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  • Following the trail of Sen. Robert Menendez scandal leads to dead end in Dominican Republic

    02/03/2013 6:47:30 AM PST · by randita · 31 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/2/12 | By Kathleen McGrory and Melissa Sanchez
    The shadowy tipster who made explosive allegations involving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic named names. He gave descriptions of the women, and in some cases, phone numbers and addresses. Despite those details, the women are nowhere to be found. A week after the claims made headlines in the United States and on this Caribbean island, the alleged prostitutes have disappeared. An attorney who once represented two of the women said he hadn’t spoken to them in months, and then stopped returning phone calls himself. A two-bedroom apartment where some of the alleged liaisons took...
  • Syria Ready To Strike Israel With Scud Missiles, Whatever The Consequences

    02/03/2013 6:43:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 38 replies
    Allvoices ^ | February 2, 2013
    Pro-regime Syrian newspaper Al Diyar reported Friday that the army has loaded four Scud missiles, each with an explosive head of 500 kilograms, and is ready to strike Israel. The newspaper also stated that the Syrian army command held a meeting Thursday evening to discuss a response to Israel, including striking research centers in Tel Aviv. Mohammed Dirar Jammu, head of political and international relations at the World Organization of Arab expatriates, said to pro-Syrian regime TV channel Alakhbarya that "the Syrian military response to the Israeli bombing of the research center, in Damascus, will be earthshaking and staggering to...
  • Turkey police arrest 11 over US woman's murder (Drug smuggling?)

    02/03/2013 6:40:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NDTV ^ | 2/3/13 | Agence France-Press
    Turkish police have arrested 11 people over the murder of an American woman who disappeared while visiting Istanbul last month, police and the local media reported Sunday. -snip- "We have confirmed that she was murdered by way of impacts on her head," Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin told reporters on Sunday. "But we need to conclude the investigation before details emerge." The Milliyet newspaper said she was also stabbed several times in her abdomen, but there was no sign of rape or theft and she was still wearing jewellery when police found her. -snip- Hurriyet speculated that Sierra might have...
  • Senate plan would give Napolitano the final say on border security

    02/03/2013 6:40:06 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/02/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Under a bipartisan Senate framework, Democrats say, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano would have final say over whether the border is secure enough to put 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. If Napolitano does not provide the green light for putting illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, the responsibility for judging whether the metrics for border security have been met will be given to her successor. The early debate over immigration reform has yielded two thorny questions: What metrics will be used to determine whether the goals for border security and other safeguards against illegal...
  • Photo of Obama Shooting Skeet Complete Fraud, like his Presidency

    02/03/2013 6:37:25 AM PST · by forbushalltheway · 103 replies
    clashdaily.com ^ | 2 February 2013 | Steve Sheldon
    The recently released photograph of President Obama reportedly “Taken at Camp David – the Maryland presidential retreat – on August 4, 2012, his 51st birthday,” is a complete fake. As a lifelong shotgunner, I immediately smelled a rat. Nothing in the photo looks right and upon closer examination, it is a complete fraud. One need go no further than examining the ports on the shotgun. Ports are tiny holes sometimes drilled near the muzzle (the business end of the gun) to release energy and reduce recoil. They serve as a pressure release valve of sorts. One will immediately notice that...
  • Utah Governor: "Utah Will Adhere to the Law" and Obey Federal Gun Laws

    02/03/2013 6:37:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/3/2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    As courageous state legislators enlist in the fight to repel the federal government’s assault on the Second Amendment, the governor of one western state is telling a liberty-minded state representative to stand down. Governor Gary Herbert of Utah recently called a pro-gun rights bill sponsored by a Utah state representative “an exaggeration” and encouraged the lawmaker to “adhere to the law.” This is not the level of support citizens of the Beehive State would expect from the man they elected to lead their state. Herbert was specifically criticizing a measure offered by first-term Representative Brian Greene (R-Pleasant Grove). The bill...
  • Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size as GPs are forced to hand over

    02/03/2013 6:29:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1 February 2013 | Jack Doyle
    GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses. The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’. They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.
  • United States the Biggest Money Printing Loser (Peter Schiff)

    02/03/2013 6:23:20 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-3-2013 | Peter Schiff
    United States the Biggest Money Printing Loser Interest-Rates / US Interest RatesFebruary 02, 2013 - 10:46 AM GMT By: Peter Schiff In Switzerland, it's not just the clocks that are cuckoo. Over the past four years Swiss politicians and central bankers have gone on an unprecedented buying spree of foreign exchange reserves. In 2012, their cache swelled to as much as $420 billion worth of various currencies, primarily the euro. This figure is a seven-fold increase since 2008 and equates to 70% of the country's annual GDP. The sum translates to $200,000 per family of four, enough to keep the...
  • Senate Republicans Arm the Brotherhood

    02/03/2013 6:22:58 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/2/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Nearly two-thirds of them voted to give weapons to the Egyptian government. I’m done grumbling about how President Obama is empowering America’s enemies. After all, it is not just Obama. When it comes to abetting the Muslim Brotherhood, Republicans are right there with him. Not all of them, of course. This week, for example, Senator Rand Paul proposed an amendment that would have prohibited our government from transferring F-16 aircraft and Abrams tanks to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government. This lunatic plan is not just an Obama initiative. It is also a GOP brainstorm — of a piece with 2011’s Libya...
  • Janet Napolitano suggests we fight back against “active shooters”– with SCISSORS!

    02/03/2013 6:20:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 2/2/2013 | Doug Book
    In July of 2012, Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) produced a “show and tell” video instructing Americans on the best course of action should they suddenly find themselves in an “active shooter” situation. Entitled Run, Hide, Fight, the Big Sis-approved, 6 minute epic provided potential victims with crucial advice, such as “run away,” and “remain out of sight of the shooter.” Naturally, that’s the sort of counsel only government can provide. (1) Noticeably absent from the DHS tutorial, however, was any discussion of REAL weapons in the hands of prospective victims. Apparently firearms were not permitted in the...
  • Jim Carrey: The lives of assault rifle owners aren’t really ‘worth protecting’

    02/03/2013 6:19:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Twitchy
    "Any1 who would run out to buy an assault rifle after the Newtown massacre has very little left in their body or soul worth protecting. ;^\" Hey, gun owners: There’s “very little” about your life and even your very soul “worth protecting” if you bought an assault rifle after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, according to funnyman Jim Carrey. Because, you know, he values life and stuff. The emoticon at the end of his tweet just shows how much he cares. “Dumb and Dumber” doesn’t begin to cover this one. And Much like Musket Morgan, we’re guessing Carrey couldn’t...
  • More taking firearms classes in anticipation of concealed-carry

    02/03/2013 6:16:50 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The State Journal Register - Illinois ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | LAUREN LEONE-CROSS
    More taking firearms classes in anticipation of concealed-carry By LAUREN LEONE-CROSS The State Journal-Register Posted Feb 02, 2013 @ 10:00 PM The growing possibility that Illinois will enact a concealed-carry law has certified firearms instructors like Greg Powell busier than usual. He taught two classes in Decatur on Saturday. Ninety-five people attended his morning class and 80 people were registered for his afternoon class. “Usually our classes run 20 to 30 people,” Powell said before Saturday’s events. Powell, of Marion, and his wife Patricia Snyder are National Rifle Association-certified instructors and Utah and Florida concealed-carry certified instructors. They offer courses...
  • Halt sequestration cuts in U.S. defense

    02/03/2013 6:12:33 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    Daily Times ^ | February 02, 2013 | Editorial Board
    n 2012, Republicans ran against the massive cuts to defense that might occur in early 2013 under the congressionally mandated budget sequester. At an Oct. 23 presidential debate, President Obama responded that his opponent, Mitt Romney, was blowing the risk out of proportion: The cuts, he said, “will not happen.” Well, those cuts are now scheduled to take effect on March 1 — and, by the look of things, they will. The GOP has changed its tune; the Republican majority in the House seems content to let them happen. Meanwhile, President Obama, whose defense secretary has warned in the direst...
  • Media Follows Obama's Orders to Mock Skeet-Gate Skeptics

    02/03/2013 6:02:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 38 replies
    Some of you younger folks might not remember this, but there was a time when the media questioned Power. No, really, once upon a time, the media saw it as its duty to be forever questioning and skeptical of Power, especially when Power was in pursuit of more power. Today, however, the White House released a photo that purports to show Obama (love that tucked-in shirt) shooting skeet last August. Except… he's shooting straight ahead, which means that there's either a barn door somewhere in need of some patching, or Obama is such an awesome skeet shooter, he hits them...
  • Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Killed at Shooting Range; Suspect Arrested

    02/03/2013 5:38:20 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | DEAN SCHABNER
    By DEAN SCHABNER Feb. 3, 2013 A man is under arrest in connection with the killing of two men at an Erath County, Texas, gun range, police said. One of the victims is former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle. "We have lost more than we can replace. Chris was a patriot, a great father, and a true supporter of this country and its ideals. This is a tragedy for all of us. I send my deepest prayers and thoughts to his wife and two children," "American Sniper" co-author Scott McEwen said in a statement to ABC News....
  • SC:Statistics sometimes get lost in emotional debate over gun control

    02/03/2013 5:30:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    starbeacon.com ^ | 3 February, 2013 | David Wren
    GENEVA — Despite the rhetoric from both sides over the need for stricter gun control regulations — and the fear instilled by a rash of random shootings in public places nationwide — statistics show relatively few people will fall victim to violent, firearm-related crimes committed by strangers, according to a new study by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics. That study shows strangers committed about 38 percent of non-fatal, violent crimes including rape, robbery and assault in 2010, the most recent data available. Of that amount, only an average of 10 percent used a firearm while committing the crime. In...
  • Chris Kyle, record-holding sniper as Navy SEAL, killed in double slaying at Erath County gun range

    02/03/2013 5:30:27 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies
    dallasnews ^ | 03 February 2013 | TASHA TSIAPERAS
    Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who was the U.S. military’s deadliest sharpshooter and wrote the best-selling book American Sniper, was fatally shot Saturday in a double slaying at an Erath County gun range, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Late Saturday, Lancaster police said they had arrested a man they say matched the description of a gunman wanted in the slayings. After a brief chase, officers arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, said Lt. Kelly Hooten, a department spokesman. Kyle was at a charity event at the gun range at Rough Creek Lodge and Resort on behalf of his Dallas-based security...
  • Wilmington churches struck by graffiti vandals

    02/03/2013 4:27:14 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 10 replies
    WCVB-TV ^ | 1/2/2013 | Staff
    Three Wilmington churches were struck by graffiti vandals early Saturday morning, police said. The vandals stenciled the words "brain washed" on statues, exterior walls, doors and stairs, according to the Rev. Philip Early, pastor of Saint Thomas of Villinova and Saint Dorothy's Catholic churches. A nearby Congregational church was also damaged. Early said, "Acting out accomplishes nothing." The graffiti was discovered early Saturday morning as several funerals were about to get underway.
  • Islamists: Actions of our fake 'attorney' outrageous!

    02/03/2013 3:17:59 AM PST · by wesagain · 11 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    "Lawsuit contends council hired, protected, covered up for fraud"A group of Islamists in the United States, the Council for American-Islamic Relations, has admitted that actions by an “attorney” in one of its offices were outrageous, according to a filing in a legal battle over the liability that stems from the fact the man represented as a “resident attorney” wasn’t a licensed lawyer. The case, which consolidated several earlier complaints, alleges that CAIR, which was named by the U.S. Justice Department as an unindicted terrorist co-conspirator, was aware that its “resident attorney” and “manager for civil rights” at a now-defunct Maryland-Virginia...
  • Renowned Navy SEAL Sniper Shot Dead At Texas Gun Range

    02/03/2013 12:57:33 AM PST · by zeestephen · 44 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02 February 2013 | Jessica Stanton
    Chris Kyle, known as “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history,” was reportedly shot and killed on Saturday. “Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who is recovering from PTSD.”
  • Bell Helicopters' upgraded H-1 generates foreign interest

    02/03/2013 12:40:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 31, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Bell Helicopters' upgraded H-1 generates foreign interest (Reuters) - As U.S. budget pressures mount, the U.S. Marine Corps says growing foreign demand could help drive down the unit cost of its new upgraded H-1 utility and attack helicopters built by Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc (TXT.N). Major General John Croley, assistant deputy commandant for aviation, said the new helicopters had greater range and capabilities that would enhance the Marines' ability to work with allies across the Asia-Pacific region. He said increased interest from countries in Asia and the Middle East could help lower the cost of the new...
  • F-22 Raptors need helmet-mounted cueing system to take full advantage of AIM-9X

    02/03/2013 12:36:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 1 Feb 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    F-22 Raptors need helmet-mounted cueing system to take full advantage of AIM-9X Even after the US Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighters starts receiving full Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder high off-boresight missle capability in 2017, the aircraft needs a helmet-mounted cueing system (HMCS) to use the weapon to its full potential. That is even taking into account the AIM-9X Block I and Block II's helmetless high off-boresight (HHOBS) capability. "Without a helmet, that means the missile will need a very tight cue from somewhere," one F-22 pilot says. "[That's] something that is not always available in...
  • Why Are Black "Leaders" Anti Gun ?

    02/02/2013 11:44:36 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan 31, 2013 | MrColionNoir
    Good YouTube video from a black man about gun control.
  • Super Bowl Ravens vs 49ers: how politics took over the Greatest Show on Earth

    02/02/2013 11:23:22 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 1, 2013 | Mark Hughes
    New York - It is routinely billed as the Greatest Show on Earth - but this year it has become a platform for far more than footballers, cheerleaders, and the infamous half-time show. Beyonce performs the National Anthem during the halftime show press conference ahead of the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 31, 2013. Photo: Reuters/Jim Young In the past few weeks the Super Bowl, the centrepiece of American sport, has taken on a distinctly political feel. Social issues such as gay marriage, gun control, racial equality, and poverty in Ethiopia have all been put on the...
  • Seven Reasons Why it's a Photo-opp (Skeet-Gate)

    02/02/2013 11:21:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 127 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/2/13 | Michael Harlin
    I'm sure we've all seen by now the "photo op" of President Obama shooting skeet. If he's shooting skeet then I'm Daffy Duck. Skeet [clay disks of bright colors] are thrown by a machine from two towers erected to the right and left of the shooter. (There are other set ups like ones used for "sporting clays" but that isn't represented in the White House photo release.) Usually, the skeet is thrown about ten or more feet above the ground. The shooters are arranged in a semi-circle at various stations around the semi-circle. The "group" of shooters lines up at...
  • California Irrigation Changing Weather Patterns in American Southwest

    02/02/2013 11:15:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 1 February 2013 | Sid Perkins
    Enlarge Image Thanks, California! Massive amounts of irrigation in California's Central Valley boost summer precipitation across the American Southwest and during that period increases runoff into the Colorado River, which flows through the Grand Canyon, by an average of 28%, a new study suggests. Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock Water diverted to central California's farmlands boosts rainfall in nearby states and may even exacerbate periodic flooding in some regions, a new study suggests. The phenomenon may also be happening elsewhere in the world. California's Central Valley—an area almost twice the size of Massachusetts where farmers raise more than 200 different crops, including...
  • Oregon State University Wins Contract to Build New Oceanographic Research Vessels

    02/02/2013 10:37:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 1 February 2013 | Carolyn Gramling
    Enlarge Image Credit: UNOLS As many as three new coastal research vessels are slated to join the United States' oceanographic research fleet—and Oregon State University will take the lead in designing and building them, OSU President Edward Ray announced yesterday. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will give OSU an initial $3 million to coordinate the concept design; the total expected cost will be $290 million, assuming the U.S. Congress comes up with the money for the new ships. The vessels are part of a long-term plan to replace some of the vessels in the rapidly aging U.S. scientific fleet....
  • Magnetic Sun Produces Hot Hot Heat

    02/02/2013 10:17:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 23 January 2013 | Sid Perkins
    Enlarge Image A picture of heat. A high-resolution image of the solar atmosphere at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths (right) reveals details of magnetic processes (middle and lower left; bright features denote intense energy release) likely providing much of the energy that heats the corona to temperatures ranging from 2 million°C to 4 million°C. The upper-left image denotes a region seen in close-up at right. Credit: Amy Winebarger/MSFC/NASA If you thought the exterior of the sun was hot, check out its corona. Although our star's visible surface is less than 6000°C, its atmosphere blazes at up to 4 million°C. Now, thanks...
  • Caught in the act: Researchers capture key moments in cell death

    02/02/2013 9:44:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Phys.org ^ | February 2, 2013 | NA
    Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have for the first time visualised the molecular changes in a critical cell death protein that force cells to die. The finding provides important insights into how cell death occurs, and could lead to new classes of medicines that control whether diseased cells live or die. Cell death, called apoptosis, is important for controlling the number of cells in the body. Defects in cell death have been linked to the development of diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative conditions. Insufficient cell death can cause cancer by allowing cells to become immortal while...
  • Sheriff Sniff's Letter To Feinstein Opposing proposed "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013"

    02/02/2013 9:15:42 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 30 replies
    Calguns.net ^ | February 1, 2013 | Sheriff Sniff
    Sheriff Stanley Sniff, Riverside County, California February 1, 2013 The Honorable Dianne Feinstein Washington DC Re: Opposed to "Assault Weapons Ban of 2013" Dear Senator Feinstein: I serve as the elected Sheriff of Riverside County and have done so since 2007. Riverside County, at nearly 2.3 million residents, is California's 4th most populous, as well as the 4th largest in sheer physical size at 7,300 sq miles, of our State's 58 counties. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department, at nearly 2,200 sworn employees and nearly 4,000 full-time employees is the 5th largest of California's police and sheriff's departments. In addition to...
  • 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.