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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...