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How the Nazis Used Gun Control
National Review Online, by Stephen P. Halbrook    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:16:36 AM     Post Reply
The perennial gun-control debate in America did not begin here. The same arguments for and against were made in the 1920s in the chaos of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which opted for gun registration. Law-abiding persons complied with the law, but the Communists and Nazis committing acts of political violence did not. In 1931, Weimar authorities discovered plans for a Nazi takeover in which Jews would be denied food and persons refusing to surrender their guns within 24 hours would be executed. They were written by Werner Best, a future Gestapo official. In reaction to such threats, the government authorized the

Rob Ford Can´t Even Go
To a Football Game
Without an Ethical Lapse
Atlantic, by Sara Morrison    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:12:00 AM     Post Reply
Crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford took in a game of sport today, stopping by the NFL´s big Toronto game to watch the Buffalo Bills play the Atlanta Falcons. But, as with all things Rob Ford, it was not without controversy. For, while Ford was posing for photos and chowing down on chicken wings, a prominent Canadian musician was freaking out because the seat Ford plunked himself into was his:(Snip for tweets)In earlier, happier times for Mays, he used his Twitter account to show off his Falcons-Bills ticket:

Obama neglects his power to pardon
Washington Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 5:07:54 AM     Post Reply
AT LEAST MR. OBAMA is aware that he possesses the power of clemency. Unpardonably, though, with the exception of the silly Thanksgiving ritual in which he spares a turkey by executive order, he virtually never discusses this prerogative, and he rarely uses it. In fact, no modern president comes close to Mr. Obama in meting out mercy so rarely and so stingily. In his first term in office, Ronald Reagan signed 250 pardons for federal inmates; George H.W. Bush authorized 77 and Bill Clinton, 56. Mr. Obama granted just 23. (Including more granted this spring, his total is now up to

  


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Man who claimed family´s home for himself
while they visited dying relative has done
the same with another ELEVEN properties
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:52:01 AM     Post Reply
A ´sovereign citizen´ who claimed an Ohio family´s home while they visited a dying relative has filed deeds for another 11 properties. Ohio´s Robert Carr applied for the ´quiet titles´ after claiming the owners gave up their ownership rights when they left the property. ´When you abandon a property, bam, walk away from it, ‘I ain’t never coming back. I don’t want nothing to do with it’ right? Somebody can come in, ‘Oh mine´,´ he told WLWT. As a member of the sovereign citizens movement, Carr believes he can handpick which laws to follow. The movement is premised on the idea that current

Obama and the Suspension of Disbelief
PJ Media, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 4:46:14 AM     Post Reply
Adding straws of scandal — Fast and Furious, the Associated Press monitoring, the IRS fiasco, and the NSA spying — on any presidential back except Barack Obama’s would have long ago broken it. Watergate ruined Richard Nixon. Iran-Contra earned a special prosecutor and nearly destroyed the Reagan second term. Katrina’s incompetent local and state reactions, coupled with a tardy federal effort — and the insurgency in postwar Iraq — ended the viability of George W. Bush in his second term. Second, well apart from scandal, the perception of presidential lying usually ends presidential agendas. Richard Nixon resigned after never telling the

My son and the Marine
New York Post, by Mark Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:43:42 AM     Post Reply
This time of year in Hong Kong, Americans here look forward to port calls by the US Navy. For many of us expats, their arrival means a chance to get to know the sailors and Marines who defend us by having them over for a home-cooked meal. My family enjoys these meetings as much as anyone. Yet each year at this time, we offer a special thank you for a Marine we never met. His name is Kurt Chew-Een Lee. In his story shines the honor of the Marine Corps and the glory of America. Lee entered the Marines near the close

On repealing the 22nd amendment
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:39:42 AM     Post Reply
This is one of those issues which seems to pop up reliably during the second act of every two term presidency. Should we impose term limits on US Presidents and was the 22nd amendment really a good idea? It’s a concept which has been unofficially in place since the first President and was then enshrined in the constitution in 1951 as a backlash against FDR. Of course, the people most exuberant about the idea tend to be supporters of the current White House occupant and for all the wrong reasons. This cycle is no exception, with Jonathan Zimmerman taking to

  


  

Death penalty for Boston
bomber a complicated question
USA Today, by Kevin Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 4:36:38 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — When gang members Richard Tipton, Cory Johnson and James Roane were sentenced to death in 1993 for their roles in multiple murders, they took their places on federal death row, where they have remained for two decades. A series of appeals and a more recent challenge to the lethal injection protocol used in federal executions have helped prolonged their lives in a place where — despite its designation — executions are rarely carried out. The high-security wing at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., now represents an increasingly complicated backdrop for a decision Attorney General Eric Holder is

Is There An Obama Doctrine?
The Federalist, by David Corbin & Matt Parks    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/2/2013 4:34:31 AM     Post Reply
Six days before completing his negotiations with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry told a somewhat confused assembly of Latin American diplomats that “the era of the Monroe Doctrine is over.” Greeted with (as the transcript has it) “tentative applause,” Kerry left his script to assure the audience “that’s worth applauding–that’s not a bad thing”–and accidentally to provide, as we’ll see, the best summary yet of the President’s foreign policy. The uncertainty of Mr. Kerry’s audience should be excused, since the Monroe Doctrine as represented in his speech is wildly different from the historical original–and in all the ways we’ve come

Thousands Demand Resignation
of Ukraine Leader
New York Times, by David M. Herszenhorn    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 12/2/2013 4:33:58 AM     Post Reply
KIEV, Ukraine — Enraged by a violent crackdown by security forces, Ukrainians took to the streets with new, revolutionary urgency on Sunday, with hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Viktor F. Yanukovich and a realignment of the country away from Russia toward Europe. “I want the authorities to know that this is not a protest; this is a revolution!” Yuri V. Lutsenko, a former interior minister and an organizer of the Orange Revolution nine years ago, told a vast crowd here in Independence Square that many observers said outstripped even the biggest gatherings in 2004.

Insurers Seek to Bypass Health Site
Wall Street Journal, by Louise Radnofsky*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:26:53 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—Insurers and some states are continuing to look for ways to bypass the balky technology underpinning the health-care law despite the Obama administration´s claim Sunday that it had made "dramatic progress" in fixing the federal insurance website. Federal officials said they had largely succeeded in repairing parts of the site that had most snarled users in the two months since its troubled launch, but acknowledged they only had begun to make headway on the biggest underlying problems: the system´s ability to verify users´ identities and accurately transmit enrollment data to insurers.

  


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Pilot Use of Automation
Eyed in Air Crashes
Associated Press, by Joan Lowy    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/2/2013 4:22:18 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Pilots are becoming so reliant on the computer systems that do most of the flying in today´s airliners that on the rare occasions when something goes wrong, they´re sometimes unprepared to take control, according to aviation safety experts and government and industry studies. Increasing automation has been a tremendous safety boon to aviation, contributing to historically low accident rates in the U.S. and many parts of the world. But automation has changed the relationship between pilots and planes, presenting new challenges. Pilots today typically use their "stick and rudder" flying skills only for brief minutes or even seconds

Officials: Worst tech bugs
over for Healthcare.gov
Associated Press, by Philip Elliott    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/1/2013 11:03:48 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The worst of the online glitches, crashes and delays may be over for the problem-plagued government health care website, the Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday. But that doesn´t mean HealthCare.gov is ready for a clean bill of health. Officials acknowledged more work remains on the website that included hundreds of software bugs, inadequate equipment and inefficient management for its national debut two months ago. Federal workers and private contractors have undertaken an intense reworking of the system, but the White House´s chief troubleshooter cautioned some users could still encounter

Broken promise of Obamacare to haunt
Democrats’ congressional campaigns
Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/1/2013 10:55:10 PM     Post Reply
President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president’s faulty health care law. Several polls in the past week have shown congressional Republicans pulling even or slightly ahead of Democrats in generic balloting for the midterm elections, a swing of at least 10 percentage points in less than a month. Pollsters attribute the seismic shift to the series of glaring flaws in Obamacare, most of which came to the public’s attention after the program’s rollout Oct.

As senators work on Iran
sanctions bill, White House
lobbies lawmakers not to act
Washington Post, by Karen DeYoung & Joby Warrick    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/1/2013 10:52:50 PM     Post Reply
As much as any other foreign policy issue during his five years in office, the Iran sanctions question now finds President Obama at odds with a hefty portion of his own party’s lawmakers, as well as most Republicans. A bipartisan juggernaut of senior senators is spending the remaining week of the Thanksgiving recess forging agreement on a new sanctions bill that the senators hope to pass before breaking again for Christmas. The administration believes the legislation could scuttle the interim nuclear agreement reached with Iran on Nov. 23 and derail upcoming negotiations on a permanent deal — scheduled for

  


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Netanyahu: I will not ´shut up´ when
Israel´s interests are at stake
Jerusalem Post, by Herb Keinon, Henry Rome    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 10:15:01 PM     Post Reply
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessor Ehud Olmert battled over Israel’s Iran policy Sunday, with Olmert slamming Netanyahu for “waging war” against the US administration and Netanyahu responding that he would speak out loudly when Israel’s security is at stake. “As opposed to others, when I see that interests vital to the security of Israel’s citizens are in danger, I will not be quiet,” Netanyahu said in Rome in a clear reference to comments Olmert made earlier in the day. Speaking at a Hanukka candle- lighting ceremony at the Great Synagogue in Rome, where he is on a two-day

Amazon envisions eventually
delivering packages in 30
minutes via drones
Washington Post, by Timothy B. Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 10:11:20 PM     Post Reply
Jeffrey P. Bezos has never been known for thinking small. And in an interview aired Sunday on CBS´s "60 Minutes," he outlined his latest plan for revolutionizing the retail industry: using drones to deliver packages in as little as 30 minutes. Declaring himself an "optimist," the Amazon.com founder and chief executive predicted the technology could be brought to market in as little as five years. This is more than a theoretical idea. Bezos showed CBS´s Charlie Rose a working prototype of an eight-rotor helicopter drone called an "octocopter." Emblazoned with "Amazon Prime Air," the flying robot has a claw at

Nato troops forced to risk
dilapidated tunnel to get
out of Afghanistan
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 10:07:34 PM     Post Reply
Salang - The route twists one way then the next, snaking higher into the Hindu Kush. The stout trucks and tankers shift down gears as they negotiate each switchback, swinging into the middle of the road to keep from losing momentum. That is until they stop altogether and the main northern lifeline from Kabul becomes nothing but a long, thin lorry park. The queue extends into the distance. Drivers doze in their cabs or during the summer months in the shade beneath the trailers. Nothing will move all day as they wait for their chance to pass through the Salang

Hill leaders: Terror threat
growing in US; intel community
not the ´bad guys´
Fox News*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 9:53:21 PM     Post Reply
The worldwide terror threat is growing and changing, making Americans less safe than they were in years past, the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees said Sunday. “Terror is up worldwide,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “The statistics indicate that. The fatalities are way up.” Feinstein made her comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” during a joint interview with Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, who argued the terror group Al Qaeda continues to grow and consolidate. “What´s happening in places like Syria

The War on Conservative Minorities
National Review, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 9:48:13 PM     Post Reply
Members of both political parties use sharp elbows to rough up and discredit the opposition, but the media are supposed to call “foul” on the worst abuses. But when the media are ideologically opposed to conservatives — especially minority conservatives — the abuses sometimes get lost in the shuffle.Take what happened last week to New Hampshire state representative Marilinda Garcia, who announced she would challenge incumbent Democratic representative Annie Kuster in a highly competitive district that has switched party control in three of the last four elections. Democrats were clearly rattled by the 30-year-old Garcia’s entry. Democratic-party communications director Harrell

  



One giant leek for mankind!
Nasa to try growing vegetables
and herbs on the moon to see
if humans could one day live there
Daily Mail [UK], by Mail Foreign Service    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/1/2013 9:47:02 PM     Post Reply
Nasa is to try growing vegetables and herbs on the moon to see if humans could one day live there. The US space agency plans to send seeds to the moon in 2015 in sealed canisters containing everything that is needed for the seedlings to thrive. As well as ten seeds each of basil and turnips, there will also be around 100 seeds of Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard. On landing, a trigger will release a small reservoir of water inside the canister and a team on Earth will monitor how the seeds germinate when

House lines up year-end blitz
The Hill (Washington DC), by Russell Berman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/1/2013 9:44:11 PM     Post Reply
The House could act on a flurry of bipartisan deals when it returns in December for the final two legislative weeks of 2013. Or, it could head home for the holidays emptyhanded. Negotiators are trying to finish House-Senate conference reports on the budget, a farm bill and a water projects bill before the end of the year. Aides say there is a slim chance that all three could be done in time for the House to vote in 2013, but a likelier scenario is one or two of them will be punted into next year. House Republicans will also take

´Operate on this mother so that
we can take her baby’
Telegraph [UK], by Christopher Baker    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 12/1/2013 8:15:07 PM     Post Reply
Last summer a pregnant Italian mother flew to England for a two-week Ryanair training course at Stansted. Staying at an airport hotel, she had something of a panic attack when she couldn’t find the passports for her two daughters, who were with her mother back in Italy. She called the police, who arrived at her room when she was on the phone to her mother. The police asked to speak to the grandmother, who explained that her daughter was probably over-excited because she suffered from a “bipolar” condition and hadn’t been taking her medication to calm her down. The police

Security breach at UW Medicine
affects 90,000 patients
Legal Insurrection, by Mandy Nagy     Original Article
Posted By: drive- 12/1/2013 8:14:25 PM     Post Reply
The personal information of approximately 90,000 patients of Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center, which are part of UW Medicine, has reportedly been compromised as the result of a malware attack that affected a facility computer that stored patient data. From KOMO News: Early last month, a UW Medicine employee opened an email attachment that contained malicious software. The malware took control of the computer, which happened to be storing personal information from approximately 90,000 UW Medicine and Harborview Medical Center patients, according to a UW Medicine news release. The compromised patient data included names, phone numbers, addresses, medical record

A Fight Over Contraception
Won´t Help Obamacare
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/1/2013 7:57:46 PM     Post Reply
Two employers who have religious objections to the contraception mandate recently had their cases granted cert by the Supreme Court. I gather that both supporters and opponents of the mandate think the Supreme Court will probably rule that corporations (at least closely held ones such as these two) are going to be granted an exemption from the mandate if they have clear religious objections. Social media was on fire over this when it happened, and I confess that I am struggling to see why. There was a lot of outraged talk about how corporations aren’t people, of course, but a lot

Record crowds over weekend,
but spending declined
Associated Press, by Anne d´Innocenzio    Original Article
Posted By: BaseballFan- 12/1/2013 7:39:18 PM     Post Reply
New York - Did stores shoot themselves in the foot? Target, Macy´s and other retailers offered holiday discounts in early November and opened stores on Thanksgiving Day. It was an effort to attract shoppers before Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season. Those tactics drew bigger crowds, but failed to motivate Americans to spend. A record 141 million people are expected to shop in stores and online over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend that ends Sunday, up from last year´s 137 million, according to the results of a survey of nearly 4,500 shoppers

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