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  • Howie Carr thread for Feb 15-28, 2013

    02/15/2013 7:51:08 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 19 replies
    howiecarrshow.com ^ | 2/15/13 | raccoonradio
    Howie Carr thread for the second half of Feb. starting with today's Boston Herald column, "Whitey Trial Made for TV"
  • It's time to let your voice be heard at the Minnesota Capitol!

    02/15/2013 7:45:35 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    GOCRA ^ | 2-15-13 | GOCRA
    We need you to once again show the Minnesota Legislature that real Minnesotans oppose infringements on Second Amendment rights! Senate Judiciary Committee chair Ron Latz, a consistent voice against gun rights, has scheduled three hearings next week to discuss the numerous gun control bills introduced this session.  They hearing times are: · Thursday, Feb. 21, Noon to 2:30 p.m. · Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. · Friday, Feb. 22, Noon to 6:00 p.m. While Senator Latz delayed public announcement of these hearings until Wednesday night, he apparently tipped off anti-rights groups early Wednesday morning!   We don't know yet which bills will be heard when, but...
  • SEAL who killed Bin Laden reportedly knew he’d lose benefits

    02/15/2013 7:39:35 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 15, 2013
    SEAL who killed Bin Laden reportedly knew he’d lose benefits Published February 15, 2013 | FoxNews.com The former Navy SEAL who says he shot Usama bin Laden reportedly knew he was leaving the service well short of a retirement and without benefits, according to the commander of Naval Special Warfare. The “man who killed" bin Laden — featured in the March issue of Esquire — made headlines earlier this week when the former SEAL asserted was “screwed” and abandoned by the military after losing his military health insurance benefits upon leaving the service in September. But Rear Adm. Sean Pybus...
  • Obama's Free Trade With Europe Fraught With Red Flags

    02/15/2013 7:32:41 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 14 Feb 2013 | Editorial
    Commerce: In his State of the Union address, President Obama announced talks with Europe for the most ambitious trade partnership ever attempted. So how come it doesn't include the words "free trade"? bfgs'Tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union — because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs," President Obama said in his State of the Union address. It's hard to think of any greater tonic for two stricken economies than free trade with one other. The U.S....
  • EDITORIAL: Huddled masses in retirement Elderly immigrants are becoming wards of the state

    02/15/2013 7:27:33 AM PST · by kabar · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Editorial
    Entitlement spending and immigration are two issues that threaten America’s financial future. The two controversies meet in the case of the newly arrived elderly, many of whom have discovered they can cash in on an overly generous welfare system. The scam is simple. Senior immigrants typically live with their foreign-born adult children who already have gained their U.S. citizenship. After five years of green-card status, the parents can apply for citizenship. From 2000 through 2011, about a million persons aged 60 or over were granted citizenship, accounting for about 13 percent of total naturalizations. Often, the immigrant children are highly...
  • No love for illegals’ Valentine

    02/15/2013 7:08:14 AM PST · by suspects · 12 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 15, 2013 | Michael Graham
    Protest ‘flowers’ but misses the point Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like getting badgered by an illegal immigrant in downtown Boston. While forgetful husbands were rushing in a panic to the nearest Hallmark shop yesterday to dig through the near-empty shelves (remember trying to pass off the Passover card as a Valentine last year?) amnesty advocates were stopping commuters to make the case for opening America’s borders. A group calling itself the “New England Coalition for Keeping Families Together” was handing out flowers at Government Center as part of the “Where’s My Valentine” campaign, according to the Associated Press. “The...
  • Senate backs bill to bar disclosure on concealed handgun permits

    02/15/2013 7:03:31 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | ANDREW CAIN AND JIM NOLAN
    The state Senate voted 32-8 Thursday to bar circuit court clerks from disclosing to the public the names of people who have concealed handgun permits. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, now goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell. Advertisement The governor will review the legislation when he receives it, said J. Tucker Martin, a spokesman for McDonnell. In its form that initially passed the Senate, the bill would have barred disclosure only in the case of a person who is protected by a protective order. A House subcommittee amended the bill to bar disclosure for anyone who has...
  • Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test(2 nukes and 1 rocket)

    02/15/2013 6:48:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Benjamin Kang Lim
    Exclusive: North Korea tells China of preparations for fresh nuclear test By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING | Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:31am EST (Reuters) - North Korea has told its key ally, China, that it is prepared to stage one or even two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, said a source with direct knowledge of the message. Further tests could also be accompanied this year by another rocket launch, said the source who has direct access to the top levels of government in both Beijing and Pyongyang....
  • FAA to create 6 drone test sites in US

    02/15/2013 6:42:07 AM PST · by mykroar · 16 replies
    The Washington Guardian ^ | 2/15/2013 | Joan Lowy
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration also posted online a draft plan for protecting people's privacy from the eyes in the sky. The plan would require each test site to follow federal and state laws and make a privacy policy publicly available.</p>
  • Environmental groups prepare for ‘biggest climate rally in U.S. history’ . . .

    02/15/2013 6:31:45 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 55 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | February 14, 2013 | Andy Radia
    A large global warming protest with a very Canadian connection is scheduled for Sunday February 17th at the White House. The protest, organized by the Sierra Club and 350.org, is being dubbed as the biggest climate rally in U.S. history and is meant to encourage President Obama to veto the construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from northern Alberta down to the Gulf of Mexico. In a telephone interview with Yahoo! Canada News, 350.org's Daniel Kessler said that he is expecting tens of thousands of people including "several groups" from Canada. Obama is expected to...
  • ‘Essential Liberty’ is a thriller with characters deserving of a deeper look

    02/15/2013 6:24:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    I rarely do book reviews. I not only don’t have time, but I’m actually uncomfortable doing them. That’s because if I don’t care for a book enough to recommend it, that is, to put my name behind an endorsement and encourage readers to buy a copy, I realize it’s generally simply a matter of subjective preference, so I don’t figure it’s my place to publicly rain on someone’s labor of love, hopes and hard work. And that’s why my policy is I will only give good reviews. None of this is to say books I’ve chosen to not review...
  • Why Are We Still on the DMZ?

    02/15/2013 6:18:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    North Korea has just pulled off an impressive dual feat -- the successful test both of an intercontinental ballistic missile and an atom bomb in the 6-kiloton range. Pyongyang's ruler, 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, said the tests are aimed at the United States. So it would seem. One does not build an ICBM to hit Seoul, 30 miles away. Experts believe North Korea is still far from having the capability to marry a nuclear warhead to a missile that could hit the West Coast. But this seems to be Kim's goal. Why is he obsessed with a nation half...
  • Michelle Vacationing Separately From President Obama

    02/15/2013 6:13:03 AM PST · by Perdogg · 50 replies
    First Lady Michelle Obama plans to vacation in Aspen, Colorado this Presidents’ Day weekend, separately from her husband, who will land this evening in West Palm Beach for his own down time with the boys. According to Aspen newspapers, both Michelle and Vice President Biden are expected on the slopes. The White House has not yet announced the trip, and it’s not clear when she will be leaving, though she will presumably go today.
  • Missouri Democrats propose law giving gun owners 90 days to turn in weapons

    02/15/2013 6:07:06 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 41 replies
    Feb 14, 2013 | Joe Newby
    Missouri Democrats propose law giving gun owners 90 days to turn in weapons Gun control February 14, 2013 By: Joe Newby Missouri Democrats have introduced a measure that if passed into law, would give owners of certain types of "assault" weapons 90 days to either turn them in to authorities, disable them or ship them out of the state, Jim Hoft reported at the Gateway Pundit Thursday.
  • Obama’s No-Growth State of the Union

    02/15/2013 6:03:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    By far the best line from this week’s dueling State of the Union messages came from Florida senator Marco Rubio. Nice and simple, and right to the point: “Presidents in both parties -- from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan -- have known that our free-enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity.” That’s a brilliant summary of pro-growth policies, on the supply-side and in a free-market context. Kennedy slashed tax rates and held down the budget. So did Ronald Reagan, who borrowed Kennedy’s ideas: smaller government, lower tax-rate incentives, and a thriving middle class, where the economic pie...
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/15/2013 5:52:19 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2-15-13 | james bovard
    Should it be a federal crime for businesses to refuse to hire ex-convicts? Yes, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which recently released 20,000 convoluted words of regulatory "guidance" to direct businesses to hire more felons and other ex-offenders. In the late 1970s, the EEOC began stretching Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to sue businesses for practically any hiring practice that adversely affected minorities. In 1989, the agency sued Carolina Freight Carrier Corp. of Hollywood, Fla., for refusing to hire as a truck driver a Hispanic man who had multiple arrests and had served 18 months...
  • Unyielding GOP politicians doing what voters ask

    02/15/2013 5:49:38 AM PST · by central_va · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/15/13 | By NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz flew home from Washington last week, leaving behind a capital baffled by Republicans like him in Congress: those who stubbornly refuse to compromise with President Barack Obama, a tactic that some see as damaging the GOP brand and pushing the nation repeatedly to the brink of fiscal chaos.
  • A Politician’s Guide to the Dollar Bill Savings Plan

    02/15/2013 5:46:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Neil Boortz
    Before this column is done I’m going to make a point on federal spending that really should open your eyes. Actually, you will think that it’s so basic and simple that it’s a wonder nobody has presented it to you in this manner before! You’re soon going to learn that the way we’ve been addressing our spending problem --- and it most definitely IS a spending problem – is all wrong. You’ve been a newborn puppy long enough. Time to open your eyes. But first …. I’ll address YOUR spending problem, and present a solution that will surprise you. It’s...
  • How the U.S. Aids Hamas Through the Palestinian Authority

    02/15/2013 5:39:04 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Bedein
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - How the U.S. Aids Hamas Through the Palestinian AuthorityPosted By David Bedein On February 15, 2013 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment On February 5, 2013, the reconstituted US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa held a subcommittee hearing on the subject of “Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Threatening Peace Prospects.”Two senior expert witnesses from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy testified and expressed optimism that US trained Palestinian Security Forces, affiliated with the Fatah, will combat the Hamas terror group which competes for power in the nascent Palestinian...
  • Hagel Claimed Israel Controls the State Department

    02/15/2013 5:37:50 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 14, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Hagel Claimed Israel Controls the State DepartmentPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 14, 2013 @ 2:51 pm In The Point | 10 Comments Considering that the State Department tends to be the part of the United States government most hostile to Israel, that is about as realistic as those Islamist accusations that the Jews control Iran.Speaking of Iran, the Hagel speaking event was sponsored by the Iran Lobby. So the Iran Lobby will now appoint its guy as the Secretary of Defense, with not a single Democrat daring to stand up and speak out...