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  • Minimum wage question goes to voters in November over Republican objections

    02/14/2013 2:32:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    — Voters will get the last word in New Jersey's year-long debate over raising the minimum wage. The state Assembly gave final approval today to a plan by Democratic leaders that puts a wage increase on the November ballot — defying Gov. Chris Christie, conservative lawmakers and business groups who say the state economy is too weak to handle it. The measure passed 46 to 31. If voters approve the increase, the wage floor would rise from $7.25 an hour to $8.25. A yes vote would also amend the state constitution to trigger automatic cost-of-living increases every year based on...
  • Few transportation fuels surpass the energy densities of gasoline and diesel

    02/14/2013 2:31:01 PM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Energy density and the cost, weight, and size of onboard energy storage are important characteristics of fuels for transportation. Fuels that require large, heavy, or expensive storage can reduce the space available to convey people and freight, weigh down a vehicle (making it operate less efficiently), or make it too costly to operate, even after taking account of cheaper fuels. Compared to gasoline and diesel, other options may have more energy per unit weight, but none have more energy per unit volume. On an equivalent energy basis, motor gasoline (which contains up to 10% ethanol) was estimated to account for...
  • Love, Commitment, and Valentine’s Day

    02/14/2013 2:30:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jerry Newcombe
    There’s nothing very romantic about a man being beheaded because of his politically incorrect views. But February 14 marks the 1744th anniversary when tradition tells us that St. Valentine was executed in the Roman Empire for practicing his Christianity. This was under a persecution of Emperor Claudius II, who banned his soldiers from marrying because he thought that single men could serve as better warriors. He also forced the emperor-worship of a predecessor, Gallienus, upon the empire. This was something practicing Jews and Christians could not do---they worshiped God alone. Author Bill Federer notes the consequences of Claudius’ actions on...
  • "Re-Elect Pope Benedict" - “Eight more years!”

    02/14/2013 2:29:13 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 02/14/13 | Fr. Z.
    Re-Elect Pope Benedict With affection and appreciation.Click HERE for bumper stickers, car magnets, even yard signs and car flags.And we have to have some Latin…And just for nice…
  • Who can be elected pope?

    02/14/2013 2:28:15 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | February 13, 2012 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    It’s been more than 500 years since a non-cardinal was elected pope, but then, it’s been more than 500 years since a pope resigned, so, one moves cautiously to our question, who is eligible to be elected pope?Turns out, lots of people.Canon 332 § 1 of the 1983 Code simply states that one already a bishop (nb: not necessarily a cardinal) who accepts legitimate papal election becomes pope immediately. One who is not yet a bishop (and the Church has elected several non-bishops to the papacy) can accept election, but must be immediately consecrated bishop. By implication, that would seem...
  • Obama's Big State Of The Union Lie

    02/14/2013 2:26:07 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://news.investors.com ^ | february 13, 2013
    'Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs," the president claimed Tuesday. This ranks as one of the biggest State of the Union whoppers ever told. In fact, not only are health-care costs climbing, but employers are also shifting those costs onto the very "middle-class" families Obama spent much of his speech championing. Since ObamaCare was enacted, family health-insurance premiums on average have soared $3,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The president promised the law would slash premiums by an average of $2,500 per family. That means he's broken his word by $5,500....
  • An Oil-Market Shift Means Trouble for CME

    02/14/2013 2:21:22 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 2-12 | Jacob Bunge and Jerry DiColo
    London is about to cement its place as the capital of oil trading, knocking New York off the perch for the first time. That spells trouble for a company in Chicago, adding to the challenges faced by CME Group Inc. ( CME ) at a time of rising competition and a proposed megamerger between two of its largest rivals. Intercontinental Exchange Inc. ( ICE ), a one-time upstart that has grown aggressively in recent years, on Dec. 20 announced a deal to buy NYSE Euronext ( NYX ) for $8.2 billion. In April, monthly trading volume in West Texas Intermediate...
  • God for Obamacare: Dr. Ben Carson's Heresy

    02/14/2013 2:18:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Paul Kengor
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator. Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in on healthcare—something he knows something about. In the liberal mind, Carson committed a grave transgression; he disagreed with President Obama on healthcare at a faith venue, and in Obama’s presence.In discussing Carson’s moral effrontery, Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” asked panelists if they were offended by Carson’s comments. “He [Carson] was talking about the idea...
  • VANITY: Every Website I've Logged Onto Today Has Asked Me to Re-Enter My Password

    02/14/2013 2:17:43 PM PST · by Chad N. Freud · 39 replies
    Personal Observation | 2/14/2013 | Chad N. Freud
    This is my first thread. I'm only posting it to see if any other FReeper had the same experience today, yesterday, or maybe tomorrow. Today, all three of the websites I routinely log into that require a password (including FR) returned an error message, saying that I needed to re-enter the password because it was incorrect. Now, one website I could put down to typing error. Two, maybe bad typing still. Three, seems suspicious to me. These are websites I log into every day. On all three I happened to mis-type the password in one day out of thousands? I'm...
  • California police chief: The idea that a gun is a defensive weapon is a ‘myth’

    02/14/2013 2:15:06 PM PST · by Zakeet · 88 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 14, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    California Police Chief Ken James insisted earlier this month that the idea of a gun as a “defensive weapon” was a “myth.” Speaking at a news conference about gun control with California lawmakers, James explained that he was concerned with the amount of weapons owned by American citizens. “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon,” James said. “That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon.” James is the Police Chief of Emeryville, California and the Police Chief Association’s Firearms Committee Chairman. “A gun is an...
  • Republicans Derail Hagel, 40-58 [Filibuster Holds]

    02/14/2013 2:13:03 PM PST · by Bryan · 58 replies
    PolicyMic.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michael Luciano
    On Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a cloture resolution on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of defense, with 58 in favor and 40 against ending debate on the matter, with one senator voting "present." A 60-vote majority is required to end debate before the nomination can proceed to a simple majority vote, and it appears the Senate is going to come up short. Hagel's nomination was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week in a 14-11 party line vote. Although Hagel came under fire for remarks he made about Israel...
  • Stand and Fight (Wayne LaPierre)

    02/14/2013 2:12:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 13, 2013 | Wayne LaPierre
    Before I tell you how the NRA and our members are going to Stand And Fight politically and in the courts, let’s acknowledge that all over this country, tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand And Fight to protect their families and homes. These good Americans are prudently getting ready to protect themselves.It has always been sensible for good citizens to own and carry firearms for lawful protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people.During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in...
  • President Obama Participates in a Fireside Hangout on Google

    02/14/2013 2:11:32 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/14/12 | Whitehouse
    Going on live now.
  • The Iconic Canadarm Embarks on Last Leg of a Storied Journey

    02/14/2013 2:05:09 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    Canadian Space Agency ^ | February 14, 2013
    Longueuil, Quebec, February 14, 2013 – The Government of Canada is proud to welcome one of our greatest technological contributions to international space exploration: the original Canadarm flown on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. "I am proud to repatriate this historic piece of Canadian technology and ensure it is on display for all Canadians to see," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "Canadians are immensely proud of the Canadarm which was absolutely critical to the Space Shuttle Program and positioned Canada as a key partner in the International Space Station." The...
  • Hagel Cloture votes Fails 57-43

    02/14/2013 1:55:43 PM PST · by Perdogg · 40 replies
    I'm getting this off Twitter, but @kerrypicket reported it. Fox still has it underway. I don't really understand how we know it's failed when people are still voting but then again I don't understand a lot of things, like Ashley Judd's visage bouffi. "Failing cloture" would mean Hagel is blocked, as the vote cannot then proceed to an actual vote on the merits. I'm gaining confidence in this report because McCain is talking all cocky and pointing out the Democrats filibustered John Tower in 1989.
  • The IDF wishes you a happy Valentine's Day!

    02/14/2013 1:52:41 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs
    Twitter ^ | 2-14-2013 | @IDFSpokesperson
    IDF tweets ... During the last week alone, 42,898 tons of goods and gas entered Gaza from Israel in 1,445 truckloads.
  • Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

    02/14/2013 1:48:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Austin Nimocks
    NOTE: This is the sixth and final column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fifth column is available here. Much of the debate surrounding same-sex marriage asks about societal harms. Many advocates of the change quickly dismiss the question and insist that a redefinition of marriage won’t hurt anyone. But that conclusion proceeds from a misperception about what marriage is—a failure to grasp marriage’s role as a public institution that shapes our thoughts and actions. Marriage is not merely a legal arrangement that bestows various benefits and obligations on its participants....
  • Belafonte blasts 'white America' for black gun crimes!

    02/14/2013 1:42:21 PM PST · by wesagain · 75 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Michael Thompson
    WASHINGTON – Harry Belafonte, entertainer, long-time left-wing activist and admirer of Third World dictators, inserted himself into the national debate on gun control when he claimed “white Americans” who agitate for gun rights are ignoring the black “river of blood that washes the streets of our nation.” The actor was on hand to be honored at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards when he asserted in his acceptance speech that the “group most devastated by America’s obsession with the gun is African Americans.” “Although making comparisons can be dangerous, there are times when they must be noted,” he said. ‘America has...
  • Texas: Jerry Patterson Supports Statewide Property Tax

    02/14/2013 1:41:38 PM PST · by Sic Parvis Magna · 72 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | February 14, 2013 | Elena Schneide
    Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a declared candidate for the 2014 lieutenant governor's race, did not rule out supporting a statewide property tax to benefit public education funding, and he said that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has lost his "ability to sell" the issues. Patterson, who made his comments Thursday during a TribLive conversation, said a statewide property tax, rather than local property taxes, “might be the answer” to the financing inequities in different counties. Such a move would require that a constitutional prohibition against that tax to be repealed.
  • Bypassing the Politicians on Gun Control

    02/14/2013 1:40:47 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Robert Eugene Simmons Jr.
    As we watch the lawmakers scramble to make new laws to restrict our ability to defend ourselves and our families, it becomes clear that there are few politicians representing the people or the Constitution in this manner. Despite abundantly clear Second Amendment's restrictions, the politicians seem to not care. The politicians have learned from recent history that any controversy over their current actions will blow over and be replaced by the latest pop scandal in the press by election time. Furthermore, they know that litigation against their illegal laws will take years and perhaps even decades. To bolster their point...