“Cops get killed in car stops,” Kane said, advising stopped motorists that the most important thing they can do is to make sure that their hands, as well as their passengers’ hands, are in plain view. “
“Cops get killed in car stops,” Kane said, advising stopped motorists that the most important thing they can do is to make sure that their hands, as well as their passengers’ hands, are in plain view. “
” It may be the closest planet to the Sun, but even Mercury has water ice. A lot in fact—as much as 100 billion to 1 trillion tons, according to a trio of studies published today by scientists working with NASA’s MESSENGER orbiter. The findings, out today in the journal Science, are the first to give strong evidence of water in Mercury’s polar regions, following decades of speculation. “
” U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar rejected a proposal to extend the lease of a popular oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore on Thursday, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish production on the 1,100 acres where Europeans first stepped foot in California.
The decision will allow the National Park Service to turn the picturesque bay where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago into California’s first federally designated marine wilderness area.
Salazar made his decision a day before the 40-year lease allowing Drakes Bay Oyster Co., to harvest shellfish in the estuary expires and one week after visiting the site. “
That's right. The 2nd and 4th Federal Court of Appeals have heard arguments dealing with the carrying of firearms outside of the home and one has ruled it is NOT a constitutionally guaranteed right.
In both New York and Maryland, where the lawsuits were brought, the states have enacted draconian permit systems that favor the wealthy and well connected. While the rest of us must ASK to exercise our constitutional right a la Oliver Twist.
” This breathtaking number begs the question: What does it mean to be “poor” in the United States?
To the average American, the word “poverty” means significant material hardship and need. It means lack of a warm, dry home, recurring hunger and malnutrition, no medical care, worn-out clothes for the children. The mainstream media reinforce this view: The typical TV news story on poverty features a homeless family with kids living in the back of a van.
While the old poverty measure counted absolute purchasing power (how much steak and potatoes you can buy), the new measure counts comparative purchasing power (how much steak and potatoes you can buy relative to other people.)”
Since 2007 there has been a 16.2% decline in murders committed with personal weapons which are defined as “hands, fists, feet etc.” The number of murders of this type in 2011 totaled 728.
While gun ownership has dramatically increased since 2007, murders for both the shotgun and rifle categories have seen declines faster than the rate of personal weapons related crime.
The rates of decline for the shotgun and rifle categories are 22.1% and 28.7% respectively. In 2011 there were 356 shotgun murders and 323 rifle murders for a total of 679 murders. “
” AirForce Airguns President John McCaslin is a lifelong airgun aficionado and tinkerer who set out to build an air rifle that exceeded the performance capabilities of what was available in the U.S. market. Custom-made high-pressure airguns were available in Europe, but only in limited numbers and at high prices. Three years of development and refinement later, AirForce Airguns began production of its products in 1997. We recently tested the Condor, which is the most powerful gun in the company’s lineup. Capable of propelling a .25-cal. lead pellet at more than 1,100 fps, the Condor is no toy. “
Obamacare’s Stumbles Pose Political Risks For Dems
” When Democrats suffered their historic 63-seat loss in 2010, a plurality of voters (48 percent) told exit pollsters that they wanted Obamacare repealed. Only 16 percent said they wanted to see the law left as is, and 31 percent said they wanted to see it expanded.
Fast-forward to this November, when Obama won re-election despite winning fewer votes than he did in 2008. Even though the 2012 electorate was far more liberal than the one that delivered Democrats historic losses in 2010, Obamacare actually fared worse in the exit polls than it did in 2010. Just 26 percent of those who voted in 2012 said they wanted to see Obamacare expanded, only 18 percent said they wanted to leave it as is, and the percentage of Americans saying they wanted to see Obamacare repealed was up to 49 percent.
Yesterday, Gallup released a poll showing that, for the first time since it started taking the poll in 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage. Those numbers are likely to rise as Obamacare’s implementation begins.”
Illustration By Lisa Benson
” The 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has been in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. But that hasn’t stopped us from exploring the event and capturing photos for you. Check out these shots of the beautiful boats, women, and products from the first day of the event.”
Do These A**holes Have Any Principles At All … No Wonder They Lose , And Lose . Since The Government Produces Nothing Of Value Raising “Revenue” Is Just Another Term For Picking Our Pockets . What They Spend Costs Us .
” Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the false congressional fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party began to reveal their true selves. Led by the Republican presidential standard bearer in 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain, at least a half-dozen Republican members of Congress have renounced their public promises never to vote to raise taxes. In the case of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Congressman and Senator-elect Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., they had restated their promises, directly or indirectly, as recently as last month during their successful campaigns. Did they blatantly dupe the voters? Did they genuinely change their minds? Did they ever sincerely accept the pro-freedom anti-tax logic?
The Founders certainly embraced the pro-freedom anti-tax logic, as they gave us a Constitution that barred the federal government from imposing any direct tax on any persons. That was part of the genius of the document. If the feds really needed cash, they’d need to tax the states. If the states were feeling over-taxed, they could block federal taxes in the Senate, where for 135 years senators were chosen by state governments as delegates to the Senate, rather than elected by voters. This procedure, too, was part of the Founders’ genius. It came about in order to assure a place at the federal table for the states, many of which were older than the federal government and all of which retained their sovereignty when they voluntarily joined the union. This procedure for choosing senators was also a check on the growth of the federal government. “
It’s As If They Are Searching For A Way To Ensure Minority Party Status In Perpetuity . As Much As We Abhor The Democrats And What The Stand For We Have To Admit That They Have Guts And Are Willing To Fight For Their ( however misguided ) Beliefs . Where Is That Passion On The “Freedom” Side Of The Aisle ?
Illustration By Olle Johansson
Here Is Popular Mechanics Fawning Take On The Subject …
” These changes in the law are going to demand that we change the way we think about lightbulbs. We’re accustomed to a lightbulb being a minor expense, but the upfront cost of an energy-efficient one is much higher. Some might cost $30 or more per bulb.
CFLs represent the best value for consumers, as they use one-fourth the power of a comparable incandescent lightbulb and last up to 10 times longer. As a result, each CFL will save the consumer at least $30 in the form of lower electricity costs over the life of the bulb. “
But There Is More To CFLs Than Energy Savings …
” Compact fluorescent lightbulbs contain a minuscule amount of mercury, and you can’t safely ignore potential contact with it .
Lightbulbs break all the time. So why would a single broken bulb in a Maine household trigger the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to refer the homeowner to a decontaminator?
The answer lies in the type of bulb that broke—a compact fluorescent lightbulb—and what was inside that bulb. Compact fluorescents, like their tubular fluorescent precursors, contain a small amount of mercury—typically around five milligrams. Mercury is essential to a fluorescent bulb’s ability to emit light; no other element has proved as efficient.
As effective as it is at enabling white light, however, mercury—sometimes called quicksilver—is also highly toxic. It is especially harmful to the brains of both fetuses and children. That’s why officials have curtailed or banned its use in applications from thermometers to automotive and thermostat switches. “
” GQ ruffled the feathers of Michelle Obama fans yesterday by naming the first lady to its list of “25 Least Influential People Alive,” but her influence looms large in the nation’s school cafeterias. Voters turned out in force to demand a second helping of Barack Obama, but Michelle’s signature effort, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, has left a lot of hungry kids hoping for a change back to larger lunches.”
Twitchy Has The Whole Story
” Americans around the country have waited around their televisions, tickets in hand. People have flocked to the internet to check their tickets. Facebook fan pages have postedimages of their tickets as marketing ploys. Finally, the numbers have come out. Wednesday night’s winning Powerballnumbers are 5, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 6.
The jackpot of $550 million has had people standing in lines for hours to purchase tickets. Everywhere people go, they talk about what they would do if they won the jackpot. $550 million would completely change any person’s life.
Powerball has not announced whether someone has actually won the Wednesday night drawing, or if they had there are too many people on the website to get the answers. The site is overloaded and down.”
” There are currently four ways to purchase antibiotics without first obtaining a prescription. You may drive to Mexico, buy them online, buy them in an ethnic market, or buy them in a pet store. Based on availability, this writer will focus on buying antibiotics in a pet store.
A pharmacist explains that it is a bad idea for people to take veterinary medicines but that chemically the drugs are the same as what you would be prescribed by a doctor and purchase in a pharmacy. Amoxicillin, ampicillin, tetracycline, cephalexin, metronidazole and erthromycin are all available online to purchase without a prescription if you buy them as “fish antibiotics”. The aforementioned pharmacist visited numerous pet stores and located most of those antibiotics in the stores, although they were in liquid gel drops or powders. These antibiotics were available in pill form from the chain pet store’s websites “
” One of the biggest mistakes liberals tend to make is assuming a static response from the people being taxed.
This is a big mistake, particularly when you’re talking about the rich. The rich — being rich — have lots of options. They can hire the best accountants to find loopholes, hire lobbyists to create loopholes, shift their money around to protect it from the tax man, stop working, and, yes, as the Britons are finding out, they can also JUST LEAVE.
In the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs.
This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election. “
“ More than half of the violations recorded during a test run of a Maryland program that places speed cameras in work zones were unusable and cost the state about $850,000 in lost ticket revenue, according to an audit.
At its outset in 2009, the program lacked measures assuring the accuracy of the speed cameras, according to a report by the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits.
And for the first nine months Maryland SafeZones was in operation, there was never an independent audit of the speed-monitoring system, according to the audit. “
526 - Antioch in modern day Syria struck by Earthquake, about 250,000 die
799 - Pope Leo III, aided by Charles the Great, returns to Rome
1349 - Jews of Augsburg Germany massacred
1516 - Treaty of Freiburg] French/Swiss “eternal” peace treaty
1581 - Doornik surrenders to duke of Parma
1745 - Bonnie Prince Charlies army moves into Manchester & occupy Carlisle
1760 - French commandant Beletre surrenders Detroit to Maj R Rogers
1775 - Sir James Jay invents invisible ink
1812 - Napoleon’s Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia
1830 - November Uprising: An armed rebellion against Russia’s rule in Poland begins.
1863 - Battle of Ft Sanders, TN (Ft Loudon), 8-900 casualities
1864 - 4th & last day of skirmishes at Waynesboro, Georgia
1864 - Battle of Spring Hill, TN (Thomason’s Station)
1870 - Compulsory education proclaimed in England
1872 - Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River.
1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph
1887 - US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii
1890 - 1st Army-Navy football game, Score: Navy 24, Army 0 at West Point
1897 - 1st motorcycle race (Surrey England)
1900 - Lord Kitchener succeeds lord Roberts up as supreme commander in S Afr
1902 - Gerhart Hauptmanns “Der arnë Heinrich,” premieres in Vienna
1910 - The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.
1929 - Lt Cmdr Richard E Byrd sends “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole” (He was wrong)
1933 - 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania)
1934 - Chic Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally
1937 - Prince Bernhard injured in auto accident in Netherlands
1939 - Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)
1942 - US rations coffee
1944 - Albania liberated from Nazi control (Natl Day)
1944 - John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery
1948 - ”Kukla, Fran, & Ollie” debuted on NBC
1949 - Nationalist regime of China leaves for Taiwan/Formosa
1951 - 1st underground atomic explosion, Frenchman Flat Nevada
1953 - American Airlines begins 1st regular coml NY-LA air service
1960 - 26th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Bellino, Navy (HB)
1961 - Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
1961 - John A McCone replaces Allen W Dulles as 6th director of CIA
1962 - Great-Britain & France decide to jointly build Concorde
1967 - British troops withdraw from Aden and South Yemen
1972 - Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.
1975 - Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii
1978 - UN observes “international day of solidarity with Palestinian people,” boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
1987 - Joe Montana of 49ers completes NFL record 22 consecutive passes
1987 - A Korean Air Boeing 707 explodes over the Thai-Burmese border, killing 155.
1994 - Seoul, Korea, celebrated the 600th anniversary of its founding
2007 - The Armed Forces of the Philippines lay siege to The Peninsula Manila after soldiers led by Senator Antonio Trillanes stage a mutiny.
1229 - Louis II, the Stern, ruler (upper Baveria)
1338 - Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England (d. 1368)
1427 - Zhengtong, Emperor of China (d. 1464)
1627 - John Ray, English naturalist (d. 1705)
1752 - Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (d. 1819)
1762 - Pierre André Latreille, French zoologist (d. 1833)
1797 - Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, composer
1811 - Wendell Phillips, women’s suffrage/antislavery/prison reformer
1825 - Jean-Martin Charcot, French neurologist (d. 1893)
1832 - Louisa May Alcott, Germantown Pa, author (Little Women)
1833 - Louis Douglass Watkins, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1868
1834 - Thomas Edward Greenfield Ransom, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
1835 - Empress Dowager Cixi, Chinese ruler (d. 1908)
1849 - Ambrose Fleming, inventor (diode)
1857 - Theodor Escherich, German pediatrician (d. 1911)
1874 - Antonio Egas Moniz, Portugal, lobotomist (Nobel 1949)
1895 - Busby Berkeley, Los Angeles CA, choreographer
1896 - Philip L Carret, Lynn Mass, CEO (Pioneer Fund)
1902 - Carlo Levi, Italy, painter/novelist (Of Fear & Freedom)
1904 - Egon Eiermann, German architect (d. 1970)
1911 - Klaus EJ Fuchs, German/British atomic physicist/spy
1915 - Earl W Sutherland, US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971)
1917 - Merle Travis, Muhlenberg County KY, country singer (16 Tons) (d. 1983)
1918 - Herb Shriner, Toledo Ohio, host/humorist (Herb Shriner Show)
1918 - Madeleine L’Engle, [Franklin], US, sci-fi author (Ilsa, Love Letters)
1922 - Benjamin Smit, Curacaos architect (St Elizabeth Hospital)
1927 - Vin[ce] Scully, sportscaster (NBC Baseball Game of the Week)
1931 - André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)
1932 - Diane Ladd, Meridian Miss, actress (Wild Angels, Wild at Heart)
1942 - Felix Cavaliere, Pelham NY, rock keyboardist (Rascals-Lonely too Long)
1945 - Roger Bambuck, Guadeloupe, French 4X100 runner (Olympic-bronze-1968)
1946 - Suzy Chaffee, US, skier/chapstick user (Olympics-1968)
1946 - Silvio Rodríguez, Cuban poet
1949 - Garry Shandling, AZ, comedian (Garry Shandling, Larry Sanders Show)
1949 - Kenneth D Cameron, Cleve Oh, Lt Col USMC/astronaut (STS 37, 56, 74)
1950 - Kevin O’Donnell Jr, US, sci-fi author (Caverns, Reefs, Lava)
1951 - Barry Goudreau, Boston Mass, rock guitarist (Boston)
1954 - Joel Coen, Minneapolis Mn, actor/dir (Spies Like Us, Barton Fink)
1955 - Howie Mandel, Toronto Canada, comedian (Dr Wayne Fiscus-St Elsewhere)
1956 - Hinton Battle, American dancer
1956 - Leo Laporte, American television personality
1962 - Andrew McCarthy, NYC, actor (St Elmo’s Fire, Class)
1965 - Ellen Cleghorne, comedienne (Saturday Night Live)
1967 - Sean Carlin, Australian hammer thrower (Olympics-8-1992, 96)
1968 - Pedro A Martinez, Villa Mella Dom Rep, pitcher (NY Mets)
1969 - J-Me Carney, cyclist (Olympics-96)
1971 - Amy Peterson, Maplewood Minn, short track skater (Olympics-1994)
1971 - Gena Lee Nolin, actress/model (Baywatch)
1976 - Anna Faris, American actress
1979 - Simon Amstell, English comedian and television presenter
561 - Chlotarius I, king of the France (558-61), dies at about 61
917 - Radboud, bishop of Utrecht/Deventer (900-17)/saint, dies
1253 - Otto II Wittelsbach, Duke of Bavaria (b. 1206)
1268 - Clement IV, [Guido Fulcodi], Pope (1265-68), dies
1314 - Philip IV, the Handsome, King of France (1285-1314), (b. 1268)
1330 - Roger de Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, de facto ruler of England (b. 1287)
1378 - Charles IV, Roman-German King/German emperor (Univ of Prague), dies
1530 - Thomas Wolsey, Cardinal,adviser and Lord Chancellor, (1514-29) to England’s King Henry VIII (approx. 60)
1626 - Ernst, Graf von Mansfield, German soldier (c. 1580)
1646 - Laurentius Paulinus Gothus, Swedish theologian and astronomer (b. 1565)
1699 - Patrick Gordon, Scottish general (b. 1635)
1759 - Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1687)
1797 - Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)
1924 - Giacomo Puccini, Ital composer (Mme Butterfly), dies in Brussels at 65
1957 - Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austria/US composer (Kathrin), dies at 60
1972- Carl Stalling, American composer (b. 1888)
1974 - Haroldson L Hunt, US multi-millionaire, dies at 85
1976 - Godfrey Cambridge, actor (Watermelon Man), dies at 43
1981 - Natalie Wood, actress (West Side Story), drowns at 43 (suicide)
1984 - Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (b. 1900)
1991 - Ralph Bellamy, actor (Rosemary’s Baby, His Girl Friday), dies at 87
1992 - Emilio Pucci, Italian fashion designer (Jackie Kennedy), dies at 78
1993 - JRD Tata, Indies industrialist (Air-India), dies at 89
1999 - Gene Rayburn, American game show host (b. 1917)
2001 - George Harrison, English singer, guitarist and songwriter (b. 1943)
2005 - Wendie Jo Sperber, American actress (b. 1958)
2007 - Roger Bonham Smith, Former chairman and CEO of General Motors (b. 1925)
2008 - Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (b. 1918)
2010 - Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist (b. 1913)