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  • Remand Extended a Day for Suspect in Attacks on Arabs

    The Jerusalem Magistrates Court extended by a day, Thursday, the remand of a Jewish youth arrested, Wednesday evening, in connection with spraying teargas at Arab taxi drivers, according to the Honenu legal-aid organization, which is defending him. The police requested a ten-day extension but Judge Mordechai Burstein claimed their identification of the youthful suspect was problematic. The police plan to appeal ...
  • Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone

    02/07/2013 4:04:53 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TBI - Live Science ^ | 2-7-2013 | Tia Ghose
    Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone Tia Ghose, LiveScienceFebruary, 2013 . An ancient hominin jawbone unearthed in a Serbian cave may be more than half a million years old. Scientists have unearthed a jawbone from an ancient human ancestor in a cave in Serbia. The jawbone, which may have come from an ancient Homo erectus or a primitive-looking Neanderthal precursor, is more than 397,000 years old, and possibly more than 525,000 years old. The fossil, described today (Feb. 6) in the journal PLOS ONE, is the oldest hominin fossil found in this region of Europe, and may change...
  • U.S. drone strike policy: Just War or just targeted killing?

    02/07/2013 3:57:54 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    washington post ^ | 2-7-13 | Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
    The Justice Department memo makes a case for the legality of drone strikes to kill Americans abroad who pose an “imminent threat of violent attack.” This is a reference to “self-defense.” Brennan was the first administration official to publicly acknowledge drone strikes in a speech last year, calling them “consistent with the inherent right of self-defense.” The “inherent right of self-defense” is another clear reference to moral reasoning on war as represented by Just War theory. The problem is, the Justice Department memo doesn’t limit the legality argument to what would be commonly understood as “imminent threat” and thus the...
  • Bloomberg spends $660,000 on Jackson Jr. contest

    02/07/2013 3:52:08 PM PST · by lex33 · 8 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 7, 2013 | Rick Pearson
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee has spent at least $660,000 for 12 days of TV ads blasting Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson’s past support from the National Rifle Association, records filed by local affiliates of the four major networks showed Thursday. When its current ad buy ends Sunday, the Independence USA super PAC will have aired 574 half-minute broadcast TV commercials to influence the outcome of the 2nd Congressional District special election, the records show.
  • Suspected Mass-Murderer's Manifesto Endorses Hillary, Obama, Gun Control, Elite Media

    02/07/2013 3:26:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Bretibart ^ | 2/7/13 | John Nolte
    While we pray for those murdered and everyone who might be in danger, we cannot forget that the media and its allies in the Democratic Party have set a standard when it comes to reporting on the possible political motives of mass murderers. Though they generally make things up to turn the death of innocents into a talking point against the Right, it's still the left who set this precedent. And what do you know, Chris Dorner, the former-police officer suspected of being behind the murder rampage presently unfolding in Los Angeles, has apparently left behind a manifesto addressed to...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 8,2013

    02/07/2013 3:20:50 PM PST · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 7,2013 | Mar Levin
    Sorry To Be Late!:(=^..^=
  • Yes, There Was a Plan For Gunrunning to Syria

    02/07/2013 3:17:09 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 17 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | February 07 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Two weeks ago, Senator Rand Paul asked then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if Benghazi served as a gateway for the United States to run weapons to Syrian rebels through Turkey. Today during testimony on Capitol Hill, outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta admitted there was a plan, supported by Clinton and former CIA Director David Petreaus, put in place to arm Syrian rebels but was stopped by President Obama. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mr. Panetta and Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were asked by Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona,...
  • Secret Hagel Donor?: White House Spox Ducks Question on 'Friends of Hamas'

    02/07/2013 3:16:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Bretibart ^ | 2/7/13 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, Senate sources told Breitbart News exclusively that they have been informed that one of the reasons that President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, has not turned over requested documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is a group purportedly called “Friends of Hamas.” Yesterday, 25 senators sent a letter to Hagel demanding information on his foreign funding. Hagel has refused all such requests, prompting the senators to state, “in the judgment of the undersigned, a Committee vote on your nomination should not occur unless and until you...
  • Homeowner shoots intruder twice for climbing into backyard

    02/07/2013 2:11:28 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    www.khou.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Rekha Muddaraj
    HOUSTON - A suspected robber is in the hospital Tuesday after a homeowner shot him twice after he caught him climbing over his back fence. The suspect ignored a “no trespassing” sign on the fence and climbed over the fence into the bed of a truck. That is when the homeowner came out to investigate. -------------------cut--------------------------------- From the comments, Greg Thompson writes: "KHOU he did not shoot him for climbing into the yard as your headline states, he shot the POS because he was trespassing and he feared for his safety. You morons. "
  • Clerk scares robber away with her own gun

    02/07/2013 2:03:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    gadsdentimes.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Staff
    A female clerk at Pump and Go on Forrest Avenue on Saturday scared away a potential robber, according to a news release from the Gadsden Police Department.
  • LAPD Spree Killer's Supposed Full Manifesto Shows Support For Gun Control And President Obama

    02/07/2013 1:57:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 90 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 7 February, 2013 | Andrew Kaczynski
    While the search for fired Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner continues, several versions of a manifesto believed to have been written by Dorner have been circulating around the Internet. Many of the versions are redacted to remove the names of Dorner targets. But a version that was originally posted on Fox's Los Angeles affiliate KTTV also contained quotes on President Obama and support for gun control. The version of the manifesto was obtained and posted on Fox LA 12 hours ago, but the link now returns an error page. A representative of Fox LA told BuzzFeed they pulled most...
  • Raping women in Tahrir NOT ‘red line’: Egyptian preacher Abu Islam

    02/07/2013 1:52:57 PM PST · by knighthawk · 19 replies
    al-Arabiya ^ | February 7, 2013
    An Egyptian Salafi preacher said raping and sexually harassing women protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is justified, calling them “crusaders” who “have no shame, no fear and not even feminism.” In an online video posted Wednesday, Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, known as “Abu Islam” and owner of the private television channel of “al-Ummah,” said these women are no red line. “They tell you women are a red line. They tell you that naked women -- who are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped -- are a red line! And they ask Mursi and the Brotherhood to leave...
  • No Deal! Bishops to Administration: You Can't Force Lay Catholics to Act Against Faith

    02/07/2013 1:48:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 7, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Thursday signaling to the Obama Administration that the bishops will not make a separate deal to exempt Catholic institutions from an Obamacare mandate that requires health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs that leaves lay Catholic business owners and individual employees still subject to the mandate. “In obedience to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have consistently taught our people to live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs that they proclaim on the Sabbath,” said Cardinal...
  • Big Vegas gun show has Newtown ties (sandy hook massacre)

    02/07/2013 1:45:43 PM PST · by RummyChick · 5 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 1/16 | berton
    LAS VEGAS -- One month and one day after the elementary-school massacre that threatens to change the American gun industry, a group based where that atrocity took place mixed defiance with discretion Tuesday in opening the doors to the world's largest gun show. More than 60,000 gun dealers, retailers and apparel makers are in Las Vegas this week for the annual Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade convention, hosted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation of Newtown. The four-day "SHOT Show" is not for the public -- it's for those who sell to the public.
  • Armed Citizens are Responsible Citizens

    02/07/2013 1:32:18 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/7/13 | William A Levinson
    It is easy to understand why Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ) made a speech in support of gun control. She remembers that a deranged individual used a firearm to cripple her for life, but she also needs to remember that there were two gun-wielding individuals involved in the incident. The second gunman, Joseph Zamudio, wrote Giffords and Jared Lee Loughner's other victims a blank check on the spot for any amount up to and including his life. Even though Zamudio had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, he had no legal obligation whatsoever to walk into a situation that involved...
  • African-American Dressed In KKK Hood On Street Corner Sparks Controversy In Philadelphia

    02/07/2013 1:26:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 02/06/2013 | Jericka Duncan
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In 2013, no one expects to see a man dressed in a Ku Klux Clan robe mid-morning in Center City, Philadelphia. “I think that’s nonsense,” said one woman on the street. “He needs to be committed to the jail system,” said another onlooker. The man, who stood on the corner of 13th and Filbert on Tuesday, is not out to lynch or kill black people. In fact, he is black. Thirty-five-year-old Sixx King says he’s using the offensive symbol to highlight a serious problem: black on black crime. “We’re bringing awareness to the black hypocrisy, complacency and...
  • Obama: Prayer Breakfast ‘Forgotten on the Same Day as the Prayer Breakfast’

    02/07/2013 1:20:25 PM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/7/13 | Melanie Hunter
    “I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we’ve been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten – on the same day as the prayer breakfast. You’d like to think that the shelf life wasn’t so short. I go back to the Oval Office, and I start watching the cable news networks, and it’s like we didn’t pray,” Obama said.
  • Entire Miami Police Squad Fired After Footage Shows Cops Shopping, Dining & Kissing While Ignoring

    02/07/2013 1:16:09 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    An investigation into Miami police officers’ on-duty conduct found six officers were ignoring 911 calls while instead kissing their girlfriends, shopping, and drinking coffee. One 911 call involved an unconscious five-month-old baby. Video footage shows Miami police officer Dario Socarras ignoring dispatch orders to save the child, while drinking coffee for nine minutes and lying to the dispatcher about being “en route”. Paramedics eventually reached the unconscious child, while Socarras never went – but still, the officer wrote in his daily report that he attended the scene. And Socarras is only one of six officers caught neglecting their duties: after...
  • Chicago Police Want 12 Percent Pay Raise (and more benefits)

    02/07/2013 1:11:37 PM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Feb 07, 2013 | n/a
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Contract demands by Chicago police officers include much higher pay and something you might not have imagined. Chicago police are reportedly proposing in negotiations that their pay increase by 12 percent over two years. The union also wants officers to get extra money because they are required to live in the city. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the union is proposing a residency stipend of $3,000 per officer. ...
  • Cop Accused Of Seducing Women Involved In Domestic Disputes

    02/07/2013 1:00:39 PM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 14 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | February 6, 2013 | Dave Savini
    ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. (CBS) – An Elmwood Park police sergeant has been accused of using his police powers to target women he could seduce, when he was supposed to be working. He also has been accused of targeting the men who are in those ladies’ lives. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini spoke with three men who questioned how Sgt. John Wasilenko sergeant is still on the job. Dewey Paccagnini said Wasilenko was on duty when Paccagnini caught the officer with his wife. “I saw my wife kissing this guy – sergeant or officer – in the squad car,” said Paccagnini....