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  • Man charged with felony in Obama mural defacing

    02/23/2013 9:21:46 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/23/13 | Carol Cristian
    A suspect has been charged in a recent defacing of a mural of President Barack Obama near a popular midtown restaurant.
  • As furloughs loom, unions try to soften sequester blow for federal workers

    02/23/2013 8:52:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/22/13 | Lisa Rein
    Federal government labor unions and agency managers are bargaining over how and when to carry out first-of-their-kind furloughs of more than a million employees as deep spending cuts are all but certain to kick in Friday. Union leaders cannot stop the furloughs or determine who in each agency must take them. They say their best option is to soften the pain of unpaid days, which could slash federal pay by up to 20 percent this fiscal year. -snip- This would be the first time that furloughs across the federal government would occur with no chance that lost pay would be...
  • The Minimum Wage and Economic Reality (Why not outlaw high prices to help low income earners?)

    02/23/2013 8:46:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/21/2013 | Steve Chapman
    President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress want to raise the minimum wage to improve the lot of the working poor. But they've got the wrong idea. The problem is not that these workers earn so little; it's that the things they buy cost so much. I propose instead to outlaw high prices. No one, after all, likes paying too much. So let's put a stop to it. Gas is too expensive? Make it $2 a gallon, max. Bread and meat take a big bite out of the family budget? Poor people could eat better if they had to pay...
  • North Korea warns U.S. forces of "destruction" ahead of war drills

    02/23/2013 8:45:27 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-23-2013 | Sung-won Shim
    North Korea on Sunday warned the top U.S. military commander stationed in South Korea that his forces would "meet a miserable destruction" if they go ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korean troops, North Korean state media said. Pak Rim-su, chief delegate of the North Korean military mission to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, gave the message by phone to Gen. James Thurman, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, KCNA news agency said.
  • ACU: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio Have Perfect Voting Records

    02/23/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Matthew Auerbach
    Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., topped the list of approximately 40 House and Senate Republicans who received a perfect conservative voting score from the American Conservative Union, sponsor of next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. The ACU released its annual rankings Thursday. In the Senate, Rubio and Paul, who are both seen as possible 2016 presidential contenders, were awarded the Defenders of Liberty designation, receiving a “perfect 100 percent” score on their voting records ... Thirty-four House members were deemed Defenders of Liberty, among them Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Joe Wilson, R-S.C.; and Tom Price, R-Ga. The...
  • The Three Pillars of Propaganda (Saturbray)

    02/23/2013 8:30:07 AM PST · by bray · 5 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 2/23 | bray
    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Cor 3:17 Once again we are being propagandized by the Global Warmists. Of course they have changed the catchphrase into Climate Change or as it has been called in the past; weather, they are mining the nuggets of fear many are hoping for. For communists, the main purpose for living is centralizing power and more control in distributing the resources of a country. The Regressives have pretty much taxed every source on the planet so the only thing untaxed is air, Global...
  • Oregon Dems introduce bill banning most modern guns and authorizing warrantless searches of home

    02/23/2013 8:10:26 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 40 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    With the outrage over the Newtown massacre fading, gun-grabbers are hastening their efforts at the state level. The Oregon Firearms Federation (hat tip: Gateway Pundit) reports: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that. Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday "that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following...
  • Clearing Away the Rubble...with Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo

    02/23/2013 8:06:15 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Robert Small
    "We have cleared away the rubble of crisis," President Obama reported in his State of the Union address, "and we can say with renewed confidence that the State of our Union is stronger." He cited troops coming home after a decade of "grinding war," six million jobs created "after years of grueling recession," American car purchases up, foreign oil purchases down, a healing housing market, a rebounding stock market, corporate profits that "have skyrocketed to all-time highs," Republicans and Democrats working together "to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion," "tens of thousands" of American jobs created by green...
  • The Ground War Over Gun Control Has Officially Begun

    02/23/2013 7:55:17 AM PST · by yoe · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 22, 2013 | Evan McMorris-Santoro,
    The ground war over gun control after the Newtown, Conn. massacre has begun. Across the country, members of Congress are being hit with grassroots campaigns and ads aimed at pushing them to one side or the other in the current debate over gun violence. On Friday, the remnants of President Obama’s reelection campaign will hold its first “Day Of Action” since the November election, rallying its millions of supporters to join the call for gun control legislation at grassroots events nationwide[snip] The National Rifle Association is targeting several members with ads of its own, running (full page news paper…) spots…….
  • WATCH: Michelle Obama shows off her 'Mom' dance moves

    02/23/2013 7:44:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/13 | DAN GOOD
    Shake it, Michelle! First Lady Michelle Obama showed off her best - and worst - dance moves on Friday's episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," appearing in a skit called "Evolution of Mom Dancing" alongside the dolled-up host.
  • St. Louis teenager suspected of 'knockout game' violence picks wrong victim (Photos)

    02/23/2013 7:21:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 63 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) says that limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds is "generous"--his "generosity" falls far short, when one is attacked by two dozen feral, brutal thugs Credit: Photos © Oleg Volk. All rights reserved. Used with permission. A local 15-year-old, Demetrius Murphy, was shot and killed last Friday while allegedly breaking into a home. Another case of a young man--our very future--tragically taken from us as a consequence of one bad decision on his part? Perhaps not, according to Fox 2 St. Louis: In fact, FOX2 has learned, he was once charged in the case that made...
  • MILLER: The David Gregory police mystery

    02/23/2013 7:13:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Emily Miller
    The District of Columbia seems not to want the public to know what it did — if anything — while investigating NBC News’ David Gregory for possession of an illegal 30-round magazine. The police refuse to turn over the public documents in the case, and the city council is allowing them to stonewall. Mr. Gregory wielded the “high capacity” magazine on his Dec. 23 “Meet the Press” show. Afterwards, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said that it had been asked by NBC if the multi-million dollar TV anchor could possess the illegal component and refused him. The police said it...
  • NM:Gun buyback names released in error

    02/23/2013 7:09:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    krqe.com ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Alex Goldsmith
    SANTA FE (KRQE) - A unique solution to a shortage of gift cards and a big mistake led to the personal information of dozens who participated in Santa Fe's gun buyback program open to the public. "It shouldn't have happened, but it did," said Santa Fe Police Department Chief Raymond Rael. "I apologize on behalf of the city, I don't think that information should've been out there."
  • Chicago Union Head: Let Us Carry Guns, Get Paid Like Cops

    02/23/2013 7:03:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    breitbart news ^ | 2-23-13 | breitbart news
    Union members in Chicago are now intent on carrying guns aboard their buses if members of the civilian public are allowed to do so. And naturally, they want more taxpayer money for their trouble. The NRA has insisted on concealed-carry laws that would allow the general public to carry guns on public transit; now Amalgamated Transit Union Division 308 President Robert Kelly says such a policy is “outrageous and cannot be allowed.” Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool agrees, “It would be disastrous to allow passengers to carry concealed weapons on our trains and buses.” But sensing an opportunity to...
  • South Africa:Top cop shoots intruder dead at home

    02/23/2013 7:02:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    sowetanlive.co.za ^ | 20 February, 2012 | McKeed Kotlolo
    The unidentified lieutenant- colonel is on leave and was sleeping at his Eldoraigne, Centurion, home in the morning when he heard someone at his front door. The officer, who was with his wheelchair-bond mother at the time, immediately woke up and went to inspect. He found that the intruders had forced the door open and were already inside the house. Captain Agnes Huma of the Wierdabrug police in Centurion said the officer shot one of them in the upper body, "killing him instantly and wounding another, who managed to escape". Huma said the getaway car, a white Opel Corsa that...
  • TX:Homeowner Shoots At Theft Suspect

    02/23/2013 6:58:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    foxsanantonio.com ^ | 18 February, 2012 | Staff
    Police say a homeowner fired a gun after coming face to face with a thief at a home near Ray Ellison and Five Palms drive. It started after a man and woman ran off during an attempted robbery at a nearby CVS pharmacy this morning. Police say during a foot chase the man ran into the homeowner's house. Investigators say the homeowner warned the suspect and fired his weapon.
  • The Hollywood Tax Story They Won't Tell at the Oscars

    02/23/2013 6:58:02 AM PST · by SueRae · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/23/2013 | Glenn Reynolds
    At the Democratic National Convention last year, actress Eva Longoria called for higher taxes on America's rich. Her take: "The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgers—she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not." Actually, nowadays an Eva Longoria who flipped burgers would probably qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and get a check from the government rather than pay taxes. It's the movie set where she works these days that may well be getting the tax break.
  • CA:Suspect Shot During Alleged Folsom Boulevard Robbery

    02/23/2013 6:52:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    rosemont.patch.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Mirna Alfonso
    Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place. A man shot dead at a Folsom Boulevard business near Rosemont was trying to rob the store, according to the storekeeper who reportedly shot him Sunday, sheriff's officials said. Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. about 3 p.m. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.
  • Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search

    02/23/2013 6:50:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Michael Mullins
    Newsmax Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search Friday, February 22, 2013 10:55 AM By: Michael Mullins VIDEO A wheelchair-bound 3-year-old girl on her way to Disney World became distraught when she was patted down by a Transportation Security Administration agent apparently looking for explosives. The Feb. 9 incident at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was partially captured on a cell phone video. It shows the toddler, Lucy Forck, of Osage Beach, Mo., crying, "I don’t want to go to Disney World," as a female TSA agent hovers behind her, instructing the girl's mother to put away her...
  • Administration ramps up budget cut warnings, Republicans say drama 'won't solve the problem'

    02/23/2013 6:13:42 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/23/2012 | fox news
    The Obama administration on Friday ramped up its campaign to paint an ominous portrait of what would happen if automatic spending cuts take effect March 1, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warning that air traffic control towers would be shut down as part of a host of travel-disrupting FAA cuts. After a week marked by intense partisan bickering, LaHood again put the pressure on Republicans to find a way out of the impasse -- even going so far as to compare President Obama to Abraham Lincoln. "Go see the movie 'Lincoln'," LaHood said, in a message to congressional Republicans. He...
  • Texas man, 21, fatally shoots intruder during home invasion

    02/23/2013 5:56:08 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/23/2013
    A 21-year-old Texas man is being credited with protecting his family by shooting one of three men suspected of forcing their way into their home outside of Houston. Harris County Sheriff's deputies tell KHOU.com that the man's father was pushed to the ground by one of the suspects when he answered the door Thursday night. When the intruders went to attack the mother, the son ran to retrieve his father's gun and fatally shot one of the suspects, the report states. The other two suspects reportedly fled the scene.
  • Rand Paul Introduces Sequester Bill

    02/23/2013 5:52:08 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 88 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | Rand Paul Introduces Sequester Bill By Andrew Stiles February 22, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
      Not only is Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) calling out the Obama administration’s “dishonest” doom-mongering on the sequester, he also put forward his own plan, released today, to replace the impending cuts with alternative savings, and to do so “without layoffs,” according to a release from the senator’s office. Paul’s bill would reduce federal spending by more than $85 billion annually by directing the government to:Stop Hiring New Federal Employees ($6.5 billion per year)More than 60,000 people left the federal workforce in 2011. This provision would end the practice of hiring new employees to replace them.Bring Federal-Employee Pay in Line with Private...
  • Rothschild versus Rothschild: How financial genius Nat was brought down to earth by his own cousin

    02/23/2013 5:44:16 AM PST · by RummyChick · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/22 | levy
    Over a lingering lunch with a friend in the City of London some years ago, Baron David de Rothschild, the French head of the global Rothschild banking dynasty, was asked if he saw his thrusting young British cousin, Nat Rothschild, as his possible successor. The baron, a stylish figure of the old school, thought for a moment as he sipped a good vintage from the family vineyard, then replied intriguingly: ‘Well, he’s the person of this [Rothschild] generation who seems to be most comfortable in the world of high finance.’ Today, for Nat Rothschild, that glittering prize of one day...
  • 6 tanks at Hanford nuclear site in Wash. leaking

    02/23/2013 5:13:02 AM PST · by RummyChick · 35 replies
    cbs ^ | 2/22 | cbs
    Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater. But the leaking tanks raise new concerns about delays for emptying them and strike another blow to federal efforts to clean up south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation, where successes often are overshadowed by...
  • Depressing poll of the day: Public opposes cuts to virtually all types of spending

    02/23/2013 5:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 92/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Nothing new here, which is the most depressing part. Scroll halfway down the page at Pew and you'll find a table tracking shifts in public opinion on various programs over the last four years. There are noticeable jumps in support for cuts from 2009 to 2011 as America got a snoutful of Obamanomics, but we've leveled off since then — and in not a single category of the 17 tested is there 50 percent in favor of decreasing spending. In fact, in only three of those 17 categories (foreign aid, unemployment aid, and the State Department) is there more support...
  • A gun tale of two cities - Different laws for Iraq veteran and a television ‘star’

    02/23/2013 4:28:29 AM PST · by deks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Nathan Haddad, a former Army staff sergeant in New York, was selling his gun magazines when he was arrested for violating a state law prohibiting possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. He was arrested and charged with five felonies. This is the crime that David Gregory of NBC News committed in Washington a few months ago; Mr. Gregory was not prosecuted because he’s, umm, well, a celebrity. The district attorney for Jefferson County, N.Y., offered Sgt. Haddad, now a civilian employee at Fort Drum, N.Y., a deal that would require him to plead guilty to five Class...
  • Now Media Matters targets Ben Carson

    02/23/2013 4:23:36 AM PST · by wesagain · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Garth Kant
    "Claims Obama critic is using his race to bolster career"Media Matters has posted a “research article” claiming Dr. Benjamin Carson is just “the latest in a long line of black conservatives – from Clarence Thomas to Herman Cain – relentlessly promoted and propped up by right-wing voices in the media.” The article, “Ben Carson’s Moment,” contains just a few original paragraphs and a slew of links to articles and videos. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, struck a chord with many Americans when he delivered a devastating critique of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier...
  • Zero Hour at the Vatican: Bitter Struggle for Control of the Catholic Church (mega barf alert)

    02/23/2013 4:14:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News / Der Spiegel ^ | February 23, 2013
    With Pope Benedict XVI's resignation drawing closer, the struggle for power in the Vatican has gotten underway in earnest. The church badly needs to reform itself, but with Ratzinger lurking in the shadows, will it be able to? Naked and goaded viciously by hornets and wasps, his blood sucked by loathsome worms. Such was the fate of a pope in Dante's "Divine Comedy" who "by his cowardice made the great refusal." Benedict XVI, in short, knew what could happen to one who rebelled against a centuries-old tradition in a church in which suffering is far from foreign. But he also...
  • Blumenthal Swats Mississippi Legislator Over Connecticut Gun Manufacturers

    02/23/2013 3:13:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    http://www.nhregister.com/ ^ | February 23, 2013 | New Haven Register
    HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has responded to letters sent to three Connecticut gun manufacturers by Mississippi state Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, urging them to relocate to Mississippi.
  • Aaron Broussard's likely sentence 5 years in prison, lawyers say

    02/23/2013 2:57:35 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 22, 2013 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard might have hoped his story would have been that of a witty, colorful and effective politician whose career in public service spanned 35 years. On Monday, however, a federal judge will write an epilogue that has the former Jefferson Parish president going to prison for what lawyers predict will be at least five years. The 10 a.m. sentencing in U.S. District Court in New Orleans will essentially end a political corruption scandal that burst open in 2009, quickly toppled the Broussard administration and became entwined with any number of unusual side stories. Judge Hayden Head Jr. was brought...
  • What If (Colorado) Republican Todd Akin Advocated Rape Whistles?

    02/23/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 22, 2013
    Gun Control: The silent media ignore a Colorado Democrat who says women don't need firearms to defend themselves from predators and a patronizing vice president who says women can't handle an AR-15 anyway. On Monday, the Colorado House passed four gun control bills. Among them is HB13-1226. It would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, as if creating more gun-free zones, such as the one around the Aurora, Colo., theater, where 12 were killed and another 59 wounded, will prevent more massacres. Colorado is a concealed-carry state, as was Virginia at the time of the Virginia Tech shootings. But like...
  • Titan boss Taylor tells French they have 'beautiful women' but 'no idea how to run a business'

    02/23/2013 12:11:51 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Henry Samuel, in Paris
    An American tyre tycoon has fired off a second virulent missive to France's industry minister, saying his country has “beautiful women and fantastic wine” but “no idea how to run a business”. Maurice Taylor - chief executive of Titan International - had already incensed the French once this week by saying the country's “so-called” workers put in “three hours a day” with the rest spent eating and talking. Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg hit back in a written response in which he told Mr Taylor his comments were “extremist and insulting” and displayed “a perfect ignorance of what our country is...
  • Eurozone to stay in recession for another year

    02/22/2013 11:59:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Rachel Cooper
    Unemployment in Europe is "unacceptably high" and threatens "grave social consequences", the European Commission has warned as it painted a gloomy picture of the eurozone's troubled economy. Publishing its winter forecast on Friday, the commission predicted that joblessness in the eurozone will peak at 12.2pc, or more than 19m people, this year as the currency bloc continues to struggle. Marco Butti, the EC's director general for economic and financial affairs, described Europe's labour market as a "serious concern". "Employment is forecast to shrink further for some quarters, and unemployment remains unacceptably high in the EU as whole and even more...
  • Christopher Dorner mentor's hunch led to manhunt for him

    02/22/2013 9:20:42 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 February 2013 | CBS Interactive
    The training officer whose dispute with former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner led to his firing said Thursday it was her hunch that led police to name him as the suspect in the killing of an Orange County couple, setting off an intense and deadly manhunt that ended with Dorner's suicide in a mountain cabin. (snip) "Just hearing his name was enough to make me feel sick," [Teresa] Evans said in an interview the Los Angeles Times.
  • BETWEEN SEVERAL PROTEST INTERRUPTIONS, PERRY VOWS NOT TO EXPAND MEDICAID

    02/22/2013 9:20:19 PM PST · by txrangerette · 53 replies
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Trish Choate
    Washington - The crowd...was downright unfriendly. Perry was interrupted, denounced and heckled for snubbing a Medicaid exansion in his state, but he vowed not to budge. -snip- The unfriendliness didn't stem from members of the Texas state Society...at a ritzy Republican club. But the Lone star State's famously anti-Washington governor faced...protestors, of the Texas Organizing Project, who popped up by turns where he spoke.
  • Poll to FReep: Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school?

    02/22/2013 7:05:16 PM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 43 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 02-22-2013 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school? More safe. Less safe.
  • On CNN, Cause of Chicago Violence Is – You Guessed It – The GOP

    02/22/2013 6:24:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in over 80 years. Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans. We learned that this morning on CNN Newsroom when anchor Carol Costello asked her “Talk Back” guests about Retired Lt. General Russel Honore’s suggestion to use National Guard troops to curb murders in Chicago. Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman astutely pinpointed the reason for Chicago’s carnage: And let's be very clear...
  • By Staying Neutral in the Battle Over Gun Control is Starbucks Pro-Gun by Default? (VIDEO)

    On Friday, it was “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day” all across Virginia, according to gun rights activist Ed Levine, the founder of Virginia Open Carry. Levine organized the event or ‘buycott’ not because the Seattle-based java giant is pro-Second Amendment, but because it has – like Switzerland since 1815 – remained neutral in the contentious debate over gun control. Unlike some of its competitors, Peet’s Coffee for example, that have posted “No Guns Allowed” signs in states that permit law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for self-defense outside the home, Starbucks has made the conscious decision to remain apolitical, to...
  • China provides Rs 136 bn loan for Pak nuclear plants

    02/22/2013 5:57:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Islamabad - China has provided a loan of Rs 136 billion for two nuclear power plants that Pakistan expects to commission by 2016, the state-run media reported today. The power plants of 340MW each are being built with Chinese assistance at the Chashma nuclear complex in Punjab province. The "construction of these power plants became possible after a long-standing agreement", official sources were quoted as saying by APP news agency. The total cost of the two plants is Rs 190 billion and they will be partially funded by a Chinese loan of Rs 136 billion, the sources said. The Pakistan...
  • Stem cell heart repairs: 21st century medicine in action

    02/22/2013 5:45:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 22, 2013 | LIDIA DINKOVA
    Gerard Cuomo loves to dance. Until recently, however, the 70-year-old couldn’t even do a two-step. After having three heart attacks in the early 1990s, Cuomo’s heart was severely damaged. The scar tissue that had formed around his heart left him easily fatigued. “I felt like an old man,” said Cuomo of Aventura. “I could barely climb the stairs. I could walk for about a quarter of a mile. Shopping at the mall — I wish I did not have to sit down all the time.” In May 2010, he participated in a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s clinical...
  • 7th Circuit Court Lets Posner Ruling Stand; Huge Win For Concealed Carry

    02/22/2013 5:24:36 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home. The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the...
  • Judge denies George Zimmerman motion to depose Ben Crump

    02/22/2013 5:05:29 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 32 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | February 22, 2013 | Click Orlando
    A judge on Friday ruled that the defense team for George Zimmerman cannot depose Ben Crump, the attorney representing the slain teen's family. Judge Debra Nelson said the deposition was not needed and there was no undue prejudice. She also said that the defense has not yet deposed Witness 8, whose interview with Crump is in question, even though they've had her identity for 10 months. Nelson did grant the defense's motions for subpoenas of voice samples from Martin over the last three years. If they exist, the audio samples are in the possession of Martin's family and Witness 8....
  • Arguing For and Against ArmaLite

    02/22/2013 4:43:24 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    Guns . Com ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Max Slowik
    One of the many layers of the gun control debate is whether or not companies should treat government agencies differently than they treat the general public. A handful of companies have stood up, like LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Cheaper Than Dirt and many others, saying that if they’re not allowed to sell their products on the commercial market, they will not serve local government. This has kicked off a grass roots campaign that is calling for other companies, small and large, to follow suit. Some of the emails, naturally, come off angry and demanding, and the companies are dealing with...
  • Malloy: The time to act is now (Ignore Sandy Hook Commission, propose his own ban)

    02/22/2013 4:26:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Gov. Dannel Malloy, together with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, released a gun violence prevention proposal that they said will make Connecticut a safer place to be. "Two months ago, our state became the center of a national debate after a tragedy we never imagined could happen here," Malloy said in a statement. "The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School brought home the fact that we are not immune to problems that face the nation at large, that we can never become complacent in our effort to ensure the safety of our residents." The proposal outlines five primary areas where...
  • Britain's credit rating downgraded from AAA to Aa1

    02/22/2013 4:22:05 PM PST · by John W · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2013 | James Hurley
    Moody’s announced on Friday night that it had cut the Government’s bond rating one notch from ‘Aaa’ – the highest possible level – to ‘Aa1’. The move is a significant setback for Chancellor George Osborne, who has faced criticism that his strategy for dealing with UK’s huge debt burden is failing to deliver. Moody’s pointed to “continuing weakness in the UK’s medium-term growth outlook, with a period of sluggish growth which [it] now expects will extend into the second half of the decade”. The credit ratings agency also noted that the Government's debt reduction programme faced significant "challenges" and that...
  • Red-light reversal? Lawmakers push to rein in traffic cameras

    02/22/2013 4:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty
    It's the technology that, for years, local officials embraced and drivers loathed. Red-light cameras have steadily popped up across the country, snagging supposed scofflaws and generating untold numbers of traffic tickets. But despite the revenue boost, some state and local lawmakers are beginning to fall out of love with these electronic tattle-tales. In Florida, a push to force the state to ditch its red-light cameras is gaining momentum in the legislature. The bill banning the recording devices comes just two years after lawmakers legalized their use on Florida streets. Last week, a House committee advanced the ban in a 10-8...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 4:08:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...
  • 7TH CIRCUIT LETS POSNER RULING STAND; HUGE WIN FOR CCW, SAYS SAF [IL]

    02/22/2013 4:00:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Second Amenment Foundation ^ | February 22, 2013 | Staff
    I took the liberty to rephrase the title in a manner that was more coherent The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home. The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft...
  • Rand Paul on Obama’s Sequester Scares: ‘Balderdash! It’s Untrue, Unfair, Dishonest, Disingenuous’

    02/22/2013 3:57:31 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew Johnson
    This morning, Kentucky senator Rand Paul slammed the president’s attempts to scare Americans about the impact of sequestration, accusing Obama of “making stuff up.” When asked about what he would tell Fox News viewers about politicians’ descriptions of sequestration, Paul said, “I would say it’s balderdash! It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous.” He criticized the president for telling Americans that sequestration would lay off their local firemen and police, since “98 percent of them are being paid for with local taxes.” Earlier this week, the president appeared to speak about the effects of sequestration with first responders standing behind him as...
  • Gun debate sparks several bills in Utah Legislature (PRO gun laws)

    02/22/2013 3:56:27 PM PST · by skyman · 4 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb 20 2013 | Richard Piatt
    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers heard several separate bills about guns and gun control Wednesday, and three bills in particular are getting attention. HB76 would allow any adult over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon with or without a permit. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee 7-2. HB114 declares the firearm regulation is "reserved completely to the state" and would penalize anyone attempting to enforce federal law. HB268 would keep police officers from charging a person with disorderly conduct just for carrying a weapon in public without other disorderly behaviors. Both bills will be reviewed by...