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  • Gun Violence Talk Organized by Morristown Councilwoman

    02/13/2013 8:52:11 AM PST · by ZULU · 4 replies
    Morristown Patch ^ | February 12, 2013
    A group of elected officials and health and safety professionals will gather this month for a panel discussion on gun violence, mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and school safety moderated by Kinnelon Mayor Robert Collins. The discussion, which will be held on Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Morris County Library in Whippany, was organized by Morristown Councilwoman Alison Deeb in response to Gov. Chris Christie's taskforce, NJ Safe. NJ Safe must present recommendations to the governor within 60 days of the taskforce's comissioning on Jan. 17.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 13,2013

    02/13/2013 8:43:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 91 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
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  • Tehran announces new, faster uranium centrifuges at Natanz

    02/13/2013 8:43:02 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 7 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/13/2013 | GABE FISHER
    Iran announced Wednesday that it had begun to install a new generation of uranium enrichment centrifuges to produce nuclear fuel at its Natanz facility. The announcement coincided with Wednesday’s talks between Iran and senior UN nuclear inspectors seeking to expand probes into suspected weapons-related tests. It also could add pressure to planned negotiations later this month between Iran and world powers in Kazakhstan. The official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian nuclear chief Fereidoun Abbasi as saying that Iran began installing the new, more advanced centrifuges at the Natanz site in central Iran about a month ago. He said they would...
  • Mortgage Burden Grows, but Federal Role Is Shrinking

    02/13/2013 8:40:41 AM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 13 February 2013 | Nick Timiraos
    The Federal Housing Administration has played a major role supporting housing markets through the downturn, but there are signs that the agency is beginning to cede market share back to the private sector. Data from CoreLogic underscores the first point. In the aftermath of the housing bust, private lenders have required down payments of 20%, while loans to the most creditworthy borrowers can have down payments of 10% if borrowers purchase mortgage insurance. For borrowers with less money to put down, government insurance programs are the best bet. The FHA, for example, allows borrowers to make down payments of just...
  • Cultural Deviancy Is the Problem, Not Guns

    02/13/2013 8:36:35 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 21 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com/ ^ | 2/13/2013 | Walter 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; and...
  • POLITICO: Fact-checking Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response (Let's fact-check them back)

    02/13/2013 8:19:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/13/2013 | By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and JOANNE KENEN
    Sen. Marco Rubio got a turn on the national stage opposite President Barack Obama Tuesday night, but some of the facts the likely 2016 presidential contender marshaled to make his case played loose with the truth. Here’s POLITICO’s look at some of the Florida senator’s questionable claims during his prime-time debut. * Sequester blame game Rubio: “And tonight, he even criticized us for refusing to raise taxes to delay military cuts — cuts that were his idea in the first place.” Actually, Obama didn’t directly criticize Republicans for not agreeing to raise taxes to offset the across-the-board spending cuts. He...
  • Obama’s Imbalance

    02/13/2013 8:16:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Tim Phillips
    “We need a balanced approach.” How many times have you heard that poll-tested line from Obama? Unfortunately, the President’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions. Only four weeks after raising taxes on the majority of Americans, the President wants to raise taxes again. Predictably, his definition of balance means more taxes right now in exchange for soaring rhetoric about cutting spending that is backed only by accounting gimmicks and broken promises. No issue is a greater threat to our economic prosperity than government overspending – a lopsided imbalance that has led to over $146,000 in debt per American taxpayer. In the...
  • Irish job-seekers snap up yearly quota of Canadian ‘working holiday’ visas in just two days

    02/13/2013 8:11:02 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | February 12, 2013 | Tristin Hopper
    In one of the starkest examples yet of Canada’s allure for Irish job-seekers, last week the Canadian embassy in Dublin saw its yearly quota of 6,350 “working holiday” visas snapped up in only two and a half days. “It’s staggering; we all knew that the demand was going to be very high this year, but I don’t think anybody anticipated this,” said Cathy Murphy, executive director of the Toronto-based Irish Canadian Immigration Centre. She called the surge in demand a sign of the “desperation of young people to get out.” Last year, by contrast, it took Canada’s Irish embassy five...
  • There Is No World Currency War

    02/13/2013 8:04:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    All this chatter about a so-called global currency war is utter nonsense. All that is happening is the Japanese are wisely taking steps to increase liquidity and depreciate their vastly overpriced yen. They are doing this in order to avoid deeper and deeper deflation. That deflation will sink the Japanese economy for years to come if remedial actions are not taken. Among all the big economies, none needs quantitative easing more than Japan’s. All the Japanese have done so far is make cheap loans to banks, but with no concerted QE. But QE is coming this spring, when Prime Minster...
  • Who Makes the Cut for the Worst Presidents Ever? (What a Question)

    02/13/2013 7:59:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 364 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Michael Medved
    As President Obama prepares his State of the Union Address and the nation looks forward to a Presidents Day holiday, Americans should consider the warning examples of our worst chief executives. While few of Washington and Lincoln's successors could hope to replicate their epic achievements, every president can — and must — focus on avoiding the appalling ineptitude of John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and their feckless fellow travelers on the road to presidential perdition. The common elements that link our least successful leaders teach historical lessons at least as important as the shared traits of the Rushmore Four:...
  • Scalia: State of the Union "has turned into a childish spectacle"

    02/13/2013 7:59:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies
    <p>Scalia: State of the Union "has turned into a childish spectacle"</p> <p>WASHINGTON While his colleagues got ready to go to the Capitol, Justice Antonin Scalia sat on a stage across town and held forth about why, for the 16th consecutive year, he would not be joining them for the State of the Union.</p>
  • (Marine) Hero's Islamic killer gets off scot-free

    02/13/2013 7:54:26 AM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | February 13, 2013 | Pamela Geller
    Exclusive: Pamela Geller tells of corporal gunned down by Afghan 'ally' SNIP: The event was illuminating in many ways. One speaker insistently emphasized that all religions teach the same core values, and another heralded our “nation building” efforts in Afghanistan. But then something happened that showed all that up as the politically correct nonsense that it is: the club presented a Supreme Sacrifice award to the family of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr., who was murdered by one of our Afghan “allies” while working out in the base gym after a long day of work “nation building” among those allies...
  • Firearm Makers Boycott Anti-Gun City and State Governments

    02/13/2013 7:53:40 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    The New American ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Alex Newman
    Liberty-minded firearm companies concerned about recent assaults on the gun rights of law-abiding citizens by Obama and others are taking action to defend the Second Amendment even if it means lost revenue, with several major firms announcing that they would no longer be supplying equipment to hostile state and local governments or their police forces. Both New York and California — where out-of-touch politicians continue to trample on citizens’ constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms — have become primary targets. Activists and the companies are urging others to join the effort against more gun control now. Among the...
  • The Renunciation of Pope Benedict XVI

    02/13/2013 7:51:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 12, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    The media, of course, is calling it a resignation. But it not so much a resignation of a political office as it is a renunciation. The 85-year old pontiff’s decision to renounce the power and prestige of the papal office is so unexpected, almost unprecedented, as to take the world by surprise. Of course, we Americans of all people can understand what thoughts must have coursed through Pope Benedict XVI’s mind as he prayed about this weighty decision. We saw this kind of renunciation with our first president, George Washington. He did not leave the presidency before his second...
  • AP source: Dorner's license found in burned cabin

    02/13/2013 7:45:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 65 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | February 13, 2013 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. — As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives. --snip-- He never emerged from the ruins and hours later a charred body was found in the basement of the burned cabin along with a wallet and personal items, including a California driver's license with the...
  • Gun Owners Message to the U.S. Senate: Defeat Every Word of Gun Control

    02/13/2013 7:41:13 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 15 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Gun Owners of America today submitted testimony at the request of the Ranking Member of the Senate Constitution Subcommittee. GOA took a strong stance against all the gun control legislation on the table and urged the Senate to put forth real solutions to school violence — like letting teachers and principals protect their students. Also, GOA wants to thank all of you who participated in our online poll over the past week. With 20,897 votes cast so far, the poll results indicate that 96% of GOA’s membership OPPOSES “universal background checks” — and, hence, opposes the very...
  • LIVE VIDEO: Senate Hearing on 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'

    02/13/2013 7:39:55 AM PST · by montag813 · 1 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-13-2013 | John Hill
    The Senate is holding hearings on "immigration reform" this morning, following the House last week. As this is the Democrats' domain, the panel favors their positions big time, with only ONE witness representing an anti-amnesty viewpoint - ICE Union head Chris Crane.In an outrageous move, which is hardly surprising, one of the witnesses is himself an illegal alien - Jose Antonio Vargas, the journalist who once used false credentials to gain entry to the White House - a felony which no one seems particularly interested in prosecuting.And of course, no amnesty-pimping hearing would be complete without the head of La Raza, Janet Murguia, who...
  • Why the Liberal Hatred of Citizens With Guns

    02/13/2013 7:39:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Neal Bortz
    You’re snug in your cabin in the mountains outside of Big Bear, California. Snug, but fearful. They’re searching for a killer near you. A terrifying, heavily armed former cop from Los Angeles who has gone on a killing rampage. Suddenly you hear gunshots. You part the curtains to look outside ... and there’s the man whose picture you’ve seen countless times on TV over the past few days running toward your house as he returns fire to police officers in pursuit. Just a few weeks ago you had been considering buying an AR-15 just in case it might be needed...
  • I drank fracking fluid, says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

    02/13/2013 7:34:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/13/2013 | By Ben Wolfgang
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to unusually great lengths to learn firsthand the strides the oil and gas industry has made to minimize environmental harm from fracking. The first-term Democrat and former Denver mayor told a Senate committee on Tuesday that he actually drank a glass of fracking fluid produced by oilfield services giant Halliburton. The fluid is made entirely “of ingredients sourced from the food industry,” the company says, making it safe for Mr. Hickenlooper and others to imbibe. “You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost rituallike, in a funny way,” he told the...
  • Against the Odds, Gold Slips Again

    02/13/2013 7:33:47 AM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-13-2013 | Greg Guenthner
    Against the Odds, Gold Slips Again By Greg Guenthner 02/13/13 I’ll cut right to the chase… Gold is set to drop to $1,550. The spot price briefly dipped below $1,640 early yesterday, posting new five-week lows. It rallied back above $1,650 by the end of the day — but the damage is done. After a weaker push last summer that failed to break $1,800, gold has consistently trended lower for more than four months. Yesterday’s brief breakdown is just advance notice that lower prices are in store for gold in the near future… Looking back over the past two years,...
  • Oppose Joe Manchin's Veterans Gun Ban and National Gun Registry

    02/13/2013 7:33:40 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 18 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Reports out of Capitol Hill reveal that just-reelected turncoat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is about to stick a big knife in the back of American gun owners. And to make matters worse, he's lying about what he’s doing. Both Manchin and House anti-gun crazy Carolyn McCarthy are claiming to be “working with NRA” to enact gun bans and national gun registries. NRA says flatly that Manchin is lying, and we believe he is. (The Hill, 1/24/13) Ironically, Manchin was the “gun owner's best friend” on November 5 -- the day before his reelection to a six-year term let him...
  • In the Midst of Global Warming Even Snow Melts

    02/13/2013 7:25:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | John Ransom
    Blizzard Nemo is bearing down on the Northeast- hence the term nor’easter to describe it- so prepare for the folks at Fashion Week, now being held in New York City, to be out in force battling the storm. “The organizers of New York's Fashion Week,” reports the CSMonitor, “a closely watched series of fashion shows held under a big tent – said they will have extra crews to help with snow removal and will turn up the heat and add an extra layer to the venue.” We can only hope that they wear furs. Because we’ll need blizzards of hilarity...
  • Fact-checking Obama's State of the Union

    02/13/2013 7:25:05 AM PST · by illiac · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/13/13 | Eugene Keily
    The president spins his accomplishments on jobs, health care and deficit reduction in annual address. President Obama put a rosy spin on several accomplishments of his administration in his 2013 State of the Union address. The president claimed that "both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion." But that's only an estimate of deficit reduction through fiscal year 2022, and it would be lower if the White House used a different starting point. Obama touted the growth of 500,000 manufacturing jobs over the past three years, but there has been a net loss of...
  • Here’s a Side-By-Side Comparison of How Obama, Rubio, & Paul View the State of the Union

    02/13/2013 7:19:54 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 13, 2013 | Becket Adams
    President Barack Obama on Monday went before Congress to deliver his State of the Union address, the first of his second term. Shortly after the president’s speech, Florida senator and rising GOP star Marco Rubio delivered the official Republican response. And shortly after Sen. Rubio’s response, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul delivered the official Tea Party response. In their own words, here’s a look at how President Obama, Sen. Rubio, and Sen. Paul view the following topics: The Economy National Debt Immigration The Sequester Energy
  • Marco Rubio offers philosophical rebuttal (Takes water break in the middle of his speech)

    02/13/2013 7:19:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/13/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    As I wrote earlier, I'm no fan of State of the Union speeches. I'm usually no fan of the opposition-party responses, either, for a variety of reasons. First, they suffer in comparison to the pomp offered the President and can't avoid seeming anti-climactic. The only person who ever really got that was Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, who arranged to give his response in 2010 in the Virginia legislature, with his fellow Republicans offering applause in a venue that at least approximated that enjoyed by Barack Obama.However, at least rhetorically, Marco Rubio took the correct path in responding to the usual...
  • SNL Sketch About 'The One Black Guy In Every Commercial' Is Uncomfortably Close To The Truth

    02/13/2013 7:16:33 AM PST · by blam · 56 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-13-2013 | Jim Edwards
    SNL Sketch About 'The One Black Guy In Every Commercial' Is Uncomfortably Close To The Truth Jim EdwardsFeb. 12, 2013, 9:25 AMThis weekend, Saturday Night Live regular Kenan Thompson did a Weekend Update bit as "Corey," "the one black guy in every commercial." Corey's life consists playing drums at Venice Beach, DJing, and partying with "Hispanic girls with bangs and thrift-store outfits, and white guys who dance while wearing fedoras!" He also notes, "This year I was in 14 commercials and I was also the one black guy in a college brochure!" Jamison Reeves / YouTube Jamison Reeves If any...
  • Here's the Video: Rand Paul gives the Tea Party SOTU response

    02/13/2013 7:16:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/13/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    As I didn't watch the State of the Union speech live, I also missed the two responses to it from Barack Obama's opposition. The networks carried Marco Rubio's speech live, but most viewers had to go to the Tea Party Express website to watch Rand Paul rebut Obma's SOTU address. While some may complain about that decision, it is arguably fair. If Mitt Romney had won the election, would we have cheered while the networks not only provided live coverage of Harry Reid's rebuttal, but also one from Senator Bernie Sanders representing the Center for American Progress? Somehow, I doubt...
  • Fidel Castro Describes Aches And Pains Of Aging

    02/13/2013 7:14:54 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org/ ^ | February 13, 2013 | Paul Haven
    HAVANA (AP) -- Retired Cuban President Fidel Castro complained of a bad knee, weak eyesight and difficulty adjusting to changes in light during a lengthy interview session with state-run media published Tuesday.
  • Scarborough: 'Rubio Not Ready; Republicans Pushing Him Out There Making Big Mistake'

    02/13/2013 7:12:26 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "I'm going to get in trouble for saying this," said a prescient Joe Scarborough. Less than an hour after delivering a devastating take-down of the Obama economic record that surely pleased many conservatives, Scarborough made remarks about Marco Rubio that are bound to outrage many of the same folks. Commenting on Marco Rubio's response to the State of the Union, Scarborough declared that Rubio "is not ready to be President of the United States" and that "Republicans pushing him out there are making a big mistake." View the video here.
  • A Message to Obama, Served Cold

    02/13/2013 7:07:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    In an earlier era, Dr. Benjamin Carson's speech before the National Prayer Breakfast last week would have been a really big deal rather than mere fodder for a brief squall on Twitter and cable news. Born in crushing poverty to an illiterate single mother dedicated to seeing her children succeed, Carson became the head of the department of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins medical institutions when he was 33. He's been a black celebrity role model ever since. Even if you didn't like the substance of what Carson had to say at the breakfast, his speech made for great political...
  • Chubby Checker's federal lawsuit has sexual twist, Gary law firm in Stuart says

    02/13/2013 7:06:25 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    TCPalm ^ | February 12, 2013 | Tyler Treadway
    FORT PIERCE — Stuart attorney Willie Gary has filed a federal lawsuit with a "Twist." Gary and members of his law firm filed a lawsuit late Monday in federal court in Fort Pierce on behalf of Chubby Checker, the 71-year-old singer known for "The Twist," against Hewlett-Packard
  • 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...