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  • Platitudes, Promises, and the Failed Pro-Union Policies of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

    02/10/2013 8:08:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I received an interesting email moments ago from John Tillman at the Illinois Policy Institute, a non-partisan watchdog of the ongoing mess in Illinois. I traced the source back to an excellent article on Illinois Review written by Ben VanMetre, a Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst at the Illinois Policy Institute. Please consider a repost of Quinn’s Illinois: regulations and cronyism crush entrepreneurship by Ben VanMetre. In Gov. Pat Quinn’s State of the State address, he said, “In our Illinois, small business means big business. Driving economic growth for small businesses requires doing all we can to make sure...
  • LaRue Tactical Takes a Stand for Second Amendment Rights!

    02/10/2013 8:07:51 AM PST · by dervish · 16 replies
    The Second Amendment has always had fair-weather friends. LaRue Tactical, manufacturers of firearms and firearm accessories, is one company that will never be accused of being our fair-weather friend. When New York State passed its unconstitutional anti-gun law, LaRue swung into action. In a move reminiscent of Barrett Firearms banning of all sales to California law enforcement (http://www.thegunzone.com/rkba/rkba-50.html) after California banned .50BMG rifles, LaRue has stated that it will not sell anything to local law enforcement that it cant sell to you and me. In a news release dated 2-8-13, LaRue states: Effective today, in an effort to see that...
  • More Federal Mommy

    02/10/2013 7:57:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Lincoln Brown
    On Thursday, the Center for American Progress released a grand plan to provide pre-school for the Obama Administration. I’ll pause for a moment while you make the requisite jokes about the missing Obama pre-school transcripts. The plan outlines how the administration can provide free pre-school. According to an article by Phillip Elliott at CNS News, subsidies for families with younger children would increase to an average of $7200 per child and the number of students in early Head Start Programs would double. The article states: “Under the center's plan, Washington would match states' spending on these preschool programs for 3-...
  • How Influential is Conservative Talk Radio?

    02/10/2013 7:45:13 AM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 52 replies
    Global Free Press ^ | January 31, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    In the wake of the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama, I began to wonder how influential conservative talk radio is. Serendipitously, I received a copy of Fred V. Lucas new book, The Right Frequency: The Story of Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment ($18.95, History Publishing Company). Throughout the 1980s and 90s I was a guest on television and a lot on talk radio thanks to a popular media spoof, The Boring Institute, that offered lists of The Most Boring Celebrities of the Year, the Most Boring Films, et cetera. After 9/11 I put the...
  • Britain Votes For the Beginning of the End

    02/10/2013 7:40:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    On February 5, Britains House of Commons voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage. The vote is extremely alarming. It could signal the beginning of the end for Western civilization as we know it. The idea of same-sex marriage is troubling even to some homosexuals, let alone those who hold a biblical conviction that marriage is intended by the Creator to be between a man and a woman. The vote, which was 400-175, represented a major crack in the Conservative Party. More than half of its 303 members voted against or abstained from the measure. Prime Minister David Cameron may...
  • Stalled Out on Teslas Electric Highway (Great Article)

    02/10/2013 7:40:17 AM PST · by BobL · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | John Broder
    Washington Having established a fast-charging foothold in California for its electric cars, Tesla Motors has brought its formula east, opening two ultrafast charging stations in December that would, in theory, allow a speedy electric-car road trip between here and Boston. But as I discovered on a recent test drive of the companys high-performance Model S sedan, theory can be trumped by reality, especially when Northeast temperatures plunge
  • The president is lying about Benghazi

    02/10/2013 7:37:25 AM PST · by NCjim · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 9, 2013 | Robin Osborne
    We all remember when Bill Clinton argued that it all depends on what the meaning of 'is' is. We were all disgusted that the office of the President had become so low that we were deciphering legalistic terms and arguing about sex acts. Oh for the good ole days. President Obama's disregard for the truth has made Bill Clinton seem like a novice. His statements are always riddled with inconsistency. Many could easily have been dissected with a curious media, but that hasn't happen. Very few people can lie as well. Leon Panetta testified yesterday before congress that the President...
  • Freedom of the Press-Control

    02/10/2013 7:35:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Jack Kerwick
    While teaching on Aristotle in my ethics class last week, I noted that he was a teleologist. A teleologist is simply one who thinks that everything in the world has an essential purpose that makes it the kind of thing that it is. This is what most people held up until the advent of modern science. An astute student then attempted to tie Aristotles analysis into the current debate over the Second Amendment. He observed that those who favor ever more oppressive restrictions on the Second Amendmentthe proponents of gun controlsound very much like teleologists when it comes to guns....
  • Iowa Republicans: GOP Has a Karl Rove Problem

    02/10/2013 7:34:13 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | 2.8.13 | Alex Brown
    Iowa Republicans are channeling Ronald Reagan in their response to Karl Rove's Conservative Victory Project, set up to derail "unelectable" candidates like GOP Rep. Steve King before they can win primaries and spoil the party's general election chances. Rove, they say, is not the solution to the problem; Rove is the problem. Were concerned about Steve Kings Todd Akin problem," Steven Law, the group's president, told the New York Times earlier this week. Law softened his stance on King in a subsequent interview with National Review, but Iowa Republicans are still crying foul. The problem, according to Iowa GOP Chair...
  • David Brooks: The Establishment Will Eventually Win Fight Against Tea Party

    02/10/2013 7:33:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    RCP ^ | 02/11/2013
    <p>JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: Well, bring it back home, and talking about politics, pure politics, inside the Republican Party, David, it looks like there are some -- we have seen some evidence of this, but now it looks like it's more out in the open, that some of the traditional -- folks we thought of as being traditional leaders of the Republican Party are openly challenging the Tea Party.</p>
  • Rumblings from below

    02/10/2013 7:28:16 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 5 replies
    Economist ^ | February 9, 2013 | Economist
    WITH her turquoise top, Dayglo trainers and Hello Kitty mobile phone, Jeon Geum Ju fits right in among the young latte-sippers in a Starbucks in downtown Seoul. Her dark eyes sparkle as she talksand she talks a lot. The only time that the 26-year-old hesitates, and tugs at her hair awkwardly, is when she is asked about Kim Jong Un, the young leader of North Korea who took over her country in 2011, a year after she fled to South Korea. She was, she says, so brainwashed from a very early age that she still cannot bring herself to criticise...
  • 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 usand 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 groundversus "small war"targeted strikeswe 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 isnt 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, youre 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 Obamas 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 nations 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 whats 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 Theyre 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 thats 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 (were 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 Obamas 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 Obamas 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 Obamas ambition to take on climate change in ways that may be unachievable in legislation. Altogether, its 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 Kyles death seems to confirm that he who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Treating PTSD at a firing range doesnt 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 therell 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) shouldnt have assault weapons with high capacity magazines because we dont need them. And these wizardswho dont know diddly about gunsknow exactly what we need. Oh, yes they do, girlfriend. If you dont believe me just ask them. Theyll tell you what kind of guns you should and shouldnt have even though their bodyguards and their childrens 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, its 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. Its the new abnormal, and it wont last, because as free people we wont 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 Its 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 dont 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 desperationand its 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, thats 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.