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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
    venturebeat.com ^ | 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,...
  • Help...is 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 --(Ammoland.com)- 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 Charter.net ^ | 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...
  • Abound Solar ordered to clean up "hazardous waste"

    02/26/2013 7:46:23 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 25, 2013
    The Colorado health department is ordering bankrupt Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste and thousands of solar panels that it says are unsellable at four Front Range facilities.
  • Senate committee OKs Lew Treasury nomination

    02/26/2013 7:46:16 AM PST · by illiac · 3 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2/26/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved the nomination of former White House chief of staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury secretary, sending the nomination to the Senate floor for a vote. President Barack Obama nominated Lew last month to be Treasury chief. Lew is a veteran of Washington budget battles and did a stint at Citigroup. Nineteen senators voted to approve him, while five -- all Republicans -- voted against Lew.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,WABC AM,EST,February 26,2013

    02/26/2013 7:37:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 45 replies
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  • America's Red State Growth Corridors (The Low-tax, energy-rich regions in the heartland)

    02/26/2013 7:35:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/26/2013 | JOEL KOTKIN
    In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, some political commentators have written political obituaries of the "red" or conservative-leaning states, envisioning a brave new world dominated by fashionably blue bastions in the Northeast or California. But political fortunes are notoriously fickle, while economic trends tend to be more enduring. These trends point to a U.S. economic future dominated by four growth corridors that are generally less dense, more affordable, and markedly more conservative and pro-business: the Great Plains, the Intermountain West, the Third Coast (spanning the Gulf states from Texas to Florida), and the Southeastern industrial belt. Overall, these...
  • Are We in Danger of a Beer Monopoly?

    02/26/2013 7:32:44 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Adam Davidson
    Every day, the Web site BeerPulse tries to list every single new beer available in the United States. And that’s harder than you might imagine. Recently, the site posted Cigar City’s Jamonera Belgian-style Porter, Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA, as well as a rye lager, a cherry blossom lager and a barley wine. And the list goes on, and on. In 1978, there were 89 breweries in the United States; at the beginning of this year, there were 2,336, with an average of one new brewery per day. Most of them are tiny, but a handful, like Sam Adams...
  • Obama’s Paycheck Exempted From "Sequester"

    02/26/2013 7:31:51 AM PST · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | February 26, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama won’t have to worry about his paycheck if the spending sequestration included in the Budget Control Act that he signed into law in 2011 begins taking effect this Friday.
  • Daily finance & investment thread (2-26-13 edition)

    02/26/2013 7:30:09 AM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    2-26-13
    Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news A number of people have talked about such a thread. Lets see how it goes. This is where you can impart some investment wisdom to your fellow freepers. You can vent about the big one that got away. You can chime in how Obama is out to wreck American capitalism. If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite precious metals blogs and sites Apmex.com is a solid...
  • Sweet Cakes [Bakery] Takes a Stand for Marriage [Video at Article]

    02/26/2013 7:25:41 AM PST · by fwdude · 6 replies
    American Clarion ^ | February 26, 2013 | Bob Ellis
    This is what principle looks like. This is what standing for what’s right looks like. We see so few people who will stand for principle and what’s right anymore that it is important that we all know about it when some do. We should let it encourage and strengthen us to do the same, to not follow the herd and take the easy way. When homosexual activists and their “useful idiots” tried to intimidate Sweet Cakes, a bakery in Oregon, into making a faux wedding cake for a counterfeit marriage of two homosexuals, the community stepped up and made an...
  • No, John Kerry has not invented a new country [Lurch gaffes; media ignores]

    02/26/2013 7:08:47 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy.com ^ | 2/25/13 | Uri Friedman
    John Kerry, we're told, has committed his "first gaffe" as secretary of state. In a slip of the tongue ahead of his overseas trip this week, Kerry appeared to confuse the Central Asian nations of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, blurting out what the Global Post heard as "Kyrzakhstan." Today, news outlets from the U.S. to the U.K. to Russia are ribbing the newly minted State Department chief for inventing a new country. Here's the thing -- listen to the video closely, and it sounds more like Kerry simply mixed up the "z" and the "g," saying something like "Kyrzygstan." Is that...
  • Kerry defends liberties, says Americans have "right to be stupid"

    02/26/2013 7:04:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 33 replies
    reuters ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Arshad Mohammed
    "The reason is, that's freedom, freedom of speech. In American you have a right to be stupid - if you want to be," he said, prompting laughter. "And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. "And we tolerate it. We somehow make it through that. Now, I think that's a virtue. I think that's something worth fighting for," he added.
  • Home prices climb in December, best yearly gain since 2006 (Price rise expected to persist in 2013)

    02/26/2013 6:59:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/26/2013
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. home prices picked up in December, closing out 2012 with the biggest yearly gain in more than six years as the housing market got back on its feet, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas rose 0.9 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping expectations for a gain of 0.5 percent. Prices in the 20 cities jumped 6.8 percent year-over-year, ahead of expectations for 6.6 percent and the best yearly gain since July 2006. "I expect the home price rise to persist in 2013,"...
  • Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start [Mainstream Media Ignores]

    02/26/2013 6:59:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy.com ^ | 2/25/13 | Josh Rogin
    America's new top diplomat is already facing trouble and confusion as he begins a two-week trip whose major focus is on coalescing international action on Syria. With John Kerry in London Monday on the first leg of his nine-country tour of Europe and the Middle East, administration officials were scrambling to salvage a planned meeting between the new U.S. secretary of state and the leaders of the Syrian opposition coalition scheduled for Thursday. Following a Monday meeting in London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Kerry condemned the Syrian regime's use of rockets to attack civilians in Aleppo but declined...
  • 1 year anniversary of neighborhood watch shooting [and the lies from the MSM continue]

    02/26/2013 6:49:17 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 26, 2013 | Associated Press
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — It's been one year since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in central Florida. On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman spotted Martin walking through his neighborhood, a gated community, in Sanford. Martin was walking back to a house he was staying at in the community after a trip to a convenience store. Zimmerman started to follow him because he thought he looked suspicious. Despite a police dispatcher telling him "you don't have to do that," Zimmerman got out of his truck to pursue Martin. [Lie #1: Zimmerman was already out of his truck...
  • Jimmy Savile and the Cardinal: Britain's top Catholic cleric was friend of disgraced TV host (pedo)

    02/26/2013 6:43:47 AM PST · by RummyChick · 27 replies
    daily mirror ^ | 2/26 | steve white
    Grinning and giving a thumbs-up, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric poses with his friend, disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile. The snap, taken six years ago, emerged last night after Cardinal Keith O’Brien quit amid allegations of “inappropriate acts” towards fellow priests. The photo was taken in Edinburgh in 2007 as fund-raiser Savile and the cardinal unveiled a Ł375,000 vehicle for the disabled. The pair first met in the 70s, when O’Brien was a priest in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire – and worked with a friend of Savile’s mum. Another priest at Kilsyth at the time has been suspended following claims of abuse...
  • Bob McDonnell’s Bad Transportation Deal (A terrible legacy for the State of Virginia)

    02/26/2013 6:38:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2013 | The Editors
    What is it with Republicans and transportation bills? The pork-packed 2005 highway bill, which included the infamous Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” was the fiscal low point of the Bush-Hastert years, and now Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has decided that his legacy to the commonwealth will be a gigantic tax increase to fund billions of dollars’ worth of dubious transportation projects. Politics is about tradeoffs and compromise, inevitably, but this is a bad deal on most counts. There are two ways to judge the deal Governor McDonnell has cut. For those who take the inerrantist Norquistian view that any tax increase...
  • Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Death Toll Rises to 19

    02/26/2013 6:35:36 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 26, 2013 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and HAGGAG SALAMA
    A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt's ailing tourism industry. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad told reporters. Three survivors — two British tourists and the Egyptian pilots — were taken to a local hospital, but one of the Britons later died of injuries.
  • Bread and Circuses: Economic growth is anemic, but at least we have a cool first couple.

    02/26/2013 6:34:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2013 | Mona Charen
    People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses — JuvenalIsn’t it grand that we have such a cool couple in the White House? Hollywood would never have deigned to invite any other first lady to present the award for best picture at its annual self-worshipping soporific. Mrs. Obama knew just how to flatter the nearly inexhaustible vanity of people who sell tickets to shows. Advertisement “I am so honored to . . . help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits, broaden...
  • To Cut Government Spending, Lay Off the Loafers

    02/26/2013 6:25:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/26/2013 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    WASHINGTON-With the sequester scheduled for March 1, everyone is looking for ways to save money. How about cutting the employees the federal government pays not to work for Uncle Sam? In a new report issued earlier this month, the Office of Personnel Management announced that the federal government paid over $156 million in 2011 for some of its employees to work as representatives for government unions, up from $139 million in 2010 and $129 million in 2009. In government language that would make George Orwell smile, the time that federal workers spend working for their unions and not working for...
  • America's Creditor China Has Its Own Debt Bomb

    02/26/2013 6:22:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/26/2013 | RUCHIR SHARMA
    Six years ago, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao cautioned that China's economy is "unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable." China has since doubled down on the economic model that prompted his concern. Mr. Wen spoke out in an attempt to change the course of an economy dangerously dependent on one lever to generate growth: heavy investment in the roads, factories and other infrastructure that have helped make China a manufacturing superpower. Then along came the 2008 global financial crisis. To keep China's economy growing, panicked officials launched a half-trillion-dollar stimulus and ordered banks to fund a new wave of investment. Investment has...
  • $200 For A Box of 22LR Ammo

    02/26/2013 6:18:42 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 59 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Major Van Harl USAF Ret
    Have you tried to buy ammo in the past sixty days? The ability of find any handgun ammunition is almost impossible unless you are willing to pay as much as twice the normal price. Certain rifle calibers, such as .223 Remington and 308 Winchester are selling for a $1 to $2 a round. A twenty round box of 223 Remington was selling for about $8 a box two months ago. Now some types of 223 Remington are selling for $35 a box of twenty. This is pure manmade panic buying. I have been writing for over five years about the...
  • Group: Syrian Missiles Kill At Least 141 In Aleppo

    02/26/2013 6:07:36 AM PST · by edpc · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 Feb 2013 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) — At least 141 people, half of them children, were killed when the Syrian military fired at least four missiles into the northern province of Aleppo last week, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The international rights group said the strikes hit residential areas and called them an "escalation of unlawful attacks against Syria's civilian population." The statement from the New York-based group followed a visit to the area by a HRW researcher.
  • Arkansas Senate passes bill on concealed guns on college campuses

    02/26/2013 6:05:01 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Suzi Parker
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - Faculty and staff members in Arkansas are one step closer to legally carrying concealed handguns on the state's college campuses. The Republican-controlled Arkansas state Senate voted 31 to 4 on Monday to allow colleges and universities to decide themselves whether to allow concealed weapons on their campuses. The bill previously passed the Republican-controlled Arkansas state House 70 to 11. The bill now goes to Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat. He is expected to sign the legislation.
  • Kerry Defends Karzai’s 'Legitimate Evaluations' of ISAF After Karzai Kicks Out U.S. Special Forces

    02/26/2013 6:03:03 AM PST · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has carried out “many legitimate evaluations” of the actions of coalition forces in Afghanistan and of “how sometimes some things have gone wrong or might be changed and be done better,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. He made no reference to the fact that, about eight hours earlier, ISAF spokesmen had told a press conference in Kabul that no evidence had been found to support allegations of U.S. Special Forces misconduct in Wardak.
  • Minimum Grade

    02/26/2013 5:49:29 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 17 replies
    http://cafehayek.com/ ^ | February 24, 2013 | Don Boudreaux
    WASHINGTON (CH) – In a bold effort to improve the educational fortunes of students who perform at academic levels significantly below the average of their peers, Congress has mandated a minimum grade to be assigned to each student in each course taught at any school in the country. Starting in September, it shall be unlawful for any teacher, professor, or instructor charged with assigning course grades to assign to any student a grade lower than C-. Sponsors of the Fair Academic Standards Act decry the injustice that occurs each time a student earns a low grade, such as a D...
  • US-led coalition’s report of drop in Taliban attacks wrong; figures show no drop

    02/26/2013 5:34:31 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    washington post ^ | 2/26/2013 | ap
    The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline last year in Taliban attacks and is preparing to publish corrected numbers that could undercut its narrative of a Taliban in steep decline. After finding what they called clerical errors, military officials in Kabul said Tuesday that a 7 percent drop in “enemy initiated attacks” for the period from January through December 2012 reported last month will be corrected to show no change in the number of attacks during that span. The 7 percent figure had been included in a report posted on the coalition’s website until it was removed...
  • Debunking The Myth That Sequester Cuts Will Cause Flight Delays

    02/26/2013 5:34:11 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/25/2013 | IBD Staff
    Sequester: If you want to know how misleading the Obama administration is being about the effects of the sequester, look no further than Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's dark warnings about flight delays. LaHood showed up at the daily White House press briefing Friday to claim the sequester — automatic spending cuts President Obama insisted on that are now scheduled to take effect in March — will "be very painful for the flying public." Because of those cuts, he said, the department will have to furlough flight controllers, leading to "delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours" at major...
  • No basis for 'homosexual propaganda' in int'l law -Lavrov [Russia Gets It, Unlike The West!]

    02/26/2013 5:32:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 2/26/13
    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov disagreed with his Dutch counterpart Franciscus Timmermans over Russia’s international commitments regarding homosexual rights. Lavrov said that Russia, unlike the Soviet Union, has no law forbidding homosexual behavior between consenting adults, but it has the right to prohibit the proliferation of ‘homosexual propaganda.’... A bill that bans "homosexual propaganda towards minors" has yet to become law in Russia, but the first draft has already passed the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. Lavrov emphasized that Russia’s Criminal Code, which regularly punished homosexuals in the days of the Soviet Union, was abolished a long time ago and...
  • Gun rights betrayal

    02/26/2013 5:18:39 AM PST · by batmast · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 25, 2013 | Jack Kemp
    Their official name is the Richmond County Tea Party Patriots -- and they arguably put Congressman Michael Grimm (R-NY) in office twice, first in 2010 when Tea Party supported this U.S. Marine veteran for the U.S. House, and again in 2012. Grimm won the 2010 general election for his district which covers both parts of New York City's Staten Island and Brooklyn with 51 percent of the vote. Ron Devito also created a video of the entire collection of speeches. It can be seen on YouTube.
  • British Columbia teachers plan to use 'Day of Pink' to teach homosexual indoctrination

    02/26/2013 4:48:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/25/2013 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    VANCOUVER, February 25, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) - The British Columbia Parents and Teachers for Life (BCPTL) organization is warning parents that the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) plans to use the "Day of Pink" on February 27 to indoctrinate school children with "a pro-homosexuality message." The BCPTL points out that under the heading Day of Pink on its website, the BC Teachers' Federation "pays lip service to preventing the bullying of all students," then goes on to give suggestions for school activities which "make crystal-clear what they think the objectives of the day ought to be." These activities include focusing on "gender...
  • TV anchor: 'Race-baiters' behind black-mob claims

    02/25/2013 11:11:04 PM PST · by Anila · 30 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/25/13 | Colin Flaherty
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language. Ravi Baichwal is not going to like this: Three-thousand people fought, looted, rioted, assaulted, cursed, threatened, hurled racial epithets and vandalized a Chicago neighborhood over the weekend. And all of them were black. Baichwal, a news anchor for the ABC affiliate in Chicago, says anyone who notices that is “an idiot.” Repeated examples of black mob violence in Chicago are “not riots,” Baichwal said. “It’s disaffected youth for sure,” and anyone who disagrees is “just race-baiting.” Baichwal was commenting on an epidemic of more than 450 cases of...