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  • Alabama kidnapper was killed in firefight, explosives found in bunker, FBI says

    02/05/2013 8:14:08 PM PST · by TheThinkingAmericanist · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 05, 2013 | Associated Press
    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. – The Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive for nearly a week engaged in a firefight with SWAT agents storming his underground bunker before he was killed during the rescue operation, the FBI said Tuesday night. Also, bomb technicians scouring his rural property found two explosive devices, one in the bunker, one in a plastic pipe that negotiators used to communicate with the man. Officers killed 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes Monday, said an official in Midland City, speaking on condition of anonymity. The bunker raid came six days after Dykes boarded a school bus, fatally...
  • Your government can kill you if...

    02/05/2013 8:11:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | February 4, 2013 | Marc Ambinder
    A Justice Department memorandum apparently prepared for Congress lays out for the first time the criteria that the national security establishment uses to decide whether to kill an American who is a senior al Qaeda leader or the the leader of one of its operational arms. Honors go to NBC's Mike Isikoff for the score. The memo has no classification markings on it, which tells me that it is a distillation from a larger, probably classified document prepared by the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. Generally, the executive branch keeps secrets in one of two of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-06-13, M, St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

    02/05/2013 8:08:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 02-06-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 6, 2013   Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs     Reading 1 Heb 12:4-7, 11-15 Brothers and sisters:In your struggle against sinyou have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lordor lose heart when reproved by him;for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines;he scourges every son he acknowledges.Endure your trials as “discipline”;God treats you as his sons.For what Ason” is there whom his father does not discipline?At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for...
  • ...Police investigate claims that Mormons kept wives from escaping Utah enclave

    02/05/2013 8:08:03 PM PST · by Colofornian · 69 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 | Sam Webb
    Arizona Attorney General claims sect is holding women against their willHe says police in Hildale and Colorado City are holding the womenMarshal's office in Mormon stronghold strongly denies the claim Police in a Utah town dominated by one of the largest polygamous sects in the U.S. have been stopping women from leaving, according to a top lawman. Arizona's attorney general Tom Horne yesterday announced a criminal probe of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and the Marshal's Office, which serves as a small police force in the twin polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and...
  • Saying Goodbye To The Tea Party (Another Palin/Tea Party obituary, this time from England)

    02/05/2013 8:04:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Risky Shift ^ | February 5, 2013 | Peter Kelly
    The Republican party is returning to fight for the centre which will return them to power, and Sarah Palin will not be a mistake they will seek to repeat. Last week the most internationally mocked American politician was gracelessly tossed out by Fox News, a network under which she had once developed huge popularity as the right-wing’s female star of Obama-bashing and main-stream-media-attacking. Sarah Palin (best known around the world for her portrayals by Tina Fey in Saturday Night Live and Julianne Moore in the less-than-complimentary election film Game Change) has fallen from her heights of media stardom and a...
  • What do you know about black history? [BYU students offensive to point of tears--laughing & crying]

    02/05/2013 7:50:30 PM PST · by Colofornian · 59 replies ^ | Feb. 7, 2012 | ScratchmyBackerman
    ...Follow me on Stand up comic, Dave Ackerman, goes to Brigham Young University to find out what BYU students know about Black History Month.
  • Please - need help for son in Norfolk, VA area - mechanic

    02/05/2013 7:50:16 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies
    5 February 2013 | Mene
    Please private message me if you know of an honest mechanic in the Virginia area. Need a good reference. Thanks in advance.
  • Social justice vs. kingdom work

    02/05/2013 7:47:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Chistian Chronicle ^ | The March 2013 Edition | Bobby Ross, Jr.
    AT A NATIONAL MEETING of youth ministers, the key role of the local church is emphasized. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Love Jesus. Tolerate the church. At a time when Americans’ confidence in organized religion has hit a 40-year low, that mindset seems particularly prevalent among younger Christians. At the recent National Conference on Youth Ministries, Scot McKnight — one of the keynote speakers — challenged what he described as the modern tendency to lift up social justice efforts as “kingdom work.” “It’s like a tsunami, beginning to overtake the church, and the church is losing significance in local communities because...
  • Who Was Paul VI?

    02/05/2013 7:40:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | February 2013 | Robert J. Siscoe
    Who Was Paul VI?A review of Msgr. Villa’s Paul VI Beatified?By Robert J. Siscoe It was during the 35th Assembly of the Italian Bishops that Cardinal Ruini, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, announced his intention to submit the cause for beatification of Paul VI. On May 13, 1992, he issued an Edict that appeared in the Roma Sette, inviting “every single faithful to communicate to us directly… any information which, in any way, may argue against the reputation of sanctity of the Servant of God [Paul VI]”. Fr. Luigi Villa, editor of Chiesa Viva, answered the call. In the...
  • Nuclear Talks Between Global Powers Set to Start (Iran)

    02/05/2013 7:38:43 PM PST · by haffast · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 5, 2013, 9:07 p.m. ET | JAY SOLOMON And LAURENCE NORMAN
    WASHINGTON—Iran formally agreed to resume stalled talks with global powers aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program, offering the Obama administration's new national-security team a shot at resolving one of the world's most intractable security challenges. U.S. and European officials said Tuesday they would use the new talks, which are scheduled to begin Feb. 26 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to offer a slightly revised package of economic incentives. In exchange, Tehran would have to agree to ship its growing stockpile of near weapons-grade nuclear fuel out of the country. snip The talks will be an early test for President Barack Obama's new...
  • The President Decides He Can Kill US Citizens Without Making a Case to a Judge

    02/05/2013 7:37:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Rush ^ | February 5, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This is from NBC News: "A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the US government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be 'senior operational leaders' of al-Qaida or 'an associated force' -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the US." It is kind of open-ended. So American citizens can be killed simply based upon suspicions, a belief not even based on intelligence. That's what I just read here. I'll read it again. "A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the US...

    02/05/2013 7:30:17 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 13 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 22013 | Steve Newton
    Folks I am very excited. The Silver Star Families of America, born right here on FR, is in the Huffington Post today as one of America;s best non profits.
  • “CASH FOR TRIAL LAWYERS”: Dems Gun Manufacturer Liability Bill Seems To Forget About Federal Law

    02/05/2013 7:29:58 PM PST · by Red Steel · 5 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | February 5, 2013
    Legislative Democrats held a press conference today to announce 8 new gun control measures they are proposing, though they declined to actually release any of the bills in question. There are a number of terrible bills being proposed, but one in particular looks set to blow up in Democrats’ face based on existing federal law that stands in direct contradiction. Per The Denver Post‘s Kurtis Lee: Colorado Democrats said they will introduce bills that would hold makers and sellers of assault-style weapons legally liable for any harm gunmen inflicted with them in a news conference Tuesday in which they called...
  • Presidential Memorandum -- Presidential Determination with respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention

    02/05/2013 7:20:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The White House ^ | September 28, 2012 | Barack Obama
    MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT: Determination with Respect to the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 Pursuant to section 404 of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008 (CSPA) (title IV, Public Law 110-457), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA with respect to Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen; and further determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive in part the application of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA...
  • California faces backlog of 40,000 weapons in hands of felons

    02/05/2013 7:18:30 PM PST · by rocky50 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-5-13
    Amid a national debate about preventing the mentally ill from owning firearms, one state has a potentially potent weapon -- in California, officials are allowed to confiscate guns from convicted felons and those with a history of mental illness.
  • Al Gore’s disastrous book tour: a breath of fresh air

    02/05/2013 7:17:54 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-4-13 | Timothy Philen
    Whatever it is, and whatever quirks and contradictions I’ve observed, nothing prepared me for the rogue wave of hubris that crashed onto the talk show shores last week as Al Gore, rising like Poseidon from the sea, graced us with his latest global treatise, a 592-page tome entitled simply “The Future.” Now honestly, even Edward Gibbon limited his immortal history to the specific decline and fall of the Roman Empire. And it’s hard to imagine those industrious chroniclers of Western civilization, Will and Ariel Durant, embarking on a quixotic compendium to explain “The Past.” Then again, the restraints common to...
  • Donor, Citing Fraud, Sues Imam Tied to Mosque Near Ground Zero

    02/05/2013 7:17:54 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05 February 2013 | Sharon Otterman
    The imam and former spiritual leader of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero is accused in a new lawsuit of defrauding donors to his nonprofit organizations of millions of dollars, using the money for personal real estate, lavish trips and a luxury sports car. The suit against the imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, was filed on Monday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan by Robert Leslie Deak, a major donor to the imam’s nonprofit organizations, the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Mr. Deak said in the suit that he donated $167,000 between 2006 and...
  • Doc: We inject late-term fetus with potassium chloride to avoid problem of live, aborted infant

    02/05/2013 7:14:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    LSN ^ | Patrick B. Craine
    A pro-abortion doctor is insisting there are strict protocols in place to avoid the awkward problem of having "to deal with a live, aborted infant." In a letter printed in Tuesday’s National Post, Dr. Christiane Dauphinais seems to be trying to quell public concern after the mainstream media reported on StatsCan data suggesting hundreds of babies were left to die after being born alive following failed abortions between 2000 and 2009. But something tells me this isn’t going to help her cause. The doctor writes: “When performing an abortion on a woman who is 21 weeks pregnant or more, in...
  • Increased Government Spending Has Negligible Effects on Poverty

    02/05/2013 7:10:46 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    NCPA ^ | 05 February 2013 | Keith Hall (US News and World Report)
    While some argue for increased government spending to reduce poverty, the empirical evidence suggests that such efforts will do nothing to reduce the record number of Americans living in poverty. Indeed, economic growth and good-paying jobs will do more to reduce poverty than increased spending, says Keith Hall in U.S. News & World Report. •There are 46 million Americans living in poverty, a number that has grown by nearly 9 million since the beginning of the recession. •Sixty-six percent of the working-age poor were unemployed for the entire year of 2011 and there are more than 100 million working-age people...
  • Obama's Political Capital

    02/05/2013 7:09:47 PM PST · by reformedcrat · 3 replies
    Napa Whine Country ^ | 2-05-2013 | Tom Thurlow
    President Obama blows through his own political capital just as fast as he blows through America’s financial capital. Neither case of over-spending is sustainable, and we will just have to wait to see which spending spree is forced to end first. But this further confirms my suspicion that President Obama’s brains are the most over-rated to occupy the Oval Office in generations. Take his recent nominations, which are a mess.
  • On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - Dave Grossman

    02/05/2013 7:08:34 PM PST · by gitmo · 8 replies
    mwkworks. ^ | LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of "On Killing."
    On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - Dave Grossman By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of "On Killing." Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval...
  • Bill Would Force Calif. Gun Owners To Buy Insurance

    02/05/2013 7:07:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    AP) ^ | February 5, 2013 3:09 PM
    Democratic lawmakers proposed legislation Tuesday that would require California gun owners to buy liability insurance to cover damages or injuries caused by their weapons. ... Some proposals would require buyers to show proof of insurance before they could purchase a weapon. The proposal in California would apply to anyone owning a weapon, Ting said, though the bill’s details are still being worked out. ... Ting equated the idea to requiring vehicle owners to buy auto insurance. ... Ting also introduced AB232, which would give a state income-tax credit of up to $1,000 to anyone who turns in a firearm to...
  • 13-month-old baby crushed under wheels of family planning officials’ car: Chinese media

    02/05/2013 6:58:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    LSN ^ | John Jalsevac
    February 5, 2013 ( – A visit by Chinese family planning officials to collect a fine related to the illegal birth of a couple’s third child ended tragically in the death of the child, reports state media. According to a briefing from the local propaganda department, 11 family planning officials visited the couple to collect the fines. The father reportedly became agitated and obstructed the team. Finally, however, his wife “agreed” to go with the officials for further investigations. Details about what happened next are sketchy, with the report only stating that the child was “found” beneath the wheels of...
  • Cowboys Stadium to host Chris Kyle memorial service

    02/05/2013 6:53:38 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies Dallas ^ | 2-5-2013 | staff
    February 5, 2013 at 7:52 PM Cowboys Stadium to host Chris Kyle memorial service Credit: WFAA Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, left, and his friend Chad Littlefield were murdered at an Erath County gun range on February 2, 2013. DALLAS, Texas -- A memorial service for former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has been set for 1 p.m. Monday, February 11 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, according to Kyle's Facebook page.Kyle, 38, and a friend, Chad Littlefield, were shot and killed at an Erath County gun range on Saturday afternoon.A veteran they were trying to help, 25-year-old Eddie Routh, has been...
  • Other Opinions: Growing defiance

    02/05/2013 6:53:37 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 31 replies ^ | Posted: January 31, 2013 - 12:23am | By AUGUSTA CHRONICLE EDITORIAL STAFF
    You may have heard the word “nullification” bandied about recently. It’s basically a fancy word for ignoring a law. Juries sometimes do it, if they think enforcement of a law will result in an injustice. Merriam-Webster defines nullification as “the action of a state impeding or attempting to prevent the operation and enforcement within its territory of a law of the United States.” And now, increasing numbers of sheriffs and others across the country are publicly saying they will engage in nullification if faced by federal gun or health care laws they find unconstitutional. Ignoring laws is rarely a good...
  • Zimmerman Brother: Obama 'Bullied' My Family

    02/05/2013 6:53:17 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/5/2013 | Ben Shapiro
    George Zimmerman was back in court today for a hearing on the start date for his trial on murder charges. Zimmerman, of course, was the Hispanic neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, who trailed a young black man named Trayvon Martin after calling 911, got into an altercation with Martin in which Martin ended up pounding Zimmerman’s head into the pavement, and then ended up shooting Martin in the chest. The media used the Zimmerman case as an opportunity to bully Americans over their supposed racial intolerance. Even the President of the United States weighed in in the midst of an...
  • Affidavit: Debt Collector Al Hendershot; Obama Using Harry Bounel's Social Security Number

    02/05/2013 6:51:01 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 65 replies ^ | February 4, 2013 | Albert Hendershot
    I, Albert Hendershot am a professional debt collector, I am over 18 years old, I have personal knowledge of the facts provided herein and I will be able to competently testify in court of the facts as listed in this affidavit: 1. I personally performed a search with Merlin Information Systems and database which is routinely used by professional debt collectors. 2. I found that both Barack Obama and Harry J. Bounel are listed as holders of the same Connecticut Social Security number 042-68-4425 and resided at the same address 5046 S. Greenwood Ave, Chicago, Illinois, Exhibit 1 attached...
  • Texas 6th Graders Design Flags for a New Socialist Nation

    02/05/2013 6:45:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | February 6, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    You know America’s changing when leftists have even infiltrated Texas schools, finds. According to the website, a lesson plan for 6th graders in government schools reads as follows: Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use? Texas legislators looked none too kindly on this revelation as they questioned the curriculum’s creators at a recent...
  • Euros discarded as impoverished Greeks resort to bartering

    02/05/2013 6:39:25 PM PST · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Guradian UK ^ | 02 January 2013 | Helena Smith
    It's been a busy day at the market in downtown Volos. Angeliki Ioanitou has sold a decent quantity of olive oil and soap, while her friend Maria has done good business with her fresh pies. But not a single euro has changed hands – none of the customers on this drizzly Saturday morning has bothered carrying money at all. For many, browsing through the racks of second-hand clothes, electrical appliances and homemade jams, the need to survive means money has been usurped. "It's all about exchange and solidarity, helping one another out in these very hard times," enthused Ioanitou, her...
  • Secretary Chu Says DOE Research Led Shale Revolution, and Forecasts the Same for Renewables

    02/05/2013 6:36:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    National Public Radio's State Impact ^ | February 1, 2013 | Susan Phillips
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who came to the White House leading a push for green energy, but got snarled by the Solyndra bankruptcy, announced his plan to resign on Friday. Chu wrote a long explanation of his decision to Energy Department employees. In the letter Chu seemed to begin by defending his tenure against critics who decried the loans made to the solar company Solyndra under his watch. “…I believe we should be judged not by the money we direct to a particular State or district, company, university or national lab, but by the character of our decisions.” Chu laid...
  • Stand Up for Your Gun Rights!

    02/05/2013 6:33:07 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    Gun Blast ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Jeff Quinn
    Jeff Quinn ( ) encourages all freedom-loving Americans to join rallies in support of our gun rights this weekend, February 8-9, 2013. Look for the dates, times and locations of rallies in your state, and stand with your brothers and sisters who support freedom. Jeff and Boge will be at the Tennessee rally on Legislative Plaza beside the state capitol in Nashville for the TN gun rights rally on Friday, February 8, and we look forward to seeing you there!
  • 1916: World War I Postcard from Hitler Discovered with Misspelling

    02/05/2013 6:32:55 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Europeana 1914-1918
    1916: Badly spelt postcard from Hitler discovered The father of the owner of the postcard was for many years Landrat (District Administrator) of Dingolfing in Bavaria and an avid stamp collector. On his 65th Birthday, the head of the District Savings Bank presented him with this memorable philatelic collector’s item. It is a field postcard written by Corporal Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) to his regimental comrade Karl Lanzhammer (1896-1918) on 19/12/1916 from Munich. Karl Lanzhammer was a friend of Hitler’s from their time together on the Western Front, and a known correspondent of his. At this time he was a cyclist...
  • Why Christians Need Confessions

    02/05/2013 6:29:15 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    New Horizons ^ | February 2013 | Carl R. Trueman
    Despite claims to the contrary, the Christian world is not divided between those who have creeds and confessions and those who just have the Bible. It is actually divided between those who have creeds and confessions and write them down in a public form, open to public scrutiny and correction, and those who have them and do not write them down. The reason is simple: every church (and indeed every Christian) believes the Bible means something, and what it thinks the Bible means is its creed and confession, whether it chooses to write its beliefs down or not. Of course,...
  • Audit: N.J. child welfare nonprofits misspent as much as $12.2M

    02/05/2013 6:27:55 PM PST · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    They were hired to recruit people willing to open their homes to abused children and prepare them for the demands of foster parenting. But an audit released today found that among 20 community agencies hired by the state, several had misspent or failed to refund a total of $12.2 million from January 2010 to June 2011 —some by awarding themselves bonuses, throwing themselves a party at a country club, or hiring others to do the work and pocketing the proceeds. The audit by the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services found the department spends $39.9 million in contracts a year to...
  • Gang Rapes Six Spanish Tourists in Acapulco

    02/05/2013 6:27:33 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, February 5, 2013 As of 7:13 PM EST | JUAN MONTES
    MEXICO CITY——Mexican authorities are searching for a gang of hooded gunmen who raped six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, as security at the once-glitzy Pacific beach resort continues to deteriorate. Five armed, masked men burst into a rented bungalow on the outskirts of the city early Monday, held a group of Spanish tourists at gunpoint, tied up the men and raped the women, according to Acapulco mayor Luis Walton. The attackers also took cash, mobile telephones and credit cards from the victims, who are now under the protection of Mexican authorities. ... Acapulco, which attracted global leaders and Hollywood celebrities in...
  • Joe Paterno's widow to appear on Katie Couric's talk show

    02/05/2013 6:24:16 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 126 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2-5-13 | Chuck Schilken
    Joe Paterno's widow is to give her first interview since the Jerry Sandusky scandal and her husband's subsequent death, appearing on Katie Couric's daytime talk show in an episode scheduled to air Monday. Sue Paterno, who was married to the legendary Penn State football coach for 50 years, is scheduled to talk with Couric in studio for the nationally syndicated show "Katie." The two have already gotten together at Paterno's home in State College, Pa. Joe Paterno was head coach of the Nittany Lions for almost as long as he was married, from 1966 into 2011. He led the team...
  • Developing: Ret. Supreme Court Judge Fights $13,000 Sanction Against Obama Challenger (WA)

    02/05/2013 6:21:08 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 16 replies ^ | February 3, 2013 | Honorable Richard B. Sanders
    For the first time in 17 years, 15 of those sitting on the Washington Supreme Court, I have agreed to represent a private citizen. And I am pleased to lend Linda Jordan a helping hand. In good faith Ms. Jordan commenced an action to question President Obama's name on the ballot. She did the best she could with limited resources and no legal training. The government's response was immediate and in some respects heavy handed. Having obtained a summary dismissal of her case, and then her appeal, the attorney general went further to demand the Secretary of State be reimbursed,...

    02/05/2013 6:12:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/2/2013 | George Will
    Politics becomes amusing when liberalism becomes theatrical with high-minded gestures. Chicago’s government, which is not normally known for elevated thinking, is feeling so morally upright and financially flush that it proposes to rise above the banal business of maximizing the value of its employees’ and retirees’ pension fund assets. Although seven funds have cumulative unfunded liabilities of $25 billion, Chicago will sacrifice the growth of those assets to the striking of a political pose so pure it is untainted by practicality. Emulating New York and California, two deep blue states with mammoth unfunded pension liabilities, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has...
  • France: Hundreds of Islamist militants killed in Mali

    02/05/2013 6:07:31 PM PST · by the scotsman · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6th February 2013 | BBC News
    '"Several hundred" Islamist militants have been killed since France launched an offensive in Mali last month, the French defence minister has said. Jean-Yves Le Drian said they had been killed in airstrikes and direct combat with French troops. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that France may begin pulling out of Mali as early as March. In a newspaper interview, he said that "if everything goes as planned, the number of troops should diminish". France has an estimated 4,000 troops in Mali and officials from multilateral institutions and dozens of countries have been meeting in Brussels to discuss how...
  • NBC's Lauer: 'Now the President Always Has to Back Up His Words With Proof?'

    02/05/2013 6:07:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 40 replies
    During a panel discussion on Tuesday's NBC Today about the White House releasing a photo of President Obama skeet shooting to dispel doubt about his claim of doing it "all the time," co-host Matt Lauer worried about the precedent that had been set: "So like releasing the birth certificate a year or so ago, this is the next step, that now the President always has to back up his words with proof?"
  • Obama’s Hidden Gun Strategy – Dick Morris TV: Lunch Alert! (UN Anti-Second Treaty still alive alert)
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Taco Test ~ 06 February 2013

    02/05/2013 6:02:21 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 123 replies
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  • 8,830,026: Americans on Disability Hits New Record for 192nd Straight Month

    02/05/2013 6:01:49 PM PST · by navysealdad · 19 replies
    cns news ^ | February 5, 2013
    The number of American workers collecting federal disability payments climbed to yet another record high of 8,830,026 in January, up from 8,827,795 in December, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
  • Obama’s Drone Memo: The Mind-boggling Hypocrisy Of The Left Is Alive & Well

    02/05/2013 5:58:43 PM PST · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-05-13 | Curt
    News broke today that Obama and pals have a memo that says they can kill any citizen of this country even if they are not engaged in a plot to attack the US: A confidential Justice Department memo concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo, a copy of which was obtained by NBC News, provides new details about...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-5-13

    02/05/2013 5:55:47 PM PST · by dynachrome · 23 replies ^ | 2-5-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Pelosi Called 'Jackass' Before Cameo Appearance on '30 Rock' Finale

    02/05/2013 5:53:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/02/13 | Noel Sheppard
    **SNIP** To set this up, an executive of the fictitious Kabletown company entered CEO Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) office saying, “Jack, you are gonna love this you magnificent bastard. Someone leaked your new salary. Occupy Wall Street is having a conniption.” “Really?” Baldwin asked. “They burned you in effigy!” the exec replied. “The hair went up like a roman candle. And the Democrats, they don't even know what to do with themselves. Just look at this jackass.” The exec then turned on the TV set in the office where Pelosi was on – what a surprise! – MSNBC...
  • Study shows shale boom provides boost to trucking

    02/05/2013 5:53:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Shale energy exploration, the growing practice of deep horizontal drilling to harvest oil and natural gas previously beyond reach, has changed America’s energy industry and overall economy. The fact that natural gas prices are at a ten-year-low is a strong indicator of this positive change. And in the areas where the actual drilling occurs– Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana and North Dakota– there are even more direct economic impacts of what has been called the “shale boom.” Benesch, an Ohio based firm with expertise in transportation law, recently collaborated with National Tank Truck Carriers in Washington, D.C. and the Ohio Trucking...
  • Is Anybody Surprised that the First Bottle of Tax Booze Didn’t Cure the Spendaholics?

    02/05/2013 5:53:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | February 5, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Those of you old enough to remember the Cold War may remember something called the Brezhnev Doctrine. This was the rule concocted by the Soviet tyrants that basically said a nation could never regain freedom once it fell under communist rule. In my simple way of looking at such matters, this rule translated into: “What’s mine is mine, what’s yours is negotiable.”We have a somewhat similar situation with American fiscal policy. The proponents of bigger government have openly stated that their top goal – both from a policy perspective and political perspective – is higher taxes.But what they haven’t told...

    02/05/2013 5:40:30 PM PST · by Doogle · 49 replies
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  • The Most Wanted Gun in America (NY Times article on the AR)

    02/05/2013 5:37:52 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 84 replies
    THE phone rings again at Pasadena Pawn and Gun, and a familiar question comes down the line: “Got any ARs?” The answer is no. Pasadena Pawn and Gun, a gun retailer and pawnshop 15 miles south of Baltimore, is pretty much sold out of America’s most wanted gun, the AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. Since the massacre in Newtown, Conn., in December, the AR-15, the military-style weapon that the police say was used in the shootings, has been selling fast here and across the nation. Before Newtown, the rifles sold for about $1,100, on average. Now some retailers charge twice that. At...