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  • QE's Folly: Diversion And Destruction

    02/04/2013 10:09:11 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Feb. 4, 2013 | Karl Denninger
    We got a problem here folks, and it's going to lead to the next crash -- and sooner than you think. First, let's talk about the impact of QE on companies. The common mantra is that it makes it "easier" for firms to borrow money. The problem is that borrowing, in general, is a destructive act as you must pay back said borrowing with interest -- no matter how small. The bigger problem, however, is that long-established businesses have obligations that were all contracted with the expectation of lending other people money and earning a spread on it, such as...
  • Skeleton found in parking lot identified as that of England's King Richard III, experts say

    02/04/2013 10:09:11 AM PST · by AngieGal · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 04, 2013 | Fox News
    He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch's 500-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester -- a discovery Richard's fans say will inspire new research into his maligned history. University of Leicester researchers say tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed last year prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries. "Richard III, the last...
  • SMEARED - A Novel that will Help Save America

    02/04/2013 10:08:45 AM PST · by RobaWho · 8 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | Feb. 4, 2013 | Mark Rogers
    A Special Note: This book is so powerful, I recently left my company to become a filmmaker to insure this story is told the world over. SMEARED will be coming to a movie theater near you in the Fall of 2014. Then to Netflix, DVD and finally, with God’s divine will, into every classroom in every school in America. Please read my 250 word book review, below. The truth of our nation’s amazing birth must always be known. I pray you’ll soon appreciate how SMEARED will be used to effectively bypass our failing schools, corrupted news media and Hollywood’s mostly...
  • Department of Homeland Stupidity: Huddle like Sheep and Die

    02/04/2013 9:56:49 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/4/13 | William A Levinson
    The Department of Homeland Security just posted a video called "Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video." Its grossly incompetent guidance on how to survive a workplace shooting underscores the Obama administration's total lack of fitness to tell citizens what kind of firearms they can own for self-protection. We should also make sure that as many police as possible see this DHS video, which portrays law enforcement professionals as incompetent buffoons who recklessly endanger their partners and innocent bystanders. Duck and Cover versus Huddle like Sheep The DHS video takes a cue from the much-maligned "Duck and Cover" film of...
  • 'Not believing in God makes life more precious': meet the atheist 'churchgoers'

    02/04/2013 9:53:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/04/2013 | Esther Addley
    "I feel sorry for the church next door, waiting for their three people to trickle in," says Nick Julius, glancing at the small adjacent hall that will shortly be hosting its own gathering. There are still 40 minutes before the Sunday Assembly, an atheist service run by two standup comedians, is due to begin, but a queue of eager congregants is already forming outside a grand but crumbling former church in Islington, north London, hands shoved deep into pockets against the cold. Julius arrived an hour early, just to be sure of a place at the service, which is described...
  • GOP: With big Latino vote, Rubio would win presidency (Survey: Rubio would get 48% of Hispanic vote)

    02/04/2013 9:49:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/04/2013 | Paul Bedard
    He's already being treated like the 2016 GOP presidential front-runner, and now there is another reason Republicans are excitedly buzzing about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio: He alone would reverse the party's slide among Hispanic voters. A new nationwide poll from JZ Analytics found that Rubio would get 48 percent of the Hispanic vote, about twice what Mitt Romney won in 2012. Republican strategist told Secrets that a win among Latino voters that big would assure Rubio the presidency, since he would also likely keep the regular GOP base. "If he does that good, then he's the next president," said a...
  • Nate Silver's Super Bowl Pick: The 49ers (Nate Silver in hiding now...)

    02/04/2013 9:48:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 1/30/2013 | LEXANDER ABAD-SANTOS
    Sure, Nate Silver was on-point during the 2012 election, but before you place your bets behind the bespectacled number genie, remember that he predicted that this would be a Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl — and that he's gotten a little better at the politics game than anything else. But in a column for The New York Times Magazine published online today, Silver breaks down his latest mumbo-jumbo over S.R.S. rankings and something called the Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which is exciting if you're a statistician groupie — just not if you're a Baltimore Ravens fan. In the end, Silver seems to...
  • Tagg Romney mulling Senate special-election run in MA?

    02/04/2013 9:46:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    With Scott Brown backing out of the special election to the Senate in Massachusetts, some wondered whether former Governor and erstwhile presidential candidate Mitt Romney might take a shot at filling the rest of John Kerry's term in office. Instead, the Boston Herald reports that the task might go to the next generation of Romneys: Tagg Romney is considering a run in the special Senate election now that Scott Brown has opted out, the Truth Squad has learned.Calls for Romney, 42, to join in the short campaign to replace Secretary of State John F. Kerry have increased since the Herald...
  • Outrage over Saudi "blood money" in girls death

    02/04/2013 9:44:26 AM PST · by KingofZion · 19 replies
    sfgate ^ | February 3, 2013 | AP
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter. *** Saudi media reports say Fayhan al-Ghamdi, a frequent guest on Islamic TV programs, was arrested in November on charges of killing the girl. The reports said he questioned the child's virginity. Saudi media say he was freed last week after serving a short prison term and agreeing to pay $50,000 in "blood money" to avoid a possible death sentence. The...
  • Entergy investigating Super Bowl blackout

    02/04/2013 9:41:44 AM PST · by thackney · 30 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    The Super Bowl power outage on Sunday happened after electrical monitoring equipment “sensed an abnormality in the system,” according to the power provider for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Entergy, which provides power to the Superdome, along with 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, said in a statement Monday that the change triggered a partial electrical shutdown. Entergy’s service area includes 400,000 customers in southeast Texas, including homes in Beaumont, Port Arthur, The Woodlands, Huntsville and Conroe. The only customer affected by the problem was the Superdome, Entergy spokesman Michael Burns told FuelFix. “Shortly after the beginning of...
  • Chilling Video: Thousands of Neo-Nazis March Through Athens

    02/04/2013 9:41:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 80 replies
    inn ^ | 2/4/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Tens of thousands of neo-Nazis rallied in Athens in support of Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party, in the movement's largest demonstration of support since its rise to power in last June’s general election. Men dressed in military uniforms, holding torches, donning swastikas and chanting anti-immigrant slogans, marched through central Athens in what was reportedly a memorial event paying tribute to the party’s “fallen soldiers,” The International Business Times reported. "This is a day of remembrance. It's a day to remember that Golden Dawn is here to stay. And so long as it does, there will be hope for the country,"...
  • Dismal Sales for Chevy Volt in January

    02/04/2013 9:39:42 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mark Modica
    January's dismal numbers for Chevy Volt sales may give a clue as to how successful (or not) President Obama will be in reaching his goal of having a million electric vehicles (EVs) on American roads within the next few years, a goal that is increasingly becoming unlikely. It also gives us a glimpse into a bizarre strategy General Motors has had by focusing so strongly on plug-in cars while they lose market share elsewhere. The numbers are in, and GM can proudly say that they are the market leader in an insignificant field with a paltry 1,140 Volts sold in...
  • #SecKerry will start tweeting ....

    02/04/2013 9:35:49 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 17 replies
    The State Department ^ | 4 Feb, 2013 | John Kerry
    #SecKerry will start tweeting from @StateDept. Tweets from him will have his initials -JK
  • Turkish government encourages firms to invest more in Arbil [Iraqi Kurdistan]

    02/04/2013 9:33:09 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin
    Hürriyet Daily News ^ | February/04/2013
    Turkish government pushes companies for signing more energy deals with the northern Iraq administration, but denies the press assertions of a hidden agreement signed by Ankara and Arbil The Turkish government will continue to encourage Turkish energy companies to sign more agreements with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government for the region’s rich oil and gas reserves despite Washington’s warnings not to take such steps risking the partition of Iraq. “What we say is that more agreements should be inked now between Turkish companies and the regional government. These are steps for the future. At a moment when numerous foreign companies...
  • Parisian women finally 'allowed' to wear trousers

    02/04/2013 9:28:23 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    France 24 ^ | 04/02/2013
    An archaic by-law banning Parisian women from wearing trousers has finally been repealed 214 years after it was originally introduced. The November 1799 decree stipulated that any woman wishing to wear men’s clothing in the French capital had to seek official permission from the city authorities. It was amended two times a century later, when women were given the freedom to don “pantalons” [trousers] if they were “holding the handlebars of a bicycle or the reins of a horse.” The decree was passed when the working class fashion of wearing long trousers (as opposed to the aristocratic knee-length “culottes”) became...
  • Back to the Future

    02/04/2013 9:27:55 AM PST · by EXCH54FE
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Sarge
    The day has dawned, the grass is ris’, I wonder where my money is.” Obama got his taxes approved and marched us resolutely 180 degrees from the brink of disaster at the “Fiscal Cliff” to the verge of calamity as he wants more middle-class taxes while lying about taxing the rich some more. We’re no longer facing a precipice; we’re facing a firing squad of avarice and covetousness to supply those who won’t with the same benefits as those who do. (Work that is.) Obama wants more taxes. Where the heck have we heard that before? Instead of demanding and...
  • Is Fatherhood Being Killed so the State Can Play God? (Fathers/Authority Removed from Society)

    02/04/2013 9:27:42 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Kelly O’Connell
    Is there a master plan for the subjugation of the human race? If so, it must perforce include a strategy for the removal of the single most influential figure in history—the Father....But who would desire such a purge? [big snip] Statistics: •85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes, 20 times the average. •Adolescents from single-parent families engage in greater and earlier sexual activity. •Fatherless children are at much higher risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality. •Most abused children come from fatherless homes; only 1/3 abused kids lived...
  • Experts find remains of England's King Richard III

    02/04/2013 9:16:46 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2013 11:13 AM (ET) | By JILL LAWLESS
    LEICESTER, England (AP) - He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled. Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch's 528-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester - a discovery that will move him from a pauper's grave to a royal tomb and that fans say could potentially restore the reputation of a much-maligned king.
  • Experts find remains of England's King Richard III

    02/04/2013 9:09:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 02-04-2013 | Jill Lawless
    <p>He wore the English crown, but he ended up defeated, humiliated and reviled.</p> <p>Now things are looking up for King Richard III. Scientists announced Monday that they had found the monarch's 528-year-old remains under a parking lot in the city of Leicester—a discovery that will move him from a pauper's grave to a royal tomb and that fans say could potentially restore the reputation of a much-maligned king. "We could end up rewriting a little bit of history in a big way," said Lin Foxhall, head of the school of archaeology at the University of Leicester, which conducted the research. On Monday the researchers announced that tests on a battle-scarred skeleton unearthed in the central England city last year prove "beyond reasonable doubt" that it is the king, who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, and whose remains have been missing for centuries. "Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England, has been found," said the university's deputy registrar, Richard Taylor, describing the find as "truly astonishing."</p>
  • What Caused the Blackout in the "Chocolate City"???

    02/04/2013 9:06:44 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 57 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-4-2013 | MOTUS
    Another Super Bowl in the can, and the official results are in. Beyoncé was hot, the commercials, not (with the exception of Chrysler’s odes to our military and farmers, butt they weren’t technically commercials). There was a delay of game penalty called due to a temporary brown-out in the Chocolate City. And, oh yes…the Ravens won! So from the top: did you see Beyoncé shaking her considerable Behindce all over the half-time show?   Beyoncé the Super Knowles No wonder she didn’t have time to practice for the inauguration and had to lipsync! Last night’s performance was not just live,...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 4,2013

    02/04/2013 9:06:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 83 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 4,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • 1500+ Gun Owners Flood The Connecticut Legislative Office Building

    02/04/2013 8:55:38 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Connecticut --(Ammoland.com)- Connecticut Carry was proud to attend and speak at the hearing of the Bipartisan Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety. We joined at least 1500 other fellow pro-rights activists and gun owners who braved cold weather, long lines, public speaking and an all day wait to have our voices heard. The great work of our members utilizing kind and respectful debating and sharing intelligent and articulate thoughts and ideas is sure to leave an impression on everyone in attendance. We can only hope that the legislators in attendance will respect and honor the vast amount...
  • WATCH: SPECIAL FORCES CHIEF: ‘EVERYTHING DONE IN EVERY MARXIST INSURGE.BEING DONE IN AMERICA TODAY’

    02/04/2013 8:51:04 AM PST · by cricket · 39 replies
    Pat Dollard.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | H/T Sammy Madigan/Lt. Col. Jerry Boykin
    Many speak; but not nearly enough listening. More must 'wake up' and damn the bonds of political correctness - restore 'critical mind' - so that America can recover it's original-intent purpose. Lt.Gen. Jerry Boykin; 'Special Forces'; Green Beret. . .taught at Hampden-Sydney; now Exec.Vice President/Family Rersearch Council - 'owns' his credentials; and so, has both credibility and authority. A video link to share. Lt.Gen.Boykin: marxist insurgency link Further hand/in/hand verification: http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/why
  • White House Blames GOP for Shrinking Economy

    02/04/2013 8:50:14 AM PST · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    “The decline in the country’s fourth quarter GDP isn’t President Obama’s fault,” says Press Secretary Jay Carney. “If you want to blame someone, blame the Republicans.” It is Carney’s contention that “opposition to the President’s agenda is what is causing uncertainty in the markets. As anyone in business can tell you, uncertainty discourages investment and hiring.” “What the country needs is unity,” Carney advised. “The sooner everyone gets in step and marches to the same beat the sooner we will be able to pull the nation out of the recession we inherited from George Bush.” “The Republicans in Congress need...
  • ObamaCare guarantees "personal information" will CEASE to be personal. Yep, gun ownership info too

    02/04/2013 8:42:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/4/13 | Doug Book
    Being a good, Democrat-run state, Minnesota has decided to build an ObamaCare exchange, turning all healthcare rights and choices of its citizens over to the tender mercies of federal death panels and untrained, IT technicians in Washington, DC. But if anything, that’s the GOOD news for unsuspecting Minnesotans! For all information currently considered “personal” will, at the stroke of a keyboard, become known to countless bureaucracies throughout the State and federal governments. As the Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom explains it: “Buried in the text of the Minnesota Obamacare Exchange bill (MNHIX) [is] a tiny but controversial section allowing free-flow...
  • Sequestration Cuts Will Lead to Floods, Plagues, and Pestilence

    02/04/2013 8:39:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Tad DeHaven
    The odds that $85 billion in “unthinkable, draconian” sequestration spending cuts will go into effect in March as scheduled are looking better. The odds must be getting better because, as if on cue, the horror stories have commenced.  A perfect example is an article in the Washington Post that details the angst and suffering being experienced by federal bureaucrats and other taxpayer dependents over the mere possibility that the “drastic” cuts will occur. You see, the uncertainty surrounding the issue has forced government employees to draw up contingency plans. Contingency plans? Oh, the humanity! From the article: Sequestration, as the law is...
  • OMERICA – “PRESIDENT EVIL: RE-ELECTION” (This Satire Piece on Obama and Liberals should GO VIRAL)

    02/04/2013 8:37:49 AM PST · by damonw · 4 replies
    The Religion Of Conquest ^ | 02/04/13 | CAUGHTUPALIVEnetworks
    SEE THIS FUNNY SATIRE VIDEO ON THE SITE HERE - http://thereligionofconquest.info/2013/02/04/omerica-president-evil-re-election-this-satire-piece-on-obama-and-liberals-should-go-viral/ OMERICA - "PRESIDENT EVIL: RE-ELECTION" This Satire Piece on Obama and Liberals IS ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS AND CUTE. I thought I would share and ask you to share it with your friends that are INFECTED WITH OBAMA-MANIA VIDEO PRODUCED BY CAUGHTUPALIVEnetwork SNIPPET FROM THE VIDEO DESCRIPTION: "This is the first in a hopefully long-running Series called 'OMERICA' (Obama's America), which is a political satire show which seeks to portray exactly what we have gotten ourselves into by electing Barack Obama for a second term..." It's finally DONE!! Sorry this took...
  • Chinese Father Pays $40,000 Fine & Loses Job To Have 2nd Daughter (video)

    02/04/2013 8:34:11 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    China's needs better population growth or their GDP will shrink in 20 years.
  • Man shot to death after forcing his way into home, deputies say

    02/04/2013 8:28:22 AM PST · by lump in the melting pot · 12 replies
    Gainesville Sun ^ | February 3, 2013 | staff report
    A man armed with a shotgun who forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's Newberry home Sunday was driven away after a fight inside the home, according to a report. When he returned with another shotgun, a woman inside the home and a teenager each shot him with handguns, the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office reported. The man, Kenneth David Drown Jr., 21, died at Shands at the University of Florida. None of the other people inside the house were injured. --------------------------------------------- While deputies were responding to the 911 call, Drown returned with another shotgun and forced his way inside again, according...
  • Egypt Receives First Batch of F-16s from the U.S.

    Egypt received four F-16 aircraft from the United States on Sunday, the Egypt Independent reports. According to the report, the country’s Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the growing military cooperation between Egypt and the U.S. after receiving the four fighter jets.
  • Oops: Obama Energy Department bragged about ‘energy efficiency’ of New Orleans before power outage

    02/04/2013 8:26:41 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Learn how #SuperBowl host city embraces #energy efficiency on & off the football field http://go.usa.gov/4PCm
  • Fannie Mae Employees Keep Fat PayChecks at Taxpayers’ Expense

    02/04/2013 8:25:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mark Calabria
    Earlier this week the Inspector General (IG) of the Federal Housing Finance Agency released a report documenting the current pay levels of mid-level executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, those mortgage giants which contributed to the financial crisis and have so far cost the taxpayer over $180 billion.   Despite the bail-outs, it seems the GSEs are still a comfortable place to work, all at the taxpayers’ expense. This chart, reproduced from the IG report, illustrates that the GSEs’ over 300 Vice Presidents actually got paid more in 2011 than 2010, with a median compensation of $388,000.  Those poor directors, of...
  • Democrats Complain of Aloof, Disengaged Obama

    02/04/2013 8:12:19 AM PST · by jehardy · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04 Feb 2013 | Lisa Barron
    President Barack Obama may have to reach out more to Democrats on Capitol Hill if he expects to win their support for his aggressive second-term agenda, reports Politico. In interviews with dozens of Democratic members of Congress and senior aides, Politico found many are frustrated and angered by what they perceive as the president’s disregard for cultivating relationships with his party colleagues. This comes at a time when the president is preparing to take on everything from taxes and immigration reform to gun control and climate change, and needs Democratic backing to get legislation through Congress.
  • Kerry: "I have big heels to fill" as secretary of state

    02/04/2013 8:10:05 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 4, 2013 | Lucy Madison
    Kicking off his first day as the head of the State Department today, newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry marked the beginning of his tenure with a short address to his new team, briefly outlining his top priorities for the department while thanking both the president and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for their commitment to him as well as their advocacy for American values on the world stage.
  • Democratic mayors attempt to enact gun control via economic threats

    02/04/2013 8:03:44 AM PST · by JohnPierce · 20 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | February 4, 2013 | John Pierce
    --IMAGE HERE-- The National Conference of Democratic Mayors wants more gun control and they are frustrated that, because of gun owners like you who vote, they cannot achieve it through legislation. So … they have a backup plan. They are going to use taxpayer dollars, in the form of contracts to supply law enforcement agencies, to threaten manufacturers who do not voluntarily enact their draconian proposals. And they are not trying to hide their agenda. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who leads the group, proudly announced the details of the plan after the NCDM meeting in January. “When we were lobbying...
  • Who, What, Why: Why do some countries regulate baby names?

    02/04/2013 8:01:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/04/2013
    A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has won the right to keep her first name, despite it being "unapproved" by the state. Why do some countries restrict baby names? Parents-to-be often find it hard enough to find a name they both like, let alone one the state might also be in favour of. Bjork Eidsdottir had no idea when, in naming her newborn girl Blaer 15 years ago, she was breaking the law. In the eyes of the authorities Blaer, which means "light breeze", was a male name and therefore not approved. It meant that for her entire childhood, Blaer was known...
  • Extreme Sentiment: Barron's Cover "Get Ready for Record Dow - We Told You So"; Top Call

    02/04/2013 7:57:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Looking for extreme sentiment?Look no further than the cover of Barron's magazine. The cover speaks for itself, but check out some of the commentary in New Highs in Sight The party is far from over. The early-year rally that on Friday took the Dow Jones Industrial Average to within 1% of its record high, set in 2007, could have a lot further to run. For starters, stocks aren't expensive. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is valued at about 14 times estimated 2013 profits and the Dow fetches less than 13 times projected 2013 earnings. At the market peak in...
  • U.S. attempts to restart peace talks with Taliban

    02/04/2013 7:55:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/04/2013 | Karen DeYoung
    When President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced Jan. 11 that a negotiating office for the Taliban was about to open in the Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, optimism soared within the administration that peace talks would soon be back on track. But January’s optimism has become February’s reality check: There is still no agreement to open the office, and Karzai, back in Kabul after his Washington visit, says there will be no deal until Qatar meets his conditions in writing. As the Obama administration nears a decision on the pace of U.S. combat troop withdrawals from Afghanistan between...
  • Should I Become a Woman and Risk Causing Pain to My Wife and Children?

    02/04/2013 7:53:55 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 104 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 1, 2013 | CHUCK KLOSTERMAN
    I’ve been living the life of a married man for 20 years. I have a successful career and three children. All this time, however, I have battled gender dysphoria and the deep sadness that comes from living a lie. From the earliest age, I’ve been unhappy being male. I believed I would find happiness only once I was true to myself. I recently had my self-diagnosis confirmed, and I’m initiating a transition to living as the real me. There is a cost involved: pain to my family and stress on my career. Ethically, is it right to be “true to...
  • Hess to close last refinery in New Jersey (No refineries have been built in the US for 30 years)

    02/04/2013 7:52:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/04/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    This story went mostly under the radar, but it will have some implications for many people on the east coast and for the industry in general further down the line. Without much fanfare, Hess recently announced that they were selling off their last commercial refinery, located in New Jersey. Their stated reasons are clear enough, but there’s a bit more to the story. Hess Corp.’s Port Reading, N.J., refinery—the company’s first and last such facility—will close its doors at the end of next month as the company gets out of the refining business to focus on more-profitable exploration and production...
  • Department of Energy BRAGGED About Superdome Lighting Before Blackout

    02/04/2013 7:51:41 AM PST · by opentalk · 13 replies
    The Lid ^ | February 4, 2012
    As the Second Half of yesterday's Super Bowl game was into its second series of downs half the stadium mysteriously lost power and the game had to be delayed almost 40 minutes.… Players on both sides killed time by stretching and passing the ball while commentators talked their way through an outage. In the end it was some sort of surge which blew a circuit breaker, but the complicated lighting system of the Superdome takes a long time to "reboot." One interesting part of the story is that on Super Bowl Sunday the Department of Energy posted a story bragging...
  • Donald Trump to sue Bill Maher after bet feud

    02/04/2013 7:48:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | February 4, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    Donald Trump said Monday that he’s suing liberal comic Bill Maher for $5 million for charity because Maher did not follow through on a public bet he made on “The Tonight Show.” “He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” Trump said Monday on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.” “Well I provided the information. He didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.” Last month, Maher said on NBC to Jay Leno that he would pay $5 million to Trump’s charity of choice if he provided a birth certificate proving that...
  • Factory Orders Ex Transports Post First Annual Decline Since July

    02/04/2013 7:47:56 AM PST · by Perdogg · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/04/2013 10:34 -0500 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    Today's December factory orders data came as a surprise to those expecting a whopping beat of expectations in the aftermath of the superficial beat in the Durable data released last week. Instead, the headline Factory Orders missed expectations of a 2.2% rise, growing just 1.8% in December, with the November data revised lower from 0% to -0.3%. Worse news was that Factory Orders ex the meaningless and volatile transportation number (see Dreamliner), rose just 0.2% in the last month of 2012, after declining 0.2% in November. Yet the ugliest number of the day was the year over year change in...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JEROBOAM II, 02-04-13

    02/04/2013 7:47:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-04-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JEROBOAM II The son of King Joash of Israel. Jeroboam ruled the Northern Kingdom from 783 to 743 B.C., a long, prosperous reign. Several important military victories and relative instability in the Assyrian court enabled Jeroboam to extend his territory and exercise firm control. But the prophets Hosea and Amos deplored the moral and religious condition of the country (II Kings 14:23-29). His reign illustrated the oft-repeated historical phenomenon of economic prosperity corrupting the spiritual life of a people. "Yahweh indicts the inhabitants of the country; there is no fidelity, no tenderness, no knowledge of God...
  • Top Obama Economic Aide Cuts and Pastes His Statements

    02/04/2013 7:45:10 AM PST · by Hoodat · 8 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | February 4, 2013, 8:40 am | Keith Koffler
    White House Council of Economic Adviser Chair Alan Krueger has begun his monthly statements on the nation’s employment situation with nearly the exact same sentences almost every month since November 2011, just after he was installed as one of Obama’s most senior economic advisers. With the exception of some variation in the May 2012 statement, Krueger has mailed it in every month, not bothering to change a thing in the opening lines of his commentary on the statistic that is perhaps more important to Americans. Krueger’s statements are released by the White House the morning the latest employment numbers become...
  • Sandyhook Dad: You`ll Have to Take My Guns “From My Cold Dead Hands” (Video)

    02/04/2013 7:43:19 AM PST · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Bill Stevens, whose daughter attended Sandy Hook Elementary school, testified before a Working Group Public Hearing at the Connecticut State Capitol on gun violence prevention. Mr. Stevens told the committee about his daughter’s 5th grade friend at the school, “Unfortunately, her friend’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day when lock-down and 911 were not enough to protect her from an evil person… Charlton Heston made the phrase “From my cold dead hands” famous and I am here to tell you today, you will take my ability to protect my Victoria from my cold dead hands.”
  • More Preschool Spending Not The Answer

    02/04/2013 7:40:40 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/2/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    It’s a new year, but we're hearing the same old calls for higher spending in state government. While road funding has absorbed a lot of the political oxygen, a consensus is forming that the state needs to spend more money on K-12 education — including substantially more on early childhood schooling. But the facts don’t follow that logic. The Center for Michigan, which has written nearly 60 articles on early childhood education in the past few years, has released a report they sum up as, “Message sent: Fix schools, send us the bill.” The paper has survey data that purports...
  • Turkey pledges support for Syrian opposition

    02/04/2013 7:38:26 AM PST · by haffast · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2-3-2013 | BARBARA SURK
    BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey on Sunday pledged its continued support for the Syrian opposition, saying its leaders should not be pressured into talks with the regime as civil war rages. Speaking at a security conference in Germany, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country supports efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria, but he understands the opposition's refusal to talk to President Bashar Assad after so many Syrian deaths in the fight to topple him. "It is easy to say now, (the) opposition should accept to sit with the regime, after 60,000 people have been killed," Davutoglu said at...
  • Goodlatte at Nexus of Obama Agenda

    02/04/2013 7:33:33 AM PST · by BrewingFrog · 2 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 3 Feb. 2013 | Jonathon Strong
    Virginia Republican Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte is important, but don’t expect him to tell you that. He’s the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and huge segments of President Barack Obama’s agenda must go through his committee...
  • Don't Bet Against Hillary Clinton in 2016

    02/04/2013 7:30:41 AM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | February 4, 2013 | Ron Fournier
    "Oh, Steve!" Hillary Rodham Clinton protested when "60 Minutes" reporter Steve Kroft asked about her presidential ambitions Cleaning out my notebook from the weekend, I came across this quote from a long-time associate of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussing the 2016 presidential race: "There is no false equivalency about her pros and cons." Her point is that while journalists falsely equate GOP and Democratic wrongdoing, there is a true equivalency when Clinton weighs the merits of seeking the presidency. Before we get to the lists, a caveat: Clinton honestly and understandably has not decided whether to run, sources...