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  • Fired parking officer sentenced to community service for assault

    02/17/2013 10:09:36 AM PST · by redreno · 6 replies
    http://www.thestar.com ^ | Feb 15 2013 | By: Peter Edwards News reporter,
    A veteran parking enforcement officer who unsuccessfully used a “sleepwalker’s defence” to explain why he punched a suspect in police custody was sentenced Friday to 100 hours of community service in Old City Hall Court. “I have determined that this is an exceptional case,” Justice Peter Harris said. The judge noted that Devon Henry, 43, has already been fired for the attack at 14 Division on April 24, 2011, and that Keith Ryan, the man he punched twice, didn’t want him sent to jail.
  • Pistorius may have beaten girlfriend with bat before shooting her

    02/17/2013 10:04:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/17/13 | LEONARD GREENE
    “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius may have beat his girlfriend with a cricket bat before shooting her to death in his South Africa home, according to a new report. -snip- "There was lots of blood on the bat. Forensic tests will show whose blood it was," a source with inside knowledge of the case told City Press. As well as bullet wounds to the head, arm, hand and hip, Steenkamp suffered a “crushed” skull, according to the South African paper.
  • Police respond to newspaper report over US engineer’s sudden death ( Chi Coms ? )

    02/17/2013 10:04:02 AM PST · by george76 · 20 replies
    Yahoo! Newsroom ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Justin Ong
    Todd’s parents, Mary and Rick Todd, raised questions about their son's death that remain unanswered. Todd, an electronics engineer, had just concluded an 18-month employment with Singapore’s Institute of Microelectronics (IME). He had been developing, in collaboration with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, sophisticated radar and satellite technology for both civilian and military applications. His mother says that at work, he was “being asked to do things that made him uncomfortable", FT quoted her as saying. His girlfriend knew that he was increasingly stressed about the nature of his research. Todd resigned from IME sometime later. Days before his death, he...
  • The Obama Kiss of Death claims another business

    02/17/2013 10:01:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/17/13 | John Hayward
    Remember Ray's Hell Burgers, the burger joint Obama visited a couple of times early in his first term? Dead. Kaput. The latest victims of the Obama Kiss of Death, in which seemingly every business he personally visits - especially those he touts as New Economy success stories - goes bankrupt. Sometimes this is understandable, as in the case of those green energy losers he keeps picking. But other times it really does seem like a curse.
  • Hagel 2005: OK To Hold Up Confirmation If 'Serious Allegations' Not Answered

    02/17/2013 9:43:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/17/13 | staff
    "On Bolton: You know that we had a committee meeting to vote him out [i.e. to the full Senate]. You know that we decided to take three additional weeks to investigate the new allegations and charges that have come in. I said, at the time, on the record, in the committee, and many times publicly: these are very serious allegations, and they deserve serious attention. And we should not move forward until we address these allegations....I have always taken the approach, and I think in the nine years I have been in the Senate I have only voted against one...
  • Blacks Are Fed Up with Obama; It’s about Time!

    02/17/2013 9:36:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 74 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Crystal Wright
    An increasing number of blacks appear to finally be getting angry with Obama. It’s just too bad it took four years and voting for Obama a second time for blacks to realize the president doesn’t care about their interests. Immigration and the president’s determination to get legislation passed granting amnesty to an estimated 11-20 million illegal aliens seems to be the straw that broke black liberals’ backs. Recently some Black Americans have been calling into black talk radio shows like “Keeping it Real with Al Sharpton, complaining immigration is not an important issue to them. This is despite Al Sharpton’s...
  • Report: President Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods

    02/17/2013 9:24:36 AM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sunday, February 17, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    President Obama is golfing in Florida Sunday with Tiger Woods, according to a press report. The news was first reported by Tim Rosaforte, a writer for Golf World. "The President is arriving at The Floridian range. Awaiting is Tiger Woods and club owner Jim Crane. Historic day in golf. Their first round," Rosaforte said on Twitter. Read
  • Sentenced to life at 16, woman hopes for freedom

    02/17/2013 9:19:57 AM PST · by redreno · 44 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 | 11:09 a.m. | By Adam Geller, Associated Press
    YPSILANTI, Mich. — More than 21 years after she went to prison, Barbara Hernandez enters the cinderblock visitation chamber at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in the turquoise blouse with applique flowers she keeps for special occasions. Her makeup is carefully applied but cannot hide the age lines that spread, thin but unmistakable, from the corners of her eyes. "Thank you for coming," the 38-year-old inmate says softly. Her eyes, chestnut and brooding, are offset by a gentle smile. She holds out a hand in welcome.
  • How is MoveOn.org gun owner ‘a proud defender of the Second Amendment’?

    02/17/2013 9:19:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Examinier ^ | 2/17/13 | David Codrea
    The “progressive” activist group MoveOn.org posted a television commercial to You Tube yesterday featuring a self-proclaimed gun rights proponent warning politicians of electoral consequences if they don’t support more “gun control” laws. “The six-figure ad buy is running for a week on national cable and will air during the Sunday morning political talk shows,” The Hill reported. "I'm a gun owner and a proud defender of the Second Amendment, but for years I've watched Congress take money from the NRA and then oppose any kind of reform that helps keep us safe," a man identified in the video as Ohio...
  • Woodward: Dems Have Asked WH to Pull Hagel (Video at link)

    02/17/2013 9:01:16 AM PST · by Perdogg · 67 replies
    Bob Woodward said Sunday Democratic senators have called the White House asking if defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel will withdraw his nomination only to be met with an emphatic “no,” in an interview with “Fox News Sunday”:
  • SNL Mocks Jesus with Violent, Bloody Skit

    02/17/2013 8:56:06 AM PST · by LSUfan · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | 17 Feb 13 | Todd Starnes
    The following is what passes for entertainment on NBC. Saturday Night Live aired this sketch last night — just four days into Lent. The segment was a fake movie trailer depicting a Quentin Tarantino-style Jesus returning to get revenge. It’s called, “Djesus Uncrossed.” “Critics are calling it a less violent ‘Passion of the Christ,’” the announcer said. “I never knew how much Jesus used the N-word.” The trailer featured Jesus and the Apostles gunning down scores of Romans. At one point the Jesus character slices a man’s head in half.
  • Tim Tebow to Speak at Anti-Gay, Anti-Semitic Church [Hatred for Christians Continues in Media]

    02/17/2013 8:53:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is scheduled to speak at a megachurch in Dallas whose pastor has spoken out against Muslims, Jews, Mormons and members of the LGBT community. Tebow is listed as a special guest at one of the First Baptist Church's morning services on April 28, according to its website. The church is led by Evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress, who has previously denounced non-Christian religions such as Islam, Judaism and Mormonism. Leading up to the most recent presidential election, Jeffress warned parishioners that re-electing President Barack Obama would "lead to the rise of the Antichrist," according to...
  • The Minority Youth Unemployment Act

    02/17/2013 8:47:34 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    online.wsj.com ^ | 2/15/2013
    In the real world, setting a floor under the price of labor creates winners and losers. Some workers will get a $1.75 raise. Great. But others—typically the least educated and skilled—will be priced out of the job market and their pay won't rise to $9. It will be zero. University of California at Irvine economist David Neumark has looked at more than 100 major academic studies on the minimum wage, and he says the White House claim of de minimis job losses "grossly misstates the weight of the evidence." About 85% of the studies "find a negative employment effect on...
  • Levin: US preparing for societal collapse by buying up billions of rounds of ammo [AUDIO]

    02/17/2013 8:37:50 AM PST · by taildragger · 95 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/16/2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Friday’s night broadcast of his radio show, Mark Levin speculated that the federal government is stockpiling ammunition to ensure the rule of law in the event of a total societal and economic collapse.
  • Buckeye leaf mistaken by Tennessee police

    02/17/2013 8:34:30 AM PST · by redreno · 32 replies
    www.dispatch.com ^ | Thursday February 14, 2013 9:08 AM | Joe Blundo
    Tennessee police might need better instruction in botany and Buckeye football. A 65-year-old woman recently came under suspicion, she reported, for having a Buckeye leaf decal on her car. The cops mistook it for a marijuana symbol. “It’s just amazing they would be that dumb,” Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni said. She lives in Plano, Texas, but she grew up in Columbus and is known as a lifelong Buckeyes fan.
  • Rep. Paul Broun: I was the first to call Obama a socialist

    02/17/2013 8:31:20 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jonathan Easley
    Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) boasted in a fundraising letter that he was the first member of Congress to call President Obama a “socialist who embraces Marxist-Leninist policies,” according to text acquired by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “As a Member of the House of Representatives for the last few years, I have fought tooth-and-nail against President Obama's agenda at every turn,” the letter reads in part. “I was the first Member of Congress to call him a socialist who embraces Marxist-Leninist policies like government control of health care and redistribution of wealth.” Broun, who is running to fill the Georgia Senate...
  • Feds OK first burial of a veteran's same-sex spouse in a national cemetery

    02/17/2013 8:30:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 16, 2013
    Feds OK first burial of a veteran's same-sex spouse in a national cemetery Published February 16, 2013 | Associated Press The government has cleared the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a veteran in a national cemetery, but it's far from certain how easy it will be for other gay military couples to win the same benefit. Who gets buried where is one of the practical decisions that the federal government is grappling with following repeal of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. At first glance, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki's decision to grant burial to a same-sex...
  • Geography to play larger role in health premiums

    02/17/2013 8:28:18 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 16, 2013 | JUDY LIN
    Whether it's the densely populated Southern California coast or the mountains of rural Northern California, geography is going to play a larger role in the cost of health insurance under the federal health care overhaul set to take effect next year. Health insurers are facing new rules and restrictions on how they set prices as part of the Affordable Care Act's aim to expand coverage to millions of Americans. No longer can insurers deny coverage because of a preexisting condition or place lifetime limits on medical care. While a person's age will remain a factor in setting rates, older customers...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's resignation: A drama that beats any Dan Brown plot

    02/17/2013 8:25:29 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    After the initial shock came the speculation. Pope Benedict XVI surprised even his closest advisers on Monday by announcing that he was standing down, but within hours the Vatican was awash, not just with the inevitable talk of who would succeed him, but also with whispers about the “real story” behind the first papal resignation in over 600 years. Once the curia – or Vatican bureaucracy – started chewing it over, the theories it spat out were quickly flying around what the papal historian John Cornwell has characterised as “a palace of gossipy eunuchs”. And from there it is one...
  • The Unsung, But Massive Obamacare Sales Tax Increase That Is On the Way

    02/17/2013 7:56:08 AM PST · by Innovative · 34 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Lindsay Boyd
    Today, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) President Karen Ignagni issued a press release in support of bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1370, S.1880) co-sponsored by Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA) and Jim Matheson (D-UT) to repeal the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance tax. While much of the dialogue on healthcare reform centers on the federal mandate of health coverage for all Americans - which many conservatives call the largest tax increase in U.S history - less attention is being given to the massive sales tax increase on the purchase of health insurance also implicit within the legislation that will dramatically escalate costs...