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  • SOTU Responses A 2016 Primary Preview [Rubio vs. Rand Paul]

    02/11/2013 11:13:42 PM PST · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 10 February 2013 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio will deliver the official Republican response to President Obama. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul will give the Tea Party response. No one should doubt that Tuesday night is the unofficial start to the 2016 GOP race.
  • Noam Chomsky Backs MP David Ward’s Attack on “The Jews”

    02/11/2013 11:03:14 PM PST · by robowombat · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2013 1:34 PM | Zach Pontz
    Noam Chomsky Backs MP David Ward’s Attack on “The Jews” FEBRUARY 11, 2013 1:34 PM Zach Pontz Having found himself at the center of a controversy of his own making, UK MP David Ward has picked up at least one high profile supporter: devoted Israel-basher Noam Chomsky. Ward caused a stir after he equated Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Arabs to that of the Nazi’s treatment of Jews. However, it wasn’t only the statement that was the issue, but how he phrased it. “Saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years...
  • Jewish Leaders Praise Pope Benedict Following Retirement Announcement

    02/11/2013 10:59:00 PM PST · by robowombat · 3 replies
    algemeiner ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2013 10:43 | Zach Pontz
    Jewish Leaders Praise Pope Benedict Following Retirement Announcement FEBRUARY 11, 2013 10:43 Zach Pontz Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement Monday that he is planning to retire on February 28th, the first time a sitting pope will have stepped aside since the 14th century, has elicited reaction from several Jewish leaders around the world. Monday, Israeli chief rabbi Yona Metzger praised his inter-religious outreach and current relations between Israel and the Vatican. “During his period (as pope) there were the best relations ever between the church and the chief rabbinate and we hope that this trend will continue,” a spokesman quoted Metzger...
  • 'Overexposed' Andrew Sullivan should not throw stones at the Pope

    02/11/2013 10:53:09 PM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Spero News ^ | Tuesday, February 05, 2013 | William Donohue
    'Overexposed' Andrew Sullivan should not throw stones at the Pope Tuesday, February 05, 2013 By William Donohue Yesterday, Andrew Sullivan said Pope Benedict XVI “enabled and abetted the rape of children.” Today, with regard to the revelations of old cases of priestly sexual abuse in Los Angeles, he asks, “How much did the Pope know? And who did he allow to rape and rape again.” Sullivan may not know anything about rape, but he sure knows about prostitution and lethal sex acts. In 2001, he was outed for selling his body on the Internet (click here). Hiding under the name...

    02/11/2013 10:53:08 PM PST · by Moseley · 23 replies
    Cure Socialism ^ | February 2, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
                Karl Rove should aim his artillery out there at liberals, not point his guns inside the fort.  Karl Rove’s “American Crossroads” Super-PAC announced plans to attack challengers to establishment GOP incumbents.   Yet Karl Rove’s strategies in the Bush Administration cost Republicans Congress in 2006 and probably the Presidency in 2008.                 Ironically, American Crossroads also just released a brilliant pre-emptive campaign adagainst Ashley Judd.  Judd is considering using her celebrity to run as a Democrat challenger to Mitch McConnell.  GOP insiders do know how to fight the good fight against Democrats.  The contrast reveals the missed opportunities of...
  • North Korea conducts nuclear test: South Korea defense ministry

    02/11/2013 10:39:17 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1 hour 35 minutes ago | REUTERS
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Tuesday, South Korea's defence ministry said, after seismic activity measuring 4.9 magnitude was registered by the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicentre of the seismic activity, which was only one km below the Earth's surface, was close to the North's known nuclear test site. "We've been informed by the South Koreans that there's been a (North Korean) nuclear test," a U.N. Security Council diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. An international nuclear test monitoring agency said the location of the seismic event was "roughly congruent with" 2006 and 2008 tests...
  • N. Korea's Announcement, "The third underground nuclear test was a success"(translation)

    02/11/2013 10:34:42 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/12
    /begin my translation N. Korea's Announcement, "The third underground nuclear test was a success" (Seoul, Yonhap News) Noh Jae-hyun N. Korea's (state news agency) KCNA reported that it successfully conducted the third underground nuclear test. It reported, "Our defense science sector successfully conducted the third underground nuclear test on Feb. 12 at the underground test site in the northern part of the country. Unlike previous tests, a smaller and lighter bomb with bigger yield was used. The test was done at the high level of safety and perfection. It was confirmed that the test did not have any negative impact...
  • Call Illinois State Senators by 2/14/13 - Vote No on Homosexual Marriage Bill SB 0110

    02/11/2013 9:58:59 PM PST · by Steelers6
    Illinois General Assembly ^ | February 11, 2013 | Steelers6
    98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY State of Illinois 2013 and 2014 SB0110 Introduced 1/23/2013, by Sen. Heather A. Steans SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED: See Index Creates the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Contains provisions regarding legislative purpose, rules of construction, and severability. Provides that: all laws of this State applicable to marriage apply equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children; parties to a marriage and their children, regardless of whether the marriage is of a same-sex or different-sex couple, have the same benefits, protections, and responsibilities under law; parties to a marriage are included in any definition or...
  • St. Petersburg mayor delays planned expansion of red-light cameras

    02/11/2013 9:45:04 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Mark Puente
    Two months after the City Council thought they voted to add more red-light cameras, Mayor Bill Foster slammed the brakes on the increase. Foster's announcement came at a council meeting Thursday after a frequent camera critic pointed out possible problems with the timing of yellow lights at intersections with cameras. Resident Matt Florell gave council members a report this week that showed that 1,645 drivers might have received improper citations because the yellow lights changed to red quicker than they should have in some intersections. Foster said he needs more time to examine the program because the cameras are generating...
  • And Your Little Dog, Too (It’s time to control the government’s guns)

    02/11/2013 9:28:25 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 65 replies
    National Review ^ | 2-11-2013 | Deroy Murdock - Commentary
    February 11, 2013 And Your Little Dog, Too By Deroy Murdock As Washington politicians aim to restrict the Second Amendment, they should look in the mirror. The time to control government’s guns is now. Overarmed federal officials increasingly employ military tactics as a first resort in routine law enforcement. From food-safety cases to mundane financial matters, battle-ready public employees are turning America into the United States of SWAT.FBI agents and U.S. marshals understandably are well fortified, given their frequent run-ins with ruthless bad guys. However — as my old friend and fellow columnist Quin Hillyer notes — armed officers, if...
  • Kerry Took More Security on Trip to Arlington, Va., Than State Dept. Posted in Benghazi

    02/11/2013 9:27:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    ( - Secretary of State John Kerry took a larger detail of security agents on a trip to Arlington, Va., last week, when he went to visit—of all places—the headquarters of the department’s security bureau, than the State Department deployed to its compound in Benghazi, Libya, in the days leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks.
  • Explosive power makes silicone robot jump

    02/11/2013 9:12:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Nature News ^ | 08 February 2013 | Katharine Sanderson
    Simple chemical reaction powers robot to make lofty leaps. Kaboom! Controlled explosions in the legs of this silicone 'soft robot' make it leap higher than 30 times its own height. Researchers led by George Whitesides, a chemist at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have engineered a three-legged silicone device that is powered by combustion — previously used only in hard systems such as diesel engines. The soft robot has in each of its legs a channel with a soft valve at the end. Methane and oxygen gases are fed into this channel in a ratio of one part methane to...
  • Al Nusrah front spearheads capture of Syrian dam, claims suicide assault

    02/11/2013 8:56:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | February 11, 2013 | BILL ROGGIO
    The Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, al Qaeda in Iraq's affiliate in Syria, led an assault today that resulted in the takeover of a major dam on the Euphrates River in northern Syria. Additionally, the terror group claimed credit for a suicide assault on an intelligence headquarters in the city of Palmyra. The Al Nusrah Front spearheaded today's assault on the "strategic" dam in Thawra in Raqqa province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Nusrah Front led "other factions" of the insurgency to take control of Thawra, which "is considered one of the...
  • Gun control backers present their own State of the Union

    02/11/2013 8:48:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | John Croman
    ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Leading up to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, a coalition of gun control advocates presented their own version of the national report card Monday at the State Capitol. "The state of our union is bereaved, shocked and horrified by the problem of gun violence," Rabbi Amy Eilberg told reporters. Eilberg, a consultant at the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas, said that the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass killing in Newtown, Connecticut stirred her to be more vocal on this issue. "As a rabbi, an American and...
  • Arizona Gov. Brewer Refuses to Back Down on Denial of Licenses to Illegals

    02/11/2013 8:42:24 PM PST · by montag813 · 15 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-12-2013 | John Hill
    "Take your DACA and shove it!" - by John HillStand With Arizona Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she won't change her mind and allow illegal aliens granted administrative amnesty by President Barack Obama to get driver's licenses. And a court ruling last week has strengthened her case in doing so. Brewer's comments Monday came after she was asked if she would change her mind following a January "clarification" by the Department of Homeland Security. That memo says illegal aliens granted "deferred action'' status ("Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", or DACA) are "legally in the country". Brewer says that didn't impress her...
  • 3 Dead, 2 Officers Wounded In Delaware Courthouse Shooting

    02/11/2013 8:41:23 PM PST · by brityank · 13 replies
    CBS-3 Philadelphia ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Philly/Wilm Staff
    3 Dead, 2 Officers Wounded In Delaware Courthouse ShootingFebruary 11, 2013 5:30 PMWILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) – According to the Delaware State Police, three people were killed, including the suspected gunman, after a gunfight erupted inside the lobby of the New Castle County Courthouse Monday morning. Two Capitol police officers were wounded during the shootout. The shooting happened at about 8 a.m. Monday at the Courthouse building in the 500 block of N. King Street. According to investigators, the alleged gunman, approximately 50-60 years of age, entered the lobby of the courthouse, pulled out a gun and opened fire —...
  • Middle-Schoolers Think Bullies Are the Cool Kids

    02/11/2013 8:38:33 PM PST · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    One of the main barriers to putting in place anti-bullying policies in middle schools is the simple fact that middle-schoolers think bullies are cool. A recent study of 2,000 students at 11 middle schools around Los Angeles found that when students were asked to identify their most respected peers and those engaging in nasty behavior, the lists were often quite similar.
  • Lois Frankel to bring shooting victim's mom to hear Obama on gun control

    02/11/2013 8:36:09 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies ^ | February 11, 2013 | William E. Gibson
    When President Barack Obama pitches gun control in his State of the Union address tonight, Congresswoman Lois Frankel's special guest will be watching from the House Gallery and thinking about the daughter who blew her kisses from the school bus the day she died. Lynn McDonnell's 7-year-old daughter Grace was among the victims of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, one of 20 young children whose deaths inspired a renewed push for gun control, a major theme of tonight's address. "I want my colleagues to look in the eyes of these parents and tell them we are going to do something about...
  • Man Arrested For Burglary, Vandalism Of Nashville Mosque

    02/11/2013 8:29:47 PM PST · by radu · 4 replies
    News Channel 5 - Nashville ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | News Channel 5
    Police have arrested a man in connection with the burglary and vandalism of a south Nashville mosque early Monday morning. Police took 27-year-old Kyler A. Wilson into custody around 7 a.m. after they found him sleeping in only his boxer shorts inside a vehicle outside a business on 2nd Avenue South. Police believe he was the man that broke into the Al-Farooq Islamic Center on 4th Avenue South around 3:30 a.m. Monday. A cabbie told police he was driving by the center, and noticed a parked vehicle with a door open, and a man wearing only boxer shorts insdie. He...
  • Bullied 11-year-old in coma after brutal schoolyard attack

    02/11/2013 8:21:25 PM PST · by chessplayer · 67 replies
    Bullied 11-year-old in coma update: A Pennsylvania boy, who was involved in a schoolyard fight with bullies at his school weeks ago is still in a medically-induced coma after his condition took a turn for the worse. Parents of the boy are working with police and school officials to learn why the alleged attackers got off easy and one boy is fighting for his life. Bailey O'Neil, a 6th grader was allegedly beaten up by several students and was left with a broken nose and concussion. Along with the fact that a bullied 11-year-old boy is in a coma; one...