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  • Top 11 "Only in America" Observations- by a Canadian

    02/01/2013 10:59:10 AM PST · by silverleaf · 10 replies
    Lifted from comments to a news article | unk | unk
    TOP-11 “ONLY IN AMERICA” OBSERVATIONS — BY A CANADIAN* 1) Only in America could the rich people - who pay 86% of all income taxes - be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all. 2) Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black while only 12% of the population is black 3) Only in America could they have had the two people most responsible for...
  • ACHTUNG! Miss Germany 2012 is the Sehr Schön Alicia Endemann~

    02/01/2013 10:57:36 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Another smart one here: Miss Germany 2012 Alicia Endemann is a 23-y.o. actress and business management student.  Heritage is actually half German/half French, and at her young age speaks FIVE languages: German, English, French, Spanish Dutch. Besides her role on a German TV series, Alicia also sings and plays piano... More at Reaganite Republican... (SFW/just a couple mild bikini shots) ___________________________________________________________________  IBT   Missology   MissUniverse (official)   BeautyContestUpdate   BeautyContests   MamaNiews.nl   RP Online.de
  • Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigns; led green energy push

    02/01/2013 10:57:25 AM PST · by illiac · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/1/13 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who won a Nobel Prize in physics but came under questioning for his handling of a solar energy loan, is stepping down. Chu offered his resignation to President Barack Obama in a letter Friday. He said he will stay on at least until the end of February and may stay until a successor is confirmed. Chu’s departure had been widely expected and follows announcements by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson and Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that they are leaving.
  • DHS adds another 200,000 rounds to its 2 billion round stockpile

    02/01/2013 10:56:33 AM PST · by Perseverando · 58 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Ryan Keller
    Last year, it was reported that the Department of Homeland Security had purchased 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition of various calibers for reasons that the agency refuses to reveal. On Wednesday, the DHS announced that it would acquire another 200,000 rounds from a company known as Evian Group, Inc. The DHS put out a solicitation for the purchase on the FedBizOps.gov Web site on Dec. 17 for the agency’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, requesting .40 caliber hollow point rounds, Federal Ammunition of 1,000 rounds in 200 cases. Not only is the reason for the agency’s stockpiling...
  • Apologize for WHAT? Happy birthday, happy warrior Andrew Breitbart

    02/01/2013 10:54:54 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 17 replies
    Conservative warrior Andrew Breitbart would have been 44 today. His bold, fighting spirit lives on in the conservative movement. And, of course, he continues to live rent-free inside the heads of the progressives whose hate he retweeted.
  • Mexico oil company Pemex blast: Death toll rises to 32

    02/01/2013 10:47:53 AM PST · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | Febru7ary 1, 2013 | CBS News/AP
    Mexico City - Rescuers searched for survivors Friday and authorities promised a thorough investigation after an office building blast killed 32 people and injured 121 at the headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos. The cause of the basement explosion in an administrative building next to the iconic, 51-story Pemex tower in Mexico City remained a mystery, with President Enrique Pena Nieto urging people not to speculate. Theories ranged from an electrical fire to an air conditioning problem to a possible attack.
  • Fuzzy math on cats, birds clouds highly questionable ‘study’

    02/01/2013 10:45:32 AM PST · by Fawn · 16 replies
    Best Friends Animal Society ^ | 1-31-13 | Francis Battista
    Did you see it? It was all over the Internet the last couple of days. Sound the alarm, alert the news media. Reportedly, cats are stone-cold killers to the tune of possibly 19 billion animals a year! USA Today, the New York Times, NPR and just about everybody else have been reporting on a “study,” released in the journal Nature Communications, that claims startling new estimates for the number of prey captured each year by free-roaming and feral cats.
  • Democratic presidential candidate already running campaign ads for 2016

    02/01/2013 10:45:24 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 10 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 2-1-2013 | Laura Byrne
    February 1, 2013 Democratic presidential candidate already running campaign ads for 2016 by Laura Byrne Look out Joe Biden, another Democrat has already thrown his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential race, and he’s already running campaign ads on TV.Lee L. Mercer, Jr. of Texas has reportedly started running a TV commercial spreading his campaign promise to create “a new computerized government that will run the office of the President of the United States with a computer.”According to the ad, “Lee L. Mercer, Jr. of Houston, Texas is announcing his campaign for President of the United States in...
  • Please Freep This Site

    02/01/2013 10:44:25 AM PST · by Jeff Gordon · 10 replies
    This site was started by a California Liberal. His goal is to use his surveys to prove that his liberal views are the most common and most correct views. Since the friends of his that he has told about the site are mostly like minded CA liberals, he feels that he is proving his point.
  • The Missing Link To An Armed Citizenry!

    02/01/2013 10:41:17 AM PST · by Ohioan · 12 replies
    Truth Based Logic ^ | February 1, 2013 | William Flax
    While the present Administration ignores both Washington's wise counsel & his clear understanding of male psychology, President Obama's Secretary of Defense, denies both the role of Congress, the Chivalric Code & all human experience in a bizarre January order for all branches of the Armed Forces to place women in combat units by 2016. Will further eroding a sense of male responsibility serve any constructive purpose, in dealing with any contemporary problem? Will trashing what have always been constructive male roles--the responsibility of young men to defend their society--contribute anything positive toward dealing with the rash of atrocities committed by...
  • Texas Senator Tells Chicago Mayor To Back-Off Gun Manufacturers (Cruz Tells Off Emanuel)

    02/01/2013 10:38:17 AM PST · by Red Steel · 37 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | January 29, 2013
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz wants Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to back of gun manufacturers. The Republican senator issued a response to Emanuel’s letter to banks which do business with gun makers. The Lone Star politician considers the former Obama administration official a bully. Cruz told gun companies that Texas banks would welcome their business and offered to personally introduce them to leading lenders. Senator Cruz’s response to Rahm Emanuel stated: “Your city’s longstanding policies stripping citizens of their Constitutional rights to keep and bear arms have, in turn, produced some of the very highest murder rates in the nation. Regardless,...
  • Obama vs Rush: Round 2

    02/01/2013 10:33:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama is naming names in his second term when it comes to his un-preferred media, something he generally farmed out to White House staff and political surrogates during the first term. The president, in a recent interview with The New Republic, found scapegoats for Washington gridlock. “One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates,” Obama told TNR. “If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing...
  • How realistic should school shooting drills be?

    02/01/2013 10:31:02 AM PST · by opentalk · 13 replies
    Associalted Press ^ | January 31, 2012 | Carolyn Thompson
    "I want to see my kids! Bang! Bang!" the man shouted as he stormed into the front office of a South Carolina elementary school and pointed a handgun at a secretary and custodian. Both went limp at the verbal gunshots, and the "shooter," a police officer taking part in a school safety drill, continued his rampage. ... All fell to the floor with bloody, fake wounds.
  • AZ:Gun Control Statement (Leon N. Wilmot, Yuma County Sheriff)

    02/01/2013 10:29:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    facebook.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Leon N. Wilmot, Yuma County Sheriff
    Gun Control Statement: In light of the increasing amount of requests for Sheriff Wilmot’s position concerning the issues related to gun control, he has issued the following letter to the Citizens of Yuma County. To the Citizens of Yuma County, I, like many Americans, am always appalled and heartbroken when I hear of any incident involving the murder(s) of innocent victims at the hands of violent criminals. Like all Americans, I wish for justice to be served upon those responsible for perpetrating these horrible crimes. I also pray that the families of those victims receive peace during those times of...
  • Vanity Scott Brown not running

    02/01/2013 10:25:40 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 50 replies
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    Details to follow..Scott Brown not running for Kerry seat
  • There's Reason Ted Cruz's Questions To Chuck Hagel Angered And Confused Democrats

    02/01/2013 10:24:52 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-1-13 | The Looking Spoon
    He's been a senator for only a few days and he's already rocketing to the top as a Republican star...which is admittedly a low bar lately. Check out the full video at The Right Scoop.
  • Kenya: Could a Different Electoral System Encourage Cooperation Rather Than Clashes?

    02/01/2013 10:24:02 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    All Africa ^ | January 29, 2013 | Seema Shah
    Kenyan elections have often led to ethnic violence, but alternative voting systems could foster greater tendencies towards coalitions and broad-based appeals. Youth carry crude weapons ready to fight during 2008 election violenceNairobi - In 1992, after nearly three decades of single-party rule in Kenya, characterised by KANU (Kenya African National Union) hegemony and the brutal suppression of any voices of dissent, former president Daniel arap Moi turned an important page in Kenya's political history. In response to mounting domestic and international pressure, he agreed to hold multi-party elections. At the same time, however, he warned that the advent of multi-party...
  • Most Popular Dog in America is...

    02/01/2013 10:23:13 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 93 replies
    http://www.weather.com/ ^ | 02/01/2013 | Edecio Martinez
    The American Kennel Club says the Labrador retriever is the nation's most popular dog for the 22nd straight year - for attributes that range from family-friendly pet to search-and-rescue nose.
  • Nullification Deniers! This Is What James Madison Really Said

    02/01/2013 10:18:03 AM PST · by WXRGina · 43 replies
    American Clarion ^ | January 28, 2013 | Publius Huldah
    This is The Age of Ignorance. Our “intellectuals” can’t think. Our “scholars” parrot each other. The self-educated fixate on idiotic theories. Our People despise Truth and disseminate lies. Nullification deniers such as Matthew Spalding of Heritage Foundation, Jarrett Stepman of Human Events, law professor Randy Barnett, David Barton of Wallbuilders, and history professor Allen C. Guelzo, say that nullification by States of unconstitutional acts of the federal government is unlawful and impossible. They make the demonstrably false assertions that: -States don’t have the right to nullify unconstitutional acts of the federal government because our Constitution doesn’t say they can do...
  • State: Don't delay George Zimmerman murder trial

    02/01/2013 10:15:35 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 1, 2013 | Arelis R. Hernández and Rene Stutzman
    Prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda today objected to a delay in George Zimmerman's trial, accusing defense attorney Mark O'Mara of spending too much time on media interviews and suggesting that O'Mara may be stalling because he's out of money. O'Mara on Tuesday filed paperwork, asking Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to delay Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial, which is currently set for June 10. O'Mara appears to want the trial pushed back to November, de la Rionda wrote, but deserves no additional time. The state has done nothing in violation of Florida's rules of criminal procedures, de la Rionda wrote, and...
  • Why are Barack Obama and Jimmy Buffett teaching kids to shoot other kids?

    02/01/2013 10:14:11 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-31-13 | DrJohn
    Arizona, 2007: A child is suspended for drawing images of a gun: MESA, Ariz. — Parents of a Florence student suspended for sketching a gun during class say his punishment is an overreaction by school officials. The eighth-grader at Florence's Walker Butte K-8 school was suspended for three days on Aug. 24 for drawing images of a gun. Stephanie Vardarkis said her son, Joshua, had drawn the images on index cards, sort of like a cartoon that included a stick figure holding a gun. In one image, the boy included the name of the school resource officer. Rather than it...
  • Obama's Secretaries Get Paid OJT!

    02/01/2013 10:13:14 AM PST · by NOBO2012
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-1-2013 | MOTUS
    We’re introducing a bill today to provide funding for a new on-the-job-training (OJT) program for all new Cabinet members.   “If Confirmed, I intend to learn about the Defense Department.” BO is a big proponent of the earn-while-you-learn approach to education, having benefited from the approach himself. For example, when he decided to become a community organizer instead of getting a real job, even though he had a Bachelors Degree (somewhere) in something from Columbia, he was tutored by the best.   Then, after he went back to school and collected a law degree from Harvard, he decided to become...
  • NRA chief: Why we fight for gun rights

    02/01/2013 10:06:02 AM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2013 | David Keene
    After President Lyndon Johnson signed the Gun Control Act of 1968, many anti-gun politicians looked forward to the day when they could completely ban the sale and ownership of firearms and perhaps even confiscate those already in private hands. --snip-- Anyone who doubts this need only look at what happened in the literally bankrupt city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, last week. The organizers of the largest outdoor show in the country, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, announced that they would not allow the display or presence of the firearms the president likes to demonize as assault weapons. Within days, more...
  • Fireworks Truck Explodes on Bridge in China (87 yards collapse)

    02/01/2013 10:03:23 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2013 | CHRIS BUCKLEY
    HONG KONG — A truck laden with fireworks exploded on an elevated expressway in central China on Friday, unleashing a blast that threw vehicles 30 yards to the ground below and killing at least nine people, state news reports said. The truck was on an expressway near Sanmenxia in Henan Province in morning fog when the truck erupted, causing an 87-yard section of the Yichang Bridge to collapse, according to the Web site of Dahe Daily, a newspaper in Henan, which quoted rescue officials at the site. Earlier, officials had raised the possibility that a bridge collapse set off the...
  • ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’

    02/01/2013 10:01:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Caroline May
    ICE agents union to AFL-CIO president Trumka: ‘You don’t speak for us’ Posted By Caroline May On 12:34 PM 02/01/2013 @ 12:34 PM In DC Exclusives - Original Reporting,Politics,Yahoo! Linkbox,Yahoo! News | No Comments The ICE Agents union responded forcefully to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka’s assertion Tuesday that “unions did have at one point some differences” but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind” the president’s immigration reform agenda now. “No President Trumka, there are still differences within the AFL-CIO, and you don’t speak for us,” the ICE union dispatched in a press release this week. According to the union,...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Tenth Week in Office

    02/01/2013 10:00:28 AM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 2/1/13 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Tenth Week in Office1/31/2013Obama and Agenda 21The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards - for biofuels that still do not existBenghazi-GatePanetta expected to testify on Libya after senator threatens to hold up nominationIt's 3am and nobody's thereSen. Ted Cruz Questioning Chuck Hagel in Confirmation Hearing Hagel faulted for calling US "world bully" in Al Jazeera interviewHagel: If confirmed, I’ll be sure to learn much more about the Defense departmentCruz: Has Israel committed war crimes? Hagel: "No, but… No I do not."Senator to DefSec Nominee: Why Have the Iranians Endorsed You?Hagel: Iran Has Legitimate, Elected...
  • Rahm Emanuel Writes to Mutual Funds Urging them to Blacklist Gun Companies

    02/01/2013 10:00:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/01/2013 | Bryan Preston
    Rahm Emanuel Writes to Mutual Funds Urging them to Blacklist Gun CompaniesPosted By Bryan Preston On January 30, 2013 @ 11:29 am In Politics | 33 Comments The tyrant of Chicago is at it again. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now pushing mutual funds to divest and blacklist gun manufacturers for the crime of opposing the Obama regime’s gun-control efforts.Emanuel’s statement on his assault on the First and Second Amendments: “Just like the banks and pension funds, I believe that these Mutual Funds can exert an enormous amount of influence by taking a stand against gun manufacturers that continue to refuse...
  • Immigration Reform. . . Again?

    02/01/2013 9:59:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Morgan Brittany
    Not wasting any time, Obama has jumped on every liberal issue that he can since he was inaugurated for his second term. He is not “letting a good crisis go to waste”. Last week it was gun control. The media was on it 24/7. This week it’s all about immigration reform and the push is on. We HAVE to get this done…NOW! Let’s take a deep breath and look at what we will need to deal with if Congress jumps into this issue.This is déjà-vu. Back in 1986 President Reagan signed an amnesty bill into law that would solve the...
  • State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12; Suppresse

    02/01/2013 9:58:46 AM PST · by ColdOne · 2 replies
    cns.com ^ | 2/1/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Full title...State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12; Suppressed Their Identities AfterwardBefore the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, the department undertook a calculated effort to publicize the agents’ names and faces--presenting them in a State Department promotional magazine posted on the Internet. After the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks, the State Department has treated the names and faces of the DS agents who survived those attacks as if they were classified information. This remarkable about-face raises two questions: Why can’t the American people know the names--and hear the stories--of the heroic DS agents...
  • Hewlett Packard Could Have Been Apple, But It Made 5 Poor Decisions

    02/01/2013 9:53:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/01/2013 | Julie Bort
    Back in the 1970's Steve Wozniak worked for Hewlett Packard designing its hit product, engineering calculators. At night and on the weekends, often in his HP cubicle, he tinkered on a little project that would one day become the Apple I computer. Woz designed the hardware, circuit boards and operating system for the Apple I. Woz took his pet project to HP and "begged" them to manufacture the PC, he told Georgia State University students on Wednesday. "Five times they turned me down," the Atlanta Business Chronicle quotes Wozniak from his lecture. When Steve Jobs saw the Apple I, he...
  • Ed Koch’s grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words

    02/01/2013 9:52:31 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Poynter ^ | 2/1/13 | Julie Moos
    Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88. He plans to be buried in Manhattan, the three-term mayor said in 2008. His headstone and a memorial bench, placed at Trinity Church Cemetery in 2009, evoke his faith and his admiration of a murdered journalist. Koch explained his plans to the Associated Press: The marker will bear the Star of David and a Hebrew prayer, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” It also will be inscribed with the last words of journalist Daniel Pearl before he was murdered by...
  • The day a U-boat ran aground off Hastings

    02/01/2013 9:52:25 AM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st February 2013 | Anthony Bond
    'They were among the most feared killing machines of World War One, causing the deaths of thousands of servicemen at sea. So when the people of Hastings woke one morning to see this German U-boat on their beach, it caused something of a shock. These eerie pictures show how the horrors of war got a little bit too close to home for the people of the Sussex town. The U-boat, number 118, was surrendered on February 23, 1919 - exactly one year after it was launched. The type two boat was due to be transferred to France but the tow...
  • Nordic thaw: They are Shrinking the state in…Sweden?

    02/01/2013 9:49:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    It is a rare report on any country that gives me hope any of us can tackle our mounting, disastrous debt problems, so I think I’ll revel in this one, from the unlikeliest of places— Sweden. Sweden has reduced public spending as a proportion of GDP from 67% in 1993 to 49% today. It could soon have a smaller state than Britain. It has also cut the top marginal tax rate by 27 percentage points since 1983, to 57%, and scrapped a mare’s nest of taxes on property, gifts, wealth and inheritance. This year it is cutting the corporate-tax rate...
  • School Choice: Making the Grade

    02/01/2013 9:48:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    More than 200 organizations across the country are staging some 3,600 events to mark this year’s School Choice Week. But many grateful parents have reason to celebrate every week. Just ask Joseph Kelley. A single father living in Washington, D.C., Kelley was shocked when his son Rashawn failed the first grade. Worse, his teachers didn’t even realize that he knew how to read. But rather than work to improve his vocabulary and get him up to grade level, the D.C. Public School System placed Rashawn in special-education classes. Kelley knew his son was smart but wasn’t being well-served by his...
  • Democrat Senator Supports 2nd Amendment as "Safeguard Against Tyranny" (!)

    02/01/2013 9:45:39 AM PST · by Atlas Sneezed · 43 replies
    Guns (magazine): "Know Your Lawmakers" ^ | February, 1960 | Hubert Humphrey
    "Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used, and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard against tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible" Senator Hubert H. Humphrey (D) Minn. "Know Your Lawmakers" Guns (magazine),...
  • New Social Class Coming

    02/01/2013 9:44:10 AM PST · by A'elian' nation · 6 replies
    Japan has recognized a new class of citizenry. They exist here too in great abundance. After the Fascist-Progressives get all the money they can get from the middle class and the rich and wealthy and still find themselves wanting, this is the next target group. They won't even have to tax them to fill their coffers. In just three years, Japan will reap 74 billion from them. But Japan has a labor shortage problem, and this could also be a way to solve that problem. It is also preferable to raising the minimum wage. So who is this new social/political...
  • Gallup Poll Ranks Nation's 'Most Conservative' States

    02/01/2013 9:43:38 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 21 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com/ ^ | 01 Feb 2013 | Bill Hoffmann
    Alabama has won the title of the most conservative state in the nation, followed closely by North Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, and Utah, a new Gallup poll reveals. Rounding out the Top 10 reddest of the red states are Oklahoma, Idaho, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Arkansas. Alabama took the crown after a majority of residents — 50.6 percent of those polled — told Gallup they identified their ideology as conservative. North Dakota and Wyoming tied for second place with 48.6 percent of residents in those states saying they are conservative. “The Top 10 conservative states are all red states that vote reliably...
  • Senate kills Rand Paul’s bill to prohibit sales of F-16s to Egypt

    02/01/2013 9:43:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2013 | AllahPundit
    The vote on Rand Paul's bill wasn't close: 79-19, with more Republicans voting against it (26) than for it (19). Why? For the same reason McCain looked the other way at Morsi's Jew-baiting and backed continued aid to Egypt. Namely, leverage: [T]he pro-Israel lobbying group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) actually opposed PaulÂ’s amendment. An AIPAC official explained to The Daily Caller News Foundation that the committee feared that the measure, if passed, would diminish U.S. influence in Egypt. A few extra F-16s aren't going to change the balance of air power between the IAF and Egypt's air force...
  • Eagle Scout to BSA: Are You Nuts?

    02/01/2013 9:39:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/01/2013 | Jack Cashill
    As a 14 year-old, and a freshly-minted Eagle Scout, I had a terrible crush on my 11 year-old cousin Mary, and she on me. Although not a first cousin, Mary was close enough to the family that she spent a week or two down the New Jersey shore with us that summer in our ramshackle one-bedroom bungalow. My parents got the bedroom, and the dozen or so visitors and kids slept together in the all-purpose general room. So intense was my desire just to reach out and touch her that it kept me awake at night. That is the way...
  • When Women Fight, Civilization Loses

    02/01/2013 9:38:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Diane West
    And so it came, the coup de grace. The final "barrier" to "opportunities" for women in combat is no more. With a stroke of their pens, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey decreed that no battlefield mission or military role is off-limits to the female sex. The defense secretary and the general thus liberated mothers, daughters, sisters and wives to kill and be killed in the infantry, commando raids, even in Obama administration "overseas contingency operations." In so doing, they also slashed away at that last institutional protection for the space that separates...
  • Michigan Lost 42,000 Union Members Last Year

    02/01/2013 9:36:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 18 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/28/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The state of Michigan lost 42,000 union members from 2011 to 2012, the ninth largest drop in the country, according to a Jan. 23 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois had the largest drop in the country with a loss of 75,000 union members. Overall, the union membership rate in the U.S. dropped from 11.8 percent in 2011 to 11.3 percent in 2012. Since 1983 — the first year comparative data is available — union membership in the country had dropped from 17.7 million to 14.4 million, a 19 percent drop. Michigan's union membership went from 671,000...
  • A Not-So-Doomed GOP (The party has overwhelming local success, but is a federal failure)

    02/01/2013 9:34:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/01/2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    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...
  • Kept Conservatives: Prominent Right-Wingers Who Sound Very Liberal

    02/01/2013 9:33:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jerry Bowyer
    We’ve had a wide variety of conservative: the neo-cons, the paleo-cons and most recently the crunchy cons. Have you ever noticed how many of the most prominent conservative voices in America sound more like liberals? I have, and I believe they are in class all their own: they have a special mission and fit a particular profile. They are what I like to call ‘kept cons.’ They are ‘kept’ by liberals in that kept cons generally work for liberal institutions and seem to fill the role of token conservative; they write conservative columns for national liberal newspapers or appear as...
  • My Valuable, Cheap College Degree (From a former University Professor)

    02/01/2013 9:32:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/01/2013 | Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute
    MUCH is being written about the preposterously high cost of college. The median inflation-adjusted household income fell by 7 percent between 2006 and 2011, while the average real tuition at public four-year colleges increased over that period by over 18 percent. Meanwhile, the average tuition for just one year at a four-year private university in 2011 was almost $33,000, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. College tuition has increased at twice the rate of health care costs over the past 25 years. Ballooning student loan debt, an impending college bubble, and a return on the bachelor’s degree that...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under attack by Radical Extremists.

    02/01/2013 9:31:16 AM PST · by Codetrader · 12 replies
    Save America Foundation ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Sheriff Joe Arpaio
    Just three weeks after I was sworn into office for a sixth term as Maricopa County Sheriff, a group of radical extremists filed a recall campaign to forcibly remove me from office. This is very serious. These left-wing groups of agitators are the same ones who spent millions against me in last year’s campaign in an effort to defeat me. Because they didn’t like the outcome of that election they are now going to spend millions of dollars to force a recall election this coming fall. So far they have raised over $1.3 million to defeat me! These sore losers...
  • Eighth District Cops 'Play it by the Heart' and Restore Family's Faith in Goodness.

    02/01/2013 9:31:03 AM PST · by Jgerald · 1 replies
    Southwest Chicago Post ^ | 01/30/13 | Joan Hadac
    Jennifer is a 33-year-old single mother of three girls: Raven, 8, Sadie, 2, and Grace, 1. As is so often the case in this economic depression, times are tough for Jennifer. She is unemployed and on public assistance. Just before three o'clock on a Thursday afternoon, Jennifer and the girls arrived home to their apartment near 61st Place and Spaulding, only to find it ransacked by burglars. Predictably, the criminals swiped what cash they could get their grubby paws on, about $300 in rent money that was hidden. Also no surprise, they stole whatever electronics they could: a couple of...
  • Underground dentist not remorseful about illegal practice

    02/01/2013 9:31:04 AM PST · by posterchild · 18 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Friday Feb 1, 2013 | Jason Sickles
    PLANO, Texas—Inside the unassuming ranch-style house, investigators discovered things like an x-ray machine, grinders, syringes, surgical instruments and anesthetics. Police say the homeowner, 63-year-old Jose Santiago Delao, had been running an underground dental clinic in the aging suburban Dallas neighborhood for years: pulling teeth and filling cavities, among other procedures. As shocking as this sounds, Delao's case is not that unusual. And it offers insight into a world of backyard dentistry that caters to those in the country illegally, the uninsured and others who can’t find affordable dental care. Delao admits he skirted the law, but isn’t remorseful. “Jesus Christ...
  • North: Surrounded by Enemies

    02/01/2013 9:30:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 1, 2013 | Oliver North
    JERUSALEM — Until Jan. 30, I was working on a story about reaction here in Israel to the Obama administration's decision to provide advanced F-16 aircraft to Egypt. All that changed early Wednesday, when I received a call from an Israeli friend who told me: "Last night, the (Israeli air force) carried out a raid on a weapons convoy in Syria." He said the trucks were en route to Lebanon, making a "delivery of arms to Hezbollah," and "all aircraft returned safely." He then added, "Let's see how long it takes for us to be condemned by the 'friends of...
  • Bahraini princess who works as a police officer on trial for torturing two doctors

    02/01/2013 9:27:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:05 EST, 31 January 2013 | Leon Watson
    A Bahraini princess who works as a police officer is on trial for torturing two doctors while they were in detention, prosecutors said today. Shaikha Noora Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa allegedly carried out the abuse during political unrest in the Gulf Arab kingdom in 2011. A senior official at Bahrain’s Public Prosecutor’s office said the royal is also facing a separate trial for physically assaulting Aayat Al Qormozi, a young female opposition activist. … According to Al Sammak’s lawyer, the alleged torture took place in March and April 2011, a period when the kingdom was convulsed by unrest following the...
  • A False Start to Tax Season

    02/01/2013 9:26:05 AM PST · by bgill · 4 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Jonnelle Marte
    Technically, the IRS kicked off tax season Wednesday — a week later than expected, as a result of Congress’s 12th-hour deal — but tax pros say it could be weeks before many Americans can actually file their returns. The various changes to the tax code forced payroll departments to hold off their end-of-year accounting. A fair number of taxpayers still haven’t received their W2s, experts say. Those who need to file Form 8863 to claim credits for higher education won’t be able to file until the middle of February, after the IRS finishes updating its processing systems, officials said Monday....