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  • Did gas workers in Algeria know attackers? Some of Al Qaeda terrorists 'were working for BP and coul

    01/20/2013 10:03:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Monday, Jan 21 2013 | Peter Allen and Nabila Ramdani
    Some of terrorists 'given short-term contracts by the oil and gas giant' Five of Al Qaeda operatives were 'taken alive' by Algerian army todayWitness describes one terrorist speaking with a 'perfect English accent' Some of the terrorists involved in the Algeria hostage crisis in which up to five Britons died had been working at the BP plant where the atrocity took place, it was claimed today.They had been given short-term contracts by the oil and gas giant, allowing them to plan their attack with lethal precision. Five of the Al Qaeda operatives were ‘taken alive’ by the Algerian army today,...
  • A song for Sandy Hook: Watch the children who survived(recording of Over The Rainbow)

    01/20/2013 9:55:06 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-15-13 | Louise Boyle
    This is the heartbreaking video of the survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting as they sing Over The Rainbow in memory of the friends and teachers they lost. The 21 elementary school children, aged between six and nine, gathered together to sing the Judy Garland classic for charity and mark the one-month anniversary on Monday. Some of the children had been inside the school in Newtown, Connecticut when a gunman opened fire, killing 20 children and six teaching staff on December 14. The students appeared with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on Good Morning America today. They recorded the song at the...
  • Stranded Navy minesweeper taking on water (Link only)

    01/20/2013 9:47:53 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 25 replies
    This is a Navy Times article, and as of such, cannot be posted, merely linked to.
  • Poll: NRA more popular than Obama

    01/20/2013 9:15:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-19-13 | Rick Moran
    This matters in a political battle and the NRA can take advantage of there popularity relative to Obama with any wavering members. Newsbusters: Despite constant hammering by the national news media, the National Rifle Association has a favorability rating of 54 percent in the latest Gallup survey, slightly higher than President Obama's rating of 53 percent. While those figures are within the poll's margin of error, they show that the NRA's popularity is in the same range as that of the Democratic president who issued 23 executive orders to accomplish goals the gun-rights group has promised to combat in "the...
  • Sandy auditor let go after criticizing state

    01/20/2013 9:00:44 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Times Union ^ | January 17, 2013 | James M. Odato
    Consultant hired to examine Sandy spending says his report led to dismissal. An independent consultant who examined New York's spending for Superstorm Sandy found what he believes are questionable transactions and practices, including poor oversight of the use of state credit cards, orders for a fleet of SUVs and the purchase of iPads that did not seem necessary for recovery efforts. The consultant, who was expelled by the state after issuing a series of recommendations to improve procurement practices, said it appeared from his examination that government officials bought and rented equipment that should have been stockpiled or lined up...
  • The Immigration Saga Continues

    01/20/2013 8:56:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 19, 2013 | Editorial/New York Times
    President Obama and lawmakers of both parties have begun laying the groundwork for something that is supposed to be unachievable in Washington today: a bipartisan deal to solve a bitterly contentious, complicated problem in a big way. The talk is of immigration reform, a once-in-a-generation overhaul of an outdated system that turns away too many skilled and eager workers, separates too many families and keeps too many millions of undocumented people at the edges of society, unable to get right with the law. The outlines of reform have long been clear: more visas, a more secure border, better-regulated workplaces, more...
  • Al Jazeera: Non-Arabs Should Not Be Fooled

    01/20/2013 8:37:42 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 17, 2013 | Najat Fawzy AlSaied
    The Emir of Qatar, an absolute ruler, and Al Jazeera, have not covered the "Arab Spring" to advance democracy, but to support the Muslim Brotherhood, which is aligned with the Qatari regime. Al Jazeera has as its chief goal Muslim Brotherhood domination. Many Arab liberals and reformers were shocked by the sale of former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's Current TV to Al Jazeera, a pan-Arab broadcasting system charged with sympathy for terrorists. In 2009, even the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which can hardly be suspected of anti-Arab attitudes, accused Al Jazeera of negative, biased, and unbalanced reporting, and...
  • Clinton’s Over-The-Top'Fact’on Mass Shootings:1/2 of All US Mass Killings Since Assault Ban Expired

    01/20/2013 8:22:05 PM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies
    History News Network ^ | January 14, 2013 | Staff
    “Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005, half of all of them in the history of the country.”- Bill Clinton’s over-the-top ‘fact’ on mass shootings SOURCE: WaPo (1-11-13)The Fact Checker:Bill Clinton’s Over-The-Top ‘Fact’ on Mass Shootings “Half of all mass killings in the United States have occurred since the assault weapons ban expired in 2005, half of all of them in the history of the country.” — Former President Bill Clinton, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2013 Bill Clinton on gun control: 'This...
  • German Spy Agency [BND]: Geopolitical Consequences Of US Oil Boom

    01/20/2013 8:03:18 PM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Much digital ink has been spilled about the oil and gas boom in the US, the result of ever improving fracking technologies, and whether or not it will lead to energy independence, or even turn the US into an oil exporter. Now a “confidential” report by the German version of the CIA, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), seeped to the surface. It sketched out the boom’s geopolitical consequences. Biggest loser? China.
  • Dr. MLK, Jr. Asked us to Judge Mr. 301.81 (Obama)

    01/20/2013 8:01:21 PM PST · by RobaWho · 2 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | 1-20-2013 | Rob Cunningham
    In recognition of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, indelible contributions to America and the world, let us honor him this week with recognition and reverence of his most memorable admonition; “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Perhaps no more pure, noble or aspirational words were ever spoken during the civil rights movement in our country. It would do every citizen good to read Dr. King’s entire 1963 “I Have a...
  • NY Assemblyman exposes real gun control CONFISCATION agenda of Democrats

    01/20/2013 7:59:54 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/20/2013 | The Right Scoop
    In this video, NY Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin is asked to keep quiet a proposal by Democrats to confiscate guns:
  • Tiananmen square activist turned American citizen demonstrates for gun rights (Make this viral!)

    01/20/2013 7:58:06 PM PST · by Names Ash Housewares · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | Jan 19, 2013
    http://youtu.be/miEmIfhfxuc
  • Utah Sheriffs take stance on gun control

    01/20/2013 7:42:31 PM PST · by glock rocks · 39 replies
    Fox 13 Utah ^ | 20 Jan 2013
    The Utah Sheriffs' Association has written a strongly worded letter to President Obama on the issue of gun control. Even though the president's executive orders and suggested legislation don't mention confiscating firearms, the sheriffs seem to anticipate such a move. Part of the letter reads, "No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights—in particular Amendment II—has given them." The Sheriffs in 28 of 29 Utah counties have signed the letter, with Jim Winder of Salt Lake County being the only Sheriff not to join in.
  • Inauguration Posters Liken Obama To Jesus

    01/20/2013 7:35:58 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    fox news ^ | 1- | todd starnes
    Street vendors and souvenir stores across Washington, D.C. are selling posters depicting President Obama as Jesus Christ — and one national news publication called him the “Second Coming.” The poster, which does not have the official endorsement of the White House, features an image of the president in prayer with the headline, “Prophecy Fulfilled.” “Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning,” the poster notes, referencing a passage in in the Old Testament book of Judges. Hussein, they allege, is a Biblical word meaning “good and handsome.” “So you see, Barak was destined to be a...
  • Private school enrolment in rural India is increasing

    01/20/2013 7:26:23 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 21, 2013 | The Times of India
    For a country that is undergoing huge economic , social and demographic changes, education needs a more resolute direction. Nationally, private school enrolment in rural India is increasing at about 10% every year. In the next five years, India may have half of the children attending private schools even in rural areas. According to the Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2012, released recently in the Capital, the enrolment level for the 6-14 age group continue to be high in rural areas. In 2012, 96.5% of all the children in this age group in rural areas were enrolled in schools....
  • After French Criticism, Washington Drops Payment Demand

    01/20/2013 7:08:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 20, 2013 | By DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS in Paris and ADAM ENTOUS in Washington
    France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said. After the French went public with their complaints over the weekend, the Pentagon yielded on one of them, saying Sunday night that it would not seek reimbursement from Paris for the flights. However, the unusually harsh criticism from Paris underscored the longtime U.S. ally's growing frustration with the U.S. commitment to the Mali mission....
  • Inauguration of First Black President, Federal Holiday Honoring King Come to Rare Intersection

    01/20/2013 7:06:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Washington Post/AP ^ | January 18, 2013 | Staff
    President Barack Obama plans to use a Bible that belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as he takes his oath of office on the holiday honoring the slain icon, marking what some say is an inextricable tie between the nation’s first black president and the civil rights movement. It’s only the second time Inauguration Day has coincided with the King holiday. Some say it’s only fitting the celebrations are intertwined. “It’s almost like fate and history coming together,” said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who worked alongside King in the fight for civil rights during the 1950s and ‘60s...
  • Why Women Can Save Europe

    01/20/2013 7:03:09 PM PST · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    Newsweek via The Daily Beast ^ | January 21, 2013 | Christopher Dickey
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel is without question the most powerful leader in Europe. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde is one of the most influential figures in the entire global economy. The British still revere (or, in some cases, revile) their enduring Iron Lady, former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. And the Finns had a woman president for so long, Tarja Halonen from 2000 to 2012, that some youngsters in Helsinki were surprised to learn last year that a man could hold the job. Europe has gotten quite accustomed to women leaders in government, and as an idea, but not...
  • Falcons fan reportedly stabbed in neck by 49ers fan

    01/20/2013 6:58:34 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 20, 2013
    ATLANTA -- A man was injured in a fight outside the Georgia Dome and taken to nearby Grady Hospital following Atlanta's loss to San Francisco in the NFC title game. According to a report by Channel 2 Action News in Atlanta, a 49ers fan stabbed a Falcons fan in the neck with a knife. Georgia Dome spokesman Jason Kirksey emailed a statement to The Associated Press Sunday saying an altercation occurred in a parking lot outside the dome at 6:40 p.m.
  • No, Sidwell Friends School has no armed guards [We Obama critics were wrong on this one]

    01/20/2013 6:49:30 PM PST · by grundle · 130 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2013 | Valerie Strauss
    The National Rifle Association is airing a television ad (and has on its website this four-minute video) that says the private school that President Obama’s daughters attend, Sidwell Friends School, has 11 armed guards. It doesn’t. In fact, it has no armed guards. My Post colleague Glenn Kessler, who writes The Fact Checker column, wrote about the issue here and quoted Ellis Turner, associate head of Sidwell Friends, as saying: “Sidwell Friends security officers do not carry guns.” Parents and students say they have never seen one either. The president’s children are protected by Secret Service agents, which is required...