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  • NM: City's gun buy-back program nets hundreds of weapons

    02/16/2013 6:26:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    santafenewmexican.com ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Robert Nott
    The city is paying $100 for long guns (rifles, shotguns and the like), $150 for handguns, and $200 for any armament considered an assault weapon. On Jan. 12, the program netted 194 guns. On Saturday, it had garnered about 115 hand guns and at least 95 long guns by 2 p.m., with still an hour to go before closing. -------------------------------cut----------------------- Outside the police station, a group of four or five men gathered to offer cash to people who were bringing guns in. One man in the group said they did not wish to be identified, but said that they were...
  • States pile on against federal detention plan

    02/16/2013 6:13:41 PM PST · by wesagain · 3 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Alyssa Farah
    "Indiana, South Carolina both bucking idea of arresting, holding Americans"WASHINGTON – Bills opposing the controversial National Defense Authorization Act have popped up in both the Indiana and South Carolina state legislatures. The NDAA was harshly criticized by some as unconstitutional due to language in Sections 1021 and 1022 that allows for the indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens without due process. Both bills would nullify the NDAA in its current form by denying law enforcement or any government official the right to carry out any act of detaining a citizen without due process. In Indiana, the bill passed through the Corrections...
  • Vultures Swarm N.C. Neighborhood

    02/16/2013 6:09:13 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 42 replies
    ABC News Blogs ^ | 02-16-2013 | By Alexis Shaw
    Thanks to a mild winter, swarms of turkey vultures have made themselves at home in Shelby, N.C., but town residents are wary of their neighbors. While the birds normally pass through the city while migrating south for the winter, the vultures have been sticking around this year, swarming lawns and making residents nervous. "We are just not getting cold enough to push them along," Kristen Duren, an intern with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, the state agriculture service, told ABC's Charlotte, N.C. affiliate WSOC-TV. "What used to be five to 10 birds is going up to 150 birds."
  • Can you handle the truth about Israel?

    02/16/2013 6:09:05 PM PST · by wesagain · 28 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Alyssa Farah
    "Special event to screen 'World's Plan to Divide God's Land' "President Obama’s planned trip to Israel already has secured pledges from Israel and Palestine to restart talks, according to a WND report this week. Informed Palestinian and Israeli officials speaking to WND disclosed the Obama administration told both sides the talks would be aimed at creating a Palestinian state in what is known as the 1967 borders, meaning an Israeli retreat from some of the strategic West Bank and possibly some eastern section of Jerusalem. But what if those talks didn’t matter? What if the U.S. opinion on borders didn’t...
  • Gun buyback in Cincinnati collects 135 weapons

    02/16/2013 5:59:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    crescent-news.com ^ | 16 January, 2013 | AP
    The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/W41mWY ) reports that a federally licensed gun dealer showed up to provide some competition. He bought a dozen weapons for $40 to $100 by standing outside the church with a sign that read "Cash 4 Guns."
  • A Shrink in Obamaland: Vanity Musings

    02/16/2013 5:58:49 PM PST · by dagogo redux · 12 replies
    2/16/12 | dagogo redux
    Recent and accelerating changes in AmericaÂ’s social and political landscape have me pondering my chosen profession these days. IÂ’m not talking about the rumored craziness of the upcoming new DSM-V, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition. Shrinks must struggle to come to grips with each one of these committee-generated monstrosities as they appear, even though their actual usefulness in practice grows increasingly suspect. Neither am I talking about the new, Byzantine complexities of the CPT billing codes that have come down on us like a plague of locusts as ObamaCare begins to work its transformational magic. I am also...
  • 2 firefighters dead, 2 hurt in (Bryan) Texas (Knights of Columbus) lodge fire

    02/16/2013 5:46:34 PM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | February 16, 2013
    Two Texas fire lieutenants have died of burns after battling a lodge hall fire, a city official said Saturday. Greg Pickard and Eric Wallace, both with the department in the Central Texas city of Bryan, were in a group of firefighters responding to the blaze about midnight Friday at a Knights of Columbus hall, city spokeswoman Mary Lynne Stratta said. The team entered the burning building but didn't emerge when ordered to evacuate, Stratta said. Wallace, 36, died at the scene and Pickard, 54, on Saturday at a hospital in Galveston, she said. "He called for help, said he was...
  • Flashback: CBS's 'An American Story' Highlighted Need for Second Amendment

    02/16/2013 5:37:27 PM PST · by Bratch · 7 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | February 16, 2013 | Dan Gagliasso
    A television movie like An American Story couldn't get greenlit today. In fact, it's still surprising the Hallmark Hall of Fame and CBS joint production actually got broadcast back in 1992.  Yet this fictionalization of the Battle of Athens, the last and best modern example of American citizens forcefully asserting their Second Amendment rights, was actually shown only 21 years ago. The telepicture earned two Primetime Emmy nominations, one for music and another for cinematography.This well made TV movie, starring Brad Johnson and directed by John Gray, depicted the last time in modern American history when a large group of...
  • Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms

    02/16/2013 4:49:19 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2013 6:29 PM (ET) | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history. One model of that firearm, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list to be banned, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering. The gun that would be protected from the ban has fixed physical features and can't be folded to be more compact....
  • 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...