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  • Teacher at Oak Cliff (Dallas) charter school accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old students

    01/05/2013 5:01:44 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Scott Goldstein
    A southeast Oak Cliff charter school teacher faces sexual assault charges involving two male students at school in multiple incidents last year, according to Dallas police documents. Geogery Lynn Shelton, who taught at Children First Academy, was being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Friday. His bail was set at $75,000 after his arrest this week on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and a charge of continuous sexual assault of a child, police records said. [Snip] The crimes for which Shelton faces charges date to at least May and...
  • Surge in local gun sales mirrors national trend

    01/05/2013 4:59:58 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Wally Wentz, owner of Gator’s Custom Gun Shop in Kelso, said customers have been clamoring for variations of the AR-15, AK-47 and handguns with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds, adding he has never seen such a surge in gun sales in 25 years. “I can’t even describe how busy it has been,” he said. Prices for guns and ammunition have shot up along with demand, Wentz said. A $300 box of bullets was priced at $600 last month, now they’re sold out everywhere. He added that he sold a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun for $1,500 last week...
  • Woman Found Dead On Plane That Is Diverted To Houston

    01/05/2013 4:57:58 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies
    CBS Hourston ^ | January 2, 2012 | Cicely Mitchell
    A woman died on an international flight Wednesday. The flight was American Airlines flight 962 and originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to police, the 25-year-old woman made her way to the airplane’s lavatory then collapsed and died after walking from the lavatory. The plane was headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport but was diverted to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport; it landed around 6:30 a.m. Officials are scheduled to perform an autopsy on the woman who was not identified at the time of this report. After several hours later, the flight continued onto Dallas and landed there just before before...
  • Inmates using gun map to threaten Guards - Sheriff

    01/05/2013 4:54:11 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/2013 | Staff
    Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards. Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.
  • LGBT Group Takes Issue with Hagel Nomination, Urges Obama to Abandon

    01/05/2013 4:41:50 AM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    A pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group issued a statement today urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. "GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," writes the chair GetEQUAL's board Tanya Domi.
  • The 10 Biggest Political Debacles of 2012

    01/05/2013 4:34:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | John Hawkins
    10) Richard Mourdock's Campaign: After defeating Richard Lugar, he should have been able to easily retain the GOP’s Senate seat in a state that Mitt Romney won by 10 points. He PROBABLY would have pulled it off, too -- if, in a display of tone deafness comparable to the Democrats turning Paul Wellstone's memorial into a campaign rally, he hadn't decided to weigh in on abortion and rape after Todd Akin made the issue nuclear."I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life...
  • Feinstein's New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22

    01/05/2013 4:33:51 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 76 replies
    Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose any "assault weapon" or magazine ban Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)--author of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004--has said for weeks that she will soon introduce an even more restrictive bill. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have stated that January 22 will be the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed, so that is the most likely date for the new, sweeping legislation to be introduced. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, "I have been working with my staff for over a year on...
  • USA- Brand Whatever

    01/05/2013 4:26:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | John Ransom
    The fiscal cliff is over. And it turns out it was just a reality TV show that was devoid of reality. Taxes are going up on everyone. Make sure you check your paycheck, because you’re included too, not just the dirty, rotten rich. Now that Fiscal Cliff, the TV show has been cancelled, Wall Street is back to concentrating on the normal cliffs they usually worry about: the earnings cliff, the interest rate cliff, the money printing cliff (QE4EVER! <3 <3) and whatever other cliffs that worried traders can dream up for gullible journalists to write about. I always find...
  • Happy Holidays, Saudi Arabia

    01/05/2013 4:11:15 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    With Christmas now in the rearview mirror, it is perplexing that some far-left bloggers are still bemoaning the fact that Newsweek magazine proclaimed that folks who respect the traditions of the Christmas holiday "won" the battle against secular progressives who want to diminish the birth of Jesus in the public square. Because of that ongoing angst, and because I am still in the Christmas spirit, I offer some travel tips to the anti-Christmas crew in preparation for this December. If you don't like Christmas, book your trip now. North Korea: According to reporting by ForeignPolicy.com, that feisty little country...
  • Sergeant in Saudi Arabia's Air Force Jailed in Vegas on New Year's Eve Child Rape Charges

    01/05/2013 3:45:54 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 4, 2012 | Associated Press
    A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a young boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of Sin City's big New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza. Mazen Alotaibi, 23, faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion that could get him decades in state prison, according to police and charging documents obtained Friday.
  • Earthquake in Alaska

    01/05/2013 1:27:37 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 133 replies
    Some reports saying 7.7, this site saying 6.6
  • Benghazi CID chief abducted by armed men

    01/05/2013 12:13:30 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 17 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 3 Jan 2013 | By Maha Ellawati and Sami Zaptia
    The head of the Benghazi Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abdulsalam Al-Mihdawi, was kidnapped yesterday evening in Benghazi by an unknown group of armed men. Sources told the Libya Herald that Mihdawi and two colleagues were waiting in their vehicle at a traffic light on Venezia Street in the Hawari district of Benghazi when two masked gunmen jumped out of a nearby car and seized the officer. Shortly after the incident was reported, local police organised search squads to check nearby roads for any sign of the officer or his kidnappers, and later that evening, residents of Benghazi and officers from...
  • If you’re not David Gregory … D.C. prosecutes ordinary Americans for ‘high-capacity’ magazines

    01/04/2013 11:53:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The Washington Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) inquiry into whether NBC’s David Gregory possession on national TV of an illegal 30-round “high-capacity” magazine has been ongoing for three weeks. Meanwhile, U.S. Army veteran James Brinkley is still grappling with the fallout from his arrest last year on the same charge. Mr. Brinkley’s story is just one example of at least 105 individuals who, unlike Mr. Gregory, were arrested in 2012 for having a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds. On Sept. 8, Mr. Brinkley says he intended to drop his wife and young children at the White House for...
  • Christie demands ‘clean’ Sandy relief bill after dismissing criticism of pork in original

    01/04/2013 11:34:19 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Governor Chris Christie appreciates that the House finally passed a $9.7 billion Sandy relief bill, and in a joint statement with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, he expressed hope that the House would pass a bill providing $51 billion in further relief. Governor Christie âś” @GovChristie While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down paymentÂ…
  • Cold case love triangle headed for court

    01/04/2013 11:30:30 PM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 10:45 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2013 | Demian Bulwa
    Even in the messy world of love triangles, the predicament that Raymond Edward Wong faced in November 1999 was a tight spot. Girlfriend No. 1, who lived with the computer systems expert in Pinole, had announced she was four months pregnant with the couple's second child. But in a Sacramento maternity ward lay a newborn girl, Wong's first child with Girlfriend No. 2. And she was itching to settle down as well. According to authorities preparing to prosecute the 41-year-old Wong for murder, he fixed his dilemma by uniting the two women - each of whom knew of the other...
  • BREAKING ALERT – NEXT VOTE ON ILLINOIS SEMI AUTO BAN WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY, JANUARY 6

    01/04/2013 11:07:39 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 67 replies
    Illinois State Rifle Association ^ | January 5, 2013 | steelers6
    LATE BREAKING ALERT – NEXT VOTE ON SEMI AUTO BAN WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED After getting nowhere in the Senate, the gun controllers have taken their campaign to destroy your rights to the Illinois House. Earlier today, Amendment #1 to SB2899 was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives. Sponsored by rabidly anti-gun Rep. Eddie Acevedo, the amendment would do two things to you: 1. It would pick your pocket to pay for the confiscation and destruction of your own guns. 2. It would ban more than 50% of the rifles and more than 80% of...
  • #1 - ASK THE IMAM: When can I wear Islamic jewelry?

    01/04/2013 10:55:54 PM PST · by doug from upland · 15 replies
    NOTE: if I am able to do ASK THE IMAM on a regular basis, I will. Perhaps it will give us some insight into our Muslim neighbors or provide fodder for mocking. Q. Salaam Alaykum, In terms of "Islamic" jewelry, what is permitted to wear all the time and what is not? For example, Qur'an isn't allowed in bathrooms, so therefore I couldn't wear a necklace with Qur'an on it all the time, correct? What about Allah, or any other words in Arabic calligraphy? Thank you. A. Bismillah, Jewelry and other ornaments are from "zina." Zina is anything that a...
  • Gun buyback program won’t end violence - U.S. doesn’t need another Cash for Clunkers fiasco

    01/04/2013 10:55:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | Kavon W. Nikrad
    In light of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., partisan voices are only getting louder on the issue of gun control. Recently, Washington Post columnist Matt Miller argued that “everyone knows we need to reduce gun violence” and that “we still need to boost the economy.” Mr. Miller proposed a massive, $100 billion gun buyback program, using the ballyhooed Australian buyback program as his template. According to Mr. Miller, this included banning semi-automatic and automatic rifles and shotguns, and conducting a compulsory buyback program. Unfortunately, the reasons underlying Mr. Miller’s support for the Australian method of gun control collapse upon...
  • Old Wooden Head Remains Speaker

    01/04/2013 10:28:24 PM PST · by morethanright · 10 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-04 07:22:14 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:House Republicans brightened President Obama's upcoming inaugural celebrations by re-electing John Boehner Speaker of the House. Of course, Boehner is nothing more than a ventriloquist's dummy, with President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi taking turns working his empty wooden head. The Republican Party is doomed - if not the nation.220 GOP House members thought it a good idea to keep in place the compromising puppet - through whose lips the president speaks. Only 10 Republicans believed the Party of Lincoln deserved better.Five more measly votes and Boehner would be a bad memory. What does this say about...
  • Saudi airman stationed at Lackland accused of Vegas child rape

    01/04/2013 10:02:14 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 25 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 4, 2013 | KEN RITTER
    LAS VEGAS -- A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a young boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of Sin City's big New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza. Mazen Alotaibi, 23, faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion that could get him decades in state prison, according to police and charging documents obtained Friday. The boy, who is younger than 14, told police the man forced him into a room at the Circus Circus hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and...