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  • New York Times Highlights Hannity 'Boomtown' Cronyism Special

    01/25/2013 6:55:56 PM PST · by bushwon · 33 replies
    Briebart, New York TImes ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    On Friday, the New York Times Television section highlighted tonight's Sean Hannity one-hour special “Boomtown,” a program featuring Government Accountability Institute President and Co-founder Peter Schweizer and Breitbart News Executive Chairman and Government Accountability Co-founder Stephen K. Bannon. 9 P.M. (Fox News) BOOMTOWN: WASHINGTON, THE IMPERIAL CITY In this edition of “Hannity,” the host, Sean Hannity; Peter Schweizer, the president and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute; and Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, investigate what they call crony capitalism among the city’s power elite and the tactics used by...
  • Gingrich to Piers Morgan: Let’s hold gun-control hearings in Chicago

    01/25/2013 6:55:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 25, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Twelve minutes long but worth watching in full, partly because Gingrich is in fine form and partly because it’s a nice demonstration of how futile and bad-faith the “debate” over guns is. Morgan’s point is straightforward: If gun-rights fans think it’s okay to ban machine guns because rapid-fire weapons are too dangerous for the public to own, why not ban assault rifles? Granted, automatics fire much more rapidly than semiautomatics, but you can still get off an awful lot of shots quickly with an AR-15 if you’re pulling the trigger fast enough. Gingrich comes at that logic from the other...
  • Women in Combat Spells Trouble

    01/25/2013 6:54:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    With little discussion or fanfare, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat that has been in effect for as long as there has been a U.S. military. Feminists and some women serving in the military are applauding the move as a victory for equal rights. They claim that justice requires nothing short of opening all positions to females, regardless of the consequences to combat effectiveness, unit cohesion, or military readiness, factors whose importance they minimize in any event. What is perhaps most striking about Secretary Panetta's action is that it reverses the combat exclusion policy that...
  • Government Motors to clear its backlog of Chevy Volts

    01/25/2013 6:39:15 PM PST · by RetiredTexasVet · 17 replies
    Retired Texas Vet
    Government Motors determines a way to reduce the inventory backlog of Chevy Volts.
  • Bang For Your Buck: A Guide To Affordable & Reliable Firearms For Preppers

    01/25/2013 6:39:08 PM PST · by dynachrome · 120 replies
    Survival Blog ^ | 1-24-13 | IK
    Rifles Your needs: Hunting, varmint control, “just in case” Why: While some people may use or need a rifle for home defense, all the rifle owners I know use their rifles for either target shooting or hunting and varmint control. They use a different kind of gun for personal or home defense. However, for the sake of argument let’s say that the proverbial excrement has hit the rotating airfoil and that you, despite the fact that you get your meat from the grocery store and don’t run into coyotes at the bus stop, could be called upon to defend all...
  • Interference with bid-rigging probe alleged at USAID

    01/25/2013 6:27:54 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2013 | By Josh Hicks
    Documents from an inspector general’s probe last June allege that a top-level USAID official interfered with an investigation of possible contract rigging by the foreign-aid agency’s general counsel. The alleged obstruction occurred while the inspector general’s office was investigating whether former USAID general counsel Lisa Gomer had worked with former chief financial officer David Ostermeyer to design a contract that would go to Ostermeyer after he retired. The inspector general’s office said in an internal memo that Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg, who ranks No. 2 at the U.S. Agency for International Development, told investigators that their efforts to gather information...
  • The all-female militias of Syria (pictures at link)

    01/25/2013 6:27:49 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 13 replies
    Washington Post blogs ^ | January 25, 2013 | Liz Sly and Ahmed Ramadan
    BEIRUT – The Syrian regime is arming and training Syrian women to fight for President Bashar al-Assad, putting it out in front of the Pentagon when it comes to sending women to the front lines. A video posted on Russia Today’s Arabic channel from the central city of Homs shows dozens of women in combat fatigues marching around a training ground carrying Kalashnikovs, performing drills and chanting slogans in support of Assad. “Be prepared Syria. Stand up Assad,” they shout. “With our blood and our soul we protect you Bashar.” The trainer explains that the women are trained to use...
  • Inaugural Address Redefines Basic Freedoms

    Urging that “we break free of the archaic notions of our nation's so-called 'Founding Fathers,'” President Barack Obama launched his second term with a stirring call to “update our concepts to fit our modern circumstances.” The President maintained that “the Founders' original idea that 'liberty' means freedom from government abuses and usurpations has no relevance today. Our government does not usurp our rights. The people elect their rulers and expect them to create the kind of
  • Is Your Stocks Portfolio Ready for What’s Going to Happen?

    01/25/2013 6:20:34 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-25-2013 | InvestmentContrarian
    Is Your Stocks Portfolio Ready for What’s Going to Happen? Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013Jan 25, 2013 - 09:13 AM By: InvestmentContrarian Sasha Cekerevac writes: As corporate earnings season continues for S&P 500 companies, it is becoming quite evident that revenue growth is lacking across many sectors of the economy. However, we are continuing to see growth in corporate earnings per share. How is this possible? One method is through share buybacks. S&P 500 corporations, which are generating very high levels of cash, are buying back shares and reducing the number outstanding, which increases the corporate earnings-per-share level. From April...
  • Al Gore Skewers TV News

    01/25/2013 6:18:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 25, 2013 | Andy Meek
    Three weeks after announcing he would sell his struggling cable news channel, Current, to Al Jazeera — pocketing an estimated $100 million in profit — Al Gore skewered television news in an interview with BuzzFeed. "I think that the influence of television over the last half century has been harmful to the operations of our democracy," said Gore. "In the age of our founding, and for much of the history of the republic, crucial. Individuals could gain easy access to information and could express their own views. They can't do that on television." "They get plenty of information from it,...
  • TSA does surprise check at Lamar Boulevard Amtrak (Austin , TX )

    01/25/2013 6:17:17 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    KXAN ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Chris Sadeghi
    Random checks happen at stations across country. Passengers catching the 9:30 a.m. Amtrak train from Austin to Dallas were met with an unexpected surprise when they got to the station. Transportation Security Administration agents, Austin police officers, and the Department of Homeland Security were all waiting for them. ... Random security checks are voluntary ... The random check takes about 10-15 minutes and happens hundreds of times a day at bus, train, and subway stations across the country.
  • Two great Glock commercials

    01/25/2013 6:07:12 PM PST · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 1-25-2013 | Bookworm
    Thanks to beefrank for making me aware of these new Glock commercials. The first is funny, while the second is unnerving and should, I think, be watched by every parent in America. Wrong Diner - Extended Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsVCHE7ayPE Wrong Girl - Extended Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2gCFOtaZPo
  • 30 Shotguns and Pistols, Ammunition; found hidden in wall for fear of gun bans in UK

    01/25/2013 6:03:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    <p>A secret arsenal of guns and ammunition hidden in the wake of the Dunblane massacre have been found stashed behind a false wall by a builder renovating a house.</p> <p>Builder Simon Berni, 41, was shocked to discover a secret haul of more than 30 shotguns and pistols as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he began working on a south Wales property.</p>
  • Biden: "Mental Capacity" To Be Criteria To Deny Gun Sale (my title)

    01/25/2013 6:03:26 PM PST · by wolfman23601 · 10 replies
    Vice President Biden says a mental health check on gun sales may have averted the 2007 mass shooting on Virginia Tech‘s campus. Biden’s comments came after a roundtable discussion in Richmond today that included experts involved with the gun control commission convened after the university tragedy. The vice president reported the panel had reached “pretty broad consensus” over what criteria they proposed should deny a sale, including “mental capacity.”
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 26 Jan 2013

    01/25/2013 6:02:33 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 266 replies
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  • No Need For Guns In America

    01/25/2013 6:02:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 25, 2013 | Erik Rush
    For those of you who know me, you can pick your jaw up off the floor (after reading the title) and move on. There is a pseudo-discussion taking place all over America about gun ownership which consists of the actual “need” for firearms in citizens’ hands and limits that should be placed on American gun owners. As unlikely as it might seem, this is pure distraction. In an earlier life – the one the press refuses to report – Obama summarily declared that he believed Americans should not own guns. That declaration seems to have been forgotten by some who...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-25-13

    01/25/2013 5:54:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-25-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Senators Nearing Agreement On Broad Immigration Reform Proposal [Bi-Partisan Amnesty!]

    01/25/2013 5:51:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Senators Nearing Agreement On Broad Immigration Reform Proposal By Rosalind S. Helderman and David Nakamura January 25 A working group of senators from both parties is nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward comprehensive legislation in years. The six members have met quietly since the November election, most recently on Wednesday. Congressional aides stressed there is not yet final agreement, but they have eyed next Friday as a target date for a possible public announcement. The talks mark the most in-depth negotiations involving members of both parties since a...
  • Here is video of Dianne Feinstein from “60 Minutes” in 1995, saying she wants guns confiscated

    01/25/2013 5:49:43 PM PST · by grundle · 3 replies
    wordpress ^ | January 25, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here is video of Dianne Feinstein from “60 Minutes” in 1995, saying she wants guns confiscated Here is video of Dianne Feinstein from “60 Minutes” in 1995, saying she wants all guns confiscated. She stated:“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them – Mr. and Mrs. America turn them all in - I would have done it. I could not do that – the votes weren’t here.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blXkl9YVoHoIn 2004, when Barack Obama was an Illinois state Senator, he voted against allowing...
  • Marisa Tomei's representative denies engagement rumours

    01/25/2013 5:49:04 PM PST · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    Hollywood.com ^ | January 25, 2013
    The Oscar winner, 48, was said to have accepted the Prometheus star's proposal over the Christmas (12) holidays, having dated on and off since 2008. However, a spokesperson for Tomei insists there is "no truth" to the wedding rumours, reports GossipCop.com. The Wrestler actress, who has previously been romantically linked to Robert Downey, Jr. and Lenny Kravitz, has previously claimed she did not believe in marriage, saying, "I'm not that big a fan of marriage as an institution and I don't know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings."
  • States’ crime rates show scant linkage to gun laws

    01/25/2013 5:45:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    President Obama has called for stricter federal gun laws to combat recent shooting rampages, but a review of recent state laws by The Washington Times shows no discernible correlation between stricter rules and lower gun-crime rates in the states. States that ranked high in terms of making records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also tended to have tighter gun laws — but their gun-crime rates ranged widely. The same was true for states that ranked poorly on disclosure and were deemed to have much less stringent gun-possession laws. For example, New York, even before it approved...
  • Catholic Hospital's argument in Colorado court that fetuses aren't people captivates the Internet

    01/25/2013 5:39:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies
    thedenverchannel.com ^ | 01/25/2013 | Phil Tenser
    DENVER - In contrast to typical Church doctrine, lawyers for a Catholic hospital in Canon City are arguing fetuses aren't people, in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that is now being appealed to the state Supreme Court. Although the court case has stalled, a recent article gave it a burst of national attention.Lori Stodghill died of pulmonary emboli on Jan. 1, 2006 at St. Thomas More Hospital, according to a district court judge's summary judgment on the case in 2010. At the time of her death, Stodghill was pregnant with twins who did not survive.Stodghill's husband, Jeremy, filed a...
  • Competing Tax Plans Seek To Stimulate Investment and Growth (NC to dump income tax?)

    01/25/2013 5:36:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 1/24/13 | Dan Way
    RALEIGH — Efforts are under way to make North Carolina the first state since Alaska in 1980 to eliminate taxes on total personal income. Competing proposals also would launch a pro-growth tax reform renaissance that would scrap corporate income taxes that discourage capital investment and savings. The John Locke Foundation introduced a plan Wednesday including those elements, along with a repeal of estate taxes and the retail sales tax at the state level. Researchers at the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C-based tax research group, are among those lauding the JLF plan. “The whole point is economic growth. It’s not...
  • Ex-Senator Huntley will cop to mail fraud; pol still faces charges in $30G charity 'sham'

    01/25/2013 5:35:37 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/13 | MITCHEL MADDUX
    Former New York state Sen. Shirley Huntley is planning to plead guilty to mail fraud charges in a new federal case leveled against her, The Post has learned. The Queens Democrat is expected to admit that she used funds from a non-profit organization to benefit herself and family members, a source said.
  • Ga. Sen. Chambliss won’t seek re-election in 2014

    01/25/2013 5:35:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2013 6:41 PM EST | Bill Barrow
    When Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced Friday that he wouldn’t seek a third term in 2014, a race that already was likely to feature a contested Republican primary exploded into a free-for-all. Several Republicans, including several congressmen, are eyeing the seat. The more crowded the field, the more likely the GOP race will pit mainstream conservatives against the hardliners who had grown disenchanted with Chambliss for working with Democrats to find common ground on budget and tax issues. Democrats, meanwhile, hope for exactly that kind of Republican fracas. They view the 69-year-old Chambliss’ decision as an opportunity to reverse the...
  • Yes, President Obama, the Constitution applies to you, too (Surprise, surprise. He's not the king)

    01/25/2013 5:33:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    FOX News.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Loyd Green
    Sometimes, Barack Obama acts like the Constitution does not apply to him and the Congress is an imaginary being. Friday, the United States Court of Appeals brought the president back to Earth and reminded him that that the Constitution’s Appointments Clause and the U.S. Senate are very much part of reality by voiding three of Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The D.C. Circuit ruled that the president could not end-run the confirmation process merely because at the beginning of 2012 the U.S. Senate was meeting every three business days in, what lawyers call, pro forma session....
  • The United States Armed Forces Unconditionally Surrenders To The ACLU

    01/25/2013 5:31:29 PM PST · by joeclarke · 13 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 01/25/2013 | JoeClarke.Net
    When I heard the inevitable, that Obama, Leon Panetta, and General Dempsey  finally caved into the ACLU, which sued to push women into hot combat zones, I thought back to my tour in Vietnam, when we would fly our Marine helicopters into Landing Zones which were north of the DMZ, and inhabited by Marine grunts - for months at a time. The guys were, quite remarkably, in good spirit, but hadn't bathed, of course, for weeks or more, and  many people  would say they were living like animals in an outpost far, far out there in the boonies of, literally, no...
  • Ray Lewis’s ties to Atlanta murders now a footnote, but one victim’s family struggles to cope

    01/25/2013 5:30:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Fri January 25, 2013 | Kent Babb
    Akron, Ohio — She disappears into a back room to find her hat and gloves. Nearly 13 years have passed since someone killed Priscilla Lollar’s oldest child, and in that time, she says, she has never visited his grave. She has thought about what that moment would be like, and deep down she knows it is something she needs to do. But she’s afraid that pain would soon follow, and so instead, Priscilla has chosen for years to feel nothing. Early on Jan. 31, 2000, Richard Lollar and a childhood friend, Jacinth Baker, were stabbed to death in Atlanta. This...
  • Map: Which countries allow women in front-line combat roles?

    01/25/2013 5:28:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2013 | Max Fisher
    When outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that he had lifted the Pentagon’s ban on allowing women to serve in front-line combat roles, one of several questions it raised was: Is that unusual? Do a lot of countries allow women to serve in combat? The answer is that many Western, developed countries have women on their front-line forces. But outside of the West, it’s rare. The map at the top of this page shows in red which countries formally permit women in combat positions. Shown in orange are countries that allow women to serve in military roles that involve...
  • Roe v. Wade, at 40, needs an abortion, NOW

    01/25/2013 5:21:48 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 2 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | January 25, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    Today, approximately 400,000 pro-life activists are gathering in Washington D.C. to protest the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion throughout the nation. The march is usually held on January 22, but was moved to January 25 because of the presidential inauguration. In contrast, the pro-abortion rallies assembled by the National Organization of Women always attract a much smaller crowd.
  • San Francisco Officials Prepare For Super Bowl, Hope To Avoid Violence

    01/25/2013 5:17:18 PM PST · by Michael.SF. · 9 replies
    CBS Bay Area news ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | CBS News
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco city officials preparing for the 49ers’ Super Bowl game against the Baltimore Ravens are hoping to avoid a repeat of the violence and vandalism that marred World Series celebrations last year. A total of 36 people were arrested during post-game celebrations in October after the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory against the Detroit Tigers, 23 of them for felonies. Celebrants lit a number of bonfires in the middle of Mission Street, broke windows and, in one notorious incident, set a Muni 8X-Bayshore Express bus on fire at Market and Kearny streets.
  • Biden: Mental Health Check May Have Prevented Virginia Tech Shooting

    01/25/2013 5:16:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | January 25,2013 | Mathew Larotonda
    Vice President Biden says a mental health check on gun sales may have averted the 2007 mass shooting on Virginia Tech‘s campus. Biden’s comments came after a roundtable discussion in Richmond today that included experts involved with the gun control commission convened after the university tragedy.
  • Live Thread: National Review Institute - Challenges Facing Conservatism (7:50 p.m. EST 1/25/13)

    01/25/2013 5:14:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 25 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013
    Conservative writers and academics gather for the National Review Institute Summit, beginning on Friday in Washington, D.C. The summit focuses on addressing the challenges facing conservatism and finding solutions that will strengthen the movement. First, political newcomer Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AK) sits down for an interview with Jay Nordlinger of National Review. Next, a panel of experts examine the topic "Can politics be hospitable to life?" Panelists include: Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Jeanne Monahan of March for Life and Carter Snead of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. National Review Editor Rich Lowry interviews American...
  • Wayward dolphin dies in polluted New York canal

    01/25/2013 5:04:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2013 7:46 PM EST | Colleen Long
    A wayward dolphin that meandered into a polluted urban canal, riveting onlookers as it splashed around in the filthy water and shook black gunk from its snout, died Friday evening, marine experts said. The deep-freeze weather hadn’t seemed to faze the dolphin as it swam in the Gowanus Canal, which runs 1.5 miles through a narrow industrial zone near some of Brooklyn’s wealthiest neighborhoods. … The filthy canal was named a Superfund site in 2010, meaning the government can force polluters to pay for its restoration. For more than a century before, coal yards, chemical factories and fuel refineries on...
  • A Federal Court Had Three Words For Obama's Recess Appointments

    01/25/2013 4:57:02 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
    In case you missed it... Finally a good day for America, it's been a while.
  • Codey opts out of running against Christie

    01/25/2013 4:51:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Phiadelphia Inquirer ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013, 7:08 PM | Joelle Farrell
    State Sen. Richard J. Codey would rather focus on his family-owned funeral business than run in November against Gov. Christie, the Essex County Democrat said Friday. Despite weeks of speculation and a trip to Washington to woo big donors, Codey decided to scrap a campaign after his youngest son, Chris, said he would like to go into the family business and asked Codey to forgo the gubernatorial race. … With less than nine months before the election, Democrats have yet to rally around a gubernatorial candidate. Christie, meanwhile, becomes ever more the juggernaut: The Republican has raised more than $2...
  • Feinstein gun ban bill draft now online

    01/25/2013 4:27:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Examinier ^ | 1/25/13 | David Codrea
    A draft of the much-anticipated "assault weapon" ban bill authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein was posted online this afternoon in advance of it's posting on the Library of Congress THOMAS legislative database site. Gun Rights Examiner has received a copy and posted it on the SCRIBD document archive site. That is necessary because at this writing, searching for the bill on the THOMAS site retrieves a message that "The text of S.150 has not yet been received from GPO Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from the Government Printing Office a day or two after they are...
  • Hagel Backtracks on Nukes- Hagel walks back from anti-nuclear positions

    01/25/2013 4:20:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/25/13 | Bill Gertz
    Sen. Chuck Hagel backed down this week from previously held positions on nuclear arms cuts during meetings with senators who are considering his nomination to be defense secretary in an apparent effort to sway those concerned about his liberal anti-nuclear views. Hagel has told senators he is no longer a staunch supporter of the nuclear weapons views of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, who authored an anti-nuclear weapons report sponsored by the international disarmament group Global Zero. “Hagel has thrown Cartwright under the bus about the Global Zero [report] in his meetings with senators,” said a congressional aide familiar...
  • A world without work: As robots, computers get smarter, will humans have anything left to do?

    01/25/2013 4:19:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 61 replies
    AP ^ | Fri January 25, 2013
    WASHINGTON — They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like “I, Robot” and the television show “Knight Rider.” Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology? “All...
  • Renowned author: Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens

    01/25/2013 4:16:04 PM PST · by grundle · 42 replies
    examiner.com ^ | January 22, 2013 | Joe Newby
    On Monday, Dr. Jim Garrow, a renowned author and humanitarian who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, sparked a firestorm of controversy when he wrote on Facebook that President Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com, Dr. Garrow said the man who told him this is a military hero who is known by everybody in the country. "I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new 'litmus test' in determining who will stay and who must go in his military...
  • Accused Fort Hood shooter aims to escape death penalty

    01/25/2013 4:15:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times/AP ^ | January 25, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army officer who is facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, now wants to avoid the death penalty, according to The Associated Press.
  • Burt Reynolds in Florida ICU after flu, rep says

    01/25/2013 4:14:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri January 25, 2013 | Carolyn Sung and Greg Botelho
    (CNN) -- Actor Burt Reynolds is in intensive care in a Florida hospital, where he went for treatment of flu symptoms, one of his representatives said Friday. Reynolds was dehydrated when he went to the hospital, and was eventually transferred to its intensive care unit, his representative Erik Kritzer told CNN. Kritzer declined to divulge what hospital the actor was in, saying, "He would like that (kept) private." "He is doing better at this time," Kritzer said late Friday afternoon of the 76-year-old actor. "We expect, as soon as he gets more fluids, he will be back in a regular...
  • DNR names ex-employee who breached license data(MN)

    01/25/2013 4:13:53 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 1-25-13 | eric roper
    The state agency revealed Friday that the employee who improperly accessed thousands of drivers license records, and ignited calls for stiffer laws, was an officer responsible for training his colleagues in proper data usage. The Department of Natural Resources said Captain John Hunt, who was administrative manager of the agency's enforcement division, viewed drivers license data on 5,000 people while off-duty and without a work-related purpose. Altogether, Hunt made about 19,000 queries of the driver and vehicle services (DVS) database over nearly five years -- 11,800 of them while off duty. The DVS database, which contains photographs, addresses and driving...
  • Proposed AZ bill would require loyalty oath for HS students to graduate

    01/25/2013 4:10:57 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 30 replies
    KTAR ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 | Aaron Granillo
    PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would give Arizona high school seniors the option to recite a loyalty oath before they graduate. Originally, House Bill 2467 would have made the oath a prerequisite for graduation from any public high school in the state. The Arizona Capitol Times reported the change Tuesday. "To me it's not a Republican bill, it's not a Democrat bill, it's an American bill," said Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa, one of the bill's sponsors. "People feel that our high school kids that will be adults should understand their role as an American citizen."
  • Can anyone recommend any good republican memoirs?

    01/25/2013 4:07:07 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 45 replies
    Ennis85
    Hi, I'm interested in reading about American politics and for a while I've been reading through Henry Kissinger's memoirs. I have to say they're a bloody good read, there are 3 volumes of them and well over a thousand pages each. They're pretty well written, rich in detail and he does defend himself well. So they made me want to look for more books with regards to republican policy throughout American history,thinking maybe there are some that could rival Kissinger. So basically I'm asking if anyone can recommend any decent books by republicans. I don't care if they're from the...
  • Democrats send wish list to Obama for executive action on climate change (task force launched)

    01/25/2013 4:03:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/13 | Zack Colman
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday outlined a slate of climate change actions that President Obama could execute with his own authority. The lawmakers conveyed a bleak outlook for climate legislation this Congress, noting considerable Republican opposition in the House. But they said Obama’s climate comments during his Monday inaugural address raised the prospects for administrative action to address the issue. “Congress has not been interested in acting, especially in the House, in the last two years. So we’re calling on the president to develop a plan for the administration to take action without action...
  • STUDENTS WARD OFF HOME INTRUDERS WITH AR-15

    01/25/2013 4:00:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1/25/2013 | Hope Hodge
    This week, two students at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York used an “assault rifle” that may soon be banned by law to frighten away armed burglars who had broken into their home. Local station ABC 13 reports that the students, Christopher Boise and Raymond (no last name given) were awakened in the wee hours Tuesday morning to noises coming from the basement. Boise got up to investigate and found two men, one with a gun pointed at him, at the bottom of the stairs in the lower level of his apartment. Hearing Boise’s cry of alarm,...
  • Cats Are Evil

    01/25/2013 3:54:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 115 replies
    Slate ^ | 1-25-13
    Why New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife. You know what animal makes a good pet? No animal. Dogs will bite you to death and then eat your corpse. Snakes will asphyxiate you, escape, infest the Everglades, and eat all its mammals. Pet parrots perpetuate a trade that upends ecosystems, and hamsters pass you dangerous zoonotic diseases. But perhaps the worst pet of all, environmentally speaking, is a cat. Domesticated cats started out as parasites on human civilization. Unlike other species, and admittedly to their credit, they domesticated themselves. When humans started growing...
  • Princess Bride t-shirt causes in-flight scare

    01/25/2013 3:51:26 PM PST · by AuntB · 35 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Jan. 25, 2013 | UK Telegraph
    A t-shirt emblazoned with one of the most memorable lines from the classic adventure film The Princess Bride caused a furore on a Qantas flight last week. Wynand Mullins boarded a plane bound for Auckland on Sunday with “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” printed on the front of his top. While some fellow fliers recognised that the line was from the swashbuckling 1987 film The Princess Bride, it went over the heads of other passengers, who told cabin crew they felt threatened by the t-shirt’s message. Mr Mullins told Fairfax New Zealand: "The...
  • Apple's Flash Dump In The Last Second Of Trading Caught On Tape

    01/25/2013 3:50:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/25/13 | Tyler Durden
    Sure, the retail "investors" are coming back into the "markets"... They are coming back in shifts. And just so they know what to expect, here is what happened to Apple stock in the last second of regular trading today, courtesy of Nanex. Unlike traditional flash crashes where the trade is an HFT error, or a few shares traded through the entire bid or offer stack, in this case it looks like a very premeditated unloading of some 800K shares (some $350 million worth) of AAPL in the last second, with the full knowledge it was shake the market. Why anyone...