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  • US shale oil reviving East Coast refineries

    02/18/2013 6:19:47 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Boston.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Erin Ailworth
    A year ago, the shutdown of several refineries serving the Northeast and the possibility they would not reopen threatened to boost New England’s already­ high gasoline prices by as much as 15 cents a gallon. But an influxof cheaper crude oil extracted from shale rock formations in the United States has helped save most of those facilities and stabilized gas ­prices. The revival of the East Coast refineries is another example of how the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is changing the energy equation for the region, nation, and world. Just as fracking opened vast reserves...
  • Unions Slump on Bad Obama Bet (Corrected misspelled word)

    02/18/2013 6:08:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | John Ransom
    Alarm bells are going off for labor unions around the country. Four years after electing the most pro-labor president of the last half-decade, it looks like the scheme has backfired. In 2008 and 2012 labor unions used everything, including a little body English, ballot stuffing and voter intimidation to elect a president who would bring the prestige of presidential backing to recruitment efforts for labor unions.   Since then not only have labor unions taken historic defeats in former union strongholds, like Wisconsin and Michigan, labor union membership is declining at a rate that will make them a footnote in the...
  • Obama Visit Code Name: Unbreakable Alliance (Israelis asked to vote for their favorite logo)

    02/18/2013 6:05:15 AM PST · by Ezekiel · 47 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/17/2013, 6:41 PM | By Gil Ronen
    The English version of the code name chosen for the operations surrounding the upcoming visit to Israel by U.S. President Barack Obama, scheduled for March 20, is "Unbreakable Alliance." The Hebrew name is "Brit Amim," which means, literally, "an alliance between nations." According to Maariv/NRG, the names were chosen carefully by the National Public Information Staff, which is wary of upsetting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
  • Yoko Ono Turns 80

    02/18/2013 5:57:34 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    Noise 11 ^ | 2/18/13 | Paul Cashmere
    Happy birthday Yoko Ono. Mrs Lennon is 80-years old today. Yoko Ono was born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933. She met John Lennon at an art exhibition in 1965. They married in 1969. It was the second marriage for John and third for Yoko. Towards the end of The Beatles, John and Yoko formed the Plastic Ono Band. The first album was ‘Live Peace In Toronto 1969’ on The Beatles Apple label. The first single was ‘Give Peace A Chance’ The original line-up for Plastic Ono Band featured John, Yoko and Eric Clapton on guitar, Klaus Voormann on bass...
  • Richard Briers, British TV star, dies aged 79

    02/18/2013 5:56:44 AM PST · by the scotsman · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th February 2013 | BBC News
    'Actor Richard Briers, best known for his role in TV's The Good Life, has died at the age of 79, his agent has said. The star, who was also an accomplished stage actor, had been battling a serious lung condition for several years. Briers died "peacefully" at his London home on Sunday, his agent said. Briers recently said years of smoking had been to blame for his emphysema. Famed for his role as the hapless Tom Good in the 1970s BBC sitcom The Good Life, Briers also starred in shows such as Ever Decreasing Circles, Monarch Of The Glen and...
  • Limp Wristing Glock Pistols (Video)

    02/18/2013 5:51:59 AM PST · by servo1969 · 41 replies
    MAC - YouTube.com ^ | 2-18-2013 | Sturmgewehre
    People misunderstand what limping wristing is, what causes limp wristing failures and how such failures can be avoided. The most common pistol for limp wrist failures is the Glock 9mm series. I talk about what causes limp wristing and how to effectively deal with it.
  • Caught on Camera: Sword vs. Knife

    02/18/2013 5:42:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.wwlp.com ^ | february 14, 2013 | Dan Hausle
    A clerk in New Bedford, Massachusetts turned the tables during a convenience store robbery. When the would-be robber pulled out his knife, clerk Brian Patel pulled out a sword.
  • States worry about rate shock during shift to new health law

    02/18/2013 5:42:23 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/18/2013 | Noam Levy
    WASHINGTON — Less than a year before Americans will be required to have insurance under President Obama's healthcare law, many of its backers are growing increasingly anxious that premiums could jump, driven up by the legislation itself. Higher premiums could undermine a core promise of the Affordable Care Act: to make basic health protections available to all Americans for the first time. Major rate increases also threaten to cause a backlash just as the law is supposed to deliver many key benefits Obama promised when he signed it in 2010.
  • George Zimmerman defense ponders request to combine 'stand your ground' hearing with trial

    02/18/2013 5:41:44 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 16 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | February 17, 2013 | Jeff Weiner
    Two major court dates loom large over the second-degree-murder case against George Zimmerman: a "stand your ground" hearing in April, and depending on the outcome, a trial June 10. But last week, defense attorney Mark O'Mara raised an alternative. With his team crunched for time, he suggested the defense may ultimately ask for the hearing and trial to be combined. To an outside observer, O'Mara and other attorneys say, a combination hearing-trial would likely look a lot like a normal trial: A jury would be selected, and the state and defense would present their cases. But once that's done, the...
  • Why Over 8% Unemployment Could Lie Ahead

    02/18/2013 5:40:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 18 Feb 2013
    Why Over 8% Unemployment Could Lie Ahead BUSINESS NEWS CNBC.com | Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | 6:17 AM ET Severe fiscal tightening in the U.S. will lead to no growth or a contraction in the first two quarters of 2013 and will push unemployment over the 8 percent level, according to Lombard Street Research. The knock-on effect will mean pain for the business sector, with corporate profits falling after a hit to consumer spending power, the firm said. "Our view that unemployment could rise above 8 percent and that profits will be squeezed reflects a forecast of nil to negative...
  • In-N-Out Heiress Lynsi Torres: Youngest American Woman Billionaire

    02/18/2013 5:31:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Baldwin Park Patch ^ | 2/9/13 | Hazel Lodevico-To'o
    In-N-Out owner Lynsi Torres, is 30-years-old with no college degree and no formal business training. But she has been called the youngest billionaire in America. Lynsi Torres inherited a California icon when she was given half ownership of Baldwin Park native In-N-Out burger when she turned 30 last year. This week, Bloomberg Magazine named Torres the youngest, wealthiest woman in America, given that she will receive full ownership of the estimated $1.1 billion burger empire when she turns 35. Torres inherited the In-N-Out empire from her grandparents, Harry and Esther Snyder who founded the Christian-themed chain in 1948 with their...
  • Oil’s new reign in Texas draws comparisons to the Kingdom

    02/18/2013 5:29:23 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 17, 2013 | Vicki Vaughan
    The Lone Star State is earning a new moniker: Saudi Texas. Oil production in Texas is soaring, jumping to an average 2.139 million barrels a day in November — the best showing in more than 25 years. Analysts are chalking up Texas’ booming production to shale plays, especially South Texas’ Eagle Ford, where production was minuscule just five years ago, along with a revival of West Texas’ Permian Basin. Analysts are tossing around the words “phenomenal,” “amazing” and “unprecedented” when discussing the numbers. Since production began in the Eagle Ford Shale, the state’s oil output has doubled and Texas’ share...
  • Country singer Mindy McCready dead at 37

    02/18/2013 5:16:44 AM PST · by Doogle · 34 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 2/18/13 | FOX
    Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, has died. She was 37. Waren Olmstead, the coroner in Cleburne County, Ark., said in a statement McCready died Sunday apparently of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. An autopsy is pending. Just last month David Wilson, McCready’s boyfriend and the father of her 9-month-old son Zayne, was found dead on the same porch where McCready's body was found. His death also was investigated as a suicide. McCready entered court-ordered rehab earlier this month after her father told a judge she was no longer taking...
  • McCain Claims ‘Massive Cover-Up’on Benghazi

    02/18/2013 5:06:23 AM PST · by lbryce · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February18, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    While discussing the contentious confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, things got a bit heated on Sunday's "Meet The Press" when Sen. John McCain referred to the lack of information from the White House surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi as a "massive cover-up." "There are so many answers we don't know," McCain told host David Gregory. "We've had two movies about getting bin Laden and we don't even know who the people were who were evacuated from the consulate the day after the [Benghazi] attack. So there are many, many questions. So we've had a...
  • Man accused of slapping boy on flight jobless

    02/18/2013 4:48:44 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/18/13 | Ric Ward and Michael Martinez
    An Idaho man accused of uttering a racial slur and slapping a crying 19-month-old boy on a Delta Air Lines flight is now out of a job. Joe Rickey Hundley of Hayden, Idaho, was charged with assaulting a minor in the February 8 incident. His company, which initially suspended him, said Sunday that Hundley no longer has his job. "Reports of the recent behavior of one of our business unit executives while on personal travel are offensive and disturbing," said a statement from AGC Aerospace & Defense. "We have taken this matter very seriously and worked diligently to examine it...
  • Ben Carson Owes No Apologies

    02/18/2013 4:48:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Star Parker
    According to Cal Thomas, well-known nationally syndicated columnist, Dr. Ben Carson owes President Obama an apology. Carson spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC this past week – a bi-partisan annual event held since 1953, attended by members of Congress and usually the President. President and Mrs. Obama were present this year and Thomas feels that Dr. Carson was out of line for including in his remarks comments about areas considered public policy – our national debt, our tax system, our publics schools, and health care. According to Thomas: “Our politics have become so polarized and corrupted that...
  • Mother Jones reporter wins Polk for Romney story

    02/18/2013 4:28:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    AP Via WPXI ^ | February 18, 2013
    NEW YORK — The reporter for Mother Jones magazine who broke the story of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's remarks that 47 percent of Americans "believe they are victims" is among the winners of the 64th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. David Corn, Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief, received the political reporting prize for his work, which shook up the campaign when he reported on the remarks in September.
  • Supreme Court rules on Obama forgery case

    02/18/2013 4:21:35 AM PST · by sopwith · 52 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Marv Dumon
    On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Supreme Court of the United States will announce its decision on whether or not Barack Obama should have been placed on the California ballot during the 2008 presidential elections. On Friday, the nation's highest court released a list of granted petitions which indicates that it has rejected arguments that Obama used forged IDs in order to to run for political office, actions that are considered a felony.
  • 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...