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  • Venezuela Devalues Its Currency

    02/08/2013 7:53:58 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    Venezuela Devalues Its Currency Matthew BoeslerFebruary 8, 2013, 3:43 PMVenezuela just undertook a massive currency devaluation, re-pegging the bolivar to a value of 6.3 per U.S. dollar from its previous official exchange rate of 4.3 bolivars per dollar. The government also announced that it would shutter the Venezuelan currency exchange system known as SITME. Given the currency devaluation underway in other economies around the world right now – perhaps most notably in Japan – a few are calling this Venezuela's foray into the global "currency war" between countries trying to devalue their currencies in order to increase export competitiveness. However,...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than 30% to go to meet our goal!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XVIII]

    02/08/2013 7:43:26 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 755 replies
    Dear FReepers, Less than 30% to go to meet our goal!! Still lagging a bit off the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done in three weeks!! We can do this!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it and think it's a worthwhile endeavor to support. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the defense...
  • Manhunt: Sheriff worries Big Bear residents may dish out own justice

    02/08/2013 7:38:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 94 replies
    LAT ^ | February 8, 2013 | 7:07pm
    <p>While scores of law enforcement officers continued to search Friday for a fugitive ex-cop suspected of killing three people, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said he is worried about armed Big Bear residents -- whom he calls "hearty" --- taking the law into their own hands.</p>
  • CA Mayor Charged for Drunken Fit Over Milkshake, Report Says (Mayor Says ...'Shake Cost Too Much')

    02/08/2013 7:37:46 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Calif. mayor charged for drunken fit over milkshake, report says (CBS) ATWATER, Calif. - Craig Mooneyham, who was filling in as mayor of Atwater, Calif., is accused of throwing a drunken fit over a $7 milkshake, CBS Sacramento reports. According to the station, witnesses say the mayor was so mad about having to pay $7 for a banana milkshake, he started cursing and nearly got into a fight. "He was just throwing the f-bombs and pretty much everything else," Liliana Gracian, an employee of Fosters Freeze, a fast-food chain, told the station. Mooneyham reportedly swore he was overcharged for extra...
  • Bones Under Parking Lot Belonged to Richard III

    02/08/2013 7:24:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | JOHN F. BURNS
    Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him... --snip-- Dr. King said tests conducted at three laboratories in England and France had found that the descendants’ mitochondrial DNA, a genetic element inherited through the maternal line of descent, matched that extracted from the parking lot skeleton. She said all three samples belonged to a type of mitochondrial DNA that is carried by only 1 to 2 percent of the English population, a rare enough group to satisfy...
  • Just Like Beer, Scotch Gets Canned

    02/08/2013 6:57:39 PM PST · by Drew68 · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | 09 Jan 13 | Lauren Torrisi
    Just when the controversy over the banned FourLoko has died down, a beverage company has come out with straight Scotch in a can, just like soda pop. Though there’s been no uproar so far, as was the case with the alcohol-caffeine combo FourLoko, Scottish Spirits’ “Scotch in a Can” is being marketed as a “distilled and matured in Scotland for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks.” It has notes of “honey, vanilla, butterscotch, apples and pears,” and a “hint of peat and smoke in the background,” as described on their site. Each can contains about eight shots or...
  • Mental health center offers free training to teachers (Is it the kids - or maybe someone else?)

    02/08/2013 6:46:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    12 News Now ^ | 2/02/13 | Adam Wright
    **SNIP** It's a two day course that teaches how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia. "A lot of times what you think to do in a mental health circumstance is exactly the wrong thing to do, like telling a person who's feeling seriously depressed to 'snap out of it' or 'you have so much to live for'," said Spindeltop spokesperson Janna Fulbright. The class was offered free to educators. And Henry believes a better knowledge of mental disorders could help decrease violence in schools. "This actually gives you a little more...
  • Christopher Dorner Vanished, May Have Very Powerful Weapons (Missile launcher, .50 cal rifle)

    02/08/2013 6:44:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 8, 2013 | Pierre Thomas
    Alleged cop-killer Christopher Dorner has vanished. More than 24 hours after Dorner allegedly shot and killed one police officer and injured two others, police say they have no idea where the former cop with a vendetta against police has gone. "He could be anywhere at this point," Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department said today. Police are also trying to determine whether Dorner left his burning car on the side of Big Bear Mountain and earlier dropped his badge in San Diego as diversionary tactics to distract police. Wherever Dorner is, law enforcement officials fear that...
  • Fertility and immigration: Global demographics, not domestic policy, will control who comes and...

    02/08/2013 6:41:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Jonathan V. Last
    Global demographics, not domestic policy, will control who comes and who goes. In Washington, politicians are trying to reform America's immigration system, again. Both President Obama and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are proposing "paths to citizenship" for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. Other proposals abound, including finishing the border fence, creating a better E-Verify system for employers and passing the last Congress' Dream Act. All of these ideas, however, fundamentally misunderstand immigration in America: Future immigration is probably going to be governed not by U.S. domestic policy choices but by global demographics.... --snip-- ...that Puerto Rico's fertility rate...
  • ABC Ignores New Benghazi Revelations Showing Disengaged Obama

    02/08/2013 6:13:39 PM PST · by chessplayer · 23 replies
    While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama's lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the story. In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts.
  • FReeper Canteen - Valentine Music Dedication - 8/Feb/2013

    02/08/2013 6:10:12 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 383 replies
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  • Blowback From the Grass Roots (How Steve King Learned to Love Karl Rove)

    02/08/2013 6:07:06 PM PST · by kristinn · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Katrina Trinko
    If there is only one grassroots conservative in the country who is happy about the rollout of Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, it’s Representative Steve King of Iowa. Allies of the conservative potential Senate candidate are practically chortling about how the swings taken at King by Steven Law, president of the Conservative Victory Project, are boosting King’s prospective candidacy. “Steve King hadn’t done anything to Karl Rove, so they fired the first shot, but I guarantee it won’t be the last,” vows Chuck Laudner, a former King adviser. The Conservative Victory Project has done “nothing but encourage Steve King, and...
  • Amish Sect Leader Sentenced to 15 Years in Hair-Cutting Attacks

    02/08/2013 6:02:48 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | By TRIP GABRIEL
    The leader of a dissident Amish sect was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison for a series of bizarre beard- and hair-cutting attacks on other Ohio Amish that drew national attention. Samuel Mullet Sr., 67, the leader, was sentenced in Federal District Court in Cleveland for coordinating assaults that prosecutors argued were motivated by religious intolerance. Fifteen of his followers, including six women, were given lesser sentences, ranging from one year and one day to seven years. The breakaway Amish were convicted last year of multiple counts of conspiracy and hate crimes, which carry harsher punishment than simple...
  • Conductor, Juilliard emeritus James DePreist dies

    02/08/2013 6:00:43 PM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 8, 2013 | Steven Dubois
    James DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors and a National Medal of Arts winner, died Friday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., his manager Jason Bagdade said. DePreist, who was 76, had been in and out of the hospital since a massive heart attack last March that was followed by open-heart surgery, his wife, Ginette DePreist, told The Oregonian newspaper.
  • Mali conflict: French ransom cash 'funded militants'

    02/08/2013 6:00:31 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 February 2013 Last updated at 17:48 ET
    A former US ambassador to Mali has told the BBC that France that paid ransom money to free hostages and the funds ended up bolstering Islamist groups it is now fighting. Vicki Huddleston said France paid $17m (£10.75m) to free hostages seized from a uranium mine in Niger in 2010. She said other European countries, including Germany, had also paid ransoms amounting to nearly $90m. France has always denied that it pays ransoms for the release of hostages. ... Ms Huddleston said the hostages kidnapped at the Niger mine in 2010 were only released because money had changed hands. "All...
  • Penelope Soto, Fla. teen who flipped off judge, apologizes and avoids 30-day sentence

    02/08/2013 6:00:24 PM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    (CBS) MIAMI - Penelope Soto, the Florida teen who was jailed after flipping off a Miami-Dade judge, avoided a month behind bars Friday after she apologized to him in person, reports CBS Miami.
  • Univision Employee Calls Marco Rubio 'Token Slave Boy'

    02/08/2013 5:57:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    In what has become a recurring theme for the Spanish language network Univision, one of their employees took to social media recently to smear Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). According to the Miami Herald, a top assistant to a Univision news boss criticized Rubio being chosen as the Republican response to the State of the Union. The employee at the center of the controversy is one Angelica Artiles who took to Facebook to post the following vicious attack: "Oh, wow, the loser is going to speak after our President. Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favor and...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-8-13

    02/08/2013 5:55:38 PM PST · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-8-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Chaos grows as Tunisia buries assassinated opposition leader

    02/08/2013 5:54:14 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Globe & Mail ^ | Feb. 08 2013, 8:10 PM EST
    Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid was buried as a martyr for freedom and democracy in a country that is threatened with the loss of both, as an uprising against the ruling Islamist party gained momentum. Mr. Belaid’s assassination triggered a ferocious backlash against the main Islamist party, Ennahda, one that continued during the funeral Friday, attended by as many as 100,000 people. The midafternoon funeral on Friday was a largely peaceful event marred by bouts of violence – and brief periods of panic – as crowds tried to outrun billowing clouds of tear gas aimed at demonstrators and looters on...
  • I-Team: Nevada Less Restrictive on Gun Control

    02/08/2013 5:46:20 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    8 News Now ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Colleen McCarty
    The Second Amendment gives all Americans the right to keep and bear arms, but how you keep them and where you bear them can differ dramatically depending on where you live. Nevada is widely considered one of the least restrictive states when it comes to gun laws. For example, Nevada has no state gun registry. Only Clark County requires gun registration and only for handguns. Nevada also has no restrictions on the types of guns a person can own and few rules about where someone can carry them. Some say it's a reflection of the state's Wild West roots. The...
  • Searchers struggle to pick up trail of former Los Angeles cop wanted in killing spree

    02/08/2013 5:26:28 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 180 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/8/13 | ap
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – All that was left were footprints leading away from Christopher Dorner's burned-out pickup truck, and an enormous, snow-covered mountain where he could be hiding among the skiers, hundreds of cabins and dense woods. More than 100 officers, including SWAT teams, were driven in glass-enclosed snow machines and armored personnel carriers to hunt for the former Los Angeles police officer suspected of going on a deadly rampage to get back at those he blamed for ending his police career. Video of LAPD Conf at mtn site. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/08/searchers-struggle-to-pick-up-trail-former-los-angeles-cop-wanted-in-killing/#ixzz2KMKqPGwM
  • Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years

    02/08/2013 5:14:33 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 29 replies
    Mercurynews.com ^ | 02/08/2013 | THOMAS J. SHEERAN
    CLEVELAND—Denying he ran an Amish cult, the 67-year-old ringleader of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow members of his faith in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, while family members convicted of carrying out his orders got one to seven years. The judge said the defendants had violated the constitutional rights protecting religious practice that had also benefited them as Amish. Authorities had prosecuted the attacks as a hate crime. Before his sentencing, Samuel Mullet Sr. told the judge he had been accused of running a cult. Mullet, his ankles in chains and a white beard down...
  • Dan Rather on Reddit: No one proved that Bush documents were forged

    02/08/2013 5:13:35 PM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner: ^ | February 8, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    former CBS broadcaster Dan Rather (Now with AXS-TV) was understandably asked a question about ‘Rathergate’ – the story on George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard that used forged documents in the report. Rather responded brusquely: Number 1 – the facts of case are not in dispute. Number 2 – no one had ever established that the documents were forged
  • How Obama Lost His Edge Over the GOP on Spending (Clueless "Negotiator")

    02/08/2013 5:07:56 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | February 6, 2013 | Edward Morrissey
    At the beginning of the year, the media hailed Barack Obama as the winner of the standoff on the fiscal cliff – and it wasn’t difficult to see why.  Obama forced House Republicans to swallow a tax-rate increase for the first time in more than a decade, breaking a vow that had been a bright line with their conservative base.  Even though the President had to adjust on the baseline for the marginal tax increase from a $200,000 income level to $400,000, he successfully used the leverage of scheduled increases of tax rates in all brackets to break GOP...
  • Jamie Foxx: 'Black People Are The Most Talented People In The World'

    02/08/2013 5:01:40 PM PST · by chessplayer · 95 replies
    It seems Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx just can't avoid saying something really stupid at awards ceremonies. After calling Barack Obama "Our Lord and Savior" at last November's Soul Train Awards, Foxx, during his acceptance speech as Entertainer of the Year at last Friday's NAACP Image Awards, said, "Black people are the most talented people in the world" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
  • Two choirs cause tension in Sandy Hook

    02/08/2013 5:01:34 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 11 replies
    Newstimes ^ | February 8, 2013 | Nanci G. Hutson
    NEWTOWN -- Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson was one of millions awed by the debut of 26 Sandy Hook third- and fourth-graders singing "America the Beautiful'' at the Super Bowl pre-game show in New Orleans. .................. Weeks earlier, a different group of 21 Newtown youngsters had stirred similar emotions when they sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on national TV. Now, Robinson is in the center of what has gone from murmurs into a simmering dispute over which singing group truly represents Sandy Hook. The drama over the two different groups started after New York music producer Tim Hayes decided to tap...
  • Rubio’s Mom Changed His Mind on Immigration

    02/08/2013 5:00:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 08 Feb 2013 11:31 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Marco Rubio’s softening stance toward immigration reform boils down to his mom, a new profile of the fast-rising Florida senator reveals. “Don’t mess with the immigrants, my son,” Oriales Garcia Rubio told her youngest son during a Dec. 21 phone call, Time magazine reports. Illegal immigrants, she said, are “human beings just like us, and they came for the same reasons we came. To work. To improve their lives.” Rubio took his mother’s words to heart, and says they are shaping his work on immigration. “I have to balance that humanity with reality,” he said. “We have immigration laws. They...
  • I-Team: Debate Heats Up Over Sales at Gun Shows

    02/08/2013 4:44:24 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    8 News Now ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Colleen McCarty
    LAS VEGAS -- Of all the gun legislation currently on the table, universal background checks seem the most likely to pass. The proposal would close the so-called gun show loophole by requiring background checks for all gun sales. In southern Nevada, where gun shows are as frequent as sporting events, the proposal is driving discussion and sales. There is wide debate about whether guns sold without background checks truly impact crime. Some research suggests that crooks are more likely to get guns from the streets than from a gun show. However, that doesn't mean weapons sold at gun shows don't...
  • EU leaders agree 3% budget cut deal in Brussels (for 2014-20)

    02/08/2013 4:37:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/8/13 | BBC
    EU leaders have reached an agreement on the budget for 2014-20 after lengthy talks in Brussels. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy announced the deal and said in a statement it was "worth working for". The new budget ceiling amounts to 960bn euros (£812bn; $1.3tn). It is the first time the EU's multi-annual budget has been reduced. UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who had been pressing for cuts, hailed it as a "good deal for Britain". "I think the British public can be proud that we have cut the seven-year credit card limit for the EU for the first time...
  • DOJ: Taliban Wannabe Tried to Bomb Oakland Bank and Frame ‘Right-Wing’ Groups

    02/08/2013 4:30:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    Justice Department officials charged a Taliban sympathizer in California with attempting to carry out a terrorist attack that he hoped would be blamed on “right-wing” groups, thereby provoking a civil war. Matthew Aaron Llaneza is accused of attempting to detonate a car bomb at a Bank of America in Oakland. “Llaneza’s stated goal was to trigger a government crackdown, which he expected would trigger a right-wing counter-response against the government followed by, he hoped, a civil war,” according to court documents. The complaint says that Llaneza wanted to frame “a loose collection of anti-government militias and their sympathizers.” Llaneza originally...
  • The Coming Defense Fallout

    02/08/2013 4:30:43 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Adam Kredo
    The United States Army is projecting that a series of severe defense cuts could cause 251,000 Army civilians to be furloughed, lead to an Army-wide hiring freeze, and significantly reduce funding for critical social service programs that provide care to troops and their families. The nearly $500 billion in looming defense cuts, otherwise known as sequestration, has led the Army to project widespread shortfalls that will impact troop readiness and defer post-combat equipment repairs for up to four years, according to detailed estimates issued by the Army and obtained by the Free Beacon. Sequestration is set to kick in on...
  • Panetta: Obama never called back to check on Benghazi

    02/08/2013 4:28:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 94 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | ED MORRISSEY
    We didn’t get to this yesterday, but it’s definitely worth watching — especially for the skill shown by Lindsey Graham in his examination of Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey. The headline takeaway will be what is remembered most: the revelation that Barack Obama never bothered to keep in touch with his chair of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of Defense after being informed that an American consulate was under attack from terrorists. But if that’s all you hear from this, you’re missing the big picture. Graham managed to elicit a number of damaging statements from the two. Not one...
  • FBI: Man Attempted To Bomb Bank, Trying To Set Off US Civil War

    02/08/2013 4:19:55 PM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2-8-2013 | Pete Williams
    FBI: Man Attempted To Bomb Bank, Trying To Set Off US Civil War By Pete Williams, NBC NewsFebruary 8, 2013 The FBI, ending a sting, says it has arrested a California man after he tried to set off what he thought was a car bomb at a bank in Oakland. Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, of San Jose, was arrested Friday morning, capping a months-long undercover investigation, the Justice Department said. Agents say he met last November with someone he thought was connected with the Taliban but who was actually an FBI agent. Prosecutors say Llaneza proposed car-bombing a bank in...
  • Russian bill looks to hide gay identity, affirm democracy of the majority

    02/08/2013 4:16:43 PM PST · by klpt · 12 replies
    CSM ^ | February 7, 2013 | Fred Weir
    Russia's State Duma is preparing a bill that will ban "homosexual propaganda," which even supporters admit will effectively criminalize almost any overt public expression of gay sexual identity. The public battle over the draft law has highlighted two different visions of Russian "democracy" and pitted them against each other. The bill, which passed its first Duma reading late last month with just one deputy opposing it, will outlaw gay parades and gay-themed events, as well as ban the dissemination of information about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It heads into its crucial second reading early next week, with...
  • Cold Case: 1977 Texas Army Officer’s Killing Finally Leads to Arrests

    02/08/2013 4:05:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 8, 2013
    For 30 years the trail had been cold — Major Chester Garrett, a decorated U.S. Army officer, found murdered in the desert near El Paso, Texas in January 1977. Now, police say they have arrested his stepson and estranged wife. Maj. Garrett was 36 when he was found dead. He had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, and stab wounds as well. At the time, local authorities pursued leads, but eventually the case went cold. It was only in 2006 that the case was reopened after family members contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to review the case....
  • Vance students turn in lost church money (Chris Dorner)

    02/08/2013 3:56:44 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 13 replies
    Enid News & Eagle ^ | Nov. 5, 2002 | Robert Barron
    The military stresses integrity. It is apparently a lesson learned well by two Vance Air Force Base students. An Enid church is a little richer today thanks to the integrity of Lt. Andrew Baugher, a Marine student at Vance, and Ensign Chris Dorner, a Navy student pilot. The two were driving into Enid Sunday afternoon when they spotted a bank bag in the middle of the road. After turning around, they picked up the bag and found it contained nearly $8,000. They promptly took the bag to the Enid Police Department The money belongs to Enid Korean Church of Grace,...
  • So God Made A Democrat

    02/08/2013 3:49:28 PM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 13 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | February 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    God looked down on Washington D.C. and said “I need someone who will steal morning, noon and night. Who will steal from the rich to give to the poor and steal from the poor to give to the rich and fool them all and keep all the loot.” So God made a Democrat. God said, “I need college man to come to a farm and tell the farmer that he can’t feed his hogs with lettuce from his own farm or use the manure from his pigs to grow his lettuce. I need an inspector who will tell him how...
  • Man, 32, held in Suisun City girl's slaying

    02/08/2013 3:45:35 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 8, 2013 | Henry K. Lee, Justin Berton and Demian Bulwa
    Fairfield police arrested a local barber Friday in the killing of a 13-year-old girl from Suisun City whose body was found last week in a park, authorities said. Anthony Lamar Jones, 32, of Fairfield was arrested in the death of Genelle Conway-Allen, who was last seen Jan. 31. Her body, stripped of clothing, was found early the next day in Allan Witt Park in Fairfield. Jones acted alone, police said at a press conference Friday morning. They have not said how Genelle died.
  • Venezuela Launches First Nuke In Currency Wars, Devalues Currency By 46%

    While the rest of the developed world is scrambling here and there, politely prodding its central bankers to destroy their relative currencies, all the while naming said devaluation assorted names, "quantitative easing" being the most popular, here comes Venezuela and shows the banana republics of the developed world what lobbing a nuclear bomb into a currency war knife fight looks like: VENEZUELA DEVALUES FROM 4.30 TO 6.30 BOLIVARS VENEZUELA NEW CURRENCY BODY TO MANAGE DOLLAR INFLOWS CARACAS CONSUMER PRICES ROSE 3.3% IN JAN. And that, ladies and gents of Caracas, is how you just lost 46% of your purchasing power,...
  • Why S&P is in the Crosshairs of the Department of Justice

    02/08/2013 3:43:50 PM PST · by GVnana · 17 replies
    The Project to Restore America ^ | 2/8/2012 | Scott S. Powell
    What has been distinct about Barack Obama's presidency is his inclination to operate in continuous campaign mode, to deflect attention away from his policy failures and to undermine opposition by politicizing the issues and policy responses he chooses to take up. So now with the president's attorney general Eric Holder having just announced the filing of a $5 billion Department of Justice suit against Standard & Poor's—charging that fraudulent ratings were made on risky mortgage bonds that went into default during the financial crisis of 2008—one has to wonder what the political motivation might be. First, why now? Why has...
  • Colorado Prepares for All-Out Gun Fight

    02/08/2013 3:43:09 PM PST · by Red Steel · 34 replies
    US News ^ | February 8, 2013, 4hr ago | Lauren Fox
    Newly blue state could see red with proposed gun laws Colorado's state legislature is the stage where one of nation's fiercest gun debates will unfold. A state with a strong tradition of sport shooting and hunting, Colorado is also home to two of the country's deadliest mass shootings. Recently state legislators have introduced bills on everything from universal background checks, to limiting high-capacity magazines over 10 rounds, to holding gun manufacturers and dealers liable if their products fall into dangerous hands—a bill that actually runs counter to current federal law, which protects gun makers and sellers. "It's going to be...
  • By year's end, troops will be unable to respond to crises, Pentagon says

    02/08/2013 3:34:34 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | 4 Feb 13 | Jared Serbu
    Every leader in the Pentagon has been warning for more than a year that if sequestration comes to pass the impact to the military will be severe. But the armed services' most senior officers now are telling Congress those impacts are not a distant prospect — they could be looking at a "hollowed-out" force within a matter of months after the cuts are triggered. When the Defense Department directed the military services last month to start conserving funds, it was a good sign that the Pentagon now believes the long-threatened automatic budget cuts actually will take place. Ashton Carter, the...
  • Venezuela announces currency devaluation

    02/08/2013 3:33:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    AP via yahooooo ^ | 2-8-13 | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    It was the first devaluation to be announced by Chavez's government since 2010, and it brought down the official value of the bolivar by 46.5 percent against the dollar. By boosting the bolivar value of Venezuela's dollar-denominated oil sales, the change is expected to help alleviate a difficult budget outlook for the government, which has turned increasingly to borrowing to meet its spending obligations.
  • Michelle Obama Commission On Religious Child Abuse Is Now Urgent

    02/08/2013 3:27:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Chrisian Catholicism ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Jerry Slevin
    Two events within the last few months confirmed conclusively that local law enforcement in the USA cannot prevent Catholic Church leaders from facilitating predatory priests who sexually abuse children. Documents just released in Los Angeles and others released in Philadelphia a few months earlier show this. Two Cardinals, Mahony and Bevilacqua, oversaw numerous predatory priests who were enabled to continue to abuse children repeatedly even after the Cardinals knew the priests were predators. It is the same old story that played out with Cardinal Law in Boston a decade before and in many other U.S. dioceses since. Local prosecutors beholden...
  • AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating

    02/08/2013 3:21:22 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    AF.mil ^ | 8 Feb 13 | Master Sgt. Jess D. Harvey
    Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be "devastating" to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Department of Defense officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. "Now that we're staring at that possibility in less than a month, I can tell you, they were right," said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Larry Spencer, during a media roundtable at the Pentagon. The meeting was aimed at discussing the toll that ongoing fiscal insecurity and looming sequestration are taking on...
  • How would Senate look if we repealed 17th Amendment today?

    02/08/2013 3:21:06 PM PST · by FatMax · 142 replies
    The Victory Institute ^ | Feb. 8, 2013 | Chris Carter
    The Founding Fathers knew that in order to ratify a Constitution and preserve the fledgling United States, it was essential that the states have representation in the new Federal government. The legislative branch would be split; the people represented by the directly elected members of the House of Representatives, and each state represented by two officials appointed by the state legislatures. In the new system, the House would represent the people and the Senate would represent the states. Without a federalist system of divided, enumerated, and checked powers between the federal and state governments, no union would be possible -...
  • Executioner in Chief: How a Nobel Peace Prize Winner Became Head - Worldwide Assassination Program

    02/08/2013 3:19:33 PM PST · by illiac · 34 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | 2/8/13 | John W Whitehead
    “Much of our foreign policy now depends on the hope of benevolent dictators and philosopher kings. The law can’t help. The law is what the kings say it is.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing for The Atlantic “If George Bush had done this, it would have been stopped.”—Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman and current MSNBC pundit When Barack Obama ascended to the presidency in 2008, there was a sense, at least among those who voted for him, that the country might change for the better. Those who watched in awe as President Bush chipped away at our civil liberties over the course of...
  • 2A Rights Rally, Denver

    02/08/2013 3:19:20 PM PST · by elteemike · 5 replies
    08 Feb 2013 | elteemike
    Pro 2A Rights Rally held at Colorado State Capitol in Denver today. Charles Heller of Jews For Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) was a featured speaker along with several pro-2A Colorado legislators and a representative of The Appleseed Project. A crowd of several hundred attended... Photos from the rally here: https://plus.google.com/photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841#photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841 https://plus.google.com/photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841#photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841
  • Pakistan's foreign secretary denounces drones, claims al Qaeda is dead

    02/08/2013 3:18:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | February 8, 2013 | By Bill Roggio
    Talk about bad timing. Today, Pakistan's foreign secretary spoke out against US drone strikes, and said they were unnecessary as al Qaeda has been defeated in his country. From SAMAA: Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas said on Friday that Pakistan has eliminated al Qaeda network from its territory, SAMAA reports. In a briefing to the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee, Abbas said that security forces have eliminated al Qaeda network from Pakistan's territory. Talking about drone attacks in the tribal region, Abbas said that these attacks are not acceptable for Islamabad. He said such attacks are violation of the United Nations charter,...
  • Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness

    02/08/2013 3:11:25 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | 8 FEb 13 | USNI News Editor
    The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News. Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the 4-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship. “This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of...