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  • House Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte Opposes 'Pathway to Citizenship' (Call to support)

    02/22/2013 3:10:47 PM PST · by montag813 · 8 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-22-2013 | John Hill
    Goodlatte: "People have a pathway to citizenship right now: It's to abide by the immigration laws..."- by John HillStand With ArizonaUh-oh. Looks like there may be an unscheduled stop on the Obama-McCain-Schumer-Rubio amnesty express. The head of the House committee tasked with overseeing the nation's immigration laws has come out squarely against a "pathway to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants, yet another sign that an amnesty bill could face a tough road to passage. ABC reported that "House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told NPR he opposes allowing many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States from eventually gaining...
  • 'Pastafarian' refuses to take spaghetti strainer off his head for license photo

    02/22/2013 3:08:54 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies ^ | 02/20/2013 | By Anthony G. Attrino/
    SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Motor vehicle workers in Dayton called police on a man who insisted on wearing a pasta strainer on his head during the taking of his driver’s license photo, according to a police report. South Brunswick police officers responded to the MVC facility on Route 130 on a call that a man renewing his driver's license refused to remove the strainer on his head, according to a police report. The incident occurred about noon on Saturday, Feb. 2. The man, Aaron Williams, 25, who gave an Egg Harbor Township address, told motor vehicle workers the strainer was a...
  • Voice of America

    02/22/2013 3:03:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | February 21, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Dear Fellow Fan, It was wholly a pleasure to get your video of Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" as only she could -- and did. It rekindled childhood memories of listening to the Kate Smith radio show every school day morning at 9 in Miss Hinkle's fourth grade class. It was the best part of the day, not counting baseball at recess. It included a wrap-up of the day's news, and so fulfilled the Current Events requirement. But the show wasn't over till the fat lady sang. And did she ever, especially "God Bless America." Her version has no...
  • Research the Left Wing Media Sources

    02/22/2013 2:59:43 PM PST · by jongaltsr · 4 replies
    The leftwing bias of the American mass media is pervasive and quantifiable. Since the 1980s, studies have consistently shown that the professionals who constitute America’s mainstream news media – reporters, editors, anchors, publishers, correspondents, bureau chiefs, and executives at the nation’s major newspapers, magazines, and broadcast networks – are preponderantly left-oriented and Democrat. These studies have excluded commentators, editorialists, and opinion columnists – all of whom make it clear that they are giving their opinions and analyses of the news as they view it. Rather, the focus of the research has been on those individuals whose ostensible duty is to...
  • Genderfication of Adolescence

    02/22/2013 2:52:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    Not so long ago, "gender" was something mostly of interest to flirtatious nouns. But then, as the culture became both more vulgar and more squeamish, "gender" replaced "sex" as the distinction between "him" and "her." Now "date," which described how him and her got acquainted, is replaced by "hook up." Gender used to tell us about language; now, it describes behavioral roles. The word sex was unambiguous, referring to the natural biological differences. But the genderfication of sex expands to encompass the experiences of the transgendered, lesbian and male homosexuals. Whereas sex refers to two, gender creates a crowd --...
  • Five Lessons we should learn from Christ’s time in the Wilderness

    02/22/2013 2:48:16 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | February 17, 2013 | Deacon Mike Bickerstaff
    In the Gospel of Sunday of the First Week of Lent, we are given a lesson of what it takes for us to attain salvation through the saving work of Jesus Christ. “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry” (Luke 4:1-2).
  • Krauthammer: Not "Dishonorable Or Cowardly" For GOP Governors To Embrace Obamacare

    02/22/2013 2:48:06 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-21-2013
    KRAUTHAMMER: First of all, Medicare is today looking after the poor. What Obamacare is doing is a huge expansion of it as a way to absorb people who aren't poor but above the line as a way to essentially have national coverage, almost universal coverage. You can argue yes or no on that, but that is what is being done. I think as a Republican conservative, who opposed Obamacare taking if as a governor, I think you can act honorably either way. ...... (watch the rest at link)
  • Former Security Officials to Obama: Cancel Nuke Cuts

    02/22/2013 2:47:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/22/13 | Bill Gertz
    A group of 18 former military and national security officials wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday urging the administration to cancel plans for further cuts in United States nuclear warheads, warning that new arms reductions would undermine U.S. security. The ex-officials, including two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in the letter to Obama that North Korea’s recent underground nuclear test, and concerns about growing Pyongyang-Tehran nuclear arms cooperation, undermines any further disarmament sought by the president. “In our professional judgment, born of decades of experience with national security policy and practice, America’s ‘triad’ of nuclear-armed...
  • Update On Lily The Slain Border Collie (Shot and Killed by Cops)

    02/22/2013 2:46:11 PM PST · by Arthurio · 82 replies
    This week’s Static discusses the police shooting of Lily the border collie, and the training program and potential legislation that were prompted by that tragedy. Mark and Cindy Boling weren’t available for comment last night as Static was being written, but I spoke at length with Cindy Boling this morning and she remains upbeat despite all she’s been through. Imagine unloading groceries at your house and a police officer approaches you on your property. He’s responding to a routine copper theft call but ends up at the wrong address — yours. Your dog (who is like a child to you)...
  • Pope Benedict changes rituals for new pope's inauguration

    02/22/2013 2:45:49 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cns ^ | February 22, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Msgr. Guido Marini, right, the papal master of ceremonies, applauds with others at the conclusion of Ash Wednesday Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 13. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has ordered several changes to the Masses and liturgies that will mark the inauguration of the next pope's pontificate. Rites and gestures that are not strictly sacramental will take place either before a Mass or in a ceremony not involving Mass, Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, told the Vatican newspaper Feb. 22. One of...
  • Mass Shootings Have Killed 934 People Since 2006

    02/22/2013 2:44:13 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2012 | By Kevin Spak
    The US has seen 934 people killed in 146 mass shootings since 2006, a USA Today analysis of FBI records has found—a number that represents less than 1% of all gun-related homicides. Few of those shootings were the kind of Newtown-esque massacres you might be imagining, however. The paper was using the FBI's definition of a mass shooting, which is one in which four or more people were killed; in most cases, the gunmen knew their victims. "Mass shootings … are the tragedies that capture the public's attention," says the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Gun Violence campaign, which...
  • Federal Appellate Courts Continue Crackdown On Plaintiff Attorneys' Fees In Class Action Cases

    02/22/2013 2:39:42 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 2 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/22/13 | Friends of Ours
    Federal appellate courts across the country increasingly are reversing settlement agreements and fee applications approved by the lower court judges in class action cases. Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit "threw out a class-action settlement" in an antitrust action involving baby products "that would have paid the lawyers who negotiated it more than four times as much as their clients" -- $14 million to the lawyers and only $3 million to the class -- as reported by Daniel Fisher for Forbes: "it acknowledged the 'potential for conflict' between lawyers primarily interested in a fee and their...
  • Cut Commitments, Not Muscle

    02/22/2013 2:37:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    In that year of happy memory, 1972, George McGovern, the Democratic nominee, declared he would chop defense by fully one-third. A friendly congressman was persuaded to ask Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird to expatiate on what this might mean. The Pentagon replied the Sixth Fleet might have to be pulled out of the Med, leaving Israel without U.S. protection against the fleet of Adm. Sergei Gorshkov, and provided the congressman a list of U.S. bases that would have to be shut down. Radio ads were run in the towns closest to the bases on the Pentagon list, declaring they would...
  • Letter #18: Blackmail [Catholic Caucus]

    02/22/2013 2:36:21 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Moynihan Report ^ | February 22, 2013 | Dr. Robert B. Moynihan
    “Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.” –Psalm 143:4The Secret Report Given to the Pope on December 17Today a veil of secrecy was shredded in this eternal city.Today therefore marked the beginning of a difficult, important struggle for the purification of the government of the Church desired for so many years by Joseph Ratzinger.We were given a glimpse today into some of the reasons, previously unknown, that prompted Pope Benedict XVI to announce his resignation on February 11, to take effect February 28, in seven days, reasons that apparently “overwhelmed his spirit within him”...
  • HP Project Moonshot hurls ARM servers into the heavens ( Just shown on Fox BSNetwork - small)

    02/22/2013 2:34:30 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 1st November 2011 17:01 GMT | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Free whitepaper – Enabling efficient data center monitoring Hewlett-Packard might have been wrestling with a lot of issues as CEOs and their strategies come and go, but the company's server gurus know a potentially explosive business opportunity when they see it. That is why HP has put together a new hyperscale business unit inside of its Enterprise Server, Storage, and Networking behemoth and is getting out the door first with a server cluster that makes use of the EnergyCore ARM RISC server chip just announced by upstart Calxeda. The hyperscale server effort is known as Project Moonshot, and the first...
  • Are Conservative Media Viable in our Low Information Age?

    02/22/2013 2:27:42 PM PST · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    d ^ | February 22, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Low information voters have the most fun. They must, since they are the majority and the majority rules. Therefore, what interests them is the most important. One small step for FLOTUS, a giant leap for humankind. Swoon, ye peasants, swoon! Bangs are in and that's important. Ipse dixit. One small step for FLOTUS, a giant leap for humankind. Swoon, ye peasants, swoon! Bangs are in and that's important. Ipse dixit. Keeping up with daily Kos kerfuffles is wearisome because there are too many to keep track of, to write about or even to comment upon. Here are just a few,...
  • Google's New Chromebook Is a Joke

    02/22/2013 2:25:41 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2012 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Google unveiled its new touchscreen Chromebook yesterday, and it was not what anyone was expecting. Until now, Google's Chromebooks have been exceedingly cheap, but the Chromebook Pixel will cost a whopping $1,300—for a computer that can only run web apps. Here's what pundits are saying: "What is Google thinking?" asks Jean-Baptiste Su at Forbes. "The Chromebook Pixel is, simply put, a ripoff!" It costs more than the MacBook Air, and it's "not even a real computer. ... Nobody in their right mind should spend that kind of money on a laptop that does so little." Windows 8 got...
  • Further info on Discover the Networks (of Lefties and Leftist Organizations

    02/22/2013 2:25:32 PM PST · by jongaltsr · 2 replies
    This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines activists for leftwing agendas and causes -- egalitarians, socialists, and opponents of American "imperialism." Since the distintegration of the world Communist movement following the publication of the Khrushchev Report in 1956, the international left has not had a coherent unifying agenda. Its organizing basis is a commitment to egalitarian goals and social constructionist assumptions on the one hand, and -- in its radical wing -- a nihilistic opposition to global capitalism, now referred to as "globalization" on the other. These radicals reject the orders and alleged "hierarchies" of western democratic capitalism, and regard America as...
  • Another Trip Into the Recesses of the Liberal Mind

    02/22/2013 2:24:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February February 22, 2013 | Neal Boortz
    Sit down. I’m truly sorry about this, but we really need to take another trip into the dark recesses of the liberal mind. A dangerous journey to a world where it is greedy to want to keep your own money, but not to covet the money or property of others; a world where earning 17% of the income, but paying 38% of the income taxes means you’re not paying your fair share; a world where any expression of disagreement with any utterance, no matter how ignorant, from the mouth of someone-not-white makes you a racist. We have to do this...
  • Rahm's Approval Rating: 19%

    02/22/2013 2:16:17 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 14 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    And only 2% 'strongly approve' of Chicago mayor   (Newser) – Maybe it's a good thing Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a presidential run—because he isn't doing so hot in Chicago. The mayor's approval rating has plummeted so far it's within spitting distance of Congress, according to a new Crain's/Ipsos poll, which showed only 19% of respondents approving of or even leaning toward approving of the job he's doing—and only 2% of Chicagoans strongly approving—while 50% at least lean toward disapproval. That's a big fall from September, when the public was roughly split, with 34% approving and 33% disapproving....
  • Cop Canned for Alleging Police Threats on Obama

    02/22/2013 2:11:02 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/22/2013 | By Neal Colgrass
    (Newser) – So much for speaking up: Richmond police have fired a whistleblowing cop for claiming that two officers chatted about shooting and bombing President Obama while protecting him, Raw Story reports. The officer, who wasn't named, told WTVR last May that a supervisor had said to a police sharpshooter, "You’re down there right? So, you can take a couple of shots, you might have to kill yourself, but you can take a couple of shots." The supervisor allegedly discussed planting a bomb under the stage and dissed Michelle Obama, who was also there: "Nobody wants to see her...
  • Can Hillary turn Texas blue?

    02/22/2013 2:10:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Look on the bright side: She might not run. In which case we won’t have to worry about Texas imposing a Democratic stranglehold on the White House for the foreseeable future until, oh, 2024 or so.Or maybe 2020? Much depends on the time frame for that path to citizenship that Schumer, McCain, Rubio, et al. are cooking up. While the knee-jerk reaction among many Republicans would be to dismiss the idea that the state could be competitive in 2016 — just four years after Mitt Romney carried it by 16 points over President Obama — Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri...
  • How the unchristian culture gets ignored when talking about the causes of mass shootings.

    Family Guy is one of the most openly anti-Christian shows out there. In one of their shows the baby is shown being shot in the chest and killed. (And in the same show, a joke is made about the suicide of Michael Hutchence, of the rock band INXS.) The show disrespects God and life so much, and Seth McFarlane will be the Oscar host. It says a lot of how the Bible says the earth will be in the last days.
  • LaHood: Time for GOP to "wake up" to avoid "calamity" at airports

    02/22/2013 2:08:00 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 22, 2013
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today warned of the "enormous impact" the looming sequester budget cuts will have on air travel in America, given that his department will have to cut nearly $1 billion from its budget, with more than $600 million coming from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As the one former Republican congressman in President Obama's cabinet, LaHood put the responsibility squarely on Republicans to step up and work with Democrats to find a way to avert the cuts, slated to kick in on March 1. "What I'm trying to do is to wake up members of the Congress...
  • In 2011 Obama threatened to veto any attempt to adopt short-term fixes that would stop his sequester

    02/22/2013 2:06:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 10 replies
    2/22/2013 | laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Hypocrite? He said that any short term fixes that would derail automatic spending cuts on both domestic spending and the military spending would be vetoed by him. Does he not realize that videotape exists of this - at Youtube and all over the net? Does he think that he can say anything and that anything and everything he says somehow has an expiration date?
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Thirteenth Week in Office

    02/22/2013 2:05:32 PM PST · by Nachum ^ | 2/22/13 | Nachum
    Obama's Two Hundred and Thirteenth Week in Office2/20/2013Community Organizer to the WorldHillary Clinton to charge '$200,000 a speech'... which is more than her whole YEAR´S salary as Secretary of State and the same fee that Bill chargesBenghazi-GateSusan Rice: Investigation Into Benghazi Talking Points 'Bigger Tragedy' Than Actual Terrorism AttackObama Called Hillary at 10PM on Night of Benghazi Attack--About Same Time Clinton First Publicly Linked Attack to YouTube VideoAxelrod, Benghazi & NBCAttaaack WaaaatchWith White House press peeved, Obama sits down with local mediaPro-Obama election flier marked with NAACP seal featured Klan, lynching imageryStuart Varney on MSNBC Editing Paul Ryan's Comments on...
  • MSNBC, a bastion of Obama advocates? (Turning into an Obama administration in exile)

    02/22/2013 2:00:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/22/2013 | Howard Kurtz
    David Axelrod is a smart guy who knows a heck of a lot about politics and the press. Robert Gibbs is also a smart guy who knows a heck of a lot about politics and the press. They will now be dispensing their wisdom as paid contributors at MSNBC, and I'll be interested in what they have to say. But I have to ask: Is NBC's cable channel turning into an Obama administration in exile? It's hardly a news flash that MSNBC long ago decided to be cable's liberal bastion, a left-wing counterweight to Fox News. But the more the...
  • Beware of good ol’ Joe Biden and his guns

    02/22/2013 2:00:22 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 22 February 2013 | Wes Pruden
    Joe Biden, a gun nut. Who knew? The veep never fails to entertain, even when he’s trying not to, and this time his boss is probably not amused. Joe famously pushed President Obama to endorse same-sex marriage by sniffing the orange blossoms first, but if his advice for Americans to buy a shotgun to protect the homeplace was an attempt to convert the president to a Second Amendment aficionado, he’ll no doubt fail. Joe’s endorsement of domestic mayhem in the cause of survival predictably infuriated those who are so terrified of guns that on certain playgrounds even little boys who...
  • Hagel Proves Obama Won't Stop Iran

    02/22/2013 1:48:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn't particularly care for American power? Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2007, Sen. Chuck Hagel revealed the kind of prejudices regarding American military strength most frequently found in the pages of the Nation magazine or among protesters at Occupy rallies. Distancing himself from Republicans he regarded as too bellicose, Hagel said, "Rather than acting like a nation riddled with the insecurities of a schoolyard bully, we ought to carry ourselves with the confidence that should come from the dignity of our heritage, the experience of...
  • Pigeon Forge church sued over exorcism and missing tooth

    02/22/2013 1:48:16 PM PST · by don-o · 5 replies
    AP - via WJHL ^ | February 22, 2013
    Pigeon Forge, TN - A pastor said he cast out a demon, but a lawsuit contends the only the plaintiff's tooth was exorcised. According to The Mountain Press, Andrew Byrd filed a $3.7 million lawsuit against the Family Chapel Church of God in Pigeon Forge; pastor Joel Arwood; Arwood's wife, Theresa Arwood; and Charles Shields. Byrd said the Arwoods asked to meet him last February at the church, where Teresa Arwood said he had a demon in him. Byrd said Joel Arwood and Shields jumped him, knocking out a tooth crown and cracking other teeth.
  • Boy: ‘My dad is dying’ . Jurors hear gut-wrenching 911 call in home invasion .

    02/22/2013 1:39:16 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A jury heard a child’s chilling screams to 911 dispatchers that he had been raped by an intruder and his dad was “dying on the floor” in the attempted-murder trial yesterday of the man who is accused of breaking into the father’s Cambridge home and brutally terrorizing the pair. “Dad, are you OK?” the then-11-year-old son of a Harvard employee could be heard whimpering during the Aug. 26, 2010, call to state police dispatcher Patricia Furdon from a bedroom, where his nearly decapitated father was bleeding profusely.
  • First, Democrats Came For The Guns, But They're Also Coming For This...

    02/22/2013 1:37:04 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 17 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-22-12 | The Looking Spoon
    I actually did this one months ago, but I didn't post it because I wasn't sure it was worth posting, but on a whim I posted on Facebook and it got tremendous here ya go...

    02/22/2013 1:35:16 PM PST · by greeneyes · 144 replies
    Free Republic | February 22, 2013 | greeneyes
    It's a cold, cloudy day with plenty of snow on the ground. Not much good for gardening, but the kind of day when you want to put a stock pot on the back burner, and turn on the oven to bake bread, casseroles, and/or roasts. All to make you warm inside and out.LOL I have been reviewing some of the heirloom grains this week and need to narrow the list down to 2 or 3 that I will order. Teff and Quinoa are 2 that may make the cut. I will be planting some crimson clover this week or next...
  • Supreme Court weighs major voting rights case

    02/22/2013 1:28:06 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 2.22 | By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer
    Shelby County is booming. The Birmingham suburb is lined with strip malls, subdivisions, and small factories, in what was once sleepy farmland. The population has grown fivefold since 1970 to about 200,000. Change in this bedroom community is afoot, at least on the surface. Competing voices in this county, echoes of decades-long debates over equal access to the polls, now spill out in a 21st century fight, one that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. "I think they are looking at this situation through rose-colored glasses," says the Rev. Dr. Harry Jones, a local civil rights leader, about the current...
  • NBC Declares War on Christians

    02/22/2013 1:25:11 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 19 Feb 13 | Todd Starnes
    <p>That’s what I was wondering over the weekend as I watched “Saturday Night Live” blaspheme Jesus Christ in a violent and bloody Quentin Tarantino parody – just three days after Ash Wednesday.</p> <p>The fake movie trailer for “Djesus Uncrossed” featured the Savior brandishing guns and blowing away Romans in classic Tarantino-style. Blood and gore and profanity spewed across flat screens from coast to coast; at one point Jesus sliced a man’s head in half.</p>
  • GOP Must Not Cave to the Bully on His Sequestration

    02/22/2013 1:21:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama's demagoguery and fear-mongering on his sequester cuts are breathtaking, even for him. Lest you think I am engaging in hyperbole, let me give you the dictionary definition of a demagogue. One definition is "a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument." Obama's ordinary MO is to stir people against one another, to stoke the flames of envy among some against others in lieu of rational argument to rally support for his causes. Obama has had four years to try his ideas. They have all failed, in every...
  • 7th Circuit Court Lets Posner Ruling Stand; Huge Win For Concealed Carry

    02/22/2013 1:16:11 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    BELLEVUE, WA --( The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home. The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the...
  • They Bailed On Their Homes -Now They Want Back In

    02/22/2013 1:12:45 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2.22.13 | Diana Olick
    Home sales are slowly climbing back, thanks to investor demand, improving consumer confidence in housing, and the surprising return of former homeowners who once walked away from their commitments. These so-called, "strategic defaulters," some of them investors and some owner-occupants, are coming back to the market, despite damaged credit, and apparently the market is welcoming them back. (snip) Crashing home prices and sketchy mortgage products caused millions of Americans to default on their loans and eventually lose their homes. For some, it was a tragic fight to the end to keep their single investment; for others it was a conscious...
  • More Fed Follies.... Paper

    02/22/2013 1:11:36 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 1 replies
    The Market-ticker ^ | Feb.22,2013 | Karl Denninger
    This one's rich: “The combination of a massively expanded central bank balance sheet and an unsustainable public debt trajectory is a mix that has the potential to substantially reduce the flexibility of monetary policy,” the economists write. “This mix could induce a bias toward slower exit or easier policy, and be seen as the first step toward fiscal dominance. It could thereby be the cause of longer-term inflation expectations and raise the risk of inflation overall.” There is no flexibility and it is the direct and proximate consequence of Congress and The Adminstration ignoring the fundamental realities of arithmetic --...
  • 13,753 Gov’t Requests for Google E-Mail Data in 2012, Most Without a Warrant

    02/22/2013 1:05:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 22, 2013 | Matt Cover
    American government agencies—state, local, and federal—made a record 13,753 requests to read emails or gather other information sent through Google’s Gmail and other services in 2012, more than half without warrants, according to statistics released by Google. The total number of users about whom government agencies wanted information also set a record at 31,072, up from 23,300 in 2011, the first year Google began reporting the data. The discrepancy comes because government agencies request information on multiple users or accounts at the same time. … Google keep records of all email and other communication sent through its e-mail, telephone, YouTube,...
  • US Department of Justice to join lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

    02/22/2013 1:03:27 PM PST · by Baynative · 41 replies
    USNews ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Justice Department will notify a federal court Friday that it is joining one of his former racing teammates in suing him for using performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France, legal sources told NBC News. The government is signing on to a lawsuit filed two years ago by Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong's former Tour de France teammates who has already admitted cheating. Among its claims: Landis saw Armstrong store and then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance, and Armstrong twice gave Landis banned hormones before races.
  • LISTEN: Virginia House Approves Transportation Funding

    02/22/2013 12:53:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to approve what would become the first major reform in a generation of the state's system for financing its highway network. Friday's vote was 60-40.
  • 49 quadrocopter in outdoor-formation-flight / Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, Austria

    02/22/2013 12:53:47 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 30, 2012 | ArsElectronica/unattributed
    Quadrocopters turn into pixels at the voestalpine Klangwolke and form 3D-Modells in the sky. As a world-premiere, the Ars Electronica Futurelab has managed to fly a formation outdoor with so many quadrocopters, painting some moments of magic into the nightsky of Linz.
  • While a cowardly media is refusing to report it, "Knockout" is entertaining thugs on our streets

    02/22/2013 12:45:54 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/22/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Here’s some good news: Demetrius Murphy, one of the original members of a gang of Black teenagers who roam the streets of St. Louis attacking people as they “play” the Knockout Game, is dead. He was shot and killed recently while preparing to break into the wrong home and met someone who was armed and not afraid to defend himself. It happened that the home owner is White and Murphy was Black. In ordinary times this shouldn’t mean anything, but in this case it does. Murphy instigated this confrontation because he preferred White victims – well actually any victims but...
  • FBI probe of defense tech allegedly leaked from NASA stonewalled, sources say

    02/22/2013 12:42:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Jeremy A. Kaplan, Judson Berger
    A four-year FBI investigation into the transfer of classified weapons technology to China and other countries from NASA’s Ames Research Center is being stonewalled by government officials, sources tell Documents obtained by, which summarize these and other allegations and were given to congressional sources last week by a whistle-blower, described how a “secret grand jury” was to be convened in February 2011 to hear testimony from informants in the case, including a senior NASA engineer. But federal prosecutor Gary Fry was removed from the case, which was then transferred from one office in the Northern District of California...
  • Hagel, Obama and Iran

    02/22/2013 12:40:58 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/22/2013 | Mona Charen
    Hagel’s nomination proves the president isn’t serious about preventing a nuclear Iran. Does it matter that a nominee for secretary of defense doesn’t particularly care for American power? Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in 2007, Senator Chuck Hagel revealed the kind of prejudices regarding American military strength most frequently found in the pages of the The Nation or among protesters at Occupy rallies. Distancing himself from Republicans he regarded as too bellicose, Hagel said, Rather than acting like a nation riddled with the insecurities of a schoolyard bully, we ought to carry ourselves with the confidence...
  • NRA Ridicules Joe Biden's Advice on Women's Self Defense in New AD - ' BUY A SHOTGUN '

    02/22/2013 12:37:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/21/13 | NRA
    New Ad Released by NRA on February 21, 2013: During a Facebook chat on Tuesday, February 19, Vice President Joe Biden said that he advised his wife, Jill, to fire a shotgun twice in the air on an outside porch if she was ever concerned for her safety. "I said, 'Jill, if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house.""
  • Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible

    02/22/2013 12:36:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | Feb 20, 2013 7:40 AM | Charles Q. Choi
    Temporary electronic tattoos could soon help people fly drones with only thought and talk seemingly telepathically without speech over smartphones, researchers say. Electrical engineer Todd Coleman at the University of California at San Diego is devising noninvasive means of controlling machines via the mind, techniques virtually everyone might be able to use. Commanding machines using the brain is no longer the stuff of science fiction. In recent years, brain implants have enabled people to control robotics using only their minds, raising the prospect that one day patients could overcome disabilities using bionic limbs or mechanical exoskeletons. … Using the electronic...
  • Sources: US Dept of Justice to join lawsuit against Lance Armstrong [Eric Holder is an Ass]

    02/22/2013 12:33:29 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    US News/NBC News ^ | 2/22/13 | Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent, NBC News
    Lance Armstrong faces a powerful new adversary -- the United States government. The Justice Department will notify a federal court Friday that it is joining one of his former racing teammates in suing him for using performance-enhancing drugs during the Tour de France, legal sources told NBC News. The government is signing on to a lawsuit filed two years ago by Floyd Landis, one of Armstrong's former Tour de France teammates who has already admitted cheating. Among its claims: Landis saw Armstrong store and then re-inject his own blood to boost his performance, and Armstrong twice gave Landis banned hormones...
  • Who wants to be a millionaire: Is Herbalife a pyramid scheme?

    02/22/2013 12:31:21 PM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2-22-2013 | James
    No doubt you've heard certain radio commercials about a company called I recently found well researched information below which demonstrates that is in fact a pyramid scheme. Don't fall for it! I am really disappointed with certain national personalities like Sean Hannity who continue to vocally endorse this product. The only way to be formally introduced to this system is by purchasing an International Business Pack ("IBP") for $60.00. And that's just to get your foot in the door. Apparently the full training package is much, much more expensive. Isn't is nice to know that the top 1% of...