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  • UN and partners launch global campaign to reduce food waste

    Consumers, food retailers and governments can take simple actions to dramatically reduce some 1.3 million tons of food waste every year, according to a new campaign launched today by the United Nations and its partners. Launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners, the campaign – ‘Think, Eat, Save. Reduce Your Foodprint’ – seeks to accelerate action to eliminate wasteful practices and help countries share successful initiatives on these issues. It specifically targets food wasted by consumers, retailers and the hospitality industry. “In a world of seven billion people, set to grow...
  • Smiley and West: Rush Is Right

    01/28/2013 12:11:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know, we've talked on this program before about Tavis Smiley of PBS and Cornel West, noted academic. He's been at Harvard; he's been at Princeton. These guys, ladies and gentlemen, have -- and I kind of like this. I kind of admire these guys in the sense they've had a national poverty tour. They've been doing this for I don't know for how long. They've been traveling the country trying to call attention, raise consciousness about poverty in America and about how bad it is. This is another thing that doesn't get a whole lot of...
  • White House takes credit on immigration deal

    01/28/2013 11:58:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday welcomed an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and gave credit to President Obama for pressing the issue. "I think it's important before we let the moment pass to acknowledge that the progress we're seeing embodied in the priniciples put forward by this bipartisan group is happening for a reason: I think it's happening because consensus is developing in the country, a bipartisan consensus, and it's happening because the president has demonstrated significant leadership on this issue," Carney said. He said that when immigration reform failed in 2010, Obama...
  • Schumer on TV announcing "bipartisan immigration reform" a done deal in Senate

    01/28/2013 11:55:52 AM PST · by pabianice · 30 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 1/28/13
    In summary, it's the plan Dems have insisted upon for ten years. Schumer insisting that the time is now and that 65% of the public is behind him. Will provide path to citizenship for 12-20 million pre-Democrat voters. Will require all illegals to learn English, stand in line for a chance for citizenship. Will "toughen visa rules." Will ensure closing the border to illegals. Now turning it over to the wonderful John McCain. McCain: Thanks Schumer for his leadership, as well as Dick Durbin for fighting for "the dreamers." Rubio and Menendez also played important roles. This is first step...
  • Up to a third of Barnes & Noble stores to close, report says

    01/28/2013 11:51:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/28/13 | Tiffany Hsu
    Barnes & Noble will shut up to a third of its brick-and-mortar bookstores over the next decade as reading habits change and digital publications evolve, according to a new report. The chain will end up with 450 to 500 stores in 10 years, down from the 689 physical stores it has now, according to Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group. That evens out to about 20 stores shuttered yearly over the period, Klipper said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
  • (Jeb) Bush Attacks Rubio Plan as He Eyes 2016

    01/28/2013 11:50:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 28 Jan 2013 01:02 PM | Lisa Barron
    Neither former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., nor Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. have announced their plans to run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but both are already speaking and acting like contenders, going head to head on issues such as immigration and education reform. Bush said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week that efforts to tackle immigration reform on a piecemeal basis are “short-sighted and self-defeating.” …
  • What did Republicans win in the immigration deal? (No guarantee on border security!!)

    01/28/2013 11:46:05 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday January 28, 2013 | Greg Sargent
    It’s has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan’s process of citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission of Southwestern officials declaring the border secure. Not true. I’ve now got clarification from Senate staff working on the bill, and it turns out that the enforcement commission’s judgments will only be advisory, and are entirely nonbinding. Congress’ actions will not be dictated by what this commission concludes; neither will actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security. The citizenship process will be...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,January 28-February 1,2013

    01/28/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | January 28-February 1,2013 | Sean Hannity
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  • Why the Banks Should Fear Mary Jo White

    01/28/2013 11:36:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Time ^ | January 25, 2013 | Massimo Calabese
    In the binary world of wing-nut commentators, everything is personal. What matters most to ideologues is individuals taking absolute positions in a battle of good versus evil: you’re either with us or you’re against us, and professional association is moral allegiance, regardless of the circumstances. So it’s not surprising to see the left up in arms over the nomination of former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White by President Barack Obama to head the SEC. White had a long and widely-praised career as a public prosecutor and then went to private practice. There she represented big banks and, among others,...
  • 4 dead, dramatic rooftop rescues in Australia floods

    01/28/2013 11:36:06 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Oman Observer ^ | 29 January 2013 | anon
    BRISBANE, Australia - Helicopters plucked dozens of stranded Australians to safety in dramatic rooftop rescues Monday as severe floods swept the northeast, killing four people and inundating thousands of homes. ... Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that an acute emergency was unfolding in Bundaberg ...
  • Seattle Homemaker Fined $13,000 For Doing Background Check On Obama

    01/28/2013 11:33:35 AM PST · by ethical · 420 replies
    January 28, 2013 | Linda Jordan
    On January 10, 2013 the Washington State Supreme Court fined Linda Jordan almost $13,000 because she legally challenged Barack Obama's use of forged identity documents: A fake birth certificate and phony Social Security Number. Jordan wanted the original records to be produced for comparison. Why did Jordan want to see Obama’s real ID? • The Maricopa County Sheriff Department has presented credible evidence that the birth certificate Barack Obama posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011 was forged. (Maricopa County Sheriff Department 602.876.1801) • Jordan’s own research confirmed that Hawaii law requires signatures on birth certificates to...
  • Kirstin Powers: '60 Minutes' Interview 'Was Something You'd Expect From State-Run Media'

    01/28/2013 11:33:11 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | Kirstin Powers
    Liberal Fox News Contributor and Daily Beast columnist Kirstin Powers on the Obama-Hillary Clinton "60 Minutes” interview: “It really was something you’d expect from the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda… This was a joke. You look at it and just not challenging basic things…”
  • Farrakhan: Right To Bear Arms An Outdated Concept

    01/28/2013 11:31:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 28,2013 | CBS DC
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In the third installment of his 52-week sermon series, Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, ridiculed the “volatile” American right to own weapons
  • Did You Know About Hollywood Bombshell Megan Fox’s Surprising Faith Background? Tongues, End Times,

    01/28/2013 11:30:22 AM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Actress Megan Fox, 26, graces the cover of February’s Esquire Magazine. And if you thought it was only a gossip-driven story, you’re wrong: The accompanying interview that will certainly pique the interest of both movie buffs and people of faith, alike.
  • Toilet paper restrictions concern Mahanoy Area parent

    01/28/2013 11:30:03 AM PST · by Altariel · 26 replies
    Republican Herald ^ | January 28, 2013 | JOHN E. USALIS
    MAHANOY CITY - Vandalism in Mahanoy Area High School boys' bathrooms has resulted in toilet paper being issued by request as needed, a policy that one parent believes is embarrassing for students. Karen Yedsena, Mahanoy City, spoke during the public portion of Thursday's school board meeting, asking about the policy. "I'm asking about the high school and why the boys are not allowed to have toilet paper except if they go to the nurse or the office to get it," Yedsena said. The boys' bathrooms in the high school do not have toilet paper due to vandalism. Any boy needing...
  • North Korea Targets U.S. In New Nuclear Tests

    01/28/2013 11:28:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    North Korea: After successfully testing a missile capable of launching a satellite, Pyongyang works toward a nuclear warhead small enough for it to carry an electro-magnetic-pulse weapon of our worst nightmares. When North Korea orbited a failed satellite in December aboard an Unha-3 long-range missile, it was treated in some quarters as a stunt of no real significance or threat. The last Stalinist regime on earth had no deliverable warhead small enough to place on this missile which itself had no great accuracy. Serious observers, however, noted that any nation capable of putting an object in orbit could deliver an...
  • Iran Fordow Nuclear Facility Damaged In Explosion: Was This An Attack?

    01/28/2013 11:27:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | 01/28/2013 | Tom McKay
    A massive explosion rocked Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility last Monday, January 21, destroying huge parts of the installation and trapping as many as 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former Iranian intelligence official. Some mystery surrounds the truth of the reports, which emerged through conservative website WorldNetDaily last week and were recently backed up by the Jerusalem Post, which quoted Israeli intelligence officials confirming the attack. The blast occurred at 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning and shook buildings within a radius of three miles. Fordow’s nuclear plant is buried some 300 feet beneath a mountain, and is immune to...
  • FReepers: Never give up your guns!! [FReepathon thread XII]

    01/28/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 568 replies
    Obama and his socialist-fascist regime now wants to take our guns. Like hell you say. America answers by buying guns in record numbers. Americans will never allow themselves to be disarmed. The founding fathers intended American citizens to be armed to defend themselves from just such runaway tyrannical government. America's response to Obama's attempted gun grab: FUBO!! You want my gun? Come and take it!! Never surrender!! Never retreat!! Never give up your guns!! Free Republic stands for God and country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!!...
  • Fox: mayoral decrees to force local governments to sell all gun control investments unlawful

    01/28/2013 11:24:10 AM PST · by pabianice · 8 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 1/28/13
    Per Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), today's announcements by Leftist mayors that they will sell their local governments' investments in gun companies is Tortious Interference, -- intentional interference with contractual relations, as when a person intentionally damages the plaintiff's contractual or other business relationships.
  • Pray for Our Nation and American Heroes (1/28/13)

    01/28/2013 11:22:13 AM PST · by Faith · 12 replies
    January 28, 2013 | Faith
    Blessed be the Lord Who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our Salvation. Selah.Psalm 68:19
  • Obama congratulates Netanyahu on 'plurality' win

    01/28/2013 11:20:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to offer his reserved congratulations on the Likud party's victories in Israel's recent parliamentary elections, the White House said. Obama, the White House said in its readout of the call, lauded Netanyahu on "his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats."
  • Feinstein's New 'Assault Weapon' Ban: Read It and Sleep

    01/28/2013 11:19:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Reason.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    The full text of the new, supposedly improved "assault weapon" ban proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein last week is now available for your perusal. The 121-page bill consists mostly of Appendix A, which takes up 95 pages and lists 2,258 "Firearms Exempted by the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013." As I said on Friday, this list is redundant at best, since any gun that is not specifically named as an "assault weapon" and does not meet the more general definitions is not supposed to be covered by the law, whether or not it is explicitly "exempted." It seems the main...
  • Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person

    01/28/2013 11:17:42 AM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    CNN.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Ben Brumfield and Kyung Lah
    Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite. A fetus is not legally a person until it is born, the hospital's lawyers have claimed in its defense. And now it may be up to the state's Supreme Court to decide. [...] Representatives of the Catholic bishops of Colorado declined to comment on the legal proceedings, but said they will review the litigation and Catholic Health Initiatives' practices "to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of the Catholic Church." Catholic...
  • Fox: Obama to impose gun control through federal agencies he controls

    01/28/2013 11:16:53 AM PST · by pabianice · 26 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 1/28/13
    Per Fox, Obama knows he will not get gun control through Congress so he is preparing to order federal agencies to require private citizens to obey his gun control measures as a prerequisite for the public to do business with the government.
  • A free-market utopia in the Detroit River?

    01/28/2013 11:16:18 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 12, 2013 | unattributed
    DETROIT, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Detroit-area developer says he wants to turn Belle Isle, a 982-acre park in the Detroit River, into a free market commonwealth with its own laws and currency. Rodney Lockwood visualizes the Commonwealth of Belle Isle as an semi-autonomous city-state of 35,000 people, The Detroit News reported. There would be no income tax, with revenue coming from a property tax based on land value, and its political status would be similar to that of Puerto Rico.
  • Ex-CIA man: Iran blast largest sabotage in decades

    01/28/2013 11:14:21 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 28 Jan 13 | By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Former Revolutionary Guard tells 'Post' that such a blow to Fordow nuclear facility would harm Iran drastically. ranian dissident-turned CIA operative Reza Kahlili told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that an alleged blast at the Fordow nuclear installation in Iran is "the largest case of sabotage in decades." Although it has not yet been verified, a report by Kahlili, according to which a massive blast rocked Iran's key Fordow nuclear installation last week, continued to spread on Monday.
  • How can a man be the husband of 2 wives if the 1st wife was put away for adultery? (Mt. 5)?

    01/28/2013 10:46:27 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    1/28/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    This may seem like a round about way of dealing with this topic, and it does get your attention, but the scriptures are clear on this (adultery/marital unfaithfulness): Jesus said that a man would leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two would be one flesh. Jesus also said (Matthew chapter 5) that a man (or woman) may put away their mate for marital unfaithfulness and remarry. In light of this, since Jesus sanctioned the remarriage, and would not consider the former mate to be the man's wife any longer, this man can be a...
  • The President of the United States Tries to Goad Me Into Saying Something Extreme

    01/28/2013 10:42:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Well, I think we can say, ladies and gentlemen, that my New Year's resolution to keep and adopt a lower profile is out the window. And a lot of people, a lot of you are writing me e-mails very scared, very concerned, and I truly appreciate it, warning me to be careful, that the president is targeting me now, and Fox News, the only remaining media opposition, apparently. I think, folks, the president, he's just probably trying to goad me into saying something extreme, like that would ever happen. I'm gonna tell you, folks, I am not...
  • The Fundamental Reason Banning Guns Is Not The Answer

    01/28/2013 10:41:25 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 3 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-28-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Harry Belafonte has some hunches what Dr. King might have said (NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL)

    01/28/2013 10:41:14 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 18 replies
    Chicag ^ | January 27, 2013 10:28PM | Thomas Conner tconner@suntimes.com
    Harry Belafonte in recent years has been positively Kanye-esque in his outspokenness. The 85-year-old singer — a revered icon in American pop music, the King of Calypso, the resonant voice behind the 1956 classic “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” — has tallied headlines for his frank opinions on matters ranging from U.S. foreign policy to race relations. In 2002, Belafonte likened Secretary of State Colin Powell to a “house slave” for his acquiescence to the invasion of Iraq. He called President George W. Bush “the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world” during a 2006 meeting...
  • Congressional Pay Protected by Constitution

    01/28/2013 10:41:11 AM PST · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Recent legislation passed by the House of Representatives to extend the debt limit included a clause that will withhold salaries from members of Congress if they do not pas a budget. While existing law appears to require that Congress pass an annual budget, the body has neglected to do so since 2009. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) contends that this salary withholding clause is unConstitutiuonal. “The 27th Amendment says that 'No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened,'” Jeffries asserted. “My salary is Constitutionally protected...
  • Shell’s latest offshore platform arrives in Texas

    01/28/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    The hull of Royal Dutch Shell’s latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico. The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months. Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shell’s sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date....
  • Obama Administration Repositioning Homeland Security Ammunition Containers

    01/28/2013 10:28:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The containers are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable numbers/letters probably for inventory, routing, etc. Reader Don sent this in recently: Jim – I passed a convoy of olive drab unmarked 40 foot tractor trailers each with four 10 yard ammo bunker boxes chained to them and unmarked armored Hum-Vee’s heading north on I-95 in Brevard County, Florida this past Thursday morning. The “govt” is positioning these ammo storage boxes, I have been told, in strategic places in population centers around the country. They are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable...
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son

    01/28/2013 10:24:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28 January 2013
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. The queen made the announcement in pre-recorded address broadcast on Dutch television. The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years.
  • Article: "Do People Live Longer among Trees?"

    01/28/2013 10:21:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | January 28, 2013. | Brian Thomas
    Do People Live Longer among Trees? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Could living near trees possibly affect human health? Increasingly, studies indicate that trees can improve human health. Evolution doesn't expect this, but biblically speaking, trees and people have close ties. New research included steps to demonstrate that living longer was not linked to living among trees, but instead linked to more sensible factors "like income, race, and education," according to the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service based in Portland.1 But the researchers found that cardiovascular health clearly declined in people from very different ethnic, income,...
  • Examiner Editorial: Hillary Clinton was not a great secretary of state

    01/28/2013 10:19:20 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 24, 2013 | Examiner Editorial Staff
    f there was one constant through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearances before congressional committees Wednesday, it was that lawmakers fell all over themselves heaping praise on her for the job she has done. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was typical, saying: "Madame Secretary, you have represented us with tremendous strength and poise. You have won us friends." (snip) What on Earth are they referring to? American foreign policy under Secretary Clinton has been one disaster after another. She may not deserve blame for all of them -- or even most of them -- but it defies common sense to call...
  • Great Divide - How Citizens & Cops Are Containing Uncle Sam

    01/28/2013 10:16:30 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 20 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/28/2013 | Guy Smith
    If you really want to annoy somebody, do their job for them in a very public way. This is an angle of the growing separation between American localities and the federal government. From general discontent, to increasing non-participation, to open calls for secession, the public in most states have had enough and are actively driving wedges between themselves and Uncle Sam. When states and local law enforcement join the party, then it is only a matter of time before realignment or divorce becomes reality. After calling for inept, unworkable and unproductive gun control laws (forgive the redundancy), Barack Obama has...
  • NBC Exclusive: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders

    01/28/2013 10:15:05 AM PST · by kristinn · 174 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts....
  • Multiply Liberty By 12

    01/28/2013 10:08:43 AM PST · by Shout Bits
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 1/28/2013 | Shout Bits
    With Pres. Obama's declaration of war on liberty (a.k.a. his inaugural address), and with the GOP's apparent capitulation on taxation and spending, libertarians seem to have little reason to hope. Polls show that as many as one in five Americans hold libertarian views (i.e. the government regulates too much and should not be involved in private moral issues). Why, then, does Washington largely ignore such a large voting block? Why, then, does Washington constantly try to control people's private lives? The next two to four years look bleak, but a determined minority can check the Left through jury nullification. If...
  • MSNBC Host: Thank God and Country Abortion Was There to Save Me

    01/28/2013 10:07:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    We're used to MSNBC's Toure saying outlandish things, but his latest commentary in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is by far the worst. During a segment last week, Toure went on what he called an abortion rant in which he thanked God and country abortion was there to "save him" at a time when taking care of a baby and becoming a father would have been inconvenient for him. He also refers to abortion as a "safety net." We're used to MSNBC's Toure saying outlandish things, but his latest commentary in celebration of the 40th anniversary...
  • Phone unlocking ban could could hit you in the wallet

    01/28/2013 10:07:36 AM PST · by J05h · 29 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Mark Sullivan
    As of Saturday, your options for owning an unlocked phone become far more limited. You can ask your carrier to unlock it—and good luck with that—or you can pay a premium to manufacturers like Apple or Google for a new unlocked phone. You just can’t unlock your phone yourself—at least, not legally. That decision was made not by voters, the courts, or even Congress. It was made by one man, 83-year-old Congressional Librarian James Hadley Billington, who is responsible for interpreting the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Billington decided last October that unlocking your phone yourself is...
  • Are You Waiting On the First Five People To Get Crucified?

    01/28/2013 9:55:57 AM PST · by JoanVarga · 24 replies
    Primordial Slack ^ | 1/25/2013 | Joan Varga
    What was the legend that the hapless political wonk invoked a year or so ago? The Romans would roll into town and crucify the first five people they laid hands on and then they’d have little trouble from the rest of the proles? Something like that. Over at Pat Dollard’s place there is a fine sentiment showing manly, warrior support for Ted Nugent’s “Concord Bridge” comment. I love it. But much of the bravura and dispute in the comments is about firepower and armed conflict. We’re nowhere near that point yet. I think the Dumbed-down Party will allow us to...
  • Register … or Rebel: How Many New Yorkers Will Defy The New Gun Law?

    01/28/2013 9:55:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/28/2013 | Bob Owens
    Already, there are signs that Governor Cuomo and his allies underestimated the pushback. As draconian, ill-advised, and possibly unconstitutional as the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) anti-gun law was when it was hastily signed into law, it might have been far worse — this according to a New York legislator who fought against the bill.Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has released documentation showing rejected Democratic proposals for the NY SAFE Act. They included these: Confiscation of all firearms arbitrarily redefined as “assault weapons”Labeling semi-automatic shotguns as “assault weapons” if they can hold more than five rounds or have...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 9:55:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/28/13 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.
  • Playtime’s over, kindergartners - Standards stressing kids out

    01/28/2013 9:55:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Kindergarten has come a long way, baby — too far, some say. Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.” Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.
  • Obama’s gun plan takes shape

    01/28/2013 9:50:59 AM PST · by Starman417 · 15 replies
    Flopping Aces | 01-27-13 | DrJohn
    In an interview with the New Republic Barack Obama hinted at his gun control plans. Part of the plan is to undermine Republicans from the start. President Obama is suggesting that House Republicans on the issue of gun control appear neither willing to work with him nor listen to the American public on the issue. “The House Republican majority is made up mostly of members who are in sharply gerrymandered districts that are very safely Republican and may not feel compelled to pay attention to broad-based public opinion, because what they're really concerned about is the opinions of their specific...
  • New life for Soros ex’s $50M suit

    01/28/2013 9:50:43 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | January 26, 2013 | JULIA MARSH
    A Manhattan Supreme Court judge shot down the octogenarian mogul’s attempt to dismiss a blockbuster $50 million lawsuit by his decades-younger ex, actress Adriana Ferreyr. Justice Debra James upheld most of the beauty’s claims against the lefty activist, who allegedly reneged on a promise to give her a $1.9 million apartment and then slapped her around . ... James called Soros’ alleged behavior “atrocious.” He “exhibited violent conduct towards her and hired persons to follow and intimidate her,”
  • The Inherent Violence of the Welfare State

    01/28/2013 9:50:30 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 28, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Chicago, home of one of the nation's most stringent gun bans for fifty years, has also been the source of many frightening statistics. The city of Chicago - not the greater metropolitan area, just Chicago proper - surpassed 500 homicides in 2012 all by itself. If gun bans are the solution, the problem must be something other than a murder epidemic, because this gun ban sure isn't solving that one. It's not people from outside Chicago committing the crimes, either. An easy out for the gun banners, if it were true, would be to simply prove that the villains are...
  • Quibbling with Jindal’s Roadmap (For The GOP)

    01/28/2013 9:49:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/28/2013 | Dan Holler
    “I plan to say some things that may challenge your assumptions,” warned Louisiana Governor and rumored 2016 contender Bobby Jindal. “You may not agree with all of it, but that’s ok, ours is a party that can handle real discussions.” Challenge accepted, governor. One of Jindal’s big takeaways, as I understand it, was that to win, we must “re-calibrate the compass of conservatism.” “Our principles are timeless,” he clarified. However, “we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives – in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.” On this point, the governor is absolutely correct....
  • Boeing Battery Quick Fix May Be Elusive

    01/28/2013 9:42:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | January 27, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    The crisis that has enveloped Boeing over the grounded Dreamliner, at a cost of billions of dollars in losses in addition to what has already been “invested” in it -- voluntarily by its owner/investors and coercively from taxpayers – exemplifies perhaps more than any other redistributionist corporatism scheme why government intervention is more headache than help. Pass the industrial-strength Excedrin. Of immediate concern to the Chicago-based jet-manufacturer is the lithium-ion battery that powers so many of the 787’s critical functions. Two instances of “thermal runaway” on Dreamliners’ owned by Japan-based airlines caused that country, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration,to...