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  • Hagel Hearing: Scarborough So Contemptuous Of Ted Cruz, Won't Mention Him By Name

    02/01/2013 6:40:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, Chuck Hagel might have been a bumbling, stumbling mess at his confirmation hearing yesterday. But the real story was how awful were the Republicans who questioned him. That was the collective judgment of today's Morning Joe panel. For example, so contemptuous was Joe Scarborough of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, that the Morning Joe host announced that he would not even mention him by name. "Clown show" was the panel's operative phrase for the Republican performance. Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski, Mike Barnicle et al. joined in the Republican roasting. View the video here.
  • Sen. Menendez plays cat-and-mouse game with journalists avoiding hooker-allegation questions

    02/01/2013 6:23:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/31/13 | DAN FRIEDMAN
    Where’s the senator? A day after allegations swirled that he cavorted with underage hookers in the Dominican Republic, Sen. Robert Menendez played a cat-and-mouse game with reporters. The camera crews parked outside the New Jersey Democrat’s office Thursday never got a glimpse of him. The usually accessible senator managed to avoid reporters almost all day, even as he cast six Senate votes and attended a lunch with Vice President Biden and other Democrats to talk about gun control. The Daily News finally caught up with Menendez as he ducked into an out-of-the-way Capitol elevator with visitors from New Jersey. But...
  • Russian rocket carrying U.S. satellite plunges into Pacific Ocean 40 seconds after launch

    02/01/2013 6:16:52 AM PST · by Hoodat · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 FEB 2013 | 03:05 EST | Martin Robinson
    The launch of a Russian rocket carrying an American communications satellite ended in disaster today after it plunged into the sea 40 seconds after blast-off. Grainy footage of the launch being streamed online was cut shortly after 6.56am GMT when the space-bound vessel got into trouble. The Swiss-based Sea Launch company sent up their Zenit-3SL rocket from the Odyssey Launch Platform in the Pacific Ocean on Friday. However, the vessel – along with its Intelsat 27 telecommunications satellite inside - suffered a failure during the first stage of its flight. It is claimed the rocket’s engines shut off stopped automatically...
  • Escapees from rights-challenged lands revere 2nd Amd. more than many born here

    02/01/2013 6:09:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    After decades of statist policies, ostensibly to make us "safer" (offensively misnamed "Patriot Act," anyone?), the United States is far less the beacon of liberty than it once was. And yet, given the sad state of much of the rest of the world, the U.S. is still about the best place in the world for a freedom loving individual. Gun-hating Americans are working hard to change that, with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) going so far as trying to sell the public on her forcible citizen disarmament agenda by pointing out that tyrannical countries would respect us more if...
  • Edward Koch, Former Mayor of New York, Dies

    02/01/2013 6:07:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/1/13 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88. Mr. Koch’s spokesman, George Arzt, said the former mayor died at 2 a.m. from congestive heart failure. He was being treated at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital.
  • Letter to ATF demands answers on flawed Milwaukee storefront sting

    02/01/2013 5:57:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A bipartisan push intensified Thursday for answers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee. A Journal Sentinel investigation this week exposed a 10-month federal operation marred by a series of mistakes and failures, including an agent's machine gun being stolen and burglars ripping off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. Milwaukee police and ATF are still looking for that stolen machine gun, officials said Thursday. "Suffice to say, ATF and the police department both have a keen interest in trying to get that firearm back," said Milwaukee...
  • Durbin disconnect defines Democrat delusions on gun control

    02/01/2013 5:43:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Illinois Senator Richard Durbin’s exchange Wednesday with National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre defined the disconnect anti-gun Democrats have with the reality of so-called “universal background checks” and why they won’t stop criminals from obtaining firearms. As quoted in the Seattle Times, and shown in this video, Durbin became engaged in a frustrating debate with LaPierre. The NRA executive told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “My problem with background checks is that you’re never going to get criminals to go through universal background checks.” “You’ll create an enormous federal bureaucracy, unfunded, hitting all the little people in the...
  • Bob Menendez’s foreign underage prostitution story stubbornly not going away.

    02/01/2013 5:41:42 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    Red State ^ | January 30th, 2013 | Moe Lane
    Background: just before the election a story broke alleging that Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey had taken advantage of the hospitality of one of his campaign contributors to go down to the Dominican Republic (via the aforementioned contributor’s private plane) and use the services of at least two prostitutes (one of whom may or may not have been underage). Worse, he allegedly refused to pay said foreign partially-underaged hookers the full amount that Menendez allegedly promised to pay – and, let me note again this in passing: to patronize a prostitute is hardly a moral act. But if...
  • Former Minneapolis FBI director attacks Jones' ATF nomination

    02/01/2013 5:39:09 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    star tribune ^ | : DAN BROWNING and PAUL MCENROE
    A former director of the Minneapolis FBI office sent a letter this week to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee denouncing B. Todd Jones' performance as U.S. attorney in Minnesota as they prepare to consider his nomination to director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Donald E. Oswald, 54, a self-declared Democrat and supporter of President Obama, said he felt "morally compelled" to alert the committee about what he describes as Jones' "atrocious professional reputation within the federal law enforcement community" in Minnesota. "He was, and still remains, a significant impediment for federal law...
  • Combat Veteran Arrested In New York: Charged With 5 Felonies For Possession of AR Magazines

    02/01/2013 5:39:12 AM PST · by broken_arrow1 · 69 replies
    SHTFplan.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Robert Richardson
    In the latest attack on the American people, a decorated War Hero has been arrested and charged with five counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, for having empty 30 round AR-15 Magazines in his vehicle. On Sunday January 6th Staff Sgt. Nathan Haddad, a decorated combat veteran, was driving through Jefferson County New York when he was randomly pulled over for a vehicle check. Haddad, who had five 30 round empty magazines in his possession, was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and charged with five felony counts. According to Haddad’s brother, Michael Haddad, Nathan thought...
  • Yemen’s Forgotten Christians

    02/01/2013 5:35:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 1, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Yemen’s Forgotten ChristiansPosted By Raymond Ibrahim On February 1, 2013 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Originally published by the Gatestone Institute.When one thinks of Yemen—the impoverished Arab country that begat Osama bin Laden and is cushioned between Saudi Arabia and Somalia, two of the absolute most radical Muslim nations—one seldom thinks of Christians, primarily because they are practically nonexistent in such an inhospitable environment.  In fact, most tallies suggest that Yemen’s entire non-Muslim population is less than one percent.However, a new Arabic report discusses the existence of Christians in Yemen, and...
  • The Selling of Syria’s Refugee Child Brides

    02/01/2013 5:33:57 AM PST · by SJackson · 13 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 1, 2013 | Frank Crimi
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - The Selling of Syria’s Refugee Child BridesPosted By Frank Crimi On February 1, 2013 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments A growing legion of Muslim men from the Mideast and Europe are scouring Syrian refugee camps in order to purchase underage girls, some as young as 12, as child brides, many of whom end up being sold for use in temporary “pleasure marriages.”For most of the Syrian women and girls who have fled the genocidal horrors of Syria’s civil war, rape — whether by pro-government or rebel forces – has been...
  • “A deliberate attempt to bypass the Constitutional process” NY Sheriff’s PBA blasts Cuomo,

    02/01/2013 5:31:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    bob-owens.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Bob Owens
    In an extraordinary January 24 letter directed at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and top New York state legislators, the Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association has ripped into New York’s rogue government for the tactics they used to unconstitutionally ram the NY SAFE Act through the state legislature into law, intentionally subverting the democratic process. Read the letter in it’s entirety, and gain an understanding of how insurrections and revolutions start. Dear Governor Cuomo, Senators Klein, Marchíone, Skelos, Stewart-­Cousins, and Chairman Cox: By this correspondence, the Saratoga County Deputy Sheriffs’ Police Benevolent Association (SCDSPBA) would like to announce...
  • Israel Threatened by Syria and Iran

    02/01/2013 5:29:05 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 1, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Israel Threatened by Syria and IranPosted By Arnold Ahlert On February 1, 2013 @ 12:45 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 4 Comments The presumed Israeli airstrike within Syrian territory on Wednesday has elicited threats of retaliation from both Syria and Iran. Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali, quoted at al-Ahd, a Hezbollah-run news website, contended that his nation could make “a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes,” adding that ”Syria is engaged in defending its sovereignty and its land.” In Iran, a deputy foreign minister was quoted by English-language Press TV as saying the “strike on Syria...
  • Free People Not Going Quietly Into the Sharia Night-demonstrations continue; where is Obama?

    02/01/2013 5:26:48 AM PST · by SJackson · 12 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 1, 2013 | Robert Spencer
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Egypt: Free People Not Going Quietly Into the Sharia NightPosted By Robert Spencer On February 1, 2013 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments Survey after survey, as well as the election results that put the Muslim BrotherhoodÂ’s Mohammed Morsi in the presidential palace, show that most Egyptians want Islamic law. But those who do not are not submitting quietly to Sharia tyranny.Morsi has declared a state of emergency and given the military the power to arrest civilian protesters, yet still the anti-Morsi demonstrations continue. And while he quickly endorsed the demonstrations...
  • The GOP's Amnesty Caucus Raises the White Flag

    02/01/2013 5:02:32 AM PST · by Bratch · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    On Monday, Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Marco Rubio emerged with an offer of a Republican surrender to Barack Obama. We will accept amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens, said the four, but you must get serious about securing the border against yet another invasion. Only after an independent commission agrees the border has been secured will the 11 million be given green cards and put on a path to citizenship. The next day in Las Vegas, Obama, reveling in victory, instructed the four waving their white flags that the defeated do not dictate terms. Get cracking...
  • Marc Faber "You Don't Own Gold And You Are In Great Danger"

    02/01/2013 5:02:25 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-1-2013 | Goldcore
    Marc Faber "You Don't Own Gold And You Are In Great Danger" Commodities / Gold and Silver 2013Jan 31, 2013 - 08:06 PM GMT By: GoldCore Today’s AM fix was USD 1,674.50, EUR 1,234.88, and GBP 1,058.47 per ounce. Yesterday’s AM fix was USD 1,666.25, EUR 1,230.70, and GBP 1,057.20 per ounce. Silver is trading at $32.08/oz, €23.76/oz and Ł20.40/oz. Platinum is trading at $1,677.50/oz, palladium at $736.00/oz and rhodium at $1,200/oz.Cross Currency Table Gold rose $13.80 or 0.83% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,676.50/oz. Silver slipped to a low of $31.24 in the morning, but it then...
  • Two reported dead in explosion at US Embassy in Turkish capital Ankara

    02/01/2013 4:36:24 AM PST · by riverrunner · 51 replies
    hurriyetdailynews.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | NA
    DHA photo A suspected suicide bombing has occurred in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, causing at least two deaths. Two people, including the suspected assailant, as well as a security guard, were killed in the explosion while two others were injured, according to initial reports. The explosion occurred at the entrance used by the embassy personnel and their visitors, CNNTĂĽrk reported. A security guard at the X-ray machine at the entrance was killed in the explosion that occurred as the suspected suicide bomber was passing through the machine, the report said. Bomb experts are at the scene of...
  • Steyn speaks on Campus

    02/01/2013 4:35:14 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 11 replies
    The Hillsdale Collegian ^ | 31 Jan 2013 | Shaun Lichti
    Mark Steyn, a nationally-recognized journalist and prominent conservative figure, brought a standing-room-only audience to its feet multiple times during his speech concerning America’s descent into big government Tuesday night at the George Roche Sports Complex. “People can change…and big government can force people to change quicker than you think,” Steyn said. He argued that the American legacy of small government does not render the nation invulnerable to the spread of European-style statist rule. “We have to get serious about the nature and view of government that many, and quite possibly a majority, of American’s now hold,” he said.
  • IT'S SHOWTIME: Markets Rallying On Gigantic Day For The Global Economy

    02/01/2013 4:35:02 AM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-1-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    IT'S SHOWTIME: Markets Rallying On Gigantic Day For The Global Economy Joe WeisenthalFebuary 1, 2013, 3:03 AM Let's do this folks. US futures are rallying on what will be a huge day for the economy. European markets have opened higher, with the exception of Spain, which is getting slammed. We've got several big European PMIs coming up over the next hour or so. Then the focus will shift to the US where we've got US manufacturing data, US car sales data, and of course the monthly jobs report. While you were sleeping, China and Japan both rallied, with the latter...