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  • Bosses could be forced to hire more workers with criminal records under new equality guidelines

    02/24/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff
    Employers in the U.S. may soon have to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds under new equality guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn companies against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense, recommending that those companies eliminate policies which ‘exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.’ According to the EEOC, civil rights laws already prohibit employers from selectively hiring job applicants who are of different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories. The latest update from the EEOC was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally...
  • Abolish The Income Tax: You Won’t Believe Who Is Getting Away With Paying Zero Taxes

    02/24/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/21/2013 | Michael Snyder
    The federal income tax is a bad joke and it needs to be abolished. All over the nation, hard working American families are being absolutely crushed by oppressive levels of taxation, and our politicians are constantly coming up with new ways to extract money from all of us every single year. Meanwhile, many ultra-wealthy Americans and many of the most profitable corporations in the country pay little to nothing in taxes. In fact, as you will see below, there are dozens of very prominent corporations that make billions of dollars in profits and yet don't pay a dime in...
  • Black Leaders: Gun Control is "Black People Control"

    02/24/2013 6:38:33 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 24, 2013 | Alicia Powe
    A number of African-American leaders joined together Friday to challenge the gun control proposals currently being considered on Capitol Hill, claiming gun control laws are inherently racist. “There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event at the press conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E). Swimp compared the call for universal background checks for gun purchase to the time when blacks were required to register with the government. “The first gun laws were put into place to register black...
  • Which Government Spend the Most Per Capita on Government Healthcare:

    02/24/2013 6:36:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    What government spends the most on health care? Is it Canada or the United Kingdom, which are famous (or, if these stories are any indication, infamous would be a better description) for single-payer healthcare systems? Is it Sweden, the home of the cradle-to-grave welfare state? Or France, the land of the world’s most statist people? How about Italy or Greece, nations that have spent themselves into fiscal crisis? Nope, nope, nope, and nope. The United States spends more money, on a per-capita basis, than any of those countries. Here’s a chart from a Forbes analysis prepared by Doug Holtz-Eakin and...
  • The Free State Speaks

    02/24/2013 6:24:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    Last week, I sat through four excruciating hours of legislative hearings before the Ways and Means Committee of Maryland’s House of Delegates. I was waiting to testify on behalf of Citizens in Charge against House Bill 493. For the 20 years before last November, not a single citizen-initiated referendum made it to the Maryland ballot. Why? The state boasts the country’s most draconian rules for verifying petition signatures. An attorney running his own petition effort had his signature disallowed because he did not sign one of his two middle names or write the initial. Most states use the standard of...
  • Does This Broomstick Go With My Prison Stripes?

    02/24/2013 6:07:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    In its wisdom -- and yes, I am being ironic -- the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a ruling Tuesday that revives a California inmate lawsuit to force the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to hire a paid, full-time Wiccan chaplain. Oddly, the three-judge panel found that the complaint "did not contain sufficient facts to support a cognizable legal theory under the First Amendment." Nonetheless, the court overturned a federal judge's 2011 dismissal of the lawsuit. It's enough to make you wonder whether Samantha twitched her nose and cast a spell on the...
  • White House to cede Benghazi documents in Brennan fight

    02/24/2013 6:07:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/22/13 | TIM MAK
    The White House is preparing to cede more ground to Senate Republican foes and hand over documents related to the Benghazi attacks to try to secure the confirmation of John Brennan to run the CIA, POLITICO has confirmed. After releasing official timelines, an investigation and sending Cabinet officials up to Capitol Hill for hearings, now the Obama administration has agreed to surrender email messages between top national security officials that discuss how to describe the Sept. 11 attack, a Senate aide confirmed Friday evening.
  • Did Supreme Court clerks fail to pass on Obama Conference information to 5 Justices?

    02/24/2013 6:02:20 AM PST · by IbJensen · 61 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 2/22/2013 | George Spelvin
    A stunning press release by Obama eligibility challenger, Attorney Orly Taitz is revealing “…clerks of the Supreme Court NEVER forwarded to five out of the nine justices one single page of pleadings nor the Supplemental Brief” so they could review details prior to last Friday’s (Feb. 15, 2013) conference! Her case, Noonan v. Bowen, (CA Secretary of State) seeks relief in the form of a stay of election results of the Presidential election of Barack Hussein Obama because of his lack of citizenship, problematic Birth Certificate posted on the internet, plus non verifiable Social Security and Selective Service records and...
  • Longest-Married Couples Share Wonders of Matrimony

    02/24/2013 5:54:57 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    cny ^ | February 20, 2013 | CHRISTIE L. CHICOINE
    HAPPILY EVER AFTER—Cardinal Dolan congratulates Curtis and Wilhelmina Jones, one of many couples from the archdiocese honored on World Marriage Day, Feb. 11, at a reception after a Mass the cardinal celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Joneses, who attend Mass at Resurrection Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo parish in Harlem, will mark their 70th anniversary April 21. At left, they show the cardinal their marriage certificate. Parents of six, the Joneses have 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. A cigarette and a lollipop, not an arrow, were all Cupid needed to strike up the courtship of...
  • New York Army Vet Facing 7 Years in Prison Over Empty Ammo Magazines

    02/24/2013 5:47:16 AM PST · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | february 23, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    An Army veteran in New York is facing up to seven years in prison for possessing five empty 30-round ammunition magazines. Nate Haddad told WGRZ-TV he was parked on a road last month waiting to meet someone interested in buying them off him when police approached. According to the station, the magazines were for an AR-15 rifle, the same type of weapon Haddad once carried in combat. Magazines over 10 rounds have been illegal in New York since 1994, unless they were manufactured before the law went into effect. Haddad says he thought his were legal, until he found out...
  • US report shows increase in sexually-transmitted infections (20 million new infections each year)

    02/24/2013 5:46:17 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- New governmental reports on sexual behavior in America show significant rises in both sexually-transmitted infections and use of emergency contraception in recent years. Government estimates “show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year,” said that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a new fact sheet released this month. The report was one of two recent studies by the organization surveying the behavior of sexually active individuals in the U.S. Based on surveys and public disease reports, the group estimated “that there are...
  • Feminist: Women in Combat Can Use Birth Control to ‘Eliminate Their Periods'

    02/24/2013 5:39:59 AM PST · by IbJensen · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Penny Starr
    (Kayla Williams, a former sergeant with the U.S. Army, spoke in favor of the lifting of the ban on women serving in combat units on Feb. 21, 2013 at the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C.) (CNSNews.com) - At an event to discuss the merits of lifting the ban on women serving in combat units in the U.S. military, a retired Army sergeant said that hygiene issues are not a problem, including menstrual cycles, which she said can be regulated or eliminated by using birth control. “Women can use hormonal birth control to regulate or eliminate their periods...
  • Mark O’Mara redefines ‘Stand your ground’

    02/24/2013 5:38:51 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 22, 2013 | Jonathan Capeheart
    .................. Last August, O’Mara announced that he would not argue a “stand your ground” defense, using the same curious logic he used with me earlier this week. What’s problematic is that O’Mara is engaging in semantic gymnastics to avoid using the words “stand your ground” while availing himself of the law’s most generous provision, the immunity hearing. No such thing existed for self-defense cases before SYG became law in 2005. With a major push from the National Rifle Association (NRA), Florida amended its self-defense statute to allow potential victims to stand their ground against an assailant by removing the duty...
  • Penney’s on the dollar (Record losses expected to be announced by JCPenney CEO)

    02/24/2013 5:36:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/24/13 | JAMES COVERT
    After a dismal winter, spring is nearly upon us, and everything is coming up roses at JCPenney. That, at least, is the message some investors expect to hear from CEO Ron Johnson Wednesday — despite forecasts that the flailing retailer will report a fourth-quarter loss on what could be the worst sales drop in its history. When Penney reports its results, Wall Street analysts forecast a loss, with sales down 24 percent to $4.1 billion, but many industry watchers estimate Penney’s comparable sales will plunge by upward of 30 percent.
  • Pope Benedict says he is not 'abandoning the Church' (tens of thousands fill square)

    02/24/2013 5:34:49 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI responds to the crowd at the Feb. 17, 2013 Angelus. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 24, 2013 / 05:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address, in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.” “Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the Word of God feels particularly directed at me, at this...
  • Bloomberg's soda ban prohibits 2-liter bottles with your pizza

    02/24/2013 5:29:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 51 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/24/13 | BRAD HAMILTON and SUSAN EDELMAN
    Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop. Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. -snip- Typically, a pizzeria charges $3 for a 2-liter bottle of Coke. But under the ban, customers would have to buy six 12-ounce cans at a total cost of $7.50 to get an equivalent amount...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 24, 2013]

    02/24/2013 5:28:16 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Delight of Sacrifice "I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls . . ." —2 Corinthians 12:15 Once “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit,” we deliberately begin to identify ourselves with Jesus Christ’s interests and purposes in others’ lives (Romans 5:5). And Jesus has an interest in every individual person. We have no right in Christian service to be guided by our own interests and desires. In fact, this is one of the greatest tests of our relationship with Jesus Christ. The delight of sacrifice is...
  • The manufactured crisis of sequester

    02/24/2013 5:20:41 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/23/2013 | George Will
    Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!” As in: Batten down the hatches — the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar — spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chain-saw massacre — we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending! Or: Chaos is coming because the sequester will cut a sum $25 billion larger than was just shoveled out...
  • Double Barrel Biden, Rape Whistle Salazar and My AR-15 Giveaway

    02/24/2013 5:04:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Boy, the anti-gun goobers were out in full force this past week giving us plebeians the down low on what we “need” to protect ourselves during everything from home invasions to rape situations. It was like listening to Obama talk about economics or Roseanne Barr gloss smoothly on the importance of Southern etiquette in marital conflicts. I heard so much horse scat coming from the left last week regarding self-defense that I am now befuddled as to whom I should give my “Are You Blanking Kidding Me” award to. Damn you, tyranny of many options. Damn you! First on...
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem (2/24/13)[Prayer]

    02/24/2013 5:02:46 AM PST · by left that other site · 26 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 2/24/13 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures YHVH Goelekh - The LORD Thy Redeemer(Isaiah 49:26&60:16) “You will also suck the milk of nations And suck the breast of kings; Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 February 2013

    02/24/2013 5:02:08 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 92 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 24 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 24th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Govs. Jack Markell, D-Del., and Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Govs. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and Bobby Jindal, R-La.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., Bob McDonnell, R-Va., Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., and John Chickenpooper, D-Colo.; Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Tim Kaine, D-Va,THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): LaHood;...
  • The Ages of Purim

    02/24/2013 4:54:38 AM PST · by expat1000 · 18 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 3 Feb 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tonight begins the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim commemorating a historical incident of little relevance to the present day, involving a plot to exterminate the Jewish people. It is one of those holidays, that like most Jewish holidays, is inconvenient for liberal clergy because it involves violence and nationalism. Jewish holidays often make a poor fit with liberal pieties. Three of them end with mass bloodshed, not with reconciliation commissions, suggesting that life is a zero sum game and that those who try to kill you, deserve what's coming to them. There is nothing vague or ephemeral about...
  • Progressive Tax-Exempt Group’s Secret Plan to ‘Eviscerate,’ ‘Cripple’ GOP

    02/24/2013 4:21:36 AM PST · by lbryce · 45 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | February 23, 2013 | Staff
    Blueprint NC is “a nonprofit that coordinates the activities of liberal-leaning nonprofits” in North Carolina and when this 501(c) group’s communications director Stephanie Bass forwarded a strategy memo to member organizations, she included a disclaimer: “CONFIDENTIAL to Blueprint, so please be careful – share with your boards and appropriate staff, but not the whole world.” Oops. The memo got leaked to reporter Mark Binker at WRAL in Raleigh. The contents are quite disturbing and clearly partisan: “The most effective way to mitigate the worst legislation is to weaken our opponents’ ability to govern by crippling their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger,...
  • The Pain of 2 Pennies

    02/24/2013 4:17:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Tim Phillips
    Like a breathless 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert, President Obama raced around the nation over the last week attempting to frighten Americans into opposing the modest cuts to the federal budget due through the sequester process on March 1. Never mind that the sequester was President Obama's idea. Never mind that these cuts amount to just 2 cents on every dollar of the federal budget. And, never mind that his Administration has made history, in a bad way, by running four straight trillion dollar plus deficits. No, there was the President standing in front of "first...
  • Obamanomics And The Jewish Deli Dilemma

    02/24/2013 4:01:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Did you hear the big news from the world of small business? Jewish delis are closing in both Los Angeles, and New York City. The trend has been a long time in the making, especially in New York City where Jewish delis’s used to number in the thousands and now total less than one hundred. Yet the Los Angeles Times reported this “news” just this past week, and the details that the report included – and the details that were ignored– point to some far greater problems. The article, written by Journalist Tiffany Hsu, notes that the decline of the...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy in Dust and Stars

    02/24/2013 3:59:38 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    NASA ^ | February 24, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The Whirlpool Galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy. At only 30 million light years distant and fully 60 thousand light years across, M51, also known as NGC 5194, is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky. The above image is a digital combination of a ground-based image from the 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory and a space-based image from the Hubble Space Telescope highlighting sharp features normally too red to be seen. Anyone with a good pair of binoculars, however, can see this Whirlpool toward the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici....
  • Juan Williams: Liberal media Will ‘Shut U Down, Stab U Kill U, Fire you’ If U Disagree [VIDEO]

    02/24/2013 3:45:15 AM PST · by lbryce · 88 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February | Grae Stafford
    Fox News political analyst and “Special Report” panelist Juan Williams said in an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas that mainstream media outlets “stab” and “kill” dissenting voices. Williams was fired from National Public Radio in 2010 after saying he sometimes gets “nervous” when seated on an airplane with Muslims, while making a broader point about the importance of religious tolerance. “I always thought it was the Archie Bunkers of the world, the right wingers of world, who were more resistant and more closed-minded about hearing the other side,” he said. “In fact, what I have learned is, in...
  • The ever-receding recovery

    02/24/2013 3:38:44 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 2!22 | P.W.
    A WEEK after official figures showed a steep fall in euro-zone output in late 2012 the European Commission (EC) has added to the gloom by unveiling some gloomy forecasts for 2013. Three months ago the EC envisaged a modest recovery getting under way in the first half of this year. Now that is not expected until the second half of 2013. The lower starting-point for GDP and the delay in the recovery mean that the picture for 2013 as a whole now looks bleaker. Last November the EC expected the euro area to grow this year though barely, by just...
  • Proposed Design of NC Illegal Immigrant Licenses Sparks Concern

    02/24/2013 3:21:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | February 24 ,2013 | Staff
    <p>A new driver's license expected to be issued to some illegal immigrants in North Carolina has prompted state lawmakers and immigrant rights groups to voice concerns over the proposal.</p> <p>The proposed North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles license has a bright pink stripe and the bold words "NO LAWFUL STATUS."</p>
  • Governor Quinn announces $54 million for new Fine Arts Complex

    02/24/2013 2:59:09 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 14 replies
    ISU ^ | 2;23 | Kate Arthur
    Governor Pat Quinn announced a $54 million capital investment to build a Fine Arts Complex that will strengthen Illinois State University’s renowned arts programs and create 775 construction jobs. “This investment means Illinois State University will be able to build on its excellent reputation in the fine arts while creating hundreds of good jobs in Normal,” the governor said on Founders Day on February 21. “Higher education is a powerful force for growth in Illinois. We all benefit when our universities have the facilities to engage and educate our young people, whether the field is art, accounting or engineering.” The...
  • Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

    02/24/2013 2:38:58 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 January 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Best of political & other humor from around the USA this week... More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Laws Needed to Protect Teens From Adults Forcing Abortions

    02/24/2013 2:17:38 AM PST · by kathsua · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/21/13 | William Saunders and Mary Novick
    A brave 16-year-old girl, who is 10-weeks pregnant, won a case in Texas Family Court recently, which protects her from being forced by her parents to get an abortion. Her name has not been revealed because she is a minor. When this girl’s parents found out she was pregnant, they took measures to make her life miserable unless she agreed to have the abortion. They took away her phone and her car; they took her out of school; they forced her to get two jobs. The parents subjected the girl to verbal and physical threats; her mother even spoke of...
  • Roy Orbison; Johnny Cash - Pretty Woman

    02/24/2013 1:54:39 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 41 replies
  • What Our Leaders Wrought: Boehner Cries and Obama Lies

    02/24/2013 1:19:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | John Ransom
    twfox wrote: Jan. 24,2013 - Bobby Jindal urges the GOP to "stop being the stupid party"---hmmmm. And now you knuckle draggers want to call the Presidents supporters stupid? Good luck with that! - The Big, Big Government Push Dear Comrade Fox, You apparently don’t know the context in which Jindal was talking about “stop being the stupid party.” What Jindal is referring to are the candidates who made bizarre comments during the election, like Todd Akin the Missouri Republican, who said this about the odds of getting pregnant from rape: “From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If...
  • President Barack "I Didn't Do It" Obama

    02/24/2013 12:59:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    It’s one thing for a politician to “massage” the truth ... it happens all the time. But it’s quite another for one to so brazenly repeat an easily disprovable lie. But, as in the case of President Obama and sequestration, when the fear of being caught in a lie is removed because those charged with being “watchdogs” are active participants, brazenly lying carries no more risk than saying “hello.” Sequester, automatic across-the-board reductions in the rate of increase in government spending – commonly and lazily called “spending cuts” by the media – was the spawn of the Obama administration. You’d...
  • Raman spectroscopy for bedside cancer diagnosis

    02/23/2013 11:56:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 20 February 2013 | Jessica Cocker
    Doctors could soon be using Raman spectroscopy to peform 'optical biopsies' of tumours © ShutterstockCurrently the only way to identify whether a suspicious lump is something to be concerned about is to have it removed surgically and then examined by histological review. But a new diagnostic technique based around Raman spectroscopy could provide a faster diagnosis without the need for such invasive procedures.Raman Spectroscopy has been used previously to distinguish benign and metastatic axillary lymph nodes (in the breast) and mediastinal nodes (in the oesophagus). Now Nicholas Stone and co-workers at the University of Exeter, UK have now applied the...
  • U.S. sues disgraced cyclist Armstrong for sponsor money Reuters

    02/23/2013 11:42:36 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 31 replies
    Yahoo Reuters ^ | 2.22 | (Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Peter Cooney and Jackie Frank)
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States accused cyclist Lance Armstrong on Friday of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service by taking its sponsorship money at the same time he was doping and using performance-enhancing drugs in violation of cycling rules. The government joined a civil suit against Armstrong, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from cycling in 2012 after accusations he had cheated for years. In January, he said the accusations were true in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey. A battle with the U.S. government over civil fraud charges threatens to sap what...
  • Report: Vets may be deemed incompetent without due process, cannot own firearms

    02/23/2013 11:29:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 22, 2013 | Joe Newby
    On Thursday, Michael Connelly, J.D., executive director of the United States Justice Foundation​, said that veterans are receiving letters informing them that the government is about to declare them incompetent to handle their own affairs. As a result, Connelly said, the government will "appoint a stranger" to handle their affairs at their expense, and restrict them from owning firearms. Worse yet, he says, this is being done without due process. “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned,...
  • New direction for flu drugs

    02/23/2013 11:14:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 February 2013 | James Urquhart
    An international team of researchers has developed a new class of anti-flu drug that could prevent new virus strains developing resistance and help control future pandemics while more effective vaccines are prepared. Each year, flu viruses cause up to five million cases of severe illness worldwide, resulting in up to 500 000 deaths.The preferred drug treatments for flu – neuraminidase inhibitors including Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir) – treat infection by stopping the viral surface enzyme neuraminidase from interacting with its natural substrate, sialic acid. It is this interaction that releases the virus from an infected cell and allows it...
  • Inside Scientology with Jenna Miscavige Hill Sat 02-23 - Coast to Coast radio show

    02/23/2013 11:02:19 PM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    Coast to Coast radio show ^ | 02-23 | Jenna Miscavige Hill
    Inside Scientology Sat 02-23 Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. She joins John B. Wells to share her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, and her ultimate escape. In the first hour, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen will comment on the mysterious death of Philip Marshall and provide various news updates.
  • Atlas Exclusive: Robert Spencer: Countering Muslim Disinformation

    02/23/2013 10:46:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | February 19, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    According to Islamic supremacist hate groups such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), no one would have any problem with Islam if it weren’t for bigoted non-Muslims who irresponsibly “link Islam to terrorism” – and this link, they claim, gives rise to acts of violence against Muslims. Hamas-linked CAIR and its allied groups have for years now been pumping out disinformation designed to “clear up misconceptions” about Islam and set the record straight. On its website Hamas-linked CAIR says that it was established in order to “promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America,” and declares...
  • Is this even legal ? (OBAMA to bus people in to protest NRA in Albany. This is a big deal)

    02/23/2013 10:30:07 PM PST · by Celerity · 199 replies
    BarackObama.com ^ | 2/24/13 | Why, it's Barack Obama himself !
    ALBANY LOBBYING FOR "NY SAFE ACT" (Day of Action) Governor Cuomo and our legislature passed the "NY SAFE ACT." It will reduce gun violence in our state. Predictably, it is under attack by the National Rifle Association and allied groups. :::We are joining with the SEIU 1199 to lobby in Albany. This free bus trip will last from 8:00 to 4:30 with breakfast and lunch included. Meet up at 250 S Clinton St. Park in the M Lot at the corner of W Fayette and S Clinton Sts. (Parking in that lot may be validated. No sure yet.) Show your...
  • For Fruit Flies, Alcohol Really Is Mommy's Little Helper

    02/23/2013 10:10:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NPR ^ | February 22, 2013 | Nancy Shute
    Many a mom has reached for a glass of wine after a long day of tending children. But only fruit fly moms use their version of Chardonnay to guard their babies from harm. When fly moms see marauding wasps, they seek out the alcohol in fermenting fruit, and lay their eggs there, according to new research. The alcohol is toxic to the wasps, but not to the fruit flies. They've evolved a tolerance for hooch. No only do the fruit flies babyproof with alcohol, when given a choice they'll pick just the right proof — about 3 percent. That's considerably...
  • Dumpling Dread: Fridges Fill With Empty Lantern Festival Tradition

    02/23/2013 10:06:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2013-2-21 | Zhang Yiqian
    This year, Meng Jin, a 33-year-old micro-electronics product developer, is expecting her company to distribute rice flour dumplings again for the Lantern Festival holiday this weekend. She has received the yuanxiao every year during the Lantern Festival. Last year she received four bags, two with red bean filling and two with black sesame filling. But Meng, who considers herself a yuanxiao lover, isn't that excited about the free dumplings she receives. "I think it's nice when my company gives me free dumplings, but I never get around to eating them. Sometimes they stay in my fridge until the Dragon Boat...
  • Papal resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    02/23/2013 9:52:58 PM PST · by Renfield · 19 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-21-2012 | John Hooper
    A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair....
  • Senator Bernardi: "The Greens party has repainted old-fashioned Marxism with a pale-green brush"

    02/23/2013 9:49:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/3/2011 | wakeup2thelies
    ( http://wakeup2thelies.com ) On Tuesday the 1st of November in the Senate debate on the 'Clean Energy Bills', Senator Cory Bernardi gave a speech opposing the bills. This speech is a fantastic exposé on who 'The Greens' are what they stand for. In his speech he says 'The Greens' are a Marxist, extremist, Anti-Israel, alarmist, group of hypocrites who want a one-world government.
  • When Mutant Mosquitoes Attack

    02/23/2013 9:41:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2013 | MAGGIE KOERTH-BAKER
    It’s no wonder that Goethe wrote “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” near the dawn of the industrial age. The poem, which most of us now learn from Mickey Mouse, tells the story of a young man who, left to his own devices, mimics his boss’s spell for making brooms fetch water pails. Once the task is done, he doesn’t know how to stop the thing, so he chops the broom in half, which only enables it to work double duty. The sorcerer eventually returns, fixing the mess his subordinate has made (his situation never got quite as out of hand as Mickey’s)....
  • US Navy Plans Drone Base Near Malibu

    02/23/2013 9:16:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 23, 2013 5:46 PM
    MALIBU (CBSLA.com) — The US Navy plans to build a drone base at an airfield in Point Magu, about 15 miles from Malibu. Navy Base Ventura County, Point Mugu will add about 700 jobs when the four drones — called Tritons Unmanned Weapons Systems — are stationed. Additional drones from Navy bases around the world would also land and takeoff at the Southern California base. The planes are 48 feet long and have 138-foot wingspans. They were unveiled at Palmdale last summer, and represent the military’s next generation of remote control intelligence gear. An environmental impact report said about five...
  • Hillary Clinton to Charge $200,000 per Speech

    02/23/2013 9:13:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    INDO Link ^ | February 22, 2013
    Hillary Clinton has signed up for speaking circuit and will charge a whopping $ 200,000 per appearance, an amount more than her annual salary as the U.S. Secretary of State. The $ 200,000-per-speech fee will be a sizable increase for 65-year-old Clinton, who made $ 186,000 annually as secretary of state before stepping down earlier this month. "Now that she's out as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton isn't going to be hurting for money, thanks to speaking fees of more $ 200,000 per speaking appearance, according to a source familiar with the situation," Buzzfeed reported. Clinton will be represented by...
  • Mussel Glue Could Help Repair Birth Defects

    02/23/2013 9:05:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 16 February 2013 | Dan Ferber
    Enlarge Image Quick seal. Adding a glue modeled on the biochemistry of mussel attachment quickly sealed a punctured fetal membrane in rabbits, protecting the fetal bunnies inside. Credit: Martin Ehrbar from University Hospital Zurich BOSTON—When it comes to hanging on tight, the lowly mussel has few rivals in nature. Researchers have sought the secrets behind the bivalve's steadfast grip on wet, slippery rock. Now, reporting here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes ScienceNOW), a researcher said he has used the mollusk’s tricks to develop medical applications. These include a biocompatible glue that could one day seal...