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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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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 FreeRepublic.com! 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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          www.nationalreview.com           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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    http://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | 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.
  • U.S. keeps building new highways while letting old ones crumble

    02/11/2013 12:43:44 PM PST · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Start-Telegram ^ | 02 February 2013 | Curtis Tate, Greg Gordon
    Americas highway system, once a symbol of freedom and mobility envied the world over, is crumbling physically and financially, the potentially disastrous consequence of a politically driven road-building binge. President Barack Obama, state transportation officials, civil engineers, road builders and business groups all say that the country needs to invest trillions of dollars in its infrastructure, yet theres little consensus on how to finance it or what the most pressing needs are. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the country needs $14 billion in additional federal funds each year just to maintain highways and $50 billion more to improve them....
  • Who Will Be the Next Pope? Bookmakers Place Their Bets

    02/11/2013 12:28:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    TIME ^ | 02/12/2013 | Glen Levy
    Just hours after Pope Benedict XVIs surprising Feb. 28 resignation, bookmakers have already started placing odds on his successor. Quickest off the mark was the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which has already gone through three favorites for the position, starting off with Nigerian Francis Arinze, before shifting to Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson and then to Canadian Marc Ouellet who at the time of this writing is the most favored option, with odds of 11 to 4. A rival bookie, Ladbrokes, currently has Turkson as the slight favorite at 3 to 1, followed by Arinze (7 to 2) and then...
  • Inhofe to Postpone Hagel Vote

    02/11/2013 12:27:08 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-11-2013 | Robert Costa
    February 11, 2013 2:47 PM Inhofe to Postpone Hagel Vote By Robert Costa Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, tells National Review Online that he will postpone the nomination of Chuck Hagel, President Obamas nominee for secretary of defense. Ill do that for as long as it takes, he says, firmly. Im going to make sure there is a 60-vote margin. Hagel may be passed out of the committee, but its going to be a long, long time before he hits the floor, Inhofe says. Were going to need as much time as...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $22k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XIX]

    02/11/2013 12:23:36 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 343 replies
    <p>Still lagging a bit off the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done within the next three weeks!!</p>
  • The bizarre stories of the four other popes to have resigned in the last 1,000 years

    02/11/2013 12:13:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/12/2013 | Max Fisher
    On Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. Thats not just tradition its dogma. The Washington Posts Debbi Wilgoren cited a theological expert in explaining, Most modern popes have felt that resignation is unacceptable except in cases of an incurable or debilitating disease that paternity, in the words of Paul IV, cannot be resigned. But Benedict XVIs resignation is even more curious when compared to the handful of others who have left the powerful office willingly. In the past 1000 years, only four other popes have resigned. Here are...
  • Rest In Peace, Chris Kyle!

    02/11/2013 12:04:24 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 24 replies
    11Feb2013 | ConorMacNessa
    REST IN PEACE, FALLEN BROTHER! SWOC Christopher Scott Kyle, USN, Died 2Feb2013 U.S. NAVY SEALS"People Sleep Peaceably In their Beds At Night Only Because Rough Men Stand Ready To Do Violence On Their Behalf. " I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) "Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in...
  • Sources: Obama to issue cybersecurity order on Wednesday

    02/11/2013 12:04:12 PM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/13 | Jennifer Martinez
    The White House is poised to release a cybersecurity executive order on Wednesday, two people familiar with the matter told The Hill. The highly anticipated directive from President Obama is expected to be released at an event Wednesday morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where senior administration officials will provide an update about cybersecurity policy. The White House began crafting the executive order after Congress failed to pass cybersecurity legislation last year. Officials said the threat facing the United States was too great for the administration to ignore.
  • Ted Nugent to be guest at State of the Union

    02/11/2013 12:01:31 PM PST · by GVnana · 72 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/11/2013 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>While other members of Congress are hosting gun-control advocates for Tuesday's State of the Union address, Rep. Steve Stockman has given one of his visitor's gallery tickets to Ted Nugent, the conservative gun-rights supporter.</p> <p>"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," Mr. Stockman said in a statement announcing the choice. "After the address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."</p>
  • Gun Control and the Constitution

    02/11/2013 11:44:24 AM PST · by IndePundit · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2013, 5:01 p.m. ET | David Rivkin & Andrew Grossman
    Could there be a better illustration of the cultural divide over firearms than the White House photograph of our skeet-shooting president? Clay pigeons are launched into the air, but the president's smoking shotgun is level with the ground. This is not a man who is comfortable around guns. And that goes a long way toward explaining his gun-control agenda. Lack of informed presidential leadership aside, there is a gulf between those Americans who view guns as invaluable tools for self-defense, both against private wrongdoers and a potentially tyrannical government, and those who regard that concept as hopelessly archaic and even...
  • EU To Crack Down on Israeli Settlement Products

    02/11/2013 11:35:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 11, 2013 02:43 PM | Christoph Schult
    Israeli settlers living in the Palestinian territories often deceptively give their products a Made in Israel label. The European Union wants to move soon to end the practice and appears to be set on a collision course with the country. The international community has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over these areas, and the Geneva Convention outlaws the establishment of settlements within occupied territories. Nevertheless, successive Israeli governments have allowed colonies to be built up within them and, today, some 650,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
  • The Vector of American Foreign Policy

    02/11/2013 11:34:19 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 1 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 2/11/2013 | G. Murphy Donovan
    Brennan...has had the president's ear for four years. He is also the sponsor of a foreign policy where Islamism is the central, yet invisible, nexus of near and distant national security threats. "Invisible" because Mr. Brennan has made his mark as an articulate apologist for, and co- architect of, a policy of stealth appeasement. The pillars of the Brennan doctrine are threefold: high visibility engagement with Islam, low visibility isolation of Israel, and clandestine kinetic containment of "radicals"... Withal, any solo holy warrior, or Muslim organization, that kills in the name of Allah or jihad, or sympathizes with terror tactics,...
  • Jumping on Feinstein-Obama Ban-Wagon

    02/11/2013 11:32:16 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Jeff Knox
    Manassas, VA --(Ammoland.com)- Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has published some of the details of her new assault weapons ban, and its even uglier than anticipated. It is expected was introduced on January 22 2013, the first day the Senate accepts bills for the new session. Meanwhile, on the first day of the new session in the House of Representatives, several legislators introduced - or reintroduced - a variety of anti-rights bills. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has 4 bills: H.R.137 requiring background checks on all firearm transfers, H.R.138 banning possession and transfer of magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds, H.R.141 regulating...
  • Where Was Obama on Night of Benghazi Attack? WH Isnt Saying

    02/11/2013 11:30:34 AM PST · by chessplayer · 67 replies
    (CNSNews.com) The White House isnt saying where President Barack Obama was, what he did or whom he spoke to between 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, 2012when he finished a meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, which took place while the Benghazi terrorist attacks were unfoldingand 11:26 p.m. that night, which is approximately the time former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed in the attacks.
  • Giffords: "Too many children are dying" (hypocrite who cast hundreds of votes to murder children)

    02/11/2013 11:29:24 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | February 2, 2013 | Yahoo.com
    Former congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords urged members of congress to "be bold, be courageous" at the first gun violence hearing since the Newtown massacre.
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EST,WABC AM,February 11-15, 2013

    02/11/2013 11:24:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | February 11-15, 2013 | Sean Hannity
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  • New SARS-like virus infects British patient in tenth case globally

    02/11/2013 11:16:44 AM PST · by bgill · 3 replies
    yahoo news ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Kate Kelland
    A new virus from the same family as SARS that sparked a global alert last September has been found in a further patient in Britain, health officials said on Monday. This latest case of infection with the new virus known as a coronavirus brings the total number of confirmed cases globally to 10, of which five have died. The British patient, who had recently travelled to the Middle East and Pakistan, is receiving intensive care treatment in hospital in Manchester, northern England.
  • Chris Kyle Memorial - live streaming

    02/11/2013 11:12:15 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 18 replies
    NBCWashington.com ^ | Feb 11, 2013
    Top box.
  • Panetta Extends Some Benefits to Same-Sex Partners

    02/11/2013 11:10:03 AM PST · by xzins · 62 replies
    KPBS ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Beth Ford Ross
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today he would extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of U.S military service members. Panetta's statement reads as follows: Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of Dont Ask, Dont Tell. We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense. At the time of repeal, I committed to reviewing benefits that had not previously been available to same-sex partners based on existing law and policy. It is a matter of fundamental equity that we...
  • Why is Obama in Minnesota to push gun control? (+video)

    02/11/2013 10:50:02 AM PST · by yoe · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Feburary 4, 2013 | Peter Grier
    President Obama on Monday is in Minnesota pushing his proposals to curb US gun violence. Hell visit the Minneapolis Police Departments Special Operations Center and make remarks promoting a renewed ban on assault weapons and expanded background checks on gun buyers. [snip] The longer answer is that Minnesota is simply the first stop as the administration mounts a public-diplomacy campaign on an issue fraught with emotions on both sides.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation (2/11/13)

    02/11/2013 10:45:18 AM PST · by Faith · 12 replies
    February 11, 2013 | Faith
    Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
  • Sowell: Random Thoughts

    02/11/2013 10:43:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 12, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    Random thoughts on the passing scene: I can't get excited by the question of whether Senator Robert Menendez had sex with a prostitute in Central America. It is her word against his and when it comes to a prostitute's word against a politician's word, that is too close to call. If an American citizen went off to join Hitler's army during World War II, would there have been any question that this alone would make it legal to kill him? Why then is there an uproar about killing an American citizen who has joined terrorist organizations that are at...
  • No, Chris Rock, He Aint My Daddy, or Yours

    02/11/2013 10:36:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Shawn Mitchell
    Biblical scholar Chris Rock breathed the spirit of a Pauline epistle last week, as he urged children to meekly submit to their parents: The president and the first lady are kinda like the Mom and Dad of the country, Rock said. And when your Dad says something, you listen. And when you dont, it will usually bite you in the ass later on. Waithe wasnt urging submission to mom and dad, but to Caesar as if he were mom and dad. If youve managed to keep your last meal down, it gets worse. Because, when you reject the parental ministrations...
  • Resurgence of revolt where Arab Spring began

    02/11/2013 10:29:06 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | February 7, 2013
    As dozens of riot police fired volleys of tear gas towards crowds of angry youths on Bourghiba Avenue this week, the scene was disturbingly reminiscent of what happened on this very avenue two years ago. Even the chanting was the same: "We want the downfall of the regime!" The target of the crowd's anger may be a different government, but many here feel their efforts in 2011, when they succeeded in removing Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, may have been for nought. Many outsiders, myself included, always believed the Tunisian "Jasmine" uprising had the best chance of succeeding, of building a...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Says He Will Resign

    02/11/2013 10:28:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 11, 2013 | RACHEL DONADIO and ALAN COWELL
    Citing advanced years and infirmity, but showing characteristic tough-mindedness and unpredictability, Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics on Monday by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries. Speaking in Latin to a small gathering of cardinals at the Vatican on Monday morning, Benedict said that after examining his conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of leading the worlds one billion Roman Catholics. The statement, soon translated into seven languages, ricocheted...
  • Obama: Job of debt reduction nearly done

    02/11/2013 10:28:02 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, February 11, 11:29 AM | By Lori Montgomery,
    One thing you wont hear when President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday: An ambitious new plan to rein in the debt. In recent days, the White House has pressed the message that, if policymakers can agree on a strategy for replacing across-the-board spending cuts set to hit next month, the president will pretty much have achieved his debt-reduction goals. Over the last few years, Democrats and Republicans have come together and cut our deficit [over the next decade] by more than $2.5 trillion through a balanced mix of spending cuts and higher tax rates for the...
  • US ruling may hurt Dreamers' license case [Key argument against AZ blocked]

    02/11/2013 10:22:21 AM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Howard Fischer | Capital Media Services
    PHOENIX - A federal judge has blocked illegal immigrants in the new "deferred action" program from arguing in court that they are being "irreparably harmed" by the refusal of Gov. Jan Brewer to let them have Arizona driver's licenses. Judge David Campbell agreed to a request by the attorneys for the five individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit that they should not be questioned about how they obtained work or are driving. He said that issue is irrelevant to their legal claims that they are being denied equal rights, or that the directive issued by the governor denying them licenses is...
  • Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide

    02/11/2013 10:18:20 AM PST · by thackney · 49 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | Associated Press
    The persistent drought is taking a toll on producers of ethanol, with corn becoming so scarce that nearly two dozen ethanol plants have been forced to halt production. The Renewable Fuels Association, an ethanol industry trade group, provided data to The Associated Press showing that 20 of the nations 211 ethanol plants have ceased production over the past year, including five in January. Most remain open, with workers spending time performing maintenance-type tasks. But ethanol production wont likely resume until after 2013 corn is harvested in late August or September. Industry experts dont expect a shortage millions of barrels...
  • Mountain Dew introduces a breakfast drink

    02/11/2013 10:17:25 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/11/2013 | CANDICE CHOI
    NEW YORK (AP) If you don't like coffee or tea, Mountain Dew has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up. PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out a new drink called Kickstart this month that has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and Vitamins B and C, along with an extra jolt of caffeine. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., is hoping to boost sales by reaching Mountain Dew fans at a new time of day: morning.
  • Governor battles to keep provision of SB1070 . [Law aimed at state penalty for harboring illegals]

    02/11/2013 10:12:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Sierr a Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer | Capial Media Services
    PHOENIX Gov. Jan Brewer or at least her attorneys will get a chance to argue that Arizona should be allowed to enforce a law aimed at those who harbor illegal immigrants. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled an April 2 hearing to decide whether to overturn a trial judges conclusion last year that the law, a provision of the controversial SB 1070 approved by lawmakers, is illegal. Brewer contends that U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton got it wrong. Brewer is trying to salvage some parts of the 2010 law that she signed in front...
  • The real Robert Menendez scandal emerging

    02/11/2013 10:11:36 AM PST · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:30am
    Its not just about Dominican prostitutes (which he still denies). Its about questionable business connections, as reported by Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart.com, The Corrupt Origins of the Melgen-Menendez Dominican Port Security Deal: