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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...