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  • NYT Tries Again to Sell Off Struggling Boston Globe (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/21/2013 2:36:23 PM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    The New York Times Company, owners of the Boston Globe newspaper, is once again trying to find someone to take the struggling Massachusetts newspaper off its hands. The Times previously tried to sell the Globe in 2009 but canceled the sale process after it received concessions from is unions (love the irony there). More from Reuters: The sale is expected to come at a big loss. Ken Doctor, an analyst with Outsell Research, estimated that the Globe could fetch about $150 million. The New York Times paid $1.1 billion for the newspaper in 1993. The New York Times is putting...
  • US senator says drones death toll is 4700

    02/21/2013 2:35:44 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12:53AM GMT 21 Feb 2013
    A US senator has said an estimated 4,700 people, including some civilians, have been killed in the contentious bombing raids of America's secretive drone war. It was the first time a politician or any government representative had referred to a total number of fatalities in the drone strikes, which have been condemned by rights groups as extrajudicial assassinations.
  • Hyderabad Bomb Blasts: Two Deadly Explosions Leave Terror Cloud over India

    02/21/2013 2:35:28 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Krista Mahr
    At least 12 people have been killed and scores injured in twin bomb blasts on Thursday that authorities believe may have been a terrorist attack in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. There has been no official confirmation as to the nature of the blasts, but government officials have said they was carried out by a “well-trained” group and were coordinated. Local media reports that the blasts comes two days after government security agencies sent an advisory to states to tighten security in light of potential threats from militant groups operating in the region related to the recent state executions...
  • Hyderabad Bomb Blasts: Two Deadly Explosions Leave Terror Cloud over India

    02/21/2013 2:35:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 7 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Krista Mahr
    At least 12 people have been killed and scores injured in twin bomb blasts on Thursday that authorities believe may have been a terrorist attack in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. There has been no official confirmation as to the nature of the blasts, but government officials have said they was carried out by a “well-trained” group and were coordinated. Local media reports that the blasts comes two days after government security agencies sent an advisory to states to tighten security in light of potential threats from militant groups operating in the region related to the recent state executions...
  • Bill to seek 10% solar energy standard(MN)

    02/21/2013 2:34:33 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-21-13 | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo
    Minnesota should have a mandate for using solar energy similar to the one it has for using renewable wind energy, say backers of a pair of bills to be filed Thursday in the State Legislature. The bills would require the state's utilities to produce 10 percent of electricity from solar energy by 2030. A solar standard would raise present utility rates by 1 percent per year, starting with the first year, and be borne by ratepayers, its backers said in a news conference at the State Capitol Wednesday, Feb. 20. But legislators sponsoring the Solar Energy Jobs Act emphasized it...
  • Ex-Obamacare foe Gov. Rick Scott waves white flag on Medicaid expansion

    02/21/2013 2:33:06 PM PST · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    When the history of President Obama’s drive for national health care is written, there are several moments that will be looked back upon as having cemented the law in place. There were “conservative” Democrats Ben Nelson and Bart Stupak dropping their objections to Obamacare to get the legislation across the finish line. There was Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the Supreme Court’s liberals to uphold the constitutionality of the law. There was President Obama’s reelection victory, which crushed any feasible path to full repeal. On Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s delivered yet another blow to opponents to Obamacare by...
  • Gas tax, bike fee fuel House Dems’ transportation plan

    02/21/2013 2:32:32 PM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | Andrew Garber and Mike Lindblom
    House Democrats propose a $10 billion transportation package that would gradually raise the gasoline tax to 47.5 cents a gallon within five years. A transportation proposal by state Democrats would raise $10 billion in revenue. The plan would include as much as 10 cents on fuel over five years.
  • The Anti-Choice Left's Disarming of the American Woman

    02/21/2013 2:31:28 PM PST · by Bryan · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 20, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    If radical gun-grabbers have their way, your daughters, mothers and grandmothers will have nothing but whistles, pens and bodily fluids to defend themselves against violent attackers and sexual predators. Women of all ages, races and political backgrounds should be up in arms over the coordinated attack on their right to bear arms. In Colorado this week, male Democratic legislators assailed concealed-carry supporters and disparaged female students who refuse to depend on the government for protection. The Democrat-controlled House passed a statewide ban on concealed-carry weapons on college campuses, along with several other extreme gun-control measures that will undermine citizen safety...
  • Mamma mia!: Quebec language cops don’t like the Italian in restaurant menu

    02/21/2013 2:28:01 PM PST · by null and void · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Feb. 21 2013, 6:48 AM EST | Nelson Wyatt
    The word “pasta” is a little too Italian for Quebec’s language cops. They’d prefer something more in the language of Moliere than Michaelangelo when it comes to menus, even in Italian restaurants. “Pasta” wasn’t the only word that left a sour taste when they recently chewed over the menu at Buonanotte, a trendy Italian restaurant in Montreal. There were several other words that didn’t have enough of a French flavour for the Office Quebecois de la language francaise.
  • GOP Has Trouble Settling on Candidates Who Can Win [Michael Barone]

    02/21/2013 2:25:33 PM PST · by Bryan · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 21, 2013 | Michael Barone
    One of the interesting things about recent elections is that Republicans have tended to do better the farther you go down the ballot. They've lost the presidency twice in a row, and in four of the last six contests. They've failed to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, something they accomplished in five election cycles between 1994 and 2006. But they have won control of the House of Representatives in the last two elections, and in eight of the last 10 cycles. And they've been doing better in elections to state legislatures than at any time since the 1920s....
  • White Britons now a minority in London

    02/21/2013 2:24:41 PM PST · by tgusa · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Feb 21 | Jack Doyle
    More than 600,000 white British Londoners have left the capital in a decade. Census figures show that between 2001 and 2011 the level of ‘white flight’ reached 620,000. It is the equivalent of a city the size of Glasgow – made up entirely of white Britons – moving out of the capital.
  • Illinois state senator pushes anti-anonymity bill

    02/21/2013 2:24:19 PM PST · by null and void · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3:42 AM 02/21/2013 | Josh Peterson
    A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online. The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.” The Democratic lawmaker’s bill, which does...
  • Gilded Class Warriors [Victor Davis Hanson]

    02/21/2013 2:21:35 PM PST · by Bryan · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 21, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    In his first term President Obama was criticized for trash-talking the one-percenters while enjoying the aristocracy of Martha's Vineyard and the nation's most exclusive golf courses. Obama never quite squared his accusations that "millionaires and billionaires" had not paid their fair share with his own obvious enjoyment of the perks of "corporate jet owners," "fat cat bankers" and Las Vegas junketeers. Now, that paradox has continued right off the bat in the second term. In the State of the Union, Obama once more went after "the few," and "the wealthiest and the most powerful," whom he blasted as the "well-off...
  • President Obama To Rev. Sharpton: "Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times For African Americans"

    02/21/2013 2:21:16 PM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    http://nation.foxnews.com/ ^ | February 21, 2013 | FOX News
    President Obama gave his take on Black History Month during an interview conducted with Al Sharpton this afternoon.
  • Whole Foods' Chicken Ad Featuring Obama Outrages Neighbors

    02/21/2013 2:21:00 PM PST · by null and void · 21 replies
    NBC 4 New York ^ | Thursday, Feb 21, 2013 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    The supermarket took down the sign after shoppers complained it was offensive Some Whole Foods customers are complaining about a sign featuring the president that advertises a sale on chicken. A Whole Foods supermarket in New York has removed a sign that used a drawing of President Barack Obama to advertise a sale on chicken after complaints that the ad was offensive. The sign outside the supermarket on Manhattan's Upper West Side, featuring an apparent caricature of Obama advertising an upcoming sale on whole organic chickens, outraged neighbor Woody Henderson. "There are certain things that have been used to put...
  • Hispanicked GOP Elite: They'll Respect Us In the Morning [Coulter]

    02/21/2013 2:18:41 PM PST · by Bryan · 2 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 21, 2013 | Ann Coulter
    Don't anyone tell Marco Rubio, John McCain or Jeff Flake that nearly 80 percent of Hindus voted for Obama, or who knows what they'll come up with. I understand the interest of business lobbies in getting cheap, unskilled labor through amnesty, but why do Republican officeholders want to create up to 20 million more Democratic voters, especially if it involves flouting the law? Are the campaign donations from the soulless rich more important than actual voters? Without citing any evidence, the Rubio Republicans simply assert that granting 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens amnesty will make Hispanics warm to...
  • Thank you JIm

    02/21/2013 2:17:52 PM PST · by PeaRidge · 31 replies
    Thank you very much for the hard work. A day without FR is difficult.
  • Joe Biden's Shotgun Advice Could Land Jill Biden in Jail

    02/21/2013 2:17:51 PM PST · by CJ Wolf · 9 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | Feb 20th 2013 | Steven Nelson
    Vice President Joe Biden might want to have a talk with his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, before he makes another public statement about guns. In a Facebook "chat" Tuesday, the vice president said that he had advised his wife, Jill, to fire a shotgun in the air from their Delaware home's porch if she was concerned for her safety.
  • Obama reaches out to Boehner, McConnell on sequester

    02/21/2013 2:16:45 PM PST · by South40 · 11 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | 2/21/2013
    For the first time since the waning days of the "fiscal cliff" battle in late December, President Obama reached out to congressional Republican leaders to talk about next week's impending budget cuts known as the sequester. "He placed calls earlier today to [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell and [House] Speaker [John] Boehner," White House spokesman Jay Carney announced today. "Had good conversations, but I have no further readout of those calls for you." Both Boehner's and McConnell's offices confirmed the calls took place but neither would give details about what was discussed.
  • Activists stand by sequoia tree to be cut down

    02/21/2013 2:13:13 PM PST · by null and void · 19 replies
    KGW ^ | February 21, 2013 | Keely Chalmers & Art Edwards
    PORTLAND -- Activists stood beside a 12-story sequoia tree Thursday morning that the city of Portland planned to cut down to make way for a pedestrian and bicycle greenway. The protestors crossed over caution tape and their presence halted the chopping down of the sequoia along with other, less iconic trees close by. Neighbors in Portland's St. Johns area have been battling the city plan to cut down the decades-old tree in Pier Park. The tree at the center of the controversy is a giant sequoia that stands about 120 feet tall and measures 18 feet around.  It's one of...
  • LIMBAUGH: For the First Time in My Life, I Am Ashamed of My Country

    02/21/2013 2:12:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH:  Folks, I'm sorry here.  I can't help but think that we are all being played for a bunch of fools, a bunch of suckers on this sequester business.  I don't know.  Are you like me?  Do you really think 800,000 people are gonna lose their jobs in the Pentagon because we cut $22 billion?  Do you really think air traffic control's gonna shut down?  Do you really think there aren't gonna be any meat inspectors?  Do you really think that all of these horror stories are going to happen?  I don't.  I feel like I've been here. ...
  • The 60th vote: Republican Richard Shelby to vote for cloture on Hagel; Update: Deb Fischer too?

    02/21/2013 2:12:09 PM PST · by Perdogg · 48 replies
    The 60th vote: Republican Richard Shelby to vote for cloture on Hagel; Update: Deb Fischer too? posted at 2:01 pm on February 21, 2013 by Allahpundit And so, after days of accusations about what Hagel did or didn’t say at Rutgers Israeli control of the State Department, and despite the nominee’s refusal to let reporters pick through his archives, this guy’s actually gaining votes in the Senate rather than losing them. I understand the argument that the president deserves deference in his cabinet picks, even if I don’t agree with it in this case. But if we’re going to cave,...
  • Are we up?!

    02/21/2013 2:09:27 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 226 replies
    Woo hoo!!
  • Are we up?!

    02/21/2013 2:08:39 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 51 replies
    Woo hoo!!
  • Local Media Fuels Anti-Sequestration Cuts Hysteria

    02/18/2013 10:45:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Tad Dehaven
    The media’s harboring of a pro-government spending bias isn’t exactly news. But an article in Politico is notable because it illustrates the tendency for local newsrooms to push human interest stories that emphasize the pain of spending cuts. According to the article, it’s pervasive:  Journalists from Florida to Washington state told POLITICO that their editors are hungry for stories that turn bureaucratic doublespeak about automatic cuts into a human story of real-world pain—from layoffs to cutbacks in treasured hometown programs.  Ask Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida, who got hit with a question about the Blue Angels during a Jacksonville TV station...
  • Chicago Police Chief: Second Amendment Is A Danger To Public Safety

    02/18/2013 10:39:47 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    red state ^ | February 17th, 2013 at 07:21 PM | Dana Loesch (Diary) |
    Chicago’s Chief of Police, who previously blamed ”government-sponsored racism” and Sarah Palin for Chicago’s gun violence, declared that the law-ful exercise of the Second Amendment was a threat to public safety. From the Illinois State Rifle Association: Chicago’s embattled police superintendent dug himself deeper into a pit of controversy today by claiming that lawful firearm owners are agents of political corruption. Appearing on a Chicago Sunday morning talk show, superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his conviction that firearm owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. McCarthy went...
  • Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing?

    02/18/2013 10:38:21 AM PST · by blam · 79 replies
    TEC ^ | 2-18-2013 | Michael Snyder
    Retail Apocalypse: Why Are Major Retail Chains All Over America Collapsing? By Michael Snyder February 17th, 2013 If the economy is improving, then why are many of the largest retail chains in America closing hundreds of stores? When I was growing up, Sears, J.C. Penney, Best Buy and RadioShack were all considered to be unstoppable retail powerhouses. But now it is being projected that all of them will close hundreds of stores before the end of 2013. Even Wal-Mart is running into problems. A recent internal Wal-Mart memo that was leaked to Bloomberg described February sales as a "total disaster"....
  • Obama’s Energy Plans: Tragedy Disguised as Triumph

    02/18/2013 10:29:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Marita Noon
    The State of the Union Address (SOTUA) is now last week’s history. Nearly every aspect of it has been fully dissected. For example, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has done a line-by-line analysis of what they call the “most expensive and widest ranging State of the Union Address yet.” They found that the “quantifiable agenda items” in the President’s proposals “weighed in at $83.4 billion.” The NTU called the efforts to combat climate change the “most costly single agenda item”—citing a “version of the ‘cap-and-trade’ bill to which Obama referred in his speech was priced at $282.4 billion total, or...
  • After 148 years, Mississippi finally ratifies 13th Amendment, which banned slavery

    02/18/2013 10:24:26 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 29 replies
    CBS ^ | February 18, 2013
    The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified in 1865. Lawmakers in Mississippi, however, only got around to officially ratifying the amendment last month -- 148 years later -- thanks to the movie "Lincoln." The state's historical oversight came to light after Mississippi resident Ranjan Batra saw the Steven Spielberg-directed film last November, the Clarion-Ledger reports.After watching the film, which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment, Batra did some research. He learned that the amendment was ratified after three-fourths of the states backed it in December 1865. Four remaining states all eventually ratified the...
  • Iranian Nuclear Chief Observed Korean Nuke Test

    02/18/2013 10:18:30 AM PST · by edpc · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18 Feb 2013 | JPost Staff
    The alleged father of Iran's nuclear program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, is believed to have been present in North Korea last week in order to observe its third nuclear test, Britain's The Sunday Times reported citing Western intelligence sources. According to the sources, Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi was responsible for the development of a warhead "small enough to fit on to one of the ballistic missiles developed by Iran from North Korean prototypes," the report stated.
  • The Final Economic Countdown

    02/18/2013 10:16:44 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-18-2013 | Alasdair Macleod
    The Final Economic Countdown Politics / Global EconomyFebruart 18, 2013 - 12:11 PM GMT By: Alasdair Macleod Governments have refused to accept the necessity of a period of economic re-adjustment following the credit-bubble. The bubble burst about five years ago and economic progress has been effectively suspended ever since. The consequences of this refusal to accept reality are at a minimum to make this adjustment unnecessarily drawn out and needlessly painful, without offering a better eventual outcome. Reduced to its bare bones, the choice has been either to accept that unviable businesses and over-extended banks must go bust, or to...
  • Obama Seeking to Boost Study of Human Brain

    02/18/2013 10:10:58 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 18 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/18/2013 | John Markoff
    The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics. The project, which the administration has been looking to unveil as early as March, will include federal agencies, private foundations and teams of neuroscientists and nanoscientists in a concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.
  • Does Obama Hate the Poor?

    02/18/2013 10:08:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Dan Holler
    Of course President Obama does not hate poor people, nor does the most avid tea partier. Few (if any) policies are intended to harm the poor; in fact, most policies are intended help the poor. Unfortunately, good intentions do not always equal good results; such is the case with minimum wage. Obama claims simply raising the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour “could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank, rent or eviction, scraping by or finally getting ahead.” It’s not that simple, though. “In the real world, setting a floor under the price of labor creates...
  • Muslim Preacher Urges Followers To Claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance' (Welfare)

    02/18/2013 10:05:41 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2013 | Melanie Hall
    Muslim Preacher Urges Followers To Claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'A Muslim preacher is secretly filmed urging followers to take benefits from the state to fund a holy war. Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary. Photo: RAY TANG/REX By Melanie HallThe Telegraph (UK) 3:21PM GMT 17 Feb 2013 Anjem Choudary was secretly filmed mocking non-Muslims for working in 9-5 jobs their whole lives, and told followers that some revered Islamic figures had only ever worked one or two days a year. “The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, but...
  • Gas Prices Soar 51 Cents in Just Two Months

    02/18/2013 10:03:56 AM PST · by george76 · 73 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 18, 2013 | Julia Seymour
    Per gallon cost has risen every business day for a month. Consumers are taking another huge hit in 2013. First, the two percent Social Security tax hike began the year. Now, gas prices are soaring ever closer to $4 a gallon and have jumped 51 cents a gallon since Dec. 20. According to the Oil Price Information Service, the national average for a gallon of unleaded was $3.21.9 on Dec. 20, 2012. Today, that price is $3.73.0. While there has been a steady increase, prices shot almost 9 cents just over the weekend. ... It took the media some time...
  • Reversal of Fortune: Why the Power Elite Will Lose Power

    02/18/2013 10:01:26 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    GaryNorth.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Gary North
    The best description of the reversal of fortune is Mary's Magnificat, recorded in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, verses 46-55. "He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree" (v. 52). This was a fundamental theme in the Old Testament. We are told that those who hold their position by means of political power and corruption always lose their position. They are always overthrown. They look unbeatable. They are always defeated. The prophets of Israel came before kings and commoners with this message. Isaiah 1 is a good example. Isaiah even identified a...
  • Washington gun bill includes annual home inspections

    02/18/2013 9:58:18 AM PST · by cap10mike · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Dorstewitz
    December’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has prompted lawmakers across the country to propose stringent gun laws. Washington state legislators now say maybe they’ve gone too far. Washington’s SB 5737 – 2013-14, introduced Feb.13 by three Seattle Democrats, like many similar bills, includes an outright assault weapons ban. Individuals already possessing an assault weapon are “allowed” to retain them, but with the proviso that the owners submit themselves to annual police home inspections. “They always say, we’ll never go house to house to take your guns away,” said Lance Palmer, a Seattle trial lawyer and self-described liberal to...
  • Price of Gallon of Gas Up 96% Under Obama

    02/18/2013 9:57:06 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 12, 2013 | Matt Cover
    The average price of a gallon of gas has increased 96 percent since Barack Obama first took office in 2009, according to figures from the Energy Information Agency (EIA). According to EIA data, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States was $1.838 on Jan. 19, 2009--the day before Obama took office. As of Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, the per-gallon price had risen to an average of $3.611--an increase of 96 percent. ... Gas prices have never been this high in early February in American history
  • Virginia’s Gun Ban Bob McDonnell Strikes Again

    02/18/2013 9:50:37 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Virginia --(Ammoland.com)- This VGOC action alert contains: 1. An urgent call to Action to Stop Gun Ban Governor Bob McDonnell’s last minute legislative plan to sneak new gun bans past gun owners. Please use the message below to call the Governor as soon as possible. 2. A cut, copy and paste email to be sent to key legislators who can stop Bob McDonnell’s SB 1377 and SB 1378. Both bills are designed to entrap and severely punish innocent, unsuspecting gun owners in brand new gun crime traps. 3. An urgent request for a donation to your VGOC to help fund...
  • Woman killed same day sister hears Obama speak of gun violence

    02/18/2013 9:38:06 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    chicago tribune ^ | 2-17-13 | Carlos Sadovi
    Hours after Destini Warren, 14, attended President Barack Obama’s speech against gun violence Friday, her family learned of a terrible irony. Destini’s sister, Janay McFarlane, 18, was the victim of the very thing that the President was condemning at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago. McFarlane, of the 8900 block of South Lowe Avenue, was visiting friends and family in North Chicago when she was shot on her way to a store in the northern suburb, her family said.
  • For some stranded U.S. adventurers, rescues come at a cost

    02/18/2013 9:31:52 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 18, 2013 | Laura Zuckerman | Reuters
    (Reuters) - After an all-terrain vehicle accident in the Utah desert last spring, 53-year-old Mikki Babineau expected a long recuperation for collapsed lungs and 18 broken ribs. What the Idaho woman didn't expect was a $750 bill from the local Utah sheriff's office for sending a volunteer search and rescue unit to her aid, a service for which the sheriff in that county regularly charges fees. Just a handful of states, including Oregon, Maine and Babineau's home state of Idaho, have laws authorizing local agencies to bill for rescues when factors such as recklessness, illegal activity or false information led...
  • Islam's Greatest Secret - Muhammad is Allah!!!!!

    02/18/2013 9:30:39 AM PST · by ComtedeMaistre · 14 replies
    We have many prominent atheists in the Western World, who include many celebrities and movie stars.They publicly proclaim that God does not exist, or that God is an inhuman monster. Assuming that Allah and God are one and the same thing, how come there has never been a Muslim Fatwa targeting them? Individuals in the Western world are only targeted when they talk of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims are more protective of the name of the Prophet Muhammad, than they are of the name of Allah. Islam is a religion that begins and ends with Muhammad. Muhammad has a higher...
  • Steroids found at Blade Runner’s mansion Cops find bloodied cricket bat too

    02/18/2013 9:29:55 AM PST · by Dave346 · 21 replies
    The Sun ^ | 2/18/13 | NICK PARKER
    BANNED steroid drugs were found in Oscar Pistorius’s house after he shot dead lover Reeva Steenkamp. Police also discovered a blood-stained cricket bat in the Blade Runner’s mansion in Pretoria, South Africa — and evidence of heavy drinking before the 3am shooting. Cops are now probing a theory that Pistorius may have blasted Reeva in an explosion of fury caused by the performance-boosting steroids. They are investigating whether murder suspect Pistorius was in the grip of “roid rage” — a side-effect of high doses of the outlawed drugs. Officers who searched the 26-year-old’s home after lover Reeva was killed in...
  • NY STATE SENATOR: Alec Baldwin Should Be Blacklisted from Hollywood (for racist outburst)

    02/18/2013 9:28:11 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/18/13 | TMZ
    A New York State Senator is begging Hollywood -- both TV & movie producers -- to SUSPEND Alec Baldwin from all projects ... in the wake of allegations he spewed a racist epithet at a NY photog. State Senator Malcolm Smith tells TMZ ... he was outraged after hearing reports that the former "30 Rock" star lashed out at a black photographer, calling him a "coon" and a "drug dealer."
  • Missouri Dems: Let’s Just Force Gun Owners to Surrender, Destroy Their Weapons

    02/18/2013 9:26:19 AM PST · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 2/18/13 | Leah Barkoukis
    Why wait for the supply to dry up over time when you could just force gun owners to surrender or destroy their weapons immediately? Missouri Democrats think it’s a good idea: Democrats in the state House have proposed a bill that would force gun owners to either surrender or destroy weapons including semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and semi-automatic pistols with a fixed magazine that can shoot more than 10 rounds before being reloaded. Ammunition-feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds also would be banned. Owners also could send their weapons to another state instead of surrendering or...
  • Defending Cato from the Predictably Inaccurate Ramblings of Paul Krugman

    02/18/2013 9:23:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Writing for the New York Times, Paul Krugman has a new column promoting more government spending and additional government regulation. That’s a dog-bites-man revelation and hardly noteworthy, of course, but in this case he takes a swipe at the Cato Institute. The financial crisis of 2008 and its painful aftermath…were a huge slap in the face for free-market fundamentalists. …analysts at right-wing think tanks like…the Cato Institute…insisted that deregulated financial markets were doing just fine, and dismissed warnings about a housing bubble as liberal whining. Then the nonexistent bubble burst, and the financial system proved dangerously fragile; only huge government...
  • EU eases sanctions on Zimbabwe

    02/18/2013 9:19:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 18, 2013 10:56 AM EST
    The European Union is easing sanctions against Zimbabwe in light of an agreement by the country’s political parties on a draft constitution and the announcement of a referendum on it. … The foreign ministers call on all political parties to “maintain the momentum allowing for the holding of democratic elections later this year.” …
  • Nurses protest hospital closings

    02/18/2013 9:18:38 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Times Union ^ | February 16, 2013 | Kristen V. Brown
    Members of the New York State Nurses Association gathered at the Capitol on Saturday to protest the closure of community hospitals. The group also opposes a plan for an "experimental" for-profit hospital pilot program laid out in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal. The protest, in front of the state Department of Health headquarters in the Corning Tower, comes on the heels of a vote earlier this month to close Brooklyn's cash-strapped Long Island College Hospital, which is run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the news that Brooklyn's bankrupt Interfaith Medical Center will merge with another hospital. ... New York...
  • Mexican economy grew by 3.8% in 2012

    02/18/2013 9:14:01 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/18/2013 | Staff
    MEXICO CITY, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Mexico's growth picked up in the final months of last year as strength in consumer spending buoyed Latin America's no. 2 economy but a fall in industrial activity backed bets on lower interest rates ahead. Mexico's economy grew 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the third, double the previous quarter's downwardly revised 0.38 percent rate, the national statistics agency said on Monday. Economists in a Reuters poll had projected a 0.6 percent expansion in the fourth quarter.
  • ALEC BALDWIN Allegedly Threatens Reporter, Hurls Racial Slur at Photog (Capital One must be proud!)

    02/18/2013 9:13:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    TMZ ^ | 2/19/13 | TMZ
    Alec Baldwin was involved in another confrontation with the media ... after he allegedly threatened to choke a reporter to death and hurled a racial slur at a photographer. -snip- Baldwin then turned the Post's photographer -- who they say is black and a retired detective with the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau -- and allegedly called him "a coon," "crackhead" and "drug dealer."