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  • Obama's Quiet Ally: Who's Behind Gun Control Bill No One Is Talking About - Sen. Mark Kirk (R), IL

    02/16/2013 9:39:58 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 29 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | February 15, 2013 | Mark Guarino
    Obama's quiet ally: Who's behind gun control bill no one is talking about As President Obama comes to Chicago to talk gun control, Illinois' Republican senator, Mark Kirk, is pushing a bill to target gun trafficking. It's under the radar, but could have a greater impact than other bills. As President Obama pushes for gun control in Chicago Friday, an unexpected ally from his home state, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois, is crossing party lines to propose legislation that could have a greater impact than higher-profile proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, experts say. Senator Kirk and...
  • Warning: This Will Get Your Blood Boiling (Obama free phones)

    02/16/2013 9:39:06 AM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 16, 2013 | Lisa De Pasquale
    We've all heard about the free Obama phones. A friend was recently looking for a part-time work and found this listing on Craig's List [note: the "DMV" refers to DC, Maryland, Virginia]:
  • Grilled about Cayman Investments, Jack Lew Chooses the I’m-a-Moron Defense

    02/16/2013 9:37:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Every so often, you get a “teaching moment” in Washington, and we now have an excellent opportunity to educate lawmakers about the “offshore” world because President Obama’s nominee to be Treasury Secretary has been caught with his hand in the tax haven cookie jar. Mr. Lew not only invested some of his own money in a Cayman-based fund, he also was in charge of a Citi Bank division that had over 100 Cayman-domiciled funds.As you can imagine, Republicans are having some fun with this issue.Mitt Romney was subjected to a lot of class-warfare demagoguery during the 2012 campaign because he...
  • Police, families cope with cop killer's aftermath

    02/16/2013 9:19:25 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 15, 2013 | A. BREED, JULIE WATSON and TAMI ABDOLLAH | Associated Press
    BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there. In 15 years with the department, "Jer" had earned about a dozen and a half awards for 10851s — the California penal code for grand theft auto. Once, while heading to a bar to celebrate another award, MacKay noticed there were no keys in the ignition of the car next to him at a traffic light, and he veered off. He waltzed...
  • Gun Companies to Law Enforcement in Anti-Gun States: We’re Not Doing Business With You Anymore

    As the gun control debate rages on, we’ve seen a host of gun-rights advocates standing up for the Second Amendment. In addition to citizens, the NRA, the National Sheriffs Association and countless others, a number of companies—including gun manufacturers, sporting good retailers and gunsmiths—are now taking a stand by refusing to sell to law enforcement in New York and other states with restrictive gun laws. The message in these companies’ statements is essentially about equality—local law enforcement and government agencies should not have rights that citizens do not. Thus, if states such as New York choose to adopt restrictive gun...
  • Carbon Tax Hallucinations

    02/16/2013 9:17:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Average planetary temperatures haven’t budged in 16 years. Hurricanes and strong tornadoes are at or near their lowest ebb in decades. Global sea ice is back to normal, while the Antarctic icepack continues to grow. The rate of sea level rise remains what it was in 1900. And yet, President Obama and many politicians, newscasters and alarmist scientists continue to insist that carbon dioxide emissions are changing Earth’s climate, and we need to take immediate action to prevent storms like Hurricane Sandy and avert catastrophes predicted by IPCC computer models and “scientific consensus.” Not surprisingly, polls show public support...
  • Maine Newspaper Rescinds Request for Gun Owner Info Following Backlash

    02/16/2013 9:11:56 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 27 replies
    Guns. com ^ | Feb 16, 2013 | S.H. Blannelberry
    A Maine Newspaper that had solicited concealed carry permit holder information from police agencies around the state for research and investigative purposes has rescinded its request following harsh criticism from state lawmakers. When Bangor Daily News invoked Maine’s ‘Freedom of Access Act’ to obtain gun owner information on Wednesday GOP politicians, including Gov. Paul LePage publicly decried the move. In a statement that was accompanied by a twitter post of a photo of the governor holding his CCW permit, LePage wrote, “If newspapers would like to know who has concealed weapons permits, then they should know the Governor has his.”...
  • U.S. a step closer to wide domestic use of drones

    02/16/2013 9:11:31 AM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON A future in which unmanned drones are as common in U.S. skies as helicopters and airliners has moved a step closer to reality with a government request for proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.
  • VP lobbies as Colo. approves gun-control measures (Biden on CO Ski Trip)

    02/16/2013 8:53:25 AM PST · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    The Gazette ^ | IVAN MORENO and KRISTEN WYATT | Feb 16, 12:19 AM EST
    DENVER (AP) -- A package of gun control measures won initial approval in Colorado's Democratic-controlled House Friday night, with Vice President Joe Biden personally phoning four lawmakers from his ski vacation in the state to speed along the emotional debate. Biden phoned three freshmen legislators along with Democratic House Speaker Mark Ferrandino. The calls came amid a long debate over the proposals, including expanded background checks and ammunition limits - responses to mass shootings, including the killings at a Colorado movie theater. In all, the House gave the initial OK to four bills after a daylong debate. The preliminary votes...
  • Canada’s government must reach out to the undead

    02/16/2013 8:44:09 AM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | February 16, 2013 | David Frum
    “Under the leadership of this Prime Minister, Canada will never become a safe haven for zombies, ever.” -Foreign Minister John Baird, House of Commons, Feb. 13, 2013. John Baird’s tough-guy rhetoric may win applause from the Conservative back bench. But the foreign minister’s inflammatory words dangerously oversimplify a complex situation. Worse, they shamefully betray Canada’s historic role as an honest broker between the living and undead communities. The zombie movement has both a political and a military wing. While the military wing has been responsible for atrocities, which Canada correctly condemns, the political wing provides crucial social services to the...
  • The audacity of Jr.

    02/16/2013 8:43:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    **SNIP** Ask how he could humiliate not one but three generations of his globally known family — his famous father and his young children included. No, Jesse Jackson Jr. wouldn't be the first to purposefully slow-walk that yearslong walk. Not the first to delight in secret luxuries and expensive acquisitions along a reliable, efficient path to the self-destruction of his career and his reputation. Imagine, though, the depth of conniving, or self-delusion, or entitlement, or sheer audacious recklessness, that the federal accusations against Jackson would have required of him. What the feds on Friday suggested had happened here is a...
  • Nevada assemblyman proposes fast food tax

    02/16/2013 8:43:44 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 | 3:56 p.m | Matt Woolbright, Associated Press
    The price of many fast food items would tick up slightly if one assemblyman's bill makes it through the Nevada Legislature. Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford introduced Assembly Bill 122 during the floor session Thursday. The bill proposes a 5-cent tax, paid by the customer, for each item over 500 calories. Munford says he hopes the tax would deter people from eating out so frequently. He adds that the revenue would be directed to helping hospitals and improving Nevada's education system.
  • CNBC's Bartiromo Takes (Barney) Frank to Task Over Lack of ’08 Financial Crisis Prosecutions

    02/16/2013 8:27:39 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 15, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Bartiromo Takes Frank to Task Over Lack of ’08 Financial Crisis Prosecutions • Frank: 'Individuals' should be prosecuted on Wall Street, will not say who Former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank (D., Mass.) advocated criminal prosecutions against “individuals” involved in the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent collapse on Wall Street Friday on CNBC. Maria Bartiromo reacted incredulously to Frank’s refusal to name specific individuals who may have perpetrated criminal wrongdoing, accusing the former Congressman of playing populist politics by making specious allegations against the financial industry. Frank attempted to deflect the criticism by stating as Chair of House Financial Services...
  • Measures target state’s new gun-control law (NY SAFE Act)

    02/16/2013 8:01:52 AM PST · by Gritty · 31 replies
    The Leader-Herald ^ | February 15, 2013 | Bill Pitcher
    JOHNSTOWN - Local legislators are starting to take official measures to show their opposition to the state's new gun-control law. Fulton County supervisors this week unanimously agreed to endorse a law-enforcement position statement that calls the new regulations "unfair" and "overly restrictive." Montgomery County supervisors are considering a similar resolution... ... The 1,500-word position statement was drafted and unanimously approved last month by 52 members of the New York State Sheriff's Association, including Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey, Montgomery County Sheriff Michael Amato and Hamilton County Sheriff Karl Abrams. ... ... (Sheriff) Lorey presented it to the Board of Supervisors'...
  • Left In The Dark: Copper Thieves Rob Detroit Freeways Of Light

    02/16/2013 7:57:15 AM PST · by shove_it · 71 replies
    cBS Detroit ^ | 2 Feb 2013
    DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - The Michigan Department of Transportation says one-fifth of the lights along freeways in Metro Detroit aren’t working — and copper thieves are mainly to blame. [...] MDOT has identified the area around I-94, east of I-75, as one of the worst hit by thieves. “We are taking measures to try to keep the cabinets safe and secure, but for every move we make, the thieves come up with a counter-move,” said Morosi. [...} And those counter-moves are sometimes deadly. In October, a 34-year-old man was electrocuted at Putnam and Lawton, near I-96, while attempting to steal copper...
  • Immigrants Are Big Business for Private Prisons

    02/16/2013 7:56:22 AM PST · by AuntB · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 2012 | Fox News
    The country's largest prison companies are generating huge profits as the U.S. locks up more undocumented immigrants than ever, and an Associated Press review shows the businesses are spending tens of millions on lobbying and political campaigns. The cost to American taxpayers is on track to top $2 billion for this year, and the companies are expecting their biggest cut of that yet in the next few years thanks to government plans for new facilities to house the 400,000 immigrants detained annually. After a decade of expansion, the sprawling, private system runs detention centers everywhere from a Denver suburb to...
  • Bill O’Reilly and Marc Lamont Hill Together Again on Valentine’s Day

    02/16/2013 7:53:29 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.aim.org ^ | February 15, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    Bill O’Reilly, who made Marc Lamont Hill into a national media star, now acts surprised that Hill had some kind words to say about mass murderer Christopher Dorner’s “exciting” rampage of death and destruction. The people cheering O’Reilly for “taking it to” Hill and “tearing into” him on his Thursday night show have apparently forgotten that O’Reilly was behind Hill’s rise to media stardom. Bill O’Reilly “lectured” Hill on his “insensitive” remarks, reports Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. In fact, O’Reilly and Hill have been working together for years, feeding off one another, in order to generate ratings. The question is,...
  • Get ‘Em Young: Obama’s Plan for Universal Preschool

    02/16/2013 7:51:10 AM PST · by yoe · 31 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 16, 2013 | Tad Cronn
    Since the recent State of the Union address, President Obama has been touting his proposal to offer free preschool to everybody. The White House cites studies that claim all manner of benefits to sticking young children into the zoo early on, including later “success.” And Obama claims one of his main motivations is to close the test score “achievement gap” between poor and rich kids.[snip] If you truly want to give your child an educational head start, turn off the TV and make him crack a couple of books every week.
  • Police: 5 people shot outside Columbia club (SC)

    02/16/2013 7:47:24 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    wyff4.com ^ | February 16, 2013
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (WISTV) —Five people are in the hospital after a shooting outside a club very early Saturday morning. The incident happened shortly before 3 a.m. at the T and T Uptown Lounge, located at 3003 Colonial Drive. Three men and two women were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Police said two of the shooting victims were in critical condition Saturday morning. Preliminary information suggests that witnesses saw shots being fired from a car outside of the club, police said. There may have been an altercation at the club before the shooting, according to investigators.
  • Senate Dems unveil $110 billion sequester-replacement package

    02/16/2013 7:45:39 AM PST · by Cheerio · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/14/13 | Alexander Bolton and Erik Wasson
    Senate Democratic leaders unveiled a $110 billion sequester-replacement bill at a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday that would replace $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to hit March 1. The Senate Democratic package is split evenly between spending cuts and provisions raising new tax revenues, according to a Democratic source. It would raise nearly $54 billion in taxes by implementing the Buffett Rule, setting a minimum effective tax rate for wealthy individuals and families. It would raise additional revenues by changing the tax treatment of oil extraction from oil sands. ....snip.... On Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified that...
  • Al (Jazeera) Gore Attacks Koch Brothers and 'False Spontaneity of the Tea Party'

    02/16/2013 7:44:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2.15/13 | Noel Sheppard
    Al 'Jazeera' Gore took to the Huffington Post on Valentine's Day to attack the Tea Party as well as the Koch brothers. Not surprisingly, his "False Spontaneity of the Tea Party" consisted of his practically patented brand of factually-challenged left-wing propaganda: A new study by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Medicine reveals that the Tea Party Movement was planned over a decade ago by groups with ties to the tobacco and fossil fuel industries. The movement was not a spontaneous populist uprising, but rather a long-term strategy to promote the anti-science, anti-government agenda of powerful corporate...
  • Trump, Levin Right About Rove

    02/16/2013 7:36:15 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 71 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/16/13 | David Bossie
    If you’re a donor or potential donor to Karl Rove’s group American Crossroads, I recommend you listen to Mark Levin’s recent interview with Donald Trump, because they disclosed some long overdue truths that needed to be said. Trump and Levin made several points that donors, the media, and the political class can no longer ignore and frankly should have picked up on long ago. When you see the facts all laid out, you’ll be asking yourself the same question as Levin: “I would say to the wealthy donors out there, why do you keep donating to him?” The first point...
  • Students, Don’t Like Your Grade? Sue!

    02/16/2013 7:28:15 AM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    In a country run by moonbat lawyers, getting good grades doesn’t need to be about studying hard. Suing is easier and more remunerative: Megan Thode isn’t the first Lehigh University student who was unhappy with the grade she received in a course. But she may be the first to sue to get it changed. The C+ that Thode was given scuttled her dream of becoming a licensed professional counselor and was part of an effort to force her out of the graduate degree program she was pursuing, said her lawyer, Richard J. Orloski, whose lawsuit seeks $1.3 million in damages....
  • Attorney: Sandi Jackson Signs Plea Deal With Feds (perp wife of the perp)

    02/16/2013 7:19:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/16/13 | MICHAEL TARM
    An attorney for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s wife says she signed a plea deal with federal prosecutors related to accusations her husband misused campaign funds. Tom Kirsch tells The Associated Press former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson agreed to plead guilty to one count of tax fraud.
  • Jeb Bush: I Would Govern Like LBJ as President

    02/16/2013 7:09:33 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 140 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tony Lee
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would strive to be like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat famous for expanding the U.S. welfare state through the "Great Society," if he were elected president. According to the Miami Herald, Bush made those comments Wednesday night in San Antonio, Florida at Saint Leo University, while speaking about education, immigration, and energy policy. Bush did not address Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty programs, about which Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, "We had a war on poverty, and poverty won." Instead, he was referencing Johnson's mastery of the so-called sausage-making process in Congress....
  • Obama's plan to make illegals comfy

    02/16/2013 6:58:13 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 11 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 15, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expands its outsourcing of detention across the nation, potential contractors are being forewarned to abide by the Obama administration’s kinder, gentler approach to detaining illegal aliens. DHS Immigration & Customs Enforcement most recently embarked upon the outsourcing plan in Georgia, where it will continue to push the administration’s reform agenda to create a civil, rather than penal, processing system. According to contracting documents that WND located through routine database research, the Georgia outsourcing endeavor requires providers to offer detainees, among other perks, “abundant natural light throughout the facility [and] ample indoor and outdoor...
  • Death of a master terrorist: How the ‘Iranian Jackal’ was killed

    02/16/2013 6:56:51 AM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 11 replies
    nationalpost ^ | 2 13 13
    On the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Imad Mughniyah, a.k.a. “The Iranian Jackal,” much new information about the hunt for the terrorist most wanted by Mossad and the FBI has emerged. It’s a story of high-tech surveillance and old-fashioned espionage, and it’s just starting to be truly told now. Imad Mughniyah was 20 years old when he made his debut on the international terrorist scene in 1983, with a series of spectacular and deadly bombings aimed at Western forces in Lebanon. The 1983 Beirut suicide bombings included those on April 18 at the U.S. Embassy (63 killed); on Oct....
  • Iran: Impossible Talks with the "Great Satan"

    02/16/2013 6:48:02 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 11 replies
    Asharq Alawsat ^ | February 15,2013 | Amir Taheri
    Some commentators inside and outside Iran have interpreted Khamenei’s stance as further proof that he has lost touch with reality. A closer look at the context, however, might show that Khamenei’s stance is very much based on reality: his reality. Khamenei does not see Iran as a nation-state but as a vehicle for a revolution with global ambitions. “I am not a diplomat,” he said amid cheers from a crowd of supporters. “I am a revolutionary.” The regime that Khamenei heads is not meant to act in the interests of Iran as a nation-state, but in the interests of the...
  • Syria rebels claim northern airbase takeover

    02/16/2013 6:45:00 AM PST · by bert · 5 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 02/16/13 | staff
    Syrian rebels have captured a military airbase in the north and geared up for a major battle against regime forces as the opposition says it refuses to accept President Bashar al-Assad in talks on the 23-month conflict. The rebels on Friday said they overran the base in the town of Sfeira, east of Aleppo international airport, and captured a large stockpile of ammunition. Activists reported intermittent clashes around the Aleppo airport itself as well as around Nayrab airbase and another military complex, as the two sides squared up for a major fight. "The army shelled the area around Aleppo international...
  • 'Good Morning America' Giddy Over Possible Hillary Presidential Run

    02/16/2013 6:41:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    If Good Morning America's giddiness over the prospect that Hillary Clinton might run for president is any indication of how the MSM will treat the story, it's gonna be a long-g-g-g four years. The excited GMA crew was looking for any harbinger—from falling meteorites to the number of baskets scored by an ABC reporter in a charity game—that Hillary might throw her pantsuit into the ring. A correspondent even joked—at least we hope she was joking—that GMA might have to run a segment every week with the latest is-Hillary-running news. View the video here.
  • Workers ... bulldoze thousands of leftover Girl Scout cookies ...

    02/16/2013 6:32:08 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 60 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 15, 2013 | JOSHUA GARDNER
    There is certainly no ‘waste not, want not’ badge for Girl Scouts of America, at least not in Southern California where over 13,000 boxes of the organization’s famous cookies were bulldozed to bits in a warehouse as bulldozer operators gleefully yelled ‘Goodbye girl scout cookies!’ After the May incident, when the cookies were sent off to a landfill, leaders of area food banks are up in arms about the so-called service organization's wastefulness. Bruce Rankin, Executive Director of Santa Monica’s West Side Food Bank, watched footage from CBS 2 in Los Angeles, and was shocked as two heavy-duty construction vehicles...
  • Fugitive Alberto Morales shot, killed near Grapevine Lake

    02/16/2013 6:22:06 AM PST · by ken in texas · 45 replies
    WFAA TV Web site ^ | Feb 16 2013 | JASON WHITELY
    GRAPEVINE — After an intensive four-day manhunt, fugitive Alberto Morales was shot and killed near Grapevine Lake late Friday night, according to Grapevine police. Morales — considered armed and extremely dangerous — had been at large after stabbing a Miami-Dade County detective with a pair of eyeglasses Monday night as he was in transit to Las Vegas for a trial.The violent escape happened in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Grapevine.
  • Numerous Firearms Manufacturers Refuse to Sell to Govt

    02/16/2013 6:21:42 AM PST · by Mozilla · 28 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Allenah
    While the President and the rabid left continue to pursue a ban on semi-automatic firearms, manufacturers are fighting back by refusing to sell to government agencies that support the President’s plan. Illinois Gov. Rahm Emannuel tried to pressure Bank of America to stop doing business with firearms companies. Viewed as perfectly acceptable behavior by a large portion of America, firearms manufacturers copied the tactic and returned the favor. Larue Tactical, Olympic Arms, Templar Custom, Extreme Firepower and now RAM Arms have vocalized that they will not sell their products to government agencies that support the President’s position on gun rights....
  • Two bald eagles found dead [poisoned] in Logan County near Booneville [Arkansas]

    02/16/2013 6:21:22 AM PST · by Dysart · 20 replies
    KATV ^ | 2-15-13
    BOONEVILLE – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating two more bald eagle deaths in Arkansas. The eagles were found in Logan County just south of Booneville. Earlier this month, an eagle was found shot near Highland in Pike County. That bird death is still under investigation. The two eagles in Logan County were found near the Golden City Church in early December and have been undergoing necropsies for the cause of death. Tests revealed that the two birds died of poisoning. State and federal officials are asking for help in solving...
  • School principal angry after rabbi give students free lunch and speech

    02/16/2013 6:17:44 AM PST · by expat1000 · 27 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | David Ross
    Many high school students enjoyed free lunch given to them by a local rabbi and while they were eating they listened to a lecture from the rabbi. Students at Great Neck North High School can hang out at fast food restaurants, go to the houses without supervision or do almost anything they want for lunch. But listening to a Torah lecture in an Orthodox Jewish synagogue should require parental consent, according to the school.
  • Mass. gives out 100 grand like candy

    02/16/2013 6:03:15 AM PST · by massmike · 8 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 02/16/2013 | Joe Dwinell
    The roster of state workers raking in six-figure pay skyrocketed last year by an astonishing 12 percent to nearly 7,700 employees, according to a Herald review — a budget-busting bombshell that has fiscal watchdogs howling “enough.” The review comes as Gov. Deval Patrick is pushing for massive $1.9 billion in tax and fee hikes amid a sputtering state economy and a climbing jobless rate. The highest pay — more than $700,000 — went to those in the University of Massachusetts system. Yet, nurses, state troopers, office workers, prison guards and managers also swelled the ranks of the six-figure club, including:...
  • Herman Cain Joins Fox News

    02/16/2013 6:00:04 AM PST · by Mozilla · 18 replies
    newser.com ^ | Feb 15, 2013 | Associated Press
    Well, Fox News needed to fill the void left by Sarah Palin's absence ... so the network hired Herman Cain as a contributor, it announced today. Cain, the former president and CEO of Godfather's Pizza, will also contribute to the Fox Business Network. He says he's looking forward to the job because it is "an opportunity to be one more voice for intelligent thinking in America." Fox has been shuffling its contributor lineup since the election, also recently hiring Dennis Kucinich and Scott Brown.
  • Is it too late to avert the sequester's deep spending cuts?

    02/16/2013 5:38:32 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 59 replies
    The Week ^ | 13 Feb 13 | Harold Maass
    epublican leaders in Congress predicted Wednesday that painful automatic spending cuts — the sequester, in Washington lingo — will hit at the end of the month, as scheduled. "I think the sequester’s gonna happen," Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of Senate Republican leadership, said at a Politico post-State-of-the-Union event. Indeed, Democrats and Republicans have made little or no progress on a compromise deficit reduction deal that would head off the across-the-board budget cuts, which would hit the Pentagon and social programs especially hard. President Obama warned in his address that allowing the sequester to hit would be disastrous,...
  • 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...