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  • Resistance Is Not Futile

    02/17/2013 3:24:14 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 2013 | William Kristol
    In the states, Republicans are governing successfully. At the think tanks, conservatives are arguing intelligently. Around the country, activists are organizing energetically. All well and good. And important. But not enough... ...resistance in Washington today has to be central to the agenda for a conservative future tomorrow. If Republicans in Congress lack the nerve to stand up to President Obama, or the moxie to do so effectively, all other admirable efforts could end up being for naught... It’s not a new insight that at times resistance is a necessary prelude to revival and reform. Our British cousins have centuries of...
  • Dead lawyer to go on trial in Russia

    02/17/2013 3:23:22 PM PST · by grundle · 15 replies
    ft.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Charles Clover and Courtney Weaver
    The posthumous trial of Sergei Magnitsky, a crusading lawyer who died in prison in 2009, is set to begin in Moscow on Monday. The trial is part of an effort by Russia’s government to push back against countries adopting blacklists similar to the Magnitsky law passed last December by the US. As far as anyone can remember, it will be the first trial of a dead defendant in Russian, or Soviet, history and most expect a speedy conviction. Bill Browder, the head of investment fund Hermitage Capital, and Mr Magnitsky’s former chief, says he believes the trial is connected to...
  • Green groups rally on climate, urge Obama to reject Keystone project

    02/17/2013 3:15:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/13 | Zack Colman
    Environmental groups gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday and marched on the White House for a climate change rally largely aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Organizers said 35,000 activists attended the rally, where speakers portrayed the battle over the pipeline as a struggle between grassroots green groups and deep-pocketed special interests. “They’ve got the lobbyists. They’ve got the super-PACs. They made the campaign contributions. They’ve got this town in their pockets — they have got the situation under control. And then you show up. And then we show up....
  • Maker's Mark Reverses Decision to Cut Alcohol Content

    02/17/2013 2:57:01 PM PST · by quilterdebbie · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2013 | Associated Press
    After backlash from customers, the producer of Maker’s Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey. Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark’s chief operating officer, said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage. “We’ve been tremendously humbled over the last week or so,” Samuels, grandson of the brand’s founder, said of customers’ reactions. The brand known for its...
  • SNL Pulls 'Anti-Semitic' Parody on Hagel Hearing

    02/17/2013 2:55:50 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/2/13
    UPDATE: ADL (The Anti-Defamation League), pro-Israel censorship group/gatekeeper on the Israel-Palestine issue, attacks SNL for parodying the confirmation hearings...
  • Crime is down in the 'D' and I am the Easter Bunny

    02/17/2013 2:51:16 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 11 replies
    Fox2Detroit ^ | 2-15-2013 | Charlie LeDuff
    DETROIT -- Everybody got their five minutes with Dave. Everybody got to pet the bunny. Everybody but poor ol' me. After his Wednesday State of the City speech, Mayor Dave Bing's men passed him around to the media, each outlet getting a whopping five minutes to feed Hizzoner carrots -- five minutes is an old-school political way of keeping the q & a superficial. That's how you interview Hollywood starlets, not serious public servants. My bosses nominated me for the chore. But Dave was a scared rabbit. Dave said no. Dave's guy told my boss: "This is not the right...
  • Key Republicans say Chuck Hagel now likely to be confirmed

    02/17/2013 2:48:32 PM PST · by haffast · 93 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 17, 2013 | Brad Knickerbocker
    If nothing else, the congressional break for the week of Presidents’ Day is a cooling-off period for the fight over former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be secretary of defense. Questions about President Obama’s handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including the US ambassador – an issue, by the way, which Mr. Hagel had nothing to do with – are being answered to the apparent satisfaction of Republicans … at least to the point where they’re willing to end their de facto filibuster of Hagel’s nomination. snip Sen. Graham, along with Sen. John McCain,...
  • World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef files lawsuit over solitary

    02/17/2013 2:39:18 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 24 replies
    North Iowa Today ^ | 17 February 2013`
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Convicted terrorist Ramzi Yousef filed a lawsuit seeking release from solitary confinement in a high-security U.S. prison. Yousef, 44, has been in solitary for 15 years and said keeping him there indefinitely despite his good behavior amounted to a violation of his due process. A federal judge is expected to rule soon on whether the lawsuit can go to trial, the Los Angeles Times said Sunday. Yousef was sentenced to life in prison for the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City. Six people were killed and more than 1,000 were...
  • Sen. Schumer: Dems hold 'high ground' in (Hussein's) sequester debate

    02/17/2013 2:33:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/13 | Zack Colman
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) predicted Sunday that Republicans would eventually accept Democrats’ combination of closing tax loopholes and spending cuts to replace sequestration. Schumer characterized the GOP’s plan to offset the across-the-board cuts with other spending cuts and no new revenues as out of step with a majority of voters. The Senate Democratic Policy Committee chairman said Republicans’ preferred path caters to special interests and the wealthy. “I think that the Democrats have the high ground both substantively and politically, and we will win on this issue. … I believe that just like on the ‘fiscal cliff,’ Republicans will come...
  • US Protesters Urge Obama to Act on Global Warming

    02/17/2013 2:27:10 PM PST · by lbryce · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | February 17, 2013 | Chantal Valery
    Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Washington Sunday to generate pressure on President Barack Obama to take concrete measures to fight global warming. Waving banners and signs with slogans like "What will be your climate legacy?" the protesters called on Obama to reject the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to Texas, and order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set carbon standards for power plants. "We want to challenge president Obama to be a main actor as opposed to being a puppet of the big oil companies," Canadian-born actress Evangeline Lilly, star of...
  • Gun Battle Wakes a Sparks Neighborhood, Sends One to the Hospital

    02/17/2013 2:26:05 PM PST · by redreno · 8 replies
    http://www.kolotv.com ^ | Posted: Sun 1:53 PM, Feb 17, 2013 | unknown
    SPARKS, Nev. -- A gun battle in Sparks woke neighbors and sent one person to two different hospitals. Sparks Police Department (SPD) officials say it started just before 8am at the Bristol Bay Apartments in the 5300 block of S. Los Altos Parkway. A man was leaving his apartment through the garage when another man tried to run him over with his car. That's when both men pulled out guns and started shooting at one another. SPD officials say "approximately twenty shots" were fired between the two men. The driver was hit in the chest but the other man was...
  • Dems hold fire on climate votes

    02/17/2013 2:20:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/17/13 | Ben Geman
    Congressional Democrats will not commit to forcing votes on major climate change bills, even as they try to build political momentum behind President Obama’s promise to make global warming a second-term priority. Obama’s State of the Union address called on Congress to create a “market-based solution” such as cap-and-trade to limit greenhouse gases, but vowed new executive action if lawmakers do not act. The pledge was a largely rhetorical device to preemptively defend the wielding of executive power. Any action on the issue is almost certain to come from Obama's desk because bills to cap or set fees on carbon...
  • GOP: Leaked WHI Immigration Plan "Counterproductive"

    02/17/2013 2:16:33 PM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | Frbruary 17, 2013 | Jake Miller
    The seemingly endless budget fight is sucking much of the air out of Washington, but another big initiative - immigration reform - is slowly taking shape. A draft of a comprehensive White House immigration proposal was obtained yesterday by USA Today, and one key Republican senator immediately deemed the president's plan "dead on arrival." Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Hispanic lawmaker involved with a bipartisan group of Senators crafting a compromise proposal, said it was a "mistake for the White House to draft immigration legislation without seeking input from Republican members of Congress," calling the proposal "half baked and seriously...
  • Is CIA Pick John Brennan Blackmailing Obama Over 2008 Passport Breach

    02/17/2013 2:10:16 PM PST · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 76 replies
    The video is alarming to say the least. It raises serious questions about why Obama would be compelled to pick John Brennan to head the CIA.
  • I think the Gun Control Laws have been put in place and we don't know it.....

    02/17/2013 1:57:31 PM PST · by kas7351 · 82 replies
    I went to a local gun show yesterday and was just amazed. To begin with the line was extremely long, everyone that I spoke to had the same thought on their mind and that was to spend money at the show.... What amazed me was the price of ammo, I had to pay twice as much for ammo this time then I did back in November. SO here is my thought to the title of this post. We all have read about the billions of rounds of ammo that the gov't has been buying over the past months. What a...
  • Federal Courts Rule Against ACLU in Ten Commandments Cases

    A federal judge has given a victory to free speech and religious expression, dismissing a six-year-old lawsuit filed by the ACLU against a Ten Commandments display in Dixie County, Florida. The 12,000-pound monument was erected at the Dixie County courthouse in 2006 by local resident Joe Anderson, who was given permission by the county and who maintained the display at his own expense. In addition to the Decalogue, the display included the simple admonition, “Love God and keep His Commandments.” In 2007 a visitor to the county was offended by the display and contacted the ACLU in an attempt to...
  • The Push to Normalize Polyamory Begins

    02/17/2013 1:27:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 101 replies
    national review ^ | 2/17/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    You knew it was coming. Scientific American — which often pushes cultural agendas as much as scientific ideas — has an article informing us that polyamorous people have so much to teach the rest of us about life. From “The New Sexual Revolution: Polyamory May Be Good For You“ One thing that seems to unite the polyamorous community is a real enthusiasm for digging into emotions. Honesty, openness and communication are cornerstones for polyamorous relationships, Holmes has found. “They’re talking a lot, they’re negotiating a lot, they’re bringing their feelings to the table a lot,” he said.
  • 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.