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  • Georgia Legislators Propose Ending Direct Election of Senators—Why Not Just Get Rid of the Senate?

    02/17/2013 10:14:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 101 replies
    Mother Jones (yeah, I know, I know) ^ | February 15, 2013 | Tim Murphy
    It is a matter of public record that the United States Senate is a terrible place where serious policy issues are ignored; routine votes are occasionally delayed over concerns about non-existent terrorist groups; and proverbial cans are proverbially kicked down the proverbial road of sadness, gridlock, and despair. What's less clear is why the Senate is such a congress of louts. Is it the endless pressure to raise money? The never-ending campaign? The fact that Americans hold lots of substantive disagreements on important things and are themselves—it's been said—somewhat dysfunctional? Actually, according to Georgia state Rep. Buzz Brockaway, the biggest...
  • Perps Pick Wrong House For Home Invasion

    02/17/2013 9:53:13 PM PST · by sportscaster · 26 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 12/18/13 | j slayton
    Two men were killed Sunday during a home invasion in Prince Edward County, and a search was ongoing for a third suspect, according to local authorities. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 5000 block of Prince Edward Highway after receiving a 911 call regarding a home invasion, according to a statement released by Sheriff Wesley W. Reed. The caller stated that three individuals entered his residence armed with weapons. Gunfire was exchanged between the caller and the suspects, police said. Two of the suspects were shot and pronounced dead at the scene, while the third suspect fled on foot. K-9 units...
  • Women could face jail if they expose their nipples in [North Carolina]

    02/17/2013 9:19:50 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 73 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | Jimmy Nsubuga
    Women who wish to show their nipples in public in North Carolina may be prevented from doing so in the future after politicians proposed new legislation. Females exposing their breasts could soon be a thing of the past in the US state after representatives put forward House Bill 34 that would make it a felony to show the ‘nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the human female breast’. One of the main cheerleaders of the new proposal and co-sponsor of the bill, is Republican representative Rayne Brown. He said: ‘There are communities across this state, there’s local governments...
  • DEFEND MARRIAGE Lobby Day Wednesday February 20th, 2013 State Capitol Springfield, IL 10:30-1:30

    02/17/2013 9:14:17 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 2 replies
    DEFEND MARRIAGE Lobby Day Click HERE for a PDF version of the lobby day instructions. When: Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 Where: Illinois State Capitol Address: 401 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62701 Time: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm Rally: At the Lincoln statue in front of the Capitol (10:30 AM) Things are really heating up in Springfield. The pension crisis? Illinois’ financial trouble and inability to pay its bills? No, liberal lawmakers want to legalize homosexual marriage and have actually put it on a fast track. Join Illinois families from all over the state on Wednesday, February 20th, to stand...
  • Maureen Dowd: The Oscar for Best Fabrication

    02/17/2013 8:57:24 PM PST · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 16 Feb 2013 | Maureen Dowd
    I SAW “Argo” with Jerry Rafshoon, who was a top aide to President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis, when six Americans escaped and were given sanctuary for three months by courageous Canadian diplomats. We were watching a scene where a C.I.A. guy can’t get through to Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s chief of staff, to sign off on plane tickets for the escaping hostages, so he pretends to be calling from the school where Jordan’s kids go. “Hamilton wasn’t married then and didn’t have any kids,” Jerry whispered, inflaming my pet peeve about filmmakers who make up facts in stories about...
  • FR EXCLUSIVE: Vid-cams caught Lanza at Newtown High on 12-14-12

    02/17/2013 8:20:17 PM PST · by DTogo · 42 replies
    Vanity ^ | February 17th, 2013 | DTogo
    Heard it second hand through the Newtown grapevine this weekend that there is surveillance camera footage on Dec 14, 2012 likely showing Adam Lanza pulling into Newtown High School before heading to Sandy Hook Elementary. Evidently there was some sort of drug-related police presence at the high school that morning, more than the daily single squad car out front, that may have deterred him to a softer target. The linked story from January 3rd is about similar reports soon after the shooting, which police denied. Sources are in local occupations that would know of the existence of such video footage,...
  • Hutchinson exits race for Jackson’s US House seat

    02/17/2013 8:19:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 5:46 PM EST | Jason Keyser
    A well-known Illinois state senator dropped her bid Sunday for the U.S. House seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., narrowing the field and consolidating key support behind another Democrat in a race where gun control has emerged as a central issue. State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, targeted in recent days by critical anti-gun campaign ads funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee, said she was leaving the race and swinging her support to former state Rep. Robin Kelly. The major shake-up came with just nine days to go before the Feb. 26 primary. Hutchinson’s move reflected the sharp...
  • Iran confiscates Buddha statues from shops

    02/17/2013 8:12:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 4:23 AM EST
    An Iranian newspaper is reporting that government authorities are confiscating Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of Buddhism in the country. … Iran has long fought against items, such as Barbie dolls and Simpsons cartoon characters, to defuse Western influence, but this appears to be the first time that Iranian authorities are showing an opposition to symbols from the East. …
  • Christians Murdered In New Jersey...Not A PEEP From The Mainstream Media.

    02/17/2013 8:06:18 PM PST · by man_in_tx · 17 replies
    Patriot Action Network ^ | February 13, 2013 | RAMJR
    I have not heard any source, not even Foxnews (which is changing slowly over to the darkside). As Obama, and his minions use tactics to arm terrorists, off taxpayers dimes (which he said last night would cost taxpayers...'not a dime). How many Muslim terrorists, inside America, will be given passes, and we allow this administration almost applauding in their values, rewards, positioning and placing in key positions of this next term of presidential demonic value? Take note, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST MURDERING ATTACK ON CHRISTIAN'S IN AMERICA...AND THIS WILL INCREASE! . . . . More at URL
  • Iran plans to establish new navy base

    02/17/2013 8:05:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 3:26 AM EST
    Iran’s official news agency says the country’s navy plans to establish a new base near Pakistan's border in the Sea of Oman. The plans are part of Iranian ambitions to exert its naval power outside the Persian Gulf, including sending warships to the Mediterranean and claiming it might someday have ships in the Atlantic. …
  • Lawmaker says Iran will never close nuclear site

    02/17/2013 8:00:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 9:58 AM EST
    A prominent Iranian lawmaker is saying his country will never close the Fordo nuclear site in exchange for an ease in Western sanctions. … Fordo, southwest of Tehran, is producing uranium enriched to 20 percent, which can be turned into weapons-grade material. …
  • Why Did McCain Rescue Hagel?

    02/17/2013 7:59:17 PM PST · by man_in_tx · 64 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. . . . . more at URL
  • Series of bombings in Baghdad area kill dozens

    02/17/2013 7:52:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 17, 2013 5:59 PM EST | Adam Schreck
    Car bombs tore through shopping areas within minutes of each other in mainly Shiite neighborhoods of the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 100. The attacks come amid rising sectarian discord in Iraq and appear aimed at shaking Iraqis’ confidence in the Shiite-led government. The explosions struck at the start of the local work week and primarily targeted outdoor markets. Violence in Iraq has fallen since the height of sectarian fighting in 2006 and 2007, but insurgents still frequently launch lethal attacks against security forces and civilians. It was the third time this...
  • Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries

    02/17/2013 7:47:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 14, 2013, 4:23 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Germany has offered to provide consular services for Israelis who get in trouble in countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations. Berlin’s overture, which was discussed this week by diplomatic officials from both countries in Tel Aviv, comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2015. … Israel has diplomatic relations with 159 countries and forbids citizens from entering six enemy states, which leaves about 30 nations where Israelis could find themselves without any diplomatic or consular representation. Canada traditionally represents Israeli citizens’ interests in Cuba, but in most other countries Israelis are without an official...
  • Funds run low for health insurance in state ‘high-risk pools’

    02/17/2013 7:34:25 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 February 2013 | N.C. Aizenman
    Tens of thousands of Americans who cannot get health insurance because of preexisting medical problems will be blocked from a program designed to help them because funding is running low. Obama administration officials said Friday that the state-based “high-risk pools” set up under the 2010 health-care law will be closed to new applicants as soon as Saturday and no later than March 2, depending on the state. The program, which was launched in summer 2010, was always intended as a temporary bridge for the uninsured. But it was supposed to last until 2014. At that point, the health-care law will...
  • Don’t Blink, or You’ll Miss Another Bailout

    02/17/2013 7:31:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | 16 February 2013 | Gretchen Morgenson
    MANY people became rightfully upset about bailouts given to big banks during the mortgage crisis. But it turns out that they are still going on, if more quietly, through the back door. The existence of one such secret deal, struck in July between the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Bank of America, came to light just last week in court filings. That the New York Fed would shower favors on a big financial institution may not surprise. It has long shielded large banks from assertive regulation and increased capital requirements. Still, last week’s details of the undisclosed settlement...
  • BBC journalists strike

    02/17/2013 7:23:33 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 13 replies
    France 24 ^ | 18 February 2013
    BBC journalists on Monday began a 24-hour strike in protest at compulsory redundancies, causing possible disruption to the broadcaster's television and radio output. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) walked out at midnight (local time and GMT) at the end of Sunday's programming, over job cuts which are expected to affect BBC Scotland, Five Live, the Asian Network and the World Service. The strike was called after meetings failed to produce agreement over the redeployment of 30 employees facing compulsory redundancy. Nine of the 30 jobs are at BBC Scotland. NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet explained: "NUJ members...
  • Human Skull, Bones Discovered At Makeshift Altar In Pasadena

    02/17/2013 7:19:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 17, 2013 3:26 PM
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say an investigation was underway Sunday after police officers came upon a human skull and other bones in Pasadena. Pasadena police Lt. Clawson says police responding to a “trespassing” call made the discovery about 12:50 p.m. Saturday. According to Clawson, the artifacts were found at a makeshift altar in a detached garage in the 800 block of N. Oakland Avenue. Other items, including burned artifacts and animal bones, were also recovered. The altar was adorned with incense and candles, Pasadena police said in a department statement. Authorities say they’ve since collected the items. No one arrested...
  • LA Times Questions LAPD over Burning House

    02/17/2013 7:14:28 PM PST · by Las Vegas Ron · 49 replies
    LA Times via Breitbart ^ | 17 Feb 2013 | William Bigelow
    The Los Angeles Times, ever eager to implicate the LAPD in anything it can get its hands on, is now questioning whether the use of a strong tear gas that can cause a fire was the right tactic for the LAPD when they cornered alleged murderer and cop-killer Christian Dorner.
  • McCain to David Gregory: “Do You Care Whether Four Americans Died?”

    02/17/2013 5:55:07 PM PST · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    Video at link - 3:20 minutes The extent to which GOP lawmakers are ridiculed by the MSM for trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi is unbelievable. If you missed Sen. McCain on Meet the Press today with David Gregory, it’s well worth watching now. After explaining to Gregory that there are still a number of unanswered questions regarding Benghazi, McCain concludes by saying there’ s been a massive cover-up. Gregory is confused: “A massive cover-up of what?” The crux of the interview, however, came when McCain asked Gregory whether he even cared that four Americans died (transcript via...