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  • Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa): Donate to me to stop Karl Rove

    02/08/2013 8:07:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 02/08/2013 | James Hohmann
    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) says Karl Rove and American Crossroads are out to get him and his supporters should pony up to stop them. Keying off a quote from Crossroads President Steven Law in Sunday’s New York Times, the likely Iowa Senate candidate sent an email to supporters Thursday seeking cash for a potential campaign. “I have not made a decision on this matter, but already Karl Rove and his army have launched a crusade against me,” King writes. Polls show that King would enter the race as the clear frontrunner in the GOP primary, but that he would trail...
  • Aviation experts say new Iranian stealth jet is a pathetic hoax that can’t even fly

    02/08/2013 7:59:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2013 | Andy Soltis
    From the loony regime that just figured how to shoot a monkey into space: Iran now claims it has its own homemade, radar-beating stealth fighter jet. But aviation and defense experts say the tiny one-seater looks like a toy and might not even be able to fly — calling it a “laughable fake.” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled the Qaher F313 at a Tehran hangar last week and called it “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. But the experts said it was too small for a human pilot — and the controls and wiring looked too...
  • DoJ lawsuit against S&P even sillier than first thought (Banks got duped on their own offerings?)

    02/08/2013 7:56:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    I wrote Tuesday about the hypocrisy and perhaps vindictiveness of the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against ratings agency Standard & Poor’s for rating toxic mortgage-backed securities and their derivatives highly before the housing bubble popped. Apparently I wasn’t tough enough on … the DoJ. Bloomberg’s Jonathan Weil explains why the lawsuit isn’t just ill-considered, but downright silly: Oh, the poor suckers at Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp., fooled about the stench of their own garbage by those sneaky credit raters at Standard & Poor’s.The U.S. Justice Department made some peculiar allegations in its lawsuit this week against S&P...
  • Bill to ensure wider rape kit testing moves ahead

    02/07/2013 8:37:10 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Fox 31 ^ | February 7, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — Emotional testimony from the parents of Kenia Monge and other rape victims propelled a proposal that seeks to make sure that all rape kits are tested after being collected out of a House committee. The bill, which seeks to reduce the number of untested rape kits in Colorado, unanimously passed the House Judiciary committee today. Rape kits are used in all sexual assault investigations to preserve evidence from alleged victims, but many kits in Colorado are never tested after they are collected. ... In Colorado, hundreds of rape kits remain untested across multiple counties, even though the Colorado...
  • Confirmed: The Payroll-tax holiday was a big nothingburger (Gimmicky stimulus effort did nothing)

    02/08/2013 7:42:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This should be a lesson to politicians and economists about the nature of gimmicky “stimulus” efforts …. but probably won’t be. In the pressure cooker of the tax fight over the holidays, most people forgot about the payroll-tax holiday — the reduction by two percentage points of FICA withholding for Social Security. Its backers claimed that putting $20 a week in the hands of earners would boost spending and the economy, which turned out to be entirely false. They then claimed that the expiration of this temporary stimulus would tank the economy through reduced spending.And that also turns out to...
  • Rove Aide Mocks Conservatives

    02/08/2013 7:38:57 AM PST · by bigbob · 49 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2-7-13 | Tony Lee
    fter smearing movement conservative icon Brent Bozell as a "hater" who has a "sordid history of hating Karl Rove," Jonathan Collegio of American Crossroads mocked a group of prominent conservatives who wrote a letter to Crossroads GPS President Steven Law demanding Collegio be fired. “I’ve been trying to get my friends to sign it, because it’ll make for a funnier story once I get it framed,” Collegio said, in response to the letter to the Washington Examiner. “It would be flattering, if it weren’t so absurd.” In an interview with Breitbart News editor Larry O'Connor on WMAL's "Mornings on the...
  • Is a Franken-Bachmann showdown on the horizon?

    02/08/2013 7:35:31 AM PST · by SueRae · 19 replies
    real clear politics ^ | 2/8/2013 | Scott Conroy
    Politically, 2012 was not exactly a banner year for Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. In January, the Tea Party-backed Republican finished a distant sixth in the Iowa presidential caucuses, garnering just 1,223 more votes than she did in winning the Ames Straw Poll less than five months earlier. Bachmann ended her White House bid the next day and set to work on winning a fourth term in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District. For that effort, she netted a massive, small-donor-fueled $14.4 million, breaking the House race fundraising record that she had previously set in 2010. Though widely expected to win comfortably in...
  • The Mystery Check For Bs. 300 Million Found In The Hands Of A Former Iranian Minister Of Finance

    02/08/2013 7:23:49 AM PST · by SumProVita · 5 replies
    The Devil's Excrement ^ | February 7, 2013 | Miguel Octavio
    Think about it: An Iranian man arrives in Germany from Turkey, fails to report that he is carrying more than 10,000 euros in financial instruments, a check for Bs. 300 million (more than US$ 60 million at the official rate of exchange) is found in his briefcase and he seems to care little if the check is taken from him. "On the border of Holland and Germany in Dusseldorf, a man from Iran was arrested for having a check for 300.000.000 Bsf (54 million euro) from Banco Venezuela in his suitcase."
  • Cuomo reacting to SAFE act backlash

    02/08/2013 7:17:16 AM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 15 replies
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  • LAPD Cop Killer Left Messages for Tebow, Charlie Sheen, Larry David

    02/08/2013 7:13:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    www.tmz.com ^ | 02-08-2013 | Staff
    Ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner -- the accused killer at the center of a citywide manhunt -- posted a rambling message to various celebrities ... including Tim Tebow ... before embarking on his murderous rampage. The message is part of an "uncensored manifesto" that law enforcement confirms to TMZ was posted to the Internet by Dorner. Besides various threats to police officers and their families ... Dorner --who's now accused of killing 3 people including a cop -- also blogs goodbye messages to his favorite stars, as if he's planning on dying. His message to Tim Tebow reads: Tebow, I really...
  • PPP: Looking ahead to 2016 nationally and in Iowa (Rubio, Hillary leads the pack)

    02/08/2013 7:13:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    New PPP polls both nationally and in Iowa find Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton leading the way for their party's respective 2016 nominations, with Clinton leading Rubio by 8 points in a hypothetical head to head.For the third month in a row in our national 2016 GOP tracking Rubio leads the way. He's at 22% to 15% for Paul Ryan, 13% each for Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, 11% for Mike Huckabee, 10% for Rand Paul, 4% for Bobby Jindal, 3% for Rick Perry, and 1% for Susana Martinez. Rubio continues to lead based on his appeal to the...
  • The Twisted Truth on Obama's Benghazi Response (Completely aloof from the events in Libya)

    02/08/2013 7:11:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/08/2013 | Daren Jonescu
    According to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as reported at The Weekly Standard, President Obama was completely aloof from the events in Libya on September 11. He neither asked nor ordered anything. He did not respond to information sent to the White House. He was not involved at all, during the seven-plus-hour attack that resulted in the deaths of four American government employees, including an ambassador. A few months back, when, for the sake of argument, we were all giving Obama the benefit of the doubt on being human, albeit wretchedly so, I felt compelled to qualify a critique of the...
  • Reports: Sizable layoffs expected at DreamWorks Animation [GREEDY Obama Supporters FIRE Employees!]

    02/08/2013 7:07:52 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    L.A. Observed ^ | 2/6/13 | Mark Lacter
    The decision to release just two films this year instead of three means all sorts of operating adjustments that could result in cutting as many as 500 positions at the Glendale-based studio, Deadline reports. That would be a 23 percent hit. The trims come after less-than-terrific numbers from last fall's "Rise of the Guardians" (a big write-down is expected). Investors aren't thrilled - not so much at the prospect of layoffs (sometimes Wall Street considers that a good thing), but at changes in the release schedule. "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is being moved back to Spring 2014 from late 2013,...
  • Capehart Warns On Drone Strikes: Remember, A Republican Could Become President!

    02/08/2013 7:06:56 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Sure, you might be cool with Barack Obama calling up a drone strike on an American citizen. But don't forget: a Republican [shudder!] could become President! That was the Washington Post editorialist Jonathan Capehart's warning to Donny Deutsch when the ad-man-turned-pundit proclaimed he had no problem with the president, under desperate circumstances, ordering a drone strike against an American. View the video here.
  • Argentina Freezes Food Prices (This in one of the best beef and grain growing regions on earth)

    02/08/2013 7:06:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/08/2013 | Mike Konrad
    If this were not true, it would be unbelieveable.  You could not make this up, let alone imagine it. Argentina's food prices are out of control. Just read that title, and  ponder what an absurdity that is. Argentina arguably has the best beef and grain growing regions on the planet. The Pampas are grasslands that run from the cooler south to the subtropical regions of the north. They are roughly equal in size to the United States' agricultural zones; but with only one-eighth the population of the United States, almost all of Argentina's produce is available for export. Argentina...
  • 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...