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  • You know your dead when Jesse Jackson or Charlie Sheen wants you to call...

    02/13/2013 7:06:19 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 4 replies
    02/13/13
    What is it about these drama hacks? Only after you've gone over the cliff does someone like Jackson or Sheen call? Like buzzards circling an about to die victim in the desert- they come calling. I think its more about the media they gain actually than helping anyone. What kind of "help" have you got for someone who murdered 4 people? Get a grip Jackson...You ain't that impotent! And Charlie, What kind of wisdom are you going to impart on a cold blooded murderer?...You both come up a big crappola!
  • Tragedy and Comedy at the SOTU (The Contrasting expressions of the VP and the Speaker)

    02/13/2013 7:02:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2013 | Sally Zelikovsky
    I couldn't help but think of the "tragedy and comedy" Janus masks as I watched Joe Biden and John Boehner dutifully sit behind President Obama as he delivered his painfully long State of the Union speech. Biden's comedic goofy grins were a knee jerk response to Obama's overtures to help the little guy, whereas Boehner's tragic pouts reflected the harsh fact-driven reality that such policies actually hurt Mr. and Mrs. Main Street. Here are just a few examples of Obama's glaringly inane propositions. Obama stressed the need for job creation, but the fact is that artificially raising the minimum wage...
  • Three conservative justices absent themselves from SOTU

    02/13/2013 6:59:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2013 | Rick Moran
    I'm sure it's happened before, but I can't recall any previous State of the Union speech where justices refused to attend based on disagreements with the president. From Politico: "The conservative wing of the U.S. Supreme Court was absent from President Obama's Tuesday State of the Union address. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia declined to join their six other colleagues at the prime time address to Congress. During Obama's 2010 address, Alito was seen whispering the words "not true" during Obama's speech. Obama used his address to blast the court for their 2010 Citizens United case which...
  • Dorner manhunt: Charred human remains found in burned cabin

    02/13/2013 6:58:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 100 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 13, 2013 | 2:08 am | Staff
    Charred human remains have been found in the burned cabin where police believe fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner was holed up after trading gunfire with law enforcement, authorities said. If the body is identified to be Dorner’s, the standoff would end a weeklong manhunt for the ex-LAPD officer and Navy Reserve lieutenant who is believed to be responsible for a string of revenge-fueled shootings following his firing by the Los Angeles Police Department several years ago. Four people have died, allegedly at Dorner’s hands. The last burst of gunfire Tuesday came after the suspect, attempting to flee law enforcement officials, shot...
  • A Dormant US Inflation Indicator Just Spiked, And It's Got Me Thinking Of Weimar And Zimbabwe

    02/13/2013 6:55:47 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-13-2013 | Sam Ro
    Art Cashin: A Dormant US Inflation Indicator Just Spiked, And It's Got Me Thinking Of Weimar And Zimbabwe Sam RoFebruary 13, 2013, 3:58 AM Veteran trader Art Cashin has been more concerned about the threat of inflation in the U.S. than most. In a recent interview with Eric King of King World News, he notes that the once dormant threat of inflation could be waking up. From King World News: ...That having been said, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis puts out what is called the ‘Monetary Stock.’ It is the ‘raw material’ of the money supply, and it...
  • Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns

    02/13/2013 6:55:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    There's a story told about a Paris chief of police who was called to a department store to stop a burglary in progress. Upon his arrival, he reconnoitered the situation and ordered his men to surround the entrances of the building next door. When questioned about his actions, he replied that he didn't have enough men to cover the department store's many entrances but he did have enough for the building next door. Let's see whether there are similarities between his strategy and today's gun control strategy. Last year, Chicago had 512 homicides; Detroit had 411; Philadelphia had 331;...
  • PERMANENT CAMPAIGN: OBAMA SPEECH LAUNCHES 'ORGANIZING FOR ACTION' NATIONWIDE

    02/13/2013 6:51:47 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 13 February, 2013 | Joel B. Pollack
    As President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union address, activists involved in his new non-profit advocacy group, Organizing for Action, gathered in local meetings around the country to watch and cheer him on. The new 501(c)4 organization, which is an offshoot of his re-election campaign, aims to support the president’s policies and to project the power of the White House beyond Washington into local communities and media. I joined a gathering in southern California, which rented out a local pub and tuned in on the big screen. The buildup to the event was almost as interesting as the...
  • The Broke, Retreating State of Our Union (Obama's 2013 State of the Union Speech is a Wake Up Call)

    02/13/2013 6:49:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/13/2013 | The Editors
    It is terribly appropriate that President Obama gave his halting and graceless State of the Union address on Mardi Gras: He spent the evening shouting “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” at every liberal constituency in sight, promising new spending for public-sector unions (“Fix-It-First”), demanding (yet again) that banks renegotiate mortgages on politically driven terms, offering handouts to Al Gore–style enviropreneurs (reviving cap-and-trade, offering yet more subsidies to politically connected energy firms), and promising a $9-an-hour minimum wage. In the real world, Fat Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday and a season of fasting and penance. For the free-spending Barack Obama,...
  • Automatic budget cuts to happen: Senator McConnell

    02/13/2013 6:48:12 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12 Feb 13 | David Lawder
    The Senate's top Republican predicted on Tuesday that automatic spending cuts will take effect on March 1 as scheduled. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he did not expect some last-minute deal to materialize that would avert the cuts, known in budget jargon as a "sequester." "Read my lips: I'm not interested in an 11th-hour negotiation," McConnell told reporters. "It's pretty clear to me that the sequester's going to go into effect," McConnell said. "I have seen no evidence that the House plans to act on this matter before the end of the month." The across-the-board cuts were set in...
  • Can Leak Detection End the Pipeline Impasse? (Why Keystone XL will eventually be approved)

    02/13/2013 6:46:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Oil Price ^ | 02/13/2013 | James Stafford
    Pipelines used to be things that were just built without blinking. It is said that there are enough pipelines now in the US to encircle the Earth 25 times with enough left over to also tie a bow around it. Today, getting a pipeline built is not so easy - there are too many environmental concerns and the industry has become highly polarized. But here’s one thing that could bring everyone together: pipeline safety technology. And it’s something we all want, especially for those who live along the thousands of miles of aging pipeline routes that carry hazardous liquids. Spawned...
  • A New Law School Ranking Says The University Of Alabama Is Better Than Yale Or Harvard

    02/13/2013 6:46:11 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-13-2013 | Abby Rogers
    A New Law School Ranking Says The University Of Alabama Is Better Than Yale Or Harvard Abby RogersFebruary 13, 2013National Jurist has come out with a new law school ranking that completely disregards the criteria used by traditional ranking systems. Instead of looking at GPA or LSAT scores, National Jurist said its "goal was to provide an alternative ranking that was focused more on results and service, and that would provide legal education with admirable incentives." TaxProf Blog has a complete breakdown of National Jurist's ranking system, including how the magazine uses RateMyProfessors.com as a ranking tool: Post-Graduate Success: 50%...
  • Nigeria: Hardship Hits Nigerian Troops in Mali As Officers Solicit Food From Locals

    02/13/2013 6:45:49 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    All Africa ^ | 12 February 2013 | Nicholas Ibekwe
    The condition of Nigerian troops in Mali is quickly sliding from bad to worse as inadequate supply of provision is forcing the contingent to solicit food from locals, PREMIUM TIMES can exclusively report. According to a reliable defence source who asked not to be named, the Nigerian contingent solicits food and handouts under the guise of "courtesy calls" to community leaders in Mali. After one of such courtesy calls on Monday, the troops received a handout of a cow and 50 bags of rice from the Prefect of Tuban in Banamba region. "Our officers and men have resorted to begging...
  • Matt Damon: ‘I will not go to the bathroom’ in an effort to draw attention to worldwide water..

    02/13/2013 6:43:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 64 replies
    Matt Damon: ‘I will not go to the bathroom’ in an effort to draw attention to worldwide water crisis ‘The Rainmaker’ actor gets down and dirty by pledging to hold off from using the bathroom until the problem is resolved. By Zayda Rivera / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 5:48 PM Matt Damon is on an extended bathroom break. "The Rainmaker" star declares he will not go No. 1 or 2 until everyone in this world has access to clean water and sanitation. "In protest of this global tragedy, until this issue is resolved, until everybody has...
  • From the Citi to the Caymans (Jack Lew rehabilitates what Obama once called a 'tax scam.')

    02/13/2013 6:42:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    No matter how Jack Lew performs at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, his nomination to be Treasury Secretary has already produced one big winner: the Cayman Islands. The Caribbean low-tax haven is getting a political rehabilitation thanks to Mr. Lew's participation in a Cayman-based fund he invested in while working at Citigroup C +0.16% from 2006-2008. For years Democrats have denounced the Caymans, which has no corporate income tax, as a refuge for tax cheats. In 2012 President Obama ripped Mitt Romney for investments based there. But now an Obama spokesman suggests that Mr. Lew's Caymans investment, a Citigroup...
  • Texas vs California: Who's messing with whose jobs?

    02/13/2013 6:38:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/13/2013 | Michael Hiltzik
    Gov. Jerry Brown ought to cut his Texas brother, Rick Perry, a little slack. Texas Gov. Perry arrived in the Golden State this week trolling for California businesses he could poach and carry home with him in his saddlebags. His trip here comes on the heels of a Texas radio come-on, which aired statewide, and which Brown memorably dismissed as "barely a fart." But there are reasons why Perry's efforts deserve more serious scrutiny. One is that the campaign exposes an important shortcoming of Texas' job-development program: It focuses on using incentives to steal jobs from other states because it's...
  • Taking Guns to Holy Ground (Mex City Gun Buy-Back)

    02/13/2013 6:37:06 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Elisabeth Malkin
    MEXICO CITY — A young woman cradling a large crucifix left Mexico’s holiest shrine, the Basilica of St. Mary of Guadalupe, on a recent afternoon and stopped at a tent outside, where soldiers were piling up pistols and rifles on a table, part of a citywide cash-for-guns program. -0- They are sending social workers door to door to remind residents that it is illegal to have a gun without a permit and that a gun at home does not guarantee protection. The workers have been spreading the word about the exchange and compiling an informal census on attitudes about guns....
  • A Real State of the Union

    02/13/2013 6:29:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | John Stossel
    We've heard another State of the Union speech, and my president said grand things like: "Think about ... a future where we're in control of our own energy ... I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China ... I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning ..." Actually, he said that in 2012. I write before this year's speech, but he says basically the same thing every year: With more spending, government can fix everything. But I have this dream -- one where my president walks to the podium, and he...
  • Pelosi stands up for video game makers

    02/13/2013 6:15:58 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 11, 2013 | Benny Evangelista
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi probably picked up some votes among avid video gamers by shooting down an attempt by Chris Wallace of Fox News to link gun deaths with violence in video games. On "Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace," the host asked Pelosi about proposals to study the connection between popular culture and violence just as viewers saw action video clips from "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and "Grand Theft Auto." "We don't need another study, respectfully," Wallace said. "I mean, we know that these video games where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV...
  • Endgame: Susan Collins to vote yes on Hagel?

    02/13/2013 6:14:28 AM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    Major news from Major “Shirty Business” Garrett: Major Garrett ✔ @MajorCBS I am reliably informed Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will soon announce backing Chuck Hage. WH and Hagel backers believe they have 60 votes. Remember, to date, not a single Senate Democrat has said he/she will oppose Hagel. That’s 55 votes in the bank. Thad Cochran is 56 and Collins would be 57. Murkowski’s a safe bet in situations like this to err on the side of bipartisanship, so that’s 58. All O needs is two more to bust the filibuster and he’s got a variety of centrist Republicans who...
  • Obama Seeks 29 New Programs: ‘Nothing I’m Proposing Should Increase Deficit by Single Dime’

    02/13/2013 5:57:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Obama Seeks 29 New Programs: ‘Nothing I’m Proposing Should Increase Deficit by Single Dime’ February 13, 2013 By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night that nothing he was proposing in the speech would “increase our deficit by a single dime.” He then proposed at least 29 new government programs. “Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago,” said Obama. “Let me repeat: Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our...
  • Thai Army Urges Curfew after Insurgents Attack Base (16 Muslim rebels dead)

    02/13/2013 5:56:56 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    VOA News ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Schearf
    BANGKOK — The Thai military is urging people in its troubled south to stay indoors after soldiers repelled a large-scale attack on a base by scores of armed militants. At least 16 of the attackers were killed in one of the biggest death tolls in the nearly 10-year insurgency by Malay Muslims seeking autonomy from Buddhist Thailand. The Thai army says at least 60 heavily-armed insurgents, dressed in military-style fatigues, attacked a base early Wednesday in southern Narathiwat province. The military says it was tipped off to the planned attack, was ready and suffered no casualties in the exchange of...
  • President Obama Gets It: Fracking Is Awesome

    02/13/2013 5:56:43 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/12/2013 | Christopher Helman
    In his State of the Union address tonight President Obama said: “After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it.” Yes...
  • Retail sales growth pauses as higher taxes kick in

    02/13/2013 5:48:14 AM PST · by John W · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2013 | Reuters
    Retail sales barely rose in January as tax increases and higher gasoline prices restrained spending, suggesting a slowdown in the pace of consumer spending early in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday retail sales edged up 0.1 percent after an unrevised 0.5 percent rise in December. The modest gain, which was in line with economist's expectations, suggested that households were responding to the expiration of a two percent payroll tax cut on January 1. Taxes also went up for wealthy Americans.
  • Obama’s Most Dishonest State of the Union Address

    02/13/2013 5:48:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    In 1986, at the closing session of the Communist Party shindig in the Karl Marx Theater in Havana, Castro had declared, “Let no one think that what I have here is a lengthy speech; it is the party’s program.” He then went on to speak for 7 hours and 10 minutes. Obama’s ridiculous 6600-word marathon is also not a lengthy speech; it is the party’s program. The professional flatterers and fawners in the media have long since given up describing the teleprompter-in-chief as a talented speaker. These days Obama gives speeches that not only sound like they were read from...
  • Double-Voting for Obama

    02/13/2013 5:47:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 13, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    After publicly boasting that she voted twice for President Obama in November, a left-wing Ohio activist associated with a George Soros-funded group claims she did nothing wrong by double-voting. “There’s absolutely no intent on my part to commit voter fraud,” said Melowese Richardson, a longtime Cincinnati poll worker and Democratic activist whose unlawfully cast ballot canceled out a lawful ballot and thereby deprived another citizen of his or her right to vote. Voter fraud, also known as vote fraud, election fraud, and electoral fraud, refers to the specific offenses of fraudulent voting, impersonation, perjury, voter registration fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bribery,...
  • College Health Plans Respond as Transgender Students Gain Visibility

    02/13/2013 5:45:41 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA
    Over the last decade, as activists started pushing colleges to accommodate transgender students, they first raised only basic issues, like recognizing a name change or deciding who could use which bathrooms. But the front lines have shifted fast, particularly at the nation’s elite colleges, and a growing number are now offering students health insurance plans with coverage for gender reassignment surgery. No college or university offered such treatment just six years ago, but when Brown University said last week that its student health plan would be extended to cover sex-change surgery beginning in August, advocates for transgender students said Brown...
  • Ex-Seal Announces GOP run for MA Senate Seat

    02/13/2013 5:44:40 AM PST · by SueRae · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/12/2013 | Mike Flynn
    Former Navy Seal Gabriel Gomez has announced his intention to run in the special election to fill the vacancy left by John Kerry. A private-equity investor, Gomez now has until the end of the month to collect the 10,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot. If successful, we would face state Rep. Dan Winslow, a former Romney staffer, in the primary April 30th. “As I look at Washington," Gomez said in a public statement, "I see a lot of unproductive noise and bickering, and I see two parties attacking each other at all times over every issue. I see...
  • Who Failed Chicago?

    02/13/2013 5:40:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    On Tuesday, President Obama and the first lady used the State of the Union spotlight to pay tribute to an innocent teenage girl shot and killed by Chicago gang thugs. On Friday, Obama will travel to the Windy City to decry violence and crusade for more gun laws in the town with the strictest gun laws and bloodiest gun-related death tolls in America. Does the White House really want to open up a national conversation about the state of Chicago? OK, let's talk. Obama, his wife, his campaign strategists, his closest cronies and his biggest bundlers all hail from Chicago....
  • Lars Hedegaard, Defender of Freedom ... Mark Steyn

    02/13/2013 5:36:05 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 8 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 10 Feb 2013 | Mark Steyn
    A few days ago, a man tried to assassinate Lars Hedegaard in Copenhagen - an event Mark wrote about here and here, but about which the broader western media has been shamefully silent. Last summer, Mark had the honour of presenting Lars with a Defender of Freedom award at the European Parliament. Here is some of what Mark had to say: Thank you. I don't spend a lot of time in the European Parliament or in Brussels, and one of the few things that could persuade me to set foot here is the opportunity to say a word for the...
  • Scarborough SOTU Response Rips Obama's Failed Economic Record

    02/13/2013 5:33:26 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In just 58 seconds, Joe Scarborough has rendered an imagined response to last night's SOTU demolishing President Obama's failed economic record. Delivered on today's Morning Joe, Scarborough scalded PBO's pitiful performance on the economy. Highlights from the Hall of Shame: four million more Americans out of work today than when Barack Obama became President; average income down 5% since the end of the recession. View the video here.
  • Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary

    02/13/2013 5:29:10 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    The Senate Armed Services Committee was set to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Tuesday, but several Republican senators told The Cable they will insist he receive 60 votes on the Senate floor before he is confirmed. The committee debated the Hagel nomination in anticipation of a Tuesday afternoon vote that is expected to fall along party lines, with all committee Republicans voting against the nomination. After the committee acts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to call for a final floor vote on Thursday, just before the Senate goes on vacation. Several GOP...
  • Coca-Cola addiction contributed to mother's death [malnutrition, caffeine overdose]

    02/13/2013 5:27:42 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 12 Feb 2013 | Paul Chapman
    Natasha Harris, a mother of eight, drank up to 10 litres of Coke a day, equivalent to more than twice the 400mg recommended safe limit of caffeine, an inquest into her death was told. Releasing his decision on Tuesday, coroner David Crerar found that she died of cardiac arrhythmia caused by the effects of caffeine, as well as poor nutrition. Christopher Hodgkinson, her de facto partner, had told the inquest that Ms Harris was addicted to Coca-Cola. "The first thing she would do in the morning was have a drink of Coke, and the last thing she would do in...
  • Obama Peddles a Dangerous Fantasy About the Debt Crisis

    02/13/2013 5:24:32 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 5 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/12/2013 | IBD Staff
    Fiscal Policy: President Obama now says the deficit problem is all but fixed, so we can stop all this unpleasant talk about spending cuts and get on with government spending. Maybe this is good politics, but it's reckless policy. In the run-up to his State of the Union speech, Obama was running around telling everyone how we've already "cut our deficit by more than $2.5 trillion," and are now "more than halfway towards the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists . .. say we need to stabilize our debt." Clearly Obama wants all the dreary talk of deficits off...
  • Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl

    02/13/2013 5:16:13 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/13/2013 | Neal Freeman
    The Buckley Rule has been much invoked in recent weeks, in this space and elsewhere, and on almost every occasion it has been both misquoted and misapplied. As one who was present at the formulation, I feel obliged to record the “originalist” intention. It was the winter of 1964 and the unresolved question at NR editorial meetings, week to week, was this: Whom should the magazine support for the Republican presidential nomination? To outsiders, the question would have seemed all but settled. Issue by issue, NR gave every appearance of being all in for Barry Goldwater. Heck, there were those...
  • Obama talks tough on climate & proposes ‘drilling for clean energy’ program

    02/13/2013 4:56:24 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 12, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    An emboldened, second-term President Obama on Tuesday made clear that if lawmakers don’t tackle climate change, he will do an end run around Congress and use his executive powers to curb greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. The commitment — delivered during Obama’s fourth State of the Union address — shed more light on how the president plans to make good on his inaugural vow to combat climate change as he showed he is willing to flex his muscle on the issue. “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will,” Obama pledged. “I will direct my...
  • Marco Rubio explains water moment: 'God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human'

    02/13/2013 4:44:34 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 13, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “I mean I needed water, what am I going to do?” he said. “God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.”
  • U.S. posts $3 billion budget surplus for January

    02/13/2013 4:43:55 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Anna Yukhananov
    The budget posted a surprise surplus in January for the first time in five years, as the Treasury likely benefited from a windfall when payroll tax cuts expired. The budget registered a $3 billion surplus, the first time there had been a surplus in January since 2008, Treasury Department data showed on Tuesday. Economists had been looking for a $2 billion gap. The surplus compared with a $27 billion deficit in January 2012...
  • Shooting victim heads to DC [Exploited by Debbie Blabbermouth]

    02/13/2013 4:23:51 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    - View full site Shooting victim heads to DC February 12, 2013 04:46 PM EST A 17-year-old girl injured in a drive-by shooting prepared to head to Washington, D.C. with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for President Obama's State of the Union address. On April 17, 2012, Megan Hobson was injured in a drive-by shooting when her sister's car was riddled with bullets. "I laid across the back seat. With me laying across the back seat, I had been hit with an AK-47 rifle," she said. "The bullet penetrated through my hip. It went through the bumper, the trunk, and...
  • Hatred, Bigotry and Truth in the Homosexuality and Same Sex Marriage Debate

    02/13/2013 4:00:29 AM PST · by rhema · 10 replies
    Patheos ^ | 2/8/13 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    The Bible’s teaching on human sexuality is clear: The only kind of sexual intimacy Scripture countenances exists between one man and one woman, within marriage. This teaching is restrictive, limiting, narrow. It also possesses the singular advantage of being accurate, in the sense of being a faithful representation of what the Bible says. One need not agree with the Bible to acknowledge its clear teaching. Regarding efforts to diminish the Bible’s teachings about homosexuality, specifically, former Benedictine monk Luke Timothy Johnson, now of Emory University, writes, “I have little patience with efforts to make Scripture say something other than what...
  • Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War

    02/13/2013 3:55:58 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 8 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1.24.13 | Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
    Recently a video emerged in which pro-Assad militiamen can be seen beating and shooting a prisoner to death. What might seem remarkable is that the militiamen are insulting Islam in the process, mocking the takbir — that is, the cry of “Allahu akbar” — the Islamic conception of paradise for martyrs. In the first half of the video, one of the executioners — disparaging Muhammad — shouts, “F—k you and your prophet.” Later, another of them yells, “Damn your God.” It may come across as odd that pro-Assad militiamen would disparage the Islamic religion in such a crude manner, but...
  • Obama Skeets the Truth

    02/13/2013 3:55:51 AM PST · by IbJensen · 8 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 12, 2013 | Rick Jensen
    "I do skeet shooting." Of course you do, Mr. President. "I do skeet shooting all the time." Which is why skeet shooters (not "doers" of skeet or "skeeters" as you call them) took a quick look at your photo and noted your aim is straight ahead, not upward where the clay target would be. They also noticed you're pictured using a gun designed for trap shooting, wearing dark sunglasses on a cloudy day, holding the gun incorrectly, your shoulder shows no reaction to what should be the gun's recoil, and a few other oddities. There's also the White House press...
  • Obama to Pope: 'I have appreciated our work together over these last four years'

    02/13/2013 3:44:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 41 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Feb 11, 2013 | Ben Johnson
    Obama to Pope: 'I have appreciated our work together over these last four years' President Barack Obama has released a statement on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and, as usual, it's all about himself. In three spartan sentences, he manages to use the word “I” four times. The use of the first-person singular is Obama's own Holy Tradition, a hallmark of both his rhetoric and his governing style. His administration is a Magisterium of one. Nonetheless, one line is particularly galling: “Michelle and I warmly remember our meeting with the Holy Father in 2009, and I have appreciated our...
  • Marco Rubio’s speech did not send a thrill up Chris Matthew’s leg

    02/13/2013 3:13:57 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 13, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Matthews described the speech as “tinkertoy” and “juvenile,” “primitive,” and “something you would hear on the high school debating team.”
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 13, 2013

    02/13/2013 3:01:05 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
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  • Nuclear detectives sniff out North Korea - Radioisotopes may provide key details on nuclear test.

    02/13/2013 2:50:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Nature News ^ | 12 February 2013 | Geoff Brumfiel
    With this morning's announcement by North Korea that it has conducted its third nuclear test, experts are closely watching a network of seismic monitoring stations for hints of what sort of test it was. Ratios of radioisotopes could help to verify the explosion and perhaps even provide clues about the type of device detonated — but only if the radioactive gases can be identified before they decay. Seismic stations detected the underground blast at 9:57 a.m. local time. The data, from the US Geological Survey and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), showed a sudden, strong...
  • Fort Hood Hero Says President Obama 'Betrayed' Her, Other Victims

    02/13/2013 2:49:53 AM PST · by Daffynition · 21 replies
    ABCNews.com ^ | Feb. 12, 2013 | NED BERKOWITZ and BRIAN ROSS
    Three years after the White House arranged a hero's welcome at the State of the Union address for the Fort Hood police sergeant and her partner who stopped the deadly shooting there, Kimberly Munley says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of. "Betrayed is a good word," former Sgt. Munley told ABC News in a tearful interview to be broadcast tonight on "World News with Diane Sawyer" and "Nightline." "Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of," she said. "In fact they've been neglected."...
  • Global convention to limit mercury agreed

    02/13/2013 2:26:46 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 21 January 2013 | Maria Burke
    The import or export of mercury is set to be banned © ShutterstockAfter six days of complex discussions in Geneva last week, governments from around the world agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty on Saturday to limit mercury use. This is the first new major environmental treaty in over a decade.The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after the Japanese city where thousands of residents fell ill with mercury poisoning in the 1950s – covers a range of products and processes where mercury is used or released. Countries will be invited to ratify the treaty, which took four years to...
  • Ten Key Quotes From President Obama's State of the Union Address

    02/13/2013 1:57:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Guy Benson
    President Obama rehashed many familiar themes this evening, calling on Congress to act on a host of issues -- and vowing to take unilateral executive action if they fail to sufficiently address his priorities.  A few passages were newsworthy: Obama denounced the looming sequester cuts, voiced support for "modest" Medicare reforms, called for another stimulus, resurrected cap and trade, pushed comprehensive immigration reform, backed a national hike in the minimum wage, announced another major troop draw-down in Afghanistan, and insisted that Congress allow up-or-down votes on a series of gun control measures.  As is his habit, the president was not...
  • Liberal media lavish praise on Obama but mercilessly mock Rubio's water break

    02/13/2013 1:42:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Dan Gainor
    If Santa Claus had a State of the Union speech, it would sound much like President Obama’s latest. In it, Obama detailed a Christmas list of “investments” on Tuesday night that he wants government to make. In all, he included 11 separate versions of the term “invest” to indicate government spending – your tax dollars. The solution to all that spending was, of course, more taxes when Republicans have already said “no new taxes.” Naturally, the media loved it. MSNBC’s Ed Schultz called it “a stunning speech tonight.” CNN’s Jessica Yellin said Obama was “relaxed and confident.” Politico’s summary was...
  • North Korea is a serious threat to U.S., says American Defence Secretary Panetta after secretive sta

    02/13/2013 1:17:40 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 23:09 EST, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:52 EST, 13 February 2013 Read more: http://ww | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A third nuclear test has been widely anticipated since DecemberSign North Korea is advancing its nuclear technology, say expertsSuggests country is closer to mounting a bomb on a missile'Greater explosive force' than the 2006 and 2009 tests North Korea a 'serious threat' to U.S., says Defence Secretary Leon Panetta World leaders condemned North Korea’s defiant nuclear test yesterday amid fears the Communist pariah state is developing a weapon that could strike the US.Outgoing US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said North Korea represented a ‘serious threat’,  adding: ‘We’ve got to be prepared to deal with that.’Even close ally China was...