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  • Budget Cuts May Shut Down Meatpackers, White House Warns (Vengence is Mine sayeth "The One")

    02/09/2013 8:49:34 AM PST · by ConradofMontferrat · 68 replies
    Newsmax Media, Inc. ^ | Friday, 08 Feb 2013 06:45 PM | © 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.
    The Obama administration warned on Friday that across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect in March may result in furloughing every U.S. meat and poultry inspector for two weeks, causing the meat industry to shut down. By law, meatpackers and processors are not allowed to ship beef, pork, lamb and poultry meat without the Agriculture Department's inspection seal. The prospect of mass furloughs of meat and food inspectors was part of a broader White House warning about the effects of the potential spending cuts on everyday life. Meatpackers said a shut-down would devastate consumers as well as their industry. Read...
  • Questions and Answers on the Eve of Obama’s Visit to Israel

    02/09/2013 8:48:59 AM PST · by kindred · 3 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Steven Plaut (Comments)
    Q: With Obama about to visit the country, should Israel agree to attend new negotiation sessions with the Palestinian Authority? A: No. Nothing positive can come out of it. For twenty years Israel has been attending “talks” with the Palestinians and these have achieved absolutely nothing other than Israeli capitulation. In each round of talks Israel has given away more and more assets and made an ever-growing number of concessions, getting nothing in return. Q: Why give up hope that the Palestinians will agree to some sort of deal? A: Because they have yet to comply with a single punctuation...
  • Obama advisor John Brennan speaks about the beauty of Islam (youtube video)

    02/09/2013 8:48:55 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    youtube.com ^ | May 19, 2010
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  • Mohammed Afzal Guru's life should become extinct, ruled Supreme Court

    02/09/2013 8:37:45 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 9 replies
    IANS / The Times of India ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | IANS
    NEW DELHI: "The incident, which resulted in heavy casualties, had shaken the entire nation and the collective conscience of society will only be satisfied if the capital punishment is awarded to the offender," the Supreme Court had said while upholding the death sentence of Afzal Guru. Holding Afzal guilty of the conspiracy culminating in the attack on Parliament House, the apex court in its August 4, 2005 judgment added: "The conspirator, even though he may not have indulged in the actual criminal operations to execute the conspiracy, becomes liable for the punishment prescribed under Section 302 of the IPC (Indian...
  • After the 'Killing Fields,' Cambodians find solace in St. Paul meeting

    02/09/2013 8:32:31 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-8-13 | tad vezner
    "I need people to understand this," said Ream Um, a retired mathematics teacher who worked for the St. Paul school district for 23 years. The 71-year-old academic -- who in 1975 destroyed his eyeglasses and dentures to disguise his scholarly appearance from Cambodia's communist Khmer Rouge regime -- pointed to a sign displaying, in bold red letters, the words "Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness." "The lesson is this: We have to make ourselves smart. Go to school, learn math ... but also this. This is important." Beside him, Hoeun Hach -- a soft-spoken Oakdale man with an easy smile --...
  • The Dorner Manifesto

    02/09/2013 8:32:11 AM PST · by NCjim · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 8, 2013 | Richard Fernandez
    Victor Davis Hanson’s essay, The New Age of Falsity, vividly describes the new requirement of the modern age. It is the requirement to lie. The requirement is imposed by the circumstance that many institutions are already built on falsehoods. In order to keep things ticking even honest newcomers must resort to the “maintenance lie” which can be defined as the affirmation of legacy falsehoods to prevent an institutional meltdown. This is without taking into account what can be called the “capital investment lies”, which are entirely new fibs uttered for the purpose of usurping new powers. Hanson convincingly argues that...
  • Did you know that John Brennan, nominee for CIA Director, is a Muslim convert...?

    02/09/2013 7:40:05 AM PST · by LSUfan · 210 replies
    BareNakedIslam ^ | 8 Feb 2013 | Tom Trento
    On Tom Trento’s radio show today, former FBI agent, John Guandolo, who wrote the first Muslim Brotherhood training manual for the FBI, outs John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, as having converted to Islam while working in Saudi Arabia. (Embedded video: Fast forward to 11 minute mark and watch til the 52 min mark)
  • Clinton brings warning to House Democrats about 2014 campaign

    02/09/2013 7:50:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/08/13 | Russell Berman
    LANSDOWNE, Va. — Former President Bill Clinton came to the House Democratic retreat here armed with a warning: The Republicans won’t make it as easy for Democrats to win in 2014. “I think that we should assume going forward that the people who disagree with us, honestly in our approach, will not make it quite as easy to draw the contrast on the things they do and say [as] they did last time,” Clinton told House Democrats in a wide-ranging and largely informal talk that lasted nearly 45 minutes. Clinton noted he held 133 campaign events for Democrats in 2012,...
  • Dan Rather on Reddit: No one proved that Bush documents were forged

    02/08/2013 5:13:35 PM PST · by george76 · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner: ^ | February 8, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    former CBS broadcaster Dan Rather (Now with AXS-TV) was understandably asked a question about ‘Rathergate’ – the story on George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard that used forged documents in the report. Rather responded brusquely: Number 1 – the facts of case are not in dispute. Number 2 – no one had ever established that the documents were forged
  • Rand Paul’s Really Ignorant Paragraph

    02/09/2013 7:33:41 AM PST · by LSUfan · 38 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 7 Feb 2013 | Quin Hilyer
    There is much to commend, and there are some things to question, about Rand Paul’s big foreign policy speech yesterday at Heritage Foundation. The overall idea of using George Kennan-like “containment” for Iran or for jihadist Islam in general is, well, problematic , although there are plenty of elements of his speech that are at least somewhat sensible. It is a good thing to have discussion of such issues, and there is much value in having people make a thoughtful case against over-eagerness for military intervention. Those of us who tend a little more towards interventionism (”tend” being the key...
  • Sen. Menendez defends his relationship with political donor Melgen

    02/09/2013 7:33:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/08/13 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) defended his relationship with Florida doctor and political donor Salomon Melgen in an interview with Univision on Friday, saying he didn’t do anything on his friend’s behalf that he doesn’t regularly do for others. Melgen, a close friend of Menendez’s, reportedly overbilled the U.S. government by almost $9 million in Medicare payments, inviting a federal audit. Menendez acknowledged contacting officials to complain that the Medicare billing rules were unclear, but the senator denied that his close ties to Melgen had anything to do with him raising the issue. “The fact that someone is a donor does...
  • The Blizzard Reminder for the Redeemed!

    02/09/2013 7:32:34 AM PST · by kindred · 4 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen ^ | February 9, 2013 | DJP I.F.
    My dear friends with the Nemo Blizzard dropping about 2 to 3 feet at my house I was thinking again today about the wonders of... snow. Yes snow! Something one either hates or loves but whether you despise it or enjoy it, snow in it's self is an absolute wonder of Almighty God's ETERNAL creative genius (Job 38:22-23, Psalm 104:24, Prov. 3:19). As I was thinking of snow... the Bible verse from Isaiah 1:18 came to mind. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;...
  • Cummings: Postal Service cuts would hurt minority groups, single mothers

    02/09/2013 7:13:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Cameron Joseph
    The U.S. Postal Service's decision to eliminate Saturday delivery could disproportionally hurt minority groups, according to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee. "You're talking about just this reduction … from six days to five days will cut anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 employees. And with regard to Asian, African-Americans, and Hispanics, they comprise about 40 percent of the Postal Service employees," Cummings told Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC Friday night. "So it's logical to believe if they were to lose that 30,000 jobs, easily 40 percent of them would be African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans." Cummings...
  • Obama: Sequester (his idea) would deal 'huge blow to middle-class families'

    02/09/2013 7:04:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    President Obama warned in his weekly address that the sequester would deal a "huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole" and urged Congress to strike a compromise deal to avert the $85 billion in automatic cuts. "There’s certainly no reason that middle-class families and small businesses should suffer just because Washington couldn’t come together and eliminate a few special-interest tax loopholes, or government programs that just don’t work," Obama said. "At a time when economists and business leaders from across the spectrum have said that our economy is poised for progress, we shouldn’t allow self-inflicted wounds...
  • Strong but deep quake in Colombia (magnitude 7.0)

    02/09/2013 7:03:36 AM PST · by Moose4 · 9 replies
    AP via abcnews.com ^ | 9 February 2013 | Unattributed
    The U.S. Geological Survey says a strong but deep earthquake has shaken western Colombia. The agency says the quake struck at 9:16 a.m. (1606 GMT) Saturday and had a magnitude of 7.0. it was located about 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Pasto. There are no immediate reports of damage.
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN RECALLS LIFE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL [Millionaire Liberal Crap]

    02/09/2013 6:58:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Ultimate Classic Rock.com ^ | 2/8/13 | Dave Lifton
    Tonight (Feb. 8), Bruce Springsteen will receive the MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year award for his history of philanthropic and political works. In a new interview, Springsteen discuss his longtime commitment to activism, and how it has influenced his own work. Once unwilling to speak his mind on the issues of the day, Springsteen has now played an active role in the last three presidental elections. He finds performing at a political rally to be a different challenge than a sold-out arena, but possibly more rewarding. “I go to Ohio with Jay-Z,” he told Robert Santelli, the Executive Director...
  • Forensic evidence both supports, casts doubt on Zimmerman claims

    02/09/2013 6:54:03 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 34 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | February 8, 2013 | Tony Pipitone WKMG-Local 6 News,
    Forensic evidence compiled in the killing of Trayvon Martin supports George Zimmerman's claim that Martin was leaning over him when he fired his gun, but casts doubt on Zimmerman's timeline on the night he shot and killed the unarmed teen, according to a review by a forensic expert for Local 6. Michael Knox, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff's Office detective and crime scene investigator, published some of the findings in his book, "Intermediate Range: The Forensic Evidence in the Killing of Trayvon Martin" (available through Amazon.com here). Knox and Local 6 calculated the exact moment Zimmerman slammed shut his door as...
  • Detroit employee could face punishment for shooting would-be robbers

    02/09/2013 6:38:30 AM PST · by chessplayer · 9 replies
    DETROIT — In one of the most violent cities in the U.S., Detroit employees, even those entering some of the city's roughest neighborhoods on a daily basis, may not arm themselves while on the job, based on a 2010 order. Anthony Neely, a spokesman for Mayor Dave Bing, said the city has not yet determined if it will impose penalties — up to and including termination — against a 59-year-old Public Lighting employee who shot two teens he claimed were armed and attempting to rob him and his co-worker.
  • Dorner had history of complaints against fellow LAPD officers

    02/09/2013 6:36:16 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 65 replies
    Los ngeles Times ^ | February 9, 2013 | LAT
    The fugitive ex-policeman Christopher Dorner, suspected of killing three people and injuring two, had a history of making complaints against fellow officers within the Los Angeles Police Department, and one officer said he had a reputation as a "hot head," according to internal affairs records. Dorner was accused of punching a recruit in the chest while he was in the Police Academy in 2006. That recruit, Abraham Schefres, was wearing a bulletproof vest and a trauma plate, when Dorner allegedly punched him. After being hit, he glared at Dorner, whom Schefres said responded as though he had made a mistake,...
  • Dem senators: Legalized illegal immigrants will have to wait around 10 years to apply for green card

    02/09/2013 6:21:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/09/2013 | AllahPundit
    Worth noting now since it’s potentially another sticking point between Rubio and the rest of the Gang of Eight who desperately need him to sell immigration reform to the right. By now, everyone knows the main bone of contention between him and Schumer et al. Rubio wants the path to citizenship implemented only after border enforcement increases; Democrats want it implemented concurrently with — and independent of — the new security measures. (Both sides agree that probationary legal status will be granted immediately, though. Ahem.) Read the fine print on their proposals, though, and you’ll find another disagreement. Namely, once...