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  • Scarborough: Blood Will Be On Pentagon's Hands If It Lowers Standards For Women

    01/25/2013 4:52:55 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough was a voice in the politically-correct wilderness this morning on the subject of women in combat. On today's Morning Joe, as other panelists voiced unerring if occasionally cautious support for the Pentagon's decision to permit women in combat, Scarborough sounded a stern warning note. "I'll be damned; if we find out that the Pentagon is lowering standards for politically-correct reasons, then you know what? Then the blood of dead Americans in future battles will be on their hands." View the video here.
  • Women In Combat: "Fairness" Vs. Biological Fact

    01/25/2013 4:49:30 AM PST · by suspects · 44 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 25, 2013 | Michael Graham
    President Obama, in dogged pursuit of his liberal Nirvana, is free to lift the ban on women serving in combat positions. He is, alas, unable to repeal the laws of nature, physics or gravity. Ask a combat veteran you know how he would have felt knowing that, after being wounded in combat, the only person around to pick him up and carry him to safety was a 5-foot-3, 120-pound woman. Ask any active duty serviceman how he’d feel knowing that, as he lay on the ground bleeding, the only thing between him and a cave-hardened Tali-ban killer was a 20-year-old...
  • New Zealand fertilizer firms suspend sales of DCD after traces found in milk

    01/25/2013 4:41:37 AM PST · by VAFreedom · 3 replies
    The Australian ^ | 1/25/2013 | LUCY CRAYMER
    A TOXIC substance has been found in New Zealand milk, in a potential blow to the nation's $NZ11.5 billion ($9.2 billion) dairy industry. The country's two biggest fertiliser companies, Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, have suspended sales of a chemical treatment sold to farmers after low levels of dicyandiamide, or DCD, were found in dairy products.
  • Old, senile constitution "just not with it any more"

    01/25/2013 4:37:13 AM PST · by chuck_the_tv_out · 7 replies
    Talking Points ^ | 1/25/13 | Talking Points
    That's the new meme on the left. Old, senile grandma constitution is "just not with it any more". She was good back in her day, but it's time to put the old dear to sleep. So saith King Obama in his second crowning, saying of the contitution that he and his ilk intend to "bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time." As disgusting as that statement is when applied to the second amendment, don't think that it was intended to stop there. The left are currently saying the same thing about the first amendment. They're...
  • Diversity With Conceit

    01/25/2013 4:34:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The diversity warriors, with no sense of humor and short on irony, keep looking for victims in all the old places. President Obama, advertising his inaugural address as a call to unity and a "coming together as one people," rounded up the usual suspects as if nothing in America had changed since Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall. The suffragettes at Seneca Falls in 1848, the marchers at Selma in 1965 and the resisters at the Stonewall Inn in 1969 all led the way toward tolerance, but the president spoke of their sacrifice as if frozen in a time warp of...
  • Report: Sheila Jackson Lee is ‘worst boss’ on Capitol Hill

    01/25/2013 4:28:10 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2013
    Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is a tough boss. Even she will tell you that. After all, one former staff member famously told the conservative web site The Daily Caller that the Democratic congressman once declared, “I’m a queen, and I demand to be treated like one.” A 2011 Texas on the Potomac investigation revealed that Jackson Lee went through more staff more quickly than any other member of the Texas congressional delegation. Now, a new study by the Washington Times found that the veteran Texas Democrat had the highest turnover rate for all of Congress over the past decade....
  • The Old Republic and Obama's America

    01/25/2013 4:20:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "Second Term Begins With a Sweeping Agenda for Equality," ran the eight-column banner in which The Washington Post captured the essence of Obama's second inaugural. There he declared: "What binds this nation together ... what makes us exceptional -- what makes us American -- is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago." Obama then quoted our Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit...
  • We need a new Gun Law- Those who cannot purchase one cannot write legislation on them! (vanity)

    01/25/2013 4:17:14 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    All of these legislative pieces floating around in various Chambers got me to thinking.....some of the people actually WRITING gun legislation could not even walk into a store and purchase a gun. That needs to be made unlawful. Surely everyone can agree that people who cannot legally buy a gun should not be able to write laws regarding them. Barack Obama admitted to using drugs- he could not legally purchase a gun yet is helping to write gun legislation. Bobby Rush of IL is a felon- he also could not legally purchase a gun yet he is once again proposing...
  • Does Poverty Still Matter?

    01/25/2013 4:12:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The Republican Party is picking up the pieces. Speaking of the ticket's loss for the first time since the election, Rep. Paul Ryan noted that many voters "don't think or know that we have good ideas" on fighting poverty and "helping people move up the ladder of life." It's not surprising that Ryan, who got his start working for Jack Kemp and William Bennett at Empower America, sees the world this way. Though it's a total secret to members of the press and the Democratic Party, conservative intellectuals have been grappling with the problems of poverty in America for several...
  • Turkish community accuses Lego of racism

    01/25/2013 3:57:46 AM PST · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    London, Jan. 24 (ANI): The Turkish community has accused popular toy manufacturer Lego of promoting racism through a Star Wars toy that allegedly depicts a mosque. Members of the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria had claimed that toy, a Jabba's Palace model from Lego's Star Wars range, is offensive because it resembles the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul, the Daily Mail reports. According to the group, who refers to the character Jabba as a terrorist, the ugly figure of Jabba and the entire scenario portrayed by the set depicts people from Asia as deceitful and criminals. The case came to...
  • Right Must Summon Moral Courage To Fight Back

    01/25/2013 3:39:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Welcome to an America with liberalism in full ascendancy as golfer Phil Mickelson apologizes for doing nothing wrong while the Obama administration lambasts its opponents for justly demanding it apologize for doing plenty wrong on Benghazi. Welcome to a land where the gravest problem threatening the nation is spending, where the Democratic president refuses to cut, where the Democratic Senate lawlessly refuses to pass a budget and where Democrats thwart congressional GOP efforts to enact spending and entitlement reform, yet the public is conned into believing that Republicans are the problem. Welcome to a culture in which the political left...
  • Hillary Clinton's Dodgy Testimony

    01/25/2013 3:33:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    A lot of people in Washington apparently forgot how good Hillary Clinton is at not telling the truth. Wednesday, in her testimony before both the Senate and, later, the House, Clinton brilliantly fudged, dodged and filibustered. Of course, she's a pro. Clinton was slow-walking depositions, lawyering up and shifting blame when many of her questioners were still civilians down on the farm. Aided by a ridiculous format, she outfoxed most of the Republicans with ease. Meanwhile, the Democrats, almost uniformly, seemed singularly interested in celebrating Mrs. Clinton as a global diva who somehow manages to carry the burden of her...
  • Army Removes Crosses, Steeple from Chapel (in Afghanistan)

    01/25/2013 3:16:29 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 35 replies
    Fox News & Commentary ^ | January 24, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The U.S. military reportedly ordered soldiers to remove a cross and a steeple from atop a chapel and to board up cross-shaped windows at a remote American forward operating base in Afghanistan. The removal of Christian symbols from the chapel at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E came after a solider complained — leading American Atheists president David Silverman to send a letter to the Pentagon. (snip) “The local command in Afghanistan is aware of this chapel and has taken appropriate action to ensure that it is changed into a neutral facility,” said a statement from an Army spokesman at the Pentagon...
  • Caution: These Politicians May Not Be Human

    01/25/2013 2:57:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | John Ransom
    I think the most gut-wrenching part of former First Lady, former Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton’s testimony on Benghazi was when she related to other club members in the US Senate how she had “stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.” It’s a wonder some of the mothers didn’t kick her. On one and the same day that we had to endure Hillary choking up over the dead she helped kill in Libya, we then watched her...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 25, 2013

    01/25/2013 2:40:07 AM PST · by sneakers · 11 replies
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  • The Teenage Horror of 'Parenthood'

    01/25/2013 2:36:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The NBC series "Parenthood"' has drawn raves from TV critics this season for a storyline about a 40-something mother fighting cancer. Then on Jan. 1, NBC asked viewers to tune in the following Tuesday for an "unforgettable" new episode. A teenager would get an abortion at Planned Parenthood. Such is NBC's definition of "parenthood." Drew, one of show's leading teenager characters, has an ex-girlfriend named Amy who comes back to tell him "I'm pregnant." The high school seniors go to the Planned Parenthood clinic, and the scene plays like a political commercial. The counselor says, "If you decide to continue...
  • Military and Society Threatened by Women in Combat

    01/25/2013 2:31:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mark Davis
    The first line of attack in political battles is language. Getting people to phrase things your way is the first step to getting them to think your way. In the foggy mess of the debate over women in combat, you will see media references to a “ban” being “lifted.” Bans are bad. Lifting bans is good. Therein lies the bias strangling this issue in the dominant media culture. Am I “banned” from the women’s restrooms at work? No, I’m just not supposed to be in there, so that word doesn’t come up. The left has commandeered combat as a rhetorical...
  • Newt Gingrich vs. Piers Morgan on Gun Control Debate - 1-24-13

    01/25/2013 2:30:42 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    You Tube via CNN ^ | 1/24/2013 | Piers Morgan
    Published on Jan 24, 2013
  • Rotten to the Core (Part 2): Readin', Writin' and Deconstructionism

    01/25/2013 2:23:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 013 | Michelle Malkin
    (This is the second part of an ongoing series on federal "Common Core" education standards and the corruption of academic excellence.)The Washington, D.C., board of education earned widespread mockery this week when it proposed allowing high school students -- in the nation's own capital -- to skip a basic U.S. government course to graduate. But this is fiddlesticks compared to what the federal government is doing to eliminate American children's core knowledge base in English, language arts and history. Thanks to the "Common Core" regime, funded with President Obama's stimulus dollars and bolstered by duped Republican governors and business groups,...
  • Republicans in Virginia, other states seeking electoral college changes

    01/25/2013 1:27:54 AM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Republicans in Virginia and a handful of other battleground states are pushing for far-reaching changes to the electoral college in an attempt to counter recent success by Democrats. In the vast majority of states, the presidential candidate who wins receives all of that state’s electoral votes. The proposed changes would instead apportion electoral votes by congressional district, a setup far more favorable to Republicans. Under such a system in Virginia, for instance, President Obama would have claimed four of the state’s 13 electoral votes in the 2012 election, rather than all of them.
  • India-bound Boeing C-17 leaves Long Beach, heads to Palmdale for flight test

    01/25/2013 1:23:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Press-Telegram, California ^ | 01/24/2013 | Karen Robes Meeks
    India-bound Boeing C-17 leaves Long Beach, heads to Palmdale for flight test AVIATION: Ten of the Long Beach-built C-17s were sold for $4.1 billion. LONG BEACH - The first of 10 Boeing Co. C-17 Globemaster III airlifters bound for India flew out of the company's East Long Beach assembly plant this week and headed to Palmdale, where it will enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base, according to Boeing. "The C-17 met the stipulated airlift requirements of the Indian Air Force when it flew field evaluation trials in India during June 2010," Air Commodore...
  • Japan’s Navy: Sailing Towards the Future

    01/25/2013 1:13:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 21, 2013 | James Hardy
    Japan’s Navy: Sailing Towards the Future While China's growing naval power grabs headlines, Japan's evolving navy might just be the real story. While Japan's dispute with China over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands has been notable for a number of reasons — mostly negative — one of the few positive elements has been the refusal of either side to send in the military. That may have changed with the recent deployment of Chengdu J-10 and Mitsubishi/Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft after a Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft headed toward the islands, but so far, at least, the confrontations have been limited to coast...
  • New Jersey group wants schools to serve 'breakfast after the bell'

    01/25/2013 1:12:01 AM PST · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    GLOUCESTER TWP. — Despite a 21 percent increase in the number of eligible students taking advantage of free and reduced-price school breakfast between 2010 and 2012, New Jersey is still ranks 46th in the nation when it comes to participation in available programs. According to Nancy Parello, from the Newark-based nonprofit Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), the challenge lies in convincing schools to change often decades-old ideas about how and when the breakfast should be provided to students. “One problem is that most schools only serve breakfast before school starts, but, really, no one is there before school...
  • Ind. county fights federal gun control measures with "Second Amendment Preservation Act"

    01/25/2013 12:57:48 AM PST · by FunkyZero · 1 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | 01/24/2013 | Renee Jameson
    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. - As the highly charged debate over gun control rages in Washington, an Indiana county is taking a stand against federal gun laws. Franklin County commissioners recently adopted what they call the Second Amendment Preservation Act, declaring that all federal laws on gun control violate the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment. "If you have a license for an assault gun, than yes, you should be able to own one," said Donald Grizzell, one of the county's 24,000 residents.
  • IN FOCUS: Chinese air force not yet a match for Japan's

    01/25/2013 12:35:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Flight International ^ | 01/24/2013 | Greg Waldron
    IN FOCUS: Chinese air force not yet a match for Japan's On 11 January, China's defence ministry confirmed that Chengdu J-10 fighters had been dispatched to keep an eye on two Boeing F-15 aircraft operated by Japan. According to its statement, the F-15s were trailing a Shaanxi Y-8 patrolling near a cluster of islands in the East China Sea that are contested by Beijing and Tokyo. Irrespective of the merits of either party's claim to these islands, neither side appears willing to back down. Although the prospect of an all-out war over what Tokyo calls the Senkaku and Beijing the...
  • Emails show FBI investigating Sen. Bob Menendez for sleeping with underage Dominican prostitutes

    01/25/2013 12:32:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 25, 2013 | David Martosko, executive editor
    Documents published online for the first time Thursday indicate that the FBI opened an inquiry into New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on August 1, 2012, focusing on repeated trips he took to the Dominican Republic with longtime campaign contributor and Miami eye doctor Salomon Melgen. TheDC reported in November that Menendez purchased the service of prostitutes in that Caribbean nation at a series of alcohol-fueled sex parties. The documents, which The Daily Caller had obtained hours earlier from an anonymous source, also indicate that Carrie Levine, research director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), was alerted...
  • Gun registry records destroyed

    01/25/2013 12:31:39 AM PST · by Lancey Howard · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | November 02, 2012 | David Akin , Kris Sims ,QMIAgency
    OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives were cheering the destruction of hundreds of thousands of gun registry records Thursday night, the culmination of what has been a core campaign promise by the Tories for a decade. The records were destroyed on Halloween, an extra treat for thousands of long-gun owners across the country who had long complained the registry made them feel like criminals. The records, though, still exist for long-gun owners in Quebec, where there is a court order in place to protect them. (snip) Tony Bernardo, spokesman for the Canadian Shooting Sports Association, said he was "delighted that the data...
  • Kongsberg studies JSM for submarine launch

    01/25/2013 12:18:11 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki
    IHS Jane's ^ | 1/24/2013 | Richard Scott
    Kongsberg studies JSM for submarine launch By Richard Scott 1/24/2013 Norway's Kongsberg Defence Systems has revealed plans to develop an encapsulated submarine-launched variant of its Joint Strike Missile (JSM), with development expected to be considered as an option for Norway's submarine fleet beyond 2020. A derivative of the Nytt Sjomalsmissile/Naval Strike Missile (NSM) surface-to-surface guided missile, which entered service with the Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) in October 2012, JSM was initially conceived as an air-launched multimission precision-guided weapon designed for internal carriage on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). While retaining the imaging infrared seeker and GPS-aided navigation and guidance...
  • Iranian Opposition Slams Limitations On Use Of Minority Language In Schools

    01/24/2013 11:35:20 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 1 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | January 21, 2013
    The Iranian government’s recent restrictions on the use of minority languages are in clear violation of the constitution, says the country’s opposition Green Movement. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope, an important body within the movement, voiced its criticism of government measures aimed at curbing the use of Kurdish in the Province of Kermanshah. The statement, which addresses the Iranian people, is in response to a leaked Education Ministry letter that calls on teachers to refrain from using any language other than Persian at schools in Kermanshah Province, where the majority...
  • ‘Open carry’ bill latest proposal to expand gun laws in Texas

    01/24/2013 11:30:43 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 24, 2013
    As the federal government moves forward on its plans to tighten gun restrictions, Texas lawmakers are proposing legislation to expand gun rights in the state. The latest proposal is HB 700 filed Thursday by state Rep. George Lavender, R-Texarkana, that would allow individuals with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons in plain view on a belt or shoulder holster. “For some it is a matter of personal safety, for others it is simply a convenience/personal preference issue,” said Lavender, who carried similar legislation that failed last session. He added others view it as a constitutional issue. [Snip] Other recent...
  • Smokers may not be able to afford ‘Obamacare’

    01/24/2013 11:25:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Seattle Times / The Associated Press ^ | January 24, 2013 | Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
    Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Obama’s health-care law, according to experts who are teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — or “Obamacare” — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1. For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year...
  • UK: [PM] David Cameron's referendum may never be necessary

    01/24/2013 11:14:27 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/23/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    David Cameron's pledge for an 'in-or-out' referendum on Europe will be overtaken by internal events long before we reach 2017. The vote may never be necessary. He is entirely right to play for time. The eurozone's North-South misalignment has not been resolved. The Club Med bloc is still sliding into deeper depression. The financial crisis — never more than a symptom — has graduated into a more intractable economic, social, and therefore political crisis. The ECB's Mario Draghi has taken the risk of a sovereign default in Spain and Italy off the table, but he has not restored these countries...
  • Obama Ignores Dangers Of Father-Free Zones

    01/24/2013 11:11:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Investor’s Business Daily ^ | 01/17/2013 06:52 PM ET | (IBD Editorials)
    If gun control worked, the president’s hometown would be safe. Instead, gangs of fatherless youths daily kill other fatherless youths. How about an executive order endorsing marriage and intact families? We do not know how history might have been different had the parents of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza not divorced in 2009, leaving the troubled young man with his mother in a single-parent home. But if there’s a thread that links the carnage at Sandy Hook with the 500-plus murders in Chicago in 2012, it’s not just the use of guns to kill. It’s also the absence of an intact...
  • http://www.reagancoalition.com/articles/2013/20130122001-tx-dem-o.html

    01/24/2013 11:05:45 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 1 replies
    What is so interesting about this is what Rogers (who hails from the great state of Texas) is upset about; Obama’s lack of leadership and association with corrupt financial interests. Hmmm. She has a point there. The response from Democrats? Wait for the tolerance… They pulled her campaign funding. She won her primary anyway. Via Your Black World: Kesha Rogers is no longer getting any form of backing from the Democratic Party. The woman who once had aspirations of running for Congress, has lost the support of the party for committing a serious political sin: Calling for the impeachment of...
  • Non-coding Mutations May Drive Cancer

    01/24/2013 10:58:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    The Scientist ^ | January 24, 2013 | Dan Cossins
    The majority of human melanomas contain mutations in a gene promoter, suggesting mutations in regulatory regions may spur some cancers.Human metastatic melanoma cellsWIKIMEDIA, NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTEMutations in the regulatory, or non-coding, regions of the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene—a cancer-associated gene that encodes a component of telomerase, an enzyme known to help protect the ends of chromosomes and support cell longevity—may be at the root of most melanomas, according to two papers published today (January 24) in Science. In both studies, researchers identified mutations that created new binding sites in the TERT promoter for particular transcription factors and resulted in...
  • The Sacramento Kings' Departure From Hypertaxed California Signals Return Of The Seattle SuperSonics

    01/24/2013 10:39:21 PM PST · by Lexinom · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 24 January 2013 | Rex Sinquefield
    Fans of the Seattle SuperSonics, the beloved NBA team whisked away to Oklahoma City in 2008, will soon have reason to stand up and cheer. No, the Oklahoma City Thunder isn’t headed back to the Pacific Northwest – but the Sacramento Kings will be calling Seattle home before too long. The resurrection of the SuperSonics has spirits soaring in the Evergreen State. On Monday morning, the Seattle Times reported that a Seattle group helmed by...-- SNIP --...The marginal personal-income tax rate for wealthy Californians – a category under which professional ballplayers almost certainly fall – is a whopping 13.3 percent....
  • Jerry Brown: Government-Funded High Speed Rail is “Little Engine That Could”

    01/24/2013 10:26:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown compared efforts by the California state government to build the first-ever high speed rail project in the United States to the popular children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.” … Earlier in his remarks, Brown cited high-speed rail projects in countries such as China, Spain, and Morocco as part of the justification for the project in California. …
  • Kerry Backs U.S. Entry into Pro-Abortion UN Treaty

    01/24/2013 10:20:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said if confirmed as the next Secretary of State, he would support making the United States a party to a United Nations convention that has been repeatedly used to advocate for abortions, oppose restrictions and support government funding across the globe. The treaty, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), was signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 but has never been ratified by the Senate. During Thursday’s confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked, “You have been a supporter of...
  • Cleaver’s carwash nears sale — who is new owner?

    01/24/2013 9:43:06 PM PST · by kc69mustang · 4 replies
    Kansas City Business Journal ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Paul Koepp
    Who is Rick Kochuyt? For one thing, he’s about to be the new owner of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s Grandview Auto Wash, which Kochuyt has managed since 2007. His attorney, Joe Harter of McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC, confirmed that an entity controlled by Kochuyt is close to completing the purchase. The agita the carwash has caused Cleaver has been well documented. Bank of America sued the congressman in March for defaulting on a 2002 loan that, with interest and late fees, has racked up a balance of $1.6 million. A trial in that case is set for April....
  • Women in Combat Spells Trouble

    01/24/2013 9:41:00 PM PST · by Red Steel · 49 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    With little discussion or fanfare, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat that has been in effect for as long as there has been a U.S. military. Feminists and some women serving in the military are applauding the move as a victory for equal rights. They claim that justice requires nothing short of opening all positions to females, regardless of the consequences to combat effectiveness, unit cohesion, or military readiness, factors whose importance they minimize in any event. What is perhaps most striking about Secretary Panetta's action is that it reverses the combat exclusion policy that...
  • Obama faces Keystone dilemma after Senate urges pipeline approval

    01/24/2013 9:30:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 24 January 2013 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Barack Obama faced intense pressure to break with his inauguration day promise on climate change on Thursday, after a bipartisan majority in the Senate urged approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The letter from 53 senators said there was no reason for Obama to deny the pipeline – as campaigners are demanding – because the project had now undergone exhaustive environmental review. The letter, signed by Democrats as well as Republicans, underlined the high political cost to Obama of living up to his promise to act on climate change. Campaign groups have made the pipeline their signature issue, saying the...
  • Fallon vets approve of women serving in direct combat roles

    01/24/2013 9:28:45 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 22 replies
    lahontanvalleynews.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Steve Ranson
    Local military veterans said Thursday they overwhelmingly support lifting the ban to allow women to serve in direct combat roles. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta rescinded a 1994 ruling yesterday to remove the military's ban on women serving in combat, thus opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than 11 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The plan to integrate women into direct combat position will be implemented as early as May with full implementation slated by 2016. “American women have been serving in our nation's Armed Forces for decades, and I am...
  • Japan envoy says territory dispute with China can be resolved

    01/24/2013 9:26:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Reuters India ^ | Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:41am IST | Terril Yue Jones
    A Japanese envoy to Beijing said on Friday that he believed tensions with China over a group of uninhabited islands could be resolved, after meeting China’s president-in-waiting Xi Jinping. … Tensions over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have flared in recent months, dragging down bilateral ties. …
  • Women in Combat: Serving as SEALs?

    01/24/2013 9:21:16 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Lea Sutton
    Women can now officially serve in ground combat roles. On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order rescinding the 1994 rule that prevented women from being permanently assigned to combat units. Women have been allowed to serve in some combat roles for years, but this new announcement means women could eventually serve as Navy SEALs. Retired Admiral George Worthington served more than 30 years as a SEAL, and says he supports women serving with SEALs. But, when it comes to women being SEALs , he doesn’t believe they can make the cut. “A lot of the men can't do...
  • Confession: Horror Movie Gave Teen Idea to Kill Family

    01/24/2013 9:08:12 PM PST · by Ironfocus · 29 replies
    NBC5DFW ^ | Thursday, Jan 24, 2013 | Scott Gordon
    A Parker County 17-year-old wrote in a confession released Thursday that the horror movie remake of "Halloween" gave him the idea to kill his mother and sister. Jake Evans is on trial for the Oct. 3 slayings of his 15-year-old sister, Mallory, and mother, Jami in their upscale Aledo home. The confession was introduced as evidence. In a four-page written confession to police hours after his arrest, Evans said he had watched the remake of "Halloween" three times earlier that week. The 2007 Rob Zombie film is about a 10-year-old boy who murders several people and kills a number of...
  • Is 'No Budget, No Pay' Unconstitutional?

    01/24/2013 9:00:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/24/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    The House of Representatives approved Wednesday, 285-144, a three-month extension of the debt limit. Included in that bill was a "no budget, no pay" provision, which requires members of Congress to pass a budget, or they will not receive a salary. Some of the lawmakers who voted against the bill say that the "no budget, no pay" provision violates the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 27th Amendment states: "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened." This amendment essentially says that if...
  • Fort Bliss reacts to women in combat decision

    01/24/2013 8:57:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    kvue.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | ANGELA KOCHERGA
    EL PASO, Texas -- Reaction to the historic decision to allow women in combat roles was swift at Fort Bliss. “It’s absolutely the right thing to do," said commanding General Dana Pittard following Wednesday’s announcement made by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Most of the 230,000 combat jobs that will open up to women are in the Army, giving them the opportunity for higher pay and a path to leadership. “It’s about time they let women have those options -- if they want them,” said Marlana Quendau, 27, who has served eight years in the Army. “If they want to do...
  • How to Save One Life (Video - Military Arms Channel)

    01/24/2013 8:55:05 PM PST · by servo1969
    YouTube - Military Arms Channel ^ | 1-24-2013 | Sturmgewehre·
    I have an idea on how to save not just one life but countless lives. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result. Banning certain firearms because of their cosmetic appearances or magazines over 10 rounds won't save lives just like it didn't at Columbine under the 1994 AWB. It's time we try something different.
  • India and Israel deepen defense ties

    01/24/2013 8:53:13 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | January 22, 2013
    Indian air force Chief of Air Staff N.A.K. Browne is visiting Israel, a sign of deepening Indian-Israeli defense ties. "This is a part of routine reciprocal visits between chiefs of various wings of the defense forces of the two countries," an Israeli Ministry of Defense official told The Times of India. "The visit underlines a very strong strategic relationship between the two countries where cooperation with India would probably rank only second to the United States." India is Israel's the largest purchaser of arms and equipment, with Israeli total defense equipment exports to India reaching $9 billion since 1997, The...
  • Why Democrats Should Fear Filibuster Reform

    01/24/2013 8:44:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 24, 2013 | Sean Trende
    The latest word out of the Senate is that if Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t accede to changes in the filibuster rules over the next few days, Harry Reid will invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and change the rules with 51 votes. The most likely outcome would be outlawing the filibuster on motions to proceed, thereby forcing senators to take to the floor to filibuster bills, “Mr. Smith”-style. This move, and the overwhelming progressive enthusiam for it, are head-scratchers... --snip-- Weakening the filibuster was a perfectly sensible goal for liberals back in the 1970s, when Democrats arguably had natural...