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  • Libyan Gun Control Policies Left Guards Unarmed at U.S. Compound in Benghazi

    01/13/2013 5:01:47 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 9, 2013 | Terrence P Jeffrey
    ( - The gun control policies of the post-Gaddafi government in Libya delayed the arming of bodyguards for U.S. diplomats in that country and left the local guard force hired to watch over the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi unarmed, according to internal State Department memos and written testimony by the State Department officer who was in charge of the department’s security in Libya until six weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. “Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit,” State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom...
  • Gun debate lights up phone lines in congressional offices

    01/13/2013 4:57:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 12 January, 2013 | Craig Smith
    Mass shootings, ammunition shortages and fear that government might snatch away gun rights have driven new voices to the gun control debate, and congressional offices are hearing from them. Sen. Bob Casey‘s office has received more than 500 calls on the issue since mid-December, with about 60 percent in favor of reforming gun laws and 40 percent against. Most of the 200 calls to the office of Rep. Mike Doyle, a Forest Hills Democrat, were “very heavily in favor of doing something.” In one Arizona House district, calls were said to be running 9-to-1 against gun control measures. Casey, D-Scranton,...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 13 January 2013

    01/13/2013 4:46:01 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 132 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 13 January 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 13th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress; Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Manchin;...
  • Replacing Louis Giglio: IRD’s Helpful Benediction List

    01/13/2013 4:40:49 AM PST · by rhema · 6 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | Jeffrey Walton
    Following the announcement and subsequent withdrawal of Evangelical pastor and Anti-Trafficking crusader Louie Giglio to offer a closing prayer at the Presidential Inauguration, several liberal groups have helpfully offered their own suggestions to replace Giglio. The lists, mostly featuring liberal clergy from rapidly declining Oldline denominations, seem to miss the point: according to Addie Whisenant, the Presidential Inauguration Committee spokesperson, “Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part for his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world.” Giglio was selected by the inaugural committee to close the ceremony not just because he was a clergyman (indeed,...
  • It wasn't robbery: Hunt continues for killer of gun channel boss (Georgia)

    01/13/2013 4:25:52 AM PST · by Candor7 · 20 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | 10 January 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police are continuing their hunt for the killer of the highly popular YouTube channel operator whose site is dedicated to high-powered guns and explosives. Investigators have ruled out robbery as a motive in the murder of Keith Ratliff, who was a business partner at FPSRussia, YouTube's ninth most popular channel with more than three million active subscribers and a half billion total views. Ratliffe, 32, was discovered dead in his office that was connected to a residence in Carnesville, Georgia.
  • It's the Waste, Stupid!

    01/13/2013 3:26:11 AM PST · by Moseley · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Conservatives are forgetting their most important lever: Voters logically must support raising taxes if they believe that every dollar of Federal spending is needed. But if some spending is unnecessary, cutting spending is correct. America is divided by assumptions about whether the Federal budget includes a lot of lard or is completely necessary. Conservatives need to return to what built the conservative movement, to return to what works. We need to stop talking as if helping rich people become richer is our main priority. Despite years of effort in the past, conservatives must now explain all over again to today's...
  • Precedent Teaches Us The Left Really Wants ALL Our Guns

    01/13/2013 2:33:11 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies ^ | 1/11/13 | Charlie Daniels
    When the Supreme Court, or any other court for that matter, makes a ruling in a case they first look for precedent, in other words to see if there has been a court decision rendered on the same subject in the past and usually defer to the old decision in ruling on the case. The greatest teacher in life is experience; it only takes one time of burning your fingers on a hot stove to know that you never want to touch another one. The next greatest teacher is observation, paying attention to someone else's experiences and profiting from their...
  • Musket Morgan confuses car ownership with gun rights,

    01/12/2013 11:29:41 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 1/12/13
    Musket Morgan confuses car ownership with gun rights, retweets claim that people ‘take freedom too far’
  • Crime Writer Patricia Cornwell Has Her Own Legal Drama

    01/12/2013 11:04:39 PM PST · by TheMole · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan. 10, 2013 | SUSANNA KIM
    Fiction crime-writer Patricia Cornwell is used to writing about a heroic medical examiner investigating complex mysteries, but now she is in the middle of a drama of her own, claiming her former financial management firm cost her tens of millions of dollars in lost money over four years. Cornwell, 56, and her partner, Staci Gruber, a neuroscientist at Harvard University, have lived in the Boston area for the last six years. In October 2009, she filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against her former accounting firm and business manager, Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP and its...
  • Chief Nulty Says Journal News Endangers Undercover Officers,

    01/12/2013 10:55:43 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 41 replies
    Rockland County Times ^ | 1/12/13 | ROBERT KNIGHT
    Their names have been broadcast in bright daylight. Undercover officers, some who pose as “bad guys” that should not be allowed to have a pistol permit, outed by their own local newspaper. Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty joined a growing chorus in blasting The Journal News. “I think The Journal-News went overboard on this,” he said, noting that in his opinion the listing of names and addresses of gun permit holders jeopardizes their health and safety, and clearly jeopardizes the safety of all local undercover officers regardless of the department for which they work. Joining Nulty and the County of...
  • Japanese Coast Guard to bolster patrols around Senkaku Islands

    01/12/2013 10:02:55 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | January 11, 2013 | Ryuji Kudo
    The Japan Coast Guard is planning to create a fleet of 12 cutters to patrol the waters around the Senkaku Islands in response to the constant presence there of ships affiliated with the Chinese government. A special team of about 400 coast guard officers will be assigned to the Senkaku patrols. Because the necessary number of officers cannot be secured through new enlistment alone, the coast guard is considering a plan to extend the retirement age for officers. To create the fleet of 12 cutters, sources said the government will include a request in the supplementary budget to be submitted...
  • Catholic League: Obama should swear on Marx's 'Das Kapital' instead of Bible

    01/12/2013 9:34:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1-12-03 | Joe Newby
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue said in a press release that Barack Obama should use Karl Marx's "Das Kapital" instead of the Bible when he takes his oath of office later this month, the Huffington Post reported Friday. "Given Obama’s ideology, perhaps it would make more sense for him to swear on Das Kapital," Donohue wrote. Donohue issued his release in response to comments made by MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who suggested that Obama should not use the Bible in his swearing-in ceremony. "O’Donnell starts his rant by focusing on Atlanta Pastor Louie Giglio; the evangelical minister bowed to pressure from...
  • NASA, Bigelow Officials to Discuss Space Station Expandable Module

    01/12/2013 8:52:10 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | NASA
    WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to provide a new addition to the International Space Station. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will demonstrate the benefits of this space habitat technology for future exploration and commercial space endeavors. "The International Space Station is a unique laboratory that enables important discoveries that benefit humanity and vastly increase understanding of how humans can live and work in space for long periods," NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver said. "This partnership agreement for the use of expandable habitats represents a step forward in cutting-edge technology that can allow humans...
  • NBC Sports listed as leading sponsor for Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas

    01/12/2013 8:32:06 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 2 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Friday, January 11, 2013 | Bob Raissman
    NBC Sports listed as leading sponsor for Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT) in Las Vegas as U.S. debates gun control The show, the nation's largest event of its kind, lists NBC Sports as one of its leading sponsors; the SHOT Show's website lists NBC Sports as 'It's New Product Center Sponsor.' There is one NBC personality Peacock suits presumably aren’t inviting to Las Vegas next week for the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show known as the SHOT Show — Bob Costas. But while Costas won’t be there, the show, the nation’s largest event of its kind, does list NBC...
  • Pakistan's new LoC bunkers have 'made by China' stamp

    01/12/2013 8:31:19 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Sunday, January 13, 2013 | Pradip R. Sagar & Aditya Kaul
    LoC (Mendhar), New Delhi - India has more than one reason to worry at the Line of Control (LoC). Military Intelligence sources have confirmed to DNA that Pakistani troops stationed at the LoC are receiving logistical and technical support from China's PLA regulars who are stationed in PoK in the garb of engineers and workers. Sources said that they have information indicating that the Pakistani army is receiving “guidance” from PLA engineers. “They are involved in every activity at the LoC and are helping create fresh bunkers across the LoC,” an Intelligence source told DNA. With “heavy build up” of...
  • Girl, 15, with low IQ gang-raped under desk during class in Elmont: suit (New York)

    01/12/2013 8:21:27 PM PST · by dynachrome · 53 replies
    New york Daily News ^ | 1-12-13 | Barbara Ross AND Lisa Colangelo
    A mentally challenged 15-year-old girl was gang-raped beneath her desk during class — only feet away from her teachers — at an Elmont, N.Y., school, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. When the girl reported the horrific incident the next day, school officials failed to report it, the victim’s mother claimed in the suit. The special-needs teen, known by the initials K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes under her desk by two teenage boys, as another “hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape,” during science class at Martin De Porres Academy, claims the lawsuit
  • Pew global survey: The most anti-American country in the world is…

    01/12/2013 7:33:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/12/2013 | AllahPundit
    If you look only at the topline question it's a tie between Jordan and Pakistan. But don't look only at the topline question. Click around in the left sidebar at the link and watch how some of the numbers change as you get into specifics --- opinions of American democracy, American business, etc. When you get to American technology and scientific advances, even a near-majority of Pakistanis (47/27) have a favorable opinion. There's only one country where anti-Americans outnumber pro-Americans on every single question. Here's a hint: We're duty bound by treaty to come to their defense if they’re attacked.While...
  • France Could Be Next European Economic Disaster

    01/12/2013 7:26:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    US News ^ | 01/13/2013
    A failed plan to tax the rich at 75 percent. A glaring lack of global competitiveness. Famous actors trading in their French citizenship for Russian to avoid paying high tax rates. The news from Paris as of late has been a bit sensational, but also dire. Could France be the first northern country in the European Union to confront potential economic demise in 2013? Perhaps that assessment is not unlike Gerard Depardieu's highly publicized Moscow defection—a bit dramatic. But according to recent economic figures, there is some cause for concern. The French economy—Europe's second largest—grew at just 0.1 percent in...
  • Mexico dog mutilated by drug traffickers recovers

    01/12/2013 7:20:33 PM PST · by thecodont · 9 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Updated 9:13 am, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Associated Press Staff
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A dog reportedly mutilated by Mexican drug traffickers is recovering at a sanctuary for abused and abandoned dogs. Sanctuary owner Patricia Ruiz says Pay de Limon, or Lemon Pie, was fitted with prosthetic front legs last year. The Belgian shepherd mix now walks, jumps and runs. Read more:
  • Piers Morgan's Anti-gun Argument Destroyed in 4 Minutes by Ben Swann

    01/12/2013 7:15:07 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies
    Piers Morgan's Anti-gun Argument Destroyed in 4 Minutes by Ben Swann......please spread this if on social media. Great info contained within. 4 minutes but well worth the watch.