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North Dakota Pumps Record 313.5 Million Barrels of Oil in 2013

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James Macpherson reports:  North Dakota produced a record amount of crude oil in 2013 — 313.5 million barrels, about 70 million more than the previous high mark a year earlier, state data show.

boomtownThe tally, up nearly 29 percent from 2012, marks the sixth consecutive record year for oil production in North Dakota, which is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas.

Lynn Helms, director of the state Mineral Resources, said Friday that North Dakota produced an average of 923,227 barrels of oil daily in December. The monthly total of 28.6 million barrels was down from 29.2 million barrels in November due to worse-than-normal winter weather that caused the slowdown in oil production, he said. Read the rest of this entry »


Apple CEO Cook hands out autographed iPhones at China Mobile launch, says ‘great things’ coming

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From 9to5Mac:  As planned, iPhone sales have started via China Mobile, the largest carrier in China, today. The official iPhone China Mobile deal, which covers both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, was announced in December. Earlier this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook promoted the event with multiple interviews, calling the partnership a “beginning.” Subsequent reports indicated that millions of iPhones have already been ordered through China Mobile…

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Backfire: Editor of NY paper that published map of gun owners gets canned

by Doug Powers

In December of last year, a suburban New York newspaper, the Journal News, caused quite a stir after publishing an interactive map that showed the names and addresses of every person in two counties with handgun permits:

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In reaction to backlash to the paper’s publication of the names and addresses of people permitted to keep handguns at their homes for personal protection, the newspaper hired armed security guards. The paper was then the recipient the “Piers Morgan Award for Lack of Irony Awareness.”

And now, karma by way of Bearing Arms blog via Ace of Spades:

Gun owners were outraged and those who had information published felt threatened. Inevitably one owner’s house was broken into by burglars and though his guns were thankfully locked in a gun safe, the safe and house were damaged during the incident.

It’s been a long time coming, but finally, according to the Rockland Times, editor Caryn McBride has been fired along with 17 other journalists working at Journal News.

Now that they’re looking for new jobs, at least they have a map showing where the people least likely to help them reside.

via Michelle Malkin


The Obama Magic Fades