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  • States and Cities Step Up and Resist Drone Surveillance

    02/11/2013 2:51:13 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 3 replies
    the New American ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    We live in a country where the president has assumed the power to kill American citizens without due process and the Justice Department produces memos supporting the legality of it. Fortunately, we also live in a country where concerned citizens and their local lawmakers are waking up and defending civil liberties and the Constitution that protects them. For example, on February 4 the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed a measure declaring the use of drones in the United States to be a serious threat to the privacy and constitutional rights of the American people. The resolution (passed by a vote...
  • Menendez Backed Donor on Port Security Plan

    02/11/2013 2:48:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/10/13 | ERIC LIPTON, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM
    WASHINGTON Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, citing concern that the advanced screening gear might undermine efforts by a private company run by a major campaign contributor and friend of his to do the work. **SNIP** But the questions about the port security contract are potentially more troubling for Mr. Menendez, who is already facing questions over his fitness for the Foreign Relations Committee chairmanship, because the contract involved a foreign policy concern: curbing the flow of cocaine to the United...
  • Obamas hypocrisy on Jack Lew

    02/11/2013 2:46:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 11, 2013 | Marc A. Thiessen
    In a brutal campaign ad last year, Barack Obama showed Mitt Romney warbling “America the Beautiful” while pictures of a sandy beach appeared and the ad declared: “He had millions in a Swiss bank account . . . tax havens like Bermuda … and the Cayman Islands.” It concluded: “Mitt Romney’s not the solution. He’s the problem.” Well, apparently someone else is part of the “problem”: Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary, Jack Lew. --snip-- Investing in the Cayman Islands does not make Lew unfit to be Treasury secretary. But it does make him unfit to be Obama’s Treasury secretary.
  • Undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to attend State of Union

    02/11/2013 2:40:20 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Karoun Demirjian
    WASHINGTON Every year, a hand-picked set of special guests sits with the first lady as the president delivers the State of the Union address. This year, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have selected a young, undocumented immigrant from Las Vegas to be in one of their seats of honor.
  • Bloody Hands: The Southern Poverty Law Center

    02/11/2013 2:37:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | Matt Barber
    Long before homosexual activist Floyd Corkins entered the D.C.-based Family Research Council (FRC) with the intent to commit mass murder, I warned from the rooftops that the hard-left Southern Poverty Law Centers anti-Christian hate group propaganda might spur such bloodshed. With a column headlined, Liberal violence rising, I wrote, The SPLCs dangerous and irresponsible (hate group) disinformation campaign can embolden and give license to like-minded, though less stable, left-wing extremists, creating a climate of true hate. Such a climate is ripe for violence. Tragically, my deepest fears were realized. Then, in August, days after Corkins was heroically disarmed by...
  • THE MARK LEVIN SHOW Monday, February-11-2013

    02/11/2013 2:35:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 40 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Marks Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles. --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to The Levin Lounge Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can call Marks show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Daddy Is Mommy

    02/11/2013 2:30:56 PM PST · by Borges · 23 replies
    Slate ^ | 2/11/13 | Katie Roiphe
    On the 50th anniversary of the day Sylvia Plath left milk on a tray for her two sleeping children and put her head into an oven, the cultural fascination with her shows no signs of abating. Though one might think that Janet Malcolms sublime study The Silent Woman, would be the last word on Plath, there is a spate of new books feeding the myth: Mad Girls Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted; An American Isis:The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath; Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953; and a new edition of The...
  • After bludgeoning Romney, Dems oddly silent on Jack Lews Cayman Islands investments

    02/11/2013 2:30:44 PM PST · by what's up · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Guy Benson
    There are myriad reasons for conservatives to oppose Jack Lews nomination for Treasury Secretary. The fact that Lew recently held a substantial, and entirely legal, investment based in the Cayman Islands is not one of them. But shouldnt liberals be livid? Last year, the Obama campaign and its surrogates furiously accused Mitt Romney of betting against America through his financial portfolio, which included foreign holdings including some in the Cayman Islands. This ad painting the Republican nominee as an unpatriotic hypocrite was memorably unsparing in its demagoguery:
  • Krugman: Corporations "Making So Much Money They Don't Know What To Do With It"

    02/11/2013 2:24:50 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 33 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-10-2013
    ...... "..... there is a global savings glut and a lot of it is corporations are saving. It's a lot of retained earnings just sitting there. Not quite sure why except that maybe they're making so much money they don't know what to do with it," economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said on ... MSNBC's weekend show "Up with Chris Hayes."
  • An Amusing Video Medley of Moral Preening on Guns from Piers Morgan

    02/11/2013 2:22:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve shared some very powerful videos that help explain why we should respect and celebrate the individual right to keep and bear arms. Ted Nugent talking about gun ownership and the right of self defense. A look at the Switzerland’s strong gun culture and the importance of self defense as a protection against oppression. And some very powerful testimony to some weasels on Capitol Hill (make sure to pay attention around the 5:00 mark).Ice-T talking about the real reason to defend and support the 2nd Amendment. A Reason TV video with five facts for Vice President Biden’s task force. A...
  • Felons for Gun Control

    02/11/2013 2:08:30 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/11/13 | William A Levinson
    Convicted Felons for Gun Control Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, advocated a ban on all semiautomatic firearms along with a prohibitive gun owner registration fee. Blagojevich also promoted a ban on so-called "pocket rockets," or easily concealable high-caliber handguns. With regard to the latter, many states' concealed carry laws require the firearm to remain exactly that: concealed. Even if it is not illegal to expose or "flash" the weapon, it is generally poor judgment to advertise the fact that you have a weapon. When one deals with liars like...
  • State of the State of the Union

    02/11/2013 1:59:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | Rich Galen
    I am in Paris for one afternoon and overnight because the non-stop service from Oujda, Morocco to Dulles International Airport just outside Washington, DC hasn't yet begun. We flew into Orly Airport which is the Newark Airport of Europe. If you can arrange a trip that doesn't include Orly, I recommend you do that. But, any story that ends with, "and then we had dinner in Paris" is a pretty good story. Washington, DC is awash in activity surrounding the President's State of the Union address tomorrow night at nine Eastern time. As we have discussed before, every association, DC-based...
  • Israel on Alert Israel appears to be readying for conflict with Lebanon

    02/11/2013 1:54:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/11/13 | Adam Kredo
    Senior Israeli officials have indicated that the Jewish state is gearing up for a major war with Lebanon, according to sources close to the Israeli government. The Israeli military has reportedly deployed missile defense systems to the northern part of the country, which sits near Lebanon, and has ordered all civilian aircraft to evacuate Haifa airport, the Jewish states northernmost air hub. Senior Israeli officials have warned of an impending conflict in closed-door meetings in Washington, D.C., sources said. The world needs to be prepared for the next war with Lebanon, a senior military adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
  • Dem Congressman: Its Clear That We [Also] Need to Look at Handguns

    02/11/2013 1:38:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 62 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 10, 2013 | Andrew Johnson
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE           The CornerThe one and only. Dem Congressman: ‘It’s Clear That We [Also] Need to Look at Handguns’ By Andrew Johnson February 10, 2013 4:41 P.M. On Friday night’s Rachel Maddow Show, Illinois representative Luis Gutiérrez told guest host Melissa Harris-Perry that the violence in his Chicago district could be cause for lawmakers to take action not only on semi-automatic weapons, but on handguns. Noting (correctly) that nearly 97 percent of Chicago gun murders in 2011, the most recent year for which statistic are available, were carried out with handguns, Gutiérrez said,”It’s clear that we need to...
  • To the Farmer in All of Us

    02/11/2013 1:38:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    Thanks to radio broadcast legend Paul Harvey's down-to-earth sense of America's heartland, Super Bowl viewers experienced an emotionally charged reminder of the values that made America what it is. The Dodge ad that honored the farmer proved to be one of the best commercials of the day. It wasn't just farmers who felt its impact, because as the ad so rightly expressed, its tribute was "to the farmer in all of us." When you take out the specific reference to farmers in the ad's script, the values remain: "On the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise...
  • Wheels coming off... ObamaCare policies will cost more, cover far fewer than promised

    02/11/2013 1:22:11 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 153 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 10, 2013 | BETSY MCCAUGHEY
    The Affordable Care Act is looking less and less affordable. Start with the IRSs new estimate for what the cheapest family plan will cost by 2016: $20,000 a year to cover two adults and three kids. And that will only cover 60 percent of medical bills, so add hefty out-of-pocket costs, too. The next surprise is for parents who thought their kids would be covered by an employer. Sloppy wording in the law left that unclear until last week, when the IRS ruled that kids wont be covered. Starting in 2014, the law will require employers with 50 or more...
  • Okla. sheriff arrests 8 at Keystone pipeline site

    02/11/2013 1:08:45 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 72 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2013 | SEAN MURPHY
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Eight people were arrested Monday at a construction site for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in central Oklahoma, including one man who locked himself to a crane-like piece of machinery, authorities said. The two women and six men were arrested on trespassing complaints at the site near the town of Schoolton, Seminole County sheriff's Chief Deputy Chris Conn said. On woman also was cited for resisting arrest. None of their names has been released. "We had several individuals on private property who refused to leave, and they were arrested for trespassing," Conn said. "One individual was...
  • Obama Lawn Sign Battle Rips Apart Community, Bankrupts Homeowner's Association

    02/11/2013 12:50:46 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/11/13 | Myles Collier
    A confrontation over a political sign and a community's Home Owners Association has occupied four years and nearly half a million dollars in legal fees.
  • Raped, impregnated 13-year-old keeps baby

    02/11/2013 12:50:41 PM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies ^ | february 11, 2013 | jill stanek
    When I was little I was molested for eight years by my stepfather. He was an accomplished liar and fooled everyone, even my mom. No one knew. I was afraid to tell anyone; when you grow up hearing that bad things will happen if anyone finds out, you believe it. I got pregnant the first time when I was 12. I was scared and told him. He hit me and then loaded me up on drugs, telling my mom that I had been injured while out playing with some other kids. He killed my baby. Of all the things that...
  • Boy Scouts Must Reconcile Gay Issue

    02/11/2013 12:44:49 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 43 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/11/2013 | Michael Reagan
    The bosses of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) surprised everyone this week by postponing their decision on whether to allow gay leaders and gay scouts to join their ranks. If the BSA's long-standing ban on gays is lifted by national officials in May, the choice to admit gays may be left to local Boy Scout chapters as it should be.