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  • First Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Trial

    02/15/2013 12:12:07 AM PST · by neverdem
    National Review Online ^ | February 14, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    At present, there are three small human safety embryonic stem cell studies. All deal with macular degeneration-type conditions. And now, a human trial looks to soon get underway in Japan using induced pluripotent stem cells, that is, stem cells made from a patient’s own skin or other tissues. From the Nature News story: Having already received IRB approval at her home institution, Takahashi can now move towards the final step before patient recruitment: getting health ministry approval.  She’s expected receive that in time for starting the trials during this fiscal year, ending March 2014. The trial will enroll six patients...
  • Stewart Rhodes/John Wallace, Pro-Second Amendment Rally 2-12 (Albany NY)

    02/14/2013 11:57:03 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 6 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | February 15, 2013 | Sheryl Thomas
    From the rally earlier this month.
  • Death of the Swing State - Fewer than one-fourth of House districts are competitive...

    02/14/2013 11:26:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 14, 2013 | Charlie Cook
    Fewer than one-fourth of House districts are competitive. That's bad news for Democrats.Democrats face twin struggles as they seek to retake the House majority they lost in 2010. First, the chamber has largely sorted itself out. With 96 percent of Democratic House members representing districts carried by President Obama and 94 percent of Republican House lawmakers representing districts won by Mitt Romney, each party pretty much has the seats God intended. The House simply doesnt have much elasticity right now. Substantial gains would either require Democrats winning a bunch of Romney districts or Republicans capturing a lot of Obama districts....
  • BARONE: OPERATING ABOVE LAW

    02/14/2013 10:43:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Human Events ^ | 2/14/2013 | Michael Barone
    Presidents’ State of the Union addresses are delivered in the chamber of the House of Representatives in the Capitol. The classical majesty of this building where laws are made symbolizes the idea that we live under the rule of law. Unfortunately, the 44th president is running an administration that too often seems to ignore the rule of law.“We can’t wait,” Barack Obama took to saying after the Republicans captured a majority in the House and refused to pass laws he wanted. He would act to get what he wanted regardless of law.One example: his recess appointments in January 2012 of...
  • S.E. Cupp: We cant be afraid to call out Rush Limbaugh

    02/14/2013 10:13:16 PM PST · by Mozilla · 118 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2./14/2013 | Matt K. Lewis
    The New York Times has a must-read up on how the GOP is losing the tech war and losing the youth vote. But tucked away in the piece, I found this: [W]e cant be afraid to call out Rush Limbaugh, said Goodwins fiance, S. E. Cupp, a New York Daily News columnist and a co-host ofThe Cycleon MSNBC. If we can get three Republicans on three different networks saying, What Rush Limbaugh said is crazy and stupid and dangerous, maybe thatll give other Republicans cover to denounce the talk-show host as well.
  • Wayne Lapierre Responds to State of the Union Address

    02/14/2013 9:55:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://home.nra.org ^ | February 14, 2013 | NRA
    Its good to be here among friends. Your support has always meant a lot to me and I thank you for your warm welcome. Two nights ago, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address. In that speech, the president displayed a level of political fraud and public deception that cannot be ignored.....
  • Friday 2/15/13, 9pm ET - "Hannity" exclusive - Dr Ben Carson, for the full hour

    02/14/2013 9:48:41 PM PST · by nutmeg · 22 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | February 13, 2013 | Fox News Insider
    This Friday (2/15/13), Dr. Ben Carson will sit down with Sean Hannity and a distinguished audience in a special one-hour show that revolves around one idea and one quest: saving America. Tonight, the Insider and ONLY the Insider was able to catch up with Dr. Carson in the Hannity green room right before the taping of the special. We got a preview of the show, and more importantly, got to ask him some of our own burning questions. Tune in Friday at 9p ET to this special edition of Hannity, only on Fox News Channel...
  • Who Tells Us What To Think? Does The Mainstream Media = The Matrix?

    02/14/2013 9:30:04 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TEC ^ | 2-14-2013 | Michael Snyder
    Who Tells Us What To Think? Does The Mainstream Media = The Matrix? By Michael Snyder February 14th, 2013 Do you believe that you really think for yourself? Did you come up with your attitudes, opinions and beliefs on your own, or are they continually being shaped and molded by someone else? Could it be possible that you and everyone around you is actually hooked into a real life version of "the matrix" that is constantly defining your reality for you? Sadly, the truth is that almost all of us have willingly hooked ourselves into a colossal media system that...
  • Students, parents concerned by seemingly slanted college syllabus ( Not allowed to use Fox News )

    02/14/2013 9:26:02 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 16 replies
    http://www.wtov9.com/ ^ | Feb 14 2013 | Josh Eachus
    By Josh Eachus WEST LIBERTY, W.Va.Students and parents are questioning a college professor after she reportedly issued a syllabus that filtered students research options The syllabus tells students in a West Liberty University political science course what sources they can and cannot use. Among those students are asked not to use are The Onion, an openly fictitious parody of real-life news, and Fox News, a professional news organization. In the syllabus, the professor allegedly says, "The tagline Fox News makes me cringe." "One of our values at West Liberty is to encourage students to go out and inquire and gather...
  • Condom Candy, Lesbian Rape, and Ethical Chocolate: How the Left Likes to Celebrate Valentines

    02/14/2013 9:19:12 PM PST · by chessplayer · 4 replies
    Not sure how to celebrate Valentine's Day this year? Left-wing groups and media such as The Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood and The Huffington Post have overtaken the holiday to promote their culture of sexual promiscuity and wacky environmentalism. From universities and medical clinics offering condom lollipops and free STD testing (and hosting plays about lesbian rape) and "green" websites dictating how "ethically" bought chocolate and flowers can save the planet, to disturbing LGBTQIA-themed gifts, the eco-friendly, gay-friendly, sex-obsessed left has plenty of ideas for how you should celebrate the holiday of love.
  • NBC's Williams Predicts Rubio's Water Sip 'Just Might Live On Forever'

    02/14/2013 8:57:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 57 replies
    On Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams proclaimed that Florida Senator Marco Rubio taking a sip of water during his response to the State of the Union was "the televised moment from last night that just might live on forever." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] Williams expounded: "Well, it's one of the cruelest aspects of politics in the television age. No matter how well-crafted the content, no matter how thoughtful a person you are, it's the television moments, the superficial, purely visual moments that are often remembered forever instead. And that will certainly...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee, in Congress: 'I Stand Here as a Freed Slave'

    02/14/2013 8:47:01 PM PST · by chessplayer · 72 replies
    Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) looks mighty good for a woman who has to be at least 148 years old. My take on her age is based on a statement the Congresswoman made today while objecting to impending spending reductions relating to sequestration in which she characterized herself as "a freed slave." Slavery as a legal institution ended in the U.S. in 1865 at the end of the Civil War. Here is what Ms. Jackson Lee said, in context (HT Rush Limbaugh): We are at the bone almost. And sequester that is across-the-board cuts will literally destroy us and put us...
  • Hillary Clinton (drinking water in a speech)

    02/14/2013 8:30:53 PM PST · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/14/13 | Right wing news
    Oh my, look at that.... took a drink of water in the middle of a speech.
  • Why Inflation In 2013 Is Imminent

    02/14/2013 8:24:29 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-14-2013 | Money Morning - Jeff Uscher
    Why Inflation In 2013 Is Imminent Economics / InflationFebruary 14, 2013 - 03:48 PM GMT By: Money Morning Jeff Uscher writes: Is a spike in the monetary base - currency in circulation plus bank reserves at the Fed - the first sign of imminent inflation? Art Cashin, the well-respected director of floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange for UBS, recently told King World News the increase in the monetary base may well be a sign of impending inflation. Monetary base, sometimes called high-powered money, is the basis for the bank lending that drives our economy. When interest rates...
  • Obama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack, White House says

    02/14/2013 8:16:14 PM PST · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama didnt 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...
  • Did Hagel rig vote to win Senate seat? Details revealed in magazine profile on alleged GOP plan

    02/14/2013 8:09:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/14/13 | Bob Unruh
    An attempt by Senate Democrats to push through their controversial nominee for defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., failed today on a 58-40 vote as Republicans said they havent been given answers to their questions. Among his opponents are 14 retired U.S. admirals and generals, including high-profile names such as Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin and Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely. Hagel has endorsed subjecting the U.S. to the U.N.s International Criminal Court, and hes sat on the board of numerous globalist groups promoting U.S. funding for the Third World.
  • The Chris Dorner Hero-Worship, on Both Sides of the Aisle

    02/14/2013 7:59:29 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 63 replies
    The Hayride ^ | Feb. 13, 2013 | MacAoidh
    The most disheartening event in the country this week wasnt the State of the Union address, though that was certainly ugly enough. And it wasnt the finale of the Chris Dorner rampage, which was certainly horrific enough in its waste of human life. From the standpoint of the picture it paints for us of America circa 2013, its the reaction to Dorner. The reaction of the Left to Dorner is hideous enough. Its personified by the vapid, disgusting and degenerate Marc Lamont Hill, who finds deep meaning and excitement in Dorners senseless mayhem and unhinged online ramblings If...
  • North: Presidents and Promises

    02/14/2013 7:52:08 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 15, 2013 | Oliver North
    YORBA LINDA, Calif. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, a capacity crowd filled a replica of the White House East Room for a presentation at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. After that, they stood in line to buy autographed copies of my latest New York Times best-seller, "Heroes Proved." All of them heard: "Lyndon Johnson sent my brother and me to war in Vietnam. In his first address to our nation as president, Richard Nixon promised to bring us home. We're alive today because he kept his word." After the event, I listened to a rerun of our current...
  • Lee Judge's Tasteless Chris Kyle Cartoon Is Only The Latest Smear Of Conservatism

    02/14/2013 7:48:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 14, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    Today, our friends at Twitchy reported that Lee Judge, a left-wing political cartoonist, illustrated a depraved caricature depicting the grave of ex-sniper, and Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle – with the caption “if only there had been a good guy around.”  This is wholly insensitive, and a craven attempt to smear an American hero who was tragically slain by a fellow veteran whom he was helping cope with PTSD.  But this is hardly the first time Judge has inked a cartoon that transgresses the bounds of decency in service of a left-wing political argument. For example, when the NRA first proposed...
  • Increased activity at Musudan-ri indicates N. Korea preparing for another rocket launch

    02/14/2013 7:45:49 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/15
    2013/02/15 10:53 KST Increased activity at Musudan-ri indicates N. Korea preparing for another rocket launch SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- Recent progress in the construction of new facilities and a general increase in activity at North Korea's Musudan-ri launch site may be an indication that the belligerent nation might launch another rocket following the detonation of its third nuclear device, a Web site specializing in North Korean affairs said Friday. "Construction of new facilities at the Tonghae Satellite launching ground, previously disrupted by typhoons that ravaged the east coast last summer, has made important progress since late Oct. 2012," U.S....
  • Caption these Photos (State of the Union Address)

    02/14/2013 7:32:23 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    President Barack Obama delivers his fourth State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 12, 2103.
  • MSNBC Continues Smear of 'Racist' NRA; Alex Wagner Hits Wayne LaPierre as Afraid of 'Dark People'

    02/14/2013 7:27:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 14, 2013 | Scott Whitlock
    MSNBC, for the second time on Thursday, smeared the National Rifle Association as racist, trashing the gun group's president as appealing to bigotry. Now host Alex Wagner read from an op-ed by Wayne LaPierre in which he argues that owning a gun is the only real protection from crime, looting and riots. Specifically, LaPierre mentioned the aftermath to Hurricane Sandy and looting in Brooklyn. Wagner quoted LaPierre: "Hurricanes, tornadoes, riots, terrorists, gangs, lone criminals, these are the perils we are sure to face. Not just maybe. It's not paranoia to buy a gun. It's survival." She then sneered, "There's also a...
  • Magpul Responds to Proposed Colorado Magazine Capacity Limit

    02/14/2013 7:04:21 PM PST · by Red Steel · 40 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 2/12/13 | David Higginbotham
    Magpul is one of the nations leading manufacturers of AR-15 magazines. Their PMAGs were popular before the current rush on all-things-AR, but now theyre almost impossible to find in stores. Even with the increased demand, Magpul is holding their prices steady. And theyve increased production to meet the increase in demand. By every estimate, Magpul is a model company. Their products are used by civilians, law enforcement and the military. They employ more than 200 people in Colorado, their home state, and their presence there guarantees work for more than 700 suppliers and subcontractors. By all accounts, Magpul is not...
  • Hundreds of students brawl at Minneapolis high school (Moochelle starving kids?)

    02/14/2013 7:01:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police say hundreds of students brawled at Minneapolis South High School after a food fight got out of control. **SNIP** Minneapolis Police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer says 200 to 300 students fought and no weapons were used. He says about a dozen officers were on the scene and used chemical spray to break up the fight.
  • Obama meets 47% video guy

    02/14/2013 6:35:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/14/13 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    DECATUR, Ga. -- President Obama on Thursday met the man who made "47 percent" part of Mitt Romney's legacy. Obama and opposition researcher James Carter, who released the infamous Romney fundraiser video, met backstage before Obama's education event here, Carter's cousin, Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, told POLITICO. Upon being introduced and told of James Carter's role in the 47 percent video, Obama jumped forward to embrace him.
  • Heavy hitters support SAF motion to Supreme Court on carry case

    02/14/2013 6:34:14 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 February, 2013 | Dave Workman
    The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation is getting some heavyweight support in its petition to the Supreme Court for a Writ of Certiorari in a case challenging the gun permitting statute in the State of New York; a case that will have national impact because it could affect every concealed carry statute in the nation. Supporting the motion are 20 state attorneys general, and gun owners in the other 30 states are wondering why their attorney general has not signed on. Washingtons new Democrat Attorney General Bob Fergusons name is not on the list. Attorneys general who have signed onto an...
  • Working to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence in the United States ("Anti-Gov Extremists")

    02/14/2013 6:33:30 PM PST · by optiguy · 56 replies
    The White House Website ^ | February 5, 2013 | Quintan Wiktorowicz
    The American public increasingly relies on the Internet for socializing, business transactions, gathering information, entertainment, and creating and sharing content. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought opportunities but also risks, and the Federal Government is committed to empowering members of the public to protect themselves against the full range of online threats, including online radicalization to violence.
  • O'Connor had $1 billion gambling habit (former San Diego Democrat Mayor)

    02/14/2013 6:20:58 PM PST · by BAW · 14 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Greg Moran
    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen OConnor took $2 million from a nonprofit foundation to feed a gambling addiction in which she lost more than $1 billion over a nine-year period, federal prosecutors said Thursday. OConnor, 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 co-founder of the Jack-In-The-Box restaurant chain and later Southern California First National...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Fabulous FRiday Favorites ~ 15 February 2013

    02/14/2013 6:07:55 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 109 replies
    February 14, 2013 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. Fabulous FRiday FAVORITES Tell us about your favorite War Movie. Apocalypse Now (1979) Saving Private Ryan (1998) The Hurt Locker (2008) The Dirty Dozen (1967) All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Platoon (1986) Patton (1970) We Were Soldiers (2002) (Beachy's Fav) Remember, the Canteen is a family friendly place. We welcome the military, our allies, and their families.Continued prayers for the success and completion of your mission. Prayers for...
  • Armed 87-year-old saves woman: Cops

    02/14/2013 6:04:46 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    KRQE News 13 ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Gabrielle Burkhart
    ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Sheriff's deputies said a gunshot victim wasn't really a victim after all. In fact, they said he's quite the opposite. According to investigators, the man who pulled the trigger was an 87-year-old hero. Investigators believe the gunshot victim was in the process of chasing down and attacking a woman when the shooting happened. The incident happened Sunday at a property in north Roswell in the 6100 block of Old Clovis Highway. A woman was doing laundry when she claims her neighbor, Larrell Stell, 49, took off his shirt and started talking. "She reports being accosted by...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-14-13

    02/14/2013 5:55:53 PM PST · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-14-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Breaking: MN Democrats Introduce Law to Confiscate Guns Using Same Language as MO Democrats

    02/14/2013 5:53:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 151 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/14/13 | Jim Hoft
    THIS IS AN ORGANIZED NATIONAL EFFORT FOLKS This is not a coincidence. It is a concerted effort. Missouri Democrats are pushing a bill to confiscate guns giving gun owners 90 days to turn in their weapons. Minnesota Democrats are pushing the same bill. Missouri Democrats introduced an anti-gun bill which would turn law-abiding firearm owners into criminals this week. Gun owners will have 90 days to turn in their guns if the legislation is passed. Dana Loesch has more details. Here is the language: 4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession...
  • Marco Rubio aka Water Boy

    02/14/2013 5:50:35 PM PST · by Vendome · 109 replies
    Vanity | 2/14/2013 | Vendome
    Freepers! Marco Rubio is just great and what a sense of humor. This is exactly how to respond to liberal hubris and their synthetic, hibrow, intellect. You need this water bottle if only to get Marco notice from now on. He is going to be Yuge and you need to support him.
  • Ray's Hell-Burger properties in Arlington up for lease

    02/14/2013 5:50:30 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 12, 2013 | 3:16 pm | Washington Examiner staff?
    Ray's Hell-Burger in Arlington -- and Hell-Burger Too next door -- both closed down in January due to a dispute with the landlord. It was thought that the closure would just be temporary. Now, it appears as if the properties are up for rent. The Washingtonian is reporting that there are "For Rent" signs up in the windows of the locations and that the eateries appear to be mostly empty. Owner Michael Landrum did not comment to the magazine,
  • Exclusive: Judicial Watch Breaks USDA Training Video Labeling Pilgrims 'Illegal Aliens'

    02/14/2013 5:46:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/14/13 | staff
    Wednesday night on The OReilly Factor, Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, broke a series of previously unreleased US Department of Agriculture Videos featuring required Cultural Sensitivity Training. The program required employees to chant, The pilgrims were illegal aliens, never to use the word minorities and to replace it instead with emerging majorities, and other similarly leftist tripe. The sensitivity training sessions taped here were held on USDA premises, and is part of what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack termed the departments new era of Civil Rights and broader effort towards cultural transformation at USDA. The training sessions were created by...
  • Report: L.A. County Sheriff Awards Carry Permits to Friends, Donors

    02/14/2013 5:38:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | february 14, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Public records show Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who is known for being stingy with concealed-weapons permits in an anti-gun jurisdiction, may be giving out permits disproportionately to his friends and political supporters and donors. L.A. Weekly obtained public records for all of the 341 active concealed-weapons permits in addition to the 123 applications for permits that were denied over the last 18 months. The records show that of all the people who were denied a permit, only one had contributed to Baca. Baca's friends and campaign donors disproportionately make up the list of those who have active permits....
  • Chemical velcro sticks underwater

    02/14/2013 5:32:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 14 February 2013 | James Urquhart
    Ferrocene 'hooks' (yellow) fit into cucurbituril 'loops' (grey) to hold the two sheets of silicon together Wiley-VCHSouth Korean scientists have developed a chemical velcro that shows promise as a strong and reversible underwater adhesive. The team suggests it could have many applications that require controllable adhesion in aqueous environments.Previous efforts to create underwater adhesives have mainly focused on biomimetic catechol-based polymers that are secreted by marine organisms, including mussels. However, these require curing agents and work by covalent crosslinking, which results in permanent adhesion.Now, Kimoon Kim and colleagues at Pohang University of Science and Technology, have developed a reversible...
  • IG: Add LG Chem to Obamas green-tech subsidy flops

    02/14/2013 5:26:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    hot air ^ | february 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This comes as no surprise to Hot Air readers, who learned about the value of the Obama administrations $150 million subsidy investment of LG Chem last fall. After furloughing its workers at their Grand Rapids plant without having a single one of their batteries installed in a consumer vehicle, the local NBC affiliate produced this report on the way taxpayer money got spent:
  • Arizona debates driver's licenses for immigrants

    02/14/2013 5:25:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 02/14/2013 | Associated Press
    After Mabel Muoz was stopped by police while driving to her college dormitory, the honor student was
  • Benghazi Attack Was Retaliation For Brennans Secret Al-Qaeda War

    02/14/2013 5:24:39 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | February 14, 2013 | Kris Zane
    Obama with his we cant wait for Congress to act ... there is one man who wields more power than Obama: CIA appointee John Brennan. ... recently discovered that Brennan, running something akin to a fiefdom with his drone assassination program, has the power to decide who lives and who dies and doesnt have to provide evidence to any entity that the target presents any threat to Americaeven if they are an Americaneven if the American is living in the United States ... the United States, leading up to the 2011 Libyan civil war had been flooding Libya with literally...
  • Former San Diego mayor (party unknown) acknowledges using charity for gambling, losing $1 billion

    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen OConnor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband's charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker and lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade. OConnor, the mayor of Californias second largest city from 1986 to 1992, pleaded not guilty to money laundering as part of a deal with prosecutors that will defer the charges for two years as she attempts to repay the debt. An attorney for OConnor, Eugene Iredale, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client had severe health problems,...
  • Pelosi: Congressional pay cut undermines dignity of the job

    02/14/2013 5:20:58 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | 14 Feb 13 | Mike Lillis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she opposes a cut in congressional pay because it would diminish the dignity of lawmakers' jobs. "I don't think we should do it; I think we should respect the work we do," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "I think it's necessary for us to have the dignity of the job that we have rewarded." The comments were made in the context of the looming sequester, which would force across-the-board cuts affecting most federal offices, including Congress. With lawmakers nowhere near a deal to avert those cuts, federal agencies are bracing...
  • Ex-girlfriend: Dorner was stressed out, bottled up

    02/14/2013 5:18:05 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 2/14/13 | Joe Sterling
    CNN) -- An ex-girlfriend of slain murder suspect Christopher Dorner said the former L.A. policeman worked in a pressure cooker and she was afraid he would target her after she heard he was the object of a manhunt. "It was very scary, and, you know, I made a decision to speak out because if anything had happened to me, I'd want my family to at least have an idea about maybe who it was," Arianna Williams told CNN on Thursday. ~~SNIP~~ "He would come over to my house and sometimes there would be firearms laying around. I just attribute that...
  • Time For Firearms Manufacturers to Draw the Line

    02/14/2013 5:00:34 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Sean Sorrentino
    Raleigh, NC --(Ammoland.com)- How much is your profit margin worth? Lenin famously said that capitalists will sell us the rope we use to hang them. Should firearms manufacturers sell guns to the police who will enforce gun control laws? Should they sell arms to the states that do not respect the rights of their residents? LaRue got the ball rolling. Olympic Arms came out strong. EFI appears to have added New York to the list they already maintained of locations they simply wouldnt support. Templar Custom has joined in. And York Arms not only joined, they cancelled actual New York...
  • Rahm Emanuel Toying With 2016 Presidential Run, Sources Say

    02/14/2013 4:59:35 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 2/14/13 | Lloyd Grove
    Obamas former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel might make a go for 2016, two well-connected Democrats tell Lloyd Groveas long as Hillary doesnt. And the potty-mouthed Chicago mayor could win.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is said by well-connected Democrats to be considering with the idea of running for president if Hillary Clinton opts out of the 2016 race. Its unclear who raised the subjectEmanuel or the donorsand the mayors press secretary didnt offer any clarity on who said what to whom. However, Tarah Cooper sent a photo of Emanuel's scrawl on yellow legal paper vowing "not ever" to run for "for...
  • President Obama talks policy, baby names on Google+ hangout

    02/14/2013 4:58:09 PM PST · by SMGFan
    This afternoon, President Obama participated in a Google-sponsored, Google-approved video roundtable with a range of normal folk who moonlight as bloggers, entrepreneurs, and authors (including a certain one named John Green). The hangout hit on the usual issues the economy, immigration, gun control with questions and answers moving like a town hall of the future. This meant there was time to talk about patent reform (thanks, red-headed kickstart advocate Limor Freid) and shots of Obama looking at a screen featuring his face looking at America. Jackie Guerrero wanted to talk about immigration: Would the President continue to execute...
  • Charred remains found in cabin positively ID'd as Christopher Dorner, police report

    02/14/2013 4:57:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    FOX News.com ^ | February 14, 2013
    Charred remains found in a burned out California cabin have been positively identified as that of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said the remains were identified through dental examination in the autopsy. Authorities said other personal effects were found in the cabin, including Dorner's license. Miller did not give a cause of death. The search for Dorner began last week after authorities said he had launched a deadly revenge campaign against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing, warning that he would bring "warfare" to...
  • York Arms Cancels All Its New York Police Orders

    02/14/2013 4:54:27 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 38 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Buxton, ME --(Ammoland.com)- Based on the recent legislation in New York, we are prohibited from selling rifles and receivers to residents of New York. We have chosen to extend that prohibition to all governmental agencies associated with or located within New York. As a result we have halted sales of rifles, short barreled rifles, short barreled shotguns, machine guns, and silencers to New York governmental agencies. For civilian customers residing in New York: At your choice, we will: Complete your order and ship to a dealer of your choice outside of NY. Refund your payment in full. Hold your items...
  • Iran commander assassinated in Syria

    02/14/2013 4:51:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 2/14/13 | Ruth Sherlock,
    General Hassan Shateri was killed on Tuesday in an ambush on the way from Damascus towards the Lebanese capital, the Iranian authorities said. They blamed the attack on Israel. Gen Shateri was also in charge of the Iranian of the Iranian Committee for the Reconstruction of Lebanon, set up after the devastating war in 2006 between Israel and the Iran supported Shiite Hezbollah militia.
  • Obama Should Classify Fort Hood Attack As Act Of Terror

    02/14/2013 4:48:09 PM PST · by raptor22 · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 14, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: Victims of the Fort Hood shooting, including a prior SOTU guest, say they've been neglected by the military, "betrayed" by the president and denied full benefits in the name of political correctness. Kimberly Munley was one of two police officers who confronted Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan when he shouted "Allahu Akbar" and opened fire on U.S. soldiers. Thirteen people were killed, including a pregnant soldier, and 32 others shot in the Nov. 5, 2009, rampage at the Army base in Killeen, Texas. Munley was shot three times as she and her partner, Sgt. Mark Todd,...