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  • Take steps to reduce gun violence (barf alert)

    01/12/2013 7:13:59 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 jan 2013
    As we reflect on 2012, there were a number of gun-related incidents that made many of us outraged. The senseless shootings at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.; the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shootings in Oak Creek; and, most recently, the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that took the lives of innocent children and their teachers. Quite often, gun violence has been associated with urban central city neighborhoods, and it is true that urban violence is much too prevalent. For example, both locally and nationally, in some African-American neighborhoods, we have black males killing other black males with guns in alarming...
  • White House Petition To Publicly Assay And Validate The US Treasury's 8,100 Tons Of Gold

    01/12/2013 7:13:51 AM PST · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 11, 2013
    In the past few weeks there has been a veritable explosion of White House petitions ranging from the bizarre to the surreal to the outright absurd, including such demands as Texas (and other southern states) seceding, deporting Piers Morgan, not deporting Piers Morgan, creating a Joe Biden sitcom, and even making a total mockery out of the US, and global, monetary system and evading the debt ceiling using a cheap, platinum coin-based parlor trick. All of these are, for lack of a better word, a la carte distractions launched by bored American citizens, meant to evade the menial drudgery of...
  • Jackie Chan calls US 'most corrupt' country in the world

    01/12/2013 7:07:53 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 65 replies
    France 24 ^ | January 12, 2013 | AFP
    Hong Kong action hero Jackie Chan has once again provoked criticism, this time from an American blogger, after suggesting on Chinese television that the US is the "most corrupt" country in the world. "When you talk about corruption -- the whole world, is there corruption in the United States? The most corrupt in the world!" the Rush Hour star, who has made headlines recently for his controversial views, told Phoenix TV last month. Chan reaffirmed his view after the show's host questioned him -- "Of course! Where did the great breakdown come from? The world, the United States started it,"...
  • Lawmakers ask VP Biden for access to gun data

    01/12/2013 7:06:52 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    publicradio.org ^ | December 21, 2012 | Brandt Williams
    MINNEAPOLIS — A joint statement from legislators asks Vice President Joe Biden to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's ability to research gun violence. The statement is signed by Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., and three other House Democrats. It says while the law does not legally prohibit data collection on gun violence, "it has a chilling effect on the CDC Center for Injury Prevention and Control which compiles and analyzes data in order to help protect people from deaths and injuries both accidental and intentional." Next week, Biden is expected to reveal anti-gun violence proposals that likely include...
  • Lebanese involved in Israeli's murder paroled

    01/12/2013 7:00:31 AM PST · by bayouranger · 1 replies
    ynet.com ^ | 11JAN13 | AFP via YNet
    A French court agreed to the release of Lebanese George Abdallah, who was convicted for involvement in the murder of Israeli diplomat Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov in 1982. French judicial sources said that the 61-year-old Lebanese man was granted parole on condition that he is expelled from France. Abdallah was captured in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for the murder of American Lieutenant Col. Charles Ray and the killing of Israeli diplomat Bar-Siman-Tov, in Paris. Abdallah had been eligible for parole from 1999 onwards but failed in seven previous bids to be released. Bar-Siman-Tov was murdered in April...
  • Communist Cows (braying)

    01/12/2013 7:00:28 AM PST · by bray · 16 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 1/12/13 | bray
    He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs. Acts 24:23 America has become two separate countries or actually three. We have one side that wants to stay a free and open country, a second which wants to be a Soviet style communist State and the group in the middle who don’t care. Throughout history we have had two types of people, those who want to take care of themselves and those who want to be taken care of. Those who will accept a...
  • Ald. Sandi Jackson resigns from Chicago City Council

    01/12/2013 6:56:51 AM PST · by glorgau · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:31 p.m. CST, January 11, 2013 | Hal Dardick, John Byrne, Rick Pearson and Katherine Skiba
    After weeks of rumors and equally strenuous denials, Sandi Jackson resigned as Chicago's 7th Ward alderman Friday, the latest chapter in the stunning, scandal-laced downfall of what had been one of the city's most prominent and powerful political duos. ... The decision by Ald. Jackson, who was elected in 2007, came less than two months after husband Jesse Jackson Jr. quit the congressional seat he had held for 17 years amid ongoing federal ethics probes into his campaign finances and a diagnosis of bipolar depression. ... For years, the former congressman had used his federal campaign fund to pay his...
  • Pledge of Allegiance complaint sends deputy to Geneva school

    01/12/2013 6:56:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/10/13 | Kate Thayer
    **SNIP** Geneva District 304 officials released a statement late Thursday morning explaining a parent used “language that is not typically heard in a school setting” in the library in front of a kindergarten class. School officials called police to “minimize the disruption,” according to the release. Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said the parent was volunteering at the school during the time afternoon kindergarten students start their day and saying the pledge. That evening, the same parent emailed school board members, administrators and some parents in the community, and also posted a message on Facebook, claiming Mill Creek students state the...
  • Americans feel austerity's bite as payroll taxes rise

    01/12/2013 6:55:46 AM PST · by mdittmar · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 12, 2013 | Jason Lange
    (Reuters) - Americans are beginning to feel the pinch from Washington's decision to embrace austerity measures aimed at bringing down the nation's budget deficit. Paychecks across the country have shrunk over the last week due to higher federal tax rates, and workers are already cutting back on spending, which will drag on the economy this year.
  • Spike in gun permits issued in Rice County in 2012

    01/12/2013 6:48:58 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    southernminn.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | REBECCA RODENBORG and JACI SMITH
    Citing an obvious concern from citizens about changes to gun laws, law enforcement officials say they were hit hard in 2012 with applications for permits to purchase a firearm. And if the first week of 2013 is any indication, the interest in being able to buy, and carry, a firearm is going to continue to grow. "The numbers don't lie," said Northfield Interim Police Chief Chuck Walerius. "We are definitely seeing more applications, much more so than in other years. I would say changes in the laws had something to do with that." Walerius said his department saw 103 applications...
  • Barter Economy Matures from Niche to Trend [Germany]

    01/12/2013 6:45:49 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | By Susanne Amann and Janko Tietz
    From the perspective of the fashion industry, Johanna Lassonczyk is an ideal customer. She is young, places value on her appearance and, for years, has regularly bought new brand-name clothing and accessories. From Lassonczyk's own perspective, the fashion industry is in pretty bad shape. The self-employed entrepreneur has recently started attending so-called swap parties. The last one was the "Xmas Event" hosted by the website "Swap in the City" at Cologne's E-Werk concert hall. You clean out your closet, gather the things that no longer fit or you don't like anymore, and take them with you to a swap party,...
  • Kaine: Common ground can be found as lawmakers consider gun control

    01/12/2013 6:45:21 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    wtop.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Heather Brady
    WASHINGTON - Opposing sides are finding common ground as lawmakers tackle the issue of gun control, mental health and school safety. Sen. Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor and democrat, says there is enough agreement to take the first steps toward solutions that would make the U.S. a little safer in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. "We need to make improvements to our mental health system," Kaine says. "We do need to talk about school security and figure out better security protocols, but we also can find common-sense rules about gun use that can help us...
  • Tibetan sets self on fire, dies to protest China

    01/12/2013 6:43:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2013 8:37 AM EST
    An overseas rights group says a Tibetan man has died after setting himself on fire, marking the year’s first self-immolation in protest of Chinese rule. … More than 90 Tibetans reportedly have set themselves on fire since March 2011. …
  • Guest Post: Almost Half Of All Food Produced Is Thrown Away

    01/12/2013 6:40:16 AM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    Almost Half Of All Food Produced Is Thrown Away Between 30 and 50 percent of all food produced globally, equivalent to two billion tons, is thrown away each year according to a recent report written by the UK-based Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME), titled ‘Global Food; Waste Not, Want Not’. The Guardian states that overly-cautious sell by dates, buy one get one free deals, and an obsession with only consuming fruit and vegetables that look perfect are some of the main reasons for this colossal waste of, not only food, but also the water, energy, and arable land used in...
  • Northern Virginia Democrat Takes Aim at the Gun Show Loophole

    01/12/2013 6:35:16 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    connectionnewspapers.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Michael Lee Pope
    Legislators will be dueling over guns this year at the Capitol, with gun-rights advocates set to oppose efforts to close Virginia’s gun-show loophole. Alexandria state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Arlington Del. Patrick Hope (D-47) have introduced legislation that would require a background check for every gun purchase. That includes the 40 percent of current gun sales that take place in a private transaction, which do not require any kind of background check to be conducted on the individual purchasing the weapon. “The current laws are like Swiss cheese,” said Hope, who sits on the Militia, Police and Public Safety...
  • Oakland’s Radical Occupy Teachers Finally Reveal Their Goal: ‘Abolish Capitalism’

    01/12/2013 6:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    At least the teachers of Occupy Oakland are finally being honest about their political agenda. They’re openly calling for an all-out abolition of capitalism. The Occupy Oakland Education Committee – comprised of public school teachers from the Oakland, California school district – has renamed its publication “ClassRoom Struggle” and its platform TEACH, which stands for “Transform Education, Abolish Capitalism and Heal.” Finally the radical teachers have acknowledged what we’ve been saying all along: they want to end capitalism and replace it with a socialist economy, quite possibly enforced by a totalitarian form of government. And what, precisely, is their strategy?...
  • Go Global in 2013

    01/12/2013 6:23:27 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Charles Payne
    The market begins the session with a whimper, and that's not such a bad thing. Last week stocks came out of the gate with gusto in a combination of excitement over the temporary resolution of one cliff issue and hope this could be the year when we go beyond green shoots. By the same token the set-up is positive. Expectations are low for corporate earnings and macro economic growth. The only places there might be too much enthusiasm are housing and automotive. Bonds are beginning to falter, and while predicting their demise has been the wrong prediction for thirty years...
  • Double Standard: David Gregory's treatment vs. East Tennessee Minister by DC police.

    01/12/2013 6:21:17 AM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 25 replies
    Johnson City Press ^ | Circa 2010 | John Thompson
    The family’s ordeal began when they reached the hotel’s parking garage, which is shared with a Federal Emergency Management Agency building. A security guard at the parking garage entrance asked if Duncan had any weapons. Duncan said he carried two Smith and Wesson pistols under his seat.
  • California officials name new elementary school ... for notorious outlaw hanged for murder

    01/12/2013 6:17:17 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 11, 2013 | SNEJANA FARBEROV
    Tiburcio Vasquez was one of California's most notorious 19th century bandits, but that did not stop education officials in one county from voting unanimously to name a new school in his honor. Come next August, children in Salinas will be heading to Tiburcio Vasquez Elementary School, unless the Alisal Union School District reconsiders its controversial naming choice. The decision to celebrate the Gold Rush-era outlaw who was hanged for multiple murders and a long string of other crimes in 1875 sparked a public outcry when it was announced last month. Law enforcement officials and even Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter insisted...
  • MSNBC's Wagner Insists 'No One, Anywhere' Wants to Scrap 2nd Amendment; But She's On Record

    01/12/2013 6:16:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Ken Shepherd
    "No one, anywhere, is talking about doing away with the Second Amendment, and no one, anywhere is advocating stripping away gun ownership," MSNBC's Alex Wagner insisted on the January 11 edition of her eponymous noontime program. Nice try, Ms. Wagner, but exactly two years ago to the day, your colleague Richard Lui suggested it was time to "revisit the Second Amendment" following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). In November of 2011, Wagner admitted to liberal comedian Bill Maher that she was "going to be pilloried for this" but that she would amend the U.S. Constitution to ditch the...