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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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  • Fire-disabled cruise ship on its way to Mobile

    02/12/2013 8:26:15 AM PST · by cll · 51 replies
    CruiseCritic.com ^ | 02/12/2013
    (10:15 a.m. EST) – Carnival Triumph is on the move again, under the power of two tugboats, and is expected to arrive in Mobile on Thursday afternoon, according to a new update from Carnival Cruise Lines. All passengers will then be flown to Houston. Limited onboard systems remain functional, though the sewage system did go down again last night for a short period. Technicians were able to gets "some of them [toilets] back on line this morning," Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said. Passengers "are doing well under the circumstances," and the ship's entertainment staff has planned various activities to try...
  • Menendez Visited Donor's Dominican Resort Home in 2006 (did not disclose)

    02/12/2013 8:23:37 AM PST · by Liz · 14 replies
    DAILY CALLER (posted on Fox News) ^ | 2/12/13 | David Martosko, Executive Editor, The Daily Caller
    Embattled New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez visited the swanky Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic in August 2006 and stayed at Dr. Salomon Melgen's posh villa, according to an interview Menendez gave (in Spanish) with the Dominican daily Listin Diario. The news report Aug. 22, 2006 included a photo of Menendez, with the caption: “Bob Menéndez, the senator from New Jersey, gave an interview to Listin Diario at the residence of the Dominican doctor Salomón Melgen, at Casa de Campo, La Romana.” Menendez has only acknowledged visiting Melgen’s villa on three occasions, all in 2010. He paid Melgen...
  • 5 Things Americans Shouldn't Take for Granted

    02/12/2013 8:17:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "Those among us who are constantly rhapsodizing about 'change' in vague and general terms seem to have no fear that a blank check for change can be a huge risk in a world where so many other countries that are different are also far worse off." -- Thomas Sowell The reason people who are knowledgeable about our nation’s history are so concerned with following the Constitution, sticking to traditions, and safeguarding our rights is that our country's success is not the rule. For all the bitter railing you hear against "1%ers," if you're living in modern day America, you are...
  • GSL is on Chicago Police Chief’s radar, and under his skin…

    02/12/2013 8:06:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 12 February, 2013 | GSL
    We’re pleased to say that we are on Chicago Police SuperNintendo Garry McCarthy’s radar. In fact, we’re under his skin too. He whined at a news conference yesterday for media to quit “adopting the rhetoric of the gun advocates” in writing that Chicago has strict gun laws. His Orwellian comment was about as laughable as his tenure as Chicago’s Police Chief. The Washington Times picked up the story. Police superintendent: ‘Chicago does not have strict gun laws’ Chicago (Washington Times) - Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy implored the press Monday to stop characterizing the city as being strict on guns....
  • Obama’s Hypocritic Oath [VDH]

    02/12/2013 8:04:19 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/12/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Barack Obama has a habit of identifying a supposed crisis in collective morality, damning the straw men “them” who engage in such ethical lapses, soaring with rhetorical bromides — and then, to national quiet, doing more or less the exact things he once swore were ruining the country. Washington will always be a city of hypocrisies, as one would expect when astronomical amounts of money and political power collide. What is striking about the recent disclosures about Obama’s tenure is not that his embarrassments are all that different from embarrassments of other administrations, but that they are at odds entirely...
  • Report: Miami-Dade officer stabbed in Texas

    02/12/2013 8:03:38 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | February 12, 2013
    <p>A Miami-Dade police officer was stabbed in the back and in the chest outside Dallas, Texas while transporting a prisoner back to Las Vegas, Dallas television station CBS 11 is reporting.</p> <p>A manhunt for the escaped prisoner is taking place.</p>
  • Bill to allow NoVa counties to impose one percent income tax without public vote passes Va. Senate

    02/12/2013 8:01:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies
    By Tom Jackman Hey Northern Virginians! How would you like to pay another one percent of your income directly to your county or city, in addition to the federal and state income tax you already pay? This new income tax would be used strictly to remedy our wide and varied transportation problems. Sound good? Virginia state Sen. Walter A. Stosch (R-Henrico) wants to give Northern Va. counties and cities the ability to impose a one percent income tax to fund transportation. The counties say they don’t want it. (Robert A. Reeder - For The Washington Post) Before you answer, know...
  • Why Rand Paul is Marco Rubio's Biggest Political Threat

    02/12/2013 7:56:48 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 49 replies
    National Journal ^ | Michael Catalini
    David Adams, a Kentucky tea-party activist and former campaign manager for Sen. Rand Paul, remembers a conference call from the 2010 Senate race when the conversation turned to talk of their favorite presidents. Some said George Washington, others Abraham Lincoln. Adams's pick? "Rand Paul in 2016," he recalled. Three years later, Paul is acting like he’s already preparing a future presidential campaign, courting activists from early-primary states, smoothing out his positions on foreign policy, and delivering a high-profile national address, competing against a potential future GOP rival, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Last week the Kentucky Republican spoke at the...
  • N.H. police spurn man’s bid to buy, destroy guns

    02/12/2013 7:51:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 11 February, 2013 | Brian MacQuarrie
    A New Hampshire police group that plans to raffle 31 guns in May received this offer from an alarmed critic of the giveaway: He would raise $30,000, buy all the guns, and bring them to his local police station to be destroyed. Another critic floated an idea to have the guns melted, turned into jewelry, and sold to help victims of gun violence. But the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police plans to proceed with the raffle, citing fears of a lawsuit from disgruntled ticket-buyers.
  • U.S. Senate Gun Violence Hearing (12-Feb-2013) - Live Feed

    02/12/2013 7:44:39 AM PST · by SecondAmendment · 28 replies
    U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee ^ | 12-Feb-2013 | wwwjames
    Watch the "Gun Grabbers" lie about the second amendment here: SH-216 Live Feed Hearing, 12-Feb-2013
  • Police investigate assault, shooting in Highland apartment (Armed homeowner)

    02/12/2013 7:43:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    BND.com ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Elizabeth Donald
    Police investigate assault, shooting in Highland apartment (Armed homeowner) News-Democrat (BY ELIZABETH DONALD) Posted: 02/11/2013 5:12 PM An alleged intruder was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after apparently pushing into a home and assaulting two women. The 33-year-old man is accused of forcing his way into an apartment in the 2600 block of Eagle Way Drive at about 3:30 a.m. The apartment building was home to two sisters, Debi Keeney and Donna Carlyle. The man allegedly attacked the women while demanding money, and Keeney shot him with a small-caliber derringer-style revolver.
  • CNN anchor suggests meteor hurtling toward Earth could be a result of global warming

    02/12/2013 7:40:55 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 51 replies
    ukmail ^ | 2 12 13
    A CNN anchor has asked on live television whether a meteor hurtling past Earth might have been caused by global warming. Deborah Feyeric made the faux pas when she transitioned from a discussion about global warming and the blizzard that struck to east coast into a a segment about Asteroid 2012 DA14 - which is projected to pass just 17,200 miles from Earth on Friday. 'We want to bring in our science guy, Bill Nye, and talk about something else that’s falling from the sky, and that is an asteroid,' Feyerick says. 'What’s coming our way? Is this the effect...
  • Obama to Speak in Israel, but Not in Knesset

    02/12/2013 7:40:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 2/12/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Israel is finishing the preparations for United States President Barack Obama’s planned visit in March. Plans for Obama’s visit include a trip to Yad Vashem and to Rabin’s grave, and dinners with Netanyahu and Peres. Obama will apparently not speak in the Knesset. His staff has requested that the venue chosen for his speech be large enough for a crowd of 1,000 Israeli citizens, which the Knesset is not. Instead, Obama may speak at the Binyanei Hauma conference center in central Jerusalem. His trip will begin with an official state welcoming at the airport, complete with a red carpet and...
  • IOC cuts wrestling from 2020 Olympics

    02/12/2013 7:39:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 2/12/2013 | Maggie Hendricks
    IOC cuts wrestling from 2020 Olympics Maggie Hendricks In a shocking move, the International Olympic Committee voted to drop wrestling from its schedule for the 2020 Games. The unexpected decision was made via secret ballot during a Tuesday meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland where officials were discussing ways to "streamline" the Olympics. Though many assumed modern pentathlon would get the boot, the committee instead decided to eliminate wrestling, which has roots in the ancient Greece games and has been a part of every modern Olympics since they began in 1896. The vote was completed over several rounds and the final totals...
  • Australian General Gets Key US Army Post

    02/12/2013 7:38:22 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 54 replies
    ABC news ^ | FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii February 1, 2013
    Maj. Gen. Richard Burr salutes with his palm facing out, like he's shielding his eyes from the sun. He wears a wide-brimmed felt "slouch hat" with a brown and green camouflage uniform. The two-star general in the Australian Defence Force stands out amid the American soldiers donning berets and green and beige fatigues at the U.S. Army's headquarters for the Pacific. But he's responsible for directing their training and exercises as U.S. Army Pacific's deputy commander for operations. The Army is also making Burr their liaison to New Zealand, his homeland Australia and countries in Southeast Asia. Burr's appointment —...
  • VIDEO: 82-year-old man tackles suspect running from police

    02/12/2013 7:33:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    Local News VIDEO: 82-year-old man tackles suspect running from police An 82-year-old former Puyallup High School football player got into a “cross-body block” to stop a suspect fleeing from police Friday afternoon in Longview, Wash. Terry Miracle was weeding his garden when he heard a lot of commotion coming his way. That’s when he spotted a 27-year-old man running from the police.
  • An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI

    02/12/2013 7:33:29 AM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Christianity.Com ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Russell Moore
    An Evangelical Looks at Pope Benedict XVI Russell Moore With Pope Benedict XVI’s shocking resignation this week, evangelical Christians might be tempted to see this the way a college football fan might view the departure of his rival team’s head coach. But the global stakes are much, much higher. As Pope Benedict steps down, I think it’s important for us to recognize the legacy of the last two bishops of Rome that we ought to honor and conserve: an emphasis on human dignity. As a Baptist Christian, I disagree with Rome on many things, of course, and some of those...
  • Obama Vastly Exaggerates The Impact of Sequester Cuts

    02/12/2013 7:30:03 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/11/2013 | IBD Staff
    Sequester: In his State of the Union speech, President Obama is sure to issue dire warnings about the automatic spending cuts resulting from the "sequester." But look closer, and the cuts are far less than meet the eye. As the March deadline for the sequester draws closer, Obama's rhetoric about the cuts it will impose grows more overheated. In his radio address over the weekend, he said they would be "a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole."
  • It’s time to control government’s guns

    02/12/2013 7:29:09 AM PST · by 4buttons · 11 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2/11/13 | Deroy Murdoch
    When financial questions arose regarding the Mountain Pure Water Company, Washington did not send a few staffers to inspect documents. Instead, last spring, some 50 armed Treasury agents breached Mountain Pure’s headquarters in Little Rock, Ark. They seized 82 boxes of records, herded employees into the cafeteria, snatched their cell phones, and refused to let them consult attorneys.
  • Will Rand Paul force Marco Rubio to toughen his response to Obama's address?

    02/12/2013 7:17:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 02/13/2013 | By Liz Marlantes
    Sen. Rand Paul will be delivering the 'tea party' response to Obama's state of the union address. He could overshadow the official Republican response, given by Sen. Marco Rubio. On ABC's "This Week," GOP strategist Nicolle Wallace revealed Sunday that Sen. Marco Rubio (R) of Florida – who will deliver the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address – has scrapped his original draft in favor of a more aggressive approach. According to Ms. Wallace, Senator Rubio's decision to rewrite his remarks was spurred by the tone of Mr. Obama's inaugural address, which many Republicans saw...
  • Dr. Ben Carson leaving Johns Hopkins surgery post

    02/12/2013 7:17:12 AM PST · by pgkdan · 79 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 02/12/13 | Thomas Lifson
    Be still, my heart. Dr Benjamin Carson is freeing up time and energy to pursue his passions in politics and education, retiring from surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Could world-renowned, up-from-the mean-streets of Detroit inspirational figure be the Man on a White Horse who could rescue America from the fiscal and social death spiral the progressives have foisted upon us? The Wall Street Journal said it first: "Ben Carson for President".
  • GOP Aide: Hagel Might Not Have Enough Republican Votes to Beat Filibuster

    02/12/2013 7:15:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/13/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The Senate Armed Services Committee will vote Tuesday on Chuck Hagel’s nomination for secretary of defense, committee chairman Carl Levin (D., Mich.) announced today. Reports suggest Levin has grown tired of requests for details about the various groups Hagel spoken for and received compensation from, as well as GOP threats to filibuster the nomination until more information is disclosed about the September 11 attacks in Benghazi and the administration’s response. One Republican aide said Levin’s decision to rush through a committee vote was an effort to “snuff the momentum” building in opposition to the Hagel’s nomination. Levin had originally scheduled...
  • Cokie And Scarborough Not Sure Reagan Could Get Elected In GOP Today

    02/12/2013 7:11:04 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 62 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Ronald Reagan: RINO? Cokie Roberts and Joe Scarborough have suggested the Gipper might be viewed that way by the modern-day Republican party, making him unelectable within GOP ranks. After Joe Scarborough said that it was Reagan who rounded up Republican support for the assault weapons ban in 1984, Roberts exclaimed "I'm not sure Reagan could get elected within the Republican party today." Scarborough concurred: "I don't know that he could." View the video here.
  • Why a Johns Hopkins Neurosurgeon Is Getting 2016 Presidential Buzz

    02/12/2013 7:10:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    National Journal ^ | 02/13/2013 | Elahe Izadi
    Pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks to an audience in Central Michigan University in October 2009. (Jeffrey Smith/Flickr) If conservatives are looking for a political outsider with an inspiring rags-to-riches story and who could effectively challenge President Obama’s policies on health care and taxes while also quoting Scripture and criticizing political correctness, look no further than Ben Carson.Carson, raised by a single mother in a poverty-stricken home, who went on to become a top Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, gave a nearly 30-minute speech at the National Prayer Breakfast last week that indirectly criticized many of the policies promulgated by President Obama...
  • Hollywood screenwriter Alan Sharp dies aged 79

    02/12/2013 7:07:49 AM PST · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11th February 2013 | Mike Barnes
    'Alan Sharp, the Scottish screenwriter who penned the script for the 1995 film Rob Roy, which starred Liam Neeson as the legendary folk hero and outlaw from the Highlands, has died. He was 79. Sharp died Feb. 8 at his daughter’s home in Los Angeles after a long illness, CAA said Monday. Sharp also wrote the screenplays for such films as the languorous The Hired Hand (1971), starring and directed by Peter Fonda in his first outing after Easy Rider; Ulzana’s Raid (1972), a Western toplined by Burt Lancaster; Arthur Penn’s Night Moves (1975), starring Gene Hackman as a small-time...
  • Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd dies at 80

    02/12/2013 7:04:29 AM PST · by the scotsman · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th February 2013 | BBC News
    'Influential US jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who performed alongside the likes of Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, has died aged 80. The musician was a leading hard-bop trumpeter - a jazz extension of bebop - in the mid-1950s. He later became known for his blend of soul, funk and jazz fusion. Byrd's influence has been more recently felt thanks to hip-hop artists such as Nas, Ludacris and A Tribe Called Quest who have all sampled his recordings.'
  • AT REDDIT:Reporting Defensive Gun Use. Getting the News Out That Guns Are Good, Save Lives.

    02/12/2013 7:03:11 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Reddit ^ | February 12, 2013 | Staff
    Full Title: A subreddit dedicated to cataloging incidents in the United States where legally-owned guns are used to deter or stop violent crime. Rules are few, but important: Posts should primarily be direct links to news articles describing the incident. Articles regarding defensive gun use statistics are also welcomed, as are stories of DGUs gone wrong, or incidents where the defensive gun user had no business pulling the trigger. Copy the headline from the article. Don't make stuff up or editorialize. Note the city/state if it's not part of the article's title, like this: (Birmingham, AL) Note the date of...
  • Dorner's truck found near associate's property, court records show

    02/12/2013 6:58:03 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Robert J. Lopez and Andrew Blankstein
    Christopher Dorner's burning truck was found near an associate's property in the San Bernardino Mountains last week, court records showed, suggesting that the fugitive former police officer may have received help evading authorities. ................. A criminal complaint filed in federal court raises the possibility that Dorner may have been assisted by "a known associate," identified only as "J.Y." The criminal complaint, filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, does not detail the exact relationship between J.Y. and Dorner, a former Navy Reserve lieutenant. But as part of a surveillance operation of the associate, investigators were watching...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Still Unnerves the Media

    02/12/2013 6:57:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2013 | Jack Cashill
    True to form, CNN, Reuters, and other media outlets used the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's retirement to dwell on ancient sex scandals, opposition to gay marriage, and a host of other things the media have never liked about a Pope who would not hew to whatever worldview the chattering classes embraced at the moment. "As a Catholic, I'm not buying this," tweeted hysterical chatterer, Piers Morgan, a "modern world" Catholic by his own lights. "Popes don't just quit because they're tired. What's going on here??" I am not sure I know either, but I am pleased to see the...
  • Barack Obama and the forgotten Emmett Till

    02/12/2013 6:52:21 AM PST · by John David Powell · 5 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | John David Powell
    No presidency is complete without a constitutional crisis, real or imagined. Political critics claimed George W. Bush committed a string of high crimes and misdemeanors, from the Iraq war, to torture, to illegal wiretaps. Bill Clinton’s impeachment was not over his horn dogging, but his mendacities regarding said activities. Ronald Reagan traded arms for hostages. Richard Nixon resigned over his involvement in the Watergate cover up when he forgot the president is not above the law. And, really, doesn’t every constitutional crisis start with a president believing the Constitution is a list of suggestions best left for others to follow?...