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  • Beretta’s future in Maryland tied to state’s gun-control debate (may leave the People's Republic)

    02/24/2013 2:05:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 62 replies
    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.
  • Bloomberg's ban prohibits 2-liter soda with your pizza and some nightclub mixers (LIBERAL FOOD NAZI)

    02/24/2013 2:05:07 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 56 replies
    NY Post via Drudge ^ | Last Updated: 1:24 PM, February 24, 2013 Posted: 10:38 PM, February 23, 2013 | By BRAD HAMILTON and SUSAN EDELMAN
    Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop. Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families. Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub. They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even...
  • House Oversight Panel's Hearing Plan Could Signal GOP Shift On Climate

    02/24/2013 1:58:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Power-eng ^ | 2/19/13
    House oversight panel Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has agreed to Democrats' request to hold one or more hearings on economic risks from climate change, but while the decision appears to be a significant break from House GOP leaders' opposition to climate hearings it is unclear whether it will change other committees' reluctance to hold such hearings. Given the uncertainty over the fate of climate change hearings in the Republican-controlled House this year, Democrats are launching a new “Safe Climate Caucus” with a strategy of daily speeches to pressure GOP leadership into addressing climate. The caucus “is banding together to...
  • Biden’s Single Good Idea: Study Effects Of Violence In Media

    02/24/2013 1:54:25 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    political outcast ^ | 2-23-13 | Chris Graham
    Let the private sector do the study. Let a bunch of different private-sector researchers do the study so that they can be reviewed by one another, their notes compared, their ideas bounced around. Biden is also either a liar or has been grounded from reading newspapers or news sites, because he also claimed that the NRA doesn’t want such studies to be conducted. Biden might want to tell NRA president Wayne LaPierre that his opinion is not actually his opinion, because Biden’s claim of LaPierre’s beliefs certainly seems to contradict LaPierre’s actual beliefs. Here’s LaPierre himself: “And here’s another dirty...
  • Both Parties Agree: Sequestration Is Bad, but Better Than The Alternatives

    02/24/2013 1:51:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Kevin Glass
    Sequestration Is the Worst Option Except for All the Other Options Both Democrats and Republicans have been roundly criticizing the security and economic effects of sequestration and, at the same time, taking very little action. The only logical conclusion is that both parties agree that sequestration is an awful, terrible, harmful set of policies - except the other proposed replacements are worse. President Obama said "these cuts are not smart. They are not fair. They will hurt our economy." Speaker Boehner, writing in the Wall Street Journal, said "there's nothing wrong with cutting spending that much... but the sequester is...
  • 'We want to be heard': Crowd asks Giron to shoot down gun legislation(CO Town Hall 750 people)

    02/24/2013 1:38:11 PM PST · by Red Steel · 22 replies
    Pueblo Chieftian ^ | Updated: 1:07 pm, Sun Feb 24, 2013 | Ryan Severance
    An estimated 750 people turned out Saturday to tell a local state politician how they felt about gun control. State Sen. Angela Giron heard from vocal and animated constituents. The town hall was scheduled to discuss four gun-control bills the Colorado House passed last week. Those bills will be heading to the state Senate for a vote in the coming weeks. The measures include universal background checks, a limit of 15 rounds on high-capacity magazines, a ban on concealed weapons on college campuses and a bill that would charge gun buyers for their own background checks. While about 250 people...
  • Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President (Mega-hurl)

    02/24/2013 12:58:25 PM PST · by Rennes Templar · 75 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Feb. 24, 2013 | Douglas Brinkley
    Only a few weeks ago, Lincoln was assumed to be the surefire winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture. Not since Gregory Peck in 1962’s To Kill a Mockingbird has an actor performed with the unforgettable gravitas of Daniel Day-Lewis playing Abraham Lincoln in the months before his assassination. But a funny thing happened when the horses turned the bend at the Golden Globe Awards. Argo, based on a CIA-led rescue mission in 1980 that smuggled six American diplomats out of Tehran at the tail end of Carter’s presidency, suddenly has all the Oscar momentum. And, in a serendipitous...
  • Police: Pizza delivery person shot teenager during attempted robbery

    02/24/2013 12:53:34 PM PST · by FunkyZero · 31 replies
    http://www.theindychannel.com ^ | 02/23/2013 | TheIndyChannel.com Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS - A 15-year-old is in critical condition after being shot by a pizza delivery person, later identified as Michael Andrews, police said. Police were dispatched to the 3600 block of Richelieu Road, near Franklin Road and East 38th Street, around 7:15 p.m. Friday. Metro police said the shooting happened during an apparent attempted robbery.
  • What If Republican Todd Akin Advocated Rape Whistles?

    02/24/2013 12:45:02 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 24, 2013 | IND EDITORIALS
    Gun Control: The silent media ignore a Colorado Democrat who says women don't need firearms to defend themselves from predators and a patronizing vice president who says women can't handle an AR-15 anyway. On Monday, the Colorado House passed four gun control bills. Among them is HB13-1226. It would ban concealed weapons on college campuses, as if creating more gun-free zones, such as the one around the Aurora, Colo., theater, where 12 were killed and another 59 wounded, will prevent more massacres. Colorado is a concealed-carry state, as was Virginia at the time of the Virginia Tech shootings. But like...
  • GOP governors take a pragmatic turn

    02/24/2013 12:40:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 12:48 PM EST | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    Many Republican governors who worked to thwart much of President Barack Obama’s first-term agenda are shifting gears and softening their rhetoric now that his run was extended for four more years and they’re facing their own re-election. These state leaders are offering greater cooperation on health care and skipping the tough talk on immigration, taking a cue from voters who in last November’s election expressed their opposition to partisan gridlock in Washington. For many governors, the new approach reflects not just the specific needs of their states but also the realities of the political calendar: Nearly two dozen GOP governors...
  • Palestinians call for probe of Israeli prisons

    02/24/2013 12:34:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2013 2:10 PM EST | Karin Laub
    Palestinians on Sunday called for an international investigation of Israel’s treatment of Palestinian detainees after a 30-year-old prisoner died in custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of West Bank protests. The death of Arafat Jaradat set off more clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian stone-throwers in several areas of the West Bank on Sunday. In one incident, two Palestinians were wounded by army fire, including a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the chest, a Palestinian health official said. … Palestinian officials and the detainee’s family alleged Jaradat was mistreated by the Shin Bet,...
  • Blueprint For Non-Partisan Partisanship

    02/24/2013 12:30:34 PM PST · by Eccl 10:2 · 3 replies
    The North Carolina Conservative ^ | 2/23/13 | Vicky Kaseorg
    The skein of alleged corruption in NC politics is unraveling. First, there is evidence of illegal online registration by NC Democrats in the presidential election. Now, a 501c(3) nonprofit group, specifically forbidden to engage in partisan politics was inconveniently exposed for doing just that. Based in Raleigh, Blueprint North Carolina is an advocacy and policy group which is, as noted on its website, “strictly non-partisan” (wink, wink). In addition, they claim, “Blueprint activities will not be coordinated with any candidate, political party or other partisan entity.”
  • 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 Obama’s permanent campaign and it’s 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-22’s 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 you’re 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 he’s 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 Grouch’s 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, Gibson’s 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...
  • Obama’s 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 don’t panic. Our fearless leader Obama is just back from a “Swing State”…you 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 wouldn’t 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 Sheriff’s 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 that’s 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 Sheriff’s 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 Brumage’s 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 Wouk’s classic World War II novel, The Caine Mutiny, there is a moment when a group of the ship’s 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 won’t 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 CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We don’t 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 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...