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  • Police Suspect Illegal Immigrant in Hooters Stabbing

    02/25/2013 3:17:31 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Santa Monica Patch ^ | February 21, 2013
    The Santa Monica Police on Thursday named a suspect in the August stabbing of a 19-year-old near Hooters restaurant in downtown Santa Monica. DNA evidence recovered from the scene allegedly tied a 39-year-old illegal immigrant to the attack, which was unprovoked, according to the police. The victim survived. The police said they expect Francisco Leon-Urbalexo of Sonora, Mexico, will be arraigned on three felony charges—including attempted murder—after he completes a 10-month sentence in federal prison for illegally re-entering the United States.
  • Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies at age 96

    02/25/2013 3:11:01 PM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | February 25, 2013
    Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died peacefully at his home on Monday, Dartmouth College said. He was 96. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982 to 1989, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was outspoken on public health issues and did much to elevate the office of the surgeon general. [Snip] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Dartmouth College, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Koop was the author of more than 200 articles and books. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of...
  • Tax on gas could rise this summer (CA)

    02/25/2013 2:54:17 PM PST · by South40 · 14 replies
    As if we don’t already pay enough for gas in California, come this summer we may be taxed on it even more by the state. The tax Californians pay for each gallon of gas they buy — called the excise tax — is expected to increase 3.5 cents per gallon in July to 39.5 cents per gallon. The state Board of Equalization - charged with setting the rate since 2010 - will meet Tuesday in Culver City to consider about a 10 percent increase because previous tax collections fell short of budgeted amounts. The excise tax isn’t the only one...
  • WashPost's Wan Presents Chinese Communist Government, Vatican on Equal Moral Plane

    02/25/2013 2:47:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/25/13 | Ken Shepherd
    Ken Shepherd's picture In a 41-paragraph front-pager today, the Washington Post's William Wan looks at how the "New pope will be challenged by strained ties with China." "A reset is possible as both sides introduce new leadership," added a subheadline. The website version had a wildly different headline, "For China's Catholics, new pope brings hope." Throughout his article, Wan used language that suggested that the Vatican and the Communist Chinese dictatorship were on the same moral plane (emphases mine): BEIJING — Of the long list of problems the next pope will inherit once the white smoke rises in Rome, few...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,February 25,2013

    02/25/2013 2:44:49 PM PST · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | February 25, 2013 | Mark Levin
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  • The Comeback of Silent Cal ("Derided by New Dealers, Coolidge gets long-overdue respect...")

    02/25/2013 2:38:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Derided by New Dealers, Coolidge gets long-overdue respect in Shlaes’s biography. 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. 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...
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  • Team Obama spamming fake twitter messages to support gun control

    02/25/2013 2:27:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    "Obama's anti-gun campaign is a fraud," Stockman said. "Obama's supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress," he added. "I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign."Stockman said that in response to Obama's call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.
  • Trusts Offer a Legal Loophole for Buying Restricted Guns

    02/25/2013 2:26:28 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 25, 2013 | ERICA GOODE
    A growing number of shooting enthusiasts are creating legal trusts to acquire machine guns, silencers or other items whose sale is restricted by federal law — a mechanism that bypasses the need to obtain law enforcement approval or even undergo criminal background checks. The trusts, called gun trusts, are intended to allow the owners of the firearms to share them legally with family members and to pass them down responsibly. They have gained in popularity, gun owners say, in part because they may offer protection from future legislation intended to prohibit the possession or sale of the firearms. But because...
  • The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit

    02/25/2013 2:23:11 PM PST · by mgist · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | 2/23/13 | Patricia Mazzei
    The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit By Patricia Mazzei pmazzei@MiamiHerald.com TIM CHAPMAN / MIAMI HERALD STAFF About 2,000 rejected absentee ballots at Miami-Dade Elections Department, mostly for lack of signatures or review of signatures from the last election. 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...
  • Wind causing numerous power outages around Central Texas

    02/25/2013 2:22:12 PM PST · by bgill · 53 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Feb. 25, 2013 | Julie Chang
    About 10,000 Austin Energy customers are without power Monday afternoon because of high winds, utility spokesman Ed Clark said.... About 1,700 customers are without power Monday afternoon in Pflugerville... Wind has knocked out power for about 1300 customers across Bastrop, Lee and Caldwell counties... San Marcos The city’s Electric Utility and Transportation Departments are responding to numerous calls about power outages and six reports of downed trees
  • Oregon gun control bill attracts national publicity; sponsor says it appears dead on arrival

    02/25/2013 2:17:13 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 25, 2013 | Jeff Mapes
    A bill promoted by Ceasefire Oregon to ban many semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity gun magazines generated a national outcry over the weekend from angry pro-gun activists. Even Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, the c hief sponsor of House Bill 3200, said the bill as introduced goes too far in not only banning the sale of these weapons but in limiting each gun owner to continue possessing just one of these firearms. Greenlick said he also disagrees with a provision that would allow the state police to investigate gun owners who possess one of these weapons to make sure they are safely...
  • Stocks slump on sequestration, Italy fears

    02/25/2013 2:09:23 PM PST · by John W · 12 replies
    money.msn.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Charley Blaine
    The Dow falls 216 points in its worst day since November, as investors worry that spending cuts will harm the economy. The Italian election, meanwhile, unsettles those who thought Europeans were getting their act together. When Monday began, a lot of investors and traders could be excused for thinking the stock market was holding up quite well -- considering the worries about cuts in federal spending and a resumption of worries about political and economic instability in Italy. But the stock market slid during the day, and then just plain tanked. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 216 points...
  • Gun Control Activist Who Was Shot at VaTech: ‘College Campuses Actually One of the Safest Places

    02/25/2013 2:07:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/25/13 | Melanie Hunter
    (CNSNews.com) - Colin Goddard, who was shot several times in the Virginia Tech shooting massacre and now works as assistant director of federal legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said Friday that college campuses are “one of the safest places you can be in this country.” “College campuses are actually one of the safest places you can be in this country. People aged between 18 and 24 who live on college campuses are one of the constituencies that are least likely to ever get hit by bullet, and if you live anywhere else but a campus, that...
  • More gun companies not selling to Police in anti-2nd Amendment states............

    02/25/2013 2:05:13 PM PST · by jda · 11 replies
    Patriot Action ^ | 25 February 2013 | Michael CHILDS
    Some gun manufacturers say they will no longer sell their firearms to New York law enforcement agencies after the state passed a broad assault-weapons ban last month. At least five companies have said they won’t sell to New York police since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in January. The bill, known as the NY SAFE Act, included a ban on any semi-automatic rifles or shotguns with “military-style” features, such as a pistol grip or a folding stock.
  • An awful loss, a beautiful life, a daunting task

    02/25/2013 2:03:30 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | Tim Carney
    John Paul smiles at his brother Joey. (Photo: Katie G. Carney) Timothy P. Carney Senior political columnist The Washington Examiner Nothing can prepare you for seeing your one-year-old nephew in a casket. Nothing can take away his parents' agony. And nobody could have expected how much good work this helpless baby would do in 14 months. John Paul Kilner was born with an advanced case of spinal muscular atrophy. Nearly paralyzed at birth, his body deteriorated further as he grew. My sister-in-law Elena and her husband Pat brought JP home as soon as possible, and began the 24-hour a...
  • URL Related to Obama's "Organizing for Action" Now Goes to NRA Website

    02/25/2013 1:59:54 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://techpresident.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Sarah Lai Stirland
    A Web domain using the name of President Obama's grassroots lobbying group Organizing for Action now points to the National Rifle Association's web site. Derek Bovard, a computer technician in Castle Rock, Colo., registered the domain name organizingforaction.net after seeing a report about the formation of the lobbying group on Fox News last Friday. Bovard, a Republican who voted for Mitt Romney in the last election cycle, says that he bought the domain for $10 and would be willing to part with it for $10,000. He considering donating the name to the Ronald Reagan Library, but overnight decided to point...
  • Sequester Will Be Nothing Compared to the Next Budget Crisis at the End of March

    02/25/2013 1:54:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The sequester, ladies and gentlemen. Have you stocked up your food? Have you bought all your water? Have you got all the batteries that you're gonna need? Have you made plans to do without for months and months and months? I'm telling you it's going to be brutal out there. I heard a media person today saying the reason why... Get this, now. The reason why they think this time the sequester's gonna happen -- the reason why there will not be a last-minute solution like there always is -- is because there are no talks. "Nobody...
  • White House says $500K won't guarantee Obama meeting

    02/25/2013 1:47:46 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    White House says $500K won't guarantee Obama meeting Posted by CNN Political Unit (CNN) - After reports that top donors to the political group formed by President Barack Obama's campaign team would be granted quarterly access to the president, the White House stressed Monday the new organization would remain independent from administration activities. But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn't deny that donors to the group, called Organizing for Action, could attend meetings with Obama or members of his staff. "Administration officials can meet with them, including the president, but the fact of the matter is this is an...
  • John Kerry Invents a Country

    02/25/2013 1:43:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: John Kerry, as you know, is the new secretary of state. His first gaffe has been recorded. Last Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the University of Virginia, Kerry delivered his first major foreign policy address, and he invented a country that does not exist... KERRY: They fight corruption in Nigeria! They support the rule of law in Burma! They support democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan (sic) and Georgia. RUSH: There is no Kyrzakhstan. There is no Kyrzakhstan. He was thinking of Kyrgyzstan. Can you imagine if George W. Bush had done this? Here it's Monday and we're just...
  • Check Out Today's Incredible Spike In FEAR

    02/25/2013 1:42:42 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Check Out Today's Incredible Spike In FEAR Joe WeisenthalFebruary 25, 2013If you wanted to digest it all in one chart, it might be this one: A chart of the VIX -- aka "The Fear Index" -- which measures how much people are trying to buy protection against a big downside drop using options. It went ballistic today. This is raw fear, as people buy protection against a big drop.Via Stockcharts.com
  • Progressive USA endangering ‘gun control’ foot soldiers

    02/25/2013 1:41:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Examiner ^ | 2/25/13 | David Codrea
    Forget that The Daily Caller is reporting Progressive USA’s claim that NRA donated $10,000 to Debbie Halvorson, and that the contender for the Congressional seat vacated by disgraced anti-gun head case Jesse Jackson Jr. calls for “Universal Background Checks and registration of all firearms … Making sure that background checks work so people do not fall through the cracks in the National Data Base [and] Ending the Gun Show loophole” on her campaign website. Those who play political chess will tell us Halvorson opposes banning semi-autos and some such, while hard-liners will point out the prospective ban is likely to...
  • Obama’s Backers Seek Big Donors [$500,000 or more] to Press Agenda

    02/25/2013 1:37:59 PM PST · by grundle · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 22, 2013 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    President Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group as one of Washington’s biggest lobbying operations. But the rebooted campaign, known as Organizing for Action, has plunged the president and his aides into a campaign finance limbo with few clear rules, ample potential for influence-peddling, and no real precedent in national politics. In private meetings and phone calls, Mr. Obama’s aides have made clear that the new organization will rely heavily...
  • Obama Snubs Media Again: 'Clear Out the Press So We Can Take Some Questions'

    02/25/2013 1:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/25/13 | John Nolte
    If it mattered, the dismissive way Obama treats the media coupled with his lack of transparency would be troubling. But it doesn't matter. Even if the president was as transparent as glass, the media would still cover up anything that might politically damage him. So the fact that Obama treats the media like the lackeys they are, is actually very amusing and all kinds of satisfying. The media's been whining about "access" for 10 days now and as a result, today, Obama pretty much laughed in their collective faces with this: “What I want to do is clear out the...
  • Alabama makes scholarship offer to eighth-grader

    02/25/2013 1:34:56 PM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | February 25, 2013 | Tom Fornelli
    Alabama's 2013 recruiting class was wrapped up earlier this month, but for Nick Saban it's never too early to start the process of lining up recruits for Alabama's 2017 class. The Crimson Tide hosted a junior day over the weekend, and one of the players who showed up was Dylan Moses out of Baton Rouge, La. Though Moses is not a junior in high school. He's not even in high school yet, but that didn't stop the eighth-grader from picking up a scholarship offer. [Snip] What makes this all a bit crazier is that Alabama isn't even Dylan's first...
  • Obama Mega-Donor Honored at Oscars

    02/25/2013 1:32:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    In addition to Michelle Obama’s surprise appearance at the Oscars ceremony last night, DreamWorks CEO and Obama mega-donor Jeffrey Katzenberg was recognized for his philanthropic and humanitarian achievements.Katzenberg received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (an “honorary Oscar”) in September 2012, and was honored again on Sunday during the live festivities.The ultra-wealthy Hollywood tycoon and long-time liberal benefactor was one of the most prolific donors during the 2012 election cycle, giving more than $3.2 million to Democratic candidates, committees, and super PACs. Most of that money ($3 million) went to Priorities USA Action, the pro-Obama super PAC that the president had...
  • Brain scans reveal babies born THREE MONTHS early can recognise human speech

    02/25/2013 1:30:53 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 February 2013 | Mark Prigg
    Babies born up to three months premature can recognise different syllables in human speech, say scientists. A study showed similarities in the way the brain processes language in the new-borns and adults - including specific neurological reactions to changes from the 'ba' to 'ga' sound and to a male to female voices. Professor Fabrice Wallois, of Picardie University in Amiens, France, said the findings suggest that early in the development of the brain it begins to decipher distinct sounds or 'phonemes'. He said as early as three months before birth a baby's brain establishes neural functions that help decipher human...
  • WaPo: Beretta starting to look at moving out of Maryland after gun-control push

    02/25/2013 1:28:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today, I linked to a Christian Science Monitor report that the firearms industry had begun to organize in opposition to the recent push for increased gun control, but that the major manufacturers had not yet committed themselves. That situation has changed, reports the Washington Post, at least in Maryland, where Beretta makes it home --- at least for now. The company has begun considering a relocation of its headquarters to a state where its product hasn't been made illegal, and may take hundreds of jobs with them: Beretta, the nearly 500-year-old family-owned company that made one of James BondÂ’s...
  • GOLDMAN: The Gold Market Selloff Is About To Accelerate

    02/25/2013 1:27:43 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    GOLDMAN: The Gold Market Selloff Is About To Accelerate Matthew Boesler February 25, 2013, 3:57 PM Last week, gold came under heavy fire from the sellers. The shiny yellow metal fell below the $1600 mark for the first time in a while, and it even hit the "death cross" – a technical indicator formed when the 50-day average gold price dips below the 200-day average – indicating rapidly deteriorating sentiment. After all of that, gold is rebounding nicely today. Right now, it's trading up around 1.4 percent against the dollar at $1595 per ounce. Nonetheless, Goldman Sachs, which has put...
  • Italy Election Jars Wall Street; Dow Falls 216 Points

    02/25/2013 1:22:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 25 Feb 2013 04:01 PM | (Newsmax wire services)
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded more than 200 points Monday in a late sell-off that analysts blamed on concerns about Italy’s elections. … The election showed a surprisingly strong performance by Beppe Grillo, whose 5 Star Movement has capitalized on a wave of voter disgust with the ruling political class. Another surprise has been the return as a political force of billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who was forced from the premiership at the end of 2011 by Italy’s debt crisis, and whose forces now had a strong chance of capturing the Italian Senate. …
  • MARKETS FREAK OUT (-217), YEN SURGES AFTER SHOCK SPLIT VOTE IN ITALY: Here's What You Need To Know

    02/25/2013 1:14:58 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Sam Ro
    MARKETS FREAK OUT (-217), YEN SURGES AFTER SHOCK SPLIT VOTE IN ITALY: Here's What You Need To Know Sam RoFebruary 25, 2013 Huge swings in the Japanese yen, euro, and U.S. dollar came in the wake of some wild news out of Japan and Italy. First the scoreboard: Dow: 13,784, -216.9 pts, -1.5 percent S&P 500: 1,487, -27.7 pts, -1.8 percent NASDAQ: 3,116. -45.5 pts, -1.4 percent And now the top stories: * Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Japan would be sending a Haruhiko Kuroda to head the Bank of Japan. Kuroda, the head of the Asian Development Bank,...
  • These are Not Normal Times

    02/25/2013 1:12:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 25. 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Just a year ago actually almost to the day, February 23rd -- 2009, President Obama said, quote, "And that's why today I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half at the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges that we have long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay, and that means taking responsibility right now in this administration for getting our spending under control." That was Barack Obama on...
  • Deadly Blasts Put India on High Alert

    02/25/2013 1:11:33 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    WSJ ^ | Updated February 21, 2013, 1:12 p.m. ET | By KENAN MACHADO and RAJESH ROY
    MUMBAI—Security forces across India went on high alert Thursday after at least 12 people were killed and more than 70 people were injured in two explosions in Hyderabad city, in what state and federal officials suspect was a coordinated terror strike.Federal Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the government had "intelligence inputs of expected blasts somewhere in the country for the past two days and had alerted all state governments."
  • Secretary of State John Kerry invents new country: ‘Kyrzakhstan’

    02/25/2013 1:00:08 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 February 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Newly minted Secretary of State John Kerry is sweeping through Europe and the Middle East on a nine-nation tour, meeting with top global heads to forge diplomatic relations — and, apparently, even creating new countries. Mr. Kerry was trying to praise diplomats who were working on behalf of the United States in the Central Asian region, but in doing so, he created a new country. He thanked the diplomats for their work in “Kyrzakhstan,” according to various media reports, and credited their efforts in “support [of] democratic institutions in Kyrzakhstan and Georgia.” The National Review suggests Mr. Kerry could have...
  • Anything New in the Cold Fusion /LENR World?

    02/25/2013 12:57:51 PM PST · by count-your-change · 13 replies
    New Energy Times ^ | 2/22/2013 | Steven B. Krivit
    Don't look for any cold fusion powered cars or water heaters. However this is an excellent article about one theory that purports to explain what LENR is and how it supposedly produces excess heat. The article deals with some of the background infighting over the spoils that come later. This is last part of the article and I think the most interesting: (Bushnell is a NASA scientist) "Unless Bushnell wants to suggest that he is privy to classified information, his suggestion of a slow-acting LENR experiment with extremely high-heat production that would melt windows is not believable. Bushnell also does...
  • The United States Heads to the South China Sea

    02/25/2013 12:57:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Foreignaffairs.com ^ | February 21, 2013 | Michael T. Klare
    Why American Involvement Will Mean More Friction -- Not Less When U.S. officials are asked to comment on disputes over contested islands in the western Pacific, they invariably affirm that the Obama administration has no position on issues of sovereignty but opposes any use of force to resolve the matter. "Whether with regard to disputes in the South China Sea or in the East China Sea," Deputy Secretary of State William Burns declared last October in Tokyo, the United States "does not take a position on the question of ultimate sovereignty." True to form, he continued, "What we do take...
  • Dem Politician Defends Dressing in Afro and ‘Blackface’ for Jewish Holiday

    02/25/2013 12:53:42 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02/25/2013 | Erica Ritz
    A veteran New York Assemblyman on Monday stood by his decision to wear blackface makeup, an Afro wig and a basketball jersey to a costume party in the face of criticism he called “political correctness to the absurd.” Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind wrote on his blog Monday that he doesn’t understand the criticism swirling around Albany, and doesn’t know why anyone would be offended by the costume he wore to a party he recently held at his home in Brooklyn to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. Hikind hired a makeup artist and wore an orange basketball jersey, sunglasses and...
  • ‘By All Means, Leave’: The Amazingly Blunt Response One State Rep. [To lib who opposes guns]

    02/25/2013 12:53:28 PM PST · by Red Steel · 100 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 24, 2013 12:12pm | Madeleine Morgenstern
    [Full title] ‘By All Means, Leave’: The Amazingly Blunt Response One State Rep. Gave a Citizen Who Wrote Him Opposing Concealed Carry in Schools Get out of here. That was one Wyoming state representative’s message to a resident who contacted him recently stating her opposition to a bill that would have allowed people with concealed carry permits to carry guns in public schools, colleges and sporting events. Rev. Audette Fulbright had emailed all state legislators, including Republican Rep. Hans Hunt, earlier this month to say she and her husband had just moved to Wyoming and were “seriously reconsidering” their decision...
  • Robert Gibbs: I was told not to 'acknowledge' drones

    02/25/2013 12:46:36 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/25/2013 | By KATIE GLUECK
    Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says he was instructed when he joined the administration not to “acknowledge” the existence of America’s drones program. “When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was, you’re not even to acknowledge the drone program,” he said Sunday on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes.” “You’re not even to discuss that it exists.” Gibbs, who stressed that he was speaking only for himself, called that dynamic “crazy” and said that the lack of transparency surrounding the drones program “undermines” broader confidence in government.
  • FDA Approves Genentech’s Kadcyla (Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine), the First Antibody-Drug Conjugate...

    02/25/2013 12:45:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Business Wire via IBD ^ | 02/22/2013 | NA
    FDA Approves Genentech’s Kadcyla (Ado-Trastuzumab Emtansine), the First Antibody-Drug Conjugate for Treating HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer New Personalized Medicine Helped People in Phase III Study Live Longer, Compared to Standard Treatment -- SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kadcyla™(ado-trastuzumab emtansine or T-DM1) for the treatment of people with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (mBC) who have received prior treatment with Herceptin® (trastuzumab) and a taxane chemotherapy. Kadcyla is the fourth medicine from Genentech to receive FDA approval for...
  • John Kerry jokes about killing George Bush [in case you missed it]

    02/25/2013 12:45:08 PM PST · by mbarker12474 · 18 replies
    YouTube --> Hannity Colmes --> Bill Maher ^ | 2006 ?? | John Kerry on Bill Maher show
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HoaC3iRx44 http://newsbusters.org/node/8175 Maher: You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone. Kerry: Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.
  • “Egypt slams Israeli policy on Palestinian prisoners”

    02/25/2013 12:44:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/25/2013 18:15 | (JPost.com Staff, Khaled Abu Toameh
    Egypt on Monday condemned Israeli policies concerning Palestinian prisoners in light of the death of Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jadarat in Israeli custody over the weekend, Kuwait News Agency KUNA reported. In a press release, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr warned that the continuation of Israeli policies will lead to an explosion of the situation in the region, according to the report. KUNA cited Amr as saying he holds Israel responsible for any deterioration of the situation and calling on the international community to take a firm stance against Israel’s “inhuman practices against the Palestinian prisoners.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas...
  • Military Draft Registration Could Come To An End

    02/25/2013 12:43:39 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 14 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | February 25, 2013 | Nathan Francis
    Military draft registration could be coming to an end as two lawmakers are on a campaign to abolish the Selective Service System. Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, and Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican from Colorado, are the ones leading the charge to end military draft registration. They say the agency wastes millions of dollars each year preparing for the possibility of a military draft, The Associated Press noted.
  • Will Sen. Tom Coburn Buy Off on the "Schumer Sell-Out"?

    02/25/2013 12:42:37 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 9 replies
    Gon Owners of Americia ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | GOA Staff
    Anti-gun Sen. Charles Schumer's staff is leaking out to the press the Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is "on the verge" of caving in and agreeing to a ban on private gun sales -- and requiring virtually every American to get the government's approval before exercising their constitutional right to become a gun owner. According to The Washington Post (2/23/13), the remaining sticking point is Coburn's reluctance to require a 4473 for every private transaction. Were this to occur, ATF's practice of going into gun stores and copying all the 4473's -- a practice which has been documented by GOA --...
  • Grand Central Terminal Bomb Scare Reroutes Trains, Fires Up Twitter

    02/25/2013 12:39:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    DNAinfo.com ^ | February 24, 2013 11:02pm | Jess Wisloski
    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority shut down service of its shuttle between Times Square and Grand Central on Sunday night, and briefly had 4, 5 and 6 trains bypassing the station after a bomb scare halted activity to the transit hub, according to MTA officials. The NYPD would not comment on whether or not there had been a bomb threat in the station, and initially referred all inquiries to the MTA. At 9:40 p.m. a spokeswoman for the MTA subway system confirmed that the Times Square shuttle had been shut down, and 4, 5 and 6 trains were skipping the station...
  • Tensions rapidly escalating around South China Sea

    02/25/2013 12:30:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/24/13 11:13 PM EST | JOEL BRINKLEY
    China’s assertion that almost all of the South China Sea and adjacent waters are part of its territory seems to be growing more dangerous with each passing week.China and Japan are scrambling fighter jets in their faceoff over disputed islands. Last month, China “painted” a Japanese military helicopter and destroyer with weapons-lock radar — bringing harsh criticism from Japanese and American military officials.
  • "Loud Groans" Heard in Academy Awards Media Room When Michelle Obama Announced As Surprise Presenter

    02/25/2013 12:27:41 PM PST · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | February 25, 2013 | Debra Heine
    In response to Finke: Michelle at Oscars 'unnecessary and inappropriate': According to Clear Channel’s Steven Gregory on Twitter:
  • Marriage group will 'take out' GOPers who support same-sex unions

    02/25/2013 12:27:05 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 02/25/2013
    A national group that has spent millions to defend the traditional definition of marriage has pledged to spend $500,000 against any Republicans who vote to legalize same-sex marriage. The move comes less than a week after Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover said he was considering becoming a co-author of a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. “Republicans like Branden Petersen don’t realize that not only is voting to redefine marriage a terrible policy, it is also a career-ending vote for a Republican,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. “NOM will do everything in...
  • FCC Roughed Up in D.C. Circuit on Comcast-Tennis Case

    02/25/2013 12:25:59 PM PST · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Multichannel news ^ | Feb 25 2013 - 2:55pm | John Eggerton
    Judges Have Issues with Statute of Limitations on Carriage Complaint, First Amendment Implications of Remedy A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals heard the case of Comcast vs. the FCC on Monday, challenging the FCC's first-ever finding in favor of a program carriage complaint and its imposition of a carriage remedy. While the judges usually wield a gavel, in this case is was more like a hammer, with the FCC mostly on the receiving end. Between the serious First Amendment issues with the FCC's carriage remedy expressed by Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the contract issues on which Judge...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation (Feb. 25, 2013)

    02/25/2013 12:17:43 PM PST · by Faith · 11 replies
    February 25, 2013 | Faith
    But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. I Corinthians 1: 27