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  • Pope moves top Vatican official Monsignor Ettore Balestrero to Colombia amid "Vatileaks" report

    02/22/2013 12:15:00 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | February 22, 2013, 8:41 AM | CBS/AP
    The pope has transferred a top official from the Vatican's secretariat of state to Colombia amid swirling media speculation about the contents of a confidential report into the Vatican's leaks scandal. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, insisted Friday that the transfer of Monsignor Ettore Balestrero had been months in the works and had nothing to do with the leaks investigation or what the Vatican considers baseless reporting. Balestrero was named undersecretary of the Vatican's Foreign Ministry in 2009 and, among other tasks, has been a lead player in the Holy See's efforts to get on the "white list" of...
  • My take on "sequestration"(I am a DoD Federal GS Employee).

    02/22/2013 12:12:51 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 72 replies
    22 Feb 2013 | US Navy Vet
    I will be losing 1 day a week with no pay(16 hours per a 2 week pay period).
  • Will Obama push us over the edge?

    02/22/2013 12:07:21 PM PST · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2013 | John Lott
    Obama thinks he has a mandate for change. But this is the man who ran for president in 2008 promising to “cut net spending” and to shrink the federal government; a man who promised that his “stimulus” spending was only temporary. Obama hid regulations from view until after his reelection. The press maintained the fiction that Obama supports the Second Amendment and is no threat to citizens’ keeping guns for self-defense. Yet the day after his reelection, Obama called for the UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations to be started again, and a few weeks later he promised to put the...
  • S.E. Cupp and the Freezing of the Conservative Mind

    02/22/2013 12:02:52 PM PST · by Mozilla · 46 replies
    America Spectator ^ | 2-21-13 | Jeffery Lord
    One reads S.E. Cupp on Rush Limbaugh and the late Lee Atwater and has to wonder. One reads her compatriot young conservative friends in the New York Times and has to wonder. Do these conservatives even listen to themselves? Are they really conservatives — or just the latest, newest incarnation of that age old 20th century invention: the GOP moderate? The newest sparkling edition of a wannabe Ruling Class? Making the rounds of the bar scene in Manhattan and New York and longing to be hip? Or are we witnessing something else? Something simpler yet more troubling? A lack of...
  • Why your boss is dumping your wife (Obamacare)

    02/22/2013 11:54:13 AM PST · by k4gypsyrose · 29 replies
    marketwatch ^ | 2/22/13
    By denying coverage to spouses, employers not only save the annual premiums, but also the new fees that went into effect as part of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Blame Game Rages on Over Looming Sequester

    02/22/2013 11:52:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    We are just days away from a cataclysm of biblical proportions. The cuts foretold in the Budget Control Act of 2011 are young as far as prophecies go, but apparently they are every bit as terrifying as rivers of blood and plagues of locusts. Any day now we can expect White House spokesman Jay Carney to take to the podium and read a prepared statement: "And when he opened the seventh seal, there was a small decrease in the rate of increase in federal spending." The great game in Washington is who will get the blame for something both House...
  • Want to help bring true school choice to every kid in the land?

    02/22/2013 11:51:29 AM PST · by John Conlin · 17 replies
    Press release ^ | 2/22/2013 | John Conlin
    Hey freepers I need your help... especially you with a legal/legislative background. We are tying to get federal legislation written which will force any state that accepts federal education dollars to change the way they fund public schools. We want to force them to fund parents and children, not the education establishment. In effect we want to create a marketplace for K-12 education. This will transform the public education system. To this end we are attempting to crowd-source the writing of this leg. Go to the URL for more info on how to participate. My contact info is there... please...
  • Gardner tours Erie firearms accessories manufacturer (Magpul to leave Colorado )

    02/22/2013 11:49:49 AM PST · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | Updated: 02/21/2013 10:26:43 PM MST | John Fryar
    U.S. representative says Gov. Hickenlooper should do the same ERIE -- Gov. John Hickenlooper should visit Magpul Industries Corp. and see for himself the impact that passage of gun-control measures would have on the families of about 200 people working for a manufacturer here, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner said Thursday. Gardner, R-Yuma, and state Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, toured the company's Erie plant Thursday morning, watching as Magpul employees prepared and assembled high-capacity magazines, firearms accessories and other products ranging from military dog leashes to smartphone cases. Magpul has threatened to leave Colorado if the Legislature passes, and Hickenlooper...
  • ‘No Emergencies’ Reported After Bright Light Seen In SoCal Skies

    02/22/2013 11:47:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbsla.com ^ | February 22, 2013 10:25 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A streak of light that apparently sparked several reports across Southern California was not considered to be a public threat, according to fire officials. Over 40 reports from eyewitnesses around the Southland and statewide reported the sight to the American Meteor Society (AMS) around approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night. Residents from cities as far north as Sacramento, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara and as far south as Malibu and Costa Mesa reported a “brief tail of light” – described as everything from blue to white to bright green in color – traveling in a east-southeast...
  • Court to Lisa Madigan: No rehearing on concealed-carry guns ruling

    02/22/2013 11:35:06 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 22, 2013 | By Ray Long and Clout Street
    SPRINGFIELD — A divided federal appeals court today rejected Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request for a rehearing on the case where the state has been ordered to allow citizens to carry guns in public. Madigan made the request following the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision in December that gave Illinois 180 days to put together a law that would allow concealed weapons in Illinois. There has been no word yet from Madigan’s office on her next move. She could choose to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court or decide to let the ruling stand. The appeals court...
  • Marble-Saine bill would limit state enforcement of federal firearms restrictions (Colorado)

    02/22/2013 11:32:40 AM PST · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | Updated: 02/21/2013 10:13:31 PM MST | John Fryar
    Colorado officials would be prohibited from enforcing any federal laws that ban or restrict the ownership of semi-automatic weapons or ammunition magazines, under a bill sponsored by two state lawmakers whose districts include the southwest Weld County facilities of Magpul Industries, a firearms accessories manufacturer. Awaiting a hearing by the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee is Senate Bill 140, a measure from Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, and Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, that would bar any state employee or agency -- including peace officers -- from enforcing any federal laws or regulations enacted since Jan. 1, if those...
  • Jon Huntsman, a conservative & a Mormon, says legalizing same-sex marriage is...‘right thing to do’

    02/22/2013 11:29:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 85 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | Feb. 21, 2013 | Traci G. Lee
    Former Utah governor and presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is speaking out in favor of marriage equality, arguing that it is a “conservative cause” that the Republican Party should support. In an op-ed for The American Conservative, Huntsman writes about his time as governor of Utah during which he pushed for civil unions and equality for the LGBTQ community, and adds that the GOP now has the opportunity to do more. “Conservatives should start to lead again and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry,” Huntsman writes... Huntsman’s pro-marriage equality stance is not...
  • Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America’s Most Miserable Cities

    02/22/2013 11:26:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/21/2013 @ 2:20PM | Kurt Badenhausen
    Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. “Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes. Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued. The latest blow was Tuesday’s...
  • Aspiring Oakland Rapper, Alleged Pimp Killed In Las Vegas Shooting

    02/22/2013 11:23:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | 2/21/13 | CBS SF
    Sources have confirmed with the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas that a man who was shot to death while driving his Maserati on the Las Vegas Strip was an aspiring rapper from Oakland who went by the name of Kenny Clutch. Clutch, whose real name was Kenneth Cherry Jr., was 27 years old. His father, Kenneth Cherry Sr., confirmed his son’s death and said his family is devastated. Two more people died after the Maserati crashed into a taxi cab, causing it to explode. Cherry’s friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter have been posting messages that read “rest in...
  • Boo Hoo: MSNBC Hosts Are “Sad” Jesse Jackson Jr. Got Caught

    02/22/2013 11:19:56 AM PST · by South40 · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/22/2013 | Daniel Doherty
    After reading about the money he stole, the expensive swag he bought with campaign funds, and the constituents he ultimately betrayed, it’s hard to feel anything but contempt for disgraced celebrity son and former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. But apparently not everyone agrees with me. Indeed, the folks over at ‘Morning Joe’ are -- wait for it -- saddened by his downfall (via Jazz Shaw):
  • Minnesota companies revolt over call to end tax-free business transactions

    02/22/2013 11:16:14 AM PST · by Huskrrrr · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 19, 2013 | Joseph Weber
    Minnesota businesses are blasting a plan by Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to make the North Star State one of the few that taxes companies for business they do with other businesses.
  • Boehner Idle As GOP Calls For Select Committees On Benghazi

    02/22/2013 11:00:19 AM PST · by paltz · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/22/2013 | Kerry Picket
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has not yet acted on calls from within his own party to form select committees to uncover more information on the attack which killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have suggested the formation of select committees since November 2012, one month after the assault which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other State Department employees. Such select committees could provide a channel for Benghazi survivors to come forward and tell their stories to Congress without legal repercussions from the federal government. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told USA Today on...
  • The Deadly Opposition to Genetically Modified Food

    02/22/2013 10:52:31 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 32 replies
    Slate .com via Instapundit.com ^ | February 18, 2013 | Bjorn Lomberg
    Vitamin A deficiency has killed 8 million kids in the last 12 years. Help is finally on the way. Finally, after a 12-year delay caused by opponents of genetically modified foods, so-called “golden rice” with vitamin A will be grown in the Philippines. Over those 12 years, about 8 million children worldwide died from vitamin A deficiency. Are anti-GM advocates not partly responsible? Golden rice is the most prominent example in the global controversy over GM foods, which pits a technology with some risks but incredible potential against the resistance of feel-good campaigning. Three billion people depend on rice as...
  • Bill Maher: “The Israelis Are Controlling Our Government”

    02/22/2013 10:50:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 16, 2013
    MAHER: Based on every statement I’ve heard out of any Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government. (Daily Caller’s James) WEINSTEIN: Not the State Department, that’s for sure. (HBO’s Real Time, February 15, 2013) …
  • Task Force recommends keeping 'Stand Your Ground' law

    02/22/2013 10:45:29 AM PST · by rarestia · 3 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Staff
    The Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection released its final report on the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law -- and it recommends that it should not be overturned. The Task Force delivered their final report Friday morning to the Office of the Florida Senate President, Office of the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and the Executive Office of the Governor. "The Task Force concurs with the core belief that all persons, regardless of citizenship status, have a right to feel safe and secure in our state. To that end, all persons who are conducting themselves in a...
  • L.A. union says a lot about itself by endorsing a racist for city council

    02/22/2013 10:45:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EAGnews ^ | February 21, 2013 | Victor Skinner
    United Teachers Los Angeles made a bold and revealing statement about its radical political principles when the union endorsed Ron Gochez for L.A. City Council this month. The endorsement is significant for a couple of reasons. First, Gochez is an extreme left-wing L.A. teacher known for racist, anti-American rants. He also has decades-long ties to the African People’s Socialist Party—which is very open and passionate about its hatred of Jews, whites, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Koreans, basically everyone. Second, the UTLA didn’t have to endorse him. The union’s leaders wanted to. …
  • LaHood: Forced cuts mean flight delays, some control tower closures

    02/22/2013 10:42:54 AM PST · by xzins · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 12:38 PM EST, Fri February 22, 2013 | CNN Staff
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  • Life's Lessons Learned from a Car: An Election Year Car Donation Story

    02/22/2013 10:39:46 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    There are two times in a young mans’ life when he feels that he is all grown-up, when he gets his first car and the first time he votes. Last year, we received an interesting donation. Ruth, our donor service manager, received a phone call from Laurie. She, along with her family, wanted to donate a very special 1983 Buick. The car had been in her family and was given to her son when he turned 16. He drove it back and forth to work and school. When his brother turned 16, they both shared the Buick. In late fall...
  • Blame Jane: Ted Turner's son says Fonda made dad a lib

    02/22/2013 10:34:42 AM PST · by topher · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com | Published February 22, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    Teddy Turner, son of billionaire media mogul Ted Turner and Republican candidate for Congress, said his father’s marriage to Jane Fonda prompted his major left turn. “I was raised in a different time at the Turner household … a very conservative household with capitalism and all of that kind of stuff,” the younger Turner told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
  • The homosexual collective's unholy agenda(Know thy enemy-Warning: Language/Imagery)

    02/22/2013 10:34:18 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    renewamerica.com ^ | July 21, 2006 | Matt C. Abbott
    An Anti-Culture of Sexual Deviancy One of the unique hallmarks of contemporary society has been the successful organization and politicalization of sexually deviant behaviors. Heretofore, sexual outlaws accepted the prevailing definition of their behavior as "deviant" and remained hidden in the shadows of the criminal underworld. Today they "organize collectively and sound the trumpet of liberation." The Homosexual Collective is one such movement that has constructed a significant "anti-culture" built on sexual deviancy. This "anti-culture" is inclusive and embraces all forms of sexual perversion including homosexuality, autoeroticism, transvestitism, fetishism, sadomasochism and criminal pedophilia and pederasty. *snip* A Revolutionary Ideology and...
  • Family sues Golden Corral over ADA

    02/22/2013 10:34:18 AM PST · by chessplayer · 49 replies
    WESTLAND, Mich., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The owners of a Michigan buffet restaurant are being sued in federal court for allegedly kicking out a family whose children suffer from a rare skin disorder. A lawsuit filed Wednesday against a Westland Golden Corral alleges the restaurant's owners, Kirit and Shakuntla Patel, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing to serve the family, The Detroit News reported. The lawsuit alleges that restaurant manager David Robinson approached the family and asked Duford "What is wrong with your baby?" Duford said nothing was wrong and informed the manager about the skin disease. "She...
  • Unemployment Claims Up, but it’s Sunshine for Maddow Blogger-Producer

    02/22/2013 10:15:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | John Ransom
    Weekly claims for unemployment rose by 20,000 people last week. That’s 362,000 workers who now don’t have jobs. And that’s 7,000 more out-of-work persons than economists had predicted- but don’t worry. Everything is still great for Obama. Every time we get bad news like this, it just seems to get better and better for Obama. The Chicago Sun Times says that claims are up, but the good news is that they still suggest “modest hiring.” MSNBC blogger Steve Benen, who is also a producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, says that claims are up, but notes that unemployment remains below...
  • Stunner: ObamaCare-supporting Congressman suddenly not so sure you can keep your insurance after all

    02/22/2013 10:15:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Are you as shocked as Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)? Somehow, I rather doubt it, and I don’t think Jason Mattera is as surprised as the front-page pic suggests, either. Confronted with the new CBO analysis that shows more than seven million Americans will lose their present health-insurance coverage from ObamaCare despite his repeated assertions that no one would lose their coverage, Rep. Engel tells Jason in this Andrea Tantaros Show video debuting exclusively at Hot Air that Congress can always go back and fix what's not working.Funny --- Jason doesn't recall that being mentioned as an option, and neither do...
  • Al-Qaida tipsheet on avoiding drones found in Mali

    02/22/2013 10:12:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/22/2013
    TIMBUKTU, Mali — One of the last things the bearded fighters did before leaving this city was to drive to the market where traders lay their carpets out in the sand. The al-Qaida extremists bypassed the brightly colored, high-end synthetic floor coverings and stopped their pickup truck in front of a man selling more modest mats woven from desert grass, priced at $1.40 apiece. There they bought two bales of 25 mats each, and asked him to bundle them on top of the car, along with a stack of sticks. "It's the first time someone has bought such a large...
  • Has Obama overdone Nightmare on Sequester Street?

    02/22/2013 10:09:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/22/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    That's the question Politico asks, but it's really only half of Barack Obama's problem in this standoff: President Barack 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...
  • White Rose: The Germans who tried to topple Hitler

    02/22/2013 10:06:00 AM PST · by the scotsman · 13 replies
    BBC World Service ^ | 22nd February 2013 | Lucy Burns
    'Seventy years ago today, three German students were executed in Munich for leading a resistance movement against Hitler. Since then, the members of the White Rose group have become German national heroes - Lilo Furst-Ramdohr was one of them.'
  • Arab Group Claims Western Wall is Muslim

    02/22/2013 10:05:52 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 10 replies
    An Israeli Arab group, "The Al-Aqsa Heritage Institute," on Thursday issued a statement demanding that Israel halt its plans to bring more Jews to the Kotel (Western Wall) - which, the group claims, is holy not to Jews, but to Muslims. In fact, the group says, Israel is "defiling the holiness of the site" by conducting Jewish prayers there. In Jewish tradition, the Kotel is the outer retaining wall of the Holy Temple, which stood on the Temple Mount, approximately at the same location as the Al-Aqsa Mosque. When the Holy Temple was destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago, Jews were...
  • [Harvard Students'] Petitions Address Nap Space, Brain Break

    02/22/2013 10:00:47 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Harvard Crimson ^ | February 20, 2013 | STEVEN S. LEE
    Petitions for a nap space in Harvard Yard, extended dining hall hours, and weekend brain break are all slated to receive official responses from Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds, likely by the end of the semester. The student-initiated petitions were submitted to Hammonds as a part of the “We the Crimson” initiative, started by the Undergraduate Council last November. The initiative features an online portal that students can access to submit petitions and vote for other submitted petitions. At the end of each month, the top three petitions are submitted to the administration for an official response. One...
  • Comcast pulls gun shop ads from cable network

    02/22/2013 9:57:04 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | Kristen Abraham
    Comcast pulls gun shop ads from cable network Updated: Feb 18, 2013 4:23 PM CST By Kristen Abraham (02/18/13) - A gun shop owner said firearm manufacturers, distributors and retailers are being targeted unfairly after Comcast announces it's dropping all gun shop ads from its nationwide cable network. The cable company recently acquired NBC Universal and this is a long standing policy there. When a local ad agency recently placed an order for Williams Gun Sight in Davison Township, it was denied. Owner Tom Wright said he'll take his business elsewhere. "I thought it was ridiculous, we are a legitimate...
  • Newt Gingrich knocks Karl Rove’s new super PAC

    02/22/2013 9:56:12 AM PST · by Lady4Liberty · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Seth McLaughlin
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that Karl Rove should not play the role of kingmaker in congressional races across the country. Mr. Gingrich said it would be “repugnant” for Mr. Rove to use his newest super PAC — Conservative Victory Project — to ward off candidates that he doesn’t deem fit for a general election race. “I am unalterably opposed to a bunch of billionaires financing a boss to pick candidates in 50 states,” the Republican wrote in an op-ed that appeared in Human Events, a weekly conservative newspaper. “This is the opposite of the Republican tradition of...
  • Man arrested in shooting death of Ellenwood teen

    02/22/2013 9:47:56 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 7 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Consitution ^ | 17 February 2013 | Fran Jeffries
    A 25-year-old man has been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of an Ellenwood teenager on Feb. 5, according to Atlanta police. Darnell Hudson turned himself in on Feb. 15 on a warrant for the murder of 17-year-old Wilton Smith-Muirhead, police said. He was charged and taken to the Fulton County Jail. The shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 500 block of James P. Brawley Drive in Atlanta.
  • Whoa: Columbine Survivor Pens Powerful Letter to Obama on Gun Rights

    02/22/2013 9:44:01 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 16 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Mr. President, As a student who was shot and wounded during the Columbine massacre, I have a few thoughts on the current gun debate. In regards to your gun control initiatives: Ban on Military-Style Assault Weapons The evidence is very clear pertaining to the inadequacies of the assault weapons ban. It had little to no effect when it was in place from 1994 until 2004. It was during this time that I personally witnessed two fellow students murder twelve of my classmates and one teacher. The assault weapons ban did not deter these two murderers, nor did the other thirty-something...
  • Packing Heat With Hot Coffee: "Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day"

    02/22/2013 9:37:34 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    http://washington.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 22, 2013 | CBS DC
    STERLING, Va. (CBSDC) — If you enjoy packing heat while sipping a hot cup of coffee, Friday is your day. Firearms owners and gun rights advocates are heading to local coffee shops to celebrate “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day.” It’s their way of saying ‘thank you’ to the Seattle-based coffee franchise for — as they see it — not infringing on their Second Amendment rights.
  • Buying a Gun? States Consider Insurance Rule

    02/22/2013 9:32:34 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | MICHAEL COOPER and MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    Lawmakers in at least half a dozen states, including California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania, have proposed legislation this year that would require gun owners to buy liability insurance — much as car owners are required to buy auto insurance. Doing so would give a financial incentive for safe behavior, they hope, as people with less dangerous weapons or safety locks could qualify for lower rates. “I believe that if we get the private sector and insurance companies involved in gun safety, we can help prevent a number of gun tragedies every year,” said David P. Linsky, a...
  • DHS Wants to Help You Become a Cybersecurity Fed

    02/22/2013 9:29:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    nextgov.com ^ | 2/22/13 | Brittany Ballenstedt
    Comments The Homeland Security Department has launched a new online resource that makes cybersecurity career and training information more readily available to federal employees and the public. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies website is part of an effort to elevate cybersecurity awareness as well as educate the government and public about education, careers and workforce development opportunities available in the cybersecurity field. “DHS is committed to working with our partners in academia and throughout the private sector to develop the next generation of cyber professionals to protect against evolving cyber threats,” said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. “NICCS...
  • Bahrain is paying CNN international to create content that shows Bahrain in a favourable light

    02/22/2013 9:27:51 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | Amber Lyon
    (Click Link for Video content) Amber Lyon, former CNN reporter who lost her job as a consequence of reporting the truth about Bahraini governmental abuses, exposes how CNN international was payed to make documentaries that reflected well on the country.
  • Democide: Socialism, Tyranny, Guns and Freedom

    02/22/2013 9:14:24 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Washington, DC --(Ammoland.com)- It’s possible there are many who know of Matthew Bracken, who is the author of the “Enemies Foreign and Domestic” trilogy, the third book of which is “Foreign Enemies and Traitors“. That apparently describes what a lot of people feel we are heading towards. “Democide is the elimination of a despised group by a government. It includes genocide, politicide, and other forms of state-sponsored mass murder.” Read an uncomfortably perceptive article by Matthew, and also be sure to watch the powerful short video lower down the page. Pass it on – it deserves a wide audience, to...
  • Obama Administration Moves Forward on Climate Change Without Congress -Forthcoming regulation

    02/22/2013 9:12:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    U.S. News ^ | 2/22/13 | Rebekah Metzler
    President Barack Obama is tired of waiting for Congress to move on legislation to reduce carbon emissions, and his administration is poised to move forward on actions to do just that—including a move that will effectively eliminate the possibility of any new coal plant opening in the United States, experts say. "We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence," Obama said during his State of the Union address. "Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment...
  • Dar al-Hijrah (Falls Church, VA) imam calls for "Arms for Jihad"

    02/22/2013 9:07:38 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 21 Feb 13 | CausingFitna
    Trying to downplay what came out of Imam Shaker's mouth. His comments on the Western World makes one wonder why he lives in the West. He also mentions that every Muslim should memorize the Quran, or if they can't, Muslims should keep it in their pocket...... I wonder if he ever encourages Muslims to keep the US Constitution in their pocket? I do encourage everyone to watch the entire video, but I understand that not everyone has the patience that I have. That is the reason for this edit, as the average person will not watch a video longer than...
  • Rand Paul returns more money to Treasury

    02/22/2013 9:07:25 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-21-13 | kevin liptak
    (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn't need from his office's budget to make a tiny dent in the nation's massive federal debt. "We watch every purchase," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said at an event next to an oversized check for $600,000. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it's our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure." The $600,000 reflects more than 20% of Paul's annual office budget, according...
  • Rush Limbaugh,"Open Lines Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 22,2013

    02/22/2013 8:59:32 AM PST · by Biggirl · 58 replies
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  • www.nbc[.]com Contains a Malicious iframe

    02/22/2013 8:55:11 AM PST · by MeganC · 12 replies
    Microsoft email ^ | 21 Feb 2013 | Microsoft ISAC
    MS-ISAC CYBER ALERT DATE ISSUED: February 21, 2013 SUBJECT: www.nbc[.]com Contains a Malicious iframe MS-ISAC received reports and independently confirmed that the website www.nbc[.]com contains a malicious iframe which includes links to the following URLs: • flying-gators-mac[.]com/mtnk.htm • finesseindia[.]com/mtnk.htm • toplineops[.]com/mtnk.html • nikweinstein[.]com/cl/google.php • moi-npovye-sploett[.]com/qqqq/1.php • walterjeffers[.]com • symptomshighbloodpressure[.]org • store.thermosolutionsinternational[.]com/ctuk.html Please note that there may be additional domains included in the rotation. Once any of the above domains are visited, the Redkit exploit kit is leveraged to exploit number of vulnerabilities to install a Citadel malware on to the victim system. You may recall that the Redkit exploit kit...
  • Switzerland 's only wild bear is killed as a danger to humans

    02/22/2013 8:51:22 AM PST · by Innovative · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 21, 2013 | Laura Smith-Spark
    M13 was the only bear known to have been living wild in Switzerland, according to the Swiss national broadcaster. Despite that status, the young male was shot Tuesday morning in Poschiavo Valley, in the Alps near the Italian border, by authorities who feared he was a threat to people. The creature also showed little fear of humans despite several attempts to get it away from villages, it said. There was so much concern about the bear's behavior, he was fitted with a radio collar so he could be closely monitored. Some questioned why he wasn't relocated or placed in a...
  • Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits 25-Year Low

    02/22/2013 8:47:01 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Atlantic ^ | Feb 21 2013 | Emily Richmond
    Teacher job satisfaction has hit its lowest point in a quarter of a century, and 75 percent of principals believe their jobs have become too complex. The findings are part of the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership. Conducted annually since 1984, the survey polled representative sampling of 1,000 teachers and 500 principals in K-12 schools across the country. Only 39 percent of teachers described themselves as very satisfied with their jobs on the latest survey. That's a 23-percentage point plummet since 2008, and a drop of five percentage points just over the past year. Factors...
  • 40 Obvious And Painless Ways For The US To Cut Its Budget

    02/22/2013 8:40:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/22/2013 | Walter Hickey
    The U.S. government is one week away from the sequester deadline, when $1.2 trillion of across-the-board spending cuts will go into effect. The budget slashing is set to hit everything from NASA to food inspectors, and members of both parties are alternately playing the blame game and trying to come up with a solution to avoid the cuts. Still, it's worth noting that there are some things the government spends money on that could definitely go. Each year, the conservative Heritage Foundation combs through the budget and points out some particularly egregious expenditures and redundancies. Here are forty cuts they've...