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  • Chung Kim, Texas man, fatally shoots couple in argument over dog feces, report says

    02/05/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 5, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Chung Kim, a Texas man, was charged with capital murder Monday after he allegedly shot and killed a couple who lived upstairs from his northwest Dallas apartment in an argument over dog feces.
  • Politics: 2nd grader suspended for possession of imaginary hand grenades

    02/05/2013 12:24:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    caintv ^ | ROBERT LAURIE
    More asinine overreaction from the quivering minds of school officials In Loveland Colorado, about 45 minutes North of Denver, a 7-year-old 2nd grader has been suspended for trying to save the world. It appears that the boy lobbed "an imaginary grenade into a box with what he called pretend evil forces inside." According to the child, he pretended to blow up the box "so nothing can get out and destroy the world." Thank God he wasn't carrying a Hello Kitty Bubble Gun, a small piece of paper, or a pointed finger. Who knows what kind of imaginary trauma he could...
  • White House declines to explain drone policy

    02/05/2013 12:22:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    ap news ^ | 2/5/13 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is declining to explain its criteria for directing drone attacks against American citizens working abroad with terrorists. A newly disclosed Justice Department memo says the administration doesn't need evidence of a pending attack. The document says only that the target must be involved in ongoing plotting against the United States. White House spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't discuss the memo in detail. He said President Barack Obama takes seriously his responsibility to protect the United States and its citizens. Carney said drone strikes are legal and that great care is taken to avoid the loss...
  • Baboons Declare War On Humans in Saudi Arabia

    02/05/2013 12:19:43 PM PST · by Bratch · 55 replies
    The American Interest ^ | February 3, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead's Blog
    It’s a story Alfred Hitchcock would love. Baboons, extraordinarily social animals whose collective noun is appropriately “troop” are harassing a Saudi village, targeting houses in coordinated assaults while cleverly avoiding poison bananas the villagers have left behind. Arab News brings us the bizarre story: A minor war has broken out south of Qunfudah in the village of Kiad where large groups of hungry baboons from nearby valleys are attacking residences in search of food and drink. Residents have employed a variety of methods to combat the primates but it is still a daily battle from sunrise to sunset.Hussein Al-Barakati, a...
  • Numbers dwindling, moderates band together

    That’s the plan for members of the Tuesday Group of moderate Republicans and the Blue Dog Democrats, Tuesday Group member Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) told reporters. “It’s something we plan to do from time to time,” Dent said at an event hosted by the Republican Main Street Partnership, another group that represents GOP moderates. Meetings across the aisle worked in the past to help build consensus, Dent said. “That’s something else that we’re doing to try to help build a critical mass of people who want to try to get some things done together,” he said. Dent pointed at a...
  • Sen. Menendez Claims He Didn't Know Ex-Aide Was Part of Port Deal

    02/05/2013 12:17:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 5, 2013 | Ken Boehm
    Frances Robles reports in the New York Times that an ex-aide to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) stood to benefit from a Dominican port security deal, along with Menendez benefactor Salomon Melgen. From the Times: Mr. Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has pushed United States government officials to help enforce a contract that a company owned in part by one of his major donors, Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, has with the Dominican government, which has refused to honor it. A top executive at Dr. Melgen's security company will be Pedro Pablo Permuy, a former national security adviser and senior legislative aide...
  • Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    02/05/2013 12:16:07 PM PST · by illiac · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/13 | Steven Dinan
    President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. CBO said that this year's tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they'll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade. But the non-partisan agency also expects fewer people to have to pay individual penalties to the IRS...
  • Gandhi and Guns: The Mahatma Championed Right to Bear Arms

    02/05/2013 12:15:31 PM PST · by ubipetrusest · 1 replies
    The College Fix ^ | January 20, 2013 | Kushagra Aniket
    At a time when President Obama has announced severe gun control proposals, it might come as a surprise to note that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest champions of non-violence and someone whom the president counts among his personal inspirations, actively campaigned for the right to bear arms during the Indian freedom struggle. Today it is often argued that a large part of the purpose behind the Second Amendment—protection against the prospect of government tyranny—is unjustified or irrelevant. But this argument is strikingly similar to the one advanced by the British colonialists who presented themselves as the redeemers of their...
  • Identity Theft Stolen!

    02/05/2013 12:13:46 PM PST · by Revolting cat! · 38 replies
    self | 02/05/2013 | Revolting cat!
    Oh my, it happened again. Last time, it must have been almost 10 years ago, I had a keystroke capturing malware on the 'puter and some bastard from L.A. ordered a couple of hundred dollars of computer memory from a computer company, which then put me on its mailing list where I remain to this day receiving daily spam while never having bought anything from them. But that was all. The bank replaced the credit card, it didn't cost me a cent, and the culprit probably got away with it. The cops told me they get a couple of hundred...
  • NYPD Stopped, Frisked 8.6% of City in 2011 (98% of those stopped were minorities)

    02/05/2013 12:04:44 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/05/2013 | By Kevin Spak,
    (Newser) – The NYPD detained the equivalent of 8.6% of all New Yorkers as part of its controversial "stop and frisk" program in 2011, and almost all of them were minorities, according to a statistical breakdown the department released last night. All told, police stopped a record 685,724 people, and nearly 90% of them were either black or Hispanic, the New York Post reports. Only 9% were white and 4% Asian. In many places, the racial disparity was even worse. In the two precincts that saw the most stops, Brooklyn's 75th and 73rd, 97% and 98% of cases, respectively, involved...
  • Saudi Cleric Advocates Burkas for Babies to Prevent Abuse

    02/05/2013 12:02:16 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    softpedia ^ | Raluca Anghel
    Saudi cleric Sheikh Abdullah Daoud's comments on child abuse and Islam are raising eyebrows this week, with his "fatwa" issued 2 years ago surfacing. A fatwa is a legal ruling issued by a cleric, which in this case refers to having babies and children cover up. In an interview with the Islamic al-Majd TV channel, the cleric stressed that babies and little girls should be forced to wear a burka, or a veil covering their face, in order to protect them from abuse. Jihad Watch quotes a marriage officiant that speaks for marrying girls as young as 1 year old,...
  • David Rivkin on President Obama's power grab on gun control

    02/05/2013 11:59:49 AM PST · by dont_tread_on_malik · 8 replies
    Obama is on a roll with all the regulations he's created to take away my second amendment rights. David Rivkin explains what he can ACTUALLY do with gun control. Maybe Obama should refresh his memory on the Constitution.
  • The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs

    02/05/2013 11:58:08 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-5-2013 | Walter Hickey
    The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs Walter HickeyFebruary 5,2013 The Bipartisan Policy Center — an independent group with a long track record of accurate prognostication — has confirmed that they expect massive job losses across the board if Congress is unable to avert the sequester. The prediction isn't without immediate evidence, either. The contraction in GDP last week was largely attributed to decrease in government funding allocated to manufacturing in the defense sector, which has seen a substantial cut as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 mandatory spending caps and...
  • Gay marriage: Legislation passes [UK] Commons despite Tory opposition

    02/05/2013 11:50:56 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/5/2013
    MPs have approved legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales, despite the opposition of dozens of Conservative MPs. The Commons voted in favour of the The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day's debate on the bill. Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.
  • Toddler dies after grandmother accidentally gives him water bottle full of cleaning solution to drin

    02/05/2013 11:48:42 AM PST · by kiryandil · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2013 | David Mccormack
    Toddler dies after grandmother accidentally gives him water bottle full of cleaning solution to drinkRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2273828/Merced-toddler-Jack-Shearer-dies-grandma-gives-water-bottle-cleaning-solution-drink.html
  • 'GOES211' plate makes cut, 'JUGALET' nixed

    02/05/2013 11:44:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 4, 2013
    SALEM, Ore., - The Oregon committee in charge of hearing complaints about personalized license plates issued by the state allowed "GOES211" but nixed "JUGALET." The six members of the Department of Licensing's Personalized License Plate Committee, which includes a police representative and a department official, hears about 12 complaints per year about vanity plates, including a complaint in October about Tony Cava's "GOES211" plate, The Seattle Times reported Monday. Cava, a fan of comedy film "This is Spinal Tap," said the plate is a reference to how the fictional band's amps go up to 11 instead of the standard 10....
  • Obama Will Do Anything For Kids, But He Wont Do That...

    02/05/2013 11:43:23 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-5-13 | The Looking Spoon
    If we had honest debate in this country Democrats would've been laughed off the stage, much less gotten elected in the first place, long long ago...
  • Lindsey Vonn Airlifted to Hospital After Skiing Accident

    02/05/2013 11:43:05 AM PST · by ColdOne · 20 replies
    tmz.com ^ | 2/5/13 | TMZ staff
    According to reports, the doctor who examined Vonn says he believes she suffered a tibial plateau fracture -- also known as a break in the shinbone.
  • Colorado second-grader suspended for throwing IMAGINARY grenade during recess

    02/05/2013 11:41:42 AM PST · by tom h · 49 replies
    Fox31 Denver ^ | February 4, 2013 | David Mitchell and Julie Hayden
    KDVR NEWS – A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing. The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play. “I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it. “It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says. He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a...
  • 5 Reasons 2/23/2013 is Going to Be a Day of Resistance

    02/05/2013 11:36:32 AM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 9 replies
    TOWNHALL ^ | February 5, 2013 | John Hawkins
    This will be the time when law abiding Americans send a resolute "No more" to the gun grabbers in Congress...
  • The Fake Economist Who Conned A Nation

    02/05/2013 11:33:40 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 19 replies
    Planet Money (NPR) ^ | January 24, 2013 | unattributed
    [I had to excerpt independent.co.uk, per FR rules. My paraphrase follows below, in italics].A man who claimed to be a former employee of the World Bank, the United Nations, and a professor in the United States has been proven to be a fraud after becoming a media celebrity for criticizing Portugal's austerity measures._____After we read this, we got in touch with Filipe Miranda, a former Planet Money intern who grew up in Portugal, and whose family still lives there. Here's Filipe's take:This guy came out of nowhere and spent about a month and a half hoodwinking the Portuguese elite. He...
  • Minister: immigrant 'volumes' too high (Sweden)

    02/05/2013 11:31:20 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 8 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 02-02-2013 | AFP/The Local
    Sweden's immigration minister has told a newspaper that Sweden needs to tighten rules for asylum seekers and other would-be immigrants to reduce the number of people coming into the country. "Today Sweden is one of the countries that receives the most immigrants in the EU. That's not sustainable," Tobias Billström told the Saturday edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. The minister's Moderate Party, a conservative group and the largest member of Sweden's centre-right coalition government, has tasked Billström with looking at ways to lower the "volumes" of immigrants entering the Scandinavian country, he said. The party wants the country's immigration...
  • Metta World Peace suspended one game for Pistons altercation

    02/05/2013 11:30:36 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eric Pincus
    The NBA on Tuesday gave Lakers forward Metta World Peace a one-game suspension for an altercation with Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons.
  • Ms: Who cares how 14-yr-old got pregnant? Only abortion access matters

    02/05/2013 11:15:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    Ms. Magazine tweeted this on January 28… … linking to this post on its blog: She was 14 years old and going into the 9th grade. From the moment she learned she was pregnant, she contemplated what to do. Not comprehending how to even deliver a baby (let alone how to take care of a child for the rest of her life) prompted grave fears about her future. Being the eldest of an immigrant family of seven, she learned early to take on the role of her family’s translator and primary caretaker. She could not fathom how she would tell...
  • EARTHLINK ACCOUNTS FRAUD ALERT

    02/05/2013 11:14:31 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies
    self | February 5, 2013 | swampsniper
    Got this, didn't smell right, checked it out with Earthlink, it is rotten!It asks for all your data, passwords etc. Security Alert: We're writing to let you know that We're making changes to the Earthlink®billing information so that we can continue to provide a full range of services to our customers We're asking that you update your Earthlink billing information within 48 hours so you can keep using it. You won't be able to use your account if you don't update the billing information on your account and your account will be suspended. To start updating, simply follow below instructions...
  • CBO: THE DEFICIT WILL SHRINK MASSIVELY IN COMING YEARS

    02/05/2013 11:07:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/05/2013 | Sam Ro
    CBOThe CBO has just published its Budget and Economic Outlook.The big headline: the CBO expects the U.S. budget deficit to fall to $845 billion this year.  This would be the first reading under $1 trillion in five years.They also estimate that the deficit falls to $616 billion in 2014 and as low as $430 billion in 2015.They assume unemployment rates of 8.0 percent in 2013 and 7.6 percent in 2014.  They also assume GDP growth of 1.4 percent in 2013 accelerating to 3.4 percent in 2014.Here are the CBO's long-term budget projections: CBO And here are the economic projections:...
  • Arizona sues EPA over “absurd” coal emission rules

    02/05/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    hot air ^ | 2/5/13 | Ed Morrissey
    To paraphrase Herman’s Hermits: Second term, same as the first? The latest front in the war on coal has shifted far from the mines which produce the raw materials for energy production, and to a state known for its contentious relationship with the Obama administration. Arizona has filed suit against the EPA over new rules that it calls “absurd,” and which will drive up energy costs for little practical purpose (via The Right Scoop): Arizona challenged in federal court U.S. environmental regulators efforts to force Arizona power companies to spend up to $1 billion to install pollution control equipment at...
  • Fighting fat with fat: Stem cell discovery identifies potential obesity treatment

    02/05/2013 11:04:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    http://medicalxpress.com ^ | Feb 05, 2013 | Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
    Ottawa scientists have discovered a trigger that turns muscle stem cells into brown fat, a form of good fat that could play a critical role in the fight against obesity. The findings from Dr. Michael Rudnicki's lab, based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, were published today in the prestigious journal Cell Metabolism. "This discovery significantly advances our ability to harness this good fat in the battle against bad fat and all the associated health risks that come with being overweight and obese," says Dr. Rudnicki, a senior scientist and director for the Regenerative Medicine Program and Sprott Centre for...
  • Sebelius: ObamaCare is the law of the land, so you might as well help us implement it

    02/05/2013 11:01:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Or, in other words: Just give in already to the power of the all-knowing and all-powerful bureaucracy. Trust us.Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (requiring that states expand their programs and provide specified health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold, or else face losing all prior federal funding) was an unconstitutional “gun to the head” for states’ administrations and budgets, and confirmed their right to opt out without penalty — but that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t applying every type of political pressure and fiscal inducement they can to coerce...
  • Jefferson, The FHA and Harming Borrowers: The Case For Tightening FHA Standards

    02/05/2013 11:00:41 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The following fhatestimony3 is my testimony to the House Financial Services committee on Wednesday at 9am. I. Introduction Chairman Hensarling and distinguished members of the committee, thank you for the invitation to testify at today’s hearing on “Examining the Proper Role of the Federal Housing Administration in our Mortgage Insurance Market” and to provide my perspective on the ongoing mortgage debacle, the resulting decline in the private mortgage insurance market and the need to return the FHA’s share of the insurance market back to pre-bubble levels. I am Anthony B. Sanders, Senior Scholar at George Mason University. The Federal Housing...
  • Kasich embrace of Obamacare program angers some conservatives

    02/05/2013 10:59:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    By accepting the provision included in President Barack Obama's health care law expanding federal Medicaid funding, Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined four fellow Republican governors in welcoming part of a program their party has campaigned vehemently against. He also drew the ire of some Republican activists, who had viewed him as a model of small government conservatism and a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination.
  • Obama admin: Drones can target Americans abroad based on one official’s opinion

    02/05/2013 10:57:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The killing of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki generated a surprising amount of controversy. The US had used drones to kill scores of AQ leaders and followers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen before Awlaki and afterward. However, Awlaki was a US citizen, and the targeting of an American citizen by the government was considered a new step — and not necessarily a good one. The demand for a controlling procedure began to grow, amplified ironically by Barack Obama himself when the New York Times reported that he tried to rush rules into place for drone use in case Mitt Romney won...
  • Obama plans spring trip to Israel

    02/05/2013 10:57:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/5/13 | ENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama discussed plans to visit Israel this spring during a recent phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said Tuesday. (PHOTOS: Obama’s 24 international trips) Obama brought up the travel plans during a Jan. 28 call with Netanyahu, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said. “The start of the president’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria," Vietor...
  • California faces backlog of 40,000 weapons in hands of felons, mentally ill

    02/05/2013 10:54:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/5/13 | Barnini Chakraborty
    According to the state DOJ, that's nearly 40,000 handguns and assault weapons currently in circulation that shouldn't be. As Capitol Hill begins to debate a raft of anti-gun violence measures -- ranging from gun control bills to proposals to improve screening and the mental health system -- California officials are trying to take matters into their own hands. After Lindley testified at a hearing last week that his office lacks enough staff to confiscate weapons from felons and the mentally ill -- which are recorded in the state's Armed Prohibited Persons database -- lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would...
  • Um what, what is it ?

    02/05/2013 10:51:01 AM PST · by Revski · 4 replies
    Revski's Youtube Videos ^ | 2-5-2013 | Revski
    This animated video of a Northwestern rough legged hawk, brook fish, farm pig and Galapagos tortoise is to inspire faithful and obedient living to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!
  • Look which companies dumping Boy Scouts

    02/05/2013 10:50:39 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 81 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 2-5-2013 | Art Moore
    Major corporations that have donated to the Boy Scouts of America in recent years are largely remaining quiet ahead of the highly anticipated vote Wednesday on the organization’s policy on homosexuals, but some have made it clear their money will go only to groups that don’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2010, the latest year for which figures are available, the top donors to the Scouts, listed in descending order according to amount, were Intel, Emerson, Verizon, 3M, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Pfizer, Valero, UPS, U.S. Bank, Eli Lilly and Co., GE, Monsanto, Medtronic, PNC, Nationwide,...
  • Michelle Obama’s posterior again the subject of a public rant

    02/05/2013 10:50:19 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | February 5,2013 | Krissah Thompson
    They’re at it again. The latest public rant against Michelle Obama’s effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business. And then it quickly found its way around to the first lady’s posterior.
  • Sheriff Arpaio's credit-card info used at Chicago grocery store

    02/05/2013 10:37:50 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-5-13 | AP
    It looks like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become a victim of credit card fraud. Sheriff's officials said Monday that Arpaio's credit card information was stolen and used to make a $291 transaction at a Chicago grocery store last weekend.
  • Memo justifies drone kills even with patchy intelligence

    02/05/2013 10:33:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/5/13 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government has authorized the killing of American citizens as part of its controversial drone campaign against al Qaeda even without intelligence that such Americans are actively plotting to attack a U.S. target, according to a Justice Department memo. The unclassified memo, first obtained by NBC News, argues that drone strikes are justified under American law if a targeted U.S. citizen had "recently" been involved in "activities" posing a possible threat and provided that there is no evidence suggesting the individual "renounced or abandoned" such activities. The document was disclosed as a bipartisan group of U.S. senators...
  • Joe Biden confuses Poland with Portugal in latest embarrassing gaffe for the vice president

    02/05/2013 10:33:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Joe Biden confuses Poland with Portugal in latest embarrassing gaffe for the vice president By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: February 4th, 2013 Joe Biden is in Europe this week, meeting with leaders in Berlin, Paris and London. Tomorrow he drops by Downing Street to see David Cameron, and Nick Clegg is also on the agenda. Over the weekend the US vice president attended the Munich Security Conference where he delivered a speech on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, expressing a willingness to sit down in direct negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear programme, an approach that can...
  • The Corral

    02/05/2013 10:29:24 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Sarge
    Beaurat Obama wants universal registration of all firearms in America. He says it’s “common sense” to register all firearms and the “majority” of firearms owners agree with him. He polls his people and tells us we think that way too. The man agglomerates numbers in biased and prejudiced surveys. He twists the findings into complementary terms showing just how perfect his intuition is when adducing the American public’s thinking. He almost never gets plastered for trying to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes. Not ever, since the mid-term elections in his first term, has he admitted the American...
  • Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing (Going to work in Hollywood )

    02/05/2013 10:23:06 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb 5 2013 | By Christi Parsons
    WASHINGTON — Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement. That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama's lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama — as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles. The departure subtracts a vivid personality from the president's operation, defined since the beginning by Obama's spoken words and the team that wrote them. After Favreau landed in the White House four years ago, he...
  • Bolling sides with Democrats to delay voter ID change

    02/05/2013 10:22:41 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 16 replies
    From staff and wire reports Senate Democrats effectively delayed a Republican voter identification bill for another year after Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, sided with them on Monday to break a party-line 20-20 tie. Bolling voted for a Democratic amendment that delayed the voter ID changes to July 2014. It was the first tie-breaking vote of the 2013 session since he withdrew his GOP gubernatorial bid last fall, pledging a new independence from his party. Advertisement The bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Black, R-Loudoun, would have eliminated documents such as residential utility bills, current paycheck stubs or even...
  • More in France Are Turning to Islam, Challenging a Nation’s Idea of Itself

    02/05/2013 10:22:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2013 | MAĎA de la BAUME
    While the number of converts remains relatively small in France, yearly conversions to Islam have doubled in the past 25 years, experts say, presenting a growing challenge for France, where government and public attitudes toward Islam are awkward and sometimes hostile. French antiterrorism officials have been warning for years that converts represent a critical element of the terrorist threat in Europe, because they have Western passports and do not stand out. In October, the French police conducted a series of antiterrorism raids across France, resulting in the arrests of 12 people, including at least three French citizens who had recently...
  • How Do You Spell Retaliation

    02/05/2013 10:19:59 AM PST · by notted · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/05/2013 | Roger Kimball
    "Now that I look back to Cicero’s life and work, however, few figures from any age seem as searingly pertinent to our own social and political life"... Consider this passage from Cicero’s On Duties: Whoever governs a country must first see to it that citizens keep what belongs to them and that the state does not take from individuals what is rightfully theirs. … As for those politicians who pretend they are friends of the common people and try to pass laws redistributing property and drive people out of their homes or champion legislation forgiving loans, I say they are...
  • Court: NYTimes's Request For New York City Gun Owners Violates Law

    02/05/2013 10:16:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/ ^ | February 5,2013 | Daniel Halper
    A New York appellate court has ruled that the New York Times's request for a list of gun owners in New York City, under the Freedom of Information Law, violates the state's statute. The ruling overturns in part a lower court's ruling.
  • The Menendez Dilemma ("Who is more trustworthy, a Dominican prostitute or a New Jersey Democrat?")

    02/05/2013 10:08:45 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 5, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Prostitution is both legal and widespread in the Dominican Republic, where as many as 100,000 women are part of the industry in a nation that has become a major sex-tourism hotspot of the Caribbean. So it would not be a crime for Sen. Robert Menendez to have availed himself of such services during his trips to the Dominican Republic, as has been alleged.Menendez has strenuously denied patronizing prostitutes, however, denouncing the accusations Monday in a CNN interview as “smears that right-wing blogs have been pushing since the election.” Any claim that Menendez consorted with hookers during his D>. ominican holidays...
  • Denmark: Islam critic survives assassination attempt (Lars Hedegaard)

    02/05/2013 9:56:17 AM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | February 5, 2013
    Assailant’s gun jammed after firing first shot - police now searching for two men wearing ski masks seen climbing into Copenhagen Zoo The renowned anti-Islam journalist and scholar Lars Hedegaard reportedly survived an assassination attempt outside his home on Pelargonieviej in Frederiksberg this morning. According to Ritzau, the assailant fled when his gun jammed after firing the first shot at around 11:20. “A man shot at the victim but he missed and the bullet went over his head,” police commissioner Lars-Christian Borg told Ritzau. “When he tried to fire again, the pistol clicked and the assailant ran away.” While Borg...
  • What is "Closing The Gunshow Loophole"

    02/05/2013 9:55:40 AM PST · by misanthrope · 46 replies
    2-5-13 | misanthrope
    What is "Closing The Gunshow Loophole" ? At the top of the list of changes to gun transaction restrictions the left has bleated on for years is what they have deceptively labelled "Closing The Gunshow Loophole". On it's face, it would seem they are referring to firearms transactions that occur at gunshows between private parties not involving an NICS background check. When you listen carefully, though, you also hear the Progressive explanations include firearms transactions that occur at other venues such as flea markets. Every now and then, if you listen really closely, the liberal will let slip that the...
  • Coulter to Obama for suggesting gun-rights advocates don’t care about children: ‘Screw you’

    02/05/2013 9:54:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/13 | Jeff Poor
    On Fox News Channel’s Monday broadcast of “Hannity,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter blasted President Barack Obama for vilifying gun-rights advocates in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, saying the real focus should be on mental health. “I really would like to concentrate on the lies on their side that are being repeated on the op-ed page of The New York Times, in the editorials of The New York Times,” she said. “. … We need the ACLU and the liberals who won’t do anything about the mentally ill to be serious about stopping these shootings....