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  • Russia's Vladimir Putin says West is fomenting jihadi 'blowback'

    01/26/2013 3:44:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 25, 2013 | Fred Weir
    Moscow Both Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister have lashed out at the West in recent days for pursuing what they regard as naive and incoherent Middle East policies. The critique targets Western backing of anti-dictator rebellions in Libya and Syria, which, as Mr. Putin tells it, only fuels the spreading flames of extreme Islamist insurrection, including the current war in Mali and last week's terrorist strike on a gas complex in Algeria. "The Syrian conflict has been raging for almost two years now. Upheaval in Libya, accompanied by the uncontrolled spread of weapons, contributed to the deterioration of the...
  • Chandra Levy murder conviction may be overturned due to questionable witness

    01/26/2013 3:06:32 AM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    Twelve years after her disappearance, and the case of Chandra Levy still hasn't reach it's conclusion. The 24-year-old Capitol Hill intern was last seen in May 2001. Following the disappearance, her family disclosed to police that she had been having an affair with U.S. Representative Gary Condit. When Condit was unwilling to cooperate with investigators, speculation arose that he was behind the disappearance. While he was never charged, it completely derailed his political career. The man who was eventually charged in her death, Ingmar Guandique, was convicted in 2010 with no physical evidence linking him to the crime. However, two...
  • Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm

    01/26/2013 2:54:46 AM PST · by Plainsman · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 25, 2013 | David Mamet
    Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death. For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and...
  • Anonymous Hacks US Sentencing Commission’s Website For Aaron Swartz [Video, Statement]

    01/26/2013 2:22:36 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 9 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | January 26, 2013 | Kim LaCapria
    Anonymous has hacked the US Sentencing Commission’s website in retaliation for the suicide of internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, and as of now, the site is still displaying in its compromised state.More on this breaking story as it develops. Statement below from Anonymous on the decision to hack USSC.gov. [Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Anonymous' attack affected the Supreme Court's website, when in actuality, it is the US Sentencing Commission's website as stated above.]In addition to the defacing of the site with a video, a statement on Swartz’s death and the government’s alleged harassment of the activist...
  • Germany government to outfit military with armed drones

    01/26/2013 1:59:39 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    www.dw.de ^ | January 25, 2013 | Deutsche Welle
    The German government has said that it favors the purchase of armed drones to support Bundeswehr troops in missions abroad. Although the idea is controversial, a decision is expected in the next few months. Strictly speaking the idea is not entirely new, but it turned up on Berlin's political agenda on Friday after Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right government responded to a question posed by the opposition Left party. A spokesman for the defense ministry said that Germany's mission in Afghanistan had shown that it would "certainly make sense" to have armed drones at the military's disposal. And Merkel's spokesman, Steffen...
  • Comic novel about Hitler takes Germany by storm

    01/26/2013 1:53:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    thestar.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Greg Quill
    A comic novel that imagines Adolf Hitler survived the Second World War is the surprise hit of Germany’s winter book season. Er Ist Wieder Da (He’s Here Again) conceives that Hitler spent 66 years asleep in an open field in Berlin, then becomes something of a quizzical, harmless folk hero in the new millennium’s celebrity-driven media and cynical political machinery. The debut novel by German journalist Timur Vermes has sold 250,000 copies of its initial 360,000 print run in Hitler’s homeland since it was published Jan. 18, dislodging Ken Follet’s Winter Of The World from the top of Germany’s bestsellers...
  • 9-12 Patriots speak out on gun control (Delaware)

    01/26/2013 1:41:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Cape Gazette ^ | January 25, 2013 | Sandi Minard
    The following letter was sent to the Delaware General Assembly with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. We are writing you today to share the voices of 1,500-plus who attended (along with 300 to 400 who were turned away) the 2nd Amendment Freedom Rally this past Sunday in Dover, organized and sponsored by the 9-12 Delaware Patriots and Delaware State Sportsmen's Association on the current gun control issue. We believe in the Delaware Constitution as well as the U.S. Constitution. They define the purposes and limits of government. They are a carefully poured foundation by the founders...
  • tourist busted for trying to stiff steakhouse 'simply did not want to pay:' Commissioner Kelly

    01/26/2013 1:00:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 64 replies
    A tipsy Italian tourist tried to stiff a tony East Side steakhouse on his tab before his NYPD-assisted arrivederci, police sources said Friday. Graziano Graziussi, who spend the night in jail after a dispute at Smith & Wollensky, was carrying $118 in his wallet on the night when he challenged the $208 check, said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/italian-tourist-simply-pay-kelly-article-1.1248327#ixzz2J4OOH9wj
  • Senate Hearing on Benghazi Infuriates Boxer

    01/26/2013 12:49:56 AM PST · by John Semmens · 41 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) stormed out of the Senate Hearing into the deaths of the US Ambassador to Libya and others. The spark that ignited her fury was Senator Rand Paul's (R-Ken) questioning of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “Rather than let her retire from her post with dignity, Paul insists on poking around into performance issues that have no relevance at this late date,” Boxer complained. “Maybe Secretary Clinton should have taken a greater interest in security for the Ambassador and his staff, but as she so artfully asked, what difference does that make now? Isn't it just 'Monday...
  • The email I received from my Attorney General Alan Wilson. (SC)

    01/26/2013 12:41:02 AM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    1-26-2013 | vanity
    Dear XXXXXXXXXX, The Founding Fathers made it very clear: the ability to bear arms is a fundamental right of citizenship in these United States. The America they created is a place where “We the People” are guaranteed the right to defend ourselves, our families and our property. We must not allow emotions to alter or abridge our fundamental constitutional rights. As your Attorney General, I have a sworn duty to uphold the Constitutions of South Carolina and the United States – including the Second Amendment. I am fully committed to doing just that. Like many South Carolinians, I am a...
  • Environment Groups Against Cuomo’s Dairy Plans

    01/26/2013 12:14:26 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    cnynews.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Ted Muehl
    Environmental groups are pushing back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s plan to support a growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy operations. The Greek yogurt industry is growing so fast in New York that the state doesn’t have enough cows to meet the demand for milk. At a “yogurt summit” in August, Governor Cuomo called Greek yogurt one of the best entrepreneurial opportunities in a generation. Farms with up to 200 cows are exempt from rules requiring extra steps to prevent pollution from cow waste. Cuomo proposes raising the limit to 300 cows to help farms expand without...
  • Ravalli County sheriff says he'll never confiscate guns from legal citizens (Montana)

    01/25/2013 11:57:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Ravalli Republic ^ | January 25, 2013 | Perry Backus
    HAMILTON – Ravalli County Sheriff Chris Hoffman wants to be perfectly clear on the issue of gun control. “If the federal government ordered the confiscation of certain guns, I have been asked would I participate,” Hoffman said Thursday. “The answer is unequivocally no. I would not participate in the confiscation of guns from legal citizens.” Hoffman said he has received dozens of phone calls and emails from county residents asking that question since President Barack Obama announced his plan for executive and legislation action to address gun violence earlier this month after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in...
  • Six helpful resources for those seeking an evangelical Christian perspective on homosexuality

    01/25/2013 11:12:27 PM PST · by Morgana · 58 replies
    lsn ^ | Peter Saunders
    Because of the bias of the liberal press, Steve Chalke’s recent endorsement of permanent gay partnerships and the extreme unorthodox views of the ‘Accepting Evangelicals’ group, to which he belongs, have had an unhelpfully disproportionate amount of media coverage. Many Christians are understandably confused. I received this letter this week which I think is not an atypical experience. I am publishing it anonymously with permission and have removed the name of the church. ‘My husband and I worship at a leading conservative evangelical Anglican church and we value the teaching we receive there. Our adult children come from different angles,...
  • Proton's radius revised downward - Surprise measurement may point to new physics

    01/25/2013 11:04:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Science News ^ | January 24, 2013 | Andrew Grant
    Only in physics can a few quintillionths of a meter be cause for uneasy excitement. A new measurement finds that the proton is about 4 percent smaller than previous experiments suggest. The study, published in the Jan. 25 issue of Science, has physicists cautiously optimistic that the discrepancy between experiments will lead to the discovery of new particles or forces. “Poking at small effects you can’t explain can be a way of unraveling a much bigger piece of physics,” says Carl Carlson, a theoretical physicist at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., who was not involved in...
  • Federal Judge Rules that ICE Agents have Standing in Lawsuit Against Federal Government

    01/25/2013 10:31:13 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 25 January 2013 | Anne Manetas
    Federal District Court Judge Reed O'Conner has ruled that 10 ICE agents and officers have standing to challenge in Federal court the so-called Morton Memo on prosecutorial discretion and the DREAM directive on deferred action. The agents filed their complaint in October, charging that unconstitutional and illegal directives from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton order the agents to violate federal laws or face adverse employment actions. This is a major first step for the ICE agents in their case against the administration. In his 35-page decision, Judge O'Conner found that the ICE agents and officers have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-26-13, M, Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops

    01/25/2013 10:26:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-26-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 26, 2013 Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops   Reading 1 2 Tm 1:1-8 Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of Godfor the promise of life in Christ Jesus,to Timothy, my dear child:grace, mercy, and peace from God the Fatherand Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God,whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day.I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears,so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faiththat first lived in your...
  • Man allegedly stole 166 manhole covers

    01/25/2013 10:24:07 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 76 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 25, 2013
    POINCIANA, Fla.,- Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man accused of stealing 166 steel manhole covers and attempting to sell them as scrap. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Christopher Fink, 40, was arrested Thursday after the Toho Water Authority reported $22,000 worth of manhole covers missing Wednesday in Poinciana -- and Fink was caught attempting to sell the covers at local metal dealers, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday. Fink was charged with felony counts of grand theft, dealing in stolen property and giving false verification to a secondhand metal dealer. The sheriff's office said more charges...
  • White House Condemns Court Ruling On 'Unconstitutional' Obama Appointments [Imperial Presidency!]

    01/25/2013 10:10:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | January 25, 2013
    White House Condemns Court Ruling On 'Unconstitutional' Obama Appointments Spokesman says ruling heralded by Republicans' lawyers as 'stinging rebuke' to president is 'novel and unprecedented' 25 January 2013 The Obama administration is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court over its right to make direct appointments when Congress is in recess. Barack Obama breached the constitution when he bypassed Congress to make appointments to a labour relations panel, a federal appeal court ruled on Friday in a decision that was condemned by the White House as "novel and unprecedented". The judgement, from a three-judge panel of the US court of...
  • Hillary Clinton's double vision likely the result of a damaged cranial nerve, say doctors

    01/25/2013 10:09:37 PM PST · by advance_copy · 70 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/13 | Evans, Katz, and Moore
    Hillary Clinton is likely suffering from double vision because she damaged her 6th cranial nerve in a fall a month ago, experts said. "The double vision could occur solely from her hitting her head - even a minor head trauma can do damage to the 6th cranial nerve," said Dr. Mark Kupersmith, Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at St. Lukes-Roosevelt. Damage to the nerve also could have been the result of a blood clot she suffered later, he said.
  • Spouses Club Relents, Says Lesbian Army Wife Can Be 'Full Member' [Conservative America In Retreat?]

    01/25/2013 10:01:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    NBCNews ^ | January 25, 2013 | Bill Briggs,
    Spouses Club Relents, Says Lesbian Army Wife Can Be 'Full Member' Ashley Broadway, left, is pictured with her wife, Lt. Col. Heather Mack and their 2-year-old son. By Bill Briggs Hours after same-sex Army wife Ashley Broadway was named Fort Bragg's 2013 “spouse of the year,” the on-base spouses club — that has for two months rebuffed Broadway's bid to join — fully reversed course and invited her "to become a full member," according to emails sent to NBC News and Broadway. The decision comes one week after the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses (ABOS) extended Broadway — who is...