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  • ISRAEL WARNS THAT IT MAY PRE-EMPTIVELY STRIKE SYRIA TO PREVENT DISSEMINATION OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    01/27/2013 8:42:15 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 30 replies
    Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria’s chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon’s Hezbollah or al-Qaida inspired groups, officials said Sunday.
  • Obama Vows ‘Never Again’ on Holocaust Remembrance Day:...

    01/27/2013 8:39:44 PM PST · by Optimist · 34 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/27/2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    President Barack Obama on Sunday paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust by vowing to “stand in the way of any tyrant or dictator who commits crimes against humanity.” “We honor the memories of the 6 million Jews and millions of other innocent victims whose lives were tragically taken during the Holocaust over sixty years ago,” Obama said in a statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Those who experienced the horrors of the cattle cars, ghettos, and concentration camps have witnessed humanity at its very worst and know too well the pain of losing loved ones to senseless violence.”...
  • (30 November 2012) Hospitals will see massive layoffs, decline in 2013

    01/27/2013 7:55:23 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    One News Now ^ | 30 November 2012 | Russ Jones
    Hospitals are expected to cut some 93,000 jobs in 2013 in anticipation of ObamaCare. A former presidential candidate and conservative advocate says America needs to prepare for major changes in the medical industry. Orlando Health, a not-for-profit network of community and specialty hospitals, is just one example of the massive layoffs expected in the coming year. Officials with the Central Florida-based healthcare services provider announced on Monday that the largest staff reduction in its nearly 100-year history will result in cutting up to 400 jobs, starting immediately. Gary Bauer, president of Washington DC-based American Values, warns that this is only...
  • Aurora [Health Care] CEO cites Obamacare as partial cause of job cutbacks

    01/27/2013 7:52:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Journal Times ^ | 26 January 2013 | Michael Burke
    RACINE COUNTY — Partly in response to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare — as well as other forces — Aurora Health Care expects $13 million less in government reimbursements this year and has begun cutting some positions. Earlier this month Aurora President and CEO Dr. Nick Turkal laid out the financial situation in a 1,020-word letter to all system employees. He warned of position eliminations and discontinuations to come. Turkal said there are several causes of the projected $13 million or more decline in reimbursements. He cited the economy, cost reductions dictated by the Affordable Care Act and the...
  • POLL: Patrick moves to ban life without parole for youngest killers

    01/27/2013 7:49:07 PM PST · by massmike · 27 replies
    patriotledger.com ^ | 01/27/2013 | Matt Murphy
    As part of an overhaul of the juvenile justice system, Gov. Deval Patrick plans to file legislation Monday to prohibit mandatory life sentences without parole for youthful offenders convicted of first degree murder. The proposal is a response to the Supreme Court decision over the summer that ruled such mandatory sentences violate the Constitution’s Eight Amendment restricting cruel and unusual punishment. Patrick is also proposing to extend the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Jourt and the Department of Youth Services to 18-year-olds, and would eliminate the Superior Court and District Court’s jurisdiction over 17-year-olds. The bill would eliminate the state’s mandatory...
  • American pastor sentenced to 8 years in Iran (Saeed Abedini)

    01/27/2013 7:47:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 27, 2013 7:49 PM EST
    An American pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison, the U.S. State Department said Sunday. Spokesman Darby Holladay said the department is calling on Iran to respect Saeed Abedini’s human rights and release him. Earlier this month, Iran’s semi-official news agency, ISNA, quoted Abedini’s attorney, Nasser Sarbazi, as saying his client stood trial in the Revolutionary Court on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes. The pastor, who is of Iranian origin but lives in Boise, Idaho, has rejected the...
  • DeMint to GOP elders: Game over, pals. Insists conservatives must drive agenda

    01/27/2013 7:47:40 PM PST · by cblue55 · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sporting his new hat as the head of the Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint said Saturday said that conservatives should not rely on the GOP establishment to deliver the movement's message. He said it is time to take matters into their own hands.
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces

    01/27/2013 7:24:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    The American approach to law enforcement was forged by the experience of revolution. Emerging as they did from the shadow of British rule, the country's founders would likely have viewed police, as they exist today, as a standing army, and therefore a threat to liberty. Even so, excessive force and disregard for the Bill of Rights have become epidemic in today’s world. According to civil liberties reporter Radley Balko, these are all symptoms of a generation-long shift to increasingly aggressive, militaristic, and arguably unconstitutional policing—one that would have shocked the conscience of America’s founders. Rise of the Warrior Cop traces...
  • NRA ally Debbie Halvorson could win Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Chicago seat

    01/27/2013 7:13:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    politico.com ^ | 27 January, 2013 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    A white ex-congresswoman with an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association is the front-runner to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a majority-black Chicagoland district with inner-city neighborhoods wracked by gun violence. At first glance, Debbie Halvorson should have no business winning the Feb. 26 special election. The former Democratic congresswoman was crushed by Jackson in a primary last year. She’s a white Democrat seeking to represent a district in which 54 percent of voters are African-American And she’s an unapologetic Second Amendment backer — with endorsements from the NRA in two of her previous congressional campaigns —...
  • Coed Combat Units - A bad idea on all counts

    01/27/2013 7:11:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    For over two decades, I have been arguing against the idea of placing American women in combat or in support positions associated with direct ground combat. I base my position on three factors. First, there are substantial physical differences between men and women that place the latter at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to ground combat. Second, men treat women differently than they treat other men. This can undermine the comradeship upon which the unit cohesion necessary to success on the battlefield depends. Finally, the presence of women leads to double standards that seriously erode morale and performance. In...
  • SF restaurateurs dispute city allegations

    01/27/2013 7:07:45 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 27, 2013 | Stacy Finz and Paolo Lucchesi
    Amid a citywide crackdown to prevent restaurateurs from misleading consumers, San Francisco officials have released a list of 93 business owners who collected more money in employee health care surcharges in 2011 than they spent on health care for their workers. The Chronicle obtained the list under a public records request after City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Friday that he would be going after at least 50 San Francisco restaurants for allegedly charging diners extra fees to cover the cost of city-mandated health care for workers and then pocketing much of the money
  • IF 'ASSAULT WEAPONS' ARE BAD...WHY DOES DHS WANT TO BUY 7,000 OF THEM FOR 'PERSONAL DEFENSE'?

    01/27/2013 6:57:16 PM PST · by forty_years · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians...
  • The right’s intellectual inconsistency of the “round them up and send them home” argument

    01/27/2013 6:51:35 PM PST · by walford · 35 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | January 27th, 2013 | Kemberlee Kaye
    Well, it looks like we’re finally going to have a substantive immigration discussion. Unfortunately, immigration is one of many issues the right always handles poorly. Whether it’s lack of information, general ignorance of immigration laws or what, I really can’t say, nor do I care to speculate. The immigration issue is a big one, not just in terms of political capital, but in the nuances of the laws themselves. Interestingly, it’s also the one issue where Republicans and Democrats agree on most contentions. Depending on which estimates you consult, there are approximately 11 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the...
  • Pakistani fertilizer firm to expand in U.S., but balks on controlling bomb materials

    01/27/2013 6:44:20 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    WashingtonTimes.com - The Washington Times ^ | January 27, 2013 | By Rowan Scarborough
    "Pakistani fertilizer firm to expand in U.S., but balks on controlling bomb materials" SNIPPET: "The Pakistani corporation that has refused the Pentagon’s urgent appeals to control the flow of explosive materials to bomb-makers who kill U.S. troops is expanding its fertilizer manufacturing into the United States. And it is being done with the help of U.S. taxpayers through the municipal bond market."
  • Illinois becomes biggest state to allow illegal immigrants to drive

    01/27/2013 6:24:49 PM PST · by Java4Jay · 13 replies
    As Illinois becomes the fourth and most populous state to give illegal immigrants permission to drive, nagging concerns remain about whether there are enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud and other pitfalls other states faced.
  • Iran formally snubs EU after oil, gas bans

    01/27/2013 6:12:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2013 5:28 AM EST
    Iran’s oil ministry spokesman says all crude oil and gas exports have been banned to the 27-nation European Union, which has already imposed its own boycott on Iranian energy imports as part of sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program. … The semiofficial Mehr news agency quotes Rahbar as saying the Iranian ban will remain as long as “hostile decisions” are made by the EU. …
  • Nobel Peace Prize urged for Hillary-- and Bill

    01/27/2013 6:03:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/25/13 | Paul Bedard
    Like no cabinet secretary before, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is being sent off with a huge thank you from the Democratic Party and some of her supporters are even urging the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to give the award to her and her husband Bill Clinton. A new petition on Change.org calls on the committee to present the prize to Hillary for her work around the world for President Obama and Bill Clinton for his post-presidential international involvement. "President and Mrs. Clinton have had a lasting impact upon promoting peace in this world. Both have reached out to...
  • Israel warns of possible pre-emptive chemical weapons strike in Syria

    01/27/2013 5:58:27 PM PST · by Optimist · 9 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 1/27/2013 | Associated Press
    Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria's chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon's Hezbollah or al Qaeda inspired groups, officials said Sunday. The warning came as the military moved a rocket defense system to a main northern city, and Israel's premier warned of dangers from both Syria and Iran.
  • Abu Qatada will cost UK taxpayers $10m this year

    01/27/2013 5:41:27 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 6 replies
    The Sun ^ | RICHARD MORIARTY & LUKE HEIGHTON
    UK TAXPAYERS are set to cough up Ł6MILLION this year to pay the bills of hate cleric Abu Qatada. The Islamic fanatic racked up legal costs of Ł5,000 A DAY last month after being allowed to stay in Britain. It will cost an astonishing Ł5MILLION this year to foot the security bill for the 52-year-old who has been closely monitored since his release from jail last November. The Ł100,000-a-week operation includes a team of SIXTY officers from Scotland Yard, MI5 and a private security firm. Keeping him in jail for years cost the taxpayer Ł850,000 while the security bill since...
  • Pope's dove of peace almost ends in pieces: Seagull attacks bird

    01/27/2013 5:35:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 27 January 2013
    Releasing a dove is a symbolic appeal for peace. But when the Pope tried it yesterday, it led to quite a flap. Nobody had bargained on a resident seagull who apparently hadn't been listening to the Holy Father's sermon. It swooped in and attacked the bird of peace as soon as Pope Benedict XVI released the dove from a balcony at the Vatican.