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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.