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  • Poetry on the Potomac

    01/11/2013 6:12:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    A poet laureate comes to Washington. Yawn. In the world capital of the sound and fury that often signifies not very much, the disciplined sentiments of a poet sound as alien as a tax cut for millionaires. We live in a city of argument, one-upsmanship, and winners and losers playing a power game where rhetoric rules without eloquence. Pragmatism trumps poetry every time. We have no majesty, none of the grace notes of language and no call for a poet to memorialize events, celebratory or tragic. But wait. Natasha Trethewey, the newest poet laureate, wants to change that. By moving...
  • Navy admits standard-issue uniform is highly flammable and will melt onto skin

    01/11/2013 6:04:23 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2013 | By Beth Stebner
    The U.S. Navy’s standard-issue blue digitized camouflage fatigues are highly flammable and will burn ‘robustly until complete consumption,’ a report revealed last month. The findings show that the digital-print camo, which is made from 50 percent cotton and 50 percent nylon, will drip as it burns, causing potentially hazardous burn injuries. But the Navy’s top spokesman said that the government organization is aware of the report findings, and added that sailors had asked for a fade-resistant uniform that was also comfortable.
  • No Oxygen, Please, for This Show

    01/11/2013 6:00:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Television is getting a little unreal. First, the idea that Al Gore would sell out to Al-Jazeera sounded like an April Fools' joke. Then the Oxygen network -- that supposedly uplifting women's channel founded in 2000 by Oprah Winfrey -- announced it was producing a reality show called "All My Baby's Mamas" starring an Atlanta rapper and former drug dealer named "Shawty Lo," alongside his 11 children and their 10 different mothers. This story didn't originate on a satire site like The Onion. Oxygen promoted this videotaped puddle of stupidity with a YouTube highlight reel featuring the rapper (real name:...
  • Lacking The Big Win

    01/11/2013 5:52:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Tim Phillips
    Did you watch the Notre Dame v. Alabama, BCS Championship game this week? Alabama beat Notre Dame 42-12. It wasn’t even close. 42-12, now that’s a big win. You know who didn’t have an overwhelming victory? President Obama. His margin was significantly closer than the Alabama- Notre Dame game and it was a substantially closer than four years ago. So while there is no doubt that this year was a disappointing outcome for conservatives, the close election results mean that the Left lacks the mandate to enact the president’s liberal agenda. There has been a huge victory in a recent...
  • Africa Mission Creep

    01/11/2013 5:43:44 AM PST · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11 jan 2013 | GEORGE H. WITTMAN
    The Obama administration, among other things, wants to put Benghazi behind it. Periodically the American press, public, and politicians become excited about something going on in Africa. The interest doesn’t last long and neither the United States nor African nations benefit much from the momentary excitement. President Obama recently ordered a small contingent of troops, mainly Army Special Forces, into the African country of Chad to assist in evacuating the U.S. Embassy staff and other American civilians from the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR). That this action reflected a reaction to the recent debacle in Benghazi, there is no doubt....
  • If Congress Doesn't Raise the Debt Ceiling, Nothing Disastrous Will Happen

    01/11/2013 5:40:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/11/2013 | Dean Kalahar
    If Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, the result will be no different than the Jones family deciding that they have maxed out their credit cards; and that if they continue borrowing and spending over their means, there will be significant pain to the family at best and bankruptcy at worst. The economics of government is no different. Mr. and Mrs. Jones want to be able to provide for themselves in their retirement and hopefully leave a little something after they are gone to provide a better life for their children and grandchildren. They understand living in the moment...
  • Jags new GM really said it (twice), no interest in Tim Tebow

    01/11/2013 5:39:45 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 112 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | 1/11/13 | Vito Stellino
    Blaine Gabbert will be part of the Jaguars’ quarterback competition next summer. Tim Tebow will not. That was the word from the Jaguars new general manager Dave Caldwell, who has been given by a free hand by owner Shad Khan to make all football decisions. Caldwell was introduced to the media on Thursday and when asked about Tebow, closed the door on bringing in the Jacksonville native. “As far as Tim goes, he is a member of the New York Jets. I can’t imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar,’’ he said. When asked to repeat that...
  • Mexico's Most Feared Drug Cartel has Entered the Coal Mining Business

    01/11/2013 5:30:25 AM PST · by arthurus · 17 replies
    OILPRICE.com ^ | 09 January 2013 | Joao Peixe
    In the past few years they have taken control of Mexico’s Coahuila region in the north, along the border of Texas, and are now starting to thrive like never before. Los Zetas covertly entered the region, and under the threat of extreme violence for those who didn’t cooperate they swiftly brought every aspect of commerce, politics, and business under their control in less than three years.This expansion was not undertaken to increase its drug trafficking or prostitution ring operations, but rather to enter into the business of coal mining.
  • NAPOLITANO: The right to shoot tyrants, not deer

    01/11/2013 5:22:21 AM PST · by Bull Man · 60 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 10, 2013 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an extension of the natural right to self-defense and a hallmark of personal sovereignty. It is specifically insulated from governmental interference by the Constitution and has historically been the linchpin of resistance to tyranny. Yet the progressives in both political parties stand ready to use the coercive power of the government to interfere with the exercise of that right by law-abiding persons because of the gross abuse of that right by some crazies in our midst. When Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that we are endowed...
  • Bronx Zoo tiger-maul victim hopes to cash in (another Border Lottery hopeful)

    01/11/2013 5:20:41 AM PST · by Liz · 23 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/11/13 | Jamie Schram
    David Villalobos jumped from the Bronx Zoo monorail into a tiger’s den, and is lapping up the attention. “This is a good thing; maybe I can make some money,” Villalobos told workout buddies at the Westchester gym. He's due in Bronx Criminal Court on trespassing charges, and is worried about losing his real-estate license.
  • $1 trillion platinum coin hogwash – if it should happen, buy gold and silver

    01/11/2013 5:19:18 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Mineweb ^ | 11 jan 2013 | Lawrence Williams
    Far be it for me to argue with a Nobel prizewinning economist, members of Congress and however many thousands have signed the White House petition to mint it, but this whole idea of a trillion dollar platinum coin is ludicrous.
  • BBC Star Jimmy Savile Spent 'Every Waking Minute' Thinking About Abusing Boys And Girls

    01/11/2013 5:13:38 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | January 11, 2013 | Raynor and Swinford
    Jimmy Savile spent "every waking minute" of his life thinking about abusing children, attacked patients in hospices and even used the final edition of the BBC's Top of the Pops to commit sex offences, police disclosed this morning. Commander Peter Spindler, head of the inquiry, said Savile had "groomed a nation" and preyed on 450 victims, aged between eight and 47, over a 54-year period. Almost a fifth of his victims were boys. A Metropolitan Police report giving the findings of Operation Yewtree, the investigation into Savile's offending launched after an ITV documentary exposed his paedophilia last year, says that...
  • Obama to pay US debt with trillion-dollar coins?

    01/11/2013 4:50:37 AM PST · by Renfield · 19 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1-4-2013
    ......As analyst Chris Krueger from Guggenheim Securities’ Washington Research Group explains to the American Enterprise Institute, “There are limits on how much paper money the U.S. can circulate and rules that govern coinage on gold, silver and copper. BUT, the Treasury has broad discretion on coins made from platinum.” “Although the Treasury can't just create money out of thin air to pay its bills, there is a technicality in the law that says the Treasury has special discretion to create platinum coins of any denomination, and the thinking is that [Secretary of the Treasury] Tim Geithner could make the coin...
  • The handwriting on the wall--in praise of Jack Lew's signature [Ignoring Lew's Partisanship]

    01/11/2013 4:47:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/10/13 | Alexandra Petri
    Jack Lew, President Obama’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, has by far the greatest signature of any public official.... Jack Lew’s signature is such that if he had put it on the Declaration of Independence and the revolution had gone badly, he would have escaped just fine. There is no risk involved. He might have felt pangs of conscience as a stranger named “OOOOOOOO” was strung up in his place. But there is no chance of tracing it to him. But what does it say?That is not how you spell “Jack Lew.” Is it an alias?Is there some message in all...
  • It’s Not Just Your Guns; It’s America We’re Losing

    01/11/2013 4:42:09 AM PST · by IbJensen · 56 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | January 9, 2013 | Tim Young
    This might come as a surprise to a lot of you, but I’m not a gun person… never have been, never will be. And you can stop reading right there and be angry, but you know better… so read on. The one thing that I have always been and always will be, is a freedom person. I believe in all of the freedoms and liberties given to us by the Bill of Rights… something that very few Americans currently understand. One group of people who completely understand our rights are the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the...
  • Penn State Student Affairs: The 'Worrisome' Veteran (Video smears veterans as crazy violent types)

    01/11/2013 4:37:05 AM PST · by TSgt · 17 replies
    Penn State Student Affairs ^ | Mar 1, 2009 | Penn State Student Affairs
    LINK: Penn State Student Affairs: The 'Worrisome' Veteran Penn State University's Office of Student Affairs, in partnership with President Graham Spanier, produced this vignette on "worrisome student behaviors" featuring a stereotypical "aggressive" veteran who threatens his professors. Faculty and administrators again prove they care more about poisonous "progressivism" than intellectual pluralism. This video was originally online @ http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/caps/wsb/index.html. Penn State removed the video from the website on Fri., Feb. 27, but left the others online -- all but declaring their awareness of its inappropriateness. http://www.clubs.psu.edu/up/psucrs/
  • Where Does The Hatred Of Constitutionalism Come From?

    01/11/2013 4:21:10 AM PST · by listenhillary · 66 replies
    The Constitution of the United States is an undeniably powerful document. So powerful in fact, that it took establishment elitists with aspirations of globalized governance over a century to diminish the American people’s connection to it. It’s been a long time coming, but in the new millennium, there is now indeed a subsection of the masses that not only have no relationship to our founding roots, they actually despise those of us who do! There are a number of reasons for this dangerous development in our culture: A public school system that rarely if ever teaches children about the revolution,...
  • U.S. attack submarine strikes vessel in Gulf

    01/11/2013 4:06:57 AM PST · by rawhide · 25 replies
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | 1-10-13 | Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Lisa Shumaker
    A nuclear-powered U.S. attack submarine struck a suspected fishing vessel shortly after passing through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf on Thursday, damaging one of the submarine's periscopes but injuring no one, a Navy official said on the condition of anonymity. The Navy's Fifth Fleet said in a statement the vessel appeared unaware of the incident, adding it "continued on a consistent course and speed offering no indication of distress or acknowledgment of a collision." The USS Jacksonville, a Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered submarine, did not appear to suffer further damage, the Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said. "The reactor remains in...
  • CT State Senator Proposes Bill To Limit Gun's To Single Shot Weapons (Back To Flintlocks)

    01/11/2013 3:21:43 AM PST · by raybbr · 73 replies
    General Assembly   Proposed Bill No. 122   January Session, 2013   LCO No. 543     Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY   Introduced by:   SEN. MEYER, 12th Dist.   AN ACT CONCERNING RESTRICTIONS ON GUN USE. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: That the general statutes be amended to establish a class C felony offense, except for certain military and law enforcement personnel and certain gun clubs, for (1) any person or organization to purchase, sell, donate, transport, possess or use any gun except one made to fire a single...
  • Bone-chilling 911 Audio of Georgia Women Shooting Home Invader (AUDIO & VIDEO)

    01/11/2013 3:13:54 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 29 replies
    guns.com ^ | 1/10/13 | Chris Callahan
    One of the most heart raising 911 calls we have ever heard. Donnie Herman of Loganville, GA made a call into 911 from Atlanta while he was on another phone with his wife back home in Loganville with their two children while their home was being broken into.