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  • The Biggest Loser

    02/02/2013 3:56:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Peter Schiff
    In Switzerland, it's not just the clocks that are cuckoo. Over the past four years Swiss politicians and central bankers have gone on an unprecedented buying spree of foreign exchange reserves. In 2012, their cache swelled to as much as $420 billion worth of various currencies, primarily the euro. This figure is a seven-fold increase since 2008 and equates to 70% of the country's annual GDP. The sum translates to $200,000 per family of four, enough to keep the Swiss in clocks, chocolates, and fondue for many years to come. The Swiss leadership will claim the money has been "invested"...
  • Will the Boy Scouts Give In? (Interesting facts the media has neglected to divulge on the topic)

    02/02/2013 3:53:56 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 1, 2013 | ELIZABETH YANK
    Say it isn’t so! Not the Boy Scouts. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it. I opened my e-mail and found an urgent request from the Family Research Council to call the Boy Scouts. http://www.frc.org/alert/breaking-news-will-the-boy-scouts-stand-up-to-bullies The Boy Scouts were “considering” revising their policy of allowing active homosexuals to participate as scouts and leaders.A statement released from the national leadership of the Boy Scouts stated they were “discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation.” They were going to defer membership requirements to local groups.What are the contributing factors to the Boy Scouts considering caving into...
  • Last Hurrah for Jobs?

    02/02/2013 3:42:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    The establishment survey reported a gain of 157,000 job this month. However, for the third consecutive month, the household survey is much weaker than the headline number. The household survey shows a gain of a mere 17,000 jobs. Last month the household survey gained only 28,000 jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9%. As measured by the household survey (the basis for the reported unemployment number) the number of unemployed rose by 126,000. Note: The BLS did not produce its usual collection of graphs today that I normally include in this report. I was scrambling to find them but the...
  • Obama Fake Gun Photo

    02/02/2013 3:33:36 PM PST · by wredlich · 82 replies
    Stop Wasting Money ^ | 2/2/2013 | Warren Redlich
    After a mini-controversy about a claim from President Obama that he shoots clay pigeons at Camp David, the White House released a photo of Obama shooting a $2500 Browning Citori shotgun. Problem: It doesnt look like the Presidents watch. And that leaves aside why the President is shooting a fancy Japanese-made gun instead of a down-to-earth Mossberg or Remington.
  • AS THE TEA PARTY GOES, SO GOES AMERICA

    02/02/2013 3:31:30 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 2 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | February 2, 2013 | Matthew Burke
    The Left has attempted to smear the Tea Party Movement as Obama's communist god, Saul Alinsky, taught them in "Rules for Radicals." Rule #12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." The dirty little secret is that all attacks against the Tea Party Movement are an attack against America itself...
  • Flee, Save and Hide

    02/02/2013 3:28:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Charles Payne
    There is a serious scramble in this country to keep hard-earned money. Sure, the media points out the nation reelected President Obama and his agenda of high taxes and slow growth, but the majority of earners are voting in a different manner. They are seeking new places to live and putting money into the bank or under the mattress. Ironically, more and more are coming to the stock market knowing gains will be hijacked, but the net might still be better than low interest rates coupled with a dilapidated currency. Last week Phil Michelson was pilloried by the national media...
  • Funeral Etiquette: Why Bringing a Funeral Procession through a Burger Drive-thru is a Bad Idea

    02/02/2013 3:23:55 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 1, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below shows “American tacky” in all its glory. A man who loved Burger King dies and his family honors him by taking the funeral procession through the Burger King “drive thru.” Free Burgers for all on the way to the Cemetery, hearse and all.I’ve seen worse, I have to admit. Probably at the top of the list is and “Funeral Home Drive- thru” where the deceased is actually on display in a window. No need to get out of your car and actually visit the family. No, that’s too much trouble and lacks the kind of convenience we...
  • How Does Obama's Skeet Shooting Measure Up?

    02/02/2013 3:22:38 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 45 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | The Looking Spoon
    Well, let's see...
  • Chris Culliver to work with gay, lesbian youth (G-y Agenda in the NFL)

    02/02/2013 3:08:53 PM PST · by Houmatt · 63 replies
    nfl.com ^ | 2-2-1013 | Chris Wesseling
    After stating earlier in the week that gay football players "gotta get up outta here," San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver released a statement Wednesday night insisting "those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart." While it's fair to wonder if the latter sentiment was prompted by Culliver's publicist, the second-year cornerback is at least taking a proactive approach to assisting the community he offended. Culliver will undergo sensitivity training and then work with "The Trevor Project" in the weeks after Super Bowl XLVII, reported the San Jose Mercury News, to learn more about suicide prevention among lesbian, gay,...
  • Report: Missing NYC woman found dead in Turkey

    02/02/2013 2:57:04 PM PST · by nuconvert · 34 replies
    -excerpt- The agency said she was found with a head wound and a blanket near her body. She was wearing jeans, a jumper and a jacket, and still had her earrings and a bracelet.
  • The Point At Which Obama's Skeet Shooting Becomes Illegal...

    02/02/2013 2:53:35 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 31 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-2-13 | The Looking Spoon
    I don't normally post on the weekend, but the White House released a photo of Obama skeet shooting. Apparently, we're not allowed to spoof it, which I guess is their opening salvo on the first amendment now...anyway, I can't resist.I'm sure the gun experts will have something to say about my "technique", but I think the point comes across...
  • Middlesex DA Leone weighing run for U.S. Senate

    02/02/2013 2:51:09 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/2/13 | Joe Battenfeld
    Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone tells the Herald hes considering getting into the Democratic race for U.S. Senate, a move that could shock the party establishment and completely shake up the special election battle. Im going to give it some thought, Leone said in an interview, adding that hes been besieged by calls from supporters urging him to get in the race especially since former GOP Sen. Scott Brown announced yesterday he was not running. The only two announced candidates are Democratic congressmen Stephen Lynch of South Boston and Edward Markey of Malden. Markey, who has the backing of...
  • South Carolina Bill Exempts Unorganized Militia From Federal Gun Grab

    02/02/2013 2:47:37 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 28 replies
    The New American ^ | Feb 2, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D
    As the United Nations and the Obama administration combine to outlaw private ownership of weapons and ammunition, state and local leaders nationwide are responding to the crisis. As The New American continues to report, sheriffs, county commissions, and state legislators are passing bills aimed at stopping the federal gun grab at their sovereign borders. On January 16, four South Carolina state senators joined the fight to protect the Second Amendment and to safeguard their citizens from federal tyranny. Senate Bill 247 is sponsored by state Senators Tom Corbin, Tom Davis, Kevin Bryant, and Lee Bright. Although only four senators currently...
  • OBAMA'S STATE DEPARTMENT HOLDS SEMINAR WITH GROUPS TIED TO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

    02/02/2013 2:44:53 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 13 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | February 1, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Reports indicate the Obama administration is holding meetings with Islamic organizations with ties to extremist and terrorist groups and actively recruiting Muslims to work as Foreign Service officers in embassies around the world...
  • Report: Johanns to back Hagel nomination

    02/02/2013 2:40:47 PM PST · by Menehune56 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/2/2013 | Peter Schroeder
    Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) reportedly announced Saturday that he will support former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) nomination to become secretary of Defense. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Johanns would become the second Republican senator to publicly back Hagel's bid, following Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Several Republican senators have indicated they will oppose Hagel's nomination on the Senate floor.
  • Gun Enthusiasts Flock To Monroeville Show

    02/02/2013 2:39:13 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | February 2, 2013
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) An overwhelming crowd once again showed up at a local gun show Saturday. Thousands of gun enthusiasts showed up for the Pittsburgh Gun Show at the Monroeville Convention Center. Gun shows have been inundated with significantly more attendees than usual since the recently proposed assault weapons ban. Sales of many assault-type weapons have boomed since the ban was proposed as worried gun enthusiasts scramble to purchase guns that may become outlawed. Organizers of the Monroeville gun show say they expect 10,000 visitors in a three-day period. Thats a 40 percent increase over their normal numbers says C...
  • Israel, Unofficially: We Struck Missiles before They Left Base

    02/02/2013 2:34:31 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Israel explained on Friday, unofficially, what happened on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, when its planes allegedly attacked a target in Syria. It also explained why Syria gave a false version of what had happened. Video According to this unofficial Israeli version, the target was a convoy of SA-17 missiles that was preparing to leave a base at Jamraya, near Damascus, in order to deliver the missiles to Lebanon's Hizbullah. .....
  • Got three Wal-Marts around me.

    02/02/2013 2:33:18 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 48 replies
    Only one had any shotgun ammo and would sell only a box of each.Now there are none.
  • Correction: Nigeria-Plane Graveyard story

    02/02/2013 2:32:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    San Francisco Chronical ^ | 7:45 am, Saturday, February 2, 2013 | JON GAMBRELL
    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) Landing in Nigeria's largest city, one of the first thing visitors see as they peer out of their airplane's windows is the moss-covered metal carcasses of what used to fly in Africa's most populous nation. Workers at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos call it "the graveyard," an overgrown field filled with about a dozen cargo and passenger airplanes long since abandoned and left to rot by insolvent airlines. At least 65 abandoned airplanes, ranging from small commuter jets to one massive Boeing 747, sit at airfields across the country and serve as a haunting reminder...
  • The more things change...

    02/02/2013 2:29:35 PM PST · by Will not Live for another Man · 10 replies
    The Saturday Evening Post | 8/1/1959 | self
    I found this in an old Saturday Evening Post... editorial entitled "Conservative Candidates Can't Win by Aping the Liberals" by John Chamberlain... "The Delaware facts, then, would seem to show that when Republicans run a "me-too" candidate they lose because their potential supporters stay at home." Have we been this stupid for fifty years?!?!?
  • Jesse Jackson urges Obama to 'come home' and tackle Chicago's gun crisis

    02/02/2013 2:29:28 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | February 2, 2013 | Gary Younge
    The Rev Jesse Jackson has appealed to Barack Obama to "please come home" to Chicago and address the crisis in American urban life following the fatal shooting of a teenager less than a mile from Obama's house in the city. "The president's voice is so urgently needed here," said Jackson, arguing that Obama's presence would help draw attention to the complexity of the economic and social problems affecting areas like Chicago that compound problems related to gun violence. "[That alone] would illuminate the condition." At a press conference at his Rainbow/Push headquarters, Jackson insisted that the importation of guns and...
  • USN ad: "Global Force for Good"

    02/02/2013 2:28:08 PM PST · by T-Bird45 · 15 replies
    US Navy ^ | 2/2/2013 | T-Bird45
    See the linked ad
  • Only 5.2% of Highway Funds Used to Build New Roads

    02/02/2013 2:27:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 1, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Approximately 5.2 percent of funds obligated to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) during fiscal years 2009-2011 actually went to the construction of new highways. An additional two and a half percent of that funding went to new construction of bridges, according to a Jan. 16 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) entitled Highway Trust Fund Obligations, Fiscal Years 2009 to 2011. Between FY 2009-2011, the Department of Transportation [DOT] authorized $144 billion from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) to four separate administrations within the Department. Of that $144 billion, $116.7 billion went to the FHWA. FHWA then devoted 81...
  • Healthier schools: Goodbye candy and greasy snacks

    02/02/2013 2:20:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 5:24 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Goodbye candy bars and sugary cookies. Hello baked chips and diet sodas. 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. Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday, school vending machines would start selling water, lower-calorie sports drinks, diet sodas and baked chips instead. Lunchrooms that now sell fatty la carte items like mozzarella sticks and nachos would have to switch to healthier pizzas, low-fat...
  • Bryce Maksel's Mom Tells How He and Four Others Ran from Shooter

    02/02/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 42 replies
    People Magazine ^ | December 21, 2012 | NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN
    Jen Maksel knows she's one of the lucky ones. Her 7-year-old son, Bryce, escaped last Friday's carnage by fleeing hero teacher Vicki Soto's classroom when the gunman looked away. Last Friday morning Maksel, 42, was just drifting off to sleep after working an overnight shift then putting her kids on the bus when her phones began ringing off the hook. Before she could answer them, a neighbor began pounding on her front door yelling, "There's a school shooting at Sandy Hook!" She jumped in her car and headed to the school. "I parked on the side of the road and...
  • Actions Speak Louder

    02/02/2013 2:17:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Townhall.com | Paul Greenberg
    Washington continues to talk, but only talk, about the danger of Bashar al-Assad's increasingly desperate regime in Syria distributing its arsenal of high-tech or even nuclear weapons to terrorists throughout the Mideast. Meanwhile, the Israelis continue to act. Five years ago, they took out a nuclear reactor the Syrians were building without seeing any need to noise it about, realizing that action speaks louder than words -- and that much of the world, especially the Bush administration back then, would discreetly approve. This time the Israelis aren't saying anything official about what seems to have happened to a convoy of...
  • IDF Foils New Outpost Bid by 200 Arabs

    02/02/2013 2:11:21 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    About 200 Arabs set up an illegal outpost Saturday near the village of Burin, not far from Shechem, in Samaria. They had put up a tent when the IDF arrived on the scene and dispersed them. The Arabs attacked the IDF force with rocks, and the soldiers responded with riot dispersal gear. No one was reported hurt. Voice of Israel public radio reported that Jew and Arabs confronted each other at the Yitzhar junction, in another incident on the Sabbath. The two groups hurled rocks at each other and an IDF force came in to separate them. Three Jews were...
  • Armed Guard Stops School Shooter After He Opened Fire at Atlanta Middle School

    02/02/2013 2:09:37 PM PST · by grundle · 2 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    <p>ATLANTA (AP) A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.</p> <p>Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said.</p>
  • Obama Eliminates Breakfast for US Troops in Afghanistan, Stuffs Own Face

    02/02/2013 2:05:42 PM PST · by jack_napier · 26 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 1/31/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    If only American soldiers in Afghanistan were unemployed Democratic voters in Chicago, then they might be getting three square meals a day from the government.
  • It's come to this: High-school freshman suspended for having a picture of a gun

    02/02/2013 2:03:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/02/2013 | Eric Owens
    Yet another student has been suspended for having something that represents a gun, but isnt actually anything like a real gun. This time, Daniel McClaine, Jr., a freshman at Poston Butte High School in Tan Valley, Arizona, made the mistake of setting a picture of a gun as the desktop background on his school-issued computer. The picture shows an AK-47 lying on a flag, reports KNXV-TV. The gun isnt his, McClaine assured the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. He found it on the Internet and liked it, partly because he is interested in serving in the military after graduation. A teacher...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman: Women in combat spins 'the paradigm on its head'

    02/02/2013 2:02:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    theday.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jennifer McDermott
    New London Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the military's ban on women in combat had become embarrassing, and the decision to lift it may one day affect the draft. "What we've really done is spun the paradigm on its head," Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his first visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Thursday. The question isn't "should a woman serve" in a job specialty, Dempsey said, it's "why shouldn't a woman serve?" "Will this expand into the selective service? It might," he said. "But that's a decision of Congress. I can...
  • Dead Yourself !!!

    02/02/2013 2:00:12 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 38 replies
    Dead Yourself ^ | Feb 2.2013
    There is a fun little website up that is being run in conjunction with The Walking Dead television show -- which is, by the way, my favorite of all time.There is something SO FAMILIAR about the concept of an apocalypse that is caused by mindless, shuffling, constantly-hungry masses of people that care nothing about their own safety or well-being (or that of the people around them), but ONLY about gratifying their unholy and insatiable needs.There is something SO IN TUNE with the modern American landscape, and perhaps that is what draws me to the show.All of that nonwithstanding, I give...
  • Detroit closing 50 Parks/Rec. Areas (schadenfreude)

    02/02/2013 1:59:55 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 16 replies
    NYT ^ | 02/01/2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Michigan: Detroit Closing 50 ParksDetroit will close nearly half of its parks and will reduce maintenance and services at dozens of others after the City Council passed on a deal that would have had the state operate the citys Belle Isle park, Mayor Dave Bing said on Friday. Closing 50 of 107 parks will allow the city to keep running Belle Isle, a 985-acre park in the Detroit River, after the Council declined to vote on Gov. Rick Snyders proposal. Mr. Snyders offer called for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to run Belle Isle as a state park, but...
  • [CNN host] Piers Morgan [falsely] Claims Armed Guard Was Not Able to Stop Atlanta School Shooting

    02/02/2013 1:58:24 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    An armed guard successfully disarmed a 14-year-old shooter who had opened fire at an Atlanta middle school on Thursday. Thanks to the courageous off-duty school resource officer, only one student was shot and no one was killed. Yet CNN host Piers Morgan on Friday argued that the armed guard, an unidentified off-duty Atlanta police officer, was NOT able to stop the Atlanta school shooting, apparently because the teen shooter was able to shoot just one student before he was stopped. REVEALED: Armed guard was NOT able to stop Atlanta school shooting, Morgan posted via his official Twitter account. He then...
  • Guess which giant special interest is really polluting Alaska? (It's not big oil, but it's BIG)

    02/02/2013 1:58:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    People have been warning us for years that drilling for oil in the Alaskan arctic would lead to big environmental trouble. It’s not that the technology hasn’t advanced to the point where it can be done safely, but those nasty people in charge of the projects just don’t care about the environment. These Mother Earth Hating Monsters would clearly let the whole thing go to H. E. double toothpicks and ruin the pristine beauty of the wilderness. Well, I guess they turned out to be right. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has agreed to plug at least one additional...
  • Supreme Court to Review Case on Obamas Forged Documents

    02/02/2013 1:58:04 PM PST · by OzarkSailor · 56 replies
    Liberty Beacon ^ | 30JAN13 | Liberty Beacon Staff
    As of this writing, major news networks such as ABC, Fox News, CBS, and NBC have yet to report on the high courts decision to review Barack Hussein Obamas eligibility to hold political office in the United States or any of its territories. The case is identified as Edward Noonan, et al., v. Deborah Bowen, California Secretary of State. On Feb. 15, all nine justices will gather in conference to review whether Obama used forged government documents and fake identification in order to get elected as commander-in-chief. Edward Noonan, et al., contend that if Obama had been ineligible to run...
  • Does the new HHS mandate resolve religious-liberty concerns?

    02/02/2013 1:55:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, the answer is no, and it wasn’t intended to do so either, as I write in a new column for The Fiscal Times. The Obama administration was under a court order to modify the mandate regulation after a legal representation to a federal court that HHS never intended to enforce the mandate in its then-current form. The court ruled that a binding commitment and ordered HHS to submit a new regulation for their review by March 31st. Yesterday’s release of the new regulation is intended to win the court’s approval in dismissing a lawsuit brought by Belmont Abbey College...
  • Great news: Obama shot a skeet once, or something (Caption this photo of him shooting)

    02/02/2013 1:52:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/02/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama recently told the New Republic that he understands the concerns of gun owners, because “in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.” As critics chortled over both the notion that skeet shooting is what concerns gun owners and the idea that Obama shoots clay pigeons “all the time,” the White House has finally released a photo to back up its claim … and only one photo, dated August 12, 2012: That led to a barrage of questions from journalists about whether the White House could offer proof that the president had gone shooting....
  • Scott Brown opts out of Senate run (Any Republicans left in Massachusetts?)

    02/02/2013 1:49:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    This is somewhat surprising given all the signals Brown had been sending over the last few weeks. But his reasoning appears sound. From Boston Herald: ________________________ Scott Brown will not run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, the former senator told the Herald first today. "U r the first to know I am not running," Brown texted the Herald. Brown's decision follows yesterday's announcement by fellow Republican Charlie Baker that he won't run for the seat either. Baker did urge former Gov. William Weld, who just moved back to Massachusetts, to run if Brown doesn't. [...] Brown...
  • Archbishop Gomez praised for ideal approach to LA removals

    02/02/2013 1:48:40 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Credit: Patrick Novecosky/Legatus. Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 1, 2013 / 05:22 pm (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez's decision to relieve Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry of their duties in the L.A. archdiocese is being welcomed as “the best possible thing he could have done.” “The archbishop has in one stroke, opened up the doors and let in the sunlight,” historian and author Charles Coulombe told CNA Feb. 1. “It is an enormously difficult task he has taken on...it would have been the case no matter what he did.” “However, he handled it brilliantly, wisely,...
  • Will Europe disintegrate? (Movements in Catalonia, Belgium and Scotland may only be the beginning)

    02/02/2013 1:46:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | Rick Moran
    Despite a thousand years of history, the nation-states of Europe contain within them ethnic groups and nationalities who yearn for their own country. In some cases, the national and ethnic character of these minorities have been deliberately stifled. There has also been organized movements that have sprung up to fight for the national aspirations of the minorities. Next year, votes for independence will occur in Scotland and Spain's rich Catalonia region. Some analysts believe that success in either case may lead to other minorities to seek their own path to independence. From Reuters: __________________________ Some suspect the two campaigns will...
  • Texas Football Coach's Affair With A Student Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

    02/02/2013 1:43:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/2/13 | Cork Gaines
    University of Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and the school's athletic director released a joint statement on Friday night acknowledging that Applewhite had an "inappropriate" relationship with a student during the team's trip to the 2009 Fiesta Bowl. Beyond the cheating on his wife while she was apparently nine months pregnant*, the timing of this announcement raises a lot of questions for the University of Texas and how it handled the affair.
  • Glen Johnson, political editor for Boston.com, is joining Secretary of State John Kerrys staff

    02/02/2013 1:42:34 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    boston.com ^ | 1/31/13
    Boston.com politics editor Glen Johnson is resigning to take a post as a senior State Department adviser, working for John F. Kerry. Johnson, 50, a 27-year journalism veteran who has covered five presidential elections, said his focus would be on strategic communications. This is an unexpected opportunity. All Ive ever wanted to do since junior high school and have done professionally is be a news reporter. But this chance to serve the country and Secretary Kerry at such a tumultuous time, as well as work in foreign affairs and travel the world, was too compelling an opportunity to...
  • Choose Life, Choose a Family

    02/02/2013 1:39:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    On the morning of the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, I felt a chill, and it wasn't the bitter cold. After Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, some 500 or so New Yorkers walked through the streets of Midtown Manhattan, in front of God, man and Grand Central Station, praying for life, love and mercy. Our prayers were not in judgment of others but that humanity may do better: that women and men may see better options than abortion and that God may forgive us for letting anyone think that she is alone and has no...
  • The Argument that Wins the 'Assault Weapon' Debate (Simply referring to our rights won't convince)

    02/02/2013 1:36:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/02/2013 | William A. Levinson
    General Carl von Clausewitz defined the center of gravity as the objective whose achievement results in the enemy's total defeat. We must therefore identify this single objective or, in a political controversy, a single issue, and concentrate our resources accordingly. In the case of the "assault weapon" debate, this is the basic and natural human right of self-defense. If we present the argument correctly, the other side has absolutely no defense whatsoever. The Target Audience: Swing Voters and the Opposing Rank and File Colonel Paul Linebarger's Psychological Warfare states clearly that any communication whose purpose is to influence attitudes, beliefs,...
  • Man Claims IRS Agent Coerced Sex by Threatening Tax Penalty

    02/02/2013 1:31:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    KVAL ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Lauren Lee
    A Fall Creek resident filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government and an IRS agent that he alledges pressured him into sex by threatening a tax penalty. The law firm representing Vincent Burroughs filed the suit with the U.S. District Court in Eugene on Jan. 25 "as a result to coersive conduct by Defendant (Dora) Abrahamson", an Internal Revenue Service agent from Cottage Grove. Burroughs claims that in August of 2011 Abrahamson called him and said he would be audited by the IRS. Burroughs says he didn't know her. Burroughs says that he had not met Abrahamson before those calls,...
  • NY cardinals remember Mayor Koch as friend to Catholics

    02/02/2013 1:28:33 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | February 1, 2013
    His Eminence and Hizzoner, by John Cardinal O'Connor and Mayor Edward I. KochJune 1989 New York City, N.Y., Feb 1, 2013 / 07:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Cardinal Edward Egan responded to the death of New York City Mayor Ed Koch with praise for the Jewish official's collaboration and friendship with Catholics. “He will have special place in my prayers, and in those of the Catholic community he loved and worked closely with, this weekend,” said Cardinal Dolan, who has been Archbishop of New York since 2009. Cardinal Dolan said that as a young priest in...
  • Letter: Contrails or something more sinister?

    02/02/2013 1:26:18 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 42 replies
    The San Lorenzo Valley Press Banner ^ | 1/31/13 | Shannon Weckman
    Letter: Contrails or something more sinister? Jan 31, 2013 EDITOR, Have you looked up recently and seen white trails crisscross the sky and dismissed it as a harmless trail from a jet? Look again. We used to enjoy many clear blue skies, but nowadays we frequently have overcast skies as a result of spraying. As most of you, I went to work every day and didnt really take notice of what was going on up in the sky overhead. But when I did take notice, what I saw were contrails from jets that disappeared quickly, and then there were the...
  • Ft. Irwin Gen. says women welcome in combat

    02/02/2013 1:24:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    desertdispatch.com ^ | February 01, 2013 | BROOKE SELF
    BARSTOW Women will officially be allowed in combat for the first time in U.S. history, the Secretary of Defense announced last week, and Fort Irwins commanding general says he welcomes the change. Since the onset of the conflict (in Afghanistan), Ive seen men and women do exciting things on the battlefield and that is truly amazing, Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell said. The enemy we face doesnt distinguish between men and women. Ferrell said the National Training Center has placed women in different Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) since May 2012. From a normal progression, its not surprising, he said. Our...
  • Vietnamese Eat Rats and Are Aggressive, Stanford Professor Says in Article, Triggering Online Uproar

    02/02/2013 1:23:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/02/2013 | John Boudreau
    An article penned by a Stanford University professor that alleges Vietnam's "aggressive tendencies" are tied to its penchant for eating meat -- particularly rats, birds and dogs -- has triggered a social media backlash from Vietnamese and others around the world. The opinion piece -- "Despite increasing prosperity, Vietnam's appetites remain unique" -- was written by Joel Brinkley, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and posted Tuesday on the Chicago Tribune's website. Describing a trip he made to Vietnam, Brinkley said he observed a dearth of squirrels, birds and rats. He also said the "World...