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  • : What happened to the Golden State?

    02/25/2013 6:45:43 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 61 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 24, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    California is no longer a model that other states want to or should emulate. It currently has the nation's third highest unemployment rate, its highest poverty rate and more than one-third of the nation's welfare recipients. To make a long story short, the same political constituencies that have made Brown's Democratic Party invincible at the ballot box have also made the state unable to compete economically. These unions also make it impossible to improve how government services are delivered to taxpayers. As a result, while California once had the most admired education system in the nation, it now ranks near...
  • Man arrested for death threats against Rep. Rhonda Fields over gun legislation (Colorado)

    02/25/2013 6:45:18 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    kdvr ^ | updated on: 06:19pm, February 25, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Police have arrested a man accused of making a death threat against state Rep. Rhonda Fields, the sponsor of two controversial gun control legislation measures at the Capitol, FOX31 Denver is first to report. Franklin Sain, 42, a Colorado Springs resident, was arrested Friday for allegedly sending harassing voice mails and emails to Fields, said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson. “He was arrested for investigation of harassment and attempt to influence a public official,” Jackson said. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrisey will ultimately decide whether to file felony charges against Sain, who has already bonded out of jail....
  • DHS steals TechCrunch founder’s boat over paperwork error

    02/25/2013 6:44:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/25/13 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Michael Arrington is a prominent tech blogger, who sold his site Tech Crunch to AOL in 2010. As such, this particular story of government overreach, starring a gleeful bureaucrat taking the property of a citizen operating in good faith, may get a wider audience than the usual conservatives and libertarians who catch wind of such things. Good. For every story that gets attention, there are countless abuses that don’t. The story starts with Arrington buying himself a boat. He lives in Seattle, where there’s much boating to be done. Having paid for the boat, named her, and had her imported...
  • A response to Joe Biden's shotgun comments‏

    02/25/2013 6:39:21 PM PST · by dontreadthis · 12 replies
    The brother nails it
  • CA: Capitalism's Last Stand - Start-Up Mania Hits San Quentin Prison as Inmates Turn Entrepreneurs

    02/25/2013 6:27:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 February 2013 | Daily Mail (U.K.)
    Start-up mania hits San Quentin prison as inmates turn entrepreneurs One by one, the entrepreneurs, clad in crisp blue jeans and armed with PowerPoint presentations, stood before a roomful of investors and tech bloggers to explain their dreams of changing the world. For these exuberant times in Silicon Valley, the scene was familiar; the setting, less so. With the young and ambitious flocking again to northern California to launch Internet companies, there were signs one recent morning that start-up mania has taken hold even behind the faded granite walls of California's most notorious prison. 'Live stream has gone mainstream. Mobile...
  • Presidential electoral vote changes supported by delegates at Michigan Republican Party convention

    02/25/2013 6:24:38 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Tim Martin
    LANSING, MI - Delegates at the recent Michigan Republican Party state convention overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution in support of a plan that would change how the state awards electoral votes in presidential elections. The convention support could provide momentum for some Republicans in the state Legislature who want to divide electoral votes primarily based on winners in individual congressional districts – a dramatic change from Michigan’s current winner-take-all format. Michigan currently awards all of its 16 electoral votes to the winner of the statewide popular vote. Last year, that was President Barack Obama, who defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney in...
  • Analysis: Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager

    02/25/2013 6:19:00 PM PST · by re_tail20 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 25, 2013 | Marc Frank
    When Cuban President Raul Castro named former engineering professor and long-time Communist Party insider Miguel Diaz-Canel as his first vice president and potential successor on Sunday, he chose managerial skills over flair. Diaz-Canel, 52, is the youngest non-military man to come so close to the pinnacle of power in Cuba since the Castro brothers took power in 1959. He was appointed first vice president on Sunday at a meeting of the National Assembly where Castro also announced he would step down in 2018 at the end of his second five-year term as president. Diaz-Canel would step into the presidency if...
  • The Top 5 Lies About Biotech Crops - Don't believe the anti-biotech hype.

    02/25/2013 6:16:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    Reason ^ | February 22, 2013 | Ronald Bailey
    The Institute for Responsible Technology, an organization opposed to crop biotechnology, has published a list of reasons to avoid GMOs—that is, genetically modified food. It’s a mish-mash of misinformation and disinformation. All of the institute’s assertions are unfounded, but here are the five most dubious claims on the list. 1. GMOs Are UnhealthyEvery independent scientific body that has ever evaluated the safety of biotech crops has found them to be safe for humans to eat.Credit: Library of CongressA 2004 report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concluded that “no adverse health effects attributed to genetic engineering have been documented...
  • MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Oscars Wouldn't Have Greeted Laura Bush As Warmly As Michelle Obama

    02/25/2013 6:14:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 25, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    You've surely heard by now that Michelle Obama presented the Academy Award for Best Picture last evening. On Monday, MSNBC host Alex Wagner, appearing on Hardball, said, "Could Laura Bush have done it? No. If she'd appeared at the Oscars, I don't think she would have been greeted with the same amount of warmth" (video follows with transcript and commentary): MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Oscars Wouldn't Have Greeted Laura Bush As Warmly As Michelle Obama CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Let me ask you about the Obamas. This is the second time politicians have gotten into these awards. Bill Clinton was involved with...
  • Sex offenders’ $1.2M tab

    02/25/2013 6:12:12 PM PST · by massmike · 2 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 02/25/2013 | Erin Smith
    The state’s most dangerous sex predators ran up a $1.2 million taxpayer-funded legal tab last year by quietly using an obscure provision in state law that lets them hire public defenders to go behind closed doors and argue to keep their identities and whereabouts secret, a Herald review found. Since 2003, when the state ordered the most dangerous, or Level 3, sex offenders be posted on a public website, convicts have flooded the Committee for Public Counsel Services with requests for lower, laxer classification. Since then, the public defenders’ office has had to shell out skyrocketing sums for lawyers to...
  • VA Unconstitutionally Tries To Disarm Veterans

    02/25/2013 6:07:03 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 25, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Guns: Veterans who bore arms to defend their country are receiving letters that they may be declared mentally incompetent and have their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms stripped from them. Welcome home. The contempt by the Obama administration for our Constitution and our rights has reached a new low with news the Veterans Administration has begun sending letters to veterans telling them they will be declared mentally incompetent and stripped of the Second Amendment rights unless they can prove to unnamed bureaucrats to the contrary. On Thursday, Michael Connelly, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation,...
  • 2013 Lobby Day & Rally (ALBANY, NY)

    02/25/2013 6:07:00 PM PST · by panaxanax · 5 replies
    NYSRPA ^ | 25 Feb. 2013 | New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
    Come lobby your legislators on gun rights, meet with your friends and voice your displeasure! The SAFE ACT Must Go!! Special Guest Speaker NRA President David Keene
  • Chris Matthews Offers To Help Hillary’s 2016 Campaign: ‘We’ll Get You In There’

    02/25/2013 6:04:11 PM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    According to TV critic David Zurawik, MSNBC's hiring of ex-Obama officials David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs makes the so-callend news network almost "a bona fide organ of state propaganda." Hours after this was published Monday, Hardball's Chris Matthews offered his services to Hillary Clinton - along with those of MSNBC contributors Howard Fineman and Joan Walsh - in order to get her elected president in 2016 (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): At the end of a lengthy discussion about Clinton's chances in 2016 - never mind that Election Day is 44 months away! - Walsh said, "I think...
  • Borking Immigration Hawks

    02/25/2013 6:00:47 PM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2013 | John O'Sullivan
    Mario, I really think we are going to have to sit down around a decent bottle of Argentinean Malbec and thrash these matters out amicably. So, in the meantime, I don’t want to throw a match onto the tinder you’ve been gathering around the stake for your auto-da-fe. You should at least modify your condemnation of immigration hawks, since you are the one going up in flames. Very briefly, here’s why: You are alleging that immigration hawks are not conservatives and don’t deserve conservative allies because some of them are (coercive) population controllers. In order to make this stick logically,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia ~ 26 FEB 2013

    02/25/2013 5:58:19 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 86 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe
        ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia Marine Corps Base Quantico is located near Triangle, Virginia. Known as the "Crossroads of the Marine Corps", it is a major Marine Corps training base, covering nearly 100 square miles. The Corps's Combat Development Command is based here, which develops strategies for Marine combat, and makes up most of the community of over 12,000 military and civilian personnel, including families. Spaniards visited Quantico 40 years before Jamestown was settled and Captain John Smith explored the Potomac banks in 1608. Tobacco was the main product of early...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-25-13

    02/25/2013 5:48:17 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-25-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • LOCATION CHANGE: Hearing on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 (2/27)

    02/25/2013 5:18:54 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies
    Full Committee DATE: February 27, 2013 TIME: 10:00 AM ROOM: Hart 216 OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST: February 25, 2013 NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING LOCATION CHANGE The hearing entitled “Hearing on the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013” scheduled before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building will now take place in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building. Senator Feinstein to preside. By order of the Chairman. Witness List Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary On “Hearing on the Assault...
  • Facebook agrees to remove Newtown pages

    02/25/2013 5:17:07 PM PST · by mlizzy · 8 replies
    myfoxny.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Staff
    <p>HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Facebook has agreed to remove some pages from the social media site related to December's shootings in Newtown.</p> <p>Blumenthal, along with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, all Connecticut Democrats, had complained about the so-called tribute pages in a letter sent Monday morning to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.</p>
  • Census to replace "Negro" with "black" or "African-American"

    WASHINGTON — After more than a century, the Census Bureau is dropping its use of the word "Negro" to describe black Americans in surveys. Instead of the term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, census forms will use the more modern labels "black" or "African-American". The change will take effect next year when the Census Bureau distributes its annual American Community Survey to more than 3.5 million U.S. households, Nicholas Jones, chief of the bureau's racial statistics branch, said in an interview.
  • Mr. President, Time To Go "Line-by-Line" Through The Budget, Instead of Raising Taxes... Again

    02/25/2013 5:04:15 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 4 replies
    Mr. President, Time To Go "Line-by-Line" Through The Budget, Instead of Raising Taxes... Again As the President has been known to say from time to time, let's go "line-by-line" through federal spending and find ways to save money, instead of raising taxes.
  • Obama’s Paycheck Exempted from ‘Sequester’

    02/25/2013 5:00:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/25/13 | Penny Starr
    CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama won’t have to worry about his paycheck if the spending sequestration included in the Budget Control Act that he signed into law in 2011 begins taking effect this Friday. A report published last month by the Congressional Research Service--“Budget Sequestration and Selected Program Exemptions and Special Rules"--identifies certain programs that are exempt from sequestration and lays out special rules that govern the sequestration of others. Section 255 of the Budget Control Act includes “Compensation for the President” as one of those exemptions (Page 19).
  • Alabama GOP Demands that Shelby Retract Support from Hagel

    02/25/2013 4:58:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/25/13 | Quin Hillyer
    The Steering Committee of the Alabama Republican Party has taken the rare step of officially demanding that one of the state’s two GOP U.S. Senators change a publicly announced position in a high-profile Washington battle. Specifically, the state party leaders have passed a resolution demanding that Sen. Richard Shelby “reconsider and reverse his decision to support Senator [Chuck] Hagel to be Secretary of Defense.” The resolution, passed early this afternoon, blasts Hagel for statements “favorable toward” countries “that we believe to be enemies of the United States of America,” and also criticizes him for “not being a supporter of Israel,...
  • Congressman @SteveStockmanUS Exposes Obama's Anti-Gun Spambots

    02/25/2013 4:53:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | 2/25/13 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Finally, at least one Republican is getting tech-savvy: A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama’s gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from people who don’t exist. . . . 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...
  • Best Actor in a Drama: Barack Obama

    02/25/2013 4:51:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Chris Stirewalt
    "There's an emerging consensus that it would be a difficult battle to have. I don't think we could force a shutdown."-- Senate Democratic leadership aide talking to the Wall Street Journal about a GOP proposal to enact a continuing resolution funding the government that reflects lower spending levels that are part of sequestration.It was quite appropriate that the first lady joined the festivities for Sunday’s Academy Awards. It’s not just because Michelle Obama owes her continued residency in the White House in large part to the contributions and celebrity backers from the entertainment industry, but also because her husband’s administration...
  • Farrakhan: Hagel Says What I've Been Saying for 30 Years

    02/25/2013 4:42:59 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    Farrakhan: Hagel Says What I've Been Saying for 30 Years Daniel Halper February 25, 2013 5:45 PM National Review Online reports that Chuck Hagel has been endorsed by Louis Farrakhan. The Nation of Islam head likes Hagel because he sounds just like himself. “Now look, Senator Hagel is hated by the Jews because he wrote in his book that the United States Senate, quote, is an institution that does not inherently bring out a great deal of courage. Most of the time members play it safe and adopt an ‘I’ll support Israel’ attitude,’” said Farrakhan. “AIPAC comes knocking with a...
  • CPAC: Chris Christie’s not invited this year

    02/25/2013 4:38:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/25/13 | Allahpundit
    I have my issues with him just like you do, but c’mon. Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are conservative enough to speak at CPAC but not Christie? He’s the current vice chair of the RGA and will be chairman next year for the midterms. He’s headed for a landslide reelection victory in a deep blue state, where his approval rating is currently the highest for a New Jersey governor in the 17 years since Quinnipiac started tracking that. He’s one of the few members of the party with a national profile who’s reasonably well liked by voters across the board....
  • Will the Supreme Court Open the Door to Voter Discrimination? (libs defensive mode)

    02/25/2013 4:35:35 PM PST · by mgist · 9 replies
    Time ^ | 2/25/13 | adam cohen
    Our election system is a mess. Voters wait more than seven hours to vote in some places and minority voters wait twice as long on average as whites. In some states, voter ID laws are so tough that elderly nuns are turned away at the polls because they lack driversÂ’ licenses or other official ID. In another era, the Supreme Court might have stepped up and done something to fix our democracy. But this Supreme Court left the voters standing in the sun for hours and the nuns to fend for themselves. Other than vindicating the right of corporations to...
  • The Mediterranean Diet: The New Gold Standard?

    02/25/2013 4:33:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/25/2013 | Larry Husten
    Comment Now Follow Comments Earlier today I summarized the important new PREDIMED study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing the cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet. This study– a rare and much welcome instance of a large randomized controlled study of a diet powered to reach conclusions about important cardiovascular endpoints– has been widely praised and will undoubtedly have a major effect in the field of nutrition and will influence lots of people to adopt some form of a Mediterranean diet. The study’s major potential weakness appears to be that the control group didn’t get a fair...
  • Batman 'Joker' child-killer claims 'no choice'

    02/25/2013 4:22:08 PM PST · by k4gypsyrose · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | 2/25/13
    No excerpt, AP story
  • License-plate recognition has its eyes on you (36 million location scans and counting)

    02/25/2013 4:20:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    SD city beat ^ | 2/20/13 | Jon Campbell
    Where’s your car? Well, dude, it’s in a huge Orwellian police database. That might seem like the plot of a bad movie, but since around 2010, police agencies in San Diego County have quietly used a network of sophisticated devices called license-plate readers (LPR) to monitor and record the movements of thousands of everyday drivers. Even as you read this, police cars equipped with LPR are patrolling the streets, automatically scanning and photographing every license plate in sight, tagging each with a GPS coordinate and filing the information away. For years. With 36 million scans and counting—an average of 14...
  • DOJ to Federal Judge: We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion

    02/25/2013 4:08:31 PM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 25, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed it could force the judge’s own wife—a physician—to act against her religious faith in the conduct of her medical practice. The assertion came in the case of Tyndale House Publishers v. Sebelius, a challenge to the Obama administration’s regulation requiring health-care plans to cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs. Tyndale is a for-profit corporation that publishes Bibles, biblical commentaries and other religious works. Tyndale House...
  • Herald Tribune to Be Renamed The International New York Times

    02/25/2013 3:52:45 PM PST · by algernon_garnock · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Eric Pfanner
    The New York Times Company said on Monday that it was planning to rename The International Herald Tribune, its 125-year-old newspaper based in Paris, and would also unveil a new Web site for international audiences. Starting this fall, under the plan, the paper will be rechristened The International New York Times, reflecting the company’s intention to focus on its core New York Times newspaper and to build its international presence. ”This recognizes our global reach and is an exciting and logical move,” said Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times. Mark Thompson, president and chief executive of...
  • Oxford exploitation trial: Man 'prepared girl for gang rape' (Religion of Pieces)

    02/25/2013 3:51:14 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/25/2013 | BBC
    A teenager has told the Old Bailey a man carried out a brutal sexual assault to "prepare" her to be gang-raped. The girl, who was 12 at the time, said Mohammed Karrar used sex toys and numbing cream used by dentists during the incident at an Oxford flat. Sobbing during her evidence, she said five or six men then came to the flat and all raped her on the kitchen table. Mr Karrar is one of nine men who deny a total of 51 offences including rape and trafficking from 2004 to 2012.
  • USAF Photo of the Evening: Deterrent Extraordinaire

    02/25/2013 3:49:20 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 45 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 16, 2005 | USAF Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler
    U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sitting on the flight line at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large) The Photographer  Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler, United States Air Force  
  • Flashback 2007 - Obama Laments Big Donors 'Get Access'

    02/25/2013 3:48:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/25/13 | staff
    President Obama announcing his run for President in 2007 in Springfield, IL: "And as people have looked away in disillusionment and frustration, we know what's filled the void. The cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests who've turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. They write the checks and you get stuck with the bills, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back. The time for that politics is over. It's time to turn the page."
  • Gun control language 'assaults' good sense

    02/25/2013 3:46:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Feb. 23, 2013 | Ben Boychuk
    California has some of the toughest – and arguably some of the most overbearing – gun laws in the nation. But you'd never know it to hear our legislators yammer. Lawmakers give lip service to liberty, while concocting terrifying yet meaningless new terms to justify restrictions on lawful gun ownership. When it comes to demagoguing guns, state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is one of the finer practitioners working today. Announcing the Legislature's gun control agenda a couple of weeks ago, Steinberg peddled all of the usual clichés about "safety" and "common sense." He even genuflected ever so slightly...
  • 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...
  • Woo hoo!! Working on the last $5.1k!! We're now in sudden strike range!! [FReepathon XXVI]

    02/25/2013 2:32:32 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 312 replies
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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...