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  • The Church Doesn't Need a Revolution

    02/23/2013 6:26:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    The pope has renounced the papal throne. Long live the progressive pope! Such are the rallying cries from establishment voices wanting to see the Catholic Church loosen up now that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to step down. But maybe people should listen to the Church's actual views. Mary Hasson from the Ethics and Public Policy Center has been doing some unique work looking into what Catholic women know and want from their Church. It's scandalous and yet not entirely surprising that she found only 13 percent of Catholic women who occasionally attend Mass accept Church teaching on contraception....
  • Administration ramps up budget cut warnings, Republicans say drama 'won't solve the problem'

    02/23/2013 6:13:42 AM PST · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/23/2012 | fox news
    The Obama administration on Friday ramped up its campaign to paint an ominous portrait of what would happen if automatic spending cuts take effect March 1, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warning that air traffic control towers would be shut down as part of a host of travel-disrupting FAA cuts. After a week marked by intense partisan bickering, LaHood again put the pressure on Republicans to find a way out of the impasse -- even going so far as to compare President Obama to Abraham Lincoln. "Go see the movie 'Lincoln'," LaHood said, in a message to congressional Republicans. He...
  • What Is Liberalism? (Answer: A Mental Disease!!!)

    02/23/2013 6:06:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | John C. Goodman
    President Obama is said to have made the case for a liberal public policy agenda in his State of the Union speech the other night. But what is liberalism? The conventional view is that liberalism is an ideology. In fact it is a sociology. An ideology is a set of ideas that cohere. Socialism is an ideology. So is libertarianism. Suppose I told you that socialists believe the government should nationalize the steel industry and the auto industry. You would have no difficulty inferring what their position is on nationalizing the airline industry. Right? Suppose I told you that libertarians...
  • What will Kerry Do About Christian Persecution in China? (What A Question)

    02/23/2013 5:59:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Secretary of State John Kerry chose an interesting place to deliver his first foreign policy address. The former Massachusetts senator spoke at the University of Virginia. He was introduced by the university’s president, Teresa Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan noted that the university’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, had served as the first Secretary of State. Unlike today’s foreign policy elites, Mr. Jefferson thought religious freedom was fundamental to our political liberties. He authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which he introduced into the state’s General Assembly in 1779. It was a world historical...
  • Texas man, 21, fatally shoots intruder during home invasion

    02/23/2013 5:56:08 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 2/23/2013
    A 21-year-old Texas man is being credited with protecting his family by shooting one of three men suspected of forcing their way into their home outside of Houston. Harris County Sheriff's deputies tell KHOU.com that the man's father was pushed to the ground by one of the suspects when he answered the door Thursday night. When the intruders went to attack the mother, the son ran to retrieve his father's gun and fatally shot one of the suspects, the report states. The other two suspects reportedly fled the scene.
  • Rand Paul Introduces Sequester Bill

    02/23/2013 5:52:08 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 88 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | Rand Paul Introduces Sequester Bill By Andrew Stiles February 22, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
      Not only is Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) calling out the Obama administration’s “dishonest” doom-mongering on the sequester, he also put forward his own plan, released today, to replace the impending cuts with alternative savings, and to do so “without layoffs,” according to a release from the senator’s office. Paul’s bill would reduce federal spending by more than $85 billion annually by directing the government to:Stop Hiring New Federal Employees ($6.5 billion per year)More than 60,000 people left the federal workforce in 2011. This provision would end the practice of hiring new employees to replace them.Bring Federal-Employee Pay in Line with Private...
  • The Public Has Spoken – 100,000 Americans Sign WH Petition on Cellphone Unlocking

    On January 26, 2013, the Librarian of Congress issued a ruling that made it illegal to unlock new phones. Unlocking is a technique to alter the settings on your phone to use your phone on a different carrier. Doing so could place you in legal liability for up to 5 years in jail and a $500,000 fine (specifically the Librarian of Congress allowed the existing exception to lapse). This prohibition is a violation of our property rights, and it makes you wonder, if you can’t alter the settings on your phone, do you even own your own phone? The ruling...
  • Rothschild versus Rothschild: How financial genius Nat was brought down to earth by his own cousin

    02/23/2013 5:44:16 AM PST · by RummyChick · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/22 | levy
    Over a lingering lunch with a friend in the City of London some years ago, Baron David de Rothschild, the French head of the global Rothschild banking dynasty, was asked if he saw his thrusting young British cousin, Nat Rothschild, as his possible successor. The baron, a stylish figure of the old school, thought for a moment as he sipped a good vintage from the family vineyard, then replied intriguingly: ‘Well, he’s the person of this [Rothschild] generation who seems to be most comfortable in the world of high finance.’ Today, for Nat Rothschild, that glittering prize of one day...
  • Israel: Iran closer than ever to nuclear bomb

    02/23/2013 5:29:52 AM PST · by LSUfan · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | 21 Feb 13 | Unattributed
    Iran is "closer than ever" to the ability to build a nuclear bomb, Israel said on Thursday, as a new UN report said Tehran has begun installing next-generation equipment at one of its main nuclear plants. The International Atomic Energy Agency's report said Iran started installing new and advanced centrifuges at Natanz, which would enable it to speed up the enrichment of uranium. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the report was "severe," and "proves Iran is continuing to rapidly advance to the red line that the prime minister drew at his speech in the United Nations." "Iran is...
  • 6 tanks at Hanford nuclear site in Wash. leaking

    02/23/2013 5:13:02 AM PST · by RummyChick · 35 replies
    cbs ^ | 2/22 | cbs
    Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday, prompting calls for an investigation from a key senator. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the leaking material poses no immediate risk to public safety or the environment because it would take a while — perhaps years — to reach groundwater. But the leaking tanks raise new concerns about delays for emptying them and strike another blow to federal efforts to clean up south-central Washington's Hanford nuclear reservation, where successes often are overshadowed by...
  • Depressing poll of the day: Public opposes cuts to virtually all types of spending

    02/23/2013 5:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 92/22/2013 | AllahPundit
    Nothing new here, which is the most depressing part. Scroll halfway down the page at Pew and you'll find a table tracking shifts in public opinion on various programs over the last four years. There are noticeable jumps in support for cuts from 2009 to 2011 as America got a snoutful of Obamanomics, but we've leveled off since then — and in not a single category of the 17 tested is there 50 percent in favor of decreasing spending. In fact, in only three of those 17 categories (foreign aid, unemployment aid, and the State Department) is there more support...
  • We’re History

    02/23/2013 5:04:58 AM PST · by IbJensen · 57 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/18/2013 | Bill Croke
    It took Rome a lot longer. “….the Roman government appeared everyday less formidable to its enemies, more odious and oppressive to its subjects. The taxes were multiplied with the public distress; economy was neglected in proportion as it became necessary…. If all the barbarian conquerors had been annihilated in the same hour, their total destruction would not have restored the empire of the West: and if Rome still survived, she survived the loss of freedom, of virtue, and of honour.” — Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire In New York City and Philadelphia “flashmobs” rob and...
  • Obama’s Minimum Wage Welfare State

    02/23/2013 4:56:07 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/19/2013 | Brandon Crocker
    The data doesn’t support Obama’s proposal, but his party won’t waver in its commitment to the mythology of left-wing class struggle. Real median household income in the United States has fallen more than 8 percent since Barack Obama was first sworn in as president, and has even fallen during the course of the Obama “recovery.” That, of course, is the fault of George W. Bush, John Boehner, rich people, and ATM machines. Fortunately, President Obama and his economic advisors have come up with a solution to this problem: force businesses to pay their employees more. The president talks a lot...
  • 'Dialogue' Required for Violent Video Games

    02/23/2013 4:34:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    The Obama administration's assault on the Second Amendment in reaction to Newtown is not a serious solution. It's a Band-Aid on cancer. The NRA's call for armed guards in every school also misses the point. When is anyone going to get serious? The problem is violence, a violence of monstrous and horrific proportions that has infected America's popular culture. The Hartford Courant reported on Sunday that during a search of Newtown grade-school killer Adam Lanza's home after the shootings, "police found thousands of dollars worth of graphically violent video games." Detectives are exploring whether Adam Lanza might have been emulating...
  • A gun tale of two cities - Different laws for Iraq veteran and a television ‘star’

    02/23/2013 4:28:29 AM PST · by deks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, February 21, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Nathan Haddad, a former Army staff sergeant in New York, was selling his gun magazines when he was arrested for violating a state law prohibiting possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. He was arrested and charged with five felonies. This is the crime that David Gregory of NBC News committed in Washington a few months ago; Mr. Gregory was not prosecuted because he’s, umm, well, a celebrity. The district attorney for Jefferson County, N.Y., offered Sgt. Haddad, now a civilian employee at Fort Drum, N.Y., a deal that would require him to plead guilty to five Class...
  • Now Media Matters targets Ben Carson

    02/23/2013 4:23:36 AM PST · by wesagain · 22 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Garth Kant
    "Claims Obama critic is using his race to bolster career"Media Matters has posted a “research article” claiming Dr. Benjamin Carson is just “the latest in a long line of black conservatives – from Clarence Thomas to Herman Cain – relentlessly promoted and propped up by right-wing voices in the media.” The article, “Ben Carson’s Moment,” contains just a few original paragraphs and a slew of links to articles and videos. Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, struck a chord with many Americans when he delivered a devastating critique of Obamacare at the National Prayer Breakfast earlier...
  • If America Was A Startup We’d All Quit

    02/23/2013 4:15:04 AM PST · by Shane · 18 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 2/22/13 | Michael Arrington
    So I was chatting with my dad yesterday. We had a long drive home after the Department of Homeland Security seized and impounded my boat. The mood was somber. We were talking about how awful America has become. We are a nation that has been split into groups that absolutely hate each other. Debt is rising, taxes are rising and freedom is being demolished. Meanwhile our elected officials are doing little more than stoking the drama fire while fiddling with the deck chairs on the Titanic. Whatever your politics, you must see it too. Just pick a political story at...
  • Zero Hour at the Vatican: Bitter Struggle for Control of the Catholic Church (mega barf alert)

    02/23/2013 4:14:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    ABC News / Der Spiegel ^ | February 23, 2013
    With Pope Benedict XVI's resignation drawing closer, the struggle for power in the Vatican has gotten underway in earnest. The church badly needs to reform itself, but with Ratzinger lurking in the shadows, will it be able to? Naked and goaded viciously by hornets and wasps, his blood sucked by loathsome worms. Such was the fate of a pope in Dante's "Divine Comedy" who "by his cowardice made the great refusal." Benedict XVI, in short, knew what could happen to one who rebelled against a centuries-old tradition in a church in which suffering is far from foreign. But he also...
  • Canada’s Conservatives poised for decades of power in Ottawa, pollster’s book says

    02/23/2013 4:05:14 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 18 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Mark Kennedy
    OTTAWA — Canada’s Conservatives will be the “perpetually dominant” ruling party this century because of a fundamental shift in society, says a new book by an eminent pollster and a political journalist. According to the authors of The Big Shift, many people — especially the central Canadian “elites” who once set the national agenda — don’t realize how much the country has changed. A coalition of influence and power has shifted to the West and Ontario suburbs, where the Tories are strong. Waves of immigration, much of it from Asia, have brought conservative values. -----snip----- The May 2, 2011, election...
  • Pink stripe on NC illegal immigrant licenses eyed

    02/23/2013 3:27:38 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 2/22/13 | MICHAEL BIESECKER
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A new North Carolina driver's license set to be issued to some illegal immigrants has a bright pink stripe and the bold words "NO LAWFUL STATUS," raising concerns about whether the design will brand those who show it.