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  • Trump records YouTube endorsement of Netanyahu (Bibi seeking "birther" backing to annoy Obama?)

    01/18/2013 5:35:19 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 7 replies
    Townhall from AP ^ | January 18, 2013 | Unattributed
    Donald Trump says he recorded a YouTube endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu for re-election because the Israeli prime minister asked him to. Trump tells Shalom TV that Netanyahu called and asked if he would "do an ad or a statement" to support his campaign in next week's Israeli parliamentary election.
  • Congressman Says There's No Public Safety Case for Big Magazines

    01/18/2013 5:29:27 PM PST · by John Semmens · 31 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) made a strenuous argument for limiting the number of bullets a given gun ought to be able to fire before needing to be reloaded. “I find the argument that a person might need more than two or three shots to defend himself from an assailant unconvincing,” Nadler said. “I mean, if you're that bad of a shot giving you more bullets seems like it would be a greater threat to public safety than if the attacker murders you.” Nadler maintained that “a dispassionate look at the numbers is what I'm arguing for. A victim wildly spraying...
  • Wayne LaPierre on Hannity Special: Inside The Gun Debate (Show time: 9 - 10 PM ET)

    01/18/2013 5:26:20 PM PST · by 2111USMC · 29 replies
    NRA Media (Email) | 01-18-2013 | Wayne LaPierre
    It's time to STAND AND FIGHT for freedom! That's why I'm going on Sean Hannity's show tonight for one full hour. If you want to hear the facts about gun control's failures, and hear the truth about how NRA is fighting to make our families, homes, schools and communities safer, then I urge you to watch. If you can't watch tonight, record it so you can watch it this weekend. And if you want to help NRA win the battle to protect the Second Amendment, please tell family, friends and fellow gun owners to watch as well. The nightmare battle...
  • IRS loses lawsuit in fight against tax preparers

    01/18/2013 5:19:41 PM PST · by Kolath · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 1/18/2012 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday barred the IRS from imposing a series of new regulations, including a competency exam, on hundreds of thousands of tax preparers. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington ruled against the IRS in favor of three tax preparers who filed suit last year with the help of a libertarian legal group, the Arlington, Va.-based Institute for Justice. Since 2011, in response to what it says has been a growing problem of poorly done returns, the IRS has sought to impose a series of new regulations on tax preparers. That included...
  • Chris Matthews Accuses George W. Bush of 'Speaking English as a Second Language'

    01/18/2013 5:13:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 17, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    It's been almost exactly four years since George W. Bush left the White House, yet liberal media members still can't resist taking a poke at him when the opportunity presents itself. On Thursday's Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews accused the former President of "speaking English as a second language" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): http://www.mrctv.org/videos/chris-matthews-accuses-george-w-bush-speaking-english-second-language> Coming back from a commercial break, Matthews introduced Bush's first inaugural address with a brief discussion of the Florida recount debacle. After a short clip of Bush's speech, Matthews swiped, "You know, he seemed to be speaking English as a second language there, didn't...
  • Grizzly Bear Cub Escapes in Florida Neighborhood (Pet Named Boo Boo)

    01/18/2013 5:10:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | Jan 16, 2013 | Alyssa newcomb
    A pet grizzly cub is on the lam after escaping from its Naples, Fla., home. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is leading the search for the 125-pound cub, which disappeared from its habitat Tuesday afternoon. Dexter Osborn, the owner of the cub, has two other bears and tours the country with an educational show, “A Grizzly Experience,” visiting festivals, fairs and sport shows, according to his website.
  • Whoops: PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' Turns Out to Be True

    01/18/2013 5:03:13 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 18, 2013 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    here's PolitiFact's original "fact check" on the matter: [Mitt Romney] Says Barack Obama "sold Chrysler to Italians who are going to build Jeeps in China" at the cost of American jobs. (link at article) Ok. Now here's what the Reuters reported earlier this week: Fiat (FIA.MI) and its U.S. unit Chrysler expect to roll out at least 100,000 Jeeps in China when production starts in 2014 as they seek to catch up with rivals in the world's biggest car market. ... "We expect production of around 100,000 Jeeps per year which is expandable to 200,000," [Chrysler CEO Sergio] Marchionne, who...
  • Poll Shows NRA More Popular Than President Obama; As Usual, Media Ignore

    01/18/2013 5:01:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 18, 2013 | Randy Hall
    Despite constant hammering by the national news media, the National Rifle Association has a favorability rating of 54 percent in the latest Gallup survey, slightly higher than President Obama's rating of 53 percent. While those figures are within the poll's margin of error, they show that the NRA's popularity is in the same range as that of the Democratic president who issued 23 executive orders to accomplish goals the gun-rights group has promised to combat in “the fight of the century.” According to an article by Frank Newport, the Gallup poll -- which was conducted Dec. 19-22 -- showed that...
  • Fox News poll: Twice as many favor more guns over banning guns to reduce crime

    01/18/2013 4:56:07 PM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/18/2013 | By Dana Blanton
    Nearly twice as many voters say there would be less violent crime if more law-abiding Americans owned guns, than if guns were banned. In addition, while American voters generally favor strengthening gun laws, 71 percent do not think tougher laws can stop shootings like the one last month in Newtown, Connecticut. Some 22 percent say new laws can prevent the next Sandy Hook. These are just some of the findings from a Fox News poll released Friday.
  • The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment

    01/18/2013 4:55:38 PM PST · by NamVet71MP · 8 replies
    JPFO ^ | unknown | Richard W. Stevens
    FIRST: The Second Amendment protects an individual right that existed before the creation of any government. The Declaration of Independence made clear that all human beings are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that governments are created to protect those rights.
  • What If Conservative Kids Wrote Letters To Obama?

    01/18/2013 4:52:16 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-18-13 | The Looking Spoon
    This was inspired by #ConservativeKidLetters at Twitter, which was inspired by the obnoxious Kabuki theater that has been the letters from kids urging Obama to press for gun control.There's a reason children aren't allowed to make such decisions, but there's also a reason liberals think their opinions are valid.         
  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds Wisconsin Union Law

    01/18/2013 4:48:54 PM PST · by Kolath · 5 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/18/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has upheld the Wisconsin union law that was the subject of massive protests in 2011, including a takeover of the State Capitol and widespread threats and acts of intimidation. The decision was unanimous in most respects. The full decision is embedded at the bottom of this post.
  • Eric Holder: We Will Go After Gun Traffickers

    01/18/2013 4:46:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/13 | dentonexabledentonexable
    Holder goes for the guns
  • Obama Closing Air Defense System on U.S./Mexico Border: Texas & America Vulnerable to Attack

    01/18/2013 4:42:33 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 32 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | January 18, 2013 | David Bellow
    URGENT: Call your Congressman and Senators immediately and demand that the recent budget cuts do not affect the security of America’s borders. The Federal Government wastes billions of dollars on things they should not even be involved in, but securing our country’s borders is one of the jobs that the federal government is actually supposed to do! Obama has always pushed massive cuts in the military as part of any budget cuts he will accept as part of any fiscal deals. Obama seems to be getting what he wants and it will leave AMERICA’s borders vulnerable to attacks and other...
  • The Ticking Trillion Dollar Debt Bomb

    01/18/2013 4:42:25 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | Graham Summers
    The Ticking Trillion Dollar Debt Bomb Politics / US DebtJan 18, 2013 - 08:41 AM By: Graham Summers Since the EU Crisis went into overdrive in 2010, EU politicians have largely resorted to political posturing rather than implementing any actual financial solutions to the EU’s debt and banking crisis. To clarify that statement, we view a “real solution” as one that A) cleared bad debts from the system, B) brought debt levels down to manageable levels, and C) got the troubled country’s economy back on track. By way of example, real solutions would involve outright debt defaults, bank failures, and...
  • Say What? 64 Percent Of Republicans Admit To Being Birthers

    01/18/2013 4:42:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    News One for Black America ^ | January 18, 2013 | Michael Arceneaux
    This just in: The majority of Republicans still don’t believe that President Barack Obama is from ’round these parts. a new nationwide survey of registered voters that examines Americans’ belief in political conspiracy theories, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind project found that 64 percent of Republicans think it’s “probably true” that President Obama is hiding important information about his background and early life. Yes, even though the President has a memoir he released long before he became a national political figure and released his birth certificate and had his kinfolk attest to his story — ditto for the teachers, neighbors, and...
  • Dreamliner crisis: Boeing halts 787 jet deliveries

    01/18/2013 4:33:31 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 January 2013
    US safety officials earlier joined an investigation into the Dreamliner Boeing has suspended deliveries of its new 787 Dreamliner aircraft until a battery problem is resolved. An email from the US aerospace giant said it would continue to build the plane, but not deliver any until US safety officials gave their backing. The Federal Aviation Administration has joined the Dreamliner investigation. All 50 of Boeing's 787s have been suspended from flying since an All Nippon Airways flight on Wednesday made an emergency landing due to a fault. "We will not deliver 787s until the FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] approves a...
  • Diane Feinstein on Gun Control "Turn 'Em All In!"

    01/18/2013 4:29:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/13 | David SchweikertDavid Schweikert
    DiFi finally bares her soul for all to see
  • We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air!! [FReepathon thread VII]

    01/18/2013 4:29:08 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 335 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your continuing 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...
  • U.S. Oil-Production Rise Is Fastest Ever

    01/18/2013 4:28:46 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 18 January 2013 | TOM FOWLER
    U.S. oil production grew more in 2012 than in any year in the history of the domestic industry, which began in 1859, and is set to surge even more in 2013. Daily crude output averaged 6.4 million barrels a day last year, up a record 779,000 barrels a day from 2011 and hitting a 15-year high, according to the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group. It is the biggest annual jump in production since Edwin Drake drilled the first commercial oil well in Titusville, Pa., two years before the Civil War began. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts 2013 will...
  • Breaking: Journal News Taking Down Gun Map

    01/18/2013 4:27:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 76 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 18 January 2013 | Jacob Gershman
    A New York suburban newspaper that came under criticism for publishing the names and addresses of pistol-permit holders has decided to remove the map from its web site, according to a spokesman for the publication. Just before Christmas, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre, the Journal News published a map of the names and addresses of tens of thousands of pistol-permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties outside of New York City. The newspaper immediately faced a barrage of criticism from gun-owner advocates and some local public-safety officials. Conservative bloggers retaliated against the paper, posting the names and...
  • Malik Obama Runs for Governor in Kenya, Boasts of Direct Line to White House

    01/18/2013 4:25:46 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 3 replies
    <p>President Barack Obama’s half brother has hit the campaign trail in his native Kenya in a bid to get a county gubernatorial seat in the upcoming March 4 elections.</p> <p>Malik Obama, 54, who shares a father with the US president, told AFP that the achievements of his more famous brother have “inspired and challenged” him to get into politics.</p>
  • New York newspaper removes gun permit database from website after outcry

    01/18/2013 4:25:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/18/13 | ap
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A suburban New York City newspaper has removed the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits from its website. ~~SNIP~~ The president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group announced the move Friday. Janet Hasson said the new law does not require removing the data, but "doing so complies with its spirit."
  • The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime

    01/18/2013 4:21:07 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-17-13 | John Lott
    Warning about "weapons designed for the theater of war," President Obama on Wednesday called for immediate action on a new Federal Assault Weapons Ban. He said that "more of our fellow Americans might still be alive" if the original assault weapons ban, passed in 1994, had not expired in 2004. Last month, in the wake of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) promised to introduce an updated version of the ban. She too warned of the threat posed by "military weapons." After the nightmare of Newtown, their concern is understandable. Yet...
  • DeParle: More executive actions this term

    01/18/2013 4:19:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    politico ^ | 1/18/13 | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Departing White House deputy chief of staff Nancy-Ann DeParle said in an interview out Thursday that President Barack Obama will be “flexing his authority” more in his second term. “I think you’ll see more of his flexing his authority to use executive action, to take executive action in areas so he can do everything he can,” she told Reuters.
  • The Mission For Today***War Birds Photos-

    01/18/2013 4:16:30 PM PST · by virgil283 · 25 replies
    P-47 pilot Ed Fisher, 1944: 7 enemy planes,3 V-1s,25 enemy trucks,5 locomotives,40 bombing missions,25 dive bombing missions,15 clean sweeps. -Helldiver, B25 plant, Hangar deck 1945, Guam 1945, Bell YFM-1 Airacuda, Piper L-4 and B-24, Dauntless, PBY....
  • Black student who helped integrate University of Alabama dies

    01/18/2013 4:14:18 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Yahoo, Reuters ^ | 1/18/2013 | Verna Gates
    One of the first black students to enroll at the University of Alabama 50 years ago, defying then-Governor George Wallace's pledge to block integration of the state's public schools, died on Thursday of natural causes, a funeral home said. James Hood, 70, died in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, according to his obituary notice published on Friday. Hood and Vivian Malone were the first African-American students to register to attend the all-white state university, and did so over the objections of a governor known for his resistance to the U.S. civil rights movement. Fifty years ago this week, on January...
  • Presidents Bush to Skip Obama Inaugural

    01/18/2013 4:13:23 PM PST · by traumer · 49 replies
    Former President George W. Bush does not plan to attend President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday, joining his father, former President George H.W. Bush, among the living former presidents who are sending regrets, according to several officials with knowledge of inaugural planning. The decisions mean Obama’s second oath of office will occur with only Democratic former presidents sharing the stage. Both former President Bill Clinton and former President Jimmy Carter plan on attending. The younger President Bush is citing his father’s health in declining the invitation to attend, according to the officials. The older Bush, who is 88, was just...
  • Texas Official Invites NY Gun Owners to Lone Star State

    01/18/2013 4:10:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 18, 2013 | William Bigelow
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is rolling out the welcome mat for New Yorkers who would like to keep their guns—and their money. Abbott used his campaign money to produce and place ads on media websites in New York City and Albany encouraging residents to move to Texas. Why? To avoid the severe gun restrictions put into place by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as the high income taxes of the Empire State. One ad reads: "WANTED: Law abiding New York gun owners seeking lower taxes and greater opportunities." If the viewer clicks on the ad, the link...
  • It Can't Be Good When...

    01/18/2013 4:02:12 PM PST · by grobdriver · 16 replies
    Myself | 1/18/2013 | Myself
    It can't be good when you see an indoor shooting range surrounded by cop cars all lit up, and yellow tape.
  • Democrat Ed Rendell: Good Thing About Newtown is That it Was So Horrific

    01/18/2013 3:59:20 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 12 replies
    Newsbusters.org via Townhall ^ | 1/11/2013 | Matthew Balan/Katie Pavlich
    If you needed any more evidence to prove the Left is using the Newtown shooting not to find solutions that will lead to safer schools but instead to push for a long-desired gun control agenda, this is it. Former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell said on MSNBC Friday, "The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side. "
  • Chicago Alderman: Put GPS Tracking Devices On All Guns

    01/18/2013 3:56:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Breitbart TV / CBS ^ | January 18, 2013
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A South Side alderman is asking for City Council hearings on an unorthodox gun control measure that would allow for GPS tracking of firearms. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Ald. Willie Cochran (20th), a former police officer, has suggested that global positioning system chips be embedded in new guns, and retrofitted on existing firearms, so they could be located if they go missing. “Just like if your car gets stolen, OnStar can tell you where your car is. If your gun gets stolen, and you report it, we should be able to find that gun,”...
  • I Went After Guns. Obama Can, Too. (Australia Prime Minister glad his country has no Bill of Rights

    01/18/2013 3:55:52 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | John Howard
    Australia, correctly in my view, does not have a Bill of Rights, so our legislatures have more say than America’s over many issues of individual rights, and our courts have less control. Also, we have no constitutional right to bear arms.
  • Why the West Can't Do Business With Iran (Important read)

    01/18/2013 3:53:50 PM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    Standpoint Mag. ^ | January/February 2013 | AMIR TAHERI
    -excerpt- As far as the Islamic Republic is concerned, anti-Americanism may be even more important than professing Islam. This is why Tehran has forged close ties with the handful of regimes across the globe that, each for a reason of its own, shares that visceral hatred of the US. -exceprt- In the dispute over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Iran supported Christian Armenia against Shia Muslim Azerbaijan. The reason was Armenia's close ties with Russia, while Azerbaijan had become an ally of the US and established full diplomatic ties with Israel. What mattered for the Khomeinist regime was not Islam but...
  • The Concept of Standing Used by Attorneys and Judges is a Canard

    A History of “Standing” Multiple nationwide lawsuits against Obama citing his ineligibility were dismissed because of lack of standing. None were dismissed by judges who heard, understood or read the charges and evidence against Obama. With the thump of their gavels, they refused to uphold their oaths of office and dismissed citizen’s lawsuits questioning Obama’s right to be president under our U.S. Constitution because of their lack of standing. It appears from the judges and attorneys who used standing as a reason to deny or dismiss lawsuits, that absolutely no one has legal standing or the right to question Obama’s...
  • Mom flunked 3 drug tests, records show

    01/18/2013 3:41:35 PM PST · by GSWarrior · 14 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 1/17/13 | Paul Shockley
    In alleged violations of the terms of her probation, Heather Jensen failed three court-ordered drug tests in the months before the Nov. 27 incident on Grand Mesa that led to the deaths of her young sons, according to records obtained by The Daily Sentinel. Steps to revoke Jensen’s deferred judgment—potentially jailing her for an unknown period of time—started in December and resulted in a court filing earlier this month. “Ms. Jensen has produced urinalysis tests which tested positive for THC on the following dates: March 21, 2012, October 8, 2012, and October 26, 2012,” reads a summons and complaint filed...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #28 January 18, 2013

    01/18/2013 3:39:04 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 10 replies
    Free Republic | 01-18-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I will be brewing an Oatmeal Stout next week after I get back from a trip to Mississippi. I have some dark roasted oak cubes that have been soaking in some Maker’s Mark Whiskey for the last two weeks that I will add to the secondary. Hope this turns out good! I hope all of you and your Brews and Wines are doing well. Stop by and share what you are brewing or let...
  • Bullied teen and cheerleader to return to the school where classmates formed KKK 'Kill Katie Klub'

    01/18/2013 3:38:38 PM PST · by rawhide · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1-18-12
    Bullied former cheerleader Katie Uffens will next week return to the school where classmates tormented the 16-year-old and formed a 'Kill Kate Klub', named KKK. The teenager dropped out of Westview High School in San Diego, California, last September, after the bullies threatened to kill her, harassed her family and taunted her online. One of her classmates who was arrested for allegedly creating the KKK group, Nick Aguiree, was never charged. Miss Uffens then accused the school's principal for covering it up and created an anti-bullying website 'You Matter', to help teens who have faced similar ordeals, while she was...
  • Latina Immigrants: The New Ambassadors of Islam

    01/18/2013 3:37:16 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    New America Media, ^ | : Jan 18, 2013 | Wendy Diaz
    Image: Nahela Morales touring Mexico City with a group of Muslim women from the congregation of Al Hikmah Center mosque in Mexico City. SOMERSET, N.J. -- Tucked away in a quiet rural neighborhood in Somerset, New Jersey is an old brownstone that houses the New Jersey Chapter of the Islamic Center of North America’s (ICNA) WhyIslam Project. Within its confines, in a second floor office decorated with rose-colored walls, sits the administrative assistant and only female employee of the department, Nahela Morales. 
 In a long black garment and gray headscarf, Morales sits in front of a computer entering notes...
  • President Obama's gun control proposal (poll to freep!)

    01/18/2013 3:37:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    Do you agree with Obama’s gun control proposal, which includes closing the background check loophole at gun shows, banning military-style assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazine to 10 rounds? It doesn’t go far enough 20% I agree with his approach I hope it passes 52% We need to do something but this goes too far 8% We don’t need any more gun laws 20% Votes Cast: 605
  • Whoops: PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' Turns Out to Be True

    01/18/2013 3:36:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    TWS ^ | January 18, 2013 | Mark Hemingway
    Last month, PolitiFact selected its "Lie of the Year." Given PolitiFact's dubious record of singling out Republicans for lying far more often then Democrats, you probably could have guessed the winner of this particular sweepstakes was a Mitt Romney campaign ad: It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign -- that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep's...
  • NASA Beams Mona Lisa to Moon with Laser

    01/18/2013 3:28:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    space.com ^ | 17 January 2013 Time: 06:12 PM ET | Miriam Kramer, SPACE.com Staff Writer
    Call it the ultimate in high art: Using a well-timed laser, NASA scientists have beamed a picture of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, the Mona Lisa, to a powerful spacecraft orbiting the moon, marking a first in laser communication. The laser signal, fired from an installation in Maryland, beamed the Mona Lisa to the moon to be received 240,000 miles (384,400 km) away by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the moon since 2009. The Mona Lisa transmission, NASA scientists said, is a major advance in laser communication for interplanetary
  • Mom Swings Samurai Sword at Daughter During Fight (Must see perp booking photo)

    01/18/2013 3:24:54 PM PST · by TSgt · 66 replies
    WKRC ^ | 1/18/2013 | WKRC
    DAYTON -- A mother was arrested after an argument with her daughter led to threatening her with a samurai sword. Dayton police said they were originally called about a mother and daughter argument about midnight Thursday. Marie Tingle, 39, told police during that visit that her daughter was talking back to her, running around with boys and being disrespectful and she asked the officers to take the 16-year-old girl to the Juvenile Detention Center. Officers said they couldn't arrest someone for being disrespectful but they did offer Tingle some ideas on discipline and suggested counseling. About 30 minutes later, the...
  • Fresno: Sheriff Margaret Mims addresses gun control

    01/18/2013 3:23:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 57 replies
    abclocal.go.com KFSN-TV ABC 30 ^ | Jan 17, 2013 | By Stephanie Stone
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno County's top law enforcer says she's standing with sheriff's across the country- many of whom are coming forward, saying they won't enforce federal gun laws. This comes on the heels of President Obama's new gun violence prevention proposal. 23 executive orders are aimed at gun control. Sheriff Margaret Mims says there's been a steady increase in concealed carry licenses, ever since the President's re-election in November. In order to handle the demand, the Fresno County Sheriff's Office will now feature online applications on it's website. However, local gun dealers can't keep up with the demand....
  • [WATCH] Actor Danny Glover tells students 2nd Amendment was created to protect slavery

    01/18/2013 3:23:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | January 18, 2013 | Timothy Dionisopoulos
    The Constitution's Second Amendment was created to bolster slavery and capture land from Native Americans, award winning actor Danny Glover told a group of students at a Texas A&M sponsored event on Thursday. “I don’t know if you know the genesis of the right to bear arms,” he said. “The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans.” “A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that’s what the genesis of the second amendment is,” he continued. Glover, best...
  • Pregnant woman, hogtied by traffic cops, for talking on her cell phone wins $250,000 payout

    01/18/2013 3:14:58 PM PST · by rawhide · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-18-13 | By Joshua Gardner
    The pregnant Los Angeles woman who was brutally hogtied by California Highway Patrolmen in August 2011 after being pulled over for chatting on her cell phone while driving has finally received retribution in the form of a $250,000 settlement. According to the LA Times, Tamara Gaglione, 30, was hauled away and charged with misdemeanor evading and resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. Those charges were dropped, however, once Gaglione's terrible treatment was revealed in footage from the cruiser's video camera. It is unclear in the grainy video exactly how aggressive, if at all, Gaglione was toward the cops....
  • William Ayers a keynote speaker next month at the Association of Teacher Educators conference

    01/18/2013 3:13:57 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 17, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    The Association of Teacher Educators has recruited Chicago professor – and former domestic terrorist – William Ayers to speak at their the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia which will be held next month. William Ayers, a co-founder of the radical Weather Underground domestic terror group, was a key figure during the 2008 presidential campaign due to his Chicago ties to then-Senator Obama. ... no specific mention of Ayers’ controversial background, describing him as the “formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago.” The online biography also lists several of Ayers’ books,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Stickney Crater

    01/18/2013 3:13:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    NASA ^ | January 18, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Stickney Crater, the largest crater on the martian moon Phobos, is named for Chloe Angeline Stickney Hall, mathematician and wife of astronomer Asaph Hall. Asaph Hall discovered both the Red Planet's moons in 1877. Over 9 kilometers across, Stickney is nearly half the diameter of Phobos itself, so large that the impact that blasted out the crater likely came close to shattering the tiny moon. This stunning, enhanced-color image of Stickney and surroundings was recorded by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as it passed within some six thousand kilometers of Phobos in March of 2008. Even...
  • Compendium of State Pro-Gun Activity

    01/18/2013 3:07:55 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 23 replies
    2013-01-18
    This is intended as an ongoing collection of links to State or Local acts of resistance to Federal Gun Bans. It is intended to include statements from Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Attorneys General, Governors, etc. as well as proposed legislation.http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2979603/postsSheriff's Corner: Gun Control (Kimball County, Nebraska)Oklahoma Threatens Five Years Imprisonment for Federal Gun GrabbersChris Christie Slams ‘Reprehensible’ NRA For ‘Dragging People’s Children’ Into Gun Cont. Debate(Vid) (NOTE: Anti-gun garbage from Chris Christie.)Oklahoma anti-gun control law to jail federal gun controllers for 5 yearsVA liberal Dem delegate Joe Morrisey waves an AK 47 on the VA House floor (Antigun democRat jackass in...
  • Former Gov. Mark Sanford Plots Comeback

    01/18/2013 3:04:20 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 18 replies
    <p>Charleston, S.C. -- Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose political career was derailed four years ago because of his affair with an Argentine woman, is attempting an improbable comeback.</p> <p>Once mentioned as a potential 2012 GOP presidential contender, the 52-year-old Republican said Wednesday he will run for his old congressional seat in his home district along the South Carolina coast. Sanford, a penny-pinching conservative long before the Tea Party movement, said he is done apologizing for the affair and wants to restore "fiscal sanity" to Washington. He believes voters are ready to give him another shot in office.</p>