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  • Sen. Rand Paul's puzzling vote for Chuck Hagel: Smart politics?

    02/27/2013 6:32:16 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    http://theweek.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Peter Weber |
    "And so the epic battle over Chuck Hagel's nomination to become defense secretary ended with a whimper, not a bang. The Senate easily confirmed the former Republican senator from Nebraska on Tuesday, 58 to 41, with four Republicans joining all present Democrats. That was still by far the least amount of support a successful defense secretary nominee has received since at least the Carter administration, and confirmation came only after one successful GOP filibuster and, on Tuesday, an unsuccessful follow-up. For anyone who's been paying attention to the Hagel drama for the past few weeks, the outcome was no surprise....
  • THE NEXT STOCK MARKET CRASH: Why Many Pros Think It Has Already Begun

    02/27/2013 6:27:54 AM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    TBI ^ | 2027-2013 | Sam Ro
    THE NEXT STOCK MARKET CRASH: Why Many Pros Think It Has Already Begun Sam RoFebruary 27, 2013Stocks are near all-time highs. And there are plenty of reasons to be terrified... After coming within points of an all-time high, stocks have begun to stumble, and volatility appears to be returning to the markets. This has led some market pros to declare that an amazing four-year rally in stocks is over and that we're on the precipice of a new crash. And there is certainly no shortage of logic to support that view. Massive U.S. federal budget cuts are looming, political instability...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Overplayed Hand in Talks With Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett

    02/27/2013 6:14:58 AM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | February 27, 2013, issue of March 08, 2013 | Geoffrey Levin
    It could have been easy. January 22 was not a good day for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but it could have been far worse. The 2013 parliamentary elections meant that for the first time in his long political career, he would be leading the largest in the Knesset. Though his joint Likud-Beitenu list won only 31 seats — around 23% of the vote — Israel’s center-left was fractured and it always appeared certain that Bibi would keep his job. After all, despite his party’s underwhelming performance, there appeared to be two options for coalitions he could easily form. The...
  • John Kerry Sails into a New Falklands Conflict in London

    02/27/2013 6:13:04 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 53 replies
    Time ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | Catherine Mayer
    The FCO organizes press conferences like weddings, visitors on one side, hosts on the other, and inevitably the first question that came whistling from the British side of the aisle was about the Falklands’ planned March 10 to 11 referendum. Islanders will be asked, “Do you wish the Falkland Islands to retain their current political status as an overseas territory of the United Kingdom?” That they will answer with a resounding “Yes!” is not in doubt. That’s the sort of enthusiasm Brits wanted from Kerry too. Instead they got this: Let me be very clear about our position with respect...
  • Colorado school bars transgendered 1st-grader from using girls' restroom

    02/27/2013 5:58:37 AM PST · by redreno · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed February 27, 2013 | By Ed Payne,
    (CNN) -- Just like she did during the first half of the school year, first grader Coy Mathis wants to use the girls' restroom at her Colorado elementary school. But school officials won't let her. The reason? Coy is transgendered, born with male sex organs but a child who identifies herself as female. She has dressed as a girl for most of last year. And her passport and state-issued identification recognize her as female. In December, the Fountain-Fort Carson School District informed Coy's parents that Coy would be barred from using the girls' restrooms at Eagleside Elementary in Fountain after...
  • Authorities jail head of Mexico's powerful teachers' union on embezzlement charges

    02/27/2013 5:51:33 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | February 27, 2013 | Mark Stevenson and Adriana Gomez Licon
    MEXICO CITY – One of Mexico's biggest political kingfish sits in a women's prison in the capital, accused of embezzling millions in funds from her teachers' union to pay for property, private planes, plastic surgery and her Nieman Marcus bill. ... The fall of one of the country's most storied and divisive characters — unthinkable just months ago — comes with the return to power of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, which previously ruled for 71 years and once helped Gordillo consolidate her power. She was arrested one day after President Enrique Pena Nieto signed into law a comprehensive education reform...
  • Keeping Hope A Lie – One Year Later: The Trayvon Martin story ...

    02/27/2013 5:51:19 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 9 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 27, 2013 | ytz4mee
    Keeping Hope A Lie – One Year Later: The Trayvon Martin story is on Legacy Media provided Life Support The million hoodie march is now a couple hundred race-baiting fools… gathering to beat their drums and demand mo’ money under the guise of ‘In-just-us’. Laughable at best… (AP STORY) Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, were joined by actor Jamie Foxx and a crowd of about 200 people on Tuesday evening in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. They lit candles and held a moment of silence at 7:17 p.m., the time Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26, 2012. Now...
  • Health Dept.: Homeless Can’t Eat Deer Meat (in Shreveport, LA)

    02/27/2013 5:41:18 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 25, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    The Dept. of Health and Hospitals ordered the staff at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission to throw 1,600 pounds of donated venison in garbage bins – and then ordered then to douse the meat with Clorox – so other animals would not eat the meat. “Deer meat is not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana,” said a Health Dept. official in an email to Fox News. “While we applaud the good intentions of the hunters who donated this meat, we must protect the people who eat at the Rescue Mission, and...
  • Muslims Behead Another Christian Pastor

    02/27/2013 5:36:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 32 replies
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Muslims Behead Another Christian PastorPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On February 26, 2013 @ 12:30 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 26 Comments Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.A Christian pastor was recently slaughtered in the Muslim-majority African nation of Tanzania.  While butchering Christian minorities is becoming increasingly common in that part of the Muslim world, the context for this latest slaughter is somewhat different than the usual forms of Christian persecution under Islam—such as allegations of “blaspheming” the name of Muslim prophet Muhammad.  And yet, as in most forms of modern-day Muslim attacks on Christians, it...
  • Steffy: Pickens’ new plan to break OPEC’s grip on U.S. energy markets

    02/27/2013 5:35:31 AM PST · by thackney · 72 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 27, 2013 | Loren Steffy
    T. Boone Pickens was headed to a private lunch with outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu when I caught up with him by phone this week. In the four years that Chu’s been in office, he’s never met privately with Pickens, the outspoken former oilman turned investor who’s been a proponent of natural gas vehicles. For the past few years, Pickens, who lives in Dallas, has been promoting his plan to wean the country off foreign oil. Critics are quick to point out that Pickens’ agenda would promote his investments in natural gas and a company that makes natural gas vehicles....
  • Thessaloniki court hands ex-mayor life sentence over embezzlement [Greece]

    02/27/2013 5:34:55 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 2 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Wednesday February 27, 2013 (13:57)
    A Thessaloniki criminal court on Wednesday ruled that the city's former mayor, Vassilis Papageorgopoulos (photo), is guilty of embezzling almost 18 million euros from municipal coffers over the course of his two terms in office, handing him a sentence of life in prison.Papageorgopoulos and 17 other officials stood trial for allegedly embezzling almost 52 million euros from the municipality’s coffers, though the Thessaloniki court on Wednesday said that there was proof of 17.962 million euros having been misappropriated by the former mayor and his cohorts. The Thessaloniki court on Wednesday also handed lesser guilty verdicts to the municipality's former general...
  • Greek children's charity saw 80 percent rise in cases in 2012

    02/27/2013 5:32:32 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Wednesday February 27, 2013 (14:44)
    Greek children's charity group Child's Smile (Hamogelo tou Pediou) on Wednesday said that the number of cases it had to take on in 2012 rose by 80 percent compared to the previous year to 41,890 children. In its annual report, the non-profit group said that 161 children were reported to the organization as being in a state of imminent danger, requiring the intervention of a prosecutor, and 837 were being abused by family members and had to be removed from their homes and placed with child care services. The report also said that Child's Smile dealt with 127 cases of...
  • Time to jail the climate scamsters

    02/27/2013 5:28:03 AM PST · by libstripper · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb. 27, 2013 | Lord Monckton
    SYDNEY, Australia – It’s official. What I was howled down and banned for telling the recent U.N. climate conference in Doha is true. There has been no global warming for 17 years. Ads by Google Do You Carry Concealed?Know Your Rights & Get Your Free Concealed Carry Report Today! USConcealedCarry.net/Free-Report Windows 7 Driver DownloadWindows 7 Drivers Latest Download. Microsoft Certified. (Recommended) www.Windows-7.DriverUpdate.net Rajendra Pachauri, the railroad engineer who heads the U.N.’s accident-prone climate panel, the IPCC, recently admitted this fact here in Australia. The Hadley/CRU temperature record shows no warming for 18 or 19 years. RSS satellites show none for...
  • States of Conservatism

    02/27/2013 5:27:13 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/25/2013 | John Hood
    Beyond the Beltway, the Right is thriving Inauguration Day 2013 was a moment of jubilation for conservatives. After four years of lackluster economic growth and a series of personal and policy mistakes, the incumbent chief executive, a history-making Democrat, was replaced by a conservative with an attractive policy agenda and a skillful campaign team. In a concise, hopeful inaugural address, the newly elected Republican leader of the executive branch promised to focus the administration’s attention and resources on job creation and economic growth in the short run, while setting the stage for long-term solutions to the government’s fiscal woes. I’m...
  • Epic eruption: Dem explodes on Hannity

    02/27/2013 5:20:23 AM PST · by wesagain · 68 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Joe Kovacs
    "'You are the worst excuse for a journalist I've ever seen'"In an epic interview for the ages, a Democratic congressman unloaded on Fox News anchor Sean Hannity Tuesday night with a non-stop verbal assault on the popular host. Hannity opened up a segment on President Obama’s tactics regarding budget issues by saying, “Our alarmist in chief, President Panic himself, he did not feel the need to be at the White House today, nor did he think it was important enough to visit Capitol Hill and try to hammer out a bipartisan solution to the mess that he himself has put...
  • Why Asian-Americans Have Turned Their Backs on the Republican Party

    02/27/2013 5:16:17 AM PST · by yinandyang · 82 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Lloyd Green
    Since 2000, Asian-Americans have consistently voted Democratic. In 2008, Asian-Americans gave 62 percent of their vote to Barack Obama. Last November that number jumped to 73 percent even as the president’s margin of victory in the popular vote was cut in half as he garnered a Dukakis-like 41 percent of white voters and slid by more than 13 points among Jewish-Americans.
  • The Clarity of the Obama Sequester

    02/27/2013 4:49:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Hugh Hewitt
    President Obama's sequester -- he designed it, he demanded it, and it is about to kick in -- will have many consequences, some bad, some very helpful. On the negative side, Stars & Stripes reports that Department of Defense officials are exploring how to collapse the school week to four days at some schools on military bases that serve the children of our troops. This is an incredible admission of the president's indifference to the troops he leads. As he has played politics for the past four months since his re-election, he has used the military and its personnel and...
  • Italy seeks path out of election impasse

    02/27/2013 4:44:44 AM PST · by bert · 6 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 02/27/13 | staff
    Italy's stunned political parties looked for a way forward after an election that gave none of them a parliamentary majority, posing the threat of prolonged instability and European financial crisis. "The winner is: Ingovernability," ran the headline on Tuesday in Rome newspaper Il Messaggero, reflecting the deadlock the country will have to confront in the next few weeks as sworn enemies are forced to work together to form a government. The results, notably by the dramatic surge of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of comic Beppe Grillo, left the centre-left bloc with a majority in the lower house but without the...
  • Christie's Medicaid decision draws praise across N.J.

    02/27/2013 4:41:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    nj.com ^ | 2/27/13 | Susan K Livio
    Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups praised Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to expand the state’s Medicaid program to cover tens of thousands of uninsured New Jerseyans on Tuesday, calling it a compassionate move that would help the state economy. Although Christie emphasized he is "no fan of the Affordable Care Act," he said the move was "the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health." The decision by Christie —one of the better-known Republican governors to accept the program —is expected to save the state $227 million a year by enrolling 104,000 low-income people into the government health care...
  • Music mogul wants to trade guns for Beyonce tickets

    02/27/2013 4:39:12 AM PST · by Larry R. Johnson · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | unsigned
    hip-hop music manager Michael “Blue” Williams, the head of Family Tree Entertainment, has his way, New Yorkers will be able to trade guns for Beyonce tickets.
  • The White House Court Jesters of Sequester

    02/27/2013 4:38:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Traffic alert: There's a massive clown car pileup in the Beltway. And with the White House court jesters of sequester behind the wheel, no one is safe. Fiscal sanity, of course, is the ultimate victim. President Obama has been warning America that if Congress allows mandatory spending "cuts" of a piddly-widdly 2 percent to go into effect this week, the sky will fall. The manufactured crisis of "sequestration" was Obama's idea in the first place. But that hasn't stopped the Chicken Little in Chief from surrounding himself with every last teacher, senior citizen and emergency responder who will be catastrophically...
  • Pickens County School Board Voted On New Policy To Replace The Prayer (SC)

    02/27/2013 4:28:37 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 14 replies
    wspa.com ^ | February 25, 2013
    PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. -- One plea after the other, people urged the Pickens County School Board to continue its policy of student-led prayer. "Please don't rob us of our faith," said Gary Gwinn, a Pickens County resident. The Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue this school board if the prayers continue. That lawsuit could cost taxpayers like you millions of dollars. "You've got all this risk and in the end your going to lose anyway," said Pickens County School Board Member Alex Saitta. Religion and philosophy professor Dr. Peter Cohen runs Hillel, which is a Jewish organization on the...
  • The America Dream

    02/27/2013 4:20:40 AM PST · by EyeSalveRich · 3 replies
    radio | 2/27/2013 | Alistair Begg
    The American Dream-This morning on the radio I was listening to Alistair Begg preach about Naaman. He went on and on about how he was wealthy, powerful, highly respected, and lived in a highly desirable location. Then after specifically reiterating only wealth and power he said Naaman lived the American dream before there was an America. This was only an incidental statement in the scope of his sermon, and maybe he would back away from it if pressed upon, but I take strong exception to that idea. Is it just me, or is the idea that the American dream is...
  • Proposed Guntersville ordinance sparks controversy

    02/27/2013 4:18:09 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 19 replies
    WAAY TV ^ | Feb 25, 2013
    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - A proposed disaster emergency ordinance in Guntersville is causing controversy. The city council and mayor are considering a new ordinance that gives the city more power. Mayor Leigh Dollar says it would ensure a quick response in the event of a major disaster, like the April 27, 2011, tornadoes. But it would also give police officers more power. The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary. Dollar says the proposal is just way to give officers more authority to protect themselves. "We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever. It's just to...
  • 5 Reasons ObamaCare Will Add Far More Than $6.2 Trillion To Deficits

    02/27/2013 4:07:07 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/26/2013 | John Merline
    On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions touted a government report that blew a $6.2 trillion hole in President Obama's promise that his signature health reform wouldn't add a dime to the deficit. According to the report by the Government Accountability Office, that promise rested entirely on several cost-control mechanisms in ObamaCare that almost no one thinks will work. [snip] Still, bad as this $6.2 trillion deficit boost is, the real figure is likely to be much higher, since the GAO is still being far too optimistic about the rest of ObamaCare. Here are five big assumptions the GAO makes that aren't...
  • Student hides in locker to catch a thief...and videotapes veteran TEACHER 'stealing money from kids

    02/27/2013 3:42:27 AM PST · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | February 26, 2013 | Snejana Farberov
    A California high school student staged an undercover video sting operation to catch a thief in the act of stealing money from kids' backpacks. But to her surprise, the footage captured a teacher rummaging through students' belongings. Linden High School sophomore Justine Betti decided to hide in the locker in hopes of busting the crook who has been plundering cash from book bags during gym class for the past year. After all the students left the room, a teacher hung back, went through the kids' bags and took money, according to Betti. When the girl told her friends about it,...
  • Why not show up at Obama and Democrat scare mongering town halls and laugh at them?

    02/27/2013 3:31:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    2/27/13 | sff
    I was watching Fox, they had video of the clown's fear mongering speech in Virginia yesterday.. I just thought how GREAT it would be if some thinking people, instead of protesting by shouting or holding up signs....just laugh. Laugh at their lies. Would it unnerve some of these liars?
  • WaPo/Pew sequestration poll question oddly missing an option

    02/27/2013 3:22:54 AM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    hot air ^ | February 26, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Say, where is the option for Senate Democrats? It might be a secret to the Washington Post that Democrats control one chamber of Congress, but if they dug around a little bit, they might discover that Harry Reid runs the Senate. Of course, that hasn’t meant much in the last four years of budgeting, as Reid and his caucus have ignored the law that requires the Senate to actually produce a budget, but still, they’re at least nominally an independent player in this battle. By the way, if the Senate had followed the law and produced normal-order budgets, we wouldn’t...
  • SC: Student killed in shooting at CCU housing complex

    02/27/2013 3:02:32 AM PST · by upchuck · 6 replies
    WMBF ^ | Feb 26, 2013
    CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A Coastal Carolina University student has died after a shooting at an off-campus student housing complex, university officials confirmed early Wednesday. Anthony Darnell Liddell, 19, a sophomore student from Bennettsville, died Tuesday as a result of a shooting incident at University Place residence hall, CCU spokeswoman Martha Hunn confirmed. A shooter is still at large this morning. CCU Department of Public Safety Police Chief David Roper determined that because there is currently there is no apparent threat to students, faculty or staff, classes will be held on Wednesday as regularly scheduled. The 911 call came in...
  • Supreme Court to weigh states' rights vs. voting rights [Arguments TODAY!]

    02/27/2013 3:00:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    wvgazette.com ^ | 2/26/13
    When the Supreme Court hears arguments today in a direct challenge to a central part of the Voting Rights Act, it will once again wade into a decades-old dispute over voting rights that has its roots in the country's long history of racism... On its face, the challenge to the Voting Rights Act is about how state and local officials run elections. But states' rights have underpinned much of the opposition to the law since it was first enacted, and today's hearing will feature familiar arguments. The issue is Section 5 of the law, which requires all or part of...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 27, 2013

    02/27/2013 2:48:13 AM PST · by sneakers · 26 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Defense ‘sequester’ cuts could damage Macomb defense corridor

    02/27/2013 2:29:19 AM PST · by equaviator · 7 replies
    Macomb Daily ^ | 02/22/13 | Chad Selewski
    At the same time that County Executive Mark Hackel is promoting Macomb County as the “Defense Capital of the Midwest,” Congress appears ready to allow an $85 billion cut in the Defense Department that Pentagon officials warn could prove devastating. Facing a March 1 deadline to avoid the start of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts, the House and Senate are passively watching the clock tick rather than attempting to forge a compromise and avoid the across-the-board approach of the so-called “sequester” cuts. “There’s no question it will have an impact on our economy and on jobs,” Hackel said. “To...
  • Jamie Foxx joins Trayvon Martin 'Million Hoodie' vigil in NYC

    02/27/2013 2:21:09 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Newsday ^ | 2/26/13
    Demonstrators including actor Jamie Foxx gathered in New York and Florida on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, reviving a national discussion on gun laws and racial profiling. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, 17, in the Orlando suburb of Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, and initially went free based on his claims of self-defense. But a national outcry forced the city's police chief to resign and the governor to appoint a special prosecutor. Zimmerman now faces second-degree murder charges. He has maintained his innocence, and supporters say...
  • Newt sequencing may set back efforts to regrow human limbs

    02/27/2013 2:15:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Nature News ^ | 21 February 2013 | Zoe Cormier
    Amphibian's unique proteins cast doubt on existence of latent potential for regeneration. The ability of some animals to regenerate tissue is generally considered to be an ancient quality of all multicellular animals. A genetic analysis of newts, however, now suggests that it evolved much more recently. Tiny and delicate it may be, but the red spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) has tissue-engineering skills that far surpass the most advanced biotechnology labs. The newt can regenerate lost tissue, including heart muscle, components of its central nervous system and even the lens of its eye. Doctors hope that this skill relies on a...
  • Healed Syrians Return Home from Israel

    02/27/2013 12:25:43 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/2/13 | Chana Yaar
    Six of seven wounded Syrians returned to their homes across Israel's northern border after healing their injuries at Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. They were discharged early Wednesday morning and returned to Syria quietly, without incident, crossing the border at a point not disclosed to media “for their own safety,” according to the IDF. Syria and Israel are technically still at war, and there are also jihadists in the opposition forces fighting President Bashar al-Assad as well. Either side could have targeted the group for having gone to Israel -- and officials have not said which side the patients were fighting...
  • Mark Steyn's Antidote to Burqa-Mandating Texas Teachers

    02/27/2013 12:06:29 AM PST · by neverdem · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2013 | Andrew Bostom
    Todd Starnes of Fox News radio reports that Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the senate education committee, is launching an investigation, after outraged parents provided photographic evidence that their Lumberton (Texas) High School children were required to don burqas (and other Muslim garb), as part of an ostensible "geography lesson" on Islam. Moreover, students, as part of this unabashed Islamophilic indoctrination process at Lumberton High School, were told by their teacher, "we're going to change the way we perceive Islam," who then also proceeded to instruct them to compose an essay, according to the report, "based on a...
  • EU: ECB bond plan in jeopardy as Italy's voters reject conditions

    02/26/2013 11:30:47 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/26/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Italy's electoral earthquake is “a catastrophe for the euro and the European Union”, according to Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn. The verdict was much the same in chancelleries across the eurozone, especially in those countries already starting to feel the first wave of contagion. “The result touches us all,” said Spain’s foreign minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo. “It is a jump into the void that bodes well for nobody, neither for Italy, nor for the rest of Europe.” Almost 57pc of the Italian vote went to parties that have vowed to tear up the EU austerity script. Together they control a...
  • Significant Cyberattack Incidents

    02/26/2013 11:14:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 02.26.13 | NA
    Last week, the American computer security firm Mandiant released a detailed study shedding light on the secret cybercorps of the Chinese government. The “Shanghai Group,” or Unit 61398 of the People’s Liberation Army, is believed to operate out of a nondescript 12-story building (above) on the outskirts of Shanghai. Over the past six years, Mandiant claims to have tracked thousands of attacks on American industry, business, government and military targets originating from that area. Given the ubiquity of information technology, the threat of cyberattacks will continue to grow. The scope of these assaults can range from accessing confidential information and...
  • 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.