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  • Obama's Illinois Downgrade Makes It America's Greece

    01/28/2013 6:49:54 PM PST · by raptor22 · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 28, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    State Budgets: Inability or unwillingness to fix the state's hemorrhaging pension system and curb union power has led a major credit rating service to downgrade the Land of Lincoln's rating to the lowest in the nation. On Friday, the bond rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the state's credit level again, to A-, putting Illinois' on par with California. No, actually below California, for S&P gives California a positive outlook. Illinois' fragile overall financial status netted it a negative outlook, putting it behind California overall. The ratings came out now because Illinois plans to issue $500 million in bonds within...
  • Draft UN climate report shows 20 years of overestimated global warming, skeptics warn

    01/28/2013 6:34:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Maxim Lott
    A preliminary draft of a report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was leaked to the public this month, and climate skeptics say it contains fresh evidence of 20 years of overstated global warming. The report -- which is not scheduled for publication until 2014 -- was leaked by someone involved in the IPCC’s review process, and is available for download online. Bloggers combing through the report discovered a chart comparing the four temperature models the group has published since 1990. Each has overstated the rise in temperature that Earth actually experienced.
  • Gun violence rally held at Colorado State Capitol ("More than 100" LoL)

    01/28/2013 6:18:38 PM PST · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    kmgh ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | Jessica Farris
    DENVER - Demonstrators demanding stricter gun laws gathered outside the Colorado State Capitol at noon on Monday. More than 100 gun-control supporters rallied on the Capitol steps with signs that said "Let Us Live." The gun violence prevention rally was organized by Together Colorado, a group that specializes in community organizing. The rally included speeches and presentation by friends and family of gun violence victims, religious leaders, elected officials and other advocates of stricter regulations on firearms.
  • Pa. Homeowner Sues Seller Over Home's Bloody Past

    01/28/2013 6:14:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 91 replies
    abc/yahoo ^ | January 28, 2013 | SUSANNA KIM
    A Pennsylvania woman has appealed to the state Supreme Court in her suit against a home seller and real estate agent who failed to disclose that a murder-suicide had taken place in the home she purchased. When Janet Milliken, 59, moved from California after her husband died, she had hoped to start a new life with her two teenage children in Pennsylvania near her family. She bought a home in Thornton, Pa., for $610,000 in June 2007. She learned a few weeks after she moved in from a next-door neighbor that a murder-suicide had occurred the year before in her...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Boat Trip: USS Carl Vinson ~ 29 JAN 2013

    01/28/2013 6:05:10 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 70 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Boat Trip: USS Carl Vinson ~ CVN 70 The USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is the third United States Navy Nimitz class supercarrier and is named after Carl Vinson, a Congressman from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the US Navy. The ship was launched in 1980, undertook her maiden voyage in 1983, and underwent Refueling and Overhaul between 2005 and 2009. Carl Vinson's callsign is "Gold Eagle". Besides deployments in Operation Desert Strike, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Enduring Freedom, the Carl Vinson was involved in a number of...
  • Fordo Underground Explosion Confirmed (Fordow Nuclear Iran - spelling variations) Video

    01/28/2013 6:02:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 98 replies
    johnbatchelorshow.com ^ | Monday, January 28, 2013 | John Batchelor
    What We Know.  Fordow has become 'Iran's most heavily fortified facility', officials say. APReza Kahlili reported Friday 25 that there had been an underground explosion at the secret Fordo nuclear enrichment facility in Iran.  The details included the closure of a major roadway nearby following the event.  The report also mentioned many technicians trapped underground, perhaps more than 200.   Reza Kahlili and I then discussed the report earlier in the week of an emergency meeting in Ahmadinejad's office in Tehran.  We reported on Wednesday evening 23 January that the meeting in Tehran was in anticipation of a covert operation by Israel or...
  • Social Security commissioner to leave in February

    01/28/2013 5:55:16 PM PST · by haffast · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-26-2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue says he will step down in February after completing his six-year term. Astrue's departure gives President Barack Obama the opportunity to name a new head to the federal government's largest program. Astrue's term was marked by increasingly dire warnings about the long-term financial health of the massive retirement and disability program. Astrue worked to reduce backlogs of people applying for disability claims, despite a big surge in applications since the recession. snip Social Security commissioners serve six-year terms. Astrue was nominated in 2007 by former President George W. Bush. The term...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-28-13

    01/28/2013 5:54:27 PM PST · by dynachrome · 14 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-28-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • US doesn't believe reports of blast at Iran nuclear plant

    01/28/2013 5:49:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 01/28/2013 20:13 | REUTERS
    US doesn't believe reports of blast at Iran nuclear plant By REUTERS 01/28/2013 20:13 WASHINGTON - The United States does not believe media reports about an explosion at an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday. The reports had said there had been an explosion early last week at the underground Fordow bunker near the holy Iranian city of Qom. "We have no information to confirm the allegations in the report and we do not believe the report is credible," Carney said. "We don't believe those are credible reports."
  • Olin Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings (makes Winchester ammo)

    01/28/2013 5:40:31 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 31 replies
    CLAYTON, Mo., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Olin Corporation (OLN) announced today that its fourth quarter 2012 net income was $34.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, which compares to $18.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Sales in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $587.6 million, compared to $445.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Joseph D. Rupp, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer said, "During 2012, Olin achieved $373 million of adjusted EBITDA, which is the highest in the history of the company. The record EBITDA was driven by strong results...
  • Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

    01/28/2013 5:33:26 PM PST · by haffast · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-28-2013 | ANDREW MIGA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. "I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into law as soon as it hits my desk," Obama said in a statement late Monday. Despite opposition from conservatives concerned about adding billions of dollars more to the nation's debt, the Senate cleared the long-delayed bill, 62-36, after House Republicans had stripped it earlier this...
  • Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts

    01/28/2013 5:28:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    The Guardian, ^ | Monday 28 January 2013 12.07 EST | Luke Harding in Sévaré
    Fleeing Islamist insurgents burnt two buildings containing priceless books as French-led troops approached al-Qaida-allied fighters on Saturday torched two buildings that held the manuscripts, some of which dated back to the 13th century. They also burned down the town hall, the governor's office and an MP's residence, and shot dead a man who was celebrating the arrival of the French military. French troops and the Malian army reached the gates of Timbuktu on Saturday and secured the town's airport. But they appear to have got there too late to rescue the leather-bound manuscripts that were a unique record of sub-Saharan...
  • Yemen, U.S. intercept ship with 'large cache of illegal arms'

    01/28/2013 5:27:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 8:06 PM EST, Mon January 28, 2013 | Barbara Starr and Greg Botelho, CNN
    (CNN) -- Yemeni authorities working with the U.S. Navy intercepted a ship carrying a "substantial" cache of "illegal arms" such as surface-to-air missiles, potent explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, a U.S. official and Yemen's government said Monday. The incident took place in Yemeni territorial waters in the Arabian Sea last Wednesday, according to a statement issued five days later from Yemen's embassy in Washington.The crew of the USS Farragut, a Naval destroyer, was working with Yemeni authorities when they spotted the vessel, said an official in the Obama administration. The ship had several flags onboard, but no reliable documentation showing where...
  • THIS WEB FEATURE WILL DISAPPEAR IN 5 SECONDS

    01/28/2013 5:23:41 PM PST · by jmcenanly · 7 replies
    DARPA ^ | January 28, 2013 | Darpa Outreach
    New DARPA program seeks performers for transient electronics demonstration The sophisticated electronics used by war-fighters in everything from radios, remote sensors and even phones can now be made at such a low cost that they are pervasive throughout the battlefield. These electronics have become necessary for operations, but it is almost impossible to track and recover every device. At the end of operations, these electronics are often found scattered across the battlefield and might be captured by the enemy and re-purposed or studied to compromise DoD’s strategic technological advantage.
  • Grayson on GOP: “These Are People Who Want to Kick You When You're Down”

    01/28/2013 5:17:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 28, 2013 | Craig Millward
    On Current TV’s “Viewpoint” on Jan 17, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attacked Republicans over their alleged inability to get anything done, and said “these are people who want to kick you when you're down.” In the interview, Grayson was critical of House Republicans over the amount of time it took to provide federal assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. … He continued “Look, we live in a country where almost 25 million people can’t find full time work and the president and the Democratic Party have been desperately trying to do something about this for the past four years...
  • Amnesty “Absolutely” Must Be Part of Immigration Reform, Says Senator Who Had Illegal Intern

    01/28/2013 5:11:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 28, 2013 | Matt Cover
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said that some kind of pathway to citizenship “absolutely” must be part of immigration reform. Immigration officials arrested an illegal immigrant and convicted sex offender interning for Sen. Menendez in December. “Absolutely,” Menendez said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, when asked if a pathway to citizenship was necessary. “Latino voters in—first of all, Americans support it in poll after poll. Secondly, Latino voters expect it. Thirdly, Democrats want it. And fourth, Republicans need it.” …
  • Immigration reformers credit Kennedy

    01/28/2013 5:05:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 28, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    The late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) continues to exert an influence on the Senate, the chamber in which he served for 47 years. Democrats cited Kennedy, long known as the "Lion of the Senate," as an inspiration when they passed the healthcare reform law at the start of President Obama’s first term. Now, nearly four years after Kennedy's death, senators in both parties are channeling his memory as they pursue immigration reform. “If we do succeed, and I think we will, it will be a testimonial to Ted Kennedy’s effort years ago that laid the groundwork for this agreement,” said...
  • TOWER OF HATE: Racist and sexist slur-filled graffiti covers inside of new WTC

    01/28/2013 5:05:17 PM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    EXCLUSIVE: The soaring symbol of American resilience now bears the markings of lowlifes. The graffiti looms over the 16-acre site in lower Manhattan where more than 2,800 people of all colors and creeds died — victims of an attack directed at the heart of American ideals.
  • America’s Rating as a Free Country Continues to Plummet

    01/28/2013 4:55:53 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://thelibertypaper.org ^ | January 28, 2013
    Freedom can be defined in many ways. However, one of the greatest indicators of freedom and liberty is economic freedom. True free-market capitalism is the basis of individual liberty. However, America is no longer a top 5 contender, and we haven’t been for a years. Actually, America is barely even in the top 10. The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom study reports that America continues to fail. Who took first place in economic freedom in 2012? The answer may surprise you. It was Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s score was an 89.9%, which was a 0.2% increase from 2011. Following Hong...
  • Rush Limbaugh calls on Fox to fight ‘amnesty’

    01/28/2013 4:45:53 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Rush Limbaugh calls on Fox to fight ‘amnesty’ By: Kevin Cirilli January 28, 2013 04:43 PM EST Rush Limbaugh said Monday that it’s up to him and Fox News to stop amnesty for undocumented immigrants. “I mean, thanks to Obama you have amnesty unless you get convicted of a major felony. So I don’t know that there’s any stopping this. It’s up to me and Fox News, and I don’t think Fox News is that invested in this. I don’t think there’s any Republican opposition to this of any majority consequence or size,” the conservative commentator said on his radio...