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  • Honey, I Shrank The Army; On Brink Of A Hollow Force

    01/24/2013 5:02:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    IBD ^ | 1/24/13 | Editor
    Defense: As sequestration looms and an advocate of military budget cuts prepares to be confirmed as Secretary of Defense, the Army reports that it will have to cut base operations by almost a third, jeopardizing its missions. 'The readiness of our Armed Forces is at a tipping point," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a Jan. 14 letter also signed by the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. The letter was written as the Pentagon braces for a looming...
  • US Urges Israel to Partake in UN Human Rights Review

    01/24/2013 4:51:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    inn ^ | 1/25/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Unites States has declared that Israel should take part in a United Nations review of its human rights situation despite the Jewish state’s decision to cut ties with the council that carries out the process. "We have encouraged the Israelis to come to the council and to tell their story and to present their own narrative of their own human rights situation," said Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative to the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva, AFP reported. Israel cut all ties with the biased 47-member state council last March after it announced that it would...
  • Homeless Veterans In Killeen Have Nowhere To Go

    01/24/2013 4:47:34 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 65 replies
    KCEN ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Sophia Stamas
    Killeen's homeless have nowhere to go, and that means dozens, possibly hundreds of our veterans are stuck out in the cold. More than 62 thousand American veterans are living on the streets. Nickie, a 58-yr old Vietnam Marine veteran, is one of them, but the Fort Hood area doesn't have any homeless shelters, turning cold nights into life or death battles that leave Nickie wondering. "Am I going to make it until tomorrow? Am I going to make it, straight up," said Nickie with tears in his eyes. A few warming centers open, but only when temperatures dip below freezing,...
  • Obama the fly swatter strikes again

    01/24/2013 4:12:33 PM PST · by TaraP · 74 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Jan 24th, 2013
    There was a buzz at the White House on Thursday when President Barack Obama announced the nomination of two top financial regulatory officials. A large fly interrupted the president as he presented his picks to head the Securities and Exchange Commission and a watchdog for financial consumer products. Under bright television lights, the fly darted around the president's head as he spoke in the White House's ornate State Dining Room, alighting briefly on the middle of his forehead.
  • Facing Sequestration And Defense Cuts, Lockheed Gives Aggressive Guidance

    01/24/2013 3:57:29 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies
    Forbes ^ | 24 Jan 13 | None
    Despite uncertainty over the future defense budget and the possibility of sequestration, and after a recent scandal that led to the resignation of CEO-elect Chris Kubasik, Lockheed managed to deliver a decent fourth quarter on Thursday. The defense and aerospace company beat top-line estimates and revealed a record backlog, while guiding aggressively for fiscal 2013. Investors weren’t pleased, though, as the stock sold-off in early trading. Net earnings from operations fell a dramatic 18.5% to $569 million as Lockheed made large pension contributions and paid high tax rates. In a per share basis, Lockheed earned $1.73, well below the $1.82...
  • Neighbor who shot dead pit bulls mauling 11-year old boy could face charges

    01/24/2013 3:46:46 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 36 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | January 24, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A man who fatally shot a pit bulls as it viciously attacked an 11-year-old boy with two other dogs could face charges for violating Washington D.C.'s gun laws. The young boy, who has not been identified, was riding a new bike on his home street in the Brightwood neighbourhood on Sunday when he collided with a pack of unattended pit bulls. The dogs immediately began attacking him, sinking their teeth into his arms, legs, stomach and chest, and leaving him in need of surgery. A neighbour, who has also not been identified, witnessed the attack, ran into his home and...
  • Home : News : SLC Utah Sheriffs send open letter to President on gun control

    01/24/2013 3:29:30 PM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    abc4.com ^ | 21 January, 2013 | Marcos Ortiz
    HEBER CITY Utah (ABC 4 News) - Utah's sheriffs are prepared to take on the president when it comes to guns. Last week they sent him a letter stating they would not enforce any new gun laws they believe are unconstitional. "We are prepared to trade our lives in defense of the constitution of the United States," says Summit County Sheriff David Edmunds. 28 of Utah's 29 sheriffs signed off on the letter. Edmunds says it's meant as a preemptive strike in case the president enacts tougher gun laws like limiting assault rifles or restricting the amount of ammo in...
  • 11-Year-Old Transgender Girl: This Is the Speech Obama Should Have Given at the Inauguration

    01/24/2013 3:24:11 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 23, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    President Obama “made history,” as they say, when he became the first U.S. president to mention gay rights during an inaugural speech. Now, following in the footsteps of her peers, an 11-year-old transgender girl is praising the president for his efforts but saying we still have work to do. “Sadie was so proud of President Obama for including the gay community in his inaugural address on Monday; however, she felt like the trans community wasn’t included,” her mother explained for the Huffington Post. Here’s the speech young Sadie would have given: “The world would be a better place if everyone...
  • Abortion and the Will to Power: ‘So what if abortion ends a life?’ asks Salon writer

    01/24/2013 3:15:06 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 24, 2013 | HILARY WHITE
    Salon staff writer Mary Elizabeth Williams ROME, January 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An item came to my attention today in my daily inspection of the internet, asking a very pertinent question. And though I’m sure it was meant rhetorically, I thought I’d have a go at answering it. A short piece, clearly published in answer to the hundreds of thousands gathered this week on the Washington Mall demanding an end to the slaughter of children, asks, “So what if abortion ends life?” Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote yesterday on the “progressive” online magazine Salon, “I believe that life starts at...
  • ‘We are not cannon fodder’: Woman conceived in rape calls out pro-lifers over rape exceptions

    01/24/2013 3:07:54 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 24, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Rebecca Kiessling (right) and Reggie Littlejohn (left) Photo: Patrick Craine, LifeSiteNews.com WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pro-life leader Rebecca Kiessling, who was conceived in rape when her mother was abducted at knifepoint, says pro-lifers are guilty of discrimination if they are willing to compromise by including exceptions for rape in pro-life legislation.  Speaking at the Law of Life Summit in Washington, D.C. the day before the 40th annual March for Life, she lamented that “so many people, pro-life people … think nothing of discriminating against children who are conceived in rape.” “Let me tell you, to those who...
  • Obama gets bugged

    01/24/2013 3:03:40 PM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    politico ^ | 1/24/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Handlers go to great lengths to manage the settings President Obama appears in, from lighting to yes, even insect repelling. For example, they doused a Camp David podium with bug spray last year before a G-8 announcement. But there have been moments, several in fact, when insects have bedeviled their best efforts. As the president announced his nominees to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday, a fly noticeably buzzed around the commander-in-chief, distracting him to the point of his noting, "This guy's bothering me."
  • US only ´advises´ against traveling to Benghazi while other countries say get out ´immediately´

    01/24/2013 3:01:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The State Department has only ´advised´ Americans against traveling to the Libyan city of Benghazi even after Britain, Germany and the Netherlands today urged their citizens to immediately leave the in response to what was described as an imminent threat against Westerners. The US pointed to a travel advisory issued earlier this month and did not strengthen its warning even after the European countries issued statements variously describing the threat as specific and imminent but none gave details as to its exact nature. The warnings come a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testified to Congress about
  • Fashion Editor Calls Out Michelle Obama For Acting Like An 'Indulged Starlet'

    01/24/2013 2:53:40 PM PST · by blam · 55 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-24-2013 | Ashley Lutz
    Fashion Editor Calls Out Michelle Obama For Acting Like An 'Indulged Starlet' Ashley LutzJanuary 24, 2013 A renowned fashion editor was not impressed with Michelle Obama's behavior leading up to the Inaugural Ball. The first lady reportedly asked between 15 and 30 designers to submit looks before going with this red Jason Wu number, which was kept secret. "Mrs. Obama isn’t an indulged starlet primping for the Oscars, nor should she behave like one," writes Bridget Foley, executive editor of Women's Wear Daily. "Women everywhere have big events for which they select a single dress in advance of the moment."...
  • Reid Statement On Record Breaking Visitation To Las Vegas In 2012

    01/24/2013 2:53:20 PM PST · by mdittmar · 18 replies
    Nevada Senator Harry Reid ^ | January 24, 2013 | Nevada Senator Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.- Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on the recently-released record 2012 visitation numbers for Las Vegas. In the past year, Las Vegas had 39.7 million visitors, which beats the city’s previous visitation record from 2007 by 500,000 visitors: “Nevada tourism is bouncing back stronger than ever,” said Reid. “This year’s record breaking visitation to Las Vegas indicates that that our state remains a premier attraction for global travelers and that we are moving in the right direction after being hit hard by the economic recession. While this is an encouraging day for Nevada’s tourism industry and...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Thursday, January-24-2013

    01/24/2013 2:37:52 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 51 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
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  • Canada Offers Lessons on Women in Combat

    01/24/2013 2:32:17 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 24, 2013 | ALISTAIR MACDONALD
    In spring 2008, Canadian Infantry Cpl. Katie Moman landed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, trained, equipped and ready to fight for one of the few Western armies that allow women in all front-line combat roles. But as her six-month tour progressed, Cpl. Moman found her troubles had less to do with Afghan insurgents and more to do with what she says was her commanders' desire to keep her from them. The complaint—echoed by other Canadian women serving in combat—underscores one of several pitfalls America's neighbor to the north has encountered in its decadeslong experience with allowing women to enter front-line jobs. Canadian...
  • Dempsey: Sex assault, combat ban on women linked

    01/24/2013 2:21:35 PM PST · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    ap ^ | 1/24/13 | ap
    Treating the genders equally, he says, is more likely to lead people to treat each other equally.
  • Norwalk (CT) Rep. Lavielle Wants Wi-Fi On Metro-North Trains

    01/24/2013 2:21:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Norwalk Daily Voice ^ | 01/23/2013 | Vanessa Inzitari
    Metro-North commuters may be able to browse the Internet from their laptops, tablets and other devices using wi-fi as they travel to and from their destinations if state Rep. Gail Lavielle gets her way. Lavielle, R-143rd District—which includes parts of Westport, Wilton and Norwalk—proposed a bill that would require Metro-North to provide wi-fi access to passengers. The proposed legislation would also allow a private contractor to provide the service. “Our hardworking commuters travel for hours every day on Metro-North, and they want to spend their time productively,” Lavielle said in a statement. “Commuters have seen a steep spike in their...
  • Harry Reid squanders opportunity for filibuster reform

    01/24/2013 2:19:44 PM PST · by SSDecontrol · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/24/13 | Some Liberal
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blew it. He had the votes for serious filibuster reform in the palm of his hand, and he chickened out. Reid feared a day ahead when Democrats are no longer the majority party in the Senate. But his legacy will be that he abandoned desperately needed reform and chose more gridlock instead. Every four years, following a presidential election, the Senate can review and revise its rules. Filibuster rules have strayed far from the tactic's purpose and now allow the minority party to block not only votes but even debate on issues of the day....
  • Biden: 'So You Want to Keep People Away in an Earthquake? Buy Some Shotgun Shells' (Vid)

    01/24/2013 2:17:03 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Jan 24 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    In his Google hangout on gun control today, Vice President Joe Biden made this recommendation: "So you want to keep people away in an earthquake? Buy some shotgun shells." Video at link