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  • Black Family Claims Disneyland Character Refused To Touch Their Kids

    ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — An African American family sued Disneyland after the actor who portrayed the White Rabbit character from “Alice in Wonderland” allegedly refused to hug or touch their children because of their skin color. Jason and Annelia Black of San Diego County said the person in the rabbit costume also acted impatiently as their young kids posed for a picture at the Anaheim theme park. The Blacks, however, said it was a different scene when a Caucasian family arrived.
  • Singer Tony Bennett Says Other Countries Will Invade U.S. to Stop Gun Violence

    02/07/2013 9:05:42 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 91 replies
    Singer Tony Bennett Says Other Countries Will Invade U.S. to Stop Gun Violence By Matthew Sheffield Created 02/07/2013 - 11:44am Tony Bennett is one of America's most popular singers but he has proven once again that talent in the arts is no predictor of intelligence. At a Wednesday press conference, the outspoken “pacifist” Bennett compared gun rights activists to Nazis and said that if the United States did not do something to curtail violence in this country, the rest of the world would “take care of us in a really bad way,” just like they did in World War II...
  • FHP Announces Daytime Driver License, Vehicle Inspection Checkpoints

    02/07/2013 8:57:12 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04 FEB 2013 | Meredyth Censullo
    TAMPA BAY - The Florida Highway Patrol Troop C (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and Citrus counties) has announced the roads it plans to target with driver license and/or vehicle inspection checkpoints in February. FHP says the checkpoints will be conducted during daytime hours, and generally cause delays of five minutes or less. Scroll down for a list of all affected roads.
  • AMNESTY (The Movie) -- Sex, Lies and a Permanent Democrat Majority

    02/07/2013 8:27:10 AM PST · by Liz · 21 replies
    http://freerepublic.com ^ | 2/7/13 | FREEPER OPINION
    AMNESTY (the movie) with an untalented cast of millions of non-English speaking hamburger flippers, lawn trimmers, and window washershouse. STORY OUTLINE Sen Bob (The Diddler) Menendez (D-NJ) was tapped by Obama to be the Voice of Amnesty....a prelude to establishing a permanent Dem Majortyy govt in control of both houses of Congress and the WH. Then Sen Menendez's private parts got itchy----so he hops a private plane to a posh resort in the Dominican Republic. While there, Menedez crafts a business deal w/ partners in the Dominican govt---who have cunnningly figured out the financial benefits to be derived from amnesty:...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 7,2013

    02/07/2013 8:22:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 74 replies
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  • Florida School District Might Cut All School Clubs Rather Than Approve Gay-Straight Alliance

    02/07/2013 8:21:13 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 02/06/2013 | By Kyle Munzenrieder
    Florida's Lake County School Board might ban all extracurricular clubs as a way to avoid having to approve the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance. Yes, students may have to say bye-bye to their FCA, 4H, and Drama Club membership cards all because some school board members are stuck in the past. Last year, 14-year-old Bayli Silberstein tried to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School in Leesburg. Silberstein told WFTV that she was sick of her group of friends being bullied for their sexual orientation, and wanted to form the group to address the problem. But her request had...
  • Underage sex case spotlights the "Muslim defense" (BARF ALERT)

    02/07/2013 8:19:19 AM PST · by BCW · 20 replies
    Islamic Watch ^ | 06 FEB 2013 | David J. Rusin
    "A Muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless," the UK's Daily Mail reports. Adil Rashid, an 18-year-old from Birmingham, claimed to have learned that "women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground." The court was told that his education and "closed community" had left him with "little experience of women" and no knowledge of the law regarding sex with minors. Calling him "very naive and...
  • Top Defense Chiefs to Testify on U.S. Consulate Attack in Libya

    02/07/2013 8:11:04 AM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 115 replies
    Panetta being questioned by Congress regarding Benghzi.
  • The "Unflattering" Photos Beyoncé's Publicist Doesn't Want You To See (from the Super Bowl)

    02/07/2013 8:10:35 AM PST · by RummyChick · 87 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | 2/5 | buzzfeed
    After Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime show, we posted this piece about how fierce she was. Then this email came in. In what world are these shots unflattering
  • Superintendent of 5th largest district accused of cashing in at taxpayers’ expense (Denver area)

    02/07/2013 8:08:52 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    FOX31 Denver ^ | February 6, 2013 | Josh Bernstein
    Over the last three years the Adams 12 Five Star School District has cut its budget by more than $56 million, eliminated more than 200 jobs, cut after school programs and passed educational costs on to parents. “I can barely afford to send my kids to school,” said, Brie Abrams, the mother of four. But a three-month investigation by FOX31 Denver exposes how the superintendent, the man behind those cuts, may have been cashing in at the taxpayers’ expense, and possibly breaking the law ... the superintendent may have provided his wife, Carolyn, a local real estate agent, with unauthorized...
  • They Are Getting Ready: "No Obvious Reason" For Why China Is Massively Boosting Stockpiles

    02/07/2013 8:07:42 AM PST · by Fennie · 42 replies
    SHTF ^ | January 9, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    United Nations agricultural experts are reporting confusion, after figures show that China imported 2.6 million tons of rice in 2012, substantially more than a four-fold increase over the 575,000 tons imported in 2011. The confusion stems from the fact that there is no obvious reason for vastly increased imports, since there has been no rice shortage in China. The speculation is that Chinese importers are taking advantage of low international prices, but all that means is that China's own vast supplies of domestically grown rice are being stockpiled. Why would China suddenly be stockpiling millions of tons of rice for...
  • Closure of Hess Corp.'s Port Reading Refinery Not Seen Having Major Impact on Gasoline Markets

    02/07/2013 8:04:49 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 6, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Full Title: Announced Closure of Hess Corp.'s Port Reading Refinery Not Seen Having Major Impact on Gasoline Markets This Week In Petroleum On January 28, Hess Corp. announced plans to close its Port Reading, New Jersey, refinery by the end of February. Port Reading further processes feedstocks produced by other refineries. Futures prices for reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending (RBOB) rallied on the news, as markets considered the impact the closure would have on gasoline supply to the Northeast (PADDs 1A and 1B) in the coming months. Given the refinery's location in New York Harbor, an actively traded physical market,...
  • Freeloaders or Free Country?

    02/07/2013 8:01:11 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 16 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | February 7, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Defeats are never easy to take and yet every defeat is a necessary learning experience. Reading the memoirs of the greatest athletes and generals, you discover that they learned more from their defeats than from their victories because their victories only taught them their strengths while their defeats forced them to confront their weaknesses. The Republican defeat in 2012 was a difficult blow, especially coming after the victories of 2010, and its lessons are still being argued and absorbed. Different schools of thought have emerged and different conclusions are being drawn from what took place several months ago. These necessary...
  • Obama: 'My Goal Is to Improve My Gene Pool'

    02/07/2013 7:51:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Obama: 'My Goal Is to Improve My Gene Pool' 10:26 AM, Feb 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER President Barack Obama kicked off this morning's prayer breakfast by saying that his "goal is to improve [his] gene pool." "Mark, thank you for that introduction," Obama said, according to the White House transcript, thanking Democratic senator Mark Pryor. "I thought he was going to talk about my gray hair. (Laughter.) It is true that my daughters are gorgeous. (Laughter.) That's because my wife is gorgeous. (Applause.) And my goal is to improve my gene pool." Obama went on to thank the...
  • Arkansas Senate passes bill to make gun-permit records private

    02/07/2013 7:45:36 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Suzi Parker
    The Republican-controlled Arkansas state Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would exempt from public disclosure the names and zip codes of gun owners, those with permits to carry concealed guns and permit applicants. The bill comes in response to the controversy late last year over a New York newspaper's decision to publish the names and addresses of thousands of gun permit holders on its website after a shooting rampage at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults. The Journal News, which serves suburbs just north of New York City in Westchester and Rockland counties,...
  • Officials hunt for ex-cop in shootings of 3 officers; 1 killed

    02/07/2013 7:44:21 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    The LA Times ^ | 7 Februrary 2013 | Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
    A massive manhunt was underway Thursday morning for an ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected of shooting three police officers early Thursday, one fatally. He is also a suspect in the shooting of a couple in Irvine over the weekend. The suspect wrote an online manifesto on his Facebook page, threatening to harm police officials and their families, law enforcement sources said.
  • Murder Rates vs. Firearm Murder Rates

    02/07/2013 7:38:54 AM PST · by SampleMan · 17 replies
    Self | Feb. 7th, 2013 | Sampleman
    We hear a lot in the media about “firearm murder rates”, but I don’t really care about how someone is murdered, but rather whether they are murdered at all. The U.S. ranks 1st in firearms per person, but 98th overall by murder rate, putting us on the better side of mid-pack. The Swiss rank 2nd in firearms per person and have an almost nonexistent murder rate. Of the 20 countries with the most firearms per person, none have exceedingly high murder rates compared to the rest of the world. Indeed, when averaged, the murder rate of these 20 countries would...
  • Maryland Senate Committee Limits Public Testimony at Second Amendment Hearing

    02/07/2013 7:37:30 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- The Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Governor’s gun control legislation, Senate Bill 281, is underway and crowds of thousands of Second Amendment supporters have shown up in Annapolis to oppose this draconian gun control measure. Opponents of S.B. 281 have overwhelmed the Maryland State House and have maxed out building capacity! About 3,000 people, at the time of writing, have registered to testify on this important issue. Every one of them deserves an opportunity to speak in defense of their rights as anti-gun legislators seek to take those rights away. However, NRA-ILA has learned that...
  • Connecticut: Fight to Preserve Our Second Amendment Rights in Weston, Not Over

    02/07/2013 7:24:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Am ^ | 6 February, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Tomorrow, February 7 2013, the Weston Board of Selectmen will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. to discuss proposed changes to the Town’s firearms ordinance. Click here to view the meeting agenda. Since the end of 2012, the Board has been making modifications to an ever changing ordinance that, if enacted, will impose unnecessary and onerous restrictions on law-abiding gun owners in Weston. While the Board agreed to postpone the most egregious components of the drafted ordinance, the Board will continue to pursue an extremely restrictive and unconstitutional mandatory storage requirement for all firearms in...
  • Oilmen hope to make new history at Spindletop

    02/07/2013 7:20:12 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 7, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Spindletop. The name evokes an oil discovery that made history. When a well piercing the salt dome near Beaumont first gushed in 1901, it introduced a cheap supply of commercial energy that transformed the oil industry and American life. More than 100 years later, the oilmen are back at Spindletop, calculating how to extract even more oil from deeper levels at the hallowed site, which they believe may contain millions more barrels of crude. Two exploration companies are working together to finance and build a well at Spindletop, based on new data that allows them to better predict where profitable...
  • ‘[bleeping] Idiot and Hypocrite’: Kim Kardashian Under Fire for Posting Pic of…Glitzy Handgun

    02/07/2013 7:17:40 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/6/13 | Erica Ritz
    Reality television star Kim Kardashian is drawing heavy fire for posting a photo of a jewel-encrusted handgun on Instagram just weeks after signing a pledge to reduce gun violence in honor of the Sandy Hook massacre. “Today, people in Newtown are making the #sandyhookpromise to reduce gun violence. Sign the pledge with me at http://www.sandyhookpromise.org,” she wrote at the time. But some are now conflating guns, with gun violence. Hollywood gossip aficionado Perez Hilton wrote: Now, Kim has been enjoying the shooting range for years now, and we’re sure she enjoys feeling like she can protect herself. But this was...
  • Balanced Budget? Lower Taxes? Anyone Believe this Will Happen?

    02/07/2013 7:03:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/07/2013 | Michael Shedlock
    Government Executive reports House passes balanced budget bill. The House on Wednesday passed legislation that directs President Obama to submit a balanced budget plan to Congress this spring. The Require a Plan Act (H.R. 444) compels Obama to submit a supplemental budget by April 1 if his fiscal 2014 budget blueprint does not include a plan to balance the government’s books. That supplemental budget would outline a long-term deficit reduction strategy and timeline for balancing the budget. The chamber approved the legislation, shepherded by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and the GOP leadership, after debating it Wednesday morning. The Democratic-controlled...
  • Hello, Sequestration: Supercarrier’s Deployment Postponed Because of Budget Fears

    02/07/2013 6:58:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/07/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    The effects of the looming sequestration are already being felt at the Pentagon as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delayed the deployment of two ships to the Persian Gulf region. The supercarrier USS Harry S. Truman and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg were scheduled to leave Norfolk, Va., for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. “Facing budget uncertainty — including a continuing resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts — the U.S. Navy made this request to the secretary and he approved,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. “This prudent decision enables the U.S. Navy to maintain these...
  • Newtown kids to be featured on Grammy Awards (sandy Hook massacre exploitation)

    02/07/2013 6:57:44 AM PST · by RummyChick · 31 replies
    wtnh ^ | 2/5 | wtnh
    <p>NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Children from Newtown who recently recorded a version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" will be singing during the Grammy Awards.</p> <p>Sabrina Post, who directs the Newtown Music Project, says American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will be flying to Connecticut to do a live segment with the children on Sunday's broadcast.</p>
  • Maybe Karl Rove Has a Point

    02/07/2013 6:50:50 AM PST · by Perdogg · 213 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/6/2013 09:30 PM | By: David Harsanyi
    Let’s put ideology aside for a moment. Karl Rove, architect of the George W. Bush-era Republican victories, says he’s sick of fanatics running his party into the ground. So he’s devised a strategy to preemptively sink unelectable candidates early in the process. He’s formed a new super PAC to implement this strategy. It’s called the Conservative Victory Project, and it’s led by a guy named Steven Law, who was the head of another super PAC, called American Crossroads, which went something like 0-7 in the 2012 election cycle. (Not that anyone’s counting.) Grass-roots conservatives, needless to say, are quite perturbed....
  • Chris Cillizza Finds Decline In Americans' Trust In Government 'Depressing'

    02/07/2013 6:49:10 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Conservatives might take heart from a recent poll showing a decline in Americans' trust in government. But Chris Cillizza sees it as a "depressing reality." So wrote Cillizza in his "Fix" column in today's Washington Post. Let's consider what Thomas Jefferson's had to say about the need for a healthy distrust of government, and speculate as to why Cillizza is bummed out by the polling news. More here.
  • How the President Can Aid Immigration Reform (by Tokyo Rove, Amnesty Pimp...)

    02/07/2013 6:46:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/7/13 | Karl Rove
    There was rare good news from Washington last week, as eight senators—four from each party—announced a "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform." The so-called Gang of Eight proposed a "tough but fair path" to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that would commence only after the federal government secured the borders and put in place systems to prevent foreigners from overstaying their visas and to help employers verify that any new hires are legal.
  • Marco Rubio to deliver GOP’s State of the Union response, of course

    02/07/2013 6:45:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2013 | AllahPundit
    Who else could it have been? Jindal and Paul Ryan have already done it, Rand Paul’s probably still too close to the rEVOLution for Republican leaders to be comfortable with him in a spot like this, and Chris Christie would just end up talking about how terrific Obama’s speech was. Half the reason party leaders are pushing amnesty, I’m convinced, is because Rubio’s that good in front of a mic and this issue gives him access to lots and lots of microphones. If, as McCain bluntly concedes, immigration reform is all about earning goodwill from Latino voters, then of course...
  • Iran rejects U.S. offer for direct talks, says won't be frightened by 'gun threats'

    02/07/2013 6:44:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    Iran's supreme leader Thursday strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with the United States, effectively quashing suggestions for a breakthrough one-on-one dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues. The statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website echoes previous remarks opposing bilateral talks with Washington in parallel with stop-and-start nuclear negotiations with world powers, including the U.S.,which are scheduled to resume later this month. But the latest comments marked Khamenei's first reaction since the idea of direct talks received a high-profile boost earlier this week from U.S.­ Vice President Joe Biden during a security summit in Munich attended by...
  • Jobless claims fall, trend reading at near five-year low

    02/07/2013 6:42:34 AM PST · by traumer · 51 replies
    Finance Search Thu, Feb 7, 2013, 9:19 AM EST - U.S. Markets open in 11 mins. Advertisement Advertisement Stock Watch Greenlight's Einhorn Sues Apple Over Cash Plans (See Story) Jobless claims fall, trend reading at near five-year low ReutersReuters – 41 minutes ago Email 1 Print Related Content A job seeker (R) meets with a prospective employer at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike SegarView Photo A job seeker (R) meets with a prospective employer at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans...
  • Is there ever a good reason to allow the killing of American citizens without due process?

    02/07/2013 6:40:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 109 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2013 | Rick Moran
    Congressional intelligence committee members are going to find out today how the Justice Department has rationalized the killing of Americans by drone strike without due process. The Obama administration has authorized the release of a classified report that goes into detail about how DoJ arrived at their controversial conclusions on not only drone strikes, but rendition and certain "enhanced interrogation techniques." Washington Post: Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a committee member who had pressed the administration to provide the opinion, left open the possibility he might still try to block Brennan's nomination. He said turning over the opinion was a...
  • Incoherent Immigration Reform (Huge Majority of Latinos Prefer Higher Taxes and Bigger Government)

    02/07/2013 6:37:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/07/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nothing about illegal immigration quite adds up. Conservative corporate employers still support the idea of imported, cheap, non-union labor — in a strange alliance with liberal activists who want the larger blocs of Latino voters that eventually follow massive influxes from Latin America. Yet how conservative are businesses that in the past flouted federal law — and how liberal are activists who undermined the bargaining power of American minimum-wage, entry-level workers, many of them minorities? The remedies for illegal immigration under discussion are just as incoherent. If the government now plans to offer some foreign nationals a pathway to citizenship,...
  • Incoherent Immigration Reform

    02/07/2013 6:36:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nothing about illegal immigration quite adds up. Conservative corporate employers still support the idea of imported, cheap, non-union labor -- in a strange alliance with liberal activists who want the larger blocs of Latino voters that eventually follow massive influxes from Latin America. Yet how conservative are businesses that in the past flouted federal law -- and how liberal are activists who undermined the bargaining power of American minimum-wage, entry-level workers, many of them minorities? The remedies for illegal immigration under discussion are just as incoherent. If the government now plans to offer some foreign nationals a pathway to citizenship,...
  • Ex-LAPD cop suspected in double murder reportedly opens fire on police, killing 1

    02/07/2013 6:35:38 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    A multi-agency manhunt is under way in California after police say the former Los Angeles police officer suspected in the murders of a college basketball coach and her fiancé last weekend opened fire Wednesday night on three police officers, killing one, KTTV.com reported.
  • Broun launches Senate campaign, vows cuts

    02/07/2013 6:34:36 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | JAMES HOHMANN
    Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun built his Wednesday Senate campaign rollout around a promise to cut spending. “When I was sworn into the Marine Corps, and then again into the House of Representatives, I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Out-of-control spending has become our nation’s enemy,” he said in a statement released after a rally in Atlanta. “I’ll be the only candidate in this race whose first priority is to stop the runaway spending in Washington D.C.” Broun, the first candidate to get in, said he’s “sponsored more legislation to reduce spending than...
  • Gay Controversies Tempered as National Prayer Breakfast Returns [BO pretends to respect religion]

    02/07/2013 6:33:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 2/6/13 | Elizabeth Dias
    Religious and community leaders will gather Thursday in Washington for the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast, where President Obama will offer his first major remarks to America’s faith community since he announced his support for gay marriage last May. Obama usually shies away from policy at the breakfast — in his first four, he only briefly mentioned health care, immigration and the fiscal crisis. His only mention of sexuality was a quick aside in 2010. But many of the 3,000-plus guests will be wondering if his new position finds its way into his remarks. The National Prayer Breakfast’s organizer, the...
  • Panetta warns of degraded military readiness from spending cuts

    02/07/2013 6:29:19 AM PST · by Freeport · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6th, 2013 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) - Furloughed workers, reduced combat readiness, shrunken naval operations and cuts to Air Force flying hours and weapons maintenance. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listed those consequences as he provided a stark warning Wednesday about the effects of impending budget cuts on the military. The result, he said, would be "the most serious readiness crisis" faced by the military in over a decade.
  • Dick Yuengling rips Philadelphia over $6 million lawsuit

    02/07/2013 6:22:27 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    Dick Yuengling said he was "probably the happiest guy in the beer business" - until Tuesday. --snip-- The suit claims that Yuengling refused to let the city's Revenue Department audit its books, so the department made an assessment based on a Philly beer distributor's accounts-payable list. The suit has no details of what activities Yuengling conducted in Philadelphia that the city found to be taxable. City officials declined to elaborate. Green said that filing suit may have been the only way to access Yuengling's records. "This lawsuit will allow the Department of Revenue to do the discovery that Yuengling rejected,"...
  • US newspapers accused of complicity as drone report reopens security debate

    02/07/2013 6:15:27 AM PST · by Cheerio · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6 February 2013 | Karen McVeigh
    New York Times and Washington Post knew about secret drone base in Saudi Arabia but agreed not to disclose it to the public US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year. Amid renewed scrutiny over the Obama administration's secrecy over its targeted killing programme, media analysts and national security experts said the revelation that some newspapers had co-operated over the drone base had reopened the debate over the...
  • U.S. productivity sinks 2% in fourth quarter

    02/07/2013 6:14:58 AM PST · by John W · 4 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jeffry Bartash
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — U.S. businesses did not produce goods and services as efficiently at the tail end of 2012, the Labor Department said Thursday. Workers put in more time but companies barely increased their output. Productivity fell at a 2.0% annual rate in the October-to-December period, according to the agency’s preliminary assessment. The decline — the sharpest in almost two years — partly reverses a revised 3.2% gain in the third quarter. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had expected productivity to fall 1.5%, largely because growth in the fourth quarter contracted and hours spent on the job increased.
  • Japan accuses Russia of intrusion, scrambles jets

    02/07/2013 6:10:41 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 7, 2013
    Japan says it scrambled its jets last night after two Russian fighter jets briefly entered its airspace near disputed territories and the northern island of Hokkaido. Russia, which is currently holding military exercises around the disputed Kurile islands - or Northern Territories - denied any such intrusion took place. The incident happened on what Japan's "Northern Territories Day", when rallies are traditionally held calling for the return of the disputed islands. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe had told a rally he was determined to press ahead with negotiations with Russia for the return of the islands.
  • BOC removes ‘firearms’ from ordinance list

    02/07/2013 6:05:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    douglascountysentinel.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Winston Jones
    An amendment to remove a reference to firearms from Carroll County’s disaster and emergency ordinance was passed by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday without discussion. The decision to change the ordinance was made to avoid conflicting with Second Amendment issues raised by a Georgia gun rights organization. The action eliminates the word “firearms” from a list of items whose sales could be suspended in case of a local disaster declared by the county commission chairman. The wording was questioned in a Jan. 18 letter, hand-delivered to commission Chairman Marty Smith, by James Camp of Temple, representing GeorgiaCarry.org. Read more: Douglas...
  • More than 50 nations aided CIA’s harsh detention effort: study (Soros)

    02/07/2013 6:02:52 AM PST · by mgist · 8 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 2/7/13 | AFP
    WASHINGTON – Fifty-four foreign governments assisted the CIA in a global campaign that included harsh interrogations of suspects, a rights advocacy group said Tuesday as it pressed for greater accountability. The report by the George Soros-backed network of Open Society Foundations marks the most comprehensive list of countries that helped the United States in what critics saw as excesses by President George W. Bush’s administration in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Bush authorized “extraordinary renditions” — the transferring of individuals without legal process — to allow U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies to interrogate alleged extremists outside...
  • DOUG KASS: 'I'm Getting The Summer Of 1987 Feeling' In The Market Right Now

    02/07/2013 6:00:38 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-7-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    DOUG KASS: 'I'm Getting The Summer Of 1987 Feeling' In The Market Right Now Matthew BoeslerFebruary 6, 2013, 6:06 PMSeabreeze Partners portfolio manager Doug Kass has been sounding the alarm bells on the stock market for a while. In his 2013 outlook published on January 9, Kass warned that the market would make its high for 2013 in the first two weeks of January. That, of course, didn't happen, as stocks have continued to grind higher. Now, more and more people are talking about a sell-off than at any point during this rally that started in November, due to increasing...
  • Initial Claims Miss For Second Week In A Row As Nonfarm Productivity Tumbles Most Since 2008

    02/07/2013 6:00:27 AM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02.07.13 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    As is the case every Thursday, the BLS reported its weekly initial claims which unlike two weeks ago did not estimate the initial unemployment claims for America's most populous state when the number plunged, and has now missed expectations for two weeks in a row, printing at 366K, on expectations of a 360K number, while last week's 368K was as usual revised upward to 371K. As a result, the Mainspin Media already has its headline: Initial Claims decline by 5,000. Such is life under the US Department of Truth, even as unadjusted initial claims spiked by 16.7K to 386K in...
  • Poll Shows Mitch McConnell Struggling for Support (Will Tokyo Rove's PAC target Mitch?)

    02/07/2013 5:54:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    WFPL ^ | 1/28/13 | PHILLIP M. BAILEY
    A new poll shows Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is struggling to retain support among voters. The Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows that twice as many voters are against McConnell as there are supporting him. It also finds that only one-third of Republicans support him in the 2014 election.
  • Scarborough Gloats Over Fox News 'Trust' Ratings, Ignores MSNBC's Miserable Ones

    02/07/2013 5:47:23 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" Time for Joe Scarborough to brush up on the Sermon on the Mount? On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough gloated at length over survey results indicating that the public's trust in Fox News has declined and that PBS is the only network that more people trust than distrust. But he conveniently failed to mention that Fox News remains the network that more people trust than any other . . . and that his own MSNBC trails way—way!—behind Fox...
  • HAGEL LINKED TO IRANIAN LOBBY (Soros)

    02/07/2013 5:42:51 AM PST · by mgist · 5 replies
    WND ^ | 2/7/13 | Taylor Rose
    HAGEL LINKED TO IRANIAN LOBBY Taylor Rose is a Washington, D.C., staff reporter for WND. WASHINGTON – Could Sen. Chuck Hagel, whose Senate vote on his nomination as the next secretary of defense has been delayed until next week because of controversies over his work, be a potential lobbyist for Iran? After all, he’s already been endorsed by the rogue nation for the administrative post. Clare Lopez, a senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy, spoke to WND on the subject, asserting that Hagel “is associated … with people who are associated with” the National Iranian American Council. And...
  • Karl Rove the 'poster child for crony consultants'

    02/07/2013 5:37:36 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/5/13 | JOE NEWBY
    A civil war seems to be brewing within the GOP as Karl Rove has decided to take on the Tea Party with the "Conservative Victory Project," a group designed to take out conservative Tea Party candidates who challenge those supported by the more moderate GOP establishment. In response, Judson Phillips, head of the Tea Party Nation, posted an open letter on Monday in which he calls Rove the "poster child for crony consultants." In his letter to GOP donors, Phillips said they are about to become a political football for the next two years. He added that Rove's project "has...
  • Mark Levin: Obama Defies Federal Courts and Federal Law

    02/07/2013 5:34:49 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 7 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 2/6/2013 | Mark Levin
    Mark Levin says that Obama has now created a constitutional crisis: We have a rogue board call the National Labor Relations Board. … Three people are sitting there unconstitutionally issuing opinions involving business and labor unions. The court ruled that they don’t have any power because Obama didn’t have the power to rule the Senate in recess and to make those appointments. Obama doesn’t have the power to change the welfare statute to eliminate work. Obama doesn’t have all kinds of power that he’s exercising. Neither does his bureaucracy over there at the EPA and so forth.