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  • Clearing Away the Rubble...with Black Hawks, Tanks, and Loads of Ammo

    02/23/2013 8:06:15 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Robert Small
    "We have cleared away the rubble of crisis," President Obama reported in his State of the Union address, "and we can say with renewed confidence that the State of our Union is stronger." He cited troops coming home after a decade of "grinding war," six million jobs created "after years of grueling recession," American car purchases up, foreign oil purchases down, a healing housing market, a rebounding stock market, corporate profits that "have skyrocketed to all-time highs," Republicans and Democrats working together "to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion," "tens of thousands" of American jobs created by green...
  • Chinese government condones, assists cyber-war against the U.S. Military

    02/23/2013 8:02:56 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 23rd, 2013 | Jim Emerson
    Diànnǎo Hēikè “For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” –Sun Tzu Sun Tzu would love cyber warfare. The master of the Chinese board game of Go enjoyed the idea of defeating his enemy without a battle. China is conducting cyber war on the United States. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have a group of highly trained hackers (Hēikè) whose sole purpose is to attack American companies in order to steal information to enhance the Chinese Military. This hacking group is...
  • Love Letter

    02/23/2013 7:58:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Charles Payne
    There have been many wonderful letters written through time on a number of topics including love (Napoleon, Beethoven and Lewis Caroll), fatherly advice (Reagan and Fitzgerald), and condolence; perhaps none better than Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, but my favorite letter of indignation, honesty, and dire warning came this week from the CEO of Titan (TWI) to the industry minister of France. On January 31 of this year, Goodyear Tire made the decison to close its sprawling commerical and farm tire plant in north France. The company in fact decided to bolt Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. It simply...
  • Organ-donation euthanasia: a growing epidemic

    02/23/2013 7:57:37 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | February 22, 2013 | Joe Tremblay
    By Joe Tremblay * Euthanasia is not such a bad word anymore. In fact, the medical practice of prematurely declaring a person as clinically dead is widespread in the West; especially when the patient is an organ-donor. Although the practice of organ donation is morally permissible and is inspired by honorable intentions, nevertheless, what should be borne in mind is that not a few hospitals, hospices and other medical institutions are heavily influenced by the culture of death.Take Dominic Wilkinson, a physician specializing in newborn intensive care and medical ethics in the UK. In May of 2010 he wrote about...
  • It's Not About Guns: It's About Control

    02/23/2013 7:55:30 AM PST · by elteemike · 14 replies
    Campaign speech by ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bognino, running for Senate in Maryland...
  • The Ground War Over Gun Control Has Officially Begun

    02/23/2013 7:55:17 AM PST · by yoe · 47 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 22, 2013 | Evan McMorris-Santoro,
    The ground war over gun control after the Newtown, Conn. massacre has begun. Across the country, members of Congress are being hit with grassroots campaigns and ads aimed at pushing them to one side or the other in the current debate over gun violence. On Friday, the remnants of President Obamas reelection campaign will hold its first Day Of Action since the November election, rallying its millions of supporters to join the call for gun control legislation at grassroots events nationwide[snip] The National Rifle Association is targeting several members with ads of its own, running (full page news paper) spots.
  • US, Japan agree to negotiation on free trade agreement

    02/23/2013 7:55:10 AM PST · by SeminoleCounty
    Gulf News (via Reuters) ^ | February 23, 2013 | Staff
    Washington: The United States and Japan on Friday agreed on language aimed at giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe political cover to bring the worlds third-largest economy into negotiations on a US-led free trade agreement in the Asia Pacific region. In a carefully worded statement following Abes meeting with President Barack Obama, the two countries reaffirmed that all goods would subject to negotiation if Japan joins the talks with the United States and 10 other countries. At the same time, the statement leaves open a possible outcome to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, talks where the Japan could still protect...
  • Government By Freakout: Threat Manufacturing Complex

    02/23/2013 7:50:37 AM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 8 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | Feb 22, 20123 | Peggy Noonan
    The president's sequester strategy is like Howard Beale in "Network": "Woe is us. . . . And woe is us! We're in a lot of trouble!" It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama. It is always government by freakout. That's what's happening now with the daily sequester warnings. Seven hundred thousand children will be dropped from Head Start. Six hundred thousand women and children will be dropped from aid programs. Meat won't be inspected. Seven thousand TSA workers will be laid off, customs workers too, and air traffic controllers. Lines at airports will be impossible. The...
  • Castel Gandolfo prepares to receive first retired Pope

    02/23/2013 7:45:41 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas at Castel Gandolfo. File photo CNA. Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Feb 23, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Residents of the town that is home to the Pope’s summer residence say they are happy Pope Benedict is returning to live there. “When the Pope arrives he will find his apartment the same as always, but also the affection and devotion of everyone here,” Saverio Petrillo, director of the pontifical villas in Castel Gandolfo, told CNA Feb. 20. Pope Benedict will officially end his ministry at 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 28, but at 5:00...
  • WATCH: Michelle Obama shows off her 'Mom' dance moves

    02/23/2013 7:44:05 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/13 | DAN GOOD
    Shake it, Michelle! First Lady Michelle Obama showed off her best - and worst - dance moves on Friday's episode of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," appearing in a skit called "Evolution of Mom Dancing" alongside the dolled-up host.
  • The Wages of Sin Taxes

    02/23/2013 7:40:02 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 10 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | Feb 4 2013 | Christopher Snowdon
    Forward to the study: In his study, The Wages of Sin Taxes, Chris Snowdon reveals that these taxes not only do little to limit the use of bad products, they do nothing to reduce societal costs. Most remarkably, Snowdon demonstrates that those shockingly large estimates of the costs that the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and fat supposedly impose on society have little basis in reality. As Snowdon shows, the myth that sinnersthose who drink, smoke, and eat unhealthful foodscost more to society than everyone else has been perpetuated in large part because government has no incentive to tell the...
  • Vatican slams media for trying to influence papal vote

    02/23/2013 7:38:33 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is greeted by his brother cardinals at the Feb. 18, 2012 consistory in St. Peter's Basilica. CNA file photo. Vatican City, Feb 23, 2013 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the conclave to elect a new Pope approaches, the media has ramped up its speculation about why the Pope is resigning, causing the Secretariat of State to warn about “completely false and unverifiable” news stories aimed at swaying public opinion to influence the vote.  “It is deplorable that as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the Conclave … that there is...
  • Cuban President Raul Castro mentions possible retirement

    02/23/2013 7:32:26 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2013 | ap
    Cuban President Raul Castro has unexpectedly raised the possibility of leaving his post, saying Friday that he is old and has a right to retire. But he did not say when he might do so or if such a move was imminent. The Cuban leader is scheduled to be named by parliament to a new five-year term on Sunday, and Castro urged reporters to listen to his speech that day. "I am going to resign," Castro said at a joint appearance with visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. "I am going to be 82 years old," Castro added, a broad...
  • This Company is Harnessing the Cheapest Energy on Earth

    02/23/2013 7:31:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Nathan Slater
    I just wrote a check this morning for my monthly power bill, made payable to American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) in the amount of $260.02. I'm not alone. AEP serves five million residential and business customers in 11 states. Rain or shine, that's five million checks that pour in each month. They add up fast. AEP's utility segment collected $14 billion in revenue in 2011. But on closer inspection, the company only retained $2.8 billion in operating profits. Where did the other $11 billion go? Well, nearly half ($4.4 billion) was spent on fuel needed to run the firm's power...
  • SCOTUS should overturn DOMA, Obama administration says

    02/23/2013 7:29:57 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    politico ^ | 2%23
    In a brief filed Friday, the Obama administration is arguing that the 1996 law barring recognition of same-sex couples by the federal government for income tax purposes, federal employee benefits and other programs violates equal protection guarantees under the constitution. The Obama administration has pushed courts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act for two years.
  • St. Louis teenager suspected of 'knockout game' violence picks wrong victim (Photos)

    02/23/2013 7:21:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 63 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) says that limiting magazine capacity to 10 rounds is "generous"--his "generosity" falls far short, when one is attacked by two dozen feral, brutal thugs Credit: Photos Oleg Volk. All rights reserved. Used with permission. A local 15-year-old, Demetrius Murphy, was shot and killed last Friday while allegedly breaking into a home. Another case of a young man--our very future--tragically taken from us as a consequence of one bad decision on his part? Perhaps not, according to Fox 2 St. Louis: In fact, FOX2 has learned, he was once charged in the case that made...
  • Vatican dismisses reports linking pope's resignation to gay conclave discovery

    02/23/2013 7:20:55 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    guardian ^ | 2+23 | Conal Urquhart, John Hooper
    The Italian daily newspaper La Republica said the pope decided to resign on 17 December the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested and charged with stealing leaked papal correspondence that depicted the Vatican as a seething hotbed of intrigue and infighting. The newspaper said the cardinals described a number of factions, including one whose members were "united by sexual orientation". It added that some Vatican officials had been subjected to "external influence" from laymen with whom they had links...
  • Dot Commie: China's Military Behind U.S. Cyberattacks

    02/23/2013 7:18:03 AM PST · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feberuary 23, 2012 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Cyberwar: A cybersecurity firm reports a secretive Chinese military unit is behind many recent "hack attacks" into U.S. computers, stealing trade and military secrets and developing a potentially crippling new weapon. In a 2009 editorial we noted that units of China's armed forces, whom we dubbed its "Cybertooth Tigers" were developing capabilities to penetrate and potentially disrupt U.S. computer systems as part of the People's Liberation Army's focus on what is known as "asymmetrical" warfare, specifically cyber-warfare. At least as far back as the 2008 edition of the Pentagon's annual report to Congress entitled "Military Power of the People's Republic...
  • Obamas sequester deal-changer (i.e. lies)

    02/23/2013 7:13:45 AM PST · by yoe · 10 replies
    WAPO ^ | Feburary 22, 2013 | Bob Woodward
    Misunderstanding, misstatements and all the classic contortions of partisan message management surround the sequester, the term for the $85 billion in ugly and largely irrational federal spending cuts set by law to begin Friday.What is the non-budget wonk to make of this? (who is responsible)? What really happened? The finger-pointing began during the (third presidential debate) last fall, on Oct. 22, when (President Obama blamed congess) “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed,” Obama said. “It is something that Congress has proposed.”[snip] This was an acknowledgment that the president and Lew had been wrong. Why does this matter?
  • MILLER: The David Gregory police mystery

    02/23/2013 7:13:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 21 February, 2012 | Emily Miller
    The District of Columbia seems not to want the public to know what it did if anything while investigating NBC News David Gregory for possession of an illegal 30-round magazine. The police refuse to turn over the public documents in the case, and the city council is allowing them to stonewall. Mr. Gregory wielded the high capacity magazine on his Dec. 23 Meet the Press show. Afterwards, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said that it had been asked by NBC if the multi-million dollar TV anchor could possess the illegal component and refused him. The police said it...
  • .J. Abrams, please get John Williams for Star Wars: Episode VII

    02/23/2013 7:13:20 AM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    J.J. Abrams, I hope youre reading this. I know you love to collaborate with Michael Giacchino. Hes done some great works including the Medal of Honor theme, Up, Star Trek and Ratatouille. With Star Trek, it was okay that you went with Giacchino, since the Star Trek franchise has had many different composers over the years. Star Wars music, however, is synonymous with John Williams. He already struck out when it came to who was going to compose the Man of Steel movie. The winner went to Hans Zimmer, the same guy who took over Nolans Dark Knight trilogy from...
  • LAPD storms Clint Eastwoods home after prank emergency call

    Tough guy Clint Eastwood has joined the ranks of Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus and many other celebs as the latest victim of a prank known as swatting. A law enforcement source told TMZ that a 911 call sent multiple units rushing to Eastwoods Los Angeles home this week. The prank call reported that multiple males armed with assault weapons were inside the actors home and people had been shot.
  • NM:Gun buyback names released in error

    02/23/2013 7:09:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    krqe.com ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Alex Goldsmith
    SANTA FE (KRQE) - A unique solution to a shortage of gift cards and a big mistake led to the personal information of dozens who participated in Santa Fe's gun buyback program open to the public. "It shouldn't have happened, but it did," said Santa Fe Police Department Chief Raymond Rael. "I apologize on behalf of the city, I don't think that information should've been out there."
  • Iran announces uranium discovery, plans to build 16 new nuclear power plants

    02/23/2013 7:07:19 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 2 replies
    haaretz ^ | 2-23 | Reuters and The Associated Press
    Iran said it has found significant new deposits of raw uranium to feed its nuclear program and has identified sites for 16 more nuclear power stations, just days before talks with Western powers over its disputed atomic program. The Iran Atomic Energy Organization report cited by state news agency IRNA on Saturday said the deposits were found in "southern coastal areas" and had trebled the amount outlined in previous estimates. There was no independent confirmation but with few uranium mines of its own, Western experts had previously thought that Iran may be close to exhausting its supply of raw uranium....
  • The New York Times Calls (again) for Higher Taxes on Middle-Class Americans

    02/23/2013 7:07:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    All statists want much bigger government, but not all of them are honest about how to finance a Greek-sized welfare state. The President, for instance, wants us to believe that the rich are some sort of fiscal pinata, capable of generating endless amounts of tax revenue.Using IRS tax data, Ive shown that this is a very inaccurate assumption. And Ive also used IRS data to show the President that there are big Laffer-Curve effects when you try to rape and pillage high-income Americans.Heck, even the Europeans have realized that you can only squeeze so much blood from that stone.Notwithstanding the...
  • On The Relative Size Of The Police And The Civilian Firearms Markets

    02/23/2013 7:05:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Extrano's Alley, a gun blog ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Stranger
    During 2012, Americans purchased more than 18,500,000 new and used firearms. From all appearances, more than 11,000,000 (eleven million) of those guns were new. The total number of guns sold to the police and the military is less certain, but some things can be inferred. To begin with, there are approximately 800,000 police officers. If their guns are replaced every ten years, that is a total of 80,000 guns a year. If you add other municipal employees who regularly carry, such as animal control officers and some inspectors, you have a potential market of 100,000 guns a year. Civilian market...
  • Chicago Union Head: Let Us Carry Guns, Get Paid Like Cops

    02/23/2013 7:03:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 48 replies
    breitbart news ^ | 2-23-13 | breitbart news
    Union members in Chicago are now intent on carrying guns aboard their buses if members of the civilian public are allowed to do so. And naturally, they want more taxpayer money for their trouble. The NRA has insisted on concealed-carry laws that would allow the general public to carry guns on public transit; now Amalgamated Transit Union Division 308 President Robert Kelly says such a policy is outrageous and cannot be allowed. Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool agrees, It would be disastrous to allow passengers to carry concealed weapons on our trains and buses. But sensing an opportunity to...
  • South Africa:Top cop shoots intruder dead at home

    02/23/2013 7:02:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    sowetanlive.co.za ^ | 20 February, 2012 | McKeed Kotlolo
    The unidentified lieutenant- colonel is on leave and was sleeping at his Eldoraigne, Centurion, home in the morning when he heard someone at his front door. The officer, who was with his wheelchair-bond mother at the time, immediately woke up and went to inspect. He found that the intruders had forced the door open and were already inside the house. Captain Agnes Huma of the Wierdabrug police in Centurion said the officer shot one of them in the upper body, "killing him instantly and wounding another, who managed to escape". Huma said the getaway car, a white Opel Corsa that...
  • Man sublets apartment, piano stolen

    02/23/2013 6:59:50 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 17 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 22, 2013
    NEW YORK,- A New York musician who sublet his $4,000-a-month apartment to a man he never met said his $140,000 concert grand piano was stolen. Dong-Hyek Lim, 28, said he sublet his Trump Place apartment in December to a man calling himself Byungyung Kim on the website HeyKorean.com, a Craigslist-type site catering specifically to Korean Americans, and he returned recently to discover his piano and other items had been stolen, the New York Daily News reported Friday. Lim said the man apparently used a bogus name and an email address and phone number that can't be traced. He said Kim...
  • TX:Homeowner Shoots At Theft Suspect

    02/23/2013 6:58:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    foxsanantonio.com ^ | 18 February, 2012 | Staff
    Police say a homeowner fired a gun after coming face to face with a thief at a home near Ray Ellison and Five Palms drive. It started after a man and woman ran off during an attempted robbery at a nearby CVS pharmacy this morning. Police say during a foot chase the man ran into the homeowner's house. Investigators say the homeowner warned the suspect and fired his weapon.
  • The Hollywood Tax Story They Won't Tell at the Oscars

    02/23/2013 6:58:02 AM PST · by SueRae · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/23/2013 | Glenn Reynolds
    At the Democratic National Convention last year, actress Eva Longoria called for higher taxes on America's rich. Her take: "The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgersshe needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not." Actually, nowadays an Eva Longoria who flipped burgers would probably qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and get a check from the government rather than pay taxes. It's the movie set where she works these days that may well be getting the tax break.
  • Higher Education, R.I.P.

    02/23/2013 6:55:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    What ever happened to the medium once known as Little Magazines? This country once had a select group of literary and political journals that represented the vanguard of American thought and art. Some were both literary and political. High Culture, it was called when there was still such a thing. For example, the old and much-missed Partisan Review. Its first issue as an independent journal in 1937 included Delmore Schwartz's short story, "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities," a poem by Wallace Stevens, and pieces by Lionel Trilling, Sidney Hook and Edmund Wilson -- once names to conjure with. Begun as the...
  • CA:Suspect Shot During Alleged Folsom Boulevard Robbery

    02/23/2013 6:52:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    rosemont.patch.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Mirna Alfonso
    Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place. A man shot dead at a Folsom Boulevard business near Rosemont was trying to rob the store, according to the storekeeper who reportedly shot him Sunday, sheriff's officials said. Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. about 3 p.m. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos.
  • Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search

    02/23/2013 6:50:24 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Michael Mullins
    Newsmax Toddler TSA Incident: Girl in Wheelchair Cries During Search Friday, February 22, 2013 10:55 AM By: Michael Mullins VIDEO A wheelchair-bound 3-year-old girl on her way to Disney World became distraught when she was patted down by a Transportation Security Administration agent apparently looking for explosives. The Feb. 9 incident at the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was partially captured on a cell phone video. It shows the toddler, Lucy Forck, of Osage Beach, Mo., crying, "I dont want to go to Disney World," as a female TSA agent hovers behind her, instructing the girl's mother to put away her...
  • Firearms Companies Restricting Sales To GOVERNMENT Agencies In Areas That Restrict Gun...

    02/23/2013 6:49:09 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies
    CNSnews ^ | February 22, 2013 | By 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 (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...
  • Cornyn draws primary challenger

    02/23/2013 6:48:39 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/22/13 | Alexis Levinson
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the second-highest Republican member of the Senate, has drawn a 2014 primary challenger. Erick Wyatt of Rockport, Texas filed papers this week with the Federal Election Commission to run for Senate against Cornyn, the Senate Minority Whip, who is up for re-election in 2014. Cornyn is seen as vulnerable to a challenge from the right, and has said hes been expecting and preparing for a primary battle. He was one of just three senators who voted against John Kerrys confirmation as Secretary of State. He cast the vote with Texas junior senator, tea party favorite Ted...
  • THE YEAR WAS 1964--CONSERVATIVE HOLLYWOOD STARS SPEAK OUT FOR PRAYER IN SCHOOLS

    02/23/2013 6:45:16 AM PST · by Liz · 21 replies
    In 1964, the handsome, virile star, Anthony Eisley, emceed a "Project Prayer" rally attended by 2,500 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Eisley played Tracey Steele on the "Hawaiian Eye" series, and appeared 17 times on the eight-year run of ABC's The F.B.I., with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr (another Hollywood conservative). Eisley was later replaced on Hawaiian Eye by Hollywood icon Troy Donahue (a conservative---and practicing Catholic). Eisley also appeared three times on CBS's Perry Mason during its final three seasons. The Hollywood gathering sought to flood the United State Congress with letters in support of school prayer,...
  • The Church Doesn't Need a Revolution

    02/23/2013 6:26:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    The pope has renounced the papal throne. Long live the progressive pope! Such are the rallying cries from establishment voices wanting to see the Catholic Church loosen up now that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to step down. But maybe people should listen to the Church's actual views. Mary Hasson from the Ethics and Public Policy Center has been doing some unique work looking into what Catholic women know and want from their Church. It's scandalous and yet not entirely surprising that she found only 13 percent of Catholic women who occasionally attend Mass accept Church teaching on contraception....
  • I'm quiting the GOP and registering as a Democrat.

    02/23/2013 6:21:42 AM PST · by Trteamer · 112 replies
    2-22-2013 | Trteamer
    After a lifetime of being a Republican, I'm leaving the GOP and registering as a Democrat. Why? I've tried to change the GOP from within, wiht little luck, so I figure it's time I help to change the Democrat Party from within....
  • Administration ramps up budget cut warnings, Republicans say drama 'won't solve the problem'

    02/23/2013 6:13:42 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/23/2012 | fox news
    The Obama administration on Friday ramped up its campaign to paint an ominous portrait of what would happen if automatic spending cuts take effect March 1, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warning that air traffic control towers would be shut down as part of a host of travel-disrupting FAA cuts. After a week marked by intense partisan bickering, LaHood again put the pressure on Republicans to find a way out of the impasse -- even going so far as to compare President Obama to Abraham Lincoln. "Go see the movie 'Lincoln'," LaHood said, in a message to congressional Republicans. He...
  • What Is Liberalism? (Answer: A Mental Disease!!!)

    02/23/2013 6:06:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    President Obama is said to have made the case for a liberal public policy agenda in his State of the Union speech the other night. But what is liberalism? The conventional view is that liberalism is an ideology. In fact it is a sociology. An ideology is a set of ideas that cohere. Socialism is an ideology. So is libertarianism. Suppose I told you that socialists believe the government should nationalize the steel industry and the auto industry. You would have no difficulty inferring what their position is on nationalizing the airline industry. Right? Suppose I told you that libertarians...
  • Were Italian Journalists Blackmail Allegations Baseless? (Catholic Caucus)

    02/23/2013 6:03:38 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 22, 2013 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    “…As we grow olderthe world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated…”–T.S. Eliot, The Four Quartets, East CokerThe WitnessesLast night, my phone rang twice, just before 3 in the morning. In the morning, I found three emails from the same person, a priest I know. He called again this morning.He wanted to know about my letter of yesterday, which discussed an Italian press report that the Pope has received information that his Curia is riven with factions, and that this was part of the reason he decided to step down from the papacy.“What are you doing?” the priest asked me, excitedly....
  • What will Kerry Do About Christian Persecution in China? (What A Question)

    02/23/2013 5:59:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Secretary of State John Kerry chose an interesting place to deliver his first foreign policy address. The former Massachusetts senator spoke at the University of Virginia. He was introduced by the universitys president, Teresa Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan noted that the universitys founder, Thomas Jefferson, had served as the first Secretary of State. Unlike todays foreign policy elites, Mr. Jefferson thought religious freedom was fundamental to our political liberties. He authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which he introduced into the states General Assembly in 1779. It was a world historical...
  • Texas man, 21, fatally shoots intruder during home invasion

    02/23/2013 5:56:08 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/23/2013
    A 21-year-old Texas man is being credited with protecting his family by shooting one of three men suspected of forcing their way into their home outside of Houston. Harris County Sheriff's deputies tell KHOU.com that the man's father was pushed to the ground by one of the suspects when he answered the door Thursday night. When the intruders went to attack the mother, the son ran to retrieve his father's gun and fatally shot one of the suspects, the report states. The other two suspects reportedly fled the scene.
  • Prepping - sleepers awake

    02/23/2013 5:53:35 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    prepping present participle of prep (Verb) Verb Prepare (something); make ready. Prepare oneself for an event.
  • Rand Paul Introduces Sequester Bill

    02/23/2013 5:52:08 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 88 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | Rand Paul Introduces Sequester Bill By Andrew Stiles February 22, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
      Not only is Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) calling out the Obama administration’s “dishonest” doom-mongering on the sequester, he also put forward his own plan, released today, to replace the impending cuts with alternative savings, and to do so “without layoffs,” according to a release from the senator’s office. Paul’s bill would reduce federal spending by more than $85 billion annually by directing the government to:Stop Hiring New Federal Employees ($6.5 billion per year)More than 60,000 people left the federal workforce in 2011. This provision would end the practice of hiring new employees to replace them.Bring Federal-Employee Pay in Line with Private...
  • The Public Has Spoken 100,000 Americans Sign WH Petition on Cellphone Unlocking

    On January 26, 2013, the Librarian of Congress issued a ruling that made it illegal to unlock new phones. Unlocking is a technique to alter the settings on your phone to use your phone on a different carrier. Doing so could place you in legal liability for up to 5 years in jail and a $500,000 fine (specifically the Librarian of Congress allowed the existing exception to lapse). This prohibition is a violation of our property rights, and it makes you wonder, if you cant alter the settings on your phone, do you even own your own phone? The ruling...
  • Rothschild versus Rothschild: How financial genius Nat was brought down to earth by his own cousin

    02/23/2013 5:44:16 AM PST · by RummyChick · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/22 | levy
    Over a lingering lunch with a friend in the City of London some years ago, Baron David de Rothschild, the French head of the global Rothschild banking dynasty, was asked if he saw his thrusting young British cousin, Nat Rothschild, as his possible successor. The baron, a stylish figure of the old school, thought for a moment as he sipped a good vintage from the family vineyard, then replied intriguingly: Well, hes the person of this [Rothschild] generation who seems to be most comfortable in the world of high finance. Today, for Nat Rothschild, that glittering prize of one day...
  • Black Leaders Advocate For Gun Rights

    02/23/2013 5:35:37 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 13 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 02/23/13 | LD Jackson
    Presently, the news cycles are being dominated by reports of the upcoming sequester. It is an important issue and one that I have written about myself, but frankly, I am a little tired of the hype it is receiving. There are other stories to write, other issues to discuss. Let's move from the financial scene of American government to something that is easily as important, the right of Americans to keep and bear arms. Yes, gun control is still in the news and black leaders are making their voices heard. If one listens to the narrative being told by the...
  • Three Very Different Roads that Led to Rome

    02/23/2013 5:35:09 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 22, 2013 | JIM GRAVES
    Left to right: David Fagerberg, Matthew Arnold, and Jesse Romero A little more than 90 years ago, G.K. Chesterton, one of the 20th century’s most famous converts, entered the Catholic Church.  Explaining “why I am a Catholic,” he wrote: “there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” A prolific writer, Chesterton used his considerable talents to author numerous works which won, and continue to win, many converts. The following are stories of three converts—the first of whom specifically credits Chesterton with being an influence on his conversion—who, since entering the Church, have devoted...