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  • Prison officer busted after becoming pregnant by cop-killer she was guarding: feds

    02/05/2013 5:24:05 PM PST · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    A federal prison officer became pregnant after secretly carrying on a prohibited sexual relationship with a cop-killer inmate she was supposed to be guarding, prosecutors announced today. The feds say that Nancy Gonzalez, 29, a federal Bureau of Prisons officer was arrested this morning at her home in Huntington, LI, after she tried to hide her intimate prison affair with Ronell Wilson, an inmate convicted of gunning down two undercover NYPD detectives in a point-blank execution in Staten Island.
  • The rapid rise of Greece’s nouveaux pauvres [new poor]

    02/05/2013 5:23:59 PM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Ekathimerini ^ | 06 February 2013 | Sotiris Nikas
    Almost 400,000 people are believed to have dropped below the poverty line within one year during the country’s financial crisis: In 2011, the number of Greeks living in conditions of poverty or social exclusion reached 3.403 million – up from 3.031 million in 2010, according to Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) figures. In total, the share of the population considered to be living in poverty amounted to 21.4 percent in 2011, up from 20.1 percent a year earlier. The poverty line for 2011 was set at an annual income of 5,951 euros, while the respective threshold for 2010 was higher, at...
  • House Republicans signal openness to some gun measures (Cantor)

    02/05/2013 5:21:57 PM PST · by Red Steel · 32 replies
    WaPo ^ | Tuesday, February 5, 3:32 PM | Ed O'Keefe and Philip Rucker,
    The second-ranking House Republican said Tuesday that he supports improving the federal background-check system for gun buyers but stopped short of endorsing universal checks on all weapon purchases. The comments by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) came as two GOP lawmakers from suburban districts announced plans to co-sponsor legislation to make gun trafficking a federal crime for the first time. The moves signal potential openings for bipartisan compromise on gun control, a debate so far dominated by Democrats with little said or done by Republicans. Cantor, giving the most specific comments on gun control by a GOP congressional leader...
  • Netflix's Risky Strategy For 'House Of Cards' ( Senator Kevin Spacey)

    02/05/2013 5:16:20 PM PST · by RummyChick · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/5 | rosenbaum
    The thing about making television programs is, the folks who don’t do it always think it’s easy. After all, Seinfeld was nothing more than an NYC apartment set, some writers, and a few unknown actors. Of course, given the number of failed sitcoms, we know its a bit harder than that. Which is why Netflixs’ decision to get into original production is brave, risky, and had a very strong likelihood of a disastrous end. After all, HBO has had its share of hits and misses, and it’s been at original series production for a very long time. Then Netflix looks...
  • The Great Divider

    02/05/2013 5:15:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Dear Critic, It was wholly a pleasure to hear from you about our president's Second Inaugural address, which you found uplifting, eloquent, enthralling ... while I felt safe in asserting that, well, it wasn't Lincoln's. Surely that fact is beyond dispute. I do thank you for writing; I learn most from my critics. Sometimes, like you, they pose a good question, as you did. You noted that I quoted from the great inaugural addresses of the past -- Jefferson's and Lincoln's and FDR's -- in contrast to Barack Obama's. But what about more contemporary presidents, you asked. Can I think...
  • France 'totally bankrupt', says labour minister Michel Sapin

    02/05/2013 5:10:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 28 January 2013 | Graham Ruddick
    Michel Sapin made the gaffe in a radio interview, which left French President Francois Hollande battling to undo the potential reputational damage. “There is a state but it is a totally bankrupt state,” Mr Sapin said. “That is why we had to put a deficit reduction plan in place, and nothing should make us turn away from that objective.” The comments came as President Hollande attempts to improve the image of the French economy after pledging to reduce the country’s deficit by cutting spending by €60bn (Ł51.5bn) over the next five years and increasing taxes by €20bn.
  • Big Dangers as Obama Democrats Flout Budget Laws (Lawless RATS?)

    02/05/2013 5:07:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/05/13 | Chris Stirewalt
    **SNIP** What are citizens to do when their government refuses to follow its own laws? The answers to this question throughout history have been hugely unhappy. When individuals in government de-legitimize their own institutions by breaking the rules, rebellion, repression and general lawlessness have often been the result. This is why the rule of law has been so central to happy, healthy and prosperous lives since Cicero was still in swaddling. Americans have done better at this than anyone else, having inherited the love of the law from our British progenitors. The Founding Fathers took it a step further by...
  • Cumberland Valley School Board approves random search policy for student vehicles

    02/05/2013 5:00:12 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 21 replies
    Patriot News ^ | February 4, 2013 | Roger Quigley
    It's not something they intend to use immediately, but the Cumberland Valley School Board Monday night approved a policy revision that will allow random searches of student vehicles by local law enforcement officials using certified drug dogs. Development of the policy has been in the works for about a year. Board members said they wanted to put it in place now so that parents and students will know it can be used and to include it in a new student handbook soon to be prepared. District officials said any vehicle searches would be coordinated with the Cumberland County Drug Task...
  • 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...