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  • African-American Dressed In KKK Hood On Street Corner Sparks Controversy In Philadelphia

    02/07/2013 1:26:26 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 02/06/2013 | Jericka Duncan
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In 2013, no one expects to see a man dressed in a Ku Klux Clan robe mid-morning in Center City, Philadelphia. “I think that’s nonsense,” said one woman on the street. “He needs to be committed to the jail system,” said another onlooker. The man, who stood on the corner of 13th and Filbert on Tuesday, is not out to lynch or kill black people. In fact, he is black. Thirty-five-year-old Sixx King says he’s using the offensive symbol to highlight a serious problem: black on black crime. “We’re bringing awareness to the black hypocrisy, complacency and...
  • Obama: Prayer Breakfast ‘Forgotten on the Same Day as the Prayer Breakfast’

    02/07/2013 1:20:25 PM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/7/13 | Melanie Hunter
    “I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we’ve been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten – on the same day as the prayer breakfast. You’d like to think that the shelf life wasn’t so short. I go back to the Oval Office, and I start watching the cable news networks, and it’s like we didn’t pray,” Obama said.
  • Entire Miami Police Squad Fired After Footage Shows Cops Shopping, Dining & Kissing While Ignoring

    02/07/2013 1:16:09 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    An investigation into Miami police officers’ on-duty conduct found six officers were ignoring 911 calls while instead kissing their girlfriends, shopping, and drinking coffee. One 911 call involved an unconscious five-month-old baby. Video footage shows Miami police officer Dario Socarras ignoring dispatch orders to save the child, while drinking coffee for nine minutes and lying to the dispatcher about being “en route”. Paramedics eventually reached the unconscious child, while Socarras never went – but still, the officer wrote in his daily report that he attended the scene. And Socarras is only one of six officers caught neglecting their duties: after...
  • Chicago Police Want 12 Percent Pay Raise (and more benefits)

    02/07/2013 1:11:37 PM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Feb 07, 2013 | n/a
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Contract demands by Chicago police officers include much higher pay and something you might not have imagined. Chicago police are reportedly proposing in negotiations that their pay increase by 12 percent over two years. The union also wants officers to get extra money because they are required to live in the city. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the union is proposing a residency stipend of $3,000 per officer. ...
  • Cop Accused Of Seducing Women Involved In Domestic Disputes

    02/07/2013 1:00:39 PM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 14 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | February 6, 2013 | Dave Savini
    ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. (CBS) – An Elmwood Park police sergeant has been accused of using his police powers to target women he could seduce, when he was supposed to be working. He also has been accused of targeting the men who are in those ladies’ lives. CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini spoke with three men who questioned how Sgt. John Wasilenko sergeant is still on the job. Dewey Paccagnini said Wasilenko was on duty when Paccagnini caught the officer with his wife. “I saw my wife kissing this guy – sergeant or officer – in the squad car,” said Paccagnini....
  • Findus admits frozen lasagne was made with 99% horsemeat and they don't know for how long

    02/07/2013 12:46:08 PM PST · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    Findus has tonight admitted that it has been selling packs of its popular frozen lasagne that were 99 per cent horsemeat. The news is the first time that it has been confirmed that horsemeat contamination of products sold in the UK has spread beyond beef burgers. There are concerns that the horse meat used in the lasagne contained the drug bute, which is a known human health risk. Findus was today unable to say how long horsemeat has been used in its products.
  • Higher Payroll Tax Pinches Those With Least to Spare

    02/07/2013 12:38:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/7/13 | NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    Jack Andrews and his wife no longer enjoy what they call date night, their once-a-month outing to the movies and a steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse in Augusta, Ga. In Harlem, Eddie Phillips’s life insurance payment will have to wait a few more weeks. And Jessica Price is buying cheaper food near her home in Orlando, Fla., even though she worries it may not be as healthy. -snip- “You got to stretch what you got,” said Mr. Phillips, 51, a front-desk clerk and maintenance man for a nonprofit housing group who earned $22,000 last year. “That little $20 or $30...
  • {Alleged} Manifesto of Ex-Cop Mass-Shooter, Christopher Jordan Dorner {Scrubbed by Facebook & MSM}

    02/07/2013 12:36:55 PM PST · by drpix · 34 replies
    pastebin.com ^ | 2/7/13 | Christopher Jordan Dorner?
    Says he hates NRA President Wayne LaPierre; is a fan of Joe Biden; endorses Hillary for POTUS in 2016; and sends kudos to Matthews, Scarborough, Harvey, Williams, O'brien... Excerpts below.
  • Union City gives Troy Towers residents free rides to PATH station at taxpayer expense: report

    02/07/2013 12:29:46 PM PST · by SMGFan · 1 replies
    Residents of a luxury high-rise building in Union City have been receiving free rides to the PATH station in Hoboken -- at taxpayers' expense -- according to a "Shame Shame Shame" report on MyFoxNY Ch. 5 report last night. The report showed footage of a Union City senior citizens van stopping and picking up passengers at Troy Towers, at 380 Mountain Rd., at the foot of 18th Street. Residents admit on camera that the service is free. Mayor Brian Stack defended the free amenity. "They're the largest taxpayer in the city," he told Diaz on camera. Not only that Stack,...
  • Obama Has Presided Over Weakest Multi-Year Economic Recovery Since WWII

    02/07/2013 12:18:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 7, 2013 | Matt Cover
    President Barack Obama has presided over the weakest multi-year economic recovery since the end of World War II, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Since the end of the last recession in June 2009, the economy has grown only 7.5 percent—compared with the double-digit increases the economy experience in other multi-year post-World War II growth cycles. …
  • Now working on the final 30% in our FReepathon!! Woo hoo!! We can do this!! [Thread XVII]

    02/07/2013 11:55:58 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 698 replies
    Dear FReepers, We need your help to get this FReepathon moving again. Now into the second month of the fundraiser and we're catching up, but still lagging more than 10% behind the pace. We actually have about the same number donations that we had at this point last quarter, but we're averaging about five dollars less per donation. This is a direct result of the harm Obama's Marxist policies are inflicting on the economy. Hopefully it'll get going strong again so we can complete our fundraiser in the next few weeks. Free Republic stands for God and Country!! We defend...
  • Dayton: Tax Cuts Caused Minn. Economic Problems

    02/07/2013 11:44:00 AM PST · by Son House · 31 replies
    Kttc.com ^ | Feb 06, 2013 | Patrick Condon
    Gov. Mark Dayton says in his State of the State speech that past state income tax cuts are partly to blame for chronic budget problems in Minnesota and that political leaders cannot afford to keep delaying difficult tax and spending decisions. Dayton is delivering the annual speech Wednesday night in the state House chamber. He says in advance excerpts provided by his office that income tax cuts in the late '90s were followed by a decade where Minnesota's economy fared worse than the nation as a whole and most other states. The speech is largely a pitch for Dayton's proposal...
  • Senate Committee to Hear from CIA Director Nominee

    02/07/2013 11:43:40 AM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 62 replies
    C-Span Live ^ | 02/07/13 | C-Span
    Washington, DC Thursday, February 7, 2013 The President's choice to be the new CIA Director, John Brennan, goes before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday for his confirmation hearing. If approved, Brennan will replace Acting Director Michael Morell. Several Committee members are vowing to ask Brennan “tough questions,” including questions on the use of American drones overseas and the Obama administration’s drone strike program. He is also expected to field inquiries about the agency's budget. Brennan, currently Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, is a 25-year veteran of the CIA and served both at the agency's headquarters and overseas, including a tour as station...
  • Panetta says he personally told Obama about Benghazi attack

    02/07/2013 11:24:17 AM PST · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    wash times ^ | 2/7/13 | g taylor
    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta revealed on Thursday that he personally broke the news to President Obama that an attack was unfolding on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. Mr. Panetta said he was given an alert about the attack just before arriving at the White House for an unrelated and prescheduled meeting with the president. “It’s something I introduced to the president,” the defense secretary said, acknowledging for the first time that he and Mr. Obama were well aware that the attack was occurring while they met at the White House that day. Mr....
  • Kit's all yours: British Army will leave 40% of its equipment in Afghanistan

    02/07/2013 11:13:49 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 63 replies
    Mirror ^ | 7 Feb 2013 18:27 | Chris Hughes
    Almost half of Britain’s military ­equipment sent to Afghanistan will never return – and could end up in the hands of the Taliban. About 40% of gear being used in Helmand Province will be scrapped or sold when UK forces finally leave by the end of next year. The Government estimates about 11,000 containers of equipment are in Afghanistan, including 3,000 vehicles. Of these, defence chiefs plan to bring back about 6,500 loads – costing tens of millions of pounds. That means leaving 4,500 containers. These will not include weapons – but besides everyday items will be non-lethal military hardware...
  • NTSB questions Boeing’s 787 battery design and certification after short circuit

    02/07/2013 11:13:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | February 7, 2013 | Dominic Gates
    A short circuit inside one cell started the 787 battery fire, and assumptions used to certify the battery system proved wrong, the NTSB said Thursday.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has pinpointed the start of the 787 Dreamliner battery fire on a parked Japan Airlines jet a month ago today as a short circuit inside a single cell. The agency still hasn’t identified the cause of the initial short circuit but has narrowed down the suspects. Details provided by the NTSB make clear that Boeing will have to redesign the battery for a long-term fix. In addition, the NTSB pointed...
  • Karl Rove vs. tea party in big money fight for GOP's future (Rove PAC $$$ from Stan Hubbard)

    02/07/2013 10:57:03 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/7/13 | KENNETH P. VOGEL, ALEXANDER BURNS and TARINI PARTI
    -snip- Minnesota media mogul Stan Hubbard, who has written big checks to Crossroads and other conservative groups, said the GOP has had too many candidates who are “nut cases” and pledged to donate and raise money for Conservative Victory Project. “Some areas obviously are more conservative in their constituencies than others,” Hubbard said. “But I don’t think anybody anywhere with any sense is going to want to elect a candidate who says, ‘If your daughter gets raped, it’s God’s will’,” he said, referring to Richard Mourdock, who defeated incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana in the 2012 GOP primary only...
  • Americans Prefer Illegal Immigrants Head Home

    02/07/2013 10:44:23 AM PST · by zeestephen · 9 replies
    Poll wording matters - Of likely voters, 53 percent indicated that they would be more likely to support a political party that supports enforcing immigration laws versus only 32 percent who said they would be more likely to support a party that supports legalization.
  • 911 call: 'He was talking kinda babble,' says relative of shooting suspect

    02/07/2013 10:28:55 AM PST · by Valpal1 · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed February 6, 2013 | CNN Staff
    The Saturday afternoon call from Routh's sister, Laura Blevins, came from her home in Midlothian, some 30 miles southeast of Fort Worth, after Routh, she said, had come to visit her and her husband. "He's left now, but he told me that he's committed a murder, and I'm terrified for my life because I don't know if he's going to come back here," Blevins says in the call, her words spilling out in a torrent of worry. "I don't know if he's being honest with me." Asked for detail, she says, "He says that he killed two guys. They went...
  • Letter demands firing of Crossroads aide...(Conservatives call out Rove & Law)

    02/07/2013 10:24:55 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02.07.13 | Will Rahn
    A group of conservative leaders has signed an irate letter demanding that a Republican political consultant be fired for calling the relatively undistinguished scion of a prominent political family a “hater.” Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for the Karl Rove-affiliated political action committee American Crossroads, used the epithet when discussing L. Brent Bozell, the nephew of former Sen. James Buckley and deceased National Review founder William F. Buckley, during an appearance on a local radio show Wednesday. The letter, which is being circulated by the Washington, D.C. based public relations shop Shirley & Banister, calls Bozell “a beloved and critically important...
  • Initial Claims Miss For Second Week In A Row As Nonfarm Productivity Tumbles Most Since 2008

    02/07/2013 6:00:27 AM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02.07.13 | Submitted by Tyler Durden
    As is the case every Thursday, the BLS reported its weekly initial claims which unlike two weeks ago did not estimate the initial unemployment claims for America's most populous state when the number plunged, and has now missed expectations for two weeks in a row, printing at 366K, on expectations of a 360K number, while last week's 368K was as usual revised upward to 371K. As a result, the Mainspin Media already has its headline: Initial Claims decline by 5,000. Such is life under the US Department of Truth, even as unadjusted initial claims spiked by 16.7K to 386K in...
  • Jamie Foxx, Cedric the Entertainer to attend Trayvon Martin peace walk, family attorneys say

    02/07/2013 9:57:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 2/6/13 | Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel
    An Academy Award-winning actor and a famed stand up comedian will attend a weekend event in Miami in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, a law firm representing the slain teen's family has announced. The Tallahassee-based Parks & Crump firm announced that Jamie Foxx and Cedric the Entertainer will attend the "Day of Remembrance Community Peace Walk and Forum," which is being hosted by foundation created by the teen's parents. The event, which starts 10 a.m. Saturday at Ives Estate Park in Miami, will focus on "motivating youth on peaceful conflict resolutions instead of gun violence," the firm said in a statement....
  • Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    02/07/2013 9:53:27 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 243 replies
    Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi Daniel Halper February 7, 2013 12:05 PM Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testified this morning on Capitol Hill that President Barack Obama was absent the night four Americans were murdered in Benghazi on September 11, 2012: Panetta said that Obama left operational details, including knowledge of what resources were available to help the Americans under siege, "up to us." In fact, Panetta says that the night of 9/11, he did not communicate with a single person at the White House. The attack resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Panetta said...
  • Jennifer Griffin Reports On Obama Gun Running To Syria

    02/07/2013 9:18:55 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 144 replies
    Griffin just reported that during John Brennan's hearing, Senators are asking if Obama, The State Department and the Defense Department.. WERE ARMING SYRIAN REBELS VIA WEAPONS OUT OF LIBYA. Now Leon Penetta is admitting he and Hillary REQUESTED to do this. Even though Hillary said in her hearing she knew nothing about it. Hillary has been caught in a HUGE lie!
  • 200 speak out against regulating firearms

    02/07/2013 9:16:25 AM PST · by PA Engineer · 5 replies
    Trib Total Media, Inc. ^ | February 7, 2013 | Renatta Signorini
    He and 200 others spoke out against gun control Wednesday and threw their support behind Westmoreland County Sheriff Jon Held who organized a town hall meeting at Westmoreland County Community College. Held read from the Constitution and explained the sheriff's role. He briefly outlined proposed gun control legislation and explained that he promised to uphold the rights of citizens.
  • Black Family Claims Disneyland Character Refused To Touch Their Kids

    ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — An African American family sued Disneyland after the actor who portrayed the White Rabbit character from “Alice in Wonderland” allegedly refused to hug or touch their children because of their skin color. Jason and Annelia Black of San Diego County said the person in the rabbit costume also acted impatiently as their young kids posed for a picture at the Anaheim theme park. The Blacks, however, said it was a different scene when a Caucasian family arrived.
  • Singer Tony Bennett Says Other Countries Will Invade U.S. to Stop Gun Violence

    02/07/2013 9:05:42 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 91 replies
    Singer Tony Bennett Says Other Countries Will Invade U.S. to Stop Gun Violence By Matthew Sheffield Created 02/07/2013 - 11:44am Tony Bennett is one of America's most popular singers but he has proven once again that talent in the arts is no predictor of intelligence. At a Wednesday press conference, the outspoken “pacifist” Bennett compared gun rights activists to Nazis and said that if the United States did not do something to curtail violence in this country, the rest of the world would “take care of us in a really bad way,” just like they did in World War II...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show,M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 7,2013

    02/07/2013 8:22:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 74 replies
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  • Florida School District Might Cut All School Clubs Rather Than Approve Gay-Straight Alliance

    02/07/2013 8:21:13 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | 02/06/2013 | By Kyle Munzenrieder
    Florida's Lake County School Board might ban all extracurricular clubs as a way to avoid having to approve the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance. Yes, students may have to say bye-bye to their FCA, 4H, and Drama Club membership cards all because some school board members are stuck in the past. Last year, 14-year-old Bayli Silberstein tried to start a Gay-Straight Alliance at Carver Middle School in Leesburg. Silberstein told WFTV that she was sick of her group of friends being bullied for their sexual orientation, and wanted to form the group to address the problem. But her request had...
  • The "Unflattering" Photos Beyoncé's Publicist Doesn't Want You To See (from the Super Bowl)

    02/07/2013 8:10:35 AM PST · by RummyChick · 87 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | 2/5 | buzzfeed
    After Beyoncé's Super Bowl halftime show, we posted this piece about how fierce she was. Then this email came in. In what world are these shots unflattering
  • They Are Getting Ready: "No Obvious Reason" For Why China Is Massively Boosting Stockpiles

    02/07/2013 8:07:42 AM PST · by Fennie · 42 replies
    SHTF ^ | January 9, 2013 | Mac Slavo
    United Nations agricultural experts are reporting confusion, after figures show that China imported 2.6 million tons of rice in 2012, substantially more than a four-fold increase over the 575,000 tons imported in 2011. The confusion stems from the fact that there is no obvious reason for vastly increased imports, since there has been no rice shortage in China. The speculation is that Chinese importers are taking advantage of low international prices, but all that means is that China's own vast supplies of domestically grown rice are being stockpiled. Why would China suddenly be stockpiling millions of tons of rice for...
  • Closure of Hess Corp.'s Port Reading Refinery Not Seen Having Major Impact on Gasoline Markets

    02/07/2013 8:04:49 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 6, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    Full Title: Announced Closure of Hess Corp.'s Port Reading Refinery Not Seen Having Major Impact on Gasoline Markets This Week In Petroleum On January 28, Hess Corp. announced plans to close its Port Reading, New Jersey, refinery by the end of February. Port Reading further processes feedstocks produced by other refineries. Futures prices for reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending (RBOB) rallied on the news, as markets considered the impact the closure would have on gasoline supply to the Northeast (PADDs 1A and 1B) in the coming months. Given the refinery's location in New York Harbor, an actively traded physical market,...
  • Obama: 'My Goal Is to Improve My Gene Pool'

    02/07/2013 7:51:40 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies
    Obama: 'My Goal Is to Improve My Gene Pool' 10:26 AM, Feb 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER President Barack Obama kicked off this morning's prayer breakfast by saying that his "goal is to improve [his] gene pool." "Mark, thank you for that introduction," Obama said, according to the White House transcript, thanking Democratic senator Mark Pryor. "I thought he was going to talk about my gray hair. (Laughter.) It is true that my daughters are gorgeous. (Laughter.) That's because my wife is gorgeous. (Applause.) And my goal is to improve my gene pool." Obama went on to thank the...
  • Arkansas Senate passes bill to make gun-permit records private

    02/07/2013 7:45:36 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Suzi Parker
    The Republican-controlled Arkansas state Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would exempt from public disclosure the names and zip codes of gun owners, those with permits to carry concealed guns and permit applicants. The bill comes in response to the controversy late last year over a New York newspaper's decision to publish the names and addresses of thousands of gun permit holders on its website after a shooting rampage at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults. The Journal News, which serves suburbs just north of New York City in Westchester and Rockland counties,...
  • Officials hunt for ex-cop in shootings of 3 officers; 1 killed

    02/07/2013 7:44:21 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    The LA Times ^ | 7 Februrary 2013 | Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
    A massive manhunt was underway Thursday morning for an ex-Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected of shooting three police officers early Thursday, one fatally. He is also a suspect in the shooting of a couple in Irvine over the weekend. The suspect wrote an online manifesto on his Facebook page, threatening to harm police officials and their families, law enforcement sources said.
  • Maryland Senate Committee Limits Public Testimony at Second Amendment Hearing

    02/07/2013 7:37:30 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | Ammo Land Staff
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- The Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Governor’s gun control legislation, Senate Bill 281, is underway and crowds of thousands of Second Amendment supporters have shown up in Annapolis to oppose this draconian gun control measure. Opponents of S.B. 281 have overwhelmed the Maryland State House and have maxed out building capacity! About 3,000 people, at the time of writing, have registered to testify on this important issue. Every one of them deserves an opportunity to speak in defense of their rights as anti-gun legislators seek to take those rights away. However, NRA-ILA has learned that...
  • Connecticut: Fight to Preserve Our Second Amendment Rights in Weston, Not Over

    02/07/2013 7:24:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Am ^ | 6 February, 2013 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Tomorrow, February 7 2013, the Weston Board of Selectmen will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. to discuss proposed changes to the Town’s firearms ordinance. Click here to view the meeting agenda. Since the end of 2012, the Board has been making modifications to an ever changing ordinance that, if enacted, will impose unnecessary and onerous restrictions on law-abiding gun owners in Weston. While the Board agreed to postpone the most egregious components of the drafted ordinance, the Board will continue to pursue an extremely restrictive and unconstitutional mandatory storage requirement for all firearms in...
  • Oilmen hope to make new history at Spindletop

    02/07/2013 7:20:12 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | February 7, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Spindletop. The name evokes an oil discovery that made history. When a well piercing the salt dome near Beaumont first gushed in 1901, it introduced a cheap supply of commercial energy that transformed the oil industry and American life. More than 100 years later, the oilmen are back at Spindletop, calculating how to extract even more oil from deeper levels at the hallowed site, which they believe may contain millions more barrels of crude. Two exploration companies are working together to finance and build a well at Spindletop, based on new data that allows them to better predict where profitable...
  • Balanced Budget? Lower Taxes? Anyone Believe this Will Happen?

    02/07/2013 7:03:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/07/2013 | Michael Shedlock
    Government Executive reports House passes balanced budget bill. The House on Wednesday passed legislation that directs President Obama to submit a balanced budget plan to Congress this spring. The Require a Plan Act (H.R. 444) compels Obama to submit a supplemental budget by April 1 if his fiscal 2014 budget blueprint does not include a plan to balance the government’s books. That supplemental budget would outline a long-term deficit reduction strategy and timeline for balancing the budget. The chamber approved the legislation, shepherded by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and the GOP leadership, after debating it Wednesday morning. The Democratic-controlled...
  • Hello, Sequestration: Supercarrier’s Deployment Postponed Because of Budget Fears

    02/07/2013 6:58:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/07/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    The effects of the looming sequestration are already being felt at the Pentagon as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delayed the deployment of two ships to the Persian Gulf region. The supercarrier USS Harry S. Truman and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg were scheduled to leave Norfolk, Va., for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. “Facing budget uncertainty — including a continuing resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts — the U.S. Navy made this request to the secretary and he approved,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. “This prudent decision enables the U.S. Navy to maintain these...
  • Newtown kids to be featured on Grammy Awards (sandy Hook massacre exploitation)

    02/07/2013 6:57:44 AM PST · by RummyChick · 31 replies
    wtnh ^ | 2/5 | wtnh
    <p>NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Children from Newtown who recently recorded a version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" will be singing during the Grammy Awards.</p> <p>Sabrina Post, who directs the Newtown Music Project, says American Idol host Ryan Seacrest will be flying to Connecticut to do a live segment with the children on Sunday's broadcast.</p>
  • Chris Cillizza Finds Decline In Americans' Trust In Government 'Depressing'

    02/07/2013 6:49:10 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 24 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Conservatives might take heart from a recent poll showing a decline in Americans' trust in government. But Chris Cillizza sees it as a "depressing reality." So wrote Cillizza in his "Fix" column in today's Washington Post. Let's consider what Thomas Jefferson's had to say about the need for a healthy distrust of government, and speculate as to why Cillizza is bummed out by the polling news. More here.
  • How the President Can Aid Immigration Reform (by Tokyo Rove, Amnesty Pimp...)

    02/07/2013 6:46:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/7/13 | Karl Rove
    There was rare good news from Washington last week, as eight senators—four from each party—announced a "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform." The so-called Gang of Eight proposed a "tough but fair path" to citizenship for undocumented immigrants that would commence only after the federal government secured the borders and put in place systems to prevent foreigners from overstaying their visas and to help employers verify that any new hires are legal.
  • Marco Rubio to deliver GOP’s State of the Union response, of course

    02/07/2013 6:45:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/07/2013 | AllahPundit
    Who else could it have been? Jindal and Paul Ryan have already done it, Rand Paul’s probably still too close to the rEVOLution for Republican leaders to be comfortable with him in a spot like this, and Chris Christie would just end up talking about how terrific Obama’s speech was. Half the reason party leaders are pushing amnesty, I’m convinced, is because Rubio’s that good in front of a mic and this issue gives him access to lots and lots of microphones. If, as McCain bluntly concedes, immigration reform is all about earning goodwill from Latino voters, then of course...
  • Iran rejects U.S. offer for direct talks, says won't be frightened by 'gun threats'

    02/07/2013 6:44:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    Iran's supreme leader Thursday strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with the United States, effectively quashing suggestions for a breakthrough one-on-one dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues. The statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website echoes previous remarks opposing bilateral talks with Washington in parallel with stop-and-start nuclear negotiations with world powers, including the U.S.,which are scheduled to resume later this month. But the latest comments marked Khamenei's first reaction since the idea of direct talks received a high-profile boost earlier this week from U.S.­ Vice President Joe Biden during a security summit in Munich attended by...
  • Jobless claims fall, trend reading at near five-year low

    02/07/2013 6:42:34 AM PST · by traumer · 51 replies
    Finance Search Thu, Feb 7, 2013, 9:19 AM EST - U.S. Markets open in 11 mins. Advertisement Advertisement Stock Watch Greenlight's Einhorn Sues Apple Over Cash Plans (See Story) Jobless claims fall, trend reading at near five-year low ReutersReuters – 41 minutes ago Email 1 Print Related Content A job seeker (R) meets with a prospective employer at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike SegarView Photo A job seeker (R) meets with a prospective employer at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans...
  • Incoherent Immigration Reform (Huge Majority of Latinos Prefer Higher Taxes and Bigger Government)

    02/07/2013 6:37:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/07/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nothing about illegal immigration quite adds up. Conservative corporate employers still support the idea of imported, cheap, non-union labor — in a strange alliance with liberal activists who want the larger blocs of Latino voters that eventually follow massive influxes from Latin America. Yet how conservative are businesses that in the past flouted federal law — and how liberal are activists who undermined the bargaining power of American minimum-wage, entry-level workers, many of them minorities? The remedies for illegal immigration under discussion are just as incoherent. If the government now plans to offer some foreign nationals a pathway to citizenship,...
  • Broun launches Senate campaign, vows cuts

    02/07/2013 6:34:36 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | JAMES HOHMANN
    Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun built his Wednesday Senate campaign rollout around a promise to cut spending. “When I was sworn into the Marine Corps, and then again into the House of Representatives, I swore to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic. Out-of-control spending has become our nation’s enemy,” he said in a statement released after a rally in Atlanta. “I’ll be the only candidate in this race whose first priority is to stop the runaway spending in Washington D.C.” Broun, the first candidate to get in, said he’s “sponsored more legislation to reduce spending than...
  • Gay Controversies Tempered as National Prayer Breakfast Returns [BO pretends to respect religion]

    02/07/2013 6:33:59 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 2/6/13 | Elizabeth Dias
    Religious and community leaders will gather Thursday in Washington for the 61st annual National Prayer Breakfast, where President Obama will offer his first major remarks to America’s faith community since he announced his support for gay marriage last May. Obama usually shies away from policy at the breakfast — in his first four, he only briefly mentioned health care, immigration and the fiscal crisis. His only mention of sexuality was a quick aside in 2010. But many of the 3,000-plus guests will be wondering if his new position finds its way into his remarks. The National Prayer Breakfast’s organizer, the...
  • Dick Yuengling rips Philadelphia over $6 million lawsuit

    02/07/2013 6:22:27 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    Dick Yuengling said he was "probably the happiest guy in the beer business" - until Tuesday. --snip-- The suit claims that Yuengling refused to let the city's Revenue Department audit its books, so the department made an assessment based on a Philly beer distributor's accounts-payable list. The suit has no details of what activities Yuengling conducted in Philadelphia that the city found to be taxable. City officials declined to elaborate. Green said that filing suit may have been the only way to access Yuengling's records. "This lawsuit will allow the Department of Revenue to do the discovery that Yuengling rejected,"...