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  • New UK reports back EU powers, enrage euroskeptics

    02/13/2014 4:23:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.02.14 @ 18:23 | Benjamin Fox
    EU policies ranging from the single market and trade, to culture and transport, are good for the UK, according to a series of government reports on the balance of power between London and Brussels. The findings are contained in eight reports published on Thursday (13 February), which form the second batch of the UKís ďBalance of CompetencesĒ review, comprising more than 30 separate studies by a range of government departments. [Ö] Euroskeptics are already unhappy the reports published so far have all offered qualified support for the way that Brussels is using its powers. ďThe whole review has been commandeered...
  • U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote (Tennessee)

    02/13/2014 4:12:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2014 | Bernie Woodall
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker's bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge...
  • Liberal Media Schizophrenic Over Wendy Davis's Virtual Flip-Flop on Abortion

    02/13/2014 4:03:10 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 13, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    The latest evidence that Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis can't stay true to her convictions or doesn't have any (take your pick) is her position modification on abortion. Steve Ertelt at Life News relays an underlying Dallas News item, telling his readers that "Davis said she would back a 20-week abortion ban as long as it had two exceptions, to kill disabled babies and a health exception rendering any ban meaningless." Point taken, Steven but the idea that Davis would support anything described as a 20-week ban is a significant change from the position which supposedly drove her to...
  • Christian Programming Is Being Blocked From Your TV Lineup

    02/13/2014 3:57:34 PM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies ^ | february 13, 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    DirecTV recently announced it will drop the Inspiration Network from its lineup, leaving its stable of profane and worldly channels untouched. Incredibly,†reports indicate†the provider also misrepresented the development by suggesting the network initiated the split. In reality, it appears the decision was wholly that of the provider. Perhaps the most baffling aspect of the decision lies in the fact that DirecTV did not gain anything Ė or save any money Ė by dropping the network. Unlike the majority of channels carried by the company, the Inspiration Network does not charge a license fee to providers. Many failing networks cost carriers...
  • Survey: U.S. press freedom plunges under Obama to 46th in world, after Romania

    02/13/2014 3:54:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/11/2014 | Meghan Drake
    The Obama administrationís handling of whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaks and the investigation of a string of leaks produced a plunge in the countryís rating on press freedoms and government openness, according to a global survey released Tuesday. The U.S. under President Obama, who once promised to run the ďmost transparentĒ administration in the countryís history, fell from 32nd to 46th in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, a drop of 13 slots. The index, compiled by the press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders, analyzes 180 countries on criteria such as official abuse, media independence and infrastructure...
  • 17 News Special Report: Crude by rail a game changer?

    02/13/2014 3:54:09 PM PST · by umgud · 4 replies
    You may not know it living in the oil fields of Kern County but half of California's crude comes from overseas. But two proposed projects plan to lessen the state's dependence on foreign sources possibly lowering gas prices statewide. Most of the oil that goes to our refineries comes through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and the Bay Area by ship. This foreign oil comes from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia and Ecuador. If these projects become operational, we'll still need some of that foreign oil but far less than before. If you sit and watch the trains through...
  • HuffPost Blogger Rips GOP For Opposing Debt Limit Hike;

    02/13/2014 3:42:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 13, 2014 | Paul Bremmer
    There was some huffing at the Huffington Post¬†on Wednesday¬†over House Republicans‚Äô reluctance to pass a clean debt limit increase. Contributing writer Mitchell Bard was glad that the increase was passed, but he was incensed that the vast majority of GOP congressmen (201 of 229) voted against it. He took out his frustrations in a post titled, ‚ÄúLesson From the House Debt Ceiling Vote: The GOP Is the Tea Party.‚ÄĚ Bard railed against those 201 Republicans: ‚ÄúVoting against the debt ceiling isn't ‚Äėconservative‚Äô; it's reckless, ideological, irresponsible and not something anyone charged with governing the nation should consider.‚ÄĚ Following that logic,...
  • Schumer Backs Tactic to Bring Immigration Overhaul to a Vote (Needs 12 GOP House Votes to Pass)

    02/13/2014 3:42:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/13/14 | ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    Senator Charles E. Schumer, one of the architects of broad immigration legislation that passed the Senate in June, on Thursday embraced the idea of using a procedural maneuver known as a discharge petition to circumvent the Republican majority in the House and bring sweeping immigration legislation to a vote before the end of the year. ¬ďThe idea that¬ís begun circulating, to do a discharge petition on immigration reform in the House, is a good one and I would urge House Democrats to take it up,¬Ē Mr. Schumer, Democrat of New York, said in an email statement. ¬ďIt¬ís clear a majority...
  • New head of Senate Energy Committee (exempt Landrieu) has environmentalists seeing red

    02/13/2014 3:40:09 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/12/14 | Steven Mufson
    **SNIP** Landrieu favors building the Keystone XL pipeline, protecting tax breaks or incentives for oil drilling, and placing limits on the power of federal agencies to set mercury or carbon dioxide guidelines for coal-fired power plants. Wyden takes the opposite position on all those issues. Landrieu supports giving oil companies the right to export crude oil as well as natural gas, while Wyden, who before becoming chairman introduced a bill to block natural gas exports, does not have a public position on crude oil exports. The Louisiana Democrat helps maintain the Democratsí majority in the Senate, but she is closer...
  • Democrats hint at petition drive to force immigration debate

    02/13/2014 3:25:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    House Democrats said Thursday theyíll soon launch an official petition drive to try to force Republicans to vote on Democratsí immigration bill ó but said even before that, theyíll try to force a vote on a minimum wage increase. Emerging from a day of meetings at their policy retreat in Maryland, Democratic leaders said the minimum wage will come first because itís the most central to their efforts to try to paint Republicans into a corner on income inequality. But, under fire from immigrant-rights advocates, Democrats said immigration will come soon after that. The petition drives, known as ďdischarge petitions,Ē...
  • Obamacare Court Ruling in Halbig a Major Blow to Opt-Out States

    02/13/2014 3:17:29 PM PST · by Ben Mugged · 29 replies
    Open Market ^ | January 15, 2014 | Sam Kazman
    The courtís ruling today in Halbig v. Sebelius delivers a major blow to the states that chose not to participate in the Obamacare insurance exchange program. It is also a blow to the small businesses, employees and individuals who live in those states as well. In upholding this IRS regulation that is contrary to the law enacted by Congress, this decision guts the choice made by a majority of the states to stay out of the exchange program. It imposes Obamacare penalties on employers and on many individuals in those states, penalties that Congress never authorized, putting their livelihoods and...
  • Congressional Probe of Cover Oregon

    02/13/2014 3:16:59 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 6 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 2/13/2014 | Nick Budnick
    Influential members of Congress have asked its investigative arm to probe the beleaguered Cover Oregon health insurance exchange, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., announced Thursday in Medford. Walden joined with Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-Penn), Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Penn), and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich) to sign a Feb. 12 letter requesting an investigation to Gene Dodaro, the U.S. Comptroller General who oversees the Government Accountability Office.
  • Wendy Davis accused of ďbetrayalĒ on abortion

    02/13/2014 3:05:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 13, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    The reaction to Wendy Davisí statement that she could support a ban on late-term abortion if there were more deference given to patients and physicians has caused angst in a Democratic base already upset over Davisí support of Open Carry laws. Amanda Marcotte at called it a betrayal (emphasis added): "Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis made her name and kick-started her campaign for governor by filibustering an anti-abortion omnibus bill, standing and talking for 11 hours straight in support of abortion rights. So it comes as a surprise ó and frankly, a betrayal ó to learn that Davis told...
  • The Mark Levin Show, Thursday, February 13th, 2014, 6-9pm EST.

    02/13/2014 2:59:50 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 51 replies
    The Mark levin Show ^ | 2/13/2014 | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Markís Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation ďConservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.Ē -- Mark Levin in "Liberty and Tyranny". Welcome to ďThe Levin Lounge -- Step in and have a virtual FRink. Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time -Ė and kicking the BUTTS of the competition -- itís Americaís Clean-Up Hitter! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on! You can all Markís show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Here's The One Sentence That Has Every Comcast And Time Warner Cable Employee Terrified

    02/13/2014 2:48:31 PM PST · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | FEbruary 14, 2014 | Staff
    Earlier today, Comcast Cable announced that it agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion mega-deal. What's in it for Comcast Cable shareholders? "This combination creates a company that delivers maximum value for our shareholders," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. How are they going to do that? The company explains in one sentence that probably has every Comcast and Time Warner Cable employee nervous. "The transaction will generate approximately $1.5 billion in operating efficiencies and will be accretive to Comcastís free cash flow per share while preserving balance sheet strength." "Operating efficiencies" usually means the closing and combining...
  • 2008 Obama: ĎI Intend to Reverseí Using Executive Orders

    02/13/2014 2:39:14 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    February 13, 2014 5:24 PM 2008 Obama: 'I Intend to Reverse' Using Executive Orders By Andrew Johnson Candidate Barack Obama might take issue serious issue with President Obamaís use of executive power. Citing his time as a constitutional-law professor lecturer, the then-senator emphasized the importance of the separation of powers while on the campaign trail. ďThe biggest problems weíre facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power in to the executive branch, and not go through Congress at all,Ē he told an Iowa audience. ďThatís what I intend to reverse when Iím...
  • AIG boosts dividend, to cut workforce by 3%

    02/13/2014 2:37:48 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 02/13/2014 | Leslie Scism
    American International Group Inc. boosted its common-stock dividend and share-repurchase target in the latest sign of the insurerís improved fortunes since a government bailout, as it swung to a fourth-quarter profit in the absence of major catastrophes. --snip-- In 2008, AIG was at the center of a crisis that nearly toppled the financial system with bad bets on the housing market and received one of the governmentís biggest bailout packages, since fully repaid. The company is roughly half the size it was before the crisis following a large number of divestitures, but remains one of the worldís largest property-and-casualty insurers,...
  • U.S. Senate Candidate Ken Cope Blasts Republican 'Capitulation' on Debt Vote (Cornyn Opponent)

    02/13/2014 2:33:56 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Ken Cope for US Senate/PR Web ^ | 2/13/14 | Kristine Tanzillo
    U.S. Senate candidate Ken Cope harshly criticized Republicans in Washington who made no attempt to gain concessions of any kind in connection with the latest debt ceiling increase. Ken Cope, candidate for U.S. Senate, today blasted the House and Senate Republicans who collaborated with Democrats in raising the U.S. debt ceiling without any conditions. Cope called that "capitulation" and emphasized that he opposes any further debt ceiling increases. "We are well past the point where the U.S. can afford to raise the debt limit," Cope said. "We need to reduce spending and eliminate the need to borrow more. That's what...
  • Ninth Circuit: The Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a gun in public

    02/13/2014 2:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Gabe Malor, whoís already found the tastiest chestnuts in the opinion. The novelty here isnít the ruling itself but the court issuing it. Itís the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the west coast and typically leans left thanks to liberal all-stars like Stephen Reinhardt. (He wasnít part of the panel that heard this one, thankfully.) With todayís ruling, the Ninth joins the Seventh in holding that the Second Amendment, just as it says, includes a right to ďbearĒ arms. States can regulate that right but they canít ban it altogether. Three other federal appellate courts have ruled the...
  • Cuomo aide (laser pointer guy) caught breaking gun law, quickly receives waiver

    02/13/2014 2:27:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/14 | Will Rahn
    Jerome Hauer, a top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appears to have regularly carried a firearm to work in violation of state law. Hauer runs New Yorkís Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Cuomo, an advocate of ultra-strict gun control laws, appointed him to the job in 2011. Hauerís 9-millimeter Glock first came to the attention of local newspapers when he used the gunís laser sighting attachment as a pointer during a meeting with a Swedish delegation. That event occurred last October at a State Police bunker, and was first reported by the Albany Times Union in...
  • Train Carrying Canadian Oil Derails, Leaks In Pennsylvania

    02/13/2014 2:26:42 PM PST · by thackney · 68 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | February 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Dilts & Robert Gibbons
    A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track and crashed into a nearby industrial building at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift. Nineteen of the derailed cars were carrying oil, four of which spilled between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of oil, Norfolk Southern said. The leaks have since been plugged. The two other...
  • Comcast Reportedly Set to Acquire Time Warner Cable in $45.2B Deal

    02/13/2014 2:23:46 PM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | February 13, 2014 | Staff
    Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, will buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, combining America's two biggest cable operators, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday. Under the deal expected to be announced Thursday morning, Time Warner Cable shareholders will receive $158.82 per share in stock for their shares, roughly $23 a share above where Time Warner has been trading, people familiar with the situation told the newspaper. The deal is expected to end a takeover battle for Time Warner by Charter Communications, the nation's fourth biggest cable operator, and its biggest shareholder, Liberty Media, The Journal...
  • Arizona bill calls for restrictions on public school, bathrooms, roads for illegal immigrants

    02/13/2014 2:15:37 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies ^ | 02/06/2014 | : Sara Goldenberg
    PHOENIX - A new state bill would make it against the law for an illegal immigrant to use public resources
  • As the Nation Freezes,

    02/13/2014 2:15:32 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Rush ^ | February 13, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Boy, think about all of the impact that this snow and cold weather has to be having out there. I mean, there are a lot of places that are not used to this. Some places are and it isnít any big deal. If they get 15 inches of snow in New York, big whoop. They get inclement whether like this in a lot of places, and despite the media, people are used to it. But there are places that are getting weather that do not get it regularly and, as such, may not be prepared for it....
  • Hold the IRS Accountable (Ted Cruz ad comparing Obama to Nixon)

    02/13/2014 2:12:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/13/14 | Ted Cruz
    Video at link
  • ObamaCare Enrollment Slows To Crawl, State Data Show (minnesota,nevada,washington)

    02/13/2014 2:04:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 5 replies ^ | 2-10-14 | JED GRAHAM
    Minnesota's exchange enrollment goal of 67,000 seemed within reach on Jan. 4, when signups stood at 25,860. But after surging by more than 4,000 per week in the prior five weeks, signups collapsed back to November's pace of less than 700 per week. As of Feb. 1, Nevada had just 14,999 paid enrollees ó vs. the state's March 31 goal of 115,000. Washington state, meanwhile, was slightly more than halfway to its goal of 340,000 signups ó but only 88,071 had paid as of Feb. 1. The January data available from a handful of states raise new doubts about whether...
  • David Limbaugh: Americans, Where Have You Gone?

    02/13/2014 2:02:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 14, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Recently, I saw a Photoshopped depiction of Charles Manson next to an unborn baby, and the caption suggested that liberals are more interested in protecting Manson than they are the baby. It got me to thinking. Yes, it got me to thinking about the absurd positions modern liberals hold, which wouldn't be nearly so disturbing but for the fact that I'm not talking about fringe liberals. I'm talking about mainstream liberals, who control the Democratic Party, the old media, the executive branch of the federal government, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court half the time, the mammoth federal bureaucracy,...
  • The Wealthy are more worried about being seen as wealthy

    02/13/2014 2:02:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/13/2014 | By: Robert Frank
    Is success being vilified in America? The successful seem to think so. A new poll from American Express Publishing and Harrison Group finds that 1 percenters no longer like to be seen as such. One-third of members of the group said they "like it when others recognize me as wealthy." Though that number (taken in the fourth quarter of 2013) may sound high, it's down from 40 percent a year earlier. And it's far below the 53 percent who agreed with the statement in 2010.
  • Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

    02/13/2014 1:58:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/13/2014 | Ian Sample
    US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors. The scientists generated more energy from fusion reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial step along the road to harnessing fusion power. The ultimate goal Ė to produce more energy than the whole experiment consumes Ė remains a long way off, but the feat has nonetheless raised hopes that after decades of setbacks, firm progress is finally being made. Fusion energy has the...
  • Venezuela anti-government rally turns deadly

    02/13/2014 1:56:15 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 14 replies
    Across town, Maduro told his supporters that he would not back down in the face of what he said was a conspiracy by opponents to provoke violence and destabilise his government. "A Nazi-fascist faction has emerged that wants to take Venezuela down the path of violence," the 51-year-old former bus driver said. "What we're going to have is peace and prosperity." Protests also took place on Wednesday in other cities, including Merida and San Cristobal, where students have clashed with police in recent days. Merida's Mayor Carlos Garcia told the AP news agency that three people were injured by gunfire...
  • Obama Shows Us How to Give Away Other People's Money and Soak in the Love

    02/13/2014 1:52:09 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Rush ^ | February 13, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Yesterday at the end of the program -- the last half hour of the program -- I was watching TV. Obama did his White House ceremony raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. It just hit me. There he is giving away some more of other people's money, and it immediately hit me: How popular could I be if I could do that? How popular could I be and how unbeatable could I be if I were able to give away other people's money to anybody I wanted to, and if I focused on the downtrodden and...
  • Obama's Lawlessness? Nobody Cares

    02/13/2014 1:48:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush ^ | February 13, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's move to audio sound bite number 12. This is last night, the Fox News Channel on the Kelly File. That's Megyn Kelly's show. She's talking to the senior political columnist for the National Journal, Ron Fournier, about Obamacare. She said, "They say, 3.3 million Americans have enrolled now in the state exchange and the federal exchange. That is not true. We don't know how many have enrolled," and that is true, by the way. They don't know, folks. There's no data. Nobody knows. Health and Human Services announced yesterday the cumulative total of 3.3 million people...
  • Climatologist:Strong Winds Cause Dip In Global Warming Temperatures (Barf!)

    02/13/2014 1:46:44 PM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    The Energy Colllective ^ | FEbruary 12, 2014 | Joseph Romm
    Title:Climatologist: When Souped-Up Ocean Warming Ends, Global Temperatures Look Set To Rise Rapidly Chart of temperature since 1950, also showing the phase of the El NiŮo-La NiŮa cycle. Via NASA. The last decade was the hottest on record, and 2010 was the warmest year on record, continuing the long-term trend driven by human emissions (see above graph). Still, in the past ten years, surface temperatures didnít appear to warm as fast as many had expected ó although the oceans kept warming rapidly, and Arctic sea ice melted faster than expected, as did the great ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica...
  • Arab voice of Donald Duck fired by Disney for anti-Israel tweets

    02/13/2014 1:42:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    An Egyptian radio host who calls himself the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East was fired after sending anti-Israel tweets. Wael Mansour tweeted the news of his firing on Feb. 6, six months after his tweet against Israel. ďDisney decided I am no longer the official voice of DonaldDuck in itís middle-east dubbed cartoons because of an anti Zionism tweet. Proud!Ē he tweeted. Here is the tweet that lead Disney to end my role as Donald Ducks official voice in Arabic dubbed cartoons in the ME ó Wael Mansour (@Wa2elMansour) February 6, 2014 He then retweeted...
  • Worldís largest solar plant is open, but its mirrors scorch birds (Cal--f Mohve Desert )

    02/13/2014 1:33:00 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 84 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | February 13, 2014, 4:15 PM | By Claudia Assis
    The worldís largest solar plant is officially online in the Mojave desert ó and it is causing some dismay.Thatís because the technology the $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station uses could be a threat to wildlife ó it generates heat so intense thereís growing evidence it is scorching birds, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • Viguerie, Martin and Levin: The 'Boehner Must Go Caucus' Growing

    02/13/2014 1:27:06 PM PST · by xzins · 13 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 2/13/14 | CHQ Staff
    Fire Boehner CHQís Chairman Richard A. Viguerie said it the day after the disastrous 2012 election. Jenny Beth Martin, President and Co-Founder of the Tea Party Patriots is saying it. Now, bestselling author and talk radio powerhouse Mark Levin is saying what grassroots limited government constitutional conservatives have been thinking for a long time: John Boehner must go as Speaker of the House. Tea Party Patriots launched a ďfire BoehnerĒ effort and blasted him after he and the House GOP leadership released their "immigration principles" for amnesty legislation, and the debt ceiling vote only added fuel to the fire. ďA...
  • 2014 Will Be Bigger Wave Than 2010

    02/13/2014 1:24:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Rush ^ | February 13, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to reiterate something I said yesterday. I really do believe that the Democrats know to a certain extent what's gonna hit them in November. You know, Henry Waxman retiring, a number of other Democrats announcing retirement? George Miller? Gee, those two guys alone quitting is one of the biggest telegraphed messages of where the Democrats think they are. Those guys don't have anything else to do. Being in politics and running other people's business and lives is their life. Henry Waxman telling everybody what they can and can't do is his adrenaline. He doesn't play...
  • 'I lived my way so I'm going to die my way': OJ Simpson 'goes on hunger strike in prison'

    02/13/2014 1:16:31 PM PST · by Bubba_Leroy · 81 replies
    Mail Online ^ | February 13, 2014 | Staff
    OJ Simpson has gone on hunger strike in prison, saying, 'I used to live my way, and now I'm going to die my way,' sources have claimed. The jailed former football star, who is serving out a kidnapping, assault and robbery sentence in a Nevada prison, is reportedly so depressed that he wants to 'just sit down in a corner and die'. Sources spoke to the National Enquirer about Simpson's hunger strike and worsening health. His attorneys have yet to respond to a request for comment. The source claimed that Simpson, 66, who is eligible for parole in 2017 after...
  • Belgium's parliament votes through child euthanasia

    02/13/2014 1:07:21 PM PST · by Cronos · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 Feb 2014 | BBC
    Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions....Opponents argue children cannot make such a difficult decision. It is twelve years since Belgium legalised euthanasia for adults. In the Netherlands, Belgium's northern neighbour, euthanasia is legal for children over the age of 12, if there is parental consent.Under the Dutch conditions, a patient's request for euthanasia can be fulfilled by a doctor if the request is "voluntary and well-considered" and the patient is suffering unbearably, with no prospect of improvement. One man in the...
  • This Anti-Federalist paper about presidential power from 1787 will give you goosebumps

    02/13/2014 1:06:17 PM PST · by drypowder · 45 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In light of President Obamaís ďIíve got a pen, and Iíve got a phoneĒ comments followed by calls for direct executive action in his State of the Union, Senator Rand Paulís 4th Amendment suit being filed against the President over NSA surveillance, the recent controversy over perceived pay-to-play appointments of U.S. ambassadors and the Presidentís joke about being able to do whatever he wants to French President Francois Hollande at Monticello, we found the below excerpt particularly striking. It comes from Catoís Letter IV of the ďAnti-Federalist Papers,Ē dated November 8, 1787. All emphasis is courtesy of ďCatoĒ (likely George...
  • Retirement sets off leadership shuffle on House resources panel

    02/13/2014 1:05:11 PM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 13, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Republican Doc Hastings on Thursday announced he would not seek reelection after two decades in the House of Representatives, sparking big questions about who might succeed him as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. The panel has jurisdiction over weighty oil and gas development issues, including the Interior Departmentís management of drilling on public lands. Hastings, R-Wash., has led the committee for three years, driving panel investigations into Interior Department regulations and the offshore drilling moratorium imposed after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Under his watch, the panel has approved legislation to expand offshore drilling, streamline the...
  • Cruz (Lee) bill stops Obama from 'forcing' gay marriage onto states

    02/13/2014 1:01:53 PM PST · by xzins · 54 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2014 | Ramsey Cox
    Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bill Thursday to ensure states donít have to adhere to the federal definition of ďmarriageĒ and ďspouse.Ē S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, would require that the federal government give the same deference to the 33 states that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman as it does to the 17 states that recognize same-sex unions. ďUnder President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage, and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its...
  • Map Shows Dozens of U.S. Military Ships Stationed In North Africa Waters During Benghazi Attack

    02/13/2014 12:44:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 107 replies ^ | February 12, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Government watchdog Judicial Watch has released an unclassified map showing the military fleet positions the night of the 9/11 Benghazi terror attack. The map shows dozens of military ships, including two aircraft carriers and 13 destroyers, were stationed in the North Africa Area of Responsibility when radical Islamic militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Diplomatic Security agent David Ubben, a survivor of the attack, waited severely wounded on a roof with Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty for 20 hours before help arrived. Woods and Doherty were killed during the...
  • Federal Court Says ĎGood Causeí Requirement for Conceal-Carry Permits Violates the Second Amendment

    02/13/2014 12:43:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 83 replies
    Reason ^ | Feb. 13, 2014 | Damon Root
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit handed gun rights advocates a major victory today by invalidating San Diego, Californiaís requirement that conceal-carry permits only be issued to those gun owners who have a ďgood causeĒ to carry a concealed gun in public. According to local officials, ďoneís personal safety is not considered good cause.Ē In his opinion for a divided three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit, Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain rejected the local governmentís approach as an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment. ďIn California,Ē the ruling observes, ďthe only way that the typical responsible, law-abiding citizen...
  • Weekly Post of Republican Senators' Conservative Ratings

    02/13/2014 12:42:47 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    Still waiting for ACU and Club for Growth to update their numbers to reflect 2013. As usual, senators up for reelection on top, primary dates included.
  • The Strategic Decision - Su-22 Will Remain In Service (Poland)

    02/13/2014 12:42:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    During to the visit in the 21st Tactical Air Base in Swidwin, Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak announced that the aircraft Su 22 will remain in the service. Earlier there were plans to withdrawn these machines. In Swidwin there are two tactical aviation squadrons equipped with a total of 32 Su-22M4K attack aircrafts and Su-22UM3K two-seat operational conversion trainers. All delivered even in the eighties of the last century, have never been upgraded, despite such plans in the 90's. For several years the Polish factory supporting the service of Su-22 (called Military Aviation Plant No. 2 in Bydgoszcz) also ceased to...
  • Senate clerks didnít announce names during debt-ceiling vote ..Republicans could secretly switch

    02/13/2014 12:41:39 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13,2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Miffed that they have long been asked to take tough votes when the GOP leaders voted Ďno,í Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski, privately pressured McConnell and Cornyn to vote to break the filibuster, sources said. Murkowski resisted voting for the measure without the support of her leadership teamÖ A grim-faced McConnell stood next to the white-haired Cornyn, who quietly discussed a way forward with Murkowski, Collins, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and a handful of other senators. Tension filled the room as the vote was kept open for more than an hour. The clerks were informed not to...
  • Race-obsessed WashPost Sports Columnist: Winter Games 'Whiter Than Downton Abbey'

    02/13/2014 12:36:17 PM PST · by chessplayer · 86 replies
    But for liberal sportswriters like the Washington Post's Mike Wise, well, all they can see is skin tone, and they won't let the games pass without moaning about it. Beating the daylights of his hobby horse, Wise began his Feb. 13 column -- mercifully buried on page D7 -- by highlighting perhaps the best-known African-American athlete in Sochi, speedskater Shani Davis and by making lame cracks about the whiteness of the Games: SOCHI, Russia ó COLUMN | Donít listen to your friends back home saying the Winter Olympics are just for white people who like the cold and vacation in...
  • French Ďsubsidise Royal Navyís new carriersí

    02/13/2014 12:35:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The News, UK ^ | 13/02/2014
    FRENCH taxpayers have subsidised the Royal Navyís new aircraft carriers, it was claimed today. It is estimated the French have paid out between Ä100m (£82m) to more than Ä200m as a subsidy for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, The I reports. The newspaper says it comes after former prime minister Tony Blair and then-President Jacques Chirac signed a defence co-operation agreement in 2006. The French public spending watchdog spotted the loss in the details of the 2013 French defence estimates. Cour des Comptes says the deal led to Ďa French contribution pure and simple to the financing...
  • Saab Hopes Gripen Deal Will Secure More Aircraft Orders

    02/13/2014 12:30:00 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 13, 2014 | Gustav Sandstrom
    Fighter-Jet Maker's Net Fell on Weaker Sales and Margins STOCKHOLMóSwedish defense group Saab SAAB-B.SK -1.02% AB hopes that a recent Brazilian order for its Gripen fighter-jet will help it win more deals from other countries, even as the company's fourth-quarter earnings fell amid tough market conditions, its chief executive said on Thursday. "Brazil's choice of Gripen has received attention across the globe," Hakan Buskhe said in an interview. "This gives an extra boost to a number of other discussions that we are involved in." Brazil in December placed an order worth an estimated $4.5 billion for 36 Gripen jets to...