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  • China eyes $3.5 billion Russian arms deal despite ire over Sukhoi copy

    03/28/2013 7:58:44 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Reuters ^ | Mar 27, 2013 | David Lague
    China eyes $3.5 billion Russian arms deal despite ire over Sukhoi copy (Reuters) - China is seeking renewed deliveries of advanced weapons from Russia with a $3.5 billion deal for fighters and submarines in the pipeline despite lingering resentment in Moscow over Chinese copying of its military technology. China's state media reported this week that Moscow had agreed to supply 24 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters and four Amur-class conventional submarines to the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which would make it the first major arms deal between the two nations in almost 10 years. Russia has not yet confirmed the deal and...
  • Prosecutors, judges ignore federal ruling against state concealed carry ban

    03/28/2013 7:58:24 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 28 mar 2013 | Robert McCoppin
    Despite a federal ruling that Illinois' concealed carry ban is unconstitutional, police, prosecutors and judges alike say they are disregarding the finding and continuing to enforce the law — at least for now. Police say they continue to arrest those who violate the state's ban on carrying a gun in public, and prosecutors continue to charge them. Backing up the authorities — but perhaps creating more confusion — a state court ruled last week that the federal decision is not binding on Illinois courts and upheld the nation's last concealed carry ban as constitutional. The resulting contradiction has left some...
  • Dane County Referendum

    03/28/2013 7:55:47 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 8 replies
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    DANE County Referendum on ballot for Tuesday, April 2: Should the state of Wisconsin continue to allow people to register to vote at the polss on Election Day?
  • Bangladesh Plans to Buy 24 Russian Jet Trainers

    03/28/2013 7:53:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 27/03/2013
    Bangladesh Plans to Buy 24 Russian Jet Trainers LANGKAWI (Malaysia), March 27 (RIA Novosti) - Bangladesh is planning to buy 24 Yak-130 Mitten jet trainers on $1 billion credit from Russia, Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Wednesday. “Bangladesh has a whole list of arms it wants, but so far that is a state secret. I will reveal one little secret: The purchase of Yak-130 warplanes is a very significant subject of negotiations between Russia and Bangladesh,” Rosoboronexport Deputy Chief Viktor Komardin said at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (LIMA-2013) that opened in Malaysia on Tuesday. He...
  • If Same-Sex Marriage Is a ‘Right,' There Are No Rights

    03/28/2013 7:53:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 27, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The old adage that one lie leads to another is never more apparent than when modern American public officials deal with issues arising from sexual immorality. President Bill Clinton, for example, started a chain of lies when he decided to have an adulterous relationship with a White House intern. Clinton first lied to his wife, then to a federal court, then to the American people. Nor could Clinton's lies, delivered as president, be his lies alone. His partisans in Congress either had to abandon him or add another link to the chain of lies by declaring that perjury and obstruction...
  • Secret Dem Push to Put Gun Dealers in the Crosshairs

    03/28/2013 7:48:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 28 March, 2013 | Robert Farago
    Huh. Only five of the 29 Democratic Congresspeople who signed the March 26 letter to the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget list their official position. [Click here to read.] The legislators’ reticence to self-identify or publicize this move is understandable. Their missive is a brazen if backdoor attempt to have the Tiahrt Amendment removed from President Obama’s 2014 budget. That’s the Amendment that specifically prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ National Tracing Center from releasing eTrace data to anyone other than a law enforcement agency or prosecutor in connection with a criminal investigation....
  • Documents say Sandy Hook shooter had his own gun safe

    03/28/2013 7:47:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 68 replies
    cnn ^ | 3-28-13 | Susan Candiotti /Ben Brumfield
    CNN) -- Police released new documents related to the shootings last year at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, but a motive for the attack by the troubled young man remained elusive. Included in the information released Thursday is the report that a gun safe was found in the bedroom of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who took guns belonging to his mother, Nancy, and shot her in her forehead in her bed. Then he went to the school in Newtown, where he gunned down 20 children and six staff members before killing himself. Investigators found more than 1,600 rounds of ammunition...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide

    03/28/2013 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 106 replies
    Rush Limbaugh: Same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News | The Ticket – 57 mins ago On his radio program on Wednesday, conservative host Rush Limbaugh predicted that same-sex marriage would eventually be made legal "nationwide," regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in cases on the subject later this year. From the show transcript: A lot of people have no personal animus against gay people at all. It's instead, you know, a genuine, I don't know, love/respect for the things they believe define this country as great. They get up every day and they see...
  • Reid faces dilemma over Dem defections after close budget vote (And Gun Control)

    03/28/2013 7:36:42 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 9 replies
    the Hill ^ | 03/27/13 05:00 AM ET | Russell Berman
    The razor-thin margin of passage for the Senate Democratic budget highlights the challenge Majority Leader Harry Reid will have in steering President Obama’s legislative agenda through the Senate. The four Democrats who broke with their party on the nonbinding fiscal blueprint are all facing difficult 2014 reelection races in Republican-leaning states, including Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. While Reid (D-Nev.) will need Republican votes to achieve the 60-vote threshold that has become the standard for major legislation, the vote on the budget, which required only a simple majority, shows that keeping his own...
  • Larry Grathwohl: An Extraordinary Life from the Weather Underground to the FBI and beyond

    03/28/2013 7:35:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3-28-13 | Sher Zieve
    Larry Grathwohl is one of those increasingly rare individuals who has led a truly extraordinary life. However, after speaking with him I found that he is an unassuming and truly humble man who has a strong belief in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Larry Grathwohl BIO I joined the US Army in October of 1964 and after basic training I went through jump school and became a paratrooper assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. I went to Vietnam with the 1st Brigade as part of the 2 Battalion of the 502nd Infantry in July of 1965. I was...
  • George Zimmerman’s Brother Clashes With Piers Morgan in Fiery Exchange

    03/28/2013 7:30:12 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    The Blaze via CNN ^ | Mar. 27, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    On Wednesday night, CNN’s Piers Morgan hosted Robert Zimmerman, Jr., the brother of George Zimmerman, whose controversial tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to De’Marquise Kareem Elkins, a Georgia teenager accused of shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face, has sparked cries of racism. Morgan almost immediately went after Zimmerman, saying his tweets comparing the two “black boys” were “very controversial” and “bordering on outright racism.” Here are the tweets in question:
  • Christie calls for investigation of New Jersey agency's response to boy-with-gun photo

    03/28/2013 7:29:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 27 March, 2013 | NA
    This undated photo provided by Shawn Moore shows his son Josh, 10, holding a rifle his father gave him for his 11th birthday, at their home in Carneys Point, N.J. (Shawn Moore) TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is asking the attorney general to probe the state's visit to the home of a man who uploaded a photo on Facebook of his 10-year-old son holding a military-style rifle.
  • Police: Asheville midwife killed unborn child

    03/28/2013 7:25:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    Johnson City Press ^ | March 28, 2013 | Romando Dixson
    ASHEVILLE — The Asheville Citizen Times is reporting that police on Wednesday charged an Asheville midwife with killing an unborn child through a mishandled delivery. Tina Louise Bailey, 44, of Craig Circle Drive, provided medical services to a woman in labor in July, according to an arrest warrant. Those included catheterization and internal obstetrical examinations, police said. Bailey also gave medical advice without the training to do so, investigators said.
  • Should Distrust Of Government Be A Phenomenon Exclusive To Gun Owners?

    03/28/2013 7:13:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 27 March, 2013 | Yih-Chau Chang
    "The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust." -- Samuel Butler In the current political climate surrounding the hot topic of gun control, there has been much attention focused on the subject of "gun owner paranoia." One mainstream news agency after another has decried the lack of progress regarding the gun control bills currently stagnating in Congress due to gun owners' supposed fears regarding gun bans and firearms confiscation. However, despite the government assurances that gun confiscation is off the table, a sentiment that is being...
  • Divine Mercy Novena 2013 (begins on Good Friday, March 29)

    03/28/2013 7:12:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    EWTN ^ | March 28, 2013
    Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.  He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena, saving for the last day the most difficult intention of all, the lukewarm and indifferent of whom He said: "These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: 'My Father, if it is possible, let...
  • College Admits Cooperating With Unions To Sidestep Right-to-Work Law

    03/28/2013 7:10:29 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/25/2013 | Jack Spencer
    A memo from a community college president clearly spells out that unions suggested having their contracts reopened expressly to circumvent Michigan's right-to-work law. In addition, the memo states that Macomb County Community College (MCCC) offered to cooperate with the unions in that effort. This week, the community college made good on its offer. It approved four renegotiated contracts, including one contract that had been approved just four months ago. In a memo, dated Feb. 15, 2013, MCCC president Jim Jacobs wrote: "Many unions are asking that public employees extend existing contracts for 10 years so as to avoid the impact...
  • Holy Shroud:The essence of religion meets human science

    03/28/2013 7:02:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | March 26, 2013 | GIAN MARIA ZACCONE
    The Holy Shroud An analysis by the scientific director of the Holy Shroud Museum in Turin Gian Maria Zaccone *Rome Discussing the Shroud without the risk of misinterpretations and dashed expectations is a complex affair. The relic (which is preserved in the Northern Italian city of Turin) has been the focus of deep devotion and huge interest but is also at the centre of a heated debate. This debate is innate to the Shroud itself: the reference to the figure of Christ and his incarnation which is linked to the signum contradictionis.  As is the case with the oldest recorded...
  • Annals of Jewish Naivete

    03/28/2013 6:51:20 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 28, 2013 | Stella Paul
    New York's 92nd Street Y may be the premiere Jewish cultural institution in the country. So what's it doing offering the prestige of its stage to a rock star Jew-hater? Lori Lowenthal Marcus of the Jewish Press reports: "According to the Facebook Page of the 92nd Street Y, on March 22, 1874, the Young Men's Hebrew Association was formed. But a quick look at its current website shows that Roger Waters, former front man for the rock group Pink Floyd, and currently one of the biggest haters of Israel outside of the Middle East, will be appearing at the 92nd...
  • Unholy Week at the Supreme Court

    03/28/2013 6:48:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 3/28/13 | George Neumayr
    Liberal activists respect neither natural law nor positive law. What God and the people have joined together, they feel perfectly free to put asunder. Marriage, by their lights, is a purely human institution that they can make and remake at will. This unholy cause has been on display during Holy Week at the Supreme Court, where activists, such as Hillary Rosen, declared loudly that “procreation is not the point of marriage.” Apparently Jesus Christ was mistaken on this point. He seemed to think that marriage had to do with the two sexes coming together and becoming “one flesh,” a biological...
  • Ships Costing U.S. $37 Billion Lack Firepower, Navy Told (USS Gabbay Giffords - how appropriate)

    03/28/2013 6:46:42 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 85 replies
    Bloomberg - can't publish link ^ | Mar 28, 2013 12:00 AM ET | By David Lerman
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-28/ships-costing-u-s-37-billion-lack-firepower-navy-told.html?cmpid=yhoo
  • Full text: Pope Francis’ Chrism Mass homily (historical reflection on OT)

    03/28/2013 6:45:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 28, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Photo from Vatican Radio Today Pope Francis celebrated the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, during which holy oils to be used in the sacraments throughout the year were blessed. Later today he will celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Casal del Marmo Penitential Institute for Minors. Below, translated by Vatican Radio, is the full text of the Holy Father’s Homily from the Chrism Mass, which also includes a renewal of the priestly vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. *** Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating...
  • Squatters, Looters Overrun Sandy-Ravaged Staten Island Communities

    03/28/2013 6:43:54 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 54 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 3/27/13
    Staten Island residents already suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy say they are now seeing their neighborhoods infiltrated by squatters and looters. As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported Wednesday, when darkness sets in on Wavecrest Street in New Dorp, people say squatters make their move – crashing empty homes wrecked by the hurricane.
  • Glenn Beck: Common Core, System X, Rise of Fascism

    03/28/2013 6:39:57 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 36 replies
    glennbeck.com ^ | 3-28-13 | Glenn Beck
    Yeah, yeah. I know a lot of people have a problem with Glenn Beck. To be honest, I do too, sometimes.But this is something worth listening to. He lays out how we are being intentionally distracted in order to slip the truly insidious agenda contained within the stimulus packages, Common Core and other Progressive initiatives.
  • Unity: Rand Paul endorses Mitch McConnell

    03/28/2013 6:33:11 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 33 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 3/28/13 | Ed Morrissey
    Many people expected to see a Tea Party challenge to Mitch McConnell in next year’s Kentucky primary, and it could still happen. However, that challenge will not include any support from the Tea Party’s 2010 candidate for US Senate, Rand Paul. Late yesterday, Paul threw his support behind the highest-ranking member of the GOP establishment in the upper chamber: The Daily Caller has learned that Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing Sen. Mitch McConnell for re-election in 2014, ending speculation that Paul would back a tea party challenge to the Senate minority leader. “Rand Paul has endorsed McConnell,” Jesse...
  • Michael Savage Talks to Expert about DHS buying Massive Amount of Ammunition (video)

    03/28/2013 6:32:41 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 54 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 3/25/2013 | Michael Savage
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  • Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun at 'The Bible' Miniseries

    03/28/2013 6:31:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2013 | By Michael Gryboski
    While The History Channel's miniseries "The Bible" continues to garner millions of viewers every week, one comedian has opted to poke fun at the program. Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, known for his faux conservative program "The Colbert Report," had a segment Monday evening about the miniseries and its production team. "The Word of God, the story of all creation, doesn't really have the legs to sustain an entire series; unlike The History Channel's Big Shrimpin,'" quipped Colbert. He also talked about Roma Downey, co-producer of the miniseries, being cast for the role of the Virgin Mary. "Wow, I wonder...
  • "Bruce McCall's Energy Free Transportation Future"

    03/28/2013 6:31:28 AM PDT · by shoff · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jul 5 2011 | Bruce McCall
    Uploaded on Jul 5, 2011 Want an alternative to vehicular dependence on gas and oil? Forget about electric cars - how about wind-up cars, sail cars, and pogo cars! "Bruce McCall's Energy Free Transportation Future" envisions our roads and skies as environmentally fantastical places. click on the link
  • The Story Behind Walmart’s Bare Shelves

    03/28/2013 6:29:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 118 replies
    Walmart is starting to look like a Soviet-era retailer. The prices are still low, but shelves are going empty for months while products sit unwrapped in storage, lines are interminable, and no one is around to help. Bloomberg reports that in-store service problems for the world’s third-largest corporation are so bad that people are willing to pony up the extra cash to shop at stores like Target and Walgreens. Walmart’s problem, says MIT retail researcher Zeynep Ton, is a shortage of cheap labor:
  • Beware Public Opinion

    03/28/2013 6:25:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/28/2013 | Cal Thomas
    "If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it." -- Abraham Lincoln History is full of warnings about what happens when people follow public opinion instead of standing by their principles. In its most extreme manifestation, public opinion might well become mob rule when vigilantes take the law into their own hands. Major media have whipped the crowd into its latest frenzy over same-sex marriage, or should I say "marriage equality," the latest euphemism, likely intended to make the masses more accepting of what...
  • The Weakest Link: Left Targets Justice Roberts--Again

    03/28/2013 6:24:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/28/2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    It worked last time. Last year, when oral arguments in the Obamacare case seemed to go against the administration, the left targeted Chief Justice John Roberts with a series of attacks from President Barack Obama on down. The attacks may have worked, as Roberts apparently changed his vote and upheld Obamacare by effectively rewriting the legislation itself to define the individual mandate as a tax. The attacks on Roberts last year included President Obama's general--and bizarre--assertion that the Supreme Court could not overturn congressional legislation, as well as a direct attack on Roberts by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who admonished...
  • University of Maryland student charged in child porn sting

    03/28/2013 6:22:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/27/2013 | Scott McCabe
    A University of Maryland student awaiting trial on child pornography charges was arrested in a separate case this week after he arranged to have sex with someone he thought was a 12-year-old girl, authorities say. Court documents describe how 18-year-old freshman Akshay Rajshekar walked to class Monday while discussing final plans to have sex with the girl and her father. Rajshekar, a freshman from Salisbury, Md., was already facing charges of possession and distribution of child pornography following an investigation by the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office. He had been indicted and arrested in November, released on bond and allowed to...
  • Comcast Tells New Jersey Gun Shop Owner that His Ads Cannot Show Guns — or Even Archery Gear!

    03/28/2013 6:21:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/28/2013 | BRYAN PRESTON
    Yesterday we reported on the case of United Loan and Firearm versus Comcast. The owner of that shop, Ray Reynolds, says that Comcast is censoring his TV ads that run on Comcast Cable. The cable giant is demanding that he truncate “United Loan and Firearm” to remove the reference to guns, and that he remove any imagery of guns from his ad. If he does not comply, his ad will not run. Comcast’s new policy extends beyond Georgia. Bob Viden, owner of Bob’s Little Sport Shop in Glassboro, New Jersey, told the Conservative Commando radio show on Wednesday that Comcast...
  • US Jobless Claims Rise 16K To 357,000

    03/28/2013 6:14:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | 03/28/2013 | Andrew Ackerman and Josh Mitchell
    WASHINGTON--The number of Americans claiming first-time unemployment benefits rose for the second week in a row, a possible sign that the labor market lost a bit of momentum. Initial jobless claims, an indication of layoffs, increased by 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000 in the week ended March 23, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was above economists' forecast of 340,000 new claims. The latest week's gain came after claims rose 7,000 to a revised 341,000 in the week ended March 16. The four-week moving average, which smoothes out week-to-week volatility in the data, rose by 2,250 to 343,000. Even...
  • The gay marriage logo: Harassment in red and pink (Vanity)

    03/28/2013 6:13:06 AM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 43 replies
    3/28/13 | Republicanprofessor
    Is anyone else feeling harassed by the gay rights “equals” logo? I see it everywhere: it fills my Facebook page, it is on the news, it is everywhere and I feel pounded by it. This enormous red and pink “equals” sign is strong and effective; it is also becoming a bully club as it appears everywhere and those who bear it seem to want to beat us into submission. My job is analyzing art, so let’s look at this sign. Isn’t purple the color of the gay alliance? Wouldn’t a pink equals against a purple background be prettier and more...
  • [Vanity]Need Responses Artwork to HRC Red Equality Logo

    03/28/2013 6:12:02 AM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 20 replies
    Vanity - Self ^ | 28 march 2013 | Vanity
    Vanity: Could some of our clever artists come up with responses to the Human Rights Campaign's red equality logo, especially this variation showing the kissing Libertys. Versions with a horse, dog, child, adolescent, and multiple humans are desired.
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

    03/28/2013 6:11:46 AM PDT · by mykroar · 5 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 3/28/2013 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but probably not enough to suggest the labor market recovery was taking a step back.Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 357,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Still, they remained in the middle of their range for this year.The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 5,000 more applications than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications last week to rise to 340,000. Last week's report contained annual benchmark revisions to the series and...
  • George Zimmerman's brother defends anti-Trayvon tweet

    03/28/2013 6:10:41 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 5 replies
    The older brother of George Zimmerman, the man accusing of killing Trayvon Martin, says a controversial Twitter posting comparing Martin with an alleged baby killer was his attempt to correct the establishment media’s false portrayal of the Florida teen in the racially charged case. Robert Zimmerman, who spoke with WND in an exclusive interview, ignited a firestorm of debate on the Internet when he juxtaposed a Facebook photo of the 17-year-old Martin flipping off the camera alongside a Facebook photo of alleged killer DeMarquise Elkins, also 17, doing the same. The tweeted photo was headlined: “A picture speaks a thousand...
  • Little hope seen for millions priced out of health overhaul

    03/28/2013 6:09:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/28/2013 | Tom Brown
    (Reuters) - Millions of Americans will be priced out of health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul because of a glitch in the law that adversely affects people with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by their employers, a leading healthcare advocacy group said on Tuesday. Tax credits are a key component of the law and the White House has said the credits, averaging about $4,000 apiece, will help about 18 million individuals and families pay for health insurance once the Affordable Care Act takes full effect, beginning in January 2014. The tax credits are geared toward...
  • Awesome: Vacant federal properties cost taxpayers billions every year

    03/28/2013 6:08:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    As I already mentioned earlier this week, President Obama just unilaterally designated five new national monuments and parks to the federal government’s keeping, and it might be easy to dismiss any partisan objections to his decision as just the complaints of those gosh darn spiteful, stubborn Republicans for whom the president can’t do anything right. After all, for what reason could anyone possibly object to something as seemingly benign as bringing a few more properties under the federal bureaucracy’s stewardship?Oh hey, here’s a pretty good reason. The federal government owns or leases between 55,000 and 77,000 vacant properties. But it’s...
  • Obamacare not so ‘Affordable,’ study finds

    03/28/2013 6:05:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-28-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON – Here are some lists you don’t want to finish first on: •Worst human being •Guy with most head lice •The naughty list (well maybe you do, you kinky devil, you) •Charlie Sheen’s ‘Hey, What’s in This Punch?’ party •The Society of Actuaries list of top five states facing the steepest health care cost hikes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Wisconsin comes close to topping the latter list. The Badger State checks in at No. 2 on the Society’s ranking of states expected to be most impacted by underlying claim costs under the ACA, derisively referred...
  • The Deconstruction of Marriage

    03/28/2013 6:04:01 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 25 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | 27 Mar 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The only question worth asking about gay marriage is whether anyone on the left would care about this crusade if it didn't come with the privilege of bulldozing another civilizational institution. Gay marriage is not about men marrying men or women marrying women, it is about the deconstruction of marriage between men and women. That is a thing that many men and women of one generation understand but have trouble conveying to another generation for whom marriage has already largely been deconstructed. The statistics about the falling marriage rate tell the tale well enough. Marriage is a fading institution. Family...
  • Steubenville's NAACP President Says Rape Victim Was Drunk And Willing

    03/28/2013 6:02:57 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 55 replies
    In shocking comments, the president of the Steubenville chapter of the NAACP places the blame for the rape case that has shocked the nation on the 16-year-old victim. Royal Mayo, a lifelong resident of the Ohio city that gained national infamy following the rape of the girl by two Steubenville High School football players, says that attention should be focused on the role of the young woman, whom he calls the "alleged victim," saying she was drunk and wanted to go out with one of the football players. He also claims that other teens involved in the incident were let...
  • Pope Francis: self-help courses can turn Catholics into Pelagians

    03/28/2013 5:58:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 264 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 3/28/2013
    Pope Francis has said in his Chrism Mass homily that self-help courses can turn Catholics into “Pelagians” who “minimise the power of grace”. The Pope said at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica attended by about 1,600 priests that “it is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord”. He said: “Self-help courses can be useful in life, but to live by going from one course to another, from one method to another, leads us to become Pelagians and to minimise the power of grace, which comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith,...
  • What information is being collected on your kids through Common Core?

    03/28/2013 5:57:59 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 20 replies
    Glenn has spent a lot of time over the past few weeks exposing some of the education initiatives in states across the country that are indoctrinating kids into the radical progressive agenda. Today, Glenn discussed an issue tied into Common Core that many people aren’t aware of: data mining.“We cover many important stories and topics on this program, but I don’t think any could be more important than what we are covering tonight: the progressive takeover of America’s schools,” Glenn said.Glenn spent the opening minutes of the monologue reviewing the scary pieces of legislation that have allowed the government access...
  • Can Your Child Be Too Religious? [barf]

    03/28/2013 5:56:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Time/Yahoo ^ | 3/28/2013 | Francine Russo
    Religion can be a source of comfort that improves well-being. But some kinds of religiosity could be a sign of deeper mental health issues. Seeing their kids more eager to pray than play video games, most parents would shout, “Hallelujah” or whatever their expression of joy. And they should. Research shows that religion can be a positive force in the lives of children, just as can be for adults. “Religion,” says Bill Hathaway, a clinical psychologist of religion and Dean of the School of Psychology and Counseling at Regent University, “is related to the child having a higher sense of...
  • Jim Carrey -- Not 'Dumb & Dumber,' Just Ignorant

    03/28/2013 5:50:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Gun control advocate comedian/actor Jim Carrey becomes the latest Hollywood leftie to trash legendary actor and former NRA head Charlton Heston. About his new anti-Heston parody song, Carrey tweeted: "'Cold Dead Hand' is abt u heartless mother----ers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids. Sorry if you're offended by the word safety." Lyrics include: "Charlton Heston movies are no longer in demand, and his immortal soul may lay forever in the sand. The angels wouldn't take him up to heaven like he'd planned, 'cause they couldn't pry that gun from his cold, dead hand. It takes a cold,...
  • Forget executive orders: Obama finds creative means to bypass Congress

    03/28/2013 5:49:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/28/2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Move over executive orders. President Obama has another tool to push policy absent congressional stamp — and it’s far less known and controversial. It’s called executive action. The beauty of the action is that it avoids Republican criticisms and conservative charges that Mr. Obama acts like a “monarch” when issuing executive orders, The Hill reports. So while on paper, Mr. Obama may actually appear as if he’s issuing fewer executive orders than many other presidents who have served two terms, the reality is he’s still finding plenty of ways to bypass Congress. He’s just not calling those ways executive orders....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 28, 2013 – atavistic

    03/28/2013 5:48:35 AM PDT · by secret garden · 54 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 28 March 2013 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".atavistic\at-uh-VIS-tik\ adjectiveof, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type. Example sentences: Buck exhibits atavistic characteristics when his instincts and memories of an impossibly distant past "call" him and reassert themselves into his behavior.-- Jack London, The Call of the Wild ...so that when Mrs. and Miss Hulme of Kansas City cut them dead in the Plaza one evening, it was only that...
  • Pope: Homily for Chrism Mass [full text]

    03/28/2013 5:44:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 3/28/2013
    (Vatican Radio) Below please find the official text of Pope Francis’ Homily for Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday 2013: Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with affection, especially you, dear priests, who, like myself, today recall the day of your ordination. The readings of our Mass speak of God’s “anointed ones”: the suffering Servant of Isaiah, King David and Jesus our Lord. All three have this in common: the anointing that they receive is meant in turn to anoint God’s faithful...
  • Seoul faces tough choice in fighter procurement

    03/28/2013 5:44:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2013-03-27 | Song Sang-ho
    Seoul faces tough choice in fighter procurement Lockheed Martin hints at less than $125m price tag for Korea, confident of F-35’s delivery time FORT WORTH, Texas ― A decade ago, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 was the world’s most sought-after warplane in the making for its all-aspect stealth and next-generation capabilities. But that confidence has been eroded by the discovery of defects, surging costs and delays in its development. Skepticism has grown in the U.S. over the $60 billion acquisition program, with some deriding it as a money-guzzling project kept alive partly due to the more than 130,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs that...