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  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad entices Egypt into alliance

    02/07/2013 7:48:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2013 4:54 PM EST | Hamza Hendawi
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tried Thursday to entice Egypt into a new alliance that could reshape the turbulent Middle East, speaking of forging “comprehensive” and “unfettered” relations after decades of distrust. A warming of ties between the two regional heavyweights could have uncomfortable repercussions for the U.S. and its wealthy Gulf allies, giving Iran a foothold to spread its influence in Egypt. In turn, Egypt could gain an avenue to influence the fate of Syria, a key ally of Iran, as well as economic benefits. … Ahmadinejad’s visit is the first by an Iranian president in 30 years and he...
  • Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

    02/07/2013 7:41:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2013 5:00 PM EST | Richard Lardner and Donna Cassata
    The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday. Panetta, who is retiring soon from his post, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if the reductions are allowed to stand he would have to throw the country’s national defense strategy “out the window.” But Panetta also assured lawmakers the Pentagon would take the steps necessary to deal with possible threats in the Persian Gulf region after...
  • Controversy over Newtown Childrens Choir

    02/07/2013 7:39:07 PM PST · by Ray76 · 17 replies
    Are the Newtown kids set to sing at the Grammy Awards really from Newtown? That's the question Newtown's superintendent is asking, and she's also asked them to stop performing.
  • The Pension Fund That Ate California (CalPERS’s corruption, overwhelms taxpayers with debt)

    02/07/2013 7:25:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    City Journal ^ | 02/07/2013 | Steve Malanga
    After spending years dogged by unpaid debts, California labor leader Charles Valdes filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s—twice. At the same time, he held one of the most influential positions in the American financial system: chair of the investment committee for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund for government workers. Valdes left the board in 2010 and now faces scrutiny for accepting gifts from another former board member, Alfred Villalobos—who, the state alleges, spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to influence how the fund invested its assets. Questioned by investigators about his...
  • San Diego family slaps Disneyland with charges of racism, say ‘White Rabbit’ character shunned their

    02/07/2013 7:11:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    NYDN ^ | Thursday, February 7, 2013 | Philip Caulfield
    • San Diego family slaps Disneyland with charges of racism, say ‘White Rabbit’ character shunned their kids because they are black Jason and Annelia Black say the costumed character ignored their children, but 'showered' affection on a white family moments later. 'It made my kids feel horrible,' Jason Black said. A San Diego family is suing Disneyland, claiming a theme park character snubbed their kids because they are black. Jason and Annelia Black of San Diego claimed an actor in a costume for the White Rabbit character from “Alice in Wonderland” ignored their two sons and their cousins, who are...
  • America, let's call President Obama's sequester bluff

    02/07/2013 7:15:56 PM PST · by haffast · 23 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 07, 2013 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>WASHINGTON – For the first time since Election Day, President Obama is on the defensive. That's because on March 1, automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") go into effect -- $1.2 trillion over 10 years, half from domestic (discretionary) programs, half from defense.</p>
  • Calif. seeks to adopt nation's toughest gun laws

    02/07/2013 7:14:38 PM PST · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | february 7, 2013 | DON THOMPSON
    Weeks after New York enacted the nation's toughest gun laws, California lawmakers said Thursday they want their state to do even more in response to recent mass shootings, particularly the Connecticut school massacre. Democrats who control the state Legislature revealed 10 proposals that they said would make California the most restrictive state for possessing firearms. They were joined at a Capitol news conference by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with several police chiefs. "California has always been a leader on the issue of gun safety," Villaraigosa said. "New York has stepped up and...
  • The Last Generation (America's Coming Demographic Disaster)

    02/07/2013 7:05:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 7, 2013 | Andrew Evans
    Are childrens’ car seats driving down the fertility rate in America?Jonathan V. Last sees car seats as part of a “huge constellation of factors in modern life” that “nudge” people toward having fewer children, he said during an interview about his book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster.Last said car seats effectively create a small “tax on people who want to have more than two kids” by making it harder to fit three kids into a normal sedan, which encourages parents to buy a larger car. This penalty may not dissuade people who already want...
  • Senate chairman: Hagel nomination on track

    02/07/2013 7:03:37 PM PST · by haffast · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2-7-2013 | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next defense secretary remains on track despite Republican demands for additional information about his paid speeches and business dealings, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Thursday. The GOP requests dealt a setback to President Barack Obama's pick, forcing the committee to announce late Wednesday it would postpone a vote on the nomination. A new date has not been set. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the committee, said the additional requests were extraordinary and that Hagel had complied with the panel. He said he would move ahead...
  • Some in GOP want sequester deal

    02/07/2013 6:59:12 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 6 Feb 13 | JAKE SHERMAN
    One thing is becoming clear: Republicans want to find a way to replace the cuts in the sequester, despite some loud rhetoric to the contrary. Top House Republican aides privately concede that the politics of allowing the cuts to hit — layoffs, furloughs and a stalled economic recovery — are tough to stomach and they would prefer to make a deal, on their terms of course. Speaker John Boehner signaled the growing GOP discomfort at his weekly news conference: “Let me make clear: I don’t like the sequester.” Boehner’s words are a sign that, while some Republicans are comfortable...
  • North Texas Patriot Guard Riders FINAL ITINERARY

    02/07/2013 6:56:45 PM PST · by zeugma · 18 replies
    North Texas Patriot Guard ^ | 2/7/13 | North Texas Patriot Guard
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders F I N A L    I T I N E R A R Y   Patriot's Name: CPO Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle Military Branch: United States Navy Classification: Veteran Additional Military Info: United States Navy SEAL Link To Obituary: http://midlothianfh.com/Obituaries.html Mission Ride Captain: Larry Key, larrykey@ntxpgr.org, (940) 268-8242 Ride Captain #2: Rick Crabb, randjcrabb@juno.com, (910) 330-9861 Ride Captain #3: Dewey Dyer, dgd4758@sbcglobal.net, (214) 316-8730 Ride Captain #4: Dan Mathys, pgrdan1@gmail.com, (817) 300-5542 Mission Summary: The family has invited the Patriot Guard to come and honor a true hero. We will participate in his memorial...
  • Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

    02/07/2013 6:33:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2013 7:58 PM EST | Kimberly Dozier
    CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after years of reading classified intelligence reports he still does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful information. Despite what he called a public misimpression, Brennan told the Senate Intelligence Committee that drone strikes are used only against targets planning to carry out attacks against the United States, never as retribution for an earlier one. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he declared. Referring to one American citizen killed by a...
  • Maryland Gov. Wants to Require a License to Own a Handgun

    02/07/2013 6:16:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | February 7, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wants state lawmakers to consider passing legislation that would require residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun. Such a law would be an impediment to a constitutional guarantee for which there is no such requirement. I find it interesting that liberals attack the requirement that a person needs to show identification in order to vote, but they will put multiple restrictions on people who have a right to keep and bear arms as set down in the Constitution.Unlike the Second Amendment, there is no absolute right to vote. Consider the 26th Amendment that was...
  • Developer seeks to preserve Westinghouse’s first-generation atom smasher

    02/07/2013 6:01:44 PM PST · by Ditto · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | February 6, 2013 | Jason Cato
    Smack in the middle of where a D.C. developer hopes to build apartments on the Forest Hills-Chalfant border stands a small brick building adorned with a towering steel orb. The four-story weathered object, which resembles a giant light bulb, is the genesis of the Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s foray into nuclear power — a 1937 van de Graaff particle accelerator, the world's first industrial atom smasher. “Westinghouse was really in the vanguard of nuclear power,” said Cynthia Kelly, president of the Washington-based Atomic Heritage Foundation. “It's great that they kept (the accelerator.) It's a great piece of history.” Gary Silversmith thinks...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 2-7-13

    02/07/2013 5:55:08 PM PST · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 2-7-13 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Barney Frank's Strange Obsession With Misogynistic Henny Youngman Line

    02/07/2013 5:34:08 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What's with Barney Frank and his odd obsession with a Henny Youngman line that—had virtually any other politician used it—would result in him being accused of the worst kind of misogyny? Back in 2011, I noted that, appearing on Morning Joe, Frank had quoted the hoary Henny line: "How's your wife? Compared to what?" Yet there was Barney again this evening, this time on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, breaking out the identical line. Really: what gives? And imagine the feminist outrage if, say, Mitt Romney had dared used the line during his presidential campaign. View the video here.
  • Decline in defense spending drags down GDP but experts say it's only the beginning

    02/07/2013 5:22:26 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    AL.com ^ | 5 Feb 13 | Leada Gore
    The drag to Gross Domestic Product caused by cuts in defense spending in the fourth quarter of 2012 could be just the beginning of a long, painful process, according to economic experts. GDP fell by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, the first such negative growth since 2009 and an economic wet blanket after a 3.1 percent increase in the previous quarter. A 22 percent drop in government defense spending was blamed for much of the decline. The fourth-quarter drop came as those in the Pentagon waited to see if Congress would reach a deal to avoid sequestration by the...
  • Smuggled Sperm Impregnates Palestinian Prisoners' Wives

    02/07/2013 5:07:39 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 24 replies
    Four Palestinian women who had the sperm of their husbands smuggled out of Israeli jails reportedly are pregnant. Dr. Salim Abu Khaizaran, a fertlity doctor at the Razan Medical Center in the West Bank city of Nablus, said Thursday that other insemination attempts had failed, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. "We don't intervene and ask how they smuggled sperm from prison and get it to Nablus," Khaizaran said at a news conference, according to Ma'an. "There are many failed attempts because the sperm die and so prisoners have to keep trying until it works."
  • Winter Storm Nemo; Historic Blizzard Looms

    02/07/2013 5:06:12 PM PST · by GRRRRR · 159 replies
    Weather Channel ^ | 02/07/13 | Dolce, Erdman
    Here we go with another freak out about a winter storm. From naming it like a hurricane to generate more angst, to the continuing reminders that it "COULD" be a top ten storm in all time history, the weather guessers are doing the hype dance. Granted, this one looks particularly nasty, but most sane people will grab some extra milk and get home early Friday before the main bands hit. Take cover NE FReepers and keep us updated on how it's coming along. Post lots of pics from your yards and neighborhoods so we can all OOOOH and AHHHH...
  • U.S. Navy releases records of triple shooting suspect Christopher Dorner

    02/07/2013 4:55:40 PM PST · by Smogger · 135 replies
    ABC 10 News ^ | 02/07/2013 | Ellen McGregor
    SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Navy released Christopher Dorner's service record early Thursday afternoon to Team 10. Dorner, a suspect wanted in connection to three slayings and several shootings, joined the service in 2002. His loss date was Feb. 1, 2013, just days before the shootings began. Dorner was stationed at several locations throughout his service years, including San Diego, Bahrain, Nevada, and the mobile inshore undersea warfare unit. He has several awards and decorations, including medals for National Defense Service, the Iraq Campaign , Sea Service Deployment, and pistol expertise. He also has honors for rifle marksmanship. Dorner's full...