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  • TX:Truck burglar awakens sleeping driver, then dodges bullets

    02/28/2013 5:34:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    chron.com ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Carol Christian
    A 27-year-old League City man was sleeping in the back seat of an extended-cab pickup while his wife went inside the bank, said Sgt. Tamara Spencer of the League City Police Department. The man driving the Buick pulled up next to the pickup and punched out the front passenger-seat window, Spencer said. "Window punches are loud," she said. "Our victim initially thought he'd been shot at." Because the incident happened in the League City business district, police are hopeful it might have been captured on surveillance video. "There are a ton of businesses there and some have surveillance cameras," Spencer...
  • Liberal Racists Warn of Chaos.Only The Left Has a Problem with an Interracial Political Marriage.

    02/28/2013 5:33:18 AM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    WSJ:Best of The Web Today ^ | February 27, 2013 | James Taranto
    Senator Mitch McConnell is criticized for having a Chinese wife. "A Democratic group is under sharp criticism for controversial online messages about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's wife," reports WFPL-FM, an NPR station in Louisville, Ky. For months Progress Kentucky, a liberal super PAC, has been stalking McConnell, the Bluegrass State's senior senator, holding "demonstrations at his offices and home." But the attack on Mrs. McConnell, who in public goes by her maiden name of Elaine Chao, took place on Twitter. The station quotes a Progress Kentucky tweet dated Feb. 14: "This woman has the ear of (Sen. McConnell)—she's his...
  • Houston homeowner holds 3 burglary suspects at gunpoint until cops arrive

    02/28/2013 5:28:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    khou.com ^ | 27 February, 2013 | Staff
    HOUSTON – A man came home Wednesday morning to find three juvenile suspects inside his northwest Houston home, police said. It happened at about 8:30 a.m. in the 5500 block of Bent Bough near Maple Tree. When Randy Magdeleno entered his home he said he heard voices. “So I grabbed my rifle and I came around through here in my kitchen,” he said. “It was scary, I didn’t know what I was walking into and hearing people running around inside my house at the same time. I didn’t know if they were carrying weapons around or not.”
  • Plutocrat Jack Lew Is Confirmed, But Sessions Embarrasses Democrats

    02/28/2013 5:25:58 AM PST · by BO Stinkss · 10 replies
    http://www.powerlineblog.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    Jack Lew, the plutocrat nominated as Secretary of the Treasury by Barack Obama, was confirmed by the Senate this afternoon on a 71-26 vote. What was notable about the vote was not so much the outcome as the challenge that Senator Jeff Sessions threw down before his Democratic colleagues–try to defend Jack Lew, and if you can’t defend him, don’t vote for him. One thing is for certain: the Democrats had zero interest in trying to defend Lew’s record. They spoke for a total of 17 minutes on his behalf, while Sessions spoke for 2 1/2 hours, in several installments...
  • The Borking of 'Zero Dark Thirty'

    02/28/2013 5:23:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Larry Elder
    Weeks before the Oscars, Sony Pictures, the studio behind "Zero Dark Thirty," put out this statement: "We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in (the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences) as a platform to advance their own political agenda. The film should be judged free of partisanship. To punish an artist's right of expression is abhorrent. This community, more than any other, should know how reprehensible that is." To what was Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal referring? "Zero Dark Thirty," directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal,...
  • Ron’s ‘coke’ head (JCPenney CEO hires marketing exec responsible for New Coke fiasco)

    02/28/2013 5:16:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/28/13 | JAMES COVERT
    This news may be hard for JCPenney investors to swallow. After the flailing retailer reported abysmal year-end results yesterday, CEO Ron Johnson revealed that Penney’s spring ad campaign is being masterminded by Sergio Zyman — the marketing exec behind Coca-Cola’s infamous New Coke blunder in 1984. Johnson, who said he has been working with Zyman since last fall, didn’t mention the New Coke connection in a call with analysts.
  • Animal Obesity A Growing Problem In The US

    02/28/2013 5:14:34 AM PST · by jda · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | 26 February 2013
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Much like their human owners, animals have to deal with unwanted weight, too. KCAL9’s Sibila Vargas reported that animal obesity is an epidemic across the country with more than 50 percent of pets now overweight. Natasha, who owns an adorable dog named Colonel, said she knows her furry friend has overindulged in food. “Every time he goes up the stairs, he expects a treat. You spoil them and then you don’t realize what you’re doing,” she said. For the past few months, Natasha has been working with Dr. Jeff Werber, a Los Angeles veterinarian, to help...
  • Immigrants from Southeast: German Cities Struggle to Accommodate Rise in Homeless

    02/28/2013 5:11:58 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 5 replies
    Spiegel.de ^ | By Fidelius Schmid and Andreas Ulrich
    With frigid temperatures outside, German homeless and emergency shelters are usually full this time of year. But a rising number of homeless people, many from other EU states, are exceeding their capacities and triggering competition for limited cots and resources. The doors won't open for another two hours, but Gerd doesn't want to take the risk of being turned away this time. "I was too late yesterday and didn't get a bed," the 57-year-old says. His thin, blond hair is sticking to his head, he has scabs on his forehead and chin, and his breath reeks of schnapps. Gerd would...
  • American Recessional

    02/28/2013 5:10:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Republicans and Democrats are blaming one another for impending cuts to the defense budget brought about by sequestration. But with serial annual deficits of $1 trillion-plus and an aggregate debt nearing $17 trillion, the United States -- like an insolvent Rome and exhausted Great Britain of the past -- was bound to re-examine its expensive overseas commitments and strategic profile. The president's nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary was a sort of Zen-like way of having a Republican combat veteran orchestrate a reduced military. In fact, Barack Obama has nurtured a broad and diverse constituency for his neo-isolationist vision....
  • Kenya boy, 13, gains fame for protecting livestock from lions

    02/28/2013 5:09:08 AM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    grindtv.com ^ | February 27, 2013 | Pete Thomas
    Richard Turere, 13, had reason to despise lions while growing up with his family on a ranch in Kenya: The beasts routinely killed their livestock, which he was largely responsible for. Rather than fret, however, the clever boy put his mind to work and devised an invention that not only deters lions, but does so without killing or injuring them. (Lions, whose numbers have shrunk to an alarming level, are vital to the ecosystem and valuable as a tourist attraction in nearby Nairobi National Park. The park boasts the world's largest concentration of lions, which often perceive livestock on nearby...
  • Republican leaders’ ‘meeting’ with Obama: Seven minutes

    02/28/2013 5:06:42 AM PST · by Hoodat · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Dave Boyer
    Never let it be said that President Obama has failed to spend time with Republican leaders in seeking an alternative to automatic budget cuts that are due to hit most federal departments Friday. On Wednesday, for example, the president gave GOP lawmakers as much as seven minutes, a rare face-to-face encounter that the White House described as a “meeting.” The White House’s characterization of this momentary huddle at the Capitol as a meeting illuminates Mr. Obama’s strategy in dealing with Republicans on the budget cuts and other fiscal deadlines. With speeches and other staged events, the president has tried to...
  • Better Republican Communication Needed

    02/28/2013 4:56:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    "First you win the argument -- then you win the vote," is the now well-known quote from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. President Ronald Reagan was the last Republican president who understood and used that strategy. President Barack Obama and his team also understand the phrase and are using it to their advantage. They are making a full-court press in the public arena to lay out their argument against sequestration and for more taxes. "In a few days," Obama said this week in Virginia, "Congress might allow a series of immediate, painful, arbitrary budget cuts to take place -- known in...
  • Scarborough: Bush White House Threatened Me

    02/28/2013 4:33:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The Morning Joe panel was tough today on the Obama White House for threatening Bob Woodward by telling him he would "regret" his reporting that it was the Obama administration that had devised the sequester, In the course of the opening segment, various panel members described the Obama White House response as "mickey mouse," "pathetic" and "childish." But at the same time, a theme emerged that there was nothing unusual about a White House trying to intimidate reporters. Mark Halperin said "the Bush White House regularly would engage in the same kind of tactics." And Joe Scarborough and Andrea Mitchell...
  • Hans Rosling: The magic washing machine [great criticism of environmental hypocrites]

    02/28/2013 4:31:14 AM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Hans Roslin
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZoKfap4g4w
  • Agenda-driven research and reporting serve power elites, not public interest

    02/28/2013 4:29:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 February, 2013 | David Codrea
    We would know what works and doesn’t in terms of “gun control” if only the National Rifle Association hadn’t employed “a tactic of fear” and killed Congressional funding for research. That’s the message Dr. Mark Rosenberg, former director of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control put forth, and that ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien accepted without question (let alone challenge). His Feb. 25 Q&A with Rosenberg, presented as “ongoing” investigative journalism, reads more like a fake infomercial “interview” to anyone who’s been watching the debate and has seen old tricks before. Absent from Sapien’s fawning setups...
  • China enslaving the world: Beijing's ruthless leaders subjugate armies of foreign workers

    02/28/2013 4:27:46 AM PST · by dennisw · 12 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 27 February 2013 | Tony Rennell
    Beijing-- plundering resources across the globe - and now they've got Britain in their sights China's progress has entered its second phase - entry into Western markets Ongoing financial crisis in the West has opened more doors to the East To stay there will cost you Ł2,000 a night. Just to have dinner means parting with a huge deposit per person before you even get to the table. Who can afford to stay there? Increasingly, the answer is the world’s fast-growing army of multi-millionaires from China. Three years ago, the Chinese comprised just four per cent of the hotel’s guests....
  • Obama Terrorizes Public with Illegal Alien Releases

    02/28/2013 4:27:35 AM PST · by SJackson · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 28, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama Terrorizes Public with Illegal Alien ReleasesPosted By Arnold Ahlert On February 28, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments In one of the most politically despicable moves ever perpetrated by a sitting administration, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of illegal aliens from prison in anticipation of budget cuts produced by the sequester. “As fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE has reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget,” said agency spokeswoman Gillian M. Christensen in a statement. Immigration officials further warned that even more...
  • Obama officials, Republican group advocate 'gay marriage'

    02/28/2013 4:25:21 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | February 28, 2013 | Adelaide Darling
    Credit: National Organization for Marriage Washington D.C., Feb 28, 2013 / 12:08 am (CNA).- Both President Barack Obama’s administration and a group of Republican officials have filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court calling for marriage to be redefined to include same-sex partners. “Like a lot of the country, my views have evolved on this from the first day I set foot in Congress,” said former U.S. Representative Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio). On Feb. 25, a group of over 70 Republican leaders and public figures filed a “friend of the court” brief on the upcoming Supreme Court case regarding California’s...
  • Buckley Report: Mountain man vs. the government (North Carolina)

    02/28/2013 4:22:37 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 38 replies
    MyFox8.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | Bob Buckley
    Since people started living in communities, there’s been tension between the rulers and the ruled. That became particularly acute when America reintroduced the concept of self-government 237 years ago. Bob Buckley reports on Eustace Conway, a Boone man who says he just wants to be free from the government and its rules.
  • Public landscaping in area costs millions

    02/28/2013 3:41:32 AM PST · by plangent · 7 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | July 5, 2012 | Lawrence Budd
    Landscapers plan to plant 1,354 daylilies around the Austin Boulevard interchange, part of more than $2.1 million in public funds to be spent in the next year at two area interchanges on transportation enhancements. In the past two decades, more than $13.4 billion in federal transportation funding has been spent on 27,000 enhancement projects, devoted to scenic beautification, bike trails and historic buildings. In the Miami Valley, federal and local funds have paid for transportation enhancements off Interstate 70 in Huber Heights, Ohio 48 in Englewood and Interstate 675 at Far Hills Avenue. - See more at: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/public-landscaping-in-area-costs-millions-1/nPwLs/#sthash.gtVXFk0i.dpuf
  • Actor Dale Robertson Dies in California Hospital

    02/28/2013 2:58:59 AM PST · by John W · 24 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | February 28, 2013 | Ken Miller
    Dale Robertson, an Oklahoma native who became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, died Tuesday. He was 89. Robertson's niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness. Dale Robertson had bit parts in films including "The Boy with the Green Hair" and the Joan Crawford vehicle "Flamingo Road" before landing more high-profile roles such as Jesse James in "Fighting Man of the Plains." In the 1950s, he moved into television, starring in series such as "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957-62), "Iron Horse" (1966) and...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 28, 2013

    02/28/2013 2:50:33 AM PST · by sneakers · 14 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
  • Is Chase Bank Anti 2A

    02/28/2013 2:47:04 AM PST · by DaiHuy · 23 replies
    Daihuy
    My friend Don just told me he was at a local gun shop and was buying some 9mm ammo. He gave the owner his Chase debit card. The owner told him he couldn't use the card for payment. Don thought it was because the owner assumed it was a credit card. Don told him it was a debit card. The shop owner then told Don it was because Chase Bank will not honor gun or ao purchases with their credit and debit cards Has anyone elserun into this problem? Has anyone else run into this?
  • White House threatened Bob Woodward for Obama expose

    02/28/2013 2:19:08 AM PST · by Marv Dumon · 32 replies
    http://www.examiner.com/ ^ | 02/28/2013 | Marv Dumon
    On Wednesday, the White House sent a threatening email to Washington Post editor Bob Woodward in response to a column in which the veteran journalist suggested that President Barack Obama and cabinet official Jack Lew lied about the sequestration cuts. In a Feb. 27 appearance on CNN's "Situation Room," Woodward declined to identify the senior administration official who had threatened him. "They're not happy at all," said Woodward. "It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this. He added that he was "very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters you're going to regret doing something. Let's hope...
  • WHY DOES ANYONE NEED TO READ ABOUT CELEBRITIES? ... Ann Coulter

    02/28/2013 2:02:58 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 14 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 27 Feb 2013 | Ann Coulter
    Having given up on trying to persuade Americans that taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will reduce the murder rate, Democrats have turned to their usual prohibitionary argument: "Why does anyone need (an assault weapon, a 30-round magazine, a semiautomatic, etc., etc.)?" Phony conservative Joe Manchin, who won his U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia with an ad showing him shooting a gun, said, "I don't know anyone (who) needs 30 rounds in a clip." CNN's Don Lemon, who does not fit the usual profile of the avid hunter and outdoorsman, demanded, "Who needs an assault rifle to go hunting?"...
  • Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price

    02/28/2013 12:59:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Terry Milewski
    Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price Super Hornet less stealthy, but has lower sticker price and operational costs In a dogfight of defence contractors, the hunter can quickly become the hunted. It's happening now to the F-35. The world's largest defence contractor, Lockheed Martin, is trying to convince wavering U.S. allies — including Canada — to stick with its high-tech, high-priced and unproven F-35 stealth fighter. But the F-35 is way behind schedule, way over budget and, now, it's grounded by a mysterious crack in a turbine fan. After years of technical problems, it's...
  • Why Blacks and Women Should Not Have Guns

    02/28/2013 12:45:27 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 28, 2013 | William A. Levinson
    The Democratic Party believes that it owns the African-American vote, and it also looks to women for much of its support.  This support requires serious reconsideration.  The Colorado Democratic Party, as represented by State Rep. Joe Salazar, has said openly that women are too mentally unstable to handle firearms responsibly. --snip-- Mfume's NAACP is not, however, the only source of African-American collaboration with racist gun laws.  Pennsylvania House Bill 521 would require concealed-carry permit holders to purchase $1 million in liability insurance.  Sponsors (we have not checked all of them) Waters, Brownlee, Thomas, and Brown are all African-Americans from Philadelphia...
  • Why Sarah Palin? Why Ted Cruz?: 'Nationalists' and 'Federalists' (Explains a lot)

    02/27/2013 11:31:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2013 | Bernie Quigley
    Demographics are destiny. Nothing else makes history. When the changes ahead are shipped into denial is when chaos and disaster ensue. And the potential disasters America faces today do not come from global warming, nuclear weapons, the Russians, the hippies or the rednecks. They come from the economic division of America between the red states, which are rising in capital and prosperity, and the left and right coasts, which are receding in economic power. Demographer Joel Kotkin well outlines the transition in a Wall Street Journal essay yesterday title, “America’s Red State Growth Corridors.” “In the wake of the 2012...
  • Daily finance & investment thread (2-28-13 edition)

    02/27/2013 11:19:24 PM PST · by dennisw · 14 replies
    2-28-13
    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...
  • Santa Cruz sheriff: Killer Shot two Plainclothes Officers at his Doorstep

    02/27/2013 11:07:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The gunman who killed two plainclothes Santa Cruz police detectives in cold blood grabbed their guns and took their car, launching a chase that forced three school lockdowns and a nearby shootout with officers that ended his life, authorities revealed Wednesday. As the city mourned his victims, the blood of 35-year-old Jeremy Peter Goulet -- a trained military police officer who wore body armor and used two of the three guns he possessed to fire at bystanders and firefighters on Tuesday -- still stained a wall where a barrage of gunfire had erupted. The day after, heartbreaking portraits emerged about...
  • EU 'Troika' rule in Ireland worse than British Empire

    02/27/2013 11:06:16 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/28/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Ireland's trade union chief has accused the EU-IMF troika in charge of Irish austerity policies of tipping the economy into downward spiral and acting as an imperial oppressor. "The Troika has done more damage to Ireland than Britain ever did in 800 years," said David Begg, head of the Irish Confederation of Trade Unions. David Begg said the image of Ireland as the poster-child of EU recovery was a myth culitivated by EU creditors whose only interest is to recoup their money Mr Begg said the image of Ireland as the poster-child of EU recovery was a myth culitivated by...
  • Nascar Sprint Cup Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix Int. Raceway,Sunday Mar 3,on FOX 3:00 PM ET

    02/27/2013 10:56:51 PM PST · by ican'tbelieveit · 142 replies
    Nascar.com ^ | 2/27/13
    Welcome to the 2013 Nascar Race Season. This week's race is run in Phoenix.
  • EU: Merkel’s Europe hits the skids in Rome

    02/27/2013 10:56:50 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Il Sole-24 Ore ^ | 2/27/2013 | Adriana Cerretelli
    The voters rejected the tutelage of Mario Monti and Angela Merkel, sabotaging the Chancellor's strategy of postponing the euro crisis until after Germany's September elections. To avoid a complete disintegration of the European consensus, the integration process must get back on track now. Angela Merkel has done everything she could to clear away the danger of new outbreaks of instability in Europe in the lead-up to the German elections in September. In Italy, she played the Monti card to the full – without going beyond declarations of esteem – anxious as she is to avoid the boomerang effect that caught...
  • Jawdropper: Black mob meets 'gay' beauty pageant

    02/27/2013 10:50:24 PM PST · by Anila · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 02/27/13 | Colin Flaherty
    Black mob violence comes in all shapes and sizes: Big. Small. Lethal. And now, comical. That is the overwhelming reaction from in and out of Charlotte, N.C., to what local media are calling a “brawl” at the Carolina Awards Ball. But what radio personality Al Walsh said was really a “Chair War at a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Party!!!” Chair wars took place early Monday morning in a large storage shed where 150 black people were celebrating the results of a ballroom pageant, where prizes in almost a dozen categories were awarded to black men who dressed like women. One...
  • Future primitive: America parallels South Africa

    02/27/2013 10:48:20 PM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | February 27, 2013 | Eriik Rush
    Exclusive: Erik Rush sees chilling prescience in Ilana Mercer's 'Into the Cannibal's Pot' One of the most distressing things I encounter on a regular basis from Americans is the belief that it can’t happen here and that scenarios representing incomprehensibly radical, dystopian transformations of our society are not only preposterous, but the product of delusional minds. More often than not, when I speak of such things I am referencing the fundamental transformation of America President Obama and his Marxist co-conspirators are foisting upon us. To those for whom such things as the Holocaust and the Killing Fields are too far...
  • Palin: Washington buying bullets for us ('We're going to default eventually and that's why feds....)

    02/27/2013 10:30:35 PM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | February 27, 2013 | Garth Kant
    Imagine the worst-case scenario if the sequester goes through. The market nosedives. The economy implodes. Empty shelves. Riots. The feds hit the streets in force to restore order in a “national emergency.” Sounds like something in a Third World country or Greece. It could never happen here, right? Think again, says Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee believes the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest.” Palin says the feds are afraid of what might happen if the sequester goes into effect. She writes on her Facebook page: “If we are going to...
  • Miss Israel is Ethiopian immigrant

    02/27/2013 10:12:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 43 replies
    Times Of Israel ^ | 02/28/2013 | Times Of Israel Staff
    Related Topics Yityish Aynaw Ethiopian immigrants Miss Israel Yityish Titi Aynaw, a 21-year-old from Netanya, was chosen Miss Israel 2013 on Wednesday night — the first Ethiopian-born contestant to win the title. Aynaw, who came to Israel with her family when she was 12, was entered into the competition by a friend, and had no previous modeling experience. She said during the competition that she hoped to go into modeling “to change attitudes to dark-skinned models. I’d love to become the first Israeli (TV) host, the Tyra Banks of Israel."
  • Journalist Bob Woodward blasts Obama "madness" in handling cuts

    02/27/2013 9:25:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:37pm EST | By Susan Heavey
    (Reuters) - Journalist Bob Woodward on Wednesday criticized Barack Obama's handling of the automatic U.S. budget cuts set to take effect this week, calling the president's decision to hold back on military deployments "madness." His comments continued what has become a running dispute between Woodward, perhaps the country's best-known print journalist, and the Democratic White House over who is responsible for the across-the-board cuts scheduled to begin on Friday.   Last week, Woodward published an opinion piece in the Washington Post - where he is an associate editor - saying the administration was "wrong" to blame the cuts on Republicans.That...
  • Boy killed in North Sacramento hatchet attack ID'd

    02/27/2013 9:25:35 PM PST · by Selene · 14 replies
    KCRA-Sacramento ^ | 2/27/2013
    Police: Child asleep on the couch when attacked 9-year-old boy who police said was killed by his father with a hatchet was identified Wednesday afternoon as Matthew Hernandez.
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to demote Pentagon's new medal

    02/27/2013 9:24:19 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 27, 2013 | Joyce Tsai
    Lawmakers are lashing out at the Pentagon’s creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal - intended to honor the contributions of drone pilots and cyber warriors who haven’t set foot on the battlefield - by introducing legislation that would ban it from being rated on par with or above the Purple Heart. A trio of veterans serving in Congress, Reps. Duncan Hunter, D-Calif., Tom Rooney, R- Fl., and Tim Murphy, R-Pa., introduced the bill on Wednesday, in response to what has been a public outcry against the creation of the medal, which was announced on Feb. 13. “Combat valor awards have...
  • Has the Maryland General Assembly Lost its Legitimacy?

    02/27/2013 9:07:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | February 27, 2013 | Michael Peroutka
    Are you getting the feeling that the Maryland General Assembly seems to have lost its grip on reality? Last year the Maryland Legislature decided that they would attempt to redefine the institution of marriage. To attempt to redefine what God Himself has defined is to declare either that there is no God or that you are God. In either case, it is a foolish and dangerous thing to do. It is an indication of a reprobate mind. Now this same group is attempting to repeal the God-given right to self defense. They are preparing legislation that would pretend to make...
  • Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House

    02/27/2013 8:59:28 PM PST · by Rennes Templar · 38 replies
    CNN.com ^ | Feb. 17, 2013
    (CNN) - Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House's handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday. "They're not happy at all," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official - who he would not name - communicated a message which caused him great concern. "It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this," he said. Woodward penned a 2012 book reporting that the idea for the spending cuts, known as...
  • Democrats' Budget Blackmail: Uncle Sam wants 5th sticky bun or he'll burn your house down

    02/27/2013 8:22:10 PM PST · by Moseley · 25 replies
    February 27, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    “Buy this magazine or the dog gets it!” screamed the National Lampoon magazine cover for January 1973, showing a gun at a dog’s head. Today, President Barack Obama is nakedly threatening to harm the country and the American people if he has to slow spending. Democrats have a gun at the heads of American families. They are threatening to pull the trigger if they have to give up their spending addiction. While these tactics are old, they are not normally done so badly. What’s new is that Obama is being so obvious that everyone is noticing. The Democrats are bungling...
  • Senior Homeland Security Official - retirement On Day Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Were Freed

    02/27/2013 8:19:11 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
    Senior Homeland Security Official Announces Retirement On Day Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants Were Freed Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated PressFebruary 27, 2013, 6:17 PMWASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced his retirement 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 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...
  • Obama Admin Ups Attacks on Woodward

    02/27/2013 8:17:37 PM PST · by kristinn · 70 replies
    The White House via Twitter ^ | 10:52 p.m. EST Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | David Plouffe
    Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated. @DavidPlouffe Strategist. 2008 Obama Campaign Manager. White House Senior Adviser. Author of The Audacity To Win.
  • BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing

    02/27/2013 8:08:22 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-27-2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    BOB WOODWARD: A 'Very Senior' White House Person Warned Me I'd 'Regret' What I'm Doing Brett LoGiuratoFebruary 27, 2013, 6:53 PMWikimedia/Bektour Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a "very senior person" at the White House warned him in an email that he would "regret doing this," the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester. CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined. "It makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House...
  • Kerry: Obama Remains Willing to Hold Bilateral Talks With Iran’s ‘Elected’ Government(Vomir Alerte')

    02/27/2013 7:43:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/27/13 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – Describing Iran as a country with an “elected” government and a “remarkable history,” Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday reiterated President Obama’s willingness to hold bilateral talks with the regime. “It’s a matter of public record that he personally communicated to the supreme leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] that he was prepared to engage and to discuss these issues,” Kerry told a news conference with his French counterpart in Paris. Responding to a reporter’s question about negotiating with a “terrorist” regime, Kerry pointed out that “Iran is a country with a government that was elected and that sits...
  • Bob Woodward on threat from White House staff: "...it makes me very uncomfortable to have the

    02/27/2013 7:31:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/27/13 | The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,
    Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward told CNN that he has been threatened by White House staff over his budget cut challenge. Highlights from the interview are below; a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html. MANDATORY CREDIT: CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” Highlights from Full Interview: THIS IS A RUSH FDCH TRANSCRIPT. IT MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. BOLDUAN: What do you make of the White House's response to your article? WOODWARD: Well, I think they're confused. I think they've got this idea....
  • Looks like the Sequester Is Going to Happen (Update from Federal Worker)

    02/27/2013 7:26:14 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 153 replies
    N/A | 2/27/2013 | Ducttape45
    Elections have consequences. I won't say what military base I work at,but today my office was briefed about the impending sequestration. There were a few interesting points to come out of the meeting. 1. You have to take at least 8 hours a week LWOP (leave without pay). You cannot use sick or annual leave on those days off. You cannot take more then 30 hours a week because then you'd be able to apply for unemployment and the federal government is ensuring we can't utilize that avenue to supplement our income. So they take us but prevent us from...
  • Obama Gives Criminal Illegals A 'Budget Pardon'

    02/27/2013 7:17:28 PM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 27, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Budget: Even before sequestration hits, the administration has been releasing hundreds of illegal aliens scheduled for deportation, jeopardizing public safety in a demagogic attempt to scare us into not cutting spending. 'I'm appalled to learn the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun to release hundreds of illegal aliens from custody, the first of potentially thousands to soon be freed under the guise of federal budget cuts," said Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday in response to the release by Immigration and Customs Enforcement of hundreds of "low-risk" illegal aliens from detention. Well, so are we. We are appalled at...