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  • Clinton supporters form super PAC in case she runs

    01/29/2013 11:07:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2013 5:41 PM EST
    Some grass-roots supporters of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have formed a super PAC to help a potential Clinton presidential campaign in 2016—even though Clinton says she hasn’t decided her plans. A super PAC called “Ready for Hillary” was registered with the Federal Election Commission on Friday and the group plans to launch its website in the coming weeks. …
  • Minesweeper to be cut up for removal from Philippine reef

    01/29/2013 10:06:54 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 32 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 29 Jan 13 | Matthew M. Burke
    SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy minesweeper that got stuck on a reef off the coast of the Philippines will have to be dismantled and removed in sections, a process that is expected to take over a month, Navy officials said Wednesday. The salvage plan is still under review by the Philippine Coast Guard, but it likely means the end for the 23-year-old USS Guardian. “Our naval architecture and salvage experts have reviewed all possible alternatives, and our only supportable option is to dismantle the damaged ship and remove it in sections,” Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Anthony Falvo wrote...
  • Watchdog says taxpayers may lose $27B in bailout

    01/29/2013 9:38:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2013 12:03 AM EST | Marcy Gordon
    A government watchdog says U.S. taxpayers stand to lose $27 billion from the 2008 financial bailout, up from an estimate of $22 billion made in the fall. A report issued Wednesday by the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says the estimate is higher because of increased losses for the Treasury Department on sales of shares in bailed-out companies. Ally Financial, the former financial arm for General Motors, still owes $14.6 billion of the $17.2 billion in aid it received. The report says taxpayers can expect to lose $5.5 billion on that investment because of the company's...
  • Breaking: NM Gun Control Measure Stalls on 8-8 Vote

    01/29/2013 9:32:10 PM PST · by forty_years · 3 replies
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Monday Janueary 28, 2013 POSTED: 7:46 pm | Milan Simonich
    [Thanks to all Freepers who helped out.]After nearly five hours of heated testimony and debate, a measure that would have required mandatory background checks for firearm purchases from gun shows or private vendors failed to advance in the New Mexico’s House of Representatives. ...One Democratic legislator, Rep. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, joined with the committee’s Republican members in voting against the legislation. The other Democratic committee members voted in favor it. ...Note that: ... About 180 people attended the hearing, a turnout so large that debate on the bill was moved to the floor of the House of Representatives, the most...
  • FBI agents Raid S. Fla. Office of Eye Doc Tied to Gift, Prostitution Controversy w/ Sen. Menendez

    01/29/2013 9:21:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | Marc A. Caputo
    FBI agents raid South Florida office of eye doc tied to gift, prostitution controversy with Sen. Bob Menendez Source link. FBI agents raided the West Palm Beach business of an eye doctor accused in the conservative press of providing free trips and even Dominican Republic prostitutes to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez — who has denied what he calls the “fallacious allegations.” Agents gathered at the medical-office complex of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a contributor to Menendez and other prominent politicians, late Tuesday night to start hauling away potential evidence in about a dozen white vans. The exact focus of the...
  • Loyola Students: Professor Required Us to Attend Van Jones Lecture

    01/29/2013 9:14:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 1/29/13 | Rebel Pundit
    An event this past Wednesday at Loyola University Chicago featuring former Obama administration official Van Jones strayed far from the marketed title of “2013 MLK Celebration,” instead encouraging students to embrace a “new patriotism” and the “ugly-unequal founding” of America. Several students reported that they were compelled by their “environmental sustainability” professor to attend the radical lecture—students who up until that evening told me they had no prior familiarity with Van Jones. One student interviewed said approximately thirty students attended this class.
  • Hagel in 2003: Israel Keeps 'Palestinians Caged Up Like Animals'

    01/29/2013 9:07:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/29/13 | Staff
    Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel protested what he called the “completely distorted” record on Israel that his critics are promoting in an interview earlier this month with his hometown newspaper. The former Nebraska senator said an accurate assessment would show “unequivocal, total support for Israel.” Yet a decade earlier, the same newspaper–the Lincoln Journal Star–quoted Hagel making a startling accusation against Israel in a Jan. 12, 2003 article. Israel, Hagel declared, was “keep[ing] Palestinians caged up like animals.” Hagel does not elaborate on the claim or explain how Israel keeps Palestinians caged up like animals
  • Obama Job Approval Rating Lower than Nixon´s

    01/29/2013 9:02:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 1/29/13 | AWR Hawkins
    According to Gallup, President Obama is tied with George W. Bush for most unpopular re-elected president since Gallup began measuring presidential job-approval in 1945. In fact, Gallup found that apart from Bush, "every president...has had a higher job-approval rating in the January following his reelection than Obama has." Obama´s approval rating is at 52. Think about it this way--following reelection, President Reagan´s approval numbers beat Obama´s by 11 points, President Eisenhower´s beat Obama´s by 21, and a much-derided Republican President named Richard Nixon
  • Julia Gillard announces (Australian) federal election date

    01/29/2013 8:55:56 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 1 replies ^ | 30th January 2012 | Malcolm Farr and Simon Benson
    VOTERS will go to the polls on September 14 in what will mark the longest election campaign in the nation's history. In a speech at the National Press Club Prime Minister Gillard confirmed the election date. The Prime Minister said her early announcement would allow business and consumers to "plan their year". But it was also a challenge to the Opposition to deliver policy detail sooner than it might want. "The benefit of fixing the date now is not just the end of speculation about election timing. It gives shape and order to year," she said.
  • Commander: Special ops to lose $1 billion

    01/29/2013 8:52:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1/29/13 | Kristina Wong
    The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said Tuesday that his unit’s budget would lose $1 billion this year as a result of the defense budget stalemate in Washington. During an annual National Defense Industrial Association conference for special operators, Navy Adm. William McRaven noted that the Defense Department is operating on a continuing resolution, which limits spending to 2012 levels, even as automatic, across-the-board spending cuts called sequestration are set to begin March 1. “The continuing resolution … in all honesty puts a greater constraint on us than sequester
  • ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures

    01/29/2013 8:47:28 PM PST · by Daus · 15 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1/29/2013 | John Diedrich
    A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia. Those working behind the counter, however, weren't interested in selling anything. They were undercover agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives running a storefront sting aimed at busting criminal operations in the city by purchasing drugs and guns from felons. But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Instead, it resulted in a string of mistakes and failures, including an ATF...
  • Numbers USA And Its Agenda 21 Connections Exposed

    01/29/2013 8:39:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jim Stachowiac
    Many Americans have recently become outraged about Agenda 21. Global warming has also been proven to be a lie. But what no one has talked about yet is how organizations that are heavily supported by the patriot community are supporting this agenda and more. The Democrats are overtly supporting this agenda while the Republicans are covertly for the most part supporting it. Freedom Fighter Radio is also the only website and radio show that has been exposing Numbers USA’s globalist connections for years. There are many people who have and are speaking out against AGENDA 21. But they all refuse...
  • Obama: Unless you were a Native American, you came from someplace else

    01/29/2013 8:39:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 138 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/29/13 | Charlie Spiering
    This afternoon in Las Vegas, President Obama reminded most American citizens that they were descended from immigrants themselves. Obama warned that the issue was an emotional one, but that it was important for Americans to not view it as “us versus them.” “It’s really important to remember our history,” Obama continued. “Unless you were one of the first Americans, a Native American, you came from someplace else, somebody brought you,” he said
  • Gov’t Doles Out $10.3 Billion in Improper Unemployment Payments—In 1 Year

    01/29/2013 7:55:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2013 | Penny Starr
    The Federal-State Unemployment Insurance program paid out $10.3 billion in benefits in 2012 to people who should not have received the money, according to the Department of Labor (DOL). The data provided on the government website,, shows those payments amount to 11.42 percent of all the unemployment insurance checks handed out—an increase from 11.36 percent in 2011 and in excess of the government’s “target” for overpayments of 9.66 percent. The DOL states that most of the data reported on its paymentaccuracy website was for the federal government’s fiscal year, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, but that...
  • IG Report: 4,317 Non-Citizens Obtained Multiple Social Security Numbers

    01/29/2013 7:50:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 29, 2013 | Matt Cover
    A report from the Social Security Administration Inspector General (IG) found 4,317 instances where a non-citizen was able to obtain two Social Security numbers, including 542 instances that happened since 2001. “We identified 4,317 instances where the Numident record of 2 SSNs assigned to non-citizens contained matching first, middle, and last names; dates and places of birth; gender; and fathers’ and mothers’ names,” the IG reported on Dec. 10, 2012. Numident—which stands for Numerical Identification System—is the master file of applications for social security numbers. The IG found that SSA had issued multiple numbers to 4,317 non-citizens from 1981-2011. The...
  • Michael Bloomberg: Joe Biden Has "Set Of Balls"

    01/29/2013 7:24:55 PM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies ^ | January 29,2013 | Maggie Haberman
    Rupert Murdoch should encourage Fox News to focus on immigration reform. President Obama should be on notice that he’ll face tougher criticism in the coming months. And Joe Biden has “a set of balls.” So pronounced New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a free-ranging POLITICO interview in his bullpen-style office at City Hall recently. He held forth on his efforts to move the dial on guns, immigration and gay marriage — an issue on which he lavished praise, in his unique rhetorical way, on the vice president.
  • Suspect in S. Ala. bus shooting said to have child in bunker

    01/29/2013 7:23:38 PM PST · by jodster36 · 23 replies
    WFSA News ^ | 1/29/13 | John Shyrock
    The Dale County Sheriff's Department has established a command post location at the intersection of 231 North and Private Road 1539 in Dale County, Alabama following a shooting Multiple agencies are present assisting with the incident where multiple reports are indicating that a bus driver was shot and a student on-board the bus was taken hostage. The incident started around 3:40pm Tuesday near Destiny Church The Sheriff's Department is confirming that one adult male was shot, though they could not say how serious the person's injuries were. There are no suspects in custody and officials would not confirm a child hostage situation Though there's no confirmed evidence of explosive devices,...
  • Women could be great Navy SEALs, says head of Special Ops

    01/29/2013 7:18:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 92 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | Anna Mulrine
    The head of Special Operations Forces (SOF) says he supports the integration of women into the elite force. “It’s time to do this,” says the organization’s top officer, Adm. William McRaven. “We’ve had women supporting direct Special Operations for quite some time,” he added in remarks Tuesday morning at the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference in Washington. The necessity, he said, is ensuring that all special operators are in peak physical condition. “The one thing we want to make sure [we do is] we maintain our standards,” McRaven said. .... McRaven said that he has been reading recent Pentagon guidance...
  • Push for all younger women to register with Selective Service gaining steam

    01/29/2013 7:12:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | Bill Briggs
    adies, for the first time ever, Uncle Sam soon may be pointing at you. Days after the Pentagon cleared women to take certain combat roles, advocacy groups for military women say another new hour has arrived for all young female adults to register with Selective Service, the giant pool of names collected by the government should America ever opt to revive the draft. The movement to require women ages 18 to 25 to sign up for Selective Service — mirroring the law for all U.S. men in that demographic — is rooted in both active-duty and veteran circles. The Service...
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/29/2013 7:10:13 PM PST · by walford · 65 replies
    AP ^ | January 26, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die prematurely from their unhealthy habits? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures.
  • Islam and Science:Road to Renewal(Barf Dream of the Liberal Fallacy To Save Islam Through Science)

    01/29/2013 7:03:37 PM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    The Economist ^ | Janyuary 28, 2013 | Staff
    THE sleep has been long and deep. In 2005 Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have produced only two Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics. Both moved to the West: the only living one, the chemist Ahmed Hassan Zewail, is at the California Institute of Technology. By contrast Jews, outnumbered 100 to one by Muslims, have won 79. The 57 countries in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference spend a puny 0.81% of GDP on research and development, about a third of the world average. America, which has the world’s...
  • Senate Confirms John Kerry as Sec of State (And the three repubs that voted against him)

    01/29/2013 7:02:51 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    "Voting against Kerry were three Republicans — Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas"
  • First-Ever Guidelines for Children With Diabetes (type 2!)

    01/29/2013 6:54:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Medscape Medical News ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Miriam E. Tucker
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued the first-ever guidelines for the management of type 2 diabetes in children and teens. Type 2 diabetes is rising rapidly among children and teens because of soaring obesity rates. It now accounts for up to 1 in 3 new cases of diabetes in those younger than 18. These guidelines are for children between the ages of 10 and 18. "Few providers have been trained in managing type 2 diabetes in children and, to date, few medications have been evaluated for safety and [effectiveness] in children," says co-author Janet Silverstein, MD, professor of pediatrics...
  • Hyannis 5-Year-Old Threatened With Suspension For Making Gun Out Of Legos

    01/29/2013 6:34:20 PM PST · by massmike · 38 replies ^ | 01/29/2013 | n/a
    A mother says her 5-year-old boy was threatened with suspension after he made a gun out of Legos during an after school program. Sheila Cruz received a written warning recently about her son from the after school staff at the Hyannis West Elementary School because he had been using toys inappropriately. “She (the principal) said, ‘it’s a threat to other children and other children could have been scared.’” School officials say little Joe made the toy gun, then ran around the classroom, pointing it at other kids, and making shooting sounds. Cruz says while she and her husband thought about...
  • Soldier speaks out on wartime viral video, getting shot (helmet cam, Afghanistan)

    01/29/2013 6:22:34 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 29, 2013 7:55 AM
    (CBS News) What does war look like from a soldier's point of view? Tens of millions of YouTube viewers now know, thanks to a video taken in Afghanistan that's gone viral. CBS News spoke with the man who shot the helmet cam video -- and got shot himself in the process. The video has become one of the most viewed three minutes of war video ever, with 23 million hits on YouTube. It's video of a battle with Taliban forces in Afghanistan, as seen through the helmet camera of Pfc. Ted Daniels. It started when he purposely moved into the...
  • Search continues for missing pilot [Aviano AFB, 31st FW]

    01/29/2013 6:21:40 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 2 replies
    Air Force Link ^ | 1/29/2013 | 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
    1/29/2013 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- U.S. and Italian search teams are continuing efforts in the Adriatic Sea to find and rescue a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was declared missing during a nighttime training mission Jan. 28. Capt. Lucas Gruenther, 31st Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, was conducting a training sortie in an F-16 Fighting Falcon when contact was lost with his aircraft at approximately 8 p.m. Italian aircraft and ships were quickly dispatched to the jet's last known location, 10 to 15 nautical miles east of Cervia, Italy. Italian search teams recovered debris in the...
  • Sessions: Obama Immigration Enforcement Chief Must Resign

    01/29/2013 6:11:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/29/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton. “Last year, I joined with my colleagues at a press conference with the top representatives of the nation’s rank-and-file immigration law enforcement officers,” Sessions said on Tuesday. “The president with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office and the Border Patrol. Those associations or unions elected to serve as the voice of their fellow officers gave a chilling report at that press conference right over in the Senate building with several other senators. They gave a chilling report about the administration’s systemic...
  • Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members [Headed CA's Biggest Local!]

    01/29/2013 6:08:41 PM PST · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    LATimes ^ | January 28, 2013 | Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts
    Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted of Stealing From Low-Income Members Paul Pringle and Hailey Branson-Potts January 28 A onetime rising star in national labor circles who headed California's biggest union local was convicted Monday on federal charges that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from his low-income members. Tyrone Freeman, who represented about 190,000 homecare workers as a leader of the Service Employees International Union, was found guilty on 14 counts after a 10-day trial... Jurors deliberated two and a half days before returning their verdict. The trial followed a nearly four-year investigation triggered by a series of Times reports...
  • Obama approves $155 million more in aid to Syrian people

    01/29/2013 6:08:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/29/13
    **SNIP** The president says that he is "under no illusions" about the situation in Syria, where government forces and rebel groups have clashed for two years. But he says Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime continues to weaken and will eventually come to an end.
  • '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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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
  • John Williams Forecasts U.S. Dollar Hyperinflation Before End Of 2014

    01/29/2013 3:37:58 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-29-2013 | Greg Hunter
    John Williams Forecasts U.S. Dollar Hyperinflation Before End Of 2014 Economics / HyperInflationJanuary 29, 2013 - 12:46 PM GMT Anybody who thinks the U.S. is in a so-called recovery isn’t listening to economist John Williams. He contends, “We haven’t had a recovery and we’re not about to have one, and it’s getting worse.” Williams says it’s because, “The consumer is in very serious trouble. . . . The average guy is not making it. His income is not keeping up with inflation.” As far as Congress getting the budget and debt ceiling under control, Williams says, “Both sides are faced...