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  • Fraud and abuse grow after subsidized telephone program expands (Obama phones)

    02/12/2013 10:07:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | By Luke Rosiak -
    Fraud and abuse grow after subsidized telephone program expands A federal program subsidizing phones for the poor increased from 6.8 million to 18 million recipients from 2008 — the year it was expanded to include cell phones — to May 2012. And fraud and abuse from the expansion have been far more extensive than expected, to the extent that tougher enforcement of long-existing rules is projected to bring in enough money to finance the expansion of the program to provide low-income users with free Internet service, according to the Federal Communications Commission report released last week. Up to 15 percent...
  • Supreme showdown in Tehran

    02/12/2013 10:04:52 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar
    Four months before the next presidential election, Iran's conservative establishment is facing a security threat: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Four years ago, a controversial election that reinstated President Ahmadinejad brought millions of Iranians into a face-to-face confrontation with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Now, it is Ahmadinejad who is coming face-to-face with the very man who lifted him out of obscurity and granted him worldwide fame and unparalleled support against all pillars of the Islamic Republic. During an unprecedented debate at the parliament, which ended in mayhem and the dismissal of the labor minister, Ahmadinejad played a video that implicated the powerful...
  • Father charged in fatal shooting after Texas wreck (shot man who ran over his sons)

    02/12/2013 10:04:43 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 73 replies
    Charter ^ | nday, February 11, 2013 7:40 PM EST | JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press
    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting at a crash scene of a suspected drunken driver who authorities say plowed into his sons as they helped push their family's broken-down pickup truck along a dark, narrow, rural road. David Barajas, 31, and his sons, 12-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb, were about 50 yards from their Houston-area home when a car crashed into them. David Jr. died at the scene, while Caleb died later at a hospital. Neighbors said they heard gunshots minutes after the Dec. 7 crash near Alvin, about 30...
  • Mother and Baby Killed By Notorious Maryland Abortionist

    02/12/2013 9:54:55 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Christian News ^ | Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | Heather Clark
    Germantown, Maryland – A young mother and her baby both died last week at the hands of a notorious abortionist who has licenses in several states across the country. Reports state that 29-year-old Jennifer McKenna Morbelli of New Rochelle, New York died on Thursday following complications from a botched abortion. Morbelli was 33 weeks pregnant with a baby girl that had been named Madison Leigh. According to sidewalk counselors outside of abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Maryland, Morbelli had traveled to the abortion facility the previous weekend for a late-term abortion. It is believed that the woman...
  • Landsat 5 Sets Guinness World Record for Longest Operating Earth Observation Satellite

    02/12/2013 9:54:05 AM PST · by null and void · 12 replies
    This image shows the Columbia Glacier in Alaska, one of many vanishing around the world. Glacier retreat is one of the most direct and understandable effects of climate change. Courtesy of NASA/USGS Landsat 5 successfully set the new Guinness World Records title for 'Longest-operating Earth observation satellite’ as stated in an e-mail from Guinness World Records sent to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Outliving its three-year design life, Landsat 5 delivered high-quality, global data of Earth's land surface for 28 years and 10 months. NASA launched Landsat 5 from Vandenberg Air Force base in Lompoc, CA....
  • Democratic House chairwoman Wasserman Schultz caught in deception with reporters

    02/12/2013 9:47:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://washingtonexaminer.com ^ | february 10, 2012 | susan ferrechio
    Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz attempted a bit of deception Monday in an effort to criticize GOP rising star Marco Rubio ahead of his State of the Union rebuttal Tuesday night. But on this occasion, the press wasn't falling for it. In a conference call Monday, Wasserman Schultz enlisted the help of Annette Capella, described by party officials as a "Medicare recipient from Florida," to warn of the "extreme budget priorities," they believe Rubio is likely to outline in his televised response to President Obama's address. -snip The truth was uncovered when the call was opened up to...
  • State of the Union Cheat Sheet

    02/12/2013 9:42:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12 2013 | Mona Charen
    I haven't been able to pilfer an advance copy of the president's State of the Union address, but I hereby offer some guesses as to what he'll say tonight. The president will assert, against the evidence, that the state of our union is strong. He will boast that during his first term, we averted another great depression, achieved history-making reforms of health care and banking, saved the auto industry and began to conclude two wars. He will caution though, that we face great challenges. Obama will acknowledge that our economy is not as vibrant as it could be and will...
  • 65.4 Million Guns Bought Since Obama Took Office, 91% More Than Bush's First-Term Total

    02/12/2013 9:02:40 AM PST · by illiac · 53 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/12/13 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    There have been 65,376,373 background checks completed for Americans purchasing firearms since February of 2009, the first full month of Barack Obama's presidency. According to data compiled by the FBI, the number of Americans purchasing guns has skyrocketed since Obama was elected. In 2009, there were 13,984,953 background checks for Americans buying firearms. If we subtract the 1,212,860 checks completed in the month of January, the total checks for the year under Obama were 12,772,090. For 2010, background checks totaled 14,320,489. In 2011, checks were 16,336,732, and in 2012, 19,463,832. Background checks for the month of January 2013 were 2,483,230....
  • California oil fields don’t all meet state carbon standard

    02/12/2013 8:59:08 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 12, 2013 | David R. Baker
    Environmentalists often call oil from Canada’s tar sands the dirtiest fuel on Earth, because the complex process of extracting it spews huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. But by that standard, some of the crude oil pumped in California is just as dirty. In a few cases, it’s even worse. Several California oil fields produce just as much carbon dioxide per barrel of oil as the tar sands do, state data show. A handful of fields yield even more. All of them are fields that have been pumped for years and now need injections of steam to squeeze...
  • IL:Highland woman says she shot intruder to save her sister's life

    02/12/2013 8:51:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | 10 February, 2013 | Denise Hollinshed
    HIGHLAND • Debi Keeney says she was only trying to save her sister's life when she shot a man who had forced his way into her apartment. She says her sister, Donna Carlyle, 47, was gasping as the man demanded money and put Carlyle in a choke hold after breaking in early this morning. "All I could see was Donna's face going blue, like her life was being choked out of her," Keeney, 55, said in an interview this afternoon. The alleged intruder, 33, is being treated at a local hospital for multiple gunshot wounds and is listed in critical...
  • Could a Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits get passed, and would you support it?

    02/12/2013 8:51:43 AM PST · by goodnesswins · 94 replies
    The People | 2/12/2013 | Me
    OK....is it time, finally, for Term Limits? It seems the only way we can BEGIN to get some control over our "public servants." Here is a Gallup poll (FWIW) that says 75% of Americans would approve Term Limits. http://www.gallup.com/poll/159881/americans-call-term-limits-end-electoral-college.aspx Could we make it happen? Would you support it?
  • NC:Police say woman shot man in leg after apartment break-in

    02/12/2013 8:46:15 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    wsoctv.com ^ | 10 February, 2013 | NA
    MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Police said a Mooresville woman shot a man who was breaking into her apartment. They said she shot the man twice in the leg Sunday morning on Colonial Ridge Circle.
  • Shell will repair rigs in Asia, possibly delaying Arctic work

    02/12/2013 8:45:00 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 11, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    After dedicating nearly eight years and $5 billion to the quest, Shell’s plans to continue hunting for Arctic oil this summer are in jeopardy, as company officials on Monday confirmed they will tow two drilling units to Asian dry docks for repairs. Although Shell Oil said the firm has not ruled out drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska this summer, it appears unlikely the vessels will be able to make the two-to-four-week treks to those Asian ports, undergo repairs, clear U.S. inspections and return to those Arctic waters in time for the drilling season that begins...
  • Norman man claims self-defense in weekend shooting

    02/12/2013 8:43:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    kfor.com ^ | 10 February, 2013 | NA
    NORMAN, Okla.—The family of a man who was questioned by police for a shooting Saturday afternoon says he shot another man in self-defense. Police were called to the 4000 block of Mayfair Dr. around 10 a.m. Saturday, regarding a fight. While officers were on their way to the scene, the fight intensified to a shooting. Authorities took the suspected shooter, 47-year-old Todd William Hoss into custody at that time. After investigating the shooting, police learned that Hoss may have fired the weapon in self-defense.
  • Will you watch the State of the Union Address?...(Not if I can watch grass grow!)

    02/12/2013 8:39:43 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 126 replies
    02/12/13
    Yes, I watch it every year 24% No, I don't find it interesting 76% should be third choice...Hell no It's all a disaster anyway! Freep this @ www.yhoo.com lower right hand side.
  • Dr. Carson's Refreshing Jolt of Good Societal Medicine

    02/12/2013 8:34:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama must have been stunned at the "audacity" of Dr. Benjamin Carson in challenging his core assumptions right to his face in front of thousands of people at the National Prayer Breakfast. Obama is not used to being challenged, especially in public, even if indirectly and without being specifically named. From the look on his face, it was obvious Obama was none too pleased with Carson's message or with his "presumptuousness" in presenting it in that forum, while he had to sit still and -- remain silent. I think we can best understand Carson's message in light of his...
  • State of the Union: Horrible

    02/12/2013 8:34:15 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Jerry Philipson
    President Obama is giving the annual State Of The Union Speech tonight. No need to listen though. The state of the union is clear for all to see. It is horrible. It is deplorable. It is disgraceful. It is vulnerable. It is battered. It is essentially bankrupt. It is, in short, lousy. That's the state of the union, no matter what Obama might say to the contrary.
  • Journalists Detained Over Nigeria Polio Attacks (9 aid workers gunned down by Islamists)

    02/12/2013 8:33:25 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    VOA News ^ | February 12, 2013
    Police in northern Nigeria have arrested three journalists in connection with the killing of nine polio vaccine workers at a clinic last week. The journalists from radio station Wazobia FM are accused of inciting the killings by hosting an on-air discussion about rumors and conspiracy theories related to the vaccines. ... The female workers were killed by gunmen on motorbikes Friday, while giving out polio vaccines at two community health centers in Kano city. ... Some Nigerians in the country's largely Muslim north believe the polio vaccines are used to sterilize young girls or can cause HIV.
  • Sarah Palin tries to stay relevant (WaPo falls for internet hoax)

    02/12/2013 8:32:45 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 75 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 12, 2013 | Suzi Parker
    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that Sarah Palin planned to contribute to the Al Jazeera America news network. The erroneous report was based on a fictionalized story in The Daily Currant, a news satire Web site. The Sarah Palin Story is a cautionary tale about what can happen when politics and celebrity meet. Fox News and their once-upon-a-time darling Palin recently parted ways after three years. But it appears that Palin is still trying to find ways to stay relevant while her 15 minutes fades into the political history books. On Monday morning, Palin posted a...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 12, 2013

    02/12/2013 8:29:47 AM PST · by Biggirl · 71 replies
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