Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $76,789
Woo hoo!! And now over 87%!! Less than $11.3k to go!! Thank you all very much!!

Latest Articles

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Rush Limbaugh,"Open Lines Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 22,2013

    02/22/2013 8:59:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 22, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! WELCOME Back Free Republic!:)=^..^= Image by Cool Text: Free Logos and Buttons - Create An Image Just Like This
  • Democide: Socialism, Tyranny, Guns and Freedom

    02/22/2013 8:58:59 AM PST · by Travis McGee · 74 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | February 20th, 2013 | Matt Bracken
    Democide: Socialism, Tyranny, Guns and Freedom Democide is the elimination of a despised group by a government. It includes genocide, politicide, and other forms of state-sponsored mass murder. The hated minority headed for extermination may be defined by religious, racial, political, class, cultural or other attributes. Between 200 and 260 million people were the victims of democide in the 20th century, several times more than were killed in international wars during that period. The first widely studied modern democide occurred in Turkey between 1915 and 1923, when the Turkish government decided to eliminate the country’s Christian minority, primarily ethnic Armenians...
  • www.nbc[.]com Contains a Malicious iframe

    02/22/2013 8:55:11 AM PST · by MeganC · 12 replies
    Microsoft email ^ | 21 Feb 2013 | Microsoft ISAC
    MS-ISAC CYBER ALERT DATE ISSUED: February 21, 2013 SUBJECT: www.nbc[.]com Contains a Malicious iframe MS-ISAC received reports and independently confirmed that the website www.nbc[.]com contains a malicious iframe which includes links to the following URLs: • flying-gators-mac[.]com/mtnk.htm • finesseindia[.]com/mtnk.htm • toplineops[.]com/mtnk.html • nikweinstein[.]com/cl/google.php • moi-npovye-sploett[.]com/qqqq/1.php • walterjeffers[.]com • symptomshighbloodpressure[.]org • store.thermosolutionsinternational[.]com/ctuk.html Please note that there may be additional domains included in the rotation. Once any of the above domains are visited, the Redkit exploit kit is leveraged to exploit number of vulnerabilities to install a Citadel malware on to the victim system. You may recall that the Redkit exploit kit...
  • Switzerland 's only wild bear is killed as a danger to humans

    02/22/2013 8:51:22 AM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | Laura Smith-Spark
    M13 was the only bear known to have been living wild in Switzerland, according to the Swiss national broadcaster. Despite that status, the young male was shot Tuesday morning in Poschiavo Valley, in the Alps near the Italian border, by authorities who feared he was a threat to people. The creature also showed little fear of humans despite several attempts to get it away from villages, it said. There was so much concern about the bear's behavior, he was fitted with a radio collar so he could be closely monitored. Some questioned why he wasn't relocated or placed in a...
  • article: "Lincoln Laments at Gettysburg: Biblical Creation and Civil War Insights"

    02/22/2013 8:48:40 AM PST · by fishtank · 6 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 2013 | James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
    Lincoln Laments at Gettysburg: Biblical Creation and Civil War Insights by James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D. * Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.1 These words spoken by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago allude to America’s Declaration of Independence. In that foundational document, the colonial declarants proclaimed a creation-based view of human liberty: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable...
  • Mika Giggles Like Schoolgirl Over Sex In Woody Guthrie Book—Ignores His Communist Ties

    02/22/2013 8:48:26 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Woody Guthrie was an American original who wrote some enduring music and did a lot to publicize the plight of the people of the Dust Bowl. There was just one little inconvenient truth about Guthrie: he ran in Communist circles. Though it's reported that he never officially joined the party, he's quoted as saying that the "the best thing that I did in 1936 was to sign up with the Communist Party." He also wrote 174 columns for the Communist Party's Daily Worker newspaper. But nary a mention was made of Woody's Communist connections on Morning Joe today. Instead, Mika...
  • Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits 25-Year Low

    02/22/2013 8:47:01 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Atlantic ^ | Feb 21 2013 | Emily Richmond
    Teacher job satisfaction has hit its lowest point in a quarter of a century, and 75 percent of principals believe their jobs have become too complex. The findings are part of the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership. Conducted annually since 1984, the survey polled representative sampling of 1,000 teachers and 500 principals in K-12 schools across the country. Only 39 percent of teachers described themselves as very satisfied with their jobs on the latest survey. That's a 23-percentage point plummet since 2008, and a drop of five percentage points just over the past year. Factors...
  • Getting Gored: Michael Mann's Extensive Interviews on Al Jazeera

    02/22/2013 8:43:03 AM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 6 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 2-19-13 | Mark Musser
    One of the reasons why Al Gore was impressed with Al Jazeera's coverage of Climate Change is because Michael Mann, the poster boy for the global warming and/or climate change apocalypse, has been extensively featured by the pan-Arab network. In 2012, Michael Mann was interviewed three times by Al Jazeera on the network's Inside Story Special Report. Mann, professor of meteorology and the director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University, is the leading prophet of climate change Armageddon ...
  • 40 Obvious And Painless Ways For The US To Cut Its Budget

    02/22/2013 8:40:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/22/2013 | Walter Hickey
    The U.S. government is one week away from the sequester deadline, when $1.2 trillion of across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect. The budget slashing is set to hit everything from NASA to food inspectors, and members of both parties are alternately playing the blame game and trying to come up with a solution to avoid the cuts. Still, it's worth noting that there are some things the government spends money on that could definitely go. Each year, the conservative Heritage Foundation combs through the budget and points out some particularly egregious expenditures and redundancies. Here are forty cuts they've...
  • Obama ally got $340 million to set up health care co-ops

    02/22/2013 8:33:25 AM PST · by george76 · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 21, 2013 | Richard Pollock
    A health insurance company headed by an old friend from Obama's days as a community organizer got a $340 million federal loan to establish Obamacare co-ops in New York, New Jersey and Oregon despite having a chronic record of consumer and regulatory complaints. The New York-based Freelancers Insurance Company has been rated the "worst" insurer for two straight years by state regulators, and data compiled by a national insurance association show an extremely high rate of consumer complaints. The firm was founded in 2008 by Sara Horowitz, who worked with Obama before his career in elective politics to launch Demos,...
  • Millennials Are Starting To Act Like The Great Depression Generation

    02/22/2013 8:32:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/22/2013 | Monica Nickelsburg
    Unofficial millennial spokesperson Lena Dunham, while incisive and entertaining, is not the voice of my generation. On Dunham's buzzy dramedy Girls, self-involved twenty-somethings balk at $12 salads by day and guzzle $14 cocktails by night while parents bankroll their "groovy lifestyles." It's an enticing narrative. But these stereotypes fail to recognize some rapidly evolving trends among young echo boomers entering adulthood. Millennials, typically defined as anyone born after 1980, make up an enormous and diverse generation, but many of them share a common experience — entering adulthood during the country's greatest economic downturn since the 1930s. The financial duress of...
  • Assault weapons ban bill tabled [New Mexico HB 402]

    02/22/2013 8:17:52 AM PST · by forty_years · 9 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | February 21, 2013 | Rob Nikolewski
    [A big thanks to everyone who sent emails, called, faxed, and attended the hearing.] A bill calling for banning assault weapons in New Mexico was tabled in committee Thursday night (Feb. 21) when Democrat and chairman of Consumer and Public Affairs sided with Republicans in a 3-2 vote.“I don’t think this is the time for this legislation right now,” Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon, D-Milan. “I think something is going to be done on the federal level” since President Obama’s administration is advocating for gun control measures.House Bill 402 was sponsored by Rep. Stephen Easley, D-Santa Fe, and would have...
  • Mayor Emanuel's Approval Rating In The Tank ( Chicago gun free zone )

    02/22/2013 8:16:29 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Edward McClelland
    Emanuel allies insist that he has done much good for the city but it’s clear from the headlines that the dominant story of his time in office so far is the rising murder rate. The Chicago homicide rate in January was its highest in more than a decade and the Windy City has become a national talking point — and not in a good way — when it comes to violence. ... A Crain’s/Ipsos poll out Thursday finds that the mayor’s popularity has fallen sharply since voters were last surveyed in September: Just 2 percent of Chicagoans surveyed said they...
  • What Would a President Romney Do?

    02/22/2013 8:16:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/22/2013
    For those convinced that President Obama doesn’t deserve any blame for the fiscal gridlock, let’s do a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Mitt Romney was elected president, and was dealing with the same Congress that Obama has faced so much trouble in getting legislation to avert sequestration and myriad fiscal emergencies. Would a President Romney be confronting the same crisis? It’s impossible to know for sure, but a look at Romney’s compromising tendencies with a Democratic Legislature as governor of Massachusetts suggest that things would look very different. Romney cut his business and political profile as a deal-maker, reaching bipartisan...
  • SHOCK REPORT — Veterans Receive Letters From VA Prohibiting Ownership or Purchase of Firearms

    02/22/2013 8:08:18 AM PST · by illiac · 48 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/22/13 | Jim Hoft
    This must be Barack Obama’s way of thanking our veterans for serving. US veterans are receiving letters from the government informing them that they are disabled and not allowed to own, purchase or possess a firearm. If the veteran does decide to purchase a firearm he will by fined, imprisoned or both. This comes on page 2 of the VA letter.
  • Report: 47 Percent of Detroit Property Owners Pay No Taxes

    02/22/2013 8:07:58 AM PST · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    An estimated 47 percent of Detroit’s property owners pay no taxes, according to recent report from The Detroit News. n fact, according to The News, delinquency in the shattered city is so bad that that 77 blocks had only one owner who paid taxes in 2012. Yes, one person paid taxes in an area covering 77 blocks. Many of the people interviewed by The News said that they don’t understand why they should pay into a system that has failed to provide them with basic public services. “Why pay taxes?” asked Fred Phillips, who owes more than $2,600 on his...
  • State Board of Education President Complains Of 'Right-Wing' Agenda

    02/22/2013 8:06:08 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The president of the Michigan State Board of Education authored an email that was sent by the Michigan Democratic Party to its members lambasting state Republicans and urging Democrats to show up at public education forums across the state to make sure they “help ensure a full public debate" about education reform. John Austin, president of the state board of education, sent the email Feb. 11. The email has links to the Michigan Democratic Party Facebook page. The email read: ...Last year ended with a very destructive lame duck session marked by Lansing Republicans sticking a pencil in the eye...
  • Why used cars are scarce - and expensive

    02/22/2013 8:04:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2013 | David Paulin
    Yes, Obama's Cash for Clunkers program is definitely one reason used cars are in increasingly scarce supply-- and much pricier than they used to be. But another reason relates to something liberals despise: "trickle down" economics or, in respect to the increasing scarcity of used cars, the fact that low-income used car buyers do better when wealthier Americans (those who can afford new cars) do better. The reason used cars have gotten increasingly scarce and expensive is the subject of a Wall Street Journal article, "Amid New Car Boom, Used Cars Are Gold." Its observations are illuminating: The shortage of...
  • Krugman, Death Panels, And The Disabled

    02/22/2013 8:03:32 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Anthony 'AC' Castellitto
    Krugman, Death Panels, And The Disabled February 16, 2013 By Anthony 'AC' Castellitto “We’re going to need more revenue…it will require some sort of middle class taxes as well…And we’re also going to…have to make decisions about health care, not pay for health care that has no demonstrated medical benefits…death panels and sales taxes is how we do this.” -Paul Krugman
  • Report: El Chapo Killed In Guatemalan Shootout

    02/22/2013 7:59:40 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 11 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/22/13 | Friends of Ours
    Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the Forbes-listed billionaire who heads the Sinaloa cartel, may have died in a shootout with rival narcos in Guatemala's northern Peten province as reported by Sonia Perez for The Associated Press. However, it's still too early to pop the champagne, dance in the streets and celebrate with joy on the hopeful news because "officials stressed late Thursday that they had not yet found any bodies or even confirmed a shootout happened." Guatemala is among the major transit points for cocaine smuggled from Colombia through Central America and Mexico before reaching crazed druggies in the United States....
  • Cocky ex-cop Drew Peterson screams his innocence, gets 38 years in prison for wife's murder

    02/22/2013 7:57:43 AM PST · by Jeff Winston · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Associated Press
    JOLIET, Ill. – Drew Peterson showed nearly no emotion during his murder trial. Yet the once famously jocular ex-Illinois police officer screamed out his innocence before he was sentenced to 38 years in prison for his third wife's death. The outburst Thursday suggested reality may be settling in for Peterson, who for years casually dismissed suggestions he killed Kathleen Savio in 2004, or that he was behind the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Savio's death was initially ruled an accident. But after Stacy Peterson disappeared, authorities took another look and reclassified Savio's death as a homicide.
  • Rand Paul returns unused money from office budget to the government

    02/22/2013 7:53:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2013 | Rick Moran
    Would that our bureaucrats had this kind of attitude. From CNN: Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn't need from his office's budget to make a tiny dent in the nation's massive federal debt. "We watch every purchase," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said at an event next to an oversized check for $600,000. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it's our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure." The $600,000 reflects...
  • Pastor questions grand jury indictment in 'road rage' shooting death

    02/22/2013 7:53:35 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 29 replies
    KHOU 11 News ^ | February 20, 2013 | Kevin Reece
    HOUSTON -- The pastor of the young woman who indicted for murder five months after a road rage incident in northwest Harris County says that if the races were reversed there might not be a murder indictment at all. Crystal Scott, 23, shot and killed 22-year-old Jonathan Ables, September 17, 2012 ... The drivers had pulled into a Shell gas station at Perry and FM 1960 after Scott says Ables bumped her car. “Unfortunately the actions of an enraged man led to his untimely death,” said Scott’s pastor, Bishop James Dixon, II, who held a news conference on Wednesday --...
  • Obama gets emotional to sell public on second-term agenda

    02/22/2013 7:50:56 AM PST · by Cheerio · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/22/13 | Amie Parnes
    President Obama is displaying a more emotional side of his personality as he works to sell his second-term agenda to the public. The Spock-like Obama criticized for being aloof has been ditched in favor of a president who tells personal anecdotes about his life, shares locked-away thoughts from his past and on several occasions has wiped away a tear or two in public. While Obama has more flexibility to be himself now because he doesn’t face reelection, the personal touches are also in tune with a White House effort to enact an agenda that includes gun control, immigration reform and...
  • Charles Krauthammer, Obamacare may not be the law of the land as you assert!

    02/22/2013 7:49:22 AM PST · by JOHN W K · 16 replies
    2-22-13 | johnwk
    On Thursday, February 21, 2013 while appearing on FoxNews Special Report, hosted by Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer asserted that Obamacare was duly passed by Congress and is the law of the land. But our founding fathers were very careful to stipulate in our Constitution, and in crystal clear language, that our Constitution, and only those laws which shall be made in pursuance thereof, shall be the supreme law of the land. And so, since Mr. Krauthammer asserts Obamacare is ``the law of the land``, I would imagine he is capable of explaining why the following stated reasons are insufficient to...
  • 5 Reasons Not to Worry About the ‘Dreaded’ Sequester

    02/22/2013 7:49:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 02/22/2013 | JOSH BOAK and ERIC PIANIN
    With the automatic spending cuts kicking in next week, it’s tough to separate fact from bluster. Both the Obama administration and congressional Republicans chose this week to go with finger-pointing, a subtle acknowledgement that their differences on taxing and spending won’t be bridged by more negotiating. President Obama and his team warn of government services getting even worse if the $85 billion of across the board cuts in fiscal 2013 are allowed to kick in next Friday—cars stuck idling at under-staffed border posts, furloughed bureaucrats, fewer police and firefighters, thousands of hungry children kicked off government nutrition programs. Meanwhile, House...
  • Texas Experiences Meteoric Rise Of Relocation Inquiries From California Companies

    02/22/2013 7:44:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/21/2013 | Rex Sinquefield
    Lone Star State Governor Rick Perry seriously amped up his West Coast recruiting efforts this month in response to California’s passage of Proposition 30, a statewide vote that dramatically increased the state’s personal income tax rate. Taxpayers there will be paying up to 3% more on earned income, and that increase is retroactive to January 1, 2012. More than a thousand miles away from Sacramento, a far more positive outlook counters the frustration felt by many California employees and business owners. Just last week Governor Perry met with 200 Golden State business owners, and two weeks ago he purchased $24,000...
  • No to the Flat Tax, Gold Standard and Other Stale Ideas

    02/22/2013 7:41:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/19/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    Free enterprise, free markets, competition, and choice: All are timeless economic principles, but their application can and should evolve with changing economic circumstances. When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, the top income-tax rate was 70 percent, inflation was 13 percent, health-care spending was 10 percent of GDP, and publicly held debt was 26 percent. The average American was 30 years old.Today, the top marginal tax rate is 40 percent, and inflation is 2 percent. Health-care spending and the debt have both risen by nearly 80 percent as a share of output. The average American is 37 years...
  • Oscar Pistorius Is Granted Bail

    02/22/2013 7:39:41 AM PST · by John W · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 22, 2013 | LYDIA POLGREEN and ALAN COWELL
    PRETORIA, South Africa — After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation. “The accused has made a case to be released on bail," the magistrate concluded. Pistorius family members in the packed courtroom shouted: "Yes!" The terms of the bail were not immediately disclosed.
  • PBS Documentary Looks at Right-Wing Promotion of Ignorance Through Texas Textbooks (Video)

    02/22/2013 7:37:20 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 20 replies
    Sierra Voices ^ | January 27, 2013 | Posted by depelton
    Did you miss it? ... Texas textbooks determine what children learn nationwide. “I believe that dinosaurs were on Noah’s Ark … somebody’s got to stand up to these experts.” (Don McElroy, former member of the Texas State Board of Education). Watch “The Revisionaries,” on PBS tomorrow night, January 28th:
  • The Islamization of Spanish Jurisprudence

    02/22/2013 7:35:16 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/20/13 | Soeren Kern
    Spain Submits to "Adoption Jihad"To the extent that European lawmakers are willing to graft Islamic legal principles onto Europe's secular legal codes, Islamic Sharia law could easily become a permanent reality in Spain and across the continent.Spain has acceded to the demands of the Islamist government in Morocco by agreeing that Moroccan children adopted by Spanish families must remain culturally and religiously Muslim. The agreement obliges the Spanish government to establish a "control mechanism" that would enable Moroccan religious authorities to monitor the children until they reach the age of 18 to ensure they have not converted to Christianity. The...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Opposes Plan to Make Hagia Sophia a Mosque

    02/22/2013 7:30:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has staked out his opposition to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Once the patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque when Muslims conquered the city. In 1935, Turkey’s government made the building a museum, as part of the secularizing campaign under the leadership of Kemal Ataturk. Bartholomew I says Hagia Sophia should stay a museum (ANSAMed)
  • President Obama holds off-record meeting with top White House reporters

    02/22/2013 7:28:33 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    President Barack Obama held an off-the-record meeting with top White House reporters on Thursday afternoon, POLITICO has learned. The meeting, with reporters from major print and television outlets, comes days after the White House Correspondents Association complained publicly about their lack of access to the president during a golf outing in Palm Beach, Fla., and one day after Obama met with local television reporters.
  • Disgraced US Prelate Could be Asked to Skip Conclave: Cardinal

    02/22/2013 7:26:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Post ^ | 2/19/13 | AFP
    US cardinal Roger Mahony, retired from church duties as part of a paedophilia scandal, cannot be banned from the conclave to elect a new pope, but could be advised to stay away, a fellow cardinal and canon law expert said in an interview on Tuesday. "The common practise is to use persuasion. There is no more that can be done. Cardinal Mahony has the right and duty to take part," Velasio De Paolis, one of the 117 cardinal electors due to participate, told La Repubblica daily. "This is a troubling situation but the rules must be followed," he said. "He...
  • Public Schools Installing "Panic Buttons"

    02/22/2013 7:24:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 30 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | CBS Atlanta
    MARIETTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — Marietta Public Schools have added “panic buttons” to its schools in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. WGCL-TV reports that these “panic buttons” will immediately place a call to 911 when pushed by school officials.
  • Italian Paper Says Cardinals Discovered Homosexual Network Within Vatican

    02/22/2013 7:20:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    The Vatican has refused to comment on Italian press reports that an internal report on the “Vatileaks” scandal might have influenced the decision by Pope Benedict XVI to resign. The daily La Repubblica reported that in their report to the Pope, a commission of 3 cardinals investigating the leaked papal documents had found evidence of a homosexual network within the Vatican, and hinted at the possibility that some Vatican officials were subject to blackmail. “There will be no comment, denials or confirmation of what has been written in an Italian newspaper,” Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press...
  • Dog slips leash in St. Petersburg; angry motorist shoots owner

    02/22/2013 7:19:43 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    ST. PETERSBURG — A man walking his dog was shot in the leg by a disgruntled motorist after the animal lurched into the road, forcing a pickup to stop. St. Petersburg police are searching for a man who shot Peter Harbachuk, 46, on Friday after his dog got off her leash. "Some dude hopped out and he pointed a gun toward my head," Harbachuk said. "I said, 'Hey, this doesn't have to go down like this.' " The man lowered the gun a bit, closed his eyes and squeezed the trigger, he said.
  • Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights

    02/22/2013 7:18:11 AM PST · by cll · 16 replies
    RT ^ | 2/20/2013
    More than 200,000 religious Christians marched against gay rights in Puerto Rico on Monday in the largest such demonstration in the history of the US commonwealth. Gathering in front of San Juan’s Capitol building, hundreds of thousands of Christian Puerto Ricans stopped traffic while defending “traditional marriage” and protesting against the idea of granting gay couples legal rights. “Traffic was snarled for miles leading toward the San Juan islet as buses packed with marchers headed toward the north side of the Capitol,” described the Puerto Rican-based Caribbean Business. The mass demonstration, which took just three weeks to organize, drew in...
  • Ravens' Matt Birk to announce his retirement today (NFL's Pro Life and Traditional Marriage leader)

    02/22/2013 7:17:58 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 7 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 2/22/13 | Aaron Wilson
    INDIANAPOLIS --— Baltimore Ravens six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk will announce his retirement from the NFL later this morning, according to a source with knowledge of his plans. Birk, 36, played in the NFL for 15 seasons and won a Super Bowl in his final season with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans. Birk played well last season and could have continued to play, but the Harvard graduate, former Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and married father of six opted to leave the game at this time.
  • Puerto Rico bans gay adoptions

    02/22/2013 7:10:14 AM PST · by cll · 15 replies
    RT ^ | 2/21/2013
    Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court on Wednesday voted 5-4 to ban gay couples from adopting children, with judges claiming that a child’s dignity, stability and well-being can only be ensured if raised in a “traditional” family. The vote comes two days after 200,000 religious Christians held a rally against granting same-sex couples any sort of legal rights. As the largest anti-gay rally in the history of the US commonwealth, the gathering portrayed the immense opposition gay couples continue to face in Puerto Rico. Although some lawmakers support granting gay couples with certain legal rights, many public figures remain starkly opposed to...
  • Bullied Delco Boy Lies in a Coma

    02/22/2013 7:06:41 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 14 replies
    NBC10 Philadelphia ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | David Chang
    Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says investigators are trying to determine if the injuries Bailey received in the fight caused his seizures. “Some of the doctors say he can hear us, so I talk to him,” said Joy Fecanin while in tears. “I say, 'I’m going to give you a big kiss.'” Fecanin’s 11-year-old grandson Bailey lies in a coma after suffering several seizures. As his family continues to hope for a recovery, they also want the school bullies accused of attacking Bailey brought to justice. Fecanin says Bailey was jumped by two classmates during recess at Darby Township...
  • Former Oakland man, aspiring rapper, killed in Maserati shooting on Vegas Strip

    02/22/2013 6:59:35 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/22/2013 | Kristin J. Bender
    LAS VEGAS -- A man killed in a shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip early Thursday morning was a rapper who previously lived in Oakland, a family member said. Ken Cherry, 27, who rapped under the name Kenny Clutch, was shot by someone in a black Range Rover about 4:20 a.m. as he drove on Las Vegas Boulevard. After he was shot, Cherry rapidly accelerated his gray Maserati down Las Vegas Boulevard and through a red light before striking a cab at the intersection of Flamingo Road. The cab burst into flames, and the cabdriver and a...
  • Prepare for Gay Marriage [Warning]

    02/22/2013 6:59:14 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 102 replies
    head heart hand blog ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | David Murray
    Prepare for Gay Marriage I hate writing about this subject, but with both French and British parliaments passing gay marriage laws in the past week, we’re reaching a no-turning-back point in our world. God is sovereign and specializes in last minute rescues, but barring a Mordecai-type intervention we might as well face up to the reality that gay marriage is coming down the pike at an unstoppable speed, and it’s going to impact many Christians in damaging and even destructive ways. While continuing to pray, preach, and campaign against this (read these nine words again), we must also ask how...
  • Democrats show lots of love to Medicare scammers

    02/22/2013 6:56:53 AM PST · by Liz · 4 replies
    LOWELL SUN (Massachusetts) ^ | 2/20/13 | MICHELE MALKIN
    Hey, remember when President Obama crusaded against Medicare fraud and vowed to crack down aggressively on scammers who've bilked the program out of an estimated $90 billion? Like Archie and Edith Bunker used to sing: Those were the daaaays. While Democrats pretend to protect the elderly and disabled, leaders of the People's Party have pocketed gobs of campaign contributions from fat-cat donors tied to massive Medicare rip-off schemes. We now know that the jet-setting Florida eye doctor who flew beleaguered Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to several alleged sex romps in the Dominican Republic also overbilled the government by $8.9 million...
  • Maryland to Hold Committee Hearings on 51 Anti-Gun Bills in Just 2 Days

    02/22/2013 6:48:51 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Maryland --( 2 More Gun Bill Days are Scheduled – 51 Bills to be Heard Briefly stated, here is the situation: A total of 51 bills will be heard over 2 days in 3 Committees. Each day we will have bills being heard in 2 different Committees at the same time. This tactic is intended to dilute our numbers, which is why a strong “boots on the ground” turnout is so important. This is especially true on March 5th because the hearings will be in different buildings. Friday, March 1st @ 1:00 PM: 4 bills in the House Health &...
  • Senators in Immigration Talks Mull Federal IDs for All Workers

    02/22/2013 6:47:59 AM PST · by haffast · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 20, 2013, 7:47 p.m. ET | DANNY YADRON
    Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person's legal eligibility to work. snip But at least five of the eight senators writing the bill have backed biometric ID cards in the past. At least three of them—Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.)—have said they support requiring the cards under the new law but are open to other options, aides say. snip Mr. Graham, in an interview, said that...
  • Male student fights to wear dress to prom [CBS sympathy]

    02/22/2013 6:45:26 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 44 replies
    .cbsnews ^ | February 21, 2013 | CBS news
    Male student fights to wear dress to prom

    02/22/2013 6:41:11 AM PST · by shortstop · 31 replies ^ | 02/20/13 | bob Lonsberry
    Biden goes Rambo. In an online interview with a magazine reporter, day before yesterday, the vice president of the United States told us how to defend our homes. He is a significant federal officer -- first in succession to the presidency -- and was one of the longest-serving senators in modern history. And he has given us instructions. The vice president said he told his wife, "If there’s ever a problem here, just walk out on the balcony, here, walk out, put that double-barrel shotgun and just fire two blasts outside the house." He then went on to say that...
  • Sanford police: We'll buy your gun, no questions asked

    02/22/2013 6:41:00 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 21 replies
    The Orlando Slantinel ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    <p>In another sign that Sanford police are ratcheting up their campaign against street violence, the department on Friday announced a gun buyback next week.</p> <p>The agency will buy any gun – no questions asked – and give the person turning it in a $50 Target gift card.</p>
  • A year later, Trayvon Martin case murkier than ever

    02/22/2013 6:37:22 AM PST · by rellimpank · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Eric Zorn
    The simple story — cops yawn when burly white vigilante stalks and kills unarmed African-American child for the "crime" of walking while black — shocked the conscience of much of the nation a year ago and touched off an explosion of indignant demagoguery. Trayvon Martin, 17, was walking through a Sanford, Fla., subdivision early on the evening of Feb. 26, 2012, headed from a convenience store to the home where he was staying with his father. Off-duty neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, was driving to the grocery store when he saw Martin and called police to report that an...