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  • Congressman Murphy Seeks Probe of Al Jazeera

    02/27/2013 1:20:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 27, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Tim Murphy, who holds a senior position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has called on the Obama Administration to explain whether Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV from former Democratic Vice President Al Gore was given any federal review and scrutiny. But Al Jazeera is working furiously to stop the mounting congressional interest and now has three lobbying firms working to stop any hearings or investigations into the deal. Once known as the voice of Osama bin Laden, Al Jazeera is the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood and...
  • Beretta considers leaving Maryland as O'Malley pushes tougher gun laws

    02/27/2013 1:19:20 PM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 12 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 02/27/2012
    One of the world’s biggest gun makers is threatening to move its Maryland manufacturing plant – along with roughly 400 jobs – as Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley pushes one of the most ambitious gun-control agendas in the country. Beretta USA executives have grown weary of the state’s attitude on guns and reportedly have backed up their threat by pointing out the company moved a warehouse to neighboring Virginia in 1990 when Maryland previously tightened gun laws. Republicans, who largely oppose the new legislation, are warning about the economic impact of Beretta's threats. “We are pushing a legitimate manufacturer and good...
  • DefDist Printed AR Lower - Part III (printed gun firing)

    02/27/2013 1:15:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | DXLiberty
    SLA and FDM. Does not fail from firing stresses. 600+ rounds (.223).
  • New Video Destroys Myth About Large Capacity Magazines

    02/27/2013 1:11:09 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 11 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    BELLEVUE, WA – -(Ammoland.com)- A new video obtained by the Citizens Committee for the Right to keep and Bear Arms destroys the myth surrounding so-called “high capacity magazines” by proving that determined shooters using smaller capacity magazines can fire just as fast, and in some cases even faster despite having to reload. The startling video demonstration, conducted under the supervision of Boone County, Ind. Sheriff Ken Campbell and funded by ArmaLite, “throws cold water on anti-gunners who argue that magazine limitations are necessary to prevent mass shootings,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. “We are all indebted to ArmaLite for...
  • Andrea Mitchell Plays The McCarthy Card—Accuses Republicans Of 'Red-Baiting' Hagel

    02/27/2013 1:09:48 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On her MSNBC show today, Andrea Mitchell accused Republicans of "red-baiting" Chuck Hagel, a reference to tactics most notably associated with the McCarthy period during which people were accused [often accurately, it should be noted] of Communist or affiliated sympathies. Such cries of McCarthyism have of course become standard liberal fare when it comes to Hagel's confirmation process. View the video here.
  • Sledgehammer of cyber warfare? EMP attack

    02/27/2013 1:05:17 PM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    Enemies' doctrines include devastating blow as part of 'strategic operations' WASHINGTON – Warnings from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that enemy nations are carrying out cyber attacks on the U.S. are on the rise. The target? The U.S. electric infrastructure. Even President Obama has pointed out that “our enemies are also seeking the abilities to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions and our air traffic control systems.” But that may not be the worst of it. Those same adversaries – China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – also incorporate in...
  • Marco Rubio courts Wall Street

    02/27/2013 1:00:58 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | Wednesday February 27, 2013 | Ben White
    NEW YORK — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is moving swiftly behind the scenes to lock down some of Wall Street’s biggest donors ahead of the 2016 presidential race. In recent weeks, the rising GOP star and possible 2016 hopeful has quietly met with some of the most powerful GOP backers in the world of high finance. The roster includes Blackstone Group Chief Executive Officer Stephen Schwarzman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. CEO Henry Kravis and senior executives at Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital among others. Rubio has gotten backing from big Wall Street titans before, notably hedge fund manager and...
  • Gun foes decry 'carnage' from weapons (But admit at Senate hearing 'criminals' pull triggers)

    02/27/2013 12:59:18 PM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    WND ^ | February 27, 2013 | Taylor Rose
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who once threatened to take out those she perceived as threats with her own gun, today told a congressional hearing, “We cannot allow the carnage … to continue.” She was speaking on behalf of her own “Assault Weapons” Ban of 2013 before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She invited several witnesses to testify in support of her proposed gun ban. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn testified against allowing citizens to own firearms, saying that “assault weapons are not built for sportsmen.” He said those are “designed for combat” and must be “restricted.” Flynn admitted that...
  • White House was not involved in ICE's decision to release detainees, Carney says

    02/27/2013 12:58:59 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement's decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday. "This was a decision made by career officials at ICE without any input from the White House, as a result of fiscal uncertainty over the continuing resolution, as well as possible sequestration," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday. Personnel at Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington were also unaware of the decision until the announcement was made, a department official told POLITICO.
  • Senators ask Kerry to approve Keystone XL during first quarter

    02/27/2013 12:53:00 PM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | Feb. 27, 2013 | Nick Snow
    US Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were joined by 18 other senators from both parties as they urged newly confirmed Secretary of State John F. Kerry to approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline during this year’s first quarter. “The State Department received the new route approved by the state of Nebraska on Jan. 22…but [it] has yet to inform the public and stakeholders of a definitive process for the final decision,” the 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans said in their Feb. 22 letter. “We urge you as Secretary of State to ensure that this decision...
  • Woodward: Obama's Decision Not To Deploy Carrier "A Kind Of Madness"

    02/27/2013 12:51:39 PM PST · by yoe · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2013
    Video Bob Woodward blasted President Obama on Wednesday morning for deciding to recall an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf because of impending budget cuts, calling the decision "a kind of madness." Woodward: Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying ‘Oh, by the way, I can’t do this because of some budget document?’ Or George W. Bush saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to invade Iraq because I can’t get the aircraft carriers I need’ or even Bill Clinton saying, ‘You know, I’m not going to attack Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters,’ as he did when Clinton was president...
  • The American Traditionalist Society

    02/27/2013 12:50:51 PM PST · by Jack Black · 5 replies
    The Thinking Housewife ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Laura Wood et. al.
    The American Traditionalist Society MANY readers of this site have described their sense of isolation in a society that seems bereft of wisdom, decency and common sense. Whether it be a college student disgusted by her courses, a young man looking for a wife, a new mother who wants to remain home, a white man whose career has been derailed by affirmative action, an elderly bachelor in a once-thriving community now brutalized by black crime and vandalism, or a Marine in the feminized military, these readers share the feeling that they do not belong. They reject the lunacy and decadence...
  • DHS official resigns after immigrants are freed

    02/27/2013 12:50:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 114 replies
    The Associated Press has learned that the Homeland Security Department official in charge of the agency's immigration enforcement and removal operations has resigned after hundreds of illegal immigrants were released from jails because of government spending cuts.
  • Kipapa Elementary faces more abuse claims

    02/27/2013 12:42:48 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    Hawaii News Now ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Rick Daysog
    Mililani - For half a dozen former Kipapa Elementary School students, room P-10 was a little class of horrors. Hawaii News Now has learned that the families of six disabled students have now come forward with allegations of abuse by staffers at this Mililani School. The latest allegations come from the parents of an autistic girl who say school staffers force fed their daughter, often to the point of vomiting. Court documents filed in U.S. District Court say that in some instances the girl -- who often had trouble eating -- was forced to eat food she threw up. People familiar with the case say the girl also was...
  • Obama's release of illegals 'impeachable offense' ('This is action being taken against the country')

    02/27/2013 12:41:25 PM PST · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    WND ^ | February 27, 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    The Obama administration’s release of hundreds and potentially thousands of illegal-alien criminals from U.S. detention centers in connection with possible budget cuts is being called “an impeachable offense” by the nation’s highest-rated radio talk-show host. “In what used to be considered – if we can remember this far back – normal, sane times, this is an impeachable offense,” broadcaster Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday. “This is action being taken against the country. … It is sheer madness to be doing this. It is petulant, it is childish.” “This is in direct violation of the oath of office,” he continued. “Defend and...
  • EU: Financial tax should be used for development aid and climate

    02/27/2013 12:40:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 18:46 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    The European Commission said revenue from a proposed financial transaction tax (FTT) should be set aside to fight poverty and climate change, as an investment against global instability. “I would very much want member countries really to take it seriously,” European commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday (27 February). The FTT is backed by 11 member states and would put 0.1 percent levy on bonds and shares and 0.01 percent on derivative products. Estimated generated annual revenues could range between €30 billion to €35 billion ($39 billion–$46 billion) a year. …
  • After a night of barhopping in Cedarburg, the Racing Italian Sausage is missing

    02/27/2013 12:40:13 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 2-17-13 | Lydia Mulvany
    The Klement's Racing Italian Sausage went barhopping in Cedarburg recently, delighting patrons and posing for photos. The only problem: No one can say who was wearing the $3,000 costume, which had just been stolen from the city's Winter Festival. The 7-foot-long weenie was lying unused in a backroom at the Milwaukee Curling Club's new Cedarburg location during a fundraiser on Feb. 16 with beer-tasting and curling, and a witness saw the sausage walk out of the south door about 7:45 p.m., Cedarburg police Detective Jeff Vahsholtz said Wednesday. The Italian walked into TJ Ryan's in Cedarburg an hour later and...
  • EU diplomats urge financial sanctions on Israeli settlers

    02/27/2013 12:35:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 15:16 | Andrew Rettman
    Senior EU diplomats have called for financial sanctions and travel bans on Israeli settlers in a last-ditch effort to save the Middle East peace process. An internal report by EU countries’ consuls general in Jerusalem and Ramallah—seen by EUobserver—says member states should "prevent … financial transactions, including foreign direct investment from within the EU, in support of settlement activities, infrastructure and services.” It adds that individual EU states should “explore the possibility of denying entry to known settler radicals.” It also calls for EU guidelines on retail labels for settler-made products, such as wine or cosmetics, in order to “guarantee...
  • Donna Brazile wonders: Why are my health-care premiums going up?

    02/27/2013 12:14:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2013 | AllahPundit
    What's on your menu? Just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer!— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) February 27, 2013 Hard to know why without knowing who her insurer is, but I can think of two possibilities. You all know the first. Force companies to make insurance benefits more comprehensive and to expand coverage to people with preexisting conditions and you'll force them to make up the cost somewhere. The only (mild) surprise in Brazile's case is that, as is so often true under Obamanomics, it's young...
  • Three steps: How the Dems plan to make Texas a battleground state by 2016

    02/27/2013 12:08:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/27/2013 | Christopher Bedford
    On Tuesday morning, the Democrats launched an independent group called Battleground Texas, which is capable of making the Lone Star state a battleground by 2016 and a lean-Democrat state by 2024, effectively breaking the back of the national GOP and blocking a Republican path to the White House. Yes — that Texas: The state that has not elected a single statewide Democratic official in 10 years, with Republicans going 100-0; the state that has had an entirely Republican government since 2002, with current super majorities in the legislature; and the state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since Jimmy...
  • Benghazi talking points e-mails a bust?

    02/27/2013 11:56:29 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2-27-2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee finally received yesterday what they had demanded for months — and it may have turned into an anti-climax. The White House allowed access to internal e-mails of the Obama administration regarding the preparation of talking points for Susan Rice after the attack on our Benghazi consulate, which some suspected would show that the Obama administration had changed the information to downplay terrorism as the basis of the attack. According to Chad Pergram at Fox, though, the e-mails don’t show anything like that (via Kevin Glass): Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee today received a...
  • American student is punished after she refused to salute the Mexican flag

    02/27/2013 11:52:30 AM PST · by massmike · 60 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com ^ | 02/27/2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against her school and her teachers after she was punished for refusing to salute and recite the Mexican pledge of allegiance. The Thomas More Law Center filed the suit on behalf of Brenda Brinsdon alleging the McAllen Independent School District violated the 15-year-old girl’s constitutional rights when she was forced to recite the Mexican pledge and sing the Mexican national anthem. Brinsdon, who is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant and an American father, refused. She believed it was un-American to pledge a loyalty oath to another country. Ironically, the...
  • Malt Shop Rebellion: Albuquerque restaurant defies minimum wage law

    02/27/2013 11:48:56 AM PST · by woofie · 26 replies
    Capitol Report New Mexico ^ | February 21st, 2013
    Folk heroes to some, villains to others, the owners of the Route 66 Malt Shop in Albuquerque have refused to abide by the city’s recently adopted minimum wage ordinance. The increase, they say, would bury their 18-year-old small business. “We had the choice to close the business and destroy 18 years of blood, sweat and tears and hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years … and fire 12 people or disobey the law,” Eric Szeman told New Mexico Watchdog after a busy lunch-time rush. “The law’s the law,” said Pat Davis, executive director of the liberal activist group Progress...
  • Police: No charges expected in self-defense shooting death

    02/27/2013 11:45:16 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    The Advocate ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jim Mustian
    No charges are expected to be filed against a man who fatally shot an intruder trying to force his way into his residence late Saturday, Baton Rouge police said Tuesday. The resident, Kurt Anderson, exchanged gunfire with Anthony Taylor, a 20-year-old man who tried to break into the home at 3875 Topeka St., police said. Police Lt. Don Kelly said Anderson had not been expecting anyone late Saturday night and armed himself with a handgun before opening the door for Taylor. Taylor, the only person struck in the exchange of gunfire, ran and collapsed a short distance away, Kelly said....
  • Harry Reid Cites "Lincoln" And "Django Unchained" At Rosa Parks Ceremony

    02/27/2013 11:40:12 AM PST · by drpix · 18 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 2/27/13 | andrew kaczynski
    The Senate majority leader said, “It's significant that 150 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, we are still considering in film, in photo, in art, and activism how to eradicate slavery's unsavory successors.” Reid was speaking at a ceremony unveiling Rosa Parks' statue in the Capitol...
  • Dr. Carson: White House Repeatedly Asked for Advanced Copies of Speech Before Prayer Breakfast

    02/27/2013 11:34:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    fox ^ | 2/27/13 | Molly K. Hooper, The Hill
    <p>The White House repeatedly asked Ben Carson for his speech before the rising Republican star criticized President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month.</p> <p>Carson, a prominent neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University, declined to do so, noting that he doesn’t put his speeches down on paper beforehand.</p>
  • Group doubles-down on ad challenging McConnell on his position against assault weapons ban

    02/27/2013 11:34:28 AM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ryan Alessi
    A liberal group is again challenging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s position on gun control in a commercial that began running Monday in Kentucky and Washington in advance of the Senate’s next hearing on guns. The group Progressive Change Campaign Committee is spending $100,000 to run the ad for at least a week. It began airing Monday in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Paducah markets plus Washington, D.C., as the Senate’s Judiciary Committee prepares for a hearing Wednesday on the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.” It features Edmonson County resident Gary Nutt telling viewers that, as a hunter, he doesn’t see...
  • America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says

    02/27/2013 11:29:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies
    America must not "dictate" to world, new defense chief says 2:01pm EST By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Decorated Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Wednesday after a bruising Senate confirmation battle, and promised to renew old U.S. alliances and forge new ones without attempting to "dictate" to the world. Addressing Pentagon employees shortly after a small, closed-door swearing-in ceremony, Hagel spoke optimistically, if vaguely, about global challenges ahead and the importance of American leadership abroad. "We can't dictate to the world. But we must engage the world. We must lead with our allies,"...
  • Toomey offers Obama flexibility on spending cuts

    02/27/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Hoodat · 10 replies
    The Morning Call ^ | February 26, 2013 | Colby Itkowitz
    WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking on the sequester, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania has crafted an alternative plan that would give President Barack Obama discretion over where to cut $85 billion in annual federal spending. As of now, the across-the-board cuts set to take effect Friday would slice many domestic and defense programs indiscriminately. Toomey, a Republican, contends that the spending cuts should go forward, but there should be some license over where the cuts are made. For Democrats, the plan is a non-starter. And some Senate Republicans are reportedly pushing back against Toomey's proposal as well, uncomfortable with...
  • ZOT! Signs that the NRA is losing

    02/27/2013 11:21:30 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 65 replies
    Chi Trib ^ | 2-27 | Clarence Page
    Now that they're facing Washington's first serious push for new gun violence prevention laws since the Columbine massacre, gun lobbyists are grasping at straws — as in "straw" purchases. That's the slang for someone who legally buys a firearm from a licensed gun dealer, then sells it to someone whose criminal or mental health record prohibits them from making a legal purchase. The National Rifle Association's official position favors prosecuting straw purchasers, but defends allowing sales at gun shows without background checks from private dealers. In the 1990s, you may recall, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, supported universal...
  • OSHA promises to protect workers who report healthcare reform law violations

    02/27/2013 11:20:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/27/13 | Megan R. Wilson
    Workers who blow the whistle on violations of the healthcare law will be protected from retaliation by the federal government, according to new rules issued on Wednesday. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is encouraging people to turn in employers who fail to abide by the rules set in the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the rules would shield whistleblowers who report employers who are blocking access to healthcare tax credits or denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions. In the 58-page interim rule, OSHA notes that the healthcare law could “create an incentive for an employer to retaliate against...
  • Killing Me Softly: Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program, and why you should be concerned about it

    02/27/2013 11:13:55 AM PST · by Buggman · 11 replies
    Various | 2/27/2013 | Michael Bugg
    Those of you outside the medical services industry have probably never heard the phrases “DME” (Durable Medical Equipment) or the more formal DMEPOS (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies). You’ve also probably never heard of Medicare’s DMEPOS Competitive Bidding program, and now that I’ve said it, your first thought is probably, “Hey, bringing competition to the medical marketplace! That sounds like a great idea! After all, competition brings down prices while improving service, right? So who could be opposed to that?” Well, a lot of us, actually. Not because we’re evil monopolists bent on holding onto our little fiefdoms...
  • Is Chris Christie finished in the GOP?

    02/27/2013 11:12:24 AM PST · by South40 · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/27/2013 | Harold Maass
    The popular New Jersey governor angers conservatives — again — by announcing he'll go along with ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, still in the GOP dog house for saying nice things about President Obama's handling of Superstorm Sandy mere days before the November election, angered conservative critics once again this week by announcing that he would expand Medicaid under ObamaCare. The news came as the organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual enclave of the nation's conservatives, said they didn't invite Christie to this year's gathering because he has a "limited future" in the...
  • Donna Brazile Doesn't Know Why Her Health Insurance Premium Went Up

    02/27/2013 11:10:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/27/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Donna Brazile tweeted that her insurance premium went up and she doesn't know why, and I am not kidding. I literally am not kidding. Donna Brazile, a tweet, "What's on your menu? I just got off the phone with my health care provider asking them to explain why my premium jumped up. No good answer." Now, for those of you who do not know who Donna Brazile is (and there may well indeed be many of you who don't), Donna Brazile is a Democrat campaign specialist. She is one of the ranking unelected Democrats in the country. She ran...
  • The real nature of things with David Suzuki

    02/27/2013 11:08:55 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    Sun News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Jessica Hume
    You can tell a lot about a person by the way they respond to being challenged. Those with courage of conviction and the confidence that comes with real intellect will back their positions and rise to the occasion. Those whose sense of ego is mightier than their strength of character will retreat, resort to insults or not respond altogether. So when David Suzuki – environmental guru, would-be benevolent dictator and all-around perfect human – arrived in Ottawa Tuesday evening to tell a church filled with a paying audience what a sustainable future looks like, he shocked his own loyal supporters...
  • The Ex-Gay Problem: You Can Never Leave?

    02/27/2013 11:06:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2013 | Christopher Doyle
    "You Can Check-Out Anytime You Like, But You Can Never Leave." So says the Eagles' song Hotel California . Ironically, this memorable phrase in that 1976 classic hit has lasting implications for all those wishing to leave the gay life. I am careful to say "life" and not "lifestyle" so not to offend any gay and lesbian reading this who may be quick to cast me as a homophobe or hate-monger. The truth is no one simply chooses to have same-sex attractions (SSA). These feelings are the result of many factors, mostly environmental and familial, mixed-in with one genetic factor,...
  • Sea Shepherd whale activists called pirates, lose ruling by 9th Circuit judges

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 27, 2013 | Richard Reed
    Video and slideshow at link. A federal appeals court panel has branded a Northwest anti-whaling group "pirates," ordering a halt to attacks on Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters. The outspoken opinion, which reads at times more like "Moby Dick" than a court decision, hands a victory to Miller Nash, a Portland law firm that took the controversial step of representing Japan's whale hunters . The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion issued late Monday is also unusual for ordering the transfer of a lower-court judge from the case, finding that U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones made "numerous, serious...
  • Feinstein's 'assault weapon' ban goes to committee, as bans become irrelevant

    02/27/2013 11:05:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 February, 2013 | Kurt Hofmann
    At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) S. 150, to ban so-called "assault weapons," and "to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited," will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 150 has perhaps an even chance of being passed in committee, and proceeding to the Senate floor. Once there, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has noted before, further progress looks exceedingly unlikely, with the caveat that a Beslan-scale massacre committed with such firearms could energize the gun ban fanatics (and intimidate our congressional "allies") beyond anything we have ever...
  • Obama will finally meet with Congressional leaders on sequester

    02/27/2013 10:57:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    After traveling for more than two weeks and 5200 miles to gripe about the sequester and the supposedly "massive" cuts they impose on federal discretionary spending, Barack Obama will finally talk with people who can do something about it. Apparently, though, the cuts may not be all that bad after all, since Obama won't bother to meet with Congressional leaders about the sequester until after it hits, as ABC's Jonathan Karl reports (via the Daily Caller): They are finally going to have a meeting.A congressional source with direct knowledge of the plans tells me the top four congressional leaders –...
  • FReepathon Thread XIX - Time to Put This Baby to Bed!

    02/27/2013 10:52:36 AM PST · by musicman · 503 replies
  • DOJ seeks deportation of family persecuted in Germany for homeschooling

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/27/13 | Paul Mirengoff
    From William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, we learn about the case of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children: The Romeikes are devout Christians from Germany who wanted to homeschool their children because of what they perceived as the secularist agenda in German public schools. In the United States, the right to homeschool ones’ own children is accepted, although frequently mocked by the left. The homeschoool movement is thriving in the United States, but in Germany it is illegal, a holdover from Nazi-era law. The Romeikes fled to the United States in 2008 after they faced mounting fines and the...
  • Hagel's remarks against India 'bizarre': BJP

    02/27/2013 10:47:15 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    New Delhi - Terming as "outlandish and bizarre" the statement of Chuck Hagel, the new US Defence Secretary, that India has financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, BJP today asked the government to exert diplomatic pressure on Washington for unconditional withdrawal of his statement. The statement given by Hagel that India has financed problems in Pakistan is "outlandish, bizarre and baseless," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. He also expressed surprise over Hagel giving a clean to Pakistan, which has harboured in the backyard of its military base al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for killing of...
  • Supreme Court upholds Canada’s hate speech laws in case involving anti-gay crusader

    02/27/2013 10:45:20 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 9 replies
    http://news.nationalpost.com/ ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | J Brean
    Canada’s human rights hate speech laws are a constitutionally valid limit on freedom of expression, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in a landmark judgment. The judgment in the case of William Whatcott of Saskatchewan reaffirms the Canadian approach to hate speech, that it can be limited by law to address the problem of hate speech, unlike the American approach, in which speech cannot be limited except in the most extreme circumstances. But it upheld the controversial legal concept of speech that is “likely to expose” certain groups to hatred. “The difficulty of establishing causality and the seriousness of the...
  • Durable-goods orders minus aircraft strong

    02/27/2013 10:40:50 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jeffry Bartash
    Bookings climb 1.9% excluding volatile transportation sector WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Bookings for big-ticket U.S. goods slumped in January because of weaker demand for aircraft, but orders were generally strong elsewhere in the economy and suggested that business investment is picking up. Orders for durable goods sank 5.2% last month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, largely in line with Wall Street expectations. Orders for Boeing Co. jets soared in December but were virtually nil in January, reflecting the volatile nature of the aircraft business. Commercial aircraft orders plunged 34% while motor-vehicle bookings were flat. Bookings for defense aircraft tumbled an even...
  • But-But-But Premiums Were Supposed To Go Down By 3000%!

    02/27/2013 10:31:44 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/27/13 | staff
    In response to Donna Brazile: Why did my health care premiums go up? : I understand her disappointment considering the president made some rather incredible predictions when he was campaigning for "what critics call" Obamacare :
  • Urge Your Senators To Put A Stop To Republican Gun Control Compromises

    02/27/2013 10:26:22 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 20 replies
    GOA ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer’s staff is leaking out to the press the Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is “on the verge”of caving in and agreeing to a ban on private gun sales — and requiring virtually every American to get the government’s approval before exercising their constitutional right to become a gun owner. According to The Washington Post (2/23/13), the remaining sticking point is Coburn’s reluctance to require a 4473 for every private transaction. Were this to occur, ATF’s practice of going into gun stores and copying all the 4473′s – a practice which has been documented by...
  • Microwaves thrash fibre on speed... if you like two-nines uptime

    02/27/2013 10:17:15 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 5 replies
    The Register ^ | 27 February 2013 | Dan Olds
    “Time? They ain’t making any more of it, so you gotta get in and get out, or you’ll get your f*****g face ripped off,” screamed an old Chicago Merc floor trader at my grad school class during a field trip. I nodded, like the rest of the class, figuring he knew what he was talking about and also not wanting to provoke this human ball of fury. But he was wrong. The kind folks who make their living providing services to financial types have been manufacturing time for decades now. And they’ve hit a new milestone. Low-latency comms biz McKay...
  • BB Gun Found in Woods by Preschool

    02/27/2013 10:15:28 AM PST · by dead · 101 replies
    Ridgewood Patch ^ | February 26, 2013 | James Kleimann
    A toy bb gun was discovered by an employee of Sara's Preschool near school grounds Tuesday morning, according to Ridgewood police. At roughly 8 a.m., a preschool employee found the bb gun in the woods by the Prospect Street facility. He alertly confiscated the toy gun and stored it for safe keeping until an officer arrived and removed it, according to police. The bb gun was not loaded and police have not identified its owner, according to Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward. An employee of Sara's Preschool and Patrolman Kevin McKeon with a bb gunfound in the woods near the...
  • Pink Anti-Semitism Is No Different from Brown Anti-Semitism

    02/27/2013 10:14:55 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/26/13 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    The core characteristic of anti-Semitism is the assertion that everything the Jews do is wrong, and everything that is wrong is done by the Jews. For the anti-Semite every rich Jew is exploitive, every poor Jew a burden on society. For the anti-Semite, both capitalism and communism are Jewish plots. For the anti-Semite, Jews are both too docile, allowing themselves to be led to the slaughter like sheep, and too militant, having won too many wars against the Arabs. For the anti-Semite, Jews are too liberal and too conservative, too artsy and too bourgeois, too stingy and too charitable, too...
  • MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Gleefully Admits To Using Edited Video To Smear GOP

    02/27/2013 10:13:56 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    MSNBC’s propensity to selectively edit video to smear conservatives has reached a new low. Speaking on her self-titled show on February 21, host Rachel Maddow openly admitted to playing edited footage of Senator John McCain to smear the Arizona Republican. Speaking last week, Maddow aired footage of McCain addressing a constituent whose son was killed last year at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, who spoke to Senator McCain about her belief that “These assault weapons allow a shooter to fire many rounds without having to reload. These weapons do not belong on our streets.” [See video after jump. MP3...