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  • AF inspections find 32,216 inappropriate or offensive items

    01/18/2013 1:07:10 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    SA Express News ^ | 01/18/2013 | sigc@express-news.net
    The Air Force today said it found 32,216 instances of inappropriate or offensive material at bases around the world — including explicit magazines at its Air Education and Training Command headquarters in San Antonio — during inspections late last year. The service found 631 instances of pornography in the health and welfare inspections at more than 100 installations worldwide. It also reported finding 27,598 instances of “inappropriate material,” ranging from posters and calendars to graffiti. At the AETC headquarters on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, 40 explicit magazines were uncovered. The items there and elsewhere were documented or destroyed, the Air...
  • On Belmokhtar's group: 'They believe the West is one great Sodom and Gomorrah' (Al-Queda in Mali)

    01/18/2013 1:02:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 18, 2013 1:47 PM | Thomas Joscelyn
    Robert Fowler was kidnapped by Mokhtar Belmokhtar's not-so-merry band of terrorists in 2008 and published a book about the experience, "A Season In Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda." From the excerpts I've read, the title accurately sums up Fowler's experience. Belmokhtar's group is, of course, responsible for the recent assault on a natural gas field in eastern Algeria and the subsequent hostage crisis. Fowler, a Canadian diplomat who was serving the United Nations when he was kidnapped, has had some interesting things to say about Belmokhtar and his henchmen. ABC News reports: "I was...
  • Parents think it's too dangerous to let kids outside in snow

    01/18/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 18, 2013
    Worried parents will ban their children from making snowmen and having snowball fights this winter - for fear they will catch a cold, a study found. The protective one in five mums and dads, 20 per cent, will try to stop their youngsters falling ill by keeping them wrapped up warm indoors. Furthermore, 29 per cent say it is "too dangerous" to let them outside because they may slip on ice or be bruised by a tightly-packed snowball. That is despite many parents admitting they "enjoyed" playing outside when they were younger, the study by Chessington World of Adventures Resort...
  • The Mysterious Case Of Richard Windsor

    01/18/2013 12:57:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Power Line ^ | 1/18/13 | Scott Johnson
    All is not as it appears in the case of Richard Windsor, the alias used by outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield email messages from discovery and disclosure. Under court order to cough up the email messages to Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and having turned over a first installment of 2,100 such email messages earlier this week, the Obama administration is making this a case that might challenge the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. With Horner’s assistance, my daughter Eliana tries to pierce the fog of administrative war in her NRO column “Lisa Jackson’s gadfly.”
  • Social Security Cliff in Sight

    01/18/2013 12:57:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In response to my post Making Social Security Actuarially Sound in a Business-Friendly Manner I have been exchanging emails and phone conversations with Jed Graham at Investor's Business Daily. Jed thinks benefit cuts will happen, and I agree. However, Social Security cuts are considered the "third rail" in politics. If you are not familiar with the term, it means anyone espousing cuts cannot be elected. Retirees Will Outlive Trust Fund Graham's current position on the viability of Social Security can be found in his January 14 article New Social Security Retirees Will Outlive Trust Fund For the first time since...
  • Like It Or Not, 3D Printing Will Probably Be Legislated

    01/18/2013 12:56:41 PM PST · by DBrow · 42 replies
    The Crunch ^ | 1/18/13 | John Biggs
    As the race – and it’s basically a race – to release as many 3D-printed gun parts as possible heats up, it’s never been harder for me to come down on the side of the “Freedom To Tinker” crowd. Last weekend Defense Distributed, a group dedicated to releasing plans for a 3D printed gun, posted a video and description of their 3D-printed AR-15 thirty-round magazine. The video, which is, unnecessarily, full of snarky vitriol, shows that, on some level, the 3D printed gun isn’t very far off. It also shows that the call for 3D printer legislation could soon overpower...
  • Bad battery design responsible for Boeing Dreamliner grounding, expert says

    01/18/2013 12:56:33 PM PST · by Ron C. · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/18/13 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    A charred lithium ion battery at the center of the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner showed evidence of “thermal runaway” -- which is indicative of a design problem, experts tell FoxNews.com. The All Nippon Airways plane made an emergency landing Wednesday morning in western Japan after its pilots smelled something burning and received a cockpit warning of battery problems. Nearly all 50 of the 787s in use around the world have since been grounded. The battery’s burned insides indicate it operated at a voltage above its design limit, a Japanese investigator said Friday. That’s a clear sign of...
  • Oklahoma anti-gun control law to jail federal gun controllers for 5 years

    01/18/2013 12:52:23 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    GlobalNews Desk ^ | January 18, 2013 | Marion Dean
    The new gun control measures, publicised by the US President Barack Obama on Wednesday, are likely to encounter sturdy legislative opposition in the state of Oklahoma as the ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ is moving through the state’s legislature. The ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ was introduced by the state’s Senator Nathan Dahm. The ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ threatens to incarcerate, for five years, any federal governmental official, who endeavours to enforce in Oklahoma the new gun control proposals of Barack Obama. The ‘Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Preservation Act’ places the state, along with Wyoming and Texas, by threatening the...
  • A Legal Immigrant and Patriot

    01/18/2013 12:50:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Lincoln Brown
    On my show this morning, I’ll be talking to a young man in Germany named Marc.  He has tried unsuccessfully to enter this country through the front door and has met with red tape and delays each time. I’ll be talking with him today about his fundraising efforts and his attempt to become one of us. No DREAM act will benefit Marc. He won’t be eligible for a driving privileges card; he will not receive any welfare or in-state tuition. After all, the election is over and Obama got all the votes he needed. Marc is working for his citizenship...
  • NRA President: Death Threats Against Org Reflect Obama´s Tactics

    01/18/2013 12:47:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/18/13 | Ernest Istook
    “Hundreds” of death threats have been made against the president of the National Rifle Association just since the first of this year. And those threats reflect President Obama’s political tactics. That’s what NRA President David Keene told talk show host Ernest Istook on Thursday. Keene says those threats reflect attempts by the Left and by President Obama “to demonize and blame those who disagree with him for everything he doesn’t like.” Keene also is literally targeted by a video game that invites people to shoot him, which he calls the “Kill David Keene” game. The good news, according to Keene,
  • Second raid underway to free foreign workers at Algerian gas facility

    01/18/2013 12:44:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 18, 2013 | Joseph Phares
    In an effort to conclude the hostage crisis at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, special forces from the Algerian government have begun a second offensive against the Masked Brigade, the terrorists led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Al-Jazeera reported that the renewed rescue effort was launched as the Algerian state media reported that more than 650 hostages were free, but 30 foreigners were still unaccounted for. The Algerian Press Service (APS) reported that the count of foreign hostages prior to the first raid was 132, which conflicted greatly with initial reports of 41. The terrorists threatened to kill the...
  • Why Would A Black Man Wanna Fly A Confederate Flag?!?

    01/18/2013 12:41:21 PM PST · by onedoug · 21 replies
    Average Bro.com ^ | 6 DEC 2011 | Satff
    Byron Thomas is 19, black, a freshman at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and a proud Southerner. He hung a Confederate flag in his dorm room window until the university asked him to take it down because several people had complained about it. (The university later stepped back from the request, saying all students have the right to free speech.)
  • Violence in America: A Long Line of Leftists

    01/18/2013 12:40:13 PM PST · by fwdude · 11 replies
    American Clarion ^ | January 18, 2013 | Bob Ellis
    I heard a very interesting tidbit of information during the podcast of the second hour of Roger Hedgecock‘s Jan. 17 show. It did not surprise me – not one iota – but it was very interesting in light of the fact that since Lord Obama ascended to the throne in 2009, our government has been realigned to brand conservatives as violent threats…while doing everything they can to downplay the threat of Islamic extremism and other enemies of our country. Things have become so upside-down in the Obama government that the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West...
  • Malian, French Forces Re-Take Second Town

    01/18/2013 12:39:22 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | January 18, 2012
    Officials in Mali say French-backed government forces have re-taken a second town that had been seized by Islamist militants. Local officials say militants have been driven out of Diabaly, located about 400 kilometers northeast of the the capital, Bamako. On Thursday, heavy fighting between French soldiers and militants had been reported in Diabaly, which was seized by rebels on Monday. There was no immediate confirmation of the re-capture from Mali's military or French forces. Earlier, the Malian army and French officials said Malian forces have re-taken Konna, a town east of Diabaly. The army said it has gained "total control"...
  • Unexpectedly, Republicans Do Something Right (Bill to Withhold Senate Salaries Pending Budget)

    01/18/2013 12:38:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2013 | Gene Schwimmer
    Excerpt from just-released statement from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (emphases mine): House Republicans announced a path forward on the nation's near-term budget challenges.  The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires passage of a budget resolution by April 15 each year.  Under Senator Harry Reid's leadership, the Senate has refused to pass a budget for 1,360 days.  As the Administration and Congress work through opportunities to cut government spending, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase unless both the House and the Senate pass a long-term budget plan.  The plan also includes a bipartisan proposal to...
  • A Pro-Life Reminder for Planned Parenthood: Don’t Mess With Texas

    01/18/2013 12:34:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Anna Higgins
    In the days leading up to the 40th commemoration of Roe v. Wade, the pro-life cause is winning the legal war against America’s largest abortion provider. As reported recently in the Texas Tribune, the State of Texas has won round one in the battle to defund abortion providers. In 2011, the Texas legislature passed what is called the “Affiliate Ban Rule,” which prohibits any health provider affiliated with abortion, including Planned Parenthood, from participating in the state’s Women’s Health Program. In April 2012, a Texas judge granted a preliminary injunction to Planned Parenthood TX, exempting them from the new rule;...
  • House GOP: We'll Raise Debt Limit for 3 Months if Senate Agrees to Produce a Budget

    01/18/2013 12:22:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 18, 2013 | John McCormack
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says in a statement: Fitch Ratings agency recently said, if the debt limit is raised without substantive deficit reduction, our nation's credit rating could be downgraded. The President's plan to simply borrow more money without any reform in Washington puts us all at risk. The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending. The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers who expect more from their representatives. That ends this year....
  • Surefire MAG5-60 High-Capacity 60rd Magazine

    01/18/2013 12:15:17 PM PST · by An Old Man · 23 replies
    Botachtactical ^ | Jan 1 2013 | Advertisement
    These are available from botachtactical in Los Angeles. They have a few 60 Round Magazines left for those of you that need one.Good Luck
  • Court upholds Walker's union limits law in Wis.

    01/18/2013 12:14:25 PM PST · by READINABLUESTATE · 61 replies
    (AP) ^ | January 18, 2013
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights.
  • A Well Regulated Militia? (a view that you may never have heard before)

    01/18/2013 12:14:05 PM PST · by RightFighter · 95 replies
    GodSeesYou.com ^ | Unknown | Ken Kiger
    Lost in the gun rights debate, much to the detriment of American freedom, is the fact that the Second Amendment is in fact an "AMENDMENT". No "Articles in Amendment" to the Constitution, more commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights, stand alone and each can only be properly understood with reference to what it is that each Article in Amendment amended in the body of the original Constitution. It should not be new knowledge to any American the Constitution was first submitted to Congress on September 17, 1787 WITHOUT ANY AMENDMENTS. After much debate, it was determined that the...