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  • Depressing poll of the day: Public opposes cuts to virtually all types of spending

    02/23/2013 5:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 92/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Nothing new here, which is the most depressing part. Scroll halfway down the page at Pew and you'll find a table tracking shifts in public opinion on various programs over the last four years. There are noticeable jumps in support for cuts from 2009 to 2011 as America got a snoutful of Obamanomics, but we've leveled off since then — and in not a single category of the 17 tested is there 50 percent in favor of decreasing spending. In fact, in only three of those 17 categories (foreign aid, unemployment aid, and the State Department) is there more support...
  • We’re History

    02/23/2013 5:04:58 AM PST · by IbJensen · 57 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/18/2013 | Bill Croke
    It took Rome a lot longer. “….the Roman government appeared everyday less formidable to its enemies, more odious and oppressive to its subjects. The taxes were multiplied with the public distress; economy was neglected in proportion as it became necessary…. If all the barbarian conquerors had been annihilated in the same hour, their total destruction would not have restored the empire of the West: and if Rome still survived, she survived the loss of freedom, of virtue, and of honour.” — Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire In New York City and Philadelphia “flashmobs” rob and...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/23/13)[Prayer]

    02/23/2013 5:02:54 AM PST · by left that other site · 20 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/23/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Maginnenu - The LORD Our Defense(Psalms 89:18) For the LORD is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
  • Obama’s Minimum Wage Welfare State

    02/23/2013 4:56:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/19/2013 | Brandon Crocker
    The data doesn’t support Obama’s proposal, but his party won’t waver in its commitment to the mythology of left-wing class struggle. Real median household income in the United States has fallen more than 8 percent since Barack Obama was first sworn in as president, and has even fallen during the course of the Obama “recovery.” That, of course, is the fault of George W. Bush, John Boehner, rich people, and ATM machines. Fortunately, President Obama and his economic advisors have come up with a solution to this problem: force businesses to pay their employees more. The president talks a lot...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 23, 2013]

    02/23/2013 4:37:12 AM PST · by Vision · 3 replies
    The Determination to Serve "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve . . ." —Matthew 20:28 Jesus also said, “Yet I am among you as the One who serves” (Luke 22:27). Paul’s idea of service was the same as our Lord’s— “. . . ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a “doormat” for others— called to be their spiritual...
  • 'Dialogue' Required for Violent Video Games

    02/23/2013 4:34:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The Obama administration's assault on the Second Amendment in reaction to Newtown is not a serious solution. It's a Band-Aid on cancer. The NRA's call for armed guards in every school also misses the point. When is anyone going to get serious? The problem is violence, a violence of monstrous and horrific proportions that has infected America's popular culture. The Hartford Courant reported on Sunday that during a search of Newtown grade-school killer Adam Lanza's home after the shootings, "police found thousands of dollars worth of graphically violent video games." Detectives are exploring whether Adam Lanza might have been emulating...
  • A gun tale of two cities - Different laws for Iraq veteran and a television ‘star’

    02/23/2013 4:28:29 AM PST · by deks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Nathan Haddad, a former Army staff sergeant in New York, was selling his gun magazines when he was arrested for violating a state law prohibiting possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. He was arrested and charged with five felonies. This is the crime that David Gregory of NBC News committed in Washington a few months ago; Mr. Gregory was not prosecuted because he’s, umm, well, a celebrity. The district attorney for Jefferson County, N.Y., offered Sgt. Haddad, now a civilian employee at Fort Drum, N.Y., a deal that would require him to plead guilty to five Class...
  • Now Media Matters targets Ben Carson

    02/23/2013 4:23:36 AM PST · by wesagain · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Garth Kant
    "Claims Obama critic is using his race to bolster career"Media Matters has posted a “research article” claiming Dr. Benjamin Carson is just “the latest in a long line of black conservatives – from Clarence Thomas to Herman Cain – relentlessly promoted and propped up by right-wing voices in the media.” The article, “Ben Carson’s Moment,” contains just a few original paragraphs and a slew of links to articles and videos. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, struck a chord with many Americans when he delivered a devastating critique of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier...
  • If America Was A Startup We’d All Quit

    02/23/2013 4:15:04 AM PST · by Shane · 18 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 2/22/13 | Michael Arrington
    So I was chatting with my dad yesterday. We had a long drive home after the Department of Homeland Security seized and impounded my boat. The mood was somber. We were talking about how awful America has become. We are a nation that has been split into groups that absolutely hate each other. Debt is rising, taxes are rising and freedom is being demolished. Meanwhile our elected officials are doing little more than stoking the drama fire while fiddling with the deck chairs on the Titanic. Whatever your politics, you must see it too. Just pick a political story at...
  • Zero Hour at the Vatican: Bitter Struggle for Control of the Catholic Church (mega barf alert)

    02/23/2013 4:14:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News / Der Spiegel ^ | February 23, 2013
    With Pope Benedict XVI's resignation drawing closer, the struggle for power in the Vatican has gotten underway in earnest. The church badly needs to reform itself, but with Ratzinger lurking in the shadows, will it be able to? Naked and goaded viciously by hornets and wasps, his blood sucked by loathsome worms. Such was the fate of a pope in Dante's "Divine Comedy" who "by his cowardice made the great refusal." Benedict XVI, in short, knew what could happen to one who rebelled against a centuries-old tradition in a church in which suffering is far from foreign. But he also...
  • Canada’s Conservatives poised for decades of power in Ottawa, pollster’s book says

    02/23/2013 4:05:14 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 18 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Mark Kennedy
    OTTAWA — Canada’s Conservatives will be the “perpetually dominant” ruling party this century because of a fundamental shift in society, says a new book by an eminent pollster and a political journalist. According to the authors of The Big Shift, many people — especially the central Canadian “elites” who once set the national agenda — don’t realize how much the country has changed. A coalition of influence and power has shifted to the West and Ontario suburbs, where the Tories are strong. Waves of immigration, much of it from Asia, have brought conservative values. -----snip----- The May 2, 2011, election...
  • Shale oil can't stop crude topping $150 by 2020

    02/23/2013 3:59:29 AM PST · by Laurent.w · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 11, 2012 | Richard Mably
    Oil prices are likely to rise sharply from 2015, surpassing $150 a barrel in 2019 and 2020, Bernstein Research said. The 180-page report from Bernstein estimates Brent will rise from an average $113 in 2015 to $158 in 2020, with U.S. crude priced at a $5 discount. While U.S. shale oil and Canadian oil sands have reinvigorated the North American oil industry, new supplies are too small to meet emerging market demand growth. By 2015, shale oil is forecast to constitute just 3.2 pct of global supply, up from 1.5 pct now. The cost of production will support prices. Bernstein...
  • Pink stripe on NC illegal immigrant licenses eyed

    02/23/2013 3:27:38 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 2/22/13 | MICHAEL BIESECKER
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new North Carolina driver's license set to be issued to some illegal immigrants has a bright pink stripe and the bold words "NO LAWFUL STATUS," raising concerns about whether the design will brand those who show it.
  • Task Force: 'Stand Your Ground' Law Works (Florida)

    02/23/2013 3:22:17 AM PST · by Bushbacker1 · 8 replies
    Lakeland, Fl., Ledger ^ | 2/23/13 | BRENT KALLESTAD
    Sub headline: Report: Legislators should scrutinize neighborhood watch groups. (The sub-head makes me chuckle)
  • Blumenthal Swats Mississippi Legislator Over Connecticut Gun Manufacturers

    02/23/2013 3:13:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    http://www.nhregister.com/ ^ | February 23, 2013 | New Haven Register
    HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has responded to letters sent to three Connecticut gun manufacturers by Mississippi state Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, urging them to relocate to Mississippi.
  • Aaron Broussard's likely sentence 5 years in prison, lawyers say

    02/23/2013 2:57:35 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 22, 2013 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard might have hoped his story would have been that of a witty, colorful and effective politician whose career in public service spanned 35 years. On Monday, however, a federal judge will write an epilogue that has the former Jefferson Parish president going to prison for what lawyers predict will be at least five years. The 10 a.m. sentencing in U.S. District Court in New Orleans will essentially end a political corruption scandal that burst open in 2009, quickly toppled the Broussard administration and became entwined with any number of unusual side stories. Judge Hayden Head Jr. was brought...
  • What If (Colorado) Republican Todd Akin Advocated Rape Whistles?

    02/23/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 22, 2013
    Gun Control: The silent media ignore a Colorado Democrat who says women don't need firearms to defend themselves from predators and a patronizing vice president who says women can't handle an AR-15 anyway. On Monday, the Colorado House passed four gun control bills. Among them is HB13-1226. It would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, as if creating more gun-free zones, such as the one around the Aurora, Colo., theater, where 12 were killed and another 59 wounded, will prevent more massacres. Colorado is a concealed-carry state, as was Virginia at the time of the Virginia Tech shootings. But like...
  • 20 Of The Most Embarrassing Moments In The History Of The Democrat Party

    02/23/2013 2:27:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | John Hawkins
    For example, one will virtually never hear that the Palmer Raids, Prohibition, or American eugenics were thoroughly progressive phenomena. These are sins America itself must atone for. Meanwhile, real or alleged “conservative” misdeeds — say McCarthyism — are always the exclusive fault of conservatives and a sign of the policies they would repeat if given power. The only culpable mistake that liberals make is failing to fight “hard enough” for their principles. Liberals are never responsible for historic misdeeds because they feel no compulsion to defend the inherent goodness of America. Conservatives, meanwhile, not only take the blame for events...
  • The Big Con

    02/23/2013 2:16:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    Please listen up. We are all being conned by the Obama administration. This year, the American taxpayer will fork over about $571 billion to pay for educating children in the nation's public schools. All told, the country spends close to $16,000 per student every year on primary through college education. That's the highest per-student spending rate in the world. However, according to President Obama, it's not enough. He wants more tax dollars, especially for "early education." He said so in his State of the Union address, and it drew big-time applause from his crew. Of course we need to spend...
  • Video: "Obama's Mess"

    02/23/2013 2:08:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Rather than seethe over President Obama's ongoing sequester-related demagoguery, Crossroads GPS has produced a web ad that duly notes that the cuts were Obama's idea to begin with, and pokes fun at his apocalyptic scare-tactics:   Crossroads GPS: "Obama's Mess"I especially enjoyed the audio clip at the tail end in which Obama laments the exhausting merry-go-round of "manufactured" crises, for which his party is almost exclusively responsible.  And how does the president behave during these standoffs?  New York Times columnist David Brooks -- a long-time admirer of Obama's, all the way down to his sartorial elegance -- identifies a pattern of...
  • The Mysterious Timeline of Barrack Obama Visit to Israel

    02/23/2013 1:18:35 AM PST · by Errant · 93 replies
    23 February, 2013 | Me
    According to Ynetnews.com, Jerusalem and Washington have set the itinerary for President Barack Obama visit to Israel as follows: Obama is scheduled to land in Ben Gurion International Airport around noon on Wednesday, March 20. He will be welcomed by a State reception which will include speeches by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and by the American president himself. Obama will then fly to Jerusalem directly to Peres' residence where he'll again be ceremoniously received. He will continue with Peres and Netanyahu to Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, where he will lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance....
  • Does BBC stand for Blame-dodging Backstabbing Cover-up?

    02/23/2013 1:02:30 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | February 23, 2013 | HOLMWOOD, SALES
    A FRENZY of back-stabbing as Beeb chiefs battled to dodge fallout from the Jimmy Savile scandal was exposed by a report yesterday — amid fury at chunks being BLACKED OUT. The acres of censoring — which came as the BBC insisted it was being “transparent” — immediately sparked accusations of yet another whitewash. That was despite the stuff that escaped the marker pen still being enough to leave senior executives squirming. In a huge dossier running to more than 3,000 pages, the panic at the corporation as Savile was exposed as a sex monster — after BBC2’s Newsnight shamefully ditched...
  • Titan boss Taylor tells French they have 'beautiful women' but 'no idea how to run a business'

    02/23/2013 12:11:51 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Henry Samuel, in Paris
    An American tyre tycoon has fired off a second virulent missive to France's industry minister, saying his country has “beautiful women and fantastic wine” but “no idea how to run a business”. Maurice Taylor - chief executive of Titan International - had already incensed the French once this week by saying the country's “so-called” workers put in “three hours a day” with the rest spent eating and talking. Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg hit back in a written response in which he told Mr Taylor his comments were “extremist and insulting” and displayed “a perfect ignorance of what our country is...
  • Eurozone to stay in recession for another year

    02/22/2013 11:59:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Rachel Cooper
    Unemployment in Europe is "unacceptably high" and threatens "grave social consequences", the European Commission has warned as it painted a gloomy picture of the eurozone's troubled economy. Publishing its winter forecast on Friday, the commission predicted that joblessness in the eurozone will peak at 12.2pc, or more than 19m people, this year as the currency bloc continues to struggle. Marco Butti, the EC's director general for economic and financial affairs, described Europe's labour market as a "serious concern". "Employment is forecast to shrink further for some quarters, and unemployment remains unacceptably high in the EU as whole and even more...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-23-13, OM, St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

    02/22/2013 11:47:02 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 02-23-13 | Revised New American Bible
    February 23, 2013 Saturday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:“This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and...
  • Michael's Top Ten Movies of 2012 (The Michael Medved Show)

    02/22/2013 11:35:15 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 16 replies
    The Michael Medved Show ^ | 01/04/13 | Michael Medved
    1. LINCOLN 2. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK 3. LES MISERABLES 4. THE IMPOSSIBLE 5. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER 6. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN 7. THE HOBBIT 8. A LATE QUARTET 9. ACT OF VALOR 10. WON'T BACK DOWN
  • U.K. Is Stripped of Triple-A Rating

    02/22/2013 11:30:33 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | WALTER, BRYAN-LOW, FORELLE
    Moody's Investors Service stripped the United Kingdom of its triple-A credit rating, predicting economic weakness will weigh on public finances for years to come. Moody's lowered the U.K.'s domestic and foreign-currency bond rating one notch to Aa1 and changed its outlook to stable. It is the first of the three major ratings firms to do so, though both Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings have the U.K. on negative outlooks. The move by Moody's is a psychological blow to the United Kingdom, which is fiercely proud of its historical position on the world stage and keenly attuned to...
  • [Police Constable] Peach gives statement – only problem is, it’s a dog

    02/22/2013 11:25:34 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 2/18/13 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    West Midlands Police could be in the doghouse after someone from the force filled out a form in the guise of one of their police dogs, Peach. The faux statement was brief and said: ‘I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.’ It also came complete with a ‘signature’ from the Alsatian, which was a print of its paw. It was reportedly written in response to a barrage of requests from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for an account from PC Peach on a matter, the Daily Mail reports. Officers are said to...
  • Oscars predictions: Argo Worthy, but Zero Dark Thirty more thrilling

    02/22/2013 11:15:51 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 17 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 02/22/13 | Jay Stone
    Best Picture The nominees: Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild Will win: Argo, which has overtaken Lincoln as the favourite and been sweeping up the hardware — BAFTA (the British Academy awards), the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and more. It’s a worthy choice: a smart entertainment about the 1980 Iran hostage crisis that combines high tension with a hilarious portrait of Hollywood insiders who helped plan the escape. It’s also surprisingly sophisticated about the politics of the region. Should win: Zero...
  • Sheriff warns of second American revolution if gun confiscation laws pass

    02/22/2013 11:10:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 20, 2013 | Joe Newby
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke warned of a second American revolution if gun control and gun confiscation passed and said he would not enforce laws requiring confiscation in his county while speaking with Alex Jones, Infowars reported Tuesday. “First of all, to me that would be an act of tyranny," he said of the gun control measures currently under consideration. "So the people in Milwaukee County do not have to worry about me enforcing some sort of order that goes out and collects everybody’s handgun, or rifles, or any kind of firearm and makes them turn them in.” “The reason...
  • A Dedication to Joe "Plugs" Biden (vanity)

    02/22/2013 11:07:36 PM PST · by Impala64ssa
    JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS SHOTGUN SOUL RECORD LABEL 35008 MOTOWN
  • White House and media cry wolf

    02/22/2013 10:48:19 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 2'22 | Jennifer Rubin
    ... these terrifying cuts will take us back to the dim dark days of 2009 and still be 10 percent above the domestic discretionary spending levels when President Obama took office... Congress should therefore do one of two things: Give maximum latitude to the Defense Department to direct cuts to items like civilian staff, or do the work for them in an appropriations bill (if we could ever pass a budget) to budget sanely. Better yet it should pass a budget which goes after the real money: entitlements. In Obama terms: We are giving Warren Buffett free Medicare so our...
  • Jerry Brown rooms with friends, likes 'refrigerator in the middle of the night'

    02/22/2013 10:21:16 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/22 | David Siders
    One advantage of being in politics for more than 40 years is that Gov. Jerry Brown knows someone with a spare bedroom almost everywhere he goes. In Washington this weekend for a conference of the National Governors Association, Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown will stay at the home of Lucie Gikovich, a former aide. "I don't like hotels," the 74-year-old, third-term governor said while waiting for a tram at Washington Dulles International Airport. He mentioned that his wife likes them, though, and she said, "You can see who gets their way." The conference is at a respectable hotel,...
  • America’s New Mandarins: Paths to power & success are narrowing So's the worldview of the powerful

    02/22/2013 10:14:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 21, 2013 | Megan McArdle
    Yesterday, I wrote about the silliness of requiring a file clerk to have a college degree. This morning, a friend sent me the following note about the narrowing of opportunity in modern America: Random thought inspired by the NYT article re: requiring BAs for everything and your post, especially the note about your IT team and their varied backgrounds, which is far less likely to be true today. It seems to me that a similar version of that narrowing-entry option is occurring in many fields You've written in the past about how the top banks have steadily narrowed the pool...
  • HTC Settles F.T.C. Charges Over Security Flaws in Devices

    02/22/2013 9:53:54 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 5 replies
    NYT ^ | 2,22 | EDWARD WYATT
    WASHINGTON - More than 18 million smartphones and other mobile devices made by HTC, a Taiwanese company that is one of the largest sellers of smartphones in the United States, had security flaws that could allow location tracking of users against their will and the theft of personal information stored on their phones, federal officials said Friday. The Federal Trade Commission charged HTC with customizing the software on its Android- and Windows-based phones in ways that let third-party applications install software that could steal personal information, surreptitiously send text messages or enable the device's microphone to record the user's phone...
  • Morning Bell: Obama and the Seuss-quester

    02/22/2013 9:51:41 PM PST · by shove_it · 5 replies
    Heritage ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Amy Payne
    On Pennsylvania Avenue, right near the end, there lived a President who wanted to spend. He knew spending meant power, so hour by hour, he thought up more spends from his Washington tower. “I’ll spend without limits; I’ll spend without blame! Raising taxes to pay—that’s the name of the game.” Down the street, though, a House filled with thriftier folk had a budget to pass, or the country’d go broke. “We can’t spend all day; we’ve got bills to pay! Let’s keep deficits and higher taxes away.” The Senate next door to the House just refused. “We don’t like your...
  • U.S. Adds Troops in Niger

    02/22/2013 9:47:37 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2:22 | SIOBHAN GORMAN and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama announced the deployment Friday of dozens of U.S. military personnel to the African nation of Niger, part of a growing U.S. presence in a region of rising extremist violence. The 40 troops will join about 50 Americans already in Niger, where defense officials have outlined plans for a U.S. drone base to conduct surveillance flights over Mali in support of French troops battling militants. Mr. Obama notified Congress of the newest deployment in a letter sent Friday, specifying that the troops would engage in intelligence collection and sharing with the French and other U.S. partners in the...
  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

    02/22/2013 9:44:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 43 replies
    Time (Special Report) ^ | February 20, 2013 | Steven Brill
    When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years. Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in...
  • San Diego jury convicts 4 Somali immigrants of providing to support to terrorist group

    02/22/2013 9:33:19 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 16 replies
    Fox ^ | 2_22 | AP
    Those convicted Friday include 40-year-old Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, who prosecutors said used his connections as a popular imam at a mosque in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood to raise money for the group. The other defendants were two San Diego taxi drivers, 36-year-old Basaaly Saeed Moalin and 56-year-old Issa Doreh, and 37-year-old Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud of Anaheim, whose financial transfer business Shidaal Express was used to route the money, prosecutors said. Government attorneys played tapes of telephone calls, many of them between Moalin and the late Aden Hashi Ayrow, who was among the top leaders of al-Shabaab until he...
  • Christopher Dorner mentor's hunch led to manhunt for him

    02/22/2013 9:20:42 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 February 2013 | CBS Interactive
    The training officer whose dispute with former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner led to his firing said Thursday it was her hunch that led police to name him as the suspect in the killing of an Orange County couple, setting off an intense and deadly manhunt that ended with Dorner's suicide in a mountain cabin. (snip) "Just hearing his name was enough to make me feel sick," [Teresa] Evans said in an interview the Los Angeles Times.
  • BETWEEN SEVERAL PROTEST INTERRUPTIONS, PERRY VOWS NOT TO EXPAND MEDICAID

    02/22/2013 9:20:19 PM PST · by txrangerette · 53 replies
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Trish Choate
    Washington - The crowd...was downright unfriendly. Perry was interrupted, denounced and heckled for snubbing a Medicaid exansion in his state, but he vowed not to budge. -snip- The unfriendliness didn't stem from members of the Texas state Society...at a ritzy Republican club. But the Lone star State's famously anti-Washington governor faced...protestors, of the Texas Organizing Project, who popped up by turns where he spoke.
  • Illinois state senator pushes anti-anonymity bill

    02/22/2013 9:18:20 PM PST · by Minutemen · 21 replies
    the daily caller. ^ | 02/21/2013 | Josh Peterson
    Excerpt: A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online. The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”
  • Sandra Fluke: Military should accept transexual recruits

    02/22/2013 9:09:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 22, 2013 | Charles C. Johnson
    In a revealing presentation at Claremont McKenna College, birth-control activist Sandra Fluke said the U.S. military should accept transsexual recruits. The demise of the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” program, she said, should be only a first step toward a more inclusive American fighting force. Referring to what she called “the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning” community, Fluke said lawmakers didn’t go far enough in ending the military’s official but often unenforced ban on homosexuals. “We still don’t let trans-folk join the military,” Fluke said February 13. “That needs to change.” The liberal activist also praised efforts to force...
  • The real reason the Pope is punching out _ a disposable penis?

    02/22/2013 9:06:06 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 20 replies
    GLOBE AND MAIL ^ | 2-22-2013 | TABATHA SOUTHEY
    The Pope cited his “incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me” in “today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes.” This was the same week the producers of Maker’s Mark announced they were lowering the alcohol content of their bourbon: Here was the leader of the Catholic church bemoaning his inability to adapt to a changing world. Has everyone forgotten their brand? Since when did the Catholic church agonize over its inability to respond to change? Not responding to change is what the church does best. But then, on the heels of the Pope’s announcement another story broke,...
  • (vanity) Yep, it's another "Help me pick home defense guns" thread

    02/22/2013 9:03:26 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 110 replies
    2/19/13 | marty
    POSTED THE OTHER NIGHT ON FB WHILE FR WAS DOWN: Stopped by my local gun shop tonight for the first time, to see what their inventory/prices were like.

 Was surprised by the friendly reception I got. Bunch of good ol' types hanging around.

I'm looking for a handgun + shotgun for home defense. The units would be low maintenance, use comparatively inexpensive ammo and be easy for a man or woman to use.

I looked at a Mossberg 500 (20 gauge) & some Taurus Millenium Series .45 ACPss -- these latter looked to be far too large
 http://www.taurususa.com/gun-selector-results.cfm?series=MP1&toggle=tp

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  • Here’s how Washington insiders think the sequester fight is going to go down

    02/22/2013 8:49:37 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    AEI ^ | 2.22 | James Pethokoukis
    Chris Krueger, the plugged-in political analyst at GS Washington Research Group, gives his best guess on how the sequester will play out: Once the media begins pumping out human-interest stories on the impact of sequester (imagine USA Today and People Magazine articles on Air Traffic Controllers and meat inspectors being furloughed, etc.), Washington will very likely fold on the sequester fight, find enough change in the government sofa cushions, and patch together something to either replace or dilute some or all of FY13’s ~$85B in sequester cuts. And here are three possible endgames: 1. Gimmicks (An Obama win): There are...
  • Nouriel Roubini Is Bullish…For Now: “The Mother of All Bubbles” Has Begun

    02/22/2013 8:26:14 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    Yahoo Daily Ticker ^ | 2.22 | Aaron Task
    Two days of weakness in stocks after the Fed hinted it might “vary the pace of asset purchases” has some folks ready to declare the bull market over and done. “Exit any and all bullish constructed positions and rush to the sidelines," declares veteran trader and newsletter writer Dennis Gartman. Others, including Pimco’s Mohammed El-Arian, “Gloom Boom and Doom” author Marc Faber and hedge fund manager Doug Kass have made similar comments in recent days, albeit sans Gartman’s dramatics. Related: PIMCO's El-Erian: Maintaining High Equity Prices Will Be Hard Given this backdrop and with the economy facing myriad headwinds from...
  • Denied employment BECAUSE I SMOKE

    02/22/2013 8:25:37 PM PST · by FreedomStar3028 · 151 replies
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    So I go in for an interview, everything is going good. It was for an IT help desk in an office. The interviewer asks me a lot of questions, and asks do you smoke? I said yes. She immediately says, I can't give you the job then. This is in Oregon. I looked up laws and there is a statute where companies cannot use smoking as a consideration when hiring, they can only ban smoking at work. Any advice would be great. Thanks! Ooops, almost forgot. Long time Lurker, looking to meet some new FRiends.
  • Elvis home owner foreclosure. Evicted wants house back

    02/22/2013 8:03:12 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 21 replies
    KESQ TV News Palm Springs ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bianca Rae
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Twenty two year desert resident and eight year Elvis Presley Estate owner Reno Fontana has a much different view of the home he loves. "I'm on the outside looking in," Fontana said. Chains and a no trespassing sign show what's left after the sheriff's department evicted him last month. "It's terribly frustrating, inconvenient beyond terms, I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating this has been," Fontana said. His investor's attorney accused him of not making his payments and even stealing Elvis memorabilia when he left. We sat down with Fontana to hear the estate's...
  • Pregnant on Dec. 31? California Lawmaker Proposes Tax Break

    02/22/2013 8:00:17 PM PST · by randita · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/22/13 | Jim Sanders
    A California lawmaker wants to give tax deductions for unborn children, piggybacking on a recent law making pregnant minors eligible for welfare. If fetuses deserve public aid, why not tax breaks? Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is pressing that question this week by proposing Assembly Bill 673, which would grant a $321 child income tax deduction for an "expected child." Robert Smith, Grove's legislative director, said the bill is not specifically intended to spark new debate over California's failure to recognize a fetus as a person for abortion purposes, but it spotlights the current inconsistency. "If it can drive the discussion,...