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  • In a modern world, meteorite’s impact is instantly global

    02/16/2013 4:40:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2013 | Steve Hendrix
    That celestial rock had been zooming along at 40,000 mph for thousands of years when it exploded over Russia on Friday — and that’s when it really picked up speed. The first big meteorite of the media age rocketed through the consciousness of its target planet at the speed of Twitter. A rare event in a remote place went viral, thanks to the ubiquitous dashboard cameras of bad Russian drivers. And it instantly grabbed the attention of an electronic age that thought it was beyond being stunned by a bolt from space.
  • MSNBC's Touré speaks on gun control (video)

    02/16/2013 3:52:59 PM PST · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | february 10, 2013 | Kevin Jackson
    MSNBC's Touré is confronted by a guest during a speech on gun control at the St. Louis University.
  • Dozens of new laws sent to Prince so he could give approval

    02/16/2013 3:37:18 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 15 Feb 2013 | Christopher Hope, and Matthew Holehouse
    The Prince of Wales was secretly given a say over new laws to ban hunting and to introduce the Government’s green deal ... The Prince was most recently asked for his consent for the energy bill in September 2011, which passed into law the Government’s green deal which encourages homeowners to take out a loan to make their house more energy-efficient. He was also asked about the Hunting Bill in July 2003, the same month that MPs voted on a free ballot to ban hunting with dogs in the UK. ... The Prince has faced criticism for sending the letters...
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/16/2013 3:38:58 PM PST · by a5478 · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 14, 2013 | James Bovard
    The EEOC ignored that judicial thrashing and pressed on. Last April, the agency unveiled its "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions," declaring that "criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin."
  • Gay Rights Campaign Against Card Pernicious and Counter-Productive

    02/16/2013 3:27:50 PM PST · by Marcus · 1 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    The same-sex marriage wars took a decidedly ugly turn, according to the Washington Times, when a group of gay activists started a petition to demand that DC Comics fire a Mormon writer for his opposition to gay marriage. The writer in question is Orson Scott Card, best known for his science fiction novels such as "Ender's Game," soon to be a major motion picture starring, among others, Harrison Ford. Card has been employed by DC Comics as a writer for its new digital product, "Adventures of Superman."
  • Obama immigration bill draft said to emerge

    02/16/2013 3:14:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 16, 2013 | Erik Wasson
    The Obama administration has prepared a draft immigration overhaul plan that would allow illegal immigrants to obtain green cards within eight years, according to a Saturday report in USA Today. The newspaper reported that it had obtained the draft from an anonymous administration source. The White House has not confirmed the details to be correct. USA Today reported that the draft proposal would create a new visa open to the nation's estimated 11 million illegal residents. The "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visa -- which would allow a holder to work and travel -- could be obtained after an applicant undergoes a...
  • Report: Ex-Cop Killer May Have Taken his Own Life

    02/16/2013 2:20:59 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/2/13
    Alleged US cop killer Christopher Dorner died from a single gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, a coroner said. The doctor who examined the body concluded that "the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head," said San Bernardino County coroner Kevin Lacy, giving details from the results of a six-hour autopsy, AFP reported. "We are not yet able to speak about the manner of death and tell you whether or not it was the result of a self-inflicted wound or another round," he told a press conference. But he said, "while we...
  • Sunning and skiing for Obamas as the president and Congress take a vacation

    02/16/2013 2:08:17 PM PST · by Hoodat · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 15, 2013 | David Boyer
    (starting on page 2) . . . The president is staying in Florida at the home of Jim Crane, who owns the golf club and also owns the Houston Astros baseball team. In 2012, Mr. Crane donated $35,800 to the Obama campaign and $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee. Fifteen years ago, a company owned by Mr. Crane, Eagle USA Airfreight, was criticized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its position on hiring blacks and women of child-bearing age. The EEOC said that Mr. Crane’s company conducted a practice of paying “female and minority employees less than white men...
  • House committee to hold hearing on asteroid threat

    02/16/2013 1:39:21 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 15, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on how to “better identify and address asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth,” Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in a statement on Friday. The announcement comes after a meteorite exploded in a massive blast above Siberia that damaged buildings, houses and cars and injured about 1,000 people on Friday. "The light was so intense that it completely illuminated the courtyard of our apartment block," said Sergei Zakharov, head of the Russian Geographical Society in Chelyabinsk, according to The Wall Street Journal. "The sound, the shock wave came...
  • Homeowner fires shot when wanted man bursts inside

    02/16/2013 1:35:55 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    WESH News ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | News Staff
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —A wanted man left behind a path of destruction when he tried to flee police officers trying to arrest him in Daytona Beach early Thursday, police officers said. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said his officers spotted White in his vehicle and boxed him in, but he allegedly rammed the officer's truck and fled down Mason Avenue where he crashed into a vehicle. White then burst into a home on Berkshire Road, trying to hide, police said. "The guy is telling (the homeowner), 'The cops are after me, and I'm going to give you $1,000 to...
  • Foreigners arrested for trying to spread Christianity in Libya (Spread of "Democracy" alert!)

    02/16/2013 1:26:41 PM PST · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | 2/16/2013 | staff
    Four foreigners have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries and printing books about Christianity, a security official said on Saturday. "They were arrested on Tuesday at a publishing house where they were printing thousands of books that called for conversion to Christianity," security official Hussein Bin Hmeid said. "Proselytizing is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security." Hmeid said the government-affiliated security apparatus called the Preventative Security, for which he is a spokesman, had arrested an Egyptian, a South...
  • Homeowner Walked in on Burglars, Shot Suspects: Miami Police

    02/16/2013 1:23:45 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 31 replies
    NBC 6 ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Ari Odzer and Brian Hamacher
    Police are investigating after a man who walked in on a pair of thieves burglarizing his home shot the suspects in Miami Friday. The shooting happened at the home in the 500 block of Northwest 52nd Street, Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said. According to Reyes, the homeowner shot both suspects in the legs. The suspects, Preston Pierre, 18, and Samuel Levy, 26, were taken to Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Unit with non life-threatening injuries, police said. They both face a charge of burglary with an assault therein and one count of unoccupied burglary. "Absolutely, something that we're seeing that...
  • Michigan Security Guard Uses AR-15 To Fend off Attack

    02/16/2013 12:58:56 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Madeleine Morgenstern
    HE'S ABOUT TO GET AN AR-15 SURPRISE...Dramatic surveillance footage out of the Detroit area shows the heart-stopping moment when a gun-wielding couple stormed into a tax business and started shooting — and a security guard pulled out an AR-15 and drove them away. The security guard suffered a non-life-threatening wound to the leg and the suspects got away, but otherwise no one was seriously injured in the shootout. It happened Thursday at a converted home business in Inkster, Mich. A man and woman armed with handguns showed up at the door and announced a holdup, despite the security vehicle parked...
  • The Illusions of Supplemental Security Income, from Someone Who Knows

    02/16/2013 12:53:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/16/2013 | Deborah C. Tyler
    I've looked at SSI Disability from both sides now, from in and out, and still somehow it's the scammers, the duped, and the resentful I recall. I have been involved in hundreds of SSI Disability cases. I have worked in the system providing mental status exams, called consultative examinations, in two states. I have done dozens of private psychological evaluations for people trying to get on Disability rolls. I have sent reams of case notes and reports to the Disability bureaucracy on behalf of therapy clients. There have been memorable examinations. One was of a sassy prostitute. She said she...
  • Black, Brown and Obama (California's Mexican Mafia, the 21st Century's Ku Klux Klan)

    02/16/2013 12:38:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Lloyd Billingsley
    <p>A federal hate-crimes indictment highlights differences in response between Barack Obama and previous presidents when racists target blacks with violence.</p> <p>The Feb. 8 Department of Justice press release says that members of the Compton 155 gang, whose members call themselves “nigger killers” (the release spells it out N***** Killers) or “NKs,” use “violence and threats of violence in an effort to drive African-Americans out of their ‘territory’ on the west side of Compton.” Further, “[t]o instill fear in African-Americans, members of the gang tag their gang moniker and ‘NK’ throughout their ‘territory.’”</p>
  • Air Force confirms Russian jets circled US territory of Guam

    02/16/2013 12:07:17 PM PST · by topher · 33 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-16-2013 | FoxNews.com [author]
    <p>The Air Force confirms that two Russian bombers on Tuesday circled the U.S. island territory of Guam, prompting U.S. jets to scramble and respond.</p> <p>Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter aircraft, operating out of Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, intercepted the Russian Tu-95 bomber aircrafts, which left in a northbound direction, said military spokeswoman Capt. Kim Bender.</p>
  • WNY suffering from loss of doctors

    02/16/2013 11:47:27 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Buffalo Business ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Tracey Drury
    New York needs more than 1,200 physicians across the state, especially in rural areas, and the shortage is only expected to get worse if the state is to meet the federal health reform requirements. That’s the gist of a new report by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), which Wednesday released the results of its 2012 physician advocacy survey, Doctor Shortage: Condition Critical. Not including New York City, the state will need 1,200 new physicians, with nearly a third of the demand coming for primary care doctors. That’s up from 2011, when the report said 18 percent the...
  • Russian meteorite blast explained: Fireball explosion, not meteor shower (maps)

    02/16/2013 11:40:13 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 80 replies
    rt.com/news ^ | Edited: 16 February, 2013, 18:34
    A Russian policeman works near an ice hole, said by the Interior Ministry department for Chelyabinsk region to be the point of impact of a meteor seen earlier in the Urals region, at lake Chebarkul some 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Chelyabinsk February 15, 2013 (Reuters / Chelyabinsk region Interior Ministry) Russian scientists investigating the meteorite explosion in the Urals explained the nature of the event that caused havoc in the region. NASA said the shockwave force was equal to a 500-kiloton explosion – 30 times the Hiroshima blast.­The object was identified as a solitary 10-ton bolide by...
  • Facebook paid no taxes despite record profits

    02/16/2013 11:11:49 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 30 replies
    Fox ^ | February 16, 2013 | Fox News
    Despite earning more than $1 billion in profits last year, social media juggernaut Facebook paid zilch when it came to federal and state taxes in 2012. In fact, the website will actually be getting a refund totaling $429 million thanks to a tax reduction for executive stock options. In the coming years, Facebook will continue to get monster tax breaks, totaling about $3 billion.
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    02/16/2013 10:47:08 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 736 replies
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