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  • Brzezinski: Obama ‘Understands the World Better Than Any Other Politician’

    02/27/2012 3:59:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 57 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Tatler ^ | February 27, 2012 | Staff
    President Obama got high praise from Jimmy Carter former national security adviser on his comprehension of foreign policy. Still, Zbigniew Brzezinski had some words of caution for the current commander in chief about his meeting next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying Obama let himself be “humiliated” last time Bibi visited. “Prior to the elections, they’ll be tempted to strike,” Brzezinski said of Israeli action toward Iran’s nuclear program on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” Sunday. “And this is why I think the president, when he talks on to Netanyahu on March 5th, might take into account the fact...
  • Brown: Who Is Policing the Food Police?

    02/27/2012 3:40:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | February 27, 2012 | Susan Stamper Brown
    President and Mrs. Obama seem to be terrific parents and should be commended for the steps they have taken to improve the health and well-being of America's kids. Back in December 2010, President Obama signed the "Healthy, Hunger Free Children Act" into law, and in January 2012, the First Lady, in partnership with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, unveiled a set of new school meal standards, they claim "will improve the health and well-being of 32 million kids nationwide." As I understand it, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food consumption guidelines are based on net daily...
  • Probe after Judge pulls out a gun in court and tells sex attack VICTIM she's "killing her case."

    02/27/2012 3:16:36 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2012 | Paul Thompson
    A North Georgia judge stunned a courtroom after he pulled out a gun during a rape case to criticise a witness for not being cooperative. Judge David Barrett told the female witness she was ‘killing her case’ and that she might as well shoot her lawyer. As he made the statement he pretended to offer her his handgun before prosecutor Jeff Langley told him the gesture was inappropriate.
  • Ethicists Argue for Post Birth Abortions

    02/27/2012 3:11:38 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 2+ views
    NC Register ^ | February 27, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    In the Journal of Medical Ethics, two ethicists argue plainly for the killing of babies post birth. They’re not hedging their bets. They’re saying it plain and simple. And I, for one, thank them for it. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, associated respectively with Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia, and with the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, in the UK, wrote a piece called “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” I could buy the article for $30 and I was close to doing it but then I thought why am I giving these animals my money. I’d essentially...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Monday, February-27-2012

    02/27/2012 2:31:23 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. 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
  • Unmapped: Update on New York Redistricting

    02/27/2012 2:26:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 26, 2012 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Each state must redraw its political maps to reflect the 2010 census, and New York is among the last to comply. The delay makes it harder for challengers to start campaigns. The state’s Congressional primary will be on June 26; its legislative primary will be on Sept. 11. SO FAR Legislative districts have been proposed by lawmakers, but not approved, and have been criticized as gerrymandered to protect incumbents. No Congressional districts have been proposed. THE LATEST A group of elected officials seeking the creation of a Latino Congressional district centered in Upper Manhattan marched from the Inwood neighborhood to...
  • Issa,Grassley Continue Press for Answers in Zapata Murder:Evidence Reveals Similar Investigative

    02/27/2012 2:08:23 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Oversight.house.org ^ | February 27, 2012 | Oversight.house
    ...Tactics to Fast and Furious were Used.WASHINGTON – Chairman Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley today questioned Attorney General Eric Holder about revelations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was aware of straw buying by Manuel Barba during a several month span of which one of the weapons found at the murder scene of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Officer Jaime Zapata was purchased. In a letter to Holder today, Issa and Grassley wrote that in addition to Otilio and Rafael Osorio and Kelvin Morrison, which they have previously asked about and received non-substantive responses, it appears...
  • Issa,Grassley Continue Press for Answers in Zapata Murder:Evidence Reveals Similar Investigative

    02/27/2012 2:07:52 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies
    Oversight.house.org ^ | February 27, 2012 | Oversight.house
    ...Tactics to Fast and Furious were Used.WASHINGTON – Chairman Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley today questioned Attorney General Eric Holder about revelations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was aware of straw buying by Manuel Barba during a several month span of which one of the weapons found at the murder scene of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Officer Jaime Zapata was purchased. In a letter to Holder today, Issa and Grassley wrote that in addition to Otilio and Rafael Osorio and Kelvin Morrison, which they have previously asked about and received non-substantive responses, it appears...
  • My Muslim President Obama (02.25.09)

    02/27/2012 2:05:40 PM PST · by libstripper · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | Febrfuary 25, 2012 | Asma Gull Hasan
    I know President Obama is not Muslim, but I am tempted nevertheless to think that he is, as are most Muslims I know. In a very unscientific oral poll, ranging from family members to Muslim acquaintances, many of us feel, just as African-Americans did for the non-black but culturally leaning African-American President Bill Clinton, that we have our first American Muslim president in Barack Hussein Obama. I know it's odd to say this. At first, I thought I was the only Muslim engaging in this folly, and I am reluctant to express it lest right-wing zealots try to use "Muslim"...
  • Obama: "Son of Islam"?

    02/27/2012 1:28:03 PM PST · by bayouranger · 37 replies · 1+ views
    stonegateinstitute.org ^ | 27FEB12 | Raymond Ibrahim
    According to Sharia law, if one's father is Muslim, one automatically becomes Muslim. "Most of the Muslims I know (me included) can't seem to accept that Obama is not a Muslim." Many in the media are indignant with Reverend Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Invited on "Morning Joe" last Tuesday to discuss Christian persecution, Graham was asked whether he thought President Barack Obama was Christian or not. Although Graham concluded that Obama "has said he is a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is," he appeared skeptical, suggesting Obama's policies disagreed with Christian...
  • Neil Armstrong Speaks

    02/27/2012 1:27:17 PM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | February 27, 2012 | Rand Simberg
    Neil Armstrong is the keynote speaker at the suborbital conference, which has just started in Palo Alto. I’ll be live blogging his speech. Alan Stern is introing him, describing him as a pioneer in suborbital spaceflight with the X-15. [Standing ovation] Thanks for the warm welcome, and appreciate the opportunity to describe suborbital flight generations back. As a boy was an admirer of great aircraft designers, and in recent decades, Burt Rutan has earned a place on that list. Burt occasionally ribs the government for spending hundred of millions to attain same altitude as he did with SS1. Back in...
  • Gay Marine’s homecoming kiss goes viral

    02/27/2012 10:23:44 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 91 replies · 9+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    "Five months after the military's ban on openly gay service expired, a photo of a young gay Marine's homecoming kiss has gone viral".
  • Hundreds march in protest in East Haven(SEIU rent-a-mob)

    02/27/2012 12:54:39 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    Hundreds of people marched through East Haven in protest Saturday, calling for change after four members of the police department were arrested in late January in an FBI racial profiling probe and the mayor subsequently made what many considered an offensive comment in an interview. Carrying signs and chanting, the crowd poured down Main Street towards Margaret Tucker Park late Saturday morning. "We're fighting for human rights of the immigrants," said march organizer John Lugo. "And in this city, we're not looking for anything else." A few dozen people on the opposite side of the street did not share protesters'...
  • Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth (WH Uses Espionage Act Against Whistle-Blowers)

    02/27/2012 12:52:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 26, 2012 | David Carr
    Last Wednesday in the White House briefing room, the administration’s press secretary, Jay Carney, opened on a somber note, citing the deaths of Marie Colvin and Anthony Shadid, two reporters who had died “in order to bring truth” while reporting in Syria. Jake Tapper, the White House correspondent for ABC News, pointed out that the administration had lauded brave reporting in distant lands more than once and then asked, “How does that square with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistle-blowers...
  • Gingrich takes aim at Santorum, sees impossible task in Afghanistan

    02/27/2012 12:38:36 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 140 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 27, 2012 | Jeremy Redmon
    NASHVILLE – Newt Gingrich went on the offensive against Rick Santorum during a campaign swing through Tennessee Monday, calling him a “big Labor Republican” and predicting his surging opponent’s fortunes will quickly change amid a chaotic race that could remain competitive all the way to the Republican National Convention in August. Gingrich, who has said he must do well in the Southern states to win the GOP nomination, also predicted he would win the Alabama and Mississippi primaries next month. Turning to the escalating violence in Afghanistan, the former Georgia congressman said the United States is facing an impossible task...
  • Obama to governors: Spend your budgets on education

    02/27/2012 12:29:20 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | unattributed
    Saying that other countries are doubling down on education while the states are cutting teachers, President Obama on Monday implored the nation's governors to spend their budgets on education and job training. "Too many states are making cuts that I think are too big," the president told the National Governors Association, which was spending the last day of its annual meeting at the White House. "Budgets are by choice, so today I'm calling on all of you: invest more in education, invest more in our children," he said. Obama said students should be required to stay in school longer --...
  • The Personal Cost of Obama's Vacations

    02/27/2012 12:27:06 PM PST · by pgyanke · 8 replies · 10+ views
    News Herald ^ | 2/5/2012 | William J. Flynn, MD
    From the Panama City, FL News Herald of 2/5/12:
  • Gallup Daily: Romney 32%, Santorum 28%, Gingrich 14%

    02/27/2012 11:52:26 AM PST · by TitansAFC · 169 replies · 1+ views
    The Gallup Poll | 2-27-2012 | Gallup
    Romney 32% Santorum 28% Gingrich 14% Paul 12%
  • Video: In 2007 Nancy Pelosi Blamed Bush for $3 Gas, Now She Blames GOP and Wall Street

    02/27/2012 11:45:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    verum serum ^ | 2/27/12 | John
    As of last week, Pelosi had a new villain to blame high gas prices on instead of the President: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said unscrupulous Wall Street investors have artificially inflated prices at the pump, which are climbing toward $4 per gallon. The California Democrat called on Congress to take “strong action” to rein in the allegedly excessive speculation, and accused Republicans of protecting Wall Street profits at the expense of consumers.
  • Dad Arrested After Daughter Draws Man With Gun (Toy Gun Was Found At Home)

    02/27/2012 11:43:35 AM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Brantford Expositioner ^ | February 26, 2012 | Staff
    Jessie Sansone and his family are reeling after he was arrested and strip searched by police after his four-year-old daughter drew a picture of a man with a gun in her Kitchener, Ont., kindergarten class. The 26-year-old father of four said Saturday the sketch was supposed to be him, getting the bad guys and monsters. The school must have thought differently, as after Nevaeh drew it Wednesday, the school contacted Family and Children's Services and they called police. Waterloo Police met Sansone at the school when he tried to pick up his kids he was told he was charged with...
  • An Open Letter to the Obama Campaign.

    02/27/2012 11:34:49 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Power Line Blog. Com ^ | 02/26/12 | Philip Ellender
    An open letter to the Obama campaign Byron Tau reports at Politico that the Koch Companies have released a response to the Obama campaign’s fundraising letter of this past Friday directly assaulting the Koch brothers and their business. John wrote about the disgusting nature of the Obama capping fundraising letter here, alternately quoting from and responding to it. It is a letter that comes straight out of the Alinsky playbook. Tau links to the Koch Companies’ response, a letter to the Obama campaign from Phillip Ellender, head of Government Affairs and Public Relations at the Koch Companies. It seems to...
  • Name The Bubble (Guessing Contest)

    02/27/2012 11:29:52 AM PST · by RightGeek · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2/27/2012 | Tyler Durden
    As the title suggests, please name the latest bubble: (see picture - answer below)
  • Obama’s Michigan Machinations

    02/27/2012 11:19:53 AM PST · by Theoria · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | 27 Feb 2012 | Sasha Issenberg
    Cagey tactics that will make life difficult for Republicans on Tuesday. On Tuesday night, Barack Obama’s name will be on a Michigan ballot, but his campaign is doing everything it can to keep his supporters away from the polls. On previous Tuesdays when Republicans were voting, the re-election campaign made high-profile efforts to encourage Democrats to turn out and participate in party nominating contests in which Obama faced no serious competition. Obama organizers lured voters to Iowa caucus locations with a promise that the president would address attendees by teleconference, and Joe Biden did the same for New Hampshire house...
  • U.S. Navy Photo of the Day: A Very Impressive, Very Awesome View of U.S. Military Might

    02/27/2012 9:23:02 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 53 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | August 14, 2007 | U.S. Navy MC1 Hana'lei Shimana
    Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Guam, USA: A U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress and fighter jets fly over the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) carrier strike groups during Exercise Valiant Shield 2007 on August 14, 2007. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (MC1) Hana'lei Shimana, United States Navy  
  • Cardinal George: no Catholic hospitals in 2 years unless HHS mandate is rescinded

    02/27/2012 9:15:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 7+ views
    Warning that the Church is being “despoiled of her institutions” as “freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that “the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must ‘give up’ her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.” “So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society,” he continues. “The government has not compelled them to perform or pay for what...
  • They dream of ending Miller's 38 years in Congress

    02/27/2012 9:12:43 AM PST · by SmithL · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 2/27/12 | Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Times columnist
    John Fitzgerald and Virginia Fuller would seem to have little in common. He's a Democrat, she's a Republican. He's from Concord, she's from Pinole. He's a painting contractor, she's a registered nurse. Dig beneath the surface, though, and you will find two dreamers with the same ambition. They both are running for a seat in the House of Representatives, representing California's 11th District. That means ousting George Miller, who's held office for 38 years. Remember, we told you they were dreamers. Challenging Miller's stranglehold on a congressional seat is like trying to pry a ham shank from a German shepherd....
  • MF Global Was Sloppy, But Not Criminal (Gov't Alibi)

    02/27/2012 9:07:09 AM PST · by LyinLibs · 31 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 2/24/2012 | Sital Patel & Charlie Gasparino
    Federal law enforcement officials investigating the implosion of MF Global are concluding that sloppy bookkeeping rather than criminal activity is to blame for the firm’s demise that resulted in more than a $1 billion of customer funds that remains missing, FOX Business Network has learned. Though officials haven’t totally ruled out bringing a criminal case against MF Global executives, including former chief executive Jon Corzine, the odds are long that a criminal case will be filed, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. The evidence that law enforcement officials have gathered so far shows that the firm’s sloppy...
  • Gov. Walker will not challenge recall signatures

    02/27/2012 8:32:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies · 1+ views
    JS Online ^ | 2-27-12 | Jason Stein
    Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker will not challenge any signatures in an attempt to stop a recall election from being held against him later this year, according to a media report. The election if held would represent only the third recall election for a governor is U.S. history. Walker faced a deadline Monday to challenge the signatures and a campaign spokeswoman told WisPolitics Monday that the Republican governor had not had enough time to examine the signatures. The spokeswoman, Ciara Matthews, did not immediately respond to a phone and email seeking comment. Organizers gathered more than 1 million signatures in...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thready - Monday, February 27, 2012

    02/27/2012 8:13:18 AM PST · by IMissPresidentReagan · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The EiB Network ^ | 02/27/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and he’s not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Geography of Government benefits

    The share of Americans’ income that comes from government benefit programs, like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, more than doubled over the last four decades, rising from 8 percent in 1969 to 18 percent in 2009.
  • GOP goes to extremes to demonize women

    02/27/2012 8:05:02 AM PST · by SmithL · 38 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/27/12 | Denny Freidenrich
    I remember the uproar over the first "Girls Gone Wild" videotapes. People really were upset. Times certainly have changed. Witness the cover of the new Sports Illustrated "Swimsuit" issue on stands now at the grocery store. It's revealing enough to make a grown woman blush or angry. Or both. So are the very public spectacles that have unfolded in the last three weeks. First, one of the most conservative board members of the Susan G. Komen Foundation was wildly applauding the organization for cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood. That was until public opinion swamped Komen and the board member...
  • Proof found that Obama really is trying to create jobs!

    02/27/2012 7:43:27 AM PST · by yoe · 5 replies
    Liberty News ^ | Feburary 25, 2012 | Eric Odom
    Beltway insiders won’t find this a surprise, but the rest of us certainly will. I know I did. You see, most of us out here in the real world have probably never even heard of the “Office of Opportunity, Inclusiveness and Compliance” over at the Library of Congress. The only reason I know of it is that a friend sent me this picture this morning. The image shows a peculiar office located inside the Library of Congress. [snip] According to this (PDF document), this department is in place to manage the Affirmative Action Program at the library of Congress. What...
  • Farrakhan: President Obama under heavy attack (Barf alert)

    02/27/2012 7:17:02 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Feb 27, 2012 | SOPHIA TAREEN
    Farrakhan: President Obama under heavy attack BY SOPHIA TAREEN Feb 27, 2012 Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said Sunday that President Barack Obama has suffered more criticism than any other president because of his race, and it has created a negative climate that could lead to assassination attempts on the first black president. The leader of the Chicago-based movement addressed thousands at the group’s annual convention in a wide-ranging speech that touched on presidential politics, the national debt, international policy, food, Israel and claims about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, among other topics during the hourslong speech. Using slides...
  • Koch Industries: Obama trying to “Chill free speech and squelch dissent”

    02/27/2012 6:20:08 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2012 6:46 pm | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Philip Ellender, president of government affairs for Koch Industries, charges in a letter to Obama campaign manager Jim Messina that President Obama and his campaign are fostering “an effort to chill free speech and squelch dissent.” The Obama campaign today put out a fundraising email by Messina blaming the Koch brothers for higher gas prices. Charles and David Koch, the majority owners of the refining and manufacturing giant Koch Industries, have become a favorite target for the Obama administration since before the 2010 midterm elections. In the fundraising email, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote: “In just about 24 hours,...
  • How to Beat Obama

    02/27/2012 5:53:49 AM PST · by Daffynition · 20 replies
    ForeignPolicy ^ | MARCH/APRIL 2012 | KARL ROVE AND ED GILLESPIE
    In an American election focused on a lousy economy and high unemployment, conventional wisdom holds that foreign policy is one of Barack Obama's few strong suits. But the president is strikingly vulnerable in this area. The Republican who leads the GOP ticket can attack him on what Obama mistakenly thinks is his major strength by translating the center-right critique of his foreign policy into campaign themes and action. Here's how to beat him.
  • Learning the Wrong Lessons From the Fort Hood Massacre

    02/27/2012 5:45:39 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 27 feb 2012 | Scott Swett
    Submission to Islam has been institutionalized by our national security apparatus. The official handling of the Fort Hood massacre proves the case. On November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist who had previously served at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, shot 45 of his fellow soldiers at the deployment center at Fort Hood in Texas, killing thirteen. It was the most deadly shooting attack ever on an American military base. Maj. Hasan, who had been scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, was charged with murder and attempted murder, but not terrorism. His court-martial will begin next month....
  • Green – the Color of Rotten Corruption

    02/27/2012 5:37:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    As if it were his private stash of fun-money, Barack Obama set aside $80 billion of the Stimulus boondoggle to artificially pump up the green-energy industry through a DOE administered program of grants and loans.  When three of the companies that received funding, Solyndra, Beacon Power, and Ener1, each declared bankruptcy in rapid succession, a rotten stench started to waft from the DOE and the White House. It quickly became apparent that there were numerous close connections between many of these heavily government funded businesses and Obama campaign supporters and operatives.    While the cronyism and corruption appeared extensive, until recently...
  • New Minn. Bill Expands Rights of Self-Defense

    02/27/2012 5:36:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views
    kstp.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Jay Kolls
    A new Minnesota Senate bill would give you more power to use self-defense outside your home. Right now, Minnesota law allows you to protect yourself in your home if you are threatened or believe you are in imminent danger. The law also allows for the use of deadly force. But, under that same law, if you are in public and threatened, you are technically supposed to try and leave the scene or diffuse the situation if possible. If you cannot "retreat" from the threat, you then can use deadly force in self-defense. This new Senate bill, which passed 40-23, not...
  • Iowa Firearms Legislation Update

    02/27/2012 5:29:56 AM PST · by marktwain
    freelibertywriters.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Sean McClanahan
    Funnel week has come and gone in Des Moines, and while some good bills made it out of committee, several other good bills were allowed to die a death of apathy. Here's a rundown of what's what under the gold dome. * HF 208 - This bill would modify the disposal requirements of firearms and ammunition seized by or forfeited to Iowa law enforcement agencies, including DPS. It essentially gives the agency that seized the firearms or ammunition greater control over how it is disposed of, including sale to the public. (Assigned to a subcommittee of Baudler, Kressig, and Tjepkes...
  • Democrats: Americans Who Dislike ObamaCare Are Stupid

    02/27/2012 5:22:25 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 36 replies · 2+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/24/2012 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Democrats used to say the more people knew about ObamaCare, the more they'd like it. Well, the public has had almost two full years to soak it in, and more want it repealed than ever. A Quinnipiac University poll last week found 52% of Americans want ObamaCare scrapped. That's up from 44% last May. Meanwhile, just 39% want to keep it, down from 45%. Even one in five Democrats now says Congress should repeal the law. That hasn't kept liberals from calling ObamaCare foes idiots, which is what Democratic party head Debbie Wasserman Schultz did when asked about...
  • Salt Lake City Police Chief Burbank carries gun to intimidate fearful public(UT)

    02/27/2012 5:21:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies · 2+ views
    examiner.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | David Codrea
    “Right from the start, let me say that I honor the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, although the editor in me wants to clarify its language to make it easier to understand,” columnist Peg McEntee for The Salt Lake City Tribune claims in a Friday opinion piece. Evidently from McEntee’s “clarification,” the way she would “honor” it is to remove “and bear” from the text, as her column quickly degenerates into a hit piece against lawful open carry—that is, the prevalent practice and custom at the time the Constitution was ratified. “Simply seeing someone carrying a handgun, rifle or shotgun can...
  • 'Europe is Pouring Money Into a Bottomless Barrel'

    02/27/2012 5:02:34 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Spiegel.de ^ | 02/27/2012
    German media commentators are divided on Greece. But the mass-circulation Bild newspaper, a reliable barometer of German public sentiment, comes out strongly against it on Monday. It runs the banner headline "STOP!" on its front page and appeals to German lawmakers not to pass the bailout. In an editorial, Bild writes: "Against its better judgment, Europe is pouring money into a bottomless barrel. Europe can only master this crisis if it does what most experts have long been demanding. The Greek economy can only become competitive and resume growth with its own currency -- not with the strong euro." The...
  • Surging oil prices weighing on markets

    02/27/2012 4:59:21 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 27,2012 | Pan Pylas
    Surging oil prices weighing on markets amid fears they could choke off economic growth Sky-high oil prices weighed on markets Monday as investors worried that the increases could choke off a burgeoning economic recovery, particularly in the U.S. Sentiment in the markets has been buoyed in recent weeks by a seeming calm in Europe's debt crisis and a run of strong U.S. economic data, particularly with regard to jobs. One side-effect of the positive U.S. economic newsflow has been to put upward pressure on oil prices. Despite a modest retreat back below $109 a barrel Monday, the benchmark New York...
  • Jerry Brown takes on Washington Times Reporter (Asks Reporter,"Are You A Moonie?")

    02/27/2012 3:26:35 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies · 2+ views
    LATimes ^ | 2-26-12 | LATimes
    Gov. Jerry Brown tangled with a reporter from the conservative Washington Times newspaper after his meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday. At one point Brown, who was defending his earlier tenure as governor and his efforts to bridge the state’s budget gap, asked the reporter: “Are you a Moonie?” The Washington Times was founded in 1982 by Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church, whose followers were often referred to informally as Moonies. The Washington Times is a conservative paper, and Brown, after recognizing his interrogator, gave no ground. Brown’s spokesman Gil Duran joined...
  • Let's Tell The Truth: America is NOT Racist!

    02/27/2012 3:21:31 AM PST · by veritas2002 · 20 replies
    Vanity | 02-27-12 | Veritas2002
    It is racism, plain and simple, that got Barack Obama elected president. When 98% of Black people pulled the lever for Obama, that's racism (probably the same 98% of Blacks who said OJ Simpson was innocent of murdering his White estranged wife). No, America is not racist but the people who point their fingers at the rest of us ARE the most racist you can find. Contrary to what Martin Luther King Jr asserted, Obama was elected based on the color of his skin. You cannnot get any more racist than that. When Obama inaugurates an "African-Americans for Obama" re-election...
  • Gingrich warns of role of “secular left’’

    02/27/2012 2:53:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies · 3+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 26, 2012 | Ken Thomas
    Newt Gingrich warned members of a Georgia church Sunday that the “secular left’’ is trying to undermine American principles established by the Founding Fathers as he sought to rejuvenate his presidential bid. .....“The forces of the secular left believe passionately and deeply, and with frankly a religious fervor, in their world view and they will regard what I am saying as a horrifying assault on what they think is the truth,’’ Gingrich said. “Because their version of the truth is to have a totally neutral government that has no meaning.’’
  • 'Green' Jobs Estimates Cost Taxpayers Millions (on repetitive surveys)

    02/27/2012 2:32:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/27/12 | Don Carrington
    'Green' Jobs Estimates Cost Taxpayers MillionsFeds spend $8 million, states $48 million on repetitive surveys By Don Carrington Feb. 27th, 2012 RALEIGH — Sometime in March, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its first report estimating the number of “green” or “clean” jobs in the nation. The $8 million BLS project follows $48 million worth of stimulus grants that the Labor Department had made to individual states to produce their own green job definitions and estimates. North Carolina received $946,000 from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for its study. While most states released...
  • Thai police quiz three more Iranians over bomb plot

    02/27/2012 12:14:40 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    France 24 ^ | 27 February 2012 - 08H25
    AFP - Thai police said on Monday they were questioning three more Iranians in connection with an alleged plot to kill Israeli diplomats in Bangkok. "We have information that they may have links to the blasts," Police Major General Piya Utayo told AFP, referring to a series of botched explosions that shook a residential district of the Thai capital on February 14. He said no charges had been laid against the trio. One was detained under immigration law for overstaying his visa. "We are checking the other two people's backgrounds," Piya added. According to Thai media, mobile telephone call logs...
  • Police, Border Patrol, other agencies looking to expand drone use at home

    02/26/2012 11:32:24 PM PST · by Ron C. · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 26, 2012 | unknown
    Heads up: Drones are going mainstream. Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get. Along with the enthusiasm, there are qualms. Drones overhead could invade people's privacy. The government worries they could collide with passenger planes or come crashing down to the ground, concerns that have slowed more widespread adoption of the technology. Despite that, pressure is building to...
  • OFFICIAL AFGHAN GOVERNMENT WEBSITE - NATO agrees to allow prosecution of Koran burners!

    02/26/2012 10:14:13 PM PST · by Crazieman · 95 replies · 19+ views
    Joint Statement by the Delegations Assigned to Probe Bagram Incident Saturday, 25 February 2012 09:02 In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate Following the insulting and shameful act of burning Quran in Bagram airbase that injured the religious sentiments of the Islamic world and particularly of the Afghan Muslim nation, two delegations comprising of representatives from government, the National Council of Ulemma and the National Assembly were assigned and dispatched to investigate the circumstances and causes that have led to the inhumane incident. The delegations, while deeply touched by the religious sentiments shown by the Afghan...