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  • Boy Scouts of America Values and Membership Standards Review

    02/26/2013 10:59:53 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 15 replies
    Boy Scouts of America - National Office ^ | 2/26/2013 | Boy Scouts of America - National Office
    The Boy Scouts of America is committed to dialogue on its membership standards within the Scouting family at the local and national levels. To continue and expand this important discussion, the National Executive Board has authorized its committees, representative of Scouting’s members, to further engage representatives of Scouting’s membership and listen to their perspectives and concerns. The committees will review a number of issues and how they will impact the BSA, including youth, chartered organizations, parents, and financial, fundraising, and legal concerns. The goals of the committee’s work will be to: 1. Provide a channel where every voice can be...
  • Seconds from disaster... Moment tourists took to sky in Egypt hot air balloon before explosion

    02/26/2013 10:46:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 20:55 EST, 26 February 2013 | By Martin Robinson, Jill Reilly, Anna Edwards and Christian Gysin
    Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 6AM  53°F 9AM 50°F 5-Day Forecast Seconds from disaster... Moment tourists took to sky in Egypt hot air balloon before explosion sent them plunging to earth, killing 19: First pictures of Brits on board fateful tour Incident was outside Luxor, close to the famous Valley of the KingsWitnesses heard an explosion, saw smoke and then it fell from the skyBritish artist Joe Bampton, his girlfriend Suzanna Gyetvai died in tragedyHospital receptionist Yvonne Rennie, from Scotland, also killed in blazeCasualties: British, French, Japanese and Chinese nationalsWitness: 'People were jumping from the height of a seven-storey building'The...
  • Republicans Supporting Gay Marriage Write Supreme Court Amicus Brief

    02/26/2013 10:32:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    ABCNews ^ | February 26, 2013 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Republicans Supporting Gay Marriage Write Supreme Court Amicus Brief BY SHUSHANNAH WALSHE Feb. 26, 2013 The issue of same sex marriage is dividing the Republican Party as a group of more than 80 prominent members of the GOP ranging from Dick Cheney's daughter to four former governors have signed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court advocating for the legalization of gay marriage. One of the signers confirmed for ABC News the existence of the brief signed by the Republicans and said it would be submitted to the United States Supreme Court this week. The deadline to submit briefs is...
  • Hikind apologizes for wearing blackface at Purim party - says offending anyone 'was not the...'

    02/26/2013 10:12:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 25, 2013 | DAVID K. LI, LORENA MONGELLI, CARL CAMPANILE and DAVID SEIFMAN
    Hikind apologizes for wearing blackface at Purim party - says offending anyone 'was not the intention' Assemblyman Dov Hikind apologized this afternoon for donning blackface at his blowout Purim party, after spending all morning defending his outrageous getup. The joyous Jewish celebration of Purim can often involve Halloween-type costumes and Hikind didn’t spare any detail in his curious retro look. He wore brown face paint, sunglasses, an Afro wig and an orange jersey, in his bid to look like a 70s hoops star. “To anyone who was offended, I’m sorry,” Hikind said. “That was not the intention.” The powerful Brooklyn...
  • Rep. Ellison Calls Hannity 'Worst Excuse For a Journalist I've Ever Seen'

    02/26/2013 9:58:45 PM PST · by chessplayer · 72 replies
    Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) had an amazingly heated discussion with Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday evening. At the beginning of the six-minute slugfest, Ellison called his host "the worst excuse for a journalist I've ever seen" leading to a truly ugly encounter that culminated in Hannity ending the interview by saying to his guest, "You are a total waste of time"
  • REICH: Obama Needs To Confront The GOP's Bald-Faced Lies

    02/26/2013 9:51:27 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-26-2013 | Robert Reich
    REICH: Obama Needs To Confront The GOP's Bald-Faced Lies Robert Reich, ContributorFebruary 26, 2013, 7:20 PMPete Souza (Official White House Photograph) The White House apparently believes the best way to strengthen its hand in the upcoming “sequester” showdown with Republicans is to tell Americans how awful the spending cuts will be, and blame Republicans for them. It won’t work. These tactical messages are getting in the way of the larger truth, which the President must hammer home: The Republicans’ austerity economics and trickle-down economics are dangerous, bald-faced lies. Yes, the pending spending cuts will hurt. But even if some Americans...
  • Complaint filed in case of 6-year-old transgender girl

    02/26/2013 9:45:41 PM PST · by Washi · 111 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | February 26, 2013 | Carol McGraw
    Six-year-old Coy Mathis explains her predicament in the simplest of terms: “I want to go to school. We play games at recess,” the first grader said Tuesday. But the transgender girl is being home schooled this semester because she has been denied access to the girls’ bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8, her parents say. New York-based Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund attorneys said they filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division on behalf of her parents Kathryn and Jeremy Mathis, saying Coy has been discriminated against. Forcing Coy to use a...
  • Prosecution: Cannibal Cop and co-conspirators' menu included his wife, college friends and former...

    02/26/2013 9:39:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2013 | ROBERT GEARTY AND DAREH GREGORIAN
    Prosecution: Cannibal Cop and co-conspirators' menu included his wife, college friends and former Queens high school student One college friend, Kimberly Sauer, said she met up with Gilberto Valle, his wife and daughter last year for brunch, but Valle messaged "Moody Blues," an online chat buddy who allegedly claimed to have eaten a 5-year-old, that he could barely contain himself during their meal. He wanted to have his friends for dinner — and use one of their heads for a centerpiece. Accused “Cannibal Cop” Gilberto Valle eyed longtime friends as prey, sharing their personal information, photos and even video with...
  • First lady of publicity? Outcry over Michelle Obama´s FIVE television appearances in past two

    02/26/2013 9:26:55 PM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/26/13 | Beth Stebner
    The first lady has come under criticism for her recent media blitz, with some lambasting her for her unprecedented number of appearances on entertainment and programs. Michelle Obama has certainly made the rounds in the past week, from promoting an anti-obesity campaign with late night host Jimmy Fallon to her surprise Oscars appearance announcing the Best Picture winner. Critics complain that Mrs Obama is overstepping her reach and risks losing favor with the public for being overexposed.
  • Democrats complain about presence of debt clock on Capitol Hill

    02/26/2013 9:26:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 18 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 2/26/13 | Alex Pappas
    Some members of Congress apparently don’t like to be reminded about how much debt the country continues to rack up. During a House Financial Services Committee hearing Tuesday on the budget, two Democrats complained after House Financial Services Committee chairman Jeb Hensarling instructed that two monitors in the hearing room display a real-time running national debt clock. California Rep. Maxine Waters and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison both issued complaints about the displays, according to video of the hearing. “Clearly it is a political prop designed to message ideologically,” Ellison said. Waters asked that the debt clock not be on display...
  • Daily finance & investment thread --- edition for 2-27-13

    02/26/2013 9:15:54 PM PST · by dennisw · 30 replies
    2-27-13
    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...
  • Oakland Neighbors Policing Their Own Streets As They Lose Faith In Cops

    02/26/2013 9:10:45 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 25 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 2-26-13 | Staff
    OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – Oakland’s crime problems have gotten so bad that some people aren’t even bothering to call the cops anymore; instead, they’re trying to solve and prevent crimes themselves. KPIX 5 cameras caught up with a half dozen neighbors in East Oakland’s Arcadia Park neighborhood Monday as they walked the streets on the lookout for crime. The vigilance has never seemed more necessary than now; 25 homes in the neighborhood have been burglarized over the last two months alone. In a neighborhood that has started to feel like the wild west, people have even started posting “wanted” signs.
  • J.P. Morgan Pulls Belt Tight- Biggest U.S. Bank by Assets Plans to Cut 17,000 Jobs as Trend

    02/26/2013 9:01:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    wsj ^ | 2/26/13 | DAN FITZPATRICK
    J.P. Morgan Chase JPM -0.21% & Co. stepped up the pace of bank cost cutting, setting plans to eliminate 17,000 jobs by the end of next year and reduce expenses by at least $1 billion annually. The move announced Tuesday by the New York company, the nation's most profitable bank in 2012 and the biggest U.S. lender by assets, will reduce its staff by 6.5% in one of the most aggressive reductions to date amid widespread financial-industry cutbacks.
  • Hickenlooper Will Support Bill Limiting Gun Magazine Rounds (CO)

    02/26/2013 8:49:22 PM PST · by Red Steel · 63 replies
    kcnc ^ | February 26, 2013 7:13 PM
    DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper says he will support Rep. Rhonda Fields’ bill limiting rounds in gun magazines. The governor spoke with CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd about the gun control issue on Tuesday. Some felt the governor had been going back and forth on this issue. He admitted to Boyd it’s been a hard decision and he has waffled, but now he says if the legislature passes the bill he will sign it — even if it means losing 200 jobs. Hickenlooper says he does not think the magazine manufacturer Magpul is bluffing when it says it will...
  • Beer drinkers sue Anheuser-Busch InBev for watering down their beer

    02/26/2013 8:38:54 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 47 replies
    BBC Online ^ | 2/26/13 | BBC
    Beer drinkers in the US have filed a $5m lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its beer. The lawsuits, filed in Pennsylvania, California and other states, claim consumers have been cheated out of the alcohol content stated on beer labels. The suit involves 10 Anheuser-Busch beers including Budweiser and Michelob. Anheuser-Busch InBev have called the claims "completely false", and said in a statement "our beers are in full compliance with labelling laws". The lawsuits are based on information from former employees at breweries owned by the multinational. "Our information comes from former employees at Anheuser-Busch, who have informed us that,...
  • 2 officers, 1 suspect shot dead in Santa Cruz

    02/26/2013 8:16:03 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 24 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | By J.M. Brown, Stephen Baxter. Jessica Pasko
    SANTA CRUZ -- Two Santa Cruz police officers and one suspect are dead after a shootout in Santa Cruz Tuesday afternoon, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak said. Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said, "Our department is in mourning. This is a horrific day. We lost two exceptionally fine officers today." Santa Cruz has never lost an officer in the line of duty. "It's a horrible, horrible day for the Santa Cruz Police Department and the community of Santa Cruz," Vogel said. "We need to figure out a way to bring out department together as we work through this,"...
  • Napolitano: These sequester cuts will make it tougher to secure the border and fight terrorism

    02/26/2013 7:38:44 PM PST · by chessplayer · 64 replies
    And there it is: The ultimate panic-inducing cherry on top of the sequester-scaremongering sundae. Apart from the devastating, eviscerating, meat-cleaving threats of flight delays, park closures, and whooping cough, the existential threat that is the dreaded sequesteration is going to make it much more difficult for the Department of Homeland Security to perform one of its primary functions: Thwarting terrorism. Via WaPo: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Monday that her agency would be forced to furlough 5,000 border control agents under mandatory spending cuts, likely allowing more illegal immigrants into the country and potentially compromising national security. Napolitano said...
  • Progressive Group Mounts Racist Attack Against Mitch McConnell’s Wife

    02/26/2013 7:28:56 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb. 26, 2013 | Mytheos Holt
    Liberals may often accuse conservatives of being racist for making particular criticisms of Obama, but at least one liberal group appears to be more than willing to delve into actual racism when it comes to opposing a prominent Republican. The hitch? They’re not attacking the politician himself in this case. They’re attacking his wife. The politician in question is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who happens to be married to former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. Chao, who is ethnically Chinese, but was born in Thaiwan, has been a fairly quiet figure relative to McConnell and hasn’t been known...
  • Black Chamber Of Commerce President: Obama Doesn't Feel Our Pain, He Issues It (video)

    02/26/2013 7:26:50 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 26, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    HANNITY: When you look at demographics, probably we spend too much time breaking things down demographically, we're all Americans, but, you look at the African-American community voted for him 95 plus percent, huge numbers. When you look and breakdown demographics, it's the young people in this country that voted for him in a majority of numbers. African-Americans, minorities, [seem] to be hurt the most by his policies. Why then would they vote for him? ALFORD: And they even know it. Ben Jealous of the NAACP admitted it on Meet the Press. We all know this misery, but it's something like,...
  • Sequester Slashes Spending by Nearly a Third, Warns Panicky Ed Schultz

    02/26/2013 7:26:13 PM PST · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Fresh on the heels of his delusional claim that a tax hike isn't actually a tax hike, Schultz on his radio show yesterday insisted that sequestration due to start March 1 will gut federal spending by "damn near a third" when in fact the impact is around ... 2 percent.