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  • Poll: Americans Don't Really Like the Job Obama's Doing [but they reelected him anyway]

    02/12/2013 5:28:54 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Susan Jones
    When President Obama discusses the economy in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, he will be dealing with an area in which the American public gives him relatively low performance ratings. The same thing applies to immigration, energy policy, guns, and taxes. On all of those issues, more Americans disapprove than approve of the job Obama is doing, according to a new Gallup Poll. Gallup found that President Obama is heading into his fourth State of the Union address Tuesday night with an overall job approval rating of around 50 percent. But in eight of the nine specific...
  • Obama Meets the Pressófor Lunch [Cult Worship By the Networks Continues]

    02/12/2013 5:25:55 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Barack Obama had lunch today with members of the press. But we likely won't find out what was discussed: The entire luncheon was off the record. "The anchors of all three broadcast evening newscasts -- NBCís Brian Williams, ABCís Diane Sawyer and CBSís Scott Pelley -- will be in attendance," Huffington Post reported today. Former aides to Democratic politicians who are now working as journalists were scheduled to be in attendance, too. "Some cable hosts will also be on hand, including MSNBC's Chris Matthews. George Stephanopoulos, co-host of ABC's 'Good Morning America,' is attending." The lunch is an annual...
  • Sandy victims to Rep. Pallone: flood insurance payouts delayed, less than expected

    02/12/2013 5:22:57 PM PST · by SMGFan · 3 replies
    After months of waiting, the letter finally arrived last week from Scott McQuarrieís flood insurance company. Attached to it, he said, was a check for $76,000. Thatís the money McQuarrie said heís getting to rebuild his Union Beach home destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. It was less than the $125,000 estimate a contractor gave him to restore everything to the way it once was. And it was far less than the $250,000 limit he said he had on his flood insurance policy. McQuarrie, a 45-year-old backhoe operator and married father of one, was apoplectic today as he related his experience to...
  • Did Lightning Really Strike Vatican After Pope's Resignation?

    02/12/2013 5:22:27 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    AccuWeather.Com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jesse Ferrell
    News hit the Net yesterday afternoon that lightning had struck The Vatican twice, just hours after Pope after Pope Benedict XVI's sudden resignation. As a lightning photographer and weather photo hoax buster, I investigated to see if the photo was real. #PHOTO: Lightning strikes St Peter's dome at #Vatican on day the #Pope announced resignation, by Filippo Monteforte twitter.com/AFP/status/301...‚ÄĒ Agence France-Presse (@AFP) February 11, 2013 When the picture first started circulating on Facebook, Meteonetwork Puglia e Basilicata ONLUS (a division of Associazione MeteoNetwork Onlus) and commenting members of the Facebook page thought that the photo might be faked (loose internet...
  • Is DHS Ammo For Obama's "National Security Force"?

    02/12/2013 5:18:39 PM PST · by raptor22 · 89 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 12, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: Our future president in 2008 called for "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. Should the "bitter-clingers" be worried? As Andrew Malcolm has noted on these pages, the Department of Homeland Security has been buying lots of ammo, enough by one calculation to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraqi War. Some have speculated about a link between the stockpiling between candidate Obama's off-prompter campaign remarks about a national security force and the stockpiling by DHS of more than 1.6 billion (with a 'b') bullets. DHS has...
  • Steny Hoyer: We Don't Have a "Spending" Problem; We Have a "Paying for" Problem

    02/12/2013 5:12:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Ruah Limbaugh.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    p>BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, right here on this program, we had a sound bite for you. It was Nancy Pelosi saying, "We don't have a spending problem." She said we have a budget deficit problem. I intended to make a point about this yesterday. As we do almost every day on this program, I had a call or I brought the subject up myself about my optimism, about how, at some point all of this is gonna bottom out and we're gonna rebound. And I've been honest with you about that optimism. I don't know what or...
  • Reporter Carter Evans Trapped In Middle Of Dorner Gunfight

    02/12/2013 5:07:44 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 33 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 2-12-13 | Staff
    Reporter Carter Evans became trapped as officers began exchanging gunfire with fugitive Christopher Dorner.
  • Matt Damon goes on strike to raise awareness for clean water

    02/12/2013 5:06:01 PM PST · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    Matt Damon will not be using a toilet until the entire world has access to clean water. Damon, co-founder of water.org, a site dedicated to raising awareness and funding for clean water throughout the world, staged a press conference today. He announced that he will not be going to the bathroom until sanitation was available to everyone to a room full of ďjournalistsĒ with familiar faces like YouTube star ShayCarl and Winston from New Girl (Lamorne Morris).
  • Is Obama creating a pro-gay Boy Scouts of America?

    02/12/2013 5:00:54 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 18 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/24/2012 | Chuck Norris
    ďA Boy Scouts of America national board member, James Turley, who is also global chairman and CEO of the accounting firm Ernst & Young, recently said he ďwill work from within to seek a changeĒ to overturn the BSA policy that bans gay scouts and leaders.Ē 1. But is Turley working on his own initiative, or has the White House prodded him with perks and favors? 2. Is it a coincidence that Turley came out swinging against the BSAís century-old policy to ban gays from leadership and that he has such close affiliations with the pro-gay Obama administration? 3. Is...
  • Boeing Dreamliner battery fire hot enough to melt fuselage, tests show

    02/12/2013 4:58:37 PM PST · by rawhide · 31 replies
    mcclatchchy.com ^ | 1-15-13 | Curtis Tate
    A fire that broke out last week in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner could have been hot enough to melt the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic that makes up the planeís shell, according to the results of tests the Federal Aviation Administration performed last year. In the FAA tests, which the agency performed at its site in Atlantic City a year after it certified the Dreamliner, the temperature of the battery fires reached as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The planeís polymer skin melts at 649 degrees, according to its manufacturer, Victrex Energy of West Conshohocken, Pa. It also burns at high temperatures....
  • Christopher Dorner shootout: 1 deputy killed, 1 wounded, sources say

    02/12/2013 4:47:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 12, 2013
    One of the deputies involved in a gun battle Tuesday afternoon with fugitive former police officer Christopher Dorner has died of his wounds, law enforcement sources told The Times. The San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to the sources. Another deputy was also wounded in the shootout near a cabin where Dorner was believed to be holed up in the snow-covered mountains near Big Bear. His condition was not immediately known. The afternoon gun battle in which hundreds of rounds were exchanged was part of a quickly...
  • LENR-Cars Startup. Funded by the founder of Logitech

    02/12/2013 4:44:58 PM PST · by Kevmo · 38 replies
    AGEFI Geneva ^ | 05-02-2013, 21:29 | Yoann Schenker
    AGEFI Geneva: Chauvin/LENR-Cars presented. Funded by the founder of Logitech Thread: AGEFI Geneva: Chauvin/LENR-Cars presented. Funded by the founder of Logitech 05-02-2013, 21:29#1 AlainCo Administrator -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join Date: Mar 2012Location: VILLEJUIF, FRANCEPosts: 2,045 AGEFI Geneva: Chauvin/LENR-Cars presented. Funded by the founder of Logitech an incredibly positive (in french) article in the AGEFI, 'the dayly newpaper of economic and financial agency in Geneva' : http://www.agefi.com/une/detail/arch...ectriques.html (in googlish) http://www.agefi.com/une/detail/archive/2013/february/artikel/lenr-cars-la-start-up-lausannoise-developpe-une-nouvelle-generation-de-moteurs-electriques.html (version francaise de cet article) Applied nuclear fusion Lenr cars.The start-up develops Lausanne a new generation of electric motors. "The technology we are developing will allow a car to travel 40,000 kilometers on...
  • Who Really Wants to Watch This?

    02/12/2013 4:35:41 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: No, no, just depressed. I really am, and I probably shouldn't admit this. I mean, as the last surviving pope, I ought not even admit that, but I gotta be honest with you. Does anybody want to watch this tonight? Does anybody really want to watch? You know what this is gonna be tonight? This is gonna be the Misstatement of the Union. It's not the State of the Union. It's the Misstatement of the Union. And you know what we're gonna see? It's an absurd sight, folks, to sit there and watch our government stand and...
  • Support for Dorner Troubling (Dennis Prager)

    02/12/2013 4:35:26 PM PST · by beaversmom · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 12, 2013 | Dennis Prager
    Just when you thought youíve seen it all with the Sandy Hook murders of a classroom full of children, America experiences another new low: A man named Christopher Dorner murders (as of this writing) three innocent people in order to air personal grievances. And his grievances are given serious attention by the national media, not to mention left-wing websites. To better understand this, imagine the outcry if, let us say, a white student who was certain that he was denied admission to a prestigious university because of affirmative action, murdered a university official and the daughter of the dean of...
  • #TeamDorner cretins root for Dorner to kill more police officers during gunfight

    02/12/2013 4:33:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 49 replies
    Horrifying. It has come to this: People are so morally bankrupt that they not only praise a suspected cop-killer, but they root for him to kill more people.
  • More on Hagelís Al Jazeera and Arab Connections

    02/12/2013 4:29:47 PM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    AIM ^ | February 12, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    Senator Ted Cruz grilled Obama defense chief nominee Chuck Hagel over his controversial appearance on Al Jazeera, the Arab propaganda channel, during which the former Republican Senator had agreed with a viewer that the United States was a ďbullyĒ in global affairs. It has now been revealed that the government of Qatar, which owns Al Jazeera, was a major contributor to the Atlantic Council when Hagel was its chairman. But Hagel also has an Al Jazeera connection through Georgetown University, where he is a professor, and which maintains a campus in Qatar.
  • Gore, Current silent as cleric affirms death penalty for leaving Islam on Al-Jazeera

    02/12/2013 4:13:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/12/13 | Nicole Lafond
    Aides to former Democratic Vice President Al Gore have failed to respond to a recent Al-Jazeera TV broadcast, in which a top imam affirmed the death penalty for anyone who quits Islam. Gore sold his Current TV network to Al-Jazeera, which now plans to extend its broadcast into the United States this summer, according to Ashok Sinha, vice president of corporate communications at Current TV/Al-Jazeera America.
  • Oops: WaPo retracts report Sarah Palin is going to Al Jazeera Update: Sarah snarks back

    02/12/2013 4:07:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    What started as a condescending ‚Äúcautionary tale‚ÄĚ about Sarah Palin‚Äôs mixing of celebrity and politics quickly became a cautionary tale about mixing contempt for Sarah Palin with desperation for the traffic her name will generate. Suzi Parker of the Washington Post‚Äės She the People blog reported Tuesday that Palin, in an attempt to ‚Äústay relevant,‚ÄĚ would join the Al Jazeera America network, to ‚Äúreach millions of devoutly religious people.¬Ē The only problem is the report comes from ‚ÄúThe Daily Currant,‚ÄĚ a parody site whose lead story today is ‚ÄúCatholic Church considering Jerry Sandusky for Pope.‚ÄĚ A sampling of the original...
  • Women of The Wall, Silverman's Sister Arrested at Kotel

    02/12/2013 4:02:58 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 32 replies
    Ten women participating in a women's prayer service at the Western Wall were arrested for wearing prayer shawls. Among those arrested Monday morning as they prayed with hundreds of worshipers and supporters were Israeli-American Rabbi Susan Silverman, sister of the comedian Sarah Silverman, and her 17-year-old daughter, Hallel Abramovitz; Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of the Women of the Wall, who has been arrested several times in recent months; and two U.S. rabbis, Debra Cantor of B'nai Tikvoh-Sholom in Bloomfield, Conn., and Robin Fryer Bodzin of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in New York City. The women had gathered at the...
  • Ted Nugent: ĎI Will Remain Respectfulí at Obama Speech

    02/12/2013 3:55:19 PM PST · by llevrok · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/12/2013 | Siobhan Hughes
    Mr. Nugent, who said last year that Mr. Obamaís re-election would ďdestroy America,Ē was invited to the annual address to Congress by Rep. Steve Stockman (R., Texas), who said Mr. Nugent would have a lot to say after the speech. Mr. Nugent will be sharing the gallery with hundreds of other guests, including some two dozen people who have been shot or lost relatives to gun violence and are rooting for Mr. Obama to follow through on a gun-control agenda. ďI will remain respectful in the decorum department, but I know what self-evident truths are and I know what the...
  • 'Femen' activists go topless [in Paris's Notre Dame] to hail pope's resignation

    02/12/2013 3:53:50 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 34 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2/12/2013 | n/a
    Eight feminists flashed their breasts in the heart of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI's shock resignation announcement. The members of the Femen movement entered the Gothic cathedral dressed in long coats which they whipped off inside while ringing three bells near the altar. "Pope no more!" they cried. "No more homophobe" and "Bye bye Benedict!" Scandalised visitors voiced their disapproval. "This is a sacred place, you can't strip here," said a Frenchwoman....
  • Coldcock cop: I thought I was swiping a Corona

    02/12/2013 3:48:14 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 19 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 12, 2013 | Joseph A. Slobodzian
    Even former Philadelphia Police Lt. Jonathan Josey called the video "disturbing." The video of him swinging at and decking a woman at a Fairhill street party after last year's Puerto Rican Day parade was enough to end his decorated 19-year police career and get him charged with simple assault. But after a three-hour nonjury trial Tuesday, in which Josey testified that he accidentally hit Aida Guzman while trying to knock a beer bottle from her hand, a troubled-looking Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan seemed uncertain. Saying he "needed more time to digest this," Dugan said he would announce his...
  • Live Thread: State of the Union 2013 Speeches by Obama, Rubio, Paul - Tea Party 9:00 P.M. EST

    02/12/2013 3:44:56 PM PST · by kristinn · 613 replies
    Live video via C-SPAN ^ | Tuesday, Feburary 12, 2013
    Barack Obama speaks at 9 p.m. EST. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gives the GOP response after Obama speaks. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gives the Tea Party Express response around 10 p.m.Sen. Paul's speech can be seen live on the Tea Party Express website.
  • Anonymous threatens to take down State of the Union livestream (teleprompter hacked?)

    02/12/2013 3:44:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/12/13 | Devin Coldewey
    According to a threat posted on Anonymous information website Anon Relations.net, the loosely banded hacker collective will attempt to disrupt the State of the Union address Tuesday by preventing it from being broadcast online. **SNIP** The AnonRelations.net post cites a litany of offenses as motive for the threatened attack, from "tyrannical" legislation to the treatment of Internet heroes like Aaron Swartz and Bradley Manning. It goes on to state that hackers will "form a virtual blockade between Capitol Hill and the Internet," although onlookers may be skeptical of the group's ability to do this. A recent campaign against Israel during...
  • Obama: State of the Union 2013 ideas wonít add deficit (Obama's the biggest liar in US History)

    02/12/2013 3:42:12 PM PST · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    politico ^ | 2/12/2013 | By JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama will pledge that the new proposals in his State of the Union address Tuesday ó aimed at boosting still-struggling middle class Americans ó will not expand the deficit. ďNothing Iím proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime,Ē Obama will say, according to advance excerpts of the speech provided by the White House, which offered no details of the proposals. ďItís not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.Ē The White House has previously said the speech will include new initiatives in manufacturing, infrastructure, education...
  • Top Pentagon Brass Lay Out Details of Sequestration Nightmare

    02/12/2013 3:24:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 32 replies
    Government Executive ^ | 12 Feb 13 | Charles S. Clark
    With less than three weeks to go before automatic governmentwide budget cuts, the entire leadership team at the Pentagon on Tuesday implored the Senate Armed Services Committee to cancel sequestration and adjust the continuing resolution set to run out March 27. In an emotional hearing that prompted lawmakers to criticize their own and blast President Obamaís leadership, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and top civilian officials laid out details of the harm across-the-board budget cuts would inflict on the nationís military readiness and long-term effectiveness. ďMilitary readiness is in jeopardy due to the convergence of unprecedented budget...
  • Hospices Reveal Obamacareís Impact

    02/12/2013 3:21:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | 2/12/13 | Bob Moffit and Alyene Senger
    Two hospice care centers are struggling to make ends meet, and Obamacareís cuts to Medicare are to blame. Hospicesóhealth care facilities for the terminally illóalong with other Medicare providers are facing Medicare pay cuts. Of the $716 billion in payment reductions, hospice care was hit by a $17 billion payment cut from 2013 to 2022. Now, contrary to all of the misleading claims, this effect is already beginning. San Diego Hospice recently laid off 260 workers, closed a 24-bed hospital, and has recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. San Diego Hospiceís financial condition is attributed mainly to reduced Medicare reimbursement,...
  • GOP vs. the generals all over again

    02/12/2013 3:19:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12 Feb 13 | Kevin Baron
    <p>The nationís top military officers formed a solid front in the Senate on Tuesday and called on members of Congress to stop passing temporary spending measures and avert the automatic budget cut known as sequester.</p>
  • Cyprus "Radical Rescue" Proposal Proves Greece Not Unique

    02/12/2013 3:18:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Cyprus is about to prove what anyone with common sense already knew, that Greece will not be the only country requiring haircuts on sovereign bonds. Today the Financial Times posted news of a Radical rescue proposal for Cyprus A radical new option for the financial rescue of Cyprus would force losses on uninsured depositors in Cypriot banks, as well as investors in the countryís sovereign bonds, according to a confidential memorandum prepared ahead of Mondayís meeting of eurozone finance ministers. The proposal for a ďbail-inĒ of investors and depositors, and drastic shrinking of the Cypriot banking sector, is one of...
  • Hoyer: "The Country Has A Paying For Problem," Not A Spending Problem

    02/12/2013 3:16:01 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 26 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 2-12-2013
    (snip) REP. STENY HOYER (D-MD), HOUSE MINORITY WHIP: Does the country have a spending problem? The country has a paying for problem. We haven't paid for what we bought, we haven't paid for our tax cuts, we haven't paid for war.
  • Silence golden for market economy

    02/12/2013 3:16:01 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 2 replies
    Silence golden for market economy ^ | February 11, 2013 | By Donald J. Boudreaux
    One of the market economy's greatest flaws is the silence it maintains when it is working relatively flawlessly. When the market stumbles, though ó or when it's tripped up by unwise government interventions ó a great clamor is heard. Unemployment rises, stock prices and exchange rates plummet, and tales abound of this hardship and that lost dream. Pundits proclaim loudly that the unreliable market must be ďcorrectedĒ or ďtamedĒ by the wisdom and prudence of politicians. But when the market works smoothly ó as it typically does ó hardly anyone notices. We take its successes for granted. That's the...
  • Rubio gives Obama a 2nd Amendment gut check

    02/12/2013 3:15:41 PM PST · by tom h · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/17/2013 | John Hayward
    Senator Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News show to discuss gun control. Toward the end of the segment, he made a very aggressive statement about the Leftís view of the Second Amendment. ďI think that the President is not a believer in the Second Amendment, although he states that he is,Ē said Rubio. ... If he doesnít want it in the Constitution or he wants to reform the Second Amendment, then have the guts to admit that.Ē Rubioís ďgut checkĒ illuminates several facets of the gun control debate... First and foremost, progressives never have the ďgutsĒ to explain their ultimate...
  • Erasing Reagan? The Illiberal War on Truth

    02/12/2013 3:12:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Mark W. Hendrickson
    The prospect of four more years of Barack Obama in the White House has caused several conservative voices (among them, The Wall Street Journalís Daniel Henninger, Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer, and noted Ronald Reagan scholar Paul Kengor) to opine that President Obamaís second term portends the passing of the Reagan era, the reversal of his pro-growth policies and the attempted burial of Reaganís credo, ďgovernment is the problem.Ē None of this is news. It is a given that Obama and his fellow progressives reject Reaganís values and philosophy. They will continue to try to expand government. There is, however,...
  • Chris Matthews(happy that Sandy happened), there is so much to this Dorner story.

    02/12/2013 3:04:59 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 26 replies
    msnbc | 2/12/13
    The martyrdom of this angry killer begins.
  • GREAT TRUTHS ( ESPECIALLY APPLIES THIS EVENING)

    02/12/2013 3:04:39 PM PST · by woofie · 5 replies
    Mixed
    GREAT TRUTHS 1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. -- John Adams XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX 4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man...
  • The Dollar's Not Dead

    02/12/2013 3:01:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bill Tatro
    When a reporter once asked Mark Twain about the rumor of his death, or if Twain was on his deathbed, Twain famously responded ‚Äúthe report of my death has been greatly exaggerated.‚Ä̬† Well, the same can be said about Uncle Sam‚Äôs U.S. dollar.¬† Just when the last shovel of dirt was to be thrown on the greenback‚Äôs grave, a hand is raised and a few faint sounds are heard that say ‚Äúnot so fast.‚Ä̬† In 2009, the Head of the Central Bank of China called for the U.S. dollar to be replaced.¬† Just think about it for a moment, the...
  • Australian suspected of Mossad links dies in Israeli jail

    02/12/2013 3:01:04 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 7 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 12 Feb 2013 | Trevor Bormann
    Evidence has been unearthed that strongly suggests Israel's infamous Prisoner X, who was jailed under extraordinary circumstances in 2010, was an Australian national from Melbourne. Investigations by the ABC's Foreign Correspondent program have revealed Ben Zygier, who used the name Ben Alon in Israel, was found hanged in a high-security cell at a prison near Tel Aviv in late 2010. His body was flown to Melbourne for burial a week later. The death goes part of the way to explain the existence in Israel of a so-called Prisoner X, widely speculated in local and international media as an inmate whose...
  • Doctors notify Chavezís family of the Venezuelan Presidentís imminent death

    02/12/2013 2:57:36 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 62 replies
    ABC.es via InterAmerican Security Watch ^ | February 12, 2013 | BY EMILI J. BLASCO
    Translated by IASW Physicians caring for Hugo ChŠvez in Havana have notified his family, the Castro brothers, and the main chavista leaders that their patient will no longer be able to return to his functions as president of Venezuela. This is according to sources in direct contact with his medical team, who also indicate that ChŠvez has lost his voice completely as a result of medical treatment. His vocal cords have endured permanent damage making recuperation highly unlikely. Speechless and unable to move from the bed in which he has spent the last two months, our sources tell us the...
  • Mama Used to Say

    02/12/2013 2:38:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Charles Payne
    Don't call it a comebackI been here for yearsRockin my peers and puttin suckas in fearMakin the tears rain down like a Mon-soonListen to the bass go BOOMLL Cool J Last night LL Cool J hosted the Grammy Awards, and I couldn't think of how appropriate several of his songs are for the week. The State of the Union address is tomorrow night, and for sure President Obama will follow the advice from LL's mom and go for the knockout blow. The idea will be to make policies that only since a few years ago seemed reasonable and necessary. There...
  • Barbour Goes to War with the Club for Growth [joins TokyoRove]

    02/12/2013 2:35:46 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/12/2013 | Robert Costa
    Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour, one of the most influential players in the Republican party, is privately battling the Club for Growth. Last week, at a closed-door retreat in northern Virginia, Barbour told a large gathering of congressional staffers, including several leadership aides, that party officials should discourage donors from funding the high-profile conservative group. Insiders say Barbourís comments came during a question-and-answer session at the Ripon Societyís annual symposium, which was held at Mount Vernon, the home of former president George Washington. Sources say Barbour was asked about the groupís growing influence, and then he urged the aides and...
  • ďTHE MARK LEVIN SHOWĒĖ Tuesday, February-12-2013

    02/12/2013 2:34:14 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 13 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Markís Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation ďConservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.Ē --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to ďThe Levin LoungeĒÖ Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time Ė and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Markís show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Newly identified natural protein blocks HIV, other deadly viruses

    02/12/2013 2:27:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | February 11, 2013 | NA
    A team of UCLA-led researchers has identified a protein with broad virus-fighting properties that potentially could be used as a weapon against deadly human pathogenic viruses such as HIV, Ebola, Rift Valley Fever, Nipah and others designated "priority pathogens" for national biosecurity purposes by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. In a study published in the January issue of the journal Immunity, the researchers describe the novel antiviral property of the protein, cholesterol-25-hydroxylase (CH25H), an enzyme that converts cholesterol to an oxysterol called 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), which can permeate a cell's wall and block a virus from getting in....
  • States, cities finding ways to tax businesses outside their borders

    02/12/2013 2:21:25 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    The Washington Guardian ^ | February 11, 2013 | Phillip Swarts
    While American companies expect to pay taxes to Uncle Sam and the states where they operate, they weren't exactly ready to face levies from states where they aren't physically located. But thinning budgets and a weak economy have prompted about 30 states and many more local communities to begin imposing "cross-border" taxes and fees designed to raise revenues from firms that don't locate or regularly operate in their jurisdictions. These new taxes are taking aim at everything from trucks crossing state borders to sales and communications from out-of-state firms. And that long arm of taxation is creating a howl in...
  • Another Federal Government Takeover: Common Core Curriculum

    02/12/2013 2:17:16 PM PST · by kanooga · 6 replies
    Z3news.com ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | James Bailey
    In recent years, the federal government has succeeded in expanding their control over health care, financial markets, the auto industry, the coal industry, and more. Now they have gained greater control over our nationís public school systems with a program that one Georgia lawmaker calls ďNo Child Left Behind on steroids.Ē
  • HAGEL APPROVED AS PENTAGON CHIEF BY U.S. SENATE PANEL, CLEARS HURDLE TOWARD CONFIRMATION....

    02/12/2013 2:17:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/12/13 | Twitter
    HAGEL APPROVED AS PENTAGON CHIEF BY U.S. SENATE PANEL, CLEARS HURDLE TOWARD CONFIRMATION AS DEFENSE SECRETARY #BREAKING
  • The Scouts Versus the Ugly Moods of 2013

    02/12/2013 2:16:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bill Murchison
    The Boy Scouts of America got front-page ink, as we say in the newspaper trade, for their currently postponed meditations on the topic of admitting avowed gays to membership. Word had leaked out that the Scouts were considering a local option solution to the vexed question of their supposed right to determine who can become a member and who can't. At a top-drawer meeting in Irving, Tex., the topic proved too vast and complex for immediate resolution. Consultation and deliberation will take place prior to May meeting of Scouts' national council. I spoke of the Scouts' "supposed" right to...
  • 2 Deputies Shot In Standoff, Search For Christopher Dorner (Shootout over, Rambro dead?)

    02/12/2013 2:10:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 157 replies
    CBS LA ^ | 2/12/13 | CBS LA
    Two San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies have been shot while pursuing a carjacking and home-invasion suspect in the Angelus Oaks area of Big Bear. A law enforcement source confirms to the Associated Press that the assailant is triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner, who is said to be heavily armed in engaging in gunfire with authorities. Repeated gunshots could be heard on Glass Road west of 7 Oaks just after 1:30 p.m. and officials requested an armored vehicle to help remove several injured deputies from the scene. A SWAT team was also called in to set up a perimeter of the area....
  • Coroner Concludes Womanís 2 Gallon A Day Coca-Cola Habit ďA Substantial FactorĒ In Her Death

    02/12/2013 2:05:35 PM PST · by SMGFan · 63 replies
    When a New Zealand woman died in February 2010, her family swiftly pointed fingers at her 2.2 gallon a day Coke habit. Not the white powdery stuff, the drinkable, cola-y stuff. And although itís taken three years, a coroner has found that the beverage was a major factor in her death. Coca-Cola had pointed out last year that too much water is bad for you as well, so itís not surprising that the company disagrees with the ruling. The 30-year-old mother of eight guzzled a whole lot of Coke for years before her death, and the coroner said a bunch...
  • Democrats bringing illegals to State of the Union

    02/12/2013 2:01:56 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 2-12-2013 | Laura Byrne
    February 12, 2013 Democrats bringing illegals to State of the Union by Laura Byrne Illegal immigrants are rumored to be at the top of the guest list for the State of the Union tonight. One illegal immigrant is even reportedly being escorted by the First Lady herself.In addition to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Michelle Obama has invited 20-year-old Alan Aleman, an illegal immigrant from Nevada who hasn’t been deported because he came to the United States before he was 16 and is therefore protected under the Obama administration’s new deportation rules.And so far, four other Democrats have revealed they are...
  • Medal of Honor recipient declines invitation to State of the Union

    02/12/2013 1:54:34 PM PST · by Arthurio · 35 replies
    (CNN) -- The former Army staff sergeant who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama Monday is declining the first lady's invitation to be her guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address. Clint Romesha, who was awarded the prestigious medal for uncommon valor in Afghanistan, told CNN that he has decided to spend the evening with friends from his former unit, Black Knight Troop, 3-61 CAV, his wife Tammy -- with whom he celebrates a wedding anniversary Tuesday -- and their families.