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  • Netanyahu would agree to interim Palestinian state, ex-minister claims

    01/29/2013 8:07:02 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 14 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 1/29/2013 | RAPHAEL AHREN
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to agree to the creation of a Palestinian state in provisional borders, even before his conditions for a final-status agreement are met, former minister and veteran peace activist Yossi Beilin said. “I don’t think that Netanyahu, who is far from being a warmonger — he’s a very cautious person — [is ready to commit to] a permanent solution. Not because he doesn’t want it — all of us want it — but because he’s not ready to pay the price,” Beilin said Monday night. “But to speak about a provisional border with the Palestinians,...
  • Cops hunt for gun lost by Plymouth captain in courthouse bathroom

    01/29/2013 7:53:40 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 48 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 29 Jan 2013 | Laurel Sweet
    Plymouth, state and Wareham police are continuing their search this morning for a veteran cop’s loaded service revolver that went missing from a courthouse bathroom yesterday after Plymouth Police Capt. John Rogers Jr. inadvertently left it behind during a rest stop. Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri said the investigation includes a review of defendants who had cases before Wareham District Court yesterday, where Rogers, a 26-year veteran and head of his department’s operations division, went to testify.
  • Immigration plan: A new era of bipartisanship or a political necessity? (Call House RINOS now!)

    01/29/2013 7:52:08 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/29/13 | Halimah Abdullah
    An immigration proposal crafted for months in secret by a high-profile, bipartisan cadre of senators is both a rare moment of simpatico in politics and a matter of political practicality
  • Fmr. Priest Sentenced For Underage Sex Abuse [Coming to a Boy Scout Troop soon!]

    01/29/2013 7:30:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    CBS MIAMI ^ | 1/29/13
    – A former South Florida Catholic priest who pled no contest earlier this month to multiple underage sex abuse charges has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. During Neil Doherty’s sentencing hearing Monday morning, the judge ordered that time he’s already spent in jail be credited to his sentence. With that time taken into account, Doherty will spend a little more than 12 years in prison.
  • Two Houston police accused of helping smuggle cocaine

    01/29/2013 7:28:33 AM PST · by Calamari · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 28, 2013 11:54pm | Dane Schiller
    Two Houston police officers are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after allegations they accepted $2,000 in bribes to protect a stash of cocaine being smuggled through the city
  • US: Consumer Confidence falls to 58.6 in January

    01/29/2013 7:28:01 AM PST · by John W · 17 replies
    FXstreet.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | FXstreet.com
    FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The most awaited piece of data for today surprised investors negatively, as Consumer Confidence in the US fell from 65.1 to 58.6 in January. Actual data came in much lower than the 64.0 expected.
  • Losing the will to live

    01/29/2013 7:10:33 AM PST · by SunStar · 20 replies
    RebeccaCosta.com ^ | 9:55p.m. EST January 28, 2013 | Rebecca D. Costa
    The ghastly murders in Newtown, Conn., reflect the horrify prevalence of suicide here and across the globe. Before we turn up the volume on the Second Amendment. Before we trot out data proving that more guns lead to more violence — or don't. Before we re-live every senseless mass murder and make children afraid to step into a movie theater, school or mall. Before all of this and worse — experts would be wise to examine a phenomena that has been the impetus behind so many recent attacks on innocent civilians: Long before the perpetrators reached for a weapon, they...
  • Gary Shilling Expects Great Disconnect to Cause Stock Market Crash 2013

    01/29/2013 7:07:26 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    The Market Oracle ^ | 1-29-2013 | Steve Sjuggerud
    Gary Shilling Expects Great Disconnect to Cause Stock Market Crash 2013 Stock-Markets / Financial CrashJanuary 28, 2013 - 06:20 PM By: DailyWealth Steve Sjuggerud writes: Gary Shilling might have the best track record of any investor over the last 30 years... If you had invested $100,000 in Shilling's "big idea" 30 years ago, it would be worth over $6 million today. While most investors didn't pay attention to his big idea, Shilling was right. And he never gave up on his big idea. Here in 2013, Shilling has some new big ideas... and some bold predictions... particularly about what he...
  • On skeet shooting, put up or shut up, Barry

    01/29/2013 7:07:22 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Jan 29, 2013 | Rick Moran
    On skeet shooting, put up or shut up, Barry That's the challenge from Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who offered to go to Camp David and have a shoot off with the president. "If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn't he referenced this at any point in time?" Blackburn said Monday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "I tell you what I do think," she later added. "I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him and I bet I'll beat...
  • TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY TO LEAVE ADMINISTRATION [LaHood the RINO]

    01/29/2013 7:06:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Big story A P ^ | 1/29/13
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in President Barack Obama's first-term Cabinet, says he plans to leave the Obama administration. The former congressman from Illinois says in an interview with The Associated Press that he intends to remain at the department until his successor is confirmed.
  • Experts find new evidence in submarine mystery

    01/29/2013 7:04:46 AM PST · by libstripper · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | BRUCE SMITH
    Researchers say they may have the final clues needed to solve the mystery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which never resurfaced after it became the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship, taking its eight-man crew to a watery grave.
  • Russia says Assad's chances fading

    01/29/2013 7:01:52 AM PST · by bert · 8 replies
    Al Jereeza ^ | 27 Jan 2013 17:29 | staff
    Prime Minister Medvedev says Syrian president's chances of keeping power are getting "smaller and smaller" as war rages Russia's prime minister has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had made a "grave," and possibly "fatal" mistake by delaying political reforms and not speaking to members of the country's oppositon sooner. "[Assad] should have done everything much faster, attracting part of the moderate opposition, which was ready to sit at the table with him, to his side," Dmitry Medvedev said according to the transcript of an interview with CNN released by his office on Sunday. "This was his grave mistake, and possibly...
  • Notorious “gun map” wildly inaccurate

    01/29/2013 6:55:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 13 replies
    When the Journal News published a map showing the location of all households in their corner of New York, gun-rights activists vehemently criticized the decision as irresponsible, one that put the entire community in danger. As it turns out, they underestimated just how irresponsible the Journal News decision was. The map wildly overstated the number of active gun permits, and it turns out the newspaper didn’t bother to verify any of their information (via Instapundit): "The newspaper map of one New York county’s pistol permits was riddled with problems, thanks to inaccurate data in official records, acknowledges the paper that...
  • U.S. to Expand Role in Africa

    01/29/2013 6:44:52 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated January 29, 2013, 6:58 a.m. ET | ADAM ENTOUS and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    Military Pact With Niger Brings American Forces Closer to Conflict in Mali. The U.S. signed an agreement Monday with the West African country of Niger that clears the way for a stepped-up American military presence on the edges of the conflict in neighboring Mali. The U.S. and France are moving to create an intelligence hub in Niger that could include a base, near Mali's border, for American drones that could monitor al Qaeda-linked militants in Mali's vast desert north, U.S. officials said. The moves show the extent to which the U.S. and France are girding for what could be an...
  • Skeptical congresswoman challenges Obama to skeet shooting match

    01/29/2013 6:43:49 AM PST · by libstripper · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Ashley Killough
    It's about time for some bipartisan...skeet shooting? Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, joined a chorus of skeptics who questioned President Barack Obama's recent comments about his hobby of skeet shooting, a sport where participants fire shotguns to break airborne clay disks. "If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos? Why hasn't he referenced this at any point in time?" Blackburn said Monday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront." "I tell you what I do think," she later added. "I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet...
  • Mali: Britain prepared to send 'sizeable amount' of troops to support French

    01/29/2013 6:34:50 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 30 replies
    Guardian ^ | Monday 28 January 2013 | Nicholas Watt and Luke Harding in Sévaré
    David Cameron says UK will support French mission to drive Islamists out but insists forces will not engage in combat Britain is prepared to take the risk of sending a "sizeable amount" of troops to Mali and neighbouring West African countries as David Cameron offers strong support to France in its operation to drive Islamist militants from its former colony. As news emerged that insurgents retreating from Timbuktu had set fire to a library containing thousands of priceless historic manuscripts, Downing Street said the prime minister told François Hollande on Sunday night Britain was "keen" to provide further military assistance...
  • National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America [Names of members]

    01/29/2013 6:29:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    National Officers: Rex W. Tillerson Irving, Texas President Tico A. Perez Orlando, Florida National Commissioner Aubrey B. Harwell Jr. Nashville, Tennessee Treasurer R. Thomas Buffenbarger Upper Marlboro, Maryland Assistant Treasurer James S. Turley New York, New York International Commissioner Terrence P. Dunn Kansas City, Missouri Vice President— Council Operations Wayne M. Perry Bellevue, Washington President-Elect Randall L. Stephenson Dallas, Texas Vice President—Finance Lyle R. Knight Billings, Montana Vice President—Human Resources Nathan O. Rosenberg Laguna Beach, California Vice President—Marketing Jack D. Furst Dallas, Texas Vice President— Outdoor Adventures O. Temple Sloan Jr. Raleigh, North Carolina Vice President—Supply Earl G. Graves New...
  • The Political Gospel of Pain

    01/29/2013 6:20:58 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | 1/29/2013 | Glenn Fairman
    The Good News is that the Progressive ideology is insufficient to animate government for long after it has come into its own full flowering. It only can sustain itself temporarily and parasitically on a healthy organism before it succeeds in crippling its host and breeding intense enmity. I believe it so deficient a vision that I categorically state that it will soon come crashing down in America, as is occurring everywhere on earth. The nagging problem is that the entrenched Progressive ideology is tightly bound in a bastard amalgam of anti-theism and the rejection of the old moral order. Therefore,...
  • Panetta's Cowardly Decision

    01/29/2013 6:13:03 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    In a newsworthy act of political cowardice, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ran through the Pentagon's exit door as he announced he is striking down the 1994 Combat Exclusion Law. His timing means his successor, presumably Chuck Hagel, will inherit the task of defending the order to assign women to front-line military combat. Of course, Panetta doesn't want to be grilled about his order. It's lacking in common sense and it is toadying to the feminist officers who yearn to be 3- and 4-star generals based on the feminist dogma of gender interchangeability and on their desire to force men...
  • Big Government 101: Federal Subsidies Create Glut Of College Grads

    01/29/2013 6:02:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/28/2013 | IBD Staff
    Higher Education: A new study finds almost half of Americans with college degrees are working at jobs that don't require one. It's the latest example of how federal subsidies are creating a massive higher-education bubble. The study, by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, found that an incredible 48% of college graduates — about 13 million of them — hold jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree. About 5 million have jobs that don't even require a high school diploma. There are, for example, roughly a million sales clerks, 300,000 waiters and 100,000 janitors with college degrees. This mismatch...
  • Unions Crumble Without Stimulus Spending

    01/29/2013 5:58:35 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1/24/2013 | Chris Stirewalt
    Overall union membership dropped by about 400,000 members from 2011 to 2012, a decline of 11.8 to 11.3 percent of the U.S. workforce. But the worst news for union leaders is where the decline occurred: in what had been their only growth sector, government workers. More than half of the loss came among government workers. The majority of union members are now government workers and government workers have a union membership rate of 37 percent, about five times higher than the private sector. An irony for private-sector labor unions has always been that their larger ideological aims of protecting workers...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 29,2013

    01/29/2013 5:53:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 96 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | January 29,2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! Image by Cool Text: Free Logos and Buttons - Create An Image Just Like ThisBecause I have to be out all the morning and early afternoon, need to set the Rush thread early so you can have this thread for early this afternoon....
  • Politico: Amnesty 'Right Thing To Do', But Easy to 'Demagogue'

    01/29/2013 5:44:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It's a classic MSM tactic: delegitimize opposition to a liberal proposal. Suggest that there can be no principled objections, only base motives. Take the current proposals on "the pathway to citizenship"—AKA amnesty—being floated. On today's Morning Joe, Politico co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei proclaimed that it was probably "the right thing to do," but fretted that it would be easy to "demagogue." View the video here.
  • Will Our Rights Be Preserved by Our Sheriffs?

    01/29/2013 5:44:18 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 1/29/2013 | Russ Vaughn
    The Land of Enchantment is a physically beautiful land indeed, yet one with the misfortune to be so traditionally misgoverned by our liberal Democrat majority as to be relegated too frequently to the very lowest rankings of the states when it comes to poverty, education, health, etc. Once in a while, however, we do find something besides our majestic landscapes to be proud of. A statement just issued by the New Mexico Sheriffs' Association and signed by 29 of 33 county sheriffs, declaring that their oaths of office don't require them to enforce federal laws they consider unconstitutional, provides New...
  • Department of Homeland Security to Purchase 7,000 "Assault Weapons"

    01/29/2013 5:41:28 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 29, 2013 | Michael Krieger
    The hypocrisy of the government knows no bounds. I have said repeatedly, and continue to say, that I am against all gun control at the moment because our government is extremely violent and not only do I not expect it to protect the American people in general, I believe it is far more concerned with protecting the status quo from the people. It has become crystal clear that the political and financial oligarchs are quite intentionally attempting to disarm the populace while arming themselves to the teeth in anticipation of some horrible economic event they know is inevitable. From The...
  • Twin Cities doctors bypass insurers; patients charged directly for care

    01/29/2013 5:40:41 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-28-13 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Starting in April, the practice will ask patients to pay doctors directly for their care and no longer will accept payments from insurance companies except for Medicare. "We believe that insurance companies are making it increasingly difficult to practice patient-centered medicine," the doctors in the practice wrote to patients this month. The doctors are joining the small but growing number of physicians who since the late 1990s have tried going the "direct pay" or "concierge" route, where doctors typically care for a smaller group of patients who are willing to pay for easier access to their physician. It's a trend...
  • Hyannis West student, 5, warned for making Lego gun (Faces Possible Suspension)

    01/29/2013 5:36:33 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 24 replies
    myFoxBoston.com ^ | 1/29/2013 | Staff
    HYANNIS (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A 5-year-old boy faces possible suspension, after building a gun out of legos, during his after school program. Joseph Cardosa is part of the after school program at Hyannis West Elementary School, on Cape Cod. His parents received a letter a few days ago that said Joseph has received his first written warning for using toys inappropriately, and that upon a secon written warning, he will be suspended from the program for two weeks. Joseph's parents, Shelia Cruz and Octavio Cardosa, say the school is taking things too far. "It's not like he's designing...
  • Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. is right

    01/29/2013 5:36:02 AM PST · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 29 jan 2013 | James Causey
    It's the truth. Clarke made his case during a radio spot last week. He urged residents to learn how to use a firearm so they can defend themselves in case of an emergency. I know this is scary stuff. It's scary to think that law enforcement may not be there to respond to your emergencies. And when they do respond, they may not get there in time to save you. From experience, I know law enforcement is not automatic. Milwaukee is a big city and on a Friday or Saturday night there are a lot of things going on. When...
  • Oath of duty (Police officer's letter to the editor)

    01/29/2013 5:35:35 AM PST · by IbJensen · 10 replies
    Recorder ^ | January 21, 2013
    As a citizen of the United States, I am proud of the deep-rooted patriotism of my forefathers. Many lives have been sacrificed in order to maintain the liberty which we all enjoy, including those of many of my ancestors. I was deeply saddened by recent tragedies such as those in Colorado and at Sandy Hook. However, I am troubled by the fact that our legislators are rushing to strip away the constitutional rights of the American people. The media attempts to reinforce a need for more strict gun control, yet anyone who spends any amount of time seeking the truth...
  • Obama to announce his immigration reform plan, said to be more liberal than Senate effort

    01/29/2013 5:29:25 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 1/29/13 | David Nakamura and Rosalind S. Helderman
    The Obama administration has developed its own proposals for immigration reform that are more liberal than a separate bipartisan effort in the Senate, including a quicker path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, people with knowledge of the proposals said.
  • Rep. McKinley: No on Chuck Hagel

    01/29/2013 5:16:11 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 5 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 1/29/13 | Rep. David McKinley
    President Obama's nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense has prompted a number of questions about his positions on issues of importance to our national security, specifically our relationships with Israel and Iran. It is our hope that the Confirmation Hearings held by the Senate Armed Services Committee will address these issues and shed some light on Senator Hagel's positions and past statements. While Senator Hagel's record of service to the United States is worthy of respect, his position on Israel and the role of the United States in the Middle East gives us apprehension. Israel is...
  • Piers Morgan and the Assault on American Liberty

    01/29/2013 5:11:48 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 18 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/29/2013 | Jeffrey Lord
    Live from New York! It’s King George the Third!!!!!!!!! Brought to you by CNN! CNN’s Piers Morgan, a British citizen, has been in the news lately for his views on gun control. He’s for it. He’s not so big on the U.S. Constitution. As he made clear in this exchange with Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro. At one point, Morgan picked up a booklet copy of the U.S. Constitution Shapiro had brought with him, saying: Morgan: “…you come in and brandish your little book…” Shapiro: “That’s the Constitution of the United States.” Later in the show was this exchange as Shapiro made...
  • Judge tosses former Congressman’s lawsuit against pro-life group

    01/29/2013 5:02:10 AM PST · by IbJensen · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 1/28/2013 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A former Congressman who sued the Susan B. Anthony List for losing his election in 2010 has lost his case. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black, an Obama appointee, admitted in his seven-page ruling that he could not “see the forest for the trees” when he originally allowed Driehaus' defamation lawsuit to go forward. The former Cincinnati congressman, who identified as a “pro-life Democrat,” filed suit after SBA List threatened to take out billboards saying: “Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted FOR taxpayer-funded abortion.” Although the signs never went up, Driehaus said the...
  • New super PAC hopes to give cover to pro-immigration Republicans (Bush, Romney, Rove RINOS)

    01/29/2013 4:58:08 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 11/16/13 | Peter Wallsten
    Prominent Republicans are launching a new super PAC they hope will help begin repairing the political damage left by years of anti-illegal-immigrant rhetoric that has dominated GOP primaries and alienated crucial Hispanic voters. The organization, to be called Republicans for Immigration Reform, aims to undermine what organizers call the “extremists” who have pushed party nominees to stake out far-right positions such as opposing a pathway to legalization for millions of illegal workers, students and children. -snip- Spies said the new PAC will most likely favor whatever immigration plans are backed by House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Marco...
  • Sen. Ron Johnson the Winner of the Week in Washington

    01/29/2013 4:42:03 AM PST · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/28/2013 | Brian Sikma
    Sometimes a citizen lawmaker dares to exercise such candor that the inside-the-Beltway crowd recoils in horror at the blatant honesty. Such was the case with Wisconsin’s own Senator Ron Johnson (R) this past week. Johnson captured attention with his tough questioning of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to finally answer questions about the Benghazi disaster of last September. Clinton, demonstrating the cunning political acumen that propelled her and her husband so far on the national political stage, weaved a range of emotions into her carefully prepared opening statement. With her final months...
  • 165 Families Evacuated from Gaza in 2005 Face Expulsion Again

    01/29/2013 4:39:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/13 | Annie Lubin
    165 families who reside in the caravan site in Nitzan were given urgent evacuation orders to leave their homes, Ma'ariv reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the families, who took up residence in Nitzan after being kicked out of their homes in Gush Katif, were ordered to pay rent to the government on the caravans but many were unable to or simply refused, citing poor living conditions and a feeling of frustration towards the government over the realty that seven years after the forced "Disengagement" from Gaza many of their lives are still in fragments. Officials in the Tenufa...
  • Man arrested after posting Facebook photo of baby & gun

    01/29/2013 4:39:32 AM PST · by Ratman83 · 123 replies
    Fox 19 ^ | Jan 27, 2013 6:31 PM EST | FOX19 Digital Media Staff
    COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Police have arrested a Colerain man after he posted a photo of himself on Facebook holding his 1-year-old daughter and a BB gun. Domonic Gaines, 22, was arrested after the incident which occurred at his home on Suliner Drive Sunday. According to reports, police initially believed that Gaines was holding a handgun in the photo. However, police say the gun in question turned out to be a BB gun. The photo depicted Gaines holding his daughter, Paradise Gaines, along with the BB gun. Police say that the close proximity of the gun to the child...
  • Egypt could 'collapse,' army chief warns as violence continues

    01/29/2013 4:35:39 AM PST · by John W · 15 replies
    Reuters via nbcnews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Tom Perry, Yasmine Saleh and Yusri Mohamed
    The struggle between political forces in Egypt could “lead to the collapse of the state,” the country’s army chief said Tuesday. In a posting to the army’s Facebook page, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said political and economic issues now represented a “real threat” to security. "The continuation of the struggle of the different political forces ... over the management of state affairs could lead to the collapse of the state," General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said. He added that the army would remain "the solid and the cohesive block" on which "the foundation of the state rests." Al-Sisi, who is also...
  • Egypt's Defense Minister: Egypt could Collapse

    01/29/2013 4:29:48 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/13 | Anni Lubin & Gil Ronin
    Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi warned Tuesday that Egypt could be facing collapse. Al-Sisi explained that military units have been stationed in cities next to the Suez Canal, where riots have broken out, in order to protect the canal. "The continuing conflict between political forces and their differences concerning the management of the country could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations," Al-Sisi said in a speech to army cadets that was also quoted on the Egyptian military spokesman's Facebook page. Sisi said the country's economic, political and social challenges signify "a real threat...
  • Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry [2004]

    01/29/2013 3:19:13 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 81 replies
    world net daily ^ | Published: 10/26/2004 at 1:00 AM | Art Moore
    memory hole reminder The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry’s group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2004/10/27207/#615wufvA5oZXKuWK.99
  • Dog helps woman [Therapy Dog] give birth [UK]

    01/29/2013 2:56:13 AM PST · by expat1000 · 21 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | Jan 28, 2013 | Ryan Lee Hall
    Pets have become a major part of family life. Now, a pregnant woman was allowed to take her dog to the hospital to help the woman throughout the birth. The maternity ward at St. Michael's Hospital, in England, allowed the woman to take her dog, inside the delivery room, “because it is a certified therapy dog.”
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 29, 2013

    01/29/2013 2:46:59 AM PST · by sneakers · 18 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Welcome To Meat Week!

    01/29/2013 2:29:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    SFist ^ | 1/28/13
    What began as a joke between two friends in Florida in 2005, Meat Week is a national holiday with a growing number of fans dedicated to celebrating good ol’ traditional Southern BBQ. It takes place over eight consecutive nights, like Hannukkah for extreme carnivores with meat instead of gelt. During the last week of January every year, enthusiasts gather to eat tons of carne across America.
  • China Reform Monitor - No. 1011 - stressing the party’s “absolute control” over the press

    01/29/2013 1:13:10 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 1/21/2013 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    The CPC Central Committee’s Publicity Department has issued an urgent memo to party chiefs and media officials stressing the party’s “absolute control” over the press, the SCMP reports. It includes three conclusions regarding the Southern Weekend censorship row – in which censors changed an editorial causing hundreds to rally outside the paper’s Guangzhou offices: (1) The party has absolute control of China's media. (2) The incident is unrelated to Guangdong propaganda chief, Tuo Zhen. (Tuo has been a lightning rod for criticism as he approved the censored editorial.) (3) Hostile foreign forces interfered in the Southern Weekend incident. The memo...
  • They're back: J. C. Penney adds sales

    01/29/2013 1:05:40 AM PST · by rawhide · 37 replies
    ajc.com ^ | 1-28-13 | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
    J.C. Penney is bringing back sales. The struggling department store chain this week will begin adding back some of the hundreds of sales it ditched last year in hopes of luring shoppers who were turned off when the discounts disappeared, CEO Ron Johnson told The Associated Press. Penney also plans to add price tags or signs for more than half of its merchandise to show customers how much they're saving by shopping at the chain — a strategy used by a few other retailers. For store-branded items such as Arizona, Penney will show comparison prices from competitors. The reversal comes...
  • Expert lifts lid on surveillance aircraft (China)

    01/29/2013 1:04:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2013-01-28
    Expert lifts lid on surveillance aircraft File photo of Wang Xiaomo taken in May 2011.[Photo/Asianewsphoto] BEIJING - A senior Chinese military scientist has ended years of secrecy on a key type of surveillance aircraft mastered by China, exposing details on the domestic research and manufacture of "airborne early warning and control" (AEWC) systems. Wang Xiaomo, 74, regarded as the "father" of AEWC in China, said that the country has developed a complete AEWC aircraft series with its own technology, the People's Daily reported on Monday. "We're confident of producing more advanced early warning planes with smaller sizes, lower costs, multiple...
  • Defence set to buy Super Hornets over cutting-edge fighter

    01/29/2013 12:59:52 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Courier, Australia ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | David Wroe
    Defence set to buy Super Hornets over cutting-edge fighter AUSTRALIA will almost certainly be forced to buy 24 new Super Hornet fighter planes at a cost of about $2 billion to plug a looming gap in its air defences amid delays in the purchase of the cutting-edge Joint Strike Fighter. According to a leaked draft of the 2013 defence white paper, just two Lockheed Martin JSFs will be delivered to Australia by 2020. This strongly indicates that the government will need to buy rival Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets, which are cheaper but older and less stealthy than the JSF. ''By...
  • Red China: Provinces scramble to implement Xi’s “eight rules”

    01/29/2013 12:59:59 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    AFPC China Reform Monitor ^ | 1/21/2013 | Joshua Eisenman, ed.
    To conform with President Xi Jinping’s “eight rules” on official behavior localities are competing to adopt the strictest regulations against bureaucracy and waste. The restrictions detail how visiting leaders should be treated: buffet meals, no liquor, no banners, no cheering crowds and no hotel suites. At least 17 provinces and municipalities and the military have already announced such guidelines and authorities in Chongqing, Guangdong, Shanghai, and Tianjin will soon do so. To pacify popular outrage over official corruption last month, the new 25-member Politburo formally adopted Xi’s “eight rules.” To date, however, they have been more concerned with reducing cadres’...
  • BURMA STEPS UP OFFENSIVE AGAINST KACHIN REBELS

    01/29/2013 12:53:52 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    AFPC South Asia Security Monitor ^ | 1/21/2013 | Jeff Smith and John Ambrose
    Three civilians were killed and several others wounded as a result of a series of artillery strikes by the Burmese military against targets in the town of Laiza in Burma’s northern Kachin province. These artillery strikes have come as part of a larger offensive by the central Burmese government against the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), an ethnic separatist group that wields significant influence in the province’s rural areas. The Burmese government has defended the strikes as an act of self-defense following the KIO’s refusal to allow supply convoys to reach a military base located in the province. The recent offensive...
  • EU: [ECB chief] Mario Draghi confronts Berlin over contagion from Cyprus default

    01/29/2013 12:12:36 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/29/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Leading European Union officials have warned Germany it would be a grave mistake to let Cyprus default or to impose losses on private creditors, fearing a repeat of errors made when Greece first flew out of control. Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank’s chief, said a collapse of EU debt talks with Cyprus or a forced restructuring would “undo the positive mood” that has calmed European markets since July. Mr Draghi told Der Spiegel that Cypriot banks are big enough to pose a systemic risk to the eurozone. They conduct 40pc of their operations in Greece and are a key...