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  • Obama: 2013 can be year of economic growth [Associated Press Goes FULL PRAVDA]

    02/02/2013 3:49:11 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    AP ^ | Groundhog Day, 2013
    ... Obama says 2013 can be a year of solid economic growth, but only if Washington gets out of the way. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says there are signs of progress in real estate, manufacturing and job-creation. But other signs are worrying. Unemployment ticked up from 7.8 percent in December to 7.9 percent in January. And the Commerce Department says the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.1 percent in the final months of 2012. Obama says the U.S. must lower health care costs and close tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy.
  • Report shows UN admitting solar activity may play significant role in global warming

    02/02/2013 1:08:51 AM PST · by Islander7 · 29 replies
    FOX News ^ | 2-1-2013 | By Maxim Lott, Charles Couger
    The Earth has been getting warmer -- but how much of that heat is due to greenhouse gas emissions and how much is due to natural causes? A leaked report by a United Nations’ group dedicated to climate studies says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought. “[Results] do suggest the possibility of a much larger impact of solar variations on the stratosphere than previously thought, and some studies have suggested that this may lead to significant regional impacts on climate,” reads a draft copy of a major, upcoming report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental...
  • Fundamentalists driving Christians out of Libya

    02/02/2013 12:57:43 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 14 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 2 Feb 2013 | anon
    VATICAN CITY: Christians are being driven out of eastern Libya by Muslim fundamentalists, the Catholic Church’s main clergyman in the country told the Vatican missionary news agency Fides. The situation was “critical” and the “atmosphere very tense” in the Cyrenaica region, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli said in the interview Thursday. ....
  • Venezuela Reportedly Spying on Jewish Community

    02/02/2013 12:18:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    INN ^ | 1/31/2013, 3:54 PM | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Reports that the Venezuelan intelligence agency is targeting and spying on the Venezuelan Jewish community as well as on Venezuelan companies and organizations with ties to Israel is deeply troubling, asserted the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). “We are deeply troubled by a recent news report alleging that the Venezuelan Intelligence Service (SEBIN) is spying on the Venezuelan Jewish community,” said ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman. “Venezuela under the regime of Hugo Chavez has a history of harassing the Jewish community in that country,” he said. “It is chilling to read reports that the SEBIN received instructions to carry out clandestine...
  • Washington city councilman walks out on council meeting because of citizen with CCW

    02/01/2013 10:25:25 PM PST · by Herosmith · 21 replies
    Youtube ^ | 15 Jan 2013 | None
    This amazing video shows a council member leaving the meeting because of an armed citizen. Draws praise from the sitting coucil chair. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKpLhNiC8zg
  • Secret Service chief to step down this month

    02/01/2013 10:10:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 8:46 PM EST | Alicia A. Caldwell
    Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan announced his retirement Friday, bringing to a close a turbulent period for the law enforcement agency that included a South American prostitution scandal and a pair of White House gate-crashers. In nearly seven years as director, Sullivan had to answer serious questions from lawmakers on two occasions about his employees’ actions on the job and off. Last May, in testimony before Congress, Sullivan apologized for the conduct of Secret Service employees caught in a prostitution scandal in Colombia. Thirteen agents and officers were implicated after an agent argued with a prostitute over payment in a...
  • China poised to control strategic Pakistani port

    02/01/2013 9:56:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 10:46 PM EST | Sebastian Abbot
    China is poised to take over operational control of a strategic deep-water Pakistani seaport that could serve as a vital economic hub for Beijing and perhaps a key military outpost, according to officials. The construction of the port, in the former fishing village of Gwadar in troubled Baluchistan province, was largely funded by China at a cost of about $200 million. It has been a commercial failure since it opened in 2007, because Pakistan never completed the road network to link the port to the rest of the country. Chinese control of the port would give it a foothold in...
  • 4 detained after deadly highway collapse in China

    02/01/2013 9:48:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 11:45 PM EST | Didi Tang
    Chinese authorities have detained four people, state media said Saturday, a day after at least 11 people died when a truck loaded with fireworks for Lunar New Year celebration exploded, collapsing an elevated portion of highway in central China. The accident sent vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the ground, and state-run China Central Television said 11 people were now confirmed dead and another 11 injured. The official Xinhua News Agency said the collapse smashed and buried at least 25 vehicles. Rescue work continues Saturday. CCTV said Saturday that the truck that exploded took the road without proper...
  • London anarchist bookshop hit by suspicious fire

    02/01/2013 9:41:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 3:29 PM EST
    One of Britain’s oldest anarchist publishers says its east London bookshop has been firebombed. Freedom Press—set up more than 100 years ago—said Friday that no one was injured in the overnight fire, but that its shop and electrics “have been seriously damaged.” …
  • Scott Brown says he won’t seek Kerry’s Senate seat

    02/01/2013 9:07:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 11:57 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Bob Salsberg
    Former Sen. Scott Brown said Friday he would not run in a special Senate election in Massachusetts, dealing a setback to Republican hopes of winning the seat being vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry. Brown, who electrified his party with an upset win in a 2010 special election but lost his re-election bid in November, ended weeks of intense speculation about his future with a written statement announcing his decision. … GOP officials in Washington and Massachusetts widely considered Brown the strongest possible Republican candidate in a state that traditionally favors Democrats. With Brown out of the running, potential...
  • Iran adviser describes Hagel testimony as “somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible”

    02/01/2013 8:15:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 10 replies
    The reviews are in for Chuck Hagel’s appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee. If he were a Broadway play, as opposed to a mere nominee for Defense Secretary, Hagel would close after one performance. The Obama administration was not amused. White House officials told CBS’ Major Garrett that they were disappointed with Hagel’s performance. Indeed, one Obama staffer described Hagel’s testimony on Iran as “somewhere between baffling and incomprehensible.”
  • Hedge Fund Elliott Management Is Backing Stan Lee Media's Spider-Man Lawsuit Against Disney

    02/01/2013 8:14:02 PM PST · by doug from upland · 12 replies
    forbes ^ | 2-1-13 | nathan vardi
    For the last few years Michael Wolk has quietly worked to advance the multi-billion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit that claims Walt Disney Co. does not own the rights to iconic Stan Lee-created superhero characters it acquired from Marvel Entertainment, like Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four. Before Wolk got involved, the minority shareholders of a company Lee founded in the 1990s had for a long time unsuccessfully litigated over these characters, but Wolk has not been dissuaded. “We are in the right here,” says Wolk in an interview. “No court has ever addressed or ever decided who...
  • NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control

    02/01/2013 8:04:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | Bruce Rogers
    The gun control debate is clearly one of the most contentious and controversial issues in America today. And the battle over gun control is now being waged through intensive media campaigns from both sides of the political spectrum to influence public opinion and to assert pressure on policy makers. So who’s winning? To find out, we turned to objective data provided exclusively to Forbes Insights by Appinions, the influence marketing platform. Keep in mind Forbes Insights has no agenda other than to shed research light on the process of measuring influence and what we can learn from it. The facts...
  • True motives behind Obama's gun 'control' stance

    02/01/2013 7:50:29 PM PST · by 867V309 · 29 replies
    pravda ^ | 22.01.2013 | George Green
    The new gun control laws have nothing to do with schools, and everything to do with propping up a failing state.
  • George W. Bush’s dog Barney dies

    02/01/2013 7:41:21 PM PST · by onyx · 102 replies
    WA Post ^ | February 1, 2013 | Rachel Weiner
    President George W. Bush’s dog Barney has died of lymphoma at the age of 12, the former president said in a statement Friday. “Barney was by my side during our eight years in the White House,” Bush wrote. “He never discussed politics and was always a faithful friend. Laura and I will miss our pal.”
  • City Announces Next "Guns for Groceries" Program

    02/01/2013 7:37:45 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wilx.com ^ | 1 February, 2013 | NA
    The city of Lansing has set February 9 as the date for it's next gun buyback program. It will take place at the Tabernacle of David Church at 2645 W. Holmes Rd in Lansing, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The "Guns for Groceries" program will exchange Meijer gift cards for operable guns. People who turn in a long gun will receive a $50 card, $100 cards will be given for a handgun and a $150 card will be given for each military-style assault weapons.
  • Non-Compliance Evident at Buffalo vs New York State Q & A Forum

    02/01/2013 7:35:34 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | youtube
    This is the whole meeting (other than what the man with the camera couldn't catch due to full memory), 33 minutes long. It is very energetic and contentious and well worth watching and sharing. These men are angry, outspoken, and not afraid. Here's a link the a 4 minute video of excerpts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTdhVxva5KU
  • Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video

    02/01/2013 7:31:38 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 12 replies
    Department of Homeland Security ^ | 2013 | Department of Homeland Security
    Department of Homeland Security: Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training VideoTo sum up, die like a peasant begging for mercy.
  • Hollywood 2012: What messages are the movies sending us?

    02/01/2013 7:19:35 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | 1/16/13 | R.J. Moeller
    The list of the twenty-five top-grossing films (worldwide) of 2012 has been released, and I believe there are a few important lessons that proponents of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional Judeo-Christian values can learn from its inventory. First, let’s take a look at what types of stories drew the most attention in 2012. The top three – Avengers, Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall – are all superhero/action flicks. At their core, they are “good vs. evil” morality plays. They are about the pursuit of justice and defense of the defenseless. They are about sacrifice and loyalty and love. Of...
  • Who had the worst week in Washington? Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

    02/01/2013 6:59:53 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    Anytime a U.S. senator is forced to go on the record to deny liaisons with Dominican prostitutes, it’s probably not a good week for him. That’s what happened to New Jersey’s Bob Menendez (D), who, after the FBI raided the office of a donor with whom he had grown close, unleashed this gem of a statement on Wednesday: “Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically-motivated right-wing blog and are false.” Oof.