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  • Muslim woman: Jews don't rape us, unlike Arabs

    02/14/2013 4:24:33 PM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Israel Today ^ | 2-13-13
    An Arab Muslim mother from northern Israel who is aspiring to a life in politics called out fellow Arab women on Tuesday for failing to differentiate between the Jews and Arabs with whom they are in conflict. Commenting on a Facebook event page protesting the sexual harassment and torture of female activists in Egypt, Anet Haskia (who was interviewed in the latest issue of Israel Today) said Palestinian women should take a close look and realize how humane their Jewish "enemies" really are. To the Palestinian women who commented on that event page, and apparently tried to draw Israel into...
  • No homework on Wiccan, Pagan holidays at University of Missouri?

    02/14/2013 4:16:00 PM PST · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” -- designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule homework and exams -- lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit much. [Snip]...
  • College probes ejection of Jewish students-Threat of Justice Dept. Investigation

    02/14/2013 4:09:09 PM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies
    College probes ejection of Jewish students Brooklyn college launches investigation after students claim security removed them from pro-Palestinian BDS event. NEW YORK -Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Karen Gould, the college's president, on Wednesday ordered officials to conduct a "thorough independent review" of allegations that four members of the Jewish student group Hillel were told to leave the gathering organized by a pro-Palestinian group on campus last week. The college's political science faculty was an official...
  • Woo hoo!! Now less than $21k to go!! We can do this!! [FReepathon thread XXI]

    02/14/2013 4:04:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 530 replies
    Making progress!! Still lagging a bit behind the pace from last quarter, but we're getting there. Please keep those donations coming in, folks, so we can end this thing soon. If we can raise a minimum of 10% per week, we can be done within the next three weeks!! We can do this!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving patriots who enjoy and use it and think it's a worthwhile endeavor to support. We are self-funded, fiercely independent and enjoy our freedom to speak plainly in the defense Liberty. Free Republic stands for God and...
  • Syrian Child Wields Dagger, Sings Al-Qaeda Song And Vows To Slaughter Shi'ites

    02/14/2013 4:04:31 PM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 2-14-13
    Following are excerpts from a video-clip featuring a Syrian child singing a song of praise for Osama Bin Laden. The clip was posted on the Internet on February 9, 2013. Syrian child: "Allah is what we strive for, and He is our goal. "Our Sheik Jolani has raised the banner. "Our Sheik Jolani has raised the banner. "Our Emir Mullah [Omar] did not renounce his religion. "All the soldiers have pledged their souls to Allah. "All the soldiers have pledged their souls to Allah. "Our leader is Bin Laden, the Americans’ worst nightmare, "With the power of faith, and our...
  • Union Leader: ‘ICE Crumbling from Within’ Because Obama Won't Let Agents Arrest Illegals

    02/14/2013 4:03:15 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 13, 2013 | Penny Starr
    CNSNews.com) – The men and women charged with enforcing federal immigration law are being prohibited from doing so by the Obama administration, according to Chris Crane, president of the union that represents officers and agents employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “I think most Americans assume that ICE agents and officers are empowered by the government to enforce the law,” Crane said on Wednesday at Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on immigration reform. “Nothing could be further from the truth. “With 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S., ICE agents are now prohibited from arresting...
  • CNN to Cover Floating Sewer Arrival Live (On now - Triumph being pulled into Mobile, Alabama)

    02/14/2013 4:02:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 2/14/13 | The Maha
    RUSH: Now, the poor Carnival Cruise Line. They've got the cruise ship out there that's lost all power. Apparently it is a floating sewer. It's a floating pigsty. I'm sorry, I just can't help it. The media is focusing on this ship. They've actually been focused on it for the last three days as it has been drifting aimlessly out there in the Gulf of Mexico. But now it's got a tow. They're towing the thing and it's heading to Alabama. CNN is gonna anchor the arrival of the sewer, the floating sewer live tonight. Erin Burnett at seven o'clock...
  • Stem cells in Texas: Cowboy culture

    02/14/2013 4:01:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2013 | David Cyranoski
    By offering unproven therapies, a Texas biotechnology firm has sparked a bitter debate about how stem cells should be regulated. Ann McFarlane is losing faith. In the first half of 2012, the Houston resident received four infusions of adult stem cells grown from her own fat. McFarlane has multiple sclerosis (MS), and had heard that others with the inflammatory disease had experienced improvements in mobility and balance after treatment. The infusions — which have cost her about US$32,000 so far — didn't help, but she knew that there were no guarantees. It is McFarlane's experience with Celltex Therapeutics, the company...
  • Who is Mentally Ill?

    02/14/2013 4:00:25 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 23 replies
    The Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | February 8, 2013 | Wendy McElroy
    The current push toward gun control is being presented in a particularly dangerous and dishonest manner. It is being framed in terms of mental health and packaged in a way that almost guarantees victory for the advocates of control. The debating point proffered is, “How do we keep guns away from the mentally ill?” Thus far, President Obama’s answer has been vague and administrative enough to avoid the need for Congressional approval. (snip) State-controlled psychiatry is a terrifying weapon, especially when it is used to determine who has rights. Every individual should be able to be eccentric, different, and even...
  • Violence Against Christians Causes Tens of Thousands to Flee Amid Syrian Civil War

    02/14/2013 3:58:38 PM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 14, 2013
    Violence against Syria’s centuries-old Christian community from the government as well as Islamic radicals in the rebellion of the Syrian civil war is driving thousands of those Christians from their homes, with many fleeing to their ancient homeland in neighboring Turkey, the New York Times reported. Syriac Christians make up one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. First established by the Jesus’s Apostle St. Peter in Antioch, the Church uses the world’s oldest liturgy—the Liturgy of St. James—and many adherents still speak Aramaic, the ancient Semitic language that was believed to be spoken by Jesus and his followers....
  • Obama says his is ‘most transparent administration' ever (Blatant lie)

    02/14/2013 3:57:42 PM PST · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    President Obama on Thursday hailed his administration for its transparency. “This is the most transparent administration in history,” Obama said during a Google Plus “Fireside” Hangout. “I can document that this is the case,” he continued. “Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to see.” The president said this holds true even on the issue of Benghazi, a controversy which he said was “driven by campaign” year politics and one that Congressional Republicans were clinging to even though...
  • Dorner, Folk Hero of the Left

    02/14/2013 3:55:28 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 14, 2013 | Matthew Vadum
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Dorner, Folk Hero of the LeftPosted By Matthew Vadum On February 14, 2013 @ 7:54 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 30 Comments Nobody loves cop killers more than left-wingers do.The grotesque outpouring of love for cop killer Chris Dorner, an ex-cop now presumed dead in a fiery shootout at Big Bear Lake, California, should make all sane Americans fear for the future of their country.Dorner is suspected of killing at least one police officer and two others. He allegedly gunned down 28-year-old Monica Quan and her husband-to-be 27-year-old Keith Lawrence outside their home. Quan’s...
  • Obama Fires 20,000 Marines, But Sends $700 Million to Palestinian Terrorists

    02/14/2013 3:51:33 PM PST · by opentalk · 27 replies
    Frontpage ^ | February 13, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    I recall Obama talking a lot about “Nation-Building at Home” instead of abroad, but like every other word that comes out of his mouth, that was another lie. While Barack Hussein Obama is firing 20,000 Marines as part of his massive purge of the United States military to “save money”, he’s also fighting to send $700 million to the terrorists of the Palestinian Authority. On Feb 8th, Obama issued yet another waiver for Palestinian Authority aid, claiming that sending money to the corrupt undemocratic terrorist kleptocracy that refuses to negotiate a peaceful solution was “important to the national security interests...
  • A Way for Your Voice to be Heard (Illinois Gun Owners - Game On!)

    02/14/2013 3:37:47 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 9 replies
    IllinoisCarry ^ | 2-13-2013 | Molly B.
    A Way for Your Voice to be Heard at Speaker Madigan's Public Hearings on Proposed Right to Carry and Other Gun Issues. Public Invited to Speak and/or File Witness Slips Speaker Mike Madigan has called for two public hearings for Illinois residents to voice their support or opposition to proposed Right to Carry legislation. This is an opportunity to speak out against a Chicago-style carry law and in support of a fair and reasonable law. It is also an opportunity to speak against firearm and magazine bans and other firearm related issues. Please plan to attend one of these meetings...
  • Fox News adds Scott Brown to join Dennis Kucinich – Will Mitt Romney be next?

    02/14/2013 3:37:20 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Ed Farnan
    Where do failed politicians go after they’ve been rejected by their electorate? It seems Fox News is their new destination. To help ratings, Fox has been shifting the face of its commentators steadily more to the left in order to keep it more “fair and balanced.” Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, lost his gerrymandered district in Ohio and had to try a stab at a re-gerrymandered constituency that would never elect him. The far left, camera whore/congressman, was said to have his eye on a new congress gig representing Washington state, but his magic carpetbagger ride was interrupted by lagging poll...
  • Bangor newspaper's record requests cause uproar among gun owners

    02/14/2013 3:34:30 PM PST · by armymarinemom · 15 replies
    Morning Sentinal ^ | 2/14/2013 | Michael Shepherd
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  • Food Fight Turns Into Melee At Mpls. South High

    02/14/2013 3:31:05 PM PST · by BBell · 24 replies
    minnesota.cbslocal.com ^ | February 14, 2013
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A number of police cars responded to Minneapolis South High School Thursday after an alleged food fight escalated into a melee involving 200 to 300 students. The school posted a note on its website stating the high school was placed on a precautionary code yellow lockdown due to “a food fight that escalated into a physical fight.”Sgt. William Palmer, of the Minneapolis Police Department, said no weapons were involved in the incidents. However, four people were taken to the hospital following the melee. Those taken to the hospital were a school staff member, who was hit in...
  • Senate Republicans block vote on Hagel nomination

    02/14/2013 3:30:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/14/2013 | Paul Kane and Ed O’Keefe
    Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense on Thursday, launching an unprecedented filibuster and a severe rebuke to the White House. Falling one vote shy of the 60 needed to move forward on the nomination, the Hagel filibuster brought stark condemnations from President Obama and Senate Democrats for its precedent-setting nature -- the first time a defense secretary nominee had been filibustered. The setback came during what many believe is a critical period for the Pentagon as it winds down troops from Afghanistan and implements costly budget cuts. It was also a hard slap...
  • The Campaigner-in-Chief's Dishonest Tweets

    02/14/2013 3:22:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    p>BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'll give you another example of how Obama is never governing -- never governing, always campaigning, always fighting those powerful forces. His policies don't have any relationship whatsoever to the problem is. He's just trying to fix everything. Nothing that he's doing has any relationship to what's happening. That's how the low-information voters see it. I'm telling you, folks, after the State of the Union, Sean Hannity put together a Frank Luntz focus group in Santa Monica, California. He found a bunch of Romney voters who are essentially saying exactly to you what I'm saying today. They...
  • Condom Delivery on Campus (video)

    02/14/2013 3:20:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 13, 2013 | Associated Press
    A college student in New Jersey is delivering condoms on campus to promote responsibility among his peers, and to turn a profit. He started the business last year, and hopes to expand to nearby campuses.
  • Occupy LA Claims Dorner ‘Assassinated For Trying To Expose LAPD Corruption’

    02/14/2013 3:20:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 14, 2013 2:54 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles chapter of a nationwide anti-Wall Street social movement has taken to social media in support of quadruple homicide suspect Christopher Dorner. The Facebook page for Occupy Los Angeles several photos in support of Dorner after a manhunt that ended in a dramatic standoff at a cabin near Big Bear Lake. Dorner’s California driver’s license was found near human remains that police believe to be Dorner. Occupy L.A. posted a now-familiar photo of Dorner in military fatigues with the caption, “Rest In Power Chris Dorner: Assassinated by the Police for Trying to Expose LAPD...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: I'm a "Freed Slave"

    02/14/2013 3:01:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Do you know there is a freed slave serving in Congress? Grab audio sound bite number seven. Yep. There is a freed slave serving in the US House right now. A freed, f-r-e-e-d, slave is serving right now in the House of Representatives. Just to show you that slavery is still alive and kicking, we have a freed slave. (interruption) Well, you say it's impossible? Listen. Here is a portion of remarks made by the freed slave currently serving in the House of Representatives -- it happened yesterday -- on the House floor. LEE: We are at...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 14, 2013

    02/14/2013 2:57:18 PM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 14, 2013 | Mark 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
  • Canada to extend air transport for French forces in Mali

    02/14/2013 2:48:16 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 7 replies
    CP24 ^ | February 14, 2013
    OTTAWA -- Defence Minister Peter MacKay says a heavy-lift Canadian air force transport plane will continue to assist French forces in Mali for another month. The commitment involving the C-17 Globemaster, which has been shuttling war material, vehicles and troops between France and the Malian capital of Bamako, was set to expire Friday. MacKay confirmed the extension outside of the House of Commons on Thursday following question period. The request for the additional flights came through military channels a few days ago, but MacKay says the Conservative government wanted to consider how it would impact Canadian operations before giving it...
  • US legal scholar Ronald Dworkin dies in UK at 81

    02/14/2013 2:34:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    AP via The Miami Herald ^ | February 14, 2013 | Gregory Katz
    American philosopher and constitutional law expert Ronald Dworkin, a liberal scholar who argued that the law should be founded on moral integrity, has died at the age of 81. His family said Dworkin died of leukemia in London early Thursday.
  • Obama Akin to Nixon, Bush, 'They're War Criminals,' Vents Cornel West

    02/14/2013 2:33:20 PM PST · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jack Coleman
    That's right -- not just Nixon ... Nixon and Bush. Can vilification from the left get much worse than that? Cornel West continues to demonstrate why parents might want to think better of sending their children to Princeton, where West purportedly teaches when he isn't gushing over hip-hop and engaging in arcane rants over the airwaves. (audio clip after page break) On his most recent radio show with co-host Tavis Smiley, West condemned President Obama's legal justification for drone killings of Americans suspected of involvement with al Qaeda, saying Obama had become no different than George W. Bush and Richard...
  • Minimum wage question goes to voters in November over Republican objections

    02/14/2013 2:32:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    — Voters will get the last word in New Jersey's year-long debate over raising the minimum wage. The state Assembly gave final approval today to a plan by Democratic leaders that puts a wage increase on the November ballot — defying Gov. Chris Christie, conservative lawmakers and business groups who say the state economy is too weak to handle it. The measure passed 46 to 31. If voters approve the increase, the wage floor would rise from $7.25 an hour to $8.25. A yes vote would also amend the state constitution to trigger automatic cost-of-living increases every year based on...
  • Few transportation fuels surpass the energy densities of gasoline and diesel

    02/14/2013 2:31:01 PM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Energy density and the cost, weight, and size of onboard energy storage are important characteristics of fuels for transportation. Fuels that require large, heavy, or expensive storage can reduce the space available to convey people and freight, weigh down a vehicle (making it operate less efficiently), or make it too costly to operate, even after taking account of cheaper fuels. Compared to gasoline and diesel, other options may have more energy per unit weight, but none have more energy per unit volume. On an equivalent energy basis, motor gasoline (which contains up to 10% ethanol) was estimated to account for...
  • Love, Commitment, and Valentine’s Day

    02/14/2013 2:30:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Jerry Newcombe
    There’s nothing very romantic about a man being beheaded because of his politically incorrect views. But February 14 marks the 1744th anniversary when tradition tells us that St. Valentine was executed in the Roman Empire for practicing his Christianity. This was under a persecution of Emperor Claudius II, who banned his soldiers from marrying because he thought that single men could serve as better warriors. He also forced the emperor-worship of a predecessor, Gallienus, upon the empire. This was something practicing Jews and Christians could not do---they worshiped God alone. Author Bill Federer notes the consequences of Claudius’ actions on...
  • Obama's Big State Of The Union Lie

    02/14/2013 2:26:07 PM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://news.investors.com ^ | february 13, 2013
    'Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health-care costs," the president claimed Tuesday. This ranks as one of the biggest State of the Union whoppers ever told. In fact, not only are health-care costs climbing, but employers are also shifting those costs onto the very "middle-class" families Obama spent much of his speech championing. Since ObamaCare was enacted, family health-insurance premiums on average have soared $3,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The president promised the law would slash premiums by an average of $2,500 per family. That means he's broken his word by $5,500....
  • God for Obamacare: Dr. Ben Carson's Heresy

    02/14/2013 2:18:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Paul Kengor
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at American Spectator. Liberals are apoplectic over remarks by Dr. Ben Carson at the National Prayer Breakfast. Carson, a prominent pediatric surgeon from Johns Hopkins University, dared to weigh in on healthcare—something he knows something about. In the liberal mind, Carson committed a grave transgression; he disagreed with President Obama on healthcare at a faith venue, and in Obama’s presence.In discussing Carson’s moral effrontery, Candy Crowley, host of CNN’s “State of the Union,” asked panelists if they were offended by Carson’s comments. “He [Carson] was talking about the idea...
  • California police chief: The idea that a gun is a defensive weapon is a ‘myth’

    02/14/2013 2:15:06 PM PST · by Zakeet · 88 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 14, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    California Police Chief Ken James insisted earlier this month that the idea of a gun as a “defensive weapon” was a “myth.” Speaking at a news conference about gun control with California lawmakers, James explained that he was concerned with the amount of weapons owned by American citizens. “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon,” James said. “That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon.” James is the Police Chief of Emeryville, California and the Police Chief Association’s Firearms Committee Chairman. “A gun is an...
  • Republicans Derail Hagel, 40-58 [Filibuster Holds]

    02/14/2013 2:13:03 PM PST · by Bryan · 58 replies
    PolicyMic.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Michael Luciano
    On Thursday, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a cloture resolution on the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as secretary of defense, with 58 in favor and 40 against ending debate on the matter, with one senator voting "present." A 60-vote majority is required to end debate before the nomination can proceed to a simple majority vote, and it appears the Senate is going to come up short. Hagel's nomination was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week in a 14-11 party line vote. Although Hagel came under fire for remarks he made about Israel...
  • Stand and Fight (Wayne LaPierre)

    02/14/2013 2:12:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 13, 2013 | Wayne LaPierre
    Before I tell you how the NRA and our members are going to Stand And Fight politically and in the courts, let’s acknowledge that all over this country, tens of millions of Americans are already preparing to Stand And Fight to protect their families and homes. These good Americans are prudently getting ready to protect themselves.It has always been sensible for good citizens to own and carry firearms for lawful protection against violent criminals who prey on decent people.During the second Obama term, however, additional threats are growing. Latin American drug gangs have invaded every city of significant size in...
  • President Obama Participates in a Fireside Hangout on Google

    02/14/2013 2:11:32 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/14/12 | Whitehouse
    Going on live now.
  • The Iconic Canadarm Embarks on Last Leg of a Storied Journey

    02/14/2013 2:05:09 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 3 replies
    Canadian Space Agency ^ | February 14, 2013
    Longueuil, Quebec, February 14, 2013 – The Government of Canada is proud to welcome one of our greatest technological contributions to international space exploration: the original Canadarm flown on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. "I am proud to repatriate this historic piece of Canadian technology and ensure it is on display for all Canadians to see," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "Canadians are immensely proud of the Canadarm which was absolutely critical to the Space Shuttle Program and positioned Canada as a key partner in the International Space Station." The...
  • Hagel Cloture votes Fails 57-43

    02/14/2013 1:55:43 PM PST · by Perdogg · 40 replies
    I'm getting this off Twitter, but @kerrypicket reported it. Fox still has it underway. I don't really understand how we know it's failed when people are still voting but then again I don't understand a lot of things, like Ashley Judd's visage bouffi. "Failing cloture" would mean Hagel is blocked, as the vote cannot then proceed to an actual vote on the merits. I'm gaining confidence in this report because McCain is talking all cocky and pointing out the Democrats filibustered John Tower in 1989.
  • Redefining Marriage Raises Concerns For Children and Society

    02/14/2013 1:48:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Austin Nimocks
    NOTE: This is the sixth and final column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fifth column is available here. Much of the debate surrounding same-sex marriage asks about societal harms. Many advocates of the change quickly dismiss the question and insist that a redefinition of marriage won’t hurt anyone. But that conclusion proceeds from a misperception about what marriage is—a failure to grasp marriage’s role as a public institution that shapes our thoughts and actions. Marriage is not merely a legal arrangement that bestows various benefits and obligations on its participants....
  • Belafonte blasts 'white America' for black gun crimes!

    02/14/2013 1:42:21 PM PST · by wesagain · 75 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Michael Thompson
    WASHINGTON – Harry Belafonte, entertainer, long-time left-wing activist and admirer of Third World dictators, inserted himself into the national debate on gun control when he claimed “white Americans” who agitate for gun rights are ignoring the black “river of blood that washes the streets of our nation.” The actor was on hand to be honored at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards when he asserted in his acceptance speech that the “group most devastated by America’s obsession with the gun is African Americans.” “Although making comparisons can be dangerous, there are times when they must be noted,” he said. ‘America has...
  • Texas: Jerry Patterson Supports Statewide Property Tax

    02/14/2013 1:41:38 PM PST · by Sic Parvis Magna · 72 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | February 14, 2013 | Elena Schneide
    Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a declared candidate for the 2014 lieutenant governor's race, did not rule out supporting a statewide property tax to benefit public education funding, and he said that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has lost his "ability to sell" the issues. Patterson, who made his comments Thursday during a TribLive conversation, said a statewide property tax, rather than local property taxes, “might be the answer” to the financing inequities in different counties. Such a move would require that a constitutional prohibition against that tax to be repealed.
  • Bypassing the Politicians on Gun Control

    02/14/2013 1:40:47 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Robert Eugene Simmons Jr.
    As we watch the lawmakers scramble to make new laws to restrict our ability to defend ourselves and our families, it becomes clear that there are few politicians representing the people or the Constitution in this manner. Despite abundantly clear Second Amendment's restrictions, the politicians seem to not care. The politicians have learned from recent history that any controversy over their current actions will blow over and be replaced by the latest pop scandal in the press by election time. Furthermore, they know that litigation against their illegal laws will take years and perhaps even decades. To bolster their point...
  • "Self-Inflicted Damage" Now the UK Goal; Inflation a "Cause For Optimism"

    02/14/2013 1:34:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Inflation is expected to run well above the Bank of England target rate of 2% for another two years in the UK. Don't worry it's a self-inflicted goal. Moreover, Inflation is a cause for optimism says Bank of England governor Mervyn King. The UK inflation rate will remain stubbornly high for longer than previously thought, the governor of the Bank of England has said. Sir Mervyn King now expects inflation, currently 2.7%, to rise to at least 3% by the summer and to remain above the Bank's 2% target for two years. In November he had said that inflation would...
  • Keep Wrestling in the Olympics - Sign the Petition

    02/14/2013 1:34:06 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 12 replies
    Vanity ^ | 2/13/13 | Vanity
    Keep Wrestling in the Olympics! We have 270,000 wrestlers in high school and the Olympics is the aspiration of many. It is one of the real tests in high school athletics and to take away the Olympics is a big blow to the sport. There are more important things than TV ratings. They are keeping golf and replacing wrestling, the sport from the ancient Greeks and in the first Olympics. It was painted on cave walls 3000 years ago. Americans have earned over 100 Olympic medals in wrestling! Thanks for your support.
  • GAO: Defense Dept. Lowered Standards for Afghan Forces to Justify Withdrawal

    02/14/2013 1:32:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | William Bigelow
    During Tuesday night's State of the Union address, Barack Obama boasted that he and NATO are planning to leave Afghanistan at the end of 2014 and leave the security of the country to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). There’s one problem: the ANSF isn’t ready. The ANSF was supposed to meet determined standards of effectiveness before the U.S. would withdraw its forces, but now the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is admitting that those standards were lowered so that coalition forces could get out. The desired ranking for the ANSF was previously “independent,” which meant they could function alone. Those...
  • Ex-mayor gambled away $1 billion (San Diego)

    02/14/2013 1:31:57 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | February 14, 2013 | Greg Moran
    SAN DIEGO — Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor took $2 million from a nonprofit foundation to feed a gambling addiction in which she lost more than $1 billion over an eight-year period, federal prosecutors said Thursday. O’Connor, 66, appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty to a money laundering charge as part of a deferred prosecution. Under the arrangement with federal prosecutors, she has two years to repay the $2 million taken from the R.P. Foundation, a nonprofit set up by her late husband, Robert O. Peterson. Peterson was the co-founder of the Jack-In-The-Box restaurant chain and later...
  • Illinois Senate passes same-sex marriage measure

    02/14/2013 1:31:35 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/14/13 | Ashley Fantz
    (CNN) -- The Illinois Senate passed a measure Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage, voting 34-21.
  • Indiana Guardsman Gunned Down While Shielding 2-Year-Old Son

    02/14/2013 1:28:10 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 11 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | February 13, 2013
    Home from Afghanistan for just five months, 25-year-old Indiana National Guardsman Willie Cook was gunned down while shielding his two-year-old son. CBS 2′s Dana Kozlov reports its another case of mistaken identity, with no one in custody. Two-year-old Antoine Cook uses a toy cell phone to talk to his father. It’s all he has. “And to know that your 2 year old has to pretend to talk to his dad,” said Laquana Norwood. On February 2, Cook, was shot and killed while in a car near his grandmother’s East Chicago house where he was taking Antoine for a visit. The...
  • Obama’s State of the Union: More of the Same

    02/14/2013 1:25:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Julie Borowski
    President Obama’s State of the Union address recycled the same old tired rhetoric that he’s been peddling since 2009. Instead of addressing how to reduce the nation’s $16 trillion debt and lower the high unemployment rate, Obama proposed more reckless spending and regulations that will further stifle economic growth in this country. He started his speech with predictable statements on how the economy is allegedly growing stronger—despite the near eight percent unemployment rate calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That official rate does not even factor in the 3.25 million out of work Americans that are so hopelessly discouraged...
  • Union Leader: “ICE Crumbling from Within” Because Obama Won't Let Agents Arrest Illegals

    02/14/2013 1:24:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 13, 2013 | Penny Starr
    The men and women charged with enforcing federal immigration law are being prohibited from doing so by the Obama administration, according to Chris Crane, president of the union that represents officers and agents employed by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “I think most Americans assume that ICE agents and officers are empowered by the government to enforce the law,” Crane said on Wednesday at Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on immigration reform. “Nothing could be further from the truth. With 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S., ICE agents are now prohibited from arresting illegal aliens...
  • BREAKING: Obama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack, White House says

    02/14/2013 1:19:27 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 124 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2013 | Stephan Dinan
    President Obama didn’t make any phone calls the night of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House said in a letter to Congress released Thursday. “During the entire attack, the president of the United States never picked up the phone to put the weight of his office in the mix,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who had held up Mr. Obama’s defense secretary nominee to force the information to be released. Mr. Graham said that if Mr. Obama had picked up the phone, at least two of the Americans killed in...