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  • White House Responds To Drones Memo: Strikes Are 'Legal,' 'Ethical' And ‘Wise'

    02/05/2013 2:30:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/5/13 | Matt Wilstein
    It’s no surprise that among the first questions White House Press Secretary Jay Carney received at today’s press briefing was one that concerned a recently-leaked Justice Department memo that offered justification for killing U.S. citizens abroad in predator drone attacks. Carney began by clarifying that the memo in question was an “unclassified document” prepared for members of Congress. “The president takes his responsibilities very seriously,” Carney said. “And first and foremost that’s his responsibility to protect the United States.” He continued by saying that the president is dedicated to
  • Sandy Hook Father Absolutely Owns Guns Violence Hearing

    02/05/2013 2:26:09 PM PST · by NoGrayZone · 47 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 2/5/13 | IJ Review
    A Sandy Hook father telling it like it is, slamming his fist down on the table, and walking out like a boss. You HAVE to see this incredible anti-gun control argument...
  • Top Democrat Warns Others Not to Use Term “Illegal Immigrants”, Calls Them “Citizens” (Conyers)

    02/05/2013 2:25:25 PM PST · by montag813 · 31 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 02-05-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaPerhaps the most visible argument in favor of term limits in Congress, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) - who has served in Congress since 1965 - and known for uttering bizarre and offensive statements, has done it yet again. The Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Immigration subcommittee, Conyers before today's hearing on potential "reform" legislation scolded other members in advance for calling illegal aliens "illegal immigrants" - calling them "out of  status". Perhaps even more bizarrely, Conyers - twice - refers to illegals as "citizens": “I hope no one uses the term ‘illegal immigrants’ here today”,...
  • Obamacare Punishes Smokers: Why not the Promiscuous? (Commiecare™ to cover HIV/AIDS?)

    02/05/2013 2:19:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/26/13 | Wesley J. Smith
    Obamacare outlawed underwriting by health insurance companies. In other words, if we are diagnosed with cancer, run 10Ks, have diabetes or a family history of heart attacks, we all pay the same price. Fine. But there is one big exception. Smokers, who can be charged a huge insurance surcharge for their unhealthy habit. **SNIP** This financial stick is entirely political. Notice we never hear experts wanting to “punish” the promiscuous for the cost burden they inflict on the health care system. Yet people who sleep around, like smokers and the obese, cost the rest of us plenty–what with promiscuity leading...
  • City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation

    02/05/2013 2:18:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/5/13 | Jason Koebler
    Charlottesville, Va., has become the first city in the United States to formally pass an anti-drone resolution. The resolution, passed Monday, "calls on the United States Congress and the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt legislation prohibiting information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into a Federal or State court," and "pledges to abstain from similar uses with city-owned, leased, or borrowed drones." The resolution passed by a 3-2 vote and was brought to the city council by activist David Swanson and the Rutherford Institute, a progressive civil liberties group based ACA premium...
  • Radical Islam’s Global Reaction: The Push for Blasphemy Laws

    02/05/2013 2:10:32 PM PST · by lbryce · 5 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | February 5, 2013 | Michael J Totten
    “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” —Thomas Jefferson Free speech is under attack in the West, and it’s under attack from abroad. For years radical Islamists have targeted embassies abroad and individuals at home for “insulting” the Prophet Muhammad. And now diplomats and heads of state from Islamist countries are using international oganizations to pressure the West to criminalize blasphemy and are even lobbying for a global censorship regime. The most recent assault began in Cairo on September 11, 2012, when a deranged mob attacked the...
  • Cerabino: Florida sheriffs edge closer to law interpreting than law enforcing

    02/05/2013 2:04:59 PM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies
    palmbeachpost.co ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Frank Cerabino
    I know it’s illegal to impersonate a law-enforcement officer. But what happens when a law-enforcement officer impersonates a judge? I’m talking about the recent proclamation from the Florida Sheriff’s Association announcing that its members “will not not assist, support, or condone any unconstitutional infringement” of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. The timing of the proclamation coincided with efforts by President Barack Obama and some members of Congress to advocate for gun regulations that ban the sale of military-style assault weapons, limit rounds of ammunition in clips, and eliminate loopholes in background checks for gun sales. If those measures,...
  • Feds: Philly woman key in ‘massive’ $200M international scam

    02/05/2013 1:58:27 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/05/2013 | Frank Kummer
    A Philadelphia woman was arrested today along with 12 others in what federal authorities call "one of the largest" credit card fraud schemes ever. --snip-- Essentially, the enterprise worked like this, according to the complaint: Members of the group would create false identities through a series of documents, then create a false profile for the major credit bureaus. Next, the group would, "pump up" the credit by providing false information to the credit bureaus from fake companies. The sham companies existed only to make it appear that the fictional people had excellent credit. Finally, members of the group would run...
  • AP sources: Pentagon extending benefits for gays [Back door homosexual "marriage" ?]

    02/05/2013 1:41:47 PM PST · by Absolutely Nobama · 91 replies
    Miami Herald--Associated Depressed ^ | 2/5/13 | Lolita C. Baldor
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of military members. The policy change would come about 16 months after the Pentagon repealed its ban on openly gay service. Officials say Panetta has not made a final decision on which benefits will be included, but the Pentagon is likely to allow same-sex partners to have access to the on-base commissary and other military subsidized stores, as well as health and welfare programs.
  • Gov. John Kasich's Medicaid flip: Are conservatives embracing ObamaCare?

    02/05/2013 1:35:36 PM PST · by Jean S · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/5/13 | Peter Weber
    Why did the Tea Party–backed governor of Ohio just say yes to a key part of President Obama's health care law? Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) is the latest governor to accept the hefty Medicaid expansion authorized by President Obama's health care overhaul. He's not the first Republican to do so — Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), Jack Dalrymple (N.D.), and Jan Brewer (Ariz.) have, too — but Kasich's opt-in is a bigger deal. As House Budget Committee chairman during the Newt Gingrich years, the "fiercely conservative" Kasich "built his political identity arguing for smaller government," says David Nather...
  • How Ugly is the Student Loan Bubble?

    02/05/2013 1:29:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 02/05/2013 | By Eric McWhinnie
    While the student debt bubble has yet to pop like housing, more cracks are appearing. New research shows that college loan debt is dramatically rising and becoming riskier than in past years.FICO (NYSE:FICO), a company that provides analytics including credit scores, recently conducted a study to examine changes in student loans since 2005. To little surprise, the results were quite sobering. The sky-rocketing costs of college have been outpacing inflation for years. As a result, more consumers are taking out student loans to pay for their education. FICO finds that approximately 12 million Americans had two or more open student...
  • Eric Cantor Endorses Citizenship for DREAMers

    02/05/2013 1:16:36 PM PST · by KantianBurke · 78 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 5th 2013 | Emily Deruy
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor attempted to project a softer Republican tone on immigration during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday, but indicated there is a ways to go until Republicans and Democrats agree on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican, endorsed a path to citizenship for DREAMers, the undocumented young people brought to the United States as children.
  • GUN HEARINGS: Overflowing crowd at Minnesota Capitol on Day 1

    02/05/2013 1:14:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    myfoxtwincities.com ^ | 5 February, 2013 | Tim Blotz
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - Minnesota lawmakers opened debate on a handful of gun control proposals Tuesday at the State Capitol. The House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee will look at expanding background checks, banning military-style weapons, a limit on magazine capacities and allowing school workers to carry weapons. A huge crowd gathered outside the House hearing room, which forced some spectators into an overflow room. WHAT THEY"RE SAYING... "My father lived the American dream but died the American nightmare." - Sami Rahamim, son of Accent Signage Systems founder Reuven Rahamim "An egregious violation of the Second Amendment." -...
  • Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses

    02/05/2013 1:12:00 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | Febuary 5, 2013 | Ernesto Londoño
    The Pentagon has decided to extend certain benefits to the spouses of gay and lesbian personnel, according to officials and people notified about the decision, responding to the increasingly vocal appeals of same-sex couples in the military. The military expects to announce the decision this week.
  • Falklands will be under our control within 20 years, says Argentina

    02/05/2013 1:09:17 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 February 2013 | Patrick Wintour, political editor
    The Falklands Islands will be under Argentinian control within 20 years, the South American country's foreign minister, Héctor Timerman, has said in an interview with the Guardian. Visiting London for the first time, he ruled out a military solution to the 130-year-old sovereignty dispute but claimed the world increasingly recognised that the islands were a product of colonialism. He accused the British government of being motivated by a fanatical desire to hold on to the islands and claimed "the United Kingdom has never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to find a solution for the Malvinas". He said: "I...
  • Zing! Piers Morgan whines and Herman Cain responds: ‘Bless your heart’ (tweets at link)

    02/05/2013 12:55:13 PM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Oh, yes. He did. Herman Cain blasted Musket Morgan with the best insult ever: Bless your heart! Taking a page from Romney’s book? Remember, he slammed Obama with the ultimate “oh, snap” during the campaign. That was called racist, natch.
  • Chung Kim, Texas man, fatally shoots couple in argument over dog feces, report says

    02/05/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 5, 2013 | Crimesider Staff
    Chung Kim, a Texas man, was charged with capital murder Monday after he allegedly shot and killed a couple who lived upstairs from his northwest Dallas apartment in an argument over dog feces.
  • White House declines to explain drone policy

    02/05/2013 12:22:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    ap news ^ | 2/5/13 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is declining to explain its criteria for directing drone attacks against American citizens working abroad with terrorists. A newly disclosed Justice Department memo says the administration doesn't need evidence of a pending attack. The document says only that the target must be involved in ongoing plotting against the United States. White House spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't discuss the memo in detail. He said President Barack Obama takes seriously his responsibility to protect the United States and its citizens. Carney said drone strikes are legal and that great care is taken to avoid the loss...
  • Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law

    02/05/2013 12:16:07 PM PST · by illiac · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/5/13 | Steven Dinan
    President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. CBO said that this year's tax cuts have changed the incentives for businesses and made it less attractive to pay for insurance, meaning fewer will decide to do so. Instead, they'll choose to pay a penalty to the government, totaling $13 billion in higher fees over the next decade. But the non-partisan agency also expects fewer people to have to pay individual penalties to the IRS...
  • The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs

    02/05/2013 11:58:08 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-5-2013 | Walter Hickey
    The 'Base Case' Of Full Sequestration Is A Loss Of One Million Jobs Walter HickeyFebruary 5,2013 The Bipartisan Policy Center — an independent group with a long track record of accurate prognostication — has confirmed that they expect massive job losses across the board if Congress is unable to avert the sequester. The prediction isn't without immediate evidence, either. The contraction in GDP last week was largely attributed to decrease in government funding allocated to manufacturing in the defense sector, which has seen a substantial cut as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011 mandatory spending caps and...