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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...
  • Italy election: Europe jitters over result deadlock

    02/26/2013 6:28:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 02/26/2013
    European politicians and markets have reacted anxiously after Italy's general election produced a stalemate between centre-right and centre-left blocs. France and Germany urged continued reform, while Spain described the result as a "jump to nowhere". Italian markets fell sharply while others in Europe and around the world opened down. Centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi said fresh elections should be avoided, and called for a period of reflection. The BBC's Alan Johnston in Rome says he was hinting at the possibility of considering what would be a very awkward alliance with his opponents on the centre-left. With all domestic votes counted, Pier...
  • To Cut Government Spending, Lay Off the Loafers

    02/26/2013 6:25:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/26/2013 | Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    WASHINGTON-With the sequester scheduled for March 1, everyone is looking for ways to save money. How about cutting the employees the federal government pays not to work for Uncle Sam? In a new report issued earlier this month, the Office of Personnel Management announced that the federal government paid over $156 million in 2011 for some of its employees to work as representatives for government unions, up from $139 million in 2010 and $129 million in 2009. In government language that would make George Orwell smile, the time that federal workers spend working for their unions and not working for...
  • White House raises terror threat, warns illegals could flood borders after sequester cuts

    02/26/2013 6:24:07 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 43 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 2-25-2013 | Stephen Dinan and Dave Boyer
    The Obama administration on Monday warned the nation to expect an increase in illegal immigration if the automatic budget cuts go into effect Friday —the latest caution from a White House determined to raise the heat on congressional Republicans. President Obama has framed the choice as one between higher taxes or lower security, bolstered by Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano’s warning Monday that the U.S. Border Patrol will be forced to furlough agents, costing nearly a quarter of the workforce. “I don’t think we can maintain the same level of security,” Ms. Napolitano said. “If you have 5,000 fewer...
  • America's Creditor China Has Its Own Debt Bomb

    02/26/2013 6:22:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02/26/2013 | RUCHIR SHARMA
    Six years ago, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao cautioned that China's economy is "unstable, unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable." China has since doubled down on the economic model that prompted his concern. Mr. Wen spoke out in an attempt to change the course of an economy dangerously dependent on one lever to generate growth: heavy investment in the roads, factories and other infrastructure that have helped make China a manufacturing superpower. Then along came the 2008 global financial crisis. To keep China's economy growing, panicked officials launched a half-trillion-dollar stimulus and ordered banks to fund a new wave of investment. Investment has...
  • $200 For A Box of 22LR Ammo

    02/26/2013 6:18:42 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 59 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Major Van Harl USAF Ret
    Have you tried to buy ammo in the past sixty days? The ability of find any handgun ammunition is almost impossible unless you are willing to pay as much as twice the normal price. Certain rifle calibers, such as .223 Remington and 308 Winchester are selling for a $1 to $2 a round. A twenty round box of 223 Remington was selling for about $8 a box two months ago. Now some types of 223 Remington are selling for $35 a box of twenty. This is pure manmade panic buying. I have been writing for over five years about the...
  • From the Schoolhouse to the Factory Floor, Girding for Cuts

    02/26/2013 6:16:23 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 4 replies
    CNBC, NYT ^ | 2-26-2013 | Michael Cooper
    The owner of a Missouri smokehouse that makes beef jerky is worried about a slowdown in food safety inspections. A Montana school district is drawing up a list of teachers who could face layoffs. Officials at an Arizona border stationfear that lines to cross the border could lengthen. And if Olympic National Park in Washington cannot hire enough workers to plow backcountry trails, they may stay closed until the snow melts in July. With some $85 billion in spending cuts —known as sequestration —set to begin at the end of the week, officials in Washington were blaming one another. In...
  • When You Find Out You Married Your Sister

    02/26/2013 6:15:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Michael Brown
    You knew it had to happen sometime. A husband discovers that he and his wife have the same sperm donor father. (Both of them raised by lesbian parents.) That means he married his half-sister, who is now the mother of their three children. What should they do? Although the story has not, to my knowledge, been verified, it was the subject of a question submitted to Emily Yoffe, author of the Dear Prudence advice column. The husband explained that when he met his wife in college, “the attraction was immediate, and we quickly became inseparable. We had a number of...
  • Pope Benedict's new name revealed

    02/26/2013 6:12:32 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | February 26, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    Father Federico Lombardi speaks to the media at the Vatican press office. Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See press office revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI will retain his papal name but will be called Pope Emeritus. “He will still be called His Holiness Benedict XVI,” said the press office director, Father Federico Lombardi. “But he will also be called Pope Emeritus or Roman Pontiff Emeritus,” he added at the Feb. 26 press meeting. Pope Benedict is currently receiving hundreds of letters from authorities from around the world bidding him farewell. “He...
  • Pope Benedict chooses his new wardrobe

    02/26/2013 6:08:29 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | February 26, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2013 general audience. Credit: Matthew Rarey/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 26, 2013 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has decided what he will wear once he is no longer Pope – a simple white cassock, and brown shoes given to him in Leon, Mexico. “The city of Leon is known for beautiful shoes, and very comfortable shoes. And when the Pope was asked what he wanted to wear he said, ‘I want the shoes from Leon in Mexico,’” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Feb. 26. “It...
  • Group: Syrian Missiles Kill At Least 141 In Aleppo

    02/26/2013 6:07:36 AM PST · by edpc · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 Feb 2013 | Barbara Surk
    BEIRUT (AP) — At least 141 people, half of them children, were killed when the Syrian military fired at least four missiles into the northern province of Aleppo last week, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The international rights group said the strikes hit residential areas and called them an "escalation of unlawful attacks against Syria's civilian population." The statement from the New York-based group followed a visit to the area by a HRW researcher.
  • Main Street U.S.A.

    02/26/2013 6:06:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    The Devil, You Say! Hardly had the shooting stopped at Sandy Hook Elementary School before the national commentary machine cranked up. Everyone and his dog had something to say: Most of it, as events would show, centered on the compelling need, or lack of it, for gun control. To the Rev. Dr. Bill Dickson, it seemed the time had come for a metaphorically deeper treatment, focused on the seething, slithering abode of evil itself and the inhabitants thereof. "Something shocking is going on in the world," Dr. Dickson, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, told me...
  • Arkansas Senate passes bill on concealed guns on college campuses

    02/26/2013 6:05:01 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Suzi Parker
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark (Reuters) - Faculty and staff members in Arkansas are one step closer to legally carrying concealed handguns on the state's college campuses. The Republican-controlled Arkansas state Senate voted 31 to 4 on Monday to allow colleges and universities to decide themselves whether to allow concealed weapons on their campuses. The bill previously passed the Republican-controlled Arkansas state House 70 to 11. The bill now goes to Governor Mike Beebe, a Democrat. He is expected to sign the legislation.
  • Kerry Defends Karzai’s 'Legitimate Evaluations' of ISAF After Karzai Kicks Out U.S. Special Forces

    02/26/2013 6:03:03 AM PST · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai has carried out “many legitimate evaluations” of the actions of coalition forces in Afghanistan and of “how sometimes some things have gone wrong or might be changed and be done better,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. He made no reference to the fact that, about eight hours earlier, ISAF spokesmen had told a press conference in Kabul that no evidence had been found to support allegations of U.S. Special Forces misconduct in Wardak.
  • Is Your Face Racist?

    02/26/2013 5:57:36 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 25, 2013 | Anthony Carboni
    Researchers in Delaware claim to have found markers for a biological predisposition to being racist. It's a controversial, if not intriguing claim. Anthony takes a look a look at their report. Read More: Full Journal Article (Subscription Required) Facial Structure Is Indicative of Explicit Support for Prejudicial Beliefs
  • Minimum Grade

    02/26/2013 5:49:29 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 17 replies
    http://cafehayek.com/ ^ | February 24, 2013 | Don Boudreaux
    WASHINGTON (CH) – In a bold effort to improve the educational fortunes of students who perform at academic levels significantly below the average of their peers, Congress has mandated a minimum grade to be assigned to each student in each course taught at any school in the country. Starting in September, it shall be unlawful for any teacher, professor, or instructor charged with assigning course grades to assign to any student a grade lower than C-. Sponsors of the Fair Academic Standards Act decry the injustice that occurs each time a student earns a low grade, such as a D...
  • CCTV Punch Attacks: Michael Ayoade Jailed

    02/26/2013 5:46:45 AM PST · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 26th February 2013 | Yahoo News
    'A man who punched a teenage girl and a female student, leaving them unconscious on the ground, has been jailed for four years. Michael Ayoade, 35, was caught on CCTV staging the random attacks in Plaistow, east London. In the second attack on November 13 last year, he jogged up behind a 16-year-old girl in the High Street and punched her in the head. The teenager fell to the ground, breaking three of her teeth. A year earlier, Ayoade punched a university student in the side of the head at Plaistow tube station. His victim, Daniella Montieth, was taken to...
  • How Hollywood De-Christianized Johnny Cash

    02/26/2013 5:46:45 AM PST · by Bratch · 20 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 25 2013 | Lee Habeeb
    It’s an early scene in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. The young Cash, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is auditioning for the man who might make him the next Elvis Presley. That man was Sam Phillips, the Sun Records impresario from Memphis.The fictional Cash walks into the room and begins playing a Gospel song. The fictional Phillips is not impressed, and tells the fictional Cash that no one listens to Gospel anymore, and that he should play something more meaningful. More relevant.Cash did. The rest was history.Well, not quite. It turns out that Cash, who was born on...
  • More Education Money Is Never Enough

    02/26/2013 5:46:44 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/25/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    In an MLive article titled, “Michigan education funding: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed 2 percent increased is ‘absolutely not enough,’ say critics,” politicians, administrators, union heads and special interest groups insist that the state needs to increase funding much more than the proposal. Michigan taxpayers should keep something in mind: They always say that. When the state slightly decreased K-12 funding two years ago, those mentioned above, with the help of a sympathetic media, loudly complained about what the 2.4 percent cut would do to schools. In the two years since, districts, schools and education unions have claimed false spending cuts,...
  • Earth to New York Times: Please Show Us these “Deep Spending Cuts” You Keep Writing About

    02/26/2013 5:46:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Sigh. I feel like a modern-day Sisyphus. Except I’m not pushing a rock up a hill, only to then watch it roll back down. I have a far more frustrating job. I have to read the same nonsense day after day about “deep spending cuts” even though I keep explaining to journalists that a sequester merely means that spending climbs by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years rather than $2.5 trillion.The latest example comes from the New York Times, which just reported about “deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard” without bothering to provide a single concrete number...
  • Brief and Direct: Why are Firemen Always the First To Be Laid Off?

    02/26/2013 5:40:18 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Red State.com ^ | Feb 25, 2013
    Brief and Direct: Why are Firemen Always the First To Be Laid Off? After garbage workers, that is. By: Flagstaff (Diary) | February 25th, 2013 at 08:33 Maybe because we’ll miss them the most. Because the President has forgotten he’s already been elected and he’s been campaigning across the country to defeat his own idea, there are too many sources to quote regarding the dire consequences President Obama sees if the sequester, or Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), isn’t averted. So without individual attribution here are some of the services we will lose. Local first responders–fire, police, EMS. Teachers....
  • Sen. Paul resurrected Penny Plan—worth a second look?

    02/26/2013 5:39:35 AM PST · by FatMax · 11 replies
    The US Report ^ | Feb. 20, 2013 | Kay Day
    In 2011 as various Republicans competed for the nomination to oppose Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson (Fla.) in the 2012 election, contender Connie Mack promoted the concept of The Penny Plan. The Penny Plan was conceived by Georgia businessman Bruce Cook. Sen. Rand Paul resurrected the idea during his response on behalf of the Tea Party to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. There’s a lot to be said for the plan, but unfortunately, the messaging was skewed by... The idea was simple: The One Cent Solution is beautifully simple: If the government cuts one cent out of every...
  • US-led coalition’s report of drop in Taliban attacks wrong; figures show no drop

    02/26/2013 5:34:31 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    washington post ^ | 2/26/2013 | ap
    The U.S.-led military command in Afghanistan incorrectly reported a decline last year in Taliban attacks and is preparing to publish corrected numbers that could undercut its narrative of a Taliban in steep decline. After finding what they called clerical errors, military officials in Kabul said Tuesday that a 7 percent drop in “enemy initiated attacks” for the period from January through December 2012 reported last month will be corrected to show no change in the number of attacks during that span. The 7 percent figure had been included in a report posted on the coalition’s website until it was removed...
  • AMERICANS TAKE KASSERINE GAP; NAZI ATTACKS SLOW SOVIET DRIVE (2/26/43)

    02/26/2013 5:34:16 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 9 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 2/26/43 | Drew Middleton, Charles Hurd, Ralph Parker
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  • Debunking The Myth That Sequester Cuts Will Cause Flight Delays

    02/26/2013 5:34:11 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/25/2013 | IBD Staff
    Sequester: If you want to know how misleading the Obama administration is being about the effects of the sequester, look no further than Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's dark warnings about flight delays. LaHood showed up at the daily White House press briefing Friday to claim the sequester — automatic spending cuts President Obama insisted on that are now scheduled to take effect in March — will "be very painful for the flying public." Because of those cuts, he said, the department will have to furlough flight controllers, leading to "delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours" at major...
  • Pre-K Won't Help Kids

    02/26/2013 5:32:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    President Obama ended his State of the Union speech on a warm and fuzzy note by calling for pre-K programs for almost all children. The best thing he could do for pre-kindergarten children is to make sure he doesn't hang trillions of dollars of debt around their necks, but that isn't the route he is taking. Instead, Obama wants to provide government daycare for all preschoolers who live in households where the income is below approximately $47,100. He doesn't call it daycare or babysitting (which is a more accurate term); he calls it early childhood education. Early childhood education means...
  • No basis for 'homosexual propaganda' in int'l law -Lavrov [Russia Gets It, Unlike The West!]

    02/26/2013 5:32:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 2/26/13
    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov disagreed with his Dutch counterpart Franciscus Timmermans over Russia’s international commitments regarding homosexual rights. Lavrov said that Russia, unlike the Soviet Union, has no law forbidding homosexual behavior between consenting adults, but it has the right to prohibit the proliferation of ‘homosexual propaganda.’... A bill that bans "homosexual propaganda towards minors" has yet to become law in Russia, but the first draft has already passed the lower chamber of the Russian parliament. Lavrov emphasized that Russia’s Criminal Code, which regularly punished homosexuals in the days of the Soviet Union, was abolished a long time ago and...
  • Politicians and the Media are a bigger threat than guns

    02/26/2013 5:32:17 AM PST · by ZachJones · 2 replies
    The World News Magazine ^ | February 25, 2013 | Zach Jones
    The hyperbole, the high and mighty discussions, the knee-jerk legislative reactions surrounding the gun debate (assault on the Second Amendment) these past few months have been absolutely crazy, shortsighted, misinformed, misdirected, unconscionable and potentially dangerous. There are moves in the works to require every gun owner in New York state to carry 1 million dollars worth of liability insurance estimated to cost between $1,600 to $2,000 annually, which would mainly prevent the poor and struggling families from having access to guns for self-defense. ... A lot of veterans, hundreds perhaps thousands, are receiving letters that they cannot own or process...
  • Homosexual and trans lobby celebrate "transgender law" with Mass. Governor

    02/26/2013 5:29:58 AM PST · by massmike · 12 replies
    massresistance.com ^ | 02/26/2013 | n/a
    On Jan. 19, 2012, the major homosexual and transgender activists from across the state along with the most powerful politicians converged in the historic Senate Reading Room in the Massachusetts State House for the official signing ceremony. The speakers shared the view that forcing the inclusion of transgenderism, cross-dressing, and related behaviors into society is actually part of a great Civil Rights crusade. And they portrayed themselves as historical descendants of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Here are a few quotes from the major speakers that day: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick: "I am proud of you and proud to be...
  • Gov Scott To Voters: Never Mind

    02/26/2013 5:25:26 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2-26-2013 | Cal Thomas
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) was one of those tea party stars whom voters believed had the courage of his convictions when he promised, as recently as last summer, to block The Affordable Care Act in his state. But last week, writes the Orlando Sentinel, "Scott made an abrupt about-face, embracing a three-year expansion of Medicaid coverage for about 1 million low-income Floridians that will be paid for by the health care law." Scott said, "I think this is a common-sense solution to dealing with this for the next three years where it will give us the time...
  • Food Stamps: Policy or Political Payoff

    02/26/2013 5:19:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr.
    In an early strategic preparation for the struggle to avoid the fiscal cliff, the president and several Democratic luminaries decided to redefine as essential several entitlement programs. In an old fashioned way of manipulating the public, they began to redefine commonly held beliefs. In the interest of time, we will share only one example. Last December, Newark Mayor Cory Booker spent a much-publicized week trying to live the life of a food stamp recipient. And after a nationwide media tour, we learned many valuable lessons. First of all, we learned that giving up your daily Starbucks causes headaches, and...