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  • Chicago murder rate far worse since strict gun control

    02/09/2013 6:16:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Chicago’s murder rate is far worse now than it was during the city’s most notorious crime era, Al Capone’s “gangland,” when gun-control laws hardly existed, ABC reports. Leading up to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, there were 26 killings in January 1929. Yet, 42 people were killed in Chicago last month, catching the attention of Chicagoans, the White House and politicians nationwide. If the current murder rate continues, February 2013 will far exceed February 1929, when there were 26 killings, including the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/4/chicago-murder-rate-far-worse-strict-gun-control/#ixzz2KPWwdfKo Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • MEET THE MORMON PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN MALI WHO HAS A BOLD PLAN FOR COMBATTING ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

    02/09/2013 6:15:44 AM PST · by svxdave · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 8, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Mali has been a hotbed of Islamic extremism of late, as al Qaeda operatives have taken the West African nation by storm. As the country deals with an influx of violence, a presidential election is slated for this year — and there’s a fascinating candidate running for office. Yeah Samake, 42, a Mormon who was born and raised in Mali, is hoping to win the presidency and to save his homeland from the grips of extremism. Samake is currently one of the top candidates in the race — a democratic election that was pushed off last year after extremist activity...
  • Democrats map out plan to win sequestration war (Guess what's in the plan without peeking...)

    02/09/2013 6:11:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/09/2013 | Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats are digging in against Republican calls for deeper spending cuts by bringing out some of their favorite punching bags: corporate jets, Wall Street and Big Oil. With the automatic budget cuts in the sequester coming up next month, Democrats hope to vote on an alternative plan to raise taxes on some of their favorite boogeymen in hopes of shifting the blame when the GOP inevitably rejects it. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski of Maryland met Thursday to...
  • Denial

    02/09/2013 6:05:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    There was a time, not long ago, when both Republicans and Democrats agreed that something had to be done about entitlement spending — especially spending on the elderly. But no longer. • Although he promised in his first run for the presidency to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Barack Obama seems increasingly unwilling to do any of that now. • The leftwing of the Democratic Party seems increasingly shrill in its insistence that there is no need for any fundamental reform of entitlement spending.• Even in the left-of-center think tanks and on the liberal blogs, one finds increasing denial...
  • Dangerous Times: Italy stares Into the Abyss (A Neo-Fascist named Beppe Grillo is rising to fame)

    02/09/2013 6:03:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2013 | James Lewis and Justine Aristea
    Italy lost 700,000 Italians in World War I, and then immediately voted in Mussolini's fascists, which militarized the whole of Italian society. If you wonder why Italians cheat on their taxes today, it's because they have 25 centuries of experience with nasty tyrants like Mussolini. Well, Mussolini gambled and went to war on Hitler's side, and Italy lost another half million people in WW II. Make it a round 1.3 million Italians dead from very, very bad gambles -- not to mention all the non-Italians they killed. What is astonishing is that Italy, having been punished twice in the 20th...
  • Los Angeles gunman motivated by racism [Murderer is black racist, US media IGNORES]

    02/09/2013 5:47:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/8/13 | Nick Allen
    A homicidal fugitive former police officer, who has declared “war” on his former colleagues, claimed he was the victim of racism while serving in the Los Angeles police department. An unprecedented manhunt has been launched across California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico, for Christopher Dorner, 33, a 19-stone former US Navy reserve lieutenant and American football college running back. Dorner, a trained marksman, is already suspected of killing three people, including one police officer, in a series of shootings that began last weekend.
  • Obama's S&P Suit Smacks Of Vendetta

    02/09/2013 5:45:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/09/2013 | Paul Sperry
    Staring at a another debt ceiling crisis, the president's punishing the one credit rating agency that dared downgrade U.S. debt in the last crisis. And Wall Street analysts say the timing's no coincidence. Just weeks away from the next debt-limit showdown, the Justice Department filed a whopping $5 billion lawsuit against Standard & Poor's for alleged fraud. The case appears weak, but the message it sends S&P and the other independent rating agencies is clear: Don't downgrade anymore. "It's a foregone conclusion that no more downgrades will be coming," said Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff. Curiously, Attorney General Eric...
  • More modern way of living (UNREAL!)

    02/09/2013 5:42:42 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 53 replies
    Carteret County, NC News-Times ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | LOW INFORMATION VOTER
    (Editor's note: The following Letter to the Editor, published in the Jan. 23 edition, has gone viral on the Web after a reader linked it to a Fox News Facebook page. It had received more than 4,000 comments and been shared more than 12,000 times by Tuesday morning.) Beaufort, N.C. Jan. 17, 2013 TO THE EDITOR: Republicans and “so-called” conservatives are at it again. They are claiming that the Constitution gives people the right to have guns without the permission of the government. If that were true, then how could New York and Chicago have laws against it? We Democrats...
  • Storm knocks out power to 400K in Massachusetts, Plymouth nuclear power plant

    02/09/2013 5:39:50 AM PST · by matt04 · 21 replies
    A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant. By early Saturday, NStar had reported more than 240,000 customers without power and National Grid had 165,000. Most of the outages are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph have been reported. One of the outages was the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, which shut down after losing off-site power. Authorities say there's no threat to public safety. State officials have said about 2,000 utility crews are prepared...
  • NY TIMES ON MENENDEZ: REID 'NEEDS TO REMOVE HIS GAVEL'

    02/09/2013 5:22:09 AM PST · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    The New York Times has called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to remove New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez from his chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Under the editorial headline “Mr. Menendez’s Ethics Problem,” the newspaper said Menendez “was never a distinguished choice for chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the position he ascended to this month by virtue of seniority.” “Concerns about that quality gap have sharply escalated amid new disclosures about Mr. Menendez’s use of his position to advance the financial interests of a friend and big donor,” the Times wrote. “Instead of trying...
  • Japan: TEPCO accident causes new problem at Fukushima(dropped 1.5-ton hoist into fuel pool)

    02/09/2013 5:20:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Asahi ^ | February 08, 2013
    TEPCO accident causes new problem at Fukushima February 08, 2013 The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has admitted dislodging broken equipment weighing 1.5 tons and sending it falling further into a pool where fragile nuclear fuel rods lie.
  • Frozen

    02/09/2013 5:19:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.President Obama’s senior thesis at Columbia University has been embargoed. It is said to be an endorsement of the Nuclear Freeze Movement that was so much the cause célèbre of the left here and throughout Western Europe in the Reagan years. We may have to wait for his presidential library to open to find out. And we may have to wait until then, too, to learn whether young Barack Obama attended the massive, one million plus Nuclear Freeze rally in Central Park in June, 1982. It’s hard to imagine that the young...
  • Patrick Declares State Of Emergency, Announces Travel Ban In Mass

    02/09/2013 5:12:55 AM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 82 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 2/8/13 | CBS Boston staff writer
    BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts Friday afternoon for the blizzard that could bring up to 3 feet of snow. He also announced he has signed an executive order to ban all travel on all roads in the state starting at 4 p.m. Friday. There are some exceptions to the ban, including emergency workers, those who work in hospitals and media, and others required to be at their jobs. The governor said rapid snowfall of 2-3 inches per hour will make for, “extremely dangerous conditions,” and will “make safe travel nearly impossible.” This...
  • 20 Reasons America Is Becoming An Increasingly Nonfunctional Society

    02/09/2013 5:08:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | John Hawkins
    1) Starting in the sixties there was an explosion of children born out-of-wedlock and kids who don't grow up in two parent families fare more poorly percentage wise on just about any and every scale imaginable including substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, suicide rates, criminality and homelessness. 2) Many people are becoming so childlike in their dependence on the government that they can't save for their own retirement, escape from an oncoming hurricane, or even purchase their own birth control without the government handling it for them. 3) Our legal system encourages frivolous lawsuits, is punitively expensive and because of the...
  • Alonzo Mourning’s Wife Arrested For DUI [Media Will Forgive/Forget Obama Supporter]

    02/09/2013 5:04:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 2/8/13
    The wife of former Miami Heat superstar Alonzo Mourning was arrested early Friday morning near Old Cutler Road and San Servano Avenue on a single charge of driving under the influence. According to the arrest report, Mourning failed a roadside sobriety test administered after allegedly speeding in two different areas and not stopping for a red light. The arrest report stated that after Mourning was stopped, she asked the officer, “What did I do sir?” The officer told her she had been speeding and she winked and said “I was going fast, wasn’t I?”
  • As Blizzard Nemo Strikes, Global Warming Won’t Be Far Behind

    02/09/2013 4:59:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | John Ransom
    Blizzard Nemo is bearing down on the Northeast- hence the term nor’easter to describe it- so prepare for the folks at Fashion Week, now being held in New York City, to be out in force battling the storm. “The organizers of New York's Fashion Week,” reports the CSMonitor, “a closely watched series of fashion shows held under a big tent – said they will have extra crews to help with snow removal and will turn up the heat and add an extra layer to the venue.” We can only hope that they wear furs. Because we’ll need blizzards of hilarity...
  • Born on the Bayou

    02/09/2013 4:46:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    KRAEMER, La. -- Roland Torres wants you to know a few things. He lives in a rural area where life is pretty straightforward. His family has been active on the bayou for five generations, witnessing a daily battle of survival of the fittest. The birds, animals and reptiles who inhabit the vast swamps of south-central Louisiana live only as long as their wits and luck hold out. They are on their own 24/7. So is Torres. A former game warden, Torres is of Spanish descent and still speaks the language of his Cajun ancestors: French. He makes a decent...
  • Talking with Pagans and Talking with Journalists

    02/09/2013 4:37:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    Sports Illustrated has come to my mailbox for nearly 40 years. I hope it comes for 40 more. But I also hope whomever is assigning the stories in the future begins to think more about the readers than their political and social agendas. Super Bowl week featured a cover of a praying Ray Lewis rising from the water, and a cover story by New York Times’ religion columnist Mark Oppenheimer on Christians in the NFL. The story was enough to cause PJMedia writer Andrew Klavan to declare he would not renew his SI subscription, and most serious Christian athletes are...
  • Will Governor Cuomo Hear from the Concerned "Vocal Minority?" (Pro gun rally Albany NY)

    02/09/2013 4:36:07 AM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 10 replies
    Capital District Political Action Network ^ | February 8, 2013 | Garry Perry
    Will Governor Cuomo Hear from the Concerned "Vocal Minority?" Albany, NY- Thousands of concerned New Yorkers from around the state will gather on the West side of the NYS Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, February 12th from 11-2 to voice their concerns over the SAFE Act and support the Second Amendment. This event is being sponsored by many pro-Second Amendment Groups, including turn Albany Upside Down, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), and S.C.O.P.E. Many pro-Second Amendment supporters were offended to hear their concerns marginalized by Governor Cuomo as "a very vocal minority." Organizers are encouraging Governor...
  • Police Helicopter Lands to Harass Woman For Her Papers

    02/09/2013 4:05:20 AM PST · by Bon mots · 62 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Feb. 8, 2013 | YouTube
    See the Video on YouTube Does this make you feel safe? 6 heavily armed officers of the state - overpaid, and awaiting fat pensions - circle and harass a sweet lady out in the desert collecting rocks. The use of a $5-8million helicopter that costs about $2000 per hour to fly, the six overpaid donut munchers inside and the illegal search of an innocent, harmless lady out collecting rocks is a travesty of justice and the American way. What have they done to our country? Do you feel safe now?
  • Dartmouth Cops Hunt Faux-Chinese Gibberish Speaker

    02/09/2013 3:52:27 AM PST · by zeestephen · 11 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 08 February 2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    The object of this manhunt stands accused of speaking faux-Chinese to two Chinese students. He could face expulsion.
  • Movement aims to 'reclaim' Valentine's Day as Generosity Day

    02/09/2013 3:46:44 AM PST · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    iving can be addictive. At least that's the hope of the organizers of a movement that's looking to "reclaim" Valentine's Day. For 24 hours, the group is asking people to mark Generosity Day -- and to be generous to everyone "to see how it feels and to practice saying 'yes.'" Generosity Day has its roots in a 2011 30-day Generosity Experiment done by Sasha Dichter of New York. During that time, Dichter said "yes" to everyone who asked for help, according to the "movement's" website, www.spreadgenerosityday.com. In a video of Dichter's presentation at the 2011 NextGEN Charity Conference, Dichter tells...
  • Conservative Doc Reveals Why He Spoke Out Against Obama’s Policies

    02/09/2013 2:55:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/8/2013 | Jason Howerton
    With President Barack Obama sitting just feet away, Dr. Benjamin Carson stood up for conservative principles in his speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, discussing the national debt, political correctness and even healthcare. Readers loved his speech so much that TheBlaze’s story on it went viral. On Friday, Carson appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” to explain why he felt compelled to speak out against the big government policies endorsed by Obama, in front of Obama. Carson, a renown neurosurgeon, said the response to his speech has been “overwhelmingly” positive. However, he argued he didn’t make a conservative argument, but rather...
  • Allegiance to more than the flag

    02/09/2013 12:26:56 AM PST · by thecodont · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 3:01 am, Friday, February 8, 2013 | Chip Johnson, Chronicle Columnist
    The Pledge of Allegiance has taken it on the chin over the years. Everything from the clause "one nation under God" to its recitation in public schools and public meetings has been challenged. This week, El Cerrito City Councilman Mark Friedman proposed eliminating the custom from the start of each council meeting. "I've always had problems with the Pledge of Allegiance," said Friedman, whose politics were shaped in the fiery days of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in his hometown, Chicago. In his argument to end the custom, Friedman said that in a world without "liberty and justice for all,"...
  • Containment and Radical Islam

    02/08/2013 11:07:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | February 6, 2013 | Rand Paul
    A realist foreign-policy vision that is neither imperialistic nor isolationist.The following is text of a speech delivered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at the Heritage Foundation on February 6, 2013.Foreign policy is uniquely an arena where we should base decisions on the landscape of the world as it is . . . not as we wish it to be. I see the world as it is. I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist. When candidate John McCain argued in 2007 that we should remain in Iraq for 100 years, I blanched and wondered what the unintended consequences of...
  • Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis blasts MTA for being insensitive to Asians

    02/08/2013 11:07:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5:26 PM, February 7, 2013 | Carl Campanile
    GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis today blasted the MTA of being insensitive to the city’s Asian community by suspending No. 7 weekend train service during Lunar New Year festivities—the most significant Asian holiday of the year. The 7 train runs from Times Square in Manhattan to Flushing in Queens, home of the city’s largest ethnic Chinese and Korean communities. The track work suspends service in Manhattan. “The MTA has no respect for the Asian people. It’s terrible,” Catsimatides said. …
  • A Lefty Killer?

    02/08/2013 11:04:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 8, 2013 | James Taranto
    Conservatives leave out part of the Christopher Dorner story.Remember when liberal journalists and politicians tried to incite a moral panic by blaming a series of violent crimes on the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and assorted other bugbears? If you don't, Michelle Malkin has a refresher: The 2009 massacre of three Pittsburgh police officers (which lib journos falsely blamed on Fox News, Glenn Beck, and the "heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces"); the 2009 suicide insurance scam/murder hoax of Kentucky census worker Bill Sparkman (which New York magazine falsely blamed on Rush Limbaugh, "conservative media personalities, websites and...
  • Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Gang Members in Compton Case

    02/08/2013 10:44:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KPCC ^ | February 8th, 2013 | Leslie Berestein Rojas
    Two members of a Compton street gang have been indicted on federal hate crime charges in connection with an attack on four juveniles on New Year’s Eve. Named in the indictment are 19-year-old Jeffrey Aguilar and 21-year-old Efren Marquez, Jr., both alleged members of the Compton 155 street gang, which prosecutors say uses violence and threats to try to drive black residents out of its territory. The attack last December 31st was racially motivated, says U.S. Attorney Andre Birrote, Jr. “The evidence in this investigation has led us to believe that they have a racial animus toward African Americans," Birrote...
  • Now Euro MPs want a secret vote to block budget deal and defy the 27 leaders

    02/08/2013 10:38:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:38 EST, 8 February 2013 | James Chapman
    Euro MPs prompted uproar last night by plotting to try to block the budget deal using a secret ballot so voters cannot hold them to account. It emerged that they are planning to use a little-understood procedure to allow them to vote in private and defy the 27 EU leaders. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament and former leader of its socialist group, suggested a vote on the budget should be conducted in secret to allow MEPs to break away from prime ministers and party leaders and maximize the chances of it being rejected. A vote behind closed doors...
  • A generation of “little savages” raised in nurseries as daycare is linked to aggression in toddlers

    02/08/2013 9:31:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:40 EST, 8 February 2013 | Gerri Peev
    A rapid increase in nursery places has led to a generation of violent “little savages”, psychologist Oliver James has warned. James, the best-selling author of books on child-rearing, said ministerial proposals to allow child carers to look after more youngsters would fuel aggression in the under-threes, which would have lasting effects. Shoving youngsters in to nurseries was simply “warehousing” them so that the government could push mothers back to work to reap income for the Exchequer, he argued. … James pointed to a study in America, which tracked youngsters for 15 years. It showed a correlation between the hours placed...
  • State lawmakers propose tough gun laws - Gun advocates pledge fight over California proposals (CA)

    02/08/2013 8:55:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 7, 2013 | Wyatt Buchanan
    California would significantly restrict gun use and ownership, including major new bans on ammunition magazines, under dozens of new proposed regulations that would cement the state's status of having the strictest gun-control laws in the United States. The magnitude of restrictions introduced by Democrats is greater than gun-rights advocates say they have ever seen at one time and puts the debate in California in the forefront, even as Congress considers a number of gun laws. The drive for tougher regulations in California also highlights the relative weakness of the gun lobby and gun manufacturers in the state. Restrictions would include...
  • Jerusalem expects Obama will bring new peace plan, demand breakthrough

    02/08/2013 8:54:45 PM PST · by haffast · 28 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Wednesday February 6, 2013 | Shlomo Cesana and Yoni Hirsch and News Agencies
    Officials in Jerusalem believe that U.S. President Barack Obama, who has announced he will visit Israel in mid-March, will arrive with a new peace plan and the demand for a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Obama's itinerary, which includes stops in Ramallah and Amman, suggests that his administration may be preparing a new peace bid. Word of the coming trip followed calls by incoming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday stressing the U.S. commitment to peacemaking. President Obama's associates have said in recent days that he plans to play a...
  • Why our Country is Going Down The Drain

    02/08/2013 8:47:39 PM PST · by South40 · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept 7, 2011
    Obama supporters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL-a-r7iJIU
  • Thousands Oppose Governor O’Malley’s Ill-conceived Gun Bills

    02/08/2013 8:43:28 PM PST · by RightSideNews · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 8, 2013 | James Simpson
    Wednesday I traveled to Annapolis to testify in opposition to SB 281, the painfully misnamed “Firearms Safety Act of 2013.” .. Media outlets counted “hundreds” but there were probably at least 5,000. According to the office of Senate Judiciary Proceedings Committee Chairman Brian Frosh, 2,444 people originally signed up to testify. Another 200 or so signed handwritten sheets to voice their opinions. Within the Miller Senate Office Building, the hearing room and two overflow rooms were closed as they reached their rated capacity. The hallways were jammed with people. Thousands of people milled about the State House courtyard outside. I...
  • Sheriff Joe Raids Sporting Goods Company: Nabs 27 Illegals Using Stolen IDs

    02/08/2013 8:42:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-09-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaHe’s known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. But Joe Arpaio continues to show he deserves the moniker of “America’s JOBS Sheriff”. Because every time Sheriff Joe conducts a raid, he frees up jobs for legal American workers. And at a time when raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are almost unheard of - Barack Obama has slashed workplace enforcement by a staggering 70% since 2009 - Sheriff Joe and his department keep on working to crack down on illegal aliens in the workplace. Today was no exception, as Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies raided Sportex Apparel in Tempe, AZ,  a custom-made...
  • Venezuela Devalues Its Currency

    02/08/2013 7:53:58 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    Venezuela Devalues Its Currency Matthew BoeslerFebruary 8, 2013, 3:43 PMVenezuela just undertook a massive currency devaluation, re-pegging the bolivar to a value of 6.3 per U.S. dollar from its previous official exchange rate of 4.3 bolivars per dollar. The government also announced that it would shutter the Venezuelan currency exchange system known as SITME. Given the currency devaluation underway in other economies around the world right now – perhaps most notably in Japan – a few are calling this Venezuela's foray into the global "currency war" between countries trying to devalue their currencies in order to increase export competitiveness. However,...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than 30% to go to meet our goal!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XVIII]

    02/08/2013 7:43:26 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 755 replies
    Dear FReepers, Less than 30% to go to meet our goal!! Still lagging a bit off the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done in three weeks!! We can do this!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it and think it's a worthwhile endeavor to support. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the defense...
  • Manhunt: Sheriff worries Big Bear residents may dish out own justice

    02/08/2013 7:38:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 94 replies
    LAT ^ | February 8, 2013 | 7:07pm
    <p>While scores of law enforcement officers continued to search Friday for a fugitive ex-cop suspected of killing three people, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said he is worried about armed Big Bear residents -- whom he calls "hearty" --- taking the law into their own hands.</p>
  • CA Mayor Charged for Drunken Fit Over Milkshake, Report Says (Mayor Says ...'Shake Cost Too Much')

    02/08/2013 7:37:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Calif. mayor charged for drunken fit over milkshake, report says (CBS) ATWATER, Calif. - Craig Mooneyham, who was filling in as mayor of Atwater, Calif., is accused of throwing a drunken fit over a $7 milkshake, CBS Sacramento reports. According to the station, witnesses say the mayor was so mad about having to pay $7 for a banana milkshake, he started cursing and nearly got into a fight. "He was just throwing the f-bombs and pretty much everything else," Liliana Gracian, an employee of Fosters Freeze, a fast-food chain, told the station. Mooneyham reportedly swore he was overcharged for extra...
  • Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III

    02/08/2013 7:24:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | JOHN F. BURNS
    Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him... --snip-- Dr. King said tests conducted at three laboratories in England and France had found that the descendants’ mitochondrial DNA, a genetic element inherited through the maternal line of descent, matched that extracted from the parking lot skeleton. She said all three samples belonged to a type of mitochondrial DNA that is carried by only 1 to 2 percent of the English population, a rare enough group to satisfy...
  • Just Like Beer, Scotch Gets Canned

    02/08/2013 6:57:39 PM PST · by Drew68 · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09 Jan 13 | Lauren Torrisi
    Just when the controversy over the banned FourLoko has died down, a beverage company has come out with straight Scotch in a can, just like soda pop. Though there’s been no uproar so far, as was the case with the alcohol-caffeine combo FourLoko, Scottish Spirits’ “Scotch in a Can” is being marketed as a “distilled and matured in Scotland for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks.” It has notes of “honey, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and pears,” and a “hint of peat and smoke in the background,” as described on their site. Each can contains about eight shots or...
  • Mental health center offers free training to teachers (Is it the kids - or maybe someone else?)

    02/08/2013 6:46:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    12 News Now ^ | 2/02/13 | Adam Wright
    **SNIP** It's a two day course that teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia. "A lot of times what you think to do in a mental health circumstance is exactly the wrong thing to do, like telling a person who's feeling seriously depressed to 'snap out of it' or 'you have so much to live for'," said Spindeltop spokesperson Janna Fulbright. The class was offered free to educators. And Henry believes a better knowledge of mental disorders could help decrease violence in schools. "This actually gives you a little more...
  • Christopher Dorner Vanished, May Have Very Powerful Weapons (Missile launcher, .50 cal rifle)

    02/08/2013 6:44:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Pierre Thomas
    Alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner has vanished. More than 24 hours after Dorner allegedly shot and killed one police officer and injured two others, police say they have no idea where the former cop with a vendetta against police has gone. "He could be anywhere at this point," Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department said today. Police are also trying to determine whether Dorner left his burning car on the side of Big Bear Mountain and earlier dropped his badge in San Diego as diversionary tactics to distract police. Wherever Dorner is, law enforcement officials fear that...
  • Fertility and immigration: Global demographics, not domestic policy, will control who comes and...

    02/08/2013 6:41:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Jonathan V. Last
    Global demographics, not domestic policy, will control who comes and who goes. In Washington, politicians are trying to reform America's immigration system, again. Both President Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are proposing "paths to citizenship" for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. Other proposals abound, including finishing the border fence, creating a better E-Verify system for employers and passing the last Congress' Dream Act. All of these ideas, however, fundamentally misunderstand immigration in America: Future immigration is probably going to be governed not by U.S. domestic policy choices but by global demographics.... --snip-- ...that Puerto Rico's fertility rate...
  • ABC Ignores New Benghazi Revelations Showing Disengaged Obama

    02/08/2013 6:13:39 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama's lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the story. In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts.
  • FReeper Canteen - Valentine Music Dedication - 8/Feb/2013

    02/08/2013 6:10:12 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 383 replies
    Our Troops Rock! | The Canteen Cupids
       ~ Canteen Music Dedication ~ ~ Support The Artists ~   Support the artists you hear throughout the Canteen! Click on the links below! Keep the music going! ArtistDirect l  Internet Radio l  AOL Music l  Sonique (Lycos) l  Real Radio Live365 l  971TheRiver  l  GotRadio  l  Wherehouse  l  Target  l Shoutcast AFRTS l  VH1 l XM Radio l  BET l  audiophile l  Virgin Radio l  Soma (Alternative) Acaza l AudioRealm l VH1 l  Yahoo! Launch Music l  Radio Disney l  Live-Radio Net ITunes l Amazon l Salsa Radio l MTV l CMT l Ticketmaster l Billboard l...
  • Blowback From the Grass Roots (How Steve King Learned to Love Karl Rove)

    02/08/2013 6:07:06 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    If there is only one grassroots conservative in the country who is happy about the rollout of Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, it’s Representative Steve King of Iowa. Allies of the conservative potential Senate candidate are practically chortling about how the swings taken at King by Steven Law, president of the Conservative Victory Project, are boosting King’s prospective candidacy. “Steve King hadn’t done anything to Karl Rove, so they fired the first shot, but I guarantee it won’t be the last,” vows Chuck Laudner, a former King adviser. The Conservative Victory Project has done “nothing but encourage Steve King, and...
  • Amish Sect Leader Sentenced to 15 Years in Hair-Cutting Attacks

    02/08/2013 6:02:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | By TRIP GABRIEL
    The leader of a dissident Amish sect was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison for a series of bizarre beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Ohio Amish that drew national attention. Samuel Mullet Sr., 67, the leader, was sentenced in Federal District Court in Cleveland for coordinating assaults that prosecutors argued were motivated by religious intolerance. Fifteen of his followers, including six women, were given lesser sentences, ranging from one year and one day to seven years. The breakaway Amish were convicted last year of multiple counts of conspiracy and hate crimes, which carry harsher punishment than simple...
  • Conductor, Juilliard emeritus James DePreist dies

    02/08/2013 6:00:43 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 8, 2013 | Steven Dubois
    James DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors and a National Medal of Arts winner, died Friday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his manager Jason Bagdade said. DePreist, who was 76, had been in and out of the hospital since a massive heart attack last March that was followed by open-heart surgery, his wife, Ginette DePreist, told The Oregonian newspaper.
  • Mali conflict: French ransom cash 'funded militants'

    02/08/2013 6:00:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 February 2013 Last updated at 17:48 ET
    A former US ambassador to Mali has told the BBC that France that paid ransom money to free hostages and the funds ended up bolstering Islamist groups it is now fighting. Vicki Huddleston said France paid $17m (£10.75m) to free hostages seized from a uranium mine in Niger in 2010. She said other European countries, including Germany, had also paid ransoms amounting to nearly $90m. France has always denied that it pays ransoms for the release of hostages. ... Ms Huddleston said the hostages kidnapped at the Niger mine in 2010 were only released because money had changed hands. "All...