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  • A Letter to the President...from the most defenseless child.

    01/16/2013 6:26:25 PM PST · by ealgeone · 27 replies
    Vanity | 01-16-12 | Self
    Dear Mr. President: I'm writing this letter to you from Heaven. You see, my mom had an abortion when I was eight months old and in her womb. I really thought I was safe there. It was warm and I could hear my mom's voice. I was so looking forward to seeing her face. I don't know what I did to make her want to have an abortion. I'm sorry if I made her mad. Would you do something to help other children like me be safe while I'm in mommy's tummy? I don't even know my name.
  • An Oil Town Where Men Are Many, and Women Are Hounded

    01/16/2013 6:24:45 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 15, 2013 | JOHN ELIGON
    On a dance floor in Williston, N.D., where single men say there are not enough single women. WILLISTON, N.D. — Christina Knapp and a friend were drinking shots at a bar in a nearby town several weeks ago when a table of about five men called them over and made an offer. They would pay the women $3,000 to strip naked and serve them beer at their house while they watched mixed martial arts fights on television. Ms. Knapp, 22, declined, but the men kept raising the offer, reaching $7,000. “I said I make more money doing my job than...
  • Marco Rubio:The President Doesn't Have the Guts To Admit He Doesn't Believe in 2nd Amendment

    01/16/2013 6:09:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 59 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/16/13 | Jim Hoft
    Marco Rubio had this to say on Barack Obama's 23 gun control actions. "I actually believe the president doesn't have the guts to admit he doesn't believe in the Second Amendment."
  • Hitler Honored in Upscale Istanbul Mall

    01/16/2013 6:06:29 PM PST · by Zionista Feminista · 14 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | January 15, 2013 | Lori Lowenthal Marcus
    People who have been paying attention know that relations between Israel and Turkey have been eroding, but not many realize that Turkey is now not only openly hostile to the Jewish State, but also to the Jewish people. On Friday, January 11, a Turkish citizen took a picture to show exactly how belligerent Turkey has become. The picture is of a huge poster with the words, “Who Would You Like to Meet if You Could?” and the last name, and only photograph, is of Adolf Hitler. The other choices include Suleiman I, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Napolean Bonaparte, the Beatles, Elvis...
  • The Ugly Side of the Southern Belle

    01/16/2013 6:05:31 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 82 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 15, 2013 | Blain Roberts
    From 1921, when the contest began in Atlantic City, through World War II, only one woman representing a former Confederate state won the competition. Then, beginning in 1947, when a woman from Memphis earned the top honor, the fortunes of Southern contestants rose precipitously. From 1950 to 1963, seven southerners were crowned (each served the following year), including back-to-back wins by Mississippians in 1958 and 1959 — though southerners made up only one-fifth of the possible winners. These were, of course, the years when black Southerners opened a full-scale campaign against Jim Crow, prompting a bitter backlash by white Southerners....
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-16-13

    01/16/2013 6:00:10 PM PST · by dynachrome · 19 replies ^ | 1-16-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Gun industry thrives in face of ban proposal

    01/16/2013 5:48:34 PM PST · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 1/16/2013 | Aaron Smith
    Gun stocks rose Wednesday, even as President Obama called on Congress to pass an assault weapon ban. The stock prices for Smith & Wesson Holding Co. (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR) rose about 4%. The stock for Sturm, Ruger has risen 13% in the month since the shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 20 children and six educators dead. Retailers that specialize in guns have also done well. The stock price for Cabela's (CAB) surged 6% on Wednesday and has gained 20% over the last month. Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS, Fortune 500) notched up slightly,...
  • Krugman: More Government Spending Would Revive Economy in Two Years

    01/16/2013 5:11:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 16, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Paul Krugman, a liberal economist and New York Times columnist, said increased government spending is key to economic recovery. During an interview on Friday on “Moyers & Company,” on PBS, Bill Moyers asked, “And you argue that this could actually be solved in two years?” …
  • Brett Baier's All Star Panel Comments on NRA ad

    01/16/2013 5:07:22 PM PST · by FR_addict · 163 replies
    Fox News Brett Bair Special Report ^ | 1/16/2013 | Brett Baier
    FoxNews Bret Baier’s All Star panel, Charles Krauthammer, Juan Williams, and Steve Hayes, all called the NRA ad a mistake, vile and repugnant. I guess they all believe that the elite should have armed protection for their children, but not for ours. Krauthammer even went so far as to say, of course the President's children should be protected because of who the President is and out kids don't need that type of protection. What about kids of policemen, judges, FBI, ATF, correctional officers, etc? Their children may be targets because of who their parents are. Don't they deserve armed protection...
  • Prince Harry named world's most eligible bachelor

    01/16/2013 5:03:30 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    EW ^ | 165 January 2013 | Erin Strecker
    Heavy may be the head that wears the crown, but hot is the head that’s third in line. Prince Harry, 28, has been named the Top Bachelor, according to the editors at Town & Country, which named the current top 50 bachelors in the world. “Prince William’s baby brother flirts and flies Apache helicopters with equal aplomb,” the magazine wrote. The list isn’t very Hollywood specific (although both George Clooney and Jack Nicholson made the cut). Instead, in addition to the prince, people like Ralph Lauren’s son, Andrew, President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, and Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos (who...
  • Obama’s New Executive Orders (Awesome "translation" of the formal bureaucratese)

    01/16/2013 4:45:11 PM PST · by FreedomPoster · 14 replies
    The Everlasting Phelps ^ | The Everlasting Phelps | The Everlasting Phelps
    So Obama released his Executive Orders to Prevent Maniacs From Being Maniacs today.  I’ve taken the time to translate the summaries into plain English below: 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. Tell the government to follow the law. 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system. Tell the regulators to stop the stupid and useless regulations. 3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the...
  • Obama the Party Animal

    01/16/2013 4:37:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Mary K. Bruce
    President Obama pushed back against criticism earlier this week that he is too insular and not social enough in Washington. He said simply, “I like a good party.” Today, he reinforced the message. Leaving a farewell reception at the Treasury Department for Secretary Timothy Geithner, Obama was asked “So, you like a good party?” “They didn’t serve any alcohol,” Obama responded with a big grin, as he appeared to munch on something.
  • Rep. Denham: Not 'one more penny' for Calif. high-speed railway

    01/16/2013 4:32:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2013 | Keith Laing
    The House lawmaker responsible for oversight of the nation's railways promised Wednesday to use his new position to put the brakes on a controversial high-speed railway in his state. California Rep. Jeff Denham (R) was appointed chairman of the House Transportation Committee's Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials subcommittee Wednesday. Denham has sought previously to deny federal funding for the proposed California high-speed railway, and he said Wednesday afternoon in an interview with The Hill that he would use his new perch to keep the up roadblock. "I've obviously taken a very storing position about California high-speed rail and I'm going...
  • Police shoot and kill soldier in Waikiki

    01/16/2013 4:28:45 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    The Maui News ^ | January 16, 2013 | AP
    Honolulu (AP) - A Schofield Barracks soldier was shot and killed by police early Tuesday after he repeatedly rammed multiple police cars with his truck in Waikiki. Several police officers were injured in the incident. The 25th Infantry Division said in a statement that it's cooperating with the Honolulu Police Department as officers investigate. The unit won't release the soldier's name until his family members are notified. "This is an incredibly tragic incident, and we offer our condolences to the soldier's family and to the officers injured," Lt. Col. Derrick Cheng, spokesman for the 25th Infantry Division, said in a...
  • Panetta Vows 'Proper' Response to Algeria Hostage-Taking

    01/16/2013 4:14:36 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Al Pessin
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has condemned the taking of as many as 41 foreign hostages at a natural gas facility in Algeria, a move apparently linked to the French military operation in neighboring Mali. Secretary Panetta says the United States will take “all necessary and proper steps” in response to the hostage crisis at the facility, run by British, Norwegian and Algerian companies. “The United States strongly condemns these kinds of terrorist acts. It is a very serious matter when Americans are taken hostage, along with others," he said. Speaking in Rome, Panetta said he did not know how...
  • Katherine Webb will cover Super Bowl for “Inside Edition”

    01/16/2013 4:12:19 PM PST · by jakerobins · 22 replies
    Katherine Webb came off as pretty sharp after her fame blew up during the BCS Championship Game, and she's smartly taking advantage of her instant celebrity. Webb, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron's girlfriend and Miss Alabama, announced on Twitter that she will be covering the Super Bowl for "Inside Edition." Maybe she wants a television career (she came off well during her "Today" show interview, for what it's worth), or maybe she wants to have some fun and get a free trip to New Orleans. Either way, good for her.
  • Sahara Islamists take hostages, spreading Mali war

    01/16/2013 3:52:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 16, 2013 6:24pm EST | By Lamine Chikhi and Bate Felix ALGIERS/BAMAKO
    (Reuters) - Islamist fighters seized dozens of Western and Algerian hostages in a dawn raid on a natural gas facility deep in the Sahara on Wednesday and demanded France halt a new offensive against rebels in neighboring Mali. Three people, among them one British and one French, were reported killed, but details were sketchy and numbers of those held at Tigantourine ranged from 41 foreigners - including perhaps seven Americans as well as Japanese and Europeans - to over 100 local staff, held separately and less closely watched.   What is clear is that with a dramatic counterpunch to this...
  • White House slams NRA ad using Obama daughters to criticize new gun laws

    01/16/2013 3:50:33 PM PST · by tobyhill · 60 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/16/2013 | By Olivier Knox
    The White House on Wednesday blasted a web ad released by the National Rifle Association using President Barack Obama’s daughters to criticize the president on gun control as “repugnant and cowardly." The NRA released the ad Tuesday, a day before Obama announced a package of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., last month. In strikingly personal terms, the ad calls Obama an "elitist hypocrite" for allowing Secret Service protection for daughters even as he calls for tighter gun laws. "Why is [Obama] skeptical about putting armed security in schools when...
  • FAA grounds Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jets

    01/16/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | January 16, 2013 | Staff
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it is requiring airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday ordered U.S. airlines to temporarily stop flying Boeing's 787 Dreamliner following a series of mishaps. The agency said the decision to ground Boeing 787s was prompted by a second incident involving lithium ion battery failure. Earlier Wednesday, Japan's two leading airlines grounded their fleets of Boeing 787s after one of the Dreamliner passenger jets made an emergency landing.
  • Almost there: Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families...

    01/16/2013 3:46:14 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Only 755 more signatures needed with 6 days to spare! It will reach 25,000 tonight. Time to start flooding The Drudge Report with tips to link to the petition. The goal is 100,000 signatures before the petition closes. If Drudge links to it, it will happen.