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  • Farrakhan: Right To Bear Arms An Outdated Concept

    01/28/2013 11:31:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 28,2013 | CBS DC
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In the third installment of his 52-week sermon series, Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, ridiculed the “volatile” American right to own weapons
  • FReepers: Never give up your guns!! [FReepathon thread XII]

    01/28/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 568 replies
    Obama and his socialist-fascist regime now wants to take our guns. Like hell you say. America answers by buying guns in record numbers. Americans will never allow themselves to be disarmed. The founding fathers intended American citizens to be armed to defend themselves from just such runaway tyrannical government. America's response to Obama's attempted gun grab: FUBO!! You want my gun? Come and take it!! Never surrender!! Never retreat!! Never give up your guns!! Free Republic stands for God and country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!!...
  • Obama congratulates Netanyahu on 'plurality' win

    01/28/2013 11:20:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to offer his reserved congratulations on the Likud party's victories in Israel's recent parliamentary elections, the White House said. Obama, the White House said in its readout of the call, lauded Netanyahu on "his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats."
  • Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person

    01/28/2013 11:17:42 AM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    CNN.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Ben Brumfield and Kyung Lah
    Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite. A fetus is not legally a person until it is born, the hospital's lawyers have claimed in its defense. And now it may be up to the state's Supreme Court to decide. [...] Representatives of the Catholic bishops of Colorado declined to comment on the legal proceedings, but said they will review the litigation and Catholic Health Initiatives' practices "to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of the Catholic Church." Catholic...
  • Harry Belafonte has some hunches what Dr. King might have said (NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL)

    01/28/2013 10:41:14 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 18 replies
    Chicag ^ | January 27, 2013 10:28PM | Thomas Conner tconner@suntimes.com
    Harry Belafonte in recent years has been positively Kanye-esque in his outspokenness. The 85-year-old singer — a revered icon in American pop music, the King of Calypso, the resonant voice behind the 1956 classic “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” — has tallied headlines for his frank opinions on matters ranging from U.S. foreign policy to race relations. In 2002, Belafonte likened Secretary of State Colin Powell to a “house slave” for his acquiescence to the invasion of Iraq. He called President George W. Bush “the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world” during a 2006 meeting...
  • Shell’s latest offshore platform arrives in Texas

    01/28/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    The hull of Royal Dutch Shell’s latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico. The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months. Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shell’s sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date....
  • Obama Administration Repositioning Homeland Security Ammunition Containers

    01/28/2013 10:28:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The containers are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable numbers/letters probably for inventory, routing, etc. Reader Don sent this in recently: Jim – I passed a convoy of olive drab unmarked 40 foot tractor trailers each with four 10 yard ammo bunker boxes chained to them and unmarked armored Hum-Vee’s heading north on I-95 in Brevard County, Florida this past Thursday morning. The “govt” is positioning these ammo storage boxes, I have been told, in strategic places in population centers around the country. They are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable...
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son

    01/28/2013 10:24:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28 January 2013
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. The queen made the announcement in pre-recorded address broadcast on Dutch television. The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years.
  • Article: "Do People Live Longer among Trees?"

    01/28/2013 10:21:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | January 28, 2013. | Brian Thomas
    Do People Live Longer among Trees? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Could living near trees possibly affect human health? Increasingly, studies indicate that trees can improve human health. Evolution doesn't expect this, but biblically speaking, trees and people have close ties. New research included steps to demonstrate that living longer was not linked to living among trees, but instead linked to more sensible factors "like income, race, and education," according to the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service based in Portland.1 But the researchers found that cardiovascular health clearly declined in people from very different ethnic, income,...
  • Examiner Editorial: Hillary Clinton was not a great secretary of state

    01/28/2013 10:19:20 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 24, 2013 | Examiner Editorial Staff
    f there was one constant through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearances before congressional committees Wednesday, it was that lawmakers fell all over themselves heaping praise on her for the job she has done. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was typical, saying: "Madame Secretary, you have represented us with tremendous strength and poise. You have won us friends." (snip) What on Earth are they referring to? American foreign policy under Secretary Clinton has been one disaster after another. She may not deserve blame for all of them -- or even most of them -- but it defies common sense to call...
  • Great Divide - How Citizens & Cops Are Containing Uncle Sam

    01/28/2013 10:16:30 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 20 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/28/2013 | Guy Smith
    If you really want to annoy somebody, do their job for them in a very public way. This is an angle of the growing separation between American localities and the federal government. From general discontent, to increasing non-participation, to open calls for secession, the public in most states have had enough and are actively driving wedges between themselves and Uncle Sam. When states and local law enforcement join the party, then it is only a matter of time before realignment or divorce becomes reality. After calling for inept, unworkable and unproductive gun control laws (forgive the redundancy), Barack Obama has...
  • NBC Exclusive: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders

    01/28/2013 10:15:05 AM PST · by kristinn · 174 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts....
  • EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 9:55:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/28/13 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.
  • Playtime’s over, kindergartners - Standards stressing kids out

    01/28/2013 9:55:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Kindergarten has come a long way, baby — too far, some say. Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.” Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.
  • Only Rebellion Can Save America

    01/27/2013 4:18:28 PM PST · by Codetrader · 187 replies
    New York Daily Sun ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Lawrence Sellin
    Only Rebellion Can Save America The US federal government has strayed so far from the Constitution and the rule of law that it can now be considered rogue and illegitimate. Written by Lawrence Sellin The thoroughly irresponsible rate of government spending projected over the next twenty-five years will drive federal debt to unsustainable levels. The country is heading for a financial meltdown and economic ruin. The Republican Party is inept and impotent and cannot provide the necessary political opposition to the crimes and unconstitutional policies of the Obama regime or stand against the rampant voter fraud which is now polluting...
  • Picture from space .... U.S. oil field is burning off enough gas to power Chicago AND Washington...

    01/28/2013 9:33:44 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 28, 2013 | SIMON TOMLINSON
    This incredible picture from space shows how the U.S. oil industry has boomed to such an extent that a gas field now burns as brightly as a major city. The rapid increase in shale oil production means it is now often more economical to 'flare off' unwanted gas than to sell it. As a result, one field in North Dakota, the state leading the energy revolution, is now burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington D.C. combined. In a recently released satellite image from NASA, the light being given off at the Bakken formation,...
  • Obama Cracks Joke When Asked About Four Dead Americans In Benghazi

    01/28/2013 9:30:16 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 29 | Larry O'Connor
    Obama (in response to Steve Croft question about Benghazi, Libya): You know, I remember Bob Gates, you know, first thing he said to me, I think maybe first week or two that I was there and we were meeting in the Oval Office and he, obviously, been through seven presidents or something. And he says, "Mr. President, one thing I can guarantee you is that at this moment, somewhere, somehow, somebody in the federal government is screwing up." (Laughter)
  • An Encounter with a Low-Info Voter (A clear demonstration of the severe problem facing our country)

    01/28/2013 9:29:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2013 | Howard J. Warner
    I was engaged in a conversation regarding the future of health care in America when a third person (W) gave her opinion that she was happy with ObamaCare since her son could now get insurance. In New York State the cooperatives will not begin until Oct 1, 2013 for those without any other options. However, her son does not live in New York, where the state has provided Healthy New York insurance to those who qualify. We then had a conversation which I will relate. It demonstrates the severe problem facing our country resulting from the poor educational system we...
  • A Louisiana Grocery Store Is Forced To Raise Milk Prices By State Regulators

    01/28/2013 9:28:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 28, 2013 | Michael Krieger
    You might have to read this post twice to make sure your eyes didn’t deceive you. This article is actually completely different from my recent pieces on stealth inflation, but is even more infuriating. In this case, a grocery store called Fresh Markets decided to sell milk at a bargain basement price as part of a promotion, yet the state has deemed the price “too low.” As a result, the chain is being forced to raise the price. Yep, at a time when millions are struggling every day to make ends meet, this is what the state of Louisiana has...
  • Inconvenient truths Inconvenient truths

    01/28/2013 9:22:11 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Sarge
    A grandfather clause is a situation in which an old rule continues to apply to some existing situations, while a new rule will apply to all future situations. Frequently, the exemption is limited; it may extend for a set period of time, or it may be lost under certain circumstances. (Wikipedia 2013) The Feinstein Bill of 2013 tries to legislate the control by prohibition of certain semi-automatic rifles because they’re scary looking. One of the main programs being used to act as a bulwark of the legislation (and thus appear to less threatening to people already in possession of such...
  • Obama’s Inauguration Prayers Featured Three of Soros’ Anti-Israel Rabbis

    01/28/2013 9:21:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 1/28/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    All of Obama’s inauguration rabbis were members of the same radical leftist groups opposed to Israel and funded by George Soros. This isn’t a wacky coincidence because the J Street Rabbinic cabinet isn’t that big. Instead Obama deliberately picked three extremist left-wing clergy, “Rabbi” Rick Jacobs, “Rabbi” Julie Schonfeld and “Rabbi” Sharon Brous. Jacobs and Brous are or were members of the J Street Rabbinic Cabinet, an Anti-Israel organization funded by George Soros. The “Rabbinic” part is a name only as these people are not legitimate clergy, they are left-wing activists dedicated to the destruction of Israel and Judaism.
  • Obama: Sure, I go skeet shooting all the time

    01/28/2013 9:13:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I know you’ve seen this at Drudge, appropriately posted beneath a photo of the Hopenchange crew cracking up in laughter, but some panders are so shameless and comically implausible that they must be commemorated in a post. (Unfortunately, politicians’ need to ingratiate themselves with gun owners has been known to lead to this sort of thing.)To believe this, you need to believe that O splits sharply from most ivory-tower liberals when it comes to recreational shooting. How likely is that? In what other ways, based on what we know about him personally and politically, does he stray from the path...
  • Starving North Koreans 'are forced to eat their children’

    01/28/2013 9:13:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 45 replies
    (UK) Sun ^ | January 28, 2013 | Harry Hawkins
    HUNGRY parents in North Korea have been caught eating their CHILDREN to avoid starvation, according to reports. One father is said to have been executed by firing squad for killing his two kids for food. And it has sparked fears there could be further cases of cannibalism in the country. The Sunday Times told how undercover reporters recorded several horror stories from inside the poverty-stricken nation. They included one man who dug up his grandchild's corpse to eat and another who boiled his child and ate the flesh. Thousands of North Koreans are feared to be starving to death...
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to address nation (abdicating?)

    01/28/2013 9:10:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28 January 2013 | Last updated at 11:51 ET
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is to make a televised announcement, amid speculation in local media that she will abdicate the throne. … Unconfirmed Dutch reports say she will announce her abdication in favor of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. …
  • Brit Hume: Case For Hillary Clinton "Being A Great Secretary Of State Is Exceedingly Weak"

    01/28/2013 9:09:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    RCP ^ | 01/28/2013
    WALLACE: [SNIP] Question, Brit, how do you rate Hillary Clinton's performance, record as our top diplomat? HUME: I think those examples you cited would add up to a case for her competence. They do not add up to a case for greatness, after all, the groundwork on Burma had been done by the previous administration. And the administration properly followed through on it. You look across the world, now at the major issues. Are Arabs and Israelis closer to peace? How about Iran and North Korea and their nuclear programs? Have they been halted or seriously set back? Has the...
  • Violent Extremism in Europe at Highest Level Since WWII

    01/28/2013 9:05:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    inn ^ | 1/28/13 | staff
    Violent extremism is at its highest level in Europe since World War II and is becoming the continent's top security threat, the European Union's executive body said Monday. In a speech on the eve of talks on how to detect and prevent extremism, the EU's commissioner for home affairs Cecilia Malmstroem urged the EU "to stand up ... and protect our values that are now being challenged in many countries in Europe," AFP reported. "We see a growth of extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, hatred and nationalism," she said. "Not since World War II have extreme and populist forces had so much...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 28,2013

    01/28/2013 9:03:47 AM PST · by Biggirl · 106 replies
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  • Davos 2013: Kissinger says Iran nuclear crisis close(1-24-13)

    01/28/2013 9:02:31 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 January 2013 Last updated at 09:44 ET | BBC - Business News
    The Nobel Peace laureate, 89, was speaking about prospects in the Middle East at the World Economic Forum. He said nuclear proliferation in the region triggered by an armed Iran would increase the chances of an atomic war - "a turning point in human history". He also urged the US and Russia to co-operate in resolving Syria's conflict. "There has emerged in the region, the current and most urgent issue of nuclear proliferation. For 15 years, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have declared that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, but it has been approaching," he...
  • Confessions of a Liberal Gun Owner

    01/28/2013 8:57:25 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 27, 2013 | JUSTIN CRONIN
    I AM a New England liberal, born and bred. I have lived most of my life in the Northeast — Boston, New York and Philadelphia — and my politics are devoutly Democratic. * I am also a Texas resident and a gun owner. * My relationship to firearms might have ended there, if not for a coincidence of weather. Everybody remembers Hurricane Katrina; fewer recall Hurricane Rita, an even more intense storm that headed straight for Houston less than a month later. My wife and I arranged to stay at a friend’s house in Austin, packed up the kids and...
  • Media Matters Calls for Gun Control, Carries Illegal Guns to Protect Its Founder

    01/28/2013 8:55:13 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 5 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | January 28, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Gun control isn’t about banning guns, it’s about banning people who aren’t well-connected from having guns. If you’re a Wal-Mart shopper then you’re not supposed to have a gun. If you’re David Brock, then that’s a whole other story… A staffer at left-wing Media Matters for America committed numerous felonies in the District of Columbia and around the country by carrying a firearm to defend the organization’s founder, David Brock, The Daily Caller has learned. -SNIP-TheDC has learned that by that time, Brock had armed his assistant — who had no permit to carry a concealed firearm — with a...
  • Breaking: Obama on TV now with police chiefs supporting gun control, confiscation

    01/28/2013 8:51:58 AM PST · by pabianice · 56 replies
    Fox News Live (no link) | 1/28/13
    'We are serious about limiting access to assault weapons and magazine clips [sic]. Joe and my cabinet members are on board with the necessity of confronting this issue to ensure no events like Sandy Hook happen again and the gun violence like in Chicago is addressed. This involves enforcement of existing laws. It involves addressing access to guns in big cities. I know this is not a shy group and I am very grateful to them, a representative group of communities across the country. Congress will be making decisions on what groups like this decide.' (all quickly paraphrased) Ends. takes...
  • New Oregon law might make cigarettes prescription only

    01/28/2013 8:39:50 AM PST · by thirst4truth · 25 replies
    RT ^ | January 25, 2013 | Reuters / Sergio Perez
    Trying to quit smoking? You might want to move to Oregon. A new bill would classify cigarettes as a Schedule III controlled substance, making them illegal to purchase without a doctor’s prescription. Portland Rep. Mitch Greenlick introduced the bill in the Oregon State Legislature in an attempt to reduce the number of addicted people, but has received criticism from smokers and non-smokers alike who believe the initiative is not feasible. Under Greenlick’s proposal, smokers would be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to one year’s imprisonment and a $6,250 fine for being caught with a cigarette or any of...
  • Total Tax-Code Termination? (Reality Check: no sweeping reform will please both sides)

    01/28/2013 8:33:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    It would be the ultimate fiscal cliff. A group of House Republicans wants to put an expiration date on the 75,000-page U.S. tax code. The Tax Code Termination Act would require the repeal of the entire code in 2017 — except for the bits dealing with Social Security and Medicare — with a new system ready to go for the following year. Of course, the U.S. economy would benefit from major tax reform that eliminated the current bias against investment, axed crony-capitalist tax breaks, and lowered marginal rates on individuals and business as much as possible. But Republicans can put...
  • China Demands U.S. Taxpayers Clean Up Its Air

    01/28/2013 8:25:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 01/28/2013 | Gordon Chang
    Are the stars finally aligned for a global climate change treaty? After years of frustration, momentum seemed to change in an instant last Monday. President Obama’s second inaugural address made it clear he was going to lead the world on the issue, his words a “clarion call to action” as one observer put it. Obama’s first term was marked by one failure after another on the climate issue. For instance, his efforts to craft an agreement at Copenhagen in December 2009 were frustrated by developing nations, and subsequent conferences, such as the one last November and December in Doha, have...
  • Immigrants take guilty pleas without lawyers and can later be deported

    01/28/2013 8:24:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 27,2013 | Jeremy Borden,
    Luis Bladilir Lopez would have needed a sharp defense lawyer to explain what could happen as the result of pleading guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge last year in Prince William County. But Lopez, then 19, was never appointed a lawyer, according to court records. In the end, the consequences were far more serious than he probably could have imagined.
  • Sheriff who urged residents to learn how to use firearms blasts mayor's 'Dirty Harry' criticism

    01/28/2013 8:17:32 AM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Associated Press
    A sheriff who urged Milwaukee-area residents in a radio ad to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves is dismissing pointed criticism from the city's mayor -- calling the mayor's response "weak" and telling Fox News "my job is to protect the public." Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. stirred controversy after releasing a 30-second radio ad saying budget cuts have hurt officers' ability to respond. "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option," he said in the ad. "You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide...
  • Phil Mickelson and the Sports Star Tax Migration (Plenty of elite athlete company in Florida)

    01/28/2013 8:21:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/28/2013 | ALLYSIA FINLEY
    America's top-grossing golfer Phil Mickelson drove himself into a bunker on Jan. 20 when he said that federal and California state tax hikes had made him contemplate making "drastic changes" in his life—including, it was widely assumed, moving to a no-income-tax state such as Texas or Florida. But he was only stating publicly what many professional athletes are mulling privately. No doubt they'll keep their thoughts private, too, given the uproar that ensued. The golfer known as Lefty outraged lefties by noting that a tax burden of more than 60% seemed excessive. Didn't he know that athletes—unlike Hollywood celebrities—are supposed...
  • Mussolini not so bad, says Silvio Berlusconi

    01/28/2013 8:15:05 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | January 29, 2013 12:00AM | James Bone, Rome
    SILVIO Berlusconi provoked outrage on International Holocaust Remembrance Day yesterday by defending Benito Mussolini. His remarks coincided with preparations in Rome to build a museum dedicated to the victims next to the former fascist dictator's home. The former Prime Minister told journalists at a remembrance ceremony in Milan that Il Duce was right to ally himself with Hitler. A day after Angela Merkel acknowledged that Germany had "everlasting responsibility" for the Holocaust, Mr Berlusconi said Italy "does not have the same responsibilities as Germany". He added: "Obviously the government of that time, out of fear that German power might lead...
  • Barack Obama To Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems

    01/28/2013 8:17:09 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 126 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2013 | Mack Slavo
    As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows. Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace. The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Customs and Border...
  • CBS 'Sunday Morning' News Segment: "So What If Barack Obama Is Not A Natural Born Citizen."

    01/28/2013 8:16:13 AM PST · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 45 replies
    Birther Report
    I've got a simple idea: Let's give up on the Constitution. I know, it sounds radical, but it's really not. Constitutional disobedience is as American as apple pie. For example, most of our greatest Presidents -- Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, and both Roosevelts -- had doubts about the Constitution, and many of them disobeyed it when it got in their way. To be clear, I don't think we should give up on everything in the Constitution. The Constitution has many important and inspiring provisions, but we should obey these because they are important and inspiring, not because a bunch of people...
  • Freedom sings: Out of the 9/11 tragedy and chaos has risen one of New York’s great buildings

    01/28/2013 8:15:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 01/28/2013 | Steve Cuozzo
    Behold, the new One World Trade Center — the unfinished, imperfect end-product of maybe the most anguished public soap opera ever to bring forth a single building. Still in a raw state, it’s already cause to celebrate. The nearly $4 billion, largest, most fought-over piece of the puzzle in downtown’s epic skyline restoration turns out to be a gentle giant, graceful and humane as the Twin Towers were not. Architectural eggheads will sneer at it, but the masses will just as surely love it. Include me in the common rabble. What scant pleasure the old towers afforded lay in their...
  • Travis Tygart tells ’60 Minutes’ that Lance Armstrong is still lying

    01/28/2013 8:12:23 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 7 replies
    Velo News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Neal Rogers
    Even when Lance Armstrong portrayed himself as coming clean about his career spent cheating to win, he was still lying. That’s the argument U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart made Sunday evening on the CBS show “60 Minutes,” in an interview with Scott Pelley for a segment called “The Fall of Lance Armstrong.” Tygart sat down with Pelley to rebut several claims Armstrong made during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was televised on January 17-18. Among the statements that Tygart said were categorically untrue: that Armstrong had raced free of performance-enhancing drugs during his 2009 and 2010 comeback; that...
  • "Is America In Decline?" May Be The Wrong Question

    01/28/2013 8:07:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/28/2013 | Robert Samuelson
    The American Century is dead. Long live the next American Century. The subtext of political debate these days is that the United States is in decline - a proposition often portrayed as self-evident. The economy lacks dynamism; unemployment near 8 percent remains at recession levels. The president and his Republican critics barely talk to each other; stalemate seems unending. But what if America isn't in decline? A powerful rebuttal comes from an unlikely place: Wall Street. In a report to clients, analysts at Goldman Sachs argue that the United States still has the world's strongest economy - and will have...
  • White House Petition Demands Cellphone Unlocking Remain Legal

    01/28/2013 7:51:30 AM PST · by pepperdog · 5 replies
    Mashable ^ | 25 January 2013 | Stan Schroeder
    A petition submitted to the White House demands the Librarian of Congress to rescind his recent decision which removed the unlocking of cellphones from the exceptions to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).
  • If ‘Assault Weapons’ Are Bad…Why Does DHS Want to Buy 7,000 of Them for ‘Personal Defense’?

    01/28/2013 7:50:21 AM PST · by libstripper · 33 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines. Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic....
  • Attack on family in Compton latest incident in wave of anti-black violence

    01/28/2013 7:41:26 AM PST · by oldbill · 40 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sam Quinones, Richard Winton and Joe Mozingo
    A Latino gang is intimidating blacks into leaving the city that was once an African American enclave. It's part of a violent trend seen in other parts of the L.A. area. The attacks on the family are the latest in a series of violent incidents in which Latino gangs targeted blacks in parts of greater Los Angeles over the last decade.
  • OBAMA SECRETLY PLEDGES TO DIVIDE JERUSALEM. Will press Israel into new so-called land-for-peace

    01/28/2013 7:30:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Klein on Line ^ | 1/28/13 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – Now that he has secured his second term, President Barack Obama has already secretly pledged to the Palestinians he will press Israel into a new round of so-called land-for-peace negotiations, a top Palestinian Authority negotiator told KleinOnline. The negotiator said top members of the Obama administration told the Palestinians the U.S. president will renew talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state in the so-called 1967 borders – meaning in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and, notably, eastern Jerusalem. The negotiator further revealed when it comes to dividing Jerusalem, Obama wants to rehash what is known as the...
  • Extremists burn ancient texts in Mali

    01/28/2013 6:40:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    Extremists burn ancient texts in Mali The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2013 @ 07:32 AMSEVARE, Mali (AP) — Islamist extremists torched a library containing historic manuscripts in Timbuktu, the mayor said today, as French and Malian forces closed in on Mali's fabled desert city. Ousmane Halle said he heard about the burnings early today. "It's truly alarming that this has happened," he told The Associated Press by telephone from Mali's capital, Bamako. "They torched all the important ancient manuscripts. The ancient books of geography and science. It is the history of Timbuktu, of its people."
  • Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of ancient manuscripts

    01/28/2013 6:22:27 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 35 replies
    Guardian ^ | , Monday 28 January 2013 08.37 EST | Luke Harding in Sévaré
    Islamist insurgents retreating from the ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu have set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless ancient manuscripts, some dating back to the 13th century, in what the town's mayor described as a "devastating blow" to world heritage. ... The manuscripts survived for centuries in Timbuktu on the edge of the Sahara hidden in wooden trunks, boxes beneath the sand and caves. The majority are written in Arabic, with some in African languages, and one in Hebrew, and cover a diverse range of topics including astronomy, poetry, music, medicine and women's rights. The oldest dated from...
  • Rubio, Senate ‘Gang of Eight’ unveil bipartisan immigration deal (Amnesty, H-1B Visas DOUBLED!)

    01/28/2013 6:17:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 94 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/28/13 | MARC CAPUTO
    A group of eight Democratic and Republicans senators, including Florida’s Marco Rubio, will officially release a wide-ranging immigration plan Monday that could give a pathway to citizenship, tighten border security and increase guest-worker permits. -snip- Most controversially, the proposal would give a pathway to residency — and even citizenship — to many of the estimated 11 million immigrants unlawfully in the United States.