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  • Unmark your calendars: Mosul liberation postponed indefinitely

    02/28/2015 12:34:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Old and busted: Open-source war planning. New hotness: Strategic incoherence! A week ago, the Pentagon briefed reporters on the plan to retake Mosul from ISIS in April using mainly Iraqi Army troops, down to the timing of the attack and a rough estimate of the numbers and types of troops needed to accomplish the job. Just seven days later, the Department of Defense pushed off the date until autumn … if then. A DoD source told The Daily Beast’s Nancy Youssef that, er, they’ve belatedly discovered that Iraqi troops aren’t ready now, and probably won’t be ready for months: The...
  • Netanyahu at Western Wall: I respect Obama, but it's my duty to ensure Israel's security

    02/28/2015 12:18:03 PM PST · by Dave346 · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/28/2015 21:54 | HERB KEINON
    PM on eve of Washington trip says strength of US-Israeli relations will prevail over current disagreements. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to the Western Wall Saturday night, just hours before flying to Washington on one of the the most contentious visits there by an Israeli prime minister in recent memory. With the Wall as his backdrop, Netanyahu said that he wanted to visit Judaism's holiest site before embarking on his trip Sunday morning to Washington where his scheduled speech before Congress on Tuesday has placed him at loggerheads with the White House. I want to take this opportunity...
  • Jeb de Blasio Bush addresses CPAC

    02/28/2015 12:15:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | February 27, 2015 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    Jeb Bush reminded a CPAC audience what a conservative isn't; Ted Cruz of Texas reminded them what a conservative is. Friday, Governor Jeb Bush began to speak before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., when a sudden shuffling of feet signaled the exodus of conservative Tea Party activists from the Patomac Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Bush now knows what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio feels when an army of police officers turn their backs to him at every speech. William Temple, a Tea Party organizer from Brunswick, Georgia, led...
  • John Boehner Allies Fret Coup Attempt

    02/28/2015 11:59:23 AM PST · by kristinn · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | Saturday, February 28, 2015 | John Bresnahan; Anna Palmer and Lauren French
    Close allies of Speaker John Boehner are worried that his conservative rivals could move to oust him as soon as next week. Removing a sitting speaker is exceedingly difficult, and such an effort would almost certainly fall short. Yet growing speculation about the possibility of it coming after Fridays embarrassing defeat at the hands of conservatives and House Democrats on the homeland security battle shows how vulnerable the speaker has become. Five years into the job, hes a leader consistently buffeted by forces beyond his control. The legislative calendar guarantees it wont get any easier: in the coming...
  • Stand Up to Iran (Video at link - Speech March 3rd at 11am EST on C-SPAN)

    02/28/2015 11:57:26 AM PST · by Dave346 · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 28, 2015 | RJCHQ
    Urge Washington to stop ignoring the threats of radical Islam and a nuclear Iran: http://StandUpToIran.com
  • 25 Takeaways From Americas Biggest Conservative Conference

    02/28/2015 11:16:30 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 15 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | February 26, 2015 | Rob Bluey / @RobertBluey /
    The Daily Signal made its CPAC debut this year, closely following the 2016 contenders and hot policy debates at Americas largest conservative conference. Weve pulled together a quick take on the highlights of the first two days. 1) Scott Walker Casts Himself as Champion of Hard-Working Taxpayers ...
  • (Exempt) Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder

    02/28/2015 11:01:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 2/28/15 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    WASHINGTON Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. Democrats lacked the votes Friday to force Republicans to fund the department for a year with no strings. Still, even some Republicans say party leaders are on a perilous path with a very public ideological struggle only highlighting the GOP's inability to pass contested legislation and possibly worsening its weak relationship with Hispanic voters. Worst of all, numerous lawmakers said, Republican leaders have offered no plausible scenario for a successful...
  • Cruz Tells Anti-Tax Group 'No' to Common Core in Schools

    02/28/2015 10:07:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    WCTV ^ | Sat 12:32 PM, Feb 28, 2015
    <p>PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is telling an influential anti-tax group that he opposes Common Core education standards, putting him at odds with fellow presidential prospect Jeb Bush a day after Bush endorsed the standards to the same audience.</p>
  • Yolo County Sheriff: Dead Baby floating in Slough: no evidence the infant was a victim of homicide

    02/28/2015 8:55:15 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 37 replies
    McClatchy / Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/26/2015 | Peter Hecht and Darrell Smith
    Preliminary autopsy results say 20-day-old Justice Rees, whose tiny body was found Wednesday at a remote slough near Knights Landing, may have drowned or died of hypothermia. In an interview Thursday, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said authorities have no evidence the infant was a victim of homicide.
  • U.S. Unveils comprehensive new adult vaccination plan

    02/28/2015 8:06:58 AM PST · by azkathy · 88 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 2-25-15 | Alicia Bayer
    While childhood vaccination rates are well over 90%, adults are far more likely to be behind on vaccinations http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/national_adult_immunization_plan_final.pdf Think you're up to date on your vaccinations? You might be surprised at how many vaccinations are now recommended for American adults -- and the federal government plans to start tracking which of those vaccines you're behind on. The Department of Health and Human Services released its preliminary draft of a new five year plan to increase adult vaccinations this month. The newly revised 52-page National Adult Immunization Plan says: While the NVP provides a vision for improving protection from vaccine-preventable...
  • Shattuck: Walker walks the walk at CPAC

    02/28/2015 7:02:45 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 14 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/28/15 | Tom Shattuck
    Big Government Sucks. Thats the slogan of the hordes of young people at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The lesson from this years CPAC was that if you wanted to win over this energetic crowd it behooved you to be succinct and rebellious like that three-word slogan when taking the stage. Chris Christie used tough talk. Scott Walker used down-home exuberance. Ted Cruz called out every party save for the Tea Party for talking the talk but not walking the walk. And they received tepid passing grades from CPACs most energetic demographic. Jeb Bush, however, missed the mark,...
  • Cracks Starting to Appear in Public Pensions Armor

    02/25/2015 7:24:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 20015 | By Mary Williams Walsh
    First in Detroit, then in Stockton, Calif., and now in New Jersey, judges and other top officials are challenging the widespread belief that public pensions are untouchable. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey delivered the latest blow on Tuesday, when he proposed to freeze that states public pension plans and move workers into new ones intended not to overwhelm future budgets or impose open-ended demands on taxpayers. The first crack came in Detroit, where a judge ruled that public pensions could, in fact, be reduced, at least in bankruptcy. Then, just a few weeks ago, an opinion by the bankruptcy...
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/28/2015 6:46:47 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 46 replies
    National Reivew Online ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCCs muscling of the Internet Todays vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through net neutrality, or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. Net...
  • Oregon's signature solar energy (scam) project built on foundation of false hopes and falsehoods

    02/28/2015 6:41:13 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 26 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ted Sickinger & Jeff Manning
    Dignitaries gathered on a dry Klamath Falls hillside in August 2011 to celebrate the launch of the largest solar power project ever attempted in Oregon. As then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and others dug their golden shovels into the hard ground, they were adamant that this was not another state-sponsored green energy boondoggle. This $27 million collection of solar arrays would be a boon for the economy as well as the environment. For nearly $12 million in tax credits, state officials said, taxpayers could expect the project developer to buy local and hire local, creating a virtuous circle of energy savings, reduced...
  • PRESIDENT PAUL: Rand Paul Gets Standing Ovation At CPAC

    02/28/2015 6:19:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/15 | Patrick Howley
    Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earned a standing ovation at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, with members of the conservative activist crowd chanting President Paul at one point. Paul made clear overtures to a presidential run. The video of his speech is below. Here are some highlights: Your rights are in your DNA and the government, quite frankly, can get over it. I say that your phone records are yours! I say that the phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business. Hillarys war made us less safe. As Hillary was declaring victory in...
  • CPAC 2015: Cruz Marijuana Policy Shifts (should be state's decision)

    02/28/2015 6:16:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 24 replies
    IBTimes ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | Max Willens
    A would-be Republican presidential nominee has changed his mind on marijuana. Sen. Ted Cruz said he supports Colorados state rights to keep marijuana legalized without federal interference during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity at Thursdays Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). I actually think this is a great embodiment of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called the laboratories of democracy, Cruz said. If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road, thats their prerogative. I personally dont agree with it, but thats their right. Cruzs comments at CPAC bring him in line with...
  • Opposition to immigration reform is a winning strategy for Republicans

    02/28/2015 6:14:46 AM PST · by BobL · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb, 27, 2015 | Zoltan L. Hajnal
    ....The answer is that Republicans opposition to immigration reform actually represents a winning strategy, not a losing one. Heres why. Republicans win or lose largely depending on white voters. Whites still make up the vast majority of voters some 75 percent in 2014 and whites tend to favor the Republican Party by large margins. Republican congressional candidates garnered 60 percent of the white vote in 2014. All told, 89 percent of all Republican votes in 2014 came from white voters. Put simply, the Republican Party doesnt really need the minority vote...
  • Upcoming Chicago literary events (Hussein's best friend - Bill Ayers)

    02/28/2015 6:02:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/26/15 | Jeremy Mikula
    **SNIP** March 22: Jeanne Bishop will discuss her new book, "Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace With My Sister's Killer," with Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. 4 p.m., Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave., semcoop.com, 773-752-4381
  • Community College Not Immune From Suit, Circuit Rules

    02/28/2015 5:47:47 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 1 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 03/02/15 | Mark Hamblett
    Westchester Community College and some of its administrators are not arms of the state shielded by sovereign immunity under the Constitution, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled. The circuit upheld a denial of the college's motion to dismiss the case of former adjunct professor Carol Leitner, who lost her job for allegedly making offensive remarks in class and who now can proceed with her First Amendment lawsuit....she was fired in 2011 for her comments in class, including expressing her approval of a controversial Arizona immigration law and doubting the fairness of spending taxpayer money on...
  • GUEST COLUMN: Obama the radical

    02/28/2015 5:16:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Northwest Georgia News ^ | 2/27/15 | James Cook
    **SNIP** He wants to transform America and create a new society fundamentally different from the old one. Obama has little regard for the Founding Fathers because they allowed slavery to exist, making America the most racist nation, and he views the Constitution as an outdated document that limits his freedom of action. He rejects capitalism as an exploitive, oppressive system that produces inequalities in wealth. To Obama, America is not a force for good in the world, but rather a militaristic, imperialistic menace that has exploited weaker nations and done irreparable damage. Thus, his goals are to reduce Americas military...
  • Hillary Clinton, coin-operated policymaker

    02/28/2015 5:12:44 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/26/2015 | Timothy P. Carner
    The latest tales of State Department ethics violations, foreign money, and special access would be surprising if they were about anyone but Hillary Clinton. Throughout her political career Clinton has always blended cash and policy. Shes not merely corporatist by disposition, like, say Tim Geithner or Lindsey Graham. Shes not simply sloppy on ethics, like Bob McDonnell or John Kitzhaber. Hillary is blatantly transactional in her fundraising and policymaking. And she wants to be president. Heres the background on the latest Clinton story: During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton openly had an unsavory relationship with foreign money. Her...
  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows (Kerry, Boehner to appear before Bibi's speech Tuesday)

    02/28/2015 5:03:38 AM PST · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 27, 6:04 PM EST
    ABC's "This Week" - Secretary of State John Kerry. --- NBC's "Meet the Press" - Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016. --- CBS' "Face the Nation" - House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. --- CNN's "State of the Union" - Feinstein; former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the United States. --- "Fox News Sunday" - Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
  • Trey Gowdy Fights Back Against Obamas Amnesty With New Immigration Plan

    02/28/2015 4:57:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/15 | Chuck Ross
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has introduced an immigration bill to defund President Obamas executive amnesty and expedite the removal of criminal aliens from U.S. soil. Named after Michael Davis, Jr., a sheriffs deputy in California who was killed in the line of duty last year by an illegal immigrant, Gowdys bill would also provide a work-around for state and local governments to reinforce federal immigration laws while also implementing an annual review of the executive branchs use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we...
  • Are Washington Republicans Incompetent?

    02/28/2015 4:32:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    PowerLine ^ | February 27, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    It is almost unbelievable how badly Congressional Republicans have botched their opposition to President Obamas illegal executive amnesty and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. The House, under John Boehners direction, did the right thing: it passed a bill that fully funded DHS, but barred spending to implement the amnesty that has now been declared illegal by a federal court. The action then moved to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried repeatedly to bring the House measure to the floor for a vote. Four times, the Democrats filibustered the DHS funding bill. As a result of...
  • Middle-class taxpayers on Obamacare learn that its payback time (Pelosi knew)

    02/28/2015 4:18:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Hays Post ^ | 2/28/15 | Anna Gorman
    Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills. But this year the California couple got a shock: According to their tax preparer, they owe the IRS more than $6,000. Thats the money the Campbells received from the federal government last year to make their Obamacare health coverage more affordable. Roberta, unemployed when she signed up for the plan, got a job halfway through the year and Curtis found full-time work. The couples total yearly income became too high to qualify for...
  • FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules for Internet Providers

    02/28/2015 4:10:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Inc ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ann Flaherty
    The new rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission are a win for smaller Internet-based companies. Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission. The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone and bans business practices that are "unjust or unreasonable," represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades. The goal is to prevent providers from slowing or blocking web traffic,...
  • Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses... (CAPTION!)

    02/28/2015 4:02:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/26/15
    Harry Reid swaps shades for frosted lenses as Nancy Pelosi dons dark sunglasses in solidarity with her bruised colleague Comedy on Capitol Hill - the intentional kind, anyway - is pretty rare. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got chuckles Thursday when she started a news conference by donning dark glasses, a teasingly sympathetic gesture to the man standing next to her, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. 'I brought my glasses to be like Harry, but he switched on me,' Pelosi said, removing her shades.
  • IRS Employee Looking for Lois Lerner Emails Was Blind, Literally!

    02/28/2015 3:44:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-27-15 | J. Christian Adams
    An IRS employee tasked with trying to restore and obtain emails on Lois Lerners IRS computers hard drive was legally blind. Stephen Manning, the deputy chief information officer for strategy and modernization at the IRS, submitted an affidavit in the True the Vote vs. IRS litigation regarding the persons and procedures used to attempt to recover Lois Lerners hard drive containing emails pertaining to Tea Party targeting. The affidavit can be read here. Paragraph 14 describes the educational background of the person searching for data on Lois Lerners hard drive: According to the Specialist, prior to joining the Internal Revenue...
  • No irrigation water again this year for Valley farmers

    02/28/2015 3:15:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 2--27-15 | Mark Grossi
    Farmers again will get no federal river water for more than 2 million acres of cropland in the San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday. Though the announcement was no surprise, it sent ripples of anxiety through the farming industry on both the east and west sides of the Valley, which rely on water from the federal Central Valley Project. Don Peracchi, board president of the Westlands Water Districts board, mostly in west Fresno County, said: The federal governments Central Valley Project is broken. Some of the most vital elements of the states economy are being allowed...
  • Obamas Failure [consistent, misrepresentation of terror threat; Iran]

    02/28/2015 2:21:52 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | March 9, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 25 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Barack Obama wants us all to simmer down about Iran. He wants Senator Bob Menendez, a fellow Democrat, and the donors he represents to butt out of the sanctions debate. He wants Republicans to quit crying wolf about Iran’s nuclear weapons program. He wants the media to stop hyping terror threats. He wants the American people in the dark about the secret correspondence he’s had for years with Iran’s supreme leader. He wants John Boehner to be mindful of protocol. And most of all, he wants Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop questioning his accommodationist approach to Tehran. With...
  • The U.S. has yet to make good on its promise of reparations to black Americans

    02/28/2015 1:23:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Professors Karsonya Wise Whitehead and Conra Gist
    Conversations about reparations are not about money but about people and about the way that people are seen and valued in our society. These are difficult conversations, and we have found that what is most challenging about the idea of reparations today is the notion that America still owes a debt to black people.. We have spent the past eight months wrestling with the question about whether reparations as Ta-Nehisi Coates so eloquently argued could ameliorate inequality for black people in America. We believe that the answer to this question is connected to how well one can understand...
  • For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions

    02/28/2015 12:27:35 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 51 replies
    n a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation. Her primer on college admissions begins with the basics: application deadlines, the relative virtues of the SAT versus the ACT and how many Advanced Placement tests to take. Then she eases into a potentially incendiary topic one that many counselors like her have learned they cannot avoid. Let's talk about Asians, she says. Lee's next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to...
  • Milwaukee County says nearly all Walker emails released [Taxpayer funded witch-hunt in Wisconsin]

    02/27/2015 11:41:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    WXOW - La Crosse, WI ^ | February 27, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Milwaukee County officials say they don't plan another mass release of emails collected in the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's aides and associates when he was county executive. County attorney Paul Bargren says in a letter Wednesday to The Associated Press that more than 29 gigabytes of documents were released as ordered by a judge between August and December. The AP and other news organizations reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents during that time.....
  • Justice Department ramps up scrutiny of candidates and independent groups

    02/27/2015 9:41:10 PM PST · by Mariner · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 27 at 5:58 PM | By Matea Gold and Colby Itkowitz
    The Justice Department is stepping up scrutiny of the increasingly cozy ties between candidates and their outside allies, a move that could jolt the freewheeling campaign-finance atmosphere ahead of the 2016 elections. A rare conviction of a Virginia campaign operative this month is part of a broader focus on cases in which candidates may be violating a federal ban on sharing strategic information with well-funded independent allies, Justice officials said. The opportunity to commit the crime has increased dramatically, said Justice spokesman Peter Carr. Illegal coordination is difficult to detect, which is why we strongly encourage party or campaign insiders...
  • President Obama Breaks Into Tears as He Says Goodbye to Holder

    02/27/2015 9:03:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | February 27, 2015 | Pam Key
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Friday, President Barack Obama spoke at the portrait unveiling ceremony for outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which led to the commander-in-chief breaking into tears that he wiped away as he finished his remarks. The president said, Having good men in a position of power and authority, who are willing to fight for what is right, that is a rare thing, a powerful thing....
  • Sheriff Joe warns amnesty judge on 'defiant' Obama

    02/27/2015 9:01:59 PM PST · by aquila48 · 4 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/27/15 | BOB UNRUH
    An attorney for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizonas Maricopa County is asking the judge who ordered federal bureaucrats not to implement President Obamas amnesty-by-memo plan to order a hearing over the administrations apparent refusal to abide by the order. A notice and recommendation was filed Friday in the Texas case, which was brought by 26 states, by attorney Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch on behalf of Arpaio, who has his own lawsuit against Obama over amnesty but joined the Texas case in a friend-of-the-court filing. Several reports indicate that the executive branch under the Obama administration has not complied with...
  • Mark Cuban On Shark Tank, Politics, And The FCC

    02/27/2015 8:48:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 27, 2015 | Nicole Russell
    Anybody whos watched Shark Tank more than once will tell you hes hooked on the Sharks, just as much as they are on the little fishies swimming around in the tank. The Sharksa panel of billionaire investors ranging in expertise and net worthscowl, laugh, cry, ridicule, and jest like a bunch of frat boys (and a sorority chick or two) on steroids, 30 years post-college. If business is the ultimate sport, as Shark investor, billionaire businessman, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban said in an interview last year with Inc., Magazine, than every episode of Shark Tank is...
  • China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts

    02/27/2015 8:34:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    China operates one of the world's most sophisticated online censorship mechanisms, known as the Great Firewall. Censors keep a grip on what can be published online, particularly content seen as potentially undermining the ruling Communist Party.
  • Wolf Blitzer Blames GOP for Failure of Bill Majority of Dems Voted Against

    02/27/2015 8:31:55 PM PST · by Cheerio · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    On Fridays Situation Room, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer characterized the failure of a resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks as the Republicans failing to break the deadlock over funding the Department of Homeland Security, despite the fact that the majority of the votes against the resolution came from Democrats. How will the Department of Homeland Security protect Americans from a terror threat, which is growing daily, if congress cannot find a way to pay those workers whose job is supposed to keep all of us safe? Looks like Republicans are moments away from failing...
  • Obama Taking His Family to Selma; Remembers Trayvon Martin at WH Event

    02/27/2015 8:25:32 PM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Next week, Michelle and I and the girls will be traveling to Selma to pay tribute, not just as a president or a first lady or as African Americans, but as Americans -- to those who changed the course of history at the Edmund Pettus Bridge," President Obama told a gathering at the White House on Thursday. Obama mentioned the "legends and giants of the civil rights movement" as well as "the countless American heroes" who aren't named in the history books, all of whom marched and sang and organized "to change this country for the better." He...
  • Mike Pence delivered the keynote address at CPAC annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. (HE GETS IT!!!)

    02/27/2015 8:15:31 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mike Pence
    CPAC Reagan Dinner Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) delivered the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conferences (CPAC) annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. http://www.c-span.org/video/?324558-20/indiana-governor-mike-pence-r-cpac-reagan-dinner-remarks
  • Jeb Bush to CPAC: Yes, I support a path to legalization for illegal immigrants

    02/27/2015 8:03:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 27, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Seeing some oohing and aahing online this afternoon among political media that Jeb didnt pander to CPACs very conservative crowd on Common Core or immigration (he stuck to his guns!), but what would he have gained by doing that? Remember, for all the hype in 2012 that Romney was shifting to the center to run as a technocrat instead of as the culture warrior he ran as in 2008, he was still a fairly doctrinaire righty on most issues, the notable exception of RomneyCare aside. Thats what the severely conservative nonsense was all about in his CPAC speech three years...
  • Christie, Walker, and Cruz's CPAC speeches, decoded

    02/27/2015 7:42:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Vox ^ | February 27, 2015 | Andrew Prokop
    On Thursday, several likely 2016 Republican presidential contenders filed in to the Conservative Political Action Conference to make their pitches to activists on the right. Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina all touted their conservative credentials, in hopes of impressing the faithful. But the subtext of several appearances wasn't the hopefuls' strengths but their weaknesses. Each of the likely candidates has at least one major flaw and some have several. Their CPAC appearances provided a window into how they're trying to address those flaws. Some tried to show that the seeming problems with their candidacies...
  • Reversible toll lanes on 270? Maybe

    02/27/2015 7:12:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WTOP ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ari Ashe
    ROCKVILLE, Md. With a new governor viewed as road-friendly in Annapolis, one Montgomery County lawmaker hopes toll lanes on Interstate 270 are a possibility. County Councilmember Roger Berliner supports converting the two High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-270 into reversible toll lanes. We backed a plan six years ago with two reversible lanes. People in carpools or transit vehicles ride free; everyone else would have to pay a toll, says Berliner. The concept would be similar to the new 95 Express Lanes in Virginia between Stafford County and Alexandria. Similar to Virginia, any project in Maryland would likely require...
  • No Shutdown For Now: Congress Passes Week-Long Homeland Security Patch

    02/27/2015 7:10:28 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | BY CARRIE DANN, ALEX MOE, FRANK THORP V AND LUKE RUSSERT
    Congress has narrowly averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security for one week, setting up another funding showdown for next Friday. Hours before a midnight deadline, the House easily approved a one-week extension of the funding. It required two-thirds of members' support to pass. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reversed course later Friday night, instructing House Democrats to back the one-week measure.
  • Black Ministers Welcome PM Netanyahu to Congress

    02/27/2015 6:16:46 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 21 replies
    UrbanCure ^ | February 27, 2015 | Star Parker
    Black Ministers Welcome PM Netanyahu to Congress. There are written words for an excerpt only their own voices. Video at link.
  • Casus Belly: Gov't will dictate our eating habits

    02/27/2015 6:10:49 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 15 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 27, 2015 | Daniel Clark
    Casus Belly: Govt will dictate our eating habits by Daniel Clark As if the mere existence of a federal entity called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee wasnt chilling enough, just wait until you see the suggestions that body is making to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The DGAC is proposing that Washington dictate our eating habits through coercion, and stating this goal as if it were as innocuous a governmental function as the issuing of a new stamp. In what it calls its 2015 Scientific Report (and who wants to oppose science?), the DGAC highlights the...
  • Theres already a conspiracy theory brewing over net neutrality (FCC wants to regulate )

    02/27/2015 6:00:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 76 replies
    washington Post ^ | February 27 at 6:30 AM | By Brian Fung
    <p>Why won't they release the rules?!?!</p> <p>It's been less than 24 hourssincethe Federal Communications Commissionvoted to approve strict new regulations on Internet providers, but that's the leading question coming from its critics.</p> <p>Conservatives are demanding that the FCC release a full copy of the regulationsthat it's planning to impose on companies such as Comcast and Verizon and taking the agency's silence as evidence of a cover-up. Readers of anFCC blog post have suspiciously mused that "these new regulations should have been published by now." It's much the same over on Twitter.</p>
  • The Obama Administrations AR-15 Ammo Ban: Whats It All About?

    02/27/2015 5:12:49 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 44 replies
    PowerLine ^ | February 27, 2015 | By John Hinderaker
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has unveiled a new Framework For Determining Whether Certain Projectiles Are Primarily Intended For Sporting Purposes. Under that rather bland rubric, ATF says that it will prohibit the sale of ammunition using the M855 bullet, which includes some of the most common types of ammunition used in AR-15 rifles. This gets rather technical, but briefly, what we are talking about here is the projectile, or bullet. The M855 bullet has a lead core and a steel tip. It is commonly used in 5.56 and .223 cartridges. ATF proposes to ban the M855 as...
  • How about a 3 week DHS Extension that Required Senate go to Conference - anyone on FR support that?

    02/27/2015 5:13:09 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 40 replies
    27 Feb 2015 | 11th va
    The optics look really bad without the House sending something to the Senate. If I were Speaker I'd try and send a bill that required Senate go to conference - that would make them look bad if they failed to agree - what say you?