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  • Walter Williams: Women in Combat

    02/06/2013 5:41:08 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Walter Williams
    A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field." The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same...
  • Penney’s Johnson seen slashing jobs (JC Penney's meltdown continues...)

    02/06/2013 5:32:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/6/13 | JAMES COVERT
    JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson is getting ready to break more hearts at headquarters — a few hundred more. In what some Penney insiders are calling the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” the former Apple exec plans this month to fire at least 10 percent of the remaining 3,000 employees at the retailer’s home offices in Plano, Texas, sources told The Post. While the bloodbath was originally targeted for last month, sources said Johnson opted to delay it until after the flailing company’s fiscal year ended last week. “They wanted to throw the severance costs into this year because last year was...
  • Turkey ma’s shady pals; Hung with bad guys: feds (Drug Mule?)

    02/06/2013 5:21:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/6/13 | JOSH MARGOLIN and JEANE MACINTOSH
    FBI agents probing the murder of a Staten Island mom in Turkey said they don’t believe she was there just to take pictures — and said she hung out with a “criminal element” during the solo trip abroad. “There are a lot of open questions that need to be answered,” a source familiar with the ongoing case told The Post. Mother of two Sarai Sierra, 33, was found dead from a ferocious blow to the skull in a seedy area of Istanbul last Saturday after failing to show up for a Jan. 21 flight home to New York. “The first...
  • Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery in bid to cut costs

    02/06/2013 5:10:29 AM PST · by Doogle · 84 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | AP via FOX
    The U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says. In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the Saturday mail cutback would begin in August. The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points -- package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.
  • Tacony deli owner fatally shoots would-be robber (Philly)

    02/06/2013 5:05:18 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/06/2013 | Emily Babay
    Police this morning continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of a would-be robber last night by the owner of a Tacony deli store. The shootout happened at about 6 p.m. Tuesday at Anna's Deli on the 4400 block of Princeton Avenue. Police say a 19-year-old man approached the deli's cash register, armed with a 9 mm handgun. He then fired two shots at the store owner's wife. That's when the deli owner, identified as a 55-year-old man, emerged from the back of the store with a 9 mm handgun and shot the would-be robber in the chest, according to...
  • Meacham On Drone Kills: Obama Acting 'Like American King'

    02/06/2013 5:00:17 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wow! Who would have thought that perhaps the strongest statement yet in condemnation of President Obama's self-arrogated right to kill Americans abroad would have come from Jon Meacham? Yet on today's Morning Joe, historian Meacham—who knows something about the use and abuse of presidential power—criticized Obama for ignoring the "rule of law" and actually described Obama as acting like "an American King." Joe Scarborough seconded Meacham's surprising statement, adding that had this come to light under George W. Bush, impeachment would be in the air. View the video here.
  • Columbus (Mississippi) Police want your guns

    02/06/2013 4:50:41 AM PST · by WKB · 50 replies
    WTVA ^ | 2\6\13 | STAFF
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) -- Just give us the guns. No questions asked. The Columbus Police Department may be joining forces with other city officials, faith-based organizations and members of the community to reduce the number of firearms in town. If all goes as planned in the form of approval from the Columbus City Council, four locations would be made available to surrender guns on a designated Saturday. Buy back prices range from $20 for bb guns and air pistols. Hand guns would would be purchased for $100. Rifles and shot guns would be $200 and assault rifles would be worth...
  • The CBO quietly hikes the price tag on ObamaCare's insurance subsidies by 29%

    02/06/2013 4:28:23 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/05/2013 | John Merline
    The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday quietly raised the 10-year cost of ObamaCare's insurance subsidies offered via the health law's exchanges by $233 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office review of its latest spending forecast. The CBO's new baseline estimate shows that ObamaCare subsidies offered through the insurance exchanges — which are supposed to be up and running by next January — will total more than $1 trillion through 2022, up from $814 billion over those same years in its budget forecast made a year ago. That's an increase of nearly 29%. [snip] The CBO also expects 7 million...
  • David Spade Helps Phoenix Police Pay for Guns

    02/06/2013 3:59:08 AM PST · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | february 5, 2013 | Michael Tran/FilmMagic
    David Spade can now check this off his Christmas list: 300 rifles. The funnyman. 44, stopped by a police station in his former hometown of Phoenix on Monday morning to present a check for $100,000 toward the purchase of rifles for patrol officers, the police department says in a statement. The donation helps fund a program being coordinated by Phoenix Police Chief and Public Safety Manager Jack Harris and Phoenix Law Enforcement Association President Officer Mark Spencer.
  • Oppose Brennan for CIA Director

    02/06/2013 3:46:51 AM PST · by ABrit · 3 replies
    P J Media ^ | Andrew C. McCarthy
    To cut to the chase, a country that was serious about its national security would never put John Brennan in charge of its premier intelligence service. Of course, it is by no means clear that the United States is any longer a serious country in this regard. Serious countries do not fund, arm and “partner with” hostile regimes. They do not recruit enemy sympathizers to fill key governmental policy positions. They do not erect barriers impeding their intelligence services from understanding an enemy’s threat doctrine – in conscious indifference to Sun Tzu’s maxim that defending oneself requires knowing one’s enemies....
  • America’s Future Belongs to Islam

    02/06/2013 3:32:19 AM PST · by Cocoa2012 · 14 replies
    The Family Security Foundation ^ | 02+-06-2013 | PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PHD
    Islam is now the fastest growing religion in America, verifying President Barack Obama’s claim that the United States is “no longer a Judeo-Christian country.” http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/americas-future-belongs-to-islam?f=must_reads
  • In Their Own Words: Climate Alarmists Debunk Their "Science"

    02/06/2013 2:05:51 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 14 replies
    FORBES ^ | February 6, 2013 | Larry Bell
    President Obama has put salvation from dreaded climate catastrophes on his action agenda hot list. During his inaugural address he said: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.” He went on to shame anyone who disagrees with this assessment, saying, “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and powerful storms.”
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 6, 2013

    02/06/2013 3:12:13 AM PST · by sneakers · 8 replies
    Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: www.wpgb.com (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) http://wysl1040.com/ (Rochester, NY) http://www.talkradio560.com/ (Frostburg, MD) http://wicofm.com/ (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC httphttp://www.wncoam.com/main.html (Ashland, OH) ://tunein.com/radio/The-War-Room-with-Quinn--Rose-p34761/ for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • Singer Gloria Estefan, husband, plan Broadway show of their lives

    02/06/2013 2:53:15 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan and her music entrepreneur husband, Emilio, are developing a new Broadway show based on their lives, the show's producer said on Tuesday. The couple is working with the Nederlander Organization on the show that will trace their lives from leaving Cuba to international stardom. "The Estefans' journey of success, led by raw talent and passion, is captivating as it drove them from relative obscurity to global sensations," Jimmy Nederlander, the organization's president, said in a statement announcing the deal. Estefan, one of the most successful Latin crossover stars, fled Cuba with her family as a toddler....
  • Boy Scouts to vote on policy involving gays

    02/06/2013 2:23:56 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 127 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/6/13 | Casey Wian and Holly Yan
    The polarizing debate over whether Boy Scouts of America should allow gay members could culminate with a vote on a new policy Wednesday. But no matter which way the vote goes, activists on both sides aren't going to be satisfied. The controversy pits leaders of religious groups that sponsor about 1 million Boy Scouts against activists who want the organization to end its ban on openly gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Neither side is happy with BSA's proposal to let local troops decide if they want to allow gay members.
  • Grassley: Lessons Learned from the 1986 amnesty under President Reagan

    02/06/2013 2:07:39 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 2/05/2013 | Chuck Grassley
    As we look forward to a debate this year about immigration reform, I want to share my thoughts and my past experiences on this issue. I particularly want to share my personal experience from the 1980s amnesty law and how we can learn from that debate. But, before I dive into this history, I want to commend the many senators that are working together to forge a consensus and produce a product on this terribly difficult issue. I commend them for sitting down and agreeing to a set of principles. As Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, I expect to...
  • Antarctic ice core contains unrivaled detail of past climate (Ignore the agitprop!)

    02/06/2013 1:21:49 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | February 5, 2013 | NA
    Donald Voigt, chief scientist at the WAIS Divide Camp, examines an ice core.A team of U.S. ice-coring scientists and engineers in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), have recovered from the ice sheet a record of past climate and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that extends back 68,000 years. Retrieved from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), the ice containing the record is known as the WAIS Divide ice core. The cylinders of ice that make up the core contain uniquely detailed information on past environmental conditions such as the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases, surface air temperature,...
  • Background Questions. Harvard, Yale deny connection to controversial Democratic donor under scrutiny

    02/05/2013 10:12:33 PM PST · by BAW · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | Lachlan Markay
    A controversial donor with ties to prominent Democrats who is under investigation by the FBI may not have the qualifications he claims. The resume of Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based ophthalmologist and controversial Democratic donor, boasts medical education and experience at Harvard University, Yale University, and the University of Missouri. But none of those schools says it can find any record of Melgen, who claims to be a Harvard alumnus, the former chief resident of the University of Missouri’s ophthalmology department, and a former Yale intern. Questions concerning Melgen’s background are also coming to light. According to his biography, posted...
  • PRUDEN: Obama: Shooting blanks at the pigeons

    02/05/2013 10:09:36 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 31 replies
    Washingtontimes.com ^ | 2-5-13 | Wesley Pruden
    President Obama has probably put the Secret Service on this one, and the FBI, the CIA and the D.C. cops, too. Who came up with that really dumb idea of putting out an official White House photograph of the president stalking clay pigeons with his shotgun? Maybe it was the campaign consultant who gave Michael Dukakis a ride in an Abrams tank. (Maggie Thatcher had taken a similar ride two years earlier and looked like George S. Patton.) Or the wizard who decked out John Kerry in a lab suit that gave him the appearance of a giant sperm. The...
  • 270 Sheriffs and 8 State Sheriffs Associations Saying ‘NO’ to Obama Gun Control

    02/05/2013 9:41:08 PM PST · by Colorado Doug · 38 replies
    Sheriffs have risen up all over our great nation to stand up against the unconstitutional gun control measures being taken. The following is a list of sheriffs and state sheriff’s associations from who have vowed to uphold and defend the Constitution against Obama’s unlawful gun control measures. I applaud these public servants for their courage and conviction. I call on sheriffs all over this nation to add their voices to the growing numbers of faithful protectors of our freedom. -Richard Mack Constitutional Duty of the Sheriff – Richard Mack Sheriffs and associations who have made public statements committing to protect...