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  • Alabama GOP Demands that Shelby Retract Support from Hagel

    02/25/2013 4:58:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/25/13 | Quin Hillyer
    The Steering Committee of the Alabama Republican Party has taken the rare step of officially demanding that one of the state’s two GOP U.S. Senators change a publicly announced position in a high-profile Washington battle. Specifically, the state party leaders have passed a resolution demanding that Sen. Richard Shelby “reconsider and reverse his decision to support Senator [Chuck] Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.” The resolution, passed early this afternoon, blasts Hagel for statements “favorable toward” countries “that we believe to be enemies of the United States of America,” and also criticizes him for “not being a supporter of Israel,...
  • Congressman @SteveStockmanUS Exposes Obama's Anti-Gun Spambots

    02/25/2013 4:53:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Finally, at least one Republican is getting tech-savvy: A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama’s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don’t exist. . . . Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look...
  • Best Actor in a Drama: Barack Obama

    02/25/2013 4:51:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Chris Stirewalt
    "There's an emerging consensus that it would be a difficult battle to have. I don't think we could force a shutdown."-- Senate Democratic leadership aide talking to the Wall Street Journal about a GOP proposal to enact a continuing resolution funding the government that reflects lower spending levels that are part of sequestration.It was quite appropriate that the first lady joined the festivities for Sunday’s Academy Awards. It’s not just because Michelle Obama owes her continued residency in the White House in large part to the contributions and celebrity backers from the entertainment industry, but also because her husband’s administration...
  • Japan Goes Full Bernanke (Japanese Yields Fall, Dow Sputters)

    02/25/2013 4:50:19 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Japan goes full Bernanke and will probably pick a monetary dove as Bank of Japan governor while sequestration remains in play in the USA. Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) — Japan’s five-year note yields slid to an all-time low as the government neared a decision on who will run the central bank and expand monetary easing measures. Ten-year yields slid to a two-month low while the yen fell against all its major peers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to nominate Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda as Bank of Japan governor and Kikuo Iwata as a deputy at the central bank,...
  • Britain: Devout Muslim "Prepared Girl for Gang Rape"

    02/25/2013 4:50:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/25/13 | Pamela Geller
    Another monstrous trial in a series of scores of Muslim gangs in the UK sex trafficking of infidel girls. Spencer gives the horrifying background: The Qur'an allows for the owning of sex slaves: If you fear that you will not act justly towards the orphans, marry such women as seem good to you, two, three, four; but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own; so it is likelier you will not be partial. (Qur'an 4:3) This verse is the basis for Islamic polygamy, allowing a man to take as many...
  • If You're A Democrat The Argument That There Is No Spending Problem Is Really Very Logical...

    02/25/2013 4:49:26 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 1 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-25-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Farrakhan: Hagel Says What I've Been Saying for 30 Years

    02/25/2013 4:42:59 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    Farrakhan: Hagel Says What I've Been Saying for 30 Years Daniel Halper February 25, 2013 5:45 PM National Review Online reports that Chuck Hagel has been endorsed by Louis Farrakhan. The Nation of Islam head likes Hagel because he sounds just like himself. “Now look, Senator Hagel is hated by the Jews because he wrote in his book that the United States Senate, quote, is an institution that does not inherently bring out a great deal of courage. Most of the time members play it safe and adopt an ‘I’ll support Israel’ attitude,’” said Farrakhan. “AIPAC comes knocking with a...
  • CPAC: Chris Christie’s not invited this year

    02/25/2013 4:38:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/25/13 | Allahpundit
    I have my issues with him just like you do, but c’mon. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are conservative enough to speak at CPAC but not Christie? He’s the current vice chair of the RGA and will be chairman next year for the midterms. He’s headed for a landslide reelection victory in a deep blue state, where his approval rating is currently the highest for a New Jersey governor in the 17 years since Quinnipiac started tracking that. He’s one of the few members of the party with a national profile who’s reasonably well liked by voters across the board....
  • Will the Supreme Court Open the Door to Voter Discrimination? (libs defensive mode)

    02/25/2013 4:35:35 PM PST · by mgist · 9 replies
    Time ^ | 2/25/13 | adam cohen
    Our election system is a mess. Voters wait more than seven hours to vote in some places and minority voters wait twice as long on average as whites. In some states, voter ID laws are so tough that elderly nuns are turned away at the polls because they lack driversÂ’ licenses or other official ID. In another era, the Supreme Court might have stepped up and done something to fix our democracy. But this Supreme Court left the voters standing in the sun for hours and the nuns to fend for themselves. Other than vindicating the right of corporations to...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Moochelle Obama Crashes The Oscars

    02/25/2013 4:33:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/25/13 | BirtherReportDotCom
    Rush Limbaugh: Moochelle Obama Crashes The Oscars -
  • The Mediterranean Diet: The New Gold Standard?

    02/25/2013 4:33:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/25/2013 | Larry Husten
    Comment Now Follow Comments Earlier today I summarized the important new PREDIMED study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing the cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet. This study– a rare and much welcome instance of a large randomized controlled study of a diet powered to reach conclusions about important cardiovascular endpoints– has been widely praised and will undoubtedly have a major effect in the field of nutrition and will influence lots of people to adopt some form of a Mediterranean diet. The study’s major potential weakness appears to be that the control group didn’t get a fair...
  • Schuyler Committee OKs resolution opposing NY gun law; final vote expected March 11

    02/25/2013 4:32:35 PM PST · by Chode · 8 replies
    Chode ^ | 2/25/2013 | Chode
    WATKINS GLEN, Feb. 25 -- The Schuyler County Legislature's Public Safety / Criminal Justice Committee voted unanimously Monday morning in favor of a resolution opposing the State's passage of the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act -- a gun control law enacted on Jan. 15. Nearly 50 people filed into the small confines of the Legislature chamber to support the resolution, which was crafted by Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman and County Clerk Linda Compton (and can be found in its entirety here). The vote followed a brief presentation by Yessman, and drew applause from the audience....
  • This Hasn't Happened to Gold Since 1998 (Gold price drop)

    02/25/2013 4:26:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    guru focus ^ | 2/25/13 | staff
    The last three weeks have been torrid for gold investors. Over that time, the gold price has fallen by about $100 — a loss of about 5%. And unless gold closes above $1,605 per oz., gold will see a "death cross" of its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. n other words, its 50-day moving average will cross below its 200-day moving average — which hasn't happened since 1998. I don't recommend you try to trade gold. Instead, you should think of gold as a form of "cash" that central banks cannot print.
  • Batman 'Joker' child-killer claims 'no choice'

    02/25/2013 4:22:08 PM PST · by k4gypsyrose · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | 2/25/13
    No excerpt, AP story
  • Sharpton's Sequester Sham: Falsely Claims Closing Control Tower Closes An Airport

    02/25/2013 4:21:39 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Al Sharpton joined the sequester scare-mongering squad on his MSNBC show this evening. Just one problem: the Reverend Al got one of his "facts" embarrassingly wrong. Sharpton claimed that the effect of the sequester would be to close Rep. Paul Ryan's hometown airport in Janesville, Wisconsin. Nuh-uh. Yes, Southern Wisconsin Regional in Janesville is on a list of 200 airports, 100 of which would have their towers closed under the sequester. But closing a tower by no means closes an airport. Is Al unaware that of the roughly 20,000 airports in the USA, only about 500—less than 3%—have towers? Even...
  • License-plate recognition has its eyes on you (36 million location scans and counting)

    02/25/2013 4:20:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    SD city beat ^ | 2/20/13 | Jon Campbell
    Where’s your car? Well, dude, it’s in a huge Orwellian police database. That might seem like the plot of a bad movie, but since around 2010, police agencies in San Diego County have quietly used a network of sophisticated devices called license-plate readers (LPR) to monitor and record the movements of thousands of everyday drivers. Even as you read this, police cars equipped with LPR are patrolling the streets, automatically scanning and photographing every license plate in sight, tagging each with a GPS coordinate and filing the information away. For years. With 36 million scans and counting—an average of 14...
  • DOJ to Federal Judge: We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion

    02/25/2013 4:08:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 25, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed it could force the judge’s own wife—a physician—to act against her religious faith in the conduct of her medical practice. The assertion came in the case of Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, a challenge to the Obama administration’s regulation requiring health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. Tyndale is a for-profit corporation that publishes Bibles, biblical commentaries and other religious works. Tyndale House...
  • The Lie that Won’t Die: the USS Liberty Attack Slander, Continued

    02/25/2013 4:05:47 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 91 replies
    Last June, I had written a post here commemorating the 45th anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty. The post, in which I argued (in defiance of every conspiracy theory), that the Israeli attack on the American ship was a mistake, has been giving me considerable heartburn as of late. In the last several days, my e-mail and facebook page have been flooded with the harshest condemnations concerning the article, tarring me as being a “hack,” a “traitor,” and nothing less than a running dog for the “Jewish/Zionist/apartheid” lobby. My article, which scored a modest few dozen Facebook recommendations...
  • Herald Tribune to Be Renamed The International New York Times

    02/25/2013 3:52:45 PM PST · by algernon_garnock · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Eric Pfanner
    The New York Times Company said on Monday that it was planning to rename The International Herald Tribune, its 125-year-old newspaper based in Paris, and would also unveil a new Web site for international audiences. Starting this fall, under the plan, the paper will be rechristened The International New York Times, reflecting the company’s intention to focus on its core New York Times newspaper and to build its international presence. ”This recognizes our global reach and is an exciting and logical move,” said Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times. Mark Thompson, president and chief executive of...
  • The ObamaCare Neutron Bomb Is Coming To A Town Near You

    02/25/2013 3:51:21 PM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-25-13 | Curt
    The Obama administration is prodding people to become whistleblowers for ObamaCare. Of course not to blow the whistle on the government and those who created this monstrosity that no one can figure out. No, to blow the whistle on small businesses who can then be fined quickly. This way they can be run out of business even more quickly then ever. Sometimes you really can't make this crap up: The Affordable Care Act sets up a new arena of whistleblower protections for employees who complain that their company-provided health insurance doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do. On Friday, the...
  • Oxford exploitation trial: Man 'prepared girl for gang rape' (Religion of Pieces)

    02/25/2013 3:51:14 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/25/2013 | BBC
    A teenager has told the Old Bailey a man carried out a brutal sexual assault to "prepare" her to be gang-raped. The girl, who was 12 at the time, said Mohammed Karrar used sex toys and numbing cream used by dentists during the incident at an Oxford flat. Sobbing during her evidence, she said five or six men then came to the flat and all raped her on the kitchen table. Mr Karrar is one of nine men who deny a total of 51 offences including rape and trafficking from 2004 to 2012.
  • USAF Photo of the Evening: Deterrent Extraordinaire

    02/25/2013 3:49:20 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 45 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 16, 2005 | USAF Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler
    U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sitting on the flight line at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large) The Photographer  Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler, United States Air Force  
  • Flashback 2007 - Obama Laments Big Donors 'Get Access'

    02/25/2013 3:48:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/25/13 | staff
    President Obama announcing his run for President in 2007 in Springfield, IL: "And as people have looked away in disillusionment and frustration, we know what's filled the void. The cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests who've turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. They write the checks and you get stuck with the bills, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back. The time for that politics is over. It's time to turn the page."
  • Gun control language 'assaults' good sense

    02/25/2013 3:46:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 | Ben Boychuk
    California has some of the toughest – and arguably some of the most overbearing – gun laws in the nation. But you'd never know it to hear our legislators yammer. Lawmakers give lip service to liberty, while concocting terrifying yet meaningless new terms to justify restrictions on lawful gun ownership. When it comes to demagoguing guns, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is one of the finer practitioners working today. Announcing the Legislature's gun control agenda a couple of weeks ago, Steinberg peddled all of the usual clichés about "safety" and "common sense." He even genuflected ever so slightly...
  • HAPPY EASTER, Traditions, History, and Great FReeper Recipes

    02/25/2013 3:41:27 PM PST · by carlo3b · 40 replies
    Cooking With Chef Carlo ^ | 2/25/13 | Carlo3b, Dad, Chef, Author
    THE HISTORY OF LENT.. For our traditional Italian Roman Catholic family, Lent is a very special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter.. I have searched the internet researching the various ways that this wonderfully religious season is celebrated from it's earliest biblical beginnings.. Since the earliest times of the Church, there is evidence of some kind of Lenten preparation for Easter. It starts with Ash Wednesday, when Catholics had their foreheads marked with ash crosses, a symbol of penance signaling the start of Lent. During the 40 days leading up to...
  • Family Of Stabbed Teen Calls South Bay Galleria ‘Cesspool For Crime’

    02/25/2013 3:35:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 25, 2013 1:46 PM | JohnBrooks
    REDONDO BEACH (CBSLA.com) — The parents of a 13-year-old boy who was stabbed at a Redondo Beach mall filed a lawsuit Monday claiming negligence and poor security led to the attack. KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports Richard and Maria Williams want the South Bay Galleria cleaned up once and for all after a string of hundreds of criminal incidents. The Dec. 29 attack against their son Ricky and another teen on the third level of the mall left both victims with a total of nine stab wounds to the chest. They were both hospitalized in stable condition and released days...
  • Trace Adkins Supports Gettysburg Commemoration & Gets Unfairly Criticized - Again

    02/25/2013 3:25:36 PM PST · by Davy Buck · 7 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | Richard Williams
    What Adkins does correctly point out is that the ongoing interpretation of the 10th amendment, a.k.a. "states' rights" issue has not been resolved. The federal courts quite frequently decide cases surrounding 10th amendment issues and interpretations. For those of us who are familiar with this topic, including very recent history, Adkins could not be more correct . . .
  • Muslim Beheads Christians In NJ, Mainstream Media Silent (Was this posted on FR before now?)

    02/25/2013 3:19:52 PM PST · by yoe · 24 replies
    The Western Center for Journalism ^ | February 19,2013 | Daniel Noe
    Yusuf Ibrahim, a Muslim man, targeted and murdered two Coptic Egyptian Christian men who lived and worked in New Jersey. He beheaded them and cut off their hands.Video
  • Police Suspect Illegal Immigrant in Hooters Stabbing

    02/25/2013 3:17:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Santa Monica Patch ^ | February 21, 2013
    The Santa Monica Police on Thursday named a suspect in the August stabbing of a 19-year-old near Hooters restaurant in downtown Santa Monica. DNA evidence recovered from the scene allegedly tied a 39-year-old illegal immigrant to the attack, which was unprovoked, according to the police. The victim survived. The police said they expect Francisco Leon-Urbalexo of Sonora, Mexico, will be arraigned on three felony charges—including attempted murder—after he completes a 10-month sentence in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States.
  • Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies at age 96

    02/25/2013 3:11:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2013
    Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died peacefully at his home on Monday, Dartmouth College said. He was 96. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was outspoken on public health issues and did much to elevate the office of the surgeon general. [Snip] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Dartmouth College, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Koop was the author of more than 200 articles and books. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of...
  • Ann Coulter Has A Point

    02/25/2013 3:04:49 PM PST · by Shout Bits · 140 replies
    Shout Bits Blog ^ | 2/25/13 | Shout Bits
    Last week, conservative Ann Coulter took a swipe at libertarians, calling them "pussies" for their stance on marijuana. Coulter's best qualities are her bluntness (get it?) and her willingness to fight. In her "pussies" comments, she argued that, since the US is a socialist welfare state, people's choices regarding their lifestyles are her business – hence MJ should be illegal. Coulter has a point; socialism turns strangers into family. However, her conclusion that statism and central control are warranted is an abandonment of principle. Libertarians come in several flavors, and nearly equally from left and right backgrounds. The actual Libertarian...
  • Should Michelle Obama Have Presented at the Oscars?

    02/25/2013 3:03:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | February 25, 2013 | Teresa Welsh
    First lady Michelle Obama, surrounded by servicemen and women, made a surprise appearance at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony when she appeared via live video from Washington to present the award for Best Picture. Jack Nicholson was present on stage to hand off the award to Ben Affleck for Argo. Obama praised the nominees for the night's highest honor, saying the films nominated for the Best Picture Oscar could teach lessons that "apply to all of us no matter who we are, what we look like, where we come from and who we love." She said she was excited to pay...
  • Tax on gas could rise this summer (CA)

    02/25/2013 2:54:17 PM PST · by South40 · 14 replies
    As if we don’t already pay enough for gas in California, come this summer we may be taxed on it even more by the state. The tax Californians pay for each gallon of gas they buy — called the excise tax — is expected to increase 3.5 cents per gallon in July to 39.5 cents per gallon. The state Board of Equalization - charged with setting the rate since 2010 - will meet Tuesday in Culver City to consider about a 10 percent increase because previous tax collections fell short of budgeted amounts. The excise tax isn’t the only one...
  • WashPost's Wan Presents Chinese Communist Government, Vatican on Equal Moral Plane

    02/25/2013 2:47:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/25/13 | Ken Shepherd
    Ken Shepherd's picture In a 41-paragraph front-pager today, the Washington Post's William Wan looks at how the "New pope will be challenged by strained ties with China." "A reset is possible as both sides introduce new leadership," added a subheadline. The website version had a wildly different headline, "For China's Catholics, new pope brings hope." Throughout his article, Wan used language that suggested that the Vatican and the Communist Chinese dictatorship were on the same moral plane (emphases mine): BEIJING — Of the long list of problems the next pope will inherit once the white smoke rises in Rome, few...
  • Call Me the Optimist – A Meditation on Recent Reports of Crisis and Conclave

    02/25/2013 2:46:33 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 24, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I’ve been asked by a few readers of this blog to record a few thoughts about the events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict. Over the weekend especially, many rumors circulated, regarding a seedy backstory to the resignation.I am not surprised to read of such rumors in secular media sources, but I must admit I was surprised to read some of these things reported in Catholic sources.As for me, it remains a rumor, and rumors are best unrepeated.I prefer simply to take Pope Benedict at his word. He indicates that, given the effects of age, he thinks is best step...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 25,2013

    02/25/2013 2:44:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 25, 2013 | Mark Levin
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  • Al Qaeda’s Ambiguous Support for the Arab Spring

    02/25/2013 2:39:22 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 1 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 25, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    The Arab Spring brought a chance for democratization and the toppling of repressive regimes. However, some remain cautious given the ascendance of Islamist movements, such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In an incisive article detailing Al Qaeda’s responses to the Arab Spring, Donald Holbrook outlines the opportunities that these revolutions have wrought for al Qaeda in Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, as well the chaos in Syria. Al Qaeda has long promoted revolution through armed conflict, notes Holbrook in his article, published for Perspectives On Terrorism last December. Some argue that the Arab Spring is a repudiation of Al...
  • The Comeback of Silent Cal ("Derided by New Dealers, Coolidge gets long-overdue respect...")

    02/25/2013 2:38:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Derided by New Dealers, Coolidge gets long-overdue respect in Shlaes’s biography. For years, most Americans’ vision of history has been shaped by the New Deal historians. Writing soon after Franklin Roosevelt’s death, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and others celebrated his accomplishments and denigrated his opponents. They were gifted writers, and many of their books were bestsellers. They have persuaded many Americans — Barack Obama definitely included — that progress means an ever-bigger government. In their view, the prosperous 1920s were a binge of mindless frivolity. The Depression of the 1930s was the inevitable hangover, for which FDR administered the cure.That’s one...
  • Report: High school dropouts cost economy billions

    02/25/2013 2:35:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2013 5:07 PM EST | Philip Elliott
    High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday. If states were to increase their graduation rates, state and federal lawmakers could be plugging their budgets with workers’ taxes instead of furloughing teachers, closing drivers-license offices and cutting unemployment benefits. While advocates tend to focus on the moral argument that all children deserve a quality education, they could just as easily look at budgets’ bottom lines. … Lawmakers in state capitols are making tough choices about whether to raise taxes to keep classroom lights on or to...
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  • Team Obama spamming fake twitter messages to support gun control

    02/25/2013 2:27:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    "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."Stockman said that in response to Obama's call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.
  • Answer, point-by-point, Columbine survivor Evan Todd's open letter to the President.

    02/25/2013 2:26:40 PM PST · by wouldilie · 4 replies
    Sign the petition! Evan Todd was wounded April 20th 1999 in the Columbine Massacre. He believes that the legislation the President is proposing to limit American's gun rights will fail. He is not the only person. Evan has penned an open letter to The President with one of the smartest, thorough explanations to date. The American people deserve to hear why The President disagrees. American's deserve better than talking points with flawed logic.
  • Trusts Offer a Legal Loophole for Buying Restricted Guns

    02/25/2013 2:26:28 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 25, 2013 | ERICA GOODE
    A growing number of shooting enthusiasts are creating legal trusts to acquire machine guns, silencers or other items whose sale is restricted by federal law — a mechanism that bypasses the need to obtain law enforcement approval or even undergo criminal background checks. The trusts, called gun trusts, are intended to allow the owners of the firearms to share them legally with family members and to pass them down responsibly. They have gained in popularity, gun owners say, in part because they may offer protection from future legislation intended to prohibit the possession or sale of the firearms. But because...
  • Pachauri quietly blows goalposts away, pretends to like skeptics....The AGW Scam continues....

    02/25/2013 2:25:45 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    JoNova ^ | February 23rd, 2013 | joanne
    …There’s a PR war going on Pachauri is chief PR officer for the Global-not-so-Warming-Gravy-Train. His job is to say things with a straight face that are the complete opposite of what he’s said before, and to pretend he has never said anything differently.The IPCC are a government committee who’ve stamped the brand name “science” to their policy wish list. They got away with it by using ancient tribal rhetorical techniques. Call your opponent names, spit on their reputation, spread nasty rumors, and tell the useful idiots who follow you that they are smart, caring, and superior — even as...
  • 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...