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  • US to cut carrier fleet in Persian Gulf to 1

    02/06/2013 10:39:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 6:36 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    The Pentagon is cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one, the Defense Department said Wednesday, in a move that represents one of the most significant effects of budget cuts on the U.S. military presence overseas. The decision comes as Washington struggles to find a way to avoid sharp automatic spending cuts set to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs next month. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved keeping just one carrier in the Persian Gulf region. The U.S. has maintained two aircraft carrier groups in the Gulf for most of the last...
  • Magnitude 8.0 - SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS (Incredible quake activity above Australia)

    02/06/2013 9:57:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 58 replies
    USGS ^ | 2013 February 06 01:12:27 UTC
    Depth 28.7 km (17.8 miles)>81 km (50 miles) W of Lata, Solomon Islands
  • Budget cuts would reduce flying hours, F-35 orders: Air Force

    02/06/2013 9:47:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 6, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Budget cuts would reduce flying hours, F-35 orders: Air Force (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force will have to curtail its orders for Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet, restructure a $52 billion tanker contract with Boeing Co and reduce its flying hours by 18 percent if lawmakers do not avert impending across-the-board spending cuts, the service told Congress on Wednesday. The Air Force, in a draft presentation to Congress, said it faced shortfalls of $1.8 billion in war funding and $12.4 billion overall if Congress does not forestall the cuts, known as sequestration, which are due to take effect...
  • Israel’s Stunner emerges on India’s radar

    02/06/2013 9:43:53 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | 02/07/2013 | SUJAN DUTTA
    Israel’s Stunner emerges on India’s radar SUJAN DUTTA Bangalore, Feb. 6: Behind Israel’s Iron Dome for India is a Stunner in the works. Israel, India’s furtive defence supplier that both countries keep shrouded behind layers of confidentiality, has outed itself in the Aero India 9th edition here. A truck-mounted launcher from its Iron Dome missile system greets visitors at the entrance to the biannual event in the IAF’s Yelahanka airbase that showcases the air combat inventory that India has on its wish list. The Iron Dome, successfully demonstrated in last year’s short sharp war between Israel and militants in the...
  • Gun Violence: What Can Be Done to Save Lives

    02/06/2013 9:37:11 PM PST · by honestabe010 · 22 replies
    Times Square Gossip ^ | Brian Woodward
    "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed."- Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787 These are eloquent words spoken by as educated of a man as there was at the time. Noah Webster is an American icon, an editor of the Federalist Papers, an eminent author, and an opponent of slavery. He also lived in a different era where different...
  • Massive Manhunt For Former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner (Double Homicide – Irvine, CA)

    02/06/2013 9:12:09 PM PST · by doug from upland · 48 replies
    FULL HEADLINE: PHOTO: Massive Manhunt For Former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner – Wanted In Double Homicide – Armed/Dangerous Irvine Police looking for double murder suspect Christopher Jordan Dorner, 34 yrs old, a former LAPD officer and Naval officer. He may be driving a blue Nissan Titan pickup 7×03191. He was fired from LAPD by a board of rights several years ago. Dorner was represented by the father of murder victim during his board of rights hearing prior to being fired. He has left a lengthy manifesto, is considered armed and dangerous. He knows how to avoid law enforcement and has...
  • Good news from Chris Rock: Obama is sort of our dad and our boss

    02/06/2013 9:00:57 PM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Via the Examiner, the only thing that makes this slightly less creepy than Demi Moore’s famous pledge of allegiance to The One is the fact that Rock can always plead “it’s a joke” later on. Is it, though? If you wanted a concise explanation of why liberals are suddenly A-OK with kill lists and drone strikes, you could do worse than this. Exit question: Is the president still our dad and our boss when he’s a Republican?
  • Ron Paul clarifies comments on death of Navy SEAL sniper

    02/06/2013 8:55:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 35 replies
    After a public backlash, former presidential candidate Ron Paul used his Facebook page to clarify controversial comments he made Monday about the Navy SEAL who was killed at a Texas gun range over the weekend. Paul wrote: “Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that ‘he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’ Paul backtracked some and offered a clarification on his Facebook page. He wrote: "As a veteran, I certainly recognize that this weekend's violence and killing of Chris Kyle were a tragic and sad event. My condolences and prayers go out to Mr. Kyle’s family. Unconstitutional and...
  • Exclusive--Senate Letter: No Vote Until Hagel Hands Over Info on Foreign Cash

    02/06/2013 8:13:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/13 | Ben Shapiro
    The nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to Secretary of Defense has been held up due to Hagel’s failure to turn over required documents to the Senate Armed Services Committee, even after a letter prompting him for those documents. Those documents concern Hagel’s stream of income from foreign sources; obviously, being in a sensitive position such as Secretary of Defense, Hagel must be cleared by the committee of any possible financial entanglements with suspicious foreign sources. On Wednesday, 25 Senators sent Hagel a letter with the following text, obtained exclusively by Breitbart News: Dear Senator Hagel, On January 29,...
  • Colombia reaches sustained production of over a million barrels of oil per day

    02/06/2013 7:59:07 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 2 replies
    MercoPress ^ | February 5th, 2013
    Colombia announced that it produced an average of 1.01 million barrels of oil per day in January, marking the first time that average crude output for a month surpassed the one million-barrel mark that the government had set as a target for the country's oil industry. Last month's figure was more than 7% higher than the 944,000 barrels a day produced in January 2012, the Mines and Energy Ministry said in a statement. For all of 2012, average oil output stood at 940,000 barrels of oil per day, which represents a 3.16% increase from 2011. Colombia has seen its oil...
  • Va. House speaker derails GOP redistricting plan

    02/06/2013 7:53:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 10:29 PM EST | Bob Lewis
    The Republican speaker of the Virginia House has ruled against a GOP-backed redistricting plan that was muscled through a divided Virginia Senate while a veteran black Democratic lawmaker was attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration. … The move set off a firestorm among Senate Democrats, who’d threatened to deny the Senate’s 20 Republicans the necessary 21st vote to advance key initiatives. …
  • Government fought bail release claiming gun dealers a ‘danger to community’(Reese, NM)

    02/06/2013 7:51:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    Government prosecutors argued against granting bond to Deming, N.M., gun dealer Rick Reese and his son Ryin, painting them as dangerous risks for release, court documents received this evening by Gun Rights Examiner reveal. United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, nominated by President Obama last November to serve on the U.S. District Court in the District of New Mexico, filed a supplement to the defendant’s motion for release in that court last Tuesday, citing an affidavit he claimed contained “statements relevant to the motion. “[T]hey highlight the Defendants release still pose a danger to the community,” Gonzales wrote in the...
  • Impunity feeds Egypt’s sexual assaults, group says

    02/06/2013 7:47:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 3:45 PM EST
    Mob-led sexual assaults targeting Egypt’s female protesters could increase if perpetrators are not punished, an international rights group warned on Wednesday. Amnesty International said statements from victims show that the assaults follow a “clear pattern,” where mobs of men encircle the victims, assault them with weapons and hands and then try to undress them. Amnesty’s warning followed a statement from the U.N. human rights office, which last week said that about 25 women were reportedly sexually assaulted—in some cases with extraordinary violence—in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during recent demonstrations against Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. … One particular attack on a...
  • House votes 253-167 to require balanced budget date from President Obama

    02/06/2013 7:47:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/6/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Republican-led House passed legislation Wednesday that would force President Obama to estimate when the federal budget will balance again — and outline the steps he proposes to eliminate the budget deficit. The Require a PLAN Act is part of a new Republican attempt to force Obama and the Democratic Senate to engage in efforts to cut the deficit. Republicans have roundly criticized Obama for submitting late budgets that don´t balance, and the Senate for failing to produce any budget plan at all in nearly four years. As expected, the
  • Texas Senator Ted Cruz Needs Letters Supporting the Second Amendment

    02/06/2013 7:41:00 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Houston, Tx --(Ammoland.com)- U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, & Human Rights : The Senate committee listed above will take up the subject of “Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence: Protecting Our Communities While Respecting the Second Amendment” next Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Senator Cruz is the Ranking Member of this subcommittee. Senator Cruz is asking for your help. Please be willing to submit your thoughts on a relevant topic for Sen.Cruz and the committee to consider in the form of a formal letter to the committee which makes either a pro 2nd Amendment...
  • Supermarkets cry foul as FDA proposes new food labeling rule under ObamaCare

    02/06/2013 7:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/6/13 | Shannon Bream
    If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier. Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners -- to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone. (Snip) The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets
  • Zimmerman Brother: George Supported Obama, Wanted to End 'Club of White Men'

    02/06/2013 7:33:24 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/6/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Media coverage of the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin has been skewed for months by wild charges of racism against George. NBC News infamously edited tape of Zimmerman to make it appear that he thought Martin was suspicious thanks to his race; CNN reported that Zimmerman had used a racial slur during his 911 call. That thematic stretched all the way to the White House, with President Obama suggesting that Zimmerman was acting out of racism, since as Obama put it, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” The truth is far different. Not only was Zimmerman...
  • Air pollution delivers smaller babies

    02/06/2013 7:23:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 06 February 2013 | Hannah Hoag
    Study of 3 million infants suggests connection between inhaled particles and birth weight. Pregnant women who have been exposed to higher levels of some types of air pollution are slightly more likely to give birth to underweight babies, a large international study has found. The results are published online today in Environmental Health Perspectives1. Low birth weight — defined as a newborn baby weighing less than 2.5 kilogrammes — increases the risk of infant mortality and childhood diseases, and has been associated with developmental and health problems later in life, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Previous studies have looked at...
  • Abbas Meets Ahmadinejad in Cairo "Israel's peace partner" meets the man that

    02/06/2013 7:15:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 2/6/13 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is always touted by the West as a peace partner for Israel, met on Wednesday with the man that has constantly called for Israel’s destruction. Abbas met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the Islamic summit held in Cairo, the PA-based WAFA news agency reported. According to the report, the two discussed the political process, the Palestinian Authority’s financial crisis and the reconciliation efforts between Abbas’s Fatah movement and rival Hamas. The meeting was attended by PLO Executive Committee Member Saeb Erekat, the PA’s Foreign Affairs Minister Riyad Al-Malki and Abbas’s...
  • The Greek food brawl: Hundreds fight each other for free vegetables on the streets of Athens

    02/06/2013 7:11:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/6/13 | Sara Malm
    Hundreds of people were fighting eachother on the streets of Athens during a food giveaway, prompting an outcry over the growing desperation created by economic crisis. Farmers protesting against government cuts gave away 50 tonnes of free vegetables and fruit in the Greek capital earlier today, causing chaos in the streets as impoverished and hungry people elbowed their way to the stalls. Startling images of Greeks struggling to seize bags of tomatoes and leeks thrown from a truck outside the Agriculture Ministry have sparked further debate about poverty in the debt-ridden nation. ‘These images make me angry.