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  • Former Newark Airport TSA screener says the job does little to keep fliers safe

    03/10/2013 7:33:59 AM PDT · by upchuck · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 10, 2013
    <p>A LOT of what we do is make-believe.</p> <p>I’ve had to screen small children and explain to their parents I had no choice but to “check” them. I would only place my hands on their arms and bottom half of their legs, and the entire “pat-down” lasted 10 seconds. This goes completely against TSA procedure...</p>
  • Afghan leader alleges US, Taliban are colluding [Karzai Stands up to Obama and Hagel!]

    03/10/2013 7:19:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    ap ^ | 3/10/13 | HEIDI VOGT and RAHIM FAIEZ
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday accused the Taliban and the U.S. of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave - an allegation the top American commander in Afghanistan rejected as "categorically false." Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday - one outside the Afghan Defense Ministry and the other near a police checkpoint in eastern Khost province - show the insurgent group is conducting attacks to help show that international forces will still be needed to keep the peace after their current combat mission ends in 2014.
  • It's not about drones

    03/10/2013 7:10:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | March 10, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    Last week, Rand Paul, the junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky, managed to squeeze an answer out of the nation’s highest ups. In constipated Washington, it sure wasn’t easy. Only via a 13-hour filibuster could Senator Paul capture the attention of the nation’s press corps, and thus, the American people . . . and in so doing, even reach the Obama Administration. Rising to the floor of what once was billed, straight-faced, as the world’s greatest deliberative body, Sen. Paul stated, “I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution...
  • How a U.S. Citizen Came to Be in America’s Cross Hairs

    03/10/2013 6:58:45 AM PDT · by EBH
    Eighteen months later, despite the Obama administration’s effort to keep it cloaked in secrecy, the decision to hunt and kill Mr. Awlaki has become the subject of new public scrutiny and debate, touched off by the nomination of John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, to be head of the C.I.A. The leak last month of an unclassified Justice Department “white paper” summarizing the administration’s abstract legal arguments — prepared months after the Awlaki and Khan killings amid an internal debate over how much to disclose — has ignited demands for even greater transparency, culminating last week in a 13-hour...
  • Steve Deace – Et Tu, Rand Paul?

    03/10/2013 6:58:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 83 replies
    “Likely fellow 2016 GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio has taken some heat from the conservative grassroots for being the face of “comprehensive immigration reform” (or what many conservatives call amnesty). Now it appears Rand Paul is going to the left of Rubio on this issue if you read his column in The Washington Times,” says Steve Deace. The entire premise of Rand’s piece is what’s best and fair for the illegal aliens, and never discusses what’s best and fair for the people here legally, paying taxes, and paying the freight for those who aren’t. Gang of 8 Plan A Security...
  • In gun debate, lots of emotion but little solid research

    03/10/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 3-10-13 | megan boldt
    Do guns make people safer or more susceptible to violence? Does banning assault-style weapons or expanding background checks save lives, or are such measures merely inconveniences for law-abiding gun owners? These are just some of the questions in the debate over gun control, with advocates and foes lobbing a dizzying number of statistics and studies to make their case. Often, those facts and figures contradict one another. The lack of objective research on gun violence has become evident as Minnesota and the nation grapple with a slew of proposed changes to gun laws after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that...

    03/10/2013 6:54:38 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 6 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/10/43 | Bertram D. Hulen, Ralph Parker, Arthur Krock
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  • Law conceals criminal information on concealed carry license applicants (barf alert)

    03/10/2013 6:44:48 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies ^ | 10 mar 2013 | Bill Lueders
    More than 4,000 applicants were denied a Wisconsin concealed carry license and more than 400 had their licenses revoked or suspended in the program’s first 14 months, records show. These included dozens of felons, domestic abusers, illegal drug users and “fugitives from justice.” Who were these lawbreakers? The state’s lips are sealed. “The Department of Justice is not able to provide the records that you have requested because they are not accessible under law,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter, in response to a request for the applications from felons, fugitives and others who were denied licenses. The DOJ does...
  • If You Cover Your Ears, You Can't Hear the Bomb Go Off

    03/10/2013 6:41:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | March 10, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Barack Obama of 2007 would be right down here with me arguing against this drone strike program if he were in the Senate," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., declared in the course of his 13-hour Senate "talking filibuster," which delayed a confirmation vote for now-CIA chief John Brennan. That's the thing; the Obama of 2007 no longer exists. Obama 2007 opposed enhanced interrogation techniques that the CIA used on al-Qaida leaders under President George W. Bush. Obama 2013 banned the use of those techniques. Now he orders others to just kill al-Qaida terrorists. The imperious president has an attorney general who,...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem, (3/10/13)[Prayer]

    03/10/2013 6:41:05 AM PDT · by left that other site · 25 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 3/10/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Ori - The LORD My Light(Psalms 27:1) The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?
  • Train Men Not to Rape? Or Train Women to Shoot to Kill?

    03/10/2013 6:23:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | March 10, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Last week on Hannity a “Democratic Strategist” named Zerlina Maxwell told Sean and his audience that guns are not the proper deterrent to dissuade rapists, but rather “teaching men not to rape is the key”. When I heard that chunk of stupidity I blew apple juice out of my nostrils -- and I haven’t had any apple juice in the last eight years. That’s what you call “strategy”, Zerlina? Man, I hope she advises the Dems in the upcoming midterms and in 2016, because she’s denser than a chunk of Turkish walnut. First off, I don’t know what planet Maxwell...
  • In Case You Needed More Proof That It's Stupid To Cut Government Spending In A Weak Economy...

    03/10/2013 6:21:43 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 9, 2013 | Henry Blodget
    There are two basic approaches to fixing our crappy economy. The first approach is called "austerity." This logic for this approach rests on the theory that our economy is crappy because our government is spending more than it takes in and that the resulting deficit is creating "uncertainty." Once this deficit spending is reduced, this theory goes, uncertainty will ease, and confidence will return. And then our economy can recover in earnest.The second approach is called "stimulus." The logic for this approach rests on the theory that our economy is crappy because consumers are unemployed and broke and have little...
  • Making the World a Better Place

    03/10/2013 6:13:35 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 9 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 09 Mar 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    A news story on the sale of Bob Hope's 50 million dollar home, complete with stargazing dome and profile-shaped pool, disgorged any number of comments suggesting that Hope should have given that money to the poor. Or more broadly to 'the people'. Spending 50 million dollars on a home does mean that the money will go to people. 50 million dollars spent isn't money thrown into the ocean. It's money given to contractors, manufacturers and landscapers that is then passed on their workers and to other contractors and their workers. Hope no doubt gave plenty of charity while among the...
  • Egregious Government, And Walmart The Fall Guy

    03/10/2013 6:10:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | March 10, 2013 | Austin Hill
    What happens when a local police department and a state child protective services agency overreact and abuse their authority? In one such case, Walmart ended-up being sued. The story began in 2008. Lisa and Anthony Demaree of Peoria, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix) visited a vacation destination that’s popular among Arizonans – San Diego – and took their three young daughters with them. When they returned home, they brought photos of their then 5, 4, and 1 ˝ year old girls to a nearby Walmart store to obtain prints. It all seemed pretty innocent productive. But some of the...
  • How Ashley Judd's Dogs Shaped a Major Life Decision (She Owns "Psychological Support" Dog)

    03/10/2013 6:06:28 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 70 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | March 9, 2013 | Ezra Dulis
    Actress and potential Senate candidate Ashley Judd's aging pets may have been a deciding factor in her choice to part with a renovated Scottish estate worth millions, according to a 2012 interview. Judd and then-husband Dario Franchitti, a Scotland native, put Rednock, their renovated mansion in central Scotland, up for sale in the summer of 2012, close to six months before announcing their divorce in January 2013. The estate listing asked for nearly $6 million.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [March 10, 2013]

    03/10/2013 6:00:46 AM PDT · by Vision · 3 replies
    Being an Example of His Message "Preach the word!" —2 Timothy 4:2 We are not saved only to be instruments for God, but to be His sons and daughters. He does not turn us into spiritual agents but into spiritual messengers, and the message must be a part of us. The Son of God was His own message— “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). As His disciples, our lives must be a holy example of the reality of our message. Even the natural heart of the unsaved will serve if...
  • Paul’s Real Beef Isn’t Domestic Drones (It's that pesky killing of Islamic terrorists he hates!)

    03/10/2013 5:56:32 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 93 replies
    Commentary ^ | 3/6/2013 | Johnathan Tobin
    As of this writing, Senator Rand Paul is still on his feet filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the CIA. But as he eventually made clear, his goal is not so much to actually stop Brennan, as it is to make a meal of the comments made this morning by Attorney General Eric Holder when he was pressed about U.S. policies on drone strikes on terrorists during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. When asked whether the government considered it had the right to use an armed drone on an American citizen within the borders...
  • Conservatives, Republicans and Self-Inflicted Wounds

    03/10/2013 5:51:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | March 10, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Circular firing squads are about as helpful as they sound, yet they are something at which some Republicans excel. I do my best to avoid engaging in them. To paraphrase President Reagan, my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy. But sometimes my 80 percent friends do something 100 percent stupid, and pretending they didn’t could cause more damage than calling them out on it. Consider Sen. John McCain. Few have honed their circular firing squad skills to the level of the senior Senator from Arizona. McCain fancies himself a lot of things – a conservative, a leader,...
  • President Obama - To Trust Or Not To Trust Is The Question

    03/10/2013 5:50:21 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 03/10/13 | LD Jackson
    It is a true thing for me to state the following. I do not trust President Obama to do the right thing for America. He is wont to throw his victories in the face of his enemies, telling them "I won". Because of those victories, he has expected to bully his way into getting everything he wants from Congress. He managed to convince many Republicans to go along with a deal that increased taxes for many Americans. Following that, he went on another offensive of blaming the Republicans for the sequester. He huffed and puffed so much about the spending...
  • UN in DR Congo 'army rape' ultimatum

    03/10/2013 5:33:55 AM PDT · by Salman · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 March 2013 | BBC
    The UN peace force in the Democratic Republic of Congo has issued an ultimatum to two units within the army over allegations of mass rape. Unless swift legal action was taken against the accused soldiers before the end of March, the UN said it would stop working with their brigades. In December, it said it had evidence of at least 126 rapes carried out by soldiers fleeing a rebel offensive. Armed groups in eastern DR Congo often use rape as a weapon of war. The region's mineral riches have been plundered by numerous groups and countries over the past two...
  • Not Emperor, Just Plays “The One” on TV

    03/10/2013 5:11:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | March 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    Donald6189 wrote: Sort of, but not quite on topic, just wondering if anyone has come up with a tshirt with the caption "The government went on Sequestration and all I got was this lousy economy!"? Sort of fits with the topic just not completely. - This Jobs Report Not Actual Size Dear Comrade Don, Actually it doesn’t fit with the topic, nor is it correct. It’s not even funny. The economy was lousy before sequestration. Sequestration is aimed at improving the economy even though the politicians would have you believe otherwise. The only problem I have with sequestration is that...
  • House GOP leaders blindsided by defections on spending vote

    03/10/2013 5:04:13 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10 , 2013
    House Republican leaders have a new problem. They can’t count on their members to support them on procedural votes. Sixteen Republicans defected Wednesday in a vote on the rule governing consideration of a government-funding bill meant to prevent a government shutdown. The defections could have caused the rule to fail since most Democrats voted also voted against it. Even more striking? Seven of the Republicans who voted against the rule then voted for the funding bill.
  • Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

    03/10/2013 4:50:31 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 9 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 10 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    More at Reaganite Republican...
  • A lesson in economics. Learning from Obituaries....

    03/10/2013 4:45:44 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 33 replies ^ | November 4, 2012 | unknown and via email
    A lesson in economics. Learning from Obituaries.... It seems that every couple of days New Orleans loses one of its treasured ENTREPRENEURS . Lets get the players straight before we go on with this. interpretation of data not verified but... LARMONDO "FLAIR" ALLEN His Companion (NOT married with children: Kawanner Armstrong His Sons : Christian Allen Kwan Allen Larmondo Allen, Jr. His Daughters: Deidra Allen Larmenshell Allen Lamonshea Allen Larmomdriel Allen Larmerja Allen Korevell Allen AT AGE 25 - He had 9 Children. (Could Kawanner Armstrong Possibly Be The Mother Of All Of His Kids?) His Father: Burnell Thompson His...
  • Congress won’t face pay cut in sequester

    03/10/2013 4:35:21 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6 Mar 13 | T.W. Farnam
    U.S. lawmakers won’t have their $174,000 salaries affected by across-the-board government spending cuts going into effect this month, but there’s little clarity about how the bank accounts of senators and representatives were spared in the so-called sequester. The spending cuts hit every budget account with a few exceptions that were written into the law that set up the federal budgeting process more than two decades ago, known as the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act. Compensation for the president is specifically exempted, but there’s no mention of pay for members of Congress. So how did lawmakers’ pay escape the axe? Turns out that’s a...
  • Bloomberg dismisses ‘political games’ around al Qaeda suspect’s trial

    03/10/2013 4:05:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Ben Geman
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) dismissed lawmakers’ criticisms over trying a former al Qaeda spokesman in New York City as partisan politics and said he’s confident that the trial won’t present a security risk. “I suspect a lot of the controversy will be partisan controversy, part of the political games that are played in Washington,” Bloomberg told CBS. Bloomberg did not second-guess the Obama administration’s decision to try former al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith in federal court rather than taking him to Guantanamo Bay and trying him before a military tribunal. The decision has drawn attacks from...
  • Queen fights for gay rights: Monarch makes historic pledge

    03/10/2013 4:04:25 AM PDT · by haffast · 77 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 17:58 EST, 9 March 2013 | Simon Walters
    The Queen will tomorrow back an historic pledge to promote gay rights and ‘gender equality’ in one of the most controversial acts of her reign. In a live television broadcast, she will sign a new charter designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexual people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women – a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth. snip The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’...
  • Gabby Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, testifies against AR-15s, and then goes out and buys one

    03/10/2013 4:02:25 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 77 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 3/10/14 | Nick Leghorn
    Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly using the emotion that comes from her 2011 shooting in Tuscon, Arizona to demand “something needs to be done” to stop “gun violence,” and that something (according to Mark Kelly) is the ban of “assault weapons.” He has testified to that effect before the U.S. Senate, as well as in Colorado. However, it appears that Mark Kelly is another shining example of the belief of the civilian disarmament folks that the same logic they use to try and disarm the general population doesn’t apply to themselves.
  • House GOP leaders blindsided by defections on spending vote (Commiecare™ mentioned)

    03/10/2013 3:52:18 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/10/13 | Molly K. Hooper
    House Republican leaders have a new problem. They can’t count on their members to support them on procedural votes. Sixteen Republicans defected Wednesday in a vote on the rule governing consideration of a government-funding bill meant to prevent a government shutdown. The defections could have caused the rule to fail since most Democrats voted also voted against it. Even more striking? Seven of the Republicans who voted against the rule then voted for the funding bill. Votes on rules are supposed to be party-line and serve as tests of a caucus’s unity. So it was disconcerting for leaders to see...
  • Gallup: Sequester fight (Hussein's idea) sinks Obama’s approval rating

    03/10/2013 3:37:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/05/13 | Jonathan Easley
    President Obama’s approval rating dipped slightly after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a deal to avoid the sequester, according to a Gallup survey released Tuesday. Obama’s approval rating had been holding steadily above the 50-percent mark since last October. But over the weekend, following Friday’s sequester deadline, the president’s approval rating fell as low as 46 percent. Obama averaged 49-percent approval for the week ending March 3, down from the previous week’s average of 51 percent, and down from 53 percent, where he started February. Obama’s highest weekly average in 2013 came shortly before his second inauguration in early...
  • States balk at $15B Obama healthcare 'tax'

    03/10/2013 3:28:59 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/08/13 | Ben Goad
    A newly unveiled component of President Obama’s healthcare law forcing insurers to pay annual fees is sowing angst in state capitols, where officials view the provision as a $15 billion tax that could disrupt Medicaid programs and other services. The health insurance providers fee, included in the healthcare reform law over the objections of congressional Republicans, is designed to raise tens of billions of dollars in the coming years. In Wisconsin alone, the fee would hit the state’s coffers to the tune of $23 million in 2014, and will likely total more than that in subsequent years, said J.P. Wieske,...
  • Liberals fret over Obama-GOP talks

    03/10/2013 3:20:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/07/13 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other liberals in Congress are ratcheting up pressure on President Obama to back away from a proposal to curb the growth of Social Security benefits. Sanders and other liberals are concerned Obama may strike a deficit-reduction deal with Republicans that would reduce Social Security benefits by adopting a less generous way of adjusting benefits for inflation. Obama has previously said he would consider using a formula known as chain-Consumer Price Index that would lower the growth of entitlements by slowing benefit increases for inflation. Sanders and other liberals are worried Obama will renew that offer...
  • GOP: Democrats' budget will ‘crush American workers’

    03/10/2013 3:06:21 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Ben Geman
    A senior Republican launched a preemptive political strike Saturday against the budget plan that Senate Democrats will offer next week, alleging it won’t address the national debt or help workers. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, used the GOP’s weekly address to make his party’s case against the 10-year plan that Democrats hope to steer through the committee. He said that debt is slowing the economy and depressing wages, and that balancing the budget and ending the deficit – which Sessions calls “the great challenge of our time” – can be achieved by holding...
  • Obama warns that sequester could derail February jobs surge (Commiecare™ not mentioned)

    03/10/2013 1:56:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama warned Saturday that automatic spending cuts known as the sequester threaten to stifle the surge in job growth the nation saw in February. Switching from the adversarial tone he has used to pressure Republican leaders in recent weeks, the president appealed to what he called the vision both parties share for the country. “As Democrats and Republicans, we may disagree on the best way to achieve our goals, but I’m confident we can agree on what those goals should be,” Obama said in his weekly address. He cited a vibrant middle class, an education system that gives more...
  • Critics hold the line on pro-Obama lobbying group: 'Shut it down' (secret 'dark money')

    03/10/2013 1:49:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Kevin Bogardus
    Organizing for Action has given up corporate cash, but watchdog groups won’t be satisfied until the pro-Obama nonprofit is shut down for good. The lobbying group, which was built from the remnants of President Obama’s reelection machine, has come under intense pressure from good-government advocates who say it’s ripe for corruption. “We continue to call on President Obama to shut it down,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21. “President Obama should have never gotten into this in the first place, but it's not too late for him to correct this by having this entity shut down promptly.” When Organizing...
  • Congress blocked Kerry from offering more aid to Egypt

    03/10/2013 1:31:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/09/13 | Julian Pecquet
    Secretary of State John Kerry had hoped to offer considerably more aid to Egypt than the $250 million he announced during his trip to Cairo but was blocked by Congress, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said. “This is not the aid package that the administration wanted to announce,” Royce told The Hill. The administration wanted to release a “larger sum,” but bowed to the wishes of Royce's committee as well as congressional appropriators, he said. Royce wouldn't say how much Kerry had hoped to announce, but the State Department has been pressing Congress to greenlight $450 million...
  • Sources: South Carolina Conservative Leader Weighs Primary Challenge to Graham

    03/10/2013 12:54:32 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 28 replies
    Fitsnews ^ | fitsnews
    SOUTH CAROLINA'S BEST BET TO DEFEAT LINDSEY GRAHAM MAY RUN AFTER ALL... Fitsnews has the scoop. Click the Excerpt link for more info.
  • In middle of night, dog wakes wife to save stricken husband

    03/10/2013 12:46:16 AM PST · by Daffynition · 30 replies ^ | 03/08/2013 | JUDITH McGINNIS
    WICHITA FALLS, Texas - Bruce Martin was watching movies in the middle of the night when he suffered a massive heart attack. His dog Clyde nudged him and, getting no response, trotted into the bedroom to awaken Bruce's wife,Mitch. The Martins believe that Clyde, a 5-year-old pit bull/golden retriever mix, saved Bruce's life. "Clyde's my insomnia buddy. He'd stay up with me while I was watching movies at 3 in the morning," said Martin, still recovering from the Feb. 11 collapse and subsequent bypass surgery. "That particular night I got up to cross the room and had the heart attack....
  • Zoo Placed on Lockdown After Hyenas Escape Enclosure

    03/10/2013 12:45:45 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 | Monica Garske
    The San Diego Zoo was placed on lockdown Friday night after two striped hyenas escaped from their enclosure, zoo officials confirmed. A source who wishes to remain anonymous told NBC 7 the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. The tipster believes the hyenas somehow jumped out of their enclosure. The zoo’s public relations office confirmed the incident Saturday morning and told NBC 7 that two striped hyenas were able to get past one of the barriers inside their enclosure, temporarily escaping. Worker at the zoo noticed the hyenas were not where they were supposed to be and, at that point, zookeepers...
  • Goalkeeper in Brazil Convicted in Murder Case

    03/10/2013 12:40:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | March 8, 2013
    A famed Brazilian soccer goalkeeper has been convicted in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Friday, a court said. The former Flamengo star Bruno Fernandes das Dores de Souza was sentenced of 22 years and three months for the murder of Eliza Samudio and the abduction of a child. The player's ex-wife, who was also on trial, was acquitted of kidnapping the child.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 March 2013

    03/10/2013 12:35:07 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 182 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 10 March 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows March 10th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla. , Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Bush, Sens. Tim Kaine, D-Va., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and Cory Gardner, R-Colo. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Bush; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.THIS WEEK (ABC): Bush.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Bush, Reps. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
  • We Might be Muslim Today if....

    03/10/2013 12:10:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    The year is 632 A.D., and Muslim hordes have set their sights on the Mideast and North Africa -- the old Christian world. And the Caliphate, as the Islamic realm is called, will not be denied. Syria and Iraq fall in 636. Palestine is next in 638. And Byzantine Egypt and North Africa, not even Arab lands, are conquered by 642 and 709, respectively. Then, just two years later, the Muslims cross the Strait of Gibraltar and enter Iberia (now Spain and Portugal). The invasion of Europe has begun. And the new continent seems no impediment to Islam. After vanquishing...
  • Moderate Muslims are not an oxymoron (barf alert)

    03/09/2013 11:50:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 7, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    Lars Hedegaard is a Danish journalist who has made his name denouncing Islam, which he describes as “a totalitarian system of thought” whose adherents “rape their own children.” Last month someone showed up at his door with a gun and fired a shot that missed him. It’s just what you would expect of those crazy Muslims, isn’t it? Except that in the aftermath, Hedegaard found Muslims across Denmark were conspicuously un-crazy. They did not applaud the assailant or excuse his motives. Instead they condemned the attack and upheld Hedegaard’s freedom to preach unhinged bigotry. … If you hear someone in...
  • Alaska Ping list

    03/09/2013 11:16:25 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies ^ | Mar 19,2013 | me
    If any Alaska member cares to receive a ping. I am creating a list.
  • Federal Government Will Issue Dietary Guidelines—for Infants

    03/09/2013 11:06:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 6, 2013 | Susan Jones
    The federal government is tapping experts for its “B-24 Project.” It may sound like a new jet fighter, but in this case, “B-24” pertains to nutrition advice for infants and toddlers up to 24 months old. The project will produce “unified federal dietary guidance for children from birth to 24 months based on the best available science,” said Kevin Concannon, the Agriculture Department’s Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. Concannon noted that current federal dietary recommendations are designed for people two years and older, and therefore the B-24 project “will fill an important gap.” …
  • Fearing terror attacks, IDF boosts forces on Syrian border

    03/09/2013 10:26:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    ynet news ^ | 3/9/13 | Yoav Zitun
    Syrian rebels have threatened to retake Golan Heights from Israel, and in response the IDF has begun reinforcing its presence along the border. In the meantime, the forces are focusing on providing security for contract workers building Israel's new border fence with Syria - a fence intent on providing Israeli security in a post-Assad era. The head of the IDF Operation Directorate has outlined a new operational plan for soldiers manning the border in wake of rebel advances towards the border region. For now, the IDF's chief concern is gun attacks on those charged with building Israel's new border fence,...
  • Guns aren’t going away (Barf)

    03/09/2013 10:24:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The University of Dayton's Flyer News ^ | March 9, 2013 | Matthew Worsham
    Over the past few weeks, I’ve written a series of columns about some of the myths perpetuated by the gun lobby. One on the claims made about the “cosmetic features” of assault rifles, another about the idea of the Second Amendment as a “self-destruct” mechanism. This time, I’m focusing on the biggest myth of them all: that the government is coming for our guns. This is simply not true. At this time, no serious person is suggesting confiscation as a viable solution to the gun violence problem. I mean it. Anyone who honestly believes, or even suggests, that it would...
  • The Coming Higher Education Bust: “Some Will Survive”

    03/09/2013 10:20:32 PM PST · by Kevmo · 35 replies ^ | March 1, 2013 | John Rubino
    The Coming Higher Education Bust: “Some Will Survive” . by John Rubino on March 1, 2013 · 17 comments To understand how close many US universities are to catastrophic failure, let’s start with the story of Robert (not his real name, but all the rest is true). He’s 19, a freshman at a state university, a smart kid with eclectic interests but no sense of what he wants to be when he grows up. His favorite class, which he had to battle to get into, is an upper-level creative writing seminar taught by a successful author in which six students,...
  • PBS NewsHour Boasts Venezuela Has Put Hugo Chavez In an 'Immortality' Club with Jesus Christ

    03/09/2013 10:10:09 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    On Friday, the PBS NewsHour featured a story titled "A 'Celebration of Immortality' for Hugo Chavez." This is an odd title for liberals who believe in science and would know when Hugo Chavez has assumed room temperature. But it grew worse: the segment from former BBC correspondent Matt Frei (now with ITN) actually put Chavez in a "top three" of immortality with Jesus Christ:
  • NYPD Food Felonies Unit to help make better food choices

    03/09/2013 10:09:16 PM PST · by Daffynition · 15 replies
    WashingtonTimes ^ | March 7, 2013 | Oleg Atbashian
    NEW YORK, March 7, 2013 - Inspired by the dramatic improvements in New Yorkers’ health and well-being after he banned smoking and junk food, as well as large sodas, salt, trans fats, Styrofoam food containers, and loud earbuds, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the NYPD is organizing a Food Felonies Unit (FFU) to further combat the proliferation of food crimes. Nicknamed “Double-F-U,” the newly-formed unit is expected to be involved largely with restaurant menu supervision in its crime-prevention function, while also conducting sting operations on food service providers who break