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  • 3D-printing gun site DEFCAD now attracting 3K visitors an hour, 250K downloads since launch

    02/26/2013 10:15:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Ricardo Bilton
    DEFCAD is a website for 3D printing of guns. It’s bathed in controversy, but that’s not preventing it from growing. Since launching in December, DEFCAD has become home to nearly 90 components, including bullet casings, pistol suppressors, and even grenades. More significant, however, are the traffic numbers. Visitors to DEFCAD have to date downloaded over 250,000 files from the site, creator Defense Distributed announced via Twitter today. One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD. One of the two grenade models hosted by DEFCAD. DEFCAD gets an average of 3,000 visitors per hour, representing roughly 2TB of traffic since...
  • Court Won't Allow Challenge To Surveillance Law

    02/26/2013 9:54:14 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 02/26/2013 | Jesse J. Holland
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sharply-divided Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out an attempt by U.S. citizens to challenge the expansion of a surveillance law used to monitor conversations of foreign spies and terrorist suspects. With a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that a group of American lawyers, journalists and organizations can't sue to challenge the 2008 expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) because they can't prove that the government will monitor their conversations along with those of potential foreign terrorist and intelligence targets.
  • Pro-gun-law forces cancel showdown

    02/26/2013 9:54:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/25/13 | FREDRIC U. DICKER
    <p>A Potentially explosive confrontation over Gov. Cuomo’s tough new gun law was avoided over the weekend as 1199 SEIU, the hospital workers union, abruptly canceled a Thursday rally designed to challenge some 10,000 opponents of the governor’s measure, The Post has learned.</p>
  • Senate ends Hagel filibuster, nomination moves closer to vote

    02/26/2013 9:53:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 2/26/13 | Michael Memoli
    Chuck Hagel moved a step closer to confirmation as Defense secretary after the Senate voted Tuesday afternoon 71-27 to end a GOP-led filibuster of his controversial nomination. A final vote is expected no later than Wednesday evening. Hagel will likely win final confirmation with fewer votes, however, making him the first successful Pentagon chief to attain the post with more than two dissenting votes in decades. Leon Panetta, the outgoing secretary, was confirmed unanimously in 2011.
  • Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre, sources say

    02/26/2013 9:43:11 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 42 replies
    CBS ^ | February 18, 2013 | Bob Orr, Pat Milton
    Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer. Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who killed 77 people in July 2011. Breivik killed eight with a bombing in downtown Oslo. He then moved to a nearby island where hunted down and fatally shot 69 people, mostly teenagers attending a summer camp. Two officials who have been briefed on the Newtown, Conn., investigation say Lanza wanted to top Breivik's death toll and targeted nearby...
  • ABC broadcast edits out Michelle Obama claim that Chicago teen was killed by an ‘automatic weapon’

    02/26/2013 9:36:52 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 30 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/26/13 | Charlie Spiering
    In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” * * * It is extremely unlikely that the murder weapon was an automatic handgun,...
  • this list current of states rejecting medicaid expansion? (Vanity)

    02/26/2013 9:25:24 AM PST · by txrangerette · 12 replies
    February 26, 2013 | Self
    In trying to keep up with where we stand on Obamacare and the states, seeking FReeper input on those states that belong on the solidly against expanding Medicaid list. Here's what I've cobbled together. Feel free to weigh in with information of your own. Don't mean to exclude any state that belongs on the list, or to include any state that doesn't belong. (Have to be careful, because a much longer list of states than this said they wouldn't set up a state exchange. I'm seeing that maybe some states waffled bigtime and split the difference...rejected a state exchange but...
  • NBC Panelists Blame 'American Public' and Republicans for Sequester

    02/26/2013 9:09:42 AM PST · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    During a panel discussion on Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer urged the liberal Today's Professionals pundits to assign blame for the upcoming budget sequester: "I want you to complete the following sentence, 'And the blame goes to...' Almost by every analysis people agree this will hurt the economy, hurt the recovery, might even damage national security. And the blame goes to?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman ranted: "The American public for not being invested enough in the terms of what it means and firing every one of these...
  • Wave of Immigrants Released Ahead of Automatic Budget Cuts

    02/26/2013 9:06:13 AM PST · by tje · 59 replies
    New Yawk Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | KIRK SEMPLE
    In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released a wave of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said. The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however: The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.
  • Student Told to Change Abstinence T-Shirt Because it Violated School’s Dress Code

    02/26/2013 8:53:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 25 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 2/26/13 | Dave Jolly
    Summer Schreiner of Cocoa, Florida attended the Silver Ring Thing Conference, a Christian event that promotes abstinence only. At the conference, she obtained a t-shirt that read: “Don’t drink and park… accidents cause kids” Summer believed in what the shirt said and was proud to wear it to school the next day. Everything was going well for her at Clearlake Middle School until just after lunch. On her way back to class, the 8th grader was stopped by the vice principal who told her to go to the office and change her shirt because it was inappropriate. She was given...
  • John Boehner: Let Senate get 'off their ass' this time

    02/26/2013 8:50:52 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    John Boehner: Let Senate get 'off their ass' this time By: Jake Sherman February 26, 2013 09:45 AM EST House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that the House doesn’t need to pass a third sequester replacement bill before the “Senate gets off their ass and passes it once.” It’s a familiar refrain from the Ohio Republican, who has consistently criticized the Senate for failing to act to blunt the sequester. The call for the Senate to move legislation came at a meeting at the Capitol Hill club. “It’s time for the Senate to act,” Boehner...
  • Chuck Hagel’s Plan for U.S. Forces in 'Palestine'

    02/26/2013 8:46:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/26/13 | Joseph Klein
    On the eve of a Senate vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, a 2009 report co-authored by Hagel has surfaced titled “A Last Chance For A Two-State Israel-Palestine Agreement.” It called for Israel to make “the hard compromises and painful concessions for peace” without asking anything comparable from the Palestinian side. Indeed, the report warned against “the Jewish-American and Christian Zionist groups that feel comfortable amplifying the positions of Israeli politicians hostile to hard compromise and painful concession.” One of Hagel’s principal co-signatories on the report was Zbigniew Brzezinski, who had advised Obama on foreign policy during...
  • Registration and Gun Tax Bill Would Dismantle Gun Ownership in Rhode Island

    02/26/2013 8:39:21 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Charlotte, NC --( Legislation introduced in Providence last week represents one of the strongest attacks on the Second Amendment in Rhode Island in years. House Bill 5573, sponsored by representatives Linda Finn (D-72), Edith Ajello (D-1), Maria Cimini (D-7), and Christopher Blazejewski (D-2), would require all firearms in the state of Rhode Island to be registered – both pistols and long guns. Current law specifically prohibits the keeping of such a list, and this legislation would directly overturn that law. Criminals do not use registered guns, and this bill would do nothing to address crime or public safety. Registration is...
  • The Gun Debate: Gun crime prosecutions on decline, amid call for more laws

    02/26/2013 8:31:21 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | William La Jeunesse
    This is the latest in a Fox News series examining the controversy over gun violence and gun control. In radio and billboard ads across the country, the federal government is telling potential gun buyers "don't lie for the other guy." The campaign message is intended to stop those with clean criminal records from buying firearms for felons who legally can't buy guns on their own. The message underscores the full-court press in Washington to adopt sweeping new gun control laws, from universal background checks to a ban on military-style rifles and large ammunition magazines. However, recent studies show the Obama...
  • President Obama’s sequester strategy: Divide and conquer

    02/26/2013 8:30:10 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    President Obama’s sequester strategy: Divide and conquer By: Carrie Budoff Brown February 26, 2013 04:42 AM EST President Barack Obama broke Republicans once on taxes — and his risky strategy for winning the sequester fight assumes he’ll do it again. He will divide, isolate and defeat Republicans using all the powers of his office and all his skills as a political campaigner. As Americans grow frustrated with the cuts, Republicans will reject their party’s no-tax mantra and demand that Congress end the standoff, even if it means raising some new revenue – just the way Obama is demanding. Obama’s trying...
  • SAfrica: judge in Pistorius case suffers loss

    02/26/2013 8:26:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 2/26/2013 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
    Last week, the judge who granted bail to Oscar Pistorius was in the international spotlight, presiding over dramatic hearings in a courtroom as the Olympic athlete sat in the dock charged with murdering his girlfriend. This week, the judge is in private mourning. Desmond Nair, chief magistrate of the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, confirmed Tuesday that he is related to a woman suspected of killing her two children and committing suicide on the weekend. The revelation was the latest twist in the saga of Pistorius and prominent figures linked to the case against the double-amputee athlete, who faces a charge of...
  • Women in Combat Could Blunt 'Tip of the Spear'

    02/26/2013 8:07:19 AM PST · by robowombat · 23 replies
    CBN News Middle East Bureau ^ | Monday, February 25, 2013 | Lee Webb and Tracy Winborn
    Women in Combat Could Blunt 'Tip of the Spear' By Lee Webb and Tracy Winborn CBN News Anchor and Producer Monday, February 25, 2013 As the Pentagon pushes forward with plans to fully integrate women in military combat units, many are considering the move a victory for equal rights. Still, others argue it will hurt our nation's ability to fight and win the next war. Women currently make up 14 percent of our military. They've served across the board except in infantry, armor, and special operations units, like the Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and Green Berets. "Everyone, men and women...
  • Violence Rages Near Historic Syria Mosque

    02/26/2013 8:02:34 AM PST · by edpc · 11 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 Feb 2013 | Ben Hubbard
    BEIRUT (AP) — Combat raged near a historic mosque in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday while anti-government activists reported fresh clashes near a police academy west of the city. The fighting near the Umayyad Mosque in the walled Old City of Aleppo threatened to further damage the 12th century structure, part of which was burned during clashes last year.
  • Teenager spotted walking 10 MILES in the snow to interview for $7-an-hour job is given work

    02/26/2013 7:47:37 AM PST · by dennisw · 84 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 February 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A teen's luck appears to have changed after a chance encounter with an Indiana restaurant owner during a 10-mile trek through ice and snow for a minimum wage job interview. It all started on Friday, when Art Bouvier, the proprietor of Papa Roux, a Cajun restaurant in Indianapolis, was laying rock salt outside the establishment after an ice storm earlier that morning. He said he was approached by a teen who asked him how far it was to 10th and Sherman. Mr Bouvier told WLFI-TV: 'And I'm thinking we're at 10th and Post. I said, "Buddy that's probably six, seven...
  • Kerry regales Berliners with tales of divided city

    02/26/2013 7:47:29 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 42 replies
    AP via ^ | Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:28 AM EST | MATTHEW LEE
    ... Speaking at a town hall meeting Tuesday, Kerry spoke a few sentences of passable German to the delight of a crowd in a packed Internet cafe before regaling the audience with tales of his boyhood in Berlin in 1954. He recalled a clandestine bicycle ride into communist East Berlin. "I saw the difference between east and west. I saw the people wearing darker clothing. There were fewer cars. I didn't feel the energy or the movement." When he returned home, Kerry said, his father "got very upset with me and said: `You could have created an international incident. I...