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  • Eighth District Cops 'Play it by the Heart' and Restore Family's Faith in Goodness.

    02/01/2013 9:31:03 AM PST · by Jgerald · 1 replies
    Southwest Chicago Post ^ | 01/30/13 | Joan Hadac
    Jennifer is a 33-year-old single mother of three girls: Raven, 8, Sadie, 2, and Grace, 1. As is so often the case in this economic depression, times are tough for Jennifer. She is unemployed and on public assistance. Just before three o'clock on a Thursday afternoon, Jennifer and the girls arrived home to their apartment near 61st Place and Spaulding, only to find it ransacked by burglars. Predictably, the criminals swiped what cash they could get their grubby paws on, about $300 in rent money that was hidden. Also no surprise, they stole whatever electronics they could: a couple of...
  • Underground dentist not remorseful about illegal practice

    02/01/2013 9:31:04 AM PST · by posterchild · 18 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Friday Feb 1, 2013 | Jason Sickles
    PLANO, Texas—Inside the unassuming ranch-style house, investigators discovered things like an x-ray machine, grinders, syringes, surgical instruments and anesthetics. Police say the homeowner, 63-year-old Jose Santiago Delao, had been running an underground dental clinic in the aging suburban Dallas neighborhood for years: pulling teeth and filling cavities, among other procedures. As shocking as this sounds, Delao's case is not that unusual. And it offers insight into a world of backyard dentistry that caters to those in the country illegally, the uninsured and others who can’t find affordable dental care. Delao admits he skirted the law, but isn’t remorseful. “Jesus Christ...
  • North: Surrounded by Enemies

    02/01/2013 9:30:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 1, 2013 | Oliver North
    JERUSALEM — Until Jan. 30, I was working on a story about reaction here in Israel to the Obama administration's decision to provide advanced F-16 aircraft to Egypt. All that changed early Wednesday, when I received a call from an Israeli friend who told me: "Last night, the (Israeli air force) carried out a raid on a weapons convoy in Syria." He said the trucks were en route to Lebanon, making a "delivery of arms to Hezbollah," and "all aircraft returned safely." He then added, "Let's see how long it takes for us to be condemned by the 'friends of...
  • Bahraini princess who works as a police officer on trial for torturing two doctors

    02/01/2013 9:27:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12:05 EST, 31 January 2013 | Leon Watson
    A Bahraini princess who works as a police officer is on trial for torturing two doctors while they were in detention, prosecutors said today. Shaikha Noora Bint Ebrahim Al Khalifa allegedly carried out the abuse during political unrest in the Gulf Arab kingdom in 2011. A senior official at Bahrain’s Public Prosecutor’s office said the royal is also facing a separate trial for physically assaulting Aayat Al Qormozi, a young female opposition activist. … According to Al Sammak’s lawyer, the alleged torture took place in March and April 2011, a period when the kingdom was convulsed by unrest following the...
  • A False Start to Tax Season

    02/01/2013 9:26:05 AM PST · by bgill · 4 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Jonnelle Marte
    Technically, the IRS kicked off tax season Wednesday — a week later than expected, as a result of Congress’s 12th-hour deal — but tax pros say it could be weeks before many Americans can actually file their returns. The various changes to the tax code forced payroll departments to hold off their end-of-year accounting. A fair number of taxpayers still haven’t received their W2s, experts say. Those who need to file Form 8863 to claim credits for higher education won’t be able to file until the middle of February, after the IRS finishes updating its processing systems, officials said Monday....
  • Ryanair WILL have to pay compensation to customers stranded by volcanic ash cloud, rules court

    02/01/2013 9:20:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:28 EST, 1 February 2013 | Steve Nolan and Sean Poulter
    Ryanair has been told it must look after passengers when flights are grounded by natural catastrophes, strikes and technical faults. The European Court of Justice ruling yesterday means the airline must cover the cost of meals, hotels and transport. The case dates back to the disruption caused by the eruption of a volcano in Iceland in 2010. Passengers were stranded across Europe. Ryanair alone canceled 9,400 flights due to the ash cloud. The ruling is a blow to Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, who at first refused to abide by EU laws which state airlines should support stranded passengers until they...
  • Biden: Obama 'Sends Me Mostly to Afghanistan and Iraq' Because I'm VP

    02/01/2013 9:16:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    Biden: Obama 'Sends Me Mostly to Afghanistan and Iraq' Because I'm VP "I think we’re in the very good shape in terms of our so-called fiscal crisis." Daniel Halper February 1, 2013 11:43 AM In Germany for the Munich Security Conference, Vice President Joe Biden sounded relieved. "It’s a delight to be back in Germany," he said. "I -- the President, since I’m the Vice President, sends me mostly to Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a pleasure to be back in Germany. And it’s a pleasure to see you again." In the short welcoming remarks, Biden briefly brought up Iraq--and America's...
  • ObamaCare's Broken Promises: Every one of the law's main claims turning out to be false.

    02/01/2013 9:11:11 AM PST · by rhema · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/1/13 | DANIEL P. KESSLER
    As the federal government moves forward to implement President Obama's Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services is slated to spend millions of dollars promoting the unpopular legislation. In the face of this publicity blitz, it is worth remembering that the law was originally sold largely on four grounds—all of which have become increasingly implausible. • Lower health-care costs. One key talking point for ObamaCare was that it would reduce the cost of insurance, especially for non-group insurance. The president, citing the work of several health-policy experts, claimed that improved care coordination, investments in information technology, and...
  • Obama administration offers faith groups new opt-out of health care birth control mandate

    02/01/2013 9:09:08 AM PST · by reegs · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/1/2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing a broader opt-out for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The administration is allowing religious nonprofits to offer coverage that does not include contraception. In such a case, a third-party issuer will handle all business related to providing birth-control coverage for women, according to a source familiar with the changes who spoke only on condition of anonymity.
  • Choice of Mary Jo White to Head SEC Puts Fox In Charge of Hen House

    02/01/2013 9:08:02 AM PST · by mgist · 7 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 1/25/13 | Matt Taibi
    Choice of Mary Jo White to Head SEC Puts Fox In Charge of Hen House POSTED: January 25, 9:00 AM ET Mary Jo White I was shocked when I heard that Mary Jo White, a former U.S. Attorney and a partner for the white-shoe Wall Street defense firm Debevoise and Plimpton, had been named the new head of the SEC. I thought to myself: Couldn't they have found someone who wasn't a key figure in one of the most notorious scandals to hit the SEC in the past two decades? And couldn't they have found someone who isn't a perfect...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,"Open Lines Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 1,2013

    02/01/2013 8:57:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 81 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 1,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • For Gore, ‘Future’ Means Altered Capitalism, Democracy

    02/01/2013 8:54:18 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 12 replies
    For Gore, ‘Future’ Means Altered Capitalism, Democracy By Mike Ciandella Created 02/01/2013 - 10:27am For Al Gore, the perfect future is one in which democracy and capitalism as we know them have ceased to exist, conservatives have stopped promoting their smaller government agenda, and there is more regulation. “Capitalism, like democracy, must also be reformed,” the former vice president argued in his latest book “The Future,” which was released Jan. 30. Besides bashing capitalism, democracy and conservatives, “The Future” continued to push Gore’s agenda of increased government regulation to prevent what he claims is an impending climate change disaster. He...
  • Spanish secessionism makes first move: Catalonia is “a sovereign political and legal entity”

    02/01/2013 8:41:34 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    MercoPress ^ | January 28, 2013
    Catalonia regional parliament has approved a declaration proclaiming the Catalan people a “sovereign political and legal entity”. The motion also calls for a referendum to be held to allow Catalans their say on independence. The motion was passed by 85 votes to 41. The ruling Convergencia I Union coalition was backed by its parliamentary partner Esquerra Republicana (ERC), and the communist green coalition ICV. The Partido Popular, most of the Catalan socialists (PSC) Party, and Ciutadans, a non-separatist platform, voted against. The growing separatist movement in wealthy Catalonia - which has its own language - presents a major challenge for...
  • Rethinking Innovation

    02/01/2013 8:41:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    Some people say they do their best thinking while in the bathroom. But The Economist recently took that notion one step further, photo shopping Rodin’s The Thinker on top of a toilet and asking, “Will we ever invent anything this useful again?” Perhaps not. “The unsung hero of human history was, of course, the Brain of Drains, the Hub of Tubs, the Power of Showers, the Brewer of Sewers,” author W. Hodding Carter writes. “The humble plumber.” And it’s true. Indoor plumbing has helped humankind prevent communicable disease and thus saved countless lives. The 21st century isn’t promising such life-changing...
  • 10 things my White friends BETTER NOT discuss during Black History Month

    02/01/2013 8:19:51 AM PST · by Blueflag · 160 replies
    Chicago today blog ^ | 2/1/2013 | Nikki Lynette
    REM: This is from Chicagonow, and is just one more example of 'urban culture' that makes me shake my head in disgust. -------------- " ... to celebrate this special time of the year, here are 10 things that my White friends better not discuss with anybody, AT ALL, during the month of February:"
  • Archbishop Gomez relieves Cardinal Mahony of duties; Bishop Curry steps down

    02/01/2013 8:17:16 AM PST · by NCjim · 11 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | February 1, 2013
    Immediately complying with a judge’s order, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has released the personnel files of 87 clergy accused of sexual abuse and has posted the files online. Archbishop José Gomez, who has led the archdiocese since 2011, announced that he has relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all administrative and public duties, and that Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry, at one time Cardinal Mahony’s vicar for clergy, has resigned from his duties as a regional auxiliary bishop. Cardinal Mahony served as Archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 until 2011. Until recently, Bishop Curry served as chairman of the...
  • Dishonest Dick Durbin smears NRA at hearing, uses dishonest tactics with panelists(Video)

    02/01/2013 8:16:01 AM PST · by infool7 · 17 replies
    the Right Scoop ^ | January 30th, 2013 | The Right Scoop
    Smear-merchant Sen. Dick Durbin smeared the membership base of the NRA, including Wayne LaPierre who was present, in today’s gun violence hearing. After an unfair tussle over background checks with LaPierre, Durbin then asked LaPierre if he agreed to the sentiment of other NRA members that they needed ‘assault weapons’ to protect themselves from the government and the police. LaPierre responded that indeed the 2nd amendment was added to the Constitution by men who had lived under the tyrannical rule of King George and wanted to ensure that free people never lived under tyranny again. Durbin then looked directly at...
  • Unemployment Rises, More Quit Looking for Work

    02/01/2013 8:13:10 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 19 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 2/1/2013 | Peter Morici
    The economy added 157,000 jobs in January and unemployment rose to 7.9 percent as the economy slowed in the fourth quarter. Unemployment would have been worse had not even more adults -169,000- chosen to join the ranks of those neither working or seeking employment. Hiring and layoffs tend to lag other economic indicators. GDP fell 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, fears of a government shutdown slowed consumer spending in December and encouraged businesses to cut inventories. Even if the economy doesn't slip into a recession, unemployment would rocket
  • The Comfort of Welfare

    02/01/2013 8:09:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Charles Payne
    This week Japan announced its intention to cut welfare payments by a billion dollars over the next three years because people live too comfortably. Imagine that, a government would actually tell its citizens you are getting fat and lazy and have no incentive to work because someone else pays your bills. We just found out you can't get government work by telling citizens they're takers. But after its economy derailed, Japan slipped into a two-decade slumber marked by people giving up on old beliefs and traditions like Japan's legendary work ethic. When we thought Japan would conquer the world, including...
  • State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12 ...

    02/01/2013 8:08:05 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2-1-2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    February 1, 2013 State Dept. Publicized Names, Photos of Stevens' Benghazi Security Detail Before 9/11/12; Suppressed Their Identities Afterward Terence P. Jeffrey State Department Special Agent Mario Montoya instructs Libyan local guards in marksmanship in Benghazi in 2011 in a photo published in the December 2011 issue of the State Department's State Magazine. (State Dept. photo) (CNSNews.com) - The State Department took two dramatically different approaches to dealing with the identities of the Diplomatic Security (DS) agents it sent to Benghazi, Libya, to protect Amb. Chris Stevens and the small number of other temporary U.S. diplomatic personnel the department rotated...
  • Making Sense of Keynesian-Laced GDP Reports

    02/01/2013 7:56:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Fighting against statism in Washington is a lot like trying to swim upstream. It seems that everything (how to measure spending cuts, how to estimate tax revenue, etc) is rigged to make your job harder. A timely example is the way the way government puts together data on economic output and the way the media reports these numbers.Just yesterday, for instance, the government released preliminary numbers for 4th quarter gross domestic product (GDP). The numbers were rather dismal, but that’s not the point.I’m more concerned with the supposed reason why the numbers were bad. According to Politico, “the fall was...
  • Hagel Testimony = Fail

    02/01/2013 7:40:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rich Galen
    I subscribe to the general theory that a President - Republican or Democrat should be able to have the people running his Departments, Commissions and Agencies that he wants. Unless there is some overriding disqualifying reason to reject him or her, the Senate should abide by the terms of Article II, Section 2 that says the President, "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint … Officers of the United States." The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense is an excellent case in point. I may not agree with Hagel...
  • The Boy Scouts' 'Braveheart' moment

    02/01/2013 7:34:08 AM PST · by lost in the snow · 87 replies
    WND opinion ^ | 02/01/2013 | David Kupelian
    The Boy Scouts of America is about to be torn apart. In one respect, it doesn’t matter what BSA’s board members decide when they meet next week – to change their long-standing policy excluding avowed homosexuals, or not to change their policy. Either way, the Boy Scouts of America will not emerge unscathed. It will be bloodied. It will be hurt. The only question is: When the dust settles, which side will the 100-year-old organization be on? Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/the-boy-scouts-braveheart-moment/#ROuvYRYudoUJSlV2.99
  • New York Times Finally Mentions Menendez and His Shady Donor, Ignores Prostitution Angle

    02/01/2013 7:30:29 AM PST · by Qbert · 11 replies
    JWF ^ | Feb 01, 2013 | Jammie
    The New York Times has been dragged kicking and screaming to the Robert Menendez scandal, but in an exhaustive story on the corrupt New Jersey Democrat  and his ties to Democrat sugar daddy Salomon Melgen they somehow managed to ignore the reports of Menendez shortchanging the 16-year-old prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. All the news that’s fit to print so long as it doesn’t hurt a prominent Democrat. But there is one rather juicy nugget that does make news. Two years ago, Dr. Melgen, despite an apparent lack of experience in border security issues, bought an ownership interest in a...
  • Doctored Videotapes are Peanuts

    02/01/2013 7:28:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Many have rightly condemned MSNBC's serpentine editing of a video to make it appear that certain gun rights activists heckled the father of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre, but let's not pretend this was a one-off event. The liberal media long ago forfeited their respected role as watchdog over the government and have voluntary descended to the status of a public relations arm of the Democratic Party and various liberal causes. It doesn't do it justice to call them cheerleaders, for they are active participants, every bit as much involved in bringing about the events...
  • Immigrations Poison Pill...Big Labor

    02/01/2013 7:27:08 AM PST · by q_an_a · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Kimberly Strassel
    Unions have long used Democratic allies to kill any reform that includes a guest-worker program. (pay wall story) If Republcians had a TINY bit of politcal guts they would require that UNIONS put in place 20% of their membership for incoming immigrants. Then our people in Congress can take a stand for real change...LOL
  • Can GOP's Local Success Translate to Federal Level?

    02/01/2013 7:21:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | JonahGoldberg
    The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over. President Obama is conducting a mop-up operation at this point. That's the basic consensus in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., and other citadels of blue America. And let's be fair, liberals have every reason to gloat -- a little. The GOP has its troubles. Long-term demographic trends; often-irrational animosity from Hollywood, the media and academia; a thumbless grasp of the culture on the part of many Republicans: All of these things create a headwind for the party and the broader conservative movement. But here's the weird part. That's all true of...
  • Fatal Blast Near U.S. Embassy in Turkey [Media not curious if Obama or Hillary were warned]

    02/01/2013 7:07:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Time ^ | 2/1/13 | Alex Rogers
    ... a suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in Ankara, Turkey right outside the U.S. embassy, killing himself and an embassy guard. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the attack happened at 1:13 p.m. local time, and that they were “working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation.”
  • 12 Tornadoes Confirmed Across Middle Tennessee

    02/01/2013 7:06:41 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Channel 5 Staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Officials with the National Weather Service said 12 tornadoes touched down across the mid-state early Wednesday morning. More damage survey teams were expected to be out Friday, so the number could change. On Wednesday and Thursday, damage survey teams confirmed the tornadoes, that ranged anywhere from EF-0 to EF-2. The two EF-2 tornadoes struck Hickman County and Wilson County. Tornado 1: An EF2 in Mt. Juliet in Wilson County near the intersection of Mount Juliet Road and Lebanon Road. Tornado 2: An EF0 from south of White Bluff in southeast Dickson county to Kingston Springs in southern...
  • Armed guard disarms shooter at Georgia middle school

    02/01/2013 6:59:59 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb 1, 2013 | Rick Moran
    An armed guard at a Georgia middle school disarmed a student who had opened fire, wounding one person. A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said. Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said. The wounded boy was taken "alert, conscious and breathing"...
  • Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers

    02/01/2013 6:52:19 AM PST · by FR_addict · 52 replies
    NBCConnecticut ^ | 2/1/2013 | George colli
    "The Newtown Board of Education will be asking the town to make room for more armed police officers in its budget. In a meeting Thursday, the board voted to request the town to add full time uniformed school resource officers to its four elementary school s for the next fiscal year was approved this evening. The officers would be Newtown police officers. “Our parents are demanding of us that things are made safe and secure and certain measures areput in place,” said Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein. “So we’re being very thoughtful.” Multiple police officers have been stationed at all Newtown schools...
  • Bursting the Washington Bubble: The Outlook for 2013

    02/01/2013 6:51:29 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | John Ransom
    Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s time to hold our nose and check the diaper that we have all come to know as Obamanomics. While rightly this review should have been completed closer to the first of the year, there were too many events in the offing that were likely to impact the economy to take a stab at the broad outlines of an economic outlook nearer New Year’s Eve.But now that congress and the president have agreed to get the tax increase off the table that they didn’t dare pass while campaigning, clear the children from the...
  • 169,000 Americans Drop Out of Labor Force in January As Unemployment Ticks Up

    02/01/2013 6:49:53 AM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Matt Cover
    The number of Americans not in the labor force grew by 169,000 in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report. BLS labels people who are unemployed and no longer looking for work as “not in the labor force,” including people who have retired on schedule, taken early retirement, or simply given up looking for work. There were 89 million of them last month.
  • Howie Carr thread Feb 1-14, 2013

    02/01/2013 6:43:26 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 44 replies
    howiecarr.us ^ | 2/1/13 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr thread for the first half of Feb. starting with today's Boston Herald column, "Dear John, it was something you said" "This is a great day for Massachusetts. This is the day John Forbes “Liveshot” Kerry stops being our senator. The governor, who was born in Illinois, is replacing the senator who was born in Colorado with an interim senator who was born in North Carolina who will serve on Capitol Hill with the “senior” senator who was born in Oklahoma." More below
  • Welfare boss resigns in wake of $$ report

    02/01/2013 6:42:08 AM PST · by bridgemanusa · 15 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | February 1, 2013 | Chris Cassidy
    The state’s embattled welfare chief was forced to step down yesterday in the wake of a shocking internal report that found that a staggering 47,000 families receiving taxpayer-funded benefits are unaccounted for — and nearly $30 million in food stamp money went to recipients who were not eligible.
  • Hagel Hearing: Scarborough So Contemptuous Of Ted Cruz, Won't Mention Him By Name

    02/01/2013 6:40:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, Chuck Hagel might have been a bumbling, stumbling mess at his confirmation hearing yesterday. But the real story was how awful were the Republicans who questioned him. That was the collective judgment of today's Morning Joe panel. For example, so contemptuous was Joe Scarborough of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, that the Morning Joe host announced that he would not even mention him by name. "Clown show" was the panel's operative phrase for the Republican performance. Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle et al. joined in the Republican roasting. View the video here.
  • This one deserves a retirement party!

    02/01/2013 6:37:29 AM PST · by nobamanomore · 13 replies
    With the normal life span of a dog, can you imagine one that has spent twelve years in military service? After five tours, this girl gets to finish her life as a pet.
  • LA Cardinal Mahony 'stripped of duties' over sex abuse

    02/01/2013 6:35:24 AM PST · by TSgt · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 February 2013 Last updated at 05:40 ET | BBC
    A retired Los Angeles cardinal accused of mismanaging a child sex abuse crisis has been stripped of all administrative and public duties by his successor. Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, 76, has apologised for his "failure", Archbishop Jose Gomez said on Thursday. The Los Angeles archdiocese, the largest in the US, has released thousands of pages of files on priests accused of child molestation. Cardinal Mahony retired in 2011, having run the archdiocese for 25 years. In 2007 Los Angeles paid $660m (£415m) to alleged victims of abuse, the largest sex abuse payout on record. Cardinal Mahony has publicly apologised for...
  • The Abortionist Saints of Sundance

    02/01/2013 6:26:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival featured a documentary celebrating four "amazing" abortionists who evacuate wombs in the third trimester of pregnancy. The critics in attendance loved it. The Philadelphia Inquirer boasted it drew "two standing ovations -- one for the doctors." Sundance attendees in Utah were greeted by police and armed sheriffs in green jumpsuits that made a show of force outside the theater. They had to have their bags searched and were inspected with handheld metal detectors. After the movie was shown, two police officers stood at the front of the auditorium as the directors and the four abortionists...
  • Sen. Menendez plays cat-and-mouse game with journalists avoiding hooker-allegation questions

    02/01/2013 6:23:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/31/13 | DAN FRIEDMAN
    Where’s the senator? A day after allegations swirled that he cavorted with underage hookers in the Dominican Republic, Sen. Robert Menendez played a cat-and-mouse game with reporters. The camera crews parked outside the New Jersey Democrat’s office Thursday never got a glimpse of him. The usually accessible senator managed to avoid reporters almost all day, even as he cast six Senate votes and attended a lunch with Vice President Biden and other Democrats to talk about gun control. The Daily News finally caught up with Menendez as he ducked into an out-of-the-way Capitol elevator with visitors from New Jersey. But...
  • Russian rocket carrying U.S. satellite plunges into Pacific Ocean 40 seconds after launch

    02/01/2013 6:16:52 AM PST · by Hoodat · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 FEB 2013 | 03:05 EST | Martin Robinson
    The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off. Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble. The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday. However, the vessel – along with its Intelsat 27 telecommunications satellite inside - suffered a failure during the first stage of its flight. It is claimed the rocket’s engines shut off stopped automatically...
  • Obama faces angry liberals over pipeline

    02/01/2013 6:16:51 AM PST · by hedgetrimmer · 30 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 31, 2013 | Joe Garofoli
    As he begins his second term, President Obama is barreling toward what one Bay Area activist predicts could be "all out warfare" with environmentalists who want him to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline, the transcontinental conduit for tar sands fuel from Canada that many scientists say could expedite climate change. Obama's political dilemma lies in the pipeline's potential upside: The State Department projects that it could deliver 6,000 temporary jobs to the U.S., where 12.2 million people are unemployed. Bay Area liberals leading the Keystone opposition say Obama has only one choice. "If he doesn't reject it," said Piedmont attorney...
  • Amish Men Accused of Animal Cruelty Defend Their Actions ("In the Amish it’s acceptable")

    02/01/2013 6:15:09 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 100 replies
    WHAM News, Rochester NY ^ | 1/31 11:40 pm | Reported by: Jane Flasch
    Clyde, N.Y. - Two Amish men from Wayne County are accused of killing a litter of healthy puppies and their mother. “This is simply a case of animal cruelty,” says Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy who intends to charge the pair. The nine dead dogs were discovered in a compost pile and reported to police January 17th. Merlin Schumacher who owns the dogs says he was trying to breed Australian Red Heelers, but when he couldn’t sell the dogs and they became “too big” he asked an employee to shoot them. Jonathan Eicher agreed to put the dogs down....
  • How The South Will Rise To Power Again

    02/01/2013 6:14:22 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 44 replies
    http://www.forbes.com/ ^ | 01/31/2013 | Joel Kotkin
    The common media view of the South is as a regressive region, full of overweight, prejudiced, exploited and undereducated numbskulls. This meme was perfectly captured in this Bill Maher-commissioned video from Alexandra Pelosi, the New York-based daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Given the level of imbecility, maybe we’d be better off if the former Confederate states exiled themselves into their own redneck empire. Travel writer Chuck Thompson recently suggested this approach in a new book. Right now, however, Northeners can content themselves with the largely total isolation of Southerners from the corridors of executive power. Yet even as...
  • Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob

    02/01/2013 6:12:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Conservatives are always told they don't do enough to reach across the aisle. We're divisive, obstructionist and hostile to bipartisanship. So in the spirit of unity and comity, I'm announcing the formation of a new social justice group: Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob. Now all I need are some principled Democratic ladies and liberal media lionesses to step up to the plate with me to protest the vulgar, sexist behavior of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Surely, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Cher, Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria and I can all agree that when a powerful Washington politician abuses his power to...
  • Escapees from rights-challenged lands revere 2nd Amd. more than many born here

    02/01/2013 6:09:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    After decades of statist policies, ostensibly to make us "safer" (offensively misnamed "Patriot Act," anyone?), the United States is far less the beacon of liberty than it once was. And yet, given the sad state of much of the rest of the world, the U.S. is still about the best place in the world for a freedom loving individual. Gun-hating Americans are working hard to change that, with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) going so far as trying to sell the public on her forcible citizen disarmament agenda by pointing out that tyrannical countries would respect us more if...
  • Edward Koch, Former Mayor of New York, Dies

    02/01/2013 6:07:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/1/13 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. Mr. Koch’s spokesman, George Arzt, said the former mayor died at 2 a.m. from congestive heart failure. He was being treated at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital.
  • Caption Hagel

    02/01/2013 5:59:26 AM PST · by crosshairs · 23 replies
  • Letter to ATF demands answers on flawed Milwaukee storefront sting

    02/01/2013 5:57:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A bipartisan push intensified Thursday for answers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee. A Journal Sentinel investigation this week exposed a 10-month federal operation marred by a series of mistakes and failures, including an agent's machine gun being stolen and burglars ripping off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. Milwaukee police and ATF are still looking for that stolen machine gun, officials said Thursday. "Suffice to say, ATF and the police department both have a keen interest in trying to get that firearm back," said Milwaukee...
  • The Average January Nonfarm Payroll Seasonal Adjustment Is...

    02/01/2013 5:52:13 AM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    ... 2.1 million additional jobs, or the number of "statistical" jobs that will be added to the actual number to smooth the jobs trendline, and is the largest of any month in the year. Keep that in mind when considering that the consensus today is for a gain of 165K jobs: a number whose swing will be dwarfed by the actual adjustment added to the actual underlying.