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  • John Williams Forecasts U.S. Dollar Hyperinflation Before End Of 2014

    01/29/2013 3:37:58 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-29-2013 | Greg Hunter
    John Williams Forecasts U.S. Dollar Hyperinflation Before End Of 2014 Economics / HyperInflationJanuary 29, 2013 - 12:46 PM GMT Anybody who thinks the U.S. is in a so-called recovery isnít listening to economist John Williams. He contends, ďWe havenít had a recovery and weíre not about to have one, and itís getting worse.Ē Williams says itís because, ďThe consumer is in very serious trouble. . . . The average guy is not making it. His income is not keeping up with inflation.Ē As far as Congress getting the budget and debt ceiling under control, Williams says, ďBoth sides are faced...
  • Scholar accused of killing daughter ordered to pay diya

    01/29/2013 3:34:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    emirates247 ^ | January 29, 2013
    A Saudi court ordered a well-known local scholar to pay diya (blood money) after he was convicted of torturing his five-year old daughter to death. His wife quickly reacted by saying she would appeal to demand her husbandís death. Newspapers in the Gulf Kingdom said the unnamed scholar is still in jail until he pays diya to his wife over the death of his daughter. The woman said she had not appointed a lawyer during the trial to demand execution of her husband on the grounds she is ďignorant in the law.Ē ďThe body of my daughter has been in...
  • 7-Year-Old Asks Obama, ďPlease Change the Law Killing BabiesĒ [Full Text]

    01/29/2013 3:33:26 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Dave Andrusko
    Okay, everybody who reads NRL News Today knows I am a sucker for kids in general, little kids in particular. Over the weekend, National Right to Life received by email a letter Alexander G. had written to President Obama.His mom wroteGood morning,My 7 year old son was inspired to write a letter to the President requesting ďto make a new law that will protect the babiesĒ. I can only imagine the amount of correspondence you are receiving daily; however, with my wonderful and hopeful boy standing right behind me at the moment, I am humbly asking you to please read...
  • Zimbabwe has $217 in the bank: finance minister

    01/29/2013 3:33:05 PM PST · by dynachrome · 49 replies
    Star Africa ^ | 1-29-13 | Jekesai Njikizana
    HARARE (AFP) After paying public workersí salaries last week, the balance in cash-strapped Zimbabweís government public account stood at just $217, Finance Minister Tendai Biti said Tuesday. ďLast week when we paid civil servants there was $217 (left) in government coffers,Ē Biti told journalists in the capital Harare, claiming some of them had healthier bank balances than the state. ďThe government finances are in paralysis state at the present moment. We are failing to meet our targets.Ē Zimbabweís economy went into free-fall at the turn of the millennium, after President Robert Mugabe began seizing white-owned farms. The move demolished investor...
  • More Heads to Roll at CNN [Obama sycophant O'Brian out]

    01/29/2013 3:32:40 PM PST · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | Lloyd Grove
    Well, maybe not ďshock,Ē since the new president of CNN Worldwide has made no secret of his intention to shake up the ratings-challenged cable network from top to bottom.
  • Guns & Goons

    01/29/2013 3:29:30 PM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Burt Prelutsky
    One way you can usually tell that liberals are merely grandstanding is when you find Joe Biden heading up a task force to look into the issue. That doesnít mean that the self-righteous pinheads on the Left donít wish that Obama could use his magic wand and make all the guns, along with the Second Amendment, simply disappear. That is to say, all the guns except those in the hands of men whose job it is to protect politicians and Hollywood prima donnas. In case you missed it, Obama is so opposed to guns that he recently signed a bill...
  • Joe Biden To Talk About Guns On Google+ Thursday

    01/29/2013 3:28:16 PM PST · by Daffynition · 6 replies
    webProNews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2013 | Chris Crum
    Vice President Joe Biden will be stopping by Google+ to participate in a hangout, and discuss gun violence on Thursday at 1:45 PM Eastern. According to Google, Biden will hangout for 30 minutes, and discuss the White House policy recommendations on reducing gun violence with Guy Kawasaki (author of Google+ book What The Plus), Phil DeFranco and Hari Sreenivasan from PBS Newshour. ‚ÄúAs President Obama and his cabinet begin their second term in the White House, they¬íre renewing a series of conversations on Google+ with top administration officials,‚ÄĚ explains Ramya Raghavan from Google+ Politics. ‚ÄúThese ‚ÄėFireside Hangouts,‚Äô a 21st-century spin...
  • Beitar Team Fined for Fansí Racism

    01/29/2013 3:27:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/13
    The Beitar Jerusalem team has been fined 50,000 shekels by a Football Association court for fansí recent anti-Muslim chants. In addition, the east seating section at Beitarís home field in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem will be closed for the next five games. The team was also given a suspended sentence of a 35,000 shekel fine and five games with no audience if there are additional incidents in which racist calls are heard...
  • The GOP Must Lead (Again) on Civil Rights

    01/29/2013 3:26:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    The American ^ | January 29, 2013 | Cliff Asness
    Here are three important civil rights issues that the GOP should take action on. From its anti-slavery roots to the battles for justice in the 1950s and early 1960s, the Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights. Only after passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did the Democratic Party get in on the action, giving up on its historical base in the South to court minority voters in the North. Since then, the GOP has not reduced its commitment to civil rights, but it has emphasized them by fighting for personal freedom, individual empowerment, and...
  • During drawdown, Pentagon cuts cooked breakfast for some troops in Afghanistan

    01/29/2013 3:26:06 PM PST · by yoe · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2013 | By John Solomon
    The Army has stopped serving cooked breakfasts to some of the U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan as part of its drawdown, a move that prompted troops to write home asking their families and friends to send care packages with cereal, breakfast bars and other foods. The Army told the Washington Guardian the current cutbacks began Jan. 1, and affect about 2,700 soldiers deployed in forward operating bases in more remote areas of Afghanistan. Officials said the reduction of cooked breakfasts and midnight meals is not related to the U.S. budget crisis, but rather is part of the effort to begin closing...
  • ĎGatekeepersí Director: Jews Like Israel Too Much

    01/29/2013 3:21:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/13
    Dror Moreh, an Israeli who directed the Oscar-nominated documentary ďThe Gatekeepers,Ē has suggested that Jews in the United States like Israel too much. ďThere is something that I felt while I am here in America, that most of the majority of the Jewish population here are cherishing Israel," Moreh told HuffPost Live. Their affection leads to the idea that ďthey have to support Israel no matter what,Ē he said. Moreh said their support boosts a trend of Israel ďgoing towards an apartheid country.Ē ďThe GatekeepersĒ interviews former Israeli heads of counter-terror departments who express concern over Israelís presence in Judea...
  • Vitter, Issa demand records regarding top EPA officialís use of private email account

    01/29/2013 3:14:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/13 | Michael Bastasch
    Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter and California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa sent a joint letter on Tuesday demanding emails from the private accounts an Environmental Protection Agency official who the lawmakers say may be trying to sidestep federal transparency laws. The official is EPA Region 8 Administrator James Martin. ďThis administration took office promising to be the Ďmost transparentí in history, but repeated actions have undermined this ambitious goal,Ē said Issa. ďInvestigations have revealed widespread disregard for transparency and record-keeping laws in multiple agencies and even in the White House.Ē
  • Democrats for Life challenge New York abortion law

    01/29/2013 3:05:07 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | January 25, 2013 | Adelaide Darling and Michelle Bauman
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Credit: Pat Arnow via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). Washington D.C., Jan 25, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- A group of pro-life Democrats is protesting radical abortion legislation in New York, as well as assertions that there is no place for them in the Democratic Party. ‚ÄúNew York women do not actually need greater access to abortion, but a more supportive system to allow real choice should they want to bring their pregnancies to term,‚ÄĚ said Democrats for Life of America in a Jan. 17 statement. ‚ÄúLooser abortion restrictions will do nothing to help women who feel...
  • Caption Lurch

    01/29/2013 3:04:42 PM PST · by crosshairs · 25 replies
  • Mohammed al Zawahiri threatens West, condemns Mali intervention

    01/29/2013 2:53:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 25, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    A banner showing al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri and former emir Osama bin Laden is placed outside the French Embassy in Cairo, Egypt during a protest organized by Mohammed al Zawahiri. Image from Euronews. Within the past few days, Mohammed al Zawahiri, the younger brother of al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri, has threatened France and the West while condemning the intervention in Mali. The younger Zawahiri promised that if France and its allies continue to fight in Mali, then Westerners will be the "first to burn." During an interview broadcast by Euronews on Jan. 22, Mohammed al...
  • Going Rogue: Palin says she plans to 'shake up the GOP machine' w/ $1.2M raised through her PAC

    01/29/2013 2:34:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 380 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 29, 2013 | Leslie Larson
    Once again Sarah Palin is showing that she has no plans to play by the rules. She has parted ways with FOX News after a turbulent relationship with the conservative cable news channel, taken pot shots at pundits in the 'lame stream media' and slammed her own party for selecting Mitt Romney as the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Now the former Alaska governor says she'll use the $1.2 million raised through her SarahPAC to 'shake up the GOP machine' and unveiled a vague vision on how she'll get her message out to a larger audience. News broke on Friday night...
  • Ex-SEIU Chief Convicted Of Embezzlement

    01/29/2013 2:31:34 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | January 29, 2013 8:13 AM | Brian Ping
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The former president of a Southland chapter of the Service Employees International Union has been convicted of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the organization, which represents home healthcare workers. KNX 1070′s Brian Ping reports Tyrone Ricky Freeman was found guilty of four counts of mail fraud, seven counts of embezzlement and/or theft of labor union assets, one count of making a false statement to a federally insured financial institution, and two counts of subscribing to a false tax return. Freeman, 43, is the former president of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Locals 6434 and...
  • ďTHE MARK LEVIN SHOWĒĖ Tuesday, January-29-2013

    01/29/2013 2:29:13 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 85 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Markís Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation ďConservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.Ē --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to ďThe Levin LoungeĒÖ Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time Ė and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Markís show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Mark Levin: Obama Not Destroying GOP, Republican Establishment Is

    01/29/2013 2:29:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 29, 2013 | Mark Levin and Sean Hannity
    MARK LEVIN: Is Obama destroying the Republican Party? No, the Republican establishment is destroying the Republican Party. The only reason theyíre in the majority in the House is because of conservatives ó conservatives across the country, the grassroots. They lost the Senate. They like to point to two races, one in Missouri and one in Indiana. I can point to ten races where there were liberal-to-moderate Republicans who lost, and of course they never mention that. The fact of the matter is, from my opinion, Iím not trying to project it on to you. Until the Republican leadership that has...
  • Statement regarding Immigration Reform Proposal

    01/29/2013 2:26:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Dear Friends, I have been in contact with Senator McCain regarding the now released immigration reform ideas presented by his working group of Senators. I am pleased that there is expressed recognition of what we have been saying in Arizona: immigration reform will not succeed unless and until we have achieved effective border security. If this occurs, it would be a triumph for the rule of law and a testament to the united voices of Americans from across our country who have been clear in their call for the federal government to uphold its duty to secure the border. Our...
  • Israelis Ignore Obama (They know their interests better than he does.)

    01/29/2013 2:17:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    TWS ^ | January 29, 2013 | John Tabin
    Tel Aviv The international media get a lot wrong in their reporting on Israel, but the latest election results have thrown into stark relief just how wildly reporters can miss the mark. The second-largest party in the next Knesset will be the centrist Yesh Atid, a new party led by former journalist Yair Lapid; it seems likely that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will welcome Lapid into the next coalition, shifting the governmentís center of gravity toward the middle. But in advance of the vote, the New York Times, Time, NBC, the BBC, Reuters, the Guardian, and numerous other outlets confidently...
  • N. Korea likely to test fusion-boosted fission bomb able to reach U.S.

    01/29/2013 2:15:42 PM PST · by Strategerist · 32 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | January 25, 2013 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    North Korea's next nuclear test could enable it to use a smaller, more sophisticated bomb mounted on a long-range ballistic missile to strike the U.S. mainland, Japanese government sources said. Pyongyang will likely experiment with a fusion-boosted fission bomb in a "high-level" nuclear test it said would target the United States, according to the sources. A fusion-boosted fission bomb induces nuclear fusion with slight nuclear fission, enabling more efficient nuclear fission. A fusion-boosted fission bomb can therefore be made about one-fourth the size of an ordinary nuclear bomb. Either uranium or plutonium can be used to develop the bomb. North...
  • Activists Destroy Pro-Life Memorial to Remember Unborn Babies

    01/29/2013 2:07:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-abortion activists have destroyed a memorial of crosses set up in a field to remember the 55 million unborn children who have been killed in abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973. On Saturday, January 26th, the Rachelís Park Memorial, was desecrated, according to an email from Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas of Elijah Ministries to LifeNews. Thomas, who is the founder and director of the memorial, said a report was filed with the Waco Police Department at 11:09 am, by an employee of a neighboring business. Rachelís Park Memorial is located at 4720 N. 19th Street in Waco. The park...
  • Shooting Range Bans Police Department In Protest Of City Council Gun Bill

    01/29/2013 2:05:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    CBS Connecticut ^ | January 28, 2013 | NA
    BURLINGTON, Vt. (CBS Connecticut) ó A gun range has banned a Vermont police department from training there in protest to the city council drafting legislation to ban assault-style firearms. The Stowe Reporter reports that the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club decided to ban the Burlington Police Department because the executive board feels that the Burlington City Council wants to take away their Second Amendment rights. We ďcan no longer support the City of Burlington with such a prejudice against our club and its members, and has voted to suspend the Cityís use of our range for its law enforcement....
  • Senate confirms Kerry for State in 94-3 vote

    01/29/2013 2:05:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 102 replies
    Senate confirms Kerry for State in 94-3 vote By Julian Pecquet and Ramsey Cox - 01/29/13 04:32 PM ET The Senate approved one of its own to become President Obama's second secretary of State in a near-unanimous vote on Tuesday. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) sailed through the chamber in a 94-to-3 vote, with Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Texas Sens. Ted Cruz (R) and John Cornyn (R) casting the only ďnoĒ votes. Kerry's approval to replace Hillary Clinton was a foregone conclusion after Republicans urged Obama to nominate him in lieu of his ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice....
  • Chick-fil-A keeps growing despite uproar

    01/29/2013 2:04:24 PM PST · by madprof98 · 11 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 1/29/13 | Leon Stafford
    Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathyís controversial comments on ďbiblicalĒ marriage last summer and the uproar that followed didnít dampen the Atlanta companyís annual sales. The fast food giant, the nationís second-largest chicken chain, ended 2012 with $4.6 billion in sales ó up 14 percent from $4.1 billion a year earlier. The company also opened 96 news stores, four more than the year before. ***** Advocates of a boycott and business experts said numbers donít show the full picture. The unseen damage, they said, was to the companyís reputation and, potentially, to its ability to grow in cities with large gay populations...
  • Obama admin approves sale of sensitive military technology to China

    01/29/2013 2:00:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    human events ^ | January 29, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    A Chinese company will take charge of sensitive military and battery technology following the Treasury Departmentís decision on Tuesday to permit the sale of a U.S. company that was bankrolled with tax dollars to the Shanghai-based Wanxiang firm. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) approved the $256 million sale of A123 Systemsí operation, despite warnings from military insiders and lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the sale presents a danger to national security. A123 Systems, which went bankrupt despite the Obama administrationsí $249 million in green energy funding to produce advanced lithium ion batteries, controls 91 patents...
  • Baptist Leaders Predict 'Mass Exodus' From Scouts Over Gay Leader Decision

    01/29/2013 1:57:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/29/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    The Southern Baptist Convention expressed extreme disappointment Monday to news that the Boy Scouts of America will likely approve admission of professed homosexuals as scout leaders, with officials close to the SBC predicting a mass exodus out of Scouting by Baptist churches. A vote on the matter by BSA is planned during an executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February. "This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead...
  • 300 Colorado Teachers Take Firearms Class

    01/29/2013 1:57:01 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 12 replies
    weekly Standard ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    A press release from gun-rights group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners announces that last night it gave a firearms class to 300 teachers in Colorado. There was no cost for admission. "Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado's largest grassroots gun rights organization, provided a free firearms training course for 300 Colorado teachers," the group says. "The 300 men and women braved snow and inclement weather to attend the four hour course focusing on firearms safety and handling, and Colorado gun laws." In a statement, the executive director of the group, Dudley Brown, says, "Colorado teachers have been beating down our doors to...
  • Kerry Seen as Best Choice for Putin

    01/29/2013 1:56:11 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Nikolaus von Twickel
    Moscow pundits gave a warm welcome to John Kerry on Tuesday, as U.S. senators were expected to confirm their veteran colleague as secretary of state. But they warned that U.S.-Russian relations were set for a potentially bumpy ride during President Barack Obama's second term, contrasting with the "reset" in relations that marked the first. Kerry, who has been Democratic senator for Massachusetts since 1985, ran for president in 2004, and has chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since 2009, is widely seen as a preferred candidate for both Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin. "He is a...
  • More Curbs on Saudi Religious Police Powers

    01/29/2013 1:53:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Saudi Arabia has set new limitations on the powers of its notorious religious police, charged with ensuring compliance with Islamic morality but often accused of abuses, its chief said on Tuesday. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ďonce had much expanded powers, but with the new system... some of these powers, such as interrogating suspects and pressing charges,Ē will be restricted to the police and public prosecution, Shaikh Abdul Latif Abdel Aziz Al Shaikh told AFP. The religious police may still arrest those carrying out ďflagrant offences such as harassing women, consuming alcohol and drugs,...
  • Reid declines to endorse Feinstein's assault-weapons legislation

    01/29/2013 1:50:57 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 29, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation to the floor and open it to a lengthy amendment process. But he declined to endorse the assault weapons ban introduced last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which has the support of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranking Senate Democratic leaders. ďSheís talked to me about her assault weapons. The new one. She believes in it fervently and I admire her for that. Iíll take a look at that,Ē he...
  • 4.7% Mexican Unemployment: uided sympathy for illegals harming Mexico, costing American jobs

    01/29/2013 1:50:02 PM PST · by Moseley · 7 replies
    BIZ PAC REVIEW (Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Mexicoís unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% of the working age population in September 2012, according to the Financial Times, October 19, 2012. Yet misguided sympathy is causing the loss of U.S. jobs. The emotional appeal that illegal aliens would suffer if sent home is the central driving force of the illegal immigration debate. Make no mistake: Illegal aliens will go home. The only question is whether they will go home only after the United States Government has gone bankrupt, the economy has collapsed, and there are no more jobs or whether the U.S. will come to its senses. In fact,...
  • New Clashes in Tahrir Square

    01/29/2013 1:48:22 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/13
    Clashes broke out in Cairoís Tahrir Square on Tuesday evening, Reshet Bet reports. Twelve people were arrested, including a young man and woman accused of trying to ignite a government building. Protesters and police have clashed several times in recent days, leading to over 40 deaths and several hundred injuries. The demonstrations were sparked by a courtís decision to hand down death penalties to 21 people convicted of sparking a stampede ...
  • Dallas Judge Halts Execution of Texas Woman; Uncertain If Prosecutors Will Appeal Reprieve

    01/29/2013 1:45:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A Dallas judge has halted the scheduled Tuesday night execution of a Texas woman who would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. in three years. The order from state District Judge Larry Mitchell moves the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, 51, to April 3. McCarthy faced lethal injection for the 1997 beating, stabbing and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas.
  • Pakistani merchants ban videogames for portraying country as terrorist breeding ground

    01/29/2013 1:42:14 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 26, 2013 | By Bill Roggio
    Pakistan's electronic entertainment association has ordered merchants to pull the video games Call of Duty and Medal of Honor as the games "unfairly depict the country as a breeding ground for excessive violence, and where security forces have ties to al Qaeda," Al Jazeera reports. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why the makers of Call of Duty and Medal of Honor would portray Pakistan in such a light. After all, Pakistan is the country where Osama bin Laden lived for 10 years after 9/11, the last six of them in a massive complex just outside of...
  • Robin Hood or Grinch?: 'Cookie Monster' Holds Golden Biscuit Ransom

    01/29/2013 1:38:02 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Bahlsen is one of Germany's most famous food companies and its Leibniz line of cookies are enjoyed by millions. Last week, the company's emblem golden biscuit was stolen in Hanover. A ransom letter for the hostage has now been sent -- by a character claiming to be Cookie Monster. "I have the cookie! And you want it," the letter read, according to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper. The letter is reportedly signed by a "Cookie Monster," and includes an accompanying photo of a person wearing a Cookie Monster costume sticking the golden cookie in its mouth. 'Cookie Will Wind up...
  • Massive Explosion Reported at Iran's Fordow Nuclear Facility [plus TXnMA Photo Analysis]

    01/29/2013 1:35:14 PM PST · by TXnMA · 148 replies
    Business Insider Military and Defense ^ | Jan. 28, 2013, 7:03 AM | Robert Johnson
    Reports of an explosion at Iran's Fordow nuclear facility have surfaced and are being both confirmed and denied by multiple sources. The Jerusalem Post cites a report by Reza Kahlili that says: ďThe blast shook facilities within a radius of three miles. Security forces have enforced a no-traffic radius of 15 miles, and the Tehran- Qom highway was shut down for several hours after the blast.Ē Kahlili's report says the Fordow nuclear facility was severely damaged in an explosion and up to 240 workers trapped inside. The explosion was reportedly confined to the plant, suggesting that if it were an...
  • Gingrich to Newsmax: Time for GOP to Be the ďParty of IdeasĒ

    01/29/2013 1:23:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 03:31 PM | Jim Meyers and John Bachman
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax that Republicans need to be the ďparty of ideas,Ē offering real solutions instead of playing ďbumper sticker politics.Ē Gingrich also says the GOPís stance on immigration during the presidential campaign was ďdevastatingly destructive,Ē but heís hopeful that reform can be implemented thanks to Sen. Marco Rubioís ďvery important leadershipĒ on the immigration issue. Ö In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV, Gingrich discloses how he reacted to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindalís recent pronouncement that the GOP should ďstop being the stupid party.Ē ďI broke out laughing because when I was first running for...
  • Obama's immigration principles

    01/29/2013 1:22:44 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    politico44 ^ | 1/29/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    The White House provides summaries of four key principles that President Obama wants included in comprehensive immigration reform: ~~SNIP~~ ē Streamlining Legal Immigration: Our immigration system should reward anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules. For the sake of our economy and our security, legal immigration should be simple and efficient. The Presidentís proposal attracts the best minds to America by providing visas to foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses here and helping the most promising foreign graduate students in science and math stay in this country after graduation, rather than take their skills to...
  • Skeeter? A CNN Journalist Did a Segment Insinuating Obamaís Lying About His Shooting

    01/29/2013 1:05:03 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    If there are truthers and birthers, should there now be a new term for those who are doubting President Obamaís claim that he goes skeet shooting ďall the timeĒ? And should that term be ďskeetersĒ? If so, count CNNís rising young star Erin Burnett among the gadflies. During a segment on Monday night, Burnett took over two minutes to dissect the presidentís shooting claim ó and she found it wanting. ďObama the skeet shooter,Ē she began. ďYeah, Iím not making this up. I mean, if someone is, it isnít me.Ē She then played the clip of CNNís Jessica Yellin confronting...
  • Statement Regarding Immigration Reform Proposal

    01/29/2013 1:04:08 PM PST · by Kimberly GG · 8 replies
    via JanPac email | 1/29/13 | Jan Brewer
    Dear Friends, I have been in contact with Senator McCain regarding the now released immigration reform ideas presented by his working group of Senators. I am pleased that there is expressed recognition of what we have been saying in Arizona: immigration reform will not succeed unless and until we have achieved effective border security. If this occurs, it would be a triumph for the rule of law and a testament to the united voices of Americans from across our country who have been clear in their call for the federal government to uphold its duty to secure the border. Our...
  • [Quisling ALERT] More Iowa Republicans coming out for marriage equality

    01/29/2013 12:54:46 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 42 replies
    Bleeding Heartland ^ | Jan. 29, 2013
    Very few prominent Iowa Republicans have endorsed same-sex marriage rights since the Iowa Supreme Court's 2009 decision striking down the state's Defense of Marriage Act. Every Republican now serving in the Iowa House and Senate is on record supporting a constitutional amendment to reverse that court ruling. When former State Senator Jeff Angelo created the Iowans for Freedom movement in 2011 to support marriage equality as consistent with conservative values, only a handful of Republicans signed on. One of them, Linn County Supervisor Brent Oleson, was later warned against seeking the GOP nomination for the special election in Senate...
  • House, Holder may near deal on Fast and Furious contempt

    01/29/2013 12:54:34 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    politico ^ | 1/29/13 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    hear arguments on the Justice Department's claim that the lawsuit should be thrown out because the issue is a fundamentally political one that must be sorted out between the legislative and executive branches.
  • Guess Which U.S. County Most Loves Obama

    01/29/2013 12:53:55 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 37 replies
    Bloomberg Business Week - Politics and Policy ^ | January 23, 2013 | Joshua Green
  • SI soldier after double-arm transplant: It feels amazing (incredible story w/ video)

    01/29/2013 12:50:04 PM PST · by dead · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 29 Jan 2013 | S.A. MILLER
    BALTIMORE ó A brave Staten Island GI, who underwent a stunning double-arm transplant, beamed with optimism today as he showed off his new limbs. In an amazing scene of triumph over tragedy, 26-year-old Brendan Marrocco pushed his own wheelchair into a room at Johns Hopkins Hospital and told reporters he has a new lease on life. ďItís a life changing thing,Ē said the smiling Marrocco. ďIt feels amazing. Itís something I was waiting for for a long time.Ē Marrocco received the rare transplant on Dec. 18. For now, Marrocco canít use his new hands because itíll take months for nerves...
  • Report: E15 causes some carsí fuel systems to fail

    01/29/2013 12:45:54 PM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Automobile manufacturers and the oil industry on Tuesday released the results of laboratory tests showing that gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol caused fuel pumps and parts to fail, raising the specter of faulty check engine light readings and more frequent breakdowns for cars that use the blend. The American Petroleum Institute cast the report by the non-profit Coordinating Research Council as fresh evidence that the Environmental Protection Agency should rescind its 2010 decision to approve the sale of the so-called ¬ďE15‚Ä≥ blend for 2001 and newer automobiles. A previous study by the Coordinating Research Council, which counts API as a...
  • Obama vs. Fox News -- behind the White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization

    01/29/2013 12:44:05 PM PST · by Jonah Vark · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kirsten Powers
    There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox News. In a recent interview with The New Republic, President Obama was back to his grousing about the one television news outlet in America that wonít fall in line and treat him as emperor. Discussing breaking Washington's partisan gridlock, the president told TNR,"If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News...for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then youíll see more of them doing it." Alas, the president loves to whine about the media meanies at...
  • [Quisling ALERT] Mat Staver and Liberty Counsel come out in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens

    01/29/2013 12:43:56 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 7 replies
    U.S. Border Security ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Mat Staver
    Today's statement from Liberty Counsel: PRESS RELEASE Contact: PUBLIC RELATIONS - 877-810-1776 or Liberty@LCAction.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2013 The Time to Forge a Just Immigration Consensus is Now Mat Staver, Chairman of Liberty Counsel Action, responds to the bipartisan immigration reform proposal. Washington, DC Ė ďIt is time to forge a just immigration policy that acknowledges that we are both a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Our current immigration system is broken and it needs to be fixed. We need to secure our borders. This is a matter of national security. We need to enforce...
  • Fort Lauderdale woman faces 351 years in prison in tax fraud scheme

    01/29/2013 12:43:48 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | Janaury 29, 2013 | Ihosvani Rodriguez
    A Fort Lauderdale woman was convicted of heading an identity theft tax fraud scheme that netted $11 million in federal tax refunds and involved the filing of approximately 2,000 fraudulent tax returns, federal prosecutors said. Alci Bonannee, 36, of Fort Lauderdale, faces a prison sentence of up to 351 years as the primary leader in the identity theft ring, prosecutors said.