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  • Father Emil Kapaun to be Awarded Medal of Honor

    02/23/2013 11:26:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Witchita Eagle ^ | 2/22/13 | Roy Wenzl and Travis Heying
    One of the two iconic photographs of Father Emil Kapaun shows him and another soldier carrying an exhausted GI off a battlefield in Korea, early in the war. The photo shows Kapaun to the GI's left. The soldier on the GI's right side was Capt. Jerome A. Dolan, a medical officer with the 8th Cavalry regiment.Emil Kapaun, a priest from Kansas celebrated for his actions during the Korean War and in a North Korean prisoner of war camp, will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama, the nation’s highest military award for bravery Former Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt...
  • NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama on guns

    02/23/2013 11:22:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 12:03 PM EST | Alan Fram
    The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration—ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support. … The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because...
  • Iwo Jima, The Story of Two Flag Raising’s (VIDEO)

    02/23/2013 11:21:46 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    Guns.com ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Chris Callahan
    In a September 17, 1947 letter, U.S. Marine Corp. Sgt. Lou Lowery wrote, “You fellows did all the dirty work and the ones who were on Rosenthal’s picture got all the credit.” The letter’s recipient, Pfc. Raymond Jacobs, was among the Marines who raised the first flag atop Iwo Jimo, which Lou Lowery photographed. However, it was a second flag raising that occurred moments later, caught on film by Joe Rosenthal, that would capture the world’s imagination. His Pulitzer Prize winning photograph would become one of the most iconic symbols of the American determination in World War II and immortalize...
  • How Much Did it Cost to Send VPOTUS Biden to Paris for a Day?

    02/23/2013 11:18:05 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. Department of State spent $585,000 on hotel rooms and racked up $322,000 on intra-country transportation costs for Vice President Joe Biden's recent trip to Paris, according to contracting documents that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor located through routine database research. Despite the availability of a contracting awards granted to Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand and Biribin Limousines, respectively, no other procurement documents currently are available. Consequently, it remains unknown just how much State spent on Biden's European mission, which also included stops in Berlin and London.
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    02/23/2013 11:14:23 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 342 replies
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  • Homosexual Network at the Vatican, Yes; Reason for the Pope's Resignation, No

    02/23/2013 11:12:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/22/13 | Phil Lawler
    Is there a network of homosexual clerics working within the Vatican? Undoubtedly, Yes. Was the discovery of that network a major factor motivating Pope Benedict to resign? Undoubtedly, No. Rome is abuzz with reports about a story that appeared in two Italian publications, La Repubblica and Panorama, alleging that in a confidential report to Pope Benedict on the “Vatileaks” scandal, three cardinals said that one faction within the Vatican bureaucracy was “united by sexual orientation” and could be subject to blackmail. The story—which has quickly spread around the globe—goes on to speculate that the cardinals’ report, submitted in December, shocked...
  • Vanity - How do new Car Buyers find Invoice Prices?

    02/23/2013 11:04:33 AM PST · by urtax$@work · 51 replies
    n/a | 2/23/13 | myself
    A daughter is new car shopping for a Hyundai(they are supposed to be much better made now)and she used Consumer Reports to find the Invoice Price. She is nowhere near a seaport but the difference in Invoice & Sticker is only $200.... It has been a long time since i bought new and i though my Chevy Invoice was much lower than the sticker. I understood that knowing the invoice was a good baseline to bargain with the dealership. Do any FReepers know if her Invoice from Consumer Reports is bogus or is there a better place to find invoice...
  • Prison inmates get rescue cats ready for adoption [w/video]

    02/23/2013 11:03:04 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies
    Fox 12 ^ | Feb 20, 2013 | Laura Rillos
    YACOLT, WA (KPTV) - There are sounds you expect to hear in prison - the locking of doors, announcements over the intercom, voices of staff members on walkie-talkies. If you visit the Silver Star Unit at Larch Corrections Center, you may also hear something unfamiliar – meows, purrs and the jingle of cat toys. Five felines currently reside at the prison as part of a cat adoption program coordinated with the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society. The inmates socialize the cats and get them ready to be adopted.
  • TODAY, 2/23, IS THE DAY OF RESISTANCE!

    02/23/2013 11:01:47 AM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 4 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | February 23, 2013 | Jennifer Burke
    Today is the Day of Resistance! In over 120 cities across this great land, Americans will gather to take a stand for freedom and for the Constitution...
  • Psychiatrists to brand grief lasting longer than two weeks a mental illness

    02/23/2013 10:54:26 AM PST · by Drew68 · 160 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22 Feb 13 | Clifford Fram
    THE grieving process is in danger of being branded a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks and consults a GP, according to an international authority on death and dying. At present, mourners can feel sad for two months before being told they have a mental disorder, says Professor Dale Larson. Decades ago, a diagnosis could be made after a year.In a keynote address at an Australian Psychological Society conference in Melbourne on Saturday, Prof Larson will express his anger about the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual, DSM 5, which is used in many...
  • Islam or Death? Egypt's Christians Targeted by New Terror Group

    02/23/2013 10:52:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/21/13 | Lisa Daftari
    A group of Christian priests from a local Coptic church in Egypt were told to convert to Islam or face death, according to an Arabic news site. The incident, which comes in the midst of continued persecution and pressure on Egypt’s Christian community, took place this week in the town of Safaga, near the Red Sea, the El Balad site reported. According to El Balad, the threats are from a new group in Egypt, Jihad al-Kufr, whose name translates to Jihad against non-believers or non-Muslims. The group targets non-Muslims, and reportedly pressures them to convert to Islam. “It’s not the...
  • Soledad O'Brien says her CNN morning show is understaffed calls her firing a 'win-win'

    02/23/2013 10:49:01 AM PST · by dennisw · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 February 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    O'Brien has been with CNN since 2003 when she was anchor of 'American morning.' She's now anchor of CNN's current morning show, 'Starting Point,' - a gig that began in January of 2012. The show runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Soledad O'Brien says losing her job as CNN's morning host is a 'win-win' because her show has been understaffed and essentially ignored by the network. O'Brien's firing is one of many major personnel moves made by the network's new chief, Jeff Zucker, who offiically took the reins in January. She said she knew early on that she wouldn't...
  • Detroit and Flint Top Forbes’ List of Most Miserable US Cities and Their Housing Bubbles

    02/23/2013 10:46:29 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/23/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    I always enjoy reading Forbes’ list of best and worst, particularly when it comes to cities. For 2013, Forbes ranks Detroit and Flint as the most miserable cities in the US. Most of the cities on Forbes top 20 list are in the northeast US and in the Inland Empire of California. Here is a chart comparing Detroit, Chicago and, for comparison sake, Washington DC in terms of house prices. Since 2000, Detroit is actually worse off, Chicago is just above 2000 levels and Washington DC remains elevated. So, Detroit is indeed miserable in terms of housing. If we compare...
  • What a Republican Leader Should say

    Bill Wilson has an interesting article in Forbes in which he illustrates why Republicans are the stupid party. Now, there’s nothing wrong with pointing out that Obama lied about proposing the sequester. That’s a fair point about lying by high government officials. But then they switch roles. Obama plays his in the traditional way: But the current debate over sequester – an across-the-board $85 billion reduction of budget authority which translates into just a $53.8 billion cut to outlays this fiscal year ending September 30 – is notable for both its unfounded hysteria as well as a surprising role reversal.To...
  • Italian Prosecutor Alleges Drug Trafficking Calabrian Mafia Assassinated Australian Cops

    02/23/2013 10:35:16 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 5 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 02/23/13 | Friends of Ours
    Italian anti-Mafia prosecutor Vincenzo Macri says that the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia "certainly" is behind the 1989 killing of Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Colin Winchester as reported by Richard Guilliatt for The Australian: "he said he believed the Winchester murder was carried out by the same organisation that murdered Griffith anti-drug campaigner Donald Mackay in 1977 and federal police officer Geoffrey Bowen in 1994." In recent years Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia has been eclipsed by the Calabrian Mafia as Italy's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe. The Calabrian...
  • Poll to FReep: Should Congress allow automatic spending cuts to take effect <snip>?

    02/23/2013 10:21:28 AM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 26 replies
    KGUN-TV Tucson ^ | 2-23-2013 | KGUN-TV Tucson
    Full title- Should Congress allow automatic spending cuts to take effect if it cannot reach an agreement for resolving the deficit? Yes, No, Undecided.
  • Reduce the Regime’s Leverage Over You: Get Off The Healthcare Grid

    02/23/2013 10:16:56 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    New Rhodesia Dispatch ^ | 2/20/13 | John deWitt
    A major element of surviving and thriving for an American Rhodie is identifying: in what ways and how strongly can the Regime exercise leverage over me and my Tribe? If the Regime can hurt you, that’s leverage. If you need the Regime, that’s also leverage. To that end, briefly consider the following facts: 1. In ObamaCare, the Regime created impossible-to-refuse incentives for all health care providers to acquire and deploy electronic health care record-keeping systems. 2. The Regime has built and deployed a gigantic server farm for the NSA in Utah capable of storing and searching virtually infinite quantities of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Chelyabinsk Meteor Flash

    02/23/2013 10:16:24 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    NASA ^ | February 23, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A meteoroid fell to Earth on February 15, streaking some 20 to 30 kilometers above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia at 9:20am local time. Initially traveling at about 20 kilometers per second, its explosive deceleration after impact with the lower atmosphere created a flash brighter than the Sun. This picture of the brilliant bolide (and others of its persistent trail) was captured by photographer Marat Ametvaleev, surprised during his morning sunrise session creating panoramic images of the nearby frosty landscape. An estimated 500 kilotons of energy was released by the explosion of the 17 meter wide space rock with...
  • Progressivism's assumptions about government

    02/23/2013 10:13:16 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    For the Framers of our constitution, the people could be trusted and their wise discretion informed. Self government was an all important thing to achieve, so as to get away from despotic government. But for progressives, you have a different outlook. Progressives do not understand the concept of "self interest" at all, and the notion of public reason isn't even considered. It's just silly voodoo magic.In the book "Public Opinion", by Walter Lippmann, he writes the following on page 313: If, then, you root out of the democratic philosophy the whole assumption in all its ramifications that government is instinctive,...
  • Remember the Alamo! February 23 – March 6, 1836

    02/23/2013 10:11:24 AM PST · by GregoTX · 25 replies
    The Alamo ^ | February 23 1836 | The Alamo
    On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio López de Santa Anna's army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texians and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna's army. William B. Travis, the commander of the Alamo sent forth couriers carrying pleas for help to communities in Texas. On the eighth day of the siege, a band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived, bringing the number of defenders to nearly two hundred. Legend holds that with the possibility of additional help fading, Colonel Travis drew...