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  • 911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her ...

    05/23/2013 3:42:30 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 10 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 5/23/13 | CBS Seattle
    JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts. Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday. “Uh, I don’t have anybody to send out there,” the 911 dispatcher told...
  • THE QUESTIONS ON PRAYER ASKED OF LT. COL. OLIVER NORTH WHEN LOIS LERNER WAS AT THE FEC

    05/23/2013 3:29:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 23, 2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Story highlights: Lois Lerner, the embattled director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, served as head of the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) enforcement division from 1986 until 2001. While there, the FEC sued the Christian Coalition for allegedly conspiring with political candidates. During the case, representatives for the FEC asked intrusive questions on religion of several people involved, including Lt. Col. Oliver North. At one point, a representative demanded to know details regarding Pat Roberstson praying for North after reading a letter from North to Robertson indicating as much. The group’s attorney also noted that during the investigation third parties...
  • Ted Cruz to John McCain: “There may be more ‘wacko birds’ in the Senate than you think”

    05/23/2013 3:26:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Joel Gehrke, a scene from the intramural debate over the debt ceiling between Maverick McCain and the Paul/Lee/Cruz tea-party coalition. If you read Erika’s post last night, you already know the background. The tea partiers are threatening to block the Senate’s budget from being sent to the House for a conference committee unless Reid assures them that whatever emerges won’t raise the debt ceiling. (Or, if it does, that 60 votes will be required for passage rather than the simple majority typically required for budget bills.) Reid won’t budge on that — yet. McCain, who’s been busy lately recouping...
  • Boy Scouts Approve Plan To Accept Openly Gay Boys

    05/23/2013 3:20:16 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 457 replies
    <p>The Boy Scouts of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as Scouts.</p>
  • VIDEO: Franken Slams Into Staffer While Dodging Reporter's IRS Question

    05/23/2013 3:18:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    breitbart ^ | may 23, 2013
    Sen Al Franken (D-MN) was using such a circuitous "serpentine" walking pattern in an effort to avoid TRN's Jason Mattera's tough question that he inadvertently body checked one of his own staffers in the process. The absurd weaving to avoid the tough inquiry even brought the senator to laughter at one point as the beleaguered staffer tried to run interference for Franken by claiming that he doesn't talk to national press.
  • Unlike Traditional Schools, Charters Face Accountability

    05/23/2013 3:17:39 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/22/2013 | Michael Van Beek
    A couple of Michigan charter public schools are facing the harsh realities of being held accountable for performance. The Academy of Flint and Lansing's Learn, Live, and Lead Entrepreneurial Academy are being shut down, because their authorizers determined they are failing to meet their contractual obligations. The schools are closing for different reasons, but both highlight the extra level of accountability built-in to Michigan's public charter schools. According to MLive.com, Central Michigan University is not renewing the Academy of Flint’s charter because the school has failed to meet its prescribed student achievement goals. This is certainly unfortunate for the 400-some...
  • Obama: Increase in domestic terrorism fueled by Internet

    05/23/2013 3:15:35 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 44 replies
    washintonexaminer.com ^ | 5/23/13 | Charlie Spiering
    During his foreign policy speech Thursday afternoon, President Obama warned that domestic terrorism would increase in the modern age of the Internet. “[T]his threat is not new,” Obama said. “But technology and the Internet increase its frequency and lethality.” Obama warned Americans that materials on the Internet could influence people to commit terrorist acts. “Today, a person can consume hateful propaganda, commit themselves to a violent agenda and learn how to kill without leaving their home,” he said. To combat domestic terrorism, Obama reminded Americans that it was important to reach out to Muslim communities. “The best way to prevent...
  • UnitedHealth, Aetna and Cigna opt out of California insurance exchange [Obamacare]

    05/23/2013 3:14:52 PM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 22, 2013 | Chad Terhune
    Some prominent health insurers, including industry giant UnitedHealth Group Inc., are not participating in California's new state-run health insurance market, possibly limiting the number of choices for millions of consumers. UnitedHealth, the nation's largest private insurer, Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp. are sitting out the first year of Covered California, the state's insurance exchange and a key testing ground nationally for a massive coverage expansion under the federal healthcare law.
  • 'S.W.A.T.' Star Steve Forrest Dies at 87

    05/23/2013 3:13:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | may 22, 2013 | Mike Barnes
    Steve Forrest, who starred as Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson on the 1970s ABC action series S.W.A.T., died peacefully surrounded by family on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 87. In a career spanning more than 60 years, Forrest frequently was cast as a leading man or “heavy.” An aficionado of the American Western, he delighted in roles that glorified the genre, including guest-starring appearances on such television classics as The Virginian, Bonanza and Gunsmoke. But it was his role as the hard-hitting yet warmhearted Harrelson on the Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg-produced S.W.A.T. that most endeared Forrest to...
  • At least one Milwaukee mom won't be sending her child to school on 'Switch It Up Day'

    05/23/2013 3:11:37 PM PDT · by Sopater · 71 replies
    EAG News ^ | May 23, 2013 | Ben Velderman
    MILWAUKEE – Deidri Hernandez’s seven-year-old son won’t be in school tomorrow, after officials at Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities confirmed they’re still holding “Switch It Up Day” – a time for students to come dressed as members of the opposite sex. Hernandez tells EAGnews the day was originally billed as “Gender Bender Day,” but Tippecanoe officials made the name change after she called Principal Jeffrey Krupar to complain. The Milwaukee mother was not impressed. “I didn’t have a problem with the title. I had a problem with the activity taking place,” Hernandez says. She says it’s “ridiculous” and...
  • I Made $570K Last Year, But I Don’t Feel Rich (In Fact, I Feel Worried)

    05/23/2013 3:11:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    thebillfold.com ^ | May 17, 2013
    Jake Smith is a name I’ve made up for the person who sent me this email: "I’m a physician in my early forties. I make $450-500K. I read a lot about finance and I know that technically I am in the 1%, but I don’t feel rich at all. I don’t know if it was the way I was raised or because for a time I was living paycheck to paycheck or if it’s because I have three kids (and hence, eventually will have three tuitions to pay), but I don’t feel wealthy yet. Maybe it’s because I live in...
  • Remarks of President Barack Obama - National Defense University

    05/23/2013 3:05:30 PM PDT · by haffast · 11 replies
    The White House ^ | May 23, 2013 | Office of the Press Secretary
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 23, 2013 Remarks of President Barack Obama It’s an honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791– standing guard in the early days of the Republic, and contemplating the future of warfare here in the 21st century. For over two centuries, the United States has been bound together by founding documents that defined who we are as Americans, and served as our compass through every type of change. Matters of war and peace are no different. Americans...
  • Police stand in for fallen officer at his daughter's kindergarten graduation

    05/23/2013 3:05:10 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Today ^ | May 23, 2013 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Tatum Raetz graduated from kindergarten this week, just three days after her police officer father was killed while investigating a drunk driving case. But the 5-year-old girl definitely felt her father’s presence at her ceremony, thanks to nearly 300 uniformed officers standing in his place at her Phoenix elementary school.
  • 911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be...Assaulted There Are No Cops...Due To Budget Cuts [Oregon]

    05/23/2013 3:05:02 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 5/23/13
    An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts. Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only allows the department to be open Monday through Friday.
  • Tea party vs. old guard in Senate GOP rift

    05/23/2013 2:58:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2013 5:51 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor and Charles Babington
    A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers is in full view again with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of using tactics that might tempt Democrats to change Senate rules that now protect the minority party. How to deal with the government’s debt and spending became the latest quarrel between the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate and tea party champions such as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah. …
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,May 23,2013

    05/23/2013 2:56:32 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 68 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | May 23,2013 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says

    05/23/2013 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/23/13 | Michael Isikoff
    Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
  • Military chaplains: Serving God, and mother Russia

    May 21, 2013 Yulia Ponomareva, RBTH Recruitment of military chaplains is stepping up a gear, as Vladimir Putin’s government builds on traditional Orthodox values to bolster patriotic feelings in society. On a snowy field in the Ryazan region, 100 miles southeast of Moscow, five burly, bearded Russian Orthodox priests fall to the ground, arms held skywards. They’re not praying, however – but preparing for their next parachute jump. Soon, the chaplains will take to the skies with regular military cadets in an Air Force plane, jump and pull the cord – hoping that God is watching over them, and their...
  • Obama cites need to support emerging democracies

    05/23/2013 2:48:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2013 2:38 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama says supporting transitions to democracy in unstable regions like the Middle East will remain a key part of his strategy for fighting terrorism. … He cited as an example the need to support those in Syria who are fighting to overthrow the government. He cautioned, however, that ending tyranny in Syria must not give way to “the tyranny of terrorism.” …
  • Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the President's Speech on Counterterrorism

    05/23/2013 2:44:47 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    The White House ^ | May 23, 2013 | Office of the Press Secretary
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 23, 2013 Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the President's Speech on Counterterrorism Via Conference Call 12:03 P.M. EDT MS. HAYDEN: Hi, guys. Thanks for joining, and apologies for a slight delay. We're here talking today about the speech the President is about to give at 2:00 p.m. at National Defense University on counterterrorism. This call is on background, attributable to senior administration officials. This call is embargoed until 2:00 p.m. when the President speaks. We actually don't have a lot of time so we'll go ahead...
  • Germany Is The 'Most Popular Country in the World' (BBC Polling)

    05/23/2013 2:42:13 PM PDT · by drewh · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | : Thursday, 23 May 2013 | 8:44 ET | By: Katie Holliday
    Europe's largest economy, Germany, which has been criticized for not doing enough to help struggling euro zone countries, has topped a poll as the world's most popular country. The survey, carried out for the BBC, polled 26,000 people in 25 countries and asked them to rate 16 countries and the European Union as a whole on whether their influence on the world was mainly positive or negative. Germany came out on top, with 59 percent of survey participants giving it a positive rating. The country moved up three percentage points from its 2012 position. It displaced Japan, which saw its...
  • Southlake TX Murder Victim Was Drug Cartel Attorney

    05/23/2013 2:41:01 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    KXAS ^ | 5/23/2013 | KXAS
    The man gunned down execution-style at the Southlake Town Center Wednesday was an attorney linked to a major Mexican drug cartel who had been living with his family in a secure, gated community with his wife and at least one child, NBC 5 has learned. Four separate law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation identified the victim as Juan Jesus Guerrero-Chapa, 43, of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Chapa has been named in various Mexican news reports as a lawyer for the Gulf Cartel, one of the largest and most violent drug organizations in Mexico.
  • Tommy Robinson ( EDL ) response to Woolwich Attack ( video )

    05/23/2013 2:36:04 PM PDT · by sushiman · 39 replies
    EDL News ^ | 5/23/13 | John Jones
    In Tommy's own words, we are sleep walking into oblivion. Watch the full video here. No Surrender, Ever!
  • U.S. District Court Dismisses Lawsuit to Ban Traditional Ammunition

    05/23/2013 2:35:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    NSSF release | 23 May, 2013 | NSSF
    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today dismissed a lawsuit brought by the radical anti-hunting Center for Biological Diversity and six other groups demanding the Environmental Protection Agency ban traditional ammunition containing lead components. Traditional ammunition represents 95 percent of the U.S. market and is the staple ammunition for target shooters, hunters and law enforcement, with more than 10 billion rounds sold annually. NSSF filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last August. The court today agreed with NSSF that EPA does not have the authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances...
  • Sears reports bigger-than-expected 1Q loss

    05/23/2013 2:34:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2013 4:53 PM EDT
    Sears Holdings Corp. reported a steeper-than-expected loss for its first quarter with the beleaguered retailer, blaming a cooler spring for falling sales.The operator of Sears and Kmart stores also said it’s considering strategic options for its service-agreement business, such as selling it off, to raise cash. Service agreements are when customers pay an extra fee when buying an appliance and the company agrees to fix or replace it if it breaks within a certain time. The steep loss drove Sears’ shares down more than 11 percent in after-hours trading. …
  • GOP's Chambliss: Obama Speech Will Be "Viewed By Terrorists As Victory"

    05/23/2013 2:33:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23,2013 | Jeremy Herb
    The senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said President Obama's national security speech will be "viewed by terrorists as a victory."
  • (Rep)Jo Bonner to resign (Al-1)

    05/23/2013 2:30:55 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    GOP Rep. Jo Bonner is resigning after a decade in Congress to take a job at the University of Alabama, he announced Thursday. The congressman said he would leave the House by Aug. 15 to become vice chancellor of government relations and economic development at the University of Alabama System. Bonner’s sister, Judy, is the president of the university’s school in Tuscaloosa.
  • Jerry Lewis Repeats His Distaste for Female Comics

    05/23/2013 2:29:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    MyFoxDC ^ | May 23, 2013
    Ladies? Don't make him laugh. Asked who his favorite female comics were Thursday at a Cannes Film Festival press conference, Jerry Lewis listed Cary Grant and Burt Reynolds. He then added: "I don't have any." In 1998, Lewis famously said that watching women do comedy "sets me back a bit" and that he has trouble with the notion of would-be mothers as comedians.
  • Obama Gets Heckled About Guantanamo Bay During Speech On Terrorism

    05/23/2013 2:27:46 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | May 23,2013 | Real Clear Politics Video
    President Obama is heckled by Code Pink protestor Medea Benjamin about Guantanamo Bay during his speech on terrorism at the National Defense University on Thursday.
  • Weiner: More Lewd Photos Might Come Out

    05/23/2013 2:24:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 55 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11:54 May 23, 2013 | By DANIEL HALPER
    This morning on a radio show, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted that more lewd photos could come out: “It is what it is,” Weiner told the radio host in his first live interview since announcing his mayoral bid. “People may decide they want to come forward and say, here’s another email that I got or another photo. I’m certainly not going to do that. So people may hear things that are true, they may hear things that are not true, but I’m going to try to keep being focused on issues that are important to New York...
  • Obama To Heckler: "Part Of Free Speech Is ... You Listening"

    05/23/2013 2:23:49 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 23,2013 | Daniel Halper
    “Ma’am, let me finish. Let me finish ma'am," said Obama. "This is part of free speech is you being able to speak but also you listening. And me being able to speak. All right?”
  • Don't Blow the Opportunity Obama Has Handed Us

    05/23/2013 2:22:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 23, 2013 | Steve McCann
    --snip-- The Republican Party landscape is littered with the carcasses of failed strategies and this approach will also not succeed... --snip-- In another time those in the management of the IRS would have instinctively known that it would be unethical and morally wrong, never mind illegal, to target and leak confidential information about the political adversaries of the person occupying the White House. Particularly as that agency wields vast power over the American people and as such those that work there have been granted a unique responsibility and place in society. Today, however, pleasing the political hierarchy, whose directives they...
  • Video: McConnell Rips Reid Over 'Nuclear Option' Threat

    05/23/2013 2:19:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2013 | Guy Benson
    This would be an A-list political story if it weren't buried beneath the avalanche of scandal that's consumed the nation's attention and undermined the president's approval ratings in recent weeks. We reported on Monday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is maneuvering to execute the so-called "nuclear option" on filibusters of executive appointments, perhaps as soon as July. Since the game plan was initially sketched out by a liberal blogger in the Washington Post (who also confirmed that the White House has bestowed its blessing on the power grab), more circumstantial evidence has emerged that appears to confirm Reid's intentions:...
  • Obama Meets With Illegal Aliens In White House (Oval Office Visit)

    05/23/2013 2:16:31 PM PDT · by drewh · 27 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met in the Oval Office on Tuesday with three people who are in the country in violation of U.S. immigration laws but who have received “deferred action” allowing them to stay in the country under the terms of a "memorandum" issued unilaterally last year by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. While conceding that she had no legal authority to change the "immigration status" of illegal aliens or provide them with a "pathway to citizenship," Napolitano instructed the top officials at Customs and Border Protection, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration...
  • 911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her

    05/23/2013 2:13:03 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    CBS News Seattle ^ | May 23, 2013
    Full title: 911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — An Oregon woman was told by a 911 dispatcher that authorities wouldn’t be able be able to help her as her ex-boyfriend broke into her place because of budget cuts. Oregon Public Radio reports that an unidentified woman called 911 during a weekend in August 2012 while Michael Bellah was breaking into her place. Her call was forwarded to Oregon State Police because of lay-offs at the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office only...
  • Woman who berated London knifemen hailed for 'spirit of London'

    05/23/2013 2:11:53 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2013
    LONDON - A middle-aged cub scout mistress who gave two bloodied knifemen a stern talking to as a British soldier lay dead on the street was hailed as a hero for embodying the “spirit of London”. And as some in the capital complained about immigrants after a killing blamed on British Muslim converts with Nigerian roots, it turned out the woman held up as the new face of civic pride in Europe’s multi-ethnic metropolis was herself born in France. Named by the prime minister from the steps of No. 10 Downing Street, Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, said her bus was halted...
  • Garcetti Mayoral Win In L.A. Is Sign Public's Fed Up With Unions

    05/23/2013 2:07:08 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 22 May 2013 | Editorial
    Organized Labor: On the surface, the Los Angeles mayor's race looked like a choice between Coke and Pepsi. But Eric Garcetti's lopsided win over Wendy Greuel showed a major difference — in the public's view of unions. City Controller Greuel lost 54%-46% on Tuesday, bested by City Councilman Garcetti, who will become the mayor of America's second-largest city on July 1. It was an interesting result because the candidates are two peas in a pod. Both are left-wing Democrats with ideas so closely aligned they have been political allies; both grew up in the San Fernando Valley; and both hold...
  • IRS Source: Lerner Placed On Administrative Leave

    05/23/2013 2:06:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 160 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/23/13 | Eliana Johnson
    Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations, has been placed on administrative leave, according to a source in the agency’s Cincinnati office. Lerner on Thursday afternoon sent an e-mail to employees in the exempt organizations division she oversees stating, “Due to the events of recent days, I am on administrative leave starting today. An announcement will be made shortly informing you who will be acting while I am on administrative leave. I know all of you will continue to support EO’s mission during these difficult times.” She concluded, “I thank you for all your hard work and...
  • Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them

    05/23/2013 2:03:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life News ^ | May 23, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Dr. Anthony Levatino is a pro-life physician from New Mexico but, before having a change of heart on the issue of abortion he was an OBGYN who also performed abortions.Levatino did as many as 1,200 abortions — some of them after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Then, after his daughter died in a tragic automobile accident, he re-evaluated his position on abortion and stopped doing abortions.Today, Dr. Levatino told members of a Congressional committee that they should support a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks that would ban abortions nationwide aft 20 weeks of pregnancy. Levatino Testimony 2013 05/23 - You...
  • Texas BBQ map latest salvo in state’s savory meat ‘declaration of supremacy’

    05/23/2013 2:02:53 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/23/2013 | By Eric Pfeiffer
    The new BBQ map might seem like propaganda to some and truth to others (Texas Monthly) There’s a new map and website on the Internet showing the best 50 BBQ joints. And they’re all in Texas. Of course, the list—compiled annually since 2008—was done by a Lone Star state publication, Texas Monthly. Editor Jake Silverstein told Yahoo News by phone that he’s ready to "declare war" on all famous BBQ regions, including Kansas City, North Carolina and Memphis. "It's a declaration of supremacy. Our level of authority on BBQ is completely unmatched," he said, noting they were partly having fun...
  • ‘Very Remarkable’ — Swedish R&D Organization ELFORSK on E-Cat Report it Funded

    05/23/2013 2:01:24 PM PDT · by Normandy · 20 replies
    E-Cat World ^ | May 23, 2013
    ELFORSK AB, the Swedish energy R&D organization established by utilities and manufacturers in the country has issued a statement on its website commenting on the 3rd party Report which it funded, along with the Alba Langenskiöld Foundation. Here’s the statement (Google translated) Researchers from Uppsala University and KTH Stockholm has conducted measurements of the produced heat energy from a device called the E-cat. It is known as an energy catalyst invented by the Italian scientist Andrea Rossi. The measurements show that the catalyst produces significantly more energy than can be explained by ordinary chemical reactions. The results are very remarkable.
  • House backs variable rate student loans

    05/23/2013 2:00:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2013 4:47 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    Dismissing a veto threat from President Barack Obama, lawmakers in the House passed legislation that links student loan rates to the ups and downs of the financial markets in a vote largely along party lines. The Republican-backed bill would allow students to dodge a scheduled rate hike for students with new subsidized Stafford loans next month, but rates could rise in coming years. Democrats largely opposed the measure—which they branded the “Making College More Expensive Act”—while the Republican chairman of the Education Committee labeled the legislation a starting point for negotiations with the Senate and White House. … Interest rates...
  • Michelle Obama Briefly Dated Inspector General Whose Audit Set Off IRS investigation

    05/23/2013 2:00:08 PM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    A young Michelle Obama once dated the inspector general who recently uncovered the IRS scandal, according to a bombshell report. The future First Lady, then known as Michelle Robinson, reportedly dated J. Russell George, the current IRS top watchdog responsible for investigating the widening trouble at the tax agency, while the two were at Harvard Law School in the 1980s, the National Journal reported. First lady Michelle Obama and George were both in the Black Law Students Association at Harvard Law School. The power pair were both members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and graduated together in 1988,...
  • “I’m not racist”: Common claim after racial slurs

    05/23/2013 1:55:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 70 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2013 4:17 PM EDT | Jesse Washington
    It’s almost a cliché. First, someone talking about blacks makes reference to fried chicken, watermelon, monkeys or dogs—or even uses the indefensible N-word. Then, along with the inevitable apology, comes the kicker: I’m not racist. The latest denial is from golfer Sergio Garcia. Asked a joking question about having dinner with his adversary Tiger Woods, Garcia said: “We will serve fried chicken.” He later apologized for what he called a “silly remark,” then added, “but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.” … “I think it’s human nature that if you’re a racist, you don’t want...
  • Pelosi vows there will be no ObamaCare for illegal immigrants

    05/23/2013 1:52:42 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 36 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 5/23/13 | Mike Lillis and Russell Berman
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed Thursday that taxpayers will not cover healthcare costs for illegal immigrants who gain a pathway to citizenship under immigration reform. "It is stated very clearly in the Affordable Care Act, [and] it is our position in the immigration bill: no access to subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. Secondly, no access to Medicaid; no cost to the taxpayer," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "That has always been the Democratic position." Pelosi was pushing back against reports indicating that Democratic leaders have stalled the House immigration negotiations by resisting a draft provision that...
  • Montreal Mobster Cops To Drug Dealing

    05/23/2013 1:49:35 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 05/23/13 | Friends of Ours
    Alessandro Taloni, a reputed associate of the Montreal-based Rizzuto clan, has pleaded guilty for his role in an alleged $1 billion drug trafficking organization which brought hydroponic bud into New York and sent powder cocaine into Canada according to a press release from Brooklyn federal prosecutors: "The organization allegedly transported tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana from outdoor growers in British Colombia to Montreal, Canada, and controlled numerous warehouses in and around Montreal for the manufacture of ecstasy and hydroponic marijuana. The drugs were smuggled into the United States using transportation networks run by the Hells Angels and Native...
  • Chicago teens accused of raping a 12-year-old girl & putting the video on Facebook charged as adults

    05/23/2013 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | Crimesider Staff
    FULL TITLE: Three Chicago teens accused of raping a 12-year-old girl and putting the video on Facebook charged as adults CBS) CHICAGO -Three teenagers accused of raping a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint and posting the video of the assault on Facebook were charged with sex assault as adults on Friday, said the Chicago Tribune. According to the paper, the three boys were held in custody in lieu of $900,000 bail. The Tribune reported prosecutors say that on December 15, 2012, the girl went to 16-year-old Scandale Fritz's Chicago home to speak with him, and that when she arrived at the...
  • FreeKate? Movement to Normalize Pedophilia Finds Its Poster Girl (Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt)

    05/23/2013 1:47:19 PM PDT · by drewh · 117 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5.23.13 @ 10:09AM | By Robert Stacy McCain
    In January, Rush Limbaugh warned that there was “an effort under way to normalize pedophilia,” and was ridiculed by liberals (including CNN’s Soledad O’Brien) for saying so. But now liberals have joined a crusade that, if successful, would effectively legalize sex with 14-year-olds in Florida. The case involves Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt, an 18-year-old in Sebastian, Florida, who was arrested in February after admitting that she had a lesbian affair with a 14-year high-school freshman. (Click here to read the affidavit in Hunt’s arrest.) It is a felony in Florida to have sex with 14-year-olds. Hunt was expelled from Sebastian High...
  • McCain Rips Mike Lee: "Learn A Little Bit More" About How Congress Works

    05/23/2013 1:45:52 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    RCP Video -TPM ^ | 5-23-2013
    McCain lecturing how Congress business is done.
  • GOP's Chambliss: Obama speech will be 'viewed by terrorists as victory'

    05/23/2013 1:36:36 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/23/13 | Jeremy Herb
    The senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said President Obama's national security speech will be "viewed by terrorists as a victory." Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) made the remarks in a statement released moments after Obama's speech. He focused his criticism on Obama's plans to move toward closing the Guantanamo Bay detainee camp. "We knew five years ago that closing Guantanamo was a bad idea and would not work," Chambliss said. "Yet, today’s speech sends the message to Guantanamo detainees that if they harass the dedicated military personnel there enough, we will give in and send them home, even to...