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  • Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise

    02/24/2013 7:09:54 AM PST · by dynachrome · 6 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | 2-23-13 | Thomas Strong
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saturday that it had captured a foreign unmanned aircraft during a military exercise in southern Iran. Gen. Hamid Sarkheili, a spokesman for the military exercise, said the Guard’s electronic warfare unit spotted signals indicating that foreign drones were trying to enter Iranian airspace. Sarkheili said Guard experts took control of one drone’s navigation system and brought it down near the city of Sirjan where the military drills began on Saturday. “While probing signals in the area, we spotted foreign and enemy drones which attempted to enter the area of the war game,”...
  • Former Obama Spox Robert Gibbs: I Was Told Not To Acknowledge Existence Of Drone Program

    02/24/2013 7:00:32 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As press secretary to President Obama, Robert Gibbs was often in the obfuscation business. Now that he's been freed from that role and become a news analyst—albeit at MSNBC—Gibbs has become considerably more candid. Readers will recall, for example, that he described Chuck Hagel as "unimpressive and unprepared" at his Senate confirmation hearing. Today, Gibbs took that frankness a significant step further. On Up With Chris Hayes, Gibbs stated that as press secretary, he had been ordered not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program. View the video here.
  • Byron York: How defense spending will grow under sequester cuts

    02/24/2013 6:55:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/23/2013 | Byron York
    The major objection most Republicans have to the coming sequestration budget cuts is that the cuts will fall disproportionately on the Department of Defense. That’s true; defense spending is about one-fifth of the federal budget but will take about half of the sequester cuts. But even for the Pentagon, the cuts are only to the rate of growth for the defense budget in coming years. They are not actual cuts that make spending decline. In a February publication, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023,” the Congressional Budget Office (summary here, full report here) outlines the increases...
  • How Long Can U.S. Economy’s Sweet Spot Last This Time?

    02/24/2013 6:53:34 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-24-2013 | Sy Harding
    How Long Can U.S. Economy’s Sweet Spot Last This Time? Economics / US EconomyFebruary 23, 2013 - 07:50 PM GMT By: Sy Harding Until recently, the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and meltdown has been in stealth mode all the way, much of the country either unaware of the progress - or in denial that it was happening. That’s even been true of investors, whose success depends so much on being able to separate the facts and reality from the static and noise. Statistics measuring money flow in and out of mutual funds show that many investors followed their...
  • Yes, Florida Voters Oppose ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion

    02/24/2013 6:42:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Michael F. Cannon
    Bloomberg’s Josh Barro criticizes the James Madison Institute’s poll showing that 65 percent of Florida voters oppose implementing ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion. Barrow is mostly wrong. But even when he’s right, he’s still wrong. Disclosure: I helped JMI formulate their poll questions. Barro complains that JMI conducted a “push poll.” His first complaint is:
  • Bosses could be forced to hire more workers with criminal records under new equality guidelines

    02/24/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff
    Employers in the U.S. may soon have to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds under new equality guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn companies against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense, recommending that those companies eliminate policies which ‘exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.’ According to the EEOC, civil rights laws already prohibit employers from selectively hiring job applicants who are of different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories. The latest update from the EEOC was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally...
  • Black Leaders: Gun Control is "Black People Control"

    02/24/2013 6:38:33 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 23 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Feb 24, 2013 | Alicia Powe
    A number of African-American leaders joined together Friday to challenge the gun control proposals currently being considered on Capitol Hill, claiming gun control laws are inherently racist. “There’s a direct correlation between gun control and black people control,” Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event at the press conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E). Swimp compared the call for universal background checks for gun purchase to the time when blacks were required to register with the government. “The first gun laws were put into place to register black...
  • Which Government Spend the Most Per Capita on Government Healthcare:

    02/24/2013 6:36:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    What government spends the most on health care? Is it Canada or the United Kingdom, which are famous (or, if these stories are any indication, infamous would be a better description) for single-payer healthcare systems? Is it Sweden, the home of the cradle-to-grave welfare state? Or France, the land of the world’s most statist people? How about Italy or Greece, nations that have spent themselves into fiscal crisis? Nope, nope, nope, and nope. The United States spends more money, on a per-capita basis, than any of those countries. Here’s a chart from a Forbes analysis prepared by Doug Holtz-Eakin and...
  • The Free State Speaks

    02/24/2013 6:24:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Paul Jacob
    Last week, I sat through four excruciating hours of legislative hearings before the Ways and Means Committee of MarylandÂ’s House of Delegates. I was waiting to testify on behalf of Citizens in Charge against House Bill 493. For the 20 years before last November, not a single citizen-initiated referendum made it to the Maryland ballot. Why? The state boasts the countryÂ’s most draconian rules for verifying petition signatures. An attorney running his own petition effort had his signature disallowed because he did not sign one of his two middle names or write the initial. Most states use the standard of...
  • Does This Broomstick Go With My Prison Stripes?

    02/24/2013 6:07:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    In its wisdom -- and yes, I am being ironic -- the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued a ruling Tuesday that revives a California inmate lawsuit to force the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to hire a paid, full-time Wiccan chaplain. Oddly, the three-judge panel found that the complaint "did not contain sufficient facts to support a cognizable legal theory under the First Amendment." Nonetheless, the court overturned a federal judge's 2011 dismissal of the lawsuit. It's enough to make you wonder whether Samantha twitched her nose and cast a spell on the...
  • White House to cede Benghazi documents in Brennan fight

    02/24/2013 6:07:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/22/13 | TIM MAK
    The White House is preparing to cede more ground to Senate Republican foes and hand over documents related to the Benghazi attacks to try to secure the confirmation of John Brennan to run the CIA, POLITICO has confirmed. After releasing official timelines, an investigation and sending Cabinet officials up to Capitol Hill for hearings, now the Obama administration has agreed to surrender email messages between top national security officials that discuss how to describe the Sept. 11 attack, a Senate aide confirmed Friday evening.
  • New York Army Vet Facing 7 Years in Prison Over Empty Ammo Magazines

    02/24/2013 5:47:16 AM PST · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | february 23, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    An Army veteran in New York is facing up to seven years in prison for possessing five empty 30-round ammunition magazines. Nate Haddad told WGRZ-TV he was parked on a road last month waiting to meet someone interested in buying them off him when police approached. According to the station, the magazines were for an AR-15 rifle, the same type of weapon Haddad once carried in combat. Magazines over 10 rounds have been illegal in New York since 1994, unless they were manufactured before the law went into effect. Haddad says he thought his were legal, until he found out...
  • US report shows increase in sexually-transmitted infections (20 million new infections each year)

    02/24/2013 5:46:17 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- New governmental reports on sexual behavior in America show significant rises in both sexually-transmitted infections and use of emergency contraception in recent years. Government estimates “show that there are about 20 million new infections in the United States each year,” said that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a new fact sheet released this month. The report was one of two recent studies by the organization surveying the behavior of sexually active individuals in the U.S. Based on surveys and public disease reports, the group estimated “that there are...
  • 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.) (CNSNews.com) - 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    BarackObama.com ^ | 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
    ( http://wakeup2thelies.com ) 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
    CBSLA.com) ^ | February 23, 2013 5:46 PM
    MALIBU (CBSLA.com) — 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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 · 60 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
    Z3news.com ^ | 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 (CBSLA.com) — 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...