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  • America's TBTF Bank Subsidy From Taxpayers: $83 Billion Per Year

    02/22/2013 7:45:18 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 February 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Day after day, whenever anyone challenges the TBTF banks' scale, they are slammed down with a mutually assured destruction message that limitations would impair profitability and weaken the country's position in global finance. So what if you were to discover, based on Bloomberg's calculations, that the largest banks aren't really profitable at all? What if the billions of dollars they allegedly earn for their shareholders were almost entirely a gift from U.S. taxpayers? The stunning truth is that the top-five banks account for $64 billion of an implicit subsidy based on the ludicrous (but entirely real) logic that: The banks...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Creation and the Fall of Man

    02/22/2013 7:44:21 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholiCity.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
        The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941)   Part One: The Creed The Creation and the Fall of Man Lesson 5 from the Baltimore Cathechism48. What is man? Man is a creature composed of body and soul, and made to the image and likeness of God.And God created man to his own image. (Genesis 2:7)49. Is this likeness to God in the body or in the soul? This likeness to God is chiefly in the soul. 50. How is the soul like God? The soul is like God because it is a spirit having understanding and free will, and...
  • University discloses students’ grades, disciplinary history when they apply for gun permits

    02/22/2013 7:30:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2013 | Robby Soave
    The University of Iowa may have broken federal guidelines by sharing with the local sheriff’s department private information about students who apply for campus gun permits. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, public universities are required to keep secret personal information on students, such as their grades and addresses. But Iowa has been sending personal information regarding students who apply for campus gun permits to the sheriff’s office. That information includes whether students received bad grades, or were exhibiting signs of depression or anger. The policy dates back to a campus shooting in 1991, when a mentally disturbed...
  • Poll to FReep: Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school?

    02/22/2013 7:05:16 PM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 43 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 02-22-2013 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school? More safe. Less safe.
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 6:52:18 PM PST · by maddog55 · 16 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 02/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...

    02/22/2013 6:46:34 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 11 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 22, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    A year into his second term, President George Washington celebrated his 63rd birthday on February 22, 1794, and received one of the best birthday presents any head of state ever received. The new minister from France, Jean Antoine Joseph Baron Fauchet presented his credentials as the new ambassador from France, replacing the troublesome Edmund-Charles Genet at last. Citizen Genet was many things. A child prodigy, fluent in six languages by age twelve, he was born at Versailles in 1763, the only son of a French civil servant. Genet served as court translator in his youth and was then sent to...
  • On CNN, Cause of Chicago Violence Is – You Guessed It – The GOP

    02/22/2013 6:24:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in over 80 years. Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans. We learned that this morning on CNN Newsroom when anchor Carol Costello asked her “Talk Back” guests about Retired Lt. General Russel Honore’s suggestion to use National Guard troops to curb murders in Chicago. Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman astutely pinpointed the reason for Chicago’s carnage: And let's be very clear...
  • By Staying Neutral in the Battle Over Gun Control is Starbucks Pro-Gun by Default? (VIDEO)

    On Friday, it was “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day” all across Virginia, according to gun rights activist Ed Levine, the founder of Virginia Open Carry. Levine organized the event or ‘buycott’ not because the Seattle-based java giant is pro-Second Amendment, but because it has – like Switzerland since 1815 – remained neutral in the contentious debate over gun control. Unlike some of its competitors, Peet’s Coffee for example, that have posted “No Guns Allowed” signs in states that permit law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for self-defense outside the home, Starbucks has made the conscious decision to remain apolitical, to...
  • Where Did NYC’s Rats Go In Superstorm Sandy?

    02/22/2013 6:09:17 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    Zen Haven ^ | February 22, 2013 | David B. Caruso
    At the height of Superstorm Sandy, city residents watching seawater pour into the subway system couldn’t help but wonder: What will become of all the rats? Four months later, that’s still a mystery. And experts aren’t so sure about stories of hordes of displaced rodents fleeing the flood zone and taking up residence in buildings that were previously rat-free. TV stations and newspapers have been rife with reports about rats infesting parked cars and fleeing the East River waterfront for the brownstones of Brooklyn Heights and exterminators enjoying a boom in business. For some city officials, the last straw came...
  • Linaro to Accelerate Linux Development for ARM Servers. (HP announced Servers based on ARM CPU's)

    02/22/2013 6:04:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    Xbitlabs ^ | 02/21/2013 10:01 PM | Anton Shilov
    Linaro to Deliver Initial Linux Builds for ARM Servers in 1H 2013 Linaro, the not-for-profit engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM architecture, today announced the formation of the Linaro Networking Group (LNG) with twelve founding member companies including AppliedMicro, ARM, Enea, Freescale, LSI, MontaVista, Nokia Siemens Networks and Texas Instruments (TI) at the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC).With ARM-based SoCs at the heart of the transformation occurring in cloud and mobile infrastructure applications such as switching, routing, base-stations and security, Linaro’s members are collaborating on fundamental software platforms to enable rapid deployment of new services across a range...
  • Freeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 23 Feb 2013

    02/22/2013 6:01:29 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 299 replies
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  • China provides Rs 136 bn loan for Pak nuclear plants

    02/22/2013 5:57:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Islamabad - China has provided a loan of Rs 136 billion for two nuclear power plants that Pakistan expects to commission by 2016, the state-run media reported today. The power plants of 340MW each are being built with Chinese assistance at the Chashma nuclear complex in Punjab province. The "construction of these power plants became possible after a long-standing agreement", official sources were quoted as saying by APP news agency. The total cost of the two plants is Rs 190 billion and they will be partially funded by a Chinese loan of Rs 136 billion, the sources said. The Pakistan...
  • Stem cell heart repairs: 21st century medicine in action

    02/22/2013 5:45:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 22, 2013 | LIDIA DINKOVA
    Gerard Cuomo loves to dance. Until recently, however, the 70-year-old couldn’t even do a two-step. After having three heart attacks in the early 1990s, Cuomo’s heart was severely damaged. The scar tissue that had formed around his heart left him easily fatigued. “I felt like an old man,” said Cuomo of Aventura. “I could barely climb the stairs. I could walk for about a quarter of a mile. Shopping at the mall — I wish I did not have to sit down all the time.” In May 2010, he participated in a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s clinical...
  • In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope

    02/22/2013 5:43:18 PM PST · by NYer · 482 replies
    stpeterslist ^ | February 21, 2013 | HHAMBROSE
    His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI receives a papal tirara - New Liturgical Movement In Defense of the Papacy: 9 Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope by HHAmbrose on Feb 21, 2013 • 11:44 pm No Comments Listers, glory and honor to God for giving us the grace of the papacy. The Pope is the “Advocate of Christian Memory” and he holds the King’s people to the King’s laws until our Savior returns. Each year on February 22nd the Church celebrates the Cathedra Petri – the Chair of St. Peter.This feast brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor...
  • 7th Circuit Court Lets Posner Ruling Stand; Huge Win For Concealed Carry

    02/22/2013 5:24:36 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- 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...
  • Oregon House passes illegal immigrant tuition bill

    02/22/2013 5:14:28 PM PST · by AuntB · 24 replies
    Fox 12 ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Staff Fox 12
    <p>The Oregon House has voted to extend resident college tuition rates to some young illegal immigrants.</p> <p>The House's 38-18 vote on Friday sends the measure to the Senate. In the last decade, similar legislation has failed twice.</p> <p>The measure would allow students to qualify for in-state tuition at the Oregon's seven public universities if they've attended an Oregon high school for at least three years and lived in the United States for at least five.</p>
  • Judge denies George Zimmerman motion to depose Ben Crump

    02/22/2013 5:05:29 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 32 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | February 22, 2013 | Click Orlando
    A judge on Friday ruled that the defense team for George Zimmerman cannot depose Ben Crump, the attorney representing the slain teen's family. Judge Debra Nelson said the deposition was not needed and there was no undue prejudice. She also said that the defense has not yet deposed Witness 8, whose interview with Crump is in question, even though they've had her identity for 10 months. Nelson did grant the defense's motions for subpoenas of voice samples from Martin over the last three years. If they exist, the audio samples are in the possession of Martin's family and Witness 8....
  • Friday Night Gunfighter Cinema: The Rifleman - A Gun-Grabber Comes to Power

    02/22/2013 5:03:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Backwoods Engineer ^ | 2/22/13 | staff
    The Rifleman - The Anvil Chorus (1962) Gun-banning Deputy Nils Swenson takes control of Northfork when the Marshall is out of town. Hijinks ensues. After Swenson stops a man from shooting off his revolver in celebration, he gets an idea. A very bad idea. Deputy Swenson: "People carryin' around guns, causin' trouble. Take away the guns, no trouble." Lucas: "Have you had any trouble since [Marshall] Micah left? Swenson: "Well, no..." Lucas: "Nils, this territory has a lot of growin' up to do. And until that's done, we can't take away a man's right to protect himself." I would argue...
  • US grounds all F-35s over engine blade crack

    02/22/2013 5:01:05 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 33 replies
    Flight International ^ | 22 February 2013 | Zach Rosenberg
    All Lockheed Martin F-35s are grounded while the programme investigates the root cause of a crack discovered on 19 February in a third-stage low-pressure turbine (LPT) blade deep inside the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine. The discovery of the blade crack comes five years after the first flight of the F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant was delayed several months due to fatigue-related blade failures in the third-stage LPT. The latest crack - discovered only days after the F-35B returned to flight following a 25-day grounding caused by a fueldraulics failure - was discovered on 19 February by...
  • Obama's Parting Gift To Veterans He Deems Too "Incompetent" To Handle A Gun

    02/22/2013 4:58:59 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-22-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Red Flag News has the story on what this is all about. While I'm trying to make fun of it, it frankly is quite frightening what DHS is doing to our vets (and all of us by extension).
  • Ocean State Anointed - Meet Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Former Republican, current...

    02/22/2013 4:54:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 2013 | Ethan Epstein
    Meet Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee: Former Republican, current Independent, future Democrat? In late December, Rhode Island’s six Republican state representatives (out of a total chamber of 75 members—no, that’s not a typo) announced an intriguing initiative. The state’s house minority leader declared that in the new year, his party would pursue an audacious plan to eliminate the Ocean State’s sales tax, which stands at 7 percent, among the nation’s highest. The elimination of the sales tax had been suggested by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, the state’s premier (well, just about only) free-market think tank. The...
  • Mixologist: Margarita is top U.S. cocktail

    02/22/2013 4:52:31 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 22, 2013
    NEW YORK, A New York mixologist said Friday the margarita is the top-selling cocktail in the United States so it's "cool" the drink has its own holiday. Kyle Ford, who works as brand ambassador for Cointreau -- a French manufacturer of triple sec, an ingredient in the classic margarita -- National Margarita Day was being celebrated Friday, the New York Daily News reported. "America loves margaritas. It's the number-one-selling cocktail in the country," Ford said of the beverage, which also includes tequila and lime juice. "There's a holiday for almost everything, so how cool is it that there's one for...
  • 'Latin American Idol' winner busted smuggling 2.9 lbs of heroin stuffed into high heels

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A winner of the TV talent show "Latin American Idol" who was once loved by thousands in her native Dominican Republic was charged with drug smuggling after police found heroin stuffed in the heels of her platform shoes, authorities said Thursday. Martha Heredia was arrested late Wednesday as she was about to board a plane to New York, said Frank Duran, the National Drug Control Agency's director for the city of Santiago. He said police found 2.9 pounds of heroin in the heels of three pairs of shoes packed in her suitcase. Police also ordered...
  • Pelosi: Oh, this minimum wage thing is happening, just get ready

    02/22/2013 4:49:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 22, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    For a moment there the other week, I was kind of thrown by President Obama’s SOTU suggestion that we hike the minimum wage, and I chalked it up to just another lame, old-and-tired faux-stimulus type of suggestion for growing the economy. As Allahpundit already pointed out yesterday, however, it’s really so much more than that. In the run-up to the 2006 midterms, a minimum wage increase was one of the specific issues Democrats used in their collective campaign to take over the House — and in their desperate upcoming bid to win back the House in 2014, they are ready...
  • Papabile of the Day: Cardinal Ouellet

    02/22/2013 4:49:11 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 2 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 2/20/13 | John Allen
    As veteran Vatican writer Andrea Tornielli reminds readers today in La Stampa, one way to judge how serious a papal candidate may be is by how much whispering, rumor and character assassination that person generates. By that standard alone, one probably ought to take Cardinal Marc Ouellet seriously indeed.
  • Need Help With Profile Page (Vanity)

    02/22/2013 4:48:48 PM PST · by SkyDancer · 39 replies
    Skydancer | 22 Feb 2013 | Skydancer
    Profile page only loads some of my pictures from Photobucket.
  • Arguing For and Against ArmaLite

    02/22/2013 4:43:24 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    Guns . Com ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Max Slowik
    One of the many layers of the gun control debate is whether or not companies should treat government agencies differently than they treat the general public. A handful of companies have stood up, like LaRue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Cheaper Than Dirt and many others, saying that if they’re not allowed to sell their products on the commercial market, they will not serve local government. This has kicked off a grass roots campaign that is calling for other companies, small and large, to follow suit. Some of the emails, naturally, come off angry and demanding, and the companies are dealing with...
  • Young amputee's sports success brings joy to family (failed abortion survivor from Russia)

    02/22/2013 4:41:22 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | February 22, 2013 | Hillary Senour
    Hoot Family. (File Photo/CNA). Woodburn, Ind., Feb 22, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents. Like most American teens, Nik Hoot, a 16 year-old sophomore at Woodlan High School in Woodburn, In., has yet to meet an extra-curricular activity he does not enjoy. He has played football, baseball, basketball and is now a semi-state qualifier for his weight class in wrestling. He plays drums, trumpet and mellophone and is active in his...
  • Obama's award is from Peres and not from the people of Israel

    02/22/2013 4:37:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/22/13 | Carl in Jerusalem
    I'm getting a lot of email asking me how Israel could be awarding its 'highest civilian honor' to the most anti-Israel President of the United States ever, Barack Hussein Obama. Here's some fairly typical coverage from Fox News. Israel will award President Barack Obama the country's Presidential Medal of Distinction during his upcoming visit. Israeli President Shimon Peres' office said Monday that Obama will be recognized for his "unique and significant contribution to strengthening the State of Israel and the security of its citizens." Obama is scheduled to visit Israel in March -- his first as president. Obama has often...
  • Malloy: The time to act is now (Ignore Sandy Hook Commission, propose his own ban)

    02/22/2013 4:26:17 PM PST · by matt04 · 15 replies
    Gov. Dannel Malloy, together with Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, released a gun violence prevention proposal that they said will make Connecticut a safer place to be. "Two months ago, our state became the center of a national debate after a tragedy we never imagined could happen here," Malloy said in a statement. "The horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School brought home the fact that we are not immune to problems that face the nation at large, that we can never become complacent in our effort to ensure the safety of our residents." The proposal outlines five primary areas where...
  • Subsidized Housing for Government Workers

    02/22/2013 4:23:34 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2013 | Audrey Spalding
    The Genesee County Land Bank is considering offering properties rehabbed with federal taxpayer dollars to police officers, firefighters and soldiers at a discount. The land bank's favored buyers would pay 30 percent less. The Genesee land bank isn't the first Michigan land bank to consider subsidizing housing for government workers. The Detroit Land Bank will pay the down payment for city employees, police officers or firefighters who purchase one of its properties. According to the city, 20 government employees have already closed on homes using this program. More than 200 others are in the process and looking to buy a...
  • Britain's credit rating downgraded from AAA to Aa1

    02/22/2013 4:22:05 PM PST · by John W · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2013 | James Hurley
    Moody’s announced on Friday night that it had cut the Government’s bond rating one notch from ‘Aaa’ – the highest possible level – to ‘Aa1’. The move is a significant setback for Chancellor George Osborne, who has faced criticism that his strategy for dealing with UK’s huge debt burden is failing to deliver. Moody’s pointed to “continuing weakness in the UK’s medium-term growth outlook, with a period of sluggish growth which [it] now expects will extend into the second half of the decade”. The credit ratings agency also noted that the Government's debt reduction programme faced significant "challenges" and that...
  • Red-light reversal? Lawmakers push to rein in traffic cameras

    02/22/2013 4:17:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Barnini Chakraborty
    It's the technology that, for years, local officials embraced and drivers loathed. Red-light cameras have steadily popped up across the country, snagging supposed scofflaws and generating untold numbers of traffic tickets. But despite the revenue boost, some state and local lawmakers are beginning to fall out of love with these electronic tattle-tales. In Florida, a push to force the state to ditch its red-light cameras is gaining momentum in the legislature. The bill banning the recording devices comes just two years after lawmakers legalized their use on Florida streets. Last week, a House committee advanced the ban in a 10-8...
  • Obama Care and Gun Registration

    02/22/2013 4:15:09 PM PST · by CGASMIA68 · 6 replies
    Searched cant find any thing. Some time back there was a discussion on Obama Care and gun registration and Dr questions etc. What was the general consensus on that I cant find anything and it seems to have faded? Quick synopsis would help?
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 4:08:03 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    A growing number of firearm and firearm-related companies have stated they will no longer sell items to states, counties, cities and municipalities that restrict their citizens' rights to own them. According to The Police Loophole, 34 companies have joined in publicly stating that governments who seek to restrict 2nd Amendment rights will themselves be restricted from purchasing the items they seek to limit or ban. Extreme Firepower Inc., located in Inwood, WV has had a longstanding policy that states: "The Federal Government and several states have enacted gun control laws that restrict the public from owning and possessing certain types...
  • US gov't to air-drop toxic mice on Guam snakes

    02/22/2013 4:04:20 PM PST · by traumer · 86 replies
    ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AP) - Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy. They are scientists' prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory misery for more than 60 years: the brown tree snake. Most of Guam's native bird species are extinct because of the snake, which reached the island's thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by...
  • Getting Gored: Al Jazeera's Extensive Coverage of Global Warming/Climate Change Armageddon

    02/22/2013 4:01:20 PM PST · by Olympiad Fisherman · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 2-19-13 | Mark Musser
    Shockingly, Gore extolled Al Jazeera as a respectable independent news agency, even though the network is funded by oil-rich Qatar. Qatar belongs to the OPEC cartel, which is a conglomeration of giant state-owned oil companies that manipulate oil markets and help fund Middle Eastern terrorism. 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 ...

    02/22/2013 4:00:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Second Amenment Foundation ^ | February 22, 2013 | Staff
    I took the liberty to rephrase the title in a manner that was more coherent 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...
  • Rand Paul on Obama’s Sequester Scares: ‘Balderdash! It’s Untrue, Unfair, Dishonest, Disingenuous’

    02/22/2013 3:57:31 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew Johnson
    This morning, Kentucky senator Rand Paul slammed the president’s attempts to scare Americans about the impact of sequestration, accusing Obama of “making stuff up.” When asked about what he would tell Fox News viewers about politicians’ descriptions of sequestration, Paul said, “I would say it’s balderdash! It’s untrue, unfair, dishonest, disingenuous.” He criticized the president for telling Americans that sequestration would lay off their local firemen and police, since “98 percent of them are being paid for with local taxes.” Earlier this week, the president appeared to speak about the effects of sequestration with first responders standing behind him as...
  • Store used Obama sign to sell chicken

    02/22/2013 3:56:33 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 22, 2013
    NEW YORK, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Whole Foods store in New York took down a sign that used an image of President Barack Obama to promote a sale on chicken. The Upper West Side store pulled the advertisement and apologized for any offense caused by the sign after customers complained, WNBC-TV, New York, reported Friday. The sign, created by a store artist, was removed "once it was brought to our attention by a shopper that it may be perceived as offensive," a Whole Foods spokesman said. "There was no disrespect meant at all," the spokesman said. Customers were split...
  • Gun debate sparks several bills in Utah Legislature (PRO gun laws)

    02/22/2013 3:56:27 PM PST · by skyman · 4 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Feb 20 2013 | Richard Piatt
    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers heard several separate bills about guns and gun control Wednesday, and three bills in particular are getting attention. HB76 would allow any adult over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon with or without a permit. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee 7-2. HB114 declares the firearm regulation is "reserved completely to the state" and would penalize anyone attempting to enforce federal law. HB268 would keep police officers from charging a person with disorderly conduct just for carrying a weapon in public without other disorderly behaviors. Both bills will be reviewed by...
  • Dorner Manhunt Reveals Police Contempt for Public Safety

    02/22/2013 3:37:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 246 replies
    Reason ^ | February 15, 2013 | Steven Greenhut
    Police typically say that their top mission is to protect “public safety.” That’s the lingo. But the recently concluded manhunt for former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner, accused of murdering four people after releasing a manifesto decrying his 2008 firing from the force, suggests that concern about the public’s actual safety sometimes is fairly low on the list of police priorities.Last weekend, police opened fire on a 71-year-old newspaper carrier and her 47-year-old daughter who had the misfortune of driving a pick-up truck police thought might be Dorner’s. The Los Angeles police detectives who opened fire on them,...
  • Massive Gun Ban Introduced [in Oregon House]

    02/22/2013 3:33:52 PM PST · by AuntB · 46 replies
    Oregon Firearms Federation ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Kevin Starrett
    Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that. Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday “that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following the December shootings at the Clackamas Mall.” The other sponsors are: Representatives BAILEY, BUCKLEY, DEMBROW, FREDERICK, READ, REARDON, TOMEI, Senators , DINGFELDER, HASS, MONNES- ANDERSON, MONROE,...
  • It’s Beer Thirty FReepers! Time For The Homebrewing / Wine Making Thread #32 February 22, 2013

    02/22/2013 3:33:05 PM PST · by Red_Devil 232 · 34 replies
    Free Republic | 2-22-2013 | Red_Devil 232
    Good afternoon/evening FReepers. Yep, it is Beer Thirty Time Once Again!Happiness is a bubbling airlock! And a Cold Brew Irish Stout Yum! Good evening/afternoon brewers and winemakers. I bottled my oatmeal stout yesterday and will let it bottle condition for a few weeks before trying. Hope it carbs up nicely. I do not have any plans on brewing up another brew until the weather warms up a little. It is a little cool out side for me. My last try at making an acceptable Apple Cider is coming along well I popped a top on one and it was quite tasty...
  • Obama Touts Gun Control, Not Gang Control, In Hometown

    02/22/2013 3:28:26 PM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 22, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: On his way to a play date with the world's most famous golfer, President Obama stops in America's most violent city to push universal background checks that Chicago's violent street gangs will totally ignore. Janay McFarlane, 18, was killed late Friday just hours after her younger sister joined a group of teens onstage for President Obama's speech in Chicago on gun violence. McFarlane was shot to death hours after her little sister, Destini, 14, sat just feet away as Obama spoke in the aftermath of the similar murder of Hadiya Pendleton. The 15-year-old Pendleton was gunned down in...
  • (Tampa, FL) issues boil water notice due to power outage

    02/22/2013 3:24:27 PM PST · by Old Sarge · 12 replies
    Tampa Bay Business Journal ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Staff
    The city of Tampa has issued a system-wide boil water notice due to a power failure at its David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility. The outage resulted in either temporary low pressure or loss of water service to customers, the city said in a mid-afternoon Friday statement. TECO and city crews are working to make repairs. “All customers within the city of Tampa water service area are reminded to follow precautionary boil water for a minimum of the next 48 hours,” the city statement said. Updates will be posted as they become available on tampagov.net/water.
  • German bishops' morning-after pill decision causes concern

    02/22/2013 3:21:12 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | February 22, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    The pill, contraception. Credit: Jess Hamilton (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Rome, Italy, Feb 22, 2013 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Doctors and people involved in pro-life work say that the German bishops’ decision to allow morning-after pills for rape victims raises strong concerns and that the drug in question can cause a chemical abortion.   “There is a real dangerous precedent that could be set here again because the news moves so quickly,” said Vicky Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, in a Feb. 22 interview with CNA. “There is real danger in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Latin America and Africa...
  • NY's Cardinal Dolan questioned on Wis. abuse cases

    02/22/2013 3:15:51 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thu, Feb 21, 2013 | RACHEL ZOLL
    New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, just days ahead of his departure for Rome and the conclave that will elect the next pope, has been deposed about clergy sex abuse in his former Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Dolan, who led Milwaukee's Roman Catholics from 2002 to 2009, answered questions Wednesday about his decision to publicize names of clergy members who had been accused of molesting children in cases that are mostly decades old, church attorney Frank LoCoco said. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, an independent network of abuse victims and their supporters, said it would press to make the...
  • Breaking: Obama Campaign Voter Fraud

    02/22/2013 3:14:59 PM PST · by mgist · 90 replies
    Western Journal ^ | 2/22/13 | James Simpson
    North Carolina’s Civitas Institute has revealed that the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law. This has been confirmed through records requests filed with all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The counting is not yet complete. North Carolina does not allow online voting, but according to Civitas, SBE staff authorized an Obama campaign website, Gottaregister.com, to use a web-based registration program. The SBE’s chief lawyer responded to the charge with a plainly disingenuous 1984-newspeak answer: Wright repeatedly denied that the SBE allowed...
  • Cardinal Dolan finds common ground with Obama on guns

    02/22/2013 3:08:52 PM PST · by haffast · 52 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Feb 20, 2013 / 02:00 am | CNS
    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York highlighted President Barack Obama's “call for sensible steps on gun control,” noting that it is an area of agreement for the two leaders. “I found myself nodding in agreement when the President said, '….Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the Second Amendment – have come together around common-sense reform, like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun,'” the cardinal said. In a Feb. 15 post on his blog, “The Gospel in the Digital Age,” he explained that he was “very much...