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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...