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  • Crowd packs heat; Oak Harbor backs down

    02/08/2013 10:28:57 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    Mynorthwest ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Chris Sullivan
    It's been three weeks since an Oak Harbor city councilmember started a national controversy by trying to kick out a wounded Army veteran who was legally carrying a weapon during a council meeting. Councilmember Rick Almberg then walked out. The council was met by 160 people Tuesday night, many who were packing heat. There were handguns in holsters and rifles slung over shoulders and an unknown number of people concealing their weapons as the Oak Harbor City Council met. Many attended the meeting to show support for veteran Lucas Yonkman who Councilmember Almberg tried to have kicked out of City...
  • Biden's Hollywood mental health meeting

    02/08/2013 10:22:24 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/8/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "VP Biden, Russell & Cooper agree on the importance of acceptance, understanding, and access to treatment for those with mental illness," Biden's office reported.
  • Report: White House set to cut nuclear arsenal by one-third

    02/08/2013 10:21:35 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/08/13 12:41 PM ET | Carlo Muńoz
    President Obama is poised to sign off on a new internal review of U.S. nuclear weapons strategy that would reduce the arsenal by one-third, resulting in billions in savings to the Pentagon and Energy Department. The recommended reductions were included in a draft version of a classified decision directive compiled by top defense and national security officials inside the White House, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity issued Friday. While the president has yet to officially approve the directive, including the recommended one-third cut to the nuclear arsenal, sources tell CPI Obama has voiced no objection...
  • That Pro-Gun "Sandy Hook Father" Isn't Actually a Sandy Hook Father

    02/08/2013 10:08:28 AM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Slate ^ | February 7, 2013 | Mark Joseph Stern
    ... Stevens is not actually the father of a Sandy Hook student. Victoria is a fifth-grader at Reed Intermediate School, located about a mile or so from the elementary school that was the scene of the tragic mass shooting. In fairness to Stevens, the misinformation was not his doing. While his original remarks were a little ambigious—he said that his daughter "was in lockdown" during the shooting and that "her classmate’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day"—he's already gone out of his way to correct the error, emailing the Examiner to set the story straight: Thank you...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Eleventh Week in Office

    02/08/2013 10:07:55 AM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist ^ | 2/8/2013 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Eleventh Week in Office2/7/2013Obama and IsraelSecret Hagel Donor?: White House Spox Ducks Question on 'Friends of Hamas'Saad Hariri: 'Friend' of Hamas, Supporter of HagelBenghazi-GateDereliction of Duty: Obama Did Nothing to Save American Lives in Benghazi--and Lied About ItPanetta can’t explain why Obama never called back during Benghazi attack (VIDEO) Panetta, Dempsey Did Not Talk to Clinton On Sept. 11, 2013 (video)The Benghazi Debacle - Obama MIA Night of Attack, No Help Sent Once Attack Underway Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chair: Obama Talked to Them Only Once on Night of Benghazi AttackPanetta says he personally told...
  • Suspected witch bound, tortured, burned alive in Papua New Guinea

    02/08/2013 9:56:47 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A mob stripped, bound, tortured then burned to death a woman accused of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea, as hundreds of witnesses — including children — watched and took photographs. The pictures were published on the front pages of the Oceania nation’s largest circulation newspapers, Associated Press reports.
  • The Voter Fraud That ‘Never Happens’ Keeps Coming Back

    02/08/2013 9:56:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/8/2013 | John Fund
    Critics of voter ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. For instance, Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Signs Plea Deal In Federal Probe

    02/08/2013 9:44:37 AM PST · by bigbob · 61 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 2-8-13 | Mary Ann Ahren
    It’s been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress, but now NBC News confirms that Jackson has signed papers in a plea deal within the past several days. Jackson’s case is being handled by the US Attorney’s office in Washington DC. While no public announcement is expected today, those with knowledge of the investigation believe the loose ends now deal with Jackson’s wife, former Alderman Sandi Jackson, and whether or not she is ultimately charged. Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his fate – as to jail time – would be...
  • The Turret Gunner Was a She

    02/08/2013 9:37:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Martin Dempsey, the Army general who's now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a division commander when he got to Baghdad in 2003 and climbed into a Humvee for his first trip off base. "I asked the driver ... who he was (and) where he was from," the general remembers, "and I slapped the turret gunner around the leg and I said, 'Who are you?' And she leaned down and said, 'I'm Amanda.' "And I said, 'Ah, OK.' So female turret gunner protecting division commander." One of the things that makes a good commander is the speed...
  • Chicago scandal leads to shake-up at red-light camera firm

    02/08/2013 9:36:20 AM PST · by relictele · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 8 Feb 2013 | David Kidwell
    The chairman of the Australian company behind Chicago's red-light program resigned this week and trading in the company's stock was suspended amid an intensifying investigation into allegations of corruption in its Chicago contract. Redflex Holdings Ltd. announced the extraordinary actions just days after board members were briefed by an outside legal team hired to examine ties between the company's U.S. subsidiary and the city official who oversaw its contract, a relationship first disclosed in October by the Tribune. In a brief statement Thursday to the newspaper, the company also revealed for the first time that it is sharing information with...
  • Byron York: GOP aims to ease bloodshed in 2016 primary debates

    02/08/2013 9:28:48 AM PST · by dirtboy · 37 replies
    Pottstown Mercury ^ | 2/7/13 | Byron York
    “While we were playing footsie debating each other 22 times, they were spending $100 million on technology,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said recently, referring to his party’s rigorous debate schedule in the 2012 GOP presidential primary season. The last campaign, many Republican insiders said during a recent RNC meeting, had too many debates, the result of which was a GOP arguing with itself while Democrats prepared the way for Barack Obama’s victory. There’s no doubt the Republican debates produced many damaging moments for the party. There was Mitt Romney’s $10,000 bet offer, which helped cement his image as...
  • Forbidden Advice for Plain Jane in Combat

    02/08/2013 9:24:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Suizanne Fields
    American women have been cleared for combat, but the generals at the Pentagon only think they are the very model of the modern major general. Women have been locked in combat since Adam and Eve were thrown out of the Garden of Eden. Men and women have been fighting the unending war between the sexes since, giving no quarter, but happily taking each other prisoner. It's a war nobody can win, as Henry Kissinger observed, because there's too much fraternizing with the enemy. But when a helpful Amazonian warrior tries to shorten the odds for her side, someone invariably makes...
  • A new show on Nat Geo WILD not to miss...

    02/08/2013 9:21:43 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 20 replies
    Nat Geo WILD ^ | 8 Feb 2013 | US Navy Vet
    http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/the-incredible-dr-pol/ This is a TRUELY great show. This was the type of vets we had when I grew up on a farm in C. Iowa(Boone County, Ogden). All the Vets we had/used were kind of rough around the edges but had a heart of GOLD for animals.
  • Obama nominates openly gay lawyer for patent appeals court

    02/08/2013 9:19:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 7, 2013 3:44pm EST | Dan Levine
    President Barack Obama nominated Thursday an openly gay attorney to serve on the U.S. appeals court for patent cases after a previous gay nominee for that court stalled. Todd Hughes, a lawyer in the Department of Justice’s civil division, was nominated for the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He would be the first openly gay circuit judge in the country if confirmed. The Federal Circuit hears patent appeals from around the country, including high stakes cases like Apple Inc’s smartphone battle against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Its docket also includes trademark cases and some claims against the federal government....
  • Clint Eastwood: If DC doesn't 'give a damn,' how can we?

    02/08/2013 9:18:46 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8 Feb 13 | Becky Quick
    Hollywood legend and Republican supporter Clint Eastwood told CNBC that Washington gridlock is sending the nation racing towards another contentious debt deadline. "It's almost like they don't give a damn," he said, in a "Squawk Box" interview that aired Friday. The Oscar-winning director who's also known for his tough-guy roles asked rhetorically, "If they don't give a damn, why did they expect anybody else to?" Advertise | AdChoices With the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" barely in the rearview mirror, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders are on the clock again, scrambling to compromise on a package to...
  • Video: “So God made a liberal”

    02/08/2013 9:16:25 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    A tribute to Paul Harvey from Sooper Mexican.
  • Bush family e-mails hacked: Was anything stolen of value (beyond privacy)?

    02/08/2013 9:15:48 AM PST · by South40 · 3 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | 2/8/2013 | Peter Grier
    The Bush family has been victimized by a hacker, in case you haven’t heard. Someone who calls himself “Guccifer” has managed to penetrate the e-mail accounts of an unknown number of relatives of ex-Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush. We’ll leave the technical analysis to others, and focus on the stuff that’s actually been published: Are these sensitive secrets that shouldn’t have come into the public domain? Yes, in the sense that nobody should have stuff like this stolen and then plastered all over the Internet. Presumably, the FBI will get involved in tracking this person down. But no,...
  • Sequester cuts a time bomb for GOP?

    02/08/2013 9:12:41 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 8 Feb 13 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Republicans open to letting billions in sequester cuts go through figure they can blame the president if the economy goes south. But Democrats are betting they can shift that blame right back to the GOP. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re already eyeing at least 10 Republican-held seats with strong military connections from Florida to California to target in 2014, after sequester cuts have trickled down to local bases where jobs are lost and voters notice. “Republicans who are unwilling to compromise, unwilling to find solutions and are responsible for cuts to defense and jobs in their districts...
  • California Gives Up On Math: State will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra

    02/08/2013 9:08:51 AM PST · by lowbridge · 93 replies
    http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | february 8, 2013 | robby soave
    California will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra —a move that is line with the Common Core standards being adopted by most states, but that may leave students unprepared for college. Last month, California formally shifted to the Common Core mathematics standards, which recommend that students delay taking algebra if they aren’t ready for it. Previously, algebra class was a requirement for all eighth-graders in the state. The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is sponsored by the National Governor’s Association, is an effort to unify diverse state education curricula. Forty-five other states and the District of Columbia have...
  • VITTER: Endangered Species Act’s hidden costs

    02/08/2013 9:06:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Sen. David Vitter
    Respect for private property at riskAt least you have to give President Obama high marks for creativity in his latest attempt to curtail freedom and individual rights. Specifically, I’m talking about Mr. Obama’s assault on private property rights through the abuse of the Endangered Species Act. I strongly support protecting endangered species. No one I know wants to see a species go anywhere near extinction. The far-left environmentalists in the Obama administration, however, have gone way beyond this by settling litigation with their allies in environmental groups behind closed doors. Through these secret settlements, they are advancing a much more...