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  • Public Schools Used to Have Rifle Teams — Even New York

    02/05/2013 2:35:11 PM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 2/1/13 | Gary DeMar
    I graduated from high school in 1968. There were some problem students. I do remember a student who robbed a bank during lunch and hid the money in his locker, but that was the rare exception. It was big news at the time because it was so out of the ordinary. There were fights and petty thievery. The perpetrators were dealt with swiftly by the administration without having to worry that their parents would hire a lawyer and sue the school. My wife grew up in a small town in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania. The schools closed for the...
  • Next Year's Super Bowl May Have NO Halftime Show As New Jersey Will Be Too Cold

    02/05/2013 2:34:32 PM PST · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | February 5,2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Beyonce wowed millions around the world with her spectacular Super Bowl performance on Sunday but there may be no halftime show next year - as New Jersey is too cold. The 2014 Super Bowl will be the first to be played outdoors in cold weather conditions and the centerpiece performance may be a casualty of freezing temperatures, it was revealed today.
  • White House Responds To Drones Memo: Strikes Are 'Legal,' 'Ethical' And ‘Wise'

    02/05/2013 2:30:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/5/13 | Matt Wilstein
    It’s no surprise that among the first questions White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received at today’s press briefing was one that concerned a recently-leaked Justice Department memo that offered justification for killing U.S. citizens abroad in predator drone attacks. Carney began by clarifying that the memo in question was an “unclassified document” prepared for members of Congress. “The president takes his responsibilities very seriously,” Carney said. “And first and foremost that’s his responsibility to protect the United States.” He continued by saying that the president is dedicated to
  • Sandy Hook Father Absolutely Owns Guns Violence Hearing

    02/05/2013 2:26:09 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 47 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 2/5/13 | IJ Review
    A Sandy Hook father telling it like it is, slamming his fist down on the table, and walking out like a boss. You HAVE to see this incredible anti-gun control argument...
  • Top Democrat Warns Others Not to Use Term “Illegal Immigrants”, Calls Them “Citizens” (Conyers)

    02/05/2013 2:25:25 PM PST · by montag813 · 31 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-05-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaPerhaps the most visible argument in favor of term limits in Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) - who has served in Congress since 1965 - and known for uttering bizarre and offensive statements, has done it yet again. The Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Immigration subcommittee, Conyers before today's hearing on potential "reform" legislation scolded other members in advance for calling illegal aliens "illegal immigrants" - calling them "out of  status". Perhaps even more bizarrely, Conyers - twice - refers to illegals as "citizens": “I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today”,...
  • Can abortionists really be Christians?

    02/05/2013 2:22:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 41 replies
    LAN ^ | Cassy Fiano
    There’s something disturbing about abortionists, and the activists who support them, pretending that Jesus would be totally cool with abortion. You can kill babies all day long and still be a Christian, like, for sure! That’s the latest claim from one abortion supporter, Reverend Matthew Westfox, the associate minister at All Souls Bethlehem Church. He’s insisting not only that you can be an abortion worker and still be a Christian, but that you’d also be serving God as you rip the little babies from their mothers’ wombs! Hallelujah! Many times in my ministry, a conversation with abortion clinic staffers that...
  • Black mob beats man until skull breaks

    02/05/2013 2:20:40 PM PST · by wesagain · 38 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language. Kyam Washington must have done something: He raped somebody, stole something, hit someone, or was just a bad guy with bad intentions who deserved a fractured skull. That is what the lawyer and the newspaper said. The rape thing turned out not to be true. Whatever. But that is why a mob of black people in Manhattan beat him with fists, kicks, a traffic cone and wooden board until they fractured his skull. And why they were in the middle of doing the same to a Good Samaritan...
  • Refreshing Candor on Islamist Violence in Congressional Report

    02/05/2013 2:19:43 PM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 29JAN12 | IPT News
    The path from believing in radical Islamist political ideology to plotting attacks in the homeland can be triggered by a number of factors, a new Congressional Research Service report finds. The report focuses on homegrown Islamic terrorism, which in itself is remarkable given the reluctance many in Washington have had to clearly naming a leading source of the terrorist threat. The title, "American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat," uses the kind of language all-but-banned by the executive branch since 2008. Cabinet officials in the Obama administration have strained to avoid references to jihadist violence. But the Congressional Research Service...
  • Obamacare Punishes Smokers: Why not the Promiscuous? (Commiecare™ to cover HIV/AIDS?)

    02/05/2013 2:19:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/26/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare outlawed underwriting by health insurance companies. In other words, if we are diagnosed with cancer, run 10Ks, have diabetes or a family history of heart attacks, we all pay the same price. Fine. But there is one big exception. Smokers, who can be charged a huge insurance surcharge for their unhealthy habit. **SNIP** This financial stick is entirely political. Notice we never hear experts wanting to “punish” the promiscuous for the cost burden they inflict on the health care system. Yet people who sleep around, like smokers and the obese, cost the rest of us plenty–what with promiscuity leading...
  • City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

    02/05/2013 2:18:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/5/13 | Jason Koebler
    Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a progressive civil liberties group based ACA premium...
  • Radical Islam’s Global Reaction: The Push for Blasphemy Laws

    02/05/2013 2:15:34 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    World Affairs ^ | Jan/Feb 2013 | Michael J. Totten
    “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson Free speech is under attack in the West, and it’s under attack from abroad. For years radical Islamists have targeted embassies abroad and individuals at home for “insulting” the Prophet Muhammad. And now diplomats and heads of state from Islamist countries are using international oganizations to pressure the West to criminalize blasphemy and are even lobbying for a global censorship regime. ..... Just weeks after the riots, the freshly chosen presidents of Egypt and Yemen took to the...
  • Quebec school to appeal to Canadian Supreme Court for right to teach Catholic religion course

    02/05/2013 2:12:25 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 4, 2013 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    MONTREAL, Quebec, February 4, 2013(LifeSiteNews.com) – A private Catholic high school in Montreal has decided to appeal to Canada’s highest court in its fight for academic and religious freedom. Loyola High School will appeal a decision by Quebec’s Court of Appeal that forces the Jesuit-run school for boys to cease teaching its Catholic course on religion and morality and switch to the “secular” and “neutral” Ethics and Religious Culture course (ERC) provided by the province’s government. Catholic critics of the ERC have said that the course promotes moral relativism as well as ethical positions that clearly violate Catholic teaching. In...
  • Radical Islam’s Global Reaction: The Push for Blasphemy Laws

    02/05/2013 2:10:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | February 5, 2013 | Michael J Totten
    “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson Free speech is under attack in the West, and it’s under attack from abroad. For years radical Islamists have targeted embassies abroad and individuals at home for “insulting” the Prophet Muhammad. And now diplomats and heads of state from Islamist countries are using international oganizations to pressure the West to criminalize blasphemy and are even lobbying for a global censorship regime. The most recent assault began in Cairo on September 11, 2012, when a deranged mob attacked the...
  • U.S., Mexico reach tomato deal to avert trade war

    02/05/2013 2:05:55 PM PST · by Altariel · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 2, 2013 | Doug Palmer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government and Mexican tomato growers reached a tentative agreement on Saturday that reduces the threat of a costly trade war stemming from a U.S. decision last year to pull out of a 1996 bilateral tomato trade pact. "I am pleased that we were able to come to an agreement on fresh tomato imports from Mexico that restores stability and confidence to the U.S. tomato market and meets the requirements of U.S. law,"€ U.S. Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez said in a statement.
  • Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’ - Bishops Must Take ‘Right Action Whatever Cost’

    02/05/2013 2:05:36 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Philly ^ | February 4, 2013 | Archbishop Chaput
    To live well is nothing other than to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s soul and with all one’s efforts; from this it comes about that love is kept whole and uncorrupted (through temperance). No misfortune can disturb it (and this is fortitude). It obeys only [God] (and this is justice), and is careful in discerning things, so as not to be surprised by deceit or trickery (and this is prudence). – Augustine The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that prudence is the auriga virtutum, the “charioteer of virtues.” It’s “right reason in action,” the...
  • Cerabino: Florida sheriffs edge closer to law interpreting than law enforcing

    02/05/2013 2:04:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    palmbeachpost.co ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Frank Cerabino
    I know it’s illegal to impersonate a law-enforcement officer. But what happens when a law-enforcement officer impersonates a judge? I’m talking about the recent proclamation from the Florida Sheriff’s Association announcing that its members “will not not assist, support, or condone any unconstitutional infringement” of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. The timing of the proclamation coincided with efforts by President Barack Obama and some members of Congress to advocate for gun regulations that ban the sale of military-style assault weapons, limit rounds of ammunition in clips, and eliminate loopholes in background checks for gun sales. If those measures,...
  • Jeb Bush Moving Closer to 2016 Run

    02/05/2013 2:04:41 PM PST · by illiac · 57 replies
    News Max ^ | 2/5/13 | Cyrus Afzali
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will speak for the first time at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a clear sign that he is mulling a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The American Conservative Union, which sponsors the conference, announced Tuesday that Bush will address the group, set for March 14-16 in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington. Bush has been invited by the group to speak at CPAC several times, but this will be his first appearance. “We are pleased to announce that my friend Gov. Jeb Bush will be a featured speaker at CPAC 2013,”...
  • WRSA State Of The Union Forum:Where are we, How We Got Here, & Where We Are Going

    02/05/2013 2:03:04 PM PST · by Blueflag
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | 2/5/2013 | Travis McGee/Matt Bracken
    Good panel discussion of current events and trends releated to the potential and/or pending loss of Liberty to our own government, and our own stupidity. Matt Bracken, (FReeper Travis McGee) author and columnist contributes a good bit about half way down the comments. Good stuff. A lot of it is over the top for me, as I prefer MAtt's more Constitutionally-based, pragmatic, reasoned approach. Enjoy!
  • Feds: Philly woman key in ‘massive’ $200M international scam

    02/05/2013 1:58:27 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/05/2013 | Frank Kummer
    A Philadelphia woman was arrested today along with 12 others in what federal authorities call "one of the largest" credit card fraud schemes ever. --snip-- Essentially, the enterprise worked like this, according to the complaint: Members of the group would create false identities through a series of documents, then create a false profile for the major credit bureaus. Next, the group would, "pump up" the credit by providing false information to the credit bureaus from fake companies. The sham companies existed only to make it appear that the fictional people had excellent credit. Finally, members of the group would run...
  • Why a Permanent Democratic Majority Is Not a Demographic Inevitability (Part One: Antecedents)

    02/05/2013 1:55:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    The Nation ^ | February 4, 2013 | Rick Perlstein
    Following Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney a certain argument became ubiquitous: the argument from demographic inevitability. That the Republican Party, absent deep-seated changes that are all but unimaginable, is in for a generation or more of electoral doom. Indeed the argument was being made long before the votes were even cast. Here was Jonathan Chait in New York magazine, etching the argument sharply almost a year ago: The modern GOP—the party of Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes—is staring down its own demographic extinction. Right-wing warnings of impending tyranny express, in hyperbolic form, well-grounded dread: that conservative America will soon...
  • Pathway to citizenship could increase Obamacare cost up to $300 billion over a decade

    02/05/2013 1:54:12 PM PST · by illiac · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/13 | Caroline May
    Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for ObamaCare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller. GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced. However, should the provision fall by the...
  • Court Silences Man Who Painted Protest Sign on His House

    02/05/2013 1:51:51 PM PST · by Altariel · 14 replies
    Reason ^ | February 3, 2013 | John Ross
    William Bowden painted “Screwed by the Town of Cary” on his house after a road-widening project (allegedly) directed runoff onto his property, damaging his North Carolina home. Within hours, zoning officials paid him a visit, ordering him to remove the sign or pay fines of up to $500 for each day of noncompliance.
  • Boy Scout leader charged with sodomizing Scout

    02/05/2013 1:48:55 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 02/05/2013 | n/a
    A former Boy Scout leader has been charged with sodomizing a boy in his troop who was under the age of 13. The abuse took place in 2005, according to court documents, but the victim, now an adult, waited several years before coming forward, reported WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Va. The BSA’s Stonewall Jackson Area Council released a prepared statement after the arrest. “The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior,” the statement said. ‘The behavior included in these allegations runs...
  • Krugman: U.S. Needs Death Panels, Sales Taxes

    02/05/2013 1:47:44 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Joel Griffith
    Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor: Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there is this question of how we’re...
  • Cancer screening delayed by Obamacare

    02/05/2013 1:42:49 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 20 replies
    MediBid ^ | 02/04/2013 | Constance Uribe, MD
    The federal government has once again driven a wedge between patients and physicians by creating its own criteria for the screening of these two prevalent malignancies. Instead of trying to improve on something that was working pretty well, Washington decided to scrap the idea because it did not fit the current agenda. Our own government is avoiding early diagnosis and treatment of these two known killers, turning a blind eye as these malignant terrorists invade our bodies. Only Washington could take something as straight forward as cancer screening and turn it into a complicated quagmire, and a deadly one at...
  • AP sources: Pentagon extending benefits for gays [Back door homosexual "marriage" ?]

    02/05/2013 1:41:47 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 91 replies
    Miami Herald--Associated Depressed ^ | 2/5/13 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. The policy change would come about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. Officials say Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, as well as health and welfare programs.
  • Hacker Xbox Hoax Leads to Police Raid on Unsuspecting Family

    02/05/2013 1:41:15 PM PST · by Altariel · 3 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | January 31, 2013 | Mario Aguilar
    An Oviedo, Florida family was woken up by police with guns surrounding their house in the middle of the night. This terrifying and potentially scarring event is brought to you by Microsoft Xbox.WFTV reports that the cops and family were the victims of a hacker hoax conducted on an Xbox at another house in town. How does that work? Hackers busted into a teenager's Xbox demanding information about a video game, and when he wouldn't help them, the internet criminals used his account to file a false report about a murder and hostage situation. The cops traced the account to...
  • Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid flip: Are conservatives embracing ObamaCare?

    02/05/2013 1:35:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Peter Weber
    Why did the Tea Party–backed governor of Ohio just say yes to a key part of President Obama's health care law? Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is the latest governor to accept the hefty Medicaid expansion authorized by President Obama's health care overhaul. He's not the first Republican to do so — Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), and Jan Brewer (Ariz.) have, too — but Kasich's opt-in is a bigger deal. As House Budget Committee chairman during the Newt Gingrich years, the "fiercely conservative" Kasich "built his political identity arguing for smaller government," says David Nather...
  • WA police agencies sell confiscated guns (barf alert)

    02/05/2013 1:31:44 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    krem.com ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Chris Ingalls
    Seattle's police department made headlines last month when it held a gun buyback event where citizens surrendered more than 700 firearms in exchange for Amazon.com gift cards. SPD's policy is to destroy the guns it collects through the program, removing unwanted weapons from the hands of private citizens where they might otherwise be stolen, lost, used in a crime, or accidentally discharged. But not all police agencies destroy guns seized by police or turned in by private citizens. A KING 5 investigation of records filed with the State Treasurer’s Office showed that police departments in Hoquiam, Fife and Auburn sold...
  • Delaware, Cradle of Super Bowl Quarterbacks

    02/05/2013 1:30:39 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02/02/2013 | BENJAMIN HOFFMAN
    For all the Heisman Trophy winners and national championships that Ohio State, Texas and Southern California have combined to produce, those marquee football programs have never had one of their quarterbacks start a Super Bowl. The same is true for Oregon, Auburn and a host of other traditional powerhouses. ---SNIP--- Even outside of Super Bowl starts, Delaware, led for years by the Hall of Fame coach Tubby Raymond, has produced an almost staggering number of N.F.L. quarterbacks for a university that does not play in the Football Bowl Subdivision
  • How Ugly is the Student Loan Bubble?

    02/05/2013 1:29:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 02/05/2013 | By Eric McWhinnie
    While the student debt bubble has yet to pop like housing, more cracks are appearing. New research shows that college loan debt is dramatically rising and becoming riskier than in past years.FICO (NYSE:FICO), a company that provides analytics including credit scores, recently conducted a study to examine changes in student loans since 2005. To little surprise, the results were quite sobering. The sky-rocketing costs of college have been outpacing inflation for years. As a result, more consumers are taking out student loans to pay for their education. FICO finds that approximately 12 million Americans had two or more open student...
  • Neanderthals Died Out Earlier Than Thought

    02/05/2013 1:16:36 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 40 replies
    Discovery ^ | FEB 5, 2013 | CHARLENS Q. CHOI
    The last Neanderthals had passed by southern Iberia quite earlier than previously thought. Neanderthals may have died out earlier than before thought, researchers say. These findings hint that Neanderthals did not coexist with modern humans as long as previously suggested, investigators added.Modern humans once shared the planet with now-departed human lineages, including the Neanderthals, our closest known extinct relatives. However, there has been heated debate over just how much time and interaction, or interbreeding, Neanderthals had with modern humans. To help solve the mystery, an international team of researchers investigated 215 bones previously excavated from 11 sites in southern Iberia,...
  • Eric Cantor Endorses Citizenship for DREAMers

    02/05/2013 1:16:36 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 78 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 5th 2013 | Emily Deruy
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attempted to project a softer Republican tone on immigration during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, but indicated there is a ways to go until Republicans and Democrats agree on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican, endorsed a path to citizenship for DREAMers, the undocumented young people brought to the United States as children.
  • GUN HEARINGS: Overflowing crowd at Minnesota Capitol on Day 1

    02/05/2013 1:14:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    myfoxtwincities.com ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tim Blotz
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesota lawmakers opened debate on a handful of gun control proposals Tuesday at the State Capitol. The House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee will look at expanding background checks, banning military-style weapons, a limit on magazine capacities and allowing school workers to carry weapons. A huge crowd gathered outside the House hearing room, which forced some spectators into an overflow room. WHAT THEY"RE SAYING... "My father lived the American dream but died the American nightmare." - Sami Rahamim, son of Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim "An egregious violation of the Second Amendment." -...
  • Housing Bubble II? CoreLogic Reports 8.3% House Price Gain In One Year (Phoenix Up 22.9%!)

    02/05/2013 1:13:32 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    We just started to recovery from the government-induced housing bubble (National Homeownership Strategy from HUD), we may be entering House Bubble: The Sequel! CoreLogic reports 8.3% rise in house prices during 2012. The western states and Florida are leading the charge in terms of house price growth. And we are seeing the return of 100% LTV financing! Combine the return of 100% LTV financing with the FHA’s propensity for insuring lower FICO, high LTV loans and we may be setting the table for another bubble and burst. Of course, The Federal Reserve is helping to inflate house prices with its...
  • That’ll leave a mark: Glenn Beck calls Ron Paul ‘newest member of the Westboro Baptist Church’

    02/05/2013 1:13:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    Glenn Beckâś” @glennbeck Newest member of the Westboro Baptist Church: Ron Paul. I am with Marcus Latrell & grieving family members. Will respond tomorrow. SHAMEFUL. 1:30 AM - 05 Feb 13 289 Retweets 96 favorites Tell us what you really think, Glenn. Glenn Beck wasnÂ’t the only one making that comparison after Ron Paul launched a repulsive Twitter attack on murdered American hero Chris Kyle. Derek Ryan @longhornderek Ron Paul is now no better than the Westboro Church protesters. (Let's hear it, Ronulans. Lets hear you defend your dear leader.) 6:28 PM - 04 Feb 13(continued)
  • British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage

    02/05/2013 1:12:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/05/2013 | By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL
    LONDON — The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages. But in a major setback for Prime Minister David Cameron, who championed the bill, it appeared that more than half of the lawmakers in his Conservative Party voted against the measure or abstained. After a six-hour debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for the bill. It will have to pass in the House of Lords, where delaying tactics by opponents are possible, but Mr....
  • Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses

    02/05/2013 1:12:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | Febuary 5, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo
    The Pentagon has decided to extend certain benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian personnel, according to officials and people notified about the decision, responding to the increasingly vocal appeals of same-sex couples in the military. The military expects to announce the decision this week.
  • Falklands will be under our control within 20 years, says Argentina

    02/05/2013 1:09:17 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 February 2013 | Patrick Wintour, political editor
    The Falklands Islands will be under Argentinian control within 20 years, the South American country's foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, has said in an interview with the Guardian. Visiting London for the first time, he ruled out a military solution to the 130-year-old sovereignty dispute but claimed the world increasingly recognised that the islands were a product of colonialism. He accused the British government of being motivated by a fanatical desire to hold on to the islands and claimed "the United Kingdom has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to find a solution for the Malvinas". He said: "I...
  • School District Reaches Five-Year Contract Preventing Teachers From Leaving the Union

    02/05/2013 1:01:40 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/4/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Taylor School District reached a five-year tentative agreement with the Taylor Federation of Teachers that would prevent its union employees from having the option of leaving the teacher’s union, the superintendent confirmed. The contract is expected to be approved by the school board at a special school board meeting tonight. The contract will prohibit union members from exercising their right to not pay dues or fees to the union as a condition of employment thanks to Michigan becoming the nation's 24th right-to-work state late last year. Schools boards have to agree to contracts with these types of restrictive provisions...
  • College presidents: Ban all guns from campuses

    02/05/2013 12:59:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 5, 2013 | Robby Soave
    Campuses would be safer if more universities disarmed their students, said some college presidents who attended a conference Monday on reducing school violence. The annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities was attended by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and college presidents from around the country. One speaker, Oglethorpe University President Lawrence Schall, argued that the best way to reduce campus violence is to prohibit students and faculty from carrying guns. “We believe that more guns makes us less safe, not more safe,” he said in a speech. Schall is the author of an open letter to...
  • Zing! Piers Morgan whines and Herman Cain responds: ‘Bless your heart’ (tweets at link)

    02/05/2013 12:55:13 PM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Oh, yes. He did. Herman Cain blasted Musket Morgan with the best insult ever: Bless your heart! Taking a page from Romney’s book? Remember, he slammed Obama with the ultimate “oh, snap” during the campaign. That was called racist, natch.
  • Study Proves – Watching CNN and MSNBC Makes You Stupid!

    02/05/2013 12:37:56 PM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-05-13 | Brother Bob
    This is another one of those subjects I wanted to write about a few months ago but it fell on my back burner. Every so often we see some new study that "proves" that Fox News viewers are stupid. The latest one that came out a few weeks ago proved that your average Fox News viewer has an average IQ of 80. PJ Media's Charlie Martin proceeded to dissect this study, first by contacting its author. The author didn't give a full name, worked for some fictitious organization, used a bizarre methodology, and could not reveal who had commissioned the study...
  • Krugman: U.S. Needs Death Panels, Sales Taxes

    02/05/2013 12:35:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 5, 2013 | Joel Griffith
    Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor, "Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there is this question of how we’re...
  • 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...