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  • Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.

    01/26/2013 5:38:55 AM PST · by upchuck · 37 replies
    MacRumors ^ | January 24, 2013 | Eric Slivka
    As noted by Tech News Daily, a new federal policy in the United States is set to go into effect this Saturday that will make it illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers unless specifically authorized by their carriers. The policy applies to newly purchased devices beginning on Saturday, but not to legacy devices purchased prior to that date. In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But...
  • Iowa lawmaker calls for death penalty, chemical castration

    01/26/2013 5:31:25 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 21 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — A state senator will push for public hearings on the death penalty in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives as he files legislation to bring capital punishment back to Iowa. Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, has championed the idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Iowa since the abduction and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, this summer in Evansdale. Elizabeth’s parents joined Sorenson and parents of other missing and murdered children at a Capitol news conference, where the senator outlined five pieces of legislation he plans to introduce this session. Iowa abolished the...
  • 15 Lies of Liberalism (Liberals can't help it, lying comes natural)

    01/26/2013 5:08:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Liberalism offers up a utopian vision of the world and then invites its practitioners to feel good about themselves for embracing it. Not only does this beautiful fantasy world never come to pass, liberalism fails to address the root causes of the problems it sets out to solve while creating whole new disasters in the process. In other words, it's a never ending circle. There's a problem, liberalism is offered up as the solution, it doesn't work and creates more problems, for which liberalism is offered up as the solution, etc., etc., etc. until you're starving, bankrupt, or your society...
  • The Educational Tech Scam/ ( K-12 schools/ Common Core)

    The Common Core Standards are an educational reform movement initiated by the National Governors Assocation and intended to standardize the educational curricula of the states around a "coomon core" of knowledge required to function in modern society. Put that way, the initiative sounds fine, but as if often the case with educaitonal reforms, Common Core proponents have relied on bafflement and obfuscation to shut down inquiry by the paying public into the very political process of putting the initiative into action -- a process monetarily supported by private education corporations. Common Core tests (those used in Oklahoma were developed by...
  • Obama's Real Cost: $19 Trillion in Missing GDP

    01/26/2013 4:45:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Ransom
    There's a super storm raging over our economy that's been seeded and fueled by the federal government over a period of the past several decades. And it's literally costing the country trillions of dollars in GDP per year. It’s not merely garden-variety government waste that's the problem either. It's monumental stupidity by the government, combined with venial cupidity by voters who think they can get others to pay for their free lunch. This government-created storm has, more than any other factor, contributed to the fiscal crisis; a crisis that is creating more expansive government programs, robbing us of more GDP,...
  • China's First Heavy Transporter Y-20 Takes Off

    01/26/2013 4:44:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    CRIENGLISH.com ^ | 2013-01-26
    China's First Heavy Transporter Y-20 Takes Off The prototype of China's first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, takes off from an unidentified airport for its first test flight Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2013. [Photo: Xinhua] China began test flights Saturday for the prototype of its first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, a craft similar in size to the Russian IL-76 and somewhat smaller than the U.S. C-17. The plane took off at around 2:00pm from an airport in Yanliang, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, according to CCTV News. The Y-20 program is part of an effort to develop an indigenous long-range...
  • Pumping Up the Liberalism

    01/26/2013 4:36:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    So now the president is a committed man of the left. No longer is he faking moderation or even trying to bring the nation "together." Nope. As he made clear in his inauguration speech, Barack Obama is dedicating himself to achieving "social justice" no matter what the cost. And the cost is high. The annual federal deficit is more than $1 trillion, with the national debt approaching $17 trillion. Just last week, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office warned once again that federal spending is "unsustainable." That means if government spending is not curtailed and quickly, the U.S. dollar could collapse....
  • Chandra Levy murder conviction may be overturned due to questionable witness

    01/26/2013 3:06:32 AM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    Twelve years after her disappearance, and the case of Chandra Levy still hasn't reach it's conclusion. The 24-year-old Capitol Hill intern was last seen in May 2001. Following the disappearance, her family disclosed to police that she had been having an affair with U.S. Representative Gary Condit. When Condit was unwilling to cooperate with investigators, speculation arose that he was behind the disappearance. While he was never charged, it completely derailed his political career. The man who was eventually charged in her death, Ingmar Guandique, was convicted in 2010 with no physical evidence linking him to the crime. However, two...
  • Germany government to outfit military with armed drones

    01/26/2013 1:59:39 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    www.dw.de ^ | January 25, 2013 | Deutsche Welle
    The German government has said that it favors the purchase of armed drones to support Bundeswehr troops in missions abroad. Although the idea is controversial, a decision is expected in the next few months. Strictly speaking the idea is not entirely new, but it turned up on Berlin's political agenda on Friday after Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right government responded to a question posed by the opposition Left party. A spokesman for the defense ministry said that Germany's mission in Afghanistan had shown that it would "certainly make sense" to have armed drones at the military's disposal. And Merkel's spokesman, Steffen...
  • The email I received from my Attorney General Alan Wilson. (SC)

    01/26/2013 12:41:02 AM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    1-26-2013 | vanity
    Dear XXXXXXXXXX, The Founding Fathers made it very clear: the ability to bear arms is a fundamental right of citizenship in these United States. The America they created is a place where “We the People” are guaranteed the right to defend ourselves, our families and our property. We must not allow emotions to alter or abridge our fundamental constitutional rights. As your Attorney General, I have a sworn duty to uphold the Constitutions of South Carolina and the United States – including the Second Amendment. I am fully committed to doing just that. Like many South Carolinians, I am a...
  • Environment Groups Against Cuomo’s Dairy Plans

    01/26/2013 12:14:26 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    cnynews.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Ted Muehl
    Environmental groups are pushing back against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration’s plan to support a growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy operations. The Greek yogurt industry is growing so fast in New York that the state doesn’t have enough cows to meet the demand for milk. At a “yogurt summit” in August, Governor Cuomo called Greek yogurt one of the best entrepreneurial opportunities in a generation. Farms with up to 200 cows are exempt from rules requiring extra steps to prevent pollution from cow waste. Cuomo proposes raising the limit to 300 cows to help farms expand without...
  • Federal Judge Rules that ICE Agents have Standing in Lawsuit Against Federal Government

    01/25/2013 10:31:13 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | 25 January 2013 | Anne Manetas
    Federal District Court Judge Reed O'Conner has ruled that 10 ICE agents and officers have standing to challenge in Federal court the so-called Morton Memo on prosecutorial discretion and the DREAM directive on deferred action. The agents filed their complaint in October, charging that unconstitutional and illegal directives from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton order the agents to violate federal laws or face adverse employment actions. This is a major first step for the ICE agents in their case against the administration. In his 35-page decision, Judge O'Conner found that the ICE agents and officers have...
  • White House Condemns Court Ruling On 'Unconstitutional' Obama Appointments [Imperial Presidency!]

    01/25/2013 10:10:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | January 25, 2013
    White House Condemns Court Ruling On 'Unconstitutional' Obama Appointments Spokesman says ruling heralded by Republicans' lawyers as 'stinging rebuke' to president is 'novel and unprecedented' 25 January 2013 The Obama administration is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court over its right to make direct appointments when Congress is in recess. Barack Obama breached the constitution when he bypassed Congress to make appointments to a labour relations panel, a federal appeal court ruled on Friday in a decision that was condemned by the White House as "novel and unprecedented". The judgement, from a three-judge panel of the US court of...
  • Hillary Clinton's double vision likely the result of a damaged cranial nerve, say doctors

    01/25/2013 10:09:37 PM PST · by advance_copy · 70 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/13 | Evans, Katz, and Moore
    Hillary Clinton is likely suffering from double vision because she damaged her 6th cranial nerve in a fall a month ago, experts said. "The double vision could occur solely from her hitting her head - even a minor head trauma can do damage to the 6th cranial nerve," said Dr. Mark Kupersmith, Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at St. Lukes-Roosevelt. Damage to the nerve also could have been the result of a blood clot she suffered later, he said.
  • Spouses Club Relents, Says Lesbian Army Wife Can Be 'Full Member' [Conservative America In Retreat?]

    01/25/2013 10:01:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    NBCNews ^ | January 25, 2013 | Bill Briggs,
    Spouses Club Relents, Says Lesbian Army Wife Can Be 'Full Member' Ashley Broadway, left, is pictured with her wife, Lt. Col. Heather Mack and their 2-year-old son. By Bill Briggs Hours after same-sex Army wife Ashley Broadway was named Fort Bragg's 2013 “spouse of the year,” the on-base spouses club — that has for two months rebuffed Broadway's bid to join — fully reversed course and invited her "to become a full member," according to emails sent to NBC News and Broadway. The decision comes one week after the Association of Bragg Officers' Spouses (ABOS) extended Broadway — who is...
  • Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

    01/25/2013 9:55:17 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | February 28, 2012 | Joe Newby
    In an effort to cut defense spending, the Obama Administration plans to cut health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while not touching the benefits enjoyed by unionized civilian defense workers. The move, congressional aides suggested, is to force those individuals into Obamacare, Bill Gertz reported at the Washington Beacon. Gertz added: The proposed increases in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, are part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and...
  • (Obamaville ... Livin' the "Dream") Police Hunt for Women After Brawl at Social Services ...

    01/25/2013 9:33:27 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 January 2013 | Daily Mail
    Police hunt for women after brawl at social services is caught on tape Police are on the hunt for four women who were caught on video in a massive brawl that broke out on line at a social services offices earlier this week in East St. Louis, Illinois. According to witnesses, the fight started over a disagreement between several women in line. In the video, you can see four women pushing, shoving and fists flying before security managed to separate the women. The women left before police arrived. But East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore says that doesn't mean...
  • The Dot Matrix, Reloaded - How do you ban assault weapons when you can print them?

    01/25/2013 9:06:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 25, 2013 | Daniel Foster
    Defense Distributed's Cody Wilson Cody Wilson cheerfully describes himself as a crypto-anarchist. “Crypto” modifies “anarchist” in the sense not that it obscures it but that it points to a means: cryptology, code, communication, and technology as the last, best hope for a radical freedom. You meet a few anarchists, crypto and otherwise, hanging around on the fjords and isthmuses of the conservative continent, and like most of them, Cody is young, quick, bright, and vaguely terrifying. Or rather, what’s terrifying isn’t the dude — he’s quite pleasant — but the simultaneous casualness and precision with which he lays out the...
  • The Resistance Begins: Refuse to Register ; “Largest Act of Civil Disobedience in State History”

    01/25/2013 8:50:10 PM PST · by blam · 139 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 1-25-2013 | Mac Slavo
    The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register; “Largest Act of Civil Disobedience in State History” Mac Slavo January 25th, 2013 With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducing legislative actions to curtail access to firearms protected by the Second Amendment. In Missouri, parents may soon be forced to register firearms with their child’s school under threat of criminal penalties. In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic rifles at government approved storage depots. And, in the State of New York, congressional...
  • Did you catch Neville Obama speaking on peace?

    01/25/2013 8:39:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 25, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    Apparently history was not a strong suit in college days for Barry Obama -- or his highly-paid speechwriters. In his 2,106 word aspirational tone poem from the Capitol steps at Monday's official inauguration, Obama called for many people to do many things and vowed a myriad of vows, already faded in the memory of millions -- as usually happens to inaugurals and State of the Union shopping lists. We published a complete address text and C-SPAN video right here. Among those 2,100 words, four shockers leapt out at the eyes and ears of many not in the American news media....