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  • Exit Another Fighting Gen.

    01/26/2013 11:51:16 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2013 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010. (excerpt)
  • GOP Moves to Scrap Winner-Take-All Voting

    01/26/2013 11:45:40 AM PST · by Baynative · 123 replies
    Newser ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Mark Russell
    Republicans in swing states that went for President Obama are pushing for a big change in how the Electoral College works, reports the Washington Post. The idea is to apportion electoral votes according to congressional district, instead of the winner-take-all system that most states employ. In Virginia, for example, the difference would be dramatic—Obama would have taken only four of the state's 13 electoral votes in 2012.
  • An Army Veteran Plus a 9mm Handgun Equals a Bad Day for a Robber

    01/26/2013 11:45:10 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/26/13 | Jason Howerton
    ‘You Came Real Close to Losing Your Life’ A wheelchair-bound war veteran in Bogart, Ga. was targeted as a robbery victim. Given the fact that he is handicapped, the home burglar may have thought it would be the easiest job of his life. Wrong. Army veteran Mark Sikes told WAGA-TV he heard someone breaking down his front door. That’s when he pulled his 9mm handgun out of his drawer. “Next thing I know there’s a man standing in the hallway of my house, looking in my bedroom,” he said. “I reached and got the gun out of my drawer and...
  • Gun Control Advocates March as Nation Reels From School Shootings

    01/26/2013 11:17:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | Saturday, January 26, 2013 | Michael Martinez and Emily Schmidt
    Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who've had enough of gun violence. On a cold day, a vanguard led a blocks-long procession with a big blue banner, declaring "March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance." The demonstrators want reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles such as the one used in the recent Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, plus the gunman and his mother. The protestors also...
  • My Prediction For 2013…And Beyond

    01/26/2013 11:12:44 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TDR ^ | 1-25-2013 | Chris Mayer
    My Prediction For 2013…And Beyond By Chris Mayer 01/25/13 An old bit of advice says, “Never eat at a place called Mom’s or play poker with a man named Doc.” That’s a joke, but this isn’t: Never fall for an argument that says we’ll run out of some natural resource or bet on the “end” of cheap anything. Such views will cost you money in the long run. Let’s look at potash, a rock mined and processed to make fertilizers. This is a commodity that got exciting in 2008 and 2009 as the price ran from under $200 to $1,000...
  • Openly Gay, and Openly Welcomed in Congress

    01/26/2013 10:49:04 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 1/26/2013 | Jeremy W. Peters
    WASHINGTON — When Mark Takano ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice in the early 1990s, his opponents tried to smear him as a “homosexual liberal” and a “nutzoid.” One of them even had pink fliers printed that asked, “A Congressman for Riverside ... Or San Francisco?” When he ran again last year, he won by almost 20 points. “Flash forward 18 years,” Mr. Takano said recently, “and the very macho building tradesmen are behind me. I’m getting pictures with them in their hard hats.” For decades, the words “gay” and “Congress” were usually seen together only in stories of scandal and...
  • Stephen King: NRA Should 'Clean Up Blood, Brains and Chunks of Intestine' After Next Massacre

    01/26/2013 10:05:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 191 replies
    <p>"One only wishes Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [violent] scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the brains, and the chunks of intestine still containing the poor wads of half-digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last meal."</p>
  • Through The Wire: Reuters Layoffs (up to 3,000)

    01/26/2013 10:00:21 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 15 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 1/22/2013 | Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke
    Last week was a bleak one at Thomson Reuters, the financial news and wire service giant. According to sources, as many as 3,000 people were let go, out of approximately 50,000 employees around the globe. Most of the layoffs came from the financial sector—the sales, training and analysts’ divisions—but some were on the editorial side. “Yes, I can confirm there have been layoffs across Thomson Reuters today, including editorial,” Barb Burg, vice president and global head of communications at Reuters, told Talking Biz News last week. “Similar to efforts across the company, the Reuters organization is focusing attention on our...
  • Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm†

    01/26/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 1/25/13
    Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death. For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman: ‘We Can Figure Out Privacy’ for Young Ladies in Frontline Combat,

    01/26/2013 9:26:55 AM PST · by chessplayer · 139 replies
    ( - Gen. Martin Dempsey, President Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that the U.S. military could figure out ways to preserve the privacy of young ladies serving in frontline combat units, including special forces combat units such as the Navy Seals and the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.
  • (Governor Bobby Jindal Wants To Know): Are Republicans the 'Stupid Party'?

    01/26/2013 9:26:09 AM PST · by lbryce · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | Januay 25, 2013 | Mark Mardell
    <p>The actual title is "Are Republicans the 'Stupid Party'?" but was too inflammatory to leave it without the clarification.</p> <p>Bobby Jindal is warning that the Republicans must stop being the "stupid party".</p> <p>The Louisiana governor, a likely contender for his party's presidential nomination in 2016, said a number of Republicans had "damaged the brand" by making "offensive and bizarre" comments.</p>
  • Reaction To Sheriff's Deputy Pointing Firearm at Immigrants

    01/26/2013 9:19:44 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 19 replies
    Pro 8 ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Pro 8
    Video of a Webb County Sheriff has surfaced as he points his gun at Mexican nationals. It's stirred up controversy on the international level. The Sheriff's Department is now responding to video that surfaced of one of their deputies pointing a gun at undocumented immigrants. The Sheriff's Department says they received information that a wanted fugitive from Mexico who escaped from a Nuevo Laredo prison was now living in the United States, but a video that surfaced today shows a Webb County deputy forcing individuals trying to cross into the U.S. back into Mexico by pointing a gun. "I think...
  • Anonymous hacks US Sentencing Commission, distributes files

    01/26/2013 9:19:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies ^ | 1-26-2013 | Violet Blue
    Summary: Late evening Friday, January 25, U.S. Sentencing Commission website was hacked and government files distributed by Anonymous in what the group calls "Operation Last Resort."Hacktivist group Anonymous took control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website Friday, January 25 in a new campaign called "Operation Last Resort."The first attack on the website was early Friday morning. The second - successful - attack came around 9pm PST that evening. By 3am PST was down (it has since been dropped from the DNS), yet as of this writing the IP address ( still returns the defaced site's contents.It appears that via the U.S. government...
  • Should Obama violate the Constitution to protect it?

    01/26/2013 9:12:19 AM PST · by lowbridge · 58 replies
    msnbc ^ | january 14, 2013 | Faiven Feshazion
    Our government is guided by the U.S. Constitution, the vital document created over 200 years ago that includes founding ideals which protect civil liberties of Americans. With the help of appointed and elected government officials, the United States runs on a set of unchangeable principles and carefully added amendments. Recently, the debt ceiling debate called into question the Constitution and how the president’s power is demarcated in the original text. The issue lies in whether or not President Obama should bypass Congress and make the executive decision to raise the spending limit. It is not unprecedented to violate the Constitution...

    01/26/2013 8:56:05 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Matt Barber
    First, on a personal note: Thank you, thank you and thank you, Mary Elizabeth Williams! What a glorious service you’ve done the pro-life cause. I know, that’s not what you intended. But that’s precisely what you’ve accomplished. Did I say thank you? In her jaw-dropping article, “So what if abortion ends life?” Williams – a mainstream, though uncharacteristically honest pro-abort scribe for – has inexplicably broken from the Orwellian left’s ministerial script. In so doing, she’s severally undermined the very cause for which she would gladly “sacrifice” (dismember alive that is) her very own daughter. A daughter, mind you,...
  • Women and ‘Appropriate’ Combat Standards

    01/26/2013 8:53:37 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    The makeover is already underway. The armed services are “now developing gender-neutral standards for all of their jobs,” reports the New York Times, replacing the less demanding physical standards for women that each branch has been using heretofore (oh, you mean you didn’t know about those lowered standards?) with a single standard for men and women. The Pentagon “has vowed” that the new gender-neutral standard will not be crafted in order to make it easier for women to join combat units. If you believe that, you probably also believe that colleges hire professors on a race- and gender-blind basis. Here’s...
  • Muslim abuser who 'didn't know' that sex with a girl of 13 was illegal is spared jail

    01/26/2013 8:52:21 AM PST · by knighthawk · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Januari 25 2013
    A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless. Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law. Yesterday Judge Michael Stokes handed Rashid a suspended sentence, saying: ‘Although chronologically 18, it is quite clear from the reports that you are very naive and immature when it comes to sexual matters.’
  • Leveson: EU wants power to sack journalists

    01/22/2013 11:55:07 PM PST · by rmlew · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 22, 2013 | Bruno Waterfield,
    Leveson: EU wants power to sack journalists A European Union report has urged tight press regulation and demanded that Brussels officials are given control of national media supervisors with new powers to enforce fines or the sacking of journalists. The “high level” recommendations that will be used to draft future EU legislation also attack David Cameron for failing to automatically implement proposals by the Lord Justice Leveson inquiry for a state regulation of British press. A "high level" EU panel, that includes Latvia’s former president and a former German justice minister, was ordered by Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president, last...
  • Iowa's Sen. Harkin [D] to retire: Won't seek re-election

    01/26/2013 8:46:09 AM PST · by fieldmarshaldj · 89 replies ^ | 1-26-2013 | Dan Schillinger
    <p>CUMMING (AP) - Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said he will not seek re-election in 2014.</p> <p>The 73-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview, "It's just time to step aside."</p> <p>By the time Harkin would finish a sixth term, he would be 81 years old.</p>
  • French Warship for Russia 'Won't Work in Cold' - Minister

    01/26/2013 8:29:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 26/01/2013
    French Warship for Russia 'Won't Work in Cold' - Minister MOSCOW, January 26 (RIA Novosti) - Two amphibious assault ships bought for the Russian Navy from France in a 1.2 billion euro deal will not be able to operate in temperatures below seven degrees centigrade, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin admitted on Saturday, in critical comments about the contract. "It's very odd that ships for offloading a landing force, floating in our latitudes won't work in temperatures below seven degrees," said Rogozin, who has special responsibilities for the defense industry, in a meeting of the Academy of Military Science...