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  • Hundreds of French troops drive back Mali rebels

    01/12/2013 10:43:25 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Rukmini Callimachi
    <p>The battle to retake Mali's north from the al-Qaida-linked groups controlling it began in earnest Saturday, after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments to drive back the Islamic extremists from a town seized earlier this week.</p>
  • The Giglio Imbroglio — The Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism

    01/12/2013 10:25:16 AM PST · by rhema · 43 replies
    Albert Mohler Blog ^ | 1/10/13 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    A new chapter in America’s moral revolution came today as Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from giving the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony. In a statement released to the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Giglio said that he withdrew because of the furor that emerged yesterday after a liberal watchdog group revealed that almost twenty years ago he had preached a sermon in which he had stated that homosexuality is a sin and that the “only way out of a homosexual lifestyle … is through the healing power of Jesus.” In other words, a Christian pastor...
  • Marco Rubio: Riding to the Immigration Rescue

    01/12/2013 10:21:38 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 209 replies
    WSJ ^ | Saturday Jaunary 12, 2013
    Marco Rubio, Florida's GOP senator, unveils his reform ideas to 'modernize' the system and put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. Marco Rubio—41-year-old son of working-class Cuban exiles—has lived the upwardly mobile immigrant experience. In his fast rise, the Florida Republican has also experienced the politics of immigration [....] "Here's how I envision it," he says. "They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check." Anyone who committed a serious crime would be deported. "They would be fingerprinted," he continues. "They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community...
  • Dangerous Old Men

    01/12/2013 10:19:09 AM PST · by old school · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2013 | Ebben Raves
    "Let us look back at Samuel Whittemore. Samuel was an old man -- seventy-eight years old, to be exact -- on April 19, 1775. After many years of service bearing arms for the British Crown, surely he was too old to fight, and his wife even told him so. On that fateful morning, though, he gathered up his musket, two pistols, and a cavalry saber that he acquired from a French officer who "died suddenly" and took his place to meet the British Regulars in Menotomy."
  • Internet activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide

    01/12/2013 9:55:20 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    CNET ^ | January 12, 2013 | Charles Cooper
    Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday. The news was first reported by the MIT newspaper The Tech, citing both his uncle and his attorney. Swartz was 26.
  • COLUMN — Can Chris Christie save the GOP?. [In USSR, BARF BUCKET HURLS INTO YOU!]

    01/12/2013 9:53:07 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 27 replies
    Holland Sentinel ^ | Posted Jan 12, 2013 @ 04:23 AM | By Dana millbank
    Washington, D.C. — A pair of polls out this week shows the dire state the Republican Party finds itself in — and a way out of the wilderness, should Republicans choose to take it. Poll No. 1: Rasmussen Reports found that views of the tea party — the wing of Republicanism that dominates party primaries and therefore the congressional Republican caucuses — at a new low. Only 8 percent of likely voters considered themselves tea-party members, down from 24 percent in 2010. According to Rasmussen (which tends to have a pro-Republican bias), unfavorable views of the movement topped favorable views,...
  • Alex Jones Responds to ‘Despicable’ Glenn Beck, Has Another Screaming Fit on HuffPost Live

    01/12/2013 9:53:00 AM PST · by Mozilla · 108 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1-11-13 | Jason Howerton
    Radio host and noted conspiracy theorist Alex Jones responded to Glenn Beck’s criticisms on HuffPost Live Friday, saying he is a “despicable person” like Piers Morgan who thinks his audience is “stupid” and has no ideological consistency. With his sights set on Beck, Jones argued that he had promoted torture and “taken all the stuff” he has written and “neo-con’d it” only to release it later under his name. “So he’s mad that I’m getting on hundreds of stations. He’s mad I’m getting attention. I’m not here trying to be numero uno like Glenn Beck; I’m here trying to save...
  • Duke rejects application of Blair Holliday to return as student.

    01/12/2013 9:51:03 AM PST · by abb · 15 replies ^ | January 12, 2013 | Duke Check
    Blair Holliday ’15, the promising wide receiver for Duke football who was in a near-fatal water ski accident last July 4th and who has made a miraculous recovery, has hit a brutal, unexpected bump: DukeCheck has learned that Duke University rejected his application to return this semester as a student. Before the accident, Holliday maintained a 3.75 grade point average, majoring in psychology. His doctors had cleared him to return. Beyond that, Holliday had an invitation from Head Coach David Cutcliffe and wide receivers coach Matt Lubick – great supporters during Holliday’s recovery period — to return to the football...
  • Biden seeks game industry input on gun violence

    01/12/2013 9:47:34 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 11 January 2013 11:00 | Peter Scott
    Don’t worry, DC has it covered In another futile attempt to curb gun violence in the Land of the Free, US Vice President Joe Biden is reaching out to the video game industry for ideas. That will give you an idea of how much crap the government has on the shelf. Biden will meet with gaming industry representatives on Friday, as he explores cultural factors that supposedly contribute to violent behavior. Biden already met with other entertainment industry representatives earlier this week and he is expected to present his recommendations to President Barack Obama next week. Although many techies...
  • Blame Traded after Failed (Catholic) Church Abuse (Pedophilia) Probe (Germany)

    01/12/2013 9:36:18 AM PST · by Renfield · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 1-10-2013 | Mary Beth Warner and Kristen Allen
    The German Catholic Church called off an independent review of allegations of sexual abuse in its ranks this week. The head of the investigation accused the Church of censorship. On Thursday, the two sides traded blame as German commentators largely mourned the end of the examination. Representatives of the German Catholic Church and independent investigators traded blame Thursday after an agreement to have an independent examination of sexual abuse in the Church broke down earlier this week. The Church's Bishops' Conference called off the investigation -- agreed to in 2011 after a nationwide abuse scandal the year before -- citing...
  • Grassley on the Treasury Secretary Nomination

    01/12/2013 9:32:04 AM PST · by To-Whose-Benefit? · 3 replies
    Senator Charles Grassley ^ | Jan 10, 2013 | Senator Charles Grassley
    Grassley on the Treasury Secretary Nomination M E M O R A N D U M To: Reporters and Editors Re: Nomination of Treasury secretary Da: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today made the following comment on the President’s nomination of Jacob Lew as Treasury secretary. Grassley is a senior member and former chairman and ranking member of the Finance Committee, which will consider the nomination. “I intend to reserve judgment on the nomination until the vetting process is completed. The Finance Committee has a tradition of thoroughly vetting nominees, and the process works. The Treasury...
  • Freep a Poll (ban high-capacity magazines?)

    01/12/2013 9:31:40 AM PST · by Tigercap · 47 replies
    Holland Sentinel (MI) ^ | 1/12/2013 | Holland Sentinel
    Should the government ban high-capacity ammunition magazines?
  • Obama's Congressional puppets give him the green light to defy debt limit law

    01/12/2013 9:31:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies ^ | january 12, 2013 | rick moran
    How would you describe Democrats in Congress who are urging the president to ignore the law and up the limit on government borrowing by executive fiat? The party and ideology that passed the War Powers Act because they felt the executive had overstepped his authority in waging war, now proposes to lay down and grovel before the president, unilaterally giving up their prerogatives as co-equal partners in government. It is sickening to watch.
  • Air pollution in Beijing reaches 'health hazard' levels (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

    01/12/2013 9:29:45 AM PST · by chessplayer · 7 replies
    A woman wearing a mask crosses a road during severe pollution in Beijing on January 12, 2013 Air pollution in the Chinese capital has hit dangerous marks, reaching beyond the permissible level of pollution on the local environmental center’s scale. Beijing residents are recommended to stay indoors by local authorities.
  • Radio host Michael Savage calls for 'Nationalist' third party to challenge GOP

    01/12/2013 9:25:08 AM PST · by Mozilla · 24 replies ^ | 1-11-13 | Geoff Herbert
    Conservative radio host Michael Savage spoke out against Republicans and Democrats alike on Sunday for pulling a "charade" on the American people, and called for a third political party. "We need a Nationalist party in the United States of America," Savage said on WABC's "Aaron Klein Investigative Radio," according to WND. The third-most widely heard talk show host, behind only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in ratings, explained a new, third "Nationalist" party could focus on "borders, language and culture." "There is no Republican Party," Savage told talk show host Aaron Klein. "It's an appendage of the Democrat machine, as...
  • Lawmakers look to tighten Vermont gun laws

    01/12/2013 9:20:56 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies ^ | January 11, 2013 | NEAL P. GOSWAMI
    BENNINGTON -- State lawmakers are planning to challenge Vermont’s permissive gun laws in the upcoming legislative session, but any attempt to restrict firearms or ammunition is likely to be met with opposition steeped in a history and culture emanating from before statehood. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Philip Baruth, D-Burlington, plans to file legislation in the coming days to enact a state-level assault weapons ban. It would prevent the sale of semi-automatic firearms utilizing a detachable magazine and ban high-capacity magazines. The bill also would require trigger locks on all firearms. Additional provisions restricting firearms could be added to garner support...
  • PHOENIX RECOVERS U.S. AIR FORCE F-16 [From July 22 ejection in the Pacific]

    01/12/2013 9:13:29 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies
    Phoenix International ^ | 1/3/2013 | Pete LaHardy
    For Immediate Release – January 3, 2013 Washington, DC – Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. (Phoenix) announces the successful underwater search and recovery of a U.S. Air Force F-16 aircraft from over 16,400 feet of sea water (fsw). In early August 2012, at the direction of the Naval Sea Systems Command’s Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), Phoenix mobilized the Navy’s ORION deepwater side scan sonar system, the CURV 21 remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and the Navy’s motion compensated, 30,000 pound Fly-Away Deep Ocean Salvage System (FADOSS). All equipment was transported over land from Phoenix’s facility in...
  • Mullah Omar Says Fighting Will Not Stop Until Afghanistan Is Once Again a Real Islamic State

    01/12/2013 9:09:54 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    gateway ^ | January 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Mullah Omar, the one-eyed jihadi bandit, condemned an upcoming conference on suicide attacks. The spiritual leader of the Taliban added that his fighters will not lay down weapons until they achieve establishment of a real Islamic state.
  • Section 8 Housing voucher distribution canceled

    01/12/2013 9:00:53 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 48 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 12 Jan 12 | None
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 Housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's between on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Officers say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center at the time of the incident. 7 Action News is being told there were 1,000 vouchers available and 5,000 people showed up trying to get one. The crowd had grown overnight as more and more people arrived. Some of...
  • Texas megadonor Steve Mostyn gives $1 million to Gabby Giffords gun-control group

    01/12/2013 8:59:55 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies ^ | January 10, 2013
    Houston trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn say they’re giving $1 million to a gun-control group formed by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Steve Mostyn is a major Democratic campaign contributor, backing candidates in Texas and nationally. He gave $3 million to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC aiding President Obama’s re-election. He’s perhaps best known in Texas for launching a media campaign against Rick Perry two years ago in which he chided the Republican governor for his reluctance to debate in his 2010 reelection race with a full-page newspaper ad depicting Perry and...
  • MILLER: David Gregory gets off scot free

    01/12/2013 8:49:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    The attorney general for the District of Columbia, Irvin Nathan, announced Friday that he will not press charges against NBC News’ David Gregory nor any employee of the broadcast network for violating the city’s gun laws. Violation of the city's firearms laws carry a maximum $1,000 fine and one year in jail. Mr. Nathan wrote to an attorney representing Mr. Gregory and NBC News, Lee Levine of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, that, “OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not...
  • Tougher Oregon gun laws get Gov. John Kitzhaber's support

    01/12/2013 8:48:44 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2013 | Harry Esteve
    SALEM -- Gov. John Kitzhaber says he won't lead the charge on tougher gun control laws in Oregon, but he expects the Legislature to take up the issue and will support what he considers to be reasonable changes. In an interview with The Oregonian about the upcoming session, Kitzhaber confided that he's a "big supporter of the Second Amendment" and owns a bolt-action .22 hunting rifle that belonged to his grandfather. "It's a lovely piece," he said, and it doesn't just hang on a wall. "I go out and shoot it. Shoot at cans. A good can can see me...
  • India denies visa to British journalist Yvonne Ridley (Captured by Taliban, converted to Islam)

    01/12/2013 8:44:03 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 12, 2013 | Indo-Asian News Service
    HYDERABAD: India has denied award-winning British journalist Yvonne Ridley a visa. She was scheduled to address the Spring of Islam conference being held here by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The London-based journalist, who was captured by the Taliban on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan in 2001 and converted to Islam after her release in 2003, was to address various sessions at the three-day conference, which began Friday. "The Indian Government is refusing to give me a conference visa to address 50,000 women in Hyderabad about women's rights ... I would have thought after the catastrophic handling of the Dehli rape case,...
  • Officers turned Maine lawmakers want gun control debate to be about protecting kids, not politics

    01/12/2013 8:38:57 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies ^ | January 12, 2013 | Robert Long
    AUGUSTA, Maine — In the aftermath of the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., lobbyists and lawmakers expect between 40 and 60 bills related to gun violence to be submitted to the Maine Legislature before the Jan. 18 deadline. Most of the proposed legislation will go to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Two new members of that panel, Rep. Timothy Marks, D-Pittston, and Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, the House chairman, are former police officers. They bring decades of firsthand experience dealing with gun violence in Maine to the discussion. That experience leaves...
  • White House responds to secession petitions, calls for unity instead

    01/12/2013 8:31:59 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    White House responds to secession petitions, calls for unity instead By Alexandra Jaffe - 01/12/13 10:01 AM ET The White House has responded to a handful of petitions calling for various states to be given the right to secede from the United States, calling for unity and participatory government instead. "In a nation of 300 million people — each with their own set of deeply-held beliefs — democracy can be noisy and controversial. And that's a good thing. Free and open debate is what makes this country work, and many people around the world risk their lives every day for...
  • Obama signs law giving himself, Bush lifetime Secret Service guard

    01/12/2013 8:31:46 AM PST · by yoe · 23 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | January 10, 2013 | Oliver Knox
    Former presidents have to give up rides on Air Force One. But now they don't have to give up being shadowed by the armed-and-earpieced bodyguards of the Secret Service. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into a law a measure giving him, George W. Bush and future former presidents and their spouses lifetime Secret Service protection, the White House announced. The legislation, crafted by Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, rolls back a mid-1990s law that imposed a 10-year limit on Secret Service protection for former presidents. Bush would have been the first former commander in chief affected.
  • U.S. Spends $120M USD to Set up Rare Earth Research Center to Counter China

    01/12/2013 8:28:33 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Dailytech ^ | January 10, 2013 3:30 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Chinese price manipulation has taken its toll on the U.S. economy Rare earth metals are an increasingly integral part of everything from automobiles to television sets.  But the precious metals are tightly controlled by China, with an excess of 95 percent of current suplly coming from Chinese-owned mines and refineries.  The degree of control has allowed China to manipulate prices, cutting back on demand to sell less material for the same amount of profit, any businessperson's dream. I. New Private-Public Partnership Sets Aim on Chinese Mineral Hegemony The problem is that it takes several years or more to bring rare...
  • Where you might not shop in 2013

    01/12/2013 8:21:08 AM PST · by lowbridge · 24 replies
    yahoo/forbes ^ | january 10, 2013 | Tom Van Riper
    Christmas season was a disappointment. GDP growth is slowing. Taxes are going up. What’s the retail industry to do? There’s really only one choice: close more stores. Through the first nine months of 2012, closings were up 25% over the same period from the prior year (fourth quarter numbers aren’t available just yet). And Howard Davidowitz, chairman of retail banker and consultant Davidowitz & Associates, expects roughly the same pace of closings in 2013. “The consumer is 70% of GDP. If growth is decelerating, how are you going to have (retail) growth? You’re not, you’re going to go on closing...
  • AIG, after thanking America, might sue it

    01/12/2013 7:46:30 AM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08 January 2013 | Chris Isidore
    Even as it runs ads thanking America for a $182 billion bailout, insurer AIG might join a lawsuit claiming that shareholders were unfairly hurt by the terms of the federal rescue that kept it out of bankruptcy four years ago.
  • Rallying the Right

    01/12/2013 7:43:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 12, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Following the defeat of 2012, it seems as if everyone – yours truly included – has an opinion about where the conservative movement goes from here. But right now presents an excellent opportunity to rally the Right again. Following the fiscal cliff fiasco, the next big battle inside the beltway will be the debt ceiling in March. Some Republicans who caved on the fiscal cliff are already talking tough. Take Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, for example. After voting for the largest tax increase in 20 years, Toomey is one of several Republicans now saying the debt ceiling showdown may require...
  • Ohio school board unanimously votes to place armed CUSTODIANS in their K-12 schools

    01/12/2013 7:39:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    MailOnline (uk) ^ | 11 January, 2013 | Nina Golgowski
    An Ohio school board has unanimously voted to place armed custodians on their k-12 campus in an effort to better protect their students from a future mass shooting. Following Wednesday's believed unprecedented 5-0 vote in the state, four male janitors were the first to volunteer to arm themselves with their own handguns on the rural Montpelier campus, the Toledo Blade reports. The vote will permit only non-teaching employees to carry the firearms on the campus, so long as they complete a weapons training course. 'It's kind of a sign of the times,' Superintendent Jamies Grime said on Friday. The move...
  • Crime, gun violence brings attendees to conference

    01/12/2013 7:24:27 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | January 10, 2013 | Brandt Williams
    MINNEAPOLIS — Information and examples of how to reduce gun violence will be shared at a regional conference on gun violence Thursday. Law enforcement leaders and elected officials from several Midwestern cities and scholars who study crime and violence are expected to participate in the day-long conference in Minneapolis. Mayor R.T. Rybak said the planning of this regional gun summit began last year before the mass shootings at Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis and at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. He said those tragic events have added urgency to efforts to fight gun violence. Rybak said it is important...
  • How Hugo Chavez brought Afghanistan to South America (Violence rises 6 mths after gun ban)

    01/12/2013 7:16:41 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    National Post ^ | January 12, 2013 | David Frum
    Thursday was inauguration day in Venezuela. Hugo Chavez — who has dominated Venezuelan politics one way or another for 14 years — was again sworn in as President. Only this time, the authoritarian populist could not take the oath in person. He departed for cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 10, 2012, and has not been seen in public since. This latest surgery is his fourth round of treatment in Cuba. Few expect Chavez to serve out this next six-year presidential term.
  • Franken pushes mental-health bill to reduce firearm violence

    01/12/2013 7:16:23 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies ^ | January 10, 2013 | John Lundy
    Mental-health professionals, not more guns, are the way to address school violence, Sen. Al Franken said on Wednesday. The Minnesota Democrat, in Duluth to announce legislation related to mental health, said he hasn’t seen support for proposals to arm teachers or place armed guards in schools. “In the discussion that I’ve had with Minnesota teachers and school officials, they don’t think that’s the solution,” Franken said after a news conference at the Federal Building in Duluth. “There’s agreement in the educational community in Minnesota … that we need more counselors, and we need more mental-health professionals in our schools.” The...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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?...