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  • Obama Administration Offers Direct Talks with Iran

    02/05/2013 4:48:34 PM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 5, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    On Saturday, the Obama administration’s efforts to maintain the fantasy that diplomatic efforts will get Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons was again on display for all the world to see, courtesy of Vice President Joe Biden. During a speech at the Munich Security Conference, Biden contended that the United States “would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership.” ”There has to be an agenda that they are prepared to speak to,” Biden added. “We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise.” The Iranians, meanwhile, are hailing the new approach the Obama administration...
  • Chuck Hagel: Unprincipled Flip-Flopper or Serial Liar?

    02/05/2013 4:47:20 PM PST · by SJackson · 19 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | February 5, 2013 | Ari Lieberman
    In 1998, Chuck Hagel attempted to block the appointment of James Hormel as ambassador to Luxemburg on the grounds that Hormel was “openly and aggressively gay.” Fourteen years later, on the heels of his own political appointment as Department of Defense (DOD) chief, Hagel issued an apology to Hormel calling his remarks “insensitive” and not reflective of his current views on LGBT issues. Of course the timing of Hagel’s “apology” was impeccable. One could even say expedient and likely done not on his own initiative but at the behest of the White House. But Hagel’s sudden reversal on gay issues...
  • Shapiro Talks 'Bullies' To Heritage Foundation - MUST SEE!

    02/05/2013 4:42:29 PM PST · by STARWISE · 20 replies
    Heritage Foundation: A book event- While the Left likes to pretend that they oppose bullying with all their heart and soul, Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of Breitbart.com, argues that in reality the Left is the greatest purveyor of bullying in modern American history. Bullying has morphed into the go-to tactic used to quash opponents through fear, threat of force, violence, and rhetorical intimidation on every major issue facing our nation. Whether playing the race card, the class card, or the sexism card, any and every means is invoked to demonize the opposition. By creating a climate of fear, ordinary Americans are...
  • Dick Morris Dropped By Fox News

    02/05/2013 4:34:11 PM PST · by library user · 47 replies
    Deadline.com via Drudge ^ | Feb. 5, 2013 | By DOMINIC PATTEN
    Long time contributor Dick Morris will no longer be a talking head on Fox New Channel. “His contract is up and we will not be renewing it, ” a spokesperson for the news network confirmed today. A perpetual presence during last year’s Presidential election, Morris has not been seen on FNC since November 12. Earlier today, he did announce via Twitter that he would be making an appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday. That will be the first time the conservative former Clinton advisor has appeared on CNN since 2002. Morris isn’t the only big name contributor departure...
  • 181st Birthday tribute to General Gordon

    02/05/2013 4:28:07 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 4 replies
    Canda Free Press ^ | February 5, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    John B. Gordon believed in the South's Constitutional right to secession, but after the war, he worked to unite the nation and helped white and black Southerners the war made poor.
  • Could Monterey Shale Save California?

    02/05/2013 4:26:07 PM PST · by raptor22 · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 5, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: The former Golden State is floating in debt, even as it sits on two-thirds of America's shale oil reserves locked in a formation four times the size of the one that sparked North Dakota's economic boom. North Dakota is now the largest oil producer in the country after Texas with a monthly oil output of about 20 million barrels. North Dakota's oil boom accounts for 11% of U.S. oil production, and it is the impetus behind the state's $3.8 billion surplus and an unemployment rate of just 3.2%, the lowest in the nation. California is not running a surplus,...
  • Florida teen gets 30 days in jail for insult to Miami judge

    02/05/2013 4:25:35 PM PST · by SMGFan · 56 replies
    A cranky Florida teenager, upset over getting arrested for drug possession, lashed out at a Miami judge during her bond hearing Monday, flipping him the bird and earning a 30-day sentence for contempt in the process. Penelope Soto, who had been arrested for having Xanax and was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, was brought before Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat on Monday. The stern jurist asked the 18-year-old Soto, who was wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, about her assets, probing into how much her jewelry was worth, according to NBCMiami.com. Soto, who had been...
  • Dear FReepers: We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again!! [FReepathon thread XVI]

    02/05/2013 4:22:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 348 replies
    Dear FReepers, We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again. Now into the second month of the fundraiser and we're catching up, but still lagging about 10% behind the pace. We actually have more donations than we had at this point last quarter, but we're average about four dollars less per donation. This is a direct result of the harm Obama's Marxist policies are inflicting on the economy. Hopefully it'll get going strong again so we can complete our fundraiser in the next few weeks. Free Republic stands for God and Country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!!...
  • Syrian Detained for Assault Attempt on Ahmadenijad

    02/05/2013 4:12:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/2/13
    Egyptian security forces arrested a man, apparently a Syrian, who allegedly tried to attack Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a visit to a mosque in Cairo. The attack was allegedly spurred by the man's opposition to Iran's support of the Syrian...
  • The Al and Amy Show

    02/05/2013 4:10:37 PM PST · by BlueBerrier0341
    The Jason Lewis Show ^ | 2-5-13 | Jason Lewis
    Boy, it’s great to be liberal in Minnesota. While the usual suspects remain ever vigilant for any hint of political malfeasance involving Rep. Michele Bachmann, Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar get off scot-free for voting in favor of Obamacare’s medical devices tax before they were against it.
  • Obama to visit Israel, First Time as President

    02/05/2013 4:07:47 PM PST · by lbryce · 21 replies
    AP ^ | February 5, 2013 | Josh Lederman
    President Barack Obama will go to Israel in the spring, the White House said Tuesday, marking his first visit to the staunch U.S. ally since becoming president. While in the region, Obama will make stops in the West Bank and Jordan. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit to Israel in late January, when Obama congratulated Netanyahu on his success in Israel's recent election. The White House has not released the date of Obama's trip or details about Obama's itinerary, but Israel's Channel 10 reported that the trip had been scheduled for March 20. "The start of...
  • Israel: Can’t Find PA Incitement? Here It Is

    02/05/2013 4:07:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    In wake of the release of a report comparing Palestinian Authority textbooks to Israeli textbooks in terms of incitement, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry has released a simple PowerPoint presentation outlining PA incitement and giving examples. Among the more disturbing instances of incitement are incident in which teachers used their blogs or Facebook pages to spread hate. One PA school’s Facebook page includes an image of an Arab child being strangled by a snake marked with a Star of David. Another school’s Facebook page has an image of Adolf Hitler, complete with a quote stating that Hitler left some Jews alive...
  • Government buying select-fire....calls them weapons "suitable for self defense"

    02/05/2013 4:05:22 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies
    This announcement is being placed in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) paragraph 5.207.  It is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items.  5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense.  This announcement constitutes the only solicitation and proposals are being requested.  See attachments for complete details.
  • The Case for a 25-Hour Work Week (This Is Not a Joke)

    02/05/2013 4:00:57 PM PST · by Professional Engineer · 39 replies
    Inc. ^ | Feb. 4, 2013 | Laura Entis
    The 40-hour work week is an outdated model, according to Science Nordic's James W Vaupel, head of the new Danish Max Planck research center. Instead, he argues, we should only work 25 hours a week--but keep working until we’re octogenarians. “We’re getting older and older here in Denmark. Kids who are ten years old today should be able to work until the age of 80. In return, they won’t need to work more than 25 hours per week when they become adults,” Vaupel told Science Nordic. “In the 20th century we had a redistribution of wealth. I believe that in...
  • Local lawmakers cool to more gun laws (Colorado)

    02/05/2013 3:56:10 PM PST · by Red Steel · 1 replies
    The Pueblo Chieftain ^ | Updated: 11:19 pm, Thu Jan 10, 2013. | PETER ROPER
    Cheerful that the Legislature is getting under way, Southern Colorado lawmakers gave generally high marks to Gov. John Hickenlooper's State of the State speech Thursday, although most are cool to tougher gun laws. Whether it was new state Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, new state Rep. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, or veteran state Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Alamosa, the governor's call to universal background checks on gun sales didn't inspire. All three called themselves Second Amendment supporters. "I guess it's a subject for further discussion," said Garcia, the brand new House District 46 lawmaker. "But I liked the portions of his speech about...
  • Obama urges short-term budget fix, but GOP balks at more revenue

    02/05/2013 3:51:50 PM PST · by yoe · 9 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | February 5, 2013 | Anita Kumar and David Lightman
    [snip] But Obama’s proposal would only postpone the $85 billion in automatic cuts, scheduled to take effect March 1, by a few months until a larger deal could be reached. [snip] The CBO projects, absent changes in spending and/or taxes, that federal debt held by the public will reach levels akin to 76 percent of the total economy, the largest percentage since 1950. It would tick up to 77 percent by the end of the decade and rise even further in years beyond that. Obama did not offer a specific proposal or release any new plans Tuesday. But he said...
  • Record 40 Governors Declare Feb. 6 'Ronald Reagan Day'

    02/05/2013 3:51:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 5, 2013 | Anna Henderson
    In honor of President Reagan's 102nd birthday, a record number of governors declare "Ronald Reagan Day" in their states. Each year the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project asks governors from all 50 states to issue a proclamation declaring Feb. 6 "Ronald Reagan Day" in their respective states. Today, the Ronald Reagan Legacy Project proudly commends the 40 governors -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- who have chosen to honor President Reagan's 102nd birthday. "Ronald Reagan led America forward to defeat the threats to our prosperity of high taxes, inflation, and recession at home and a surging Soviet Empire abroad. He left...
  • 10 signs Wall Street’s soul sickness grows worse

    02/05/2013 3:51:19 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Market Watch ^ | February 5, 2013 | Paul B. Farrell
    Yes, the Dow and S&P500 hit new highs. But the rally’s hiding huge risks: “GDP turns negative as U.S. economic recovery stalls,” screams one headline. Another hears a “Ticking Time Bomb.” World’s central bankers at Davos warn cheap money’s blowing a new asset bubble. Dr. Doom, Marc Faber, “loves the high odds of a ‘big-time’ market crash.” Another, Nouriel Roubini, says “prepare for a perfect storm,” while Bond King Bill Gross sees a “credit supernova” dead ahead. Rally? Bubble? Crash? Global? Is the economy “peaking?” Are we on a long, slow-growth downhill slide to a 1% GDP? Is our banking...
  • Do We Live in a Post-Truth Era?

    02/05/2013 3:47:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | February 1, 2013 | Ronald Bailey
    Experts manufacture whatever facts an activist, politician, or bureaucrat needs."Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts," the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) famously quipped. But when it comes to social and environmental problems nowadays, nearly everyone thinks he is entitled to his own facts, and an army of experts is on hand to manufacture and promote the carefully curated truths they require. The Progressive Era dream of empowering nonpartisan experts to solve social, economic, and environmental problems has failed spectacularly. What happened?Breakthrough Institute founders Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger grapple with this question in...
  • Japan’s Deputy PM Taro Aso 'Sorry' for Saying Old People Should 'Hurry up and Die'

    02/05/2013 3:46:35 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    IBT TImes ^ | 2-5-13 | Ewan Palmer:
    Japan's deputy prime minister has retracted his suggestion that old people should "hurry up and die" rather than have their live-saving treatment funded by the taxpayer. Taro Aso, 72, was speaking at a meeting of the National Council on Social Security Reforms which was discussing the cost of prolonging elderly people's lives with expensive treatment funded by taxes. Referring to seriously ill patients as "tube people", Aso said he would feel bad knowing his life was draining the country's economy. He said during the meeting: "Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I...