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  • Beretta’s future in Maryland tied to state’s gun-control debate (may leave the People's Republic)

    02/24/2013 2:05:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies
    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.
  • House Oversight Panel's Hearing Plan Could Signal GOP Shift On Climate

    02/24/2013 1:58:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Power-eng ^ | 2/19/13
    House oversight panel Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has agreed to Democrats' request to hold one or more hearings on economic risks from climate change, but while the decision appears to be a significant break from House GOP leaders' opposition to climate hearings it is unclear whether it will change other committees' reluctance to hold such hearings. Given the uncertainty over the fate of climate change hearings in the Republican-controlled House this year, Democrats are launching a new “Safe Climate Caucus” with a strategy of daily speeches to pressure GOP leadership into addressing climate. The caucus “is banding together to...
  • Biden’s Single Good Idea: Study Effects Of Violence In Media

    02/24/2013 1:54:25 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    political outcast ^ | 2-23-13 | Chris Graham
    Let the private sector do the study. Let a bunch of different private-sector researchers do the study so that they can be reviewed by one another, their notes compared, their ideas bounced around. Biden is also either a liar or has been grounded from reading newspapers or news sites, because he also claimed that the NRA doesn’t want such studies to be conducted. Biden might want to tell NRA president Wayne LaPierre that his opinion is not actually his opinion, because Biden’s claim of LaPierre’s beliefs certainly seems to contradict LaPierre’s actual beliefs. Here’s LaPierre himself: “And here’s another dirty...
  • Both Parties Agree: Sequestration Is Bad, but Better Than The Alternatives

    02/24/2013 1:51:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Sequestration Is the Worst Option Except for All the Other Options Both Democrats and Republicans have been roundly criticizing the security and economic effects of sequestration and, at the same time, taking very little action. The only logical conclusion is that both parties agree that sequestration is an awful, terrible, harmful set of policies - except the other proposed replacements are worse. President Obama said "these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy." Speaker Boehner, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said "there's nothing wrong with cutting spending that much... but the sequester is...
  • 'We want to be heard': Crowd asks Giron to shoot down gun legislation(CO Town Hall 750 people)

    02/24/2013 1:38:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    Pueblo Chieftian ^ | Updated: 1:07 pm, Sun Feb 24, 2013 | Ryan Severance
    An estimated 750 people turned out Saturday to tell a local state politician how they felt about gun control. State Sen. Angela Giron heard from vocal and animated constituents. The town hall was scheduled to discuss four gun-control bills the Colorado House passed last week. Those bills will be heading to the state Senate for a vote in the coming weeks. The measures include universal background checks, a limit of 15 rounds on high-capacity magazines, a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses and a bill that would charge gun buyers for their own background checks. While about 250 people...
  • Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President (Mega-hurl)

    02/24/2013 12:58:25 PM PST · by Rennes Templar · 75 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Feb. 24, 2013 | Douglas Brinkley
    Only a few weeks ago, Lincoln was assumed to be the surefire winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Not since Gregory Peck in 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird has an actor performed with the unforgettable gravitas of Daniel Day-Lewis playing Abraham Lincoln in the months before his assassination. But a funny thing happened when the horses turned the bend at the Golden Globe Awards. Argo, based on a CIA-led rescue mission in 1980 that smuggled six American diplomats out of Tehran at the tail end of Carter’s presidency, suddenly has all the Oscar momentum. And, in a serendipitous...
  • Police: Pizza delivery person shot teenager during attempted robbery

    02/24/2013 12:53:34 PM PST · by FunkyZero · 31 replies
    http://www.theindychannel.com ^ | 02/23/2013 | TheIndyChannel.com Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS - A 15-year-old is in critical condition after being shot by a pizza delivery person, later identified as Michael Andrews, police said. Police were dispatched to the 3600 block of Richelieu Road, near Franklin Road and East 38th Street, around 7:15 p.m. Friday. Metro police said the shooting happened during an apparent attempted robbery.
  • What If Republican Todd Akin Advocated Rape Whistles?

    02/24/2013 12:45:02 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 24, 2013 | IND EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: The silent media ignore a Colorado Democrat who says women don't need firearms to defend themselves from predators and a patronizing vice president who says women can't handle an AR-15 anyway. On Monday, the Colorado House passed four gun control bills. Among them is HB13-1226. It would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, as if creating more gun-free zones, such as the one around the Aurora, Colo., theater, where 12 were killed and another 59 wounded, will prevent more massacres. Colorado is a concealed-carry state, as was Virginia at the time of the Virginia Tech shootings. But like...
  • GOP governors take a pragmatic turn

    02/24/2013 12:40:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 12:48 PM EST | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    Many Republican governors who worked to thwart much of President Barack Obama’s first-term agenda are shifting gears and softening their rhetoric now that his run was extended for four more years and they’re facing their own re-election. These state leaders are offering greater cooperation on health care and skipping the tough talk on immigration, taking a cue from voters who in last November’s election expressed their opposition to partisan gridlock in Washington. For many governors, the new approach reflects not just the specific needs of their states but also the realities of the political calendar: Nearly two dozen GOP governors...
  • Palestinians call for probe of Israeli prisons

    02/24/2013 12:34:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 2:10 PM EST | Karin Laub
    Palestinians on Sunday called for an international investigation of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian detainees after a 30-year-old prisoner died in custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of West Bank protests. The death of Arafat Jaradat set off more clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian stone-throwers in several areas of the West Bank on Sunday. In one incident, two Palestinians were wounded by army fire, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the chest, a Palestinian health official said. … Palestinian officials and the detainee’s family alleged Jaradat was mistreated by the Shin Bet,...
  • Blueprint For Non-Partisan Partisanship

    02/24/2013 12:30:34 PM PST · by Eccl 10:2 · 3 replies
    The North Carolina Conservative ^ | 2/23/13 | Vicky Kaseorg
    The skein of alleged corruption in NC politics is unraveling. First, there is evidence of illegal online registration by NC Democrats in the presidential election. Now, a 501c(3) nonprofit group, specifically forbidden to engage in partisan politics was inconveniently exposed for doing just that. Based in Raleigh, Blueprint North Carolina is an advocacy and policy group which is, as noted on its website, “strictly non-partisan” (wink, wink). In addition, they claim, “Blueprint activities will not be coordinated with any candidate, political party or other partisan entity.”
  • Shotgun Joe Inspires a Great Idea: Free AR-15!

    02/24/2013 12:14:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    JoeforAmerica.com ^ | 2-21-2013 | Joe Wurzelbacher
    February 21, 2013 Shotgun Joe Inspires a Great Idea: Free AR-15! Joe Wurzelbacher It’s not often that Joe Biden inspires a great idea (unless you’re talking about late-night comedians) and mostly he just makes you wish he’d shove some pie into that pie-hole and stop talking for five minutes. But stick with me. You’ll want to hear this:Barack Obama has made the Vice-President the point man in his Gun Control Task Force, or as I like to think of it, spearheading Obama’s pathetic and cynical play on the Newtown massacre to deny law-abiding Americans their Second Amendment rights. Listening to...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $6k left to go!! This is beginning to look very doable!! [FReepathon XXV]

    02/24/2013 12:01:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 514 replies
  • Jindal To Obama: Stop Campaigning And Scaring The American People

    02/24/2013 11:51:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/24/13 | nbc
    GOV. BOBBY JINDAL (R-LOUISIANA): My recommendation to the president is it's time to stop campaigning. It is time to actually do the job here in Washington D.C. In our second term, for example, last year, we passed one of the most sweeping educational reform laws in the country, giving real choice to our kids, putting right teachers in the classroom. We're forming our tenure laws, letting the dollars follow the child. This year, like my colleague, we're proposing tax, significant tax reform. We've got different ideas about that. We're trying to get rid of the income tax in Louisiana. My...
  • 50 Cent Sees 'No Black People' At Daytona 500

    02/24/2013 11:43:35 AM PST · by Steelfish · 113 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | February 24, 2013
    50 Cent Sees 'No Black People' At Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Give NASCAR credit for this, the racing circuit continues to attempt to diversify its fan base. Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson signs autographs prior to the Daytona 500. (Getty Images) This year, in a continued effort to show racing fast cars should appeal to more than just its traditionally white fan base, the circuit brought in African American celebrities such as recording artists 50 Cent and T.I. and future Hall of Fame NFL star Ray Lewis to the Daytona 500. It's a long way from the traditional...
  • State Department to Spend $250,000 on Afghan YouTube Channel, Had No $$$ for Benghazi Security

    02/24/2013 11:06:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember the State Department had no money for Benghazi security because of the mean GOP. But it can always seem to find huge chunks of cash for really stupid things like this. This “Hope” nonsense smacks of an extension of Obama’s permanent campaign and it’s largely meant to fool Americans into thinking that matters in Afghanistan have improved so much that the departure is not a defeat. That makes this expensive propaganda boondoggle of dubious legality and obvious uselessness. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul plans to spend up to $250,000 in taxpayer money on the creation of a website that...
  • Some women leaving the gun at home for a can of bug spray

    02/24/2013 11:02:23 AM PST · by Daffynition · 90 replies
    WBTV.com ^ | 02.20.13 | Sean Edmondson
    ST. LOUIS (WFIE) - Some women in St. Louis are ready to take aim and fire if confronted by an attacker, but their weapon of choice isn't a gun. Instead, they're turning to a common household product to protect themselves. It's barely seven bucks, but it makes Joy Gridnick Christensen feel a whole lot safer. "And we keep it right here so if you came to the counter with the cash register I would just get this on you and zap you right in the face," said Christensen. As owner of the Fountain on Locust, she's armed all her employees...
  • F-22’s Human Interface Kills Humans, Then Lands Them Safely

    02/24/2013 10:52:31 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    MIT ^ | February 24, 2013 | John Pavlus
    Think Windows 8 is a usability nightmare? Two pilots of the infamously expensive F-22 fighter jet recently went on 60 Minutes to describe how this “phenomenal, phenomenal machine” poisons its pilots’ air supply in the course of normal flight. But the plane is also smart enough to land itself with no help from its passed-out pilot. This is UX design by way of Brazil: the human interface is so bad that it actively tries to kill you the entire time you’re using it, and so good that it can deliver your comatose body back to safety with no help from...
  • Ballsy Law Student Schools Uninformed Law Officer on Gun Rights (Video)

    02/24/2013 10:47:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/24/13 | Jim Hoft
    Guest Post by Mara Zebest A video posted at the end of 2012 (a couple of months back) is gaining some steam now due to the current gun debate. A Facebook posting offers the following overview: You will LOVE this video! Share it if you want MORE people (including policemen) to understand this! Watch what happens when a policeman illegally stops a law student for carrying a gun… and the law student schools him on how he’s broken the law.
  • Massachusetts Statement against High-Stakes Standardized Testing

    02/24/2013 10:22:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Fair Test ^ | 19 February 2013 | Massachusetts Professors and Researchers
    There has been a ground swell of opposition to the overuse and misuse of standardized testing across the United States. This includes statements from more than 670 Texas school boards, nearly one-third of all New York State principals, and hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who have endorsed the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. Against this backdrop, two significant statements have come from groups of educators and researchers in Chicago, Georgia and New York.We applaud these actions and have come together in solidarity with their efforts. We respectfully present this statement to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, the Secretary...