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  • A Look at the Fed-Sponsored Housing Bubble

    01/31/2013 9:30:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    In the wake of rising housing prices a reader asked if I would revisit my March 2102 article How Far Have Home Prices "Really" Fallen. The reader specifically wanted an update on inflation as measured by the HPI-CPI (a measure of the CPI where actual home prices instead of rent is the largest CPI component). Here is some background on the request: The CPI does not track home prices per se, rather the CPI uses a concept called "Owners' Equivalent Rent" (OER) as a proxy for home prices. The BLS determines OER from a measure of rental prices and also...
  • Most U.S. Gun Deaths Result from Suicide (My title)

    01/31/2013 9:19:52 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Wiki Answers ^ | 2012 | Wikianswers
    [Roughly 60 percent of U.S. firearms fatalities died by their own hand.] How many gun deaths are in the US every year? In 2011, the latest figure available from the Centers for Disease Control, Accidental discharge 851 Suicide 19,766 Homicide 11,101 Undetermined Intent 222 Total: At least 31940 people died from gun injuries in 2011. Also 258 people were killed during legal intervention, most of them due to guns. Guns were involved, but were not the primary cause of death: -in 2 fatal accidents. -in 6 homicides.
  • Real Freedoms Fading Fast

    01/31/2013 9:16:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Charles Payne
    "We finally got the right guys in front of us to lead us. We kept working, and now we're where we want to go. We've got one more."Frank Gore, running back San Francisco 49ers Listening to Frank Gore being interviewed after his team had just won the right to play in the Super Bowl, I was struck by a line that he's actually said more than once. In fact, it's hard not to find a champion in any sport that hasn't said their team wanted it more. "Want" is a wonderful thing because it propels us beyond what we think...
  • UN: Israel Must Withdraw From Judea, Samaria

    01/31/2013 9:12:18 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | 1-31-13 | Staff
    The United Nations says Israel must withdraw all of its citizens from the regions of Judea and Samaria. The recommendation came in a report issued Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has a history of passing numerous biased resolutions condemning Israel for various alleged "crimes" each year. "Israel must, in compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions," the report said in part. "It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories." Israel"s Foreign Ministry responded in a fiery statement immediately to the report,...
  • Wolfman Wanted: Must Have 60,000 Hairs on Face

    01/31/2013 9:11:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WANTED for immediate work: Good pay but applicant must have 60,000 hairs growing on their face. The travelling Circus of Horrors needs a wolf boy or girl and has placed the ad as it signed up Jesus Aceves, better known as Wolf Boy, for its three-month UK tour. Jesus is from Mexico, but strict UK immigration law means the show must give a resident in Britain the opportunity of taking the role before Jesus gets his chance. Circus of Horrors founder Dr Haze said: “It is strange. We are pretty sure there are no wolf boys or girls in the...
  • Kim Komando: Amazing Google Earth Discoveries (video)

    01/31/2013 9:06:42 AM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 31, 2013 | Kim Komando
    You can now see satellite images of the entire planet using Google Earth. Some folks have uncovered unbelievable hidden landmarks!
  • Ind. Dem Donnelly opposing assault weapons ban

    01/31/2013 9:04:46 AM PST · by 68skylark · 23 replies
    Associated Press via jconline.com ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | Tom LoBianco
    <p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is opposing a ban on assault weapons sought by President Barack Obama.</p> <p>A Donnelly spokesman told The Associated Press Wednesday that the Indiana lawmaker will vote against the ban but has not decided whether he would support universal background checks.</p>
  • Swedish Court Convicts Man for Hitler Salute

    01/31/2013 9:02:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Local ^ | 31 Jan 13
    A man who performed a Nazi salute in a park in southern Sweden has been convicted of racial agitation by a Malmö court, the first time in three years a local resident has been convicted of a hate crime. The 33-year-old man was watching the football game between Sweden and Ukraine during the summer on a big screen in a local park when the incident took place. In court, he said the Hitler salute was an "inside joke" between him and his friends. He also stated that he was too drunk at the time to realize the gesture was inappropriate....
  • Henninger: Obama's Thunderdome Strategy

    01/31/2013 9:02:20 AM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2013 | Daniel Henninger
    Few are the men and women in American public life who haven't heard Mr. Dooley's famous aphorism: "Politics ain't beanbag." John Boehner, currently serving out his community service as speaker of the House, appears to have been meditating on Mr. Dooley's cautionary wisdom. At the Ripon Society last week he said the Obama administration was trying "to annihilate the Republican Party."
  • 3 Former CIA Officials Review “Zero Dark Thirty”

    01/31/2013 8:59:25 AM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-30-13 | Wordsmith
    Jan. 30: Members of Code Pink protest outside Capitol Hill in Washington as Attorney General Michael Mukasey testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Melina Mara - The Washington Post Yesterday morning, the American Enterprise Institute held an event titled “Watching ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ with the CIA: Separating fact from fiction.” AEI’s Marc Thiessen (author of “Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack”) will host a panel discussion with three CIA veterans who were involved in the hunt for bin Laden. Panelists: General Michael Hayden (ret.), Former Director CIA John A....
  • Mom protects her son from three intruders

    01/31/2013 8:58:34 AM PST · by Varmint Al · 19 replies
    Michael Berry Site ^ | 1/30/2013 | Michael Berry
    Mom protects her son from three intruders who broke into her house and had a gun and duck tape. The audio clip is on Michael Berry's podcasts. She shoots one of the intruders and another one takes her gun and runs. She tells what happened in her own words. It starts 20 minutes into the first MP3 audio. Click Here. Michael Holds her over for the break and she continues Click Here. This mom tells the whole encounter in her own words. This is the best 2nd Amendment rights story I have heard.Good Hunting... from Varmint Al
  • Still the WORST Economic Recovery Since 1882!

    01/31/2013 8:56:31 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | Anthony B. Sanders
    Jobless claims rise, consumer confidence down. Worst economic recovery since 1882. See chartsat link!
  • Russia Concerned by Reports of Israeli Air Strike on Syria

    01/31/2013 8:55:49 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    http://en.rian.ru ^ | January 31, 2013 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) – Moscow is “deeply concerned” over reports of Israeli air strikes on Syrian territory on Wednesday and is seeking confirmation of what could be a serious violation of the UN charter, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Moscow said it is looking into reports that Israeli fighter jets carried out an air strike on a military research center near Damascus on Wednesday. If the reports of “unprovoked strikes” hitting a sovereign country’s territory are confirmed, this would constitute a violation of fundamental United Nations principles, the Foreign Ministry said. Such attacks are ”unacceptable, no matter...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 31,2013

    01/31/2013 8:49:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
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  • KinderGarden Of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks

    01/31/2013 8:48:17 AM PST · by NCjim · 23 replies
    FrontPage ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jamie Glazov
    Prior to 9-11, I was your typical New York City-born, Liberal Jew. My Liberalism wasn’t a thoughtful embrace of Left-wing ideology – in fact, very, very few people thoughtfully embrace this ideology. It was more like what Andrew Breitbart called “The default factory setting” for people born into the time, place and culture into which I was born. Back then I knew what all Modern Liberals know: Democrats are good and Republicans are evil; Democrats like peace and Republicans like war; Democrats like air and Republicans don’t breathe the air or something. I don’t know. This is why David Mamet...
  • World's Oldest Marathon Runner Announces Retirement at Age 101

    01/31/2013 8:45:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2013
    Fauja Singh, an Indian-born British citizen, was dubbed the 'Turbaned Tornado' after taking up running at the age of 89. He says this year's Hong Kong Marathon will be his last.A 101-year-old Sikh regarded as the world's oldest marathon runner will quit after one final run at next month's Hong Kong race, media reports said on Thursday. Indian-born British national Fauja Singh admitted age was finally catching up with him and he had decided not to compete after the Hong Kong Marathon on February 24, five weeks before his 102nd birthday on April 1. "But I will keep running for...
  • Tawana Brawley served with court order to pay man she accused of rape in 1987

    01/31/2013 8:42:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/13 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley — whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide — yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her. “For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post. “To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIBER USUALIS, 01-31-13

    01/31/2013 8:40:43 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-31-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIBER USUALIS A liturgical book containing most of the Gregorian chants and readings in the Mass and the Divine Office of the Roman Catholic Church. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Live stream- Puppy Bowl Locker Room

    01/31/2013 8:40:19 AM PST · by Gefn · 16 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 28, 2013 | Breitbart
  • Dog sentenced to death in Tennessee because he is 'gay'

    01/31/2013 8:37:44 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/31/2013 | By Daniel Miller
    Pitbull-type dog faces being put down today unless new owner is foundAbandoned after previous owner saw him mounting another male dogBut animal experts say this is a sign of dominance not sexuality While dogs are known to occasionally display homosexual behaviour, animal experts say a male dog mounting another male dog is not a sign of sexual orientation but rather a sign of dominance.The dog's fate has sparked a frantic appeal among animal lovers to find a new owner before it's too late. A Facebook page has been set up with the message: 'Don't let this gorgeous dog die bc...
  • Dominican prostitute: Sen. Bob Menendez ‘likes the youngest and newest girls’

    01/31/2013 8:34:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/13 | David Martosko and Charles C. Johnson
    In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez at a series of sex parties organized by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime Menendez campaign donor. “That senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,” the woman wrote on April 21, 2002, according to an English translation provided to The Daily Caller by a native Spanish speaker. “In the beginning he seemed so serious, because he never spoke to anyone, but he is just like...
  • NYPD Handcuffed 7-Year-Old & Interrogated Him For Hours Over Missing $5, Family Claims

    01/31/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by fractionated · 31 replies
    http://gothamist.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jen Chung
    A fight over $5 between Bronx school children escalated to the point where the police were called and a seven-year-old boy was arrested, handcuffed, and kept in custody for 10 hours, according to the child's family, who is threatening to sue the city for $250 million. When Wilson Reyes' mother Frances Mendez arrived at the 44th Precinct, she was shocked to see her son handcuffed to the wall. Mendez said, "My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized... Imagine how I felt seeing...
  • How does "social legislation" differ from legislation? And how to stop it

    01/31/2013 8:21:22 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    Dennis Prager made a great quip when he said: "They don't know why they don't like the term "justice"" - in reference to people who believe strongly in so called "social justice". And he's right. People who are dead set in favor of "social justice" are equally dead set against "justice". This is illustrative and instructive in understanding the mindset of progressives. At least to a degree. If you live in the real world, you'll never fully understand progressives. But we can go pretty far in our endeavor. Much further than most people realize. For example, Herbert Croly writes in...
  • Democrat senator denies prostitution allegations (Menendez)

    01/31/2013 8:21:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    GOP USA ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    The office of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., issued a statement Wednesday denying allegations a Florida doctor who is a friend lined up prostitutes for him. The FBI Tuesday raided the office Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor practicing in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is the target of an Internal Revenue Service lien for more than $11 million, The Miami Herald reported. The newspaper said federal investigators were believed to be looking into Melgen's finances as well as the allegations about prostitutes. "Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years," the statement...
  • Viagra's Hidden Uses: Diet Pill, Cancer Fighter?

    01/31/2013 8:19:22 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/29/2013 | By Matt Cantor
    Viagra may have a future well beyond erectile dysfunction. Someday, we could perhaps see it prescribed for weight loss—or even to combat cancer, in combination with green tea. Scientists know that mice have lower rates of obesity, despite fatty diets, when they're on the drug. Now, researchers in Germany have an idea why: Viagra plays a role in turning white fat cells—a factor in overweight humans' "spare tires"—into beige ones, which burn energy, the New York Times reports. Meanwhile, researchers in Japan have found that the drug may be handy in fighting cancer, if it's taken with a dose of...
  • U.S. Bishops: Redefining Marriage Creates ‘Engine of Conflict’

    01/31/2013 8:14:45 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Tom McFeely
    WASHINGTON — In recent legal briefs filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. bishops warned that a redefinition of marriage would create an “engine of conflict” that threatens freedom of religion, speech and other liberties. “Marriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not a historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society today,” said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a Jan. 29 amicus brief supporting the California ballot initiative, Proposition 8. “The government interests in continuing to encourage and support it are not merely legitimate, but compelling,” the brief explained....
  • Body of missing Aviano pilot found in Adriatic Sea

    01/31/2013 8:11:32 AM PST · by Freeport · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 31, 2013 | N/A
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The body of an Air Force F-16 pilot who went missing during a night training flight late Monday was found Thursday off the coast of Italy, his family announced in a statement. “It is with great sadness that we announce that the body of Captain Lucas Gruenther was found in the Adriatic Sea this afternoon,” the statement said. Gruenther and his F-16 Fighting Falcon went missing at about 8 p.m. Monday roughly 150 miles south of Aviano Air Base, where his unit, the 31st Fighter Wing, is based. A massive search effort ensued, including Italian coast guard...
  • History Lesson - Under 'Fascist' Bush, Democrats Feared Tyranny

    01/31/2013 8:10:46 AM PST · by IbJensen
    GOP USA ^ | January 31, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Once upon a time, a group of people known as the "Democrats" expressed great fear of tyranny by government. This was a time long, long ago, when a man from a place called Texas, representing a people known as the Republicans, occupied the White House. Leaders of the Democrats feared tyranny by the Republicans and called the man from Texas racist, oppressive and tyrannical. To refresh your recollection, we offer a few examples from the distant past: Billionaire Democratic contributor George Soros. He said the George W. Bush White House displayed the "supremacist ideology of Nazi Germany" and that Bush's...
  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was in love

    01/31/2013 8:01:00 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2012 9:59 AM (ET) | By PAT EATON-ROBB
    A California man said he created the hoax involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fake girlfriend because he was in love with the football player. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the first part of which aired Thursday.
  • Jase Robertson baptizes 'Duck Dynasty' fan: Finding faith in an unlikely place

    01/31/2013 7:55:23 AM PST · by thackney · 42 replies
    The Christian Chronicle ^ | March 2013 Print Edition. | JAMES BUCE
    When Brandon Hooks’ mother introduced him to “Duck Dynasty,” he found the A&E reality series funny and entertaining. But he did not expect a television show to change his life. Hooks, 31, seldom attended church while growing up. The only time he went was when his family visited his grandmother’s house. Throughout most of his life, he gave faith little thought. He did, however, grow to love hunting and fishing. This passion for outdoor activities would help guide him to discover his own faith and love for Christ. In 2006, Hooks began dating his future wife, Jessica, 29, a member...
  • #myjihad in Egypt: Rape squads of Tahrir Square, Muslim Brotherhood "state-backed gangs"...

    01/31/2013 7:54:45 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | January 29, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Obama's epic foreign policy failure: Rape squads of Tahrir Square: Marauding 'state-backed gangs' are still terrorising female protesters two years after revolution Daily Mail, 29 January 2013 | Reports of 19 group sexual assaults logged on Friday in Tahrir Square Claims that attacks are state-backed to deter women from protesting Egypt's head of army warns the country is facing collapse Sex attacks on female protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square are premeditated and state-backed, claims an organisation that rescues sexually assaulted female activists. Last Friday marked the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution and the highest number of sexual crimes against...
  • Inside the Ring: New al Qaeda threat

    01/31/2013 7:54:16 AM PST · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 31 January 2013 | Bill Gertz
    A jihadist website posted a new threat by al Qaeda this week that promises to conduct “shocking” attacks on the United States and the West. The posting appeared on the Ansar al Mujahidin network Sunday and carried the headline, “Map of al Qaeda and its future strikes.” The message, in Arabic, asks: “Where will the next strike by al Qaeda be?” A translation was obtained by Inside the Ring.
  • Is Right-to-Work Racist?

    01/31/2013 7:47:29 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/29/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago, but one college professor is bringing the era up in the debate over right-to-work in Michigan. Michigan State University Economics Professor Charles Ballard said that states that embraced slavery with a "long history of strong hierarchy and inequality in race relations" would naturally be supportive of right-to-work laws. "All of the states that seceded from the union in 1861, plus a stripe in the Midwest, in the plains and in the Rocky Mountains, those states are the poorest in the country," he said in an Mlive article based on comments he made...
  • Obama's Revenge: Day 10 (1/30/13)

    01/31/2013 7:37:38 AM PST · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 5 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 1/31/13 | EricTheRed
    Two surprises happened yesterday (NOT!)(1) The latest economic data reveals the already crappy economy continued to get crappier in the 4th quarter of 2012. (But wait but wait, the Democrat-media complex kept telling us the economy was getting better! And if you believed that tripe, I got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.)You know who was surprised? Associated Press and the "experts" they interviewed. But people actually paying attention weren't surprised in the least. In fact, some have been predicting it ever since President Golden Calf got into office. Here's El Rushbo on yesterday's show citing the aforementioned AP: [Y]ou...
  • Russia Slams Israeli "Attack" on Syria. US Forces in Jordan on Alert

    01/31/2013 7:36:50 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    The Syrian announcement of an Israeli air strike on a military site near Damascus Wednesday, Jan. 30, drew strong condemnation from Moscow the next day: "Such action if confirmed would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country," said the statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry Thursday. "If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violate the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it." Israel has made no comment on the Damascus statement which described in detail an...
  • Lessons From the Ancient Mayans

    01/31/2013 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Guatemala -- Where is that, you ask? Generally this column comes to you from Washington, D.C. or New York City. Occasionally it comes from London or Paris. Today it carries the dateline of a seaport in Guatemala, and if it were written a day ago or two days hence it would carry the dateline of Belize. It is freezing up north. The inclement weather has driven me to tropical parts. Global warming sounds more and more agreeable to me and, frankly, if you have your wits about you, to you, too. The frozen remains of palm trees have supposedly...
  • Islamic supremacists' legal jihad

    01/31/2013 7:31:42 AM PST · by Perseverando · 2 replies
    WND ^ | January 29, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller covers latest Hamas-CAIR attack on anti-savagery ads The Chicago branch of the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is trying to stop my organization’s campaign countering their bizarre jihad propaganda, threatening suit to keep our ads that tell the truth about jihad from running. Hamas-CAIR once again moves to silence the freedom of speech of those who stand against the jihad and Islamic supremacism. They are bent on imposing Shariah restrictions on criticism of Islam. It all started when Hamas-CAIR developed a new propaganda ad campaign, a psyop, that kicked off on Chicago buses and is now...
  • Navy's P-8 A Dud?

    01/31/2013 7:29:39 AM PST · by pabianice · 47 replies
    The Nav Log ^ | 1/31/13 | asa663
    Report: Navy's P-8 Aircraft Plagued with Problems; Deployment in Doubt (c) asa663@verizon.net Received from a former P-3 crewmate. It would appear that there are some serious development problems with the new P-8 aircraft. Here is some input from a friend, USN Retired, who is working for a defense contractor who has a contract with both P-3 and P-8 development. He is working with the P3 but has a LOT of input from the P-8 part of the company. Three cases in point about the waste of our defense establishment. Sonobouy launching: The P-8 can’t launch sonobouys at any high speed....
  • Obama’s GDP -.01%?“What difference, at this point,does it make?”deficits aren’t important right?

    01/31/2013 7:25:12 AM PST · by jmaroneps37
    coachisright.com ^ | JANUARY 31ST, 2013 | Derrick Hollenbeck, staff writer
    Just a day before we learned the GDP fell from + 3.2% (the fairy tale told to us before November’s election) to -.01%, for the last quarter of 2012, Louisiana Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu pronounced the Obama Administration’s wild spending “problem” something that was made up by Fox News. Landrieu is one of the head cheer leaders of a new breed of “in-your-face” Democrat who simply deny anything is wrong with our economy – or anything else in America for that matter. “Who are you going to believe; me or your lying eyes?” comes to mind. She is joined by...
  • Colorado High school students read Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic

    01/31/2013 7:22:54 AM PST · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | January 30, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Madness. Your taxpayer dollars at work to advance Islamic culture: a culture, by its very nature, designed to destroy all others. They are at war with us. Would school students in 1944 have recited the Pledge in German? Mark Steyn discussed this very thing when we were fighting an Arabic public school in Brooklyn here in New York City, in my interview with him. "It shows how we mischaracterized, we willfully misunderstand Islam. Yes, on the face of it, yes, Arabic is a language. In a sense there would be no difference between opening a foreign language school -- a...
  • Unions: Boss’ Constant Criticism, Silent Treatment and Lack of Credit are ‘Workplace Bullying’

    01/31/2013 7:20:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    The National Staff Organization – a group comprised of teachers union organizers, negotiators and lobbyists – recently published an article in which it complains about an apparent rise in “workplace bullying.” The WAR – or Winter Advocacy Retreat – newsletter reads: “To get a handle on what workplace bullying looks like, unions have to consider bullying warning signs like continuous criticism, silent treatment or credit not being given to a worker. Then unions have to develop the strategies to deal with it and restore control to the situation.” Just let it marinate for a minute that unions are complaining about...
  • Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

    01/31/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by bgill · 39 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    Be sure to wash those foods or cook them thoroughly... About 1 in 5 illnesses were linked to leafy green vegetables — more than any other type of food. And nearly half of all food poisonings were attributed to produce in general, when illnesses from other fruits and vegetables were added in... Many of the vegetable-related illnesses come from norovirus, which is often spread by cooks and food handlers. So contamination sometimes has more to do with the kitchen or restaurant it came from then the food itself...
  • Is Fox News really different?

    01/31/2013 7:11:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 92 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    For many Americans, Fox News is their “alternative” choice for news. They’ve made it the No. 1 cable news network, largely because they believe its “fair and balanced” promotional slogan. Many even believe Fox leans to the right and provides news they can’t get anywhere else. But is Fox really different from the rest of the media? Or has it been successful merely at positioning itself as different? Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave nearly six times as much money to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the...
  • Gun Laws of America: Critical Items Missing in Feinstein’s Gun Bill

    01/31/2013 7:11:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 January, 2013 | Alan Korwin
    I’ve just finished reading the 122 pages of Diane Feinstein’s latest “gun-control” bill, Senate Bill S.150, and was surprised to find some important things missing. Even more surprising was one small item briefly mentioned on page 13 that has not been reported in any “news” coverage I have seen. It’s a whopper — it invalidates her entire list of guns, and I’ve written ten books on this topic, I know what I’m saying! — but first, here’s what’s missing. 1. Criminals Nothing addresses criminals — everything is aimed at innocent people who haven’t done anything wrong. There is not even...
  • It's Good To Know That Dick Durbin & Dems Know That Criminals Won't Buy Guns In Back Alleys. /s

    01/31/2013 7:08:35 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    1/31/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Dick Durbin told the NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that background checks WILL deter criminlas from buying guns (apparently at places where background checks are conducted). And so it is good to know that Democrats are going to have background checks set up in "back alleys." /s Dems will also set up "Gun Free Zone" signs all across America in back alleys and the like, so that when criminals see these signs it will deter them from selling hot guns/stolen guns in those "back alleys." /s BTW, why is Sen. Feinstein using a Straw Man argument when she brings up malls...
  • Hillary Clinton Only Secretary Since Nixon Years to Skip the Vatican

    01/31/2013 7:08:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/30/13 | Al Kamen
    A recent Loop item noted that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite a record number of countries visited, was the only secretary in many years not to visit the Vatican — except for Warren Christopher. We were relying on the official records compiled by the State Department historian’s office. But some former top aides to Christopher insist the records are wrong, and they are pretty sure they were at the Vatican with President Clinton, Christopher and Pope John Paul II. Well, let’s see. The historian’s records say Christopher “accompanied President Clinton to meetings with Prime Minister Berlusconi, President Scalfaro,...
  • American Conservatives Are Own Worst Enemy

    01/31/2013 7:07:28 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 6 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | January 31, 2013 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Perhaps as a result of TGDN’s rapid rise, the intent of the movement became blurred. Quickly forgotten by many in the mad scramble to follow everyone on the suggested lists was the ‘defense’ part. Instead of acting as a shield to protect long-battered free speech rights, some began using the group as a weapon of their own...
  • Catholic Event Cancels Talk by Islam Critic

    01/31/2013 7:02:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/31/13 | Lisa Wangsness
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Men’s Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to be a featured speaker at the DCU Center on March 16. Spencer is director of the blog Jihad Watch and a leader of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America, both of which are seen as anti-Muslim groups by some organizations that monitor...
  • China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined

    01/31/2013 7:01:50 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Coal consumption in China grew more than 9% in 2011, continuing its upward trend for the 12th consecutive year, according to newly released international data. China's coal use grew by 325 million tons in 2011, accounting for 87% of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%). China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumption—almost as much as the entire rest of the world combined. Robust coal demand growth in China is the result of a more than 200%...
  • Scissors vs. Guns

    01/31/2013 7:01:33 AM PST · by pabianice · 23 replies
    Fox News Live (no link!) | 1/31/13
    Saw a clip from an unintentionally hilarious training movie. The training film shows how the government wants teachers to respond to a crazed gunman in their school. A rather short and stocky "teacher" is shown grabbing a pair of scissors with which to protect himself and his students should a crazed NRA-member gunman attack. He is shown huddled beneath a door's window, scissors in hand. If things get even more threatening, the teacher is shown throwing himself under his desk to hide. You can't make this stuff up.