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  • Shotgun Joe Inspires a Great Idea: Free AR-15!

    02/24/2013 12:14:43 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    JoeforAmerica.com ^ | 2-21-2013 | Joe Wurzelbacher
    February 21, 2013 Shotgun Joe Inspires a Great Idea: Free AR-15! Joe Wurzelbacher It’s not often that Joe Biden inspires a great idea (unless you’re talking about late-night comedians) and mostly he just makes you wish he’d shove some pie into that pie-hole and stop talking for five minutes. But stick with me. You’ll want to hear this:Barack Obama has made the Vice-President the point man in his Gun Control Task Force, or as I like to think of it, spearheading Obama’s pathetic and cynical play on the Newtown massacre to deny law-abiding Americans their Second Amendment rights. Listening to...
  • Woo hoo!! Less than $6k left to go!! This is beginning to look very doable!! [FReepathon XXV]

    02/24/2013 12:01:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 514 replies
  • Jindal To Obama: Stop Campaigning And Scaring The American People

    02/24/2013 11:51:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 2/24/13 | nbc
    GOV. BOBBY JINDAL (R-LOUISIANA): My recommendation to the president is it's time to stop campaigning. It is time to actually do the job here in Washington D.C. In our second term, for example, last year, we passed one of the most sweeping educational reform laws in the country, giving real choice to our kids, putting right teachers in the classroom. We're forming our tenure laws, letting the dollars follow the child. This year, like my colleague, we're proposing tax, significant tax reform. We've got different ideas about that. We're trying to get rid of the income tax in Louisiana. My...
  • 50 Cent Sees 'No Black People' At Daytona 500

    02/24/2013 11:43:35 AM PST · by Steelfish · 113 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | February 24, 2013
    50 Cent Sees 'No Black People' At Daytona 500 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Give NASCAR credit for this, the racing circuit continues to attempt to diversify its fan base. Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson signs autographs prior to the Daytona 500. (Getty Images) This year, in a continued effort to show racing fast cars should appeal to more than just its traditionally white fan base, the circuit brought in African American celebrities such as recording artists 50 Cent and T.I. and future Hall of Fame NFL star Ray Lewis to the Daytona 500. It's a long way from the traditional...
  • State Department to Spend $250,000 on Afghan YouTube Channel, Had No $$$ for Benghazi Security

    02/24/2013 11:06:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 2/24/13 | Daniel Greenfield
    Remember the State Department had no money for Benghazi security because of the mean GOP. But it can always seem to find huge chunks of cash for really stupid things like this. This Hope nonsense smacks of an extension of Obamas permanent campaign and its largely meant to fool Americans into thinking that matters in Afghanistan have improved so much that the departure is not a defeat. That makes this expensive propaganda boondoggle of dubious legality and obvious uselessness. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul plans to spend up to $250,000 in taxpayer money on the creation of a website that...
  • Some women leaving the gun at home for a can of bug spray

    02/24/2013 11:02:23 AM PST · by Daffynition · 90 replies
    WBTV.com ^ | 02.20.13 | Sean Edmondson
    ST. LOUIS (WFIE) - Some women in St. Louis are ready to take aim and fire if confronted by an attacker, but their weapon of choice isn't a gun. Instead, they're turning to a common household product to protect themselves. It's barely seven bucks, but it makes Joy Gridnick Christensen feel a whole lot safer. "And we keep it right here so if you came to the counter with the cash register I would just get this on you and zap you right in the face," said Christensen. As owner of the Fountain on Locust, she's armed all her employees...
  • F-22s Human Interface Kills Humans, Then Lands Them Safely

    02/24/2013 10:52:31 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    MIT ^ | February 24, 2013 | John Pavlus
    Think Windows 8 is a usability nightmare? Two pilots of the infamously expensive F-22 fighter jet recently went on 60 Minutes to describe how this phenomenal, phenomenal machine poisons its pilots air supply in the course of normal flight. But the plane is also smart enough to land itself with no help from its passed-out pilot. This is UX design by way of Brazil: the human interface is so bad that it actively tries to kill you the entire time youre using it, and so good that it can deliver your comatose body back to safety with no help from...
  • Ballsy Law Student Schools Uninformed Law Officer on Gun Rights (Video)

    02/24/2013 10:47:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/24/13 | Jim Hoft
    Guest Post by Mara Zebest A video posted at the end of 2012 (a couple of months back) is gaining some steam now due to the current gun debate. A Facebook posting offers the following overview: You will LOVE this video! Share it if you want MORE people (including policemen) to understand this! Watch what happens when a policeman illegally stops a law student for carrying a gun and the law student schools him on how hes broken the law.
  • Massachusetts Statement against High-Stakes Standardized Testing

    02/24/2013 10:22:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Fair Test ^ | 19 February 2013 | Massachusetts Professors and Researchers
    There has been a ground swell of opposition to the overuse and misuse of standardized testing across the United States. This includes statements from more than 670 Texas school boards, nearly one-third of all New York State principals, and hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who have endorsed the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. Against this backdrop, two significant statements have come from groups of educators and researchers in Chicago, Georgia and New York.We applaud these actions and have come together in solidarity with their efforts. We respectfully present this statement to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, the Secretary...
  • Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1923-2013 (conductor)

    02/24/2013 10:21:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 24, 2013 | Peter Dobrin
    Wolfgang Sawallisch has died, Der Spiegel reports. The Philadelphia Orchestra's music director from 1993-2003 was 89. Sawallisch died Friday, according to the Bavarian State Opera, which Sawallisch led for 20 years. He had been stricken in recent years by a number of diseases and conditions.
  • OBAMA to bus people in to protest NRA in Albany Is This Even Legal?

    02/24/2013 10:20:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/24/13 | Jim Hoft
    The never-ending campaign The Obama campaign is going to bus people in for a protest in Albany. The campaign put a post up on its website advertising the event. Via Free Republic:
  • United Healthcare transition in TRICARE

    02/24/2013 10:01:32 AM PST · by redlegplanner · 25 replies
    On April 1, 2013, the TRICARE West Region contract will transition to and be managed by United Healthcare Military & Veterans (UHC M&V). To make sure you understand the timing and key information about the TRICARE transition, visit the TriWest Transition Update Center.
  • Dispatch International: "Joe McCarthy Was Right All Along"

    02/24/2013 9:28:42 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 126 replies
    Diana West ^ | 1/25/2013
    I cannot overestimate the fearless excellence of M. Stanton Evans' work as a historian, and, I am fortunate to say, mentor. His 2007 book Blacklisted by History is not only a shattering revision of half a century of lies about Joseph McCarthy and "McCarthyism" -- and, by extension, obfuscation about the successful penetration and subversion of the US government -- it is also an exercise in courage, in confronting a false and crippling consensus with an unshakeable dedication to fact and logic. On a personal note, the book served me as a rosetta stone by which I was able to...
  • Gaining Momentum: Now 44 Gun Companies Have Stopped Selling to Law Enforcement In Anti-2A States

    02/24/2013 9:19:05 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 63 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 23, 2013 | Mike Opelka
    The list of companies that have stopped selling firearms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies in states that are restricting the Second Amendment has more than doubled since Wednesday and is more than five times larger than just one week ago. There are 44 companies on our list, with more being added as we receive notification. Here are the additions since Wednesday: Barrett Firearms Exile Machine Tier One Arms Bravo Company USA Primary Weapons Systems Crusader Weaponry Top Gun Supply Kiss Tactical Clark Fork Tactical OFA Tactical One Source Tactical Templar Tactical Arms NEMO Arms Old Grouchs Military Surplus Big...
  • Ceramic Rotary (Wankel) Engine ( Breakthrough ?)

    02/24/2013 9:18:11 AM PST · by taildragger · 39 replies
    Check out the video, the engine is small, model airplane size via the use of the propeller to give it a load, but it runs.Wankels are notorious for lack of thermal efficiency, but to keep all the heat in and turn it into motion via ceramics could be a game changer.Think about it;* Omnivorous* Smooth* Small in size.* It is uncooled, but is it unlubricated (?)
  • Are Spending Cuts Good Politics?

    02/24/2013 9:08:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Chris Edwards
    Grover Cleveland says “yes.”Calvin Coolidge says “yes.” Chris Edwards says “yes.” From Downsizing the Federal Government:  Another myth is that policymakers cannot make budget cuts without a backlash from voters. Yet reform efforts in the 1990s did not lead to a voter rebuke. In 1996, the Republicans were denounced viciously when they were reforming welfare. But they stuck together and succeeded, and today the achievement is widely hailed. Also in the 1990s, the Republicans proposed reductions to many sensitive programs including Medicare, Medicaid, education, housing, and farm subsidies. In their budget plan for 1996, House Republicans voted to abolish more...
  • What we have now is American Caesarism, no longer the Rule of Law but the Rule of Man

    02/24/2013 8:56:58 AM PST · by Gennie · 53 replies
    The Evening Sun ^ | 02/22/2013 | Jason McNew
    George Washington, a man much loved, was the father of our country. Frederick Nietzsche, a man much loathed, was a 19th century German philosopher who brazenly declared that "God is Dead." While these two men could not have been more different, their descriptions of government were oddly similar. Washington compared government to fire; "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." (It cannot be proven conclusively that Washington himself originated this quote. However, it has been attributed to him for over a century and is in...
  • Family of slain veteran still wants to see someone held accountable

    02/24/2013 8:55:24 AM PST · by redreno · 9 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 | 2 a.m. | By Conor Shine (contact) Conor Shine, Jackie Valley (contact)
    In the 14 months since Stanley Gibson was shot and killed by Metro Police officers, Gibsons family has struggled with unanswered questions. What was Gibson, a 43-year-old Gulf War veteran allegedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, doing out of the house that fateful December night when police approached him, his older brother Rudy asks. Why did a plan to remove Gibson from his vehicle with beanbag rounds and pepper spray end with him being shot seven times by police officer Jesus Arevalo? And why were police in such a hurry to end the standoff with the unarmed Gibson, whose vehicle...
  • Obamas Sequestration Scam

    02/24/2013 8:49:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Wayne Allyn Root
    The economy is in freefall. Gas prices are skyrocketing. Walmart calls their sales a total disaster. But dont panic. Our fearless leader Obama is just back from a Swing Stateyou know, the kind of place where you work on your golf swing. He was consulting on the economy with Tiger Woods and Butch Harmon. While Michelle was playing in Aspen. You wouldnt accept this storyline if it was a fictional movie script. Too unrealistic. This country under Obama is becoming one big scam. A Ponzi scheme. Obama is the guy running the Ponzi, playing the role of Bernie Madoff. But...
  • St. Paul schools: When is an incident misconduct, and when is it a crime?

    02/24/2013 8:47:15 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 1 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-23-13 | Mila Koumpilova and Mara H. Gottfried
    One boy, accused of cutting a fellow student with an X-Acto knife, faces a felony assault charge. Another was charged with assault after kicking a schoolmate in the groin. Both incidents took place at St. Paul's Ramsey Junior High this school year. In both cases, parents alerted police. The school did not. Educators have long grappled with the messy task of deciding when student misbehavior calls for school discipline -- or for police action. In recent years, districts in Minnesota and beyond have retooled their approach. Schools have become increasingly loath to refer students to the juvenile justice system, which...
  • TX:Homeowner shoots intruder

    02/24/2013 8:46:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    lubbockonline.com ^ | 24 February, 2012 | NA
    A Slaton family survived an encounter with a burglar late Saturday night. The man who law enforcement has not been able to identify yet was shot in the leg by the male homeowner in the 6000 block of CR 7920. Lubbock County Sheriffs Office Lt. Bryan Taylor said the homeowner heard a crashing sound, got up to check on his family and retrieved his firearm to investigate further. All family members were in place but thats when the homeowner confronted a burglar. The homeowner gave the intruder several commands to get on the ground but the intruder refused to comply....
  • Daytona 500 LIVE THREAD

    02/24/2013 8:46:04 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 335 replies
    2/24/2013 | Me
    I've looked and searched and can't find one. Any live thread this year?
  • TX:Family fights back when 3 gunmen storm their home; one intruder shot

    02/24/2013 8:42:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 48 replies
    khou.com ^ | 22 February, 2012 | Tim Wetzel and Staff
    HOUSTON A 21-year-old man sprang into action to protect his family Thursday night when three suspects barged into their northwest Harris County home. The young man was home with his mother and father in the 3900 block of Brook Garden when the armed men forced their way into the house around 8 p.m., according to Harris County Sheriffs deputies. The family was in the middle of baking a cake, when there was a knock at the door. I see a young boy and I think it is a friend of my son so I open it a little bit, the...
  • WA:Homeowner shoots at man to protect family

    02/24/2013 8:39:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    kirotv.com ^ | 21 February, 2012 | NA
    BREMERTON, Wash. A homeowner opened fire at a man who was demanding to be let into her home Wednesday, police said. Around midnight, Terry Brumages family was asleep when they heard an angry voice at the front door of their home. A man was demanding to be let in. Brumage said she did not know who the man was so she armed herself with a .38 caliber handgun.
  • His Queeg Moment

    02/24/2013 8:37:18 AM PST · by null and void · 51 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1.29.13 @ 6:07AM | Hal G.P. Colebatch
    A perspective on our president from Down Under. In Herman Wouks classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ships officers are getting away from the increasingly eccentric Captain Queeq by relaxing ashore. Suddenly the malcontent Lieutenant Keefer asks the others: Does it occur to you that Captain Queeg may be insane? In fact Queeg is not insane, at least not at that time. He is simply grappling, more and more disastrously, with a job too big for him. Come the crisis of a typhoon, he becomes paralyzed and nearly sinks...
  • MI:Woman shoots intruder near Holt

    02/24/2013 8:35:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    HOLT, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman shot a man during an apparent home invasion in Ingham County. The suspect was shot multiple times and suffered injuries to his stomach and hands, according to WLNS. He is in critical condition at a hospital.
  • Duncan: Dumb cuts from sequester will cost thousands of teachers their jobs

    02/24/2013 8:35:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 40 replies
    Duncan: Dumb cuts from sequester will cost thousands of teachers their jobs By Bernie Becker - 02/24/13 10:44 AM ET Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Sunday that sequestration would have a devastating affect on school systems around the country. Duncan said that teachers around the country were already being informed that they wont be retained, and that some 40,000 teachers in all could lose their jobs. Head Start and programs for children with parents in the military could also be hurt by the $85 billion in sequester cuts, Duncan said on CBSs Face the Nation. We dont have any ability...
  • Wall Street Walks on the White House

    02/24/2013 8:24:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Marita Noon
    The nomination of Jack Lew for Treasury Secretary has uncovered a lot of dirt about the man, but it also has a lot of dust swirling, regarding the incestuous relationship between the Obama administration and Wall Street that the White House would probably prefer to have kept buried. The story surely tarnishes the President’s image as “a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street.” In Lew we find much of what President Obama publicly derides—but, as Forbes reports, is “prepared to accept from his closest associates.” In 2009, Obama said it was the “height of irresponsibility” and “shameful”...
  • Echos of a shooting

    02/24/2013 8:23:20 AM PST · by mylife · 18 replies
    PBS ^ | 2/24/13 | PBS
    Echos of a shoorting
  • Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown

    02/24/2013 8:19:16 AM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | february 24, 2013 | Kevin Murphy
    Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store. And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead. While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 million in a lump-sum payment after taxes. "They are very conservative people," said Walt Stubbs, a friend and former...
  • The End Of QE Hype Or Tripe?

    02/24/2013 8:11:12 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-24-2013 | Andy Sutton
    The End Of QE Hype Or Tripe? Interest-Rates / Quantitative EasingFebruary 23, 2013 - 07:32 PM GMT By: Andy Sutton I am going to say right up front that there is going to be quite a bit of sarcasm in this essay. I say this simply because of the ludicrous nature of our marionette-esque talking heads in the mainstream financial press in this country. They are truly amazing, taking molehills and making mountains out of them and vice versa. In one segment telling us that there in fact will be no criminal charges against anyone involved in the HSBC...
  • 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 ambassadors 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 cant help but be reminded of the fact that Stalin was a double agent for the Okhrana, the Czars 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. Its 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. Its 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. Theyre 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.'
  • Berettas future in Maryland tied to states 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 Americas 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 Bonds firearms, has already invested more than $1 million in the machine and has planned to expand its plant further in Prince Georges 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 Irans 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 Guards electronic warfare unit spotted signals indicating that foreign drones were trying to enter Iranian airspace. Sarkheili said Guard experts took control of one drones 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 analystalbeit at MSNBCGibbs 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. Thats 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...