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  • Two Federal Appeals Courts Put Limits on Gun Rights

    12/06/2012 7:16:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ^ | December 2nd, 2012 | December 2nd, 2012
    Two Federal Appeals Courts Put Limits on Gun Rights » by NewsWatch on December 2nd, 2012 Permalink By LARRY BODINE Editor in Chief/Lawyers.comLarry Bodine Militant gun advocates and firearms industry lobbies will be surprised to learn that there are indeed limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and that there is no fundamental right to carry handguns in public. New York can require applicants for concealed-carry gun license to articulate a need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community, as the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled on November 27. Kachalsky v. City of Westchester,...
  • NJ rejects state-based health exchange

    12/06/2012 7:15:49 PM PST · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    Neew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) declined to set up a state-based insurance exchange under the healthcare law Thursday — the same day he met with President Obama on Hurricane Sandy aid. The move will be welcomed by conservatives who blamed Christie for praising Obama's response to the storm. Sandy hit just before the election and distracted national media coverage from Obama's campaign against Mitt Romney, who lost. In a statement, Christie said New Jersey would default to a federally run exchange because the Obama administration did not provide enough information on alternatives. He also said an exchange would be...
  • Agent shot at fleeing woman 10 times from car hood

    12/06/2012 7:12:14 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | Dec 6, 2012 | By Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — An autopsy report says a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a mother of five after she hit him with her vehicle fired his gun 10 times from the hood of her car as he tried to get the woman to stop
  • Pelosi jabs DeMint on his way out

    12/06/2012 7:09:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 6, 2012 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday linked outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) to one of the “saddest” Senate votes in years and suggested DeMint’s values won't be missed on Capitol Hill. Pelosi criticized the resigning South Carolina lawmaker and other GOP senators for voting Tuesday against Senate ratification of a United Nations treaty on rights for the disabled. “For them [DeMint and other treaty opponents] to slap the face of our veterans, of people with disabilities, of families with children with disabilities, that was one of the saddest days,” Pelosi said in the Capitol, taking care to avoid...
  • Rand Paul: We Should Let Dems Raise Taxes And Then Let Them Own It

    12/06/2012 7:04:39 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 48 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 6, 2012
    SEN. RAND PAUL: I have yet another thought on how we can fix this. Why don't we let the Democrats pass whatever they want? If they are the party of higher taxes, all the Republicans vote present and let the Democrats raise taxes as high as they want to raise them, let Democrats in the Senate raise taxes, let the president sign it and then make them own the tax increase. And when the economy stalls, when the economy sputters, when people lose their jobs, they know which party to blame, the party of high taxes. Let's don't be the...
  • Soldiers starving for spiritual support

    12/06/2012 7:02:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicHerald.com ^ | 11-28-12 | CHELSEA WEIKART
      Soldiers starving for spiritual support MP3 players loaded with spiritual material bring faith to the frontline.   CHELSEA WEIKART Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — American troops have a strong presence around the globe, serving in 75 percent of the world's countries, yet "one soldier told me they are starving for spiritual support," said Cheri Lomonte, founder of Frontline Faith. The Catholic nonprofit organization gives MP3 players loaded with the Mass, stories and prayers to active-duty members of the military. In the two years since its founding, Frontline Faith has distributed 30,000 MP3 players. The organization started with Lomonte,...
  • Actor Stephen Baldwin Arrested for Failing to Pay Income Taxes

    12/06/2012 6:57:53 PM PST · by Mozilla · 48 replies
    patch.com ^ | 12-6-12 | William Demarest
    Actor Stephen Baldwin has been arrested on a charge of Repeated Failure to File Personal Income Tax Returns, a class “E” Felony, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox. Baldwin, 46, a resident of Upper Grandview in Rockland County, is accused of failing to file New York State Personal Income Tax Returns for years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In total, Baldwin’s tax liability to the State of New York, including penalties and interests, is more than $350,000. “At a time when Rockland County and New York...
  • Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes set to be released into the Florida Keys

    12/06/2012 6:52:36 PM PST · by null and void · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18:01 EST, 6 December 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes are awaiting federal approval for release into the Florida Keys as part of an experiment aimed at reducing the risk of dengue fever. Officials are targeting the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes because they can spread dengue fever, a disease health officials thought had been eradicated in the U.S. until 93 cases originated in the Keys in 2009 and 2010. The trial planned by mosquito control officials and the British company Oxitec would release non-biting male mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to pass along a birth defect that kill their progeny before reaching maturity....
  • WARRIORS, WEAPONS, & CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (VANITY Cont...)

    12/06/2012 6:48:39 PM PST · by Bill Russell · 3 replies
    www.williamrussell.net ^ | 12/06/2012 | Bill Russell
    An article in Monday’s Washington Times, highlighted the Democratic efforts in the Senate to block Senator Tom Cobun’s amendment to require a court order before denying a veteran under Veteran’s Administration care the right to own a gun. Until four years ago, I would not have been so concerned about the VA making a medical mental competency call on an individual veteran being treated for mental health issues. Certainly, no one in their right mind would argue that the mentally incompetent should own guns. Also, the vast majority of the people who work for the bureaucratic organization known as the...
  • National parliaments “not best” for EU’s interests

    12/06/2012 6:35:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/06/2012 @ 17:36 | Honor Mahony
    A new ideas paper on progress towards further EU integration highlights the shifting power sands for national parliaments, as the European Parliament is set to become the principal democratic guardian of a future EU. The paper—put together by EU council president Herman Van Rompuy and published Thursday (6 December)—lays out a loose time framework for achieving “genuine economic and monetary union.” In a section entitled democratic legitimacy and accountability—the section itself is an acknowledgement of the how the issue has moved up the political agenda—the paper notes that the one of “guiding principles” is that democratic control should happen at...
  • Some Nikon D600 DSLRs Not Closing to the Apertures They’re Supposed To (warranty issue)

    12/06/2012 6:31:08 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 33 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | December 06, 2012 | PETAPIXEL
    The photograph above shows two D600 DSLRs. The one on the right is defective, while the one on the left isn’t. Both cameras have their aperture setting set to f/8.
  • Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador (to the Court of St James)

    12/06/2012 6:14:55 PM PST · by drewh · 14 replies
    Fashionista ^ | Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 12:00 | by Dhani Mau
    Donald Trump Endorses Pal Anna Wintour for Ambassador Despite their disparate political beliefs and the fact that there is no actual confirmation that Anna Wintour is being considered for an ambassador position, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to endorse her. He Tweeted yesterday, I am happy to hear that Pres.Obama is considering giving Anna Wintour @voguemagazine an ambassadorship. She is a winner & really smart! We can’t disagree, but we’re a little…surprised. In this past election, Trump endorsed and threw tons of money at the Romney campaign, and has said some pretty nasty things about the current president, for...
  • Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

    12/06/2012 6:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    InsightScoop.typepad.com ^ | December 2012 | Carl OIson
    Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing" Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. From the Chicago Tribune: Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied...
  • ObamaCare is Not a Sure Thing

    12/06/2012 6:13:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    Eagle Forum ^ | 12-5-2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    ObamaCare is Not a Sure Thing by Phyllis Schlafly December 5, 2012 Those who thought ObamaCare was set in concrete by Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision last June are in for a shock. December 14 is the new deadline (extended from November 16) for states to let the feds know, yea or nay, whether or not they will be setting up a health insurance exchange, which is the key to participating in the misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Obama’s belief that the public would warm up to his signature legislation once it became the law of the land...
  • California teachers union video features ‘rich’ urinating on the ‘poor’

    12/06/2012 6:10:10 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 17 replies
    Eagle News ^ | December 4, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    SACRAMENTO – A new video produced by the California Federation of Teachers – which could be playing in your child’s classroom as we speak – drums up the typical class warfare images we’ve come to expect from Big Labor. “Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale,” written by CFT staffer Fred Glass (2011 compensation: $139,800) and narrated by proud leftist actor (and 1 percenter) Ed Asner, advocates for higher taxes on the “rich” as the cure for government’s insatiable thirst for spending. The video claims the rich got rich through tax cuts and tax loopholes and even tax evasion. But...
  • Homeric Battle in Germany -- Bizarre Court Battle over Duff Beer Trademark

    12/06/2012 6:09:14 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | 12/06/2012
    Germany's Duff Beer UG has shown itself to be a formidable foe in the courtroom, taking on all comers in defending its right to brew Homer Simpson's favorite beer. For what was originally a fictitious beverage fawned over by a yellow cartoon character with four fingers, Duff Beer and its would-be real-life producers have spent a surprising amount of time in court. And on Thursday, yet another such legal tiff was resolved -- with Germany's Federal Court of Justice (BGH) essentially ruling that the country can have two separate beers named Duff. Duff Beer UG, which has brewed the stuff...
  • How the FBI defines Justifiable Homicide

    12/06/2012 6:09:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 December, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    If you rely on the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for numbers of justifiable homicides, the numbers will always be significantly under reported. First, in many years, many states simply do not submit numbers, so they are not counted. Not all police jurisdictions in other states submit numbers, so the total is always going to be low. The definition of justifiable homicides vary from state to state. What is reported is often politically determined. Here is the FBI UCR definition for justifiable homicides, from pages 17 and 18 of the Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook: Justifiable Homicide Certain willful killings must...
  • Marines expanding use of meditation training (Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (“M-Fit”))

    12/06/2012 6:08:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/6/12 | Patrick Hruby
    While preparing for overseas deployment with the U.S. Marines late last year, Staff Sgt. Nathan Hampton participated in a series of training exercises held at Camp Pendleton, Calif., designed to make him a more effective serviceman. There were weapons qualifications. Grueling physical workouts. High-stress squad counterinsurgency drills, held in an elaborate ersatz village designed to mirror the sights, sounds and smells of a remote mountain settlement in Afghanistan. There also were weekly meditation classes — including one in which Sgt. Hampton and his squad mates were asked to sit motionless in a chair and focus on the point of contact...
  • Parents Of Teen Strip-Searched At School Sue Assistant Principal, Police

    12/06/2012 6:06:56 PM PST · by grundle · 42 replies
    CBS News Chicago ^ | December 5, 2012
    CHICAGO (CBS) – The parents of a 15-year old boy who was allegedly strip-searched at a high school last month have filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools. In an exclusive interview with CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman, the boy and his outraged parents described what happened. “He came home crying. So I asked him why he was crying,” said the boy’s father, Anthony Woodman. “And he was like hysterical. He tells me he’s been strip-searched.” It allegedly happened at Taft High school last month. His mother, Michelle Woodman said she contacted the CBS2 Investigators “so this doesn’t happen...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 7 December 2012

    12/06/2012 6:05:06 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 152 replies
    December 6, 2012 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite Christmas movie. Grab the hot cocoaand pop in your favorite Christmas movie. Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place. We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission. Prayers for your safe return home.