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  • Donald Hornig dies at 92: Ex-Brown president developed atomic bomb

    01/23/2013 5:14:27 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Donald F. Hornig, a scientist, former president of Brown University, and a key member of the Manhattan Project, has died at 92-years-old. The Associated Press reports that he passed away following a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Hornig was a physical chemist who studied at Harvard before working on the Manhattan Project from 1944-1946. The Manhattan Project was the government program that developed the atomic bomb for use in World War II. When asked, in a 1968 interview, about the first atomic detonation, Hornig recalled, "The minute the firing needle dropped off and I knew it had detonated, I dashed out...
  • A Brief History Of Secretary Salazar’s Failures At Interior

    01/23/2013 5:12:18 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | January 17, 2013
    With the imminent return of Ken Salazar to Colorado, and talk of his future political aspirations bubbling up in the papers, we thought it a good time to recount a brief history of Secretary Salazar’s failures at the Interior Department. ... First and foremost amongst Salazar’s fiascos is the BP oil spill. The Deepwater Horizons disaster is firmly etched in the American conscience as an example of bumbling incompetence and haphazard, if not non-existent, leadership. Salazar mucked up his role so badly that unnamed White House sources spanked him publicly in The Washington Post as an “erratic spokesman” who was...
  • Threat to Israel Explained on Capitol Hill

    01/23/2013 5:10:28 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/13
    The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET, which is Hebrew for “truth), held a series of discussions on Capitol Hill Thursday, to a standing room only crowd of over 80 Congressional staffers, foreign diplomats and citizen activists, focused on the geopolitical and ideological threats facing the nation of Israel. The talks were part of EMET’s Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Seminar Series, a monthly briefing series held on Capitol Hill, intended to inform members of Congress and their staff on Middle East national security matters. Speaking first was Mark Langfan, who specializes in producing 3d topographical maps of Israel and...
  • Nebraska OKs Pipeline; Now It's Climate Myth Vs. Jobs

    01/23/2013 5:09:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | January 23, 2013
    Energy: With a clean bill of health from the Cornhusker State's governor, only the president's green base and the State Department's shared belief in nonexistent climate change stands in the way of jobs and growth. As we noted earlier, Nebraska's Department of Environmental Quality recently gave the revised Keystone XL pipeline route from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, through that state a thumbs up. Not surprisingly, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved the revised Keystone XL pipeline proposal through his state, seemingly removing the last excuse for the Obama administration to delay the economy-boosting pipeline. Yet even before the...
  • The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat

    01/23/2013 5:09:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 99 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2013 | RYAN SMITH
    America has been creeping closer and closer to allowing women in combat, so Wednesday's news that the decision has now been made is not a surprise. It appears that female soldiers will be allowed on the battlefield but not in the infantry. Yet it is a distinction without much difference: Infantry units serve side-by-side in combat with artillery, engineers, drivers, medics and others who will likely now include women. The Pentagon would do well to consider realities of life in combat as it pushes to mix men and women on the battlefield. Many articles have been written regarding the relative...
  • Update: Inaugural Official--Beyonce' 'Did Not Sing Live' Decision Made Night Before Inauguration Day

    01/23/2013 5:05:35 PM PST · by drewh · 26 replies
    Click Orlando.com/CNN ^ | Updated On: Jan 23 2013 07:25:53 PM EST | By Jim Acosta CNN National Political Correspondent
    An inaugural official who asked not to be identified told CNN Wednesday that pop star Beyonc233; lip-synced her performance on Inauguration Day. "She did not sing live," the official told CNN. A pre-recording of the artist's rendition of the National Anthem was played instead. What was heard by spectators and viewers was the sound of that recording, according to the official. The official said Beyoncé made the decision herself the night before Inauguration Day. Quick Clicks Famous lip-syncers caught in the act Beyoncé arrived so late Sunday night she did not have time to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band,...
  • Israel at UN: Mali Threatens France? Gaza's in our Living Room

    01/23/2013 5:04:36 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/1/13 | Annie Lubin
    As the world begins to lend international support to a French-led military intervention against Islamic terrorists in Mali, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday brought the issue home, comparing the situation in northern Africa to Israel’s fight against terrorism in Gaza. “France’s foreign minister said this month that his country was fighting to prevent the creation of an Islamist terrorist enclave ‘at the doorstep of France and Europe.’ If Mali is on France’s doorstep, Gaza is in Israel’s living room,” Ron Prosor said. Speaking at the UN Security Council’s monthly open debate on the Middle East, the Israeli...
  • Ted Turner's son vying in SC congressional primary (R)

    01/23/2013 5:03:37 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/23/13 | Bruce Smith
    Teddy Turner inherited his love of sailing from his father, media magnate Ted Turner. But there is less of a family resemblance when it comes to politics. While the elder Turner leans Democratic, Teddy Turner is running as a Republican in a crowded race for an open South Carolina congressional seat created by a U.S. Senate appointment. "My dad asked, 'What's the minimum amount I can give because you're a Republican?'" Teddy Turner, 49, said. "My dad has been asking for years, 'How the heck did you become so conservative?'"
  • The Cleansing of Mrs. Clinton's Record

    01/23/2013 5:02:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Hi, friends. It was a puke fest. It was unlike anything I've ever seen. It was right out of a banana republic. And I've seen it all. I mean, in my 62 short years I've seen a lot. I've never seen groveling, butt kissing, sucking up. I've never seen anything like Hillary Clinton's appearance before a joint congressional committee on that Benghazi guy who went nuts over there in Libya. And I guess everybody's favorite part, she lost her cool at one point. By the way, she opened up crying, which is part of the script. But...
  • So what if abortion ends life? (Barf Alert)

    01/23/2013 4:57:50 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | January 23, 2013 | Mary Elizabeth Williams
    Of all the diabolically clever moves the anti-choice lobby has ever pulled, surely one of the greatest has been its consistent co-opting of the word “life.” Life! Who wants to argue with that? Who wants be on the side of … not-life? That’s why the language of those who support abortion has for so long been carefully couched in other terms. While opponents of abortion eagerly describe themselves as “pro-life,” the rest of us have had to scramble around with not nearly as big-ticket words like “choice” and “reproductive freedom.” The “life” conversation is often too thorny to even broach....
  • NYC lawyers spar with beverage industry in court over large soda ban

    01/23/2013 4:55:17 PM PST · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    New York City defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks today as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while critics said it would hurt small and minority-owned businesses while doing little to help health. The first courtroom arguments in the closely watched case ended without an immediate ruling — and with opponents saying they planned to ask a judge to delay enforcement during the suit, which has broached questions of racial fairness alongside arguments about government authority and burdens to business. The NAACP's New York state branch and a network of Hispanic groups have joined a legal effort...
  • $20 trillion shale oil find surrounding Coober Pedy 'can fuel Australia'

    01/23/2013 4:51:04 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Adelaide Advertiser ^ | 24th January 2013 | Cameron England
    SOUTH Australia is sitting on oil potentially worth more than $20 trillion, independent reports claim - enough to turn Australia into a self-sufficient fuel producer. Brisbane company Linc Energy yesterday released two reports, based on drilling and seismic exploration, estimating the amount of oil in the as yet untapped Arckaringa Basin surrounding Coober Pedy ranging from 3.5 billion to 233 billion barrels of oil. At the higher end, this would be "several times bigger than all of the oil in Australia", Linc managing director Peter Bond said. This has the potential to turn Australia from an oil importer to an...
  • More skeletons in BBC closet: 83-year-old broadcaster charged with rape

    01/23/2013 4:41:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | IANS
    London - Veteran TV and radio broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault. The 83-year-old BBC presenter is accused of raping a 22-year-old woman in 1976. He is also charged with 14 offences of indecent assault against 10 girls aged nine to 16 between 1967 and 1986, The Sun reported. The charges are related to new alleged victims but not linked to his previous court appearance on sex abuse charges, which he has denied. Hall was arrested on Tuesday morning after attending a police station by appointment. He was bailed to face Preston...
  • Do You Feel Illegal Immigrants Should Be Allowed To Stay In The US?

    01/23/2013 4:35:10 PM PST · by zeestephen · 34 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 23 January 2013
    MSN.com Poll - 19% Yes - 77% No - 4% Not Sure - 560,000 Responses
  • Man who lost nose to cancer will grow a new one on his arm

    01/23/2013 4:32:45 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 11/23/2012
    A man who lost his nose to cancer is growing a new one – on his arm, The Belfast Telegraph reported. Scientists are using the unnamed man’s bone marrow cells to grow a new nose on two nose-shaped scaffolds in the lab. Professor Alex Seifalian from University College London told Focus Magazine that an extra nose is being made “just in case someone drops one.” Once the noses are fully grown, one of them will be implanted in the skin on the man’s arm, which will give the nose some skin.
  • Obama's Honeymoon With Hip-Hop Is Over

    01/23/2013 4:25:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    TNR ^ | January 23, 2013 | Eric Nielson
    The Lupe Fiasco debacle only highlighted a deeper fissure. Lupe Fiasco at Sunday's concert. (NowThisNews) At a pre-inaugural party three nights ago, rapper Lupe Fiasco lived up to his reputation for stirring controversy when he played an extended, 30-minute version of his anti-Obama track “Words I Never Said.” For this, he was thrown off the stage by security guards. It’s unclear whether Fiasco was booted for repeating the song’s lyrics ad nauseam or for what StartUp RockOn, the concert’s organizer, described in an official statement as a “bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance.” The debacle raises legitimate questions about the wisdom of...
  • Democrat Wishes Hillary Success in 2016 -- During Benghazi Terrorism Hearing

    01/23/2013 4:20:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 6 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Delegate Eni Faleomavaega Jr. (D-American Samoa) used his time during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya to essentially give his endorsement for Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, saying, "I salute you and I look ahead to 2016, wishing you much success and extending to you my highest regards." “It is no good for any of us to use this tragedy for political gain,” Faleomavaega said at Wednesday’s hearing.
  • NYPD will begin testing a new high-tech device that scans for concealed weapons

    01/23/2013 4:20:48 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 31 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 23, 2013 | ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
    Get ready for scan-and-frisk. The NYPD will soon deploy new technology allowing police to detect guns carried by criminals without using the typical pat-down procedure, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday. The department just received a machine that reads terahertz — the natural energy emitted by people and inanimate objects — and allows police to view concealed weapons from a distance. “If something is obstructing the flow of that radiation, for example a weapon, the device will highlight that object,” Kelly said. A video image aired at a Police Foundation breakfast Wednesday showed an officer, clad in a New York...
  • Boycott of Harrisburg show over assault weapon ban snowballs

    01/23/2013 4:17:53 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 14 replies
    Patriot News ^ | January 23, 2013 | David Wenner
    Rob Kaufhold's gut told him it would get "ugly" when the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show banned the presence of assault rifles and high-capacity magazine rounds. The explosiveness of the gun control issue, and the power of social media, he believed, would assure that. His instincts were looking good Wednesday, as a growing list of vendors and celebrities announced they would boycott North America's largest outdoor show, which is set to begin Feb. 2 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The owner of Lancaster Archery Supply said he quickly concluded outdoor enthusiasts would hold it against his business if...
  • Beyonce' Should Have Sung the National Anthem Live

    01/23/2013 4:17:43 PM PST · by drewh · 22 replies
    US News and World Report Magazine ^ | four hours ago | Susan Milligan
    There's no rational reason to care whether Beyonce was lip-syncing or really singing when she performed at the presidential inaugural Monday. But the disclosure was troubling nonetheless. It's not that we were all cheated, exactly. No one paid to stand outside in the cold to watch the ceremonies (though presumably the well-connected and the sponsors had no trouble getting bleacher seats). It's that Beyonce looked overwhelmed with emotion as she belted out the national anthem, giving the impression that her performance reflected her excitement about Obama being re-elected, or better yet, just pride in American democracy. The fact that she...
  • Pentagon leaders continue push against sequestration

    01/23/2013 4:16:53 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 4 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 23 Jan 13 | Charles S. Clark
    With the revised deadline for preventing automatic spending cuts only six weeks away, the Defense Department continues its pleas to Congress to come up with a new budget deal because national security readiness “is at a tipping point.” On Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said reluctant preparations for sequestration are a drag on the department. “We’re investing a great number of manhours, resources and intensive planning for sequestration, which we, of course, hope to avoid,” he said. “When you have [forward deployed] service members who are asking about appropriations, that’s a signal to me that [it’s] weighing on their...
  • Nielsen: 20.6 Million Watched Inauguration, Ratings Down 46%

    01/23/2013 4:10:01 PM PST · by John W · 15 replies
    TV Newser ^ | January 23, 2013 | Alex Weprin
    Nielsen says that 20.6 million people across 18 networks watched President Obama be sworn in for his second term Monday. As we noted yesterday, NBC led the way among broadcasters, with CNN topping cable news. The 20.6 million figure was down from 37.8 million viewers in 2009, a drop of 46%. That said, it was an improvement over George W. Bush‘s second inauguration in 2005, which saw a similar percentage drop from his first. In a post explaining the numbers, Nielsen throws in this factoid: Viewership has historically slid for second term inaugurations. Pres. Richard Nixon is the only president...
  • NBC Panel Scolds Prince Harry: 'Why Do You Need to Antagonize the Taliban?'

    01/23/2013 3:56:15 PM PST · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    During a panel discussion on Wednesday's NBC Today, attorney Star Jones and the network's chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman hyperventilated over Britain's Prince Harry revealing in interviews that he killed Taliban fighters during combat in Afghanistan. Jones fretted: "Why do you need to antagonize the Taliban?" Snyderman chimed in: "I thought he jumped the shark when he was shown playing video games and then it was, 'Oh my God, we killed people.'" Co-host Matt Lauer sparked the exchange by wondering: "He talks about his missions, the missions he went on where he was fired upon by the Taliban and returned...
  • Boehner: Obama’s Goal Is To 'Annihilate' The Republican Party (reaction to inaugural address)

    01/23/2013 3:53:04 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/23/13 02:48 PM ET | By Jonathan Easley
    Speaker John Boehner said he believes the primary goal of President Obama’s second term is to “annihilate the Republican Party.” “Given what we heard yesterday about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,” Boehner said in a speech Tuesday to The Ripon Society. “So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. “And let me just tell you, I do believe that is...
  • ABC's Terry Moran Lashes Out at Rand Paul for Questioning Hillary: 'Did He Serve in the Military?'

    01/23/2013 3:49:44 PM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran lashed out at Rand Paul on Twitter, deriding the senator for daring to bluntly question Hillary Clinton over her role in the Benghazi scandal. Moran mocked, "Curious: What is Rand Paul's foreign policy background? Did he serve in the military? Did he study, live, do business or charity overseas?"
  • Elderly should ‘hurry up and die’: Japanese minister

    01/23/2013 3:46:12 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 23, 2013 | HILARY WHITE
    Taro Aso TOKYO, January 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The recently-elected government of Japan has made itself heard on the life issues. Finance minister Taro Aso, said on Monday that elderly and financially dependent Japanese have a duty to die quickly to take pressure off the government-funded social service system. “Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die,” Aso said. He described elderly people in need of care as “tube people” and complained that it costs “several tens of millions of yen” a month to care for a patient in the final stages of life....
  • Indian Officials In Kashmir Warn Residents To Prepare For Nuclear War

    01/23/2013 3:45:50 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 94 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 23, 2013 | Amrutha Gayathri
    Officials in India-administered region of Kashmir have issued an advisory to residents to be prepared for a potential nuclear, biological or chemical war by building bomb-proof basements or bunkers and stocking up of essential supplies for two weeks. The official advisory follows a recent flare up of tensions between India and Pakistan along the de facto Kashmir border. Two Indian soldiers and three Pakistani soldiers died in January near the Line of Control (LoC) in the worst bout of cross-border violence since both nations declared a ceasefire in November 2003. “People should construct basements where the whole family can stay...
  • Going over the Moral Cliff

    01/23/2013 3:30:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    In my book, When the Crosses are Gone, I warn that when a culture abandons thinking and logic in favor of feelings and emotions, it is doomed to destruction. Although emotions are a very important part of the human psyche, when they control every aspect of life, morality becomes a victim. Today, there is widespread agreement that morality in America is deteriorating with breathtaking speed. On one hand, we face a belligerent and intimidating lobby that desires the breakdown of biblical morality. On the other hand, a docile public—as well as church leadership—is terrified to stand up for truth...
  • WaPo and CBS reporters: Yeah, actually, it makes a difference, Hillary

    01/23/2013 3:28:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    "What difference does it make?" an angry Hillary Clinton retorted when Senator Ron Johnson pressed her on why the administration pushed the false narrative on Benghazi. I've already responded, but in case that's not enough, CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has a thought on that question: It makes a difference.— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) January 23, 2013 The Washington Post's Erik Wemple explains why: No matter your view of the media’s role in Benghazi; no matter your take on whether U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice leveled with the country on the Sept. 16 talk shows; no matter your view...
  • Russia Lifts Nationals Out Of Syria: Moscow, Iran Arm Assad For Major Armored Push

    01/23/2013 3:28:10 PM PST · by drewh · 8 replies
    Debkafiles ^ | January 21, 2013, 10:19 PM
    The Russian emergency ministry said Monday, Jan. 21 that it is sending two planes to Beirut to evacuate 100 Russians from Syria - the first such effort since the uprising against Bashar Assad began in March 2011. Moscow also announced contingency plans to lift 30,000 Russian nationals from the embattled country. This evacuation of Russian nationals starting Tuesday was decided after the Syrian high command received orders from President Assad to organize mobile armored strike groups with massive fire power for a big push to run the rebel forces out of the towns, villages and areas they have captured, mostly...
  • Dem Congressman: Obama No More Responsible for Benghazi than Bush Was for 9/11

    01/23/2013 3:24:46 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 23, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    At Hillary Clinton's Benghazi hearing at the House this afternoon, Democratic congressman Eliot Engel said: "Barack Obama was not responsible for the Benghazi attack any more than George W. Bush was responsible for the 9/11 attacks"
  • Health Insurance Brokers Prepare Clients For Obamacare Sticker Shock

    01/23/2013 3:21:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/23/2013 | By Dr. Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
    A California insurance broker, who sells health plans to individuals and small businesses, told me that she’s prepping her clients for a sticker shock. Her local carriers are hinting to her that premiums may triple this fall, when the plans unveil how they’ll billet the full brunt of Obamacare’s new regulations and mandates. California is hardly alone. Around the country, insurers are fixing to raise rates by double digits. They’re privately briefing politicians in Washington on what’s in store. Those briefings are leaving a lot of folks up and down Pennsylvania Avenue jumpy. What’s gives? President Obama, after all, said...
  • Unnamed Justin Bieber spokesperson tries to distance star from mom over abortion

    01/23/2013 3:20:56 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 22, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    Justin Bieber with his mom, Pattie Mallette. HOLLYWOOD, January 22, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – An anonymous "longtime associate" of teen idol Justin Bieber has implied there is a split between the star and his mother over the issue of abortion. His mother, Pattie Mallette, recently signed on as executive producer of Crescendo, a film that promotes the pro-life message by presenting the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. She is also trying to raise $10 million to benefit crisis pregnancy centers, like the one that saved Justin's life. The unnamed source told the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday that “Justin just is very...
  • Morsi Explains: The Jews Control the Media

    01/23/2013 3:19:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/23/13 | Eliana Johnson
    Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi is evidently not that good at explaining himself. Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy’s The Cable blog reports on the conversation Morsi had last week with senators McCain, Ayotte, Graham, Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Gillibrand and Coons while they were in Cairo. Rogin spoke with Senator Coons, who said that, during their meeting with Morsi, the senators emphasized their disapproval with his 2010 remarks about Israeli Jews, whom he called the “descendants of apes and pigs.” Morsi dispelled their concerns, though, explaining, in essence, that the Jews who control the American media were making much ado about nothing. Rogin...
  • The US Is Moving Two B-2 Stealth Bombers Closer To China

    01/23/2013 3:12:02 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-23-2013 | David Cenciotti, The Aviationist
    The US Is Moving Two B-2 Stealth Bombers Closer To China David Cenciotti, The AviationistJanuary 23, 2013, 2:22 PM In November 2012, the U.S. Air Forced announced a series of worldwide training deployments for its stealthy B-2 Spirit bombers. The “World Spirit Tour”, as the deployment was dubbed by Air Force Magazine, will bring the first two radar evading planes from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to the Pacific theater. Destination: Andersen Air Force Base. Strategically located 1,800 miles (about 2,900 km) to the east of China, Andersen has hosted a deployed strategic bomber force...
  • Prisoner: I Threatented To Kill Obama To Get Medical Care

    01/23/2013 3:10:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | January 22, 2013
    A homeless man who was arrested after threatening the life of President Barack Obama claimed that he only did so in order to get needed medical attention. The prisoner, 57-year-old Stephen Espalin, reportedly told the court his story Friday while addressing Senior U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp. “I would have no intent to hurt the president,” Espalin was quoted as saying by the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I realize it wasn’t the right thing to do. I uttered those words knowing the [federal agents] would come and take care of me.” His threat allegedly extended to Obama’s family – his wife, Michelle,...
  • MILLER: Tax dollars for gun control Sneaky executive order bankrolls anti-Second Amendment

    01/23/2013 3:07:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/18/13 | Emily Miller
    The directives on gun violence President Obama signed Wednesday were meant to seem harmless. A closer look at the president’s first memorandum reveals it to be a sneaky assault on congressional authority in order to fund gun-control propaganda. Getting this done has been on the White House “to do” list for some time. In his 2013 budget submission, Mr. Obama deleted the prohibition that has been in effect since 1995 on the use of federal funds to advocate or promote gun control. Mr. Obama is trying to steamroll the Democratic and Republican majorities that kept the ban intact by labeling...
  • Olympic gold medalist Jamie Gray says 'no' to Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

    01/23/2013 3:00:56 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 13 replies
    Patriot News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Shelly Stallsmith
    Lebanon’s Jamie Gray has joined the ever-growing list of people and companies boycotting the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The Olympic gold medalist in air rifle made the announcement on her Facebook page on Wednesday. She said: “I want to thank all of you for your concern regarding my participation at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. It was with great honor that I originally accepted the invitation to participate in the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. My purpose in attending this show in year’s past has always been to help provide a deeper knowledge and understanding for the Olympic...
  • Meet Baxter, a New Kind of Industrial Robot

    01/23/2013 2:59:54 PM PST · by grundle · 3 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoKONzD-XsQ
  • Bulletproof white boards can serve as shields during school shooting

    01/23/2013 2:54:54 PM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    Thanks to a miracle material called Dyneema, the board can repel shots from handguns and shotguns, allowing teachers precious time in case of an attack. Gun advocates say the boards might be one step in a broader school protection strategy. Teachers now have a new line of protection to shield their class from a shooter. A Maryland armor manufacturer has developed bullet proof white boards that teachers can use while conducting class lessons — and during an emergency. The boards are made of a state-of-the-art material called Dyneema, and can repel gun shots from handguns and shotguns — the types...
  • Killing Begets More Killing

    01/23/2013 2:53:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Ken Connor
    In the wake of the brutal, senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the gun control debate is once again aflame in Washington, D.C. Advocates of strict gun control laws are taking advantage of the visceral, emotional nature of the event to push their agenda, while the NRA and their adherents have been put on the defensive. As frustrating as it is for supporters of responsible gun ownership to witness the irresponsible politicization of this issue, we are seeing how government reacts when free men cease to govern themselves with virtue and restraint. When the social consensus unravels and each...
  • Dr. King's Dream for the Global Strike Team

    01/23/2013 2:50:51 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Air Force Global Strike Command, USAF ^ | January 21, 2013 | Warren Ward
    Barksdale Air Force Base, La. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 83rd birthday was Jan. 15. . . His courageous crusade for equality was first nationally recognized on Jan. 20, 1986, when President Reagan established the third Monday in January as an official federal government holiday. Our country, our Air Force and Air Force Global Strike Command can learn much from Dr. King's drive for America to be a nation of equals. . . During his "I Have a Dream" speech given at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963, King told a gathering of more than 200,000...
  • Report: Boehner's inauguration smoke joke had first lady's eyes rolling

    01/23/2013 2:49:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/22/13 | By Judy Kurtz
    Having a smoke is no joke to Michelle Obama. A lip-reader claims Speaker John Boehner’s question about cigarettes at the inaugural luncheon is what triggered an eye roll from the first lady. Larry Wenig, a lip-reading expert, tells “Inside Edition” that his analysis shows the Ohio Republican asked President Obama if he had a cigarette before the Monday luncheon. While Obama quit smoking in 2010, Boehner still lights up. Obama has called giving up the habit for good “hard.” According to Wenig, Boehner was referring to Michelle when he quipped to the commander in chief, “Somebody won’t let you do...
  • The Lionesses of Syria: Assad recruits army of women as he starts to run out of men

    01/23/2013 2:48:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 23 January 2013 | Sean O'hare
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recruited an army of women to guard checkpoints and carry out security checks in an attempt to plug the holes left by defections and casualties in his dwindling army. Up to 500 women have been drafted into the new paramilitary force known as the 'Lionesses for National Defence.' They have been in trained at a boot camp in Wadi al-Dahab in the Syrian city of Homs. They form part of the recently formed 10,000-strong National Defence Force (NDF), a key part of Assad's counter insurgency strategy, as the president desperately tries to regain control of...
  • Will the GOP go gay?: ‘Not anytime soon’ says former presidential contender Gary Bauer

    01/23/2013 2:39:28 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 23, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Republican Party platform holds that marriage is a union between one man and one woman, but homosexual activists both within the party and without would like to see that change.  A growing number of gay advocacy groups are now targeting the GOP, not for defeat, but for assimilation. One such group, GOProud, says on its website, “GOProud believes that stable, loving, committed relationships are the cornerstone of our society and should be protected and encouraged for all couples - including gay and lesbian couples.” Another group, Freedom to Marry, has launched a...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, January-23-2013

    01/23/2013 2:30:38 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 47 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Jewish Man Beaten By NYPD Files Civil Rights Suit

    01/23/2013 2:24:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Ehud Halevy, the 21-year-old Jewish man from Brooklyn whose beating by New York police officers was caught on videotape, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officers responsible for the attack. Halevy filed the lawsuit against officers Luis Vega and Yelena Bruzzese on Jan. 22 in Brooklyn federal court, accusing them of attacking him at a Jewish youth center in Crown Heights. The surveillance video from October showed one of the officers punching Halevy repeatedly in the head, while another officer struck Halevy with a baton for over two minutes. The officers, who were responding to an emergency phone...
  • Hillary On Not Doing Sunday Shows After Benghazi Attack: ‘There Are Other Things I Prefer To Do...

    01/23/2013 2:18:04 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Hillary On Not Doing Sunday Shows After Benghazi Attack: ‘There Are Other Things I Prefer To Do on Sunday Mornings’ January 23, 2013 By Elizabeth Harrington (CNSNews.com) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the reason that Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on five Sunday morning television shows in her place following the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya was because “there are other things that I prefer to do on Sunday mornings.” Five days following the terrorist attacks on the Benghazi compound, Rice insisted on five separate TV talk shows that the attack sprang from a protest...
  • FReepers: We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air!! [FReepathon thread IX]

    01/23/2013 2:15:43 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 443 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your continuing support to keep FR on the air. FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of liberty. But we cannot exist without you. If you have not yet made your donation, today would be an excellent day to do so. Every donation counts no matter how big or small. If you can donate $5, $10,...
  • Is this the Answer to the Rising Cost on Employers?

    01/23/2013 2:03:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The federal Minimum wage in the US is $7.25 per hour. Ten states have higher minimum wages with Rhode Island clocking in 50 cents higher at $7.75. Costs to the employer are higher of course, even if the employer ducks benefits by using part-time workers. For starters, employer contributions to Social Security are 6.2% of hourly wages which adds another 45 cents to employer costs. That brings employer costs up to $7.95 per hour minimum, not counting training costs, vacation (if any), sick-time disruptions, and other such costs. Of course, employers must also factor in the cost of Obamacare. Small...