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  • Rubio's Water Scandal or Obama's Criminal Activity?

    02/17/2013 4:52:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Tea Party EMail | 2/16/2013 | Staff
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified at hearings before House and Senate committees recently. The hearings were largely tense affairs that had Clinton on the defensive for much of the time. In the aftermath of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, the Obama Administration and State Department stuck by an unlikely narrative that the obvious terrorist attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video that got out of hand. The pushing of this narrative in conjunction with the State Department’s unwillingness to act on requests...
  • Shootout at Inkster tax preparation business caught on camera (AR vs. Handgun)

    02/17/2013 4:50:19 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 29 replies
    INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) - There is a manhunt underway after a gun slinging couple stormed into a tax preparation business. A security guard was shot and the dangerous duo is on the run. "Just seeing that footage and knowing that it's two doors down, yeah, I have to get out of here immediately. It's time to go," said Lillie Heard. She saw the chilling video of the shootout just two doors down from her home on Kean Street in Inkster. The house there has been converted into a tax preparation service. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, even though a security vehicle...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 February 2013

    02/17/2013 4:36:24 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 156 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 17 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 17th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo.;...
  • Second Gun Buyback Nets 42 Weapons

    02/17/2013 3:57:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    local12.com ^ | 12 February, 2013 | NA
    Organizers say they know the gun collections are just a drop into the bucket but they're hoping to save lives. "People who are coming out are people who realize we're not trying take away their 2nd amendment. We're just trying to make it safe for our children and grandchildren who to live at home with grandparents... Or documented or registered the right way." Also in front of the church were people offering to buy the guns off of people before they reached the buyback event. No word if anyone sold their guns. The guns turned into the buyback will be...
  • Russia meteor virtually impossible to see coming - Current and planned efforts focus on larger...

    02/17/2013 1:01:22 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Science News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Andrew Grant
    Current and planned efforts focus on larger objects Scientists have begun piecing together the characteristics of the meteor that exploded over Russia on the morning of February 15, using data from seismic instruments that track earthquakes and microphones designed to detect sonic booms from nuclear explosions. Unlike the asteroid DA14, which narrowly but predictably missed Earth later that day, the meteor was too small to detect before its contrail appeared in the dawn skies over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Yet even an object too small to detect can produce an impressive amount of destruction. The meteor was 15 meters...
  • Pop Vitamin C Tablets, Get a Kidney Stone

    02/16/2013 11:50:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 64 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | February 8, 2013 | Alex B. Berezow
    Vitamin supplements are popular items these days. Vitamin C is particularly popular in the winter, when people pop tablets at the first sign of a cold. However, data indicates that vitamin C doesn't actually prevent colds, but long-term use may slightly reduce the severity or duration of a cold when you do catch one. So, should we all start popping vitamin C tablets every day? Probably not. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that men who took 1,000-mg tablets of vitamin C were twice as likely to develop kidney stones as men who did not take vitamin C...
  • Islamist Militia Behind Benghazi Attack Makes a Comeback, Obama Golfs

    02/16/2013 11:33:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 2/16/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Obama said that he was going to get the folks who did this, he apparently meant jailing the filmmaker who made a Mohammed movie, not the Muslim killers of four Americans. With that job done, he went on yet another golfing vacation. And in Benghazi, the Islamist militia behind the attack is taking power in the city once again. After the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission last fall that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead, the Islamist militia widely accused of leading the assault all but disappeared amid a popular backlash.
  • IRAN ADAPTS TO WESTERN SANCTIONS... OR DOES IT?

    02/16/2013 9:13:51 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    AFPC Iranian Democracy Monitor ^ | 2/6/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Due to a strong demand from China and an expansion of its tanker fleet, Iran has begun to adapt to sanctions levied against it by the United States and Europe. In December, Iran’s crude oil exports rose to 1.4 million barrels per day—the highest level seen since the European Union’s imposition of a ban on Iranian oil last summer. Iran’s efforts have been buoyed in large part by consistent Chinese demand for crude, which has made the PRC an indispensable energy partner for the Iranian regime. Over the past two weeks, Iran’s struggling national currency, the rial, has taken another...
  • Egypt’s police to get 100,000 9mm pistols

    02/16/2013 9:05:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2013 3:13 PM EST | Aya Batrawi
    An Egyptian security official said Saturday that the interior ministry has agreed to purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols after low-ranking policemen went on strike demanding greater firepower to defend themselves against increased lawlessness. The announcement ended five days of strikes by thousands of low-ranking policemen that threatened to further unravel security in the Arab world’s most populous nation, two years after the overthrow of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. It is also likely to provoke a new wave of criticism against the interior ministry by rights groups and activists who accuse police of using excessive force against unarmed protesters and carrying...
  • Belarus: Riot on a club in Minsk: 40 gays detained

    02/16/2013 8:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    Last night in Minsk police in civilian burst into the Club 6A. The police checked passports and detained about 40 people to verify their identities. All of them were taken to the police department. The police told the detained that the riot had been held to control the leader of the organization GayBelarus Siargei Andrasienka who, according to the police, “does the things he shouldn’t do.” Two weeks ago, at the passport control at the Polish-Belarusian border in Brest the customs police took Siargei Andrasienka’s passport and still haven’t left it back. One of the guests of the club, who...
  • Belarus Rejects Registration Of Homosexual Rights Center

    02/16/2013 8:49:28 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 2/14/2013 | RFE/RL
    The Belarusian Justice Ministry has refused to legally register a homosexual rights organization in Minsk. The organization's website -- gaybelarus.by -- published part of a letter from the ministry explaining the decision. It stated "the organization does not have in its charter any clauses on supporting social maturity and comprehensive development of the Belarusian youth." The organization's charter states its major activities will be linked to defending the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals. Organizations cannot legally operate unless they are registered with the Justice Ministry. The group plans to appeal the Justice Ministry's decision to the country's Supreme Court....
  • Emeryville Chief of Police makes outrageous statement (video included)

    02/16/2013 8:41:55 PM PST · by Yogafist · 38 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kurtis Helena
    “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon, that is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power. Police officers don’t carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers
  • What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse?

    02/16/2013 7:58:43 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-16-2013 | Graham Summers
    What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse? Stock-Markets / Eurozone Debt CrisisFebruary 16, 2013 - 10:32 PM GMT By: Graham Summers Those EU leaders who have yet to be implicated in scandals are not faring much better than their more corrupt counterparts. In France, socialist Prime Minister Francois Hollande, has proven yet again that socialism doesn’t work by chasing after the wealthy and trying to grow France’s public sector… when the public sector already accounts for 56% of French employment. France was already suffering from a lack of competitiveness. Now that wealthy businesspeople are fleeing...
  • Congresswoman: Global Warming 'Will Destroy' Maryland

    02/16/2013 7:55:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland. “If we do nothing about what is happening, it will destroy our economy, it will destroy our state, and it will have a broad impact not just here in this country but around the world,” Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)...
  • Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014

    02/16/2013 7:25:05 PM PST · by randita · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/18/13 | Eric Pianin
    Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014 Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times | Feb. 16, 2013, 2:00 PM Just as the memory of the last bruising battle for control of the Senate begins to fade, political handicappers are casting their gaze to the 2014 campaign when Republicans once again will try to overcome the Democratic majority. Just as the Republicans began the 2012 campaign cycle in strong shape to reclaim the Senate, the GOP has a clear edge heading into the next face off. While some of the most intriguing political speculation today centers on whether actress...
  • White House unveils awaited Affordable Care Act profit margin rule

    02/16/2013 7:20:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Ben Goad
    A proposed federal rule to cap profit margins for certain health insurance plans and prescription drug benefit programs is now available for review. The latest in a raft of rules required by President Obama’s landmark healthcare law, the proposed rule was drafted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and sent to Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is moving quickly to issue the proposal, which will hit the Federal Register on Tuesday. That begins a 60-day comment period. CMS will consider all comments before finalizing the rule. The 116-page...
  • Greens to rally on Mall to demand climate specifics from Obama

    02/16/2013 7:08:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/16/13 | Zack Colman
    More than 20,000 protestors from around 160 organizations will swarm the National Mall Sunday in hopes of intensifying the pressure on President Obama over climate policy. The president has not yet detailed the specifics of how he will address the issue, aside from a pledge made in the State of the Union address to take executive action on climate if Congress fails to make progress. Demonstrators are likely to offer plenty of loud suggestions in what green groups are branding the largest ever United States climate rally. “We’re really past the point of playing games with any of this stuff,”...
  • Maryland Braces For Riots As Terps Beat #1 Duke IN Basketball

    02/16/2013 6:56:57 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 36 replies
    Twitter and Instagram | 2/16/2013
    Maryland Upsets #1 Duke 83-81 Maryland/Duke has been one of the best rivalries in college basketball. (Even if the Dookies don't want to admit it) For many in Maryland, forget the superbowl just won by the Ravens...this is a win over Duke. Ranked #1 by USA Today, Duke traveled for possibly the last time to play basketball in Maryland as the Terps will be moving on to the Big Ten. College officials, anticipating the burning couches and riots that can occur after Duke games, create their own "official" fire on campus to draw the students away from town.
  • Homeowner Shoots, Kills Teen In Backyard After Break-In Attempt

    02/16/2013 6:47:30 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 47 replies
    Fox2 Now ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Cris Regnier and Dan Gray
    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A teenager is shot to death and his friend is charged with murder, even though he didn’t pull the trigger. The circuit attorney’s office issued warrants for second degree murder and attempted burglary against 17-year-old Michael Bryant. Police say Bryant and 15-year-old Demetrius Murphy were trying to break into a home on Tennessee early Friday morning. Investigators say the 33-year-old homeowner heard them, went outside, and confronted the suspects. The homeowner then shot and killed Murphy. The homeowner was questioned, but not arrested. Under Missouri law, if someone is killed while a felony is being...
  • U.S. Soccer Player Opens Up About Being Gay

    02/16/2013 6:44:14 PM PST · by HonkyTonkMan · 53 replies
    Slimes ^ | February 15, 2013 | Borden
    <p>Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the United States national team who most recently played in England, had revealed in a blog post that he was gay, too.</p> <p>Robbie Rogers, a midfielder for the Columbus Crew from 2007-2011, revealed Friday that he is gay. He wrote: “My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”</p>
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Woo hoo!! Now less than $20k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XXII]

    02/16/2013 10:47:08 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 736 replies
    Making progress!! Lagging a bit behind 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 $10k per week, we can be done within the next two 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 defense of our God-given Liberty, free of any outside influences....
  • Huge Defense Sector Cuts, What This Means for Your Investments

    02/16/2013 10:46:26 AM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO - InvestmentContrarian ^ | 2-13-2013 | Sasha Cekerevac
    Huge Defense Sector Cuts, What This Means For Your Investments Companies / Sector AnalysisFebruary 16, 2013 - 11:44 AM GMT By: InvestmentContrarian Sasha Cekerevac writes: March 1 is a very big day for many people. Unless Obama and the Republicans make a deal prior to that date, billions of dollars in spending cuts will be enacted. Of all the areas that will be hit, I think the defense market sector will bear the brunt of the cutbacks and the future viability of corporate earnings in this sector is certainly in doubt. At this point, Pentagon officials are now planning for...