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  • BOND GOD: The World Is Changing, And Bonds Are The Most Overbought I've Seen In My 55 Year Career

    02/03/2013 11:48:10 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-3-2013 | Joe Weisenthal
    BOND GOD: The World Is Changing, And Bonds Are The Most Overbought I've Seen In My 55 Year Career Joe WeisenthalFeb. 3, 2013, 12:05 PMFor years, investors have watched in disbelief as the 30-year bull market in fixed-income assets has raged on, leaving bears in the dust. The bond skeptics are having another moment, as talk grows of a "great rotation" from bonds into equities, as rates finally start to rise, and the economy turns back into the old normal. Dan Fuss of Loomis Sayles is the third bond fund manager to be called a "bond god" (the other two...
  • Kerry, Not Wasting Time, Calls Peres, Abbas

    02/03/2013 11:35:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    inn ^ | 2/3/13 | David Lev
    Newly-installed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry isn't wasting any time in getting started on his new job. After two full days in office, Kerry spoke to officials in Mexico, Canada, Israel, Turkey, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), his office said Sunday. On Sunday, Kerry called PA chief Mahmoud Abbas. According to an Abbas spokesperson, Kerry told the PA chief that he expected to meet him in the near future in order to discuss restarting negotiations with Israel. Kerry told Abbas that President Barack H. Obama supported such talks, and that he hoped both sides would agree to participate. In...
  • Chris Wallace Skewers NRA’s Wayne LaPierre On Gun Violence: ‘That’s Ridiculous And You Know It, Sir’

    02/03/2013 11:22:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 76 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 3 February, 2013 | Meenal Vamburkar
    On Fox News Sunday, following the segment featuring Mark Kelly, Chris Wallace interviewed National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre about various issues surrounding gun control — ranging from background checks to mental health concerns to armed security at schools. Pressing LaPierre on his arguments, Wallace challenged him on some of his opposition to gun control. Wallace began with background checks, citing the 1.7 million people who’ve been denied because of the checks — but LaPierre argued that most of those people weren’t prosecuted, and we can’t say they “were stopped from getting a gun at all.” He further argued against...
  • CBS to interview Obama during Super Bowl pregame show

    02/03/2013 11:21:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/3/13 | Peter Schroeder
    President Obama will give a live interview to CBS before it airs the Super Bowl on Sunday. At 4:30 pm, Obama will field questions from CBS´s Scott Pelley, continuing a long-standing tradition of providing interviews to the network airing the NFL championship, usually the most-watched television event of the year. Last year, Obama spoke with Matt Lauer before NBC broadcast the big game. Pelley told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will talk pigskin with the president, but also has a range of "serious questions" to tackle.
  • Top G.O.P. Donors Seek Greater Say in Senate Races (Tokyo Rove SuperPac to attack Tea Party)

    02/03/2013 11:18:18 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/3/13 | JEFF ZELENY
    The biggest donors in the Republican Party are financing a new group to recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party’s efforts to win control of the Senate. -snip- The Conservative Victory Project, which is backed by Karl Rove and his allies who built American Crossroads into the largest Republican super PAC of the 2012 election cycle, will start by intensely vetting prospective contenders for Congressional races to try to weed out candidates who are seen as too flawed to win general elections.
  • New York State Resistance - "... prime for something like that." 1/29/13

    02/03/2013 11:07:12 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 1, 2013 | AFMTDR
    "Uphold the Constitution!" "What are the penalties?" "Time to form local militias."
  • Buchanan: Senate immigration bill will fail, Rubio ‘will be badly damaged’

    02/03/2013 11:01:57 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Jeff Poor
    On this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” conservative columnist and author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” Pat Buchanan said the bipartisan Senate immigration plan drafted by the so-called “gang of eight” will fail, damaging Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s chances of winning the White House. “The path to citizenship in my judgment is going to fail,” Buchanan said. “It will certainly be stopped in the House, and I think Marco Rubio, who has gotten himself out front on it, will be badly damaged, because I think there’s going to be a rising populist...
  • Seven Reasons Why it's a Photoshop(Obama's skeet photo)

    02/03/2013 10:51:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 93 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2-3-2013 | Michael Harlin
    I'm sure we've all seen by now the "photo op" of President Obama shooting skeet. If he's shooting skeet then I'm Daffy Duck. Now, what's wrong with the president's picture? First the weapon is nearly level to the ground. Can't be skeet shooting, nor likely trap either. Second, it is evident that the President has never shot a shotgun before as his stance is leaning slightly backward. Look at the position of his torso to his legs. Skeet or trap shooters never do this. They lean slightly forward like a boxer in the ring. Third, he doesn't know or was never...
  • Rove Declares War on Tea Party

    02/03/2013 10:29:18 AM PST · by Bratch · 147 replies
    Big Government ^ | February 3, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun. On one side is the Tea Party. On the other side stands Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project. The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who...
  • Saudi preacher gets off light for raping, killing daughter

    02/03/2013 9:47:01 AM PST · by knighthawk · 52 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | February 3, 2013
    <p>AFP - A Saudi preacher who raped his five-year-old daughter and tortured her to death has been sentenced to pay “blood money” to the mother after having served a short jail term, activists said on Saturday.</p> <p>Lamia al-Ghamdi was admitted to hospital on December 25, 2011 with multiple injuries, including a crushed skull, broken ribs and left arm, extensive bruising and burns, the activists said. She died last October 22.</p>
  • Hilarity ensues as Twitter users caption and Photoshop Obama’s shooting photo(dead’s pic goes viral)

    02/03/2013 9:34:03 AM PST · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 2, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    Wait, did we say Twitter users have been Photoshopping that picture of President Mom Jeans and his shotgun? Can’t be. As Twitchy reported earlier today, the White House issued the photo with the stern warning that it “may not be manipulated in any way.” Some of these are just captions, though, and the rest aren’t manipulations, but rather a process left over from the Bush era called “enhancement.”
  • Chris Culliver will undergo sensitivity training, work with in-crisis youth, after anti-gay remarks

    02/03/2013 9:27:08 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 31 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 2, 2013 | Doug Farrar
    NEW ORLEANS -- San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver created quite the ruckus this week when he intimated that anyone with a homosexual predilection would not be welcome on his team. Now, he's doing everything he can to get past that. According to his publicist, Theodore Palmer, Culliver will be working with "The Trevor Project," an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. "He's so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all," Palmer said in a phone interview with the Associated Press on Saturday. "He's...
  • Women in Combat: Battling Nature, Battering Reality

    02/03/2013 9:11:04 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Senseless advice and nothing nice; that’s what little-girls-in-combat policy is made of. The obvious has already been said about placing women in front-line combat positions. Their presence will reduce unit cohesiveness; male soldiers’ natural instinct to protect women will influence battlefield decisions; there will be the problem of sexual impropriety within the ranks and of rape when women are captured; women will have more trouble measuring up to the physical and psychological demands of battle; special accommodations will no doubt be made so that women may tend to feminine concerns; and, as the high pregnancy rate aboard naval vessels has...
  • Solar development absorbing Calif. farmland

    02/03/2013 9:06:54 AM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 2/2/12 | Tracie Cone
    With California mandating that 33 percent of electricity be generated from renewables by the end of the decade, there are 227 proposed solar projects in the pipeline statewide.. Coupled with wind and other renewables they would generate enough electricity to meet 100 percent of California's power needs on an average summer day... Developers are flocking to flat farmland near power transmission lines, but agriculture interests, environmental groups and even the state are concerned that there is no official accounting of how much of this important agricultural region's farmland is being taken out of production. Planning department records in four of...
  • Duke Energy to close Riverbend, Buck plants in April

    02/03/2013 9:06:12 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 7 replies
    Charleston Observer ^ | Feb. 01, 2013 | Bruce Henderson
    Duke Energy will close two of its oldest coal-fired power plants, Riverbend west of Charlotte and Buck in Rowan County in April, two years ahead of schedule. Both plants date to the 1920s and had been planned for retirement in 2015. They’re among a wave of older, smaller coal plants closing down rather than investing in new pollution controls to meet federal environmental regulations. The plants had been little used in recent years as larger, more efficient plants came online and falling natural gas prices shifted generation to gas. ....
  • Auto Revolution: A Promising Future for Self-Driving Cars

    A Lexus drives down the eight-lane highway outside Palo Alto, California, in heavy traffic. Except for the rotating cylinder perched on its roof like an oversized tin can and the word "Google" on its doors, it looks like any other car. In reality, though, it's a search engine on wheels. The Lexus steers itself down the highway by itself. The man in the driver's seat -- Dmitri Dolgov, software engineer, never actually touches the wheel. Dolgov explains what the car can do, which turns out to be quite a lot. It can steer, accelerate and brake automatically; it surveys its...
  • Gasoline at highest price ever for this time of year

    02/03/2013 8:48:27 AM PST · by John W · 29 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Sharon Epperson
    U.S. drivers are now paying more to fill up their gas tanks than they ever have at this time of year. The national average price of retail gasoline posted its biggest overnight increase in 23 months, rising four cents to $3.462 a gallon on Friday, according to AAA. The average price has risen 13 cents in the past week, a 4 percent jump. "This is the highest price record for February 1st," says OPIS analyst Tom Kloza, who predicts the average price could reach $3.50 a gallon this weekend. "Refinery issues and speculation about refinery issues has a lot of...
  • Utah Gov. Gary Herbert Will Embrace Federal Gun Control Laws

    02/03/2013 8:46:12 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 February 2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    Utah Governor Gary Herbert Utah Governor's Office Phone: 801-538-1000 Toll Free: 800-705-2464 Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Utah Governor Gary Herbert criticized efforts to oppose federal firearms restrictions and declared that Utah will obey federal gun control laws. Utah Governor: "Utah Will Adhere to the Law" and Obey Federal Gun Laws The New American 03 February 2013 As courageous state legislators enlist in the fight to repel the federal government's assault on the Second Amendment, the governor of one western state is telling a liberty-minded state representative to stand down. Governor Gary Herbert of Utah recently called a pro-gun...
  • China will be world's most sophisticated hacker of foreign companies claims Google's Eric Schmidt

    02/03/2013 8:41:55 AM PST · by dennisw · 5 replies
    dailymail ^ | 2 February 2013 | By Anna Edwards
    Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, has predicted China will be the world's most 'sophisticated hacker' in his new book predicting the future of technology. His new book 'The Digital Age' co-written by Jared Cohen, who runs Google Ideas, the search giant’s think tank, believe that China, is 'the most sophisticated and prolific hacker of foreign companies'. They also say that the country is the 'the world's most active and enthusiastic filterer of information', highlighting how China strongly censors information from outside, carefully selecting what its population can access. The Wall Street Journal, who reviewed the book, say that the book...
  • Twin Cities don't need Obama's gun speech. Chicago does.

    02/03/2013 8:37:32 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-3-13 | joe soucheray
    President Barack Obama is coming to Minneapolis on Monday, Feb. 4, to advance his proposals to reduce gun violence, which is a little bit like taking a boat out into the middle of the ocean to discuss the risk of fire in Joshua Tree National Park. Why doesn't he go to Chicago, where there is gun violence? And then, once in Chicago, why wouldn't he discuss that city's problem of gang violence? In fact, so long as he has the itch to take his bully pulpit on the road, Chicago is the natural, ultimate stop. Why, it is ground zero....