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  • Archbishop Gomez relieves Cardinal Mahony of duties; Bishop Curry steps down

    02/01/2013 8:17:16 AM PST · by NCjim · 11 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | February 1, 2013
    Immediately complying with a judge’s order, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has released the personnel files of 87 clergy accused of sexual abuse and has posted the files online. Archbishop José Gomez, who has led the archdiocese since 2011, announced that he has relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all administrative and public duties, and that Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry, at one time Cardinal Mahony’s vicar for clergy, has resigned from his duties as a regional auxiliary bishop. Cardinal Mahony served as Archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 until 2011. Until recently, Bishop Curry served as chairman of the...
  • Dishonest Dick Durbin smears NRA at hearing, uses dishonest tactics with panelists(Video)

    02/01/2013 8:16:01 AM PST · by infool7 · 17 replies
    the Right Scoop ^ | January 30th, 2013 | The Right Scoop
    Smear-merchant Sen. Dick Durbin smeared the membership base of the NRA, including Wayne LaPierre who was present, in today’s gun violence hearing. After an unfair tussle over background checks with LaPierre, Durbin then asked LaPierre if he agreed to the sentiment of other NRA members that they needed ‘assault weapons’ to protect themselves from the government and the police. LaPierre responded that indeed the 2nd amendment was added to the Constitution by men who had lived under the tyrannical rule of King George and wanted to ensure that free people never lived under tyranny again. Durbin then looked directly at...
  • Unemployment Rises, More Quit Looking for Work

    02/01/2013 8:13:10 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 19 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 2/1/2013 | Peter Morici
    The economy added 157,000 jobs in January and unemployment rose to 7.9 percent as the economy slowed in the fourth quarter. Unemployment would have been worse had not even more adults -169,000- chosen to join the ranks of those neither working or seeking employment. Hiring and layoffs tend to lag other economic indicators. GDP fell 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, fears of a government shutdown slowed consumer spending in December and encouraged businesses to cut inventories. Even if the economy doesn't slip into a recession, unemployment would rocket
  • The Comfort of Welfare

    02/01/2013 8:09:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Charles Payne
    This week Japan announced its intention to cut welfare payments by a billion dollars over the next three years because people live too comfortably. Imagine that, a government would actually tell its citizens you are getting fat and lazy and have no incentive to work because someone else pays your bills. We just found out you can't get government work by telling citizens they're takers. But after its economy derailed, Japan slipped into a two-decade slumber marked by people giving up on old beliefs and traditions like Japan's legendary work ethic. When we thought Japan would conquer the world, including...
  • State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12 ...

    02/01/2013 8:08:05 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2-1-2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    February 1, 2013 State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12; Suppressed Their Identities Afterward Terence P. Jeffrey State Department Special Agent Mario Montoya instructs Libyan local guards in marksmanship in Benghazi in 2011 in a photo published in the December 2011 issue of the State Department's State Magazine. (State Dept. photo) (CNSNews.com) - The State Department took two dramatically different approaches to dealing with the identities of the Diplomatic Security (DS) agents it sent to Benghazi, Libya, to protect Amb. Chris Stevens and the small number of other temporary U.S. diplomatic personnel the department rotated...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (2/1/2013)

    02/01/2013 8:05:29 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 16 replies
    February 1, 2013 | NEWwoman
    Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation Ronald Reagan, born February 6, 1911 23 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, 24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah (NIV) ----
  • Making Sense of Keynesian-Laced GDP Reports

    02/01/2013 7:56:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Fighting against statism in Washington is a lot like trying to swim upstream. It seems that everything (how to measure spending cuts, how to estimate tax revenue, etc) is rigged to make your job harder. A timely example is the way the way government puts together data on economic output and the way the media reports these numbers.Just yesterday, for instance, the government released preliminary numbers for 4th quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The numbers were rather dismal, but that’s not the point.I’m more concerned with the supposed reason why the numbers were bad. According to Politico, “the fall was...
  • Service of G-d or Bondage to Man

    02/01/2013 7:50:08 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Manhigut Yehudit ^ | 2/1/'13 | MK Moshe Feiglin
    "I am Hashem your G-d Who took you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage." (From this week's Torah portion, Yitro, Exodus 20:2) Values always come on a ladder. They have no significance if they are not set out in the proper order of preference; what is more important, what comes first and what is the foundation for all the rest. The first commandment of the Ten Commandments in this week's Torah portion is the starting point and the foundation for the entire structure of values that follows. There is a G-d Who redeemed us from...
  • Contraceptive Insurance Mandate Faces Change [religious organizations will be able to opt out]

    02/01/2013 7:49:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    WCVB Boston ^ | 2/1/13
    WASHINGTON (CNN) —Religiously affiliated organizations will be able to opt out of providing their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives under updates to an Obama administration mandate that the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to unveil on Friday, according to two sources. In March, after an uproar among religious institutions that didn't want to pay for contraceptives, the Obama administration offered several policy suggestions that would require the administrator of the insurance policy, not the religious institution or the insurer, to pay for contraception coverage and invited comment on those proposals. The administration is expected to detail...
  • Microsoft Office 365 is down worldwide

    02/01/2013 7:47:07 AM PST · by fulltlt · 41 replies
    Microsoft Community ^ | 2/1/2013 | fulltlt
    Microsoft exchange online email is down worldwide.
  • Here is how the progressives' "body of experts" became nearly immortal

    02/01/2013 7:44:42 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 2 replies
    As a sort of addendum to my last entry, I would like to point out how the courts made the social regulators - those who would be our real dictators - immortal. In 1935, in the case of "Humphrey's Executor v. United States", the following is written in the court's opinion: The government says the phrase "continue in office" is of no legal significance, and, moreover, applies only to the first commissioners. We think it has significance. It may be that, literally, its application is restricted as suggested; but it nevertheless lends support to a view contrary to that of...
  • Hagel Testimony = Fail

    02/01/2013 7:40:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rich Galen
    I subscribe to the general theory that a President - Republican or Democrat should be able to have the people running his Departments, Commissions and Agencies that he wants. Unless there is some overriding disqualifying reason to reject him or her, the Senate should abide by the terms of Article II, Section 2 that says the President, "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Officers of the United States." The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense is an excellent case in point. I may not agree with Hagel...
  • The Boy Scouts' 'Braveheart' moment

    02/01/2013 7:34:08 AM PST · by lost in the snow · 87 replies
    WND opinion ^ | 02/01/2013 | David Kupelian
    The Boy Scouts of America is about to be torn apart. In one respect, it doesn’t matter what BSA’s board members decide when they meet next week – to change their long-standing policy excluding avowed homosexuals, or not to change their policy. Either way, the Boy Scouts of America will not emerge unscathed. It will be bloodied. It will be hurt. The only question is: When the dust settles, which side will the 100-year-old organization be on? Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/the-boy-scouts-braveheart-moment/#ROuvYRYudoUJSlV2.99
  • New York Times Finally Mentions Menendez and His Shady Donor, Ignores Prostitution Angle

    02/01/2013 7:30:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 11 replies
    JWF ^ | Feb 01, 2013 | Jammie
    The New York Times has been dragged kicking and screaming to the Robert Menendez scandal, but in an exhaustive story on the corrupt New Jersey Democrat  and his ties to Democrat sugar daddy Salomon Melgen they somehow managed to ignore the reports of Menendez shortchanging the 16-year-old prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. All the news that’s fit to print so long as it doesn’t hurt a prominent Democrat. But there is one rather juicy nugget that does make news. Two years ago, Dr. Melgen, despite an apparent lack of experience in border security issues, bought an ownership interest in a...
  • Doctored Videotapes are Peanuts

    02/01/2013 7:28:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Many have rightly condemned MSNBC's serpentine editing of a video to make it appear that certain gun rights activists heckled the father of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre, but let's not pretend this was a one-off event. The liberal media long ago forfeited their respected role as watchdog over the government and have voluntary descended to the status of a public relations arm of the Democratic Party and various liberal causes. It doesn't do it justice to call them cheerleaders, for they are active participants, every bit as much involved in bringing about the events...
  • Immigrations Poison Pill...Big Labor

    02/01/2013 7:27:08 AM PST · by q_an_a · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Kimberly Strassel
    Unions have long used Democratic allies to kill any reform that includes a guest-worker program. (pay wall story) If Republcians had a TINY bit of politcal guts they would require that UNIONS put in place 20% of their membership for incoming immigrants. Then our people in Congress can take a stand for real change...LOL
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(2/1/13)[Prayer)

    02/01/2013 7:23:15 AM PST · by left that other site · 15 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/1/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures El Hakabodh - The GOD of Glory(Psalms 29:3) The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.
  • The Death and Life of X Gamer Caleb Moore

    02/01/2013 7:21:41 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 33 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | February 1, 2013 | JP
    Caleb Moore, the Winter X Games snowmobiler, went to be with Lord yesterday. He was 25 years old. The young man crash landed a week ago – much to the entertainment of millions watching on ESPN – attempting a back flip during the snowmobile freestyle finals. Initially knocked unconscious, the X game athlete awakened, woozily, was diagnosed with a concussion and, eventually, whisked to the hospital. While hospitalized, Caleb’s condition worsened. Docters found blood near his heart. This past Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the young man’s family issued a statement that his cardiac injury had led to a secondary injury...
  • Can GOP's Local Success Translate to Federal Level?

    02/01/2013 7:21:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | JonahGoldberg
    The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over. President Obama is conducting a mop-up operation at this point. That's the basic consensus in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., and other citadels of blue America. And let's be fair, liberals have every reason to gloat -- a little. The GOP has its troubles. Long-term demographic trends; often-irrational animosity from Hollywood, the media and academia; a thumbless grasp of the culture on the part of many Republicans: All of these things create a headwind for the party and the broader conservative movement. But here's the weird part. That's all true of...
  • Death of Tucker the Peace Dog touches hundreds

    02/01/2013 7:17:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    State Journal Register (Illinois) ^ | Jan 31, 2013 | Dave Bakke
    Death of Tucker the Peace Dog touches hundreds By DAVE BAKKE (dave.bakke@sj-r.com) The State Journal-Register Posted Jan 31, 2013 Tucker the Peace Dog died last Saturday morning in the arms of his owner, Jill Grove. For four years from 2001 to 2005, Tucker and Jill appeared at numerous assemblies at Springfield elementary schools. Tucker and his message of peace had a lasting impact for hundreds of students. Some of those kids found a friend in that golden retriever. Tucker was someone they could talk to — more specifically, someone they could write to. Here are excerpts, just as they were...
  • LA Archbishop Relieves Retired Cardinal of Duties [Mahony, sex abuse fallout]

    02/01/2013 7:10:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 86 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/1/13 | Gillian Flaccus
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardinal Roger Mahony, who retired with a tainted career after dodging criminal charges over how he handled pedophile priests, was stripped of duties by his successor as a judge ordered confidential church personnel files released. The unprecedented move by Archbishop Jose Gomez came less than two weeks after other long-secret priest personnel records showed how Mahony worked with top aides to protect the Roman Catholic church from the engulfing scandal. One of those aides, Monsignor Thomas Curry stepped down Thursday as auxiliary bishop in the Los Angeles archdiocese's Santa Barbara region. Gomez said Mahony, 76, would...
  • Fatal Blast Near U.S. Embassy in Turkey [Media not curious if Obama or Hillary were warned]

    02/01/2013 7:07:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 2/1/13 | Alex Rogers
    ... a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in Ankara, Turkey right outside the U.S. embassy, killing himself and an embassy guard. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the attack happened at 1:13 p.m. local time, and that they were “working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation.”
  • 12 Tornadoes Confirmed Across Middle Tennessee

    02/01/2013 7:06:41 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Channel 5 Staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Officials with the National Weather Service said 12 tornadoes touched down across the mid-state early Wednesday morning. More damage survey teams were expected to be out Friday, so the number could change. On Wednesday and Thursday, damage survey teams confirmed the tornadoes, that ranged anywhere from EF-0 to EF-2. The two EF-2 tornadoes struck Hickman County and Wilson County. Tornado 1: An EF2 in Mt. Juliet in Wilson County near the intersection of Mount Juliet Road and Lebanon Road. Tornado 2: An EF0 from south of White Bluff in southeast Dickson county to Kingston Springs in southern...
  • US Becomes Japan: Unemployment Rises to 7.9%, U6 Unemployment Stays at 14.4%

    02/01/2013 7:04:28 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The employment numbers are out today. The headline numbers are not good news for housing: U3 unemployment ROSE to 7.9% and U6 unemployment and partial employment remained the same at 14.4%. The good news? Labor force participation didn’t get any worse! It remained the same at 63.6%. The bad news? We are now like Japan in terms of labor force participation after we leveled off under President Clinton and began declining. The civilian employment to population ratio also remained the same as a measly 58.6%. But also like Japan, our employment to population ratio is generally declining. Like the movie...
  • Armed guard disarms shooter at Georgia middle school

    02/01/2013 6:59:59 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Rick Moran
    An armed guard at a Georgia middle school disarmed a student who had opened fire, wounding one person. A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said. Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said. The wounded boy was taken "alert, conscious and breathing"...
  • Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers

    02/01/2013 6:52:19 AM PST · by FR_addict · 52 replies
    NBCConnecticut ^ | 2/1/2013 | George colli
    "The Newtown Board of Education will be asking the town to make room for more armed police officers in its budget. In a meeting Thursday, the board voted to request the town to add full time uniformed school resource officers to its four elementary school s for the next fiscal year was approved this evening. The officers would be Newtown police officers. “Our parents are demanding of us that things are made safe and secure and certain measures areput in place,” said Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein. “So we’re being very thoughtful.” Multiple police officers have been stationed at all Newtown schools...
  • Bursting the Washington Bubble: The Outlook for 2013

    02/01/2013 6:51:29 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | John Ransom
    Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to hold our nose and check the diaper that we have all come to know as Obamanomics. While rightly this review should have been completed closer to the first of the year, there were too many events in the offing that were likely to impact the economy to take a stab at the broad outlines of an economic outlook nearer New Year’s Eve.But now that congress and the president have agreed to get the tax increase off the table that they didn’t dare pass while campaigning, clear the children from the...
  • 169,000 Americans Drop Out of Labor Force in January As Unemployment Ticks Up

    02/01/2013 6:49:53 AM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Matt Cover
    The number of Americans not in the labor force grew by 169,000 in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report. BLS labels people who are unemployed and no longer looking for work as “not in the labor force,” including people who have retired on schedule, taken early retirement, or simply given up looking for work. There were 89 million of them last month.
  • Possible lift of Boy Scouts' gay ban draws disappointment

    02/01/2013 6:45:30 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Boy Scouts salute the american flag. Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Nat Moger. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 12:28 am (CNA).- News that the Boy Scouts of America may soon approve of openly gay members and leaders has sparked a wave of concern and criticism throughout the country. Eagle Scout Andrew Hill, who lives in Philadelphia, said that he is “disappointed” that the organization’s leadership appears to have “caved to external demands.” “The Boy Scouts are now just another organization or public figure that has given in to societal pressure,” Hill told CNA on Jan....
  • Does the Media Cause Mass Shootings?

    02/01/2013 6:44:17 AM PST · by expat1000 · 26 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    On Dec 3rd, Naeem Davis, a homeless Muslim man, shoved a middle-aged Korean man in front of an oncoming Q subway train in Times Square. A Muslim photographer snapped a shot of him waiting to die that appeared on the cover of the New York Post and then went around the world. And that was that… except it wasn’t. On December 28, there was another shoving murder. After the latest round of murders, suicides and accidental deaths, seven people have died under trains in 2013; a number that does not include the deaths previously mentioned. Last week two people committed...
  • Howie Carr thread Feb 1-14, 2013

    02/01/2013 6:43:26 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 44 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 2/1/13 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr thread for the first half of Feb. starting with today's Boston Herald column, "Dear John, it was something you said" "This is a great day for Massachusetts. This is the day John Forbes “Liveshot” Kerry stops being our senator. The governor, who was born in Illinois, is replacing the senator who was born in Colorado with an interim senator who was born in North Carolina who will serve on Capitol Hill with the “senior” senator who was born in Oklahoma." More below
  • Welfare boss resigns in wake of $$ report

    02/01/2013 6:42:08 AM PST · by bridgemanusa · 15 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | February 1, 2013 | Chris Cassidy
    The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible.
  • Hagel Hearing: Scarborough So Contemptuous Of Ted Cruz, Won't Mention Him By Name

    02/01/2013 6:40:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, Chuck Hagel might have been a bumbling, stumbling mess at his confirmation hearing yesterday. But the real story was how awful were the Republicans who questioned him. That was the collective judgment of today's Morning Joe panel. For example, so contemptuous was Joe Scarborough of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, that the Morning Joe host announced that he would not even mention him by name. "Clown show" was the panel's operative phrase for the Republican performance. Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle et al. joined in the Republican roasting. View the video here.
  • This one deserves a retirement party!

    02/01/2013 6:37:29 AM PST · by nobamanomore · 13 replies
    With the normal life span of a dog, can you imagine one that has spent twelve years in military service? After five tours, this girl gets to finish her life as a pet.
  • Realclearpolitics.com Blocked as "Attack Page"

    02/01/2013 6:37:02 AM PST · by pabianice · 18 replies
    Spybot S&D | 2/1/13
    Warning when logging into RCP: Reported Attack Page! This web page at www.realclearpolitics.com has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences. Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.
  • LA Cardinal Mahony 'stripped of duties' over sex abuse

    02/01/2013 6:35:24 AM PST · by TSgt · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 February 2013 Last updated at 05:40 ET | BBC
    A retired Los Angeles cardinal accused of mismanaging a child sex abuse crisis has been stripped of all administrative and public duties by his successor. Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, 76, has apologised for his "failure", Archbishop Jose Gomez said on Thursday. The Los Angeles archdiocese, the largest in the US, has released thousands of pages of files on priests accused of child molestation. Cardinal Mahony retired in 2011, having run the archdiocese for 25 years. In 2007 Los Angeles paid $660m (Ł415m) to alleged victims of abuse, the largest sex abuse payout on record. Cardinal Mahony has publicly apologised for...
  • The Abortionist Saints of Sundance

    02/01/2013 6:26:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival featured a documentary celebrating four "amazing" abortionists who evacuate wombs in the third trimester of pregnancy. The critics in attendance loved it. The Philadelphia Inquirer boasted it drew "two standing ovations -- one for the doctors." Sundance attendees in Utah were greeted by police and armed sheriffs in green jumpsuits that made a show of force outside the theater. They had to have their bags searched and were inspected with handheld metal detectors. After the movie was shown, two police officers stood at the front of the auditorium as the directors and the four abortionists...
  • 'Evita' the grifter!

    02/01/2013 6:25:19 AM PST · by SMARTY · 10 replies
    Feb. 1, 2013 | Me
    Does any one want to start a contest to see how long it takes for Evita to find another government trough to jam her nose into.
  • Sen. Menendez plays cat-and-mouse game with journalists avoiding hooker-allegation questions

    02/01/2013 6:23:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/31/13 | DAN FRIEDMAN
    Where’s the senator? A day after allegations swirled that he cavorted with underage hookers in the Dominican Republic, Sen. Robert Menendez played a cat-and-mouse game with reporters. The camera crews parked outside the New Jersey Democrat’s office Thursday never got a glimpse of him. The usually accessible senator managed to avoid reporters almost all day, even as he cast six Senate votes and attended a lunch with Vice President Biden and other Democrats to talk about gun control. The Daily News finally caught up with Menendez as he ducked into an out-of-the-way Capitol elevator with visitors from New Jersey. But...
  • Russian rocket carrying U.S. satellite plunges into Pacific Ocean 40 seconds after launch

    02/01/2013 6:16:52 AM PST · by Hoodat · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 FEB 2013 | 03:05 EST | Martin Robinson
    The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off. Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble. The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday. However, the vessel – along with its Intelsat 27 telecommunications satellite inside - suffered a failure during the first stage of its flight. It is claimed the rocket’s engines shut off stopped automatically...
  • Obama faces angry liberals over pipeline

    02/01/2013 6:16:51 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 31, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    As he begins his second term, President Obama is barreling toward what one Bay Area activist predicts could be "all out warfare" with environmentalists who want him to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, the transcontinental conduit for tar sands fuel from Canada that many scientists say could expedite climate change. Obama's political dilemma lies in the pipeline's potential upside: The State Department projects that it could deliver 6,000 temporary jobs to the U.S., where 12.2 million people are unemployed. Bay Area liberals leading the Keystone opposition say Obama has only one choice. "If he doesn't reject it," said Piedmont attorney...
  • Amish Men Accused of Animal Cruelty Defend Their Actions ("In the Amish it’s acceptable")

    02/01/2013 6:15:09 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 100 replies
    WHAM News, Rochester NY ^ | 1/31 11:40 pm | Reported by: Jane Flasch
    Clyde, N.Y. - Two Amish men from Wayne County are accused of killing a litter of healthy puppies and their mother. “This is simply a case of animal cruelty,” says Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy who intends to charge the pair. The nine dead dogs were discovered in a compost pile and reported to police January 17th. Merlin Schumacher who owns the dogs says he was trying to breed Australian Red Heelers, but when he couldn’t sell the dogs and they became “too big” he asked an employee to shoot them. Jonathan Eicher agreed to put the dogs down....
  • How The South Will Rise To Power Again

    02/01/2013 6:14:22 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 44 replies
    http://www.forbes.com/ ^ | 01/31/2013 | Joel Kotkin
    The common media view of the South is as a regressive region, full of overweight, prejudiced, exploited and undereducated numbskulls. This meme was perfectly captured in this Bill Maher-commissioned video from Alexandra Pelosi, the New York-based daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Given the level of imbecility, maybe we’d be better off if the former Confederate states exiled themselves into their own redneck empire. Travel writer Chuck Thompson recently suggested this approach in a new book. Right now, however, Northeners can content themselves with the largely total isolation of Southerners from the corridors of executive power. Yet even as...
  • Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob

    02/01/2013 6:12:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Conservatives are always told they don't do enough to reach across the aisle. We're divisive, obstructionist and hostile to bipartisanship. So in the spirit of unity and comity, I'm announcing the formation of a new social justice group: Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob. Now all I need are some principled Democratic ladies and liberal media lionesses to step up to the plate with me to protest the vulgar, sexist behavior of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Surely, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Cher, Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria and I can all agree that when a powerful Washington politician abuses his power to...
  • Escapees from rights-challenged lands revere 2nd Amd. more than many born here

    02/01/2013 6:09:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    After decades of statist policies, ostensibly to make us "safer" (offensively misnamed "Patriot Act," anyone?), the United States is far less the beacon of liberty than it once was. And yet, given the sad state of much of the rest of the world, the U.S. is still about the best place in the world for a freedom loving individual. Gun-hating Americans are working hard to change that, with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) going so far as trying to sell the public on her forcible citizen disarmament agenda by pointing out that tyrannical countries would respect us more if...
  • Edward Koch, Former Mayor of New York, Dies

    02/01/2013 6:07:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/1/13 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. Mr. Koch’s spokesman, George Arzt, said the former mayor died at 2 a.m. from congestive heart failure. He was being treated at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital.
  • Caption Hagel

    02/01/2013 5:59:26 AM PST · by crosshairs · 23 replies
  • Bear trap fails to snag burglar

    02/01/2013 5:59:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 7 replies
    New Castle News ^ | Jan 30,2013 | Debbie Wachter
    NEW CASTLE — A bear trap failed to prevent a burglar from entering a home in the 400 block of Countyline Street. That’s because the trap wasn’t set. Someone broke into the house around 12:20 p.m. Sunday and stole two cordless drills and chargers and a bag of tools. The resident told New Castle police she normally keeps a large bear trap set at the bottom of her basement steps, but she had forgotten to set it that day.
  • Letter to ATF demands answers on flawed Milwaukee storefront sting

    02/01/2013 5:57:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A bipartisan push intensified Thursday for answers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee. A Journal Sentinel investigation this week exposed a 10-month federal operation marred by a series of mistakes and failures, including an agent's machine gun being stolen and burglars ripping off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. Milwaukee police and ATF are still looking for that stolen machine gun, officials said Thursday. "Suffice to say, ATF and the police department both have a keen interest in trying to get that firearm back," said Milwaukee...
  • The Average January Nonfarm Payroll Seasonal Adjustment Is...

    02/01/2013 5:52:13 AM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    ... 2.1 million additional jobs, or the number of "statistical" jobs that will be added to the actual number to smooth the jobs trendline, and is the largest of any month in the year. Keep that in mind when considering that the consensus today is for a gain of 165K jobs: a number whose swing will be dwarfed by the actual adjustment added to the actual underlying.