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  • First Comes Honor

    02/05/2013 2:45:17 PM PST · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 5, 2013 | Steve McCann
    Whether in the various state capitols or the once hallowed halls of Congress or the now tarnished grandeur of the White House, the acquisition and retention of political power by any means necessary, and the attendant access to ever larger sums of money, either borrowed, created out of whole cloth or coerced from the taxpayers, has become firmly entrenched in the nation's political psyche. Party identity notwithstanding, in order to achieve this end, nothing is beyond the pale -- be it fraud, corruption, outright lies, or immorality. No one person on the American landscape today more epitomizes this descent into...
  • Resistance to Obama Has Melted Away

    02/05/2013 2:44:45 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 26 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 2/5/13 | Rush Limgaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Look, folks, I really don't like being a "see, I told you so." I mean, I know I do it a lot 'cause it happens a lot, and I used to even have a little jingle with it. "Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah-nah! See, I Told You So," because it used to be somewhat unique. Now it's not difficult at all. It is important, however. I do, when relevant, like to remind you of things that you've heard in the past on this program that you may have forgotten, things that I've said. Here's a story that leads into my point....
  • ObamaCare Exchange Subsidy Cost Hiked By $233 Billion

    02/05/2013 2:39:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Investor´s Business Daily ^ | 2/5/13 | John Merline
    The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare´s insurance subsidies offered via the health law´s exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO´s new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That´s an increase of nearly 29%.
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Tuesday, February-5-2013

    02/05/2013 2:35:50 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 38 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Public Schools Used to Have Rifle Teams — Even New York

    02/05/2013 2:35:11 PM PST · by rhema · 14 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | 2/1/13 | Gary DeMar
    I graduated from high school in 1968. There were some problem students. I do remember a student who robbed a bank during lunch and hid the money in his locker, but that was the rare exception. It was big news at the time because it was so out of the ordinary. There were fights and petty thievery. The perpetrators were dealt with swiftly by the administration without having to worry that their parents would hire a lawyer and sue the school. My wife grew up in a small town in the northwestern part of Pennsylvania. The schools closed for the...
  • White House Responds To Drones Memo: Strikes Are 'Legal,' 'Ethical' And ‘Wise'

    02/05/2013 2:30:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/5/13 | Matt Wilstein
    It’s no surprise that among the first questions White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received at today’s press briefing was one that concerned a recently-leaked Justice Department memo that offered justification for killing U.S. citizens abroad in predator drone attacks. Carney began by clarifying that the memo in question was an “unclassified document” prepared for members of Congress. “The president takes his responsibilities very seriously,” Carney said. “And first and foremost that’s his responsibility to protect the United States.” He continued by saying that the president is dedicated to
  • Sandy Hook Father Absolutely Owns Guns Violence Hearing

    02/05/2013 2:26:09 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 47 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 2/5/13 | IJ Review
    A Sandy Hook father telling it like it is, slamming his fist down on the table, and walking out like a boss. You HAVE to see this incredible anti-gun control argument...
  • Top Democrat Warns Others Not to Use Term “Illegal Immigrants”, Calls Them “Citizens” (Conyers)

    02/05/2013 2:25:25 PM PST · by montag813 · 31 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-05-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaPerhaps the most visible argument in favor of term limits in Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) - who has served in Congress since 1965 - and known for uttering bizarre and offensive statements, has done it yet again. The Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Immigration subcommittee, Conyers before today's hearing on potential "reform" legislation scolded other members in advance for calling illegal aliens "illegal immigrants" - calling them "out of  status". Perhaps even more bizarrely, Conyers - twice - refers to illegals as "citizens": “I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today”,...
  • Black mob beats man until skull breaks

    02/05/2013 2:20:40 PM PST · by wesagain · 38 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language. Kyam Washington must have done something: He raped somebody, stole something, hit someone, or was just a bad guy with bad intentions who deserved a fractured skull. That is what the lawyer and the newspaper said. The rape thing turned out not to be true. Whatever. But that is why a mob of black people in Manhattan beat him with fists, kicks, a traffic cone and wooden board until they fractured his skull. And why they were in the middle of doing the same to a Good Samaritan...
  • Refreshing Candor on Islamist Violence in Congressional Report

    02/05/2013 2:19:43 PM PST · by bayouranger · 2 replies
    www.investigativeproject.org ^ | 29JAN12 | IPT News
    The path from believing in radical Islamist political ideology to plotting attacks in the homeland can be triggered by a number of factors, a new Congressional Research Service report finds. The report focuses on homegrown Islamic terrorism, which in itself is remarkable given the reluctance many in Washington have had to clearly naming a leading source of the terrorist threat. The title, "American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat," uses the kind of language all-but-banned by the executive branch since 2008. Cabinet officials in the Obama administration have strained to avoid references to jihadist violence. But the Congressional Research Service...
  • Obamacare Punishes Smokers: Why not the Promiscuous? (Commiecare™ to cover HIV/AIDS?)

    02/05/2013 2:19:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/26/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare outlawed underwriting by health insurance companies. In other words, if we are diagnosed with cancer, run 10Ks, have diabetes or a family history of heart attacks, we all pay the same price. Fine. But there is one big exception. Smokers, who can be charged a huge insurance surcharge for their unhealthy habit. **SNIP** This financial stick is entirely political. Notice we never hear experts wanting to “punish” the promiscuous for the cost burden they inflict on the health care system. Yet people who sleep around, like smokers and the obese, cost the rest of us plenty–what with promiscuity leading...
  • City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

    02/05/2013 2:18:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/5/13 | Jason Koebler
    Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a progressive civil liberties group based ACA premium...
  • Radical Islam’s Global Reaction: The Push for Blasphemy Laws

    02/05/2013 2:10:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | February 5, 2013 | Michael J Totten
    “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson Free speech is under attack in the West, and it’s under attack from abroad. For years radical Islamists have targeted embassies abroad and individuals at home for “insulting” the Prophet Muhammad. And now diplomats and heads of state from Islamist countries are using international oganizations to pressure the West to criminalize blasphemy and are even lobbying for a global censorship regime. The most recent assault began in Cairo on September 11, 2012, when a deranged mob attacked the...
  • Cerabino: Florida sheriffs edge closer to law interpreting than law enforcing

    02/05/2013 2:04:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    palmbeachpost.co ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Frank Cerabino
    I know it’s illegal to impersonate a law-enforcement officer. But what happens when a law-enforcement officer impersonates a judge? I’m talking about the recent proclamation from the Florida Sheriff’s Association announcing that its members “will not not assist, support, or condone any unconstitutional infringement” of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. The timing of the proclamation coincided with efforts by President Barack Obama and some members of Congress to advocate for gun regulations that ban the sale of military-style assault weapons, limit rounds of ammunition in clips, and eliminate loopholes in background checks for gun sales. If those measures,...
  • Feds: Philly woman key in ‘massive’ $200M international scam

    02/05/2013 1:58:27 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/05/2013 | Frank Kummer
    A Philadelphia woman was arrested today along with 12 others in what federal authorities call "one of the largest" credit card fraud schemes ever. --snip-- Essentially, the enterprise worked like this, according to the complaint: Members of the group would create false identities through a series of documents, then create a false profile for the major credit bureaus. Next, the group would, "pump up" the credit by providing false information to the credit bureaus from fake companies. The sham companies existed only to make it appear that the fictional people had excellent credit. Finally, members of the group would run...
  • Why a Permanent Democratic Majority Is Not a Demographic Inevitability (Part One: Antecedents)

    02/05/2013 1:55:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    The Nation ^ | February 4, 2013 | Rick Perlstein
    Following Barack Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney a certain argument became ubiquitous: the argument from demographic inevitability. That the Republican Party, absent deep-seated changes that are all but unimaginable, is in for a generation or more of electoral doom. Indeed the argument was being made long before the votes were even cast. Here was Jonathan Chait in New York magazine, etching the argument sharply almost a year ago: The modern GOP—the party of Nixon, Reagan and both Bushes—is staring down its own demographic extinction. Right-wing warnings of impending tyranny express, in hyperbolic form, well-grounded dread: that conservative America will soon...
  • Pathway to citizenship could increase Obamacare cost up to $300 billion over a decade

    02/05/2013 1:54:12 PM PST · by illiac · 6 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/5/13 | Caroline May
    Any immigration package in which current illegal immigrants are made eligible for ObamaCare — in the form of either exchanges or Medicaid — could increase costs to the federal government by between $120 billion to $200 billion in its first decade, according to internal calculations by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee that were obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller. GOP Senate Budget Committee staffers explained to TheDC that the estimates assume that the law’s provision capping total spending on exchange subsidies, which is set to begin in 2019, is enforced. However, should the provision fall by the...
  • Boy Scout leader charged with sodomizing Scout

    02/05/2013 1:48:55 PM PST · by massmike · 24 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 02/05/2013 | n/a
    A former Boy Scout leader has been charged with sodomizing a boy in his troop who was under the age of 13. The abuse took place in 2005, according to court documents, but the victim, now an adult, waited several years before coming forward, reported WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, Va. The BSA’s Stonewall Jackson Area Council released a prepared statement after the arrest. “The abuse of anyone, especially a child, is intolerable and our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who may be a victim of this type of behavior,” the statement said. ‘The behavior included in these allegations runs...
  • Krugman: U.S. Needs Death Panels, Sales Taxes

    02/05/2013 1:47:44 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Joel Griffith
    Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week. During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt. Earlier in the evening, Krugman had already vocalized his satisfaction at President Obama’s apparent lack of concern over the exploding cumulative deficit. However, in a moment of brutal honesty, the esteemed Princeton professor revealed his long term prognosis. According to the professor: Eventually we do have a problem. That the population is getting older, health care costs are rising…there is this question of how we’re...
  • AP sources: Pentagon extending benefits for gays [Back door homosexual "marriage" ?]

    02/05/2013 1:41:47 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 91 replies
    Miami Herald--Associated Depressed ^ | 2/5/13 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. The policy change would come about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. Officials say Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, as well as health and welfare programs.
  • Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid flip: Are conservatives embracing ObamaCare?

    02/05/2013 1:35:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Peter Weber
    Why did the Tea Party–backed governor of Ohio just say yes to a key part of President Obama's health care law? Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is the latest governor to accept the hefty Medicaid expansion authorized by President Obama's health care overhaul. He's not the first Republican to do so — Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), and Jan Brewer (Ariz.) have, too — but Kasich's opt-in is a bigger deal. As House Budget Committee chairman during the Newt Gingrich years, the "fiercely conservative" Kasich "built his political identity arguing for smaller government," says David Nather...
  • WA police agencies sell confiscated guns (barf alert)

    02/05/2013 1:31:44 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    krem.com ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Chris Ingalls
    Seattle's police department made headlines last month when it held a gun buyback event where citizens surrendered more than 700 firearms in exchange for Amazon.com gift cards. SPD's policy is to destroy the guns it collects through the program, removing unwanted weapons from the hands of private citizens where they might otherwise be stolen, lost, used in a crime, or accidentally discharged. But not all police agencies destroy guns seized by police or turned in by private citizens. A KING 5 investigation of records filed with the State Treasurer’s Office showed that police departments in Hoquiam, Fife and Auburn sold...
  • How Ugly is the Student Loan Bubble?

    02/05/2013 1:29:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 02/05/2013 | By Eric McWhinnie
    While the student debt bubble has yet to pop like housing, more cracks are appearing. New research shows that college loan debt is dramatically rising and becoming riskier than in past years.FICO (NYSE:FICO), a company that provides analytics including credit scores, recently conducted a study to examine changes in student loans since 2005. To little surprise, the results were quite sobering. The sky-rocketing costs of college have been outpacing inflation for years. As a result, more consumers are taking out student loans to pay for their education. FICO finds that approximately 12 million Americans had two or more open student...
  • Eric Cantor Endorses Citizenship for DREAMers

    02/05/2013 1:16:36 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 78 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 5th 2013 | Emily Deruy
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attempted to project a softer Republican tone on immigration during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, but indicated there is a ways to go until Republicans and Democrats agree on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican, endorsed a path to citizenship for DREAMers, the undocumented young people brought to the United States as children.
  • GUN HEARINGS: Overflowing crowd at Minnesota Capitol on Day 1

    02/05/2013 1:14:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    myfoxtwincities.com ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tim Blotz
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesota lawmakers opened debate on a handful of gun control proposals Tuesday at the State Capitol. The House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee will look at expanding background checks, banning military-style weapons, a limit on magazine capacities and allowing school workers to carry weapons. A huge crowd gathered outside the House hearing room, which forced some spectators into an overflow room. WHAT THEY"RE SAYING... "My father lived the American dream but died the American nightmare." - Sami Rahamim, son of Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim "An egregious violation of the Second Amendment." -...
  • British House of Commons Approves Gay Marriage

    02/05/2013 1:12:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/05/2013 | By JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL
    LONDON — The House of Commons voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to approve a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain, indicating that the bill is assured of passage as it moves through further legislative stages. But in a major setback for Prime Minister David Cameron, who championed the bill, it appeared that more than half of the lawmakers in his Conservative Party voted against the measure or abstained. After a six-hour debate, the Commons vote was 400 to 175 for the bill. It will have to pass in the House of Lords, where delaying tactics by opponents are possible, but Mr....
  • Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses

    02/05/2013 1:12:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | Febuary 5, 2013 | Ernesto Londońo
    The Pentagon has decided to extend certain benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian personnel, according to officials and people notified about the decision, responding to the increasingly vocal appeals of same-sex couples in the military. The military expects to announce the decision this week.
  • Falklands will be under our control within 20 years, says Argentina

    02/05/2013 1:09:17 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 February 2013 | Patrick Wintour, political editor
    The Falklands Islands will be under Argentinian control within 20 years, the South American country's foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, has said in an interview with the Guardian. Visiting London for the first time, he ruled out a military solution to the 130-year-old sovereignty dispute but claimed the world increasingly recognised that the islands were a product of colonialism. He accused the British government of being motivated by a fanatical desire to hold on to the islands and claimed "the United Kingdom has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to find a solution for the Malvinas". He said: "I...
  • Zing! Piers Morgan whines and Herman Cain responds: ‘Bless your heart’ (tweets at link)

    02/05/2013 12:55:13 PM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Oh, yes. He did. Herman Cain blasted Musket Morgan with the best insult ever: Bless your heart! Taking a page from Romney’s book? Remember, he slammed Obama with the ultimate “oh, snap” during the campaign. That was called racist, natch.
  • Chung Kim, Texas man, fatally shoots couple in argument over dog feces, report says

    02/05/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 5, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Chung Kim, a Texas man, was charged with capital murder Monday after he allegedly shot and killed a couple who lived upstairs from his northwest Dallas apartment in an argument over dog feces.
  • White House declines to explain drone policy

    02/05/2013 12:22:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    ap news ^ | 2/5/13 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is declining to explain its criteria for directing drone attacks against American citizens working abroad with terrorists. A newly disclosed Justice Department memo says the administration doesn't need evidence of a pending attack. The document says only that the target must be involved in ongoing plotting against the United States. White House spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't discuss the memo in detail. He said President Barack Obama takes seriously his responsibility to protect the United States and its citizens. Carney said drone strikes are legal and that great care is taken to avoid the loss...
  • Sen. Menendez Claims He Didn't Know Ex-Aide Was Part of Port Deal

    02/05/2013 12:17:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 5, 2013 | Ken Boehm
    Frances Robles reports in the New York Times that an ex-aide to Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) stood to benefit from a Dominican port security deal, along with Menendez benefactor Salomon Melgen. From the Times: Mr. Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has pushed United States government officials to help enforce a contract that a company owned in part by one of his major donors, Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, has with the Dominican government, which has refused to honor it. A top executive at Dr. Melgen's security company will be Pedro Pablo Permuy, a former national security adviser and senior legislative aide...
  • Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    02/05/2013 12:16:07 PM PST · by illiac · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/13 | Steven Dinan
    President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. CBO said that this year's tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they'll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade. But the non-partisan agency also expects fewer people to have to pay individual penalties to the IRS...
  • NYPD Stopped, Frisked 8.6% of City in 2011 (98% of those stopped were minorities)

    02/05/2013 12:04:44 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/05/2013 | By Kevin Spak,
    (Newser) – The NYPD detained the equivalent of 8.6% of all New Yorkers as part of its controversial "stop and frisk" program in 2011, and almost all of them were minorities, according to a statistical breakdown the department released last night. All told, police stopped a record 685,724 people, and nearly 90% of them were either black or Hispanic, the New York Post reports. Only 9% were white and 4% Asian. In many places, the racial disparity was even worse. In the two precincts that saw the most stops, Brooklyn's 75th and 73rd, 97% and 98% of cases, respectively, involved...
  • David Rivkin on President Obama's power grab on gun control

    02/05/2013 11:59:49 AM PST · by dont_tread_on_malik · 8 replies
    Obama is on a roll with all the regulations he's created to take away my second amendment rights. David Rivkin explains what he can ACTUALLY do with gun control. Maybe Obama should refresh his memory on the Constitution.
  • The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs

    02/05/2013 11:58:08 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-5-2013 | Walter Hickey
    The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs Walter HickeyFebruary 5,2013 The Bipartisan Policy Center — an independent group with a long track record of accurate prognostication — has confirmed that they expect massive job losses across the board if Congress is unable to avert the sequester. The prediction isn't without immediate evidence, either. The contraction in GDP last week was largely attributed to decrease in government funding allocated to manufacturing in the defense sector, which has seen a substantial cut as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 mandatory spending caps and...
  • Gay marriage: Legislation passes [UK] Commons despite Tory opposition

    02/05/2013 11:50:56 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/5/2013
    MPs have approved legislation for same-sex marriage in England and Wales, despite the opposition of dozens of Conservative MPs. The Commons voted in favour of the The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by 400 to 175, a majority of 225, at the end of a full day's debate on the bill. Prime Minister David Cameron has described the move as "an important step forward" that strengthens society.
  • Colorado second-grader suspended for throwing IMAGINARY grenade during recess

    02/05/2013 11:41:42 AM PST · by tom h · 49 replies
    Fox31 Denver ^ | February 4, 2013 | David Mitchell and Julie Hayden
    KDVR NEWS – A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing. The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world. But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play. “I was trying to save people and I just can’t believe I got dispended,” says Alex Evans, who doesn’t understand his suspension any better than he can pronounce it. “It’s called ‘rescue the world,’” he says. He was playing a game during recess at Loveland’s Mary Blair Elementary School and threw an imaginary grenade into a...
  • The Fake Economist Who Conned A Nation

    02/05/2013 11:33:40 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 19 replies
    Planet Money (NPR) ^ | January 24, 2013 | unattributed
    [I had to excerpt independent.co.uk, per FR rules. My paraphrase follows below, in italics].A man who claimed to be a former employee of the World Bank, the United Nations, and a professor in the United States has been proven to be a fraud after becoming a media celebrity for criticizing Portugal's austerity measures._____After we read this, we got in touch with Filipe Miranda, a former Planet Money intern who grew up in Portugal, and whose family still lives there. Here's Filipe's take:This guy came out of nowhere and spent about a month and a half hoodwinking the Portuguese elite. He...
  • Minister: immigrant 'volumes' too high (Sweden)

    02/05/2013 11:31:20 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 8 replies
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 02-02-2013 | AFP/The Local
    Sweden's immigration minister has told a newspaper that Sweden needs to tighten rules for asylum seekers and other would-be immigrants to reduce the number of people coming into the country. "Today Sweden is one of the countries that receives the most immigrants in the EU. That's not sustainable," Tobias Billström told the Saturday edition of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. The minister's Moderate Party, a conservative group and the largest member of Sweden's centre-right coalition government, has tasked Billström with looking at ways to lower the "volumes" of immigrants entering the Scandinavian country, he said. The party wants the country's immigration...
  • CBO: THE DEFICIT WILL SHRINK MASSIVELY IN COMING YEARS

    02/05/2013 11:07:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/05/2013 | Sam Ro
    CBOThe CBO has just published its Budget and Economic Outlook.The big headline: the CBO expects the U.S. budget deficit to fall to $845 billion this year.  This would be the first reading under $1 trillion in five years.They also estimate that the deficit falls to $616 billion in 2014 and as low as $430 billion in 2015.They assume unemployment rates of 8.0 percent in 2013 and 7.6 percent in 2014.  They also assume GDP growth of 1.4 percent in 2013 accelerating to 3.4 percent in 2014.Here are the CBO's long-term budget projections: CBO And here are the economic projections:...
  • Arizona sues EPA over “absurd” coal emission rules

    02/05/2013 11:05:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    hot air ^ | 2/5/13 | Ed Morrissey
    To paraphrase Herman’s Hermits: Second term, same as the first? The latest front in the war on coal has shifted far from the mines which produce the raw materials for energy production, and to a state known for its contentious relationship with the Obama administration. Arizona has filed suit against the EPA over new rules that it calls “absurd,” and which will drive up energy costs for little practical purpose (via The Right Scoop): Arizona challenged in federal court U.S. environmental regulators efforts to force Arizona power companies to spend up to $1 billion to install pollution control equipment at...
  • Fighting fat with fat: Stem cell discovery identifies potential obesity treatment

    02/05/2013 11:04:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    http://medicalxpress.com ^ | Feb 05, 2013 | Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
    Ottawa scientists have discovered a trigger that turns muscle stem cells into brown fat, a form of good fat that could play a critical role in the fight against obesity. The findings from Dr. Michael Rudnicki's lab, based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, were published today in the prestigious journal Cell Metabolism. "This discovery significantly advances our ability to harness this good fat in the battle against bad fat and all the associated health risks that come with being overweight and obese," says Dr. Rudnicki, a senior scientist and director for the Regenerative Medicine Program and Sprott Centre for...
  • Sebelius: ObamaCare is the law of the land, so you might as well help us implement it

    02/05/2013 11:01:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Or, in other words: Just give in already to the power of the all-knowing and all-powerful bureaucracy. Trust us.Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that ObamaCare’s Medicaid mandate (requiring that states expand their programs and provide specified health care to all citizens whose income falls below a certain threshold, or else face losing all prior federal funding) was an unconstitutional “gun to the head” for states’ administrations and budgets, and confirmed their right to opt out without penalty — but that doesn’t mean the Obama administration isn’t applying every type of political pressure and fiscal inducement they can to coerce...
  • Kasich embrace of Obamacare program angers some conservatives

    02/05/2013 10:59:32 AM PST · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    By accepting the provision included in President Barack Obama's health care law expanding federal Medicaid funding, Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined four fellow Republican governors in welcoming part of a program their party has campaigned vehemently against. He also drew the ire of some Republican activists, who had viewed him as a model of small government conservatism and a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination.
  • Obama admin: Drones can target Americans abroad based on one official’s opinion

    02/05/2013 10:57:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The killing of al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki generated a surprising amount of controversy. The US had used drones to kill scores of AQ leaders and followers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen before Awlaki and afterward. However, Awlaki was a US citizen, and the targeting of an American citizen by the government was considered a new step — and not necessarily a good one. The demand for a controlling procedure began to grow, amplified ironically by Barack Obama himself when the New York Times reported that he tried to rush rules into place for drone use in case Mitt Romney won...
  • Obama plans spring trip to Israel

    02/05/2013 10:57:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/5/13 | ENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Obama discussed plans to visit Israel this spring during a recent phone call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House said Tuesday. (PHOTOS: Obama’s 24 international trips) Obama brought up the travel plans during a Jan. 28 call with Netanyahu, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said. “The start of the president’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria," Vietor...
  • California faces backlog of 40,000 weapons in hands of felons, mentally ill

    02/05/2013 10:54:03 AM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/5/13 | Barnini Chakraborty
    According to the state DOJ, that's nearly 40,000 handguns and assault weapons currently in circulation that shouldn't be. As Capitol Hill begins to debate a raft of anti-gun violence measures -- ranging from gun control bills to proposals to improve screening and the mental health system -- California officials are trying to take matters into their own hands. After Lindley testified at a hearing last week that his office lacks enough staff to confiscate weapons from felons and the mentally ill -- which are recorded in the state's Armed Prohibited Persons database -- lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would...
  • Look which companies dumping Boy Scouts

    02/05/2013 10:50:39 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 81 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 2-5-2013 | Art Moore
    Major corporations that have donated to the Boy Scouts of America in recent years are largely remaining quiet ahead of the highly anticipated vote Wednesday on the organization’s policy on homosexuals, but some have made it clear their money will go only to groups that don’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. In 2010, the latest year for which figures are available, the top donors to the Scouts, listed in descending order according to amount, were Intel, Emerson, Verizon, 3M, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Pfizer, Valero, UPS, U.S. Bank, Eli Lilly and Co., GE, Monsanto, Medtronic, PNC, Nationwide,...
  • Michelle Obama’s posterior again the subject of a public rant

    02/05/2013 10:50:19 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ^ | February 5,2013 | Krissah Thompson
    They’re at it again. The latest public rant against Michelle Obama’s effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business. And then it quickly found its way around to the first lady’s posterior.