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  • Sheriff Arpaio's credit-card info used at Chicago grocery store

    02/05/2013 10:37:50 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 11 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2-5-13 | AP
    It looks like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has become a victim of credit card fraud. Sheriff's officials said Monday that Arpaio's credit card information was stolen and used to make a $291 transaction at a Chicago grocery store last weekend.
  • Memo justifies drone kills even with patchy intelligence

    02/05/2013 10:33:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/5/13 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government has authorized the killing of American citizens as part of its controversial drone campaign against al Qaeda even without intelligence that such Americans are actively plotting to attack a U.S. target, according to a Justice Department memo. The unclassified memo, first obtained by NBC News, argues that drone strikes are justified under American law if a targeted U.S. citizen had "recently" been involved in "activities" posing a possible threat and provided that there is no evidence suggesting the individual "renounced or abandoned" such activities. The document was disclosed as a bipartisan group of U.S. senators...
  • Joe Biden confuses Poland with Portugal in latest embarrassing gaffe for the vice president

    02/05/2013 10:33:20 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    Joe Biden confuses Poland with Portugal in latest embarrassing gaffe for the vice president By Nile Gardiner World Last updated: February 4th, 2013 Joe Biden is in Europe this week, meeting with leaders in Berlin, Paris and London. Tomorrow he drops by Downing Street to see David Cameron, and Nick Clegg is also on the agenda. Over the weekend the US vice president attended the Munich Security Conference where he delivered a speech on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, expressing a willingness to sit down in direct negotiations with the Iranian regime over its nuclear programme, an approach that can...
  • The Corral

    02/05/2013 10:29:24 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Sarge
    Beaurat Obama wants universal registration of all firearms in America. He says it’s “common sense” to register all firearms and the “majority” of firearms owners agree with him. He polls his people and tells us we think that way too. The man agglomerates numbers in biased and prejudiced surveys. He twists the findings into complementary terms showing just how perfect his intuition is when adducing the American public’s thinking. He almost never gets plastered for trying to pull the wool over the American people’s eyes. Not ever, since the mid-term elections in his first term, has he admitted the American...
  • Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing (Going to work in Hollywood )

    02/05/2013 10:23:06 AM PST · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb 5 2013 | By Christi Parsons
    WASHINGTON — Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement. That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama's lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama — as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles. The departure subtracts a vivid personality from the president's operation, defined since the beginning by Obama's spoken words and the team that wrote them. After Favreau landed in the White House four years ago, he...
  • Bolling sides with Democrats to delay voter ID change

    02/05/2013 10:22:41 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 16 replies
    From staff and wire reports Senate Democrats effectively delayed a Republican voter identification bill for another year after Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, sided with them on Monday to break a party-line 20-20 tie. Bolling voted for a Democratic amendment that delayed the voter ID changes to July 2014. It was the first tie-breaking vote of the 2013 session since he withdrew his GOP gubernatorial bid last fall, pledging a new independence from his party. Advertisement The bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard H. Black, R-Loudoun, would have eliminated documents such as residential utility bills, current paycheck stubs or even...
  • More in France Are Turning to Islam, Challenging a Nation’s Idea of Itself

    02/05/2013 10:22:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2013 | MAĎA de la BAUME
    While the number of converts remains relatively small in France, yearly conversions to Islam have doubled in the past 25 years, experts say, presenting a growing challenge for France, where government and public attitudes toward Islam are awkward and sometimes hostile. French antiterrorism officials have been warning for years that converts represent a critical element of the terrorist threat in Europe, because they have Western passports and do not stand out. In October, the French police conducted a series of antiterrorism raids across France, resulting in the arrests of 12 people, including at least three French citizens who had recently...
  • The Menendez Dilemma ("Who is more trustworthy, a Dominican prostitute or a New Jersey Democrat?")

    02/05/2013 10:08:45 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | February 5, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Prostitution is both legal and widespread in the Dominican Republic, where as many as 100,000 women are part of the industry in a nation that has become a major sex-tourism hotspot of the Caribbean. So it would not be a crime for Sen. Robert Menendez to have availed himself of such services during his trips to the Dominican Republic, as has been alleged.Menendez has strenuously denied patronizing prostitutes, however, denouncing the accusations Monday in a CNN interview as “smears that right-wing blogs have been pushing since the election.” Any claim that Menendez consorted with hookers during his D>. ominican holidays...
  • Denmark: Islam critic survives assassination attempt (Lars Hedegaard)

    02/05/2013 9:56:17 AM PST · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    The Copenhagen Post ^ | February 5, 2013
    Assailant’s gun jammed after firing first shot - police now searching for two men wearing ski masks seen climbing into Copenhagen Zoo The renowned anti-Islam journalist and scholar Lars Hedegaard reportedly survived an assassination attempt outside his home on Pelargonieviej in Frederiksberg this morning. According to Ritzau, the assailant fled when his gun jammed after firing the first shot at around 11:20. “A man shot at the victim but he missed and the bullet went over his head,” police commissioner Lars-Christian Borg told Ritzau. “When he tried to fire again, the pistol clicked and the assailant ran away.” While Borg...
  • Coulter to Obama for suggesting gun-rights advocates don’t care about children: ‘Screw you’

    02/05/2013 9:54:06 AM PST · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/13 | Jeff Poor
    On Fox News Channel’s Monday broadcast of “Hannity,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter blasted President Barack Obama for vilifying gun-rights advocates in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, saying the real focus should be on mental health. “I really would like to concentrate on the lies on their side that are being repeated on the op-ed page of The New York Times, in the editorials of The New York Times,” she said. “. … We need the ACLU and the liberals who won’t do anything about the mentally ill to be serious about stopping these shootings....
  • Obama to propose short term package to put off spending cuts [at 1:15 EST]--LIVE THREAD

    02/05/2013 9:47:41 AM PST · by John W · 44 replies
    Reuters via nbcnews.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Reuters
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose that Congress pass a small package of spending cuts and tax reforms to put off the "harmful consequences'' of huge automatic spending cuts known as the "sequester'' for a few months, a White House official said.
  • Obama to seek another short-term fix to looming defense cuts

    02/05/2013 9:46:12 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/5/13
    President Obama is urging another short-term fix to avoid automatic spending cuts set to hit March 1, scheduling a public statement at the White House Tuesday where he will call on Congress to come up with tens of billions of dollars in spending cuts and tax revenue. The call is the latest effort to kick the can on a deadline set by Congress in the summer of 2011. As part of the debt-ceiling deal, Congress set in motion more than $1 trillion in defense and other spending cuts unless lawmakers found an alternative that achieved similar deficit reduction. They didn't....
  • What the Despised Rich, Smart Kids, and Fallen Heroes Have in Common

    02/05/2013 9:39:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2013 | By Chris W. Bell
    What do the despised rich, smart kids, and fallen heroes have in common? They are all victims of the progressive movement. When being rich is finally made synonymous with undeserved privilege, individual achievement in other areas will be targeted. When success is considered unfair, then being unsuccessful will be called unfair and undeserved. And those of means and ability who reject this burden will be demonized. Progressives have turned society against conservatives who are successful through business; they claim that the rich have hoarded the profits that they made on the backs of the public. "Spread the wealth around" and...
  • 'Impeach Obama' Bumper Sticker Leads To Baseball Bat Attack

    02/05/2013 9:16:02 AM PST · by Daffynition · 70 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | February 04, 2013 | HILDA MUŃOZ,
    <p>GLASTONBURY — A 61-year-old man with an "Impeach Obama" bumper sticker on his vehicle was arrested Friday after he used a baseball bat to bash the trunk of another motorist who had given him the finger, police said.</p> <p>Paul V. Guaschino, of 1149 E. Middle Turnpike in Manchester, followed the motorist who "apparently did not like the bumper sticker and displayed his dislike by showing his middle finger to Guaschino," police said.</p>
  • Passenger 'groped' by drunk captain

    02/05/2013 9:12:30 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    Travel. MSN ^ | 02/04/2013
    <p>A British Airways captain has been suspended after allegedly groping a female passenger who was flying first class.</p> <p>The unnamed pilot, who was off duty at the time, was travelling on a London-to-Japan flight to pick up another flight in Tokyo when he approached the woman and allegedly molested her while she was sitting next to her husband, The Sun newspaper reports.</p>
  • A Morally-Confused Marine

    02/05/2013 9:09:58 AM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 5, 2013 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by a Marine captain titled, "I Killed People in Afghanistan. Was I Right or Wrong?" The column by Timothy Kudo, who is now a graduate student at New York University, is a fine example of the moral confusion leftism has wrought over the last half century. Captain Kudo's moral confusion may predate his graduate studies, but if so, it has surely been reinforced and strengthened at NYU.
  • Discovery Opens Door to a Fountain of Youth

    02/05/2013 9:05:46 AM PST · by null and void · 9 replies
    Older and fitter? New findings from a UC Berkeley-led study could have implications for the development of treatments for age-related degenerative diseases. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, represents a major advance in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind aging while providing new hope for the development of targeted treatments for age-related degenerative diseases. Researchers were able to turn back the molecular clock by infusing the blood stem cells of old mice with a longevity gene and rejuvenating the aged stem cellsÂ’ regenerative potential. The findings were published online on January 31, 2013),...
  • Trump to Malzberg: I Was Vilified for Obama ‘Birther’ Challenge

    02/05/2013 9:03:14 AM PST · by Codetrader · 47 replies
    Newmax ^ | Feb, 4 2013 | Todd Beaman
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump told veteran radio broadcaster Steve Malzberg on Monday that he was vilified by the mainstream media for offering to donate $5 million to charity if President Barack Obama released his college transcripts. “They all came to his defense: ‘How dare Trump do that?’” Trump said on the premiere of “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV in New York. “It was $5 million that can go to Sandy, but I would’ve been willing to pay much, much more than that. “It was incredible,” Trump added. “It’s absolutely incredible how he’s protected.” During the 2012 presidential campaign,...
  • Karl Rove surprises few in Fla. by picking fight with tea party

    02/05/2013 9:01:59 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 27 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Tom Tillison
    The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun, and at the center is none other than one-time political mastermind Karl Rove. For those of us who saw this coming last summer, such a revelation is of little surprise. “On one side is the Tea Party,” Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro wrote in an analysis Sunday. “On the other side stand Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism.” Shapiro’s commentary came in response to a New York Times report that Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, have joined forces...
  • Retrograde Lessons: Learning from Afghanistan’s Logistical Nightmare

    02/05/2013 8:55:15 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Time ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Nate Rawlings
    ... One of the first considerations is cost: is it worth the trouble and expense to ship a given item home? A quick trip around the yard reveals hundreds of white four foot by four-foot cardboard containers called “kicker boxes,” each of which costs about $5,000. They are used to ship equipment back to the U.S. As Pagan rummaged through a random box, he pulled out several small pieces of gear worth about $20,000 each. Many of the boxes, he explained, can contain as much as $200,000 worth of equipment. As retrograde has become a larger focus, these sorting operations...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 5,2013

    02/05/2013 8:50:14 AM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies
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  • How Many Illegal Immigrants Live in Your State? A map of estimated illegal ...

    02/05/2013 8:46:00 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    Slate ^ | 02/01/2013 | By Nick McClellan
    A map of estimated illegal immigrant population, state by state. ~snip~ Estimating where exactly illegal immigrants reside in the United States is tricky, but the Pew Hispanic Center did just that in 2011 for each state. Although California has the highest number of illegal immigrants, Nevada has the largest proportion of illegal immigrants—7.2 percent of the state population and as much as 10 percent of its workforce. California and Texas follow at just under 7 percent of their populations, with New Jersey and Arizona rounding out the top five. ~snip~
  • Tuesday, 05 February 2013 11:24 Liberty Coalition Forms to Support Sheriffs Fighting Gun Control

    02/05/2013 8:33:41 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    The New American ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Alex Newman
    A new coalition of law-enforcement officials and liberty-minded organizations led by former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack is joining forces to defend freedom, with goals that include supporting the hundreds of constitutional sheriffs across America who promise to defend the rights of their constituents from the Obama administration’s lawless assault on the Constitution. As one of its primary projects, the alliance is sending letters to every sheriff in the United States to find out and publicize where they stand on the Second Amendment. Another key aim of the coalition is to recruit more chief law-enforcement officers — particularly sheriffs, but state...
  • Senate panel sends income tax ban to floor vote

    02/05/2013 8:25:32 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Channel 5 News ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Channel 5 news staff
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment to explicitly ban a state income tax to a full floor vote.</p> <p>The panel voted 9-1 on Tuesday to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown that would also ban a state or local payroll tax.</p>
  • South El Monte High students lose fingers in game of tug-of-war

    02/05/2013 8:25:08 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 36 replies
    SGV Tribune ^ | 02/05/2013 | Juliette Funes
    SOUTH EL MONTE - An innocent game of tug-of-war turned tragic Monday afternoon when two South El Monte High School students had their fingers severed. Tug-of-war is a competitive game in which two teams pull, or tug, on a rope in opposite directions in a show of strength. The students, a boy and a girl, were participating in the lunchtime Spirit Week activity celebrating homecoming when they were injured, El Monte Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Edward Zuniga said. Neither he nor other district officials would release the students' names or ages. The girl is a senior and varsity...
  • From ‘Dreamer’ to teacher: Maria Hernandez (Reagan amnesty beneficiary)

    02/05/2013 8:22:39 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 5, 2013 | Liz Goodwin
    Maria Hernandez is one of six people Yahoo News has interviewed for our series on Americans who gained green cards under Ronald Reagan’s 1986 law that legalized 2.7 million illegal immigrants.
  • Flash Mob Mayhem: Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins

    02/05/2013 8:06:40 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 167 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Staff
      NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City. And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands. Judson Bennett, 78, recently ran into a violent group of teens – often described with the once-benign term “flash mob” – as he made his daily trip to buy a newspaper at his favorite news team. “I’m approaching the newsstand, and then suddenly there is a tremendous force...
  • Dems move to change federal pot laws

    02/05/2013 7:59:15 AM PST · by Cheerio · 129 replies
    AdminPress ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Salon
    Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Jared Polis to introduce bill Tuesday to end prohibition
  • Chinese Warships Prepared To Fire On The Japanese Navy Twice

    02/05/2013 7:56:12 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Chinese Warships Prepared To Fire On The Japanese Navy Twice Robert JohnsonFebruary 5, 2013, 6:06 AMThe Type 053H3 frigate is armed with a HQ-7 eight unit SAM launcher and Type 79A twin barrel 100 mm gun Last week a Chinese warship pointed its missile guidance system at a Japanese destroyer in an unmistakable show of aggression, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced today. The brief report out of Tokyo cites a January 30 event where a type 053 Chinese frigate locked its "sixth fire control radar" onto a Japanese helicopter equipped vessel out of Yokosuka. Japan has two helicopter carriers,...
  • The NRA’s tone-deaf rhetoric

    02/05/2013 7:52:29 AM PST · by fractionated · 90 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eugene Robinson
    Despite the best efforts of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and like-minded groups to make sure this business remains unfinished, reducing gun violence remains stubbornly high on the nation’s agenda. This is partly due to the ravings of Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and spokesman, who almost single-handedly, or single-mouthedly, is making the pro-gun argument sound even crazier and more irresponsible than it is. And that’s saying something. This weekend, LaPierre treated viewers of “Fox News Sunday” to some of his lunacy. Anchor Chris Wallace gave him the opportunity to disavow the NRA’s shameful ad accusing President Obama...
  • Vatican official opens to gay union rights

    02/05/2013 7:49:11 AM PST · by fractionated · 46 replies
    The Vatican's top official on family policy has opened slightly to the possibility of rights for gay civil unions, although he also stressed that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. The remarks from Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, wee made at a Vatican press conference on Monday and were quoted in Italian press on Tuesday. "Marriage is a clear legal dimension. There are then multiple other types of non-family cohabitation for which solutions should be found in terms of individual law and in my view also in terms of property law,"...
  • Controversial Donor Melgen Tied to LA Mayor

    02/05/2013 7:42:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/5/13 | Mary Lou Byrd
    A new connection has emerged between Los Angeles Mayor Anthonio Villaraigosa and the eye doctor at the center of controversy surrounding Sen. Bob Menendez (D., NJ). The Washington Free Beacon found Villaraigosa pictured alongside both Menendez and controversial donor Salomon Melgen at a gala honoring the Democratic mayor. The National Association of Latino Electoral and Appointed Officials (NALEO) honored Villaraigosa last February in Washington D.C. A photographer from the doctor’s company, VOXXI, captured photos of Melgen with several prominent Democrats, including Villaraigosa. Melgen is the chairman of the board of VOXXI.
  • Tagg Romney won't seek Kerry's Senate seat

    02/05/2013 7:40:19 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | 02/04/2013 | By Lindsey Boerma
    No, there will not be a Senator Romney anytime soon. Looking to quiet chatter that he's considering running in the special election to fill newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry's Massachusetts Senate seat, Mitt Romney's eldest son Tagg issued a statement today breaking the news to supporters: "The timing is not right." "I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate," he said. "I love my home state and admit it would be an honor to represent the citizens of our great Commonwealth. However, I am currently committed...
  • Hundreds of Confused Anti-Gun People Think I’m a Gun Nut—And That This Is My Gun

    02/05/2013 7:28:22 AM PST · by Salman · 20 replies
    Kotaku ^ | 2-4-13 | Stephen Totilo
    There are people on both sides of the gun debate who make good points. And then there are people who have absolutely no clue. In that latter camp we might include Senator Lamar Alexander, who thinks that, when it comes to people getting shot to death, "video games are a bigger problem than guns." We might also include at least some of the 495-plus people who have shared a picture of me on Facebook and tried to make me a poster child for all that is wrong with people who like guns. These people—some of them confused, some of them...
  • The Problem(s) of Women in Combat (part 1)

    02/05/2013 7:24:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Political Animal Blog ^ | January 25, 2013 The Problem(s) of | Jude Eden, Jane of Trades
    It’s not all about qualification. I’m speaking as a female Marine Iraq war vet who did serve in the combat zone doing entry checkpoint duty in Fallujah, and we worked with the grunts daily for that time. All the branches still have different standards for females and males. Why? Because most women wouldn’t even qualify to be in the military if they didn’t. Men and women are different, but those pushing women into combat don’t want to admit that truth. They huff and puff about how women can do whatever men can do, but it just ain’t so. We’re built...
  • SASC Testimony.VOB

    02/05/2013 7:21:41 AM PST · by Nachum
    youtube ^ | June 1991 | MarineDad981
    General Robert H. Barrow, 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps testimony before the SASC on Women in Combat. June 1991.
  • Man Dressed As Joker Charged With Trespassing At Applebee's

    02/05/2013 7:18:59 AM PST · by Rodamala · 21 replies
    The Post Journal ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eric Tichy
    BUSTI - A Jamestown man dressed as the Joker from the Batman films has been charged following a bizarre incident Sunday at a Lakewood restaurant. The Lakewood-Busti Police Department in a news release said Aaron A. Chase, 24, walked into the Applebee's Restaurant on Fairmount Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Police said Chase was dressed in all black, wearing a green wig and paint on his face similar to the Joker in Batman. Full article here.
  • Minnesota House of Representatives Committee Seeks Public Comment on Gun-Control Measures

    02/05/2013 7:13:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    NSSF.og ^ | 4 February, 2013 | NSSF
    Three days of public hearings will be held before the Public Safety, Finance and Policy of the Minnesota House of Representatives, Feb. 5-7, when testimony will be heard on a range of possible legislation of concern to hunters, target shooters and firearms owners. Chaired by Rep. Michael Paymar (DFL-St. Paul), the committee expects to hear a variety of viewpoints with an eye toward crafting a comprehensive bill that could include any of the following measures: An outright ban on modern sporting rifles, mislabeled as "assault weapons" Magazine capacity restrictions Expanding mandatory background checks for the purchase of handguns and semi-automatic...
  • Property Rights/Zoning Behind Town Board Challenge

    02/05/2013 7:13:08 AM PST · by Sopater · 17 replies
    U.S. & Eau Claire Journal ^ | January 30th, 2013 | Travis Buhler
    When Todd Koeppel moved to the area near Spring Valley, Wisconsin, little did he know the freedoms he had on his own property. Like many people throughout history, knowledge of one's freedom does not come until it is threatened or taken away. This happened last year to St. Croix County's Town of Cady, where Koeppel resides. Last June the Town Board voted to end their long history of property freedom for what Koeppel describes as, "A huge, 184 page, highly restrictive, and intrusive zoning ordinance written by a Dane County attorney." Prior to last year, Cady, like fewer and fewer...
  • George Zimmerman hearing takes place on birthday of Trayvon Martin

    02/05/2013 6:58:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Fox Orlando ^ | 2/5/13
    Attorneys for George Zimmerman will try to get his murder trial delayed at a hearing on Tuesday, what would have been Trayvon Martin's 18th birthday. It was nearly a year ago when the teenager was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. While the debate continues on what happened that night, Martin's parents plan to celebrate their son's birthday in South Florida. "They wanted to have a birthday party, as opposed to memorializing February 26th. They want to celebrate Trayvon's birth," said family attorney Natalie Jackson. "It's a peace and love walk. The walk is to support and facilitate children thinking...
  • Good-humored New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie laughs at fat jokes as he eats a donut

    02/05/2013 6:52:27 AM PST · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and David Letterman have shared some laughs about the many fat jokes the comedian has made about the lawmaker's ample girth. Christie has termed his plumpness 'fair game' for comedians. And during his first appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on Monday, the outspoken Republican and potential 2016 presidential contender read two of Letterman's jokes that he said were 'some of my personal favorites.'
  • Mark Levin Savages Karl Rove’s ‘Diabolical’ Anti-Tea Party PAC: ‘We’re Being Stabbed In The Back’

    02/05/2013 6:50:39 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Noah Rothman
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin went after former George W. Bush advisor, Karl Rove, during his radio show on Monday after Rove announced the formation of a new PAC that would aid moderate Republican politicians against tea party challengers in primary races. Levin called Rove’s effort ‘diabolical’ and listed the many GOP officeholders who would not be in power but for the tea party insurgency. “We’re being stabbed in the back,” Levin declared. “Here’s a project funded by crony capitalists, funded by corporatists — who are not conservative — funding a group called the Conservative Victory Project,” Levin began. “This...
  • Rail traffic reflects more oil production, less coal-fired electricity generation

    02/05/2013 6:49:47 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 5, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    The record increase in U.S. crude oil production during 2012 and the significant decline in coal use for domestic electricity generation were reflected in the movement of those two commodities by rail last year. Crude oil and petroleum products accounted for the biggest increase in railcar loadings among commodities in 2012, while coal had the largest decline. Notwithstanding these changes, coal remained by far the dominant category of carload shipments, accounting for 41% of total carloads, compared to a 4% share for all petroleum and petroleum products combined. Last year, the amount of crude oil and petroleum products delivered by...
  • Government Shouldn't Define 'Church'

    02/05/2013 6:45:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act. While exempting churches and some religiously affiliated institutions, such as hospitals and universities, from supplying the coverage, the new proposal calls for their employees to receive stand-alone private insurance policies providing birth control coverage at no cost. Insurance companies will foot the bill, but only the naive can possibly think the cost won't find its way back to the institution in the form of higher health premiums. Numerous lawsuits filed against this and...
  • America’s Creeping New Normalcy: Sluggish growth and high unemployment are now just accepted

    02/05/2013 6:40:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/04/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    The Japanese have said “Enough.” After a generation of stagnation, they’ve chosen an all-of-the-above policy to boost economic growth. The nation’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is promising a “three arrows” strategy: bold monetary easing, increased public-works spending, and structural changes, such as regulatory reform. He’s throwing the ramen against the shoji and hoping something will stick. Some of those ideas are good ones, some probably aren’t. But it’s clear that Tokyo’s priority is growth, growth, growth. Time to get Nippon moving again. Nations probably never choose decline, at least not consciously. More likely they become victims of a creeping...
  • North Korean Government Releases YouTube Video Showing American Cities Under Attack

    02/05/2013 6:37:43 AM PST · by Fennie · 20 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | February 5, 2013
    North Korea still intends to conduct the country's third nuclear test later this month, despite intense pressure from the United States and the international community. Seemingly unconcerned about threats of new sanctions, Kim Jong-un and his Generals stunned most sane human beings by releasing a YouTube Video that shows New York City engulfed in flames after a missile attack. The video was uploaded to YouTube on Saturday by North Korea's official website, Uriminzokkiri, which is responsible for distributing news, information and propaganda for all state run media. While YouTube users shook their heads in astonishment over the video, North Korean...
  • The Unconventional Ted Cruz: He's doing precisely what he promised on the campaign trail.

    02/05/2013 6:37:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/05/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has been a United States senator for only 34 days, but already he is making his mark on national politics. His conspicuous presence and aggressive tone have thrilled his conservative cheerleaders, while inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough. In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling, filibuster reform, and...
  • Gas prices take bigger bite of Americans' income [Highest in THREE DECADES!]

    02/05/2013 6:27:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/4/13 | Emily Jane Fox
    Americans are pumping about 4% of their incomes into buying gasoline, according to a government report. The Energy Department said on Monday that U.S. households spent an average of $2,912 on gasoline last year, the highest level in four years. The percentage reached similar levels in 2008, when a red-hot global economy and panic over dwindling supplies sent gas prices through the roof. But before then, the percentage hadn't reached these levels in nearly three decades.
  • Chinese warship directs "fire-control" radar at Japan MSDF destroyer

    02/05/2013 6:25:14 AM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    A Chinese warship last week directed "fire-control" radar against Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force vessel in the East China Sea, where Japan and China are involved in a dispute over the ownership of a group of uninhabited islands, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday.
  • LIVE: Zimmerman hearing 9 a.m. ET

    02/05/2013 6:09:33 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 40 replies
    http://www.clickorlando.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Click Orlando
    9 a.m. ET: Attorneys in the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman head back to court to argue motions in anticipation of the June 10, 2013, trial.