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  • IRAN OFFICIAL: ATTACK ON SYRIA IS ATTACK ON IRAN

    01/26/2013 6:48:42 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 1/26/2013 | BASSEM MROUE AND ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    Issuing Tehran's strongest warning to date, a top Iranian official said Saturday that any attack on Syria would be deemed an attack on Iran, a sign that it will do all it can to protect embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Ali Akbar Velayati, an aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made his comments as Syrian troops conducted offensive air raids against rebels and discovered a trio of tunnels they were using to smuggle weapons in their fight to topple Assad. The world has been grappling over how to deal with Syria ever since an uprising against Assad's regime...
  • Obama Continues to Violate His Own ‘Stimulus’ Law by Not Releasing Quarterly Reports

    01/26/2013 6:42:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Have you heard much about President Obama’s $787,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately?  In its last report, published in 2011, the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in “stimulus” spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved.  Even in Washington, that’s not considered good bang for the buck. Moreover, that was the fifth consecutive “stimulus” report that showed this number getting progressively worse.Alas, that was the last report we’ve seen.  Never mind that Section 1513 of the “stimulus” legislation, which...
  • Pentagon laying off 46,000 employees

    01/26/2013 6:33:25 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 63 replies
    cnn ^ | January 25, 2013 | Barbara Starr,
    Washington (CNN) -- The Pentagon has begun laying off 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees in an effort to cut back on military spending, the No. 2 Pentagon official said on Friday. Full time civilian employees, which number in the hundreds of thousands, also will be furloughed for one day a week for 22 weeks, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview with wire service reporters. His comments were confirmed by a Pentagon spokesman.
  • A gun show without guns? Essentially (Chicago)

    01/26/2013 6:28:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-27-13 | Dahleen Glanton
    There was an 1854 Lefaucheux pinfire pistol carbine on display, as well as an 1876 .22-caliber derringer in a glass box. But neither was for sale. It wouldn't have mattered if they were. The gun enthusiasts who showed up in Rosemont on Friday for what was billed as the first-ever Chicagoland Gun Show didn't seem interested in gawking at antique pistols. Some wanted to buy high-powered rifles, semi-automatic handguns and high-capacity magazines. But there wasn't a single gun dealer at the show, only a Chicago collector who said he was there to show off his collection. "I've been to a...
  • AP, NBC Ask: Time to Publicly Shame the Obese, Let Smokers Die?

    01/26/2013 6:18:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 46 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | January 26, 2013 | John Nolte
    Biases upfront: I'm a 46 year-old health nut obsessed with exercise and eating right. I don’t smoke or drink, and there are supermodels who worry less about their weight. However, I do admire those who don't live like that; who might not live as long as I do, but will probably enjoy their overall quality of life more than my somewhat Spartan one. Oh, and I also realize that this is America. And if people want to pursue happiness through a double cheeseburger and a pack of Newports, any joyless, left-wing bossy-pants who has a problem with that can go...
  • USS Curts decommissioned at Naval Base San Diego

    01/26/2013 2:00:55 PM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNS ^ | Jan 25, 2013
    The guided-missile frigate USS Curts was decommissioned Friday in a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego. The vessel, dubbed ".38 Special" by its first crew, served in Operation Desert Storm and deployed on anti-smuggling missions. The nickname is derived from its hull number, FFG 38. In the Persian Gulf War, crew members captured an Iraqi garrison on Qaruh Island, taking 51 Iraqi prisoners. The Curts crew also destroyed mines, sank an Iraqi minelayer and supported combat helicopter operations during the Battle of Bubiyan Island. ... The Navy is gradually paring down the numbers of Oliver Perry-class frigates in favor of...
  • Boehner: It’s ‘time to deal’ with immigration (RINO surrender on Amnesty for illegals...)

    01/26/2013 5:52:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 11/26/13 | Rosalind S. Helderman
    A bipartisan group of House members has been quietly meeting and is close to an agreement on changes to propose the nation’s immigration laws, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said last week in a speech to a Republican group.
  • Saxet gun show draws eager buyers (TX)

    01/26/2013 4:54:46 PM PST · by bgill · 22 replies
    KXAN ^ | Jan. 26, 2013 | John Bumgardner
    This is the first day of the gun show since the City of Austin discussed possibly banning from the Travis County Expo Center. State law, however, prevailed because the move would have proved illegal in Texas... “It took 20 minutes to park the truck and about an hour waiting in line,” Another group, One Million Moms for Gun Control marched at the Texas Capitol... The group expected over 100 participants to join in the Austin event.
  • Blast hits key Iranian nuclear site?

    01/26/2013 4:30:57 PM PST · by Bevo · 46 replies
    YNet ^ | 1/26/2013 | None
    Blast hits key Iranian nuclear site? US-based website WND says mysterious explosion destroys large part of Fordo nuclear facility. Report uncorroborated by any official Western source Ynet Published: 01.26.13, 23:12 / Israel News WND, an American news website affiliated with the Right, reported Friday that a mysterious explosion has destroyed a significant portion of Iran's Fordo nuclear facility – considered Tehran's most fortified facility. The website alleged that Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic Republic's Ministry of Intelligence and National Security, confirmed that the facility was hit, but the report has not been corroborated by any Western source. Related stoies:...
  • Anti-tank grenade launcher turns up at Seattle gun buyback event (and impromptu gun show occurs)

    01/26/2013 3:58:02 PM PST · by Junior_G · 18 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 26, 2013 | Nick Provenza
    A lot of guns showed up at the city of Seattle’s gun buyback event today, but it’s not likely anyone was prepared for the Russian-made anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade launcher that someone turned in...
  • Two-Thirds of American Gun Owners Would “Defy” a Federal Gun Ban

    01/26/2013 3:38:11 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 45 replies
    TownHall ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | Leah Barkoukis
    It’s safe to say Feinstein, Obama and the rest of the gun control gang face an uphill battle when it comes to limiting any Second Amendment rights. According to a Fox News poll, most Americans—both Republicans and Democrats—would defy any new laws that would take away their guns. But on to Question 47, addressed to those with a gun in their home: "If the government passed a law to take your guns, would you give up your guns or defy the law and keep your guns?" The response: 65 percent reported they would "defy the law." That incudes 70 percent...
  • The Biggest Losers Of The Past 5 Years

    01/26/2013 2:56:56 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    Tbi ^ | 1-26-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    The Biggest Losers Of The Past 5 Years Joe WeisenthalJanuary 26, 2013, 9:42 AMYou could argue that economic policy makers have done a disappointing job over the past five years, trying to get advanced economies back on their feet. Growth is still slow in the US, and job creation is subpar. But in a sense, the past five years have been a huge vindication for mainstream economic approaches, as these huge experiments in recovery have not had the nasty effects that so many people would have predicted. Consider all of the people who have spent the last few years talking...
  • Obama birth control mandates loosens lawsuits

    01/26/2013 2:37:44 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 1/26/13 | RACHEL ZOLL
    The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits against the mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception for free. However, many for-profit business owners are also suing, claiming a violation of their religious beliefs. The religious lawsuits have largely stalled, as the Department of Health and Human Services tries to develop an accommodation for faith groups. However, no such offer will be made to individual business owners....
  • Two Recent Examples of AR-15s Used For Personal Protection - Uploaded Because Piers Morgan Is a Douc

    01/26/2013 2:35:02 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 9 replies
    MRCTV ^ | 1-26-3013 | papagiorgio200
    Piers Morgan challenged Newt Gingrich to provide examples of AR-15s being used in home protection. Obviously Newt has better things to do with his life (I don't) than provide Piers with an all-encompassing history of this gun saving lives. (Posted by: Religio-Political Talk) Piers then goes on to say there haven't been any. WhoooA buddy! I provide Piers with just two examples from the past few of weeks. I upload this only to provide evidence to the growing body of evidence that Piers Morgan is an ass! And that CNN is hurting its brand by trying to compete with MSNBC.
  • XL allies pressure Obama

    01/26/2013 2:34:33 PM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Petroleum News ^ | Week of January 27, 2013 | Gary Park
    Canadian provincial premier, 10 state governors, seek Keystone pipeline decision The sense of urgency among Canadian governments and oil producers facing a crude transportation bottleneck and the looming prospect of shut-ins has prompted one provincial premier to join 10 U.S. state governors in urging President Barack Obama to end procrastination and approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. “The energy relationship between the United States and Canada is vital to both our countries. It is an interest we share, transcending political lines and geographic boundaries,” the leaders said in a letter to Obama, hoping to gain the president’s attention as he embarks...
  • Obama wants country to appreciate Hillary

    01/26/2013 2:28:53 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies
    politico ^ | 1/25/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "Well, the main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you, because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we've had," he said during the sitdown with "60 Minutes." "It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. "I'm going to miss her, wish she was sticking around but she has logged in so many miles I can't begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit," he said. "But I want the country to appreciate what an extraordinary role she's played during...
  • PALIN: 'WE HAVEN'T YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!'—EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

    01/26/2013 2:25:41 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 151 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Saturday January 26, 2012
    PALIN: 'WE HAVEN'T YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!'—EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BREITBART NEWS What's Next: Short term: I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism. That means broadening our audience. I’m taking my own advice here as I free up opportunities to share more broadly the message of the beauty of freedom and the imperative of defending our republic and restoring this most exceptional nation. We can't just preach to the choir; the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience. Focus...
  • Obama has hijacked the American Revolution

    01/26/2013 2:24:43 PM PST · by Sheapdog · 11 replies
    WND ^ | 1/24/2013 | Buchanan, Pat
    “Second Term Begins With a Sweeping Agenda for Equality,” ran the eight-column banner in which the Washington Post captured the essence of Obama’s second inaugural. There he declared: “What binds this nation together … what makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.” Obama then quoted our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit...
  • SEC Nominee Mary Jo White Protected Corrupt Union Bosses in Teamsters Prosecution

    01/26/2013 2:22:57 PM PST · by Eva · 13 replies
    National Legal Policy Center ^ | 9/25/13 | Peter Flaherty
    Mary Jo White is a poor choice to head the SEC. As a U.S. attorney, she demonstrated a lack of political independence and competence. In the late 90's prosecution of the Teamsters money landering scandal, White won several guilty pleas from low-level has-beens, but gave a pass to prominent union figures who played a key role in the Democratic political campaign of 2000, and every one since. The magnitude of White's dereliction of duty can be seen in who was not prosecuted- Richard Trumka, Andrew Stern and Gerald McEntee. In the 1996 Teamster election, incumbent President Ron Carey narrowly defeated...
  • How a Strategy of Targeting State Legislative Races in 2010 Led to a Republican U.S. House Majority

    01/26/2013 1:41:28 PM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 8 replies
    On November 6, 2012, Barack Obama was reelected President of the United States by nearly a three-point margin, winning 332 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 206 while garnering nearly 3.5 million more votes. Democrats also celebrated victories in 69 percent of U.S. Senate elections, winning 23 of 33 contests. Farther down-ballot, aggregated numbers show voters pulled the lever for Republicans only 49 percent of the time in congressional races, suggesting that 2012 could have been a repeat of 2008, when voters gave control of the White House and both chambers of Congress to Democrats. But, as we see today, that...