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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.
  • Pro gun rally in DC weekend before inauguration?

    01/08/2013 6:15:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Trapshooters ^ | 1/08/13 | Rick Barker
    Has anyone heard of a big pro gun rally in DC, the Saturday before the class clown is inaugurated for his second term? **SNIP** Rush was just talking about it. Bulge. **SNIP** It was on the CBS news early this morning. They need something going on to raise the intelligence in DC that weekend. lol
  • NJ Liberals Introduce 18 Gun Control Bills Today

    01/08/2013 6:05:04 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 27 replies
    Conservative New Jersey ^ | 1/8/13 | Rob Eichmann
    Earlier today, in an abbreviated legislative session because of the Joint Session of the Legislature for Governor Christie’s State of the State Address, liberal New Jersey Democrats managed to introduce 18 new Gun Control bills in an effort to further deprive you of your 2nd Amendment right. While the exact language of some of the bills will not be available until tomorrow at the earliest, the remainder will be available next week; the titles of them are scary enough.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Baseball Park Snack Are You? ~ 09 January 2013

    01/08/2013 6:03:49 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 120 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
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  • Jim Bridenstine's Votes: Principled, Constitutional vs UnFriendly, Symbolic

    01/08/2013 6:02:23 PM PST · by maggiesnotebook · 2 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 1-18-13 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    U.S. House Freshman from Oklahoma, Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R), was sworn into office on January 3, 2013. His first vote was the same day, for Speaker of the House. He cast his vote not to return the gavel to John Boehner. It takes some courage to raise your hand, swear your oath of office, and immediately vote against leadership. Bridenstine did that. After securing a seat on the House Armed Services Committee, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, the question is, will Bridenstine be allowed to keep his Committee seats? Opposing Boehner's agenda has brought loss of committee seats for...
  • No Venezuelan Spring: 4500 Cuban Military on Venezuelan Soil: $10B Annual US Subsidy at Stake

    01/08/2013 5:53:27 PM PST · by maggiesnotebook · 3 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 1-8-13 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Miami Herald is reporting Hugo Chávez early demise was recognized long before the rest of the world was privvy to the details of a late diagnosed and lethal cancer. With the help of Cuban brothers Fidel and Raúl, and Chávez' hand-picked successor Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan presidential election was moved from December 2012 to October 2012, two months that the report says were crucial. In October Chávez could still stand before his supporters to applaud his re-election, but there was no certainty that he could do so in December. He returned to Cuba for a fourth round of cancer treatments in early...
  • EDITORIAL: Global warming catches fire

    01/08/2013 5:51:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | Editorial
    Crusade against carbon dioxide threatens the environmentTechnologies advanced as the solution to the purported global warming problem are catching fire — just not in the way intended. Bureaucrats are quickly learning that their regulatory offerings designed to entreat Mother Nature into bestowing cooler temperatures upon the planet have created environmental hazards of their own. It’s well-known that the fluorescent light bulbs being foisted on a reluctant public spread deadly mercury when dropped. In March, the administration will be free to enforce a federally imposed ban on the manufacturing of warm, pleasing and affordable 100-watt light bulbs. This will force more...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-8-13

    01/08/2013 5:49:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-8-13 | THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!!
  • Obama’s Cabinet diversity in danger with new picks (old white guys)

    01/08/2013 5:48:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/07/13 | Emily Heil
    The White House is poised this week to announce a handful of Cabinet nominees, most of whom have a few things in common: they all seem like perfectly qualified, distinguished folks. . . and they’re all white men. President Obama’s picks, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for secretary of state, former senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of defense and John Brennan for CIA director, mean that the number of positions that could be filled by women or minorities is dwindling. That’s causing some concern among those who’d hoped to see diversity in the cabinet remain at its historic levels or even...
  • Al Gore’s employee’s a bit upset over the sale of Current TV to Big Oil

    01/08/2013 5:25:30 PM PST · by Starman417 · 36 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-08-13 | Curt
    It's nice to see a progressive admit that their old hero is a hypocrite: Yesterday morning, the still shell shocked staff at Current TV was called to an all hands staff meeting at its San Francisco headquarters, which was teleconferenced to their offices in LA and NYC, to meet their new bosses. That would be two of Al Jazeera’s top guys: Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of international operations, and Muftah AlSuwaidan, general manager of the London bureau. Ominously missing was the creator of Current, the self proclaimed inventor of the Internet and savior of clean energy, Al Gore, although...
  • Tea Party Re-Flexes Its Muscle

    01/08/2013 5:21:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Tea Party Re-Flexes Its Muscle By Janie Lorber Roll Call Staff Jan. 7, 2013, 6:55 p.m. The state of the tea party evokes Mark Twain: Reports of its death were an exaggeration. Tea party activists who say they deliberately sat out the fiscal cliff debate are ready to reassert themselves as Congress and the Obama administration take up the debt ceiling and automatic spending cuts under the sequester. The Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella organization that claims 15 million supporters, is urging its members to confront lawmakers in their districts. They want Congress to let the $109 billion in...
  • Sec. of State? Kerry’s Criticism of U.S. Foreign Policy Goes Back 42 Years

    01/08/2013 5:20:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 8, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State—Hillary Clinton is expected to resign from the position this spring—has often been critical of U.S. foreign policy, likening some American soldiers in Vietnam to Genghis Kahn and to war criminals, and being “Messianic” and fueling international animosity, among other criticisms. … Back on Apr. 22, 1971, Kerry testified on behalf of the Veterans Against the Vietnam War before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his testimony, he said, “[S]everal months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated...
  • ***Watch Johnny Tremain With Your Family***

    01/08/2013 5:09:58 PM PST · by The Wizard · 57 replies
    Stardate: 1301.8
    If you have never heeded my posts, I ask you to heed this one.... Years ago Walt Disney produced this great movie explaining liberty, and in the newly released DVD it includes special segments where uncle Walt himself explained liberty, what it means, why it is important and why it must be defended.... Not only you, but your children will understand it's lessons, and if many of us will die fighting this criminal bama, then it will fall to our children to understand why he is wrong and we and the founders where right.... Take this gift from Walt Disney...
  • Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years'...

    01/08/2013 5:04:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    FBI.gov - New York - Press Release ^ | January 8, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 YearsÂ’ Imprisonment for Attempting to Support Terrorism U.S. AttorneyÂ’s Office January 08, 2013 Eastern District of New York Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and Brooklyn resident, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hasbajrami will be removed from the United States at the conclusion of his sentence. The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for...
  • Why Civilian Disarmament in the U.S. is Just a Statist Fantasy

    01/08/2013 5:00:32 PM PST · by RWB Patriot · 70 replies
    Survivalblog ^ | N/A | James Wesley Rawles
    I often have SurvivalBlog readers forward me alarmist e-mails, warning of "total disarmament" of the civilian populace. While there indeed may be plans or schemes to disarm Americans, I don't consider these threats credible. Let me explain why: I would conservatively estimate that there are about 316 million firearms in private hands in the United States. Of these, less than 10% are logged in any formal registry. Perhaps another 30% have Form 4473s filed with the FFL dealers where they were first purchased, but that is a fractured mishmash of records with a quite perishable life span. It is notable...
  • Action figures for 'Django Unchained' draw protest (Tarantino selling slaves)

    01/08/2013 4:58:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/08/13
    **SNIP** Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, plans a news conference Tuesday with other Los Angeles black community leaders calling for the removal of the toys from the market. Ali called the action figures "a slap in the face of our ancestors." "We were outraged," said Ali, upon learning of the figures. "We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced." The action figures are collectibles recommended for people older than 17.
  • Pakistani troops slit throats of two Indian soldiers (Second Intro Night Lead)

    01/08/2013 4:58:22 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    MSN News ^ | Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | Indo-Asian News Service
    Jammu/New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) In a brazen violation of the 2003 ceasefire, Pakistani troops Tuesday intruded into Jammu and Kashmir and killed two Indian soldiers by slitting their throats, officials said. They also opened heavy fire on Indian posts on the LOC late Tuesday. India condemned the killings as "absolutely unacceptable" and "inhuman" and said it will give a "proportionate response", while the Pakistan Army dismissed the "allegations". Pakistani soldiers, apparently from the 29 Baloch Regiment, took advantage of a dense fog to sneak into an Indian post in Sona Gali area in the border district of Poonch. Poonch...
  • Sources: Clinton's Benghazi Testimony Expected in Two Weeks

    01/08/2013 4:54:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who returned to work Monday after a month-long illness, is expected to testify before the House and Senate committees regarding the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya when both chambers are back in session the week of Jan. 21, sources said Tuesday. “My sense is, her hearing probably will take place the morning of the 22nd,” the incoming ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday. Corker said he had had “some very good conversations with her chief of staff” and that Clinton appeared “anxious to...
  • Crayon Color Names For Liberals

    01/08/2013 4:51:36 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 20 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-8-13 | The Looking Spoon
    h/t to John Hawkins of Right Wing News for the tip on the #ProgressiveCrayonColors game at Twitter. Some are mine, but many of these were derived from what I found there.
  • Public Schools - Crooked Teachers And Lying Principals

    01/08/2013 4:44:34 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-8-2013 | Walter Williams
    Public Schools - Crooked Teachers And Lying Principals Politics / Educating ChildrenJan 08, 2013 - 05:56 AM Walter E. Williams writes: Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from...
  • It's Come to This: GOP Rep Introduces Bill to Block Trillion Dollar Coin Scheme

    01/08/2013 4:42:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Guy Benson
    I humbly proffer the ultimate companion piece to this morning's item, which quoted the President Obama expressing his irritation over John Boehner's incessant carping about some "government spending problem" the president is convinced doesn't really exist.  Ladies and gentlemen, it has indeed come to this:   Lawmakers are still positioning themselves for a debt ceiling fight in a few months, but one Republican congressman wants to snuff out a particular idea immediately: the U.S. Treasury minting $1 trillion platinum coins to avert a debt ceiling showdown. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill to specifically ban President Barack Obama...
  • Nebraska Environmental Report Finds Keystone XL Pipeline Safe To Bring Jobs, Revenue, Growth

    01/08/2013 4:37:15 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Energy: The further review the administration said was needed is done, with a Nebraska environmental agency saying it's safe to build the pipeline that will bring oil, jobs and revenue from our friendly northern neighbor. After kicking the Canadian oil barrel down the road, the Obama administration may soon be forced to approve the Keystone XL pipeline or come up with another excuse to block it after a report from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality declared it would have "minimal environmental impacts" on the state and its sensitive aquifers. Friday's report triggered a 30-day deadline for Nebraska Gov. Dave...
  • Large Cities All Over America Are Degenerating Into Gang-Infested War Zones

    01/08/2013 4:35:49 PM PST · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1/8/13 | Michael Snyder
    Gangs provide a support system, a feeling of “community”, and a sense of purpose for many young people. Unfortunately, most of these gangs use violence and crime to achieve their goals, and they are taking over communities all over America. If your community is not a gang-infested war zone yet, you should consider yourself to be very fortunate. If nothing is done about this, the violence and the crime that is fueled by these gangs will continue to spread, and eventually nearly every single community in the United States will be affected by it. Let’s take a closer look at...
  • Off With a Bang: Assault on Second Amendment Begins

    01/08/2013 4:33:15 PM PST · by SJackson · 49 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Off With a Bang: Assault on Second Amendment BeginsPosted By Matthew Vadum On January 8, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 40 Comments President Obama is planning an aggressive, in-your-face, blitzkrieg-style campaign against Americans’ fundamental Second Amendment right to self-defense.After a madman murdered 26 people including 20 young schoolchildren last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Obama initially urged a reinstatement of the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban. The demonstrably useless law lapsed in 2004 and had no detectable impact on crime. It was designed to cater to big-city...
  • Gun-control fan Terry McAuliffe buys gun

    01/08/2013 4:33:05 PM PST · by jakerobins · 30 replies
    Just because Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is pushing for an assault weapons ban and one-gun-a-month restriction in the Old Dominion doesn’t mean he’s opposed to slinging lead. In fact, the former Democratic Party chairman is one of Virginia’s newest gun owners, the proud papa of a sleek Beretta over and under shotgun, the standard of excellence at the area’s skeet ranges. Secrets first heard of his purchase over the weekend from shoppers at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Bailey’s Crossroads who saw the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee shouldering one of the pricy long guns.
  • Blame flies as pension plan stalls (Illinois' massively indebted system $96.8 billion in the hole)

    01/08/2013 4:32:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/08/13 | Rick Pearson, Ray Long
    **SNIP** Others stood against any pension changes. Some who were willing to entertain a new approach criticized the proposal as too harsh on public employees and retirees. Still others contended the proposal violates a state constitutional prohibition on diminishing or impairing public employee pensions, as union officials have maintained. Rep. Jim Durkin scoffed at the excuses for a lack of action, criticizing lawmakers who raised concerns that the pension bill might not be constitutional. "I'm perplexed that members of the Legislature now have grave concerns regarding the constitutionality of the pension legislation when they've disregarded the constitutionality of every other...
  • Welcome to Africa’s Alqaedastan-Obama’s Libyan war breeds horror in Mali.

    01/08/2013 4:31:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    “When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded,” the thief said. “Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off.” This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death. Borders...
  • A New Study Suggests That Global Warming Won't Kill Off The Polar Bears

    01/08/2013 4:29:40 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    A new study indicates that global warming may actually benefit Arctic animals and ecosystem, by expanding their ranges and increasing biodiversity in the area as warmer-climate species move north. The research was published yesterday, Dec. 20, in the Journal PLoS ONE. Smithsonian.com reported:"Scientists found that, in most cases, global warming will actually give a boost to Arctic and subarctic life. Looking at 61 mammal species that currently inhabit high-latitude Europe the scientists found that, under climate conditions forecast for the year 2080, the majority of the species will see their ranges expand. They found that warming will actually bring in...
  • Obama Kills Post 9/11 Restrictions on Saudi Visitors

    01/08/2013 4:28:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Shortly after the Center for Immigration Studies put out a report warning that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program was widely unregulated and abused, the Obama Administration has decided to dispose of the last restrictions instituted after 9/11 to prevent a repeat of the revolving door Saudi visa system. The United States, a decade after Al Qaida strikes in New York and Washington, has opened its doors to Saudi nationals. Diplomats said the administration of President Barack Obama has removed most restrictions on the entry of Saudis to the United States. They said the percentage of visa approvals for Saudis...
  • New Study Says Global Warming is Good for Polar Bears

    01/08/2013 4:25:10 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The easiest way to take in this study is to take every one of those global warming propaganda posters of sad polar bears and draw a smile on that bear. "A new study indicates that global warming may actually benefit Arctic animals and ecosystem, by expanding their ranges and increasing biodiversity in the area as warmer-climate species move north." "They found that warming will actually bring in more species from further south, increasing biodiversity in the region. And, even in their worst-case scenario, they expect at most one species to go extinct: the Arctic fox. But, they suspect that this...
  • 2012 Economic Census (vanity: what is this crap?)

    01/08/2013 4:16:37 PM PST · by manic4organic · 51 replies
    My Mailbox ^ | 01/08/2013 | Me
    I received this in the mail the other day. The front of the envelope reads: "U.S. Census Bureau Form Enclosed. YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW. Please complete and return by February 12, 2013. I knew the Census is part of the Constitution but a business census? They have pages and pages of forms they want filled out. They want to know how many employees, all my financial numbers, (sales and types services and products offered). First, is this Constitutional? Second, doesn't the IRS have most of this information already?