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  • US to Cut Carrier Fleet in Persian Gulf to 1

    02/13/2013 4:08:38 PM PST · by katiedidit1 · 22 replies
    Military.Com ^ | Feb. 7, 2012 | Lolita C. Baldon
    On Wednesday, Panetta laid out a grim list of spending cuts the Pentagon will have to make in the coming weeks that he said will seriously damage the country's economy and degrade the military's ability to respond to a crisis. Criticizing members of Congress as irresponsible, Panetta said lawmakers are willing to push the country off a fiscal cliff to damage their political opponents. If Congress doesn't pass a budget, Panetta said, the Pentagon will have to absorb $46 billion in spending reductions in this fiscal year and will face a $35 billion shortfall in operating expenses. "My fear is...
  • Collins joins Leahy, backs recognition of same-sex partners under immigration law

    02/13/2013 4:03:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jordy Yager
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will introduce legislation that would allow U.S. citizens to sponsor their same-sex partner for legal residency in the country. Collins is the first Republican supporter of the bill, which Leahy has introduced in each Congress since 2003. She said it would help keep same-sex families together by giving them the opportunity to live in the United States legally. “More than two dozen countries recognize same-sex couples for immigration purposes,” said Collins in a statement. “This important civil rights legislation would help prevent committed, loving families from being forced...
  • Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

    02/13/2013 3:41:14 PM PST · by posterchild · 38 replies
    AP via news.yahoo.com ^ | Tue Feb 12, 2013 | David Mcfadden
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away. "At the start I was a little worried that it might be a fraud, but the process turned out to be quite smooth and simple. Now, I am a Dominican," said Mezawi, who like many Palestinians...
  • Students Told to Remove Patriotic Bandanas

    02/13/2013 3:37:29 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 50 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/132013
    A group of students at a California high school basketball game were told to remove patriotic bandanas and stop chanting “USA, USA” because school administrators wanted to be sensitive to other spectators. The incident occurred during a basketball last week between Camarillo High School and Rio Mesa High School in Ventura County. A school administrator pulled aside four boys and told them to either remove their American flag bandanas or leave the game. The boys complied but returned to lead the crowd in a chant of “USA, USA.” Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman told the Ventura County Star that...
  • Family: Hadiya Pendleton slaying suspect 'good kid'

    02/13/2013 3:36:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    Tribune ^ | 5:15 p.m. CST, February 13, 2013 | Jason Meisner
    The family of a reputed gang member charged with fatally shooting 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton in a South Side park last month said today that he is a “good kid” who has made some mistakes in the past but would not commit such a senseless murder. After attending a brief hearing on the case in the Leighton Criminal Court Building, an aunt and cousin of accused gunman Michael Ward told reporters that they hoped the “truth will come out” about Ward, who they say has a young child of his own. “He has made some mistakes in the past and we...
  • Al Jazeera Hires Lobbying Firm to Bolster Image on Capitol Hill

    02/13/2013 3:27:55 PM PST · by haffast · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 2/13/2013, 2:20 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Al Jazeera America has hired a lobbying firm to advocate for the broadcasting company on Capitol Hill, according to reports. The media company Al Jazeera America Holdings, which recently bought Al Gore’s cable news station Current TV, has hired the DLA Piper law firm to conduct “informational communications regarding client's cable television channel,” Politico reported. The global law firm, which has 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, has reportedly been educating lawmakers about the company’s plans to be based in New York City and open bureaus across the...
  • NRA ad: Obama gun proposals would lead to ‘confiscation’

    02/13/2013 3:11:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/13/13 | Jonathan Easley
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) pushed back against President Obama’s calls for gun control in his State of the Union address, arguing the proposals would lead to “confiscation” of citizens’ firearms. A new Web video released Tuesday night from the nation’s largest gun lobby sought to rebuff the president’s impassioned call for lawmakers to vote on a package of measures including bans on the sale of assault weapons, high-capacity clips and instituting mandatory background checks. “President Obama gives a good speech and when you listen him talk about new gun laws, you may think he sounds reasonable,” says NRA executive...
  • Dorner manhunt: Maids surprised suspect in cabin, escaped, called cops

    02/13/2013 3:09:50 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    The discovery of a man who police believe to be Christopher Dorner began when two maids ran into him Tuesday morning as they arrived to clean a vacant cabin in the Big Bear area near where the fugitive ex-cop’s car was set ablaze last week.The two maids entered a cabin in the 1200 block of Club View Drive, close to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Resort, and surprised a man who they said resembled the fugitive, a law enforcement official said. The man tied up the maids, and then took off in a purple Nissan parked near the cabin, authorities...
  • Police Appeared To Shout 'Burn This Mother' Down Before Fire Engulfed Rogue Ex-Cop's Cabin

    02/13/2013 3:00:36 PM PST · by Repeat Offender · 348 replies
    Business Insider Military & Defense ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Paul Szoldra
    A six-day California manhunt ended Tuesday with rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner apparently dying in a cabin fire on Bear Mountain. One of many big questions to be answered is how the deadly fire was started. Multiple unconfirmed audio clips appear to show police officers talking about burning down the cabin in which the alleged cop-killer was hiding. Deliberately starting a fire, rather than waiting out the suspect, could be seen as an extreme measure. ---(snip) In an unconfirmed video showing live footage from KCAL9 Los Angeles, officers are apparently caught in the background around the 20 second mark saying, "burn...
  • Carbon Tax bill coming Thursday to Senate

    02/13/2013 2:59:03 PM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    wattupwiththat ^ | February 12,2013 | AnthonyWatts
    Senators Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer will outline the legislation on Thursday morning. They are even going to let that wacky 350.org activist Bill McKibben speak. Sheesh. Billed as “major” and “comprehensive” legislation, it will have a carbon tax. Here is the statement from Sanders’ office (bold mine): Sanders, Boxer to Introduce Major Climate Change Legislation February 12, 2013 WASHINGTON, Feb 12 – Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will hold a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 14 to announce comprehensive legislation on climate change. Boxer is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Sanders...
  • America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    02/13/2013 2:55:28 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Spero News ^ | February 12, 2013 | Brendan Malone
    America's moral dilemmas exposed in 'Zero Dark Thirty' What is the true price of the War on Terror? Tuesday, February 12, 2013 By Brendan Malone The new Kathryn Bigelow film Zero Dark Thirty, which explores the manhunt and eventual assassination of Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan in 2011, has been criticised in some quarters as a piece of unthinking American triumphalism that seeks to justify torture and other violence. I don't understand these criticisms. I suggest that the exact opposite is true, in that this movie unflinchingly exposes the reality of what the hunt for bin Laden,...
  • Bored at the State of the Union (Who can blame them?)

    02/13/2013 2:50:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 13, 2013
    Caught on camera: President Obama's State of the Union address definitely had some dramatic moments — when he talked about the victims of gun violence, for example. But during the 6,400-word-long speech, there were times when some notable audience members had trouble paying attention.
  • Hawaii marijuana bill goes up in smoke

    02/13/2013 2:43:58 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 48 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | February 12, 2013 | Anita Hofschneider, Associated Press
    Honolulu (AP) - A bill that would have legalized marijuana in Hawaii has died in the state House. House judiciary committee Chairman Karl Rhoads said Tuesday that he decided to kill the bill after learning from House leadership that the initiative does not have enough votes to pass the House. Key lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House supported the measure, including the speaker and the majority leader.
  • Source: Drone Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Cleric in Yemen

    02/13/2013 2:38:14 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13
    A drone strike in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa last month killed the top religious cleric for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a source close to the group said on Tuesday. "A drone strike had targeted Sheikh Adel al-Abab's vehicle but he escaped and fled to a mountainous region where a raid by another drone killed him immediately," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity. Abab had graduated from the Dawa Islamic studies center, in Sana'a and had served as the top religious cleric for AQAP. American drone strikes against Al-Qaeda terrorists are frequent in Yemen, home...
  • Print and fire: 3D printing could muzzle new gun laws

    02/13/2013 2:36:05 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 13 2013 | Fox News
    Gun owners who can't buy high capacity ammo magazines because of new laws have another option: Print them. Gun control measures passed or proposed in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre have targeted magazines that can feed 30 rounds or more into the firing chambers of AR-15s and other semi-automatic guns. New York has banned magazines holding more than seven rounds, and a federal bill proposed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds. But the laws are at least one step behind technology. Using 3D printers and schematics available on the Internet,...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, February-13-2013

    02/13/2013 2:34:04 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 33 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Fort Hood Hero Says Obama 'Betrayed' Her, Other Victims

    02/13/2013 2:31:07 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 9 replies
    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 broadcast 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." There was no...
  • Assault Weapon Ban--Congressional Record (Fraternal Order of Police Supports Assault Weapons Ban)

    02/13/2013 2:30:41 PM PST · by ModelBreaker · 27 replies
    Congressional Record ^ | September 13, 2004 | Cong. Jackson Lee
    "The assault weapon ban is supported by virtually every major law enforcement organization . . . as well as organizations including . . . The Fraternal Order of Police."
  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sparks Controversy. Offensive or Overreaction?

    02/13/2013 2:27:07 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/13/13 | By Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living
    It's been a big week for Sports Illustrated. First, a blogger leaked the swimsuit issue's much-anticipated cover, upstaging David Letterman's big reveal on Monday. Now website Jezebel is calling out the men's magazine for using minorities as "props" in photos featuring models in bikinis posing in seven different continents. Sports Illustrated coverJezebel argues that the magazine is perpetuating racial stereotypes by drawing power and class lines between the Westernized models and the "primitive locals" and points to a long history of media using minorities as "extras", citing Nylon magazine, the Free People catalog, British Vogue, and J-Crew. Depending on...
  • Movie About Lt. Col. Terry Lakin's Battle To Get Obama's Birth Certificate Released In The Works

    For Immediate Release 2/13/2013 There is substantial interest in creating a film adaptation of the Terry Lakin Story, "OFFICER'S OATH." This is a poignant, heroic story that must not be forgotten, or falsely relegated to the "conspiracy theory" chapter in the annals of our national history. Terry knowingly sacrificed his military career, endured a court-martial, and ultimately spent nearly half a year in Leavenworth Prison simply for standing up for the Constitution he pledged to uphold and defend. His story is detailed in the book "An Officer's Oath," which is recommended reading for anybody who reveres this country and the...
  • Defensive Drift - The president and his policymakers do not understand war.

    02/13/2013 2:25:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 12, 2013 | Bing West
    ‘A decade of war is now ending,” President Obama declared in his inaugural address a few weeks ago. That was an odd statement, considering that we have entered a second decade of war. In the same speech, the president referred to having won “peace in our time.” Neville Chamberlin said something similar. Wars are not ended by historically tone-deaf rhetorical flourishes.Two weeks ago in Algeria, Islamist terrorists conducted their bloodiest raid in years. The attack came only a few months after President Obama proclaimed that al-Qaeda had been “decimated.” The Algerian government launched an immediate counterattack, refusing to consult...
  • The War on Drugs is Immoral and Ineffective

    02/13/2013 2:23:16 PM PST · by honestabe010 · 70 replies
    Times Square Gossip ^ | February 13, 2013 | Brian Woodward
    Despite increased efforts, manpower, and resources, the war on drugs has been a resounding failure. W.C. fields once quipped, “If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Not only does the government continue to fail in its crusade against drugs, it continues to perpetrate a policy of immense immorality. It has been over forty years since President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs. What do we have to show for it? The United States has wasted over one trillion dollars, caused incarceration rates to exceed that of...
  • Obama Stands Between the American People and the Powerful, Evil Forces Working Against Them

    02/13/2013 2:18:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There's a Rasmussen Reports story on survey results: "Americans overwhelmingly believe that it's not only fair for entrepreneurs to get rich, it's good for the economy." Now, you see something like this, and you swear you're living in an alternative universe. How can this be? How can this be with Barack Obama continuing to gain approval for his policies, to be untied to the fate of the country? Americans overwhelmingly believe that it's not only fair for entrepreneurs to get rich, it's good for the economy. "A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 86% of...
  • FBI Raids Wrong Hanover Home For Child Porn

    02/13/2013 2:15:18 PM PST · by Arthurio · 26 replies
    WRIC ^ | 2-8
    HANOVER, VA –The FBI raided a Hanover County home in search of child porn, only to discover they'd raided the wrong house. Federal investigators targeted the Mechanicsville home after discovering child porn was being downloaded to computers using the homeowner's internet service, according to federal court documents. But after raiding the home in November and subsequently launching a full investigation, court documents show agents discovered the computers with the downloaded child porn didn't belong to the couple, but a neighbor. David Edward Sleezer, of J David Lane, was arrested and charged with five counts of receiving and distributing child porn....
  • Woman Still Searching For Answers After Wrong House Bust

    02/13/2013 2:13:01 PM PST · by Arthurio · 19 replies
    KUTV ^ | 2/6
    (KUTV) Four months ago, Salt Lake City Police mistakenly raided the house of a senior citizen looking for drugs. The Police Chief apologized, but now, the woman is still waiting for an explanation on how the mistake could happen. Salt Lake Police busted through the front door of the home on October 3 looking for an alleged drug dealer, but instead, they found a 76-year-old woman. Officials say the woman was in her nightgown, making sweets for a church function the following Sunday, when police kicked in her door and held her at gunpoint.
  • Yaalon: Hizbullah Armed, Waiting

    02/13/2013 2:07:20 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Despite the relative quiet in northern Israel in recent years, the threat posed by Hizbullah remains, Minister Yaalon said Wednesday evening. Yaalon spoke at a memorial for the 73 soldiers killed in a helicopter crash over Kibbutz Dafna 16 years ago. “The 73 fallen sons embody the complexity of our lives here,” Yaalon said, “and our struggle, which, sadly, is not yet over.” “We are a people that loves peace,” he continued. “That is how we raise our sons and daughters.” Addressing bereaved families at the event, he said, “That is how you raised your children who fell while on...
  • CNN PANEL: DORNER'S ALLEGED MURDER SPREE 'EXCITING,' LIKE 'DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIE'

    02/13/2013 1:57:33 PM PST · by navysealdad · 46 replies
    Panelists MC Lyte, Jack Moore, Editor of BuzzFeed Sports, Lauren Ashburn, Editor-in-chief at The Daily Download, and Mark Lamont Hill joined Brooke Baldwin on CNN today to talk about the social media support for alleged quadruple killer Christopher Dorner. Ashburn was the only one on the panel who had a problem with the alleged cop killer being celebrated saying that he crossed a line when he began killing people to get his revenge for his alleged grievences. The rest of the panel concluded that Dorner "had a point" and that the unfolding story was theatric. Hill said that the saga...
  • Stocks End Mixed, Dow Ends Below 14,000; BBY Falls (Obama unimpressive)

    02/13/2013 1:55:52 PM PST · by mgist · 1 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 13 Feb 2013 | JeeYeon Park
    Stocks End Mixed, Dow Ends Below 14,000; BBY Falls Stocks ended off session lows but the Dow still finished in negative territory Wednesday, as investors took a pause amid a lack of significant market catalysts and after the S&P briefly hit its highest level since December 2007. The Dow and S&P 500 rallied to finish at fresh five-year highs in the previous session. The Dow is now about 1 percent from hitting an all-time high, reached in October 2007. Both indexes have posted impressive gains so far in 2013, up more than 6.5 percent each. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...
  • Russian foreign minister won’t return Kerry’s call

    02/13/2013 1:44:44 PM PST · by xtinct · 45 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    Secretary of State John Kerry called all the foreign ministers of countries that deal with North Korea following Monday's nuclear test and all but one of them picked up the phone -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Kerry made his first remarks about the new nuclear test, which the North Koreans warned the State Department about in advance. "With respect to the DPRK, President Obama made it crystal clear last night and previously in all comments, as have other countries, that North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program are a threat now to the United...
  • CHRIS STEVENS WAS NOT EVEN REMEMBERED (IN OBAMA SOTU ADDRESS)

    02/13/2013 1:44:00 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    Breitbart/Big Peace ^ | 2-12-2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    February 12, 2013 CHRIS STEVENS WAS NOT EVEN REMEMBERED Joel B. Pollak In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama failed to mention the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who died on Sep. 11, 2012 in the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. He mentioned the victims of the massacre in Newtown, CT in December, and invited the families of victims of other violent gun crimes to watch from the gallery. But the Benghazi victims' families were not present at all. Instead of offering even the slightest word of tribute for the...
  • A Cleaner Way to Use Coal

    02/13/2013 1:43:52 PM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | February 7, 2013 | Kevin Bullis Senior Editor, Energy
    A technology for generating electricity from coal without pollution achieves a milestone. Coal is abundant and cheap, but burning it is a dirty business. This week researchers at Ohio State University announced a milestone in the development of a far cleaner way to use the energy in coal—a process called chemical looping that has the potential to reduce or eliminate a wide range of pollutants, including carbon dioxide and smog-forming nitrogen oxides. One version of the technology ran continuously for over a week in a 25-kilowatt test facility, the researchers reported, the longest any such process has run. The successful...
  • Libs Push Dorner Conspiracy Theories

    02/13/2013 1:43:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I can't believe they still don't know whether or not they got Dorner. I can't believe they still don't know. Well, it's interesting, or confusing, because they did find some tracks leading away from the cabin, and they found a body in there. They still don't know whether or not Chris Dorner went up in flames along with the rest of the cabin. They heard a gunshot. They don't know if he shot himself. They haven't done the ID. This is amazing. We're coming up on 18 hours and they still don't know. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies...
  • Russian foreign minister won’t return Kerry’s call (but he served in Vietnam!)

    02/13/2013 1:42:15 PM PST · by llevrok · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    (snip) At Wednesday's State Department press briefing, outgoing Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland denied that Kerry was frantically trying to reach Lavrov. (The Cable has confirmed that Nuland will soon be replaced at the podium by White House Deputy Press Secretary Jen Psaki.) "There's been nothing frantic about it. He reached out to Foreign Minister Lavrov yesterday, made it clear again today that he's ready to talk whenever Foreign Minister Lavrov can find the time," Nuland said. On Tuesday, Nuland said that Kerry had called Lavrov early in the morning and was hoping to connect with him by the end of that...
  • WH COS Unable To Answer Basic Benghazi Questions

    02/13/2013 1:30:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | goprapidresponse
    Jack Lew, the White House Chief of Staff can't answer basic questions about the attack on Benghazi (February 13, 2013).
  • It Finally Hit Me: Barack Obama Will Never Be Held Responsible for Anything

    02/13/2013 1:29:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: So yesterday I was openly complaining, some might even say whining, that I was gonna have to watch the State of the Union show. It was gonna be sickening to listen to what was being said and then to watch members of Congress stand up and essentially applaud the destruction of the country. And I talked to a bunch of people who said, "I'm not watching. I'm not gonna watch it. Not gonna spend any time on it." And I said, "Well, I have to." It reminds me of the days when I was in school and...
  • Armed Detroit candy store owner fatally shoots attempted robber

    02/13/2013 1:17:26 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    Mlive ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Gus Burns
    About 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, a suspected armed robber entered Leddy's Candy Store at15928 Grand River and demanded cash from the 54-year-old owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed firearm. He produced his weapon and fatally shot the intruder, who was about 40 years old, according to Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens. Leddy's Candy Store sells retail and wholesale confections. The owner of the store told Local 4 the business, which has operated since 1926, has been robbed several times in the past few months. The shooter was taken into police custody for questioning. Stephens could not confirm if he...
  • DICK CHENEY on SEAN HANNITY RADIO ---right now!!

    02/13/2013 1:16:03 PM PST · by dennisw · 3 replies
    now!!!
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  • Cardinal says scandals may have influenced resignation

    02/13/2013 1:15:27 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Rome -- Repeatedly over the last three days, media agencies have asked me to comment on the following question: Did Benedict XVI really resign just because he's old and tired, or was it really because of the sexual abuse crisis, the Vatileaks mess, and the various other meltdowns that have occurred on his watch? My answer has been that it's not an either/or. Benedict may not have quit "because of" the pedophilia scandals or any other specific controversy, but it's hard to believe they didn't play a role, at least as background. One can certainly take Benedict at his word...
  • Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

    02/13/2013 1:14:39 PM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 36 replies
    Boston.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.
  • Rubio's Strong, Accessible Rebuttal

    02/13/2013 1:09:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Responding to a presidential State of the Union speech is often a thankless task. Following the president's act, which oozes prestige and historic significance, almost always makes the next guy seem small and trivial by comparison. As it goes, the designated member of the opposition party is typically holed up in a room somewhere with little more than a camera, some lights and a teleprompter.  The rejoinder he or she offers is almost always instantly forgotten; when it's not, it's usually for the wrong reasons.  Sen. Marco Rubio broke the mold last night.  He delivered a substantive, relatable and cheerful response,...
  • FACT CHECK: Overreaching in State of Union speech

    02/13/2013 12:43:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    AP via Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound. A look at some of the claims in his State of the Union speech, a glance at the Republican counterargument and how they fit with the facts: OBAMA: "After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs." THE FACTS: That's in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama starts his count not when he...
  • The Year 2000 as Seen by 19th Century Artists

    02/13/2013 12:39:44 PM PST · by GVnana · 46 replies
    Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the year 2000. There are at least 87 cards known that were authored by various French artists, the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.
  • *Obama renominates contentious labor board picks

    02/13/2013 12:35:50 PM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    In a provocative move, President Obama Wednesday re-nominated two controversial Democratic candidates to the National Labor Relations Board just weeks after a federal court invalided their recess appointments to the posts. Mr. Obama again nominated Sharon Block, a former Democratic Labor Department official, and Richard Griffin, a Democratic union lawyer, to serve on the NLRB
  • Unconventional Oil, Natural Gas is the 'Sweet Spot' for US

    02/13/2013 12:30:07 PM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 13, 2013 | Robin Dupre|
    Unconventional oil and gas activity is already revolutionizing America's energy future and bringing enormous benefits to its economy, Director of Consulting Energy and Natural Resources at IHS Jerry Eumont said. Net petroleum imports have fallen from 60 percent of total consumption in 2005 to 42 percent in October 2012. The recent surge in unconventional oil and gas and its effect in the United States was the topic of discussion at the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Houston Chapter luncheon Tuesday. U.S. oil production, which has risen 25 percent since 2008, reached about 8.5 million barrels per day in 2012, Eumont said....
  • State of the Union: Fireside Hangout with President Obama (Thurs. @ 4:50 PM)

    02/13/2013 12:23:10 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    Google + ^ | February, 2013
    On Thursday, February 14th, President Obama will join the latest in a series of "Fireside Hangouts" – a 21st century take on FDR’s famous radio addresses – to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the +Google+ hangout, the President will answer questions from Americans across the country about the issues and policies laid out in the speech. How you can join: Right now, you can submit a question for the President and vote on your favorites on the White House +YouTube Channel: http://at.wh.gov/hC22N
  • Illegal Immigrant: Don't Call Me "Illegal"

    02/13/2013 12:23:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Back in December, "undocumented Americans" were in the running to become TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" and just two weeks ago, Democratic Rep. John Conyers referred to illegal immigrants as simply "out of status" Americans. Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas asked Congress not to call him "illegal." 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...
  • High Court Halts Destruction of Jewish Homes in Etzion Bloc

    02/13/2013 12:22:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Supreme Court President Asher Grunis issued a temporary order Wednesday forbidding the IDF from continuing the demolition of homes at the Jewish community of Maaleh Rechavam in the Etzion Bloc. The order forbidding eviction and demolition activities will stand "until another decision is given." Meanwhile, dozens of nationalist activists demonstrated at the entrance to the Knesset building, to protest demolitions carried out at the community Wednesday morning. A large police force arrived at the spot. Seven protesters were arrested. Special Yassam police and Border Police were among the forces that sealed off approaches to Maaleh Rechavam in the morning, to...
  • Obama Is Not a Deficit Hawk. He's Just a Keynesian

    02/13/2013 12:15:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Over at Investors Business Daily, Jed Graham writes about "the deficit chart that should embarrass budget hawks," which shows that the federal deficit has been shrinking in the last two years and is projected to shrink further this year: Graham writes that the draw-down in federal spending puts a precarious economic recovery at risk. That's certainly a take in line with conventional Keynesian economic analysis - the Congressional Budget Office has similarly projected this year's sequester to knock 0.6% off of projected GDP growth and cost 750,000 jobs by the end of the year. Indeed, the current policy environment sees...
  • Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

    02/13/2013 12:10:27 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2-10-13 | Ryan Gallagher
    Exclusive: Raytheon's Riot program mines social network data like a 'Google for spies', drawing ire from civil rights groups A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites. A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. Raytheon says it has not sold the software – named Riot, or Rapid Information Overlay Technology – to any clients. But...
  • 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