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  • Dick Cheney blasts President Obama’s ‘second-rate’ national security team

    02/10/2013 6:36:05 AM PST · by John W · 40 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 10, 2013 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday night that President Barack Obama has jeopardized U.S. national security by nominating substandard candidates for key cabinet posts and by degrading the U.S. military. “The performance now of Barack Obama as he staffs up the national security team for the second term is dismal,” Cheney said in comments to about 300 members of the Wyoming Republican Party. Cheney, a Wyoming native, said it was vital to the nation’s national security that “good folks” hold the positions of secretary of state, CIA director and secretary of defense. “Frankly, what he has...
  • Cap-and-trade a Revenue Stream for Northeast USA

    02/10/2013 6:31:17 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2013 | Brad Plumer
    Remember cap-and-trade? Back in 2010, Democrats in Congress had a proposal to set a nationwide limit on U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions and let businesses trade pollution permits. But the climate bill died, and cap-and-trade mostly vanished from discussion. Except in the Northeast. For the past decade, ten states stretching from Maine to Maryland have been experimenting with their own modest cap on carbon pollution from electric power plants. And, this week, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced that it would continue to cut emissions by tightening the cap between now and 2020. So how effective has the RGGI program been?...
  • N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test

    02/10/2013 6:20:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2013/02/10
    2013/02/10 14:08 KST N. Korea says world mistakenly interprets its "important measures" as nuclear test SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's planned important measures may not refer to a third nuclear test, a state propaganda outlet has suggested, adding to the confusion over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. "The U.S. and hostile forces jumped to conclusions that the republic is planning the third nuclear test, citing their hypothesis and argument," the propaganda weekly Tongil Sinbo said Friday in an article posted on a Web site operated by the North. The weekly said the U.S. and other countries know little about what...
  • Gulf coast wants to know what the holdup is in getting Keystone approved

    02/10/2013 6:17:36 AM PST · by Dartman · 12 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb.10/13 | JACKIE L. LARSON ,Edmonton Sun
    HOUSTON, TEXAS -- With Alberta bitumen languishing for want of pipelines to refineries and tidewater, on the other end of the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, the Texas Gulf Coast is crying out for Canadian crude. Over a plate of steaming crawfish at Houston's Ragin' Cajun, David Holt, president of the North American-based Consumer Energy Alliance, says hope for the Keystone's a bi-national thing: Canadian crude is already America's number one energy partner, so a conduit to bring the safe, abundant, reliable supply of energy -- and some needed job revitalization -- into the Gulf Coast is essential. "The bottom...
  • MI:100+ Guns Turned in for Gun Buyback

    02/10/2013 6:05:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    wilx.com ^ | 9 February, 2013 | Alyssa Fenske Em
    LANSING (WILX)-- Lansing's 2nd gun buyback program went off with a bang. More than a hundred people came in and traded their working firearms for grocery gift card's no questions asked. Police say they received more than 120 guns from the program, most of which were hand guns. But the event ended up bringing out more than just people looking to turn in their guns. --------------------cut------------------------- Just outside where the buyback program was being held pro gun activists were offering cash for guns. Police say the group was fully within their legal rights to be making deals on the street,...
  • ND Dems Say They’re Fundraising For The Kids, Really Fundraising For Their Party

    02/10/2013 5:52:07 AM PST · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    http://sayanythingblog.com ^ | Feb 7, 2013 | rob port
    Yesterday I wrote about North Dakota Democrats throwing a hissy fit over Republicans voting down a $1.2 million appropriation to give school kids a third helping of milk or juice (media reports have claimed it was only a $500,000 appropriation, but that’s inaccurate as the bill shows). In their attacks on Republicans for killing the bill, Democrats have cast themselves as the defenders of the state children. The Democrats have even taken the sanctimonious step of putting little milk cartons on their legislative desks to collect donations to pay for the milk (we’re just supposed to ignore that almost nobody...
  • Governance by presidential directive is on the move, no Congress required, in Obama’s 2nd term

    02/10/2013 5:33:06 AM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    washington post ^ | 2/10/2013 | ap
    This is what “Forward” looks like. Fast forward, even. President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan is springing to life in a surge of executive directives and agency rule-making that touch many of the affairs of government. They are shaping the cost and quality of health plans, the contents of the school cafeteria, the front lines of future combat, the price of coal. They are the leading edge of Obama’s ambition to take on climate change in ways that may be unachievable in legislation. Altogether, it’s a kinetic switch from what could have been the watchword of the Obama administration in the...
  • Ron Paul Smears An American Hero

    02/10/2013 5:28:06 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/5/2013 | Aaron Goldstein
    That former Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul would smear an American hero like Chris Kyle following his death speaks a great deal to his character or lack thereof. Yesterday, Paul sent out a Tweet which read: Chris Kyle’s death seems to confirm that “he who lives by the sword dies by the sword.” Treating PTSD at a firing range doesn’t make sense. It makes you wonder if these were the sort of letters Paul sent to the families of fallen soldiers who resided in his district. Needless to say, this justly provoked outrage. Glenn Beck described Paul as...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 10 February 2013

    02/10/2013 5:19:39 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 230 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 10 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 10th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich.THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Keith Ellison, D-Minn.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): ens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Angus King, I-Maine; former Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.; former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.
  • Is China Mobilizing For A War With Japan?

    02/10/2013 5:06:16 AM PST · by Former Proud Canadian · 32 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Tyler Durden
    We don't know if it merely a coincidence that a story has emerged discussing a Chinese mobilization in response to the ongoing territorial feud with Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands (and the proximal massive gas field) the very week that China celebrates its new year (and days after news that a Chinese warship was very close to firing on a Japanese destroyer). We don't know how much of the story is based in reality, and how much may be propaganda or furthering someone's agenda. What we do know is that the source of the story: offshore-based, Falun Gong-affiliated NTDTV has...
  • Debate simmers over doctors asking about guns

    02/10/2013 4:58:35 AM PST · by 4buttons · 42 replies
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 10, 2013 | Amy Jeter
    Do you have a gun in your home? For some, that's a loaded question - particularly when asked by a doctor. A debate is simmering over when and whether physicians should be allowed to talk to their patients about firearms. Doctor groups say physicians are obligated to warn their patients about guns along with other health risks, such as riding in a car without wearing a seat belt. However, gun rights advocates balk at what they see as a needless invasion of privacy and blatant attempt at gun control advocacy.
  • Emails: Decision on NBC host stirred response

    02/10/2013 4:46:00 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia prosecutors received scores of emails from citizens upset because NBC television journalist David Gregory was not criminally charged for displaying a high-capacity ammunition magazine on his "Meet the Press" show. Prosecutors received roughly 50 emails demanding that Gregory be charged, plus more than 150 others expressing outrage in the days after officials decided to not prosecute him. The Associated Press obtained the messages through a public records request. The emails were sent by people from around the country, including some self-identified gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, who accused prosecutors of hypocritically and unevenly...
  • Girl tells Senate staff she was given to a man at the age of ten (American Indian Reservations)

    02/10/2013 4:36:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    say anything ^ | february 5, 2013
    Where to begin? We met with staff members from seven DC Senate offices on Monday. We had come to talk about the Indian Child Welfare Act and how it infringes on the right of children and parents. But sitting next to this young woman, who comes from the same reservation as my husband… I realized there is so, so much more we all need to talk about. She told how she was abused and used sexually as a child. She said she was first given to a man at the age of ten. Her sisters were also given to men....
  • GOP To AOL D: Our Stop-Sequestration Plan Is NOT Last Year's; Navy Delays Carrier Deployment

    02/10/2013 3:58:56 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 9 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 6 Feb 13 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. and Colin Clark
    THE CAPITOL: With the Obama Pentagon excoriating federal lawmakers for their apparent inability to avoid sequestration or to pass a defense spending bill, and the Navy going down to one carrier in the Persian Gulf for lack of funds, GOP lawmakers today defended the latest Republican proposal to stop the automatic budget cuts. It isn't a mere rehash of a very similar one that fizzled last year, GOP leaders insisted when AOL Defense raised the question at a press conference in the Capitol this afternoon -- although their own staff seem to disagree (click here to read why).The difference...
  • Army: 78% Of Combat Brigades Will Skip Training Due To Sequester, CR

    02/10/2013 3:40:59 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 6 Feb 13 | Staff
    WASHINGTON: Rarely have such pretty slides told such an ugly story. While Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno tries to talk up "The Force of Tomorrow," Army briefing documents obtained today by AOL Defense lay out the near-term impact of sequestration, the Continuing Resolution, and unresolved overseas contingency operations needs: an enormous $18 billion shortfall for the service that will be borne almost entirely by federal workers and military readiness. You can see the slides by clicking "download this document" (up and to the left) and read the detailed talking points here, but the highlights are harrowing enough: Training:...
  • video - Tiny Piglet in a wheelchair

    02/10/2013 2:58:02 AM PST · by mkleesma · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/10/2012 | none cited
    "Chris P. Bacon" was born without hind legs, so his creative owner created a wheelchair out of K'Nex for him.
  • John Brennan is wrong man for CIA

    02/09/2013 10:58:39 AM PST · by Innovative · 30 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 07, 2013 | Steven Emerson
    Unfortunately, President Obama's nominee to head the CIA, Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan, has shown a tendency to fall for the bait from radical Islamists. Globally, he repeatedly expressed a hope that "moderates" within Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah would steer their respective constituencies away from terrorism. Domestically, he claims that radical Islam does not pose its own, unique threat to American security. He has helped strip language about "radical Islam" and similar terms from government vernacular, choosing instead to refer to "violent extremism."
  • Huffington Post Masks Religious Identity of U.K. Acid Attacker: Changes Report from "niqab"

    02/09/2013 11:40:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 2/9/13 | Pamela Geller
    The horror of the sharia and Islamic culture is monstrous enough, but this media cover-up is truly horrible. It's bad enough that mindless followers of a religious culture engage in these atrocious mandates (it's their religion), but for non-believers (with the influence of a big media voice) to cover up for this brutal ideology is pure evil. These reporters are not believers; what's the excuse for their depraved inhumanity? The writer of this Puff Ho piece is one Sara Nelson, who is based in the UK. And if Nelson is not a devout Muslim (who would sanction such savagery) than...
  • 2nd Amendment 'too controversial' for radio More stations shut down criticism of Obama

    02/09/2013 11:52:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    wnd ^ | 2/9/13 | Bob Unruh
    Officials with the radio industry powerhouse Clear Channel have followed in the footsteps of a conservative Washington talk station in concluding that a message regarding the Second Amendment is “too controversial” for people in the Washington area to hear. “How ironic and maddening that the president is flying around the country, on our dime, trying to sell gun control but I can’t BUY air time to respond,” said Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Vaus, creator of the Buck Howdy character. Ads by Google Online Web Design ProgramStart the Path to A New Career in Web Design. Degree in 3 Online! www.Westwood.edu/WebDesign Website...
  • Now States Cutting Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare Costs

    02/09/2013 11:14:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/9/13 | Joel Pollak
    The costs of Obamacare are not just hitting businesses this year--they are also hitting the government, and public employees as well. Virginia, for example, is about to limit part-time employees to 29 hours per week in order to avoid triggering Obamacare’s requirement that employers provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more. The state cannot afford the $110 million annual cost of insurance. Elsewhere, public institutions are taking similar steps to limit part-time work. In Ohio, Youngstown State University recently announced a 29-hour-per-week part-time limit, and placed employees on notice that they would be fired if...
  • Details emerge in LAPD's mistaken shooting of newspaper carriers

    02/09/2013 10:52:48 PM PST · by El Gato · 216 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Joel Rubin, Angel Jennings and Andrew Blankstein
    The women were victims of 'a tragic misinterpretation' by officers working under 'incredible tension,' LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says. ... at least seven officers opened fire. On Friday, the street was pockmarked with bullet holes in cars, trees, garage doors and roofs
  • CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming

    02/09/2013 9:28:33 PM PST · by chessplayer · 81 replies
    CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?” Moments earlier, before an ad break, she segued from the Northeast blizzard to a segment with Bill Nye “the science guy,” by pointing to global warming: “Every time we see a storm like this lately, the first question to pop into a lot of people’s minds is whether or not global warming is to blame? I’ll talk to Bill Nye, ‘the science guy,’ about devastating storms and climate change.” She never got to that...
  • Former US Diplomat: Europeans, Canada paid $89 million ransom to Al Qaeda

    02/09/2013 9:26:59 PM PST · by LSUfan · 8 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 9 Feb 13 | Unattributed
    A former U.S. ambassador to Mali has alleged that France paid a $17 million ransom to free hostages seized from a French mining site – cash she said ultimately funded the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants its troops are now fighting. French officials, whose soldiers are pushing north into the territory where the missing captives are believed to be held, denied paying any ransoms. Huddleston, who served as ambassador to Mali and held positions in the State Department and Defense Department in the U.S. before retiring, told France’s iTele network that the French money allowed al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch to flourish in...
  • SoCalifornia: Search for fugitive intensifies (Ex LAPD Cop Killer)

    02/09/2013 9:17:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    OC Register ^ | Feb. 9, 2013 Updated: 7:48 p.m. | SALVADOR HERNANDEZ, BROOKE STAGGS and ALYSSA DURANTY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    A new shift of officers has been called in tonight to continue the search for Christopher Dorner in Big Bear. The LAPD has announced it will reopen the investigation into Dorner’s termination.Bulletin: Sgt. R. Collins of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department Big Bear station said at 6:15 p.m. that a new shift of officers had been called in to continue the search for Christopher Dorner. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has announced the department will reopen the investigation into Dorner's employment termination. He plans to publicly address Dorner's allegations of wrongful termination and review the 2007 complaint against his supervisor....
  • Defense Distributed Unveils New 3D Printed Gun Magazine ‘Cuomo’ ( 30 rd.)

    02/09/2013 9:06:39 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 10 replies
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/ ^ | February 07 2013 | CARL FRANZEN
    Defense Distributed, the Austin, Texas-based project by 24-year-old law student Cody Wilson and several others to develop 3D printed firearms and firearm components, or “Wiki Weapons,” on Thursday posted a new video online showing a successful test firing of a new 3D printed high-capacity (30-round) automatic rifle (AR) magazine, named “Cuomo,” after New York State’s gun-control supporting governor Andrew Cuomo. New York recently passed a law banning all magazines in excess of 7 rounds (except for law enforcement use), the nation’s toughest magazine regulation. “He [Cuomo] wants to be associated with these magazines,” Wilson told TPM, reached by phone on...
  • Lew’s Cayman Islands Fund a Likely Issue at Confirmation Hearings

    02/09/2013 9:01:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ^ | February 8, 2013, 6:21 pm | By JONATHAN WEISMAN
    As recently as 2010, Jack Lew, President Obama‘s nominee to be the next secretary of the Treasury, had $56,000 invested in a CitiGroup venture capital fund based in the Cayman Islands’ notorious Ugland House, a building whose mailboxes are home to nearly 19,000 corporate entities, many of them tax shelters.The investment has been in public documents for years and drew no attention when Mr. Lew was confirmed to be deputy secretary of state in 2009 and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010.But the fund is coming to light as Mr. Obama and Congressional...
  • Lansing gun buyback brings in more than 100 guns, draws protests

    02/09/2013 8:48:23 PM PST · by Darren McCarty · 12 replies
    Mlive ^ | 2-9-2013 | Lauren Gibbons
    LANSING, MI — The Lansing Police Department's second gun buyback program earned more than 100 guns Saturday, an achievement officers called "a great success." About 128 guns were purchased from the official sale, Lansing Police Department public information officer Robert Merritt said. He estimated most of the guns collected at Saturday's sale, held at Lansing's Tabernacle of David church, were hand guns. Several long guns and two assault weapons were also collected. The city's first gun buyback returned about 100 firearms and was held in August after Lansing Eastern High School student LaVon Wilson, 16, was killed in a July...
  • Mold? Leaky Roof? Obama Administration Says All Americans Must Have 'Healthy Housing'

    02/09/2013 8:45:47 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Under the broad banner of "health," the federal government not only is telling Americans what to eat, it's also telling us to make our homes safer.This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation's health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home."The project has a name: "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action.""People in the United States spend about 70% of their time in a home," the announcement said. "Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; roofing problems; heating, plumbing, and...
  • CBS2 Exclusive: LAPD Chief Announces He’s Reopening Case That Resulted In Dorner’s Termination

    02/09/2013 8:22:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 67 replies
    CBSLA.com ^ | February 9, 2013 6:19 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has just announced he’s reopening the case that resulted in accused cop killer and former officer Christopher Dorner’s termination. “I’m not doing this to appease him. I’m doing this so the community has faith in what the police department does,” Beck said in an exclusive interview Saturday with CBS2’s Pat Harvey. In a 20-page manifesto posted on Facebook, Dorner allegedly vows revenge against several former LAPD co-workers whom he claims ended his career. “This investigation has already been reviewed at multiple levels…If I have to redo something or deal with an issue...
  • Why Did Some Local Media Edit Out Anti-NRA, Pro-Obama Portions of Cop-Killer’s Supposed Manifesto?

    02/09/2013 7:55:45 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 48 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    The supposed manifesto of a fired Los Angeles police officer being sought in several slayings contained praise for President Barack Obama and gun control and disdain for the National Rifle Association in portions apparently redacted at the request of the LAPD. L.A. Fox affiliate KTTV-TV published a portion of Christopher Dorner’s writing that left out his political views. Other local news outlets including KTLA-TV and KFI AM 640 did the same
  • FAA Releases New Drone List—Is Your Town on the Map?

    02/09/2013 7:20:15 PM PST · by ThomasThomas · 27 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | February 7, 2013 | Jennifer Lynch
    I found this link from Micheal Yon on Facebook. I haven't heard of Electronic Frontier Foundation before but I found there map very interesting. The have a Google map of all FAA approved drone operations. If you follow there link to larger you can see details on what they say they are doing with the drone.
  • Debate simmers over doctors asking about guns

    02/09/2013 7:12:07 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 92 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | February 9, 2013 | Amy Jeter
    Do you have a gun in your home? For some, that's a loaded question - particularly when asked by a doctor. A debate is simmering over when and whether physicians should be allowed to talk to their patients about firearms. Doctor groups say physicians are obligated to warn their patients about guns along with other health risks, such as riding in a car without wearing a seat belt. However, gun rights advocates balk at what they see as a needless invasion of privacy and blatant attempt at gun control advocacy. State and federal lawmakers are weighing in. President Barack Obama's...
  • Parents gain access to secret school curriculum

    02/09/2013 5:53:56 PM PST · by wesagain · 104 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | John Griffing
    AUSTIN, Texas – Parents of school children across Texas now are gaining access to a previously secret public school curriculum, according to an announcement from a state lawmaker. The CSCOPE program, an online offering that until now has prohibited, under penalty of law, teachers from sharing the lessons with parents, stirred up controversy because of its various lessons – some that were taken offline after the questions arose. Among those issues were that the curriculum at one point taught the Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism and Christians were cannibals, and forced students to draw a socialist flag...
  • Ron Paul Files International Copyright Complaint Against His Own Fans (Crazy Old Coot Alert!)

    02/09/2013 5:38:42 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | 2-9-2013 | Rosie Gray
    February 9, 2013 Ron Paul Files International Copyright Complaint Against His Own Fans Rosie Gray Ron Paul has filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization against the proprietors of RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org, according to a blog post on their site on Friday. The authors of RonPaul.com see the move as the ultimate betrayal from a politician who, more than many others, depended on an astounding level of grassroots support on the Internet in order to keep his longshot presidential campaigns running. "Last month, after Ron Paul expressed regret on the Alex Jones show over not owning RonPaul.com (in...
  • Charlie Sheen reaches out to ex-LAPD officer accused in killings. [ Libs create yet another killer ]

    02/09/2013 5:17:44 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-9-13 | fox new
    The actor Charlie Sheen recorded a video intended for the former LAPD officer accused of killing three people and writing a long manifesto that indicates he has intentions to kill more. Sheen, who was praised in Christopher Dorner's manifesto, thanked the suspect for his 'kind words' but asked the man to call him. "Let's figure out together how to end this thing," Sheen is recorded saying.
  • IBM Watson providing superior cancer treatment plans

    02/09/2013 5:13:56 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 27 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | Feb 8, 2013 | Brian Wang
    The IBM Watson system gained fame by beating human contestants on the television quiz show Jeopardy! almost two years ago. Since that time, Watson has evolved from a first-of-a-kind status, to a commercial cognitive computing system gaining a 240 percent improvement in system performance, and a reduction in the system’s physical requirements by 75 percent and can now be run on a single Power 750 server. IBM Watson trained in medicine to leverage 1.5 million patient records and 2 million pages of cancer research IBM Watson has ingested more than 600,000 pieces of medical evidence, two million pages of text...
  • LaRue Tactical To Limit Law Enforcement Sales to Same Weapons as Citizens

    02/09/2013 4:55:45 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 31 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 9, 2013 | Ammoland Staff
    LEANDER, TX --(Ammoland.com)- Due to the recent and numerous new Anti-gun/Anti-2nd Amendment laws passed and/or pending across our country, LaRue Tactical has been forced to reconsider how we provide products to state and local agencies. Effective today, in an effort to see that no legal mistakes are made by LaRue Tactical and/or its employees, we will apply all current State and Local Laws (as applied to civilians) to state and local law enforcement / government agencies. In other words, LaRue Tactical will limit all sales to what law-abiding citizens residing in their districts can purchase or possess. State and local...
  • Tight budget may force Pentagon to cut forces: general

    02/09/2013 4:46:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9 Feb 13 | David Alexander
    The Pentagon will have to cut the size of U.S. military forces for the second time in as many years if across-the-board spending reductions of $470 billion over 10 years take effect March 1, the top U.S. military officer said on Saturday. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said about a third of the cuts would have to come from forces, with the remaining two-thirds taken from spending on modernization, compensation and readiness. He noted that the Army had begun to shrink last year toward 490,000 from a high of 570,000, a result of efforts...
  • Netanyahu ally: Peace with Palestinians impossible

    02/09/2013 4:42:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2013 1:37 PM EST
    A powerful partner of Israel’s prime minister has called peace with the Palestinians “impossible,” saying the conflict between them and Israel can only be “managed.” Saturday’s comments from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman follow a White House announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel by President Barack Obama, expected to focus on a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. …
  • Capitalism (7 brief videos on why it is the ONLY way)

    02/09/2013 4:40:53 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 14 replies
    Capitalism 01 - Why are some countries rich and others poor?Capitalism 02 - The early American colonists and communal farming Capitalism 03 - The industrial revolution and the exploitation of women and childrenCapitalism 04 - Inventions of a competitive free enterprise systemCapitalism 05 - Socialism, capitalism and democracy defined Capitalism 06 - Collectivized agriculture in the Soviet Union, China and Cuba Capitalism 07 - The direction of immigration: from socialist to capitalist countries
  • Israeli forces break up Palestinian encampment

    02/09/2013 4:36:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2013 4:11 PM EST
    Israeli troops on Saturday drove some 100 Palestinian activists out of an illegal tent camp they had set up near the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank, the military said. … The activists seem to be adopting a tactic of Jewish settlers, who establish communities on contested territory hoping it will remain theirs once structures are built. …
  • Potential showdown on immigration reform likely to be on how safe is Southwest border, who...

    02/09/2013 4:32:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2013
    Potential showdown on immigration reform likely to be on how safe is Southwest border, who decidesThe effort in Washington to pass immigration reform is headed for a potential showdown over border security – with the Senate and White House plans putting different emphasis on the issue, and Democrats and Republicans appearing to disagree over the extent of the problem. The likely conflict was highlighted earlier this week when Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared U.S. borders secure and said Republicans have a flawed argument about border security needing to precede comprehensive immigration reform. "I believe the border is secure,” Napolitano...
  • Ohio mayor resigns over accusations of gay slurs

    02/09/2013 4:31:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2013 5:07 PM EST | Amanda Lee Myers and Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    The mayor of a southeastern Ohio town has resigned over accusations that she repeatedly called a gay police officer “queer” in front of his colleagues and created a hostile work environment. Jackie Welker, council president in the Village of Pomeroy, tells The Associated Press that 78-year-old Mayor Mary McAngus submitted a letter of resignation Saturday. …
  • Ann Coulter Smacks Down Mark Shields for Calling Her 'The Marie Antoinette

    02/09/2013 1:51:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 9, 2013 | Noel Shepperd
    Conservative author Ann Coulter has strongly responded to PBS's Mark Shields calling her "The Marie Antoinette of the Conservative press corps." Shields made this remark on PBS's Inside Washington Friday in the middle of a discussion about Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fl.) recent views regarding immigration reform (video follows with transcript and commentary): Mark Shields Calls Ann Coulter 'The Marie Antoinette of the Conservative Press Corps' MARK SHIELDS, PBS: Ann Coulter, the Marie Antoinette of the Conservative press corps, has already come out against Marco Rubio saying that all you’re doing is creating more Democratic voters with a path to citizenship,...
  • Salafi-Jihadis in Jordan Stage 'Martyrs' Weddings' to Attract Youth to Jihad

    02/09/2013 3:25:01 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SNIPPET: "The forces fighting against Assad's regime in Syria include foreigners who have come to take part in the uprising alongside the Syrian rebels. Among them are members of Jordan's Salafi-jihadi movement, which, according to its senior leaders, has so far dispatched some 250 fighters to Syria.[1] As one means of encouraging Jordanian youths to join its ranks and adopt the ideology of jihad and martyrdom, the Salafi-jihadi movement stages "martyrs' weddings" for fighters killed in Syria, based on the Islamic belief that every martyr is rewarded with 72 black-eyed virgin brides in Paradise. These "weddings" are not a new...
  • Federal employees' union head: Obama pay raise proposal 'simply not enough'

    02/09/2013 3:09:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    The president of the American Federation of Government Employees says a one-percent increase is "absolutely unconscionable." The head of the largest federal employee union said Saturday that President Obama's proposal to increase pay for federal employees by 1 percent was "absolutely unconscionable" and "simply not enough." "It is not enough to allow federal employees to make up lost ground from two-plus years of frozen pay. It is not enough to allow workers, most of whom earn very modest salaries ranging from $24,000 to $70,000, to maintain living standards. And it is not enough to send a message with any kind...
  • Gun show in Virginia hikes admission fee to fight Obama's gun control push

    02/09/2013 2:57:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Jordy Yager
    CHANTILLY, Va. — The largest gun show in the D.C. area has raised its admission fee to help bankroll its fight against President Obama’s push for tighter firearm restrictions. Thousands of gun enthusiasts are descending upon the “Nation’s Gun Show” at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend and, for the first time in five years, are being greeted with a higher cost of entry as the gun rights community wages a tough, and costly, campaign to stop Obama and Congress from stiffening certain gun laws. “Admission has gone up because we are using the money to fight so you can...
  • How to Survive the Northeast Snowstorm

    02/09/2013 2:49:00 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 35 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Program ^ | 8 February 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to talk about the Northeast and the blizzard. We need to issue some guidelines for people: What to do when it starts snowing. (interruption) Will they survive? Some will survive. Some will survive. I think we're fairly safe in saying some will survive. But some are saying it's the worst snowstorm ever. Now, I want to remind you: There was a snowstorm once in the 1800s. It also was in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California near Lake Tahoe, and there's a place that's been named for this. It's Donner Pass. It was...
  • FEMA asks neighbors to help one another as storm blasts Northeast

    02/09/2013 2:48:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/09/13 | Justin Sink
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking those affected by Snowstorm Nemo to check on their neighbors and follow the direction of local officials as the Northeast corridor begins to dig out from under the massive blizzard. "Everyone has a role to play in the response to this winter storm," said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in a statement released Saturday morning. "Follow the direction of your state, local and tribal officials, and if you are told to stay off the roads, stay home, and when it is safe, check on your neighbors or friends nearby who may need assistance or...
  • Woman Votes Multiple Times for Obama in Election 2012 but Denies Voter Fraud!

    02/09/2013 2:32:46 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    conservative videos ^ | 2-9-13 | conservative videos
    Democrat Melowese Richardson has been an official poll worker for the last quarter century and registered thousands of people to vote last year. She candidly admitted to Cincinnati’s Channel 9 this week that she voted twice in the last election. Richardson insists she has done nothing wrong and promises to contest the charges: “I’ll fight it for Mr. Obama and for Mr. Obama’s right to sit as president of the United States.”