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  • Anne Frank's Stepsister Keeps Holocaust Story Alive

    01/16/2013 7:12:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 | Joe Rosato Jr.
    Eva Schloss calmly thrust out her forearm as if a routine gesture, revealing a row of tattooed numbers. The 83-year-old Holocaust survivor fields plenty of requests to see them, as she travels the world telling of her time in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. “They ask me questions and ‘Can I give you a hug?” Schloss said this week, sitting in the lobby of a San Francisco hotel, where the London resident is on a California speaking tour. “’I’ve never met a Jew, I’ve never met a Holocaust survivor.’ It’s quite amazing.” If Schloss’ story was simply...
  • Immigration activist who’s a leader in Dream Act movement joins Arizona congresswoman’s staff

    01/16/2013 7:11:25 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | , January 16, 2013 | Associated Press
    Immigration activist who’s a leader in Dream Act movement joins Arizona congresswoman’s staff PHOENIX — An immigration activist who’s one of the leaders of the Dream Act movement is joining the staff of U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema as a district outreach director.
  • Mavericks Surf Contest Called for Sunday

    01/16/2013 7:10:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 | Lori Preuitt
    Surf's up as the Mavericks big wave surfing contest is called for this weekendThe Mavericks Invitational will be held Sunday, according to texts that have been received by contestants and other leaders of the surfing contest. Contest founder Jeff Clark confirmed the news just before 2 p.m. “The waves are going to be insane, the weather is going to be beautiful, and the level of surfing will break new ground,” Clark said. Mavericks will begin at 8 a.m. to coincide with a forecast of large west-northwest swell. The news means 24 of the world's best surfers will be making their...
  • U.S. Military Stops Sending Detainees to Some Afghan Prisons on Rights Fears

    01/16/2013 7:05:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | By ROD NORDLAND and THOM SHANKER
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The American military has suspended the transfer of detainees to some Afghan prisons out of concern over continuing human rights abuses and torture, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Wednesday in response to questions about the subject. In addition, the American-led coalition said that it had asked the Afghan government to investigate allegations of torture by Afghan Local Police units that have been trained and advised by American Special Operations forces. The moves were a setback on detention issues that have created tension between the countries, and on years of international efforts to promote humane treatment...
  • The Magical Illinois Checkbook

    01/16/2013 6:59:30 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    The Comptroller's job is to pay the bills. And, all people deserve to see the electronic record- the State's checkbook- of exactly where those dollars are spent. Responding to our lawsuit, Illinois Comptroller Spokesman Brad Hahn said, "... there is no 'magical' state checkbook to flip through." The Comptroller's office can practice semantics all they want. However, the facts are: there are accounts; there are checks written out of the those accounts; and, there are records of those transactions. The public has a right to see each of those transactions. It's that simple... After nine months of stonewalling by the...
  • Sixty Percent of Young Americans Plan to Purchase Firearms, Study Reveals

    01/16/2013 6:58:15 PM PST · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Campus Reform.org ^ | Januar 16, 2013 | Scott Greer
    Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday. According to a brand new study, sixty percent of young Americans plan on purchasing firearms in the future. According to the study, about 40 percent of the American students surveyed said they definitely planned to own firearms once they had established their own households. Another 20 percent said they were “contemplating” owning guns. Those findings were part of a broader study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola...
  • The Letter Blew Away

    01/16/2013 6:51:48 PM PST · by palmer · 63 replies
    vanity ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | palmer
    "I was going to write my Congressman but there was a sudden gust of wind and the letter blew away." Make sense? How about: this: "I lost my firearms in a (insert overused unfunny cliche) accident so I no longer exercise my Second Amendment rights." In other words, I'll just pretend to not be armed until some ill-defined time in the future, and then I'll get out my firearms, and do some practice since I won't have had any for years and then... ?? Maybe at that point I'll find my pen and some more paper and ???
  • The Wages of Unemployment

    01/16/2013 6:47:05 PM PST · by OddLane · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2013 | Richard Vedder
    From the mid-17th century to the late 20th century, the American economy grew roughly 3.5% a year. That growth rate has since declined significantly. When the final figures are in for 2012, the annual rate of real output growth for the first dozen years of this century is likely to be about 1.81%. What accounts for the slowdown? An important part of the answer is simple: Americans aren't working as much today. And this trend reflects more than the recession and sluggish economy of the past few years. The national income accounts suggest that about 70% of U.S. output is...
  • Homicide rates have dropped steadily in U.S.

    01/16/2013 6:41:49 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 19 December 2012 | Neely Tucker
    The national homicide rate for 2011 was 4.8 per 100,000 citizens — less than half of what it was in the early years of the Great Depression, when it peaked before falling precipitously before World War II. The peak in modern times of 10.2 was in 1980, as recorded by national criminal statistics. “We’re at as low a place as we’ve been in the past 100 years,” says Randolph Roth, professor of history at Ohio State University and author of this year’s “American Homicide,” a landmark study of the history of killing in the United States. “The rate oscillates between...
  • The U.S. Firearms Industry: Inside the Numbers

    01/16/2013 6:41:11 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies
    Here’s a look at the numbers: The U.S. firearms industry's economic impact is $32 billion. To put that in perspective, that’s about the same size as the U.S. organic industry and more than the budget of Nigeria. It’s grown from a $19 billion business in 2008 and appears to be accelerating at a quick clip. Background checks for gun buyers increased nearly 60% from December 2011 to December 2012. The FBI has already recorded 16.5 million background checks from Jan. 1, 2012 to November 2012 – the most on record. There are 51,000 gun shops in America, according to the...
  • L.A. Mayor: Keep “Non-Serious Criminal” Aliens in U.S.—It Will Make Us Safer

    01/16/2013 6:37:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 15, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, said the federal government should stop deporting “non-serious criminal” aliens as a means of making the nation safer. “It is time to put an end to the practice of deporting non-serious criminals,” said Villaraigosa. “Our neighborhoods will be safer and our families will be more secure.” …
  • Alabama Supreme Court: “Unborn Children Are Persons With Rights”

    01/16/2013 6:32:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 16, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in a case on Friday that “unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law.” The case involved two women who had been charged under a “chemical endangerment” law because they had ingested illegal drugs—one, cocaine, and the second, methamphetamine—while pregnant. … In its concluding remarks, the Alabama Supreme Court said: “The decision of this Court today is in keeping with the widespread legal recognition that unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law. Today, the only major area in which unborn children are denied legal protection is...
  • A Letter to the President...from the most defenseless child.

    01/16/2013 6:26:25 PM PST · by ealgeone · 27 replies
    Vanity | 01-16-12 | Self
    Dear Mr. President: I'm writing this letter to you from Heaven. You see, my mom had an abortion when I was eight months old and in her womb. I really thought I was safe there. It was warm and I could hear my mom's voice. I was so looking forward to seeing her face. I don't know what I did to make her want to have an abortion. I'm sorry if I made her mad. Would you do something to help other children like me be safe while I'm in mommy's tummy? I don't even know my name.
  • An Oil Town Where Men Are Many, and Women Are Hounded

    01/16/2013 6:24:45 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2013 | JOHN ELIGON
    On a dance floor in Williston, N.D., where single men say there are not enough single women. WILLISTON, N.D. — Christina Knapp and a friend were drinking shots at a bar in a nearby town several weeks ago when a table of about five men called them over and made an offer. They would pay the women $3,000 to strip naked and serve them beer at their house while they watched mixed martial arts fights on television. Ms. Knapp, 22, declined, but the men kept raising the offer, reaching $7,000. “I said I make more money doing my job than...
  • 50 charged in central Florida child predator sting

    01/16/2013 6:15:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    WFTV ^ | 1.16.2013 | WFTV
    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Fifty people, including two teachers, were arrested in connection with a multi-county child predator operation in central Florida. The investigation began on the Internet with postings on message boards and in chat sites. Investigators said the men exchanged photos and even had lengthy conversations with what they thought were children, and in some cases, the parents of those children. Investigators said each suspect then traveled to Seminole County, thinking they were going to be having sex with children. A young woman met every suspect at the door of the meet-up home, and hidden deputies arrested them...
  • Marco Rubio:The President Doesn't Have the Guts To Admit He Doesn't Believe in 2nd Amendment

    01/16/2013 6:09:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/16/13 | Jim Hoft
    Marco Rubio had this to say on Barack Obama's 23 gun control actions. "I actually believe the president doesn't have the guts to admit he doesn't believe in the Second Amendment."
  • My wife retired her 9mm today.

    01/16/2013 6:06:55 PM PST · by Farmer Dean · 110 replies
    After reading the story of the mother who shot the home invader 5 times,she went to the store and bought a Beretta PX-4 in .45acp.Anybody have any experience with this weapon?
  • Hitler Honored in Upscale Istanbul Mall

    01/16/2013 6:06:29 PM PST · by Zionista Feminista · 14 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 15, 2013 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    People who have been paying attention know that relations between Israel and Turkey have been eroding, but not many realize that Turkey is now not only openly hostile to the Jewish State, but also to the Jewish people. On Friday, January 11, a Turkish citizen took a picture to show exactly how belligerent Turkey has become. The picture is of a huge poster with the words, “Who Would You Like to Meet if You Could?” and the last name, and only photograph, is of Adolf Hitler. The other choices include Suleiman I, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Napolean Bonaparte, the Beatles, Elvis...
  • The Ugly Side of the Southern Belle

    01/16/2013 6:05:31 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 82 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 15, 2013 | Blain Roberts
    From 1921, when the contest began in Atlantic City, through World War II, only one woman representing a former Confederate state won the competition. Then, beginning in 1947, when a woman from Memphis earned the top honor, the fortunes of Southern contestants rose precipitously. From 1950 to 1963, seven southerners were crowned (each served the following year), including back-to-back wins by Mississippians in 1958 and 1959 — though southerners made up only one-fifth of the possible winners. These were, of course, the years when black Southerners opened a full-scale campaign against Jim Crow, prompting a bitter backlash by white Southerners....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 17 January 2013

    01/16/2013 6:03:06 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 99 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ MARINE FOR A DAY Jorge Solis, 5, shows Marine Corps Sgt. Benjamin Maple the challenge coins he received during his tour of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 10, 2012. Solis, who has retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer, wished to be a Marine for a day. Maple is kennel master at the K-9 kennels on the Marine base. U. S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jovane Henry Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring...