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  • Oscars predictions: Argo Worthy, but Zero Dark Thirty more thrilling

    02/22/2013 11:15:51 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 17 replies
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 02/22/13 | Jay Stone
    Best Picture The nominees: Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts of the Southern Wild Will win: Argo, which has overtaken Lincoln as the favourite and been sweeping up the hardware — BAFTA (the British Academy awards), the Golden Globes, the Producers Guild, Screen Actors Guild and more. It’s a worthy choice: a smart entertainment about the 1980 Iran hostage crisis that combines high tension with a hilarious portrait of Hollywood insiders who helped plan the escape. It’s also surprisingly sophisticated about the politics of the region. Should win: Zero...
  • Morning Bell: Obama and the Seuss-quester

    02/22/2013 9:51:41 PM PST · by shove_it · 5 replies
    Heritage ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Amy Payne
    On Pennsylvania Avenue, right near the end, there lived a President who wanted to spend. He knew spending meant power, so hour by hour, he thought up more spends from his Washington tower. “I’ll spend without limits; I’ll spend without blame! Raising taxes to pay—that’s the name of the game.” Down the street, though, a House filled with thriftier folk had a budget to pass, or the country’d go broke. “We can’t spend all day; we’ve got bills to pay! Let’s keep deficits and higher taxes away.” The Senate next door to the House just refused. “We don’t like your...
  • Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

    02/22/2013 9:44:29 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 43 replies
    Time (Special Report) ^ | February 20, 2013 | Steven Brill
    When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Stephanie’s father had been treated there 10 years earlier, and she and her family credited the doctors and nurses at MD Anderson with extending his life by at least eight years. Stephanie was then told by a billing clerk that the estimated cost of Sean’s visit — just to be examined for six days so a treatment plan could be devised — would be $48,900, due in...
  • Christopher Dorner mentor's hunch led to manhunt for him

    02/22/2013 9:20:42 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 22 February 2013 | CBS Interactive
    The training officer whose dispute with former Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner led to his firing said Thursday it was her hunch that led police to name him as the suspect in the killing of an Orange County couple, setting off an intense and deadly manhunt that ended with Dorner's suicide in a mountain cabin. (snip) "Just hearing his name was enough to make me feel sick," [Teresa] Evans said in an interview the Los Angeles Times.
  • BETWEEN SEVERAL PROTEST INTERRUPTIONS, PERRY VOWS NOT TO EXPAND MEDICAID

    02/22/2013 9:20:19 PM PST · by txrangerette · 53 replies
    Abilene Reporter-News ^ | February 22, 2013 | Trish Choate
    Washington - The crowd...was downright unfriendly. Perry was interrupted, denounced and heckled for snubbing a Medicaid exansion in his state, but he vowed not to budge. -snip- The unfriendliness didn't stem from members of the Texas state Society...at a ritzy Republican club. But the Lone star State's famously anti-Washington governor faced...protestors, of the Texas Organizing Project, who popped up by turns where he spoke.
  • Illinois state senator pushes anti-anonymity bill

    02/22/2013 9:18:20 PM PST · by Minutemen · 21 replies
    the daily caller. ^ | 02/21/2013 | Josh Peterson
    Excerpt: A recently introduced bill in the Illinois state Senate would require anonymous website comment posters to reveal their identities if they want to keep their comments online. The bill, called the Internet Posting Removal Act, is sponsored by Illinois state Sen. Ira Silverstein. It states that a “web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless the anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate.”
  • Elvis home owner foreclosure. Evicted wants house back

    02/22/2013 8:03:12 PM PST · by gunsequalfreedom · 21 replies
    KESQ TV News Palm Springs ^ | February 22, 2012 | Bianca Rae
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Twenty two year desert resident and eight year Elvis Presley Estate owner Reno Fontana has a much different view of the home he loves. "I'm on the outside looking in," Fontana said. Chains and a no trespassing sign show what's left after the sheriff's department evicted him last month. "It's terribly frustrating, inconvenient beyond terms, I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating this has been," Fontana said. His investor's attorney accused him of not making his payments and even stealing Elvis memorabilia when he left. We sat down with Fontana to hear the estate's...
  • Pregnant on Dec. 31? California Lawmaker Proposes Tax Break

    02/22/2013 8:00:17 PM PST · by randita · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/22/13 | Jim Sanders
    A California lawmaker wants to give tax deductions for unborn children, piggybacking on a recent law making pregnant minors eligible for welfare. If fetuses deserve public aid, why not tax breaks? Republican Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is pressing that question this week by proposing Assembly Bill 673, which would grant a $321 child income tax deduction for an "expected child." Robert Smith, Grove's legislative director, said the bill is not specifically intended to spark new debate over California's failure to recognize a fetus as a person for abortion purposes, but it spotlights the current inconsistency. "If it can drive the discussion,...
  • [Spanish bank] Bankia to reveal largest loss in Spanish corporate history

    02/22/2013 7:57:10 PM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 21 February 2013 | Helia Ebrahimi
    Nationalised Spanish lender Bankia is expected to reveal a €19bn loss next week, the largest in the country’s corporate history. ___ The bank has been struggling to close 1,100 branches and sell assets since its bailout in 2012. On Thursday Bankia will report full-year earnings, including a €12.6bn provision taken at the end of last year. The writedown is a result of the lender moving assets into Spain’s “bad bank” at heavy discounts. Bankia, which is seen as a symbol of Spain’s financial woes, was created through the merger of seven smaller savings banks before being listed on Madrid’s stock...
  • America's TBTF Bank Subsidy From Taxpayers: $83 Billion Per Year

    02/22/2013 7:45:18 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 20 February 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Day after day, whenever anyone challenges the TBTF banks' scale, they are slammed down with a mutually assured destruction message that limitations would impair profitability and weaken the country's position in global finance. So what if you were to discover, based on Bloomberg's calculations, that the largest banks aren't really profitable at all? What if the billions of dollars they allegedly earn for their shareholders were almost entirely a gift from U.S. taxpayers? The stunning truth is that the top-five banks account for $64 billion of an implicit subsidy based on the ludicrous (but entirely real) logic that: The banks...
  • Poll to FReep: Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school?

    02/22/2013 7:05:16 PM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 43 replies
    KVOA News 4 Tucson ^ | 02-22-2013 | KVOA News 4 Tucson
    Would you feel more safe or less safe with armed teachers at your child's school? More safe. Less safe.
  • On CNN, Cause of Chicago Violence Is – You Guessed It – The GOP

    02/22/2013 6:24:28 PM PST · by chessplayer · 66 replies
    Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor in over 80 years. Democrats have controlled the Illinois governor’s mansion and both houses of the legislature for more than a decade, with Democrats ruling the Illinois House for 28 of the last 30 years. No matter, Chicago violence is the fault of Republicans. We learned that this morning on CNN Newsroom when anchor Carol Costello asked her “Talk Back” guests about Retired Lt. General Russel Honore’s suggestion to use National Guard troops to curb murders in Chicago. Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman astutely pinpointed the reason for Chicago’s carnage: And let's be very clear...
  • By Staying Neutral in the Battle Over Gun Control is Starbucks Pro-Gun by Default? (VIDEO)

    On Friday, it was “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day” all across Virginia, according to gun rights activist Ed Levine, the founder of Virginia Open Carry. Levine organized the event or ‘buycott’ not because the Seattle-based java giant is pro-Second Amendment, but because it has – like Switzerland since 1815 – remained neutral in the contentious debate over gun control. Unlike some of its competitors, Peet’s Coffee for example, that have posted “No Guns Allowed” signs in states that permit law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms for self-defense outside the home, Starbucks has made the conscious decision to remain apolitical, to...
  • Freeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 23 Feb 2013

    02/22/2013 6:01:29 PM PST · by AZamericonnie · 299 replies
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  • China provides Rs 136 bn loan for Pak nuclear plants

    02/22/2013 5:57:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 1 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Press Trust of India
    Islamabad - China has provided a loan of Rs 136 billion for two nuclear power plants that Pakistan expects to commission by 2016, the state-run media reported today. The power plants of 340MW each are being built with Chinese assistance at the Chashma nuclear complex in Punjab province. The "construction of these power plants became possible after a long-standing agreement", official sources were quoted as saying by APP news agency. The total cost of the two plants is Rs 190 billion and they will be partially funded by a Chinese loan of Rs 136 billion, the sources said. The Pakistan...
  • Stem cell heart repairs: 21st century medicine in action

    02/22/2013 5:45:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 22, 2013 | LIDIA DINKOVA
    Gerard Cuomo loves to dance. Until recently, however, the 70-year-old couldn’t even do a two-step. After having three heart attacks in the early 1990s, Cuomo’s heart was severely damaged. The scar tissue that had formed around his heart left him easily fatigued. “I felt like an old man,” said Cuomo of Aventura. “I could barely climb the stairs. I could walk for about a quarter of a mile. Shopping at the mall — I wish I did not have to sit down all the time.” In May 2010, he participated in a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s clinical...
  • 7th Circuit Court Lets Posner Ruling Stand; Huge Win For Concealed Carry

    02/22/2013 5:24:36 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation today won a significant victory for concealed carry when the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a December ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that forces Illinois to adopt a concealed carry law, thus affirming that the right to bear arms exists outside the home. The ruling came in Moore v. Madigan, a case filed by SAF. The December opinion that now stands was written by Judge Richard Posner, who gave the Illinois legislature 180 days to “craft a new gun law that will impose reasonable limitations, consistent with the...
  • Oregon House passes illegal immigrant tuition bill

    02/22/2013 5:14:28 PM PST · by AuntB · 24 replies
    Fox 12 ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Staff Fox 12
    <p>The Oregon House has voted to extend resident college tuition rates to some young illegal immigrants.</p> <p>The House's 38-18 vote on Friday sends the measure to the Senate. In the last decade, similar legislation has failed twice.</p> <p>The measure would allow students to qualify for in-state tuition at the Oregon's seven public universities if they've attended an Oregon high school for at least three years and lived in the United States for at least five.</p>
  • Judge denies George Zimmerman motion to depose Ben Crump

    02/22/2013 5:05:29 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 32 replies
    Click Orlando ^ | February 22, 2013 | Click Orlando
    A judge on Friday ruled that the defense team for George Zimmerman cannot depose Ben Crump, the attorney representing the slain teen's family. Judge Debra Nelson said the deposition was not needed and there was no undue prejudice. She also said that the defense has not yet deposed Witness 8, whose interview with Crump is in question, even though they've had her identity for 10 months. Nelson did grant the defense's motions for subpoenas of voice samples from Martin over the last three years. If they exist, the audio samples are in the possession of Martin's family and Witness 8....
  • US grounds all F-35s over engine blade crack

    02/22/2013 5:01:05 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 33 replies
    Flight International ^ | 22 February 2013 | Zach Rosenberg
    All Lockheed Martin F-35s are grounded while the programme investigates the root cause of a crack discovered on 19 February in a third-stage low-pressure turbine (LPT) blade deep inside the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine. The discovery of the blade crack comes five years after the first flight of the F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant was delayed several months due to fatigue-related blade failures in the third-stage LPT. The latest crack - discovered only days after the F-35B returned to flight following a 25-day grounding caused by a fueldraulics failure - was discovered on 19 February by...