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  • Dick Durbin Admits the Obama Sequestration Was “Designed as a Budget Threat, Not a Budget Strategy”

    02/10/2013 10:26:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Gatewaty Pundit ^ | 2/10/13 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) admitted to David Gregory on Meet the Press today that the Obama sequestration plan was just a political game and was never intended to move forward. “David, sequestration was designed as a budget threat, not as a budget strategy. And, I think all of us understand that if it goes forward in less than three weeks it’s going to have a dramatic negative impact on several agencies.”
  • The Fed Is Beginning To Remove The Punchbowl… Are You Ready For What’s Coming?

    02/10/2013 10:26:58 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-10-2013 | Graham Summers
    <p>The Fed Is Beginning To Remove The Punchbowl… Are You Ready For What’s Coming?</p> <p>Consider its recent FOMC minutes released on January 3 2013.</p> <p>With regard to the possible costs and risks of purchases, a number of participants expressed the concern that additional purchases could complicate the Committee’s efforts to eventually withdraw monetary policy accommodation, for example, by potentially causing inflation expectations to rise or by impairing the future implementation of monetary policy.</p>
  • Mormon 101, X-rated sex details collide at Arias trial

    02/10/2013 10:20:46 AM PST · by Colofornian · 181 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 6, 2013
    Woman accused of brutally murdering boyfriend describes religious conversion and sexual relationship...
  • Jihad Rapes His Sister, Impregnates Her and Honor Kills Her (Lebanon)

    02/10/2013 10:18:56 AM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    http://frontpagemag.com ^ | february 9, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    A man has killed his pregnant teenage sister in south Lebanon in what was seen as an honor crime – the murder of a woman accused of shaming her family. Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said Friday that the body of Baghdad Khaled al-Issa, 18, was found with stab wounds in her head and sides in the area of al-Wazzani. Investigators discovered that her brother Jihad, 21, had killed her in what is described as an honor crime, VDL said. It added that the victim was seven months pregnant. Later on Friday, LBCI television reported that the investigation with Jihad...
  • Second family accuses Disneyland of racism after Donald Duck refuses to hug their son

    02/10/2013 10:17:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 73 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2/9/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The second family in as little as a week has come forward with allegations that a Disneyland character snubbed them because they were black. The White family said they took their son, Ryder, to Disneyland to celebrate his birthday in December. The day was going well until Razzi White, 5, walked up to a performer in a Donald Duck costume at the park's Main Street.
  • Israeli surfers rescue 8 drowning children in Hawaii

    02/10/2013 10:16:58 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 2/10/13 | staff
    Three Israeli surfers went to the aid of eight children struggling in the waters off Hawaii on Saturday, Channel 2 television reported, after huge waves began surging toward the coast. The three - Tzvika Elias, Yair Naftali and Gabi Liptz - were hailed as heroes by the children’s parents. “We had gone to a remote beach half an hour from Honolulu,” 30-year-old Elias, who lives in New York, told Channel 2. “The waves there were high, huge breakers about four meters high, and as the minutes past, the waves got stronger and even higher.” Elias and his friends then saw...
  • Tide of Salafism threatens the Arab spring

    02/10/2013 10:02:22 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    Late last year, largely unnoticed in the West, Tunisia's president, Moncef Marzouki, gave an interview to Chatham House's The World Today. Commenting on a recent attack by Salafists—ultra-conservative Sunnis—on the United States embassy in Tunis, he remarked in an unguarded moment: "We didn't realise how dangerous and violent these Salafists could be ... They are a tiny minority within a tiny minority. They don't represent society or the state. They cannot be a real danger to society or government, but they can be very harmful to the image of the government." It appears that Marzouki was wrong. Following the assassination...
  • Dishonored and Disrespected: Obama Disarmed US Marines at Inaugural Parade

    02/10/2013 9:47:14 AM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    Gateway ^ | February 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    A new administration policy? Barack Obama disarmed the US Marines at the Inaugural parade this year. Dishonored and disarmed: Bolts are clearly missing from these Marine rifles during President Obama’s inauguration parade. This is an unmistakable insult to the honor of the Marine Corps ... It’s not the first time the Obama Administration disarmed US Marines at an event. In March 2012, US Marines were told to leave their weapons outside the tent during Leon Panetta’s speech in Afghanistan.
  • Chad Myers Lies (claims there is no ice in the Arctic)

    02/10/2013 9:15:41 AM PST · by chessplayer · 20 replies
    Chad Myers blamed cold air gripping North America on the lack of sea ice in the arctic, when in fact, it is frozen solid.
  • Parody or Does She Believe It? CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming

    02/10/2013 9:00:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Parody or Does She Believe It? CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming By Brent Baker Created 02/09/2013 - 5:41pm 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...
  • BlackRock: It's Way Too Early To Worry About Inflation

    02/10/2013 8:51:29 AM PST · by blam · 25 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-10-2012 | Sam Ro
    BlackRock: It's Way Too Early To Worry About Inflation Sam RoFebruary 10, 2013, 8:20 AMThere's no shortage of people who are freaking out about inflation, thanks to the Fed's ultra-easy monetary policy. However, convincing evidence of inflation has yet to appear in the economic data. Russ Koesterich, Chief Investment Strategist at BlackRock, has a new post on the iShares blog titled When to Worry About Inflation. He says concerns of inflation are premature for at least two reasons (verbatim): 1.There is no wage inflation. Overall wage growth in the United States remains sluggish. The reason: The labor market is healing...
  • Vikings stadium: Skilled worker shortage may make diversity goals tough to meet

    02/10/2013 8:48:17 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 34 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 2-9-13 | AP
    <p>Officials working on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium said it might be difficult to meet certain employee-diversity goals.</p> <p>The stadium legislation signed by Gov. Mark Dayton this spring included goals from the state Legislature to have minority workers make up nearly a third of the labor force and for women to be 6 percent of the workforce.</p>
  • North Dakota Moves Toward Passage of Pro-Life Personhood Amendment

    02/10/2013 8:13:54 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 5 replies
    New American ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | Dave Bohon
    The North Dakota state Senate approved an amendment last Thursday that would protect unborn babies from the moment of conception. The proposed “personhood” amendment (SCR 4009) declares that “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.” The Senate also passed another bill (SB 2303) meant to ensure that “the protection that our criminal laws afford to victims of crimes extends to all human beings born and unborn.” The amendment's sponsor, Republican State Senator Margaret Sitte, said she intended the measure to serve as “a direct challenge to Roe v....
  • Nobody wake Barack

    02/10/2013 8:10:00 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 68 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Goodwin
    Finally, we have the answer, thanks to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. In his reluctant Senate testimony, he provided the missing piece of the puzzle: The commander in chief was MIA. The coverup was created to protect his absence. According to Panetta, President Obama checked in with his military team early on during the attack, then checked out for the rest of the night. The next day, we already knew, he blamed the video maker and flew to Las Vegas for a campaign event. Meanwhile, half a world away, Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans had been slaughtered by Islamists....
  • How Influential is Conservative Talk Radio?

    02/10/2013 7:45:13 AM PST · by TeaPartyJakes · 52 replies
    Global Free Press ^ | January 31, 2013 | Alan Caruba
    In the wake of the 2012 re-election of Barack Obama, I began to wonder how influential conservative talk radio is. Serendipitously, I received a copy of Fred V. Lucas’ new book, “The Right Frequency: The Story of Talk Radio Giants Who Shook Up the Political and Media Establishment” ($18.95, History Publishing Company). Throughout the 1980s and 90s I was a guest on television and a lot on talk radio thanks to a popular media spoof, The Boring Institute, that offered lists of The Most Boring Celebrities of the Year, the Most Boring Films, et cetera. After 9/11 I put the...
  • Stalled Out on Tesla’s Electric Highway (Great Article)

    02/10/2013 7:40:17 AM PST · by BobL · 84 replies
    New York Times ^ | Feb 10, 2013 | John Broder
    Washington — Having established a fast-charging foothold in California for its electric cars, Tesla Motors has brought its formula east, opening two ultrafast charging stations in December that would, in theory, allow a speedy electric-car road trip between here and Boston. But as I discovered on a recent test drive of the company’s high-performance Model S sedan, theory can be trumped by reality, especially when Northeast temperatures plunge
  • The president is lying about Benghazi

    02/10/2013 7:37:25 AM PST · by NCjim · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 9, 2013 | Robin Osborne
    We all remember when Bill Clinton argued that it all depends on what the meaning of 'is' is. We were all disgusted that the office of the President had become so low that we were deciphering legalistic terms and arguing about sex acts. Oh for the good ole days. President Obama's disregard for the truth has made Bill Clinton seem like a novice. His statements are always riddled with inconsistency. Many could easily have been dissected with a curious media, but that hasn't happen. Very few people can lie as well. Leon Panetta testified yesterday before congress that the President...
  • David Brooks: The Establishment Will Eventually Win Fight Against Tea Party

    02/10/2013 7:33:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    RCP ^ | 02/11/2013
    <p>JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: Well, bring it back home, and talking about politics, pure politics, inside the Republican Party, David, it looks like there are some -- we have seen some evidence of this, but now it looks like it's more out in the open, that some of the traditional -- folks we thought of as being traditional leaders of the Republican Party are openly challenging the Tea Party.</p>
  • Hopelessly Naive Hayes: End War On Terror, Declare Ourselves 'At Peace'

    02/10/2013 7:19:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Suppose our enemies declared war on us—and we didn't show up? In a variation on the pacifist line from the 60s, that's essentially what Chris Hayes has proposed as American policy. On his MSNBC show this morning, the hopelessly naive Hayes suggested that rather than debating "big war"—boots on ground—versus "small war"—targeted strikes—we go for a third option "no war." In Hayes's fantasy-land, America declares the war on terror over and "declares itself at peace." View the video here.
  • Joe Paterno family releases report

    02/10/2013 7:10:13 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 260 replies
    Espn.com ^ | February 10, 2013 | Espn.com
    A report commissioned by Joe Paterno's family calls the July 2012 Freeh report that was accepted by Penn State trustees before unprecedented sanctions were levied by the NCAA against the school's football program a "total failure" that is "full of fallacies, unsupported personal opinions, false allegations and biased assertions." The Paterno family report, which targets nearly every conclusion and assertion the Freeh report made about Paterno in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, states that while former FBI director Louis J. Freeh has had an honorable past and good reputation, his investigation -- especially as it...
  • Q&A: Rev. Jerry Hancock believes gun violence can be curbed (barf alert)

    02/10/2013 7:01:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 10 feb 2013 | STEVEN ELBOW
    Jerry Hancock isn’t your typical minister. A clergy member at First Congregational Church of Christ, Hancock is one of a handful of former law enforcement officials — most prominently former Madison Police Chief David Couper, who left the police to become an Episcopal priest — who have entered the spiritual realm. “When I was working through my transition, people would say, oh, you’re just like Couper,” Hancock says. “And that of course, was and continues to be a compliment. David is very concerned about gun violence.”
  • EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents (clip)

    02/10/2013 6:51:53 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 103 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 10, 2013 | Michael Zennie
    Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL, and Jack Murphy, a former Green Beret, reveal the new claims in their book EXCLUSIVE: David Petraeus was brought down after betrayal by vengeful CIA agents and his own bodyguards who made sure his affair was exposed, claims new book 'Benghazi: The Definitive Report' Petraeus was humiliated after a 'palace coup' by high-level intelligence officers who did not like the way he was running the CIA, authors say The book also claims that Petraeus and Ambassador Chris Stevens were caught off guard by Benghazi consulate attack because they weren't briefed about on-going U.S. military...
  • ATF's Milwaukee 'Fearless' storefront had little to ward off burglars

    02/10/2013 6:51:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 10 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge )
    The door had no deadbolt. The few scratches and marks told police the men had little trouble prying it open. Hard to believe it was all that stood between the burglars and a storefront full of goods belonging to federal agents running an undercover gun sting. And who would imagine the thieves would have unfettered access to the place for three days, propping open the door with a shoe and returning the next day with a moving truck to finish the job? But that's what happened as burglars hit the ATF's Fearless Distributing storefront in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood in October,...
  • 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...