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  • 'Piracy' at sea: Has definition changed? Supreme Court declines to enter fray.

    01/29/2013 6:03:44 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 22, 2013 | Warren Richey
    The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a series of lower-court opinions endorsing a broad view of what constitutes the crime of piracy – a move that will make it significantly easier for the government to prosecute and convict suspected Somali pirates in federal court. The high court turned aside an appeal by five Somali nationals convicted of firing shots from a small skiff at a US Navy frigate on patrol 600 miles off the coast of Somalia on April 1, 2010. ... Lawyers for both groups of Somalis urged the Supreme Court to consider whether the Fourth Circuit...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-29-13

    01/29/2013 5:58:11 PM PST · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-29-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • France orders special forces to protect Niger uranium: source

    01/29/2013 5:51:47 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:31am EST | John Irish, Geert de Clercq, Muriel Boselli, Michel Rose in Paris, Abdoulaye Massalatchi in Niamey
    (Reuters) - France has ordered special forces to protect uranium sites run by state-owned Areva in Niger as the threat of attacks on its interests rises after its intervention against rebels in Mali, a military source said on Thursday. ... Seven workers, including five French nationals, were kidnapped in Arlit by al Qaeda's north African arm AQIM in September 2010. It later released three of the hostages but four French citizens are still being held. ... According to a parliamentary committee enquiring into France's supplies of uranium, about 18 percent of the raw material used to power France's 58 nuclear...
  • (Sex Poodle) Al Gore: Weather news ‘like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation’

    01/29/2013 5:50:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/29/13 | Georgetown
    (STR - Reuters) QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Look at your first story about the flooding in Australia. Today is the three month anniversary of superstorm Sandy here. Two years ago in my home city Nashville, massive flooding. These storms – it’s like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation on the news every day now and people are connecting the dots.”
  • Hearing yields explosive testimony about law enforcement corruption in gun case

    01/29/2013 5:38:49 PM PST · by Travis McGee · 49 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | David Codrea
    A decision on whether or not members of a New Mexico gun dealer family will get a new trial on charges of lying on federal firearm purchase forms could happen as early as this week, Las Cruces Sun-News reported yesterday. Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico indicated in yesterday’s hearing that he will make his decision “soon” following a day of testimony that revealed the extent of corruption a key law enforcement witness against the Reese family was under investigation for – a fact the prosecution withheld from the defense...
  • Iran unveils new finger amputating machine for punishing thieves

    01/29/2013 5:36:10 PM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies
    Digital Journal/FARS ^ | 1-29-13 | JohnThomas
    The Iranians have unveiled an amputating machine that will be used to cut off fingers of thieves. The authorities recently exhibited the machine and gave a demonstration of its efficiency as stern warning to would-be-thieves under Islamic penal code. The photos published by the Iranian Press Agency, appear to show a public amputation. According to The Telegraph, the sweatsuit-clad prisoner in the photo was convicted of theft and adultery by a court in the southwest city of Shiraz, last Wednesday. France24 reports he was also accused of leading a criminal organisation. Three masked executioners dressed in black are shown implementing...
  • (Now Hiring) Who Wants To Be A ‘Death Panelist’?

    01/29/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sarah Kliff
    Who wants to be a ‘death panelist’? Jonathan Gruber was one of the Obama administration’s key advisers during the health-care reform debate. As the economist who conceived the ideas at the heart of the Massachusetts health-care law, he is arguably the intellectual godfather of the Affordable Care Act. All of which would make him a natural fit for the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the new, 15-member panel that has the authority to reduce Medicare doctors’ reimbursements and pilot new ways to deliver high quality care for less. There’s just one tiny problem: Gruber has absolutely no interest in serving on...
  • Bloomberg super-PAC running ads against Illinois Democrat Halvorson

    01/29/2013 5:13:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The pro-gun-control super-PAC bankrolled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is going after former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) for her support of gun rights, a move that could badly damage her chances at returning to Congress. Halvorson has clung to a tenuous lead in the Democratic primary so far because of her high name identification in the fractured field. But the deep-pocketed group could prove to be a major player in a district where gun control is highly popular. The Feb. 26 Democratic primary will chose the party's nominee to contend in a March special election to fill...
  • Teen to stand trial as adult for ICE agent shooting

    01/29/2013 5:12:42 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    VALLEYCENTRAL.COM ^ | 01.29.2013 | Sergio Chapa
    An Hidalgo County Judge had ruled a teenager jailed on attempted murder charges will stand trial as an adult. Marquez Alvardo is accused shooting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Kelton Harrison in Hargill back in July 2012. According to reports, Alvardo was 16-years-old when he fired several shots at the federal agent striking him once. Officials say the teen, an older brother and his father pursued and shot Harrison while he was conducting surveillance in the area The former Economedes High School student, who is now 17-years-old, and will be transferred to the Hidalgo County jail. Judge Jesse...
  • Keystone XL decision may loom large for red state Democrats in 2014 midterms

    01/29/2013 4:56:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/29/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A handful of vulnerable Democratic senators running for reelection in red states are seeking to insulate themselves from political fallout if the Obama administration rejects the Keystone XL oilsands pipeline from Canada. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), joined 44 of their Republican colleagues in signing a letter last week urging Obama to expedite the pipeline's approval. Although Democrats say the controversial pipeline may not linger as an issue at the ballot box in 2014, the senators’ full-throated support for the controversial project could shield them from GOP attacks...
  • Google's Trillion-Dollar Driverless Car -- Part 2: The Ripple Effects

    01/29/2013 4:38:25 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/24/2013 | Chunka Mui
    While Part 1 of this series laid out the significant benefits in safety and savings that could come from a driverless car, there is an old saying: One man’s savings are another man’s lost revenue. The fact is that a driverless car would slash hundreds of billions of dollars of annual revenue, or even trillions, from all sorts of entities: car makers, parts suppliers, car dealers, auto insurers, auto financiers, body shops, emergency rooms, health insurers, medical practices, personal-injury lawyers, government taxing authorities, road-construction companies, parking-lot operators, oil companies, owners of urban real estate, and on and on and on.
  • NAACP president: Black people worse off under Obama

    01/29/2013 4:30:43 PM PST · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    washington times ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous said Sunday, perhaps unwittingly, that black Americans “are doing far worse” than when President Obama first took office. “The country’s back to pretty much where it was when this president started,” Mr. Jealous told MSNBC host David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” “White people in this country are doing a bit better. Black people are doing far worse.”
  • NRA officials counter "bogus surveys " about the group's membership

    01/29/2013 4:17:40 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Here's what the NRA members said: 93 percent oppose a law requiring gun owners to register with the federal government. 92 percent oppose gun confiscation via mandatory buy-back laws. 92 percent oppose a federal law banning the sale of firearms between private citizens. 91 percent of support laws keeping firearms away from the mentally ill. 89 percent oppose banning semi-automatic firearms, often "mistakenly called assault rifles." 82 percent approve of the idea of "qualified armed security professionals in every school." 79 percent agree that President Obama's "balanced approach" to guns means regulations that "will take away our 2nd Amendment rights."...
  • Guess What: Obama’s Having a Hard Time Finding Anyone to Serve on That So-Called ‘Death Panel’

    01/29/2013 4:11:27 PM PST · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Becket Adams
    The 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (i.e. the so-called “death panel”) included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has run into a bit of problem: Very few want to join. Jonathan Gruber, for example, helped lay the groundwork for Massachusetts’ health-care law and played an important role in making “Obamacare” the law of the land. So you’d think he’d be an obvious choice for the panel, right? “No way,” he said, according to the Washington Post. “Maybe if it was a part-time gig. But full time? I can’t see it.” And he’s not alone. “It is supposed...
  • Reid Statement On President Obama’s Immigration Speech

    01/29/2013 4:05:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 1/29/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after President Obama delivered an address on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas:“President Obama offered a clear vision of the steps we need to take to fix our broken immigration system, and made clear that he stands ready to work with the members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who are currently drafting a common-sense, bipartisan solution to this issue.“President Obama’s administration has already made  great strides in securing our border – including more than doubling the number of boots on the ground and deploying...
  • Cruz to Rahm: Don’t mess with Texas

    01/29/2013 3:58:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 54 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 29, 2013 | CJ Ciaramella
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has a message for firearms manufacturers and banks under attack from Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Texas welcomes you. Cruz pilloried Emanuel’s gun-control efforts and invited executives to consider the warmer, friendlier climes of the Lone Star State in a Tuesday letter to the CEOs of Bank of America, TD Bank, Sturm & Ruger, and Smith & Wesson.
  • Layoffs at Kapolei Golf Club - Whatever will King Obama do?

    01/29/2013 3:54:21 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 12 replies
    khon ^ | 1/28/2013
    The Kapolei Golf Club laid off 14 out of 110 employed at the course recently. The employees were from various departments. "After careful consideration and full review of operations, we had to make the difficult decision of reducing our staff at Kapolei Golf Club," said Micah Kane, chief operating officer of Pacific Links Hawaii, in a statement. "This shift enables Pacific Links Hawai'i to operate at optimal efficiency and better provide the high quality of service that our customers have come to expect and solidify the future of our remaining employees. We do not anticipate any further staff cuts." Other...
  • First lawsuit filed in N.Y.S. against new gun laws.

    01/29/2013 3:47:01 PM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 20 replies
    NYSRPA ^ | 01/29/2013 | NYSRPA
    http://www.nysrpa.org/files/SAFENoticeOfClaim.pdf Here is is - filed today.
  • Scouts Consider Breaking Camp with Tradition

    01/29/2013 3:46:14 PM PST · by fwdude · 45 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | January 29, 2013 | Family Research Council
    January 29, 2013 - Tuesday For 103 years, the mission of the Boy Scouts has been "to prepare young people to make ethical choices." Unfortunately, the organization's leadership seems less inclined to make those same choices themselves, as rumors swirl that the Board is on the verge of reversing its longtime policy on homosexuality. To most parents, the news that the Scouts were even considering a change is a shock. After all, it was just seven months ago that the same spokesman told reporters that, after a two-year review, a special committee had unanimously recommended keeping the ban. "The vast...
  • Henson Ong at Gun Violence Prevention Public Hearing - Hartford, CT - 1/28/2013 (must see video)

    01/29/2013 3:38:03 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | January 28, 2013
    “A free people can only afford to make this mistake once!”~Henson Ong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyYYgLzF6zU