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  • Phony Minorities and the New Gay Hell

    02/27/2013 3:47:24 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 12 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | February 9, 2013 | Thomas Clough
    Are girls with eating disorders an oppressed minority? I ask this question because the rexies are demanding some respect. ------------ If all of this is more than you can imagine, then come to terms with these historical facts: this fanciful arc of an upcoming Rise of the Rexies is exactly the pathway to “gay acceptance” that was paved by homosexual activists. This is the history of the Gay Movement. ------------ The media campaign of gay activists is modeled on a battle plan scripted by the queer theorists Marshall Kirk and Erastes Pill. This strategic document is appropriately titled “The Overhauling...
  • Committee passes gun bill without doctor provision

    02/27/2013 3:46:20 PM PST · by lacrew · 5 replies
    Topeka Capital Journal ^ | February 27, 2013 | Andy Marso
    A House committee on Wednesday passed a gun rights bill after removing — for now — a provision barring doctors from asking patients about gun ownership. House Bill 2199, dubbed the "Second Amendment Protection Act" by supporters, mainly focuses on prohibiting the federal government from regulating guns manufactured and sold within the boundaries of Kansas. But a secondary provision that would have made it illegal for any doctor other than a psychiatrist to ask about gun ownership threatened to hold it up.
  • US praises Germany’s “exemplary leadership” in Europe (John Kerry)

    02/27/2013 3:45:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 02/27/2013 @ 09:58 | Valentina Pop
    On his first trip to Berlin as US foreign secretary, John Kerry on Tuesday (26 February) praised Germany’s leadership in Europe and made a strong case for an EU-US free trade agreement. … “What you’re doing now in Germany is so remarkable in terms of leading Europe and expressing a vision about where we can go together,” Kerry told the young audience. He repeated the compliment when meeting Merkel, thanking “Germany's exemplary leadership.” …
  • Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots (outstanding read alert!)

    02/27/2013 3:43:25 PM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Monte Perlin's World ^ | February 27, 2013
    H. L. Mencken correctly observed: Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent. Mencken also was prescient: As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. But this is not about Mr. Mencken....
  • DOW HITS NEW BULL-MARKET HIGH (+175): Here's What You Need To Know

    02/27/2013 3:41:49 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Sam Ro
    DOW HITS NEW BULL-MARKET HIGH: Here's What You Need To Know Sam RoFebruary 27, 2013, 4:00 PMWow! What a huge day for stocks. First the scoreboard: Dow: 14,075, +175.2 pts, +1.2 percent S&P 500: 1,515, +19.0 pts, +1.2 percent NASDAQ: 3,162, +32.6 pts, +1.0 percent And now the top stories: * The Dow closed at a new post-crisis, bull-market high. The S&P 500 got close. Both indices are near their all-time highs. The Dow closed at its all-time high of 14,164 on October 9, 2007. The S&P closed at its all-time high of 1,565 that same day. * The big...
  • U.S. felons a potentially powerful yet shunned voting bloc

    02/27/2013 3:39:31 PM PST · by yoe · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | OCTOBER 12, 2012 | Thomas Ferraro
    Felons could account for up to 10 percent of the roughly 130 million Americans expected to vote in the November 6 election, more than enough to affect the razor-thin margins that could determine the outcome.
  • Chris Matthews: Support Gun Control or an American President Could Be Murdered

    02/27/2013 3:37:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/27/13 | Scott Whitlock
    In a closing commentary on Wednesday, Hardball's Chris Matthews ranted that opposing gun control could lead to the assassination of a future American president or politician. Matthews fumed that he supports new restrictions because "the next mass shooter could well emerge out of this pack" of the "politically nutty." He lobbied, "Check the shooters of John F. Kennedy and Jerry Ford, who got out twice. Look at the men that shot Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and George Wallace. They all had political motives and they all had guns." In the very next sentence, Matthews sneered,...
  • Lawmaker: Make all Idaho adults militia members

    BOISE, Idaho – Lawmakers fearful the U.S. Supreme Court might one day reverse itself on the issue of individual gun rights aim to change the Idaho Constitution's definition of a militia to include all the state's adults. That way, argued Sen. Jim Rice of Caldwell Wednesday in the Senate State Affairs Committee, the federal government could never swoop in and disarm residents.
  • Balanced Budget Amendment

    02/27/2013 3:32:53 PM PST · by Tai_Chung · 6 replies
    GOP ^ | 02/18/2013 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Since President Obama took office the national debt has increased by $3.7 trillion. To put that in perspective, it took the U.S. 216 years, from 1776 until 1992, to accumulate the same amount of debt that Obama has borrowed in 2.5 years.
  • This Is A Recipe For Massive Hyperinflation Bankruptcy (Venezuela - South America)

    02/27/2013 3:30:37 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-27-2013 | Martin Hutchinson
    This Is A Recipe For Massive Hyperinflation Bankruptcy Economics / HyperInflationFebruary 27, 2013 - 12:25 PM GMT By: Money MorningMartin Hutchinson Nobody was really shocked when Venezuela devalued the bolivar earlier this month from 4.3 to the dollar to 6.3. When it comes to the currency wars, massive devaluations are simply one of the keys to this "race to the bottom" strategy. But Venezuela's bad behavior, and that of several other countries in the region, means that several Latin American countries are now likely to suffer hyper-inflation or declare bankruptcy. For investors in Latin America, that raises the risks for...
  • Leftist Values Below the Oscar Surface

    02/27/2013 3:27:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Michael Medved
    The 2013 Academy Award broadcast generally steered clear of overt political statements, but two aspects of the occasion demonstrated the movie industry’s strong liberal values. Most obviously, the selection of First Lady Michelle Obama to announce the Best Picture winner in a live satellite connection from the White House seemed odd and out of place. For one thing, her pairing with co-presenter Jack Nicholson constituted one of the strangest couplings in Hollywood history: the First Lady is noted as a champion of a healthy lifestyle and wholesome values, while the proudly out-of-shape, drug-indulging, aging playboy Nicholson has always represented an...
  • Communism an 'Exaggerated Fear'? Social Security a 'Right'? We Have Jack Lew's College Thesis

    02/27/2013 3:24:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Republic of Texas ^ | 2/27/13 | Charles C. Johnson.
    In his 1978 Harvard University honors thesis, current treasury secretary nominee and White House chief of staff Jacob “Jack” Lew wrote that Social Security payments should be a guaranteed right, regardless of whether the program’s “trust fund” contains enough money to distribute to beneficiaries. And progressive income taxes, he argued — not payroll taxes — should be used to fund the program to the point where America would guarantee benefit payments beyond what taxpayers have paid into the system. “Old age and Medicare benefits are guaranteed as a matter of right,” he noted, “even though many recipients draw more benefits...
  • Queer Liars and Liberal Idiots

    02/27/2013 3:22:24 PM PST · by SpaceBar · 3 replies
    Weird Republic ^ | February 22, 2013 | Thomas Clough
    The most destructive ideologies of modern times have favored the notion that an essential human nature does not exist or, at most, is faint and extremely elastic. The enemies of civilization must subvert the idea that humans cannot be conditioned to accept any behavior, no matter how grotesque. These practitioners of human desensitization understand that getting humans to accept a repugnant behavior requires a slow and incremental and persistent exposure to behaviors that were previously felt to be disgusting. The enemies of civilization believe that humans as humans share no guiding moral sensibility. “Little by little we were taught all...
  • The Islamification of Texas

    02/27/2013 3:17:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Imagine browsing Facebook one day and discovered a photograph of your 14-year-old daughter wearing a burqa – at school. That’s exactly what happened to a parent in Lumberton, Tex. She asked me not to disclose her identity because she fears for her daughter’s safety. Her daughter’s world geography class was supposed to be learning about the continents. Instead, they were given a tutorial in Islam – complete with authentic Muslim garments. Some of the young ladies were photographed – and the image has now gone viral. The students were told the purpose of the class was to change their perceptions...
  • Manning wants lesser charges, statement read in Wikileaks case

    02/27/2013 3:15:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2013 | Douglas Ernst
    Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, who faces a possible life sentence for leaking classified U.S. diplomatic cables to anti-secrecy group Wikileaks, will attempt to plead guilty to lesser charges at a pre-trial hearing Thursday. ~snip~ Prosecutors said that Pfc. Manning’s partial pleas are not connected to any plea bargain and that they plan to bring him to trial in June, according to the NBC News report.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Clint Eastwood Signs Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage

    02/27/2013 3:12:39 PM PST · by ColdOne · 85 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/27/13 | Mike Flynn
    Breitbart News has learned exclusively that Clint Eastwood has signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry. The brief, which will be released later this evening, has signatures from more than 100 Republican and conservative activists. It involves the case before the Supreme Court, seeking to overturn CA's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. A well-placed GOP source provided Breitbart News with an early glimpse of the brief.
  • Unprecedented: Spoiled-Brat President Does Intentional Harm to the Country

    02/27/2013 3:10:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know, this really is unprecedented. It's not getting any attention. It's not getting any commentary whatsoever. It's barely even being reported. But, I mean, this is serious stuff. The president of the United States has opened up the jails. The president of the United States, because of budget cuts which have not happened yet, has released 500 or so illegal immigrants, and, by definition, of law, they are criminals. We mentioned this late in the program yesterday. Hundreds of illegal alien criminals have been released from illegal alien jail. Janet "Big Sis" Napolitano says that because...
  • The AP’s Claim that a DHS Official Resigned Over the Illegal Alien Releases Turns Out to Be False

    02/27/2013 3:09:15 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 2/27/13 | Bryan Preston
    Earlier today the Associated Press reported that a Department of Homeland Security official had resigned in the wake of the Obama administration’s decision to release thousands of illegal aliens awaiting the judicial process. The department cited budget cuts as the reason for the releases, despite the fact that the cuts would hit about one percent of DHS’s budget, and they have not even happened yet. The AP’s story turns out to have been premature. No one has been fired or resigned in the wake of the release scandal. The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting...
  • Alleged Maldives rape victim,15,to get 100 lashes for premarital sex ( Libs found their religion )

    02/27/2013 3:07:00 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb 27 2013 | Fox News
    A 15-year-old girl in the Maldives who was allegedly raped by her stepfather was sentenced to 100 lashes for having premarital sex with a different man. During an investigation into the alleged rape by her stepfather, the girl eventually told police that she had consensual sex with a second man, Sky News reports. Sex outside marriage is illegal in the Maldives, which operates under Islamic law. Amnesty International said the punishment was "cruel, degrading and inhumane," while the Maldivian government didn’t agree with the sentencing and is considering changing the law, the BBC reports. In addition to the rape, the...
  • (JC) Penney reports massive loss for 4Q

    02/27/2013 3:04:15 PM PST · by mn-bush-man · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/27/13 | Yahoo Finance
    ...snip... The company, based in Plano, Tex., says it lost $552 million, or $2.51 per share, for the period ended Feb. 2. That compares with a loss of $87 million, or 41 cents per share in the year-ago period. Revenue dropped 28.4 percent to $3.88 billion. Analysts were expecting a loss of 23 cents on revenue of $4.08 billion. Revenue at stores opened at least a year dropped 31.7 percent. ...snip
  • 20 Crazy Things Hagel Believes About Israel

    02/27/2013 3:00:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/27/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    The big winner of the fight over Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense is not President Barack Obama, but Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). Democrats have called Paul’s views on Israel “deeply disturbing” because he wants to end foreign aid to Israel (eventually). Yet they have forever lost the ability to lecture anyone about their views on Israel, least of all Paul, who has made a serious effort to understand Israel’s challenges. Here is a partial list of the bizarre views on Israel that Democrats have proven willing to accept in a high official by backing Hagel to lead the...
  • Planned Parenthood TV Ad Hits Sen. McConnell

    02/27/2013 2:59:45 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 1 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/22/2013 | Chris Good
    Planned Parenthood is airing a new TV ad attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican joined a brief with 10 other GOP lawmakers this week supporting the craft chain Hobby Lobby in its lawsuit seeking to avoid mandatory health coverage of birth control pills in its employee health plans. Utah GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch led the group of senators in their effort, The Washington Times reported. Planned Parenthood, displeased with that development, today unveiled this TV ad running on network affiliates in the Lexington and Louisville markets: The group did not say how much it is spending to...
  • Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Reports 2012 Fully Diluted Earnings of $3.60 Per Share

    02/27/2013 2:57:00 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR), announced today that for 2012, the Company reported net sales of $491.8 million and fully diluted earnings of $3.60 per share, compared with net sales of $328.8 million and fully diluted earnings of $2.09 per share in 2011. For the fourth quarter of 2012, net sales were $141.8 million and fully diluted earnings were $1.00 per share. For the corresponding period in 2011, net sales were $93.2 million and fully diluted earnings were 54˘ per share. The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of 40.4˘ per share for...
  • Lest We Forget – Lessons From The 1993 Waco Tragedy

    02/27/2013 2:53:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Bob Barr
    Twenty years ago, on February 28th 1993, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) launched an assault on the Branch Davidian religious compound just outside Waco, Texas. The resulting siege ended more than seven weeks later, on April 19, but not before claiming the lives of 80 men, women and children -- many burned to death in the final inferno that destroyed the compound. Even today, videos of the burning buildings remain vivid reminders of an assault gone horribly wrong, from start to finish; and, lessons from what has become known as the “Waco Tragedy” should be borne...
  • Americans yawn at budget cut hype

    02/27/2013 2:49:03 PM PST · by mdittmar · 17 replies
    The Exponent Telegram ^ | February 27,2013 | Associated Press
    President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.They know the drill: Obama raises the alarm, Democrats and Republicans accuse each other of holding a deal hostage, there's a lot of yelling on cable news, and then finally, when everyone has made their points, a deal is struck and the day is saved. Maybe not this time. Two days before $85 billion in cuts are set to hit federal programs with all the precision of a wrecking ball, there are no...
  • Gov. Brewer: Biden's Clearly Out of Touch ... Needs to Get Out

    02/27/2013 2:46:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Fox ^ | February 26, 2013 | GRETA VAN SUSTEREN
    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: $85 billion sequester quickly approaching and a debt quickly headed towards $17 trillion. Sound like reasons for concern? Well, not if you ask Vice President Joe Biden, the vice president saying the American people are no longer worried about our economy. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JOSEPH BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: They're no longer traumatized by what was a traumatizing event, the great collapse in 2008. They're no longer worried, I think, about our economy being overwhelmed either by Europe writ large, the EU, or China somehow swallowing up every bit of innovation...
  • Op-Ed: The Poor, Wretched Muslims of Gaza

    02/27/2013 2:43:41 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/2/13 | Phil Nussbaum
    The people of Gaza live their lives in constant fear. Fear is what motivates their every action, their every choice in life. On one side they face the formidable might of Israel, whom they see as the enemy. Within, they face the unrelenting, barbaric control of Hamas and their leadership who consider them expendable. Whom do they fear more? Is it the Israeli reprisals or the Hamas chokehold? There is no contest here! Hamas is much more threatening to the man in the Gazan street than Israel is. Hamas is a constant threat to every Gazan individual. One false move,...
  • Asteroids Want to Destroy the Middle Class- and Women

    02/27/2013 2:42:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | John Ransom
    With science today largely funded by government, you knew it wouldn‘t be long before the recent asteroid encounter in Chelyabinsk, Russia would lead to well-meaning, but mostly hysterical cries that we MUST DO SOMETHING about it;  “something” that costs a lot of money; “something” that involves thick scientific studies; and- the best part- “something” that promises no results for the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years of program costs, run by the central and federal  government of the US-of-A. If we don’t do “something,” NOW they’ll say, we’ll risk plague, locusts, drought and the usual assortment of frogs lets loose by the Apocalyptos-...
  • Have We Been Miscounting Calories?

    02/27/2013 2:42:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 19 February 2013 | Ann Gibbons
    Enlarge Image Counting calories. Our bodies may take more energy to process the carbohydrates in garbanzo beans than in cereal, which suggests all carbohydrate calories are not alike. Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock BOSTON—When it comes to weight loss, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. That's been the mantra of nutritionists, dietitians, and food regulators in the United States and Europe for more than a century. But when it comes to comparing raw food with cooked food, or beans with breakfast cereals, that thinking may be incorrect. That was the consensus of a panel of researchers who listed the many...
  • Video Shows IDF Deterrent at Low Point

    02/27/2013 2:38:08 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/2/13 | Gil Ronen
    A video posted to the internet provides further proof that IDF deterrence is at a dangerous low vis-ŕ-vis the violent parts of the Muslim Arab population in Israel. Video ....... Videos
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Wednesday, February-27-2013

    02/27/2013 2:31:12 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 59 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Homeland Security official quits after illegal immigrants freed over budget cuts

    02/27/2013 2:26:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/27/13 | Staff
    Washington - The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his resignation the same day the agency said that hundreds of people facing deportation had been released from immigration jails due to looming budget cuts, according to a resignation letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The government said he had told his bosses weeks ago that he planned to retire. Gary Mead, executive associate director over enforcement and removal operations at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, disclosed his departure
  • Donna Brazile is Dumbfounded

    02/27/2013 2:24:10 PM PST · by algernon_garnock · 23 replies
    Twitter ^ | 02-27-2013 | Donna Brazile
  • Pope Benedict says it sometimes felt like 'God was asleep' in final audience

    02/27/2013 2:22:16 PM PST · by RummyChick · 27 replies
    herald sun ^ | 2/28 | herald sun
    POPE Benedict XVI admitted it sometimes felt as if 'God was asleep' during the troubled days of his papacy as he gave an emotional farewell in St Peter's Square before tens of thousands of pilgrims on the eve of his momentous resignation.
  • Remember the Alamo

    02/27/2013 2:17:55 PM PST · by BigReb555 · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 27, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    “The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion; otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat”-- Lieutenant Colonel Comdt. of the Alamo William Barret Travis.
  • University of Chicago performing abortions n campus

    02/27/2013 2:16:26 PM PST · by GeronL · 9 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | 2-27-2013 | Oliver Darcy
    The University of Chicago (UC) actively performs abortions on its campus. The University of Chicago appears to be one of the only schools in the nation to perform abortions on campus. On the official website, the school’s Ryan Center Clinic advertises “comprehensive health care for women seeking abortion services” and lists multiple procedures students may undergo. It is not unusual for schools to provide contraception or referrals to abortion clinics to students, but UC appears to be one of the only universities in the nation to perform the controversial procedure on campus. The university offers medical abortions and surgical abortions...
  • US Supreme Court justices voice skepticism of voting rights law

    02/27/2013 2:15:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/27/2013
    The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy both acknowledged the measure's vital role in fighting discrimination and suggested that other important laws in U.S. history had run their course. "Times change," Kennedy said during the fast-paced, 70-minute argument. Kennedy's views are likely to prevail on the closely divided court, and he tends to side with his more conservative colleagues...
  • A Ruling on Racial Progress

    02/27/2013 2:15:14 PM PST · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    I can only hope that the scourge of racism is finally purged from Stewartstown and Pinkham's Grant. These are two of 10 New Hampshire towns covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which requires local officials to get permission, or "preclearance," on any changes to their election laws. Stewartstown has just over a thousand souls in it and is 99 percent white. In 1970, when it was put under the authority of Section 5, the census listed two blacks out of its 1,008 residents. Pinkham's Grant boasts nine residents, and it must also beg Washington for...
  • Sham Marriages: An Immigration Attorney's Tricks of the Trade

    02/27/2013 2:14:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 | James Robinson
    When Randall Caudle was an immigration lawyer in the latter half of the 1990s, "people's faces would glaze over" when he told them what he did. But things in his field, as anybody who has seen a newspaper or watched the news in the last decade would know, have become a bit more heated. Last month he was quoted in a story on immigration reform in the Contra Costa Times; one of the commenters online suggested that immigration attorneys be tried for treason. The majority of Caudle's last 18 years in immigration law has been spent helping immigrants apply for...
  • Congresswoman to Obama: 'Stop Scaring People' (YouTube Video)

    02/27/2013 2:13:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    FreedomBrief ^ | February 27, 2013 | Staff
    I've felt this speech important enough to make the effort to convert the speech to text for those who don't want to go through the video (It's only 1:21) of the speech by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan). I've listened to the video many numerous times to assure accuracy of what she says in the video. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan;) ..that amounts to over 2.5% of the federal budget, find me an American family, a hard working taxpayer who hasn't already cut over 2% of their budget at home without cutting essentials things. There's a fact that says we are going...
  • JC PENNEY EARNINGS DISASTER — SAME-STORE SALES TANK 32%

    02/27/2013 2:11:40 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/27/13 | Matthew Boesler
    J.C. Penney's fourth-quarter earnings announcement is out. The company announced an adjusted loss per share of $1.95, way below expectations of a much smaller loss of $0.24 per share. Revenues came in at $3.88 billion. Analysts were looking for $4.08 billion. Same-store sales were down 32 percent in the fourth quarter.
  • U.S. oil production hit 20-year milestone in November

    02/27/2013 2:09:46 PM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 27, 2013 | Don Mason
    U.S. oil production averaged 7.013 million barrels a day in November, the first time since 1992 that the average daily production during a month has exceeded 7 million, according to revised government figures. The Energy Information Administration on Wednesday revised the November figure up from 6.893 million barrels per day. Average daily production during a month had last reached 7 million in December 1992, according to agency figures. Production for December 2012 rose to 7.03 million barrels per day the agency said, still below the December 1992 figure of 7.1 million barrels per day. For all of 2012, production averaged...
  • White House,Republicans dig in ahead of budget talks(OMG!)

    02/27/2013 2:05:00 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
    Positions hardened on Wednesday between President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders over the budget crisis even as they arranged to hold last-ditch talks to prevent harsh automatic spending cuts beginning this week. Looking resigned to the $85-billion in "sequestration" cuts starting on Friday, government agencies began reducing costs and spelling out to employees how furloughs will work.Expectations were low that a White House meeting on Friday between Obama and congressional leaders, including Republican foes, would produce any deal to avoid the cuts.Public services across the country - from air traffic control to food safety inspections and education - might...
  • ICE: AP report on official's resignation 'inaccurate and misleading'

    02/27/2013 2:02:36 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/27/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The Department of Homeland Security denied a report Wednesday that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official is leaving the agency amid scrutiny over its release of several hundred undocumented immigrants who had been detained. “The Associated Press’ report is inaccurate and misleading," ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said, responding to the AP's story that made it sound like Gary Mead, the director of Enforcement and Removal Operations, was taking the fall for the detainee release. "Gary Mead announced several weeks ago to ICE senior leadership that he planned to retire after 40 years in federal service and 6 years at ICE....
  • You'll Be Surprised To Hear How People Want To Avert The Sequester

    02/27/2013 2:01:45 PM PST · by ksen · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/26/13 | Walter Hickey
    Most Republicans don't actually support the House Republican plan to avert the spending cuts known as the sequester, according to a new poll conducted for Business Insider by our partner SurveyMonkey. The poll asked participants to consider the core points of three sequester replacement proposals in Congress, without telling them the partisan affiliation of those plans. It found that in some cases, both Democrats and Republicans actually opposed their own party's plans and/or backed their adversaries' proposal. . . . Surprisingly, the plan that polled the strongest was the House Progressive Caucus plan. More than half of respondents supported it...
  • Obama's half-brother Malik visits India, to help clean Yamuna

    02/27/2013 1:59:43 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Ruchika Talwar
    A little more than two years after Barack Obama made a headline-grabbing visit to India, another, lesser-known Obama has made a quiet trip to the country and reached out to it in the name of the US president. Malik Obama, the Kenyan older half-brother of Barack Obama, was in India last week as the chief guest at a convention organised by a spiritual leader in Vrindavan, Mathura, and even took part in an event to clean the Yamuna river as part of the convention. "Guru Kumar Swami and I met when he was on a visit to New York in...
  • Teen Trying to Leave Gang Is Shot 15 Times, Survives

    02/27/2013 1:53:36 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/27/2013 | By Evann Gastaldo
    (Newser) – An Atlanta teen who wanted to leave a gang was shot 15 times—and survived. The 19-year-old "told the other members of the gang, 'Hey, look, I want to go straight, be law-abiding,' and they weren't happy with it," says a US marshal, adding, "Never since I've been in law enforcement have I seen someone shot 15 times and live." The teen was left for dead, but was helped by people who saw him crawling and heard his moans; they're now in protective custody, Fox Atlanta reports. A relative says he is recovering after surgery. Authorities have arrested...
  • Toronto’s frustrated downtown intellectuals confront latest Ford victory

    02/27/2013 1:43:56 PM PST · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | February 27, 2013 | Kelly McParland
    Toronto’s Intellectually Superior Downtown Liberals (IDL, the ‘s’ is silent) are in a really bad mood these days as they come to grips with the thrashing they’ve received from Rob Ford, the 300-pound mayor they consider unworthy to run the city they call home, and who they’ve been trying to get rid of ever since he won his job in a democratic election two years ago. Three times they’ve tried to oust him – four if you count the election itself – and so far they’re 0-for-4. Even the Leafs are doing better than that this year. Emergency sessions have...
  • Lawmaker Grills Border Protection Official on Efforts to Track 40 Percent of Illegal Aliens with

    02/27/2013 1:40:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 27, 2013 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – At a hearing on Tuesday to determine the security status of U.S. borders, a GOP lawmaker grilled a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official on efforts to track down people who have overstayed their visa when 40 percent of the illegal aliens in the country fall into that category. “Mr. McAleenan, if I were a could-be terrorist, and I flew into the Harrisburg International Airport or Des Moines, Iowa, airport and didn’t leave after my visa expired, how would you find me?” Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime...
  • Sequester Frees Immigrants From Tacoma (WA) Detention Center

    02/27/2013 1:36:41 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 5 replies
    KUOW ^ | 02/27/2013 | Liz Jones
    Sequestration has apparently led to a “get out of jail free” card for some detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma. With budget cuts looming, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it’s shifting some detainees around the country to supervised release. It appears that includes some detainees at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, which is the area’s main holding facility for immigrants facing deportation. Immigration officials in Seattle declined to comment about how people there have been released in recent days. But an attorney who works with detainees at the NWDC says she’s heard an estimate. “Some...