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  • Jewish Home and Yesh Atid form united front

    02/17/2013 7:13:44 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 5 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/17/2013 | GABE FISHER
    The Jewish Home and Yesh Atid parties have entered into a strategic alliance and notified Likud-Beytenu coalition negotiators that the two parties will either enter the government together or retire to the opposition. Both parties are intent on legislating the conscription of ultra-Orthodox Israelis into military or national service, a move rejected by the ultra-Orthodox parties, making coalition talks extremely challenging for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In response to the alliance, reported by the Hebrew media Sunday, a senior Likud source involved in the coalition negotiations accused the national-religious Jewish Home party of “voter fraud,” for forming an agreement with...
  • Crime soared with Mass.gun law.

    02/17/2013 7:06:21 AM PST · by Mears · 14 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | February 17,2013 | Jeff Jacoby
    But the law that was so tough on law-abiding gun owners had quite a different impact on criminals.
  • Rep. Paul Broun Leads in GA Senate Race

    02/17/2013 7:04:39 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 10 replies
    Harper Polling has just cut loose its first poll in Georgia’s 2014 race for U.S. Senate, showing three Republican members of Congress in a tight bunch: In the Republican primary election for the open seat of Senator Saxby Chambliss, the race is wide open. The field is stacked with Members of Congress. In a state with 14 congressional districts, a Congressman’s statewide name identification is low and his support is confined early on to his district. However, if the field has 6 credible candidates, 35% could win the primary. Congressmen Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Tom Price, and Jack Kingston are...
  • Federal case outlines how guns made their way from Indiana to Chicago (barf alert)

    02/17/2013 7:03:36 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 feb 213 | Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner
    "Twenty-five more in four hours," Tanksley told his customer, who was secretly working for law enforcement and recording the conversation. "Give me $5,000 and you can put your order in then. I'll get you whatever, give me a list." As Tanksley, who police say has ties to a Chicago street gang, made his sales pitch, David Lewisbey was stocking up on more weapons at a gun show 40 miles away in Crown Point, Ind., one of several trips he made across the state border and back in little more than a day, according to federal authorities
  • Achieve Ye This Goal ... Mark Steyn

    02/17/2013 6:53:08 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 27 replies
    NRO ^ | 15 Feb 2013 | Mark Steyn
    ‘I’m also issuing a new goal for America,” declared President Obama at his State of the Union on Tuesday. We’ll come to the particular “goal” he “issued” momentarily, but before we do, consider that formulation: Did you know the president of the United States is now in the business of “issuing goals” for his subjects to live up to? Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new legislative...
  • Achieve Ye This Goal ... Mark Steyn

    02/17/2013 6:53:08 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 4 replies
    NRO ^ | 15 Feb 2013 | Mark Steyn
    ‘I’m also issuing a new goal for America,” declared President Obama at his State of the Union on Tuesday. We’ll come to the particular “goal” he “issued” momentarily, but before we do, consider that formulation: Did you know the president of the United States is now in the business of “issuing goals” for his subjects to live up to? Strange how the monarchical urge persists even in a republic two-and-a-third centuries old. Many commentators have pointed out that the modern State of the Union is in fairly obvious mimicry of the Speech from the Throne that precedes a new legislative...
  • NYT GOES BIRTHER: ATTACKS 'CANADIAN-BORN' CRUZ, CALLS HIM 'MCCARTHYITE'

    02/17/2013 6:52:48 AM PST · by SMGFan · 88 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | Feb 16 , 2013 | Tony Lee & Stephen K. Bannon
    Liberals, the mainstream media, and establishment Republicans often reveal which conservatives they fear by their level of disdain and vitriol. This week, they put their crosshairs on freshman Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a Tea Party conservative of Hispanic descent who undermines the mainstream media's ability to advance their false notion that being a minority and Tea Partier are mutually exclusive. He is a conservative who showed no desire to defer to the Senate's "courtly" ways, the preferences of the institution's old bulls. The sinking ship that is the New York Times, the so-called paper of record, provided evidence of...
  • Are We Still At War?

    02/17/2013 6:48:45 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/16/2013 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Congress should update its military-force authorization. We remain a nation at peril, but are we still a nation at war? In his State of the Union speech, President Obama signaled, yet again, that the war in Afghanistan is effectively over. Soon, in fact, it will be over by any honest measure: The presence of American troops will be halved to 34,000 in the coming months, and erased entirely by December 31, 2014. On this arbitrarily chosen date, the president claims, we will “achieve our core objective of defeating the core of al-Qaeda.” This was just rhetorical fluff. The core of...
  • Syria: Shifting the strategic balance

    02/17/2013 6:46:32 AM PST · by bert · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 02/17/13 | staff
    Syria's opposition fighters have been gaining strength and becoming more organised while government forces seem to be slowly withdrawing under the pressure. Last week, opposition fighters said they took control of the al-Jarrah military air base in Aleppo province. It was the latest in a string of military air bases to be captured by anti-government fighters. And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the rebels have, for the first time, seized a fleet of air force planes that includes MiG fighters. The capture of the airfield happened a day after fighters seized the country's largest hydro-electric dam, located in...
  • PA:Gun Buyback Met With Competition In Bensalem

    02/17/2013 6:46:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | 7 February, 2013 | NA
    BENSALEM, Pa. - A gun buyback program in Bensalem Township was met with some competition. People lined up to turn in their unwanted weapons Wednesday night. Township officials offered between $50 and $200 for each weapon. They say they hope the buyback will reduce gun violence in the township. Outside, a group of gun advocates set up a table offering a better price to people carrying high-quality weapons.
  • God Bless You, Sen. Feinstein

    02/17/2013 6:41:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein began her war on allergy and cold sufferers in 2005. In an effort to prevent small-time dealers from buying allergy and cold drugs and cooking them into methamphetamine, she pushed through legislation requiring consumers to show identification before purchasing products with pseudoephedrine -- otherwise known as the good allergy drugs, known only to those who know enough to ask for them. Now Feinstein wants to make you get a prescription from a doctor before you buy these drugs. In 2005, I thought Feinstein's Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act wrongly punished law-abiding citizens by limiting their access to over-the-counter...
  • ABC: Vatican Trial Balloon Shot Down 'Faster Than Old-School Nun Might Rap You On Knuckles'

    02/17/2013 6:41:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    ABC News reporter David Wright chose an odd metaphor to describe criticism of the possible timing of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI's successor. Wright, speaking live from the Vatican on today's Good Morning America, reported that yesterday the Vatican spokesman had floated a trial balloon suggesting that the conclave to choose a new Pope could be moved up from its originally established date of March 15th. Continued Wright: "but in other quarters of the Church, that trial balloon is being shot down faster than an old-school nun might rap you on the knuckles." View the video here.
  • Washington State Bill Calls for Sheriff to Inspect the Homes of Assault-Weapon Owners

    02/17/2013 6:36:45 AM PST · by Olydawg · 84 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/17/13 | Danny Westneat
    <p>Mod note: the source has changed the title and the body of this article after this was posted.</p> <p>Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around? As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.</p>
  • Investigators recover Lanza computer data

    02/17/2013 6:27:43 AM PST · by RummyChick · 71 replies
    ctpost ^ | 2/16 | John Pirro, Michael P. Mayko and Ken Dixon
    NEWTOWN -- Investigators have succeeded in recovering some data from one of the damaged hard drives in a computer used by Adam Lanza and have subpoenaed computers of people they believe were in contact with the Sandy Hook mass murderer, a law enforcement source said Friday. Another smashed hard drive is still being reconstructed by technicians with the U.S. Department of Defense, the source said. Authorities are particularly interested in what relationships Lanza had within the online and video game community, hoping there may be clues about what provoked him to shoot his mother to death, then kill 20 first-graders...
  • ID:Estimated 1,000 raise arms in protest of gun control

    02/17/2013 6:26:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    localnews8.com ^ | 16 February, 2013 | Caleb James
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - An estimated 1,000 people took to the streets of Idaho Falls in support of 2nd Amendment rights on Saturday. The group's organizers say the massive demonstration isn't exclusively about guns -- it's about freedom. “Are all of you Americans?” shouted organizer Chad Christensen, to a resounding response from the crowd. The large crowd crossed the Broadway Bridge in downtown Idaho Falls in a trek from the Bonneville County courthouse to the Shilo Inn. “This isn't about guns, I believe,” said Christensen. “It's about our freedom and our liberty and our childrens’ future.” Through city streets, marchers...
  • Disgusting Leftist Mark Lamont Hill Compares Cop Killer to a 'Super Hero'

    02/17/2013 6:25:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Nothing really stuns me anymore about the Left and their lunacy. That was until this week when soulless Columbia professor Mark Lamont Hill appeared on CNN and got giddy about cop killer Chris Dorner. Hill said Dorner’s murderous revenge spree was “exciting,” and was like Jamie Foxx’s character in Tarantino’s latest flick, D’jango Unchained. Hill doubled down on his stupidity during the same interview by stating Chris’ homicidal orgy was akin to the exploits of a “super hero.” I was speechless when I heard such vomit roll off that quack’s tongue. In contrast to numb nuts, Dorner's mother, Nancy Dorner,...
  • NRA chief David Keene, a gentleman who sticks to his guns

    02/17/2013 6:25:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 17 feb 2013 | Craig gilbert
    Fairfax, Va. - For the leader of what may be the most polarizing interest group in America, National Rifle Association chief David Keene is a genial hard-liner. He loves guns. He loves politics. He loves talking - even with journalists, who are viewed in gun circles as overwhelmingly hostile to their cause. The son of pro-labor Wisconsin Democrats, Keene grew into one of Washington, D.C.'s ultimate conservative insiders, a Goldwater-Nixon-Agnew-Reagan-Dole Republican, a lobbyist, strategist and lifelong political player. He enjoys the fray, and now he's in a big one. Keene jokes about getting death threats from people who can't shoot,...
  • REPORT: 4 PEOPLE SHOT WITHIN 90 MINUTES IN CHICAGO AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S DEPARTURE

    02/17/2013 6:10:05 AM PST · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 16, 2013 | Feb. 16, 2013 7:47pm Erica Ritz
    President Barack Obama spoke about his new gun control initiatives during a quick visit to his hometown of Chicago Friday, but the violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the United States did not abate. The Politico relates: Four separate shootings took place in the span of 90 minutes Friday evening in Chicago, the first coming less than an hour after Air Force One departed O’Hare Airport after President Obama spoke on the culture of gun violence and economic decay that plagues many cities, including his hometown. [...] An hour earlier, Obama wrapped up a personal speech at...
  • Mich. defendant raps answers to judge (Video - good for a laugh)

    02/17/2013 5:50:30 AM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 7, 2013
    A Michigan man with a lengthy criminal rap sheet decided to treat his video arraignment like an audition by freestyling his responses to charges of threatening to kill his girlfriend
  • Moran: The Menendez scandal, broken down

    02/17/2013 5:47:20 AM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | February 17, 2013 | Tom Moran
    Here we go again. In 2002, Sen. Robert Torricelli quit his re-election campaign after he was caught accepting minor gifts from a shady donor. A promising career crashed in flames. Now, Sen. Robert Menendez, is on the hot seat for accepting gifts from his own shady donor. Wasn’t he paying attention in 2002? Why would he play such a sloppy game? “We have to ask this question repeatedly: How can smart people be so stupid?” says Norman Ornstein, an expert on Congress with the American Enterprise Institute. “It happens over and over, so why don’t they see what the consequences...
  • Inquiry on Democratic Senator (Menendez) Started With a Partisan Push

    02/17/2013 5:44:42 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2013 | ERIC LIPTON
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Sandwiched between two doctors’ offices at a roadside plaza here is the headquarters of a small team of veteran Republican investigators, operating almost as a private detective squad, who since late last year have had a determined goal: bringing down Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey. “We’ve never sent a Democrat to jail,” said Ken Boehm, the chairman of the group, the National Legal and Policy Center, as he looked up from a table filled with his Menendez files and engaged in what was to him a bit of wishful thinking. To Mr. Menendez and...
  • House Dems grouse about recess vote (Hussein's sequestration plan about to go into affect)

    02/17/2013 5:43:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/15/13 | KATE NOCERA
    Democrats hammered Republicans for voting to go into recess Friday and accused them of willfully avoiding coming up with a plan to avert the sequester. “The Democrats tried to stop the Republicans from leaving, but 220 Republicans voted to adjourn, that means we have four legislative days left to avoid the across the board cuts,” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters. “They manufacture a crisis and then instead of trying to avert that crisis they go on a nine day recess. Why?" **SNIP** “The Republicans are poised to shut down government, the Republicans are poised to let sequestration go forward,...
  • PC Crazy!

    02/17/2013 5:42:57 AM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 6 replies
    The University of Missouri is going to recognize Wiccan and pagan holidays--"so no one feels left out." But, whatever you do, DON'T SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
  • How Europe Bankrolls Terror ($130 million in ransom over 10 years for terrorists)

    02/17/2013 5:36:36 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2013 | NASSER WEDDADY
    ... Over the past decade, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands have paid more than $130 million to terrorist groups, mostly through mediators, to free European hostages. European leaders were understandably desperate to save the lives of their citizens. But their efforts have backfired because the paying of ransoms has merely turned their citizens into a lucrative commodity for cash-hungry jihadis. Groups like Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa have grown accustomed to ransom payments and reacted by seeking to capture as many Europeans — from...
  • Excuse Me, Your Illogic Is Showing: Orwell’s Vision Emerges In California

    02/17/2013 5:28:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Austin Hill
    In the 1940’s and 50’s, famed Author George Orwell surmised that both the English language and civilized society were in decline. After a press conference held last week by Emeryville, California Police Chief Ken James, it’s easy to see a decline in both language and critical thinking skills in our country. And as Orwell thought, indeed civilized society may very well be in jeopardy. It happened on February 14th. Taking to the microphones and cameras in his suburban San Francisco community, Chief James stood at a podium with the requisite group of serious-looking, professionally dressed, pouty-faced people standing behind...
  • Rubio: Reported Obama immigration plan ‘dead on arrival’

    02/17/2013 5:13:40 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/13 | Meghashyam Mali
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Saturday panned a reported immigration reform proposal from President Obama, saying it would be “dead on arrival” in Congress. “If actually proposed, the President’s bill would be dead on arrival in Congress, leaving us with unsecured borders and a broken legal immigration system for years to come,” said Rubio in a statement. His response followed a report in USA Today on Saturday which said the Obama administration has prepared a draft plan that includes a provision to allow illegal immigrants to obtain green cards within eight years. The proposal would create a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant”...
  • Attack of the Concern Trolls

    02/17/2013 4:53:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    Turns out the New York Times is worried about the future of the Republican Party. So concerned, in fact, it has dedicated more than 6,000 words in this week’s magazine to explore, as the title puts it, “Can The Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?” Indeed, the folks at The Times seem extremely concerned that which they hate might not survive. And by “concerned” I mean they’re hoping. That The Times would seek to harm Republicans, and more specifically conservatives, is about as shocking as Piers Morgan doing a special episode on the need for gun control. But that so...
  • Rubio's Water Scandal or Obama's Criminal Activity?

    02/17/2013 4:52:49 AM PST · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    Tea Party EMail | 2/16/2013 | Staff
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified at hearings before House and Senate committees recently. The hearings were largely tense affairs that had Clinton on the defensive for much of the time. In the aftermath of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, the Obama Administration and State Department stuck by an unlikely narrative that the obvious terrorist attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over a YouTube video that got out of hand. The pushing of this narrative in conjunction with the State Department’s unwillingness to act on requests...
  • Shootout at Inkster tax preparation business caught on camera (AR vs. Handgun)

    02/17/2013 4:50:19 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 29 replies
    INKSTER, Mich. (WJBK) - There is a manhunt underway after a gun slinging couple stormed into a tax preparation business. A security guard was shot and the dangerous duo is on the run. "Just seeing that footage and knowing that it's two doors down, yeah, I have to get out of here immediately. It's time to go," said Lillie Heard. She saw the chilling video of the shootout just two doors down from her home on Kean Street in Inkster. The house there has been converted into a tax preparation service. At 2:30 p.m. Thursday, even though a security vehicle...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 17 February 2013

    02/17/2013 4:36:24 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 156 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 17 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 17th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J.; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo.;...
  • Famed Investor Trashes State of the Union Address: ... Whether Obama Is ‘Delusional’ Or ‘Lying’

    02/17/2013 4:16:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 13, 2013 | Becket Adams
    Noted investor, free market advocate, and author Jim Rogers during an interview with Glenn Beck on Wednesday said that Tuesday’s State of the Union address makes you wonder whether President Barack Obama is “delusional” or just a good liar. Our “debt is physically impossible to pay off,” Rogers said after Beck asked whether the country has passed the point of no return. “We are the largest debtor nation in the history of the world.” “If everybody paid 100 percent of their earnings as taxes, we still couldn’t pay it off,” he added. The famed investor then turned his attention to...
  • Second Gun Buyback Nets 42 Weapons

    02/17/2013 3:57:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    local12.com ^ | 12 February, 2013 | NA
    Organizers say they know the gun collections are just a drop into the bucket but they're hoping to save lives. "People who are coming out are people who realize we're not trying take away their 2nd amendment. We're just trying to make it safe for our children and grandchildren who to live at home with grandparents... Or documented or registered the right way." Also in front of the church were people offering to buy the guns off of people before they reached the buyback event. No word if anyone sold their guns. The guns turned into the buyback will be...
  • Russia meteor virtually impossible to see coming - Current and planned efforts focus on larger...

    02/17/2013 1:01:22 AM PST · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Science News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Andrew Grant
    Current and planned efforts focus on larger objects Scientists have begun piecing together the characteristics of the meteor that exploded over Russia on the morning of February 15, using data from seismic instruments that track earthquakes and microphones designed to detect sonic booms from nuclear explosions. Unlike the asteroid DA14, which narrowly but predictably missed Earth later that day, the meteor was too small to detect before its contrail appeared in the dawn skies over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Yet even an object too small to detect can produce an impressive amount of destruction. The meteor was 15 meters...
  • Saratoga [NY] County Deputy Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association's letter

    02/17/2013 12:35:36 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 42 replies
    net | Jan 24, 2013 | Saratoga [NY] County Deputy Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association
    Saratoga [NY] County Deputy Sheriff's Police Benevolent Association's letter to the New York pols who passed the so-called SAFE Act.
  • "My church is this very chapel of democracy." (ie., the Capitol Building)

    02/16/2013 11:53:29 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 19 replies
    YouTube (movie clip - less than 2 minutes) ^ | February 17, 2013 | Lancey Howard
    Here is a clip (less than 2 minutes) from a television movie called, 'The Contender' (2000). It is about a woman, Senator Laine Hanson, (played nicely by actress Joan Allen) who has been appointed by the President to replace his Vice President who passed away a few weeks earlier. In this clip, Hanson is testifying before the Senate during her confirmation hearing.The movie is a liberal Hollywood producer's wet dream of the way big government should operate, and it is a dead-on window into the mind of today's typical liberal Democrat. In this brief speech, the nominee lays out exactly...
  • Pop Vitamin C Tablets, Get a Kidney Stone

    02/16/2013 11:50:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 64 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | February 8, 2013 | Alex B. Berezow
    Vitamin supplements are popular items these days. Vitamin C is particularly popular in the winter, when people pop tablets at the first sign of a cold. However, data indicates that vitamin C doesn't actually prevent colds, but long-term use may slightly reduce the severity or duration of a cold when you do catch one. So, should we all start popping vitamin C tablets every day? Probably not. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that men who took 1,000-mg tablets of vitamin C were twice as likely to develop kidney stones as men who did not take vitamin C...
  • Islamist Militia Behind Benghazi Attack Makes a Comeback, Obama Golfs

    02/16/2013 11:33:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    FrontPage ^ | 2/16/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    When Obama said that he was going to get the folks who did this, he apparently meant jailing the filmmaker who made a Mohammed movie, not the Muslim killers of four Americans. With that job done, he went on yet another golfing vacation. And in Benghazi, the Islamist militia behind the attack is taking power in the city once again. After the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission last fall that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead, the Islamist militia widely accused of leading the assault all but disappeared amid a popular backlash.
  • Fighter jets chases down small planes near Obama's Florida resort

    02/16/2013 10:19:30 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 17 2013
    Fighter jets intercepted two small planes that violated flight restrictions set up in Florida for President Barack Obama's visit. The first, a Cessna 152 ... The military's North American Aerospace Defense Command sent a F-16 fighter jet and a Coast Guard helicopter to intercept the plane, he said.The F-16 flew with the plane until it landed at Witham Field in nearby Stuart... Five hours later, F-16s intercepted a Lancair 320, a smaller craft that seats two passengers
  • IRAN ADAPTS TO WESTERN SANCTIONS... OR DOES IT?

    02/16/2013 9:13:51 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    AFPC Iranian Democracy Monitor ^ | 2/6/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Due to a strong demand from China and an expansion of its tanker fleet, Iran has begun to adapt to sanctions levied against it by the United States and Europe. In December, Iran’s crude oil exports rose to 1.4 million barrels per day—the highest level seen since the European Union’s imposition of a ban on Iranian oil last summer. Iran’s efforts have been buoyed in large part by consistent Chinese demand for crude, which has made the PRC an indispensable energy partner for the Iranian regime. Over the past two weeks, Iran’s struggling national currency, the rial, has taken another...
  • Egypt’s police to get 100,000 9mm pistols

    02/16/2013 9:05:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 16, 2013 3:13 PM EST | Aya Batrawi
    An Egyptian security official said Saturday that the interior ministry has agreed to purchase 100,000 new 9mm pistols after low-ranking policemen went on strike demanding greater firepower to defend themselves against increased lawlessness. The announcement ended five days of strikes by thousands of low-ranking policemen that threatened to further unravel security in the Arab world’s most populous nation, two years after the overthrow of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. It is also likely to provoke a new wave of criticism against the interior ministry by rights groups and activists who accuse police of using excessive force against unarmed protesters and carrying...
  • (Liberal Racism) Democrat Jan Schakowsky Strikes Back at Dr. Ben Carson for Prayer Breakfast Speech

    02/16/2013 9:02:14 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, February 11, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    <p>It sure didn’t take long for Democrats to strike back at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast remarks made by Dr. Benjamin Carson that took a conservative tack and criticized the national debt and current fiscal tax-and-spend policy.</p> <p>On a CNN on Sunday, Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky accused Dr. Carson of hypocrisy, saying he actually used political correctness — which he had denounced in his speech — for his personal gain.</p>
  • Woman killed same day sister hears Obama speak of gun violence

    02/16/2013 9:00:54 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 16, 2013 | Carlos Sadovi
    Hours after Destini Warren, 14, attended President Barack Obama’s speech against gun violence Friday, her family learned of a terrible irony. Destini’s sister, Janay McFarlane, 18, was the victim of the very thing that the President was condemning at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago. McFarlane, of the 8900 block of South Lowe Avenue, was visiting friends and family in North Chicago when she was shot on her way to a store in the northern suburb, her family said.
  • Belarus: Riot on a club in Minsk: 40 gays detained

    02/16/2013 8:56:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    Last night in Minsk police in civilian burst into the Club 6A. The police checked passports and detained about 40 people to verify their identities. All of them were taken to the police department. The police told the detained that the riot had been held to control the leader of the organization GayBelarus Siargei Andrasienka who, according to the police, “does the things he shouldn’t do.” Two weeks ago, at the passport control at the Polish-Belarusian border in Brest the customs police took Siargei Andrasienka’s passport and still haven’t left it back. One of the guests of the club, who...
  • Belarus Rejects Registration Of Homosexual Rights Center

    02/16/2013 8:49:28 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 2/14/2013 | RFE/RL
    The Belarusian Justice Ministry has refused to legally register a homosexual rights organization in Minsk. The organization's website -- gaybelarus.by -- published part of a letter from the ministry explaining the decision. It stated "the organization does not have in its charter any clauses on supporting social maturity and comprehensive development of the Belarusian youth." The organization's charter states its major activities will be linked to defending the rights of homosexuals, bisexuals, and transsexuals. Organizations cannot legally operate unless they are registered with the Justice Ministry. The group plans to appeal the Justice Ministry's decision to the country's Supreme Court....
  • Emeryville Chief of Police makes outrageous statement (video included)

    02/16/2013 8:41:55 PM PST · by Yogafist · 38 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kurtis Helena
    “One issue that always boggles my mind is that the idea that a gun is a defensive weapon, that is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon. A gun is an offensive weapon used to intimidate and show power. Police officers don’t carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers
  • What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse?

    02/16/2013 7:58:43 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-16-2013 | Graham Summers
    What Happens To A Financial System When Its Two Biggest Pillars Collapse? Stock-Markets / Eurozone Debt CrisisFebruary 16, 2013 - 10:32 PM GMT By: Graham Summers Those EU leaders who have yet to be implicated in scandals are not faring much better than their more corrupt counterparts. In France, socialist Prime Minister Francois Hollande, has proven yet again that socialism doesn’t work by chasing after the wealthy and trying to grow France’s public sector… when the public sector already accounts for 56% of French employment. France was already suffering from a lack of competitiveness. Now that wealthy businesspeople are fleeing...
  • Congresswoman: Global Warming 'Will Destroy' Maryland

    02/16/2013 7:55:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 97 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – A group of House Democrats labeling themselves the Safe Climate Caucus held a press conference today to warn that if Congress does not address global warming, the country could face dire consequences, including detrimental effects to California wines and an end to Vermont skiing. One Democratic representative even worried that global warming could destroy the state of Maryland. “If we do nothing about what is happening, it will destroy our economy, it will destroy our state, and it will have a broad impact not just here in this country but around the world,” Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)...
  • Intimate Moments With Bill And Hillary Clinton

    02/16/2013 7:37:38 PM PST · by randita · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/16/13 | PaulSzoldra
    Governor, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, President of the United States. These have all been titles held by Bill or Hillary Clinton, a political power couple who have been in the game for almost 40 years. And with Hillary Clinton just finishing her time as Secretary of State and likely eyeing a 2016 Presidential run, it doesn't look like the pair are heading into retirement any time soon. It's been a long road for both, starting with Bill's 1974 congressional run and culminating in his inauguration as President in 1992. After leaving office in 2000, Hillary picked up the political...
  • Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014

    02/16/2013 7:25:05 PM PST · by randita · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/18/13 | Eric Pianin
    Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014 Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times | Feb. 16, 2013, 2:00 PM Just as the memory of the last bruising battle for control of the Senate begins to fade, political handicappers are casting their gaze to the 2014 campaign when Republicans once again will try to overcome the Democratic majority. Just as the Republicans began the 2012 campaign cycle in strong shape to reclaim the Senate, the GOP has a clear edge heading into the next face off. While some of the most intriguing political speculation today centers on whether actress...
  • Fracking is the only way to achieve Obama climate change goals, says senior scientist

    02/16/2013 7:21:18 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 16, 2013 | Robin McKie
    America will only achieve the ambitious climate change goals outlined by President Barack Obama last week by encouraging wide-scale fracking for natural gas over the next few years. That is the advice of one of the nation's senior scientists, Professor William Press, a member of the president's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Fracking – known officially as hydraulic fracturing – involves pumping high-pressure water through underground rocks to release natural gas trapped deep underground. It is believed that there are vast reserves of these subterranean gas fields across the US. Thousands of wells have already been drilled in...