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  • Germany creates pile of golden opportunities (repatriated gold)

    01/19/2013 12:48:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 16 January 2013 | Michael Steen in Frankfurt and Jack Farchy in London
    Germany to shift 54,000 gold bars home ___ High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. Germany’s central bank is planning to shift 54,000 gold bars worth €27bn from Paris and New York to its base in Frankfurt, one of the biggest publicly announced shipments of the precious metal on record. Not to make it too easy for anyone planning a series of heists, the Bundesbank declined to say exactly...
  • US representative calls for outlawing 3-D printed gun magazines.

    01/19/2013 12:44:11 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 63 replies
    NBC News Technology ^ | 1/19/13 | Devin Coldewey , NBC News
    U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-Huntington, N.Y.) plans to propose a ban on creating gun magazines with 3-D printers. The bill is still in the drafting stage, but Israel intends to make sure existing legislation includes consideration for this new kind of homemade firearm. Last month, Rep. Israel proposed to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act, which was adopted in 1988 and will expire in December of this year. Israel suggested that the act, which requires all guns to be detectable by such devices as X-ray machines and metal detectors, is more relevant than ever.
  • Explorer's rare Scotch returned to Antarctic stash

    01/19/2013 12:25:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 69 replies
    Yahoo!News ^ | January 19, 2013 | ROD McGUIRK
    SCOTTBASE, Antarctica (AP) — Talk about whisky on ice: Three bottles of rare, 19th century Scotch found beneath the floor boards of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton's abandoned expedition base were returned to the polar continent Saturday after a distiller flew them to Scotland to recreate the long-lost recipe. But not even New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who personally returned the stash, got a taste of the contents of the bottles of Mackinlay's whisky, which were rediscovered 102 years after the explorer was forced to leave them behind. "I think we're all tempted to crack it open and have a...
  • Broken Arrow lawmaker's bill would defy federal gun laws

    01/19/2013 12:17:34 PM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 25 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 1/18/2013 5:36 AM | By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
    A freshman state senator from Broken Arrow has filed legislation challenging the federal government's authority to regulate weapons in any way. Sen. Nathan Dahm's Senate Bill 548 says that "the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms free from infringement; that federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations, bans, or registration requirements regarding firearms constitute an infringement on the individual right, are not authorized by the Constitution of the United States and violate its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers, and are hereby declared to be invalid in the State of Oklahoma,...
  • Inaugural Sponsors Spent $160 Million Lobbying Government [Liar Obama claims the amount is zero]

    01/19/2013 12:07:09 PM PST · by grundle · 2 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    It's a fool's game to take anything Obama says at face value. There is always a catch. For his second inaugural, he publicly congratulates himself for banning lobbyists from sponsoring the events. Of course, no such prohibition exists on the companies who hire the lobbyists. The companies who are trying to influence the government are welcome to participate, even if their hired guns are not. The corporations who are the biggest donors to the inauguration have spent $160 million lobbying government since Obama first took office. From a report by The Center for Public Integrity: "Chief among corporate inaugural donors:...
  • Is CNN Correspondent Tom Foreman an Obama Stalker? He Wrote President Letters Every Day

    01/19/2013 12:05:53 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Most people would cut a 13-year-old girl some slack if she became obsessed enough with Justin Bieber to write the teen singer emails and letters all the time, but what if an ostensibly professional journalist were to do the same to a politician? This odd scenario actually is not a hypothetical, however. A CNN correspondent named Tom Foreman has admitted publicly to writing a letter every single day to President Obama for the past four years. Foreman's admission came on the CNN website where he does not really explain why on earth he ever did such a strange, stalkerish thing....
  • Newsweek: Obama is 'The Second Coming'

    01/19/2013 12:03:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 61 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 19, 2013 | Paul Bedart
    How did the rest of the media miss this? According to the new issue of Newsweek online, President Obama, who this weekend begins his second term--the third president in a row to do so--is "The Second Coming." With flattering photographs, the magazine edited by Obama fan Tina Brown holds out hope that in his second Inaugural Address, Obama can inspire and show that he can also lead. The conservative media watch dog, Media Research Center, first noticed the God-like cover. "Conservatives have long joked that the national press corps see Barack Obama as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Today,...
  • Algeria Hostage Crisis Comes to a Bloody End

    01/19/2013 11:59:46 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/13
    A four day hostage crisis ended Saturday in a final assault by Algerian special forces on a group of Islamic terrorists who were holed up, along with dozens of hostages, in a gas facility in the country. The forces stormed the complex resulting in the deaths of at least 19 hostages and 29 Islamist terrorists. The Niger terrorist believed to lead the al-Qaeda splinter group, Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri, is reported...among those killed.
  • Behind-the-scenes security for the presidential inauguration (Lot's of Good Guys with Guns)

    01/19/2013 11:58:43 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies
    CBS Evening News ^ | 01/18/2013 | John Miller
    Security for President Barack Obama's second inauguration will, of course, be extremely tight. Uniformed police will be everywhere in Washington. ---snip--- But some of the security is meant to be nearly invisible. At Union Station, two men who could have been waiting for a train were actually DHS Behavioral Detection Officers who blend into the crowd. Trained to look for suspicious behavior among passengers, they were in communication with teams of armed TSA officers.
  • Two people injured in accidental shooting at Raleigh gun show

    01/19/2013 11:54:01 AM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 102 replies
    WRAL (Raleigh TV Station) ^ | Saturday, January 19, 2013 1:37PM EST | Tara Lynn
    RALEIGH, N.C. — At least two people were injured Saturday afternoon in an apparent accidental shooting at the gun show being held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after 1 p.m., and two people were loaded into ambulances. A witness told WRAL that a gun went off after being checked by an official at a safety check-in location, hitting a man in the hand and a woman in the side. The Raleigh Fire Department confirmed that the Dixie Gun and Knife Show would be closed for the remainder of the day Saturday. There...
  • One Trigger-Happy Democrat

    01/19/2013 11:38:46 AM PST · by morethanright · 15 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-19 10:00:25 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:Democrat Joe Morissey rose to his feet in the Virginia House of Delegates to protest the tabling by that body's Militia and Police subcommittee of his Obama-like gun-control measure. To emphasize his point, he hoisted an AK-47, single-handed, over his head, pointing the weapon's muzzle at the ceiling - like a celebratory Taliban fighter at a traditional Afghan wedding. "... You can take this gun," said Morrissey, "you can walk in the middle of Main Street loaded and not be in violation of the law."In response, Republican Delegate Todd Gilbert quickly rose to his feet and made a...
  • Trillion-Dollar-Coin Fever [Steyn]

    01/19/2013 11:32:02 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/18/2013 | Mark Steyn
    Has America’s choo-choo jumped the tracks? I was out of the country for a few days and news from this great republic reached me only fitfully. I have learned to be wary of foreign reporting of U.S. events, since America can come off sounding faintly deranged. Much of what reached me didn’t sound entirely plausible: Did the entire U.S. media really fall for the imaginary dead girlfriend of a star football player? Did the president of the United States really announce 23 executive orders by reading out the policy views of carefully pre-screened grade-schoolers (“I want everybody to be happy...
  • Algeria: 32 militants killed, with 23 hostages [Update]

    01/19/2013 11:27:31 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    he Algerian government says 32 militants and 23 captives were killed during the three-day military operation to end the hostage crisis at a natural gas plant in the Sahara. The provisional death toll was issued by the Interior Ministry on Saturday after the special forces operation crushed the last holdout of the militants at the gas refinery, resulting in 11 extremists killed along with seven hostages.
  • James Shuls: Why We Need School Choice/ (Math Instruction/ Another Reason to Homeschool)

    Throughout the country, lawmakers have discussed expanding educational options for students by establishing charter schools or allowing public dollars to go to private schools. Yet bills that legislators proposed often failed to gain much traction; in part, because opponents of school choice often hail the traditional system where children are zoned for a local public school based on their address. Some view this method of delivering public education as the model because democratically elected officials control the schools on a local level. Though democratically controlled local school districts meet the needs of many students, they simply cannot satisfy the needs...
  • With New Laws, Obama Calls on Congress to Reduce Gun Violence

    01/19/2013 11:03:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/13
    Obama urged Congress to pass measures aimed at reducing gun violence, while reaffirming his commitment to the right to bear arms. .....
  • School board: We're satisfied superintendent accused of plagiarism 'understands her mistake'

    01/19/2013 11:01:36 AM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    The board of education says it has looked into the concerns surrounding two cases of possible plagiarism by Superintendent of Schools Carolyn R. Koos, and is "satisfied that she understands her mistake and will not repeat it," board president Louis Casella said in a statement. "The board has fully expressed and discussed its concerns with the superintendent," Casella said. "Superintendent Koos has apologized for any adverse effect this may have had on the district." NJ.com first reported the possible plagiarism Jan. 10, when a letter sent to the district appeared to be a near word-for-word copy of a Nov. 27...
  • Livni Attacks Bennett in Heated Elevator Argument [Israel]

    01/19/2013 10:57:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Tzipi Livni, leader of Hatnua, harshly attacked Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett, in a behind-the-scenes incident that took place just before a televised interview pitted them against each other at week's end. According to Walla! News, the two rode the elevator together before appearing on Nissim Mishal's show on Channel 2. Bennett initiated the conversation, telling Livni she had gone too far with a Facebook status in which she referred to a report that said Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, Yigal Amir, was going to vote for Bennett. Livni allegedly told him: "I don't regret it; I don't even want to talk...
  • Forty Years After Roe, Human Dignity Hangs in the Balance

    01/19/2013 10:55:14 AM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Albert Mohler
    After addressing a large secular assembly on issues of moral controversy, I turned and faced a woman who urgently wanted to ask me a question: “Why won’t the abortion issue just go away?” I knew exactly what she was asking. I often meet abortion rights advocates who honestly thought that the national controversy over abortion would simply melt away within a few years of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. That was clearly the hope of the Supreme Court majority that signed onto the opinion written by Associate Justice Harry...
  • Marine Band veteran nears his last inauguration (President's Own)

    01/19/2013 10:54:56 AM PST · by randita · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/18/13 | Michael E. Ruane
    Master Gunnery Sgt. D. Michael Ressler opens the big fireproof safe, bends his tall frame and slides out the Marine Band leader’s logbook for 1937. He turns to Wednesday, Jan. 20. “Inauguration Day,” the entry begins. “Uniform blue and overcoats. Fierce downfall of rain near freezing during entire ceremony...a day long to be remembered ...band marched and played pretty much continuous...good to keep the blood circulating.” It was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second inauguration, says Ressler, 60. Roosevelt spoke, and the band played, before an ocean of umbrellas. This was before Ressler’s day. But in a way, it was his time....
  • Update: Hotel rooms still available for low-interest inauguration

    01/19/2013 10:35:28 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 23 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 19, 2013 | 10:44 am | Byron York
    A few days ago, I checked with a half-dozen Washington-area hotels, ranging from the luxe Willard Intercontinental to the not-so-luxe Hampton Inn, and found that all had rooms available for this weekend’s Obama inauguration festivities. That was a huge change from Obama’s first inauguration, in January 2009, when nearly all the area’s hotel rooms were sold out. On Saturday, as Obama supporters arrived for the Monday ceremony, I checked with those hotels again. I asked if they had a room available for arrival on Saturday, staying three nights and departing on Tuesday, January 22. All still have rooms available. Earlier...