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  • LA Officials: 3 Held Over Attempt To Drive African American Family Out Of Compton

    01/26/2013 11:56:25 AM PST · by zeestephen · 62 replies ^ | 26 January 2013 | Jason Kandel
    A group of Latino males who claimed to be in a local street gang used metal pipes and shouted racial epithets [say hi to the new Hispanic majority].
  • Triumph for property owner’s rights! : Victorious motel owner slams U.S. Attorney ;

    01/26/2013 11:54:47 AM PST · by virgil283 · 26 replies
    iowntheworld ^ | January 26, 2013 - 08:06 | BigFurHat
    "A Tewksbury motel owner who just beat back U.S. Attorney three-year bid to seize his business has become the latest critic to accuse ...of prosecutorial bullying. I don’t think she should have the power she has to pull this stuff on people,” Russ Caswell, owner of the Motel Caswell, .... The feds first tried to grab Caswell’s property in 2009 under drug seizure laws, citing numerous drug busts at the motel. Caswell’s defense team argued that he was not responsible for what guests did. And his lawyers found there was actually more drug activity at nearby businesses, and theorized the...
  • Exit Another Fighting Gen.

    01/26/2013 11:51:16 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2013 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010. (excerpt)
  • GOP Moves to Scrap Winner-Take-All Voting

    01/26/2013 11:45:40 AM PST · by Baynative · 123 replies
    Newser ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Mark Russell
    Republicans in swing states that went for President Obama are pushing for a big change in how the Electoral College works, reports the Washington Post. The idea is to apportion electoral votes according to congressional district, instead of the winner-take-all system that most states employ. In Virginia, for example, the difference would be dramatic—Obama would have taken only four of the state's 13 electoral votes in 2012.
  • An Army Veteran Plus a 9mm Handgun Equals a Bad Day for a Robber

    01/26/2013 11:45:10 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/26/13 | Jason Howerton
    ‘You Came Real Close to Losing Your Life’ A wheelchair-bound war veteran in Bogart, Ga. was targeted as a robbery victim. Given the fact that he is handicapped, the home burglar may have thought it would be the easiest job of his life. Wrong. Army veteran Mark Sikes told WAGA-TV he heard someone breaking down his front door. That’s when he pulled his 9mm handgun out of his drawer. “Next thing I know there’s a man standing in the hallway of my house, looking in my bedroom,” he said. “I reached and got the gun out of my drawer and...
  • Joint Chiefs Looking to Lower Combat Standards

    01/26/2013 11:39:20 AM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Now that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has decreed that women may not be excluded from front line combat positions, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey ordered a review of the standards applied to personnel in these positions. Dempsey's order specifically requires all commanders to justify any minimum standards that would tend to disproportionately impact women. “As it stands now, many of the physical requirements imposed on combat troops are beyond the capabilities of the vast majority of female soldiers,” Dempsey said. “This makes the standards inherently discriminatory and denies these female soldiers equal rights. The...
  • Second Amendment Ratified to Preserve Slavery (barf-up both lungs alert)

    01/26/2013 11:35:46 AM PST · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Truth-out ^ | 1/26/13 | Hartmann
    Received from a Navy buddy who has since been seduced by the Dark Side. ===================================================== The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the Framers knew the difference - see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too. In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the "slave patrols," and they...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    01/26/2013 11:30:39 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    January 26, 2012 | Irish Rose
    But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, “O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” But the LORD replied, “Have you any right to be angry?” Jonah went out and sat down at a...
  • Pilot Boats In Giant Waves

    01/26/2013 11:18:56 AM PST · by navysealdad · 30 replies
    Two Interceptor pilot boats in a big storm with 10m (33ft) breaking seas off Roches Point, Cork, Ireland
  • Gun Control Advocates March as Nation Reels From School Shootings

    01/26/2013 11:17:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | Saturday, January 26, 2013 | Michael Martinez and Emily Schmidt
    Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who've had enough of gun violence. On a cold day, a vanguard led a blocks-long procession with a big blue banner, declaring "March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance." The demonstrators want reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles such as the one used in the recent Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, plus the gunman and his mother. The protestors also...
  • Scottish Terrier Puppies Pinwheel

    01/26/2013 11:16:27 AM PST · by rocky50 · 24 replies
    Scottish Terrier puppies eat together in a synchronized fashion
  • My Prediction For 2013…And Beyond

    01/26/2013 11:12:44 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TDR ^ | 1-25-2013 | Chris Mayer
    My Prediction For 2013…And Beyond By Chris Mayer 01/25/13 An old bit of advice says, “Never eat at a place called Mom’s or play poker with a man named Doc.” That’s a joke, but this isn’t: Never fall for an argument that says we’ll run out of some natural resource or bet on the “end” of cheap anything. Such views will cost you money in the long run. Let’s look at potash, a rock mined and processed to make fertilizers. This is a commodity that got exciting in 2008 and 2009 as the price ran from under $200 to $1,000...
  • 60 Minutes "SMOOCHES" Obama & Hillary: Investigative Journalists NOT!

    01/26/2013 11:00:43 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-26-2013 | MOTUS
    You’ve probably heard that Big Guy needs a new secretary. So why did Steve Kroft invite him to come on the 60 Minutes show with his old secretary – and not even ask him if he’s posted the opening yet?     60 Minutes? 60 Minutes the premier “investigative journalism” program? What are they investigating? The role of the U.S. in the rise of the Arab Spring? The U.S. role in the resurgence of al Qaeda in the Middle East?  The State Department’s complicity in Fast and Furious, the failed plan to get guns out of the hands of bitter...
  • Bear surprises cam crew on frozen lake......

    01/26/2013 10:56:59 AM PST · by Doogle · 15 replies
    YT ^ | 01/17/13 | Samsungtvaustralia
    Bear walks in on a camera crew filming a commercial....(samsung)
  • Udall, Bennet say they still want assault weapons ban (CO Waffling Senators)

    01/26/2013 10:55:40 AM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    kwgn ^ | 1:44 pm, January 25, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Colorado’s two Democratic senators are pushing back at a Denver Post story Thursday that reported they are waffling on supporting legislation to ban assault weapons due to political concerns. In December, roughly a week after the Newtown shooting that killed 20 first-graders, Sen. Mark Udall and Sen. Michael Bennettold FOX31 Denver that they wanted to see a new ban on assault weapons. “I’ve come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don’t have any place in our society,” Udall said. “We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994...
  • Anonymous hacks US Sentencing Commission, distributes files

    01/26/2013 10:50:39 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 115 replies
    ZDNET ^ | Violet Blue
    Hacktivist group Anonymous took control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website Friday, January 25 in a new campaign called "Operation Last Resort." The first attack on the website was early Friday morning. The second - successful - attack came around 9pm PST that evening. anonymous By 3am PST was down (it has since been dropped from the DNS), yet as of this writing the IP address ( still returns the defaced site's contents. It appears that via the U.S. government website, Anonymous had distributed encrypted government files and left a statement on the website that de-encryption keys would be...
  • Openly Gay, and Openly Welcomed in Congress

    01/26/2013 10:49:04 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/26/2013 | Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON — When Mark Takano ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice in the early 1990s, his opponents tried to smear him as a “homosexual liberal” and a “nutzoid.” One of them even had pink fliers printed that asked, “A Congressman for Riverside ... Or San Francisco?” When he ran again last year, he won by almost 20 points. “Flash forward 18 years,” Mr. Takano said recently, “and the very macho building tradesmen are behind me. I’m getting pictures with them in their hard hats.” For decades, the words “gay” and “Congress” were usually seen together only in stories of scandal and...
  • Judge rules EPA can’t mandate use of nonexistent biofuels

    01/26/2013 10:47:39 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/26/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    A federal court delivered a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel agenda, ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which isn’t commercially available. The court sided with the country’s chief oil and gas lobby, the American Petroleum Institute, in striking down the 2012 EPA mandate that would have forced refineries to purchase more than $8 million in credits for 8.65 million of gallons of the cellulosic biofuel. However, none of the biofuel is commercially available. “[W]e agree with API that EPA’s 2012 projection of cellulosic biofuel production was in excess of...
  • NASA chief: Obama wanted me to make Muslims feel good

    01/26/2013 10:41:42 AM PST · by pabianice · 29 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | July 2010 | Bolden
    Bears re-reading as Obama begins his Second Assault upon the United States. ==================================================== Yeah, that's what NASA should be all about. "Charlie Bolden: Stealth Middle East Diplomat?," by Keith Cowing at NASA Watch, July 2 (thanks to Weasel Zippers): Bolden: I am here in the region - its sort of the first anniversary of President Barack Obama's visit to Cairo - and his speech there when he gave what has now become known as Obama's "Cairo Initiative" where he announced that he wanted this to become a new beginning of the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world....
  • An Exclusive Look at a new Word on Fire Project!

    01/26/2013 10:41:33 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | January 15, 2013 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Do you remember how I sang the praises of (and gave near-constant recommendations for) Father Robert Barron’s book, Catholicism; A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, and his Catholicism Series?Do you remember how much you loved the book, and then the DVD series, which was so beautifully shot and so richly informative that PBS eventually picked it up?Do you remember how much you wished the project would keep going, because it fed the faith intelligently and brightly, but in an accessible and easygoing fashion?Do you remember how, once you’d seen and/or read Catholicism, you thought to yourself, well, now...