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  • U.S. Adds Troops in Niger

    02/22/2013 9:47:37 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2:22 | SIOBHAN GORMAN and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced the deployment Friday of dozens of U.S. military personnel to the African nation of Niger, part of a growing U.S. presence in a region of rising extremist violence. The 40 troops will join about 50 Americans already in Niger, where defense officials have outlined plans for a U.S. drone base to conduct surveillance flights over Mali in support of French troops battling militants. Mr. Obama notified Congress of the newest deployment in a letter sent Friday, specifying that the troops would engage in intelligence collection and sharing with the French and other U.S. partners in the...
  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

    02/22/2013 9:44:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 43 replies
    Time (Special Report) ^ | February 20, 2013 | Steven Brill
    When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years. Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in...
  • San Diego jury convicts 4 Somali immigrants of providing to support to terrorist group

    02/22/2013 9:33:19 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 2_22 | AP
    Those convicted Friday include 40-year-old Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, who prosecutors said used his connections as a popular imam at a mosque in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood to raise money for the group. The other defendants were two San Diego taxi drivers, 36-year-old Basaaly Saeed Moalin and 56-year-old Issa Doreh, and 37-year-old Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud of Anaheim, whose financial transfer business Shidaal Express was used to route the money, prosecutors said. Government attorneys played tapes of telephone calls, many of them between Moalin and the late Aden Hashi Ayrow, who was among the top leaders of al-Shabaab until he...
  • Christopher Dorner mentor's hunch led to manhunt for him

    02/22/2013 9:20:42 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 February 2013 | CBS Interactive
    The training officer whose dispute with former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner led to his firing said Thursday it was her hunch that led police to name him as the suspect in the killing of an Orange County couple, setting off an intense and deadly manhunt that ended with Dorner's suicide in a mountain cabin. (snip) "Just hearing his name was enough to make me feel sick," [Teresa] Evans said in an interview the Los Angeles Times.
  • BETWEEN SEVERAL PROTEST INTERRUPTIONS, PERRY VOWS NOT TO EXPAND MEDICAID

    02/22/2013 9:20:19 PM PST · by txrangerette · 53 replies
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Trish Choate
    Washington - The crowd...was downright unfriendly. Perry was interrupted, denounced and heckled for snubbing a Medicaid exansion in his state, but he vowed not to budge. -snip- The unfriendliness didn't stem from members of the Texas state Society...at a ritzy Republican club. But the Lone star State's famously anti-Washington governor faced...protestors, of the Texas Organizing Project, who popped up by turns where he spoke.
  • Illinois state senator pushes anti-anonymity bill

    02/22/2013 9:18:20 PM PST · by Minutemen · 21 replies
    the daily caller. ^ | 02/21/2013 | Josh Peterson
    Excerpt: A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online. The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”
  • Sandra Fluke: Military should accept transexual recruits

    02/22/2013 9:09:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    In a revealing presentation at Claremont McKenna College, birth-control activist Sandra Fluke said the U.S. military should accept transsexual recruits. The demise of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” program, she said, should be only a first step toward a more inclusive American fighting force. Referring to what she called “the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning” community, Fluke said lawmakers didn’t go far enough in ending the military’s official but often unenforced ban on homosexuals. “We still don’t let trans-folk join the military,” Fluke said February 13. “That needs to change.” The liberal activist also praised efforts to force...
  • The real reason the Pope is punching out _ a disposable penis?

    02/22/2013 9:06:06 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 20 replies
    GLOBE AND MAIL ^ | 2-22-2013 | TABATHA SOUTHEY
    The Pope cited his “incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me” in “today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes.” This was the same week the producers of Maker’s Mark announced they were lowering the alcohol content of their bourbon: Here was the leader of the Catholic church bemoaning his inability to adapt to a changing world. Has everyone forgotten their brand? Since when did the Catholic church agonize over its inability to respond to change? Not responding to change is what the church does best. But then, on the heels of the Pope’s announcement another story broke,...
  • (vanity) Yep, it's another "Help me pick home defense guns" thread

    02/22/2013 9:03:26 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 110 replies
    2/19/13 | marty
    POSTED THE OTHER NIGHT ON FB WHILE FR WAS DOWN: Stopped by my local gun shop tonight for the first time, to see what their inventory/prices were like.

 Was surprised by the friendly reception I got. Bunch of good ol' types hanging around.

I'm looking for a handgun + shotgun for home defense. The units would be low maintenance, use comparatively inexpensive ammo and be easy for a man or woman to use.

I looked at a Mossberg 500 (20 gauge) & some Taurus Millenium Series .45 ACPss -- these latter looked to be far too large
 http://www.taurususa.com/gun-selector-results.cfm?series=MP1&toggle=tp

 What do FReepers recommend?
  • Here’s how Washington insiders think the sequester fight is going to go down

    02/22/2013 8:49:37 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    AEI ^ | 2.22 | James Pethokoukis
    Chris Krueger, the plugged-in political analyst at GS Washington Research Group, gives his best guess on how the sequester will play out: Once the media begins pumping out human-interest stories on the impact of sequester (imagine USA Today and People Magazine articles on Air Traffic Controllers and meat inspectors being furloughed, etc.), Washington will very likely fold on the sequester fight, find enough change in the government sofa cushions, and patch together something to either replace or dilute some or all of FY13’s ~$85B in sequester cuts. And here are three possible endgames: 1. Gimmicks (An Obama win): There are...
  • Nouriel Roubini Is Bullish…For Now: “The Mother of All Bubbles” Has Begun

    02/22/2013 8:26:14 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    Yahoo Daily Ticker ^ | 2.22 | Aaron Task
    Two days of weakness in stocks after the Fed hinted it might “vary the pace of asset purchases” has some folks ready to declare the bull market over and done. “Exit any and all bullish constructed positions and rush to the sidelines," declares veteran trader and newsletter writer Dennis Gartman. Others, including Pimco’s Mohammed El-Arian, “Gloom Boom and Doom” author Marc Faber and hedge fund manager Doug Kass have made similar comments in recent days, albeit sans Gartman’s dramatics. Related: PIMCO's El-Erian: Maintaining High Equity Prices Will Be Hard Given this backdrop and with the economy facing myriad headwinds from...
  • Denied employment BECAUSE I SMOKE

    02/22/2013 8:25:37 PM PST · by FreedomStar3028 · 157 replies
    Me
    So I go in for an interview, everything is going good. It was for an IT help desk in an office. The interviewer asks me a lot of questions, and asks do you smoke? I said yes. She immediately says, I can't give you the job then. This is in Oregon. I looked up laws and there is a statute where companies cannot use smoking as a consideration when hiring, they can only ban smoking at work. Any advice would be great. Thanks! Ooops, almost forgot. Long time Lurker, looking to meet some new FRiends.
  • Elvis home owner foreclosure. Evicted wants house back

    02/22/2013 8:03:12 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 21 replies
    KESQ TV News Palm Springs ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bianca Rae
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Twenty two year desert resident and eight year Elvis Presley Estate owner Reno Fontana has a much different view of the home he loves. "I'm on the outside looking in," Fontana said. Chains and a no trespassing sign show what's left after the sheriff's department evicted him last month. "It's terribly frustrating, inconvenient beyond terms, I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating this has been," Fontana said. His investor's attorney accused him of not making his payments and even stealing Elvis memorabilia when he left. We sat down with Fontana to hear the estate's...
  • Pregnant on Dec. 31? California Lawmaker Proposes Tax Break

    02/22/2013 8:00:17 PM PST · by randita · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/22/13 | Jim Sanders
    A California lawmaker wants to give tax deductions for unborn children, piggybacking on a recent law making pregnant minors eligible for welfare. If fetuses deserve public aid, why not tax breaks? Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is pressing that question this week by proposing Assembly Bill 673, which would grant a $321 child income tax deduction for an "expected child." Robert Smith, Grove's legislative director, said the bill is not specifically intended to spark new debate over California's failure to recognize a fetus as a person for abortion purposes, but it spotlights the current inconsistency. "If it can drive the discussion,...
  • [Spanish bank] Bankia to reveal largest loss in Spanish corporate history

    02/22/2013 7:57:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 21 February 2013 | Helia Ebrahimi
    Nationalised Spanish lender Bankia is expected to reveal a €19bn loss next week, the largest in the country’s corporate history. ___ The bank has been struggling to close 1,100 branches and sell assets since its bailout in 2012. On Thursday Bankia will report full-year earnings, including a €12.6bn provision taken at the end of last year. The writedown is a result of the lender moving assets into Spain’s “bad bank” at heavy discounts. Bankia, which is seen as a symbol of Spain’s financial woes, was created through the merger of seven smaller savings banks before being listed on Madrid’s stock...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, Actual Sin

    02/22/2013 7:54:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed Actual Sin Lesson 6 from the Baltimore Cathechism63. Is original sin the only kind of sin? Original sin is not the only kind of sin; there is another kind, called actual sin, which we ourselves commit.Amen, amen, I say to you that whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin. (John 8:34)64. What is actual sin? Actual sin is any willful thought, desire, word, action, or omission forbidden by the law of God. 65. How many kinds of actual sin are there? There are two kinds of actual sin:...
  • When Does My Slavery End ?

    02/22/2013 7:49:28 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 20 replies
    Alan Levy, The Man, The Myth...The Slamdancer! | 02/22/12 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    Recently, the village idiot of CONgress, Dumbocrat Sheila Jackson Lee, took to the House floor and said this: *** "As yesterday was the official birthday of President Lincoln, February 12, and although it was a tragic time in our history, I can assure you that it shows the greatest promise of America when people could come together and do something great. I stand here as a freed slave because this Congress came together." http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2013/02/14/sheila-jackson-lee-congress-i-stand-here-freed-slave#ixzz2L1ZqHb7J *** Aside from the fact that this may very well be the most historically illiterate thing ever uttered (it's right up there with claiming that the...
  • Lost Freepers: What ever happened to FReepers such as... NativeNewYorker

    02/22/2013 7:47:40 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 651 replies
    Lost Freepers: What ever happened to FReepers such as... NativeNewYorker
  • America's TBTF Bank Subsidy From Taxpayers: $83 Billion Per Year

    02/22/2013 7:45:18 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 February 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Day after day, whenever anyone challenges the TBTF banks' scale, they are slammed down with a mutually assured destruction message that limitations would impair profitability and weaken the country's position in global finance. So what if you were to discover, based on Bloomberg's calculations, that the largest banks aren't really profitable at all? What if the billions of dollars they allegedly earn for their shareholders were almost entirely a gift from U.S. taxpayers? The stunning truth is that the top-five banks account for $64 billion of an implicit subsidy based on the ludicrous (but entirely real) logic that: The banks...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Creation and the Fall of Man

    02/22/2013 7:44:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
        The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed The Creation and the Fall of Man Lesson 5 from the Baltimore Cathechism48. What is man? Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God.And God created man to his own image. (Genesis 2:7)49. Is this likeness to God in the body or in the soul? This likeness to God is chiefly in the soul. 50. How is the soul like God? The soul is like God because it is a spirit having understanding and free will, and...