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  • The maids on Saudi Arabia’s death row: foreign women for child abuse, witchcraft…killing rapists

    01/13/2013 6:37:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Mail On Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:29 EST, 13 January 2013 | Alex Gore
    Foreign workers are being warned of the “deadly risks” they face in Saudi Arabia, with more than 45 maids awaiting execution despite growing anger at the country’s mistreatment of migrants. The death row prisoners include a domestic worker convicted of beating her employer to death when he allegedly tried to rape her. On Wednesday, authorities in the Middle Eastern country ignored international pleas and beheaded maid Rizana Nafeek, 24, who was convicted of killing a baby despite protesting her innocence. … Human rights group say 69 people were executed in Saudi Arabia last year and 79 the year before, including...
  • Iran has crisis meeting over WND's nuke story Ahmadinejad scrambles to cover up exposure

    01/13/2013 6:24:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    WND ^ | 1/13/13 | Reza Kahlili
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is convening an emergency meeting Monday of his cabinet and others from the Supreme National Security Council over WND’s revelation of the Islamic regime’s secret nuclear facility. The exclusive WND report on Jan. 7 said the secret facility is in Khondab near the city of Arak in central Iran. According to a source in the Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit with access to Iran’s nuclear program, Iran is scrambling to find out who leaked the information. The regime is concerned about international ramifications of yet another secret site being exposed amid pressure and sanctions by the West...
  • The Case for Self-Defense After a Massacre: A Look at the Luby's Massacre

    01/13/2013 5:46:26 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 08, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    In 1991, a man named George Hennard drove his truck through the front of a Luby's Cafateria in Killeen, Texas. It wasn't an accident. He hadn't lost control of his vehicle but instead was there to kill. After crashing into the restaurant, Hennard jumped out and started killing as many people as he could. Dr. Suzanna Gratia was there that day eating lunch with her parents. At the time, it was a felony in the state of Texas to carry a firearm inside a purse and Gratia left her gun in the car. Al Gratia, her father, attempted to rush...
  • Nanny Bloomberg Takes Away Hospital Painkillers

    01/13/2013 5:19:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | January 12, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Thank goodness government is getting more involved in health care so we can finally put a stop to sick and injured people using too many painkillers. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that the city is going to sharply restrict supplies of painkillers at the city’s emergency rooms to combat a rampant addiction problem. Yours, not his. I have to clarify that point, because otherwise you may have the impression that “Nanny Michael” is addicted to power, and being a bit of a bully. … “The city hospitals we control,” he said Friday in response to critics, “so...
  • Public University To Offer Course On ‘Sibling Incest’

    01/13/2013 5:17:24 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 24 replies
    clashdaily.com ^ | Jan 12, 2013 | Clash Daily
    A public university plans to offer a course this spring on “sibling incest in theory and literature,” Campus Reform learned on Tuesday. Professor Stefani Engelstein will teach a class this spring focused on “sibling incest.” According to the University of Missouri’s official description, the class will “examine the deployment of erotic desire, love, and sympathy as political, economic, and textual strategies, and analyze the gender dynamics involved in such deployment.” Professor Stefani Engelstein of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will teach class in hour-long sessions twice a week. Read more: http://clashdaily.com/2013/01/public-university-to-offer-course-on-sibling-incest/#ixzz2HuM3n1Gd Get more Clash on ClashDaily.com, Facebook, Twitter,...
  • Caught Red-Handed, Aaron Swartz Was Prepping For Key Federal Court Evidence Hearing

    01/13/2013 5:13:19 PM PST · by libstripper · 54 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | January 13, 2013 | Smoking Gun Staff
    At the time of his suicide, Aaron Swartz was preparing for a crucial hearing in his federal criminal case, likely his best chance to thwart federal prosecutors who had developed solid evidence against the Internet activist who was facing an April trial on a 13-count felony indictment. The 26-year-old Swartz, who killed himself Friday in his Brooklyn apartment, was scheduled for a January 25 evidentiary hearing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts. Lawyers for Swartz were seeking to suppress material gathered in connection with Swartz’s breach of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer network. The January 2011 incursion netted...
  • Gun Talk Radio 1/13/13

    01/13/2013 5:09:27 PM PST · by mylife · 49 replies
    Gun Talk ^ | 1/13/13 | Tom Gresham
    The second part of the show is very good
  • Citi Reveals The Most Likely Debt Ceiling Endgame, And Why It's Bad News For The US Dollar

    01/13/2013 5:08:35 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Citi Reveals The Most Likely Debt Ceiling Endgame, And Why It's Bad News For The US Dollar Joe WeisenthalJanuary 13, 2013CitiFX guru Steven Englander has a new note out this evening titled: No coin + temporary debt ceiling extension + sequester = USD negative. In it he notes that the rejection of the trillion dollar coin idea to avert the debt ceiling is not alone a market moving event, but that the hard language taken by the White House that the choices boil down to clean lift or default raises the odds of a debt ceiling breach. His take: So...
  • Stag Arms has TWO YEARS worth of orders for rifles!

    01/13/2013 4:42:29 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 112 replies
    We would like to thank all of our customers for your support. Currently we have approximately two years of backorders for rifles, upper halves, and lower receivers. Due to this overwhelming demand most of our office staff have temporarily been pulled from their normal positions to pack and ship orders. This will allow us to get our products into your hands as fast as possible before any potential governmental restriction. Orders will be processed in the order they were received. Our normal billing policies will be in effect and your payment will be processed (your order will be charged) just...
  • BREAKING NEWS: ATTEMPTED GUN BURGLARY TIED TO JOURNAL NEWS GUN MAPS

    01/13/2013 4:36:35 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 147 replies
    nysenate.gov ^ | 1/13/13
    Brewster, N.Y. – 1/13/2013 – Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt.
  • Colin Powell offers strong defense of Chuck Hagel's nomination

    01/13/2013 4:23:41 PM PST · by South40 · 70 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 13, 2013 | Don Lee
    WASHINGTON -- Retired Gen. Colin Powell offered a vigorous defense of Chuck Hagel’s nomination as the next Defense secretary, even as the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee added questions about Hagel’s temperament to lawmakers’ other concerns about the nominee, particularly his position on Israel. Powell, former secretary of State to President George W. Bush and a widely respected member of the GOP, had voiced strong support for Hagel shortly after President Obama named the former Nebraska senator as his choice to replace Leon E. Panetta. On Sunday, Powell spelled out further why he regards Hagel as “superbly...
  • Decision time for rails {Alaska-Alberta proposal ready to launch feasibility study, needs C$40M}

    01/13/2013 3:33:52 PM PST · by thackney · 36 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 13, 2013 | Gary Park
    Two ventures aiming to break the logjam facing Western Canadian producers seeking new markets for their crude oil face crucial tests in January. Vancouver-based Generating for Seven Generations, or G7G, is expecting to know whether it will get C$40 million in financing to study the feasibility of its plan to build a rail line from Alberta to Alaska to connect with the Valdez Marine Terminal, while a coalition of railroads and producers is scheduled to decide whether it will conduct an experimental shipment of 2 million barrels of crude this summer through the Hudson Bay port at Churchill, Manitoba, to...
  • Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer

    01/13/2013 2:34:10 PM PST · by blam · 45 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Orlando Florida Patrolled By Surveillance Drones As Early As This Summer Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 8:18 AMOctatron shows the camera aboard the SkySeer drone used for surveillance and reconnaissance for law enforcement When Congress passed a bill last February allowing unmanned drones to fly American skies it became only a matter of time before UAVs patrolled U.S. cities for local law enforcement. While most drones in the U.S. are flown along the Mexican border, the Orange County Sheriff's Office wants to put them over metro Orlando within the next few months. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area is home to more...
  • Hundreds rush to gun store in hopes of buying semi-automatic rifle (VIDEO)

    01/13/2013 1:45:58 PM PST · by matt04 · 64 replies
    WFSB ^ | Jan 11, 2013
    A controversial gun sale caused a traffic jam on the Berlin Turnpike in Newington well before 9 a.m. as people stood in line outside Hoffman's Gun Shop hoping to get their hands on a semi-automatic rifle value bundle. Hoffman's Gun Center & Indoor Shooting Range was selling only 100 of the Smith & Wesson M&P15 Sport value packs, and that had people lined up in droves. The gun itself has been the target of a lot of controversy, and many lawmakers are looking to ban it and other semi-automatic rifles. But it's what came in addition to the rifle that...
  • Crunching the numbers of the 2013 tax increases (It's official - the rich now pay their fair share)

    01/13/2013 1:42:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    WTOP ^ | 1/02/13
    WASHINGTON - The prospect of the American economy careening off a cliff overshadowed a tax increase that takes effect immediately, rich or not. Even with the deal on Capitol Hill, the so-called payroll tax is scheduled to bounce back up to 6.2 percent from 4.2 percent in 2011 and 2012. In practical terms, this amounts to a $1,000 tax increase for someone earning $50,000 a year and a $2,200 tax increase for someone earning $150,000. Even workers taking home less than $20,000 annually will be impacted, paying roughly $100 more. "I think it will have a negative effect," says Neil...
  • Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos (Piers Morgan 2004 Flashback)

    01/13/2013 1:31:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | Friday, 14 May, 2004 | staff
    Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake. In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a "calculated and malicious hoax" and that it would be "inappropriate" for Morgan to continue. The Queen's Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures. Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt "vindicated". Mr Goodman added: "It is just a great pity it has taken so long... and that so much damage has been done in the meantime." Daily...
  • CAIR’s New Disinformation Campaign on “Jihad”

    01/13/2013 1:19:48 PM PST · by LSUfan · 13 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 13 January 13 | Christopher Holton
    The internet has literally been littered with news reports about a new propaganda campaign being waged by the head of the Council on American Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Chicago director. The man’s name is Ahmed Rehab and his methodology has been to run advertising on buses to change the public perception of the word “Jihad.” Rehab has chosen two of the most liberal cities in America in which to conduct his campaign so far: Chicago and San Francisco. The name of the campaign is “MyJihad” and it aims to convince Americans that Jihad only means “to struggle” or, more specifically, an...
  • Views on Gay People Shift in Singapore [Cites Research Showing People With Low IQ Anti-Gay!]

    01/13/2013 12:55:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Megan Gannon ^ | January 12, 2013
    Views on Gay People Shift in Singapore By Megan Gannon Americans' views about gay people have shifted dramatically in the past few decades. For instance, a Gallup poll last month showed that support for same-sex marriage in the United States stands at 53 percent — still a polarizing figure, but about double what it was in 1996. New research shows that positive attitudes toward homosexuals are becoming more common in other countries, too, like Singapore, where the increasing visibility of gay people seems to be helping to move the needle. A nationally representative survey in the Southeast Asian city-state found...
  • 400-pound woman who plunged through UES sidewalk says size saved her life (NYC)

    01/13/2013 12:34:35 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/13/13 | ERIN CALABRESE, REBECCA HARSHBARGER and FRANK ROSARIO
    Size does matter! The 400-pound Queens pedestrian who crashed through an Upper East Side sidewalk said yesterday that a thinner woman might have died from that fall. “Thank God, they said that my size was the only thing that saved me,” Ulanda Williams, 32, told The Post as she was discharged from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Williams, of Springfield Gardens, was waiting for a bus at about 9:10 p.m. Friday when she tried to hide from the rain under an awning. The ground suddenly disappeared beneath her — and she was swallowed whole by the cavernous space adjacent to the cellar of...
  • Staten Island's Community Education Council voted Monday night for armed guards in schools...

    01/13/2013 12:32:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 7, 2013 | Edgar Sandoval , Jennifer H. Cunningham and Stephen Rex Brown
    The historic vote — approving its own controversial proposal to station 300 to 500 retired police officers at local schools — was symbolic because Mayor Bloomberg and Dennis Walcott can veto the council’s recommendations. Staten Island residents voted Monday night for armed guards in schools, but the city’s top education official said he’ll shoot down the initiative. “It’s not happening. Plain and simple,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “I can’t be any clearer than that,” he added, echoing Mayor Bloomberg’s longstanding position in favor of gun control, not gun-toting guards. Walcott said armed guards are not needed: “We have safe...
  • Sotomayor On Role Affirmative Action Played In Her Life [Helped Her Get Admitted to Princeton]

    01/13/2013 12:32:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 12, 2013
    January 11, 2013 Sotomayor On Role Affirmative Action Played In Her Life In her first broadcast interview, Justice Sonia Sotomayor tells Scott Pelley how affirmative action affected her life leading up to her appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Pelley's profile of the Supreme Court's first Hispanic justice will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday, Jan. 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Sotomayor says that the affirmative action in the U.S. today is different than when she was in school and would not discuss the affirmative action case currently before the court. "But I do know that, for me, it was...
  • Antibiotics aren't a magic cure all

    01/13/2013 12:25:34 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer Blog ^ | 01/13/2013 | Gary A. Emmett
    --snip-- It's important to understand that antibiotics aren't always the answer, and are intended to fight bacterial infections. Taking them for viral infections, such as a cold, most sore throats, acute bronchitis and many sinus or ear infections will not cure the infection, or keep others from getting sick, and may cause unnecessary and harmful side effects.
  • Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous

    01/13/2013 12:21:08 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-13-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Britain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully Autonomous Robert JohnsonJan. 13, 2013, 4:38 AMBritain's New Stealth Bomber Is Unmanned And Fully AutonomousBAE Taranis Britain's Air Force has been using Tornado jets as bombers for decades and is already building a fleet of new Typhoons, but BAE hopes to supplement those forces with a powerful new drone. The Taranis, named for the Celtic god of thunder will fly faster than the speed of sound and beyond the eye of enemy radar with its single-wing stealth design, and UK officials hope to see it replace piloted planes and current unmanned drones...
  • Bay Area homicide rate rises in 2012

    01/13/2013 12:18:51 PM PST · by thecodont · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 11:28 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | Demian Bulwa and Justin Berton
    It's no surprise to LaTanya Lozano that homicides are up in the Bay Area's biggest cities. She moved to Hayward in late 2011 to try to protect her four sons, only to see two of them shot dead last year back where she used to live, Oakland. First her 15-year-old, Shonte Daniels Jr., was shot by a 14-year-old friend in a park, apparently after teasing him. Six months later, in October, 21-year-old Rashad Meredith was caught in the middle of a gunfight between rival groups outside his aunt's apartment. "This tore down my whole life," said Lozano, who was hospitalized...
  • Bloomberg Slaps Down Criticism of Painkiller Restriction Plan

    01/13/2013 12:15:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Politicker ^ | January 11, 2013 | Colin Campbell
    Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city officials unveiled a new initiative to limit supplies of prescription painkillers in the city’s emergency rooms as a way to combat what they described as a growing addiction problem in the region. Some critics, as documented by The New York Times, however, felt the move would unnecessarily hurt poor and uninsured patients who use emergency rooms as their primary care doctor. Needless to say, Mr. Bloomberg was not swayed by this line of argument. “The city hospitals we control, so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals...
  • With almonds' rising revenues, land values soar

    01/13/2013 12:00:50 PM PST · by thecodont · 26 replies
    Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com ^ | Updated 12:42 pm, Saturday, January 12, 2013 | By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Bill Enns, a central California real estate agent specializing in farmland, fields dozens of calls every week from potential buyers. Many want almond, pistachio or walnut orchards — or any land suitable for growing nut trees. [...] California's almond industry, which grows about 80 percent of the global almond supply and 100 percent of the domestic supply, saw the most dramatic growth — powered by strong demand from new money-spending middle classes in India and China. The growth has prompted a rush for almond-growing land and pushed almond land values through the roof. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/With-almonds-rising-revenues-land-values-soar-4189081.php#ixzz2Ht4HqjiG...
  • US (only) scientists in fresh alert over effects of global warming

    01/13/2013 11:52:19 AM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | 1/12/13 | Robin McKie
    **SNIP** The uncompromising language of the report, and the stark picture that its authors have painted of the likely effects of global warming, have profound implications for the rest of the world. If the world's greatest economy is already feeling the strain of global warming, and is fearful of its future impact, then other nations face a very worrying future as temperatures continue to rise as more and more greenhouse gases are pumped into the atmosphere. "The report makes for sobering reading," said Professor Chris Rapley, of University College London. "Most people in the UK and US accept human-induced climate...
  • Republicans Begin Gun Cave

    01/13/2013 11:44:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | RushLimbaugh.com
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Open Line Friday to Seattle we go. Peter, thank you for calling, sir. Great to have you with us. CALLER: Great to be with you, Rush. Happy birthday to the Surgeon General of Democracy. RUSH: Thank you very much. I appreciate that. CALLER: They don't hate you 'cause you're on the right; they hate you because you're correct. RUSH: Effective, yeah. That's sadly the case. Every time you see me ripped to shreds in the media, folks, understand I've just been effective, and that's why I'm being ripped. Or anybody else on the right. Same theory applies....
  • Federal health law wrinkle could penalize Minnesota insurers

    01/13/2013 11:35:01 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-12-13 | chris snowbeck
    Without a change in proposed federal rules, the continuation of a Minnesota health insurance program for people with costly illnesses could cost health plans and their subscribers more than $60 million next year, state officials say. The issue involves a long-standing program called the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, which the Legislature created in 1976. It helps provide coverage for Minnesotans who can't find insurance on the open market, often because of a costly pre-existing health condition. One of the key changes coming in 2014 with the federal Affordable Care Act is that insurers no longer will be able to deny...
  • Shawnee Woman Thwarts Home Invasion

    01/13/2013 11:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    News 9 ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Evan Anderson
    SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -Armed with a gun and ready to shoot, a Shawnee woman defended her home as man broke down her door. It happened in broad daylight and she didn't back down. Pam Loman and her husband, James, say they've lived on Homer Lane in Shawnee for over 10 years and have never had any problems. But early Friday afternoon, while Pam was home alone, she quickly figured out, three men outside her home were up to no good. "I still feel queasy sick at my stomach, a little shaky, a little nervous," Pam said. ... Pam says the knocking...
  • Hartzler vows farm bill backing, spending cuts and protecting gun owners rights (Missouri)

    01/13/2013 11:16:33 AM PST · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    Nevada DailyMail ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | James R. Campbell
    Keeping the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from threatening the rights of lakeside homeowners like it did last year at Lake of the Ozarks is a top priority for U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, this year in the 113th Congress in Washington. In a phone interview with the Daily Mail Monday, Hartzler said she will also work to pass a new farm bill, cut spending, fight gun control and protect commodities-trading options for grain elevators and farmers and the 4th Congressional District's military installations. Referring to FERC's 2011 attempt to condemn 1,200 homes at Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri...
  • News Flash: Jews Are 'Apes And Pigs.' So Why Is Egypt's Morsi The Elephant In America's Newsrooms?

    01/13/2013 11:11:23 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/11/2013 | Richard Behar
    Last Friday, the sitting president of Egypt – the world’s 15th most populous nation — was exposed for calling Jews “apes and pigs.” And he did it in a TV interview (in Arabic) in 2010, less than two years before he took office. Needless to say, this was HUGE NEWS for American mass media! Only it wasn’t. (Knock, knock, New York Times? Anybody home?) In fact, to be fair to the paper of record, not a single major outlet has covered it. Not AP or Reuters. Not CBS News or CNN. Not Time magazine or U.S. News & World Report....
  • Will longer school year help or hurt US students?

    01/13/2013 11:04:35 AM PST · by madison10 · 42 replies
    My Way News ^ | January 13, 2013 | Julie Carr Smith
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a chief proponent of the longer school year, says American students have fallen behind the world academically. "Whether educators have more time to enrich instruction or students have more time to learn how to play an instrument and write computer code, adding meaningful in-school hours is a critical investment that better prepares children to be successful in the 21st century," he said in December when five states announced they would add at least 300 hours to the academic calendar in some schools beginning this year....
  • 'Damn You, Why Don't You Lay Down Your Arms!'

    01/13/2013 10:52:25 AM PST · by morethanright · 20 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2013-01-13 11:03:02 | mrcurmudgeon
     "Ye villains, ye rebels, disperse; damn you, disperse! Lay down your arms, damn you, why don't you lay down your arms!"~ British officer to American Minute Men assembled at Lexington, April 19, 1775, as recalled by the Reverend Jonas Clarke in his diary.By Mr. Curmudgeon:Of England's King Charles II, John Trechard wrote in A Short History of Standing Armies in England (1698), "... He came in with the general applause of the people, who in a kind fit gave him a vast revenue for life. By this he was enabled to raise an army, and bribe the Parliament, which he did...
  • Seth Kantner: Wonderful memories of the amazingly accurate black gun

    01/13/2013 10:08:22 AM PST · by thackney · 41 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | January 12, 2013 | Seth Kantner
    There's been a lot of talk in the news lately about guns. AR-15's have been getting attention again. Back when I was a kid, it seemed like most of my dad's guns were old and brown, hand-me-downs from various acquaintances. My brother Kole and I bought our first center-fire rifle when I was 16. We didn't exactly plan to. We ran our dog team to Ambler just to sell wolverine skins -- and came home with an assault rifle. I sure wanted my own hunting rifle back then. We'd had plenty of run-ins with moose, and climbed a few trees...
  • Drummond: Time to declare state of emergency in Oakland?

    01/13/2013 10:07:22 AM PST · by AmericanSamurai · 32 replies
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 01/12/2013 | Tammerlin Drummond
    A woman walking her dog at 3 p.m. Friday stumbled upon Larry Lovette lying on the sidewalk near Dimond Park. He had been shot to death. Just one half-hour before that, a 22-year-old man had been fatally shot in the Fruitvale district. At 4:15 p.m., Eddiebo Rodriguez was shot several times while driving on West Street in West Oakland. Whoever killed him shot up some nearby homes in the process. Thankfully, no one else was injured. Then at 8:20 p.m., police found 17-year-old Ken Harbin shot to death on Hillside Avenue in East Oakland. The carnage Friday took the insanity...
  • An Open Letter to Piers Morgan

    01/13/2013 9:55:03 AM PST · by AustinPaul19 · 25 replies
    The Band of Patriots ^ | January 13, 2013 | Austin Paul
    Dear Mr. Morgan, Over the past few weeks, you have become one of America’s most outspoken gun grabbers. You have used a horrible tragedy as a platform to preach your anti-gun and anti-freedom agenda. You seem to believe that removing guns from the hands of law abiding, responsible citizens will curb gun crime in this country. You bring on guests, like Ted Nugent and Alex Jones, in an attempt to demonize and paint gun rights advocates and the liberty movement as crazy. When you bring on reasonable guests, like Larry Platt or Ben Shapiro, you insult them and refuse to...
  • Lumber tax a knot for retailers (Sneaky New CA Tax)

    01/13/2013 9:52:14 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/11/13 | Heather Somerville
    California's new 1% lumber tax has cost lumber yards thousands of dollars...raising the ire of retailers struggling to bounce back from the housing slump. ...the new law because it is full of contradictions, hidden costs and ambiguities. The tax applies to lumber and products that are at least 10% wood, although the rules are murky and lumber yards have varied interpretations of what should be taxed. The list of exclusions and caveats is numerous. Doors and moldings are not taxed, but wood shingles are. Fencing is taxed, unless the fence is made from remanufactured wood. Firewood is not taxed, although...
  • Life-extending cancer drugs 'rationed by postcode': Dozens hospitals refuse to hand out treaments

    01/13/2013 9:51:24 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2013 | Sophie Borland
    Hospitals are denying patients the latest life-extending cancer drugs, a report reveals. Dozens of trusts are failing to hand out treatments for bowel, ovarian, lung and brain cancer that have been approved by the NHS watchdog NICE. Some of these drugs have been shown to boost survival rates by a quarter while others have extended the lives of terminally-ill patients by over a year. The report - commissioned by the Department of Health - also reveals that many hospitals are failing to prescribe the latest treatments for heart attacks, asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. In fact some of...
  • Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New York

    Alabama Native Wins Miss America As Miss New YorkCBS 42..comJanuary 13, 2013 Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes Hagan left her native Alabama for New York at age 18 LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman from Brooklyn, N.Y., is the new Miss America, winning the title after tap dancing to a James Brown tune, deftly dealing with a question about guns, and raising the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform. In addition to dancing to "Get Up Off of That Thing," 23-year-old Mallory Hagan strutted down the runway during the Las Vegas pageant Saturday night in an asymmetrical...
  • Soros’ liberal think-tank releases ‘demands’ for gun control

    01/13/2013 9:48:49 AM PST · by SmileRight · 46 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/13/2012 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    As a result of Vice President Joe Biden’s task force to explore changes to gun laws, the Center for American Progress, an influential liberal think-tank funded by George Soros, has released 13 recommendations to “prevent gun violence in our nation.” Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, told Fox News Sunday that her group will “absolutely” mount a full-scale campaign to push for more gun control. The proposal targets three key areas:...
  • 'Pro-gay' French comedian rallies against gay marriage

    01/13/2013 9:48:15 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Frqance24 ^ | Jan 11, 2013 | Tony Todd
    The leading figure in France’s anti-gay marriage movement, which hopes to get 200,000 demonstrators out on Sunday to protest the proposed “marriage for all” law, is an unlikely firebrand for the Catholic and right-wing dominated campaign. The French anti-gay marriage movement has an unlikely figurehead in the form of a reactionary comedienne who goes by the moniker “Frigide Barjot”. The name – which translates as Frigid Loony – is a play on the name of Brigitte Bardot, the French actress better-known as a symbol of the 60s sexual revolution. Barjot – real name, Virginie Tellene – is a born-again...
  • Sweeping New Gun Laws Proposed By Influential Liberal Think Tank

    01/13/2013 9:37:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | January 13,2013 | Philip Rucker
    With President Obama readying an overhaul of the nation’s gun laws, a liberal think tank with singular influence throughout his administration is pushing for a sweeping agenda of strict new restrictions on and federal oversight of gun and ammunition sales.
  • Colin Powell: Hagel ‘Knows What War Is’ This comes from a man without credibility

    01/13/2013 9:35:49 AM PST · by bestintxas · 19 replies
    newsmax ^ | 1/13/13 | a woods
    Insisting that he is still a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Chuck Hagel is “superbly qualified” to be the next secretary of state and he is confident that the former Nebraska senator “will do a great job.” “I think he gets confirmed,” Powell asserted. “He’s superbly qualified based on his overall record, based on his service to the country, based on how he feels about troops and veterans and their families.” Powell, who supported President Barack Obama in each of his election bids, spoke at length about Hagel’s accomplishments, going...
  • Defence chiefs prepare new plans to defend Falkland Islands

    01/13/2013 9:21:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    U.K. Telegraph ^ | 13 jan 2013 | Sean Rayment,
    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 Islands’ future. The options being proposed by planners at the Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, north-west London are also said to include a “show of force” such as conducting naval exercises in the South Atlantic. These could involve the deployment of the Royal Navy’s Response Task Force Group, a flotilla comprising destroyers, a frigate,...
  • 72% of U.S. Casualties in Afghan War Under Obama’s Watch

    01/13/2013 9:08:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    President Barack Obama said U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan will adopt a “support role” starting in the spring of 2013, to allow Afghan police and soldiers to take full responsibility of the country’s security, a nation where 2,053 American soldiers have died since the war started on Oct. 7, 2001. Seventy-two percent of those casualties occurred during Obama's first term. “And today we agreed, as Afghan forces take the lead and as President Karzai announces the final phase of the transition, coalition forces will move to a support role this spring,” Obama said Friday at the White House, alongside...
  • 144 Border Agents Charged with Alien, Drug Smuggling and Corruption Since 2005

    01/13/2013 9:05:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 10, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    In the last seven years, 144 officers and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been arrested or indicted on corruption charges that include smuggling illegal aliens, smuggling drugs, and bribery, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). … “From fiscal years 2005 through 2012, a total of 144 employees were arrested or indicted for corruption related activities, including smuggling aliens or drugs, and 125 have been convicted,” the GAO report says. “About 65 percent (93 of 144) were employees stationed along the southwest border.” The bulk of corruption cases were for serious offenses, according...
  • Mountain Man vs. Government

    01/13/2013 8:46:11 AM PST · by haffast · 48 replies
    Carolina Journal - The John Locke Foundation ^ | January 2013 | Don Carrington
    Primitive N.C. retreat a bit too primitive for Watauga officials Watauga County mountain man Eustace Conway’s passion for teaching primitive living came to a sudden halt in October when local government officials shut down his operation, citing safety and health concerns. After receiving a tip that Conway had built structures without a permit, Watauga County Planning and Inspections Director Joe Furman obtained an administrative search warrant to inspect the roughly two dozen buildings and structures at Turtle Island Preserve, Conway’s 500-plus acre retreat in the mountains east of Boone. In September, Furman assembled a team of building inspectors, health department...
  • Powell: GOP has 'a dark vein of intolerance'

    01/13/2013 8:45:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 104 replies
    Powell: GOP has 'a dark vein of intolerance' By GINGER GIBSON | 1/13/13 11:05 AM EST While continuing to identify as a Republican, former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday criticized the GOP for a series of racist attacks against President Barack Obama. "There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities." Powell, who endorsed Obama, pointed to a number of statements that were directed at Obama as...
  • 40% statistic about guns being obtained without a background check is as old as... 1994?

    01/13/2013 8:10:38 AM PST · by bryan999 · 11 replies
    "The predominant sources of guns, unsurprisingly, were stores (60 percent). Other important sources included family members and acquaintances. The 3 percent of respondents who indicated that they obtained guns "through the mail" (which is illegal for all but FFLs) may have misremembered or may have referred to a mail-order purchase arranged through an FFL. "The average gun obtained in 1993 and 1994 was worth $392 at the time of transfer, with little difference between handguns and long guns. Fewer than 1 in 20 guns acquired during those 2 years were valued at less than $100. "Fifty-seven percent of firearms were...