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  • Push for all younger women to register with Selective Service gaining steam

    01/29/2013 7:12:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Bill Briggs
    adies, for the first time ever, Uncle Sam soon may be pointing at you. Days after the Pentagon cleared women to take certain combat roles, advocacy groups for military women say another new hour has arrived for all young female adults to register with Selective Service, the giant pool of names collected by the government should America ever opt to revive the draft. The movement to require women ages 18 to 25 to sign up for Selective Service — mirroring the law for all U.S. men in that demographic — is rooted in both active-duty and veteran circles. The Service...
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/29/2013 7:10:13 PM PST · by walford · 65 replies
    AP ^ | January 26, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures.
  • Cruz to Illinois banks, gun companies: Come on down to Texas!

    01/29/2013 7:05:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2013 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Our new Sen. Ted Cruz, of the great state of Texas, has a knack for making himself heard, and I look forward to a tenure filled with such press statements. Dear Rahm, this is what a little state-to-state competition looks like. Companies bullied by Mayor Pottymouth aren’t obligated to stay in the cold, bankrupt, and increasingly inhospitable state of Illinois. And, Cruz is proactive in his pitch to Rahm-targeted Bank of America, TD Bank, Sturm & Ruger, and Smith & Wesson (though not proactive in the subsidies arms race we too often see in state competition over sports teams and...
  • Islam and Science:Road to Renewal(Barf Dream of the Liberal Fallacy To Save Islam Through Science)

    01/29/2013 7:03:37 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | Janyuary 28, 2013 | Staff
    THE sleep has been long and deep. In 2005 Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have produced only two Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics. Both moved to the West: the only living one, the chemist Ahmed Hassan Zewail, is at the California Institute of Technology. By contrast Jews, outnumbered 100 to one by Muslims, have won 79. The 57 countries in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference spend a puny 0.81% of GDP on research and development, about a third of the world average. America, which has the world’s...
  • Senate Confirms John Kerry as Sec of State (And the three repubs that voted against him)

    01/29/2013 7:02:51 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    "Voting against Kerry were three Republicans — Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas"
  • Women in Combat? Some Marines React

    01/29/2013 6:57:35 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | THOMAS JAMES BRENNAN
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, announced last week that the Pentagon was lifting the policy that had barred women from specific combat roles. But Marines who have served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan – myself included – worry that the decision did not take the opinions of infantrymen into account. Being an infantryman isn’t just about uncomfortable living situations. It’s kill or be killed, blood, entrails and fear. We are a brotherhood; a collection of ragtag men who hunt and kill the enemy and travel to...
  • First-Ever Guidelines for Children With Diabetes (type 2!)

    01/29/2013 6:54:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Medscape Medical News ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Miriam E. Tucker
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued the first-ever guidelines for the management of type 2 diabetes in children and teens. Type 2 diabetes is rising rapidly among children and teens because of soaring obesity rates. It now accounts for up to 1 in 3 new cases of diabetes in those younger than 18. These guidelines are for children between the ages of 10 and 18. "Few providers have been trained in managing type 2 diabetes in children and, to date, few medications have been evaluated for safety and [effectiveness] in children," says co-author Janet Silverstein, MD, professor of pediatrics...
  • Russia 'Never Supported' Syrian Government

    01/29/2013 6:49:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    chosun.com ^ | January 30, 2013
    Russia says it "never supported" the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters Monday in Moscow that Russia does not support one side in the Syrian conflict over another, and criticized what he said were other countries misrepresenting Russia's policies. "We were never enchanted with this regime. And we never supported it," he said. "And all of our actions, aimed at helping to fulfill the Geneva agreement to form the transitional body, only confirm that we want the situation to stabilize, and the creation of the conditions that Syrians can themselves decide their fate --...
  • New FOIA lawsuit filed against the EPA

    01/29/2013 6:48:31 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 27, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    The Environmental Law Center of the American Tradition InstitutePRESS RELEASEWashington, D.C. Contact: Chris HornerJanuary 28, 2013 info@atinstitute.orgToday, the Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of the American Tradition Institute (ATI) in federal district court in Washington, DC. ATI seeks to compel EPA to end its eight-month stonewall of two requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding EPA’s close working relationship with two pressure groups with which EPA has uncomfortably close ties, at great taxpayer expense.The complaint cited to journal papers and media reports in supporting its description that: “These two...
  • Mr.L: Sarah Palin Shall Thrive While Old Media Dies (spot on commentary)

    01/29/2013 6:35:08 PM PST · by Kolath · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1/29/2013 | Mr L
    Sarah Palin leaves Fox News and media liberals and moderate republicans rejoice. With knee-jerk hatred they say "she's done, dead, over." How many times have Palin supporters heard this song? I review some distorted reports about Palin's so called demise. Hey haters, did you hear Sloppy Joe McGinniss the lying plagiarist has terminal cancer? Yeah, karma's a ____. If the media types want to see something truly "dead, done, over or irrelevant" they should look in a mirror. Does Palin's decline to continue her contract with Fox News point to 2016? To Palin haters in the media and blogosphere: please...
  • Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos

    01/29/2013 6:34:20 PM PST · by massmike · 38 replies
    http://boston.cbslocal.com ^ | 01/29/2013 | n/a
    A mother says her 5-year-old boy was threatened with suspension after he made a gun out of Legos during an after school program. Sheila Cruz received a written warning recently about her son from the after school staff at the Hyannis West Elementary School because he had been using toys inappropriately. “She (the principal) said, ‘it’s a threat to other children and other children could have been scared.’” School officials say little Joe made the toy gun, then ran around the classroom, pointing it at other kids, and making shooting sounds. Cruz says while she and her husband thought about...
  • (Schadenfreude) Occupy Twitter and Facebook accounts hacked

    01/29/2013 6:32:04 PM PST · by Kolath · 3 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1/29/2013 | Anne Sorock
    A series of Occupy twitter accounts as well as the Occupy Sandy Facebook account were hacked Tuesday evening, with the hackers tweeting out messages like “OCCUPY IS OVER. IT WAS FUN. #SORRY” and “OCCUPY IS OVER.” The affected twitter accounts included @OccupyWallSTNYC, @OccupyTogether, @OccupyChicago, and more. Followers responded with confusion, anger (and more than a few retweets). Here’s some examples of what the hackers tweeted:
  • Vitter, Issa Investigate EPA’s Transparency Problem, More Suspicious E-mail Accounts

    01/29/2013 6:30:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 29, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    EPA Region 8 Administrator violates e-mail rule, uses private e-mail accounts to conduct official business(Washington, D.C.) – In a joint letter sent today, Senator David Vitter (R-La.), the top Republican of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, questioned James Martin, Region 8 Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), regarding his use of a non-official e-mail account to conduct official business, potentially violating federal transparency laws.In documents obtained by Senate EPW and House OGR committees, Administrator Martin used a non-official, me.com, e-mail...
  • Soldier speaks out on wartime viral video, getting shot (helmet cam, Afghanistan)

    01/29/2013 6:22:34 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 29, 2013 7:55 AM
    (CBS News) What does war look like from a soldier's point of view? Tens of millions of YouTube viewers now know, thanks to a video taken in Afghanistan that's gone viral. CBS News spoke with the man who shot the helmet cam video -- and got shot himself in the process. The video has become one of the most viewed three minutes of war video ever, with 23 million hits on YouTube. It's video of a battle with Taliban forces in Afghanistan, as seen through the helmet camera of Pfc. Ted Daniels. It started when he purposely moved into the...
  • Search continues for missing pilot [Aviano AFB, 31st FW]

    01/29/2013 6:21:40 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 2 replies
    Air Force Link ^ | 1/29/2013 | 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
    1/29/2013 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- U.S. and Italian search teams are continuing efforts in the Adriatic Sea to find and rescue a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was declared missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28. Capt. Lucas Gruenther, 31st Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, was conducting a training sortie in an F-16 Fighting Falcon when contact was lost with his aircraft at approximately 8 p.m. Italian aircraft and ships were quickly dispatched to the jet's last known location, 10 to 15 nautical miles east of Cervia, Italy. Italian search teams recovered debris in the...
  • Are you ready to get this done? (BHO email re: immigration reform)

    01/29/2013 6:14:59 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Obama Campaign email
    Today in Nevada, President Obama laid out his plan for comprehensive immigration reform, and right now, he needs to know who's ready to help get this done. Add your name in support of the President's plan for immigration reform today. Ask pretty much anyone, and they'll agree: Our nation's immigration system is broken. But working together, we can fix it so everyone plays by the same rules. To that end, the President has proposed the following steps: - Continue to strengthen and secure our borders; - Crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers; - Establish a legal path to...
  • Sessions: Obama Immigration Enforcement Chief Must Resign

    01/29/2013 6:11:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/29/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton. “Last year, I joined with my colleagues at a press conference with the top representatives of the nation’s rank-and-file immigration law enforcement officers,” Sessions said on Tuesday. “The president with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office and the Border Patrol. Those associations or unions elected to serve as the voice of their fellow officers gave a chilling report at that press conference right over in the Senate building with several other senators. They gave a chilling report about the administration’s systemic...
  • Drifters shut down California highway while doing donuts.

    01/29/2013 6:10:43 PM PST · by nascarnation · 28 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 1/29/2013 | Zach Bowman
    As champions of both rear-wheel drive and the hand brake, we completely understand the compulsion to get sideways on occasion. Hell, there was a time when no vacant parking lot was safe from our hellion ways – but there's a difference between harming nothing but your own rear tires and putting an entire highway's worth of commuters in danger. That's exactly what a set of Orange County kids managed to do when they shut down what looks to be a six-lane interstate for the soul purpose of doing some donuts.
  • Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members [Headed CA's Biggest Local!]

    01/29/2013 6:08:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 28, 2013 | Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts
    Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts January 28 A onetime rising star in national labor circles who headed California's biggest union local was convicted Monday on federal charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his low-income members. Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as a leader of the Service Employees International Union, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial... Jurors deliberated two and a half days before returning their verdict. The trial followed a nearly four-year investigation triggered by a series of Times reports...
  • Obama approves $155 million more in aid to Syrian people

    01/29/2013 6:08:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/29/13
    **SNIP** The president says that he is "under no illusions" about the situation in Syria, where government forces and rebel groups have clashed for two years. But he says Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime continues to weaken and will eventually come to an end.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Miniature Chocolate Bar Are You? ~ 30 January 2013

    01/29/2013 6:04:59 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 121 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
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  • 'Piracy' at sea: Has definition changed? Supreme Court declines to enter fray.

    01/29/2013 6:03:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 22, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a series of lower-court opinions endorsing a broad view of what constitutes the crime of piracy – a move that will make it significantly easier for the government to prosecute and convict suspected Somali pirates in federal court. The high court turned aside an appeal by five Somali nationals convicted of firing shots from a small skiff at a US Navy frigate on patrol 600 miles off the coast of Somalia on April 1, 2010. ... Lawyers for both groups of Somalis urged the Supreme Court to consider whether the Fourth Circuit...
  • “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?”(Senate Hearing)

    01/29/2013 5:58:46 PM PST · by FR_addict · 40 replies
    Senate WebSite ^ | 1/23/2013 | Senate Judiciary Committee
    Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee DATE: January 30, 2013 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Hart 216 OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST: January 23, 2013 NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” for Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman. UPDATED Witness List Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216 10:00 a.m. Captain Mark...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-29-13

    01/29/2013 5:58:11 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-29-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • France orders special forces to protect Niger uranium: source

    01/29/2013 5:51:47 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:31am EST | John Irish, Geert de Clercq, Muriel Boselli, Michel Rose in Paris, Abdoulaye Massalatchi in Niamey
    (Reuters) - France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday. ... Seven workers, including five French nationals, were kidnapped in Arlit by al Qaeda's north African arm AQIM in September 2010. It later released three of the hostages but four French citizens are still being held. ... According to a parliamentary committee enquiring into France's supplies of uranium, about 18 percent of the raw material used to power France's 58 nuclear...
  • (Sex Poodle) Al Gore: Weather news ‘like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation’

    01/29/2013 5:50:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/29/13 | Georgetown
    (STR - Reuters) QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Look at your first story about the flooding in Australia. Today is the three month anniversary of superstorm Sandy here. Two years ago in my home city Nashville, massive flooding. These storms – it’s like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation on the news every day now and people are connecting the dots.”
  • British troops will go to Mali – confirmed

    Hundreds of British troops will be deployed to Mali and West Africa, Number 10 has now confirmed. According to reports, approximately 350 personnel will be deployed. 200 British soldiers are expected to train soldiers in African countries outside of Mali, whilst 40 advisers are to be sent into the country to train troops. The UK would be "contributing to both Malian training and training forces that are involved in providing a regionally-led approach", a Number 10 spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC. 70 Royal Air Force personnel are also to be used for the operation of Sentinel surveillance...
  • Hearing yields explosive testimony about law enforcement corruption in gun case

    01/29/2013 5:38:49 PM PST · by Travis McGee · 49 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | David Codrea
    A decision on whether or not members of a New Mexico gun dealer family will get a new trial on charges of lying on federal firearm purchase forms could happen as early as this week, Las Cruces Sun-News reported yesterday. Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico indicated in yesterday’s hearing that he will make his decision “soon” following a day of testimony that revealed the extent of corruption a key law enforcement witness against the Reese family was under investigation for – a fact the prosecution withheld from the defense...
  • Iran unveils new finger amputating machine for punishing thieves

    01/29/2013 5:36:10 PM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies
    Digital Journal/FARS ^ | 1-29-13 | JohnThomas
    The Iranians have unveiled an amputating machine that will be used to cut off fingers of thieves. The authorities recently exhibited the machine and gave a demonstration of its efficiency as stern warning to would-be-thieves under Islamic penal code. The photos published by the Iranian Press Agency, appear to show a public amputation. According to The Telegraph, the sweatsuit-clad prisoner in the photo was convicted of theft and adultery by a court in the southwest city of Shiraz, last Wednesday. France24 reports he was also accused of leading a criminal organisation. Three masked executioners dressed in black are shown implementing...
  • MyJihad in Turkey: 85-year-old Christian woman repeatedly stabbed, cross carved onto her corpse

    01/29/2013 5:32:07 PM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    The implications of the cross being carved onto Marissa Kucuk's corpse are not explored (no surprise there) in this Economist story: the Economist has never shown any willingness to discuss the jihad against non-Muslims. "Horrific attacks against Armenians," from the Economist, January 29 (thanks to Lookmann): MARISSA Kucuk was a little old Armenian lady who lived on her own in Samatya..., a picturesque neighbourhood of Istanbul where Christians and Muslims used to rub along peacefully. On December 28th Ms Kucuk, 85, was found dead in her apartment. She had been stabbed, repeatedly. Relatives said a crucifix was carved onto her...
  • There Are No Well-intentioned Gun Grabbers

    01/29/2013 5:28:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Liberty Crier ^ | January 27, 2013 | Scott Morefield
    The founders of our Republic understood the fact that government is a necessary evil, the unimpeded growth of which always leads to human suffering on a mass scale. Thinking of not only themselves but their posterity, they bound government with the ‘chains’ of the Constitution, for the first time in history codifying into law rights that had always been understood by right-thinking people as God-given. Their thoughts were that if these rights were written into law they could not be taken away by evil people who inevitably get into and use government to trample the individual liberties of those with...
  • Barack Obama finally embraces Supply Side Economics – but adds just a wee hint of redistribution

    01/29/2013 5:24:35 PM PST · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-29-13 | Vince
    Last week the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report that said that the labor force participation rate (LFPR) dropped to 63.6%, the lowest rate since Jimmy Carter was in office. Essentially that means that of the population of 16 year and older, 37.4% of them decided not to work or not to seek work. That’s 88.8 million people! To put that in perspective, when George Bush took office the LFPR was 67.2% and eight years later it was 1.5% lower at 65.7%. It has dropped 2.1% in Barack Obama’s first four years, the most precipitous drop in workforce participation...
  • (Now Hiring) Who Wants To Be A ‘Death Panelist’?

    01/29/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Who wants to be a ‘death panelist’? Jonathan Gruber was one of the Obama administration’s key advisers during the health-care reform debate. As the economist who conceived the ideas at the heart of the Massachusetts health-care law, he is arguably the intellectual godfather of the Affordable Care Act. All of which would make him a natural fit for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the new, 15-member panel that has the authority to reduce Medicare doctors’ reimbursements and pilot new ways to deliver high quality care for less. There’s just one tiny problem: Gruber has absolutely no interest in serving on...
  • Bloomberg super-PAC running ads against Illinois Democrat Halvorson

    01/29/2013 5:13:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The pro-gun-control super-PAC bankrolled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is going after former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) for her support of gun rights, a move that could badly damage her chances at returning to Congress. Halvorson has clung to a tenuous lead in the Democratic primary so far because of her high name identification in the fractured field. But the deep-pocketed group could prove to be a major player in a district where gun control is highly popular. The Feb. 26 Democratic primary will chose the party's nominee to contend in a March special election to fill...
  • Teen to stand trial as adult for ICE agent shooting

    01/29/2013 5:12:42 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    VALLEYCENTRAL.COM ^ | 01.29.2013 | Sergio Chapa
    An Hidalgo County Judge had ruled a teenager jailed on attempted murder charges will stand trial as an adult. Marquez Alvardo is accused shooting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Kelton Harrison in Hargill back in July 2012. According to reports, Alvardo was 16-years-old when he fired several shots at the federal agent striking him once. Officials say the teen, an older brother and his father pursued and shot Harrison while he was conducting surveillance in the area The former Economedes High School student, who is now 17-years-old, and will be transferred to the Hidalgo County jail. Judge Jesse...
  • Chinese firm wins A123 despite U.S. tech transfer fears

    01/29/2013 5:08:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Reuters | January 29, 2013 | By Tom Hals and Ben Klayman
    (Reuters) - China's largest auto parts maker won U.S. government approval to buy A123 Systems Inc (AONEQ.PK), a maker of electric car batteries, despite warnings by some lawmakers that the deal would transfer sensitive technology developed with U.S. government money. The sale of the lithium-ion battery maker to a U.S. unit of Wanxiang Group was approved by a U.S. government committee on foreign investment, according to a statement from the Chinese company. Last month, Wanxiang's U.S. unit agreed to pay $257 million for A123's automotive battery business and related assets in a bankruptcy auction, beating U.S. rival Johnson Controls Inc...
  • Surprising Tools of Modern Gunmaking: Plastic and a 3-D Printer (NYT)

    01/29/2013 5:01:19 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | By HENRY FOUNTAIN
    A man in Wisconsin viewed it as a technical challenge. Another, in New Hampshire, was looking to save some money. And in Texas, a third wanted to make a political point. The three may have had different motivations but their results were the same: each built a working gun that included a part made in plastic with a 3-D printer. What they did was legal and, except for the technology and material used, not much different from what do-it-yourself gunsmiths have been doing for decades. But in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the intensified debate over...
  • Keystone XL decision may loom large for red state Democrats in 2014 midterms

    01/29/2013 4:56:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A handful of vulnerable Democratic senators running for reelection in red states are seeking to insulate themselves from political fallout if the Obama administration rejects the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Canada. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), joined 44 of their Republican colleagues in signing a letter last week urging Obama to expedite the pipeline's approval. Although Democrats say the controversial pipeline may not linger as an issue at the ballot box in 2014, the senators’ full-throated support for the controversial project could shield them from GOP attacks...
  • Meet Kangaroo Dundee: 6ft7in Australian who is substitute dad to dozens of orphan marsupials

    01/29/2013 4:51:00 PM PST · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd January 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'An animal lover nicknamed 'Kangaroo Dundee' is set to star in a BBC star documentary that follows his life in the Australian Outback mothering orphaned marsupials. Chris Barnes gave up life in the city to build a shack with no running water or boiler, where he cares for the animals. The 6ft 7" Australian, nicknamed Brolga, cares for the babies 24 hours-a-day, taking them to the supermarket in nearby Alice Springs and even letting them sleep at the end of his bed. His amazing story has been documented in a two-part BBC2 series Kangaroo Dundee. The film shows Brolga -...
  • .22 LR the new gold standard?

    01/29/2013 4:44:13 PM PST · by hadaclueonce · 117 replies
    vanity
    .22 LR ammo is on back order at all wholesellers. Who is buying it up? Oil speculators? Late to come to the party preppers? The Feds? Price on the secondary market has gone up 5 times here in Texas.
  • If A Movie Was Made About Obama's Benghazi Scandal It Would Probably Go Something Like This...

    01/29/2013 4:44:06 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-29-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Inspired by the #ObamaWarFilms game on Twitter...
  • Would-be carjackers foiled by mysteries of the stick shift

    01/29/2013 4:41:10 PM PST · by grundle · 101 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    An attempted stickup was confounded by a car’s stick shift, when would-be carjackers failed to understand the mechanics behind a manual transmission. Randolph Bean tells WOFL FOX 35 that two men attempted to steal his 2002 yellow Corvette at gunpoint outside an Orlando hospital, but they ended up running away after they couldn’t figure out how to drive his car. "They apparently couldn't start it,” Bean 51, is quoted as saying in a police report. “I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission." After several failed attempts, the thieves eventually...
  • Freep a Poll! (Immigration reform push a step in the right direction?)

    01/29/2013 4:40:12 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    dailynews.com ^ | 1-29-13 | LA Daily News
    Is the current immigration reform push a step in the right direction? Yes No
  • Google's Trillion-Dollar Driverless Car -- Part 2: The Ripple Effects

    01/29/2013 4:38:25 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/24/2013 | Chunka Mui
    While Part 1 of this series laid out the significant benefits in safety and savings that could come from a driverless car, there is an old saying: One man’s savings are another man’s lost revenue. The fact is that a driverless car would slash hundreds of billions of dollars of annual revenue, or even trillions, from all sorts of entities: car makers, parts suppliers, car dealers, auto insurers, auto financiers, body shops, emergency rooms, health insurers, medical practices, personal-injury lawyers, government taxing authorities, road-construction companies, parking-lot operators, oil companies, owners of urban real estate, and on and on and on.
  • MSNBC Analyst: Republicans 'Crazy Crackers' Who Use 'Hateful Language'

    01/29/2013 4:31:24 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 52 replies
    Briebart ^ | 1/29/2013
    Today on MSNBC contributor Karen Finney called to Republicans “crazy crackers on the right" who use “hateful language." Video at link: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/01/29/Liberal-Host-Republicans-Are-Crazy-Crackers-Who-Use%20-Hateful-Language
  • NAACP president: Black people worse off under Obama

    01/29/2013 4:30:43 PM PST · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    washington times ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said Sunday, perhaps unwittingly, that black Americans “are doing far worse” than when President Obama first took office. “The country’s back to pretty much where it was when this president started,” Mr. Jealous told MSNBC host David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” “White people in this country are doing a bit better. Black people are doing far worse.”
  • Announcing the First Freeper Opus Contest !! Cash Donation to Fund Raiser for Best Opus !!

    01/29/2013 4:28:33 PM PST · by beebuster2000 · 58 replies
    self | jan 29, 2013 | beebuster2000
    Here is your chance to write that Opus ! And it wont even count ! Yes! You can post an Opus and not have to leave, its just a contest. The finest Opus posted by Friday Feb 1, as judged by me and this thread, will have a donation made by me to the fundraiser of $200. Let your inner Opus out !!
  • NRA officials counter "bogus surveys " about the group's membership

    01/29/2013 4:17:40 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Here's what the NRA members said: 93 percent oppose a law requiring gun owners to register with the federal government. 92 percent oppose gun confiscation via mandatory buy-back laws. 92 percent oppose a federal law banning the sale of firearms between private citizens. 91 percent of support laws keeping firearms away from the mentally ill. 89 percent oppose banning semi-automatic firearms, often "mistakenly called assault rifles." 82 percent approve of the idea of "qualified armed security professionals in every school." 79 percent agree that President Obama's "balanced approach" to guns means regulations that "will take away our 2nd Amendment rights."...
  • Guess What: Obama’s Having a Hard Time Finding Anyone to Serve on That So-Called ‘Death Panel’

    01/29/2013 4:11:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Becket Adams
    The 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (i.e. the so-called “death panel”) included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has run into a bit of problem: Very few want to join. Jonathan Gruber, for example, helped lay the groundwork for Massachusetts’ health-care law and played an important role in making “Obamacare” the law of the land. So you’d think he’d be an obvious choice for the panel, right? “No way,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “Maybe if it was a part-time gig. But full time? I can’t see it.” And he’s not alone. “It is supposed...
  • Reid Statement On President Obama’s Immigration Speech

    01/29/2013 4:05:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 1/29/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after President Obama delivered an address on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas:“President Obama offered a clear vision of the steps we need to take to fix our broken immigration system, and made clear that he stands ready to work with the members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who are currently drafting a common-sense, bipartisan solution to this issue.“President Obama’s administration has already made  great strides in securing our border – including more than doubling the number of boots on the ground and deploying...