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  • Barack Obama on the media

    01/27/2013 9:05:49 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    Barack Obama on the media By DYLAN BYERS | 1/27/13 12:01 AM EST The New Republic has just lifted the embargo on its wideranging interview with President Obama, in which he talked at length about the role the media can play in breaking Washington's partisan gridlock. "One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates," he tells editor Frank Foer and owner and publisher Chris Hughes. "If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll...
  • Yes, Fellow Bubbas, They’re Coming for Your Guns

    01/27/2013 9:05:33 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    The New American ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | William F. Jasper
    In the ongoing fevered debate over gun control legislation, registration of firearms is a key flashpoint. “Progressives” insist that nothing could be more reasonable and benign than simply requiring every firearm and firearm owner to be registered with some government entity. Thus, bad guys could be screened out and guns used in crimes could be traced to help catch the criminals. They denounce as paranoid, delusional nonsense the concerns of gun owners that registration would lead to eventual confiscation. In a “Fact Check” at Time.com intended to dismiss “The Gun Registry Red Herring,” Michael Scherer notes that President Obama’s “Now...
  • Report: Explosion destroys much of underground installation in Iran

    01/27/2013 8:51:39 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 82 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 26, 2013 | Christopher Collins
    An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation, trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime, and reported by Reza Kahlili on Thursday. The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Iran’s nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.“The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile. The explosion occurred...
  • Military Tests Missile System at Vandenberg Air Force Base

    01/27/2013 8:38:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    KTLA ^ | 1/26/13 | Paul Martella
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (KTLA) — The 30th Space Wing and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted a flight test of the Ground-Based Mid-course Defense system Saturday. The missile test was designed to demonstrate the latest version of the advanced kill vehicle.
  • Before He Was Overthrown and Killed...Gaddafi Warned Jihadists Would Conquer N. Africa

    01/27/2013 8:37:32 AM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    The National Post ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013 | Scott Barber
    Full headline: Before he was overthrown and killed, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi warned jihadists would conquer northern Africa During the dying days of his four decade rule, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi cast an ominous prophecy. If his regime fell, jihadists would subjugate northern Africa, inflicting widespread violence and terror. “Al-Qaeda considers all the people to be infidels,” Mr. Gaddafi declared in a speech weeks before NATO began its military intervention in Libya. “They deem all people their enemies. They know nothing but killing.” The Islamists would pour in from Afghanistan, Algeria, and Egypt, he warned, saying, “These are beasts with...
  • Huge Explosion at Iran Nuclear Site Not Confirmed

    01/27/2013 7:55:18 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 37 replies
    jewishpress ^ | January 27th, 2013 | Jewish Press News Briefs
    Yediot Ahronot reported. on Friday that former Iranian intelligence officials who defected to the West claim that Iran’s underground Fordo uranium enrichment facility has been almost completely demolished, and hundreds of staff members are at this moment trapped underground, This has to be the worst blow to Iran’s nuclear ambitions so far. WND, an American news website affiliated with the right, reported Friday that a mysterious explosion has destroyed a significant portion of Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility – considered Tehran’s most fortified facility.
  • War Crimes: How Nazis Escaped Justice in South America

    01/27/2013 7:40:14 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    Spiegel OnLIne ^ | 01/24/2013 | Felix Bohr
    --snip-- How could so many criminals manage to go unpunished, even though they were clearly guilty? It's a conundrum that mystifies academics to this day. Was it because of the lack of cooperation by West German officials? The lack of interest on the part of South America regimes? Were there even secret ties and collaboration between Nazis on both sides of the Atlantic? Historian Daniel Stahl has conducted research in European and South American archives in the process of writing a new book entitled "Nazi Hunt: South America's Dictatorships and the Avenging of Nazi Crimes." The work supplies a certain...
  • Denial, Panic And Doubt In Davos

    01/27/2013 7:31:20 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    Denial, Panic And Doubt In DavosThe GuardianJanuary 27, 2013 First there was denial, then panic, then hope – now there is nagging concern this downturn simply won't come to an end.The World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA Davos has been through some violent mood swings these past five years. First there was denial. Then there was panic. Then there was hope that the worst was over. Now there is nagging concern that this downturn simply won't come to an end. Each year the consultancy firm PwC conducts a survey of the great and good of the...
  • Shops to start charging you for paying by credit card from tomorrow

    A new rule going into effect Sunday could cost you more when shopping with a credit card at some stores. Visa and Mastercard have agreed to let merchants add a service charge equal to the cost of processing a credit transaction to the bottom line. The cost of processing is usually 1.5 to 3 perc cent, and merchants are capped at a 4 per cent fee under the agreement. The rule change was made as part of settling an antitrust suit brought by retailers. Merchants will still not be allowed to add a surcharge to debit card transactions. However, few...
  • Obama: Tough call on letting a son play football

    01/27/2013 7:25:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    yahoo/ap ^ | 1/27/13
    President Barack Obama is a big football fan with two daughters, but if he had a son, he says he'd "have to think long and hard" before letting him play because of the physical toll the game takes. "I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence," Obama tells The New Republic. "In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and...
  • Did Hillary Clinton ever answer "THE" question? Was she even asked?

    01/27/2013 7:23:57 AM PST · by reaganator · 31 replies
    Before the election, and after the murders of four Americans including an America Ambassador, many officials from the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, deliberately stated misinformation concerning the attacks that resulted in these deaths. Obviously, this was a planned response ordered by someone. During the questioning of Hillary Clinton concerning the Benghazi terrorist attacks was the following question even asked? "Who ordered you and other officials in the Obama Administration to promote to the media and the American public a fabricated, false cause of the Benghazi terrorist attacks?"
  • 'Hot' Guns Fueling Crime, US Study Says (Captain Obvious to the rescue!)

    01/27/2013 6:56:25 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 7 replies
    Christmas is the one day of the year that Wal-Mart is closed, but for a group of four New Mexico burglars, it was the perfect time to stop in for some firearms. Video surveillance cameras caught the masked burglars red-handed, stealing rifle after rifle. Police arrested the four men, and were able to recover the guns. But all too often, stolen weapons end up in the hands of criminals. The New Mexico caper is part of a flood of gun thefts nationwide. And it's not only commercial gun dealers vulnerable to theft. Guns are a top target for home burglars...
  • Businesses struggle to keep up as gun sales skyrocket

    01/27/2013 6:51:48 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 44 replies
    Assault rifles have become hot ticket items as gun control talks amp up. “It’s tremendous, the increase in sales that we’ve had, we’ve increased ammo sales, AR-15s, you name it,” Larry’s Gun Shop representative Ron Abernathy said. Stores statewide are struggling to keep up with the rush. Even ammunition has been hard to come by as gun owners stockpile supplies. “There’s a lot of people that are scared [they won’t be able to buy, following new gun control regulations], and that’s a lot of the reason for ammo being scarce and hard to find,” Abernathy said.
  • A violent Saturday leaves 7 dead

    01/27/2013 6:49:43 AM PST · by rellimpank · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 jan 2013 | Adam Sege, Dawn Rhodes and Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Four shootings -- two of them double homicides -- and a stabbing left 7 people dead Saturday, authorities said. The killings brought the number of homicides in 2013 to 40. In what appeared to be the last homicide of the day, a 32-year-old man was fatally stabbed about 11:50 p.m. in the South Shore neighborhood on the South Side, police said. The stabbing happened during a domestic argument in the 2500 block of East 73rd Street, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. The man, identified by the Cook County medical examiner's office as Willie Wilson of the...
  • Value of guns clearly a matter of perception

    01/27/2013 6:30:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 27 jan 2013 | James E. Fendrey
    While nursing my emotional wounds after reading that I am not Eugene Kane's favorite "gun guy," I nevertheless found it enjoyable reading his views regarding the National Rifle Association (Crossroads, Jan. 20). While lambasting the NRA, he writes about the problem common among all humans. Not only on guns, but to virtually to all areas of human life. That is, of course, our different perceptions. Two guys who grew up together, went to schools together and shared virtually all the same experiences look at a framed picture of an object and see different images. One knows the object is square,...
  • Apes, Pigs, and F-16s

    01/27/2013 6:26:49 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/26/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    When you arm Islamists, you become a willing participant in your own undoing. When Mohamed Morsi dehumanizes Jews as “the descendants of apes and pigs,” there’s an elephant in the room. We find it here: Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil — these are many times worse in rank, and far more astray from the even Path! You see, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood mahoff–turned–president did not conjure up the apes-and-pigs riff on his own. When Morsi fulminates that Muslims “must not forget to...
  • Drunken Rampage Causes 17 Crashes, 1 Death in Georgia

    01/27/2013 6:24:55 AM PST · by IbJensen · 40 replies
    True TV ^ | 1/25/2013 | Cora Van Olson
    Michael Owen Snider Michael Owen Snider, 70, of Stone Mountain, Ga., was arrested on January 24, 2013, after allegedly going on an alcohol-fueled hit-and-run rampage that spanned two counties, left 17 vehicles smashed in 15 separate “accidents” and 1 person dead. Witnesses say they were rammed repeatedly and intentionally, and are thankful to be alive. Snider had started in DeKalb County, driving down Highway 78 allegedly hitting cars in his 2006 Ford Super Duty pickup truck when he nearly collided with a police cruiser in Gwinnett County that happened to be in the area late on January 23. Witnesses said...
  • Sasol One Step Closer to Huge U.S. Gas-To-Liquids Plant

    01/27/2013 6:16:26 AM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 28 replies
    Fox Business News ^ | 2012 | Ben Lefebvre
    Sasol Ltd. (SSL, SOL.JO) said Monday it will begin engineering and design work on what would be the first refinery to convert natural gas into diesel in the U.S., paving the way for one of the largest investments from the boom in U.S. shale gas production. The facility, estimated to cost about $14 billion, would convert low-cost natural gas into clean-burning diesel it can sell at much higher prices. Sasol plans to locate the facility in Westlake, Louisiana, and if greenlighted, it will become the single largest investment in the state's history, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said. Sasol said it...
  • Enjoy the schadenfreude!: College professors face layoffs because of Obamacare

    01/27/2013 6:10:51 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | January 24th, 2013 | Derrick Hollenbeck,
    The excited grins we saw in the sea of faces at Barack Obama’s second Inauguration told us we lost and the socialists won. They made sure we understood that. Liberal talking heads on television and radio as well as in print and in the blogosphere have been taunting us since November and there is no reason to think they will stop any time soon. Their jobs are now safe for as far as the eye can see. Nevertheless, at least large segment of Obama supporters are learning that elections have consequences and being on the winning side doesn’t guarantee good...
  • Boehner says bipartisan group 'basically' has deal on immigration reform (Amnesty = Done Deal)

    01/27/2013 5:38:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/13 | Russell Berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is voicing confidence in the prospects for immigration reform in the House, saying that a bipartisan group of lawmakers “basically [has] an agreement” after more than three years of secret talks. -snip- Obama is preparing to launch a major push for comprehensive immigration reform with a speech in Las Vegas next week. Much of the spotlight has focused on the Senate, where a bipartisan group is reportedly close to announcing an agreement on basic principles for an overhaul of the system. That group now includes Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential presidential contender who laid out...