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  • Complaints about noise in New Britain (CT) following storm(Nemo)

    02/21/2013 4:48:29 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    New Britain residents complained to city leaders that plows clearing snow throughout the night during Blizzard Charlotte kept them awake. During the storm, plows, dump trucks and payloaders worked almost nonstop for days until the city was cleared of snow. However, that noise did not sit well with residents, who heard it at 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. "That's a little rough," said Al Pienkowski of New Britain. A city council member said he's looking into the current noise ordinance after getting a complaint from a resident the Monday after Blizzard Charlotte hit. She told the council member that for...
  • Alec Baldwin being investigated for possible hate crime (NYPD hate crimes task force...)

    02/21/2013 4:45:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/20/13 | Fox News
    Alec Baldwin’s latest squabble with the media may have him in some serious hot water. An NYPD rep told FOX 411 the 54-year-old actor is being investigated following an altercation he allegedly got into with a New York Post photographer. “Our hate crimes task force is reviewing the case,” the rep said. -snip- The duo said they encountered an angry Baldwin who told Palmeri “I want you to choke to death” and fired a racial slur at Miller, who is African American. Miller, who is a retired NYPD detective, told police the actor called him a “coon,” a “drug dealer”...
  • OF MEDIA AND MONSTERS

    02/21/2013 4:44:29 PM PST · by marktwain
    Backwoods Home Magazine ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Massad Ayoob
    The mainstream media marches in lockstep with the White House in an attempt to convince the public that good people must give up some of the most effective defensive firearms they can have to protect themselves and their families, because bad people have misused them. A Fox Channel regular noted last month that CNN has become pretty much a 24/7 telethon for “gun control.” Everyone knows that the twisted Adam Lanza was the one who murdered twenty little kids and six helpless adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, yet few in our society can name Dawn Hochsprung, the courageous principal...
  • Obama Talks Off Record With Press on Flight Home

    02/21/2013 4:44:27 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 3 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama has returned to Washington, from his solo vacation. He finally talked with the press on the ride back. Via the pool report: AF1 wheels down Andrews at 7:45pm. POTUS came back to have a 10-minute off the record talk with pool at the end of the flight. Reggie Love departed AF1 soon after POTUS, apparently a guest for the weekend. Marine One wheels up 7:55 pm
  • Former Hopkins Doctor Under Police Investigation Found Dead

    02/21/2013 4:40:43 PM PST · by null and void · 4 replies
    CBS ^ | February 18, 2013 4:59 PM | Meghan McCorkell
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — A local doctor took his own life while facing allegations he took pictures and videotaped his patients without their knowledge. Police searching his home say they found an extraordinary amount of evidence. Meghan McCorkell spoke with a patient who’s worried she’s a victim, too. Baltimore City police say they’ve contacted some of the victims but say the numbers coming forward could be huge. Police say Dr. Nikita Levy–a former OB/GYN at Johns Hopkins–took his own life inside his Towson home. It’s the same house where Baltimore City police served a search warrant. Inside they say they found...
  • Italian Newspaper Links Pope Resignation To Vatican's 'Gay Lobby'

    02/21/2013 4:40:05 PM PST · by milkncookies · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 21, 2013 | Adam Taylor
    Following Pope Benedict's surprise resignation earlier this month, it didn't take long for conspiracy theories to come out of the woodwork. To a certain extent, this is expected — a Pope hasn't resigned in centuries, and certain aspects of Benedict's time at the top of the Vatican have been controversial — not least the damaging 'VatiLeaks' scandal. Today, Italy's La Repubblica newspaper added fuel to the fire, alleging that Benedict's resignation was prompted by a report prepared by three Cardinals on conflict and corruption in the Vatican — including what it says is the "inappropriate influence" of a gay lobby...
  • The Real Danger Of The Fed's Easy Monetary Is Not The Risk Of Hyperinflation

    02/21/2013 4:40:00 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-21-2013 | Comstock Partners
    The Real Danger Of The Fed's Easy Monetary Is Not The Risk Of Hyperinflation Comstock PartnersFebruary 21, 2013, 2:56 PMThe Fed's current attempt to control long term rates, "QE to infinity", is based on the hope that by providing cheap money, banking and financial firms will lend and thereby stimulate the economy. This would be a sound plan if the problem with the US economy was a shortage of credit. With corporations holding back cash and depending on productivity gains to drive earnings, the typical recovery scenario where the private sector borrows money for investment and drives job growth and...
  • Alaska House panel advances gun regulation bill

    02/21/2013 4:39:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    newsminer.com ^ | 18 February, 2012 | AP
    JUNEAU, Alaska - A controversial bill that would criminalize federal gun regulation in Alaska is on track to be scheduled for a vote.
  • Push to keep feds out of state gun markets gains momentum

    02/21/2013 4:36:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 18 February, 2012 | Joseph Weber
    States across the country are trying to protect gun ownership from the long arm of Washington by proposing bills declaring that firearms made and kept within their borders are not subject to federal restrictions. Nine states have proposed such legislation since President Obama and fellow Democrats in the Senate began trying to tighten federal gun laws in the wake of several mass shootings that occurred within months of each other. “There’s a lot of momentum,” Montana activist Gary Marbut told FoxNews.com on Monday. Marbut was behind the original Firearms Freedom Act, which says the Commerce Clause allowing Congress to regulate...
  • LEFT IN THE DARK: Secret U.S. military flights carried officials, equipment to N. Korea

    02/21/2013 4:36:32 PM PST · by null and void · 1 replies
    Ahsahi Shimbun ^ | February 15, 2013 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    Senior U.S. administration officials held secret talks in North Korea on at least three occasions in 2011 and 2012, The Asahi Shimbun has learned. Although the visits had potential implications for Japan, Washington did not inform its security partner at the time and only informally confirmed one of them when the Japanese side pressed, government and other sources in Japan, South Korea and the United States said. The U.S. State Department even warned the Foreign Ministry against making further inquiries, saying they would harm bilateral relations, the sources said. U.S. military planes flew from an air base in Guam to...
  • Hagel Declined to Sign Schumer Letter in 2007 Asking Arab Allies to Recognize Israel

    02/21/2013 4:36:19 PM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Feb 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel declined to sign a letter circulated by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 2007 calling upon then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to press Arab allies of the U.S. to recognize Israel’s right to exist “and not use such recognition as a bargaining chip for future Israeli concessions.” Seventy-nine Senators eventually signed the letter, which was sponsored by Schumer and by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
  • TX:Homeowner Shoots, Kills Man Climbing Through Window

    02/21/2013 4:32:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    nbcdfw.com ^ | 18 February, 2012 | Frank Heinz
    A homeowner fatally shot a man as he climbed through a window and into his home Monday afternoon, Dallas police say. The shooting took place at a home on the 2200 block of Morrell Avenue at about 4:15 p.m. Police said the homeowner heard a noise inside his residence and shot a man, later identified as 33-year-old Deyfon Pipkins, aka BJ, as he climbed through the window. "The homeowner heard a noise. He came around the corner, saw the individual trying to climb into the window and according to the law, the castle doctrine, he used deadly force," said Sgt....
  • Tebow Cancels Appearance at Megachurch Because of "New Information" About Pastor

    02/21/2013 4:30:32 PM PST · by Coronal · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 21 Feb 2013 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, NFL quarterback Tim Tebow canceled his appearance to speak at First Baptist Church of Dallas next month after Tebow came under pressure from the sports media to do so.
  • Hackers hit Apple in cyberassault

    02/21/2013 4:26:09 PM PST · by null and void · 3 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 19, 2013
    The same hackers that hit Facebook’s computers on Friday infected the computers of some Apple employees, the company acknowledged Tuesday. The incident, the widest known cyberattack against Apple-made computers to date, occurred when the Apple employees browsed to a special website that had been infected with malware custom-written for the Macintosh platform, Reuters reported.
  • USAF developing terrifying swarms of tiny unmanned drones that can hover, crawl and even kill

    02/21/2013 4:22:10 PM PST · by null and void · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19:11 EST, 19 February 2013 | Michael Zennie
    The U.S. Air Force is developing tiny unmanned drones that will fly in swarms, hover like bees, crawl like spiders and even sneak up on unsuspecting targets and execute them with lethal precision. The Air Vehicles Directorate, a research arm of the Air Force, has released a computer-animated video outlining the the future capabilities of Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). The project promises to revolutionize war by down-sizing the combatants.
  • Federal employees making house calls as part of EI audit

    02/21/2013 4:21:11 PM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 2 replies
    CBC ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | Unknown
    The federal government has begun visiting employment insurance recipients at home as part of an "examination" being conducted while the program undergoes an overhaul. The majority of individuals selected for a random audit are receiving invitations, in person, to appear at their customary EI interviews as part of the project, which wraps up next month. Some recipients are already on edge, given the changes to the program that have seasonal workers fearing their benefits might be cancelled. ...snip... "Every year, unfortunately, in our employment insurance system, hundreds of millions of dollars are identified or are lost through false or fraudulent...
  • Hagel Stonewalls, Refuses to Grant Access to Archive

    02/21/2013 4:19:37 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    THE WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | Feb 20, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    Chuck Hagel’s archive is housed here at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. But despite his nomination for secretary of defense, reporters, as well as the public writ large, are being denied access to the thousands of papers, speeches, audio and video files, and artifacts in the archive ... university officials yesterday indicated that if Hagel himself were to grant this reporter access to the archives, his request would be granted.
  • Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Illegal

    02/21/2013 4:16:32 PM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    CBS St Louis ^ | February 19, 2013 1:30 PM
    <p>JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is proposing to send colleagues to prison for introducing gun control legislation — a plan that even its sponsor acknowledges has no chance of passage but nonetheless highlights the increasingly strident tone of gun measures in Missouri’s generally pro-gun Legislature.</p>
  • Netanyahu Before the Election: Livni Won't Lead Peace Talks

    02/21/2013 4:16:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/2/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will allow Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni to lead the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, as part of the coalition agreement between the two, but just several months ago Netanyahu made statements that said exactly the opposite. During the election campaign, Netanyahu had reportedly made clear to several of his senior staff that no talks were taking place with Livni or other members of her party, and that the chances of her joining the next government with him as Prime Minister were nil. “Livni managed the negotiations with the Palestinians poorly,” Netanyahu was quoted in December...
  • Sheikhs against shakes: Egypt belly dancing channel ‘arouses viewers’

    02/21/2013 4:08:01 PM PST · by null and void · 6 replies
    AL ARABIYA ^ | Tuesday, 19 February 2013 | SHOUNAZ MEKKY
    A widely-known private Egyptian TV channel, which showcases 24-hour rolling clips of belly-dancing, has been accused of airing ads that “arouse viewers,” and broadcasting illegally.(Courtesy of al-Tet TV channel) A widely-known private Egyptian TV channel, which showcases 24-hour rolling clips of belly-dancing, has been accused of airing ads that “arouse viewers,” and broadcasting illegally. An Egyptian court demanded its closure earlier this week. 

Despite the ruling, the director, Baleegh Hamdy, says he will not give up broadcasting the al-Tet channel. It is now being aired from a different satellite. 

In an interview with Al Arabiya Hamdy added that he is...
  • A Day Will Come

    02/21/2013 4:02:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Latma TV ^ | 6/1/13 | Caroline Glick
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F7oIzji5ABY
  • Ghost writer: New app to keep you tweeting after death

    02/21/2013 4:01:33 PM PST · by null and void · 9 replies
    RT.com ^ | 19 February, 2013, 18:03 | Regis Duvignau
    A new application will soon allow users to keep posting Twitter updates from beyond the grave, independently using intricate knowledge of your online character to create a virtual continuation of your personality after you die.­“When your heart stops beating, you'll keep tweeting,” says the new application’s tagline. ‘LivesOn’ will let users pursue ‘life after death’ on their social media profiles, letting the deceased communicate with loved ones. LivesOn will keep posting after you kick the bucket, following the example of the DeadSocial platform. Due to be launched in March, the LivesOn application will keep tweeting after you pass on. The...
  • Democratics Senator Menendez Press Fix Attempt: NYT,Wash-Post

    02/21/2013 3:52:20 PM PST · by sr4402 · 3 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 21 Feb 2013, 10:25 AM PDT | Matthew Boyle
    Menendez has hired Matt Miller, a former senior press aide to Attorney General Eric Holder, to try to manage his public perception throughout this scandal. Miller has planted some stories in media outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post, but has largely failed to fix the senator’s image amid the scandal.
  • Memorial Grows For Longmont Girl Who Died Mysteriously (HAZMAT suits!)

    02/21/2013 3:50:50 PM PST · by null and void · 13 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | February 19, 2013 2:08 PM
    LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators had to don protective suits as they are tried to determine what killed a 6-year-old girl in Longmont Monday morning. The investigation began at approximately 9 a.m. when the girl, identified as Lluvia Espinoza Morales, was taken to the hospital. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, but there were no signs of foul play. Police started going down the list of what could have killed the girl. One thought was that she had influenza. Investigators consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to go into the girl’s home. “We don’t...
  • Will Only Suckers Buy ObamaCare Insurance?

    02/21/2013 3:49:06 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/19/2013 | John Merline
    For years, ObamaCare critics focused on its least popular feature — the mandate that everyone buy insurance — taking their fight all the way to the Supreme Court. But as ObamaCare's official launch date approaches, even its backers are beginning to admit that the law could actually create powerful incentives for millions of people and thousands of businesses to drop their coverage, despite the mandate. There is growing concern, for example, that the law's market reforms will cause a huge "rate shock," particularly for those young and healthy.
  • Why Women Talk More Than Men: Language Protein Uncovered

    02/21/2013 3:45:13 PM PST · by null and void · 33 replies
    Science World ^ | Feb 20, 2013 09:14 AM EST | Catherine Griffin
    There's a biological explanation for the reason why women talk more than men. Scientists have discovered a protein that's found in higher concentrations in the brains of women. You know all the times that men complain about women talking too much? Apparently there's a biological explanation for the reason why women are chattier than men. Scientists have discovered that women possess higher levels of a "language protein" in their brains, which could explain why females are so talkative. Previous research has shown that women talk almost three times as much as men. In fact, an average woman notches up 20,000 words...
  • Extortionist In Chief

    02/21/2013 3:44:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    At the end of 1995 and stretching into January 1996, the federal government "shut down" because of an impasse between President Bill Clinton and House Republicans led by then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The issue was increased taxes vs. less spending. Sound familiar? The government re-opened when a bipartisan agreement was reached to balance the budget by 2003. It wasn't for reasons that included, but were not limited to, two wars. Now the national debt is racing toward an unsustainable $17 trillion. This time around it isn't about closing government. It's about "sequestration," which President Obama, the Democrats and their big...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 21,2013

    02/21/2013 3:40:32 PM PST · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 21, 2013 | Mark Levin
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  • U.S. Gov’t “Cancer” Research: Tobacco Industry’s “Astroturfing” Helped Create Tea Party

    02/21/2013 3:34:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 21, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    In a study published online on Feb. 8 by the journal Tobacco Control, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco—using taxpayer funding from the National Cancer Institute—argued that the tobacco industry helped create the Tea Party Movement through a process the researchers called “astroturfing.” “Rather than being purely a grassroots movement, the Tea Party has been influenced by decades of astroturfing by tobacco and other corporate interests to develop a grassroots network to support their corporate agendas, even though their members may not support those agendas,” said the researchers. … Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots,...
  • H2Owning It: Marco Rubio’s Water Bottle Goes International (Toasts Netanyahu with Poland Spring!)

    02/21/2013 3:33:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 02/21/2013 | Tommy Christopher
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), taking a break from trashing an immigration plan (that’s remarkably similar to his own) to go on a check-the-box tour of Israel, has apparently discovered that his latest claim to fame has preceded him. Rubio, whose already-tepid rebuttal to President Obama‘s State of the Union address was upstaged by a tiny bottle of Poland Spring and a Terminator-esque maintenance of eye contact with the camera, was greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a visual reminder of the infamous hydration vacation. Netanyahu and a broadly-smiling Rubio shared a bottled water toast, which rocketed around...
  • Pentagon awash in pink slips, preparing 800,000 civilian furloughs

    02/21/2013 3:31:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 229 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 20 Feb 13 | Kristina Wong
    The Defense Department on Wednesday officially notified Congress that it plans to begin furloughing its 800,000 civilian employees across the country if automatic spending cuts begin March 1, estimating the states would lose a total of $4.86 billion in workers’ wages this year. According to Pentagon estimates, among the hardest-hit states would be Virginia, which would have about 88,000 affected workers and salary losses of $660.9 million; California, with 62,600 workers and $419.7 million in lost wages; and Maryland, with 45,700 workers and $359.3 million in lost earnings. “This is not a Beltway phenomenon,” Jessica L. Wright, the acting undersecretary...
  • North Korean fashion, women are 'encouraged' to choose from 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles

    02/21/2013 3:30:05 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 73 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2013 | Tara Brady
    You won't see a North Korean woman sporting the Jennifer Aniston style blow-dry. That is because women are being encouraged to do their bit for the world's most conformist state - by getting a specially approved haircut. The bizarre campaign exhorts women to choose from one of 18 officially sanctioned hairstyles chosen by communist officials eager to clamp down on western influences. And judging by this display on the wall of a salon in the capital of Pyongyang, there are not many styles to choose from. With traditional Korean dress, women generally wear a straight style but with western clothes...
  • The Real Answer to the Immigration Question

    02/21/2013 3:28:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Michael Reagan
    America has almost 12 million illegal immigrants. Many of them came here on visas and never left. But about 60 percent of them walked in from just one country -- Mexico. Though the stalled Obama Economy has caused about 900,000 to go home since 2007, there are still about 6 million Mexicans living in the United States who've sneaked across our borders. Everyone from Marco Rubio to John McCain and our golfer in chief are trying to figure out how to deal with the illegal immigrants we have already and prevent future waves of Mexican migrants. But no one seems...
  • GOA Bringing Pro-gun Victim to Testify Before Congress

    02/21/2013 3:27:22 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | AmmoLand staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- Remember Patrick Purdy? He became a household name on January 17, 1989, when he perpetrated what was, up till then, the worst elementary school shooting up to that time. On that date, five innocent children lost their lives in Stockton, California, and 27 children were injured. Well, Rob Young was one of the children who were injured. Today he is a sworn law enforcement officer in the state of California. But unlike politically-appointed police chiefs who are in the news calling for tougher gun legislation, Rob has a different message. You see, Rob supports the Second Amendment...
  • After Sequestration, A Shocking Proportion Of Government Spending Will Be On Entitlements

    02/21/2013 3:24:54 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 Feb 13 | Walter Hickey
    Sequestration is the series of blunt, across the board cuts that go into effect March 1 and will shrink the size of the federal government over the next ten years. Several states will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs, the price of groceries could jump following USDA inspector furloughs, and the Congressional Budget Office reported that the austerity measures could initiate a recession. What's more, sequestration accomplishes a pathetic amount over ten years, all things considered. It was designed to cut spending on things that constitute core government functions — money for infrastructure, schools and national defense. Social Security, Medicaid...
  • What’s All this About Van Gogh and LEDs?

    02/21/2013 3:24:49 PM PST · by null and void · 8 replies
    Electronic Design ^ | Jan. 19, 2013 | Don Tuite in Secondary Emissions
    Like van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”? What if museum lighting were destroying them?  What if your invention had enabled the lights that were doing the damage? Last week, I received a curious press release from Soraa, The GaN-on-GaN LED company founded by Shuji Nakamura, the guy who invented a way to make blue and UV LEDs, which is the reason we can have high brightness (HB) white LEDs.  (The part of the spectral gamut that produces HB white light comes from “yellow” phosphors on the inside surface of the LED package.) The release is passionate, insisting that there is no evidence that...
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  • French minister hits back at 'three hour day' attack

    02/21/2013 3:23:44 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/21/2013 | Dennis Mitzner
    The French industry minister who received a letter lambasting his country's work ethic has retaliated by telling the US boss who sent the insulting epistle that he has "a perfect ignorance" of France. Arnaud Montebourg, minister for industrial renewal in France, was subject to a written barrage of abuse from Maurice Taylor, chief executive of US tyremaker Titan, after the French politician appealed for financial support for an ailing Goodyear factory. Mr Taylor berated French workers for putting in just "three hours" a day, and said his company would be "stupid" to invest in the loss-making tyre plant in Amiens,...
  • The Eight Greatest Absurdities of Obama’s Second Term

    02/21/2013 3:21:07 PM PST · by Hoodat · 7 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 21 Feb 2013, 4:36 pm | Keith Koffler
    President Obama’s second term is only a month old, and already the absurdities are piling up. In fact, it’s making me dizzy. Hold the phone while I swallow a Dramadine. ********** Okay, that’s better. Oh wait a second, I took a Xanax. Oh, that’s okay, I need one of those too. Now, on to the absurdities. All White Houses have absurdities. Some more than others. Like this one. Covering the Obama White House is like heading into Area 51 every day for flying saucer flying lessons. 1. President Obama blames Republicans for the sequester when IT WAS HIS IDEA. OMG,...
  • "Virtual President" BILL WHITTLE "Virtual STATE OF THE UNION - 2013" [part one: talking about GUNS]

    02/21/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by RonDog · 36 replies
    www.MrVirtualPresident.com/ ^ | February 21, 2013 | Bill Whittle [with commentary by RonDog]
    From www.mrvirtualpresident.com: GUNS (Virtual State of the Union - 2013) February 21, 2013 In this segment of his Virtual State of the Union, the Virtual President talks about why politicians want to talk about gun control rather than crime control, and delivers the factual evidence and historical truths that make the case for the Second Amendment self-evident... For the latest from The Virtual President go to www.mrvirtualpresident.com © 2013 Mr. Virtual President. All Rights Reserved.
  • Brown Shirts at ECU

    02/21/2013 3:19:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Towhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Mike Adams
    East Carolina University (ECU) has launched a new campaign that attempts to pressure employees to affirm homosexuality despite their religious and moral objections to the lifestyle. Couched in the language of safety and inclusion, the program promises to brand as intolerant those who refuse to accept the university's official position on matters of private sexual morality. This is especially problematic, given that ECU is a public university. The campaign was launched with a profoundly unwise email, sent by university employee Summer Wisdom under the subject line "Gay? Fine by me." She begins: "This spring the LGBT Resource Office (Lesbian, Gay,...
  • New GOP sequester plan: Let Obama decide what to cut

    02/21/2013 3:19:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2013 | AllahPundit
    It's headed straight down the toilet in the Senate but not half-bad as a PR ploy designed to show the party's reasonableness on cuts. GOP problem: Obama keeps complaining that the sequester is a blunt instrument that'll impose all sorts of hardships because it cuts spending indiscriminately, across the board. What we need are more targeted cuts aimed at agencies that are better prepared to cope with them. GOP solution: Let Obama and his agency chiefs pick the targets then. When people start complaining that they've been furloughed or that they have to wait in line at the airport for...
  • With Axelrod At NBC, The Politicos Become The Press

    02/21/2013 3:17:58 PM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 Feb 2013 | Editorial
    Press: As if media bias weren't troublesome enough, the ascent of President Obama's top strategist to a plum job at NBC creates an even bigger issue: that of the political establishment becoming the press. Where does it end? In a way, the hiring of David Axelrod as "senior political analyst" providing commentary at NBC seems like a fool's errand from a business standpoint. After all, the White House senior adviser has pretty much been giving NBC and other big media outlets commentary for free during the Obama administration, if the slavish pro-Obama media bias, as well as secretive media-political collaborations...
  • "Keep your so-called workers," U.S. boss tells France

    02/21/2013 3:17:58 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 28 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | February 20, 2013 | Emmanuel Jarry and Catherine Bremer
    PARIS (Reuters) - The CEO of a U.S. tire company has delivered a crushing summary of how some outsiders view France's work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day. Titan International's Maurice "Morry" Taylor, who goes by "The Grizz" for his bear-like no-nonsense style, told France's left-wing industry minister in a letter published by Paris media that he had no interest in buying a doomed plant. "The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one...
  • Aaron Swartz files reveal how FBI tracked internet activist

    02/21/2013 3:16:42 PM PST · by null and void
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 19 February 2013 17.42 EST | Aaron Swartz files reveal how FBI tracked internet activist
    A blogger has published once-classified FBI files that show how the agency tracked and collected information on internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz, who killed himself in January aged 26, had previously requested his files and posted them on his blog, but some new documents and redactions are included in the files published by Firedoglake blogger Daniel Wright.
  • EU: US boss berates French for 'three-hour' working day

    02/21/2013 3:15:34 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/20/2013 | Denise Roland
    The boss of US tyremaker Titan has provoked outrage in France after mocking its workers for putting in only "three hours" a day and said his company would be "stupid" to take over an ailing French factory. Maurice Taylor, chief executive of Titan, berated the French work ethic in response to a request for the US company to consider investing in a loss-making Goodyear plant in Amiens, northern France, in an attack which has infuriated unions. "I have visited that factory a couple of times. The French workforce gets paid high wages but only works three hours," Mr Taylor wrote...
  • Woman indicted in fatal shooting after traffic accident

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 19, 2013 | Mike Glenn
    <p>A woman who said she fatally shot another motorist only when he attacked her after a traffic accident last year has been indicted on a murder charge.</p> <p>Authorities didn't charge 23-year-old Crystal Scott immediately after the shooting death last year of Jonathan Ables, but Harris County grand jurors apparently concluded there were still enough unanswered questions for the case to go to trial.</p>
  • Judge sentences Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murder

    02/21/2013 3:14:09 PM PST · by South40 · 5 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | February 21, 2013
    JOLIET, Ill. – Drew Peterson -- the swaggering former suburban Chicago police officer who gained notoriety after his much-younger fourth wife vanished in 2007 -- was sentenced to 38 years in prison on Thursday for murdering his third wife. Illinois does not have the death penalty, and the 59-year-old Peterson had faced a maximum 60-year prison term. The judge gave him four years' credit for time he has served since his arrest. Jurors convicted Peterson in September in Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. Neighbors found the 40-year-old's body in a dry bathtub at home with a gash on her head --...
  • Students who refuse to affirm transgender classmates face punishment

    02/21/2013 3:13:14 PM PST · by GeronL · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | Todd Starnes
    Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates. Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify. The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities – like having boys and girls line up separately to leave...
  • Let's Balance the Budget (John Stossel explains how he can do it)

    02/21/2013 3:08:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/2011 | John Stossel
    The Congressional Budget Office says the current year's budget deficit will be a record $1.5 trillion. It also says that over the next decade we're on track for annual deficits of "only" $768 billion. I suspect the CBO has hired Rosy Scenario to do the bookkeeping, but let's take that number at face value. I'm now going to balance the budget, with the help of some experts. I'll begin with things I'm most eager to cut. Let's privatize air traffic control. Canada did it, and it works better. Then privatize Amtrak. Get rid of all subsidies for rail. That'll save...