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  • 'I think they would rather not know. Wouldn't it be better to have a...successful flight and die...'

    02/01/2013 3:18:12 PM PST · by iowamark · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/2013
    NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on February 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing. Ten years ago, experts at NASA's mission control faced the terrible decision over whether to let the astronauts know that they may die on...
  • Harry Reid: 'Menendez is my friend'

    02/01/2013 3:17:52 PM PST · by mdittmar · 29 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 1/31/13 | GINGER GIBSON
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declined to comment when asked about the growing controversy surrounding Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).“Bob Menendez is my friend, he's an outstanding senator,” Reid said. “Any questions in this regard direct to him. I don't know anything about it.”Menendez has come under increased scrutiny after a Florida doctor who contributed to his campaign had his office raided by the FBI. Menendez reimbursed the doctor for some flights that were taken on a private jet.Reid was also asked about whether Menendez had informed he was making reimbursements.“That's all I'm going to say,” Reid responded, cutting off the...
  • Feds seized nearly 1,500 guns in raid

    02/01/2013 3:16:43 PM PST · by ronnyquest · 48 replies
    KRQE ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Crystal Gutierrez Crystal Gutierrez
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A federal search warrant affidavit outlines the massive raid that seized nearly 1,500 firearms from the home and business of an Albuquerque man and why the feds were after him. Last week rifles lined the lawn of a northeast Albuquerque home that belonged to Robert Adams. Homeland Security Investigations was also busy loading hundreds of handguns into boxes. It took federal agents days to log every weapon seized into evidence. Four search warrants filed Thursday show the HSI investigators seized nearly 900 firearms from Adams' home. There were 548 handguns and 317 rifles listed in the warrant...
  • Just 157K New Payrolls Added In January, But HUGE Upward Revisions To December And November

    02/01/2013 3:15:39 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    The jobs report is out for January, and on the headline it's a slight miss. 157K new jobs is below the consensus estimates of 165K. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%.
  • Chiapas: Expelled Christians Living in Barn

    02/01/2013 3:15:04 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 50 replies
    Voice of the Martyrs ^ | February 2013 page 9 | Voice of the Martyrs
    Chiapas: Expelled Christians Living in BarnFebruary 2013 issue, page 9 “We aren’t delinquents; we’re people who love God and respect society.” A leader of a Christian group of 27 families in Altamirano, Chiapas, Mexico were expelled from their community “just for being evangelicals,” according to a recent report in a Chiapas newspaper. And now the families, which include about 40 children, are living in a cattle barn because they have nowhere else to go. VOM has been providing basic needs to expelled Christians like these through a dedicated pastor who volunteers his time to help. Last year, we provided the...
  • Latest Obamacare casualty: 100 workers at Smith & Nephew

    02/01/2013 3:13:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Washington ^ | 2/1/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Global medical technology firm Smith & Nephew announced Thursday the layoff of almost 100 workers at its Tennessee and Massachusetts plants — and placed blame for the drawdown firmly at the feet of Obamacare. The London-based company makes orthopedic reconstruction products. It faces a 2.3 percent tax on its medical devices, due to Obamacare mandates, Fox News reports. In a statement, the company said: “Unfortunately, and in order to absorb this cost burden into or business, this has meant less than 100 positions have been made redundant across various departmental functions in our Tennessee and Massachusetts sites,” according to Fox...
  • And We're Back! Dow 14,000 Fuels a New Wealth Boom

    02/01/2013 3:13:45 PM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 49 replies
    CNBC ^ | Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | Robert Frank
    The next American wealth boom has officially begun. It may not feel like it for many Americans. But with the Dow breaching 14,000, shareholders and investors have recovered the more than $8 trillion in wealth lost during the recession and attained levels of paper wealth they haven't seen since the Roaring Oughts. The stock market has gone from wealth destroyer to the nation's largest manufacturer of new millionaires and billionaires. The market moves are creating a new virtuous cycle of confidence for the wealthy. A new survey from Spectrem Group shows that millionaire confidence in the economy hit the highest...
  • Atlanta middle school shooting victim released from hospital ("School’s armed officer" ended it!)

    02/01/2013 3:05:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 31, 2013 | Marisa Gerber
    The Atlanta boy who was shot in the back of the head by a fellow middle schooler Thursday afternoon was “conscious and talking” later in the day, authorities said. The victim, a Price Middle School student whose name had not been released, got out of the hospital Thursday night, the Associated Press reported. Earlier, Atlanta Public Schools Supt. Erroll Davis said at a televised press conference that the boy's family had expected his release. After the shooter opened fire in a campus courtyard, the school’s armed officer jumped in, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said...
  • Congress Fails to Act Against Gore’s Terror TV Deal

    02/01/2013 3:05:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    AIM ^ | 1/31/13 | Cliff Kincaid
    It is fun to watch Big Oil critic Al Gore squirm as he is questioned about selling out to the oil-rich dictatorship in Qatar. But his sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera is not a laughing matter. This transaction is a homeland security threat that violates numerous U.S. laws. To his credit, funnyman David Letterman got close to the truth when he asked the former Democratic vice-president, “Now why do we think of Al Jazeera as something not right going on there in terms of, in terms of the good for Americans? Why do we think that they may...
  • 'IAF conducting mock raids in Lebanese airspace'

    02/01/2013 3:04:39 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2013 00:30 | JP Staff and Reuters
    IAF warplanes carried out a number of "mock raids" over Lebanese airspace on Friday night, Lebanon's official National News Agency reported. According to the report, beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, the IAF jets flew at low altitude over the towns of Nabatiyeh, Iklim al-Tuffah, Marjayoun and Bint Jbeil. ... Earlier this week, a Lebanese army statement said that four IAF warplanes entered Lebanese air space at 4.30 p.m on Tuesday. ... The statement made no mention of planes entering Syrian airspace but shortly afterward reports emerged that Israeli jets had struck an arms convoy on the Lebanon-Syria border.
  • Americans to Washington: Don’t tread on me

    02/01/2013 3:03:04 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Americans have a very special message for the federal government: Don’t tread on me. That’s the takeaway from a new poll from the Pew Research Center in which, for the first time in at least the last two decades, a majority of Americans say Washington actually poses a threat to their “personal rights and freedoms.” And it’s not just tea party supporters, Republicans and gun owners. Nearly two-fifths of Democrats (38 percent) say the government is a threat to them personally, as do 45 percent of non-gun owners. Overall, the percentage of Americans who view the federal government as a...
  • New HHS Mandate Rules Force Hobby Lobby, Any Religious Biz to Comply

    02/01/2013 3:03:00 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration released new HHS mandate rules today that attempt to expand the number of religious groups that can opt out of the pro-abortion mandate — but that leaves religiously-run companies like Hobby Lobby out in the cold. Pro-life advocates oppose the mandate because it forces religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.Thanks to a number of decisions in court related to lawsuits filed against the mandate by dozens of religious businesses and organizations, the Obama administration is under court order to revise the mandate. But the proposed changes don’t protect everyone who...
  • Assaulted:Civil Rights Under Fire (Finishing Fund Campaign)

    02/01/2013 2:54:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kickstarter.com ^ | 23 January, 2013 | Kris Koenig
    We're raising funds to finish our film and release it in theaters by March 2013. Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire raised $71,140 here on Kickstart last fall - http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/assaulted/assaulted. Since then we completed filming while the issue of guns in America has become the leading political debate due to the tragedy at Newtown. Assaulted - Civil Rights Under Fire When the subject of gun control laws are discussed, rarely are they associated with the civil rights movement and the quest for equal rights for all. This film will compare the historical aspects of gun control targeting the indigenous tribes of...
  • HHS offers minor revisions, clarifications on mandate

    02/01/2013 2:43:04 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Pres. Barack Obama with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Proposed changes to the federal contraception mandate would slightly expand an existing exemption, while defining the terms of an “accommodation” for many non-profit religious groups.  Employees of objecting non-profit religious organizations will receive “no-cost contraceptive coverage through separate individual health insurance policies” issued through insurance companies or a third party administrator, said the Obama administration. Insurance issuers will generally be able to offer...
  • Travel Tips Welcome, Dallas and San Antonio 5 days next week (Vanity, of course)

    02/01/2013 2:42:49 PM PST · by morphing libertarian · 104 replies
    self | 2/1/2013 | morphing libertarian
    After a year of medical problems and working too many hours, taking short vacation. Dallas and San Antonio. Soliciting freeper tips and hot spots for senior tourist who can still walk.
  • EWTN says new (Obamacare HHS) mandate proposal likely brings no relief

    02/01/2013 2:37:14 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013
    Michael P. Warsaw, President and CEO of EWTN. Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2013 / 01:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Eternal World Television Network said today that the new suggested rule on the federal contraception mandate is likely inadequate to protect its religious liberty. “We will continue to study this notice with our attorneys, but are highly doubtful it will provide EWTN with any relief from this immoral mandate,” said Michael P. Warsaw, president and CEO of EWTN Global Catholic Network. Last February, EWTN became the first Catholic organization to file a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate on the grounds...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, February-1-2013

    02/01/2013 2:30:21 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 35 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Clinton formally resigns as secretary of state

    02/01/2013 2:28:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 27 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/1/13 | AP
    . Clinton said it had been an honor to be part of his Cabinet and that she remained convinced of the "strength and staying power" of American global leadership.
  • Church Says Wounded Warrior Project Refused Their Money

    02/01/2013 2:21:14 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 44 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    A Christian church and school in Florida are devastated after they said Wounded Warrior Project refused to accept their fund raising effort because it was “religious in nature.” “We were heartbroken,” said Wallace Cooley, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church and Academy in Fort Pierce, Fla. Cooley said they had already paid a $100 registration fee to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and were about to launch the campaign when they received an email from the organization. The church had planned on taking up a special offering on the last Sunday in February and students were collecting money from...
  • Report: Secret Service director to resign today

    02/01/2013 2:20:22 PM PST · by illiac · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/1/13 | Kristen Walker
    NBC News’ Kristen Welker reported via Twitter Friday afternoon that “Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will announce his resignation today according to multiple sources.” Sullivan has overseen the Secret Service since 2006 and was its director during the agency’s high-profile prostitution scandal last year. 12 Secret Service agents and several other military personnel were allegedly involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia in April 2012. Those agents were sent there to set up advance security ahead of a visit by President Obama.
  • Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights

    02/01/2013 2:18:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    As Barack Obama begins his second term in office, trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high. And for the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted Jan. 9-13 among 1,502 adults, finds that 53% think that the federal government threatens their own personal rights and freedoms while 43% disagree. In March 2010, opinions were divided over whether the government represented a threat to...
  • MarketWatch Lays off Staff: Several longtime staffers let go (Hope and Change Friday!)

    02/01/2013 2:03:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Adweek ^ | 2/1/13 | Lucia Moses
    Add Dow Jones’ MarketWatch to the parade of media companies laying off staff lately, many of them longtime employees. -snip- Many of them were union members and longtime employees -snip- Included in the departures are media columnist Jon Friedman, media reporter David Wilkerson and reporter Steve Gelsi.
  • Washington Post Considers Changing Shop (Dinosaur Media Deathwatch)

    02/01/2013 2:02:51 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    WMAL.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | WMAL Radio
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Post is considering selling its 63-year-old downtown headquarters.
  • Newtown Votes To Request Armed Police Officers In Elementary Schools (NRA was right!)

    02/01/2013 2:02:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 1, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association advocated placing armed guards in all schools — sparking a nationwide “bad guy with a gun”/”good guy with a gun” debate. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Newtown Board of Education voted to request additional armed SROs (school resource officers). “Combined with the eight unarmed security personnel slated into the still-unapproved 2013/2014 budget,” the plan “would put two eyes and ears — one armed, one unarmed — at each Newtown school,” according to Bronxville’s Patch. At this point, the vote is only a request,...
  • Sen. Kirk opposes Chuck Hagel as defense nominee

    02/01/2013 2:00:10 PM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    Sen. Mark Kirk announced Friday he will not support the nomination of fellow Republican Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense, citing instances in which he believes Hagel has not been tough enough on Iran.
  • Levin: Federal Court Rules Obama Appointments Unconstitutional But Is Ignored

    02/01/2013 1:59:30 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 21 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | 02/01/13 | Daniel Noe - Mark Levin
    WASHINGTON – President Obama violated the Constitution whe n he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board. http://www.westernjournalism.com/court-rules-obama-appointments-are-unconstitutional/
  • On Iran, Hagel Muddles the Message

    02/01/2013 1:54:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/1/13 | DAVID E. SANGER
    -snip- “It’s somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible,” a member of Mr. Obama’s own team of advisers on Iran said on Thursday night when asked about Mr. Hagel’s stumbling performance on the question during the all-day hearing. The worry was evident in the voice of the official, who would not speak on the record while criticizing the performance of the president’s nominee. For those who question whether the no-containment cornerstone of the Obama approach to Tehran is for real, or just diplomatic rhetoric, Mr. Hagel clearly muddled the message, he said.
  • Waiting for the hat to drop: Card. Mahony relieved of duties in Los Angeles [Catholic Caucus]

    02/01/2013 1:51:36 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 1, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Rev. José H. Gomez, has said “Effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony that he will no longer have any administrative or public duties.” See the pdf of the letter HERE.What this means is that His Eminence cannot be any sort of representative for the sitting Archbishop or for the Archdiocese. Canon law itself gives Cardinal some faculties. According to can. 357§2, “in those matters which pertain to their own person, cardinals living outside of Rome and outside their own diocese are exempt from the power of governance of the bishop of the...
  • Katie Couric: Larry King ‘lunged’ at me during our bad date

    02/01/2013 1:50:24 PM PST · by illiac · 74 replies
    New York Post ^ | 2/1/13 | Page Six New York Post
    To the shock of America, Katie Couric admitted she shared an intimate evening with Larry King. Yes, the bespectacled, suspender wearing, grandfatherly TV-news journalist who is 23 years Couric’s senior. On last night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Couric recounted in striking detail about the Italian dinner date she went on with King 26 years ago in Washington, DC. After dinner, King drove them back to his apartment where he tried to put the moves on her. “So we sat there and what can I say, he lunged,” Couric said (to the delight/horror of everyone watching probably.)
  • [Missouri] Senator Blunt: “No” On Hagel

    02/01/2013 1:42:22 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 5 replies
    U.S. Senator Blunt of Missouri ^ | Feb 01 2013 | Press release
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Committee on Armed Services, released the following statement today regarding former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel’s (Neb.) nomination to serve as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense: “Senator Hagel’s answers before the committee were simply too inconsistent, particularly as they related to Iran and Israel. The idea that we can contain a nuclear Iran and his view that we should not have unilateral sanctions are just wrong and are too dangerous for us to try. “I admire Senator Hagel’s service to our country, but for this job at this...
  • Clinton's Farewell Marred by Embassy Bombing

    02/01/2013 1:39:37 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | February 1, 2013 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) -- A final meeting with the president. A farewell address to the State Department staff. A terrorist attack at the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. Hillary Clinton's last day as secretary of state on Friday seemed to be a microcosm of her four globe-trotting years as America's top diplomat. The former first lady had a full schedule, as usual, meeting in private with President Barack Obama at the White House and then attending the send-off ceremony with clapping, cheering workers at the agency she led. Those events were clouded by a suicide bombing earlier in the day in Ankara...
  • 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,...