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  • 10 arrested as federal agents search Sparboe Farms

    01/08/2013 7:37:51 PM PST · by posterchild · 9 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Jan 08, 2013 | Amy Forliti
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Dozens of federal homeland security agents searched Sparboe Farms in Litchfield on Tuesday as part of what authorities called a "larger criminal investigation," but details about the nature of the operation were not disclosed. No criminal arrests were made, but 10 people were picked up on an administrative charge that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement often uses to detain possible illegal immigrants. ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said he could not provide details because the investigation is ongoing. Neudauer said that as of midday Tuesday, two of those arrested had been released, but the rest were still in...
  • Lost cat makes incredible 190-mile journey home

    01/08/2013 7:37:06 PM PST · by BerryDingle · 48 replies
    wpbf.com ^ | Jan 07, 2013 | Terri Parker
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —The last time Jacob and Bonnie Richter saw their 4-year-old tortoiseshell cat Holly, she bolted out of their motor home at the Daytona International Speedway on Nov. 4, apparently frightened by fireworks. For days, the distraught couple searched for Holly, putting up flyers and alerting rescue agencies before despondently heading home to West Palm Beach. There was a brief glimmer of hope two weeks later when a rescue group spotted the distinctive cat outside of a Daytona Beach restaurant which fed feral cats. But before the Richters could drive there, Holly had disappeared. Then she showed...
  • Oklahoma Virtual High School Announces Open Enrollment for 2013-14 School Year

    01/08/2013 7:24:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 7, 2013 | Meg Martin
    Oklahoma Virtual High School (OKVHS), a full-time, completely virtual public school serving students, grades 6-12, throughout Oklahoma, announced today the start of its open enrollment period for the 2013-14 school year. Students and families interested in transferring are invited to submit applications for open enrollment into Oklahoma Virtual between now and March 31 during the Oklahoma State Department of Education`s annual open transfer period. For more information or to apply, call 888-425-7178 or visit www.OklahomaVirtualHighSchool.com. OKVHS, a tuition-free program offered by participating schools and districts across the state, combines rigorous online courses and a flexible schedule that lets students work...
  • This Rape Infographic Is Going Viral. Too Bad It's Wrong.

    01/08/2013 7:12:47 PM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | January 8, 2013 | Amanda Marcotte
    Yesterday, under the headline, "The saddest graph you'll see today," Dylan Matthews at the Washington Post published this infographic created by the Enliven Project to put the legal issues around rape, its prosecutions, and concerns about false accusations into perspective. The graphic quickly made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, but unfortunately, while well-intentioned, it is also misleading in significant ways that can be used to undercut its basic message, which is sound: that false rape accusations are rare.
  • Bank of America Leads Charge Against Guns

    01/08/2013 7:08:39 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    godfather politics ^ | 1-8-13 | tad cronn
    The Democrats’ campaign against the Second Amendment is obvious and expected after the Sandy Hook shootings. But the gun grabbers are also getting some help from Bank of America. According to Joe Sirochman, owner of American Spirit Arms, the bank out of the blue on Dec. 18 decided to delay processing deposits, threatening his company’s operations. American Spirit, like other gun sellers, has seen a huge increase in online sales in recent months, up 500 percent, according to a Dec. 29 Facebook posting by Sirochman. The company has been a BofA customer for more than 10 years and had no...
  • U.N. wants to use drones for peacekeeping missions

    01/08/2013 7:07:55 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 8, 2013 | Colum Lynch
    The United Nations, looking to modernize its peacekeeping operations, is planning for the first time to deploy a fleet of its own surveillance drones in missions in Central and West Africa. The U.N. Department of Peacekeeping has notified Congo, Rwanda and Uganda that it intends to deploy a unit of at least three unarmed surveillance drones in the eastern region of Congo. The action is the first step in a broader bid to integrate unmanned aerial surveillance systems, which have become a standard feature of Western military operations, into the United Nations’ far-flung peacekeeping empire. But the effort is encountering...
  • Man climbs Seaside Heights roller coaster, unfurls American flag

    01/08/2013 7:07:41 PM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Police have apprehended a man who apparently climbed the New Jersey roller coaster that was swept into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy and unfurled an American flag. The man walked from the top of the coaster and hopped into a police boat today. He was handcuffed, walked through the surf and escorted to a police car on the beach in Seaside Heights. News 12-New Jersey says Christopher Angelo told the channel he wanted to raise awareness for shore recovery. His mother says the 38-year-old lives at his grandmother's home in Lavallette. Diane Angelo says her son is a bit of...
  • Report: RG3 knee surgery this week (maybe out 9-12 months)

    01/08/2013 7:05:01 PM PST · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    A person familiar with the situation says Robert Griffin III will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. The person said Griffin has a torn lateral collateral ligament and that the surgery will also determine whether he also has damaged the ACL.
  • Musburger Criticized for Remarks About Star’s Girlfriend During Title Game

    01/08/2013 7:04:40 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 89 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | MARY PILON
    On Tuesday morning, commentary on the broadcast of the Bowl Championship Series national title game between Alabama and Notre Dame included words like “creepy,” “awkward,” “uncomfortable” and “heteronormative.” The subject was not Alabama’s 42-14 victory, but comments made during the game by the ESPN play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger regarding the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A J McCarron. In the first quarter, ESPN showed McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who was sitting near his parents. Musburger called the 23-year-old Webb, a former Miss Alabama, a “lovely lady” and “beautiful,” and said to his broadcast partner, Kirk Herbstreit, a former quarterback at Ohio...
  • Alaska militia leader sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison

    01/08/2013 7:00:50 PM PST · by C0nservativeJunkie · 30 replies
    The leader of an anti-government militia in Alaska who proclaimed that "God's law" trumps "man's law" was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly 26 years in prison for a plot to kill government employees he portrayed as his enemies.
  • Vanity: Help me Battle the Statism in Academia

    01/08/2013 7:00:10 PM PST · by Crapgame · 17 replies
    Freepers here is an opportunity to influence young minds in college. I am an adjunct professor of humanities. Later this month I will begin teaching two courses on the American Experience and Constitutional Change. Every semester I give a term paper assignment based on Wickard v. Filburn and the governmental abuse of the Commerce Clause. I am always gratified by the comments of the students afterwards who tell me they never had any idea of the vast power employed by the government in our daily lives. Well I will still use that case this semester because it is so insructive...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Grand Spiral Galaxy NGC 7424

    01/08/2013 6:47:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | January 08, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The grand, winding arms are almost mesmerizing in this face-on view of NGC 7424, a spiral galaxy with a prominent central bar. About 40 million light-years distant in the headlong constellation Grus, this island universe is also about 100,000 light-years across making it remarkably similar to our own Milky Way. Following along the winding arms, many bright clusters of massive young stars can be found. The star clusters themselves are several hundred light-years in diameter. And while massive stars are born in the arms of NGC 7424, they also die there. Notably, this galaxy was home to a powerful...
  • Hagel, the USO, and the War over Haifa

    01/08/2013 6:47:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    WashingtonFreeBeacon.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Adam Credo
    U.S.-based sources confirm Hagel tried to shoot down popular USO portThe Washington Free Beacon reported last week that during his tenure as the USO’s top official Hagel attempted to cut funding for the USO Haifa Center, telling a group of Jewish leaders in a 1989 meeting that the American Jewish community should bankroll the port, according to sources present in the meeting.“He said to me, ‘Let the Jews pay for it,’” Marsha Halteman, director for military and law enforcement programs at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), told the Free Beacon last week.Halteman reiterated her recollection of that...
  • IRS postpones tax season

    01/08/2013 6:45:38 PM PST · by LadyBuzz · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/8/2013 | Jonnelle Marte
    Shutterstock.com For once it’s the IRS — and not taxpayers — doing the procrastinating. The agency postponed the start of tax-filing season to Jan. 30, officials said Tuesday, a delay that will push back refunds issued to early filers by more than a week. The 8-day delay was necessary to give tax officials more time to update forms and test processing systems following the last-minute changes Congress rolled out to avert the fiscal cliff, the IRS said Tuesday. Alas, the April 15th filing deadline will not be pushed back as well.
  • Good News: You May Be Spared Execution

    01/08/2013 6:45:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daren Jonescu
    Back in those quaint days when KGB-supported communist subversives planning to overthrow a republic had to meet in secret to discuss their operations, William Ayers and his chums reportedly opined that during the post-revolutionary period of normalization, approximately twenty-five million Americans (ten percent) would have to be executed. Today, however, I have good news: that number may now be reassessed at as low as ten million, which, when one factors in the increase in the overall American population since the original estimate was made, suggests as much as a seventy percent savings in the government's stockpile of ammunition. There's a...
  • Ollie North: 'Israeli Phobe' Hagel Backs Hamas And Hezbollah

    01/08/2013 6:40:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    Lt. Col Oliver North (ret.) held nothing back this morning with Brian Wilson and Breitbart News' Larry O'Connor on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall. When asked his opinion of the appointment of Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense North called Hagel a "backer of Hamas and Hezbollah" and that he was an "Israeli phobe."
  • ESPN McCarron apology: Katherine Webb commentary was over the line

    01/08/2013 6:37:41 PM PST · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    ESPN has issued an apology following Monday night's BCS National Championship game where the world was introduced to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron's girlfriend, 2012 Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb. The problem comes from ESPN host Brent Musburger who spent a fair amount of time talking about Webb, rather than the game. (Video embedded below.) According to E! Online, ESPN has apologized for the excessive commentary stating, "We always try to capture interesting storylines and the relationship between an Auburn grad who is Miss Alabama and the current Alabama quarterback certainly met that test. However, we apologize that the commentary in...
  • Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions

    01/08/2013 6:27:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/7/12 | Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune reporter
    Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets. After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, "I hit a million!" When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store with his wife and teenage daughter at his side, he spoke...
  • Hobby Lobby Fights The Good Fight Against Obamacare Tyranny

    01/08/2013 6:23:17 PM PST · by billflax · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/08/2013 | Bill Flax
    Welcome to Obamaland where our inalienable rights are being gradually degraded. Now that President Obama needs never to curry electoral favor again will government’s grasping overreach soon strangle a successful arts-and-crafts company? “We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it,” says attorney Kyle Duncan of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. Mr. Duncan represents Hobby Lobby, a family-owned retail chain risking severe penalties for putting principles before profits. Limited self-government descends into tyranny. Hobby Lobby faces looming fines of up to $1.3 million per day for refusing to abide a spurious provision of the...
  • Gun-grabbers are using Rule 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

    01/08/2013 6:18:01 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    ALINSKY'S RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.