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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...
  • D.C. Man Who Used Gun to Save Kid from Dog Mauling May Be Charged

    01/24/2013 6:21:27 PM PST · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    While liberal journalists like David Gregory and liberal politicians like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)* are able to bend and even break District of Columbia gun laws in service of promoting more stringent gun control laws, it's a far different story for apolitical Good Samaritans who use their guns to save lives. Andrea Noble of the Washington Times noted yesterday that a D.C. man could face numerous gun charges related to his discharge of his gun on Sunday to save an 11-year-old boy from being mauled to death by three pit bulls. D.C. police are investigating whether a man will face...
  • Sabotage! Key Iranian nuclear facility hit? Source: Explosion destroys much of underground

    01/24/2013 6:10:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    wnd ^ | 1/24/13 | Reza Kahlili
    <p>An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime.</p> <p>The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile.</p>
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-24-13

    01/24/2013 6:07:57 PM PST · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-24-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • D.C. man who shot dogs biting boy could face charges

    01/24/2013 1:26:34 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2013 | Andrea Noble
    City wants to know if gun he used was legal. D.C. police are investigating whether a man will face criminal charges for shooting a pit bull that was attacking a child in his neighborhood. The incident unfolded Sunday afternoon, after three pit bulls attacked an 11-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle through the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest, according to a police report. When the man, a neighbor, saw the boy being mauled by the dogs, he went inside his home and got a gun. The man killed one of the dogs. The gunfire attracted the attention of a police...
  • Gold Won't Save You From Hyperinflation According To A New Study

    01/24/2013 6:03:55 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    TBI - American Enterprise Institute ^ | 1-24-2013 | James Pethokoukis
    Gold Won't Save You From Hyperinflation According To A New Study James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise InstituteJanuary 24, 2013, 6:18 PM A new NBER working paper, “The Golden Dilemma”, looks at the investment history — and possible investment future — of gold. Many fascinating nuggets and charts in the research. Especially interesting is its negative take on gold as a safe-haven hedge against hyperinflation (or even regular inflation, for that matter) or other crises: We also parse the safe haven argument and come up empty-handed. We examine data on hyperinflations in both major and minor countries and find it is certainly...
  • Rand Paul to John Kerry: If it was wrong to bomb Cambodia without Congress's approval, why is

    01/24/2013 6:01:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 1/24/13 | Allahpundit
    Excellent, and not just the Libya stuff. Stick with it for Paul’s questions about how smart it is to be arming the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt when Morsi is already wheezing about Jews controlling the media in official diplomatic sessions with the U.S. If you’re wondering why it fell to Paul to ask this question instead of any of the more senior senators who preceded him, it’s because the Senate was perfectly happy to have Obama act unilaterally on Libya. The Iraq war authorization came back to haunt many of them; no one knew at the time how messy Libya...
  • Stolen Valor: The John Kerry Story - Full Video

    01/24/2013 5:57:48 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | Delcon Six
    This is the story John Kerry does not want you to hear. The story of these valiant POW's is compelling and powerful. "Stolen Honor" is their story. It reveals the pages of history the liberal media won't tell you
  • HuffPo: Obama Inaugural Ignored Rights of Transgendered Preteens

    01/24/2013 5:55:58 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    Well, this will teach President Obama’s speech writers to double check their pander list. It seems his special shout-out to gays in his inaugural speech – though widely praised by the Left as a “historic” moment – just wasn’t enough. Not for the Huffington Post and the parents of 11-year-old ‘Sadie,’ who is “transgender” (a boy pretending to be a girl). Obama needed to call out for transgender rights as well. HuffPo’s “Gay Voices” page reported that Sadie corrected the oversight, writing a second speech. Sadie’s mother put it on Face Book, it hit Twitter and, according the “Gay Voices”...
  • Piers Morgan Accuses GOP of 'Misogyny,' 'Political Grandstanding' at Clinton Hearing

    01/24/2013 5:43:49 PM PST · by chessplayer · 17 replies
    Could Piers Morgan be any more of an Obama hack? After Republicans grilled Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the Benghazi attacks on Wednesday, Morgan unloaded on their criticism as "political grandstanding" showing "a whisper of misogyny." "I've been listening to the Republicans getting on their high horse about this for a long time. Now I've thought a lot of today's criticism was political grandstanding in many ways," said the CNN host who has done plenty of grandstanding of his own from his high horse on gun control. "I'm getting a little bit weary, I'll be honest with you, with...
  • God’s law should be the final word on same-sex marriage (a GREAT letter to the editor)

    01/24/2013 5:39:49 PM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 14 replies
    Montana Standard ^ | January 16, 2013 | Joe Warren
    Had the residents of Montana voted to accept same-sex marriage, God’s law will trump it. God spoke thousands of years ago in Genesis, Chapter 19, regarding sexual sins. The apostle Paul also wrote in Romans, Chapter 1, regarding man suppressing the truth and exchanging the truth for a lie, which resulted in men and women performing in unnatural functions. These laws were given to us by God for our own protection. God’s word is holy and sovereign. Any laws passed that are in direct contradiction to God’s word become man’s law. As a believer and follower of my Lord and...
  • Rhode Island House easily passes gay marriage bill

    01/24/2013 5:36:59 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2013 | Fox News
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry in the only New England state where they can't. The House voted 51-19 after an often emotional debate that touched on civil rights, religion and the nature of marriage. The bill now moves to the Senate, where both supporters and opponents of gay marriage say it is difficult to predict the bill's fate. "This has been a long journey," said House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay and supported same-sex legislation when it was first introduced in 1997. "Today...
  • French troops face complicated military landscape in Mali

    01/24/2013 5:36:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2013 | Sudarsan Raghavan and Edward Cody
    DIABALY, Mali — When France entered the world’s newest war against terrorism, French officials boldly declared that the ragtag radical Islamists they planned to oust from northern Mali would scatter in the face of a modern fighting force. But two weeks later, reality has sunk in. Even as they bombard Islamist targets, the French troops are facing a military landscape that is far more complicated than it appeared at the outset, raising questions about France’s long-term goals. With no clear exit strategy, the French are encountering a host of problems: Mali’s interim government is weak, its military is disorganized, and...
  • NASA tests vintage Apollo 11 rocket engine for ideas for new US missions

    01/24/2013 5:34:29 PM PST · by Islander7 · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | AP
    A vintage rocket engine built to blast the first U.S. lunar mission into Earth's orbit more than 40 years ago is again rumbling across the Southern landscape. The engine, known to NASA engineers as No. F-6049, was supposed to help propel Apollo 11 into orbit in 1969, when NASA sent Neil Armstrong and two other astronauts to the moon for the first time.
  • A Cultural Misunderstanding: The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

    01/24/2013 5:32:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    fieldandstream.com ^ | 24 January, 2013 | NA
    For a number of years, I visited the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The show, which is held in a hideous rambling building originally intended to handle livestock, is a genuine monster. For a solid week, people in the tens of thousands come from near and far to grope sporting goods, book hunting and fishing trips, attend demonstrations, and generally see what is what. ESS, as it will hereinafter be referred to, is put on by Reed Exhibitions. Reed is the world’s largest organizer of trade shows and the like; the firm handles 500 events in 39...
  • GOP 'Thugs' in Congress Guilty of 'Assaulting' Hillary,

    01/24/2013 5:31:35 PM PST · by chessplayer · 31 replies
    Surely without intending to do so, liberal radio host Bill Press has providing a compelling argument against renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. On his radio show this morning, the easily piqued Press sniffed in disdain at the sheer effrontery of Republican senators asking pointed questions of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. (audio clip after page break) Here's what the indignant Press had to say "I have to tell you, man, watching the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday and she appeared...
  • NYPD to Receive 'T-Ray' Vision to Detect Concealed Firearms

    01/24/2013 5:26:22 PM PST · by haffast · 53 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 1/25/2013, 1:15 AM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The New York Police Department is testing a new device that can detect firearms concealed beneath layers of clothing. Dubbed “T-Ray,” the machine detects terahertz radiation, a high-frequency electromagnetic natural energy that is emitted by people. It also detects the presence of hidden metal from a distance, The Wall Street Journal reported. snip The boxy machine can be hidden in a vehicle, allowing officers to discreetly scan their target and may provide an alternative to the NYPD's reliance on the controversial tactic of stop-and-frisk, where officers routinely search large numbers of men in high-crime areas, AFP reported. snip The program...
  • Barack Obama provides landing pad for fly (Pics and Videos -- Get Your Barf Bag)

    01/24/2013 5:20:40 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 76 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-24-2013 | Raf Sanchez,
    Subtitle: Not even the Secret Service could keep the fly away from Barack Obama's furrowed brow. The buzzing insect stole the show as the President announced his two new members of his second administration, cutting wild loops around the leader of the free world before landing squarely on his forehead. The official White House transcript simply reads: "This guy is bothering me here - (swatting at a fly.)" Meanwhile, the pool report which describes the President's movements throughout the day, noted that "the president spoke for about five minutes while being menaced by a house fly". It wasn't the first...
  • John Kerry: Mr. Climate

    01/24/2013 5:16:49 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 9 replies
    John Kerry: Mr. Climate By: Darren Samuelsohn and Jonathan Allen January 24, 2013 07:00 PM EST President Barack Obama’s chief global climate cop won’t be stationed at EPA or on the White House staff. He’ll be at the State Department. Obama’s choice of John Kerry as the nation’s top diplomat is the strongest signal to the international community — and the smart set in Washington’s political class — that the American president is truly committed to striking deals designed to save the world. Add that to his mention of climate change in his inaugural address, and it’s giving hopes to...
  • Kerry: Door for 'Two-State Solution' May be Closing

    01/24/2013 5:10:56 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 1/24/13 | Elad Benari
    Senator John Kerry hinted Thursday he has a plan up his sleeve to rekindle the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority but warned he was worried the door for a "two-state solution" may be closing, AFP reports. If the opportunity is lost, it would be "disastrous," Kerry told U.S. lawmakers meeting to confirm his nomination to be the next secretary of state. "We need to try to find a way forward, and I happen to believe that there is a way forward," said Kerry, according to AFP. "But I also believe that if we can't be successful that...
  • 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."