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  • As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters

    02/21/2013 8:04:48 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 17 replies ^ | February 20, 2013 | Angelo Codevilla
    --snip-- The ever-growing U.S. government has an edgy social, ethical, and political character. It is distasteful to a majority of persons who vote Republican and to independent voters, as well as to perhaps one fifth of those who vote Democrat. The Republican leadership’s kinship with the socio-political class that runs modern government is deep. Country class Americans have but to glance at the Media to hear themselves insulted from on high as greedy, racist, violent, ignorant extremists. Yet far has it been from the Republican leadership to defend them. Whenever possible, the Republican Establishment has chosen candidates for office –...
  • Iran move to speed up nuclear program troubles West

    02/21/2013 8:00:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:48pm EST | Fredrik Dahl
    Iran has begun installing advanced centrifuges at its main uranium enrichment plant, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Thursday, a defiant step that will worry Western powers ahead of a resumption of talks with Tehran next week. In a confidential report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said 180 so-called IR-2m centrifuges and empty centrifuge casings had been put in place at the facility near the central town of Natanz. They were not yet operating. If launched successfully, such machines could enable Iran to speed up significantly its accumulation of material that the West fears could be used to devise...
  • Christiane Amanpour: Happy birthday, President Mugabe!

    02/21/2013 7:59:29 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    I’m trying to imagine Amanpour giving an equally non-judgmental and upbeat birthday tribute to, say, John Boehner. Amanpour tweeted birthday wishes for the 89-year-old Zimbabwe leader along with this online video, which is one dash news report but mostly sounds like a toast at someone’s 33 Years of Brutal Power-Mongering Party. Amanpour’s intro encompasses the tone pretty well: “Imagine a world leader four years older than the Pope who’s been in power for 33 years and shows no sign of calling it quits,” Amanpour said. “Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, is 89 today, and celebrated modestly by his standards — with...
  • White House refuses to hand over secret documents on drone killings to 'ensure the confirmation

    02/21/2013 7:57:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/21/13 | Daniel Bates
    The Obama administration is refusing to hand over full details of its targeted killing programme in order to ensure John Brennan takes up his post as head of the CIA, according to a report. The White House is said to be considering handing over details of the Benghazi scandal to Republicans rather than give up the secrets of its drone strikes. The move is infuriating Democrats who have long called for full disclosure of classified legal memos in relation to targeted killings. nstead President Obama seems content to risk their wrath to win more support for Mr Brennan.
  • Flu shot doing poor job of protecting older people

    02/21/2013 7:57:24 PM PST · by don-o · 11 replies
    AP - via Yahoo ^ | February 21, 2013 | MIKE STOBBE
    ATLANTA (AP) — It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year.
  • MSNBC's Chris Matthews: Is 'Great' Obama About to Equal Presidents on Mount Rushmore

    02/21/2013 7:48:17 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Although every holiday may seem like Obama Day to Chris Matthews, the MSNBC host used the date often devoted to Lincoln and Washington as an excuse to wonder if the current President is headed to Mount Rushmore. On President's Day, Matthews thrilled, "Is Barack Obama going for it? Is he set on becoming one of the great presidents in history?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The cable anchor, who famously declared that Obama caused a "thrill going up my leg," first declared, "I'm not talking about Mt. Rushmore but perhaps the level right below it." He later went back...
  • New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi: WHO

    02/21/2013 7:47:00 PM PST · by null and void · 16 replies
    France24 ^ | 21 February 2013 - 22H28
    AFP - Another person suffering from a SARS-like virus has died in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organization said Thursday, bringing the worldwide number of fatalities from the mystery illness to seven. The Saudi health ministry had informed the UN's health body that the patient had been hospitalised on January 29 and had died on February 10, WHO said in a statement. A laboratory had confirmed on February 18 that the person had died from the so-called novel coronavirus, or NCoV, it added. This brings to 13 the number of cases of the virus that have so far been reported...
  • Hellfire, Morality and Strategy in the Drone Wars

    02/21/2013 7:44:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 3 replies
    Real Clear World ^ | February 19, 2013 | George Friedman
    The argument in favor of using unmanned aerial vehicle strikes is, therefore, that the act of killing the individual is a military necessity dictated by the enemy's strategy and that it is carried out with the understanding that both intelligence and precision might fail, no matter how much care is taken. This means not only that civilians might be killed in a particular strike but also that the strike might hit the wrong target. The fact that a specific known individual is being targeted does not change the issue from a military matter to a judicial one. It would seem...
  • Proposal: No permit needed to carry concealed weapon in Utah

    02/21/2013 7:43:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    KSL ^ | 1/23/13 | Andrew Adams
    SALT LAKE CITY — Permits wouldn't be necessary for most people to carry concealed weapons in Utah if a state lawmaker gets his way. Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal, is sponsoring H.B. 76, which allows essentially any law-abiding citizen over the age of 21 in the state to carry a gun, openly or concealed. Utah would effectively become a "constitutional carry" state if the measure is approved. That term refers to a state where carrying a concealed weapon isn't restricted by law. It's unclear whether the bill can clear the Utah Legislature.
  • WA Dems Sponsor Bill Allowing Police to Search Gunowners' Homes

    02/21/2013 7:39:13 PM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    breitbart ^ | february 18, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    In a mistake that probably wasn’t a mistake, a Washington state bill sponsored by liberal Democrats contained a little-noticed provision that would have called for the police to have the right to search private citizens’ home once per year if they own certain types of guns. According to Senate Bill 5737: In order to continue to possess an assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing shall ... safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure...
  • North: Tyrannical Twins

    02/21/2013 7:34:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 22, 2013 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Last year, the Obama administration announced to the world that it was planning to pursue a new Asia/Pacific-oriented national security strategy. Since then, North Korea has countered with a strategy of its own. In December, Pyongyang successfully launched a multistage intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a warhead-sized payload to the U.S. mainland. On Feb. 12, the North Koreans tested an improved-design nuclear weapon. After the test, Pyongyang announced that despite tightened United Nations sanctions that theoretically went into force last month, its latest nuclear test bolstered its defenses against U.S. "hostility." In a lengthy broadcast on the...
  • ‘Drones for America!’

    02/21/2013 7:31:48 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 18, 2013 | DREW CHRISTIE
    In this animated satire, a former K.G.B. agent welcomes a future in which Americans live under the watchful eyes of drones. When I began thinking of this animated Op-Docs video, I had two things in mind. The first was the adoption of drones by the Seattle Police Department. (The program has since been scuttled.) The second was Yevgeny Zamyatin’s 1924 novel “We,” which was a forerunner to dystopian novels including George Orwell’s “1984,” Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Player Piano.” “We” is set in a futuristic city that is constructed almost entirely out of glass. This total...
  • UAE to buy US-made drones in military expansion (2-19-2013)

    02/21/2013 7:31:41 PM PST · by haffast · 1 replies
    Fox ^ | February 19, 2013 | Fox News and AP
    A defense official in the United Arab Emirates says the Gulf nation has signed $1.4 billion in military contracts that include purchases of U.S.-made drones. The deal, worth nearly $200 million and confirmed by Fox News, suggests Gulf Arab states are looking to boost surveillance capabilities to match claims by rival Iran of growing drone technology. The UAE says the Predator drones, built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, will not be outfitted for weapons capabilities, but used for reconnaissance. snip Iran has claimed it has developed its own sophisticated drones and managed to reverse-engineer a CIA drone seized in December...
  • Virginia Father Shoots and Kills Two Men Who Break Into His Home (VIDEO)

    02/21/2013 7:29:41 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 16 replies
    Guns.Com ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | David Higginbotham
    A 25-year-old father opened fire on three armed intruders, who kicked open his door in the middle of the night Sunday, killing two in the process. Now he, his son, girlfriend and mother have relocated out of fear the third man will come back. The front door, where one suspect was killed. The incident happened around 3:30 in the morning when the trio kicked in the front door. The young father told the local CBS affiliate that “it sounded like a car running into the side of the house.” The crash woke him and his two-year old son, who was...
  • Screw Em, Its Easier to Be A Criminal

    02/21/2013 7:23:02 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 17 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    --( I say screw the law, it will be easier for me to live as a criminal. That must be what the Democrats, everyone from the White House to my local town council, all want me to be, so why should i fight it? Everyday I open the paper or sign on to Facebook and all I see is bill after bill, banning, restricting, limiting or just making it more God dam difficult for me, a law abiding citizen to exercise my Second Amendment Rights, god given I might add. I have been a law abiding citizen, faith full husband,...
  • Having Added Record $5.9T to Debt, Obama Claims He’s Cut Deficit $2.5T

    02/21/2013 7:21:55 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies ^ | february 19, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama claimed today that since he has been president both parties have worked together to cut the federal deficit by $2.5 trillion—despite the fact that the national debt has increased $5.9 trillion during Obama’s presidency, which is more than it increased under all presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined. “Over the last few years both parties have worked together to reduce our deficits by more than $2.5 trillion,” Obama said in a speech at the White House in which he called on Congress to avoid modest automatic cuts in anticipated spending that are set to begin...
  • What’s News, and What Isn’t

    02/21/2013 7:09:36 PM PST · by lowbridge · 2 replies ^ | february 18, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    The liberal media manifest their bias not primarily by writing things that aren’t true–although that sometimes happens–but rather, by selecting what they do and do not report as news. Major scandals and events of great importance are simply ignored if they do not reflect well on the Democratic Party, while minor stories receive endless attention if they advance the liberal agenda. You could illustrate this every day; here are a few examples from today’s news. One of the most absurd non-stories of recent years involved a 2011 proposal by Scott Walker’s administration to sell more than 30 decrepit power plants...
  • Sandra Fluke Joins Planned Parenthood to Push Obamacare Birth Control

    02/21/2013 7:09:04 PM PST · by Baynative · 22 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 21, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Sandra Fluke, President Obama's Democratic National Convention spokeswoman for Obamacare-supplied birth control, has joined with Planned Parenthood to urge Americans to speak out in support of no co-pay birth control. (email from Fluke is attached)
  • EPA Ex-boss Jackson Caught Breaking Law, Scamming U.S. Taxpayers

    02/21/2013 7:05:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | february 19, 2013 | Alex Newman
    The Environmental Protection Agency and its disgraced former boss Lisa Jackson are under fire from lawmakers and activists for, among other reasons, having recently been exposed violating federal law by using bogus identities and e-mail accounts to coordinate propaganda and policy with media allies, "green" groups, and policymakers to advance the Obama administration’s radical “environmental” agenda. Other EPA corruption is also still in the headlines, too, with the agency being criticized for ripping off U.S. taxpayers and foisting more unconstitutional regulations on the economy by working with extremist pseudo-environmental groups using a controversial scheme dubbed “sue and settle.” The most...
  • New Federal Rule Requires Insurers to Offer Mental Health Coverage

    02/21/2013 7:02:51 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 20, 2013 | ROBERT PEAR
    The Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday defining “essential health benefits” that must be offered by most health insurance plans next year, and it said that 32 million people would gain access to coverage of mental health care as a result. The federal rule requires insurers to cover treatment of mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, drug addiction and alcohol abuse, and other conditions. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said that in addition to the millions who would gain access to mental health care, 30 million people who already have some mental health coverage will see...
  • Georgia elementary school verse: ‘Obama ran so our children could fly’

    02/21/2013 7:00:30 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies ^ | february 19, 2013 | Kyle Olson
    It’s no secret government schools have put President Obama on a pedestal unlike any other national leader. Schools have been named after him long before his retirement or death, which is rather unprecedented. Students have been led in organized chants of his honored name. There are lesson plans comparing him to Abraham Lincoln. But sometimes school employees take the rhetoric a bit too far and wind up in propaganda territory. The latest example comes from DeKalb County, Georgia. For Black History Month, Livsey Elementary School created a cute display with the lines: Rosa sat…so Martin could walk. Martin walked…so Obama...
  • Jackson Graft Case Further Indicts Black Caucus

    02/21/2013 6:56:47 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 21 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Feb. 20, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s guilty plea to fraud charges raises fresh questions about the Congressional Black Caucus. It's a group with many laudable goals, but why do so many in it succumb to corruption? A disproportionate share of ethics cases have been brought against this exclusive club. According to a 2012 National Journal study, five of the six lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee were Black Caucus members. Yet just one in 10 House members belong to the group.
  • Shocker: Universal Orlando To Drop Part Time Health Coverage Because of ObamaCare

    02/21/2013 6:54:35 PM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies ^ | february 20, 2013 | Bert Atkinson Jr.
    President Obama confidently stated in 2009, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” …unless you are one of the 7 million people the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is estimating that will lose their employment based health insurance. Fail. Need some more concrete evidence? Check this out: Universal Orlando plans to stop offering medical insurance to part-time employees beginning next year, a move the resort says has been forced by the federal government’s health-care overhaul. The giant theme-park resort, which generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue, began informing employees this month that...
  • Chinese government officials are constantly wiretapping and spying on one another

    02/21/2013 6:50:36 PM PST · by Seizethecarp
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2013 | Max Fisher
    A few months after a rising star in the Chinese Communist Party named Bo Xilai fell spectacularly from the nation’s top political ranks to disgrace and imprisonment, the New York Times reported that one of his crimes — perhaps his greatest — was wiretapping the president. But just as shocking as the revelation that Bo had planted electronic devices to spy on President Hu Jintao was the suggestion, of which there have since been several, that such behavior may be widespread among China’s top leaders. A sweeping story by the Chinese outlet Southern People Weekly chronicles the life and work...
  • GAO Report: Obama's Policies 'Not Sustainable'

    02/21/2013 6:43:18 PM PST · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | february 19, 2013 | Celia Bigelow
    For two months, reporters and lawmakers have ignored a devastating report from the federal government itself, which warns that the nation's current fiscal policy will lead to economic collapse. The Government Accountability Office (GAO)—the personal auditor of President Obama and the federal government—released its assessment of the federal government on January 17, 2013. The report's findings illuminate just how dire America's spending problem is and, therefore, how little the current cuts debated by Congress do to fix it. The findings of the paper include these excerpts (emphasis added):
  • What if Ted Cruz is right (on immigration)?

    02/21/2013 6:42:52 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 21, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    Here’s (in part) what he said: “I don’t believe President Obama wants an immigration bill to pass, instead I think he wants a political issue. His objective is to push so much on the table that he forces Republicans [to] walk away from the table because then he wants to use that issue in 2014 and 2016 as a divisive wedge issue.” To be clear, we have no reason to think the president is up to some sort of grand Machiavellian scheme to destroy Republicans’ chances with Hispanics in the medium and long term at the expense of passing a...
  • Gun Owners Won’t Accept “Universal Background Checks”

    02/21/2013 6:42:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    The Firearms Coalition ^ | 2 February, 2012 | Jeff Knox
    Registration by any other name is still unconstitutional The focus in Washington is slowly shifting from legislation banning certain semi-auto firearms and standard capacity magazines to proposals for “universal background checks” – just as we had warned it would. Politicians know that America’s gun owners are beside themselves in opposition to gun and magazine bans. They’ve watched as fearful shoppers have cleared the nation’s entire supply of AR and AK type rifles in just a couple of weeks, leaving manufacturers and importers 8 to 12 months deep in backorders. The politicians remember what happened after the ban was passed in...
  • Florida to expand Medicaid under health overhaul

    02/21/2013 6:39:28 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 25 replies
    WFTV via AP ^ | 2/20/2013 | GARY FINEOUT
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott announced plans Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to roughly 900,000 more people under the federal health overhaul, a surprise decision from the vocal critic of President Barack Obama's plan. Scott said he will ask the Legislature to expand the program under a bill that would expire in three years, after which it would require renewed legislative support. He's the seventh Republican governor so far to propose expanding the taxpayer-funded health insurance program. Scott said he would support the expansion as long as the federal government pays 100 percent of the increased costs, which is...
  • WA gun bill includes police searches without warrants

    02/21/2013 6:37:55 PM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    Oh, let’s not call them searches. Let’s call them inspections, just a small price for gun owners to pay for exercising a right explicitly protected in the Constitution, and without any probable cause apparent for a crime being committed. After all, we know that will convince criminals not to keep weapons, right? Even gun-control activists in Washington are embarrassed by this, er, mistake (via Instapundit): Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around? As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was...
  • Nigel Farage Bankers politicians = 'unholy alliance' vs people

    02/21/2013 6:37:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    You Tube/ RT ^ | 15 February 2013 | RT interviews Nigel Farage
    video 8:55
  • 4 dead, including gunman, in southern California shooting spree

    02/21/2013 6:35:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Authorities say a shooting spree through Orange County, Calif., has left four people dead, including the shooter, and two others injured before the man stopped and shot himself to death in a stolen car, police said. The shootings began early Tuesday morning when deputies responded to a call in Ladera Ranch, a sleepy inland town about 55 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They found a woman shot multiple times. Police have identified the gunman as Ali Syed, a 20-year-old unemployed part-time student. Police say Syed lived at the Laderaa Ranch residence where the first victim was killed.
  • LIRR Disability Scam - A $1 Billion Tragedy

    02/21/2013 6:34:52 PM PST · by UnBubba · 3 replies ^ | 02-21-2013 | FBI
    Hundreds of LIRR employees have allegedly exploited the overlap between the LIRR pension and the RRB disability program by pre-planning the date on which they would falsely declare themselves disabled so that it would coincide with their projected retirement date.These false statements, made under oath in disability applications, allowed LIRR employees to retire as early as age 50 with an LIRR pension, supplemented by the fraudulently obtained RRB disability annuity. From 1995 through 2011, more than 75 percent of LIRR employees stopped working and began receiving RRB disability benefits.
  • Mayo: Nothing wrong with Allen West school appearance

    02/21/2013 6:34:37 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | February 20, 2013 | Anthony Man
    He's out of office, but former Congressman Allen West is still attracting controversy. This time it's over a speech he's scheduled to give Saturday night to one of the Broward School Board's advisory committees. A civic activist who's tangled before with West is outraged, arguing it's the wrong venue for the defeated one-term congressman, best known for his incendiary attacks on President Barack Obama and other Democrats. "This is somebody who has no problem maligning and marginalizing and showing intolerance toward others," said activist Michael Rajner. "I just don't see Allen West being the kind of person and the character...
  • CA:Would-Be Robber Shot Multiple Times at Metro PCS Store

    02/21/2013 6:32:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Andria Borba
    The day after a takeover robbery at a Metro PCS store on Folsom Boulevard that left the suspect dead, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has no one in custody and may never. “We have no evidence that a crime occurred,” Sgt. Jason Ramos told FOX40, “This is a homicide investigation, although it may very well turn out to be a justifiable homicide.” Ramos also said surveillance video inside the store shows the suspect hopping the counter with a gun drawn and getting shot multiple times by an employee. The suspect’s name hasn’t been released at this point, but FOX40 has...
  • Benghazi Survivors Remain Gagged By Federal Law

    02/21/2013 6:31:20 PM PST · by paltz · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/20/13 | Kerry Picket
    Many continue to ask why the media and lawmakers have not spoken to or brought forth those who survived the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi last September. The truth of the matter is the Americans who survived that attack cannot legally reveal to members of the press or most lawmakers that they were even witnesses to the attack in Benghazi. According to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, immediately following the attack, the FBI, as part of the agency’s investigation, interviewed survivors of the Benghazi attack. Bill Bransford, a Washington, D.C. attorney at Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C....
  • Toddler in wheelchair heading to Disney cries during run-in with TSA agents

    02/21/2013 6:30:17 PM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies ^ | Feb. 21, 2013
    A family’s run-in with Transportation Security Administration screeners at Missouri's Lambert-St. Louis International Airport as they were heading to Orlando on vacation was caught on camera, and is raising questions about airport security rules. Annie Schulte said it all started when TSA agents asked to pat down her 3-year-old daughter, Lucy, who is disabled and in a wheelchair. The agents also wanted to screen Lucy’s wheelchair. Schulte recorded the incident on her cellphone. In the video, Lucy begins to cry and says, "I don't want to go to Disney World." -snip But the family said the final straw was when...
  • Wyoming Makes Hunting With Suppressors Legal

    02/21/2013 6:29:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    In some areas of the United States, legislators are hard at work devising new laws to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and use firearms. But, in other areas, the opposite is happening. Take for example Wyoming where lawmakers have made it legal to hunt with suppressors. Here is a short announcement from the American Silencer Association. WYOMING: HUNTING WITH SUPPRESSORS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW New Law Goes Into Effect July 1, 2013 The American Silencer Association is pleased to announce that on February 18, Governor Matt Mead signed SF0132 into law, granting hunters in the state of...
  • MILLER: Obama’s real gun-control aim

    02/21/2013 6:25:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Chicago is a dangerous town, but gun control hasn’t made it better. The city forbids the law-abiding from having guns, leaving the bad guys to rule the streets. The result is one of the highest murder rates in the country. President Obama’s plan isn’t to reverse from a failed course, but to apply federal gun registration and confiscation of certain weapons nationwide. Addressing students at Hyde Park Academy last week, Mr. Obama recalled the recent murder of Hadiya Pendleton, a teenager. “It’s not unique to Chicago,” he said. “It’s not unique to this country. Too many of our children are...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty to Federal Conspiracy Charges; Wife Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

    02/21/2013 6:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Time ^ | 2/20/13 | Madison Gray
    Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal conspiracy charges of using campaign funds to purchase personal and luxury items, bringing what’s likely a grim end to a fast-rising political career. Jackson was charged Friday with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and making false statements. He is accused by prosecutors of spending $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. Prosecutors also say that Jackson failed to report $28,000 in gifts he received. In U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Jackson told Judge Robert Wilkins that he was guilty of the charges against...
  • Lott: Obama’s proposals won’t reduce gun violence

    02/21/2013 6:22:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 13 February, 2012 | John Lott
    Warning that we need to “get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets,” in his State of the Union, Obama kept repeating congress must vote on the three types of gun bills he supports. The most obvious thing that was left out of the talk was that none of the laws now being proposed would have done anything to stop the various attacks that Obama cited as justifying the laws. Nor does the evidence show that the previous Assault Weapon Ban from 1994 to 2004 reduced crime. Were some of the killers mentally ill? Undoubtedly, “yes,” but...
  • Desperation at the New York Times. There’s Good News Tonight!

    02/21/2013 6:20:20 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies ^ | February 21, 2013 | Gary North
    Liberalism is on the run. The New York Times is selling everything that isn’t nailed down. It is trying to sell the liberal Boston Globe. It sold its papers in Florida. It sold its share of the Boston Red Sox. The Times is the voice of American liberalism. Its voice is turning into an old man’s croak. It stands on the street corner. “Paper, Mister? Buy a paper?” “Our plan to sell the New England Media Group demonstrates our commitment to concentrate our strategic focus and investment on The New York Times brand and its journalism,” said Mark Thompson, chief...
  • Majority of U.S. citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported

    02/21/2013 6:17:58 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/21/2013
    More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights the difficulties facing lawmakers trying to reform the U.S. immigration system. The online survey shows resistance to easing immigration laws despite the biggest push for reform in Congress since 2007. Thirty percent of those polled think that most illegal immigrants, with some exceptions, should be deported, while 23 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be deported. Only 5 percent believe all illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in...
  • Living the good life off of government benefits ($82,000 for a family of 3 in PA)

    02/21/2013 6:14:58 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    It’s not hard to see why. For this story, CBS 21 researched what government programs are available to a single mother of two making $19,000 a year. What we found was incredible. Our family would be eligible for $14,976 in free day care, another $13,400 for Head Start and Early Head Start, $7,148 in housing vouchers, $6,500 for weatherization projects, $400 to pay heating bills, $480 a year for a cell phone, with an extra $230 for a land line, and $182 in free legal advice. The family would get more than $6,028 in food assistance and another $6,045 in...
  • Justice Dept. Internal Memo Admits Gun Buybacks, ‘Assault Weapons’ Bans, ... Don't Work

    02/21/2013 6:13:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 19 February, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Gun control may still be very much a topic for national conversation, and the prospects of some variety of gun control legislation may look better for anti-gun forces than they have in nearly 20 years, but a Justice Department internal memo from early in the year that just got leaked to the public may scuttle all of that. The memo comes from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a subgroup within the Justice Department, which defines itself this way: The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is dedicated...
  • VA:Dad says he killed intruders while defending his home

    02/21/2013 6:05:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | Scott Wise and Wayne Covil
    PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – The 25-year-old father who said he shot and killed two men who broke into his Prospect-area home Sunday morning told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil he did not know the men he killed. The man said he and his two-year-old son were sleeping when he heard a loud crash inside his home off Route 460 early Sunday morning. The man said he grabbed a handgun and left his room to investigate. Soon he found three men inside his home. The men exchanged gunfire that lasted less than a minute, the man said. One...
  • More scrutiny, less conflict of interest

    02/21/2013 6:02:19 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 2 replies
    Each year, law enforcement agencies across Georgia seize millions of dollars in cash and property from individuals who have never even been charged, much less convicted of a crime. They keep it for their own use, and there’s little oversight of how they use it. That needs to change. Ideally, law enforcement should not be able to seize any cash or property from anyone who hasn’t been convicted of a crime, and they should have to go to court to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that the property they want was connected to the crime that person...
  • CA:Suspect Shot During Alleged Folsom Boulevard Robbery

    02/21/2013 6:00:42 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Mirna Alfonso
    Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place. Update: Authorities have identified the alleged robber as 30-year-old Derick Hunter of Citrus Heights. -- A man shot dead at a Folsom Boulevard business near Rosemont was trying to rob the store, according to the storekeeper who reportedly shot him Sunday, sheriff's officials said. Investigators called to 8975 Folsom Blvd. about 3 p.m. found a man dead inside a business, reportedly shot by a storekeeper while trying to rob the place, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt....
  • Tuberculosis outbreak in downtown L.A. sparks federal effort

    02/21/2013 6:00:17 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 25 replies ^ | Feb 21 2013 | LA Times
    Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated effort to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis in downtown L.A.’s skid row, including searching for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials figure out why the disease is spreading and how to stop it. Nearly 80 tuberculosis cases have been identified and 11 people have died since 2007, most of them homeless people who live in and around skid row. Scientists have recently linked the outbreak to one...
  • DISARMING AMERICA’S HEROES: Veterans get letters from VA prohibiting ownership or purchase of guns

    02/21/2013 5:58:29 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | february 20, 2013 | Michael Connelly
    How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse. What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition....
  • Gas diplomacy time for Iran

    02/21/2013 5:51:34 PM PST · by Lorianne
    Asia Times ^ | 05 February 2013 | Chris Cook
    Iran has now agreed to meet the P5+1 (the United Nations Security Council permanent members plus Germany) in Kazakhstan on February 25, which is a feather in the cap for President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Meanwhile, in Iran the continuing plunge of the riyal below 40,000 to the US dollar is exacerbating ferocious in-fighting between the faction of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and the two conservative factions who repelled the president's power grab early last year. One of the key reasons for the collapse of the riyal is that vast amounts of riyals are being printed to finance Iran's energy subsidies, which now...