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  • Viewed as out of touch, GOP gathers forces to plot rebirth (And guess which way they want to go)

    01/17/2013 1:05:09 PM PST · by cizinec · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Kevin Madden, a GOP strategist who worked on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign last year, said the retreat gives lawmakers a chance to start laying the groundwork necessary to re-establish the GOP brand. “Right now, we are caught in a vicious cycle of just reacting to events that happen in two-week increments. Instead, we have to look at our challenge of rebuilding in a much more comprehensive fashion,” Mr. Madden said. “What is the positive impression that we want voters to have two years from now, and then four years from now, when we have another presidential election?” SNIP Ford O’Connell,...
  • Obama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track guns

    01/17/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by TLI · 45 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama is tripling the number of Cabinet agencies with gun control law enforcement responsibilities in his new bid to track guns, adding six agencies to the three typically included--Justice, Homeland Security and Defense. Section 1.e of his executive order released Wednesday adds State, Treasury, Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Veterans Affairs. It reads: "For purposes of this memorandum, 'Federal law enforcement agencies' means the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, and such other agencies and offices that regularly recover firearms in the course of their criminal investigations as the President...
  • Loyal Dog Continues to Attend Mass Where Owners funeral was Held

    01/17/2013 12:59:39 PM PST · by mgist · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/16/13 | Dylan Stableford
    A loyal dog whose owner died late last year has apparently been showing up for Mass every day for the last two months at the church where the funeral was held. Tommy, a 7-year-old German shepherd, used to accompany his owner, Maria Margherita Lochi, to services at Santa Maria Assunta church in San Donaci, Italy, according to the Daily Mail, and was allowed to sit at her feet. After Lochi died, the dog "joined mourners at her funeral service" according to locals and "followed after Maria's coffin" as it was carried into the church. Tommy, a stray who was adopted...
  • Hamster- VTEC -missed shift-Video 30 sec.{Warning: Potty Mouth}

    01/17/2013 12:58:54 PM PST · by virgil283 · 6 replies
    Mr. Wiskers spins out, loses control and crashes...oh the humanity.... http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=166306
  • Study: Feces Transplant More Effective For Diarrhea Than Antibiotics

    01/17/2013 12:52:05 PM PST · by knife6375 · 47 replies
    CBS CONNECTICUT ^ | January 17, 2013 12:24 PM | CBS CONNECTICUT
    A procedure that inserts fecal matter from a healthy person into the intestines of someone with diarrhea has been found to be a better treatment than antibiotics.
  • Some Hostages Killed, but Raid Rescues Many, Algeria Says

    01/17/2013 12:50:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 17, 2013 | By ADAM NOSSITER, ALAN COWELL and SCOTT SAYARE
    BAMAKO, Mali — Kidnappers and at least some of their hostages were killed on Thursday as Algerian forces raided a gas facility where a heavily armed group of Islamist extremists was holding dozens of captives, including Americans and other foreigners, the Algerian government announced. In a statement on national radio, the communications minister, Mohand Saïd Oublaïd, said that many of the hostages had been freed, but he warned that the military assault was not yet complete and that some captives remained trapped inside the remote facility in the Algerian desert. “The operation resulted in the neutralization of a large number...
  • Scarborough Warns: GOP ‘Better Tread Lightly,’ Obama Gun Proposals Enjoy ‘Overwhelming Support’

    01/17/2013 12:49:03 PM PST · by ColdOne · 59 replies
    mediate.com ^ | 1/17/13 | Andrew Kirell
    After reviewing President Obama‘s 23 “executive actions” signed into law yesterday, Joe Scarborough said Thursday morning that his Republican Party had better proceed with caution, seeing as how he believes the policy proposals have the “overwhelming” support of the American people. The president’s plan included universal background checks on gun purchases, which Scarborough said has the support of at least “85% of Americans.” The president’s call for a
  • Tips for Braving Icy Swim on Russian Holiday [Epiphany]

    01/17/2013 12:44:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 1/17/13 | Vitali Ankov
    MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) – Long shirts, no vodka and dry armpits – these are just a few of the recommendations Russian doctors, swimmers and priests are giving to those who plan on dipping into ice-cold water to mark the Russian Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany on January 19. The nerve-testing tradition symbolizes Jesus Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River and traditionally lures the hardiest churchgoers, and not only, to rivers and lakes across Russia. Through holes cut in the ice, celebrators plunge into the water – typically three times, in honor of the Holy Trinity – around midnight,...
  • U.S. Embassy in Algeria Posts ... 'Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.'

    01/17/2013 12:44:06 PM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 1/17/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    With Americans being held hostage in Algeria, the U.S. embassy in that country is posting Facebook photos of ... "Rubik’s Cubes Portrait of Martin Luther King Jr." Here's a screen grab:
  • Why you can't compete with Chinese labor

    01/17/2013 12:27:54 PM PST · by brityank · 13 replies
    Why you can't compete with Chinese labor Check out this video: Chinese Labor
  • 2013 Housing Recovery? Housing Starts Surge, But Economy Remains Weak

    01/17/2013 12:26:12 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 01/17/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Housing starts climbed above the lowest points since 1960. That shows you how dreadful the housing market has been since peaking (locally) in September 2005. One-unit starts rose 8.07% in December while multiple unit starts (aka, apartments) rose 20.28%. As we already know, homebuilder confidence remain flat even though starts are improving, particularly apartment starts. Meanwhile, the number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments fell more than forecast last week to the lowest level in five years, pointing to further improvement in the labor market. Applications for jobless benefits decreased by 37,000 to 335,000 in the week...
  • Analysis: Obama's gun-control plan faces steep challenge in Congress

    01/17/2013 12:23:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 16, 2013 | John Whitesides and Thomas Ferraro
    President Barack Obama's proposals to curb gun violence face a difficult path through a sharply divided U.S. Congress, where the biggest gun-control fight in decades looms on an issue that has long been one of the most divisive in American politics. Obama's plan sets up a showdown between a gun-control movement re-energized by the massacre of 20 children and six adults last month at a Connecticut school, and a powerful gun-rights lobby led by the National Rifle Association, which has blocked new action on gun control for almost two decades. Members of both parties said Obama's call for expanded background...
  • U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer initiation ill-advisedly abolished

    01/17/2013 12:20:18 PM PST · by Kenika · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - Lower 9th Ward Conservative by Bill Randall Read more: http://communiti
    What has the U.S. Navy done? Will it prove harmful, or will it even matter in the grand scheme of things? My prediction is that this will exponentially increase the number of glorified managers in the Navy’s senior enlisted ranks. In the aftermath of the “Tailhook” incident at the Las Vegas Hilton Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/lower-9th-ward-conservative/2013/jan/15/us-navy-chief-petty-officer-initiation-ill-advised/#comment-771142230#ixzz2IGXItfa1 Follow us: @wtcommunities on Twitter
  • Outsourced: Employee Sends Own Job To China; Surfs Web

    01/17/2013 12:11:03 PM PST · by ksen · 21 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/16/2013 | Bill Chappell
    What began as a company's suspicion that its infrastructure was being hacked turned into a case of a worker outsourcing his own job to a Chinese consulting firm, according to reports that cite an investigation by Verizon's security team. The man was earning a six-figure salary. The anonymous company, identified only as a critical infrastructure firm, asked Verizon's Web security personnel to look into data that showed its virtual private network was being accessed from China — even as the employee whose credentials were used to log in from overseas was sitting in the company's offices, using his computer. As...
  • Why Lance Armstrong has my sympathy

    01/17/2013 12:08:06 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 69 replies
    TheDailyCaller.com ^ | 01-16-2013 | Laurie Dhue
    Consider this: You and I have now won the Tour de France as many times as Lance Armstrong. In case you need a quick recap: After more than a year of investigating, in June 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged Armstrong with using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. In August, it stripped Armstrong of all competitive results from August 1998 on, and announced that he was banned from competitive cycling for life. In October, the sport’s governing body, UCI, accepted USADA’s recommended sanctions. By early November, nearly all of his sponsors had dropped him (including Nike, Anheuser-Busch, RadioShack and Oakley). In...
  • Top Climate Official: Don't be Confused by Flat-lining Temperatures, Warming is Worse

    01/17/2013 12:07:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | January 16, 2013 5:22 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    James Hansen puts an interesting spin on reports of the ninth warmest year on record 2012 was a kind of glass-half full, glass half-empty year in terms of global temperature.   I. Climate Chief: Don't Worry, We're Still Doomed The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) in-depth analysis of satellite and other forms of climate data ruled the year was the ninth warmest on record.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) independent analysis of ground and sea-based climate stations reported that the year was the tenth warmest on record. The NASA report states that the average global temperature was 58.3 degrees Fahrenheit (14.6...
  • Democrats, Assault Weapons and Children

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  • Pardon Dr. Natale, surgeon found not guilty by jury of Medicare fraud - yet imprisoned for codes.

    01/17/2013 12:06:35 PM PST · by safetysign · 48 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | 01/16/2013 | Staff
    Dr. John Natale, nationally recognized cardio-vascular surgeon was charged with Medicare fraud only to be found not guilty by the jury. He performed over 7500 surgeries in his career and never lost a patient on the operating table. The DOJ brought this case to court regarding 5 ruptured aneurysms performed in the emergency room on 5 elderly patients - all expected to die. Even the expert witness for the DOJ had to admit that Dr. Natale's skill as a surgeon was exemplary. The jury found that no fraud had been committed yet Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, under the strong urging of...
  • One Day America Is Going To Raise The Debt Ceiling And Find This Waiting For It

    01/17/2013 12:04:47 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-17-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Basically...the end of existence.
  • Corrine Brown - I'm proud of my Rep /s

    01/17/2013 11:58:59 AM PST · by Quick Shot · 4 replies
    Direct email letter | 1-17-2013 | Corrine Brown
    Dear Friends, When I took the oath of office earlier this month, I did so on behalf of a Congressional district with a new name and new shape. Effective January 3, 2013, Florida's Third Congressional District became the Fifth Congressional District with some new borders. You can see the changes here. The outstanding service you have come to expect from me and my staff will not change. One thing that Congress got right so far this year is the extension on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC boosts the incomes of working families. Each year, it lifts over...