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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.