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  • Reese Case: Who Had Incentive to Lie Under Oath?

    02/06/2013 6:45:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Tea Party Patriots of Luna County ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tea Party Patriots of Luna County
    This week the Reese family continues to wait for Rick and Ryin to be released from jail pursuant to Judge Brack’s Memorandum Opinion and Order last week granting a new trial. Underscoring the decision are allegations that Luna County Sheriff Deputy Alan Batts may have had incentive to lie under oath. Rick and Terri Reese and their two sons, Ryin and Remington Reese were arrested in August 2011. They were charged with 30 counts of criminal activity related to making false statements in connection with the sale of firearms, international weapons trafficking related to smuggling weapons to the Mexican cartel,...
  • Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

    02/06/2013 6:44:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 2-6-13 | PAULINE JELINEK
    The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August. The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points - package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services. Under the new plan,...
  • Beyond Absurd ... “I Did Not Ask Her Name or Address”….

    02/06/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 6, 2013 | Sundance
    Each week when the participants in the prosecution of the State of Florida VS. George Zimmerman speak we are astounded that no-one in the legacy media finds enough courage to factually investigate this case. Specifically, the fraud that is the storyline around Witness #8 “Dee Dee” the supposed girlfriend of Trayvon Martin. Initially she was sold to the media on March 20th as a 16-year-old girl, a minor, a sweetheart, who was devastated at the tragic loss of her 17-year-old “puppy love”. A girl who was on the phone with Trayvon when he encountered George Zimmerman. Benjamin Crump played an...
  • Big Sis mulls presidential bid

    02/06/2013 6:38:33 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    If Hillary Clinton isn't in the 2016 U.S. presidential mix, a Washington Post commentary says Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano may be the woman to watch. Before moving to Washington Napolitano was a well-regarded and popular governor in Arizona. Since arriving in the nation's capital she has made it known she's mulling making a run for higher office, the Post said Monday. As governor, Napolitano was criticized for not being aggressive enough in addressing the influx of illegal immigrants. But as homeland security secretary, she has an opportunity in which to change that image, including a high-profile tour of the...
  • Obama's Extraordinary Hypocrisy on Drone Strikes

    02/06/2013 6:32:49 AM PST · by South40 · 8 replies
    Weazelzippers ^ | 2/5/2013
    Share it with every liberal you know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U9HvGmfD0ms
  • (NC) Sheriff: Gun permit applicants required to release mental health records

    02/06/2013 6:15:49 AM PST · by lwd · 36 replies
    Salisbury Post ^ | Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:48 a.m | Shavonne Potts
    The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says it will start requiring mental health background checks for anyone applying to buy a handgun. The application already asks whether the person seeking the handgun permit has ever been committed to a mental institution. But until now, the Sheriff’s Office had never verified the answer. Beginning Monday, handgun permit applicants will have to give permission for the Rowan County Clerk of Superior Court to release mental health records to the Sheriff’s Office.“It’s been an honor system, and we are just going to do a little more checking,” Sheriff Kevin Auten said. The inquiry includes...
  • Cook County IL adopts new gun law

    02/06/2013 6:13:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | John Byrne
    Cook County (Chicago) IL adopts new gun law Firearms owners will be required to report loss or sale of guns By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter February 6, 2013 Firearms owners in suburban Cook County will face fines up to $2,000 if they don't report to police when their guns are lost, stolen or sold, under an ordinance county commissioners approved Tuesday. The plan, pushed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, will apply to all areas of the county where a similar law is not already on the books. It will not apply within the city of Chicago, which has...
  • Columbus Police want your guns

    02/06/2013 6:06:30 AM PST · by Hotmetal
    WTVA News ^ | 02/05/13 | Susan Parker
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Just give us the guns. No questions asked. The Columbus Police Department may be joining forces with other city officials, faith-based organizations and members of the community to reduce the number of firearms in town. If all goes as planned in the form of approval from the Columbus City Council, four locations would be made available to surrender guns on a designated Saturday. Buy back prices range from $20 for bb guns and air pistols. Hand guns would would be purchased for $100. Rifles and shot guns would be $200 and assault rifles would be worth...
  • Cleveland police chase and shooting portrayed as chaotic scene by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

    02/06/2013 5:53:52 AM PST · by i_robot73 · 30 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 02/05/2013 | Rachel Dissell
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A November car chase ended in a "full blown-out" firefight, with glass and bullets flying, according to Cleveland police officers who described for investigators the chaotic scene at the end of the deadly 25-minute pursuit. But when the smoky haze -- caused by rapid fire of nearly 140 bullets in less than 30 seconds -- dissipated, it soon became clear that more than a dozen officers had been firing at one another across a middle school parking lot in East Cleveland. Soon after the shooting stopped, one officer rushed to check the two occupants of the 1979...
  • Reports on China vanish from N. Korean media

    02/06/2013 5:49:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/06
    2013/02/06 15:25 KST Reports on China vanish from N. Korean media SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- News reports about China have effectively vanished from North Korean media, raising speculation that Pyongyang is upset with its close ally over its request the North not go through with its expected nuclear test, an analysis of the country's major wire service, daily paper and broadcasters showed Wednesday. The screening of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Rodong Sinmun, Korean Central Television (KCTV), Radio Pyongyang and Chosun Central TV by Yonhap News Agency following the passage of the U.N. Security Council resolution on Jan....
  • Editorial: Will the White House Finally Grow the Backbone to Digitally Counterattack China?

    02/06/2013 5:46:15 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 14 replies
    DailyTech ^ | 1-31-2013 | Jason Mick
    Hack on The New York Times is latest incident to illustrate China's dominance in the new era of warfare, and the U.S.'s inactionIn the campy remake of the 1980s classic Red Dawn, MGM last year recast the titular enemy as not the Soviet-era Russians, but the Chinese. The movie may have been panned, but it did have one thing going for it -- it was uncomfortably close to reality. I. A New WarChina is unlikely to ever raise its guns or tank barrels on the U.S. It does not need to. The ultimate goal of all conquest is money, power,...
  • MK: Want to Enlist Hareidim? Enlist Arabs, Too

    02/06/2013 5:43:45 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    “Equal share in the burden” of army enlistment is meaningless if it does not include Arab citizens, representatives from the hareidi-religious Yahadut Hatorah (United Torah Judaism) party argued Tuesday evening in a meeting with Likud Beytenu. “If there is ‘equality’ – then let it be true equality. Why is the hareidi population under pressure while the Arabs are outside the debate completely?” challenged MK Moshe Gafni, who was quoted by the hareidi paper Hamevaser. MK Meir Porush argued that the state has not historically been eager to enlist even those hareidi men who were eligible for mandatory service. “According to...
  • Walter Williams: Women in Combat

    02/06/2013 5:41:08 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Walter Williams
    A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field." The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same...
  • Penney’s Johnson seen slashing jobs (JC Penney's meltdown continues...)

    02/06/2013 5:32:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/6/13 | JAMES COVERT
    JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson is getting ready to break more hearts at headquarters — a few hundred more. In what some Penney insiders are calling the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” the former Apple exec plans this month to fire at least 10 percent of the remaining 3,000 employees at the retailer’s home offices in Plano, Texas, sources told The Post. While the bloodbath was originally targeted for last month, sources said Johnson opted to delay it until after the flailing company’s fiscal year ended last week. “They wanted to throw the severance costs into this year because last year was...
  • Turkey ma’s shady pals; Hung with bad guys: feds (Drug Mule?)

    02/06/2013 5:21:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/6/13 | JOSH MARGOLIN and JEANE MACINTOSH
    FBI agents probing the murder of a Staten Island mom in Turkey said they don’t believe she was there just to take pictures — and said she hung out with a “criminal element” during the solo trip abroad. “There are a lot of open questions that need to be answered,” a source familiar with the ongoing case told The Post. Mother of two Sarai Sierra, 33, was found dead from a ferocious blow to the skull in a seedy area of Istanbul last Saturday after failing to show up for a Jan. 21 flight home to New York. “The first...
  • Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs

    02/06/2013 5:10:29 AM PST · by Doogle · 84 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | AP via FOX
    The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August. The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.
  • Tacony deli owner fatally shoots would-be robber (Philly)

    02/06/2013 5:05:18 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/06/2013 | Emily Babay
    Police this morning continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of a would-be robber last night by the owner of a Tacony deli store. The shootout happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at Anna's Deli on the 4400 block of Princeton Avenue. Police say a 19-year-old man approached the deli's cash register, armed with a 9 mm handgun. He then fired two shots at the store owner's wife. That's when the deli owner, identified as a 55-year-old man, emerged from the back of the store with a 9 mm handgun and shot the would-be robber in the chest, according to...
  • Meacham On Drone Kills: Obama Acting 'Like American King'

    02/06/2013 5:00:17 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wow! Who would have thought that perhaps the strongest statement yet in condemnation of President Obama's self-arrogated right to kill Americans abroad would have come from Jon Meacham? Yet on today's Morning Joe, historian Meacham—who knows something about the use and abuse of presidential power—criticized Obama for ignoring the "rule of law" and actually described Obama as acting like "an American King." Joe Scarborough seconded Meacham's surprising statement, adding that had this come to light under George W. Bush, impeachment would be in the air. View the video here.
  • Columbus (Mississippi) Police want your guns

    02/06/2013 4:50:41 AM PST · by WKB · 50 replies
    WTVA ^ | 2\6\13 | STAFF
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Just give us the guns. No questions asked. The Columbus Police Department may be joining forces with other city officials, faith-based organizations and members of the community to reduce the number of firearms in town. If all goes as planned in the form of approval from the Columbus City Council, four locations would be made available to surrender guns on a designated Saturday. Buy back prices range from $20 for bb guns and air pistols. Hand guns would would be purchased for $100. Rifles and shot guns would be $200 and assault rifles would be worth...
  • The CBO quietly hikes the price tag on ObamaCare's insurance subsidies by 29%

    02/06/2013 4:28:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/05/2013 | John Merline
    The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare's insurance subsidies offered via the health law's exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO's new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That's an increase of nearly 29%. [snip] The CBO also expects 7 million...