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  • DHS Highlights Efforts to Strengthen Cybersecurity for the Nations Critical Infrastructure

    02/13/2013 6:00:16 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs
    DHS ^ | 2-13-2013
    WASHINGTON—Today, senior Administration officials provided an update on the Administration’s Priorities for Cybersecurity Policy at the Department of Commerce. Yesterday, the President signed an Executive Order (EO) on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and a Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. These actions will strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure against evolving threats through an updated and overarching national framework that acknowledges the increased role of cybersecurity in securing physical assets. "DHS actively collaborates with public and private sector partners every day to help prevent and respond to attempted disruptions to the Nation’s critical cyber...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-13-13

    02/13/2013 5:57:20 PM PST · by dynachrome · 4 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-13-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Fox hires Scott Brown as contributor

    02/13/2013 5:57:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 1:45 PM EST
    Fox News Channel is hiring former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as a contributor, and the Republican is making his debut in prime time on Wednesday. … Fox has been remaking its contributor lineup in recent months, cutting ties to Sarah Palin and Dick Morris while hiring Brown and Dennis Kucinich. …
  • Gun control measures approved by N.J. Assembly committee despite protests

    02/13/2013 5:57:08 PM PST · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 21 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 2/13/2013 | Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger
    TRENTON — The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee today approved 20 bills aimed at reducing gun violence after a raucous day-long meeting before an overflow crowd. “Whether it’s the streets of New Jersey communities, a movie theater in Colorado or an elementary school in Connecticut, enough is enough is enough,” said the committee’s chairman, Charles Mainor (D-Hudson), recounting a series of gun massacres. “No more talk. It’s time for action.”
  • Federal Judge Sets Retrial Date In Ligambi Case

    02/13/2013 5:50:49 PM PST · by AtlasStalled
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/13/13 | Friends of Ours
    The government won a significant victory against the Philadelphia Mafia earlier this month when a federal jury convicted three defendants -- Joseph Massimino, Damion Canalichio, and Gary Battaglini who allegedly served as underboss, soldier and associate, respectively -- for racketeering conspiracy, and convicted reputed capo Anthony Staino for loansharking. Although the jury deadlocked on the racketeering charges against reputed boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi, U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno already has scheduled their re-trial date for April 16 and the two defendants remain in jail without bail. The only defendant who obtained a complete acquittal in the...
  • Rand Paul should get real

    02/13/2013 5:49:23 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 21 replies
    WaPo ^ | 2-13-2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) delivered a tea party response to the State of the Union that was a mixed bag. At its best it reflected real movement on the right in favor of immigration reform; at its worst it was just plain weird. However, political opponents should be wary; Paul’s style is deceptively effective, projecting a calm and almost sweet demeanor. Ironically, he was least convincing on the topic for which he is best known. He promised to balance the budget in five years, but what he offered was not promising: It is time for a new bipartisan consensus. It...
  • 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS-IS. World's highest resolution video surveillance platform by DARPA

    02/13/2013 5:42:35 PM PST · by Doogle · 14 replies
    YT ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | FreakyVidsDaily
    ARGUS-IS camera....
  • Paul to Hold Brennan Nomination (wants more info on drone use)

    02/13/2013 5:41:24 PM PST · by drewh · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 13, 2013 - 11:52 GMT
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) just announced that he’ll be placing a hold on the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director until he receives answers to his questions about the administration’s use of drones. “I have asked Mr. Brennan if he believed that the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and my question remains unanswered. I will not allow a vote on this nomination until Mr. Brennan openly responds to the questions and concerns my colleagues and I share,” Paul said. “These issues must be discussed...
  • With Amazon minting currency, Fed at risk

    02/13/2013 5:38:26 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Matthew Lynn
    The euro may well be on the road to a chaotic collapse, taking some of the world’s biggest banks with it. A currency war may break out between Japan, the U.S. and Europe. Printing money has run out of steam, but there is still little sign of the global economy returning to the kind of growth rates it saw before the credit crunch. But in the long term what they should perhaps be most worried about is losing their monopoly on issuing money. A new breed of virtual currencies are starting to emerge — and some of the giants of...
  • Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents

    02/13/2013 5:32:27 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | By Terence P. Jeffrey | 2/13/13
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president's counterterrorism adviser. “Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee's conducting a thorough inquiry into the...
  • We also deserved a vote, Mr. Obama, but we didn't get it from Harry Reid!

    02/13/2013 5:32:17 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Stockman, Broun answer the call to KILL ALL GUN CONTROL in the House Note to Barack Obama: Spare us the snide sarcasm and the dripping contempt. Obama's condescending state of the union speech shows, once again, why gun owners don't trust him. "They deserve a vote," hollered Obama, pointing to drooling anti-gun activists in the galleries. Well, so did we. Veterans deserved a vote on whether they would receive due process from a court of law before having their constitutional gun rights taken away. But, when Senator Chuck Schumer threatened to filibuster the DoD authorization bill in order to block...
  • "Statements I Believe Unequivocally"

    02/13/2013 5:27:55 PM PST · by BfloGuy · 11 replies
    Coyote Blog ^ | 2/11/2013 | Coyote Blogger
    "Everybody with half a brain is coming to California"
  • Red Brain, Blue Brain: Republicans and Democrats Process Risk Differently, Research Finds

    02/13/2013 5:27:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions. Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter, has been working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California, San Diego on research that explores the differences in the way the brain...
  • A Lose Lose Proposition Using Obama Logic

    02/13/2013 5:21:18 PM PST · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-13-13 | Skookum
    The Keystone XL Pipeline has been viewed as a means to alleviate several problems: reducing America's dependency upon Middle East Oil, providing a source for America's refining of oil if America ever decides to face reality and challenge the environmentalist insistence against building domestic refineries, lowering the price of fuel at the pump (since increasing pump prices directly influences the price of all domestic products, everything moves by oil), providing employment for many Americans in the construction of the pipeline and at the port, and an assurance of a reliable source of crude (in case we decide to accept reality)....
  • (VANITY) Went to the pistol range today and put some rounds downrange

    02/13/2013 5:20:41 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 28 replies
    2013 | Yerz truly
    Being of sound mind (*?*), I stocked up on ammo before that nitwit got reelected so I can go put holes in paper and not have to hunt for ammo. I took my daily carry piece and an older handgun that hasn't seen the light of day since my first CHL class.
  • Twitter Hoax Claims Body Fond In Burned Cabin Belonged To A Female, Not Christopher Dorner

    02/13/2013 5:12:40 PM PST · by mnehring · 10 replies
    The day after “killer cop” Christopher Dorner was presumably killed following a firefight in a rural California cabin, conspiracy theories have swept Twitter asserting that the charred body found in the burned cabin did not belong to Dorner, but to an unidentified female. A Twitter hoax quickly gained traction on Wednesday, stating that a burned body found in the remains of the cabin did not belong to Christopher Dorner, but rather to an unidentified female. The hoax quickly swept Twitter under the guise of a fake screengrab from CNN. In the fake image, CNN’s news ticker was edited to read...
  • Sheriff: Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

    02/13/2013 5:12:34 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 256 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 13, 7:47 PM EST | GREG RISLING and TAMI ABDOLLAH
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner. Clad in camouflage from head to toe and wearing a bulletproof vest packed with ammunition, the most wanted man in America over the last week was just a few feet away, having emerged from a grove of trees holding a large, assault-style rifle.
  • Students Told To Stop ‘USA!’ Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas (suspended from school)

    02/13/2013 5:12:02 PM PST · by drewh · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | February 13, 2013 4:04 P.M. | By Andrew Johnson
    Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said “the incident is far from over.” Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the students’ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations. “We wanted to make sure...
  • Dorner’s Mom Spotted Drinking Wine, Eating Chips While Watching Standoff ( When will she sue? )

    02/13/2013 5:09:57 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 31 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | Feb 13 2013 | CBS
    LA PALMA (CBSLA.com) — The mother of quadruple homicide suspect Christopher Dorner Tuesday was spotted at an Orange County Mexican restaurant watching the Big Bear standoff on television. COMPLETE COVERAGE: SoCal Manhunt CBS2/KCAL9’s Michele Gile said a woman matching Nancy Dorner’s description was with a female friend at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant in La Palma around 3:30 p.m. Gile said the 62-year-old woman was drinking a glass of white wine and eating chips and salsa as CBS2/KCAL9 covered the latest developments on the deadly shootout between Dorner and sheriff’s deputies. Gile, not knowing she was speaking to the suspect’s mom,...
  • PALIN ON 'TRUE' STATE OF THE UNION: 'VENAL POLITICIANS' BANKRUPTING NATION

    02/13/2013 5:09:04 PM PST · by TADSLOS · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 13 February, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wrote Wednesday that America is a nation being bankrupt by a federal government led by "venal politicians" in her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.  "What is the true state of our union? Though this may sound harsh, I’ll speak the truth here," Palin wrote. "We are a country going bankrupt to fund a bloated, distant, and often corrupt federal government led by venal politicians more concerned with paying off their campaign cronies and consolidating their own power than in preserving the constitutional republic that so many have fought and died...
  • Freep a Poll! (CNN. Rate the state of the Union?)

    02/13/2013 5:08:56 PM PST · by dynachrome · 21 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 2-13-13 | CNN
    How do you rate the state of the union in the U.S.? Good Fair Poor
  • Rubio: Rove’s Conservative Victory Project Is 'Fine'

    02/13/2013 5:05:25 PM PST · by Lady4Liberty · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Katrina Trinko
    In an interview this morning, Marco Rubio — hardly the establishment favorite in his own Senate race — defended Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, which has angered many tea partiers. Noting that Rove had helped him during a crucial time in his Senate race, Rubio said that both the Tea Party and the Conservative Victory Project “have a place in American politics.”
  • Cardinal Bertone's Farewell Address to the Holy Father

    02/13/2013 5:03:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Zenit ^ | February 13, 2012
    Vatican City, February 13, 2013 (Zenit.org). | 650 hits Here is a translation of the brief statement by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope's secretary of state and the cardinal camerlengo, at the end of this evening's Ash Wednesday Mass, over which Benedict XVI presided. * * * Most Holy Father,with feelings of great emotion and profound respect, not only the Church, but the whole world, has heard the news of your decision to give up the ministry of the Bishop of Rome, Successor of the Apostle Peter.We would not be honest, Your Holiness, if we said that this evening...
  • Owl freed from inside SUV

    02/13/2013 4:58:46 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies
    7 News (WSVN-TV) ^ | 02/09/2013 | n/a
    An owl has been freed after it was found trapped behind the grille of a sport utility vehicle. When Sonji Coney Williams looked into the grille of her SUV, she noticed huge yellow eyes staring back at her. "I was about to faint," said Williams. She found an owl stuck inside. On Thursday, she was heading south on the Florida Turnpike. "I was driving about 60 miles per hour, and he never moved, and so I said, 'Oh, my God, I hit a bird,' and I felt so bad, but it was very dark," she said.... ...It was not until...
  • Marco Rubio Takes Drink of Water, Disqualifies Himself For The Presidency In The Eyes of Liberals

    02/13/2013 4:57:41 PM PST · by drewh · 46 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/13/13
    February 13, 2013 RUSH: This is Ann, Littleton, Colorado. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Hey, I'm one of those that didn't listen last night or didn't watch, and so I'm just glad to learn all this that I'm learning. But I did watch Marco Rubio and I wondered if you were as offended as I was when he took a sip of water. RUSH: Offended? CALLER: Well, that's what they're all saying this morning. RUSH: Again, just tell you the truth: I'm watching Rubio, and I have had dry mouth before, and I knew he had...
  • House GOP blames DOD on sequester

    02/13/2013 4:51:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Carlo Munoz
    Tension among Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee boiled over on Wednesday, as panel members blamed Pentagon leaders for playing a role in the looming fiscal crisis facing the Defense Department under sequestration. During Wednesday's hearing, committee Republican Reps. Randy Forbes (Va.) and Rob Bishop (Utah) slammed DOD for its refusal to plan for the massive, across-the-board cuts tied to the White House's sequestration plan. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and the heads of the service branches appeared before the panel, to again plead their...
  • Ralph Nader pans Obama call for higher minimum wage as ‘too little, too late’ (Barf)

    02/13/2013 4:45:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Strauss
    Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader panned President Obama's call to raise the minimum wage as "too little, too late." The president in his Tuesday State of the Union address pressed economic policies he said would aid the middle class, including a call to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $9. Nader, in an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, criticized Obama for failing to address the issue in his first term and said the president had already abandoned middle-class families. He noted that Obama, after his 2008 presidential victory, had called for raising...
  • Flashmob Cheers Up The Unemployed With The Beatles

    02/13/2013 4:36:42 PM PST · by navysealdad · 17 replies
    A beautiful and talented vocalists, backed up by other beautiful and talented musicians who, with just a simple mixture of voice and instruments, brought to life a room of people who needed a reminder of how beautiful a simple moment in our lives can be.
  • House GOP prepares stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown

    02/13/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Erik Wasson
    House appropriators are finalizing a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown after March 27, and the bill could see a vote before the end of February. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he is crafting a continuing resolution at the current level of spending, thereby separating the issue of a government shutdown from the question of how to deal with automatic sequestration cuts. The stopgap spending bill would be set at the current level of $1.043 trillion for the entire fiscal year that began Oct. 1. It would specify that the $85 billion sequestration is...
  • Daughter Found Me- Follow Up

    02/13/2013 4:26:28 PM PST · by eeevil conservative · 20 replies
    2/13/2013 | Sherri Reese
    First-- thanks to all of you for your wonderful warm wishes and congrats when I posted the first thread. As you can imagine, it has been a bit overwhelming, but I shared many private messages with many of you. Everyone has been just top notch with advice and sharing great personal stories of their own experiences with adoption. THANK YOU! Everything is going GREAT! We talk via email, FB, or phone almost everyday. There have been ZERO issues. Her family and mine are very supportive. Sometimes she calls just to vent about silly things. We send videos back and forth...
  • CNN Absurdly Asks If Rubio's Sip of Water Was 'Career-Ender'

    02/13/2013 4:25:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 87 replies
    <> On Wednesday's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer absurdly wondered if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pausing his State of the Union response for a drink of water would "break" his career. The CNN chyron flashed "Career-ender?" "So can a drink of water make or break a political career?" Blitzer asked. "A U.S. Senator, possible presidential candidate. We're going to find out, whether he likes it or not." [Video below the break. Audio here.]
  • "Thank You – Let Us Return to Prayer": For the Last Time, The Pope Leaves the Altar

    02/13/2013 4:23:48 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    WITL ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Even for two millenia of a very full, yet never boring history, the Catholic Church has never seen a moment like this. Remember, folks – the "new" St Peter's Basilica was only opened some three centuries after the last time a Pope resigned. As prelates and people alike were seen fighting back tears, here are the closing moments of Benedict XVI's final turn at the Altar of the Confession (homily), a site literally upon the "rock" on which the papacy – and the church it guides – is built.... In a spontaneous move out of deference to Joseph Ratzinger's...
  • Obama Unveils His Economy-Killing Cap-And-Tax Plan

    02/13/2013 4:18:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: The president's proposed Energy Security Fund will stifle the private energy sector boom and provide permanent funding for future Solyndras and electric cars that nobody wants. And what about that pipeline, sir? A nonexistent crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and in justifying his proposal for a cap-and-tax scheme, President Obama claimed in his State Of The Union that "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15." He was lying. The fact is, according to new data released quietly last October by Britain's Met Office, the world's natural post-Ice Age warming trend stopped...
  • Sorry Mr. President, Manufacturing Will Not Save Us

    02/13/2013 4:18:12 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Atlantic Cities ^ | 2-13-2013 | Richard Florida
    Sorry Mr. President, Manufacturing Will Not Save Us Richard Florida Feburary 13, 2013 In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama said: "Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing." He added: After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in...
  • How Bing Manipulated Data To Give Obama Higher Marks On His SOTU Speech Than He Deserved

    02/13/2013 4:17:59 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 9 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-13-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Sometimes in school exams are graded on a curve so that students who should've failed don't.Well, Bing graded Obama on a HUGE curve. Below is the partisan breakdown, but they did it on gender, and probably everything.See the original raw data chart here, and the full infographic from Bing here.Click the image to see a larger version.
  • US to Cut Carrier Fleet in Persian Gulf to 1

    02/13/2013 4:08:38 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 22 replies
    Military.Com ^ | Feb. 7, 2012 | Lolita C. Baldon
    On Wednesday, Panetta laid out a grim list of spending cuts the Pentagon will have to make in the coming weeks that he said will seriously damage the country's economy and degrade the military's ability to respond to a crisis. Criticizing members of Congress as irresponsible, Panetta said lawmakers are willing to push the country off a fiscal cliff to damage their political opponents. If Congress doesn't pass a budget, Panetta said, the Pentagon will have to absorb $46 billion in spending reductions in this fiscal year and will face a $35 billion shortfall in operating expenses. "My fear is...
  • "Today, We Begin A New Journey" – Liturgically Speaking, B16's Last Word

    02/13/2013 4:06:08 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WITL ^ | February 13, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    From this evening's Ash Wednesday Mass as a monumental Lent begins for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, here's the Vatican's English translation of Joseph Ratzinger's final homily as Pope Benedict XVI, bishop of Rome, the 264th successor of St Peter. *    *    * Venerable Brothers, Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin a new Lenten journey, a journey that extends over forty days and leads us towards the joy of Easter, to victory of Life over death. Following the ancient Roman tradition of Lenten stations, we are gathered for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist....
  • Collins joins Leahy, backs recognition of same-sex partners under immigration law

    02/13/2013 4:03:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jordy Yager
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will introduce legislation that would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor their same-sex partner for legal residency in the country. Collins is the first Republican supporter of the bill, which Leahy has introduced in each Congress since 2003. She said it would help keep same-sex families together by giving them the opportunity to live in the United States legally. “More than two dozen countries recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes,” said Collins in a statement. “This important civil rights legislation would help prevent committed, loving families from being forced...
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister,Ali Akbar Salehi

    02/13/2013 3:46:50 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs
    Daily Beast ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Dan Ephron
    When Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi spoke to members of the Councilon Foreign Relations in New York last September, he did something unusual for an Iranian official: he referredto Israelnot as “the Zionistentity”—the term its opponents sometimes use to deny the country legitimacy as a state—but simply as Israel. The context wasn’t exactly favorable; he was describing Israel as “the mostsignificant source of instability and insecurity” in the Middle East.Butthe reference caught the ear of a journalist in the audience,who remarked aloud that in 20years of covering the United Nations, she’d never heardan Iranian official utter the “I” wordin public....
  • Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

    02/13/2013 3:41:14 PM PST · by posterchild · 38 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Tue Feb 12, 2013 | David Mcfadden
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away. "At the start I was a little worried that it might be a fraud, but the process turned out to be quite smooth and simple. Now, I am a Dominican," said Mezawi, who like many Palestinians...
  • Freep a Poll! (names of people who have concealed handgun permits should be kept private?)

    02/13/2013 3:37:46 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    wset.com ^ | 2-13-13 | WSET
    Do you think the names of people who have concealed handgun permits should be kept private in Virginia? Yes No Not sure
  • Students Told to Remove Patriotic Bandanas

    02/13/2013 3:37:29 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 50 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/132013
    A group of students at a California high school basketball game were told to remove patriotic bandanas and stop chanting “USA, USA” because school administrators wanted to be sensitive to other spectators. The incident occurred during a basketball last week between Camarillo High School and Rio Mesa High School in Ventura County. A school administrator pulled aside four boys and told them to either remove their American flag bandanas or leave the game. The boys complied but returned to lead the crowd in a chant of “USA, USA.” Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman told the Ventura County Star that...
  • Family: Hadiya Pendleton slaying suspect 'good kid'

    02/13/2013 3:36:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Tribune ^ | 5:15 p.m. CST, February 13, 2013 | Jason Meisner
    The family of a reputed gang member charged with fatally shooting 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in a South Side park last month said today that he is a “good kid” who has made some mistakes in the past but would not commit such a senseless murder. After attending a brief hearing on the case in the Leighton Criminal Court Building, an aunt and cousin of accused gunman Michael Ward told reporters that they hoped the “truth will come out” about Ward, who they say has a young child of his own. “He has made some mistakes in the past and we...
  • Intrade : 77.5% Chance of 2013 UK Recession

    02/13/2013 3:30:18 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs
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  • Al Jazeera Hires Lobbying Firm to Bolster Image on Capitol Hill

    02/13/2013 3:27:55 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 2/13/2013, 2:20 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Al Jazeera America has hired a lobbying firm to advocate for the broadcasting company on Capitol Hill, according to reports. The media company Al Jazeera America Holdings, which recently bought Al Gore’s cable news station Current TV, has hired the DLA Piper law firm to conduct “informational communications regarding client's cable television channel,” Politico reported. The global law firm, which has 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, has reportedly been educating lawmakers about the company’s plans to be based in New York City and open bureaus across the...
  • Caught on Camera: Joe Biden Admits Gun Control Won't Stop Mass Shootings Or Save Lives

    02/13/2013 3:23:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 13, 2013 | Staff
    I used to post a picture of the Video but as as it copyrighted Moderators generally frown on that Joe Biden was caught on camera in Washington saying that new gun control laws will notprevent another mass shooting or lower the number of gun deaths. Yet the President and Biden are telling us that we MUST pass gun control even if it saves just one life.
  • The Essex blonde Towie fan who's officially smarter than Albert Einstein!

    02/13/2013 3:22:21 PM PST · by BBell · 37 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 13 February 2013 | Martin Robinson
    (full title)The Essex blonde Towie fan who's officially smarter than Albert Einstein! Lauren, 16, scores a whopping 161 on IQ test Lauren Marbe, 16, wants to 'blow away' the negative view of Essex girls Planning to study A-Levels and hopefully applying to Cambridge But she loves watching trash TV, having blonde highlights and manicures Her dream is to become a West End Star like idol Denise Van OutenA self-styled 'ditzy' blonde TOWIE fan was today revealed as the one of the brainiest Essex girls around after it was discovered she has a higher IQ than Albert Einstein. Lauren Marbe, 16,...
  • Cynthia Tucker: Sensible gun owners must speak out

    02/13/2013 3:15:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Pekin Daily Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Cynthia Tucker
    Bob Barker, the retired game-show host, has no idea why he ended up on the National Rifle Association’s enemies list. I know exactly why the NRA cited me. I’ve spent years pushing for sensible gun-safety laws, including universal background checks, a ban on assault-type weapons and a waiting period before firearms purchases. I wasn’t surprised to learn that my name was among those on a surprisingly long and eclectic list of corporations, Hollywood celebrities, medical groups and even sports teams that the NRA has declared “anti-gun.” By contrast, the 89-year-old Barker keeps a handgun on his bedside table and has...
  • NRA ad: Obama gun proposals would lead to ‘confiscation’

    02/13/2013 3:11:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jonathan Easley
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) pushed back against President Obama’s calls for gun control in his State of the Union address, arguing the proposals would lead to “confiscation” of citizens’ firearms. A new Web video released Tuesday night from the nation’s largest gun lobby sought to rebuff the president’s impassioned call for lawmakers to vote on a package of measures including bans on the sale of assault weapons, high-capacity clips and instituting mandatory background checks. “President Obama gives a good speech and when you listen him talk about new gun laws, you may think he sounds reasonable,” says NRA executive...
  • Dorner manhunt: Maids surprised suspect in cabin, escaped, called cops

    02/13/2013 3:09:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    The discovery of a man who police believe to be Christopher Dorner began when two maids ran into him Tuesday morning as they arrived to clean a vacant cabin in the Big Bear area near where the fugitive ex-cop’s car was set ablaze last week.The two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive, close to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resort, and surprised a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The man tied up the maids, and then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin, authorities...