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  • As GDP Falls, President Obama Runs Out of Excuses

    01/31/2013 6:40:18 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/30/2013 | IBD Staff
    Obamanomics: The economy shrank last quarter, the deficit topped $1 trillion last year, U.S. debt shot up $5 trillion in the past four, and joblessness is at 7.8%. Boy, President Obama sure inherited an economic mess, didn't he? According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy "unexpectedly" declined 0.1% in last three months of 2012, the first decline since early 2009. The Obama administration, naturally, tried to look for scapegoats, this time settling on Hurricane Sandy and Republican-induced uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" outcome. But if that were the case, why was the administration running around late last year...
  • Why This Is Not 1986 : Reagan tried this already, But it may indeed be different this time.

    01/31/2013 6:39:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2013 | Michael Barone
    Yesterday, as Barack Obama called for a bipartisan immigration bill in Las Vegas and Senator Marco Rubio called for one on Rush Limbaugh’s program, the chances for passage looked surprisingly good. But from some quarters — mostly from the right, but also from liberals such as blogger Mickey Kaus — comes a complaint that deserves to be addressed. We tried this once already, they say, in the 1986 immigration act. We were told that in return for the legalization of illegal immigrants we would get tough border control and strict enforcement against employers who hired illegals. We got the amnesty,...
  • Israel must remove all Jewish settlers from occupied West Bank

    01/31/2013 6:35:10 AM PST · by haffast · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 1-31-2013 | Anne Sewell
    A report emanating from a UN human rights inquiry has called on Israel to remove all Jewish settlers from the West Bank and to immediately cease expansion. According to the report, the settlements violate international law and are merely an attempt to drive out Palestinians through intimidation. The report comes from an inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet and was based on interviews with 50 Palestinians, describing land grabs, violence, and damages to livelihood, and reads, "Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions.” The report further states that...
  • The Spending Sequester Will Grow the Private Economy - Don't Back Off

    01/31/2013 6:34:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    RCM ^ | 01/31/2013 | Larry Kudlow
    Today's report of a 0.1 percent GDP decline for the fourth quarter came as a surprise to most forecasters. But it actually masks considerable strength in the private economy. Namely, housing investment in the fourth quarter jumped 15.3 percent annually, business equipment and software spiked 12.4 percent, and real private final sales rose 2.6 percent. All in, the domestic private sector of the economy increased 3.4 percent annually -- a very respectable gain. And here's one for the record books: Working ahead of year-end tax hikes, individuals shifted so much money to the fourth quarter at the 35 percent top...
  • Members of Congress seek inquiry of faulty ATF operation in Milwaukee

    01/31/2013 6:34:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 31 jan 2013
    Members of Congress from both parties Wednesday called for an investigation into the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' storefront sting in Milwaukee, an operation plagued by problems such as an agent's machine gun being stolen
  • Arab-American groups call Coke Super Bowl ad "racist"

    01/31/2013 6:28:43 AM PST · by mykroar · 38 replies
    Reuters.com ^ | 1/30/2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers. "Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?" said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC. Coca-Cola released an online teaser of the commercial last week, showing the Arab walking through a desert. He soon sees...
  • No, the negative fourth-quarter GDP report doesn’t prove ‘austerity’ is killing the US economy

    01/31/2013 6:24:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 01/31/2013 | James Pethokoukis
    US economic output fell at a 0.1% annualized rate in the fourth quarter, adjusted for inflation. Blame spending cuts, say the Democrats. Blame Republican “austerity.” And one more thing: Stop the sequester. As the Center for American Progress put it: “The economy most certainly would have grown at a faster rate were it not for the ongoing political brinksmanship over the debt ceiling and the risk of sharp fiscal contraction in the form of the pending automatic ‘sequestration’ budget cuts.”If you break down the GDP report, you begin to see the problem with this line of argument. Private-sector GDP...
  • Syria Warns Of 'Surprise' Response To Israeli Strike

    01/31/2013 6:24:00 AM PST · by edpc · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Yaakov Lappin & JPost Staff
    BEIRUT - Syria's ambassador to Lebanon said on Thursday that Damascus had the option of a "surprise decision" to respond to what it said was an Israeli air strike on a research center on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday. Syria could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes," Ali Abdul Karim Ali was quoted as telling a Hezbollah-run news website.
  • 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.
  • Scarborough: Woman Testifying In Support Of Assault Rifles Looked Like 'Jackass'

    01/31/2013 4:25:12 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough said that a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women's Forum testifying in favor of assault rifles looked "like a jackass." Gayle Trotter, who holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia and is the co-founder of a D.C. law firm, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. She argued that having an assault rifle could help a woman defend herself and her children against intruders. Immediately after playing a clip of her testimony, Scarborough said: "if you go out and try to defend assault weapons, then you end up looking like...
  • Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed [Schadenfreude]

    01/31/2013 3:34:23 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    <p>Labor unions enthusiastically backed the Obama administration's health-care overhaul when it was up for debate. Now that the law is rolling out, some are turning sour.</p> <p>Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. Among other things, the law eliminates the caps on medical benefits and prescription drugs used as cost-containment measures in many health-care plans. It also allows children to stay on their parents' plans until they turn 26.</p>
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - January 31, 2013

    01/31/2013 2:59:06 AM PST · by sneakers · 16 replies
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  • Jewish groups praise immigration reform proposals

    01/31/2013 12:39:56 AM PST · by klpt · 11 replies
    JTA ^ | January 30, 2013 | JTA
    WASHINGTON (JTA) –Jewish organizations praised President Obama’s immigration reform proposals, as well as similar measures offered by a bipartisan group of U.S. senators. In addressing the problem of the 11 million undocumented people in the Unitd States, Obama at a speech Tuesday in Las Vegas stressed the need to enforce current laws and create a path to citizenship. Mark Hetfield, interim president and CEO of HIAS, an organization that deals with migration and refugee resettlement, said he “is more encouraged than we have been in years that our leaders will finally create a just system for immigrants and refugees.” Now...
  • In Vietnam, rage growing over loss of land rights

    01/30/2013 11:35:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2013 1:26 AM EST | Chris Brummitt
    Faced with a group of farmers refusing to give up their land for a housing project, the Communist Party officials negotiating the deal devised a solution: They went to a bank, opened accounts in the names of the holdouts and deposited what they decided was fair compensation. Then they took the land. The farmers, angry at the sum and now forced to compete for jobs in a stuttering economy, blocked the main road connecting the capital to the north of the country for one day in December. In a macabre gesture, some clambered into coffins. Police who came to break...
  • New England fishermen say new regs mean ruin

    01/30/2013 11:29:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2013 2:09 AM EST | Jay Lindsay
    Minutes after New England fishery managers took a vote that cast doubt on the historic industry’s future, the prospects most clear to Gloucester fishermen Paul Vitale were his own. “I’m bankrupt. That’s it,” said the 40-year-old father of three. “I’m all done. The boat’s going up for sale.” The New England Fishery Management Council on Wednesday approved a year-to-year cut of 77 percent on the Gulf of Maine cod limit and 61 percent for Georges Bank cod. The cuts come on top of a slew of other reductions, ranging from 10 to 71 percent, on the catch of other bottom-dwelling...
  • NY Times says Chinese hacked paper’s computers

    01/30/2013 10:54:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2013 1:29 AM EST
    The New York Times says Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated its computer networks over the past four months, stealing reporters’ passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of one of China's leaders. … The attacks coincided with a Times’ investigation into how the family and relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth more than $2 billion. …
  • Top Right wing traditionalist Tories “to back gay marriage” despite anger among party's grassroots

    01/30/2013 10:35:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:21 EST, 30 January 2013 | James Chapman
    Tory traditionalists in the Cabinet are preparing to back gay marriage despite continuing anger among the party’s grassroots. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, one of the Government’s most senior Right-wingers, indicated yesterday he will vote in favor of legalizing same-sex unions next week, while Baroness Warsi, who has previously expressed concern, also revealed she is to back the reform. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, the standard bearer for the Tory Right, is expected to abstain rather than vote against, and may even back the legislation, according to friends. … Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson is the most implacably opposed...
  • Why higher benefits won’t solve child poverty: Addict parents will “waste cash on drink and drugs”

    01/30/2013 10:31:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:51 EST, 30 January 2013 | James Chapman
    Giving more benefits to poor families will not address child poverty because too many irresponsible parents will spend it on alcohol or drugs, Iain Duncan Smith has warned. The Work and Pensions Secretary said parental addiction—not family income—had emerged as the main factor in determining a child’s life chances. He insisted that the last government’s strategy of spending more than £170 billion ($269 billion) in additional welfare payments had failed comprehensively. … Duncan Smith said Labour’s approach was a “vicious trap” and had left a “disturbing number” of people trapped in poverty. “There are around 100,000 people claiming sickness benefits...
  • Senator Ted Cruz not only Swept the floor on the Gun Control Hearings...

    01/30/2013 10:20:00 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 39 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1/29/13
    ...He took out the trash
  • Italy risks political crisis as MPS bank scandal turns 'explosive'

    01/30/2013 10:00:25 PM PST · by bruinbirdman
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/30/2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Italian magistrates investigating losses at Banca Monte dei Paschi say the mushrooming scandal has taken a dramatic turn, with political fallout that threatens to rock the country’s elections next month and upset eurozone plans for a banking union. “The situation is explosive,” said Tito Salerno, head of the prosecuting team in Siena, describing the fast-moving events at Italy’s third-largest bank as extremely grave. The Milan bourse tumbled 3.4pc and yields on 10-year Italian bonds spiked 15 basis points to 4.31pc as the political scandal widened. Monte dei Paschi (MPS), the world’s oldest bank dating back to 1472, is under investigation...
  • Mother of VA Tech shooting survivor: NRA shouldn’t be part of gun safety debate

    01/30/2013 9:46:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 55 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Morgan Whitaker
    The mother of one of the survivors of the Virginia Tech shooting told elected leaders to stand up to the NRA, a group she argues doesn’t even deserve to be “at the table” in the gun safety debate. Lori Haas joined PoliticsNation Wednesday after attending the contentious Senate hearing which featured testimony from gun control advocates, gun rights supporters, and experts in law enforcement. NRA head Wayne LaPierre voiced some of the strongest opposition to new regulations, including shooting down a proposal to close the background check loophole. “We are hopeful and impressed with some of our leadership on the...
  • Rand Paul: My amendment to stop F-16's to Egypt vote tomorrow afternoon

    01/30/2013 7:28:42 PM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 7 replies
    Facebook ^ | Rand Paul
    My amendment to prohibit the sale of F–16 fighter jets to Egypt will be voted on tomorrow afternoon. Please call your Senator and let them know you support this amendment: 202-224-3121 http://www.facebook.com/RandPaul2010/posts/10151321849161107 Contact Your Senator's: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
  • Syrian tank brews up in Darya district of Damascus after being hit

    01/30/2013 9:21:50 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 41 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | Norasaman23
    The impact is from some kind of anti-tank weapon. Can't tell if it's been doctored, but the footage is pretty dramatic:
  • Richest U.S. Senator, John Kerry, Rails Against 'Corrupting' Money in Politics in Farewell Address

    01/30/2013 8:40:54 PM PST · by blam · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1-30-2013 | Daniel Halper
    Richest U.S. Senator, John Kerry, Rails Against 'Corrupting' Money in Politics in Farewell Address January 30, 2013 By DANIEL HALPERJohn Kerry, the richest U.S. senator, railed against the "corrupting" power of money in politics in his farewell address today on the floor of the United States Senate: (click to the site to view the video) "There's another challenge that we must address and it is the corrupting force of the vast sums of money necessary to run for office," said Kerry. "The unending chase for money I believe threatens to steal our democracy itself. I've used the word 'corrupting' and...
  • Israel reportedly strikes convoy of Syrian weapons

    01/30/2013 8:25:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Longwar Journal ^ | January 30, 2013 | David Barnett
    The Israeli Air Force reportedly carried out an airstrike on a Syrian weapons convoy last night. While some accounts have suggested that the convoy may have been carrying chemical weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Associated Press reports that the primary target was Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which were likely destined for Hezbollah. It is currently unclear whether the strike, which was confirmed to Reuters by four sources, took place in Syrian or Lebanese territory. A high-ranking Lebanese security source told the Daily Star that "[n]o strike took place on Lebanese soil." Haaretz reports that a Lebanese source has...
  • Kerry Calls for Release of Imprisoned Christian Pastor in Iran

    01/30/2013 8:22:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry condemned Iran’s “continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion” and urged the release of an American Christian pastor imprisoned for his religious beliefs. In a written response to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to questions during his confirmation hearing last week obtained by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Kerry, a liberal Massachusetts Democrat, said he is “deeply concerned” about Saeed Abedini, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his Christian faith on Sunday. … Abedini, 32, who is from Boise, Idaho, has been jailed in Iran...
  • Hillary Clinton Rescued By Iranians from Near Fatal Plane Crash

    01/30/2013 8:09:07 PM PST · by Golfinsocal · 73 replies
    Stuart Wilde ^ | December 30th, 2012 | Stuart Wilde
    A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [photo 2nd left] was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly 3 weeks ago in the Iranian city of Ahvaz near the Iraqi border.
  • Euro-Media Concede Global Warming Has Ended…Models Were Wrong…Scientists Are Baffled!

    01/30/2013 7:37:52 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 49 replies
    NoTricksZone ^ | January 19, 2013 | P. Gosselin
    Spiegel has finally gotten around to conceding that global warming has ended, at least for the time being. Yesterday Spiegel science journalist Axel Bojanowski published a piece called: Klimawandel: Forscher rätseln über Stillstand bei Erderwärmung (Climate change: scientists baffled by the stop in global warming). We’ve been waiting for this admission a long time, and watching the media reaction is interesting to say the least. Bojanowski writes that “The word has been out for quite some time now that the climate is developing differently than predicted earlier”. He poses the question: “How many more years of stagnation are needed before...
  • Darwin Day resolution introduced in congress (By Congressman Rush Holt of NJ)

    01/30/2013 7:37:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 01/23/2013
    A resolution designating February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day, has been introduced into the United States House of Representatives.The proposed resolution would be a recognition of Charles Darwin as “a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."The Darwin Day resolution was introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) on Jan. 22, 2013. Holt, one of the few members of Congress with a Ph.D. in a scientific field, is the sole sponsor of the bill. After its introduction, the resolution, H. Res. 41, was referred to the House Committee on Science, Space,...
  • Brother of Murder Victim Seeks Details of FBI’s ‘Sensitive Informant Program’

    01/30/2013 7:32:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    BobMcCarty.com ^ | 1/30/13 | Bob McCarty
    Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a motion Monday asking a federal judge to determine whether he is entitled to limited discovery into the FBI’s “Sensitive Informant Program.” In his motion, Trentadue described the program as one used by the bureau “to recruit and/or place informants on the staffs of members of the United States Congress and perhaps even federal judges, in the national media, within other federal agencies as well as the White House, on defense teams in high-profile federal and/or state criminal prosecutions, inside state and local law enforcement agencies, and even among the clergy of organized...
  • Georgia FReepers Please Check In

    01/30/2013 7:24:34 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 23 replies
    1/30/13 | me
    Anyone have a GA ping list? Like to know our fellow GA FReepers are okay. All of you were kind enough to do it for us Sandy Freepers, thought I'd return the favor. Seems like that storm is heading our way. Cold meets warm....NOT good. Saw the damage.