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  • Will Chicago ban energy drinks?

    01/18/2013 1:13:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/18/13 | Eli Epstein
    As emergency rooms fill with energy drink guzzlers and the sales of those drinks skyrocket, one Chicago politician wants to put a stop to it all. According to the Chicago Tribune, Alderman Ed Burke — the city's most powerful Council member — proposed a law Thursday that would ban the sale and distribution of highly caffeinated beverages to all consumers, not just minors. Burke, in his proposal, cited an increase in emergency room visits for teenagers and young adults who consume energy drinks and also the rising popularity of those beverages. His ordinance states, “No person shall sell, give away,...
  • Dunham Needs Third ‘Girls’ Season To Air New Sex Positions (HBO airing basic cable porn)

    01/18/2013 1:09:42 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 18, 2013 | 12:23 | Media Research Center -Katie Yoder
    According to Lena Dunham, HBO’s “Girls” television show needs a third season to explore new sex positions. Writer and actress Lena Dunham appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday to discuss her recent Golden Globe awards earned from her work with “Girls.” After Stewart questioned Dunham about the latest season of “Girls,” Dunham admitted she hopes for a new third season: “I’m already kind of like trying to conceive of some new demented ideas – some sexual positions we haven’t yet covered.” Stewart replied, “Well, I’m 50 so don’t tell me what they are.” Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/katie-yoder/2013/01/18/dunham-needs-third-girls-season-air-new-sex-positions#ixzz2IMaJ605o
  • On Belmokhtar's group: 'They believe the West is one great Sodom and Gomorrah' (Al-Queda in Mali)

    01/18/2013 1:02:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 18, 2013 1:47 PM | Thomas Joscelyn
    Robert Fowler was kidnapped by Mokhtar Belmokhtar's not-so-merry band of terrorists in 2008 and published a book about the experience, "A Season In Hell: My 130 Days in the Sahara with Al Qaeda." From the excerpts I've read, the title accurately sums up Fowler's experience. Belmokhtar's group is, of course, responsible for the recent assault on a natural gas field in eastern Algeria and the subsequent hostage crisis. Fowler, a Canadian diplomat who was serving the United Nations when he was kidnapped, has had some interesting things to say about Belmokhtar and his henchmen. ABC News reports: "I was...
  • The Mysterious Case Of Richard Windsor

    01/18/2013 12:57:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Power Line ^ | 1/18/13 | Scott Johnson
    All is not as it appears in the case of Richard Windsor, the alias used by outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield email messages from discovery and disclosure. Under court order to cough up the email messages to Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and having turned over a first installment of 2,100 such email messages earlier this week, the Obama administration is making this a case that might challenge the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. With Horner’s assistance, my daughter Eliana tries to pierce the fog of administrative war in her NRO column “Lisa Jackson’s gadfly.”
  • Like It Or Not, 3D Printing Will Probably Be Legislated

    01/18/2013 12:56:41 PM PST · by DBrow · 42 replies
    The Crunch ^ | 1/18/13 | John Biggs
    As the race – and it’s basically a race – to release as many 3D-printed gun parts as possible heats up, it’s never been harder for me to come down on the side of the “Freedom To Tinker” crowd. Last weekend Defense Distributed, a group dedicated to releasing plans for a 3D printed gun, posted a video and description of their 3D-printed AR-15 thirty-round magazine. The video, which is, unnecessarily, full of snarky vitriol, shows that, on some level, the 3D printed gun isn’t very far off. It also shows that the call for 3D printer legislation could soon overpower...
  • Bad battery design responsible for Boeing Dreamliner grounding, expert says

    01/18/2013 12:56:33 PM PST · by Ron C. · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/18/13 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    A charred lithium ion battery at the center of the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner showed evidence of “thermal runaway” -- which is indicative of a design problem, experts tell FoxNews.com. The All Nippon Airways plane made an emergency landing Wednesday morning in western Japan after its pilots smelled something burning and received a cockpit warning of battery problems. Nearly all 50 of the 787s in use around the world have since been grounded. The battery’s burned insides indicate it operated at a voltage above its design limit, a Japanese investigator said Friday. That’s a clear sign of...
  • NRA President: Death Threats Against Org Reflect Obama´s Tactics

    01/18/2013 12:47:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 1/18/13 | Ernest Istook
    “Hundreds” of death threats have been made against the president of the National Rifle Association just since the first of this year. And those threats reflect President Obama’s political tactics. That’s what NRA President David Keene told talk show host Ernest Istook on Thursday. Keene says those threats reflect attempts by the Left and by President Obama “to demonize and blame those who disagree with him for everything he doesn’t like.” Keene also is literally targeted by a video game that invites people to shoot him, which he calls the “Kill David Keene” game. The good news, according to Keene,
  • Second raid underway to free foreign workers at Algerian gas facility

    01/18/2013 12:44:51 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 18, 2013 | Joseph Phares
    In an effort to conclude the hostage crisis at the Tigantourine gas facility near In Amenas, Algeria, special forces from the Algerian government have begun a second offensive against the Masked Brigade, the terrorists led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar. Al-Jazeera reported that the renewed rescue effort was launched as the Algerian state media reported that more than 650 hostages were free, but 30 foreigners were still unaccounted for. The Algerian Press Service (APS) reported that the count of foreign hostages prior to the first raid was 132, which conflicted greatly with initial reports of 41. The terrorists threatened to kill the...
  • Why Would A Black Man Wanna Fly A Confederate Flag?!?

    01/18/2013 12:41:21 PM PST · by onedoug · 21 replies
    Average Bro.com ^ | 6 DEC 2011 | Satff
    Byron Thomas is 19, black, a freshman at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and a proud Southerner. He hung a Confederate flag in his dorm room window until the university asked him to take it down because several people had complained about it. (The university later stepped back from the request, saying all students have the right to free speech.)
  • Malian, French Forces Re-Take Second Town

    01/18/2013 12:39:22 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | January 18, 2012
    Officials in Mali say French-backed government forces have re-taken a second town that had been seized by Islamist militants. Local officials say militants have been driven out of Diabaly, located about 400 kilometers northeast of the the capital, Bamako. On Thursday, heavy fighting between French soldiers and militants had been reported in Diabaly, which was seized by rebels on Monday. There was no immediate confirmation of the re-capture from Mali's military or French forces. Earlier, the Malian army and French officials said Malian forces have re-taken Konna, a town east of Diabaly. The army said it has gained "total control"...
  • Unexpectedly, Republicans Do Something Right (Bill to Withhold Senate Salaries Pending Budget)

    01/18/2013 12:38:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2013 | Gene Schwimmer
    Excerpt from just-released statement from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (emphases mine): House Republicans announced a path forward on the nation's near-term budget challenges.  The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires passage of a budget resolution by April 15 each year.  Under Senator Harry Reid's leadership, the Senate has refused to pass a budget for 1,360 days.  As the Administration and Congress work through opportunities to cut government spending, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase unless both the House and the Senate pass a long-term budget plan.  The plan also includes a bipartisan proposal to...
  • House GOP: We'll Raise Debt Limit for 3 Months if Senate Agrees to Produce a Budget

    01/18/2013 12:22:16 PM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | January 18, 2013 | John McCormack
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says in a statement: Fitch Ratings agency recently said, if the debt limit is raised without substantive deficit reduction, our nation's credit rating could be downgraded. The President's plan to simply borrow more money without any reform in Washington puts us all at risk. The first step to fixing this problem is to pass a budget that reduces spending. The House has done so, and will again. The Democratic Senate has not passed a budget in almost four years, which is unfair to hardworking taxpayers who expect more from their representatives. That ends this year....
  • Court upholds Walker's union limits law in Wis.

    01/18/2013 12:14:25 PM PST · by READINABLUESTATE · 61 replies
    (AP) ^ | January 18, 2013
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights.
  • A Well Regulated Militia? (a view that you may never have heard before)

    01/18/2013 12:14:05 PM PST · by RightFighter · 95 replies
    GodSeesYou.com ^ | Unknown | Ken Kiger
    Lost in the gun rights debate, much to the detriment of American freedom, is the fact that the Second Amendment is in fact an "AMENDMENT". No "Articles in Amendment" to the Constitution, more commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights, stand alone and each can only be properly understood with reference to what it is that each Article in Amendment amended in the body of the original Constitution. It should not be new knowledge to any American the Constitution was first submitted to Congress on September 17, 1787 WITHOUT ANY AMENDMENTS. After much debate, it was determined that the...
  • Algerian Terrorists Demand Release of Blind Sheik in Exchange for American Hostages

    01/18/2013 12:09:37 PM PST · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/18/13 | Bryan Preston
    And it drew an immediate condemnation from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who warned there would be “no place to hide” for anyone who threatens Americans. Well, that’s because they don’t have to hide. One of the scum who is believed to have masterminded the 9-11-12 attack in Libya that killed four Americans isn’t even hiding his love of decadent Western fruity frappes. Another just got released. So yeah, there’s no place to hide. Except, at this point, the entire planet. To date, the Obama government has not retaliated against anyone anywhere for the Benghazi attack. By the way, for...
  • Liberal Outcry Forces Obama to Replace Inauguration Reverend

    01/18/2013 12:01:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 18, 2013 | 13:34 | Kristine Marsh
    On Jan. 8, when it was reported that Obama had chosen Pastor Louie Giglio to give his inaugural benediction, lefties jumped to make sure the administration had done its due diligence regarding the reverend’s ideological purity. Apparently, it had not. The very next day, the left-wing website, Think Progress.org reported that Obama had chosen yet another “anti-gay Pastor” to deliver his invocation. After digging around, they were able to find a sermon Giglio gave fifteen years ago, preaching against the sin of homosexuality. …
  • GOLDMAN SACHS: BUY GOLD

    01/18/2013 11:58:21 AM PST · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-18-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    GOLDMAN SACHS: BUY GOLD Matthew BoeslerJan. 18, 2013, 11:53 AM On Wednesday, Goldman Sachs upped the ante on its call that 2013 will mark the end of a long-running bull market in gold by introducing a new forecast: the bank's commodity strategists see the shiny yellow metal falling to $1200 per ounce by 2018. However, despite having a bearish 5-year forecast for gold prices, Goldman's 3-month forecast is actually quite bullish. In fact, strategists Damien Courvalin and Alec Phillips write in a note to clients today that they expect gold to reach $1825 per ounce over the next few months...
  • Ray Nagin indictment: First New Orleans mayor to face corruption charges

    01/18/2013 11:57:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | January 18, 2013 | Gordon Russell
    A federal grand jury on Friday indicted former Mayor Ray Nagin with 21 counts of corruption, alleging that while in office, Nagin took cash bribes and gifts from two city contractors and used his power as mayor to leverage a granite installation contract from Home Depot as the retailer was building a store in Central City. Despite New Orleans' reputation for political shenanigans, Nagin is the first mayor in the city's history to be indicted by a grand jury on corruption charges. [Snip] The indictment against Nagin includes six counts of bribery, one count of conspiracy, one count of money...
  • Obama’s ATF Nominee Criticized for Seeming to Discourage Whistleblowers

    01/18/2013 11:52:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 18, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says President Obama’s nomination of B. Todd Jones to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raises “serious questions” because of Jones’ ties to the Fast and Furious scandal. … Although Jones replaced the ATF leadership team, he still has come under scrutiny for comments he made earlier this year in a video message to the ATF’s 5,000 employees. As first reported by The Washington Guardian in July 2012, Jones called for “One ATF, everybody working together, exemplifying one of the pieces of our leadership...
  • John Heilemann Jumps Ugly With S.E. Cupp

    01/18/2013 11:49:46 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    John Heilemann has exposed the sneering, sarcastic face of the liberal media vis a vis their conservative colleagues. On today's Morning Joe, New York magazine editor and Game Change co-author Heileman made no effort to conceal his contempt for Cupp, a conservative pundit and co-host of The Blaze on MSNBC. The subject was, in the context of the recent NRA ad, the use of presidential children in politics. Cupp asserted that all president's children have been misused in some way. She then let herself be drawn into implying that President George W. Bush's children appeared in ads by liberal groups....