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  • Charlie Sheen: L.A. Mayor 'Liar,' We Drank, Partied For Hours

    01/08/2013 1:18:24 PM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/8/13 | breitbart.com
    TMZ: Charlie Sheen is calling out L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ... claiming he was flat-out LYING when he said he spent ONLY 3 minutes with the actor in Cabo -- Charlie says the Mayor hung with him for hours, chatting it up and drinking with a bunch of hot chicks. Mayor Villaraigosa told NBC 4 L.A. ... his encounter with Charlie was no big deal, saying, "I had a three-minute conversation and took a picture with him, that simple.... I take a picture virtually every single day, 50 times." But Charlie says the Mayor is shoveling BS. Charlie tells TMZ...
  • You can forgive NHL for lockout, but never forget what happened here (What We Learned)

    01/08/2013 1:16:44 PM PST · by shove_it · 67 replies
    Yahoo/PuckDaddy ^ | 7 Jan 2013 | Ryan Lambert
    Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. You know when a player who really loves his team and city gets traded, and he gives an emotional speech about how sometimes you forget hockey is a business, and that sometimes makes it unpleasant? Let this lockout be a lesson that the same goes for fans. During that 113-day ordeal, you were repeatedly condescended to, taken advantage of,...
  • 'Whale Wars' star sued for $5 million by Ady Gil ship owner, report says

    01/08/2013 1:08:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Fox News/TMZ ^ | January 8, 2013
    “Whale Wars” seems to be sinking into a legal battle. According to TMZ, a new lawsuit claims Paul Watson, star of the Animal Planet series, lied about the fate of his ship, telling media that it sank after a run in with Japanese whalers. The ship’s owner Ady Gil alleges Watson actually ordered for the ship to be sunk in order to create publicity. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in a Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that while the ship—also named Ady Gil--- was indeed struck by a Japanese whaling boat, the damage could have been repaired, however Watson sabotaged the...
  • GOP Voters Hate Senate 'Cliff' Deal(Yes, and we will hate those who voted it into law as well)

    01/08/2013 12:40:22 PM PST · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    brietbart ^ | 1/8/13 | m flynn
    On Friday, Gallup released a poll gauging Americans' views of the Senate deal passed last week to avert the "fiscal cliff." Overall, Americans are mixed on the deal, with 45% disapproving and 43% approving. Among Republican voters, though, the verdict is overwhelmingly negative. 65% of Republican voters disapprove of the plan, against just 27% who support it. It's the opening salvo in the 2014 primaries. The Senate deal, negotiated by GOP Leader McConnell and VP Biden, gave the government $620 Billion in new tax revenue and delayed, for two months, the automatic spending cuts enacted with the debt ceiling increase...
  • St. Louis County police warn of new drug in area: 'N-Bomb'

    01/08/2013 12:37:07 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 185 replies
    stltoday.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | JOEL CURRIER
    Police here are warning of a new hallucinogenic drug authorities say has begun circulating the St. Louis area. St. Louis County police say the synthetic drug known as "N-Bomb" has been linked to deaths in other parts of the country including California, Louisiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and Virginia. The drug, sometimes also called "Smiles" is known as N-Bomb for its chemical compositions, 2C-1-NBOMe or 251NBOMe, and can be extremely potent and dangerous, police say. Police say the liquid drug is often called "legal acid" and is derived from mescaline. Users typically take the drug by ingesting blotter paper soaked with...
  • Illegal immigrant driver's licenses bill sent to governor

    01/08/2013 12:25:48 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 8, 2013 | Ray Long and Rafael GuerreroClout Street
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a measure to allow illegal immigrants to get temporary driver's licenses, sending it to a supportive Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The 65-46 vote came after a lengthy debate in which backers and foes laid out their cases. Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, cited numerous concerns about public safety. Opponents questioned why fingerprinting isn't part of the legislation. Republican Rep. Randy Ramey of DuPage County said too many issues are left unanswered.
  • Terrorists Sue for University Studies

    01/08/2013 12:19:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/13
    Three terrorists imprisoned in Israel filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Tuesday over a Prison Services decision to stop providing them the opportunity to earn an academic degree while in jail. Previously terrorists were allowed to take university courses in prison, a benefit that was taken away last year as part of an effort to pressure Hamas to agree to a deal to release Gilad Shalit. Terrorists say their conditions should be identical to those of non-terrorist prisoners, who are allowed to pursue university studies...
  • Oil industry to Obama: Energy production, not taxes, will cure economy

    01/08/2013 12:11:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    To create jobs, jump-start the U.S. economy and drive more money into the nation’s treasury, President Obama should forgo tax increases in his second term and instead embrace much more domestic energy production, an oil and gas industry leader said Tuesday. “Energy access, not taxes, is the key to unlocking new revenues for our government,” said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, in his annual “State of American Energy” address. His speech focused heavily on recent projections that, with the right policies in place, the U.S. is poised to become the world’s leader in oil and natural gas...
  • Republicans should start acting like Obama

    01/08/2013 11:58:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/08/2013 | Marc Thiessen
    <p>Really. Give the president his due: he fights for what he believes in.</p> <p>In his first year in office, Obama faced a popular backlash against his stimulus spending bill and saw a Republican elected to Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in a referendum on Obamacare. Yet despite these and other setbacks, the president declared he had no intention of moderating his approach. “The one thing I’m really clear about is that I’d rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president,” Obama said in a January 2010 interview.</p>
  • Lindsey Graham looking for delay on Brennan confirmation until we get some answers on Benghazi

    01/08/2013 11:54:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    <p>Both of President Obama’s picks for his new national security team are in for some rocky confirmation battles that will certainly take up plenty of the media’s attention, and at least one senator is determined to use the occasion to vocally pressure the White House for some answers. No doubt that President Obama and his advisers would really just rather that we all forget about this whole ‘terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya on the anniversary of 9/11′ business and move on to a new year and a second term, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has not forgotten that we are still lacking even semi-complete answers on not only the security failings that lead to the deaths of four Americans, but also the manner in which the administration willfully mislead the public on the nature of the attack for some time after — and that they have been “stonewalling” about the entire affair ever since.</p>
  • 2012 hottest year on record in continental U.S., NOAA says

    01/08/2013 11:52:17 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 34 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Juliet Eilperin
    Last year was the hottest on record for the continental United States, shattering the previous mark set in 1998 by a wide margin, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday.
  • Boom: Energy cash influx leads to a state budget surplus in Texas

    01/08/2013 11:51:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/08/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    <p>Legislators in Texas, the biggest energy producer among U.S. states, will begin deliberating its next two-year budget with a surplus forecast today to match an $8.8 billion record set in 2007.</p> <p>As the taxable value of oil produced in Texas surged to $39.1 billion in 2011 from $18.4 billion in 2009, the state led the nation in employment gains, adding about 700,000 jobs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The state unemployment rate has tumbled to a four-year low of 6.2 percent. Oil and natural-gas drilling rigs more than doubled by mid-2012 compared with two years earlier, and the industry’s workforce climbed 9.2 percent, Combs said.</p>
  • Zombie Nation

    01/08/2013 11:47:44 AM PST · by blam · 12 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-7-2013 | Bill Bonner
    Zombie Nation Bill Bonner 01/07/13 Creating and sustaining a nation of zombies is expensive. Large sections of the US population have been turned into zombies. Retirees. Medicare dependents. Food stamp recipients. Disabled people. They are not necessarily bad people. They are not necessarily dishonest or lazy. But rather than add to wealth, they consume it. And when you have too many of them, your society consumes more wealth than it produces and you are on the road to The Downside. But the feds are not only creating individual zombies, they are also creating corporate zombies. An obvious example: “green” energy....
  • The Path To $20,000 Gold

    01/08/2013 11:35:31 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies
    The Daily Reckoning ^ | 1-8-2013 | Dan Amoss
    The Path To $20,000 Gold Dan Amoss 01/08/13 The global monetary system rests on a fragile foundation of trust. Thanks to the actions of central banks, pressure on the system will keep growing. Paper U.S. dollars sit at the heart of the global monetary system. Dollars are liabilities of the Federal Reserve. Just as houses are collateral for mortgages, Treasuries and mortgage bonds are collateral for U.S. dollars. A central bank’s balance sheet is essentially a self-reinforcing feedback loop: Government bonds are the collateral for dollar liabilities, and bonds are streams of future dollar payments. So the dollar is backed...
  • Mussolini Cult Alive and Well in Italy

    01/08/2013 11:31:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 01/08/2013 | Hans-Jürgen Schlamp
    Every year, thousands of people in Italy hang a fresh calendar of images depicting Benito Mussolini on their wall, just one of many indications that the cult of “Il Duce” is alive and well in the country. Many still consider the fascist dictator to have been an honorable man, and it is a weakness that politicians such as Silvio Berlusconi have been able to exploit. … The full extent of the Mussolini cult—a phenomenon many foreigners find difficult to understand—can be seen in Predappio, a small town in the Emilia-Romagna region with barely 7,000 inhabitants. As a tourist destination, Predappio...
  • Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal says military-style guns don't belong on the streets of America

    01/08/2013 11:27:35 AM PST · by PilotDave · 125 replies
    nydailynews ^ | January 8, 2013 | Kristen A. Lee
    Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal called for “serious” gun control measures on Tuesday, saying the weapons used by his troops in Afghanistan don’t belong on the streets of America. McChrystal said the M4 Carbine he often carried in the military held a .223 caliber round capable of doing “devastating” damage to a human body. “It’s designed to do that, and that’s what our soldiers ought to carry,” McChrystal said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning. “I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America."
  • Report: Debt Ceiling ‘X Date’ Feb. 15 (government unable to pay its bills by mid-February)

    01/08/2013 11:09:37 AM PST · by drewh · 7 replies
    Politico.com ^ | 1/8/13 6:28 EST | By KATIE GLUECK
    The next debt ceiling battle could come as soon as mid-February, when the federal government looks to hit its borrowing limit, a new report says. “Based on financial data from Treasury, we estimate that the government will be unable to pay all of its bills as early as February 15, also known as the X Date” said Steve Bell, senior director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, in a statement. The Bipartisan Policy Center announced the findings of the organization’s study on Monday. According to a release from the Center, their analysis indicates that “the federal...
  • The New Liberal Aristocracy (Exactly why we had a revolution +200 years ago)

    01/08/2013 11:05:50 AM PST · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/8/13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ‘Limousine liberal” is an old American term used against those who inherited lots of money and then became “traitors to their class” by embracing populist politics. The Roosevelts and Kennedys enjoyed the high life quite apart from the multitude that they championed. And they were exempt, by virtue of their inherited riches and armies of accountants and attorneys, from the higher taxes they advocated for others. Few worried about how their original fortunes were made long ago, or that as lifelong government officials they had their needs met by the state. Most were relieved instead that as very rich people...
  • MN Freepers - 2A Meetup

    01/08/2013 11:01:54 AM PST · by Solson · 13 replies
    Minnesota2a.com ^ | 1/6/2013 | Twin Cities Gun Owners
    New! Join us for 2nd Saturday 2A Coffee & Chat! Saturday, January 12, 2013, 10:30 a.m. (metro location, see info below) A great chance to meet other like-minded people in a casual setting once per month. We meet up on the second Saturday of each month at a Twin Cities metro area coffee shop, restaurant or gathering spot. Open carry is welcomed, but not required**. This is NOT an "event" or "rally" or "protest." It's simply friends and new friends meeting for coffee. Period. LOCATION: (metro suburban location just minutes NE of DT Mpls) Given the current climate of discrimination...
  • Obama picks up a fight over his national security team

    01/08/2013 10:55:40 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 4 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | IANS
    Washington - Assembling his second term national security team, US President Barack Obama courted controversy as he named former Republican senator Chuck Hagel to head the Pentagon and his counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA. "My No.1 criteria in making these decisions was simple --who is going to do the best job in securing America," Obama said Monday nominating Hagel, seen as a maverick politician, to replace Leon Panetta as Defense Secretary and Brennan, a key architect of America's drone strategy, to head the Central Intelligence Agency. In making the two controversial picks, especially that of Hagel, Obama...