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  • The Memory Span of Fungus

    02/24/2013 8:06:06 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 10 replies
    Canadan Free Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    I have been puzzling over what I perceive as the growing loss of public interest in the Benghazi debacle in which an American ambassador and three others lost their lives and the former Secretary of State in a pique of anger over questions about the event said, “What difference does it make?” It makes a difference if the State Department was derelict or indifferent to the ambassador’s cables that spelled out the security threats that he and his staffed faced or, for that matter, the attacks on other diplomats and humanitarian organizations operating in what was a war zone. African...
  • The Stressed Millennials- Screwed by Obama, the Unions and Generation Fed

    02/24/2013 8:05:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Mike Shedlock
    Those looking for a reason for sluggish housing, weak retail sales, and low family formations rates, need only look at the plight of millennials (those aged 18-33). Many millennials have no job, high student debt with no way to pay the debt off, and few job opportunities beyond part-time employment in food services or retail. Millennials are the ones who Obama targeted to pay for Obamacare. Indeed, the forced inclusion of youth (who will overpay for health care) is supposedly what made Obamacare "affordable". Yet, even with the screw job on youth, the "Affordable Health Care Act" is so unaffordable...
  • Controllers must be cut in a week, LaHood says

    02/24/2013 8:04:38 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    <p>As part of the upcoming forced cuts totaling $85 billion, the Federal Aviation Administration will be required to slash $600 million from its budget, amounting to 4% of its total expenditures. Appearing at the White House on Friday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood warned those cuts would result in major delays at American airports.</p>
  • Budget hawks question Pentagon's doomsday scenarios

    02/24/2013 7:54:16 AM PST · by vbmoneyspender · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 21, 2013 | Byron York
    See Link But perhaps the biggest example of the Washington Monument maneuver is coming from the Defense Department, where it goes by another name. Over many decades of defense budget battles, the Pentagon has often used a tactic known as a "gold watch." It means to answer a budget cut proposal by selecting for elimination a program so important and valued -- a gold watch -- that Pentagon chiefs know political leaders will restore funding rather than go through with the cut. So now, with sequestration approaching, the Pentagon has announced that the possibility of budget cuts has forced the...
  • The Right Way to Combat Gun Violence

    02/24/2013 7:49:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Steve Chapman
    Public policy is a lot like math: No matter what the problem, the wrong answers are far more numerous than the right ones. This is particularly true on the subject of mass shootings and other firearms violence, which have stimulated a new fervor for barking up the wrong tree. Many liberals think the answer to mass shootings and street crime lies in stricter gun regulation: banning "assault weapons," limiting the capacity of magazines or, in their unrestrained moments, adopting ultra-stringent laws like those in Britain or Australia. But most of these ideas are irrelevant or impossible. Even if the Second...
  • Tarrant County Party Facility Refuses Gay Couple's Wedding Reception

    02/24/2013 7:45:28 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 37 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | 2/20/2013 | Lindsay Wilcox
    A gay Fort Worth couple says a Tarrant County facility is refusing to rent them space to celebrate their upcoming wedding with a reception. The owner of the All Occasion Party Place told Ben Allen and Justin Hudgins that she would not rent to them because they are gay, they said. After learning they are gay, she said in an email to them that: "... it is because of God that I will not be a part in your reception and I know he loves you but not what you are doing." "It almost felt like a sucker-punch to the...
  • Pro-American Vs. Anti-American at the U.S. Box Office

    02/24/2013 7:41:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Political Calculations
    It's not often that we can measure something like pro or anti-American political bias in American movies, but we can today because of a unique experiment conducted by Hollywood! The reason why is because of the uneven level of quality of most movies, which can make it extremely difficult to make direct comparisons of a characteristic like political bias between them using the measure of how well they do at the box office. For example, one movie in a given genre might have good acting, but suffers from bad writing or poor direction. Another movie might have only okay acting...
  • The Norwegian Defence League: A Creature of the PST?

    The following article from Dagbladet reveals that the Norwegian Defence League was created and nurtured by the Norwegian Security Police (PST). During its early days, three of its six leaders were PST agents, and the man who initiated the creation of the NDL was an agent for multiple organizations — he infiltrated the leadership of “anti-racist” and communist organizations as well. I can’t help but be reminded of the fact that Stalin was a double agent for the Okhrana, the Czar’s secret intelligence service, before the Bolshevik Revolution. The Okhrana thus unwittingly helped engineer the overthrow of the Russian state....
  • Purim: A Non Progressive Jewish Holiday

    02/24/2013 7:35:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Seraphic Press.com ^ | 2/24/12 | Robert J. Avrech
    Today the Jewish people celebrate the holiday of Purim. It’s an old and familiar story: An intolerant Jew-hater named Haman hatches a plan to annihilate the Jewish people in the ancient kingdom of Persia. It’s That Genocide Thing. Again. Most of the Jews in this multicultural Persian kingdom have been enlightened to the point where they enthusiastically attend royal feasts and gorge themselves off the golden plates and cups looted from the holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. But these court Jews have evolved past that old, tired Judaism. They’re all new-agey, progressive, and they know that Jewish history has moved...
  • Topless women protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election

    02/24/2013 7:34:21 AM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-24-13 | Matthias Baehr
    A group of topless women were dragged away by police on Sunday when they protested against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he voted in Italy's election. The protesters, from the Ukrainian women's rights group Femen, shouted "Basta (Enough) Berlusconi", as the media tycoon was voting in a polling station in a Milan school. The same words were painted on their bodies. Police quickly grabbed the women and roughly bundled them away.
  • Obama & The GOP: Will They Ever Beat This Guy

    02/24/2013 7:29:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Brian Birdnow
    The current political wisdom as expressed by the deep thinkers at the Washington Post and the New York Times holds that President Obama stands triumphant and, as such, he is now confidently setting the national agenda. As E.J. Dionne wrote in the Post last week, “He (Obama) is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse, from illusions that Republicans in Congress would work with him readily, from the threat of a rising Tea Party movement, and from the need to run for re-election.” Is that a fact? Today the economy shows an 8% unemployment rate, which...
  • Home prices in Broward and Palm Beach counties continue rapid rise

    02/24/2013 7:24:11 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 3 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | February 22, 2013 | Donna Gehrke-White
    <p>Home prices in Broward continued their surge into the new year with the median sales prices on single-family homes jumping 24.5 percent in January compared with a year ago, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Realtors said Thursday.</p> <p>The median house price catapulted to $224,088 last month, up from $180,000 in January 2012, the group reported. The median price for condos and townhomes jumped even more — 26.5 percent — during the same period. Palm Beach County's median sales price of single-family houses also surged, up from $179,950 to $218,000.</p>
  • SUV, suspect identified in shooting that led to death of Oakland rapper Kenny Clutch

    02/24/2013 7:17:01 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 53 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | 02/24/2013 | Katie Nelson
    LAS VEGAS -- Police announced Saturday that they have identified an SUV and a suspect in the shooting death of an Oakland rapper on the Las Vegas Strip, which led to a fatal car crash involving a Maserati and taxi. Las Vegas police said a black Range Rover SUV was found Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex east of the Strip and has since been impounded as evidence. Police are looking for 26-year-old Ammar Harris, who they believed fired the shots in the incident early Thursday. Harris' arrest history in Las Vegas, which is extensive and violent, according to police,...
  • Aaron, 9, ‘bullied to death for being white’ [UK]

    02/24/2013 7:16:11 AM PST · by expat1000 · 89 replies
    The Sun ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Aaron Dugmore
    THE devastated family of a nine-year-old boy who hanged himself say he took his life after racist taunts by Asian bullies. .... He said one kid even said to him, ‘My dad says all the white people should be dead’.”
  • Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province

    02/24/2013 7:13:58 AM PST · by the scotsman · 108 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24th February 2013 | BBC News
    'The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture. The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai. The strategically significant, central province of Wardak has been the recent focus of counter-insurgency operations. A US spokesman said it took all allegations of misconduct seriously.'
  • Beretta’s future in Maryland tied to state’s gun-control debate

    02/24/2013 7:11:59 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 23, 2013 | Aaron C. Davis
    On the production floor of Beretta USA sits a hulking new barrel-making machine ready to churn out the next object of obsession in America’s love-hate relationship with guns: a civilian version of a machine gun designed for special operations forces and popularized in the video game Call of Duty. Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James Bond’s firearms, has already invested more than $1 million in the machine and has planned to expand its plant further in Prince George’s County to ramp up production. But under an assault-weapons ban that advanced late last week in the...
  • 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...