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  • Pak has 90-110 nuclear warheads: US report

    02/17/2013 1:26:55 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Friday, February 15, 2013 | S. Rajagopalan
    Washington - Even as Pakistan tested yet another nuclear-capable missile on Friday, a new report from the US Congressional Research Service has estimated that the Pakistani arsenal probably consists of about 90-110 nuclear warheads, noting “it could be larger”. “Islamabad is producing fissile material, adding to related production facilities, and deploying additional delivery vehicles. These steps could enable Pakistan to undertake both quantitative and qualitative improvements to its nuclear arsenal,” says the report, authored by Paul K Kerr and Mary Beth Nikitin, specialists on nonproliferation issues. The CRS, which produces periodic background reports and updates for the benefit of lawmakers,...
  • New York Times Came to Us For Info on Menendez, Not The Other Way Around

    02/17/2013 1:18:38 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | February 17, 2013 | Peter Flaherty
    The New York Times has an article today titled, "Inquiry of Democratic Senator Started With Partisan Push." The story by Eric Lipton describes our success in getting media coverage for our original research about Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his relationship with a major donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen. Lipton then states that to Menendez and his staff our work is "proof that the news media frenzy focusing on his actions to help a Florida eye doctor is at least in part a political smear." The only problem with this story line is that that New York Times approached us shortly...
  • Iowahawk: With Apologies to Stephen Sondheim

    02/17/2013 1:12:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 5, 2013 | David Burge
    Isn't it rich? Aren't we a pair? You on the ground smoldering Me in mid-air. Send in the drones.
  • Oscar Pistorius murder charge: bloodied cricket bat found at Paralympic athlete's home

    02/17/2013 1:06:58 PM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 9:47AM GMT 17 Feb 2013 | By Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg
    Local reports stated police believe he may have used the bat to attack girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before shooting her dead on St Valentine's Day morning. Detectives are working on two other theories concerning the bat: that it was either used to break down the door of the bathroom where she hid, or that she used it to defend herself against Mr Pistorius, South Africa's City Press reported.
  • An Evangelical Pope?

    02/17/2013 1:03:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2012 | Michael Youssef
    The media, including some in the Christian media, throw around the word evangelical with little understanding of its proper definition. Most recently, the media has done this in referring to Pope Benedict XVI as the “Evangelical Pope.” In an attempt to say he’s a missionary-minded Pope, or a proselytizing Pope, they impart a title that would probably make him most uncomfortable. I have a deep respect for Pope Benedict. Respect for his impressive intellect. Respect for his strong stand on moral issues. Respect for his belief in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ for salvation. Respect for his levelheadedness in understanding...
  • White House: Leaked Immigration Bill Draft Is Plan B

    02/17/2013 12:55:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    abc ^ | 2/17/13 | Matthew Larotonda
    Leaked draft legislation reportedly authored by the White House would be used as a backup proposal should negotiations fail in Congress over comprehensive immigration reform, administration officials said today. White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough was asked about the USA Todaystory on political talk shows this morning. On ABC’s “This Week,” McDonough told Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl lawmakers would have to “make sure that it doesn’t have to be proposed.” “Let’s make sure that that group up there, the ‘Gang of Eight,’ makes the good progress on these efforts as much as they say they want to,”...
  • Chubby Checker sues HP over manhood app

    02/17/2013 12:45:17 PM PST · by billorites · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Devin Coldewey
    Chubby Checker, the musician best known for his 1960 hit recording of "The Twist," is suing HP over a novelty app for Palm OS of the same name that claims to check the size of your "chubby." The sum sought is a mind-boggling half a billion dollars. The rock-and-roll star, whose real name is Ernest Evans, filed the suit this week in a Florida federal court, simultaneously releasing a statement describing the reasoning behind the suit. Willie Gary, an attorney who has already chalked up a number of large-sum legal wins, says that the app has caused "irreparable damage" to...
  • Soft Targets Back in Focus

    02/17/2013 12:36:09 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Stewart Scott
    From time to time, I will sit down to write a series of analyses on a particular topic, such as the fundamentals of terrorism series last February. Other times, unrelated events in different parts of the world are tied together by analytical threads, naturally becoming a series. This is what has happened with the last three weekly security analyses -- a common analytical narrative has risen to connect them.  First, we discussed how the Jan. 16 attack against the Tigantourine natural gas facility near Ain Amenas, Algeria, would result in increased security at energy facilities in the region. Second, we discussed foreign interventions in Libya and Syria and how...
  • CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND CONSERVATIVE IDEOLOGY: THE USE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE BY OPERATION RESCUE

    02/17/2013 12:33:26 PM PST · by PeterPrinciple · 8 replies
    THE RESEARCH PROBLEM Ours is a society increasingly characterized by the use of extra-institutional means of waging and resolving conflicts. As the state becomes increasingly unable or unwilling to intervene in public conflicts, more and more individuals join social movements as a means to protect and expand their rights and interests. As a consequence, the use of civil disobedience, one method of nonviolent action, has become more common. Civil disobedience refers to "the deliberate and peaceful violation of particular laws, decrees, regulations, ordinances, military or police orders, and the like," either because such laws, etc. are considered unjust or because...
  • If the leader of the free world can lie with such impunity we are doomed

    02/17/2013 12:30:30 PM PST · by opentalk · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | February 17, 2013 | James Delingpole
    Earlier this week in his State of the Union address President Obama made some observations on climate change so brimming with falsehoods I'm surprised his nose didn't fall off. It really doesn't matter where he himself was deliberately lying or whether he was merely lending the gravitas of his office to the deliberate lies of others. The point is that the President of the USA has access to any number of fact checkers and advisers and if he stands up and addresses the nation with a farrago of complete untruths then the buck stops with him. This dissembling and mendacity...
  • Siblings Discover Dad's Scout Abuse, Remember Own

    02/17/2013 12:28:47 PM PST · by OKRA2012 · 27 replies
    ABC ^ | 2/17/13 | NIGEL DUARA
    On opposite sides of the world, the brother and sister sat transfixed before their computers, reading a stranger's account of long-ago secrets and deeply buried sins. The memo was just four pages long, about an incident in 1963 at a Boy Scout camp in New Jersey. A Scout executive had gotten drunk during an overnight outing, then was discovered gambling with a group of boys. But there was more.
  • Obama to Americans:Achieve Ye This Goal:Issues and issues in the SOTU By Mark Steyn

    02/17/2013 12:02:54 PM PST · by lbryce · 9 replies
    NRO ^ | February 17, 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...
  • Guns Don’t Kill People, Obama Voters Kill People

    02/17/2013 11:56:44 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Front Page magazine ^ | 2-17-2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Guns Don’t Kill People, Obama Voters Kill People February 17, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield Try and control these guns Gun control works. That’s why Chicago, which came out for Obama, and has strict gun control laws, is trying to set some kind of gun violence record, while Salt Lake City and Fargo, where guns are legal, isn’t. It seems as if guns don’t kill people. Obama voters kill people. According to police data reported by the Sun Times, Chicago experienced a shooting every 3.57 hours in 2012.The Sun Times reports that the number of murders in the city of Chicago...
  • Why Did McCain Rescue Hagel?

    02/17/2013 11:51:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/17/13 | Aaron Goldstein
    Why on earth did John McCain just rescue Chuck Hagel’s nomination? Why did he go on Meet the Press this morning to say that Chuck Hagel was going to get confirmed as Secretary of Defense? McCain argued that Hagel had the votes to be confirmed and that he didn’t want the process to be delayed further. But if that is the case then why did Bob Woodward go on Fox News yesterday to say that Democratic Senators were calling the White House to ask when Hagel was withdrawing? Now I doubt Woodward would have dropped that tidbit if there wasn’t...
  • Rand Paul: Voters Ready for libertarian Republican

    02/17/2013 11:35:25 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 203 replies
    POLITICO ^ | MANU RAJU
    Sen. Rand Paul says he'll wait until 2014 to decide whether to run for president, but he believes voters are ready for a Libertarian-minded Republican candidate. "I would absolutely not run unless it were to win," the Kentucky Republican said on "Fox News Sunday." "Points have been made, and we we will continue to make points. But I think the country is really ready for the narrative coming — the Libertarian Republican narrative." Voters want a "different face," he said. In order to expand the party's reach, Paul believes the GOP should embrace candidates who are willing to push a...
  • Investing In A Low Economic Growth World

    02/17/2013 11:35:16 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies
    John Mauldin - Jeremy Grantham ^ | 2-17-2013 | John Mauldin
    Investing In A Low Economic Growth World Stock-Markets / Investing 2013February 17, 2013 - 10:42 AM GMT By: John Mauldin The jury – unless you are the Fed and Ben Bernanke or the Congressional Budget Office, which cannot make lower growth assumptions without really blowing their deficit projections out of the water – is pretty well in on GDP growth: it’s going lower. Ed Easterling and I wrote a recent Thoughts from the Frontline on multiple pieces of research suggesting slower future growth. We asked the question, “So what about stock prices; will they follow suit?” Our thought was that,...
  • Secrets of Darpa's Innovation Machine

    02/17/2013 11:27:08 AM PST · by oxcart · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/15/2013 | Ted Greenwald
    Lots of people like to think of government as a black hole that sucks in tax dollars and allows nothing of value to emerge. They haven’t taken a look at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This secretive research arm of the Defense Department has a unique mission: to embrace the most wide-eyed visions of the future and manifest them in the here and now. Founded in 1958 as a shocked and fearful response to Russia‘s launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, Darpa has over 45 years racked up a consistent record of innovation that has utterly transformed contemporary...
  • The unspoken problem behind Hadiya's death

    02/17/2013 11:21:24 AM PST · by memyselfandi59 · 10 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 2/16/2013 | Bill Maxwell
    Black people, politicians in particular, avoid discussing the problems at the heart of Hadiya Pendleton's death, the heavy toll of black-on-black violence and the moral decay that keeps us trapped.... Empathy and social capital are absent from too many of today's black communities nationwide. In places like Chicago's South Side — where violent teenage gangs have replaced the traditional family — empathy is seen as a weakness and social capital is seen as that warm-and-fuzzy stuff that whites and black traitors practice. Many African-Americans blame urban poverty for this crisis. But poverty does not explain away the lack of a...
  • Critical Condition:Conservatives Were Right About ObamaCare, a Lefty Website Concedes

    02/17/2013 11:16:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    WSJ:Best of the Web Today ^ | February 15, 2013 | James Taranto
    When we saw the headline "Four Ways ObamaCare Could Still Fail," our reaction was that it sounded like an unrealistically low estimate. But we were intrigued enough to read the article because of the source: TalkingPointsMemo.com, a news site with a strong (and acknowledged) liberal Democratic slant. Its framing as friendly criticism makes the piece, by congressional reporter Sahil Kapur, a powerful indictment of ObamaCare. To be sure, it's not clear Kapur intends to indict ObamaCare, and if he does, he downplays it, presumably in order to avoid alienating his liberal readers or his liberal editors. In his lead paragraph,...
  • Ask Obama's Experts

    02/17/2013 10:54:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/12/13 | NRA
    Even Obama's experts say his gun control policies won't work. According to an internal Department of Justice memorandum, a gun ban, like the one being debated right now in Congress, will not work without a mandatory gun buyback, and "universal" background checks will not work without requiring gun registration. Call Congress at 202-224-3121 and tell them to reject President Obama's gun control agenda -- and to get serious about prosecuting criminals and fixing our broken mental health system.