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  • The Third Sex in Massachusetts (What do you call women trapped in a man's body and vice versa?)

    02/08/2013 7:01:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/08/2013 | Janet Tassel
    One afternoon in May, 1990, Robert Kosilek murdered his wife, Cheryl. Brutally. He strangled her with piano wire, virtually decapitating her, and left her body in a mall parking lot in a suburb of Boston. Since his conviction, Kosilek, now 64, has been serving a life sentence at Norfolk, a high-security prison for men. For years Kosilek has been a member of the "sisters," a particularly violent, sexually deviant subset of the prison population. But in 1993, Kosilek decided to do a complete makeover, changing his name to Michelle, letting his hair grow long, and dressing as a woman in...
  • All the President’s Drones: Don’t reprove the drone war, improve it.

    02/08/2013 6:58:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/08/2013 | The Editors
    There are a number of problems with this administration’s conduct of the War on Terror in general, and with its drone campaign in particular. But the elimination of Anwar Al-Awlaki — an al-Qaeda militant with a demonstrated commitment to the destruction of the United States who happened to have been born in New Mexico — is not one of them. The release of a Justice Department white paper outlining the administration’s legal case for the targeted killing of American citizens who are in cahoots with al-Qaeda has raised protest from the left, which has leeway to criticize the president now...
  • The Worst Five Years Since the Great Depression

    02/08/2013 6:51:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/08/2013 | PETER FERRARA
    In February, 2009, I wrote for the Wall Street Journal an article entitled Reaganomics versus Obamanomics. The article explained that the emerging Obamanomics was pursuing exactly the opposite of every policy of the enormously successful Reaganomics, and predicted that it would produce exactly the opposite results. Well, the results are in, and under President Obama the American people have now suffered the worst 5 years since the Great Depression, as first explained by Steve McCann of the American Thinker on January 25. McCann writes, “From 2009 through 2012, the Obama cabal, and their allegiance to statist policies, has been in...
  • America Gives Up

    02/08/2013 6:47:28 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Stella Paul
    The other day, I learned that President Obama has canceled our Mars Rover explorations, along with all other planetary missions. NASA's science mission chief just quit in disgust, and who can blame him? Apparently, even robots' lives are too precious for us to risk these days, so America is giving up the thrill of discovering space. While I was stewing over the news that the Russians will now take over our Mars missions (the Red Planet is turning that kind of Red), I decided to relax by watching the Super Bowl -- just in time to see the lights blow...
  • The Great Gun Debate

    02/08/2013 6:43:51 AM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2-8-2013 | Brett Joshpe
    I greatly appreciate the opportunity to debate and respond to Selwyn Duke's piece, which makes many very reasonable points. Its biggest deficiency is that it never actually proposes measures --whether specific new regulations or repeal of specific existing ones -- that would improve the current system. Instead, Mr. Duke says he would scale back gun laws from 22,000 to 5,000, two arbitrary numbers, neither of which bear any correlation to smart policy. Before discussing potential policy responses, let me say that Mr. Duke is quite right that thousands of gun laws, unsurprisingly, did not eliminate crime (I am unaware of...
  • Background Checks Can Easily be Used to Deny Honest Gun Owners

    02/08/2013 6:11:56 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 24 replies
    Gun Owners ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Erich Pratt
    In 2008, WalMart caved in to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his fraudulently-named Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In the process, it agreed to a ten-point agenda pushed by Bloomberg. In particular, point #9 prohibits firearms sales to purchasers who have not received an affirmative go-ahead at the end of the NICS check’s three-day waiting period. In other words, if the FBI gives a “yellow light” -- perhaps, because a gun buyer is unlucky enough to have the same name as someone in the NICS system -- then WalMart was essentially saying it would not sell the firearm, even though...
  • Family needs help with puppy's medical bill [Give me $5K for my dog]

    02/08/2013 5:52:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 48 replies
    wsvn ^ | 2/7/13
    - A South Florida couple who was burned out of their apartment is asking for the public's help to assist with their injured dog's medical bills... Gordon said the hospital bills are about $5,000 and the dog is expected to be there for at least another week. "You don't realize how much you love something or someone or an animal until you think you're not gonna have it anymore," he said.
  • ‘I Never Believe It’s Better to Kill a Terrorist Than to Detain Him’

    02/08/2013 5:30:31 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2-7-2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Meet John Brennan's kinder, gentler CIA, where foreign partners do the interrogation dirty work and Americans are "pleased" with drone discipline. If Chuck Hagel’s performance in his confirmation hearing last week was comparable to a deer caught in the headlights, John Brennan’s artificially earnest, overly agreeable performance before the Senate Armed Services Committee today brought to mind a kid imploring his teacher to raise his “B” grade to an “A.” “If I am confirmed, a trust deficit between the committee and the CIA would be wholly unacceptable to me, and I would make it my goal on day one of...
  • An introduction to spark spreads

    02/08/2013 5:26:08 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2013 | Energy Information Administration
    The spark spread is a common metric for estimating the profitability of natural gas-fired electric generators. The spark spread is the difference between the price received by a generator for electricity produced and the cost of the natural gas needed to produce that electricity. It is typically calculated using daily spot prices for natural gas and power at various regional trading points. The chart above shows spark spreads during 2012, calculated for four locations around the United States. Spark spreads tend to be fairly volatile, more so than crack spreads in petroleum markets, largely because of the volatility of wholesale...
  • Krugman: Death Panels and Middle-Class Tax Hikes Ahead

    02/08/2013 5:09:52 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/07/2013 | IBD Staff
    Big Government: We almost never agree with President Obama's favorite economist Paul Krugman, but he recently spoke the truth about where Obama's policies are taking the country. It should scare anyone with a pulse. Krugman, after speaking at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., was asked about the debt crisis. After arguing it's no big deal in the near term, Krugman admitted that "Eventually we do have a problem. The population is getting older, health care costs are rising ... . Something is going to have to give." What's that something?
  • Matthews Supplies Secret To Restoring Washington's Good Name: More Government Programs

    02/08/2013 5:08:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Nowadays, our nation's capital is in such ill-repute that if George Washington were around, he might sue to have his name taken off it. But never fear: restoring Washington's good name is just a few trillion dollars away! So Chris Matthews assures us in an MSNBC "Lean Forward" promo that is currently airing. After ticking off a number of big-government programs initated under past presidents, Matthews continues: "we got to get back to that, and then Washington will have a good name again." View the promo here.
  • Panetta: Obama Absent Night of Benghazi

    02/08/2013 5:01:16 AM PST · by yoe · 45 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Feburary 7, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    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, though he did meet with Obama at a 5 o'clock prescheduled gathering, the president 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. [snip],a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/petraeus-and-panetta-speak-not-president_659902.html">(As Bill Kristol)...
  • Guns are the New ObamaCare

    02/08/2013 4:48:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 6 February, 2013 | Michael Hammond
    In May, 2009, Republican senators took the unusual step of inviting a pollster to speak to them at their weekly lunch. The pollster told them, in effect, that, if they opposed health care reform, the party would suffer large losses in 2010. The same bogus polls are being used to push Republicans into destroying the largest remaining component of their “ground game” — the Second Amendment community. If they resist, as we, with some difficulty, forced them to do on ObamaCare, they will take the Senate in 2014. Guns are the new ObamaCare. In many senses. First of all, you...
  • Fed Has Bought More U.S. Gov’t Debt This Year Than Treasury Has Issued

    02/08/2013 4:47:06 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 10 replies
    CNS News ^ | Feb. 7, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - So far this calendar year, the Federal Reserve has bought up more U.S. government debt than the U.S. Treasury has issued. On Dec. 31, the total debt of the U.S. government was $16.4327 trillion and then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced that the government had hit what was then the legal debt limit. Last week, however, Congress enacted a law to suspend the federal government debt limit until May 18, 2013, and allow the administration to resume increasing the debt. By the close of business on Wednesday, Feb. 6, according to the U.S. Treasury, the total federal debt had...
  • Helicopters Search Big Bear For Ex-Cop Triple-Murder Suspect

    02/08/2013 4:35:24 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 57 replies
    Village News ^ | 8 February 2013
    RIVERSIDE - Three law enforcement helicopters flew above the Big Bear area tonight in search of the fired Los Angeles Police Department officer suspected in the revenge slayings of a college basketball coach and her finance in Irvine and the early morning ambush killing of a Riverside police officer. The truck belonging to Christopher Jordan Dorner was found burning just off a forest road in the area late today, authorities said. All the areas where someone could have walked away from the truck were being searched by ground, Cindy Bachman of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said at a...
  • Chanting at Camarillo High basketball game sparks rally, racism concerns (Chanting USA! USA!)

    02/08/2013 4:02:37 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://m.vcstar.com ^ | february 7, 2013 | Jeffrey Dransfeldt
    The four students wearing the bandannas came to the Scorpion Dome for the JV and varsity rivalry games. Valenzuela said that between the games, an associate principal came over to the stands and warned students not to curse or make racial comments. The school official saw the bandannas and told the four students to remove them or leave, Valenzuela said. The four went outside, then ran back inside the gym at halftime with their bandannas on and began chanting “USA, USA.” The four were ushered out and given five-day suspensions, which were later rescinded, Valenzuela said. -snip Asking the students...
  • Rubio Downplays Time Cover: "There is only one Savior" [JESUS]

    02/08/2013 4:01:18 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 2/7/13 | Justin Sink
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took to Twitter on Thursday to downplay this week's issue of Time Magazine, which features a cover story labeling him "The Republican Savior." There is only one savior, and it is not me. #Jesus —Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) Feb. 7, 2013 The profile focuses on Rubio's push for comprehensive immigration reform, calling him the "great Hispanic hope of the Republican Party" after a 2012 election cycle that saw Hispanic voters break heavily for President Obama.
  • Calif. seeks to adopt nation's toughest gun laws

    02/08/2013 3:58:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 7 February, 2013 | Don Thompson,AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — 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.
  • Obama Blocked Rebel Arms

    02/08/2013 3:37:56 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    Obama Blocked Rebel Arms White House Opposed Pentagon, CIA, State Plan to Ship Weapons to Syrian Resistance By ADAM ENTOUS WASHINGTON—A proposal to arm Syrian rebels was backed by the Pentagon, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, but the White House decided not to act on the plan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed publicly for the first time at a Senate hearing on Thursday that they supported the proposal last year by senior officials including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and then-CIA director David Petraeus. The...
  • Michelle Obama to Attend Slain Girl's Funeral [Pretending to care about Chicago Victim]

    02/08/2013 3:26:55 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    newser.com ^ | 2/7/13 | Kevin Spak
    Michelle Obama will attend Saturday's funeral for Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago teen killed not long after performing at President Obama's inauguration, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Alongside Obama will be adviser Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, also Chicagoans, reports the Tribune. No arrests have been made in the shooting, but a $40,000 reward remains. Police think the 15-year-old got shot accidentally amid a turf war between gangs.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - February 8, 2013

    02/08/2013 2:54:16 AM PST · by sneakers · 15 replies
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  • Women delivering newspapers in Torrance shot in manhunt for ex-cop

    02/07/2013 11:46:30 PM PST · by Drago · 138 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 02/07/2013 | Andrew Blankstein
    Two women who were shot by Los Angeles police in Torrance early Thursday during a massive manhunt for an ex-LAPD officer were delivering newspapers, sources said. The women, shot in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue, were taken to area hospitals, Torrance police Lt. Devin Chase said. They were not identified. One was shot in the hand and the other in the back, according to Jesse Escochea, who captured video of the victims being treated. It was not immediately known what newspapers the women were delivering...
  • Lockheed claims F-35 kinematics ‘better than or equal to’ Typhoon or Super Hornet

    02/07/2013 10:53:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight International ^ | 02/07/2013 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: Lockheed claims F-35 kinematics ‘better than or equal to’ Typhoon or Super Hornet Lockheed Martin is claiming that all three versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have kinematic performance better than or equal to any combat-configured fourth-generation fighter. The comparison includes transonic acceleration performance versus an air-to-air configured Eurofighter Typhoon and high angle-of-attack flight performance vis-ŕ-vis the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. "The F-35 is comparable or better in every one of those metrics, sometimes by a significant margin, in both air-to-air, and when we hog-up those fourth-generation fighters, for the air-to-ground mission," says Billy Flynn,...
  • Governor Sarah Palin to Deliver Keynote Address at Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award Gala

    02/07/2013 9:50:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is delighted to announce that Moe & Sana Maraachli will receive the 2013 Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Award at the first Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Award Gala on Friday, April 5, in Philadelphia. In 2011, an international controversy erupted over Joseph Maraachli (Baby Joseph) after Canadian physicians refused to perform a tracheotomy, calling the procedure invasive and futile. This would have ultimately led to Joseph’s imposed death. The Maraachlis courageously fought to have Joseph, who was diagnosed with a neurologic disorder called Leigh’s disease, transferred to the United States, contending...
  • Dr. Benjamin Carson Epic Full Speech at National Prayer Breakfast Attacks Obama's

    02/07/2013 9:10:53 PM PST · by Intolerant in NJ · 65 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8 February, 2013
    In case the link was buried and lost in previous threads, this is the Youtube video Here of Dr. Benjamin Carson's talk this morning at the congressional prayer breakfast in which he virtually destroys much of what Obama stands for, from political correctness to punishing the rich and successful to Obamacare - while Obama has to sit there and listen to the whole presentation - and the libs can't even demonize the good doctor as being racist..... No wonder Obama wants everyone to believe that what's said at prayer breakfasts is always forgotten before the day is done.........
  • NYT Ignores Leftist Website Connection to FRC Shooter, Yet Suggested Palin Map Inspired Jared

    02/07/2013 8:59:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/7/2013 | Clay Waters
    Floyd Corkins Jr. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbying group fighting against gay marriage, on August 15 last year. Corkins was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches at the time – the restaurant chain noteworthy for its public, Christian-based opposition to gay marriage – and intended to rub the sandwiches in his victims´ faces. The New York Times made do with a brief from Reuters that did not mention a vital angle
  • ACLU wants Ohio school's Jesus portrait removed; school says picture historically important

    02/07/2013 8:27:54 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7 February 2013 | Dansewell
    CINCINNATI – A portrait of Jesus that hangs prominently in an entranceway at a rural Ohio public school is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and should be removed, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday says. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Madison, Wis.-based Freedom From Religion Foundation say the large portrait at Jackson Middle School unconstitutionally promotes religion. The two groups seek a court order requiring the school to remove the portrait and prohibiting its re-hanging or any substantially similar display in the future.
  • Superintendent of 5th largest district accused of cashing in at taxpayers’ expense (Denver area)

    02/07/2013 8:08:52 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    FOX31 Denver ^ | February 6, 2013 | Josh Bernstein
    Over the last three years the Adams 12 Five Star School District has cut its budget by more than $56 million, eliminated more than 200 jobs, cut after school programs and passed educational costs on to parents. “I can barely afford to send my kids to school,” said, Brie Abrams, the mother of four. But a three-month investigation by FOX31 Denver exposes how the superintendent, the man behind those cuts, may have been cashing in at the taxpayers’ expense, and possibly breaking the law ... the superintendent may have provided his wife, Carolyn, a local real estate agent, with unauthorized...
  • Maryland State Senator Plays Chess While Ignoring Pro-Gun Testimony

    02/07/2013 8:16:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 7, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Last night in Annapolis, Maryland a hearing was conducted on new sweeping gun control proposals for the state via SB 281, the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. State Senator Jamie Raskin (D), an anti-gun advocate, decided to ignore the pro-Second Amendment testimony that others were listening to and instead opted for a game of electronic chess. Just makes you proud doesn’t it citizens of Maryland? The photo seen here was provided courtesy of the Maryland Shooters Facebook page.Many commenters on the page were, shall we say, a bit upset at his lack of performance in the role as State Senator.The...
  • Massive Manhunt Underway For Ex-Cop After Riverside Police Officer Fatally Shot

    02/07/2013 8:15:49 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 116 replies
    losangeles.cbslocal.com ^ | February 7, 2013 5:55 PM
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities confirm that a burned-out truck matching the description of a getaway vehicle owned by triple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner was found in the San Bernardino mountains Thursday.Police were searching Thursday for 33-year-old Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, after he was named a suspect Wednesday night in a double homicide in Irvine.Authorities said the officers were stopped at a red light while on routine patrol around 1:35 a.m. Thursday when someone shot them.Christopher Dorner with former LAPD Chief William Bratton in 2006. (courtesy LAPD) “Two of our officers were involved in a shooting at the intersection...
  • Los Angeles police say suspect in overnight Riverside cop killing is a former LA officer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say suspect in overnight Riverside cop killing is a former LA officer.
  • DERELICTION OF DUTY: OBAMA DID NOTHING TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES IN BENGHAZI--AND LIED ABOUT IT

    02/07/2013 7:51:15 PM PST · by SMGFan · 58 replies
    Nothing. That is what President Barack Obama did on the night of September 11, 2012, as terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and killed four Americans, among them Ambassador Christopher Stevens. President Obama’s inaction was revealed in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday by outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey. Under direct questioning by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Panetta admitted that he had no communication with President Obama after their “pre-scheduled” meeting at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The attack on the consulate had already been under way for 90...
  • 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."