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  • What is wrong with this CNN chart? (Obama's economy)

    01/21/2013 6:13:48 AM PST · by listenhillary · 34 replies
    Cnn Money ^ | 1/22/13 | Cnn
    Snap shot in case they change it.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 21-25,2013

    01/21/2013 6:12:30 AM PST · by Biggirl
    http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 21-25,2013 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Da ily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000...
  • Peak oil and other fallacies: John Kemp

    01/21/2013 6:09:34 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 21, 2013 | John Kemp
    "The limit of production in this country (the United States) is being reached, and although new fields undoubtedly await discovery, the yearly (oil) output must inevitably decline, because the maintenance of output each year necessitates the drilling of an increasing number of wells. "Such an increase becomes impossible after a certain point is reached, not only because of a lack of acreage to be drilled, but because of the great number of wells that will ultimately have to be drilled." This assessment could have been written recently about the outlook for oil production from North Dakota's Bakken formation or by...
  • More young Syrians disillusioned by the revolution

    01/21/2013 6:09:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    Many educated, middle-class Syrians who had embraced the opposition now feel alienated by its drift toward extremism — and are aligned with neither side.
  • Sandy auditor let go after criticizing state

    01/20/2013 9:00:44 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Times Union ^ | January 17, 2013 | James M. Odato
    Consultant hired to examine Sandy spending says his report led to dismissal. An independent consultant who examined New York's spending for Superstorm Sandy found what he believes are questionable transactions and practices, including poor oversight of the use of state credit cards, orders for a fleet of SUVs and the purchase of iPads that did not seem necessary for recovery efforts. The consultant, who was expelled by the state after issuing a series of recommendations to improve procurement practices, said it appeared from his examination that government officials bought and rented equipment that should have been stockpiled or lined up...
  • What Was Romney Planning? (His transition team was planning an impressive ship-of-state had he won)

    01/21/2013 5:50:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2013 | John Fund
    President Obama is beginning his second term today, and while Democrats are celebrating, there are some Republicans and conservatives who are viewing the festivities with more than the usual regret. Until just after the November election, they were among the 300 Washington-based members of Mitt Romney’s transition team, known internally as the “Readiness Project.” No, hiring such a large staff to prepare plans for a Romney presidency didn’t represent an egotistical measuring of the drapes by the candidate. It was mandated by a new federal law, the Presidential Transition Act, which a Democratic Congress passed in 2010 to ensure that...
  • Obama Is Unlikely To Become One Of The Great Presidents

    01/21/2013 5:48:44 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 64 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | January 21, 2013 | Robert J. Samuelson
    <p>The "legacy thing" may be harder than Barack Obama imagines. Beginning his second term, Obama has a focused, though unstated, agenda: to achieve presidential greatness in the eyes of historians and Americans. In this, he will almost certainly fail. He is already a historic president as the first African-American to be elected, but there is a chasm between being historic and being great.</p>
  • Gun Clubs at School: Not so long ago, they were common — and safe.

    01/21/2013 5:47:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Once upon a time, it was common for an American child to be packed off to school with a rifle on his back and for him to come home smiling and safe in the evening. Shooting clubs, now quietly withering away, were once such a mainstay of American high-school life that in the first half of the 20th century they were regularly installed in the basements of new educational buildings. Now, they are in their death throes, victims of political correctness, a willful misunderstanding of what constitutes “gun safety,” and our deplorable tendency toward litigiousness.In 1975, New York state...
  • Algerian Killers: “We’ve Come In the Name of Islam, To Teach the Americans What Islam Is”

    01/21/2013 5:47:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 29 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 20, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Algerian Killers: “We’ve Come In the Name of Islam, To Teach the Americans What Islam Is”Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 20, 2013 @ 8:52 pm In The Point | 13 Comments But the trouble is that no one seems to learn the lesson no matter how often it’s taught. The 9/11 attackers came in the name of Islam to teach Americans what Islam is. The Benghazi attackers came in the in the name of Islam to teach Americans what Islam is.  And the lesson is still unlearned. The four-day hostage crisis in the...
  • Criticism, constructive and otherwise — or talk radio can serve us better

    01/21/2013 5:44:58 AM PST · by servo1969 · 39 replies
    Bookworm Room ^ | 1-20-2013 | Bookworm
    During the past week, whenever I found myself alone in the car during good drive-time talk radio (i.e., Rush), I did something unusual: I didn’t listen. Instead, I turned to mindless pop music. I was thinking about this peculiar behavior on my part, because I truly love Rush. I think he’s a radio genius, someone who understands perfectly the lines between entertainment, news, and analysis. He’s also one of the sharpest political thinkers out there. No wonder the Left hates him. But still…. I didn’t want to listen. Analyzing my bizarre retreat from Rush, I realized that my problem is...
  • Andrea Mitchell Confounded By NRA's 'Surprising' popularity in New Poll - 41%

    01/21/2013 5:36:33 AM PST · by Quester · 22 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | January 18, 2013 | 12:47 | Scott Whitlock
    A perplexed Andrea Mitchell on Thursday highlighted a new NBC poll finding high favorability numbers for the National Rifle Association, results she deemed "surprising." The veteran journalist proclaimed: "The NRA brand has been fairly toxic in many of the debates, the gun debates especially since Newtown, but their membership base is broad and deep." One reason the brand has been "toxic" is because of relentlessly negative coverage from reporters. Yet, NBC political editor Mark Murray explained, "Despite a lot of the criticism the NRA has received in the month after the Newtown shootings, the NRA has a 41 percent favorable...
  • Top Dem promises to pass budget — but only to raise taxes

    01/21/2013 5:30:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 8 replies
    wash examiner ^ | 1/20/13
    Byron York Chief Political Correspondent The Washington Examiner @ByronYork Popular in PoliticsUtah sheriffs warn Obama of deadly war over guns Newsweek: Obama is 'The Second Coming' Top Dem promises to pass budget — but only to raise taxes Lupe Fiasco gets booted from inaugural event after rapping anti-Obama song Chuck Schumer: GOP has to back tax increases to get a budget In recent days Republicans have had some success pointing out that it will soon be four years since Senate Democrats have allowed Congress to pass a budget — something the Congressional Budget Act requires lawmakers to do each year....
  • Golfer Phil Mickelson May Call It Quits Due To Climbing Tax Rates

    01/21/2013 5:12:50 AM PST · by tellw · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/21/2013 | Tony Nitti, Contributor
    Word is, Phil Mickelson is mad as hell about rising tax rates, and he’s not going to take it anymore. What follows is a brief portion of an interview Mickelson gave earlier today after carding a final-round 66 at the Palmer Course at PGA West in La Quinta – which I assure you, is not associated with the La Quinta next door to your local Denny’s – in which the golfer hinted that he is considering drastic career changes because of a combined tax rate nearing “62, 63 percent:”
  • Pastor Goes Off on Enemies, Leads Chants of Forward With Obamas in Attendance(likens O to Moses)

    01/21/2013 4:37:49 AM PST · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    At the Associated Press today, Darlene "Supine" Superville filed a report on Barack and Michelle Obama's church attendance "at the historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church." Ms. Superville told readers that "The Old Testament reading during the service came from the book of Exodus, Chapter 14, in which the Israelites cross the Red Sea as Moses leads them out of Egypt." That's nice, but she failed to report how church pastor Ronald E. Braxton used that passage in his sermon.
  • Obama's ATF Nominee on DOJ's Fast and Furious Design Team

    01/21/2013 4:37:36 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-19-13 | Matthew Boyle
    As part of President Barack Obama’s 23-point gun control plan, he nominated Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones–who currently doubles right now as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives–to be the ATF director. Jones was personally a part of the high-ranking Department of Justice unit that first met on October 26, 2009, to create the new DOJ policy that was used to justify “gunwalking” in Operation Fast and Furious. In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” roughly 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers the agency...
  • S&P sees deeper house price falls in eurozone as slump engulfs core

    01/21/2013 4:21:40 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 5 replies
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | 17 January 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    “Downturns in the Dutch and French housing markets appear to be accelerating. We forecast nominal price declines of nearly 6pc and 5pc respectively this year as rising unemployment, decelerating wages, and the prospect of austerity measures frightens off buyers,” said Jean-Michel Six, the agency’s chief Europe economist. France’s house market has been a bastion of stability through most of the global crisis but prices began to slip last year as President François Hollande embarks on a draconian fiscal squeeze to meet EU deficit targets, mostly by raising taxes. Home sales collapsed by 24pc in September from a year ago, the...
  • Woman protected from rapist by boy, 14, with hunting knife after she leaps from car

    01/21/2013 3:59:16 AM PST · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    http://usnews.nbcnews.com ^ | january 18, 2013 | Andrew Mach
    It was a night of mayhem and bravery that central Michigan will not soon forget. A young woman who was abducted at gunpoint made a daring escape Wednesday night from her rapist into a house full of kids that was later set on fire by her attacker, police said. The suspect, identified as Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., was later fatally shot by police after he got into a series of hit and runs with police vehicles in a sanitation truck he had stolen. But before he died, he apparently tweeted that he was going to be...
  • Obama administration delays hydraulic fracturing rule

    01/21/2013 3:53:52 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 20, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    In response to criticism from both the oil industry and environmentalists, the Obama administration is scrapping a 2012 plan to impose tough new mandates governing drilling on public lands. The decision to replace last year’s proposal with an entirely new draft rule — and take public comment on the initiative — forces a major delay in the final regulations, which are set to be the first major federal rules governing the hydraulic fracturing process key to unlocking oil and gas nationwide. Interior Department spokesman Blake Androff confirmed the Bureau of Land Management would propose the new draft by the end...
  • It’s Not the Message, It’s Not the Messenger, It’s the Voter

    01/21/2013 3:47:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | January 21, 2013 | Bruce Thornton
    Nearly 3 months after the presidential election the Republicans are still trying to fix what they think went wrong. A popular culprit is the Republicans’ alleged failure to communicate forcefully or persuasively a message that would move voters presumably receptive to conservative policies and principles. Just in the last week Jonah Goldberg, Daniel Henninger, Ari Fleischer, Ross Douthat, and Karl Rove have worked variations on this theme. Yet we should remember that any act of communication comprises not just a sender and a message, but also a receiver. We need to focus on the nature of America’s political “receivers,” the...
  • It’s Not the Message, It’s Not the Messenger, It’s the Voter

    01/21/2013 3:46:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 2 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | January 21, 2013 | Bruce Thornton
    Nearly 3 months after the presidential election the Republicans are still trying to fix what they think went wrong. A popular culprit is the Republicans’ alleged failure to communicate forcefully or persuasively a message that would move voters presumably receptive to conservative policies and principles. Just in the last week Jonah Goldberg, Daniel Henninger, Ari Fleischer, Ross Douthat, and Karl Rove have worked variations on this theme. Yet we should remember that any act of communication comprises not just a sender and a message, but also a receiver. We need to focus on the nature of America’s political “receivers,” the...
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 21, 2013

    01/21/2013 3:02:37 AM PST · by sneakers · 42 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Did Russia just overcome its 20-year demographic crisis?

    01/21/2013 12:24:31 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 1, 2012 | Max Fisher
    Since shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia has been struggling with a major demographic crisis. High infant mortality, low childbirth rates, and fleeing emigres have seen the population shrinking by more than half a million citizens every year, at a time when most countries are growing. The shrinking population weakens the Russian economy and imperils the country’s future. It’s bad. But could Russia’s demographic crisis finally be nearing an end? Forbes’ Russia-watcher Mark Adomanis digs into the latest official data and finds that Russia’s natural population decline appears to have so far leveled off for 2012:
  • Russia may be an economic powerhouse, but it's no China

    01/21/2013 12:16:21 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 18 January 2013 | Andrew Ryvkin
    Russia is to become Europe's leading economy by 2030, surpassing Germany, and pushing the UK out of the top 10 by 2050, according to a new report titled Brics and Beyond released by PricewaterhouseCoopers. But should we believe them? It's not to say that Russia isn't able to become a leader. The largest oil producer in the world, and with its 2011 GDP (PPP) ranking just below Germany, Russia does seem like a candidate to become Europe's leading economy by 2030 and stay that way well into 2050. But that's only if you make a prognosis based on the utopia...
  • About That Overpopulation Problem

    01/21/2013 12:12:15 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 | Jeff Wise
    The world’s seemingly relentless march toward overpopulation achieved a notable milestone in 2012: Somewhere on the planet, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the 7 billionth living person came into existence. Lucky No. 7,000,000,000 probably celebrated his or her birthday sometime in March and added to a population that’s already stressing the planet’s limited supplies of food, energy, and clean water. Should this trend continue, as the Los Angeles Times noted in a five-part series marking the occasion, by midcentury, “living conditions are likely to be bleak for much of humanity.” A somewhat more arcane milestone, meanwhile, generated no media...
  • High prices, Obama-noia at Miami gun show

    01/20/2013 10:40:47 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 20 Jan 2013 | Marc Caputo
    The Miami gun-show line stretched 200 people long. Many blamed President Barack Obama. This is what the president’s gun-control talk has wrought: long waits to get into gun shows, higher firearm and ammunition prices and more paranoia. The word “Obama” was frequently mumbled, muttered, hissed, cursed at Saturday’s Southern Classic Gun and Knife Show. “Obama” was a catch-all word, a gun-rights shibboleth of sorts, a no-longer-shocking swear, a conversation starter. To Calvin Hudson, a Miami Gardens resident bargain-hunting at the Miami-Dade fairgrounds firearms bazaar, the Obama-blaming was a sign people were being fooled into paying more in a firearms market...
  • The Libyan boomerang in Mali

    01/20/2013 10:17:55 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2:31 pm on January 19, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    The history of the last thirty years of American policy in the Middle East and North Africa can be summed up in two words: unintended consequences.  The US has found itself pressured by outside events into interventions that have ended up backfiring in substantial ways.In most cases, one can argue with good reason that the US advanced other policies that more than compensated for the complications.  In Afghanistan, we armed the rebels in order to help bring down the Soviet Union.  We initially invaded Iraq to repel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait and to protect Saudi Arabian oil fields, which led...
  • Did gas workers in Algeria know attackers? Some of Al Qaeda terrorists 'were working for BP and coul

    01/20/2013 10:03:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Monday, Jan 21 2013 | Peter Allen and Nabila Ramdani
    Some of terrorists 'given short-term contracts by the oil and gas giant' Five of Al Qaeda operatives were 'taken alive' by Algerian army todayWitness describes one terrorist speaking with a 'perfect English accent' Some of the terrorists involved in the Algeria hostage crisis in which up to five Britons died had been working at the BP plant where the atrocity took place, it was claimed today.They had been given short-term contracts by the oil and gas giant, allowing them to plan their attack with lethal precision. Five of the Al Qaeda operatives were ‘taken alive’ by the Algerian army today,...
  • A song for Sandy Hook: Watch the children who survived(recording of Over The Rainbow)

    01/20/2013 9:55:06 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-15-13 | Louise Boyle
    This is the heartbreaking video of the survivors of the Sandy Hook shooting as they sing Over The Rainbow in memory of the friends and teachers they lost. The 21 elementary school children, aged between six and nine, gathered together to sing the Judy Garland classic for charity and mark the one-month anniversary on Monday. Some of the children had been inside the school in Newtown, Connecticut when a gunman opened fire, killing 20 children and six teaching staff on December 14. The students appeared with singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on Good Morning America today. They recorded the song at the...
  • Stranded Navy minesweeper taking on water (Link only)

    01/20/2013 9:47:53 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 25 replies
    This is a Navy Times article, and as of such, cannot be posted, merely linked to.
  • Poll: NRA more popular than Obama

    01/20/2013 9:15:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1-19-13 | Rick Moran
    This matters in a political battle and the NRA can take advantage of there popularity relative to Obama with any wavering members. Newsbusters: Despite constant hammering by the national news media, the National Rifle Association has a favorability rating of 54 percent in the latest Gallup survey, slightly higher than President Obama's rating of 53 percent. While those figures are within the poll's margin of error, they show that the NRA's popularity is in the same range as that of the Democratic president who issued 23 executive orders to accomplish goals the gun-rights group has promised to combat in "the...
  • The Immigration Saga Continues

    01/20/2013 8:56:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 19, 2013 | Editorial/New York Times
    President Obama and lawmakers of both parties have begun laying the groundwork for something that is supposed to be unachievable in Washington today: a bipartisan deal to solve a bitterly contentious, complicated problem in a big way. The talk is of immigration reform, a once-in-a-generation overhaul of an outdated system that turns away too many skilled and eager workers, separates too many families and keeps too many millions of undocumented people at the edges of society, unable to get right with the law. The outlines of reform have long been clear: more visas, a more secure border, better-regulated workplaces, more...
  • Al Jazeera: Non-Arabs Should Not Be Fooled

    01/20/2013 8:37:42 PM PST · by george76 · 6 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 17, 2013 | Najat Fawzy AlSaied
    The Emir of Qatar, an absolute ruler, and Al Jazeera, have not covered the "Arab Spring" to advance democracy, but to support the Muslim Brotherhood, which is aligned with the Qatari regime. Al Jazeera has as its chief goal Muslim Brotherhood domination. Many Arab liberals and reformers were shocked by the sale of former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's Current TV to Al Jazeera, a pan-Arab broadcasting system charged with sympathy for terrorists. In 2009, even the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which can hardly be suspected of anti-Arab attitudes, accused Al Jazeera of negative, biased, and unbalanced reporting, and...
  • Dr. MLK, Jr. Asked us to Judge Mr. 301.81 (Obama)

    01/20/2013 8:01:21 PM PST · by RobaWho · 2 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | 1-20-2013 | Rob Cunningham
    In recognition of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, indelible contributions to America and the world, let us honor him this week with recognition and reverence of his most memorable admonition; “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Perhaps no more pure, noble or aspirational words were ever spoken during the civil rights movement in our country. It would do every citizen good to read Dr. King’s entire 1963 “I Have a...
  • NY Assemblyman exposes real gun control CONFISCATION agenda of Democrats

    01/20/2013 7:59:54 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/20/2013 | The Right Scoop
    In this video, NY Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin is asked to keep quiet a proposal by Democrats to confiscate guns:
  • Utah Sheriffs take stance on gun control

    01/20/2013 7:42:31 PM PST · by glock rocks · 39 replies
    Fox 13 Utah ^ | 20 Jan 2013
    The Utah Sheriffs' Association has written a strongly worded letter to President Obama on the issue of gun control. Even though the president's executive orders and suggested legislation don't mention confiscating firearms, the sheriffs seem to anticipate such a move. Part of the letter reads, "No federal official will be permitted to descend upon our constituents and take from them what the Bill of Rights—in particular Amendment II—has given them." The Sheriffs in 28 of 29 Utah counties have signed the letter, with Jim Winder of Salt Lake County being the only Sheriff not to join in.
  • Inauguration Posters Liken Obama To Jesus

    01/20/2013 7:35:58 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    fox news ^ | 1- | todd starnes
    Street vendors and souvenir stores across Washington, D.C. are selling posters depicting President Obama as Jesus Christ — and one national news publication called him the “Second Coming.” The poster, which does not have the official endorsement of the White House, features an image of the president in prayer with the headline, “Prophecy Fulfilled.” “Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning,” the poster notes, referencing a passage in in the Old Testament book of Judges. Hussein, they allege, is a Biblical word meaning “good and handsome.” “So you see, Barak was destined to be a...
  • Private school enrolment in rural India is increasing

    01/20/2013 7:26:23 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jan 21, 2013 | The Times of India
    For a country that is undergoing huge economic , social and demographic changes, education needs a more resolute direction. Nationally, private school enrolment in rural India is increasing at about 10% every year. In the next five years, India may have half of the children attending private schools even in rural areas. According to the Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2012, released recently in the Capital, the enrolment level for the 6-14 age group continue to be high in rural areas. In 2012, 96.5% of all the children in this age group in rural areas were enrolled in schools....
  • After French Criticism, Washington Drops Payment Demand

    01/20/2013 7:08:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 20, 2013 | By DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS in Paris and ADAM ENTOUS in Washington
    France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said. After the French went public with their complaints over the weekend, the Pentagon yielded on one of them, saying Sunday night that it would not seek reimbursement from Paris for the flights. However, the unusually harsh criticism from Paris underscored the longtime U.S. ally's growing frustration with the U.S. commitment to the Mali mission....
  • Inauguration of First Black President, Federal Holiday Honoring King Come to Rare Intersection

    01/20/2013 7:06:21 PM PST · by lbryce · 31 replies
    Washington Post/AP ^ | January 18, 2013 | Staff
    President Barack Obama plans to use a Bible that belonged to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as he takes his oath of office on the holiday honoring the slain icon, marking what some say is an inextricable tie between the nation’s first black president and the civil rights movement. It’s only the second time Inauguration Day has coincided with the King holiday. Some say it’s only fitting the celebrations are intertwined. “It’s almost like fate and history coming together,” said U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who worked alongside King in the fight for civil rights during the 1950s and ‘60s...
  • Condoleezza Rice Hired to Contribute to CBS News

    01/20/2013 6:43:14 PM PST · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Condoleezza Rice has been hired as a new regular contributor to CBS News, The New York Times reports. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes made the appointment. Rice, who served under President George W. Bush as national security advisor from 2001 to 2005 and secretary of state from 2005 to 2009, is expected to comment regularly on national and international issues.
  • Senate Democrats’ budget plan will reopen battle over taxes

    01/20/2013 6:00:40 PM PST · by mdittmar · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/20/13 | Lori Montgomery
    Senate Democrats plan to draft a budget blueprint that calls for significantly higher taxes on the wealthy, oil and gas companies and corporations doing business overseas, reopening a battle over taxes Republicans had hoped to lay to rest with the “fiscal cliff.” For nearly four years, Senate leaders have ducked their legal duty to craft a comprehensive budget framework. Now, however, Democrats see the budget process as “a great opportunity” to pursue additional tax increases — and to create a fast-track process to push them through the Senate, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
  • China poised to play debt card

    01/20/2013 5:50:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 62 replies
    wnd ^ | 1/20/13 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NEW YORK – Could real estate on American soil owned by China be set up as “development zones” in which the communist nation could establish Chinese-owned businesses and bring in its citizens to the U.S. to work? That’s part of an evolving proposal Beijing has been developing quietly since 2009 to convert more than $1 trillion of U.S debt it owns into equity. Under the plan, China would own U.S. businesses, U.S. infrastructure and U.S. high-value land, all with a U.S. government guarantee against loss. Yu Qiao, a professor of economics in the School of Public Policy and Management at...
  • Abortion Insiders Turn Their Backs on the Industry

    01/20/2013 5:45:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    CWR.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Jim Graves
    Abortion Insiders Turn Their Backs on the Industry January 18, 2013 For different reasons and in different ways, these former clinic workers have rejected abortion and embraced life. Jim Graves Pro-life advocate Patricia Bankeser of St. Joseph Parish in Kings Park, N.Y., holds a placard near the entrance to a Planned Parenthood center in Smithtown, N.Y., in January 2011. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) As Americans mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 US Supreme Court decision striking down the nation’s anti-abortion laws, Americans remain deeply divided on the issue. There is one small group, however, that has a unique...
  • Cancer-Stricken Chavez ‘Enters New Phase of Treatment’

    01/20/2013 5:38:56 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | January 20, 2013 | none stated
    Venezuela’s cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez is entering a new phase of treatment after finishing post-operative care, Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Sunday. -- Univision channel said on Friday Chavez was transferred from the intensive care unit to a secret underground bunker-hospital in Havana, which was designed for emergency medical assistance to Fidel Castro.
  • The First Lady on the Launch of Organizing for Action

    01/20/2013 5:31:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/13 | BarackObamaDotCom
    Say you're in for the next phase of this grassroots
  • We Told You So (Obamacare is making health care less affordable)

    01/20/2013 5:25:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/20/2013 | Robert Tracinski
    As the Affordable Care Act--otherwise known as ObamaCare--begins to be implemented, we are seeing its first big consequence: it is making care less affordable. The New York Times reports that "Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration's health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers." "Even though"? In fact, Obamacare is simply doing what a lot of people predicted it would. Critics of ObamaCare warned that it would produce precisely the kind of...
  • Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing'

    01/20/2013 5:12:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing' By Tom Blumer Created 01/20/2013 - 3:50pm It's hardly news to those who have followed Bill Clinton for the past two decades, and it's probably even more of the same-old, same-old for those who had to endure having him as governor during the 1980s in Arkansas. Nonetheless, something Mr. Clinton said in a speech at "a joint meeting of the Obama National Finance Committee and a group of business leaders," which was captured without even being deemed possibly offensive by Byron Tau at the Politico, should...
  • "A Global Force for Good" [US NAVY Marketing Campaign goes Limp Wristed]

    01/20/2013 5:09:30 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    PrintShare This The strength and status of any nation can be measured in part by the will and might of its navy. That’s not an outdated thought; it’s a modern reality. As the largest, most versatile, most capable naval force on the planet today, America’s Navy epitomizes this idea. And yet, far more impressive is what it does with the distinction. A symbol of power, a force for stability America’s Navy serves as an essential force of stability in an increasingly unstable and interconnected world – as well as a vanguard for positive change. Why is this important? Because what...
  • Gun Talk Radio 1/20/13

    01/20/2013 5:05:30 PM PST · by mylife · 95 replies
    Gun Talk ^ | 1/20/13 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 1/20/13~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream Here
  • Algeria hostage crisis: Most weapons used in attack came from Libya

    01/20/2013 4:53:56 PM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 21 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 20 Jan 2013 | Mélanie Matarese
    Many of the Islamist terrorists shot their way into the In Amenas compound on Thursday using the AK104 model of Kalashnikov, which was typically used by Libyan rebels in the war against Muammar Gaddafi. They brought F5 rockets that also surfaced in the Libyan war, said the security source. The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar – yellow flak jackets with brown patches, known as "chocolate chip" camouflage. The garments are copies of ones worn by Americans in the Gulf war. The terrorists also employed 60mm gun-mortars used...