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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.
  • Task Force: 'Stand Your Ground' Law Works (Florida)

    02/23/2013 3:22:17 AM PST · by Bushbacker1 · 8 replies
    Lakeland, Fl., Ledger ^ | 2/23/13 | BRENT KALLESTAD
    Sub headline: Report: Legislators should scrutinize neighborhood watch groups. (The sub-head makes me chuckle)
  • Blumenthal Swats Mississippi Legislator Over Connecticut Gun Manufacturers

    02/23/2013 3:13:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    http://www.nhregister.com/ ^ | February 23, 2013 | New Haven Register
    HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has responded to letters sent to three Connecticut gun manufacturers by Mississippi state Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, urging them to relocate to Mississippi.
  • Aaron Broussard's likely sentence 5 years in prison, lawyers say

    02/23/2013 2:57:35 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | February 22, 2013 | Drew Broach
    Aaron Broussard might have hoped his story would have been that of a witty, colorful and effective politician whose career in public service spanned 35 years. On Monday, however, a federal judge will write an epilogue that has the former Jefferson Parish president going to prison for what lawyers predict will be at least five years. The 10 a.m. sentencing in U.S. District Court in New Orleans will essentially end a political corruption scandal that burst open in 2009, quickly toppled the Broussard administration and became entwined with any number of unusual side stories. Judge Hayden Head Jr. was brought...
  • What If (Colorado) Republican Todd Akin Advocated Rape Whistles?

    02/23/2013 2:45:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 22, 2013
    Gun Control: The silent media ignore a Colorado Democrat who says women don't need firearms to defend themselves from predators and a patronizing vice president who says women can't handle an AR-15 anyway. On Monday, the Colorado House passed four gun control bills. Among them is HB13-1226. It would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, as if creating more gun-free zones, such as the one around the Aurora, Colo., theater, where 12 were killed and another 59 wounded, will prevent more massacres. Colorado is a concealed-carry state, as was Virginia at the time of the Virginia Tech shootings. But like...
  • 20 Of The Most Embarrassing Moments In The History Of The Democrat Party

    02/23/2013 2:27:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | John Hawkins
    For example, one will virtually never hear that the Palmer Raids, Prohibition, or American eugenics were thoroughly progressive phenomena. These are sins America itself must atone for. Meanwhile, real or alleged “conservative” misdeeds — say McCarthyism — are always the exclusive fault of conservatives and a sign of the policies they would repeat if given power. The only culpable mistake that liberals make is failing to fight “hard enough” for their principles. Liberals are never responsible for historic misdeeds because they feel no compulsion to defend the inherent goodness of America. Conservatives, meanwhile, not only take the blame for events...
  • The Big Con

    02/23/2013 2:16:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    Please listen up. We are all being conned by the Obama administration. This year, the American taxpayer will fork over about $571 billion to pay for educating children in the nation's public schools. All told, the country spends close to $16,000 per student every year on primary through college education. That's the highest per-student spending rate in the world. However, according to President Obama, it's not enough. He wants more tax dollars, especially for "early education." He said so in his State of the Union address, and it drew big-time applause from his crew. Of course we need to spend...
  • Video: "Obama's Mess"

    02/23/2013 2:08:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Rather than seethe over President Obama's ongoing sequester-related demagoguery, Crossroads GPS has produced a web ad that duly notes that the cuts were Obama's idea to begin with, and pokes fun at his apocalyptic scare-tactics:   Crossroads GPS: "Obama's Mess"I especially enjoyed the audio clip at the tail end in which Obama laments the exhausting merry-go-round of "manufactured" crises, for which his party is almost exclusively responsible.  And how does the president behave during these standoffs?  New York Times columnist David Brooks -- a long-time admirer of Obama's, all the way down to his sartorial elegance -- identifies a pattern of...
  • Does BBC stand for Blame-dodging Backstabbing Cover-up?

    02/23/2013 1:02:30 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | February 23, 2013 | HOLMWOOD, SALES
    A FRENZY of back-stabbing as Beeb chiefs battled to dodge fallout from the Jimmy Savile scandal was exposed by a report yesterday — amid fury at chunks being BLACKED OUT. The acres of censoring — which came as the BBC insisted it was being “transparent” — immediately sparked accusations of yet another whitewash. That was despite the stuff that escaped the marker pen still being enough to leave senior executives squirming. In a huge dossier running to more than 3,000 pages, the panic at the corporation as Savile was exposed as a sex monster — after BBC2’s Newsnight shamefully ditched...
  • Titan boss Taylor tells French they have 'beautiful women' but 'no idea how to run a business'

    02/23/2013 12:11:51 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Henry Samuel, in Paris
    An American tyre tycoon has fired off a second virulent missive to France's industry minister, saying his country has “beautiful women and fantastic wine” but “no idea how to run a business”. Maurice Taylor - chief executive of Titan International - had already incensed the French once this week by saying the country's “so-called” workers put in “three hours a day” with the rest spent eating and talking. Industry minister Arnaud Montebourg hit back in a written response in which he told Mr Taylor his comments were “extremist and insulting” and displayed “a perfect ignorance of what our country is...
  • Eurozone to stay in recession for another year

    02/22/2013 11:59:54 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/22/2013 | Rachel Cooper
    Unemployment in Europe is "unacceptably high" and threatens "grave social consequences", the European Commission has warned as it painted a gloomy picture of the eurozone's troubled economy. Publishing its winter forecast on Friday, the commission predicted that joblessness in the eurozone will peak at 12.2pc, or more than 19m people, this year as the currency bloc continues to struggle. Marco Butti, the EC's director general for economic and financial affairs, described Europe's labour market as a "serious concern". "Employment is forecast to shrink further for some quarters, and unemployment remains unacceptably high in the EU as whole and even more...
  • Michael's Top Ten Movies of 2012 (The Michael Medved Show)

    02/22/2013 11:35:15 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 16 replies
    The Michael Medved Show ^ | 01/04/13 | Michael Medved
    1. LINCOLN 2. SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK 3. LES MISERABLES 4. THE IMPOSSIBLE 5. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER 6. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN 7. THE HOBBIT 8. A LATE QUARTET 9. ACT OF VALOR 10. WON'T BACK DOWN
  • U.K. Is Stripped of Triple-A Rating

    02/22/2013 11:30:33 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    wsj.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | WALTER, BRYAN-LOW, FORELLE
    Moody's Investors Service stripped the United Kingdom of its triple-A credit rating, predicting economic weakness will weigh on public finances for years to come. Moody's lowered the U.K.'s domestic and foreign-currency bond rating one notch to Aa1 and changed its outlook to stable. It is the first of the three major ratings firms to do so, though both Standard & Poor's Ratings Services and Fitch Ratings have the U.K. on negative outlooks. The move by Moody's is a psychological blow to the United Kingdom, which is fiercely proud of its historical position on the world stage and keenly attuned to...
  • 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.
  • North Korea May Actually Think a War Is Coming

    02/22/2013 7:02:01 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 41 replies
    CNBC.Com ^ | Published: Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 3:48 PM ET | By: Jen Alic
    The latest in the North Korea drama is the release of a video portraying US President Barack Obama and American troops going up in flames. But it's not just cheap and cheesy rhetoric by a new leader who wants to be taken seriously: North Korea is preparing for a war because, in their eyes, the US and its allies may really be planning an offensive. Earlier this month, we were regaled with a similar video, this time portraying a US city being attacked by North Korean missiles. Before that, in December, North Korea launched a satellite, and its official news...
  • 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
    Our Troops Rock!!!!! | The Canteen DJ's
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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...