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  • MEPs to vote on EU 'ban on all forms of pornography'

    03/09/2013 5:05:58 AM PST · by KevinDavis · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2013 | Bruno Waterfield
    Controversy has erupted over next Tuesday's European Parliament resolution "on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU", meant to mark international women's day, after libertarian Swedish MEPs from the Pirate Party spotted the call for a ban in the small print. While not legally binding, the vote could be the first step towards European legislation as the EU's assembly increasingly flexes its political muscle within Europe's institutions.
  • (1984 - Thought Crimes) Tennessee Police Chief Using Lie Detector to Sniff Out Racists on His Force

    03/08/2013 9:38:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    NYDN ^ | Friday, March 8, 2013, | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Tennessee police chief using lie detector to sniff out racists on his force The police department in Coopertown, Tenn. has been rocked by scandals for more than a decade. Their newest police chief, Shane Sullivan, is using a polygraph test to clean up the town’s image and keep bigots off his force. COOPERTOWN, Tenn. — A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force. Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan took over the department in November, becoming the 11th chief in as many years. He was...
  • 8 school buses stolen, shredded into 'big pile of scrap'

    03/08/2013 6:11:35 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 8, 2013 | Peter Nickeas. Carlos Sadovi and Rachael Levy
    Eight school buses were stolen from the Far South Side overnight and driven to a salvage yard, where they were cut apart and shredded into a two-story pile of scrap, police said. The name of the Sunrise bus company could be seen among the shards of metal at SRV Metal Scrapper, 3405 S. Lawndale Avenue, police said. Four people were taken into custody, including the owner of the company.
  • Smoking Deadlier For HIV Patients Than Virus Itself: Study

    03/08/2013 6:00:04 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | December 19, 2012
    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that HIV patients who receive good care but who smoke lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The findings show the importance of including quit-smoking counseling in long-term HIV care, the Danish researchers said. They looked at nearly 3,000 HIV patients who were treated in Denmark from 1995 to 2010 and received well-organized care with free access to antiretroviral therapy. The researchers found that more than 60 percent of the deaths that occurred among the patients were associated with smoking rather than...
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View, Viewers Found Her "Too Extreme and Right Wing"

    03/08/2013 4:58:41 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    Us Weekly ^ | March 8, 2013 | Joyce Chen
    The people have spoken. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the five cohorts of ABC's daytime talk show The View, will not be returning to the couch next season, following hot on the footsteps of fellow cohost Joy Behar, a source tells Us Weekly. According to the source, the show's resident conservative voice is being ousted after market research revealed that she isn't popular with TV audiences.
  • ‘Help!’: 82-Year-Old Woman Falls After Being Dragged Off Miami Train for Singing Gospel Hymns

    03/08/2013 4:06:20 PM PST · by Lera · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 7, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Emma Anderson was kicked off of the Miami Metrorail train system after she was reprimanded for singing gospel music, yet refused to stop. The 82-year-old was booted off of the public transportation system by a security guard who reportedly wasn’t too gentle in his quest to remove her.
  • ‘I Just Voted for Obama Because He’s Black’

    03/08/2013 10:48:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 8, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    Jimmy Kimmel did some on-the-street interviews on Hollywood Blvd. with people about the “Sequester.”These aren’t low-information voters; they are no-information voters. They are clueless. They vote in terms of race, feelings, and what other people are telling them. Actually, it’s worse.The most frightening part of what you’ll see in this three-minute video is how they go on even after admitting that they don’t know anything about what the Sequester is.One day these people will have children. The gene pool is beginning to grow algae.We are witnessing a world that is depicted in the 2006 film Idiocracy where “advertising, commercialism, and...
  • Lawsuit: student says she was suspended for being quiet, wearing pro-gay shirt

    03/08/2013 12:35:19 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/08/2013 | Eric Owens
    A student from a small Florida town has sued her high school principal, the dean of students and the local school board in federal court because, she claims, she was suspended last year for participating in a popular national “Day of Silence” — a protest against anti-gay bullying. The New Times Broward-Palm Beach, an alternative weekly newspaper, first broke the story. The student, 15-year-old Amber Hatch, claims she sought permission — via a letter — to participate. Shannon Fusco, the principal of DeSoto County High School, turned down the request. “Peaceful protests are against district policy,” Fusco allegedly explained. Fusco...
  • Bill O’Reilly Apologizes for Calling Alan Colmes a ‘Liar’

    03/08/2013 11:34:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 08 Mar 2013 12:19 PM
    Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly apologized on Thursday night for calling the network’s liberal commentator Alan Colmes a liar earlier in the week for saying that President Barack Obama made specific suggestions to cut entitlement programs. “Even though I’m sorry I said Alan was lying, I should not have used that word, I’m glad the exposition occurred,” O’Reilly said during his introductory monologue on the 8 p.m. show “Talking Points.” …
  • John McCain is attacking conservatives again....

    03/08/2013 8:59:36 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 34 replies
    HotAir ^ | Allahpundit
    I'm sorry but i've had enough of John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Please check out the hashtag #PrimaryGraham on Twitter. For me, defeating Lindsey Graham is a top priority in 2014 and I'm saving now. I would like Freepers to join me in this thread to PLEDGE to support Lindsey Graham's 2014 SC GOP United This is a critical fight and Graham must become the Bob Bennett and Dick Lugar of 2014. Imagine the message we will send once McCain's butt boy is defeated. His likely opponent will be a state Senator called Lee Bright. He is fully vetted as...
  • Grumpy Cat: Pamprrrrrd At Friskies Photo Shoot

    03/08/2013 7:36:49 AM PST · by RummyChick · 23 replies
    tmz ^ | 3/8 | tmz
    1st class plane tickets ... endless filet mignon ... her own king-sized bed ... 5-figure paychecks ... and that's just a tiny glimpse into the ridiculous life of the Internet sensation known as Grumpy Cat. The cat's manager -- yes, she has one -- tells TMZ, the famous feline is in Austin, TX this week to shoot commercials for Friskies (the cat's sponsor) and to appear at the SXSW Interactive festival. Grumpy flew first class ... and she's been living it up ... with her own, full-time assistant to brush her, an endless supply of Friskies as well as other...
  • FOX News Hosts Eric Bolling and Sean Hannity Offer to Pay for a Week of White House Tours

    03/07/2013 10:49:58 PM PST · by grundle · 4 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Earlier Thursday on The Five Eric Bolling offered to pay for a week of White House tours. “Make you a deal. Jay Carney, grab a pencil. Let the families take the White House tours next week and I’ll cover the added expenses. The word is it’ll cost around $74,000. If I can get the White House doors open, I will pick up the tab. Mr. Carney, you know this is an offer you can’t refuse. Give me a call.”Tonight Sean Hannity joined him and offered to pay for a second week of White House tours. Newt Gingrich added that if...
  • The Watermelon Hunter: Bloomberg-Backed Anti-Gun Lobbyist Enjoys ‘Assault Weapons,’ photo shows

    03/07/2013 9:57:17 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | CJ Ciaramella
    One of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top gun-control lobbyists in Colorado appears to enjoy firing the very guns he is working to restrict. Denver-based Headwaters Strategies lobbyist Adam Eichberg participated at a “watermelon shoot” in September 2012 at the farm of Colorado state Sen. Greg Brophy (R.) where he fired a semi-automatic rifle with a high-capacity magazine. A picture obtained by the Washington Free Beacon shows Eichberg smiling broadly as he shoulders a DPMS .308 rifle with a 20-round magazine. “I really hate watermelons,” Eichberg said via email when asked for comment. Bloomberg’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns,...
  • Rising from the ashes; looking to the future (UPDATE Animal Shelter fire 1 year later)

    03/07/2013 9:23:33 PM PST · by ApplegateRanch · 12 replies
    Hot Springs (South Dakota) Star ^ | March 05, 2013 | Curt Nettinga
    Eleven months ago, the old Battle Mountain Humane Society building north of Hot Springs on Highway 385, was consumed by fire. A faulty fluorescent light fixture was the cause of the catastrophe that killed 11 dogs and rendered Wagoner, who had an apartment in the building, homeless. Volunteers sprang into action, donations poured in from the area, state, nation and even from international donors. Celebrities such as NASCAR driver Ryan Newman stepped up through his foundation to lend a hand. Immediately next to the cement pad where the original building - a converted riding stable - stood last year, a...
  • Evacuation lifted at NORAD headquarters in Colo.

    03/07/2013 7:11:28 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-7-2013 | By DAN ELLIOTT
    DENVER (AP) — NORAD headquarters in Colorado were evacuated for about 4 1/2 hours Thursday after employees found five suspicious packages, but the command's control room team was working at a backup location about eight miles away at the time and no essential missions were disrupted, officials said. Employees became suspicious because something about the packages looked "out of place," said Jeff Bohn, a spokesman at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, where the North American Aerospace Command is based.
  • Ahmadinejad: Chavez Will Return With Jesus and 12th Imam

    03/06/2013 8:57:08 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | March 6, 2013 | The Algemeiner
    Ahmadinejad: Chavez Will Return With Jesus and 12th Imam A day after his death, Hugo Chavez is already being touted as a martyr and a messiah by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who equated the now deceased Venezuelan leader to Jesus and Shiite Islam’s 12th imam Wednesday, saying, “I have no doubt that he will return, along with the righteous Jesus and the perfect human.” Ahmadinejad also reiterated claims made by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro that Chavez died of a “suspect illness” but didn’t go as far as Maduro had in equating Chavez’s death to that of late Palestinian Liberation...
  • (EU) Parliament chief criticizes ‘Frankenstein Europe’

    03/06/2013 7:59:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 05.03.13 @ 18:32 (March 5) | Valentina Pop
    The EU’s current institutional set-up resembles a “Frankenstein” monster because there is no democratic separation of powers, European Parliament chief Martin Schulz said Monday (4 March) during a debate in Hamburg on sovereignty transfers to Brussels. “National sovereignty in Europe is based on a model of separation of powers: we have a government that can be voted down by a parliament and an independent judiciary overseeing that rules are respected,” Schulz said. He added: “What we are doing now is that we are taking bits and pieces of this framework and transferring them to the EU level, but without also...
  • Rand Paul - The first Senator ever to work "HONEST" 8 hour day. STAND WITH RAND!

    03/06/2013 7:25:42 PM PST · by Orange1998 · 161 replies
    Ted Cruz backing him up all the way. This could change everything.
  • Even Democrats Say Obama ‘Overhyped’ Sequester

    03/06/2013 4:44:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 06 Mar 2013 04:08 PM | Dan Weil
    Just like Republicans, Democrats say President Barack Obama has overhyped the effects of the automatic spending cuts and offered a confusing message about it. Initially the White House was full of doom and gloom, warning of interminable lines at airports, widespread firings of teachers, and quick, huge job losses in the private sector as government contracts were canceled. That was going overboard, says former Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. … A top Democratic congressional aide scolded Obama for strategic incompetence. … Even Michigan Rep. Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, who basically agrees with Obama...
  • Hill hearing on global warming cancelled by D.C. snowstorm

    03/06/2013 2:27:17 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    An unusually chilly March day and the snowstorm it spawned have shut down much of official Washington on Wednesday — including a hearing House Republicans had called to examine global warming. “Postponed due to weather,” read the notice from the House Science, Space and Technology Committee sent in the morning. The hearing was scheduled to give House lawmakers a comprehensive briefing on how well scientists understand the climate and humans’ effects on it as a means “to inform decision-making on potential mitigation options.” While the federal government reports that U.S. temperatures have been ticking up in recent years, freak cold...
  • Obama's Top Adviser Robert Gibbs Justifies Murder of 16 Year Old American Citizen

    03/06/2013 2:07:42 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
  • EU fines Microsoft $733M for breaking browser pact

    03/06/2013 10:46:19 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 6, 2013 9:49 AM EST | Toby Sterling
    The European Union has fined Microsoft €561 million ($733 million) for breaking a pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the company’s flagship Windows operating system. The penalty imposed by the EU’s executive arm, the Commission, is a first for Brussels: no company has ever failed to keep its end of a bargain with EU authorities before. … The Commission’s top regulator, Joaquin Almunia, said at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday that the fine reflected the size of the violation and the length of time it went on. It was also...
  • Driverless trucks hit the roads of Japan to decrease fuel consumption

    03/06/2013 10:14:55 AM PST · by null and void · 19 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 3/6/12 | Nicolette Emmino
    You’ve probably heard some talk of driverless cars, but now a Japanese organization has taken the concept one step further with driverless trucks. On February 25, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) demonstrated new technologies that can control the steering and speeds of unmanned trucks in such a way that they would run in a specific formation.  How the unmanned trucks work NEDO supplied the trucks with duplexed systems that allow important functions to make this work. The organization worked on milliwave and infrared laser radars so that the trucks could detect obstacles in front of them. Using cameras and infrared...
  • Joe Kennedy’s oil aid to dry up?

    03/06/2013 9:58:55 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/6/13 | Joe Zaremba and O'Ryan Johnson
    The death of U.S.-bashing Venez­uelan strongman Hugo Chavez could put his pal Joseph Kennedy II’s Hub-based heating-oil-for-the-poor program out in the cold, energy experts said. With Chavez’s death from cancer yesterday, his successors must 
decide whether to continue state-run Citgo’s oil giveaways — including its agreement with Kennedy’s nonprofit Citizens Energy, which for years has given oil to the needy thanks in large part to Chavez’s largesse. “If the Citgo program goes away, Joe’s program goes away,” said Mark Wolfe of the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association. “Venez­uela, under a different government, I’m sure they would re-evaluate all charitable givings...
  • Michael Smerconish Leaves Syndication For SiriusXM

    03/06/2013 9:15:33 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | 3/6/13 | Lance Venta
    Syndicated host Michael Smerconish, based at CBS’ 1210 WPHT Philadelphia will depart terrestrial radio for satellite on Monday, April 15. The program will air on SiriusXM’s “POTUS” (Channel 124) Political Talk channel in the 9am to 12pm Eastern time slot. In the AP story announcing the move, Smerconish has some fairly harsh words regarding the state of political talk on broadcast radio. "The only people that I meet for whom the issues are hard left or hard right, the only people who see the world through ideological glasses, are those who have a microphone in front of them" Smerconish, who...
  • LIVE THREAD: Rand Paul is filibustering John Brennan nomination

    03/06/2013 9:03:24 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 76 replies
    CSPAN ^ | Rand Paul
    Sen. Rand Paul is conducting a filibuster against John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA until further notice. http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN2/
  • Rand Paul: The Feds claim they can drone strike you when having dinner

    03/06/2013 7:37:15 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | KEVIN CIRILLI
    Sen. Rand Paul blasted Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that drone strikes could be carried out on U.S. soil under extreme circumstances, with the Kentucky Republican suggesting that means Americans could be killed while they’re “eating dinner” or “at a cafe.” “The thing about the drone strike program is we’re not talking about someone’s actively attacking America — we’re not talking about planes flying into the World Trade Center,” Paul said on Fox News on Tuesday. “What we’re talking about is you’re eating dinner in your house, you’re eating at a cafe or you’re walking down the road.” He continued:...
  • UF Researcher: Mega mosquitoes set to invade Central Fla. (They're 20x 'regular' size)

    03/06/2013 6:52:38 AM PST · by Stoat · 42 replies
    Click Orlando (WKMG Local 6) ^ | March 6, 2013 | Evan Lambert
    Mega mosquitoes known as gallinippers could invade Central Florida this summer as flood waters from tropical storms force the larvae to hatch this hurricane season. Entomologists at the University of Florida say the mosquitoes are 20 times the size of a typical mosquito, about the size of a quarter.  They also pack a painful bite, according to UF entomologist Phil Kaufman. He calls the species "notoriously aggressive." The best way to protect against these super-sized mosquitoes is to wear bug spray with DEET and cover up as best as possible. Gallinippers were spotted last year in Florida after Tropical...
  • Report: Relative of top Bob Menendez donor pushed apparent retraction of prostitution claim

    03/06/2013 5:54:03 AM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | David Martosko
    A Dominican politician related to a top political donor to Sen. Bob Menendez was the driving force promoting new claims from a woman who now says she concocted an allegation that the senator paid her for sex in 2012. The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that Vinicio Castillo Semán, the cousin of Dr. Salomon Melgen, first released an affidavit Monday from a Dominican escort named Nexis de los Santos Santana, who recanted what she said were accusations she made in a media report.
  • The Dow Isn’t Really At A Record High (And It Wouldn’t Matter If It Were)

    03/05/2013 10:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    NPR / Planet Money ^ | March 5, 2013 11:53 AM | Jacob Goldstein
    Just a quick, cranky reminder: Despite what you may have read, the Dow Jones industrial average did not hit a new high today in any meaningful sense. After adjusting for inflation, the Dow was higher in 2000 than it is today. It was also higher in 2007. It would need to rise another 10 percent or so to hit an all time high in real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) terms. … There are other, less arbitrary indexes of the U.S. stock market, such as the S&P 500, which tracks 500 (rather than just 30) big U.S. companies. The S&P 500, for what...
  • Sean Penn on the Death of Hugo Chavez: "I Lost a Friend" (Bwahahaha!)

    03/05/2013 8:38:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 5, 2013 | Natalie Abrams
    Sean Penn on the Death of Hugo Chavez: "I Lost a Friend" Despite his criticisms of the United States, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez did have supporters in Hollywood, including Sean Penn, who mourned Chavez's death Tuesday. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dead at 58 "Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had," Penn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "And poor people around the world lost a champion. I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela." Chavez,...
  • Congressman Fincher Introduces Welfare Integrity Act of 2013

    03/05/2013 3:31:10 PM PST · by ksen · 18 replies
    Congressman Fincher's website ^ | 3/4/13 | Congressman Fincher
    Washington, D.C. – Friday, U.S. Representative Stephen Fincher (R-Frog Jump) introduced the Welfare Integrity Act of 2013, requiring random drug testing for illegal substances for welfare applicants and recipients. The bill requires each state participating in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to certify that applicants and current recipients are being randomly test for illegal drug use. In order to pass constitutional muster, the bill requires states to provide a consent and waiver form, where applicants are given the choice to waive their Fourth Amendment Rights and submit to a random drug test. If welfare beneficiaries fail a...
  • Job Corps Freezes Enrollment For Five Months

    03/05/2013 1:26:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | February 19, 2013 | Mara Lee
    A national freeze on most new enrollments into the federally funded Job Corps training program will delay the efforts of low-income teenagers and young adults in Connecticut and around the country to get their lives on track. One group estimated that the freeze, in place until July, will affect about 250 Job Corps candidates in Connecticut. The U.S. Department of Labor suspended new enrollment Jan. 28, citing cost overruns that critics have blamed on mismanagement. Job Corps, which began in the early 1960s, is a free education and training program serving mostly high school dropouts. The program helps participants get...
  • The Powerless Presidency

    03/05/2013 11:43:05 AM PST · by pabianice · 2 replies
    The New Yorker | 3/5/13 | Lizza
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  • Washington Post quietly makes major change to Menendez story, removes attack on TheDC’s reporting

    03/05/2013 10:45:39 AM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    Without informing readers in the story or elsewhere, on Monday night The Washington Post deleted its explicit claim that the Dominican prostitute who recanted her allegation against Sen. Robert Menendez had appeared in a video posted to The Daily Caller. In a story by investigative reporter Carol Leonnig, the Post initially reported at 4:47 p.m. that “the women’s videotaped claims, with their faces obscured, were played on the conservative Web site The Daily Caller. The news site reported that ‘the two women said they met Menendez around Easter at Casa de Campo, an expensive 7,000-acre resort in the Dominican Republic.’”
  • Soviet war veteran found in Afghanistan after 33 years

    03/05/2013 8:01:17 AM PST · by fso301 · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | March 5, 2013 | Unnamed
    A Soviet soldier who went missing in Afghanistan nearly 33 years ago has been found living with Afghans in the western province of Herat. The soldier is semi-nomadic, has the adopted Afghan name Sheikh Abdullah and practises herbal medicine, Russia's RIA news agency reports. An ethnic Uzbek, he was found by ex-Soviet veterans of the war. Click link for rest of article
  • Statement from The Daily Caller (Menendez)

    03/05/2013 6:46:01 AM PST · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    Statement from The Daily Caller: The Washington Post falsely reported a story yesterday claiming our source had recanted her statement, without contacting The Daily Caller for comment before posting.
  • Dystopia - Oakland Residents Upset Over Lockpicking Workshop Promoted in Oakland Mayor's Newsletter

    03/04/2013 7:23:24 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    ABC 30 ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | KFSN-TV Fresno, CA
    Oakland Residents Upset Over Lockpicking Workshop OAKLAND, Calif. -- City leaders in Oakland have been getting some angry e-mails lately from some of the people they serve. Mayor Jean Quan is the major target after her newsletter appears to promote a class designed to teach people how to pick a lock. In a city with a crime problem, it's easy to see why they're not happy. The name of the class appears among 40 others in the catalog for the upcoming "Workshop Weekend" in Oakland, right alongside things like "robot building." It's a 3-hour class called "Introduction to Lockpicking" and...
  • Mass. police dog digging in snowbank fires gun.

    03/04/2013 7:14:00 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 4th | Uknown Author
    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Police say a dog searching for a gun in a snowbank accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw, firing the weapon. No humans —or dogs — were hurt. The episode started at about 2 a.m. Sunday when an officer on patrol heard three gunshots.
  • Top Ten Most Dangerous Cities in America Each Led by a Democrat

    03/04/2013 7:11:07 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    examiner.com ^ | October 20, 2012 | Barry Secrest
    Detroit for the fourth year in a row, is ranked as the "most dangerous city" in America according to Forbes online. The statistics indicate that Detroit suffered about 2,137 acts of violent crime per 100,000 residents. However, when we rank the extraordinary crime levels for each of these 'dangerous' cities, we noticed a startling trend in our quick research, and we weren't the only ones who noticed it, apparently. You see, each of these cities has one commonality being that each is also led by a Democrat Mayor, and these days you know what Democrat actually means.... "Liberal." Indeed, if...
  • Detroit Voters Elect a Convicted Felon to Serve in State Legislature

    03/04/2013 7:08:28 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | November 12, 2012 | Joyce Jones
    Detroit native Brian Banks won a seat in Michigan's state assembly with a commanding lead of 68 percent, but the representative-elect may never be sworn in. Banks, 35, is a multiple convicted felon, which, according to some of his prospective colleagues, makes him unfit to serve. CBS Detroit has reported that some Michigan lawmakers may try to stop him from taking office. Banks' crimes involved writing bad checks and credit card fraud for which he was convicted eight times between 1998 and 2004. But that didn't stop him from using the campaign slogan "You Can Bank on Banks." It also...
  • Power failure blamed in New Orleans water issues

    03/04/2013 5:20:29 PM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 3/4/13 | Janet Mcconnaughey
    Taps in New Orleans briefly went dry Sunday after a boiler's heating flame went out of control in the immense steam generator that powers pumps for the city's water treatment plant. Marcia St. Martin, executive director of the city's Sewerage and Water Board, said the outage lasted less than 20 minutes Sunday morning. Twitter came alive with residents bemoaning the loss about 9 a.m. Central time, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu tweeted to his followers that the city was looking into the matter. The loss of pressure opened the way for possible contamination and water samples are being taken citywide, she...
  • Student suspended for shaping Pop-Tart into gun

    03/04/2013 2:44:42 PM PST · by grundle · 38 replies
    ktnv.com ^ | March 3, 2013 | Krista Hostetler
    Baltimore, MD (KTNV) -- A student in Baltimore was suspended over breakfast. 7-year-old Josh Welch was eating a Pop-Tart at school. A teacher saw the pastry and said she thought it looked like it was being shaped into a gun. The teacher also said she heard Welch say, "Bang Bang" while he was holding it. That was enough to get him suspended. Welch said his teacher got it completely wrong, "It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and tore off the top, and it kind of looked like a gun but it wasn't." Welch said...
  • Climate Change and Rising Food Prices Heightened Arab Spring

    03/04/2013 2:37:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Marrch 4, 2013 | Ines Perez
    If the Arab Spring taught us something, it is that the effects of climate change can serve as stressors, contributing to regional instability and conflict, experts said. In a report published last week, researchers from the Center for American Progress, the Center for Climate and Security and the Stimson Center examined the role of climate change in the Middle East's upheaval during 2010 and 2011. Looking at long-term trends in rain, crops, food prices and migration, they were able to determine how these factors contributed to social instability in the region. "The Arab Spring would likely have come one way...
  • Wanted: a passion for coffee and a job at any Costa [1,700 people apply for 8 job openings]

    03/04/2013 2:12:35 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 22 February 2013 | Zoe Williams
    The Costa Coffee in Mapperley, Nottingham, opened on Friday. This is the place that needed a modest number of baristas, something like eight, not all of them full-time, and received 1,700 applications. "It's pretty busy," understates Ghanshyam Ramparia, Costa's franchise partner in this area. (He has 11 branches – he goes by the name Sham). "The branch in Long Eaton had 900 apply for a smaller number of vacancies. But nonetheless …" He tilts his head sideways, a subtle "this-is-crazy" expression on his face. "It's a barometer of the jobs market. It's really tough out there." Applications included graduates, people...
  • Australia Offering 'Best Jobs In World' Contest

    03/04/2013 1:40:08 PM PST · by posterchild · 5 replies
    abc news ^ | Mar 4, 2013 | Alan Farnham
    Want to get paid $100,000 to take a "working holiday" Down Under? Then does Australia ever have a deal for you! Tourism Australia today announced a competition called "Best Jobs In The World," in which six winners will each get a six-month job. The positions range from park ranger to lifestyle photographer, wildlife caretaker to Outback adventurer. Each job comes with a salary package worth $100,000 Australian ($101,000 USD) including living costs. The campaign targets travelers aged 18 and 30, but anyone of any age and from any country can apply, either through Facebook or a dedicated Best Jobs website....
  • Sisters make $540,000 babysitting their own kids from welfare

    03/04/2013 1:32:32 PM PST · by grundle · 32 replies
    breakingworldnewstoday.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Ryan Lee Hall
    If you want to know why the U.S. Government is going broke look no further. A four-month investigation of the $340 million taxpayer-funded "Wisconsin Shares" program of childcare welfare found that the program is riddled with abuses and loopholes. In one case, the investigation carried out by the news media found that four sisters with 17 children between them racked in $540,000 in taxpayer dollars since 2006, just by staying home and babysitting each other’s children. The most impressive of this all is that it is perfectly legal."It's a loophole," said Laurice Lincoln, administrative coordinator for child care in Milwaukee...
  • Governor Sanford is reading FreeRepublic!

    03/04/2013 11:09:56 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 20 replies
    Twitter ^ | Mark Sanford
    Mark Sanford just posted this on his twitter feed: @MarkSanford Here's my full statement to Congress, fighting the stimulus back when it was "only" going to be $150 billion: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2118958/posts
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    03/04/2013 10:20:28 AM PST · by Faith · 27 replies
    March 4, 2013 | Faith
    His Name shall endure for ever; His Name shall continue as long as the sun; And men shall be blessed in Him; all nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who only doth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious Name for ever; and let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. Psalm 72: 17-19
  • Michelle Obama: American Dogs need balanced diets, exercise too

    03/04/2013 10:15:50 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    During her Google Hangout today, First Lady Michelle Obama reminded the audience that dogs need a proper diet and exercise, just like children do. The First Lady admitted that President Obama liked to tease their own dog, “Bo” for being lazy, but that they encouraged her girls to take him on walks. “Dogs are no different,” Michelle Obama explained to a woman on the chat. “You want to make sure they are eating a balanced diet, and if they are not an active dog, make sure that their food is reflective of an inactive dog and then get them out...