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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...