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  • The true national debt (How big is it really?)

    02/25/2013 6:29:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/25/2013 | Robert Samuelson
    How big is the national debt? You’d think this would be an easy question. Surely we know how much the government owes. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. The true national debt could be triple the conventional estimate, anywhere from $11 trillion to $31 trillion by my reckoning. The differences mostly reflect explicit and implicit “off-budget” federal loan guarantees. In another economic downturn, these could result in large losses that would be brought “on budget” and worsen already huge deficits. That’s the danger. My purpose is not to scare or sensationalize. It’s simply to illuminate the problem. Broadly conceived, the national...
  • The Onion Gets Blasted for Calling 9-Year-Old Quvenzhané Wallis the C-Word

    02/25/2013 6:28:58 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Zimbio ^ | 2/25/13 | Jill Slattery
    If you thought some of Seth MacFarlane's Oscar jokes were off-color, you'll never believe that The Onion tweeted about this year's youngest nominee. The satirical news organization has come under fire for posting a nasty tweet about nine-year-old Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (you know, the adorable little girl who's been carrying around puppy purses all award season?).
  • NYC Seaport a 'Ghost Town' Months After Sandy

    02/25/2013 6:27:52 AM PST · by dirtboy · 8 replies
    AP via Wunderground.com ^ | 2/25/2013 | Meghan Barr
    NEW YORK -- The historic cobblestone streets and 19th-century mercantile buildings near the water's edge in lower Manhattan are eerily deserted, a neighborhood silenced by Superstorm Sandy. Just blocks from the tall-masted ships that rise above South Street Seaport, the windows of narrow brick apartment buildings are still crisscrossed with masking tape left by their owners before the storm. Store interiors are stripped down to plywood and wiring. Restaurants are chained shut, frozen in time, saddled with electrical systems that were ruined by several feet of salt water that raced up from the East River and through their front doors....
  • Karnes County finds oil money brings promise, problems

    02/25/2013 6:23:24 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    My San Antonio ^ | February 24, 2013 | John MacCormack
    After more than three decades of running City Pharmacy on slowly decaying Main Street, Paul Bordovsky retired in 1995 to raise his Charolais cattle on 640 acres of rolling grassland a few miles east of town. After hauling a couple of young bulls to a sale in Cuero one day in early 2008, he called his wife, Emily. “I said, 'I've got some real good news. I got $3,000 or $4,000 for those bulls,'” he recalled. “And she said, 'I've got better news for you. Conoco has called twice already. They're coming out here to stake a well.'” Little could...
  • Honoring Successful Black Americans

    02/25/2013 6:22:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Terry Paulson
    During black history month, we rightly celebrate men like black abolitionist Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King, Jr. At pivotal points in America's history, these men took a stand for equal rights for black Americans. But it's time we honor the achieving black Americans who have taken advantage of those rights, applied their skills, overcome obstacles, and achieved their piece of the American Dream. Though thankful for their freedom and opportunity, many now rail against the culture of victim-hood that sadly contributes to high black unemployment, black-on-black crime, and the explosion of fatherless families in black America. One such man...
  • Court Rules There Is No Right To Carry A Concealed Weapon

    02/25/2013 6:19:50 AM PST · by blam · 112 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Larry Bodine
    Court Rules There Is No Right To Carry A Concealed Weapon Larry Bodine, Lawyers.comFebruary 25, 2013, 6:42 AM In a sweeping ruling, the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there is no Second Amendment right to carry a concealed firearm in public. The broad wording of the decision in Peterson v. Martinez creates a far-reaching national precedent against carrying a loaded handgun outside the home. The case began on a narrow point – a challenge by a Washington State man against Colorado’s law to issue CHL permits (“Concealed Handgun License”) only to state residents. But the final ruling...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (2-25-13 edition)

    02/25/2013 6:17:44 AM PST · by dennisw · 9 replies
    2-25-13
    Trying to focus on the markets for today and each day and the economic news A number of people have talked about such a thread. Lets see how it goes. This is where you can impart some investment wisdom to your fellow freepers. You can vent about the big one that got away. You can chime in how Obama is out to wreck American capitalism. If you see another FR economic thread you like and want to link to it here, please do Post your favorite economic site links. Your favorite precious metals blogs and sites Apmex.com is a solid...
  • MoveOn.Mika: 'Silly' To Discuss Obama Not Telling Truth Over Authorship Of Sequester

    02/25/2013 5:56:45 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Call her MoveOn.Mika . . . Bob Woodward has demonstrated that President Obama was not telling the truth when during the third presidential debate he flatly stated "the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” In fact, it was two Obama aides who devised the plan, and Obama himself who approved it. But when Joe Scarborough wanted to get those facts on the record this morning, Mika Brzezinski repeatedly declared that discussing Obama's failure to tell the truth was "silly." Things got heated between the co-hosts at one point as Mika cut Joe...
  • CBS' Bill Plante: Obama Admin "Undercutting The First Amendment," It's "State-Run Media" (video)

    02/25/2013 5:55:44 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 25, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    HOWARD KURTZ, CNN: Bill Plante, you have been patrolling that building since Ronald Reagan. Does the White House press look self-involved and whiny, as I said earlier, complaining about this Tiger incident? BILL PLANTE, CBS NEWS: We have gotten used to being called whiny lap dogs. I've heard it for 30 years. But this is not about a picture of Tiger Woods. This is about access to the president. And access to the president has been cut and pushed and curtailed over every administration I've covered. Here's the nub of it, Howie, this administration has the tools to reach people...
  • Ronald Reagan Still Subduing the Left

    02/25/2013 5:55:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    Ronald Reagan spent the better part of a lifetime baffling the Left and often defeating them in the court of public opinion. Other Republicans have been battling the last twenty years to defund the left, particularly unions who get automatic payments through Dropbox without members having any say, or how plaintiff attorneys use their vast influence to buy Democratic officials who turn around and pass laws that line their pockets with more lawsuits. Now the Reagan name is being used to defund another source of funds for the left. Enter a man by the name of Anthony Saliba. He...
  • Horse meat found in Ikea's Swedish meatballs

    02/25/2013 5:47:05 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
  • 2nd blizzard bearing down on Plains region [Global Warming Piling Up, Needs Shoveling]

    02/25/2013 5:45:46 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 22 replies
    wkyt ^ | 2/25/13
    ... a second major winter storm in less than a week hits the central Plains. The National Service says today's storm, which has been tracking across western Texas toward Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, also is packing high winds
  • LaPierre: Fed Call For Background Checks ‘Will Be Used To Confiscate Your Guns’

    02/25/2013 5:43:43 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    AP ^ | February 24, 2013
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre says he thinks the federal government wants universal background checks on gun owners to make it easier for federal officials to seize firearms. LaPierre told a crowd of more than 1,000 people in Salt Lake City on Saturday that President Barack Obama’s call for universal background checks fails to address the problem of the nation’s gun violence. “This so-called background check is aimed at one thing — registering your guns,” he said. “When another tragic opportunity presents itself, that registry will be used to confiscate your guns … Imagine...
  • UN Needs to Declare Earth Asteriod Free Zone

    02/25/2013 5:37:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Shawn Mitchell
    Conservatives dislike big government. Liberals dislike big business. Let's find common ground. When big business gets in bed with big government, the baby is ugly. Gun violence is down over time. Mass shootings are down over time. But the authoritarian mindset cannot let bloodshed go to waste. They will come after your rights at any opportunity, and this is an opportunity. It's up to us whether the freedom grab stands or drives a reaction and change.If Puritanism is the fear that someone, somewhere might be having fun, then liberalism is the fear that someone, somewhere might be excelling beyond the...
  • TRENDING: With deadline looming, White House details cuts [The clown cranks up fear mongering]

    02/25/2013 5:36:30 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/25/13 | Kevin Liptak
    Food safety inspections, early education classrooms and mental health treatment are all at risk if massive forced spending cuts are allowed to take effect at the end of this week, the White House said Sunday. Those cuts would accompany deep reductions in defense spending — including stalling maintenance on Navy ships — that are also poised to trigger March 1. In detailed reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, President Barack Obama’s budget office spelled out how the cuts — which are the result of a stalemate between Congressional Republicans and the White House over reducing the...
  • Israeli Goes Searching for Nazi Gold at Bottom of German Lake

    02/25/2013 5:33:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | February 21, 2013
    The search for nearly 18 crates of stolen Nazi gold has begun, but this is no ordinary treasure hunt. Led by Israeli investigative journalst Yaron Svoray, the nearly-$1 billion worth of stolen loot sits at the bottom of Stolpsee, a 988-acre stretch of water to the north of the German capital, Berlin. Svoray, who has the backing of German authorities, will use sonar and radar equipment to try and locate the gold, which is believed to have been dropped into the lake under the orders of Hermann Goering as the Red Army made its final push for Berlin in March,...
  • Scaring the Ghost of El Chapo

    02/25/2013 5:32:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    El Chapo haunts the streets of Chicago. His ghost hoards cash in Los Angeles stash houses. His shadow darkens underground tunnels between Mexico and the U.S. His spirit drives his clan to bloodshed. The world’s most-wanted kingpin may be dead. But the Sinaloa cartel will thrive until America legalizes drugs. Guatemalan authorities are currently investigating whether Joaquín Guzmán (nicknamed El Chapo) was killed in a gunfight near Mexico’s border in a remote jungle-ranch province known as Peten. El Chapo is an entrepreneurial criminal. ‘Entrepreneurial’ because he takes risks and acclimates to overcome obstacles. ‘Criminal’ because he does not compete on...
  • Open Access: Federally Funded Research Results To Be Free

    02/25/2013 5:30:09 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 3 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 2-24-2013 | Elaine Radford
    Open access is coming to a research facility near you. The White House has agreed that US citizens should be able to see the results of the federally funded research they pay for. John P. Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), issued a memo Friday stating that the Obama administration is “committed” to providing the public with the results of taxpayer-funded research. Any federal agency that spends more than $100 million a year on research must now share their findings with the public for free.OSTP’s Assistant Director for Biotechnology Michael Stebbins acknowledged that the White...
  • Rise of the Militias in the Middle East

    02/25/2013 5:27:19 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 25, 2013 | Kyle Shideler
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Rise of the Militias in the Middle EastPosted By Kyle Shideler On February 25, 2013 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments “Hey! think the time is right for a palace revolution, but where I live the game to play is compromise solution…”–The Rolling Stones, “Street-Fighting Man”Quite a bit of the recent news flowing out of the Middle East has an interesting common thread. Whether it’s Syria, Iraq, Egypt, or Tunisia, all states once known for their strong military leadership, the new power players may not be wearing the uniforms, but they’ve...
  • Obama Forces U.N. Silence on Syrian Slaughter

    02/25/2013 5:25:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 25, 2013 | Joseph Klein
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama Forces U.N. Silence on Syrian SlaughterPosted By Joseph Klein On February 25, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments In the latest episode of rampant violence resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians in Syria, a car bomb killed more than fifty  people and wounded two hundred in Damascus on February 21st.  The tally included students at a nearby secondary school. The bombing took place close to the Russian Embassy compound, where significant damage was reported, and to the ruling Baath Party offices in the central Mazraa district of the...
  • STUDENTS MADE TO WEAR BURQAS IN U.S. STATE (Texas)

    02/25/2013 5:17:29 AM PST · by lowbridge · 77 replies
    wnd ^ | february 25, 2023 | john griffing
    However, in Lumberton, Texas, this week, high school girls were made to wear burqas as part of a CSCOPE study of Islam. One student quoted the teacher as saying, “We are going to work to change your perception of Islam.” The teacher in the burqa lesson, according to a student, also said, “I do not necessarily agree with this, but I am supposed to teach you that we are not to call these people terrorists anymore, but freedom fighters.” Critics argue that this should not be a teacher’s role, and are concerned that CSCOPE curriculum appears agenda-driven. According to a...
  • Gohmert draws criticism after Sharia Law & gun control comments

    02/25/2013 5:14:34 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies
    chron.com ^ | February 25, 2013
    In his 10-minute interview on conservative talk radio show “Voice of Freedom,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, spoke against gun control and continued his strong advocation for the second amendment. True to his reputation, Gohmert didn’t hold any of his opinions back. When asked about the “end game” of those who are against firearms, Gohmert said: “It is for our protection and the founders’ quotes make that very, very clear and including against a government that would run amok. You know, we’ve got some people that think Sharia Law ought to be the law of the land, forget the Constitution. But...
  • Morning-After Pills Don't Cause Abortion, Studies Say

    02/25/2013 5:09:51 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    npr ^ | 2-21-2013 | Julie Rovner
    The most heated part of the fight between the Obama administration and religious groups over new rules that require most health plans to cover contraception actually has nothing to do with birth control. It has to do with abortion. Specifically, do emergency contraceptives interfere with a fertilized egg and cause what some consider to be abortion? "The Health and Human Services preventive services mandate forces businesses to provide the morning-after and the week-after pills in our health insurance plans," said David Green, founder and CEO of the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, one of the firms suing over the...
  • Another Reason Ezra Klein is an Idiot

    02/25/2013 5:02:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | John Ransom
    For listeners of my radio show, you’ll know that most Fridays we do a segment called Ezra Klein is an Idiot. We don’t just call out the fallacies of Klein during the segment, however. We include liberals like Al Sharpton and John Boehner too, who both recently bemoaned the effects of sequester on our economy. Our real problems of course aren’t the dramatic and manufactured small things like sequester or the “fiscal cliff” that are made up by Washington wonks to keep the gravy train rolling. They are much more complex, and more dangerous.      It takes a long time to...
  • Free Vibrators: Trojan to Give Away Thousands of Sex Toys on Miami Beach

    02/25/2013 4:53:57 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    New Times ^ | 2/21/13 | Hannah Sentenac
    ...Next Tuesday, Trojan, condom hawkers extraordinaire, will be passing out thousands of free vibrators to Miami Beach-goers. You heard right. THOUSANDS OF FREE VIBRATORS. Like your friendly neighborhood hot dog cart (only even more blatantly phallic), the Trojan Vibrations Pleasure Carts will be doling out titillating toys to passers-by...
  • Preserve Gun Rights, Save Black Lives

    02/25/2013 4:36:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Star Parker
    This past Friday my organization, CURE, sponsored a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, to bring attention to the importance of rigorously defending the right of all Americans, guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution, to own a gun. Our event provided a forum for black leaders from the world of politics and public policy in Washington, from the business community, from academia, and from the clergy to express their deep concern about efforts currently underway to limit our God-given and constitutional individual right of self-defense. Why would an organization like CURE, whose mission focuses...
  • Disgusting: Academy Awards broadcasts a Roman Polanski/Jack Nicholson orgy joke [Child rape funny]

    02/25/2013 4:32:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/24/13
    Yes, the Academy Awards featured a joke alluding to raunchy parties at actor Jack Nicholson’s house... Casual viewers may not be aware, but it was at Jack Nicholson’s house that fugitive perv director Roman Polanski allegedly drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. Is that funny? Hollywood thinks so.
  • Calvin Coolidge Gets New Deal in Revisionist History

    02/25/2013 4:10:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Michael Barone
    For years, most Americans' vision of history has been shaped by the New Deal historians. Writing soon after Franklin Roosevelt's death, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and others celebrated his accomplishments and denigrated his opponents. They were gifted writers, and many of their books were bestsellers. And they have persuaded many Americans -- Barack Obama definitely included -- that progress means an ever bigger government In their view, the prosperous 1920s were a binge of mindless frivolity. The Depression of the 1930s was the inevitable hangover, for which FDR administered the cure. That's one way to see it. But there are others,...
  • Attack of the Uppity Conservative Hispanics

    02/25/2013 4:03:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    There is nothing the liberal establishment hates more than members of the minority groups it considers its political chattel who step off the grounds of the progressive plantation. And right now, it is beginning a long-term de-legitimization campaign, with its media overseers fully engaged, because that Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have dared to forget their place. The liberal establishment is driven not just by anger. It’s driven by fear. It’s easy to see why the media blew up the story of Marco Rubio’s radical decision to take a drink during his state of the union response – he gave...
  • Memo Allegedly Leaked From Soros-Backed Organization Shows Progressive Plan to ‘Eviscerate’

    02/25/2013 3:59:29 AM PST · by lowbridge · 7 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com/ ^ | february 24, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    North Carolina’s newly elected Republican governor Pat McCrory hasn’t been in office for even two months, and already progressive groups and their allies within North Carolina’s state Democratic party have the long knives out. That is, if a leaked memo from the progressive organization Blueprint North Carolina is to be believed. The controversial memo was first reported on by the Charlotte Observer this past Friday. The Observer reported: A group that sent out a memo with tips on how to attack Gov. Pat McCrory and other Republican leaders exercised “bad judgment” that could jeopardize its funding, the director of a...
  • Long-time escort confirms Senator Bob Menendez paid her for sex

    02/25/2013 3:43:36 AM PST · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    A professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex. The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior to seeing Menendez’s photo that she had been paid to provide sexual favors to several U.S. senators, including a New Jersey Democrat and other politicians who are no longer living.
  • Liberal astroturf group offering $9 to $11 per hour to join its gun-control campaign

    02/25/2013 3:41:23 AM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | february 24, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    The liberal organization Progressive USA Voters, which is housed in the same progressive Denver office building as a chapter of the infamous left-wing astroturf group ProgressNow, is offering an hourly wage of between $9 and $11 to join its gun-control campaign in Chicago, according to a flyer that was photographed and posted to Reddit Friday. “Join the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence” reads the flyer, which also notes, “Hourly Wage: $9-11/hr.”
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 25, 2013

    02/25/2013 2:46:28 AM PST · by sneakers · 22 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • A SIMPLE PLATFORM; IMMEDIATE BALANCED BUDGET

    02/24/2013 10:55:13 PM PST · by Nextrush · 21 replies
    2/25/2013 | Self
    The games the politicians play are a pathetic joke. Debt continues to pile on top of debt with "crisis" deadline after "crisis" deadline upon us. We end up with "imperfect deals" that do nothing to balance the books, just continue the slow and painful descent into eventual financial collapse. These sick austerity policies that include tax increases and spending cuts at the same time are already ruining Europe and now the United States is going down the same road. Obama and the RINO's use emotional issues to drive wedges that scoop us masses of people to support them. The RINO's...
  • Sweat protects us from dangerous bugs

    02/24/2013 10:54:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Feb 22, 2013 | NA
    Scientists has discovered how an important natural antibiotic called dermcidin, produced by our skin when we sweat, is a highly efficient tool to fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous bugs. Their results could contribute to the development of new antibiotics that control multi-resistant bacteria. Scientists from the University of Edinburgh and from Goettingen, Tuebingen and Strasbourg have uncovered the atomic structure of the compound, enabling them to pinpoint for the first time what makes dermcidin such an efficient weapon in the battle against dangerous bugs. Although about 1700 types of these natural antibiotics are known to exist, scientists did not...
  • The Miracle on Guns (Mega Barf Alert)

    02/24/2013 10:30:08 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 36 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 25, 2013 | E.J. Dionne
    A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening. This week, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is expected to announce plans to start marking up gun bills to send to the Senate floor, proposals that will include ideas put before the country by President Obama and Vice President Biden. The president's agenda, in turn, was inspired by advocates and legislators, mayors and police chiefs, who have...
  • Barack Obama’s war on America’s fresh water supply: China is buying up Lake Michigan’s water

    02/24/2013 10:01:21 PM PST · by chessplayer · 62 replies
    Barack Obama is keeping his promise to lower the sea levels, and he’s starting with the drought plagued Midwest where Lake Michigan water is being shipped by the boat loads over to China! By using a little known loophole in the 2006 Great Lakes Compact, Obama minions are allowing Nestle Company to export precious fresh water out of Lake Michigan to the tune of an estimated $500,000 to $1.8 million per day profit. By draining the precious jewel of the Great Lakes in the middle of America, our federal water managers are allowing the export of our water out of...
  • Muslim cleric in the U.S. tells followers not to engage in offensive jihad: “not quite ready yet….”

    02/24/2013 9:23:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    sheikyermami.com ^ | 2/24/13 | Ryan Mauro
    The Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) opposes offensive jihad in the West, but for reasons that may surprise you. In an Arabic fatwa (religious decree) that doesn’t appear on its English website, it states that “the Islamic community does not possess the strength to engage in offensive jihad at this time [emphasis added].” This doesn’t mean that all jihad is to be abandoned. “With our current capabilities, we are aspiring towards defensive jihad, and to improve our position with regards to jurisprudence at this stage. But there is a different discussion for each situation,” it said. It is...
  • Thug who punched bank manager four times let off with a caution because he said SORRY to police

    02/24/2013 9:12:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 12:24 EST, 24 February 2013 | Helen Lawson
    A thug who broke a bank manager’s nose in an unprovoked assault has been let off with a caution—because he said “sorry”. Ryan Gough, 41, was punched in the face four times outside his girlfriend’s home in the road rage attack last Saturday afternoon. The unnamed biker knocked on Gough’s car window as he was parking at the house in Asfordby, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire—and punched him for “cutting him up”. The 40-year-old suspect was caught minutes later by police, but Gough learned this week that his attacker had been let off because he had apologized for his actions.Gough, from...
  • Death Panel Advocacy on This Week

    02/24/2013 9:01:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 24, 2013 | Wesley J. Smith
    Liberals screamed when Sarah Palin warned about “death panels” during the run up to the passage of Obamacare. But many really want health care rationing based on invidious methods of medical discrimination–as I have repeatedly reported here. I was just watching This Week and Steve Rattner–former adviser to Obama Treasury Dept. who has written in favor of death panels–alluded to them again. In a discussion on medical spending and cost control, he said (my transcription:) Rattner: Here is a small question for the country…Right now most Americans do not see price in deciding whether to use healthcare…When people go on...
  • WaPo Ombudsman: Yep, Bigots, We're Pro-Gay Marriage

    02/24/2013 8:47:23 PM PST · by Bratch · 10 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | February 23, 2013 | John Nolte
    Well, I guess if you can redefine the definition of marriage, you can also redefine the definition of "objective newspaper." This hilariously obtuse piece of reasoning comes from the Washington Post's soon-to-be "inefficiencied" ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, and a Post reporter, who, for some odd reason, doesn't wish to be named. This so-called reporter, Pexton, and a reader entered into a three-way email debate over the issue of how the Post reports on the issue of same-sex marriage. The reader, a social conservative, is tired of seeing his beliefs described (in an "objective" newspaper, mind you) as bigoted and hateful. He...
  • Ann Coulter Battles Stossel, Calls Libertarians ‘*******’ And Gets Booed By Room Full Of Students

    02/24/2013 8:36:33 PM PST · by jimsin · 74 replies
    THE MEDIAITE ^ | February 22, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    <p>Ann Coulter on why she thinks libertarians are "******s": "We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, ‘Oh, but we want to legalize pot.’</p>
  • Transit officials call for restrictions if concealed carry law is enacted

    02/24/2013 8:34:39 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 23, 2013 | By Monique Garcia and Richard Wronski
    Worried transit officials asked lawmakers to imagine a CTA train packed with inebriated, possibly irate fans after a Cubs night game, then consider the wisdom of adding gun-toting passengers to the potentially volatile mix. Or what if a thief grabbed a bus rider's iPhone — a not-uncommon crime — and an armed commuter tried to stop the criminal? Those scenarios were raised Friday by Chicago transit officials, who called on state legislators to prohibit anyone from carrying a weapon on buses and trains if a concealed-carry law is adopted in Illinois. Transit agencies across the state contend that allowing individuals...
  • Splitting the Difference on Illegal Immigration (They can stay, but they can't become citizens.)

    02/24/2013 8:22:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies
    National Affairs ^ | Winter 2013 | PETER SKERRY
    In the controversy over illegal immigration that has roiled our politics for decades, the image of "living in the shadows" has been invoked by all sides. For immigrant advocates, "the shadows" are where the undocumented are harassed by overzealous law-enforcement officers and exploited by unscrupulous landlords and employers. For many other Americans, "living in the shadows" conjures vaguely sinister intruders using public services to which they are not entitled and preying on law-abiding Americans through illicit activities and crime. Yet regardless of one's views on the issue, this imagery is profoundly misleading. It helps to perpetuate the myths and exaggerations...
  • States set sights on Colorado firearms business; gun-control bills scorned (Magpul)

    02/24/2013 8:21:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 22, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — In one sign of the price states may pay for restricting gun rights, more than a dozen states are jostling to land a Colorado firearms company that has vowed to leave the state if the governor signs into law tough gun-control legislation. Elected officials from Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia have written letters to Magpul Industries inviting the company to make their states its relocation destination. Meanwhile, individuals from at least 10 states have launched social media campaigns on Facebook to lure the Erie, Colo.-based company. “We are a state whose people are committed to Second...
  • ‘Israel’s strike on Syria last month killed top Iranian general’

    02/24/2013 8:11:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2/24/13 | Gabe Fisher
    Hassan Shateri, the Iranian general whose killing was reported last week, was actually slain last month in an alleged IAF airstrike that was said to have targeted a weapons convoy heading from Syria to the Lebanese group Hezbollah, Britain’s Sunday Times reported. Iran was quick last week to blame “mercenaries and supporters” of Israel for Shateri’s death, although it made no indication that he had been killed in the January airstrike. Tehran “will take revenge on Israel for the killing of a Quds Force general in Syria,” said Ali Shirazi, liaison for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Revolutionary...
  • Lord Ashcroft drops support for the Tories over David Cameron’s gay marriage “obsession”

    02/24/2013 7:51:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 18:19 EST, 24 February 2013 | Gerri Peev
    The Tories’ biggest donor has stopped funding the party after privately questioning whether the Prime Minister is still a proper Conservative. Lord Ashcroft, who has given the Tories Ł10 million ($15 million), has withdrawn support after becoming dismayed with David Cameron’s obsession with “fringe issues” such as gay marriage. The Tory peer also told friends he has given enough money and is not hopeful of the party winning a majority in 2015. … In another blow to Cameron, his local Chipping Norton party chairman, Cicely Maunder, quit her post and tore up her party membership over his promotion of gay...
  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/24/2013 7:43:18 PM PST · by thecodont · 11 replies
    The Miami Herald via The Drudge Report / www.miamiherald.com ^ | Posted on Sat, Feb. 23, 2013 | By Patricia Mazzei
    The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25. Within 2˝ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random. It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami...
  • Carnival Triumph Review From an Actual Passenger "Not a Nightmare".

    02/24/2013 7:40:22 PM PST · by willk · 85 replies
    Cruise Critic ^ | TXRegulator
    I had a GREAT time on my first cruise!! And yes...I was on the Triumph!! It was NOT THAT BAD!! It was akin to camping in one's own backyard as a kid. The crew was great, we were well treated, food was plentiful, water was restored quickly and the toilet issue was a minor inconvenience. To expound a little on the camping analogy......Imagine camping in the backyard as a kid, the septic tank has a little bit of an issue on the other side of the yard, and mom hasn't been to the store in a couple of days. You...
  • Qatar hands the Syrian embassy in Doha to opposition

    02/24/2013 7:19:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 13 February 2013 | AFP
    Qatar has handed the Syrian embassy building in Doha to the National Coalition, Syria’s main opposition group, a statement said on Wednesday. “Qatar has decided to hand over the Syrian embassy building in Doha to Mr Nizar al-Haraki after his appointment as ambassador to Doha for the National Coalition,” the Coalition statement said. “Qatar has acted faster than the Friends of Syria coalition," the opposition statement said, in reference to a string of Western and Arab states, along with Turkey, which support the revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “The flag of the revolution will be raised above the building,”...