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  • Michelle Obama’s Oscar cameo was pointless and bizarre

    02/25/2013 9:32:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | February 25, 2013 | Nile Gardner
    It was a better than average Oscar show last night. Host Seth MacFarlane came under fire for some less than tasteful jokes, but there were also a few terrific highlights. [Snip] All in all it was an entertaining evening, recognising some truly great cinematic achievements. However, the entrance of Michelle Obama, via video link, at the end of the ceremony to announce the Best Picture winner was a bizarre moment that was completely pointless. It was reportedly arranged by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a close friend of the Obamas (hat tip: Drudge Report). If the First Lady was a...
  • Obama urges Congress to 'compromise' on cuts (No "Compromise"!!!)

    02/25/2013 9:29:44 AM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    msn ^ | 2/25/2013 | PHILIP ELLIOTT and JULIE PACE
    Facing a Friday deadline, President Barack Obama said Monday that Congress can avert sweeping across-the-board cuts with "just a little bit of compromise," as he sought to stick lawmakers with the blame if the budget ax falls. Speaking to the nation's governors, Obama acknowledged that the impact of the $85 billion in cuts may not be felt immediately. But he also said the uncertainty already is impacting the economy, as the Pentagon and other agencies get ready to furlough employees.
  • Second Amendment Foundation – ‘Self Defense Is a Human Right’(Video)

    02/25/2013 9:21:29 AM PST · by EXCH54FE
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has launched a new campaign titled, “Equal Gun Rights.” The Foundation aims to show that gun rights are being unequally protected, and actually infringed, in different areas of our country–particularly in areas with a high minority population. SAF accomplishes this by focusing on how residents in predominantly red states and red cities enjoy the freedom to defend themselves with handguns, shotguns, and AR-15s, while residents in blue states –and particularly blue cities– frequently lack the freedom to even own a weapon sufficient to mount a defense at all. The thesis is...
  • Bob Menendez plays race card, blames conservatives for scandals

    02/25/2013 9:19:25 AM PST · by chessplayer · 34 replies
    At a Black History Month event held at a Trenton, N.J. church on Sunday, Democratic Senator Bob Menendez blamed conservatives for his ethics scandals, framing them as a racial attack on him because of his Hispanic heritage. “I have felt the sting of discrimination,” he told approximately 300 worshipers, according to the Bergen Record. ”It has never been easy.” “Now we face anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals from right-wing sources seeking to destroy a lifetime of work,” Menendez said at Shiloh Baptist Church.
  • MSNBC On OFA Fundraising: This Just Looks Bad

    02/25/2013 9:16:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/25/13 | GOPICYMI
    Chuck Todd discusses the Hypocrisy of OFA Fundraising (February 25, 2013)
  • INTEL From Mossad and (German) BND re: Terror Hits On The US And Europe.

    02/25/2013 9:11:44 AM PST · by LSUfan · 21 replies
    Crocodile's Lament ^ | 20 Feb 13 | Unknown
    In the realm of “for what it’s worth”, I received an INTEL report yesterday from a very close friend who is German and owns/operates a major global firm. Being from Germany, he has a “pal” who is a BND career guy who has focused his work in the Middle East for few decades; therefore, in that the BND is the CIA of Germany he works closely with MOSSAD the INTEL agency/operator group from Israel. The point to the note from the German man, his connection with the BND stated they and MOSSAD are predicting terrorist’s hits to the U.S. and...
  • 11 states with more people on welfare than employed

    02/25/2013 9:10:19 AM PST · by OneVike · 49 replies
    WND ^ | 2/25/13 | Michaeld Savage
    Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2011, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support. What’s the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day. To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $25.00 an hour.
  • Toilet Floods Oscars Lobby

    02/25/2013 9:05:49 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Newser ^ | 2-24-2013 | Evann Gestaldo
    Toilet Floods Oscars Lobby PIPE BURSTS JUST BEFORE CEREMONY STARTS By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Feb 24, 2013 9:35 PM CST (NEWSER) – It was a decidedly unglamorous beginning to the Oscars: About half an hour before the show kicked off tonight, a pipe burst in the women's bathroom at the Dolby Theatre and flooded the lobby. It happened when the mom of one of the nominees flushed a toilet, an embarrassing situation described by another nominee to The Wrap: "The poor woman came out looking like a scene from Carrie. She was drenched."
  • What Happens if Your Bug Out Gun Breaks?

    02/25/2013 9:03:30 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 55 replies
    Guns.Com ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | David LaPell
    Over the last few years, I’ve seen a lot of ink spilled about the one—that is the ultimate, end of the world, SHTF, need no other, bug out bag firearm that will carry you and yours at the end of days. These articles usually go into great detail as to the how’s, what’s, and why’s of the caliber, model, and make for that ideal, one and done gun but I’ve seen precious little written about one very important issue that could turn your uber-pistol into a good looking paperweight. What if it breaks? Recently I had one of my Smith...
  • NRA’s Second Amendment Victory Upheld by Federal Court

    02/25/2013 8:55:17 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 4 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    San Diego, CA --(Ammoland.com)- Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit declined the State of Illinois’ petition to rehear en banc the Court’s December 11, 2012 decision striking down as unconstitutional Illinois’ total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside one’s home or business. Stay tuned to www.calgunlaws.com for further analysis on analysis of the order’s potential ramifications, but you can read the order yourself here. The case is Shepard v. Madigan, and involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 25-March 1,2013

    02/25/2013 8:48:57 AM PST · by Biggirl · 69 replies
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  • Big government on the Big Island in Hawaii

    02/25/2013 8:34:51 AM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Watchdog ^ | 22 February 2013 | Malia Zimmerman
    Hawaii has more government workers as a percentage of all workers than every state in the union save Alaska, a new poll by Gallup shows. Nearly three out of every 10 employees – or 27.8 percent of employed adults in Hawaii – work in a federal, state or local government agency, according to the survey. Hawaii falls behind the District of Columbia, at 29.2 percent, and Alaska, 28 percent. Driving the booming government payrolls are factors of geography, military strategy and the strength of unions here. Taxpayers in turn pay some of the highest rates in the country to support...
  • Uncle Sam's 4th Sticky Bun: Administration scares taxpayers to avoid budget cuts

    02/25/2013 8:34:11 AM PST · by Moseley · 6 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | February 25, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Will President Obama’s sequester interrupt government services you depend on? The media runs alarmist stories about how average Americans will suffer if Uncle Sam has to pass up a fourth sticky bun for breakfast. Politicians often panic the public to keep the money flowing. Washington is warning of three-hour delays at airports. Remember: Democrats insisted on requiring airport security screeners to be federal employees. So now you must support Democratic spending plans or else. Since 2008, federal spending has increased by $800 billion per year. The looming sequester will shave off $100 billion per year. Washington will still be spending...
  • Tebow's Big Fumble: Soon, the ball will be thrown to each of us.

    02/25/2013 8:31:53 AM PST · by rhema · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 2/22/13 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    [ . . . ] No statement short of celebrating and affirming the normalization of homosexuality will be found acceptable to those now demanding an answer. Writing for Yahoo! Sports, Jay Busbee stated what is now obvious: "Whatever the reason for his cancellation, Tebow is fast approaching the point where he'll need to make more definitive stands on his own. . . . He has the power and potential to be an influential voice for his religion, but he'll need to decide how much of that religion he wishes to demonstrate." Now, take out Tebow's name and insert your own....
  • Secretary Kerry's Maiden Speech

    02/25/2013 8:29:47 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 25, 2013 | Shoshana Bryen
    Stipulating that foreign aid can be an important part of American foreign policy, and further that trade is an important component of U.S. foreign policy; Secretary of State John Kerry made two really important mistakes in his maiden speech, delivered to a fawning audience of American university students. The first was in the definition of America's challenges in the second decade of the 21st Century. Mr. Kerry posited: "Our challenge is to tame the worst impulses of globalization even as we harness its ability to spread information and possibility, to offer even the most remote place on Earth the same...
  • CO: Secret energy lab spawns million dollar govt employee

    02/25/2013 8:29:39 AM PST · by Lorianne · 6 replies
    Watchdog ^ | 24 November 2012 | Tori Richards (Watchdog)
    (Watch Dog) – The federal government’s dream of a renewable energy empire hinges on a scrubby outpost here, where scientists and executives doggedly explore a new frontier. If you live outside Colorado, you probably haven’t heard of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory – NREL for short. It’s the place where solar panels, windmills and corn are deemed the energy source of the future and companies who support such endeavors are courted. It’s also the place where highly paid staff decide how to spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars. And the public pays those decision-makers well: NREL’s top executive, Dr....
  • John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan

    02/25/2013 8:23:43 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 41 replies
    John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new US secretary of state, inventing the nation of 'Kyrzakhstan' By Jonathan Earle, Moscow 11:36AM GMT 25 Feb 2013 In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure "democratic institutions" in the Central Asian country, which does not exist. The newly minted diplomat was referring to Kyrgyzstan, a poor, landlocked nation of 5.5 million, which he appeared to confuse with its resource-rich neighbour to the north, Kazakhstan. The State Department kindly omitted the error in the official...
  • John Kerry Makes Up New Country: Kyrzakhstan

    02/25/2013 8:21:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 25, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    According to The Telegraph, Kerry seemed to confuse the country of Kyrgyzstan with its northern neighbor, Kazakhstan: The State Department kindly omitted the error in the official transcript of Wednesday’s speech, which Kerry delivered on the eve of his first foreign trip as secretary of state. Kerry’s flub was all the more awkward, because Kyrgyzstan is a key ally in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a major recipient of US aid, which totalled $41 million (£27 million) in 2011.Washington has actively promoted democratic development in the country since pro-democracy revolutions topped strongmen in 2005 and 2010, leading to free...
  • Privatization Shellacs Obamacare Model

    02/25/2013 8:20:25 AM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 5 replies
    American Spectator ^ | February 25, 2013 | David Catron
    An excruciating irony of Obamacare is that its architects modeled many of its features after the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is a classic system of socialized medicine, and a monumental failure by any objective standard. Yet many of its features were enthusiastically built into the “Affordable Care Act.” The most obvious example is Obamacare’s rationing committee, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which was consciously made in the image of Great Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). And lest you think I exaggerate the failures of the NHS, you can verify my characterization by...
  • Gen. Boykin: Obama going wrong way on families

    02/25/2013 8:05:00 AM PST · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | February 24, 2013 | Michael Haverluck
    See what research reveals is best indicator of the future of youth Barack Obama called during his State of the Union for taxpayer-funded universal preschool f or children, which would yank them out of their homes at an even earlier age. But a new study shows the opposite – family cohesion, is the No. 1 determinant of a healthy home and a healthy society. When asked about the message from the study, which showed only 45 percent of 15-17-year-old teens in America live with both married parents, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin said such cohesion is as important in the...
  • MN Legislative Update on Obamacare Exchange & privacy-gutting bills

    02/25/2013 8:04:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    MN Legislative Update on Obamacare Exchange & privacy-gutting bills Please begin now contacting your legislators about the Obamacare Exchange bills which are likely to be voted on March 4 in the House and March 7 in the Senate. They want the final bill to Gov. Dayton on March 22.
  • Veteran Teacher Accused of Offering Student Money for Sex (NAME THAT SEXUAL ORIENTATION -- GAY)

    02/25/2013 8:02:01 AM PST · by tom h · 13 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Monday, Feb 25, 2013 | Unnamed
    A veteran New Jersey high school teacher from New York has been accused of contacting a student through Facebook and offering that student cash in exchange for sexual acts, prosecutors said. Thomas Weir, a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, N.J., was arrested Saturday evening in the parking lot of a restaurant where he planned to meet the student, authorities said. Weir, 50, was charged with attempted sexual assault, attempted endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct, among other crimes. The Monticello, N.Y., resident has been employed by the Paterson Board of Education for more...
  • US State Department Issues Global Terror Advisory to US Citizens

    02/25/2013 8:00:07 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 25 Feb 13 | Unknown
    President Obama may say that Al Qaeda is defeated, or Al Qaeda is “on the run,” or that the “core” of Al Qaeda is in ruins and other political rhetoric, but the US State Department continues to issue advisories warning Americans traveling abroad that they need to realize that they are being targeted by Jihadists around the globe. It’s also instructive that to get the details of the State Department’s terrorism advisory, you need to go to the foreign media, because the US media doesn’t like to cover these topics any more. The report below comes to us from the...
  • MSNBC, With Ex-Obama Aides, Now Almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’

    02/25/2013 7:56:36 AM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 8 replies
    http://daily-download.com/ ^ | February 25th, 2013 | by David Zurawik
    <p>MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias. But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it’s official: MSNBC is worse.</p> <p>The cable channel that flies under the banner of NBC News is now all but a bona fide organ of state propaganda, an information channel that speaks in the same dominant voice as the folks running the government–and tries to mask what it is up to.</p>
  • Best seat in the (White) house! Chris Christie gets chair of honor next to first lady Michelle

    02/25/2013 7:54:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/13 | Beth Stebner
    Gov. Chris Christie got the seat of honor at tonight’s annual governor’s dinner, sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama. The New Jersey governor, a Republican, joined governors from across the nation at the annual Governor’s Association Meeting, and at one point, clinked glasses with the president’s wife. Mr Obama had praised Gov. Christie for his response to Hurricane Sandy and his effort to get funding to those who were most affected by last October’s storm.
  • Louis Farrakhan: Gang Members Can Serve As Protectors

    02/25/2013 7:50:41 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    http://www.dnainfo.com/ ^ | February 25, 2013 | Quinn Ford
    UNIVERSITY VILLAGE — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told thousands of followers Sunday he was planning to reach out to gang leaders to help "protect" the Nation of Islam. That came at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day convention. Farrakhan, 79, renewed the call for African Americans to pool money and buy as much land as possible, in order to "control means of production" and produce food and other goods, such as clothing.
  • WTC bombing World Trade Center (Feb. 26, 1993) 20 years ago tomorrow.

    02/25/2013 7:34:29 AM PST · by fishtank · 12 replies
    Feb. 26, 1993 until 2013 | fishtank
    Twenty years ago tomorrow......
  • Democrats Plan To Pay Second Amendment Protesters Gets Shot Down

    02/25/2013 7:29:53 AM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 13 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/25/2013
    A ‘Second Amendment Rally’ is being held in Albany this Thursday the 28th, and will feature National Rifle Association President David Keene, and various other speakers opposed to new gun legislation passed last month in New York state. The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 currently hails as the single most restrictive assault on Second Amendment rights in the country, and was forced through the legislative process without public review – a tactic that even Governor Cuomo admits was the only way to enact the law. As a counter to the massive Second Amendment support being demonstrated...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,February 25-March 1,2013

    02/25/2013 7:25:17 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | February 25-March 1, 2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Boehner to hold 4 p.m. sequester press conference

    02/25/2013 7:24:37 AM PST · by illiac · 124 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- House Speaker John Boehner will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Eastern to discuss the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester, his office said. Without a deal, $85 billion in gradual budget cuts will begin on Friday,
  • An open letter to 'gay' teens

    02/25/2013 7:14:44 AM PST · by jimluke01 · 9 replies
    WordNetDaily ^ | Matt Barber
    Who am I? I’m a husband and a father. More importantly, and by the grace of God, I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. This is what motivates me to write you. You don’t have to read on, but I pray you will. What I write I write with the purest of aims and with your well-being in mind – physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, both now and for eternity. You will read truth here, not because I say it’s true – I’m nobody – but, rather, because the Creator of the universe, the very God Who wove you together in...
  • Backlash against gun laws at industry and grassroots levels

    02/25/2013 7:10:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Gun owners rallied at the Capitol last month, part of a growing backlash against gun regulations that now include an expanding industry boycott. Credits: Dave Workman Saturday saw small but significant rallies of armed citizens in several states including Washington, as more firearms industry companies are joining a boycott of New York and other jurisdictions that adopt gun laws restricting the rights of citizens. The big names in guns, including Smith & Wesson, Glock, Sig Sauer, Sturm Ruger and other have not yet announced their intentions, but there clearly is a backlash in the works. For gun prohibitionists, it is...
  • The Rejection of America's Volunteer Military

    02/25/2013 7:08:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Political Calculations
    Today, we're revisiting the topic of the ages of those who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War 2, because we have new information to add to it! Before we go any further, the reason we're doing this is because this information plays a key part in one of the projects we're developing behind the scenes here at Political Calculations, which we'll be presenting in bits and seemingly unrelated pieces throughout this year. So what information are we adding today? Well, it's about the end of volunteerism and the institutionalization of mandatory conscription for filling the ranks of...
  • Swedish women warned off dating 'US men' online

    02/25/2013 7:01:25 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 22 replies
    A US engineer whose online claims didn't turn out to be true have left a Gothenburg woman out of pocket and brokenhearted, and one of dozens of Swedish women who have fallen victim to an increasingly common online dating scam.
  • The Arrival Of Japan’s Sunset

    02/25/2013 7:00:13 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies
    Gregory.us ^ | 2-25-2013 | Gregor Macdonald
    The Arrival Of Japan’s SunsetGregory MacdonaldFebruary 25, 2013For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled. ~ Richard Feynman Waiting for Japan’s economy to make a strong recovery has been an ongoing game since 1990. Shall we play that game one more time? There have been many false dawns in Japan over the past 20 years. Struggling with a combination of crushing debt and deadly demographics, Japan’s economy has stubbornly refused to make progress, despite numerous government efforts that range from currency devaluation to endless public works projects. None of this was enough,...
  • All the Coal, None of the Carbon- Almost

    02/25/2013 6:59:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Bob Beauprez
    It looks like the radical environmental left may have to find a new favorite dirty four letter word.  Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."  The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL), captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research.  The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and...
  • Bob McDonnell Risks Tarnishing His Legacy (The Virginia Tax Fiasco)

    02/25/2013 6:48:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2013 | John fund
    Some Republican governors — all of them elected with strong tea-party support — have moved left since the November election by agreeing to participate in Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid. The lure of “free money” from Washington has proven too much for governors Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, and John Kasich of Ohio to resist. Obamacare promises to pay 100 percent of the cost of new Medicaid patients, lowering that to 90 percent in later years. Never mind that Uncle Sugar has a notorious reputation for reneging on promises and that history shows that expanding Medicaid only increases...
  • Sequester: Sound and Fury; Signifying Nothing

    02/25/2013 6:38:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Dan Holler
    With the March 1st deadline for the sequester looming, the chorus of politicians and pundits decrying its passage in apocalyptic terms has reached a fevered pitch. These are the same political leaders who in the summer of 2011 agreed to implement these cuts if a broader spending deal could not be reached. The negotiations carried out by the Super Committee collapsed and the sequester agreement was passed and signed into law. For months, the Administration promised the sequester would be turned off with a deal to offset the automatic across-the-board spending cuts. The President even went so far as to...
  • CO:Women should have access to concealed weapons

    02/25/2013 6:32:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    uccsscribe.com ^ | 25 February, 2012 | Staff
    The controversy over the Public Safety attack-prevention tips list highlights the broader debate at the state level concerning the right to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses. Everyone from Sean Hannity to Cosmopolitan recognized the tips as impractical, ridiculous and demeaning. And it would be equally demeaning to limit a woman’s options when it comes to deterring attackers, namely taking away her right to carry a weapon. Women should not have to resort to physical self-deprecation or focus on making themselves feel less “attractive” in order to protect themselves. After all, the attacker is the one who should be...
  • Debunking Sequester Hysteria from the Big Spenders in Washington

    02/25/2013 6:30:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I shared a couple of amusing sequester cartoons the other day, and I’ve previously written about the absurdity of anti-sequester hysteria in Washington when all it means is that the federal budget will grow by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years rather than $2.5 trillion. This Nate Beeler cartoon effectively captures the mindset of Washington’s big spenders. Let’s take a serious look at this topic. George Will is appropriately disgusted by the antics of the political class. Here’s some of his column on the topic. The sequester has forced liberals to clarify their conviction that whatever the government’s size...
  • 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...