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  • video - Tiny Piglet in a wheelchair

    02/10/2013 2:58:02 AM PST · by mkleesma · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/10/2012 | none cited
    "Chris P. Bacon" was born without hind legs, so his creative owner created a wheelchair out of K'Nex for him.
  • Iraq PM 'Invites' Iran to Seize US Embassy in Baghdad

    02/09/2013 11:54:28 PM PST · by Bobalu · 42 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 2/10/2013, 9:14 AM | Chana Ya'ar
    Iraq allegedly has agreed to allow 50,000 Iranian Basij militia troops into the country to help suppress riots against the government and seize Arab and other foreign embassies, including that of the United States. The two leaders allegedly agreed to allow the Basij forces to attack and occupy the foreign embassies considered hostile to Iran in Baghdad, and to detain their staffs.
  • 2nd Amendment 'too controversial' for radio More stations shut down criticism of Obama

    02/09/2013 11:52:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/9/13 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the radio industry powerhouse Clear Channel have followed in the footsteps of a conservative Washington talk station in concluding that a message regarding the Second Amendment is “too controversial” for people in the Washington area to hear. “How ironic and maddening that the president is flying around the country, on our dime, trying to sell gun control but I can’t BUY air time to respond,” said Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Vaus, creator of the Buck Howdy character. Ads by Google Online Web Design ProgramStart the Path to A New Career in Web Design. Degree in 3 Online! www.Westwood.edu/WebDesign Website...
  • Huffington Post Masks Religious Identity of U.K. Acid Attacker: Changes Report from "niqab"

    02/09/2013 11:40:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/9/13 | Pamela Geller
    The horror of the sharia and Islamic culture is monstrous enough, but this media cover-up is truly horrible. It's bad enough that mindless followers of a religious culture engage in these atrocious mandates (it's their religion), but for non-believers (with the influence of a big media voice) to cover up for this brutal ideology is pure evil. These reporters are not believers; what's the excuse for their depraved inhumanity? The writer of this Puff Ho piece is one Sara Nelson, who is based in the UK. And if Nelson is not a devout Muslim (who would sanction such savagery) than...
  • Now States Cutting Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs

    02/09/2013 11:14:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/9/13 | Joel Pollak
    The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year--they are also hitting the government, and public employees as well. Virginia, for example, is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more. The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance. Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work. In Ohio, Youngstown State University recently announced a 29-hour-per-week part-time limit, and placed employees on notice that they would be fired if...
  • I Gotta Get the Bread and Milk! OMG, I Gotta Get the Bread and Milk!!!

    02/09/2013 11:00:30 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 54 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/9/13 | Vic DiBitetto
    Guy needs to get his bread and milk!
  • Details emerge in LAPD's mistaken shooting of newspaper carriers

    02/09/2013 10:52:48 PM PST · by El Gato · 216 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Joel Rubin, Angel Jennings and Andrew Blankstein
    The women were victims of 'a tragic misinterpretation' by officers working under 'incredible tension,' LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says. ... at least seven officers opened fire. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs
  • Moaz Al-Khatib: New Regime in Syria Won’t be Foe to Israel

    02/09/2013 10:29:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Al-Manar (Lebanon) ^ | Saturday, February 9, 2013 | Agencies
    Head of Doha Coalition Moaz al-Khatib told the Israeli Newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that “the new regime in Syria” will not be a foe to ‘Israel’ and will not attack it, SANA news agency reported. Al-Khatib added that "Israel shouldn't be worried over the issue of the chemical weapons as the opposition coalition will possess the regime's stockpiles of weapons, including the chemical and prevent them from falling in to Hezbollah's hands." He said that the coalition has a plan to impose control over the strategic weapons in Syria in case the regime falls. He described Hezbollah as "sons of devil",...
  • CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming

    02/09/2013 9:28:33 PM PST · by chessplayer · 81 replies
    CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?” Moments earlier, before an ad break, she segued from the Northeast blizzard to a segment with Bill Nye “the science guy,” by pointing to global warming: “Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame? I’ll talk to Bill Nye, ‘the science guy,’ about devastating storms and climate change.” She never got to that...
  • Former US Diplomat: Europeans, Canada paid $89 million ransom to Al Qaeda

    02/09/2013 9:26:59 PM PST · by LSUfan · 8 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 9 Feb 13 | Unattributed
    A former U.S. ambassador to Mali has alleged that France paid a $17 million ransom to free hostages seized from a French mining site – cash she said ultimately funded the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants its troops are now fighting. French officials, whose soldiers are pushing north into the territory where the missing captives are believed to be held, denied paying any ransoms. Huddleston, who served as ambassador to Mali and held positions in the State Department and Defense Department in the U.S. before retiring, told France’s iTele network that the French money allowed al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch to flourish in...
  • Baby Talk - Do low fertility rates spell economic collapse?

    02/09/2013 9:19:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The New Republic ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2013 | RUY TEIXEIRA
    Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff,” wrote Jonathan Last, “The root cause of most of our problems is our declining fertility rate.” This view, as recently expressed in The Wall Street Journal and at greater length in Last’s new book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, holds that a decline in fertility rates (the average number of children born per woman) means nothing less than the end of civilization as we know it. According to Last, fertility decline will inevitably lead to population shrinkage, which in turn will inevitably doom us to economic stagnation and social breakdown....
  • SoCalifornia: Search for fugitive intensifies (Ex LAPD Cop Killer)

    02/09/2013 9:17:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    OC Register ^ | Feb. 9, 2013 Updated: 7:48 p.m. | SALVADOR HERNANDEZ, BROOKE STAGGS and ALYSSA DURANTY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    A new shift of officers has been called in tonight to continue the search for Christopher Dorner in Big Bear. The LAPD has announced it will reopen the investigation into Dorner’s termination.Bulletin: Sgt. R. Collins of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department Big Bear station said at 6:15 p.m. that a new shift of officers had been called in to continue the search for Christopher Dorner. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has announced the department will reopen the investigation into Dorner's employment termination. He plans to publicly address Dorner's allegations of wrongful termination and review the 2007 complaint against his supervisor....
  • Ellison town hall on gun violence gets contentious

    02/09/2013 9:16:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    tcdailyplanet.net ^ | February 08, 2013 | Harry Colbert, Jr
    The tension was palpable during a packed town hall meeting to discuss federal efforts to reduce gun violence. The town hall, called by US Rep. Keith Ellison, who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District – a district that has been home to its share of gun violence – took place inside Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave. S. And though the meeting was inside a place of worship, the mood was far from serene. And in a room with walls adorned with statistics on gun violence and names of those killed by guns and with a son of a man gunned down...
  • Former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh assists with Paterno review of Freeh report

    02/09/2013 9:07:09 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 28 replies
    Harrisburg Patriot News ^ | 2.8.13 | Charles Thompson
    One of Pennsylvania's most prominent citizens has been part of the Paterno family's efforts to clear the late Joe Paterno of responsibility for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State. The Paterno family is set to release its rebuttal to the Freeh Report on Sunday morning, starting with an appearance by the authors of their counter-attack on the ESPN news magazine show, "Outside the Lines." Former Gov. Dick Thornburgh will be prominent on that panel, giving it heft as a former U.S. Attorney General under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Thornburgh's involvement in the Paterno's...
  • Defense Distributed Unveils New 3D Printed Gun Magazine ‘Cuomo’ ( 30 rd.)

    02/09/2013 9:06:39 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/ ^ | February 07 2013 | CARL FRANZEN
    Defense Distributed, the Austin, Texas-based project by 24-year-old law student Cody Wilson and several others to develop 3D printed firearms and firearm components, or “Wiki Weapons,” on Thursday posted a new video online showing a successful test firing of a new 3D printed high-capacity (30-round) automatic rifle (AR) magazine, named “Cuomo,” after New York State’s gun-control supporting governor Andrew Cuomo. New York recently passed a law banning all magazines in excess of 7 rounds (except for law enforcement use), the nation’s toughest magazine regulation. “He [Cuomo] wants to be associated with these magazines,” Wilson told TPM, reached by phone on...
  • Lew’s Cayman Islands Fund a Likely Issue at Confirmation Hearings

    02/09/2013 9:01:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | February 8, 2013, 6:21 pm | By JONATHAN WEISMAN
    As recently as 2010, Jack Lew, President Obama‘s nominee to be the next secretary of the Treasury, had $56,000 invested in a CitiGroup venture capital fund based in the Cayman Islands’ notorious Ugland House, a building whose mailboxes are home to nearly 19,000 corporate entities, many of them tax shelters.The investment has been in public documents for years and drew no attention when Mr. Lew was confirmed to be deputy secretary of state in 2009 and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010.But the fund is coming to light as Mr. Obama and Congressional...
  • Lansing gun buyback brings in more than 100 guns, draws protests

    02/09/2013 8:48:23 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 12 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-9-2013 | Lauren Gibbons
    LANSING, MI — The Lansing Police Department's second gun buyback program earned more than 100 guns Saturday, an achievement officers called "a great success." About 128 guns were purchased from the official sale, Lansing Police Department public information officer Robert Merritt said. He estimated most of the guns collected at Saturday's sale, held at Lansing's Tabernacle of David church, were hand guns. Several long guns and two assault weapons were also collected. The city's first gun buyback returned about 100 firearms and was held in August after Lansing Eastern High School student LaVon Wilson, 16, was killed in a July...
  • Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing'

    02/09/2013 8:45:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Under the broad banner of "health," the federal government not only is telling Americans what to eat, it's also telling us to make our homes safer.This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation's health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home."The project has a name: "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action.""People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home," the announcement said. "Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and...
  • Disabled Marine rifles at inauguration signal shift in administration policy (Photos)

    02/09/2013 8:43:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    examiner ^ | 2/9/13 | David Codrea
    “Didn't know the Marines had to take the bolts out of their rifles for the Inaugural,” an email forwarded to Gun Rights Examiner from a United States Marine Corps source observed. “Wonder if someone can explain why [they] would be marching in the inaugural parade with no bolts in their rifles!” The email linked to a YouTube video of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, embedded in this column, featuring Bravo Company Marines from the Marine Barracks Washington. Sure enough, the observation in the email is confirmed by watching the video, with screen shots provided in the photo and slide show...
  • CBS2 Exclusive: LAPD Chief Announces He’s Reopening Case That Resulted In Dorner’s Termination

    02/09/2013 8:22:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | February 9, 2013 6:19 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has just announced he’s reopening the case that resulted in accused cop killer and former officer Christopher Dorner’s termination. “I’m not doing this to appease him. I’m doing this so the community has faith in what the police department does,” Beck said in an exclusive interview Saturday with CBS2’s Pat Harvey. In a 20-page manifesto posted on Facebook, Dorner allegedly vows revenge against several former LAPD co-workers whom he claims ended his career. “This investigation has already been reviewed at multiple levels…If I have to redo something or deal with an issue...
  • Why Did Some Local Media Edit Out Anti-NRA, Pro-Obama Portions of Cop-Killer’s Supposed Manifesto?

    02/09/2013 7:55:45 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The supposed manifesto of a fired Los Angeles police officer being sought in several slayings contained praise for President Barack Obama and gun control and disdain for the National Rifle Association in portions apparently redacted at the request of the LAPD. L.A. Fox affiliate KTTV-TV published a portion of Christopher Dorner’s writing that left out his political views. Other local news outlets including KTLA-TV and KFI AM 640 did the same
  • FAA Releases New Drone List—Is Your Town on the Map?

    02/09/2013 7:20:15 PM PST · by ThomasThomas · 27 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jennifer Lynch
    I found this link from Micheal Yon on Facebook. I haven't heard of Electronic Frontier Foundation before but I found there map very interesting. The have a Google map of all FAA approved drone operations. If you follow there link to larger you can see details on what they say they are doing with the drone.
  • Debate simmers over doctors asking about guns

    02/09/2013 7:12:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 92 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Amy Jeter
    Do you have a gun in your home? For some, that's a loaded question - particularly when asked by a doctor. A debate is simmering over when and whether physicians should be allowed to talk to their patients about firearms. Doctor groups say physicians are obligated to warn their patients about guns along with other health risks, such as riding in a car without wearing a seat belt. However, gun rights advocates balk at what they see as a needless invasion of privacy and blatant attempt at gun control advocacy. State and federal lawmakers are weighing in. President Barack Obama's...
  • LAPD to reopen investigation into fugitive ex-cop's firing

    02/09/2013 7:06:04 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9 February 2013
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – The hunt in the snowy mountains for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings continued Saturday as police announced they will reopen the disciplinary proceedings that led to the fugitive's firing. Officials will particularly re-examine Christopher Dorner's allegations that his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told KCBS-TV. He also urged Dorner to surrender. "If he was to give himself up, we'd be happy to hear what he has to say," Beck said. Authorities suspect Dorner in a series of attacks in Southern California...
  • Russian police kill terror suspect in Caucasus (wanted for Moscow airport bombing)

    02/09/2013 6:22:26 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | Feb 6, 2013
    <p>Russian police have shot dead a North Caucasus man believed to be the last suspect still wanted for involvement in a 2010 suicide bombing in Moscow.</p>
  • Ivan Thunder: World War, Iwo Jima and the way we were

    02/09/2013 6:03:54 PM PST · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Spero News ^ | Friday, February 08, 2013 | James M Thunder
    Ivan Thunder: World War, Iwo Jima and the way we were A marvelous memoir by Ivan Thunder recounts how it really was on the sand of Iwo Jima, a tiny island drenched in the blood of Americans and Japanese fighting for supremacy during the Second World War. In the 1973 movie The Way We Were, starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, Redford, as Hubbell Gardiner, recites the opening lines of his novel: “In a way he was like the country he lived in. Everything came too easily to him.” This teaser always made me want to read more, but of...
  • Parents gain access to secret school curriculum

    02/09/2013 5:53:56 PM PST · by wesagain · 104 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | John Griffing
    AUSTIN, Texas – Parents of school children across Texas now are gaining access to a previously secret public school curriculum, according to an announcement from a state lawmaker. The CSCOPE program, an online offering that until now has prohibited, under penalty of law, teachers from sharing the lessons with parents, stirred up controversy because of its various lessons – some that were taken offline after the questions arose. Among those issues were that the curriculum at one point taught the Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism and Christians were cannibals, and forced students to draw a socialist flag...
  • Mark Landsbaum: Don't panic about global warming

    02/09/2013 5:53:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Feb. 8, 2013 | Mark Landsbaum
    <p>What little climate change occurring is so slow that adapting is easy.</p> <p>"The sky is falling!" – from the folktale, "Chicken Little."</p> <p>Contrary to the hysterical rant, the sky wasn't falling. But at least Chicken Little made an honest mistake. If only global warming alarmists were as sincerely mistaken. Too often it seems what's happening is something other than an honest mistake.</p>
  • CONNECTING SOME DREADFUL DOTS

    02/09/2013 5:43:43 PM PST · by Dick Bachert · 37 replies
    Vanity | 2/9.2013 | Dick Bachert
    Today is Saturday, February 9, 2013. As this is written, police in California are hunting former officer Christopher Dorner who has gone on a murderous rampage. He left behind a long “manifesto” setting out a list of perceived insults, indignities and slights going back to his childhood and threatening to kill those his disturbed mind feels to be responsible. While watching FNN this morning, a psychiatrist declared that all the evidence points to this fellow being a NARCISSIST. He offered that one of the major symptoms of narcissism is an unwarranted elevated sense of great self-worth/self-esteem. He then predicted that...
  • Ron Paul Files International Copyright Complaint Against His Own Fans (Crazy Old Coot Alert!)

    02/09/2013 5:38:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 2-9-2013 | Rosie Gray
    February 9, 2013 Ron Paul Files International Copyright Complaint Against His Own Fans Rosie Gray Ron Paul has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization against the proprietors of RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org, according to a blog post on their site on Friday. The authors of RonPaul.com see the move as the ultimate betrayal from a politician who, more than many others, depended on an astounding level of grassroots support on the Internet in order to keep his longshot presidential campaigns running. "Last month, after Ron Paul expressed regret on the Alex Jones show over not owning RonPaul.com (in...
  • Charlie Sheen reaches out to ex-LAPD officer accused in killings. [ Libs create yet another killer ]

    02/09/2013 5:17:44 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-9-13 | fox new
    The actor Charlie Sheen recorded a video intended for the former LAPD officer accused of killing three people and writing a long manifesto that indicates he has intentions to kill more. Sheen, who was praised in Christopher Dorner's manifesto, thanked the suspect for his 'kind words' but asked the man to call him. "Let's figure out together how to end this thing," Sheen is recorded saying.
  • IBM Watson providing superior cancer treatment plans

    02/09/2013 5:13:56 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Brian Wang
    The IBM Watson system gained fame by beating human contestants on the television quiz show Jeopardy! almost two years ago. Since that time, Watson has evolved from a first-of-a-kind status, to a commercial cognitive computing system gaining a 240 percent improvement in system performance, and a reduction in the system’s physical requirements by 75 percent and can now be run on a single Power 750 server. IBM Watson trained in medicine to leverage 1.5 million patient records and 2 million pages of cancer research IBM Watson has ingested more than 600,000 pieces of medical evidence, two million pages of text...
  • Campaign To Get Orson Scott Card Fired From Superman Begins

    02/09/2013 5:10:35 PM PST · by Bratch · 26 replies
    Bleeding Cool ^ | February 9, 2013 | Rich Johnston
    Campaign To Get Orson Scott Card Fired From Superman BeginsPosted on February 9, 2013 by Rich Johnston What if Jack Chick wrote Superman? Courtesy of Kat Rocha. So, yesterday I wrote an article in response to requests I’d had to promote an organised campaign to boycott DC, Superman and to get Orson Scott Card fired off the Superman Adventures book for being an anti-gay marriage activist and holding virulent homphobic views. Instead I wrote a piece taking issue with that concept. That I found the idea of campaigning to get a writer fired because you disagreed with his beliefs, however...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT ~ 10 February 2013

    02/09/2013 5:07:03 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 87 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT Just a children's song remembered from a Sunday School class long ago: "Red and yellow, black and white; they are precious in his sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world." But it expresses a profound truth...one that might change the world if we took it seriously. Sort of like the lesson in the poem a friend sent me yesterday. It's worth more than a second reading. It may reveal ... or remind you... of more truth than you expect! "We pray for the children who put chocolate fingers everywhere,...
  • Catholics: Changed HHS Mandate Is Old Wine In A New Bottle

    02/09/2013 5:05:04 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 8, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare: Faced with a string of court losses to those defending the First Amendment and religious liberty, HHS reworded its contraceptive mandate. But those who were fooled once won’t be fooled again. While liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, on these pages, and others have declared the new Health and Human Services regulations forcing religious institutions to violate their consciences as some sort of victory for the Catholic Church, any more such victories will surely mean the end of religious liberty in this country. Certainly the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not accept what HHS calls an "accommodation" as...
  • LaRue Tactical To Limit Law Enforcement Sales to Same Weapons as Citizens

    02/09/2013 4:55:45 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 31 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Ammoland Staff
    LEANDER, TX --(Ammoland.com)- Due to the recent and numerous new Anti-gun/Anti-2nd Amendment laws passed and/or pending across our country, LaRue Tactical has been forced to reconsider how we provide products to state and local agencies. Effective today, in an effort to see that no legal mistakes are made by LaRue Tactical and/or its employees, we will apply all current State and Local Laws (as applied to civilians) to state and local law enforcement / government agencies. In other words, LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess. State and local...
  • Tight budget may force Pentagon to cut forces: general

    02/09/2013 4:46:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9 Feb 13 | David Alexander
    The Pentagon will have to cut the size of U.S. military forces for the second time in as many years if across-the-board spending reductions of $470 billion over 10 years take effect March 1, the top U.S. military officer said on Saturday. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said about a third of the cuts would have to come from forces, with the remaining two-thirds taken from spending on modernization, compensation and readiness. He noted that the Army had begun to shrink last year toward 490,000 from a high of 570,000, a result of efforts...
  • Netanyahu ally: Peace with Palestinians impossible

    02/09/2013 4:42:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2013 1:37 PM EST
    A powerful partner of Israel’s prime minister has called peace with the Palestinians “impossible,” saying the conflict between them and Israel can only be “managed.” Saturday’s comments from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman follow a White House announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel by President Barack Obama, expected to focus on a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. …
  • Capitalism (7 brief videos on why it is the ONLY way)

    02/09/2013 4:40:53 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    Capitalism 01 - Why are some countries rich and others poor?Capitalism 02 - The early American colonists and communal farming Capitalism 03 - The industrial revolution and the exploitation of women and childrenCapitalism 04 - Inventions of a competitive free enterprise systemCapitalism 05 - Socialism, capitalism and democracy defined Capitalism 06 - Collectivized agriculture in the Soviet Union, China and Cuba Capitalism 07 - The direction of immigration: from socialist to capitalist countries
  • Israeli forces break up Palestinian encampment

    02/09/2013 4:36:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2013 4:11 PM EST
    Israeli troops on Saturday drove some 100 Palestinian activists out of an illegal tent camp they had set up near the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank, the military said. … The activists seem to be adopting a tactic of Jewish settlers, who establish communities on contested territory hoping it will remain theirs once structures are built. …
  • Boyfriend gets lifetime sex offender status for cellphone video

    02/09/2013 4:35:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 124 replies
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | February 9, 2013
    <p>COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sidney Myers will spend the next 18 months in a federal prison for 15 minutes worth of sex videos he made with his teenage girlfriend.</p> <p>Myers’ prison sentence, handed down Thursday, is the type of nightmare scenario that law enforcement has been warning parents and high school students about: Intimate videos and photos of young people on electronic devices can send someone to prison.</p>
  • Potential showdown on immigration reform likely to be on how safe is Southwest border, who...

    02/09/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2013
    Potential showdown on immigration reform likely to be on how safe is Southwest border, who decidesThe effort in Washington to pass immigration reform is headed for a potential showdown over border security – with the Senate and White House plans putting different emphasis on the issue, and Democrats and Republicans appearing to disagree over the extent of the problem. The likely conflict was highlighted earlier this week when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared U.S. borders secure and said Republicans have a flawed argument about border security needing to precede comprehensive immigration reform. "I believe the border is secure,” Napolitano...
  • Ohio mayor resigns over accusations of gay slurs

    02/09/2013 4:31:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2013 5:07 PM EST | Amanda Lee Myers and Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The mayor of a southeastern Ohio town has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer “queer” in front of his colleagues and created a hostile work environment. Jackie Welker, council president in the Village of Pomeroy, tells The Associated Press that 78-year-old Mayor Mary McAngus submitted a letter of resignation Saturday. …
  • The Problems of the White Paper - To linger on the hypocrisy is to miss the big picture.

    02/09/2013 4:24:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 9, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Seems like only yesterday that Eric Holder was inveighing against sweeping executive war powers. These were the Bush years, when Holder could readily be found caviling about such odious practices as “secret electronic surveillance against American citizens” and “detain[ing] American citizens without due process of law.” Back then, Holder declared these Bush war crimes so “needlessly abusive and unlawful” that the American people (translation: the Bush-deranged Left) were owed “a reckoning” against the officials who conjured them up.But once he became attorney general in a Democratic administration, the ever-malleable Mr. Holder decided there was actually no problem killing American citizens...
  • New bow fitted to Queen Elizabeth carrier

    02/09/2013 4:19:25 PM PST · by Smartisan · 31 replies
    Aircraft Carrier Alliance workers at Rosyth in Scotland successfully attached a 1,000-tonne bow unit to the huge ship, completing the forward part of her hull. Yesterday, 7 February, the forward island section of the ship departed from Portsmouth to join the other parts of the vessel in Rosyth.
  • Rand Paul to deliver Tea Party response to Obama's state of the union speech

    02/09/2013 4:15:30 PM PST · by vmivol00 · 31 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/9/13 | Foxnews
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul will give the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. The first-term senator will give the response while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, another Tea Party favorite, gives the official Republican response Tuesday, according to The Los Angeles Times. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/09/rand-paul-to-deliver-tea-party-response-to-obama-state-union-speech/#ixzz2KRxmuh2U
  • Weapons, Cold Weather Survival Gear Allegedly Found Inside Christopher Dorner’s Truck

    02/09/2013 3:58:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 77 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 9, 2013 3:30 PM
    BIG BEAR (CBSLA.com) — Several weapons and cold weather survival gear have allegedly been found inside the burned-out truck owned by accused killer Christopher Dorner, CBS News has learned. A law enforcement official working on the investigation told the network a Coleman stove, cot and propane gas supplies were found inside Dorner’s Nissan Titan. Two long-range rifles with suppressors and a Glock handgun were also reportedly recovered. The truck was discovered early Friday morning on a dirt service road between Bear Mountain and Snow Summit resorts approximately seven hours after Dorner allegedly fired at officers, killing one and critically injuring...
  • Laotians top growers of pot on Calif. farmland

    02/09/2013 3:46:52 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 9, 2013 | GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Last fall, narcotics agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno — one of the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended by a dozen immigrant farming families. Deputies detained 50 people, all of whom were lowland Laotians, a refugee population from southeast Asia that has made its home in California's Central Valley over the past three decades. Investigators say that some of these traditional vegetable growers have become increasingly...
  • Salafi-Jihadis in Jordan Stage 'Martyrs' Weddings' to Attract Youth to Jihad

    02/09/2013 3:25:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SNIPPET: "The forces fighting against Assad's regime in Syria include foreigners who have come to take part in the uprising alongside the Syrian rebels. Among them are members of Jordan's Salafi-jihadi movement, which, according to its senior leaders, has so far dispatched some 250 fighters to Syria.[1] As one means of encouraging Jordanian youths to join its ranks and adopt the ideology of jihad and martyrdom, the Salafi-jihadi movement stages "martyrs' weddings" for fighters killed in Syria, based on the Islamic belief that every martyr is rewarded with 72 black-eyed virgin brides in Paradise. These "weddings" are not a new...
  • Federal employees' union head: Obama pay raise proposal 'simply not enough'

    02/09/2013 3:09:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    The president of the American Federation of Government Employees says a one-percent increase is "absolutely unconscionable." The head of the largest federal employee union said Saturday that President Obama's proposal to increase pay for federal employees by 1 percent was "absolutely unconscionable" and "simply not enough." "It is not enough to allow federal employees to make up lost ground from two-plus years of frozen pay. It is not enough to allow workers, most of whom earn very modest salaries ranging from $24,000 to $70,000, to maintain living standards. And it is not enough to send a message with any kind...