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  • Liberal Media spins Obama's Yucky economy as unemployment rises, recession looms

    02/01/2013 1:37:45 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 2 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jeff Crouere
    In the brave new world of Barack Obama, the media breathlessly report all of the economic data with a positive spin. On Friday, as the unemployment rate increased for the second straight month, the liberal media was telling us this was good news. Is a higher unemployment rate of 7.9 percent really good news? According to the Associated Press, it was an “upbeat” report. Yet, this unemployment figure is high by historical standards and is higher than the rate at the start of the Obama administration.
  • Here’s the BSA Boy Scouts of America Pro-Sodomy Policy Change Proposal

    02/01/2013 1:34:17 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | January 31, 2013
    MEDIA STATEMENTBoy Scouts of America Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 Attributable to: Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations“For more than 100 years, Scouting’s focus has been on working together to deliver the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. Scouting has always been in an ongoing dialogue with the Scouting family to determine what is in the best interest of the organization and the young people we serve.“Currently, the BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation. This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, and...
  • Hostess Brands confirms investment firms' $410 million offer is lead bid for Twinkies...

    02/01/2013 1:33:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    http://www.dallasnews.com ^ | 30 Jan 2013 | Staff
    NEW YORK — Hostess has picked a lead bidder for its famous Twinkies. The bankrupt Irving company said late Wednesday that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess says the two are offering to pay $410 million for the snack-cake business and five bakeries. The "stalking horse" bid would set the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make better offers. A judge would have to approve any final sale. After years...
  • Age of the Tele-Rat: Trayvon Martin's Missing Cell Phone Data

    02/01/2013 1:32:58 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 30 replies
    Talkleft ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jeralyn Merritt
    George Zimmerman's attorneys have filed a motion to delay George Zimmerman's trial until November. The motion to continue is here.There is quite a bit of new information in it. I think the biggest revelation is about Trayvon Martin’s cell phone and mysteriously missing data. Even if you have no interest in the George Zimmerman case, you should read this to see the extent to which information stored in your phone is capable of being retrieved and provided to law enforcement (or anyone else who gets their hands on your phone and wants to know what’s on it.) It's a new...
  • Newsweek Trolls The Nation: Hillary Clinton ‘Most Powerful Woman In American History’

    02/01/2013 1:30:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 1, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Continuing their less-than-estimable tradition of publishing cover stories based on premises that range from the debatable to downright laughable, the onetime print magazine Newsweek trolled the nation again on Friday when they declared Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “the most powerful woman in American history.” The argument Newsweek makes when declaring Clinton the “most powerful woman” in America’s 225 plus years of existence rests primarily on her sky-high popularity and her decades of service in government. Though Clinton is popular, the author, Michael Tomasky, notes that “Not everyone is in on this love-fest.” [E]ven the seething hatred has, over...
  • Let's Regulate Sports

    02/01/2013 1:30:37 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 6 replies
    Me | 1 Feb 2013 | Ben Mugged
    I understand the Government is concerned about injuries in professional football. They are considering regulation to make the contact sport less injurious. While they are at it they should make it illegal to actually strike someone while boxing. Tennis is also a dangerous sport because ankle injuries are prevalent. And ping pong! Carpal tunnel syndrome is the bane of ping pong players! Think of all the knee injuries in Basketball. The Government is so wonderful at regulation. Think of all the great things they have done for us using their constitutional power to regulate. I forget, someone remind me of...
  • Healthy schools: Goodbye candy and greasy snacks

    02/01/2013 1:26:33 PM PST · by EBH · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 2/1/2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    <p>Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas.</p> <p>The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make sure all foods sold in schools are more healthful, a change that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.</p>
  • How much do you know about the Second Amendment? A quiz.

    02/01/2013 1:26:00 PM PST · by shove_it · 63 replies
    CSM via Yahoo ^ | undated | Warren Richey
    After decades of inactivity, the US Supreme Court in 2008 began a major reexamination of the scope of the right to keep and bear arms, an issue that has long ignited passionate debate and prompted powerful political lobbying. How well do you understand this constitutional evolution? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
  • Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten named Bart Starr Award winner

    02/01/2013 1:21:29 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.nola.com ^ | 02-01-13 | Trey Iles
    It was a busy Friday morning for Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. First, he accepted the Athletes in Action 2013 Bart Starr Award, given to an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. After that, he was whisked to the Morial Convention Center for a press conference announcing the finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. “To be honest, this is a little uncomfortable because you never want to be recognized,’’ said Witten, who just completed his 10th season in the NFL and is the top...
  • US nudged India to 'Look East': Hillary Clinton

    02/01/2013 1:21:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, February 1, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - As Hillary Clinton made her final speech as America's top diplomat, she suggested US had encouraged India's "Look East" policy as an exercise in 'smart power' in its pivot to Asia Pacific. "There are limits to what soft power on its own can achieve," said Secretary of State Clinton Thursday emphasising American leadership, and the need to reshape diplomacy to meet the changing landscape of the world. "And there are limits to what hard power on its own can achieve. That's why, from day one, I've been talking about smart power," she said during a forum at the...
  • Vancouver Archbishop Defends Proposed Protestant Law School Against Attacks by Gay Activists

    02/01/2013 1:18:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/1/13 | Patrick B. Craine
    Editor’s note: Archbishop J. Michael Miller issued the following statement of support for Trinity Western University’s proposed law school on Friday.VANCOUVER, Feb. 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent pastoral letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed out a disturbing trend – worldwide and in Canada – of bias, prejudice, hate propaganda, discrimination and persecution of others because of their religious beliefs. Efforts to deny Trinity Western University the right to a law school on the basis of its religious principles are an example of the threats to freedom of conscience and religion that are becoming increasingly common in...
  • Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman?

    02/01/2013 1:16:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-31-2013 | Michelle Malkin
    January 31, 2013 Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman? 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...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules

    02/01/2013 1:11:38 PM PST · by illiac · 11 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 practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions. "Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children's overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school...
  • 'American Idol' wannabe Matthew Farmer admits lying about military service on show

    02/01/2013 1:10:35 PM PST · by traumer · 16 replies
    'American Idol' contestant Matthew Farmer has admitted that he lied about his military service on Wednesday night's episode of the popular singing show, this after first denying he had made false claims, and blaming the show's editors for misrepresenting him. In a rambling statement to the website Guardianofvalor.com, Farmer apologized for claiming he had suffered a traumatic brain injury after being injured in an IED explosion in Iraq. "It was ALL lies," Farmer wrote. "I in fact HAVE lied since a younger age and had a problem with it. I am coming out and making a statement (even though I...
  • Obama Administration: We Will Still Force Christians to Act Against Their Faith

    02/01/2013 1:09:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 1, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday set the stage for a massive showdown between the federal government of the United States and American Christians who believe the government has no right to force them to act against their faith by mandating that they buy, provide or facilitate health-care coverage that includes sterilizations, contraception, or abortion-inducing drugs. HHS released a new proposed regulation under the Obamacare law that the department presented as an accommodation to religious “organizations” that object to providing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their health care plans. However, the proposal does not...
  • MLA Requiem

    02/01/2013 1:04:56 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 29, 2013 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A pair of professors objected to our coverage of them at the Modern Language Association (MLA) meeting in Boston this year. Near as we can figure out, what they objected to was the fact that we covered them. “Glad you could make it to my paper on 1930s propaganda and popular culture,” Matthew Stratton, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of California-Davis wrote in an effort at cordiality that belied what was to come. “I must admit, however, that I’m a bit confused by your account of the panel.” “What exactly in my paper did you find objectionable...
  • Money Pouring Into Stocks 'Is Usually a Negative Sign'

    02/01/2013 1:03:18 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 01, 2013
    Despite all the ballyhoo over money flowing back into stocks, the return of mom-and-pop investors means little to how well the market performs this year. Measuring fund flows—or the amount of cash going into mutual funds—is Wall Street's favorite new past-time when it comes to predicting market activity, and the bulls are gushing over the amount surging into equities to start 2013. But in the greater historical context, such moves can foretell very little. For one thing, January almost always sees money coming to the market, and this year is no different. For another, money is pretty much pouring into...
  • 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 don’t have much of an impact on my teaching (yet – 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 district… and from what I’ve seen, it is spreading to districts across the country. The new model for teaching is Strategic Planning Strategies...