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  • US Government Wants To Help Manage Your IRA

    02/06/2013 7:06:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    The Global Dispatch ^ | 02/06/2013 | Judy Aron
    A recent Bloomberg article stated this: _______________________ The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is weighing whether it should take on a role in helping Americans manage the $19.4 trillion they have put into retirement savings, a move that would be the agency’s first foray into consumer investments. “That’s one of the things we’ve been exploring and are interested in in terms of whether and what authority we have,” bureau director Richard Cordray said in an interview. He didn’t provide additional details. The bureau’s core concern is that many Americans, notably those from the retiring Baby Boom generation, may fall prey...
  • High School Football Coach Suspended For Saying Michelle Obama Has ‘Fat Butt,’ Gays ‘Abomination'

    02/06/2013 7:05:13 AM PST · by dervish · 56 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | 2/5/13
    An Alabama high school football coach has been suspended without pay for 10 days for making derogatory comments about Michelle Obama and homosexuals. snip “You can go tell the principal, you can call the superintendent and tell her. I don’t believe in queers, I don’t like queers,” Grisham said in an audio recording that has gone viral, according to WHNT. “I don’t, I don’t hate them as a person, but what they do is wrong. It’s an abomination against God.” snip “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190 (pounds). She’s overweight,”
  • Broun to Announce Run for Chambliss Senate Seat (Another Tea Party favorite Rove will try to defeat)

    02/06/2013 7:04:55 AM PST · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/5/13 | Cyrus Afzali
    Tea party favorite Paul Broun, who has served in the House of Representatives since 2007, is expected to announce a run to take Saxby Chambliss’ seat in the U.S. Senate. He is due to make a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon at Atlanta’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. Chambliss announced last month that he will not run for a third term, after tea party threats that the group would put up candidates to run against him in a Republican primary. Since getting to Congress, Broun, 66, a general practice physician, has been an outspoken critic of many current federal policies. For example, he...
  • Payback for a Downgrade? (The Feds sue S&P but not Moody's for pre-crisis credit ratings)

    02/06/2013 6:59:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Now, this is awkward. One agency of the federal government is suing a company for fraud while another agency continues to endorse it. On Monday in Los Angeles, the Department of Justice sued Standard & Poor's and its parent McGraw-Hill MHP -0.25% for $5 billion. The claim is that S&P committed civil fraud when it issued high credit ratings on mortgage-related securities prior to the financial crisis of 2008. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have piled on the suit. No doubt investors who relied on the opinions of S&P and the other big credit-rating agencies, Moody's and Fitch,...
  • McDonnell transportation plan hits Democrat wall in Senate (Dems Kill McDonnell Tax Hike)

    02/06/2013 6:59:09 AM PST · by fractionated · 2 replies
    Hampton Roads Daily Press ^ | February 5, 2013 | Todd Allen Wilson
    Senate Democrats killed Gov. Bob McDonnell's comprehensive transportation funding plan that eliminates the state's gasoline tax in exchange for raising the sales tax to 5.8 percent Tuesday, just hours after the House of Delegates passed an amended version of the package. Senate Republicans offered two new versions of the plan that would have taxed gasoline at the wholesale level without increasing the sales tax, to no avail. The original measure's sponsor, Sen. Stephen Newman, introduced a new version of the bill that would have done away with the gas tax at the pump, and instead offer a wholesale gas tax...
  • Miami Judge Smacks Down Teen After She Gave Him The Finger In Court

    02/06/2013 6:58:24 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-6-2013 | Abby Rogers
    Miami Judge Smacks Down Teen After She Gave Him The Finger In Court Abby RogersFebruary 6,2013 NewsRoss/YouTube A Miami teen's bad attitude got her 30 days behind bars after the judge decided he wasn't going to put up with it. Penelope Soto, 18, was in Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat's bond court Monday on charges of possessing Xanax, Local 10 reported Monday. Rodriguez-Chomat was prepared to let her off on a $5,000 bond when the giggling girl made the mistake of sarcastically saying "Adios" before flitting away from the bench, NBC Miami reported Tuesday. But the judge wasn't having her sarcastic attitude...
  • Reese Case: Who Had Incentive to Lie Under Oath?

    02/06/2013 6:45:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Tea Party Patriots of Luna County ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tea Party Patriots of Luna County
    This week the Reese family continues to wait for Rick and Ryin to be released from jail pursuant to Judge Brack’s Memorandum Opinion and Order last week granting a new trial. Underscoring the decision are allegations that Luna County Sheriff Deputy Alan Batts may have had incentive to lie under oath. Rick and Terri Reese and their two sons, Ryin and Remington Reese were arrested in August 2011. They were charged with 30 counts of criminal activity related to making false statements in connection with the sale of firearms, international weapons trafficking related to smuggling weapons to the Mexican cartel,...
  • Postal Service to cut Saturday mail to trim costs

    02/06/2013 6:44:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | 2-6-13 | PAULINE JELINEK
    The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion annually, the financially struggling agency says. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August. The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points - package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services. Under the new plan,...
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran already a nuclear state, but has no intention of launching attack on Israel

    02/06/2013 6:41:39 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 15 replies
    Haaretz via Drudge ^ | Feb.06, 2013 | 11:43 AM | 34 | By Jack Khoury
    In interview with Al-Ahram on eve of Islamic Summit Conference in Cairo, Iranian president also says his country opposes outside intervention in Syria. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that while Iran is already a nuclear state, it has no intention of attacking Israel. Ahmadinejad was interviewed on the eve of his visit to Cairo, where he will attend the 12th Islamic Summit Conference, due to open there on Wednesday. To get the latest updates on Israel, Iran and the Middle East, subscribe now to Haaretz for only $1 for the first month Before his trip, he gave a long interview...
  • Beyond Absurd ... “I Did Not Ask Her Name or Address”….

    02/06/2013 6:40:27 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 31 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 6, 2013 | Sundance
    Each week when the participants in the prosecution of the State of Florida VS. George Zimmerman speak we are astounded that no-one in the legacy media finds enough courage to factually investigate this case. Specifically, the fraud that is the storyline around Witness #8 “Dee Dee” the supposed girlfriend of Trayvon Martin. Initially she was sold to the media on March 20th as a 16-year-old girl, a minor, a sweetheart, who was devastated at the tragic loss of her 17-year-old “puppy love”. A girl who was on the phone with Trayvon when he encountered George Zimmerman. Benjamin Crump played an...
  • Big Sis mulls presidential bid

    02/06/2013 6:38:33 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 5, 2013 | Staff
    If Hillary Clinton isn't in the 2016 U.S. presidential mix, a Washington Post commentary says Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano may be the woman to watch. Before moving to Washington Napolitano was a well-regarded and popular governor in Arizona. Since arriving in the nation's capital she has made it known she's mulling making a run for higher office, the Post said Monday. As governor, Napolitano was criticized for not being aggressive enough in addressing the influx of illegal immigrants. But as homeland security secretary, she has an opportunity in which to change that image, including a high-profile tour of the...
  • Obama's Extraordinary Hypocrisy on Drone Strikes

    02/06/2013 6:32:49 AM PST · by South40 · 8 replies
    Weazelzippers ^ | 2/5/2013
    Share it with every liberal you know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U9HvGmfD0ms
  • (NC) Sheriff: Gun permit applicants required to release mental health records

    02/06/2013 6:15:49 AM PST · by lwd · 36 replies
    Salisbury Post ^ | Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:48 a.m | Shavonne Potts
    The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says it will start requiring mental health background checks for anyone applying to buy a handgun. The application already asks whether the person seeking the handgun permit has ever been committed to a mental institution. But until now, the Sheriff’s Office had never verified the answer. Beginning Monday, handgun permit applicants will have to give permission for the Rowan County Clerk of Superior Court to release mental health records to the Sheriff’s Office.“It’s been an honor system, and we are just going to do a little more checking,” Sheriff Kevin Auten said. The inquiry includes...
  • Cook County IL adopts new gun law

    02/06/2013 6:13:15 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | John Byrne
    Cook County (Chicago) IL adopts new gun law Firearms owners will be required to report loss or sale of guns By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune reporter February 6, 2013 Firearms owners in suburban Cook County will face fines up to $2,000 if they don't report to police when their guns are lost, stolen or sold, under an ordinance county commissioners approved Tuesday. The plan, pushed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, will apply to all areas of the county where a similar law is not already on the books. It will not apply within the city of Chicago, which has...
  • Columbus Police want your guns

    02/06/2013 6:06:30 AM PST · by Hotmetal
    WTVA News ^ | 02/05/13 | Susan Parker
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Just give us the guns. No questions asked. The Columbus Police Department may be joining forces with other city officials, faith-based organizations and members of the community to reduce the number of firearms in town. If all goes as planned in the form of approval from the Columbus City Council, four locations would be made available to surrender guns on a designated Saturday. Buy back prices range from $20 for bb guns and air pistols. Hand guns would would be purchased for $100. Rifles and shot guns would be $200 and assault rifles would be worth...
  • Cleveland police chase and shooting portrayed as chaotic scene by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

    02/06/2013 5:53:52 AM PST · by i_robot73 · 30 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 02/05/2013 | Rachel Dissell
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — A November car chase ended in a "full blown-out" firefight, with glass and bullets flying, according to Cleveland police officers who described for investigators the chaotic scene at the end of the deadly 25-minute pursuit. But when the smoky haze -- caused by rapid fire of nearly 140 bullets in less than 30 seconds -- dissipated, it soon became clear that more than a dozen officers had been firing at one another across a middle school parking lot in East Cleveland. Soon after the shooting stopped, one officer rushed to check the two occupants of the 1979...
  • Immigration Law Enforcement Union Boss: Obama Doesn’t Care if We Die

    02/06/2013 5:53:31 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    ashinton Examiner ^ | February 5, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security care more about “special interests” in the Democratic campaign base than the lives of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the ICE union boss told Congress today. “Death or serious injury to ICE officers and agents appears more acceptable to ICE, DHS, and Administration leadership, than the public complaints that would be lodged by special interest groups representing illegal aliens,” Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement 118, told the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon. Crane based that statement on the way government policies handcuff the ICE officers charged...
  • Stalingrad: 1943 and 2013

    02/06/2013 5:50:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Austin Bay
    Feb. 2 marked the 70th anniversary of the end of one of World War II's most decisive and utterly destructive battles, the five-months of slaughter in the Russian city then called Stalingrad. In 2012, this column revisited several major battles of 1942, including Midway and El Alamein. Midway destroyed Japan's strategic offensive capabilities. El Alamein began the Western Allies' long drive to Berlin. Winston Churchill saw Britain's North African victory as, "perhaps, the end of the beginning." Subsequent allied victories on the Western and Eastern fronts proved Churchill correct, with Stalingrad the eastern end of the beginning. However, the...
  • Reports on China vanish from N. Korean media

    02/06/2013 5:49:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/06
    2013/02/06 15:25 KST Reports on China vanish from N. Korean media SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Yonhap) -- News reports about China have effectively vanished from North Korean media, raising speculation that Pyongyang is upset with its close ally over its request the North not go through with its expected nuclear test, an analysis of the country's major wire service, daily paper and broadcasters showed Wednesday. The screening of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Rodong Sinmun, Korean Central Television (KCTV), Radio Pyongyang and Chosun Central TV by Yonhap News Agency following the passage of the U.N. Security Council resolution on Jan....
  • Taking America from Welfare State to Opportunity Society

    02/06/2013 5:46:24 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 6, 2013 | Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.
    “I must go to college!” insists eight-year-old Pierre William. Such planning may seem unusual in a second grader. But Pierre is lucky. He’s attending a private school in the District of Columbia using funds from the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. That’s opened his eyes to the possibilities that only a college education can provide. His mother Patricia William says the program has taught her how to be a better parent and to be involved in her children’s education. She insists she’ll remain involved. “I try to stay focused and not get discouraged,” William says. That matters for her children, and...
  • Editorial: Will the White House Finally Grow the Backbone to Digitally Counterattack China?

    02/06/2013 5:46:15 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 14 replies
    DailyTech ^ | 1-31-2013 | Jason Mick
    Hack on The New York Times is latest incident to illustrate China's dominance in the new era of warfare, and the U.S.'s inactionIn the campy remake of the 1980s classic Red Dawn, MGM last year recast the titular enemy as not the Soviet-era Russians, but the Chinese. The movie may have been panned, but it did have one thing going for it -- it was uncomfortably close to reality. I. A New WarChina is unlikely to ever raise its guns or tank barrels on the U.S. It does not need to. The ultimate goal of all conquest is money, power,...
  • MK: Want to Enlist Hareidim? Enlist Arabs, Too

    02/06/2013 5:43:45 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    “Equal share in the burden” of army enlistment is meaningless if it does not include Arab citizens, representatives from the hareidi-religious Yahadut Hatorah (United Torah Judaism) party argued Tuesday evening in a meeting with Likud Beytenu. “If there is ‘equality’ – then let it be true equality. Why is the hareidi population under pressure while the Arabs are outside the debate completely?” challenged MK Moshe Gafni, who was quoted by the hareidi paper Hamevaser. MK Meir Porush argued that the state has not historically been eager to enlist even those hareidi men who were eligible for mandatory service. “According to...
  • Walter Williams: Women in Combat

    02/06/2013 5:41:08 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Walter Williams
    A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field." The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same...
  • Karl Rove Is Not a Conservative

    02/06/2013 5:37:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Terry Jeffrey
    Karl Rove -- "The Architect," as President George W. Bush called him -- crafted Bush's two presidential campaigns and served as a key player in Bush's White House. Now, with an assist from The New York Times, Rove is presenting himself as a conservative leader. On Sunday, the Times reported that American Crossroads, the super PAC Rove started, was beginning a new program called "The Conservative Victory Project." This project, as the Times put it, will "recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and tea party enthusiasts." But Rove is no conservative. If you give...
  • Penney’s Johnson seen slashing jobs (JC Penney's meltdown continues...)

    02/06/2013 5:32:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/6/13 | JAMES COVERT
    JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson is getting ready to break more hearts at headquarters — a few hundred more. In what some Penney insiders are calling the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” the former Apple exec plans this month to fire at least 10 percent of the remaining 3,000 employees at the retailer’s home offices in Plano, Texas, sources told The Post. While the bloodbath was originally targeted for last month, sources said Johnson opted to delay it until after the flailing company’s fiscal year ended last week. “They wanted to throw the severance costs into this year because last year was...
  • EU Will Consider Adding Hizbullah to Terror List

    02/06/2013 5:23:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13
    Following the Bulgarian investigation which determined that Hizbullah was behind a July terror attack in Burgas which killed five Israelis, the EU announced that it would consider adding Hizbullah to its official list of terrorist organizations. "This is just one of the options and a decision has not yet been reached," said an EU spokeswoman. Foreign ministers of the European Union will meet on February 19 to discuss ...
  • Turkey ma’s shady pals; Hung with bad guys: feds (Drug Mule?)

    02/06/2013 5:21:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/6/13 | JOSH MARGOLIN and JEANE MACINTOSH
    FBI agents probing the murder of a Staten Island mom in Turkey said they don’t believe she was there just to take pictures — and said she hung out with a “criminal element” during the solo trip abroad. “There are a lot of open questions that need to be answered,” a source familiar with the ongoing case told The Post. Mother of two Sarai Sierra, 33, was found dead from a ferocious blow to the skull in a seedy area of Istanbul last Saturday after failing to show up for a Jan. 21 flight home to New York. “The first...
  • ‘Israel Thirsts to Hear Obama Directly’

    02/06/2013 5:12:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Acting Knesset head Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to urge United States President Barack Obama to address the Knesset during his upcoming visit to Israel. “The nation of Israel definitely thirsts to hear the United States President speak to them directly,” he argued. “There is no more appropriate venue than the Knesset for the U.S. President to speak.” “I believe that this act, of a direct address to Israel in the Knesset assembly… during this visit, specifically, would carry tremendous importance,” he added. MK Reuven Rivlin, speaker of the last Knesset, agreed. “The Knesset is the...
  • Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs

    02/06/2013 5:10:29 AM PST · by Doogle · 84 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | AP via FOX
    The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August. The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.
  • Rove Vs. the Tea Party

    02/06/2013 5:07:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    During the 2012 election cycle, Tea Partiers were told by their supposed betters that their ignorance of everyday politics meant that they should take a back seat to the Republican Party establishment. Brandishing the so-called Buckley Rule with quasi-religious fervor -- the notion that Republicans should run the most conservative candidate who can win -- the establishment GOP proclaimed that the only presidential candidate who could win was Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts. They suggested that four-term former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson was a shoe-in for the Senate. They explained that the Tea Party was responsible for failed Senate...
  • Tacony deli owner fatally shoots would-be robber (Philly)

    02/06/2013 5:05:18 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/06/2013 | Emily Babay
    Police this morning continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of a would-be robber last night by the owner of a Tacony deli store. The shootout happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at Anna's Deli on the 4400 block of Princeton Avenue. Police say a 19-year-old man approached the deli's cash register, armed with a 9 mm handgun. He then fired two shots at the store owner's wife. That's when the deli owner, identified as a 55-year-old man, emerged from the back of the store with a 9 mm handgun and shot the would-be robber in the chest, according to...
  • Meacham On Drone Kills: Obama Acting 'Like American King'

    02/06/2013 5:00:17 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wow! Who would have thought that perhaps the strongest statement yet in condemnation of President Obama's self-arrogated right to kill Americans abroad would have come from Jon Meacham? Yet on today's Morning Joe, historian Meacham—who knows something about the use and abuse of presidential power—criticized Obama for ignoring the "rule of law" and actually described Obama as acting like "an American King." Joe Scarborough seconded Meacham's surprising statement, adding that had this come to light under George W. Bush, impeachment would be in the air. View the video here.
  • Rep Cantor (R-VA): Amnesty for Illegals - Yes; Alleviate Defense Cuts - No (Vanity)

    02/06/2013 4:57:20 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    6 Feb 13 | Self
    In one single day (5 Feb 13), Rep Eric Cantor endorsed amnesty for an estimated 1.2 million illegal between the ages of 18-30. These invaders have broken our laws, busted down our fences, overwhelmed our schools and hospitals, and have spit our America's sovereignty. Eric Cantor Endorses Citizenship for DREAMers Illegals cost this nation hundreds of Billions of dollars, and amnesty will cost us Trillions. On that same day (5 Feb 13), a Fox News interviewer asked Cantor if he would endorse alleviating the looming Sequestration cuts that inordinately punish our Defense budget (Dept of Defense is 17% of...
  • Columbus (Mississippi) Police want your guns

    02/06/2013 4:50:41 AM PST · by WKB · 50 replies
    WTVA ^ | 2\6\13 | STAFF
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Just give us the guns. No questions asked. The Columbus Police Department may be joining forces with other city officials, faith-based organizations and members of the community to reduce the number of firearms in town. If all goes as planned in the form of approval from the Columbus City Council, four locations would be made available to surrender guns on a designated Saturday. Buy back prices range from $20 for bb guns and air pistols. Hand guns would would be purchased for $100. Rifles and shot guns would be $200 and assault rifles would be worth...
  • Writing Is On The Wall: Time For Griffin & Block To Go

    02/06/2013 4:39:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Fred Wszolek
    At this stage, it should seem glaringly obvious to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Members Richard Griffin and Sharon Block that they should step down from the government agency. Both the legitimacy of their tenure over the last year and anything they do going forward is seriously in question. After being recess appointed by President Obama on January 4, 2012 even though the U.S. Senate was convening regularly in pro-forma sessions, Griffin and Block worked to issue decisions and write rules to the benefit of Big Labor and to the detriment of American employees and employers. Yet, the ruling recently...
  • The CBO quietly hikes the price tag on ObamaCare's insurance subsidies by 29%

    02/06/2013 4:28:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/05/2013 | 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%. [snip] The CBO also expects 7 million...
  • Uh, Obama? We Have a Problem: Interest Expense to Hit $1 Trillion in 4 Years

    02/06/2013 4:15:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | John Ransom
    I hate to interrupt Obama’s “We Don’t Have a Spending Problem” World Tour. But reality intervened on Tuesday as the Congressional Budget Office released a report that says that the budget deficit will grow through 2023 and “will eventually require the government to raise taxes, reduce benefits and services, or undertake some combination of those two actions,” reports CBSNews- and all of that just to cover interest payments. “In its annual Budget and Economic Outlook,” writes CBSNews, “the CBO said debt held by the public will be bigger by 2023 than in any year since 1951 and will be at...
  • Education Spending That Isn't Smart

    02/06/2013 3:59:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that "an economic recovery has begun," we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the economy isn't cratering either. Still, you can bet that if the economy continues to contract, Obama will propose the same remedy he always has: more "investments" in education, infrastructure and various industries of the future. It seems that whatever the ailment, Dr. Obama always writes the same prescription. This is hardly shocking: Building...
  • David Spade Helps Phoenix Police Pay for Guns

    02/06/2013 3:59:08 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | february 5, 2013 | Michael Tran/FilmMagic
    David Spade can now check this off his Christmas list: 300 rifles. The funnyman. 44, stopped by a police station in his former hometown of Phoenix on Monday morning to present a check for $100,000 toward the purchase of rifles for patrol officers, the police department says in a statement. The donation helps fund a program being coordinated by Phoenix Police Chief and Public Safety Manager Jack Harris and Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Officer Mark Spencer.
  • 'High tolerance' cited in man's drunk driving win

    02/06/2013 3:57:49 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 27 replies
    www.thelocal.com ^ | 02-06-2013 | The Local/og
    A 61-year-old caught driving with a blood-alcohol level five times over Sweden's legal limit walked free after a court in southern Sweden cited his high tolerance for alcohol. The man, who works night shifts in Ystad, southern Sweden, told the court he had been drinking heavily on the day he was pulled over by police in November last year, wrote the Skånskan newspaper. He had downed the contents of six small snapps bottles and a full-strength beer during the day leading up to his shift, but this was nothing unusual, he claimed. The 61-year-old explained that he drinks every day,...
  • Oppose Brennan for CIA Director

    02/06/2013 3:46:51 AM PST · by ABrit · 3 replies
    P J Media ^ | Andrew C. McCarthy
    To cut to the chase, a country that was serious about its national security would never put John Brennan in charge of its premier intelligence service. Of course, it is by no means clear that the United States is any longer a serious country in this regard. Serious countries do not fund, arm and “partner with” hostile regimes. They do not recruit enemy sympathizers to fill key governmental policy positions. They do not erect barriers impeding their intelligence services from understanding an enemy’s threat doctrine – in conscious indifference to Sun Tzu’s maxim that defending oneself requires knowing one’s enemies....
  • Women in Combat

    02/06/2013 3:46:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field." The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same...
  • America’s Future Belongs to Islam

    02/06/2013 3:32:19 AM PST · by Cocoa2012 · 14 replies
    The Family Security Foundation ^ | 02+-06-2013 | PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD
    Islam is now the fastest growing religion in America, verifying President Barack Obama’s claim that the United States is “no longer a Judeo-Christian country.” http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/americas-future-belongs-to-islam?f=must_reads
  • Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

    02/06/2013 3:30:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | John Stossel
    I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!" Well, it can. So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that. After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos...
  • The Company Sen. Sleaze-Bob Menendez Keeps

    02/06/2013 3:25:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Put on your shocked faces: Since my bipartisan call last week for Democratic women to join the Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob movement, not a single Democratic woman in Washington has signed up. Here's the thing. The brewing scandal involving N.J. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is not just a "sex scandal." It's a crony corruption scandal of sordid, soap operatic proportions. Maybe if Menendez were a contestant on "The Bachelor," he'd finally command more widespread female attention. For their part, the Democratic women on Capitol Hill seem as uninterested in the alleged...
  • S&M at WCU

    02/06/2013 3:14:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | MIke Adams
    Author’s Note: If you are concerned about this kind of spending in higher education, please contact Governor Pat McCrory at http://www.governor.state.nc.us/. His remarks about liberal arts education have been right on target. He gets it. I think the time has come for a line item veto in higher education. The people of North Carolina are being bankrupted by higher education spending that is simply not academic in nature. The problem was once confined to UNC’s flagship campus in Chapel Hill. But now it has spread like a cancer throughout the entire UNC system. For example, this week (February 4-8,...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 6, 2013

    02/06/2013 3:12:13 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Singer Gloria Estefan, husband, plan Broadway show of their lives

    02/06/2013 2:53:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan and her music entrepreneur husband, Emilio, are developing a new Broadway show based on their lives, the show's producer said on Tuesday. The couple is working with the Nederlander Organization on the show that will trace their lives from leaving Cuba to international stardom. "The Estefans' journey of success, led by raw talent and passion, is captivating as it drove them from relative obscurity to global sensations," Jimmy Nederlander, the organization's president, said in a statement announcing the deal. Estefan, one of the most successful Latin crossover stars, fled Cuba with her family as a toddler....
  • Boy Scouts to vote on policy involving gays

    02/06/2013 2:23:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/6/13 | Casey Wian and Holly Yan
    The polarizing debate over whether Boy Scouts of America should allow gay members could culminate with a vote on a new policy Wednesday. But no matter which way the vote goes, activists on both sides aren't going to be satisfied. The controversy pits leaders of religious groups that sponsor about 1 million Boy Scouts against activists who want the organization to end its ban on openly gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Neither side is happy with BSA's proposal to let local troops decide if they want to allow gay members.
  • Grassley: Lessons Learned from the 1986 amnesty under President Reagan

    02/06/2013 2:07:39 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 2/05/2013 | Chuck Grassley
    As we look forward to a debate this year about immigration reform, I want to share my thoughts and my past experiences on this issue. I particularly want to share my personal experience from the 1980s amnesty law and how we can learn from that debate. But, before I dive into this history, I want to commend the many senators that are working together to forge a consensus and produce a product on this terribly difficult issue. I commend them for sitting down and agreeing to a set of principles. As Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, I expect to...