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  • Armed Forces Foundation team draw attention to war’s mental wounds

    02/04/2013 5:20:26 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 1 replies
    The (Dalton, Georgia) Daily Citizen ^ | February 4, 2013 | Charles Oliver
    Jeff and Paige McDonald and their youngest daughter Brooke stood on the stage of the giant Barrett-Jackson auction in January, watching as bidding began on a custom 1969 Ford Bronco. Funds raised by the auction would help the Armed Forces Foundation, a group that provides services to veterans, particularly those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Paige McDonald recalls the moment as “bittersweet.” She says she was pleased that so many were showing such strong support for America’s veterans. But she says she couldn’t stop thinking of the reason her family had come to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the auction: her...
  • Pro-choice pastor: Churches must “lead charge” against abortion stigma

    02/04/2013 5:17:46 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that began with talking about the spiritual needs of patients ends on a far more personal note…. An office manager told a colleague of mine that she braces herself every time she checks the mail, wondering how many hate letters she’ll come across, and wants a sacred community to turn to for support. One clinic counselor said she misses the rituals and music of her faith community, and often thinks about trying to find a church, but worries about being judged or shunned when small talk leads to questions...
  • Colorado: Senate President Morse Steps On Dem Gun Control Message (Dem)

    02/04/2013 5:11:42 PM PST · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    nra-ila ^ | January 23, 2013
    In an interview with CBS4last week, Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) proclaimed his belief that additional background checks and a ban on high capacity magazines would do little to limit gun violence, stepping on a key message coming from supporters of gun control in his own party. Read More: The Colorado Observer.com
  • Outgoing EPA chief regrets lack of dialogue with rural America

    02/04/2013 5:10:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/13 | Zack Colman
    Departing Departing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said she wished she had communicated better during her tenure with rural regions that felt victimized by the agency’s pollution rules. “If I were starting again, I would from day one make a much stronger effort to do personal outreach in rural America," Jackson said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters published Monday. Clashes with rural GOP lawmakers characterized much of Jackson’s time in Obama administration, but Jackson has lamented what she says are inaccurate claims about the scope of EPA’s agenda.
  • Again: Obama Misses Another Budget Deadline

    02/04/2013 5:07:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | Guy Benson
    We've known this failure was forthcoming for some time, but it's still worth flagging for several reasons, which we'll get to momentarily.  First, the basics:   Monday marked the deadline set in law for President Obama to submit a budget, but he missed it — making this the fourth time in his five years in office that he's failed to submit the blueprint on time. That makes his record equal to the three previous presidents combined, who spanned 20 years in office. This year, Mr. Obama blamed the late passage of his tax increase deal early last month. "Because these issues were not...
  • Revealed: Marine who 'killed' famous sniper threatened to 'blow his brains out and kill his family

    02/04/2013 5:04:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/4/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police now say that the former marine accused of killing the country’s best sniper and another man at a shooting range now says that he threatened to kill himself and his family back in September and he was hospitalized. A police report from the September 2 incident states they were alerted to the threat when they received a call about 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, who is now in jail on two murder counts for allegedly killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. ‘Eddie stated he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through,’ the police...
  • Hillary Clinton team has new website

    02/04/2013 5:01:29 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Hillary Clinton team has new website By: Kevin Robillard February 4, 2013 06:50 PM EST Hillary Clinton has found her post-State Department home on the World Wide Web. HillaryClintonOffice.com is bare-bones so-far, sporting only a picture of the former Secretary of State and a contact form. According to registration data, the site was created Jan. 31, and was last edited Sunday. The URL was registered through GoDaddy.com. Clinton’s 2008 campaign site, HillaryClinton.com, now links to HillaryClintonOffice.com. Clinton has remained coy about her post-Cabinet plans, but has said she plans to continue to advocate for women and girls...........
  • School turnarounds prompt community backlash

    02/04/2013 4:53:50 PM PST · by posterchild · 23 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Mon Feb 4, 2013 | Christina Hoag
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country. It's also generated a growing backlash among the mostly low-income, minority communities where some see the reforms as not only disruptive in struggling neighborhoods, but also as civil rights violations since turnaround efforts primarily affect black and Latino students. "Our concern is that these reforms have further destabilized our communities," said Jitu Brown, education organizer of Chicago's Kenwood-Oakwood Community Organization. "It's clear there's a different...
  • Minority German Children Bullied by Muslims in Their Own Schools

    02/04/2013 4:50:55 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 37 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 31 January 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Just published on YouTube is a shocking video, that can be seen clicking on the link just below the post title, of discrimination against German and Christian children in German schools. They are severely bullied by Muslim kids in a school where immigrant children are an astonishing 96 percent. Hardly anybody speaks to them, they become introvert. They are outcasts, not integrated into the schools of their own land. The reporter investigating this shameful situation interviews a boy who tells her how he was chased and attacked for saying that he does not believe in God, and a girl who...
  • Freep a poll: Best Superbowl Commercial

    02/04/2013 4:48:16 PM PST · by TheThinkingAmericanist · 69 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | 2/4/2013 | WXYZ-TV Detroit
    (WXYZ) - Every year the automakers produce some of the most talked about ads that are aired during the Super Bowl. This has been especially true over the last few years, where Chrysler produced ads featuring both Clint Eastwood and Eminem to highlight their progress as they emerged from bankruptcy.
  • Emails Expose Southern Poverty Law Center Collaboration with DOJ

    02/04/2013 4:47:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Bretibart ^ | 2/4/13 | Kerry Picket
    Judicial Watch (JW), a Washington D.C. based non-partisan educational foundation, released some two dozen pages of emails it obtained on Tuesday revealing connections between the Department of Justice Civil Rights and Tax divisions and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). According to JW, the e-mails reveal “questionable behavior by agency personnel while negotiating for Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) co-founder Morris Dees to appear as the featured speaker at a July 31, 2012, “Diversity Training Event.” Judicial Watch obtained the records pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) submitted to the DOJ on September 10, 2012: The Judicial Watch...
  • Guns don't kill black people, other blacks do

    02/04/2013 4:41:03 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | Aug 16, 1999 | David Horowitz
    The NAACP's ludicrous idea to sue gun manufacturers is yet another attempt by the left to avoid personal responsibility for some individuals' bad behavior. When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced plans recently to file an injunctive class-action suit “to force [gun manufacturers] to distribute their product responsibly,” the NAACP president, Kweisi Mfume, noted that gun violence takes a disproportionately high toll among young black males.According to an NAACP press release, African-American males between the ages of 15 and 24 are almost five times more likely to be injured by firearms than are white males in...
  • Bill Maher likens axed Palin to Glenn Beck: "Maybe it’s not so great that Palin is out of Fox News"

    02/04/2013 4:40:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 4, 2013 | Kerry O'Shea
    On his talk show ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ Bill Maher explained how Sarah Palin being fired from Fox News may not be the somewhat comforting news that liberals were enjoying. Maher instead likens Palin to other axed Fox News personality, Glenn Beck. After exiting Fox News, Beck took "patented brand of apocalyptic race baiting" (according to Maher) and went on to create his own web series that charges people $10 a month. Last year, Beck made $80 million, landing him in seventh place on the Forbes wealthiest celebrities. Thus, Maher slams such pundits as “con men.” Says Maher, "They...
  • World’s largest Marian statue unveiled in Bolivia

    02/04/2013 4:33:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 72 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February - 4 - 2013
    La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply “a work of engineering and art,” the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.” Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the country’s second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the...
  • U.S. Gun Owners Outnumbered Hunters by 5 to 1 in 2011

    02/04/2013 4:32:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    cns news ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    In 2011, gun owners in the United States outnumbered hunters by 5 to 1. There were 13.7 million hunters in the United States over age 16 -- 12.7 million of whom used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That means hunters constituted only 15.9 to 18.1 percent of the estimated 70-80 million gun owners in the U.S. in 2011 -- the latest year for which statistics are available. In a Dec. 28 national report, USF&W said 13.7 million individuals over age 16 self-identified as hunters, and that 12.7 million used guns (shotguns,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-4-13

    02/04/2013 4:29:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-4-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Iran's president wishes to visit Gaza

    02/04/2013 4:27:21 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 4, 2013 5:20pm EST | Mariam Karouny
    Asked in an interview on the Al Mayadeen news channel whether he would visit Gaza while in Cairo next week or before his term as president expires in June, he replied: "My wish is bigger than this. I wish to pray in Jerusalem after complete liberation." Iran does not recognize Israel. "If they allow it, I would go to Gaza to visit the people," he said, without saying whose authority he would seek.
  • Gun sales super even on Super Bowl Sunday

    02/04/2013 4:27:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WXIX-TV ^ | February 4, 2013 | Dave Culbreth and Brian Wiechert
    SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Employees at Target World in Sharonville say guns sales have been like nothing they've ever seen before. "You can't take away people's rights without people fighting back," says David Drury, a Target World employee. The increase in sales started just after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings. "The boom has been pretty incredible. People are wanting to protect their rights while they have them and people are scared. They don't want their rights to be eroded," said Drury. Because of that, even on the night of the Super Bowl, and even at kickoff time, Target World was...
  • Americans Make Hard Choices on Social Security, Prefer to Raise Payroll Taxes and Increase Benefits

    02/04/2013 4:26:52 PM PST · by kabar · 17 replies
    The National Academy of Social Insurance website ^ | January 31, 2013 | The National Academy of Social Insurance
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Americans support Social Security and are willing to pay more to preserve and even improve benefits, according to a new survey released today by the nonpartisan National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI). The new study, Strengthening Social Security: What Do Americans Want?, finds a sharp contrast between what Americans say they want and changes being discussed in Washington, such as cutting benefits by using a “chained” Consumer Price Index to determine Social Security’s cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Large majorities of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, agree on ways to strengthen Social Security — without cutting benefits. Fully 74%...
  • The Only Appropriate Position For A Democrat Senator Who Has Sex With Foreign Hookers

    02/04/2013 4:25:42 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 6 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-4-13 | The Looking Spoon
    If you've never heard of this guy you can get a good start and learn more than you ever wanted to know from The Lonely Conservative and The Other McCain.He replaced John Kerry as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee...it's too perfect.