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  • Republicans Talking Tax Reform (North Carolina)

    01/12/2013 3:14:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 1/10/13 | John Hammer
    The newly elected North Carolina General Assembly was sworn in this week. It is decidedly Republican, with the Republicans having a 31-to-19 advantage in the state Senate and a 67 to 52 advantage in the state House. There is also a huge change for 2013 in that North Carolina has a Republican governor. Former Gov. Bev "Dumpling" Perdue vetoed quite a few bills in the last session and even more bills were never introduced because the Republicans knew they would never make it past the governor's desk. Now the legislature has a governor who will be working with them, not...
  • Indicted UT Businessman Links Harry Reid To Bribery Attempt

    01/12/2013 3:06:45 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tom Harvey and Robert Gehrke
    Embattled St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson says new Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped broker a deal in 2010 in which Johnson believed he was to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid $600,000 to make a federal investigation into Johnsonís company go away. But when the federal government filed a lawsuit Johnson thought he had paid to quash, he demanded Swallow return some of the $250,000 initial payment. Then, just days before the Nov. 6 election, Johnson engaged in a frenetic but unsuccessful effort to get Swallow to drop out of the race, saying information about what Johnson called a...
  • Boehner takes flak from Republican defense hawks on sequester stance

    01/12/2013 3:06:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 Jan 13 | Russell Berman and Jeremy Herb
    House Republican defense hawks are pushing back strongly against Speaker John Boehnerís (R-Ohio) claim that he has GOP support to allow steep automatic budget cuts to take effect if President Obama does not agree to replace them with other reductions. Party leaders have for more than a year railed against the Pentagon portion of the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration, but in an interview published Monday, Boehner pointed to the reductions as leverage and said he had significant Republican support, including from defense hawks, in his ďback pocket.Ē Not so fast, two defense-minded House Republicans told The Hill. ďI donít...
  • Car explodes near Israeli defence ministry in Tel Aviv

    01/12/2013 3:03:32 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12 Jan 2013 | News Wires
    A car exploded near the Israeli defence ministry in Tel Aviv on Thursday, injuring several people, in what police said was a crime-related incident and not linked to militant groups. ...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/12/2013 2:58:56 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands Defence chiefs have drawn up new contingency plans designed to prevent hostile action by Argentina towards the Falkland Islands. By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent 9:00PM GMT 12 Jan 2013 A series of military options are being actively considered as the war of words over the islands intensifies. It is understood that additional troops, another warship and extra RAF Typhoon combat aircraft could be dispatched to the region ahead of the March referendum on the Falkland Islandsí future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west...
  • Italian consul in Libya escapes gun attack: report

    01/12/2013 2:57:18 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    France 24 ^ | 12Jan 2013 | anon
    Italy's consul to Benghazi in eastern Libya escaped unscathed after an attack on his bullet-proof car in the city on Saturday, Italian news agency ANSA and local security sources said. The car in which the consul, Guido De Sanctis, was travelling was shot at when it stopped at a crossroads, but no one was injured, ANSA said. ...
  • Businessman in fraud case ties Utah AG to scheme (Harry Reid mentioned)

    01/12/2013 2:30:33 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | Jan 12 , 2013
    A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear. ... Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation.
  • Video: Arabs Gang Up on Hareidim in Jerusalem

    01/12/2013 2:29:43 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    A disturbing video began circulating on Facebook Saturday evening. It shows a group of about 20 Arabs ganging up on two helpless Hareidi Jews, kicking one of them, hurling snowballs in their faces and humiliating them. At one point, one of the Jews falls to the ground, apparently slipping on the ice as he is chased up some steps. Video The attack apparently took place near Shechem Gate. The Jews were most likely on their way back from praying at the Kotel. Border Police who are usually stationed in the area are nowhere to be seen. ..... More video Arab...
  • The Scandal That Will Bring Obama Down [Benghazi-gate Good read]

    01/12/2013 2:25:56 PM PST · by upchuck · 103 replies
    westernjournalism ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    It‚Äôs even worse than we previously thought. A retired four-star admiral is now claiming that Barack Obama intentionally conspired with America‚Äôs enemies to stage a bogus attack and the kidnapping of an American ambassador so he could ‚Äúnegotiate‚ÄĚ the release of a ‚Äúhostage‚ÄĚ and bolster his mediocre approval ratings just prior to the election!The Washington Examiner, quoting retired Four-Star Admiral James Lyons, writes: ‚Äúthe attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi‚Ķ was the result of a bungled abduction attempt‚Ķ. the first stage of an international prisoner exchange‚Ķ that would have ensured the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, the ‚ÄėBlind Sheik‚Äô‚Ķ‚ÄĚBut...
  • Police: Deaf Man Stabbed After His Sign Language Was Mistaken For Gang Signs

    01/12/2013 2:02:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11 Jan 13 | None
    <p>BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) ó Police in Burlington say a deaf man was stabbed several times after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs by another man.</p> <p>Sgt. Mark Yancey said 45-year-old Terrance Ervin Daniels was using sign language with another deaf man. A third person saw them, thought they were flashing gang signs and stabbed Daniels several times with a kitchen knife. A neighbor saw the victim and called emergency personnel.</p>
  • History warns against disarming public

    01/12/2013 1:48:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Evansville Courier & Press ^ | January 12, 2013 | David Coker
    The gun control hysteria and propaganda emanating from President Barak Obama, members of Congress, state legislators, mayors of major cities and assorted interest groups finds them in a considerable dither. With some wanting no less that the eventual confiscation of any weapon that can shoot more than one round of ammunition upon reloading, a rancorous debate and considerable push-back from the grass roots of the nation is inevitable. The very use of the term "assault weapon" ó a propaganda term for any semi-automatic firearm ó has been repeated so many times by media pundits that the very term has lost...
  • (Al) Sharpton: Is Obama Ready for Mt. Rushmore?

    01/12/2013 1:47:28 PM PST · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 11, 2013
    'If Teddy Roosevelt is the measure, I think it strengthens the case for President Obama' Al Sharpton aired a segment concerning a recent National Journal article which analyzed President Obamaís chances of attaining a coveted spot on Mt. Rushmore Friday evening on MSNBC. Teddy Rooseveltís presence on the landmark garnered particular attention from Sharpton, who expressed his opinion that Rooseveltís thin resume as a ďtransformative presidentĒ strengthens the case for Obama to be included: ABBY HUNTSMAN: You look at Reagan, he ended the Cold War. I think they have to have a legacy that changed America. Obama was the first...
  • Gay marriage: ... the Catholic Church really is at war with the Government (UK)

    01/12/2013 1:33:58 PM PST · by Salman · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 12th, 2013 | Damian Thompson
    More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed the letter to The Daily Telegraph arguing that the Government's gay marriage plans will "severely restrict the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools" and rejecting promised safeguards as "meaningless". I'll be honest: when I read the news story about the letter, I thought: gosh, a thousand conservative/traditionalist priests are standing up to be counted. But that just goes to show the folly of assuming that the Catholic Church is as factional as the Church of England. Because when I worked my way down the names, I...
  • Computer users told to disable Java

    01/12/2013 1:29:28 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Computer users told to disable Java Press Association Ė 16 hours ago Press Association - Computer owners in the US have been advised to temporarily disable Java software (AP) The US Department of Homeland Security has advised people to temporarily disable the Java software on their computers to avoid potential hacking attacks. The recommendation came in an advisory which was issued following concerns raised by computer security experts. Experts believe hackers have found a flaw in Java's coding that creates an opening for criminal activity and other hi-tech mischief. Java is a widely used technical language that allows computer programmers...
  • Post Newtown: Time to Just Ban Everything?

    01/12/2013 1:13:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Steve Pauwels
    Perhaps the Christmas 2012 season was bloodier than normal ó or perhaps December 14thís particularly heinous Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in suburban Newtown, Connecticut only makes it seem so. In any case, lots of people died violently over several pre-holiday weeks. And, adding to the awfulness, the widespread reaction has been an exasperatingly predictable exercise in distraction and misdirection. Actually, to clarify: itís the reaction to the Connecticut atrocity thatís been vocally wrongheaded. Decemberís other outbreaks of firearms carnage have, by comparison, been forgotten pretty quickly by the national press and commentariat. In case you donít know, three days...
  • 19-year-old male confesses threat to burn home with Mom and Dad inside

    01/12/2013 12:50:20 PM PST · by qwertyz · 8 replies
    Fitzwilliam Notebook ^ | 1662 | Isaac Newton
    Another bright, young male with time on his hands, another violent fantasy. This time, however, the young man who was "threatning [sic] my father and mother Smith to burne [sic] them and the house over them" was stopped in time. An owner of a crossbow, the teen was a resident of Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth in Lincolnshire, England. Removed from King's School, Grantham, two years prior to the incident, the suspect is son of Hannah Ayscough and stepfather Rev. Barnabus Smith. The incident was recorded in the teen's diary which listed several violent episodes -- including an assault on another student with a...
  • Netanyahu Orders Arab Outpost Taken Down

    01/12/2013 12:48:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered security forces to immediately evacuate the Arabs who have gathered in the area between Maale Adumim and Jerusalem, known as E1. To this end, the State said it would, on Saturday evening, request that the High Court of Justice rescind the injunction that it had issued, which is delaying the evacuation. Until the High Court responds to the State's motion, the Prime Minister has ordered the closure of access roads to the area in order to prevent gatherings. At this stage, the area has been declared a closed military zone and IDF forces have...
  • Section 8 Housing Voucher Distribution Canceled After Thousands Waiting In Line Get Out Of Control

    01/12/2013 12:47:26 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 32 replies
    Action News - ABC Affiliate WXYZ, Detroit, Michigan ^ | January 12, 2013 | Scripps Media, Inc
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Police say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center. Many were homeless, single moms, or disabled. They were hoping to get help paying for their housing from the government. "There was elderly, disabled people, pregnant single women. They were here for help, to get their Section 8 vouchers. It...
  • Will the Air Force of the Future Be Capable of Flying?

    01/12/2013 12:10:30 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    The Foundry ^ | 11 Jan 12 | Michaela Bendikova
    ďAmong the most difficult challenges facing the Air Force is the need to modernize,Ē writes Michael Donley, the Secretary of the Air Force. Despite major engagements in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, and Libya since the end of the Cold War, the Air Force currently operates the oldest fleet it has ever had. Sadly, sequestration threatens the future of modernization plans, drives up operations and maintenance costs, and prevents the United States from building the Air Force that the country needs in the future. The Air Force fleet is often described as ďgeriatricĒ or ďdecrepit.Ē It is becoming inadequate to support U.S....
  • Conservatives Take Aim at Pork-laden $50 Billion Sandy Aid Bill

    01/12/2013 12:01:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 10:24 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Conservatives are taking aim at the pork-laden $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Too much of the aid will go to recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects unrelated to the late-October storm, they say. The bill includes $150 million for what the Commerce Department described as fisheries disasters in places as far afield as Alaska and Mississippi, and $50 million in subsidies for replanting trees on private land damaged by wildfires. Ö The objections have led senior House Republicans to assemble a $17 billion...