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  • Texas Executes Man Who Lit Ex-Girlfriend On Fire

    02/23/2013 1:50:05 PM PST · by zeestephen · 47 replies
    msn.NEWS ^ | 22 February 2013 | Michael Graczyk
    A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend by dousing her with gasoline and setting her on fire was executed in Texas on Thursday.
  • Hard to Justify Across-the-Board Federal Pay Raises

    02/23/2013 1:34:37 PM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 2/15/2013 | James Sherk and Rudy Takala
    The House just voted on a proposal to extend President Obama’s (misnamed) “federal pay freeze” for another year. While Congress has better ways of reducing excessive federal compensation, this approach beats handing out an across-the-board raise. Americans should not have to take a vow of poverty to work in government, but neither should government workers be paid more than they’re worth. The federal government should pay its employees about what they would make in comparable private-sector jobs. It does not. Economists from across the political spectrum agree that, on average, the federal government pays more than the private sector for...
  • Arabs Clash with Jews in Binyamin Region

    02/23/2013 1:33:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Violent clashed took place Saturday between Arabs from the village of Kusra and Jews at the community of Esh Kodesh in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem. The IDF intervened. According to the Bethlehem-based Maan news agency, one young Arab man was badly hurt after being shot in the stomach, and another youth was shot in the leg. The Arabs say the Jewish civilians uprooted their olive trees, and fired at them. The IDF Was called into the fray after Arabs attacked Jews with rocks. Seven Arabs were reportedly hurt from rubber coated bullets fired by the soldiers, and inhaled...
  • WEEKLY ADDRESS: Congress Must Act Now to Stop the Sequester (Barf Alert)

    02/23/2013 1:29:50 PM PST · by magellan · 7 replies
    The White House - Office of the Press Secretary ^ | February 23, 2013 | President Barack Obama
    WASHINGTON, DC—President Obama used this week's address to urge Congress to stop the harmful automatic cuts that threaten thousands of jobs and affect our national security—called the sequester—from taking effect on March 1st. The President and Congressional Democrats have already put forward solutions to avoid these cuts and reduce the deficit in a balanced way, and now it's time for Congressional Republicans to compromise by closing some loopholes that protect the wealthiest Americans so that we can reduce the deficit in a balanced way and create jobs for the middle class. The audio of the address and video of the...
  • Transcript: Great Rush riff on the boot-licking Obama media

    02/23/2013 1:29:20 PM PST · by Amagi · 8 replies
    Rush 24/7 ^ | February 19, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    "Delusional Politico Journalists: Obama is Our Puppet Master"
  • Obama and the Seuss-quester

    02/23/2013 1:27:32 PM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 22, 2013 at 8:46 am | 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...
  • NRA-ILA: 2013 Truth About Gun Owners Poll (FReep this polls)

    02/23/2013 1:24:34 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 12 replies
    NRA Institute for Legislative Action 2013 Truth About Gun Owners (TAG) Poll Tell Congress Where YOU Stand!
  • Why Shale Fracking Is An Economic Game-Changer That Cannot Be Overhyped

    02/23/2013 1:24:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 22, 2013, 6:12 PM | Rob Wile
    Yesterday, we published a presentation by oil analyst Arthur Berman suggesting the potential of fracking to extract fossil fuels buried in shale rock has been way overhyped. But there are many who would argue that the assumptions Berman makes are off the mark.Using data from the Energy Information Administration and Canadian energy consultancy ITG, we have put together the counter-argument to Berman's thesis.
  • Thousands in Spain protest austerity, corruption

    02/23/2013 1:22:34 PM PST · by John W · 8 replies
    Reuters via nbcnews.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Paul Day
    Tens of thousands of Spaniards marched through cities across the country on Saturday to protest deep austerity, the privatization of public services and political corruption. Gathering under the banner of the "Citizen Tide," students, doctors, unionists, young families and pensioners staged rowdy but non-violent demonstrations as a near five-year economic slump shows no sign of recovery and mass unemployment rises.
  • Historic

    02/23/2013 1:15:43 PM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Hon Gov Robert Francis "Bob" McDonnell (VA-R)
    Dear Friend, Today, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the first new significant sustainable transportation funding and reform bill in Virginia in 27 years. Crafted and led by Republicans, the bill received the votes of over 60% of legislators in both houses. Virginians worked together across party and regional lines to find common ground to solve one of our Commonwealth’s most intractable problems. We got results. And the result is $3.5 billion in new transportation funding over the next 5 years, an estimated 35% reduction in the tax on gas at the pump, a shorter commute for you, and...
  • [Vanity]Memo to the Republican Establishment

    02/23/2013 1:11:05 PM PST · by TBP · 10 replies
    Me! | Now | TBP
    Memo to the Republican Establishment: the phrase "Don't bring a knife to a gunfight" does not mean "come unarmed."
  • The Solution To California's Problems Is Beneath Its Feet — But Rich Environmentalists ......

    02/23/2013 1:09:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 18, 2013, 9:39 AM | The Economist
    SHALE exploitation in North Dakota has lifted incomes and brought unemployment down to 3.2% of the workforce, the lowest level in the country. Californians are rarely found looking longingly towards the Midwest. But the revelation that their state, with unemployment at 9.8% and America’s highest poverty rate, may be sitting on the largest deposit of shale oil in the continental United States has led some to wonder if their salvation lies 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) beneath them.California has been an oil state since 1865. Thanks largely to reserves that can still be tapped by conventional means, it remains the third-largest...
  • Video: The battery that might change everything

    02/23/2013 12:51:19 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 80 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | february 23 2013 | jazz shaw
    Some of the great scientific breakthroughs of the last century came about entirely by accident. Many of you are probably familiar with the origins of the Post It Note, and how it was invented as a result of a failure when attempting to create a super strong adhesive. Well, there may be another such story taking place in the present day. Scientists working with carbon compounds developed Graphene, a safe substance with a lot of structural strength for very little mass and weight. And then some wise guy discovered that it had another use. The recap: Graphene, a very simple...
  • MIKE MADIGAN READY TO INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE ONCE AGAIN

    02/23/2013 12:45:14 PM PST · by Petruchio · 5 replies
    MIKE MADIGAN READY TO INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE ONCE AGAIN Mike Madigan is ticked off... Why is Mike Madigan so ticked off? Quite simply, he’s ticked off because the 7th District Court of Appeals has told him plainly that the legislature must bow to constitutional authority – not to the whims of Mike Madigan. And we all know what a control freak Mike Madigan is. No, Mike Madigan is no longer in control of the concealed carry debate. The courts have said once and for all that Illinois will join 49 other states in allowing citizens to carry defensive firearms. The...
  • Andrew Cuomo’s late-term abortion push (potential 2016 presidential candidate)

    02/23/2013 12:43:22 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    Andrew Cuomo, who has been unafraid to make a splash during his time as governor of New York, is doing it again. The New York Times reported over the weekend that the Democrat is set to push for a bill that would reduce the state’s restrictions on late-term abortions, allowing for the procedure when the woman’s health is at stake rather than just, as current law states, when her life is in danger — a significantly lower threshold...
  • Department of Defense Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon

    02/23/2013 12:28:02 PM PST · by SubMareener · 16 replies
    DoD Transcript site ^ | February 20, 2013 | Robert F. Hale, Jessica Lynn Wright
    Department of Department Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon 02/20/2013 04:35 PM CST ________________________________ Presenter: Under Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer Robert F. Hale and Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Lynn Wright February 20, 2013 ________________________________ Department of Department Press Briefing on Civilian Furlough Planning Efforts from the Pentagon BRYAN WHITMAN: Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today and for your interest in the topic today of sequestration, as well as most of you know by now, in accordance with the law, we have notified Congress today...
  • The Nature of Rights: The Debate We Have to Win, Otherwise We Lose the Country

    02/23/2013 12:13:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Townhall ^ | 02/23/2013 | Steve Deace
    Recently a discussion of this story about DC Comics being pressured by homosexual activists to fire one of its writers because he’s on the board of the National Organization of Marriage prompted vigorous debate on my Facebook wall. While perusing through the various comments, it was obvious there still exists much confusion in our country today about the term “rights.” There are two types of rights: unalienable and contractual. Sometimes referred to as a natural right (i.e. “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” reference from The Declaration of Independence), an unalienable right is a right that comes from God...
  • Someone Tell President Obama: American Bridges Aren't "Crumbling"

    02/23/2013 12:09:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/23/2013 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama has been on a blitz while pushing what seems to be an evergreen priority for Democrats these days: "infrastructure investment." In his State of the Union speech, President Obama spoke of Merica's "deteriorating roads and bridges" and proposed what he called a "Fix-It-First" program that would see the government hire construction workers to work on America's infrastructure. This worry is overblown. The Reason Foundation put out a report this week that found America's infrastructure is in fine shape, though there's certainly work to be done. All 50 states lowered their highway fatality rates from 1989 to 2008...
  • Rapper, 2 in taxi meet violent end in Vegas crash ( Shootout on the Vegas Strip)

    02/23/2013 11:58:46 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies
    Sfgate ^ | Updated 9:04 am, Saturday, February 23, 2013 | KEN RITTER, Associated Press, By KEN RITTER and MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press
    <p>LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kenny Cherry was an aspiring rapper who moved from the Bay Area to Las Vegas to pursue his career. His music videos online show him cruising the Strip in a Maserati.</p> <p>Taxi driver Michael Boldon was a family man who hailed from Michigan; and his passenger, Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, came from a loving Washington state family and was well regarded in her community.</p>
  • Sorry Bears, We're In A Secular Bull Market

    02/23/2013 11:58:09 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 2-22-2013 | Jonathan Verenger
    Sorry Bears, We're In A Secular Bull Market February 22, 2013by: Jonathan Verenger I know some people will view this article as a sure sign that the top is in. Keep in mind, however, that I have been a raging bull since July 2009 when I realized that the market wasn't coming back and was ignoring bad news permanently. In the almost 4 years since, we have had numerous things thrown at the market and yet it has crept higher and higher. The latest negative news are the fears of sequestration, a supposed all time high in bullish sentiment (more...
  • Israel Grants First Golan Heights Oil Drilling License To Powerful US Company

    02/23/2013 11:46:00 AM PST · by haffast · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 22, 2013, 2:45 PM | Michael Kelley
    Israel has granted a U.S. company the first license to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights, John Reed of the Financial Times reports. A local subsidiary of the New York-listed company Genie Energy — which is advised by former vice president Dick Cheney and whose shareholders include Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch — will now have exclusive rights to a 153-square mile radius in the southern part of the Golan Heights. That geographic location will likely prove controversial. Israel seized the Golan Heights in the Six-Day War in 1967 and annexed the territory in 1981. Its...
  • What If Germany Gets Bogged Down Too? Or Has It Already?

    02/23/2013 11:43:42 AM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    Testosterone Pit ^ | 2-22-2013 | Wolf Richter
    What If Germany Gets Bogged Down Too? Or Has It Already?Wolf RichterFriday, February 22, 2013 at 6:29PM All hopes rest on Germany: its vibrant economy teeming with globalized, ultra-competitive, export-focused companies would drag France and other Eurozone countries out of their economic morass. But then, there’s reality. That France with its double-digit unemployment fiasco is losing its grip was hammered home by the Purchasing Managers Index. After three months of false-hope upticks, it crashed to a low not seen since March 2009, the trough of the financial crisis! Business activity has been skidding for 18 months, and new orders, a...
  • Bob Woodward: Why is Obama still misleading everyone on the sequester?

    02/23/2013 11:40:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Success may have a thousand fathers, and failure be an orphan, but don’t doubt the parentage of the sequester. After yet another week of White House denials of paternity and a new layer of hysteria over the nature of the cuts involved, Bob Woodward reminds us again who came up with the plan in the first place. As he reported in his book The Price of Politics more than a year ago from on-the-record interviews with the players involved, the sequester was proposed by then-Chief of Staff Jack Lew and personally approved by President Barack Obama, before Harry Reid presented...
  • Cuomo Call-Out: '10 Bullets to Kill a Deer' as Legal Advice

    02/23/2013 11:31:48 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/23/2013 | William A Levinson
    The letter below challenges Governor Cuomo to repeat, in his capacity as an attorney and under color of legal advice, his implication that the Second Amendment applies only to sporting uses of firearms. Remington is advised to leave New York, and take its skilled workers and high-wage manufacturing jobs with it. It will be published by the American Thinker, and sent to Remington and the United Mine Workers, upon delivery to Mr. Cuomo via certified mail. Dear Governor Cuomo, ...Your January State of the Union included the following words: "No one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10...
  • Fracking could fill California's treasury (Enviromentalists say,....that doesn't matter)

    02/23/2013 11:28:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Sfgate ^ | Updated 5:29 pm, Friday, February 1, 2013 | Ankit Jain
    Most Californians may not realize it, but there's a fortune buried underneath our feet. Stretching from Los Angeles to San Francisco, the Monterey Shale formation is estimated to hold 15.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil (which accounts for two-thirds of the recoverable shale oil in the United States) and has become a topic of rapidly growing interest in the oil industry.By comparison, the Bakken formation of North Dakota, which single-handedly saved that state from the effects of the recession, holds 4 billion barrels of oil. Californians could be bidding their budgetary woes goodbye, but instead many are steeling themselves for what...
  • NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama on guns

    02/23/2013 11:22:50 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 12:03 PM EST | Alan Fram
    The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration—ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support. … The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because...
  • Iwo Jima, The Story of Two Flag Raising’s (VIDEO)

    02/23/2013 11:21:46 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 6 replies
    Guns.com ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Chris Callahan
    In a September 17, 1947 letter, U.S. Marine Corp. Sgt. Lou Lowery wrote, “You fellows did all the dirty work and the ones who were on Rosenthal’s picture got all the credit.” The letter’s recipient, Pfc. Raymond Jacobs, was among the Marines who raised the first flag atop Iwo Jimo, which Lou Lowery photographed. However, it was a second flag raising that occurred moments later, caught on film by Joe Rosenthal, that would capture the world’s imagination. His Pulitzer Prize winning photograph would become one of the most iconic symbols of the American determination in World War II and immortalize...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $8k left to go!! This is beginning to look very doable!! [FReepathon thread XXIV

    02/23/2013 11:14:23 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 342 replies
    Woo hoo!! Now approaching the yellow!! Then it'll be the sprint to the finish line!! Approx $2k per day and we'll be done by the first!! This is beginning to look doable!! We can do this, baby. Click the link above or by mail to Free Republic - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794 Thank you all very much!! FReepers are absolutely the greatest!!
  • Psychiatrists to brand grief lasting longer than two weeks a mental illness

    02/23/2013 10:54:26 AM PST · by Drew68 · 160 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 22 Feb 13 | Clifford Fram
    THE grieving process is in danger of being branded a medical condition if a mourner feels sad for more than two weeks and consults a GP, according to an international authority on death and dying. At present, mourners can feel sad for two months before being told they have a mental disorder, says Professor Dale Larson. Decades ago, a diagnosis could be made after a year.In a keynote address at an Australian Psychological Society conference in Melbourne on Saturday, Prof Larson will express his anger about the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual, DSM 5, which is used in many...
  • Soledad O'Brien says her CNN morning show is understaffed calls her firing a 'win-win'

    02/23/2013 10:49:01 AM PST · by dennisw · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 February 2013 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    O'Brien has been with CNN since 2003 when she was anchor of 'American morning.' She's now anchor of CNN's current morning show, 'Starting Point,' - a gig that began in January of 2012. The show runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Soledad O'Brien says losing her job as CNN's morning host is a 'win-win' because her show has been understaffed and essentially ignored by the network. O'Brien's firing is one of many major personnel moves made by the network's new chief, Jeff Zucker, who offiically took the reins in January. She said she knew early on that she wouldn't...
  • Poll to FReep: Should Congress allow automatic spending cuts to take effect <snip>?

    02/23/2013 10:21:28 AM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 26 replies
    KGUN-TV Tucson ^ | 2-23-2013 | KGUN-TV Tucson
    Full title- Should Congress allow automatic spending cuts to take effect if it cannot reach an agreement for resolving the deficit? Yes, No, Undecided.
  • CAIR Director Calls for Death Penalty for Blasphemers Against Islam

    02/23/2013 9:59:27 AM PST · by LSUfan · 52 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | 19 Feb 13 | Daniel Greenfield
    The most disturbing thing about this is that “Sharia law” prosecutions can only take place in the Muslim world. So this looks a lot like an attempt at intimidating and perhaps even causing the death of Atheist and Christian critics of Islam in the Muslim world. Last August, the director of CAIR St. Louis, Faizan Syed, wrote about his ideas for monitoring social media titled Social Media Task Force. Syed wants to create a Muslim youth association who would aggressively monitor the media. What really stood out was this statement under the section “I have few suggestions to make in...
  • Board Must Defend Recess Appointments, Court Says

    02/23/2013 9:51:36 AM PST · by EXCH54FE
    Free Beacon ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | Bill McMorris
    A federal appeals court allowed a legal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board to move forward on Friday, casting additional doubt on the legitimacy of the Obama administration’s embattled labor arbiter. A three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court ordered the board to file a written response defending President Barack Obama’s recess appointments. The ruling stems from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation’s (NRTW) appeal to an NLRB ruling that forced non-union employees to pay for union lobbying costs. National Right to Work attorney Glenn Taubman said the board’s decision violates Beck Rights, which allow employees to...
  • Exotic Cars and Montana Plates

    02/23/2013 9:48:59 AM PST · by nascarnation · 53 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 2/22/2013 | Doug DeMuro
    In its simplest form, an exotic car with a Montana plates is an immense tax dodge. Being the Wild West, you see, Montana levies no sales tax. Instead, its government chooses to operate under the unique “we don’t need no stinkin’ money” principle, which possibly explains why they went without speed limits for several years: they couldn’t afford the signs. In my home state of Georgia, the Veyron’s $1.7 million MSRP would be taxed at seven percent, which comes out to $119,000. For a license plate. Anyway, if you lived in Montana, the same Veyron would cost virtually nothing to...
  • Plano Police Warn Hispanic Men Of Violent Attacks

    02/23/2013 9:47:06 AM PST · by SeminoleCounty · 29 replies
    CBS DFW (CBS Channel 11, Dallas) ^ | February 23, 2013 | Bud Gillett (reporter)
    PLANO (CBS 11 NEWS) – Plano Police and volunteers hit the streets today to alert residents to a string of violent attacks that are targeting Hispanic men. There have been five since October…two of them as late as last week. Neighborhood businesses are participating, posting flyers to raise awareness of the potential danger…while police take a more direct approach. Detective Daniel Caballero and Sergeant Lindy Privett went to Plano markets and bazaars carrying a warning in Spanish….that Hispanic men walking alone have been targeted and violently robbed. Police say there have been five attacks in recent months. A group of...
  • Brazil's 2014 election campaign gets off to early start

    02/23/2013 9:46:48 AM PST · by JerseyanExile
    Reuters ^ | February 22, 2013 | Anthony Boadle
    Brazil's 2014 election season got off to an unusually early start this week with the unofficial launch of President Dilma Rousseff's re-election campaign by her mentor and predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Celebrating his Workers' Party's 10th year in power, Lula laid to rest speculation that he would run again by anointing Rousseff as the party's best option to stay in power. The main opposition party PSDB went on the offensive and attacked the decade of Workers' Party (PT) rule for undoing its work in laying the basis for Brazil's financial stability under former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. "They...
  • Russia to hand over INS Vikramaditya to India in November

    02/23/2013 9:35:37 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Indian Express ^ | February 22, 2013
    Russia will hand over the much-delayed INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier to India in November, giving the country's navy a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean region. The Vikramaditya aircraft carrier is to be handed over to the Indian Navy in November, 2013, head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Alexander Fomin, said yesterday. "The ship is to be put in a dock in April, go on sea trials in June and July and be officially handed over some time in November," he said. The Vikramaditya was originally built as the Soviet Project 1143.4 class aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov....
  • Man charged with felony in Obama mural defacing

    02/23/2013 9:21:46 AM PST · by OKRA2012 · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2/23/13 | Carol Cristian
    A suspect has been charged in a recent defacing of a mural of President Barack Obama near a popular midtown restaurant.
  • F-35s grounded as precaution after crack found in engine blade

    02/23/2013 9:19:06 AM PST · by NYFreeper · 22 replies
    www.af.mil ^ | 2/22/2013 | Jim Garamone
    2/22/2013 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- All F-35s have been grounded as a precaution after a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade, Defense Department officials said Feb. 22 here.
  • Westford, Massachusetts defeats gun ban to thunderous applause!

    02/23/2013 9:16:00 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 7 replies
    The Daily Paul ^ | 02-22-2013 | Betty Liberty
    See the happy citizens! Scoff at the whiny loser board selectman! Behold the pontificating prez of the NRA... http://youtu.be/6DSDSNUr6aY
  • Jimmy Carter on "Argo": "It’s a great drama, and I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film"

    02/23/2013 9:08:14 AM PST · by Borges · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/22/13
    ****** Citing one key discrepancy in the film, the former United States president made this point: "...90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian," notes the 88-year-old. "The movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA. And with that exception, the movie's very good."
  • The Debate We Have to Win, Otherwise We Lose the Country

    02/23/2013 9:05:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Steve Deace
    Recently a discussion of this story about DC Comics being pressured by homosexual activists to fire one of its writers because he’s on the board of the National Organization of Marriage prompted vigorous debate on my Facebook wall. While perusing through the various comments, it was obvious there still exists much confusion in our country today about the term “rights.” There are two types of rights: unalienable and contractual. Sometimes referred to as a natural right (i.e. “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” reference from The Declaration of Independence), an unalienable right is a right that comes from God...
  • Olympic wrestling: US, Iran find common ground (also Russia)

    02/23/2013 8:55:07 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 3 replies
    Dawn.com ^ | February 20, 2013 | AP
    <p>We’ll be standing arm-in-arm with Iran, and we’ll be standing with Russia as we will with lots of other countries,” said Mitch Hull, national teams director for USA Wrestling, in an interview in Tehran with AP Television News before the World Cup Tournament.</p>
  • As furloughs loom, unions try to soften sequester blow for federal workers

    02/23/2013 8:52:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/22/13 | Lisa Rein
    Federal government labor unions and agency managers are bargaining over how and when to carry out first-of-their-kind furloughs of more than a million employees as deep spending cuts are all but certain to kick in Friday. Union leaders cannot stop the furloughs or determine who in each agency must take them. They say their best option is to soften the pain of unpaid days, which could slash federal pay by up to 20 percent this fiscal year. -snip- This would be the first time that furloughs across the federal government would occur with no chance that lost pay would be...
  • Sequester is not a cut.

    02/23/2013 8:52:13 AM PST · by donmeaker · 24 replies
    The Sequester is not a cut.
  • The Minimum Wage and Economic Reality (Why not outlaw high prices to help low income earners?)

    02/23/2013 8:46:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/21/2013 | Steve Chapman
    President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress want to raise the minimum wage to improve the lot of the working poor. But they've got the wrong idea. The problem is not that these workers earn so little; it's that the things they buy cost so much. I propose instead to outlaw high prices. No one, after all, likes paying too much. So let's put a stop to it. Gas is too expensive? Make it $2 a gallon, max. Bread and meat take a big bite out of the family budget? Poor people could eat better if they had to pay...
  • North Korea warns U.S. forces of "destruction" ahead of war drills

    02/23/2013 8:45:27 AM PST · by HogsBreath · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-23-2013 | Sung-won Shim
    North Korea on Sunday warned the top U.S. military commander stationed in South Korea that his forces would "meet a miserable destruction" if they go ahead with scheduled military drills with South Korean troops, North Korean state media said. Pak Rim-su, chief delegate of the North Korean military mission to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom, gave the message by phone to Gen. James Thurman, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, KCNA news agency said.
  • Task Force concludes ‘Stand Your Ground’ is good law

    02/23/2013 8:35:54 AM PST · by Old Sarge · 7 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 22 FEB 2013 | Staff
    For the past 10 months, the 19-member Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection has been reviewing Florida Statute 776, also known as the “stand your ground” law, which defines justifiable use of force. On Friday, the task force released its final report, concluding that the law is good and should not be overturned. The Task Force, led by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, held public meetings in Tallahassee, Longwood, Arcadia, West Palm Beach, Cutler Bay, Jacksonville and Pensacola. Aided by thousands of comments from the public and from law enforcement experts, the panel concluded that Floridians have the right to...
  • District attorney: Las Vegas constable will not face DUI charge

    02/23/2013 8:32:37 AM PST · by redreno · 15 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Published Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 | 2:59 p.m. Updated Friday, F | By Conor Shine (contact) Conor Shine
    Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura will not face criminal charges related to his arrest last week on suspicion of driving under the influence, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said. In a statement, Wolfson said that although Bonaventura’s preliminary breath test showed he was over the legal blood-alcohol limit when he was pulled over Feb. 12, that test is not admissible in court. An arrest report indicates he registered a level of 0.099 on that test. A second, admissible breath test showed Bonaventura’s blood-alcohol level at 0.069, below the legal limit of 0.08. That test was administered at the...
  • ACU: Rand Paul, Marco Rubio Have Perfect Voting Records

    02/23/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 46 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 22 Feb 2013 | Matthew Auerbach
    Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., topped the list of approximately 40 House and Senate Republicans who received a perfect conservative voting score from the American Conservative Union, sponsor of next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. The ACU released its annual rankings Thursday. In the Senate, Rubio and Paul, who are both seen as possible 2016 presidential contenders, were awarded the Defenders of Liberty designation, receiving a “perfect 100 percent” score on their voting records ... Thirty-four House members were deemed Defenders of Liberty, among them Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; Joe Wilson, R-S.C.; and Tom Price, R-Ga. The...