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  • Gov. Perry: Boy Scouts should keep no-gay policy

    02/02/2013 9:10:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 2, 2013 4:11 PM EST | Will Weissert
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said emphatically Saturday that the Boy Scouts of America shouldn’t soften its strict no-gays membership policy, and dismissed the idea of bending the organization to the whims of “popular culture.” Perry is an Eagle Scout and in 2008 he authored the book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For.” It detailed the governor’s deep love for the organization and explained why it should continue to embrace traditional, conservative values—including excluding openly gay members and Scout leaders. … Even though the Boy Scouts reaffirmed the no-gays policy just seven...
  • Chinese fishing boat detained in Japanese waters

    02/02/2013 8:48:37 PM PST · by traumer · 9 replies
    TOKYO, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka confirmed that Japanese coast guard detained a Chinese fishing boat Saturday for alleged unauthorized coral fishing in Japanese waters. The incident took place at around 8: 53 a.m. local time at waters 44 km northeast of Japan's Miyako Island in Okinawa Prefecture, according to the consulate. A total of 13 Chinese crew members were on board when the boat, which registered in China's Hainan Province, was detained. The captain, along with two other sailors, was transferred to Miyako Island by Japan's patrol vessels, while the other sailors and the...
  • Oprah's OWN Hit With Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

    02/02/2013 8:47:25 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 3, 2013 | Matthew Billoni
    Oprah Winfrey's OWN network has been sued by a former employee who claims she is the victim of sex and pregnancy discrimination. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Carolyn Hommel claims she was hired in 2010 as senior director of scheduling and acquisitions at the network, co-owned by Discovery Communications. But despite receiving a favorable performance review and being told she was on-track to become a vice president, she was replaced by a temporary employee when she was forced to take a medical leave during her pregnancy. Hommel says her duties were gradually taken away from...
  • Leader of Syrian opposition meets with Biden, Russian representatives in Munich

    02/02/2013 8:30:41 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    toledoBlade.com ^ | 2/2/2013 | NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE
    MUNICH — The leader of the Syrian opposition council, Mouaz al-Khatib, met here today with key representatives of the United States and Russia — who fundamentally disagree on how to resolve Syria's civil war — but the meetings were separate and there was no indication, officials said, that any progress had been made toward a workable plan to bring the violence to an end. snip Senior European officials here said Britain and France were both urging the Obama administration to stop blocking allies in the Persian Gulf, like Qatar, from providing rebels with more sophisticated arms and intelligence assistance. snip...
  • Chris Kyle, Another Brother Lost

    02/02/2013 8:28:28 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 83 replies
    SOFREP ^ | 2-2-2013 | Jack Murphy
    Chris Kyle, Another Brother Lost by Jack Murphy · February 2, 2013 · Posted In: SOF News I am saddened to have to announce the tragic loss of another one of our own. This has been a hard year for the Special Operations community, perhaps the SEAL community most of all.Today Chris Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range at the Rough Creek Lodge in Texas, murdered along with a second individual.Chris had been volunteering his time to help Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD and mentoring them. Part of this process involved taking these veterans to the...
  • Natural gas a clean transition to renewables

    02/02/2013 8:19:36 PM PST · by Bratch · 18 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Mark Brownstein
    <p>Seven years ago, I was hired by the Environmental Defense Fund to fight against more than 100 new coal-fired power plants proposed across the United States. Today, these plants are dead. New coal construction has ground to a halt, and our focus has shifted from fighting new coal plants to pressuring existing coal plants to close.</p>
  • EDITORIAL: ‘Assault Weapons’ are popular with the young. Are gamers key?

    02/02/2013 8:09:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    GUNS.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Max Slowik
    EDITORIAL: ‘Assault weapons’ are popular with the young. Are gamers key? In a recent Reason-Rupe poll a slim majority of American supported the private ownership of “assault weapons” (51 percent in favor, 44 opposed) and a slightly larger majority of Americans believe that the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School is being exploited for political means (52 percent see it as politicking, 41 as responsible governing). But there were some other findings that are sure to surprise many people, especially politicians. Specifically that age, not politics, has a greater bearing on whether or not a person has the right to...
  • Biden to Iran: Time for diplomacy is not unlimited

    02/02/2013 7:41:49 PM PST · by haffast · 22 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/01/2013 12:46 | YAARA SHALOM
    The window of opportunity for diplomacy over Iran’s nuclear program “will not be opened indefinitely,” US Vice President Joe Biden warned in an interview with the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday. snip Biden set out on a European tour during which he was to meet with Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Alkhatib on Saturday to discuss US concerns about the Syrian conflict with representatives from Russia and the UN. He was scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Friday, French President François Hollande on Monday, and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday. On Thursday, outgoing...
  • Govt. Misuse - CA Justice Dept. Helicopter Used for Football Drop at High School Homecoming Game

    02/02/2013 7:35:03 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies
    KCRA ^ | Jan 31, 2013 | Mike Luery
    Justice Dept. chopper used for football drop at HS homecoming • State agents investigate apparent unauthorized use of police helicopter SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —California taxpayers shelled out hundreds of dollars for the apparent unauthorized use of a police helicopter at a high school football game. The helicopter incident involved a high school homecoming event that top law enforcement supervisors at the Department of Justice knew nothing about, KCRA 3 has learned. The incident took place last November, when a DOJ helicopter hovered over El Dorado Hills for a homecoming game at Oak Ridge High School. In a video later uploaded...
  • The Government Generously Offers To Help You "Manage” Your Retirement Account

    02/02/2013 7:29:39 PM PST · by Perdogg · 82 replies
    Via Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, [ZH: We have discussed this threat over the past several years (must read).] The obvious concept is that when the government runs out of money, or they face a drying up in interest for its debt, they will come for the $19.4 trillion in American’s retirement accounts. It seems that day may be finally drawing near. I stopped contributing to my 401k back when I worked at Bernstein, and I will probably now have to give more serious consideration whether I want to take the penalty and move the funds out of my...
  • Timbuktu Gives France’s President an Ecstatic Welcome

    02/02/2013 7:26:15 PM PST · by nuconvert · 8 replies
    France’s president, François Hollande paid a triumphant visit to this ancient city on Saturday, receiving a rapturous welcome from thousands of people who gathered next to a 14th-century mosque to dance, play drums and chant “Vive la France!” The muezzin, whose singing calls residents to pray five times a day, wore a scarf in the colors of the French flag as he shouted, “Vive Hollande!
  • Mother Uses Gun To Protect Her Child From Armed Intruders

    02/02/2013 4:32:20 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 1, 2013 | Stephen Gutowski
    I'd like to dedicate this post to those who heckled Gayle Trotter of the Independent Women's Forum when she passionately explained why women want firearms to protect themselves and their children.Here is yet another example of exactly how spot on Gayle Trotter was in her testimony before Congress (h/t Hot Air). : Not only did this heroic mother exercise her right to defend herself and her child, she also made sure to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who have protected that right over the centuries. Incredible.A suspect was later arrested in connection with the break-in after he showed up...
  • Economy Lost 2.84 Million Jobs in Jan.,

    02/02/2013 5:58:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 2, 2013 | Tom Blumer
    Following the governmemt's Employment Situation Summary yesterday, two words were noticeably absent at the Associated Press (here, here, and here), Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, and the New York Times: "seasonally adjusted."
  • Author of "American Sniper" among the dead at Rough Creek (CHRIS KYLE MURDERED!)

    02/02/2013 7:01:42 PM PST · by hawkeye101 · 328 replies
    A former Tarleton State University student who wrote the best-selling book, "American Sniper," was one of two victims shot and killed at Rough Creek Lodge late Saturday afternoon. Chris Kyle and a friend were found dead at Rough Creek's shooting range.
  • State investigators: Fulton election documents were altered

    02/02/2013 6:53:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | January 31, 2013 | Johnny Edwards
    Someone altered Fulton County voter records after last year’s presidential election, using a red pen to add names to tally sheets of voters using paper ballots and marking that their votes all counted. Who is responsible remains a mystery, but it happened after managers from at least two precincts had signed off on the documents and submitted them to the main county elections office. “I know for certain that these additional names were added after,” Rosalyn Murphy, who served in November as an assistant poll manager at Church of the Redeemer in Sandy Springs, told the State Election Board during...
  • Ted Cruz and knee-jerk opposition to immigration reform [Jennifer Rubin trash]

    02/02/2013 5:26:54 PM PST · by Javeth · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    It is not surprising that some lawmakers instantly reacted negatively toward the bipartisan immigration reform proposal rolled out on Monday. But I must say I was disappointed, based on the praise he has garnered as a thoughtful man, by the response of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.): "I appreciate the good work... to fix our broken immigration system. I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair " Really? For starters it doesn’t sound like Cruz...
  • Man shoots robber at Detroit bus stop

    02/02/2013 6:13:23 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | NA
    (WXYZ) - Police say an attempted robbery and shooting happened at a bus stop on Detroit's west side. Officers say a man tried to rob another man waiting to get on the bus. That's when the victim shot the robber. No word on whether he was arrested. Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/national/man-shoots-robber-at-detroit-bus-stop#ixzz2JnWKiQPu
  • Frank Video of Mass Sexual Assault in Cairo Is Released by Anti-Harassment Activists

    02/02/2013 5:42:03 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 2, 2013, 3:17 pm | ROBERT MACKEY
    Egyptian activists released a brutally frank video on Friday, using images recorded during the mass sexual assault of a woman last week in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to urge volunteers to join their campaign against attacks during demonstrations. The video, created by the filmmakers Aida Elkashef and Salam Yousry, uses disturbing overhead images of a crowd of men swarming around a woman being assaulted just out of view to explain the work of Op Anti-SH, one of two new initiatives to combat the sexual harassment and rape of female protesters. While the video includes no graphic images and shows that volunteers...
  • NM legislation to take federal lands

    02/02/2013 5:35:33 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Ruidoso News ^ | 01/31/2013 | Jim Kalvelage
    Legislation that would move the ownership and management of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in New Mexico to the state has been introduced at the Roundhouse. The Transfer of Public Lands Act is sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Sen. Richard C. Martinez, D-Espanola... Herrell said New Mexico has a rich history of farming, ranching, hunting, fishing and oil drilling. "In our past we have also had a thriving timber industry that is unfortunately near nonexistent ... ... A healthy timber industry, managed responsibly by New Mexicans, would not only help our economy by creating...
  • New Obama directive will shorten visa wait for illegal aliens with U.S. spouses (Amnesty)

    02/02/2013 5:23:10 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Fox news ^ | 2/2/13 | Fox news
    An estimated hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants married to U.S. citizens will soon have an opportunity to become legal residents without having to serve a years-long punishment. President Obama proposed the policy change in January 2012 and it is scheduled to go into effect March 4. The change was proposed to end situations in which illegal-immigrant spouses (and often parents) have to return to their native countries to serve the “ban of admission” – as long as 10 years for staying illegally in the United States for more than a year.
  • More 911 calls won't get in-person response starting Sunday (Chicago)

    02/02/2013 5:19:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/02/12 | Hal Dardick, Jeremy Gorner
    The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day by no longer dispatching cops for certain crimes, like burglaries and car thefts in which the offender is no longer at the scene and no one is in immediate danger. Police confirmed the change, which takes effect Sunday. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told aldermen last year he was considering a move in that direction. The change is not related to plans by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and McCarthy to shift what they indicated was as many as 200 officers from administrative duties to beats so more...
  • DHS Raids Gun Collector – Confiscates Nearly 1,500 Guns – No Charges Filed.

    02/02/2013 5:11:39 PM PST · by barmag25 · 57 replies
    Freedom Outpost.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Tim Brown
    On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security, along with a SWAT team and Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies raided the home of Robert Adams in Albuquerque, New Mexico and, according to a federal search warrant affidavit the raid seized nearly 1,500 firearms from the man’s home and business. However, no charges have been filed against him, despite the fact that court documents reveal that agents had been watching Adams for years. By Wednesday afternoon dozens of rifles were hauled out of the house, bagged as evidence and laid out on the lawn. According to search warrants that were filed on Thursday...
  • A second Republican voices support for Hagel to lead Pentagon

    02/02/2013 5:06:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 02, 2013 | Patricia Zengerle
    Senator Mike Johanns said on Saturday he would support fellow Nebraskan Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, becoming the second Republican in the Senate to express public support for President Barack Obama's embattled nominee. The Lincoln, Nebraska, JournalStar reported on its website that Johanns, a former Nebraska governor who holds Hagel's old Senate seat, issued a statement supporting Hagel. An aide to Johanns confirmed the report.
  • Senate’s H-1B visa proposal goes far beyond Microsoft’s

    02/02/2013 5:05:18 PM PST · by Javeth · 20 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kyung M. Song
    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate plan to dramatically expand a visa program for highly skilled foreign workers resembles a proposal unveiled by Microsoft last fall, but well exceeds the company’s own goals. Led by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, five Republicans and five Democrats rolled out the Immigration Innovation Act on Tuesday to lift the annual quota of H-1B visas for those workers from 65,000 to 115,000. That new cap would grow each year if demand outstrips supply, potentially up to 300,000 visas annually.
  • 9-year-old Bronx boy fights for his life after being thrown off of building roof

    02/02/2013 4:50:10 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    NY Dailly News ^ | 2/2/13 | MATTHEW LYSIAK AND JOE KEMP
    A 9-year-old boy was clinging to life after a callous teen neighbor chucked him off the roof of their five-story Bronx apartment building, cops said Saturday. The young boy, Freddy Martin, cried for his mother as soon as he landed on the cold concrete sidewalk in front of the Nelson Ave. building in Morris Heights about 8:30 p.m. Friday, neighbors said. “Mommy! Mommy!” the bloodied child wailed as he lay on the ground, unable to move.
  • NRA Adding More Than 10,000 New Members - Per Day! (Up 500,000 in a little over a month)

    02/02/2013 4:37:59 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 48 replies
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) has added 500,000 new members over the last month and a half. Jacqueline Otto, media liaison for the NRA, spoke to CNSNews.com and confirmed the new membership numbers: "We mark that [membership increase] from the, you know, Congressional calls for gun control and President Obama's executive orders and things like that. That's what's driving the increased membership." CNSNews.com asked: "That's approximately over what time span then?" "A month, month and a half," Otto said.
  • FL:Man who held suspected hit-and-run driver at gunpoint describes that night

    02/02/2013 4:20:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    jacksonville.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Charles Broward, Dana Treen
    When John Avery II saw a pickup truck fleeing after hitting a pedestrian at a Jacksonville intersection Wednesday night, he wasn’t just going to let the motorist get away. “I thought he had actually killed the guy.” Avery said Thursday. “I just felt there was no way in the world that he should be able to drive away from an accident where somebody died.” Avery, 44, followed the truck to a nearby parking lot and used his gun to apprehend the driver, holding him until police arrived.
  • WV:Homeowner Holds Alleged Burglar at Gunpoint

    02/02/2013 4:16:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    WSAZ ^ | 31 January, 2012 | NA
    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A gun toting homeowner took matters into his own hands when he found an alleged burglar in his house. The incident happened at home in 1000 block of 23rd Street in Huntington late Tuesday night. Huntington Police say they arrived at the house to find the homeowner holding John Allen Bryan, 37, of Huntington at gunpoint. According to the criminal complaint, the man came home to find the front door wide open, the back door kicked open, and Bryan going through his belongings inside the house.
  • As Adam Zachs' Lawyer Seeks To Overturn Conviction, Murder Weapon Can't Be Found

    02/02/2013 4:14:42 PM PST · by Daffynition · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | February 1, 2013 | DAVID OWENS
    VERNON— — The Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun that Adam Zachs used to murder Peter Carone in West Hartford a quarter century ago is missing. Zachs' new lawyer, Aaron J. Romano of Bloomfield, hopes the judge who will consider Zachs' habeas corpus claim will take note of the missing weapon as he or she considers whether the 60-year prison sentence Zachs is serving is proper. Romano is seeking to overturn Zachs' 1988 conviction for murder. He is claiming that Zachs did not get the lawyer of his choice and that the trial attorney he ended up with was ineffective...
  • Apartment Complex Bans Soldier’s Small Flag Display

    02/02/2013 4:13:46 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | February 2, 2013 | Christopher Agee
    Just months after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, U.S. Army National Guard veteran Tyler Barge was embroiled in another fight defending the American flag. This time, it involves the management of his Salem, Va. apartment complex. A small American flag, displayed in a cup of dirt on his patio wall, is a violation of the building’s code, he was told. Barge received a notice informing him he must remove the flag, along with a few other items – a broom and table, for instance – deemed inappropriate.
  • IN:Police: Fort Wayne homeowner shoots at armed burglar

    02/02/2013 4:10:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    news-sentinel.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Christian Sheckler
    A Fort Wayne homeowner fired multiple shots at an armed burglar Friday morning, police said. Officers responded at about 10:22 a.m. to a report of a burglary in progress, with possible shots fired, at a home in the 1600 block of Emerson Avenue, just north of Spring Street, said Fort Wayne Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Brooks. When police arrived, they learned that a male resident had discovered a man breaking into the home and opened fire at the would-be burglar, Brooks said. "The resident observed a male white in his house that was armed with a handgun and shot at...
  • UT:Layton homeowner shoots at burglary suspect (video)

    02/02/2013 4:07:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    standard.net ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Scott Schwebke
    LAYTON — A burglary suspect who was fired upon by a homeowner has been taken into custody by police in Layton. The suspect was identified as Robert Santos Cruz, 47, of the Salt Lake City area, said Lt. Shawn Horton. The incident happened around 4 p.m. at a home at 2536 E. Gentile, near Valley View Golf Course. Neighbors identified the homeowner as Clare Niederhauser. Around 4 p.m., the homeowner came home and saw a green four-door vehicle parked in front of the house. The driver was a woman, and there was an older male passenger. The driver began honking...
  • MI:Martin Luther King Jr. High School coach shoots attackers

    02/02/2013 4:03:48 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wxyz.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | NA
    (WXYZ) - Police sources tell 7 Action News that a women's basketball coach from Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School shot two men who attacked him as he was walking two basketball players to their cars in the school parking lot. Police sources say the coach was walking the two girls to their cars when two men allegedly approached and one pulled out a gun and grabbed him by his chain necklace. The coach then pulled out his gun and shot both of them, according to sources. The man who shot the attackers was 70 years old, according to...
  • 'We Are Undocumented And Unafraid, Because This Is What We Learned In School'

    02/02/2013 4:02:02 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The most disturbing thing is that she's probably right . . . On Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show this morning, Cristina Jiménez, leader of United We Dream, an organization that advocates on behalf of illegal immigrant youth, declared "we are undocumented and unafraid, because this is what we learned in school." In American schools of today, dominated by government employee unions, she's likely only too accurate about what's being taught. View the video here.
  • Report: Missing NYC woman found dead in Turkey

    02/02/2013 2:57:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 34 replies
    -excerpt- The agency said she was found with a head wound and a blanket near her body. She was wearing jeans, a jumper and a jacket, and still had her earrings and a bracelet.
  • South Carolina Bill Exempts Unorganized Militia From Federal Gun Grab

    02/02/2013 2:47:37 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 28 replies
    The New American ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D
    As the United Nations and the Obama administration combine to outlaw private ownership of weapons and ammunition, state and local leaders nationwide are responding to the crisis. As The New American continues to report, sheriffs, county commissions, and state legislators are passing bills aimed at stopping the federal gun grab at their sovereign borders. On January 16, four South Carolina state senators joined the fight to protect the Second Amendment and to safeguard their citizens from federal tyranny. Senate Bill 247 is sponsored by state Senators Tom Corbin, Tom Davis, Kevin Bryant, and Lee Bright. Although only four senators currently...
  • Report: Johanns to back Hagel nomination

    02/02/2013 2:40:47 PM PST · by Menehune56 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/2/2013 | Peter Schroeder
    Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) reportedly announced Saturday that he will support former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) nomination to become secretary of Defense. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Johanns would become the second Republican senator to publicly back Hagel's bid, following Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Several Republican senators have indicated they will oppose Hagel's nomination on the Senate floor.
  • Correction: Nigeria-Plane Graveyard story

    02/02/2013 2:32:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronical ^ | 7:45 am, Saturday, February 2, 2013 | JON GAMBRELL
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Landing in Nigeria's largest city, one of the first thing visitors see as they peer out of their airplane's windows is the moss-covered metal carcasses of what used to fly in Africa's most populous nation. Workers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos call it "the graveyard," an overgrown field filled with about a dozen cargo and passenger airplanes long since abandoned and left to rot by insolvent airlines. At least 65 abandoned airplanes, ranging from small commuter jets to one massive Boeing 747, sit at airfields across the country and serve as a haunting reminder...
  • Bryce Maksel's Mom Tells How He and Four Others Ran from Shooter

    02/02/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 42 replies
    People Magazine ^ | December 21, 2012 | NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN
    Jen Maksel knows she's one of the lucky ones. Her 7-year-old son, Bryce, escaped last Friday's carnage by fleeing hero teacher Vicki Soto's classroom when the gunman looked away. Last Friday morning Maksel, 42, was just drifting off to sleep after working an overnight shift then putting her kids on the bus when her phones began ringing off the hook. Before she could answer them, a neighbor began pounding on her front door yelling, "There's a school shooting at Sandy Hook!" She jumped in her car and headed to the school. "I parked on the side of the road and...
  • IDF Foils New Outpost Bid by 200 Arabs

    02/02/2013 2:11:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    About 200 Arabs set up an illegal outpost Saturday near the village of Burin, not far from Shechem, in Samaria. They had put up a tent when the IDF arrived on the scene and dispersed them. The Arabs attacked the IDF force with rocks, and the soldiers responded with riot dispersal gear. No one was reported hurt. Voice of Israel public radio reported that Jew and Arabs confronted each other at the Yitzhar junction, in another incident on the Sabbath. The two groups hurled rocks at each other and an IDF force came in to separate them. Three Jews were...
  • It's come to this: High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun

    02/02/2013 2:03:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/02/2013 | Eric Owens
    Yet another student has been suspended for having something that represents a gun, but isn’t actually anything like a real gun. This time, Daniel McClaine, Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School in Tan Valley, Arizona, made the mistake of setting a picture of a gun as the desktop background on his school-issued computer. The picture shows an AK-47 lying on a flag, reports KNXV-TV. The gun isn’t his, McClaine assured the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. He found it on the Internet and liked it, partly because he is interested in serving in the military after graduation. A teacher...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman: Women in combat spins 'the paradigm on its head'

    02/02/2013 2:02:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    theday.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jennifer McDermott
    New London — Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the military's ban on women in combat had become embarrassing, and the decision to lift it may one day affect the draft. "What we've really done is spun the paradigm on its head," Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his first visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Thursday. The question isn't "should a woman serve" in a job specialty, Dempsey said, it's "why shouldn't a woman serve?" "Will this expand into the selective service? It might," he said. "But that's a decision of Congress. I can...
  • Guess which giant special interest is really polluting Alaska? (It's not big oil, but it's BIG)

    02/02/2013 1:58:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    People have been warning us for years that drilling for oil in the Alaskan arctic would lead to big environmental trouble. It’s not that the technology hasn’t advanced to the point where it can be done safely, but those nasty people in charge of the projects just don’t care about the environment. These Mother Earth Hating Monsters would clearly let the whole thing go to H. E. double toothpicks and ruin the pristine beauty of the wilderness. Well, I guess they turned out to be right. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has agreed to plug at least one additional...
  • Supreme Court to Review Case on Obama’s Forged Documents

    02/02/2013 1:58:04 PM PST · by OzarkSailor · 56 replies
    Liberty Beacon ^ | 30JAN13 | Liberty Beacon Staff
    As of this writing, major news networks such as ABC, Fox News, CBS, and NBC have yet to report on the high court’s decision to review Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility to hold political office in the United States or any of its territories. The case is identified as Edward Noonan, et al., v. Deborah Bowen, California Secretary of State. On Feb. 15, all nine justices will gather in conference to review whether Obama used forged government documents and fake identification in order to get elected as commander-in-chief. Edward Noonan, et al., contend that if Obama had been ineligible to run...
  • Great news: Obama shot a skeet once, or something (Caption this photo of him shooting)

    02/02/2013 1:52:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama recently told the New Republic that he understands the concerns of gun owners, because “in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” As critics chortled over both the notion that skeet shooting is what concerns gun owners and the idea that Obama shoots clay pigeons “all the time,” the White House has finally released a photo to back up its claim … and only one photo, dated August 12, 2012: That led to a barrage of questions from journalists about whether the White House could offer proof that the president had gone shooting....
  • Will Europe disintegrate? (Movements in Catalonia, Belgium and Scotland may only be the beginning)

    02/02/2013 1:46:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    Despite a thousand years of history, the nation-states of Europe contain within them ethnic groups and nationalities who yearn for their own country. In some cases, the national and ethnic character of these minorities have been deliberately stifled. There has also been organized movements that have sprung up to fight for the national aspirations of the minorities. Next year, votes for independence will occur in Scotland and Spain's rich Catalonia region. Some analysts believe that success in either case may lead to other minorities to seek their own path to independence. From Reuters: __________________________ Some suspect the two campaigns will...
  • Texas Football Coach's Affair With A Student Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

    02/02/2013 1:43:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/2/13 | Cork Gaines
    University of Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and the school's athletic director released a joint statement on Friday night acknowledging that Applewhite had an "inappropriate" relationship with a student during the team's trip to the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Beyond the cheating on his wife while she was apparently nine months pregnant*, the timing of this announcement raises a lot of questions for the University of Texas and how it handled the affair.
  • Glen Johnson, political editor for Boston.com, is joining Secretary of State John Kerry’s staff

    02/02/2013 1:42:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    boston.com ^ | 1/31/13
    Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson is resigning to take a post as a senior State Department adviser, working for John F. Kerry. Johnson, 50, a 27-year journalism veteran who has covered five presidential elections, said his focus would be on strategic communications. “This is an unexpected opportunity. All I’ve ever wanted to do ¬since junior high school – and have done professionally – is be a news reporter. But this chance to serve the country and Secretary Kerry at such a tumultuous time, as well as work in foreign affairs and travel the world, was too compelling an opportunity to...
  • The Argument that Wins the 'Assault Weapon' Debate (Simply referring to our rights won't convince)

    02/02/2013 1:36:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | William A. Levinson
    General Carl von Clausewitz defined the center of gravity as the objective whose achievement results in the enemy's total defeat. We must therefore identify this single objective or, in a political controversy, a single issue, and concentrate our resources accordingly. In the case of the "assault weapon" debate, this is the basic and natural human right of self-defense. If we present the argument correctly, the other side has absolutely no defense whatsoever. The Target Audience: Swing Voters and the Opposing Rank and File Colonel Paul Linebarger's Psychological Warfare states clearly that any communication whose purpose is to influence attitudes, beliefs,...
  • Army Night Stalkers opening helicopters for women

    02/02/2013 1:22:05 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    AP ^ | February 01, 2013
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another one of the many military jobs on the front lines of combat may be opening to women: Flying the high-tech helicopters that move special forces under cover of darkness for missions like the one that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The Army's most elite aviation unit has proposed a test program to let women serve as pilots and crew chiefs, pending congressional approval. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and known as the Night Stalkers, decided to give women a trial as pilots and crew chiefs as part of...