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  • Tropical Cyclone Rusty

    02/26/2013 7:07:47 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    Weather Underground Blog ^ | 1:36 PM GMT on February 25, 2013 | Dr. Jeff Masters
    Australia's most dangerous tropical cyclone of the season so far is Tropical Cyclone Rusty, which has intensified to Category 1 strength and is lumbering southeastwards towards the northwestern coast of Australia at 6 mph. Rusty is expected to intensify further into a powerful Category 3 storm, and is predicted to make landfall near the town of Port Hedland (population 15,000) on Tuesday near 18 UTC(1 pm EST in the U.S.) Rusty formed on Saturday evening when westerly winds blowing near the Equator combined with easterly winds blowing south of New Guinea to create an unusually large tropical storm with a...
  • Kerry defends liberties, says Americans have "right to be stupid"

    02/26/2013 7:04:29 AM PST · by kevcol · 33 replies
    reuters ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Arshad Mohammed
    "The reason is, that's freedom, freedom of speech. In American you have a right to be stupid - if you want to be," he said, prompting laughter. "And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. "And we tolerate it. We somehow make it through that. Now, I think that's a virtue. I think that's something worth fighting for," he added.
  • Kerry: Americans Have Right to Be Stupid if They Want

    02/26/2013 7:03:43 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/13
    Speaking to a group of German students, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended the core freedoms of speech, religion and thought telling them that in America, "you have a right to be stupid if you want to be." "People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade even though it's the most provocative thing in the world and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another," he said. "The reason is, that's freedom, freedom of speech. In American you have a right to be stupid...
  • Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start [Mainstream Media Ignores]

    02/26/2013 6:59:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy.com ^ | 2/25/13 | Josh Rogin
    America's new top diplomat is already facing trouble and confusion as he begins a two-week trip whose major focus is on coalescing international action on Syria. With John Kerry in London Monday on the first leg of his nine-country tour of Europe and the Middle East, administration officials were scrambling to salvage a planned meeting between the new U.S. secretary of state and the leaders of the Syrian opposition coalition scheduled for Thursday. Following a Monday meeting in London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Kerry condemned the Syrian regime's use of rockets to attack civilians in Aleppo but declined...
  • Home prices climb in December, best yearly gain since 2006 (Price rise expected to persist in 2013)

    02/26/2013 6:59:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/26/2013
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. home prices picked up in December, closing out 2012 with the biggest yearly gain in more than six years as the housing market got back on its feet, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas rose 0.9 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping expectations for a gain of 0.5 percent. Prices in the 20 cities jumped 6.8 percent year-over-year, ahead of expectations for 6.6 percent and the best yearly gain since July 2006. "I expect the home price rise to persist in 2013,"...
  • Printers: the ubiquitous symbol of modern hell

    02/26/2013 6:58:01 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 34 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | February 26th, 2013 | By Jack Rivlin
    Warning: this blog post does not tackle the big issues of the week. But it is about one of life's recurring frustrations. Printers. Guardian Money reported yesterday how printing companies are screwing consumers with smaller cartridges. Measure-for-measure, ink is now more expensive than vintage champagne. Hewlett Packard cartridges, for example, are five times worse value than a decade ago. The other manufacturers are just as bad, making cartridges smaller and harder to refill. They've got ink on their hands. Epson say the technology is more efficient now, meaning it's better value. They're efficient all right, when they work. The machines...
  • 3D printed AR15 3rd Generation Ready for Download (600 rds, no wear)

    02/26/2013 6:54:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    3D printed AR15 3rd Generation Ready for Download (600 rds, no wear) Defense distributed announced that their 3rd generation of 3D printed lowers is ready for distribution. No one knows what the expected life of this lower will be, as it has been used to fire 600 rounds in rapid succession without discernible damage. In the video, right and left handed shooters switch places while firing the test rounds in rapid semi-action mode. It is clear that the shooters are starting to suffer from hand fatigue from so much trigger action. The lower receiver design has been reinforced. The upper...
  • Section 8 housing: Destroying home values and driving up rental prices?

    02/26/2013 6:52:56 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 32 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 2-19 | Law.TV
    The federal government helps low-income families in need of housing by way of a program named Section 8, which issues rental vouchers for qualifying recipients. The vouchers can be used to pay rent on any property that accepts Section 8 renters. Many factors determine what a monthly stipend rate will be, but household income and headcount are the primary factors. In general, to qualify for Section 8, the family's income may not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. Public housing agencies, or PHAs, collect information on...
  • 'Seamless garment' theory has been abused to ignore life issues: top Vatican official

    02/26/2013 6:50:32 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 25, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    ROME, February 25, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – “Intellectually dishonest” theologians and politicians have abused Cardinal Bernardin’s famous “seamless garment” image of Catholic moral teaching to “justify turning a blind eye” to injustices such as abortion, contraception and public funding for embryonic stem cell research, according to the head of the Vatican’s number two office. Speaking at the Vatican to the annual meeting of the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a position previously held by Pope Benedict, said that, viewed properly, the seamless garment image is valid....
  • 1 year anniversary of neighborhood watch shooting [and the lies from the MSM continue]

    02/26/2013 6:49:17 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 26, 2013 | Associated Press
    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — It's been one year since neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in central Florida. On Feb. 26, 2012, Zimmerman spotted Martin walking through his neighborhood, a gated community, in Sanford. Martin was walking back to a house he was staying at in the community after a trip to a convenience store. Zimmerman started to follow him because he thought he looked suspicious. Despite a police dispatcher telling him "you don't have to do that," Zimmerman got out of his truck to pursue Martin. [Lie #1: Zimmerman was already out of his truck...
  • Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage

    02/26/2013 6:49:01 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 53 replies
    New Yawk Slimes ^ | February 25, 2013 | By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.
  • Jimmy Savile and the Cardinal: Britain's top Catholic cleric was friend of disgraced TV host (pedo)

    02/26/2013 6:43:47 AM PST · by RummyChick · 27 replies
    daily mirror ^ | 2/26 | steve white
    Grinning and giving a thumbs-up, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric poses with his friend, disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile. The snap, taken six years ago, emerged last night after Cardinal Keith O’Brien quit amid allegations of “inappropriate acts” towards fellow priests. The photo was taken in Edinburgh in 2007 as fund-raiser Savile and the cardinal unveiled a Ł375,000 vehicle for the disabled. The pair first met in the 70s, when O’Brien was a priest in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire – and worked with a friend of Savile’s mum. Another priest at Kilsyth at the time has been suspended following claims of abuse...
  • Climatologists: Recent snowfall provides drought relief, but not enough

    02/26/2013 6:42:02 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 7 replies
    Daily Nebraskan ^ | 2-26-2013 | James Pace
    While some have welcomed the added moisture provided by Thursday’s snow, others say it did little to affect Nebraska’s ongoing nine-month drought. The snow accumulation, ranging from a modest few inches in the southeastern portion of the state to deeper drifts in the west, fell upon frozen ground, preventing it from reaching thawed soil and eventually trickling down and recharging the groundwater supply. “It’s a shot in the arm, very beneficial, but we still have some ground to make up,” said Mark Svoboda, a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. Nebraska...
  • Abraham Lincoln's view of the Declaration was not very progressive

    02/26/2013 6:41:16 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 7 replies
    In a letter to Henry L. Pierce, Lincoln wrote the following: (Original source) This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. All honor to Jefferson--to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to...
  • Bob McDonnell’s Bad Transportation Deal (A terrible legacy for the State of Virginia)

    02/26/2013 6:38:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2013 | The Editors
    What is it with Republicans and transportation bills? The pork-packed 2005 highway bill, which included the infamous Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” was the fiscal low point of the Bush-Hastert years, and now Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has decided that his legacy to the commonwealth will be a gigantic tax increase to fund billions of dollars’ worth of dubious transportation projects. Politics is about tradeoffs and compromise, inevitably, but this is a bad deal on most counts. There are two ways to judge the deal Governor McDonnell has cut. For those who take the inerrantist Norquistian view that any tax increase...
  • Egypt Hot Air Balloon Crash Death Toll Rises to 19

    02/26/2013 6:35:36 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 26, 2013 | MAGGIE MICHAEL and HAGGAG SALAMA
    A hot air balloon flying over Egypt's ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field on Tuesday, killing at least 19 foreign tourists in one of the world's deadliest ballooning accidents and handing a new blow to Egypt's ailing tourism industry. The casualties included French, British, Belgian, Hungarian, Japanese nationals and nine tourists from Hong Kong, Luxor Governor Ezzat Saad told reporters. Three survivors — two British tourists and the Egyptian pilots — were taken to a local hospital, but one of the Britons later died of injuries.
  • Bread and Circuses: Economic growth is anemic, but at least we have a cool first couple.

    02/26/2013 6:34:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2013 | Mona Charen
    People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses — JuvenalIsn’t it grand that we have such a cool couple in the White House? Hollywood would never have deigned to invite any other first lady to present the award for best picture at its annual self-worshipping soporific. Mrs. Obama knew just how to flatter the nearly inexhaustible vanity of people who sell tickets to shows. Advertisement “I am so honored to . . . help celebrate the movies that lift our spirits, broaden...
  • Bracing for Rain of Frogs

    02/26/2013 6:32:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Charles Payne
    History is replete with epidemics and plagues often caused by man's negligence and made worse by knee-jerk reactions of men that attempt to whitewash the past while protecting a select few from hysteria of the masses. I can't help but think of these historic events as we head into next week's Sequestration, which is being sold as the worst crisis to face America since Russian ships raced toward Cuba, loaded with nuclear arms. According to the White House, a plague will be unleashed on America ... could it rival these? I'm only being a little silly ... because the campaign...
  • Can anyone find video of Sotomayor's original "wise latina" remark on the internet?

    02/26/2013 6:32:43 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    2/26/13 | SFF
    Been looking for the comment where she says, "I shouldn't say this because cameras are here....." I am able to find TONS of videos of her "explaining" her comments, but the original video seems to be gone (scrubbed?) from the internet.
  • LET THE LEFTISTS HAVE IT ALL

    02/26/2013 6:30:34 AM PST · by 7thson · 59 replies
    I am going to try to say this without too much rambling. Last night driving home, I turned on the radio to listen to Mark Levin. He is in the middle of his rant against McDonnell of Virginia. He then talks about Scott of Florida and lists the Repub governors who have now accepted Obamacare. A few of those governors were Tea Party favorites – McDonnell, Scott, Brewer, Kasich, Martinez. It seemed so depressing. Every time we turn around, this guy in the White House continues to win his goals while our beliefs are constantly undermined. This Lent, I have...