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  • Benedict: a conservative whose papacy was dogged by scandal

    02/11/2013 8:32:29 AM PST · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 11, 2013 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Benedict was cheered by conservatives for trying to reaffirm traditional Catholic identity but liberals accused him of turning back the clock on reforms and hurting dialogue with Muslims, Jews and other Christians. The 85-year-old German-born pontiff announced on Monday he would step down at the end of the month because of the effects of old age meant he was unable to complete his ministry. It was a decision that stunned Church officials and Catholics around the world, but one that he had hinted at in the past.
  • DOJ kill list memo forces many Dems out of the closet as overtly unprincipled hacks

    02/11/2013 8:24:58 AM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11 Feb 2013 | Glenn Greenwald
    Last week's controversy over Obama's assassination program forced into light many ignored truths that were long obvious This past week has been a strangely clarifying political moment. It was caused by two related events: the leak of the Justice Department's "white paper" justifying Obama's claimed power to execute Americans without charges, followed by John Brennan's alarming confirmation hearing (as Charles Pierce wrote: "the man whom the administration has put up to head the CIA would not say whether or not the president of the United States has the power to order the extrajudicial killing of a United States citizen within...
  • Confirmed: Divisive president to deliver “aggressive” SOTU speech

    02/11/2013 8:23:44 AM PST · by Bratch · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    This doesn’t mean it won’t be overlong, enervating, and instantly disposable like the last four were, just more peevish than usual. It’ll also be an occasion for O to “pivot to jobs” for the seventh or eighth time in his presidency, which I take it means 15-20 minutes about the middle class and the latest iteration of the Buffett Rule before he gets back to the stuff that really drives him, like banning assault weapons and creating an earned amnesty for illegals. Emboldened by electoral victory and convinced the GOP is unwilling to cut deals, Obama plans to use his...
  • If Only We Were Swedenizing: Scandinavia Reforms While America Stagnates

    02/11/2013 8:22:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/12/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    In President Barack ObamaÂ’s Election Night and inaugural speeches, he made it clear there would be no centrist pivot in his second term. Forward, 51 percent of my fellow Americans, to a more egalitarian, tolerant, and communal future! The presidentÂ’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday will likely flesh out that vision as it applies to the federal budget, income inequality, and the environment. The era of Big and Getting Bigger Government is here to stay, heÂ’ll surely admit. Higher taxes on the rich and business will be presented as a small price to pay for an expanded safety...
  • John Brennan and the Senate: Is anyone in Washington willing to defend America?

    02/11/2013 8:21:25 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 11 replies
    Michael Scheuer's ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Scheuer
    Watching the members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) question John Brennan — President Obama’s nominee for CIA director — drove home the utter unwillingness of so many elected and appointed senior federal officials to defend the United States. For the most part, each senator used his/her allotted time to pose irrelevant questions to man whose answers in many cases were deceptive and evasive, when they were not outright lies. One senator hit a bull’s eye when he called Brennan to task for publicly divulging a human operation that had penetrated Al-Qaeda-on-the-Arabian Peninsula but then did not follow...
  • Pakistan Christian Women Abused, Girl Raped

    02/11/2013 8:19:43 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    BosNews Life Asia Service ^ | February 9, 2013
    Christian relief workers rushed to a volatile district in Pakistan's Punjab province Saturday, February 9, after security forces and Muslim hardliners allegedly abused Christian women and raped at least one Christian girl. "Yesterday some Muslims and some [undercover] police men raided Kaila Masih's house" in the town of Pattoki [where they] "beat and tortured Christian women ... It was the second such incident in Punjab's Kasur District within about two weeks, according to LEAD investigators. On January 25 a 15-year-old Christian girl, Fouzia Bibi, was raped by two influential Muslim men in the district's village of Roday
  • The Gun Grabber's Legislative (National) Bill Compendium

    02/11/2013 8:15:52 AM PST · by grobdriver · 8 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | 2/11/2013 | Various Legislators
    The gun grabber's legislative (National) bill compendium, updated (almost) daily: House Bills: H.R. 21: NRA Members' Gun Safety Act of 2013. Sponsor: Rep Moran, James P., Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations. H.R. 34: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2013. Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L., Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations. H.R. 65: Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 . Sponsor: Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila, Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations. H.R. 117: Handgun Licensing and...
  • Federal Agents Arrest Man After He Attempts to Bomb Bank in Oakland

    02/11/2013 8:10:16 AM PST · by Paladin2 · 8 replies
    FBI Website ^ | February 08, 2013 | FBI
    OAKLAND, CA—Federal agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, age 28, of San Jose, California, this morning after he allegedly attempted to detonate a vehicle-borne explosive device at a bank branch in Oakland. Llaneza’s arrest was the culmination of an undercover operation during which he was closely monitored by the FBI’s South Bay Joint Terrorism Task Force. Unbeknownst to Llaneza, the explosive device that he allegedly attempted to use had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement and posed no threat to the public. Llaneza was charged this morning by criminal complaint with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against property...
  • Hagel confirmation votes to be held this week

    02/11/2013 8:06:15 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 11, 2013 | Major Garrett
    Levin and Reid continue to rely on assurances that GOP leaders will not stage a filibuster against Hagel. Most Republicans are expected to vote against Hagel's confirmation, but Democrats stand solidly with President Obama's nominee, meaning Hagel has enough votes to prevail on a simple majority vote. Levin and Reid also want to pressure Republicans who have threatened to place a "hold" on the Hagel nomination. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., threatened to do so on CBS' "Face the Nation"; the Armed Services Committee's top Republican, Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said he's considering a filibuster on Fox News yesterday. Democrats and...
  • Ritz crackpot - CEO stays in luxe hotel while (JC) Penney flounders

    02/11/2013 8:05:55 AM PST · by abb · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 11, 2013 | James Covert
    JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson is mounting a radical overhaul of the flailing department-store chain — but that doesn’t mean he’s stuck at the office on nights and weekends. Over the past year, the former Apple exec only rarely spends a full work week at the retailer’s headquarters in Plano, Texas, sources told The Post. “He’s there four days a week, if that much,” according to one source close to the company. Commuting on a company jet from his home in Palo Alto, Calif., sources say Johnson stays during the week at Dallas’s swanky Ritz-Carlton hotel — a perk subsided by...
  • Just what Sweden needs…even MORE Somali Muslim ‘crimmigrants’

    02/11/2013 8:03:59 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    The Swedish Public Employment Service is in the initial phases of opening an office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to prepare Somali Muslims immigrating to Sweden in advance of their arrival, reports Swedish Radio news. That’s right, prepare the Somali parasites on how to avail themselves of Sweden’s overly generous welfare benefits for them and their large families which will increase substantially after they are settled into public housing funded by Swedish taxpayers
  • Brennan’s Evasions [Perjury?]

    02/11/2013 7:56:31 AM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Stephen F. Hayes
    John Brennan is no Chuck Hagel. That much was clear from the confirmation hearings on Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA. Unlike Hagel, who stumbled and mumbled through his performance, Brennan demonstrated a deep knowledge of his brief and answered (or gamely parried) tough questions with great self-assurance and forcefulness. But several of Brennan’s answers before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence were problematic. Indeed, his three and a half hours of testimony raised important questions on two issues central to his nomination: the politicization of intelligence and the Obama administration’s approach to fighting radical Islam. Brennan will face additional...
  • The Dow at 14,000: not as good as gold (Do not be fooled by the DJIA hitting record highs)

    02/11/2013 7:41:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/12/2013 | Seth Lipsky
    What an illuminating week for Wall Street — the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been bobbling just above and below the record high 14,000 mark, even as the country comes to grip with the reports that its economy has actually been slumping, with GDP shrinking 0.1 percent in the last quarter of 2012. The Obama administration is trying to put a bright face on things — but the rest of us feel like we’re smoking more now and enjoying it less. Well, guess what: While the Dow Jones Industrials have been edging past 14,000, the actual value of those stocks...
  • Gov. O’Malley says NRA is ‘drowning out’ support for gun control in Maryland

    02/11/2013 7:38:14 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis,
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley took a swipe at the National Rifle Association on Friday, publishing a blog post on O’Malley’s state Web site titled “The NRA: Drowning out Marylanders.” The governor’s move comes two days after gun-rights advocates swamped the first bill hearing on O’Malley’s proposed gun-control legislation in the wake of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. Over 700 people, the vast majority opposed to O’Malley’s plan, signed up to testify outside the Annapolis hearing room on Wednesday. Another 300 signed petitions against the bill at a rally outside the State House. O’Malley has proposed an assault-weapons ban...
  • Navy SEAL describes moment he shot bin Laden three times in head...

    02/11/2013 7:37:35 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 24 replies
    ukmail ^ | 2 11 13
    The Navy SEAL who claims he shot and killed Osama bin Laden in the famous raid which captured America's most wanted terrorist has spoken for the first time about the moment he shot the al Qaeda three times in the head and watched him take his last breath. The Team Six member - who is referred to as 'The Shooter' for the safety of his family - described in unforgettable detail the days leading up to the kill, the moment he shot bin Laden three times and the fallout from the raid. Once they were given their mission, the woman...
  • The Rising Voice of Gun Ownership Is Female

    02/11/2013 7:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/12/2013 | Erica Goode
    PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Mary Ann Froebe stood feet apart with knees slightly bent and aimed the .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic. “You’ve got some adrenaline running through you right now,” said Esther Beris, the coordinator of the northeastern Ohio chapter of A Girl and a Gun Women’s Shooting League. “It’s O.K., just relax.” Ms. Froebe, 42, a small-business owner who described herself as a “virgin gun shooter,” concentrated and pulled the trigger. “It was awesome,” she said, her face flushed, after emptying the 10-round clip. “The sense of control, of being in charge of me.” In the debate over firearms regulations, the...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,February 11,2013

    02/11/2013 7:36:27 AM PST · by Biggirl ^ | February 11, 2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Graham: I’ll put a hold on Hagel, Brennan until the White House coughs up Benghazi info

    02/11/2013 7:33:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/11/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Lindsey Graham threatened to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan yesterday on Face the Nation, after last week's hearings on the Benghazi attack forced unanswered questions to the surface --- and the White House provided no answers. Graham told Bob Schieffer that he would place a hold on both candidates and promised "No confirmation without information," which would force Harry Reid to attempt a floor-vote override:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE REST Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday threatened to hold President ObamaÂ’s nominees to head the CIA and Defense department unless the administration provides him with...
  • The Texas Growth Machine: The data show that the Lone Star State’s prosperity is no mirage.

    02/11/2013 7:24:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    City Journal ^ | 02/11/2013 | Wendell Cox
    The American economy has had little to cheer about since the 2008 financial meltdown and the resulting recession. Recovery has been feeble, and many states continue to struggle. One bright spot in the general gloom, however, is Texas, which began shining long before 2008. Not only has Texas created jobs at a stunning rate; it has also—pace critics like the New York Times’s Paul Krugman—created lots of good jobs. Indeed, the rest of the nation could turn to the Lone Star State as a model for dynamic growth, as a close look at employment data shows. The first thing to...
  • Chinese bank calls $1.6 trillion local government debt a timebomb

    02/11/2013 7:24:46 AM PST · by mgist · 5 replies
    Mining News ^ | | February 9, 2013 | Frik Els
    Chinese bank calls $1.6 trillion local government debt a timebomb Bridge to nowhere? The Agricultural Bank of China has sounded the alarm about "impulsive" local governments over-investing in the name of urbanization. China's official government news agency Xinhua on Saturday reported that local government debt – estimated at 10 trillion yuan or roughly $1.6 trillion – "has long been considered a time bomb for [the] Chinese economy". The bank – one of the four big banks operating in the country with more than 320 million customers – said while growth has slowed along the coastal regions – with the exception...