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  • Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012

    01/13/2013 12:18:51 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:28 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Demian Bulwa and Justin Berton
    It's no surprise to LaTanya Lozano that homicides are up in the Bay Area's biggest cities. She moved to Hayward in late 2011 to try to protect her four sons, only to see two of them shot dead last year back where she used to live, Oakland. First her 15-year-old, Shonte Daniels Jr., was shot by a 14-year-old friend in a park, apparently after teasing him. Six months later, in October, 21-year-old Rashad Meredith was caught in the middle of a gunfight between rival groups outside his aunt's apartment. "This tore down my whole life," said Lozano, who was hospitalized...
  • Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan

    01/13/2013 12:15:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Politicker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Colin Campbell
    Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region. Some critics, as documented by The New York Times, however, felt the move would unnecessarily hurt poor and uninsured patients who use emergency rooms as their primary care doctor. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was not swayed by this line of argument. “The city hospitals we control, so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals...
  • With almonds' rising revenues, land values soar

    01/13/2013 12:00:50 PM PST · by thecodont · 26 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 12:42 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Bill Enns, a central California real estate agent specializing in farmland, fields dozens of calls every week from potential buyers. Many want almond, pistachio or walnut orchards — or any land suitable for growing nut trees. [...] California's almond industry, which grows about 80 percent of the global almond supply and 100 percent of the domestic supply, saw the most dramatic growth — powered by strong demand from new money-spending middle classes in India and China. The growth has prompted a rush for almond-growing land and pushed almond land values through the roof. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/With-almonds-rising-revenues-land-values-soar-4189081.php#ixzz2Ht4HqjiG...
  • US (only) scientists in fresh alert over effects of global warming

    01/13/2013 11:52:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | 1/12/13 | Robin McKie
    **SNIP** The uncompromising language of the report, and the stark picture that its authors have painted of the likely effects of global warming, have profound implications for the rest of the world. If the world's greatest economy is already feeling the strain of global warming, and is fearful of its future impact, then other nations face a very worrying future as temperatures continue to rise as more and more greenhouse gases are pumped into the atmosphere. "The report makes for sobering reading," said Professor Chris Rapley, of University College London. "Most people in the UK and US accept human-induced climate...
  • Republicans Begin Gun Cave

    01/13/2013 11:44:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | RushLimbaugh.com
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Open Line Friday to Seattle we go. Peter, thank you for calling, sir. Great to have you with us. CALLER: Great to be with you, Rush. Happy birthday to the Surgeon General of Democracy. RUSH: Thank you very much. I appreciate that. CALLER: They don't hate you 'cause you're on the right; they hate you because you're correct. RUSH: Effective, yeah. That's sadly the case. Every time you see me ripped to shreds in the media, folks, understand I've just been effective, and that's why I'm being ripped. Or anybody else on the right. Same theory applies....
  • Federal health law wrinkle could penalize Minnesota insurers

    01/13/2013 11:35:01 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-12-13 | chris snowbeck
    Without a change in proposed federal rules, the continuation of a Minnesota health insurance program for people with costly illnesses could cost health plans and their subscribers more than $60 million next year, state officials say. The issue involves a long-standing program called the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, which the Legislature created in 1976. It helps provide coverage for Minnesotans who can't find insurance on the open market, often because of a costly pre-existing health condition. One of the key changes coming in 2014 with the federal Affordable Care Act is that insurers no longer will be able to deny...
  • Egyptian Court Overturns Mubarak’s Conviction

    01/13/2013 11:23:18 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2013 | David D. Kirkpatrick
    An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday overturned the life sentence of former President Hosni Mubarak for directing the killing of protesters, a ruling that could prolong a politically fraught legal battle over the fate of Egypt’s deposed autocrat two years after he was ousted. The court is said to have ordered a new trial. Although expected, the decision may also put the issue of retribution for Mr. Mubarak and his inner circle back in the news just as a campaign begins for new parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for April. The decision may also bolster the prospects of the Islamist...
  • Shawnee Woman Thwarts Home Invasion

    01/13/2013 11:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    News 9 ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Evan Anderson
    SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -Armed with a gun and ready to shoot, a Shawnee woman defended her home as man broke down her door. It happened in broad daylight and she didn't back down. Pam Loman and her husband, James, say they've lived on Homer Lane in Shawnee for over 10 years and have never had any problems. But early Friday afternoon, while Pam was home alone, she quickly figured out, three men outside her home were up to no good. "I still feel queasy sick at my stomach, a little shaky, a little nervous," Pam said. ... Pam says the knocking...
  • Hartzler vows farm bill backing, spending cuts and protecting gun owners rights (Missouri)

    01/13/2013 11:16:33 AM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    Nevada DailyMail ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | James R. Campbell
    Keeping the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from threatening the rights of lakeside homeowners like it did last year at Lake of the Ozarks is a top priority for U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, this year in the 113th Congress in Washington. In a phone interview with the Daily Mail Monday, Hartzler said she will also work to pass a new farm bill, cut spending, fight gun control and protect commodities-trading options for grain elevators and farmers and the 4th Congressional District's military installations. Referring to FERC's 2011 attempt to condemn 1,200 homes at Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri...
  • News Flash: Jews Are 'Apes And Pigs.' So Why Is Egypt's Morsi The Elephant In America's Newsrooms?

    01/13/2013 11:11:23 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/11/2013 | Richard Behar
    Last Friday, the sitting president of Egypt – the world’s 15th most populous nation — was exposed for calling Jews “apes and pigs.” And he did it in a TV interview (in Arabic) in 2010, less than two years before he took office. Needless to say, this was HUGE NEWS for American mass media! Only it wasn’t. (Knock, knock, New York Times? Anybody home?) In fact, to be fair to the paper of record, not a single major outlet has covered it. Not AP or Reuters. Not CBS News or CNN. Not Time magazine or U.S. News & World Report....
  • Will longer school year help or hurt US students?

    01/13/2013 11:04:35 AM PST · by madison10 · 42 replies
    My Way News ^ | January 13, 2013 | Julie Carr Smith
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically. "Whether educators have more time to enrich instruction or students have more time to learn how to play an instrument and write computer code, adding meaningful in-school hours is a critical investment that better prepares children to be successful in the 21st century," he said in December when five states announced they would add at least 300 hours to the academic calendar in some schools beginning this year....
  • NRA says gun lobby has the support in Congress to block assault weapons ban

    01/13/2013 11:03:00 AM PST · by Red Steel · 49 replies
    wapo ^ | Updated: Sunday, January 13, 10:26 AM
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality. Senators plan to introduce a bill that would ban assault weapons and limit the size of ammunition magazines, like the one used in the December shooting massacre that killed 27 people, most of them children, in Newtown, Conn. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has promised to push for a renewal of expired legislation. -snip- You don’t want to bet your house...
  • U.S. States Flirt With Major Tax Changes

    01/13/2013 11:01:41 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/13/2013 | Nanette Byrnes
    (Reuters) - Hopes for overhauling the federal tax system are fading in Washington, but in some state capitals, tax reform experiments - some far-reaching - are fast taking shape. Across the South and Midwest, Republicans have consolidated control of state legislatures and governorships, giving them the power to test long-debated tax ideas. Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, for instance, called on Thursday for ending the state's income tax and corporate taxes, with sales taxes compensating for lost revenue. A similar plan is being pushed by Republicans in North Carolina. Kansas, which cut its income tax significantly last year, may trim...
  • Saudi king orders 500 tons of wheat to Syrian refugees in Jordan

    01/13/2013 11:01:05 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2013 | unattributed
    King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, of Saudi Arabia, has ordered 500 tons of wheat to be sent to Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp in Jordan, Al Arabiya TV reported Sunday. Three hundred trucks loaded with wheat headed the refugee camp, said Badr al-Samhan, regional manager of the Saudi national campaign for the Syrian people... Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayif also ordered 2,000 additional tents for Zaatari refugees after terrible floods ruined some tents in the refugee camp. After a U.N. appeal for more assistance to Syrian refugees, Saudi Arabia decided to boost its humanitarian assistance to the...
  • Colin Powell: There’s a ‘Dark Vein of Intolerance’ in the Republican Party

    01/13/2013 10:58:09 AM PST · by redreno · 79 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | Jan. 13, 2013 1:38pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell — who split with the Republican Party to endorse President Barack Obama two times — said Sunday there are some clearly racial elements within the GOP. “There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.” While not mentioning former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin or former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu by name, Powell referenced past comments from each about Obama as evidence of...
  • Bill would exempt SC-made guns from federal rules

    01/13/2013 10:56:23 AM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    wistv ^ | January 2013
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Proposed legislation would exempt weapons made in South Carolina from federal regulations. Sen. Lee Bright's Firearms Freedom Act would mean that firearms, ammunition and gun accessories made in South Carolina aren't subject to federal rules and oversight. Bright says his bill would allow South Carolina manufacturers to skirt federal regulations because the materials would not cross state lines.
  • 'Damn You, Why Don't You Lay Down Your Arms!'

    01/13/2013 10:52:25 AM PST · by morethanright · 20 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-13 11:03:02 | mrcurmudgeon
     "Ye villains, ye rebels, disperse; damn you, disperse! Lay down your arms, damn you, why don't you lay down your arms!"~ British officer to American Minute Men assembled at Lexington, April 19, 1775, as recalled by the Reverend Jonas Clarke in his diary.By Mr. Curmudgeon:Of England's King Charles II, John Trechard wrote in A Short History of Standing Armies in England (1698), "... He came in with the general applause of the people, who in a kind fit gave him a vast revenue for life. By this he was enabled to raise an army, and bribe the Parliament, which he did...
  • America: The Kardashian Years

    01/13/2013 10:48:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    Life in the Time of Low Information VotersI used to love American popular culture. I found it rich, diverse and endlessly amusing. These days, I rarely go to the movies or plays and cannot bear to watch television. Even the radio with its repetitive, uninformative news snippets annoys. Our popular culture has moved from family favorites like Your Show of Shows, The Wonder Years, and I Love Lucy to the minute by minute coverage of celebrities not known for their wit, charm, or beauty, They are known for nothing other than the willingness to put their every part of bodies...
  • Eastern Kentucky sheriff says he will not enforce gun laws he considers unconstitutional

    01/13/2013 10:47:22 AM PST · by Red Steel · 19 replies
    Kentucky.com ^ | January 12, 2013 Updated 5 hours ago | Jack Brammer
    FRANKFORT — An Eastern Kentucky sheriff said Saturday that he will not enforce any new gun control laws that he considers unconstitutional. Asked whether such a stance makes him more a judge than a law-enforcement official, Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said he has "a team of attorneys to step up with me if necessary to be sure the Second Amendment is upheld." "I consider this a moral obligation," he said. Peyman, who has been sheriff of Jackson County for two years and is a member of the National Rifle Association, is garnering national attention and support from gun rights...
  • American Socialism Working – 1 in 4 Kids on Food Stamps

    01/13/2013 10:42:53 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    political outcast ^ | 1-12-13 | Dave Jolly
    Many of the same tactics used to weaken the Christian influence also worked to weaken the family. They introduced the ideas of divorce made easy instead of working out the problems or turning to Scripture. They taught situation ethics in schools where kids learned to blame their parents for all of their problems and then resent them for it. In the 1960s and 70s, the openness of sexual promiscuity flooded the families. Adultery and pre-marital sex permeated through the Church like yeast in a batch of dough. Even Christian leaders fell to the temptations that were hurled at them, causing...