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Sarah Palin Predicted Russian Invasion Of Ukraine And Obama’s Inability To Lead.

CNN News- Sarah Palin may be having a bragging rights moment. In 2008, when she was the GOP vice presidential nominee, Palin questioned in a speech whether then-Sen. Barack Obama would have the foreign policy credentials to handle a scenario in which Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.

“After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,” she said in Reno, Nevada on October 21, 2008.

The former Alaska governor was happy to highlight her prediction on Friday and scold those who criticized her 2008 comments.

Yes, I could see this one from Alaska,” she said on Facebook. That remark was a reference to a 2008 interview in which Palin argued that Alaska’s proximity to Russia helped boost her foreign policy experience.

Saturday Night Live parodied her remarks in a now-famous sketch with Tina Fey, who played Palin on the show, saying “I can see Russia from my house.”

On Facebook, Palin continued to explain how she anticipated a growing crisis between Russia and Ukraine, where there has now been an uncontested arrival of Russian military forces by air at a Russian base in Ukraine’s Crimea region. They are believed to be Russian land forces, according to a U.S. assessment.source – CNN

by NTEB News Desk


Gunman Opens Fire at Reno Hospital, Then Kills Himself.

Police say one of the victims of a shooting at a Reno, Nev., hospital campus has died.

Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom Robison says two people are dead, including the shooter and one of his victims. At least two more were being treated.

Police say the gunman entered the Center for Advanced Medicine at Renown Regional Medical Center at about 2:45 p.m. with at least one gun and began shooting.

The shooter then turned the gun on himself before 3 p.m.

The shooter’s motives are not immediately known.

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Lobbyist Convicted of Making Illegal Campaign Contributions to Reid.

A former top lobbyist was convicted on Wednesday in federal court in Nevada for making illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

A federal jury in Reno convicted developer Harvey Whittemore on charges of making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another, and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.

The verdicts were unanimous on those counts, The Huffington Post reports.

Whittemore faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

But the jury deadlocked on a fourth charge of making a false statement to the FBI. It deliberated for more than four hours on Tuesday and for most of the morning on Wednesday before returning its verdicts.

As the verdicts were read, Whittemore stood with arms behind his back and shook his head slightly, the Post reports.

Whittemore was accused of giving nearly $150,000 to family members and employees in 2007 to make contributions he had promised to Reid, though he concealed himself as the true source to bypass campaign finance laws.

Defense attorneys argued, however, that Whittemore broke no laws in giving $5,000 checks as gifts to family members and as gifts or bonuses to 29 employees and their spouses.

They then each wrote checks for the maximum $4,600 allowed to the Friends of Harry Reid campaign fund, the Post reports.

Reid, a Nevada Democrat, was not accused of wrongdoing — contending that he was unaware of any potential problems with the funds he received, the Post reports.

© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Todd Beamon

NRA’s LaPierre responds to Obama’s inauguration speech.


On Tuesday, National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre criticized President Barack Obama’s inaugural address.

“In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama quoted the Declaration of Independence and he talked about inalienable rights,” LaPierre said during a speech at a hunting and conservation awards ceremony in Reno, Nev. “I believe he made a mockery of both.”

During his inaugural speech on Monday, Obama said Americans shouldn’t “mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”

“Absolutes do exist, words do have specific meaning in language and in law,” LaPierre countered Tuesday.

“We believe we deserve, and have every right to, the same level of freedom that our government leaders keep for themselves, and the same capabilities and same technologies that criminals use to prey upon us and our families,” he continued. “That means we believe in our right to defend ourselves and our families with semi-automatic technology.”

The NRA leader added, “No government gave them to us and no government can take them away.”

LaPierre’s comments come on the heels of the last week’s unveiling of a set of legislative proposals and executive actions by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden formulated in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead.

[Related: NRA’s LaPierre slams critics of school gun plan]

Last month, during a press conference to address the shootings in Newtown, LaPierre made the controversial suggestion that a “good guy with a gun” should be stationed at every school in the country. Two days later on “Meet the Press,” LaPierre blasted critics of his plan.

“If it’s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy,” LaPierre said. “I think the American people think it’s crazy not to do it.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce legislation later this week to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons.

The “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013,” which centers on banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices—actions backed by President Obama—will be introduced during a press conference on Thursday morning in Washington. Feinstein will be joined by a coalition of Democratic lawmakers, law enforcement officers, and representatives from gun safety and gun violence groups, among others.

By  | The Ticket

Family reunited with stolen 1938 heirloom telegram.

DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — A California detective has reunited a family with a stolen 1938 heirloom telegram.

The Western Union telegram is described as the opening page of the love story of now-deceased Minnie and Fred Ciolino, who sent the message 74 years ago after their Reno wedding on Christmas Eve.

The telegram sent to San Francisco area relatives read: “ARRIVED SAFELY, NO SNOW BUT REAL COLD NICE TRIP BE BACK MONDAY MERRY XMAS TO ALL (equals) MINNIE & FRED.”

The San Jose Mercury News ( ) reports a cousin found the telegram in November and mailed it to one of six Ciolino daughters.

But it never arrived.

It was found last month by Daly City police detective Joe Bocci, who is investigating a postal worker charged with stealing letters to finance his drug habit.


Associated Press

Clothing Company Tells Customers, ‘Stop Buying So Much From Us.’

Each year, the US spends enough on holiday decorations to end homelessness, so it’s difficult to discourage anyone in our culture to consume less, let alone stop shopping altogether. But sportswear company Patagonia is doing just that, and it’s not a cute marketing scheme. These people are serious about saving the environment and they’re insisting that you lend a hand.

The company’s Common Threads Initiative asks consumers to take a pledge, promising not to buy anything more than what they absolutely need, and that includes Patagonia’s own clothing and accessories. The accompanying ad campaign features the slogan, “Don’t Buy This Jacket.”

But maneuvers like that aren’t out of the ordinary. The clothing company has for decades, been spearheading initiatives to green its business, but this is perhaps its most unorthodox approach.

The Common Threads Initiative, which is in its second year, aims to reduce excess consumption, giving the planet a rest from pollution, resource depletion and greenhouse gases. Its website says, “We design and sell things made to last and be useful. But we ask our customers not to buy from us what you don’t need or can’t really use. Everything we make− everything anyone makes− costs the planet more than it gives back.” Patagonia’s end-game is a reimagined manufacturing industry where no resource is used unless it can be replaced.

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And to quantify exactly how much is used by the company to make one of its top-of-the-line winter jackets, Patagonia even provides a footprint calculator. It tells visitors guilt-inducing tales like this one: “To make [this jacket] required 135 liters of water, enough to meet the daily needs (three glasses a day) of 45 people. Its journey from its origin as 60% recycled polyester to our Reno warehouse generated nearly 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, 24 times the weight of the finished product. This jacket left behind, on its way to Reno, two-thirds its weight in waste.”

While a traditional business approach would say these tactics mean the clothier is foolishly cutting into its profits, Patagonia knows better. It earns over $400 million a year in revenue, while it spends next to nothing in advertising. That revenue comes from its loyal fan base, who return time and again not only for the exceptional quality, but because the company holds itself accountable to the greater good, even when others get away with doing less.

Does Patagonia’s environmental transparency make you want to buy from them? Let us know in the Comments.

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A Bay Area native, Andri Antoniades previously worked as a fashion industry journalist and medical writer.  In addition to reporting the weekend news on TakePart, she volunteers as a webeditor for locally-based nonprofits and works as a freelance feature writer for Email Andri |@andritweets |


Tuesday in politics: Romney speaks to veterans, Obama fundraises on the West Coast.

On the eve of his three-country, seven-day trip abroad, Mitt Romney will veer away from his usual rhetoric on the economy on Tuesday during a speech to the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nev., where he’ll talk about the military and foreign policy. President Barack Obama spoke at the convention on Monday, defending his decision to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq and lashing out at critics — like Romney — who opposed the withdrawal.

The presidential campaign got up and running again on Monday after a pause following the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., on Friday that left 12 people dead and dozens injured. But it’s not back up to full speed — Obama will continue his three-day West Coast campaign swing by attending events in Oregon and Washington on Tuesday, but he has canceled a Portland, Ore., rally in the wake of the shooting.

First lady Michelle Obama will be on the campaign trail on Tuesday, too. She’ll head to the battleground state of Ohio, with events in Columbus and Dayton.

And then there is this: Tuesday is the 150th anniversary of the death of America‘s eighth president, Martin Van Buren. The Democrat was in office from 1837 to 1841.

Sources: Associated Press, Yahoo News.

By Laura E. Davis | The Ticket

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