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  • PN Bakken: King of the hill

    01/05/2013 5:37:36 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 06, 2013 | RAY TYSON
    Liquids production from the Eagle Ford of South Texas could catch or surpass North Dakota’s output from the Bakken petroleum system in 2013, a recent study by EAI Inc. indicates. Meanwhile, a separate report by Wood Mackenzie projects 2013 capital spending in Eagle Ford will total a whopping $28 billion. “With $28 billion in capex being spent in 2013 and development now in full swing, the excitement in the Eagle Ford and value being extracted from the play continues to exceed expectations,” said Callan McMahon, upstream research analyst for Wood Mackenzie. Behind the Bakken, Eagle Ford is currently the second...
  • Amid pressure of ‘fiscal cliff,’ Senate moves Alaska gas line bill

    01/05/2013 5:35:54 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 06, 2013 | WESLEY LOY
    In the wee hours of New Year’s Day, the U.S. Senate approved a hard-fought deal to stave off the dreaded “fiscal cliff.” But that wasn’t the only order of business for the bleary-eyed senators. They also passed, by unanimous consent, a bill that someday could prove an important piece of a plan to bring energy security to Southcentral Alaska. The bill (S. 302) would allow for construction of a natural gas pipeline through Denali National Park and Preserve. The planned pipeline would run 737 miles overall, from the rich gas fields of the North Slope to the area of Anchorage...
  • Pelosi on Raising Debt Ceiling Unilaterally: “I Would Do It in a Second, But I’m Not the President”

    01/05/2013 5:30:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she would raise the debt limit unilaterally “in a second” if she were president of the United States. Pelosi and other Democrats have suggested that the president could bypass Congress and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling by invoking the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states, “The validity of the public debt of the United States…shall not be questioned.” … The next battle in Congress will be raising the debt ceiling, after the deal to avert the fiscal cliff failed to address the borrowing limit. President Obama said he “will not...
  • Gov’t Posts 61 New Federal Regs, Including 500-Page Rule to Protect “Critical Habitat” of Flycatcher

    01/05/2013 5:24:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Penny Starr
    The federal government posted 61 new regulations in the Federal Register on Friday, including the Department of Interior’s 500-page document outlining a new rule to protect the southwestern willow flycatcher’s “critical habitat” in six states. That small insect-eating bird’s habitat covers 1,227 miles of streams and 208,973 acres in California, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico, on “federal, state, tribal and private lands.” …
  • Rig grounding could put Shell’s Arctic drilling plans on ice

    01/05/2013 5:23:00 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 5, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Even if Shell is able to free its grounded Kulluk drilling rig from a rocky Alaskan island shore, it may be too damaged to resume hunting Arctic oil this summer. The 29-year-old conical drilling unit is uniquely designed to weather floating ice, and replacements aren’t readily available. Even if Shell Oil Co. could find an Arctic-ready rig, it almost certainly would not secure air pollution permits for a different vessel in time to resume drilling wells this July. “These are very specialized rigs,” noted Dave Pursell, managing director of the Houston-based energy investment bank Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. “If...
  • Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4 Billion in FY 2012

    01/05/2013 5:18:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011. (Fiscal year 2012 ran from Oct. 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012.) According to the Monthly Treasury Statement that summarizes the receipts and outlays of the federal government, $80,401,000,000 went towards SNAP during FY 2012, which was a $2.7 billion increase from $77,637,000,000 in FY 2011. …
  • Teacher at Oak Cliff (Dallas) charter school accused of sexually assaulting 12-year-old students

    01/05/2013 5:01:44 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Scott Goldstein
    A southeast Oak Cliff charter school teacher faces sexual assault charges involving two male students at school in multiple incidents last year, according to Dallas police documents. Geogery Lynn Shelton, who taught at Children First Academy, was being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on Friday. His bail was set at $75,000 after his arrest this week on two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and a charge of continuous sexual assault of a child, police records said. [Snip] The crimes for which Shelton faces charges date to at least May and...
  • Surge in local gun sales mirrors national trend

    01/05/2013 4:59:58 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Wally Wentz, owner of Gator’s Custom Gun Shop in Kelso, said customers have been clamoring for variations of the AR-15, AK-47 and handguns with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds, adding he has never seen such a surge in gun sales in 25 years. “I can’t even describe how busy it has been,” he said. Prices for guns and ammunition have shot up along with demand, Wentz said. A $300 box of bullets was priced at $600 last month, now they’re sold out everywhere. He added that he sold a Saiga 12 gauge shotgun for $1,500 last week...
  • Woman Found Dead On Plane That Is Diverted To Houston

    01/05/2013 4:57:58 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies
    CBS Hourston ^ | January 2, 2012 | Cicely Mitchell
    A woman died on an international flight Wednesday. The flight was American Airlines flight 962 and originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to police, the 25-year-old woman made her way to the airplane’s lavatory then collapsed and died after walking from the lavatory. The plane was headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport but was diverted to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport; it landed around 6:30 a.m. Officials are scheduled to perform an autopsy on the woman who was not identified at the time of this report. After several hours later, the flight continued onto Dallas and landed there just before before...
  • Inmates using gun map to threaten Guards - Sheriff

    01/05/2013 4:54:11 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/5/2013 | Staff
    Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards. Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.
  • LGBT Group Takes Issue with Hagel Nomination, Urges Obama to Abandon

    01/05/2013 4:41:50 AM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Friday, January 4, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    A pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group issued a statement today urging President Barack Obama not to nominate Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. "GetEQUAL strongly opposes the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel to become the next Secretary of Defense. Hagel has, time and time again, taken every opportunity to lambast and denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans, and the Cabinet is no place for this kind of disrespect," writes the chair GetEQUAL's board Tanya Domi.
  • Feinstein's New Gun-Ban Bill Likely to be Introduced January 22

    01/05/2013 4:33:51 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 76 replies
    Contact your members of Congress and urge them to oppose any "assault weapon" or magazine ban Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)--author of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004--has said for weeks that she will soon introduce an even more restrictive bill. Leaders in the U.S. Senate have stated that January 22 will be the first day on which new Senate legislation can be proposed, so that is the most likely date for the new, sweeping legislation to be introduced. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, "I have been working with my staff for over a year on...
  • Sergeant in Saudi Arabia's Air Force Jailed in Vegas on New Year's Eve Child Rape Charges

    01/05/2013 3:45:54 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 4, 2012 | Associated Press
    A sergeant in Saudi Arabia's air force was jailed in Las Vegas on charges that he pulled a young boy into a hotel room and sexually assaulted him the morning of Sin City's big New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza. Mazen Alotaibi, 23, faces charges including kidnapping, sexual assault with a minor and felony coercion that could get him decades in state prison, according to police and charging documents obtained Friday.
  • Earthquake in Alaska

    01/05/2013 1:27:37 AM PST · by P.O.E. · 133 replies
    Some reports saying 7.7, this site saying 6.6
  • Benghazi CID chief abducted by armed men

    01/05/2013 12:13:30 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 17 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 3 Jan 2013 | By Maha Ellawati and Sami Zaptia
    The head of the Benghazi Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abdulsalam Al-Mihdawi, was kidnapped yesterday evening in Benghazi by an unknown group of armed men. Sources told the Libya Herald that Mihdawi and two colleagues were waiting in their vehicle at a traffic light on Venezia Street in the Hawari district of Benghazi when two masked gunmen jumped out of a nearby car and seized the officer. Shortly after the incident was reported, local police organised search squads to check nearby roads for any sign of the officer or his kidnappers, and later that evening, residents of Benghazi and officers from...
  • Christie demands ‘clean’ Sandy relief bill after dismissing criticism of pork in original

    01/04/2013 11:34:19 PM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    Governor Chris Christie appreciates that the House finally passed a $9.7 billion Sandy relief bill, and in a joint statement with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, he expressed hope that the House would pass a bill providing $51 billion in further relief. Governor Christie ✔ @GovChristie While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down payment…
  • Old Wooden Head Remains Speaker

    01/04/2013 10:28:24 PM PST · by morethanright · 10 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-04 07:22:14 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:House Republicans brightened President Obama's upcoming inaugural celebrations by re-electing John Boehner Speaker of the House. Of course, Boehner is nothing more than a ventriloquist's dummy, with President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi taking turns working his empty wooden head. The Republican Party is doomed - if not the nation.220 GOP House members thought it a good idea to keep in place the compromising puppet - through whose lips the president speaks. Only 10 Republicans believed the Party of Lincoln deserved better.Five more measly votes and Boehner would be a bad memory. What does this say about...
  • North Portland Sealy mattress factory layoffs to begin in March

    01/04/2013 9:48:58 PM PST · by Be Careful · 8 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 1/4/12 | By Elliot Njus
    Sealy Inc., which in November announced plans to permanently close its North Portland mattress factory, will begin laying off workers there in March. The North Carolina company said then it planned to move work from the factory at 13635 N. Lombard St. to Lacey, Wash., to cut costs. In a notice to the state Friday, Sealy said 106 workers will be laid off starting March 4. In November, the company said the factory employed 128.
  • BUSTED: Illegal Alien Wins Jackpot at Arizona Casino, Then Deported to Mexico

    01/04/2013 9:18:20 PM PST · by montag813 · 21 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-05-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona An illegal alien was busted after winning the slots jackpot at a Tuscon casino - and then deported.  Mirna Valenzuela -  a Mexican illegal who had been previously deported multiple times -  won $1,200 last month at Casino del Sol Resort. But instead of collecting her slot-machine winnings, Valenzuela was deported - and didn't take a penny of her winnings with her. Federal law requires casinos to ask for identification for tax purposes whenever someone wins a jackpot of $1,200 or more. Casino officials questioned the ID that Valenzuela showed them on Dec. 3 as potentially...
  • Egyptian Lawyers: Muslim Brotherhood Took BILLIONS From Obama

    01/04/2013 9:02:51 PM PST · by cutty · 45 replies
    gateway ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Egyptian lawyers today accused the Muslim Brotherhood of taking 10 billion Egyptian pounds (U.S. $1.5 billion) from the Obama Administration. Egypt’s Chief Public Prosecutor Talaat Ibrahim has ordered an investigation in an accusation against the Muslim Brotherhood of receiving 10 billion Egyptian pounds from the United States, asking for the sources of the Brotherhood’s money to be revealed. According to Aswat Masriya, the two plaintiffs claimed that the United States granted the Brotherhood the money illegally to back its interests in the region.
  • How To Pray For Revival [Christian FREEPers, We Need It]

    01/04/2013 8:22:00 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    the resurgence ^ | Ray Ortlund
    When Jonathan Edwards described the awakening in his church, he had to use words like “surprising,” “extraordinary” and “astonishing.” The Bible says of the early church that “awe came upon every soul” (Acts 2:43). We can’t program that into our worship: 10:45 am – Awe comes upon every soul. Since revival is of God, we should pray for it. But how? The Bible teaches us how to pray; Isaiah 63:15-64:12 is a biblical prayer for revival.
  • "Hippie" Allegedly Caught With Explosive Powder Previously Stabbed A Bouncer, Stole His Pizza

    01/04/2013 8:05:13 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | 1-4-13 | Christopher Robbins
    Aaron Greene, the 31-year-old Harvard grad who was arrested on Saturday morning with his pregnant girlfriend for allegedly possessing explosive powder and shotguns, previously stabbed a bouncer in 2005 with an eleven-inch butcher knife and served eight months in jail. The man he stabbed says that the altercation began after Greene stole his slice of pizza and stalked him through the Lower East Side—and soon after the stabbing he predicted Greene was more dangerous than authorities believed at the time. "I told the District Attorney that one of these days, he's gonna shoot up a schoolyard or blow up a...
  • FDA begins implementing sweeping food-safety law

    01/04/2013 7:45:19 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2013 | Brady Dennis
    The Obama administration moved ahead Friday with the first major overhaul of the nation’s food-safety system in more than 70 years, proposing tough new standards for fruit and vegetable producers and food manufacturers. The long-awaited proposals by the Food and Drug Administration are part of a fundamental change aimed at preventing food-borne outbreaks — caused by everything from leafy greens to canteloupes to peanut butter — rather than simply reacting to them. Every year, contaminated foods sicken an estimated 48 million Americans and kill 3,000.
  • Oregon lawmakers considering per-mile tax for some drivers (no gas purchased = no loot collected)

    01/04/2013 7:22:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 65 replies
    KPTV ^ | 1/04/13
    PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Fuel-efficient cars are designed to save people money on gas, but those who drive them could soon start paying a mileage tax. The government has been collecting taxes at the pump to pay for building and fixing roads for years, but drivers of electric cars avoid the gas tax because they don't fuel up. State legislators are looking at adding a tax for cars that get at least 55 miles per gallon, with the money going toward state roads. Some Portland residents say area roads could use the help.
  • Exxon to spearhead $14 billion oil project in Canada

    01/04/2013 7:22:23 PM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 4, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Exxon Mobil Corp. is leading a $14 billion project to produce oil off of Canada’s northeast coast, the company announced Friday. Exxon Mobil expects the project to recover more than 700 million barrels of oil from a field in water about 300 feet deep off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Production at the Hebron field is set to start in early 2017 and will be capable of churning out 150,000 barrels of oil per day, according to an Exxon Mobil announcement. The project is among several massive efforts being pursued by Exxon Mobil, the world’s second largest publicly traded...
  • Netanyahu: Iran yet to cross nuclear red line

    01/04/2013 7:12:04 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 4 Jan 2013 | Attila Somfalvi
    "Iran remains the number one threat. I set a red line (for its nuclear program), and as of now Iran has yet to cross it," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday. Speaking at the annul meeting in the Foreign Ministry for Israel's ambassadors overseas, the PM said Israel remains determined to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons. Netanyahu told the diplomats he expects the instability in the Middle East to continue in the short term, but claimed a positive change was possible in the long run ... Netanyahu told the United Nations he believes that faced with a clear red...
  • 'Gun control' doesn't survive Christmas (Fading)

    01/04/2013 6:48:45 PM PST · by Red Steel · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/2/13 12:04 PM EST | DYLAN BYERS
    By DYLAN BYERS | 1/2/13 12:04 PM EST   Number of mentions of the term "gun control" in the news, according to Nexis.On the day of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., we published a chart showing the Sisyphean nature of the national gun control discussion. In the immediate aftermath of a shooting, such as the one that took place in Aurora, Colo., mentions of the term "gun control" spike in the news media. In a matter of days, that discussion all but disappears.This time was supposed to be different. "It is hard to believe this will...
  • Can a $1 Trillion Coin End Debt Ceiling Crisis?

    01/04/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    What if the threat of a voluntary default by the United States could be erased by simply turning one tiny scrap of platinum into a coin? That's right. No debt ceiling problem. No bickering in Congress. No market jitters. The only thing needed is for the Treasury Department to mint a platinum coin with a face value of $1 trillion. ---- If Congress does not act to raise the debt ceiling, the U.S. will default on its debts. Not good. But this is where the platinum coin comes in. Normally, the Federal Reserve is charged with issuing currency. But U.S....
  • Friday Night Dump: CBO Admits Error, Now Expects Another $600 Billion In Deficits..

    01/04/2013 5:13:40 PM PST · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Two weeks ago, when we commented on the biggest farce in financial thinking at the time (promptly replaced by the even more lunatic platinum coin "idea"), namely that one of the main "spending cut" proposals of the Obama administration, amounting to $290 billion, was the assertion that the US will save hundreds of billions because, get this, interest rates are now lower than they were before. We commented as follows:
  • Fracking Is OK, Says Buried Report From New York State's Health Department

    01/04/2013 6:15:15 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 10 replies
    The New American ^ | 04 January 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    The release of a conveniently long-lost report showing that fracking is safe puts New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in a tight spot: continue to appease environmentalists by delaying further the development of the rich Marcellus Formation under his state, or letting the free market extract those resources and generate thousands of jobs and millions in revenue to the state. Fracking Is OK, Says Buried Report From New York State's Health Department The New American 04 January 2013 A report favoring fracking that was buried for nearly a year was given to the New York Times yesterday by a...
  • Shackled by sanctions, Iran sends India SOS for life-saving drugs

    01/04/2013 6:08:01 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Saturday, January 5, 2013 | Shubhajit Roy
    New Delhi - Its healthcare system crippled by international economic sanctions, Iran has asked India for help to procure life-saving drugs for patients battling critical illnesses in that country. Tehran has put in an urgent request to New Delhi for drugs to treat lung and breast cancers; brain tumours; heart ailments; infections after kidney, heart and pancreas transplants; meningitis in HIV patients; arthritis; bronchitis and respiratory distress in newborns; and epilepsy, South Block sources told The Indian Express. On December 27, the sources said, the government forwarded the request for 28 essential medicines to Indian pharmaceutical companies. The required quantities...
  • CAIR chief claims Muslims discovered America first

    01/04/2013 6:05:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2:42 AM 01/04/2013 | Neil Munro
    Muslims discovered the Americas long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, the head of a D.C.-based jihad-linked Islamic lobbying group told a Saudi TV station Dec. 27. “There are historical accounts according to which the Muslims preceded Columbus, who is said to have discovered the U.S.,” claimed Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations. … CAIR did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for an explanation of Awad’s comments, which were recorded by the Middle East Media Research Institute. …
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-4-13

    01/04/2013 5:53:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-4-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Minister: 'Give Children the Vote'

    01/04/2013 5:36:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 Jan 13
    A German minister is calling for children to be given the vote, it was reported on Thursday. He said that excluding the country's 13 million under-18s was "absurd", triggering a backlash from other politicians. Dirk Niebel, Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development told the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), "We must give children a voice - in elections as well." The current age limit on voting in Germany is 18 which, he said, was "completely inappropriate" although he was not specific about when he wanted children to be given suffrage. On a practical level, the Free Democrat (FDP) politician said that...
  • Rep. Scott Perry votes against Sandy Relief bill (New Tea Party Congressman)

    01/04/2013 5:29:54 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 33 replies
    The Patriot News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Jeff Frantz
    New U.S. Rep. Scott Perry went to Washington saying he wanted to hold the line on government spending, even when it wasn't popular. On his second day in office, Perry proved he wasn't just talking. He voted against a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims for the many home and business owners flooded out by Superstorm Sandy. Perry was one of 67 House members to vote against the bill. When a broader relief measure failed to pass he House in the closing days the last session, Northeastern politicians on both sides of the aisle blasted the delay, most...
  • James Carville: Hillary Clinton haters ‘inhumane’

    01/04/2013 5:15:40 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 65 replies
    James Carville: Hillary Clinton haters ‘inhumane’ By: Kevin Cirilli January 4, 2013 05:57 PM EST James Carville slammed the “inhumane, idiotic” critics who questioned the legitimacy of Hillary Clinton’s recent head injury and said it was “duly noted” inside Clinton-land. “What kind of human being is going to think like that with everything going on with concussions, head injuries? The fact the woman was dehydrated from the fact that she’d been overseas so much — I just don’t know, and some of these people I know and I get along with,” Carville said Friday in a CNN interview. The former...
  • As Calif. gun sales go up, number of gun-casualties goes down

    01/04/2013 2:15:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CBS News) ^ | January 3, 2013 7:20 PM | ByBen Tracy
    LOS ANGELES - Gun sales in California are booming. More than 600,000 were sold in 2011. However by last year, sales had jumped to 817,000. That's an increase of 36 percent. But we noticed the number of people wounded by gunfire is dropping. Business has been hectic for Aristotle Rogel, who works at a gun store in Burbank, California. Walk-in business is up 20 percent this month. Many customers are buying more than one gun. Asked if his customers are buying now because they are afraid they won't be able to buy later if there are new gun laws, Rogel...
  • Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the assassination of Hugo Chavez

    01/04/2013 4:53:56 PM PST · by SteelToe · 27 replies
    Voltaire Net ^ | January 3, 2013
    The Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has announced on her Twitter account the expulsion of a French citizen known as Frédéric Laurent Bouquet, December 29, 2012 Mr. Bouquet (photo) had been arrested in Caracas on June 18, 2009, with three Dominican nationals in possession of an arsenal. In the apartment he had acquired, forensic police seized 500 grams of C4 explosives, 14 assault rifles including 5 with telescopic lenses, 5 with laser sighting and one with a silencer, special cables, 11 electronic detonators, 19,721 cartridges of different calibers, 3 machine guns, 4 hand guns of different calibers, 11...
  • Woman deported after winning Arizona casino jackpot

    01/04/2013 4:49:20 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 31 replies
    Yahoo news - odd news ^ | 01/04/2012 | unknown author
    Mirna Valenzuela took a trip to Tucson, Arizona’s Casino del Sol Resort with her daughter Zamira Osorio, and hit a $1200 jackpot win. But the lucky win turned unlucky very quickly when events led to Valenzuela’s deportation to Mexico. Federal law requires that winners of $1200 or more show identification for tax purposes.
  • George Soros 'likes' Facebook with $10 million Investment

    01/04/2013 4:40:14 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 9 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 05 JAN 2013 | Louise Armitstead
    At last, here’s the sort of friend Facebook needs. George Soros, the legendary investor, has revealed he spent around $10.6m buying 341,000 shares in the social networking site in the second quarter. The new investment by the billionaire, which was revealed in a regulatory filing by Soros Fund Management for his holdings at the end of June, is contrary to move of other investors who have been rapidly “defriending” Facebook ever since it listed in May. Shares in Facebook, which was one of the biggest listing in history and one of the worst performing, have plunged by almost 50pc from...
  • FAIL of the Day—-Twenty-five Percent of the Journal News’ Rockland County Gun-Map not Accurate

    01/04/2013 4:28:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Rockland Times ^ | 1/04/13 | DYLAN SKRILOFF
    The intentions of the Journal News’ editorial board in publishing a highly controversial “interactive gun map” are further occluded by an inconvenient fact. According to Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, in Rockland County a large number of the names and addresses on the map are not even correct. Piperato said, “I’d figure about 25 percent of the addresses are not accurate.” He explained that when persons change their address or pass away it is supposed to be reported to the County Clerk’s office, but the county has no means to vigorously enforce this regulation. Thus pistol permit and other permit...
  • Connecticut lawmaker wants names of gun owners to be made public

    01/04/2013 4:17:55 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 04, 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty
    Lawmakers in Connecticut – still stunned from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – are moving forward with legislation that could make public the names and addresses of 170,000 handgun permit holders in the state. The measure, introduced by state Rep. Stephen Dargan, is the latest effort to clamp down on guns in Connecticut. If passed, the bill would reverse a 20-year decision by state lawmakers to keep the personal information confidential. The legislation would make the information fair game under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. Dargan told FoxNews.com on Friday the measure was not intended to pit gun...
  • Sandy victim needs more than hugs from Obama to rebuild along Jersey Shore

    01/04/2013 4:15:28 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 04, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    After President Obama wrapped her in a well-publicized embrace, Donna Vanzant became the face of a promise of “immediate” assistance from the federal government in the days after superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast. But as Vanzant battled with her insurance company for the funds to rebuild her Jersey Shore marina, she had another brush with the commander-in-chief that left her feeling less confident in Washington's efforts. After sending an email to the White House asking for the federal government to make good on its promise to help, Vanzant received a form letter that never answered her questions. “It had...
  • Inmates using newspaper's gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says (Rockland County)

    01/04/2013 4:14:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/04/13
    Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards. Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News' decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger. "They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That's not acceptable to me," Falco said, according to Newsday.
  • Dianne Feinstein wants to get to the bottom of torture depictions in “Zero Dark Thirty”

    01/04/2013 4:07:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    SF Examiner ^ | 1/03/13 | Katy St. Clair
    **SNIP** “Investigators will examine whether the spy agency gave the filmmakers ‘inappropriate’ access to secret material,” a person “familiar with the matter” told Huffpo. Senate Dems say that the use of torture in this case is factually incorrect.
  • On First Day, Democrats Propose Eight Anti-Gun Bills

    01/04/2013 4:04:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/4/13 | Ben Shapiro
    With the left looking for its next big cause, Congressional Democrats have latched onto the Sandy Hook massacre as an opportunity to push gun control. Yesterday alone, eight new bills were introduced relating to gun control. Two conservative bills were introduced relating to ending “gun free zones” under federal law. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) led the way with four bills introduced. Her husband was shot to death in 1993 and her son was severely injured when Colin Ferguson, a mentally unstable black militant (he spent time in his apartment chanting, “all the black people killing all the white people”), shot...
  • Policy ace Michele Flournoy could be first female Defense chief

    01/04/2013 3:53:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 4, 2013 | Shashank Bengali & Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON — It's a long way from playing volleyball at Beverly Hills High School to being the most powerful woman in Washington, but Michele Flournoy could cap such a remarkable journey if President Obama selects her as Defense secretary. Flournoy, little known outside the world of military policy, is on the shortlist to lead the Pentagon in Obama's second term. She would be the first woman in that role. An inveterate policy wonk who first worked in the Pentagon under President Clinton and later co-founded a respected think tank, Flournoy, 52, has spent two decades climbing to the top of...
  • Multiple reports: Obama to nominate Hagel for defense secretary next week for some reason

    01/04/2013 3:33:32 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | Allahpundit
    The White House insists no decision has been made but The Cable, NBC, Fox News, and the Daily Beast all have sources whispering that an announcement is likely to come early next week. Trial balloon to see how Senate Democrats react?
  • EPA’s illegal human experiments could break Nuremberg Code

    01/04/2013 3:17:56 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 31, 2012 | Steve Milloy
    The Obama Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says no law empowers any judge to stop it from conducting illegal scientific experiments on seniors, children and the sick. That astounding assertion will be tested Friday, when a federal district court in Alexandria decides whether it has jurisdiction to hear claims made by the American Tradition Institute that EPA researchers are exposing unwary and genetically susceptible senior citizens to air pollutants the agency says can cause a variety of serious cardiac and respiratory problems, including sudden death. Although the lawsuit only addresses ongoing, purportedly illegal experimentation being carried out at an EPA laboratory...
  • ATF head, D.C. police chief challenged on selective magazine ban enforcement

    01/04/2013 3:01:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/4/13 | David Codrea
    B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Cathy Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., are being challenged on selective enforcement of the District’s ban on so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” for semi-automatic firearms. This column will serve as a follow-up to an earlier request asking who authorized violation of the ban, after NBC’s David Gregory produced a magazine during his Dec. 23 “Meet the Press” interview with National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre. That request was documented by Gun Rights Examiner and sent to the respective...