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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...
  • Doing a Reagan on North Korea

    02/15/2013 5:34:59 AM PST · by The people have spoken · 10 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2013-02-15 | Oh Young-jin
    Have we waged the wrong war against North Korea? Then, can our new President Park Geun-hye redirect our strategy and finish that feral beast once and for all? These are complicated questions but the ghost of one “complicated simple” man may beg to answer from his grave: Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States who is credited with giving the Soviet Union a final push toward the brink of collapse during his 1981-1989 reign.
  • Obama’s SOTU Address: How to Make the Immigration Crisis Worse

    02/15/2013 5:33:03 AM PST · by Opinionatedtoday · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    n response to President Obama’s State of the Union address last night on his reckless stance on immigration that will make the crisis worse, following is an excerpt from Marinka Peschmann’s introduction in her latest book, Crime & Corruption: Guide to America’s Immigration Crisis available in paperback and e-book versions. But what Americans are never told is what “legal” immigration has looked like for the legal immigrants who have sought the American dream; who have followed the law in a “broken” immigration system—a state-run bureaucracy affecting America’s economy, national security, and elections. No one addresses how the broken immigration system...
  • Turkish Muslim Trades Daughter for a Cow

    02/15/2013 5:32:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 23 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 14, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Turkish Muslim Trades Daughter for a CowPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 14, 2013 @ 6:33 pm In The Point | 12 Comments As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s important to be reminded that the special day, like everything else in Western Civilization, was originally invented by Muslims. And there are few places in the world as romantic as Turkey, where this love story for the ages takes place.You might be tempted to confuse this tale with Romeo and Juliet. And it is a lot like Romeo and Juliet, or it would be if Juliet’s...
  • Shootout at Inkster tax preparation business caught on camera

    02/15/2013 5:28:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    myfoxdetroit.com ^ | 14 February, 2013 | Ron Savage
    INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) - There is a manhunt underway after a gun slinging couple stormed into a tax preparation business. A security guard was shot and the dangerous duo is on the run. "Just seeing that footage and knowing that it's two doors down, yeah, I have to get out of here immediately. It's time to go," said Lillie Heard. She saw the chilling video of the shootout just two doors down from her home on Kean Street in Inkster. The house there has been converted into a tax preparation service. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, even though a security vehicle...
  • What Second Term Agenda?

    02/15/2013 5:24:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The lesson from the State of the Union address is this: Barack Obama has no second term agenda. Oh, sure, he campaigned furiously for the job, starting in about January of 2011. But his campaign almost never outlined his plans for a second term, focusing instead on interest group payoffs and demonization of his rival. Late in October of 2012, as if recognizing that they'd forgotten to attend to it, the Obama campaign released a 20-page glossy handout called a "blueprint for America's future." It featured splashy photos of the president on nearly every page, along with generic promises like...
  • Russian Billionaire's Mega-Yacht Makes Waves in NYC

    02/15/2013 5:10:49 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2-15-2013 | Robert Frank
    <p>On Wednesday, a private yacht sailed slowly and quietly up the Hudson River and docked near midtown Manhattan. This wasn't just any yacht, however. It was Eclipse -- the largest private yacht in the world. And its presence is sure to touch off a frenzy of speculation about its owners and future.</p>
  • Pennies, Marijuana and Cell Phones: The Top Questions for Obama's Google Hangout

    02/15/2013 5:08:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Derek Khana
    Today at 4:50 PM ET, President Obama will take questions in a Google+ Hangout. 16,514 people submitted 7,520 questions and cast 97,853 votes for what questions that they wanted President Obama to answer. This is President Obama's second Google Plus Hangout. His first took place on January 30, 2012. On August 29, 2012, President Obama participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" thread. In that thread he responded to 10 questions (most of which were the most popular questions). Some of the questions that he chose to respond to were "soft-ball" questions such as,"Who's your favourite [sic] Basketball player? and...
  • Image of two Gaza children killed in Israeli strike wins World Press Photo prize

    02/15/2013 4:56:53 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb.15, 2013 | 1:48 PM | Associated Press
    Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award Friday for newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a picture of two Palestinian children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral. The picture shows a group of men marching the dead bodies through a narrow street in Gaza City. The victims, a brother and sister, are wrapped in white cloth with only their faces showing. ... Hansen's Nov. 20 shot won top prize in both the spot news single photograph category and the overall competition. It portrays 2-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her 3-year-old brother Muhammad, who were...
  • New York City's Imperial Mayor Bloomberg Bans Again (Styrofoam!)

    02/15/2013 4:54:19 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 32 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 1/14/2013 | IBD editorials
    Autocracy: Still pulsing with the power from outlawing big servings of sweet drinks, Michael Bloomberg now wants to run Styrofoam out of his city. Clearly, he believes that everyone has to live exactly as he wants them to live. During Thursday's State of the City address, New York Mayor Bloomberg called for a ban on Styrofoam food packaging. It's all a part of his crusade to eliminate smoking, sugary drinks, salt and other items he doesn't like — and, hence, thinks no one else should have. So what comes next, Mr. Mayor? What's the target after Styrofoam? Beef? Eggs? Cheese?...
  • Urals meteorite allegedly intercepted by Russia’s air defense (BS Alert)

    02/15/2013 4:51:02 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 33 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | February 15, 2013
    A massive meteorite crash shook the Urals region in central Russia early Friday, shattering windows and prompting panic in three major cities. According to some reports, the meteor was intercepted by the air defense complex at the Urzhumka village near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, when a salvo missile allegedly burst the “shooting star” at an altitude of 20 kilometers. Witnesses reported a sudden change in atmospheric pressure upon the impact that made their ears pop. The space object hit the ground with a tremendous crash that resembled thunder and earthquake, damaging houses in Chelyabinsk and cutting off communications, witnesses...
  • Judge rebukes Muslim group's effort to silence opposition

    02/15/2013 4:50:38 AM PST · by wesagain · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Art Moore
    "Council on American-Islamic Relations using courts to stifle enemies"A federal judge’s rebuke of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations supports claims that the Muslim lobby group is abusing the court system in an attempt to silence opposition, says a lawyer for defendants in the case. CAIR, which was tied to a major terrorist-financing scheme, “has a long history of filing lawsuits that cost millions of dollars to its victims,” Daniel Horowitz told WND. “It is the same tactic that Scientology and other groups have used,” he noted. CAIR filed suit in 2009 against former federal investigator Dave Gaubatz and his...
  • Liberal Media: Obama's Front Line

    02/15/2013 4:38:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    It seems the liberal media are more concerned about Sen. Marco Rubio's midspeech sip of water than about President Obama's State of the Union commitment to double down on his disastrous policies. What will it take for once-reasonable people to become alarmed at the state of this nation's fiscal condition, its stagnant economy and its egregious unemployment? Is there no number of irresponsible liberal policies from an extremist liberal president that will exceed their willingness to tolerate? Do liberal media -- and rank-and-file Democrats, for that matter -- believe that this recklessness can go on forever? Knowing President Obama's capacity...
  • Tennessee Congressman's Alleged Twitter Love Is Actually His Long Lost Daughter

    02/15/2013 4:18:43 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 33 replies
    The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! ^ | February 14, 2013 | Adam Clark Estes
    Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, attracted unwanted attention during the State of the Union address, when press reported on what appeared to be flirtatious tweets sent to a very pretty 24-year-old blonde. It didn't help Cohen's case when he then deleted the tweets just a few minutes. Oh no, it's another Weinergate only not as exciting because there's no penis photo, the conservative media crowed. Turns out Rep. Cohen actually has a very pretty 24-year-old daughter, a fact that has been kept secret from the public for, well, 24 years. Scandal dodged. Sort of. It's actually pretty sweet story....
  • 500 Hurt as Meteor Plummets to Earth in Russia

    02/15/2013 4:17:13 AM PST · by LadyEleanor · 302 replies
    The Weather Channel/AP ^ | Published: Feb 15, 2013, 6:43 AM | Jim Heintz
  • Operation Hubris

    02/15/2013 4:16:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    One of the great things about American politics is its capacity for punishing hubris. For the ancient Greeks, hubris didn't merely describe god-like arrogance. It was a crime, usually defined as taking too much pleasure in the humiliation of your foes. In its modern usage it usually means the pride that comes before the fall. In the wake of Barack Obama's State of the Union address, both connotations seem at least a little apt. We are well into our fourth month of epidemic thumb-suckery over the question, "Are the Republicans doomed?" The latest New York Times Magazine asks, "Can the...
  • Note To Mainstream Media on Catholicism: Shut Up!

    02/15/2013 4:16:07 AM PST · by Cocoa2012 · 23 replies
    The Family Security Foundation ^ | 02-15-2013 | GABRIEL GARNICA, ESQ.
    Believe it or not, neither the Catholic Church nor any Catholic worth a dime needs your twisted, obnoxious observations and opinions about church pews much less the direction and leadership of our Church. http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/note-to-mainstream-media-on-catholicism-shut-up?f=must_reads
  • Miami Heat Owner Micky Arison Takes in Game Amidst Carnival Cruise Nightmare

    02/15/2013 3:59:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 2/14/13 | Zach Buckley
    Is there ever a bad time to see the defending champion Miami Heat in action? Not if you're Micky Arison, apparently.
  • Why is the Department of Homeland Security buying so many bullets?

    02/15/2013 3:56:08 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 14, 2013
    <p>Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.</p> <p>The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them -- roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States -- for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.</p>
  • Many federal workers facing furloughs are veterans

    02/15/2013 3:51:45 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Steve Vogel
    If the federal government is forced to furlough civilian employees in the event of sequestration, the burden will fall heavily on a population that Congress and the White House have vowed to support: veterans. More than two out of five of the approximately 800,000 Department of Defense employees facing furloughs are veterans, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday. “Forty-four percent of them are veterans,” Carter told the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing on the potential effect of sequestration on the military. ”Very soon we’re going to have to furlough the great majority of them.” The Pentagon expects...
  • Report: Frickin’ Fracking Could Ruin Everything for Leftist Activists

    02/15/2013 3:34:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | John Ransom
    A new report from the UK research team at Price Waterhouse and Cooper confirms what we knew all along: We’re right and they’re wrong. Really wrong; once-in-a-lifetime, disastrously wrong if grading on the scale the rest of us are subject to. Grading on the liberal scale, however, it’s just normal, everyday, run of the mill errors in judgment, math, worldview, physics and fluid mechanics that liberals deal with all the time in an effort to “wish” the world to Utopia while their leaders are busy creating Dystopia for all but a select few. This latest discovery that we are right...
  • America’s Dreadful Debt Legacy

    02/15/2013 3:13:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | David Spady
    Americans live in a consumer culture. We like to buy things. When we can’t afford to purchase something we really want, we turn to credit cards and loans, even though we end up paying more due to interest payments. Over half the population paid interest on credit cards in the past year. “Buy now – pay later”. This mindset has resulted in the plague of personal debt many families struggling with. Unfortunately the “buy now – pay later” mentality is not limited to the individual consumer, Americans are also inclined to incur debt to fund government projects we can’t afford....
  • HBO Hates Popes, Loves Kennedys

    02/15/2013 3:06:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world on Monday morning by announcing he would resign at the end of February. For Catholics, there was sorrow and there was gratitude for a Holy Father who taught with such distinction and worked with such care to safeguard the church's theological traditions. But there are those people who hate the Catholic Church, and they are ecstatic. Take documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, a man who clearly thinks he is holier than the Pope. He told the Daily Beast that Benedict is a "criminal." This helps explain why he's made a documentary for HBO, the...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 15, 2013

    02/15/2013 2:59:54 AM PST · by sneakers · 7 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • When Good Ideas Become Bad Ideas

    02/15/2013 2:57:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Davis
    For the conservative willing to endure it, President Obama’s State of the Union address was actually a handy lesson in how the left garners support for barrages of spending. As such, it is also a guide for how to argue against it. The President uses the predictable method of identifying something widely loved and then shoe-horning it into the only approved package-- government spending. Take infrastructure. I am proud of my state of Texas as it looks for all kinds of things to cut to achieve fiscal sanity. But if there is one thing we need to pony up for,...
  • Democrats Heart Medicare Fraudsters

    02/15/2013 2:49:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Hey, remember when President Obama crusaded against Medicare fraud and vowed to crack down aggressively on scammers who've bilked the program out of an estimated $90 billion? Like Archie and Edith Bunker used to sing: Those were the daaaays. While Democrats pretend to protect the elderly and disabled, leaders of the People's Party have pocketed gobs of campaign contributions from fat-cat donors tied to massive Medicare rip-off schemes. Let's talk some more about Dr. Salomon Melgen, shall we? We now know that the jet-setting Florida eye doctor who flew beleaguered Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., to several alleged sex romps in...
  • Youth football coaches protest proposed ban in NY

    02/15/2013 2:35:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    myfoxny.com ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Associated Press
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York Assemblyman's proposal to prohibit kids under 11 from playing tackle football isn't going over well with some coaches. In Buffalo Thursday, a handful of youth football leaders and participants joined state Sen. Timothy Kennedy outside a stadium to protest the idea. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto introduced the legislation last week, telling reporters it's meant to protect children...
  • Natural hazards: New York vs the sea (Beware! There's some of the usual agw agitprop.)

    02/15/2013 1:53:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2013 | Jeff Tollefson
    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists and officials are trying to protect the largest US city from future floods. Joe Leader's heart sank as he descended into the South Ferry subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York. It was 8 p.m. on 29 October, and Hurricane Sandy had just made landfall some 150 kilometres south in New Jersey. As chief maintenance officer for the New York city subway system, Leader was out on patrol. He had hoped that the South Ferry station would be a refuge from the storm. Instead, he was greeted by wailing...
  • Obama proposals face quick opposition in Congress

    02/15/2013 1:45:16 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 4 replies
    The Texas Fred Blog/AP ^ | 02/13/13 | Texas Fred
    Obama proposals face quick opposition in Congress WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama set up high-stakes clashes over guns, immigration, taxes and climate change in a State of the Union address that showcased a newly re-elected president determined to mark his legacy, facing off against a deeply divided Congress with Republicans eager to rein him in.At the center of it all was a fight over the very role of government, with Obama pushing a raft of new initiatives to improve preschool programs and voting, boost manufacturing and research and development, raise the minimum wage and lower energy use. “It is...
  • Down On Downton: Why The Left Is Torching Downton Abbey

    02/15/2013 1:33:55 AM PST · by malkee · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/14/13 | Jerry Bowyer
    So Downton Abbey‘s message is an anti-class warfare one. The fact is that the spirit of the critics is hard left, and maybe that’s why Downton Abbey makes them so angry, because the success of the series shows that this group does not speak for America. It also shows something equally important to the future of our culture: that there is no inherent need for good TV to be left of center. Stories sympathetic to virtue, preservation of property and admiration of nobility and of wealth can be told beautifully and to wide audiences, and I suspect they will be...
  • Proteins behind mad-cow disease also help brain to develop

    02/15/2013 1:15:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Nature News ^ | 14 February 2013 | Mo Costandi
    When not misfolded, prions lend a hand in forming neuronal connections. Prions are best known as the infectious agents that cause ‘mad cow’ disease and the human versions of it, such as variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease. But the proteins also have at least one known useful function, in the cells that insulate nerves, and are suspected to have more. Now researchers have provided the first direct evidence that the proteins play an important role in neurons themselves. The team reports in the Journal of Neuroscience1 that prions are involved in developmental plasticity, the process by which the structure and function of...