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  • Man shot by Washington County tactical officers was armed, thought intruder was on his property,

    03/15/2012 10:14:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 215 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Maxine Bernstein
    The man shot by Washington County tactical officers in New Columbia Tuesday night had grabbed a gun because he thought intruders were on his property after his wife had checked on their barking dog in their backyard and saw a stranger in dark clothing. Alberto Flores-Haro, according to relatives and witnesses, did not know that the men surrounding his home and neighborhood Tuesday night were authorities approaching to raid a residence just a few doors down from his home in the 9500 block of North Woolsey Avenue. "There was someone in our backyard, and my mom called our stepdad," said...
  • Citizen Dave: Idea of the Week... ban handguns and automatic weapons(WI barf alert)

    03/14/2012 6:51:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    isthmus.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Dave Cieslewicz
    Last week it happened again. Another school. Another disturbed young person. Another needless firearm legally purchased. Another good person dead as a result. Last Tuesday, a 28 year-old former Spanish teacher named Shane Schumerth walked into the office of Dale Regan, the principal of the school where he had been recently fired, pulled out an AK-47 assault rifle and killed her before committing suicide. A week earlier, T.J. Lane, a 17 year-old Ohio boy, took out his .22 semi-automatic pistol and killed three people and injured two more. And the week before that, a third-grader grabs the family's legally bought...
  • Risky Business: ExIm is Banking on Short Memories

    03/14/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-03-13 | Paul Petrick and Kelsey Zahourek
    On September 30, 2011, the Export-Import (ExIm) Bank’s renewable charter expired, but bureaucratic resiliency has been reaffirmed once again. This state-run financial institution is the rent-seeker’s dream, funneling taxpayer dollars to politically-connected interests. Kept alive via continuing resolutions, the ExIm Bank now seeks a full resurrection with the help of a bipartisan cadre of congressman. Founded in 1934, the ExIm Bank operates under a contradictory dual mandate of providing loans that the private sector deemed too risky to make while guaranteeing taxpayers a reasonable rate of return. America’s experience with subprime mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exposed the...
  • Vermont Wants to Investigate O'Keefe, Not Voter Fraud

    03/14/2012 11:54:52 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 25 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 03/14/2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    Vermont Secretary of State James Condos is threatening videographer James O'Keefe with criminal investigation for his Project Veritas exposé of voter fraud in the state. Ironically, Condos would have made it far easier to commit the very fraud that O'Keefe's investigation has suggested may be possible at the polls. As a state senator, Condos pushed for same-day registration voting. "We are all concerned about maximizing the number of voters with an election that has integrity," Condos told The Burlington Free Press on February 14, 2005. "There is a lot of trust in our system," Condos told The Free Press on...
  • Florida Carry Sues the City of Leesburg FL

    03/14/2012 11:53:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 March, 2012 | Florida Carry
    Florida - -(Ammoland.com)- Leesburg FL (March 14th, 2012) As was reported in December, the City of Leesburg, FL has decided to stick by its anti-gun laws in direct defiance of state law and their own city charter. Leesburg City Manager Jay Evans has flatly refused our requests that the city repeal its firearm ordinances, in compliance with state preemption of firearms law. City Manager Evans stated that: “Any action taken in the future regarding the existence of these laws in our Code of Ordinances will be done at the discretion, pleasure, and timing of the Leesburg City Commission.” The City...
  • Scott family drops lawsuit against Metro Police over Costco killing

    03/14/2012 6:52:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    Las Vefas Sun ^ | 14 mar 2012 | Gregan Wingert
    After nearly two years of legal proceedings, the family of Erik Scott — a 38-year-old who was shot and killed at a Costco store by police on July 10, 2010 — has dropped its lawsuit against Metro Police. The family agreed to drop the suit as long as Metro agreed not to pursue reimbursement for legal fees, police said. “It just made no sense to continue with this lawsuit,” said Bill Scott, father of Erik Scott. “We’re extremely disappointed.” Officers fired at Scott after he failed to surrender at a Costco at 801 South Pavilion Center Drive in Summerlin, police...
  • Florida Veterans Demand Democrat Party Remove American Flag Altered With Obama’s Image

    03/14/2012 4:48:17 AM PDT · by blueyon · 81 replies · 1+ views
    Florida Political Press ^ | 3/13/2012 | Tom Tillison
    After a short stand off between a group of veterans and the head of the Lake County, FL Democrat Party, an American flag that had been altered to depict an image of Barack Obama in the space where the stars are normally located was taken down. The Lake County Democratic Headquarters in Tavares has been flying two American flags outside their office. The first an American Flag and the second the altered flag. flagobamaA veterans group arrived late this afternoon with the media in tow and demanded that the second flag be taken down. Don Van Beck, executive director of...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder is a disgrace

    03/13/2012 10:56:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    BG Daily News ^ | March 13, 2012 | Rich Lowry
    For Attorney General Eric Holder, life must present a hellish vista of pervasive racist practices. Wherever he goes, people are required to show identification. When cashing a check. When signing up for a library card. When boarding a plane. When entering certain office buildings. When checking into hotels. When (in the case of the youthful-looking) buying a beer or cigarettes, or entering a bar. The tyranny of the photo ID is so all-encompassing that people can’t enter Holder’s own Justice Department without showing one. Holder is outraged that in a nation where requests for photo ID are ubiquitous, more and...
  • Regulation Nation: New study finds Obama’s regs cost $46 billion a year

    03/13/2012 8:40:15 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 03/13/12 | Paul Bedard
    Some 10,215 new federal regulations from the Obama administration are costing consumers, businesses and the economy overall $46 billion annually, more than five times the regulatory price tag of former President Bush in his first three years in office. Worse: just implementing those regulations had a one-time additional cost of $11 billion, according to a Heritage Foundation analysis provided to Washington Secrets.
  • Up against the Wall! Should district be allowed to demand middle-schooler's Facebook password?

    03/13/2012 5:03:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 120 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/13/2012 | Bob Sullivan
    A 12-year-old Minnesota girl was reduced to tears while school officials and a police officer rummaged through her private Facebook postings after forcing her to surrender her password, an ACLU lawsuit alleges. The claims are the latest in a string of tales showing that even password-protected, private online activities might not be safe from curious government agencies and schools. (See last week’s story) The girl, whose identity is withheld in the lawsuit, came home "crying, depressed, angry, scared and embarrassed" after she was intimidated into divulging her login information by a school counselor and a deputy sheriff, who arrived in...
  • Obama admin list Vatican as 'potential money-laundering center'

    03/12/2012 1:28:22 PM PDT · by blueyon · 15 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/9/2012 | By Catholic Online
    It isn't, but the US State Department has listed it anyway. The US State Department has added an unlikely name to the list of countries that are considered money-laundering centers - the Vatican. The listing was published Wednesday in the 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, and lists 190 countries. WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - The list is divided into three categories, primary concern, concern, and monitored. The Vatican has been listed with 67 other countries which also includes Poland, Egypt, Ireland, Hungary, and Chile. A State Department official did confess that the Vatican had recently established programs to prevent...
  • Obama Administration Blocks Law Requiring Texas Residents to Show Photo ID Before Voting

    03/12/2012 9:04:52 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 142 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3-12-12
    The Justice Department is objecting to a new photo ID law in Texas for voters, saying the state has failed to demonstrate that the the law is not discriminatory by design against Hispanic voters. The department's head of the civil rights division, Tom Perez, wrote a a six-page letter to Texas' director of elections saying that Texas has not "sustained its burden" under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to show that the new law will not have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. About 11 percent of Hispanic voters reportedly lack state-issued identification. Perez wrote that while the...
  • Study: County firefighters’ average compensation dips to $175,000 from $189,000

    03/08/2012 5:58:18 PM PST · by redreno · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 4:18 p.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A new employee compensation study by Clark County administrators shows average firefighter compensation dipped to $175,000 in 2011 from about $189,000 in fiscal year 2010. Almost all of the decline stems from a drop in overtime pay to firefighters. During the last two years, overtime compensation for firefighters fell from $17.4 million in 2009 to $10.5 million in 2011. In 2009, overtime made up 24 percent of a firefighters' wages; in 2011, it made up 15 percent.
  • Can the President Kill You?

    03/08/2012 11:34:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Can the president kill an American simply because the person is dangerous and his arrest would be impractical? Can the president be judge, jury and executioner of an American in a foreign country because he believes that would keep America safe? Can Congress authorize the president to do this? Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder attempted to justify presidential killing in a speech at Northwestern University law school. In it, he recognized the requirement of the Fifth Amendment for due process. He argued that the president may substitute the traditionally understood due process -- a public jury...
  • FCC Considers Granting Police the Authority to Shut Down Cell Phone Networks

    03/08/2012 3:55:59 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 119 replies
    The Intel Hub ^ | 6 March 2012 | IntelHub
    The FCC is currently seeking public comments on whether or not it is appropriate and feasible to grant local police forces the power to shut down mobile phone networks.The request for the public’s input comes after BATR officials in San Fransisco shut down cell towers in an attempt to stop a first amendment protected protest for “public safety” reasons.An article published by CFO World broke down the FCC request in an easy to understand fashion: The FCC asks several questions in its request for comments. Among them:– When have government agencies in the U.S. considered interrupting mobile service?– When would...
  • Republicans worry about healthcare law repeal's impact on health programs

    03/07/2012 1:59:14 PM PST · by ColdOne · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/7/12 | Julian Pecquet
    President Obama's healthcare reform law skews healthcare funding in a way that would put many of the nation's medical programs at risk if the law is repealed, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Health subcommittee warned Wednesday. The remarks from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) are surprising because Republicans - including Shelby - have been calling for the law's repeal ever since it was passed. In his opening statement at a hearing on the Health and Human Services Department's proposed budget for FY 2013, Shelby suggested lawmakers should start taking a hard look at the impact of repealing the law...
  • MILLER: Buying ammunition in D.C.

    03/07/2012 12:50:23 PM PST · by servo1969 · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2012 | Emily Miller
    In Washington, D.C., it is illegal to posses ammunition if you don’t have a gun registered. It is also unlawful to have ammo that is not in the same caliber or gauge as your legal gun. The penalty for holding a round of the wrong caliber is up to a year in jail -- as stiff as the punishment for illegal gun possession. So I was very careful not to buy ammunition before I had my legally registered gun at home. Although I wondered about the purpose of the law. What’s the worst I could do with ammo, but no...
  • Nothing is inalienable

    03/07/2012 5:32:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 6 March, 2012 | John Hayward
    On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge struck down a Maryland gun law with a remarkably worded ruling, as related by the Baltimore Sun: In a 23-page memorandum opinion, made public Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Benson E. Legg said a state requirement forcing those applying for a gun-carry permit to show that they have a "good and substantial reason" to do so "impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms," as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. "A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,"...
  • Obama Mandate Could Fine Religious Groups $2,000 Per Employee

    03/06/2012 4:28:04 PM PST · by wagglebee · 46 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/6/12 | Steven Ertelt
    The new Obama mandate that requires religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees could result in fines as much as $2,000 per employee or $100 each day if they refuse to comply.Recently, Republicans in Congress asked the Congressional Research Service to examine the new mandate and the consequences for employers that do not want to follow it because it would violate their consciences and CRS issued a document finding noncompliant employers could face federal fines of $100 per day per employee.“If a group health plan or health insurance issuer failed to...
  • Judge in voter ID case signed Walker recall petition [WI]

    03/06/2012 3:16:03 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 35 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/6/2012, Updated: 4:53 p.m | Daniel Bice
    Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan, who granted a temporary injunction against Wisconsin's new voter identification law, signed a petition urging the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. *** His clerk called back to say Flanagan would only answer questions submitted in writing at the courthouse. State Republican Party spokesman Ben Sparks said his party will be filing a complaint with the state Judicial Commission asking it to investigate why Flanagan did not recuse himself. "The very fact that Dane County Judge David Flanagan signed a petition to recall Governor Walker calls today's court proceedings regarding Wisconsin's voter ID law into...