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  • Rand Paul’s Really Ignorant Paragraph

    02/09/2013 7:33:41 AM PST · by LSUfan · 38 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 7 Feb 2013 | Quin Hilyer
    There is much to commend, and there are some things to question, about Rand Paul’s big foreign policy speech yesterday at Heritage Foundation. The overall idea of using George Kennan-like “containment” for Iran or for jihadist Islam in general is, well, problematic , although there are plenty of elements of his speech that are at least somewhat sensible. It is a good thing to have discussion of such issues, and there is much value in having people make a thoughtful case against over-eagerness for military intervention. Those of us who tend a little more towards interventionism (”tend” being the key...
  • Sen. Menendez defends his relationship with political donor Melgen

    02/09/2013 7:33:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/08/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) defended his relationship with Florida doctor and political donor Salomon Melgen in an interview with Univision on Friday, saying he didn’t do anything on his friend’s behalf that he doesn’t regularly do for others. Melgen, a close friend of Menendez’s, reportedly overbilled the U.S. government by almost $9 million in Medicare payments, inviting a federal audit. Menendez acknowledged contacting officials to complain that the Medicare billing rules were unclear, but the senator denied that his close ties to Melgen had anything to do with him raising the issue. “The fact that someone is a donor does...
  • The Blizzard Reminder for the Redeemed!

    02/09/2013 7:32:34 AM PST · by kindred · 4 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen ^ | February 9, 2013 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friends with the Nemo Blizzard dropping about 2 to 3 feet at my house I was thinking again today about the wonders of... snow. Yes snow! Something one either hates or loves but whether you despise it or enjoy it, snow in it's self is an absolute wonder of Almighty God's ETERNAL creative genius (Job 38:22-23, Psalm 104:24, Prov. 3:19). As I was thinking of snow... the Bible verse from Isaiah 1:18 came to mind. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;...
  • Cummings: Postal Service cuts would hurt minority groups, single mothers

    02/09/2013 7:13:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The U.S. Postal Service's decision to eliminate Saturday delivery could disproportionally hurt minority groups, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. "You're talking about just this reduction … from six days to five days will cut anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 employees. And with regard to Asian, African-Americans, and Hispanics, they comprise about 40 percent of the Postal Service employees," Cummings told Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC Friday night. "So it's logical to believe if they were to lose that 30,000 jobs, easily 40 percent of them would be African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans." Cummings...
  • Obama: Sequester (his idea) would deal 'huge blow to middle-class families'

    02/09/2013 7:04:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    President Obama warned in his weekly address that the sequester would deal a "huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole" and urged Congress to strike a compromise deal to avert the $85 billion in automatic cuts. "There’s certainly no reason that middle-class families and small businesses should suffer just because Washington couldn’t come together and eliminate a few special-interest tax loopholes, or government programs that just don’t work," Obama said. "At a time when economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress, we shouldn’t allow self-inflicted wounds...
  • Strong but deep quake in Colombia (magnitude 7.0)

    02/09/2013 7:03:36 AM PST · by Moose4 · 9 replies
    AP via abcnews.com ^ | 9 February 2013 | Unattributed
    The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong but deep earthquake has shaken western Colombia. The agency says the quake struck at 9:16 a.m. (1606 GMT) Saturday and had a magnitude of 7.0. it was located about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Pasto. There are no immediate reports of damage.
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN RECALLS LIFE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL [Millionaire Liberal Crap]

    02/09/2013 6:58:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock.com ^ | 2/8/13 | Dave Lifton
    Tonight (Feb. 8), Bruce Springsteen will receive the MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year award for his history of philanthropic and political works. In a new interview, Springsteen discuss his longtime commitment to activism, and how it has influenced his own work. Once unwilling to speak his mind on the issues of the day, Springsteen has now played an active role in the last three presidental elections. He finds performing at a political rally to be a different challenge than a sold-out arena, but possibly more rewarding. “I go to Ohio with Jay-Z,” he told Robert Santelli, the Executive Director...
  • Forensic evidence both supports, casts doubt on Zimmerman claims

    02/09/2013 6:54:03 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | February 8, 2013 | Tony Pipitone WKMG-Local 6 News,
    Forensic evidence compiled in the killing of Trayvon Martin supports George Zimmerman's claim that Martin was leaning over him when he fired his gun, but casts doubt on Zimmerman's timeline on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teen, according to a review by a forensic expert for Local 6. Michael Knox, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective and crime scene investigator, published some of the findings in his book, "Intermediate Range: The Forensic Evidence in the Killing of Trayvon Martin" (available through Amazon.com here). Knox and Local 6 calculated the exact moment Zimmerman slammed shut his door as...
  • Detroit employee could face punishment for shooting would-be robbers

    02/09/2013 6:38:30 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    DETROIT — In one of the most violent cities in the U.S., Detroit employees, even those entering some of the city's roughest neighborhoods on a daily basis, may not arm themselves while on the job, based on a 2010 order. Anthony Neely, a spokesman for Mayor Dave Bing, said the city has not yet determined if it will impose penalties — up to and including termination — against a 59-year-old Public Lighting employee who shot two teens he claimed were armed and attempting to rob him and his co-worker.
  • Dorner had history of complaints against fellow LAPD officers

    02/09/2013 6:36:16 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 65 replies
    Los ngeles Times ^ | February 9, 2013 | LAT
    The fugitive ex-policeman Christopher Dorner, suspected of killing three people and injuring two, had a history of making complaints against fellow officers within the Los Angeles Police Department, and one officer said he had a reputation as a "hot head," according to internal affairs records. Dorner was accused of punching a recruit in the chest while he was in the Police Academy in 2006. That recruit, Abraham Schefres, was wearing a bulletproof vest and a trauma plate, when Dorner allegedly punched him. After being hit, he glared at Dorner, whom Schefres said responded as though he had made a mistake,...
  • Dem senators: Legalized illegal immigrants will have to wait around 10 years to apply for green card

    02/09/2013 6:21:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/09/2013 | AllahPundit
    Worth noting now since it’s potentially another sticking point between Rubio and the rest of the Gang of Eight who desperately need him to sell immigration reform to the right. By now, everyone knows the main bone of contention between him and Schumer et al. Rubio wants the path to citizenship implemented only after border enforcement increases; Democrats want it implemented concurrently with — and independent of — the new security measures. (Both sides agree that probationary legal status will be granted immediately, though. Ahem.) Read the fine print on their proposals, though, and you’ll find another disagreement. Namely, once...
  • Ben Carson: US Like Ancient Rome; Obama Not My Target

    02/09/2013 6:20:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 58 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Feb 8, 2013
    Newsmax Ben Carson: US Like Ancient Rome; Obama Not My Target Friday, February 8, 2013 10:05 PM World-renown pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told conservative radio and television host Armstrong Williams on Friday that his attacks on the nation’s ills in his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this week were not directed at President Barack Obama. In his first interview since upstaging the president at the event on Thursday, Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said his comments were “directed at the situation that is going on in our nation and how we can...
  • Pennsylvania, Indiana issue tentative “no, thanks” to Medicaid expansion

    02/09/2013 6:18:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/09/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    The Obama administration has made it abundantly clear that it would really just be oh so very helpful if all of the states would voluntarily comply with their proffered Medicaid expansion deal; ObamaCare really needs everybody to cooperate in order to work properly, so it’s really most unfortunate for them that the Supreme Court ruled last June that states were within their rights to decline the expansions without the threat of the total loss of federal Medicaid funding being held over their heads.It was something of a boon to the Obama administration when Republican governors John Kasich in Ohio and...
  • Chicago murder rate far worse since strict gun control

    02/09/2013 6:16:04 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | Jessica Chasmar
    Chicago’s murder rate is far worse now than it was during the city’s most notorious crime era, Al Capone’s “gangland,” when gun-control laws hardly existed, ABC reports. Leading up to the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, there were 26 killings in January 1929. Yet, 42 people were killed in Chicago last month, catching the attention of Chicagoans, the White House and politicians nationwide. If the current murder rate continues, February 2013 will far exceed February 1929, when there were 26 killings, including the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/4/chicago-murder-rate-far-worse-strict-gun-control/#ixzz2KPWwdfKo Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • MEET THE MORMON PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN MALI WHO HAS A BOLD PLAN FOR COMBATTING ISLAMIC EXTREMISM

    02/09/2013 6:15:44 AM PST · by svxdave · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 8, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Mali has been a hotbed of Islamic extremism of late, as al Qaeda operatives have taken the West African nation by storm. As the country deals with an influx of violence, a presidential election is slated for this year — and there’s a fascinating candidate running for office. Yeah Samake, 42, a Mormon who was born and raised in Mali, is hoping to win the presidency and to save his homeland from the grips of extremism. Samake is currently one of the top candidates in the race — a democratic election that was pushed off last year after extremist activity...
  • Democrats map out plan to win sequestration war (Guess what's in the plan without peeking...)

    02/09/2013 6:11:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/09/2013 | Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats are digging in against Republican calls for deeper spending cuts by bringing out some of their favorite punching bags: corporate jets, Wall Street and Big Oil. With the automatic budget cuts in the sequester coming up next month, Democrats hope to vote on an alternative plan to raise taxes on some of their favorite boogeymen in hopes of shifting the blame when the GOP inevitably rejects it. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington, Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski of Maryland met Thursday to...
  • Dangerous Times: Italy stares Into the Abyss (A Neo-Fascist named Beppe Grillo is rising to fame)

    02/09/2013 6:03:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2013 | James Lewis and Justine Aristea
    Italy lost 700,000 Italians in World War I, and then immediately voted in Mussolini's fascists, which militarized the whole of Italian society. If you wonder why Italians cheat on their taxes today, it's because they have 25 centuries of experience with nasty tyrants like Mussolini. Well, Mussolini gambled and went to war on Hitler's side, and Italy lost another half million people in WW II. Make it a round 1.3 million Italians dead from very, very bad gambles -- not to mention all the non-Italians they killed. What is astonishing is that Italy, having been punished twice in the 20th...
  • Los Angeles gunman motivated by racism [Murderer is black racist, US media IGNORES]

    02/09/2013 5:47:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/8/13 | Nick Allen
    A homicidal fugitive former police officer, who has declared “war” on his former colleagues, claimed he was the victim of racism while serving in the Los Angeles police department. An unprecedented manhunt has been launched across California, Nevada, Arizona and northern Mexico, for Christopher Dorner, 33, a 19-stone former US Navy reserve lieutenant and American football college running back. Dorner, a trained marksman, is already suspected of killing three people, including one police officer, in a series of shootings that began last weekend.
  • Obama's S&P Suit Smacks Of Vendetta

    02/09/2013 5:45:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/09/2013 | Paul Sperry
    Staring at a another debt ceiling crisis, the president's punishing the one credit rating agency that dared downgrade U.S. debt in the last crisis. And Wall Street analysts say the timing's no coincidence. Just weeks away from the next debt-limit showdown, the Justice Department filed a whopping $5 billion lawsuit against Standard & Poor's for alleged fraud. The case appears weak, but the message it sends S&P and the other independent rating agencies is clear: Don't downgrade anymore. "It's a foregone conclusion that no more downgrades will be coming," said Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff. Curiously, Attorney General Eric...
  • Storm knocks out power to 400K in Massachusetts, Plymouth nuclear power plant

    02/09/2013 5:39:50 AM PST · by matt04 · 21 replies
    A massive snowstorm packing hurricane-force winds has knocked out power to 400,000 customers in Massachusetts and has shuttered a nuclear power plant. By early Saturday, NStar had reported more than 240,000 customers without power and National Grid had 165,000. Most of the outages are in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod, where wet heavy snow and winds gusting over 75 mph have been reported. One of the outages was the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth, which shut down after losing off-site power. Authorities say there's no threat to public safety. State officials have said about 2,000 utility crews are prepared...
  • Japan: TEPCO accident causes new problem at Fukushima(dropped 1.5-ton hoist into fuel pool)

    02/09/2013 5:20:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Asahi ^ | February 08, 2013
    TEPCO accident causes new problem at Fukushima February 08, 2013 The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has admitted dislodging broken equipment weighing 1.5 tons and sending it falling further into a pool where fragile nuclear fuel rods lie.
  • Patrick Declares State Of Emergency, Announces Travel Ban In Mass

    02/09/2013 5:12:55 AM PST · by CharlesThe Hammer · 82 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 2/8/13 | CBS Boston staff writer
    BOSTON (CBS) – Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts Friday afternoon for the blizzard that could bring up to 3 feet of snow. He also announced he has signed an executive order to ban all travel on all roads in the state starting at 4 p.m. Friday. There are some exceptions to the ban, including emergency workers, those who work in hospitals and media, and others required to be at their jobs. The governor said rapid snowfall of 2-3 inches per hour will make for, “extremely dangerous conditions,” and will “make safe travel nearly impossible.” This...
  • Alonzo Mourning’s Wife Arrested For DUI [Media Will Forgive/Forget Obama Supporter]

    02/09/2013 5:04:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 2/8/13
    The wife of former Miami Heat superstar Alonzo Mourning was arrested early Friday morning near Old Cutler Road and San Servano Avenue on a single charge of driving under the influence. According to the arrest report, Mourning failed a roadside sobriety test administered after allegedly speeding in two different areas and not stopping for a red light. The arrest report stated that after Mourning was stopped, she asked the officer, “What did I do sir?” The officer told her she had been speeding and she winked and said “I was going fast, wasn’t I?”
  • Police Helicopter Lands to Harass Woman For Her Papers

    02/09/2013 4:05:20 AM PST · by Bon mots · 62 replies
    Activist Post ^ | Feb. 8, 2013 | YouTube
    See the Video on YouTube Does this make you feel safe? 6 heavily armed officers of the state - overpaid, and awaiting fat pensions - circle and harass a sweet lady out in the desert collecting rocks. The use of a $5-8million helicopter that costs about $2000 per hour to fly, the six overpaid donut munchers inside and the illegal search of an innocent, harmless lady out collecting rocks is a travesty of justice and the American way. What have they done to our country? Do you feel safe now?
  • Dartmouth Cops Hunt Faux-Chinese Gibberish Speaker

    02/09/2013 3:52:27 AM PST · by zeestephen · 11 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 08 February 2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    The object of this manhunt stands accused of speaking faux-Chinese to two Chinese students. He could face expulsion.
  • Conservative Doc Reveals Why He Spoke Out Against Obama’s Policies

    02/09/2013 2:55:52 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/8/2013 | Jason Howerton
    With President Barack Obama sitting just feet away, Dr. Benjamin Carson stood up for conservative principles in his speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, discussing the national debt, political correctness and even healthcare. Readers loved his speech so much that TheBlaze’s story on it went viral. On Friday, Carson appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” to explain why he felt compelled to speak out against the big government policies endorsed by Obama, in front of Obama. Carson, a renown neurosurgeon, said the response to his speech has been “overwhelmingly” positive. However, he argued he didn’t make a conservative argument, but rather...
  • Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis blasts MTA for being insensitive to Asians

    02/08/2013 11:07:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5:26 PM, February 7, 2013 | Carl Campanile
    GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis today blasted the MTA of being insensitive to the city’s Asian community by suspending No. 7 weekend train service during Lunar New Year festivities—the most significant Asian holiday of the year. The 7 train runs from Times Square in Manhattan to Flushing in Queens, home of the city’s largest ethnic Chinese and Korean communities. The track work suspends service in Manhattan. “The MTA has no respect for the Asian people. It’s terrible,” Catsimatides said. …
  • Now Euro MPs want a secret vote to block budget deal and defy the 27 leaders

    02/08/2013 10:38:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:38 EST, 8 February 2013 | James Chapman
    Euro MPs prompted uproar last night by plotting to try to block the budget deal using a secret ballot so voters cannot hold them to account. It emerged that they are planning to use a little-understood procedure to allow them to vote in private and defy the 27 EU leaders. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament and former leader of its socialist group, suggested a vote on the budget should be conducted in secret to allow MEPs to break away from prime ministers and party leaders and maximize the chances of it being rejected. A vote behind closed doors...
  • A generation of “little savages” raised in nurseries as daycare is linked to aggression in toddlers

    02/08/2013 9:31:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:40 EST, 8 February 2013 | Gerri Peev
    A rapid increase in nursery places has led to a generation of violent “little savages”, psychologist Oliver James has warned. James, the best-selling author of books on child-rearing, said ministerial proposals to allow child carers to look after more youngsters would fuel aggression in the under-threes, which would have lasting effects. Shoving youngsters in to nurseries was simply “warehousing” them so that the government could push mothers back to work to reap income for the Exchequer, he argued. … James pointed to a study in America, which tracked youngsters for 15 years. It showed a correlation between the hours placed...
  • Jerusalem expects Obama will bring new peace plan, demand breakthrough

    02/08/2013 8:54:45 PM PST · by haffast · 28 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Wednesday February 6, 2013 | Shlomo Cesana and Yoni Hirsch and News Agencies
    Officials in Jerusalem believe that U.S. President Barack Obama, who has announced he will visit Israel in mid-March, will arrive with a new peace plan and the demand for a breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Obama's itinerary, which includes stops in Ramallah and Amman, suggests that his administration may be preparing a new peace bid. Word of the coming trip followed calls by incoming U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday stressing the U.S. commitment to peacemaking. President Obama's associates have said in recent days that he plans to play a...
  • Sheriff Joe Raids Sporting Goods Company: Nabs 27 Illegals Using Stolen IDs

    02/08/2013 8:42:45 PM PST · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-09-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaHe’s known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. But Joe Arpaio continues to show he deserves the moniker of “America’s JOBS Sheriff”. Because every time Sheriff Joe conducts a raid, he frees up jobs for legal American workers. And at a time when raids by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are almost unheard of - Barack Obama has slashed workplace enforcement by a staggering 70% since 2009 - Sheriff Joe and his department keep on working to crack down on illegal aliens in the workplace. Today was no exception, as Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies raided Sportex Apparel in Tempe, AZ,  a custom-made...
  • Venezuela Devalues Its Currency

    02/08/2013 7:53:58 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    Venezuela Devalues Its Currency Matthew BoeslerFebruary 8, 2013, 3:43 PMVenezuela just undertook a massive currency devaluation, re-pegging the bolivar to a value of 6.3 per U.S. dollar from its previous official exchange rate of 4.3 bolivars per dollar. The government also announced that it would shutter the Venezuelan currency exchange system known as SITME. Given the currency devaluation underway in other economies around the world right now – perhaps most notably in Japan – a few are calling this Venezuela's foray into the global "currency war" between countries trying to devalue their currencies in order to increase export competitiveness. However,...
  • CA Mayor Charged for Drunken Fit Over Milkshake, Report Says (Mayor Says ...'Shake Cost Too Much')

    02/08/2013 7:37:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Calif. mayor charged for drunken fit over milkshake, report says (CBS) ATWATER, Calif. - Craig Mooneyham, who was filling in as mayor of Atwater, Calif., is accused of throwing a drunken fit over a $7 milkshake, CBS Sacramento reports. According to the station, witnesses say the mayor was so mad about having to pay $7 for a banana milkshake, he started cursing and nearly got into a fight. "He was just throwing the f-bombs and pretty much everything else," Liliana Gracian, an employee of Fosters Freeze, a fast-food chain, told the station. Mooneyham reportedly swore he was overcharged for extra...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than 30% to go to meet our goal!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XVIII]

    02/08/2013 7:43:26 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 755 replies
    Dear FReepers, Less than 30% to go to meet our goal!! Still lagging a bit off the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done in three weeks!! We can do this!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it and think it's a worthwhile endeavor to support. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the defense...
  • Just Like Beer, Scotch Gets Canned

    02/08/2013 6:57:39 PM PST · by Drew68 · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09 Jan 13 | Lauren Torrisi
    Just when the controversy over the banned FourLoko has died down, a beverage company has come out with straight Scotch in a can, just like soda pop. Though there’s been no uproar so far, as was the case with the alcohol-caffeine combo FourLoko, Scottish Spirits’ “Scotch in a Can” is being marketed as a “distilled and matured in Scotland for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks.” It has notes of “honey, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and pears,” and a “hint of peat and smoke in the background,” as described on their site. Each can contains about eight shots or...
  • Mental health center offers free training to teachers (Is it the kids - or maybe someone else?)

    02/08/2013 6:46:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    12 News Now ^ | 2/02/13 | Adam Wright
    **SNIP** It's a two day course that teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia. "A lot of times what you think to do in a mental health circumstance is exactly the wrong thing to do, like telling a person who's feeling seriously depressed to 'snap out of it' or 'you have so much to live for'," said Spindeltop spokesperson Janna Fulbright. The class was offered free to educators. And Henry believes a better knowledge of mental disorders could help decrease violence in schools. "This actually gives you a little more...
  • Christopher Dorner Vanished, May Have Very Powerful Weapons (Missile launcher, .50 cal rifle)

    02/08/2013 6:44:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Pierre Thomas
    Alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner has vanished. More than 24 hours after Dorner allegedly shot and killed one police officer and injured two others, police say they have no idea where the former cop with a vendetta against police has gone. "He could be anywhere at this point," Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department said today. Police are also trying to determine whether Dorner left his burning car on the side of Big Bear Mountain and earlier dropped his badge in San Diego as diversionary tactics to distract police. Wherever Dorner is, law enforcement officials fear that...
  • ABC Ignores New Benghazi Revelations Showing Disengaged Obama

    02/08/2013 6:13:39 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama's lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the story. In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts.
  • Blowback From the Grass Roots (How Steve King Learned to Love Karl Rove)

    02/08/2013 6:07:06 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    If there is only one grassroots conservative in the country who is happy about the rollout of Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, it’s Representative Steve King of Iowa. Allies of the conservative potential Senate candidate are practically chortling about how the swings taken at King by Steven Law, president of the Conservative Victory Project, are boosting King’s prospective candidacy. “Steve King hadn’t done anything to Karl Rove, so they fired the first shot, but I guarantee it won’t be the last,” vows Chuck Laudner, a former King adviser. The Conservative Victory Project has done “nothing but encourage Steve King, and...
  • Mali conflict: French ransom cash 'funded militants'

    02/08/2013 6:00:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 February 2013 Last updated at 17:48 ET
    A former US ambassador to Mali has told the BBC that France that paid ransom money to free hostages and the funds ended up bolstering Islamist groups it is now fighting. Vicki Huddleston said France paid $17m (Ł10.75m) to free hostages seized from a uranium mine in Niger in 2010. She said other European countries, including Germany, had also paid ransoms amounting to nearly $90m. France has always denied that it pays ransoms for the release of hostages. ... Ms Huddleston said the hostages kidnapped at the Niger mine in 2010 were only released because money had changed hands. "All...
  • Univision Employee Calls Marco Rubio 'Token Slave Boy'

    02/08/2013 5:57:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    In what has become a recurring theme for the Spanish language network Univision, one of their employees took to social media recently to smear Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). According to the Miami Herald, a top assistant to a Univision news boss criticized Rubio being chosen as the Republican response to the State of the Union. The employee at the center of the controversy is one Angelica Artiles who took to Facebook to post the following vicious attack: "Oh, wow, the loser is going to speak after our President. Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favor and...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-8-13

    02/08/2013 5:55:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-8-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Chaos grows as Tunisia buries assassinated opposition leader

    02/08/2013 5:54:14 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Globe & Mail ^ | Feb. 08 2013, 8:10 PM EST
    Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was buried as a martyr for freedom and democracy in a country that is threatened with the loss of both, as an uprising against the ruling Islamist party gained momentum. Mr. Belaid’s assassination triggered a ferocious backlash against the main Islamist party, Ennahda, one that continued during the funeral Friday, attended by as many as 100,000 people. The midafternoon funeral on Friday was a largely peaceful event marred by bouts of violence – and brief periods of panic – as crowds tried to outrun billowing clouds of tear gas aimed at demonstrators and looters on...
  • I-Team: Nevada Less Restrictive on Gun Control

    02/08/2013 5:46:20 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    8 News Now ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Colleen McCarty
    The Second Amendment gives all Americans the right to keep and bear arms, but how you keep them and where you bear them can differ dramatically depending on where you live. Nevada is widely considered one of the least restrictive states when it comes to gun laws. For example, Nevada has no state gun registry. Only Clark County requires gun registration and only for handguns. Nevada also has no restrictions on the types of guns a person can own and few rules about where someone can carry them. Some say it's a reflection of the state's Wild West roots. The...
  • Searchers struggle to pick up trail of former Los Angeles cop wanted in killing spree

    02/08/2013 5:26:28 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 180 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/8/13 | ap
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – All that was left were footprints leading away from Christopher Dorner's burned-out pickup truck, and an enormous, snow-covered mountain where he could be hiding among the skiers, hundreds of cabins and dense woods. More than 100 officers, including SWAT teams, were driven in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers to hunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career. Video of LAPD Conf at mtn site. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/08/searchers-struggle-to-pick-up-trail-former-los-angeles-cop-wanted-in-killing/#ixzz2KMKqPGwM
  • Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years

    02/08/2013 5:14:33 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 29 replies
    Mercurynews.com ^ | 02/08/2013 | THOMAS J. SHEERAN
    CLEVELAND—Denying he ran an Amish cult, the 67-year-old ringleader of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of his faith in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, while family members convicted of carrying out his orders got one to seven years. The judge said the defendants had violated the constitutional rights protecting religious practice that had also benefited them as Amish. Authorities had prosecuted the attacks as a hate crime. Before his sentencing, Samuel Mullet Sr. told the judge he had been accused of running a cult. Mullet, his ankles in chains and a white beard down...
  • Jamie Foxx: 'Black People Are The Most Talented People In The World'

    02/08/2013 5:01:40 PM PST · by chessplayer · 95 replies
    It seems Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx just can't avoid saying something really stupid at awards ceremonies. After calling Barack Obama "Our Lord and Savior" at last November's Soul Train Awards, Foxx, during his acceptance speech as Entertainer of the Year at last Friday's NAACP Image Awards, said, "Black people are the most talented people in the world" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • Rubio’s Mom Changed His Mind on Immigration

    02/08/2013 5:00:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 08 Feb 2013 11:31 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Marco Rubio’s softening stance toward immigration reform boils down to his mom, a new profile of the fast-rising Florida senator reveals. “Don’t mess with the immigrants, my son,” Oriales Garcia Rubio told her youngest son during a Dec. 21 phone call, Time magazine reports. Illegal immigrants, she said, are “human beings just like us, and they came for the same reasons we came. To work. To improve their lives.” Rubio took his mother’s words to heart, and says they are shaping his work on immigration. “I have to balance that humanity with reality,” he said. “We have immigration laws. They...
  • I-Team: Debate Heats Up Over Sales at Gun Shows

    02/08/2013 4:44:24 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    8 News Now ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Colleen McCarty
    LAS VEGAS -- Of all the gun legislation currently on the table, universal background checks seem the most likely to pass. The proposal would close the so-called gun show loophole by requiring background checks for all gun sales. In southern Nevada, where gun shows are as frequent as sporting events, the proposal is driving discussion and sales. There is wide debate about whether guns sold without background checks truly impact crime. Some research suggests that crooks are more likely to get guns from the streets than from a gun show. However, that doesn't mean weapons sold at gun shows don't...
  • DOJ: Taliban Wannabe Tried to Bomb Oakland Bank and Frame ‘Right-Wing’ Groups

    02/08/2013 4:30:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    Justice Department officials charged a Taliban sympathizer in California with attempting to carry out a terrorist attack that he hoped would be blamed on “right-wing” groups, thereby provoking a civil war. Matthew Aaron Llaneza is accused of attempting to detonate a car bomb at a Bank of America in Oakland. “Llaneza’s stated goal was to trigger a government crackdown, which he expected would trigger a right-wing counter-response against the government followed by, he hoped, a civil war,” according to court documents. The complaint says that Llaneza wanted to frame “a loose collection of anti-government militias and their sympathizers.” Llaneza originally...