Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $25,498
29%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 29% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

News/Current Events (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • So God Made A Democrat

    02/08/2013 3:49:28 PM PST · by CharlesMartelsGhost · 13 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | February 8, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    God looked down on Washington D.C. and said “I need someone who will steal morning, noon and night. Who will steal from the rich to give to the poor and steal from the poor to give to the rich and fool them all and keep all the loot.” So God made a Democrat. God said, “I need college man to come to a farm and tell the farmer that he can’t feed his hogs with lettuce from his own farm or use the manure from his pigs to grow his lettuce. I need an inspector who will tell him how...
  • Venezuela Launches First Nuke In Currency Wars, Devalues Currency By 46%

    While the rest of the developed world is scrambling here and there, politely prodding its central bankers to destroy their relative currencies, all the while naming said devaluation assorted names, "quantitative easing" being the most popular, here comes Venezuela and shows the banana republics of the developed world what lobbing a nuclear bomb into a currency war knife fight looks like: VENEZUELA DEVALUES FROM 4.30 TO 6.30 BOLIVARS VENEZUELA NEW CURRENCY BODY TO MANAGE DOLLAR INFLOWS CARACAS CONSUMER PRICES ROSE 3.3% IN JAN. And that, ladies and gents of Caracas, is how you just lost 46% of your purchasing power,...
  • Why S&P is in the Crosshairs of the Department of Justice

    02/08/2013 3:43:50 PM PST · by GVnana · 17 replies
    The Project to Restore America ^ | 2/8/2012 | Scott S. Powell
    What has been distinct about Barack Obama's presidency is his inclination to operate in continuous campaign mode, to deflect attention away from his policy failures and to undermine opposition by politicizing the issues and policy responses he chooses to take up. So now with the president's attorney general Eric Holder having just announced the filing of a $5 billion Department of Justice suit against Standard & Poor's—charging that fraudulent ratings were made on risky mortgage bonds that went into default during the financial crisis of 2008—one has to wonder what the political motivation might be. First, why now? Why has...
  • By year's end, troops will be unable to respond to crises, Pentagon says

    02/08/2013 3:34:34 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    Federal News Radio ^ | 4 Feb 13 | Jared Serbu
    Every leader in the Pentagon has been warning for more than a year that if sequestration comes to pass the impact to the military will be severe. But the armed services' most senior officers now are telling Congress those impacts are not a distant prospect — they could be looking at a "hollowed-out" force within a matter of months after the cuts are triggered. When the Defense Department directed the military services last month to start conserving funds, it was a good sign that the Pentagon now believes the long-threatened automatic budget cuts actually will take place. Ashton Carter, the...
  • Venezuela announces currency devaluation

    02/08/2013 3:33:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    AP via yahooooo ^ | 2-8-13 | FABIOLA SANCHEZ
    It was the first devaluation to be announced by Chavez's government since 2010, and it brought down the official value of the bolivar by 46.5 percent against the dollar. By boosting the bolivar value of Venezuela's dollar-denominated oil sales, the change is expected to help alleviate a difficult budget outlook for the government, which has turned increasingly to borrowing to meet its spending obligations.
  • Michelle Obama Commission On Religious Child Abuse Is Now Urgent

    02/08/2013 3:27:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 20 replies
    Chrisian Catholicism ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Jerry Slevin
    Two events within the last few months confirmed conclusively that local law enforcement in the USA cannot prevent Catholic Church leaders from facilitating predatory priests who sexually abuse children. Documents just released in Los Angeles and others released in Philadelphia a few months earlier show this. Two Cardinals, Mahony and Bevilacqua, oversaw numerous predatory priests who were enabled to continue to abuse children repeatedly even after the Cardinals knew the priests were predators. It is the same old story that played out with Cardinal Law in Boston a decade before and in many other U.S. dioceses since. Local prosecutors beholden...
  • AF leaders: Sequestration, more budget cuts will be devastating

    02/08/2013 3:21:22 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    AF.mil ^ | 8 Feb 13 | Master Sgt. Jess D. Harvey
    Sequestration would leave the Air Force with untrained people, a lack of equipment and be "devastating" to the service, officials said Feb. 7. The warning echoes what Department of Defense officials have stated for months about across-the-board defense cuts, in addition to an ongoing continuing resolution. "Now that we're staring at that possibility in less than a month, I can tell you, they were right," said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Larry Spencer, during a media roundtable at the Pentagon. The meeting was aimed at discussing the toll that ongoing fiscal insecurity and looming sequestration are taking on...
  • 2A Rights Rally, Denver

    02/08/2013 3:19:20 PM PST · by elteemike · 5 replies
    08 Feb 2013 | elteemike
    Pro 2A Rights Rally held at Colorado State Capitol in Denver today. Charles Heller of Jews For Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) was a featured speaker along with several pro-2A Colorado legislators and a representative of The Appleseed Project. A crowd of several hundred attended... Photos from the rally here: https://plus.google.com/photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841#photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841 https://plus.google.com/photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841#photos/117047296202732735915/albums/5842716107718253841
  • Navy: Lincoln Refueling Delayed, Will Hurt Carrier Readiness

    02/08/2013 3:11:25 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    USNI News ^ | 8 FEb 13 | USNI News Editor
    The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News. Lincoln was scheduled to be moved to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipyard later this month to begin the 4-year refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the ship. “This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of...
  • Administration’s New Climate Report: Next Ice Age ‘Has Now Been Delayed Indefinitely’

    02/08/2013 3:06:52 PM PST · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    CNSNews ^ | February 8, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - A federal advisory committee appointed by the Obama administration to produce a report on climate change says that if Earth’s climate were still “primarily controlled by natural factors”—rather than by man-made global warming—then the next ice age would occur within the next 1,500 years. But now, because of humans, the committee says, the next ice age has been "delayed indefinitely." “Confirmation of what are called Milankovich cycles (cyclical changes in the Earth’s orbit that explain the onset and ending of ice ages) led a few scientists in the 1970s to suggest that the current warm interglacial period might...
  • Vulgar: Bashir Says Rubio In Senate Hearing Sought To Show He Had 'Very Strong Testicles

    02/08/2013 2:34:20 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Once again demonstrating that Martin Bashir represents the bottom of the admittedly deep MSNBC barrel . . . On his MSNBC show this afternoon, Bashir suggested to a female guest that by his questioning at the Senate confirmation hearing of John Brennan, Senator Marco Rubio sought to demonstrate that he had "very strong testicles." Bashir elicited nervous laughter from guest Karen Finney. View the video here.
  • Obama Corrupts America

    02/08/2013 2:31:31 PM PST · by sr4402 · 10 replies
    Self | Feb. 8 2013 | Self
    Has anyone noticed how Obama and the Progressives are quickly corrupting the United States of America? From sending Pregnant women into Combat (you really don't think they are going to check in the foxholes do you?) and drafting Mommy, he is firmly against THOU SHALT NOT KILL. To Marrying Gays in the Military in order to overturn States Constitution Admendments and making the US of A a Gay nation - Clearly against THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY and Advancing Fornication. To making us pay for Sterilizations, Contraceptions and do not kid yourselves - Abortions, Obama and the Progressives have taken...
  • “THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, February-8-2013

    02/08/2013 2:27:22 PM PST · by Fudd Fan · 49 replies
    The Mark Levin Show ^ | Mark R. Levin
    The Legacy Lives On! Mark’s Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation “Conservatism is the antidote to tyranny precisely because its principles are the founding principles.” --Mark Levin in Liberty and TyrannyWelcome to “The Levin Lounge”… Step in and have a virtual FRink.Taking the country by storm, one radio station at a time – and kicking the BUTTS of the competition! Welcome all, to the most FUN LIVE THREAD on FreeRepublic.com! You can call Mark’s show: 1-877-381-3811
  • US Navy unable to refuel carrier due to budget cuts

    02/08/2013 2:19:46 PM PST · by Saint X · 57 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | 2/8/13 | Sam LaGrone
    The U.S. Navy will delay the refueling of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) for an unknown period because of the uncertain fiscal environment due to the ongoing legislative struggle, the service told Congress in a Friday message obtained by USNI News.
  • In a Commercial, a Tacit Acceptance of Islam in America

    02/08/2013 2:14:00 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
    On a Sunday afternoon several months ago, I was engaged in one of my favorite religious rituals, watching pro football on television. During a break in the game, I reflexively clicked the “mute” button on the remote control. But my eyes stayed fixed on a startling commercial. The screen showed a balding man with tawny skin and a salt-and-pepper goatee, and seconds later it spelled out his name: Mujahid Abdul-Rashid. The advertisement went on to show him fishing, playing in a yard with two toddlers, and sitting down to a family meal. One week later, again during an N.F.L. game,...
  • NFL greats appear in PSA favoring gun law reforms

    02/08/2013 2:02:40 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 78 replies
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Feb. 08, 2013 | AP
    NEW YORK — NFL greats Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk are appearing in a public service announcement in favor of gun law reforms. The spot released Friday is paid for by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which was founded by New York City's Michael Bloomberg and Boston's Thomas Menino. A solemn Smith speaks into the camera: "For the children of Sandy Hook Elementary." ...
  • Los Angeles Police Caught in Two Officer Involved Shootings Injuring 2 Women Delivering Newspapers

    02/08/2013 1:53:13 PM PST · by Sopater · 48 replies
    The Guardian Express ^ | February 7, 2013
    It doesn’t get any messier as Los Angeles police officers, involved in a statewide manhunt for an ex-LAPD colleague, came across vehicles matching the one sought by authorities in massive manhunt at two separate locations. The first location in Torrance involved Los Angeles police detectives from the Hollywood division, who got caught up in an officer involved shooting, which resulted in gunfire injuring two women that had been delivering newspapers. They have since been transported to an area hospital. The incident took place at approximately 5:20 a.m. in the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue according to sources. The extent of...
  • Ezra Levant & Pamela Geller: The Boston Globe leads the jihad against Robert Spencer

    02/08/2013 1:16:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/7/13 | SunNews
    Things have certainly changed at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. From the renowned Catholic writer G. K. Chesterton getting a hearty laugh in the video above by saying, "I may not be much of a crusader, but at least I am not a Mohammedan," to the execrable, supremely arrogant Islamic supremacist pseudo-academic Caner K. Dagli, it is a steep descent indeed. (Thanks to Michael Coren for sending me the Chesterton video.) However, we are keeping the pressure on for the truth in Worcester. The Bishop of Worcester, Robert McManus, canceled my appearance at a Catholic Men's Conference in Worcester...
  • Nuclear war over Rove's claims to work for Reagan; Gipper biographer says no

    02/08/2013 1:09:21 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 133 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2-8-2013 | Paul Bedard
    February 8, 2013 Nuclear war over Rove's claims to work for Reagan; Gipper biographer says no Paul Bedard The war of words between conservatives and former Bush advisor Karl Rove has gone nuclear, this time over Rove's claim that he worked for Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign and on a Reagan advisory board. The bottom line: While Rove told The O'Reilly Factor Thursday that he worked for the Gipper, Reagan's acclaimed biographer Craig Shirley says there's no evidence to back Rove up. Worse: In an email Shirley is sending to conservative leaders, he reveals that Rove backed former President Ford in...
  • Mass bans vehicles at 4:00 p.m.; offenders face fine up to,$500, 1 year in jail

    02/08/2013 12:55:43 PM PST · by 444Flyer · 92 replies
    The Eagle Tribune ^ | 2-8-13 | Staff
    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency for blizzard that could bring near 3 feet of snow. Patrick signed an executive order banning all vehicles from roadways starting at 4 p.m. today. Ban applies to all roadways, including highways and secondary roads. Any one caught driving after 4 p.m. faces up to one year in jail and $500 fine.
  • In Hacked Emails, Bushes Prepare for George's Death (And self-portrait of W showering)

    02/08/2013 12:24:08 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/08/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – A hacker has breached the personal email accounts of several Bush family members and friends, and discovered that the family was actively preparing for George HW Bush's death during his recent hospital stay. In material given to the Smoking Gun, the former president's chief of staff sent Bush's children a message saying, "Your dad's funeral team is having an emergency meeting at 10am," adding that this info "fell under the broadening category of things NOT TO TELL YOUR MOTHER." George W. Bush also said he was "thinking about [a] eulogy" in a Dec. 26 email. "Hopefully I'm jumping...
  • For Sale: Original Iwo Jima Monument

    02/08/2013 12:17:04 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    AP/Newser ^ | 02/08/2013
    (AP) – A long-forgotten piece of America's military history is going up for sale. The original smaller statue of the iconic raising of the US flag at Iwo Jima in 1945 is expected to fetch up to $1.8 million later this month at a New York auction dedicated to World War II artifacts. That such a statue even exists is news to all but the most ardent history buffs. Most Americans are familiar with Felix de Weldon's 1954 bronze version, the 32-foot-tall Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Less well-known is the 12-and-1/2-foot-tall statue created soon after the...
  • Karl Rove’s idea of electability: GOP elites keep getting it wrong

    02/08/2013 12:15:48 PM PST · by Moseley · 82 replies
    BIZ PAC Review (West Palm Beach, Florida) ^ | February 8, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    Republican insiders want to force Republican voters to choose more “electable” nominees than examples like Christine O’Donnell, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, so Karl Rove launched the American Crossroads super PAC to counteract the tea party. Undeniably, better candidates are better and worse candidates are worse. Unfortunately, that meaningless platitude illustrates the problem. GOP elites have no idea who is going to win an election, and there are several reasons I say that. First, the establishment wants fiscal conservatives who downplay social issues. But drunken sailors are more restrained with money than establishment Republicans, the tea party complains. The trouble...
  • Quinnipiac Poll: Hillary Clinton ‘Easily The Most Popular Actor On The American Political Stage’

    02/08/2013 12:12:01 PM PST · by MissesBush · 23 replies
    CBS/Qunnipiac ^ | 02/08/13
    A new poll reveals that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most popular national figure among American voters. The Quinnipiac University national poll released Friday shows that Clinton enjoys a 61 percent favorability rating, 10 points higher than President Barack Obama. “Hillary Clinton ends her term as Secretary of State and the bruising inquiry into the Benghazi murders as easily the most popular actor on the American political stage today,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a press release. Obama’s job approval rating tumbled to 46 percent compared to 53 percent...
  • South Korea Talks Of A Pre-Emptive Strike On North Korea's Nukes

    02/08/2013 12:03:59 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-8-2013 | Adam Taylor
    South Korea Talks Of A Pre-Emptive Strike On North Korea's Nukes Adam TaylorFebruary 8, 2013, 12:19 PMThe tension is rising in Asia, with worrying signs that conflict could break out at any point. In the Koreas, fallout over a prospective North Korean nuclear test has South Korean troops on the border receiving orders to return fire immediately against DPRK forces. In South Korean press, there's worrying, though non-conclusive, talk of a "pre-emptive" strike. According to the Hankyoreh, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Jung Seung-jo was called to report to the National Assembly's Defense Committee on February 6 over...
  • Two Chilling Developments Suggest Asia May Be One Step Away From War

    02/08/2013 11:59:35 AM PST · by blam · 68 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-8-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Two Chilling Developments Suggest Asia May Be One Step Away From War Robert JohnsonFebruary 8, 2013, 9:38 AM China and Japan, along with North and South Korean troops at the DMZ, appear one step away from armed combat and tensions don't look likely to ease any time soon. New developments within both regions illustrate how close to open combat the four countries are, and how quickly one incident could expand to war among very powerful nations. Tokyo reported two January events where Chinese naval vessels targeted its East China Sea forces with fire-control radar. This specific type of radar is...
  • ‘Never Felt So Safe’: Second Amendment Rallies Draw Gun-Toting Citizens to State Capitols [Photos]

    02/08/2013 11:46:39 AM PST · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Twitchy ^ | February 8, 2013 | Staff
    I apologize for any omissions of the article as it appears on this page. The particular content of the Twitchy web site does not lend itself well when being copied and pasted. I would recommend going to the site to view the content posted here and much more. ` Richard Thompson @RichardKIRO If ya see lots of people carrying guns at state capitol today - that would be a gun rights rally between 10am-2pm. 4:49 PM - 08 Feb 13 Citizens around the country are gathering at state capitols today to rally in support of the Second Amendment and exercise...
  • LePage vows to protect Second Amendment

    02/08/2013 11:41:17 AM PST · by maine yankee · 3 replies
    Bangor daily news ^ | 02/08/13 | Christopher Cousins
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s remarks to a rally Friday against gun-control legislation under consideration in Congress lasted only a few seconds, but his message was crystal clear.
  • Juan Williams: Where's the outrage over Obama's drone policy?

    02/08/2013 11:30:51 AM PST · by EveningStar · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 7, 2013 | Juan Williams
    Imagine if President George W. Bush or senior members of his administration asserted that they had the power to assassinate any person, including American citizens on American soil, because they merely suspected them of being involved in a terrorist plot. Now, imagine that they went a step further and claimed that this broad new power was not subject to any oversight by Congress or the judiciary or international law. A lot of left-wingers would be apoplectic. And they would be right. Sadly, a Democratic president, Barack Obama, and senior national security officials in his administration appear to be wielding just...
  • Greeks squabble for free food handouts

    02/08/2013 11:23:51 AM PST · by matt1234 · 29 replies
    maltastar.com ^ | 08 Feb 2013
    When a group of farmers handed out free fruit and veg in front of the Ministry of Agriculture in Athens Wednesday, they couldn't have predicted the ensuing chaos. In just two hours hoardes of hungry Greeks scrabbled to get their share of 50 tons of hand-outs, which led to skirmishes in the streets and comparisons with Nazi occupied Greece in the World War II. Families and the unemployed queued up to catch rations given out from vans. "Look", an old man gestured on local TV, "they're pulling supplies out of the trucks. It's like war time." "My pension is worth...
  • Obama Administration Shuts Down 100 Year Old Oyster Farm This Week

    02/08/2013 11:00:19 AM PST · by lowbridge · 51 replies
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | feb. 8, 2012 | jim hoft
    The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has been in business for 100 years. Then came Barack Obama. In November, the Obama Administration shut down the oyster farm. They said it was for environmental reasons.
  • India rejects Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's suggestion to allow mission to Kashmir

    02/08/2013 11:00:07 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies
    The Press Trust of India (PTI) / Times of India ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: Strongly rejecting the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's suggestion of allowing an OIC fact- finding mission to Jammu and Kashmir to assess the human rights situation there, India said on Friday the grouping has no "locus standi" on such matters, and termed suggestions to this effect by Pakistan foreign minister as "propagandist". "The OIC has no locus standi on matters concerning the internal affairs of India or the recent incidents on the LoC. We have already clarified that United Nations MIlitary Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has no relevance in regard to the latter, either." "The propagandist...
  • El Paso: FBI Stats Deem Border City Safest In The Country 3 Years In A Row

    02/08/2013 10:44:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 21 replies
    http://www.myfoxdc.com/ ^ | February 8, 2013 | FOX News
    EL PASO, Texas - This dusty desert city sits directly across the Mexican border from what has been widely labeled as one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Ciudad Juarez. The bloody drug war has claimed an estimated 10,000 lives in Juarez in the last five years. Yet this week, for the third year in a row, El Paso was ranked as the safest U.S. city with a population greater that 500,000 by CQ Press, which compiled FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.
  • Amazing Conservative Speech Upstages Obama At Prayer Breakfast

    02/08/2013 10:32:46 AM PST · by caseyn · 68 replies
    Dr. Benjamin Carson, a black pediatric neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins Hospital, gave this amazing speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast.
  • Crowd packs heat; Oak Harbor backs down

    02/08/2013 10:28:57 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 29 replies
    Mynorthwest ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Chris Sullivan
    It's been three weeks since an Oak Harbor city councilmember started a national controversy by trying to kick out a wounded Army veteran who was legally carrying a weapon during a council meeting. Councilmember Rick Almberg then walked out. The council was met by 160 people Tuesday night, many who were packing heat. There were handguns in holsters and rifles slung over shoulders and an unknown number of people concealing their weapons as the Oak Harbor City Council met. Many attended the meeting to show support for veteran Lucas Yonkman who Councilmember Almberg tried to have kicked out of City...
  • Biden's Hollywood mental health meeting

    02/08/2013 10:22:24 AM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies
    politico44 ^ | 2/8/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    "VP Biden, Russell & Cooper agree on the importance of acceptance, understanding, and access to treatment for those with mental illness," Biden's office reported.
  • "The List": Obama's Two Hundred and Eleventh Week in Office

    02/08/2013 10:07:55 AM PST · by Nachum
    Nachumlist ^ | 2/8/2013 | Nachum
    President Obama's Two Hundred and Eleventh Week in Office2/7/2013Obama and IsraelSecret Hagel Donor?: White House Spox Ducks Question on 'Friends of Hamas'Saad Hariri: 'Friend' of Hamas, Supporter of HagelBenghazi-GateDereliction of Duty: Obama Did Nothing to Save American Lives in Benghazi--and Lied About ItPanetta can’t explain why Obama never called back during Benghazi attack (VIDEO) Panetta, Dempsey Did Not Talk to Clinton On Sept. 11, 2013 (video)The Benghazi Debacle - Obama MIA Night of Attack, No Help Sent Once Attack Underway Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chair: Obama Talked to Them Only Once on Night of Benghazi AttackPanetta says he personally told...
  • Suspected witch bound, tortured, burned alive in Papua New Guinea

    02/08/2013 9:56:47 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A mob stripped, bound, tortured then burned to death a woman accused of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea, as hundreds of witnesses — including children — watched and took photographs. The pictures were published on the front pages of the Oceania nation’s largest circulation newspapers, Associated Press reports.
  • The Voter Fraud That ‘Never Happens’ Keeps Coming Back

    02/08/2013 9:56:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/8/2013 | John Fund
    Critics of voter ID and other laws cracking down on voter fraud claim they’re unnecessary because fraud is nonexistent. For instance, Brennan Center attorneys Michael Waldman and Justin Levitt claimed last year: “A person casting two votes risks jail time and a fine for minimal gain. Proven voter fraud, statistically, happens about as often as death by lightning strike.” Well, lightning is suddenly all over Cincinnati, Ohio. The Hamilton County Board of Elections is investigating 19 possible cases of alleged voter fraud that occurred when Ohio was a focal point of the 2012 presidential election. A total of 19 voters...
  • Obama nominates openly gay lawyer for patent appeals court

    02/08/2013 9:19:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 7, 2013 3:44pm EST | Dan Levine
    President Barack Obama nominated Thursday an openly gay attorney to serve on the U.S. appeals court for patent cases after a previous gay nominee for that court stalled. Todd Hughes, a lawyer in the Department of Justice’s civil division, was nominated for the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He would be the first openly gay circuit judge in the country if confirmed. The Federal Circuit hears patent appeals from around the country, including high stakes cases like Apple Inc’s smartphone battle against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Its docket also includes trademark cases and some claims against the federal government....
  • Clint Eastwood: If DC doesn't 'give a damn,' how can we?

    02/08/2013 9:18:46 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8 Feb 13 | Becky Quick
    Hollywood legend and Republican supporter Clint Eastwood told CNBC that Washington gridlock is sending the nation racing towards another contentious debt deadline. "It's almost like they don't give a damn," he said, in a "Squawk Box" interview that aired Friday. The Oscar-winning director who's also known for his tough-guy roles asked rhetorically, "If they don't give a damn, why did they expect anybody else to?" Advertise | AdChoices With the deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" barely in the rearview mirror, President Barack Obama and Republican leaders are on the clock again, scrambling to compromise on a package to...
  • Video: “So God made a liberal”

    02/08/2013 9:16:25 AM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    A tribute to Paul Harvey from Sooper Mexican.
  • Bush family e-mails hacked: Was anything stolen of value (beyond privacy)?

    02/08/2013 9:15:48 AM PST · by South40 · 3 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | 2/8/2013 | Peter Grier
    The Bush family has been victimized by a hacker, in case you haven’t heard. Someone who calls himself “Guccifer” has managed to penetrate the e-mail accounts of an unknown number of relatives of ex-Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush. We’ll leave the technical analysis to others, and focus on the stuff that’s actually been published: Are these sensitive secrets that shouldn’t have come into the public domain? Yes, in the sense that nobody should have stuff like this stolen and then plastered all over the Internet. Presumably, the FBI will get involved in tracking this person down. But no,...
  • Sequester cuts a time bomb for GOP?

    02/08/2013 9:12:41 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 8 Feb 13 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    Republicans open to letting billions in sequester cuts go through figure they can blame the president if the economy goes south. But Democrats are betting they can shift that blame right back to the GOP. They’re so confident, in fact, that they’re already eyeing at least 10 Republican-held seats with strong military connections from Florida to California to target in 2014, after sequester cuts have trickled down to local bases where jobs are lost and voters notice. “Republicans who are unwilling to compromise, unwilling to find solutions and are responsible for cuts to defense and jobs in their districts...
  • California Gives Up On Math: State will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra

    02/08/2013 9:08:51 AM PST · by lowbridge · 93 replies
    http://gopthedailydose.com ^ | february 8, 2013 | robby soave
    California will no longer require eighth-graders to take algebra —a move that is line with the Common Core standards being adopted by most states, but that may leave students unprepared for college. Last month, California formally shifted to the Common Core mathematics standards, which recommend that students delay taking algebra if they aren’t ready for it. Previously, algebra class was a requirement for all eighth-graders in the state. The Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is sponsored by the National Governor’s Association, is an effort to unify diverse state education curricula. Forty-five other states and the District of Columbia have...
  • Morning Bell: Getting a Meddling Government Out of Our Lives

    02/08/2013 9:06:25 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    Heritage ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.
    The next time a cashier asks “paper or plastic?” think of Abbie Schoenwetter. He spent more than six years in federal confinement for shipping lobster in plastic instead of cardboard. There’s no American law against doing so. But thanks to a vague, overly broad, and otherwise unjust federal criminal law, the U.S. government claimed it was upholding a Honduran regulation. Abbie Schoenwetter’s business, health, and family life (he has a wife and three kids) were wiped out because unreasonable federal prosecutors used an unjust law to target Abbie and a Honduran fisherman from whom Abbie purchased his seafood. He’s finally...
  • The Mad Men of Silicon Valley

    02/08/2013 8:54:04 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 3 replies
    Salon ^ | 02/05/2013 | ANDREW LEONARD
    “We’re not that big on history,” says veteran technology journalist Michael Malone near the close of “Silicon Valley,” a documentary premiering tonight on PBS as part of the “American Experience” series. “We don’t look back very much.” It’s an odd thing to hear. If you have even a passing interest in the history of computing, you’ve likely run across some portion of the tale told in “Silicon Valley.” How the “Traitorous Eight,” a group of brilliant scientists frustrated by the erratic behavior of their boss, Nobel prize–winning physicist William Shockley, defected to start their own company and launch the silicon...
  • Gun, ammo bills pending in the Calif. Legislature

    02/08/2013 8:51:07 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 12 replies
    KGUN9 news ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | The Associated Press
    Lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills seeking further restrictions for guns and ammunition this year, with more measures proposed by Senate Democrats on Thursday: AJR5, Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, is a resolution urging the president and Congress to pass U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation prohibiting the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. AB48, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, requires ammunition sellers to be licensed and ammunition buyers to have and show valid identification, similar to those covering gun sales. Sales of large amounts of ammunition to an individual buyer within a five-day period...
  • Your comprehensive answer to every Sandy Hook conspiracy theory

    02/08/2013 8:40:23 AM PST · by mnehring · 31 replies
    While it’s often best not to engage with conspiracy theorists on their own turf, as you can probably never convince them, it’s worth setting the record straight on all the myths and phony evidence surrounding the Sandy Hook massacre.We’ve rounded up every major piece of evidence we could find that leads theorists to say the “official narrative” of events “doesn’t add up” and provided the facts that show why these questions can be easily explained. We’ve ignored the empty accusations with no evidence to support them (it was the Jews!) and focused only on the theories that try to present...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show "Open Lines Fridays",M-F,12NOONPM-3PM,EST,WABC AM,February 8,2013

    02/08/2013 8:39:59 AM PST · by Biggirl · 104 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | February 8, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! Image by Cool Text: Free Logos and Buttons - Create An Image Just Like This