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  • Rush Limbaugh Show "Open Lines Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 8,2013

    02/08/2013 8:39:59 AM PST · by Biggirl · 104 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 8, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Is America Ensnared in an Endless War?

    02/08/2013 8:39:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." So said Richard Nixon in his interviews with David Frost. Nixon was talking about wiretaps and surreptitious entries to protect lives and safeguard national security in a violent and anarchic war decade. The Nixon haters pronounced themselves morally sickened. Fast forward to our new century. For, since 9/11, we have heard rather more extravagant claims by American presidents. Under George W. Bush, it was presidential authority to waterboard, torture, rendition and hold enemy aliens in indefinite detention at Guantanamo. Under Barack Obama, we don't have a Nixon...
  • Is this America's 'Top Secret' Saudi Arabia drone base… revealed by searching on Bing?

    02/08/2013 8:38:32 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 8, 2013 | Leon Watson
    A top secret CIA base in Saudi Arabia where lethal drones strikes have been launched from has been exposed on internet search giant Bing, it was claimed today. A blogger has spotted an unmarked facility that has runways, hangars and what appear to be living quarters and offices buried deep in the desert. It follows claims by the New York Times that it had revealed the CIA uses a base in Saudi Arabia to target Al Qaeda operatives in neighbouring Yemen. It was from this base that the American-born operative Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in 2011.
  • If You Hated 'Assault Weapons,' You'll Hate 'Assault Magazines' Even More

    02/08/2013 8:32:09 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 45 replies
    Reason ^ | 2-7-2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Today the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force unveiled a "comprehensive set of policy principles designed to reduce gun violence while respecting the 2nd Amendment Rights of law-abiding Americans." What is the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force? A bunch of Democrats appointed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and led by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) with the assistance of 11 (!) "vice chairs." Their mission: to "reduce and prevent gun violence while also protecting the rights of law-abiding individuals without a history of dangerous mental illness to own legitimate firearms for legitimate purposes." Are the 12 chairs of...
  • WE ARE ALL CALIFORNIANS NOW!

    02/08/2013 8:30:53 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Ammoland staff
    United States --(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday, California politicians held a press conference to introduce the most draconian gun control civilian disarmament bill seen to date in this country. Seeking to exploit the tragedy of Newtown to achieve a political end, lawmakers introduced a bill that is completely filled with unconstitutional and extreme measures aimed at nothing other than the disarmament of law abiding Americans. The list includes placing extreme financial burdens on gun owners by requiring them to pay what are essentially “poll taxes” on firearms and ammunition purchases as well as requiring liability insurance, annual certifications, and licensing of gun ownership....
  • Are Sandyhook disbelievers barred from FR ?

    02/08/2013 8:28:52 AM PST · by knarf · 142 replies
    various and youtube ^ | February 8, 2013 | knarf, various youtube
    I looked and saw no crazy threads disbelieving Sandyhook
  • Will President Obama Sit Down With Me To Discuss the FairTax?

    02/08/2013 8:17:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Neal Boortz
    When someone says “First Amendment” you immediately think about your right to free speech, or perhaps freedom of religion. The First Amendment actually goes beyond that. For those of you who attended government schools, it’s time for a refresher. Here’s the actual wording: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Most people have a handle on the free speech, freedom of religion...
  • Eric Holder: Obama Decides Who's 'Entitled' to Second Amendment Rights

    02/08/2013 8:08:15 AM PST · by RummyChick · 47 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2/8 | breitbart
    video at link
  • Findus Beef Lasagne Meals 100% Horsemeat

    02/08/2013 8:08:06 AM PST · by Red Badger · 59 replies
    http://news.sky.com ^ | 2-8-13 | Staff
    Tests on Findus beef lasagne have revealed that some of the ready meals were made entirely from horsemeat. Findus analysed 18 of its beef lasagne products and found 11 meals contained between 60% and 100% horsemeat, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said. There is no evidence to suggest the horsemeat found in the Findus beef lasagne is a food safety risk, the FSA said. However, the agency has ordered urgent tests on the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone. Meat from animals treated with "bute" is not allowed to enter the food chain in Britain as it may pose a...
  • Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): Donate to me to stop Karl Rove

    02/08/2013 8:07:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/08/2013 | James Hohmann
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says Karl Rove and American Crossroads are out to get him and his supporters should pony up to stop them. Keying off a quote from Crossroads President Steven Law in Sunday’s New York Times, the likely Iowa Senate candidate sent an email to supporters Thursday seeking cash for a potential campaign. “I have not made a decision on this matter, but already Karl Rove and his army have launched a crusade against me,” King writes. Polls show that King would enter the race as the clear frontrunner in the GOP primary, but that he would trail...
  • The Voter Fraud That ‘Never Happens’ Keeps Coming Back

    02/08/2013 8:02:36 AM PST · by Puppage · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2/8/2013 | John Fund
    Critics of photo ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters and nine...
  • Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can’t even fly

    02/08/2013 7:59:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Andy Soltis
    From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet. But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. But the experts said it was too small for a human pilot — and the controls and wiring looked too...
  • Voter Fraud That 'Never Happens' Keeps Coming Back

    02/08/2013 7:59:03 AM PST · by dinoparty · 13 replies
    Critics of photo ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters and nine...
  • DoJ lawsuit against S&P even sillier than first thought (Banks got duped on their own offerings?)

    02/08/2013 7:56:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    I wrote Tuesday about the hypocrisy and perhaps vindictiveness of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against ratings agency Standard & Poor’s for rating toxic mortgage-backed securities and their derivatives highly before the housing bubble popped. Apparently I wasn’t tough enough on … the DoJ. Bloomberg’s Jonathan Weil explains why the lawsuit isn’t just ill-considered, but downright silly: Oh, the poor suckers at Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., fooled about the stench of their own garbage by those sneaky credit raters at Standard & Poor’s.The U.S. Justice Department made some peculiar allegations in its lawsuit this week against S&P...
  • Confirmed: The Payroll-tax holiday was a big nothingburger (Gimmicky stimulus effort did nothing)

    02/08/2013 7:42:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This should be a lesson to politicians and economists about the nature of gimmicky “stimulus” efforts …. but probably won’t be. In the pressure cooker of the tax fight over the holidays, most people forgot about the payroll-tax holiday — the reduction by two percentage points of FICA withholding for Social Security. Its backers claimed that putting $20 a week in the hands of earners would boost spending and the economy, which turned out to be entirely false. They then claimed that the expiration of this temporary stimulus would tank the economy through reduced spending.And that also turns out to...
  • Rove Aide Mocks Conservatives

    02/08/2013 7:38:57 AM PST · by bigbob · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2-7-13 | Tony Lee
    fter smearing movement conservative icon Brent Bozell as a "hater" who has a "sordid history of hating Karl Rove," Jonathan Collegio of American Crossroads mocked a group of prominent conservatives who wrote a letter to Crossroads GPS President Steven Law demanding Collegio be fired. “I’ve been trying to get my friends to sign it, because it’ll make for a funnier story once I get it framed,” Collegio said, in response to the letter to the Washington Examiner. “It would be flattering, if it weren’t so absurd.” In an interview with Breitbart News editor Larry O'Connor on WMAL's "Mornings on the...
  • Corrupting We Will Go

    02/08/2013 7:36:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey is having a bad month. He recently wrote a check to a large donor for nearly $60,000 reimbursing him for the generous gift of trips on a private jet. The paperwork had "fallen through the cracks," an aide explained. Under investigation by the FBI regarding allegations that he engaged underage prostitutes during visits to the Dominican Republic (the destination of those jet trips), the senator was also recently embarrassed when it emerged that an 18-year-old intern on his staff who was helping with immigration issues was 1) an illegal alien and 2) a...
  • Tzedakah Inc. Creates Facebook Group To Select Effective Jewish Charities

    02/08/2013 7:36:16 AM PST · by IsraelBeach · 1 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | February 7, 2013 | Joel Leyden
    Tzedakah Inc. Creates Facebook Group To Help Select Effective Jewish CharitiesBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem --- February 6, 2013 ….. Tzedakah is a Hebrew word literally meaning righteousness. But the Jewish community commonly uses the word Tzedakah today to mean charity. And there are many Jewish charities out there. From UJA, AMIT, AIPAC, Magen David Adom and the ADL to Hadassah, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, HIAS, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and the The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). The list of Jewish charities transcents into the hundreds. So how can one determine which is the...
  • Is a Franken-Bachmann showdown on the horizon?

    02/08/2013 7:35:31 AM PST · by SueRae · 19 replies
    real clear politics ^ | 2/8/2013 | Scott Conroy
    Politically, 2012 was not exactly a banner year for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. In January, the Tea Party-backed Republican finished a distant sixth in the Iowa presidential caucuses, garnering just 1,223 more votes than she did in winning the Ames Straw Poll less than five months earlier. Bachmann ended her White House bid the next day and set to work on winning a fourth term in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. For that effort, she netted a massive, small-donor-fueled $14.4 million, breaking the House race fundraising record that she had previously set in 2010. Though widely expected to win comfortably in...
  • 'Betrayed': Male rape victims slam Oscar-nominated filmmakers over focus on women

    02/08/2013 7:28:25 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | Bill Briggs
    Two male rape survivors who appear in "The Invisible War," an Oscar-nominated documentary about military sexual assaults, are criticizing the movie's brief focus on male victims as an ironic snub — and, in a fiery diatribe, one of the film's characters says the director "should be ashamed and embarrassed."
  • The Mystery Check For Bs. 300 Million Found In The Hands Of A Former Iranian Minister Of Finance

    02/08/2013 7:23:49 AM PST · by SumProVita · 5 replies
    The Devil's Excrement ^ | February 7, 2013 | Miguel Octavio
    Think about it: An Iranian man arrives in Germany from Turkey, fails to report that he is carrying more than 10,000 euros in financial instruments, a check for Bs. 300 million (more than US$ 60 million at the official rate of exchange) is found in his briefcase and he seems to care little if the check is taken from him. "On the border of Holland and Germany in Dusseldorf, a man from Iran was arrested for having a check for 300.000.000 Bsf (54 million euro) from Banco Venezuela in his suitcase."
  • Two Cheers For Rebranding

    02/08/2013 7:20:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ever since Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, there's been a lot of talk about how the Republican Party needs to "rebrand" itself. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants, among other things, for the GOP to stop being "the stupid party." Rep. Paul Ryan has concluded that the watchword for the Republican Party needs to be "prudence." Sen. Marco Rubio is the front man for the most tangible aspect of the rebranding effort: getting on the right side of the immigration issue. In the process, he's become something of the de facto point person for the party. The latest entrant into...
  • State Republicans Serve Up Fresh Abortion Bills

    02/08/2013 7:20:21 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 1 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/08/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Republican lawmakers around the country are bringing abortion rights back into the spotlight—much to the chagrin of the party's leaders in Washington, who think the issue was part of the reason Romney lost among women by 11 points. Just this week, Republicans in at least four states introduced legislation restricting abortion, the New York Daily News reports. In Michigan, for instance, 23 Republicans this week co-sponsored a version of the transvaginal ultrasound bill that proved so divisive in Virginia. Last night Michigan's Republican House speaker said he wouldn't pass the bill, MSNBC reports. "I have absolutely no...
  • Cuomo reacting to SAFE act backlash

    02/08/2013 7:17:16 AM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 15 replies
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  • LAPD Cop Killer Left Messages for Tebow, Charlie Sheen, Larry David

    02/08/2013 7:13:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.tmz.com ^ | 02-08-2013 | Staff
    Ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner -- the accused killer at the center of a citywide manhunt -- posted a rambling message to various celebrities ... including Tim Tebow ... before embarking on his murderous rampage. The message is part of an "uncensored manifesto" that law enforcement confirms to TMZ was posted to the Internet by Dorner. Besides various threats to police officers and their families ... Dorner --who's now accused of killing 3 people including a cop -- also blogs goodbye messages to his favorite stars, as if he's planning on dying. His message to Tim Tebow reads: Tebow, I really...
  • PPP: Looking ahead to 2016 nationally and in Iowa (Rubio, Hillary leads the pack)

    02/08/2013 7:13:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    New PPP polls both nationally and in Iowa find Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton leading the way for their party's respective 2016 nominations, with Clinton leading Rubio by 8 points in a hypothetical head to head.For the third month in a row in our national 2016 GOP tracking Rubio leads the way. He's at 22% to 15% for Paul Ryan, 13% each for Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, 11% for Mike Huckabee, 10% for Rand Paul, 4% for Bobby Jindal, 3% for Rick Perry, and 1% for Susana Martinez. Rubio continues to lead based on his appeal to the...
  • The Twisted Truth on Obama's Benghazi Response (Completely aloof from the events in Libya)

    02/08/2013 7:11:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/08/2013 | Daren Jonescu
    According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as reported at The Weekly Standard, President Obama was completely aloof from the events in Libya on September 11. He neither asked nor ordered anything. He did not respond to information sent to the White House. He was not involved at all, during the seven-plus-hour attack that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees, including an ambassador. A few months back, when, for the sake of argument, we were all giving Obama the benefit of the doubt on being human, albeit wretchedly so, I felt compelled to qualify a critique of the...
  • Reports: Sizable layoffs expected at DreamWorks Animation [GREEDY Obama Supporters FIRE Employees!]

    02/08/2013 7:07:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    L.A. Observed ^ | 2/6/13 | Mark Lacter
    The decision to release just two films this year instead of three means all sorts of operating adjustments that could result in cutting as many as 500 positions at the Glendale-based studio, Deadline reports. That would be a 23 percent hit. The trims come after less-than-terrific numbers from last fall's "Rise of the Guardians" (a big write-down is expected). Investors aren't thrilled - not so much at the prospect of layoffs (sometimes Wall Street considers that a good thing), but at changes in the release schedule. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is being moved back to Spring 2014 from late 2013,...
  • Capehart Warns On Drone Strikes: Remember, A Republican Could Become President!

    02/08/2013 7:06:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, you might be cool with Barack Obama calling up a drone strike on an American citizen. But don't forget: a Republican [shudder!] could become President! That was the Washington Post editorialist Jonathan Capehart's warning to Donny Deutsch when the ad-man-turned-pundit proclaimed he had no problem with the president, under desperate circumstances, ordering a drone strike against an American. View the video here.
  • Argentina Freezes Food Prices (This in one of the best beef and grain growing regions on earth)

    02/08/2013 7:06:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/08/2013 | Mike Konrad
    If this were not true, it would be unbelieveable.  You could not make this up, let alone imagine it. Argentina's food prices are out of control. Just read that title, and  ponder what an absurdity that is. Argentina arguably has the best beef and grain growing regions on the planet. The Pampas are grasslands that run from the cooler south to the subtropical regions of the north. They are roughly equal in size to the United States' agricultural zones; but with only one-eighth the population of the United States, almost all of Argentina's produce is available for export. Argentina...
  • The Third Sex in Massachusetts (What do you call women trapped in a man's body and vice versa?)

    02/08/2013 7:01:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/08/2013 | Janet Tassel
    One afternoon in May, 1990, Robert Kosilek murdered his wife, Cheryl. Brutally. He strangled her with piano wire, virtually decapitating her, and left her body in a mall parking lot in a suburb of Boston. Since his conviction, Kosilek, now 64, has been serving a life sentence at Norfolk, a high-security prison for men. For years Kosilek has been a member of the "sisters," a particularly violent, sexually deviant subset of the prison population. But in 1993, Kosilek decided to do a complete makeover, changing his name to Michelle, letting his hair grow long, and dressing as a woman in...
  • All the President’s Drones: Don’t reprove the drone war, improve it.

    02/08/2013 6:58:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2013 | The Editors
    There are a number of problems with this administration’s conduct of the War on Terror in general, and with its drone campaign in particular. But the elimination of Anwar Al-Awlaki — an al-Qaeda militant with a demonstrated commitment to the destruction of the United States who happened to have been born in New Mexico — is not one of them. The release of a Justice Department white paper outlining the administration’s legal case for the targeted killing of American citizens who are in cahoots with al-Qaeda has raised protest from the left, which has leeway to criticize the president now...
  • Call Obama’s Sequester Bluff: The sequester was the president’s idea. He has to own it.

    02/08/2013 6:55:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | February 7, 2013 8:00 P.M. | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>For the first time since Election Day, President Obama is on the defensive. That’s because on March 1, automatic spending cuts (“sequestration”) go into effect — $1.2 trillion over ten years, half from domestic (discretionary) programs, half from defense.</p> <p>The idea had been proposed and promoted by the White House during the July 2011 debt-ceiling negotiations. The political calculation was that such draconian defense cuts would drive the GOP to offer concessions.</p>
  • The Worst Five Years Since the Great Depression

    02/08/2013 6:51:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/08/2013 | PETER FERRARA
    In February, 2009, I wrote for the Wall Street Journal an article entitled Reaganomics versus Obamanomics. The article explained that the emerging Obamanomics was pursuing exactly the opposite of every policy of the enormously successful Reaganomics, and predicted that it would produce exactly the opposite results. Well, the results are in, and under President Obama the American people have now suffered the worst 5 years since the Great Depression, as first explained by Steve McCann of the American Thinker on January 25. McCann writes, “From 2009 through 2012, the Obama cabal, and their allegiance to statist policies, has been in...
  • McDonald's January sales drop more than anticipated

    02/08/2013 6:51:04 AM PST · by traumer · 33 replies
    (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp (MCD) said on Friday that January sales at established restaurants around the world fell 1.9 percent, a steeper decline than expected as fast-food chains fight for diners. McDonald's warned last month that same-restaurant sales would be down. Analysts polled by Consensus Metrix had expected a decline of 1.1 percent. Shares of McDonald's, which had fallen earlier in the week, slipped 3 cents to $94.60 in premarket trading. McDonald's expected sales and profit growth to be under pressure in the near term, as diners spend cautiously due to lackluster economic growth in most major markets. At the...
  • America Gives Up

    02/08/2013 6:47:28 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Stella Paul
    The other day, I learned that President Obama has canceled our Mars Rover explorations, along with all other planetary missions. NASA's science mission chief just quit in disgust, and who can blame him? Apparently, even robots' lives are too precious for us to risk these days, so America is giving up the thrill of discovering space. While I was stewing over the news that the Russians will now take over our Mars missions (the Red Planet is turning that kind of Red), I decided to relax by watching the Super Bowl -- just in time to see the lights blow...
  • The Great Gun Debate

    02/08/2013 6:43:51 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2-8-2013 | Brett Joshpe
    I greatly appreciate the opportunity to debate and respond to Selwyn Duke's piece, which makes many very reasonable points. Its biggest deficiency is that it never actually proposes measures --whether specific new regulations or repeal of specific existing ones -- that would improve the current system. Instead, Mr. Duke says he would scale back gun laws from 22,000 to 5,000, two arbitrary numbers, neither of which bear any correlation to smart policy. Before discussing potential policy responses, let me say that Mr. Duke is quite right that thousands of gun laws, unsurprisingly, did not eliminate crime (I am unaware of...
  • The Final Argument: The Best Recession in History (Sarcasm Intended By The Author)

    02/08/2013 6:22:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    Hey good news everybody. People are still losing jobs at a faster rate than we’re creating them. Thank God for the best recession in the history of mankind. And thank God for Barack Obama being the best recessionary president in the history of mankind. "This is the best looking contraction in GDP you'll ever see," says Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. Yeah, just think about how great everything would look if Barack Obama wasn’t president, er… I mean: how bad everything would look. “Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000,...
  • [Brown University] Student health plan to cover sex reassignment

    02/08/2013 6:22:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    The Brown Daily Herald ^ | February 6, 2013 | Jennifer Kaplan
    The Brown Student Health Insurance Plan will cover 14 different sexual reassignment surgery procedures starting in August, Director of Insurance and Purchasing Services Jeanne Hebert confirmed in an email to The Herald. The move makes Brown one of a handful of schools and healthcare providers nationwide to cover the surgeries. “We identified this as an important benefit for students to have access to,” Hebert wrote, adding that the change was in line with “Brown’s efforts to support all students.” The coverage will be funded through renewal rates paid for next year’s student healthcare coverage, she wrote. In general, the total...
  • Background Checks Can Easily be Used to Deny Honest Gun Owners

    02/08/2013 6:11:56 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    Gun Owners ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Erich Pratt
    In 2008, WalMart caved in to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his fraudulently-named Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In the process, it agreed to a ten-point agenda pushed by Bloomberg. In particular, point #9 prohibits firearms sales to purchasers who have not received an affirmative go-ahead at the end of the NICS check’s three-day waiting period. In other words, if the FBI gives a “yellow light” -- perhaps, because a gun buyer is unlucky enough to have the same name as someone in the NICS system -- then WalMart was essentially saying it would not sell the firearm, even though...
  • Family needs help with puppy's medical bill [Give me $5K for my dog]

    02/08/2013 5:52:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    wsvn ^ | 2/7/13
    - A South Florida couple who was burned out of their apartment is asking for the public's help to assist with their injured dog's medical bills... Gordon said the hospital bills are about $5,000 and the dog is expected to be there for at least another week. "You don't realize how much you love something or someone or an animal until you think you're not gonna have it anymore," he said.
  • As We Say Goodbye to Chris Kyle

    02/08/2013 5:44:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Mark Davis
    I will be at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Monday, and I know I will take many of you with me in spirit. But apparently not everybody. The occasion will be the Texas memorial service for Chris Kyle, an American hero in every sense of the term. But if it is one battlefield where he earned his honor as our most prolific sniper, it is another battlefield that has sprouted since his death. This arena is a war of words, sparked by the strong opinions of a variety of people on what Chris Kyle meant to our nation. To...
  • Valérie Trierweiler 'succumbs to Marie-Antoinette syndrome of life of luxury'

    02/08/2013 5:43:18 AM PST · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    President François Hollande's 47-year old partner was slammed for eschewing her Left-wing principles in favour of unabashed champagne Socialism despite the threat of "thousands of job losses in the coming weeks" in companies ranging from Renault to Air France. VSD, the weekly magazine, trained its ire on the 47-year-old divorcee's decision to attend the haute couture shows of Paris fashion week
  • Minnesota House: Gun hearings end with ammo debate

    02/08/2013 5:31:38 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioner press ^ | 2-8-13 | megan boldt
    A three-day discussion on gun control that drew hundreds daily to the Minnesota Capitol ended Thursday night, Feb. 7, with heated debate on a bill that would outlaw high-capacity ammunition magazines. Nearly a dozen bills are beginning to make their way through the legislative process, with measures that include banning assault rifles as well as requiring universal background checks for gun buyers and more mental health screenings for handgun permits. Gun-control proposals may have their best chance yet this year, but even advocates admit it will be a tough battle. Many rural lawmakers, no matter their party lines, are reluctant...
  • ‘I Never Believe It’s Better to Kill a Terrorist Than to Detain Him’

    02/08/2013 5:30:31 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-7-2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Meet John Brennan's kinder, gentler CIA, where foreign partners do the interrogation dirty work and Americans are "pleased" with drone discipline. If Chuck Hagel’s performance in his confirmation hearing last week was comparable to a deer caught in the headlights, John Brennan’s artificially earnest, overly agreeable performance before the Senate Armed Services Committee today brought to mind a kid imploring his teacher to raise his “B” grade to an “A.” “If I am confirmed, a trust deficit between the committee and the CIA would be wholly unacceptable to me, and I would make it my goal on day one of...
  • An introduction to spark spreads

    02/08/2013 5:26:08 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    The spark spread is a common metric for estimating the profitability of natural gas-fired electric generators. The spark spread is the difference between the price received by a generator for electricity produced and the cost of the natural gas needed to produce that electricity. It is typically calculated using daily spot prices for natural gas and power at various regional trading points. The chart above shows spark spreads during 2012, calculated for four locations around the United States. Spark spreads tend to be fairly volatile, more so than crack spreads in petroleum markets, largely because of the volatility of wholesale...
  • Marco Rubio Talks Jesus at National Prayer Breakfast

    02/08/2013 5:14:33 AM PST · by rhema · 26 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 2/7/13 | Mark Tooley
    Justifiably the President always gets the most media attention at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. But this year a follow-up lunch featuring Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio may have been more surprising and interesting. The National Prayer Breakfast is actually a 24 hour event including several meals involving several thousand participants, about 20 percent of whom come from overseas. Attenders and speakers are overwhelmingly Christian, although the event is interfaith and includes Jews and Muslims in the program. Rubio’s lunch remarks today were more like a sermon and focused on Jesus. Rubio preached on 4 lessons from...
  • Krugman: Death Panels and Middle-Class Tax Hikes Ahead

    02/08/2013 5:09:52 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/07/2013 | IBD Staff
    Big Government: We almost never agree with President Obama's favorite economist Paul Krugman, but he recently spoke the truth about where Obama's policies are taking the country. It should scare anyone with a pulse. Krugman, after speaking at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., was asked about the debt crisis. After arguing it's no big deal in the near term, Krugman admitted that "Eventually we do have a problem. The population is getting older, health care costs are rising ... . Something is going to have to give." What's that something?
  • Matthews Supplies Secret To Restoring Washington's Good Name: More Government Programs

    02/08/2013 5:08:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Nowadays, our nation's capital is in such ill-repute that if George Washington were around, he might sue to have his name taken off it. But never fear: restoring Washington's good name is just a few trillion dollars away! So Chris Matthews assures us in an MSNBC "Lean Forward" promo that is currently airing. After ticking off a number of big-government programs initated under past presidents, Matthews continues: "we got to get back to that, and then Washington will have a good name again." View the promo here.
  • Obama administration embraces major new cut in nuclear weapons

    02/08/2013 5:03:03 AM PST · by Monty22002 · 48 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/8/13 | Jeffrey Smith
    WASHINGTON -- Senior Obama administration officials have agreed that the number of nuclear warheads the U.S. military deploys could be cut by at least a third without harming national security, according to those involved in the deliberations. Such a reduction would open the door to billions of dollars in military savings, which might ease the federal budget deficit. It also would improve prospects for a new arms deal with Russia before President Barack Obama leaves office, those involved said, but it’s likely to draw fire from conservatives, if previous debate on the issue is any guide.