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  • Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman?

    02/01/2013 1:16:17 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-31-2013 | Michelle Malkin
    January 31, 2013 Women against Bob Menendez? How about a Democratic woman? Michelle Malkin Conservatives are always told they don't do enough to reach across the aisle. We're divisive, obstructionist and hostile to bipartisanship. So in the spirit of unity and comity, I'm announcing the formation of a new social justice group: Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob. Now all I need are some principled Democratic ladies and liberal media lionesses to step up to the plate with me to protest the vulgar, sexist behavior of Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. Surely, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Cher, Sandra Fluke, Eva Longoria and...
  • Dear FReepers: We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again! [thread XIV]

    02/01/2013 1:00:29 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 1,091 replies
    Dear FReepers: We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again. Now starting the second month of the fundraiser and we're lagging behind the pace. Hopefully it'll pick up so we can complete it in the next few weeks. Free Republic stands for God and Country!! We defend Life, Family, Constitution, Liberty!! And we defend our God-given, constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms!! TO THE HILT!! FR is funded solely by contributions made by like-minded liberty loving people who enjoy and use it. We are beholden to no political party. No outsiders, no sugar daddies, no advertisers,...
  • Obama credits Chu with designing cap for Gulf oil spill

    02/01/2013 12:47:02 PM PST · by ColdOne · 52 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/1/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    over the past four years working on a whole range of energy issues but also designing a cap to plug a hole in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico when nobody else could figure it out," the president said. "And that’s typical of the incredible contributions that he's made to this country.
  • Obama offers faith groups new birth control rule

    02/01/2013 12:39:57 PM PST · by illiac · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/1/13 | Rachel Zoll and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Religious nonprofits and secular for-profit businesses have filed more than 40 lawsuits, claiming the mandate violates their religious beliefs. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed a work-around for religious nonprofits that object to providing health insurance that covers birth control. The government's new regulation attempts to create a barrier between religious groups and contraception coverage, through insurers or a third party, that would still give women free access to contraception. It wasn't immediately clear whether religious leaders would accept the new approach, or whether it would stem the tide of lawsuits by Roman Catholic charities and other faith-affiliated...
  • Students of teacher, 23, who called a teen 'jail bait' launch Twitter page supporting her

    02/01/2013 12:35:07 PM PST · by drewh · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 05:28 EST, 1 February 2013 | By Leon Watson
    Students have come out in support of a teacher who was suspended from her job after she posted half-naked photos of herself on Twitter and joked about teenager being 'jail bait'. Carly McKinney, a math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday after admitting to a local TV station that she created the Twitter account with the help of a friend. Since then a campaign using the hashtag #freecrunkbear has started on Twitter to have her reinstated. Support: Students have backed Carly McKinney who was suspended from her job after she...
  • Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges charged in probe

    02/01/2013 12:28:08 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies
    Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges were charged with conspiracy and fraud Thursday, capping a three-year FBI probe into what authorities said was rampant ticket-fixing and pervasive corruption on the bench.
  • Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END

    02/01/2013 12:27:32 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-1-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    Huge Credit Suisse Report Declares: THE GOLD ERA IS COMING TO AN END Joe WeisenthalFebruary 1, 2013, 10:44 AM The anti-gold bandwagon is getting more and more crowded. Analysts Tom Kendall and Ric Deverell of Credit Suisse is out with a bombshell report this morning titled: Gold: The Beginning Of The End Of An Era. The article argues that the 2011 peak of $1921 was the top, and that now the run of the cult metal is coming to an end. The argument essentially boils down to two arguments, which are related. The first is that we're seeing rate normalization....
  • NBC News President Capus to leave network (Matt Lauer's days are numbered now...)

    02/01/2013 12:18:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/1/13 | Liana B. Baker
    NBC News President Steve Capus will be leaving the network in the coming weeks after struggles at the unit including lower ratings for its flagship morning show "Today." Capus had been the president of NBC News since 2005. No replacement has been named, according to a company memo obtained by Reuters. In a statement, Capus said it was "now time to head in a new direction."
  • Scouting's Suicide

    02/01/2013 12:13:16 PM PST · by The King of Elflands Daughter · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | 1/31/2013 | Edward Whelan
    Imagine that a group of girls is going on a long camping trip, supervised by adult volunteers who are young men you barely know. Would you let your 15-year-old daughter go? Nearly every parent, I think, would recognize the folly, even though the men might well be models of good behavior. Why should our common-sense response be any different if the 15-year-old is a boy and the possible, even if not-likely-to-be-acted-on, sexual attraction of the adult supervisors is homosexual rather than heterosexual?
  • Shootout reported across from Falcon State Park[South Texas]

    02/01/2013 12:02:16 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies
    KGBT ^ | February 1, 2013 | Staff
    Authorities are on alert after a shootout was reported across the border from Falcon State Park. It all started with reports of a gunfire coming from Nueva Ciudad Guerrero just after 9 a.m. Friday. Mexican authorities have not released any information but Border Patrol, sheriff's deputies, customs officers and others are on alert. The law enforcement agencies have increased patrols on the American side of the border. Falcon State Park Manager Carlos Rivas told Action 4 News that there is heightened security at the park but it remains open.
  • Energy Secretary Chu steps down, blasts climate-change skeptics

    02/01/2013 11:54:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 37 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 1, 2013 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist frequently the target of Republican criticism, announced Friday that he was stepping down in the latest shake-up of President Barack Obama's Cabinet. Chu, who disclosed his decision in a letter to Energy Department staff, frequently clashed with GOP lawmakers over gas prices as well as government backing for green-energy companies like the failed firm Solyndra. In his letter, Chu took aim directly at his critics, saying the clean-energy efforts were a success—and blasted climate-change skeptics as trapped in "the Stone Age." He also scolded climate-change skeptics and urged a shift from fossil-fuels...
  • Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules [The Clown Dictates What Your Kid Eats]

    02/01/2013 11:54:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/1/13 | Elise Viebeck
    The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks. The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school meal. In effect, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions, candy with granola, and regular soda with diet — but only for high schoolers.
  • Man Chases WPEC Reporter, Cameraman Off Property at Gunpoint

    02/01/2013 11:46:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    WPEC reporter Al Pefley (right) and cameraman Dana Szpunar have filed a complaint with the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office after a homeowner chased them off his property with a gun... Pefley, who wore dark clothes, had been knocking on doors to find residents willing to be interviewed when he arrived at Jeffrey Eassa‘s property. Eassa, 47, is a former principal at Acreage Pines Elementary. Pefley admitted that the gate to Eassa’s driveway was padlocked, but the door to the walkway wasn’t. So Pefley and Szpunar, camera on his shoulder, walked up the house. They startled Eassa, who was packing...
  • IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

    02/01/2013 11:38:38 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    CNS ^ | 1/31/13 | Matt Cover
    In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year. Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS. The IRS's assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year is found in examples the IRS gives to help people understand how to calculate the penalty they will need to pay the government if they do not buy a mandated health plan.
  • California's gun background-check system could be national model(barf alert)

    02/01/2013 11:27:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    chicoer.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Josh Richman
    Every day for the past 22 years, California's background checks have stopped about a dozen felons, mentally ill people and others from buying guns. When prospective gun buyers stride into California gun stores such as Ron Kennedy's Canyon Sports in Martinez, they must swipe their driver's licenses or state IDs. That sets off a review process that runs their names not only through the same FBI criminal database other states use but also almost 20 other sources, from mental health records to DMV data. It's a check more rigorous than any other state's. California is also one of only two...
  • 17% of male Marines say they'll leave if women move into combat positions

    02/01/2013 11:27:41 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 02/01/2013 | JULIE WATSON
    A Marine Corps survey shows 17 percent of male Marine respondents say they would likely leave the Corps if women move into combat positions. The survey says that number jumps to 22 percent if women are assigned involuntarily to those jobs. Results of the survey of 53,000 Marines were released to The Associated Press on Friday.
  • 2nd Oval Office Readied in White House Rehab Project

    02/01/2013 11:27:00 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 2/1/13 | Alexis Simendinger
    This summer there will be two Oval Offices in the White House complex, and it won’t be a case of double vision. In preparation for a major, two-year renovation of the West Wing, the government is undertaking extensive work to complete a new executive office for President Obama at the south end of the adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building, RCP has learned. The president’s facsimile Oval Office, created as a nearly identical replica of the most famous ovoid room in the world, is slated to be ready for occupancy by August if Obama is ready to move and if design...
  • Hawai`i gun lobby shoots down gun bills

    02/01/2013 11:26:34 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    KPUA ^ | Thursday, January 31, 2013 | Associated Press
    Honolulu (AP) — Hawai`i gun enthusiasts are organizing to stop gun control bills from gaining any traction at the state Legislature. Hawai`i Rifle Association President Harvey Gerwig said Wednesday that more than 400 people successfully opposed a bill that would have made firearm instructors liable for accidents that occur during training.
  • Gun Control: Officials Set Sights On Ammunition Background Checks

    02/01/2013 11:14:36 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 38 replies
    Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg Times) ^ | February 1, 2013 | Peter Jamison,
    Without bullets, slugs or shot, a gun is no deadlier than a steel club. But the question of how to keep firearms' lethal projectiles out of the wrong hands has historically been a low priority for regulators more concerned about the guns themselves. That could be changing. As the nation debates competing proposals to reduce gun violence, some law enforcement leaders and elected officials argue it's time to examine an area they say is especially devoid of common sense regulation: the buying and selling of ammunition. They say there is an obvious inconsistency in federal and state law. While it...
  • Mohamed Mohamud guilty verdict: No reaction from defendant, lawyers plan to appeal

    02/01/2013 11:14:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 1, 2013 | Bryan Denson
    Silence fell across a Portland courtroom Thursday as U.S. District Judge Garr M. King read the verdict in the terrorism case of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, whose attempt to bomb the city's town square two years ago stunned the nation. Jurors found the 21-year-old Somali American guilty of trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Pioneer Courthouse Square -- a four-block walk from where they sat in the downtown courthouse. Mohamud, whose lawyers argued that the FBI entrapped their client in a sophisticated sting that went too far, showed no reaction. Wearing a sweater and slacks, he rose from...