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  • A year later, Trayvon Martin case murkier than ever

    02/22/2013 6:37:22 AM PST · by rellimpank · 46 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Eric Zorn
    The simple story — cops yawn when burly white vigilante stalks and kills unarmed African-American child for the "crime" of walking while black — shocked the conscience of much of the nation a year ago and touched off an explosion of indignant demagoguery. Trayvon Martin, 17, was walking through a Sanford, Fla., subdivision early on the evening of Feb. 26, 2012, headed from a convenience store to the home where he was staying with his father. Off-duty neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, 28, was driving to the grocery store when he saw Martin and called police to report that an...
  • Princess Cristina of Spain may be named in corruption case

    02/22/2013 6:34:07 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Friday 22 February 2013 07.19 EST | Giles Tremlett in Madrid
    King Juan Carlos's daughter likely to be formally named as a suspect in multimillion-euro scandal ahead of possible indictment As a financial scandal engulfs the royal family and politicians begin to call for his abdication, Spain's King Juan Carlos faces one of the worst weeks in his 37-year reign, with prosecutors set to ask a judge to formally name his daughter Princess Cristina as a suspect in a multimillion-euro fraud and money-laundering case. The request, which would be a preliminary step to a possible indictment, is poised to be made next week and will be based on the testimony of...
  • MA Liberal Pushes Gun Ban, Citizens Show Up To Shoot It Down

    02/22/2013 6:30:43 AM PST · by suspects · 9 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | February 22, 2013 | Michael Graham
    The people have spoken, the ... conservatives? The original, less-family-friendly quotation came from California Democrat Dick Tuck after he lost a U.S. Senate primary in 1966. This particular sentiment reflects the divide between the ever-more-left-leaning Democratic Party and the average person — even here in Massachusetts. Wednesday night the Westford Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to withdraw an article from the Town Meeting warrant calling for the town to ban the possession of virtually all modern firearms. An overflow crowd of more than 400 people showed up to let liberal Selectman Robert Jefferies know that he doesn’t speak for them....
  • Kid President and Obama announce White House Easter Egg Roll [Clown Plays Games While Economy Tanks]

    02/22/2013 6:22:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/21/13 | Maura Judkis
    This year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be the cutest one EVER, obviously. Just watch.... Kid President, a.k.a. nine-year-old Robby Novak,announces that the ticket lottery for the April 1 White House Easter Egg roll is open,and closes on Monday, Feb. 25. Better get your name in there if you want to meet Kid President! Or real president. But the former upstages the latter in this mega-cute video...
  • My Dinner with Calvin [Coolidge]

    02/22/2013 6:19:01 AM PST · by statestreet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 20, 2013 | David Pietrusza
    My phone rang late on a Friday evening. The number was from an area code with which I wasn’t too familiar. Would I be able to attend a dinner in Manhattan honoring Amity Shlaes on the occasion of the publication of her new Calvin Coolidge biography? Well, yes — yes, I would. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/20/my-dinner-with-calvin/#ixzz2LdOsACmC
  • Lauren Silberman scheduled to be first woman participant at NFL regional scouting combine

    02/22/2013 6:14:46 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 22 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Feb 20, 2013 | Kevin Kaduk
    If we're being completely honest, Lauren Silberman's odds of making a NFL team as its kicker are pretty much nonexistent. However, the long-shot nature of her bid isn't stopping the 28-year-old New Yorker from becoming the first woman in history to register for an NFL regional scouting combine, which features players who weren't invited to the main combine currently being held in Indianapolis. Silberman will compete alongside college kickers in New Jersey on March 2 and 3 for the right to advance to a Dallas super-regional combine in April...
  • Pakistan's Ambassador to U.S. Sherry Rehman accused of blasphemy

    02/22/2013 6:14:06 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 6 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 21, 2013 | Farhan Bokhari
    ISLAMABAD One of Pakistan's top-ranking diplomats, Ambassador to the U.S. Sherry Rehman, is the latest person to be accused of blasphemy in her home country under harsh laws that include a possible death sentence for anyone convicted of defaming the Islamic prophet. A senior government official in Lahore, provincial capital of Punjab province, confirmed to CBS News that a case of blasphemy had been registered with the police in the city of Multan against Rehman, a former journalist who was assigned to the Washington post in 2011. The case promises to unleash another clash between conservative Muslims who vehemently back...
  • Embrace the Sequester

    02/22/2013 6:07:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Mark Davis
    Something odd happened a few months ago as I weighed the various aspects of the dreaded Sequester Monster, a creature vilified across party lines. It is often true that if enough people in government say something is bad, there is a strong chance of redeeming qualities. So my journey began. The only element of the sequester that bothered me in the least was military cuts. But my friends at the Institute for Policy Innovation properly observe that defense spending will not fall below 2007 levels, which were 75% above pre-9/11Pentagon budgets. High enough for me? Of course not. I actually...
  • Why the income tax is worth celebrating

    02/22/2013 5:58:52 AM PST · by tom h · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2013 | Molly Michelmore
    The federal income tax celebrates its 100th birthday this month. With so few fans of the tax in and outside Washington, few are likely to celebrate. But maybe we should. The income tax was once quite popular ... After the Civil War, the federal government relied on a combination of consumption taxes and high tariffs to raise revenue. Both bore most heavily on regular people while doing little to tap the fortunes of the Gilded Age’s robber barons. Popular hostility toward these moneyed interests helps explain the initial popularity of the income tax ... At their 1896 convention, Democrats endorsed...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (2-22-13 edition)

    02/22/2013 5:57:13 AM PST · by dennisw · 5 replies
    2-22-13
    Daily finance & investment thread Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news A number of people have talked about such a thread. Lets see how it goes. This is where you can impart some investment wisdom to your fellow freepers. You can vent about the big one that got away. You can chime in how Obama is out to wreck American capitalism. If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite precious metals blogs and...
  • Gold’s Death Cross is a buy signal for China

    02/22/2013 5:53:48 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    telegraph ^ | February 21st, 2013 | By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Gold price has dropped below $1,600 for first time in six months It is a treacherous moment for gold bugs. The first whiff of future tightening from the US Federal Reserve has sent bullion into a nose-dive, triggering a much-feared “Death’s Cross” sell signal on gold futures. Gold has dropped by over $100 an ounce in ten days, touching $1556 this morning. The HUI index of gold mining stocks broke down weeks ago – as so often leading gold itself by a few weeks – and has already crashed to levels last seen in 2009. Goldman Sachs has cut its...
  • Biden Tells Gun Control Conference:"We Must Speak For Those 20 Beautiful Children"

    02/22/2013 5:50:41 AM PST · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    http://www.courant.com/ ^ | February 22, 2013 | Jenny Wilson
    DANBURY —— Amid concerns about getting a vote on tighter gun control legislation only months after the worst elementary school massacre in history, Vice President Joe Biden joined many of Connecticut's most powerful leaders in a daylong forum to press for change. "There's a moral price to be paid for inaction. If you're concerned about your political survival you should be concerned about the survival of our children," Biden warned. "I believe the price will be paid politically by those who refuse to act, who refuse to step forward."
  • Country Club Republicans Link Up With Democratic Ruling Class

    02/22/2013 5:23:13 AM PST · by SueRae · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/20/2013 | Angelo Codevilla
    Full Title: As Country Club Republicans Link Up With The Democratic Ruling Class, Millions Of Voters Are Orphaned On January 1, 2013 one third of Republican congressmen, following their leaders, joined with nearly all Democrats to legislate higher taxes and more subsidies for Democratic constituencies. Two thirds voted no, following the people who had elected them. For generations, the Republican Party had presented itself as the political vehicle for Americans whose opposition to ever-bigger government financed by ever-higher taxes makes them a “country class.” Yet modern Republican leaders, with the exception of the Reagan Administration, have been partners in the...
  • Why Do Democrats Hate American Manufacturers?

    02/22/2013 5:07:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Here's the latest example of head-splitting cognitive dissonance in Washington: President Obama used his State of the Union address to crusade for a revitalized U.S. manufacturing sector. But while he pays lip service to supporting businesses that build their products on American soil, Obama and his left-wing operatives are hell-bent on driving a key sector of the U.S. manufacturing industry six feet under: the American firearms and ammunition industry. The White House is pushing new government spending to "spur economic growth," protect manufacturing plants and "create good-paying jobs" to help America's middle class. Yet across the country, with aggressive...
  • Authorities: LA freeway shooting suspect a "loner" and "gamer"

    02/22/2013 5:05:01 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 43 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 21, 2013 | CBS
    TUSTIN, California The shooter who went on a violent rampage in California earlier this week has been described by authorities as a "loner" and a "gamer," CBS LA reports. The Orange Country sheriff's department has been investigating 20-year-old suspect Ali Syed since he allegedly shot five people, three fatally, before turning the gun on himself. Violent video games and mass violence: A complex link "He spent a lot of time alone in his room playing video games," said Orange County Sheriff's department spokesman Jim Amormino. There is still no known motive in the case and law enforcement officials are now...
  • Coal Industry Regulations Were A Laughing Matter to the EPA

    02/22/2013 4:51:40 AM PST · by IbJensen · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Lisa Jackson recently left her job as EPA administrator amid an investigation into her use of alias email accounts. She apparently used those secret accounts to shield official agency business from Freedom of Information Act requests. In one of those emails, recently obtained by a free-market think tank, an EPA employee mocked proposed coal ash regulations, joking that Jackson "knows which landfill's leaching, She knows which pond might break, She knows they all lack liners, Close 'em down, for goodness sake!" The Competitive Enterprise Institute says it has now received thousands of heavily redacted emails sent by or...
  • Cantor and Jonathan Soros on Saving Democracy from Big Money (ridiculous alert)

    02/22/2013 4:48:32 AM PST · by mgist · 6 replies
    Bill Moyers ^ | 2/15/13 | Moyers
    Dan Cantor and Jonathan Soros on Saving Democracy from Big Money February 15, 2013 There’s no question that big money calls the shots, or at least strongly influences the agenda, on many issues vital to America’s democracy and integrity. Dan Cantor, Executive Director of New York’s Working Families Party, and Jonathan Soros, co-founder of the Friends of Democracy super PAC and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, join Bill to discuss their proposals to fight the corrosive effects of money in politics. With the help of Soros’ anti-super PAC super PAC, the two are combating the negative impacts of...
  • Kerry: ‘Be Ready to Join Us’ in Fight against Climate Change (Video)

    02/22/2013 4:39:09 AM PST · by IbJensen · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/2013 | CNS Staff
    ttp://cnsnews.com/video/national/kerry-be-ready-join-us-fight-against-climate-change
  • (RINO Saboteur) Bolling - It's A Challenging Time To Be A 'Mainstream' Republican In Virginia

    02/22/2013 4:31:28 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    WMAL.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | John Matthews
    Bill Bolling swears he hasn't decided whether he'll run for Governor of Virginia, but in a mostly one-sided conversation with WMAL's Mornings On The Mall Thursday, the incumbent Lt. Governor sounded an awful lot like a candidate aiming for middle-of-the-road votes. "There are a lot of what I'll call more 'mainstream' Republicans like me that are just not real happy with the current leadership and direction of our party," said Bolling. "I think in this particular race in Virginia this year, there's a lot of uneasiness out there with the candidates of both of the major political parties, so that...
  • Adrian Wyllie announces bid for Florida governor, plans to eliminate federal meddling

    02/22/2013 4:26:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Oath Keepers EMail | Jan 28, 2013 | Staff
    With the 2012 election behind us, candidates have begun preparing for races in 2014. One of the earliest Libertarian Party candidates to declare is Adrian Wyllie, chair of the Florida LP, who announced earlier this month that he would run for governor. He plans to distinguish his campaign by focusing on his plan to combat the federal government's encroachments on state sovereignty. "One of my highest priorities is going to be upholding the 10th Amendment, and rejecting any unconstitutional federal mandates or laws on the state level," Wyllie said. "I think one of our biggest problems is the assault on...
  • Legal expert laments media confusion over mandate

    02/22/2013 4:25:39 AM PST · by mgist · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | 2/13 | By Michelle Bauman
    Legal expert laments media confusion over mandate Pres. Barack Obama with HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius announce the contraceptive mandate at the White House, Jan. 12, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza. Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- The Obama administration’s latest proposals to revise the federal contraception mandate have been significantly misunderstood and misrepresented, said a legal scholar. Carrie Severino, chief counsel at the Judicial Crisis Network and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said the media confusion is “not surprising,” given that the administration released the 80-page document on a...
  • Massachusetts forces schools to let 'transgender' boys use girls' restrooms, lockers

    02/22/2013 4:21:31 AM PST · by IbJensen · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 02/19/2013 | Kirsten Andersen
    BOSTON, February 19, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester has issued orders to the state’s K-12 public schools requiring them to permit “transgender” boys and girls to use the opposite sex’s locker rooms, bathrooms, and changing facilities as long as they claim to identify with that gender. Many elementary schools in smaller Massachusetts towns include children from kindergarten through eighth grade, making it possible for boys as old as 14 to share toilet facilities with girls as young as five. Under Chester's leadership, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released an 11-page document on...
  • Retired general says National Guard could help curb Chicago violence

    02/22/2013 3:48:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/21/13 | Lolly Bowean
    To reduce the homicides and shootings plaguing Chicago streets, elected officials should consider calling on the state and federal governments for help, even the National Guard if necessary, said a retired Army lieutenant general who spearheaded the military response after Hurricane Katrina. "Just like we do with any disaster. When the tornado comes, or the floods come, the federal government comes in to help," Russel L. Honore said Thursday at a news conference in Chicago. "Let's not let this be about pride. 'We are big ol' Chicago, we are too proud, we can handle this.' Maybe you can't handle it....
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 22, 2013

    02/22/2013 3:39:14 AM PST · by sneakers · 21 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Miami-Dade teachers union elects Fedrick Ingram as president [First Black to lead, Media Swoons]

    02/22/2013 3:23:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/21/13 | David Smiley
    The United Teachers of Dade announced Thursday that its members had elected its secretary/treasurer to lead the organization. Fedrick “Fed” Ingram, a native Miamian and former Miami-Dade teacher of the year, netted just under 51 percent of some 7,000 votes cast in Tuesday’s elections and beat out four competitors to win the $134,000 job outright. Ingram, 39, will take over in May as just the third president in the last half-century when current President Karen Aronowitz steps down.
  • Freed Afghan Taliban fighters return to insurgency (Surprise!)

    02/22/2013 3:12:00 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 1 replies
    AP, via the Herald-Tribue ^ | February 21, 2013 | KATHY GANNON
    At least half the Afghan Taliban recently freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency, a Pakistani intelligence official says, throwing into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan government requested to restart a flagging peace process.
  • Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?

    02/22/2013 2:56:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    politico ^ | 2/22/13 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN
    ...Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win. He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House. ...In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called...
  • US denied direct access to Benghazi suspect held in Egypt

    02/22/2013 2:19:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2013 | Catherine Herridge
    The U.S. has been denied direct access to the only publicly known suspect in custody in connection with the Benghazi terror attack, Fox News has learned, with U.S. interrogators still unable to sit in the same room as the Egypt-held prisoner to ask questions. Abu Ahmed, also known as Mohammed Jamal, is suspected of establishing Islamist training camps in Eastern Libya where militants who took part in the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack were able to train. Ahmed is not suspected of directly taking part in the attack which left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead. But this is...
  • Ending long break, White House and Republicans renew budget talks

    02/22/2013 1:36:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:04pm EST | Mark Felsenthal
    After weeks without talks on the U.S. budget crisis, President Barack Obama called Republican leaders on Thursday to discuss the harsh “sequestration” cuts to government spending due to begin in just over a week. In what might be just the start of long negotiations to prevent the $85 billion in cuts, Obama spoke to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The conversations were “good,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, but he declined to provide details. A McConnell spokesman said it was the first outreach from Obama since the New Year’s Eve “fiscal cliff”...
  • Americans favor Enforcement over legalization

    02/22/2013 1:00:07 AM PST · by jdirt · 20 replies
    numbersusa.com ^ | Feb. 20, 2013 | Rachelle Younglai
    https://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/february-21-2013/new-poll-says-american-favor-enforcement.html and here is the original article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/21/us-usa-immigration-idUSBRE91K01A20130221
  • Hilary Mantel sales rocket amid 'plastic princess' furore

    02/22/2013 12:53:19 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 20 February 2013 | Hannah Furness
    Mantel, who has won the Man Booker Prize twice, said the Duchess had a "perfect plastic smile", being viewed as having “no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore”. Her remarks, made as part of a lecture entitled Royal Bodies, have been widely publicised across the globe and have already been condemned by Prime Minister David Cameron. While she has not yet commented on the furore, Mantel will no doubt be pleased to hear of one positive side-effect, as sales of her book have rocketed. Wolf Hall, the first of her trilogy about Thomas Cromwell and Henry...
  • US, Chinese Plans for Rail Links with Central Asia Reducing Russia’s Influence

    02/22/2013 12:43:42 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    United States plans to link the countries of Central Asia by new rail lines with Afghanistan. At the same time, Washington opposes neither the construction of a railway corridor from Central Asia through Iran, nor Chinese extensions of its national rail system into the area. Nevertheless, according to analysts at the Moscow Strategic Culture Foundation, these overlapping transportation development projects threaten to spark a new “railroad war” in the Central Asian region—one that in the absence of counter-efforts by the Russian Federation is likely to result in a sharp reduction of Moscow’s influence over the countries there. Washington’s plan is...
  • Rep. Linda Sanchez authors law to fund gun buybacks with tax on gun purchases

    02/21/2013 11:38:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    whittierdailynews.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Brian Day
    MONTEREY PARK - Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, joined with other political and law enforcement leaders Thursday to announce she has introduced legislation into Congress to fund gun buyback programs. The Firearm Safety and Buyback Grant of 2013, also known as H.R. 793, would establish a grant program through the Department of Justice to be distributed to local law enforcement agencies for gun buyback programs, as well as anti-violence and gun safety campaigns, the congresswoman said. She was joined at a press conference by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Montebello Police Chief Kevin McClure, Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, Rep....
  • Mexico to ask Senate for registry of US guns

    02/21/2013 11:26:46 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 33 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | February 19, 2013 | Bryana Johnson
    In the wake of a tense national clash over the issue of gun control, Mexico has taken an action sure to fan the flames of controversy. In January, the Mexico Permanent Commission reportedly voted to formally ask the United States Senate for a registry of all commercialized firearms in the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. According to Informador, the proposition was introduced by Senator Marcela Guerra, who stated he introduced the resolution in hopes that it would make it easier to trace guns used in violent crimes. InsightCrime explains, “Close to 60,000 people were killed during...
  • The Gun Control Movement's Dangerous Incompetence

    02/21/2013 11:20:27 PM PST · by Winged Hussar · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/20/13 | William A Levinson
    "Dangerous incompetence" means exactly that: ignorance, negligence, and/or dereliction of duty that endangers human life and safety. A medical quack who prescribes medications for patients he has never seen, or without going to medical school and passing a licensing examination, is a prime example. Equally dangerous incompetence, of the kind that can kill people, pervades the gun control movement. Dangerous Incompetence Regarding Armed Self-Defense Senator Dianne Feinstein and Governor Andrew Cuomo, like any medical quack who prescribes drugs for real or imaginary illnesses, think they know how many bullets a person might reasonably need for self-defense against one or more...
  • Cruz calls for Second Amendment protection at gun manufacturer visit

    02/21/2013 11:09:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    statesman.com ^ | February 19, 2013 | Ben Kamisar
    LEANDER — Calling proposals for increased gun control “political” and “wrong,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz offered an impassioned defense of gun rights Tuesday amid cheers from supporters at a Leander gun manufacturing plant. “In Washington, there is no liberty that I think is more in the target right now than our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Cruz said. Texas’ newest U.S. senator warned that Democrats were taking advantage of the Connecticut school shooting in December to push an assault weapon ban and magazine restrictions that strip citizens of their rights. “The Bill of Rights exists not just...
  • Jerusalem preparing Obama ice sculpture

    02/21/2013 10:55:35 PM PST · by Ezekiel · 51 replies
    Israel News (Ynetnews.com) ^ | Published: 02.20.13, 13:54 | Itamar Eichner
    >>> An initiative by Jerusalem's Mayor Nir Barkat intends to take advantage of the wide coverage to unleash a public relations barrage and to present to them "Jerusalem's other side." According to the plan, journalists will be taken on tours around Jerusalem and will visit the main historical sites, such as City of David and the Western Wall Tunnel. They will also be taken to an Israel Museum's exhibition about King Herod and to the Ice City, where they will see a custom built ice sculptor in Obama's image. <<<
  • Could a Second Civil War Happen?

    When I sat down to write a follow-up to my first series The Third World War: A Narrative History, I initially struggled for a topic. After writing a thousand-page epic story of armies of millions clashing across continents, almost any other subject seemed puny in comparison. I played with a concept called “The Tenth Crusade”, about an effort to carve out a Christian “homeland” in the Middle East but, after doing some research, that seemed to me to be a topic that could only genuinely be done justice after some years of research and some actual time spent in the...
  • IRAQI SUNNIS INSPIRED BY ARAB SPRING

    02/21/2013 10:45:18 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC Eurasia Security Watch ^ | 2/14/2013 | Jeff Smith & Sirena Dib
    Sunni protesters in Iraq are taking to the streets by the tens of thousands in weekly protests that have so far remained peaceful, but carry the risk of deteriorating into violence at any time. The protests began in the Sunni-dominated town of Fallujah, a hotbed of insurgency during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Protesters have demanded the resignation of Shi’ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. When the U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq over a year ago, Iraq’s Sunnis were disenchanted with what they saw as an inequitable distribution of power in Baghdad in favor of the country’s Shi’ite majority,...
  • Biden warns anti-gun control lawmakers will pay a price

    02/21/2013 10:41:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | February 21, 2013
    Just miles from the site of the Newtown school massacre, Vice President Joe Biden warned Thursday that US politicians would pay a price if they refuse to back measures to stem gun violence. Biden said in Danbury, Connecticut that there had been a change in American politics which made it less risky for lawmakers to back the kind of legislation the White House is pushing Congress to pass. "What I say to my colleagues who will watch this and listen to this, I say to you if you're concerned about your political survival, you should be concerned about the survival...
  • Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy

    02/21/2013 10:29:55 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    latimes.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matea Gold
    WASHINGTON -- Four California Republican House members are among 16 GOP legislators being targeted by a pro-Obama advocacy group in a new online ad campaign urging them to back a more robust background check system for gun sales. Reps. Jeff Denham, Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Gary G. Miller and David Valadao are among those featured in the banner ads, which begin running Friday on the websites of local news outlets such as the Modesto Bee and Santa Clarita Valley Signal. The ads, tailored with the photos and Twitter handle of each member of Congress, call on them to support universal...
  • Russia: Corruption’s staggering cost

    02/21/2013 10:21:29 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/18/2013 | Amanda Pitrof, ed.
    Corruption cost Russia an estimated $211.5 billion between 1994 and 2011, according to a report released by Global Financial Integrity, a U.S.-based research and advocacy organization. Even more staggering is the $552.9 billion that flowed illegally into the Russian economy in the same 18-year span. The report goes on to estimate the size of the country’s underground economy at nearly 46% of GDP annually over the same period. According to World Bank experts, this statistic makes Russia’s underground economy 3.5 times larger than corresponding G-7 economies like the U.S., France, and Canada. For every 1% increase in the size of...
  • N.H. lawmakers consider arming school employees

    02/21/2013 10:20:59 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    AP ^ | February 22, 2013
    Teacher groups urged New Hampshire lawmakers yesterday to keep guns out of schools by rejecting a bill that would allow school employees to carry them with the blessing of local voters. Union leaders for the American Federation of Teachers and NEA New Hampshire objected to the bill at a hearing by the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, saying the measure was potentially dangerous to children as well as teachers. “As the rest of the country debates how to keep guns out of schools, in New Hampshire, we are actually proposing bringing more guns in. Guns have no place...
  • 57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester

    02/21/2013 10:20:31 PM PST · by blam · 19 replies
    Go.com ^ | Chris Good
    57 Terrible Consequences Of The Sequester By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good) February 21, 2013 If the heads of 20 federal agencies are to be believed, disastrous consequences await if President Obama and Congress fail to reach a budget deal, triggering the automatic, across-the-board cuts known as "sequestration." Those cuts are slated to begin March 1, and earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee asked agency heads to explain what would happen in such a scenario. In separate letters to Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., they warned of terrible things: Greater risk of wildfires, fewer OSHA inspections and a risk of more...
  • Cutting The Iran-China Connection

    02/21/2013 10:11:37 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    American Foreign Policy Council ^ | 2/14/2013 | Ilan Berman
    Cutting The Iran-China ConnectionBy Ilan BermanThe American February 14, 2013 Just what will it take to bring Iran’s nuclear ambitions to heel? The past year has seen a dramatic expansion of economic pressure against the Iranian regime by the United States and Europe, all with a single-minded purpose: to ratchet up the costs to Iran of its stubborn atomic endeavor.Yet Iran’s economy, though undeniably ailing, remains afloat. True, Iranian officials have admitted that their country’s energy trade has constricted by nearly half as a result of U.S. and European sanctions, costing the Islamic Republic around $100 million daily. But...
  • GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert: Guns Are Necessary To Protect Against Sharia Law

    02/21/2013 10:02:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a conservative radio host this afternoon that he believes Americans must be allowed to own firearms to protect against the growing threat of “sharia law.” Appearing on web-radio show The Voice of Freedom, Gohmert argued that Congress ought to vote down any restrictive new gun regulations because American gun-owners need their firearms as a defense against Muslims who want to subvert the United States Constitution with the Islamic moral/political code. “[The Second Amendment] is for our protection and the Founders’ quotes make that very, very clear. Including against a government that would run amuck,” he...
  • Gun-Hating Martin Bashir Praises Man Who Defends Obama Murals With An AR-15

    02/21/2013 9:56:46 PM PST · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    Marcus Davis, a Houston, Texas-based restaurant owner, defends murals of Barack Obama painted on the exterior of his establishment with an AR-15. Even though he is aware of this, Martin Bashir - one of MSNBC's most vocal gun control advocates - praised the proprietor of The Breakfast Klub during a lengthy interview Thursday (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): As Bashir predictably praised his guest - even comparing the defacement of these murals to Obama's struggles with his political detractors! - he eventually said, "But thinking of your willingness to protect this mural, Mr. Davis, we also know that...
  • Guns on public transit? 'No way,' CTA chief says

    02/21/2013 9:50:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    abclocal.go.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Chuck Goudie
    (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The National Rifle Association backs conceal-carry being extended to public transportation. Now the Chicago Transit Authority is weighing in, saying, "No way." The Chicago Transit Authority carries 1.6 million riders a day. The National Rifle Association says those riders should have the right to carry guns on board busses and trains under any Illinois conceal-carry law. That standoff of opinion between NRA and CTA is playing out now because the state is under federal court order to implement a workable conceal-carry law. "We think it would be disastrous to allow passenger to carry concealed weapons on our...
  • Revealed: al-Qaeda's 22 tips for dodging drones

    02/21/2013 9:44:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    uktelegraph ^ | 7:20PM GMT 21 Feb 2013
    The document includes advice such as "hide under thick trees" (believed to be bin Laden's contribution), and instructions for setting up a "fake gathering" using dolls to "mislead the enemy". Found by the Associated Press in a building in Timbuktu, the ancient city occupied by Islamists last year, the document is believed to have been abandoned as extremists fled a French military intervention last month. It is a Xeroxed copy of a tipsheet authored by a Yemeni extremist that has been published on some jihadi forums, but that has made little appearance in English. The list reflects how al-Qaeda in...
  • High school teacher 'refused to mark students' assignments because they mentioned guns (Texas)

    02/21/2013 9:42:57 PM PST · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | february 21, 2013
    A high school English teacher has refused to grade two students' papers because they mentioned guns. Marshall Williams and Alex Wright, seniors at Denton High School in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, said the teacher, Dewey Christian, set an assignment to write a report about anything they wanted. Williams referenced a trip he had taken to the Fort Worth gun show, while Wright recounted a hunting trip, but both said the papers did not describe shooting guns. 'I said, "Me and my mum went to buy a gun" and as soon as he heard the word gun he told me to sit...