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  • DNR names ex-employee who breached license data(MN)

    01/25/2013 4:13:53 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 1-25-13 | eric roper
    The state agency revealed Friday that the employee who improperly accessed thousands of drivers license records, and ignited calls for stiffer laws, was an officer responsible for training his colleagues in proper data usage. The Department of Natural Resources said Captain John Hunt, who was administrative manager of the agency's enforcement division, viewed drivers license data on 5,000 people while off-duty and without a work-related purpose. Altogether, Hunt made about 19,000 queries of the driver and vehicle services (DVS) database over nearly five years -- 11,800 of them while off duty. The DVS database, which contains photographs, addresses and driving...
  • Democrats send wish list to Obama for executive action on climate change (task force launched)

    01/25/2013 4:03:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/13 | Zack Colman
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday outlined a slate of climate change actions that President Obama could execute with his own authority. The lawmakers conveyed a bleak outlook for climate legislation this Congress, noting considerable Republican opposition in the House. But they said Obama’s climate comments during his Monday inaugural address raised the prospects for administrative action to address the issue. “Congress has not been interested in acting, especially in the House, in the last two years. So we’re calling on the president to develop a plan for the administration to take action without action...
  • Cats Are Evil

    01/25/2013 3:54:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 115 replies
    Slate ^ | 1-25-13
    Why New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife. You know what animal makes a good pet? No animal. Dogs will bite you to death and then eat your corpse. Snakes will asphyxiate you, escape, infest the Everglades, and eat all its mammals. Pet parrots perpetuate a trade that upends ecosystems, and hamsters pass you dangerous zoonotic diseases. But perhaps the worst pet of all, environmentally speaking, is a cat. Domesticated cats started out as parasites on human civilization. Unlike other species, and admittedly to their credit, they domesticated themselves. When humans started growing...
  • Princess Bride t-shirt causes in-flight scare

    01/25/2013 3:51:26 PM PST · by AuntB · 35 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Jan. 25, 2013 | UK Telegraph
    A t-shirt emblazoned with one of the most memorable lines from the classic adventure film The Princess Bride caused a furore on a Qantas flight last week. Wynand Mullins boarded a plane bound for Auckland on Sunday with “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” printed on the front of his top. While some fellow fliers recognised that the line was from the swashbuckling 1987 film The Princess Bride, it went over the heads of other passengers, who told cabin crew they felt threatened by the t-shirt’s message. Mr Mullins told Fairfax New Zealand: "The...
  • Ted Nugent: ‘What Kind of Idiot Thinks That Our Founding Fathers Were Protecting Deer Hunting?’

    01/25/2013 3:50:26 PM PST · by SJackson · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Ted Nugent on Bloomberg: ‘What Kind of Idiot Thinks That Our Founding Fathers Were Protecting Deer Hunting?’ – Rock star and Second Amendment advocate Ted Nugent recently criticized New York City’s Democratic Mayor Michael Bloomberg for focusing the gun control debate in the United States on deer hunting. “If you listen to Mike Bloomberg -- framing the Second Amendment as a deer hunting issue – this is bizarro world,” Nugent said on Jan. 17 at the Shot Show 2013 gun show in Las Vegas. “He’s got to be the dumbest upright species in the history of breathing creatures.” “What...
  • McDonald's is not compensating those "injured" by eating "false halal" chicken

    01/25/2013 3:47:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jihadwatch ^ | 1-25-13
    Dearborn: Muslim attorney "outraged" that McDonald's is not compensating those "injured" by eating "false halal" chicken I asked in writing about a previous story on this settlement: "'There was no evidence that the chain set out to deceive customers.' So why the $700,000 payout?" This story makes the answer clear: it is a form of tribute, of jizya. Now a Muslim attorney in Dearborn is angry that the payout is mostly going to various Muslim groups, not to those who were "injured" by eating "false halal" chicken sandwiches. The attorney for the Muslim who filed the complaint explains that there...
  • Arkansas Senate to vote on bill to allow guns in church

    01/25/2013 3:39:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 24 January, 2013 | AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Senate is voting on legislation that would allow concealed handguns in churches, the first of several gun-related measures expected in this year's session.
  • After Mike Bloomberg´s rule for hospitals, FDA panel votes to restrict use of painkillers

    01/25/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Joel Gehrke ^ | 1/25/13 | Washington Examiner
    Federal Drug Administration advisers voted today to restrict access to certain kinds of prescription drugs in an effort to fight drug abuse. The vote had experts divided over the risk of drug abuse as weighed against the risk of increased pain or difficulty for patients on the medication. “It will have an impact on a lot of patients who have been receiving them for some time for legitimate purposes,” Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said per Health Day News ahead of the vote. The FDA rule change is designed to implement
  • US banks shaken by biggest deposit withdrawals since 9/11

    01/25/2013 3:30:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1/25/13 | Joe Raedle
    US Federal Reserve is reporting a major deposit withdrawal from the nation’s bank accounts. The financial system hasn’t seen such a massive fund outflow since 9/11 attacks. ­The first week of January 2013 has seen $114 billion withdrawn from 25 of the US’ biggest banks, pushing deposits down to $5.37 trillion, according to the US Fed. Financial analysts suggest it could be down to the Transaction Account Guarantee insurance program coming to an end on December 31 last year and clients moving their money that is no longer insured by the government. The program was introduced in the wake of...
  • Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image

    01/25/2013 3:24:32 PM PST · by a5478 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09.08.2012 | Adam Himmelsbach
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been a consistent supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2011, he filmed his own video backing this November’s ballot initiative in Maryland and posted it on YouTube, and he recently donated Ravens tickets to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fund-raiser.
  • Gun rights battle puts small Washington city under national microscope

    01/25/2013 3:15:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The mayor of Oak Harbor, Wash. has revealed to Examiner that he will revive a discussion about the city’s illegal prohibition on firearms in city parks at a Feb. 5 city council meeting, and he will not back down from what could be a political and philosophical donnybrook. At issue is political correctness and anti-gun hoplophobia versus state law and constitutionally-protected rights. The Oak Harbor case is something of a microcosm of the national divide over gun rights. Mayor Scott Dudley anticipates a standing-room-only audience at the meeting because of a recent video showing a verbal confrontation between a local...
  • Banned: semi-auto hunting rifles over 22cal that hold over 10 rounds, some home defense shotguns

    01/25/2013 3:15:32 PM PST · by C0nservativeJunkie · 50 replies ^ | 1/25 |
    You'll notice that it bans all semi-auto shotguns that have a pistol grip (AKA every home defense shotgun). You'll also notice they're going after some semi-auto pistols just for how they look. Below you'll find portions of the bill as we pick it apart: UPDATE 1: Some hunting rifles are included in this ban. Any semi-automatic rifle which holds more than 10 rounds above 22 caliber will be banned. semi-autos over 22 cal that hold more than 10 rounds banned Update 2: Seems that intra-state commerce could still be possible for assault weapons: Seems that intra-state commerce could still be...
  • British MP: Jews Didn't Learn the Lesson from the Holocaust

    01/25/2013 3:06:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    inn ^ | 1/25/13 | Elad Benari, Canada
    A Liberal Democrat MP in Britain faces expulsion from the party for saying Jews had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust in their treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs, the Daily Mail reports. David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was “saddened” that Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.” “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution...
  • What’s mine should be mine: Ruling makes it illegal to unlock your phone

    01/25/2013 3:00:40 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 32 replies
    ECN Magazine ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jason Lomberg
    Think you own your wireless handset, inside and out? Think you can do whatever you wish with your own property? Think again. Beginning Saturday, it will become illegal to unlock a phone without the express permission of the carrier who locked it. While the relevant portion of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act legalizes jailbreaking for three years, it also makes it illegal to unlock new, locked wireless handsets (without the permission of the previous carrier). Exemptions include “legacy phones” ("used (or perhaps unused) phones previously purchased or otherwise acquired by a consumer"). So this ruling won’t kill the secondary market...
  • Mysterious donors (Another conservative businessman's money goes Left)

    01/25/2013 2:50:07 PM PST · by Edmunds mom · 29 replies ^ | 1/25/2013 | Scott Walter
    Can you name this donor? He co-founded Silicon Valley’s first great corporation. He funded and befriended every Republican President from Nixon to George H.W. Bush. His decisive actions helped save two conservative think tanks, the Hoover Institution in the 1950s and the American Enterprise Institute in the 1980s. In 1992 he declared, “the Democratic Party has been the party of socialism since President Roosevelt’s term,” and it “is indentured to union labor.” Your last clue: The foundation named for him—America’s seventh largest—is a pillar of the liberal philanthropic establishment.
  • Tonite 9PM-Sean Hannity- The Booming Business of Government-Boomtown: Washington, the Imperial City

    01/25/2013 2:48:15 PM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    foxnewsinsider ^ | January 24, 2013 | Sean Hannity
    America is drowning in debt, but D.C. is swimming in money! We reveal how you’re paying the price for the booming business of government. Sean Hannity gets real insight from political insiders on Boomtown: Washington, the Imperial City! Watch a sneak peek below and don’t miss this Hannity special, Friday at 9p/12a ET.
  • Obama Campaign Merges with George Soros

    01/25/2013 2:46:25 PM PST · by mgist · 12 replies
    Front Page ^ | 1/25/13 | Greenfield
    George Soros has leased the White House as a summer home for eight years, and appointed a number of his stooges to Cabinet positions, including Chief of Staff. It’s a great triumph for the wanted criminal who has gone from collaborating with the Nazis to controlling the greatest country in the world. And now Soros will be funding the Permanent Campaign to transform America into a Socialist country. Obama rolled out his new political outfit last week, he and his allies declared it would be powered by grassroots activists and change politics from outside Washington. Not exactly. In its first...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, January-25-2013

    01/25/2013 2:34:41 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 76 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Sandy Victims Shivering in the Cold?

    01/25/2013 2:28:59 PM PST · by BerryDingle · 21 replies ^ | 25 January 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I was watching Fox this morning -- well, I never really watch it, it's just on while I'm in the midst of doing show prep. Sometimes, for whatever reason, I'll actually look at the monitor, something attracts my attention, sometimes I'm just looking for a break from what I'm doing. I looked up there and I saw this graphic the bottom of the screen. You know what it said? "Sandy victims shiver in Northeast without heat." Victims of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Sarah Palin Out At Fox News Channel

    01/25/2013 2:19:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 159 replies
    mediaite ^ | 1/25/13 | Noah Rothman
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News Channel are parting ways, according to a report in Real Clear Politics. After three years as a paid contributor for the channel, FNC and the former Republican vice presidential nominee have decided to cut ties. A source close to Palin told Real Clear Politics that it was the governor’s decision not to renew their contract. *“It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP. “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism...
  • Court to Obama: What Part of ‘The’ Do You Not Understand?

    01/25/2013 2:13:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 25, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today that if the word “the” in the U.S. Constitution carries its customary meaning—which the court forcefully affirmed it does—than President Barack Obama violated the Constitution and usurped power from Congress by appointing persons to federal office without securing the constitutionally required consent of the Senate. On Jan. 4, 2012, Obama unilaterally named three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB). The Senate—by a unanimous agreement of all 100 senators—had said that it was in fact still in session that day and not in the recess....
  • Mitt Romney tells former supporters, ‘I’m not going away’ (Lord help us...)

    01/25/2013 2:13:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/13 | KRISTEN A. LEE
    Mitt Romney promised that he won’t vanish from politics during a meeting in Washington Friday morning with a group of former campaign donors and aides. Two people at the meeting told Politico that Romney said he will help Republican candidates in upcoming elections.
  • NLRB: We will continue to act despite the Appeals Court decision

    01/25/2013 2:11:01 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 119 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-25-2013 | Sean Higgins
    Mark Gaston Pearce, chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, issued the following statement in reaction to today’s DC Appeals Court decision that President Obama use of recess appointments to install three people on the NLRB last year was unconstitutional. The action renders the board without a quorum to act and potentially invalidates a year’s worth of actions and rulings by it. Pearce indicated that the NLRB will attempt to continue on regardless:
  • Climate shocker: Carry on as we are until 2050, planet will be FINE

    01/25/2013 2:11:01 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 16 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | 25th January 2013 | Lewis Page
    Doubled CO2 means just 1.9°C warming, says Norwegian gov New research produced by a Norwegian government project, described as "truly sensational" by independent experts, indicates that humanity's carbon emissions produce far less global warming than had been thought: so much so that there is no danger of producing warming beyond the IPCC upper safe limit of 2°C for many decades. “In our project we have worked on finding out the overall effect of all known feedback mechanisms,” says project manager Terje Berntsen, who is a professor at the University of Oslo’s Department of Geosciences and a senior research fellow at...
  • SL Tribune editorial: LEOs need ability to kill large #s of people

    01/25/2013 2:05:02 PM PST · by kiryandil · 60 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | January 24, 2013 | Salt Lake Tribune editorial
    Sheriffs vs fedsGrandstanding is useless exercise First Published Jan 24 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 24 2013 01:01 am
  • Immigration status dashes Valley man's military dreams

    01/25/2013 1:49:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | Jan. 25, 2013 | Lewis Griswold
    HANFORD -- Pablo Reyes-Morales walked into the Navy recruiting station here Thursday and tried to enlist. But the 21-year-old, a native of Mexico who can now legally work under the new federal "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" policy, lacks a green card that's required for foreign nationals to join the military. Under the "Deferred Action" policy, young undocumented people who were brought to the U.S. as children and who are in school or have completed high school and have no serious criminal record are eligible to get a Social Security number and authorization card from the Department of Homeland Security,...
  • Argentine destroyer that led war against Britain sinks, a symbol of decay for once-proud navy

    01/25/2013 1:00:39 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2013
    <p>Argentina’s defense chief expressed shame Wednesday after a Navy destroyer sank at its moorings, putting on display the declining fortunes of a once-proud fleet.</p> <p>The ARA Trinidad led Argentina’s 1982 sea war against Britain, but has long been mothballed and used for spare parts to sustain what’s left of Argentina’s Navy.</p>
  • Reince Priebus re-elected chairman of the Republican National Committee (RINO insanity...)

    01/25/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/25/13 | Rachel Weiner
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has been overwhelmingly re-elected to his post by committee members.
  • Biden on gun control: Limit on magazine rounds a bigger priority

    01/25/2013 12:35:41 PM PST · by Red Steel · 43 replies
    tcpalm ^ | January 24, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. | Nedra Pickler and Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that he's more concerned about limiting the number of rounds in a gun magazine than about banning assault weapons that account for a small percentage of gun deaths. Biden argued that the shooter at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., could have been slowed down if he had fewer rounds in each magazine and had to change clips more often. "Maybe if it took longer, maybe one more kid would be alive," Biden said during an online video chat on Google Plus. -snip- Biden says he wants a ban on...
  • Abortion is Sexy? Barry White-esque Seduction Video Celebrates Roe v Wade Anniversary

    01/25/2013 12:14:24 PM PST · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 25, 2013
    This commercial seems more like a celebration of consequence-free sex for men at the expense of unintended pregnancies being aborted as a form of birth control. Is this really the message of the 'women's rights movement' on the Left? What do you think?
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Ninth Week in Office

    01/25/2013 11:56:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies ^ | 1/25/13 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Ninth Week in Office1/24/2013Obama and IsraelUS Urges Israel to Partake in UN Human Rights Review... despite state’s decision to cut ties with council due to blatant bias.Senator John Kerry hinted Thursday he has a plan up his sleeve to rekindle the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority but warned he was worried the door for a "two-state solution" may be closingGunrunner-GateDOJ's Lanny Breuer to Resign in Wake of Fast and Furious ScandalObama Attacks the Second AmendmentBiden: Putting armed guards in schools would be a "terrible mistake"List of Guns Banned Under Feinstein's LegislationBiden: 'Buy...
  • Euro jumps to 11-month high against dollar

    01/25/2013 11:45:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2013 12:55 PM EST
    The euro hit an 11-month high against the dollar after the European Central Bank said that banks were expected to pay back emergency loans faster than expected, increasing confidence that Europe’s debt crisis is easing. … The euro rose as high as $1.3479, the highest since Feb. 2012. The euro was worth $1.3371 late Thursday. …
  • Court says Obama exceeded authority in making appointments

    01/25/2013 11:44:10 AM PST · by South40 · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/25/2013 | Robert Barnes
    President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority when he named three members of the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was on a break last year, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that allowing the president to make such appointments as a way around Senate opposition “would wholly defeat the purpose of the Framers in the careful separation of powers structure” they created. The decision flatly rejected the administration’s rationale for appointing the board members, and jeopardizes the separate recess appointment of former Ohio attorney general...
  • Assault Weapons Ban Now Lacks Votes Needed to Pass Senate

    01/25/2013 11:33:20 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 49 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | NewsMax Staff
    A proposed ban on sales of assault weapons would be defeated in the U.S. Senate today unless some members changed their current views, based on a Bloomberg review of recent lawmaker statements and interviews. At least six of the 55 senators who caucus with Democrats have recently expressed skepticism or outright opposition to a ban, the review found. That means Democrats wouldn’t have a simple 51-vote majority to pass the measure, let alone the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster to bring it to a floor vote.
  • U.K. Referendum Call Rattles Europe's Gilded Cage

    01/25/2013 11:32:44 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Editorial
    European Union: U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron startled Europe by calling for a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU. It was a bid to sweeten Britain's EU terms, but may open a genie bottle. Promising that if he is re-elected in 2015, a referendum on Britain's membership with the EU will follow, Cameron's gambit is in part a bid to pull the fast-growing United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) back into the conservative fold. But it's also seen as leverage against Brussels to lighten Britain's membership terms so that Cameron can get elected on a better economy for...
  • Sheriff David Clarke: Residents should arm themselves with guns, 911 not best option

    01/25/2013 11:29:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 25 jan 2013 | Bruce Vielmetti
    In his latest radio spot, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. tells residents personal safety isn't a spectator sport anymore, and "I need you in the game." "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option," Clarke intones. "You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back." Clarke urges listeners to take a firearm safety course and handle a firearm "so you can defend yourself until we get there." "You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We're partners now....
  • Gun Dealers Have Problems With Credit Card Processors

    01/25/2013 11:28:30 AM PST · by Myrddin · 44 replies
    newschannel5 (Tennessee) ^ | January 24, 2013 | Chris Cannon
    LEIPER'S FORK, Tenn. - A Williamson County gun dealer recently learned a credit card processing company no longer wants to do business with him. "We go through all the hoops and all the steps and at the end of the day it's still a struggle to get the same services anybody else would," said Nick McMillan. He owns Leiper's Fork Firearms. It is a small gun dealership McMillan runs out of his home. "We're set up like a business, just like every other small business out there," he said. McMillan is a has a federal firearms license and is heavily...
  • March for Life director Jeanne Monahan: Pro-life is the new normal

    01/25/2013 11:23:40 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 25, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “If you went to the March today you would see a number of young shining energetic faces, this isn’t an extreme radical issue, this is the new normal,” Monahan argued. “Being pro-life is a reasonable perspective.”
  • Have gun? Save women: Delhi L-G [Lieutenant Governor]

    01/25/2013 11:13:17 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013 | Apurva
    New Delhi - Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has advised private gun owners to set aside time everyday and use their weapons to prevent crimes against women in the capital. In a speech on National Voter's Day, Khanna suggested that gun licence holders do their bit. "I receive several requests for gun licences every week and I have advised them to put this to some good use. Such gun owners with licences must roam their neighbourhoods or lonely spots like bus stands each night and if they spot someone harassing a woman, they should use their weapon to stop the...
  • Russian parliament backs ban on "gay propaganda"

    01/25/2013 11:09:25 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies ^ | January 25, 2013 | Gabriela Baczynska
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's parliament backed a draft law on Friday banning "homosexual propaganda", in what critics see as an attempt to shore up support for President Vladimir Putin in the country's largely conservative society. Only one deputy in the State Duma lower house voted against the bill, but passions spilled over outside the chamber, where 20 people were detained after scuffles between Russian Orthodox Christians and gay activists who staged a "kiss-in" protest. "We live in Russia, not Sodom and Gomorrah," United Russia deputy Dmitry Sablin said before the 388-1 vote in the 450-seat chamber. "Russia is a thousands-years-old...
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Adopts Landmark's Arguments, Rejects "Recess Appointments" to NLRB

    01/25/2013 10:57:34 AM PST · by CreviceTool · 12 replies
    Landmark Legal (Mark Levin) ^ | January 25, 2013 | Landmark Staff
    A three judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today adopted arguments advanced by Landmark Legal Foundation to overturn appointments made by President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Landmark argued in its amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief that the President's use of the Constitution's "recess appointments" clause violated the restrictions placed by the Constitution on that power.
  • Gun Show Cancelled After Ban on Assault Weapons

    01/25/2013 10:57:19 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Matthew Auerbach
    Organizers of a Pennsylvania outdoors gun show have cancelled the event after a backlash over a ban on assault rifles. The nine-day Eastern Sports and Outdoor show was scheduled to begin in Harrisburg on Feb. 2. In a notice posted on its web site, Reed Exhibitions said an "emotionally charged atmosphere" had been created that would make it impossible to hold an event "designed to provide family enjoyment." The company’s reasons for a ban were laid out in a statement issued by Chet Burchett, Reed Exhibitions' regional president. "Our original decision not to include certain products in the Eastern Sports...
  • Feinstein: We cannot allow the rights of a few to override safety of all...

    01/25/2013 10:49:32 AM PST · by kiryandil · 116 replies
    The Congressional Record ^ | February 24, 2013 | Dianne Feinstein (Traitor-CA)
    By Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. REED, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. CARDIN, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. SCHATZ, Mr. MURPHY, Ms. WARREN, and Mr. CARPER):    S. 150. A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary.    Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I rise today to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This legislation is urgently needed to help end the mass shootings that have devastated...
  • 15 Long Island RR Workers Charged In Alleged Copper Theft Scheme

    01/25/2013 10:46:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    CBS New York ^ | January 25, 2013 12:20 PM | (CBSNewYork/AP)
    A New York grand jury has indicted 15 Long Island Rail Road workers and two others accusing them of participating in the theft of copper wiring. The suspects surrendered Friday and said nothing as they turned themselves in to face charges, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported. Eight of the defendants pleaded not guilty on Friday morning. The remainder will be arraigned later in the day. … Some of the workers accused in the scheme are accused of ripping up old copper wire as it was being replaced in Jamaica, West Islip and Babylon yards and instead of handing it over...
  • FReepers: We need your help to keep the lights on!! [FReepathon thread X]

    01/25/2013 10:41:20 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 592 replies
    Dear FRiends, We need your help to keep the lights on. FR is funded solely by contributions made by liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no corporate string pullers. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the support of liberty. But we cannot exist without you. If you have not yet made your donation, today would be an excellent day to do so. Every donation counts no matter how big or small. If you can donate $5, $10, $20 or...
  • Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’

    01/25/2013 10:38:24 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 83 replies
    Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’ By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News Political Reporter CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican National Committee members gathered here to re-elect Chairman Reince Priebus for a second term. But by week's end, that vote seemed secondary to the question of the party's long term survival. After three months of denial, anger, despair and depression over the results of a bruising national election that gave Democrats an edge in Congress and kept President Barack Obama in the White House, Republicans know they must adapt if they are to...
  • Teen girls arrested after attacking older man on subway in Brooklyn

    01/25/2013 10:31:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/13 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER and JOSH SAUL
    Two teen girls were cuffed after they attacked a man on the subway in Brooklyn, authorities said. Chantelif Solano, 18, and Shaquana Rhem, 17, began arguing with Charles Bunn, 55, on a northbound 3 train at the Utica Avenue subway station at 1 p.m. yesterday, police sources said. They allegedly began hitting him in the face
  • Holder begins gun-control push

    01/25/2013 10:28:34 AM PST · by xtinct · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/25/2013 | Megan R. Wilson
    The Justice Department is taking the first steps toward carrying out President Obama’s executive actions on gun control. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday released three proposals to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which was one of the 23 actions ordered by Obama last week to tackle gun violence. The proposed regulations would give local law-enforcement agencies access to the gun-sale database that is maintained by the FBI. The rules would also preserve records of denied weapons sales indefinitely. Read more: Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
  • Gen. Dempsey: If Women Can’t Meet Military Standard, Pentagon ... Have to Be That High?

    01/25/2013 10:23:19 AM PST · by george76 · 67 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Pete Winn
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that with women now eligible to fill combat roles in the military, commanders must justify why any woman might be excluded – and, if women can’t meet any unit’s standard, the Pentagon will ask: “Does it really have to be that high?” Dempsey’s comments came at a Pentagon news conference with Defense Sec. Leon Panetta Thursday, announcing the shift in Defense Department policy opening up all combat positions to women. ... “Importantly, though, if we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman...
  • State Of Emergency Declared Due To Icy Conditions (TN)

    01/25/2013 10:23:24 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 26 replies
    Channel5 NEWS ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Channel 5 news staff
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has declared a state of emergency as a precautionary measure to get emergency operations under way as the eastern portion of the state continues to see significant icing.</p> <p>Although ice was beginning to melt in Middle Tennessee by midmorning on Friday, Tennessee Emergency Management Spokesman Jeremy Heidt said the state Highway Patrol was working 20 separate wrecks in the Clarksville area.</p>