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Gbagbo Supporters Say Regional Leaders Bluffing About Military Intervention

Ivory Coast's incumbent government says it is not intimidated by threats to be removed from power by a regional intervention force. West African leaders have replaced the head of the region's central bank to further isolate the incumbent president in favor of the internationally-recognized winner of November's vote.

George Washington Banned From NAACP Rally

The annual MLK observance at the state house in Columbia SC had an interesting twist this year. The event is held on the north side steps of the statehouse.

Prominent at that location is a large bronze statue of George Washington. This year, the NAACP constructed a "box" to conceal the Father of His Country from view so that participants would not be offended by his presence.

More on the Border Patrol BS

This comes from a former Border Patrol Supervisor:

Each and every Democratic administration I have worked under have authorized the hiring of extra BP Agents in order to show that they wanted to control the border. THEN each and every Democratic Administration I have worked under has instituted policies to assure that the agency is as ineffective as possible.

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.


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.