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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:
  • 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    ( - 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
  • (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 ^ | 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...