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  • Obamacare 'sticker shock' coming soon

    02/18/2013 4:20:18 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 12 replies
    http://www.americanthinker.com ^ | 02/17/2013 | Rick Moran
    We've seen health insusrance rates rise up to 20% in recent months for many plans. But this is just a drop in the bucket compared to what will happen when Obamacare is fully implemented. Washington Post: Many young, healthy Americans could soon see a jump in their health insurance costs, and insurance companies are saying: It's not our fault. The nation's insurers are engaged in an all-out, last-ditch effort to shield themselves from blame for what they predict will be rate increases on policies they must unveil this spring to comply with President Obama's health-care law. Insurers point to several...
  • No, Obama Is Not My Daddy – He’s My Employee

    02/18/2013 4:13:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    The grotesque spectacle of the State of the Union address, with its lengthy receiving line of adoring sycophants, demonstrates why the President is operating under the delusion that he is more than just our President. Like him, many people seem to fundamentally misunderstand his role. He’s not our “leader,” or our “ruler,” or our national “daddy,” no matter what his adoring fan, comic Chris Rock, thinks. Let’s clarify things for those folks with the unseemly desire to offer up their personal sovereignty to some government hack. Unlike Hollywood geniuses better known for exposing their breasts than exposing their brains, I'll...
  • Rubio: Reported Obama immigration plan ‘dead on arrival’

    02/18/2013 4:10:12 AM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/17/2013 | By 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”...
  • Armed Cops Descend on U.K. Man Over Facebook Picture of Toy Weapon

    02/18/2013 4:09:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 19 replies
    The New American ^ | 14 February 2013 | Michael Tennant
    Anti-weapon hysteria — for instance, suspending children from school for using their fingers as guns, talking about shooting a bubble gun, or even throwing an imaginary grenade — is not confined to the United States, nor is it confined to children. A British man was recently visited by armed police for the offense of posting a picture of an action figure with a weapon on Facebook. According to the Daily Mail, on December 7, 43-year-old Ian Driscoll of Gloucestershire posted a photograph of an Action Man figure, the British equivalent of G.I. Joe, along with a toy Alsatian dog, on...
  • Rubio: Leaked WH Immigration Proposal “Dead on Arrival”

    02/18/2013 4:05:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    During his SOTU address, President Obama touched on broad immigration reform principles and commended the work bipartisan groups in both chambers are doing to draft a bill. His tone seemed to indicate he would let Congress take the lead on immigration. “Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months and I will sign it,” he said during the speech. But on Saturday, the White House leaked details of its own immigration proposal, which Sen. Marco Rubio has called “dead on arrival.” A draft of a White House immigration proposal obtained by USA TODAY would allow illegal...
  • Children who watch the most TV are more likely to get a criminal conviction in later life

    02/18/2013 4:05:21 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | February 18, 2013 | Mark Prigg
    Children who are allowed to watch too much TV could be at higher risk of developing antisocial and even criminal behaviour in later life, researchers have claimed. New Zealand researchers even found those who had watched a lot of TV as children were more likely to have a criminal conviction in later life. The University of Otago study followed a group of around 1,000 children born in the New Zealand city of Dunedin in 1972-73. Every two years between the ages of 5 and 15, they were asked how much television they watched. Those who watched more television were more...
  • Country music's Mindy McReady dies in apparent suicide

    02/18/2013 3:56:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Mindy McReady, the 37-year old country music star and mother of two, was found dead Sunday after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  • Obama Vows to Bypass Congress on Climate Change

    02/18/2013 3:54:54 AM PST · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 15 February 2013 | William F. Jasper
    In his State Of The Union address on February 12, President Obama made it clear that action by the federal government on global-warming legislation will be a major priority in his second term. He declared that “for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.” The president went on to regurgitate the standard boilerplate claims of the global warming alarmists. He averred: Now, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts,...
  • 'Claim jobseeker's allowance and plan holy war': [UK]

    02/18/2013 3:28:39 AM PST · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 17, 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A controversial Muslim cleric who lives off benefits is urging his followers to also sponge off UK taxpayers by claiming their 'Jihadseeker's allowance'. Anjem Choudary, who in the past has planned to disrupt the minute's silence on Remembrance Sunday, also openly mocked hard-working Britons, calling them 'slaves'. The Sun newspaper secretly filmed him saying Islam will overrun Europe, David Cameron and Barack Obama should be killed and calling the Queen 'ugly'.
  • Feds buying enough bullets for '24-year war'

    02/18/2013 3:10:44 AM PST · by wesagain · 41 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    "Radio host warns: DHS preparing for prolonged riots in U.S."Federal, non-military agencies, noted radio host Mark Levin last week, have purchased enough ammunition recently to not only shoot every American five times, but also engage in a prolonged, domestic war. The numbers are based on recent reports that put the total federal ammunition buy in the last 10 months at approaching two billion rounds. “To provide some perspective,” Levin noted, “experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, the [Department of Homeland Security] is armed...
  • University seeks rare bird: Conservative professor

    02/18/2013 3:10:08 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 14 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    Coming soon to the University of Colorado at Boulder, what many had assumed was an extinct or at least endangered species: the conservative professor. The famously left-wing university is on the cusp of selecting a “visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy,” a first-of-its-kind post aimed at embedding a prominent right-wing intellectual on campus as a conservative-in-residence for one or two years. The idea is to increase intellectual diversity on campus, but the reaction from both sides of the political spectrum has been mixed. While liberals grumble about the wisdom of playing ideological favorites, conservatives worry that the program treats...
  • Alec fast & slur-ious

    02/18/2013 2:56:16 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | LEONARD GREENE
    Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor. The “30 Rock’’ star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, by her arm and told her, “I want you to choke to death,” Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation. Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a “crackhead’’ and a “drug dealer’’ during a confrontation on an East...
  • Sen. Rubio: President Obama's Immigration Bill Is 'Dead on Arrival'

    02/18/2013 2:41:38 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 17, 2013 | Paul Scicchitano
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called details of President Obama's leaked immigration proposal "half-baked" on Saturday and predicted that the measure would be "dead on arrival in Congress." Rubio, who is spending this week in the Middle East, was responding to a story published online Saturday by USA Today which revealed that the draft bill would allow illegal immigrants in the U.S. to apply for newly created "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visas. The bill would also provide more security funding and require that businesses verify the immigration status of new hires within four years, according to the report. “It’s a mistake for...
  • Democratic Voter Fraud Cases Become Ammo for Virginia GOP

    02/18/2013 2:27:00 AM PST · by lbryce · 7 replies
    The E xaminer ^ | February 16, 2013 | Steve Contorno and Andy Brownfield
    Well-publicized instances of attempted voter fraud by high-profile Democrats in Virginia and Maryland have helped Republican lawmakers make a case for tougher voting requirements. In Virginia, Patrick Moran, the son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, has become the poster child for voter fraud after he was documented on a hidden camera last year coaching an undercover conservative operative on how to forge a utility bill to vote for someone else. At the time, the younger Moran was working on his father's campaign in Northern Virginia, though he stepped down after the embarrassing incident. Authorities did not file charges against...
  • Civil War Shipwreck: Photos of the USS Monitor

    02/18/2013 2:15:02 AM PST · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Live Science ^ | Feb 13, 2013 | Staff
    Here are some amazing images taken of the USS Monitor in the early 1860's. Ready for Action 1 of 13 Sixteen men were lost when the USS Monitor went down in a storm off Cape Hatteras on Dec. 31, 1862, while it was being towed. The sunken ship was discovered in 1974 resting upside down on the ocean floor in about 235 feet (71 meters) of water; efforts to salvage artifacts from the site began in 1998. Here, a line engraving, published in "Harper's Weekly", 1862, depicting the ship "Ready for Action" after her pilothouse was modified with angled armor...
  • Hagel 'Doesn't Recall' Remark on Israel Controlling State Dept.

    02/18/2013 1:46:19 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he has accepted a new disclaimer from President Obama’s defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) disavowing one of his many offensive statements about the state of Israel. Graham told “Fox News Sunday” that he received a new letter from the beleaguered nominee in which Hagel claimed he “did not recall” the odious statement-- allegedly made during a speech at Rutgers University in 2007-- in which he argued that the State Department is controlled by the Israeli Foreign Minister’s office. “Well, if in fact that’s true, that would end the matter,” Graham said, adding, “I...
  • AP Withdraws Bogus Article Claiming Rand Paul Said Voters Want To Round Up Immigrants

    02/18/2013 1:37:54 AM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 17, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    The folks at the Associated Press have a lot of egg on their faces Sunday. Politico hours ago released a Bulletin Kill from the wire service withdrawing an article published earlier in the day with the inflammatory headline "Sen. Paul: Voters Want to Round Up Immigrants":
  • Promising future is sidelined by burdens of single motherhood

    02/18/2013 1:27:23 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 18, 2013 | David Templeton
    Ms. Perrin received a full scholarship to Clarion University of Pennsylvania. At 19, she became pregnant and gave birth to Archie, who was diagnosed with hemophilia, a serious blood disorder that prevents the blood from clotting. She quit college. Four years later, she would have a second child, Katheryn, to the same father, Gideon Beatty. In time, she placed her children in day care and landed a bank job, eventually becoming bank manager, a position that paid $50,000 a year. But Archie suffered a serious episode of bleeding in his knee while at day care and Children, Youth and Family...
  • Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Flees Illinois

    02/18/2013 12:58:35 AM PST · by InMemoriam · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 15, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Insurance chain State Farm is reportedly buying up substantial workspace in Texas, which may signal a coming exodus from the company's home state of Illinois. State Farm is keeping the move quiet so as not to alarm employees. But the Dallas Morning News reports that it is a “major business relocation” already underway and that this is “one of the biggest stories in the Dallas-area real estate market and will ultimately involve thousands of workers.” Texas-based real estate expert Bob Gibbons notes in a blog post that State Farm’s Dallas office space lease--about 2.5 million square feet of workspace in...
  • Likud Warns: New Elections are Possible

    02/18/2013 12:47:51 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    A pact between Bayit Yehudi and Yesh Atid is causing serious consternation in Likud, and a senior source in the ruling party warns that new elections are a possibility. The improbable warning is a sign that Likud is feeling the pressure of the united front presented by Bayit Yehudi head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid's Yair Lapid, each of whom is saying he will not enter the coalition without the other. "Bennett should not pull the rope too much," the senior source told Maariv. "In the end it will snap." "Netanyahu is ready to head for elections," the source said....
  • GOProud’s exclusion from CPAC sparks burst of support for gay conservatives

    02/17/2013 11:52:06 PM PST · by Bratch · 20 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 17, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is less than a month away and the now-annual kerfuffle over the participation of gay conservative group GOProud was in full swing on Twitter this weekend. When GOProud co-sponsored CPAC in 2011, several conservative groups boycotted the conference. Later that year, the American Conservative Union’s board of directors voted to exclude GOProud from formal participation in 2012 and the welcome mat is still rolled up. Naturally, the liberal media presented this as unimpeachable evidence of the Right’s “H8″ and intolerance. But among conservatives on Twitter, there’s little controversy over whether to embrace gay conservatives as...
  • But Don't Rule Out Malice

    02/17/2013 11:37:09 PM PST · by 867V309 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 17, 2013 | Ryan Scott Welch
    So how is it possible that some of the most successful and intelligent people in the United States cansuddenly become stupid the moment they walk in the door of Congress? Or alternatively, how is it possible that these intelligent and successful people suddenly become unlucky? Is there any logical explanation? Isn't it much more likely that the people in congress are just as lucky and intelligent as they were the day before they were elected? And if that is true, how can you explain the "stupid" things that these intelligent and successful politicians do?
  • Complaint filed over school's purge of Islam

    02/17/2013 11:16:42 PM PST · by man_in_tx · 3 replies
    WND.com ^ | Sunday, February 17, 2013 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the Thomas More Law Center say they have filed a formal complaint challenging the accreditation of the National Defense University after officials there disciplined an instructor for teaching an approved course on Islam. ....... more at URL
  • G-20 moving against ‘competitive devaluation’

    02/17/2013 11:06:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb. 16, 2013, 2:19 p.m. EST | By Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch
    Japan has drawn criticism for its moves to weaken the yen against the U.S. dollar. NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors on Saturday pledged to monitor negative currency spillovers to other countries caused by monetary policies implemented for domestic purposes. “We will refrain from competitive devaluation,” the G-20 said at its meeting in Moscow. The G-20 fell short of any direct action related specifically to Japan, which has drawn criticism for policy moves that have caused the yen to lose 17.5% against the dollar in five months. See: Michael Casey's FX Horizons
  • 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...