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  • EcoAlert: Fracking North Dakota's Bakken Shale Formation from NASA's Earth Observatory

    01/31/2013 5:20:37 PM PST · by LucyT · 12 replies
    TheDailyGalaxy ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    See NASA Graphic at link. NASA Earth Observatory's Suomi Satellite captured the night time glow from hundreds of flares from rigs drilled into the Bakken shale oil formation of North Dakota, a 360-million-year-old tectonic plate, creating a light show the size of metropolitan Boston. Fracking of the Bakken formation has liberated the oil that lies within...Flaring burns off excess natural gas during oil production. The controversial process effectively wastes a natural resource while simultaneously emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As of 2011, more than 35 per cent of North Dakota's natural gas production was burnt off in flares according...
  • Israel may feel need to strike Syria again

    01/31/2013 5:17:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    AP ^ | Jan 31, 5:55 PM EST | By JOSEF FEDERMAN AND ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT (AP) -- An Israeli air attack staged in Syria this week may be a sign of things to come.Israeli military officials appear to have concluded that the risks of attacking Syria are worth taking when compared to the dangers of allowing sophisticated weapons to reach Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.With Syrian President Bashar Assad's grip on power weakening, Israeli officials fear he could soon lose control over his substantial arsenal of chemical and advanced weapons, which could slip into the hands of Hezbollah or other hostile groups. These concerns, combined with Hezbollah's own domestic problems, mean further military...
  • Rand Paul: Time for GOP to soften war stance

    01/31/2013 5:08:50 PM PST · by xzins · 65 replies
    Press TV ^ | 27 Jan 13
    The Republican Party needs to broaden its appeal by softening its edge on some volatile social issues and altering its image as the party always seemingly "eager to go to war," U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told hundreds of Greater Cincinnati Republicans Saturday. "We do need to expand the party and grow the party and that does mean that we don't always all agree on every issue," the Kentucky Republican said at the Northeast Hamilton County Republican Club's annual pancake breakfast at the Sharonville Convention Center. To help the party rebound from two successive losses in presidential races, Republicans must find...
  • Exclusive: Jesse Helms: The Indispensable Man Who Made President Reagan Possible

    01/31/2013 5:02:57 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies
    http://www.familysecuritymatters.org ^ | July 11, 2008 | JOEL HIMELFARB
    Aside from Ronald Reagan, no one did more than Sen. Jesse Helms to advance the cause of freedom in the world in the past 30 years. President Reagan's contributions - staving off a communist takeover in Central America, denying trade credits and technology to the Communist Bloc, and overseeing a military buildup that ultimately won the Cold War - are well known. But the indispensable role played by the North Carolina Republican, who died July 4th at age 86, may as well be ancient history to many Americans, especially to members of the under-30 You Tube generation, many of whom...
  • NRA president: Anti-gun advocates threatened to kill my kids

    01/31/2013 4:57:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Wahington Times ^ | 1/31/13 | Jessica Chasmar
    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, NRA President David Keene said gun-control activists threatened to kill his son and daughter. The threats began soon after the Newtown, Conn., shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which thrust the NRA to the forefront of the gun control debate. “Civility is only required of us, civility doesn’t count for them,” the NRA president told The Caller. is set to publish the interview on Monday, Feb. 4.
  • Geraldo Rivera 'truly contemplating' run for Senate. Could he win?

    01/31/2013 4:56:09 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 47 replies
    Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera said on his radio program Thursday that he's been in touch 'with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey' about a run in 2014.
  • Mormon-founded Marriott joins push against anti-gay marriage law

    01/31/2013 4:49:05 PM PST · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | David Coker
    <p>One of the nation's leading gay-rights advocacy groups, the Human Rights Campaign, has formed a coalition of major companies calling for the repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.</p> <p>It's no surprise, of course, that the HRC in Washington would use its considerable clout to organize big businesses to fight DOMA, the law that excludes recognition of same-sex marriages.</p>
  • Federal Rule (Obamacare) Limits Aid to Families Who Can’t Afford Employers’ Health Coverage

    01/31/2013 4:46:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/30/13 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration adopted a strict definition of affordable health insurance on Wednesday that will deny federal financial assistance to millions of Americans with modest incomes who cannot afford family coverage offered by employers. In deciding whether an employer’s health plan is affordable, the Internal Revenue Service said it would look at the cost of coverage only for an individual employee, not for a family. Family coverage might be prohibitively expensive, but federal subsidies would not be available to help buy insurance for children in the family. The policy decision came in a final regulation interpreting ambiguous language...
  • Analysis: Dr. Phil attempts to unravel Tuiasosopo's role in Te'o saga

    01/31/2013 4:33:58 PM PST · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Sound Bend Tribune ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Eric Hansen
    Of course it ended in a cliffhanger -- and also raised more questions than it put to bed. As the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax saga entered its third week, and with America seemingly desperate to finally look away, Part I of Dr. Phil McGraw's two-part grilling of admitted hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo turned out to be largely an appetizer for Part 2. The Dr. Phil show ended Thursday with McGraw confronting Tuiasosopo about the latter's assertion he was the actual voice of Lennay Kekua. Kekua is the character Tuiasosopo created and Te'o purportedly fell in love with, through on-line contact...
  • Explosion at Pemex headquarters, workers injured

    01/31/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 31, 2013 | Michael Weissenstein
    <p>An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state- owned oil company in the capital Thursday heavily damaged three floors of the building, sending hundreds into the streets and a large plume of smoke over the skyline. Local media reported that at least one person had died and about 40 were injured.</p>
  • France Will Dim Its Lights to Conserve Energy (pull the plug at 1am)

    01/31/2013 4:32:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/30/13 | MAĎA de la BAUME
    **SNIP** Under the new law, the interior lights of nonresidential buildings will have to be turned off an hour after the last worker leaves, and lights on building facades and in shop windows will have to be extinguished by 1 a.m. Ms. Batho also presented the decree as a matter of public health. Artificial lighting can damage sleep patterns, she said, and also “cause significant disruptions on ecosystems by changing communication between species, migrations, reproduction cycles or even the prey-predator relationships.”
  • Ex-coaches: Rooney Rule is broken

    01/31/2013 4:19:50 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 23 replies
    AP via ESPN.com ^ | January 31, 2013,
    NEW ORLEANS -- Three black former NFL coaches say the league needs to rethink its Rooney Rule for promoting minority hiring after 15 top vacancies -- eight head coaching jobs and seven general manager positions -- were all filled by white candidates since the regular season ended a month ago. "I know the concept is good and something we need to do," said Tony Dungy, who was with the Indianapolis Colts during the 2006 season when he became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl. "Obviously, it's not working the way it should." The Rooney Rule, implemented in...
  • Brock’s Glock: In anti-gun DC, Media Matters for America gave bodyguard illegal weapons to guard

    01/31/2013 4:11:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    daily caller ^ | January 27, 2013 | Vince Coglianese
    A staffer at left-wing Media Matters for America committed numerous felonies in the District of Columbia and around the country by carrying a firearm to defend the organization’s founder, David Brock, The Daily Caller has learned. According to a knowledgeable source, multiple firearms used to protect the Media Matters founder were purchased with Brock’s blessing — and apparently with the group’s money. TheDC has previously reported that Brock’s one-time aide, Haydn Price-Morris, carried a concealed Glock handgun as he traveled with the liberal leader to public events in Washington, D.C. But the extent of Brock’s armed activities have been largely...
  • Hagel: If confirmed, I’ll be sure to learn much more about the Defense department

    01/31/2013 4:04:13 PM PST · by chessplayer · 11 replies
    Watch the clip below. He’s also been reassuring senators that he won’t have a policymaking role as SecDef, in case they’re leery of tasking an unqualified incompetent with so much responsibility. He’s basically daring Democrats to vote no, isn’t he?
  • PA Arabs Re-enter Illegal Outpost

    01/31/2013 4:01:27 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | Elad Benari
    Dozens of Palestinian Authority Arabs re-entered a demolished outpost near Jerusalem and started to rebuild it, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported. The illegal outpost, which Arabs have named al-Karamah (Dignity), was established last Friday near the PA Arab village of Beit Iksa, located between the Ramot and Mevasseret Zion neighborhoods of Jerusalem. On Saturday, the Arabs who set up the outpost said they planned to erect more tents in the outpost, as well as finish the construction of a small mosque in the encampment. The Arabs have said that the reason for the outpost is the fact that Beit...
  • ABC's Cynthia McFadden Compares Hillary Clinton to Thomas Jefferson

    01/31/2013 3:46:46 PM PST · by yoe · 26 replies
    Media Research CEnter ^ | January 30, 2013 | Scott Whitlock
    Over three programs and two days, ABC devoted 15 minutes to a fawning profile of Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday's Nightline, Cynthia McFadden even compared the outgoing Secretary of State to Thomas Jefferson, hinting that Clinton could follow his footsteps to the White House. McFadden lauded, "There was a time not so very long ago when Hillary Clinton was seen as one of the most divisive figures in American politics." Noting Clinton's high approval rating, she announced this view was "changing." VideoIn an interview that, just coincidentally occurred in front of a statue of Jefferson, the reporter embarrassingly hyped, "As Jefferson...
  • Hagel sinking

    01/31/2013 3:42:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/31/13 | Jennifer Rubin
    It’s fascinating, actually, to see a nominee of this importance do so poorly. Chuck Hagel, nominated for defense secretary, has gone from awful to atrocious today, having to deny the obvious meaning of words he previously authored (on Global Zero), correct himself repeatedly (no, he didn’t mean Iran’s government was “legitimate”) and find himself simply unable to explain himself. Forgetting about his views, he does not radiate the confidence nor project the intelligence the job demands. It is unclear whether he was not prepped properly, whether he refused to be coached or whether he simply isn’t bright.
  • Lesbian Wife Named Fort Bragg's Spouse of the Year "Barf Alert"

    01/31/2013 3:35:36 PM PST · by grcuster · 30 replies
    Military.com ^ | Jan 26, 2013 | Drew Brooks
    A lesbian wife of a Fort Bragg soldier was named the installation's military spouse of the year through a voting competition. Ashley Broadway is not recognized as a spouse under federal law, and she recently was denied official membership in a Fort Bragg officers' spouses organization. But her selection in the competition by Military Spouse magazine was praised by advocates for gays and lesbians, who say it underscores the need for the federal government to extend full benefits to same-sex couples. Broadway, the wife of Lt. Col. Heather Mack of Fort Bragg's 1st Theater Sustainment Command, will represent Fort Bragg...
  • School resource officer immediately disarmed student in shooting at Atlanta school, police say

    01/31/2013 3:32:27 PM PST · by FR_addict · 14 replies
    www.breakingnews.com ^ | 1/31/2013 | www.breakingnews.com
    School resource officer immediately disarmed student in shooting at Atlanta school, police say - @wsbtv
  • How Republicans got clobbered in tech in two images and a few links

    01/31/2013 3:19:31 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Legal Insurection ^ | January 31, 2013 | William A. Jacobson
    From a highly informative post, Obama, Romney, and GOP Technology: A Chilling Analysis at Red Mass Group: This post is about technology, but is written for a non-technical audience.You may think you know what happened with the technology of the Obama and Romney campaigns because of what you read about Orca. You don’t know. This article is incredibly long. It will be worth it, and you will never look at technology and politics in the same way. If someone knows where to post or put this so that the RNC sees it, please do so. I am designating this content...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EST,WABC AM,January 31,2013

    01/31/2013 2:57:21 PM PST · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | January 31,2013 | Mar Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • Mexico breaks up alleged border sex-slavery cult

    01/31/2013 2:51:48 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies
    mySA.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | MARK STEVENSON
    MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials broke up a bizarre cult that allegedly ran a sex-slavery ring among its followers on the U.S. border, Mexican immigration authorities said Tuesday. The "Defensores de Cristo" or "Defenders of Christ" allegedly recruited women to have sex with a Spanish man who claimed he was the reincarnation of Christ, according to an official of a victims' advocacy group, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly about the case. Followers were subjected to forced labor or sexual services, including prostitution, according to the National Immigration Institute that said it...
  • Apodaca, NC Senate push back against Obamacare

    01/31/2013 2:39:50 PM PST · by Gritty · 2 replies
    BlueRidgeNow.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    North Carolina's General Assembly is freezing any state work on a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance, and ordering unspent federal funds returned. Sen. Tom Apodaca (R) and two co-sponsors introduced legislation in the state Senate Wednesday to opt out of participation in several costly provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare... Senate Bill 4 (will) exempt North Carolina from establishing a state-based health insurance exchange or a state-federal partnership exchange. Under Obamacare, states must have in place a health exchange where individuals and small businesses, which are now mandated to...
  • Is Germany preparing for future capital controls? The reason why it is bringlng home it's gold?

    01/31/2013 2:39:00 PM PST · by dennisw · 20 replies
    caseyresearch. ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jeff Clark,
      The best indicator of a chess player's form is his ability to sense the climax of the game –Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972You've likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany.Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It's not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does...
  • BILL GROSS: Investment Banks Have Morphed Markets With 'Ponzi Finance' — And Time Is Almost Up

    01/31/2013 2:34:03 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-31-2013 | Matthew Boesler
    BILL GROSS: Investment Banks Have Morphed Markets With 'Ponzi Finance' — And Time Is Almost Up Matthew BoeslerJanuary 31, 2013, 9:52 AMBill Gross, the PIMCO fund manager known as the "Bond King," is out with his February investment letter, titled "Credit Supernova!" This month, Gross tackles the relationship between credit expansion and real growth. He channels the late economist Hyman Minsky, saying the economy is now in Minsky's "Ponzi finance" phase, "when additional credit would be required just to cover increasingly burdensome interest payments, with accelerating inflation the end result." Gross writes that new credit is providing diminishing returns: "Each...
  • DeLauro (D-CT) discusses SAFER Streets Act(2k tax credit to surrender scary guns)

    01/31/2013 2:24:14 PM PST · by matt04 · 39 replies
    United States Rep. Rosa DeLauro wants to offer tax incentives for people who agree to turn in their assault weapons, as a way of getting the weapons off the streets. DeLauro said the SAFER Streets Act is designed to prevent guns from falling into the hands of violent criminals, getting dangerous assault weapons off the streets and to improve the state's mental health system so it properly helps those in need. The act will give gun owners a $2,000 tax credit when they turn their weapons in. According to experts, AR-15s usually cost about $1,000. At the news conference Thursday...
  • From gay members to atheist scouts: The Boy Scouts America deserves

    01/31/2013 2:04:01 PM PST · by barmag25 · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/29/2013 | Herb Silverman
    That’s one small step for tolerance, but one giant leap for states’ rights. The modified policy would, in effect, kick the can down the road to local sponsors, who could continue the abominable policy of deeming gay teenagers too “immoral” to participate in Boy Scout activities. There is no similar step forward for atheists. This modified policy would still require local groups to discriminate against atheists, apparently because the Boy Scout Oath implies that an atheist can’t be “morally straight” unless he can do his “duty to God.” Using this twisted logic, a number of courageous and honest atheists have...
  • NY Times says Chinese hacked its computers over story on top Communist leader's wealth

    01/31/2013 2:01:22 PM PST · by dennisw · 10 replies
    .foxnews ^ | January 31, 2013
    The attacks, which began in mid-September, coincided with a Times investigation into how the relatives and family of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth over $2 billion. The report, which was posted online Oct. 25, embarrassed the Communist Party leadership, coming ahead of a fraught transition to new leaders and exposing deep-seated favoritism at a time when many Chinese are upset about a wealth gap. Over the months of cyber-incursions, the hackers eventually lifted the computer passwords of all Times employees and used them to get into the personal computers of 53 employees. The report said none of the...
  • Ministers call for united black vote to replace Jackson Jr.

    01/31/2013 1:59:47 PM PST · by Proud2BeRight · 14 replies
    WLS TV Channel 7 Chicago ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charles Thomas
    Aggressive TV ads and racial politics take center stage in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Junior in the 2nd Congressional District. "I don't have enough words to say thank you. All I can say is I'll give you my whole heart and soul," State Sen. Toi Hutchison said Wednesday as a group of African-American ministers prayed that the other black candidates- Robin Kelly, Alderman Anthony Beale and State Senator Napoleon Harris  would remove themselves from the ballot. They believe by having one black candidate, it would be easier for an African-American to win on February 26. "
  • W.H. blames Congress for record deportations

    01/31/2013 1:59:35 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    W.H. blames Congress for record deportations By DONOVAN SLACK | 1/31/13 2:15 PM EST White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Muńoz on Thursday blamed Congress for the record number of deportations carried out by the Obama administration. Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, asked Muńoz during a Google+ Hangout how President Obama feels about deporting 1.5 million illegal immigrants since taking office. "The government’s job is to do what Congress tells it to do," Muńoz replied. "Congress, under the immigration laws that we've got now, Congress requires us to remove people who are removable and gives DHS, frankly, a whole...
  • Bob McDonnell’s “Road for Nobody” near Hampton Roads insults Northern Virginia

    01/31/2013 1:04:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert McCartney
    A few years ago, Alaska’s proposed “Bridge to Nowhere” became a national symbol of wasteful government spending on little-needed projects. Now Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has pushed through his own version of this embarrassment, a $1.4 billion highway outside Hampton Roads that qualifies as a “Road for Nobody.” McDonnell has perplexed people across the state by his insistence on adding a tolled, four-lane highway parallel to U.S. 460. It will stretch for 55 miles from Petersburg, a Richmond suburb, southeast to Suffolk. The deal signed in December to build the road is especially insulting to traffic-jammed Northern Virginia, where...
  • ‘This Hagel hearing is a disaster’

    01/31/2013 12:58:32 PM PST · by illiac · 38 replies
    Washington Bree 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. hagel’s making biden look rhetorically sure-footed — Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013 this hearing is beginning to remind me of the 1st Obama-Romney debate — Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) January 31, 2013 This Hagel hearing is a disaster. — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 31, 2013
  • Paul Krugman Answers Paul Ryan on Debt Crisis: We Can Print Money

    01/31/2013 12:54:24 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies
    Paul Krugman Answers Paul Ryan on Debt Crisis: We Can Print Money January 31, 2013 By Melanie Hunter (CNSNews.com) – Responding to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's warning that if the federal government continues to run annual $1 trillion deficits we will eventually face a debt crisis, liberal economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said Wednesday that that is not a legitimate worry because the U.S. government can always print money and weaken the buying power of the dollar. Weakening the dollar, Krugman said, would be a good thing. “The United States is a country that has its...
  • Chuck Hagel: Iran’s Government ‘Elected’ and ‘Legitimate’

    01/31/2013 12:48:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Former senator Chuck Hagel defended his vote against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group, claiming it would have been unprecedented and potentially harmful to give that designation to a representative of a “legitimate” government.The Islamist regime in Iran, Hagel said, was “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”The Iranian government is currently gearing up for elections by arresting “anti-revolutionary” journalists, and deciding whether or not to allow pro-reform candidates to participate, many of whom have been living under house arrest for years.The country’s election in 2009 prompted large-scale protests followed by a violent...
  • Some families to be priced out of health overhaul (Obama's hands tied by how law was written)

    01/31/2013 12:42:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    WTOP ^ | 01/31/2013 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) - 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...
  • Geraldo contemplating run for Senate

    01/31/2013 12:17:53 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 58 replies
    Geraldo contemplating run for Senate By Jonathan Easley - 01/31/13 02:02 PM ET Television personality and radio host Geraldo Rivera announced Thursday he’s “truly contemplating” a run for Senate in New Jersey. “I mention this only briefly, fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on his radio show. “I mentioned this only briefly to my wife ... but I am and I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker.” 
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D), 89, is up for reelection in 2014 but...
  • The Overwhelming Judgment of Science Rejects Obama's Global Warming Claims

    01/31/2013 11:56:23 AM PST · by mjp · 11 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 1-24-13 | James Taylor
    President Barack Obama in his second inauguration address called for new action to “respond to the threat of climate change.” Taking advantage of the bully pulpit and a huge national audience, Obama mustered his best possible arguments in a brief case for why addressing global warming is supposedly necessary. Unfortunately for global warming alarmists, Obama’s case was exceptionally flimsy. Then again, Obama did not have much to work with, as the overall case for global warming alarmism is exceptionally flimsy.
  • Lobbying Muscle and Green Agenda Blinded Boeing to Reality

    01/31/2013 11:52:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    NLPC ^ | January 31, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    With the revelation that All Nippon Airways replaced defectivelithium ion batteries 10 times,Japan Air Lines replaced“quite a few,” andUnited Airlines replaced “multiple batteries,” in the months preceding the smoke emergency that grounded their Dreamliners, is there anything that can be said about the technology that can overcome its now-horrible reputation? Boeing has worked on the 787 for 10 years or so, with an ample amount of time to determine what kind of battery technology would be functional with the“super-efficient” jet with “exceptional environmental performance.” Had the Chicago-based manufacturer –and its airline customers – concerned themselves more with achievable plans that...
  • Phoenix shooting suspect may have been found

    01/31/2013 11:49:31 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    WOAI ^ | 01/31/2013 | UPI
    Police in Mesa, Ariz., reported finding a man with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound who matches the description of a suspect in a Phoenix shooting. Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said a person matching the description of the suspect, 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon, was found Thursday with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, KTVK-TV, Phoenix, reported. "Mesa Police have informed us they have located the suspect vehicle involved in yesterday's [Wednesday's] incident," Martos said in an email distributed to media outlets Thursday. "In addition, they have located an individual matching the suspect description nearby with what appears to...
  • Christian University in California Names Center after Notorious Abortionist

    01/31/2013 11:45:08 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/16/2013 | LifeSiteNews
    Riverside, California, January 16, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Seventh-day Adventist website ADvindicate has recently drawn attention to the fact that La Sierra University has named a new economics centre after abortionist and gambling magnate Edward C. Allred, who in 1980 claimed to have personally aborted a quarter of a million babies in twelve years. In 2010, La Sierra, a Seventh-day Adventist University in Riverside, California, established the Edward C. Allred Center to promote free market economics among high school students. The centre’s abortionist namesake founded the Family Planning Associates Medical Group in 1969, a chain of abortion clinics that reportedly...
  • Why It’s Morally Wrong to Expand Medicaid: Government should protect property, not redistribute it

    01/31/2013 11:43:12 AM PST · by mjp · 4 replies
    Nevada Business Magazine ^ | JANUARY 1, 2013 | VICTOR JOECKS
    Why is stealing wrong? Is it wrong because it’s illegal? Or is stealing wrong because individuals have a God-given or natural right to their own property? To some people, that’s like asking, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” — in other words, they think the answer is unknowable. But there’s an essential difference here: Unlike the chicken-and-egg question, we know that our God-given/natural rights precede government — both logically and historically. As our country’s Declaration of Independence so eloquently states, we are all endowed “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of...
  • Revealed: How immigrants in America are sending $120 BILLION to their struggling families back home

    01/31/2013 11:38:18 AM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 25 replies
    Mail Online ^ | January 31, 2013 | Simon Tomlinson
    Migrants working in the United States sent a staggering $120 billion back to their families last year, it was revealed today. The amount of money being sent by migrants across the entire world reached $530 billion last year, making it a larger economy than Iran or Argentina, the data from the World Bank showed.
  • Shooting reported at Atlanta school

    01/31/2013 11:31:06 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 50 replies
    AJC ^ | Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 | 2:20 p.m. | Christian Boone
    One student was shot, according to Channel 2 Action News. A teacher has been injured. One suspect is in custody.
  • France Is Dead Broke, But At Least Its GDP Came In Positive

    01/31/2013 11:28:37 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-31-2013 | Raul I Meijer
    France Is Dead Broke, But At Least Its GDP Came In Positive Economics / FranceJan 31, 2013 - 08:27 AM GMT By: Raul I Meijer US GDP came out today and it was a stinker: -0.1%. Enter a choir of 10,000 pundits who all figured out that all that bad smell was the result of one thing only: cuts in military spending. That's the sort of thing that tells me - or more correctly: confirms - that the optimism bias has become so strong and infectious it's no longer worth even discussing. And that's before I notice - caveat: I...
  • Pakistani Taliban enter fray around strategic NATO routes (tribal infighting)

    01/31/2013 11:27:34 AM PST · by Pan_Yan
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 30, 2013 | Taha Siddiqui
    Clashes between rival militant groups in the tribal region next to the Afghanistan border has reportedly claimed more than 70 lives since fighting broke out last week. The area lies near the Khyber Pass, a main route for NATO supply trucks to Afghanistan, making it pivotal to the US war effort there and to Pakistan's revenues. Fighting flared after a third militant group – the Pakistani Taliban – moved into an area already being fought over by two other outfits and the Pakistani military. On the run from its traditional strongholds in another part of the tribal belt, the Pakistani...
  • House GOP unafraid of defense cuts

    01/31/2013 11:24:05 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 30 Jan 13 | DAVID ROGERS
    <p>On a hot July night six months ago, 89 House Republicans joined more dovish Democrats to do the unusual for Washington: cut $1.1 billion from the GOP’s proposed budget for defense in 2013.</p> <p>Then came Hurricane Sandy and the New Year’s Day tax bill, and as many as 157 House Republicans voted Jan. 15 to endorse a much bigger cut, taking nearly $10 billion from the Pentagon to help pay for disaster aid. It was a huge swing by any measure and one followed this week by a Monday night Senate vote in which the overwhelming majority of Republicans endorsed their own across-the-board defense cut worth tens of billions of dollars over the next nine years.</p>
  • POLL: Gov. Cuomo Suffers 15 Point Drop in Approval After Passing New Gun Laws

    01/31/2013 11:21:24 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo experienced a sharp drop in approval after pushing through tough new gun laws, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University. Cuomo, who last month had an all-time high job approval of 74 percent, saw that number drop to 59 percent. The Quinnipiac poll also shows: Voters in non-gun homes approve of the governor 68%-19%. Voters in households with a gun disapprove 50%-40%. Thirty-four percent of all voters say the gun-control package signed by Gov. Cuomo this month goes "too far" in restricting gun owners' rights while 30 percent say it does not go far...
  • Nine current and former Traffic Court judges indicted

    01/31/2013 11:21:24 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 20 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 01/31/2013 | John P. Martin and Craig R. McCoy,
    Nine current or former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges surrendered today to face corruption charges after a three-year FBI probe into ticket-fixing in the beleaguered court. A 77-count indictment returned Tuesday but sealed until Thursday, said judges and their assistants routinely shredded documents, used code words and practiced "a well-understood conspiracy of silence" that turned the court into two systems: One where the average citizen paid for their infractions, while the connected saw tickets disappear, costing the Commonwealth an untold amount. "For years, even beyond the conspiracy charged, there existed a culture of ticket fixing at Traffic Court," the indictment said....
  • Ariz. Senate Panel Passes Bill Barring Enforcement Of Federal Gun Measures

    01/31/2013 11:13:12 AM PST · by AZ .44 MAG · 31 replies
    WNEW CBS DC ^ | 01-31-2013 | WNEW CBS DC
    The bill co-sponsored by state Sen. Don Shooter, four other senators and several members of the House of Representatives would bar enforcement of new federal laws affecting semi-automatic firearms or high-capacity magazines. It also makes any federal official trying to enforce such laws guilty of a felony and allows the state Attorney General to defend anyone prosecuted for violating federal gun laws if the gun was made in Arizona, among other provisions.
  • FBI Raid Shines Light on Senator’s Hooker Scandal

    01/31/2013 11:10:24 AM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 31, 2013
    U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s Dominican prostitute scandal has finally caught the attention of the mainstream media because the FBI raided the office of the shady doctor friend that reportedly furnished the hookers, but it’s hardly the first time the New Jersey Democrat is embroiled in illegal behavior. In fact, Judicial Watch has for years reported the newly reelected senator’s many transgressions. As far back as 2007 JW wrote about a federal grand jury investigation into Menendez, a former member of the U.S. House, illegally steering lobbying business to a girlfriend that also served as his chief of staff. The former...