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  • DHS revamping immigrant welcome materials, set to include Obamacare

    01/31/2013 10:33:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/13 | Caroline May
    The welcome materials the federal government directs new immigrants to read ó which detail, among other facets of American life, how and where to get government benefits ó are in the process of getting a bit of a makeover to increase accessibility for newcomers. The WelcometoUSA.gov website, which bills itself as ďthe U.S. Governmentís official web portal for new immigrants,Ē maintained by the Department of Homeland Securityís U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will soon feature information about President Barack Obamaís signature health care legislation, USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley told The Daily Caller.
  • (Suburban Chicago) High School to Fire Blanks During Shooting Drill

    01/31/2013 10:24:47 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/30/2013 | By Evann Gastaldo
    A Chicago-area high school has an unconventional safety drill slated for today: During its "code red drill," Cary-Grove High School is going so far as to have someone in the hallway shoot blanks from a starter pistol. The point? "To provide our teachers and students some familiarity with the sound of gunfire," said the principal in a letter. Teachers will keep students inside, with doors locked and curtains drawn, as police sweep the school. Students are aware of the drill, and there will be a PA announcement beforehand, the Northwest Herald reports. "The purpose is to take the Code Red...
  • ĎThis Hagel hearing is a disasterí: Liberals take to Twitter to slam Hagel

    01/31/2013 10:13:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Wash Free Beacon ^ | 1/31/13 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Distraught by his poor performance in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, liberals viciously turned on Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on social media.
  • Obamacare Glitch: Some Families to be Priced out of Health Coverage

    01/31/2013 9:52:27 AM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    newsmax ^ | january 30, 2013
    Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law. IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped. As a result, some families that can't afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own. How many people will be affected is unclear. The Obama administration says its hands were tied by the way Congress wrote the law....
  • Israeli Jets Blast Arms Shipment Inside Syria

    01/31/2013 9:51:07 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    WSJ --- MIDDLE EAST NEWS ^ | January 30, 2013 | By FARNAZ FASSIHI, JULIAN E. BARNES and SAM DAGHER
    Latest News Syria, Allies Condem Israel Strike Israel bombed a suspected shipment of antiaircraft missiles in Syria on Wednesday, according to regional and U.S. officials, in its most ambitious strike inside its neighbor's territory in nearly two chaotic years of civil war there.The early-morning strike in a border area west of Damascus targeted a convoy of trucks carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles to Hezbollah, the anti-Israel Shiite militant and political group in Lebanon, according to a Western official briefed on the raid. Israel launched an airstrike against a convoy of trucks moving near the Lebanon-Syria border Tuesday, a senior U.S. official...
  • Call the BSA Board of Directors & tell them to uphold Scouting values!

    01/31/2013 9:34:32 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 36 replies
    http://www.frc.org ^ | 1-31-2013 | www.frc.org
    The phones are ringing off the wall. If you've tried to get through to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), you know it's been tough. If you've wanted to express your concern about the BSA abandoning their longstanding policy of safeguarding Scouts by restricting openly homosexual Scout leaders from holding leadership positions, you may have been greeted by an endlessly ringing phone. This may be one instance in which the Boy Scouts were not prepared. The BSA national leadership were not prepared for the thousands of Americans who were shocked to hear that an organization that could always be counted...
  • UN: Israel Must Withdraw From Judea, Samaria

    01/31/2013 9:12:18 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 24 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 ^ | 1-31-13 | Staff
    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. "Israel must, in compliance with Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions," the report said in part. "It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the occupied Palestinian territories." Israel"s Foreign Ministry responded in a fiery statement immediately to the report,...
  • Henninger: Obama's Thunderdome Strategy

    01/31/2013 9:02:20 AM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2013 | Daniel Henninger
    Few are the men and women in American public life who haven't heard Mr. Dooley's famous aphorism: "Politics ain't beanbag." John Boehner, currently serving out his community service as speaker of the House, appears to have been meditating on Mr. Dooley's cautionary wisdom. At the Ripon Society last week he said the Obama administration was trying "to annihilate the Republican Party."
  • Mom protects her son from three intruders

    01/31/2013 8:58:34 AM PST · by Varmint Al · 19 replies
    Michael Berry Site ^ | 1/30/2013 | Michael Berry
    Mom protects her son from three intruders who broke into her house and had a gun and duck tape. The audio clip is on Michael Berry's podcasts. She shoots one of the intruders and another one takes her gun and runs. She tells what happened in her own words. It starts 20 minutes into the first MP3 audio. Click Here. Michael Holds her over for the break and she continues Click Here. This mom tells the whole encounter in her own words. This is the best 2nd Amendment rights story I have heard.Good Hunting... from Varmint Al
  • Russia Concerned by Reports of Israeli Air Strike on Syria

    01/31/2013 8:55:49 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    http://en.rian.ru ^ | January 31, 2013 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, January 31 (RIA Novosti) Ė Moscow is ďdeeply concernedĒ over reports of Israeli air strikes on Syrian territory on Wednesday and is seeking confirmation of what could be a serious violation of the UN charter, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Moscow said it is looking into reports that Israeli fighter jets carried out an air strike on a military research center near Damascus on Wednesday. If the reports of ďunprovoked strikesĒ hitting a sovereign countryís territory are confirmed, this would constitute a violation of fundamental United Nations principles, the Foreign Ministry said. Such attacks are Ēunacceptable, no matter...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,January 31,2013

    01/31/2013 8:49:30 AM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
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  • KinderGarden Of Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks

    01/31/2013 8:48:17 AM PST · by NCjim · 23 replies
    FrontPage ^ | January 28, 2013 | Jamie Glazov
    Prior to 9-11, I was your typical New York City-born, Liberal Jew. My Liberalism wasnít a thoughtful embrace of Left-wing ideology Ė in fact, very, very few people thoughtfully embrace this ideology. It was more like what Andrew Breitbart called ďThe default factory settingĒ for people born into the time, place and culture into which I was born. Back then I knew what all Modern Liberals know: Democrats are good and Republicans are evil; Democrats like peace and Republicans like war; Democrats like air and Republicans donít breathe the air or something. I donít know. This is why David Mamet...
  • Tawana Brawley served with court order to pay man she accused of rape in 1987

    01/31/2013 8:42:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/13 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley ó whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide ó yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her. ďFor at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,Ē said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post. ďTo me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,íí added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than...
  • Dominican prostitute: Sen. Bob Menendez Ďlikes the youngest and newest girlsí

    01/31/2013 8:34:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/13 | David Martosko and Charles C. Johnson
    In a little-noticed email published online Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman wrote nine months ago that she slept with 59-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez at a series of sex parties organized by Dr. Salomon Melgen, a longtime Menendez campaign donor. ďThat senator also likes the youngest and newest girls,Ē the woman wrote on April 21, 2002, according to an English translation provided to The Daily Caller by a native Spanish speaker. ďIn the beginning he seemed so serious, because he never spoke to anyone, but he is just like...
  • Democrat senator denies prostitution allegations (Menendez)

    01/31/2013 8:21:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    GOP USA ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    The office of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., issued a statement Wednesday denying allegations a Florida doctor who is a friend lined up prostitutes for him. The FBI Tuesday raided the office Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor practicing in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is the target of an Internal Revenue Service lien for more than $11 million, The Miami Herald reported. The newspaper said federal investigators were believed to be looking into Melgen's finances as well as the allegations about prostitutes. "Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years," the statement...
  • U.S. Bishops: Redefining Marriage Creates ĎEngine of Conflictí

    01/31/2013 8:14:45 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Tom McFeely
    WASHINGTON ó In recent legal briefs filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. bishops warned that a redefinition of marriage would create an ďengine of conflictĒ that threatens freedom of religion, speech and other liberties. ďMarriage, understood as the union of one man and one woman, is not a historical relic, but a vital and foundational institution of civil society today,Ē said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a Jan. 29 amicus brief supporting the California ballot initiative, Proposition 8. ďThe government interests in continuing to encourage and support it are not merely legitimate, but compelling,Ē the brief explained....
  • Man at center of Te'o hoax says he was in love

    01/31/2013 8:01:00 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2012 9:59 AM (ET) | By PAT EATON-ROBB
    A California man said he created the hoax involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and a fake girlfriend because he was in love with the football player. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo spoke publicly for the first time in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw for the "Dr. Phil Show," the first part of which aired Thursday.
  • Russia Slams Israeli "Attack" on Syria. US Forces in Jordan on Alert

    01/31/2013 7:36:50 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 17 replies
    The Syrian announcement of an Israeli air strike on a military site near Damascus Wednesday, Jan. 30, drew strong condemnation from Moscow the next day: "Such action if confirmed would amount to unacceptable military interference in the war-ravaged country," said the statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry Thursday. "If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violate the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it." Israel has made no comment on the Damascus statement which described in detail an...
  • Is Fox News really different?

    01/31/2013 7:11:03 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 92 replies
    WND.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Joseph Farah
    For many Americans, Fox News is their ďalternativeĒ choice for news. Theyíve made it the No. 1 cable news network, largely because they believe its ďfair and balancedĒ promotional slogan. Many even believe Fox leans to the right and provides news they canít get anywhere else. But is Fox really different from the rest of the media? Or has it been successful merely at positioning itself as different? Would it surprise you to know that individuals at News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, gave nearly six times as much money to Barack Obama than Mitt Romney in the...
  • Gun Laws of America: Critical Items Missing in Feinsteinís Gun Bill

    01/31/2013 7:11:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 January, 2013 | Alan Korwin
    Iíve just finished reading the 122 pages of Diane Feinsteinís latest ďgun-controlĒ bill, Senate Bill S.150, and was surprised to find some important things missing. Even more surprising was one small item briefly mentioned on page 13 that has not been reported in any ďnewsĒ coverage I have seen. Itís a whopper ó it invalidates her entire list of guns, and Iíve written ten books on this topic, I know what Iím saying! ó but first, hereís whatís missing. 1. Criminals Nothing addresses criminals ó everything is aimed at innocent people who havenít done anything wrong. There is not even...
  • China consumes nearly as much coal as the rest of the world combined

    01/31/2013 7:01:50 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 29, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Coal consumption in China grew more than 9% in 2011, continuing its upward trend for the 12th consecutive year, according to newly released international data. China's coal use grew by 325 million tons in 2011, accounting for 87% of the 374 million ton global increase in coal use. Of the 2.9 billion tons of global coal demand growth since 2000, China accounted for 2.3 billion tons (82%). China now accounts for 47% of global coal consumptionóalmost as much as the entire rest of the world combined. Robust coal demand growth in China is the result of a more than 200%...
  • Raisin farmers in SCOTUS case face $650K charge if they donít give half their crop to the feds

    01/31/2013 6:54:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2013 | MARY KATHARINE HAM
    47 percent of their crop, to be precise. It’s J.J. Abrams’ world. We’re all just living in it.Luckily, the Supreme Court decided to take the case of the Horne family, so they may end up retaining the right to freely sell the raisin crop they’ve duly produced, but how is it that they must appeal to the highest court in the land for that right? Well, it all started in 1937, as so many good things do, when the federal government began requiring raising farmers to lay aside a tribute portion of their crops in order to control supply and...
  • The Tyranny Before Us

    01/31/2013 6:49:42 AM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    Restoring Liberty ^ | January 30, 2013 | Dave Bronson
    At a recent dinner party I had the opportunity to ask an elderly acquaintance a question I thought she was uniquely qualified to answer. You see, she grew up in Germany in the 1930ís just as Adolph Hitler came to power. She was injured during the Allied bombing of her home and then married an American soldier whereupon she settled in America. I asked her, ďKatherine, do you see any similarities between Hitlerís Germany in the 1930ís and America today?Ē My question prompted a swift, if not indelicate, kick under the table from the hostess, a dear friend. Fortunately, Katherine...
  • Remaining jailed New Mexico gun dealer family members granted bond

    01/31/2013 6:47:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 30 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    After 18 months behind bars, Rick and Ryin Reese have been granted bond today, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled. They are the last two members of a New Mexico gun dealer family jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, but who were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy and had money laundering charges against them dismissed. They were convicted on a handful of lesser charges of making false statements on forms, basically under the presumption that they should have know federal agents...
  • Obama: Contracting economy GOP's fault

    01/31/2013 6:47:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2013 | Rick Moran
    Be honest, now. Did you really expect Obama to take responsibility for anything? From The Hill: _____________________________ White House press secretary Jay Carney laid the blame for a surprise economic contraction squarely at the feet of congressional Republicans Wednesday, saying economic threats during the "fiscal cliff" negotiations had prevented important defense spending. "Our economy is facing a major headwinds, and that's Republicans in Congress," Carney said. The Commerce Department projected Wednesday that the nation's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. Carney said that was partially attributable to the threat of sequestration, which...
  • Obama's 'Evil Empire' Speech ( If he is the Reagan of the left, what is the 'evil empire'? )

    01/31/2013 6:42:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/31/2013 | Cindy Simpson
    If President Obama is truly the "Reagan of the Left," then it's only fair to ask: What does Obama consider "evil" and an "evil empire?" After all, since Obama's second inaugural address, commentators both left and right have been busily comparing Obama to Reagan. The Daily Beast: "[Obama] wants to do for liberalism...what Ronald Reagan did for conservatism." E.J. Dionne: "Obama's role model is Ronald Reagan[.]" Charles Krauthammer: "[Obama's] second inaugural address... is his self-proclamation as the Reagan of the Left." Besides noting the stark ideological differences of each president, most pundits agreed that Obama shares with Reagan not just...
  • FBI unsure of killing American Citizens! What is Obama up to?

    01/31/2013 6:41:27 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 51 replies
    Foxnews ^ | Jan 24, 2013 | Michael Coberley
    Here is the Utube link. Listen and comment as the head of the FBI is asked if Bo and the DOJ have the authority to order the killing of our own citizens inside the US. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kG80Wk9HiYs
  • 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 Limbaughís program, the chances for passage looked surprisingly good. But from some quarters ó mostly from the right, but also from liberals such as blogger Mickey Kaus ó 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.Ē 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 doesnít prove Ďausterityí 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 ‚Äúausterity.‚ÄĚ And one more thing: Stop the sequester. As the Center for American Progress put it: ‚ÄúThe 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 ‚Äėsequestration‚Äô budget cuts.‚ÄĚIf 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) ó 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 itís not the dread fiscal cliff or the debt ceiling, but rather the ďsequesterĒóthe extremely crude cutting mechanism that essentially nobody favors but that seems likely to happen anyway. Itíll drag down the economy, impair the functioning of the government across the board, and do nothing to improve Americaís fiscal sustainability over the long run. Hereís 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 Ďcrimesí 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
    ďTHE conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose.Ē Henry Kissingerís observation, made during the Vietnam War, should be haunting Hezbollah, the Middle Eastís most capable guerrilla force, as it becomes embroiled in an increasingly costly effort to save the Assad regime. ... Hezbollahís military commitment in Syria is no less obvious. Since the conflictís 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 Syriaís...
  • 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) ó 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. Kinderís 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. ďCopano gives us a great platform in the Eagle Ford,Ē 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 Melgenís office was related to Menendez. Agents arrived Melgenís 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 Israelís 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 Syriaís WMD and long range strike programs. These two events may be related, as Israel had warned Assad that transferring WMDís 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) ó 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