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  • Recent shootings prompt Latinos to debate gun control

    01/24/2013 1:58:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    nbclatino.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Sandra Lilley
    A fifteen-year-old New Mexico Latino teen who later told police he had homicidal and suicidal thoughts grabbed his parents’ assault rifle from their closet and killed his mother, a brother and two sisters under the age of 9, before waiting several hours and then killing his father. Like in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the New Mexico teen, Nehemiah Griego, had no history of violence. And like Newtown, Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza, Nehemiah Griego simply took his parents’ AR-15 assault rifle to kill his own family members. “I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan...
  • Another diversion: Democrats launch plan to turn Texas blue

    01/24/2013 1:46:08 PM PST · by bestintxas · 52 replies
    politico ^ | 1/24/13 | A Burns
    National Democrats are taking steps to create a large-scale independent group aimed at turning traditionally conservative Texas into a prime electoral battleground, crafting a new initiative to identify and mobilize progressive voters in the rapidly-changing state, strategists familiar with the plans told POLITICO. The organization, dubbed “Battleground Texas,” plans to engage the state’s rapidly growing Latino population, as well as African-American voters and other Democratic-leaning constituencies that have been underrepresented at the ballot box in recent cycles. Two sources said the contemplated budget would run into the tens of millions of dollars over several years - a project Democrats hope...
  • Inhofe: 'Unacceptable' That DoD Leaked 'Women in Combat' Plans Before Briefing Congress

    01/24/2013 1:46:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/24/13 | Michael W. Chapman
    (CNSNews.com) – Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said it was “unacceptable” for the Defense Department to leak news about lifting the ban on women serving in direct combat positions prior to briefing Congress. News reports on Wednesday citing “senior defense officials” said that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was lifting the ban, put in place in 1994. Specific details were not provided but it was reported that Panetta would make an official announcement on Thursday.
  • Shock claim: Obama only wants military leaders who 'will fire on U.S. citizens'

    01/24/2013 1:41:34 PM PST · by JenB987 · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 21, 2013 | Dave Gibson
    On Monday, renowned author and humanitarian Dr. Jim Garrow made a shocking claim about what we can expect to see in Obama's second term. Garrow made the following Facebook post: I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed. So, who is the source? Garrow replied:...
  • Utah sheriffs oppose gun confiscation in letter to Obama (Utah Sheriff's Association)

    01/24/2013 1:18:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Moab Times-Independent ^ | January 24, 2013 | Steve Kadel
    The Utah Sheriffs’ Association has sent a letter to President Barack Obama warning him its members will not allow guns to be taken from the state’s residents. No government jurisdiction has made such a threat, however, the association acted in response to Obama’s recent proposals about ways to reduce gun violence in the nation, said Grand County Sheriff Steve White, one of 28 sheriffs who support the Jan. 17 letter. White said the association wants to send the message that any changes in gun laws should be done through legislation, not by executive order. Approving the letter is an example...
  • Senator Unveils Bill to Limit Semiautomatic Arms

    01/24/2013 1:12:47 PM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    ny times ^ | 1/24/2013 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    During a lengthy and at times emotionally wrenching news conference, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California on Thursday announced legislation that would ban the sale and manufacture of 157 types of semiautomatic weapons, as well as magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The bill, which Ms. Feinstein said she would introduce in the Senate on Thursday afternoon, would exempt firearms used for hunting and would grandfather in certain guns and magazines. The goal of the bill, she said, would be “to dry up the supply of these weapons over time.” Surrounded by victims of gun violence, colleagues in the...
  • DNA could be used for storage of Computer Data

    01/24/2013 1:10:00 PM PST · by shineon · 12 replies
    Computerworld - Researchers have created a way to store data in the form of DNA, which can last for tens of thousands of years. The encoding method makes it possible to store at least 100 million hours of high-definition video in about a cup of DNA, the researchers said in a paper published in the journal Nature this week.
  • Anti-Defamation League: Stop using Nazi analogies in gun debate

    01/24/2013 1:00:03 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 62 replies
    politico.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | DYLAN BYERS
    The Anti-Defamation League is calling on critics of gun control legislation to stop using references to Hitler and the Nazis, calling such statements “historically inaccurate and offensive,” especially to Holocaust survivors and their families. The ADL cites the following examples in a new press release: The Drudge Report, under the headline “White House Threatens ‘Executive Orders’ on Guns,” featured photos of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin (Jan. 9). Former Major League pitcher John Rocker wrote on WorldNetDaily.com about what he described as “…the undeniable fact that the Holocaust would never have taken place had the Jewish citizenry of Hitler’s Germany...
  • Biden: 'Buy some shotgun shells'

    01/24/2013 12:58:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 48 replies
    politico ^ | 1/24/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "You know, it's harder to use an assault weapon to hit something than it is a shotgun, OK. So if you want to keep people away in an earthquake, buy some shotgun shells."
  • Women must meet same physical standards as men under new order (Link Only)

    01/24/2013 12:40:27 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 50 replies
    This is a USA Today article, and as such, can only be linked to.
  • Cameron prods Europe’s sore spot

    01/24/2013 12:36:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    PressEurop ^ | 24 January 2013 | (Les Echos, Die Welt, Gazeta Wyborcza & 4 others)
    The British Prime Minister’s speech on January 23 on the future of relations between his country and the EU has made the front pages of most European newspapers. The idea of a UK exit provokes reactions ranging from outrage to—more frequently—understanding. There are also many newspapers that, like much of the British press, recognize that Cameron has raised legitimate questions that deserve answers at both the national and European levels. …
  • Feinstein's Proposed List of Banned Firearms [LIST ONLY]

    01/24/2013 12:04:24 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 188 replies
    January 24, 2013 | Sen. Dianne Feinstein's "The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013"
    List of Firearms Prohibited by Name: Rifles:All AK types, including the following:AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74, AKM, AKS, ARM, MAK90, MISR, NHM90, NHM91, Rock River Arms LAR–47, SA85, SA93, Vector Arms AK–47, VEPR, WASR–10, and WUM, IZHMASH Saiga AK, MAADI AK47 and ARM, Norinco 56S, 56S2, 84S, and 86S, Poly Technologies AK47 and AKS; All AR types, including the following: AR–10, AR–15, Armalite M15 22LR Carbine, Armalite M15–T, Barrett REC7, Beretta AR–70, Bushmaster ACR, Bushmaster Carbon 15, Bushmaster MOE series, Bushmaster XM15, Colt Match Target Rifles, DoubleStar AR rifles, DPMS Tactical Rifles, Heckler & Koch MR556, Olympic Arms, Remington R–15 rifles,...
  • Show of "Assault Rifle" Scares Perps in Gun-Phobic NY (Surprised this got air time!!)

    01/24/2013 12:02:09 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 11 replies
    wham1180.com ^ | 1/23/2013 | Evan White
    (13-WHAM, Evan White) Early Tuesday morning, Christopher Boise heard a noise coming from the basement. As he walked toward the source of that noise, the RIT student noticed two men standing in the downstairs portion of his apartment. "They were waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs," said Boise. One of them had a handgun trained on Boise. Read more: http://www.wham1180.com/pages/localnews.html?feed=122742&article=10722226#ixzz2IvO1OFTT
  • Eu Carbon price loses 40% of its value in one day

    01/24/2013 11:57:20 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 24, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    What today’s closing graph may look like: A Tiljander-Mann hockey stickHmmm, looks like they might read WUWT, that headline below looks familiar.CO2 prices in freefall as traders despair over EU vote 24 Jan 2013 11:26 Last updated: 24 Jan 2013 13:44LONDON, Jan 24 (Reuters Point Carbon) – European carbon prices went into freefall on Thursday, dropping 40 percent at one point to a record low 2.81 euros, after members of the EU Parliament’s industry committee voted against a plan to rescue the ailing market.  http://www.pointcarbon.com/news/reutersnews/1.2151825==============================================================Yesterday’s close was 4.74 euros. The market hasn’t closed yet, so there could be some...
  • Kerry Calls for ‘Economic Patriotism’ for Better Standing in World

    01/24/2013 11:47:53 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/24/13 | Fred Lucas
    “More than ever, foreign policy is economic policy,” Kerry continued. “The world is competing for resources and global markets. Every day that goes by where America is uncertain about engaging in that arena or unwilling to put our best foot forward and win, unwilling to demonstrate our resolve to lead, is a day in which we weaken our nation itself. Kerry did not explain “economic patriotism,” but it was frequently a term used in the 2012 campaign by both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as a means for raising taxes.
  • Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill To Disarm America

    01/24/2013 11:45:11 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Ammoland staff
    •Requires owners of existing “assault weapons” to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines. •Prohibits the transfer of “assault weapons.” Owners of other firearms, including those covered by the NFA, are permitted to sell them or pass them to heirs. However, under...
  • Up to 233 billion barrels of oil discovered in southern Australia

    01/24/2013 11:24:52 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 24, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    From the Telegraph:The discovery in central Australia was reported by Linc Energy to the stock exchange and was based on two consultants reports, though it is not yet known how commercially viable it will be to access the oil. The reports estimated the company’s 16 million acres of land in the Arckaringa Basin in South Australia contain between 133 billion and 233 billion barrels of shale oil trapped in the region’s rocks. The find was likened to the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale oil projects in the US, which have resulted in massive outflows and have led to predictions that...
  • Details of assault weapons ban bill

    01/24/2013 11:15:53 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 77 replies
    Jamie Dupree's Washington Insider ^ | 1/24/2013 | Jamie Dupree
    Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 The legislation bans the sale, transfer, manufacturing and importation of: 1. All semiautomatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: pistol grip; forward grip; folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; grenade launcher or rocket launcher; barrel shroud; or threaded barrel. 2. All semiautomatic pistols that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one military feature: threaded barrel; second pistol grip; barrel shroud; capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip; or semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. 3. All semiautomatic rifles...
  • How Green Was My Bankruptcy? U. S. Army Edition.

    01/24/2013 11:09:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 24, 2013 | David Middleton
    Guest Post by David MiddletonGreat News! Siemens will generate an 18% return on a project that will have a negative return on investment (-9%)… All at the taxpayers’ expense!At first glance, this looked too good to be true… White Sands breaks ground on Army’s largest solar arrayApril 26, 2012By Ms Miriam U Rodriguez (ATEC)White Sands Missile Range leaders came out to break ground and to commemorate the start of a renewable energy project at the site of the new Solar Photo Voltaic Array Project, the Army’s largest solar array, April 19 on WSMR.A 42-acre tract of land located about...
  • Spiegel’s stunning 8 part series – Climate Catastrophe: A Superstorm for Global Warming Research

    01/24/2013 10:59:54 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 23, 2013 | Anthony Watts
    If you have not read this yet, now is the time. Given what president Obama recently said about skeptics in his inauguration address, I thought this 2010 article would be worth revisiting. In Germany, there’s a revolution going on. That revolution is that they are backing away from the global warming issue, and taking on much more pragmatic outlook on it an many things “green”. For example, they are going big on coal power. Below is one excerpt from the series, describing the David and Goliath story of Steve McIntyre. Links to all eight articles of the series follow. I...