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  • Livni Slams Likud and Jewish Home 'Extremists'

    01/10/2013 3:57:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Tzipi Livni, who chairs the Hatnua party, slammed on Wednesday what she termed "the extremists" in her former party, the Likud. Livni, who visited a bar in Tel Aviv, warned that a coalition between these Likud extremists and the Jewish Home would be a threat to Israel. "Extremists are taking over our lives and if we do not stop them today - we'll end up in a situation that is dangerous for Israel," Livni said. "These extremists are now in the Likud in the form of (Moshe) Feiglin, (Tzipi) Hotovely, (Yariv) Levin and others - they are in the same...
  • Letter from Casey (PA) on AWB.....thinks 2A is about hunting/target shooting

    01/10/2013 3:50:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    Thank you for taking the time to contact me about the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue. As you know, on December 14, 2012, an individual in Newtown, Connecticut forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire on teachers and staff in the building. In total, the perpetrator murdered 20 students between the ages of six and seven years old, as well as six adults, many of whom heroically sought to stop the shooter and save the lives of children. Like many Americans, I was deeply affected by the scope...
  • Biden butts heads with NRA in gun violence drive

    01/10/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by Zakeet · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 10, 2013 | Steve Holland
    Vice President Joe Biden butted heads with the powerful National Rifle Association on Thursday in his drive to reduce U.S. gun violence, drawing complaints from the lobby group that the White House is trying to limit constitutionally protected gun rights. Biden sat down for about an hour and a half of talks with an NRA representative and officials from other gun owners' groups after telling reporters he is likely to recommend background checks for all gun buyers and a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips. "It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our...
  • Disturbing School Bus Stop Brawls Caught On Camera

    01/10/2013 3:42:15 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 61 replies
    CBS Pittsburgh ^ | 1/9/2013
    Swissvale police are increasing patrols near a school bus stop where two major brawls happened the past few days. Cell phone videos captured by students show a crowd of as many as 60 students and parents fighting in the streets of Swissvale, on both Monday and Tuesday. “They were riots”, says Swissvale Police Chief Greg Geppert. Even worse, the fights were made up of both kids, and adults. Police say they have already arrested five adults and minors, and are looking for close to a dozen more. The students, and parents were reportedly from the Woodland Hills School district. “It...
  • Largest Anti-Muslim Ad Campaign Hits NY Subway System

    01/10/2013 3:37:12 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The group behind last year’s controversial anti-Jihadist advertisements that appeared throughout the New York subway system is planning what is expected to be its largest campaign to date. The American Freedom Defense Initiative purchased space next to 228 clocks in 39 New York subway stations for ads with an image of the burning World Trade Center and a quote attributed to the Quran saying: “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” The clocks are suspended from ceilings above subway platforms in stations across the city. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said the ads went up Monday...
  • John Cook, Gawker writer who published two-year-old list of ‘gun-owning [expletive],’ promoted

    01/10/2013 3:33:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 1/10/13 | Staff
    Kristina Lucarelli @KristinaLuca AJ's out at Gawker, Cook's in, the world keeps turning for folks not in NYC media, because they don't know/care who either one is. 10 Jan 13 Reply Retweet Favorite Sigh. We hadn’t really heard of Gawker writer John Cook until just this week, when he made a splash by publishing a two-year-old list of legal, registered gun owners in New York City. Sure, the list was out of date, and the morally questionable stunt had already been pulled by the folks at the Journal News in suburban New York. Cook gave the piece his own special...
  • Silencers: The NRA’s latest big lie

    01/10/2013 3:30:52 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 68 replies
    Salon ^ | Dec 30, 2012 | Alexander Zaitchik
    A gruesome holiday season exercise: Think of some firearms and accessories that might have added to the body counts of Aurora and Newtown. More starkly, imagine the means by which coming Auroras and Newtowns will be made more deadly. The exercise starts with a militarized baseline, as both shooters unloaded designed-for-damage rounds from high-capacity magazines loaded into assault rifles. Improving their killing efficiency would require one of two things: the ability to shoot more bullets faster, or more time. A fully automatic machine gun would provide the first. More minutes to hunt, meanwhile, might be gained by employing a noise...
  • Man Arrested For Threatening To Blow Up CTA Bus

    01/10/2013 3:01:39 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 19 replies
    cbs ^ | January 9, 2013 | CBS
    CHICAGO (CBS) – “jihad against the white devil,”
  • A Christmas card come to life: Jerusalem hit by worst snowstorm for TWENTY YEARS(8 inches)

    01/10/2013 2:56:25 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Dailymail (uk) ^ | UPDATED: 14:12 EST, 10 January 2013 | Steve Robson
    The Holy City of Jerusalem has been covered in a brilliant white blanket after the worst snowstorm in 20 years.Schools and highways have been closed as up to eight inches of snow piled up in the city centre by this afternoon.Israel and much of the surrounding region has been hit by five days of rain, wind and snow as temperatures have dipped below freezing.Scroll down for video
  • Obama signs protection bill for former presidents

    01/10/2013 2:55:58 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 31 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | January 10, 2013 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives. The measure Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Obama and former President George W. Bush. It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis.
  • Experts urge PC users to disable Java, cite security flaw

    01/10/2013 2:51:44 PM PST · by alancarp · 38 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Jan 10, 2013 5:06pm EST | Jim Finkle
    [No quote due to Reuters source. Title is accurate representation of article. Please see link.]
  • SC Gov. Haley's husband deploys with SC Guard

    01/10/2013 2:49:14 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 1/10/13 | SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
    FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley and her family have bid a tearful farewell to her husband Michael as he leaves with a South Carolina National Guard unit for a month of training and then deployment to Afghanistan. Capt. Michael Haley wrapped his arms around his wife and two children, ages 10 and 14, as his unit was given a send-off Thursday by several hundred family members, friends and Guard officials at a National Guard site outside Columbia. The Republican governor issued a statement saying "we are a proud military family who understands the sacrifices any family goes...
  • 60% of cigarettes sold in New York are smuggled: report

    01/10/2013 2:41:18 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/10/2013 | Aaron Smith
    New York has the highest cigarette tax rate of any state, and nearly two-thirds of the state's cigarette market is illegal, announced the think tank Tax Foundation on Thursday. The Tax Foundation said that 60.9% of cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other states. This makes New York the biggest importer of black market cigarettes, along with the state's highest tax rate of $4.35 per pack. That's compared to Missouri, the state with the lowest rate, of 17 cents per pack. In New York City the tax rate is even higher, adding another $1.50 per pack...
  • Statement From the National Rifle Association of America Regarding Today's White House Task Force...

    01/10/2013 2:40:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 74 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | January 10, 2013 | NA
    Statement From the National Rifle Association of America Regarding Today's White House Task Force MeetingFairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals. We...
  • Can’t we aim higher than ‘Honey Boo Boo’? (By failed Spitzer co-host Kathleen Parker)

    01/10/2013 2:39:57 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/9/13 | Kathleen Parker
    No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo. Even though I’ve made reference to the show featuring a former beauty tot, now 7, and her family, I’d never actually watched a full episode. I still haven’t, but I watched enough to need a jaw adjustment.
  • Justice for No One

    01/10/2013 2:28:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    The Associated Press is reporting that Ali Harzi, a 26 year old Tunisian linked to the assassination attack in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, has been released "due to lack of evidence."   After the attacks Obama said, "My biggest priority is bringing those folks (the terrorists) to justice and I think the American people have seen that's a commitment I'll always keep."  In 2005, Ali Harzi and a brother were sentenced to 30 months in prison.  Another brother fought against U.S. led coalition forces in Iraq.  Their father acknowledged...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, January-10-2013

    01/10/2013 2:20:51 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 53 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Flag Stomping Could Cost South Carolina Teacher His Job

    01/10/2013 2:09:02 PM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jilian Fama
    Scott Compton, a South Carolina high school teacher, is facing possible dismissal by his school board for stomping on an American flag in three of his classes last month. Compton, who teaches honors English at Chapin High School, has been with the school for seven years, but the tenure of his job is now in question as the Lexington-Richland 5 school board will decide whether or not to dismiss the teacher for his actions. ... "He drew a couple of symbols, like one of them was a cross, and he said, 'What does this represent?' and everybody said, 'Christianity,'" said...
  • Mali Islamists 'enter' Konna after clashes with army ('Mujao' risin'?)

    01/10/2013 2:07:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10/13 | BBC
    Militants Islamist in Mali say they have entered the key central town of Konna, advancing further into government-held territory. This is the most serious fighting since Islamist groups captured the north from government forces in April 2012. The army has not commented on the claim by the Ansar Dine group that its fighters are in Konna. Earlier, it said it had advanced on Douentza, a central town held by another Islamist group. A resident in Douentza said no fighting had so far taken place for control of the town, about 800km (500 miles) north-east of the capital, Bamako. It was...
  • The United States Ranks 7th in Comprehensive New “Freedom Index”

    01/10/2013 1:58:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchel
    I’ve always been a big fan of Economic Freedom of the World because it provides a balanced and neutral measure of which nations do best in providing free markets and small government. And I like it even when it gives me bad news. It’s somewhat depressing, after all, to read that the United States has dropped from the #3 nation when Bill Clinton left office to the #18 country in the most recent index.But for all its many positive attributes, Economic Freedom of the World isn’t a comprehensive measure of liberty. That’s why I’m very glad to see that Ian...
  • Somali pirate 'Big Mouth' quits (ahFReakin' piracy no longer as profitable or safe a career)

    01/10/2013 1:57:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/10/13 | BBC
    A man named by the UN as a pirate kingpin has said he is renouncing crime, a community leader in Somalia has confirmed to the BBC. Mohamed Abdi Hassan, nicknamed "Afweyneh" meaning Big Mouth in Somali, told reporters after eight years in the business, he had agreed to stop. He made the announcement in Adado, a town in central Somalia where pirate hostages have often been held. Successful pirate attacks off the Somali coast fell sharply last year. Analysts say this is because of the increased use of private security guards on ships and better co-ordination between naval patrols in...
  • Nuke Plan Hurting Hagel

    01/10/2013 1:46:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/10/13 | Bill Gertz
    A new front is opening in the Senate confirmation fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel as senators from states with nuclear bases are questioning the defense secretary nominee’s role in the Global Zero commission that advocates eliminating all nuclear weapons and making unilateral strategic arms cuts. Six senators with home-state nuclear bases or membership on the Senate Armed Services Committee said they are either opposing Hagel’s nomination or questioning his judgment for backing the international anti-nuclear movement. Hagel is among some 300 international and national public figures supporting the group’s stated goal of seeking “the elimination of all nuclear weapons.”...
  • Gun control put on fast track in D.C., Connecticut

    01/10/2013 1:43:20 PM PST · by matt04 · 18 replies
    As the Obama administration hurries to develop new federal gun restrictions, the Connecticut General Assembly is placing gun legislation on a fast track in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, creating a special committee with an eye toward passage of some legislation in February. House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said the committee, whose creation has not been finalized or formally announced, will work toward "a relatively rapid bipartisan consensus, and then look to have a special day in our session, probably toward the end of February." The committee likely will consist of the Democratic co-chairs and the ranking...
  • "The Harbinger' appears just as Obama's party begins!

    01/10/2013 1:41:01 PM PST · by wesagain · 45 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Jan 10, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    "Inauguration Day or Judgment Day?"In the early morning hours of Jan. 21, the day President Obama is scheduled to be inaugurated, the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Breakfast will be sounding a powerful warning to Washington, D.C., to – in the words of its keynote speaker – turn from its prideful ways or face the judgment of God. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the controversial author of “The Harbinger” – the startling New York Times bestseller that claims the U.S. is receiving the same divine warnings ancient Israel once did … and following the same path to destruction – has been chosen to deliver...
  • It is my sad duty to report the passing of another PATRIOT (Eastbound)

    01/10/2013 1:38:54 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 83 replies
    Via Email | January 10, 2013 | Neil E. Wright
    It is with deep sadness and regret that I report the passing Wednesday morning of FReeper Eastbound (Dave Schultz). In an email to Jim Robinson, Dave's son said: Hello, I’m Dave’s son, Ken. I’m so sorry to say the Dave “Eastbound” passed away Wednesday morning. I know Free Republic was one of his favorite forums, so if anyone might want to know that he’s gone, please pass it on if you would. Thank you, sincerely. Dad spent many many hours at FR for years. ~ Ken Schultz Prayers and condolences can be sent to Ken at ken@apachego.com.
  • NRA Slams Meeting with Biden

    01/10/2013 1:38:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 78 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/10/13 | staff
    The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden Thursday and it did not go well. “We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment,” the group said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. The full statement: The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended...
  • About That Overpopulation Problem

    01/10/2013 1:33:44 PM PST · by DYngbld · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | Jan. 9, 2013 | Jeff Wise
    The world’s seemingly relentless march toward overpopulation achieved a notable milestone in 2012: Somewhere on the planet, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the 7 billionth living person came into existence. Lucky No. 7,000,000,000 probably celebrated his or her birthday sometime in March and added to a population that’s already stressing the planet’s limited supplies of food, energy, and clean water. Should this trend continue, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a five-part series marking the occasion, by midcentury, “living conditions are likely to be bleak for much of humanity.” A somewhat more arcane milestone, meanwhile, generated no media...
  • Kurdish activists' murder in Paris casts shadow over peace process in Turkey

    01/10/2013 1:31:37 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Jan 2013 | Angelique Chrisafis in Paris and Constanze Letsch in Istanbul
    On a busy road near Gare du Nord station in Paris, sandwiched between a Bengali grocery and a mobile phone shop, the green door of number 147 rue Lafayette did not stand out. There was no plaque to advertise the first-floor office of the Kurdistan information centre, where three female Kurdish activists had met on Wednesday afternoon. As their dead bodies were removed on stretchers on Thursday morning after what French authorities described as an execution-style killing ...
  • Obama to use 2 Bibles when he takes oath of office

    01/10/2013 1:29:47 PM PST · by dubyajam · 103 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | January 10, 2013 | Associated Press
    President Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two -- one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln.
  • Kudlow on Lew as Treasury secretary: 'Give me a phone book and I’ll find somebody more qualified'

    01/10/2013 1:26:49 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Laura Ingraham’s radio on Thursday, CNBC anchor Larry Kudlow explained why President Barack Obama’s nomination of Jack Lew as the Timothy Geithner’s replacement to head the Treasury Department was a “nutty appointment.” The White House has not decided whether it will submit a budget before Feb. 4 as legally required, and Kudlow pointed to Lew as part of the problem. Kudlow cited Lew’s lack of qualifications as another reason that Obama’s appointment was “completely irresponsible.” “You know, this whole thing is kind of centered around the Senate, which hasn’t done a budget in 1,351 days — so whatever that...
  • Generation LGBTQIA

    01/10/2013 1:21:43 PM PST · by Borges · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/10/13 | MICHAEL SCHULMAN
    *** If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation. But what to call this movement? Whereas “gay and lesbian” was once used to lump together various sexual minorities — and more recently “L.G.B.T.” to include bisexual and transgender — the new vanguard wants a broader, more inclusive abbreviation. “Youth today do not define themselves on the spectrum of L.G.B.T.,” said...
  • Monsters in America

    01/10/2013 1:21:04 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 5 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | January 4, 2013 | Thomas Clough
    The Monster of Bath Andrew Kehoe was an intelligent man with a prickly disposition. Neighbors recalled how Kehoe had shot a neighbor’s dog to death after it wandered onto his property and annoyed him by barking. Kehoe had beaten one of his horses to death when its performance displeased him. Andrew Kehoe was impatient with anyone who contradicted him. Mr. Kehoe had studied electrical engineering; he had worked as an electrician. In 1919 he and his wife had purchased a farm outside Bath, Michigan, about ten miles northeast of Lansing. Kehoe had a reputation for thriftiness and in 1924 he...
  • The Obama Hate Squad

    01/10/2013 1:13:06 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 10 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | December 17, 2012 | Thomas Clough
    Before he met Michelle Robinson, Barack Obama had no traction on the streets of Chicago. In a head-to-head contest against Bobby Rush, a charter member of the Black Panther Party, Barack Obama suffered a painful ego deflation. In their competition in the 2000 Democrat primary for Illinois’ first congressional district Bobby Rush had deftly whitewashed Barack as a creature of white culture – of his white mother and his white grandparents, his white girlfriends and his white and Jewish advisors and benefactors far from the gritty South Ward in rich-and-comfortable Hyde Park. “He went to Harvard and became an educated...
  • Striking at sea: How the Styx strategy paid off

    01/10/2013 1:08:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | January 7, 2013 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Striking at sea: How the Styx strategy paid off January 7, 2013 Rakesh Krishnan Simha The latest in the series of 1971 war stories describes the Indian Navy’s ingenious – and audacious – use of its newly acquired Russian missile boats that played a huge role in India’s victory. In the summer of 1971 when Babru Bhan Yadav returned after a year of naval training in Vladivostok, Russia, he carried with him a secret that he could not tell even his family. Yadav had been made the Squadron Commander of the 25th Missile Squadron based at Mumbai. Under his command...
  • America Is Reaping From Its Moral Collapse

    01/10/2013 1:06:53 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Christopher G. Adamo
    The liberal Democrat political machine has been in high gear seeking restrictions on gun ownership ever since the December 11, 2012 massacre of twenty young children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. According to the left, that hideous event constitutes inarguable proof that America needs to rescind the Second Amendment. For the good of everyone, and particularly “the children,” the guns must go. It might seem difficult to surpass such phony liberal sanctimony. Yet during the last days of 2012, as the contrived “fiscal cliff crisis” reached its do or die moment, the same old class envy...
  • Moving Company Reports People Fleeing Illinois & New Jersey

    01/10/2013 1:06:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    breitbart ^ | january 9, 2013 | rebel pundit
    The St. Louis based moving company United Van Lines is reporting that Illinois leads the nation alongside New Jersey with the nations highest move out rates. United Van Lines spokeswoman, Melissa Sullivan told CBS affiliate KMOX in St. Louis, 60.5% of their business comes from individuals and businesses leaving Illinois. She also said, “Illinois has seen more outbound movement every year since” they have been keeping track, beginning in 1977.
  • Biden Hints at OutlawingUnregulated ´Private´ Gun Sales

    01/10/2013 1:01:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1/10/13 | Daniel Halper
    Vice President Joe Biden, in remarks today before a meeting on guns, suggested the Obama administration is seriously considering outlawing unregulated "private" gun sales:"And so the kinds of things that there´s an emerging set of recommendations, not coming from me but coming from the groups we´ve met with," said Biden today, before a closed door meeting on gun control. "And I´m going to focus on the ones that relate primarily to gun ownership and the type of weapons can be owned. And one is,
  • Americans never give up your guns (Pravda: "socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA")

    01/10/2013 12:52:00 PM PST · by dead · 15 replies
    Pravda ^ | Stanislav Mishin
    These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions. This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them...
  • Farewell, Mr. Boortz

    01/10/2013 12:48:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Matt Towery
    For my money, the single most talented voice in the modern history of talk radio is retiring later this month. Not "one of" the most talented -- the most talented. Neal Boortz began his career in radio while in college at Texas A&M, but his long stint in commercial radio started as one of the many individuals he would, over the years to follow, continually cut off: opinionated callers. Boortz in the late 1960s was a frequent caller to a local Atlanta talk show, and when the host died unexpectedly, he went from brash caller to brash host. But Boortz's...
  • Doctors: Junior Seau's brain had CTE

    01/10/2013 12:06:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    espn.go.com ^ | 1/10/13 | Mark Fainaru-Wada, Jim Avila and Steve Fainaru
    SAN DIEGO -- Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, two years after retiring as one of the premier linebackers in NFL history, suffered from the type of chronic brain damage that also has been found in dozens of deceased former players, five brain specialists consulted by the National Institutes of Health concluded. Seau's ex-wife, Gina, and his oldest son Tyler, 23, told ABC News and ESPN in an exclusive interview they were informed last week that Seau's brain had tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression.
  • Feds fund $100,000 video game featuring female climate change 'superhero'

    01/10/2013 12:05:09 PM PST · by lowbridge · 44 replies
    washington examiner ^ | january 10, 2013 | paul bedard
    A new video game featuring a black alien female superhero delivered to Earth to fight global warming is about to hit the market thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Obama administration. The National Endowment for the Arts is funding the Spelman College of Atlanta, Ga.'s multi-episode game called "HERadventure." In the grant announcement made last year, the NEA said the story "focuses on a young female superhero sent to Earth to save her own planet from devastation because of climate changes caused by social issues impacting women and girls." The game is set to debut on March 8 on...
  • Man, 19, hospitalized after stabbing at Waianae High [Hawaii]

    01/10/2013 11:56:29 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    KITV ^ | January 4, 2013 | Unnamed
    Waianae, Hawaii - Emergency Medical Services officials say a 19-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition after a stabbing at Waianae High School Friday. Honolulu police responded just before 12:30 p.m. The Department of Education says two students, both 19-year-old men, got into an altercation during class time right before lunch.  They were outside near the basketball court. The suspect stabbed the victim with a pocketknife, according to the DOE.  The victim suffered lacerations and taken to Queen's Medical Center.
  • When Do Too Many Mass Murder Shootings Defy Probability and Bring Out the Conspiracy Theorists?

    01/10/2013 11:56:19 AM PST · by xzins · 55 replies
    Freeper Editorial | 10 Jan 13 | Xzins
    I remember on September 11, 2001 getting ready for work and hearing on Fox, which I kept on almost all the time, that a plane had flown into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I began watching the coverage, and I saw with my own eyes the 2nd plane fly into the 2nd tower. Although not an intel analyst, nor the son of one, I immediately said to myself that this was no coincidence, that it was a coordinated effort. I didn't need the Pentagon plane or Flight 93 crashing in a Pennsylvania field to do more...
  • The Sandy Hook Massacre: Unanswered Questions

    01/10/2013 11:55:45 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 66 replies
    Sott.net ^ | January 7, 2013 | Joe Quinn and Niall Bradley
    When 20 children and 6 adults were murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre we, like most other people, were shocked and horrified at what appeared to be an act of senseless brutality. When a person experiences the tragic and untimely loss of a loved one, particularly in unusual or apparently inexplicable circumstances, the initial intense feelings of grief usually give way to a desire to understand HOW and WHY the tragedy occurred, in an effort to make sense of it and achieve some kind of 'closure'. This is a very normal and natural human reaction. We have an...
  • Shale playground in W. Texas

    01/10/2013 11:44:06 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 10, 2013 | Jennifer Hiller
    The Eagle Ford Shale play is still in its early stages, with landmen continuing to hunt for mineral rights across South Texas and no one really knowing how much oil is out there. But if the Eagle Ford seems big, get ready for what’s happening in West Texas, where oil and gas production is ramping up in shale layers such as the Wolfcamp in and around Midland. “They’re getting thousands and thousands of feet of pay zone,” said Ken Morgan, director of the Texas Christian University Energy Institute, who spoke Wednesday at Palo Alto College. “It’s like the Eagle Ford...
  • No Guns in the Library: Curbing the Second Amendment in the Stacks(barf alert

    01/10/2013 11:39:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    libraryjournal.com ^ | 9 January, 2013 | Michael Kelley
    Last month, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals declared Illinois’s ban on carrying a weapon in public unconstitutional, leaving the District of Columbia as the only place in the country that does not allow the concealed carry of firearms by civilians (and D.C. is being sued to allow this). The morally purblind pro-gun lobbyists have been so successful in saturating our society with firearms—from national parks to Amtrak trains—that public libraries across the country are also finding themselves having to grapple with Second Amendment radicals. For example, the Boulder Public Library, until November, had a policy that read: “No...
  • Court Says Kidnapping Not Serious Enough to Warrant Deportation

    01/10/2013 11:34:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 10, 2013
    In what may seem like a bad joke, a U.S. federal appellate court has spared an illegal immigrant convicted of kidnapping from deportation ruling that it’s not necessarily a crime of moral turpitude. The decision, issued this week by the famously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, rambles on for 27 pages and is almost comical. “This undoubtedly appears to be a difficult question at first glance,” it reads. “Kidnapping is a serious crime, and our instincts may be that it would meet the moral turpitude definition. Even for serious offenses, we must look to the specific elements of the...
  • Carney: 'Deficit Reduction Is Not a Worthy Goal'

    01/10/2013 11:33:31 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    Carney: 'Deficit Reduction Is Not a Worthy Goal' Daniel Halper January 10, 2013 10:55 AM White House spokesman Jay Carney said yesterday that "deficit reduction is not a worthy goal onto itself": "Most importantly because deficit reduction is not a worthy goal onto itself," said Carney, talking about government spending. "This is all about making our economy stronger, making it more productive and allowing it to create even more jobs. That is the most important thing when it comes to economic policy as far as the President is concerned." U.S. debt is estimated to be $16,432,659,028,067.50.
  • Is An Executive Order a Law that Must be Obeyed?

    01/10/2013 11:32:05 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 35 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | January 10, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    There’s talk that President Obama will ignore Congress and issue Executive Orders to implement new gun regulations over against the clear reading of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Is an Executive Order a law? Will we be obligated to obey it? Executive Orders have a long history. Republicans and Democrats have issued them. Only a few of them have been overturned by the courts. Neither Republicans nor Democrats do much about Executive Orders they don’t like since both parties issue them. This is how the Washington game is played. Republicans and Democrats like Executive Orders on difficult issues because...
  • Wyoming lawmakers propose bill to nullify new federal gun laws

    01/10/2013 11:25:41 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 10, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Wyoming lawmakers have proposed a new bill that, if passed, would nullify any federal restrictions on guns, threatening to jail federal agents attempting to confiscate guns, ammunition magazines or ammunition.