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  • Jewish leader raps US for taking aircraft carrier out of Gulf

    02/17/2013 10:29:39 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 22 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | February 17, 2013, 3:06 pm | By David Horovitz
    Iran could see move as ‘a diminution’ of the American commitment to keep all options on the table, warns Malcolm Hoenlein in an unusually robust critique A top American Jewish leader on Sunday criticized the Obama administration for cutting its aircraft carrier presence in the Persian Gulf region from two carriers to one. He said the move sent entirely the wrong message to Iran about America’s commitment to keep all options, including the military option, on the table in the struggle to thwart Tehran’s nuclear drive. “I’m personally very disturbed by the withdrawal [of one of the US's two aircraft...
  • 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...
  • Large group grouses at sage grouse hearing ( UN 21 in Utah )

    02/17/2013 5:30:02 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 13, 2013
    More than 200 people crowded into the Monticello High School auditorium on February 7 for a public hearing on the proposed designation of endangered species status for the small population of Gunnision Sage Grouse in San Juan County. Representatives from the US Fish and Wildlife Service faced a mostly hostile but mostly respectful crowd. They were there to explain the rationale behind the proposed designation and how it may affect the area. Two rules are proposed: one would designate the bird as an endangered species and the other would designation large swaths of land as critical habitat. San Juan County...
  • W.H. press corps: 'Extreme frustration' over 'having absolutely no access' to Obama

    02/17/2013 5:29:46 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/17/13 | DYLAN BYERS
    The White House press corps is expressing frustration over its lack of access this weekend to President Obama, who was on a golfing vacation in Florida.
  • Send emails opposing New Mexico House Bill 402, an attack on all guns rights

    02/17/2013 5:25:20 PM PST · by forty_years · 10 replies
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | Feb. 17, 2013 | netWMD Staff
    This page allows you to tell the entire membership of both the New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee (18 representatives) to oppose House Bill 402 with one mouse click. HB 402 is an "all-out assault on law-abiding gun owners" in New Mexico. The bill is "one of the worst gun control bills filed in the entire country," as it would ban "the future possession and transport of a so-called 'assault weapon' or 'large-capacity ammunition-feeding devices.'" The legislation would mean that "Ownership of the affected firearms and magazines could not be transferred AT ALL....
  • George Soros 'makes $1.2bn betting against yen

    02/17/2013 5:13:16 PM PST · by mgist · 11 replies
    guardian ^ | 2/15-13 | Rupert neal
    George Soros 'makes $1.2bn betting against yen' Hedge fund billionaire bet against Japanese economy in the last three months, according to report The Guardian, Friday 15 February 2013 15.10 EST Billionaire investor George Soros. Photograph: Pascal Lauener/Reuters George Soros, the hedge fund billionaire known as "the man who broke the Bank of England" for his $10bn (Ł6.4bn) bet against the value of the pound in 1992, has reportedly made more than $1.2bn betting against the yen. Soros' $24bn family investment fund bet against the Japanese economy in the last three months, sources close to the tycoon told the Wall Street...
  • Germany and Spain are backing off on the green-energy subsidies

    02/17/2013 5:12:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6:31 pm on February 17, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    For me, one of the most perplexing moments (out of the many) of President Obama’ State of the Union address last week was when he insisted that “as long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.” So… because China is doing it, we must also relentlessly throw money we do not have at politically favored technologies now so awash in superfluous supply that its all they can do to keep their heads above water? China’s solar and wind industries are a hot mess of overcapacity, after the government got into the business of creating...
  • Gun Talk Radio 2/17/12

    02/17/2013 5:07:50 PM PST · by mylife · 116 replies
    Gun Talk Radio ^ | 2/17/2013 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 2/17/13~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Upworthy — or, How we are losing the internet to lowest of low information young liberals

    02/17/2013 5:05:28 PM PST · by Bratch · 9 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 17, 2013 | William A. Jacobson
    I previously wrote about how BuzzFeed Politics has combined “the culture” and savvy crafting into a highly effective tool for undermining Republicans with subtle and not-so-subtle mockery.  “Look at the goofy cat, look at the goofy celeb, look at the goofy Republican” is more dangerous to us than a 5000-word article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine.To follow up on that theme, I happened upon a website called Upworthy, which had one its posts run at HuffPo, Elizabeth Warren Asks The Most Obvious Question Ever, Stumps A Bunch Of Bank Regulators.The post was so wrong on substance, I just...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Arthur Wermuth, Part 1 ~ February 18, 2013

    02/17/2013 5:04:15 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 209 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | StarCMC
      Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ Arthur Wermuth "The One Man Army of Bataan" Info from here.(Thank you to DeaconBenjamin for bringing this hero to our attention!)             Arthur Wermuth didn't look like a U.S. Army officer. Sporting a mustache and Vandyke beard, the former football star from South Dakota endured his baptism of...
  • President Obama has set in motion forces that he can't handle.

    02/17/2013 4:48:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 17, 2013 | Neil Snyder
    Barack Obama is a terrible president. That's obvious to everyone who isn't chronically ignorant or incurably liberal. By "liberal" I don't mean the classic definition of the word which has to do with being open-minded and objective. I mean the modern version of liberal: self-centered, emotional, illogical, and void of reason. Unfortunately, in 2012 ignoramuses and liberals represented the majority of those who voted. I'm not worried about offending them with my harsh words. My very existence offends them, and so does yours if you don't buy into their worldview. From economic policy to energy policy to environmental policy to...
  • GOP governors reject ObamaCare health exchange partnerships

    02/17/2013 4:39:08 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | 2-17-2013 | Fox News/AP
    As the final deadline for creating state health insurance exchanges passed Friday, New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida said they would not work with the federal government on establishing insurance markets required under ObamaCare. Exchanges are online markets required under the federal health care law where consumers will be able to buy individual private policies and apply for government subsidies to help pay their premiums. In his announcement Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his administration is committed to complying with ObamaCare, but "only in a manner that is the most effective and efficient for the residents of New Jersey,...
  • As ‘Obamacare’ exchange deadline passes, 26 states opt in with feds [States tell Feds to shove it]

    02/17/2013 4:36:53 PM PST · by upchuck · 23 replies
    Wash Times ^ | Sat, February 16, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The backbone of President Obama’s health care law is taking shape, with 26 states choosing to let the federal government run the online insurance markets mandated by his signature reforms instead of keeping the job in-house or partnering with the feds. The Department of Health and Human Services had encouraged states to run their own markets, or “exchanges,” that help the uninsured find coverage. Only 17 states and the District of Columbia took on the task, while seven states decided to split the duty with the Obama administration, according to a breakdown by the Kaiser Family Foundation... State leaders who...
  • Gun Violence is Not a Republican Problem, It’s a Democratic Problem

    02/17/2013 4:35:25 PM PST · by grundle · 36 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Forget Wal-Mart and skip your local gun show. The murderers of tomorrow will not be found wearing orange vests at your local sporting goods store. They won’t have NRA memberships or trophies on their walls. You won’t find them in America. Look for them in Obamerica. 67% of firearm murders took place in the country’s 50 largest metro areas. The 62 cities in those metro areas have a firearm murder rate of 9.7, more than twice the national average. Among teenagers the firearm murder rate is 14.6 or almost three times the national average. Those are the crowded cities of...
  • Only Corporate Lawyers and The Most Sophisticated HR People Understand How Obama Care Really Works

    02/17/2013 4:34:58 PM PST · by sgtyork · 27 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 2/17/2013 | Letter to Instapundit
    I don’t know if you will see this in your volume of email, but you might. I am deeply into studying the impact of Obamacare on employers, and I have been communicating with highly sophisticated ERISA lawyers who are advising employers, from Fortune 50 companies to small firms under 50 employees, on whether to keep or drop or modify their employer group health plans. It has become very clear to everyone involved who is analytical and not ideological that the rational strategy, for both large and small firms, is to cease providing health care insurance to employees. No company wants...
  • Maker's Mark to stop watering down its whiskey.

    02/17/2013 4:00:41 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 54 replies
    NBC News Business ^ | 2/17/13 | Brett Barrouquere - AP
    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.
  • Graham, Paul split on U.S. drone strikes, impact of upcoming $85B spending cuts

    02/17/2013 3:44:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    Fox News | Feb 17 2013 | FNS
    op Senate Republicans disagreed Sunday over who should authorize drone strikes on Americans suspected of terrorism. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., affirmed his position that a federal court, not President Obama, should make the decision, while Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told “Fox News Sunday” that having a court decide would be “the worst thing in the world.” The issue of using unmanned aircraft, known as drones, has been a controversial issue since Americans learned last year that Obama was secretly and personally ordering such strikes. The issue returned to the forefront last week when the president agreed to give House and...
  • Former Sex Slave Speaks Out At Gov. Scott’s Human Trafficking Event [Video: Miami Media Ignores]

    02/17/2013 3:42:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 2/13/13 | Javier Manjarres
    Florida Governor Rick Scott held a press conference at the State Attorney’s office in Miami, Florida, to bring attention to the ongoing worldwide human trafficking epidemic.... In his remarks, Governor Scott also pointed out the very first nationwide identification project (Victim Identification Pilot Project) that is set up to identify trafficking victims and gets them the help and support that they need. Scott was joined by his wife Ann, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Sweetwater Mayor Manny Morono, City of Miami Mayor Carlos Jimenez, DCF Secretary David Wilkins, and a slew of other advocacy group representatives intent on stopping the sex...
  • Obama’s Threat of Climate Change Executive Order Taunts Republicans

    02/17/2013 3:35:05 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 2/15/13 | Javier Manjarres
    If Congress won’t act soon to protect the future generations, I will, I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take now and in the future to reduce pollutions. - President Barack Obama Earlier today, House Speaker John Boehner said that he didn’t “think that he (Obama) had the ability to impose a national energy tax on Americans without the authority of Congress.” Reading between the lines, Boehner is saying that if Obama enacts any executive order framed in the form of a tax raising directive, it would violate the constitution, as only Congress is...
  • 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...