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  • If you like being insulted, do we have a Virginia gun store for you!

    07/03/2014 3:45:24 AM PDT · by Cheeks · 26 replies
    www.vcdl.org ^ | 7/2/14 | Phillip Van Cleave
    ************************************************************** 3. If you like being insulted, do we have a Virginia gun store for you! ************************************************************** A VCDL member brought to our attention a “No loaded guns” sign on the door of Absolute Outdoors in New Kent. EM Ed Levine sent them an email to confirm that policy. First, let me say that many gun stores have a “no loaded guns” policy. That’s because, unlike pretty much any other public place around, people are actually drawing guns and handling them in a gun store. That said, many stores have a better policy of saying that a person can have...
  • TN Senate Challenger: Lamar Alexander is the Next Eric Cantor

    06/11/2014 12:30:51 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/11/14
    Tennessee State Rep. Joe Carr, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), predicted that Alexander will go the way of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor in an appearance on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Wednesday. Carr stated, “Sen. Alexander has a similar problem that Leader Cantor had in that he's out of touch with his Republican base in Tennessee.” Like Cantor’s primary challenger, Dave Brat, Carr says that immigration is a strong area of contrast between him and his primary challenger, he declared “the problem Lamar Alexander has and so many of the establishment Republicans have, is...
  • Eric Cantor’s Primary Loss Is a Political Earthquake. And It’s Awful.

    06/10/2014 6:34:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 172 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 10, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
    How did the No. 2 man in the House lose a primary? Chalk it up to immigration and the Tea Party. It’s one of the most shocking losses in U.S. electoral history—and it’s bad for America. Here’s the thing: Eric Cantor did not fall asleep in this race. He spent around $5 million. He ran lots of TV ads. He knew this was going to be a close one. He campaigned. And he still got creamed. And here’s the other thing: Cantor was not an enemy of the Tea Party. He was in fact the Tea Party’s guy in the...
  • Should America Open Its Borders? Reason Presents a Debate on Immigration

    05/14/2014 9:29:21 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | Joshua Swain
    Does America need more or less immigration? Should we let the free market decide how many immigrant workers the economy can support? Or should a responsible government manage the flow of labor? On Tuesday, April 22, Reason Foundation Managing Editor Tom Clougherty moderated a debate on immigration reform featuring Cato Immigration Policy Analyst Alex Nowrasteh, Professor of Economics at George Mason University Bryan Caplan, and Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies Mark Krikorian.
  • An open letter to His Eminence Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera

    04/30/2014 7:35:58 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 30, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    His Eminence Antonio Cardinal Canizares Llovera, Prefect Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Piazza Pio XII 10 00193, Rome Italy Your Eminence; I am a Catholic in good standing and a member of the faithful in the Diocese of Worcester in the state of Massachusetts, U.S.A. I bring to you a serious concern that I and others have been unable to have properly addressed by His Excellency, The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of the Worcester Diocese There is an extensive lack of respect and devotion toward Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Indeed, it...
  • Sheldon Adelson: Not Getting His Money’s Worth In South Carolina

    04/27/2014 8:57:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    He’s the Las Vegas casino magnate pouring money into the coffers of “Republican” politicians (and the groups supporting their reelection) in an effort to purchase their opposition to online poker. Why does Adelson want to ban online poker? Easy: It’s costing him money. We’ve got no beef with Adelson, obviously. He’s simply making an investment in the future of his increasingly outdated business model. No, our beef is with the politicians taking his cash – politicians like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RINO-S.C.). Last month we wrote about Graham’s support for a federal online poker ban – which we’re sure has...
  • Senator Larry Martin, South Carolina

    03/04/2014 12:00:11 PM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 3-3-2014 | Herschel Smith
    Senator Larry Martin was responsible for heading the effort to kill the legislative efforts in support of open carry in South Carolina. During this effort, he said the following. “If the 2nd amendment has been as you interpret it, why hasn’t SC law reflected that for the last 140 years? I’m sorry but you are describing an ‘unlimited’ right that has never been the case with the 2nd Amendment. My view of the 2nd Amendment has always been the right to own guns and keep them in our homes, business, and property and not to wear a gun whenever to...
  • Commissary reopens on fort

    10/08/2013 3:44:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — The post commissary will reopen at 9 a.m. this morning after being closed due to employees being furloughed as a result of the federal government shutdown during the past week. When the recall of most of the furloughed Army civil service employees on post was announced on Sunday, some of the store’s employees were called to work that day to prepare for the Tuesday reopening of the facility, post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Monday. Western Region of the Defense Commissary Agency spokeswoman Nancy O’Nell said about 11,000 of the agency’s 16,000 employees were furloughed, of which 62...
  • Open Carry Activists Stunned When Confronted by Michigan Deputy – but in a Really Good Way

    09/24/2013 12:20:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/24/13 | Jason Howerton
    Open carry activists in Orion Township, Mich., had the police called on them during their “For Liberty Friday” protest last week. However, they were pleasantly surprised when they were confronted by a sheriff’s deputy who completely supported their demonstration because it is protected under the Second Amendment. “We saw the a [sic] OC Sheriff car pull up so we all took out our camera-phones right away, anticipating trouble,” the video’s description reads. “This officer gets out of his car, waves to us, and walks right over. He shakes all of our hands, introduces himself, and states his purpose for walking...
  • Michael Kim and LaRue Temple: a match made in a parking lot (Bartender, Teen Blossom at US Open)

    06/16/2013 6:13:27 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/16/2013 | Eric Adelson
    --snip-- A teenager named Michael Kim, a student at Cal, needed a caddie for the U.S. Open. This was not a big-dollar gig. Kim is an amateur. Even if he won the whole blasted tournament, he couldn't take a dime. Not that a 19-year-old was about to contend for the U.S. Open. Unless he did. Kim and Temple got along great, and the boy wonder, who earned college player of the year honors, actually made the cut.
  • US Open live thread (Saturday)

    06/15/2013 1:35:38 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 41 replies
    n/a ^ | 6-15-13 | n/a
    Anyone out there want to follow along and comment? Just an awesome venue. THIS is what a US Open is supposed to look like - both on television and on the leader board.
  • Late birdie pulls Mickelson into tie

    06/14/2013 5:55:27 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 18 replies
    espn ^ | 6-14-13 | Bob Harig
    ARDMORE, Pa. -- It didn't take long to figure out who was winning the U.S. Open on Friday: Merion. The historic course in suburban Philadelphia rose up and put down any thought it could be manhandled, with perhaps some help from the United States Golf Association. Despite a week's worth of rain and soft conditions that many figured would make the East Course vulnerable, scoring was in line with the typically high numbers often seen at the year's second major championship. When play was suspended due to darkness, Phil Mickelson was tied for the lead with Billy Horschel. Mickelson, the...
  • An Open Letter to the Queen of England

    11/07/2012 8:52:46 PM PST · by Blue Collar Republican · 46 replies
    FaceBook ^ | Nov. 6, 2012 | Edwin R Williams
    Your Majesty, We, the people of the former American colonies, would like to offer our most sincere apology over that little misunderstanding we had 236 years ago. Had we known that we were going to be subjects anyway, we could have saved a lot of trouble and hard feelings. We were under the mistaken belief that we would be free, sovereign citizens; we believed that our hard work would yield its own rewards without someone coming along and taking what we built in the name of “Fairness”. We thought our laws and Constitution would protect us from a foreign born...
  • Open carry arrives with a whimper in Oklahoma

    11/02/2012 4:03:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    News OK ^ | 11/01/12 | Zeke Campfield
    Open carry arrives with a whimper in OklahomaOpen carry advocates celebrated loosened gun restrictions with a quiet demonstration at an Oklahoma City diner, and police reported nothing out of the ordinary a day after open carry arrives. By Zeke Campfield | Published: November 1, 2012 Open carry arrived in Oklahoma without a hitch. Spokesmen with police departments in Oklahoma City, Norman and Edmond said their dispatchers did not receive a single call from citizens concerned about firearms on Thursday, the first day for the law allowing people with a state-issued permit to openly carry certain handguns in public. “It feels...
  • GOTV in Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware (Not Romney)

    04/24/2012 4:26:03 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 15 replies
    CNN.com ^ | April 24, 2012 | Steelers6
    RESULTS: April 24, 2012 - Multi-state Events Republican Presidential Primaries Five states – Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – hold contests on April 24. The five states hold a combined total of 231 total delegates. Of that number, 204 delegates are stake in the primaries
  • An Open Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    03/10/2012 10:06:45 AM PST · by publius321 · 3 replies
    Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu, It’s been almost one year ago since I last wrote you an open letter like this. I just want to let you know that most Americans agree with your assessment on Iran and the consequences to both Israel and America if those savages procure nuclear weapons. In a peculiar way, a large number of us look to you, as opposed to the current President of the United States as our legitimate leader in these perilous times. We have much more in common since our nation was founded upon the belief that there is ONE God, the...
  • Emails directly link White House to secret transparency meeting

    10/18/2011 12:37:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/11 | Jordan Bloom
    Act (FOIA) request by government watchdog group Judicial Watch suggest that the White House had direct involvement in shutting a transparency hearing to the press. “Please don’t have them reach out to any reporters before I clear [with White House] press,” wrote White House Deputy Associate Counsel Blake Roberts to the Office of Information Policy (OIP), about what should have been a fairly noncontroversial training session. The workshop was conducted by the OIP for Department of Justice employees on FOIA compliance procedures. Another email, from DOJ Press Release Deputy Director Gina Talamona to the OIP and the attorney general’s office,...
  • Union Rep Declares “Open Season” on “Managers and Scabs”

    08/16/2011 6:26:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/16/11 | MRC TV
    As the CWA picketing of Verizon continues it seems some of the union leadership is becoming more and more unhinged. Apparently one member of the union leadership went so far as to instruct his members, by way of publicly accessible telephone hotline, that it is now “open season” on “managers and scabs”. The thug went on to say that union members should “follow them” and “torture them, torture them with chants and noise”. (h/t Moon Bat Tracker) Th
  • Match.com: Conservatives More Open To Different Views

    08/04/2011 4:16:03 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 33 replies
    The Winston Review ^ | August 4, 2011 | -TWR-
    According to a Financial Times piece “Inside Match.com,” dated July 29, the president and key engineer, Mandy Ginsberg and Amarnath Thombre, are information-love junkies. Really: Indeed, says Thombre, “the politics one is quite interesting. Conservatives are far more open to reaching out to someone with a different point of view than a liberal is.” That is, when it comes to looking for love, conservatives are more open-minded than liberals. Naturally, if you run the world’s biggest dating site, you’re bound to learn a few practical lessons. “With a mountain of data in its servers from the 75 million users it...
  • Tucson police: Yes, Hezbollah is operating in Mexico

    07/07/2011 6:50:57 PM PDT · by Qbert · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/7/2011 | Bryan Preston
    The Tucson PD didn’t put this information out in a press release. In fact, they didn’t put it out at all. The information is contained in an internal memo pilfered and released by anonymous hacker collective LulzSec. The memo dates to Sept. 2010, and notes that a man connected to  Hezbollah was caught trying to smuggle a massive cache of weapons from Mexico into New York City. In April of last year, the arrest of Jamal Yousef – in New York City – exposed a weapons cache of 100 M-16 assault rifles, 100 AR-15 rifles, 2,500 hand grenades, C4 explosives...
  • Sniffing open WiFi may be wiretapping judge tells Google

    07/02/2011 12:13:03 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    A federal judge ruled that Google can be sued for wiretapping after sniffing open Wi-Fi in Wi-Spy privacy lawsuit about wardriving Street View vehicles.Looks like Google Street View cars may have been "officially" riding dirty and Google may get slapped hard for its Wi-Spy fiasco. A federal judge did not dismiss the case against Google; instead in the first such decision of its kind, the judge ruled that sniffing open Wi-Fi packets might violate the Federal Wiretap Act. Remember when intelligence gathering ability was allegedly "going dark" due to the masses moving to VoIP like Skype and the feds had...
  • It's US OPEN week let's lighten up and talk some golf- The Finish Factor

    06/12/2011 7:30:41 PM PDT · by Baynative · 26 replies
    PGATOUR.COM ^ | June 12, 2011 | Craig Dolch
    So Jones suggested the 18th become the 10th and the lengthened 17th take over as the final hole, its downhill slope lending to an attractive view of Congressional’s clubhouse as well as to an interesting finish. Switching from a par 3 to a par 4 for the closing hole is not unlike asking Stephen King to change the ending of one of his horror books -- hopefully without adding to the fright factor. The other major change is that the USGA chose to do something it rarely does -- it added a stroke to par instead of taking it away....
  • Egypt Opens Rafiah Crossing

    05/28/2011 5:01:11 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/5/11 | David Lev
    Hordes of Gaza Arabs rushed through into Sinai Saturday morning, as Egyptian authorities opened the Rafiah crossing, this time on a permanent basis, they said. Egyptian officials said that the crossing operated smoothly on its first day, and Gaza Arabs interviewed by reporters praised the opening, calling Egypt “very brave” for the move. The crossing is set to be open every day, except Fridays and holidays, between 10 AM and 5 PM. Women, and individuals under age 18 and over age 40 will be permitted to enter Egypt without a specific permit, while others will have to receive a visa....
  • Open thread: Netanyahu speaks to Congress; Update: Live video added

    05/24/2011 9:20:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    hot air ^ | 5/24/11 | Ed Morrissey
    While Barack Obama tours the UK, Congress gets to hear from another head of state, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. After lecturing the US President on the history and issues of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Netanyahu will deliver his vision of a settlement on Capitol Hill: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would set forth his view of a future Middle East peace in an address to Congress on Tuesday and reaffirmed Israel would never return to its old, narrow borders. “I will outline a vision for a secure Israeli-Palestinian peace,” the right-wing Israeli leader said on Monday about his planned...
  • Denmark threatens to thwart EU open border policy

    05/12/2011 3:12:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    France 24 ^ | 5/12/2011 | Gaëlle Faure
    Denmark was on a collision course with the European Union on Thursday as it defended a plan to unilaterally enforce stricter border controls, a policy which reflects growing resentment across Europe toward the EU “open-border” policy. "We see a rise in cross-border crime: drugs, east European gangs, human trafficking, money smuggling... And one of the efficient ways to fight this is border control," Danish Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said Wednesday on Danish television, adding that the enforcement measures would “be put in place as soon as possible.” Danish authorities have planned to invest over €20 million in more customs...
  • Obama: GOP tried to "sneak" agenda into budget

    04/15/2011 8:25:56 AM PDT · by jackv · 44 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 4-15-11 | Tucker Reals
    Mr. Obama complains of Republican attempts to attach measures to the budget bill which would have effectively killed parts of his hard-won health care reform program. "I said, 'You want to repeal health care? Go at it. We'll have that debate. You're not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we're stupid?'" recalled the president of his closed-door negotiations on the bill to fund the federal government until September.
  • UAW: We're Open To Lower Wages

    03/30/2011 3:05:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    impomag.com ^ | 3/30/11 | ap
    ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union would be open to expanding a wage structure with lower-paid workers to keep General Motors Co. factories open or reopen closed plants, a top union official said Tuesday. Vice President Joe Ashton, who handles GM bargaining for the UAW, said the union "will look at anything when it comes to negotiations that will retain jobs." He made the comments during a press event at a factory in Orion Township, Mich., near Detroit, where at least 40 percent of the hourly workers will be paid about half the $28 per hour...
  • Open Letter to Ben Bernanke

    11/15/2010 12:40:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    wsj ^ | 11/15/10 | several economists
    The following is the text of an open letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signed by several economists, along with investors and political strategists, most of them close to Republicans: We believe the Federal Reserve’s large-scale asset purchase plan (so-called “quantitative easing”) should be reconsidered and discontinued. We do not believe such a plan is necessary or advisable under current circumstances. The planned asset purchases risk currency debasement and inflation, and we do not think they will achieve the Fed’s objective of promoting employment. We subscribe to your statement in the Washington Post on November 4 that “the Federal...
  • Soros Behind Project to Dilute Your Voter's Frachise

    11/12/2010 2:51:46 PM PST · by STD · 16 replies
    self ^ | 11/12/10 | Mike Curtiss
    Dear Friends, When the regular American citizen hears that our borders can't be closed, illegal aliens are absorbing half of all revenue designed for 'the war on poverty' and that illegal aliens are actively voting in US elections; we shake our heads in disbelief. How's this all possible? How did Obama get elected President without disclosing his elgibility to hold the highest elected office in the land.
  • Open letter to OBAMA from former Vice President of Procter & Gamble, Lou Pritchet

    10/24/2010 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    snopes.com ^ | 10/24/10 | Lou Prtchet
    Dear President Obama, You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me. You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you. You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and upscale lifestyle and housing with no visable signs of support. You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not American.
  • Yes, you can open carry a pistol in Connecticut

    09/03/2010 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 2 replies
    Radio Vice Online ^ | Sept. 3, 2010 | Steve McGough
    And you can responsibly carry a pistol in a bar that serves alcohol, and you can even carry your firearm on college campuses. I thought most of the misconceptions concerning Connecticut state law when it comes to permits and carrying handguns had been squashed, yet some continue to put totally false garbage out there. I’m not going to speak to any specific case in Connecticut, but I am going to briefly review the completely false comments made here on this blog by “Army Strong”.
  • Responsible Citizens of California Press Release

    05/30/2010 3:02:30 PM PDT · by The Vise Zero · 3 replies · 135+ views
    www.responsiblecitizensofcalifornia.org ^ | May 30, 2010 | The Vise Zero
    ResponsibleCitizensofCalifornia.org RCC is a non-profit organization committed to protecting and advancing the rights of law abiding citizens to carry firearms for personal protection) For Immediate Release: California – Sunday, May 30, 2010 RCC launches open carry petition RCC working to promote, educate, & advocate for right to carry California is in dire financial straits. In order to cut spending, the legislature is at once severely reducing the number of law enforcement officers and yet also advocating for the early release of convicted criminals. Fewer police and more convicted criminals on the street can have only one result: California citizens will...
  • An Open Letter to Richard Blumenthal, AG of Connecticut

    05/19/2010 8:45:17 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 20 replies · 1,126+ views
    CDS ^ | 5/19/2010 | Thaddeus Wojcik
    Dear Mr. Attorney General: Like yourself, I am a non-combat veteran of the US Armed Forces. I served four years active duty in the United States Army. I served honorably as a “cold warrior” in a tactical intelligence unit near the East German Border in the FRG as an intelligence analyst and Russian translator. I’ve not only listened to the news recently, I’ve focused on what you’ve said, the import (literal and colloquial) of the words, and listened to it in context. Though proud to state what I believe, at times forcefully, I am not prone to histrionics, and believe...
  • Finland Launching National Pilot Program To Open and Scan All Snail Mail

    04/02/2010 9:30:21 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 8 replies · 562+ views
    Popular Science.com ^ | 4/1/10 | Stuart Fox
    Is online delivery a viable future for inconvenient old paper mail? In an effort to increase efficiency, cut carbon emissions, and reduce costs, Finland has begun a pilot program wherein snail-mail letters are converted into PDFs and made viewable online by their addressees, in advance or in lieu of physical delivery. So far, the effort is volunteer-only, but it has already sparked concerns in Finland about privacy and government overreach. In the program, the volunteers will have images of all their letters viewable on a computer or phone, and then optionally physically delivered later on. The postman will still arrive...
  • Immigration Reform for America (Open Borders Lobby Offers Free T-Shirts)

    03/31/2010 6:55:31 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 7 replies · 424+ views
    Immigration Reform Now ^ | Current | Immigration Reform Now
    Get a free open borders t-shirt from the open borders lobby. Your choice of sizes. Pick English or Spanish. Very handy for waxing your car and helpig the Soros crowd spend some of their billions on t-shirts.
  • Space hotel says it's on schedule to open in 2012

    11/02/2009 11:00:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 835+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/2/09 | Stuart McDill
    BARCELONA (Reuters) – A company behind plans to open the first hotel in space says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment and time frame for the multi-billion dollar project. The Barcelona-based architects of The Galactic Suite Space Resort say it will cost 3 million euro (2.7 million pounds) for a three-night stay at the hotel, with this price including an eight-week training course on a tropical island. During their stay, guests would see the sun rise 15 times a day and travel around the world every 80 minutes. They...
  • NYSE Open Disrupted By Flood Of Orders

    10/30/2009 12:12:19 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 1,096+ views
    Yahoo - Reuters ^ | 10-30-2009
    NYSE Open Disrupted By Flood Of Orders On 2:44 pm EDT, Friday October 30, 2009 NEW YORK (Reuters) - A huge influx of orders prevented the New York Stock Exchange from disseminating quotes shortly after the start of trading on Friday. (NYSE:NYX - News; Paris:NYX.PA - News), the parent of the exchange, said the delays followed "an inordinate influx" of orders received as Friday's session got under way. Later in the session, the company had to temporarily transfer quote processing to a backup system. The exchange's quote delays caused some tickers to be locked, but an NYSE spokesman said "trades...
  • Critical Access Road Now Open to Traffic

    08/04/2009 6:24:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 223+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lt. Col. Pat Simon, USA
    BAGHDAD — Maya road, the major access road just outside the Victory Base Complex (VBC) here, opened to traffic, Aug 1. For the past three months, the formerly pothole-plagued dirt path underwent a complete overhaul. It is now a smooth concrete means of travel for both military and Iraqi civilian traffic. One of the greatest achievements of this construction project is that it will now reduce the footprint of Coalition forces in line with the June 30 Security Agreement. "It is not only an easier means of travel, it also keeps military traffic out of the cities," said Capt. Steven...
  • Iraqi Forces Reportedly Open Fire, Beat Iranian Exiles

    07/28/2009 9:58:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 830+ views
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/09
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces raided a camp housing members of an Iranian opposition group north of Baghdad on Tuesday in a move that ran contrary to U.S. wishes and prompted clashes. Residents of Camp Ashraf claimed the Iraqi troops opened fire and beat people with batons, killing four people. The Iraqi government confirmed authorities had moved into the camp but denied violence was used against the exiles.
  • Loveland police accused of violating rights of man with holstered pistol (ACLU defends gun owner!)

    07/19/2009 2:49:03 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 68 replies · 2,704+ views
    Loveland Reporter-Herald ^ | July 17, 2009 | Jon Pilsner
    The American Civil Liberties Union has sent a letter to the Loveland Police Department alleging that officers illegally searched and briefly detained a man carrying a gun at South Shore Parkway. On Thursday, the ACLU sent a formal complaint to Loveland Police Chief Luke Hecker and 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office chief investigator Elliot Phelps. The organization is questioning the way police dealt with Loveland resident Bill Miller at South Shore Parkway on Oct. 7, 2008. The ACLU has not sued the city but asked in its letter that the Police Department turn over all records connected to the incident,...
  • Mullen leaves door open for more Afghanistan troops

    07/05/2009 12:03:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 264+ views
    The Hill ^ | 7/5/09 | Eric Zimmermann
    The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed confidence today in the U.S. military offensive in southern Afghanistan but left the door open to additional troops in the country if the situation calls for it. Admiral Mike Mullen sought to clarify an apparent disagreement with National Security Adviser Jim Jones, who reportedly told commanders in Afghanistan not to expect any additional troops. Admiral Mullen said he would wait to hear from General Stanley McChrystal, the new head commander in Afghanistan, who is conducting a 60 day assessment
  • Obama leaves door open to tax on health benefits

    06/24/2009 7:28:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 685+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/24/09 | DAVID ESPO
    President Barack Obama left the door open to a new tax on health care benefits Wednesday, and officials said top lawmakers and the White House were seeking $150 billion in concessions from the nation's hospitals as they sought support for legislation struggling to emerge in Congress. "I don't want to prejudge what they're doing," the president said, referring to proposals in the Senate to tax workers who get expensive insurance policies. Obama, who campaigned against the tax when he ran for president, drew a quick rebuff from one union president.
  • US: Open Gaza Now, Free Shalit Later

    06/18/2009 8:16:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 557+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 6/18/09 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell has advised Israel to relax restrictions at the Gaza crossings without demanding that Hamas free kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, according to foreign and Israeli media. An American Embassy spokesman told Israel National News, “Mitchell will have to speak for himself. These are very sensitive issues.”
  • Federer wins French Open

    06/07/2009 9:03:28 AM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 8 replies · 487+ views
    Undeterred by an on-court intruder, Federer beat surprise finalist Soderling 6-1, 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Sunday to complete a career Grand Slam and win his 14th major title, matching Sampras' record. On his fourth try at Roland Garros, Federer became the sixth man to win all four Grand Slam championships. When the stylish Swiss hit a service winner on championship point, he fell on his knees to the clay that had vexed him for so long, screamed and briefly buried his face in his hands. He was teary by the time he met Soderling at the net, and fans gave...
  • Obama Open to Plan Requiring Everyone to Get Insurance

    06/03/2009 5:14:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies · 926+ views
    NYT ^ | 6/3/09 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — President Obama said Wednesday that he was receptive to Congressional proposals that would require every American to have health insurance and that would force employers to offer health insurance to their employees. But he said there should be exemptions for people who cannot afford coverage and for small businesses in general.
  • An Open Letter to America from Nancy Pelosi

    05/21/2009 2:27:57 PM PDT · by KLT · 21 replies · 1,221+ views
    The Land of the Free ^ | 5/21/08 | Jim Byrd
    Dear Fellow Americans– As you may know, there have been rumors spread about my knowledge of when and if I was informed of the CIA’s tactics of waterboarding prisoners prior to February. 5, 2003. I attempted to clear up this misinformation in a press conference this past week, but was savagely attacked by a very unprofessional media. If it seemed that I was erratic and confused at times during the questioning, it was because I was literally being publicly tortured by a very intolerant and biased media, especially CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and other mainstream media shouting unrelated questions at me...
  • AN OPEN LETTER ON CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 13

    04/13/2009 10:56:06 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies · 643+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | April 13, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    AN OPEN LETTER TO GERALD PARSKY, CHAIRMAN, CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON THE 21ST CENTURY ECONOMY - SPLIT COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY TAX ROLL UNDER PROPOSITION 13 April 13, 2009 The Honorable Gerald Parsky, Chairman Commission on the 21st Century Economy C/O Mark Ibele, PhD, Staff Director http://www.cotce.ca.gov/ Re: California Prop 13 Split Property Tax Roll Dear Chairman Parsky: I read with consternation that the Commission for the 21st Century has convened with the apparent agenda to undo the protections of Proposition 13 for commercial properties in California - http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2009/apr/09/tax-panel-promises-to-think-boldly/ A split commercial/residential property tax roll would spell personal and financial ruination for me...
  • Southbound Baghdad Highway 1 to Open

    04/11/2009 3:26:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 220+ views
    SCANIA — In adherence to the security agreement between the United States and Iraq, a recent ground-breaking ceremony here began the process of returning the southbound lanes of Baghdad Highway 1 to the people of Iraq. The southbound lanes, which have been closed since late 2003, will soon be fully accessible to the Iraqi people again. “This news will bring happiness to the local nationals and all the Babil Region,” said Majid Saleem Kareem, director general of roads and bridges for Babil Province. “An agreement was made, and Coalition forces are making sure that it is met.” Nearly 20 Iraqi...
  • Homeowners Open Fire With AK-47 On Thieves

    02/27/2009 9:07:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 49 replies · 2,437+ views
    WSBTV ^ | 2/27/09 | staff
    ATLANTA -- A well-armed couple opened fire with an assault rifle and pistol early Friday morning on some car thieves in southwest Atlanta. The couple at a home in the 1900 block of Childress Drive told police that after somebody tried to steal their car last week, they rigged up a homemade alarm in their carport using string and cans.
  • Why the Open Primary is Worse Than Bad

    02/24/2009 9:13:03 AM PST · by usflagwaver · 9 replies · 458+ views
    politicalvanguard.com ^ | 2/24/09 | Tom Del Beccaro
    It is said, philosophically, that there are no new thoughts, no unexplored concepts – just new ways of expressing what has been previously thought. That is the historical equivalent of saying that History repeats itself only in different detail. You see, for nearly as long as there has been representative government, people have gravitated toward factions or parties. We know England once had Whigs and Tories and is now dominated by a Labour Party and a Conservative Party. For the pre-Renaissance Florentines, there were the Guelfs and the Ghibellines. In time, the Ghibellines were driven out and the city was...