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  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise More Than Expected

    01/31/2013 6:23:14 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 01/31/2013 | Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits bounced off five-year lows last week, pulling them back to levels consistent with modest job growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The prior week's claims figure was unrevised. Economists polled by Reuters had expected claims to increase to 350,000. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2013/01/31/weekly-jobless-claims-rise-more-than-expected/#ixzz2JYwXRXIp
  • Standoff with Alabama man who killed bus driver, holding boy hostage enters day 2

    01/31/2013 6:16:38 AM PST · by WCH · 41 replies
    Jacksonville.com ^ | 1.31.2013
    MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Jimmy Lee Dykes moved to a rural Alabama neighborhood on a rutted red clay road more than a year ago. It didn't take long before he had developed a frightening reputation as a volatile man who threatened his neighbors at gunpoint and was viciously violent to wandering pets. Multiple neighbors said Dykes, a 65-year-old retired truck driver, was the man suspected of boarding a school bus full of children near his home, killing the driver and taking one 5-year-old boy hostage to open a standoff that entered its second full day Thursday. The neighborhood near...
  • Study: New E15 gas can ruin auto engines.

    01/31/2013 6:08:17 AM PST · by selfdefense · 46 replies
    This week's warm Washington temperatures had some thinking about rolling the Lawn-Boy out of the garage for the first cut of the year. And we all know what that means: Difficult starts due to E10 gas that gels when it sits. Now, according to a new study, cars and truck may face the same fate thanks to President Obama's demand for a higher ethanol in the new E15 gas.
  • The Idiocy of Sequestration

    01/31/2013 6:06:42 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | 30 Jan 13 | Matthew Yglesias
    With all feel-good talk about immigration reform, fans of conflict and dysfunction may fear the arrival of genuine bipartisanship in Washington. Not to worry! Another budget crisis is almost upon us! This time it’s not the dread fiscal cliff or the debt ceiling, but rather the “sequester”—the extremely crude cutting mechanism that essentially nobody favors but that seems likely to happen anyway. It’ll drag down the economy, impair the functioning of the government across the board, and do nothing to improve America’s fiscal sustainability over the long run. Here’s what you need to know. What is it? Sequestration is broad,...
  • UN: Israel Must Withdraw From Judea, Samaria

    01/31/2013 6:01:15 AM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Chana Ya'ar
    The United Nations says Israel must withdraw all of its citizens from the regions of Judea and Samaria. The recommendation came in a report issued Thursday by the U.N. Human Rights Council, which has a history of passing numerous biased resolutions condemning Israel for various alleged ‘crimes’ each year.
  • Will Syria Bleed Hezbollah Dry?

    01/31/2013 5:58:01 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2013 | DANIEL NISMAN and DANIEL BRODE
    “THE conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.” Henry Kissinger’s observation, made during the Vietnam War, should be haunting Hezbollah, the Middle East’s most capable guerrilla force, as it becomes embroiled in an increasingly costly effort to save the Assad regime. ... Hezbollah’s military commitment in Syria is no less obvious. Since the conflict’s outset, Hezbollah commanders have joined their counterparts in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in advising the Syrian military in its crackdown on opposition strongholds, in addition to training a reported 60,000-member militia to protect Alawite communities in Syria’s...
  • House bill could raise ICC speed limit to 70 (Maryland)

    01/31/2013 5:54:51 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Gazette ^ | January 28, 2013 | Sylvia Carignan
    This story was corrected on Jan. 29, 2013. An explanation follows the story. The speed limit on the Intercounty Connector could reach 70 miles per hour if a bill, introduced during the General Assembly's current session, passes. Del. Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown and Del. Neil Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown are co-sponsoring the bill that would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 miles per hour. The speed limit on the ICC would automatically increase from 55 to 70 miles per hour if the bill is passed. The Maryland Transportation Authority...
  • Zimmerman wants to delay trial for Martin shooting

    01/31/2013 5:48:14 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Mike Schneider
    <p>ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death on Wednesday asked for more time to prepare his case, saying prosecutors had been slow to turn over evidence.</p> <p>At the same time, Zimmerman's lead attorney, Mark O'Mara, renewed his request for donations to George Zimmerman's legal defense, which he said could cost up to $1 million. "The state has virtually unlimited resources to prosecute George," O'Mara said on Zimmerman's defense fund website.</p>
  • Iran Threatens "Serious Consequences" For Tel Aviv

    01/31/2013 5:46:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://www.jpost.com/ ^ | January 31,2013 | Yaakov Lappin, JPost Com Staff
    In the wake of reported Israeli air strike on a Syrian weapons center, Iran issued a threat to Israel on Thursday. The Iranian regime's English language mouthpiece, Press TV, quoted a deputy foreign minister as saying that the "strike on Syria will have serious consequences for Tel Aviv." The official did not elaborate.
  • Kinder makes shale grab with $4 billion deal

    01/31/2013 5:38:25 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 29, 2013 | Laura Goldberg
    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners has advanced its position in the North American shale race adding another 6,900 miles of pipelines and nine processing plants to its empire. Kinder’s deal to purchase Copano Energy for $3.9 billion, announced late Tuesday, will expand its its 46,000-mile pipeline network and, perhaps more important, will give it processing capabilities in key shales plays including the Eagle Ford in South Texas. “Copano gives us a great platform in the Eagle Ford,” partnership President Park Shaper said Wednesday. The pipeline giant announced late Tuesday night that it would buy midstream natural gas company Copano Energy for...
  • FBI agents raid office of North Palm Beach doctor accused of providing prostitutes to U.S. senator

    01/31/2013 5:29:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 1/30/13 | George Bennett, Sonja Isger
    FBI agents on Wednesday removed dozens of boxes from the office of an eye doctor and Democratic donor with close ties to new Senate Foreign Relations chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J. Menendez denied allegations that he had sex with underage prostitutes while visiting a home of the donor, Dr. Salomon Melgen, in the Dominican Republic. It was not clear if the raid on Melgen’s office was related to Menendez. Agents arrived Melgen’s Vitreo-Retinal Consultants Eye Center near 45th Street and Village Boulevard on Tuesday night and on Wednesday afternoon loaded at least 63 cardboard boxes onto vans. Personnel from the Office...
  • Eastern Syrian town lives under al Qaeda rules

    01/31/2013 5:25:56 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:20am EST | Name Withheld
    (Reuters) - In a small town in Syria's east, Islamist militants have taken unclothed mannequins they see as sexually enticing out of the shops. ... Of all the hundreds of rebel units, al-Nusra is considered the most effective. Its fighters, who seek out death in battle as a form of martyrdom, have achieved victories in attacks on several military bases across the country. They still represent a small fraction of the armed anti-Assad groups fighting in Syria but are growing in size and influence. ... Al-Nusra have been shrewd. They took control of the nearby al-Ward oil and gas field...
  • Israel Strikes Against Syrian Chemical Warfare Program-Syria Crosses Israel’s WMD Red Line

    01/31/2013 5:17:22 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 30, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Israel Carries Out Strikes Against Syrian Chemical Warfare ProgramThis story is still developing with contradictory reports in the air, but it would appear that Israeli jets struck targets inside Syria. There are report of a strike on a convoy headed from Syria into Lebanon, possibly carrying long range rockets and chemical weapons to Hezbollah, as well as on a military research center in Jamraya possibly linked to the SSRC, the organization that runs Syria’s WMD and long range strike programs. These two events may be related, as Israel had warned Assad that transferring WMD’s to Hezbollah would be considered a...
  • Economic jitters compete with Obama agenda

    01/31/2013 5:15:15 AM PST · by John W · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo news ^ | January 31, 2013 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as President Barack Obama is pushing new initiatives on gun control and immigration, the gloomy old problem of a sluggish economy is elbowing its way back into prominence. Consumer confidence is falling, the economy is contracting and large automatic spending cuts are threatening to hit the Pentagon and other programs, with uncertain consequences. These troubles arise as Obama's public approval is improving and as he begins to use his sway to promote the key features of his second-term agenda. The White House, the Federal Reserve and independent economists attributed the shrinkage in gross domestic product and...
  • Gayle Trotter (IWF) SJC Testimony (Why AR15 is Potentially Necessary for Young Women/Mothers)

    01/31/2013 5:13:39 AM PST · by NH Liberty · 8 replies
    YouTube/C-SPAN ^ | January 30, 2013 | YouTube Video
    Gayle Trotter of the Independent Women's Forum testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, and did an excellent job in appealing to the young women/mothers at home on the subject of why the AR15 is so suitable, and even potentially necessary, for them as a home defense tool. Where-oh-where is the news reporting on this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SWGCDcTIb4
  • Defend our Veteran's Gun Rights

    01/31/2013 5:02:07 AM PST · by lward99 · 4 replies
    Special Operations Speaks ^ | 1/30/12 | Dick Brauer, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
    It’s a little-known fact that about 30% of returning soldiers are diagnosed with PTSD. These brave men and women, mentally scarred from their service to our country, deserve nothing less than our unwavering support. Instead, they are now in the crosshairs of the gun control lobby. With the VA’s existing massive information sharing with NICS, we already have a precedent for large-scale revocation of veteran’s rights. All it takes is for one of Eric Holder’s decrees to include PTSD, and suddenly one of the most passionate, patriotic segments of Americans will be labeled a danger to society. Ask yourself: Do...
  • Homeland Security has advice for confronting mass murders: scissors (Idiots)

    01/31/2013 4:42:41 AM PST · by onyx · 116 replies
    NY Post ^ | : 5:44 AM, January 31, 2013 | S.A. Miller
    <p>WASHINGTON — Is your workplace getting shot up by a crazed gunman?</p> <p>No problem — just grab a pair of scissors and fight back!</p> <p>That’s some of the helpful advice in a new instructional video from the Department of Homeland Security that was posted on the agency’s Web site just a month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.</p>
  • President Obama’s popularity surges to three-year high [Smell the Dung]

    01/31/2013 4:35:35 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/30/13 | Scott Clement and Aaron Blake
    President Obama is riding a wave of personal popularity into his second term, with his highest favorability ratings since his first year in office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Fully 60 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Obama in the new poll, up slightly from October but a clear shift in opinion from an election year in which his ratings hovered in the mid-to-low 50s. And by 39 percent to 26 percent, the president now has more “strongly” positive ratings than strongly negative reviews, breaking a two-year stretch in which intense opposition was on par...
  • Gaia' Lovelock: Wind turbines 'may become like Easter Island statues'

    01/31/2013 4:31:41 AM PST · by Salman · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | 31st January 2013 | Andrew Orlowski
    Former climate change alarmist Dr James Lovelock, famous for popularising the "Gaia" metaphor, continues his journey back to rationality. Lovelock is objecting to a "medium sized" (240ft high) erection planned for his neighbourhood in North Devon by infamous windfarm operator Ecotricity. The UK currently has 3,000 onshore turbines and 6,000 are planned: this is the main reason why electricity bills are soaring out of control in order to pay for the inefficient, highly expensive windmills. Lovelock calls the runaway windmill building "industrial vandalism". In an objection to the planning application made to Tiverton council, Lovelock points out that one nuclear...
  • Pakistani Schools Getting Further Infusion of U.S. Funds

    01/31/2013 4:30:22 AM PST · by Steve Peacock · 6 replies
    Patriot Update ^ | Jan. 29, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Pakistan’s most urbanized province lacks the “political commitment” and resources to properly educate its people, so the Obama Administration is stepping in to offer a little of both. Obama through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the five-year Community Mobilization Project (CMP) which will deploy contractors to advise officials and communities in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. CMP represents one component of the broader U.S. –funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP), for which the White House last year pledged to infuse about $86 million toward improving targeted Pakistani educational systems.