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  • North Dakota Senate approves bill to lower oil extraction tax

    02/28/2013 6:41:07 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | February 28, 2013 | Mike Nowatzki
    As lawmakers debate whether North Dakota’s oil taxes need tweaking, a recent study suggests the state sits in the middle of major oil-producing states when it comes to oil taxation. The Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would reduce the state’s oil extraction tax rate from 6.5 to 4.5 percent, despite strong objections from Democrats who argue the tax cut is unnecessary. The lower rate approved in Senate Bill 2336 would take effect for new oil wells drilled starting in 2017, or if the average statewide daily production exceeds 1 million barrels per day for three consecutive months,...
  • Gov. Cuomo says Hollywood exempt from strict New York gun control law

    02/28/2013 6:33:07 AM PST · by cyn · 38 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | AP
    New York sought to combat violence by rushing the nation's toughest gun control measure into law after the Connecticut school shootings that killed 26 people, but the state is now carving out an exemption to make sure movie and TV producers can stage running gun battles on Manhattan streets. ... Hollywood is also a major campaign fundraising stop for New York politicians. ... He said movies and TV may use fake guns that wouldn't be subject to the new law but the industry wants "certainty." The revised law would allow them to use real weapons without real ammunition. "There's no...
  • What Rush Limbaugh Didn't Say

    02/28/2013 6:30:29 AM PST · by Lakeshark · 22 replies
    The Irish Examiner ^ | 2/26/13 | Alicia Colon
    Rush Limbaugh said that for the first time he was ashamed of his country and his words made the top Drudge headline and generated a ton of comments from talking heads in Washington. 'Ashamed' isn't the word I'd use but I share Limbaugh's frustration with the endless lies told by members of both parties so that nothing ever changes but I believe he's being disingenuous. We've never been fooled by the lies the politicians throw at us. Rush is just too polite to say is that he's confounded by the stupidity of the American people who do fall for them....
  • Under Fire: Gov McDonnell Uses Reagan To Defend His Transportation Tax Bill (RINO reeling)

    02/28/2013 6:29:02 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 27, 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    This morning on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL-FM in Washington DC, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) used the memory of Ronald Reagan to give himself cover for a tax increase he helped engineer. Once considered a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, McDonnell has found himself under increasing scrutiny from allies on the right for a tax-laden transportation bill that was approved by Virginia's legislature this weekend, despite opposition from many Republicans, including the presumptive GOP nominee to succeed McDonnell, tea-party favorite Ken Cuccinelli.
  • Pizza shop offers 15 percent off for gun owners

    02/28/2013 6:28:31 AM PST · by expat1000 · 3 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | John Roberts
    A pizza shop owner had a strong desire to show his support for the first amendment even if it means losing out on profit. A Virginia Beach, Virginia, pizza shop owner, is showing support for the rights to carry firearms by giving gun owners a discount of 15 percent on their order. Jay Laze, who is the owner of All Around Pizzas and Deli, has received media attention for his novel idea. In order to get the discount, customers have to either bring their weapon or they can present their permit to carry concealed weapons at the time of purchase.

    02/28/2013 6:26:50 AM PST · by shortstop · 6 replies ^ | 02/28/13 | Bob Lonsberry
    Thousands of gun owners will crowd the grounds of the New York state Capitol today, most of them participating in the first public demonstration of their lives. They will be protesting the Cuomo gun ban, a dramatic rollback of gun-owner rights foisted on the people of New York by an aspiring governor and a servile legislature. There will be speeches and signs and a seething anger. And an unspoken criminal conspiracy. On the grounds of the state Capitol, in a crowd dominated by middle-class and middle-aged white men, a disproportionately high percentage of whom are military veterans, thousands will be...
  • WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat (audio at link)

    02/28/2013 6:25:09 AM PST · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 73 replies
    630 WMAL, Washington, DC ^ | 2/28/13 | WMAL Staff
    WASHINGTON -- Bob Woodward isn't the only person who's received threats for airing the Obama administration's dirty laundry. It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days - even former senior members of the Clinton administration. A day after Woodward's claim that a senior White House official had told him he would "regret" writing a column criticizing President Obama's stance on the sequester, Lanny Davis, a longtime close advisor to President Bill Clinton, told WMAL's Mornings on the Mall Thursday he had received similar threats for newspaper columns he had written about Obama in the Washington...
  • Mika Mocks Woodward Over White House Threat: 'Is He Really Afraid Of A Little Aide?'

    02/28/2013 6:25:01 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Using her most sarcastic scared-little-child voice, Mika Brzezinski has mocked Bob Woodward for saying the White House threatened him over his reporting on the sequester. On today's Morning Joe, Mika said "is he really afraid of a little aide who said that to him? Really?" View the video here.
  • Extended Claims Jump 8.5% As Initial Claims Continue Sideways Crawl

    02/28/2013 6:14:14 AM PST · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    Initial claims beat expectations but remain in a narrow 'flat' range for the last year. Non-seasonally-adjusted claims dropped notably to their lowest in 5 months. Since January we have seen multiple estimated states and a lot of choppy noise in the initial claims data. Almost perfectly offsetting this choppiness in the main headline data is the swings in Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which rose 8.5% or 187k this week. One thing is for sure, the last two months have seen an unprecedented amount of noise in the claims data that we can only put down to seasonally-affected-disorder (or statistical...
  • U.S. Economy Expands at Weakest Pace Since 2011

    02/28/2013 6:12:55 AM PST · by mykroar · 4 replies ^ | 2/28/2013 | Reuters
    The U.S. economy barely grew in the fourth quarter although a slightly better performance in exports and fewer imports led the government to scratch an earlier estimate that showed an economic contraction. Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.1 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, missing the 0.5 percent gain forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll. The growth rate was the slowest since the first quarter of 2011 and far from what is needed to fuel a faster drop in the unemployment rate. However, much of the weakness came from a slowdown in inventory accumulation and...
  • Grand Old Parity

    02/28/2013 6:12:33 AM PST · by ksen · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2/26/13 | Sheila Bair
    I am a capitalist and a lifelong Republican. I believe that, in a meritocracy, some level of income inequality is both inevitable and desirable, as encouragement to those who contribute most to our economic prosperity. But I fear that government actions, not merit, have fueled these extremes in income distribution through taxpayer bailouts, central-bank-engineered financial asset bubbles and unjustified tax breaks that favor the rich. This is not a situation that any freethinking Republican should accept. Skewing income toward the upper, upper class hurts our economy because the rich tend to sit on their money — unlike lower- and middle-income...
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected

    02/28/2013 6:08:49 AM PST · by mykroar · 24 replies ^ | 2/28/2013 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting some traction in the labor market recovery. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 22,000 to a seasonally adjusted 344,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was revised to show 4,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had expected first-time applications to fall to 360,000. Claims have seen large swings in recent months because of difficulties smoothing the data for seasonal fluctuations, making it hard to get a clear pulse of the labor market's...
  • Discord and Disarray Won't Help Obama Legacy

    02/28/2013 6:07:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Barack Obama is said to believe that he can win the political fight over the sequester. That's certainly the conventional wisdom. And there is some evidence to support it. When you ask voters who will be to blame if the sequester occurs, Obama or "congressional Republicans," they're much more likely to say they'll blame the latter. Obama also comes out on top when you ask whether they will blame "Obama and congressional Democrats" or "congressional Republicans." There's reason to wonder, however, whether reaction after something happens will be the same as what people predict before it does. Voters are not...

    02/28/2013 6:07:00 AM PST · by pawpawrick · 1 replies
    youtube ^ | 2/28/2013 | pawpawrick
    Jim Sacia,state rep. from Pecatonica,Il. lets Chicago democrats have it over dictating how the rest of the state must comform to the Chicago 'warm and fuzzies'. You'll love his castration analogy.
  • U.S. to give $60M in additional aid to Syria opposition

    02/28/2013 6:05:04 AM PST · by opentalk · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jill Dougherty
    The United States will provide an additional $60 million in assistance to the Syrian opposition over the coming months, Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday. ... This $60 million is in addition to the $50 million in nonlethal support the United States is providing to the opposition coalition. Additionally, CNN reported Wednesday, the Obama administration is considering providing more nonlethal military equipment
  • A 1-Percenter for Tax Hike

    02/28/2013 6:00:51 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2-27-13 | Anna Winham
    This is a ridiculous situation, only I'm not laughing. Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, which help the most economically disadvantaged Americans, instead of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans, who haven't experienced substantial tax increases since Word War II? We need to be expanding social programs, not cutting them, which means raising taxes on the wealthiest. We have enough resources to ensure everyone's basic human rights to food, shelter, education, and health care; we just have a drastically uneven distribution of resources.
  • White House denies staffer threatened Watergate journalist Woodward

    02/28/2013 5:57:19 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 55 replies
    The White House is denying reports an adviser threatened famed Watergate journalist Bob Woodward after the Washington Post reporter challenged President Obama's version of events on the looming sequester. Woodward claimed Wednesday night that a White House aide sent him an email saying he would "regret" his comments. The aide was not identified, but an official familiar with the exchange told Fox News it was National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling. That was after Woodward wrote a column this past weekend claiming Obama was trying to re-write history -- regarding not only whose idea the sequester was, but also how...
  • MASSIVE TURNOUT at Hudson Council Meeting After Lib Alderman Slams “Psychotard” Gun Owners

    02/28/2013 5:52:20 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 34 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 28, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    When Hudson Alderman David Marstan responded with a torrent of foul and abusive language to an email from NYS Organizer for Guns Across America Joanna Johnson-Smith urging him to reject the city’s proposed gun ban on city property, including for permit-holders, it’s unlikely he anticipated the backlash headed his way.
  • Fiscal Cliff Didn’t Hold Back Business Spending

    02/28/2013 5:49:08 AM PST · by ksen · 3 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/30/13 | Neil Shah
    Corporate executives warned Washington late last year they were delaying investment plans amid rising uncertainty over the fiscal cliff, raising risks for the economy. Turns out they did nothing of the sort. In its first analysis of U.S. gross domestic product in the fourth quarter of 2012, out today, the government said the economy surprisingly shrank at an annualized rate of 0.1% between October and December, partly due to a massive one-time drop in defense spending. However, details reveal a bright spot: Business investment in equipment and software — seen as a proxy for corporate spending — soared 12.4% in...
  • The Big O Goes for the Big Zero Again

    02/28/2013 5:48:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | John Ransom
    As the president resumes his “It’s-not-my-fault” presidency-cum-campaign, I’d like to point out to everyone that it’s been 1,401 days since the Democrat-Controlled Senate passed a budget. I say this because when the Mayan financial calendar runs out on the country this Friday, we’ll be awash in illegal immigrants, downed airliners, out-of-work teachers, Russian missile strikes, Chinese hackers and Aryan Nation terrorists.And, oh, come on now: We all know that the only real terrorists the White House is worried about are the white supremacists at places like the Family Research Council.There’s nothing so dangerous to America today as an organization that...
  • Sequester Cuts Are Here To Stay

    02/28/2013 5:46:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 4 replies ^ | February 28, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    The sequester is here to stay — at least for a while. Lawmakers and aides say they do not expect Congress to turn off budget sequestration before April and that negotiations to freeze the automatic spending cuts could drag into May or beyond.
  • Dale Robertson leaves legacy of classic Western TV shows

    02/28/2013 5:41:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | Feb 28, 2013 | Ken Miller
    Dale Robertson leaves legacy of classic Western TV shows Ken Miller, Associated Press / February 28, 2013 Dale Robertson started in the movies, including such roles as Jesse James in "Fighting Man of the Plains. Dale Robertson moved into television, starring in series such as "Tales of Wells Fargo" (1957-62), "Iron Horse" (1966) and "Death Valley Days" (1968-70). Robertson died Tuesday. By Ken Miller, Associated Press / February 28, 2013 Actor Dale Robertson in 1964. Robterson became a star of television and movie Westerns during the genre's heyday, died Feb. 26, 2013. Robertson's niece, Nancy Robertson, said her uncle died...
  • TX:Truck burglar awakens sleeping driver, then dodges bullets

    02/28/2013 5:34:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ( — 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
  • 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 - - 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 ^ | 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:
  • Actor Dale Robertson Dies in California Hospital

    02/28/2013 2:58:59 AM PST · by John W · 24 replies ^ | 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: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http (Ashland, OH) :// 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
    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?

    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
    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 is a solid...