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  • Red Brain, Blue Brain: Republicans and Democrats Process Risk Differently, Research Finds

    02/13/2013 5:27:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 38 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | February 13, 2013 | NA
    A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions. Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter, has been working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California, San Diego on research that explores the differences in the way the brain...
  • Twitter Hoax Claims Body Fond In Burned Cabin Belonged To A Female, Not Christopher Dorner

    02/13/2013 5:12:40 PM PST · by mnehring · 10 replies
    The day after “killer cop” Christopher Dorner was presumably killed following a firefight in a rural California cabin, conspiracy theories have swept Twitter asserting that the charred body found in the burned cabin did not belong to Dorner, but to an unidentified female. A Twitter hoax quickly gained traction on Wednesday, stating that a burned body found in the remains of the cabin did not belong to Christopher Dorner, but rather to an unidentified female. The hoax quickly swept Twitter under the guise of a fake screengrab from CNN. In the fake image, CNN’s news ticker was edited to read...
  • Sheriff: Cabin not purposely burned in firefight

    02/13/2013 5:12:34 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 256 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 13, 7:47 PM EST | GREG RISLING and TAMI ABDOLLAH
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was Christopher Dorner. Clad in camouflage from head to toe and wearing a bulletproof vest packed with ammunition, the most wanted man in America over the last week was just a few feet away, having emerged from a grove of trees holding a large, assault-style rifle.
  • Students Told To Stop ‘USA!’ Chant, Take Off American Flag Bandanas (suspended from school)

    02/13/2013 5:12:02 PM PST · by drewh · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | February 13, 2013 4:04 P.M. | By Andrew Johnson
    Four California high-school students were reportedly suspended for chanting “U.S.A! U.S.A!” and wearing American flag bandanas during a basketball game. While their punishment has since been rescinded, school administrators said “the incident is far from over.” Oxnard Union School District superintendent Gabe Soumakian told Fox News Radio that “we need to pursue this further” and “work with teachers and students and the community about the concept of cultural proficiency.” Soumakian and Camarillo High School principal Glenn Lipman felt that the students’ actions might have had racist undertones since the schools have large Hispanic student populations. “We wanted to make sure...
  • Dorner’s Mom Spotted Drinking Wine, Eating Chips While Watching Standoff ( When will she sue? )

    02/13/2013 5:09:57 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 31 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | Feb 13 2013 | CBS
    LA PALMA (CBSLA.com) — The mother of quadruple homicide suspect Christopher Dorner Tuesday was spotted at an Orange County Mexican restaurant watching the Big Bear standoff on television. COMPLETE COVERAGE: SoCal Manhunt CBS2/KCAL9’s Michele Gile said a woman matching Nancy Dorner’s description was with a female friend at La Capilla Mexican Restaurant in La Palma around 3:30 p.m. Gile said the 62-year-old woman was drinking a glass of white wine and eating chips and salsa as CBS2/KCAL9 covered the latest developments on the deadly shootout between Dorner and sheriff’s deputies. Gile, not knowing she was speaking to the suspect’s mom,...
  • PALIN ON 'TRUE' STATE OF THE UNION: 'VENAL POLITICIANS' BANKRUPTING NATION

    02/13/2013 5:09:04 PM PST · by TADSLOS · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 13 February, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin wrote Wednesday that America is a nation being bankrupt by a federal government led by "venal politicians" in her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address.  "What is the true state of our union? Though this may sound harsh, I’ll speak the truth here," Palin wrote. "We are a country going bankrupt to fund a bloated, distant, and often corrupt federal government led by venal politicians more concerned with paying off their campaign cronies and consolidating their own power than in preserving the constitutional republic that so many have fought and died...
  • Rubio: Rove’s Conservative Victory Project Is 'Fine'

    02/13/2013 5:05:25 PM PST · by Lady4Liberty · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Katrina Trinko
    In an interview this morning, Marco Rubio — hardly the establishment favorite in his own Senate race — defended Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, which has angered many tea partiers. Noting that Rove had helped him during a crucial time in his Senate race, Rubio said that both the Tea Party and the Conservative Victory Project “have a place in American politics.”
  • Marco Rubio Takes Drink of Water, Disqualifies Himself For The Presidency In The Eyes of Liberals

    02/13/2013 4:57:41 PM PST · by drewh · 46 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/13/13
    February 13, 2013 RUSH: This is Ann, Littleton, Colorado. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Hey, I'm one of those that didn't listen last night or didn't watch, and so I'm just glad to learn all this that I'm learning. But I did watch Marco Rubio and I wondered if you were as offended as I was when he took a sip of water. RUSH: Offended? CALLER: Well, that's what they're all saying this morning. RUSH: Again, just tell you the truth: I'm watching Rubio, and I have had dry mouth before, and I knew he had...
  • House GOP blames DOD on sequester

    02/13/2013 4:51:19 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Carlo Munoz
    Tension among Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee boiled over on Wednesday, as panel members blamed Pentagon leaders for playing a role in the looming fiscal crisis facing the Defense Department under sequestration. During Wednesday's hearing, committee Republican Reps. Randy Forbes (Va.) and Rob Bishop (Utah) slammed DOD for its refusal to plan for the massive, across-the-board cuts tied to the White House's sequestration plan. Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Pentagon Comptroller Bob Hale, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and the heads of the service branches appeared before the panel, to again plead their...
  • Ralph Nader pans Obama call for higher minimum wage as ‘too little, too late’ (Barf)

    02/13/2013 4:45:19 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Strauss
    Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader panned President Obama's call to raise the minimum wage as "too little, too late." The president in his Tuesday State of the Union address pressed economic policies he said would aid the middle class, including a call to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $9. Nader, in an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, criticized Obama for failing to address the issue in his first term and said the president had already abandoned middle-class families. He noted that Obama, after his 2008 presidential victory, had called for raising...
  • House GOP prepares stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown

    02/13/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Erik Wasson
    House appropriators are finalizing a stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown after March 27, and the bill could see a vote before the end of February. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said Thursday that he is crafting a continuing resolution at the current level of spending, thereby separating the issue of a government shutdown from the question of how to deal with automatic sequestration cuts. The stopgap spending bill would be set at the current level of $1.043 trillion for the entire fiscal year that began Oct. 1. It would specify that the $85 billion sequestration is...
  • CNN Absurdly Asks If Rubio's Sip of Water Was 'Career-Ender'

    02/13/2013 4:25:10 PM PST · by chessplayer · 87 replies
    <> On Wednesday's The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer absurdly wondered if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) pausing his State of the Union response for a drink of water would "break" his career. The CNN chyron flashed "Career-ender?" "So can a drink of water make or break a political career?" Blitzer asked. "A U.S. Senator, possible presidential candidate. We're going to find out, whether he likes it or not." [Video below the break. Audio here.]
  • Obama Unveils His Economy-Killing Cap-And-Tax Plan

    02/13/2013 4:18:45 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: The president's proposed Energy Security Fund will stifle the private energy sector boom and provide permanent funding for future Solyndras and electric cars that nobody wants. And what about that pipeline, sir? A nonexistent crisis is a terrible thing to waste, and in justifying his proposal for a cap-and-tax scheme, President Obama claimed in his State Of The Union that "the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15." He was lying. The fact is, according to new data released quietly last October by Britain's Met Office, the world's natural post-Ice Age warming trend stopped...
  • Sorry Mr. President, Manufacturing Will Not Save Us

    02/13/2013 4:18:12 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    Atlantic Cities ^ | 2-13-2013 | Richard Florida
    Sorry Mr. President, Manufacturing Will Not Save Us Richard Florida Feburary 13, 2013 In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama said: "Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing." He added: After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in...
  • 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 · 40 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...