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  • US Army seeks new ways to treat facial skin injuries

    02/16/2013 5:36:07 AM PST · by the scotsman · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16th February 2013 | Jonathan Amos
    'It is extraordinary that doctors were able to do anything for Todd Nelson. The former US Army master sergeant's injuries were so bad the medics thought he would not survive. "I was on my 300th-plus convoy across Kabul, Afghanistan," he recalls. "We were headed home for the night when we passed next to a typical yellow and white sedan. When they saw us getting ready to pass, they flipped the switch. "The blast came in my side of the truck; I was on the passenger side. "It flipped the truck through a brick wall and put shrapnel through my right...
  • Women in combat units: Could it reduce sexual assault in the military?

    02/16/2013 5:31:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 49 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Anna Mulrine
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says that he is hopeful that making the combat roles of women official will create a greater environment of respect for women, which in turn may have an impact on instances of sexual harassment and assault. “I believe it's because we've had separate classes of military personnel, at some level,” he said at a press conference Thursday. General Dempsey was quick to add that sexual assault is “far more complicated than that – but when you have one part of the population that is designated as warriors and another part...
  • The Best of the Delta

    02/16/2013 5:17:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Something is terribly wrong. Used to be, I could safely attend the annual Delta show at the Arkansas Arts Center here in Little Rock with serene confidence that I would never agree with the judge's picks. It gave me the feeling, hollow as it might be, that I marched to a different drummer from the cognoscenti's. For my taste in such things has long been irreparably bourgeois -- middle-class, middlebrow, middlin' in general. Even verging on the sentimental, and maybe not just verging. Andrew Wyeth's "Christina's World," Edward Hopper's "Early Sunday Morning," Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure Five...
  • Loudmouthed Latino Demonstrators Cow American-Owned Hotel

    02/16/2013 5:10:44 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Humberto Fontova
    This week some “Latinos” in Florida detected an “ethnic slur” on the wall of the ritzy South Beach Hotel W’s lounge. Within minutes all hell broke loose. A few stormed over to the manager and DEMANDED it be taken down, promptly and ceremoniously! The rest got on their BlackBerrys and iPhones to “burn up the wires.” Word spread throughout this tightly-knit “Latino community” and soon the hotel was blitzed with scathing e-mails, phone calls and tweets. This “Latino” groups powerful “Latina” Congressperson even jumped into the fray, firing off a letter to the Hotel owners, denouncing the “insensitivity” of the...
  • Elementary School Offers Tutoring... Unless You're White

    02/16/2013 5:09:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 2/15/2013 | Bobby Eberle
    Wow! As we strive for a truly colorblind society, it's quite apparent that the ones who hold us back are the ones who scream the loudest about equality. Those on the left blast those on the right, because we just want to recognize people for what they do, not what skin color they have. But, just like Barack Obama plays the race card over and over again, we have another example to point to. This time, it's an elementary school in Denver that offers a tutoring program... unless you are white. As reported by Denver's CBS 4, the tutoring program...
  • Bloomberg takes gun fight to Chicago

    02/16/2013 4:53:40 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Maggie Haberman and Alex Isenstadt
    A Chicagoland special House election to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has suddenly become Ground Zero of the national gun control debate, courtesy of anti-gun crusader Mike Bloomberg. The billionaire New York City mayor’s super PAC is poised to dump at least $2 million into the race, sources told POLITICO — a staggering sum for a single House race that’s meant to thwart a National Rifle Association-aligned Democrat who was cruising along as the frontrunner until a barrage of Bloomberg-financed attack ads hit the airwaves. The massive independent expenditure by Independence USA PAC dwarfs what any of the...
  • Why Is Washington So Polarized?

    02/16/2013 4:52:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    People who have been around for a while all seem to agree. Never in living memory has the atmosphere on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C., generally been so toxic. I don’t find this to be true out in the hinterland. The country as a whole is divided politically. But it’s not obviously more divided than it was 50 years ago. The toxicity of politics is a D.C. phenomenon. What’s more, the polarization is worse among the elites. It seems that the more education they have, the more polarized people become. Why is that? I have a theory. Any period...
  • Obama's No-Growth State of the Union

    02/16/2013 4:39:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Larry Kudlow
    By far the best line from this week's dueling State of the Union messages came from Florida Sen. 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...
  • With eye on 2014, GOP welcomes Boehner's Senate-first strategy

    02/16/2013 4:38:52 AM PST · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    By demanding Senate Democrats act first on major legislation, the House Speaker may help Republicans win back the upper chamber. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is passing the buck to the Senate and, in the process, he's lending a big hand to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) Boehner's move to force the Democratic-led Senate to take the lead on enacting President Obama's agenda puts him squarely in line with a top McConnell priority — wresting control of the upper chamber from Democrats.
  • N.J. legislators explain opposition to bill keeping guns from suspected terrorists

    02/16/2013 4:30:19 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    lehighvalleylive.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Douglas B. Brill
    Erik Peterson remembers driving his wife’s car and getting pulled over. Police driving behind the New Jersey assemblyman ran the license plate and found out the car belonged to Jenny Peterson. The legislator’s wife didn’t have warrants out on her, but someone with the same name did. The legislator proved that he wasn’t Jenny Peterson and his wife wasn't the woman police were looking for, and the police let him go. The Republican, whose 23rd Legislative District covers parts of Warren and Hunterdon counties, used that anecdote to help explain why he wouldn't back a gun-control measure voted on Wednesday...
  • 15 Things That Are Not Okay For Liberals To Do

    02/16/2013 3:59:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | February 16, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Many liberals have come to believe the rules of morality, decency, and good behavior don't apply to them. You see, since they're liberal they think that no matter how racist, sexist, violent, dehumanizing, evil or disgusting their behavior may be, they're still good people just by virtue of the fact that they're liberals. Of course, not every progressive feels that way, but almost no one on the Left who disagrees has the courage to speak out against the horrific behavior of his fellow liberals. That's understandable if you think about it. Just as a member of the KKK would fear...
  • Asteroids, Polar Bear Cannibalism Lead to Global Warming, or, uh, Something Bad

    02/16/2013 3:49:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | John Ransom
    The most pathetic part of the whole episode was that I knew that I would find it is soon as I saw the headlines and read the stories. “A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over central Russia on Friday,” reported Reuters, “sending fireballs crashing to earth which shattered windows and damaged buildings, injuring more than 500 people. People heading to work in Chelyabinsk heard what sounded like an explosion, saw a bright light and then felt a shockwave, according to a Reuters correspondent in the industrial city 950 miles east of Moscow.” While reading headlines about the meteor...
  • Rockin' in the Free World

    02/16/2013 3:39:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    While watching the Grammy awards last Sunday, it occurred to me that American culture has been defined by music ever since the end of World War II. After the Germans and Japanese surrendered in 1945, millions of GI's returned home to marry and begin families. The big-band era of good-time music accompanied that, and romantic singers like Frank Sinatra ruled the day. In the '50s, many young people, tired of conformity, began to rebel. The rise of Elvis Presley illuminated that rebellion. Then the angst kind of died out as Chubby Checker ushered in "The Twist" in 1960, and...
  • Threat of Executive Order on Guns: Chicago Thuggery

    02/16/2013 3:21:47 AM PST · by Daffynition · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 9 Jan 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    In a gun-grabbing scheme as desperate as it is wrong, President Obama is threatening to bypass Congress and go it alone via Executive Orders if legislators don't move fast. The sudden rush to Executive Orders comes as Obama sees the writing on the wall: the American people do not want more gun control, and the Republican Congress is listening to the people.
  • Obama’s Non-Partisan Campaign Selling Access to Obama for $500,000

    02/16/2013 2:54:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | february 15, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    "Leaders of Organizing for Action, President Obama’s new nonprofit advocacy group, are courting his top campaign bundlers to be part of a high-dollar fundraising network that will help finance the work of the nascent organization. Bundlers will probably be asked to raised $500,000 to be part of the committee. Such top fundraisers will get perks in return. One reward that was floated as a possibility was an invitation to quarterly meetings with Obama." They’re “Organizing for Action”, but the action that they’re organizing for comes from the White House. This is no different than a candidate funding a grass roots...
  • Funds run low for health insurance in state ‘high-risk pools’ (ObamaCare)

    02/16/2013 2:30:26 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 15 2013 | N.C. Ainznman
    Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state. But they stressed that coverage for about 100,000 people who are now enrolled in the high-risk pools will not be affected. “We’re being very careful stewards of the money that has been appropriated...
  • 70 OFFICERS NEEDED TO DISPERSE 'FOOD FIGHT' RIOTERS

    02/16/2013 2:01:35 AM PST · by Anila · 29 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/16/13 | Colin Flaherty
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The links in the following report may contain offensive language. School officials say race has nothing to do with the latest example of black mob violence in Minneapolis. Neither did race have anything to do with the dozens of others examples of black mob violence and lawlessness – many caught on video – that have plagued the Twin City for at least three years. So say police. So say reporters. So say public officials. The victims and the videos tell a different story. The latest example hit the news this week: Hundreds of black students were involved in...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Running for President, OK?

    02/16/2013 1:36:27 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 34 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 02-14-2013 | Elspeth Reeve
    Bill Clinton confirmed Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016, according to Angelo Tsakopoulos, a "real-estate honcho" who's a major donor to Clinton campaigns, the New York Post reports. No kidding? It is time to stop pretending to be surprised at reports that Clinton is running for president. "Hillary will be our next president and she will be a great one," Tsakopoulos said last weekend at a private California banquet, the Greek Reporter says. "I talked to her husband, and he confirmed it. She will run.” He even had campaign staffing specifics, saying his daughter, Eleni Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis, will be...
  • Who’s next on Obama’s drone hit list?

    02/15/2013 10:31:36 PM PST · by TBP · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/15/13 | Senator Rand Paul
    The recent leak of a Department of Justice white paper on the legal justification for the use of drones to execute American citizens abroad accused of terrorism raises some very important constitutional and moral issues. Politicians should not decide the crime and the punishment for American citizens here or abroad. A trial by jury with a judge is a right to be prized by American citizens. Now, if you join al Qaeda, bear arms and attack U.S. forces, no one will argue that you still have a right to a trial. In the heat of battle, everyone understands that those...
  • Fireball Streaks Across Bay Area Sky (San Fran)

    02/15/2013 9:55:00 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 128 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/15/13 | Anon
    Jodi Hernandez reports on the cosmic close encounter that the earth is experiencing tonight and the real one Russia experienced this morning. On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen streaking across the Bay Area skies. The fireball was seen around 7:45 p.m. There are reports into the newsroom from people as far north as Fairfield and as far south as Gilroy. It was also seen in Sacramento, Newark, Walnut Creek, and St. Helena. It was bluish in color and appeared to be heading straight to the...