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  • Ski resort turns sewage into snow

    02/01/2013 1:00:36 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    MSN Money ^ | 2/1/13 | Bruce Kennedy
    Unpredictable snowfall patterns and drought are prompting the multibillion-dollar industry to consider cost-effective alternatives. After a dismal start to the season for the second straight year, Colorado's ski resorts are finally getting the snow they depend on. Colorado Ski Country USA reported total skier visits at its 21 member resorts dropped 11.5% during the first period of the ski season, which ranges from opening day through New Year's Eve. The marketing research firm IBISWorld reports that while the economic recovery is expected to bring more people to the nation's slopes, climate change is straining operations at many resorts. When natural...
  • Dear FReepers: We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again! [thread XIV]

    02/01/2013 1:00:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,091 replies
    Dear FReepers: We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again. Now starting the second month of the fundraiser and we're lagging behind the pace. Hopefully it'll pick up so we can complete it in the next few weeks. Free Republic stands for God and Country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!! TO THE HILT!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no advertisers,...
  • Rotten to the Core: Reader feedback from the frontlines

    02/01/2013 12:58:20 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    From a history teacher: I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in your Rotten to the Core series. As a history teacher, the Common Core Standards donít have much of an impact on my teaching (yet Ė and to my understanding). The whole of this program seems to be shrouded in edu-speak and double talk (which are mostly the same). In addition to the Common Core, we were given an intro to another change coming to my districtÖ and from what Iíve seen, it is spreading to districts across the country. The new model for teaching is Strategic Planning Strategies...
  • Toronto to pass New York in commercial property boom

    02/01/2013 12:47:59 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 27 replies
    Financial Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Katya Dmitrieva
    Toronto will add more prime office space in 2014 than almost any other city in the Americas as developers take advantage of low borrowing costs to meet demand from companies such as Google Inc. More than 1.59 million square feet of so-called triple-A space will be added in Toronto next year, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield Inc., the worldís largest closely held real estate brokerage firm. Thatís more than in New York and trails only Mexico City, Cushman said. Investments from pension funds and real estate investment trusts, as well as borrowing costs in some cases more than...
  • Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief [link only]

    02/01/2013 12:47:17 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    January 31, 2013 | KATE BRUMBACK
    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/55742445-68/shooting-atlanta-police-says.html.csp
  • Obama credits Chu with designing cap for Gulf oil spill

    02/01/2013 12:47:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    over the past four years working on a whole range of energy issues but also designing a cap to plug a hole in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico when nobody else could figure it out," the president said. "And thatís typical of the incredible contributions that he's made to this country.
  • Selkie Girl Deconstructed

    02/01/2013 12:46:40 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Please tell me if anyone has heard of this "junior classic" ďLast spring, my 2nd-grade daughter came home with an extra assignmentóa worksheet she hadnít completed in class for a story called The Selkie Girl,Ē Jennifer Holladay writes in the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Rethinking Schools.Ē She brought the book home, too, and it was one Iíd never seen before, a Junior Great Books anthology (Series 3, Book 1), published by the nonprofit Great Books Foundation.Ē ďAs we settled in, I asked my daughter to tell me about The Selkie Girl. Her rendition gave me pause, so I asked her...
  • Runaway mom who sued adult children for support ... NOT entitled to money: judge

    02/01/2013 12:40:40 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | February 1, 2013
    A B.C. Supreme Court justice says three adults who were left to fend for themselves as teenagers decades ago do not have to pay support to their estranged mother. Justice Bruce Butler ruled in a decision posted online Thursday that while Shirley Marie Anderson is financially dependent, her children, Donna Dobko, 53, Keith Anderson, 51, and Kenneth Anderson, 48, do not have the money to support her. And even if they did, Butler said heíd make no such order favouring the 74-year-old mother. ďThe childhood experiences of Donna and Kenneth and the lengthy estrangement which resulted from the claimantís failure...
  • Obama offers faith groups new birth control rule

    02/01/2013 12:39:57 PM PST · by illiac · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/1/13 | Rachel Zoll and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Religious nonprofits and secular for-profit businesses have filed more than 40 lawsuits, claiming the mandate violates their religious beliefs. WASHINGTON ó The Obama administration on Friday proposed a work-around for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The government's new regulation attempts to create a barrier between religious groups and contraception coverage, through insurers or a third party, that would still give women free access to contraception. It wasn't immediately clear whether religious leaders would accept the new approach, or whether it would stem the tide of lawsuits by Roman Catholic charities and other faith-affiliated...
  • Hillary's State Dept. Farewell Speech Features Muslim Woman Wearing Burqa

    02/01/2013 12:36:29 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 22 replies
    February 01, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    During Hillary Clinton's farewell speech before all employees of the State Department today, it was impossible not to notice the 'burqa lady' employee deliberately positioned behind her:
  • Students of teacher, 23, who called a teen 'jail bait' launch Twitter page supporting her

    02/01/2013 12:35:07 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05:28 EST, 1 February 2013 | By Leon Watson
    Students have come out in support of a teacher who was suspended from her job after she posted half-naked photos of herself on Twitter and joked about teenager being 'jail bait'. Carly McKinney, a math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after admitting to a local TV station that she created the Twitter account with the help of a friend. Since then a campaign using the hashtag #freecrunkbear has started on Twitter to have her reinstated. Support: Students have backed Carly McKinney who was suspended from her job after she...
  • Clinton: Benghazi Wonít Affect Whether I Run For President

    02/01/2013 12:32:57 PM PST · by yoe · 40 replies
    CBS ^ | Feburay 1, 2013 | Staff
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving office with a slap at critics of the Obama administrationís handling of the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. She told The Associated Press that critics of the administrationís handling of the attack donít live in an ďevidence-based worldĒ and their refusal to ďaccept the factsĒ is unfortunate and regrettable for the political system. In her last one-on-one interview before she steps down on Friday, Clinton told the AP that the attack in Benghazi was the low point of her time as Americaís top diplomat. But she suggested that...
  • #MyJihad online: "The Muslim Ummah Has A Thousand Merahs"

    02/01/2013 12:29:26 PM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | January 31, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Here is the crux of the argument and why an irrational Obama and the rabid left's ensuing power grab on gun control is utter madness. The Newtown school massacre was a known madman on a psychotic mission. Adam Lanza was a deeply sick and disturbed individual that had to medicated and home schooled and kept away from the general population. The problem was his violent lunacy. If he hadn't kill them with guns he might have killed them with bombs. The Toulouse school massacre was jihad as enshrined and commanded in the Quran. Holy war against the non-Muslims is a...
  • Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges charged in probe

    02/01/2013 12:28:08 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges were charged with conspiracy and fraud Thursday, capping a three-year FBI probe into what authorities said was rampant ticket-fixing and pervasive corruption on the bench.
  • Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END

    02/01/2013 12:27:32 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-1-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END Joe WeisenthalFebruary 1, 2013, 10:44 AM The anti-gold bandwagon is getting more and more crowded. Analysts Tom Kendall and Ric Deverell of Credit Suisse is out with a bombshell report this morning titled: Gold: The Beginning Of The End Of An Era. The article argues that the 2011 peak of $1921 was the top, and that now the run of the cult metal is coming to an end. The argument essentially boils down to two arguments, which are related. The first is that we're seeing rate normalization....
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 5 fEBRUARY 1, 2013

    02/01/2013 12:27:13 PM PST · by greeneyes · 54 replies
    Free Republic | February 1, 2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you wonít be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isnít asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • No-money-down mortgages are back

    02/01/2013 12:24:30 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 1, 2013 | AnnaMaria Andriotis
    Itís 100% financingóthe same strategy that pushed many homeowners into foreclosure during the housing bust. Banks say these loans are safer: Theyíre almost exclusively being offered to clients with sizable assets, and they often require two forms of collateralóthe house and a portion of the clientís investment portfolio in lieu of a traditional cash down payment. In most cases, borrowers end up with one loan and one monthly payment. Depending on the lender and the borrower, roughly 60% to 80% of the loan can be pegged to the homeís value while the remaining 20% to 40% can be secured by...
  • 8 Touchdown Dances for Other Situations

    02/01/2013 12:23:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    CollegeHumor ^ | February 1, 2013 | Alex Watt
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  • 8.5 Million Americans Left Labor Force In Obama's First Term

    02/01/2013 12:21:27 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 1, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released jobs numbers for January Friday showing that nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 and the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent. Lost in these headline numbers was another rise in the number of people not in the labor force. This number now stands at a staggering 89 million, up from 80.5 million when President Obama took office. This means that there are currently 8.5 million more Americans not in the labor force than just four years ago. Forget all the other numbers. This continued explosion of people not in the labor force should be...
  • President Steve Capus leaving NBC News

    02/01/2013 12:21:12 PM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | Dylan Byers
    NBC News president Steve Capus announced today that he is leaving the network. "It has been a privilege to have spent two decades here, but it is now time to head in a new direction," he wrote in a memo to staff, obtained by POLITICO. "I have informed Pat Fili-Krushel that I will be leaving NBC News in the coming weeks." "It is impossible to fully express how much I respect the people of NBC News," he wrote. "To call everyone "colleagues" has been a true honor ... but to call so many of you dear friends has been a...
  • Biden concedes new laws won't totally end gun massacres

    02/01/2013 12:19:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    cnn ^ | February 1st, 2013 11:02 AM ET | Kevin Liptak
    Washington (CNN) Ė Vice President Joe Biden, who spearheaded the White House's effort to find ways of reducing gun violence, admitted to reporters Thursday that any measures passed by Congress would fail in totally eliminating gun deaths. Biden was speaking on Capitol Hill after meeting with Democratic lawmakers to build support for gun control legislation currently making its way through Congress. While he said no law could ever eliminate gun deaths, the vice president stressed that attempts must be made to prevent gun violence, particularly as Americans are demanding an answer from the government on how to end tragedies like...
  • NBC News President Capus to leave network (Matt Lauer's days are numbered now...)

    02/01/2013 12:18:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/1/13 | Liana B. Baker
    NBC News President Steve Capus will be leaving the network in the coming weeks after struggles at the unit including lower ratings for its flagship morning show "Today." Capus had been the president of NBC News since 2005. No replacement has been named, according to a company memo obtained by Reuters. In a statement, Capus said it was "now time to head in a new direction."
  • Scouting's Suicide

    02/01/2013 12:13:16 PM PST · by The King of Elflands Daughter · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/31/2013 | Edward Whelan
    Imagine that a group of girls is going on a long camping trip, supervised by adult volunteers who are young men you barely know. Would you let your 15-year-old daughter go? Nearly every parent, I think, would recognize the folly, even though the men might well be models of good behavior. Why should our common-sense response be any different if the 15-year-old is a boy and the possible, even if not-likely-to-be-acted-on, sexual attraction of the adult supervisors is homosexual rather than heterosexual?
  • Dung beetles use the Milky Way to push poo

    02/01/2013 12:11:06 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 23 replies
    theverge ^ | February 1, 2013 | Amar Toor
    Most insects have no trouble moving around when the moon is bright, but darker nights can make nighttime navigation a bit more difficult. African dung beetles, however, have apparently found a workaround ó the Milky Way. A recent study from researchers in Sweden and South Africa found that on moonless nights, dung beetles use the stars to help orient themselves, a rather surprising tactic for a creature that spends so much time with its nose to the ground. In fact, scientists say these findings are the first evidence of any insect having celestial navigation capabilities. Researchers made this discovery after...
  • Dow hits 14,000 for 1st time since October 2007

    02/01/2013 12:10:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/01/2013 | Christina Rexrode
    NEW YORK -- The Dow stock market index flirted with the 14,000 line Friday, bringing reminders of the last time it hit that mark ó almost a different era, before the financial crisis rocked the world economy. Propelled by reports on U.S. jobs and auto sales, the Dow Jones industrial average crossed the line and kept its ground through the early afternoon, after flitting back and forth throughout the morning. The other major stock indexes also rose. "There's a newfound enthusiasm for the equity market," said Jim Russell, regional investment director at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Minneapolis. But market...
  • More Michigan Students Opt for School Choice

    02/01/2013 12:09:57 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2013 | Audrey Spalding
    According to polling data and "conversations" held by the Center for Michigan, the general public is less interested in expanding school choice than it is in other policy options. More than 50 percent of poll respondents said that increasing school choice in Michigan was important, but other options, such as providing "stronger support for educators" or improving "teacher preparation" were more popular. Yet, student and parent actions tell a different story. More students are taking advantage of school choice in Michigan now than ever before. The number of students who attend a district other than the one they live in...
  • Best Valentine gift idea for HIM .....

    02/01/2013 12:08:36 PM PST · by Lizavetta · 45 replies
    February 1, 2013 | lizavetta
    Valentine's Day is coming up and I'd love to get Freepers' opinions of the best gift idea they've ever heard of for a man .... something that will completely melt him like butter and make him feel like a million bucks. I know there are plenty of creative and imaginative people on this forum so please help me here .....
  • Most conservative state in America? It's Alabama, by a country mile

    02/01/2013 12:04:57 PM PST · by FReepaholic · 31 replies
    al.com ^ | 2/1/2013 | George Talbot
    Alabama was the most conservative state in the union in 2012, with more than half of state residents describing themselves as politically conservative, according to a new survey released today by Gallup.
  • Shootout reported across from Falcon State Park[South Texas]

    02/01/2013 12:02:16 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KGBT ^ | February 1, 2013 | Staff
    Authorities are on alert after a shootout was reported across the border from Falcon State Park. It all started with reports of a gunfire coming from Nueva Ciudad Guerrero just after 9 a.m. Friday. Mexican authorities have not released any information but Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies, customs officers and others are on alert. The law enforcement agencies have increased patrols on the American side of the border. Falcon State Park Manager Carlos Rivas told Action 4 News that there is heightened security at the park but it remains open.
  • Energy Secretary Chu steps down, blasts climate-change skeptics

    02/01/2013 11:54:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist frequently the target of Republican criticism, announced Friday that he was stepping down in the latest shake-up of President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Chu, who disclosed his decision in a letter to Energy Department staff, frequently clashed with GOP lawmakers over gas prices as well as government backing for green-energy companies like the failed firm Solyndra. In his letter, Chu took aim directly at his critics, saying the clean-energy efforts were a successóand blasted climate-change skeptics as trapped in "the Stone Age." He also scolded climate-change skeptics and urged a shift from fossil-fuels...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules [The Clown Dictates What Your Kid Eats]

    02/01/2013 11:54:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/13 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school meal. In effect, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions, candy with granola, and regular soda with diet ó but only for high schoolers.
  • McDonald's Jobs Are Great Jobs!

    02/01/2013 11:52:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | January 31, 2013 | John Wiseman
    During a previous life, I was interviewing some soon to be college graduates for a possible position as an Assistant Manager Trainee in one of the 1200 F.W. Woolworth Stores around the fruited plains. Someone at the local University's placement office must have instructed those poor skulls full of mush on the finer points on negotiating a salary, (I just stopped laughing at those dumb kids about a week ago.) Each and every one of the kids asked at the end of the interview about salary, and each used the same wording to tell me that they felt that their...
  • Harriet Hagel - We thought Chuck Hagel was wrong. Now we know heís unqualified, too.

    02/01/2013 11:47:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 1, 2013 | Daniel Foster
    ‚ÄėShaky.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúStruggling.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAwkward.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúNot impressed.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúUnresponsive and bumbling.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDisaster.‚ÄĚ These are some of the words used by observers left, right, and middle to describe Chuck Hagel‚Äôs appearance before the United States Senate yesterday.They might be underselling it. Hagel attempted to contextualize his comments about the intimidating ‚ÄúJewish lobby‚ÄĚ by noting that that was only time he used those words ‚Äúon the record.‚ÄĚ Later, in response to a challenge from Senator Graham to name one person or one ‚Äúdumb‚ÄĚ government policy negatively influenced by Jewish intimidation, Hagel drew a blank. When asked if he stood by an Al Jazeera interview...
  • Man Chases WPEC Reporter, Cameraman Off Property at Gunpoint

    02/01/2013 11:46:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    WPEC reporter Al Pefley (right) and cameraman Dana Szpunar have filed a complaint with the Palm Beach County sheriffís office after a homeowner chased them off his property with a gun... Pefley, who wore dark clothes, had been knocking on doors to find residents willing to be interviewed when he arrived at Jeffrey EassaĎs property. Eassa, 47, is a former principal at Acreage Pines Elementary. Pefley admitted that the gate to Eassaís driveway was padlocked, but the door to the walkway wasnít. So Pefley and Szpunar, camera on his shoulder, walked up the house. They startled Eassa, who was packing...
  • IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

    02/01/2013 11:38:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    CNS ^ | 1/31/13 | 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 a family 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.
  • A Matter of Honor

    02/01/2013 11:34:02 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 02/01/2013 | Michael D. Peabody
    By Michael Peabody [dc]I[/dc]n 2010, La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts institution in Southern California, named its ďFinancial Literacy and Entrepreneurship CenterĒ after notorious abortion provider Edward C. Allred. Allred, a 1964 graduate of Loma Linda University Medical School, has achieved legendary status in the pro-life community for his frank comments in a 1980 interview with the San Diego Union. (The full article, entitled ďDoctorís Abortion Business is LucrativeĒ is available here.) In the article, Allred described how he was able perform more abortions, more quickly, in a more cost-effective manner. †In addition to eliminating pre-abortion psychiatric counseling,...
  • Subway work in Greece unearths ancient gold wreath

    02/01/2013 11:29:31 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 01-25-2013 | Staff
    Excavation work during construction of a new subway network in Greece's second largest city has discovered an ancient wreath made of gold that was buried with a woman some 2,300 years ago. Archaeologists say Friday's find in Thessaloniki occurred on the site of an ancient cemetery in the west of the northern port city. A total 23,000 ancient and medieval artifacts have been found during archaeological excavations connected with the construction since 2006. Archaeologist Vassiliki Misailidou said the olive branch wreath made of gold was buried in a simple, box-shaped woman's grave. It dates to the late 4th or early...
  • California's gun background-check system could be national model(barf alert)

    02/01/2013 11:27:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    chicoer.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Josh Richman
    Every day for the past 22 years, California's background checks have stopped about a dozen felons, mentally ill people and others from buying guns. When prospective gun buyers stride into California gun stores such as Ron Kennedy's Canyon Sports in Martinez, they must swipe their driver's licenses or state IDs. That sets off a review process that runs their names not only through the same FBI criminal database other states use but also almost 20 other sources, from mental health records to DMV data. It's a check more rigorous than any other state's. California is also one of only two...
  • 17% of male Marines say they'll leave if women move into combat positions

    02/01/2013 11:27:41 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/01/2013 | JULIE WATSON
    A Marine Corps survey shows 17 percent of male Marine respondents say they would likely leave the Corps if women move into combat positions. The survey says that number jumps to 22 percent if women are assigned involuntarily to those jobs. Results of the survey of 53,000 Marines were released to The Associated Press on Friday.
  • 2nd Oval Office Readied in White House Rehab Project

    02/01/2013 11:27:00 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 2/1/13 | Alexis Simendinger
    This summer there will be two Oval Offices in the White House complex, and it wonít be a case of double vision. In preparation for a major, two-year renovation of the West Wing, the government is undertaking extensive work to complete a new executive office for President Obama at the south end of the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building, RCP has learned. The presidentís facsimile Oval Office, created as a nearly identical replica of the most famous ovoid room in the world, is slated to be ready for occupancy by August if Obama is ready to move and if design...
  • Smokers To Be Slapped With Huge Penalties Under Obamacare That Will Cost You Thousands Of Dollars

    02/01/2013 11:26:39 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 38 replies
    http://princevega.com ^ | January 26, 2013 | RT
    Smokers, beware: tobacco penalties under President Obamaís Affordable Care Act could subject millions of smokers to fees costing thousands of dollars, making healthcare more expensive for them than Americans with other unhealthy habits. The Affordable Care Act, which critics have also called ďObamacareĒ, could subject smokers to premiums that are 50 percent higher than usual, starting next Jan 1. Health insurers will be allowed to charge smokers penalties that overweight Americans or those with other health conditions would not be subjected to. A 60-year-old smoker could pay penalties as high as $5,100, in addition to the premiums, the Associated Press...
  • Hawai`i gun lobby shoots down gun bills

    02/01/2013 11:26:34 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    KPUA ^ | Thursday, January 31, 2013 | Associated Press
    Honolulu (AP) ó Hawai`i gun enthusiasts are organizing to stop gun control bills from gaining any traction at the state Legislature. Hawai`i Rifle Association President Harvey Gerwig said Wednesday that more than 400 people successfully opposed a bill that would have made firearm instructors liable for accidents that occur during training.
  • Tawana Brawley served with court order to pay man she accused of rape in 1987

    02/01/2013 11:23:08 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | CHUCK BENNETT
    Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley ó whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide ó yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her. ďFor at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,Ē said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post. ďTo me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,íí added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than...
  • Entrepreneurial Education Solutions Required

    02/01/2013 11:21:58 AM PST · by eagleye85
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 1, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    Arthur C. Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a preeminent think-tank in Washington, D.C. What you may not know about him is that he finished his three degrees via correspondence before he landed a job as a Syracuse University professor. ďI possess a 10K-B.A., which I got way back in 1994,Ē writes Brooks for the New York Times. ďAnd it was the most important intellectual and career move I ever made.Ē The 10K-B.A. is a Bachelorís degree that costs approximately $10,000. ďI took classes by mail from the University of Washington, the University of Wyoming, and other...
  • Man finds valuable whale vomit on beach

    02/01/2013 11:20:44 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 31, 2013
    MORECAMBE, England, A British man said he was walking his dog on the beach when the canine discovered a lump of whale vomit -- also known as ambergris -- worth some $158,550. Ken Wilman said his boxer, Madge, discovered the smelly lump on a Morecambe, England, beach and an online search identified the 6-pound object as ambergris, an ingredient in perfume that could be worth as much as $158,550, The Mirror reported Thursday. "It smelled horrible. I left it, came back home and looked it up on the Internet," Wilman said. "When I saw how much it could be worth,...
  • Wresting: No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 3 Iowa

    02/01/2013 11:16:18 AM PST · by FlJoePa · 27 replies
    Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier ^ | 2-1-13 | Steve Batterson
    1 hour ago ē By STEVE BATTERSON, sbatterson@qctimes.com (0) Comments IOWA CITY --- When two-time defending NCAA champion Penn State rides into Carver-Hawkeye Arena tonight, Tom Brands is looking for a different type of rodeo. The top-ranked Nittany Lions handled the third-ranked Hawkeyes a year ago, winning 22-12 at home and the Iowa wrestling coach expects an improved approach from his team in todayís 8 p.m. clash between the only remaining unbeaten teams in Big Ten action. ďThe number one thing we need to do is fight,Ē Brands said. As an example, Brands points to a 174-pound match in last...
  • Animal Planet: Pets Outnumber Children 4 to 1 in America

    02/01/2013 11:16:04 AM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    weekly standard ^ | DANIEL HALPER
    In a new book on demographics set to be published next week, Jonathan V. Last writes that pets now outnumber children 4 to 1 in America. The book is titled What to Expect When No Oneís Expecting. babies ďThe pet market has been steadily increasing in America since the 1980s, with people not only acquiring more furry little dependents, but spending more on them, too,Ē writes Last, a colleague of mine at THE WEEKLY STANDARD. ďIn 1994 Americans spent $1.7 billion on pets; by 2008 that number had risen to $4.3 billion. By 2010, even in the face of a...
  • Gun Control: Officials Set Sights On Ammunition Background Checks

    02/01/2013 11:14:36 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 38 replies
    Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) ^ | February 1, 2013 | Peter Jamison,
    Without bullets, slugs or shot, a gun is no deadlier than a steel club. But the question of how to keep firearms' lethal projectiles out of the wrong hands has historically been a low priority for regulators more concerned about the guns themselves. That could be changing. As the nation debates competing proposals to reduce gun violence, some law enforcement leaders and elected officials argue it's time to examine an area they say is especially devoid of common sense regulation: the buying and selling of ammunition. They say there is an obvious inconsistency in federal and state law. While it...
  • Mohamed Mohamud guilty verdict: No reaction from defendant, lawyers plan to appeal

    02/01/2013 11:14:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 1, 2013 | Bryan Denson
    Silence fell across a Portland courtroom Thursday as U.S. District Judge Garr M. King read the verdict in the terrorism case of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, whose attempt to bomb the city's town square two years ago stunned the nation. Jurors found the 21-year-old Somali American guilty of trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Pioneer Courthouse Square -- a four-block walk from where they sat in the downtown courthouse. Mohamud, whose lawyers argued that the FBI entrapped their client in a sophisticated sting that went too far, showed no reaction. Wearing a sweater and slacks, he rose from...
  • A Proclamation from the Florida Sheriffs Association

    02/01/2013 11:13:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    gunfreezone.net ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Miguel
    When I saw this the first time, I thought it suspicious. I checked with the associationís website and it is there for all to see. I wish it was a bit more forceful in its language since I have the feeling that this might be a case of ďI am for the Second Amendment butÖĒ Hoping I am wrong.