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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...
  • Budget cuts lead to creation of clean, sail-powered U.S. Navy

    02/15/2013 11:57:14 AM PST · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The People's Cube via The Washington Times ^ | February 12, 2013 | Oleg Atbashian
    With the announcement of the indefinite suspension of nuclear refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the White House has signaled a new shift in naval technology - away from costly and potentially hazardous fossil fuels, towards non-toxic and environmentally stable wind power. Not letting Republican obstructionism of the budget process go to waste, President Obama's national defense team is putting together a plan to retrofit US warship with 'tried-and-true' sails, taking advantage of free, naturally occurring wind rather than diesel and nuclear fuels that put crews at constant risk of causing an ecological disaster.
  • Evolving on Gun Control in Chicago

    02/15/2013 11:48:48 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 15, 2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Second thoughts on the Second Amendment in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.Debbie HalvorsonAfter a long wait, Illinois’s second district will soon have a representative in Congress. That seat has been vacant since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from it in November, and the bizarre politics of gun control may determine who its next occupant will be. As the issue plays out on the national stage in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., it can be seen in microcosm in the Illinois race, where 17 Democrats are fighting for their party’s nomination in advance of a primary set...
  • Bipartisan immigration reform plan will cost trillions

    02/15/2013 11:48:37 AM PST · by Pelham · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 31, 2013 | Caroline May
    Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, expects the bipartisan immigration reform proposal, which includes a path to citizenship, will end up costing taxpayers more overtime than the trillion-dollar calculations he testified to during debate over the 2007 immigration reform bill. “[The proposal] seems to be virtually identical to the 2007 bill and would be extremely costly to the U.S. taxpayers,” Rector told The Daily Caller in a Wednesday interview. “Granting amnesty or legal status to illegals will generate costs in Medicare and Social Security alone of $2.5 trillion above any taxes paid in.” According to Rector,...
  • The State of the Union: The Good, the Bad and the Eloquent

    02/15/2013 11:43:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    First, the good parts. They stood out. Indeed, the president's general tone Tuesday night, despite the reflexive class warfare here and there, was much less fast and furious than his re-inaugural address -- as if now he wanted to work with the opposition rather than just excoriate it. "We can do this," Mr. Obama assured the country. Just what we can do -- will it be for good or ill? -- may not always be clear, but at least Tuesday night he seemed interested in bringing us together instead of driving us further apart. The partisan boilerplate that issued forth...
  • Was Chuck Hagel nominated out of spite?

    02/15/2013 11:42:15 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    Washington Post/Right Turn ^ | 2-15-2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    <p>Obama — ticked off by Rice’s treatment and still emboldened by his convincing victory over Mitt Romney — courted confrontation when he tapped Hagel.</p> <p>If true, this is outlandish. The president would imperil national security out of spite? .........</p>
  • Judge Napolitano: Obama’s secret court for killing

    02/15/2013 11:40:12 AM PST · by GVnana · 14 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | 2/14/2013 | Andrew Napolitano
    President Obama willingly admits he dispatched CIA agents to kill an American and his teenage son and the son’s American friend while they were in a desert in Yemen in 2011. He says he did so because the adult had encouraged folks to wage war on the United States and the children were just “collateral damage.” He says further that he’ll do this again when he is convinced that killing Americans will keep America safe. He says he knows the adult encouraged evil, and his encouragement caused the deaths of innocents. The adult was never charged with a crime or...
  • Hollywood’s Intentional Ignorance of the Crimes of Communist and Muslim Regimes

    02/15/2013 11:36:49 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies
    New English Review ^ | 2/'13 | Norman Berdichevsky
    Two of the most honestly gruesome films of barbaric atrocities in modern times ever made are the Russian film The Chekist and the Polish film Katyn. The Chekist was directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin (1992 Cannes Film Festival Award) but hardly rated mention anywhere in the United States. The unbelievable atrocities of torture and mass execution seen in the film were all confirmed by factual articles in Pravda itself in 1921-22. Katyn is the true story of the slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers on April, 1940 by Stalin’s henchmen and based on the book Post Mortem: The Story of Katyn by...
  • Andrea Mitchell: I Share Same 'Concern' As Obama Admin—Hagel Won't Get Vote

    02/15/2013 11:35:28 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Andrea Mitchell/Barack Obama: same struggle! In an stunningly blatant display of solidarity with the Obama line, Andrea Mitchell declared on today's Morning Joe that she shared the same "concern" with the White House: that poor Chuck Hagel wouldn't get a final vote on his nomination. Mitchell prefaced her "concern" by roundly condemning Republicans in general--and Senator Ted Cruz in particular--for supposedly attacking Hagel with allegations "completely unsupported by fact." Could somebody please tell me why Mitchell, supposedly a reporter, should so shamelessly be toting the White House's water this way? View the video here.
  • What Would Michael Collins Do?

    02/15/2013 11:33:08 AM PST · by Noumenon · 47 replies
    Western Rifle Shooters Association ^ | 02/15/2013 | Bill Buppert
    “We have a weapon more powerful… than any in the whole arsenal of the British Empire! That weapon… is our refusal!” - Michael Collins The police in America have proven once again that they are above the law and have a license to kill as the charred remains of Christopher Dorner were cooling in the cabin in California. The more thuggish aspects of the constabulary were on the mainstream news despite the twisted and sycophantic relationship of the press in lionizing tyranny everyday in the hero worship of the thin political black and blue line. The readers who have read...
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Twelfth Week in Office

    02/15/2013 11:31:27 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Nachumlist.com ^ | 2/15/13 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Twelfth Week in Office2/14/2013It's 3am and nobody's thereChuck Hagel makes history as first to be blocked from Defense Hagel Confirmation Squashed For Now As Dems Lack 60 Votes – Furious White House Blasts 'Unconscionable' RepublicansFAA Official: No Armed Drones In U.S.Benghazi-GateObama made no phone calls on night of Benghazi attack, White House saysVideo: The John Brennan puzzle is slowly being pieced togetherReid: 'Outlandish' to Say 'Administration Hasn't Been Forthcoming' on BenghaziObama Voter FraudDid Hagel rig vote to win Senate seat? Details revealed in magazine profile on alleged GOP plan to steal electionMassive Voter Fraud in St....
  • Panetta Says Hillary Clinton Inspired His Women-in-Combat Decision

    02/15/2013 11:31:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Hillary Clinton inspired his decision to allow women in combat. “And in many ways, I have to tell you, it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the Department of Defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat. I thank you for that inspiration,” Panetta told Clinton at a Pentagon ceremony on Thursday. …
  • Ted Cruz comes out swinging (RINOs annoyed)

    02/15/2013 11:30:30 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | February 14, 2013 | Manu Raju
    Sen. Ted Cruz lost his voice a couple days ago. Some senators probably wish it wouldn’t come back — at least for a little while. In six short weeks since he became the junior Texas GOP senator, the no-nonsense freshman has quickly become a lightning rod — on issues ranging from guns to Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary — upending the Senate’s conventional ways, in which freshmen typically work quietly to build bridges with their colleagues. Cruz’s sharp-elbowed Senate style underscores the dilemma facing Republicans as they seek a way out of the political wilderness: Rising stars like Cruz,...
  • Obama: 'The Problem Is ... I’m Not the Emperor of the United States'

    02/15/2013 11:25:12 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 79 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 15, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    Obama: 'The Problem Is ... I’m Not the Emperor of the United States' Daniel Halper February 15, 2013 1:42 PM In a Google hangout last evening, President Barack Obama explained that his problem is that he's "not the emperor of the United States": "This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency," said Obama. "The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."
  • A natural gas strategy Democrats should heed

    02/15/2013 11:23:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2013 | Editorial Board
    <p>“THE NATURAL-GAS boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence,” President Obama declared in his State of the Union addressTuesday night. “That’s why my administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits.”</p>
  • Missouri House Democrats introduce bill that would ban assault weapons (confiscation)

    02/15/2013 11:20:29 AM PST · by pabianice · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/14/13 | Keller
    Dana Loesch Radio on Thursday revealed that representatives in the Missouri House have introduced a bill that would criminalize so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines within the state. Sponsored by Rep. Roy Ellinger and co-sponsored by Reps. Jill Schupp, Margo McNeil and Walton Gray, the bill gives Missouri gun owners 90 days after taking effect to surrender their firearms. The bill partially reads: 4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of...
  • Obama to Detail ‘Promise Zone’ Program to Aid Distressed Areas

    02/15/2013 11:20:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 2/15/13 | Jackie Calmes
    CHICAGO — At a high school near his own neighborhood here, President Obama on Friday will provide new details about an initiative to select 20 communities nationwide as laboratories for better coordination of federal, local, nonprofit and private-sector investments to revitalize long-distressed areas, according to administration officials. Mr. Obama had announced his proposal to designate the so-called Promise Zones during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but did not provide many details. As part of the effort,
  • Pull the Plug on Hagel

    02/15/2013 11:01:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Linda Chavez
    Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense is in trouble -- as it should be. The former Republican senator has so much baggage it is amazing that the administration hasn't dumped him, as they did Susan Rice when her proposed nomination ran into trouble. Unfortunately, having won that battle, the GOP may be in weaker position to defeat another Obama nominee. And Rice, her misstatements about the attack on Benghazi notwithstanding, would have been a less dangerous cabinet member than Hagel. Hagel has made clearly anti-Semitic statements before public forums time and again. If his target had been, say,...
  • Russian meteor blast injures at least 1,000 people (3000 damaged buildings)-VIDEO-

    02/15/2013 11:00:09 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 118 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 2/15/2013 | Phil Black, Boriana Milanova and Laura Smith-Spark
    Moscow (CNN) -- A meteor streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region Friday morning, before exploding with a flash and boom that shattered glass in buildings and left about 1,000 people hurt The number of injured has continued to rise through the day as new reports come in from across a swath of central Russia. Most of those hurt are in the Chelyabinsk region, the news agency said. The vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious. About 3,000 buildings have sustained damage -- mostly broken glass -- as a result of the shock waves caused by...
  • OMG! Marco Rubio drinks water!

    02/15/2013 10:59:50 AM PST · by IbJensen · 33 replies
    GOP USA ^ | February 14, 2013 | Chicago Tribune Staff
    <p>A parched Marco Rubio's awkward reach for a drink of Poland Spring water during his Republican rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night became an instant online sensation. Predictably, the video clips, jokes and Twitter hashtags that have become so familiar in such situations took the social Internet by storm.</p>
  • More Than 30 States Rebuke Obamacare Exchanges

    02/15/2013 10:49:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 01:10 PM | Lisa Barron
    There are less than two days to go before states have to decide whether they will go it alone or partner with the White House to set up Obamacare health insurance exchanges. Half of the states have already decided to let the federal government build the new online insurance marketplace for them, while a handful will work with the Department of Health and Human Services and handle limited parts of the exchanges, according to Politico. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, announced on Wednesday that he would be pushing more people into a federally run exchange. …
  • World's third largest asteroid impact zone found in South Australia

    02/15/2013 10:36:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    Phys.org ^ | February 15, 2013 | by Sunanda Creagh
    An asteroid measuring up to 20km across hit South Australia up to 360 million years ago and left behind the one of the largest asteroid impact zones on Earth, according to new research published today. The impact zone in the East Warburton Basin was buried under nearly four kilometres of earth, said Dr Andrew Glikson, a visiting fellow to the Australian National University's Planetary Science Institute and a co-author of the paper. "It's significant because it's so large. It's the third largest impact terrain anywhere on Earth found to date," Dr Glikson said. "It's likely to be part of a...
  • Plagiarism and Politics in Berlin

    02/15/2013 10:35:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    BERLIN -- The Germans play "gotcha" with a decidedly Teutonic skill and attitude. The latest victim is Annette Schavan, Chancellor Merkel's education minister, who resigned her position in a gathering storm of accusations that she plagiarized the doctoral dissertation she wrote 32 years ago. The title sounds particularly apt: "Person and Conscience." She held on for a week, fighting back. She insists she will sue to regain her title of "doctor," revoked by Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf. In the age of the Internet, obscure dissertations once relegated to the memory hole, out of mind, unread or assigned to a...
  • Rangel wants women to be drafted

    02/15/2013 10:32:08 AM PST · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/15/13
    Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Friday said he plans to introduce legislation that would bring back the military draft and extend it to women for the first time. Rangel, who has pushed for years to bring back the draft, said the Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat means that they too should register for the Selective Service.
  • Photos of Hugo Chavez shown after 2-month absence

    02/15/2013 10:24:37 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 02-15-2013 | By IAN JAMES
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The world got its first glimpse of Hugo Chavez since he underwent a fourth cancer-related surgery in Cuba more than two months ago, with photos released Friday showing the Venezuelan leader alongside his daughters in Havana. Along with Valentine's Day images of puffy-faced Chavez came a possible explanation for why no one has heard from Venezuela's longtime president since his surgery: He is breathing through a tracheal tube that makes speech difficult. The government described Chavez's condition as "delicate" and said he continues to undergo "vigorous treatment for his fundamental illness."
  • Did the Left Create Chris Dorner?

    02/15/2013 10:22:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/15/13 | Ben Shapiro
    Last week, former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner went on a murderous rampage throughout Southern California, shooting seven people, including five members of law enforcement, killing three. Before he went on his spree, Dorner wrote a manifesto praising liberal policies on gun control, media personages including Piers Morgan and Chris Matthews and politicians including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But the bulk of Dorner's manifesto centered on his hatred for the police department from which he had been fired in 2009. He claimed in the manifesto that the LAPD "has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has...
  • Maghreb jihadists flock to Syria

    02/15/2013 10:16:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Magharebia.com ^ | 2/13/13 | Jemal Oumar for Magharebia in Nouakchott
    In the wake of the Arab Spring, a number of Maghreb young people have decided to continue their struggle by taking up arms and joining jihadists in Syria. The young Maghreb militants have linked up with Syrian opposition groups seeking to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad, including al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb fighters are reportedly among the latest arrivals to the Syria battle. "Young people from different Maghreb countries are fighting alongside these organised groups in Syria," confirmed Lies Boukraa, who heads the Algiers-based African Centre for Studies and Research on Terrorism (CAERT). "Those young...
  • Family sugar remedy tested for healing people's wounds

    02/15/2013 10:03:49 AM PST · by Freeport · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14 February 2013 | N/A
    A nurse is researching whether an old family remedy using sugar to heal wounds does actually work. Moses Murandu, from Zimbabwe, grew up watching his father use granulated sugar to treat wounds. Sugar is thought to draw water away from wounds and prevent bacteria from multiplying. Early results from a trial on 35 hospital patients in Birmingham are encouraging, but more research is needed. One of the patients who received sugar treatment on a wound was 62-year-old Alan Bayliss from Birmingham. He had undergone an above-the knee amputation on his right leg at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and, as...
  • To Save Newborn, Doctors 'Freeze' Baby

    02/15/2013 9:39:45 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/15/2013 | Gillian Mohney
    When Claire Ives was seven months pregnant with her third child, she used a handheld device to listen to her unborn son's heartbeat. As she turned the machine on, she thought something had malfunctioned. "I thought I wasn't listening right or something," Ives, a nurse in London, told ABCNews.com. "I didn't believe his [heart] rate could be that fast." Ives' son had a heart rate of about 300 beats per minute, nearly double the normal 160. After doctors were alerted to the baby's elevated heart rate, Ives delivered her son, Edward Ives, five weeks early via emergency cesarean at the...
  • Tunisians head abroad to perform jihad

    02/15/2013 9:38:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 8:09 AM EST | Bouazza ben Bouazza and Paul Schemm
    The cradle of the Arab Spring is increasingly looking like the birthplace of jihadists. Long before Tunisia ousted its dictator and inspired the North African pro-democracy movement, the small, relatively prosperous country had the more dubious distinction of exporting Islamic militants. Now, as the country wrestles with the creation of a new government after the killing of a liberal opposition leader, experts say the flow of fighters is getting worse. The repressive measures of the old secular dictatorship fueled the anger that produced jihadi movements, but its ruthless security apparatus also kept them largely in check. The much more relaxed...
  • Obama’s EEOC: We’ll Sue You If You Don’t Hire Criminals

    02/15/2013 9:29:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 15 Feb 2013 10:52 AM | Jim Meyers
    The Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it should be a federal crime to refuse to hire ex-convicts — and threatens to sue businesses that don’t employ criminals. In April, the EEOC unveiled its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records,” which declares that “criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin.” The impetus for this “guidance” is that black men are nearly seven times more likely than white men to serve time in prison, and therefore refusals to hire convicts disproportionally impact blacks, according to a Wall Street Journal opinion...