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  • Obama's Abuse of Power (ruling potentially invalidates dozens of NLRB decisions)

    01/27/2013 3:55:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Meantime, the ruling potentially invalidates dozens of NLRB decisions since the illegal recess appointments were made. A similar mess occurred in 2010 when the Supreme Court ruled in New Process Steel v. NLRB that some 600 decisions made by the NLRB without a three-member quorum were invalid. The decision also means that Mr. Cordray has no authority to run the consumer financial bureau, which has been busy issuing thousands of pages of regulations since he was illegally imposed in the job. Mr. Obama renominated Mr. Cordray this week, which is an insult to the Senate and after this ruling to...
  • Lib Dem MP apologizes over attack on “the Jews”

    01/27/2013 12:59:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:04PM GMT 26 Jan 2013
    A Liberal Democrat MP facing disciplinary action after accusing “the Jews” of atrocities against Palestinians has issued a public apology for causing “unintended offense”. David Ward’s comments—posted on his website ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day—were condemned by party chiefs and sparked a furious backlash. … In a new post on Saturday afternoon he said he “never for a moment intended to criticize or offend the Jewish people as a whole, either as a race or as a people of faith, and apologize sincerely for the unintended offense which my words caused.” …
  • John Kerry: First White Male Secretary of State in 16 Years

    01/26/2013 10:33:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    VOA News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Jeff Seldin
    If confirmed as expected, John Kerry will be the first white male U.S. Secretary of State in about 16 years. So what, if anything, does that mean? For the first time in almost a decade, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were using the term “mister” to address a prospective Secretary of State. And at least online, it's been causing buzz.—a website aimed at women—recently posted a piece asking satirically, “Is America Ready for a White Male Secretary of State?” … Years of diplomatic leadership from Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton have left a...
  • Man, 38, fatally shot in city's 6th homicide of the day

    01/26/2013 10:05:31 PM PST · by John W · 23 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | January 26, 2013 | Staff report
    A 38-year-old man was killed in the Englewood neighborhood tonight, making him the sixth person shot dead today, police said. The latest shooting happened about 10:05 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Carpenter Street, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines said. The man died on the scene, Gaines said.
  • Women Serving in Combat Positions Is a Batty Idea

    01/26/2013 9:56:19 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-27-13 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other U.S. military leaders lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. I, for one, think this is a great idea and have a few modest proposals, if the brass inside the beltway is open to suggestions, on how they should deploy the dames (and whom they should deploy). First off, if you truly want to eviscerate the enemy—namely Muslims—then I propose sending the most nerve grating and foul women Hollywood has to offer straight into hot zones as our forward armies. I’m a thinkin’ starting off with Roseanne Barr, Joy...
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clark's PSA on guns

    01/26/2013 9:21:46 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 25 replies
    Office of the Sheriff ^ | January 2013 | David A. Clark
    Scroll down a bit to download the PSA. I can't do a hot link to the file. It's a MP3 file, you can get at the source. This sheriff is one of the good guys. This has gone viral. The lefties have their panties in a wad over this PSA. HAH!! I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal…your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 9-1-1 and waiting is no longer your best option. You can...
  • Girl 'leukemia free' after being treated with HIV

    01/26/2013 9:15:32 PM PST · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Emma Brooke-Whitehead had undergone extended chemotherapy without success when doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to try the groundbreaking new treatment about eight months ago. "This treatment was really her only chance," pediatric oncologist Stephen Grupp told ABC News. The treatment works by using a disabled version of HIV to retrain a patient's disease-fighting white blood cells to kill cancer cells.
  • California lawmaker threatening Microsoft over … loss of Sacramento Kings?

    01/26/2013 9:03:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/26/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Last weekend, Phil Mickelson threatened to move out of California over the onerous tax hikes imposed by Jerry Brown and the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. Mickelson later apologized for his outburst, although I'm not sure why; he has just as much right to complain as anyone else. CNN Money later attempted to correct Mickelson, saying that his total tax rate was somewhere around 53%, not 62%, but I'm not sure that was much comfort, nor an effective rebuttal to Mickelson's point.As it turns out, Mickelson's not the only sports entity looking at a Golden Gate exit. Forbes noted that one...
  • FDA: Better food labeling could stem obesity

    01/26/2013 8:47:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 25, 2013 | Elizabeth Palermo (BusinessNewsDaily)
    Can improved labeling on food products help consumers make healthier choices? A new study by the Food and Drug Administration shows that it can. The FDA is in the process of updating the 20-year-old nutrition facts label that appears on all food and beverage products in the U.S. The organization’s researchers believe that improved labels may assist consumers in making healthier decisions about the food they buy. The FDA commissioned the study as part of the action plan for its Obesity Working Group. The researchers' goal was to determine whether modifying the key elements of the nutrition facts label might...
  • Police Continue Investigation Of School Shootings

    01/26/2013 8:44:56 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 19 replies
    The Newtown Bee ^ | January 24, 2013 | Andrew Gorosko
    Police this week continued their investigation into the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in seeking to document exactly what happened and learn the motive of the gunman who shot and killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the Dickinson Drive building. State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said that state police had a private meeting with members of the families of the deceased on January 15 to update them on the progress of the probe and to answer questions. Lt Vance declined to provide details on that 90-minute meeting. "We're doing our best to keep...
  • Holy Cow! Tyranny at The Dairy

    01/26/2013 8:22:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 26, 2013 | Rhett Kelley
    This morning I watched yet another video of something that disturbs me greatly: the events leading up to the “legal” theft of several tons of cheese produced on a small family farm in Missouri. This, after the cheese had been embargoed for over 2 years and thus was no longer fit for consumption anyway. All of this was done in the name and at the expense of the taxpayers of Missouri, under the guise of “food safety.”
  • Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney: I uphold all of the Constitution, not just part of it

    01/26/2013 8:21:09 PM PST · by PotatoGun · 9 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | January 25, 2013 | Gary Raney
    As an elected official and a sheriff, I have the great honor to take an oath of office. Very few occupations include the special pride that comes with the trust inherent in an oath of office, but mine does. In that oath, I swore to uphold the Constitution and laws that we live under in this great nation. Those words were my promise that I would not use my own personal interests to decide what is right and wrong. I swore to work within our system of law and justice to fairly enforce what you, through your elected representatives in...
  • How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming?

    01/26/2013 7:51:06 PM PST · by upchuck · 28 replies
    Yahoo/Scientific American ^ | Wednesday, January 23,2013 | David Biello
    [snip] In addition to a groundswell of opposition to the 2,700-kilometer-long Keystone pipeline, 17 of his [James Hansen] fellow climate scientists joined him in signing a letter urging Pres. Barack Obama to reject the project last week. Simply put, building the pipeline—and enabling more tar sands production—runs "counter to both national and planetary interests," the researchers wrote. "The year of review that you asked for on the project made it clear exactly how pressing the climate issue really is." Obama seemed to agree in his second inaugural address this week, noting "we will respond to the threat of climate change,...
  • French Forces Advance in Mali

    01/26/2013 7:42:16 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 26, 2013 | DREW HINSHAW
    KONNA, Mali—French special forces edged up to the largest city in Mali's north, entering the airport outside Gao and setting the stage for a battle for a city al Qaeda-backed militants have fortified since April. French and Malian troops on Saturday took control of the airport, as well as the bridge over the Niger River that leads into town, France's Defense Ministry said. A small number of the French forces, said one French spokesman, is leading an attempt to reclaim the 800-year-old city of 90,000, seized last year by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the insurgency's local allies.
  • Of course: Feinstein’s assault weapons ban exempts government officials

    01/26/2013 7:27:36 PM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    Hey, they’ve gotta have someone who can sell high-powered firearms to Mexican drug cartels, amirite? You’ve heard about the 158 weapons you’ll no longer be able to use. But what about the exemptions? "Not everyone will have to abide by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s gun control bill. If the proposed legislation becomes law, government officials and others will be exempt." “Mrs. Feinstein’s measure would exempt more than 2,200 types of hunting and sporting rifles; guns manually operated by bolt, pump, lever or slide action; and weapons used by government officials, law enforcement and retired law enforcement personnel,” the Washington Times reports.
  • Melissa Harris-Perry Admits: U.S. Military 'Despised By Many Progressives'

    01/26/2013 7:15:45 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's hardly a secret. After all, in a letter to a senior officer, no less than a young Bill Clinton openly admitted that many of his cohort to "loath[ed] the military." Still, it's stunning to hear a modern-day liberal make a similar admission. On her MSNBC show today, Melissa Harris-Perry stated that the U.S. military is "despised as an engine of war by many progressives." View the video here.
  • Boehner full of regret over 'fiscal-cliff' moves

    01/26/2013 6:52:47 PM PST · by RummyChick · 76 replies
    the hill ^ | 1/26 | berman
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is sharing his regrets about his "fiscal-cliff" strategy, less than a month after the House bitterly swallowed a last-minute deal hatched in the Senate. In a private speech to the Ripon Society on Tuesday, Boehner said that he should have taken a different course after the November election by immediately demanding that the Senate produce a bill to avert the worst parts of a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that were due to hit on Jan. 1. Instead, Boehner delivered a formal speech at the Capitol on the day after President Obama won a...

    01/26/2013 6:48:42 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 27 replies
    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.