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  • The Norwegian Defence League: A Creature of the PST?

    The following article from Dagbladet reveals that the Norwegian Defence League was created and nurtured by the Norwegian Security Police (PST). During its early days, three of its six leaders were PST agents, and the man who initiated the creation of the NDL was an agent for multiple organizations — he infiltrated the leadership of “anti-racist” and communist organizations as well. I can’t help but be reminded of the fact that Stalin was a double agent for the Okhrana, the Czar’s secret intelligence service, before the Bolshevik Revolution. The Okhrana thus unwittingly helped engineer the overthrow of the Russian state....
  • Purim: A Non Progressive Jewish Holiday

    02/24/2013 7:35:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Seraphic Press.com ^ | 2/24/12 | Robert J. Avrech
    Today the Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Purim. It’s an old and familiar story: An intolerant Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia. It’s That Genocide Thing. Again. Most of the Jews in this multicultural Persian kingdom have been enlightened to the point where they enthusiastically attend royal feasts and gorge themselves off the golden plates and cups looted from the holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. But these court Jews have evolved past that old, tired Judaism. They’re all new-agey, progressive, and they know that Jewish history has moved...
  • Topless women protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election

    02/24/2013 7:34:21 AM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-24-13 | Matthias Baehr
    A group of topless women were dragged away by police on Sunday when they protested against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he voted in Italy's election. The protesters, from the Ukrainian women's rights group Femen, shouted "Basta (Enough) Berlusconi", as the media tycoon was voting in a polling station in a Milan school. The same words were painted on their bodies. Police quickly grabbed the women and roughly bundled them away.
  • Obama & The GOP: Will They Ever Beat This Guy

    02/24/2013 7:29:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Brian Birdnow
    The current political wisdom as expressed by the deep thinkers at the Washington Post and the New York Times holds that President Obama stands triumphant and, as such, he is now confidently setting the national agenda. As E.J. Dionne wrote in the Post last week, “He (Obama) is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse, from illusions that Republicans in Congress would work with him readily, from the threat of a rising Tea Party movement, and from the need to run for re-election.” Is that a fact? Today the economy shows an 8% unemployment rate, which...
  • Home prices in Broward and Palm Beach counties continue rapid rise

    02/24/2013 7:24:11 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 3 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Donna Gehrke-White
    <p>Home prices in Broward continued their surge into the new year with the median sales prices on single-family homes jumping 24.5 percent in January compared with a year ago, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors said Thursday.</p> <p>The median house price catapulted to $224,088 last month, up from $180,000 in January 2012, the group reported. The median price for condos and townhomes jumped even more — 26.5 percent — during the same period. Palm Beach County's median sales price of single-family houses also surged, up from $179,950 to $218,000.</p>
  • SUV, suspect identified in shooting that led to death of Oakland rapper Kenny Clutch

    02/24/2013 7:17:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/24/2013 | Katie Nelson
    LAS VEGAS -- Police announced Saturday that they have identified an SUV and a suspect in the shooting death of an Oakland rapper on the Las Vegas Strip, which led to a fatal car crash involving a Maserati and taxi. Las Vegas police said a black Range Rover SUV was found Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex east of the Strip and has since been impounded as evidence. Police are looking for 26-year-old Ammar Harris, who they believed fired the shots in the incident early Thursday. Harris' arrest history in Las Vegas, which is extensive and violent, according to police,...
  • Aaron, 9, ‘bullied to death for being white’ [UK]

    02/24/2013 7:16:11 AM PST · by expat1000 · 89 replies
    The Sun ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Aaron Dugmore
    THE devastated family of a nine-year-old boy who hanged himself say he took his life after racist taunts by Asian bullies. .... He said one kid even said to him, ‘My dad says all the white people should be dead’.”
  • Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

    02/24/2013 7:13:58 AM PST · by the scotsman · 108 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th February 2013 | BBC News
    'The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture. The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai. The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations. A US spokesman said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously.'
  • Beretta’s future in Maryland tied to state’s gun-control debate

    02/24/2013 7:11:59 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis
    On the production floor of Beretta USA sits a hulking new barrel-making machine ready to churn out the next object of obsession in America’s love-hate relationship with guns: a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and popularized in the video game Call of Duty. Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s firearms, has already invested more than $1 million in the machine and has planned to expand its plant further in Prince George’s County to ramp up production. But under an assault-weapons ban that advanced late last week in the...
  • Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise

    02/24/2013 7:09:54 AM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | 2-23-13 | Thomas Strong
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saturday that it had captured a foreign unmanned aircraft during a military exercise in southern Iran. Gen. Hamid Sarkheili, a spokesman for the military exercise, said the Guard’s electronic warfare unit spotted signals indicating that foreign drones were trying to enter Iranian airspace. Sarkheili said Guard experts took control of one drone’s navigation system and brought it down near the city of Sirjan where the military drills began on Saturday. “While probing signals in the area, we spotted foreign and enemy drones which attempted to enter the area of the war game,”...
  • Former Obama Spox Robert Gibbs: I Was Told Not To Acknowledge Existence Of Drone Program

    02/24/2013 7:00:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As press secretary to President Obama, Robert Gibbs was often in the obfuscation business. Now that he's been freed from that role and become a news analyst—albeit at MSNBC—Gibbs has become considerably more candid. Readers will recall, for example, that he described Chuck Hagel as "unimpressive and unprepared" at his Senate confirmation hearing. Today, Gibbs took that frankness a significant step further. On Up With Chris Hayes, Gibbs stated that as press secretary, he had been ordered not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program. View the video here.
  • Byron York: How defense spending will grow under sequester cuts

    02/24/2013 6:55:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/23/2013 | Byron York
    The major objection most Republicans have to the coming sequestration budget cuts is that the cuts will fall disproportionately on the Department of Defense. That’s true; defense spending is about one-fifth of the federal budget but will take about half of the sequester cuts. But even for the Pentagon, the cuts are only to the rate of growth for the defense budget in coming years. They are not actual cuts that make spending decline. In a February publication, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023,” the Congressional Budget Office (summary here, full report here) outlines the increases...
  • How Long Can U.S. Economy’s Sweet Spot Last This Time?

    02/24/2013 6:53:34 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-24-2013 | Sy Harding
    How Long Can U.S. Economy’s Sweet Spot Last This Time? Economics / US EconomyFebruary 23, 2013 - 07:50 PM GMT By: Sy Harding Until recently, the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and meltdown has been in stealth mode all the way, much of the country either unaware of the progress - or in denial that it was happening. That’s even been true of investors, whose success depends so much on being able to separate the facts and reality from the static and noise. Statistics measuring money flow in and out of mutual funds show that many investors followed their...
  • Yes, Florida Voters Oppose ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion

    02/24/2013 6:42:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Michael F. Cannon
    Bloomberg’s Josh Barro criticizes the James Madison Institute’s poll showing that 65 percent of Florida voters oppose implementing ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Barrow is mostly wrong. But even when he’s right, he’s still wrong. Disclosure: I helped JMI formulate their poll questions. Barro complains that JMI conducted a “push poll.” His first complaint is:
  • Bosses could be forced to hire more workers with criminal records under new equality guidelines

    02/24/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff
    Employers in the U.S. may soon have to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds under new equality guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn companies against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense, recommending that those companies eliminate policies which ‘exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.’ According to the EEOC, civil rights laws already prohibit employers from selectively hiring job applicants who are of different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories. The latest update from the EEOC was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally...
  • Black Leaders: Gun Control is "Black People Control"

    02/24/2013 6:38:33 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 24, 2013 | Alicia Powe
    A number of African-American leaders joined together Friday to challenge the gun control proposals currently being considered on Capitol Hill, claiming gun control laws are inherently racist. “There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event at the press conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E). Swimp compared the call for universal background checks for gun purchase to the time when blacks were required to register with the government. “The first gun laws were put into place to register black...
  • Which Government Spend the Most Per Capita on Government Healthcare:

    02/24/2013 6:36:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    What government spends the most on health care? Is it Canada or the United Kingdom, which are famous (or, if these stories are any indication, infamous would be a better description) for single-payer healthcare systems? Is it Sweden, the home of the cradle-to-grave welfare state? Or France, the land of the world’s most statist people? How about Italy or Greece, nations that have spent themselves into fiscal crisis? Nope, nope, nope, and nope. The United States spends more money, on a per-capita basis, than any of those countries. Here’s a chart from a Forbes analysis prepared by Doug Holtz-Eakin and...
  • The Free State Speaks

    02/24/2013 6:24:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    Last week, I sat through four excruciating hours of legislative hearings before the Ways and Means Committee of MarylandÂ’s House of Delegates. I was waiting to testify on behalf of Citizens in Charge against House Bill 493. For the 20 years before last November, not a single citizen-initiated referendum made it to the Maryland ballot. Why? The state boasts the countryÂ’s most draconian rules for verifying petition signatures. An attorney running his own petition effort had his signature disallowed because he did not sign one of his two middle names or write the initial. Most states use the standard of...
  • Does This Broomstick Go With My Prison Stripes?

    02/24/2013 6:07:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    In its wisdom -- and yes, I am being ironic -- the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a ruling Tuesday that revives a California inmate lawsuit to force the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to hire a paid, full-time Wiccan chaplain. Oddly, the three-judge panel found that the complaint "did not contain sufficient facts to support a cognizable legal theory under the First Amendment." Nonetheless, the court overturned a federal judge's 2011 dismissal of the lawsuit. It's enough to make you wonder whether Samantha twitched her nose and cast a spell on the...
  • White House to cede Benghazi documents in Brennan fight

    02/24/2013 6:07:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/22/13 | TIM MAK
    The White House is preparing to cede more ground to Senate Republican foes and hand over documents related to the Benghazi attacks to try to secure the confirmation of John Brennan to run the CIA, POLITICO has confirmed. After releasing official timelines, an investigation and sending Cabinet officials up to Capitol Hill for hearings, now the Obama administration has agreed to surrender email messages between top national security officials that discuss how to describe the Sept. 11 attack, a Senate aide confirmed Friday evening.