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  • 'Big Sis' Reasserts Unlimited Power to Seize and Inspect Laptops

    02/14/2013 10:07:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Bob Barr
    President Obama did not mention it in his State of the Union address last night, and there hasn’t been much attention devoted to it in the Congress of late; but, the fundamental right to privacy Americans have a right to expect from their own government, has suffered yet another body blow. On the surface, things seem to be in order. For example, at the beginning of February, the Federal Trade Commission released a staff report outlining consumer privacy recommendations for developers of mobile phone apps. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz called the recommendations “best practices” intended to “safeguard consumer privacy,”...
  • Iranian general reportedly assassinated while traveling from Syria

    02/14/2013 10:01:35 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    LATimes ^ | February 14, 2013, 5:07 a.m. | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Ramin Mostaghim
    BEIRUT -- A high-ranking member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps was assassinated this week while traveling from Syria to neighboring Lebanon, Iranian media reported Thursday, in the strongest indication to date that senior Iranian military commanders have been dispatched to Syria. Gen. Hassan Shateri was killed Tuesday by "unknown gunmen," described as "suspected Israeli agents," as he was on the road between the Syrian capital of Damascus and Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, various Iranian news agencies reported.
  • Christopher Dorner Lives On As a Folk Hero (proof positive that liberalism is a mental disorder)

    02/14/2013 9:52:43 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://www.nymag.com ^ | February 13, 2013 | Margaret Hartmann
    While most were relieved to learn that the bloody manhunt for Christopher Dorner had come to an end, for some it was the final step in the the fugitive ex-LAPD officer's martyrdom. During the manhunt, thousands of people rallied around Dorner, declaring him a crusader against police corruption, though he's accused of killing four people. On Tuesday night, a post on one of his biggest Facebook fan sites declared, "The spirit of Chris #Dorner will live on forever in our hearts, as an eternal flame - symbolic of the will to stand up in an attempt to eradicate those who...
  • Johanns calls out GOP for holding up Hagel vote.

    02/14/2013 9:52:17 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 31 replies
    The Omaha World Herald(Buffet's RAG) ^ | February 14, 2013 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mike Johanns called out his fellow Senate Republicans on Thursday for claiming that they aren't technically filibustering as they try to hold up Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary. "It's a filibuster," Johanns said. "If the Democrats were doing this, we would be hollering that this was a filibuster and probably did in the past." A number of Republicans are pushing to delay consideration of Hagel, the former GOP senator from Nebraska, requiring a 60-vote threshold on a procedural vote that Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled for Friday.
  • EU: Eurozone recession hits Germany hard

    02/14/2013 9:32:20 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/14/2013 | Philip Aldrick
    Germany's economy collapsed by 0.6pc in the final three months of last year as the eurozone recession finally caught up with the currency bloc’s most powerful member. A sharp fall in exports from the region’s trading hub caused the larger-than-expected decline, as official figures showed that the eurozone as a whole slumped 0.6pc in the quarter, the worst performance in over three years. The currency area has contracted for three quarters running and by 0.5pc for the year as a whole. It is 1pc smaller than in September 2011. Economists had expected Germany to be hit by the bloc’s waning...
  • Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sparks Controversy. Offensive or Overreaction?

    02/14/2013 9:26:16 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    WFLA News ^ | 2/14/13
    The website Jezebel is calling out the men's magazine for using minorities as "props" 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. Jezebel 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 people of various ethnicities as...
  • Obamacare Supporters Feel the Fear

    02/14/2013 9:13:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    American Interest ^ | 02/14/2013
    Obamacare supporters are unleashing a massive public relations campaign, turning to political networks and sports teams to help them sell the new law to a skeptical public. For the Affordable Care Act to succeed in expanding the ranks of the insured, many of the 30 million currently uninsured need to purchase an insurance plan in the new exchanges the law sets up. But advocates worry that it could be difficult to convince people to sign up for coverage. The WSJ reports: According to backers of the law, enrollment faces big obstacles as polls and focus groups suggest a majority...
  • Emails and surveys from Congresscrickers tracking all of us.

    02/14/2013 8:55:19 AM PST · by George from New England · 4 replies
    Congressman Gus Bilrakis ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | self
    InstaPoll: We Want To Hear From You! What is your reaction to last night's State of the Union address? I Agree with the President's Remarks I Disagree with the President's Remarks I Need More Details from the President Please provide any additional comments or reactions to the State of Union below. *By answering this survey, you are subscribing to my newsletter.
  • Well, That Worked Out Well: 92% of Pakistanis Now Dislike America

    02/14/2013 8:53:23 AM PST · by lbryce · 35 replies
    Inestor's Daily ^ | Frb 12, 2013 | Andrew Malcolm
    After four years of Barack Obama's diplomatic 'leadership' and billions of dollars in attempted friendship aid, a new public opinion poll reveals that 92% of Pakistanis now disapprove of the United States. The results could have been worse. Not much. But a little. Fully four Pakistanis out of 100 do approve of the United States, President Obama and his policies. They, however, seem to keep kind of quiet about their views in that rowdy land. That's the lowest favorable rating Pakistan's citizens have ever given their ostensible North American ally. The new Gallup Poll, out this morning, reports that the...
  • Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms(90 Days to Turn in Weapons)

    02/14/2013 8:44:05 AM PST · by barmag25 · 141 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Missouri Democrats introduced an anti-gun bill which would turn law-abiding firearm owners into criminals. They will have 90 days to turn in their guns if the legislation is passed. Dana Loesch Radio reported on the new legislation being pushed by Missouri Democrats: Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution. Here’s part of the Democratic proposal in Missouri: 4. Any person who, prior to the effective...
  • N. Dakota Senate snuffs natural gas flaring bill

    02/14/2013 8:39:06 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 14, 2013 | Associated Press
    The North Dakota Senate snuffed out a measure Wednesday aimed at curbing the oil industry’s practice of wasting natural gas as an unwanted byproduct of oil production. The bill, arguably the toughest to date against the oil industry in North Dakota, was defeated 34-13. Sen. Tim Mathern’s measure would have cut an exemption commonly used by oil companies claiming an economic hardship of connecting a well to a natural gas pipeline. Oil companies in North Dakota can flare natural gas for a year without paying taxes or royalties on it. After that, companies can request an extension because of the...
  • Obama Akin to Nixon, Bush, 'They're War Criminals,' Vents Cornel West (LBJ gets a pass)

    02/14/2013 8:35:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 34 replies
    That's right -- not just Nixon ... Nixon and Bush. Can vilification from the left get much worse than that?
  • U.S. Grant Funded Workers' Play at LG Chem Factory

    02/14/2013 8:31:29 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2013 | RYAN TRACY
    WASHINGTON—The Obama administration's electric car efforts took another hit on Wednesday after a federal inspection found a South Korean advanced battery maker never scaled up U.S. production despite receiving $142 million in federal grants. A Holland, Mich., factory owned by LG Chem Ltd., part of LG Corp., was half-funded by a government grant and estimated to add some 440 jobs building battery cells for General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles. When demand for the plant's batteries didn't meet expectations, the company filled orders with cells made at a factory in South Korea, leaving the Michigan plant largely idle,...
  • Letters reveal friendship between Presidents Clinton and Nixon

    02/14/2013 8:30:18 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | February 14, 2013
    (CBS News) Just weeks after the 100th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's birth, a new exhibit at his presidential library is raising eyebrows. It contains newly declassified documents that reveal Nixon's correspondence with President Bill Clinton, and a surprisingly warm relationship between the two. The correspondence includes a personal, handwritten letter from Nixon congratulating Clinton on surviving a tough primary and general election to win the White House. That letter was the beginning of an unlikely union between the former Republican president and the newly elected Democratic chief executive.
  • Closed-door meetings on gun control criticized in Maryland

    02/14/2013 8:29:42 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis and Kate Havard
    When Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s controversial gun-control bill came up last week in the state Senate, lawmakers held an open hearing that drew more than 1,000 people and lasted more than eight hours. But so far, members of the House have considered the proposal in secret, with the speaker and other key lawmakers meeting with lobbyists, experts and state officials in a closed-door conference room that has been off-limits to the public. The 16 members of the group — dubbed the House Working Group on Gun Safety — were assembled by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) to consider...
  • Trent Franks: ‘Astonishing’ that Obama Never Mentions the Muslim Brotherhood

    02/14/2013 8:28:30 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 2-13-2013 | Patrick Burke
    February 13, 2013 Trent Franks: ‘Astonishing’ that Obama Never Mentions the Muslim Brotherhood Patrick Burke (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) says “it’s astonishing” that President Obama never mentions the Muslim Brotherhood and its control of the Egyptian government. “He never mentions the Muslim Brotherhood. It’s astonishing. If there’s anything that has been a trend in this administration related to terrorism, it’s their unwillingness to call it for what it is,” Franks told CNSNews.com immediately following Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Franks also views the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat not only to the security of Israel...
  • Dorner sympathy goes mainstream: “Like watching ‘Django Unchained.’ It’s kind of exciting!”

    02/14/2013 8:26:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/14/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    A liberal critic of my comments on "The O'Reilly Factor" this week tweeted his displeasure with my assertion that factions of the "Left" and "some liberals" sympathized with Chris Dorner and even made him into a folk hero. He asked for examples. Here's one:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO It's hard to imagine how Marc Lamont Hill could have put this more appallingly. One member of the panel starts by rather sensibly bemoaning the waste of life, manpower, and ink in this chase. Hill responds: "There's no waste here, though. I mean, this has been an important public conversation that...
  • Buffett pulls off fresh blockbuster with $23 billion Heinz deal

    02/14/2013 8:23:15 AM PST · by South40 · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ben Berkowitz and Martinne Geller
    (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and private equity firm 3G Capital will buy ketchup and baby food maker H.J. Heinz Co for $23.2 billion in cash, a deal that combines 3G's ambitions in the food industry with Buffett's hunt for growth. Including debt assumption, Heinz valued the transaction, which it called the largest in its industry's history, at $28 billion. Berkshire and 3G will pay $72.50 per share, a 19 percent premium to the stock's previous all-time high.
  • Chavez undergoing "delicate" cancer treatment: Venezuela's vice president

    02/14/2013 8:23:05 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    Yahoo News, Canada ^ | February 14, 2013 | Daniel Wallis and Marianna Parraga
    CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is undergoing "complex" alternative treatments more than two months after having cancer surgery in Cuba, his vice president said on Wednesday. The 58-year-old socialist leader has not been seen in public since he went to Havana for the operation on December 11, his fourth surgery for cancer in 18 months. Vice President Nicolas Maduro did not give details of the alternative treatments the president was receiving. Chavez has never said what type of cancer he is suffering from, and critics accuse the government of excessive secrecy over his condition. "Today our commander is...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM, February 14,2013

    02/14/2013 8:22:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 63 replies
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