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  • Barbara Walters Has Chickenpox, Remains Hospitalized

    01/28/2013 1:21:13 PM PST · by SMGFan · 59 replies
    Barbara Walters has been in the hospital for more than a week after she fell and hit her head during pre-Inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. — and now the View co-host has contracted the chickenpox. While doctors were monitoring Walters after her fall, they noticed her fever was not subsiding and eventually determined that it was due to chickenpox, according to The Associated Press.
  • Army, Police To Trace Status Of Missile Launcher At Gun Buyback

    01/28/2013 1:21:08 PM PST · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    KOMOnews.com ^ | 28 January 2013
    Seattle - The item, a single-use device that had already been used, is a launch tube assembly for a Stinger portable surface-to-air missile.
  • Conservative media watchdogs push back on Obama's Fox News attack

    01/28/2013 1:20:08 PM PST · by walford · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2013 | Fox News
    "...If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you'll see more of them doing it," [President Obama] said.
  • Shouting Louder (Sowell on Obama, Clinton & Benghazi)

    01/28/2013 1:18:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 29, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    An old-time trial lawyer once said, "When your case is weak, shout louder!" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted louder when asked about the Obama administration's story last fall that the September 11th attack on the U.S. ambassador's quarters in Benghazi was due to an anti-Islamic video that someone in the United States had put on the Internet, and thereby provoked a protest that escalated into violence. She shouted: "We had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What...
  • Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 1:18:09 PM PST · by libstripper · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control. In the video, Bloomberg is seen surrounded by security. Mattera approaches Bloomberg and asks, “In the spirit of gun control, will you disarm your entire security team?” Bloomberg’s reply: “Uh, you, we’ll get right back to you.” “Why can you defend yourself but not the majority of Americans?” Mattera asks as the mayor walks away....
  • Don’t Gut Our Military: $150 Billion in Commonsense Proposals to Prevent Sequestration

    01/28/2013 1:06:01 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    The Foundry - Heritage Foundation ^ | 28 Jan 13 | T. Elliot Gaiser
    Unless Congress acts, March 1 will trigger a $55 billion-per-year ($45 billion in 2013, as the fiscal cliff deal delayed the cuts for two months) cut in national defense, known as sequestration, which will weaken the United States’s ability to defend itself. But this does not have to happen; Congress should cut other spending to prevent the debilitating cuts to defense. National defense, unlike most other discretionary programs, is a central constitutional duty and today represents only 17 percent of the budget. Yet nearly half of the Congress-mandated sequestration cuts—$492 billion—would come from defense. These across-the-board cuts threaten our...
  • Chick-fil-A CEO and Gay Activist Are Now Friends

    01/28/2013 1:01:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Chris Good
    The leader of a national gay-rights group says he’s coming out–as a friend of Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy. “I’ve gotten to know Dan, he’s gotten to know me. He’s shared concerns about young people, about Chick-fil-A being used for certain purposes,” Shane Windmeyer, executive director of Campus Pride, told ABC News. SNIP In July, Equality Matters examined tax forms and found that in 2010 the restaurant chain had donated over $1.9 million to “anti-gay causes.” In September, the restaurant chain pledged to stop donating to anti-gay groups. Windmeyer says those donations stopped in 2011.
  • Obama Opens Second Term the Same Way He Started First... Talking About Me

    01/28/2013 12:57:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | January 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Obama said to the New Republic he'd get a lot more done without Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. The rest of the media's in the tank. Everybody else has fallen in line. There is no opposition other than Fox News and Limbaugh. The way it works, and what this all boils down to, the Republicans, I mean, everybody knows they want to get along with Democrats. Everybody knows they want to socialize. They want their lives to have meaning, but Limbaugh is the one standing in the way 'cause what happens? The Republicans are simply afraid that...
  • Obama's secret skeet shooting

    01/28/2013 12:51:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "When he goes to Camp David, he goes to spend time with his family and friends to relax, not to produce photographs," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday. He said he had never seen any pictures of Obama skeet shooting. ~~SNIP~~ "He does go to Camp David with some regularity, but I'm not sure how often he’s done that." According to CBS News' Mark Knoller, who keeps statistics on the president's movements, Obama has visited Camp David 29 times, spending a total of 72 days there since taking office.
  • Reid Remarks On Common-Sense Immigration Reform

    01/28/2013 12:48:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 1/28/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    I applaud [the bipartisan group of eight] Senators for setting partisanship aside to tackle a crucial issue facing our nation. This is a positive first step.”“I pledge that I will do everything in my power as Majority Leader to get a bill across the finish line.”“With bipartisan support building in both houses of Congress and a President who is eager to solve this problem, there is no reason we should not pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately.”Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about immigration reform. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.Last...
  • Amnesty Plan Equals 'Unlimited Future Illegal Immigration'

    01/28/2013 12:47:51 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | David Yonkman
    An agreement over sweeping overhaul of immigration law reached by a bipartisan group of leading senators has quickly drawn its critics. The outline of the plan covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, expected to be announced later this afternoon, has a long wayto go before the thorny details are worked out. But the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation's inefficient patchwork of immigration laws. It is already...
  • Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting

    01/28/2013 12:33:15 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-28-2013 | Joel Gerhke
    January 28, 2013 Jay Carney has never seen a photo of Obama skeet-shooting Joel Gerhke President Obama said that he “goes skeet-shooting all the time,” a comment that apparently has the White House press corps a little suspicious. A reporter today asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney how often Obama goes shooting and why hasn’t the press corps heard about this before? Carney simply referred her to Obama’s statement. Is there a photo of the president shooting? “There may be, but I haven’t seen it,” Carney replied. He didn’t mention if he had personally seen Obama go shooting.
  • Carbon Use and GDP (Robert Zubrin)

    01/28/2013 12:27:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 28, 2013 | Robert Zubrin
    Why are progressives so eager to suppress the things most necessary for economic growth? In his inaugural address on January 21, President Obama invoked great ideals of human dignity, equality, and most especially “progress” to justify his second-term agenda, a cornerstone of which will be a crusade to limit humanity’s use of carbon.In fact, nothing could be more antithetical to the goal of advancing the human condition than restricting carbon consumption. A look at the relationship between living standards and humanity’s carbon utilization over the past 200 years, as shown in Figure 1, below, makes this perfectly clear.Fig. 1 Average...
  • Mitchell Claims Obama Said Only Guests Shot Skeet—But Interviewer Contradicts Her

    01/28/2013 12:26:46 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How big of an Obama lapdog is Andrea Mitchell? Even bigger than ardent Obama fan Chris Hughes. The Facebook co-founder, who bought the New Republic last year, recently scored an interview with President Obama that has been criticized for its generally soft questioning. But during an appearance on Mitchell's MSNBC show today, even Hughes was more candid about the prez than Mitchell. When it came to the President's statement during the interview that at Camp David "we do skeet shooting all the time," Mitchell claimed "he didn't say that he was skeet shooting, but he does say that it's one...
  • Obama Calls, Congratulates Netanyahu- President calls Netanyahu, almost a week after he came in

    01/28/2013 12:22:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    inn ^ | 1/28/13 | Gil Ronen
    The White House says President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone on Monday, almost a week after Netanyahu's ticket won the most seats in Israel's parliamentary election. Obama reportedly called and congratulated Netanyahu on his success in the election. He said that he looked forward to working with Israel's next government, and affirmed his commitment to a strong U.S. relationship with Israel and to promoting regional peace and security. Relations between Obama and Netanyahu were strained during Obama's first term. Supporters of Obama accused Netanyahu of interfering in the U.S. election in favor of Obama's...
  • Boy Scouts of America considering dropping its ban on gay members

    01/28/2013 12:21:34 PM PST · by Ron C. · 238 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/28/2013 | Greg Norman
    <p>The Boy Scouts of America is considering dropping a longtime ban on gay members, according to a spokesman.</p> <p>“The BSA is discussing potentially removing the national membership restriction regarding sexual orientation,'' spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com. "This would mean there would no longer be any national policy regarding sexual orientation, but that the chartered organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting would accept membership and select leaders consistent with their organization’s mission, principles or religious beliefs."</p>
  • Smiley and West: Rush Is Right

    01/28/2013 12:11:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know, we've talked on this program before about Tavis Smiley of PBS and Cornel West, noted academic. He's been at Harvard; he's been at Princeton. These guys, ladies and gentlemen, have -- and I kind of like this. I kind of admire these guys in the sense they've had a national poverty tour. They've been doing this for I don't know for how long. They've been traveling the country trying to call attention, raise consciousness about poverty in America and about how bad it is. This is another thing that doesn't get a whole lot of...
  • White House takes credit on immigration deal

    01/28/2013 11:58:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/28/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday welcomed an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators and gave credit to President Obama for pressing the issue. "I think it's important before we let the moment pass to acknowledge that the progress we're seeing embodied in the priniciples put forward by this bipartisan group is happening for a reason: I think it's happening because consensus is developing in the country, a bipartisan consensus, and it's happening because the president has demonstrated significant leadership on this issue," Carney said. He said that when immigration reform failed in 2010, Obama...
  • Up to a third of Barnes & Noble stores to close, report says

    01/28/2013 11:51:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | 1/28/13 | Tiffany Hsu
    Barnes & Noble will shut up to a third of its brick-and-mortar bookstores over the next decade as reading habits change and digital publications evolve, according to a new report. The chain will end up with 450 to 500 stores in 10 years, down from the 689 physical stores it has now, according to Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group. That evens out to about 20 stores shuttered yearly over the period, Klipper said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
  • (Jeb) Bush Attacks Rubio Plan as He Eyes 2016

    01/28/2013 11:50:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 28 Jan 2013 01:02 PM | Lisa Barron
    Neither former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., nor Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. have announced their plans to run for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, but both are already speaking and acting like contenders, going head to head on issues such as immigration and education reform. Bush said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week that efforts to tackle immigration reform on a piecemeal basis are “short-sighted and self-defeating.” …
  • What did Republicans win in the immigration deal? (No guarantee on border security!!)

    01/28/2013 11:46:05 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday January 28, 2013 | Greg Sargent
    It’s has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan’s process of citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission of Southwestern officials declaring the border secure. Not true. I’ve now got clarification from Senate staff working on the bill, and it turns out that the enforcement commission’s judgments will only be advisory, and are entirely nonbinding. Congress’ actions will not be dictated by what this commission concludes; neither will actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security. The citizenship process will be...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,January 28-February 1,2013

    01/28/2013 11:40:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | January 28-February 1,2013 | Sean Hannity
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  • Why the Banks Should Fear Mary Jo White

    01/28/2013 11:36:29 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Time ^ | January 25, 2013 | Massimo Calabese
    In the binary world of wing-nut commentators, everything is personal. What matters most to ideologues is individuals taking absolute positions in a battle of good versus evil: you’re either with us or you’re against us, and professional association is moral allegiance, regardless of the circumstances. So it’s not surprising to see the left up in arms over the nomination of former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White by President Barack Obama to head the SEC. White had a long and widely-praised career as a public prosecutor and then went to private practice. There she represented big banks and, among others,...
  • 4 dead, dramatic rooftop rescues in Australia floods

    01/28/2013 11:36:06 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Oman Observer ^ | 29 January 2013 | anon
    BRISBANE, Australia - Helicopters plucked dozens of stranded Australians to safety in dramatic rooftop rescues Monday as severe floods swept the northeast, killing four people and inundating thousands of homes. ... Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that an acute emergency was unfolding in Bundaberg ...
  • Kirstin Powers: '60 Minutes' Interview 'Was Something You'd Expect From State-Run Media'

    01/28/2013 11:33:11 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Jan 2013 | Kirstin Powers
    Liberal Fox News Contributor and Daily Beast columnist Kirstin Powers on the Obama-Hillary Clinton "60 Minutes” interview: “It really was something you’d expect from the state-run media. It was that kind of level of propaganda… This was a joke. You look at it and just not challenging basic things…”
  • Farrakhan: Right To Bear Arms An Outdated Concept

    01/28/2013 11:31:37 AM PST · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 28,2013 | CBS DC
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In the third installment of his 52-week sermon series, Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, ridiculed the “volatile” American right to own weapons
  • North Korea Targets U.S. In New Nuclear Tests

    01/28/2013 11:28:37 AM PST · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    North Korea: After successfully testing a missile capable of launching a satellite, Pyongyang works toward a nuclear warhead small enough for it to carry an electro-magnetic-pulse weapon of our worst nightmares. When North Korea orbited a failed satellite in December aboard an Unha-3 long-range missile, it was treated in some quarters as a stunt of no real significance or threat. The last Stalinist regime on earth had no deliverable warhead small enough to place on this missile which itself had no great accuracy. Serious observers, however, noted that any nation capable of putting an object in orbit could deliver an...
  • FReepers: Never give up your guns!! [FReepathon thread XII]

    01/28/2013 11:27:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 568 replies
    Obama and his socialist-fascist regime now wants to take our guns. Like hell you say. America answers by buying guns in record numbers. Americans will never allow themselves to be disarmed. The founding fathers intended American citizens to be armed to defend themselves from just such runaway tyrannical government. America's response to Obama's attempted gun grab: FUBO!! You want my gun? Come and take it!! Never surrender!! Never retreat!! Never give up your guns!! Free Republic stands for God and country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!!...
  • Pray for Our Nation and American Heroes (1/28/13)

    01/28/2013 11:22:13 AM PST · by Faith · 12 replies
    January 28, 2013 | Faith
    Blessed be the Lord Who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our Salvation. Selah.Psalm 68:19
  • Obama congratulates Netanyahu on 'plurality' win

    01/28/2013 11:20:52 AM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/28/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to offer his reserved congratulations on the Likud party's victories in Israel's recent parliamentary elections, the White House said. Obama, the White House said in its readout of the call, lauded Netanyahu on "his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats."
  • Feinstein's New 'Assault Weapon' Ban: Read It and Sleep

    01/28/2013 11:19:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Reason.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    The full text of the new, supposedly improved "assault weapon" ban proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein last week is now available for your perusal. The 121-page bill consists mostly of Appendix A, which takes up 95 pages and lists 2,258 "Firearms Exempted by the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013." As I said on Friday, this list is redundant at best, since any gun that is not specifically named as an "assault weapon" and does not meet the more general definitions is not supposed to be covered by the law, whether or not it is explicitly "exempted." It seems the main...
  • Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person

    01/28/2013 11:17:42 AM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    CNN.com ^ | January 27, 2013 | Ben Brumfield and Kyung Lah
    Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite. A fetus is not legally a person until it is born, the hospital's lawyers have claimed in its defense. And now it may be up to the state's Supreme Court to decide. [...] Representatives of the Catholic bishops of Colorado declined to comment on the legal proceedings, but said they will review the litigation and Catholic Health Initiatives' practices "to ensure fidelity and faithful witness to the teachings of the Catholic Church." Catholic...
  • A free-market utopia in the Detroit River?

    01/28/2013 11:16:18 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 12, 2013 | unattributed
    DETROIT, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A Detroit-area developer says he wants to turn Belle Isle, a 982-acre park in the Detroit River, into a free market commonwealth with its own laws and currency. Rodney Lockwood visualizes the Commonwealth of Belle Isle as an semi-autonomous city-state of 35,000 people, The Detroit News reported. There would be no income tax, with revenue coming from a property tax based on land value, and its political status would be similar to that of Puerto Rico.
  • Ex-CIA man: Iran blast largest sabotage in decades

    01/28/2013 11:14:21 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 28 Jan 13 | By YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Former Revolutionary Guard tells 'Post' that such a blow to Fordow nuclear facility would harm Iran drastically. ranian dissident-turned CIA operative Reza Kahlili told The Jerusalem Post on Monday that an alleged blast at the Fordow nuclear installation in Iran is "the largest case of sabotage in decades." Although it has not yet been verified, a report by Kahlili, according to which a massive blast rocked Iran's key Fordow nuclear installation last week, continued to spread on Monday.
  • The President of the United States Tries to Goad Me Into Saying Something Extreme

    01/28/2013 10:42:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Well, I think we can say, ladies and gentlemen, that my New Year's resolution to keep and adopt a lower profile is out the window. And a lot of people, a lot of you are writing me e-mails very scared, very concerned, and I truly appreciate it, warning me to be careful, that the president is targeting me now, and Fox News, the only remaining media opposition, apparently. I think, folks, the president, he's just probably trying to goad me into saying something extreme, like that would ever happen. I'm gonna tell you, folks, I am not...
  • Harry Belafonte has some hunches what Dr. King might have said (NO FOOL LIKE AN OLD FOOL)

    01/28/2013 10:41:14 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 18 replies
    Chicag ^ | January 27, 2013 10:28PM | Thomas Conner tconner@suntimes.com
    Harry Belafonte in recent years has been positively Kanye-esque in his outspokenness. The 85-year-old singer — a revered icon in American pop music, the King of Calypso, the resonant voice behind the 1956 classic “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” — has tallied headlines for his frank opinions on matters ranging from U.S. foreign policy to race relations. In 2002, Belafonte likened Secretary of State Colin Powell to a “house slave” for his acquiescence to the invasion of Iraq. He called President George W. Bush “the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world” during a 2006 meeting...
  • Shell’s latest offshore platform arrives in Texas

    01/28/2013 10:34:47 AM PST · by thackney · 19 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    The hull of Royal Dutch Shell’s latest offshore platform, which traveled from South Korea, arrived Saturday from at a Texas port where it will be assembled before it sails to its final location in the Gulf of Mexico. The new offshore platform, the Olympus, traveled more than 18,000 miles in two months to Ingleside, Texas, where its topside will be assembled over the next two months. Shell designed the Olympus as a tension leg platform, which provides a large enough deck to process oil on deck. The Olympus will be Shell’s sixth tension leg platform and its largest to date....
  • Obama Administration Repositioning Homeland Security Ammunition Containers

    01/28/2013 10:28:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The containers are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable numbers/letters probably for inventory, routing, etc. Reader Don sent this in recently: Jim – I passed a convoy of olive drab unmarked 40 foot tractor trailers each with four 10 yard ammo bunker boxes chained to them and unmarked armored Hum-Vee’s heading north on I-95 in Brevard County, Florida this past Thursday morning. The “govt” is positioning these ammo storage boxes, I have been told, in strategic places in population centers around the country. They are usually painted olive drab and are unmarked except for indistinguishable...
  • Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to abdicate for son

    01/28/2013 10:24:55 AM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 28 January 2013
    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. The queen made the announcement in pre-recorded address broadcast on Dutch television. The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years.
  • Article: "Do People Live Longer among Trees?"

    01/28/2013 10:21:05 AM PST · by fishtank · 19 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | January 28, 2013. | Brian Thomas
    Do People Live Longer among Trees? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Could living near trees possibly affect human health? Increasingly, studies indicate that trees can improve human health. Evolution doesn't expect this, but biblically speaking, trees and people have close ties. New research included steps to demonstrate that living longer was not linked to living among trees, but instead linked to more sensible factors "like income, race, and education," according to the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service based in Portland.1 But the researchers found that cardiovascular health clearly declined in people from very different ethnic, income,...
  • Examiner Editorial: Hillary Clinton was not a great secretary of state

    01/28/2013 10:19:20 AM PST · by Sen Jack S. Fogbound · 14 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 24, 2013 | Examiner Editorial Staff
    f there was one constant through Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearances before congressional committees Wednesday, it was that lawmakers fell all over themselves heaping praise on her for the job she has done. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was typical, saying: "Madame Secretary, you have represented us with tremendous strength and poise. You have won us friends." (snip) What on Earth are they referring to? American foreign policy under Secretary Clinton has been one disaster after another. She may not deserve blame for all of them -- or even most of them -- but it defies common sense to call...
  • Great Divide - How Citizens & Cops Are Containing Uncle Sam

    01/28/2013 10:16:30 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 20 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/28/2013 | Guy Smith
    If you really want to annoy somebody, do their job for them in a very public way. This is an angle of the growing separation between American localities and the federal government. From general discontent, to increasing non-participation, to open calls for secession, the public in most states have had enough and are actively driving wedges between themselves and Uncle Sam. When states and local law enforcement join the party, then it is only a matter of time before realignment or divorce becomes reality. After calling for inept, unworkable and unproductive gun control laws (forgive the redundancy), Barack Obama has...
  • NBC Exclusive: Boy Scouts Close to Ending Ban on Gay Members, Leaders

    01/28/2013 10:15:05 AM PST · by kristinn · 174 replies
    NBC News ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Pete Williams
    The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide for themselves whether to admit gay scouts....
  • MSNBC Host: Thank God and Country Abortion Was There to Save Me

    01/28/2013 10:07:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    We're used to MSNBC's Toure saying outlandish things, but his latest commentary in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is by far the worst. During a segment last week, Toure went on what he called an abortion rant in which he thanked God and country abortion was there to "save him" at a time when taking care of a baby and becoming a father would have been inconvenient for him. He also refers to abortion as a "safety net." We're used to MSNBC's Toure saying outlandish things, but his latest commentary in celebration of the 40th anniversary...
  • Phone unlocking ban could could hit you in the wallet

    01/28/2013 10:07:36 AM PST · by J05h · 29 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Mark Sullivan
    As of Saturday, your options for owning an unlocked phone become far more limited. You can ask your carrier to unlock it—and good luck with that—or you can pay a premium to manufacturers like Apple or Google for a new unlocked phone. You just can’t unlock your phone yourself—at least, not legally. That decision was made not by voters, the courts, or even Congress. It was made by one man, 83-year-old Congressional Librarian James Hadley Billington, who is responsible for interpreting the meaning of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Billington decided last October that unlocking your phone yourself is...
  • Register … or Rebel: How Many New Yorkers Will Defy The New Gun Law?

    01/28/2013 9:55:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/28/2013 | Bob Owens
    Already, there are signs that Governor Cuomo and his allies underestimated the pushback. As draconian, ill-advised, and possibly unconstitutional as the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (NY SAFE) anti-gun law was when it was hastily signed into law, it might have been far worse — this according to a New York legislator who fought against the bill.Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has released documentation showing rejected Democratic proposals for the NY SAFE Act. They included these: Confiscation of all firearms arbitrarily redefined as “assault weapons”Labeling semi-automatic shotguns as “assault weapons” if they can hold more than five rounds or have...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Accosted by Security over Mayor Bloomberg Gun Control Question

    01/28/2013 9:55:38 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/28/13 | Wynton Hall
    In an explosive exchange outside the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C., security guards for billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accosted senior Talk Radio Network investigative reporter Jason Mattera when he asked the mayor about his strong support for gun control.
  • Playtime’s over, kindergartners - Standards stressing kids out

    01/28/2013 9:55:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    Kindergarten has come a long way, baby — too far, some say. Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.” Children who barely know how to write the alphabet or add 2 and 2 are expected to write topic sentences and use diagrams to illustrate math equations.
  • Japan cuts dole to ensure work pays better than welfare

    01/28/2013 9:42:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Japan distinguishes itself from the other economically advanced countries by caring for the principle that people who work should have more stuff than people who go on the welfare rolls. The Kyodo News Service reports: Welfare benefits will be slashed by Ą74 billion over a three-year period starting from fiscal 2013, after a government panel found that some people are making more on the dole than the average low-income person who is not spends on living costs, it was learned Sunday.The decision to lower standard benefit payments by 6.5 percent was made by welfare minister Norihisa Tamura and Finance...
  • Bashar Assad's mother defects

    01/28/2013 9:38:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/28/2013 | Rick Moran
    Al-Arabiya is reporting that Syrian President Bashar Assad's mother has defected. She joined her daughter Bushra in the UAE, who had left the country last fall. President Bashar al-Assad's mother Anisa Makhlouf and other members of his inner circle have fled to the United Arab Emirates as the regime of the embattled president appeared to disintegrate, recent reports confirmed. Anisa has joined her daughter, Bushra, who had previously fled to Dubai, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat quoted Robert Ford, U.S. ambassador to Syria until the break of the relations between the two countries. Anisa, the widow of late president Hafez...