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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...
  • Lawmaker Proposes Publicizing Gun Owners' Names

    01/04/2013 9:55:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    WVIT-TV ^ | January 4, 2013 | LeAnne Gendreau, Liz Dahlem and Josh Chapin
    Lawmakers across the state are taking on gun control issues in the aftermath of the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14. State Rep. Stephen Dargen, a Democratic legislator from West Haven, wants the names and addresses of about 170,000 handgun permit holders in the state to be made public. Names of gun owners are now confidential, but Dargen believes if people know how many guns are spread across communities, they’ll be safer. State Senator Martin Looney, of New Haven, is proposing ammunition control legislation, which would prohibit anyone barred from owning a gun from...
  • North Portland Sealy mattress factory layoffs to begin in March

    01/04/2013 9:48:58 PM PST · by Be Careful · 8 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 1/4/12 | By Elliot Njus
    Sealy Inc., which in November announced plans to permanently close its North Portland mattress factory, will begin laying off workers there in March. The North Carolina company said then it planned to move work from the factory at 13635 N. Lombard St. to Lacey, Wash., to cut costs. In a notice to the state Friday, Sealy said 106 workers will be laid off starting March 4. In November, the company said the factory employed 128.
  • Inmates Sue Beer, Wine Cos. for $1B

    01/04/2013 9:27:42 PM PST · by 56newblog · 17 replies
    Five Idaho inmates are blaming alcohol for the crimes that put them in prison and are suing some of the nation's top liquor and wine companies for $1 billion. Keith Allen Brown, Steven Thompson, Woodrow Grant, Cory Baugh and Jeremy Brown all claim that alcohol led them to their crimes and they should have been warned of the beverages' addictive nature. "If I was not an alcoholic, the shooting would never have happened," Jeremy Brown said in his affidavit. Brown, 34, is serving a 20- to 30-year sentence for a 2001 shooting that seriously injured a man. The plaintiffs' crimes...
  • BUSTED: Illegal Alien Wins Jackpot at Arizona Casino, Then Deported to Mexico

    01/04/2013 9:18:20 PM PST · by montag813 · 21 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-05-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona An illegal alien was busted after winning the slots jackpot at a Tuscon casino - and then deported.  Mirna Valenzuela -  a Mexican illegal who had been previously deported multiple times -  won $1,200 last month at Casino del Sol Resort. But instead of collecting her slot-machine winnings, Valenzuela was deported - and didn't take a penny of her winnings with her. Federal law requires casinos to ask for identification for tax purposes whenever someone wins a jackpot of $1,200 or more. Casino officials questioned the ID that Valenzuela showed them on Dec. 3 as potentially...
  • Egyptian Lawyers: Muslim Brotherhood Took BILLIONS From Obama

    01/04/2013 9:02:51 PM PST · by cutty · 45 replies
    gateway ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Egyptian lawyers today accused the Muslim Brotherhood of taking 10 billion Egyptian pounds (U.S. $1.5 billion) from the Obama Administration. Egypt’s Chief Public Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim has ordered an investigation in an accusation against the Muslim Brotherhood of receiving 10 billion Egyptian pounds from the United States, asking for the sources of the Brotherhood’s money to be revealed. According to Aswat Masriya, the two plaintiffs claimed that the United States granted the Brotherhood the money illegally to back its interests in the region.
  • Reality Check: The "Politically Incorrect Truth" About The Second Amendment

    01/04/2013 8:39:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 81 replies
    WXIX-TV Tucson reporter Ben Swann takes a look at what he called the "politically incorrect" truth about the Second Amendment. In his "Reality Check" segment for the local FOX affiliate, Swann explains the true intention behind the Second Amendment. "This is where American history becomes very politically incorrect because the Second Amendment was not drafted for hunting, or just self defense from an attacker. The Second Amendment was put into place to guarantee the rights of the individual to be equally armed as military, both foreign and domestic, in the event that the citizenry might actually, at some point, have...
  • How To Pray For Revival [Christian FREEPers, We Need It]

    01/04/2013 8:22:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    the resurgence ^ | Ray Ortlund
    When Jonathan Edwards described the awakening in his church, he had to use words like “surprising,” “extraordinary” and “astonishing.” The Bible says of the early church that “awe came upon every soul” (Acts 2:43). We can’t program that into our worship: 10:45 am – Awe comes upon every soul. Since revival is of God, we should pray for it. But how? The Bible teaches us how to pray; Isaiah 63:15-64:12 is a biblical prayer for revival.
  • "Hippie" Allegedly Caught With Explosive Powder Previously Stabbed A Bouncer, Stole His Pizza

    01/04/2013 8:05:13 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | 1-4-13 | Christopher Robbins
    Aaron Greene, the 31-year-old Harvard grad who was arrested on Saturday morning with his pregnant girlfriend for allegedly possessing explosive powder and shotguns, previously stabbed a bouncer in 2005 with an eleven-inch butcher knife and served eight months in jail. The man he stabbed says that the altercation began after Greene stole his slice of pizza and stalked him through the Lower East Side—and soon after the stabbing he predicted Greene was more dangerous than authorities believed at the time. "I told the District Attorney that one of these days, he's gonna shoot up a schoolyard or blow up a...
  • FDA begins implementing sweeping food-safety law

    01/04/2013 7:45:19 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2013 | Brady Dennis
    The Obama administration moved ahead Friday with the first major overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system in more than 70 years, proposing tough new standards for fruit and vegetable producers and food manufacturers. The long-awaited proposals by the Food and Drug Administration are part of a fundamental change aimed at preventing food-borne outbreaks — caused by everything from leafy greens to canteloupes to peanut butter — rather than simply reacting to them. Every year, contaminated foods sicken an estimated 48 million Americans and kill 3,000.
  • Oregon lawmakers considering per-mile tax for some drivers (no gas purchased = no loot collected)

    01/04/2013 7:22:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 65 replies
    KPTV ^ | 1/04/13
    PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Fuel-efficient cars are designed to save people money on gas, but those who drive them could soon start paying a mileage tax. The government has been collecting taxes at the pump to pay for building and fixing roads for years, but drivers of electric cars avoid the gas tax because they don't fuel up. State legislators are looking at adding a tax for cars that get at least 55 miles per gallon, with the money going toward state roads. Some Portland residents say area roads could use the help.
  • Exxon to spearhead $14 billion oil project in Canada

    01/04/2013 7:22:23 PM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 4, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Exxon Mobil Corp. is leading a $14 billion project to produce oil off of Canada’s northeast coast, the company announced Friday. Exxon Mobil expects the project to recover more than 700 million barrels of oil from a field in water about 300 feet deep off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Production at the Hebron field is set to start in early 2017 and will be capable of churning out 150,000 barrels of oil per day, according to an Exxon Mobil announcement. The project is among several massive efforts being pursued by Exxon Mobil, the world’s second largest publicly traded...
  • Netanyahu: Iran yet to cross nuclear red line

    01/04/2013 7:12:04 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | Attila Somfalvi
    "Iran remains the number one threat. I set a red line (for its nuclear program), and as of now Iran has yet to cross it," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. Speaking at the annul meeting in the Foreign Ministry for Israel's ambassadors overseas, the PM said Israel remains determined to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Netanyahu told the diplomats he expects the instability in the Middle East to continue in the short term, but claimed a positive change was possible in the long run ... Netanyahu told the United Nations he believes that faced with a clear red...
  • Citing 19th-century law, Cal. court overturns rape conviction because the victim was not married

    01/04/2013 7:02:34 PM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    A California court of appeals said it had no choice but to overturn the conviction of a rapist who entered a sleeping woman’s bedroom and posed as her boyfriend before having sex with her because the woman is not married. Morales was originally found guilty of the rape of an unconscious personbut then his conviction was overturned because of an 1972 (sic)law that required the woman to be married for the conviction to hold. A California appeals court has overturned the rape conviction of a man because the female victim in the crime was not married at the time of...
  • Dad hired video game hitman to discourage son

    01/04/2013 7:01:36 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 20 replies
    Canoe.ca ^ | January 4, 2013
    Xiao Feng, 23, is pretty good at his favourite online video game, so he was surprised when he suddenly started getting killed again and again like a rookie. Turns out the high-level characters that kept taking him out were actually hitmen hired by his father.
  • 'Gun control' doesn't survive Christmas (Fading)

    01/04/2013 6:48:45 PM PST · by Red Steel · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/2/13 12:04 PM EST | DYLAN BYERS
    By DYLAN BYERS | 1/2/13 12:04 PM EST   Number of mentions of the term "gun control" in the news, according to Nexis.On the day of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., we published a chart showing the Sisyphean nature of the national gun control discussion. In the immediate aftermath of a shooting, such as the one that took place in Aurora, Colo., mentions of the term "gun control" spike in the news media. In a matter of days, that discussion all but disappears.This time was supposed to be different. "It is hard to believe this will...
  • FBI says Trenton man conspired with NYPD 'cannibal cop' to kidnap, rape, kill woman

    01/04/2013 6:45:09 PM PST · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    A Trenton man conspired with the New York City police officer who has been dubbed the "cannibal cop" to kidnap a Manhattan woman and bring her to New Jersey so he could rape and kill her, federal prosecutors said today. Michael Vanhise, 22, is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, the FBI and the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a press release. Vanhise exchanged emails with New York City police officer Gilberto Valle,...
  • EDITORIAL: EPA’s chilling effect

    01/04/2013 6:34:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2013 | Editorial
    Alaskan liberty goes up in smoke under new air regulationsNot-so-unintended consequences of overregulation are in the air. Newly adopted rules limiting airborne soot imposed by bureaucrats in Washington threaten to freeze the choices — and toes — of individuals living more than 4,000 miles away in subarctic Alaska. Thanks to authoritarian overreach, the freedom of America’s “last frontier” may not last much longer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waited until after President Obama’s re-election to announce drastic new restrictions on soot produced by industry smokestacks, diesel trucks and even ordinary sources like wood-burning stoves. The new standard for the great...
  • Can a $1 Trillion Coin End Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    01/04/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    What if the threat of a voluntary default by the United States could be erased by simply turning one tiny scrap of platinum into a coin? That's right. No debt ceiling problem. No bickering in Congress. No market jitters. The only thing needed is for the Treasury Department to mint a platinum coin with a face value of $1 trillion. ---- If Congress does not act to raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. will default on its debts. Not good. But this is where the platinum coin comes in. Normally, the Federal Reserve is charged with issuing currency. But U.S....
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes for our Troops - 6 Dec 2013

    01/04/2013 6:21:46 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 388 replies
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  • Fracking Is OK, Says Buried Report From New York State's Health Department

    01/04/2013 6:15:15 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 January 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    The release of a conveniently long-lost report showing that fracking is safe puts New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in a tight spot: continue to appease environmentalists by delaying further the development of the rich Marcellus Formation under his state, or letting the free market extract those resources and generate thousands of jobs and millions in revenue to the state. Fracking Is OK, Says Buried Report From New York State's Health Department The New American 04 January 2013 A report favoring fracking that was buried for nearly a year was given to the New York Times yesterday by a...
  • Shackled by sanctions, Iran sends India SOS for life-saving drugs

    01/04/2013 6:08:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Shubhajit Roy
    New Delhi - Its healthcare system crippled by international economic sanctions, Iran has asked India for help to procure life-saving drugs for patients battling critical illnesses in that country. Tehran has put in an urgent request to New Delhi for drugs to treat lung and breast cancers; brain tumours; heart ailments; infections after kidney, heart and pancreas transplants; meningitis in HIV patients; arthritis; bronchitis and respiratory distress in newborns; and epilepsy, South Block sources told The Indian Express. On December 27, the sources said, the government forwarded the request for 28 essential medicines to Indian pharmaceutical companies. The required quantities...
  • CAIR chief claims Muslims discovered America first

    01/04/2013 6:05:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:42 AM 01/04/2013 | Neil Munro
    Muslims discovered the Americas long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, the head of a D.C.-based jihad-linked Islamic lobbying group told a Saudi TV station Dec. 27. “There are historical accounts according to which the Muslims preceded Columbus, who is said to have discovered the U.S.,” claimed Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations. … CAIR did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for an explanation of Awad’s comments, which were recorded by the Middle East Media Research Institute. …
  • 'Comic Bio' of Muhammad Risks Muslim Ire

    01/04/2013 6:01:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 02 Jan 2013
    A French magazine, which sparked international protests and saw its offices firebombed after it printed cartoons mocking Muhammad, on Wednesday published a "halal" cartoon biography of Islam's founder. The editor of Charlie Hebdo weekly insists that "The Life of Mohammed", whose cover shows a goofy-looking prophet leading a camel through the desert, is an educational work prepared by a Franco-Tunisian sociologist. "It is a biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims," said Stéphane Charbonnier, who was also the illustrator of the book which comes complete with academic footnotes. "I don't think higher Muslim minds could find anything...
  • He's Back: Alan Grayson Accuses Republicans of Terrorism on First Day of New Congress

    01/04/2013 5:54:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it, Alan Grayson is back in Congress. Yes, the same Alan Grayson who called his 2010 congressional opponent Dan Webster (who he lost to) "Taliban Dan" and the same guy who said Republicans want people to "die quickly" on the House floor in 2009. In November, Grayson regained his position in Congress due to redistricting. Yesterday, just hours after the 113th Congress officially started, Grayson was on MSNBC accusing Republicans of legislative terrorism because you know, new tone or something.  "Well, they say it's a device for them to extract concessions that they have otherwise be...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-4-13

    01/04/2013 5:53:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-4-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Piecing Together a Tax Plan’s Effects (we've been had)

    01/04/2013 5:45:25 PM PST · by Kennard · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2013 | RON LIEBER
    It is tempting for people who earn less than $400,000 to think that they got off easy this week under the tax deal to end the fiscal impasse, given that only those with incomes above that level will be in a higher income tax bracket in 2013. But the legislation that both houses of Congress have now approved could increase taxes on people with incomes that are not quite that high as well. That’s because the bill includes language that begins to do what both President Obama and Mitt Romney proposed at various points in the past: Limit certain tax...
  • Dave Grossman: First-Person Shooter Videogames Should be Banned

    01/04/2013 5:43:51 PM PST · by Katechon · 306 replies
    January 4 | Katechon
    The first juvenile mass-murder happened for the FIRST TIME in recorded human history in the late 1970s, in California. In 500 years of gun-powder combat, not once had a juvenile committed multiple homicide. We had a couple in the 1980s, and now it's out of control. So what happened? It's Pavlog Dog, said Lt. Col. Lt. Col. Grossman: our youth is being conditioned from childhood by videogames to be "First-Person Shooters, (FPS) and to associate killing, human death and suffering with reward and pleasure. Videogames are not "games"; they are mass-murder simulators, Grossman says. Our kids are being wired...
  • Minister: 'Give Children the Vote'

    01/04/2013 5:36:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 Jan 13
    A German minister is calling for children to be given the vote, it was reported on Thursday. He said that excluding the country's 13 million under-18s was "absurd", triggering a backlash from other politicians. Dirk Niebel, Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), "We must give children a voice - in elections as well." The current age limit on voting in Germany is 18 which, he said, was "completely inappropriate" although he was not specific about when he wanted children to be given suffrage. On a practical level, the Free Democrat (FDP) politician said that...
  • DNA Solves Cold Case Months After Killer Dies

    01/04/2013 5:34:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 Jan 13
    German police who last year solved a murder case from 43 years ago, using modern DNA analysis found that the culprit died of natural causes - just months after giving them the crucial evidence. The 1970 case of a woman found murdered a few metres from her parents' home in Flensburg in Schleswig Holstein had mystified police for decades, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Friday. Now, with the help of modern techniques, police said they had identified the culprit almost exactly 43 years to the day after the 20-year-old victim was found in a wood alongside a rail goods...
  • Rep. Scott Perry votes against Sandy Relief bill (New Tea Party Congressman)

    01/04/2013 5:29:54 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 33 replies
    The Patriot News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jeff Frantz
    New U.S. Rep. Scott Perry went to Washington saying he wanted to hold the line on government spending, even when it wasn't popular. On his second day in office, Perry proved he wasn't just talking. He voted against a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. Perry was one of 67 House members to vote against the bill. When a broader relief measure failed to pass he House in the closing days the last session, Northeastern politicians on both sides of the aisle blasted the delay, most...