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  • US to Cut Carrier Fleet in Persian Gulf to 1

    02/13/2013 4:08:38 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 22 replies
    Military.Com ^ | Feb. 7, 2012 | Lolita C. Baldon
    On Wednesday, Panetta laid out a grim list of spending cuts the Pentagon will have to make in the coming weeks that he said will seriously damage the country's economy and degrade the military's ability to respond to a crisis. Criticizing members of Congress as irresponsible, Panetta said lawmakers are willing to push the country off a fiscal cliff to damage their political opponents. If Congress doesn't pass a budget, Panetta said, the Pentagon will have to absorb $46 billion in spending reductions in this fiscal year and will face a $35 billion shortfall in operating expenses. "My fear is...
  • Collins joins Leahy, backs recognition of same-sex partners under immigration law

    02/13/2013 4:03:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jordy Yager
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will introduce legislation that would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor their same-sex partner for legal residency in the country. Collins is the first Republican supporter of the bill, which Leahy has introduced in each Congress since 2003. She said it would help keep same-sex families together by giving them the opportunity to live in the United States legally. “More than two dozen countries recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes,” said Collins in a statement. “This important civil rights legislation would help prevent committed, loving families from being forced...
  • Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

    02/13/2013 3:41:14 PM PST · by posterchild · 40 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Tue Feb 12, 2013 | David Mcfadden
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away. "At the start I was a little worried that it might be a fraud, but the process turned out to be quite smooth and simple. Now, I am a Dominican," said Mezawi, who like many Palestinians...
  • Students Told to Remove Patriotic Bandanas

    02/13/2013 3:37:29 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 50 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/132013
    A group of students at a California high school basketball game were told to remove patriotic bandanas and stop chanting “USA, USA” because school administrators wanted to be sensitive to other spectators. The incident occurred during a basketball last week between Camarillo High School and Rio Mesa High School in Ventura County. A school administrator pulled aside four boys and told them to either remove their American flag bandanas or leave the game. The boys complied but returned to lead the crowd in a chant of “USA, USA.” Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman told the Ventura County Star that...
  • Family: Hadiya Pendleton slaying suspect 'good kid'

    02/13/2013 3:36:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Tribune ^ | 5:15 p.m. CST, February 13, 2013 | Jason Meisner
    The family of a reputed gang member charged with fatally shooting 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in a South Side park last month said today that he is a “good kid” who has made some mistakes in the past but would not commit such a senseless murder. After attending a brief hearing on the case in the Leighton Criminal Court Building, an aunt and cousin of accused gunman Michael Ward told reporters that they hoped the “truth will come out” about Ward, who they say has a young child of his own. “He has made some mistakes in the past and we...
  • Al Jazeera Hires Lobbying Firm to Bolster Image on Capitol Hill

    02/13/2013 3:27:55 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 2/13/2013, 2:20 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Al Jazeera America has hired a lobbying firm to advocate for the broadcasting company on Capitol Hill, according to reports. The media company Al Jazeera America Holdings, which recently bought Al Gore’s cable news station Current TV, has hired the DLA Piper law firm to conduct “informational communications regarding client's cable television channel,” Politico reported. The global law firm, which has 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, has reportedly been educating lawmakers about the company’s plans to be based in New York City and open bureaus across the...
  • NRA ad: Obama gun proposals would lead to ‘confiscation’

    02/13/2013 3:11:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jonathan Easley
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) pushed back against President Obama’s calls for gun control in his State of the Union address, arguing the proposals would lead to “confiscation” of citizens’ firearms. A new Web video released Tuesday night from the nation’s largest gun lobby sought to rebuff the president’s impassioned call for lawmakers to vote on a package of measures including bans on the sale of assault weapons, high-capacity clips and instituting mandatory background checks. “President Obama gives a good speech and when you listen him talk about new gun laws, you may think he sounds reasonable,” says NRA executive...
  • Dorner manhunt: Maids surprised suspect in cabin, escaped, called cops

    02/13/2013 3:09:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    The discovery of a man who police believe to be Christopher Dorner began when two maids ran into him Tuesday morning as they arrived to clean a vacant cabin in the Big Bear area near where the fugitive ex-cop’s car was set ablaze last week.The two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive, close to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resort, and surprised a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The man tied up the maids, and then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin, authorities...
  • Police Appeared To Shout 'Burn This Mother' Down Before Fire Engulfed Rogue Ex-Cop's Cabin

    02/13/2013 3:00:36 PM PST · by Repeat Offender · 348 replies
    Business Insider Military & Defense ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Paul Szoldra
    A six-day California manhunt ended Tuesday with rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner apparently dying in a cabin fire on Bear Mountain. One of many big questions to be answered is how the deadly fire was started. Multiple unconfirmed audio clips appear to show police officers talking about burning down the cabin in which the alleged cop-killer was hiding. Deliberately starting a fire, rather than waiting out the suspect, could be seen as an extreme measure. ---(snip) In an unconfirmed video showing live footage from KCAL9 Los Angeles, officers are apparently caught in the background around the 20 second mark saying, "burn...
  • Carbon Tax bill coming Thursday to Senate

    02/13/2013 2:59:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    wattupwiththat ^ | February 12,2013 | AnthonyWatts
    Senators Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer will outline the legislation on Thursday morning. They are even going to let that wacky 350.org activist Bill McKibben speak. Sheesh. Billed as “major” and “comprehensive” legislation, it will have a carbon tax. Here is the statement from Sanders’ office (bold mine): Sanders, Boxer to Introduce Major Climate Change Legislation February 12, 2013 WASHINGTON, Feb 12 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will hold a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 14 to announce comprehensive legislation on climate change. Boxer is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders...
  • America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    02/13/2013 2:55:28 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Spero News ^ | February 12, 2013 | Brendan Malone
    America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty' What is the true price of the War on Terror? Tuesday, February 12, 2013 By Brendan Malone The new Kathryn Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty, which explores the manhunt and eventual assassination of Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan in 2011, has been criticised in some quarters as a piece of unthinking American triumphalism that seeks to justify torture and other violence. I don't understand these criticisms. I suggest that the exact opposite is true, in that this movie unflinchingly exposes the reality of what the hunt for bin Laden,...
  • Bored at the State of the Union (Who can blame them?)

    02/13/2013 2:50:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 13, 2013
    Caught on camera: President Obama's State of the Union address definitely had some dramatic moments — when he talked about the victims of gun violence, for example. But during the 6,400-word-long speech, there were times when some notable audience members had trouble paying attention.
  • Hawaii marijuana bill goes up in smoke

    02/13/2013 2:43:58 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 48 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | February 12, 2013 | Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press
    Honolulu (AP) - A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii has died in the state House. House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads said Tuesday that he decided to kill the bill after learning from House leadership that the initiative does not have enough votes to pass the House. Key lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House supported the measure, including the speaker and the majority leader.
  • Source: Drone Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Cleric in Yemen

    02/13/2013 2:38:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13
    A drone strike in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa last month killed the top religious cleric for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a source close to the group said on Tuesday. "A drone strike had targeted Sheikh Adel al-Abab's vehicle but he escaped and fled to a mountainous region where a raid by another drone killed him immediately," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. Abab had graduated from the Dawa Islamic studies center, in Sana'a and had served as the top religious cleric for AQAP. American drone strikes against Al-Qaeda terrorists are frequent in Yemen, home...
  • Print and fire: 3D printing could muzzle new gun laws

    02/13/2013 2:36:05 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 13 2013 | Fox News
    Gun owners who can't buy high capacity ammo magazines because of new laws have another option: Print them. Gun control measures passed or proposed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre have targeted magazines that can feed 30 rounds or more into the firing chambers of AR-15s and other semi-automatic guns. New York has banned magazines holding more than seven rounds, and a federal bill proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But the laws are at least one step behind technology. Using 3D printers and schematics available on the Internet,...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, February-13-2013

    02/13/2013 2:34:04 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 33 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Fort Hood Hero Says Obama 'Betrayed' Her, Other Victims

    02/13/2013 2:31:07 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 9 replies
    Three years after the White House arranged a hero's welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of. "Betrayed is a good word," former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview broadcast on "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline." "Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of," she said. "In fact they've been neglected." There was no...
  • Assault Weapon Ban--Congressional Record (Fraternal Order of Police Supports Assault Weapons Ban)

    02/13/2013 2:30:41 PM PST · by ModelBreaker · 27 replies
    Congressional Record ^ | September 13, 2004 | Cong. Jackson Lee
    "The assault weapon ban is supported by virtually every major law enforcement organization . . . as well as organizations including . . . The Fraternal Order of Police."
  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sparks Controversy. Offensive or Overreaction?

    02/13/2013 2:27:07 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/13/13 | By Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living
    It's been a big week for Sports Illustrated. First, a blogger leaked the swimsuit issue's much-anticipated cover, upstaging David Letterman's big reveal on Monday. Now website Jezebel is calling out the men's magazine for using minorities as "props" in photos featuring models in bikinis posing in seven different continents. Sports Illustrated coverJezebel argues that the magazine is perpetuating racial stereotypes by drawing power and class lines between the Westernized models and the "primitive locals" and points to a long history of media using minorities as "extras", citing Nylon magazine, the Free People catalog, British Vogue, and J-Crew. Depending on...
  • Movie About Lt. Col. Terry Lakin's Battle To Get Obama's Birth Certificate Released In The Works

    For Immediate Release 2/13/2013 There is substantial interest in creating a film adaptation of the Terry Lakin Story, "OFFICER'S OATH." This is a poignant, heroic story that must not be forgotten, or falsely relegated to the "conspiracy theory" chapter in the annals of our national history. Terry knowingly sacrificed his military career, endured a court-martial, and ultimately spent nearly half a year in Leavenworth Prison simply for standing up for the Constitution he pledged to uphold and defend. His story is detailed in the book "An Officer's Oath," which is recommended reading for anybody who reveres this country and the...