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  • Pentagon laying off 46,000 employees

    01/26/2013 6:33:25 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 63 replies
    cnn ^ | January 25, 2013 | Barbara Starr,
    Washington (CNN) -- The Pentagon has begun laying off 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees in an effort to cut back on military spending, the No. 2 Pentagon official said on Friday. Full time civilian employees, which number in the hundreds of thousands, also will be furloughed for one day a week for 22 weeks, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview with wire service reporters. His comments were confirmed by a Pentagon spokesman.
  • A gun show without guns? Essentially (Chicago)

    01/26/2013 6:28:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-27-13 | Dahleen Glanton
    There was an 1854 Lefaucheux pinfire pistol carbine on display, as well as an 1876 .22-caliber derringer in a glass box. But neither was for sale. It wouldn't have mattered if they were. The gun enthusiasts who showed up in Rosemont on Friday for what was billed as the first-ever Chicagoland Gun Show didn't seem interested in gawking at antique pistols. Some wanted to buy high-powered rifles, semi-automatic handguns and high-capacity magazines. But there wasn't a single gun dealer at the show, only a Chicago collector who said he was there to show off his collection. "I've been to a...
  • AP, NBC Ask: Time to Publicly Shame the Obese, Let Smokers Die?

    01/26/2013 6:18:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Nolte
    Biases upfront: I'm a 46 year-old health nut obsessed with exercise and eating right. I don’t smoke or drink, and there are supermodels who worry less about their weight. However, I do admire those who don't live like that; who might not live as long as I do, but will probably enjoy their overall quality of life more than my somewhat Spartan one. Oh, and I also realize that this is America. And if people want to pursue happiness through a double cheeseburger and a pack of Newports, any joyless, left-wing bossy-pants who has a problem with that can go...
  • British Muslim abuser who 'didn't know' that sex with a girl of 13 was illegal spared jail

    01/26/2013 5:54:24 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Paul Bentley
    A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless. Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law. Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’ Earlier Nottingham...
  • Boehner: It’s ‘time to deal’ with immigration (RINO surrender on Amnesty for illegals...)

    01/26/2013 5:52:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 11/26/13 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    A bipartisan group of House members has been quietly meeting and is close to an agreement on changes to propose the nation’s immigration laws, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week in a speech to a Republican group.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PRAYER ~ 27 January 2012

    01/26/2013 5:04:49 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 59 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            PRAYER Dear Lord.... As we offer You thanks and praise, we realize how important it is to stay prepared for all the surprises in life. Daily, so many things catch us off guard, though they seem to happen over and over again. Would life be easier if we could begin the day with, "This is a drill. This is a drill"? Would we be any more prepared if there were drills for the many personal challenges we respond to daily? Besides a "general quarters" for missile hits, we'd prepare to take hits for all the...
  • Palin: 'We can't just preach to the choir'

    01/26/2013 4:59:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 26, 2013 | Mackenzie Weinger
    In Sarah Palin’s first interview since parting ways with Fox News, the former Alaska governor said she doesn’t want to “just preach to the choir" and that she is looking to take her message to a "larger audience." Palin told Breitbart News there needs to be “more truth-telling in the media” and called for fellow conservatives to follow her lead and expand their audience. “I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism,” she told the conservative news site in a short Q&A. “That means broadening...
  • Saxet gun show draws eager buyers (TX)

    01/26/2013 4:54:46 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    KXAN ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | John Bumgardner
    This is the first day of the gun show since the City of Austin discussed possibly banning from the Travis County Expo Center. State law, however, prevailed because the move would have proved illegal in Texas... “It took 20 minutes to park the truck and about an hour waiting in line,” Another group, One Million Moms for Gun Control marched at the Texas Capitol... The group expected over 100 participants to join in the Austin event.
  • Blast hits key Iranian nuclear site?

    01/26/2013 4:30:57 PM PST · by Bevo · 46 replies
    YNet ^ | 1/26/2013 | None
    Blast hits key Iranian nuclear site? US-based website WND says mysterious explosion destroys large part of Fordo nuclear facility. Report uncorroborated by any official Western source Ynet Published: 01.26.13, 23:12 / Israel News WND, an American news website affiliated with the Right, reported Friday that a mysterious explosion has destroyed a significant portion of Iran's Fordo nuclear facility – considered Tehran's most fortified facility. The website alleged that Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic Republic's Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, confirmed that the facility was hit, but the report has not been corroborated by any Western source. Related stoies:...
  • Manchin says he's working with NRA on universal background check bill (Slippery Joe)

    01/26/2013 4:16:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/24/13 01:23 PM ET | Justin Sink
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Thursday that he was working on a bill with Senate colleagues and the National Rifle Association (NRA) that would implement universal background checks, a major component of President Obama's proposed gun-control reforms. Manchin, a member of the NRA, had not previously endorsed any specific measures to address gun violence. "I’m working on a bill right now with other senators — Democrats and Republicans — we’re trying to get it, and looking at a background check that basically says that if you’re going to be a gun owner, you should be able to pass a background...
  • Op-Ed: The Lapid Factor in the Coalition Equation

    01/26/2013 3:59:46 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/1/13 | David Rubin
    After Likud Beytenu’s Pyrrhic victory in the Israeli elections, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will most likely be confronted with the formidable task of piecing together a new coalition. Given the diverse group of potential partners, this will be no easy task. First and foremost in this cast of characters is Yesh Atid, led by popular TV personality Yair Lapid, who surprised everyone by becoming the second largest party in the incoming Knesset. It now seems clear that the key to the new coalition is in its hands. Defining his party as Center rather than Left, Lapid has been quite clear...
  • Anti-tank grenade launcher turns up at Seattle gun buyback event (and impromptu gun show occurs)

    01/26/2013 3:58:02 PM PST · by Junior_G · 18 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 26, 2013 | Nick Provenza
    A lot of guns showed up at the city of Seattle’s gun buyback event today, but it’s not likely anyone was prepared for the Russian-made anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher that someone turned in...
  • Watching TV on web is disrupting cable, broadcast worlds

    01/26/2013 3:52:18 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 164 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 26, 2013 | Glenn Garvin
    Veteran programmer Rob Barnett recently attended a breakfast meeting of television executives where the talk turned, as it almost always does these days, to “disruption,” the industry buzzword for the way new technology is upsetting the TV applecart. From somewhere down the table, he heard a question: “Has anybody here cut the cord?” — that is, dropped cable service in favor of just watching TV through the Internet? Barnett shrugged and raised his hand. “Mine was the only one,” he recalls. “But when it went up, I saw beads of sweat break out on the foreheads of some of the...
  • What will Michelle Obama do with 4 more years?

    01/26/2013 3:39:32 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 72 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/26/2013 | Yahoo News
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama has a new look, both in person and online, and with the president's re-election, she has four more years as first lady, too. That's got many people wondering: What will she do with them? Take on a new cause? Travel more? Trace the path of another first lady and keep the Obama political brand alive by running for office? The answers are to be determined. The first lady is trying to figure out what comes next for this self-described "mom in chief" who also is a champion of healthier eating, an advocate for military families,...
  • Two-Thirds of American Gun Owners Would “Defy” a Federal Gun Ban

    01/26/2013 3:38:11 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 45 replies
    TownHall ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    It’s safe to say Feinstein, Obama and the rest of the gun control gang face an uphill battle when it comes to limiting any Second Amendment rights. According to a Fox News poll, most Americans—both Republicans and Democrats—would defy any new laws that would take away their guns. But on to Question 47, addressed to those with a gun in their home: "If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and keep your guns?" The response: 65 percent reported they would "defy the law." That incudes 70 percent...
  • New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to "Assault Weapons" Registration Law

    01/26/2013 3:25:52 PM PST · by Daffynition · 83 replies
    Reason.com ^ | Jan. 25, 2013 | J.D. Tuccille
    New York Governor Cuomo the Junior may have rushed through his new gun control law with such speed that police will avoid its restrictions only through the blessed miracle of selective enforcement, but he may have a little trouble getting the state's firearms owners to attend his party. The new law requires owners of those scary-looking rifles known as "assault weapons" to register their property (amidst assurances that, oh no, the registration lists will never be used for confiscation), but gun rights activists are actively urging gun owners to defy the new mandate.
  • The coming collapse of the abortion lobby

    01/26/2013 3:10:33 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Dr. Charmaine Yoest
    Forty years after Roe v. Wade, a powerful shift is taking place within Big Abortion. What abortion advocates could not win through choice, they intend to impose through coercion. Even Time magazine recently acknowledged on their cover that, for those so inclined to celebrate Roe’s anniversary, the rejoicing over abortion on demand should be tinged with concern.  On January 14th Time asked “What Choice?” and then answered their own question:  “40 years ago, abortion rights activists won an epic victory with Roe v. Wade,” the cover noted and then concluded: “They’ve been losing ever since.” When viewed through the lens...
  • The Rockefeller Food Cartel

    01/26/2013 3:02:59 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 30 replies
    ThisDayLive ^ | 1/23/2013 | Staff
    Coincidentally, our agriculture minister came from Rockefeller Foundation America's foreign policy has always been about maximizing its economic interests at all costs. That America shouldn't be mistaken as a softer, a kinder, and a gentler empire — notwithstanding its display of internal freedom and democracy — wasn't in doubt. And that was demonstrated by the speed with which it went about consolidating and maximizing control of global power upon taking it from Britain, as never seen since the time of Alexander the Great. The actions within its elite foreign policy circles demonstrated that. And this was clearly confirmed in a...
  • The Biggest Losers Of The Past 5 Years

    01/26/2013 2:56:56 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    Tbi ^ | 1-26-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Biggest Losers Of The Past 5 Years Joe WeisenthalJanuary 26, 2013, 9:42 AMYou could argue that economic policy makers have done a disappointing job over the past five years, trying to get advanced economies back on their feet. Growth is still slow in the US, and job creation is subpar. But in a sense, the past five years have been a huge vindication for mainstream economic approaches, as these huge experiments in recovery have not had the nasty effects that so many people would have predicted. Consider all of the people who have spent the last few years talking...
  • MK-Elect Feiglin: Begin's Bedouin Ploy 'Low'

    01/26/2013 2:48:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK-elect Moshe Feiglin (Likud) has come out against the attempt by Minister Benny Begin (Likud) to pass a highly contested pro-Bedouin decision in the cabinet session Sunday. "Former Minister Benny Begin does not respect the democratic decision that he will not be a minister," accused Feiglin, "and in a desperate last-minute move he is trying to carry out a grab, and get the cabinet to adopt a decision in the serious matter of Bedouin settlement in the Negev." "In his proposal, Begin abandons the Jewish settlement enterprise in the Negev and proves that the rule of law and court decisions...
  • Obama birth control mandates loosens lawsuits

    01/26/2013 2:37:44 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 1/26/13 | RACHEL ZOLL
    The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits against the mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception for free. However, many for-profit business owners are also suing, claiming a violation of their religious beliefs. The religious lawsuits have largely stalled, as the Department of Health and Human Services tries to develop an accommodation for faith groups. However, no such offer will be made to individual business owners....
  • Two Recent Examples of AR-15s Used For Personal Protection - Uploaded Because Piers Morgan Is a Douc

    01/26/2013 2:35:02 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 9 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 1-26-3013 | papagiorgio200
    Piers Morgan challenged Newt Gingrich to provide examples of AR-15s being used in home protection. Obviously Newt has better things to do with his life (I don't) than provide Piers with an all-encompassing history of this gun saving lives. (Posted by: Religio-Political Talk) Piers then goes on to say there haven't been any. WhoooA buddy! I provide Piers with just two examples from the past few of weeks. I upload this only to provide evidence to the growing body of evidence that Piers Morgan is an ass! And that CNN is hurting its brand by trying to compete with MSNBC.
  • Absolute proof that women can not compete with menin the Infantry or Special Forces

    01/26/2013 2:34:33 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 67 replies
    Since delusional liberals think that there is no difference in men and women, that women can do anything a man can do, and they want them in the army infantry, Navy Seals and other Special Forces, here is what REAL EQUALITY is........ The NFL will now be 50% females, at all positions. The WNBA will be abolished, women will have to play in the NBA. The NHL will be 50% female. They will play with men. Professional boxing will be for both men and women. The MMA (extreme fighting) will be for men and women, they fight each other. All...
  • XL allies pressure Obama

    01/26/2013 2:34:33 PM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 27, 2013 | Gary Park
    Canadian provincial premier, 10 state governors, seek Keystone pipeline decision The sense of urgency among Canadian governments and oil producers facing a crude transportation bottleneck and the looming prospect of shut-ins has prompted one provincial premier to join 10 U.S. state governors in urging President Barack Obama to end procrastination and approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. “The energy relationship between the United States and Canada is vital to both our countries. It is an interest we share, transcending political lines and geographic boundaries,” the leaders said in a letter to Obama, hoping to gain the president’s attention as he embarks...
  • Obama Pledges to Continue Crackdown on 'Irresponsible Behavior'

    01/26/2013 2:31:05 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 26, 2013 | By DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama pledged this morning in his weekly radio address to continue to crackdown on "irresponsible behavior." "Here in America, we know the free market is the greatest force for economic progress the world has ever known. But we also know the free market works best for everyone when we have smart, commonsense rules in place to prevent irresponsible behavior," Obama began. "That’s why we passed tough reforms to protect consumers and our financial system from the kind of abuse that nearly brought our economy to its knees. And that’s why we’ve taken steps to end taxpayer-funded bailouts, and...
  • Obama wants country to appreciate Hillary

    01/26/2013 2:28:53 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    politico ^ | 1/25/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "Well, the main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you, because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we've had," he said during the sitdown with "60 Minutes." "It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. "I'm going to miss her, wish she was sticking around but she has logged in so many miles I can't begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit," he said. "But I want the country to appreciate what an extraordinary role she's played during...
  • PALIN: 'WE HAVEN'T YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!'—EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

    01/26/2013 2:25:41 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 150 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Saturday January 26, 2012
    PALIN: 'WE HAVEN'T YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!'—EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BREITBART NEWS What's Next: Short term: I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism. That means broadening our audience. I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can't just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience. Focus...
  • Obama has hijacked the American Revolution

    01/26/2013 2:24:43 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 1/24/2013 | Buchanan, Pat
    “Second Term Begins With a Sweeping Agenda for Equality,” ran the eight-column banner in which the Washington Post captured the essence of Obama’s second inaugural. There he declared: “What binds this nation together … what makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.” Obama then quoted our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit...
  • SEC Nominee Mary Jo White Protected Corrupt Union Bosses in Teamsters Prosecution

    01/26/2013 2:22:57 PM PST · by Eva · 13 replies
    National Legal Policy Center ^ | 9/25/13 | Peter Flaherty
    Mary Jo White is a poor choice to head the SEC. As a U.S. attorney, she demonstrated a lack of political independence and competence. In the late 90's prosecution of the Teamsters money landering scandal, White won several guilty pleas from low-level has-beens, but gave a pass to prominent union figures who played a key role in the Democratic political campaign of 2000, and every one since. The magnitude of White's dereliction of duty can be seen in who was not prosecuted- Richard Trumka, Andrew Stern and Gerald McEntee. In the 1996 Teamster election, incumbent President Ron Carey narrowly defeated...
  • New law: Don't toss electronics with the trash.

    01/26/2013 2:16:35 PM PST · by RBW in PA · 41 replies
    Pike County Courier ^ | January 24th, 2013 | Not Cited
    MILFORD — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding consumers and businesses that they are no longer be able to throw away their electronic devices with their trash. Passed in 2010, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act requires that consumers and businesses not dispose of covered devices, such as computers, laptops, computer monitors, televisions and tablets with their trash. This means that trash haulers will no longer take covered devices unless the municipality has a curbside electronics collection program that ultimately sends the devices to an electronics recycler. The law took effect Jan. 24. “This law is an...
  • USS Curts decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego

    01/26/2013 2:00:55 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS ^ | Jan 25, 2013
    The guided-missile frigate USS Curts was decommissioned Friday in a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. The vessel, dubbed ".38 Special" by its first crew, served in Operation Desert Storm and deployed on anti-smuggling missions. The nickname is derived from its hull number, FFG 38. In the Persian Gulf War, crew members captured an Iraqi garrison on Qaruh Island, taking 51 Iraqi prisoners. The Curts crew also destroyed mines, sank an Iraqi minelayer and supported combat helicopter operations during the Battle of Bubiyan Island. ... The Navy is gradually paring down the numbers of Oliver Perry-class frigates in favor of...
  • Duggar family initiates coalition of pro-life groups to end abortion holocaust

    01/26/2013 2:00:19 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 25, 2013 | THADDEUS BAKLINSKI
    The Duggar family WASHINGTON DC, January 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The germ of an idea that was planted during a family trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, has culminated in the creation of a powerful coalition of pro-life groups dedicated to the eradication of the holocaust of abortion in America. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of the popular TLC Channel series 19 Kids and Counting recalled, “Our family visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. The designers of the museum did an incredible job telling the tragic story of over 6 million Jews who were...
  • Think before you legislate

    01/26/2013 1:59:56 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 26, 2013 | Editorial
    Lawmakers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and a number of other states are presenting bills that would require gun owners to buy liability insurance. For the responsible gun owner, it's sensible to have such coverage. Indeed, National Rifle Association members can buy coverage with a $100,000 limit for $47 a year, plus $118 for self-defense coverage. A $250,000 limit costs $67, plus $187 for self-defense coverage. O. Ricardo Pimental, a columnist for the San Antonio, Texas, Express-News, "reached out to a couple of insurance agents who drew a scenario under which gun owners could attach an excess liability or umbrella policy to...
  • How a Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority

    01/26/2013 1:41:28 PM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 8 replies
    On November 6, 2012, Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States by nearly a three-point margin, winning 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206 while garnering nearly 3.5 million more votes. Democrats also celebrated victories in 69 percent of U.S. Senate elections, winning 23 of 33 contests. Farther down-ballot, aggregated numbers show voters pulled the lever for Republicans only 49 percent of the time in congressional races, suggesting that 2012 could have been a repeat of 2008, when voters gave control of the White House and both chambers of Congress to Democrats. But, as we see today, that...
  • British MP: Jews Didn't Learn the Lesson from the Holocaust

    01/26/2013 1:08:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 36 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | Elad Benari
    A Liberal Democrat MP in Britain faces expulsion from the party for saying Jews had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust in their treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs, the Daily Mail reports. David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was “saddened” that Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.” “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution...
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/26/2013 12:59:43 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 69 replies
    Record Online ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | Mike Stobbe
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?
  • Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America Indoctrination/ ( Conservatives WAKE UP!)

    Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America Indoctrination Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America Indoctrination This video is 2 minutes 43 seconds. The title is self-explanatory. Our nation's children are not attending religiously neutral schools. They are forced to attend (and taxpayers are under police threat to fund) government owned and run ATHEIST schools. Government owned and run, socialist-entitlement, single-payer K-12 schools have never been, and are not now, religiously, politically, or culturally neutral. Please remember that it is ***impossible** to live in a philosophic state of religious neutrality. All humans must choose between either...
  • MK Tibi: 'Settler Woman' Pushed Out Arab MK

    01/26/2013 12:32:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    MK Ahmad Tibi (Raam Taal) berated Arab citizens of Israel Saturday for their relatively low turnout in the elections and blamed them for the loss of his party's fifth seat in the final vote count. Early counting gave the party five seats and would have left MK Taleb a-Sana in the parliament. However, upon completion of the counting of the "double envelope" votes, which are mostly those of soldiers, it turned out that Raam-Taal would only have four MKs. The seat they "lost" went to Bayit Yehudi and allowed Shuli Muallem, widow of Lt. Col. Moshe Muallem, a resident of...
  • Democrats may stand in Obama's way on gun measures

    01/26/2013 12:26:39 PM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    DaIly News Miner ^ | Saturday, January 26, 2013 10:14 am
    WASHINGTON — As the Senate prepares to begin debating new gun control measures, some of President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats are poised to frustrate his efforts to enact the most sweeping limits on weapons in decades. These Democrats from largely rural states with strong gun cultures view Obama's proposals warily and have not committed to supporting them. The lawmakers' concerns could stand in the way of strong legislation before a single Republican gets a chance to vote "no." There's a core group of Democratic senators, most but not all from the West, who represent states with a higher-than-average rate of...
  • AG Ken Cuccinelli saves truck driver from burning rig (true story!)

    01/26/2013 12:19:49 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 17 replies
    You know that old story about the only thing saving a candidate is to have them pull someone from a burning car? It’s not like Ken Cuccinelli needed the help… but yeah, Cuccinelli really just did this, courtesy of NBC 12. Chenard said he pulled the car up along side of the semi and they saw the back tires of the trailer were engulfed in flames. It was clear the driver was not aware of the problem. Chenard honked his horn to get the driver’s attention and Cuccinelli yelled to the driver out the window and convinced her to pull...
  • Homeland Security training TSA workers to save themselves in shooting

    01/26/2013 12:08:53 PM PST · by patriotgal1787 · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | Alan Jones
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint screeners are receiving training to prepare them for the possibility of a mass shooting at one of the agency’s airport checkpoints, and those TSA personnel are being instructed to “save themselves” should a shooting occur. It is unclear whether the TSA is conducting the reported mass shooting scenario training at airports around the nation or only at the airport where our source, a veteran of the TSA, is assigned. The TSA source claims with obvious concern that his own life, along with the lives of other unarmed TSA personnel, would be in grave danger were...
  • LA Officials: 3 Held Over Attempt To Drive African American Family Out Of Compton

    01/26/2013 11:56:25 AM PST · by zeestephen · 62 replies
    NBCLosAngeles.com ^ | 26 January 2013 | Jason Kandel
    A group of Latino males who claimed to be in a local street gang used metal pipes and shouted racial epithets [say hi to the new Hispanic majority].
  • Exit Another Fighting Gen.

    01/26/2013 11:51:16 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2013 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010. (excerpt)
  • GOP Moves to Scrap Winner-Take-All Voting

    01/26/2013 11:45:40 AM PST · by Baynative · 123 replies
    Newser ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Mark Russell
    Republicans in swing states that went for President Obama are pushing for a big change in how the Electoral College works, reports the Washington Post. The idea is to apportion electoral votes according to congressional district, instead of the winner-take-all system that most states employ. In Virginia, for example, the difference would be dramatic—Obama would have taken only four of the state's 13 electoral votes in 2012.
  • An Army Veteran Plus a 9mm Handgun Equals a Bad Day for a Robber

    01/26/2013 11:45:10 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/26/13 | Jason Howerton
    ‘You Came Real Close to Losing Your Life’ A wheelchair-bound war veteran in Bogart, Ga. was targeted as a robbery victim. Given the fact that he is handicapped, the home burglar may have thought it would be the easiest job of his life. Wrong. Army veteran Mark Sikes told WAGA-TV he heard someone breaking down his front door. That’s when he pulled his 9mm handgun out of his drawer. “Next thing I know there’s a man standing in the hallway of my house, looking in my bedroom,” he said. “I reached and got the gun out of my drawer and...
  • Second Amendment Ratified to Preserve Slavery (barf-up both lungs alert)

    01/26/2013 11:35:46 AM PST · by pabianice · 42 replies
    Truth-out ^ | 1/26/13 | Hartmann
    Received from a Navy buddy who has since been seduced by the Dark Side. ===================================================== The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says "State" instead of "Country" (the Framers knew the difference - see the 10th Amendment), was to preserve the slave patrol militias in the southern states, which was necessary to get Virginia's vote. Founders Patrick Henry, George Mason, and James Madison were totally clear on that . . . and we all should be too. In the beginning, there were the militias. In the South, they were also called the "slave patrols," and they...
  • Gun Control Advocates March as Nation Reels From School Shootings

    01/26/2013 11:17:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | Saturday, January 26, 2013 | Michael Martinez and Emily Schmidt
    Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who've had enough of gun violence. On a cold day, a vanguard led a blocks-long procession with a big blue banner, declaring "March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance." The demonstrators want reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles such as the one used in the recent Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, plus the gunman and his mother. The protestors also...
  • My Prediction For 2013…And Beyond

    01/26/2013 11:12:44 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TDR ^ | 1-25-2013 | Chris Mayer
    My Prediction For 2013…And Beyond By Chris Mayer 01/25/13 An old bit of advice says, “Never eat at a place called Mom’s or play poker with a man named Doc.” That’s a joke, but this isn’t: Never fall for an argument that says we’ll run out of some natural resource or bet on the “end” of cheap anything. Such views will cost you money in the long run. Let’s look at potash, a rock mined and processed to make fertilizers. This is a commodity that got exciting in 2008 and 2009 as the price ran from under $200 to $1,000...
  • Udall, Bennet say they still want assault weapons ban (CO Waffling Senators)

    01/26/2013 10:55:40 AM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    kwgn ^ | 1:44 pm, January 25, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Colorado’s two Democratic senators are pushing back at a Denver Post story Thursday that reported they are waffling on supporting legislation to ban assault weapons due to political concerns. In December, roughly a week after the Newtown shooting that killed 20 first-graders, Sen. Mark Udall and Sen. Michael Bennettold FOX31 Denver that they wanted to see a new ban on assault weapons. “I’ve come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don’t have any place in our society,” Udall said. “We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994...
  • Openly Gay, and Openly Welcomed in Congress

    01/26/2013 10:49:04 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/26/2013 | Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON — When Mark Takano ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice in the early 1990s, his opponents tried to smear him as a “homosexual liberal” and a “nutzoid.” One of them even had pink fliers printed that asked, “A Congressman for Riverside ... Or San Francisco?” When he ran again last year, he won by almost 20 points. “Flash forward 18 years,” Mr. Takano said recently, “and the very macho building tradesmen are behind me. I’m getting pictures with them in their hard hats.” For decades, the words “gay” and “Congress” were usually seen together only in stories of scandal and...