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  • Landrieu faces her toughest political storm to stay in Senate

    04/17/2014 5:27:45 AM PDT · by cotton1706
    cnn.com ^ | 4/16/14 | Halimah Abdullah
    Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu is in the middle of a storm. She is beset by well-funded forces on the right who sense the Gulf Coast Democrat's vulnerability in trying to defend a Senate seat in a red state. On the left, she is trying to avoid being pulled down by the undertow of a president whose decline in approval ratings and controversial health care reform law might not play well with her state's conservative sensibilities. She's been buffeted by rough re-election fights before, and in previous successful bids for the state legislature, state treasurer's office and eventually two runoffs...
  • Snitchgate -- Sharpton Is Still Lying

    04/17/2014 5:26:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com | April 17, 2014 | Larry Elder
    If the Rev. Al Sharpton, the bigoted, anti-Semitic, non-tax paying race-hustling poverty pimp, had any credibility left, it just vanished. The beneficiary of a lifetime of passes from our race-conscious mainscream media, Sharpton ran into an outlet not afraid of him -- The Smoking Gun. They obtained material that exposed Sharpton as an FBI "informant." Sharpton, of course, denies that this constitutes "snitching." No, he says he "volunteered" to "cooperate" with the FBI -- and for the most honorable of motives. Why would the government-hating "civil rights" leader cooperate with the feds? Sharpton told Joe Scarborough, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning...
  • Report: Only 1 of 46 lifeboats was deployed

    04/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 1 replies
    KTVQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | CNN
    Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats on the sunken South Korean ferry -- but only one was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report. If true, the report will add to the anger and desperation of families still waiting for word on the fate of 287 missing passengers. Video acquired by another affiliate JTBC showed at least 12 of the white survival capsules still attached to the ferry even as it was keeled over in the water. The survival capsules hold lifeboats.... At one point or another, the...
  • Japan's indigenous stealth fighter to fly this year amid arms race worries

    04/17/2014 5:22:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 16 April, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Development of ATD-X jet part of Tokyo's effort to upgrade its defence capabilities; analysts warn it could spark claims of arms race in Asia The ATD-X's engines produce 5,000kg of thrust. Photo: SCMP A prototype of Japan's first domestically produced stealth fighter will get airborne before the end of the year, a significant development in Tokyo's efforts to improve its defence capabilities. Known as the Advanced Technology Demonstrator-X (ATD-X) fighter, the aircraft is being developed by the defence ministry's research institute and a number of private companies, primarily Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told the Diet's defence committee...
  • MH370: Oil slick not linked to missing jet, Australians say

    04/17/2014 5:14:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | Julie Makinen
    Australian authorities coordinating the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Thursday that lab tests have shown an oil slick found in the search area last Sunday is not aircraft engine fuel or hydraulic fluid. Searchers are now using a robotic submarine, the Bluefin-21, to look for wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles northwest of Perth, Australia. The Bluefin-21 has a rated depth of 4,500 meters, or 2.8 miles, and shortly after it was deployed on its first run this week, it returned to the surface several hours later because it reached that depth...
  • Bass Pro Shops Opening Store In Spartanburg Co. (SC)

    04/17/2014 4:48:19 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 4 replies
    wspa.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Staff
    SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. - Outdoor retail giant Bass Pro Shops is setting up shop in Spartanburg County. The announcement was made Wednesday at a news conference. The company will be building the 120,000 square foot store near the BMW facility at the intersection of Highway 101 and Interstate 85. It is planned to be the anchor for developments including other retail stores, hotels and restaurants. The store, the company's third in South Carolina, is set to open in 2016. “This store will be a tribute to the great sporting tradition and heritage of the region and a celebration of the...
  • North Dakota's 'heartbeat' abortion law is overturned

    04/17/2014 4:46:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 4-16-14 | James MacPherson
    BISMARCK, N.D. -- A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the law is "invalid and unconstitutional" and that it "cannot withstand a constitutional challenge." The state attorney general said he was looking at whether to appeal the decision by the Bismarck-based judge. North Dakota is among several conservative states that have passed new abortion restrictions in recent years, but abortion rights supporters called North...
  • North Sea Boats (PT. Lundin) and SAAB working on an improved 63m FMPV Trimaran

    04/17/2014 4:45:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 16 April 2014
    At DSA 2014, the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference currently held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Indonesian shipyard North Sea Boats (PT. Lundin) and SAAB are showing an updated model of the 63m FMPV Trimaran design ordered by the Indonesian Navy. The new design of North Sea Boat's 63m FMPV Trimaran as shown on SAAB booth during DSA 2014 Talking to Navy Recognition during DSA 2014, a SAAB representative explained that the Swedish company is planning to fit its new Sea Giraffe 1X 3D radar higher up in the mast for better radar coverage and less limitation because of...
  • We Are A Nation Of Narcissists

    04/17/2014 4:43:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    People have been saying the country is “going to hell in a handbasket” for decades. It’s sort of a rite of passage for every current generation to look at the next one and think it will screw up things so badly everything will be ruined. But the handbasket this current generation is creating may well be the one that sinks us. Every generation is the product of the previous one – its culture, morals, priorities, everything. In the 20th century, that meant passing on a work ethic, the importance of family and the American Dream that each generation will do...
  • Oversight member on Lois Lerner: ‘Now I see why IRS is scared to give up emails’

    04/17/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 54 replies
    daily caller ^ | 4-16-14 | Patrick Howley
    Key members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform expressed outrage at revelations made in newly released emails showing ex-IRS official Lois Lerner coordinating with the Department of Justice on prosecuting nonprofit groups. One committee member said the emails prove why the IRS is “scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails.” IRS commissioner John Koskinen was recently threatened with contempt for stonewalling the committee’s investigation. Koskinen claimed in a hearing that it could take years to provide the documents requested by Oversight. “The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party...
  • Who Are the Real Saboteurs of Immigration Reform?

    04/17/2014 4:34:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Solving the illegal immigration problem should not be hard. No one knows how many foreign nationals are residing illegally in the United States -- estimates range from 11 million to 20 million. But everyone understands that it is an untenable situation that must be addressed. The two extreme positions of the Left and Right probably have little public support -- on the one hand, blanket amnesties and open borders, and on the other, deportation of all foreign nationals who reside here without legal authorization. Polls show that most Americans want something in between. Close the border. Allow entry only to...
  • Rush Revere Wows Teacher at Show-and-Tell (with a little nod towards Freepers at the end.)

    04/17/2014 4:25:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 4-16-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Virgil in Columbus, Ohio. It's great to have you on the program, sir. Glad you waited. CALLER: Thanks a lot, Rush. How are you today, buddy? RUSH: Just fine. Thanks much. CALLER: It's wonderful to talk to someone with a backbone. I don't have a question or anything. I just want to tell you that I sent my son to school one day for show-and-tell with your book, Rush Revere. RUSH: How old is your son? CALLER: The teacher was against it. RUSH: How old is your son? CALLER: Nine. RUSH: Nine. Okay so you send your nine-year-old son...
  • Joe Biden’s First Selfie Is Just Awesome

    04/17/2014 4:23:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 4/17/14 | Per Liljas
    Eleven hours after opening an Instagram account, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wrote "Found a friend to join me." He really couldn’t have featured a more prominent guest star. Want to see more scenes from the Veep’s life? Then follow "vp" on Instagram....
  • Sunrise Service

    04/17/2014 4:20:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Growing up in rural Georgia, Easter meant not only the resurrection of Jesus, but also a new Sunday dress, a hat, gloves and more chocolate than I could eat, at least at one time. My sister Kathy and I would wake up before dawn, rush to our Easter baskets, eat a few bites of chocolate, get dressed in our brand new Easter dresses and head out for the sunrise service, with candy stashed in our purses. It seemed as though the services were more bearable since we were able to unwrap the candy during the service and pop it...
  • Obamacare Must Go Regardless of Who is Obama’s Next HHS Nominee

    04/17/2014 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Tim Scott
    At the end of the day, we all want Americans to have access to affordable, quality healthcare, but Obamacare is the wrong path to get to that goal. As we begin to review the qualifications and record of President Obama’s new nominee to become HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will have to answer a number of very important questions during her upcoming confirmation hearings before both the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. And while Ms. Burwell was unanimously confirmed to become OMB director,...
  • The IRS Scandal Blows Wide Open

    04/17/2014 4:09:18 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    A bombshell revelation has brought the IRS scandal to a new level. Judicial Watch has released internal IRS communications revealing that former Tax Exempt Organizations director Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding whether it was possible to criminally prosecute tax-exempt groups she believed had “lied” about their political activity. Judicial Watch obtained the documents by successfully filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the IRS in October 2013, following the agency’s stonewall of four FOIA requests dating back to the previous May. Contained in those documents is an email exchange between Lerner...
  • Is Vladimir Putin Another Adolf Hitler?

    04/17/2014 3:50:14 AM PDT · by Siegfried X · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/16/2014 | Paul Johnson
    As Mein Kampf makes clear, Hitler sought to unite all the people of German speech and culture into one state, or Reich, preferably by peaceful negotiation, otherwise by war and conquest... Today’s drift toward war with Russia seems like a replay of the past. Putin is a Russian nationalist, who believes in a strong Stalinist state. His goal is to reverse the events of 1989–the end of the Soviet state and dissolution of its enormous empire... ...to wield against the various weak states that were part of the U.S.S.R... All have ethnic Russian minorities, who speak the language, boast of...
  • Syrian opposition fighters obtain US-made anti-tank missiles

    04/17/2014 3:38:53 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karen DeYoung
    Syria's opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made anti-tank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor and fortifications and are standard in the U.S. military arsenal. The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, among other countries, and the Pentagon approved the sale of 15,000 of the weapons to Saudi Arabia in December. Both countries aid Syrian opposition groups. U.S. officials declined to discuss the origin of the weapons but did not dispute...
  • Turchynov Tells Defence Ministry Disestablish 25th Brigade Of Air Assault Forces

    04/17/2014 3:27:24 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies
    Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada/Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has instructed the Defence Ministry to disestablish 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed Forces, he has told a parliament session. "25th separate airborne brigade, whose military showed cowardice and surrendered arms, will be disestablished... The Defence Ministry has received this instruction," he said. Moreover, Turchynov says this brigade's servicemen will stand trial; he says the Prosecutor-General's Office has received a corresponding order too. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the Defence Ministry refutes 25th separate airborne brigade of the High Mobility Assault Forces of the Armed...
  • "X-Men" director accused of sex abuse in lawsuit

    04/17/2014 3:27:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    assciated press ^ | April 17, 2014 | OSKAR GARCIA
    HONOLULU (AP) — A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" forced Michael Egan III into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17 in the late 1990s.
  • China proposes to create SCO security center (Sino-Russian alliance)

    04/17/2014 3:22:37 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies
    China's minister of public security warned Thursday of new threats to member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a post-Soviet Eurasian security bloc, and proposed setting up a joint security center to deal with the challenges. The Chinese side is prepared to study, together with all the SCO member states, the possibility of establishing an SCO center to fight against challenges and threats to security, Guo Shengkun told a meeting of SCO security officials in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The Chinese minister said there has been increased activity of militant Islamist groups, including the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and warned of...
  • An accidental car thief: mom takes wrong car helping daughter

    04/17/2014 3:01:09 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 17, 2014
    You see, Thorpe managed to steal a 21-year-old car by mistake, CNN affiliate WABC reported
  • Colorado Democrats Abandon Radical Bill for Abortions Up to Birth, Not Enough Votes

    04/17/2014 2:46:09 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    UPDATE: Late Wednesday, Colorado Democrats abandoned the radical bill after not having enough votes: Colorado Democrats abandoned their own divisive abortion proposal Wednesday, axing the bill after one lawmaker expressed indecision and it became clear they might not have the votes to pass it in a chamber where every vote matters. Democrats used a legislative maneuver to shelve a bill that would have banned any state regulation of reproductive decisions such as abortion and contraception. It had been scheduled for a vote Wednesday evening in the Senate, where the party holds a slim one-seat majority. The move came after Sen....
  • Arizona Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill for Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics

    04/17/2014 2:36:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a pro-life bill that the state’s pro-life groups were pressing for her to sign after approval by the state legislature. HB 2284 would make sure that abortion clinics are treated the same as other medical facilities by allowing for unannounced inspections. arizonalogoHere’s what Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod has to say about it in an email to LifeNews: “Arizona’s thriving pro-life movement has had another tremendous victory today as Governor Brewer has signed the Women’s Health Protection Act (HB 2284). This law ensures abortion clinics are subject to the same inspection standards...
  • Bloomberg to spend $50 million to challenge NRA on gun safety

    04/17/2014 2:30:34 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 15 replies
    (CNN) -- Michael Bloomberg is investing a chunk of his personal fortune to minimize the influence of the National Rifle Association. The former New York City mayor pledged $50 million to his new group Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization for his two other gun control groups: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It aims to make the political climate more supportive of gun control. The new organization plans to compete against the NRA by adopting its playbook. The NRA has built an impressive and effective organization that touts millions of members,...
  • North Korea orders Japan to resume international ferry services

    04/17/2014 2:13:37 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    japandailypress.com ^ | Apr 16, 2014 | Maan Pamintuan-Lamorena
    As Japan has sought North Korea to re-open investigations on abducted Japanese nationals from decades ago, it seems that the communist state is intent on milking the request with their own set of demands. Aside from allowing a direct charter flight between the countries and removal of sanctions by Japan, a ferry for travel between the two countries is among the recent demands made by North Korea.
  • Europe faces worst human rights ‘crisis’ in decades

    04/17/2014 1:11:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Europe is facing its largest human rights crisis in over two decades, according to the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe (CoE). The human rights watchdog, in a report published on Wednesday (16), says corruption, human trafficking, racism and discrimination persist across Europe. […] CoE secretary general Thorbjřrn Jagland—in a statement entitled “Europe in biggest human rights crisis since Cold War”—said the lack of democratic checks and balances, free media and an independent judiciary is the cause of widespread corruption and misuse of power. He is calling for a “new pan-European security agenda” to help stem the abuse. …
  • Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

    04/17/2014 1:07:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.04.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Russia is rolling out two major projects—a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port—with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions. Russia’s ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, told EUobserver on Wednesday (16 April) that work on the “Power of Siberia” pipeline and the Chinese construction of a 25-meter-deep port in Crimea are proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis. Describing the pipeline as a “mega-project”, he said it will pump 60 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year from the Kovykta and Tchayandinskoe gas fields to Russia’s far east, with a branch...
  • Reports: Company Tied to Reid's Son Wants Land in Bundy Standoff

    04/17/2014 12:30:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 08:48 PM | Greg Richter
    The Nevada rancher who forced the federal Bureau of Land Management to back down last week may have been targeted because a Chinese solar company with ties to Sen. Harry Reid's son wants the land for an energy plant, several websites report. A report on Godfatherpolitics.com, says Chinese energy giant ENN Energy Group wants to use federal land as part of its effort to build a $5 billion solar farm and panel-building plant in the southern Nevada desert. Rory Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is representing ENN in their efforts to locate in Nevada. Part of...
  • Congressional candidate shoots down drone with hunting rifle in new ad

    04/16/2014 11:53:20 PM PDT · by kingattax · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 15, 2014 | Eric Pfeiffer
    VIDEO AT LINK Montana congressional candidate Matt Rosendale swears he doesn’t have a problem with drones. “I actually consider myself to be very supportive of technology,” Rosendale told Yahoo News in an interview on Tuesday. Still, the question had to be asked after Rosendale on Monday released a new campaign ad in which he used a hunting rifle to shoot down a drone. The ad opens with an overhead camera angle, with the drone menacingly hovering over the state senator. “I’m Matt Rosendale and this is how I'd look from a government drone,” the candidate says as he’s framed dead...
  • Ukrainian military base comes under attack in the southeast

    04/16/2014 11:52:00 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 04-17-2014 | Radina Gigovaj
    (CNN) -- An estimated 300 people attacked a Ukrainian military base in the country's southeast on Thursday, the nation's interior minister said on his Facebook page. According to Arsen Avakov, three of the attackers have been killed, 13 wounded and 63 others detained. Clashes are ongoing.
  • Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces

    04/16/2014 11:33:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 1 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 4/16/14 | Stephanie Nebehay and Christian Lowe
    GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of significant progress at the four-way talks appear slim. By contrast, what Putin says during his annual "hotline" session with the Russian people may have far greater influence on events in Ukraine's rebellious east. Thursday's talks will bring the ministers of Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's...
  • 5 things to know about how Obama 'evolved' his support of same-sex marriage

    04/16/2014 11:29:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 4/16/14 | Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News
    For years, when asked about his position on same-sex marriage, President Obama would say that it was "evolving." How that evolution occurred, and the insiders and outsiders who helped to push it along, is addressed in an in-depth article from journalist Jo Becker in the current New York Times Magazine. The article is an excerpt from Becker's book, “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality," which hits shelves Tuesday. The excerpt includes many details on why the president changed his mind. There was a public push, of course, with national opinion shifting in favor of same-sex marriage, but...
  • Lerner Wanted DOJ to Prosecute Tea Party

    04/16/2014 11:25:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | April 16, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: From Katie Pavlich at Town Hall.com: "According to new IRS emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from Judicial Watch, former head of tax exempt groups at the IRS Lois Lerner was in contact with the Department of Justice in May 2013 about whether tax exempt groups could be criminally prosecuted for 'lying' about political activity." So Eric Holder and Lois Lerner not only are liars, they're in cahoots. Lois Lerner was asking the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute people like Catherine Engelbrecht. This woman, this Lerner, this is a witch. This is a...
  • EU spy chief rules out Russian military presence in Ukraine

    04/16/2014 11:15:12 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 10 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 04-16-2014 | Staff
    There is no large Russian military presence in East Ukraine, head of EU intelligence, Commodore Georgij Alafuzoff, has said. The spy chief has dismissed multiple accusations from the West alleging Russian involvement in the unrest in the region. In an interview with Finnish national news broadcaster, Yle, Alafuzoff said the Russian military had nothing to do with the seizing of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. “In my opinion, it’s mostly people who live in the region who are not satisfied with the current state of affairs,” said Alafuzoff, referring to the situation in East Ukraine. He went on to say...
  • Democrat leader reaped $1.1 million from sale of land he didn't own ( Harry Reid )

    04/16/2014 10:51:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    ap | 10/11/2006 | John Solomon And Kathleen Hennessey
    USA Today will only allow the posting of titles and links http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-10-11-reid_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA
  • Australian Navy acts over breaches of Indonesian waters

    04/16/2014 10:47:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 17th April 2014
    THE Chief of Navy has decided to strip a commanding officer of his command and administratively sanctioned another, after investigating how Australian crews entered Indonesian waters during asylum seeker operations. Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has considered the actions of the seven RAN ship commanding officers involved in the six breaches between December last year and January 2014, with each given the chance to put their case directly to the chief. He accepted that none of them deliberately contravened orders, but there were lapses in professional conduct. As a result, one will be removed from his command and another will be...
  • Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin

    04/16/2014 10:35:28 PM PDT · by Ruprecht Jamieson · 6 replies
    Netanyahu discusses mutual interests with Russia's Putin Putin tells Netanyahu that Kiev regime is to blame for escalations in eastern Ukraine; both agree to cooperation on issues of mutual interest. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone Tuesday, and discussed issue like Iran, Ukraine, and additional communications. Reportedly on Netanyahu's request, the two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine, which Israeli politicians have been steering clear of, concerned possible security threats could arise if relations with Moscow were to suffer.
  • Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine Told to “Register or Have Your Property Confiscated”

    04/16/2014 10:26:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    Jews in Eastern Ukraine are being blamed for supporting the revolution that forced pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych to flee the country. Armed men handed out a leaflet on Passover eve telling Jews to register or face confiscation of their property.The Mad Jewess reported: From a commenter at The Mad Jewess: I am able to read that document. What it says is that Jews supported the Junta in Kiev (the Bandera fascists) and are hostile to the Orthodox Republic of Donetsk and it’s citizens, and therefore must register or be expelled from the Republic and have their property confiscated.
  • Pro-Russian Separatists Have Message for Obama: “America **** You”

    04/16/2014 10:21:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    So much for that reset button.The pro-Russian goons who have seiged several public buildings in Eastern Ukraine sent a message to America today. Some salty language among the separatists in Eastern Ukraine. RT @svaboda: Узброенымі людзьмі захоплены Данецкі The Ukrainians fear the Russian plan is to kill 100-200 people and then flood Eastern Ukraine with soldiers.Pravda Ukraine reported: Russian military were tasked to kill a few hundred people, and then enter troops into Ukraine.This was told at a briefing a leader of counterintelligence SBU Vitaly Naida.“The main purpose of commandos and special forces operations in the territory of Ukraine is...
  • The Legal Challenge to Obamacare You Probably Haven’t Heard of (And Why It Matters)

    04/16/2014 9:53:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2014 | Becket Adams
    Obamacare dictates that individual states can either set up and operate their own exchanges or the federal government will do it for them. Only 16 states and the District of Columbia currently run on their own exchanges. The remaining 34 states have elected to rely on the federally operated exchanges. And this is where we run into an issue: Depending on various factors, including income levels, people signing up through the state and federal exchanges may be eligible for subsidies that could drastically reduce the cost of health insurance coverage. The little-known challenge being argued in the District of Columbia...
  • Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves

    04/16/2014 9:44:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    KRWG News ^ | April 16, 2014
    The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense. Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person. Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.
  • The IRS's Case In Halbig v. Sebelius Is Crumbling, With A Little Help From Its Friends

    04/16/2014 9:40:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tomorrow morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius, a case that challenges the IRS’s ability to implement ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies and mandate penalties in the 34 states with federally established health “exchanges.” Though the IRS prevailed at the district-court level, its allies have been inadvertently undermining the agency’s case ever since. First, a little background. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 clearly, repeatedly, and consistently says that the above-mentioned subsidies and penalties are authorized only “through an Exchange established by the State.” The IRS breezed...
  • Arizona bill would allow cities to ignore federal rules

    04/16/2014 9:35:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Apr 15, 2014
    The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would allow cities and towns to enter restricted federal land without permission in emergencies. ... Republican bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa says she was inspired by the battle between the city of Tombstone and the federal government over access to repair its water supply system in the Coronado National Forest. She says local authorities should have the right to go in where needed without being granted approval first in cases of emergency.
  • Ford Built A Mustang On Top Of The Empire State Building Last Night

    04/16/2014 9:33:22 PM PDT · by FreeReign · 27 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | 4/16/2014 | Nick Stango
    It's been 50 years since Ford built the world-renowned 1965 Mustang and placed it high above Manhattan on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. Last night, Ford came back with a bigger, yellower, all around more complicated car from 2015 and decided to recreate the famous stunt as a 50-year homage—only this time, they did it in the snow and over the course of just 5 hours.
  • Economic War with Russia: A High Price for German Business

    04/16/2014 9:27:03 PM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 8 replies
    Spiegel ^ | 3/17/2014 | Spiegel Staff
    ... Both the Americans and the Europeans have ruled out the possibility of a military response and instead want to strike Putin where he is most vulnerable: Russia's economic dependency on the West. They want to show the Russian president that the economic damage caused by sanctions will outweigh any regional political advantage won through his actions. The main role here also continues to lie with Germany. The reason is simple: The country has very close business relations with Russia and has the greatest capacity to exert pressure. ... The consequences would be serious -- for both sides. Last year,...
  • Pregnant Woman Dies After Horrifying Medical Mixup [doctor removed ovary instead of appendix]

    04/16/2014 9:19:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 16, 2016
    As far as medical mix-ups go, it's a horrifying one. In October 2011, a 32-year-old woman underwent an operation at Queen's Hospital outside of London; Maria De Jesus was suffering from appendicitis and needed to have her appendix removed. Instead, her right ovary was taken out, and De Jesus, who was 21 weeks pregnant with her fourth child at the time, ended up dying roughly three weeks later. The case is now in front of a medical tribunal, which is weighing the medical fates of the two doctors involved, then-trainee surgeon Dr. Yahya Al-Abed, and Dr. Babatunde Coker, who was...
  • Netanyahu calls Putin, takes neutral stance on Ukraine

    04/16/2014 9:15:03 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 13 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04-17-2014 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu initiated a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss bilateral issues, Iran and Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement. The conversation came amid escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, and as Netanyahu was trying to maneuver carefully through the Ukraine crisis, not antagonizing or alienating neither Washington or Moscow. According to the Kremlin statement, Putin provided an assessment of the processes occurring in Ukraine, and “pointed out that the sharp escalation of the crisis is the result of Kiev’s irresponsible policy, which disregards the lawful rights and interests of the country’s Russian-speaking...
  • What Putin is rebuilding

    04/16/2014 9:08:34 PM PDT · by dangus · 71 replies
    4-17-14 | Dangus
    No, Putin isn't re-building the third Reich: Chamberlain isn't a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler seized neighboring German-speaking territories. He's a historic villain because he did nothing after Hitler blamed Christianity for poisoning Europe with weakness, swore to destroy the Jews, build a master race, set fire to the Reichstag, seized all police powers, built concentration camps and THEN invaded German-speaking lands. No, Putin isn't re-building the Soviet Union: He has implemented a flat, low tax rate, struck the authority of local commissars to impose taxes, decriminalized tax disputes, decentralized agriculture and industry, seen the numbers of...
  • Slain Richmond boy was father of suspect's child

    04/16/2014 8:51:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 16, 2014
    A 30-year-old woman shot and killed a teenage boy in Richmond after the two - who had a child together - argued over the victim's girlfriend, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Melinda Gaffney surrendered Monday to San Francisco police in connection with the April 8 slaying of Terrance Forks, 16, outside the Crescent Park apartment complex. Gaffney shot the boy during the latest in a series of arguments over Terrance's girlfriend, said Contra Costa County prosecutor Mary Knox. Gaffney fled in a Lexus that was later recovered, police said.