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  • 'Idle No More' Activist Busted for Molotov Threat at Wisconsin Capitol

    01/17/2013 7:37:10 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | by Brandon Darby 16 Jan 20 | by Brandon Darby
    A Wisconsin activist was arrested Tuesday at the state Capitol building just hours before Governor Scott Walker was to deliver his State of the State Address to Wisconsin lawmakers. The man, Kvon R. Smith, had reportedly used Facebook to threaten to do harm at the Capitol. Law enforcement was ready for him and arrested him as he attempted to enter the building. Smith then reportedly claimed to have a Molotov cocktail in his backpack. Police evacuated portions of the capitol building and a bomb squad reportedly arrived and handled the backpack. Police did not say whether or not the backpack...
  • More Oregon sheriffs say they won't enforce new gun laws

    01/17/2013 7:30:06 AM PST · by thirst4truth · 33 replies
    KATU.com ^ | Jan 16, 2013 | AP
    <p>PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — More Oregon sheriffs are joining the chorus saying they would refuse to enforce any new federal gun law they believe are unconstitutional.</p> <p>Crook County Sheriff Jim Hensley said Tuesday he sent the same letter to Vice President Joe Biden that was sent Monday by Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller.</p>
  • Shame, Shame On The New York Archdiocese

    01/17/2013 7:03:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Irish Examiner USA ^ | 1-15-13 | Alicia Colon
    I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I'm not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure. I met the affable Cardinal at the 125th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church but that didn't stop its inner-city school from being targeted. Clearly the archdiocese has abandoned its educational mission for the needy which was established hundreds of years ago. Instead the economic bottom line seems to count more than educating minority children in the neighborhoods with poor performing public schools and few alternatives....
  • Would you hire Chuck Hagel?

    01/17/2013 6:51:04 AM PST · by RobertSouthwell · 6 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 01/16/2013 | Joanne Butler
    From my perch in Delaware, I can only marvel at how faded pols suddenly become white-hot in the blink of an eye. Take former Senator Chuck Hagel, for instance. I met him once back in 1999, early in his first Senate term. I’ve met many politicians in my career, but I won’t soon forget that afternoon in Hagel’s office.
  • GI (Manning) motive barely admissible in WikiLeaks case

    01/17/2013 6:49:33 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 1-16-2013 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) -- A military judge's ruling on Wednesday tightly limited an Army private's ability to argue he had good reasons for allegedly sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Pfc. Bradley Manning can use motive evidence at his June 3 trial only to show that he didn't know the leaked material would be seen by al-Qaida, or to seek leniency at sentencing, Col. Denise Lind ruled during a pretrial hearing. Evidence of motive isn't relevant to the other charges, she said. Prosecutors say Manning told an online confidant-turned-government-informant that he leaked the...
  • Automatic and semi-automatic may be used interchangeably

    01/17/2013 6:48:15 AM PST · by DManA · 34 replies
    Corrections - On The Media (PBS) ^ | January 13, 2013 | Bob Garfield
    Unless used to kill our enemies the Eurasians, pop pop pop is ++ungood.
  • 600 Cats Saved From Becoming Chinese Food After Truck Crash

    01/17/2013 6:45:38 AM PST · by blam · 47 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-17-2013 | Agence France Presse
    <p>Around 600 cats stuffed into wooden crates and destined for dinner plates in southern China were rescued by animal protection volunteers after a truck crash, a volunteer said on Thursday.</p> <p>Volunteers hauled the felines from the lorry on Monday after the accident in the central city of Changsha, said Xu Chenxin of the Changsha Small Animal Protection Association. About another 100 were already dead.</p>
  • Here's What Happened the Last Time the U.S. Defaulted on Its Debt

    01/17/2013 6:42:12 AM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | January 16, 2013 | Matthew OBrian
    Once upon a time, Congress didn't want to raise the debt ceiling,sending the country into default. It was bad, and we shouldn't do it again. The end. Oh, you wanted to hear the rest of the story? Okay, here it is. Back in 1979, Congress waited, and waited, and waited to lift the debt ceiling, because Congress never likes taking responsibility for the tax and spending decisions it's already made. Now, Congress usually does the right thing after it's exhausted every other possibility, at least when it comes to paying our bills, and this debt limit increase was no exception....
  • TODAY SHOW - NO "ASSAULT WEAPONS" USED IN SANDY HOOK MASSACRE

    01/17/2013 6:38:37 AM PST · by AngryCapitalist · 314 replies
    Today show ^ | 12-15-2012 | NBC
    Pete Williams reports that no AR USED AT SANDY HOOK! Only 4 handguns found, Lanza left his rifle in the car. This is why Sandy HOOK was never mentioned at yesterday's signing by Barry. http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/50208495#50208495
  • Report: 34 hostages and 15 kidnappers killed (Algerian airstrike)

    01/17/2013 6:38:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/17/13
    NOUAKCHOTT — Thirty-four hostages and 15 of their al-Qaida-linked kidnappers were killed Thursday in an air strike by the Algerian armed forces, Mauritania's ANI news agency reported, citing one of the kidnappers holding captives at a desert gas field. It was not immediately possible to independently verify the information from the agency, which has close contact with the group that has claimed responsibility for the mass kidnapping, reportedly in retaliation for France's military intervention in neighboring Mali. ANI reported that the spokesman for the kidnappers said they would kill the rest of their captives if the army approached. A local...
  • US, Others Ground Boeing Dreamliner Indefinitely

    01/17/2013 6:32:17 AM PST · by rawhide · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1-17-13
    Airlines scrambled on Thursday to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related problems are investigated. The lightweight, mainly carbon-composite plane has been plagued by recent mishaps - including an emergency landing of a Japanese domestic flight on Wednesday after warning lights indicated a battery problem - raising concerns over its use of new technology, such as lithium-ion batteries. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday temporarily grounded Boeing's newest commercial airliner, saying carriers would have to demonstrate the batteries were safe before the planes could resume...
  • Alleged mobsters arrested in investigation into mafia ties to New York's garbage companies

    01/17/2013 6:22:36 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Thirty-two arrests of suspected mobsters or mafia associates were made in dawn raids across New York and New Jersey today as part of an ongoing investigation into mafia control of the private garbage-hauling industry. Suspected members of five key criminal families in the area were arrested, according to ABC News. They said figures known as 'Papa Smurf,' 'Uncle Sonny' and 'Joe Cali' in the criminal underworld had been detained and charged with running an extortion racket. It is the lastest operation in the joint FBI and police investigation investigating illegal ties between waste disposal and the mafia. U.S. Attorney for...
  • Militants demand safe passage to Libya after seizing Westerners in Algeria (Obama debacle)

    01/17/2013 6:07:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/17/13 | Said Chitour and Faith Karimi
    Algiers, Algeria (CNN) -- Islamist militants who seized Westerners at an Algerian gas plant are demanding safe passage to nearby Libya, authorities said, as fallout from the French offensive in Mali reverberates globally.
  • U.S. jobless claims drop to five-year low

    01/17/2013 6:06:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/17/13
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits tumbled to a five-year low last week, a hopeful sign for the sluggish labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 37,000 to a seasonally adjusted 335,000, the lowest level since January 2008, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the largest weekly drop since February 2010. The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 1,000 more applications than previously reported. While last week's decline ended four straight weeks of increases, it is probably not the start of a new trend or a sign of a material...
  • Why Israel Is Turning Right

    01/17/2013 5:47:19 AM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 17, 2013 | David Frum
    n the Jan. 21 New Yorker, David Remnick offers a long profile of various figures from the Israeli nationalist right, including Naftali Bennett, leader of a rising political party. If Bennett becomes Prime Minister someday—and his ambition is as plump and glaring as a harvest moon—he intends to annex most of the West Bank and let Arab cities like Ramallah, Nablus, and Jenin be “self-governing” but “under Israeli security.” “I will do everything in my power to make sure they never get a state,” he says of the Palestinians. No more negotiations, “no more illusions.” Let them eat crème brûlée....
  • At least 7 killed, 25 wounded in twin car bombs in Iraq [Obama Happy To See USA Neutered]

    01/17/2013 5:46:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    xinhuanet.com ^ | 1/17/13
    TIKRIT, Iraq, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- At least seven people were killed and more than 25 wounded in two car bomb explosions in a town in Salahudin province north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, a provincial police source told Xinhua. The first attack occurred in the morning when a car bomb detonated in the center of al-Dujail town, some 60 km north of Baghdad. Minutes later, another car bombing followed targeting security forces and civilians who gathered at the site of the first blast, the source said on condition of anonymity. The attackers apparently followed old tactic which...
  • Hostages escape Sahara siege - report Live (Algeria: Dozens reported killed in raid)

    01/17/2013 5:28:09 AM PST · by kristinn · 51 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Andrew Binet
    BREAKING: 34 HOSTAGES AND 15 KIDNAPPERS KILLED BY AIR STRIKES BY ALGERIAN ARMY - ANI NEWS AGENCY SNIP (Previous) UPDATE - Twenty-five hostages escape Algeria siege - source ALGIERS - Twenty-five foreign hostages, including two Japanese, escaped from the siege of a gas plant deep in the Algerian desert on Thursday, an Algerian security source said.
  • P8-Is: Indian Navy's eye in the sky

    01/17/2013 5:26:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    P8-Is: Indian Navy's eye in the sky The Boeing P8-I long-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft (LRMRA) which the Indian Navy got lat month is the most sophisticated weapon system in its inventory yet. The aircraft, which is now being used for training by Indian naval personnel in coordination with the US Navy in the US, has the latest radars, electronic warfare systems, and weapons to kill hostile submarines, several of which lurk underwater in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal around the Indian coast. Built on the body of a civilian Boeing 737-800 jetliner with the wings of a 737-900,...
  • Ch-Ch-Changes, Plus Personal C-C-Confessions

    01/17/2013 5:17:45 AM PST · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    seraphicpress.com ^ | 1-15-2013 | Robert J. Avrech
    With deep condescension, my professors informed me that we live in a post-religious world. Religion, I was lectured, was the opiate of the people. I wondered, but never had the courage to suggest, that perhaps Marxism was the opiate of the elites.
  • India may buy up to 189 French Rafale combat jets

    01/17/2013 5:11:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    India may buy up to 189 French Rafale combat jets PARIS — India could buy up to 189 of the Rafale fighter jets currently being used by France to bomb Islamist militants in Mali, sources close to negotiations on the multi-billion dollar deal have told AFP. The possibility of an additional 63 jets being added to an expected order for 126 was raised by India when Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid visited Paris last week, they said. "There is an option for procurement of an additional 63 aircrafts subsequently for which a separate contract would need to be signed," a source...