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  • Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad ''Racist''

    02/01/2013 4:52:47 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Sue Zeidler
    Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers.
  • Menendez’s Replacements

    02/01/2013 4:51:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-1-2013 | Lachlan Markay
    MenendezÂ’s Replacements Three potential interim senators floated to replace troubled Democrat BY: Lachlan Markay February 1, 2013 3:30 pm A small group of New Jersey politicians are being floated as likely replacements for embattled Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), who is under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee over his relationship with a donor facing allegations of political corruption and fraud.New JerseyÂ’s constitution gives governors the ability to appoint interim senators. After appointing an interim senator, the governor then has the choice of either calling a special election or waiting until the 2013 general election to fill the seat...
  • Friday Fun: 13-Year-Old Girl Rocks the Range (Great video for shooters)

    02/01/2013 4:49:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Meet Katelyn Francis, a 13-year-old shooting expert. She competes in multi-gun competitions all over the country. Watch and learn, boys. 1:17 video at link
  • Police: Bomber at U.S. Embassy in Turkey with leftist group

    02/01/2013 4:46:52 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/01/2013 | Ivan Watson
    Turkish officials say a suicide bomber belonging to a radical leftist organization blew himself up just outside the U.S. Embassy in Ankara on Friday. ...... Istanbul police identified the bomber as Ecevit Shanli, a member of DHKP-C, a Marxist Leninist terror group. .....
  • Network Morning Shows Ignore 10th Anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster

    02/01/2013 4:43:08 PM PST · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    On February 1, 2003, seven astronauts on board Space Shuttle Columbia died during re-entry as they returned to Earth from the STS-107 mission. Friday was the 10th anniversary of the disaster, but none of the Big Three networks morning newscasts marked this somber occasion. ABC's Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and NBC's Today understandably devoted considerable broadcast time to the upcoming Super Bowl on Sunday. However, this coverage contained segments to frivolous, celebrity-driven stories that could have been whittled down to air even a mere brief on the anniversary of the tragedy. Here are examples from each morning show:...
  • New York Resistance (unSAFE Act - Video)

    02/01/2013 4:41:14 PM PST · by FreedFromNY · 26 replies
    Great video. Despite reports to the contrary, not all New Yorkers are liberal. And not all are going to go down without a fight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTdhVxva5KU
  • Israeli airstrikes in Syria targeted multiple sites

    02/01/2013 4:39:47 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2013 | JPOST Staff
    'Time' quotes Western officials as saying IAF jets hit several targets in Syria and US has given Israel green light to carry out more raids; Panetta: US supports all steps to prevent weapons from falling into terrorist hands. IAF raids overnight Tuesday struck multiple targets in Syria, Time magazine reported on Friday, citing Western intelligence officials. Syria on Wednesday publicly accused Israel of striking a scientific research center northwest of Damascus, denying reports that the strike had targeted a suspected shipment of anti-aircraft missiles en route to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The description of the military research center that Syria claimed...
  • Not Peace, But a Sword [advice to "Bad Republicans"]

    02/01/2013 4:39:20 PM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    First Things ^ | February 1, 2013 | Peter J. Leithart
    President Obama is convinced that liberals have won the culture war, and he aims to leverage that victory to force a transformation of the Republican party. In a New Republic interview published earlier this week, he noted that attitudes are changing “in the country as a whole around LGBT issues and same-sex marriage” and that this poses a challenge to Republicans. Some Republicans will “embrace” the change, but “there’s a big chunk of their constituency that is going to be deeply opposed to that.” Unity is the president’s preferred weapon to divide and conquer. As he stated in his inaugural...
  • Cornell 2nd Amendment experts see issue headed for Supreme Court

    02/01/2013 4:37:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    pressconnects.com | Jan 29, 2013 | NA
    Here's the link.
  • Connecticut Teachers Oppose Guns in Schools

    02/01/2013 4:28:42 PM PST · by matt04 · 31 replies
    A large majority of teachers in Connecticut don’t want educators to bring guns into schools and instead want the state to enact tougher gun laws, according to a study by the Connecticut Education Association that was released Monday. The CEA’s poll of 400 of its members statewide also showed that teachers, by an overwhelming majority, want more state funding to improve security in schools, support broader background checks on gun buyers and support bans on assault weapons and on large-capacity gun magazines. The CEA survey comes at a time when state lawmakers are holding hearings on gun control issues in...
  • Chris Matthews Smears John McCain as an 'Angry' Vietnam Vet Having a 'Flashback'

    02/01/2013 4:25:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    Liberal anchor Chris Matthews on Friday stooped to new low, smearing John McCain as an "angry" Vietnam veteran who is having a "flashback." Resorting to the cheapest of stereotypes, the Hardball host attempted to explain why McCain so aggressively opposed Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense. Matthews opened the show by sneering, "Why is John McCain so angry? Forty years after the Vietnam POWs came home, the most famous of them is angrier than ever." Regarding Thursday's congressional hearings, the journalist asserted that Vietnam "flashbacks must haunt still the mind and heart of John Sidney McCain." Dredging up...
  • Steve Capus Leaves NBC News Worse Off in Ratings and Journalism

    02/01/2013 4:23:46 PM PST · by kristinn · 3 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Friday, February 1, 2013 | David Zurawik
    Ending a tenure marked by the costly decline of the 'Today' show, the failure of the newsmagazine 'Rock Center' and an erosion of journalistic values, Steve Capus Friday resigned as president of NBC News after almost eight years on the job. While NBC once had the number one morning and evening news shows on his watch, the last two years have been a story of failure for Capus and the network's news division. SNIP Capus also spent millions on one of the sorriest excuses of a newsmagazine in TV history, Brian Williams' "Rock Center," which has been a rock solid...
  • Keystone pipeline decision to languish until mid-June-US source

    02/01/2013 4:19:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/1/13 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The Obama administration's decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will not be made until at least June, a U.S. official said, which would delay the project for months and frustrate backers of Canada's oil sands. "We're talking the beginning of summer at the earliest," said the source, who did not want to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the TransCanada Corp project, which has been pending for more than four and a half years. "It's not weeks until the final decision. It's months." A series of steps still have to be taken...
  • Glock, Paper, Scissors: Armed Guard Stops Shooter

    02/01/2013 4:12:23 PM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 1, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Guns: While DHS seeks 7,000 semiautomatic guns with 30-round clips for self-defense, it makes a video saying you should use scissors to overpower armed predators. Luckily, a school guard in Atlanta thought differently. Vice President Joe Biden criticized, on Jan. 23 during a Google+ Hangout, the suggestion by NRA chief Wayne LaPierre to put armed guards in every school in the nation. "We are not calling for armed guards in schools . .. we think that would be a terrible mistake," the vice president said during the PBS "Fireside Hangout." On Thursday afternoon, a student opened fire at Price Middle...
  • Former First Dog Barney Bush passes away at age 12

    02/01/2013 4:10:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 80 replies
    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com ^ | february 1, 2013 | Tom Benning
    Former First Dog Barney Bush — a black Scottish terrier known for chasing golf balls and taking America on video tours of the White House — has passed away after a battle with lymphoma. He was 12. Former President George W. Bush announced on Friday the passing of the “little fellow,” saying in a news release that “after twelve and a half years of life, his body could not fight off the illness.” “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” said Bush, who also released Friday an oil painting he did of Barney. “He...
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo Seizes Your Gun Rights Overnight with Secret Deals, Procedural Shortcuts...

    02/01/2013 4:06:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | January 15, 2013 | NA
    Governor Andrew Cuomo Seizes Your Gun Rights Overnight with Secret Deals, Procedural Shortcuts and Midnight Votes in Albany Public Input Prevented on Gun Control Debate to Advance Agenda and Political Career Governor Andrew Cuomo, in stunningly brazen fashion, took a hatchet to gun rights in New York with lightning speed. By cutting secret deals behind closed doors, eliminating public input and circumventing normal legislative processes, the Governor and state Senate passed sweeping anti-gun measures just before the stroke of midnight yesterday. Within 24 hours, Cuomo had his new gun control laws. Cuomo utilized a rarely-used executive trick, a "message of...
  • Minnesota's Snowbird Tax {Governor Mark "Class Envy" Dayton strikes again]

    02/01/2013 3:39:49 PM PST · by rhema · 42 replies
    Spend most of the year in St. Pete, pay the government in St. Paul. You may have heard it can get cold in Minnesota in January, or for that matter in April. Last week the temperature dropped to seven below zero in the Twin Cities, which is one reason many Midwesterners head to Florida or Arizona for the winter. But now Governor Mark Dayton wants to tax the snowbirds even if they are no longer legally state residents. "There is a snowbird tax—absolutely," the Democratic Governor told reporters the other day. . . . Details are sketchy, but the idea...
  • Reid Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court To Curtail Voter Suppression

    02/01/2013 3:39:41 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies
    United States Senate Democrats ^ | 2/1/2013 | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid today issued the following statement after filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of upholding Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which provides the legal avenue to challenge measures that discriminate against minority voters. The case, Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, puts Section 5 of the VRA in jeopardy:“Voting is the most fundamental of our rights as Americans, and the Voting Rights Act is one of the most important laws Congress has ever passed.  The Voting Rights Act, and in...
  • Carter On Sequestration Tightrope At DoD (Deputy Defense Secretary Offers to Take 20% paycut)

    02/01/2013 3:38:08 PM PST · by SkyPilot
    Early Bird ^ | 30 Jan 13 | Kate Brannen
    Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter would be exempt from Pentagon furloughs if they happened under sequestration, but he said Wednesday he'd be willing to give back a fifth of his pay each month as a gesture of solidarity with his department's 800,000 civilian workers. --- “I used to be hopeful and optimistic and now I’m hopeful,” Carter told POLITICO in an interview. --- That wouldn’t be an across-the-board problem for the Pentagon like sequestration, Carter said, but it would become a huge problem for the department’s operations and maintenance accounts. Service officials have been spending at a rate that presumed...
  • 'I think they would rather not know. Wouldn't it be better to have a...successful flight and die...'

    02/01/2013 3:18:12 PM PST · by iowamark · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/2013
    NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle was headed home from a 16-day science mission when it broke apart over Texas on February 1, 2003, because of damage to its left wing. Ten years ago, experts at NASA's mission control faced the terrible decision over whether to let the astronauts know that they may die on...