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  • Gun Control: Officials Set Sights On Ammunition Background Checks

    02/01/2013 11:14:36 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 38 replies
    Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) ^ | February 1, 2013 | Peter Jamison,
    Without bullets, slugs or shot, a gun is no deadlier than a steel club. But the question of how to keep firearms' lethal projectiles out of the wrong hands has historically been a low priority for regulators more concerned about the guns themselves. That could be changing. As the nation debates competing proposals to reduce gun violence, some law enforcement leaders and elected officials argue it's time to examine an area they say is especially devoid of common sense regulation: the buying and selling of ammunition. They say there is an obvious inconsistency in federal and state law. While it...
  • Mohamed Mohamud guilty verdict: No reaction from defendant, lawyers plan to appeal

    02/01/2013 11:14:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 1, 2013 | Bryan Denson
    Silence fell across a Portland courtroom Thursday as U.S. District Judge Garr M. King read the verdict in the terrorism case of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, whose attempt to bomb the city's town square two years ago stunned the nation. Jurors found the 21-year-old Somali American guilty of trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Pioneer Courthouse Square -- a four-block walk from where they sat in the downtown courthouse. Mohamud, whose lawyers argued that the FBI entrapped their client in a sophisticated sting that went too far, showed no reaction. Wearing a sweater and slacks, he rose from...
  • Al Gore Slams Fox News

    02/01/2013 11:10:59 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 34 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Feb 1 | Staff
    Former Vice President Al Gore spoke with Charlie Rose on January 29th on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. After praising the integrity, independence and journalistic standards of foreign oil-backed anti-American Al Jazeera, the former Vice President took a swipe at Fox News Channel.
  • Obama Shrunk Private Sector by 8.5M Jobs

    02/01/2013 11:10:18 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 7 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 2/1/13 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Did you know that the unemployment rate went up last month? They just announced that today. It went up from 7.8% to 7.9%. But the Drive-Bys are not reporting that. The Drive-Bys are all reporting the number of jobs created. That number, 157,000. They're saying that the unemployment rate going up, that's a statistical anomaly. It's not really relevant. What's happening out there is that despite the best efforts of the Republicans in December to crash this economy, despite the best efforts of the Republicans to kill this country with all their spending cuts in December, the...
  • Another Cambrian Discovery Discredits Evolution by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.

    02/01/2013 11:10:25 AM PST · by fishtank · 32 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Jan. 30, 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Another Cambrian Discovery Discredits Evolution by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * A fossil creature from the phylum Entoprocta (invertebrate animals that have tentacles and lacking a mineralized skeleton) was found in marked abundance (over 400 individuals) in Burgess Shale. The Burgess is a sedimentary layer that's purportedly part of the Cambrian period about a half-billion years ago, according to evolutionists.1 The problem for paleontologists is that the supposedly 520 million year old creature looks exactly like its living counterparts, only up to 8 eight times larger. The Cambrian geologic system is an enigma for the evolutionary paradigm. If evolution is true,...
  • NRA, GOAL oppose ‘universal background check’ legislation

    02/01/2013 11:05:10 AM PST · by marktwain
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The National Rifle Association was out late yesterday with a blistering criticism of House Bill 1588 which would require “universal background checks” on all firearms transactions in Washington State, and Examiner has learned that the Gun Owner’s Action League of Washington “will take a similar tone” in this evening’s on-line edition of The GOAL Post. The NRA’s move was hardly unexpected in the wake of Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee during which he tangled with anti-gun Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) over such checks at the federal level. As reported by this column, LaPierre...
  • APNewsBreak:Feds:Warming imperils wolverines

    02/01/2013 11:01:18 AM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/1/2013 | MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The tenacious wolverine, a snow-loving carnivore sometimes called the "mountain devil," could soon join the list of species threatened by climate change — a dubious distinction that will put it in the ranks of the polar bear and several other animals that could see their habitats shrink drastically due to warming temperatures. Federal wildlife officials on Friday will propose Endangered Species Act protections for the wolverine in the lower 48 states, a step twice denied under the Bush administration.
  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigns; led green energy push

    02/01/2013 10:57:25 AM PST · by illiac · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/1/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan, is stepping down. Chu offered his resignation to President Barack Obama in a letter Friday. He said he will stay on at least until the end of February and may stay until a successor is confirmed. Chu’s departure had been widely expected and follows announcements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson and Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that they are leaving.
  • Apologize for WHAT? Happy birthday, happy warrior Andrew Breitbart

    02/01/2013 10:54:54 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 17 replies
    Conservative warrior Andrew Breitbart would have been 44 today. His bold, fighting spirit lives on in the conservative movement. And, of course, he continues to live rent-free inside the heads of the progressives whose hate he retweeted.
  • Mexico oil company Pemex blast: Death toll rises to 32

    02/01/2013 10:47:53 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | Febru7ary 1, 2013 | CBS News/AP
    Mexico City - Rescuers searched for survivors Friday and authorities promised a thorough investigation after an office building blast killed 32 people and injured 121 at the headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos. The cause of the basement explosion in an administrative building next to the iconic, 51-story Pemex tower in Mexico City remained a mystery, with President Enrique Pena Nieto urging people not to speculate. Theories ranged from an electrical fire to an air conditioning problem to a possible attack.
  • The Missing Link To An Armed Citizenry!

    02/01/2013 10:41:17 AM PST · by Ohioan · 12 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | February 1, 2013 | William Flax
    While the present Administration ignores both Washington's wise counsel & his clear understanding of male psychology, President Obama's Secretary of Defense, denies both the role of Congress, the Chivalric Code & all human experience in a bizarre January order for all branches of the Armed Forces to place women in combat units by 2016. Will further eroding a sense of male responsibility serve any constructive purpose, in dealing with any contemporary problem? Will trashing what have always been constructive male roles--the responsibility of young men to defend their society--contribute anything positive toward dealing with the rash of atrocities committed by...
  • How realistic should school shooting drills be?

    02/01/2013 10:31:02 AM PST · by opentalk · 13 replies
    Associalted Press ^ | January 31, 2012 | Carolyn Thompson
    "I want to see my kids! Bang! Bang!" the man shouted as he stormed into the front office of a South Carolina elementary school and pointed a handgun at a secretary and custodian. Both went limp at the verbal gunshots, and the "shooter," a police officer taking part in a school safety drill, continued his rampage. ... All fell to the floor with bloody, fake wounds.
  • AZ:Gun Control Statement (Leon N. Wilmot, Yuma County Sheriff)

    02/01/2013 10:29:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    facebook.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Leon N. Wilmot, Yuma County Sheriff
    Gun Control Statement: In light of the increasing amount of requests for Sheriff Wilmot’s position concerning the issues related to gun control, he has issued the following letter to the Citizens of Yuma County. To the Citizens of Yuma County, I, like many Americans, am always appalled and heartbroken when I hear of any incident involving the murder(s) of innocent victims at the hands of violent criminals. Like all Americans, I wish for justice to be served upon those responsible for perpetrating these horrible crimes. I also pray that the families of those victims receive peace during those times of...
  • Kenya: Could a Different Electoral System Encourage Cooperation Rather Than Clashes?

    02/01/2013 10:24:02 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    All Africa ^ | January 29, 2013 | Seema Shah
    Kenyan elections have often led to ethnic violence, but alternative voting systems could foster greater tendencies towards coalitions and broad-based appeals. Youth carry crude weapons ready to fight during 2008 election violenceNairobi - In 1992, after nearly three decades of single-party rule in Kenya, characterised by KANU (Kenya African National Union) hegemony and the brutal suppression of any voices of dissent, former president Daniel arap Moi turned an important page in Kenya's political history. In response to mounting domestic and international pressure, he agreed to hold multi-party elections. At the same time, however, he warned that the advent of multi-party...
  • State: Don't delay George Zimmerman murder trial

    02/01/2013 10:15:35 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 1, 2013 | Arelis R. Hernández and Rene Stutzman
    Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda today objected to a delay in George Zimmerman's trial, accusing defense attorney Mark O'Mara of spending too much time on media interviews and suggesting that O'Mara may be stalling because he's out of money. O'Mara on Tuesday filed paperwork, asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to delay Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial, which is currently set for June 10. O'Mara appears to want the trial pushed back to November, de la Rionda wrote, but deserves no additional time. The state has done nothing in violation of Florida's rules of criminal procedures, de la Rionda wrote, and...
  • Fireworks Truck Explodes on Bridge in China (87 yards collapse)

    02/01/2013 10:03:23 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2013 | CHRIS BUCKLEY
    HONG KONG — A truck laden with fireworks exploded on an elevated expressway in central China on Friday, unleashing a blast that threw vehicles 30 yards to the ground below and killing at least nine people, state news reports said. The truck was on an expressway near Sanmenxia in Henan Province in morning fog when the truck erupted, causing an 87-yard section of the Yichang Bridge to collapse, according to the Web site of Dahe Daily, a newspaper in Henan, which quoted rescue officials at the site. Earlier, officials had raised the possibility that a bridge collapse set off the...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Tenth Week in Office

    02/01/2013 10:00:28 AM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 2/1/13 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Tenth Week in Office1/31/2013Obama and Agenda 21The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards - for biofuels that still do not existBenghazi-GatePanetta expected to testify on Libya after senator threatens to hold up nominationIt's 3am and nobody's thereSen. Ted Cruz Questioning Chuck Hagel in Confirmation Hearing Hagel faulted for calling US "world bully" in Al Jazeera interviewHagel: If confirmed, I’ll be sure to learn much more about the Defense departmentCruz: Has Israel committed war crimes? Hagel: "No, but… No I do not."Senator to DefSec Nominee: Why Have the Iranians Endorsed You?Hagel: Iran Has Legitimate, Elected...
  • Rahm Emanuel Writes to Mutual Funds Urging them to Blacklist Gun Companies

    02/01/2013 10:00:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/01/2013 | Bryan Preston
    Rahm Emanuel Writes to Mutual Funds Urging them to Blacklist Gun CompaniesPosted By Bryan Preston On January 30, 2013 @ 11:29 am In Politics | 33 Comments The tyrant of Chicago is at it again. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now pushing mutual funds to divest and blacklist gun manufacturers for the crime of opposing the Obama regime’s gun-control efforts.Emanuel’s statement on his assault on the First and Second Amendments: “Just like the banks and pension funds, I believe that these Mutual Funds can exert an enormous amount of influence by taking a stand against gun manufacturers that continue to refuse...
  • State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12; Suppresse

    02/01/2013 9:58:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    cns.com ^ | 2/1/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Full title...State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12; Suppressed Their Identities AfterwardBefore the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the department undertook a calculated effort to publicize the agents’ names and faces--presenting them in a State Department promotional magazine posted on the Internet. After the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks, the State Department has treated the names and faces of the DS agents who survived those attacks as if they were classified information. This remarkable about-face raises two questions: Why can’t the American people know the names--and hear the stories--of the heroic DS agents...
  • Ed Koch’s grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words

    02/01/2013 9:52:31 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Poynter ^ | 2/1/13 | Julie Moos
    Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88. He plans to be buried in Manhattan, the three-term mayor said in 2008. His headstone and a memorial bench, placed at Trinity Church Cemetery in 2009, evoke his faith and his admiration of a murdered journalist. Koch explained his plans to the Associated Press: The marker will bear the Star of David and a Hebrew prayer, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” It also will be inscribed with the last words of journalist Daniel Pearl before he was murdered by...