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  • Feminist: Women in Combat Can Use Birth Control to ‘Eliminate Their Periods'

    02/24/2013 5:39:59 AM PST · by IbJensen · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Penny Starr
    (Kayla Williams, a former sergeant with the U.S. Army, spoke in favor of the lifting of the ban on women serving in combat units on Feb. 21, 2013 at the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C.) ( - At an event to discuss the merits of lifting the ban on women serving in combat units in the U.S. military, a retired Army sergeant said that hygiene issues are not a problem, including menstrual cycles, which she said can be regulated or eliminated by using birth control. “Women can use hormonal birth control to regulate or eliminate their periods...
  • Penney’s on the dollar (Record losses expected to be announced by JCPenney CEO)

    02/24/2013 5:36:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/24/13 | JAMES COVERT
    After a dismal winter, spring is nearly upon us, and everything is coming up roses at JCPenney. That, at least, is the message some investors expect to hear from CEO Ron Johnson Wednesday — despite forecasts that the flailing retailer will report a fourth-quarter loss on what could be the worst sales drop in its history. When Penney reports its results, Wall Street analysts forecast a loss, with sales down 24 percent to $4.1 billion, but many industry watchers estimate Penney’s comparable sales will plunge by upward of 30 percent.
  • The manufactured crisis of sequester

    02/24/2013 5:20:41 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/23/2013 | George Will
    Even during this desultory economic recovery, one industry thrives — the manufacture of synthetic hysteria. It is, however, inaccurate to accuse the Hysteric in Chief of crying “Wolf!” about spending cuts under the sequester. He is actually crying “Hamster!” As in: Batten down the hatches — the sequester will cut $85 billion from this year’s $3.6 trillion budget! Or: Head for the storm cellar — spending will be cut 2.3 percent! Or: Washington chain-saw massacre — we must scrape by on 97.7 percent of current spending! Or: Chaos is coming because the sequester will cut a sum $25 billion larger than was just shoveled out...
  • Double Barrel Biden, Rape Whistle Salazar and My AR-15 Giveaway

    02/24/2013 5:04:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | February 24, 2013 | Doug Giles
    Boy, the anti-gun goobers were out in full force this past week giving us plebeians the down low on what we “need” to protect ourselves during everything from home invasions to rape situations. It was like listening to Obama talk about economics or Roseanne Barr gloss smoothly on the importance of Southern etiquette in marital conflicts. I heard so much horse scat coming from the left last week regarding self-defense that I am now befuddled as to whom I should give my “Are You Blanking Kidding Me” award to. Damn you, tyranny of many options. Damn you! First on...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 February 2013

    02/24/2013 5:02:08 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 92 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 24 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 24th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Govs. Jack Markell, D-Del., and Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Govs. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and Bobby Jindal, R-La.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., Bob McDonnell, R-Va., Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., and John Chickenpooper, D-Colo.; Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Tim Kaine, D-Va,THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): LaHood;...
  • Progressive Tax-Exempt Group’s Secret Plan to ‘Eviscerate,’ ‘Cripple’ GOP

    02/24/2013 4:21:36 AM PST · by lbryce · 45 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | February 23, 2013 | Staff
    Blueprint NC is “a nonprofit that coordinates the activities of liberal-leaning nonprofits” in North Carolina and when this 501(c) group’s communications director Stephanie Bass forwarded a strategy memo to member organizations, she included a disclaimer: “CONFIDENTIAL to Blueprint, so please be careful – share with your boards and appropriate staff, but not the whole world.” Oops. The memo got leaked to reporter Mark Binker at WRAL in Raleigh. The contents are quite disturbing and clearly partisan: “The most effective way to mitigate the worst legislation is to weaken our opponents’ ability to govern by crippling their leaders (McCrory, Tillis, Berger,...
  • The Pain of 2 Pennies

    02/24/2013 4:17:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | February 24, 2013 | Tim Phillips
    Like a breathless 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert, President Obama raced around the nation over the last week attempting to frighten Americans into opposing the modest cuts to the federal budget due through the sequester process on March 1. Never mind that the sequester was President Obama's idea. Never mind that these cuts amount to just 2 cents on every dollar of the federal budget. And, never mind that his Administration has made history, in a bad way, by running four straight trillion dollar plus deficits. No, there was the President standing in front of "first...
  • Obamanomics And The Jewish Deli Dilemma

    02/24/2013 4:01:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | February 24, 2013 | Austin Hill
    Did you hear the big news from the world of small business? Jewish delis are closing in both Los Angeles, and New York City. The trend has been a long time in the making, especially in New York City where Jewish delis’s used to number in the thousands and now total less than one hundred. Yet the Los Angeles Times reported this “news” just this past week, and the details that the report included – and the details that were ignored– point to some far greater problems. The article, written by Journalist Tiffany Hsu, notes that the decline of the...
  • Juan Williams: Liberal media Will ‘Shut U Down, Stab U Kill U, Fire you’ If U Disagree [VIDEO]

    02/24/2013 3:45:15 AM PST · by lbryce · 88 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | February | Grae Stafford
    Fox News political analyst and “Special Report” panelist Juan Williams said in an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas that mainstream media outlets “stab” and “kill” dissenting voices. Williams was fired from National Public Radio in 2010 after saying he sometimes gets “nervous” when seated on an airplane with Muslims, while making a broader point about the importance of religious tolerance. “I always thought it was the Archie Bunkers of the world, the right wingers of world, who were more resistant and more closed-minded about hearing the other side,” he said. “In fact, what I have learned is, in...
  • Proposed Design of NC Illegal Immigrant Licenses Sparks Concern

    02/24/2013 3:21:27 AM PST · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | February 24 ,2013 | Staff
    <p>A new driver's license expected to be issued to some illegal immigrants in North Carolina has prompted state lawmakers and immigrant rights groups to voice concerns over the proposal.</p> <p>The proposed North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles license has a bright pink stripe and the bold words "NO LAWFUL STATUS."</p>
  • President Barack "I Didn't Do It" Obama

    02/24/2013 12:59:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | February 24, 2013 | Derek Hunter
    It’s one thing for a politician to “massage” the truth ... it happens all the time. But it’s quite another for one to so brazenly repeat an easily disprovable lie. But, as in the case of President Obama and sequestration, when the fear of being caught in a lie is removed because those charged with being “watchdogs” are active participants, brazenly lying carries no more risk than saying “hello.” Sequester, automatic across-the-board reductions in the rate of increase in government spending – commonly and lazily called “spending cuts” by the media – was the spawn of the Obama administration. You’d...
  • Inside Scientology with Jenna Miscavige Hill Sat 02-23 - Coast to Coast radio show

    02/23/2013 11:02:19 PM PST · by dennisw · 11 replies
    Coast to Coast radio show ^ | 02-23 | Jenna Miscavige Hill
    Inside Scientology Sat 02-23 Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. She joins John B. Wells to share her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, and her ultimate escape. In the first hour, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen will comment on the mysterious death of Philip Marshall and provide various news updates.
  • Is this even legal ? (OBAMA to bus people in to protest NRA in Albany. This is a big deal)

    02/23/2013 10:30:07 PM PST · by Celerity · 199 replies ^ | 2/24/13 | Why, it's Barack Obama himself !
    ALBANY LOBBYING FOR "NY SAFE ACT" (Day of Action) Governor Cuomo and our legislature passed the "NY SAFE ACT." It will reduce gun violence in our state. Predictably, it is under attack by the National Rifle Association and allied groups. :::We are joining with the SEIU 1199 to lobby in Albany. This free bus trip will last from 8:00 to 4:30 with breakfast and lunch included. Meet up at 250 S Clinton St. Park in the M Lot at the corner of W Fayette and S Clinton Sts. (Parking in that lot may be validated. No sure yet.) Show your...
  • Papal resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    02/23/2013 9:52:58 PM PST · by Renfield · 19 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-21-2012 | John Hooper
    A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair....
  • Senator Bernardi: "The Greens party has repainted old-fashioned Marxism with a pale-green brush"

    02/23/2013 9:49:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 11/3/2011 | wakeup2thelies
    ( ) On Tuesday the 1st of November in the Senate debate on the 'Clean Energy Bills', Senator Cory Bernardi gave a speech opposing the bills. This speech is a fantastic exposé on who 'The Greens' are what they stand for. In his speech he says 'The Greens' are a Marxist, extremist, Anti-Israel, alarmist, group of hypocrites who want a one-world government.
  • US Navy Plans Drone Base Near Malibu

    02/23/2013 9:16:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies ^ | February 23, 2013 5:46 PM
    MALIBU ( — The US Navy plans to build a drone base at an airfield in Point Magu, about 15 miles from Malibu. Navy Base Ventura County, Point Mugu will add about 700 jobs when the four drones — called Tritons Unmanned Weapons Systems — are stationed. Additional drones from Navy bases around the world would also land and takeoff at the Southern California base. The planes are 48 feet long and have 138-foot wingspans. They were unveiled at Palmdale last summer, and represent the military’s next generation of remote control intelligence gear. An environmental impact report said about five...
  • Mussel Glue Could Help Repair Birth Defects

    02/23/2013 9:05:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 16 February 2013 | Dan Ferber
    Enlarge Image Quick seal. Adding a glue modeled on the biochemistry of mussel attachment quickly sealed a punctured fetal membrane in rabbits, protecting the fetal bunnies inside. Credit: Martin Ehrbar from University Hospital Zurich BOSTON—When it comes to hanging on tight, the lowly mussel has few rivals in nature. Researchers have sought the secrets behind the bivalve's steadfast grip on wet, slippery rock. Now, reporting here today at the annual meeting of AAAS (which publishes ScienceNOW), a researcher said he has used the mollusk’s tricks to develop medical applications. These include a biocompatible glue that could one day seal...
  • On Feb. 25 & 26, make ‘Five Phone Calls for Freedom’

    02/23/2013 8:43:46 PM PST · by HammerT · 7 replies
    Grass Roots North Carolina ^ | 2/21/2013 | Grass Roots North Carolina
    IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED! Make ‘Five Phone Calls for Freedom’ We are asking millions of Second Amendment supporters, represented by the Coalition and others, to deliver a loud and clear message to Congress by making 5 phone calls on Monday and Tuesday (Feb. 25 & 26). Please note that we said CALL, not email. We want millions of voices to ring through the congressional switchboard, so please note that you might have to try several times to get through. Specifically, we are asking you to call: 1. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at 202-224-2541 2. House Speaker John Boehner at 202-225-0600...
  • The First Car Phone Was The Civil War Telegraph Wagon

    02/23/2013 8:27:44 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 2/21/13 | Jason Torchinsky
    It's always a tricky thing to try and pinpoint the first of anything. The first working automobile, the first powered flight, the first beer of the night — all these things are usually surrounded by an impenetrable haze of uncertainty and occasionally, vomit. Often we can make some pretty decent guesses, but this time I feel pretty confident in making an out-and-out statement of what I think is fact: The first vehicles with on-board electrical communication systems were Civil War Telegraph Wagons. That means those battery-crammed wooden wagons are the direct ancestor of cars with radios, radiophones, car phones, all...
  • Travis' 'Victory or Death' letter returns to the Alamo

    02/23/2013 8:22:03 PM PST · by Rabin · 16 replies
    .star-telegram ^ | Feb. 22, 2013 | Steve Campbell
    When it left the Alamo in the dark of night 177 years ago, William Barret Travis' "Victory or Death" letter had to be slipped past the Mexican army before courier Albert Martin could deliver the besieged commander's stirring call for help that never came.
  • Time to Act Again (sneak peek on Madigan's anti-carry strategery for Illinois)

    02/23/2013 8:20:48 PM PST · by Springfield Reformer · 11 replies
    In case anyone hasn't heard, the 7th circuit denied Lisa Madigans request to have the ban on concealed carry ruled unconstitutional. Thus they are now under the gun to pass a conceal carry law by June 9, 2013. The judge who wrote the dissenting opinion basically gave them a layout on how to pass a very bad bill in his opinion that would not infringe the second amendment. Hogwash, but now Michael Madigan is going to try to railroad a bill through ala NY style. Only difference is we have a few days to react where they had none. They'll...
  • Double-O-Who? Jon Pertwee's secret life as a wartime agent

    02/23/2013 8:15:48 PM PST · by the scotsman · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th February 2013 | Marc Horne
    'He was best known for battling the Daleks as one of the best-loved Doctor Whos. But now it has been revealed that Jon Pertwee was a real-life secret agent years before he donned the Time Lord’s cape. The actor, who died in 1996 aged 76, was a senior intelligence agent during the Second World War and reported directly to Winston Churchill. He was also recommended for another role by James Bond creator Ian Fleming – and proved to be an expert in using a range of 007-like gadgets, including a smoking pipe that fired bullets and handkerchiefs containing secret maps....
  • Obama urges Supreme Court to strike down federal Defense of Marriage Act

    02/23/2013 8:11:22 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 59 replies ^ | 2/23/2013
    The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to strike down the federal law defining marriage as a union between only a man and a woman. The request regarding the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act was made Friday in a brief by Solicitor General Donald Verrilli that argues the law is unconstitutional because it violates "the fundamental guarantee of equal protection." The high court is set to hear two cases next month on the issue: the constitutional challenge on Proposition 8, the 2008 California that allowed same-sex marriages in the state that two years later was overturned, and United States...
  • Another Jihadist Terror Plot in Britain

    02/23/2013 8:10:03 PM PST · by LSUfan · 92 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 23 Feb 13 | Unknown
    The United Kingdom is unfortunately a nation that is in the process of slowly committing cultural suicide. It pains us to say it because the UK is in many ways the cradle of modern Western civilization and there has been no more steadfast US ally for very nearly 100 years. But the British made a bargain with the devil when they decided to allow massive Muslim immigration a generation ago. As a result, there are now Shariah zones in areas of Britain and there are neighborhoods in London where British servicemen have been told not to wear their uniforms because...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Michelle Obama Does 'The Bump' With Cross-Dressed Jimmy Fallon

    02/23/2013 7:50:43 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    Last April, Barack Obama demeaned the office of the presidency by slow jamming the news on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On Friday, Michelle Obama did 'The Bump' with Fallon who was dressed as a woman (video follows with commentary): Announcer Steve Higgins introduced the video as "The Evolution of Mom Dancing." Fallon was initially on stage by himself with a wig on and women's clothing. He was then joined by the first lady, and they proceeded to do a variety of dances including the "Go Shopping and Get Groceries," the "Raise the Roof," and then the "Hip Bump,"...
  • Real Federal Spending Up $822.90 Per American Since 2008

    02/23/2013 6:56:16 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 5 replies
    Inflation-adjusted per capita federal spending went up $822.90 from fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2012, according to official data from the U.S. Treasury and the Census Bureau. Real federal spending also increased $2437.64 per household between 2008 and 2012. In constant 2012 dollars, the federal government spent $3,176,376,470,000 in 2008 and $3,538,446,000,000 in 2012, according to the U.S. Treasury. (The 2008 spending number was adjusted to 2012 dollars using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.) On April 1, 2008 (the midpoint in the federal fiscal year which ends on Sept. 30), there were 303,381,938 people in the United States, according...
  • Iran denies allegations of organizing spy cell in Nigeria

    02/23/2013 6:55:27 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    Reuters via NBC ^ | 2/22/2013 4:37:59 AM ET | Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Editing by Alistair Lyon
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Friday Nigerian allegations that it had trained militants arrested in Nigeria on charges of planning attacks on U.S. and Israeli targets there. Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said such allegations were "made up as the result of the ill will of the enemies of the two countries' good relations", Iranian state television reported. "Iran and Nigeria have friendly and close relations and despite the vast efforts of the two countries' enemies in recent years relations and cooperations have always improved," he said. Nigeria's secret service said on Thursday it had arrested Abdullahi Mustapha Berende...
  • Iran Continues to Edge Closer to Nuclear Weapons

    02/23/2013 6:46:31 PM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    Iran Bulletin ^ | 23 Feb 13 | Unattributed
    There have been two recent developments that should greatly raise the level of concern over the Islamic Republic of Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons. First was the recent North Korean nuclear test. There is no doubt that Iran and North Korea have cooperated for decades on a variety of matters. They have evidently shared ballistic missile technology and there have even been reports from the US Congressional Research Service of North Korean advisers training Hezbollah terrorists in the Bekaa Valley, something that would almost certainly be set up by the Iranian Pasdaran. In the past, when the North Koreans have...
  • Japan’s Economy Has Entered a Terminal Phase

    02/23/2013 6:41:19 PM PST · by kanooga · 57 replies ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | James Bailey
    After more than twenty years of economic troubles, Japan now appears to be entering a terminal phase. They are running out of options as they approach a total economic melt-down. Since their recession began with the 1990 collapse of the Nikkei stock market, the Japanese government has tried to stimulate their economy with more government spending. Unfortunately, all they have to show for it is massive sovereign debt. The promised economic recovery never happened. They have become Exhibit A in the case against socialism, proving what free market economists have said all along, government spending cannot drive economic growth. That...
  • Limbaugh ‘Ashamed’ Comment Puts Sequestration in Right Perspective, Author Says

    02/23/2013 6:40:05 PM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 103 replies
    Official Wire ^ | February 23, 2013 | The Right Frequency
    After more than two decades of espousing patriotism, Rush Limbaugh reached a breaking point this week declaring, “for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country.” “I’m into my 25th year,” Limbaugh said on his program Thursday addressing the sequestration debate. “I can’t tell you the number of times this has happened. This hit me yesterday. I’ve said the same things over and over for 25 years. Whether the Clinton presidency or the Obama presidency, whether it’s a Pelosi speakership or Tom Foley, it’s the same stuff. It’s the same threats. It’s the same arguments over...
  • Battle for Syria's Aleppo airport intensifies as regime tries to reverse rebel gains

    02/23/2013 6:19:35 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2013 | AP
    BEIRUT – The battle for Syria's second-largest airport intensified on Saturday as government troops tried to reverse recent strategic gains the rebels have made in the northeast in their quest to topple President Bashar Assad. Assad's troops have been locked in a stalemate with rebels in Aleppo since July when the city, the largest in Syria, became a major battlefield in the 2-year-old conflict the United Nations says has killed at least 70,000 people. Rebels have been trying to capture the international airport for months. Rami Abdul-Rahman, director of the Britain-based activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the...
  • Labor, business agree to principles on immigration

    02/23/2013 6:15:29 PM PST · by haffast · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Thu, Feb 21, 2013 | ERICA WERNER
    Business and labor groups announced agreement Thursday on the principles of a new system to bring lower-skilled workers to the U.S, a key priority for a comprehensive immigration bill. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO reached consensus after weeks of closed-doors negotiations they were conducting at the request of Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., two of the senators involved in crafting an immigration deal on Capitol Hill. Ensuring that future workers can come to the U.S. legally is expected to be a central element of the deal, which will also address border security, employer verification...
  • McCain gets an earful on immigration in Arizona

    02/23/2013 5:57:09 PM PST · by Red Steel · 21 replies
    cbs ^ | February 20, 2013, 4:02 AM
    Arizona took center stage in the national immigration debate Tuesday as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the state's border with Mexico and Sen. John McCain defended his proposed immigration overhaul to an angry crowd in suburban Phoenix. The presence of the top officials is the latest sign that Arizona will play a prominent role in the immigration debate as President Obama looks to make it a signature issue of his second term. Napolitano toured the border near Nogales with the highest-ranking official at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the incoming chairman of the Senate's homeland security committee and an...
  • Sen.John McCain says he'll meet with Obama on Tuesday to discuss immigration overhaul(McCain in Mex)

    02/23/2013 5:50:57 PM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Updated: February 22, 2013 - 7:24 PM | MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN
    MEXICO CITY - U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday that he and other lawmakers working on an immigration overhaul will meet with President Barack Obama on Tuesday to discuss the effort to revamp the system. McCain, a member of a bipartisan group of eight senators working on a bill, said there is still significant disagreement with the president, but he is optimistic about producing legislation that includes a path to legalization for illegal immigrants. The White House could not immediately confirm the Tuesday meeting. "The president of the United States has supported our efforts. In fact we will be meeting...
  • Long Island Teen Dies Of Mysterious Illness During Disneyland School Trip

    02/23/2013 5:50:17 PM PST · by null and void · 53 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | February 22, 2013 7:32 PM
    ANAHEIM ( — A 15-year-old boy from Long Island died of a mysterious illness while on a school trip to Disneyland. Joseph Tutaj was one of 80 students from Seaford High School’s marching band who traveled to the Southland to perform at the Anaheim theme park last week. “The first day at Disneyland he was okay. He went on Space Mountain and everything with us. Then the second day he wasn’t feeling well at all,” said band member, Michael Nicola. On Tuesday, Tutaj was at the Santa Monica Pier when he complained of a high fever. The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA...
  • ObamaCare: The Neutron Bomb That Will Decimate Employment

    02/23/2013 5:50:17 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 22 February 2013 | Charles Hugh Smith
    ObamaCare will act as a neutron bomb on employment in the U.S. for two basic reasons. Longtime readers know I have repeatedly explained why healthcare, i.e. sickcare, will bankrupt the nation. Here are two of the dozens of entries I've written on sickcare: America's Hidden 8% VAT: Sickcare (May 10, 2012) Can Chronic Ill-Health Bring Down Great Nations? Yes It Can, Yes It Will (November 23, 2011) I have also explained why ObamaCare's "fixes" are simulacra reforms that don't even address the systemic costs arising from the cartel-fiefdom structure of sickcare: Why "Healthcare Reform" Is Not Reform, Part I (December...
  • NJ is directed to suspend enrollment in insurance program for people with preexisting conditions

    02/23/2013 5:47:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies ^ | February 22, 2013 | LINDY WASHBURN
    New Jersey next Friday will suspend enrollment in an insurance program for people with preexisting medical conditions mandated by the new federal health care law, officials said. The state was directed to do so by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which received limited funding from Congress to provide coverage in each of the 50 states. Without the suspension, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan would be in danger of running out of money to cover those currently enrolled, according to a message posted on the program’s website. “Those who have been considering purchasing health coverage … need to...
  • 3 political sisters in Pa. convicted of corruption

    02/23/2013 5:39:55 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Saturday, February 23, 2013 | Joe Mandak and Peter Jackson
    Pittsburgh (AP) — The story has more irony than a Greek tragedy. Three sisters from a devoutly Catholic family have seen their personal and political careers ruined by a scandal that began with, of all things, a letter to some nuns. Thursday's conviction of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin along with her aide and sister, Janine Orie, on campaign corruption charges mean they might join a third sister — former state Sen. Jane Orie — in state prison. No sentencing date has been set. The former senator was sentenced last year to 2˝ to 10 years for...
  • Revealed:The SAS secret mission to kill in Iraq BEFORE MPs voted to invade

    02/23/2013 5:34:34 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17:05 EST, 23 February 2013| UPDATED:18:59 EST, 23 February 2013 | Mark Nicol
    The SAS were already fighting in Iraq on the eve of the Commons vote Soldiers were there to prevent a chemical weapons attack on Israel The SAS were involved in fierce fighting inside Iraq the day before the crucial Commons vote in 2003 that approved military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today. As the tenth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War approaches, we have uncovered a trove of documents about the secret mission, including accounts of senior Special Forces personnel. Told here for the first time, this is the story of Operation...
  • Mi'kmaq call on Canada to recognize fishing treaty

    02/23/2013 5:18:29 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 8 replies
    CBC ^ | February 22, 2013
    A dozen Mi'kmaq communities filed a notice of application with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Friday alleging that Canada has not met its obligation to accommodate fishing treaty rights. Membertou Chief Terry Paul says a 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision found that Mi'kmaq have the right to harvest and sell fish to sustain a moderate livelihood for their families. In that case, Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Donald Marshall launched a legal challenge after being charged in 1993 with fishing eels out of season, fishing without a license and trying to sell illegally caught eels. The Supreme Court decision cited...
  • CPAC invitation calls MSNBC’s Chris Hayes ‘one of America’s leading conservative voices’

    02/23/2013 5:17:07 PM PST · by Mozilla · 7 replies ^ | February 23, 2013 | by Twitchy Staff
    As Twitchy reported, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was invited to participate in a CPAC panel while gay conservative group GOProud was not. The stupid, it burns. Hayes' appears to have received the same form letter as other invitees. As one of America’s leading conservative voices, your participation in CPAC 2013 will be critical in our efforts to unite and energize conservatives. But Hayes’ “leading conservative voice” is unlikely to make it to CPAC after all.
  • Florida doesn't have enough doctors for Medicaid expansion, lobby group says

    02/23/2013 5:14:40 PM PST · by upchuck · 23 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Kathleen Haughney
    Brace yourself for longer lines at the doctor's office. Whether you're employed and insured, elderly and on Medicare, or poor and covered by Medicaid, the Florida Medical Association says there's a growing shortage of doctors — especially specialists — available to provide you with medical care. And if the Florida Legislature goes along with Gov. Rick Scott's recommendation to offer Medicaid coverage to an additional 1 million Floridians — part of the Affordable Care Act that takes effect next January — the FMA says that shortage will only get worse. "Florida needs more doctors and it needs more nurses, and...
  • National park cuts could hit state hard

    02/23/2013 5:07:02 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 43 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 22, 2013 | Peter Fimrite
    Park rangers in the Bay Area and throughout California would be laid off, interpretive programs would be cut and Yosemite's bears might end up with a perpetual trash banquet if the federal government does not find a deficit-reduction plan, according to a National Park Service document leaked this week. The lack of a long-term financial plan would mean a $1.2 trillion across-the-board cut in federal spending and a 5 percent hit to the budgets of the 398 national parks, including Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes National Seashore. The cuts would be necessary in...
  • Man charged for helping wife commit suicide

    02/23/2013 5:06:43 PM PST · by Abathar · 14 replies
    Fox59 News ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 | Joe LePage
    A man charged with aiding his wife’s suicide says he never wanted her dead. He said he tried to take back the noose he gave her when they were fighting but investigators are not buying it. Nick Ellis made the noose his wife used to hang herself, but he said he never thought she would use it. “I, in no way, assisted my wife with killing herself,” said Ellis. “Now, I am sitting in jail because of this.” Police said he helped his wife, Jessica, do just that. “I have never seen anything like this and we have never charged...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ THE POWER OF LOVE ~ 24 February 2012

    02/23/2013 4:59:04 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 68 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
            THE POWER OF LOVE What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things. This story will keep you singing! Like any good mother, when Karen found out that another baby was on the way, she did what she could to help her 3-year-old son, Michael, prepare for a new sibling. Karen and her spouse found out that the new baby was going to be a girl, and day after day, night after night, Michael would sing to his sister in Mommy's...
  • Wildlife Officials Warn Hunters Of Deadly Rabbit Fever

    RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) - Officials with both the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Wildlife Commission are urging hunters to be wary about rabbit fever after two hunters contracted it this month.
  • Bush CIA Director: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Portrayal of Interrogations 'Not Factually True'

    02/23/2013 3:59:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 23, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    On the eve of Sunday's Academy Awards presentation, former George W. Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden has made a strong statement about the hunt for Osama bin Laden film "Zero Dark Thirty." In an interview to be aired on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday, Hayden said, "If you look at the movie, it was artistically true, not factually true. Artistically, it portrayed the CIA interrogation program, but factually it was overwrought and inaccurate" (video follows with transcript and commentary): Bush CIA Director: 'Zero Dark Thirty' Portrayal of Interrogations 'Not Factually True' FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST: Did enhanced interrogation techniques, specifically waterboarding,...
  • Arabs Attack Jews En Route to Megillah Reading

    02/23/2013 3:43:01 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    Arabs ambushed and attacked a convoy of cars driven by Jews on the road leading to the demolished outpost of Yad Yair. No one was reported hurt. The Jews are residents of the Dolev-Talmonim bloc in the Binyamin region. They drive to Yad Yair every year on Purim to read the Megillah there. Usually, the pilgrimage is carried out without army approval. Since the road to Yad Yair is blocked by a military checkpoint, the residents usually drive through a roundabout way that passes through three Arab villages. This year, the IDF brigade commander in charge of the region asked...
  • A 9/11 Victim’s Family Raises New Objections to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

    02/23/2013 3:02:37 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 22, 2013 | By MICHAEL CIEPLY
    LOS ANGELES — It’s not over yet for “Zero Dark Thirty” — at least, not in the complaints department. As the Oscars approach on Sunday, the film, which is nominated for five awards, including best picture, has drawn new objections from the survivors of Betty Ann Ong, a flight attendant who died in the Sept. 11 attacks. The survivors contend that Ms. Ong’s voice, recorded on a call from American Airlines Flight 11 before it hit the World Trade Center, was improperly used in an opening sequence of “Zero Dark Thirty.” They are demanding an apology at the Academy Awards...