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  • The Obama Simulacrum - This administration sneers at reality and its consequences. (Mark Steyn)

    01/25/2013 7:45:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    If I’m following this correctly, according to one spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band, at Monday’s inauguration Beyoncé lip-synced to the national anthem but the band accompanied her live. However, according to a second spokesperson, it was the band who were pretending to play to a pre-recorded tape while Beyoncé sang along live. So one or other of them were faking it. Or maybe both were. Or neither. I’d ask Chuck Schumer, the master of ceremonies, who was standing right behind her, but he spent the entire performance staring at her butt. If it was her butt, that is. It...
  • Why All U.S. States Should Eliminate The Income Tax

    01/25/2013 7:38:38 PM PST · by Fred · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | 012413 | Francis DeLuca
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback have all called for their states to eliminate their income tax and replace it with a sales tax over the past week. They were joined yesterday morning by North Carolina, where the Senate President Pro Tempore, Phil Berger, confirmed the legislature and the Governor, Pat McCrory, would pursue serious tax reform this session. Indeed, a senate proposal being crafted into legislation includes a repeal of North Carolina’s personal and corporate income taxes along with an expanded sales tax. If North Carolina, Louisiana, and Nebraska are successful in...
  • Illinois credit rating sinks to worst in nation

    01/25/2013 7:30:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/25/13 | Ray Long, Monique Garcia
    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois fell to the bottom of all 50 states in the rankings of a major credit ratings agency Friday following the failure of Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers to fix the state’s hemorrhaging pension system during this month’s lame-duck session. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service downgraded Illinois in what is the latest fallout over the $96.8 billion debt to five state pension systems. The New York rating firm’s ranking signaled taxpayers may pay tens of millions of dollars more in interest when the state borrows money for roads and other projects. “It’s absolutely bad news for taxpayers,” said...
  • Attorney General Swanson sues wind-energy firm for bilking Minn. farmers

    01/25/2013 7:25:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 1-25-13 | dan browning
    Farmer Mark Schroeder of Elgin, Minn., knew something was seriously wrong when he heard a noise from his new windmill that sounded like a helicopter landing on the roof of his house. "You could hear the noise 2 or 3 miles away," he said. The windmill shook furiously atop its 160-foot tower. Black smoke billowed from the control unit. Schroeder said he tried shutting off the power, but the windmill's three 25-foot-long blades continued spinning furiously. One of the 500-pound blades eventually sheared off and flew about 100 yards into a field, bringing Schroeder's dream of energy independence crashing to...
  • Utah Biz Owner Fires Employees Because They Supported Obama

    01/25/2013 7:21:34 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    01/23/13 From HuffPo: Dead weight? A business owner in Utah has become the latest employer to blame President Obama's health care reform bill for layoffs and has doubled down on his public disdain for the current administration by admitting he singled out Obama supporters. Terry Lee, owner of Cedar City-based Terry Lee Forensics, told the Salt Lake Tribune that he was so impressed by a Vernal, Utah, smoothie bar's policy of asking liberal patrons to pay more, that he, too, took action to recoup losses he said were incurred by Obamacare. George Burnett, owner of I Love Drilling Smoothie &...
  • Despite Media Claims, Survey Shows NRA Members United

    01/25/2013 7:15:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    It's the common talking point from left leaning media and gun control advocates: NRA leaders are out of touch with NRA members and the organization is disagreement over top gun control issues. Turns out, the exact opposite is true. The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action conducted a national scientific poll of NRA members this week and found the vast majority are on the same page regarding a wide range of issues, in particular when it comes to new gun control measures and how to prevent mass shootings. One-thousand members were randomly selected for the poll. The NRA is...
  • Washington city councilman walks out on council meeting because of citizen with CCW

    01/25/2013 7:12:09 PM PST · by Baynative · 65 replies
    You Tube Video ^ | 1/22/2013 | Anonymous
    During a city council meeting in Oak Harbor, WA a veteran who served in, Afghanistan speaks spontaneously in favor of the 2nd Amendment and causes a liberal whiner on the council to get up and leave when he is not allowed to violate his oath of office.
  • Abortionist CEO Tells CNN: My Main Goal Is To Provide "Oasis" For Women

    01/25/2013 7:04:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Greg Hengler
    Here's the Cambridge dictionary definition for "oasis": a calm, pleasant place in the middle of somewhere busy and unpleasant. I believe President Obama would approve of the word "oasis" to describe the proper environment for a woman wanting to end the life of her baby; after all, who would want to be punished with such a thing? CNN acknowledged the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by featuring Amy Hagstrom [where's my hyphen?] Miller, CEO of Whole Woman's Health, a company operating six abortion clinics in Texas--a very pro-life state and home of the Roe v. Wade case....
  • Local servicewomen weigh in on decision to allow women in combat

    01/25/2013 6:57:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    sanluisobispo.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Kaytlyn Leslie
    When she heard that women would be allowed to serve on the frontlines of battle, former Camp San Luis Obispo garrison commander Lt. Col. Nicole Balliet’s first reaction was, “Well, it’s about time!” The Atascadero native then had to better understand the announcement and its implications. “It’s very overwhelming,” she said of the decision. “It’s a huge validation for all the hard work women have done serving in combat for the past several decades.” The official announcement came after initial reports Wednesday of the Pentagon’s reversal of the 1994 ban on women serving in small frontline combat units. In his...
  • New York Times Highlights Hannity 'Boomtown' Cronyism Special

    01/25/2013 6:55:56 PM PST · by bushwon · 33 replies
    Briebart, New York TImes ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    On Friday, the New York Times Television section highlighted tonight's Sean Hannity one-hour special “Boomtown,” a program featuring Government Accountability Institute President and Co-founder Peter Schweizer and Breitbart News Executive Chairman and Government Accountability Co-founder Stephen K. Bannon. 9 P.M. (Fox News) BOOMTOWN: WASHINGTON, THE IMPERIAL CITY In this edition of “Hannity,” the host, Sean Hannity; Peter Schweizer, the president and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute; and Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News and co-founder of the Government Accountability Institute, investigate what they call crony capitalism among the city’s power elite and the tactics used by...
  • Women in Combat Spells Trouble

    01/25/2013 6:54:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | January 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...
  • Interference with bid-rigging probe alleged at USAID

    01/25/2013 6:27:54 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2013 | By Josh Hicks
    Documents from an inspector general’s probe last June allege that a top-level USAID official interfered with an investigation of possible contract rigging by the foreign-aid agency’s general counsel. The alleged obstruction occurred while the inspector general’s office was investigating whether former USAID general counsel Lisa Gomer had worked with former chief financial officer David Ostermeyer to design a contract that would go to Ostermeyer after he retired. The inspector general’s office said in an internal memo that Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg, who ranks No. 2 at the U.S. Agency for International Development, told investigators that their efforts to gather information...
  • Is Your Stocks Portfolio Ready for What’s Going to Happen?

    01/25/2013 6:20:34 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-25-2013 | InvestmentContrarian
    Is Your Stocks Portfolio Ready for What’s Going to Happen? Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2013Jan 25, 2013 - 09:13 AM By: InvestmentContrarian Sasha Cekerevac writes: As corporate earnings season continues for S&P 500 companies, it is becoming quite evident that revenue growth is lacking across many sectors of the economy. However, we are continuing to see growth in corporate earnings per share. How is this possible? One method is through share buybacks. S&P 500 corporations, which are generating very high levels of cash, are buying back shares and reducing the number outstanding, which increases the corporate earnings-per-share level. From April...
  • TSA does surprise check at Lamar Boulevard Amtrak (Austin , TX )

    01/25/2013 6:17:17 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    KXAN ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Chris Sadeghi
    Random checks happen at stations across country. Passengers catching the 9:30 a.m. Amtrak train from Austin to Dallas were met with an unexpected surprise when they got to the station. Transportation Security Administration agents, Austin police officers, and the Department of Homeland Security were all waiting for them. ... Random security checks are voluntary ... The random check takes about 10-15 minutes and happens hundreds of times a day at bus, train, and subway stations across the country.
  • Two great Glock commercials

    01/25/2013 6:07:12 PM PST · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 1-25-2013 | Bookworm
    Thanks to beefrank for making me aware of these new Glock commercials. The first is funny, while the second is unnerving and should, I think, be watched by every parent in America. Wrong Diner - Extended Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsVCHE7ayPE Wrong Girl - Extended Version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2gCFOtaZPo
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    01/25/2013 6:02:33 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 266 replies
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  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-25-13

    01/25/2013 5:54:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 18 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-25-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Senators Nearing Agreement On Broad Immigration Reform Proposal [Bi-Partisan Amnesty!]

    01/25/2013 5:51:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    Senators Nearing Agreement On Broad Immigration Reform Proposal By Rosalind S. Helderman and David Nakamura January 25 A working group of senators from both parties is nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward comprehensive legislation in years. The six members have met quietly since the November election, most recently on Wednesday. Congressional aides stressed there is not yet final agreement, but they have eyed next Friday as a target date for a possible public announcement. The talks mark the most in-depth negotiations involving members of both parties since a...
  • States’ crime rates show scant linkage to gun laws

    01/25/2013 5:45:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    President Obama has called for stricter federal gun laws to combat recent shooting rampages, but a review of recent state laws by The Washington Times shows no discernible correlation between stricter rules and lower gun-crime rates in the states. States that ranked high in terms of making records available to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also tended to have tighter gun laws — but their gun-crime rates ranged widely. The same was true for states that ranked poorly on disclosure and were deemed to have much less stringent gun-possession laws. For example, New York, even before it approved...
  • Competing Tax Plans Seek To Stimulate Investment and Growth (NC to dump income tax?)

    01/25/2013 5:36:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 1/24/13 | Dan Way
    RALEIGH — Efforts are under way to make North Carolina the first state since Alaska in 1980 to eliminate taxes on total personal income. Competing proposals also would launch a pro-growth tax reform renaissance that would scrap corporate income taxes that discourage capital investment and savings. The John Locke Foundation introduced a plan Wednesday including those elements, along with a repeal of estate taxes and the retail sales tax at the state level. Researchers at the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C-based tax research group, are among those lauding the JLF plan. “The whole point is economic growth. It’s not...
  • Ex-Senator Huntley will cop to mail fraud; pol still faces charges in $30G charity 'sham'

    01/25/2013 5:35:37 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/13 | MITCHEL MADDUX
    Former New York state Sen. Shirley Huntley is planning to plead guilty to mail fraud charges in a new federal case leveled against her, The Post has learned. The Queens Democrat is expected to admit that she used funds from a non-profit organization to benefit herself and family members, a source said.
  • Ga. Sen. Chambliss won’t seek re-election in 2014

    01/25/2013 5:35:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2013 6:41 PM EST | Bill Barrow
    When Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced Friday that he wouldn’t seek a third term in 2014, a race that already was likely to feature a contested Republican primary exploded into a free-for-all. Several Republicans, including several congressmen, are eyeing the seat. The more crowded the field, the more likely the GOP race will pit mainstream conservatives against the hardliners who had grown disenchanted with Chambliss for working with Democrats to find common ground on budget and tax issues. Democrats, meanwhile, hope for exactly that kind of Republican fracas. They view the 69-year-old Chambliss’ decision as an opportunity to reverse the...
  • Yes, President Obama, the Constitution applies to you, too (Surprise, surprise. He's not the king)

    01/25/2013 5:33:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    FOX News.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Loyd Green
    Sometimes, Barack Obama acts like the Constitution does not apply to him and the Congress is an imaginary being. Friday, the United States Court of Appeals brought the president back to Earth and reminded him that that the Constitution’s Appointments Clause and the U.S. Senate are very much part of reality by voiding three of Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The D.C. Circuit ruled that the president could not end-run the confirmation process merely because at the beginning of 2012 the U.S. Senate was meeting every three business days in, what lawyers call, pro forma session....
  • Ray Lewis’s ties to Atlanta murders now a footnote, but one victim’s family struggles to cope

    01/25/2013 5:30:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Fri January 25, 2013 | Kent Babb
    Akron, Ohio — She disappears into a back room to find her hat and gloves. Nearly 13 years have passed since someone killed Priscilla Lollar’s oldest child, and in that time, she says, she has never visited his grave. She has thought about what that moment would be like, and deep down she knows it is something she needs to do. But she’s afraid that pain would soon follow, and so instead, Priscilla has chosen for years to feel nothing. Early on Jan. 31, 2000, Richard Lollar and a childhood friend, Jacinth Baker, were stabbed to death in Atlanta. This...
  • Map: Which countries allow women in front-line combat roles?

    01/25/2013 5:28:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2013 | Max Fisher
    When outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that he had lifted the Pentagon’s ban on allowing women to serve in front-line combat roles, one of several questions it raised was: Is that unusual? Do a lot of countries allow women to serve in combat? The answer is that many Western, developed countries have women on their front-line forces. But outside of the West, it’s rare. The map at the top of this page shows in red which countries formally permit women in combat positions. Shown in orange are countries that allow women to serve in military roles that involve...
  • Biden: Mental Health Check May Have Prevented Virginia Tech Shooting

    01/25/2013 5:16:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | January 25,2013 | Mathew Larotonda
    Vice President Biden says a mental health check on gun sales may have averted the 2007 mass shooting on Virginia Tech‘s campus. Biden’s comments came after a roundtable discussion in Richmond today that included experts involved with the gun control commission convened after the university tragedy.
  • Live Thread: National Review Institute - Challenges Facing Conservatism (7:50 p.m. EST 1/25/13)

    01/25/2013 5:14:25 PM PST · by kristinn · 25 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013
    Conservative writers and academics gather for the National Review Institute Summit, beginning on Friday in Washington, D.C. The summit focuses on addressing the challenges facing conservatism and finding solutions that will strengthen the movement. First, political newcomer Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AK) sits down for an interview with Jay Nordlinger of National Review. Next, a panel of experts examine the topic "Can politics be hospitable to life?" Panelists include: Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Jeanne Monahan of March for Life and Carter Snead of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. National Review Editor Rich Lowry interviews American...
  • Codey opts out of running against Christie

    01/25/2013 4:51:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Phiadelphia Inquirer ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013, 7:08 PM | Joelle Farrell
    State Sen. Richard J. Codey would rather focus on his family-owned funeral business than run in November against Gov. Christie, the Essex County Democrat said Friday. Despite weeks of speculation and a trip to Washington to woo big donors, Codey decided to scrap a campaign after his youngest son, Chris, said he would like to go into the family business and asked Codey to forgo the gubernatorial race. … With less than nine months before the election, Democrats have yet to rally around a gubernatorial candidate. Christie, meanwhile, becomes ever more the juggernaut: The Republican has raised more than $2...
  • Feinstein gun ban bill draft now online

    01/25/2013 4:27:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Examinier ^ | 1/25/13 | David Codrea
    A draft of the much-anticipated "assault weapon" ban bill authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein was posted online this afternoon in advance of it's posting on the Library of Congress THOMAS legislative database site. Gun Rights Examiner has received a copy and posted it on the SCRIBD document archive site. That is necessary because at this writing, searching for the bill on the THOMAS site retrieves a message that "The text of S.150 has not yet been received from GPO Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from the Government Printing Office a day or two after they are...
  • Hagel Backtracks on Nukes- Hagel walks back from anti-nuclear positions

    01/25/2013 4:20:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/25/13 | Bill Gertz
    Sen. Chuck Hagel backed down this week from previously held positions on nuclear arms cuts during meetings with senators who are considering his nomination to be defense secretary in an apparent effort to sway those concerned about his liberal anti-nuclear views. Hagel has told senators he is no longer a staunch supporter of the nuclear weapons views of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, who authored an anti-nuclear weapons report sponsored by the international disarmament group Global Zero. “Hagel has thrown Cartwright under the bus about the Global Zero [report] in his meetings with senators,” said a congressional aide familiar...
  • A world without work: As robots, computers get smarter, will humans have anything left to do?

    01/25/2013 4:19:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 61 replies
    AP ^ | Fri January 25, 2013
    WASHINGTON — They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like “I, Robot” and the television show “Knight Rider.” Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology? “All...
  • Accused Fort Hood shooter aims to escape death penalty

    01/25/2013 4:15:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times/AP ^ | January 25, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army officer who is facing 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder for the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, now wants to avoid the death penalty, according to The Associated Press.
  • Burt Reynolds in Florida ICU after flu, rep says

    01/25/2013 4:14:23 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri January 25, 2013 | Carolyn Sung and Greg Botelho
    (CNN) -- Actor Burt Reynolds is in intensive care in a Florida hospital, where he went for treatment of flu symptoms, one of his representatives said Friday. Reynolds was dehydrated when he went to the hospital, and was eventually transferred to its intensive care unit, his representative Erik Kritzer told CNN. Kritzer declined to divulge what hospital the actor was in, saying, "He would like that (kept) private." "He is doing better at this time," Kritzer said late Friday afternoon of the 76-year-old actor. "We expect, as soon as he gets more fluids, he will be back in a regular...
  • DNR names ex-employee who breached license data(MN)

    01/25/2013 4:13:53 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    mpls star & sickle ^ | 1-25-13 | eric roper
    The state agency revealed Friday that the employee who improperly accessed thousands of drivers license records, and ignited calls for stiffer laws, was an officer responsible for training his colleagues in proper data usage. The Department of Natural Resources said Captain John Hunt, who was administrative manager of the agency's enforcement division, viewed drivers license data on 5,000 people while off-duty and without a work-related purpose. Altogether, Hunt made about 19,000 queries of the driver and vehicle services (DVS) database over nearly five years -- 11,800 of them while off duty. The DVS database, which contains photographs, addresses and driving...
  • Proposed AZ bill would require loyalty oath for HS students to graduate

    01/25/2013 4:10:57 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 30 replies
    KTAR ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 | Aaron Granillo
    PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would give Arizona high school seniors the option to recite a loyalty oath before they graduate. Originally, House Bill 2467 would have made the oath a prerequisite for graduation from any public high school in the state. The Arizona Capitol Times reported the change Tuesday. "To me it's not a Republican bill, it's not a Democrat bill, it's an American bill," said Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa, one of the bill's sponsors. "People feel that our high school kids that will be adults should understand their role as an American citizen."
  • Democrats send wish list to Obama for executive action on climate change (task force launched)

    01/25/2013 4:03:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/24/13 | Zack Colman
    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday outlined a slate of climate change actions that President Obama could execute with his own authority. The lawmakers conveyed a bleak outlook for climate legislation this Congress, noting considerable Republican opposition in the House. But they said Obama’s climate comments during his Monday inaugural address raised the prospects for administrative action to address the issue. “Congress has not been interested in acting, especially in the House, in the last two years. So we’re calling on the president to develop a plan for the administration to take action without action...
  • STUDENTS WARD OFF HOME INTRUDERS WITH AR-15

    01/25/2013 4:00:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1/25/2013 | Hope Hodge
    This week, two students at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York used an “assault rifle” that may soon be banned by law to frighten away armed burglars who had broken into their home. Local station ABC 13 reports that the students, Christopher Boise and Raymond (no last name given) were awakened in the wee hours Tuesday morning to noises coming from the basement. Boise got up to investigate and found two men, one with a gun pointed at him, at the bottom of the stairs in the lower level of his apartment. Hearing Boise’s cry of alarm,...
  • Cats Are Evil

    01/25/2013 3:54:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 115 replies
    Slate ^ | 1-25-13
    Why New Zealand is right to consider banning them in order to save its wildlife. You know what animal makes a good pet? No animal. Dogs will bite you to death and then eat your corpse. Snakes will asphyxiate you, escape, infest the Everglades, and eat all its mammals. Pet parrots perpetuate a trade that upends ecosystems, and hamsters pass you dangerous zoonotic diseases. But perhaps the worst pet of all, environmentally speaking, is a cat. Domesticated cats started out as parasites on human civilization. Unlike other species, and admittedly to their credit, they domesticated themselves. When humans started growing...
  • Princess Bride t-shirt causes in-flight scare

    01/25/2013 3:51:26 PM PST · by AuntB · 35 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Jan. 25, 2013 | UK Telegraph
    A t-shirt emblazoned with one of the most memorable lines from the classic adventure film The Princess Bride caused a furore on a Qantas flight last week. Wynand Mullins boarded a plane bound for Auckland on Sunday with “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die” printed on the front of his top. While some fellow fliers recognised that the line was from the swashbuckling 1987 film The Princess Bride, it went over the heads of other passengers, who told cabin crew they felt threatened by the t-shirt’s message. Mr Mullins told Fairfax New Zealand: "The...
  • Ted Nugent: ‘What Kind of Idiot Thinks That Our Founding Fathers Were Protecting Deer Hunting?’

    01/25/2013 3:50:26 PM PST · by SJackson · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | January 23, 2013 | Penny Starr
    Ted Nugent on Bloomberg: ‘What Kind of Idiot Thinks That Our Founding Fathers Were Protecting Deer Hunting?’ CNSNews.com) – Rock star and Second Amendment advocate Ted Nugent recently criticized New York City’s Democratic Mayor Michael Bloomberg for focusing the gun control debate in the United States on deer hunting. “If you listen to Mike Bloomberg -- framing the Second Amendment as a deer hunting issue – this is bizarro world,” Nugent said on Jan. 17 at the Shot Show 2013 gun show in Las Vegas. “He’s got to be the dumbest upright species in the history of breathing creatures.” “What...
  • McDonald's is not compensating those "injured" by eating "false halal" chicken

    01/25/2013 3:47:11 PM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Jihadwatch ^ | 1-25-13
    Dearborn: Muslim attorney "outraged" that McDonald's is not compensating those "injured" by eating "false halal" chicken I asked in writing about a previous story on this settlement: "'There was no evidence that the chain set out to deceive customers.' So why the $700,000 payout?" This story makes the answer clear: it is a form of tribute, of jizya. Now a Muslim attorney in Dearborn is angry that the payout is mostly going to various Muslim groups, not to those who were "injured" by eating "false halal" chicken sandwiches. The attorney for the Muslim who filed the complaint explains that there...
  • After Mike Bloomberg´s rule for hospitals, FDA panel votes to restrict use of painkillers

    01/25/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Joel Gehrke ^ | 1/25/13 | Washington Examiner
    Federal Drug Administration advisers voted today to restrict access to certain kinds of prescription drugs in an effort to fight drug abuse. The vote had experts divided over the risk of drug abuse as weighed against the risk of increased pain or difficulty for patients on the medication. “It will have an impact on a lot of patients who have been receiving them for some time for legitimate purposes,” Dr. Lynn Webster, president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, said per Health Day News ahead of the vote. The FDA rule change is designed to implement
  • Arkansas Senate to vote on bill to allow guns in church

    01/25/2013 3:39:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 24 January, 2013 | AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Senate is voting on legislation that would allow concealed handguns in churches, the first of several gun-related measures expected in this year's session.
  • Vice President Biden a bit off course saying he heard Nickel Mines gunshots?

    01/25/2013 3:38:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    lancasteronline.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | By KAREN SHUEY
    When trying to verify Joe Biden's recent story that he was golfing within earshot of the Oct. 2, 2006, shooting at Nickel Mines, one thing is clear. There are a lot of places to enjoy a round of golf in the region. But whether the 70-year-old vice president was playing at any of the courses on the day of the one-room schoolhouse massacre still remains a mystery. If he was in the area, he wasn't at Moccasin Run Golf Club in Atglen. Curt King, the owner of the club, said there is no record of Biden — then a U.S....
  • OC Doctor: Patients Still Testing Positive For Flu After Vaccination

    01/25/2013 3:31:50 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | January 25, 2013 1:56 PM | Jan Stevens
    MISSION VIEJO [california] (CBSLA.com) — Emergency rooms across the Southland have been pushed to near-capacity levels amid a surge of influenza activity in the western United States that has lead to several flu-related deaths. A Mission Hospital official has confirmed that a 46-year-old woman who tested positive for influenza A died on Tuesday. The mother of two – who reportedly did not receive the flu vaccine – appeared to be otherwise healthy, officials said. While flu activity is declining across much of the U.S., its toll is just beginning to emerge in the West. Statewide, there have been at least...
  • US banks shaken by biggest deposit withdrawals since 9/11

    01/25/2013 3:30:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1/25/13 | Joe Raedle
    US Federal Reserve is reporting a major deposit withdrawal from the nation’s bank accounts. The financial system hasn’t seen such a massive fund outflow since 9/11 attacks. ­The first week of January 2013 has seen $114 billion withdrawn from 25 of the US’ biggest banks, pushing deposits down to $5.37 trillion, according to the US Fed. Financial analysts suggest it could be down to the Transaction Account Guarantee insurance program coming to an end on December 31 last year and clients moving their money that is no longer insured by the government. The program was introduced in the wake of...
  • Players’ Support of Gay Marriage Alters N.F.L. Image

    01/25/2013 3:24:32 PM PST · by a5478 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09.08.2012 | Adam Himmelsbach
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has been a consistent supporter of legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2011, he filmed his own video backing this November’s ballot initiative in Maryland and posted it on YouTube, and he recently donated Ravens tickets to a Marylanders for Marriage Equality fund-raiser.
  • Gun rights battle puts small Washington city under national microscope

    01/25/2013 3:15:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 January, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The mayor of Oak Harbor, Wash. has revealed to Examiner that he will revive a discussion about the city’s illegal prohibition on firearms in city parks at a Feb. 5 city council meeting, and he will not back down from what could be a political and philosophical donnybrook. At issue is political correctness and anti-gun hoplophobia versus state law and constitutionally-protected rights. The Oak Harbor case is something of a microcosm of the national divide over gun rights. Mayor Scott Dudley anticipates a standing-room-only audience at the meeting because of a recent video showing a verbal confrontation between a local...
  • Banned: semi-auto hunting rifles over 22cal that hold over 10 rounds, some home defense shotguns

    01/25/2013 3:15:32 PM PST · by C0nservativeJunkie · 50 replies
    Common-Sen.se ^ | 1/25 | Common-Sen.se
    You'll notice that it bans all semi-auto shotguns that have a pistol grip (AKA every home defense shotgun). You'll also notice they're going after some semi-auto pistols just for how they look. Below you'll find portions of the bill as we pick it apart: UPDATE 1: Some hunting rifles are included in this ban. Any semi-automatic rifle which holds more than 10 rounds above 22 caliber will be banned. semi-autos over 22 cal that hold more than 10 rounds banned Update 2: Seems that intra-state commerce could still be possible for assault weapons: Seems that intra-state commerce could still be...
  • British MP: Jews Didn't Learn the Lesson from the Holocaust

    01/25/2013 3:06:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    inn ^ | 1/25/13 | Elad Benari, Canada
    A Liberal Democrat MP in Britain faces expulsion from the party for saying Jews had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust in their treatment of Palestinian Authority Arabs, the Daily Mail reports. David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was “saddened” that Jews “could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.” “Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution...