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  • CIA drone strikes will get pass in counterterrorism ‘playbook,’ officials say

    01/19/2013 10:11:44 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2013 | Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Karen DeYoung
    The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for the CIA’s campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan, U.S. officials said. The carve-out would allow the CIA to continue pounding al-Qaeda and Taliban targets for a year or more before the agency is forced to comply with more stringent rules spelled out in a classified document that officials have described as a counterterrorism “playbook.” The adoption of a formal guide to targeted killing marks a significant — and to some uncomfortable —...
  • The Bankruptcy of The United States

    01/19/2013 9:53:26 PM PST · by Tigen · 2 replies
    The Bankruptcy of The United States United States Congressional Record, March 17, 1993 Vol. 33, page H-1303 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Speaker-Rep. James Traficant, Jr. (Ohio) addressing the House: "Mr. Speaker, we are here now in chapter 11.. Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest reorganization of any Bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. Government. We are setting forth hopefully, a blueprint for our future. There are some who say it is a coroner’s report that will lead to our demise. It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking...
  • Please Take Away My Right to a Gun

    01/19/2013 9:50:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 18, 2013 | Wendy Button
    A FEW years ago, I awoke at 2:30 a.m. to more than a “rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” It was a full-force pounding of a body trying to break into my little house in Washington, D.C. It was the sound and scenario that, as a single woman living alone, I feared more than spiders in the house. Because I was writing political speeches at the time, my BlackBerry slept on the pillow beside me. I grabbed it and looked out my bedroom window at the stoop below. There he was: tall, dark clothes, big. He backed up and then...
  • 2 Dead, 7 Wounded (Chicago) vs. 5 HURT AT GUN SHOWS IN OHIO, IND., NC

    01/19/2013 9:29:09 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 67 replies
    2 sources ^ | January 19, 2013 | Me
    2 Dead, 7 Wounded In Shootings Since Friday http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/01/19/2-dead-6-wounded-in-shootings-since-friday/ And this. 5 HURT IN SHOOTINGS AT GUN SHOWS IN OHIO, IND., NC http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GUN_SHOW_SHOOTINGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-19-22-34-55
  • Ben Affleck Quits Politics, Fears Poker, Stripper Orgy, and Rehab History Would Hurt Career

    01/19/2013 9:27:14 PM PST · by doug from upland · 27 replies
    celebrity dirty laundry ^ | January 12, 2013 | Sphinx Cat
    Ben Affleck has been off the radar for a while, coming out of his married-with-kidslife only for bigger films (and maybe to cheat!). We all thought he was taking time off to prepare for his political career, but he’s reportedly nixed it amidst fear of all his scandals which would be stirred up in the campaign process! The father of three has a dark past, which he isn’t eager to put back on the radar! An insider reported his decision to National Enquirer, print edition January 21, 2013. “The real reason he’s decided not to run for US Senate” is...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Antikythera Mechanism

    01/19/2013 9:15:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    NASA ^ | January 20, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What is it? It was found at the bottom of the sea aboard an ancient Greek ship. Its seeming complexity has prompted decades of study, although some of its functions remained unknown. X-ray images of the device have confirmed the nature of the Antikythera mechanism, and discovered several surprising functions. The Antikythera mechanism has been discovered to be a mechanical computer of an accuracy thought impossible in 80 BC, when the ship that carried it sank. Such sophisticated technology was not thought to be developed by humanity for another 1,000 years. Its wheels and gears create a portable orrery...
  • First Graders Suspended for Playing Cops & Robbers

    01/19/2013 9:10:34 PM PST · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    The Stir Cafemom Blog ^ | January 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM | Posted by Jeanne Sager
    You know, I'm really getting tired of kids being punished for being normal kids. But here we go again. First graders at a Maryland elementary school have been suspended for having the audacity to play a good old-fashioned game of cops and robbers.
  • Men use fire extinguisher in Gaithersburg restaurant robbery

    01/19/2013 9:09:32 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    Gazette.net ^ | January 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Waibel
    Men use fire extinguisher in Gaithersburg restaurant robbery Police investigating Thursday evening incident by Elizabeth Waibel Staff Writer Montgomery County police are investigating an armed robbery at a Gaithersburg restaurant Thursday evening. Shortly after 8 p.m., police responded to a call about a robbery at El Meson restaurant at 615 S. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. Witnesses said two men opened the front door of the restaurant and discharged a fire extinguisher inside the restaurant, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Police Department.
  • 5 injured after firearms go off at Ohio, N.C., Indiana gun shows

    01/19/2013 8:50:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat January 19, 2013 | Michael Martinez and Greg Botelho
    <p>An injured person is taken from the North Carolina State Fairgrounds after being wounded in a gun accident on Saturday.</p> <p>The most casualties came at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, where attendees bolted -- with at least one woman wiping out in the frenetic scene -- when gunfire rang out around 1 p.m., as seen on video captured by CNN affiliate WRAL.</p>
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-20-13, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

    01/19/2013 8:44:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-20-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 20, 2013   Second Sunday in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Is 62:1-5 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,until her vindication shines forth like the dawnand her victory like a burning torch. Nations shall behold your vindication,and all the kings your glory;you shall be called by a new namepronounced by the mouth of the LORD.You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,a royal diadem held by your God.No more shall people call you “Forsaken, “or your land “Desolate, “but you shall be called “My Delight,...
  • Arizona: Over 1,000 Support Second Amendment at Capitol

    01/19/2013 8:39:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    Just a quick note. I am tired from driving to Phoenix to the protest against more gun laws at the capitol, then a quick look at the fairgrounds for the gun show, and then found my place in the desert broke into on the way back. I have some pictures of the rally at the capitol that I hope to post later. We arrived at the show about 11:45, and had a hard time finding parking. Finally found a spot and moved to the capitol. I counted out a hundred people, cut the crowd into roughly equivalent slices, and figured...
  • [Month old story] Investigation is "very complex" (No "assault" rifle was used at Newtown shooting,

    01/19/2013 8:15:04 PM PST · by Ron/GA · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | Week of December 11, 2012 | Pete Williams, NBC News - Justice Corespondant
    NBC News Special Report is now reporting that NO assault rifle was used in the Newtown school shooting. The AR15 rifle WAS left in the car and not used. For weeks now, who knew this and when? What then is the agenda for the attack on "assault rifle" or AR15 that was not used. Why the extreme effort to get effective defensive weapons out of the hands of citizens using whatever lies necessary? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8004316/ns/video/#VpFlash
  • Officer Corp Propaganda, Gun Control, Media Bias, the Fed - Warning Lights [Vanity]

    01/19/2013 8:14:50 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 42 replies
    Vanity | 1/19/2013 | Self
    If you've done some serious reading on 20th century activities of the "international banking elite", and reviewed the patterns of the last century, you would see the world's most powerful international banking new world order types way too close to the goal line for your personal comfort. The officer corps of the U.S. military is a key piece of the puzzle. At the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, the U.S. military basically divided itself into two sides and fought itself. The question then was on succession. In the future the question to the service members would be on federation:...
  • College Girls Looking for “Sugar Daddies” Abound

    01/19/2013 8:08:01 PM PST · by doug from upland · 35 replies
    kidfocused ^ | October 16, 2011 | Julie Samrick
    Watch out parents of young women, there’s a new Satan in town looking to tempt and then profit from your daughters. The problem is, there isn’t only just one. There is a plethora of on-line dating sites, calling themselves arrangement sites, where young women looking to pay down college debt are matched to older, wealthy donors. What is not advertised, but is clearly understood by reading young women’s confessionals in a recent Huffington Post piece about “sugar daddies” and the financially beleaguered “sugar baby” girls, is that these arrangements are for paid sex, and the industry is booming. One college...
  • Re-hashing a 25 year old theory on how Salmon might find their way back to their Scottish birthplace

    01/19/2013 7:56:55 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    The Scotsman, Tall and Handsome Built ^ | December 2, 2008 | Ben Bailey
    Every year, 20 million of them leave Scottish rivers and travel thousands of miles to Norway and Greenland to feed. Remarkably, they then return to Scotland, often to within 100 metres of where they were hatched, in a process that can take more than two years. How salmon complete such voyages across sea and ocean without getting lost has baffled scientists for generations. But a new theory proposes that the fish use the earth's magnetic field to locate their origins in Scottish rivers. Scientists believe that, in a process called "natal honing", salmon imprint the magnetic signature of their home...
  • There was no GOP entitlement-cutting plan

    01/19/2013 7:56:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/19/2013 | Byron York
    In the fights over the fiscal cliff and now the debt ceiling, many conservatives were adamant: Republicans should reach an agreement with President Obama only in exchange for serious cuts in entitlement spending. It is the entitlements — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security — that will drive future deficits, the conservatives argued, and without real cuts, the nation’s debt will spiral out of control in the not-too-distant future. Some Republican lawmakers have been stressing that point for weeks and demanding that the president agree to “real cuts” before any deal could be struck. But what has emerged from the House GOP...
  • Diane Dimond: America’s Immigration Mess — the Next Big Issue?

    01/19/2013 7:54:04 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | 01.19.2013 | Diane Dimond
    In the midst of national debates on fiscal cliffs and gun control, could this also be the time to tackle our immigration woes? Let’s be honest and agree that U.S. immigration policy is a complete disaster. For too many decades, this country has ignored violations of our immigration laws, and now we have a real mess on our hands — an estimated 11 million people who have entered the country illegally and are living and working here under the radar. Whose fault is it? There is plenty of blame to go around, so I suggest we don’t even go there...
  • Law School Enrollments are Plummeting. What Happens Next?

    01/19/2013 7:53:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/19/2013 | by Megan McArdle
    "I couldn't do this if I didn't have tenure." That's what law professor Paul Campos told me, sitting at a table in Brasserie Beck after a Cato panel on law schools. By "this", he meant "crtiticize law schools for their graduation rates", something he's been doing, vociferously, since 2011. In an interview with me a few months ago, Campos laid out the dire math facing current law students: I found that half of our graduates, like more than half of graduates nationally, weren't getting real legal jobs at all, and the majority of those who did get jobs weren't making...
  • Huzzah: Appeals court upholds Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reform law

    01/19/2013 7:51:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The drama has long since died down, but there are still ongoing challenges to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget-balancing and public-sector union-disempowering reforms, as big labor will certainly use even its dying breaths to fight for their right to party. The legal battles will certainly continue, but Gov. Walker scored a win when a federal appeals court upheld his uber-controversial restrictions on public unions on Friday: A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerÂ’s contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing...
  • The Experiment That Never Ends: Arctic oil spill study still producing results

    01/19/2013 7:49:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Alaska Science Forum ^ | August 25, 2011 | Ned Rozell
    In late July 2011, Paul Boots, a supervisor at an oilfield on Alaska's North Slope, found a small, yellow plastic disc on a creekbed. Scientists 30 years ago tossed the disc into the sea as part of a study on arctic oil spills. Boots, who works at the large gravel pad that hosts the Badami oil field, was with his coworkers on an annual cleanup day along a nameless creek just west of the gravel pad. "I was enjoying a beautiful day and strayed a bit farther than most in my search for 'fugitive emissions' (everything we pick up has...