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  • Patriot Act author says NSA surveillance ‘an abuse’ of the law

    06/13/2013 6:53:58 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    conservative action alert ^ | 6-13-13 | Conservative Action Alert
    Regarding the Patriot Act’s Section 215, Rep. Sensenbrenner says that it “was originally drafted to prevent data mining,” not protect it. In a recent op-ed railing against Obama’s Big Brother tactics, the Wisconsin Representative writes: “[B]ased on the scope of the released order, both the administration and the Fisa court are relying on an unbounded interpretation of the act that Congress never intended. The released Fisa order requires daily productions of the details of every call that every American makes, as well as calls made by foreigners to or from the United States. Congress intended to allow the intelligence communities...
  • What is really on trial in the Trayvon Martin murder case (Grab some wet-wipes)

    06/13/2013 6:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Los Angeles Wave ^ | June 13, 2013 | Anthony Asadullah Samad
    The case that shocked the nation, the Trayvon Martin murder case, has finally come to trial. The case has everything that intrigues, or is, America: xenophobia, race (or racism), guns, liberties debate and media hysteria. It also has many of the conflictions that Americana brings about: self-defense, rights, free speech, public opinion, protest, fair trial, innocence before guilt, guilt before conviction, right-winged rhetoric, left-winged rhetoric, intelligent analysis, anti-intelligent debate, coherent prosecution, incoherent defense … all making for what will be a highly watched trial. Will Trayvon’s death be vindicated? Or will the gun culture rationalize social fear as an acceptable...
  • Maoist attack on Indian train: "We lay on the floor waiting for death"

    06/13/2013 6:40:33 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jun 14, 2013, 01.32 AM IST | Pranava K Chaudhary, TNN
    MANANPUR (JAMUI): On Thursday afternoon, it was a close brush with death for many of the passengers, including this correspondent, on board the 13331 Up Dhanbad-Patna Inter City Express which came under a rain of Maoist gunfire for around one and half hours.I boarded the B1-AC-III coach at Jasidih on the Howrah-Delhi mainline for Patna at 11.30am. My co-passengers were R N Rathore, Rajeshwari Devi and their daughter, Chiranjeev Das, Alpana Biswas and her mother. My journey was to end at around 3.30pm. Everything was normal with the passengers sleeping, sitting and talking. Around 1pm we reached Jamui - one...
  • 7 years in prison for Argentine ex-President Menem for arms trafficking

    06/13/2013 6:37:05 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Jun. 14, 2013 - 06:19AM JST | By MICHAEL WARREN
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Former Argentine President Carlos Menem was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday for illegally smuggling weapons to Ecuador and Croatia in violation of international embargoes in the 1990s. The court also banned Menem, now a senator, from holding elective office, and asked the Senate to vote to remove the immunity he enjoys as an elected member of Congress. The sentence is final unless overturned by the Supreme Court, but it’s unclear whether senators will vote him out of office. Menem’s leadership of Argentina in the 1990s is frequently criticized by President Cristina Fernandez, but...
  • Yet More Mismanagement at the IRS

    06/13/2013 6:35:35 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 8 replies
    Town Hall ^ | June 13, 2013 | Carol Platt Liebau
    As more attention focuses on the IRS, there is ever more evidence that it is an agency with serious and ongoing problems that mere "reforms" may not be able sufficiently to address. Another recent audit of the IRS -- finished shortly before the targeting scandal came to public attention and released about two weeks ago -- reports on (1) agency abuse of official travel charge cards for personal expenses; (2) failure appropriately to penalize those who misused their government charge cards, even on a repeated basis; and (3) evidence that even some officials with to-secret security clearances had had their...
  • Obama's Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers

    06/13/2013 6:32:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Posted 06/12/2013 06:34 PM ET | Staff
    Homeland Insecurity: The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won't snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are. That's right, the government's sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized. Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee. Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of...
  • Fukushima aid official under fire for Twitter tirade

    06/13/2013 6:32:16 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Jun. 14, 2013 - 06:30AM JST
    <p>A public official charged with helping victims of Japan’s nuclear disaster who launched a foul-mouthed Twitter tirade faced calls to quit Thursday.</p> <p>In a posting on the micro-blogging site, Yasuhisa Mizuno said citizen groups demanding measures to protect people against radiation were “leftist shits,” a report said.</p>
  • Op-Ed: Imminent: Israel's Capitulation to the Vatican

    06/13/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | June 13, 2013 6:20 AM | Giulio Meotti
    A long-awaited agreement between the Vatican and Israel appears to be near finality. The two main points revolve around the Church's requests to build two centers in Israel: a church in a section of the Caesaria National Park where a site dedicated to Paul once stood, and the use of a plot on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The structure on Mt. Zion, the highest point of Jerusalem, is known as the Cenacle, where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place, and according to the deal which will be signed in the coming months, it will become open to...
  • Old Man Merion wins Day One

    06/13/2013 6:26:21 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/13/2013 | Bob Ford
    The Old Man of the Main Line undoubtedly heard the talk. The pros were coming back and, like kids who return to a playground from their youth, they were supposed to find the place a lot smaller than anyone remembered. It would be too small for their souped-up equipment and their Cybex-tuned bodies and heaven help the place if it rained and the pros didn't have to worry about their shots bouncing off a runway-hard surface. The Old Man laughed quietly. There's more to the game of golf – and to the game of life, thank goodness – than mere...
  • Bill Clinton cautions Obama: Beware looking like a 'total wuss' and 'total fool'

    06/13/2013 6:08:13 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 71 replies
    The former president says the current president may regret staying on the sidelines if Syria's war worsens In a rare split over foreign policy, former President Bill Clinton said President Obama risks looking like a "total wuss" if he lets public and political opposition to intervening in Syria dissuade him from taking decisive action to help rebels topple the Assad regime. "If you refuse to act and you cause a calamity, the one thing you cannot say when all the eggs have been broken is, 'Oh my god, two years ago there was a poll that said 80 percent of...
  • Revolt Among Republicans on Immigration Bill (Title Shortened)

    06/13/2013 6:07:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 12, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Seventy House Republicans are planning a politically risky showdown with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to try to force additional debate on an immigration bill they say will mean amnesty for illegal immigrants and have dire consequences for the country. The 70 members are petitioning for a special Republican conference meeting on the bill, a “highly unusual” move to go head-to-head with the speaker, according to Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Steve King (Iowa) and Louie Gohmert (Texas), who are serving as spokespersons for the group.
  • Rand Paul Defends Life From Conception to "Last Natural Breath"

    06/13/2013 6:06:19 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 June 2013 | Warren Mass
    Sen. Rand Paul told a forum in Washington yesterday that he believes there will be a time when everyone is judged on whether they defended human life. Rand Paul Defends Life From Conception to "Last Natural Breath" The New American 13 June 2013 Speaking at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles forum at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington on June 12, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky., shown) said he believes there will be a time when everyone is judged on whether they took a stand in defense of human life. “One thing worth...
  • Riverside County Democratic Chairman Apologizes for (Racist) Comment

    06/13/2013 6:00:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | June 13, 2013 | AARON CLAVERIE
    RIVERSIDE COUNTY: Democratic chairman apologizes for comment The chairman of the Riverside County Democratic Central Committee is apologizing for making a reference to Vaudeville-era character “Stepin Fetchit,” who some consider racially insensitive. Howard Katz made the statement during a gathering of central committee membership in Moreno Valley on Monday, June 10. “It was a stupid statement,” said Katz, a retired IBM manager who lives in Temecula, during a phone interview Thursday morning. The incident has promoted calls for Katz’s resignation, but Basil Kimbrew, chairman of the California Friends of the African American Caucus, said that as far as he’s concerned...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 6-13-13

    06/13/2013 5:57:25 PM PDT · by SpaceBar · 8 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 6/12/2013 | Dr. Michael Savage
    Thursday Savage
  • China Pressures New York University to Boot Blind Human Rights Activist, Chen Guangcheng

    06/13/2013 5:55:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 06/13/2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Chen Guangcheng, known for exposing coerced abortions and sterilizations resulting from China’s one-child policy and enforced by state family planning officials, has been booted from the New York University campus. Chen received a fellowship to study at New York University after seeking help at the U.S. embassy in Beijing last year to escape China, where he faced imprisonment and house arrest for exposing brutal campaigns of forced abortions. New York University law professor Jerome Cohen assisted Chen in China after he fled to the U.S. Embassy and assisted him in obtaining a fellowship at New York University. The two had...
  • Guess who is Behind ‘Conservative’ Radio and TV Ads

    06/13/2013 5:52:29 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 58 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06-13-2013 | Doug Patton
    You’ve seen them on television and heard them on the radio, those commercials boasting that “conservatives” like Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan are working to make sure we have a tough, enforceable immigration system that closes our borders and makes all those illegals go to the back of the line to await possible future citizenship.
  • Nancy Pelosi Calls Late-Term Abortions “Sacred Ground”

    06/13/2013 5:50:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi put her foot in her mouth again today during a press conference, calling the battle to keep late-term abortions legal sacred ground. “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this,” Pelosi said about efforts to stop late-term abortions. “This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics.” During the press conference, in response to a reporter’s question, Pelosi was upset to be asked abotu the gruesome abortions and intanticides done by Kermit Gosnell and indicated she opposes a bill a committee approved yesterday to ban abortions after...
  • Opt-Out Option for President Obama

    06/13/2013 5:49:58 PM PDT · by Oscar in Batangas · 4 replies
    N/A | Unpublished | Myself
    Dear Mr. President ` ` I hereby absolve you of ANY responsibility to protect my family from terrorism on our farm. I have some pretty spiffy self-defense gadgets and have established decent clear zones around the house and out-buildings. So I think we can take care of most terrorist threats on our own for now. ` Of course, I'll let you know if that EVER changes. (But thanks for standing by--just in case.) ` ` In exchange, please remove the surveillance you are conducting on our mail, cell phones, internet, credit cards and CB/shortwave radios. You don't need me to...
  • Baby sitter arrested after girl says he sexually assaulted her

    06/13/2013 5:47:31 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 24 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | June 11, 2013 | AMANDA BLAND World Staff Writer
    A man accused of raping a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting was arrested Monday.
  • 2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire

    06/13/2013 5:47:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2013 | AP
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Remains of two people have been found in an area burned by a wildfire that has destroyed at least 360 houses northeast of Colorado Springs. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said one person who was reported missing Wednesday was found safe, but crews on Thursday found the remains of another person reported missing. About an hour later they found the remains of a second person, he said.