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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 · 151 replies
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    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...
  • University discloses students’ grades, disciplinary history when they apply for gun permits

    02/22/2013 7:30:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2013 | Robby Soave
    The University of Iowa may have broken federal guidelines by sharing with the local sheriff’s department private information about students who apply for campus gun permits. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, public universities are required to keep secret personal information on students, such as their grades and addresses. But Iowa has been sending personal information regarding students who apply for campus gun permits to the sheriff’s office. That information includes whether students received bad grades, or were exhibiting signs of depression or anger. The policy dates back to a campus shooting in 1991, when a mentally disturbed...
  • Poll to FReep: Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school?

    02/22/2013 7:05:16 PM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 43 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 02-22-2013 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school? More safe. Less safe.
  • North Korea May Actually Think a War Is Coming

    02/22/2013 7:02:01 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 41 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 3:48 PM ET | By: Jen Alic
    The latest in the North Korea drama is the release of a video portraying US President Barack Obama and American troops going up in flames. But it's not just cheap and cheesy rhetoric by a new leader who wants to be taken seriously: North Korea is preparing for a war because, in their eyes, the US and its allies may really be planning an offensive. Earlier this month, we were regaled with a similar video, this time portraying a US city being attacked by North Korean missiles. Before that, in December, North Korea launched a satellite, and its official news...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 6:52:18 PM PST · by maddog55 · 16 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 02/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...
  • GEORGE WASHINGTON, KEEPER OF THE PEACE

    02/22/2013 6:46:34 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 22, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    A year into his second term, President George Washington celebrated his 63rd birthday on February 22, 1794, and received one of the best birthday presents any head of state ever received. The new minister from France, Jean Antoine Joseph Baron Fauchet presented his credentials as the new ambassador from France, replacing the troublesome Edmund-Charles Genet at last. Citizen Genet was many things. A child prodigy, fluent in six languages by age twelve, he was born at Versailles in 1763, the only son of a French civil servant. Genet served as court translator in his youth and was then sent to...
  • On CNN, Cause of Chicago Violence Is – You Guessed It – The GOP

    02/22/2013 6:24:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in over 80 years. Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans. We learned that this morning on CNN Newsroom when anchor Carol Costello asked her “Talk Back” guests about Retired Lt. General Russel Honore’s suggestion to use National Guard troops to curb murders in Chicago. Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman astutely pinpointed the reason for Chicago’s carnage: And let's be very clear...
  • By Staying Neutral in the Battle Over Gun Control is Starbucks Pro-Gun by Default? (VIDEO)

    On Friday, it was “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day” all across Virginia, according to gun rights activist Ed Levine, the founder of Virginia Open Carry. Levine organized the event or ‘buycott’ not because the Seattle-based java giant is pro-Second Amendment, but because it has – like Switzerland since 1815 – remained neutral in the contentious debate over gun control. Unlike some of its competitors, Peet’s Coffee for example, that have posted “No Guns Allowed” signs in states that permit law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for self-defense outside the home, Starbucks has made the conscious decision to remain apolitical, to...
  • Where Did NYC’s Rats Go In Superstorm Sandy?

    02/22/2013 6:09:17 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Zen Haven ^ | February 22, 2013 | David B. Caruso
    At the height of Superstorm Sandy, city residents watching seawater pour into the subway system couldn’t help but wonder: What will become of all the rats? Four months later, that’s still a mystery. And experts aren’t so sure about stories of hordes of displaced rodents fleeing the flood zone and taking up residence in buildings that were previously rat-free. TV stations and newspapers have been rife with reports about rats infesting parked cars and fleeing the East River waterfront for the brownstones of Brooklyn Heights and exterminators enjoying a boom in business. For some city officials, the last straw came...
  • Linaro to Accelerate Linux Development for ARM Servers. (HP announced Servers based on ARM CPU's)

    02/22/2013 6:04:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    Xbitlabs ^ | 02/21/2013 10:01 PM | Anton Shilov
    Linaro to Deliver Initial Linux Builds for ARM Servers in 1H 2013 Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM architecture, today announced the formation of the Linaro Networking Group (LNG) with twelve founding member companies including AppliedMicro, ARM, Enea, Freescale, LSI, MontaVista, Nokia Siemens Networks and Texas Instruments (TI) at the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC).With ARM-based SoCs at the heart of the transformation occurring in cloud and mobile infrastructure applications such as switching, routing, base-stations and security, Linaro’s members are collaborating on fundamental software platforms to enable rapid deployment of new services across a range...
  • Freeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 23 Feb 2013

    02/22/2013 6:01:29 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 299 replies
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  • China provides Rs 136 bn loan for Pak nuclear plants

    02/22/2013 5:57:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Islamabad - China has provided a loan of Rs 136 billion for two nuclear power plants that Pakistan expects to commission by 2016, the state-run media reported today. The power plants of 340MW each are being built with Chinese assistance at the Chashma nuclear complex in Punjab province. The "construction of these power plants became possible after a long-standing agreement", official sources were quoted as saying by APP news agency. The total cost of the two plants is Rs 190 billion and they will be partially funded by a Chinese loan of Rs 136 billion, the sources said. The Pakistan...
  • Stem cell heart repairs: 21st century medicine in action

    02/22/2013 5:45:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 22, 2013 | LIDIA DINKOVA
    Gerard Cuomo loves to dance. Until recently, however, the 70-year-old couldn’t even do a two-step. After having three heart attacks in the early 1990s, Cuomo’s heart was severely damaged. The scar tissue that had formed around his heart left him easily fatigued. “I felt like an old man,” said Cuomo of Aventura. “I could barely climb the stairs. I could walk for about a quarter of a mile. Shopping at the mall — I wish I did not have to sit down all the time.” In May 2010, he participated in a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s clinical...
  • In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope

    02/22/2013 5:43:18 PM PST · by NYer · 482 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | February 21, 2013 | HHAMBROSE
    His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI receives a papal tirara - New Liturgical Movement In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope by HHAmbrose on Feb 21, 2013 • 11:44 pm No Comments Listers, glory and honor to God for giving us the grace of the papacy. The Pope is the “Advocate of Christian Memory” and he holds the King’s people to the King’s laws until our Savior returns. Each year on February 22nd the Church celebrates the Cathedra Petri – the Chair of St. Peter.This feast brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor...
  • 7th Circuit Court Lets Posner Ruling Stand; Huge Win For Concealed Carry

    02/22/2013 5:24:36 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home. The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the...
  • Oregon House passes illegal immigrant tuition bill

    02/22/2013 5:14:28 PM PST · by AuntB · 24 replies
    Fox 12 ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Staff Fox 12
    <p>The Oregon House has voted to extend resident college tuition rates to some young illegal immigrants.</p> <p>The House's 38-18 vote on Friday sends the measure to the Senate. In the last decade, similar legislation has failed twice.</p> <p>The measure would allow students to qualify for in-state tuition at the Oregon's seven public universities if they've attended an Oregon high school for at least three years and lived in the United States for at least five.</p>
  • Judge denies George Zimmerman motion to depose Ben Crump

    02/22/2013 5:05:29 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 32 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | February 22, 2013 | Click Orlando
    A judge on Friday ruled that the defense team for George Zimmerman cannot depose Ben Crump, the attorney representing the slain teen's family. Judge Debra Nelson said the deposition was not needed and there was no undue prejudice. She also said that the defense has not yet deposed Witness 8, whose interview with Crump is in question, even though they've had her identity for 10 months. Nelson did grant the defense's motions for subpoenas of voice samples from Martin over the last three years. If they exist, the audio samples are in the possession of Martin's family and Witness 8....
  • Friday Night Gunfighter Cinema: The Rifleman - A Gun-Grabber Comes to Power

    02/22/2013 5:03:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Backwoods Engineer ^ | 2/22/13 | staff
    The Rifleman - The Anvil Chorus (1962) Gun-banning Deputy Nils Swenson takes control of Northfork when the Marshall is out of town. Hijinks ensues. After Swenson stops a man from shooting off his revolver in celebration, he gets an idea. A very bad idea. Deputy Swenson: "People carryin' around guns, causin' trouble. Take away the guns, no trouble." Lucas: "Have you had any trouble since [Marshall] Micah left? Swenson: "Well, no..." Lucas: "Nils, this territory has a lot of growin' up to do. And until that's done, we can't take away a man's right to protect himself." I would argue...
  • US grounds all F-35s over engine blade crack

    02/22/2013 5:01:05 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 33 replies
    Flight International ^ | 22 February 2013 | Zach Rosenberg
    All Lockheed Martin F-35s are grounded while the programme investigates the root cause of a crack discovered on 19 February in a third-stage low-pressure turbine (LPT) blade deep inside the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine. The discovery of the blade crack comes five years after the first flight of the F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant was delayed several months due to fatigue-related blade failures in the third-stage LPT. The latest crack - discovered only days after the F-35B returned to flight following a 25-day grounding caused by a fueldraulics failure - was discovered on 19 February by...
  • Obama's Parting Gift To Veterans He Deems Too "Incompetent" To Handle A Gun

    02/22/2013 4:58:59 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-22-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Red Flag News has the story on what this is all about. While I'm trying to make fun of it, it frankly is quite frightening what DHS is doing to our vets (and all of us by extension).
  • Ocean State Anointed - Meet Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Former Republican, current...

    02/22/2013 4:54:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 2013 | Ethan Epstein
    Meet Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Former Republican, current Independent, future Democrat? In late December, Rhode Island’s six Republican state representatives (out of a total chamber of 75 members—no, that’s not a typo) announced an intriguing initiative. The state’s house minority leader declared that in the new year, his party would pursue an audacious plan to eliminate the Ocean State’s sales tax, which stands at 7 percent, among the nation’s highest. The elimination of the sales tax had been suggested by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, the state’s premier (well, just about only) free-market think tank. The...
  • Mixologist: Margarita is top U.S. cocktail

    02/22/2013 4:52:31 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 22, 2013
    NEW YORK, A New York mixologist said Friday the margarita is the top-selling cocktail in the United States so it's "cool" the drink has its own holiday. Kyle Ford, who works as brand ambassador for Cointreau -- a French manufacturer of triple sec, an ingredient in the classic margarita -- National Margarita Day was being celebrated Friday, the New York Daily News reported. "America loves margaritas. It's the number-one-selling cocktail in the country," Ford said of the beverage, which also includes tequila and lime juice. "There's a holiday for almost everything, so how cool is it that there's one for...
  • 'Latin American Idol' winner busted smuggling 2.9 lbs of heroin stuffed into high heels

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A winner of the TV talent show "Latin American Idol" who was once loved by thousands in her native Dominican Republic was charged with drug smuggling after police found heroin stuffed in the heels of her platform shoes, authorities said Thursday. Martha Heredia was arrested late Wednesday as she was about to board a plane to New York, said Frank Duran, the National Drug Control Agency's director for the city of Santiago. He said police found 2.9 pounds of heroin in the heels of three pairs of shoes packed in her suitcase. Police also ordered...
  • Pelosi: Oh, this minimum wage thing is happening, just get ready

    02/22/2013 4:49:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 22, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    For a moment there the other week, I was kind of thrown by President Obama’s SOTU suggestion that we hike the minimum wage, and I chalked it up to just another lame, old-and-tired faux-stimulus type of suggestion for growing the economy. As Allahpundit already pointed out yesterday, however, it’s really so much more than that. In the run-up to the 2006 midterms, a minimum wage increase was one of the specific issues Democrats used in their collective campaign to take over the House — and in their desperate upcoming bid to win back the House in 2014, they are ready...
  • Papabile of the Day: Cardinal Ouellet

    02/22/2013 4:49:11 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 2 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 2/20/13 | John Allen
    As veteran Vatican writer Andrea Tornielli reminds readers today in La Stampa, one way to judge how serious a papal candidate may be is by how much whispering, rumor and character assassination that person generates. By that standard alone, one probably ought to take Cardinal Marc Ouellet seriously indeed.
  • Need Help With Profile Page (Vanity)

    02/22/2013 4:48:48 PM PST · by SkyDancer · 39 replies
    Skydancer | 22 Feb 2013 | Skydancer
    Profile page only loads some of my pictures from Photobucket.
  • Arguing For and Against ArmaLite

    02/22/2013 4:43:24 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    Guns . Com ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Max Slowik
    One of the many layers of the gun control debate is whether or not companies should treat government agencies differently than they treat the general public. A handful of companies have stood up, like LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Cheaper Than Dirt and many others, saying that if they’re not allowed to sell their products on the commercial market, they will not serve local government. This has kicked off a grass roots campaign that is calling for other companies, small and large, to follow suit. Some of the emails, naturally, come off angry and demanding, and the companies are dealing with...
  • Young amputee's sports success brings joy to family (failed abortion survivor from Russia)

    02/22/2013 4:41:22 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | February 22, 2013 | Hillary Senour
    Hoot Family. (File Photo/CNA). Woodburn, Ind., Feb 22, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He has played football, baseball, basketball and is now a semi-state qualifier for his weight class in wrestling. He plays drums, trumpet and mellophone and is active in his...
  • Obama's award is from Peres and not from the people of Israel

    02/22/2013 4:37:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/22/13 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I'm getting a lot of email asking me how Israel could be awarding its 'highest civilian honor' to the most anti-Israel President of the United States ever, Barack Hussein Obama. Here's some fairly typical coverage from Fox News. Israel will award President Barack Obama the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres' office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his "unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens." Obama is scheduled to visit Israel in March -- his first as president. Obama has often...
  • Malloy: The time to act is now (Ignore Sandy Hook Commission, propose his own ban)

    02/22/2013 4:26:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Gov. Dannel Malloy, together with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, released a gun violence prevention proposal that they said will make Connecticut a safer place to be. "Two months ago, our state became the center of a national debate after a tragedy we never imagined could happen here," Malloy said in a statement. "The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School brought home the fact that we are not immune to problems that face the nation at large, that we can never become complacent in our effort to ensure the safety of our residents." The proposal outlines five primary areas where...
  • Subsidized Housing for Government Workers

    02/22/2013 4:23:34 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2013 | Audrey Spalding
    The Genesee County Land Bank is considering offering properties rehabbed with federal taxpayer dollars to police officers, firefighters and soldiers at a discount. The land bank's favored buyers would pay 30 percent less. The Genesee land bank isn't the first Michigan land bank to consider subsidizing housing for government workers. The Detroit Land Bank will pay the down payment for city employees, police officers or firefighters who purchase one of its properties. According to the city, 20 government employees have already closed on homes using this program. More than 200 others are in the process and looking to buy a...