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  • US, Chinese Plans for Rail Links with Central Asia Reducing Russia’s Influence

    02/22/2013 12:43:42 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    United States plans to link the countries of Central Asia by new rail lines with Afghanistan. At the same time, Washington opposes neither the construction of a railway corridor from Central Asia through Iran, nor Chinese extensions of its national rail system into the area. Nevertheless, according to analysts at the Moscow Strategic Culture Foundation, these overlapping transportation development projects threaten to spark a new “railroad war” in the Central Asian region—one that in the absence of counter-efforts by the Russian Federation is likely to result in a sharp reduction of Moscow’s influence over the countries there. Washington’s plan is...
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez authors law to fund gun buybacks with tax on gun purchases

    02/21/2013 11:38:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    whittierdailynews.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Brian Day
    MONTEREY PARK - Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, joined with other political and law enforcement leaders Thursday to announce she has introduced legislation into Congress to fund gun buyback programs. The Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant of 2013, also known as H.R. 793, would establish a grant program through the Department of Justice to be distributed to local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs, as well as anti-violence and gun safety campaigns, the congresswoman said. She was joined at a press conference by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure, Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, Rep....
  • Obama Discusses the Penny's Fate in Google+ Hangout

    02/21/2013 11:29:57 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    YouTube - whitehouse channel ^ | 2.14 | President Obama
    Obama is asked in the Google+ Hangout if he is interested in saving $100 million over 10 years by eliminating the Penny. Obama says he is not sure why we still use the Penny. Then he likens the Penny to useless government agencies. He says that congress will not let him unilaterally reduce the size of government. So big government is their fault.
  • Mexico to ask Senate for registry of US guns

    02/21/2013 11:26:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | February 19, 2013 | Bryana Johnson
    In the wake of a tense national clash over the issue of gun control, Mexico has taken an action sure to fan the flames of controversy. In January, the Mexico Permanent Commission reportedly voted to formally ask the United States Senate for a registry of all commercialized firearms in the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. According to Informador, the proposition was introduced by Senator Marcela Guerra, who stated he introduced the resolution in hopes that it would make it easier to trace guns used in violent crimes. InsightCrime explains, “Close to 60,000 people were killed during...
  • BUSTED: Team Obama Directly Implicated in Major NC Voter-Registration Fraud

    02/21/2013 11:24:45 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 34 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 22 December 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    After we learn of a morally-crippled poll worker named 'Melowese' voting for Obama at least six times in Ohio, now a report comes out that has the Obama regime itself working directly with like-minded scum at the North Carolina Board of Elections (BoE) to illegally register 11,000+ people. They also paid a company per registration to scrape-up voters, a blatant, in-your-face violation of federal law... ______________________________________________________________________________ The Examiner: North Carolina's Civitas Institute has revealed that the NC State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law. This has been confirmed through...
  • The Gun Control Movement's Dangerous Incompetence

    02/21/2013 11:20:27 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/20/13 | William A Levinson
    "Dangerous incompetence" means exactly that: ignorance, negligence, and/or dereliction of duty that endangers human life and safety. A medical quack who prescribes medications for patients he has never seen, or without going to medical school and passing a licensing examination, is a prime example. Equally dangerous incompetence, of the kind that can kill people, pervades the gun control movement. Dangerous Incompetence Regarding Armed Self-Defense Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Andrew Cuomo, like any medical quack who prescribes drugs for real or imaginary illnesses, think they know how many bullets a person might reasonably need for self-defense against one or more...
  • Michelle Obama Calls Big Bird Fat in Lets Move PSA (Video)

    02/21/2013 11:18:17 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2.21.2013 | Michelle Obama
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Sesame Street's Big Bird teamed up to film two public service announcements encouraging kids to eat healthy and get active. Go Behind the Scenes in the White House Kitchen and see the First Lady and Big Bird reunite before the tapings.
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-22-13, Feast, Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

    02/21/2013 11:15:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-22-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 22, 2013   Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle   Reading 1 1 Pt 5:1-4 Beloved:I exhort the presbyters among you,as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christand one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.Tend the flock of God in your midst,overseeing not by constraint but willingly,as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.Do not lord it over those assigned to you,but be examples to the flock.And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,you will receive the unfading crown of glory. Responsorial Psalm Ps 23:1-3a, 4, 5,...
  • Spencer Pratt, Heidi Montag Say Guns Make Them ‘Proud To Be American’

    02/21/2013 11:14:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    gossipcop.com ^ | February 19, 2013
    Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag showed off their large gun collection in a U.K. Channel 5 documentary titled, “Speidi: Scandal, Secrets & Surgery.” America’s Sweethearts, who appeared on the latest season of Britain’s “Celebrity Big Brother,” reveal their arsenal of more than six firearms, including a sniper rifle and semi-automatic shotgun. Pratt told the cameras, “I want to share something with you that you cannot possess in your amazing country. I will let you have a glimpse of the amazing laws in America.” Montag then flaunted her “favorite” gun, saying, “It makes me feel, like, proud to be an American....
  • Cruz calls for Second Amendment protection at gun manufacturer visit

    02/21/2013 11:09:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    statesman.com ^ | February 19, 2013 | Ben Kamisar
    LEANDER — Calling proposals for increased gun control “political” and “wrong,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz offered an impassioned defense of gun rights Tuesday amid cheers from supporters at a Leander gun manufacturing plant. “In Washington, there is no liberty that I think is more in the target right now than our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Cruz said. Texas’ newest U.S. senator warned that Democrats were taking advantage of the Connecticut school shooting in December to push an assault weapon ban and magazine restrictions that strip citizens of their rights. “The Bill of Rights exists not just...
  • Jerusalem preparing Obama ice sculpture

    02/21/2013 10:55:35 PM PST · by Ezekiel · 51 replies
    Israel News (Ynetnews.com) ^ | Published: 02.20.13, 13:54 | Itamar Eichner
    >>> An initiative by Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat intends to take advantage of the wide coverage to unleash a public relations barrage and to present to them "Jerusalem's other side." According to the plan, journalists will be taken on tours around Jerusalem and will visit the main historical sites, such as City of David and the Western Wall Tunnel. They will also be taken to an Israel Museum's exhibition about King Herod and to the Ice City, where they will see a custom built ice sculptor in Obama's image. <<<
  • Could a Second Civil War Happen?

    When I sat down to write a follow-up to my first series The Third World War: A Narrative History, I initially struggled for a topic. After writing a thousand-page epic story of armies of millions clashing across continents, almost any other subject seemed puny in comparison. I played with a concept called “The Tenth Crusade”, about an effort to carve out a Christian “homeland” in the Middle East but, after doing some research, that seemed to me to be a topic that could only genuinely be done justice after some years of research and some actual time spent in the...
  • New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese, Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle

    02/21/2013 10:47:57 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald.com ^ | 02-19-13 | Catholic News Service
    New auxiliary bishop for military archdiocese Rockville Centre priest spent a decade as military chaplain. Catholic News Service Gregory A. Shemitz | CNS Bishop-designate Robert J. Coyle sings at the end of Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, N.Y., Feb. 11. Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop-designate Coyle, 48, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and a Navy reservist, to serve as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. WASHINGTON — Msgr. Robert J. Coyle, a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who spent 10 years of his priesthood in the...
  • IRAQI SUNNIS INSPIRED BY ARAB SPRING

    02/21/2013 10:45:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 2/14/2013 | Jeff Smith & Sirena Dib
    Sunni protesters in Iraq are taking to the streets by the tens of thousands in weekly protests that have so far remained peaceful, but carry the risk of deteriorating into violence at any time. The protests began in the Sunni-dominated town of Fallujah, a hotbed of insurgency during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Protesters have demanded the resignation of Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. When the U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq over a year ago, Iraq’s Sunnis were disenchanted with what they saw as an inequitable distribution of power in Baghdad in favor of the country’s Shi’ite majority,...
  • Biden warns anti-gun control lawmakers will pay a price

    02/21/2013 10:41:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | February 21, 2013
    Just miles from the site of the Newtown school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden warned Thursday that US politicians would pay a price if they refuse to back measures to stem gun violence. Biden said in Danbury, Connecticut that there had been a change in American politics which made it less risky for lawmakers to back the kind of legislation the White House is pushing Congress to pass. "What I say to my colleagues who will watch this and listen to this, I say to you if you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival...
  • Water In LA Hotel Tank Deemed Safe After Do-Not-Drink Order

    02/21/2013 10:35:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    cbs/ap ^ | February 21, 2013 3:05 PM
    Authorities say a test of a Los Angeles hotel water tank where a Canadian tourist’s body was found this week didn’t find any live bacteria that would cause illness. The test was conducted Tuesday after 21-year-old Elisa Lam was found wedged into one of four water cisterns atop the downtown Cecil Hotel. The county Department of Public Health has, however, issued a do-not-drink order, and only water for toilets is flowing for hotel guests. County health official Angelo Bellomo says chlorine in the water likely killed any bacteria in the tank where Lam’s body was found.
  • OMG--so glad you're back!!

    02/21/2013 10:35:24 PM PST · by EinNYC · 16 replies
    Me | 2/22/13 | Just Me
    I have been out and about all the live-long day. As of this morning, I was deprived of my Free Republic time over my morning cup of tea. It hurt. Now at my first opportunity, I gingerly tried my bookmark for FR and ta-da! Connected again. Well done!
  • Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy

    02/21/2013 10:29:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    latimes.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON -- Four California Republican House members are among 16 GOP legislators being targeted by a pro-Obama advocacy group in a new online ad campaign urging them to back a more robust background check system for gun sales. Reps. Jeff Denham, Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Gary G. Miller and David Valadao are among those featured in the banner ads, which begin running Friday on the websites of local news outlets such as the Modesto Bee and Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The ads, tailored with the photos and Twitter handle of each member of Congress, call on them to support universal...
  • Russia: Corruption’s staggering cost

    02/21/2013 10:21:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/18/2013 | Amanda Pitrof, ed.
    Corruption cost Russia an estimated $211.5 billion between 1994 and 2011, according to a report released by Global Financial Integrity, a U.S.-based research and advocacy organization. Even more staggering is the $552.9 billion that flowed illegally into the Russian economy in the same 18-year span. The report goes on to estimate the size of the country’s underground economy at nearly 46% of GDP annually over the same period. According to World Bank experts, this statistic makes Russia’s underground economy 3.5 times larger than corresponding G-7 economies like the U.S., France, and Canada. For every 1% increase in the size of...
  • N.H. lawmakers consider arming school employees

    02/21/2013 10:20:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AP ^ | February 22, 2013
    Teacher groups urged New Hampshire lawmakers yesterday to keep guns out of schools by rejecting a bill that would allow school employees to carry them with the blessing of local voters. Union leaders for the American Federation of Teachers and NEA New Hampshire objected to the bill at a hearing by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, saying the measure was potentially dangerous to children as well as teachers. “As the rest of the country debates how to keep guns out of schools, in New Hampshire, we are actually proposing bringing more guns in. Guns have no place...
  • 57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester

    02/21/2013 10:20:31 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    Go.com ^ | Chris Good
    57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) February 21, 2013 If the heads of 20 federal agencies are to be believed, disastrous consequences await if President Obama and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, triggering the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration." Those cuts are slated to begin March 1, and earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked agency heads to explain what would happen in such a scenario. In separate letters to Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., they warned of terrible things: Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more...
  • SEE IT: Columbia professor strips down to underwear...[to teach] quantum mechanics

    02/21/2013 10:18:48 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | February 18, 2013 | Tina Moore
    This Columbia University professor’s approach to teaching quantum mechanics is a real eye-opener. Prof. Emlyn Hughes gave students a bizarre performance Monday, stripping down to his underwear as images of 9/11 and the Holocaust showed on a screen behind him. Hughes remained in the fetal position on the floor as two people dressed as ninjas blindfolded two stuffed animals and impaled one of them with a sword. The whole five-minute skit was posted on the website Bwog. The students at first encouraged Hughes to dance to the music that was playing as he stripped, but then were dismayed when footage...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/22/2013)

    02/21/2013 10:18:23 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 20 replies
    February 21, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:6 (NIV) ----
  • Muslim Beheads Christians In NJ, Mainstream Media Silent

    02/21/2013 10:17:41 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    Western Center For Journalism ^ | 2/19/2013 | Daniel Noe
    Yusuf Ibrahim, a Muslim man, targeted and murdered two Coptic Egyptian Christian men who lived and worked in New Jersey. He beheaded them and cut off their hands.
  • Company selling targets with images of Americans to DHS for firearms training

    02/21/2013 10:12:36 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 176 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Feb 19, 2013 | BY: RYAN KELLER
    Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., a company that sells law enforcement and federal agencies “realistic” paper targets for firearms training, is providing the Department of Homeland Security with images of “non-traditional threats.” The people in these images are most likely Americans, with such images as “’pregnant woman threat,’ ‘older man with shotgun,’ ‘older man in home with shotgun,’ ‘older woman with gun,’ ‘young school aged girl,’ ‘young mother on playground,’ and ‘little boy with real gun,’” writes Paul Joseph Watson on Tuesday. View slideshow: Law Enforcement Target's Non-Traditional Threat targets It would appear as if this company is trying to help...
  • Cutting The Iran-China Connection

    02/21/2013 10:11:37 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Cutting The Iran-China ConnectionBy Ilan BermanThe American February 14, 2013 Just what will it take to bring Iran’s nuclear ambitions to heel? The past year has seen a dramatic expansion of economic pressure against the Iranian regime by the United States and Europe, all with a single-minded purpose: to ratchet up the costs to Iran of its stubborn atomic endeavor.Yet Iran’s economy, though undeniably ailing, remains afloat. True, Iranian officials have admitted that their country’s energy trade has constricted by nearly half as a result of U.S. and European sanctions, costing the Islamic Republic around $100 million daily. But...
  • GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert: Guns Are Necessary To Protect Against Sharia Law

    02/21/2013 10:02:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a conservative radio host this afternoon that he believes Americans must be allowed to own firearms to protect against the growing threat of “sharia law.” Appearing on web-radio show The Voice of Freedom, Gohmert argued that Congress ought to vote down any restrictive new gun regulations because American gun-owners need their firearms as a defense against Muslims who want to subvert the United States Constitution with the Islamic moral/political code. “[The Second Amendment] is for our protection and the Founders’ quotes make that very, very clear. Including against a government that would run amuck,” he...
  • Gun-Hating Martin Bashir Praises Man Who Defends Obama Murals With An AR-15

    02/21/2013 9:56:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    Marcus Davis, a Houston, Texas-based restaurant owner, defends murals of Barack Obama painted on the exterior of his establishment with an AR-15. Even though he is aware of this, Martin Bashir - one of MSNBC's most vocal gun control advocates - praised the proprietor of The Breakfast Klub during a lengthy interview Thursday (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): As Bashir predictably praised his guest - even comparing the defacement of these murals to Obama's struggles with his political detractors! - he eventually said, "But thinking of your willingness to protect this mural, Mr. Davis, we also know that...
  • Massive Sunspot Rapidly Forming

    02/21/2013 9:53:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    weather.com ^ | Published: Feb 20, 2013, 7:09 PM EST
    A giant sunspot that's at least six times the diameter of Earth has formed on the sun in less than 48 hours, according to NASA. According to a news release, scientists from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory watched the sunspot rapidly grow on February 19 and 20. The agency says it could even be larger than six times the diameter of Earth "since the spot lies on a sphere not a flat disk."
  • 20 Signs That The U.S. Economy Is Heading For Big Trouble In The Months Ahead

    02/21/2013 9:52:03 PM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 2/21/13 | Michael Snyder
    Is the U.S. economy about to experience a major downturn? Unfortunately, there are a whole bunch of signs that economic activity in the United States is really slowing down right now. Freight volumes and freight expenditures are way down, consumer confidence has declined sharply, major retail chains all over America are closing hundreds of stores, and the "sequester" threatens to give the American people their first significant opportunity to experience what "austerity" tastes like.
  • Guns on public transit? 'No way,' CTA chief says

    02/21/2013 9:50:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Chuck Goudie
    (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The National Rifle Association backs conceal-carry being extended to public transportation. Now the Chicago Transit Authority is weighing in, saying, "No way." The Chicago Transit Authority carries 1.6 million riders a day. The National Rifle Association says those riders should have the right to carry guns on board busses and trains under any Illinois conceal-carry law. That standoff of opinion between NRA and CTA is playing out now because the state is under federal court order to implement a workable conceal-carry law. "We think it would be disastrous to allow passenger to carry concealed weapons on our...
  • Revealed: al-Qaeda's 22 tips for dodging drones

    02/21/2013 9:44:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 7:20PM GMT 21 Feb 2013
    The document includes advice such as "hide under thick trees" (believed to be bin Laden's contribution), and instructions for setting up a "fake gathering" using dolls to "mislead the enemy". Found by the Associated Press in a building in Timbuktu, the ancient city occupied by Islamists last year, the document is believed to have been abandoned as extremists fled a French military intervention last month. It is a Xeroxed copy of a tipsheet authored by a Yemeni extremist that has been published on some jihadi forums, but that has made little appearance in English. The list reflects how al-Qaeda in...
  • High school teacher 'refused to mark students' assignments because they mentioned guns (Texas)

    02/21/2013 9:42:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | february 21, 2013
    A high school English teacher has refused to grade two students' papers because they mentioned guns. Marshall Williams and Alex Wright, seniors at Denton High School in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, said the teacher, Dewey Christian, set an assignment to write a report about anything they wanted. Williams referenced a trip he had taken to the Fort Worth gun show, while Wright recounted a hunting trip, but both said the papers did not describe shooting guns. 'I said, "Me and my mum went to buy a gun" and as soon as he heard the word gun he told me to sit...
  • The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control

    02/21/2013 9:29:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Benjamin Domenech
    When tragedy strikes on a national scale, our initial reactions have a commonality to them: We recoil in shock and are overcome with sorrow. But then, as anger and frustration set in, we begin to divide, to blame the things we have always blamed for the evils around us. We insist that something must be done, steps must be taken, laws must be passed. Adam Lanza, an honors student with no criminal record, murdered his mother, stole four of her guns, and—for reasons we may never know—decided to rob the world of the lives of 20 children and six adults...
  • ACU ANNOUNCES 2012 RATINGS OF CONGRESS

    02/21/2013 9:29:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 12 replies
    American Conservative Union ^ | 2-21-2013 | Press Release
    ACU Announces 2012 Ratings of Congress Published: February 21, 2013Contact: Laura Rigas, (202) 347-9388, WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas today announced the 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress, the 42nd edition of the conservative ratings guide. Since 1971, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization has annually graded Members of Congress based on their votes on key conservative issues. The full 2012 ACU Ratings of Congress guide is now available online at conservative.org.“For the past 42 years, through the Congressional and now the State Ratings, the American Conservative Union has set the standard...
  • Obama Says 75% of the American People Agree With Him

    02/21/2013 9:17:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/21/13 | Debra Heine
    In response to Obama: Cuts that Hurt the Economy are GOP's Raison D'etre: Several outlets are noting Obama's comments on Al Sharpton's radio show, but the Free Beacon was kind enough to put it on You Tube... (Trying to wrap my head around the fact that the President of the United States went on that ridiculous race hustler's radio show...ugh...so mortifying.) But just listen to Obama. He says 75% of the American people agree with him, that the way to reduce our deficit sensibly is through his combination of spending cuts and tax revenue (but mostly tax revenue), as if...
  • I don't want to go to Disney World anymore: Parents' fury as TSA agents detain

    02/21/2013 9:17:11 PM PST · by traumer · 36 replies
    Forck family was flying from Missouri to Orlando, Florida for vacation Three-year-old daughter, Lucy, was detained for further testing ahead of family's February 8 flight Stuffed animal 'Lamby' was confiscated Lucy suffers from spinal bifida and is in a wheelchair TSA later admitted girl should never have been threatened with patdown The parents of a toddler with spinal bifida are outraged after TSA officials forced their daughter to undergo a series of additional security measures ahead of their flight to Disney World. Nathan and Annie Forck were flying out of their home state of Missouri on a February 8 flight...
  • Robert Saylor, Man With Down Syndrome, Dies of Suffocation While in Police Custody Over Movie

    02/21/2013 9:13:55 PM PST · by Altariel · 61 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | February 19, 2013 | Michael Allen
    Robert Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome, died of suffocation while in the custody of three off-duty sheriff’s deputies last month, according to the ruling of the Baltimore County Medical Examiner’s office (video below).According to WJLA-TV, Saylor liked the movie 'Zero Dark Thirty' and wanted to watch another showing. However, a Regal Cinema employee asked Saylor to leave. When Saylor refused to leave, the employee summoned theater security, which was three off-duty sheriff’s deputies: Lt. Scott Jewell, Sgt. Rich Rochford and Deputy First Class James Harris. The three security guards handcuffed Saylor and threw his face on the ground...
  • SF Takes Up New, Stricter Gun Control Measure

    02/21/2013 9:12:43 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies
    nbcbayarea.com ^ | February 21, 2013
    A San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee today approved two pieces of legislation targeting the sale and possession of certain ammunition in the city. The ordinances would make certain military-grade ammunition illegal to possess in San Francisco and require businesses to notify police when someone buys 500 rounds or more of ammunition in a single transaction. The board's city operations and neighborhood services committee voted to move both items to the full board with a positive recommendation. Supervisor Malia Cohen, representative of the often shooting-plagued Bayview District and other neighborhoods in the southeast part of the city, said, "I know...
  • The WWE's Tea Party Wrestler Is Making Conservatives Hit the Mat

    02/21/2013 9:09:41 PM PST · by Arthurio · 24 replies
    CONNOR SIMPSON 5,918 ViewsF EB 20, 2013 The WWE's new bad guys in town are not-so-loosely inspired by the Tea Party, and that has conservative commentators not-so-quietly complaining that the company is bringing back a movement already under siege from Karl Rove — this time in one of the country's most curious of conservative spotlights, and as a couple of outwardly racist xenophobes who want to send Mexicans back across the border. Even if that was kind of the whole point. On the February 11 episode of Monday Night Raw — frequently the highest rated cable show in the country...
  • Boy Scouts could lose tax break for gay ban

    02/21/2013 9:09:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2013 | Wyatt Buchanan
    California would strip the tax-exempt status from youth organizations like the Boy Scouts if they have policies that bar gay people from participating, under a bill introduced at the Capitol Tuesday. The measure, SB323, by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County), comes as the national Boy Scouts of America is considering changes to its policy barring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from serving as scouts or as leaders in the organization. By the way: SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a historic move, California's Latino Legislative Caucus has selected openly gay Assemblymember Ricardo Lara, who represents California's 50th District,...
  • N.J. Assembly passes package of gun bills despite Republicans' protest

    02/21/2013 9:03:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    nj.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matt Friedman
    TRENTON — The state Assembly wasted little time today approving 22 bills intended to curb gun violence despite protests from Republicans, who said Democrats put the legislation, some of it flawed, on too fast a track. The session was largely free of the drama provided by a rowdy crowd that jammed the Statehouse annex for last week’s hearing, but opponents vowed a fierce political battle ahead if the measures advanced any further. "They have awakened a sleeping giant in an election year," Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, said in an interview...
  • SCOTUS Approves Search Warrants Issued by Dogs

    02/21/2013 9:01:01 PM PST · by Altariel · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | February 19, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "a court can presume" an alert by a drug-sniffing dog provides probable cause for a search "if a bona fide organization has certified a dog after testing his reliability in a controlled setting" or "if the dog has recently and successfully completed a training program that evaluated his proficiency in locating drugs." The justices overturned a 2011 decision in which the Florida Supreme Court said police must do more than assert that a dog has been properly trained. They deemed that court's evidentiary requirements too "rigid" for the "totality of the circumstances"...
  • A Different Look at Full-Time Employment

    02/21/2013 8:59:29 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 8 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | February 21, 2013 | Larry Walker Jr
    The Rise in Part Time Employment since the Great Recession- By: Larry Walker, Jr. -There are five categories among all nonagricultural workers who are officially counted as employed: government workers, private household and private industry workers, the self-employed and unpaid family workers. Among them there are three additional status classifications: those employed part time for economic reasons, part time for noneconomic reasons, and those employed full-time. An analysis of recent trends reveals that the number of part time workers is on the increase, while the number of full-time workers is on the decline.Before we begin, the aforementioned status classifications...
  • Universal background checks are focus of Minnesota gun debate

    02/21/2013 8:53:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    startribune.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | JIM RAGSDALE
    A move to require background checks for nearly all gun transactions attracted a big crowd and strong emotions at the Legislature on Thursday. “This is the public safety issue of the legislative session,” said Dennis Flaherty, representing state police officers and speaking in favor of the proposal. “A lot of folks just don’t want their firearms tracked, taxed or taken,” said Chris Rager of the National Rifle Association, leading the charge against the bill. .... Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, also arguing for the expanded checks, said the current system is akin to boarding a flight in which 40 percent of...
  • Baucus: "The President's Part Of The Sequester; The WH Recommended It" (Video)

    02/21/2013 8:48:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | February 20, 2013 | NA
    "The President’s part of the sequester – the White House recommended it, frankly, back in August 2011, so now we’re feeling the effects of it..."
  • Is Obama's "BALANCED APPROACH" identical to "TAX AND SPEND" from the past?

    02/21/2013 8:47:36 PM PST · by Graewoulf · 5 replies
    Graewoulf | February 21, 2013 | Graewoulf
    Spendaholic Hussein Obama has conned the Left-Wing Congressional RINOS into believing that increasing taxes and agreeing to a smaller rate of increased Federal Spending is "Fair." Hence, we have "sequestration" which will reduce the rate of increase in increased Federal spending by 2.4 % which will be restored by the 2.8 % increase in worker payroll taxation, and an increased tax burden on those who pay the worker payrolls. Will Sobber-of-The-House Boehner, Can't-Do Cantor, or Romney-RINO Ryan call out Obama's "Balanced Approach" as nothing more than the failed "Tax and Spend" policy that got the National Debt in trouble in...
  • I and My Fellow FReepers are Thrilled Free Republic is Back and Thanks For Keeping Us Updated

    02/21/2013 8:47:20 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    I know my fellow FReepers are as thrilled as I am with the return of America's true voice, guardian of our nation, Free Republic. I also want to thank the Free Republic Administration, including first and foremost the Robinsons,James D. Robinson III and james D. Robinson IV, for keeping us informed with updates and information, the most recent status of FR as it was. Getting updates, information on the latest FR news made it all much easier to persevere through the blackout. Thanks again very much. God Bless America, God Bless Free Republic. All the Very Best, Leon Bryce
  • 3D Printing Revolution: the Complex Reality

    02/21/2013 8:45:17 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 39 replies
    Make ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michal Zalewski
    This miniature, high-precision assembly started with a CAD model and not much more. It cost about $10 to make it at home – with no 3D printer required.In the past couple of years, the concept of low-cost 3D printing has captured the hearts and minds of millions of geeks. The allure of an upcoming manufacturing revolution has seeped into the mainstream, too: take The Economist, which ran about two dozen articles about this technology within the last year alone. Something must be in the air! The charm of 3D printing is easy to understand, especially as it coincides with the...
  • AP Caves Into Gay PC: 'His Husband' and 'Her Wife' Are Now Accepted Stylebook Terms

    02/21/2013 8:44:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/21/13 | Tim Graham
    After overwrought pressure from the usual gay "anti-defamation" lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of "his husband" and "her wife" in news stories. as if they've taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary. "Victory!" was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or...