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  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/25/2013 2:23:11 PM PST · by mgist · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 2/23/13 | Patricia Mazzei
    The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit By Patricia Mazzei pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com TIM CHAPMAN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF About 2,000 rejected absentee ballots at Miami-Dade Elections Department, mostly for lack of signatures or review of signatures from the last election. The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2˝ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They...
  • Wind causing numerous power outages around Central Texas

    02/25/2013 2:22:12 PM PST · by bgill · 53 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 | Julie Chang
    About 10,000 Austin Energy customers are without power Monday afternoon because of high winds, utility spokesman Ed Clark said.... About 1,700 customers are without power Monday afternoon in Pflugerville... Wind has knocked out power for about 1300 customers across Bastrop, Lee and Caldwell counties... San Marcos The city’s Electric Utility and Transportation Departments are responding to numerous calls about power outages and six reports of downed trees
  • Oregon gun control bill attracts national publicity; sponsor says it appears dead on arrival

    02/25/2013 2:17:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 25, 2013 | Jeff Mapes
    A bill promoted by Ceasefire Oregon to ban many semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity gun magazines generated a national outcry over the weekend from angry pro-gun activists. Even Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, the c hief sponsor of House Bill 3200, said the bill as introduced goes too far in not only banning the sale of these weapons but in limiting each gun owner to continue possessing just one of these firearms. Greenlick said he also disagrees with a provision that would allow the state police to investigate gun owners who possess one of these weapons to make sure they are safely...
  • Tom Coburn: No deal on background checks if Democrats demand record-keeping of gun sales

    02/25/2013 2:11:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Here’s the first hard evidence we’ve seen that the big meeting of the minds on guns that the media’s been touting might be overhyped. Plain and simple, says Coburn, if Democrats demand that records of private gun sales be kept, the compromise is dead. But wait. Kept by who? By the seller, or by the federal government? A Senate aide familiar with the process said Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace erred in the question he posed to Coburn. The aides said there is no discussion of allowing the federal government to keep any records of background checks or sales,...
  • Stocks slump on sequestration, Italy fears

    02/25/2013 2:09:23 PM PST · by John W · 12 replies
    money.msn.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Charley Blaine
    The Dow falls 216 points in its worst day since November, as investors worry that spending cuts will harm the economy. The Italian election, meanwhile, unsettles those who thought Europeans were getting their act together. When Monday began, a lot of investors and traders could be excused for thinking the stock market was holding up quite well -- considering the worries about cuts in federal spending and a resumption of worries about political and economic instability in Italy. But the stock market slid during the day, and then just plain tanked. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 216 points...
  • Gun Control Activist Who Was Shot at VaTech: ‘College Campuses Actually One of the Safest Places

    02/25/2013 2:07:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/25/13 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) - Colin Goddard, who was shot several times in the Virginia Tech shooting massacre and now works as assistant director of federal legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Friday that college campuses are “one of the safest places you can be in this country.” “College campuses are actually one of the safest places you can be in this country. People aged between 18 and 24 who live on college campuses are one of the constituencies that are least likely to ever get hit by bullet, and if you live anywhere else but a campus, that...
  • Young, new Philippine cardinal has extensive international ties

    02/25/2013 2:06:17 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    cns ^ | February 25, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, left, greets his new colleagues after being made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican last fall. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- At 55, Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila, Philippines, is one of the youngest and newest members of the College of Cardinals, but he is also one of the cardinals most frequently mentioned as a possible pope. His youthful energy, his pastoral experience, his theological training and his communications skills impressed cardinals and bishops from around the world...
  • More gun companies not selling to Police in anti-2nd Amendment states............

    02/25/2013 2:05:13 PM PST · by jda · 11 replies
    Patriot Action ^ | 25 February 2013 | Michael CHILDS
    Some gun manufacturers say they will no longer sell their firearms to New York law enforcement agencies after the state passed a broad assault-weapons ban last month. At least five companies have said they won’t sell to New York police since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in January. The bill, known as the NY SAFE Act, included a ban on any semi-automatic rifles or shotguns with “military-style” features, such as a pistol grip or a folding stock.
  • An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task

    02/25/2013 2:03:30 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | Tim Carney
    John Paul smiles at his brother Joey. (Photo: Katie G. Carney) Timothy P. Carney Senior political columnist The Washington Examiner Nothing can prepare you for seeing your one-year-old nephew in a casket. Nothing can take away his parents' agony. And nobody could have expected how much good work this helpless baby would do in 14 months. John Paul Kilner was born with an advanced case of spinal muscular atrophy. Nearly paralyzed at birth, his body deteriorated further as he grew. My sister-in-law Elena and her husband Pat brought JP home as soon as possible, and began the 24-hour a...
  • Soak the Youth: Ageism in America

    02/25/2013 2:02:14 PM PST · by FreeMerica · 25 replies
    Rancor News ^ | February 25th, 2013 | Tyson
    The Simpon's Helen Lovejoy iconized the phrase, “Won't somebody think of the children?,” but in an age where every “ism” has a special interest group and being called any sort of “ist” is the ultimate character assault our youth receive very little consideration on the big issues of the day. Social Security, often presented as an investment in your future, is merely a wealth transfer from the young to old. Many youth today see the demographic writing on the wall and understand that, like all ponzi schemes, Social Security can't outrun arithmetic forever. Youth are forced to subsidize the lifestyles...
  • URL Related to Obama's "Organizing for Action" Now Goes to NRA Website

    02/25/2013 1:59:54 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://techpresident.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Sarah Lai Stirland
    A Web domain using the name of President Obama's grassroots lobbying group Organizing for Action now points to the National Rifle Association's web site. Derek Bovard, a computer technician in Castle Rock, Colo., registered the domain name organizingforaction.net after seeing a report about the formation of the lobbying group on Fox News last Friday. Bovard, a Republican who voted for Mitt Romney in the last election cycle, says that he bought the domain for $10 and would be willing to part with it for $10,000. He considering donating the name to the Ronald Reagan Library, but overnight decided to point...
  • Dramatic collision in Southern Ocean leaves anti-whaling boat damaged [w/video]

    02/25/2013 1:58:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Grind TV ^ | February 25, 2013 | Pete Thomas
    A controversial group opposing Japanese whaling in the Antarctic region on Monday released video showing one of its ships, the Bob Barker, being sandwiched tightly between two larger vessels: a Japanese whaling ship and a Korean refueling tanker. It also shows what's said to be a flash-bang grenade explosion near the stern of the refueling ship, Sun Laurel. The dramatic incident surely ranks as among the most tense in the years-long history of clashes between the whalers and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
  • The differences between Judaism and Zionism.

    02/25/2013 1:57:31 PM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 61 replies
    JEWS NOT ZIONISTS ^ | G. Neuburger
    Judaism is Torah based and GOD honoring. Zionism is politically based and GODless. http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/differencejudzion.html The role of Zionism in the Holocaust. http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/holocaust-zionism.htm
  • Cardinal Keith O’Brien resigns, will not go to conclave

    02/25/2013 1:56:20 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | February 25, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Cardinal Keith O'Brien. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 25, 2013 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien’s resignation, and the cardinal has announced he will not attend the conclave. "Approaching the age of seventy-five and at times in indifferent health, I tendered my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh to Pope Benedict XVI some months ago.  I was happy to know that he accepted my resignation ‘nunc pro tunc’ – (now – but to take effect later) on 13 November 2012,” Cardinal O’Brien said in a Feb. 25 statement. The...
  • Sequester Will Be Nothing Compared to the Next Budget Crisis at the End of March

    02/25/2013 1:54:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The sequester, ladies and gentlemen. Have you stocked up your food? Have you bought all your water? Have you got all the batteries that you're gonna need? Have you made plans to do without for months and months and months? I'm telling you it's going to be brutal out there. I heard a media person today saying the reason why... Get this, now. The reason why they think this time the sequester's gonna happen -- the reason why there will not be a last-minute solution like there always is -- is because there are no talks. "Nobody...
  • White House says $500K won't guarantee Obama meeting

    02/25/2013 1:47:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    White House says $500K won't guarantee Obama meeting Posted by CNN Political Unit (CNN) - After reports that top donors to the political group formed by President Barack Obama's campaign team would be granted quarterly access to the president, the White House stressed Monday the new organization would remain independent from administration activities. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't deny that donors to the group, called Organizing for Action, could attend meetings with Obama or members of his staff. "Administration officials can meet with them, including the president, but the fact of the matter is this is an...
  • Why I'm quitting Facebook

    02/25/2013 1:45:29 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/25/2013 | Douglas Rushkoff, CNN
    Editor's note: Editor's note: Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular column for CNN.com. He is a media theorist and the author of the upcoming book "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now." (CNN) -- I used to be able to justify using Facebook as a cost of doing business. As a writer and sometime activist who needs to promote my books and articles and occasionally rally people to one cause or another, I found Facebook fast and convenient. Though I never really used it to socialize, I figured it was OK to let other people do that, and I benefited from their...
  • Benedict XVI’s new Motu Proprio about the Conclave (date regulations officially changed)

    02/25/2013 1:44:20 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 24, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Holy Father – Pope Benedict XVI now gloriously reigning – released a Motu Proprio (in Latin) by which he empowers the Cardinal Electors to move forward the day of the beginning of the conclave.The canonist Ed Peters has looked at the Motu Proprio Normas nunnullas. My emphases: In the wake of Benedict XVI’s startling resignation, a problem arose: the 17-day delay between the announcement and effective date of the resignation, followed by a minimum 15-day delay before the conclave could legally begin (per UDG 37), meant that the Church was to be, de facto, leaderless for over a month,...
  • John Kerry Invents a Country

    02/25/2013 1:43:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: John Kerry, as you know, is the new secretary of state. His first gaffe has been recorded. Last Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the University of Virginia, Kerry delivered his first major foreign policy address, and he invented a country that does not exist... KERRY: They fight corruption in Nigeria! They support the rule of law in Burma! They support democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan (sic) and Georgia. RUSH: There is no Kyrzakhstan. There is no Kyrzakhstan. He was thinking of Kyrgyzstan. Can you imagine if George W. Bush had done this? Here it's Monday and we're just...
  • Check Out Today's Incredible Spike In FEAR

    02/25/2013 1:42:42 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Check Out Today's Incredible Spike In FEAR Joe WeisenthalFebruary 25, 2013If you wanted to digest it all in one chart, it might be this one: A chart of the VIX -- aka "The Fear Index" -- which measures how much people are trying to buy protection against a big downside drop using options. It went ballistic today. This is raw fear, as people buy protection against a big drop.Via Stockcharts.com
  • Progressive USA endangering ‘gun control’ foot soldiers

    02/25/2013 1:41:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/25/13 | David Codrea
    Forget that The Daily Caller is reporting Progressive USA’s claim that NRA donated $10,000 to Debbie Halvorson, and that the contender for the Congressional seat vacated by disgraced anti-gun head case Jesse Jackson Jr. calls for “Universal Background Checks and registration of all firearms … Making sure that background checks work so people do not fall through the cracks in the National Data Base [and] Ending the Gun Show loophole” on her campaign website. Those who play political chess will tell us Halvorson opposes banning semi-autos and some such, while hard-liners will point out the prospective ban is likely to...
  • Lawmakers push for end to draft registration in US

    02/25/2013 1:39:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | February 25, 2013 | Richard Lardner
    Two lawmakers are waging a little-noticed campaign to abolish the Selective Service System, the independent federal agency that manages draft registration. They say the millions of dollars the agency spends each year preparing for the possibility of a military draft is a waste of money. Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., say the Pentagon has no interest in returning to conscription due to the success of the all-volunteer force. The Selective Service has a budget of $24 million and a full-time staff of 130...
  • Bill To Tap Trust Fund Could Free Up Dollars For Roads

    02/25/2013 1:38:43 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2013 | Jack Spencer
    A search for existing dollars that could be used for road funding might include the Natural Resources Trust Fund. House Bill 4106 would amend the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to allow interest from the NRTF to be used for dredging. Gov. Rick Snyder is asking for $11.2 million to dredge harbors on the Great Lakes. If the legislation was enacted and used to fulfill this request, it would free up general fund dollars for other uses — including transportation spending. "Let's free up this money," said Rep. Bob Genetski, R-Saugatuck, the sponsor of the bill. "We need to...
  • Don't just blame cats: Dogs disrupt wildlife, too

    02/25/2013 1:38:21 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    Mother Nature News ^ | Feb 23 2013 | Megan Gannon
    A new study finds that domestic dogs are also killers and disease-spreaders that can pose conservation problems when they're allowed to roam free outdoors. Though they seem so natural in our homes, cats and dogs are natural predators, too. Most will attack birds, lizards and smaller mammals when given the chance, and scientists have demonstrated how their explosive populations can upset ecosystems. The scourge of domestic cats has been thrown into the spotlight recently. A campaign in New Zealand is pushing to get rid of cats, or at least keep them confined indoors, where they can't prey on kiwis and...
  • Obama’s Backers Seek Big Donors [$500,000 or more] to Press Agenda

    02/25/2013 1:37:59 PM PST · by grundle · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 22, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    President Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group as one of Washington’s biggest lobbying operations. But the rebooted campaign, known as Organizing for Action, has plunged the president and his aides into a campaign finance limbo with few clear rules, ample potential for influence-peddling, and no real precedent in national politics. In private meetings and phone calls, Mr. Obama’s aides have made clear that the new organization will rely heavily...
  • Obama Snubs Media Again: 'Clear Out the Press So We Can Take Some Questions'

    02/25/2013 1:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/25/13 | John Nolte
    If it mattered, the dismissive way Obama treats the media coupled with his lack of transparency would be troubling. But it doesn't matter. Even if the president was as transparent as glass, the media would still cover up anything that might politically damage him. So the fact that Obama treats the media like the lackeys they are, is actually very amusing and all kinds of satisfying. The media's been whining about "access" for 10 days now and as a result, today, Obama pretty much laughed in their collective faces with this: “What I want to do is clear out the...
  • OBAMA USING FAKE TWITTER MESSAGES TO PUSH GUN CONTROL AGENDA

    02/25/2013 1:36:01 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    "Obama's anti-gun campaign is a fraud," Stockman said. "Obama's supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress," he added. "I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign."
  • Alabama makes scholarship offer to eighth-grader

    02/25/2013 1:34:56 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | February 25, 2013 | Tom Fornelli
    Alabama's 2013 recruiting class was wrapped up earlier this month, but for Nick Saban it's never too early to start the process of lining up recruits for Alabama's 2017 class. The Crimson Tide hosted a junior day over the weekend, and one of the players who showed up was Dylan Moses out of Baton Rouge, La. Though Moses is not a junior in high school. He's not even in high school yet, but that didn't stop the eighth-grader from picking up a scholarship offer. [Snip] What makes this all a bit crazier is that Alabama isn't even Dylan's first...
  • Obama Mega-Donor Honored at Oscars

    02/25/2013 1:32:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    In addition to Michelle Obama’s surprise appearance at the Oscars ceremony last night, DreamWorks CEO and Obama mega-donor Jeffrey Katzenberg was recognized for his philanthropic and humanitarian achievements.Katzenberg received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (an “honorary Oscar”) in September 2012, and was honored again on Sunday during the live festivities.The ultra-wealthy Hollywood tycoon and long-time liberal benefactor was one of the most prolific donors during the 2012 election cycle, giving more than $3.2 million to Democratic candidates, committees, and super PACs. Most of that money ($3 million) went to Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC that the president had...
  • Dr. Oz Reveals 5 Common Health Risks He Won't Take

    Health Risk #1: Toothpaste that contains triclosan Triclosan is an antibacterial agent used in several brands of toothpastes, which currently is under FDA review because of reports of studies showing that triclosan in test animals can interfere with thyroid hormone levels. Furthermore, other studies suggest that triclosan may add to the growing problem of creating superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. Dr. Oz’s recommendation is that consumers should check the labels of their toothpaste and avoid those listing triclosan among its ingredients. Health Risk #2: Radiation from medical tests According to Dr. Oz, research shows that a single neck, abdominal...
  • Brain scans reveal babies born THREE MONTHS early can recognise human speech

    02/25/2013 1:30:53 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 February 2013 | Mark Prigg
    Babies born up to three months premature can recognise different syllables in human speech, say scientists. A study showed similarities in the way the brain processes language in the new-borns and adults - including specific neurological reactions to changes from the 'ba' to 'ga' sound and to a male to female voices. Professor Fabrice Wallois, of Picardie University in Amiens, France, said the findings suggest that early in the development of the brain it begins to decipher distinct sounds or 'phonemes'. He said as early as three months before birth a baby's brain establishes neural functions that help decipher human...
  • WaPo: Beretta starting to look at moving out of Maryland after gun-control push

    02/25/2013 1:28:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today, I linked to a Christian Science Monitor report that the firearms industry had begun to organize in opposition to the recent push for increased gun control, but that the major manufacturers had not yet committed themselves. That situation has changed, reports the Washington Post, at least in Maryland, where Beretta makes it home --- at least for now. The company has begun considering a relocation of its headquarters to a state where its product hasn't been made illegal, and may take hundreds of jobs with them: Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s...
  • GOLDMAN: The Gold Market Selloff Is About To Accelerate

    02/25/2013 1:27:43 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    GOLDMAN: The Gold Market Selloff Is About To Accelerate Matthew Boesler February 25, 2013, 3:57 PM Last week, gold came under heavy fire from the sellers. The shiny yellow metal fell below the $1600 mark for the first time in a while, and it even hit the "death cross" – a technical indicator formed when the 50-day average gold price dips below the 200-day average – indicating rapidly deteriorating sentiment. After all of that, gold is rebounding nicely today. Right now, it's trading up around 1.4 percent against the dollar at $1595 per ounce. Nonetheless, Goldman Sachs, which has put...
  • Italy Election Jars Wall Street; Dow Falls 216 Points

    02/25/2013 1:22:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 25 Feb 2013 04:01 PM | (Newsmax wire services)
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded more than 200 points Monday in a late sell-off that analysts blamed on concerns about Italy’s elections. … The election showed a surprisingly strong performance by Beppe Grillo, whose 5 Star Movement has capitalized on a wave of voter disgust with the ruling political class. Another surprise has been the return as a political force of billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who was forced from the premiership at the end of 2011 by Italy’s debt crisis, and whose forces now had a strong chance of capturing the Italian Senate. …
  • Dow Slumps 200, S&P Breaks Below 1500 on Italy Election Worries; Vix Soars 35%

    02/25/2013 1:18:23 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2-25
    Stocks kicked off the week with a big thud with all three major indexes dropping more than 1 percent across the board as investors remained concerned over Italy's election results. The S&P 500 broke below 1,500 and the Dow declined more than 200 points, retreating from its fresh multi-year high. (Read More: Cramer: Market Bears Are Betting Against the Facts) The Dow Jones Industrial Average [ .DJI 13784.17 -216.40 (-1.55%) ] tumbled more than 200 points, shortly after hitting a fresh multi-year high earlier in the session, dragged by Bank of America and Caterpillar. The S&P 500 [ .SPX 1487.85...
  • MARKETS FREAK OUT (-217), YEN SURGES AFTER SHOCK SPLIT VOTE IN ITALY: Here's What You Need To Know

    02/25/2013 1:14:58 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Sam Ro
    MARKETS FREAK OUT (-217), YEN SURGES AFTER SHOCK SPLIT VOTE IN ITALY: Here's What You Need To Know Sam RoFebruary 25, 2013 Huge swings in the Japanese yen, euro, and U.S. dollar came in the wake of some wild news out of Japan and Italy. First the scoreboard: Dow: 13,784, -216.9 pts, -1.5 percent S&P 500: 1,487, -27.7 pts, -1.8 percent NASDAQ: 3,116. -45.5 pts, -1.4 percent And now the top stories: * Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Japan would be sending a Haruhiko Kuroda to head the Bank of Japan. Kuroda, the head of the Asian Development Bank,...
  • These are Not Normal Times

    02/25/2013 1:12:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25. 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Just a year ago actually almost to the day, February 23rd -- 2009, President Obama said, quote, "And that's why today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half at the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges that we have long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay, and that means taking responsibility right now in this administration for getting our spending under control." That was Barack Obama on...
  • Deadly Blasts Put India on High Alert

    02/25/2013 1:11:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated February 21, 2013, 1:12 p.m. ET | By KENAN MACHADO and RAJESH ROY
    MUMBAI—Security forces across India went on high alert Thursday after at least 12 people were killed and more than 70 people were injured in two explosions in Hyderabad city, in what state and federal officials suspect was a coordinated terror strike.Federal Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the government had "intelligence inputs of expected blasts somewhere in the country for the past two days and had alerted all state governments."
  • Janet Jackson says she has married Qatari billionaire

    02/25/2013 1:10:26 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 25, 2013
    (Reuters) - Singer Janet Jackson said on Monday that she married her Qatari businessman boyfriend last year, quashing media reports of upcoming nuptials. Jackson, 46, the younger sister of the late singer Michael Jackson, was engaged to billionaire Wissam Al Mana, 37, last year but kept the news under wraps. "The rumors regarding an extravagant wedding are simply not true. Last year we were married in a quiet, private, and beautiful ceremony," Jackson and Al Mana said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. "Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children's charities." The American singer...
  • FEDERAL COURT FINDS NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON

    02/25/2013 1:09:25 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2-25 | Mytheos Holt
    While gun rights supporters might like to think the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is an absolute guarantee against government interference, according to at least one (relatively conservative) appeals court, they are severely mistaken. In fact, according to that same court, when it comes to carrying concealed weapons, the Second Amendment is basically irrelevant. Last Friday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision in the case of Peterson v. Martinez, a case involving the question of whether a state has an obligation to provide a concealed carry license to anyone who has been granted such...
  • Secretary of State John Kerry invents new country: ‘Kyrzakhstan’

    02/25/2013 1:00:08 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 February 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Newly minted Secretary of State John Kerry is sweeping through Europe and the Middle East on a nine-nation tour, meeting with top global heads to forge diplomatic relations — and, apparently, even creating new countries. Mr. Kerry was trying to praise diplomats who were working on behalf of the United States in the Central Asian region, but in doing so, he created a new country. He thanked the diplomats for their work in “Kyrzakhstan,” according to various media reports, and credited their efforts in “support [of] democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan and Georgia.” The National Review suggests Mr. Kerry could have...
  • Anything New in the Cold Fusion /LENR World?

    02/25/2013 12:57:51 PM PST · by count-your-change · 13 replies
    New Energy Times ^ | 2/22/2013 | Steven B. Krivit
    Don't look for any cold fusion powered cars or water heaters. However this is an excellent article about one theory that purports to explain what LENR is and how it supposedly produces excess heat. The article deals with some of the background infighting over the spoils that come later. This is last part of the article and I think the most interesting: (Bushnell is a NASA scientist) "Unless Bushnell wants to suggest that he is privy to classified information, his suggestion of a slow-acting LENR experiment with extremely high-heat production that would melt windows is not believable. Bushnell also does...
  • The United States Heads to the South China Sea

    02/25/2013 12:57:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Foreignaffairs.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Michael T. Klare
    Why American Involvement Will Mean More Friction -- Not Less When U.S. officials are asked to comment on disputes over contested islands in the western Pacific, they invariably affirm that the Obama administration has no position on issues of sovereignty but opposes any use of force to resolve the matter. "Whether with regard to disputes in the South China Sea or in the East China Sea," Deputy Secretary of State William Burns declared last October in Tokyo, the United States "does not take a position on the question of ultimate sovereignty." True to form, he continued, "What we do take...
  • Dem Politician Defends Dressing in Afro and ‘Blackface’ for Jewish Holiday

    02/25/2013 12:53:42 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02/25/2013 | Erica Ritz
    A veteran New York Assemblyman on Monday stood by his decision to wear blackface makeup, an Afro wig and a basketball jersey to a costume party in the face of criticism he called “political correctness to the absurd.” Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind wrote on his blog Monday that he doesn’t understand the criticism swirling around Albany, and doesn’t know why anyone would be offended by the costume he wore to a party he recently held at his home in Brooklyn to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. Hikind hired a makeup artist and wore an orange basketball jersey, sunglasses and...
  • ‘By All Means, Leave’: The Amazingly Blunt Response One State Rep. [To lib who opposes guns]

    02/25/2013 12:53:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 100 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 24, 2013 12:12pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    [Full title] ‘By All Means, Leave’: The Amazingly Blunt Response One State Rep. Gave a Citizen Who Wrote Him Opposing Concealed Carry in Schools Get out of here. That was one Wyoming state representative’s message to a resident who contacted him recently stating her opposition to a bill that would have allowed people with concealed carry permits to carry guns in public schools, colleges and sporting events. Rev. Audette Fulbright had emailed all state legislators, including Republican Rep. Hans Hunt, earlier this month to say she and her husband had just moved to Wyoming and were “seriously reconsidering” their decision...
  • Robert Gibbs: I was told not to 'acknowledge' drones

    02/25/2013 12:46:36 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/25/2013 | By KATIE GLUECK
    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he was instructed when he joined the administration not to “acknowledge” the existence of America’s drones program. “When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program,” he said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes.” “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.” Gibbs, who stressed that he was speaking only for himself, called that dynamic “crazy” and said that the lack of transparency surrounding the drones program “undermines” broader confidence in government.
  • FDA Approves Genentech’s Kadcyla (Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine), the First Antibody-Drug Conjugate...

    02/25/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Business Wire via IBD ^ | 02/22/2013 | NA
    FDA Approves Genentech’s Kadcyla (Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine), the First Antibody-Drug Conjugate for Treating HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer New Personalized Medicine Helped People in Phase III Study Live Longer, Compared to Standard Treatment -- SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kadcyla™(ado-trastuzumab emtansine or T-DM1) for the treatment of people with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (mBC) who have received prior treatment with HerceptinŽ (trastuzumab) and a taxane chemotherapy. Kadcyla is the fourth medicine from Genentech to receive FDA approval for...
  • John Kerry jokes about killing George Bush [in case you missed it]

    02/25/2013 12:45:08 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 18 replies
    YouTube --> Hannity Colmes --> Bill Maher ^ | 2006 ?? | John Kerry on Bill Maher show
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HoaC3iRx44 http://newsbusters.org/node/8175 Maher: You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone. Kerry: Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.
  • “Egypt slams Israeli policy on Palestinian prisoners”

    02/25/2013 12:44:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2013 18:15 | (JPost.com Staff, Khaled Abu Toameh
    Egypt on Monday condemned Israeli policies concerning Palestinian prisoners in light of the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jadarat in Israeli custody over the weekend, Kuwait News Agency KUNA reported. In a press release, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr warned that the continuation of Israeli policies will lead to an explosion of the situation in the region, according to the report. KUNA cited Amr as saying he holds Israel responsible for any deterioration of the situation and calling on the international community to take a firm stance against Israel’s “inhuman practices against the Palestinian prisoners.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas...
  • Military Draft Registration Could Come To An End

    02/25/2013 12:43:39 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | February 25, 2013 | Nathan Francis
    Military draft registration could be coming to an end as two lawmakers are on a campaign to abolish the Selective Service System. Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, and Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, are the ones leading the charge to end military draft registration. They say the agency wastes millions of dollars each year preparing for the possibility of a military draft, The Associated Press noted.