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  • Kilgore's Van Cliburn, American classical pianist, dies at 78

    02/27/2013 10:08:37 AM PST · by mnehring · 23 replies
    an Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist who grew up in Kilgore and whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died. He was 78. Cliburn died early Wednesday at his Fort Worth home surrounded by loved ones following a battle with bone cancer, said his publicist and longtime friend Mary Lou Falcone. Cliburn made what would be his last public appearance in September at the 50th anniversary of the prestigious piano competition named for him. Speaking to the...
  • White House was 'unaware' of immigration detainee release

    02/27/2013 10:07:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies
    <p>Separately, at a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the decision was made by ICE "without any input from the White House."</p> <p>"The agency released these low-risk, non-criminal detainees under a less-expensive form of monitoring to ensure detention levels stayed within ICE's overall budget," he said.</p>
  • Sequester to Result in Shorter Days; Women, Minorities Hardest Hit

    02/27/2013 10:05:48 AM PST · by pabianice · 2 replies
    The Nav Log ^ | 72/27/13 | ip5683
    New York Times THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, DC… February 27, 2013 Today the White House warned that if the scheduled financial sequester takes place on March 1, the day will have to be shortened by 4.3%. Following a grim introduction by President Obama, White House Astronomer Dr. Karl Wretchman gave a press briefing this morning on the implications of such a shortfall. “Because of the Republicans’ refusal to allow a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans while demanding a cut in government spending on blind, homeless children, the Obama Administration has no choice but to cut the length of the...
  • Dumb as a Stick

    02/27/2013 10:04:27 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Current | Mikkii D
    We all need help from time to time.
  • Key provisions of Voting Rights Act appear in jeopardy after high court argument

    02/27/2013 10:00:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 2/27/13 | Tom Curry
    Central parts of an election law dating back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the Voting Rights Act, appeared to be in jeopardy Wednesday after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a challenge to them.
  • Woodward: Obama Exhibiting 'A Kind of Madness I Haven't Seen in a Long Time’

    02/27/2013 9:59:38 AM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Bob Woodward continues to break ranks with his Obama-loving colleagues by holding the President's feet to the fire concerning the looming budget sequester. Just days after he wrote a piece in the Post exposing the inconvenient truth that it was indeed the White House that initially proposed sequestration during the 2011 debt ceiling debate, Woodward appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday saying that Obama's decision to not send the USS Truman to the Persian Gulf as a result of these deliberations was "a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time" (video follows with...
  • El Cajon may be next city to ban red light cameras ( San Diego , too )

    02/27/2013 9:57:44 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    CBS 8 ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Steve Price
    El Cajon may be the next city to put a stop to red light cameras. ... San Diego removed its red light cameras last month
  • Illinois Can’t Even Afford to Pay Lottery Winners

    02/27/2013 9:57:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | february 26, 2013
    But I suppose it wouldn’t be entirely true to say that the Illinois lottery doesn’t have problems. After all, Jones has been spending quite a lot of the entity’s money jetting off to far off locations to complain about his job, and even state-run entities in economically illiterate states like Illinois have finite budgets. There’s only so much cash to go around. So after the little globe-trotting spree, it’s no wonder the Illinois lottery is having a little trouble cashing checks to winners. The Illinois Lottery bounced dozens of checks written to winners, many for scratch-off tickets worth $1,000.
  • Prosecutors: Child tells cop ‘Those are my daddy's hoes’ before human trafficking arrest

    02/27/2013 9:48:38 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    WFTV ^ | 02/27/2013
    ~snip~ Prosecutors say when police pulled Burton over and inquired about the two women in the car, the child said, "those are my daddy's hoes." State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says human trafficking is similar to domestic violence. She called it "affection -- with torture."
  • Send emails opposing anti-gun New Mexico House Bill 77 WITH ONE MOUSE CLICK

    02/27/2013 9:48:01 AM PST · by forty_years · 4 replies ^ | Feb. 27, 2013 | netWMD Editor in Chief
    Click this link to take you to a page which allows you to tell the entire membership of both the New Mexico Senate Public Affairs Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee (16 senators) to oppose House Bill 77 with one mouse click.House Bill 77 has been revised since it was first introduced, and initially failed to move forward, but it has now passed in the New Mexico House and been referred to the Senate Public Affairs And Senate Judiciary Committees.According to the NRA, HB 77 "is the first step toward the criminalization of all private firearm transfers..." and "mandates that...
  • How to defend yourself and family in your own home. - Or any structure for that matter

    02/27/2013 9:42:04 AM PST · by jongaltsr · 30 replies
    Defenders tend to stand behind door openings..... Shoot waist high about 4 plus inches beyond the door frame. Lay in a couple of shots - 4 plus inches and 10 inches. That will cover and girth of anyone in any stance. Shooters may be either standing or crouched behind the door opening. This way (4 plus inches) will get the best chance of hitting them. If you aim higher and they are crouched over you will miss. If they are either crouched over OR standing you have a MUCH greater chance of hitting them. A shot to the head or...
  • Rare spider puts halt to pipeline project

    02/27/2013 9:41:56 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    upi ^ | Feb. 26, 2013
    SAN ANTONIO, - Construction of a Texas water pipeline was halted due to the discovery of the same spider that halted a highway project. The San Antonio Water System said construction of the six-mile pipeline was halted with less than 1,500 feet to go when a Texas Department of Transportation crew working on a different project uncovered a cave containing the endangered Braken Bat Cave meshweaver spider, a federally protected species, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. SAWS spokeswoman Anne Hayden said the spider, which also caused construction at Loop 1604 and Texas 151 to be halted, has left the...
  • 1949 Mercury Dwarf Car

    02/27/2013 9:41:04 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 7 replies
    varietyvideos ^ | February 27, 2013 | Ernie Adams
    Ernie Adams tells us about his 1949 Mercury Dwarf Car in this professionally produced video. See the car's features up close. Learn about the building process. Ernie even takes it for a spin around the block. Enjoy!
  • Progressivism: The individualistic point of view halts social development at every point

    02/27/2013 9:40:57 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 5 replies
    I've written extensively about The New Republic's two founding members, but what of it's first editor? Walter Weyl was the person tapped for that job, and he has a lot to say about progressive ideology. In his book "The New Democracy", Walter Weyl writes the following: (Page 163) All the inspiring texts of democracy fall into nonsense or worse when given a strict individualistic interpretation. "Government should rest upon the consent of the governed" is a great political truth, if by "the governed" is meant the whole people, or an effective majority of the people; but if each individual governed...
  • Obama's 'Non-Profit' Sells Political Access

    02/27/2013 9:40:35 AM PST · by mgist · 3 replies ^ | · February 27, 2013 | By Arnold Ahlert
    Obama's 'Non-Profit' Sells Political Access An incestuous relationship brews between the mega-wealthy and the White House. Last weekend, the New York Times revealed that President Obama's campaign apparatus, Organizing for Action (OFA), has reinvented itself as a 501c 4 tax-exempt non-profit advocacy group offering access to the president in return for a large donation. "Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama's group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House," reports the Times. Furthermore, the OFA's reincarnation as an IRS-identified social...
  • Bond denied for man who threatened to eat judge’s children

    02/27/2013 9:40:32 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 5 replies
    AJC ^ | 02/26/2013 | By Alexis Stevens
    Bond was denied Tuesday for a Cobb County man that allegedly threatened to eat a judge’s children after killing his family. James Satterfield, 58, was arrested in December after mailing a letter to the home of Cobb County Superior Court Judge Reuben Green. In the letter Satterfield allegedly wrote that he would kill the judge’s children and “cook them first to make them more palatable,” his arrest warrant states.
  • A Minority View: Higher Minimum Wage

    02/27/2013 9:40:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 27, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. That would be almost a 25 percent increase. Let's look at the president's proposal, but before doing so, let's ask some other economic questions. Are people responsive to changes in price? For example, if the price of cars rose by 25 percent, would people purchase as many cars? Supposing housing prices rose by 25 percent, what would happen to sales? Those are big-ticket items, but what about smaller-priced items? If a supermarket raised its prices by...
  • Top DHS checkpoint refusals

    02/27/2013 9:39:31 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 27 replies
    youtube, various ^ | 2/25/13 | unknown
    Know your rights.Worth watching, IMO
  • Libertarians' Awkward Bedfellows

    02/27/2013 9:28:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 120 replies ^ | February 27, 2013 | John Stossel
    Last week, Conservative pundit Ann Coulter told me and a thousand young libertarians that we libertarians are puss- -- well, she used slang for a female body part. We were in Washington, D.C., at the Students for Liberty conference, taping my TV show, and she didn't like my questions about her opposition to gay marriage and drug legalization. "We're living in a country that is 70 percent socialist," she says. "The government takes 60 percent of your money. They take care of your health care, your pensions ... who you can hire ... and you (libertarians) want to suck up...
  • Ben Carson to Speak at CPAC

    02/27/2013 9:21:00 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 27, 2013
    The American Conservative Union announced today that Dr. Ben Carlson will address the 40th Annual Conservative Politcal Action Conference. Carlson is most recently known for his keynote speech at the National Prayer Breakfast eariler this month where he challenged President Obama’s economic policies. According to ASU Chairman Al Canenas, “Dr. Ben Carson represents the optimism and hope of the future of the conservative movement, while at the same time he articulates the deep fiscal and social challenges that our Nation faces. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Carson to the CPAC stage in March.”