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  • Boy, 9, becomes world’s youngest Microsoft certified specialist

    01/19/2013 11:06:42 PM PST · by expat1000 · 13 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | January 19, 2013 | Ryan Lee Hall
    While his friends were out playing games, this nine-year-old, was busy writing computer code. Pranav Kalyan, who lives in California, became the world’s youngest person to pass the examination to become an authorised Microsoft technology specialist. Now, the fourth grader, who is of Indian origin, has become the youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist.
  • Governor Cuomo Signs NY Safe Act in Rochester

    01/19/2013 11:04:23 PM PST · by Rabin · 18 replies
    governor.ny ^ | January 16, 2013 | Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Rochester to sign the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the power to keep guns out of the hands of potential, felons and/or, potentially dangerous "mental health patients"... New York will ban any weapon without a magazine, as well as any magazine capable of containing a round. Also require, instant background checks on each round ammunition purchases at the time of sale.. The legislation will allow authorities to track ammunition purchases in real time to alert law enforcement , will closes a private sale...
  • Presenting The S&P500's 50 Point Surge Courtesy Of The Illegal "Geithner Leak"

    01/19/2013 10:37:55 PM PST · by Praxeologue · 7 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 19, 2013 | Tyler Durden, nom de plume
    Yesterday we broke the news [24]of what is prima facie evidence, sourced by none other than the Federal Reserve's official August 16, 2007 conference call transcript [25], that then-NY Fed president and FOMC Vice Chairman Tim Geithner leaked material, non-public, and very much market moving information (the "Geithner Leak") to at least one banker, in this case then Bank of America CEO Ken Leiws, in advance of a formal Fed announcement - an act explicitly prohibited by virtually every capital markets law (and reading thereof). It was refreshing to see that at least several other mainstream outlets, including Reuters [26],...
  • Just don't call him Mad Dog - General Mattis

    01/19/2013 10:28:56 PM PST · by Saoirise · 11 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | 1/19/2013 | Gretel.Kovach
    Mad Dog Mattis. The Warrior Monk. Married to the Marine Corps. It’s all hype that embarrasses Gen. James Mattis, the chief of U.S. Central Command, who is preparing to retire this spring after one of the most productive four-decade sprints in uniform of his generation. To Marines, Mattis is Chaos, his call sign and nom de guerre. According to interviews with more than a half-dozen officers who know him well, Mattis is an iconoclast and innovator who strove to outmaneuver the enemy on the battlefield, paralysis in Washington and the “yes, sir!” culture of the military. Others, particularly civilians, consider...
  • CIA drone strikes will get pass in counterterrorism ‘playbook,’ officials say

    01/19/2013 10:11:44 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2013 | Greg Miller, Ellen Nakashima and Karen DeYoung
    The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual that is designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations but leaves open a major exemption for the CIA’s campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan, U.S. officials said. The carve-out would allow the CIA to continue pounding al-Qaeda and Taliban targets for a year or more before the agency is forced to comply with more stringent rules spelled out in a classified document that officials have described as a counterterrorism “playbook.” The adoption of a formal guide to targeted killing marks a significant — and to some uncomfortable —...
  • The Bankruptcy of The United States

    01/19/2013 9:53:26 PM PST · by Tigen · 2 replies
    The Bankruptcy of The United States United States Congressional Record, March 17, 1993 Vol. 33, page H-1303 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Speaker-Rep. James Traficant, Jr. (Ohio) addressing the House: "Mr. Speaker, we are here now in chapter 11.. Members of Congress are official trustees presiding over the greatest reorganization of any Bankrupt entity in world history, the U.S. Government. We are setting forth hopefully, a blueprint for our future. There are some who say it is a coroner’s report that will lead to our demise. It is an established fact that the United States Federal Government has been dissolved by the Emergency Banking...
  • Men use fire extinguisher in Gaithersburg restaurant robbery

    01/19/2013 9:09:32 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    Gazette.net ^ | January 19, 2013 | Elizabeth Waibel
    Men use fire extinguisher in Gaithersburg restaurant robbery Police investigating Thursday evening incident by Elizabeth Waibel Staff Writer Montgomery County police are investigating an armed robbery at a Gaithersburg restaurant Thursday evening. Shortly after 8 p.m., police responded to a call about a robbery at El Meson restaurant at 615 S. Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. Witnesses said two men opened the front door of the restaurant and discharged a fire extinguisher inside the restaurant, according to a news release from the Montgomery County Police Department.
  • 5 injured after firearms go off at Ohio, N.C., Indiana gun shows

    01/19/2013 8:50:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat January 19, 2013 | Michael Martinez and Greg Botelho
    <p>An injured person is taken from the North Carolina State Fairgrounds after being wounded in a gun accident on Saturday.</p> <p>The most casualties came at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, where attendees bolted -- with at least one woman wiping out in the frenetic scene -- when gunfire rang out around 1 p.m., as seen on video captured by CNN affiliate WRAL.</p>
  • There was no GOP entitlement-cutting plan

    01/19/2013 7:56:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/19/2013 | Byron York
    In the fights over the fiscal cliff and now the debt ceiling, many conservatives were adamant: Republicans should reach an agreement with President Obama only in exchange for serious cuts in entitlement spending. It is the entitlements — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security — that will drive future deficits, the conservatives argued, and without real cuts, the nation’s debt will spiral out of control in the not-too-distant future. Some Republican lawmakers have been stressing that point for weeks and demanding that the president agree to “real cuts” before any deal could be struck. But what has emerged from the House GOP...
  • Huzzah: Appeals court upholds Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining reform law

    01/19/2013 7:51:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The drama has long since died down, but there are still ongoing challenges to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget-balancing and public-sector union-disempowering reforms, as big labor will certainly use even its dying breaths to fight for their right to party. The legal battles will certainly continue, but Gov. Walker scored a win when a federal appeals court upheld his uber-controversial restrictions on public unions on Friday: A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott WalkerÂ’s contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing...
  • Rand Paul hits Chris Christie for criticizing NRA ad, grandstanding on Sandy relief bill

    01/19/2013 7:48:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/19/2013 | AllahPundit
    I'm intrigued and oddly impressed at how obviously Rand Paul's maneuvering for 2016. First the trip to Israel, then the bill to nullify any executive actions taken by Obama on guns, now this double-barreled shot at grassroots conservatives' new bete noire. One of the things about the elder Paul that some people loved and others found off-putting was that he never seemed terribly interested in ingratiating himself with mainstream conservatives. If you're a fan, maybe you took that as proof of principle, that he was above gladhanding political nonsense towards people foolish enough not to embrace libertarianism wholeheartedly. If you...
  • CBS News Political Director: 'Obama Can Only Cement His Legacy If He Destroys the GOP'

    01/19/2013 7:44:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 19, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    "The president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only cement his legacy if he destroys the GOP. If he wants to transform American politics, he must go for the throat." So astonishingly wrote CBS News political director John Dickerson at Slate Friday evening in a piece astonishingly titled "Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party."Dickerson is no longer interested in Obama trying bipartisanship in his second term - as if that's what the President did in his first. "Obama’s only remaining...
  • Oodles of Single Men May Not Be as Awesome as You'd Think

    01/19/2013 7:44:27 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 72 replies
    The Slate ^ | Wednesday, Jan. 16, 201 | Amanda Marcotte
    Young, single ladies: America is worried about you. You just keep going to college, moving to urban areas after graduation and finding yourselves outnumbering, sometimes dramatically, the available men of your demographic. How will you ever get married? How will you ever go from being the subject of one kind of magazine cover to being the subject of another? Clearly the best thing to do is stay back on the farm to live in a male-dense rural area, where the marriageable boys are there for your picking. Or it was, until Tuesday, when an enterprising New York Times journalist named...
  • GOP's No Budget, No Pay Bill to Go Before Congress

    01/19/2013 7:41:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 01/19/2013 | David Yonkman,
    House Republicans will vote next week to raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion debt ceiling for three months and stop pay for members of Congress in until the Senate passes a budget — something it has not done in nearly four years. Speaker John Boehner said that the "principle is simple: no budget, no pay," during his closing remarks at the House Republican members retreat Friday in Williamsburg, Va. Details of how the no-pay proposal would work in practice are unclear, in light of existing budget law and constitutional restrictions on changing congressional salaries in the middle of a term. “We...
  • Tony Lee: Palin Predicted Obama Using Health Care to Curb Second Amendment Rights

    01/19/2013 7:36:56 PM PST · by Bratch · 58 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 19 2013 | Stacy Drake
    Via Breitbart: On August 1, 2009–just seven months into President Barack Obama’s first term–former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin predicted Obama would attempt to leverage health care to “take away” the Second Amendment rights of Americans.In a speech to National Rifle Association members in Anchorage, Alaska, Palin said Americans should be “wary” of this “tie-in” because Obama would attempt to “take away our rights under the guise of some new health care plan”:And by the way, [with] health care being so big in D.C. right now, be wary when some kind of tie-in occurs. Because it will crop up: a tie-in...
  • Obama seeks "fuller understanding" of what happened in Algeria siege

    01/19/2013 7:20:18 PM PST · by ImNotLying · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2013 | Staff journalist
    President Barack Obama offered on Saturday to provide any assistance the Algerian government needs after a deadly hostage siege at a desert gas plant and said the United States was seeking a "fuller understanding" from Algerian authorities of what took place there.
  • The New Cold War in the Middle East

    01/19/2013 7:11:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    nationalinterest.org ^ | January 16, 2013 | Mohammed Ayoob
    Because of its strategic location between the two twentieth-century centers of Arab power, Egypt and Iraq, Syria has been for many decades a bellwether of Arab politics, viewed widely in the region as the heartland of Arab nationalism. The fact that the first major pan-Arab nationalist party, the Baath, was established in Syria and the leading roleplayed by Syrian (including Lebanese) intellectuals and activists in making pan-Arab ideology popular contributed greatly to this perception.Moreover, whichever ideological or political trend emerged victorious in Syria came to dominate, more often than not, the Arab political scene. This was true in the...
  • Man Points A Gun At Bulgarian Politician On Live TV

    01/19/2013 7:07:00 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 5 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | Jan 19, 2013 | Summer Anne Burton
    According to Reuters, an unidentified man jumped on the stage and pointed a gun at Ahmed Dogan, the leader of Bulgaria's Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party, during the televised party congress in Sofia, Bulgaria. VIDEO HERE: VIDEO
  • New Book Claims Journalists 'Swooned' Over Obama During Off The Record Bar Visit Last Year

    01/19/2013 7:06:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 19, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    As NewsBusters has been reporting for years, there is no objective press anymore - only sycophants gushing and fawning over the political leaders they agree with and admire. More evidence of this came Friday from the Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering who shared with readers some startling observations in Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings' new book including journalists swooning over Barack Obama at an off-the-record event held at a bar in Orlando, Florida, last year: “The behavior of the assembled press corps was telling. Everyone, myself included, swooned. Swooned! Head over heels. One or two might have even lost their minds,” Hastings...
  • Obama Doctrine, Reagan Doctrine

    01/19/2013 6:59:05 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    nationalinterest.org ^ | January 18, 2013 | James Joyner
    As his second term is about to begin, we may finally be seeing the emergence of an Obama Doctrine in foreign policy. It's one that looks very much like the Reagan Doctrine.In his 1985 State of the Union address, Reagan asserted that "we cannot play innocents abroad in a world that's not innocent; nor can we be passive when freedom is under siege." He urged that "we must stand by all our democratic allies. And we must not break faith with those who are risking their lives—on every continent, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua—to defy Soviet-supported aggression and secure rights which...