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  • Thug who punched bank manager four times let off with a caution because he said SORRY to police

    02/24/2013 9:12:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:24 EST, 24 February 2013 | Helen Lawson
    A thug who broke a bank manager’s nose in an unprovoked assault has been let off with a caution—because he said “sorry”. Ryan Gough, 41, was punched in the face four times outside his girlfriend’s home in the road rage attack last Saturday afternoon. The unnamed biker knocked on Gough’s car window as he was parking at the house in Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire—and punched him for “cutting him up”. The 40-year-old suspect was caught minutes later by police, but Gough learned this week that his attacker had been let off because he had apologized for his actions.Gough, from...
  • Death Panel Advocacy on This Week

    02/24/2013 9:01:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 24, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Liberals screamed when Sarah Palin warned about “death panels” during the run up to the passage of Obamacare. But many really want health care rationing based on invidious methods of medical discrimination–as I have repeatedly reported here. I was just watching This Week and Steve Rattner–former adviser to Obama Treasury Dept. who has written in favor of death panels–alluded to them again. In a discussion on medical spending and cost control, he said (my transcription:) Rattner: Here is a small question for the country…Right now most Americans do not see price in deciding whether to use healthcare…When people go on...
  • WaPo Ombudsman: Yep, Bigots, We're Pro-Gay Marriage

    02/24/2013 8:47:23 PM PST · by Bratch · 10 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | February 23, 2013 | John Nolte
    Well, I guess if you can redefine the definition of marriage, you can also redefine the definition of "objective newspaper." This hilariously obtuse piece of reasoning comes from the Washington Post's soon-to-be "inefficiencied" ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, and a Post reporter, who, for some odd reason, doesn't wish to be named. This so-called reporter, Pexton, and a reader entered into a three-way email debate over the issue of how the Post reports on the issue of same-sex marriage. The reader, a social conservative, is tired of seeing his beliefs described (in an "objective" newspaper, mind you) as bigoted and hateful. He...
  • Ann Coulter Battles Stossel, Calls Libertarians ‘*******’ And Gets Booed By Room Full Of Students

    02/24/2013 8:36:33 PM PST · by jimsin · 74 replies
    THE MEDIAITE ^ | February 22, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    <p>Ann Coulter on why she thinks libertarians are "******s": "We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’</p>
  • Transit officials call for restrictions if concealed carry law is enacted

    02/24/2013 8:34:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 23, 2013 | By Monique Garcia and Richard Wronski
    Worried transit officials asked lawmakers to imagine a CTA train packed with inebriated, possibly irate fans after a Cubs night game, then consider the wisdom of adding gun-toting passengers to the potentially volatile mix. Or what if a thief grabbed a bus rider's iPhone — a not-uncommon crime — and an armed commuter tried to stop the criminal? Those scenarios were raised Friday by Chicago transit officials, who called on state legislators to prohibit anyone from carrying a weapon on buses and trains if a concealed-carry law is adopted in Illinois. Transit agencies across the state contend that allowing individuals...
  • Splitting the Difference on Illegal Immigration (They can stay, but they can't become citizens.)

    02/24/2013 8:22:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Winter 2013 | PETER SKERRY
    In the controversy over illegal immigration that has roiled our politics for decades, the image of "living in the shadows" has been invoked by all sides. For immigrant advocates, "the shadows" are where the undocumented are harassed by overzealous law-enforcement officers and exploited by unscrupulous landlords and employers. For many other Americans, "living in the shadows" conjures vaguely sinister intruders using public services to which they are not entitled and preying on law-abiding Americans through illicit activities and crime. Yet regardless of one's views on the issue, this imagery is profoundly misleading. It helps to perpetuate the myths and exaggerations...
  • States set sights on Colorado firearms business; gun-control bills scorned (Magpul)

    02/24/2013 8:21:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — In one sign of the price states may pay for restricting gun rights, more than a dozen states are jostling to land a Colorado firearms company that has vowed to leave the state if the governor signs into law tough gun-control legislation. Elected officials from Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have written letters to Magpul Industries inviting the company to make their states its relocation destination. Meanwhile, individuals from at least 10 states have launched social media campaigns on Facebook to lure the Erie, Colo.-based company. “We are a state whose people are committed to Second...
  • ‘Israel’s strike on Syria last month killed top Iranian general’

    02/24/2013 8:11:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2/24/13 | Gabe Fisher
    Hassan Shateri, the Iranian general whose killing was reported last week, was actually slain last month in an alleged IAF airstrike that was said to have targeted a weapons convoy heading from Syria to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, Britain’s Sunday Times reported. Iran was quick last week to blame “mercenaries and supporters” of Israel for Shateri’s death, although it made no indication that he had been killed in the January airstrike. Tehran “will take revenge on Israel for the killing of a Quds Force general in Syria,” said Ali Shirazi, liaison for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Revolutionary...
  • Lord Ashcroft drops support for the Tories over David Cameron’s gay marriage “obsession”

    02/24/2013 7:51:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 18:19 EST, 24 February 2013 | Gerri Peev
    The Tories’ biggest donor has stopped funding the party after privately questioning whether the Prime Minister is still a proper Conservative. Lord Ashcroft, who has given the Tories £10 million ($15 million), has withdrawn support after becoming dismayed with David Cameron’s obsession with “fringe issues” such as gay marriage. The Tory peer also told friends he has given enough money and is not hopeful of the party winning a majority in 2015. … In another blow to Cameron, his local Chipping Norton party chairman, Cicely Maunder, quit her post and tore up her party membership over his promotion of gay...
  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/24/2013 7:43:18 PM PST · by thecodont · 11 replies
    The Miami Herald via The Drudge Report / www.miamiherald.com ^ | Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2013 | By Patricia Mazzei
    The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2½ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random. It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami...
  • Carnival Triumph Review From an Actual Passenger "Not a Nightmare".

    02/24/2013 7:40:22 PM PST · by willk · 85 replies
    Cruise Critic ^ | TXRegulator
    I had a GREAT time on my first cruise!! And yes...I was on the Triumph!! It was NOT THAT BAD!! It was akin to camping in one's own backyard as a kid. The crew was great, we were well treated, food was plentiful, water was restored quickly and the toilet issue was a minor inconvenience. To expound a little on the camping analogy......Imagine camping in the backyard as a kid, the septic tank has a little bit of an issue on the other side of the yard, and mom hasn't been to the store in a couple of days. You...
  • Qatar hands the Syrian embassy in Doha to opposition

    02/24/2013 7:19:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | AFP
    Qatar has handed the Syrian embassy building in Doha to the National Coalition, Syria’s main opposition group, a statement said on Wednesday. “Qatar has decided to hand over the Syrian embassy building in Doha to Mr Nizar al-Haraki after his appointment as ambassador to Doha for the National Coalition,” the Coalition statement said. “Qatar has acted faster than the Friends of Syria coalition," the opposition statement said, in reference to a string of Western and Arab states, along with Turkey, which support the revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “The flag of the revolution will be raised above the building,”...
  • ACORN-Affiliated BluePrint NC Puts a Hit On State’s Republican Leadership

    02/24/2013 7:13:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 23, 2013 | MATT VESPA
    The war of ideas is alive and well. In North Carolina, it’s taken a vicious turn,with progressives targeting the state’s Republican leadership and Governor Pat McCrory, who was elected in 2012. Spearheading this effort is a 501 (c)(3) group known as BluePrint NC, which, according to their website: is a partnership of public policy, advocacy, and grassroots organizing nonprofits dedicated to achieving a better, fairer, healthier North Carolina through the development of an integrated communications and civic engagement strategy. Ultimately, Blueprint aims to influence state policy in NC so that residents of the state benefit from more progressive policies such...
  • NM:More than 300 guns sold at sheriff buy back event(and private sales!)

    02/24/2013 6:54:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    kob.com ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Maria Guerrero
    Gun owners got another opportunity to turn over their firearms to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. In exchange owners got a gift card worth up to $200. Private gun buyers were also on hand at the buy-back and so was a local woman who opposed what they’re legally allowed to do on the sidelines. People returned 326 guns, including two assault weapons, and BCSO handed out $41,000 in gift cards in exchange. Before BCSO collects and destroys a room full of various firearms, owners are presented with another option outside. Deputies kept a group of private buyers across...
  • A land of militias, Libya struggles to build a military

    02/24/2013 6:44:56 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 24, 2013 | Maggie Fick
    Tripoli, Libya In the seventeen months since Muammar Qaddafi was killed, Libya has made building an army a top national priority. But progress toward achieving this goal has been slow at best, with an official admitting that he does not even know how many soldiers are currently in the army. Public statements by senior Libyan leaders suggest that there is little disagreement over the notion that the country desperately needs a functioning military to ensure a peaceful transition – and a clean break from the Qaddafi legacy of a weak army dwarfed by powerful brigades loyal to the autocrat’s sons....
  • Worker exploits lax DOE Twitter policy to send threats [CO]

    02/24/2013 6:23:38 PM PST · by averagemo · 3 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | February 11, 2013 | Tori Richards
    GOLDEN, Colo. — The Department of Energy allows its employees to use government phones and computers to access personal social media accounts while on the job, setting the stage for a staffer who threatened murder against Watchdog’s Colorado office while at work.
  • Will new fed guidelines force companies to hire more employees with criminal pasts?

    02/24/2013 6:02:21 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 56 replies
    Employers could be pressured to hire more workers with a criminal background under recent guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn businesses about rejecting minority applicants who have committed a crime and recommend they eliminate policies that “exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.” The EEOC says civil rights laws already prohibit different treatment for job applicants who are of a different ethnic background but have identical criminal histories. The update was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally exclude minorities from getting hired because more African Americans and Hispanics are...
  • Hagel’s $160 Billion 'West Bank' US Troops Deathtrap (U.S. Troops to West Bank & Gaza)

    02/24/2013 5:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 2/24/13 | Staff
    Hagel, at Obama's bidding, plans to send troops to Judea andSamaria (the "West Bank") where they would soon be victims of Hamas terror. It's in writing. An investigative report. There is only one reason that Chuck Hagel was picked by President Obama to be US Defense Secretary, and why Obama will go nuclear to get him confirmed: Hagel is the only person alive now dumb enough to deploy US “peacekeeping” troops to what is surely a "West Bank" deathtrap. Don’t believe me??! Well, in early 2009, two years after Hamas violently took over Gaza, Hagel along with a ragged has-been...
  • Bay Area, California to lose big if federal sequester cuts hit this week

    02/24/2013 5:41:36 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/24/2013 | Mike Rosenberg
    Just when Californians are finally feeling upbeat again about where the state is heading, here comes a fresh downer: The federal sequester cuts set to kick in this week could cost California billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs while making most of our daily lives more difficult. The state's budget may be balanced and the economy improving, but unless congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama reach a last-minute deal, the federal government on Friday will begin slashing $85 billion this year, including about 8 percent from the Pentagon and about 5 percent from most other discretionary programs....
  • Afghans accuse U.S. special forces of being involved in torture

    02/24/2013 5:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan -Afghanistan´s president says all U.S. special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi says Sunday´s decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are linked to the U.S. special forces. He said the government wants the individuals, whom he did not identify, to be handed over to the government. Wardak is a restive province next to Kabul and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts.