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  • Dem lawmaker tweets college co-ed, then deletes messages

    02/13/2013 12:02:20 PM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Rep. Steve Cohen repeatedly tweeted, and then deleted, messages to a woman on Twitter who his office is calling “the daughter of a longtime friend” and who has the same name as a Texas State University blonde bombshell featured in a college co-ed calendar
  • FAA Official: No Armed Drones In U.S.

    02/13/2013 11:59:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | February 13, 2013 | Bem Wolfgang
    MCLEAN, Va. — A top official with the Federal Aviation Administration reassured the public on Wednesday that, despite the fear and paranoia of some, no armed drones will be permitted to fly in U.S. airspace. “We currently have rules in the books that deal with releasing anything from an aircraft, period. Those rules are in place and that would prohibit weapons from being installed on a civil aircraft,” said Jim Williams, head of the FAA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office, in an address to the drone industry’s leading trade group meeting this week in Northern Virginia.
  • Sarah Palin: #SOTUGottaBKiddingMe

    02/13/2013 11:46:41 AM PST · by onyx · 72 replies
    Sarah Palin Face Book ^ | February 13, 2013 | Sarah Palin
    If you missed President Obama’s State of the Union address last night, you didn’t miss much – especially if you watched any of his past four State of the Union addresses. We heard the same recycled rhetoric, and we heard his Orwellian declaration that the cornucopia of new federal programs he proposed, as well as his intention to eradicate world poverty, wouldn’t “increase our deficit by a single dime.” Of course, he glossed over the inconvenient facts. He boasted about job creation, but didn’t mention that real unemployment is higher today than when he took office. He touted all...
  • Dorner manhunt: Charred human remains found in burned cabin

    02/13/2013 11:39:10 AM PST · by libstripper · 283 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Andrew Blankstein & others
    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.
  • Nugent compares Washington to 'King George'

    02/13/2013 11:34:19 AM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | February 12, 2013 | Taylor Rose
    Says nation needs to figure out why Americans are different WASHINGTON – Rock showman, humanitarian and TV host Ted Nugent, who also is a columnist for WND, says he thinks America needs to start over because of the mess that Washington has made of the nation. He told reporters today in advance of Barack Obama’s State of the Union address that if he were giving the speech, he would say, “We need to start over and review the subjects that made us different than King George.” Nugent, who was invited to accompany Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, to the Obama speech,...
  • United Nations Removes Saudi Official Who is Al Qaeda Financier From Sanctions List

    02/13/2013 11:34:07 AM PST · by LSUfan · 3 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 13 Feb 12 | Unknown
    The involvement of wealthy Saudis and Saudi charities in funding Al Qaeda and other Jihadist terrorist organizations has been extensively documented for years, including by the US Treasury Department. One such individual is Soliman al-Buthe, who is currently a Saudi government official and previously started a charity here in the United States in Oregon that has been tied to Al Qaeda. This week, the UN has decided to remove al-Buthe from its Al Qaeda sanctions list. This no doubt comes due to pressure from Saudi Arabia and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The OIC is a 57-member nation bloc...
  • Prisoner X (Israeli espionage drama)

    02/13/2013 11:29:48 AM PST · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    legal Insurrection ^ | William A. Jacobson Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:36pm
    The mother of all mysteries, making Stuxnet look like a B-grade movie, is unfolding in Israel over Prisoner X. The New York Times has a good summary:
  • Ron Paul Reacts to State of the Union Address

    02/13/2013 11:26:32 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 20 replies
    Stossel on FBN via Youtube ^ | 2/12/2013 | Eduardo89rp
    Former presidential candidate Ron Paul reacted to President Obama's SOTU address with John Stossel on Fox Business Network. Paul said in the speech, "certainly we didn't get any answers tonight" to the key issues facing the nation. "Everything on the surface looks like it's welfare-ism and warfare-ism. But I think underneath there's a smoldering desire that is growing by leaps and bounds that saying that a lot of people in this country have had enough of it..."
  • The price of Keystone (pipeline) may be a (Canadian) carbon tax

    02/13/2013 11:22:59 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    Financial Post ^ | Feb. 11, 2013 | Terence Corcoran
    Tax could provide cover for approval of oil sands pipelineHello Canada! Are you ready — ready for a new national tax on carbon that will ding pocketbooks across the country? My bet is that a new carbon tax is coming, made almost inevitable by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s full-bore push to secure Washington’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.For early clues on the carbon tax/Keystone trade-off, tune in Tuesday night to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. As the president speaks, he will be alert to the chorus of Hollywood stars, environmental activists, editorial writers and industry leaders...
  • More on Hagel's Al Jazeera and Arab Connections

    02/13/2013 11:22:04 AM PST · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 12 February 13 | 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 "bully" 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.
  • Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment Introduced in Senate

    02/13/2013 11:20:57 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    THe Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Senator John Cornyn, as well as all other 44 Republicans in the Senate, introduced the balanced budget consitutional amendment today in the Senate. "With more than $16 trillion of debt, including nearly $6 trillion since President Obama took office, we are facing nothing short of a fiscal crisis. Everyone agrees that our nation is on an unsustainable path, but unfortunately as we saw last night, President Obama is incapable of tempering his appetite for more and more spending," says Cornyn in a statement. "We must set effective limits on spending and taxes, and require a balanced budget. Families across Texas...
  • The Great American Economic Rebound Has Just Begun

    02/13/2013 11:12:40 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-13-2013 | Martin Hutchinson
    The Great American Economic Rebound Has Just Begun Economics / Economic RecoveryFeb 13, 2013 - 06:23 PM GMT By: Money Morning Martin Hutchinson writes: The U.S. manufacturing renaissance is not just a fantasy - it is actually happening. Jobs that had been outsourced to China and elsewhere really are returning to the United States. Believe it or not, this "reshoring" already has reversed the long, steady decline of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. In fact, since 2010 America has added roughly 500,000 manufacturing jobs, an increase of 4.3%. The economic and investment implications of this reversal are considerable to say...
  • Second-Rate Appointments From A Third-Rate President

    02/13/2013 11:10:34 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Geoffrey P. Hunt
    So, former VP Dick Cheney says "The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal... Frankly, what he has appointed are second-rate people." Well, to be charitable to Barack's second-raters, at least our third-rate president has learned one leadership axiom -- surround yourself with people smarter and more capable than you are. Yet what a tragedy to waste even second-raters on a national security policy that is but a portfolio of indifference and cynicism. "What Difference Does It Make?" Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton's now infamous nihilistic retort to pesky...
  • Common Plans, Coordinated Lies, and G7 Currency Statements

    02/13/2013 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Inquiring minds are investigating an amusing set of lies from the G7. At the top of the list is Group of 7 Will Let Market Decide Currency Values. Seven major developed countries including the United States and Germany pledged on Tuesday to let foreign exchange markets determine the value of their currencies. In a statement, the G-7 powers said they would consult closely to avoid moves that could hurt stability. But they restated a commitment to market-determined exchange rates “We reaffirm that our fiscal and monetary policies have been and will remain oriented towards meeting our respective domestic objectives using...
  • Obama: When War in Afghanistan Is Over, We Will Fight a War in Afghanistan

    02/13/2013 10:53:40 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/12/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday night that he will end the war in Afghanistan by the end of next year, and that after that he will keep tens of thousands of American troops in Afghanistan to fight a war in Afghanistan. “And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over,” said Obama. For the period after 2014, he said, “We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again...
  • Defending the Right to Self-Defense

    02/13/2013 10:53:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Ken Connor
    The recent spate of mass shootings has prompted President Obama and his allies in Congress to pursue new gun control laws with special urgency. Mr. Obama is correct in sensing that the American people are ready for serious action on this issue, but he is mistaken in thinking that they are in agreement with him regarding the best way to address gun violence in America. His choice to focus exclusively on guns to the virtual exclusion of mental health issues or the role of violence in the media has backfired drastically. Gun sales are at record levels, and supply can...
  • Who’s in the Running for Pope? 12 Names to Watch

    02/13/2013 10:49:33 AM PST · by haffast · 49 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 8:00AM EST 2/12/2013 | David Gibson and Alessandro Speciale/RNS
    Pope Benedict XVI’s sudden announcement that he would resign by the end of the month took the church and the world by surprise, in large part because it was a move without precedent in the modern world. But what comes next is as old and familiar as the papacy itself: Speculating about who will succeed to the Throne of St. Peter. Indeed, within months of Benedict’s own election in 2005, church insiders and online oddsmakers were trying to figure out who might be next, given that Benedict—now 85—was already aging, increasingly frail, and had himself declared that he did not...
  • Schwartz: A Life Lived on the Front Lines of the Culture War

    02/13/2013 10:43:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Robert Knight
    Michael Schwartz, a great man who passed this earth on Feb. 3 at age 63, was an anomaly. An Irish Catholic from the Duffy family, circumstances gave him a last name that suggested a different heritage. He was so smart and good at telling jokes that a lot of people were stunned to find out he wasn’t Jewish. Mike had a soft heart, but was also a tough guy from South Philly who exulted in Philadelphia’s reputation for having the country’s “worst, most abusive fans.” He reveled in the fact that Eagles enthusiasts had thrown snowballs at Santa Claus. When...
  • Biden turns 'Nixonian' on gun control

    02/13/2013 10:40:15 AM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    'If I understand this correctly, if you're on the White House side you are legitimate' A Grammy-winning singer-songwriter who has been frustrated in his effort to buy time on Washington-area radio stations to air his pro-Second Amendment message says Vice President Joe Biden is getting free help from media to promote the president’s gun-restriction campaign. Barack Obama has been using the Newtown, Conn., massacre to campaign for a ban on certain types of guns and weapons accessories. He also wants to establish a national registry for guns and gun owners. “Steve Vaus, creator of the Buck Howdy character, was watching...
  • Obama: 57 Vacation Days Since Vowing He 'Will Not Rest Until Anyone' Can Find A GOOD Job

    02/13/2013 10:36:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/13/12 | Dan Gainor
    It's time for the State of the Union address, which means the president is pivoting back to jobs once more. It's an annual game where President Obama pretends to be focused on employment and many in the media pretend to believe him. Back in 2009, the president promised never to "rest" until the job situation was fixed. Nearly four years later, he's done a lot of resting. According to The Weekly Standard, Pres. Obama has had 83 vacation days overall and Factcheck.org says he took 26 of those in 2009. That means the president has taken at least 57 vacation...
  • Illegal immigrant tells Congress not to call him illegal (Deport him!)

    02/13/2013 10:36:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Jose Antonio Vargas, an illegal immigrant and former reporter, scolded a congressional panel on Wednesday, saying that he should not be called illegal, and saying it is an insult to his family who brought him here. “When you inaccurately call me illegal, you not only dehumanize me, you’re offending them,” he said. “No human being is illegal.” Mr. Vargas testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside Chris Crane — a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and president of the ICE agents’ union — who is unable to arrest him under the administration’s new non-deportation policies. Mr. Vargas, who “came...
  • The consequences of real hate speech (most crazies who perpetrate gun violence are leftists)

    02/13/2013 10:32:48 AM PST · by Perseverando · 18 replies
    WND ^ | February 12, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    There are some crazy people out there misusing firearms, all right. But they aren’t the kind of people who will be unable to murder, maim and commit mayhem under the new proposed restrictions on the possession of firearms. They are, interestingly enough, irrational leftists – if that’s not a redundancy. Take the example of Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles cop who has killed at least four people and swears he will continue his war on the LAPD until he dies. Have you read his manifesto? Have you seen his grievances? He actually seeks to use his violent actions with...
  • Blunt: We Have the Votes to Delay Hagel Nomination

    02/13/2013 10:29:37 AM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Senator Roy Blunt indicated Wednesday that there are enough votes in the Senate to delay the Hagel confirmation.
  • Bracing For the Hammer

    02/13/2013 10:29:11 AM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Charles Payne
    As written prior to the President's SOTUS:"A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity ...."-Benjamin Disraeli There's a lot of speculation about tonight's State of the Union speech. Few expect it to be conciliatory in any way. In fact, the left is foaming at the mouth for a rabid speech that wages war on all things republicans find sacred. Personal liberties will be replaced by personal peccadilloes; Supreme Court and other courts will be replaced by court of popular opinion; and the House of Representatives will be treated like a house of cards. The onslaught officially begins...
  • Another university sponsors campaign teaching students it is ‘unfair’ to be white

    02/13/2013 10:27:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    campus reform ^ | 2/13/12 | Oliver Darcy
    The University of Wisconsin – Superior (UWS) is sponsoring a campaign that teaches students it is “unfair” to be white, a university spokesperson confirmed to Campus Reform last Wednesday. A poster produced by the Unfair Campaign. The controversial project, named the “Unfair Campaign,” exists to teach students that “systems and institutions are set up for us [whites]” and as such are “unfair.” The campaign’s slogan, as it appears on its official website, is “it’s hard to see racism when you’re White.” The project disseminates its controversial message through an aggressive campaign of online videos, billboards, and lectures. Posters produced by...
  • Due Process Delivered by Drones

    02/13/2013 10:19:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    When President Obama approves a drone strike against someone he identifies as a terrorist, John Brennan explained at his confirmation hearing last week, the missile fired from that unmanned aircraft is delivering prevention, not punishment. "We only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative," said Brennan, the counterterrorism adviser Obama has picked to run the CIA. A Justice Department white paper leaked a few days before Brennan's hearing likewise describes death by drone as an "act of national self-defense," part of an "armed conflict" with al-Qaida and its allies. Yet the...
  • Is It Okay to Steal if You’re from the Government?

    02/13/2013 10:06:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In early January, I shared a “libertarian purity test” based on 64 questions. I was a bit disappointed that I only scored a 94 out of a possible 160, but my excuse is that it was really a test of anarcho-capitalism. And as I explained when sharing this amusing video, I’m only in favor of getting rid of 90 percent of government.But maybe the simplest test of libertarianism (and also the simplest test of whether you’re a decent human being) is to see whether you’re upset by the following story.It combines the lunacy of the drug war with the evil...
  • Ted Nugent slams State of the Union. Why did he rip GOP, too?

    02/13/2013 10:04:03 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 43 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 13, 2013 | Peter Grier
    Did you see shocker rocker/gun advocate Ted Nugent attending President Obama’s State of the Union address? At first reporters had a hard time finding him, but eventually the cameras discovered the Motor City Madman high in the House gallery, sitting quietly in the crowd, with his hat off, wearing non-camouflage clothing. He looked out of place, like a cowboy at a piano recital. He also looked bored. “My favorite part was when I couldn’t hear clearly,” said Mr. Nugent to reporters after the address. “Then, I didn’t get angry.” But Ted Nugent’s Excellent Washington Adventure was not an exercise in...
  • Analysis: Obama unlikely to support Cairo opposition

    02/13/2013 10:02:45 AM PST · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    As tensions rise between the Muslim Brotherhood and the opposition, US President Barack Obama’s policy has been to not actively support the opposition. Instead, Obama believes he is achieving regional stability by strengthening Morsi’s hold on power.
  • Joe Paterno Really Didn't Know

    This excerpt from the Clemente Report is very disturbing. For anyone who refuses to believe that Joe didn't know - I think this story will change their minds. Would anyone blame this Mom, like they blame Joe? Would she be fired? Would she be cast as a horrible, evil person? Should all of her life's good work be erased because of this episode? Was she demonized like Joe has been? And this molestation happened literally right in front of her eyes. Please watch the video, read the Clemente report, THEN please post your comments and let us know what you...
  • Dramatic Action Needed to Avoid Sequester

    02/13/2013 9:54:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- The definition of a failed, spend-thrift, debt-producing, fiscal policy is making the same proposals over and over again and expecting a different result. In some circles, it's also the definition of crazy. This is what President Obama has been doing over the past four years, with little to show for it, and what he intends to do over the next four years of his second term. Obama's 2009 "shovel-ready" job stimulus plan ended up spending about $1 trillion in public funds on research, roads, bridges, education, dubious clean energy projects and a lengthy list of other federal, state...
  • CNN Uses Instant Replay To Mock Rubio's 'Water Bottle-Gate Moment'

    02/13/2013 9:54:18 AM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/13/12 | Mike Ciandella
    CNN treated Marco Rubio reaching for a sip of water like he'd fumbled the ball away in the last seconds of the Super Bowl. "Social media is all about this," joked CNN's Chris Cuomo, as he reenacted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) reaching for a water bottle during the February 12 CNN commentary on President Obama's State of the Union address. CNN then cut to a video of Rubio drinking water during his response to the President's speech. The whole scene played out like commentary from a football game, complete with instant replay of the "blunder."
  • First on CNN: NRA charges Obama’s efforts will lead to gun confiscation (Memo confirms NRA claim)

    02/13/2013 9:53:11 AM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/13/2013 | Mark Preston
    The National Rifle Association will assert that President Barack Obama’s attempt to enact new gun control laws will result in the “confiscation” of people’s firearms in a new web video scheduled to run in five states and the District of Columbia. The video will go online around the time Obama begins delivering his State of the Union address, in which he is expected to mention his effort to reduce gun violence through legislative means. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told CNN that the organization based its warning on what he said is a Justice Department document, “Summary of Select Firearm Violence...
  • Rep. Jackson Lee warns against more spending cuts: 'We're at the bone almost'

    02/13/2013 9:49:18 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 11:16 AM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) urged her colleagues to reach a compromise to prevent spending cuts through sequestration, arguing that government programs are already as lean as they can be. "We're at the bone almost, and sequester, that is across-the-board cuts, will literally destroy us and put us in a recession," she said on the House floor Wednesday. She called on Republicans to meet Democrats at the negotiating table and rejected the idea that President Obama delivered a partisan State of the Union address Tuesday night. "May I ask them to take some cotton out of their ears, because in...
  • Napolitano: OK, The Border Is Secure … Can We Have Reform Now?

    02/13/2013 9:49:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    talking points memo ^ | 2/13/12 | Benjy Sarlin
    For years, the Republican base has demanded a more patrolled, better reinforced, and more secure border as a prerequisite to even discussing immigration policy. Janet Napolitano had a message for them at Wednesday’s Senate hearing: Congratulations, you won! “Our borders have, in fact, never been stronger,” Napolitano testified. Boasting of the “unprecedented progress we have made” in border security since the last immigration debate, Napolitano noted that the number of Border Patrol agents had doubled since 2004, border apprehensions had plummeted 78 percent from their 2000 peak, and a variety of new technologies had been deployed to stop illegal crossings....
  • Napolitano vows to avoid pitfalls of 1986 amnesty

    02/13/2013 9:49:10 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Wednesday that a new legalization law for illegal immigrants won’t lead to the same flood that followed the last amnesty in 1986, saying that the border has been secured too well for that to happen. Testifying in favor of President Obama’s call for legalization, Ms. Napolitano said there is more spending, more infrastructure and more manpower along the U.S.-Mexico border now, which she said should make sure there is no repeat of 1986, when lawmakers promised a one-time legalization but resulted in millions more illegal immigrants over the following two decades.
  • Marco Rubio's "water bottle-gate" moment

    02/13/2013 9:44:17 AM PST · by chessplayer · 36 replies
    In the official GOP rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., made a passionate case for the limited role of government in American society. But the gist of his message was lost on the Twittersphere about 11 minutes in, when the visibly overheated senator broke away for a quick sip of water.
  • Lew Not Familiar With His Investment In What Obama Called Biggest Tax Scam In The World

    02/13/2013 9:43:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/13/12 | goprapidresponse·
    Jack Lew is not familiar with his investment in the Cayman Islands, which Pres. Obama attacked in 2009 (February 13, 2013).
  • Beppe Grillo: populist who could throw Italy into turmoil at general election

    02/13/2013 9:38:30 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Guardian ^ | Sunday 10 February 2013 | John Hooper in Udine
    ... After fading in the polls, Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) is surging back, its cause boosted by the scandal at Italy's third-biggest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS). Since MPS was always beholden to the left, the scandal proves to many Italians what Grillo has always claimed – that Italy's politicians are all the same and, in a phrase he used several times at his rally, should be mandati a casa – sent packing. ... No one with a conviction – and that includes Grillo, found guilty of manslaughter after a fatal accident – can be an M5S...
  • Two gun bills pass out of state House committee (CO)

    02/13/2013 9:22:38 AM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    The Gazette ^ | February 12, 2013 10:26 PM | MEGAN SCHRADER
    DENVER • After more than eight hours of public testimony Tuesday, Democrats passed out of committee two gun-control measures that would create universal background checks and limit high-capacity magazines to 15 rounds. The bills were the first to be heard of sweeping gun regulations proposed by Democrats this year in the wake of the Aurora movie theater shooting, and they will now head to the House Appropriations Committee and the House floor, respectively. Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, authored both bills and defended the measures against an onslaught of criticism from gun rights advocates who filled the committee chambers at the...
  • Dresden deserves to be remembered

    02/13/2013 9:04:00 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 414 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 02/13/2013 | Tom Chivers
    It's the 68th anniversary of the Dresden bombing. In Britain, we don't think about it as much as, perhaps, we should. The bare facts. More than 1,200 RAF and USAAF bombers attacked the city between the 13th and 15th of February 1945, in four raids. They dropped 3,900 tons of high explosive and incendiary bombs, killing between 22,000 and 25,000 people, almost all civilians. The city's anti-aircraft defences had all been moved to defend the industrial works of the Ruhr valley. The details are chilling.
  • Love's Day is Long

    02/13/2013 8:57:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Consider this a love letter to a lady I saw only for a moment. Thirty years ago. She was passing on a trolley car, and I was on a bus headed in the opposite direction. It was in a city called Leningrad back then. I wonder if she's still living. Has she changed as much as Russia has since? Or maybe she hasn't changed very much at all, as Russia hasn't. She lingers in the mind. Today an older but no wiser newspaperman in Little Rock, Ark., sits down to write 800 words about Valentine's Day and there she...
  • Zimmerman's attorneys: Make Ben Crump sit down and answer questions

    02/13/2013 8:55:39 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 17 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 13, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    George Zimmerman's lawyers have asked a judge to require Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, to answer questions under oath, despite a 15-page affidavit he filed last week, hoping to avoid that face-to-face exchange. In paperwork made public today, defense attorney Donald West asked Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson to again order Crump to appear for a deposition. In it, Crump gives the names of many of the people who were present when the call was recorded but not all. His affidavit says he already disclosed a complete list of those present to defense attorneys. His affidavit also...
  • McCain Says He Would be “Comfortable” With His Daughter Serving in Combat

    02/13/2013 8:55:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 13, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would “feel not only comfortable but proud” if he had a daughter serving in a front-line combat position in the U.S. military. … Sen. McCain has seven children, including four sons and three daughters. His son Jimmy served in the Marine Corps and two others—Jack and Doug—are or were Navy pilots. …
  • 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.
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    02/13/2013 8:43:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 91 replies
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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...