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  • Sen. Ted Cruz Questioning Chuck Hagel in Confirmation Hearing

    01/31/2013 7:18:56 PM PST · by lonestar67 · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | January 31, 2013 | Ted Cruz
    video at link
  • IRS: Parents Must Pay Federal Fine for Uninsured Kids

    01/31/2013 7:11:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 74 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Matt Cover
    In new, final regulations issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said that parents must pay a federal fine under Obamacare if their children or dependent spouses are uninsured for any part of the year. The regulations clarify provisions of Obamacare that seem to say that a parent will be held liable for Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty if they don’t have insurance coverage for their children. In its final regulations, the IRS states that parents will be made to pay the penalty if they can claim an uninsured child or spouse as a dependent, regardless of whether they actually claim...
  • The EPA once again raises its biofuels standards — for biofuels that still do not exist

    01/31/2013 7:06:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    HotAir ^ | 1/31/13 | Erika Johnsen
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s brazen contempt for free-market economics evidently knows no bounds. Less than a week ago, the Environmental Protection Agency received a slap on the wrist from a federal appeals court that ruled that the EPA may not force oil companies to pay for an credits for failing to comply with a rule mandating that they incorporate a certain amount of cellulosic biofuels into their product. The EPA estimated that the industry would produce and make available for purchase 8.7 million gallons of cellulosic biofuels in 2012, but the industry only actually produced less than 21,000 gallons —...
  • Obama Chickens Out, Says A Million EVs By 2015 Not Important

    01/31/2013 6:57:09 PM PST · by nascarnation · 11 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 1/31/2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Today must be International Backpedaling Day. Obama says: “Never mind a million EVs by 2015.” Under a new strategy announced today, the Department of Energy promised to support research into new battery technologies and manufacturing methods that would lower the cost of lightweight materials and improve vehicles’ fuel-efficiency, Reuters reports. But the DOE backpedals furiously from a goal set out in a 2011 State of the Union speech, where President Barack Obama announced what he called “Apollo projects of our times.” One of them was the goal for the United States to be “the first country to have a million...
  • Suspension of U.S. debt limit wins final congressional approval

    01/31/2013 6:54:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:04pm EST | Thomas Ferraro
    A bill allowing the U.S. government to keep borrowing money for at least a few more months, beyond its record $16.4 trillion debt limit, won final congressional approval on Thursday, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign it into law. The Democratic-led Senate passed the bill, 64-34, a week after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved it, 285-144. Both votes were bipartisan. The legislation would put off until at least May 19 a showdown over the debt limit between Republicans, who demand more spending cuts to shrink deficits, and Democrats, who favor reducing deficits with a mix of...
  • U.S. on alert over Canadians [Islamists] in Algeria

    01/31/2013 6:53:28 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 8 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 31, 2013 8:49 PM EST | Reuters
    Signs that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack by hostage-taking Islamist militants on a remote gas plant in Algeria are of great concern to American authorities, U.S. intelligence officials said on Thursday. While Algerian authorities apparently have not yet provided Western governments with cast-iron proof, a senior U.S. intelligence official said: “We’re taking very seriously the reports of the two Canadians’ involvement.” ... Confirmation that Canadian citizens were involved in the attack on the In Amenas facility in the Algerian desert would raise concerns about a worrying nexus between North America and North African militants. At least 38 plant...
  • 'Gay' dog saved: Animal's euthanasia halted

    01/31/2013 6:53:09 PM PST · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Luckily, a "gay" dog was saved from euthanasia Thursday after someone launched a Facebook campaign two days earlier. A Tennessee animal shelter said an owner brought the dog in this week and called it "homosexual" after observing it mounting a same-sex dog. However, after a large response from the shelter's social media campaign, the animal was not euthanized.
  • Dems: Staten Island's Malliotakis using 'immigrant children as scapegoats'

    01/31/2013 6:50:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Silive.com ^ | January 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM, updated January 31, 2013 | Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The plight of Hurricane Sandy victims has become a flashpoint in the Albany debate over the DREAM Act. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) is taking flak from Democrats for linking taxpayer-funded tuition aid for college-age illegal immigrants with Hurricane Sandy victims. Ms. Malliotakis says that Albany lawmakers should be more focused on helping storm victims than providing taxpayer-funded tuition aid to the children of illegal immigrants. "This should not be the focus of the Assembly or the state Legislature," she said. "There are more pressing issues in the state right now." Among those issues, she said,...
  • Hostage drama drags on after Alabama school bus shooting

    01/31/2013 6:48:02 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 61 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 January 2013 | Phil Sears
    MIDLAND CITY, Alabama (Reuters) - A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies were bivouacked near the bunker in Midland City but offered few details about a standoff with the shooter that stretched into its second day on Wednesday.Authorities said driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was killed after the gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from school...
  • Obama's jobs council shutting down Thursday

    01/31/2013 6:35:00 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 31, 2013 | Molly Henneberg
    As new weekly jobs numbers emerged Thursday showing a jump in unemployment claims and a report released the previous day showed the economy shrinking in late 2012, President Obama is effectively laying off his jobs council. ... To understand the abysmal nature of our economic recovery, look no further than the president's disinterest in learning lessons from actual job creators," spokesman Brendan Buck said. "Whether ignoring the group or rejecting its recommendations, the president treated his Jobs Council as more of a nuisance than a vehicle to spur job creation ... the council's primary purpose was to create the appearance...
  • Leahy Pushes Background Checks, But Little Else

    01/31/2013 6:45:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will oversee any legislation on gun control that makes its way to the Senate floor. At the first in a series of congressional hearings on the issue Wednesday, his line of questioning suggested that expanded background checks and closing the so-called gun show loophole will be top priorities — and perhaps the only ones that stand a chance in the full Senate. Displaying his background as a Vermont prosecutor, Leahy confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on whether he had changed his support for mandatory instant criminal background checks...
  • Mark Levin: "The Muslim Brotherhood Has Infiltrated Our Government, It's Called Barack Obama"

    01/31/2013 6:38:27 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 20 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 31, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    MARK LEVIN: What the hell's happening? Now we've backed the Muslim Brotherhood? And then of course, our dear friend Michele Bachmann and Louie Gohmert and three other brave members of the House of Representatives asked questions about the Muslim Brotherhood's infiltration of our own government and they're treated like pariahs. Well, the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our government, it's called Barack Obama. No, he's not a formal member, he's a sympathizer. There, I said it. Prove otherwise. Meanwhile, you want to look into Obama's soul? You want to look into his soul? Well, look at his soul. You want to...
  • Hagel faulted for calling US "world bully" in Al Jazeera interview

    01/31/2013 6:36:20 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 1/31/13 | Bill Gertz and Adam Kredo
    Former Sen. Chuck Hagel on Thursday faced a barrage of criticism about his fitness to be the next defense secretary, including his agreement with a controversial statement that the United States is the “world’s bully.” President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary ran into sharp opposition from Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee who questioned Hagel on an array of controversial policies. Senators questioned Hagel about his opposition to tough U.S. policies toward Iran, his calling the successful U.S. military surge in Iraq a “blunder,” and his support for sharp unilateral cuts in U.S. nuclear forces.
  • Witness describes Mali forces 'executing' students

    01/31/2013 6:30:15 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 31 January 2013 Last updated at 15:47 ET | Tim Whewell
    More evidence is emerging of alleged summary executions by Malian forces in the north of the country where French forces are completing their operations. An eyewitness told BBC Newsnight he saw three Islamic students shot dead in a public place because they failed to show identity papers. The Malian government has promised to investigate the allegations. It says there should be no revenge attacks against people suspected of collaborating with the rebels. But there are fears that militia due to be deployed to the north are seeking vengeance against Islamists and Tuareg separatists. The main allegations against the Malian military...
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio Vows Not to Enforce New Federal Gun Control Laws

    01/31/2013 6:28:46 PM PST · by montag813 · 16 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 01-31-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWashington D.C. politicians and their allies in the mainstream media have frantically been pushing  tough new restrictions on guns and ammo magazines, trying to manipulate public opinion in the wake of the Newtown, CT school massacre. But the Sheriff of the 4th largest county in the United States has a message for them: not in my county. Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told a local radio host the federal government is “going to have problem” if they expect him to confiscate guns from private citizens. Arpaio told Mike Broomhead of KFYI Radio in Phoenix, Ariz. that...
  • Seattle’s ‘Town Hall’ meeting Monday to discuss ‘gun violence’ as health issue

    01/31/2013 6:26:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Amid the fireworks following Seattle’s circus-like gun buyback and the antics in Oak Harbor over guns in parks, another front in the cultural war against firearms is being reopened next Monday evening when Town Hall holds a forum on “Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis.” Already, Seattle-area gun activists are planning to attend the gathering, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Hall on Eighth Avenue in downtown Seattle. It’s a joint effort by Town Hall and the University of Washington School of Public Health. There is perhaps no surprise in the firearms community that none of the...
  • Hundreds turn out at NH Statehouse to rally for gun rights

    01/31/2013 6:18:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    nashuatelegraph.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | JAKE BERRY
    CONCORD – Flags, signs and guns filled the Statehouse steps Thursday afternoon as hundreds of residents from across New Hampshire gathered to rally for gun rights. In the wake of last month’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., politics have distracted lawmakers at the state and federal level, helping them to forget about individual liberties and constitutional freedoms, speakers and supporters argued throughout the event. But, with the right to bear arms in jeopardy, gun advocates vowed to remind legislators of their responsibility to the Constitution. “All of us know we are at a crossroads in our country,” event organizer Jack Kimball,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 1-31-13

    01/31/2013 6:12:23 PM PST · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 1-31-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Pfizer disputes suit claiming Zoloft doesn't work

    01/31/2013 6:11:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Niami Herald ^ | 01.31.13 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    AP BUSINESS WRITER TRENTON, N.J. -- The maker of Zoloft is being sued in an unusual case alleging the popular antidepressant has no more benefit than a dummy pill and that patients who took it should be reimbursed for their costs. --snip-- He said Pfizer produced two studies showing Zoloft worked better than placebo - the FDA's requirement for approval - but most Zoloft studies showed its effect was the same as a placebo. Dr. Michael Thase, who heads the mood and anxiety disorders program at the University of Pennsylvania's medical school, said research by others using the same unpublished...
  • O'Mara: State unlocked trove of info from Trayvon's cellphone

    01/31/2013 5:44:16 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 39 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 31, 2013 | Rene Stutzman
    New court paperwork reveals that prosecutors have unlocked a great deal more information from Trayvon Martin's cellphone, including satellite-tracking information that shows where it was in the days leading up to his shooting. But if it also lays out the teenager's movements Feb. 26 — the day Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman — prosecutors have not released that to defense attorneys. Defense attorney Mark O'Mara disclosed that information Wednesday in a new court filing, one asking for more time to prepare for trial. ....... Information from Trayvon's phone is one example. The Android-powered smartphone was found near...
  • N.Korea 'Poised to Conduct Nuclear Test'

    01/31/2013 5:27:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | February 1, 2013
    N.Korea 'Poised to Conduct Nuclear Test' North Korea appears to have completed preparations for a nuclear test with the installation of measuring equipment near the entrance of an underground test site in Pungye-ri, North Hamgyong Province, a senior government official here said Thursday. South Korea and the U.S. are considering military steps in addition to diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions if the North goes ahead with the test. President Lee Myung-bak convened an emergency meeting with diplomatic and security officials on Thursday morning to discuss Seoul's options. In a statement issued after the meeting, the government said, "If North Korea...
  • 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 | MAÏA 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. "