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  • Investing In a World of Make Believe

    02/10/2013 7:27:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | John Browne
    In recent years, a high degree of economic, financial, and political uncertainty has resulted in acute volatility in stocks, real estate, commodities and precious metals. I believe that another aggravating factor has been the increasing skepticism through which the investing public views government statistics and statements. To make prudent decisions, investors need to know key economic indicators such as economic growth, inflation rates, unemployment levels and the real cost and value of money. For the past 20 years or so, the key assumptions behind the calculation of these figures have been changed, or more accurately distorted, in favor of government...
  • Hopelessly Naive Hayes: End War On Terror, Declare Ourselves 'At Peace'

    02/10/2013 7:19:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Suppose our enemies declared war on us—and we didn't show up? In a variation on the pacifist line from the 60s, that's essentially what Chris Hayes has proposed as American policy. On his MSNBC show this morning, the hopelessly naive Hayes suggested that rather than debating "big war"—boots on ground—versus "small war"—targeted strikes—we go for a third option "no war." In Hayes's fantasy-land, America declares the war on terror over and "declares itself at peace." View the video here.
  • Ambush at Hilton Hollow

    02/10/2013 7:12:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Russ Vaughn
    February 9, 2013 Ambush at Hilton Hollow Russ Vaughn Wow! The commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force the world has ever seen walked right into an ambush with no cover, no concealment, and no security at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. Forced to sit at the dais and suck it up while a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Dr. Benjamin Carson, debunked the concept of Obamacare as well as pointing out the president's seeming indifference to the national debt, Obama did his best to smile but he simply could not suppress that droned-out...
  • The 100th Anniversary of U.S. Income Taxes

    02/10/2013 7:11:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Political Calculations
    This week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 16th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which made it legal for the U.S. federal government to impose taxes upon the income earned by Americans. Since income tax season in the United States has officially begun, we thought we'd mark the occasion by revisiting our original Form 1040 tool, where you can find out how much of the money you earned last year would have been taken from you by Uncle Sam back in 1913! Back then, of course, you would only have had until the first of March to...
  • Joe Paterno family releases report

    02/10/2013 7:10:13 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 260 replies
    Espn.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Espn.com
    A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family calls the July 2012 Freeh report that was accepted by Penn State trustees before unprecedented sanctions were levied by the NCAA against the school's football program a "total failure" that is "full of fallacies, unsupported personal opinions, false allegations and biased assertions." The Paterno family report, which targets nearly every conclusion and assertion the Freeh report made about Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, states that while former FBI director Louis J. Freeh has had an honorable past and good reputation, his investigation -- especially as it...
  • Q&A: Rev. Jerry Hancock believes gun violence can be curbed (barf alert)

    02/10/2013 7:01:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 10 feb 2013 | STEVEN ELBOW
    Jerry Hancock isn’t your typical minister. A clergy member at First Congregational Church of Christ, Hancock is one of a handful of former law enforcement officials — most prominently former Madison Police Chief David Couper, who left the police to become an Episcopal priest — who have entered the spiritual realm. “When I was working through my transition, people would say, oh, you’re just like Couper,” Hancock says. “And that of course, was and continues to be a compliment. David is very concerned about gun violence.”
  • Why Non-Torture is More Honorable Than Assassination

    02/10/2013 6:55:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    Astoundingly we have seen the media turn into hypocrites in recent days. Shock of shocks... how can it be? But when the President that an overwhelming majority of media members voted for, was running for President, they parroted his message of compassion, and American humility, and the need for us to talk to our enemies instead of torturing them. Being in the solid minority of media members who held that we either kill the guys who are trying to kill us, or at the very least, extract information about when they are next going to try to kill us, I...
  • EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents (clip)

    02/10/2013 6:51:53 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 103 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Zennie
    Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL, and Jack Murphy, a former Green Beret, reveal the new claims in their book EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents and his own bodyguards who made sure his affair was exposed, claims new book 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' Petraeus was humiliated after a 'palace coup' by high-level intelligence officers who did not like the way he was running the CIA, authors say The book also claims that Petraeus and Ambassador Chris Stevens were caught off guard by Benghazi consulate attack because they weren't briefed about on-going U.S. military...
  • ATF's Milwaukee 'Fearless' storefront had little to ward off burglars

    02/10/2013 6:51:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge )
    The door had no deadbolt. The few scratches and marks told police the men had little trouble prying it open. Hard to believe it was all that stood between the burglars and a storefront full of goods belonging to federal agents running an undercover gun sting. And who would imagine the thieves would have unfettered access to the place for three days, propping open the door with a shoe and returning the next day with a moving truck to finish the job? But that's what happened as burglars hit the ATF's Fearless Distributing storefront in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood in October,...
  • Crystal River nuclear plant closure devastates Citrus County (FL)

    02/10/2013 6:41:26 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 8 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Drew Harwell and Barbara Behrendt
    CRYSTAL RIVER — Huey "Bubba" Anderson III placed the hopes of Fat Boy's Bar-B-Q on the return of the nearby Crystal River nuclear plant. The local mainstay that his parents opened had fed plant workers since the 1970s. But on Tuesday, when Duke Energy announced the power plant would close, Anderson said the business could be facing its final days. "My first thought (was) that I'm going to go under," said Anderson, standing in Fat Boy's near-empty dining room. "The whole Citrus County is going to feel it. . . . It just keeps getting worse and worse." In this...
  • Another Hypocritical Leftist Caught with His Hand in the Tax-Haven Cookie Jar

    02/10/2013 6:37:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m a huge fan of so-called tax havens. I’ve been working for more than 10 years to protect and promote the values of tax competition, fiscal sovereignty, and financial privacy. The bureaucrats at the OECD even threatened to have me tossed in a Mexican jail because I was advising representatives of low-tax jurisdictions on how best to resist fiscal imperialism. Why am I fighting this battle and taking occasional risks? Because tax havens are a huge plus for the global economy. They generally have better fiscal policy, often with zero income taxes. They encourage other nations to adopt better fiscal...
  • Dick Cheney blasts President Obama’s ‘second-rate’ national security team

    02/10/2013 6:36:05 AM PST · by John W · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2013 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military. “The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party. Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense. “Frankly, what he has...
  • Cap-and-trade a Revenue Stream for Northeast USA

    02/10/2013 6:31:17 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2013 | Brad Plumer
    Remember cap-and-trade? Back in 2010, Democrats in Congress had a proposal to set a nationwide limit on U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions and let businesses trade pollution permits. But the climate bill died, and cap-and-trade mostly vanished from discussion. Except in the Northeast. For the past decade, ten states stretching from Maine to Maryland have been experimenting with their own modest cap on carbon pollution from electric power plants. And, this week, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced that it would continue to cut emissions by tightening the cap between now and 2020. So how effective has the RGGI program been?...
  • N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test

    02/10/2013 6:20:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/10
    2013/02/10 14:08 KST N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's planned important measures may not refer to a third nuclear test, a state propaganda outlet has suggested, adding to the confusion over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. "The U.S. and hostile forces jumped to conclusions that the republic is planning the third nuclear test, citing their hypothesis and argument," the propaganda weekly Tongil Sinbo said Friday in an article posted on a Web site operated by the North. The weekly said the U.S. and other countries know little about what...
  • Gulf coast wants to know what the holdup is in getting Keystone approved

    02/10/2013 6:17:36 AM PST · by Dartman · 12 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb.10/13 | JACKIE L. LARSON ,Edmonton Sun
    HOUSTON, TEXAS -- With Alberta bitumen languishing for want of pipelines to refineries and tidewater, on the other end of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, the Texas Gulf Coast is crying out for Canadian crude. Over a plate of steaming crawfish at Houston's Ragin' Cajun, David Holt, president of the North American-based Consumer Energy Alliance, says hope for the Keystone's a bi-national thing: Canadian crude is already America's number one energy partner, so a conduit to bring the safe, abundant, reliable supply of energy -- and some needed job revitalization -- into the Gulf Coast is essential. "The bottom...
  • MI:100+ Guns Turned in for Gun Buyback

    02/10/2013 6:05:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wilx.com ^ | 9 February, 2013 | Alyssa Fenske Em
    LANSING (WILX)-- Lansing's 2nd gun buyback program went off with a bang. More than a hundred people came in and traded their working firearms for grocery gift card's no questions asked. Police say they received more than 120 guns from the program, most of which were hand guns. But the event ended up bringing out more than just people looking to turn in their guns. --------------------cut------------------------- Just outside where the buyback program was being held pro gun activists were offering cash for guns. Police say the group was fully within their legal rights to be making deals on the street,...
  • The first-rate idiots behind the new second-rate power

    02/10/2013 5:55:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    February 10, 2013 “It will begin. It will last ten years. It will be good for the economy. It will be very helpful,” anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist said recently. The “it” he refers to is what’s become known as “the sequester” — automatic spending cuts in the Budget Control Act of 2011 that were originally proposed and then signed into law by President Barack Obama, after being passed by both Houses of Congress. Since everyone from Mr. Obama to the backest-bench blowhard congressman argues that we need to curtail out-of-control deficit spending, the idea was to propose some actual cuts...
  • ND Dems Say They’re Fundraising For The Kids, Really Fundraising For Their Party

    02/10/2013 5:52:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    http://sayanythingblog.com ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | rob port
    Yesterday I wrote about North Dakota Democrats throwing a hissy fit over Republicans voting down a $1.2 million appropriation to give school kids a third helping of milk or juice (media reports have claimed it was only a $500,000 appropriation, but that’s inaccurate as the bill shows). In their attacks on Republicans for killing the bill, Democrats have cast themselves as the defenders of the state children. The Democrats have even taken the sanctimonious step of putting little milk cartons on their legislative desks to collect donations to pay for the milk (we’re just supposed to ignore that almost nobody...
  • US First Lady mourns slain Chicago teenager

    02/10/2013 5:41:59 AM PST · by bert · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera | John Hendren
    Michelle Obama, America's First Lady, has attended the funeral of a 15-year-old girl who was killed weeks after performing at President Obama's inauguration celebration. The high school student was the 46th person to be shot dead in the Obamas' hometown of Chicago this year alone. Her death has intensified a national debate on gun control.
  • St Michael the Archangel Versus Al Gore

    02/10/2013 5:34:44 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | John Ransom
    Mikey wrote: There is no direct link between a particular storm and global warming. What scientists know is that ocean temperatures are getting warmer, sea levels are rising, and the atmosphere contains more moisture because the air is warmer. - As Blizzard Nemo Strikes, Global Warming Won’t Be Far Behind Dear Comrade Mikey, That’s right; there is no connection between a storm and so-called global warming. Scientists theorize that storms could be become worse and more extreme, but there is very little evidence- very little is not to be confused with no evidence- that storms are any worse than they...
  • Governance by presidential directive is on the move, no Congress required, in Obama’s 2nd term

    02/10/2013 5:33:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    washington post ^ | 2/10/2013 | ap
    This is what “Forward” looks like. Fast forward, even. President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan is springing to life in a surge of executive directives and agency rule-making that touch many of the affairs of government. They are shaping the cost and quality of health plans, the contents of the school cafeteria, the front lines of future combat, the price of coal. They are the leading edge of Obama’s ambition to take on climate change in ways that may be unachievable in legislation. Altogether, it’s a kinetic switch from what could have been the watchword of the Obama administration in the...
  • Ron Paul Smears An American Hero

    02/10/2013 5:28:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/5/2013 | Aaron Goldstein
    That former Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul would smear an American hero like Chris Kyle following his death speaks a great deal to his character or lack thereof. Yesterday, Paul sent out a Tweet which read: Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense. It makes you wonder if these were the sort of letters Paul sent to the families of fallen soldiers who resided in his district. Needless to say, this justly provoked outrage. Glenn Beck described Paul as...
  • Aldi confirms up to 100% horsemeat in beef products

    02/10/2013 5:22:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 41 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | Saturday 9 February 2013 08.20 EST
    Aldi became the latest supermarket to confirm its withdrawn beef products contained up to 100% horsemeat. "We believe that the two particular cases of the frozen burgers from Tesco and the lasagne from Findus are linked to suppliers in Ireland and France respectively. We and the Food Standards Agency are working closely with the authorities in these countries, as well as with Europol, to get to the root of the problem," Owen Paterson said. The Metropolitan police said in a statement it was not carrying out a criminal investigation. "Although we have met with the FSA we have not started...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 February 2013

    02/10/2013 5:19:39 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 230 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 10 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 10th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): ens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Angus King, I-Maine; former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.
  • Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

    02/10/2013 5:15:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation." They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths." So is San Francisco's bag ban a killer? Conceivably,...
  • Is China Mobilizing For A War With Japan?

    02/10/2013 5:06:16 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 32 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    We don't know if it merely a coincidence that a story has emerged discussing a Chinese mobilization in response to the ongoing territorial feud with Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands (and the proximal massive gas field) the very week that China celebrates its new year (and days after news that a Chinese warship was very close to firing on a Japanese destroyer). We don't know how much of the story is based in reality, and how much may be propaganda or furthering someone's agenda. What we do know is that the source of the story: offshore-based, Falun Gong-affiliated NTDTV has...
  • Three South Korean doctors slain in north Nigeria

    02/10/2013 5:02:20 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | Feb 10, 2013, 02.59 PM IST
    <p>POTISKUM: Officials say attackers in northeastern Nigeria have killed three South Korean doctors, beheading one in the assault.</p> <p>The attack happened Saturday night in Potiskum, a town in Yobe state. Officials told an Associated Press journalist that the doctors worked at the General Hospital in Potiskum.</p>
  • Debate simmers over doctors asking about guns

    02/10/2013 4:58:35 AM PST · by 4buttons · 42 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 10, 2013 | Amy Jeter
    Do you have a gun in your home? For some, that's a loaded question - particularly when asked by a doctor. A debate is simmering over when and whether physicians should be allowed to talk to their patients about firearms. Doctor groups say physicians are obligated to warn their patients about guns along with other health risks, such as riding in a car without wearing a seat belt. However, gun rights advocates balk at what they see as a needless invasion of privacy and blatant attempt at gun control advocacy.
  • The Coming Obamacare Recession

    02/10/2013 4:51:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/6/2013 | Brandon Crocker
    Actually, we already saw it last quarter and there’ll be no escaping it this year. To the shock of many, U.S. GDP shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012 by 0.1%. Immediately, however, economists and commentators flooded the media with reassuring explanations. Super Storm Sandy reduced economic activity in the areas it ravaged; worries about the fiscal cliff and sequestration dampened business spending and government defense spending; businesses let inventory levels dwindle. Even the Federal Reserve commented that the GDP drop was the result of “weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors.” All this is true, to some extent. But none...
  • Emails: Decision on NBC host stirred response

    02/10/2013 4:46:00 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia prosecutors received scores of emails from citizens upset because NBC television journalist David Gregory was not criminally charged for displaying a high-capacity ammunition magazine on his "Meet the Press" show. Prosecutors received roughly 50 emails demanding that Gregory be charged, plus more than 150 others expressing outrage in the days after officials decided to not prosecute him. The Associated Press obtained the messages through a public records request. The emails were sent by people from around the country, including some self-identified gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, who accused prosecutors of hypocritically and unevenly...
  • The Obama Ogling Cop Killer Is Using Assault Weapons with High Capacity Mags

    02/10/2013 4:41:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Gun control zealots state that we (the serfs of Obamaland) shouldn’t have “assault weapons with high capacity magazines” because we don’t “need” them. And these wizards—who don’t know diddly about guns—know exactly what we need. Oh, yes they do, girlfriend. If you don’t believe me just ask them. They’ll tell you what kind of guns you should and shouldn’t have even though their bodyguards and their children’s bodyguards have the exact battery that they forbid us to build. “Why can they live in a dynamic state of duplicity,” you ask? Well, Dinky, it’s because they are more special than us...
  • Girl tells Senate staff she was given to a man at the age of ten (American Indian Reservations)

    02/10/2013 4:36:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    say anything ^ | february 5, 2013
    Where to begin? We met with staff members from seven DC Senate offices on Monday. We had come to talk about the Indian Child Welfare Act and how it infringes on the right of children and parents. But sitting next to this young woman, who comes from the same reservation as my husband… I realized there is so, so much more we all need to talk about. She told how she was abused and used sexually as a child. She said she was first given to a man at the age of ten. Her sisters were also given to men....
  • Air National Guard officer details ordeal as victim of ID theft

    02/10/2013 4:18:36 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 13 replies
    Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, via Stars & Stripes ^ | February 9, 2013 | Scott Johnson
    Air National Guard Maj. Zane Purdy was making more than $100,000 a year working for a defense contracting company when his identity was stolen and sold to a tax fraud ring. Now, Purdy makes $7.25 an hour at a Krystal restaurant in Trussville to support his two children. “It has been a struggle, and it has been very damaging,” the former Montgomery resident said of the identity theft, which has left him thousands of dollars in debt and fighting to clear his credit report. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Wednesday sentenced Angeline Austin, 41, of Montgomery to 65 months...
  • France Wakes Up To A Socialist Reality: Will America?

    02/10/2013 4:12:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Austin Hill
    “People call this the ‘new normal.’ Let me assure you there is nothing normal about this at all. It’s the new ‘abnormal,’ and it won’t last, because as free people we won’t stand for it…” With those remarks, business magnate and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes drew thunderous applause from his audience. It was October of 2012, about 2 weeks before our last presidential election. Forbes was speaking to a crowd of 10,000 in the comforts of a beautiful indoor sporting area (the “Idaho Center”). He was headlining the “Power Up!” business and motivational seminar with Sarah Palin, Rudy Giuliani,...
  • Sometimes It’s The Messenger

    02/10/2013 4:03:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Infighting continued amongst conservatives and Republicans this week. Karl Rove angered Tea Partiers by implying they don’t know how to pick candidates. Majority Leader Eric Cantor told anyone who would listen Republicans need to learn to craft their message better for a broader audience. Every conservative group and politician is scrambling to find a way to appeal to various groups of Americans in a way that will “work” to win them votes. It reeks of desperation…and it’s nothing new. After every election loss by Republicans in the last 20 years, the media has declared them dead, particularly the conservative wing...
  • GOP To AOL D: Our Stop-Sequestration Plan Is NOT Last Year's; Navy Delays Carrier Deployment

    02/10/2013 3:58:56 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 6 Feb 13 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. and Colin Clark
    THE CAPITOL: With the Obama Pentagon excoriating federal lawmakers for their apparent inability to avoid sequestration or to pass a defense spending bill, and the Navy going down to one carrier in the Persian Gulf for lack of funds, GOP lawmakers today defended the latest Republican proposal to stop the automatic budget cuts. It isn't a mere rehash of a very similar one that fizzled last year, GOP leaders insisted when AOL Defense raised the question at a press conference in the Capitol this afternoon -- although their own staff seem to disagree (click here to read why).The difference...
  • Conservatives Should Take the Lead Against Government Injustice

    02/10/2013 3:53:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    If you think a twenty-something ought to be tossed in federal prison for 35 years because he tried to download some musty academic journal articles without permission, you are a lot things, but a conservative is not one of them. You might be relieved to know that Aaron Swartz, one of the internet geniuses behind RSS and Reddit.com, will not be imprisoned for a third of a century. Unfortunately, that’s because the fragile young man hanged himself after the United States attorney prosecuting the case generously offered him the alternative of pleading guilty to a felony, paying a crippling fine...
  • Army: 78% Of Combat Brigades Will Skip Training Due To Sequester, CR

    02/10/2013 3:40:59 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 6 Feb 13 | Staff
    WASHINGTON: Rarely have such pretty slides told such an ugly story. While Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno tries to talk up "The Force of Tomorrow," Army briefing documents obtained today by AOL Defense lay out the near-term impact of sequestration, the Continuing Resolution, and unresolved overseas contingency operations needs: an enormous $18 billion shortfall for the service that will be borne almost entirely by federal workers and military readiness. You can see the slides by clicking "download this document" (up and to the left) and read the detailed talking points here, but the highlights are harrowing enough: Training:...
  • video - Tiny Piglet in a wheelchair

    02/10/2013 2:58:02 AM PST · by mkleesma · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/10/2012 | none cited
    "Chris P. Bacon" was born without hind legs, so his creative owner created a wheelchair out of K'Nex for him.
  • Iraq PM 'Invites' Iran to Seize US Embassy in Baghdad

    02/09/2013 11:54:28 PM PST · by Bobalu · 42 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 2/10/2013, 9:14 AM | Chana Ya'ar
    Iraq allegedly has agreed to allow 50,000 Iranian Basij militia troops into the country to help suppress riots against the government and seize Arab and other foreign embassies, including that of the United States. The two leaders allegedly agreed to allow the Basij forces to attack and occupy the foreign embassies considered hostile to Iran in Baghdad, and to detain their staffs.
  • 2nd Amendment 'too controversial' for radio More stations shut down criticism of Obama

    02/09/2013 11:52:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/9/13 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the radio industry powerhouse Clear Channel have followed in the footsteps of a conservative Washington talk station in concluding that a message regarding the Second Amendment is “too controversial” for people in the Washington area to hear. “How ironic and maddening that the president is flying around the country, on our dime, trying to sell gun control but I can’t BUY air time to respond,” said Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Vaus, creator of the Buck Howdy character. Ads by Google Online Web Design ProgramStart the Path to A New Career in Web Design. Degree in 3 Online! www.Westwood.edu/WebDesign Website...
  • Huffington Post Masks Religious Identity of U.K. Acid Attacker: Changes Report from "niqab"

    02/09/2013 11:40:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/9/13 | Pamela Geller
    The horror of the sharia and Islamic culture is monstrous enough, but this media cover-up is truly horrible. It's bad enough that mindless followers of a religious culture engage in these atrocious mandates (it's their religion), but for non-believers (with the influence of a big media voice) to cover up for this brutal ideology is pure evil. These reporters are not believers; what's the excuse for their depraved inhumanity? The writer of this Puff Ho piece is one Sara Nelson, who is based in the UK. And if Nelson is not a devout Muslim (who would sanction such savagery) than...
  • Now States Cutting Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs

    02/09/2013 11:14:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/9/13 | Joel Pollak
    The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year--they are also hitting the government, and public employees as well. Virginia, for example, is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more. The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance. Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work. In Ohio, Youngstown State University recently announced a 29-hour-per-week part-time limit, and placed employees on notice that they would be fired if...
  • I Gotta Get the Bread and Milk! OMG, I Gotta Get the Bread and Milk!!!

    02/09/2013 11:00:30 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 54 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/9/13 | Vic DiBitetto
    Guy needs to get his bread and milk!
  • Details emerge in LAPD's mistaken shooting of newspaper carriers

    02/09/2013 10:52:48 PM PST · by El Gato · 216 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Joel Rubin, Angel Jennings and Andrew Blankstein
    The women were victims of 'a tragic misinterpretation' by officers working under 'incredible tension,' LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says. ... at least seven officers opened fire. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs
  • Moaz Al-Khatib: New Regime in Syria Won’t be Foe to Israel

    02/09/2013 10:29:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Al-Manar (Lebanon) ^ | Saturday, February 9, 2013 | Agencies
    Head of Doha Coalition Moaz al-Khatib told the Israeli Newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that “the new regime in Syria” will not be a foe to ‘Israel’ and will not attack it, SANA news agency reported. Al-Khatib added that "Israel shouldn't be worried over the issue of the chemical weapons as the opposition coalition will possess the regime's stockpiles of weapons, including the chemical and prevent them from falling in to Hezbollah's hands." He said that the coalition has a plan to impose control over the strategic weapons in Syria in case the regime falls. He described Hezbollah as "sons of devil",...
  • CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming

    02/09/2013 9:28:33 PM PST · by chessplayer · 81 replies
    CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?” Moments earlier, before an ad break, she segued from the Northeast blizzard to a segment with Bill Nye “the science guy,” by pointing to global warming: “Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame? I’ll talk to Bill Nye, ‘the science guy,’ about devastating storms and climate change.” She never got to that...
  • Former US Diplomat: Europeans, Canada paid $89 million ransom to Al Qaeda

    02/09/2013 9:26:59 PM PST · by LSUfan · 8 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 9 Feb 13 | Unattributed
    A former U.S. ambassador to Mali has alleged that France paid a $17 million ransom to free hostages seized from a French mining site – cash she said ultimately funded the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants its troops are now fighting. French officials, whose soldiers are pushing north into the territory where the missing captives are believed to be held, denied paying any ransoms. Huddleston, who served as ambassador to Mali and held positions in the State Department and Defense Department in the U.S. before retiring, told France’s iTele network that the French money allowed al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch to flourish in...
  • Baby Talk - Do low fertility rates spell economic collapse?

    02/09/2013 9:19:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    The New Republic ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2013 | RUY TEIXEIRA
    Forget the debt ceiling. Forget the fiscal cliff,” wrote Jonathan Last, “The root cause of most of our problems is our declining fertility rate.” This view, as recently expressed in The Wall Street Journal and at greater length in Last’s new book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, holds that a decline in fertility rates (the average number of children born per woman) means nothing less than the end of civilization as we know it. According to Last, fertility decline will inevitably lead to population shrinkage, which in turn will inevitably doom us to economic stagnation and social breakdown....
  • SoCalifornia: Search for fugitive intensifies (Ex LAPD Cop Killer)

    02/09/2013 9:17:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    OC Register ^ | Feb. 9, 2013 Updated: 7:48 p.m. | SALVADOR HERNANDEZ, BROOKE STAGGS and ALYSSA DURANTY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    A new shift of officers has been called in tonight to continue the search for Christopher Dorner in Big Bear. The LAPD has announced it will reopen the investigation into Dorner’s termination.Bulletin: Sgt. R. Collins of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department Big Bear station said at 6:15 p.m. that a new shift of officers had been called in to continue the search for Christopher Dorner. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has announced the department will reopen the investigation into Dorner's employment termination. He plans to publicly address Dorner's allegations of wrongful termination and review the 2007 complaint against his supervisor....