you see what his toddler son did at a New Year's Eve concert in Irving, Texas, you'll never forget either of them.

By Matt Philbin | | January 10, 2013 | 10:46 AM EST

With Lauren Thompson

The Newtown massacre spurred another round of calls for gun control, with a bill banning “assault weapons” emerging in the senate and the president threatening to take as yet unspecified executive action.

To be sure, Vice President Biden is meeting with entertainment industry representatives to discuss the violence ubiquitous on film and in video games. Given the cozy relationship between Democrats and Hollywood, those talks should produce nothing but photo-ops.

By Julia A. Seymour | | January 10, 2013 | 10:38 AM EST

The left must think Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is a magician, since they think funds to evade the debt ceiling can be conjured up in the form of a platinum coin.

The left-wing blogosphere has been promoting a loony idea to prevent the GOP from being able to cut spending in debt ceiling negotiations. The idea has gained traction with a Bloomberg News contributor and well-known liberal economist Paul Krugman, and being heavily promoted by sites like Huffington Post. So many people are talking about it that it has a twitter hashtag: #mintthecoin.

By Noel Sheppard | | January 10, 2013 | 9:49 AM EST

Dennis Miller had some harsh words for Al Gore Wednesday in the wake of the global warmingist-in-chief's decision to sell his Current TV network to oil-supported Al Jazeera.

Appearing on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor, Miller said, "He’s a bad guy. Ethically speaking, he makes John Edwards look like Sir Thomas More" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | | January 10, 2013 | 9:43 AM EST

For general discussion and comment.

By Noel Sheppard | | January 10, 2013 | 8:58 AM EST

CNN’s Piers Morgan has for days cited U.S. and British gun homicide statistics in an attempt to get stricter controls on firearms here in America.

On Tuesday, Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX thoroughly debunked many of Morgan’s claims (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By NB Staff | | January 10, 2013 | 8:05 AM EST

The hot new video at is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman's National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now "cower outside of buildings" to smoke.

"What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.” Laughter followed. (Video below)