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  • MPs urge Cameron to ditch EU status quo

    01/16/2013 9:10:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 16 January 2013
    A caucus of euroskeptic Conservative MPs has issued a manifesto today (16 January), two days before Prime Minister David Cameron is set to make a landmark speech on Europe, stating that “the status quo is no longer an option” and demanding “a new and different relationship” with the European Union. The Fresh Start group of Conservative backbenchers—numbering nearly 100 of the party’s 304 deputies—sets out proposals to repatriate legislative powers to the UK and cut Britain’s bill for EU membership by billions of pounds a year. … The MPs also raised the possibility of the UK withholding funds for EU...
  • Celebrate Gun Appreciation Day, Saturday, 1-19, In North Central Ohio -- VANITY

    01/16/2013 9:06:31 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 4 replies
    Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party ^ | 1-16-2013 | bimboeruption
    This article came from one of the local papers. MANSFIELD — The Mansfield North Central Ohio Tea Party Association will have a rally in support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and to celebrate Gun Appreciation Day at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 19, at the Central Park Gazebo, at Main Street and Park Avenue. There will be special speakers. For details, go to www.bloodofpatriots.org.
  • Petition to Create "Gun-Free Zones" Around President, VP and their Families Reaches 25,000!

    01/16/2013 8:58:27 PM PST · by Jeff Winston · 32 replies
    White House web site ^ | January 16, 2013 | self / White House web site
    The petition has reached 25,000 signatures. (And yes, the screen shot is real - I happened upon it at exactly the magic number!)
  • Gun Appreciation Day - March on Denver Capitol

    01/16/2013 8:51:04 PM PST · by Washi · 4 replies
    Gun and Game ^ | January 10, 2013 | pcman312
    As many of you know, the first Gun Appreciation Day has been set for January 19th. The organizers want you to go out to your local gun range, gun store, gun show and show support for gun rights around the country. I think that this should be taken a step further and we should make it a march on each state capitol in the US. To that end, to all people in the state of Colorado, I hereby invite you to join me at the gun rights march at the Denver Capitol Building on January 19th at 11AM. I have...
  • WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning’s motives are no defense, judge rules

    01/16/2013 8:49:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:03AM GMT 17 Jan 2013
    A US military judge ruled Wednesday that Bradley Manning’s motive for allegedly leaking a huge cache of secret files to WikiLeaks is no defense against the long list of charges he faces. Manning, an army private who was arrested in May 2010 while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, faces trial in June for passing diplomatic cables and war logs to the anti-secrecy website run by Julian Assange. Manning’s lawyers had argued that evidence should be heard at trial about why the soldier chose to illicitly transmit the confidential documents to WikiLeaks, but the request was largely thrown out....
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania hospital to stop baby deliveries (obamacare)

    01/16/2013 8:44:16 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Pregnant women in one southwestern Pennsylvania town will soon need to look elsewhere to deliver their babies, after a local hospital announced it will end the practice in March -- blaming ObamaCare in part for the decision. The Windber Medical Center will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can't afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms. In a lengthy statement posted to its website Wednesday, the hospital cited several reasons for the decision -- including a claim that the...
  • Len Tillem Show outrageous comment...

    01/16/2013 8:08:49 PM PST · by Axenolith · 27 replies
    I was driving home this afternoon and had the Len Tillem show on (advice show from a lawyer). Note in podcast at 15:45 (today, 1-16-13), he's admonishing a caller not to get confrontive because "people can have guns on them" and then he says "There's loonies out there... shooting up schools... and THE NRA IS TELLING THEM IT'S A GOOD IDEA" [emphasis mine).
  • Man accused of luring teen girl with drugs, free tattoo (ILLEGAL alien)

    01/16/2013 7:59:45 PM PST · by South40 · 16 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 1/16/2013 | SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
    DANA POINT – A 29-year-old man lured a 14-year-old girl with the prospect of drugs, alcohol and a free tattoo to get her to go to his Mission Viejo home, authorities allege. The tattoo artist, who worked at a shop near Fourth and Bush Streets in Santa Ana, is accused of having "highly inappropriate contact and sexual advances" toward the teen and her friend, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.((snip))After the incident was reported, investigators learned Nieves-Vera had been deported after he had been arrested by Murrieta police in 2004 on suspicion of child annoyance....
  • France begins ground offensive in Mali

    01/16/2013 7:28:53 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 39 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 16 January 2013 | Aman Sethi
    A week after French aircraft rushed to the aid of a defeated and demoralised Malian army, French ground forces have begun fighting alongside the Malian army in Diabaly, a town 350 km north of capital Bamako. Since last year, northern Mali has been overrun by Islamist rebels organised under the banners of the Ansar Dine, the Movement for Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Last Friday, France sent in jets, helicopter gunships, and special forces to Central Mali as Islamist rebels advanced till 50 km from a major military base in Sevare, and captured...
  • Immigration activist who’s a leader in Dream Act movement joins Arizona congresswoman’s staff

    01/16/2013 7:11:25 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | , January 16, 2013 | Associated Press
    Immigration activist who’s a leader in Dream Act movement joins Arizona congresswoman’s staff PHOENIX — An immigration activist who’s one of the leaders of the Dream Act movement is joining the staff of U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema as a district outreach director.
  • U.S. Military Stops Sending Detainees to Some Afghan Prisons on Rights Fears

    01/16/2013 7:05:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | By ROD NORDLAND and THOM SHANKER
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The American military has suspended the transfer of detainees to some Afghan prisons out of concern over continuing human rights abuses and torture, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Wednesday in response to questions about the subject. In addition, the American-led coalition said that it had asked the Afghan government to investigate allegations of torture by Afghan Local Police units that have been trained and advised by American Special Operations forces. The moves were a setback on detention issues that have created tension between the countries, and on years of international efforts to promote humane treatment...
  • Sixty Percent of Young Americans Plan to Purchase Firearms, Study Reveals

    01/16/2013 6:58:15 PM PST · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Campus Reform.org ^ | Januar 16, 2013 | Scott Greer
    Sixty percent of high school and college students say they plan on owning guns at a later stage in life, an academic study from American University revealed on Monday. According to a brand new study, sixty percent of young Americans plan on purchasing firearms in the future. According to the study, about 40 percent of the American students surveyed said they definitely planned to own firearms once they had established their own households. Another 20 percent said they were “contemplating” owning guns. Those findings were part of a broader study conducted by American University professor Jennifer L. Lawless and Loyola...
  • The Letter Blew Away

    01/16/2013 6:51:48 PM PST · by palmer · 63 replies
    vanity ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | palmer
    "I was going to write my Congressman but there was a sudden gust of wind and the letter blew away." Make sense? How about: this: "I lost my firearms in a (insert overused unfunny cliche) accident so I no longer exercise my Second Amendment rights." In other words, I'll just pretend to not be armed until some ill-defined time in the future, and then I'll get out my firearms, and do some practice since I won't have had any for years and then... ?? Maybe at that point I'll find my pen and some more paper and ???
  • The Wages of Unemployment

    01/16/2013 6:47:05 PM PST · by OddLane · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2013 | Richard Vedder
    From the mid-17th century to the late 20th century, the American economy grew roughly 3.5% a year. That growth rate has since declined significantly. When the final figures are in for 2012, the annual rate of real output growth for the first dozen years of this century is likely to be about 1.81%. What accounts for the slowdown? An important part of the answer is simple: Americans aren't working as much today. And this trend reflects more than the recession and sluggish economy of the past few years. The national income accounts suggest that about 70% of U.S. output is...
  • Homicide rates have dropped steadily in U.S.

    01/16/2013 6:41:49 PM PST · by Lorianne · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 19 December 2012 | Neely Tucker
    The national homicide rate for 2011 was 4.8 per 100,000 citizens — less than half of what it was in the early years of the Great Depression, when it peaked before falling precipitously before World War II. The peak in modern times of 10.2 was in 1980, as recorded by national criminal statistics. “We’re at as low a place as we’ve been in the past 100 years,” says Randolph Roth, professor of history at Ohio State University and author of this year’s “American Homicide,” a landmark study of the history of killing in the United States. “The rate oscillates between...
  • The U.S. Firearms Industry: Inside the Numbers

    01/16/2013 6:41:11 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 8 replies
    Here’s a look at the numbers: The U.S. firearms industry's economic impact is $32 billion. To put that in perspective, that’s about the same size as the U.S. organic industry and more than the budget of Nigeria. It’s grown from a $19 billion business in 2008 and appears to be accelerating at a quick clip. Background checks for gun buyers increased nearly 60% from December 2011 to December 2012. The FBI has already recorded 16.5 million background checks from Jan. 1, 2012 to November 2012 – the most on record. There are 51,000 gun shops in America, according to the...
  • L.A. Mayor: Keep “Non-Serious Criminal” Aliens in U.S.—It Will Make Us Safer

    01/16/2013 6:37:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 15, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, said the federal government should stop deporting “non-serious criminal” aliens as a means of making the nation safer. “It is time to put an end to the practice of deporting non-serious criminals,” said Villaraigosa. “Our neighborhoods will be safer and our families will be more secure.” …
  • Alabama Supreme Court: “Unborn Children Are Persons With Rights”

    01/16/2013 6:32:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 16, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in a case on Friday that “unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law.” The case involved two women who had been charged under a “chemical endangerment” law because they had ingested illegal drugs—one, cocaine, and the second, methamphetamine—while pregnant. … In its concluding remarks, the Alabama Supreme Court said: “The decision of this Court today is in keeping with the widespread legal recognition that unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law. Today, the only major area in which unborn children are denied legal protection is...
  • A Letter to the President...from the most defenseless child.

    01/16/2013 6:26:25 PM PST · by ealgeone · 27 replies
    Vanity | 01-16-12 | Self
    Dear Mr. President: I'm writing this letter to you from Heaven. You see, my mom had an abortion when I was eight months old and in her womb. I really thought I was safe there. It was warm and I could hear my mom's voice. I was so looking forward to seeing her face. I don't know what I did to make her want to have an abortion. I'm sorry if I made her mad. Would you do something to help other children like me be safe while I'm in mommy's tummy? I don't even know my name.
  • An Oil Town Where Men Are Many, and Women Are Hounded

    01/16/2013 6:24:45 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2013 | JOHN ELIGON
    On a dance floor in Williston, N.D., where single men say there are not enough single women. WILLISTON, N.D. — Christina Knapp and a friend were drinking shots at a bar in a nearby town several weeks ago when a table of about five men called them over and made an offer. They would pay the women $3,000 to strip naked and serve them beer at their house while they watched mixed martial arts fights on television. Ms. Knapp, 22, declined, but the men kept raising the offer, reaching $7,000. “I said I make more money doing my job than...
  • Marco Rubio:The President Doesn't Have the Guts To Admit He Doesn't Believe in 2nd Amendment

    01/16/2013 6:09:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/16/13 | Jim Hoft
    Marco Rubio had this to say on Barack Obama's 23 gun control actions. "I actually believe the president doesn't have the guts to admit he doesn't believe in the Second Amendment."
  • Hitler Honored in Upscale Istanbul Mall

    01/16/2013 6:06:29 PM PST · by Zionista Feminista · 14 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 15, 2013 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    People who have been paying attention know that relations between Israel and Turkey have been eroding, but not many realize that Turkey is now not only openly hostile to the Jewish State, but also to the Jewish people. On Friday, January 11, a Turkish citizen took a picture to show exactly how belligerent Turkey has become. The picture is of a huge poster with the words, “Who Would You Like to Meet if You Could?” and the last name, and only photograph, is of Adolf Hitler. The other choices include Suleiman I, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Napolean Bonaparte, the Beatles, Elvis...
  • The Ugly Side of the Southern Belle

    01/16/2013 6:05:31 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 82 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 15, 2013 | Blain Roberts
    From 1921, when the contest began in Atlantic City, through World War II, only one woman representing a former Confederate state won the competition. Then, beginning in 1947, when a woman from Memphis earned the top honor, the fortunes of Southern contestants rose precipitously. From 1950 to 1963, seven southerners were crowned (each served the following year), including back-to-back wins by Mississippians in 1958 and 1959 — though southerners made up only one-fifth of the possible winners. These were, of course, the years when black Southerners opened a full-scale campaign against Jim Crow, prompting a bitter backlash by white Southerners....
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops! ~ 17 January 2013

    01/16/2013 6:03:06 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 99 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ MARINE FOR A DAY Jorge Solis, 5, shows Marine Corps Sgt. Benjamin Maple the challenge coins he received during his tour of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Aug. 10, 2012. Solis, who has retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer, wished to be a Marine for a day. Maple is kennel master at the K-9 kennels on the Marine base. U. S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jovane Henry Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-16-13

    01/16/2013 6:00:10 PM PST · by dynachrome · 19 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-16-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Senate Democrats hold key to passage of gun legislation

    01/16/2013 5:52:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | January 16, 2013 | Dana Bash
    Unlike most issues these days that divide along party lines, the immediate fate of President Obama's new gun proposals will depend not as much on Republicans as his fellow Democrats in the Senate. Senate Democratic leadership sources tell CNN that passing any new legislation will be extremely difficult because more than a dozen vulnerable Democrats from conservative states will probably resist much of what the president is pushing. These Democratic sources say the most likely legislation to pass will be strengthening background checks, since it is the least overt form of gun control and it also appeals to gun rights...
  • Gun industry thrives in face of ban proposal

    01/16/2013 5:48:34 PM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 1/16/2013 | Aaron Smith
    Gun stocks rose Wednesday, even as President Obama called on Congress to pass an assault weapon ban. The stock prices for Smith & Wesson Holding Co. (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR) rose about 4%. The stock for Sturm, Ruger has risen 13% in the month since the shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 20 children and six educators dead. Retailers that specialize in guns have also done well. The stock price for Cabela's (CAB) surged 6% on Wednesday and has gained 20% over the last month. Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS, Fortune 500) notched up slightly,...
  • Email from Joe Biden

    01/16/2013 5:32:06 PM PST · by Greystoke · 34 replies
    Hello Today President Obama announced a plan to help protect our kids and communities from gun violence. You're going to hear a lot about it, but I wanted to make sure you got a chance to get the facts, straight from me.
  • Transgender Woman Who Deserted Marines 31 Years Ago Gets Honorable Discharge

    01/16/2013 5:17:07 PM PST · by Salman · 58 replies
    Home Post ^ | Jan. 14, 2013 | Beth Ford Roth
    A transgender woman named Elizabeth Tremblay, who deserted the Marines 31 years ago when she was Pvt. Donald Tremblay, learned today she will get a discharge "with honorable conditions." ... I've posted video up top of the interview Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal reporter Daryn Slover conducted with Tremblay before she learned she would get her honorable discharge.
  • Krugman: More Government Spending Would Revive Economy in Two Years

    01/16/2013 5:11:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 16, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Paul Krugman, a liberal economist and New York Times columnist, said increased government spending is key to economic recovery. During an interview on Friday on “Moyers & Company,” on PBS, Bill Moyers asked, “And you argue that this could actually be solved in two years?” …
  • Brett Baier's All Star Panel Comments on NRA ad

    01/16/2013 5:07:22 PM PST · by FR_addict · 163 replies
    Fox News Brett Bair Special Report ^ | 1/16/2013 | Brett Baier
    FoxNews Bret Baier’s All Star panel, Charles Krauthammer, Juan Williams, and Steve Hayes, all called the NRA ad a mistake, vile and repugnant. I guess they all believe that the elite should have armed protection for their children, but not for ours. Krauthammer even went so far as to say, of course the President's children should be protected because of who the President is and out kids don't need that type of protection. What about kids of policemen, judges, FBI, ATF, correctional officers, etc? Their children may be targets because of who their parents are. Don't they deserve armed protection...
  • The Story of a Man Who Outsourced His Work to China so He Could Watch Cat Videos All Day

    01/16/2013 5:03:56 PM PST · by eldoradude · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/16/13 | Megan Rose Dickey
    A Verizon case study recently revealed that some people will go through great lengths in order to be able to watch cat videos all day. We first heard about it on TNW. The study documents the scam of a developer, who is referred to as Bob. He worked at a "critical infrastructure" company in the U.S. and started outsourcing his work to China underneath his company's nose, and would only pay those people less than one fifth of his six-figure salary. Here's how it was possible. Bob's company had started letting employees work remotely from home on certain days, so...
  • Prince Harry named world's most eligible bachelor

    01/16/2013 5:03:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    EW ^ | 165 January 2013 | Erin Strecker
    Heavy may be the head that wears the crown, but hot is the head that’s third in line. Prince Harry, 28, has been named the Top Bachelor, according to the editors at Town & Country, which named the current top 50 bachelors in the world. “Prince William’s baby brother flirts and flies Apache helicopters with equal aplomb,” the magazine wrote. The list isn’t very Hollywood specific (although both George Clooney and Jack Nicholson made the cut). Instead, in addition to the prince, people like Ralph Lauren’s son, Andrew, President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, and Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos (who...
  • Obama’s New Executive Orders (Awesome "translation" of the formal bureaucratese)

    01/16/2013 4:45:11 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 14 replies
    The Everlasting Phelps ^ | The Everlasting Phelps | The Everlasting Phelps
    So Obama released his Executive Orders to Prevent Maniacs From Being Maniacs today.  I’ve taken the time to translate the summaries into plain English below: 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. Tell the government to follow the law. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. Tell the regulators to stop the stupid and useless regulations. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the...
  • Tourist, 24, brutally beaten with tire irons and bats in New York City neighborhood

    01/16/2013 4:38:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 60 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Michael Zennie
    A tourist from Massachusetts was recovering at a New York City hospital after being brutally beaten by a gang of seven young men armed with a tire iron and a baseball bat, police today revealed. Kevin McCarron, 24, from Andover, was battered and stomped unconscious by the men after an argument in the trendy Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan early Sunday. An onlooker captured horrific cell phone video of the attack, showing several young men kicking the victim on the ground.
  • Obama the Party Animal

    01/16/2013 4:37:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Mary K. Bruce
    President Obama pushed back against criticism earlier this week that he is too insular and not social enough in Washington. He said simply, “I like a good party.” Today, he reinforced the message. Leaving a farewell reception at the Treasury Department for Secretary Timothy Geithner, Obama was asked “So, you like a good party?” “They didn’t serve any alcohol,” Obama responded with a big grin, as he appeared to munch on something.
  • Rep. Denham: Not 'one more penny' for Calif. high-speed railway

    01/16/2013 4:32:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2013 | Keith Laing
    The House lawmaker responsible for oversight of the nation's railways promised Wednesday to use his new position to put the brakes on a controversial high-speed railway in his state. California Rep. Jeff Denham (R) was appointed chairman of the House Transportation Committee's Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee Wednesday. Denham has sought previously to deny federal funding for the proposed California high-speed railway, and he said Wednesday afternoon in an interview with The Hill that he would use his new perch to keep the up roadblock. "I've obviously taken a very storing position about California high-speed rail and I'm going...
  • Police shoot and kill soldier in Waikiki

    01/16/2013 4:28:45 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    The Maui News ^ | January 16, 2013 | AP
    Honolulu (AP) - A Schofield Barracks soldier was shot and killed by police early Tuesday after he repeatedly rammed multiple police cars with his truck in Waikiki. Several police officers were injured in the incident. The 25th Infantry Division said in a statement that it's cooperating with the Honolulu Police Department as officers investigate. The unit won't release the soldier's name until his family members are notified. "This is an incredibly tragic incident, and we offer our condolences to the soldier's family and to the officers injured," Lt. Col. Derrick Cheng, spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division, said in a...
  • Statement by Gov. Perry on President Obama’s Executive Actions

    01/16/2013 4:22:52 PM PST · by wk4bush2004 · 20 replies
    Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama's executive actions: "The Vice President's committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there. "Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror. "There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way...
  • Coroner identifies Reno Ave. shooting victim as 14-year-old boy

    01/16/2013 4:20:59 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    KTNV ^ | January 14, 2013 | Joyce Lupiani
    Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County coroner's office has identified 14-year-old Haji Mohamud from Las Vegas as the victim in a fatal shooting on Jan. 12. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, numerous calls about shots fired at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of East Reno Avenue at about 1:30 a.m.
  • Panetta Vows 'Proper' Response to Algeria Hostage-Taking

    01/16/2013 4:14:36 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Al Pessin
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has condemned the taking of as many as 41 foreign hostages at a natural gas facility in Algeria, a move apparently linked to the French military operation in neighboring Mali. Secretary Panetta says the United States will take “all necessary and proper steps” in response to the hostage crisis at the facility, run by British, Norwegian and Algerian companies. “The United States strongly condemns these kinds of terrorist acts. It is a very serious matter when Americans are taken hostage, along with others," he said. Speaking in Rome, Panetta said he did not know how...
  • Katherine Webb will cover Super Bowl for “Inside Edition”

    01/16/2013 4:12:19 PM PST · by jakerobins · 22 replies
    Katherine Webb came off as pretty sharp after her fame blew up during the BCS Championship Game, and she's smartly taking advantage of her instant celebrity. Webb, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend and Miss Alabama, announced on Twitter that she will be covering the Super Bowl for "Inside Edition." Maybe she wants a television career (she came off well during her "Today" show interview, for what it's worth), or maybe she wants to have some fun and get a free trip to New Orleans. Either way, good for her.
  • Convicted Murderer Faces Charges of Firearm Possession

    01/16/2013 4:11:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KARE ^ | Jan 16, 2013
    Christian Phillip Oberender, 32, is in jail in Carver County accused of possessing 13 firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon. Oberender was convicted of murdering his mother, Mary Oberender, in 1995. He was 14-years-old when he shot her several times with a shotgun. Now, 18 years later, he faces felony charges for possessing those 13 guns illegally, but it's what he didn't do that has his community on edge. "I need to know about these things. I am going to keep a very visual look at what is happening in this case and follow it and figure it out....
  • Gun Owners React To My Novel

    01/16/2013 3:58:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Douglas MacKinnon
    If my email in-box is any indication, the Obama White House and its allies may have bitten off much more than they can chew as they look to weaken or abolish the Second Amendment to the Constitution and our right to bear arms. Over the last two weeks I have heard from a growing list of Second Amendment supporters, members of the NRA, and those simply worried about the continual erosion of our rights as crafted by the Founding Fathers. Why I am being contacted now has to do with the fact that last year Simon & Schuster published my...
  • Assault weapons ban faces opposition in US Congress

    01/16/2013 3:57:22 PM PST · by An Old Man · 28 replies
    Google ^ | 1-16-13 | Ivan Couronne and Michael Mathes
    The assault weapons ban proposed by US President Barack Obama on Wednesday faces quicksand in Congress, where Republicans are in a position to defeat any such a measure. Instead, lawmakers in the House and Senate could address some of Obama's other proposals, including a universal background check for all gun purchases and a ban on high-capacity magazines. The debate comes in the aftermath of last month's tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children and six adults dead. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is preparing to introduce a bill next Thursday that would ban assault...
  • Sahara Islamists take hostages, spreading Mali war

    01/16/2013 3:52:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:24pm EST | By Lamine Chikhi and Bate Felix ALGIERS/BAMAKO
    (Reuters) - Islamist fighters seized dozens of Western and Algerian hostages in a dawn raid on a natural gas facility deep in the Sahara on Wednesday and demanded France halt a new offensive against rebels in neighboring Mali. Three people, among them one British and one French, were reported killed, but details were sketchy and numbers of those held at Tigantourine ranged from 41 foreigners - including perhaps seven Americans as well as Japanese and Europeans - to over 100 local staff, held separately and less closely watched.   What is clear is that with a dramatic counterpunch to this...
  • Jack Lew "Must Never be Treasury Secretary"

    01/16/2013 3:51:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    With the hysteria brewing over the upcoming debt ceiling crisis and the uproar over gun control, people are concentrating on what the right hand of government is doing.  They are paying scant attention to the left hand which is feverishly nominating people to positions of power that we know very little about. The media is virtually burying the stories on most of Obama’s choices for his second term.  Those we already know like Janet Napolitano and John Kerry are really not worth the effort to talk about.  We know what we are getting with them, the book has been opened...
  • White House slams NRA ad using Obama daughters to criticize new gun laws

    01/16/2013 3:50:33 PM PST · by tobyhill · 60 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/16/2013 | By Olivier Knox
    The White House on Wednesday blasted a web ad released by the National Rifle Association using President Barack Obama’s daughters to criticize the president on gun control as “repugnant and cowardly." The NRA released the ad Tuesday, a day before Obama announced a package of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., last month. In strikingly personal terms, the ad calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for allowing Secret Service protection for daughters even as he calls for tighter gun laws. "Why is [Obama] skeptical about putting armed security in schools when...
  • FAA grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets

    01/16/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Staff
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it is requiring airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered U.S. airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner following a series of mishaps. The agency said the decision to ground Boeing 787s was prompted by a second incident involving lithium ion battery failure. Earlier Wednesday, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.
  • Almost there: Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families...

    01/16/2013 3:46:14 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Only 755 more signatures needed with 6 days to spare! It will reach 25,000 tonight. Time to start flooding The Drudge Report with tips to link to the petition. The goal is 100,000 signatures before the petition closes. If Drudge links to it, it will happen.