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  • This Rape Infographic Is Going Viral. Too Bad It's Wrong.

    01/08/2013 7:12:47 PM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    Slate ^ | January 8, 2013 | Amanda Marcotte
    Yesterday, under the headline, "The saddest graph you'll see today," Dylan Matthews at the Washington Post published this infographic created by the Enliven Project to put the legal issues around rape, its prosecutions, and concerns about false accusations into perspective. The graphic quickly made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, but unfortunately, while well-intentioned, it is also misleading in significant ways that can be used to undercut its basic message, which is sound: that false rape accusations are rare.
  • U.N. wants to use drones for peacekeeping missions

    01/08/2013 7:07:55 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 8, 2013 | Colum Lynch
    The United Nations, looking to modernize its peacekeeping operations, is planning for the first time to deploy a fleet of its own surveillance drones in missions in Central and West Africa. The U.N. Department of Peacekeeping has notified Congo, Rwanda and Uganda that it intends to deploy a unit of at least three unarmed surveillance drones in the eastern region of Congo. The action is the first step in a broader bid to integrate unmanned aerial surveillance systems, which have become a standard feature of Western military operations, into the United Nations’ far-flung peacekeeping empire. But the effort is encountering...
  • Man climbs Seaside Heights roller coaster, unfurls American flag

    01/08/2013 7:07:41 PM PST · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Police have apprehended a man who apparently climbed the New Jersey roller coaster that was swept into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy and unfurled an American flag. The man walked from the top of the coaster and hopped into a police boat today. He was handcuffed, walked through the surf and escorted to a police car on the beach in Seaside Heights. News 12-New Jersey says Christopher Angelo told the channel he wanted to raise awareness for shore recovery. His mother says the 38-year-old lives at his grandmother's home in Lavallette. Diane Angelo says her son is a bit of...
  • Musburger Criticized for Remarks About Star’s Girlfriend During Title Game

    01/08/2013 7:04:40 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 89 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | MARY PILON
    On Tuesday morning, commentary on the broadcast of the Bowl Championship Series national title game between Alabama and Notre Dame included words like “creepy,” “awkward,” “uncomfortable” and “heteronormative.” The subject was not Alabama’s 42-14 victory, but comments made during the game by the ESPN play-by-play announcer Brent Musburger regarding the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A J McCarron. In the first quarter, ESPN showed McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, who was sitting near his parents. Musburger called the 23-year-old Webb, a former Miss Alabama, a “lovely lady” and “beautiful,” and said to his broadcast partner, Kirk Herbstreit, a former quarterback at Ohio...
  • Alaska militia leader sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison

    01/08/2013 7:00:50 PM PST · by C0nservativeJunkie · 30 replies
    The leader of an anti-government militia in Alaska who proclaimed that "God's law" trumps "man's law" was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly 26 years in prison for a plot to kill government employees he portrayed as his enemies.
  • Hagel, the USO, and the War over Haifa

    01/08/2013 6:47:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    WashingtonFreeBeacon.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Adam Credo
    U.S.-based sources confirm Hagel tried to shoot down popular USO portThe Washington Free Beacon reported last week that during his tenure as the USO’s top official Hagel attempted to cut funding for the USO Haifa Center, telling a group of Jewish leaders in a 1989 meeting that the American Jewish community should bankroll the port, according to sources present in the meeting.“He said to me, ‘Let the Jews pay for it,’” Marsha Halteman, director for military and law enforcement programs at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), told the Free Beacon last week.Halteman reiterated her recollection of that...
  • Ollie North: 'Israeli Phobe' Hagel Backs Hamas And Hezbollah

    01/08/2013 6:40:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    Lt. Col Oliver North (ret.) held nothing back this morning with Brian Wilson and Breitbart News' Larry O'Connor on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall. When asked his opinion of the appointment of Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense North called Hagel a "backer of Hamas and Hezbollah" and that he was an "Israeli phobe."
  • Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions

    01/08/2013 6:27:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/7/12 | Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune reporter
    Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets. After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, "I hit a million!" When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store with his wife and teenage daughter at his side, he spoke...
  • Hobby Lobby Fights The Good Fight Against Obamacare Tyranny

    01/08/2013 6:23:17 PM PST · by billflax · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/08/2013 | Bill Flax
    Welcome to Obamaland where our inalienable rights are being gradually degraded. Now that President Obama needs never to curry electoral favor again will government’s grasping overreach soon strangle a successful arts-and-crafts company? “We’re just going to have to cross that bridge when we come to it,” says attorney Kyle Duncan of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty. Mr. Duncan represents Hobby Lobby, a family-owned retail chain risking severe penalties for putting principles before profits. Limited self-government descends into tyranny. Hobby Lobby faces looming fines of up to $1.3 million per day for refusing to abide a spurious provision of the...
  • Pro gun rally in DC weekend before inauguration?

    01/08/2013 6:15:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Trapshooters ^ | 1/08/13 | Rick Barker
    Has anyone heard of a big pro gun rally in DC, the Saturday before the class clown is inaugurated for his second term? **SNIP** Rush was just talking about it. Bulge. **SNIP** It was on the CBS news early this morning. They need something going on to raise the intelligence in DC that weekend. lol
  • NJ Liberals Introduce 18 Gun Control Bills Today

    01/08/2013 6:05:04 PM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 27 replies
    Conservative New Jersey ^ | 1/8/13 | Rob Eichmann
    Earlier today, in an abbreviated legislative session because of the Joint Session of the Legislature for Governor Christie’s State of the State Address, liberal New Jersey Democrats managed to introduce 18 new Gun Control bills in an effort to further deprive you of your 2nd Amendment right. While the exact language of some of the bills will not be available until tomorrow at the earliest, the remainder will be available next week; the titles of them are scary enough.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Baseball Park Snack Are You? ~ 09 January 2013

    01/08/2013 6:03:49 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 120 replies
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  • EDITORIAL: Global warming catches fire

    01/08/2013 5:51:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | Editorial
    Crusade against carbon dioxide threatens the environmentTechnologies advanced as the solution to the purported global warming problem are catching fire — just not in the way intended. Bureaucrats are quickly learning that their regulatory offerings designed to entreat Mother Nature into bestowing cooler temperatures upon the planet have created environmental hazards of their own. It’s well-known that the fluorescent light bulbs being foisted on a reluctant public spread deadly mercury when dropped. In March, the administration will be free to enforce a federally imposed ban on the manufacturing of warm, pleasing and affordable 100-watt light bulbs. This will force more...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-8-13

    01/08/2013 5:49:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 25 replies
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  • Obama’s Cabinet diversity in danger with new picks (old white guys)

    01/08/2013 5:48:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/07/13 | Emily Heil
    The White House is poised this week to announce a handful of Cabinet nominees, most of whom have a few things in common: they all seem like perfectly qualified, distinguished folks. . . and they’re all white men. President Obama’s picks, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for secretary of state, former senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of defense and John Brennan for CIA director, mean that the number of positions that could be filled by women or minorities is dwindling. That’s causing some concern among those who’d hoped to see diversity in the cabinet remain at its historic levels or even...
  • Tea Party Re-Flexes Its Muscle

    01/08/2013 5:21:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Tea Party Re-Flexes Its Muscle By Janie Lorber Roll Call Staff Jan. 7, 2013, 6:55 p.m. The state of the tea party evokes Mark Twain: Reports of its death were an exaggeration. Tea party activists who say they deliberately sat out the fiscal cliff debate are ready to reassert themselves as Congress and the Obama administration take up the debt ceiling and automatic spending cuts under the sequester. The Tea Party Patriots, a national umbrella organization that claims 15 million supporters, is urging its members to confront lawmakers in their districts. They want Congress to let the $109 billion in...
  • Sec. of State? Kerry’s Criticism of U.S. Foreign Policy Goes Back 42 Years

    01/08/2013 5:20:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 8, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of State—Hillary Clinton is expected to resign from the position this spring—has often been critical of U.S. foreign policy, likening some American soldiers in Vietnam to Genghis Kahn and to war criminals, and being “Messianic” and fueling international animosity, among other criticisms. … Back on Apr. 22, 1971, Kerry testified on behalf of the Veterans Against the Vietnam War before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his testimony, he said, “[S]everal months ago in Detroit, we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated...
  • ***Watch Johnny Tremain With Your Family***

    01/08/2013 5:09:58 PM PST · by The Wizard · 57 replies
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    If you have never heeded my posts, I ask you to heed this one.... Years ago Walt Disney produced this great movie explaining liberty, and in the newly released DVD it includes special segments where uncle Walt himself explained liberty, what it means, why it is important and why it must be defended.... Not only you, but your children will understand it's lessons, and if many of us will die fighting this criminal bama, then it will fall to our children to understand why he is wrong and we and the founders where right.... Take this gift from Walt Disney...
  • Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 Years'...

    01/08/2013 5:04:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies
    FBI.gov - New York - Press Release ^ | January 8, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Brooklyn Resident from Albania Sentenced to 15 YearsÂ’ Imprisonment for Attempting to Support Terrorism U.S. AttorneyÂ’s Office January 08, 2013 Eastern District of New York Earlier today, at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York, Agron Hasbajrami, an Albanian citizen and Brooklyn resident, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Hasbajrami will be removed from the United States at the conclusion of his sentence. The sentence was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for...
  • Action figures for 'Django Unchained' draw protest (Tarantino selling slaves)

    01/08/2013 4:58:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/08/13
    **SNIP** Najee Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, plans a news conference Tuesday with other Los Angeles black community leaders calling for the removal of the toys from the market. Ali called the action figures "a slap in the face of our ancestors." "We were outraged," said Ali, upon learning of the figures. "We feel that it trivializes the horrors of slavery and what African Americans experienced." The action figures are collectibles recommended for people older than 17.
  • Pakistani troops slit throats of two Indian soldiers (Second Intro Night Lead)

    01/08/2013 4:58:22 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    MSN News ^ | Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | Indo-Asian News Service
    Jammu/New Delhi, Jan 8 (IANS) In a brazen violation of the 2003 ceasefire, Pakistani troops Tuesday intruded into Jammu and Kashmir and killed two Indian soldiers by slitting their throats, officials said. They also opened heavy fire on Indian posts on the LOC late Tuesday. India condemned the killings as "absolutely unacceptable" and "inhuman" and said it will give a "proportionate response", while the Pakistan Army dismissed the "allegations". Pakistani soldiers, apparently from the 29 Baloch Regiment, took advantage of a dense fog to sneak into an Indian post in Sona Gali area in the border district of Poonch. Poonch...
  • Sources: Clinton's Benghazi Testimony Expected in Two Weeks

    01/08/2013 4:54:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who returned to work Monday after a month-long illness, is expected to testify before the House and Senate committees regarding the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya when both chambers are back in session the week of Jan. 21, sources said Tuesday. “My sense is, her hearing probably will take place the morning of the 22nd,” the incoming ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday. Corker said he had had “some very good conversations with her chief of staff” and that Clinton appeared “anxious to...
  • Public Schools - Crooked Teachers And Lying Principals

    01/08/2013 4:44:34 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-8-2013 | Walter Williams
    Public Schools - Crooked Teachers And Lying Principals Politics / Educating ChildrenJan 08, 2013 - 05:56 AM Walter E. Williams writes: Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history." More than three-quarters of the 56 Atlanta schools investigated had cheated on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, sometimes called the national report card. Cheating orders came from...
  • It's Come to This: GOP Rep Introduces Bill to Block Trillion Dollar Coin Scheme

    01/08/2013 4:42:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Guy Benson
    I humbly proffer the ultimate companion piece to this morning's item, which quoted the President Obama expressing his irritation over John Boehner's incessant carping about some "government spending problem" the president is convinced doesn't really exist.  Ladies and gentlemen, it has indeed come to this:   Lawmakers are still positioning themselves for a debt ceiling fight in a few months, but one Republican congressman wants to snuff out a particular idea immediately: the U.S. Treasury minting $1 trillion platinum coins to avert a debt ceiling showdown. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has introduced a bill to specifically ban President Barack Obama...
  • Off With a Bang: Assault on Second Amendment Begins

    01/08/2013 4:33:15 PM PST · by SJackson · 49 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Off With a Bang: Assault on Second Amendment BeginsPosted By Matthew Vadum On January 8, 2013 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 40 Comments President Obama is planning an aggressive, in-your-face, blitzkrieg-style campaign against Americans’ fundamental Second Amendment right to self-defense.After a madman murdered 26 people including 20 young schoolchildren last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Obama initially urged a reinstatement of the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban. The demonstrably useless law lapsed in 2004 and had no detectable impact on crime. It was designed to cater to big-city...
  • Gun-control fan Terry McAuliffe buys gun

    01/08/2013 4:33:05 PM PST · by jakerobins · 30 replies
    Just because Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is pushing for an assault weapons ban and one-gun-a-month restriction in the Old Dominion doesn’t mean he’s opposed to slinging lead. In fact, the former Democratic Party chairman is one of Virginia’s newest gun owners, the proud papa of a sleek Beretta over and under shotgun, the standard of excellence at the area’s skeet ranges. Secrets first heard of his purchase over the weekend from shoppers at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Bailey’s Crossroads who saw the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee shouldering one of the pricy long guns.
  • Blame flies as pension plan stalls (Illinois' massively indebted system $96.8 billion in the hole)

    01/08/2013 4:32:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/08/13 | Rick Pearson, Ray Long
    **SNIP** Others stood against any pension changes. Some who were willing to entertain a new approach criticized the proposal as too harsh on public employees and retirees. Still others contended the proposal violates a state constitutional prohibition on diminishing or impairing public employee pensions, as union officials have maintained. Rep. Jim Durkin scoffed at the excuses for a lack of action, criticizing lawmakers who raised concerns that the pension bill might not be constitutional. "I'm perplexed that members of the Legislature now have grave concerns regarding the constitutionality of the pension legislation when they've disregarded the constitutionality of every other...
  • Welcome to Africa’s Alqaedastan-Obama’s Libyan war breeds horror in Mali.

    01/08/2013 4:31:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    “When it was my turn, they took me blindfolded,” the thief said. “Suddenly I felt a pain in my right hand that was out of this world. My hand had just been chopped off.” This is Gao, once the seat of an empire, and then a glorified village, and now a city the size of Scranton under the boot of its Islamist conquerors. Gao has become a place where thieves have their hands cut off, where women are forced to wear the stifling Hijab in 113 degree heat or be lashed and where unmarried couples are stoned to death. Borders...
  • A New Study Suggests That Global Warming Won't Kill Off The Polar Bears

    01/08/2013 4:29:40 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 21, 2012 | Jennifer Welsh
    A new study indicates that global warming may actually benefit Arctic animals and ecosystem, by expanding their ranges and increasing biodiversity in the area as warmer-climate species move north. The research was published yesterday, Dec. 20, in the Journal PLoS ONE. Smithsonian.com reported:"Scientists found that, in most cases, global warming will actually give a boost to Arctic and subarctic life. Looking at 61 mammal species that currently inhabit high-latitude Europe the scientists found that, under climate conditions forecast for the year 2080, the majority of the species will see their ranges expand. They found that warming will actually bring in...
  • Obama Kills Post 9/11 Restrictions on Saudi Visitors

    01/08/2013 4:28:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Shortly after the Center for Immigration Studies put out a report warning that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program was widely unregulated and abused, the Obama Administration has decided to dispose of the last restrictions instituted after 9/11 to prevent a repeat of the revolving door Saudi visa system. The United States, a decade after Al Qaida strikes in New York and Washington, has opened its doors to Saudi nationals. Diplomats said the administration of President Barack Obama has removed most restrictions on the entry of Saudis to the United States. They said the percentage of visa approvals for Saudis...
  • New Study Says Global Warming is Good for Polar Bears

    01/08/2013 4:25:10 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | December 31, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The easiest way to take in this study is to take every one of those global warming propaganda posters of sad polar bears and draw a smile on that bear. "A new study indicates that global warming may actually benefit Arctic animals and ecosystem, by expanding their ranges and increasing biodiversity in the area as warmer-climate species move north." "They found that warming will actually bring in more species from further south, increasing biodiversity in the region. And, even in their worst-case scenario, they expect at most one species to go extinct: the Arctic fox. But, they suspect that this...
  • 2012 Economic Census (vanity: what is this crap?)

    01/08/2013 4:16:37 PM PST · by manic4organic · 51 replies
    My Mailbox ^ | 01/08/2013 | Me
    I received this in the mail the other day. The front of the envelope reads: "U.S. Census Bureau Form Enclosed. YOUR RESPONSE IS REQUIRED BY LAW. Please complete and return by February 12, 2013. I knew the Census is part of the Constitution but a business census? They have pages and pages of forms they want filled out. They want to know how many employees, all my financial numbers, (sales and types services and products offered). First, is this Constitutional? Second, doesn't the IRS have most of this information already?
  • Australia’s Weather Is So Hot, New Colors Added To Weather Map

    01/08/2013 4:15:45 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    Yahoo - Lookout - AP ^ | 1-8-2013 | Claudine Zap
    Australia’s Weather Is So Hot, New Colors Added To Weather Map Claudine Zap The LookoutJanuary 8, 2013 Australia weather map adds new colors for record breaking heat (Image via Bureau of Meteorology) The forecast in Australia: Hot, hot, hot—and getting hotter. As a record-breaking heatwave hovers over many regions and territories (which are in their summer months now), the continent’s Bureau of Meteorology has added two new colors to the weather map to reflect the rising mercury. The map currently shows the weather in orange tones at the top, which indicate temperatures 40 to 48 degrees Celsius. But forecasts are...
  • Calif. bill would regulate ammunition sales

    01/08/2013 4:12:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | Jan. 07, 2013 | TERRY COLLINS
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- A California assemblywoman introduced a bill on Monday that aims to regulate ammunition sales. The measure, AB48, would establish restrictions similar to those covering gun sales, including requiring sellers to be licensed and buyers to have and show valid identification. "When we have so many safeguards in place around the purchase of guns, why is it so much easier to buy bullets, the things that make guns deadly?" Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner asked as she unveiled the measure during a news conference outside her office in Oakland. "Today, it is easier in California to buy bullets than it...
  • Whether the Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban Passes Depends on What Happens to the Senate Rules (McCain)

    01/08/2013 4:06:24 PM PST · by Red Steel · 77 replies
    Red State ^ | January 4th, 2013 at 05:48 PM | Michael Hammond
    McCAIN MAY BE WORKING TO STAB US IN THE BACK It was reported yesterday that Vice President Joe Biden “guaranteed” to ailing Boston Mayor Tom Menino that sweeping gun control legislation would be passed by the end of January. How sweeping? A quick look at Feinstein’s semi-auto ban legislation suggests that up to 75% of all handguns currently in circulation would be banned, along with 50% of all long guns. Depending on its configuration, the AR-15 you already have would probably be treated like a machine gun. You would have to be fingerprinted, background checked by the FBI, and undergo...
  • Hagel: The Wrong Man

    01/08/2013 4:04:43 PM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    Commentary Magazine/National Review ^ | 1-8-13 | Alan M. Dershowitz /Ed Koch
    Ed Koch: I Knew Obama Would Betray IsraelI admire former Mayor Ed Koch’s willingness to break with his own party on issues of principle, but his comments to the Algemeiner today are mind-boggling. In between some very strong denunciations of the Chuck Hagel nomination, Koch casually let it drop that he suspected Obama would abandon his pro-Israel positions after the election. The former mayor, of course, endorsed Obama’s reelection and served as one of his surrogates to the pro-Israel community: “Frankly, I thought that there would come a time when [Obama] would renege on what he conveyed on his support...
  • Al Jazeera as Voice of Qatar (as Voice of muslim Brotherhood)

    01/08/2013 4:04:08 PM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    dianawest.net ^ | 05JAN13 | Diana West
    Before we heard that Al Gore's Current TV had rejected Glenn Beck's The Blaze TV as a buyer for, as Beck put it, "legacy" reasons and selected Al Jazeera as its white knight instead, Fjordman passed along this December 25 Deutche Welle interview with Aktham Suliman, Al Jazeera's former Berlin correspondent. Suliman argues that Al Jazeera's coverage is a policy instrument of its owners the Qataris, who, as he puts it, "tend toward the Muslim Brotherhood." Saudi-investor-funded Al Arabiya TV, on the other hand, is more Salafist. Big difference? Hah -- not when it comes to extending sharia. "Generally speaking,...
  • A tax even Chuck Schumer hates

    01/08/2013 3:58:13 PM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | january 7, 2013 | SALLY C. PIPES
    Among the five new ObamaCare tax hikes that kicked in Jan. 1, one in particular is attracting opposition from both Republicans and Democrats: the tax on medical devices. Last month, 18 Democratic senators and senators-elect (including New York’s own Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking him to delay implementation of this 2.3 percent excise tax on the sales of everything from pacemakers to tongue depressors. The House already voted to repeal the tax, which is projected to extract as much as $29 billion from medical-device firms. There’s a reason that lawmakers from both parties...
  • Armstrong allegedly offered large "donation" to doping agency

    01/08/2013 3:53:29 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://www.cbsnews.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | CBS/Scott Pelley
    Cyclist Lance Armstrong once offered a large "donation" to the same agency that recently concluded he and his team had used illegal substances, causing him to be stripped of his seven Tour de Frances wins. The brazenly inappropriate gesture made to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is recounted by the agency's CEO Travis Tygart, who tells Scott Pelley the whole story of his agency's investigation of Armstrong for the first time in an interview to be broadcast on the premiere edition of "60 Minutes Sports," Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10:00 p.m. on the Showtime network. Armstrong once gave the International Cycling...
  • McCarthy may turn to celebrities to remove snitching stigma (Derrick Rose in Chicago?)

    01/08/2013 3:48:43 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/08/13 | John Byrne
    Gun violence on Chicago streets has become such a concern that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said today he's considering turning to celebrity mouthpieces like Bulls star Derrick Rose to try to convince residents to break the "no-snitch" code of silence that often impedes investigations into shootings in Chicago neighborhoods. McCarthy said he has "spoken to a number of (celebrities) and they're all very interested" in becoming spokespeople for a campaign to convince Chicagoans to cooperate with police. He would not give specific names, but did say Rose, who grew up in crime-plagued Englewood before achieving NBA fame, is the type...
  • Major Connecticut Gun Center Changes Rules on Sale of 'Assault Style' Rifles

    01/08/2013 3:41:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Hoffman’s Gun Center and Indoor Shooting Range has a new policy on assault rifles in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, a change that has ignited a storm on Facebook. The Newington store, whose motto is “Guns for the Good Guys,” announced late last week on Facebook that “Hoffman’s Gun Center will require a Connecticut state pistol permit to purchase ‘assault style’ center fire rifles.”That’s instead of the previous policy of selling a weapon like an AR-15 or Bushmaster .223 (used in the Newtown slayings) pending a two-week background check. The move set off a torrent of reaction on...
  • Bullies: Obama Administration Summons NRA to White House

    01/08/2013 3:35:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 99 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/8/13 | Ben Sharpiro
    Vice President Joe Biden, who is heading up the President’s task force on gun control proposals, announced Tuesday that he would be meeting this week with the National Rifle Association, among other groups. And his timing is just a bit suspect; the day before meeting with the NRA, Biden will be meeting with gun control organizations and shooting victims. Presumably, his welcome for the NRA will be somewhat less hearty. The NRA, under heavy public pressure thanks to the White House’s bully tactics after the Sandy Hook massacre, said it would visit the White House
  • DC Police: Please stop throwing rocks at buses

    01/08/2013 3:33:38 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 53 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/7/2013
    Metro says that Metrobuses traveling in parts of Southeast Washington are being pelted with rocks. As part of a campaign to discourage this, police are distributing a flier reminding people not to throw rocks at buses or cars. Flier here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/files/2013/01/Dont-Throw-Rocks-Flier.pdf The Metro Transit Police and Metropolitan Police Department have been distributing the flier, which features a reminder that throwing rocks at vehicles is a crime. It also includes 911 as well as numbers for D.C. police (202-727-9099) and the transit police (202-962-2121, which riders may or may not recognize as the number repeated in system-wide announcements). The transit agency...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cuomo Close To Announcing Sweeping New Gun Control Laws

    01/08/2013 3:21:27 PM PST · by library user · 84 replies
    CBS ^ | Jan. 8, 2013 | Staff
    YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A deal to give New York one of the toughest gun control laws in the nation is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who, sources said Tuesday, is hoping to announce the plan Wednesday during his State of the State speech in Albany. Cuomo hopes to jump-start the 2013 legislative session with a big deal that could dramatically alter gun control laws across the state.Highly placed sources told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer that Cuomo is negotiating with Assembly and Senate leaders for a package of gun control laws that would be a dramatic response to the...
  • Scrutiny of 787 fire ramps up; Boeing shares fall

    01/08/2013 3:16:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    AP ^ | January 8, 2013 | JOSHUA FREED
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal safety investigators intensified their scrutiny of a Monday fire aboard a Boeing 787 as concerned investors sold shares in the aircraft maker for a second day. Boeing on Tuesday confirmed that the fire aboard a Japan Airlines plane appeared to have started in a battery pack for the plane’s auxiliary power unit. The National Transportation Safety Board described the fire damage to the battery as ‘‘severe,’’ and said it is sending two more investigators to examine the Japan Airlines plane. It also formed investigative groups to look at the plane’s electrical systems as well as the...
  • Ted Cruz draws presidential buzz, but is he eligible?

    01/08/2013 3:15:17 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 71 replies
    Politico ^ | January 7, 2013 | DAVID CATANESE
    Ted Cruz may have the aura of a future presidential contender, but is he even eligible...? The newly sworn-in Texas senator and rising Republican star was born in Canada, to a mother who was born in Delaware and Cuban father. That’s triggered a debate about whether he’s eligible for the nation’s highest office... While there’s no legal precedent for Cruz’s situation, most constitutional scholars surveyed by POLITICO believe the 42-year-old tea party sensation would be OK. “The problem is, no one knows what a natural born citizen is,” agreed University of California, Davis law professor Gabriel Chin, who argued in...
  • India to decide response after 'ghastly' Pakistan attack

    01/08/2013 3:13:58 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 9, 2013 | anon
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - India was to decide its response Wednesday after accusing Pakistan of killing two of its soldiers and mutilating one of the bodies ...
  • Hagel nomination cheers Iran, worries Israel

    01/08/2013 3:03:24 PM PST · by Arthurio · 4 replies
    Iran's Foreign Ministry says it is hopeful the appointment of former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon would improve relations between Tehran and the U.S. Asked about Hagel's nomination, ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Tehran was hopeful that there would be "practical changes" to U.S. foreign policy, and that nations would change their attitude towards the U.S. if it respected their rights.
  • Congress less popular than root canal, cockroaches and lice, poll says

    01/08/2013 2:49:56 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 1/8/13 | Seth McLaughlin
    A new poll shows that Congress is less popular than carnies, root canals and colonoscopies, but more popular than the ebola virus, meth labs and gonorrhea. SNIP On the bright side, Congress came out of the survey in higher standing than North Korea, the Kardashian family, and actress Lindsay Lohan, as well as Cuba's Fidel Castro and former Sen. John Edwards.
  • Cruz:Govt Shutdown Brought Balanced Budgets/Fiscal Responsibility

    01/08/2013 2:49:06 PM PST · by TWhiteBear · 1 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Jan 7, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    If you don't raise the debt ceiling, that ... is temporarily stopped. Now, we did that in 1995. We didn't default on our debt. TED CRUZ: And the result was balanced budgets, and some of the greatest fiscal responsibility we have seen in modern times from Congress, because fiscal conservatives stood together and said, we need to be responsible.