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  • Execution of woman in Texas postponed, lawyers to argue jury discrimination [Kimberly McCarthy]

    01/29/2013 11:42:57 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 11 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | January 29, 2013 | Corrie McLaggan
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The execution of Kimberly McCarthy was postponed by a Texas judge on Tuesday, the day she was to die, to give her lawyers time to argue that racial discrimination played a role in choosing the jury that convicted her. It was rescheduled for April 3 and, if carried out, McCarthy will be the first woman to be put to death in the United States in nearly three years.
  • Police Captain Exonerated in Wife's Murder, Freed From Prison

    01/29/2013 11:29:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue January 29, 2013 | Jim Kavanagh
    A former Akron, Ohio, police captain who was convicted of murdering his wife in 1997, has been cleared of the crime and released after more than 14 years in prison. Douglas Prade walked out of the Madison Correctional Institution around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, CNN affiliate WOIO reported, a few hours after Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter ruled he was innocent of the crime and ordered him released. County officials said they will appeal the decision. Margo Prade, a popular doctor, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in her vehicle in her office's parking lot in November 1997....
  • Europe: The world’s new superpower

    01/29/2013 11:22:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    National Post ^ | Jan 29, 2013 10:10 AM ET | Anne Applebaum
    “A decade of war is now ending,” U.S. President Barack Obama declared Monday. Maybe that’s true in America, but it isn’t true anywhere else. Extremists are still plotting acts of terror. Authoritarian and autocratic regimes are still using violence to preserve their power. The United States can step back from international conflicts, but that won’t make them disappear. Fortunately, there is another power that shares America’s economic and political values, that possesses sophisticated military technology and is also very interested in stopping the progress of fanatical movements, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. That power is Europe. …...
  • Clinton supporters form super PAC in case she runs

    01/29/2013 11:07:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2013 5:41 PM EST
    Some grass-roots supporters of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have formed a super PAC to help a potential Clinton presidential campaign in 2016—even though Clinton says she hasn’t decided her plans. A super PAC called “Ready for Hillary” was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Friday and the group plans to launch its website in the coming weeks. …
  • Groupons response to gun related merchants.

    01/29/2013 11:03:27 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 17 replies
    Groupon
    Groupon Support Hi, Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We understand that this is a sensitive topic, and that some of our customers may not agree with our choice to pause the promotion of firearm-related deals. Groupon has always aimed to offer a diverse range of products and services to meet the various tastes and interests of our subscribers. However, at this time, enough customers and merchants have voiced their opinions that we believe a hiatus is warranted. Please note that we have never sold guns, and this hiatus only applies to firearm-related deals including...
  • Hawaii, D.C. give Obama top ratings in '12

    01/29/2013 10:51:32 PM PST · by Red Steel · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:49 AM
    PRINCETON, N.J., Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Hawaii and the District of Columbia were the most likely to approve of President Obama in 2012 while Utah and Wyoming were least likely, Gallup said. This year's top approval rankings saw Rhode Island move into the top 10 states plus the District, and Illinois drop out, Gallup's analysis of its Daily tracking for last year, released Monday, indicated. Among the bottom 11 states, Kentucky and South Dakota dropped out, replaced by Alabama and Nebraska. Obama received majority approval in 14 states and the District of Columbia, compared with the 26 states and the...
  • Obama Immigration Plan vs. 'Gang of Eight': How They Differ

    01/29/2013 10:38:00 PM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | January 29, 2013
    President Barack Obama laid out his plan for comprehensive immigration reform Tuesday that largely mirrored an immigration proposal unveiled by a bipartisan group of senators a day earlier – with some important differences. Both plans agree on the same four core principles for comprehensive immigration reform: strengthening border security, create an employee verification system, a pathway to citizenship, and fixing the legal immigration system. But here is how they differ: Pathway to Citizenship The most striking difference between them is how to get an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States on the pathway to citizenship. The...
  • For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

    01/29/2013 10:34:01 PM PST · by GodfearingTexan · 52 replies
    "beside a stream there was a dwelling. Blackened by time and rain, the hut was piled up on all sides with taiga rubbish—bark, poles, planks. If it hadn't been for a window the size of my backpack pocket, it would have been hard to believe that people lived there. But they did, no doubt about it.... Our arrival had been noticed, as we could see."
  • Boehner spokesman to Obama: Don’t mess up immigration effort

    01/29/2013 10:27:07 PM PST · by Red Steel · 35 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 29, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Rosalind S. Helderman
    A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner warned President Obama Tuesday not to derail bipartisan efforts to overhaul immigration laws by pushing more liberal proposals than those under consideration in Congress. “There are a lot of ideas about how best to fix our broken immigration system,” spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement, responding to Obama’s Las Vegas speech on immigration. “Any solution should be a bipartisan one, and we hope the President is careful not to drag the debate to the left and ultimately disrupt the difficult work that is ahead in the House and Senate.”
  • Cops shoot dogs in front of Pennsylvania high school

    01/29/2013 10:22:16 PM PST · by Daffynition · 86 replies
    NBCNews ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | asani Gittens
    A dog fight ended with a hail of bullets in a Philadelphia suburb, leaving residents shocked and looking for answers. The incident started on Friday at around noon when a stray dog got into a pickup truck at a red light in Chester, Pa., and began fighting with another pooch, NBCPhiladelphia.com reported. [cell-phone video at source]
  • A Battle Conservatives Need to Fight

    01/29/2013 10:21:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.25.13 | LARRY THORNBERRY
    Yes, Dear, I Mean Yes, Sir, I mean Yes Ma’am, I mean Yes, Ms., I mean… It’s absolutely stunning that we’re even talking about this. Have we taken total leave of our senses? --snip-- Opening combat positions to women, our clueless commander in chief says, is an “historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens.” If Obama imagines that one woman in a hundred has what it takes to be a kick-butt, infantry ground-pounder, he’s led a more sheltered life than I ever imagined. Obama ends his statement with this howler: “Today, every American can be...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 01-30-13

    01/29/2013 10:13:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 01-30-13 | Revised New American Bible
    January 30, 2013 Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time   Reading 1 Heb 10:11-18 Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying: This is the covenant I will establish with themafter those days, says the Lord:“I will...
  • Sinkhole Swallows Whole Building Complex in China

    01/29/2013 10:11:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Jan 2013
    A sinkhole swallows an entire building complex in China's southern Guangdong province.The group of buildings was totally swallowed by the hole which appeared near the construction site of a new underground train station in Guangzhou, one of China's biggest cities. The first building collapsed at 1620 local time (0820 GMT). The other three buildings then fell into the ten metre hole later that evening, according to China state television CCTV.
  • Minesweeper to be cut up for removal from Philippine reef

    01/29/2013 10:06:54 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 29 Jan 13 | Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy minesweeper that got stuck on a reef off the coast of the Philippines will have to be dismantled and removed in sections, a process that is expected to take over a month, Navy officials said Wednesday. The salvage plan is still under review by the Philippine Coast Guard, but it likely means the end for the 23-year-old USS Guardian. “Our naval architecture and salvage experts have reviewed all possible alternatives, and our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Anthony Falvo wrote...
  • 16-Year-Old Screamed as He Was Hacked to Death With Swords in Central London

    01/29/2013 9:44:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | Hayley Dixon
    A mother was forced to stand at a police cordon and watch as her 16-year-old son bled to death after he was stabbed to death with "swords" in a busy central London street.The boy, who has not been named, was heard screaming for his life as he was attacked in Lupus street, Pimlico, shortly before 7pm yesterday, eyewitnesses have claimed. He was rushed to hospital where he died from his wounds, becoming the first teenager to be killed in London this year. Scotland Yard have launched a murder inquiry and said that they are keeping an “open mind” on the...
  • Watchdog says taxpayers may lose $27B in bailout

    01/29/2013 9:38:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2013 12:03 AM EST | Marcy Gordon
    A government watchdog says U.S. taxpayers stand to lose $27 billion from the 2008 financial bailout, up from an estimate of $22 billion made in the fall. A report issued Wednesday by the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the estimate is higher because of increased losses for the Treasury Department on sales of shares in bailed-out companies. Ally Financial, the former financial arm for General Motors, still owes $14.6 billion of the $17.2 billion in aid it received. The report says taxpayers can expect to lose $5.5 billion on that investment because of the company's...
  • Breaking: NM Gun Control Measure Stalls on 8-8 Vote

    01/29/2013 9:32:10 PM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday Janueary 28, 2013 POSTED: 7:46 pm | Milan Simonich
    [Thanks to all Freepers who helped out.]After nearly five hours of heated testimony and debate, a measure that would have required mandatory background checks for firearm purchases from gun shows or private vendors failed to advance in the New Mexico’s House of Representatives. ...One Democratic legislator, Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, joined with the committee’s Republican members in voting against the legislation. The other Democratic committee members voted in favor it. ...Note that: ... About 180 people attended the hearing, a turnout so large that debate on the bill was moved to the floor of the House of Representatives, the most...
  • Obama's Immigration Plan: Expedite 11 Million Illegal Immigrants to Citizenship

    01/29/2013 9:26:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama has wrapped up his $1.6 million campaign event immigration reform speech in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Now is the time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform," Obama said. Piggybacking off of a bipartisan immigration reform plan presented by eight Senators yesterday, Obama called on Congress to quickly come up with legislation. "We can't allow immigration reform to get bogged down in endless debate," Obama said. "For the first time in years, Republicans and Democrats seem ready to attack this problem together." Although Obama focused on further enforcement as a top priority for reform, he stressed the need to expedite...
  • FBI agents Raid S. Fla. Office of Eye Doc Tied to Gift, Prostitution Controversy w/ Sen. Menendez

    01/29/2013 9:21:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Marc A. Caputo
    FBI agents raid South Florida office of eye doc tied to gift, prostitution controversy with Sen. Bob Menendez Source link. FBI agents raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor accused in the conservative press of providing free trips and even Dominican Republic prostitutes to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, late Tuesday night to start hauling away potential evidence in about a dozen white vans. The exact focus of the...
  • Media Bias Exposed: MSNBC Doctors Video to Push Left-Wing Agenda

    01/29/2013 9:15:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Daniel Doherty
    The elite media and scores of journalists on the left are outraged today because a group of pro-gun rights activists allegedly “heckled” Neil Heslin, the father of six-year-old Jesse Lewis -- one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre -- during a Connecticut hearing on gun violence on Tuesday. Here’s the MSNBC clip making the rounds on Twitter: But wait. As Twitchy points out, the original video has obviously been altered and tampered with (fast forward to the 15:05 mark):VideoIt’s abundantly clear that someone at MSNBC doctored the original video in order to (a) push their radical,...
  • Loyola Students: Professor Required Us to Attend Van Jones Lecture

    01/29/2013 9:14:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 1/29/13 | Rebel Pundit
    An event this past Wednesday at Loyola University Chicago featuring former Obama administration official Van Jones strayed far from the marketed title of “2013 MLK Celebration,” instead encouraging students to embrace a “new patriotism” and the “ugly-unequal founding” of America. Several students reported that they were compelled by their “environmental sustainability” professor to attend the radical lecture—students who up until that evening told me they had no prior familiarity with Van Jones. One student interviewed said approximately thirty students attended this class.
  • Islamic leaders join war on guns

    01/29/2013 9:13:08 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    theaustralian.com.au ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dan Box
    HUNDREDS of NSW police officers have mounted a series of aggressive raids across western Sydney over the past five days, marking a dramatic shift in the force's response to the city's escalating gun violence. For the first time, senior police say, Sydney's Islamic leaders are co-operating with their investigations, but they warn more help is needed or the community risks losing one of its children to the shootings. While the violence has seen six men shot dead in the past four months, detectives fear a possible escalation through the use of more powerful, military-grade weapons or homemade bombs. Earlier this...
  • Hagel in 2003: Israel Keeps 'Palestinians Caged Up Like Animals'

    01/29/2013 9:07:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/29/13 | Staff
    Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel protested what he called the “completely distorted” record on Israel that his critics are promoting in an interview earlier this month with his hometown newspaper. The former Nebraska senator said an accurate assessment would show “unequivocal, total support for Israel.” Yet a decade earlier, the same newspaper–the Lincoln Journal Star–quoted Hagel making a startling accusation against Israel in a Jan. 12, 2003 article. Israel, Hagel declared, was “keep[ing] Palestinians caged up like animals.” Hagel does not elaborate on the claim or explain how Israel keeps Palestinians caged up like animals
  • Gun meeting draws anger in Clarence

    01/29/2013 9:06:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    wivb.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Lou Raguse
    CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - In Clarence, tempers flared as gun-owners met with state officials to talk about the New York SAFE Act. The Clarence library was packed with around 200 people in an area meant to hold 90. Many acknowledged they only turned up to protest. But some, while opposed to the law, just wanted questions answered. The point of the meeting was to answer questions about New York State's new restrictions to gun ownership. And that's why Vincent Dewind was there. "Some came to protest. I came to learn about the law," he said. He by no means supports...
  • The "What Difference Does it Make" Shuffle

    01/29/2013 9:04:15 PM PST · by RobaWho · 1 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | Rob Cunningham
    My fellow citizens, the hubris, contempt and felonious disregard for truth, decency and honor by condescending government elitists is breathtaking. At what point will constitutional abuses and treason amounting to High Crimes & Misdemeanors generate your personal outrage? Have you no shame? Is is too much to expect our so-called media organizations to drop the gushing infatuation and public displays of affection during their evening shows, events formerly known as “the evening news”, and actually serve their viewers by showing enough respect to hold elected criminals accountable? Or do you ask, as Hillary cackled before the Senate, “What difference does...
  • Obama Job Approval Rating Lower than Nixon´s

    01/29/2013 9:02:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 1/29/13 | AWR Hawkins
    According to Gallup, President Obama is tied with George W. Bush for most unpopular re-elected president since Gallup began measuring presidential job-approval in 1945. In fact, Gallup found that apart from Bush, "every president...has had a higher job-approval rating in the January following his reelection than Obama has." Obama´s approval rating is at 52. Think about it this way--following reelection, President Reagan´s approval numbers beat Obama´s by 11 points, President Eisenhower´s beat Obama´s by 21, and a much-derided Republican President named Richard Nixon
  • Wild Teen Rave Upsets Springs Residents in Dubai

    01/29/2013 9:01:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    <>Dubai Police called in to finally shut-down bash The Springs in Dubai is known to be a quiet, even sleepy, residential community where in most households children are in bed by 8.30pm. A few days ago, however, residents were up until midnight as 50-odd teenagers decided to hire a villa in Springs 11 for some fun and frolic. Apparently, a teenager decided to ‘rent’ the vacant villa and throw a party for his friends – and theirs. What began in late evening as a small get-together of a handful of teenagers swelled to a 3-bedroom villa playing host to more...
  • Give gun owner identification the same rules as voter id voter id

    01/29/2013 8:57:48 PM PST · by vegava · 15 replies
    What do my fellow Freepers think about holding gun owners to the same identification standards as voters? Liberals don't think we have a voter fraud issue, I don't think we have a gun owner issue. Make sense?
  • Julia Gillard announces (Australian) federal election date

    01/29/2013 8:55:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 30th January 2012 | Malcolm Farr and Simon Benson
    VOTERS will go to the polls on September 14 in what will mark the longest election campaign in the nation's history. In a speech at the National Press Club Prime Minister Gillard confirmed the election date. The Prime Minister said her early announcement would allow business and consumers to "plan their year". But it was also a challenge to the Opposition to deliver policy detail sooner than it might want. "The benefit of fixing the date now is not just the end of speculation about election timing. It gives shape and order to year," she said.
  • How President Obama Lost His Shirt to John Boehner

    01/29/2013 8:52:31 PM PST · by TheRhinelander · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/29/2013 | Ralph Benko
    The House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, has precipitated a postponement in the debt ceiling fight until May. This represents a strategic choice by Boehner to make the Sequester fight, not the debt ceiling fight, the next major engagement. Much of the mainstream media now is accusing Congress of “kicking the can down the road.” They are missing the strategic implications. In retrospect, at the Battle at Fiscal Cliff, Boehner took President Obama to the cleaners. He did it suavely, without histrionics. While Obama churlishly, and in a politically amateurish manner, publicly strutted about having forced the Republicans...
  • Commander: Special ops to lose $1 billion

    01/29/2013 8:52:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/13 | Kristina Wong
    The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday that his unit’s budget would lose $1 billion this year as a result of the defense budget stalemate in Washington. During an annual National Defense Industrial Association conference for special operators, Navy Adm. William McRaven noted that the Defense Department is operating on a continuing resolution, which limits spending to 2012 levels, even as automatic, across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration are set to begin March 1. “The continuing resolution … in all honesty puts a greater constraint on us than sequester
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    01/29/2013 8:47:28 PM PST · by Daus · 15 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1/29/2013 | John Diedrich
    A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF...
  • Is Fox News Really That Different?

    01/29/2013 8:43:34 PM PST · by SeminoleCounty · 46 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    For many Americans, Fox News is their “alternative” choice for news. They’ve made it the No. 1 cable news network, largely because they believe its “fair and balanced” promotional slogan? Many even believe Fox leans to the right and provides news they can’t get anywhere else. But is Fox really different from the rest of the media? Or has it been successful merely at positioning itself as different? Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave nearly six times as much money to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the...
  • Saratoga County sheriffs’ deputies union blasts state's new gun law

    01/29/2013 8:41:06 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    saratogian.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | PAUL POST
    BALLSTON SPA — The 105-member Saratoga County sheriffs’ deputies union says new state gun control legislation makes criminals of ordinary citizens. The group also objects, in a six-page letter to state officials, to how quickly new laws were passed, with no apparent provisions for law enforcement officers. As written, for example, a new rule that reduces ammunition magazines from 10 rounds to seven would apply to police officers and National Guard members as well. “I’m sure they’re going to correct it,” said Charles Fuller, Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association president. “But if it went through the normal process,...
  • Teen girl killed, boy wounded in shooting near South Side high school

    01/29/2013 8:40:15 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jennifer Delgado
    After taking their exams, Hadiya Pendleton and a group of others decided to hang out at a park on Tuesday just blocks away from their high school on the South Side. But the trip ended in tragedy when the 15-year-old King College Prep student was fatally shot in the back and a 16-year-old boy was wounded in the leg, and remained in serious condition Tuesday night, authorities said. Police said Pendleton was not believed to be the target of the shooting, but that most of those who were in the park were gang members, and that those in the group...
  • Numbers USA And Its Agenda 21 Connections Exposed

    01/29/2013 8:39:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jim Stachowiac
    Many Americans have recently become outraged about Agenda 21. Global warming has also been proven to be a lie. But what no one has talked about yet is how organizations that are heavily supported by the patriot community are supporting this agenda and more. The Democrats are overtly supporting this agenda while the Republicans are covertly for the most part supporting it. Freedom Fighter Radio is also the only website and radio show that has been exposing Numbers USA’s globalist connections for years. There are many people who have and are speaking out against AGENDA 21. But they all refuse...
  • Obama: Unless you were a Native American, you came from someplace else

    01/29/2013 8:39:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 138 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/13 | Charlie Spiering
    This afternoon in Las Vegas, President Obama reminded most American citizens that they were descended from immigrants themselves. Obama warned that the issue was an emotional one, but that it was important for Americans to not view it as “us versus them.” “It’s really important to remember our history,” Obama continued. “Unless you were one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else, somebody brought you,” he said
  • Is Obama Creating a Pro-Gay Boy Scouts of America? (Flashback)

    01/29/2013 8:35:51 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 37 replies
    http://www.ammoland.com ^ | June 26, 2012 | By Chuck Norris
    Dallas, TX - -(Ammoland.com)- A Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he “will work from within to seek a change” to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay Scouts and leaders. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors? Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSA’s century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration?...
  • Landowners gain billions in royalties from shale gas drilling

    01/29/2013 8:21:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    PITTSBURGH - Private landowners are reaping billions of dollars in royalties each year from the boom in natural gas drilling, transforming lives and livelihoods even as the windfall provides only a modest boost to the broader economy. In Pennsylvania alone, royalty payments could top $1.2 billion for 2012, according to an analysis by The Associated Press that looked at state tax information, production records and estimates from the National Association of Royalty Owners. For some landowners, the unexpected royalties have made a big difference...
  • People Disappointed With NY Gun Law Forum

    01/29/2013 8:11:00 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 36 replies
    13wham.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kelsie Smith
    Rochester, N.Y. – Gun owners asked police and state leaders how these laws will directly affected them. The question asked by many of the people was why, why was this law put into place, why weren't there any public hearings before it was signed. But Tuesday's forum wasn't a time to debate the law but rather learn about it. “They passed this legislation like a theft in the night,” said Jeddy Tranquill, who attended the forum. “We feel the law is turning good people into criminals,” said 2nd amendment advocate Tony Matuszak. Two weeks after Governor Cuomo signed the New...
  • Gov’t Doles Out $10.3 Billion in Improper Unemployment Payments—In 1 Year

    01/29/2013 7:55:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2013 | Penny Starr
    The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance program paid out $10.3 billion in benefits in 2012 to people who should not have received the money, according to the Department of Labor (DOL). The data provided on the government website, paymentaccuracy.gov, shows those payments amount to 11.42 percent of all the unemployment insurance checks handed out—an increase from 11.36 percent in 2011 and in excess of the government’s “target” for overpayments of 9.66 percent. The DOL states that most of the data reported on its paymentaccuracy website was for the federal government’s fiscal year, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, but that...
  • IG Report: 4,317 Non-Citizens Obtained Multiple Social Security Numbers

    01/29/2013 7:50:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2013 | Matt Cover
    A report from the Social Security Administration Inspector General (IG) found 4,317 instances where a non-citizen was able to obtain two Social Security numbers, including 542 instances that happened since 2001. “We identified 4,317 instances where the Numident record of 2 SSNs assigned to non-citizens contained matching first, middle, and last names; dates and places of birth; gender; and fathers’ and mothers’ names,” the IG reported on Dec. 10, 2012. Numident—which stands for Numerical Identification System—is the master file of applications for social security numbers. The IG found that SSA had issued multiple numbers to 4,317 non-citizens from 1981-2011. The...
  • At Fort Jackson, Worry and Questions Over New Combat Policy

    01/29/2013 7:42:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    southernpoliticalreport.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Sarita Chourey
    COLUMBIA -- When Jonathan Proffitt, a 28-year-old infantry drill sergeant, first joined the military in 2003, if a woman was present, “we’d just get real cautious.” Nearly a decade later, he said the division’s culture is still unique. “Infantry is its own little world inside the military.” But that world is changing. And even talking about it changing is making people cautious. On Thursday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced an end to the ban on women in direct combat. Fifteen percent, or nearly 202,400, of the U.S. military’s 1.4 million active personnel are women. And more than 280,000 women...
  • Army leaders vow 'gender-neutral' standards for women in combat

    01/29/2013 7:38:09 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 75 replies
    al.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Leada Gore
    As military officials formulate plans to open combat positions to women, the Commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command is vowing any changes in job requirements will be handled fairly. "Soldiers - both men and women - want fair and meaningful standards" Gen. Robert W. Cone said. "I think that fairness is very important in a values-based organization like our Army." Last week, Secretary of State Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announced the end of the 1994 policy that prohibited women from serving in combat positions below a brigade level....
  • Gitmo Tribunals: Defense Seeks a Slumber Party with Accused Terrorists

    01/29/2013 7:35:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 29, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    FORT MEADE, Md. — Today’s pretrial hearings in the murder case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators saw all five defendants refuse to come to court and prefer to stay in their cells. And in the Guantanamo Bay courtroom, defense attorneys were arguing that they should have the right to join their clients. Lawyers for Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi are petitioning for the right to spend 48-hour visits with the accused terrorists. “You want to sleep with your client?” Judge James Pohl asked with a mix...
  • Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden Has "Set Of Balls"

    01/29/2013 7:24:55 PM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | January 29,2013 | Maggie Haberman
    Rupert Murdoch should encourage Fox News to focus on immigration reform. President Obama should be on notice that he’ll face tougher criticism in the coming months. And Joe Biden has “a set of balls.” So pronounced New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a free-ranging POLITICO interview in his bullpen-style office at City Hall recently. He held forth on his efforts to move the dial on guns, immigration and gay marriage — an issue on which he lavished praise, in his unique rhetorical way, on the vice president.
  • Suspect in S. Ala. bus shooting said to have child in bunker

    01/29/2013 7:23:38 PM PST · by jodster36 · 23 replies
    WFSA News ^ | 1/29/13 | John Shyrock
    The Dale County Sheriff's Department has established a command post location at the intersection of 231 North and Private Road 1539 in Dale County, Alabama following a shooting Multiple agencies are present assisting with the incident where multiple reports are indicating that a bus driver was shot and a student on-board the bus was taken hostage. The incident started around 3:40pm Tuesday near Destiny Church The Sheriff's Department is confirming that one adult male was shot, though they could not say how serious the person's injuries were. There are no suspects in custody and officials would not confirm a child hostage situation Though there's no confirmed evidence of explosive devices,...
  • 16 Mascots Who Really Don't Give A $#!%

    01/29/2013 7:21:34 PM PST · by Kolath · 10 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 1/29/2013 | Matt Kiebus
    What happens when the guy in the costume stops being cute and starts getting real.
  • Women could be great Navy SEALs, says head of Special Ops

    01/29/2013 7:18:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 92 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Anna Mulrine
    The head of Special Operations Forces (SOF) says he supports the integration of women into the elite force. “It’s time to do this,” says the organization’s top officer, Adm. William McRaven. “We’ve had women supporting direct Special Operations for quite some time,” he added in remarks Tuesday morning at the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference in Washington. The necessity, he said, is ensuring that all special operators are in peak physical condition. “The one thing we want to make sure [we do is] we maintain our standards,” McRaven said. .... McRaven said that he has been reading recent Pentagon guidance...
  • 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...