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  • The End is Near For Marriage As We Know It

    03/26/2013 1:25:49 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 26, 2013 | JP
    As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in a landmark case that seeks to establish “marriage equality” as the law of the land, my thoughts turned to Kody Brown, David Epstein and Kenneth Pinyan. Brown, who appears with his four brides and 17 children in the TLC reality show “Sister Wives,” faces prosecution for violating Utah’s ban on polygamy. Epstein, a Columbia University political science professor, was charged last year with one count of incest for his three-year consensual sexual relationship with his 24-year-old daughter. And Pinyan, the subject of a documentary film, “Zoo,” which won an award at...
  • Pope: Bartholomew I, Hope to Unite Eastern Churches and Rome

    03/26/2013 1:22:46 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    ANSA Med ^ | 3/25/13
    Even if not immediately. Francis can reform Vatican(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, MARCH 25 - The Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I who attended last week the mass inaugurating the pontificate of Pope Francis, believes the reunification of the Orthodox and Rome Churches 1,000 years after the Great Schism of 1054 is possible, the Turkish press reports. Speaking at a meeting at the university of Kadir Has in Istanbul, Hurriyet reports, Bartholomew I said he believed 'there is a possibility for the next generations to see the churches of the East and West reunited'. 'This will probably not happen during my life',...
  • Senators Stampede for Gay Marriage

    03/26/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT · by OKRA2012 · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/26/13 | Rick Klein
    By our count - and the day is still young - four Democratic U.S. senators have flipped on gay marriage in the past few days. Senators Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska - have joined Senators Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Mark Warner, D-Va., in renouncing their previous opposition to gay marriage, just since Sunday. They follow, of course, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio - still the only Republican senator to endorse gay marriage - to flip as the Supreme Court takes up the issue today and tomorrow.
  • Islam is The Only True Religion of Peace, not Terror.[Part satire, part not]

    03/26/2013 1:16:33 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 4 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 26, 2013 | Dan Miller
    This is a "guest post" by Sheik Mohamed ali-Baba, a well known Islamic scholar, "humanitarian," redistributionist and spokesman for al Qaeda. My own comments follow his rant. I, Sheik Mohamed ali-Baba, graced these otherwise perverted and insignificant pages last year with my endorsement, on behalf of Al Qaeda, of President Obama for reelection. Our endorsement was crucial in securing his reelection -- there could have been no other conceivable reason for his success. His light continues to shine upon us, and ours upon him. May that continue as long as your otherwise vile nation shall continue to exist, Insha'Allah. Otherwise,...
  • FAU student says he was suspended for not 'stepping on Jesus'

    03/26/2013 1:10:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 36 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Al Pefley
    DAVIE, Fla. -- A student at Florida Atlantic University's campus in Davie says he couldn't believe what he and his fellow students were asked to do by their instructor three weeks ago. Ryan Rotela, a junior from Coral Springs at FAU, said what happened was an insult to his intelligence. He said the instructor in his Intercultural Communications class at FAU told everyone in the class to take out a piece of paper, write the word JESUS on it in bold letters, and then put the paper on the floor and stomp on it. Ryan said while some of his...
  • College Student Says He’s Been Suspended After He Refused Prof’s Demand to Stomp on Jesus Sign

    03/26/2013 1:06:36 PM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Ryan Rotela, a junior at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), is waging a bizarre allegation against his professor, Dr. Deandre Poole. The student is claiming that he’s been suspended from his intercultural communications class for refusing to write “JESUS” on a sheet of paper, throw it on the floor and then stomp on it — a request that the instructor apparently made. If you’re already scratching your head, you’re not alone. The curious claim caught the attention of WPEC-TV, a South Florida CBS affiliate. Rotela, a devout Mormon, says he refused to participate in the purported activity and told Poole that...
  • Cyprus to shape future euro bank rescues: Eurogroup head

    03/26/2013 1:01:30 PM PDT · by EBH · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/13 | Luke Baker
    A rescue program agreed for Cyprus will serve as a model for dealing with future euro zone banking crises and other countries will have to restructure their banking sectors, the head of the region's finance ministers said. The approach would mark a radical departure for euro zone policy after three years of crisis in which taxpayers across the region have effectively been on the hook for resolving problem banks and indebted governments via multiple rescue programs. "What we've done last night is what I call pushing back the risks," Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup of euro...
  • Spot The Dijsselbloem Gaffes (Template and “Levy On Wealth Is Defendable In Principle”)

    03/26/2013 12:52:17 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/26/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Between youth riots in Cyprus over the tax levy on deposits and the Eurogroup’s Chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem’s verbal gaffes, it has been a busy day in Europe. First, the announcement of a deal on Cyprus sent the Euro Stoxx index upwards (resolution of uncertainty). Then Dijsselbloem said that the tax levy on Cyprus deposits was a template for other countries (massive creation of uncertainty). Then he said he wasn't sure what template meant. First, can you spot when Dijsselbloem made his template gaffe? Second, how could the CEO of the Eurogroup NOT know what a template is? Then adding gas...
  • How Nixon Won Watergate

    03/26/2013 12:47:35 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 27 replies
    Res ipsa loquitur ("The thing itself speaks") blog ^ | March 26, 2013 | JONATHAN TURLEY
    This month, I spoke at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Watergate scandal with some of its survivors at the National Press Club. While much of the discussion looked back at the historic clash with President Nixon, I was struck by a different question: Who actually won? From unilateral military actions to warrantless surveillance that were key parts of the basis for Nixon’s impending impeachment, the painful fact is that Barack Obama is the president that Nixon always wanted to be. Four decades ago, Nixon was halted in his determined effort to create an “imperial presidency” with unilateral...
  • WBUR Poll: Markey, Sullivan Hold Primary Leads, But Many Are Undecided (Markey takes on the NRA)

    03/26/2013 12:44:35 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    WBUR ^ | March 26, 2013 | Fred Thys
    BOSTON — A new WBUR poll (PDFs – topline, crosstabs) of the special Massachusetts U.S. Senate election finds it wide open on both the Democratic and the Republican sides. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, of Malden, leads his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, of South Boston, by 11 percentage points. On the Republican side, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, of Abington, has the lead over both Norfolk state Rep. Dan Winslow and Cohasset private equity manager Gabriel Gomez.
  • Archbishop Cordileone states case against gay marriage

    03/26/2013 12:43:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    USA Today | 3/26/2013
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  • HELP! Nashville or Bust!

    03/26/2013 12:32:48 PM PDT · by This Just In · 100 replies
    March 26, 2013 | This Just In
    Good day, Freepers. My family and I have decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee. We have worked in the music industry for decades, but stopped playing professionally for a few years in order to raise our children. We've also considered Austin, Texas. We are searching for information concerning housing, environment, climate, the music scene, and any other helpful advice/comments you can provide. My family and I have never visited Austin or Nashville. We are currently researching these topics via the net, but your assistance is deeply appreciated. Thank You, TJI
  • World Exclusive: Chelsea Clinton adopting African baby

    03/26/2013 12:32:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 129 replies
    The National Enquirer ^ | 3-26-13 | Barry Levine -- executive editor
    Big hearted Chelsea Clinton plans to adopt a baby from Africa, the Enquirer has learned exclusively.
  • Obama’s Religious Freedom Appointee Involved in Muslim Event Calling for Limiting Freedom of Speech

    03/26/2013 12:30:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/26/2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    America’s free-speech model is in desperate need of an update, says an American-Muslim human rights activist who recently spoke at an event linked to an Obama administration appointee. Dr. Qasim Rashid argued that cyber-bullying laws could be used to limit freedom of expression – such as the burning of Korans -- in war time: “When a nation is at war, many things that might be said in times of peace are a hindrance to this effort,” Rashid said on March 19 at Howard University. “And their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight and…no court can regard...
  • More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas in 2013

    03/26/2013 12:30:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies ^ | March 26 2013 | Dan Halper
    In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
  • CBO: America Will Never See Full Employment Under Obama

    03/26/2013 12:21:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 26, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Congressional Budget Office is now projecting that the U.S. economy will never achieve full employment during the eight years Barack Obama serves as president. That would make Obama the only American president during the post-World War II era who never presided over a year in which the U.S. economy offered full employment to the American people. The CBO defines “full employment” to be when the national unemployment rate is at or below what it calls the “natural unemployment rate.” …
  • Senate Democrats Vote to Keep White House Closed to Tourists

    03/26/2013 12:19:05 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 15 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Mar 2013 | John Semmens
    A GOP attempt to make a modest change to the budget in order to overturn the Administration’s decision to use the sequester as an excuse to shut down tourist access to the White House was shot down in the Democrat -controlled Senate by a 54-45 vote. “Every sector of our society must bear its share of the pain caused by the sequester’s budget cuts,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). “Wrecking vacations and disrupting school field trips helps convey the importance of maintaining the full measure of spending the President wants.” As it turns out, though, not every sector...
  • Cypriot youth protest as banks stay shut

    03/26/2013 12:14:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/26/13 | Michele Kambas and Costas Pitas
    Cypriots vented anger in the streets on Tuesday and were desperate to learn what would happen to their savings, with the government yet to reveal details of controls it will impose to prevent a run when banks reopen after a painful bailout. A special administrator was appointed to run the country's biggest bank, which will take over accounts from the second biggest bank as part of the restructuring package designed to bail out and rein in the oversized financial sector. Cyprus's banks were ordered to remain closed until Thursday, and even then will operate under as-yet-undisclosed capital controls imposed to...
  • Jim Carrey mocks gun enthusiasts in 'Funny or Die' 'Hee-Haw' spoof

    03/26/2013 12:11:19 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    Entertainment on Today ^ | 03/25/13 | Drusilla Moorhouse
    Reckon Jim Carrey lost a few of his 10 million Twitter followers Monday? In a biting "Hee-Haw" themed Funny or Die spoof, the outspoken comedian takes aim at America's "heartless" gun enthusiasts -- including Charlton Heston, the late actor and former NRA president. Carrey performed double duty in the video, as both Heston and the twangy lead singer of the band performing the catchy "Cold Dead Hand." (The title is an allusion to Heston's rifle-toting 2000 NRA address, in which he referenced the famous slogan "I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.")
  • Driving Is Deadlier Than Terrorism, Why Isn't It Scarier?

    03/26/2013 12:10:12 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 19 replies
    Newton Blog ^ | 3-26-2013 | Ross Pomeroy
    Whether you're driving in a car, walking down the street, or merely sitting in a chair, there are about a hundred ways that life could end: instantly, slowly, ironically, stupidly, early, or even painfully. Yet despite the precariousness native to existence, most of us manage to soldier on. Every so often, however, we get hung up on something, and our stoic composure gets tossed out the window. Topics like nuclear power, genetically-modified foods, and more recently, horse meat in food, bring out humanity's true nature, "guided by emotion rather than by reason, easily swayed by trivial details, and inadequately sensitive...
  • Cops: Baby pistol-whipped in head twice in Goose Creek

    03/26/2013 12:07:58 PM PDT · by aomagrat · 42 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 26 April 2013 | Cameron Easley
    Goose Creek police are investigating three suspects after an 11-month-old boy was pistol-whipped during an armed robbery. According to an incident report, the assault happened in the parking lot of the Dollar General located at 205 North Goose Creek Boulevard just before 8 p.m.
  • Google makes 'ungoogleable' unusable in Sweden

    03/26/2013 12:07:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1 hr 23 mins ago | Don Reisinger |
    Google has put some pressure on Sweden's Language Council after it tried to add "ungoogleable" to its list of words, according to a report out of the country. Swedish news outlet Sverigesradio is reporting today that Google's lawyers contacted the Language Council after it announced that it would make "ungoogleable" (or, in Swedish, "ogooglebar") an official word. After "a long e-mail exchange" with the lawyers, the Council decided to drop its bid to make it a word, saying that it took "too much time and resources away from other work." "Ungoogleable" was going to be defined as "that cannot be...
  • Napolitano doesn't rule out 2016 run for president (LMAO)

    03/26/2013 12:00:33 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 26, 2013 at 11:15 am | Paul Bedard
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, buzzed about as a potential 2016 presidential candidate if Hillary Clinton doesn't run, did not rule out an eventual bid when asked about it Tuesday. The former long-serving Arizona governor instead brushed off the question, joking that she's too busy keeping U.S. borders safe to consider a race. At a breakfast interview hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, she said, "my plate is so full now that that kind of contemplation would be the kind of thing that would keep me up at night, and I lose enough sleep as it is." (surely Sarcasm)
  • My Train Wreck Conversion (Lesbian turns away, chooses Christianity)

    03/26/2013 11:54:57 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 51 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/7/2013 | Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one. The word Jesus stuck in my throat like an elephant tusk; no matter how hard I choked, I couldn't hack it out. Those who professed the name commanded my pity and wrath. As a university professor, I tired of students who seemed to believe that "knowing Jesus" meant knowing little else. Christians in particular were bad readers, always seizing opportunities to insert a Bible verse into a conversation with the same point as a punctuation mark: to end it rather than deepen it.
  • Bloomberg Removes All Doubt That Real Patriots Should Never Compromise With Liberal Democrats...

    03/26/2013 11:51:35 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-26-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Lonely Conservative has the story behind this graphic here.
  • Pope Francis to live in Vatican guesthouse, not papal apartments

    03/26/2013 11:48:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 176 replies
    cns ^ | March 26, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been since the beginning of the conclave that elected him, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. "He is experimenting with this type of living arrangement, which is simple," but allows him "to live in community with others," both the permanent residents -- priests and bishops who work at the Vatican -- as well as guests coming to the Vatican for meetings and conferences, Father Lombardi said March...
  • GOP rebrand: the ‘Growth and Opportunity Party’

    03/26/2013 11:46:40 AM PDT · by 4Runner · 21 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | March 26, 2013 | Reince Priebus
    Among many other things, we’re establishing swearing-in citizenship teams to introduce new citizens to the GOP after naturalization ceremonies. First impressions count. We will talk regularly and openly with groups with which we’ve had minimal contact in the past: LULAC, the Urban League, the NAACP, NALEO, La Raza. And we will take our message to college campuses, with an especially strong focus on historically black colleges.
  • Soros and the plot to bring down Malaysia

    03/26/2013 11:44:43 AM PDT · by mgist · 34 replies
    malaysia Mail ^ | 5/25/13 | MM
    Soros and the plot to bring down Malaysia MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013 - 18:43 by Ahirudin Attan AT THE 12th general election in March 2008, which was Barisan Nasional’s worst, Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud still delivered 29 out of the 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak for the ruling coalition. At the Sarawak state elections two years ago, the chief minister made minced-meat of an overconfident Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Co, winning 55 of the 71 seats and retaining the two-thirds majority. Clearly, if Pakatan dreams of conquering Putrajaya, it has to first take Sarawak, considered a “fixed deposit’...
  • City Of Riverside Pulls $100K Contribution To Dorner Reward Offer

    03/26/2013 11:42:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | March 26, 2013 7:40 AM
    RIVERSIDE ( — The city of Riverside is pulling its portion of the $1.2 million reward offered for the “capture and conviction” of ex-Los Angeles police officer and accused killer Christopher Dorner. The city pledged $100,000 to the reward fund after Riverside police officer Michael Crain was reportedly killed by Dorner on Feb. 7 while on routine patrol. Cain, 34, was among four people killed by the fugitive before he died in a standoff and fire in a Big Bear cabin on Feb. 25. Officer Michael Crain, an 11-year veteran of the force, was shot and killed allegedly by Christopher...
  • Chris Matthews vs Phil Donahue on Iraq Invasion (video, commentary)

    03/26/2013 11:41:10 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Crooks & Liars ^ | March 25, 2013 | By Heather
    . . .With all the memories floating around about the start of the Iraq war ten years ago, I think the thing that surprises me the most is the idea that Chris Matthews was some kind of stalwart opponent of the war who stood up bravely against the establishment. While it's true that he wrote a column (maybe two) in which he expressed opposition, what he portrayed on TV was something entirely different. Indeed, I thought it was well known that he was extremely nervous about being perceived as anti-war, so much so that he endorsed the firing of Phil...
  • Supreme Court Hints That It Won't Issue Sweeping Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

    03/26/2013 11:38:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies ^ | March 26, 2013 | Tom Curry
    In a historic argument on a challenge to state laws that limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the Supreme Court indicated Tuesday that it might be hesitant to strike down such laws. Following the oral argument, Pete Williams of NBC News reported that it seemed “quite obvious that the U.S. Supreme Court is not prepared to issue any kind of sweeping ruling” declaring that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
  • Court: Drug dog sniff is unconstitutional search

    03/26/2013 11:36:13 AM PDT · by edcoil · 33 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police cannot bring drug-sniffing police dogs onto a suspect's property to look for evidence without first getting a warrant for a search, a decision which may limit how investigators use dogs' sensitive noses to search out drugs, explosives and other items hidden from human sight, sound and smell.
  • Matthews: What Could We, The Media, Have Done To Stop The War?

    03/26/2013 11:29:15 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 36 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 3-26-2013
    ("Let Me Finish" segment, aired 3/25/2013) ..... What can we do, we often but not always ask, at the end of war: what could we do to have stopped it? One thing, of course, is a vital free press: men and women able and set on reporting the truth, the motivations of the warhawks, the faults in the intelligence, the alternative paths that the leaders have failed to explore, and, of course, a reasonable estimate of the horrors to come. ......
  • Obamacare – What good is health insurance if you lose the freedom to live your life as you choose?

    03/26/2013 11:24:35 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-26-13 | Vince
    One of the many reasons conservatives dislike government overreach is because government is so often wrong about so much. And what’s worse, regardless of the magnitude of the government’s failures, citizens are stuck with the consequences of those policies, in most cases forever. This is not a new phenomenon. This has been going on for decades. Upon its establishment in 1965 the House Ways and Means Committee estimated that the cost of Medicare would rise to $12 billion by 1990. Unfortunately for American taxpayers that prediction was off by a power of nine, coming in at $110 billion. And things...
  • North Dakota governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban

    03/26/2013 11:22:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/26/2013 | Dave Thompson
    North Dakota on Tuesday adopted the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, as the governor signed a bill that bans the procedure in most cases once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks. Supporters of abortion rights said they would challenge the measure in court. Governor Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday also signed a bill that bans abortions based solely on genetic abnormalities, the first state ban of its kind, or based on the gender of the fetus. North Dakota is the latest state to pass measures to restrict abortions. Arkansas lawmakers earlier in March...
  • Come To Me ,let go and BE FREE !

    03/26/2013 11:12:26 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    bible,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 3-26-13 | Jedediah
    COME TO ME LET GO AND BE FREE Just let go of the past and do not look back as Lot's wife for My mercies are new every morning. Take my hand I will show you My will for today and it is here you allow Me to free you of "all" the storms that were never yours , follow after Me for how can two walk together unless they agree . Let My will fulfill all your dreams and endevours effort free for My spirit is your guide and strength where My joy is constant and eternal and find...
  • Cardinal Dolan: 'I Love to Laugh'

    03/26/2013 11:11:30 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 19 replies
    CFN/John Nennari YouTube channel ^ | Oct 19, 2012 | John Vennari
    Follow the link for the YouTube video of the jovial Cardinal Dolan.
  • Man arrested after 6-year-old swallows Adderall found in an Easter egg from a Daphne church

    03/26/2013 11:10:31 AM PDT · by SonnyBubba · 30 replies
    AL.COM ^ | March 26th 2013 | Theresa Seiger |
    DAPHNE, Alabama -- A 21-year-old has been arrested after police say he put medication into a plastic Easter egg which mingled with 1,500 others and made its way into the hands of a 6-year-old Sunday. Jarret Anthony Helm was arrested and charged with one count of disorderly conduct, according to the Daphne Police Department. He is being held in Daphne City Jail. Officials say Helm was volunteering at Christ the King Catholic Church Sunday when he "inadvertently and accidentally," mixed a plastic Easter egg holding his ADHD medication with 1,500 bound for the March 24 Easter Family Fun Day egg...
  • Key US Senator Starts Work On Natural Gas Bill, Mulls Export Restrictions

    03/26/2013 11:09:58 AM PDT · by shove_it · 48 replies
    FoxBiz/DJ News ^ | 3 Mar 2013
    Sen. Ron Wyden (D. Ore.), one of the leading voices on energy policy in the U.S. Senate, is laying the groundwork for a broad-based energy bill that could impose new restrictions on natural gas exports and create additional oversight for hydraulic fracturing...
  • Markets steady after being roiled by EU confusion

    03/26/2013 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2013 1:32 PM EDT | Pan Pylas
    Markets were generally steady Tuesday as European officials attempted to douse concerns that the main thrust of Cyprus’ bailout—a raid on deposits—could be used again in the future. On Monday, markets were roiled by a suggestion from Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the meetings of the finance ministers of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, that the Cyprus bailout was a template for future rescue plans. … Other European officials, such as Greek finance minister Yannis Stournaras and European Central Bank policymaker Benoit Coeure, sought Tuesday to ease fears that the Cyprus bailout strategy will be repeated, but...
  • Nevada Assembly considers first ever expulsion of [Democratic] lawmaker after arrests

    03/26/2013 10:59:35 AM PDT · by topher · 15 replies ^ | March 26, 2013 | AP
    A lawmaker who has been arrested twice in two months, hospitalized for a mental evaluation and accused of threatening to harm a Democratic Party leader could this week become the first person in Nevada history to be kicked out of the Legislature. A select committee plans to convene Tuesday evening to recommend whether Assemblyman Steven Brooks, D-Las Vegas, should be allowed to return to his seat in the Legislature, be expelled, censured or otherwise reprimanded.

    03/26/2013 10:57:51 AM PDT · by Slyfox · 19 replies
  • Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 percent

    03/26/2013 10:57:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 26, 2013 1:32 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
    The nation’s leading group of financial risk analysts says medical claims costs—the biggest driver of insurance premiums—will jump an average 32 percent for individual policies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. … By 2017, the estimated increase is about 80 percent for Ohio, 62 percent for California and more than 20 percent for Florida. …
  • Obama Plays Pharaoh At White House Seder As He Did in Benghazi

    03/26/2013 10:57:11 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-26-2013 | MOTUS
    Last night, the Wons continued their historic tradition of celebrating Passover with a modern, stylized, non-traditional Seder in the Big White. Big Guy, sans beanie, and Lady M joined a select group of powerful and rich friends in Big White’s “Old Family Dining Room” for the historic event. “Hey, Michelle: watch where you’re pointing that.” Who was there? Well, most of them are secret, butt I can tell you that ValJar, Axe-Man and Mrs. Axe-Man were there, along with Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications who invented the famous euphemism, “kinetic military action,” or KMA, to described...
  • Upgrade coal power and cut 15% of emissions. Where is the Green applause?

    03/26/2013 10:56:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 27th, 2013 | joanne
    Upgrade coal power and cut 15% of emissions. Where is the Green applause? If the Greens cared about CO2 they’d be very interested in ways to reduce emissions. But their selective interest speaks volumes about their real priorities. Anton Lang shows how newer coal fired powers stations run hotter and at higher pressures, and use 15% less coal to produce the same amount of electricity. We could upgrade our power stations and cut a whopping 15% of their emissions — which is huge compared to the piddling small, often unmeasureable savings thanks to renewables. Even massive floods that stop industry...
  • Ashley Judd suggests puzzling location for campaign headquarters

    03/26/2013 10:56:31 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-25-2013 | Alex Pappas
    March 25, 2013 Ashley Judd suggests puzzling location for campaign headquarters Alex Pappas Liberal actress Ashley Judd has a puzzling location in mind for where she’d like to establish a campaign headquarters should she run for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky. During a keynote speech at the American Counseling Association’s 2013 conference in Cincinnati on Friday, Judd said that she’d use her famous mother’s garage as a campaign headquarters, according to local media reports. The problem? Her mother, country singer Naomi Judd, lives in Tennessee. Naomi Judd’s Leipers Fork, Tenn. home was featured on HGTV’s “Celebrities At Home” in June....
  • ITT Exelis (Roanoke, VA) layoffs will be 'a difficult time' (Night Vision Manufacturer)

    03/26/2013 10:49:36 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | Duncan Adams
    A spokesman for the Roanoke County company said the 70 job losses have nothing to do with sequestration. About 70 hourly employees at the ITT Exelis night vision facility in Roanoke County learned Friday that their jobs will end as of April 7. Tim White, a company spokesman, said ITT Exelis is responding to the realities of the defense industry market. He said the job losses have nothing to do with sequestration — the automatic, across-the-board federal spending cuts that took effect this month. “It’s a difficult time,” White said. He said ITT Exelis night vision increased employment in recent years...
  • Tax-and-Spend Interests Pushing Medicaid Expansion

    03/26/2013 10:46:50 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/25/2013 | Jack McHugh
    Government establishment interests are pulling out all the stops to promote an optional state Obamacare Medicaid expansion, not just in Michigan but around the country. The lobbying of hospitals and other health care special interests has already been reported, but it’s not the only source. For example, press reports are describing a report last week from the bond-rating agency Moody’s Investor Services suggesting that, because Obamacare cuts some extra money given to hospitals that treat especially high numbers of Medicaid patients, states that don’t go along with the expansion will lose out, potentially damaging the credit-worthiness of either the state...
  • Justices signal they may not take Prop. 8 case

    03/26/2013 10:38:49 AM PDT · by South40 · 49 replies
    Orange County Register (AP) ^ | March 26, 2013 | MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is suggesting it could find a way out of the case over California's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a major national ruling on whether gays have a right to marry, an issue one justice said was newer than cellphones and the Internet. Several justices, including some liberals who seemed open to gay marriage, raised doubts Tuesday that the case was properly before them. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the potentially decisive vote on a closely divided court, suggested that the court could dismiss the case with no ruling at all. Such an outcome would almost certainly...
  • Is Victoria's Secret Marketing to Teens with Their New Bright Young Things Line?

    03/26/2013 10:38:45 AM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    yahoo ^ | Lylah M. Alphonse
    At first glance, the line looks like it's for college students, with a focus on spring break beach essentials. But the new Bright Young Things line at Victoria's Secret is actually aimed at a much younger audience: teens and tweens. Also on Shine: Victoria's Secret Helped Out During Superstorm Sandy Parents are outraged by the spring-break themed ads, pointing out that the models look really, really young, and accusing the lingerie giant of sexualizing young girls. College-age women, on the other hand, are shocked that younger kids are interested in Victoria's Secret products at all. "Victoria’s Secret PINK is a...