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  • Jerry Brown: Government-Funded High Speed Rail is “Little Engine That Could”

    01/24/2013 10:26:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown compared efforts by the California state government to build the first-ever high speed rail project in the United States to the popular children’s story “The Little Engine That Could.” … Earlier in his remarks, Brown cited high-speed rail projects in countries such as China, Spain, and Morocco as part of the justification for the project in California. …
  • Kerry Backs U.S. Entry into Pro-Abortion UN Treaty

    01/24/2013 10:20:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said if confirmed as the next Secretary of State, he would support making the United States a party to a United Nations convention that has been repeatedly used to advocate for abortions, oppose restrictions and support government funding across the globe. The treaty, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), was signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 but has never been ratified by the Senate. During Thursday’s confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked, “You have been a supporter of...
  • Cleaver’s carwash nears sale — who is new owner?

    01/24/2013 9:43:06 PM PST · by kc69mustang · 4 replies
    Kansas City Business Journal ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Paul Koepp
    Who is Rick Kochuyt? For one thing, he’s about to be the new owner of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s Grandview Auto Wash, which Kochuyt has managed since 2007. His attorney, Joe Harter of McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC, confirmed that an entity controlled by Kochuyt is close to completing the purchase. The agita the carwash has caused Cleaver has been well documented. Bank of America sued the congressman in March for defaulting on a 2002 loan that, with interest and late fees, has racked up a balance of $1.6 million. A trial in that case is set for April....
  • Obama faces Keystone dilemma after Senate urges pipeline approval

    01/24/2013 9:30:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 24 January 2013 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Barack Obama faced intense pressure to break with his inauguration day promise on climate change on Thursday, after a bipartisan majority in the Senate urged approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. The letter from 53 senators said there was no reason for Obama to deny the pipeline – as campaigners are demanding – because the project had now undergone exhaustive environmental review. The letter, signed by Democrats as well as Republicans, underlined the high political cost to Obama of living up to his promise to act on climate change. Campaign groups have made the pipeline their signature issue, saying the...
  • Japan envoy says territory dispute with China can be resolved

    01/24/2013 9:26:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai
    Reuters India ^ | Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:41am IST | Terril Yue Jones
    A Japanese envoy to Beijing said on Friday that he believed tensions with China over a group of uninhabited islands could be resolved, after meeting China’s president-in-waiting Xi Jinping. … Tensions over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, have flared in recent months, dragging down bilateral ties. …
  • Is 'No Budget, No Pay' Unconstitutional?

    01/24/2013 9:00:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/24/2013 | Napp Nazworth
    The House of Representatives approved Wednesday, 285-144, a three-month extension of the debt limit. Included in that bill was a "no budget, no pay" provision, which requires members of Congress to pass a budget, or they will not receive a salary. Some of the lawmakers who voted against the bill say that the "no budget, no pay" provision violates the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 27th Amendment states: "No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened." This amendment essentially says that if...
  • How to Save One Life (Video - Military Arms Channel)

    01/24/2013 8:55:05 PM PST · by servo1969
    YouTube - Military Arms Channel ^ | 1-24-2013 | Sturmgewehre·
    I have an idea on how to save not just one life but countless lives. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result. Banning certain firearms because of their cosmetic appearances or magazines over 10 rounds won't save lives just like it didn't at Columbine under the 1994 AWB. It's time we try something different.
  • India and Israel deepen defense ties

    01/24/2013 8:53:13 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    UPI ^ | January 22, 2013
    Indian air force Chief of Air Staff N.A.K. Browne is visiting Israel, a sign of deepening Indian-Israeli defense ties. "This is a part of routine reciprocal visits between chiefs of various wings of the defense forces of the two countries," an Israeli Ministry of Defense official told The Times of India. "The visit underlines a very strong strategic relationship between the two countries where cooperation with India would probably rank only second to the United States." India is Israel's the largest purchaser of arms and equipment, with Israeli total defense equipment exports to India reaching $9 billion since 1997, The...
  • Antibiotic 'apocalypse' warning

    01/24/2013 8:26:25 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | James Gallagher
    The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming, according to the chief medical officer for England. Prof Dame Sally Davies said bacteria were becoming resistant to current drugs and there were few antibiotics to replace them. She told a committee of MPs that going for a routine operation could become deadly due to the threat of infection. Experts said it was a global problem and needed much more attention. Antibiotics have been one of the greatest success stories in medicine. However, bacteria are a rapidly adapting foe which find new ways to evade drugs.
  • Prince Harry 'unlikely' to see front line action again

    01/24/2013 8:12:02 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Gordon Rayner
    The Prince, 28, has made it clear in interviews that he would love to get the chance of a third tour of duty, but his Apache squadron is not due to return before the scheduled pull-out of combat troops at the end of 2014. It is almost inconceivable that the Prince would be allowed to return as a foot soldier, his preferred option, meaning that unless the Nato withdrawal deadline overruns, he will not be going back to Helmand. The Prince is currently enjoying a month-long break from his Army duties following the end of his 20-week posting to Camp...
  • Libya's defence minister accuses his former deputy of trying to assassinate him

    01/24/2013 7:42:57 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 1 replies
    Edmonton Journal ^ | 20 January 2013 | By Esam Mohamed
    In a statement issued on Sunday, Defence Minister Mohammed al-Barghathi claimed Siddiq al-Ghaith was behind the attack on his convoy in the city of Tobruk. He says ...
  • Hillary Lets the Jihadist Cat Out of the Bag.

    01/24/2013 7:35:08 PM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 20 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | January 24, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    After four years of pretending there is no jihad against the free world, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blurted out the truth during her testimony on the Benghazi jihad massacre Wednesday: “We now face a spreading jihadist threat,” she said, adding: “We have to recognize this is a global movement.” We do? Yet the Obama administration has for years steadfastly and repeatedly denied both that there was a jihadist threat at all and that it was a global movement. So far has the Obama administration been from acknowledging that there was a jihad threat that less than two months into...
  • Misrata Imam murdered

    01/24/2013 7:34:50 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    Libya Herald ^ | 17 January 2013 | By Taher Zaroog
    The iman of one of Misrata’s mosques, Sheikh Fakhri Husein Jahani, was murdered on Tuesday. He was killed when unknown assailants threw a grenade at him as he was leaving the Omar Ibn Khatab Mosque after Maghreb (Sunset) prayers. Five other people were wounded in the attack, three of them seriously. One of the wounded, a child, lost an eye in the blast. Three people have been arrested in connection with the killing. They deny any involvement but are still being held. ...
  • List of Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 Legislation, Sen. Dianne Feinstein

    01/24/2013 7:05:57 PM PST · by FoxPro · 79 replies
  • Sierra Club Decides to Break Law to Stop Keystone Pipeline

    01/24/2013 7:03:15 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2013 | Brandon Darby
    The Sierra Club has announced its approval for a "one-time" use of civil disobedience. The civil disobedience is intended to step up their efforts to oppose the Keystone pipeline. Many of the other groups opposing Keystone have been engaging in civil disobedience as a tactic, including arson-based ecoterrorism. This will be the first time in the Sierra Club's history that they have approved violating the law.
  • Hillary Clinton's Testimony on Benghazi Leaves Real Questions Unanswered

    01/24/2013 6:46:41 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 January 2013 | Alex Newman
    Secretary of State Clinton came under fire in her congressional testimony on the Benghazigate scandal, but GOP lawmakers got few answers to their questions. Clinton Testimony on Benghazi Leaves Real Questions Unanswered The New American 24 January 2013 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came under fire during and after her Jan. 23 congressional testimony on the scandal that has become known as Benghazigate, with Republican lawmakers asking some tough questions but getting little in the way of real answers. Indeed, the most serious concerns about the deadly attack on U.S. personnel in Libya remain as unaddressed today as they...
  • Panetta: ´Everyone Entitled to a Chance´ to be Combat Soldier in ´Gender Neutral´ Military

    01/24/2013 6:34:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 81 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/24/13 | Matt Cover
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that whether they are male or female "everyone is entitled to a chance" to become a combat soldier in a military that will now adopt "gender netural" standards. “If members of our military can meet the qualifications for a job--and let me be clear, we’re not talking about reducing the qualifications for a job--if they can meet the qualifications for the job then they should have the right to serve,” Panetta said at a Pentagon press conference. The Defense Department announced today that it would rescind its 1994 policy restricting women
  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement on Defense Department Allowing Female Troops in Ground Combat

    01/24/2013 6:32:07 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 17 replies
    Press Release - Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement on the news that the Department of Defense will lift the ban on women serving in ground combat roles: “As a twice-deployed combat veteran, I have a firsthand appreciation and understanding of the contributions women in uniform make every single day, all around the world. I have had the honor of serving with incredibly talented female soldiers who, if given the opportunity, would serve as great assets in our ground combat units. It is crucial that we shed light on the great value and opportunities...
  • 6 standing trial for Bell, Calif., corruption

    01/24/2013 6:27:33 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 6 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 24, 2013 | LINDA DEUTSCH | Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A half dozen former officials of a scandal-ridden Southern California city heard a prosecutor paint them as thieves Thursday. But their lawyers told jurors in their trial that they were tireless workers for the good of the community of Bell. Defense attorneys said their clients are being wrongly blamed for the misdeeds of a city manager who ripped off the city treasury for millions and a city attorney who never advised them they were giving themselves illegally huge salaries. Ronald Kaye, who represents former council member George Cole, said Robert Rizzo kept council members in the...
  • Communists Cheer On Obama's Gun Grab

    01/24/2013 6:26:35 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 54 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 January 2013 | William F. Jasper
    No surprise that the Communist Party USA, plus official voices from Communist China and Russia, endorse Obama's latest attacks on the 2nd Amendment. Communists Cheer On Obama’s Gun Grab The New American 24 January 2013 It should come as no surprise that the Communist Party USA is on board with President Obama’s plan to attack Americans’ right to keep and bear arms as a means to “end gun violence.” A cardinal feature of communist regimes, like all dictatorships, is the prohibition of private ownership of arms, creating a monopoly of force in the hands of the State. In a...