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  • Somalia 'air strike kills foreign al-Shabab militants'

    02/24/2012 4:46:11 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies · 2+ views
    BBC ^ | 24 February 2012 | Wire
    A huge air strike in al-Shabab-held southern Somalia has killed at least six people, including some foreigners, eyewitnesses have told the BBC. The strike destroyed two vehicles in a convoy in an area known as K60 because it is around 60km (35 miles) south of the capital, Mogadishu, they say. It is not clear who carried out the strike. Al-Shabab recently announced it was joining al-Qaeda and is said to have some 200 foreign fighters. The BBC's Mohamed Dhore in the capital says the blast is far bigger than any carried out by Kenyan forces which have recently moved into...
  • Friends Seminary plays bait, switch on anti-Semitism

    02/24/2012 4:45:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/24/2012 | ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ
    Friends Seminary of New York backed out of an agreement to invite Alan Dershowitz to talk to students about the evils of anti-Semitism. By (Courtesy of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East The Friends Seminary of New York, which invited the notorious anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon to one of its classes, and assigned its students to read his hate-filled writings, has now backed out of an agreement to invite me to the school to talk to the students about the evils of anti-Semitism. The headmaster of the Friends Seminary, a school which is supposed to be committed to honesty and...
  • Subsidized Green Energy Company Struggles, Lays Off Workers — Rewards Top Executives

    02/24/2012 4:45:06 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 3 replies · 2+ views
    MichCapCon ^ | 2-24-12 | Tom Gantert
    In the nine months since David Prystash was named Chief Financial Officer of A123 Systems — the battery manufacturer that received $390.1 million in federal and state subsidies — the company has laid off 125 employees and had a net loss of $172 million through the first three quarters of 2011. A123 Systems also learned earlier this month that the company that was to be the main purchaser of its batteries — Fisker Automotive — had its federal funding cut off for missing milestones and had to lay off its own employees. A123 Systems had invested $23 million into Fisker....
  • Israel Builds, Obama Administration Squirms

    02/24/2012 4:34:14 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 24, 2012 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - - Israel Builds, Obama Administration SquirmsPosted By P. David Hornik On February 24, 2012 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment This week Israel’s Civil Administration approved a plan to build 500 housing units in the West Bank community of Shiloh. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner complained like clockwork that such building is not “constructive.”In so doing, he was following a U.S. practice of frequently publicly criticizing its ally Israel. No other U.S. ally gets this treatment; when was the last time you heard Washington publicly take Britain, Germany, or Japan to...

    02/24/2012 4:25:36 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 59 replies · 1+ views
    111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 553N.17715 To provide for silliness regulatory reform, to protect bloggers and posters, to enhance FReeper understanding of silly issues, to regulate the over-the-internet slap-happy threads, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 24, 2012 Mr. YANKY of the 57th State of the Union, introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Silly Services, and in addition to the Committees on Giddy, Zany and Cockamamy, the Forums, Moderators, the Podcasts, Blogs and Thread Reform, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in...

    02/24/2012 4:24:54 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 26 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 2/24/42 | Lawrence E. Davies, W.H. Lawrence, Daniel T. Brigham, Joseph M. Levy, Charles Hurd, Nat Floyd, more
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  • Unconventional Completion Technology Revives Old Oil Fields

    02/24/2012 4:21:07 AM PST · by Recon Dad · 9 replies
    E&P ^ | February 23, 2012 | By Scott Weeden, Senior Online Editor
    Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing used in 30-year-old, waterflooded oil fields has boosted production per well from 25 to 300 barrels per day. The new frontier for the unconventional gas technology is in old oil fields. This is a huge opportunity for using long laterals, multiple-stage fracs and smaller, high-tech fractures, said George King, global technology consultant, at the NAPE Business Conference on Feb. 22 in Houston. “Right now, we have two big oil plays -- the Bakken and Eagle Ford. What if you take the name shale off of it? There are three or four more big plays coming...
  • Lack of Enthusiasm Isn't Just a GOP Problem

    02/24/2012 4:16:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    There's no disputing that Republicans are surly these days. With the exception of South Carolina, turnout among GOP voters has been tepid. Hordes of commentators, me included, have argued at length that this apathetic grumpiness reflects a deep dissatisfaction with the Republican field. Worse, many Republicans recognize that their cantankerousness over their choices makes things worse. It's a vicious cycle. As George Orwell once wrote: "A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks." A bad candidate can win with enthusiastic voters and a good...
  • Gingrich's $2.50 gas promise (After years of bashing Bush, MSM now claims nothing can be done)

    02/24/2012 4:13:10 AM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies · 1+ views
    cnn money ^ | 2/24/2012 | Charles Riley
    Gas prices are on the rise, and so like clockwork, a cadre of politicians are now selling the promise of lower prices at the pump. Newt Gingrich, struggling to regain momentum in the Republican presidential primary, is leading the way, promising to get prices down to $2.50 per gallon. "I've developed a program for American energy so no future president will ever bow to a Saudi king again and so every American can look forward to $2.50 a gallon gasoline," Gingrich said during his self-introduction at Wednesday's CNN debate. The promise might garner attention on the campaign trail, but there's...
  • Rick endorsed Specter / Sarah endorsed McLame. Now, can we move on? (Vanity)

    02/24/2012 4:10:10 AM PST · by no dems · 59 replies
    February 24, 2012 | no dems
    The two-faced, slime ball, backslidden Mormon, Mitt RINO-Rom had the audacity to take Rick Santorum to task Wednesday night for endorsing Arlen Specter. Yes, Rick Santorum endorsed Specter back in 1994, or whenever. Why? Because Rick had gotten an endorsement from Specter in the past. This is the same reason why my girl Sarah endorsed John McLame in his last Senate reelection campaign. It’s called feeling a sense of obligation to return the favor to people who helped put you where you are today. Sarah did it for John McLame and Rick did it for Specter. Now, can we put...
  • GM chief: "We got a second chance" (Then pay the taxpayer's back! Ford did NOT get a bailout)

    02/24/2012 4:03:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 21 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 2/16/2012 | Dean Reynolds
    On Thursday the Dow closed at 12,904. That's near its highest close in nearly four years. General Motors was up 9 percent on that news that GM has posted the highest profits in its history. You may remember that GM was bankrupt and bailed out only three years ago, causing some to joke that the initials stood for "Government Motors." The car maker has covered a lot of road since then and CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds caught up with the man in the driver's seat . We met Dan Akerson, who has been CEO and chairman of General Motors...
  • HBO's Palin Pollution

    02/24/2012 4:01:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | Brent Bozell
    Sarah Palin's top aides held a conference call to denounce the forthcoming HBO movie "Game Change," which like any ultraliberal media production, knocks Palin as a mentally imbalanced moron. Reporters are already underlining the Palin aides haven't seen the movie. But isn't that the point? As Pat Buchanan once said about another subject, "Does one need to lift the manhole cover to know what's below?" Did the Clinton team wait to see the movie before begging ABC to kill "Race to 9/11"? Did the Kennedy team wait to see the miniseries "The Kennedys" before getting it demoted to the...
  • I Tried to Open a Lemonade Stand

    02/24/2012 3:55:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | John Stossel
    Want to open a business in America? It isn't easy. In Midway, Ga., a 14-year-old girl and her 10-year-old sister sold lemonade from their front yard. Two police officers bought some. But the next day, different officers ordered them to close their stand. Their father went to city hall to try to find out why. The clerk laughed and said she didn't know. Eventually, Police Chief Kelly Morningstar explained, "We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade and of what the lemonade was made with." Give me a break. If she doesn't know,...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Aurigae Nebulae

    02/24/2012 3:52:39 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NASA ^ | February 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer, rides high in northern winter night skies. Composed from narrow and broadband filter data and spanning nearly 8 Full Moons (4 degrees) on the sky, this deep telescopic view recorded in January shows off some of Auriga's celestial bounty. The field includes emission region IC 405 (top left) about 1,500 light-years distant. Also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, its red, convoluted clouds of glowing hydrogen gas are energized by hot O-type star AE Aurigae. IC 410 (top right) is significantly more distant, some 12,000 light-years...
  • The $4 Billion Obamacare Slush Fund for Progressives

    02/24/2012 3:43:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 24, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    If you like how the Obama administration's multibillion-dollar "investments" in bankrupt solar companies have turned out, you'll love the latest federal loan program to nowhere. It's the Obamacare loyalty rewards program for progressives. To appease liberal Democrats pushing for the so-called "public option" (the full frontal government takeover of our health care system), the White House settled for the creation of a $6 billion network of nonprofit "CO-OPs" that will "compete" with private insurers. It's socialized medicine through the side door. House Republicans sliced about $2 billion from the slush fund in last spring's budget deal and proclaimed the program...
  • President Santorum Cabinet Dream Team!

    02/24/2012 3:42:41 AM PST · by Dan.israel.2011 · 101 replies
    FReepers please post your President Rick Santorum Dream Team thoughts here. VP - Allen West or Marco Rubio Sec. Of Def Duncan Hunter Sr. not Jr. WH Press Sec Sarah Palin you betcha! Sec. Of State John Bolton ! Wow can you the left explode! Fed Chair Herman Cain Your thoughts?
  • Rights Groups: Syria Ramping Up Campaign Against Journalists

    02/24/2012 3:35:23 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Middle East Voices ^ | February 22, 2012 | unattributed (Michael Lipin?)
    Media rights groups say the killing of two Western journalists in the Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday shows Damascus is escalating a violent campaign against independent news coverage of its crackdown on dissent. Veteran American Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and French freelance photographer Remi Ochlik are the latest journalists to have been killed in an 11-month uprising that has become increasingly dangerous for the profession to cover. ...The Syrian government does not permit foreign reporters to travel freely and has kept most of them out. The two journalists were staying at a makeshift media center in the rebel-held...
  • 7 states sue to block contraception mandate (those in Constitutionally Protected religious groups)

    02/24/2012 3:27:57 AM PST · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/24/2012 | fox news
    Seven states filed a lawsuit Thursday to block the federal government's requirement that religious organizations offer health insurance coverage that includes free access to contraception for women. The attorney generals of Texas, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina jointly filed the lawsuit in a Nebraska US District Court. Two private citizens, two religious non-profit organizations and a Catholic school also joined the lawsuit against the contraception mandate, which is part of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law.
  • Today's Toons 2/24/12

    02/24/2012 3:27:52 AM PST · by pookie18 · 21 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 2/24/12 | pookie18
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  • FBI Seizes Computers of Portland Blogger For Allegedly Posting Sheriff Death Threat

    02/24/2012 3:22:45 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies ^ | February 23, 2012 | n/a
    "FBI Seizes Computers of Portland Blogger For Allegedly Posting Sheriff Death Threat" SNIPPET: "If you're going to target the police, guess what happens next."