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  • Mafia's new business enterprise: renewable energy "Because that's where the money is"

    01/23/2013 7:25:57 AM PST · by bestintxas · 10 replies
    am thinker ^ | 1/23/13 | r moran
    Willie Sutton, a notorious theif from the 1930's, was once asked why he robbed banks. "Because that's where the money is," he replied. So where's the money today? Government subsidies for renewable energy - massive subsidies with little oversight. In Europe, this means easy pickings for organized crime. And the Sicilian mafia is cleaning up. Washington Post: The still-emerging links of the mafia to the once-booming wind and solar sector here are raising fresh questions about the use of government subsidies to fuel a shift toward cleaner energies, with critics claiming huge state incentives created excessive profits for companies and...
  • Outrage as 18-year-old high school basketball star taking D.C. by storm is ... almost 21

    01/23/2013 7:24:54 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 46 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 23, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A towering high school basketball star dominating the court in the nation's capital has much more than a height advantage, a startling new report has revealed. Junior Etou, who is originally from the Congo, is the talk of the town in Washington, DC, where he plays power forward for the Bishop O'Connell High School Knights. But the 6'7" high school senior, who has drawn interest from several colleges with storied basketball programs, is almost legally allowed to drink. An investigation by Deadspin.com found several different birthdays listed for Etou, both in 1992, which means he is just months away from...
  • Free Trade Cheats American

    01/23/2013 7:24:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The re-election of Barack Obama hasn't done anything to make more jobs available to Americans, and there is no indication that it will. America now has 23 million people who want a full-time job but can't find one. Obama doesn't think American citizens or businessmen create jobs. His Jobs Czar, Jeffrey Immelt, recently said on a television interview referring to China, where he has outsourced General Electric's light bulb plants, "state-run Communism may not be your cup of tea, but their government works." In his first presidential debate last year, Obama claimed that passage of free trade agreements with...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea completes preparations for nuclear test (tunnel sealed, cables out)

    01/23/2013 7:23:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/01/23 | Kim Eun-jung
    2013/01/23 23:47 KST (LEAD) N. Korea completes preparations for nuclear test (ATTN: UPDATES in paras 1-6; CHANGES headline) By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has completed all technical preparations for a nuclear test and can carry it out in a few days if it makes a decision, a South Korean intelligence source said Wednesday. North Korea had dug up a tunnel for a test at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, but the tunnel has now been plugged with dirt and concrete, the source said, suggesting that all measuring and other equipment has already been installed inside.
  • A Case Study In the Overton Window of Political Possibility

    01/23/2013 7:19:51 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/23/2013 | Mackinac Center
    The Overton Window, as coined by the Mackinac Center, is a model to explain how changes in public policy occur. When evaluating the options within any specific public policy issue, only a relatively narrow window of options will be considered politically acceptable by politicians. The window of acceptable policies is not primarily defined by the politician’s preference, but by what he or she can support without jeopardizing re-election. As society embraces new ideas, the Overton Window shifts to include additional public policy options that were previously deemed unacceptable. Meaningful policy change may take decades. Or, as in the case of...
  • Menendez leads hearing questioning Clinton on Benghazi

    01/23/2013 7:08:46 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 22 replies
    www.philly.com ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 9:10 AM | Jonathan Tamari
    ... The hearing room is packed with observers and news agencies from the United States and abroad. Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, also a Democrat, also sits on the committee. Four Americans, including ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the attacks. Republicans have strongly questioned the Obama administration’s response, particularly comments from U.N. ambassador Susan Rice that at one point attributed the attacks to a spontaneous demonstration. Menendez praised Clinton’s candor and cooperation in his opening statement, shortly after 9 a.m. Speaking of those killed, he said, “We honor their service to our nation and we grieve with their families, but...
  • BenghaziGate: Lies, Murder, Treason & Heroes

    01/23/2013 7:04:07 AM PST · by RobaWho · 11 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | Jan. 23, 1013 | Rob Cunningham
    Never has one live television event held the potential to enrage a nation, destroy a sitting president, disqualify an aspiring President and delegitimize a malignant, corrupted media industry than the testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before Congress, today. Prior to this public hearing, Good Morning America will have spent more time interviewing Honey Boo-Boo during one show, than all network news stations, combined (excluding Fox News) have spent discussing the details surrounding the murder of a U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. The last murder of a U.S. Ambassador occurred in...
  • AP IMPACT: Recession, tech kill middle-class jobs

    01/23/2013 7:02:56 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | BERNARD CONDON and PAUL WISEMAN
    Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation is even worse than it appears. Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What's more, these jobs aren't just being lost to China and other developing countries, and they aren't just factory work. Increasingly, jobs are disappearing in the service sector, home to two-thirds of all workers ... this "hollowing out" of the middle-class...
  • CA:Sacramento Homeowner Shoots Assailant In Self-Defense

    01/23/2013 7:02:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 21 January, 2013 | NA
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13)- A man shot and killed another man who chased him around his yard and threatened to hurt him. --------------------cut----------------------- The resident went inside and came back out with a gun and ordered the man to leave. The man grabbed a heavy wrought iron stand and was motioning to throw it at the resident, when the resident shot the man in the abdomen.
  • 1927 worse school mass murder in US History, no guns involved.

    01/23/2013 6:58:36 AM PST · by GailA · 35 replies
    biography.com ^ | n/a | N/A
    http://www.biography.com/people/andrew-kehoe-235986 Andrew Kehoe was a farmer living in Bath, Michigan. A member of the school board and the town clerk, on May 18, 1927 he orchestrated a plot to dynamite the Bath Consolidated School, killing thirty-seven children. He killed himself in a second explosion aimed at the school’s superintendent. Kehoe's act was one of the largest school-related mass murders in US history.
  • TX:Family uses firearm to stop attempted home invasion

    01/23/2013 6:57:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    woai.com ^ | 20 January, 2013 | NA
    SAN ANTONIO - A scary situation for a family on the Northeast Side. Just before 10 am Sunday morning Bexar County Sheriff's Deputies say someone tried to kick-in the front door at a home on Sunlit Trail. We're told the mom called 911 and the son fired one shot through the door. The suspect then took off after firing his gun.
  • Obama declares war on reality

    01/23/2013 6:57:41 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 23 Jan 2013 | James Delingpole
    When George W Bush declared war on an abstract noun – "Terror" – he was widely and inevitably mocked by the left for his foolishness. Not to be outdone, Barack Obama has used his second inaugural address to declare war on an even more nebulous threat to the security of the world: reality, itself. Here's how he put it in his inaugural address: (H/T Theo Spleenventer; Bishop Hill) We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science,...
  • Frontline: The Untouchables (Video)

    01/23/2013 6:56:04 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 14 replies
    PBS ^ | January 22, 2013
    Frontline examines why no Wall Street execs have been prosecuted for the financial crisis.
  • OK:Burglars shot in southeast Oklahoma City, police said

    01/23/2013 6:52:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    newsok.com ^ | 18 January, 2013 | LeighAnne Manwarren
    Police were at two locations in southeast Oklahoma City Friday night investigating reports of a burglary and a shooting. Police said five people were trying to burglarize a home at the 1500 block of SE 45 when the female homeowner shot one of them with her gun. A friend of the homeowner, a man, shot another burglar with the homeowner's gun, police report. The burglars fled the scene and went to a house at the 500 block of SE 79, police said. Both shooting victims were taken to a hospital and were in serious to critical condition, police said.
  • Gun-Control Group Recommends Toughest Restrictions Yet [CT]

    01/23/2013 6:47:37 AM PST · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    Hart\ford Courant ^ | January 22, 2013 | JON LENDER
    A gun-control group Tuesday issued the toughest proposals yet for new Connecticut restrictions on firearms after the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre. The measures include annual renewals of pistol permits, a ban on ammunition magazines holding more than seven bullets, and a requirement that all assault weapons be destroyed rather than "grandfathered" so current owners can keep theirs.
  • Fl:Armed suspect fatally shot by victim in Bradenton ambush

    01/23/2013 6:47:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    abcactionnews.com ^ | 21 January, 2013 | Kristal Roberts
    BRADENTON - An armed suspect attempting to commit a robbery was shot dead by the victim in Bradenton Sunday night. Joshua Pinkham, 39, and Roy Potter, 40, were sitting outside a duplex on the 4200 block of 24 th Street West when three masked men approached them at 10:20 p.m. One of the suspects, 26-year-old James Brady, pointed a gun at Pinkham and ordered him to the ground. Pinkham pulled out a handgun and the two men exchanged fire. The suspect was shot and the two other suspects fled on foot.
  • OH:Neighbors say suspect shot by homeowner

    01/23/2013 6:43:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    wdtn.com ^ | 19 January, 2013 | Jackie Sprague
    WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) - West Carrollton Police cleared the scene at Upland Drive just before 10 Saturday night. Neighbors tell 2 News they heard shots fired on Skyview Drive, which is a street over, just before 7 P.M. They say they saw a man fall into the street, bleeding, then he took off.
  • Police: 82-year-old Mo. man shoots intruder

    01/23/2013 6:36:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    kfvs12.com ^ | 19 January, 2013 | James Long
    ELLSINORE, MO (KFVS) - Police say an 82-year-old Ellsinore man shot a man who reportedly broke into his home Friday night. It happened shortly after 7:30 p.m. on North Herren Street. According to Carter County Sheriff Richard Stephens, Charles L. White, 30, of Ellsinore, broke into the residence and assaulted the 82-year-old. White reported fled after being shot. After the sheriff's office obtained a search warrant, White was found at a home in Ellsinore.
  • Four More Lost Years of Empty, Clueless Rhetoric

    01/23/2013 6:34:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - If you thought President Obama's first term was one long, uninterrupted political brawl, the next four years will make that period look tame by comparison. If you need any evidence for this prediction, Obama's in-your-face, second inaugural address is Exhibit A. It was a speech tailored to make the hearts of liberal Democrats beat faster, cheering what some in the Washington news media called "Obama unbound." It was a speech that sent an unmistakable message to his party's base that this time around, it's no more Mr. Nice Guy. The gloves are off, these are my issues, and...
  • Why Benghazi Hasn't Brought Down Hillary Clinton–and Won't

    01/23/2013 6:32:21 AM PST · by chessplayer · 19 replies
    The secretary of State testifies this week, but because of years of taking hits and careful damage control she'll leave unscathed.