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  • Veteran Teacher Accused of Offering Student Money for Sex (NAME THAT SEXUAL ORIENTATION -- GAY)

    02/25/2013 8:02:01 AM PST · by tom h · 13 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Monday, Feb 25, 2013 | Unnamed
    A veteran New Jersey high school teacher from New York has been accused of contacting a student through Facebook and offering that student cash in exchange for sexual acts, prosecutors said. Thomas Weir, a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, N.J., was arrested Saturday evening in the parking lot of a restaurant where he planned to meet the student, authorities said. Weir, 50, was charged with attempted sexual assault, attempted endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct, among other crimes. The Monticello, N.Y., resident has been employed by the Paterson Board of Education for more...
  • US State Department Issues Global Terror Advisory to US Citizens

    02/25/2013 8:00:07 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 25 Feb 13 | Unknown
    President Obama may say that Al Qaeda is defeated, or Al Qaeda is “on the run,” or that the “core” of Al Qaeda is in ruins and other political rhetoric, but the US State Department continues to issue advisories warning Americans traveling abroad that they need to realize that they are being targeted by Jihadists around the globe. It’s also instructive that to get the details of the State Department’s terrorism advisory, you need to go to the foreign media, because the US media doesn’t like to cover these topics any more. The report below comes to us from the...
  • MSNBC, With Ex-Obama Aides, Now Almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’

    02/25/2013 7:56:36 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 8 replies
    http://daily-download.com/ ^ | February 25th, 2013 | by David Zurawik
    <p>MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it’s official: MSNBC is worse.</p> <p>The cable channel that flies under the banner of NBC News is now all but a bona fide organ of state propaganda, an information channel that speaks in the same dominant voice as the folks running the government–and tries to mask what it is up to.</p>
  • Best seat in the (White) house! Chris Christie gets chair of honor next to first lady Michelle

    02/25/2013 7:54:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/13 | Beth Stebner
    Gov. Chris Christie got the seat of honor at tonight’s annual governor’s dinner, sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama. The New Jersey governor, a Republican, joined governors from across the nation at the annual Governor’s Association Meeting, and at one point, clinked glasses with the president’s wife. Mr Obama had praised Gov. Christie for his response to Hurricane Sandy and his effort to get funding to those who were most affected by last October’s storm.
  • Louis Farrakhan: Gang Members Can Serve As Protectors

    02/25/2013 7:50:41 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    http://www.dnainfo.com/ ^ | February 25, 2013 | Quinn Ford
    UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told thousands of followers Sunday he was planning to reach out to gang leaders to help "protect" the Nation of Islam. That came at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day convention. Farrakhan, 79, renewed the call for African Americans to pool money and buy as much land as possible, in order to "control means of production" and produce food and other goods, such as clothing.
  • WTC bombing World Trade Center (Feb. 26, 1993) 20 years ago tomorrow.

    02/25/2013 7:34:29 AM PST · by fishtank · 12 replies
    Feb. 26, 1993 until 2013 | fishtank
    Twenty years ago tomorrow......
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,February 25-March 1,2013

    02/25/2013 7:25:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 25-March 1, 2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Boehner to hold 4 p.m. sequester press conference

    02/25/2013 7:24:37 AM PST · by illiac · 124 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- House Speaker John Boehner will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Eastern to discuss the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester, his office said. Without a deal, $85 billion in gradual budget cuts will begin on Friday,
  • Backlash against gun laws at industry and grassroots levels

    02/25/2013 7:10:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Gun owners rallied at the Capitol last month, part of a growing backlash against gun regulations that now include an expanding industry boycott. Credits: Dave Workman Saturday saw small but significant rallies of armed citizens in several states including Washington, as more firearms industry companies are joining a boycott of New York and other jurisdictions that adopt gun laws restricting the rights of citizens. The big names in guns, including Smith & Wesson, Glock, Sig Sauer, Sturm Ruger and other have not yet announced their intentions, but there clearly is a backlash in the works. For gun prohibitionists, it is...
  • The Arrival Of Japan’s Sunset

    02/25/2013 7:00:13 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    Gregory.us ^ | 2-25-2013 | Gregor Macdonald
    The Arrival Of Japan’s SunsetGregory MacdonaldFebruary 25, 2013For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. ~ Richard Feynman Waiting for Japan’s economy to make a strong recovery has been an ongoing game since 1990. Shall we play that game one more time? There have been many false dawns in Japan over the past 20 years. Struggling with a combination of crushing debt and deadly demographics, Japan’s economy has stubbornly refused to make progress, despite numerous government efforts that range from currency devaluation to endless public works projects. None of this was enough,...
  • Bob McDonnell Risks Tarnishing His Legacy (The Virginia Tax Fiasco)

    02/25/2013 6:48:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2013 | John fund
    Some Republican governors — all of them elected with strong tea-party support — have moved left since the November election by agreeing to participate in Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid. The lure of “free money” from Washington has proven too much for governors Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, and John Kasich of Ohio to resist. Obamacare promises to pay 100 percent of the cost of new Medicaid patients, lowering that to 90 percent in later years. Never mind that Uncle Sugar has a notorious reputation for reneging on promises and that history shows that expanding Medicaid only increases...
  • CO:Women should have access to concealed weapons

    02/25/2013 6:32:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    uccsscribe.com ^ | 25 February, 2012 | Staff
    The controversy over the Public Safety attack-prevention tips list highlights the broader debate at the state level concerning the right to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses. Everyone from Sean Hannity to Cosmopolitan recognized the tips as impractical, ridiculous and demeaning. And it would be equally demeaning to limit a woman’s options when it comes to deterring attackers, namely taking away her right to carry a weapon. Women should not have to resort to physical self-deprecation or focus on making themselves feel less “attractive” in order to protect themselves. After all, the attacker is the one who should be...
  • The true national debt (How big is it really?)

    02/25/2013 6:29:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/25/2013 | Robert Samuelson
    How big is the national debt? You’d think this would be an easy question. Surely we know how much the government owes. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. The true national debt could be triple the conventional estimate, anywhere from $11 trillion to $31 trillion by my reckoning. The differences mostly reflect explicit and implicit “off-budget” federal loan guarantees. In another economic downturn, these could result in large losses that would be brought “on budget” and worsen already huge deficits. That’s the danger. My purpose is not to scare or sensationalize. It’s simply to illuminate the problem. Broadly conceived, the national...
  • The Onion Gets Blasted for Calling 9-Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis the C-Word

    02/25/2013 6:28:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Zimbio ^ | 2/25/13 | Jill Slattery
    If you thought some of Seth MacFarlane's Oscar jokes were off-color, you'll never believe that The Onion tweeted about this year's youngest nominee. The satirical news organization has come under fire for posting a nasty tweet about nine-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (you know, the adorable little girl who's been carrying around puppy purses all award season?).
  • NYC Seaport a 'Ghost Town' Months After Sandy

    02/25/2013 6:27:52 AM PST · by dirtboy · 8 replies
    AP via Wunderground.com ^ | 2/25/2013 | Meghan Barr
    NEW YORK -- The historic cobblestone streets and 19th-century mercantile buildings near the water's edge in lower Manhattan are eerily deserted, a neighborhood silenced by Superstorm Sandy. Just blocks from the tall-masted ships that rise above South Street Seaport, the windows of narrow brick apartment buildings are still crisscrossed with masking tape left by their owners before the storm. Store interiors are stripped down to plywood and wiring. Restaurants are chained shut, frozen in time, saddled with electrical systems that were ruined by several feet of salt water that raced up from the East River and through their front doors....
  • Karnes County finds oil money brings promise, problems

    02/25/2013 6:23:24 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | February 24, 2013 | John MacCormack
    After more than three decades of running City Pharmacy on slowly decaying Main Street, Paul Bordovsky retired in 1995 to raise his Charolais cattle on 640 acres of rolling grassland a few miles east of town. After hauling a couple of young bulls to a sale in Cuero one day in early 2008, he called his wife, Emily. “I said, 'I've got some real good news. I got $3,000 or $4,000 for those bulls,'” he recalled. “And she said, 'I've got better news for you. Conoco has called twice already. They're coming out here to stake a well.'” Little could...
  • Court Rules There Is No Right To Carry A Concealed Weapon

    02/25/2013 6:19:50 AM PST · by blam · 112 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Larry Bodine
    Court Rules There Is No Right To Carry A Concealed Weapon Larry Bodine, Lawyers.comFebruary 25, 2013, 6:42 AM In a sweeping ruling, the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there is no Second Amendment right to carry a concealed firearm in public. The broad wording of the decision in Peterson v. Martinez creates a far-reaching national precedent against carrying a loaded handgun outside the home. The case began on a narrow point – a challenge by a Washington State man against Colorado’s law to issue CHL permits (“Concealed Handgun License”) only to state residents. But the final ruling...
  • MoveOn.Mika: 'Silly' To Discuss Obama Not Telling Truth Over Authorship Of Sequester

    02/25/2013 5:56:45 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Call her MoveOn.Mika . . . Bob Woodward has demonstrated that President Obama was not telling the truth when during the third presidential debate he flatly stated "the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” In fact, it was two Obama aides who devised the plan, and Obama himself who approved it. But when Joe Scarborough wanted to get those facts on the record this morning, Mika Brzezinski repeatedly declared that discussing Obama's failure to tell the truth was "silly." Things got heated between the co-hosts at one point as Mika cut Joe...
  • CBS' Bill Plante: Obama Admin "Undercutting The First Amendment," It's "State-Run Media" (video)

    02/25/2013 5:55:44 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 25, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    HOWARD KURTZ, CNN: Bill Plante, you have been patrolling that building since Ronald Reagan. Does the White House press look self-involved and whiny, as I said earlier, complaining about this Tiger incident? BILL PLANTE, CBS NEWS: We have gotten used to being called whiny lap dogs. I've heard it for 30 years. But this is not about a picture of Tiger Woods. This is about access to the president. And access to the president has been cut and pushed and curtailed over every administration I've covered. Here's the nub of it, Howie, this administration has the tools to reach people...
  • Horse meat found in Ikea's Swedish meatballs

    02/25/2013 5:47:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
  • 2nd blizzard bearing down on Plains region [Global Warming Piling Up, Needs Shoveling]

    02/25/2013 5:45:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    wkyt ^ | 2/25/13
    ... a second major winter storm in less than a week hits the central Plains. The National Service says today's storm, which has been tracking across western Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, also is packing high winds
  • LaPierre: Fed Call For Background Checks ‘Will Be Used To Confiscate Your Guns’

    02/25/2013 5:43:43 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    AP ^ | February 24, 2013
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre says he thinks the federal government wants universal background checks on gun owners to make it easier for federal officials to seize firearms. LaPierre told a crowd of more than 1,000 people in Salt Lake City on Saturday that President Barack Obama’s call for universal background checks fails to address the problem of the nation’s gun violence. “This so-called background check is aimed at one thing — registering your guns,” he said. “When another tragic opportunity presents itself, that registry will be used to confiscate your guns … Imagine...
  • TRENDING: With deadline looming, White House details cuts [The clown cranks up fear mongering]

    02/25/2013 5:36:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/25/13 | Kevin Liptak
    Food safety inspections, early education classrooms and mental health treatment are all at risk if massive forced spending cuts are allowed to take effect at the end of this week, the White House said Sunday. Those cuts would accompany deep reductions in defense spending — including stalling maintenance on Navy ships — that are also poised to trigger March 1. In detailed reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, President Barack Obama’s budget office spelled out how the cuts — which are the result of a stalemate between Congressional Republicans and the White House over reducing the...
  • Israeli Goes Searching for Nazi Gold at Bottom of German Lake

    02/25/2013 5:33:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 21, 2013
    The search for nearly 18 crates of stolen Nazi gold has begun, but this is no ordinary treasure hunt. Led by Israeli investigative journalst Yaron Svoray, the nearly-$1 billion worth of stolen loot sits at the bottom of Stolpsee, a 988-acre stretch of water to the north of the German capital, Berlin. Svoray, who has the backing of German authorities, will use sonar and radar equipment to try and locate the gold, which is believed to have been dropped into the lake under the orders of Hermann Goering as the Red Army made its final push for Berlin in March,...
  • Open Access: Federally Funded Research Results To Be Free

    02/25/2013 5:30:09 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 3 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 2-24-2013 | Elaine Radford
    Open access is coming to a research facility near you. The White House has agreed that US citizens should be able to see the results of the federally funded research they pay for. John P. Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), issued a memo Friday stating that the Obama administration is “committed” to providing the public with the results of taxpayer-funded research. Any federal agency that spends more than $100 million a year on research must now share their findings with the public for free.OSTP’s Assistant Director for Biotechnology Michael Stebbins acknowledged that the White...
  • Rise of the Militias in the Middle East

    02/25/2013 5:27:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 25, 2013 | Kyle Shideler
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Rise of the Militias in the Middle EastPosted By Kyle Shideler On February 25, 2013 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments “Hey! think the time is right for a palace revolution, but where I live the game to play is compromise solution…”–The Rolling Stones, “Street-Fighting Man”Quite a bit of the recent news flowing out of the Middle East has an interesting common thread. Whether it’s Syria, Iraq, Egypt, or Tunisia, all states once known for their strong military leadership, the new power players may not be wearing the uniforms, but they’ve...
  • Obama Forces U.N. Silence on Syrian Slaughter

    02/25/2013 5:25:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 25, 2013 | Joseph Klein
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama Forces U.N. Silence on Syrian SlaughterPosted By Joseph Klein On February 25, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments In the latest episode of rampant violence resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians in Syria, a car bomb killed more than fifty  people and wounded two hundred in Damascus on February 21st.  The tally included students at a nearby secondary school. The bombing took place close to the Russian Embassy compound, where significant damage was reported, and to the ruling Baath Party offices in the central Mazraa district of the...
  • STUDENTS MADE TO WEAR BURQAS IN U.S. STATE (Texas)

    02/25/2013 5:17:29 AM PST · by lowbridge · 77 replies
    wnd ^ | february 25, 2023 | john griffing
    However, in Lumberton, Texas, this week, high school girls were made to wear burqas as part of a CSCOPE study of Islam. One student quoted the teacher as saying, “We are going to work to change your perception of Islam.” The teacher in the burqa lesson, according to a student, also said, “I do not necessarily agree with this, but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists anymore, but freedom fighters.” Critics argue that this should not be a teacher’s role, and are concerned that CSCOPE curriculum appears agenda-driven. According to a...
  • Free Vibrators: Trojan to Give Away Thousands of Sex Toys on Miami Beach

    02/25/2013 4:53:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    New Times ^ | 2/21/13 | Hannah Sentenac
    ...Next Tuesday, Trojan, condom hawkers extraordinaire, will be passing out thousands of free vibrators to Miami Beach-goers. You heard right. THOUSANDS OF FREE VIBRATORS. Like your friendly neighborhood hot dog cart (only even more blatantly phallic), the Trojan Vibrations Pleasure Carts will be doling out titillating toys to passers-by...
  • Disgusting: Academy Awards broadcasts a Roman Polanski/Jack Nicholson orgy joke [Child rape funny]

    02/25/2013 4:32:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/24/13
    Yes, the Academy Awards featured a joke alluding to raunchy parties at actor Jack Nicholson’s house... Casual viewers may not be aware, but it was at Jack Nicholson’s house that fugitive perv director Roman Polanski allegedly drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. Is that funny? Hollywood thinks so.
  • Memo Allegedly Leaked From Soros-Backed Organization Shows Progressive Plan to ‘Eviscerate’

    02/25/2013 3:59:29 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com/ ^ | february 24, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    North Carolina’s newly elected Republican governor Pat McCrory hasn’t been in office for even two months, and already progressive groups and their allies within North Carolina’s state Democratic party have the long knives out. That is, if a leaked memo from the progressive organization Blueprint North Carolina is to be believed. The controversial memo was first reported on by the Charlotte Observer this past Friday. The Observer reported: A group that sent out a memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders exercised “bad judgment” that could jeopardize its funding, the director of a...
  • Liberal astroturf group offering $9 to $11 per hour to join its gun-control campaign

    02/25/2013 3:41:23 AM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | february 24, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    The liberal organization Progressive USA Voters, which is housed in the same progressive Denver office building as a chapter of the infamous left-wing astroturf group ProgressNow, is offering an hourly wage of between $9 and $11 to join its gun-control campaign in Chicago, according to a flyer that was photographed and posted to Reddit Friday. “Join the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence” reads the flyer, which also notes, “Hourly Wage: $9-11/hr.”
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 25, 2013

    02/25/2013 2:46:28 AM PST · by sneakers · 22 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Barack Obama’s war on America’s fresh water supply: China is buying up Lake Michigan’s water

    02/24/2013 10:01:21 PM PST · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    Barack Obama is keeping his promise to lower the sea levels, and he’s starting with the drought plagued Midwest where Lake Michigan water is being shipped by the boat loads over to China! By using a little known loophole in the 2006 Great Lakes Compact, Obama minions are allowing Nestle Company to export precious fresh water out of Lake Michigan to the tune of an estimated $500,000 to $1.8 million per day profit. By draining the precious jewel of the Great Lakes in the middle of America, our federal water managers are allowing the export of our water out of...
  • Muslim cleric in the U.S. tells followers not to engage in offensive jihad: “not quite ready yet….”

    02/24/2013 9:23:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    sheikyermami.com ^ | 2/24/13 | Ryan Mauro
    The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) opposes offensive jihad in the West, but for reasons that may surprise you. In an Arabic fatwa (religious decree) that doesn’t appear on its English website, it states that “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time [emphasis added].” This doesn’t mean that all jihad is to be abandoned. “With our current capabilities, we are aspiring towards defensive jihad, and to improve our position with regards to jurisprudence at this stage. But there is a different discussion for each situation,” it said. It is...
  • Thug who punched bank manager four times let off with a caution because he said SORRY to police

    02/24/2013 9:12:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:24 EST, 24 February 2013 | Helen Lawson
    A thug who broke a bank manager’s nose in an unprovoked assault has been let off with a caution—because he said “sorry”. Ryan Gough, 41, was punched in the face four times outside his girlfriend’s home in the road rage attack last Saturday afternoon. The unnamed biker knocked on Gough’s car window as he was parking at the house in Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire—and punched him for “cutting him up”. The 40-year-old suspect was caught minutes later by police, but Gough learned this week that his attacker had been let off because he had apologized for his actions.Gough, from...
  • WaPo Ombudsman: Yep, Bigots, We're Pro-Gay Marriage

    02/24/2013 8:47:23 PM PST · by Bratch · 10 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | February 23, 2013 | John Nolte
    Well, I guess if you can redefine the definition of marriage, you can also redefine the definition of "objective newspaper." This hilariously obtuse piece of reasoning comes from the Washington Post's soon-to-be "inefficiencied" ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, and a Post reporter, who, for some odd reason, doesn't wish to be named. This so-called reporter, Pexton, and a reader entered into a three-way email debate over the issue of how the Post reports on the issue of same-sex marriage. The reader, a social conservative, is tired of seeing his beliefs described (in an "objective" newspaper, mind you) as bigoted and hateful. He...
  • ‘Israel’s strike on Syria last month killed top Iranian general’

    02/24/2013 8:11:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2/24/13 | Gabe Fisher
    Hassan Shateri, the Iranian general whose killing was reported last week, was actually slain last month in an alleged IAF airstrike that was said to have targeted a weapons convoy heading from Syria to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, Britain’s Sunday Times reported. Iran was quick last week to blame “mercenaries and supporters” of Israel for Shateri’s death, although it made no indication that he had been killed in the January airstrike. Tehran “will take revenge on Israel for the killing of a Quds Force general in Syria,” said Ali Shirazi, liaison for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Revolutionary...
  • Lord Ashcroft drops support for the Tories over David Cameron’s gay marriage “obsession”

    02/24/2013 7:51:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 18:19 EST, 24 February 2013 | Gerri Peev
    The Tories’ biggest donor has stopped funding the party after privately questioning whether the Prime Minister is still a proper Conservative. Lord Ashcroft, who has given the Tories Ł10 million ($15 million), has withdrawn support after becoming dismayed with David Cameron’s obsession with “fringe issues” such as gay marriage. The Tory peer also told friends he has given enough money and is not hopeful of the party winning a majority in 2015. … In another blow to Cameron, his local Chipping Norton party chairman, Cicely Maunder, quit her post and tore up her party membership over his promotion of gay...
  • Carnival Triumph Review From an Actual Passenger "Not a Nightmare".

    02/24/2013 7:40:22 PM PST · by willk · 85 replies
    Cruise Critic ^ | TXRegulator
    I had a GREAT time on my first cruise!! And yes...I was on the Triumph!! It was NOT THAT BAD!! It was akin to camping in one's own backyard as a kid. The crew was great, we were well treated, food was plentiful, water was restored quickly and the toilet issue was a minor inconvenience. To expound a little on the camping analogy......Imagine camping in the backyard as a kid, the septic tank has a little bit of an issue on the other side of the yard, and mom hasn't been to the store in a couple of days. You...
  • NM:More than 300 guns sold at sheriff buy back event(and private sales!)

    02/24/2013 6:54:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    kob.com ^ | 23 February, 2012 | Maria Guerrero
    Gun owners got another opportunity to turn over their firearms to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday. In exchange owners got a gift card worth up to $200. Private gun buyers were also on hand at the buy-back and so was a local woman who opposed what they’re legally allowed to do on the sidelines. People returned 326 guns, including two assault weapons, and BCSO handed out $41,000 in gift cards in exchange. Before BCSO collects and destroys a room full of various firearms, owners are presented with another option outside. Deputies kept a group of private buyers across...
  • A land of militias, Libya struggles to build a military

    02/24/2013 6:44:56 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 24, 2013 | Maggie Fick
    Tripoli, Libya In the seventeen months since Muammar Qaddafi was killed, Libya has made building an army a top national priority. But progress toward achieving this goal has been slow at best, with an official admitting that he does not even know how many soldiers are currently in the army. Public statements by senior Libyan leaders suggest that there is little disagreement over the notion that the country desperately needs a functioning military to ensure a peaceful transition – and a clean break from the Qaddafi legacy of a weak army dwarfed by powerful brigades loyal to the autocrat’s sons....
  • Will new fed guidelines force companies to hire more employees with criminal pasts?

    02/24/2013 6:02:21 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 56 replies
    Employers could be pressured to hire more workers with a criminal background under recent guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn businesses about rejecting minority applicants who have committed a crime and recommend they eliminate policies that “exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.” The EEOC says civil rights laws already prohibit different treatment for job applicants who are of a different ethnic background but have identical criminal histories. The update was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally exclude minorities from getting hired because more African Americans and Hispanics are...
  • Hagel’s $160 Billion 'West Bank' US Troops Deathtrap (U.S. Troops to West Bank & Gaza)

    02/24/2013 5:44:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    INN ^ | 2/24/13 | Staff
    Hagel, at Obama's bidding, plans to send troops to Judea andSamaria (the "West Bank") where they would soon be victims of Hamas terror. It's in writing. An investigative report. There is only one reason that Chuck Hagel was picked by President Obama to be US Defense Secretary, and why Obama will go nuclear to get him confirmed: Hagel is the only person alive now dumb enough to deploy US “peacekeeping” troops to what is surely a "West Bank" deathtrap. Don’t believe me??! Well, in early 2009, two years after Hamas violently took over Gaza, Hagel along with a ragged has-been...
  • Afghans accuse U.S. special forces of being involved in torture

    02/24/2013 5:36:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    KABUL, Afghanistan -Afghanistan´s president says all U.S. special forces must leave eastern Wardak province within two weeks because of allegations that Afghans working with them are torturing and abusing other Afghans. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi says Sunday´s decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Council because of the alleged actions of Afghans who are linked to the U.S. special forces. He said the government wants the individuals, whom he did not identify, to be handed over to the government. Wardak is a restive province next to Kabul and has been the focus of counterinsurgency efforts.
  • Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

    02/24/2013 5:28:54 PM PST · by grandpa jones
    BBC ^ | 2/24/13 | staff
    The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks. The decision was being taken due to allegations of disappearances and torture by Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai. The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations. A US statement said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously. But the US could not comment specifically on this latest development "until we have had a chance to speak with senior government officials", the statement by a spokesman for US special...
  • White House releases state-by-state breakdown of sequester's effects

    02/24/2013 5:28:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/24/13 | Zachary A. Goldfarb and Paul Kane
    The White House on Sunday detailed how deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans to compromise on a way to stop the across-the-board cuts.But while Republicans and Democrats were set to introduce dueling legislative proposals this week to avert the Friday start of the spending cuts, known as the sequester, neither side expected the measures to get enough support to pass Congress.
  • Obama admin. to Supremes: Strike anti-gay law

    02/24/2013 5:09:46 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 28 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | February 24, 2013 | Joel Connelly
    The Obama administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike part of a controversial 1996 law that bars recognition of same-sex marriage, even in the nine states where it is now legal, for such federal benefits as income and estate taxes and federal employee benefits. “The law denies to tens of thousands of same sex couples who are legally married under state law an array of important benefits that are available to legally married opposite sex couples,” the Justice Department argued in a brief urging the high court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. The justices hear oral...
  • Texas To Block Cops From Enforcing Federal Gun Laws

    02/24/2013 5:03:33 PM PST · by Windflier · 43 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 24 February 2013 | Tim Brown
    New legislation in the Texas State legislature, sponsored by Steve Toth (R-Dist. 15), looks to stop Texas law enforcement officials from confiscating so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. The legislation is called the Firearm Protection Act. Toth’s proposal would create a Class A misdemeanor for police officers enforcing any new federal gun regulations. It also would establish cause for the state attorney general to sue anyone who seeks to enforce new federal gun regulations. It is one of several states-rights measures being offered by conservative state lawmakers nationwide in response to federal gun control proposals. “There’s a federal law,...
  • CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media'

    02/24/2013 5:02:49 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 82 replies
    CBS's Bill Plante: Obama Administration 'Undercutting First Amendment,' 'It's State-Run Media' By Noel Sheppard Created 02/24/2013 - 4:01pm Bill Plante, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday about the Obama administration's media strategy. Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media" (video follows with transcript and commentary): HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Bill Plante, you've been patrolling that building since Ronald Reagan. Does the White House press look a little self-involved,...