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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...