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  • Widespread Palestinian rioting erupts in West Bank

    02/15/2013 4:20:52 PM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-15-13 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    Hundreds of Palestinians throw rocks, Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers near Ofer security prison and at several other West Bank sites in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners; 2 IDF soldiers hurt. Breaking News 15:32 Fan nabbed for racism against Muslim Betar player JPost.com Defense Widespread Palestinian rioting erupts in West Bank By YAAKOV LAPPIN, JPOST.COM STAFF 02/15/2013 18:59 Hundreds of Palestinians throw rocks, Molotov cocktails at IDF soldiers near Ofer security prison and at several other West Bank sites in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners; 2 IDF soldiers hurt. Stone-throwing Palestinian protesters carry a protester injured by IDF...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. charged with misusing $750,000 in campaign funds

    02/15/2013 4:01:13 PM PST · by libstripper · 58 replies
    NBC News ^ | Feb.15, 2013 | Ward Room staff, NBCChicago.com
    Federal officials filed charges Friday against Jesse Jackson Jr. after the former congressman reportedly signed a plea deal for allegedly improperly spending hundreds of thousands in campaign funds. The paperwork was filed at the U.S District Courthouse in Washington. Jackson, who left the public eye last summer for treatment of bi-polar disorder and resigned from office in November, is not expected to make an appearance, but he offered a response in his first statement to the public in months.
  • Thousands Gather On (CT) Capitol Steps To Call For Stricter Gun Laws

    02/15/2013 3:59:13 PM PST · by matt04 · 20 replies
    More than 5,000 supporters of tighter controls on firearms crowded the state Capitol Thursday morning, demanding action from the General Assembly in the wake of the Newtown school massacre. "The American people have seen what happens in place after place...we cannot let what happened here in Connecticut ever be forgotten,'' Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the crowd. "We will not rest until we have changed America. We will not rest until we have changed Connecticut." Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, among a host of elected leaders speaking to the rally, said that "we have to make sure that no one says...
  • Public School Gives Out Obama T-shirts

    02/15/2013 3:55:59 PM PST · by wesagain · 23 replies
    ConservativeActionAlerts ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Rebekah Maxwell
    Ok, I know there are some people who still get a bit offended when I talk about “government schools,” or “tax-funded indoctrination centers.” You can be honest. You think my outrage at the dramatic downward spiral of student standards, the censorship of even the barest symbols of God and country, the usurpation of parental roles by government officials, the peddling of self-esteem as the only commodity to our tiny epicureans….well, you think I’m overstating it. Our schools wouldn’t really be that blatantly schilling for government, would they? They aren’t really just cheerleaders for Obama, right? Those are just the big-city...
  • Confidential USDA Videos “Cultural Sensitivity Training”-“The pilgrims were illegal aliens”

    02/15/2013 3:55:37 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 13 replies
    Judical Watch ^ | 2/14/2013
    Video's at link. Judicial Watch today released previously unseen USDA videos revealing a compulsory “Cultural Sensitivity Training” program requiring USDA employees to bang on tables, chanting in unison “The pilgrims were illegal aliens” while being instructed to no longer use the word “minorities,” but to replace it with “emerging majorities.” Judicial Watch received the videos pursuant to a May 18, 2012, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The sensitivity training sessions, described as “a huge expense” by diversity awareness trainer and self-described “citizen of the world” Samuel Betances, were held on USDA premises. The diversity event is apparently part of...
  • Cheaper Than Dirt donates $100,000 to Second Amendment Foundation

    02/15/2013 3:46:27 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 10 replies
    Guns.com ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Max Slowik
    Cheaper Than Dirt just made the largest single contribution to the Second Amendment Foundation and first “Diamond Level” donation of $100,000. The Second Amendment Foundation is pretty happy about this. “The level of support from CheaperThanDirt both delighted and shocked me,” said Second Amendment Foundation director Ray Carter. “SAF has never before received a single donation of this size and by itself Cheaper Than Dirt’s contribution will make possible a major expansion of SAF legal action and education efforts. We are privileged to consider Cheaper Than Dirt a partner in our efforts.” “Created in response to the generous donation from...
  • Will Obama Trade A Carbon Tax For Keystone XL?

    02/15/2013 3:41:29 PM PST · by raptor22 · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Gebruary 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Taxes: The president may try to satisfy both environmentalists and pro-growth blocs by tying the shovel-ready project curiously left out of the State of the Union to just-introduced carbon-tax legislation. Having failed to lower the sea levels in his first term, President Obama, in the first SOTU of his second term, highlighted the need for fighting climate change and proposed an Energy Security Trust Fund to siphon off money from those who actually produce abundant and useable energy to fund alternative energy sources which constitute a rounding error in the percent of energy produced by various sources. Two days later,...
  • Larry Pratt Skillfully Destroys Piers Morgan on Gun Control Debate

    02/15/2013 3:40:45 PM PST · by lbryce · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | January 10, 2013 | Freedombrief
    While many decry the way Alex Jones presented his argument on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight recently, none can argue with the balance and calm approach, head of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt presented. Pratt skillfully and methodically destroyed Piers Morgans ridiculous pro-communist gun-control argument piece-by-piece, discrediting his claims that the UK, a country with the highest violent crime rate in Europe, was made safe by gun control.
  • San Juan EPA deal reached (Four Corners Air Quality

    02/15/2013 3:38:34 PM PST · by CedarDave · 6 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 15, 2013 | Michael Hartranft
    A settlement announced Friday is expected to end the state’s long-running dispute with the EPA over mandatory controls to reduce haze-causing pollution at the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station in northwest New Mexico. The agreement, which incorporates most of a compromise plan proposed by the New Mexico Environment Department to the EPA last year, calls for the closure of two of the plant’s four units by Dec. 31, 2017. They would be replaced by a 150- to 200-megawatt natural gas-fueled unit. The two remaining units would be equipped with state-proposed and less expensive pollution controls using selective non-catalytic reduction technology...
  • Are We Becoming A Nation of Thin-Skinned Whiners?

    02/15/2013 3:34:07 PM PST · by SJackson · 18 replies
    BernardGoldberg.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Leona Salazar
    America is getting soft and here’s why. Everyday, I see and read about more complainers, cry-babies, and thin-skinned whiners. Whatever happened to the old adage, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me”? It seems that, now, everyone is offended by something and everyone is willing to don a cap with a big “V” for “victim” on it. I don’t get it. Take, for example, President Obama. He’s the biggest cry-baby of them all. Here’s the most powerful man in the world and he’s upset with a cable news network. How many snide remarks are...
  • Push for online sales taxes picks up steam in Congress

    02/15/2013 3:27:45 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 14, 2013 | Reuters
    U.S. states could collect millions of dollars in online sales taxes, with members of both parties in Congress sponsoring legislation Thursday that would resolve states' decades-long struggle to tax businesses beyond their borders. "Small businesses and states alike are suffering from the inability to collect due — not new — taxes from purchases made online," said Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., adding the legislation is a "bipartisan, bicameral, common-sense solution that promotes states' rights and levels the playing field for our Main Street businesses." Legislation on the Amazon tax, named for the colossal Internet retailer, has languished for years. ..... <...
  • Barack & Hilary Sitting in the Tree

    02/15/2013 3:25:43 PM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Bernardgoldberg.com ^ | 2-15-13 | Burt Prelutsky
    There must be something in the air near the Potomac that rots the brains of just about everyone who ventures into our nation’s capital. The latest example was Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta insisting that having women fighting in the frontlines would just about ensure that we’d never lose a future war. Inasmuch as one in four women who were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan claimed they were sexually assaulted, my own suggestion is that the only men with whom women in the armed services should affiliate are gays. The propaganda would have it that women only want to have...
  • Obamacare undermines marriage

    02/15/2013 3:13:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    daily caller ^ | february 14, 2013 | Phil Kerpen
    It was one of the biggest applause lines in President Obama’s State of the Union address, drawing cheers from both sides of the aisle. “We’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples,” Obama said. “What makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one. And we want to encourage that. We want to help that.” Wonderful sentiment, but Obama’s signature legislative achievement creates such a powerful “financial deterrent” to marriage that even one former Obama administration official warns that ObamaCare will increase the divorce...
  • Obama knew of IED attacks in run-up to Benghazi strike, lawmaker says

    02/15/2013 3:10:01 PM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/15/13 | FOX/Catherine Herridge
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Thursday that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told him "the president was informed of the April and June attacks." One of those attacks, in June, blew a hole in the perimeter wall of the Benghazi compound. The two strikes were among dozens of security incidents recorded in the region in the months preceding Sept. 11, and in hindsight have been described as warning signs.
  • Where’s Governor Chris Christie as Democrats Bury the Second Amendment

    02/15/2013 2:57:56 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 21 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Colorado -–(Ammoland.com)- Just last week Governor Christie was a no-show at an important gun-rights rally. And with anti-gun lawmakers in Trenton ramming more gun control down the throats of law-abiding New Jersey gun owners, I’m afraid Governor Christie might cave in to their anti-gun agenda. Make no mistake, what they have in store for you will only make the problem worse. New Jersey already has some of the nation’s most anti-gun laws — second only to California. And just like other bastions of Second Amendment hatred, these laws have done virtually nothing to keep citizens safe. Gun owners already must...
  • DOD Inspector General finds USAF F-22 crash report conclusions not supported by the facts

    02/15/2013 2:57:17 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 2/11/2013 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense Inspector General on Monday disputed an Air Force investigation that blamed pilot error rather than oxygen supply problems for the crash of an F-22 Raptor in November 2010. The Air Force grounded the jets — considered the world’s most advanced — for several months in 2011 after reports by pilots that oxygen-supply system failures lead to symptoms including headache, fatigue and nausea. The Air Force report, completed in late 2011, concluded that it was not an oxygen supply problem, but several errors by Capt. Jeffrey Haney, who was killed, that led to the crash...
  • Mark Levin Show,Ray Charles Fridays,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 15, 2013

    02/15/2013 2:54:06 PM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Smith & Wesson Launches Page Supporting Second Amendment Civil Rights

    02/15/2013 2:41:41 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 18 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--(Ammoland.com)- Smith & Wesson is an American company with a 160-year history that is woven into the fabric of this great nation. We are proud to employ more than 1,600 people who manufacture our products right here in America. We are a strong and proud supporter of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments, particularly the Second Amendment and the rights that it affords U.S. citizens. We support a comprehensive approach to preventing violence in our communities and a thorough evaluation of the challenges we face. However, like you, we do not support an erosion of fundamental rights in the...
  • Ron Paul supporters denounce Rand Paul for Hagel vote

    02/15/2013 2:41:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    daily Caller ^ | 6:35 PM 02/14/2013 | W. James Antle III
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s vote to temporarily block Chuck Hagel’s nomination for secretary of defense elicited blowback from an unlikely source: antiwar conservatives and libertarians, many of them supporters of his father’s GOP presidential campaign. Paul, the son of former Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, joined all but four Republican senators Thursday in voting against a motion to end debate over Hagel’s nomination. GOP leaders are saying that they will not filibuster Hagel indefinitely, but instead want to delay a vote until they have more information about his speeches and finances. “That is also why I voted to not...
  • Time for a non-European Pope?

    02/15/2013 2:40:53 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2013 | Bertie Halliday, Canadian expert on the Vatican
    Op-Ed - Every time this question is asked, there are visions of a black or a latino or even Asian pontiff. But wait, not so fast. Benedict XVI may have blocked that possibility by packing enough Europeans in the electoral college to name his successor With a Canadian, a Honduran and other Latin Americans among the unofficial front-runners, the Roman Catholic Church could well elect its first non-European since the Great Schism with the Eastern church in the 11th century when it replaces Benedict XVI. But here is a sobering fact. Pope Benedict appointed 67 of the 118 cardinals who...
  • Comcast to Acquire General Electric's 49% Common Equity Ownership Interest in NBCUniversal

    02/15/2013 2:08:12 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 6 replies
    Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) announced today it will acquire GE's entire 49% common equity stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for approximately $16.7 billion. Also, NBCUniversal will purchase from GE the properties used by NBCUniversal at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and CNBC's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ for approximately $1.4 billion. The acquisition accelerates GE's divestiture ahead of a redemption period that would have begun in July 2014 and solidifies Comcast's position as a leading media and technology company. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of...
  • Feds: Jackson Jr. Stole $750K in Campaign Funds

    02/15/2013 2:03:43 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 57 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/15/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Looks like Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't exactly work out a sweetheart plea deal for himself. Prosecutors intend to recommend 46 to 57 months of prison time for the former congressman, along with a fine of between $10,000 and $100,000, Politico reports. As part of the deal, Jackson admits to having conspired with his wife to illegally spend $750,000 in campaign money on such vagaries as fur coats, airplane tickets, a $43,000 Rolex watch, celebrity memorabilia, booze, cigars, and even groceries. Jackson was formally charged today with felonies including conspiracy, reports the Chicago Tribune. His wife, former Chicago...
  • Senators Ask Hagel Whether the State Dept. Is Controlled By Israel

    02/15/2013 1:59:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    Two U.S. senators have written a letter to Chuck Hagel to ask the defense secretary nominee to explain his assertion that "the State Department was becoming an adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry." Hagel, the Washington Free Beacon reported yesterday, made the comment in 2007. "Dear Senator Hagel," Senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte write. "Yesterday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that in a 2007 speech at Rutgers University regarding America's relationship with the Middle East you remarked that 'the State Department was becoming an adjunct of the Israeli Foreign Ministry.' According to notes posted on the internet by a...
  • Hurricane Sandy: Levin, Stabenow among those asking for funding to help Great Lakes recovery

    02/15/2013 1:56:02 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 15 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 14, 2013 | Tim Martin
    Michigan’s U.S. senators – Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow – are among those urging the Army Corps of Engineers to allocate money to help the Great Lakes recover from Hurricane Sandy damage. “While the Great Lakes navigation system is threatened due to underfunding, which has been worsened due to lakes levels that have hit record lows, the system also was damaged by Hurricane Sandy,” a group of Midwest senators wrote in a letter Thursday to Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy. “This storm covered 900 miles, and impacted 24 states, including states surrounding the Great Lakes. Across the Great...
  • Can People or Corporations Have Too Much Cash?

    02/15/2013 1:49:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Is it possible to have too much cash for your own good? I believe the average 7th grader would easily recognize the inherent absurdity of such a question. However, the average economic writer does not understand what the average 7th grader does. For example, please consider Apple isn't the only company with too much cash on CNN Money by author Paul La Monica. Issuing preferred shares that pay a big dividend may not be the best use of Apple's more than $137 billion of cash and liquid investments. But hedge fund manager and Apple shareholder David Einhorn, who is pushing...
  • MSNBC Replays Rubio Water Sip 155 Times in One Day, Far More Than CNN and Fox News Combined

    02/15/2013 1:49:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/15/13 | Randy Hall
    The liberal hosts on MSNBC just couldn't get enough of watching U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio reach for a glass of water and take a sip during his rebuttal of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, airing the snippet a staggering 155 times during the Wednesday broadcast schedule. Other cable news networks showed the footage far less often. CNN aired it 34 times, and Fox News Channel played it just 12 times -- all of which took place on “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” while the hosts discussed the media's obsession with the Florida Republican's “watergate” incident. MSNBC's total...
  • Who is 'El Chapo' Guzman, Public Enemy Number One?

    02/15/2013 1:49:00 PM PST · by AuntB · 16 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Michael Tarm
    A drug kingpin in Mexico who has never set foot in Chicago has been named the city's new Public Enemy No. 1 — the same notorious label assigned to Al Capone at the height of the Prohibition-era gang wars. The Chicago Crime Commission announced the move Thursday, saying it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even more menacing than Capone because he's the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in the city. "Of the two, Guzman is by far the greater threat. ... And he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed...
  • Phony Jobs Math Not Helping Housing

    02/15/2013 1:41:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Fritz Pfister
    What will drive demand for housing in 2013? Will it be pent up demand? That was the primary driver in 2012 when interest rates fell to the lowest on record for mortgages. Will it be investors who accounted for approximately 28% of all sales last year? Or will it be good old fashioned job growth adding to demand for homes? Pent up demand is finite. After a certain period of time that demand becomes satisfied. Any sudden increase in interest rates and that demand disappears. Investors are price sensitive buyers. They are driven by the bottom line. It is a...
  • Too Big to Jail - How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it

    02/15/2013 1:38:33 PM PST · by Wolfie · 10 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | Matt Taibbi
    Too Big to Jail How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it The deal was announced quietly, just before the holidays, almost like the government was hoping people were too busy hanging stockings by the fireplace to notice. Flooring politicians, lawyers and investigators all over the world, the U.S. Justice Department granted a total walk to executives of the British-based bank HSBC for the largest drug-and-terrorism money-laundering case ever. Yes, they issued a fine – $1.9 billion, or about five weeks' profit – but they didn't extract so much as one dollar or one...
  • Warning from February 7, 2013: "Stay off the [Carnival] Triumph" - sewage and electrical problems

    02/15/2013 1:37:52 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    cruisecritic.com ^ | February 7th, 2013 | zeddy777
    February 7th, 2013 Stay off the Triumph Last week we sailed the Triumph and were very disapointed. For over half the cruise the motor couldn't run at full power so we missed Cozumel totally. The room lights were falling and the hallway outside our door smelled like sewage several times. This ship should be docked now. If you're booked on this ship, I'd op for another Carnival ship. This was our 4th Carnival trip. The other three were good ships.
  • Separate Vacations for Barack and Michelle Obama

    02/15/2013 1:35:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/15/13 | DANIEL HALPER
    The White House confirms today that President Barack Obama will be vacationing in Florida this weekend. His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, will be in Colorado. The two daughters will be with Michelle. From the White House press gaggle aboard Air Force One: Earnest confirmed that FLOTUS and her daughters are on a "ski trip out West with family and friends", and won't be with POTUS in Florida this weekend. While the rest of his family will be skiing, Obama is expected to be hitting the links with golf pros and buddies in Florida. Vice President Joe Biden and his...
  • Bear Bombers Over Guam Russian nuclear bombers circle Guam

    02/15/2013 1:29:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/15/13 | Bill Gertz
    Two Russian nuclear-armed bombers circled the western Pacific island of Guam this week in the latest sign of Moscow’s growing strategic assertiveness toward the United States. The Russian Tu-95 Bear-H strategic bombers were equipped with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and were followed by U.S. jets as they circumnavigated Guam on Feb. 12 local time—hours before President Barack Obama’s state of the union address. Air Force Capt. Kim Bender, a spokeswoman for the Pacific Air Force in Hawaii, confirmed the incident to the Washington Free Beacon and said Air Force F-15 jets based on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, “scrambled and responded...
  • NJ Transit paid $14K for 4 employees to go to New Orleans for Super Bowl

    02/15/2013 1:24:15 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    At a cost of more than $14,000, NJ Transit said it sent four employees to the Super Bowl in New Orleans so they could help prepare the agency to handle transportation and security at the event next year at MetLife Stadium. Bills obtained by The Record through an Open Public Records Act request show $7,800 was spent on hotel rooms from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4, $5,241 on airfare and $423 in miscellaneous expenses, the newspaper reported Friday. The party was made up of chief of staff of rail operations Rich Andreski, Hoboken rail operations superintendent Joseph Meade III, NJ...
  • The VERY cozy relationship between President Obama and Facebook – plus check out the lobbyists

    02/15/2013 1:23:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Gretawire ^ | 2/15/13 | Greta VanSusteren
    I received the info below from FNC’s Thomas Firth but it caught my attention so I thought I would post it. Note that Facebook played it both ways (also giving to Repubs, including Gov Romney) but gave generously to President Obama (numbers below.) Why does Facebook give to both political parties? Just in case Republicans won and they would then want a cozy relationship with the Republicans…and because it can (it has a ton of money.) Note also the info about its lobbyists…check out the jobs they held before became lobbyists for Facebook. Read and tell me what you think.
  • 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