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  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Miniature Chocolate Bar Are You? ~ 30 January 2013

    01/29/2013 6:04:59 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 121 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ Freeper Canteen ~ Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Today We Want To Know..... What Miniature Chocolate Bar Are You? Click here and take the quiz! To share your results, click "Get HTML", then copy and paste the code into a "Reply" box. Have fun! Please remember that The Canteen is here to support and entertain our troops and veterans and their families, and is family friendly.
  • 'Piracy' at sea: Has definition changed? Supreme Court declines to enter fray.

    01/29/2013 6:03:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 22, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a series of lower-court opinions endorsing a broad view of what constitutes the crime of piracy – a move that will make it significantly easier for the government to prosecute and convict suspected Somali pirates in federal court. The high court turned aside an appeal by five Somali nationals convicted of firing shots from a small skiff at a US Navy frigate on patrol 600 miles off the coast of Somalia on April 1, 2010. ... Lawyers for both groups of Somalis urged the Supreme Court to consider whether the Fourth Circuit...
  • “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?”(Senate Hearing)

    01/29/2013 5:58:46 PM PST · by FR_addict · 40 replies
    Senate WebSite ^ | 1/23/2013 | Senate Judiciary Committee
    Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee DATE: January 30, 2013 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Hart 216 OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST: January 23, 2013 NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” for Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman. UPDATED Witness List Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?” Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216 10:00 a.m. Captain Mark...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-29-13

    01/29/2013 5:58:11 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies ^ | 1-29-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • France orders special forces to protect Niger uranium: source

    01/29/2013 5:51:47 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:31am EST | John Irish, Geert de Clercq, Muriel Boselli, Michel Rose in Paris, Abdoulaye Massalatchi in Niamey
    (Reuters) - France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday. ... Seven workers, including five French nationals, were kidnapped in Arlit by al Qaeda's north African arm AQIM in September 2010. It later released three of the hostages but four French citizens are still being held. ... According to a parliamentary committee enquiring into France's supplies of uranium, about 18 percent of the raw material used to power France's 58 nuclear...
  • (Sex Poodle) Al Gore: Weather news ‘like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation’

    01/29/2013 5:50:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/29/13 | Georgetown
    (STR - Reuters) QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Look at your first story about the flooding in Australia. Today is the three month anniversary of superstorm Sandy here. Two years ago in my home city Nashville, massive flooding. These storms – it’s like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation on the news every day now and people are connecting the dots.”
  • British troops will go to Mali – confirmed

    Hundreds of British troops will be deployed to Mali and West Africa, Number 10 has now confirmed. According to reports, approximately 350 personnel will be deployed. 200 British soldiers are expected to train soldiers in African countries outside of Mali, whilst 40 advisers are to be sent into the country to train troops. The UK would be "contributing to both Malian training and training forces that are involved in providing a regionally-led approach", a Number 10 spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC. 70 Royal Air Force personnel are also to be used for the operation of Sentinel surveillance...
  • Hearing yields explosive testimony about law enforcement corruption in gun case

    01/29/2013 5:38:49 PM PST · by Travis McGee · 49 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | David Codrea
    A decision on whether or not members of a New Mexico gun dealer family will get a new trial on charges of lying on federal firearm purchase forms could happen as early as this week, Las Cruces Sun-News reported yesterday. Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico indicated in yesterday’s hearing that he will make his decision “soon” following a day of testimony that revealed the extent of corruption a key law enforcement witness against the Reese family was under investigation for – a fact the prosecution withheld from the defense...
  • Iran unveils new finger amputating machine for punishing thieves

    01/29/2013 5:36:10 PM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies
    Digital Journal/FARS ^ | 1-29-13 | JohnThomas
    The Iranians have unveiled an amputating machine that will be used to cut off fingers of thieves. The authorities recently exhibited the machine and gave a demonstration of its efficiency as stern warning to would-be-thieves under Islamic penal code. The photos published by the Iranian Press Agency, appear to show a public amputation. According to The Telegraph, the sweatsuit-clad prisoner in the photo was convicted of theft and adultery by a court in the southwest city of Shiraz, last Wednesday. France24 reports he was also accused of leading a criminal organisation. Three masked executioners dressed in black are shown implementing...
  • MyJihad in Turkey: 85-year-old Christian woman repeatedly stabbed, cross carved onto her corpse

    01/29/2013 5:32:07 PM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    The implications of the cross being carved onto Marissa Kucuk's corpse are not explored (no surprise there) in this Economist story: the Economist has never shown any willingness to discuss the jihad against non-Muslims. "Horrific attacks against Armenians," from the Economist, January 29 (thanks to Lookmann): MARISSA Kucuk was a little old Armenian lady who lived on her own in Samatya..., a picturesque neighbourhood of Istanbul where Christians and Muslims used to rub along peacefully. On December 28th Ms Kucuk, 85, was found dead in her apartment. She had been stabbed, repeatedly. Relatives said a crucifix was carved onto her...
  • (Now Hiring) Who Wants To Be A ‘Death Panelist’?

    01/29/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Who wants to be a ‘death panelist’? Jonathan Gruber was one of the Obama administration’s key advisers during the health-care reform debate. As the economist who conceived the ideas at the heart of the Massachusetts health-care law, he is arguably the intellectual godfather of the Affordable Care Act. All of which would make him a natural fit for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the new, 15-member panel that has the authority to reduce Medicare doctors’ reimbursements and pilot new ways to deliver high quality care for less. There’s just one tiny problem: Gruber has absolutely no interest in serving on...
  • Bloomberg super-PAC running ads against Illinois Democrat Halvorson

    01/29/2013 5:13:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The pro-gun-control super-PAC bankrolled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is going after former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) for her support of gun rights, a move that could badly damage her chances at returning to Congress. Halvorson has clung to a tenuous lead in the Democratic primary so far because of her high name identification in the fractured field. But the deep-pocketed group could prove to be a major player in a district where gun control is highly popular. The Feb. 26 Democratic primary will chose the party's nominee to contend in a March special election to fill...
  • Teen to stand trial as adult for ICE agent shooting

    01/29/2013 5:12:42 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    VALLEYCENTRAL.COM ^ | 01.29.2013 | Sergio Chapa
    An Hidalgo County Judge had ruled a teenager jailed on attempted murder charges will stand trial as an adult. Marquez Alvardo is accused shooting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Kelton Harrison in Hargill back in July 2012. According to reports, Alvardo was 16-years-old when he fired several shots at the federal agent striking him once. Officials say the teen, an older brother and his father pursued and shot Harrison while he was conducting surveillance in the area The former Economedes High School student, who is now 17-years-old, and will be transferred to the Hidalgo County jail. Judge Jesse...
  • Chinese firm wins A123 despite U.S. tech transfer fears

    01/29/2013 5:08:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Reuters | January 29, 2013 | By Tom Hals and Ben Klayman
    (Reuters) - China's largest auto parts maker won U.S. government approval to buy A123 Systems Inc (AONEQ.PK), a maker of electric car batteries, despite warnings by some lawmakers that the deal would transfer sensitive technology developed with U.S. government money. The sale of the lithium-ion battery maker to a U.S. unit of Wanxiang Group was approved by a U.S. government committee on foreign investment, according to a statement from the Chinese company. Last month, Wanxiang's U.S. unit agreed to pay $257 million for A123's automotive battery business and related assets in a bankruptcy auction, beating U.S. rival Johnson Controls Inc...
  • Surprising Tools of Modern Gunmaking: Plastic and a 3-D Printer (NYT)

    01/29/2013 5:01:19 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | By HENRY FOUNTAIN
    A man in Wisconsin viewed it as a technical challenge. Another, in New Hampshire, was looking to save some money. And in Texas, a third wanted to make a political point. The three may have had different motivations but their results were the same: each built a working gun that included a part made in plastic with a 3-D printer. What they did was legal and, except for the technology and material used, not much different from what do-it-yourself gunsmiths have been doing for decades. But in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., and the intensified debate over...
  • Keystone XL decision may loom large for red state Democrats in 2014 midterms

    01/29/2013 4:56:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A handful of vulnerable Democratic senators running for reelection in red states are seeking to insulate themselves from political fallout if the Obama administration rejects the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Canada. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), joined 44 of their Republican colleagues in signing a letter last week urging Obama to expedite the pipeline's approval. Although Democrats say the controversial pipeline may not linger as an issue at the ballot box in 2014, the senators’ full-throated support for the controversial project could shield them from GOP attacks...
  • Meet Kangaroo Dundee: 6ft7in Australian who is substitute dad to dozens of orphan marsupials

    01/29/2013 4:51:00 PM PST · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23rd January 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'An animal lover nicknamed 'Kangaroo Dundee' is set to star in a BBC star documentary that follows his life in the Australian Outback mothering orphaned marsupials. Chris Barnes gave up life in the city to build a shack with no running water or boiler, where he cares for the animals. The 6ft 7" Australian, nicknamed Brolga, cares for the babies 24 hours-a-day, taking them to the supermarket in nearby Alice Springs and even letting them sleep at the end of his bed. His amazing story has been documented in a two-part BBC2 series Kangaroo Dundee. The film shows Brolga -...
  • Would-be carjackers foiled by mysteries of the stick shift

    01/29/2013 4:41:10 PM PST · by grundle · 101 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    An attempted stickup was confounded by a car’s stick shift, when would-be carjackers failed to understand the mechanics behind a manual transmission. Randolph Bean tells WOFL FOX 35 that two men attempted to steal his 2002 yellow Corvette at gunpoint outside an Orlando hospital, but they ended up running away after they couldn’t figure out how to drive his car. "They apparently couldn't start it,” Bean 51, is quoted as saying in a police report. “I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission." After several failed attempts, the thieves eventually...
  • Google's Trillion-Dollar Driverless Car -- Part 2: The Ripple Effects

    01/29/2013 4:38:25 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/24/2013 | Chunka Mui
    While Part 1 of this series laid out the significant benefits in safety and savings that could come from a driverless car, there is an old saying: One man’s savings are another man’s lost revenue. The fact is that a driverless car would slash hundreds of billions of dollars of annual revenue, or even trillions, from all sorts of entities: car makers, parts suppliers, car dealers, auto insurers, auto financiers, body shops, emergency rooms, health insurers, medical practices, personal-injury lawyers, government taxing authorities, road-construction companies, parking-lot operators, oil companies, owners of urban real estate, and on and on and on.
  • MSNBC Analyst: Republicans 'Crazy Crackers' Who Use 'Hateful Language'

    01/29/2013 4:31:24 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 52 replies
    Briebart ^ | 1/29/2013
    Today on MSNBC contributor Karen Finney called to Republicans “crazy crackers on the right" who use “hateful language." Video at link: