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Las Vegas v. Coupeville, a chasm of common sense

The good citizens of Coupeville — that town up on Whidbey Island now in the headlines for the questionably-legal decision to ban firearms retail stores within 1,000 feet of a school — need to spend some time at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, where the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show wraps up today.
Lacking time to get here, maybe a drive to Puyallup this weekend is in order, for the monthly Washington Arms Collectors’ gun show at the fairgrounds.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/between-las-vegas-and-coup...

US Resumes Deportations of Haitians

U.S. immigration authorities have repatriated 27 Haitian nationals in the first such deportations since the devastating earthquake that struck their country in January of last year.

Officials announced Thursday that 26 of those deported previously had been convicted of crimes. The other person, Lyglenson Lemorin, had been acquitted in a 2007 terror plot to destroy the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower) in Chicago. Officials have said he remained a national security threat.

Ouattara Says Force May Be Needed to Remove Incumbent Government

The internationally-recognized winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election says military force may now be needed to remove the incumbent government. The international community is considering additional sanctions that the incumbent government says will hurt foreign businesses more than Ivory Coast.

'Hell no' right back at the Seattle Times

This morning’s Seattle Times editorial “Toning down our loaded debate about guns” argues that firearms owners who had nothing to do with the despicable shooting in Tucson should yield on a proposal to ban extended capacity ammunition magazines.

Tunisia Offers Lessons to Repressive Arab Leaders and Citizens

The Arab world, in particular North Africa, has been riveted by the events in Tunisia, and many in the region see parallels to the stifling conditions they endure. But conditions vary greatly among the countries and could play a major role in how disgruntled citizens react.

Among those closely following events in Tunisia is Nadia, who works in tourism in Cairo and is well aware of the riches the region has to offer. But she adds Arab countries also have many other, unfortunate things in common.

Asia Recalibrates Defense to China's Fast Growing Military

China’s fast growing military might have made some of its neighbors uneasy about the security outlook in East Asia. Recently, Japan made significant changes to its defense posture with an eye on China.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates earlier this month stressed the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance in Asia’s security. Gates lauded Japan’s decision in December to shift military resources from the north near Russia to southwestern islands closer to China.

CALL, FAX OR WRITE IMMEDIATELY - PLEASE - FOR GEN VP'S BURIAL AT ARLINGTON

The only 3 individuals in the US (other than a joint Congressional request)
that have the authority to approve the burial of General Vang Pao in
Arlington National Cemetery are (1) President Obama, (2) Sec of Defense
Gates, and (3) Sec of the Army McHugh.

Please call, fax, write them immediately and ask that they authorize General
Vang Pao to be buried in Arlington. The only place a Hero like him should
be buried in America!

Tell all your friends and family and associates to do the same ŠNOW!

Thanks in Advance for your immediate action.

THE WHITE HOUSE:

Proposed magazine limit is pointless feel-good legislation

Yesterday’s introduction of federal legislation to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines may have an impact on gun makes like the folks at Washington-based Olympic Arms — provided it passes, which industry odds-makers here at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show don’t believe has a prayer — but it likely would not prevent a determined nutball from carrying out mayhem, as detailed in yesterday's Seattle Times.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-seattle/proposed-magazine-ban-anot...

Article by Dave Workman

Sudan Ruling Party Official Expects Secession Vote Result

A senior member of Sudan’s governing National Congress Party (NCP) said his party expects the outcome of the just-ended referendum to be “secession.”

Rabie Abdelati Obeid told VOA the commitment shown by the NCP towards the referendum should send, in his words, a strong signal to President Barack Obama’s administration to keep to its promises, including normalizing relations with the government in Khartoum, as well as removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

President Obama described the southern Sudan referendum as an inspiration to the world.