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  • Amnesty Will Not Draw Hispanics to the GOP

    01/31/2013 3:11:01 PM PST · by River Hawk · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan. 31st. 2013 | Tom Tancredo
    In 2006 and 2007, Republicans promoting amnesty favored the cliche, “Immigrants do the jobs Americans won’t do.” It was a bad argument then, and with unemployment still hovering around or over 9%, for the last five years, no one even bothers with that anymore. Instead, Republicans are selling amnesty based solely on political expediency. The new cliche is that Republicans will never win the Hispanic vote unless they support amnesty. John McCain, who led the last great push for amnesty says. "The Republican Party is losing the support of our Hispanic citizens. And we realize this is an issue in...
  • I was threatened, so Facebook banned me. (Fled to FR where, I got the ZOT).

    01/31/2013 3:01:05 PM PST · by cleanfunnypics · 78 replies
    I was banned from Facebook for posting a screenshot of a comment on Facebook where another user hoped someone would shoot and kill my kids with a gun. The person who said it was not banned, but because I shared the lady's name - I was. Facebook is ridiculous.
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 31,2013

    01/31/2013 2:57:21 PM PST · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 31,2013 | Mar Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Mexico breaks up alleged border sex-slavery cult

    01/31/2013 2:51:48 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    mySA.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials broke up a bizarre cult that allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the U.S. border, Mexican immigration authorities said Tuesday. The "Defensores de Cristo" or "Defenders of Christ" allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed he was the reincarnation of Christ, according to an official of a victims' advocacy group, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Followers were subjected to forced labor or sexual services, including prostitution, according to the National Immigration Institute that said it...
  • IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

    01/31/2013 2:43:47 PM PST · by rhema · 250 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Matt Cover
    In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for family of five will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan. “The annual national...
  • MF Global defense attorney 2012, named SEC Director 2013

    01/31/2013 2:43:10 PM PST · by mgist · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/7/13 | Bernie Becker
    SEC names new top lawyer By Bernie Becker - 01/07/13 01:12 PM ET The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that Geoffrey Aronow would take over as its general counsel. Aronow, a lawyer in the Washington office of Bingham McCutcheon, has previous government experience, having served as head of the enforcement division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The SEC's new top lawyer also has counseled clients about issues before the commission and the CFTC, and becomes one of the first top appointments from the SEC's new chairwoman, Elisse Walter. Aronow, for instance, represented the chief financial officer for MF...
  • Apodaca, NC Senate push back against Obamacare

    01/31/2013 2:39:50 PM PST · by Gritty · 2 replies
    BlueRidgeNow.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    North Carolina's General Assembly is freezing any state work on a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance, and ordering unspent federal funds returned. Sen. Tom Apodaca (R) and two co-sponsors introduced legislation in the state Senate Wednesday to opt out of participation in several costly provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare... Senate Bill 4 (will) exempt North Carolina from establishing a state-based health insurance exchange or a state-federal partnership exchange. Under Obamacare, states must have in place a health exchange where individuals and small businesses, which are now mandated to...
  • Is Germany preparing for future capital controls? The reason why it is bringlng home it's gold?

    01/31/2013 2:39:00 PM PST · by dennisw · 20 replies
    caseyresearch. ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jeff Clark,
      The best indicator of a chess player's form is his ability to sense the climax of the game –Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972You've likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany.Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It's not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does...
  • Athletes' Minds Excel at Motion Tracking

    01/31/2013 2:34:53 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 31, 2013 | Tanya Lewis
    What made Wayne Gretzky a hockey legend or Ronaldo a soccer star may have had more to do with brains than brawn. Professional athletes process complex visual scenes faster than other people, a new study finds.
  • BILL GROSS: Investment Banks Have Morphed Markets With 'Ponzi Finance' — And Time Is Almost Up

    01/31/2013 2:34:03 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-31-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    BILL GROSS: Investment Banks Have Morphed Markets With 'Ponzi Finance' — And Time Is Almost Up Matthew BoeslerJanuary 31, 2013, 9:52 AMBill Gross, the PIMCO fund manager known as the "Bond King," is out with his February investment letter, titled "Credit Supernova!" This month, Gross tackles the relationship between credit expansion and real growth. He channels the late economist Hyman Minsky, saying the economy is now in Minsky's "Ponzi finance" phase, "when additional credit would be required just to cover increasingly burdensome interest payments, with accelerating inflation the end result." Gross writes that new credit is providing diminishing returns: "Each...
  • Paulino

    01/31/2013 2:27:22 PM PST · by Oberon · 26 replies
    Complete and Utter Vanity Post | 1/31/13 | Oberon
    I met Paulino at the nursery farm where I worked summers during college, shearing Christmas trees. This was about 1990 or so. He was about five foot six and 140 pounds soaking wet. In his late twenties, he was in the US illegally, but he drove a truck he’d bought with cash and rented a pretty nice house not far from the nursery. He paid for the house, the truck, and the beer he’d stash in the water cooler for after work with money he made from the nursery. Paulino could work rings around most of the white college boy...
  • Al Jazeera America Has Received More Than 8,000 Applications: For just 160 positions

    01/31/2013 2:26:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | January 30, 2013 | Andrew Kaczynski
    Within 24 hours of posting openings for the majority of their new positions, Al Jazeera America received 5000 applications for open positions, a number that has grown to 8,063 over the past three days, a network source told BuzzFeed. Al Jazeera caused a stir earlier this month when it was announced that the Qatar-based network had bought the struggling liberal channel Current from Al Gore for $500 million, and would use it to expand into American coverage...
  • DeLauro (D-CT) discusses SAFER Streets Act(2k tax credit to surrender scary guns)

    01/31/2013 2:24:14 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    United States Rep. Rosa DeLauro wants to offer tax incentives for people who agree to turn in their assault weapons, as a way of getting the weapons off the streets. DeLauro said the SAFER Streets Act is designed to prevent guns from falling into the hands of violent criminals, getting dangerous assault weapons off the streets and to improve the state's mental health system so it properly helps those in need. The act will give gun owners a $2,000 tax credit when they turn their weapons in. According to experts, AR-15s usually cost about $1,000. At the news conference Thursday...
  • Are you ready for Senator Geraldo? (RINO in the making)

    01/31/2013 2:13:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Boy, I sure am. If there’s one thing the GOP needs now, it’s another senator who’s famously soft on immigration. Imagine these words ringing off the walls in the Senate chamber: “[A]ny Latino who votes for a Republican or a Democrat who opposes rational immigration reform is an Uncle Tom.” He’ll make a fine third in the McCain/Graham alliance. “I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on his radio show. “I mentioned this only briefly to my wife … but I am and I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey....
  • From gay members to atheist scouts: The Boy Scouts America deserves

    01/31/2013 2:04:01 PM PST · by barmag25 · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/29/2013 | Herb Silverman
    That’s one small step for tolerance, but one giant leap for states’ rights. The modified policy would, in effect, kick the can down the road to local sponsors, who could continue the abominable policy of deeming gay teenagers too “immoral” to participate in Boy Scout activities. There is no similar step forward for atheists. This modified policy would still require local groups to discriminate against atheists, apparently because the Boy Scout Oath implies that an atheist can’t be “morally straight” unless he can do his “duty to God.” Using this twisted logic, a number of courageous and honest atheists have...
  • Canon lawyer: Bishop has warned National Catholic Reporter

    01/31/2013 2:03:10 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | January 31, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Dr. Kurt Martens, J.C.D., Associate Professor of Canon Law at Catholic University of America. Credit: Ed Pfueller/CUA. Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA).- A canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America says that a recent column by Bishop Robert Finn serves as a strong urging to the National Catholic Reporter to re-establish its fidelity to the Church. “What he's doing here,” Dr. Kurt Martens said, “is he's giving them a warning, saying 'Be careful, because...I've looked into the NCR's positions against authentic Church teaching on a number of issues.'” “He has, as a diocesan bishop,...
  • NY Times says Chinese hacked its computers over story on top Communist leader's wealth

    01/31/2013 2:01:22 PM PST · by dennisw · 10 replies
    .foxnews ^ | January 31, 2013
    The attacks, which began in mid-September, coincided with a Times investigation into how the relatives and family of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth over $2 billion. The report, which was posted online Oct. 25, embarrassed the Communist Party leadership, coming ahead of a fraught transition to new leaders and exposing deep-seated favoritism at a time when many Chinese are upset about a wealth gap. Over the months of cyber-incursions, the hackers eventually lifted the computer passwords of all Times employees and used them to get into the personal computers of 53 employees. The report said none of the...
  • Ministers call for united black vote to replace Jackson Jr.

    01/31/2013 1:59:47 PM PST · by Proud2BeRight · 14 replies
    WLS TV Channel 7 Chicago ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charles Thomas
    Aggressive TV ads and racial politics take center stage in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Junior in the 2nd Congressional District. "I don't have enough words to say thank you. All I can say is I'll give you my whole heart and soul," State Sen. Toi Hutchison said Wednesday as a group of African-American ministers prayed that the other black candidates- Robin Kelly, Alderman Anthony Beale and State Senator Napoleon Harris  would remove themselves from the ballot. They believe by having one black candidate, it would be easier for an African-American to win on February 26. "
  • W.H. blames Congress for record deportations

    01/31/2013 1:59:35 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    W.H. blames Congress for record deportations By DONOVAN SLACK | 1/31/13 2:15 PM EST White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Muńoz on Thursday blamed Congress for the record number of deportations carried out by the Obama administration. Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, asked Muńoz during a Google+ Hangout how President Obama feels about deporting 1.5 million illegal immigrants since taking office. "The government’s job is to do what Congress tells it to do," Muńoz replied. "Congress, under the immigration laws that we've got now, Congress requires us to remove people who are removable and gives DHS, frankly, a whole...
  • The $300,000 Aston Martin kept in a barn for 33 years

    01/31/2013 1:57:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | january 31, 2013 | Justin Hyde
    The fascination with cars preserved liked old farm implements has only grown in recent years with the rise of old car values at auctions. Here's the latest example: a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, similar to what James Bond drove in "Goldfinger," that had sat in a barn for 33 years. At a Bonham's auction to be held at Aston Martin's factory in May, the DB5 is expected to fetch about $300,000 — and that will be only the new owner's downpayment.
  • North Korean parents 'eating their own children' after being driven mad by hunger

    01/31/2013 1:57:25 PM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1-27-2013 | Becky Evans
    A starving man in North Korea has been executed after murdering his two children for food, reports from inside the secretive state claim. A 'hidden famine' in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people and there are fears that incidents of cannibalism have risen. The grim story is just one to emerge as residents battle starvation after a drought hit farms and shortages were compounded by party officials confiscating food. Undercover reporters from Asia Press told the Sunday Times that one man dug up his grandchild's corpse and ate it....
  • The Four Pillars of the Christian Life

    01/31/2013 1:49:23 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | January 30, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I and twelve other pastors, have been meeting recently to embark on a period and plan for renewal in our parishes. which focuses back on the fundamental mission of the Church, and of our parishes, and which seeks to restore a kind of back to basics approach to Church life.For too often many parishes are reduced from being lighthouses to clubhouses; from being thermostats which set the temperature of culture, to thermometers that merely record the temperature; from being places where Christ is central, and it is his wedding, to being places where Christ is merely an invited guest at...
  • President Obama's Approval Rating tops 100 Percent! [Satire]

    01/31/2013 1:33:28 PM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 31, 2013 | Dan Miller
    President Obama, rightfully jealous of the immense popularity of his rival, North Korea's Kim Chi-un, has managed to surpass him. North Korean women joyfully considering the bright futures of their children under Kim Chi-un After long running neck with North Korea's Dear Leader Kim Chi-un as the most popular head of state ever, President Obama had seemed likely to suffer a major setback when Kim delighted his people even more than before by becoming the first head of state go to the moon. Not content with trying to diminish Kim's popularity in North Korea by spreading rumors that he might...
  • Obama Announces New Statue of Liberty Sign

    01/31/2013 1:29:37 PM PST · by Doc Savage · 12 replies
    January 31, 2013 | Doc Savage
    Taking a cue from Project Veritas, President Obama today announced that he was personally authorizing via Executive Order a new sign to built at the base of the Statue of Liberty. The sign will be the world's largest LED screen and will be visible to maritime ships up to 100 miles away. President Obama said that it will have an important message for all nations of the world as it states, "Welcome to America,...A Nuclear Bomb Free Country!" The President reiterated that he wants the world to know that America has no nuclear arsenal and that we are completely helpless...
  • History Doesn't Reward Bullies

    01/31/2013 1:27:25 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 8 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | January 31, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    Considered a cancer-surviving “badass on a bike,” it turns out Lance Armstrong is just a badass — and a fraud. Armstrong's admission that he doped his way to seven Tour de France titles even prompted CBS News CEO Jeffrey Fager to Think Again about his network's role in the “Miracle Man's” narrative. “We helped create the myth,” he acknowledged, because “we wanted to believe this absolutely inspirational story. But we were duped.” Unearned moral superiority and blazing self-righteousness hastened Armstrong's rise as he slandered and sued whistle-blowers into submission. “I was a bully in the sense that I tried to...
  • Waitress Who Posted No-Tip Receipt From “Pastor” Customer Fired From Job

    01/31/2013 1:23:42 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 147 replies
    The Consumerist ^ | 01/31/2013 | By Chris Morran
      (Reddit) Earlier this week, we posted a story about a restaurant customer who not only chose to deny the waitress a tip, but also wrote “I Give God 10% Why do you Get 18?” on the receipt. Now we’ve learned that the server who posted the receipt online has been fired.   “I originally posted the note as a lighthearted joke,” says Chelsea, who was dismissed from her job at Applebee’s on Wednesday, as the story began to spread across the Internet. “I thought the note was insulting, but it was also comical. I posted it to Reddit because...
  • “Washington Post” Civil War Breaks Into Public View

    01/31/2013 1:20:42 PM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Rosie Gray
    Senator Jim Inhofe cited a blog post by conservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on Thursday, setting in motion a public argument on Twitter. Inhofe, who called Rubin a reporter, cited a blog post of her's about Hagel. Shortly thereafter, Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran took issue with Rubin's work on Twitter, saying that Rubin "is NOT a WaPo reporter."
  • ABC, Which Spiked Tim Scott’s Senate Appointment, Highlights New Senator Mo Cowan

    01/31/2013 1:20:42 PM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Last month, when the Republican Governor of South Carolina named GOP U.S. Representative Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate, the “first African American U.S. Senator from the South since Blanche Bruce of Mississippi in 1881” according to The State newspaper, thus becoming the only black -- Democrat or Republican -- in the Senate, ABC’s World News didn’t mention it. Fast-forward to Wednesday night, and ABC anchor Diane Sawyer suddenly found it newsworthy that the Democratic Governor of Massachusetts appointed an African-American to replace new Secretary of State John Kerry, trumpeting: “Look closely at this picture. That is William ‘Mo’ Cowan...
  • Case Closed, No Charges in Patrick Moran Investigation (so what if he was caught red-handed)

    01/31/2013 1:17:33 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 12 replies
    Arlington County issued a media statement today reporting that an investigation of election offense violations against Patrick Moran, the son of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, has been concluded and no charges will be brought. A criminal investigation was initiated by the Arlington County Police Department in October 2012 after a video was released allegedly depicting Patrick Moran, former Director of Field Operations for the Jim Moran for Congress campaign organization, assisting another to vote illegally. According to the media statement, Patrick Moran and the Jim Moran for Congress campaign “provided full cooperation throughout the investigation,” whereas “despite repeated attempts to...
  • The USA of I.O.U. (History Shows That America Was Founded For Debtors, By Debtors)

    01/31/2013 1:12:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Bankers Anonymous ^ | 01/31/2013 | By The Banker
    Every once in a while I read a finance article that sticks in my head and never goes away. An article about the historical intersection of debt and the United States from the New Yorker from four years ago by Jill Lepore is just one of these.[1]The USA of IOUJill LeporeÂ’s article explains that in many ways the United States was founded of the debtors, by the debtors, for the debtors.We know from English literature that the United States represented a fresh start for insolvents from the lower and upper classes, which makes sense when we learn that both DickensÂ’...
  • AWOL Republicans

    01/31/2013 1:08:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 31, 2013 | The Editors
    Women may be ready for combat, but Republicans aren’t. When the Obama administration announced that it would allow women into combat units, prominent Republicans were quick to say that they supported the policy — generally without any reservations or hints that there might be reasons for concern. A party that fought for decades against allowing open homosexuals to serve in the military is now thoughtlessly accepting a much more problematic change in military-personnel policy.They are doing so on naïve assumptions. The first is that physical standards will not change, and only those few women who meet ones developed for...
  • Huffington Post Gets Charter School Study Wrong

    01/31/2013 1:07:29 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2013 | Michael Van Beek
    A Huffington Post article titled “Charter School Growth in Michigan Brings a Cautionary Tale on Quality” goes to great lengths to twist the overwhelmingly positive results of a new study of Michigan’s charter schools by Stanford University into something else. Here's a statistic the article's author, Joy Resmovits, picked out of the study: A CREDO study on Michigan released this week found that 80 percent of charters perform below the 50th percentile of achievement in reading, and 84 percent perform below that threshold in math. This observation appears on pages 35 and 36 of the study. As the study itself...
  • Trusting Your Own Government (or Not)

    01/31/2013 1:07:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2013 | John Harvey
    Earlier this month, Geraldo Rivera asked a caller: "How could you not trust your own government?" Putting aside big and little episodes of untrustworthy government in the history of this country like the Trail of Tears, the internment of Americans of Japanese descent, Kent State, Waco, Fast and Furious, and the Benghazi Coverup, Rivera implies the burden of proof lies with the skeptical citizen when it comes to trust. But his question only diverts our attention. The issue isn't the relative peace in the body politic at this instant. The question Geraldo asks really goes to the heart of the...
  • (Vanity) The end of an era, The Cox model engine

    01/31/2013 1:05:36 PM PST · by mowowie · 65 replies
    So i'm supposed to suprise my 7 yr old nephew next thursday and meet him for lunch at school for some kind of whatever thing... Anyways i thought i'd bring him a cool gift of one of those Cox .049 engine tethered race cars only to find that they they don't make them anymore? I looked it up on wiki since amazon seemed to be down. Production stopped around 4 years ago. Aparrently wiki is barred from FR so i can't post the thread but i had no idea of all the variants of this motor, wow......anyways.. JEEEEEZZZZZZ.....i grew up...
  • Arkansas House passes legislation striking churches as gun-free zones (concealed carry win)

    01/31/2013 1:05:18 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 6 replies
    Arkansas Legislature ^ | 31 JAN 13 | dcbryan1
    A House committee this morning endorsed Sen. Bryan King's (R) bill to allow guns in church, if the churches approve, which means final action is close at hand. Gov. Mike Beebe (D) says he'll sign it.
  • Bob McDonnell’s “Road for Nobody” near Hampton Roads insults Northern Virginia

    01/31/2013 1:04:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert McCartney
    A few years ago, Alaska’s proposed “Bridge to Nowhere” became a national symbol of wasteful government spending on little-needed projects. Now Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has pushed through his own version of this embarrassment, a $1.4 billion highway outside Hampton Roads that qualifies as a “Road for Nobody.” McDonnell has perplexed people across the state by his insistence on adding a tolled, four-lane highway parallel to U.S. 460. It will stretch for 55 miles from Petersburg, a Richmond suburb, southeast to Suffolk. The deal signed in December to build the road is especially insulting to traffic-jammed Northern Virginia, where...
  • Ted Cruz Stuns Hagel With Al Jazeera 'Bully' Bite (Video at link)

    01/31/2013 1:02:47 PM PST · by Perdogg · 115 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) confronted former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel with a clip from his 2009 interview with Al Jazeera during today's Defense Secretary confirmation hearing. The Secretary of Defense nominee can be heard agreeing with a caller's assertion that the United States is the "world's bully."
  • ‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster’

    01/31/2013 12:58:32 PM PST · by illiac · 38 replies
    Washington Bree Beacon ^ | 1/31/13 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Distraught by his poor performance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, liberals viciously turned on secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel on social media. hagel’s making biden look rhetorically sure-footed — Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013 this hearing is beginning to remind me of the 1st Obama-Romney debate — Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013 This Hagel hearing is a disaster. — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 31, 2013
  • White House Warns Syria on Weapons after Syria Threatens Israel

    01/31/2013 12:55:04 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/1/13 | Gil Ronen
    The White House on Thursday warned Syria not to transfer weapons to Hizbullah, as tensions mounted following reported Israeli raids on a military research center and a weapons convoy. "Syria should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hizbullah," said Ben Rhodes, a US deputy national security advisor. Syria on Thursday warned that it reserves the right to retaliate to what it says was an Israeli air strike on a military research center..., as it lodged a complaint with the United Nations. The Syrian foreign ministry said Israel "and the states that protect it at the UN Security...
  • Paul Krugman Answers Paul Ryan on Debt Crisis: We Can Print Money

    01/31/2013 12:54:24 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Paul Krugman Answers Paul Ryan on Debt Crisis: We Can Print Money January 31, 2013 By Melanie Hunter (CNSNews.com) – Responding to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's warning that if the federal government continues to run annual $1 trillion deficits we will eventually face a debt crisis, liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said Wednesday that that is not a legitimate worry because the U.S. government can always print money and weaken the buying power of the dollar. Weakening the dollar, Krugman said, would be a good thing. “The United States is a country that has its...
  • Bill to exempt guns introduced into Texas Legislature

    01/31/2013 12:52:17 PM PST · by TexasRedeye · 48 replies
    Texas Legislature ^ | 01/31/13 | laubenburg
    Introduced Caption Text: Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation.
  • F-16s 'Fired 8 Missiles, Bunker-Buster at Syria Chemical Site'

    01/31/2013 12:50:04 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 41 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/31/2013 | Gil Ronen
    The site allegedly attacked by Israel in Syria manufactured chemical and biological weapons, according to a report in Iraqi newspaper Azzaman that appears in London. ... It says that the classified installation, which is located just 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the presidential palace, was guarded by a large contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards, many of whom died in the attack. A diplomatic source interviewed by the newspaper said that the attack took place 48 hours before it was first reported. He said that initial reports regarding a convoy that was attacked were meant to disguise the true target of...
  • Chuck Hagel: Iran’s Government ‘Elected’ and ‘Legitimate’

    01/31/2013 12:48:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Former senator Chuck Hagel defended his vote against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, claiming it would have been unprecedented and potentially harmful to give that designation to a representative of a “legitimate” government.The Islamist regime in Iran, Hagel said, was “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”The Iranian government is currently gearing up for elections by arresting “anti-revolutionary” journalists, and deciding whether or not to allow pro-reform candidates to participate, many of whom have been living under house arrest for years.The country’s election in 2009 prompted large-scale protests followed by a violent...
  • U.S. spring crop season jeopardized as drought persists

    01/31/2013 12:46:12 PM PST · by mgist · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/25/13 | Carey Gillam
    U.S. spring crop season jeopardized as drought persists By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - The unrelenting drought gripping key farming states in the U.S. Plains shows no signs of abating, and it will take a deluge of snow or rain to restore critical moisture to farmland before spring planting of new crops, a climate expert said on Thursday. "It's not a pretty picture," said climatologist Mark Svoboda of the University of Nebraska's Drought Mitigation Center. (snip)
  • The return of Joe Miller

    01/31/2013 12:43:03 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/31/13 | Charlie Mahtesian
    Several years after defeating Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 GOP primary then losing to her in the general election (she successfully ran as a write in), tea party star Joe Miller is looking like he might be a Senate candidate again in 2014 when Democratic Sen. Mark Begich is up for re-election. From Real Clear Politics: Miller is expected to declare his Senate intentions in the coming weeks and would likely face a crowded field of GOP opponents. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell announced in December that he was forming an exploratory to consider a run. Treadwell was an...
  • Some families to be priced out of health overhaul (Obama's hands tied by how law was written)

    01/31/2013 12:42:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    WTOP ^ | 01/31/2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear. The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress...
  • Republican House Members Who Voted Against Right-to-Work

    01/31/2013 12:38:13 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/26/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Republicans in the Michigan House widely supported giving workers the freedom to choose whether they wanted to financially support a union as a condition of employment. But six GOP members voted against legislation (House Bill 4003 and Senate Bill 116) that made Michigan the nation's 24th right-to-work state. On both bills, 58 Republicans voted “yes” and six Republicans joined the Democrats in voting “no.” These six were: Reps: Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township; Ken Goike, R-Ray Township; Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth; Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; Pat Somerville, R-New Boston; and Dale Zorn, R-Ida. Five of the GOP House members who voted against right-to-work...
  • A Message to Teachers Unions: Stop Holding Our Children Hostage

    01/31/2013 12:37:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Michael Maroney
    The progressive movement has always portrayed itself as one of "choice." They’re pro-choice when it comes to abortion and believe women should have the choice of a wide array of birth control that someone else pays for. Unfortunately, they stop short when it comes to "school choice." For progressives, there’s a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to our children’s education. Problems are attributed to inadequate funding as opposed to a fundamental flaw in the foundation of our educational system. The majority of today’s school districts dictate the conditions of education for students and schools, while taxpayers pick up the tab....
  • Paul Revere & the Raiders: 'KICKS' - 1966

    01/31/2013 12:23:22 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 33 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 31 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Perhaps the hottest rock act to ever come out of Boise, Idaho was (and is) the group Paul Revere & the Raiders, who saw considerable commercial success in the 1960s and early 70s with hits such as 'Kicks' and 'Hungry' (1966), 'Him Or Me- What's It Gonna Be?' ('67) and then in 1971 their only #1 single, 'Indian Reservation' ('Cherokee people, Cherokee pride...' -you know, that one). The band was together as early as 1958 as The Downbeats, and enjoyed an early Northwest-only regional hit with 'Like, Long Hair' in 1961. Influenced by British Invasion bands such as The Beatles,...
  • The World's Most Powerful People

    01/31/2013 12:22:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 12.5.12 | David M. Ewalt, Caroline Howard, and Michael Noer
    Power Players There are 7.1 billion people on the planet. These are the 71 who matter.