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  • 'Amateur hour': Vatican conclave drama is one for the history books, experts say

    02/26/2013 1:17:24 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/26/2013 | Tracy Connor
    A lame-duck pope. A secret dossier. Rumors of a gay cabal. A cardinal accused of "inappropriate" behavior. The Vatican is in an uproar, and church scholars say there hasn't been this much drama surrounding a conclave since 1800, when Pope Pius VI died while being held prisoner by Napoleon. One Vatican watcher says you have to go back to 1730 — when Pope Benedict XIII's right-hand man fled Rome in disguise amid allegations of corruption — to find a conclave buffeted by this much scandal. "This is not a healthy situation for any kind of institution," said the Rev. Thomas...
  • Looming Cuts Spur Mass Release of Illegal Immigrants

    02/26/2013 1:14:11 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs
    nyt ^ | 2-27 | KIRK SEMPLE
    In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country, an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said Tuesday. The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however. The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said. But the move angered some Republicans, including Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, who said the releases were a political gambit by the Obama administration that undermined the continuing negotiations over...
  • Great Britain and Gay Marriage

    02/26/2013 1:11:40 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/26/13 | Michael Coren
    The deconstruction of marriage continues. It didn’t begin with gays asking for marriage, but with the heterosexual world rejecting marriage itself.It was only a matter of time, really. Britain, the country of my birth and my home for the first 28 years of my life, has legalized same-sex marriage. The Conservative government had not in any way campaigned for it during the election, and Prime Minister David Cameron had effectively said he would not pursue it, as had the gay lobby and its political champions. The United Kingdom, you see, had introduced civil partnerships for homosexuals in 2004, and one...
  • The Papal Fashion: Pope Benedict XVI’s Favorite Fashion Accessories

    02/26/2013 1:07:52 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    International Design Times ^ | February 15, 2013
    When Pope Benedict XVI resigns from the papacy at the end of this month, the Vatican would lose one of its most stylish men. He is credited to have brought back fashion that has been unseen for decades, often mixing it with his personal style sense. In 2007, Esquire magazine awarded him the title "Accessorizer of the year," for his ornate papal habit that the Pope usually pairs with red leather loafers. The magazine pointed out that the pope earned this title after making a pair of simple shoes his signature accessory. "The point is: Have a signature. It could...
  • MICHELLE MEYER: Don't Get All Excited About Today's Huge Home Sales Report

    02/26/2013 1:07:12 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-26-2013 | Mamta Badkar
    MICHELLE MEYER: Don't Get All Excited About Today's Huge Home Sales Report Mamta BadkarFebruary 26, 2013 This morning we saw two huge housing data points. Home prices posted their biggest gain since July 2006, while new home sales surged 15.6 percent month-over-month. However, the already tight housing supply is getting even tighter. Bank of America economist Michelle Meyer tells us that while we are seeing an improvement in new home sales, today's data could be revised in coming months and that monthly data should be interpreted with caution since it can be very volatile. She also says that housing supply...
  • Brit anger at Ben's Argo: UK diplomats deny movie 'slur' that they 'turned away'

    02/26/2013 1:07:09 PM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    What does Hollywood have against the British? Once again on Oscar night, Tinsel Town gave warmly with one hand — while cynically taking away with the other. The good news is that at least nine Britons will fly back across the Atlantic with coveted golden statues. But the bad news is that Argo — the movie that won Best Film — is yet another piece of Hollywood’s Brit-bashing junk history that casts the British in a poor light.
  • How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships?

    02/26/2013 1:03:02 PM PST · by annalex · 66 replies
    Iona Institute ^ | 2012 | Mark Regnerus
    a b s t r a c t The New Family Structures Study (NFSS) is a social-science data-collection project that fielded a survey to a large, random sample of American young adults (ages 18–39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements. In this debut article of the NFSS, I compare how the young-adult children of a parent who has had a same-sex romantic relationship fare on 40 different social, emotional, and relational outcome variables when compared with six other family-of-origin types. The results reveal numerous, consistent differences, especially between the children of women who have had a lesbian...
  • Southwest Michigan immigration reform advocates tell their stories at rally in Kalamazoo

    02/26/2013 1:02:48 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    MLive.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Aaron Mueller
    KALAMAZOO, MI -- When Jenn Amaya's mother left for a trip to her home in Mexico in 2009, Jenn didn't think it would be the last time she would see her mom. Amaya's mother, a Mexican citizen, was working out the details of filing for residency in the United States, when she was informed during her trip to Mexico that she couldn't return to her family in the U.S. "I have a torn family due to a broken immigration system," Amaya said to a group of more than 300 people from across southwest Michigan who gathered at St. Joseph Catholic...
  • Weekly Wrap Up: "Fulfilling Our Obligations"

    02/26/2013 1:00:57 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 1 replies
    West Wing Blog ^ | February 22, 2013 at 04:21 PM EST
    Sequester Looming: On Tuesday, with just days left until a set of deep, across-the-board budget cuts are set to take effect, President Obama discussed what’s at stake for our country’s economy, security and future and pushed lawmakers to work out a deal for the American people. “So these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy. They will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment rolls,” said President Obama, as emergency respondents stood behind him. “This is not an abstraction -- people will lose their jobs. The unemployment rate might tick up again.”...
  • Obama Releases ‘Waves’ of Illegal Aliens From Holding Centers

    02/26/2013 12:55:53 PM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Jammie Wearing Fools ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Jammie
    The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts to protect the border and enforce federal immigration laws. Advocates reported “waves” of illegal immigrants being released from at least three detention centers in Texas, Florida and Louisiana. U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement confirmed the release of some illegal immigrants Monday night but would not say how many or from which detention centers. Sure, it’s not as if we have the right to know this stuff. Welcome to...
  • D.C.: Cut the Drama. Do Your Job.

    02/26/2013 12:53:08 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 32 replies
    Sarah's Facebook ^ | Feb 26th, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    D.C.: Cut the Drama. Do Your Job. Americans are sick and tired of yet another ginned-up crisis. D.C. needs to grow up, get to work, and live within its means. The real economic Armageddon looming before us is our runaway debt, not the sequester, which the President advocated for and signed into law and is now running around denouncing because he never had any genuine intention of reining in his reckless spending. Remember that this sequestration deal came about because of the long debt ceiling standoff in the summer of 2011. It wasn’t the ideal outcome for anyone, but it...
  • Activist re-invited back to Hilo High

    02/26/2013 12:52:19 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 8 replies
    Hilo Tribune Herald ^ | February 26, 2013 | TOM CALLIS
    Jim Albertini will be able to speak at Hilo High School after all. The anti-war activist said that Principal Bob Dircks notified his attorney on Friday that he will be allowed to speak to students, reversing a decision made two days prior to cancel the event due to a backlash over his outspoken views of the military. The previous day, Honolulu attorney Eric Seitz[ACLU] representing Albertini, threatened the school with a lawsuit over alleged civil liberties violations if his presentation wasn’t allowed.
  • Shooter of subway fare collector may have been male or female: police

    02/26/2013 12:45:02 PM PST · by Loyalist · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 26, 2013 | Timothy Appleby
    One year after Toronto subway fare collector William Anderson was shot and badly wounded in a botched robbery at the downtown Dupont station, a $25,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the masked gunman - or gunwoman - was renewed Tuesday, with a fresh appeal for tips. Now 53, Mr. Anderson remains off the job, still recovering from being shot in the neck and shoulder by his balaclava-clad assailant, who’s believed to have targeted that same station twice before. The description of that person, glimpsed on video, has been revised and the perpetrator may be male or female,...
  • Krauthammer: It’s going to be really embarrassing for the Left if we come out of sequestration alive

    02/26/2013 12:42:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    To hear President Obama and the Cabinet officials he has been steadily trotting out like show ponies tell it, the sequester cuts cannot, must not happen, because we’ll subsequently be hit with all kinds of disasters just short of a plague of locusts. Come on, White House, get it together --- I don't know that the sequester is the best specific way to get this done either, and maybe defense-related spending is getting the short end of the stick, but not even the Department of Interior can manage their devastating, draconian budget cuts, really? It's almost like you're trying to...
  • John Kerry, the Secretary of State (Who Served in Vietnam),

    02/26/2013 12:38:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: John Kerry, the secretary of state, is in Berlin, ladies and gentlemen. And while he's there he's probably reminiscing about the good old days of the Cold War wishing that there were an East Berlin that he could visit. You know, hang around with the buddies. You know, go to East Berlin and say, "Hey, you know me? I'm the guy that threw the fake metals from my Vietnam War service over the White House fence. Remember me?" There is no more divided Berlin, but that didn't stop John Kerry. He was speaking with students in Berlin...
  • Obama: 'You Can't Do Things By Yourself'

    02/26/2013 12:38:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Obama: 'You Can't Do Things By Yourself' Daniel Halper February 26, 2013 2:36 PM President Obama said that "you can't do things by yourself" at a speech today in Virginia: "You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble. You'd think maybe you wouldn't but actually you become more humble--you realize what you don't know," Obama said. "You realize all the mistakes you made. But you also realize you can't do things by yourself. That's not how our system works. You've got to have the help and the goodwill of Congress, and what...
  • No surprise: Hagel wins cloture vote easily

    02/26/2013 12:36:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | AllahPundit
    I told you the yays would be closer to 70 than to 60. Final tally: 71-27. You didn't seriously think these losers would go to the mat to block a nominee just because he's manifestly unqualified, did you?Eighteen Republicans voted yes, according to Fox's Chad Pergram. The roll of glory: R's voting to end debate on Hagel: Alexander, Ayotte, Blunt, Burr, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Flake, Graham, Hatch ...— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 26, 2013 R’s voting to end debate on Hagel (con’t): Johanns, McCain, Murkowski, Sessions, Shelby and Thune.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) February 26, 2013 Remember, Maverick has...
  • The secrets of the Pope’s shoes

    02/26/2013 12:31:37 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    National Post ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | Jane Macdougall
    Have you ever noticed the Pope’s shoes? How could you not? They’re red. Not ox blood, Tuscan or wine red, but radiantly Dorothy-in-Oz red. There’s a lot of information in those shoes. For a while, a story circulated that the Milanese fashion house Prada was supplying the Pope’s footwear. L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s daily bugle, set this matter right back in 2007, thereby quashing the already tired Devil Wears Prada jokes. The Pope’s shoes are handmade by one Adriano Stefanelli, a custom cobbler in northwestern Italy, and they’re pretty spiffy. Apparently, papal infallibility extends to this pope’s unerring fashion sense....
  • Carrots, Eggs, Or Coffee?

    02/26/2013 12:28:55 PM PST · by Kartographer · 23 replies
    A young woman went to her Grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. Her Grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the...
  • Illegal immigrants set free from detention centers as sequester approaches

    02/26/2013 12:26:25 PM PST · by yoe · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The sequester is officially still three days away, but the Obama administration already is making the first cuts, with officials confirming that the (Homeland Security Department) already has released several hundred illegal immigrants from detention in order to save money. The move is proving controversial. Immigrant-rights groups say it shows the administration was detaining folks it never should have gone after in the first place, while Republicans questioned the decision-making.[snip] While being released from detention, the illegal immigrants are still subject to supervision — either by electronic device or by being required to check in with ICE by phone or...
  • Haley, GOP governors blast Obama after sequester meeting

    02/26/2013 12:14:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 26, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    Barack Obama apparently hoped that a private meeting with GOP governors would help push House Republicans to compromise on the sequester. The meeting backfired in that regard, at least partially. The private meeting so incensed Nikki Haley that she could barely contain herself afterward at the US Chamber of Commerce afterward, and while she expressed frustration with both sides, she delivered a withering shot at Obama for refusing to make even slight cuts in federal spending: “I could not be more frustrated than I am right now,” Haley told reporters after the meeting. She said that when she asked Obama...
  • Big Labor Backed ObamaCare Decimating Benefits for Union Members

    02/26/2013 12:13:58 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 5 replies
    National Right to Work Committee ^ | 02/24/2013 | NRTW staff
    Then there is the recent news that Big Labor may now be feeling buyer’s remorse regarding the very bill that they were most responsible for inflicting on the innocent public: ObamaCare! So what are unions now going to push for? Perhaps for repealing this stupid law and replacing it with something more sensible? Quit dreaming! No, the unions are now pushing to get their lower-paid workers covered by the subsidies the law intended for just those who have no health care insurance at all. In other words, the unions are once again trying to rip off the taxpayer to cover...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $4k!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XXVII]

    02/26/2013 12:09:05 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 62 replies
    Woo hoo!! Working on the last $4k!! We can do this!! Click the link above or by mail to Free Republic - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794 Let's get'er done!! Thank you all very much!! FReepers are absolutely the greatest!! God bless.
  • Our Dated Immigration Policies Could Torpedo the Tech Economy

    02/26/2013 12:07:44 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | Jan 30 | JOHN FEINBLATT
    It’s an iPad and smartphone world. Yet we’re stuck with an immigration system formed in the age of black-and-white TVs. Whereas the success of yesterday’s Fortune 500 companies — like U.S. Steel and Amoco — once depended on resources, today’s Fortune 500 companies — like Google and eBay — depend on access to talent. Even so, there’s been no substantive reform of our immigration laws for nearly 50 years. It’s now more difficult than ever for foreign-born workers to come, contribute, and thrive in the United States. For the time being, America remains the destination of choice in the global...
  • Obama: "You Can't Do Things By Yourself"

    02/26/2013 12:03:55 PM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/ ^ | February 26, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    "You know, the one thing about being president is, after four years, you get pretty humble. You'd think maybe you wouldn't but actually you become more humble--you realize what you don't know," Obama said."
  • UAW Prez: Union ‘Dues Skim’ More Important Than RTW

    02/26/2013 12:03:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/25/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    In an interview with the Detroit Metro Times, United Auto Workers President Bob King suggests that the forced unionization of home-based caregivers is more important than Michigan's becoming a right-to-work state. “[T]here was a whole series of legislation that [Snyder] said was not on his agenda that he signed,” King told the Metro Times. "There were [university] research assistants being denied collective bargaining rights. There were home health care workers, who were given some really strong assurances that collective bargaining rights would not be taken away from them. “And that’s much more serious, honestly, than right-to-work; denying them the right...
  • NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama Seems More Bipartisan Than GOP

    02/26/2013 11:52:14 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 44 replies
    NBC/WSJ ^ | 2-26
    President Barack Obama approaches Friday's budget deadline with a far stronger reputation than Republicans for seeking bipartisan unity, a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll has found. The survey shows that 48 percent of Americans credit Obama with emphasizing unifying themes, compared with 43 percent who sayhe takes a partisan approach "that does not unify the country." By contrast, Americans by 3-1 say the Republican Party takes a partisan approach (64 percent) rather than a unifying one (22 percent). A 49 percent plurality of Americans said the Democratic Party takes a partisan approach, outpacing the 37 percent who said Democrats...
  • Michelle Obama hideous Oscar dress cost tax payers nearly $9,000

    So not only did Michelle Obama hijack the Oscars, she stuck it (again) to the tax payers as-well. You’ll be happy to know that the cost of Michelle Obama’s hideous Oscar dress designed has an estimated price tag of $8,990.
  • Twenty Years after the WTC Bombing

    02/26/2013 11:46:08 AM PST · by rmlew · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Today is the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing. It also marks three weeks since the attempted murder of Lars Hedegaard, the intrepid Danish champion of free speech. These events are not unrelated. Back in 1993, there was a tireless effort to limn the WTC bombers as wanton killers. They were, we were to understand, bereft of any coherent belief system, unrepresentative of any mainstream construction of Islam. In reality, though, they were devout Muslim operatives who belonged to a jihadist cell formed in the New York area by Omar Abdel Rahman — whose notoriety as the shadowy...
  • Florida Man Assaulted Teen Relative With Taco Bell Burrito Say Cops

    02/26/2013 11:46:02 AM PST · by llevrok · 36 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 2/26/2013
    Florida man is facing a misdemeanor charge after allegedly battering a teenage relative with a Taco Bell burrito. Police allege that Erik Brown, 36, throttled the 16-year-old boy in the face with the burrito during a February 15 domestic dispute at a Port St. Lucie residence. The victim told cops that he was having a “verbal altercation” with his mother and Brown, his brother-in-law, when Brown “asked his mother to bring him the burrito,” according to an arrest affidavit. Brown then allegedly threw the burrito “with force” at the victim, striking the boy in the face with the fast food...
  • Call Your Representative: Defund Obamacare Now

    02/26/2013 11:44:49 AM PST · by mtnwmn · 16 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 2/26/13 | Russ Vought
    Your key to winning conservative activism is simple: know, grow, and go. After you learn what’s going on and learn the tools you need, you’re ready to take productive action at the right time. We use emails, our blog, and our activist website to let you know what needs to happen when. Take Action! Your activism dashboard: create a profile on our activist website and use your dashboard to stay up to speed on the latest conservative fights on Capitol Hill. Action Alerts: posts we use to let you know when to take action. Post Your Action Story: send us...
  • 11th Signal Brigade HQ moving to Fort Hood

    02/26/2013 11:40:41 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    FORT HUACHUCA — For nearly a half century the 11th Signal Brigade headquarters has been associated with this southern Arizona Army post in some form or another, first as the 11th Signal Group which arrived in 1966. But on Feb. 18, the Department approved the relocation of the approximately 100 personnel headquarters to Fort Hood, Texas. The local announcement was made Monday. However, the brigade’s 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, consisting of nearly 500 people, will remain on Fort Huachuca, according to the 11th’s public affairs noncommissioned officer Staff Sgt. Kelvin Ringold. The brigade headquarters returned from a deployment to Afghanistan...
  • Hagel the appeaser

    02/26/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/26/2013 | Kenneth Timmerman
    At a 2006 conference in Washington, D.C., then-Senator Chuck Hagel laid out an appeasement policy that he claimed was the only sane option for the United States.The conference, hosted by the New America Foundation, was devoted primarily to Iran sanctions, which were coming before the U.S. Senate again the very next day for renewal.Sen. Hagel’s entire presentation was devoted to blasting the notion of sanctions and economic pressure as tools of diplomacy.“Great powers are secure enough to engage,” he said. “We need to engage Iran and Syria, and find those common denominators.”Sen. Hagel claimed that U.S. sanctions on Cuba were...
  • ABC broadcast edits out Michelle Obama claim that Chicago teen was killed by an ‘automatic weapon’

    02/26/2013 11:36:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/26/13 | Charlie Spiering
    In an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts aired this morning, First Lady Michelle Obama recalled the tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton who was shot and killed in Chicago after performing during the President’s Inauguration celebration in Washington D.C. “She was caught in the line of fire because some kids had some automatic weapons they didn’t need,” the First Lady explained. “I just don’t want to keep disappointing our kids in this country. I want them to know that we put them first.” Chicago police reported, however, that Pendleton was shot by a man who “opened fire with...
  • Abolish the Department of Education

    02/26/2013 11:33:45 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 19 replies
    Spectator ^ | 2-26 | Jeffrey Lord
    How did the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania get along from the beginning of the Republic in 1787 until 1978 — 191 years — and yet manage to educate its kids without the existence of the U.S. Department of Education? And, being one who is a graduate of both a Pennsylvania public high school and a Pennsylvania private college (Franklin and Marshall College, as it happens, dates from 1787) — how did the Commonwealth manage to educate the bulk of those kids well? Kids from all economic backgrounds, all races and both genders? The response will surely come — as it does...
  • Scientists Claim 72 Is the New 30

    02/26/2013 11:31:11 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 58 replies
    CNBC ^ | 26 Feb 2013
    Human longevity has improved so rapidly over the past century that 72 is the new 30, scientists say. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said progress in lowering the odds of death at all ages has been so rapid since 1900 that life expectancy has risen faster than it did in the previous 200 millennia since modern man began to evolve from hominid species. The pace of increase in life expectancy has left industrialized economies unprepared for the cost of providing retirement income to so many for so long
  • For sale: President Barack Obama

    02/26/2013 11:26:01 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-25-13 | DrJohn
    What does a guy who whined endlessly about unlimited big money groups do? Become one of them. Barack Obama has become Karl Rove. The left has been highly critical of Rove and his American Crossroads organization and now Obama has formed a mirror image group of his own, but this entity is vastly different. Rove isn't President. "Obama for America" has transformed into "Organizing for Action" Washington (CNN) – As President Barack Obama begins his second term in the White House, the remaining structure of his re-election campaign will re-launch as a new political organization with a mission to advocate...
  • Wave of Immigrants Released Ahead of Automatic Budget Cuts

    02/26/2013 11:25:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | KIRK SEMPLE
    <p>In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released a wave of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said.</p> <p>The government has not dropped the deportation cases against the immigrants, however: The detainees have been freed on supervised release while their cases continue in court, officials said.</p>
  • Yum Cuts Off Some China Suppliers

    02/26/2013 11:12:02 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 9 replies
    wsj ^ | 2;25 | LAURIE BURKITT
    BEIJING—The head of Yum Brands Inc.'s China operations made a rare appearance to take aim at the country's food-safety issues and win back customers after allegations of quality oversights at the company's KFC restaurants caused consumer confidence and sales to tumble in its largest market. Yum is aiming to prevent food-safety problems by cutting its ties with suppliers that source their chicken from small farms that are hard to regulate, said Sam Su, the chairman and chief executive of Yum's China division, in a press briefing Monday. But the fundamental problems that sparked consumer concern over the quality of the...
  • State Senator Wants Crackdown on Anonymous Internet Commentary

    02/26/2013 11:10:07 AM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 Feb 2013 | John Semmens
    Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced legislation that would require Internet websites to remove anything posted by an anonymous poster if someone complains about the content. Under the proposed bill, to avoid having his content removed a poster would have to attach his legal name, IP address, and home address. “As it stands now, pretty much anyone can post anything he wants,” Silverstein complained. “If he does it anonymously someone who is offended by the posting has no recourse other than to try to rebut it in his own post. This may be acceptable for a person who...
  • Libs Got It ALL Figured Out

    02/26/2013 11:04:14 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 3 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 26 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    America is overly capitalistic and greedy -yet half the population is subsidized Half the population is subsidized -yet remain convinced they are 'victims' They think they are victims -yet their representatives run the government Their representatives run the government -yet the poor keep getting poorer The poor keep getting poorer -yet they still have things people in other countries only dream of They have things people in other countries only dream of -yet they want America to be more like other countries...
  • Bernanke: My Inflation Record Is One of the Best Reuters

    02/26/2013 11:02:35 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly defended the central bank's easy monetary policy before a Senate committee on Tuesday and said there's little risk of a spike in inflation in the near term. In criticizing the central bank's easy monetary policy, Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, called Bernanke the biggest dove since World War II. Bernanke was quick to push back. "You called me a dove, well maybe in some respects I am, but on the other hand my inflation record is the best of any Federal Reserve chairman in the postwar period –or at least one of...
  • Nikon Introduces New Riflescope For .300 AAC Blackout

    02/26/2013 11:00:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 41 replies
    gunmartblog.com ^ | 25 February, 2012 | NA
    The .300 AAC Blackout has taken the industry by storm and is considered one of the hottest new cartridges for hunting feral hogs with AR/MSR platform rifles. This versatile cartridge provides the ability to shoot subsonic ammunition for low-noise applications and supersonic ammunition for longer-range shots. Nikon has developed the all-new P-300 BLK riflescope to embrace both applications and to harness the effectiveness of this exciting new caliber. “When you look at what the .300 Blackout cartridge can do in terms of effectiveness, it really is an amazing caliber. Nikon is excited to jump into the mix and give shooters...
  • Oscars 2013: How Seth MacFarlane's sexist jokes hurt women

    02/26/2013 11:00:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 25, 2013, 2:43 p.m. | Alexandra Le Tellier
    Wait, so the academy fired Brett Ratner from his gig as Oscars producer for making sexist and crude comments, but then, as Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan smartly points out, allowed host Seth MacFarlane to make “that kind of un-PC humor the cornerstone of his whole act.” BuzzFeed has rounded up the nine most sexist moments of Sunday’s Oscars, including MacFarlane’s sophomoric “boob” song. And New York Magazine transcribed the most offensive barbs, in case you want to relive the horror. …
  • Republicans For Gay Marriage – All The World Grows Stupid

    02/26/2013 10:57:37 AM PST · by massmike · 32 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 02/26/2013 | Don Feder
    With two Supreme Court cases pending that could either reaffirm or remake an institution that forms the bedrock of society, the debate over "same-sex marriage" has come down to political celebrities brandishing clichés. All the world grows stupid. According to a February 20th report on a local Fox News station, Joe Darger and one of his wives are lobbying the Utah legislature to decriminalize polygamy. In the Sexual Wonderland America is traversing at breakneck speed, polygamy is the latest thing. Take a law professor, mix with The New York Times opinion page, stir well, and – voila – you have...
  • Michael Savage: China Lobby Censoring New Book

    02/26/2013 10:57:27 AM PST · by WXRGina · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 26, 2013 | Unattributed
    Michael Savage says the marketing campaign for his new novel depicting China at war with the U.S. has been sabotaged by advertisers who “fear the China lobby.” In “A Time for War,” as WND reported reported, Savage has China secretly attacking the U.S., first by taking over its currency and then the military, through various technologies. “This book has been sabotaged from the top, down. Marketing campaigns derailed,” Savage told his listeners as he pointed to breaking news of the Justice Department blocking investigation of allegations that the Ames Research Center transferred weapons technology to China and other countries. Savage...
  • Obama Releases ‘Waves’ of Illegal Aliens From Holding Centers

    02/26/2013 10:52:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Jammiewf.com ^ | 2/26/13 | Jammie
    We suppose the “logic” behind this lunacy is the dreaded 2.3% federal budget cut coming our way this Friday. The only surprise is helpful Obama aides weren’t there to sign them up for driver’s licenses and EBT cards. They probably took care of that before releasing this wave of criminal upon unsuspecting Americans. The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts to protect the border and enforce federal immigration laws. Advocates reported “waves” of illegal immigrants...
  • U.S. Releases “Waves” of Illegal Immigrants from Custody

    02/26/2013 10:49:47 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 26, 2013
    Never one to let a crisis go to waste, President Obama is using impending budget cuts to justify releasing “waves” of illegal immigrants from detention centers throughout the country. Groups of illegal aliens have been freed this week from facilities in Texas, Florida and Louisiana, according to a mainstream newspaper story that quotes advocates reporting “waves” being released. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed the secret liberation program, but wouldn’t say how many illegal immigrants were let go or what facilities they came from. One appreciative illegal immigrant, Manuel Perez, actually issued a statement after getting released from a...
  • Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say

    02/26/2013 10:46:30 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Gov. Chris Christie will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover 300,000 uninsured New Jersey residents, The Star-Ledger learned today. The governor's new budget, which he plans to unveil at joint session of the Legislature this afternoon, also relies on state revenue growth of 4.9 percent and delays some property tax rebates for local taxpayers, according to three sources with knowledge of the budget plan who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
  • Sequester Means Bad News For Head Start Beneficiaries [Obama Loving Radio Station Fosters Panic]

    02/26/2013 10:45:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    WIOD ^ | 2/26/13
    The sequester is scheduled to take effect on Friday, and that means Florida stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding and 80,000 jobs. One program that will likely get slammed is Head Start, which provides early education and health services to tens of thousands of Florida children. About 2,700 of those kids will lose those benefits if the sequester kicks in. Dr. Daniel Armstrong, director of the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, says the sequester could have devastating consequences for the children being booted off the rolls....