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  • Belarus: Riot on a club in Minsk: 40 gays detained

    02/16/2013 8:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    Last night in Minsk police in civilian burst into the Club 6A. The police checked passports and detained about 40 people to verify their identities. All of them were taken to the police department. The police told the detained that the riot had been held to control the leader of the organization GayBelarus Siargei Andrasienka who, according to the police, “does the things he shouldn’t do.” Two weeks ago, at the passport control at the Polish-Belarusian border in Brest the customs police took Siargei Andrasienka’s passport and still haven’t left it back. One of the guests of the club, who...
  • Belarus Rejects Registration Of Homosexual Rights Center

    02/16/2013 8:49:28 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 2/14/2013 | RFE/RL
    The Belarusian Justice Ministry has refused to legally register a homosexual rights organization in Minsk. The organization's website -- gaybelarus.by -- published part of a letter from the ministry explaining the decision. It stated "the organization does not have in its charter any clauses on supporting social maturity and comprehensive development of the Belarusian youth." The organization's charter states its major activities will be linked to defending the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals. Organizations cannot legally operate unless they are registered with the Justice Ministry. The group plans to appeal the Justice Ministry's decision to the country's Supreme Court....
  • Emeryville Chief of Police makes outrageous statement (video included)

    02/16/2013 8:41:55 PM PST · by Yogafist · 38 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kurtis Helena
    “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon, that is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power. Police officers don’t carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers
  • What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse?

    02/16/2013 7:58:43 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-16-2013 | Graham Summers
    What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse? Stock-Markets / Eurozone Debt CrisisFebruary 16, 2013 - 10:32 PM GMT By: Graham Summers Those EU leaders who have yet to be implicated in scandals are not faring much better than their more corrupt counterparts. In France, socialist Prime Minister Francois Hollande, has proven yet again that socialism doesn’t work by chasing after the wealthy and trying to grow France’s public sector… when the public sector already accounts for 56% of French employment. France was already suffering from a lack of competitiveness. Now that wealthy businesspeople are fleeing...
  • Congresswoman: Global Warming 'Will Destroy' Maryland

    02/16/2013 7:55:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland. “If we do nothing about what is happening, it will destroy our economy, it will destroy our state, and it will have a broad impact not just here in this country but around the world,” Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)...
  • Intimate Moments With Bill And Hillary Clinton

    02/16/2013 7:37:38 PM PST · by randita · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/16/13 | PaulSzoldra
    Governor, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, President of the United States. These have all been titles held by Bill or Hillary Clinton, a political power couple who have been in the game for almost 40 years. And with Hillary Clinton just finishing her time as Secretary of State and likely eyeing a 2016 Presidential run, it doesn't look like the pair are heading into retirement any time soon. It's been a long road for both, starting with Bill's 1974 congressional run and culminating in his inauguration as President in 1992. After leaving office in 2000, Hillary picked up the political...
  • Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014

    02/16/2013 7:25:05 PM PST · by randita · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/18/13 | Eric Pianin
    Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014 Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times | Feb. 16, 2013, 2:00 PM Just as the memory of the last bruising battle for control of the Senate begins to fade, political handicappers are casting their gaze to the 2014 campaign when Republicans once again will try to overcome the Democratic majority. Just as the Republicans began the 2012 campaign cycle in strong shape to reclaim the Senate, the GOP has a clear edge heading into the next face off. While some of the most intriguing political speculation today centers on whether actress...
  • Fracking is the only way to achieve Obama climate change goals, says senior scientist

    02/16/2013 7:21:18 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 16, 2013 | Robin McKie
    America will only achieve the ambitious climate change goals outlined by President Barack Obama last week by encouraging wide-scale fracking for natural gas over the next few years. That is the advice of one of the nation's senior scientists, Professor William Press, a member of the president's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Fracking – known officially as hydraulic fracturing – involves pumping high-pressure water through underground rocks to release natural gas trapped deep underground. It is believed that there are vast reserves of these subterranean gas fields across the US. Thousands of wells have already been drilled in...
  • White House unveils awaited Affordable Care Act profit margin rule

    02/16/2013 7:20:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Ben Goad
    A proposed federal rule to cap profit margins for certain health insurance plans and prescription drug benefit programs is now available for review. The latest in a raft of rules required by President Obama’s landmark healthcare law, the proposed rule was drafted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and sent to Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is moving quickly to issue the proposal, which will hit the Federal Register on Tuesday. That begins a 60-day comment period. CMS will consider all comments before finalizing the rule. The 116-page...
  • Greens to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics from Obama

    02/16/2013 7:08:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Zack Colman
    More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President Obama over climate policy. The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take executive action on climate if Congress fails to make progress. Demonstrators are likely to offer plenty of loud suggestions in what green groups are branding the largest ever United States climate rally. “We’re really past the point of playing games with any of this stuff,”...
  • Maryland Braces For Riots As Terps Beat #1 Duke IN Basketball

    02/16/2013 6:56:57 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 36 replies
    Twitter and Instagram | 2/16/2013
    Maryland Upsets #1 Duke 83-81 Maryland/Duke has been one of the best rivalries in college basketball. (Even if the Dookies don't want to admit it) For many in Maryland, forget the superbowl just won by the Ravens...this is a win over Duke. Ranked #1 by USA Today, Duke traveled for possibly the last time to play basketball in Maryland as the Terps will be moving on to the Big Ten. College officials, anticipating the burning couches and riots that can occur after Duke games, create their own "official" fire on campus to draw the students away from town.
  • Homeowner Shoots, Kills Teen In Backyard After Break-In Attempt

    02/16/2013 6:47:30 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    Fox2 Now ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Cris Regnier and Dan Gray
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A teenager is shot to death and his friend is charged with murder, even though he didn’t pull the trigger. The circuit attorney’s office issued warrants for second degree murder and attempted burglary against 17-year-old Michael Bryant. Police say Bryant and 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy were trying to break into a home on Tennessee early Friday morning. Investigators say the 33-year-old homeowner heard them, went outside, and confronted the suspects. The homeowner then shot and killed Murphy. The homeowner was questioned, but not arrested. Under Missouri law, if someone is killed while a felony is being...
  • U.S. Soccer Player Opens Up About Being Gay

    02/16/2013 6:44:14 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 53 replies
    Slimes ^ | February 15, 2013 | Borden
    <p>Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the United States national team who most recently played in England, had revealed in a blog post that he was gay, too.</p> <p>Robbie Rogers, a midfielder for the Columbus Crew from 2007-2011, revealed Friday that he is gay. He wrote: “My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”</p>
  • NM: City's gun buy-back program nets hundreds of weapons

    02/16/2013 6:26:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    santafenewmexican.com ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Robert Nott
    The city is paying $100 for long guns (rifles, shotguns and the like), $150 for handguns, and $200 for any armament considered an assault weapon. On Jan. 12, the program netted 194 guns. On Saturday, it had garnered about 115 hand guns and at least 95 long guns by 2 p.m., with still an hour to go before closing. -------------------------------cut----------------------- Outside the police station, a group of four or five men gathered to offer cash to people who were bringing guns in. One man in the group said they did not wish to be identified, but said that they were...
  • States pile on against federal detention plan

    02/16/2013 6:13:41 PM PST · by wesagain · 3 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Alyssa Farah
    "Indiana, South Carolina both bucking idea of arresting, holding Americans"WASHINGTON – Bills opposing the controversial National Defense Authorization Act have popped up in both the Indiana and South Carolina state legislatures. The NDAA was harshly criticized by some as unconstitutional due to language in Sections 1021 and 1022 that allows for the indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens without due process. Both bills would nullify the NDAA in its current form by denying law enforcement or any government official the right to carry out any act of detaining a citizen without due process. In Indiana, the bill passed through the Corrections...
  • Vultures Swarm N.C. Neighborhood

    02/16/2013 6:09:13 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 42 replies
    ABC News Blogs ^ | 02-16-2013 | By Alexis Shaw
    Thanks to a mild winter, swarms of turkey vultures have made themselves at home in Shelby, N.C., but town residents are wary of their neighbors. While the birds normally pass through the city while migrating south for the winter, the vultures have been sticking around this year, swarming lawns and making residents nervous. "We are just not getting cold enough to push them along," Kristen Duren, an intern with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the state agriculture service, told ABC's Charlotte, N.C. affiliate WSOC-TV. "What used to be five to 10 birds is going up to 150 birds."
  • Can you handle the truth about Israel?

    02/16/2013 6:09:05 PM PST · by wesagain · 28 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Alyssa Farah
    "Special event to screen 'World's Plan to Divide God's Land' "President Obama’s planned trip to Israel already has secured pledges from Israel and Palestine to restart talks, according to a WND report this week. Informed Palestinian and Israeli officials speaking to WND disclosed the Obama administration told both sides the talks would be aimed at creating a Palestinian state in what is known as the 1967 borders, meaning an Israeli retreat from some of the strategic West Bank and possibly some eastern section of Jerusalem. But what if those talks didn’t matter? What if the U.S. opinion on borders didn’t...
  • Gun buyback in Cincinnati collects 135 weapons

    02/16/2013 5:59:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    crescent-news.com ^ | 16 January, 2013 | AP
    The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/W41mWY ) reports that a federally licensed gun dealer showed up to provide some competition. He bought a dozen weapons for $40 to $100 by standing outside the church with a sign that read "Cash 4 Guns."
  • A Shrink in Obamaland: Vanity Musings

    02/16/2013 5:58:49 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 12 replies
    2/16/12 | dagogo redux
    Recent and accelerating changes in AmericaÂ’s social and political landscape have me pondering my chosen profession these days. IÂ’m not talking about the rumored craziness of the upcoming new DSM-V, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition. Shrinks must struggle to come to grips with each one of these committee-generated monstrosities as they appear, even though their actual usefulness in practice grows increasingly suspect. Neither am I talking about the new, Byzantine complexities of the CPT billing codes that have come down on us like a plague of locusts as ObamaCare begins to work its transformational magic. I am also...
  • 2 firefighters dead, 2 hurt in (Bryan) Texas (Knights of Columbus) lodge fire

    02/16/2013 5:46:34 PM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | February 16, 2013
    Two Texas fire lieutenants have died of burns after battling a lodge hall fire, a city official said Saturday. Greg Pickard and Eric Wallace, both with the department in the Central Texas city of Bryan, were in a group of firefighters responding to the blaze about midnight Friday at a Knights of Columbus hall, city spokeswoman Mary Lynne Stratta said. The team entered the burning building but didn't emerge when ordered to evacuate, Stratta said. Wallace, 36, died at the scene and Pickard, 54, on Saturday at a hospital in Galveston, she said. "He called for help, said he was...