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  • Gun Owners Refuse to Register Under New York Law

    01/26/2013 8:06:51 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 199 replies
    New American ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Alex Newman
    After Democrats in New York rammed a sweeping assault on the right to keep and bear arms through the legislature that failed to exempt police officers from the draconian restrictions, gun owners and even some lawmakers are planning what has been dubbed potentially the largest act of civil disobedience in state history. According to news reports, gun rights activists are urging everyone to defy far-left Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new registration mandate while daring authorities to “come and take it.” Analysts say the legislation, passed in a frenzy last week in the wake of the Newtown shooting, represents the most brazen...
  • Obama Admin. Creates Right for Disabled Students to Play Sports

    01/26/2013 7:59:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 88 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1-25-2013 | Tony Lee
    School districts that do not provide deaf students "a visual cue" alongside a starter pistol to enable them to compete on the track team or create basketball and tennis leagues for students in wheelchairs will be in violation of federal law and could lose government funding. On Friday, the Obama administration declared disabled students "have the right" to "an equal opportunity to participate in their schools' extracurricular activities." In essence, the Obama administration established the right for disabled students to play wheelchair basketball or wheelchair tennis. The U.S. Department of Education sent a guidance letter to schools, school districts, and...
  • Is Your God Scary?

    01/26/2013 7:59:29 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 1-25-13 | Douglas Wilson
    No one should be surprised at the announcement that women are now going to be serving in combat roles in the U.S. military. This has been heading toward us for a long time, and the only thing surprising about it is that so many people are surprised. Now the only thing that stands between your daughter and involuntary combat service is a determination by some president (or other) that we need to return to conscription, followed by one court decision. There are three points to be made about this in response. First, opposition to this monstrosity is a function of...
  • Are Frat Brothers Natural Conservatives?

    01/26/2013 7:59:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2013 | Betsy Woodruff
    In the waning years of the Clinton administration, the Dartmouth College board of trustees created the Student Life Initiative in an effort to, well, improve student life. But, as often happens when distant bureaucracies intervene in individuals’ choices, things didn’t exactly go according to plan.Here’s what happened: In 1998, the college’s new president, James Wright, persuaded the members of the board to adopt a new initiative to improve students’ social lives. Some of the measures they implemented were, um, troublesome to fraternity members. For instance, the school limited the number of kegs students could buy and made them register...
  • Keep on Truckin'

    01/26/2013 7:56:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Charles Payne
    The ability of women to participate in combat is a wonderful accomplishment. I come from a long line of women that were fighters against amazing odds, they got the job done. I'm more concerned with the gutless men and women in Washington that will not do the right thing no matter how dire the final outcome is from each day wasted. Sure, we are settling into a "feel good" era now where backers of the President toss out superlatives about a job market that saw 8 million human beings flee, and GOP lawmakers keep caving on things they used to...
  • Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words : AGAPE

    01/26/2013 7:52:48 AM PST · by virgil283 · 10 replies
    ..."the corresponding noun agape presents the characteristic word of Christianity, and since the Spirit of revelation has used it to express ideas previously unknown, inquiry into its use, whether in Greek literature or in the Septuagint, throws but little light upon its distinctive meaning in the New Testament. however, Lev. 19:18; Deut. 6:5. "Agape and agapao are used in the NT (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son, [John 17:26]; the human race, generally, [John 3:16]; [Rom 5:8]; and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, particularly, J[ohn 14:21]; (b) to convey His will to...
  • Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

    01/26/2013 7:50:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2013 10:03 AM EST | Mike Stobbe
    Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die? Annual health care costs are roughly $96 billion for smokers and $147 billion for the obese, the government says. These costs accompany sometimes heroic attempts to prolong lives, including surgery, chemotherapy and other measures. But despite these rescue attempts, smokers tend to die 10 years earlier on average, and the obese die five to 12 years prematurely, according to various researchers’ estimates....
  • A Nation Run By Idiots

    01/26/2013 7:44:22 AM PST · by gorush · 19 replies
    e-mail over the transom | 1/26/13 | anon
    This applies to all political parties & their representatives... You Live In A Country Run By Idiots that we elected !!! You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally. ==================================== You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money. ==================================== You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... A seven year old...
  • Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal

    01/26/2013 7:41:44 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 25th, 2013 | David Nakamura
    A working group of senators from both parties is nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward major legislation in years. The three Democrats and three Republicans, who have been meeting quietly in recent months, plan to announce a final agreement as early as next Friday.
  • Time capsule discovered in historic Green-Wood cemetery (Brooklyn NY)

    01/26/2013 7:41:36 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 23, 2013 | REUVEN BLAU
    Retired Brooklyn College professor Anthony Cucchiara There are more than just dead bodies buried in Green-Wood cemetery. A construction worker last week discovered a time capsule filled with historic books hidden inside a wall of the landmark cemetery’s crematorium. The weathered metal box entitled “Green-Wood 1838-1954” was likely squirreled away in the wall in 1954 and included six books detailing the history of the 478-acre cemetery. “It's exciting to know that people in 1954 wanted to leave something in terms of the cemetery legacy for us to find,” said cemetery historian Jeff Richman. Retired Brooklyn College Professor Anthony Cucchiara,...
  • Ryan says GOP need to pick its fights with Obama

    01/26/2013 7:39:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2013 9:34 AM EST | Ken Thomas
    Rep. Paul Ryan says Republicans need to stay united and pick their fights during President Barack Obama’s second term. … Ryan defends his vote on the “fiscal cliff” deal. He says that if the measure hadn't passed, every single taxpayer would have paid higher taxes. …
  • Obama’s Tyranny Takes Well-Deserved, Long-Overdue, Hit from Courts!

    01/26/2013 7:32:57 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | John Lillpop
    In an important court ruling which may signal that Barack Obama’s insufferable acts of tyranny shall not go unchecked for another four dreary years, a federal appeals court has ruled that The One abused his powers when making Recess Appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Thus, the man who Obama himself and fellow Democrats revere as a Constitutional scholar is, after all is said and done, still subject to the rule of law and the US Constitution, and must heel to the principal of separation of powers just like any other mortal, non-deity figure. As reported, this upbraiding of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROPER CAUSE, 01-26-13

    01/26/2013 7:31:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-26-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROPER CAUSE The specific cause required to produce a particular effect. Thus, God is the proper cause of the world's existence; a human being is the proper cause of intelligible speech. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Welfare Competition Among Nations

    01/26/2013 7:26:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    The welfare state creates some amazingly pathetic and disgusting individuals. In the battle of the bums, we’ve had the spectacle of “Diaper Man” vs “Footless Hans.”In the contest for most despicable moocher, we have the “Florida Pedophiles” vs the “Gimme Babymaker.”And the fight for most pathetic victim of dependency features the “Connecticut Kid” vs the “English Loafer.”But I’ve never found a match for Olga, a Greek woman who thinks it is government’s job to take care of her from cradle to grave.At least not until now. I’m excited to announce that Olga has a soulmate named Natalija. She’s from Lithuania,...
  • Hackers take over gov't website to avenge Swartz

    01/26/2013 7:19:03 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 49 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/26/13
    The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide. The website of the commission, an independent agency of the judicial branch, was taken over early Saturday and replaced with a message warning that when Swartz killed himself two weeks ago "a line was crossed." The message read in part: Citizens of the world, Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble...
  • Why Americans still feel poor

    01/26/2013 7:12:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Fortune ^ | 01/26/2013 | By Nin-Hai Tseng
    U.S. stocks have reached new highs, but most Americans probably don't feel any wealthier. That's because the prices of our homes have a bigger influence over how rich we feel and, therefore, how much we're willing to spend, suggests a recent study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The findings clarify the big drivers of what economists call "the wealth effect," the idea that people spend more when they have more. This sounds pretty obvious, but the real barometer of wealth hasn't been as clear. In the past, as the Federal Reserve moved to buy up billions of dollars...
  • Report: Childhood Poverty High In Detroit, But Teen Pregnancy Down

    01/26/2013 7:12:06 AM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    A new report from Data Driven Detroit reveals that in spite of the many families with kids that left Detroit between 2000 and 2010 — much of the city’s population still consists of children living in poverty. Sixty percent of children in Detroit live in poverty, per the “State of Detroit” report. This represents a 64.7 percent increase in child poverty in the city since 1999. Children account for 194,347 of Detroit’s residents, or 27 percent of the city’s total population. Despite the poverty rate, the report also shows that there are some positive changes taking place in the city,...
  • Bishop Confirms National Catholic Reporter is Not a 'Catholic' Publication

    01/26/2013 7:11:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, has confirmed that the National Catholic Reporter should not advertise itself as a “Catholic” publication. In a column appearing in his diocesan newspaper, Bishop Finn notes that he, as the bishop of the diocese in which the Reporter is located, has the duty to “call the media to fidelity.” He cites the Code of Canon Law, which (in #1369) calls for “a just penalty” for anyone who “excites hatred of or contempt for religion or the Church.” The National Catholic Reporter, Bishop Finn remarks, has taken an editorial stance that puts the publication...
  • Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Clinton in joint interview

    01/26/2013 6:58:49 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Obama praises ‘extraordinary’ Clinton in joint interview © AFP US President Barack Obama heaped praise on outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a rare joint interview to be broadcast Sunday on the CBS programme “60 Minutes”, calling her “one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve had.” By News Wires (text) US President Barack Obama Friday heaped praise on outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a rare joint interview set to renew speculation that she will run for president in 2016. The joint sit-down interview with CBS television, which was filmed at the White House, was apparently Obama's...
  • Desperately Trying to Derail Canadian Oil Sands

    01/26/2013 6:58:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved his state’s portion of the Keystone XL pipeline, explaining that its revised route avoids areas that critics had earlier claimed were environmentally sensitive. The Alberta-to-Texas pipeline would create more than 5,500 Nebraska jobs during its construction period and support 1,000 permanent jobs through 2030. During the project’s lifetime, KXL would generate $950 million in labor income, $130 million in property, sales and other state and local taxes, and $679 million for the state’s gross domestic product, by bringing Canadian oil sands petroleum to Texas refineries.President Obama’s second term agenda, continued viability of Medicare and...
  • Anti-Obama Signs in Egypyt's Tahir Square

    01/26/2013 6:50:55 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 6 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Twitchy Staff
    Thousands of Egyptians are gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square today to mark the second anniversary of the uprising. One protester slammed President Obama, calling him an “idiot” and “jerk” for cozying up to the Muslim Brotherhood while the MB is “killing the Egyptians.”
  • How Liberals Divide America with Hatred, and How Republicans Can Put it Back Together

    01/26/2013 6:44:39 AM PST · by AnonymousConservative · 27 replies
    Anonymous Conservative Blog ^ | January 26th 2013 | Anonymous Conservative
    This post requires that an individual understand the concept of political ideology as an r or K-selected Reproductive Strategy, presented here, under the link r/K Selection Theory. Republicans are holding meetings now on how to move forward. A fundamental question is, how do we appeal to the Asians, Hispanics, Blacks, and whatever sub-group supposedly doesn’t like us of late. We will assume, for the sake of argument that the Republican Party, and the United States government is worth saving, which I will concede is arguable at this point. We will also assume that Republicans actually want to win, which, as...
  • A Tragic Anniversary's Unjust Deserts

    01/26/2013 6:43:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    "We've been wandering in the desert for 40 years," declared Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley. It was an ever-present reflection during the week that marked four decades of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion. Last week, Cardinal O'Malley led a Mass that began at least 24 hours of prayer and protest for thousands of people gathered at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in our nation's capital. Are you, dear reader, sick of abortion, of the poverty of the discourse about the issue, the twisted politics that accompany it and where...
  • Social Security's disability trust fund could fail to cover all benefits early as 2016

    01/26/2013 6:40:59 AM PST · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    fox news ^ | 1/26/2013 | By Jim Angle
    As President Obama faces pressure on the left to defend federal entitlement programs from the benefit cuts that the Republicans say are necessary to keep the programs solvent decades down the road, one part of Social Security could fall short of paying out full benefits within a few years -- even while Obama is still president. Over the long term, Social Security and Medicare have promised tens of trillions of dollars more in benefits than the nation can pay for under current policies. But Social Security's disability trust fund is in even worse shape, and current estimates say by 2016...
  • Immigration reform could add millions under Obama health law (illegal aliens are now prohibited)

    01/26/2013 6:37:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/26/13 | Elise Viebeck
    Comprehensive immigration reform could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama's healthcare law, assuming a final deal paves the way for undocumented immigrants to receive papers. Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, which will launch next year. They are also ineligible for Medicaid under most circumstances, making the law's expansion of the program fruitless for people without documents. Even young illegal immigrants with "deferred action" status, known as "DREAMers," cannot access the law's benefits. But the picture could change completely if Hispanic lawmakers get their wish —...
  • Sheriff Clarke: “Calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option”

    01/26/2013 6:35:33 AM PST · by lionstar · 28 replies
    http://fox6now.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Ben Handelman
    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office released a new public service announcement regarding gun safety on Thursday, January 24th that is getting attention for its bluntness. In the PSA, Sheriff David Clarke says, “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option. You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. But are you prepared?” He goes on to say, “You have a duty to protect yourself and your family. We’re partners now. Can I count on you?” CLICK HERE to...
  • Bad Parents, Poor Kids

    01/26/2013 6:21:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    Am I the only one who thinks it is immoral to bring children into the world if you don't have the means to support them? I must be one of the few. I rarely see anyone else make the point. Before anyone objects, let me concede up front that a lot of things in life are unpredictable. Women become pregnant despite their best efforts to avoid it. Women can lose their husbands from accidents, war and even homicide. Few of us have a tenured job. Few of us are safe from the economic reversal that would attend the loss of...
  • Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest

    01/26/2013 5:58:39 AM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 17 replies
    The Newtown Bee ^ | January 8, 2013 | Brendan Duffy
    Outstanding letter - please share with everyone you know.
  • Choice of Mary Jo White to Head SEC Puts Fox In Charge of Hen House

    01/26/2013 5:52:29 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 25, 9:00 | Matt Taibbi
    Couldn't they have found someone who wasn't a key figure in one of the most notorious scandals to hit the SEC in the past two decades? And couldn't they have found someone who isn't a perfect symbol of the revolving-door culture under which regulators go soft on suspected Wall Street criminals, knowing they have million-dollar jobs waiting for them at hotshot defense firms as long as they play nice with the banks while still in office? I'll leave it to others to chronicle the other highlights and lowlights of Mary Jo White's career, and focus only on the one incident...
  • United States rules out Headley's extradition (Muslim Terrorist)

    01/26/2013 5:48:21 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | IAN'S
    WASHINGTON: Despite India's efforts to extradite Pakistani American David Headley over the Mumbai terror attack, the US has virtually ruled out the possibility saying that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative "will serve in the United States". Asked to comment on a report that India wanted to keep up the effort to extradite Headley, state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland Friday noted: "He's been tried, convicted, and will serve in the United States." Even as India expressed disappointment at the 35 year sentence given by a Chicago court to David Headley, the US called it a very positive example of US-Indian collaboration in...
  • Islamic Persecution: Christians Slaughtered in Northern Nigeria by Militant Islamists [Hoax]

    01/26/2013 5:44:54 AM PST · by yoe · 17 replies
    Hebrew National Radio ^ | January 21, 2013 | Laura Densmore
    This is a brutal example of how far the struggle between muslims and catholics in Nigeria has reached. Muslims are determined to impose their 'religion' all over Africa as well as in other continents and countries of the world. Islam has but one goal: rule the world at any cost." "And where are the International Human Rights Organizations? Christians are burnt alive in Nigeria: a horrific Holocaust right in front of International indifference. As denounced by Father Juan Carlos Martos, on behalf of the Missionari Clarettiani, via del Sacro Cuore di Maria, Rome, Italy." "By publishing this graphic document on...
  • Unauthorized Unlocking of New Mobile Phones Set to Become Illegal in U.S.

    01/26/2013 5:38:55 AM PST · by upchuck · 37 replies
    MacRumors ^ | January 24, 2013 | Eric Slivka
    As noted by Tech News Daily, a new federal policy in the United States is set to go into effect this Saturday that will make it illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers unless specifically authorized by their carriers. The policy applies to newly purchased devices beginning on Saturday, but not to legacy devices purchased prior to that date. In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But...
  • FRENCH IN MARSEILLE FIGHT NAZIS SEEKING TO OUST 40,000 AT PORT (1/26/43)

    01/26/2013 5:35:39 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 10 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 1/26/43 | G.H. Archambault, Ralph Parker, Drew Middleton, Frank L. Kluckhohn, Charles Hurd, Charles E. Egan
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  • Forget the big game, the Puppy Bowl is nearly here

    01/26/2013 5:34:48 AM PST · by Gefn · 31 replies
    Cheezeburger.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | I can has cheezeburger
    Football's great and all, but not even The Big Game can match up with PUPPY BOWL IX! The Puppy Bowl has been a non-sports-fan tradition for nearly a decade now, and this year is proving to be the fuzziest, fluffiest, most adorably uncoordinated of all. Last year 8.7 million people tuned in to watch dozens of puppies flop around for a few hours. Ahh, the majesty of sport! The Puppy Bowl airs on February 3 at 3 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.
  • Iowa lawmaker calls for death penalty, chemical castration

    01/26/2013 5:31:25 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 21 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — A state senator will push for public hearings on the death penalty in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives as he files legislation to bring capital punishment back to Iowa. Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, has championed the idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Iowa since the abduction and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, this summer in Evansdale. Elizabeth’s parents joined Sorenson and parents of other missing and murdered children at a Capitol news conference, where the senator outlined five pieces of legislation he plans to introduce this session. Iowa abolished the...
  • 15 Lies of Liberalism (Liberals can't help it, lying comes natural)

    01/26/2013 5:08:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Liberalism offers up a utopian vision of the world and then invites its practitioners to feel good about themselves for embracing it. Not only does this beautiful fantasy world never come to pass, liberalism fails to address the root causes of the problems it sets out to solve while creating whole new disasters in the process. In other words, it's a never ending circle. There's a problem, liberalism is offered up as the solution, it doesn't work and creates more problems, for which liberalism is offered up as the solution, etc., etc., etc. until you're starving, bankrupt, or your society...
  • The Educational Tech Scam/ ( K-12 schools/ Common Core)

    The Common Core Standards are an educational reform movement initiated by the National Governors Assocation and intended to standardize the educational curricula of the states around a "coomon core" of knowledge required to function in modern society. Put that way, the initiative sounds fine, but as if often the case with educaitonal reforms, Common Core proponents have relied on bafflement and obfuscation to shut down inquiry by the paying public into the very political process of putting the initiative into action -- a process monetarily supported by private education corporations. Common Core tests (those used in Oklahoma were developed by...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (1/26/13)[Prayer]

    01/26/2013 4:49:14 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy scriptures | 1/26/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures WitnessIsaiah 55:4 Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people.
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [January 26, 2013]

    01/26/2013 4:48:27 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    Look Again and Consecrate "If God so clothes the grass of the field . . . , will He not much more clothe you . . . ?" —Matthew 6:30 A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us because we will not be simple. How can we maintain the simplicity of Jesus so that we may understand Him? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, and obeying Him as He brings us the truth of His Word, life will become amazingly simple. Jesus asks us to consider that “if God so clothes the grass...
  • Obama's Real Cost: $19 Trillion in Missing GDP

    01/26/2013 4:45:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Ransom
    There's a super storm raging over our economy that's been seeded and fueled by the federal government over a period of the past several decades. And it's literally costing the country trillions of dollars in GDP per year. It’s not merely garden-variety government waste that's the problem either. It's monumental stupidity by the government, combined with venial cupidity by voters who think they can get others to pay for their free lunch. This government-created storm has, more than any other factor, contributed to the fiscal crisis; a crisis that is creating more expansive government programs, robbing us of more GDP,...
  • China's First Heavy Transporter Y-20 Takes Off

    01/26/2013 4:44:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    CRIENGLISH.com ^ | 2013-01-26
    China's First Heavy Transporter Y-20 Takes Off The prototype of China's first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, takes off from an unidentified airport for its first test flight Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2013. [Photo: Xinhua] China began test flights Saturday for the prototype of its first indigenously-developed heavy transport aircraft, Y-20, a craft similar in size to the Russian IL-76 and somewhat smaller than the U.S. C-17. The plane took off at around 2:00pm from an airport in Yanliang, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, according to CCTV News. The Y-20 program is part of an effort to develop an indigenous long-range...
  • Pumping Up the Liberalism

    01/26/2013 4:36:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    So now the president is a committed man of the left. No longer is he faking moderation or even trying to bring the nation "together." Nope. As he made clear in his inauguration speech, Barack Obama is dedicating himself to achieving "social justice" no matter what the cost. And the cost is high. The annual federal deficit is more than $1 trillion, with the national debt approaching $17 trillion. Just last week, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office warned once again that federal spending is "unsustainable." That means if government spending is not curtailed and quickly, the U.S. dollar could collapse....
  • BANNED in CHINA: North Korea's Scary Soviet-Era Fleet has Nowhere to Go

    01/26/2013 4:26:32 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    By enacting a safety ban -as the EU has- on Air Koryo's  Soviet jalopies, China has effectively left the Norks  with only two planes capable of international routes... Save for a couple newer Russian Tu-204 aircraft, the DPRK's Air Koryo -infamous for the world's worst booking site and the only one-star airline in existence- boasts a fleet comprised of creaking USSR-era aircraft (IL-62, Tu-134, Tu-154), planes that have all been banned in the European Union due to failed Air Koryo ground inspections, ancient design, noise- and the North Korean's contempt for international safety standards in general. Until now, the...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup: Going for Broke

    01/26/2013 4:15:14 AM PST · by expat1000 · 6 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
     GOING FOR BROKE According to Hillary Clinton’s long-delayed Benghazigate testimony, the State Department just did not have enough money to provide security for a mission in one of the most dangerous places in the world. It did however have 16 million dollars to spend on 2,500 kindle book readers at the drastically inflated price of $6,600 per device. It had $79,000 to spend on Obama’s books and $20,000 on a portrait of Obama. The US Embassy had $150,000 to spend on a book about the ambassador’s residence. THE WAR IS OVER, WE LOST Mullah Baradar’s capture by the CIA...
  • Russia's Vladimir Putin says West is fomenting jihadi 'blowback'

    01/26/2013 3:44:29 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 25, 2013 | Fred Weir
    Moscow Both Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister have lashed out at the West in recent days for pursuing what they regard as naive and incoherent Middle East policies. The critique targets Western backing of anti-dictator rebellions in Libya and Syria, which, as Mr. Putin tells it, only fuels the spreading flames of extreme Islamist insurrection, including the current war in Mali and last week's terrorist strike on a gas complex in Algeria. "The Syrian conflict has been raging for almost two years now. Upheaval in Libya, accompanied by the uncontrolled spread of weapons, contributed to the deterioration of the...
  • Chandra Levy murder conviction may be overturned due to questionable witness

    01/26/2013 3:06:32 AM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    Twelve years after her disappearance, and the case of Chandra Levy still hasn't reach it's conclusion. The 24-year-old Capitol Hill intern was last seen in May 2001. Following the disappearance, her family disclosed to police that she had been having an affair with U.S. Representative Gary Condit. When Condit was unwilling to cooperate with investigators, speculation arose that he was behind the disappearance. While he was never charged, it completely derailed his political career. The man who was eventually charged in her death, Ingmar Guandique, was convicted in 2010 with no physical evidence linking him to the crime. However, two...
  • Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm

    01/26/2013 2:54:46 AM PST · by Plainsman · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 25, 2013 | David Mamet
    Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death. For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and...
  • Anonymous Hacks US Sentencing Commission’s Website For Aaron Swartz [Video, Statement]

    01/26/2013 2:22:36 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 9 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | January 26, 2013 | Kim LaCapria
    Anonymous has hacked the US Sentencing Commission’s website in retaliation for the suicide of internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, and as of now, the site is still displaying in its compromised state.More on this breaking story as it develops. Statement below from Anonymous on the decision to hack USSC.gov. [Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Anonymous' attack affected the Supreme Court's website, when in actuality, it is the US Sentencing Commission's website as stated above.]In addition to the defacing of the site with a video, a statement on Swartz’s death and the government’s alleged harassment of the activist...
  • Germany government to outfit military with armed drones

    01/26/2013 1:59:39 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    www.dw.de ^ | January 25, 2013 | Deutsche Welle
    The German government has said that it favors the purchase of armed drones to support Bundeswehr troops in missions abroad. Although the idea is controversial, a decision is expected in the next few months. Strictly speaking the idea is not entirely new, but it turned up on Berlin's political agenda on Friday after Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right government responded to a question posed by the opposition Left party. A spokesman for the defense ministry said that Germany's mission in Afghanistan had shown that it would "certainly make sense" to have armed drones at the military's disposal. And Merkel's spokesman, Steffen...
  • Comic novel about Hitler takes Germany by storm

    01/26/2013 1:53:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    thestar.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Greg Quill
    A comic novel that imagines Adolf Hitler survived the Second World War is the surprise hit of Germany’s winter book season. Er Ist Wieder Da (He’s Here Again) conceives that Hitler spent 66 years asleep in an open field in Berlin, then becomes something of a quizzical, harmless folk hero in the new millennium’s celebrity-driven media and cynical political machinery. The debut novel by German journalist Timur Vermes has sold 250,000 copies of its initial 360,000 print run in Hitler’s homeland since it was published Jan. 18, dislodging Ken Follet’s Winter Of The World from the top of Germany’s bestsellers...