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  • Wal-Mart shares tumble on report of weak February sales

    02/15/2013 1:19:31 PM PST · by mykroar · 43 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 2/15/2013 | Reuters
    Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) fell 3 percent on Friday after Bloomberg quoted a mid-level executive's email as saying the world's largest retailer had the worst sales start to any month in seven years in February. Wal-Mart executives blamed the poor sales performance on increased payroll taxes as well as delayed tax returns, Bloomberg said. Higher payroll taxes this year are seen as a potential problem for Wal-Mart and other discount retailers that try to attract lower-income customers who have less disposable income. "In case you haven't seen a sales report these days, February (month-to-date) sales are a total...
  • New American Flavor

    02/15/2013 1:15:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Charles Payne
    On Tuesday there was an event that underscored the problems facing the Republican Party. I'm not talking about the media's take on Marco Rubio and his need for a sip of water, I actually think he did a great job and being human is an attractive trait. The news actually came from Lay's Potato Chip and the results of its newest contest. Potato Chips & America Last year Lay's began a contest that will ultimately allow the public to create a new flavored chip. This is the first time in 76 years and a smart move in this age of...
  • EU, US agree to fast-track bank rules: Barnier

    02/15/2013 1:13:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:15pm EST | Huw Jones
    The European Union and the United States agreed on Thursday to implement the new global Basel III capital adequacy rules for banks as soon as possible, EU financial services chief Michel Barnier said after a meeting in Washington. The Basel rules are the world’s main regulatory response to the 2007-09 financial crisis, aimed at preventing a repeat crisis where banks had to be bailed out by their governments. … An EU official said ambassadors from the 27 member states meeting on Thursday also backed proposals for a capping of bankers’ bonuses to no more than the equivalent of their fixed...
  • A Very Junior Senator’s Bomb-Throwing Debut (Ted Cruz)

    02/15/2013 12:58:46 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 15, 2013 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON — As the Senate edged toward a nasty filibuster vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, sat silent and satisfied in the corner of the chamber — his voice robbed by laryngitis — as he absorbed what he had wrought in his mere seven weeks of Senate service. Mr. Hagel, a former senator from Mr. Cruz’s own party, was about to be the victim of the first filibuster of a nominee to lead the Pentagon. The blockade was due in no small part to the very junior senator’s relentless pursuit of...
  • Venezuela Releases Photos of Chávez

    02/15/2013 12:53:01 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies
    The Wallstreet Journal ^ | February 15, 2013 | EZEKIEL MINAYA And KEJAL VYAS
    CARACAS—The Venezuelan government Friday released the first images of ailing President Hugo Chávez since his departure more than two months ago to Cuba to resume his battle with cancer. The photos show the smiling president in a blue and white track suit, lying down and flanked by two of his daughters. In one image, he is holding a copy of the Cuba state newspaper Granma, which Venezuelan officials said was the Feb. 14 edition of the publication, apparently to prove that the photos were taken recently. The 58-year-old leader, who announced his battle with cancer in June 2011, appeared to...
  • U.S. Cost of U.N. “Rule of Law” Project: $500 million

    02/15/2013 12:52:11 PM PST · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    A half-billion-dollar Obama Administration program to help nations comply with United Nations-sanctioned governance reform has rolled out its first round of awards to several government-contracting behemoths. The International Rule of Law Technical Assistance Services program, which Obama unveiled through the U.S. Agency for International Development, will assist governments around the globe in reforming their justice, educational, and other systems based on U.N. “rule of law” principles.
  • Another Honest Liberal Writes about Gun Ownership and Second Amendment Rights

    02/15/2013 12:47:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Late last year, I shared a very powerful article by an admitted liberal who concluded that gun control was impractical and illogical. Now I want to share a New York Times column from another leftist. Justin Cronin also supports the right of gun ownership, but he offers a more personal reason for his support of the Second Amendment.Here are some of the key excerpts from his column.I am a New England liberal, born and bred. I have lived most of my life in the Northeast — Boston, New York and Philadelphia — and my politics are devoutly Democratic. I am...
  • Critic's Notebook: Movie violence must not be stopped,The problem isn't Hollywood,

    02/15/2013 12:46:27 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 27 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Feb 15 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey,
    The problem isn't Hollywood, it's real life, where killing long predates film. What we see on the silver screen can be helpful. By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic February 15, 2013, 7:00 a.m. I abhor violence. As a rookie police reporter years ago I saw the damage guns, knives, broken bottles, metal pipes, hands — humans — can inflict. From the terrifyingly premeditated to the unfortunately accidental, those images still have the power to shake me to the core. They will never leave me. I don't, however, believe the movies are to blame for these acts. As good...
  • Report: SEC investigating trading in Heinz deal

    02/15/2013 12:45:50 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 2/15/13 | AP
    The New York Times report noted that options trading in Heinz soared this week before the deal was announced Thursday morning. Call options let investors can place a bet on a stock without committing to buy the shares. Investors instead have the option to buy the shares later for a set price. The report noted that the SEC often opens inquiries into trading activity after major deals without bringing charges later on. Heinz and the buyers haven't been accused of any wrongdoing.
  • Dr. Carson’s Prescription

    02/15/2013 12:37:50 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/15/2013 | John Fund
    The renowned doctor reacts to the furor over his National Prayer Breakfast speech. Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who helped lead the first surgery separating twins joined at the head, has received a fair amount of attention in his 61 years. But none of it before begins to compare to the response he has gotten since he spoke at the February 7 National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama sitting five feet away. While most of his remarks were motivational or spiritual, he made some pointed political comments about the need for freer markets in health care and a...
  • Siskiyou Board of Supervisors Passes Resolution to Protect the Second Amendment (my title)

    02/15/2013 12:36:58 PM PST · by helpfulresearcher · 5 replies
    County of El Dorado, Siskiyou Board of Supervisors ^ | 2/12/2013 | Siskiyou Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Briggs
    Resolution 006-2013 in support of the Second Amendment and the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms ... NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Siskiyou supports all discussions seeking new ideas to protect our citizens from violence but cannot abide by any order, provision, law or agency initiative that violates the protections of the Second Amendment. See pdf here: http://eldorado.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1273909&GUID=CCC279CE-9092-4B0F-8523-5A6BEC8852F6
  • At Least 20 CIA Prisoners Still Missing

    02/15/2013 12:29:54 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 12 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 02/13/2013 | by Cora Currier
    In one of President Barack Obama first acts in the White House, he ordered the closure of the CIA’s so-called “black-site” prisons, where terror suspects had been held and, sometimes, tortured.  The CIA says it is “out of the detention business [1],” as John Brennan, Obama’s pick to head the agency, recently put it. But the CIA’s prisons left some unfinished business.  In 2009, ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer listed [2] more than thirty people who had been held in CIA prisons and were still missing. Some of those prisoners have since resurfaced, but at least twenty are still unaccounted for....
  • Immigrant advocates say no justice for ID theft

    02/15/2013 12:27:10 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2013 | CRISTINA SILVA, Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) — Should illegal immigrants using false documents to work face stiffer charges than college
  • The European House of Cards is About to Collapse

    02/15/2013 12:26:14 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Gains, Pains & Capital ^ | 06 February 2013
    This German concern has proven to be well founded, as the recent spate of French economic data has been truly horrific. Auto sales for 2012 fell 13% from those of 2011. Sales of existing homes outside of Paris fell 20% year over year for the third quarter of 2012. New home sales fell 25%. Even the high-end real estate markets are collapsing with sales for apartments in Paris that cost over €2 million collapsing an incredible 42% in 2012. Since the EU Crisis began in 2008, France and Germany have been the two key countries backstopping the implosion. The fact...
  • With GOP Filibuster, Chuck Hagel’s Rocky Road Continues (BUT Repubs promise to cave anyway!)

    02/15/2013 12:11:11 PM PST · by pabianice · 11 replies
    yahoo ^ | 2'15'13 | Newton-Small
    Senate Republicans filibustered President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, by a razor thin vote of 58-39 Thursday, with one senator voting present. But all hope for Hagel is not lost. Just because they still want more time to debate their former Republican colleague’s nomination, doesn’t mean that Hagel’s confirmation is dead. At least three Republican senators – John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr – said that they simply want more time and intend to vote for cloture – a parliamentary procedure that ends a filibuster by limiting debate to 30 hours that...
  • Obama to get golf lessons

    02/15/2013 12:10:33 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    During President Obama's Palm Beach vacation this weekend, he'll be getting some golf lessons from Tiger Woods' former instructor at the Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, Golf Digest reports: The Harmons, Butch and son Claude III, are flying in to work with President Obama, who inquired through an aide if they would be on property during his stay
  • Youthful Solar System Bodies Puzzle Evolutionary Scientists (article)

    02/15/2013 12:08:09 PM PST · by fishtank · 91 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Article posted on February 13, 2013. | Jake Hebert, Ph.D,
    Youthful Solar System Bodies Puzzle Evolutionary Scientists by Jake Hebert, Ph.D. * A feature story in a recent issue of the journal Nature described four solar system bodies that are puzzling to evolutionary scientists.1 Specifically, the article discussed the rings of Saturn, two of Saturn's moons (Enceladus and Titan), and Jupiter's moon Io. These four bodies all exhibit properties that cannot persist for billions of years. The brightness of Saturn's rings is puzzling because after billions of years, they should have been darkened by dust from comets and asteroids. Yet these rings are still brilliantly beautiful. Likewise, watery geysers erupting...
  • Kerry warns of serious sequestration cuts for State and USAID

    02/15/2013 12:03:38 PM PST · by yoe · 10 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | February 15, 2013 | Josh Rogin
    The State Department will have to stop humanitarian aid to millions of people, cut foreign assistance to Israel, and delay efforts to ramp up diplomatic security abroad after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, if sequestration goes into effect next month, according to Secretary of State John Kerry. At the beginning of March, across-the-board cuts to all discretionary spending accounts will go into effect, based on the 2011 Budget Control Act and the failure of the "supercommittee" to agree upon discretionary budget cuts in 2012. Congressional appropriators are planning to reorganize those cuts when the continuing resolution that has been...
  • Nothing New in the State of the Union

    02/15/2013 12:00:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15. 2013 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- President Obama's second term wish-list -- his ideas for jump-starting the job-starved economy -- looked a lot like his warmed-over, half-baked proposals of the past. With rare exceptions, Obama's fifth State of the Union address was a costly laundry list of more big government programs aimed at his party's political base. More job-training programs? There are 47 different federal job-training programs right now, costing $18 billion a year, according to the General Accountability Office. And 51 other programs offer job-training assistance. With the unemployment rate rising last month to nearly 8 percent and likely heading higher, and economic...
  • Stewart Rhodes Introduces ‘Molon Labe County Project’ To 3000 New York Gun Owners

    02/15/2013 11:57:19 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    New York - -(Ammoland.com)- Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes gave a fiery speech to approximately 3,000 New York gun owners, urging them to refuse to comply to the “SAFE Act,” to refuse to disarm, to nullify at every level. He also urged them to make sure their county was a “Molon Labe” county, asking them “is your county a ‘come and take it’ county, or is it a‘bend over and take it’ county? Which is it?! Find out now!” He told them to make sure all the gun owners and veterans in their county are ready to stand up, and...