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  • Don’t Honk; I’m Deaf: RTA Launches ‘Deaf Driver’ Initiative

    01/16/2013 1:12:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013
    Campaign aims to educate motorists about hearing- impaired driversThe Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the ‘Deaf Driver’ initiative to sensitise road users to deaf drivers and alert motorists to vehicles driven by people with hearing disabilities. “The objective of the ‘Deaf Driver’ initiative is to educate drivers on how to deal with hearing-impaired persons and alert them that the driver in front is deaf,” said Maitha bin Udai, CEO of RTA Traffic & Roads Agency. “We are therefore compiling a brochure on how to deal with personnel suffering hearing loss. We are also designing a poster to be...
  • ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Dad Conrad Bain Dies at 89

    01/16/2013 1:06:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 48 replies ^ | january 16, 2013 | Duane Byrge
    Conrad Bain, who starred as Phil Drummond, the rich white businessman who adopts Harlem kids Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on the popular sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 89. TMZ first reported Wednesday that Bain died Monday night in Livermore, Calif., according to family sources. Other details were not immediately known. Bain, who played in many stage productions during his long career, also was known for his six-year role as Dr. Arthur Harmon, the blundering next-door neighbor on CBS sitcom Maude.
  • Statement by Gov. Perry on President Obama’s Executive Actions

    01/16/2013 1:06:20 PM PST · by thackney · 68 replies
    Office of the Governor, Texas ^ | January 16, 2013 | Rick Perry
    Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama's executive actions: "The Vice President's committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there. "Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror. "There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way...
  • The story about Jason (MrColionNoir's Newest Video)

    01/16/2013 1:05:39 PM PST · by RandallFlagg · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1-16-13 | MrColionNoir
    This short video says it all.
  • Slowing Debt? Fat Chance!

    01/16/2013 12:57:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | Charles Payne
    The newest phenomenon discovered in medicine is one few people want to discuss, even businesses that are probably snickering in delight. It's called the Obesity Survival Paradox. Essentially it means that fat to obese people live longer than people of normal weight. Apparently Reverse Epidemiology became known in 1999 with heart failure patients. It was found that a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 to 34.9 enjoyed lower mortality than normal weight patients. The same for peripheral artery disease and post recovery from cardiac bypass surgery. Even fat people with health problems live longer than thinner people. Go figure. Scientists...
  • Doctor Gun training doc (my title)

    01/16/2013 12:52:20 PM PST · by Revelation 911 · 3 replies ^ | unknown |
  • Chuck Hagel? Hell No! Defense Pick Linked to Institute for Policy Studies, Anti-Military Marxists

    01/16/2013 12:50:06 PM PST · by mojitojoe · 9 replies ^ | January 15, 2013 | Trevor Louden
    President Barack Obama‘s proposed appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as US Secretary of Defense is generating interest and even approval, on the far left. Phyllis Bennis, of the Washington DC based Institute for Policy Studies, wrote an article for The Nation, January 8, 2013, posing the question “Will Chuck Hagel’s Appointment Actually Help the Anti-War Left?” While claiming that Hagel is a conservative, Bennis outlined advantages to leftist “peace movement” activists of Chuck Hagel becoming US Secretary of Defense. Bennis is particularly happy that Hagel’s appointment is a clear signal that Obama intends to move forward with the...
  • Should Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence be made into law?

    01/16/2013 12:49:33 PM PST · by ZULU · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 16, 2013 | Wall Street Journal
    Should Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence be made into law?
  • Stockholm train crashed into apartments 'by cleaner'

    01/16/2013 12:47:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/16/13 | BBC
    A cleaning woman stole an empty commuter train in a suburb of Stockholm and crashed it into a house, injuring herself, Swedish officials say. The four-carriage train was driven out of the depot for about a mile until it jumped the tracks, becoming wedged into a three-storey building. Police arrested a woman, who was flown to a Stockholm hospital with serious injuries. Nobody else was hurt. A railway official confirmed the woman in custody was an employee. "We have only heard good things about her," Tomas Hedenius, a spokesman for train operator Arriva, was quoted as saying by AP news...
  • The Peruvian Miracle

    01/16/2013 12:46:21 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 16, 2013 | JAIME DAREMBLUM
    In late November and early December, Peruvian business leaders gathered in the industrial city of Arequipa for the 50th Annual Conference of Executives (CADE). When the polling firm Ipsos Apoyo asked CADE attendees whether they approved of the job performance of Peruvian president Ollanta Humala, a remarkable 75 percent said yes. In other words, a former Hugo Chávez acolyte—who led a failed military coup in 2000, who reportedly received money from Chávez during his 2006 presidential campaign, and whose wife once earned $4,000 per month in “consulting” fees from a pro-Chávez newspaper based in Caracas—now enjoys overwhelming support from the...
  • We need your support to keep FR on the air!! [FReepathon thread VI]

    01/16/2013 12:44:14 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 466 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your support to keep FR on the air. FR is funded solely by your donations. We cannot exist without you. If you have not yet made your donation, today would be an excellent day to do so. Every donation counts no matter how big or small. If you can donate $5, $10, $20 or more, it would be greatly appreciated. Your loyal support makes Free Republic possible and your continuing participation makes FR the number one, independent, pro-life, pro-family, pro-small government, pro-defense, grassroots conservative forum on the Net!! And we're going to need FR now more...
  • San Antonio Spurs being sued over sending players home against (Miami) Heat (class action lawsuit)

    01/16/2013 12:40:21 PM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 15, 2013 | Zach Harper
    Remember when San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sent home four of his players before a nationally televised game against the Miami Heat and was fined $250,000 for it? Well, so does a lawyer who just filed a suit against the team in Miami-Dade County, citing that the Spurs broke a state law regarding "deceptive and fair trade practices." According to's Darren Rovell, Larry McGuinness filed a class action lawsuit against San Antonio for sending Tim Duncan, Danny Green, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili home before their game against the Heat on Nov. 29, 2012. On Monday, Larry McGuinness...
  • Obama’s Hidden $236 Billion Tax Hike

    01/16/2013 12:37:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Obama imposed a big tax hike last year. But I’m not talking about the fiscal cliff and the President’s class-warfare trophy of higher tax rates on those evil rich people. That happened this year.Instead, I’m referring to the increase in the regulatory burden.Here are some excerpts from a report in The Hill. The Obama administration issued $236 billion worth of new regulations last year… The analysis from the American Action Forum, led by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, found that the administration added $216 billion in rules and more than $20 billion in regulatory proposals in 2012. Complying...
  • Healthcare providers to provide gun safety tips?

    01/16/2013 12:36:37 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 40 replies
    01-16-13 | Me
    I've owned firearms and hunted for 30+ years of my life and now some idiot from Kaiser Permanente is going to school me on gun safety tips? Really?? I feel so much better now! FUBO!
  • FBI Hauls Away The Trash

    01/16/2013 12:36:12 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 01/16/13 | Friends of Ours
    Early this morning the FBI made its appointed rounds throughout the New York and New Jersey to pick up the trash. The feds have variously charged 32 individuals including suspected mobsters from the Gambino, Lucchese and Genovese crime families for their alleged roles in the waste carting, loan sharking and other rackets pursuant to three indictments as reported by Larry Mcshane and Robert Gearty for the Daily News. A press release from the Department of Justice states: "The main Indictment charges 12 defendants under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ('RICO') for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise...
  • FLASHBACK: In 1999, Obama wouldn’t support tougher prosecution for school shooters

    01/16/2013 12:29:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/16/13 | Vince Coglianese
    In 1999, State Senator Barack Obama voted “present” on a bill that would require adult prosecution for discharging a gun in or near a school. That legislation came as a response to the tragic Columbine High School shooting that year. SB 759 provided that anyone 15 years of age or older charged with aggravated battery with a weapon in school or within 1,000 feet of a school would be charged as an adult.
  • THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL

    01/16/2013 12:26:14 PM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 13 replies
    This is a link to a new Bad Lip Reading video featuring the NFL. Apropos the season. Bad Lip Reading - NFL
  • Cadillac unveils the Chevy Volt-based ELR plug-in hybrid coupe

    01/16/2013 12:19:58 PM PST · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2013
    Someone gave the Chevy Volt a tuxedo, and it fits well. The Cadillac ELR coupe is the luxury automaker’s take on extended range electric vehicle, and its first ever hybrid car. The dramatic two-door is wider than the Volt and dressed in a slightly toned down version of the sharply creased, broad shouldered bodywork seen on the Cadillac CTS coupe. It rides on turbine-look 20-inch wheels and features vertical head and brake light clusters, the latter with a slight tailfin design. Like the Volt, the ELR is powered by a combination of an electric drive unit and 1.4-liter internal...
  • Bob Schieffer Likens Obama 'Taking on the Gun Lobby' to Hunt for Bin Laden, 'Defeating the Nazis'

    01/16/2013 12:19:46 PM PST · by MissesBush · 14 replies
    Newbusters ^ | 01/16/13 | Matthew Balan
    Bob Schieffer somehow topped Chris Matthews during CBS News's special coverage of President Obama's gun control press conference on Wednesday, as he became the worst caricature of a foaming-at-the-mouth cheerleader for the chief executive. Schieffer lauded "one of the best speeches I've ever heard him [Obama] deliver", and compared Obama's new gun control agenda to Lyndon Johnson's push for civil rights legislation in the 1960s. The CBS veteran even went so far to liken the President's cause to the ten-year hunt for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and the difficult endeavor of winning World War II [audio available here; video...
  • 'SNL' Star Says Hillary Clinton Sexiest Woman of 21st Century

    01/16/2013 12:18:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 55 replies ^ | 1/16/13 | Christian Toto
    Liberals have spent years praising Hillary Clinton, calling her smart, tough and tenacious. Did it matter that her record of accomplishment in office was wafer-thin, or that the media is currently letting her skirt blame for the Benghazi debacle? "Saturday Night Live" star Seth Meyers is adding a new compliment to the liberal talking points to describe the outgoing Secretary of State. Sexy. And we don't think Meyers is trying to be funny.
  • Trends Show Right-to-Work States Growing Faster in Population, Jobs and Income

    01/16/2013 12:15:44 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2013 | Tom Gantert
    Michigan State University Professor Charles Ballard told an audience at the Detroit Economic Club recently that per-capita earnings in right-to-work states are about $5,000 less than in non-right-to-work states. What he didn't say was that Michigan's per-capita earnings as a non-right-to-work state were below right-to-work states in 2011. The per-capita income in non-right-to-work states was $43,666 in 2011. The per-capita income in the 25 right-to-work states was $38,308. Michigan’s was $36,264. In an email, Ballard said that right-to-work didn’t necessarily cause a state to have low income. “My point is that, since per-capita incomes in RTW states are substantially less...
  • A Talk With the Mayor About Gun Control and Classroom Safety

    01/16/2013 12:15:04 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 14 replies
    n/a | Jan 16, 2013 | B4Ranch
    I just got off the phone with the Mayor of my town. He is a normal, ranch raised guy, owns a couple of shotguns, a few rifles and half a dozen handguns. Doesn't want to see any more gun controls in Nevada or nationally. We discussed an idea of mine to see if he can get his cohorts to join him in supporting a group of unpaid civilians to volunteer their time to guard our local classrooms. Military veterans who now hold a concealed carry permit would be eligible to volunteer. They would be required to train at the police...
  • More Guns, Less Crime: A Dialogue

    01/16/2013 12:14:29 PM PST · by Brightitude · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 26, 2012 | Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jeffrey Goldberg
    Ta-Nehisi Coates: Do you own a gun? Are you a gun person, at all? Jeffrey Goldberg: It doesn't make much sense to tell people that you are unarmed. Many businesses and institutions around the country advertise themselves as "gun-free zones." This is a ridiculous policy--not to be gun-free, but to tell people you are. It's akin to posting a sign on your front door stating, "No burglar alarm here." Our colleague Jonathan Rauch, who, as you know, inspired the "Pink Pistols" movement of gays and lesbians who arm themselves against bullying and assault, told me last week he thinks that...
  • Thirty-Two Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

    01/16/2013 12:13:39 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    FBI ^ | January 16, 2013 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York
    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George C. Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and George N. Longworth, the Commissioner of the Westchester County Police Department, today announced the unsealing of charges against 32 individuals as part of a multi-year investigation into organized crime’s alleged continuing control of large aspects of the commercial waste-hauling industry in the greater New York City metropolitan area and in parts of New Jersey. The main indictment charges 12 defendants under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt...
  • IRS Threatens Employers

    01/16/2013 12:09:28 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    CCHF ^ | 1-16-13 | Twila Brase
    The gloves are coming off. We're 11 months from full implementation and the real-world impact of Obamacare is hitting the newswires. Taco Bell and Wendy's just cut the hours of hundreds of employees to avoid the Obamacare employer health insurance mandate. These workers will not only not have health insurance, they will have less money to pay for it and may be forced into Medicaid under the individual mandate. Now, the Internal Revenue Service is warning employers not to avoid the employer mandate. The IRS issued a 144-page notice which says they will soon issue proposed regulations with "anti-abuse rules."...
  • Why Does the Anti-Gun Camp Need to Lie?

    01/16/2013 12:07:59 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/16/13 | William A Levinson
    Human beings are almost universally receptive to impartial facts, and people will therefore support any course of action that is inherently right and effective. If the truth were on the side of the enemies of the Second Amendment, they would not need to lie to the public along with fellow members of Congress. ...The Million Mom March The Million Mom March, with which Senators Feinstein (CA), Levin (MI), and Mikulski (MD); Hillary Clinton; Tipper Gore; and numerous members of Congress were closely associated, underscored the anti-gun movement's total lack of character and integrity as follows. (1) Misuse of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt...
  • Pine County sheriff ‘will not enforce’ further federal gun regulations

    01/16/2013 12:04:30 PM PST · by Sawdring · 13 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | January 16, 2013 | Mike Creger
    On a day when President Obama was preparing a slate of proposals to stem gun violence in America, Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole said he would consider any new federal regulation on guns to be illegal and would “refuse to carry it out.” “We will not enforce that,” Cole told the News Tribune of any potential federal regulation that could lead to confiscation of firearms. Obama is expected to announce proposals today including limits on the sale of assault weapons and strengthening background checks, but not confiscating existing guns. Cole’s position first appeared Tuesday in an open letter he sent...
  • Morsi Claims Anti-Semitic Diatribe Taken Out of Context

    01/16/2013 12:01:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    inn ^ | 1/16/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Wednesday that his virulent anti-Semitic comments, which he reportedly said prior to his election and which were condemned by the United States on Tuesday, were taken out of context. "The president stressed they were taken from comments on the Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and stressed the need to put the remarks in the right context," said a statement from the president’s office issued following a meeting between Morsi and United States Senator John McCain on Wednesday. In a TV clip released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Morsi...
  • Caption Barry

    01/16/2013 11:58:44 AM PST · by crosshairs · 23 replies
  • Sex offenders keep right to privacy online (What about Gun Owners?)

    01/16/2013 11:53:12 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 4 replies
    National News ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    A federal judge ruled that California's new human-trafficking law imposes unconstitutional penalties on sex offenders(UPI) -- A federal judge ruled that California's new human-trafficking law imposes unconstitutional penalties on sex offenders, officials said. The law requires that registered sex offenders provide police with a complete list of their user names, screen names, email addresses and Internet service providers. Violators of the law face a possible three years in prison. Courthouse News Service said after the law passed in November, two sex offenders challenged it, arguing it impeded free speech. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson issued a preliminary injunction Friday and...
  • Did Obama Steal The Election With Hagel’s Help?

    01/16/2013 11:52:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Western Journalism Center ^ | 1/16/13 | Kris Zane
    Chuck Hagel has been tapped by Obama for Secretary of Defense, which has resulted in a slew of push backs over his troubling record: criticism and lack of support for Israel; coddling of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Iran; and his almost immediate appointment after retiring as a senator to Deutsche Bank’s Americas Advisory Board, the mega bank that has been accused of funneling billions of dollars to Iran’s nuclear program. But the most troubling aspect of Chuck Hagel is the fact that he may have stolen both of his senatorial elections. In 1992, Hagel was CEO of Election Systems & Software,...
  • Rep. Hank Johnson on NRA: ‘They Still Cannot Get Over’ That Obama Is ‘Black’

    01/16/2013 11:49:11 AM PST · by chessplayer · 101 replies
    ( - Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said that the National Rifle Association (NRA) opposed President Barack Obama's gun control plans because the group “still cannot get over” the fact that the president is “black.”
  • U.S. to formally recognize Somali government Thursday-official

    01/16/2013 11:46:04 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies ^ | 1/16/13 | reuters
    Jan 16 (Reuters) - The United States will on Thursday officially recognize the Somali government in Mogadishu, ending a hiatus of more than 20 years and opening the door to increased U.S. and international economic help for the violence-plagued African nation, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.
  • NRA: America Speaks For Itself (New NRA Video)

    01/16/2013 11:46:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1-16-2013 | NRAVideos
    When NRA suggested putting armed security in every school across America, mainstream media sharply criticized Wayne LaPierre — calling him everything from "laughable" and "tone deaf" to "whacked," "evil" and "out of step with America." Unfortunately for the media, America disagrees. Most citizens support armed security in schools — and the NRA, as evidenced by its 250,000 new members over the past month. So the media can go speaking for elites, but America will speak for itself.

    01/16/2013 11:42:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies ^ | not given |
    DENTIST FROM COLOMBIA SAW SIN OF ABORTION DURING AFTERLIFE JOURNEY TO NETHERWORLDHow can it be -- that in a great nation, in a nation "under God," there is abortion?How can it be? How can it be that we poison babies, that we scald them, that we puncture them, that we discard them in large alley trash bins?How can it be that every year we slay more than a million in the womb -- this nation that invented the polio vaccine, that devised countless medical technologies to save lives, including those of infants; how can it be rational to also be...
  • Bob Schieffer Likens Obama 'Taking on the Gun Lobby' to Hunt for Bin Laden

    01/16/2013 11:40:16 AM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    Bob Schieffer somehow topped Chris Matthews during CBS News's special coverage of President Obama's gun control press conference on Wednesday, as he became the worst caricature of a foaming-at-the-mouth cheerleader for the chief executive. Schieffer lauded "one of the best speeches I've ever heard him [Obama] deliver", and compared Obama's new gun control agenda to Lyndon Johnson's push for civil rights legislation in the 1960s. The CBS veteran even went so far to liken the President's cause to the ten-year hunt for 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and the difficult endeavor of winning World War II [audio available here; video...
  • Valero expanding Houston refinery for Eagle Ford crude

    01/16/2013 11:39:13 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 16, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corp., is planning to build a new crude topper unit at its Houston refinery to expand its capacity to process light sweet crude oil from the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas. The refinery already processes 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day of crude oil from the Eagle Ford, Valero spokesman Bill Day said, and the expansion would allow it to use more. No construction date has been set, but plans call for the work to be completed by mid-2015.
  • From Obama’s lips: No respect for Israel

    01/16/2013 11:39:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/16/13 | Jennifer Rubin
    Jeffrey Goldberg, an indefatigable defender of the president when it comes to Israel, has done the president no favors by revealing President Obama’s deep-seated arrogance and lack of respect for our democratic ally Israel. Goldberg writes: In the weeks after the UN vote [on Palestinian observer status], Obama said privately and repeatedly, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” With each new settlement announcement, in Obama’s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation. . . . On matters related to the Palestinians, the president seems to view the prime minister as a political...
  • Vanity - Obama to unleash the "DocStapo" on the American public.

    01/16/2013 11:35:03 AM PST · by GraceG · 29 replies
    01/16/2013 | GraceG
    With Obama wanting to recruit the Doctors of this country to his his Brownshirt work for him keeping tabs on his political enemies are we seeing a new term in constantly growing "Dictator-tinary" that is Obamunism. Behold the "Doc-Stapo" you friendly family doctor who has been recruited to become an agent of the government who will now become a spy working against your second amendment rights. Now whenever you enter the Doctor's office with the flu or cold or just a regular checkup you will have channel the behavior patterns of an East German Citizen during the cold war who...
  • The List: Obama vs. The 2nd Amendment (from Sandy Hook fwd)

    01/16/2013 11:26:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies ^ | 1/16/13 | Nachum
    Obama Attacks the Second Amendment(from the Sandy Hook massacre forward)1/15/2013Obama announces 23 exective actions, asks Congress to pass gun lawsObama to Put More 'Counselors' in SchoolsObama Asks Doctors to Help Deal With GunsJay Carney: NRA Ad "Repugnant And Cowardly"W.H. Releases Letters from Little Kids Pleading for Gun ControlRobert Gibbs: NRA No Match For Obama Campaign ApparatusReport: Obama to propose federal funding for armed guards in schoolsRep. Sensenbrenner calls on Obama to denounce 'Bullet to the Head of the NRA' video gameOregon, Texas officials warn White House against enforcing new gun regulations1/15/2013Obama to announce most expansive gun-control agenda in generationsObama to...
  • South African platinum workers strike over job cut plans

    01/16/2013 11:22:15 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies ^ | Wednesday 16 January 2013 13.14 EST | Alex Duval Smith in Cape Town
    The South African government and its trade union allies are attempting to head off a new crisis in the mining industry after platinum workers at three pits downed tools on Wednesday in protest at plans by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to cut 14,000 jobs. Mining minister Susan Shabangu said the world's biggest platinum producer failed to consult properly with the government before making the announcement to close four pits. The halt in production after the spontaneous downing of tools by key groups of Amplats miners drew fears of a new crisis in South African mines. Amid a breakdown in labour...
  • FrackNation: A Feature Documentary

    01/16/2013 11:19:11 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 3 replies
    FrackNation is the film that will tell the truth about fracking. There are two sides of every story and then there is the truth. FrackNation is the film that will tell the truth about fracking. People across the US told us that everything we had heard about fracking was wrong. They say that anti-fracking campaigns, one-sided media coverage and moratoriums and bans have damaged the lives of thousands of people who are now desperate to have their voices heard. Journalist Phelim McAleer faces threats, cops and bogus lawsuits questioning green extremists for the truth about fracking. McAleer uncovers fracking facts...
  • Obama Unveils Biggest Gun-Control Push in Decades

    01/16/2013 11:18:50 AM PST · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2013 | Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday as he tried to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in decades. Rolling out a wide-ranging plan for executive and legislative action to curb gun violence, Obama set up a fierce clash with the powerful U.S. gun lobby and its supporters in Congress, who will resist what they see as an encroachment on constitutionally protected gun rights. Obama presented his agenda at a White House event in front of an audience that included...
  • Hamas-CAIR Chicago goes legal, claims it owns "MY JIHAD" (lol)

    01/16/2013 11:13:54 AM PST · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | January 16, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    CAIR Chicago is trying to stop our counter campaign to theitr bizarre jihad propaganda. Silence freedom of speech. Sharia enforcement. I received a "cease and desist" letter from Hamas-CAIR's Ahmed Rehab (Mr. Jihad), claiming ownership of "my jihad." Tell that to the millions of Muslims waging jihad in the cause of Islam. Litigation jihad -- that's Ahmed's jihad, what's yours? The imperialistic and supremacist group is claiming ownership of holy war and what amounts to a hashtag (#myjihad). Is that a first? They love using American law to crush American freedoms. In this case of parody (as in most things),...
  • A strong euro is the last thing Europe needs if currency war dawns

    01/16/2013 11:04:46 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 hour 14 minutes ago | By Simone Foxman
    Yesterday Jean-Claude Juncker, who presides over meetings of European finance ministers, complained that the euro’s value has become “dangerously high.” The comments took many by surprise; it’s when the currency has been strongest that investors have shown the most faith in the euro’s continued survival. The euro hit $1.34 on Monday—its highest value since February 2011. But ironically, this renewed faith in the euro currency comes at the worst possible time for the euro-zone economy. Although policymakers finally appear to be making a concerted slog towards union, the years of political turmoil have severely stunted investment in the euro zone,...
  • Obama Wants to Pick a Fight, Not Cut the Deficit

    01/16/2013 11:02:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama thinks the debate over raising the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling isn't the place or the time to be discussing runaway spending. Essentially, that was his message Monday in a full-court press assault on Republicans in Congress for having the temerity to suggest that before we raise the debt ceiling by another $2 trillion, maybe we should begin discussing how to reduce spending, how to shrink our monstrous national debt and how the government must begin living within its means. But with the government debt soaring toward nearly $19 trillion -- and likely to skyrocket to $25...
  • Some urge boycott of Eastern Sports show

    01/16/2013 11:01:26 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 17 replies
    Intelligencer Journal ^ | January 16, 2013 | P.J. Reilly
    Reaction to Reed Exhibitions' announcement Tuesday to ban so-called assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines from the upcoming Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg has been swift. Trop Gun Shop in Elizabethtown announced Wednesday that it is pulling out of the show scheduled for Feb. 2-10 at the State Farm Show Complex.
  • China sovereign wealth fund may cut US debt holdings

    01/16/2013 10:57:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 4:42pm
    China’s sovereign wealth fund, which has more than US$480 billion in assets, could cut holdings of US Treasury Bonds as they are becoming a less attractive investment, state media said on Tuesday. The Shanghai Securities News quoted Lou Jiwei, chairman of sovereign wealth fund manager China Investment Corporation (CIC), as telling a conference in Hong Kong on Monday that the US economic recovery had made other investments appealing. China has the world’s largest foreign exchange reserves and according to US government figures is the largest foreign holder of US Treasuries with US$1.16 trillion at the end of October last year,...
  • Would you support new laws to crack down on gun violence in the United States? (FREEP THIS POLL!)

    01/16/2013 10:53:47 AM PST · by rarestia · 32 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Staff
    Would you support new laws to crack down on gun violence in the United States? Yes(31%) No(47%) Only on assault weapons(22%)
  • Darby Rides Again

    01/16/2013 10:52:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    They were not to be called Commandos. The Brits had dibs on that name. And they had earned it. Our special forces would train in Northern Ireland at the start of the Second World War, and while they might have British trainers and instructors, they'd have to be called something else. The brass would choose a name. They chose Rangers. This outfit would also need a commander. More than a commander -- a leader, one who understood that this special force would have to be, well, special. Its members would always take the offensive, springing on the enemy as if...